First German battery cell factory taking shape
The plans for the first German battery cell factory are taking more definitive shape. Driven by Professor Günther Schuh from Aachen, who is behind e.Go Mobile, several companies have joined the cause, including StreetScooter and the BMZ Group, which had taken over the battery cell consortium TerraE, as reported.Weiterlesen
Messe Frankfurt trials three StreetScooter vans
In addition to its existing e-vehicles, Messe Frankfurt is now also using three StreetScooters electric vans as part of a two-year test run. The charging infrastructure will be provided by the trade fair with 13 charging stations on site for both exhibitors and visitors.Weiterlesen
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StreetScooter drops VW
Volkswagen previously wanted to take over the Post subsidiary StreetScooter. Discussions began taking place at the beginning of 2017 but ultimately failed due to different price expectations. As is well known, the German Post does not aim to be a vehicle manufacturer in the long run.Weiterlesen
StreetScooter receives order over 500 electric vans
The Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter has received yet another major order for its electric vans. German startup UZE Mobility has just bought 500 of the StreetScooter models Work and Work L and initially wants to use them in German cities as car-sharing vehicles – for free.Weiterlesen
StreetScooter Work van approved for large-scale production
The electric van maker owned by DP/DHL has received the EC approval to serially produce its basic Work electric van. The approval for large series production also applies to other EU countries and to Switzerland and Norway so that StreetScooter may fulfil more orders coming from third parties.Weiterlesen
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One million euros for Aachen startup UZE Mobility
A few days after the startup UZE Mobility announced their plan to lend out electric transporters free of charge, the company has announced a new major investor: vehicle manufacturers LUEG AG, one of the largest sales partners for Daimler in Germany, is investing €1M in UZE.Weiterlesen
Electric van sharing free of charge coming to Germany
UZE Mobility is yet another start-up from Aachen, the town that turned into Germany’s unofficial e-mobility capital. Unlike other start-ups though, UZE Mobility want to offer their services free of charge to users as they think they found innovative revenue streams.Weiterlesen
Battery cell production in Germany hung out to dry
The TerraE consortium that had planned to set up a mega battery cell production in Germany has failed as none of the businesses involved was ready to shoulder the investment, reports German media. TerraE thus follows other players in the country that continue to ignore the government calling on them to do their bit.Weiterlesen
Bosch to launch electric van sharing service
Bosch has developed a taste for sharing. After its Coup e-scooter service is running well, the company is looking to much bigger things. Bosch wants to start lending electric vans of StreetScooter at DIY stores across Germany. If the pilot works, a wider roll-out is imminent.Weiterlesen
Ford kicks-off StreetScooter Work XL production
The lines at Ford’s factory in Cologne have begun rolling in order to make the largest electric van in the StreetScooter line-up, the Work XL. Based on the Ford Transit and equipped with EV technology by DP/DHL, they expect to activate the first 1,000 units this year.Weiterlesen
StreetScooter components test positive for Cadmium
After the German ministry for vehicles (KBA) followed the suspicion that there may be extensive heavy metal contamination among EV components used in the Volkswagen brands VW, Audi and Porsche, affected components have now been found in the German Post’s StreetScooter.Weiterlesen
Goldman Sachs evaluating future StreetScooter options
The German postal agency Deutsche Post has tasked the investment bank Goldman Sachs with evaluating potential future options for the StreetScooter e-transporter. Possible are partnerships, sale of the technology or opening up for public investment.Weiterlesen
Innogy and StreetScooter jointly develop fuel cell vans
Innogy subsidiary Westnetz and StreetScooter have entered a development partnership. Westnetz will purchase a total of 300 electric vans by 2022 that StreetScooter will modify according to the utility’s requirements. This includes fuel cell systems, a first for StreetScooter.Weiterlesen
DP/DHL to build StreetScooter vans for 2 more years
The StreetScooter saga at Deutsche Post continues after the former leader Jürgen Gerdes got laid off last week. Head of the board, Frank Appel now gave an outlook for the electric van making business, saying DP/DHL would consider selling the production.Weiterlesen
StreetScooter chief Jürgen Gerdes dismissed
DP/DHL fired Jürgen Gerdes, who had been responsible for StreetScooters significant success over the last years. The board member and manager had worked for the German Post since he was 20 but has to retire from all positions with immediate effect.Weiterlesen
DP/DHL now able to churn out 20,000 electric vans a year
StreetScooter, the electric van building subsidiary of Deutsche Post/DHL has opened its second production facility. The factory in the German town of Düren belongs to supplier Neapco and will make up to 10,000 EVs a year, answering to growing demand from third parties.Weiterlesen
StreetScooter now largely available at Ford dealers
Deutsche Post/DHL and Ford are expanding their cooperation in order to be able to offer the electric StreetScooter vans more widely. The larger versions can now be ordered at selected Ford Transit dealerships.Weiterlesen
VW Utility Vehicles to electrify across the board
Volkswagen’s utility vehicle division will offer an electrified variant for each model in the future. Brand chief Eckhard Scholz told media to “expect a lot” over the next few years and also commented on Deutsche Post/ DHL’s StreetScooter van.Weiterlesen
Meet the e.Go Life fresh out of RWTH Aachen (video)
Deutsche Welle went to take a closer look at the e.Go Life, the small EV developed in Aachen, the birthplace of the now famous StreetScooter electric van.Weiterlesen
Fuel Cell StreetScooter, Nissan, BMW, Honda, GM, Ford.
Deutsche Post/DHL extends its range yet again with fuel cell vans to join the ranks of its growing StreetScooter fleet, which already has 3,000 electric vans in operation. The hydrogen version of DHL’s in-house truck is scheduled for a test run with 500 FCV to take up mail service by 2018. Meanwhile, regular StreetScooter production is to be ramped up as planned. DHL just acquired a second production facility that is close to Cologne and shall help reach the target of 10,000 EVs built a year, which DHL plans to sell to third parties as well.
Nissan with longer range and bigger recall: Like DHL, Nissan has been making electric vans for some time and just gave its e-NV200 a range update. The new 40 kWh battery adds another 60 percent and thus enables electric driving over 280 km (NEDC). Over in Japan, the news do not look as good though as Nissan has issued a recall that affects 1.2m vehicles with the Leaf among them. Checks had uncovered a widespread mishandling of domestic safety inspection with uncertified employees overseeing testing. With the carmaker having to recheck vehicles currently held in stock and at dealerships on top, buyers of the 2018 Leaf will likely be faced with extended wait times for delivery.
electriccarsreport.com, businessgreen.com (e-NV200), japantimes.co.jp (recall)
BMW i8 with double the range? As BMW updates its super hybrid with a coupé version dubbed the i8 Roadster, a battery update is imminent as well. So far, no technical data has been confirmed but BMW Blog reports the Roadster will hold twice the battery capacity of the current i8 Coupé.
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Honda sports EV: Honda pushes for electrification and recently unveiled its Urban EV on a whole new platform so more models were to be expected. First one up is a sporty iteration of the supermini and a teaser photo is circulating. It does not reveal much but Honda said the sports car concept has “a striking silhouette, friendly face and supple body surfaces.” Debut is set for the Tokyo Motor Show.
autocar.co.uk, autonews.com, hondanews.eu
And Honda has got another concept in store for Tokyo, where it will reveal the Riding Assist-e. The concept motorcycle does away with gyroscopes for self-balancing and uses robotic technology borrowed from the little rolling chair Uni-Cub instead.
Building up on existing EVs as well is GM, that just announced another two fully electric vehicles to be due within the next 18 months using technology from the Chevy Bolt. They are only the start however, of an electrification initiative that includes 20 EVs by 2023. At the same time, GM competitor Ford said it would quicken its stride into electric terrain and has set up Team Edison to deal with anything EV. Tasks range from investments over partnerships and cooperations with suppliers.
autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com (GM), electrek.co, economictimes.indiatimes.com (Ford)
StreetScooter, EU Quota, BJEV, Chery, Nikola, FF
The post van is here: Deutsche Post DHL and Ford have officially launched the StreetScooter Work XL. Its base is the Ford Transit equipped with a custom-made electric drive and chassis so that the post also likes to call it their own personal ‘e-van’. Being essentially bigger than even the latest StreetScooter Work L, it features a modular battery system delivering 30 kWh to 90 kWh for a range of between 80 km and 200 km. A pre-series of 150 pieces is to see the light of the day before the year’s end, followed by another 2,500 units in 2018. While the e-vans will first be utilised by DHL, the firm said it may sell to third parties and also showed approval of partner Ford, with who it may cooperate further in the future. On top, a second StreetScooter facility is planned with the location to be specified next month.
dpdhl.com (Work XL), electriccarsreport.com (spec), reuters.com (further cooperation, new facility)
EU sales quota for PEV likely: Despite denial from Brussels, diplomats and sources close to the issue say an EV sales quota is “increasingly likely” and may come as soon as 2025 or 2030. The German Ministry for the Environment even went on public record saying it expects such a proposal by the EU Commission by autumn. Clearly, the climate among EU officials has heated up and calls for enforceable targets as well as constructive cooperation from carmakers are becoming ever louder. A minimum fleet quota would likely include plug-in hybrids not just EVs though and the EU said it is committed to technological neutrality in general.
climatechangenews.com, reuters.com (German Ministry of Environment)
1.7bn for EV development: BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV) that specialises in EVs only has gathered 1.67 billion dollars in its latest round of financing. The money will be used to come up with the new models while expanding production capacities. Reportedly, Daimler holds a minority stake of BJEV since this June.
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Nikola goes off-road: As its fuel cell truck is open for reservation already, Nikola Motors is looking to catch new customers with a quad dubbed UTV, for utility “task” or “terrain” vehicle, or Nikola Zero officially. It sits four under the roll cage and boasts four motors, one in each wheel. The battery comes in three versions, 75, 100, and 125 kWh. Prices shall start at 35,000 dollars with reservations taken from January 2018 through a new Nikola unit called Nikola Powersports.
trucks.com, cloudfront.net (spec, pdf)
Chery seeks to charm the European market with the introduction of a plug-in family and some simply hybrid cousins. The first model to hit our shores will be a compact SUV due to debut at the IAA. Furthermore, the Chinese firm wants to set up distribution as well as an R&D centre in Europe.
FF to quit FE? Rumour has it that Faraday Future will leave the electric racing series due to its on-going financial difficulties, The Verge reports. A final decision has yet to be made but could mean a premature end for a manufacturer that only entered the Formula E last year as Dragon Racing’s technical partner.