Mercedes-Benz has laid the symbolic foundation stone for a new competence centre for the research and development of future generations of batteries and battery cells on the grounds of its main plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. The so-called ‘Mercedes-Benz eCampus’ is to be gradually put into operation from 2023.
To advance the development of electric air transport, a number of companies, universities and research institutions as well as municipalities and organisations have joined forces to form the Air Mobility Initiative (AMI).
Mercedes-Benz wants to significantly increase its vertical integration for the next generation of electric cars. This is to be achieved, among other things, through in-house production of the electric drives from 2024.
BMW and Daimler are dovetailing their Free Now and Share Now offerings. The vehicles of the Share Now car-sharing service can be booked in France, Germany, Spain and Italy via the Free Now multi mobility platform from the end of July onwards.
The two young German aviation companies H2FLY and Deutsche Aircraft want to establish the hydrogen fuel cell as a propulsion system in regional aviation. The two companies have set the goal of having a Dornier 328 take off as a hydrogen fuel cell aircraft in 2025.
A dispute over the electric campus at Mercedes seems to have been settled and Daimler has now announced that it will build the ‘Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems Campus’ in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. The main plant is to be focussed on electric vehicles, which included the production of lithium-ion cells.
The latest generation of the world’s first four-seater hydrogen fuel cell aircraft, the Hy4, has now been unveiled at Stuttgart Airport. The latest generation of the Hy4’s propulsion system recently received test flight permission, which means that the model can now take off at Stuttgart Airport.
Porsche can hardly keep up with production due to the high demand for the Taycan electric luxury car, so reinforcements are coming from the group’s sister company, Audi. 400 employees from Neckarsulm are moving to Zuffenhausen for two years to help out.
Porsche is investing around 10 billion euros in the hybridisation, electrification and digitalisation of its vehicles by 2024 and, according to their statements, is “consistently expanding” the product range in the field of electric mobility.
The electrically operated luggage and cargo tractor Sherpa E from Goldhofer together with Suncar HK is now also being used in Stuttgart: The airport has commissioned four Sherpa Es at its freight terminal to replace diesel vehicles previously used.
Volocopter has just revealed the design of its latest model VoloCity. This is the fourth generation of the electric VTOL from the German company – and the basis for the Volocopter’s planned air taxi service.
Stuttgart Airport has chosen Mahle to supply the bigCharge system to install 110 charge points for its fleet and electric vehicles from employees. The Mahle system is easy to scale and fit thanks to a centralised charge management unit.
Porsche commissions a fully electric truck by MAN to deliver part for the production of their first electric car Taycan in Stuttgart currently in preparation. The MAN eTGM is a 32-ton carrier that Porsche says comes with a range of 130 km.
A project titled ZUKUNFT.DE plans to provide 500 electric transporters in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Hamburg and Hessen for urban package delivery services in cities. Four large logistics providers have joined forces to bring the initiative to life.
Porsche is beginning to make real noise for its upcoming all-electric car, the Taycan. Formerly dubbed Mission E, workers in Stuttgart have started a small series production in the new facility. Porsche will use those first 100 EVs for testing and practising.
Mercedes-Benz has announced an expansion of their battery offensive for the near future. In particular, the locations in Singelfingen and Untertürkheim will receive the newest facilities in Mercedes’ global battery production network.
The electric scooter manufacturer Govecs is taking over the brand Elmoto from ID-Bike, further expanding their electric scooter model range. The company will begin releasing their next bike, the Elmoto HR4 at the start of next year.
The car2go fleet in Mercedes’ home town Stuttgart is the first to include the electric Smart of the latest generation. They boast the new faster charger and Smart wants to complete the exchange of all 500 electric cars with new ones this autumn.
After half a year of testing with more than 20,000 passengers, the ride-share service SSB Flex by the Daimler subsidiary Moovel will begin regular service as part of the Stuttgart public transportation system.
With transport turning increasingly electric, fossil fuel powered cars and their innards don’t have a place anymore. So what to do with them once they become redundant? Are we going to toss them away, let them fill the scrapyards? Maybe not.
Daimler’s plug-in with fuel cells is coming together through symbiosis as Mercedes is banking on expertise from various subsidiaries and neighbouring specialists. The GLC F-Cell is to launch this year and so Daimler talks details.
The city of Stuttgart has expanded its ride-share programme Stella by an additional 25 electric scooters for the coming season, starting at the end of March. Their fleet will total 100 at that point, which is a leap from its humble beginnings with 15 Emco scooters.
The carmaker is currently discussing to ‘insource’ this unit, according to the Stuttgarter Zeitung. Wolfgang Nieke, Chairman of the company’s works council, makes clear that he wants development specialists of Daimler’s subsidiary Accumotive to move to the headquarters in Untertürkheim.
The world’s most car-centric region is Baden-Württemberg with its capital Stuttgart. After all, it is here that Bertha Benz drove the first Daimler and to this day it shelters Mercedes, Porsche and suppliers like Bosch or Mahle. The heartbeat of the German car industry can be felt most strongly here and has transported combustion engine technology […]
Diesel ban in Stuttgart by 2018: There will be no more diesel cars allowed on certain streets in the hometown of Porsche and Mercedes from next year onwards. The ruling coalition of the green and conservative party voted in favour of driving bans for vehicles below Euro 6 norm on days with high air pollution. Stuttgart suffers from fine particle pollution. stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
Charging Tuscany: Project EVE (Electric Vehicle Energy) unites Enegan, Polo Tecnologico di Navacchio (Pisa) and Dielectrik in their quest to install 325 EV charging stations in the Italian region of Tuscany. No timeline has been issued yet. trasporti-italia.com, gonews.it (both in Italian)
Call to crowdfunding: UK charging station supplier Pod Point launched a 1.5m pound crowdfunding round to expand its network. The call is part of larger 9m GBP fundraise led by a venture capitalist firm. fleetnews.co.uk
16 H2 pit stops in California: 33.4m dollars are available from the California Energy Commission to fund 16 new hydrogen fuelling stations in the Golden state. First Element Fuel as well as Toyota and Shell will take over their installation. greencarcongress.com
Inductive standards: 13 international partners are now working on project STILLE to produce recommendations for the interoperability of inductive charging systems for EVs. The undertaking is supported by the German government and includes i.e. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Toyota, Continental, Bosch, Qualcomm, TÜV Süd and Witricity. p3-group.com (in German)
New airport project: Stuttgart Airport has started a new project ‘Scale-up!,’ putting electric airport service vehicles into service. The goal is to determine whether the EVs can be used comprehensively – first in Stuttgart and later at other airports. The project will take three years and is supported by the German Federal Environment Ministry with 2 Mio. euros. airliners.de, flughafen-stuttgart.de (articles in German)
Cool cables for hot chargers: Leoni will present a cooled charging cable for EVs at the IZB in Wolfsburg next week. It is said to carry currents of up to 400 amperes, and could therefore pave the way for the high-speed chargers of the future. automotiveworld.com
New ultracap module: Maxwell presented a new 51-volt ultracapacitor module. The manufacture says the self-cooling system is especially fit to optimise performance of i.e. hybrid buses and other high-duty cycle applications. greencarcongress.com, maxwell.com
Crowdfunding for e-car: Storm Sondors, which already successfully staged crowdfunding for an e-bike, is now looking for funds for an electric car. The ‘Model Sondors’ is said to become available worldwide and cost just 10,000 dollars. It has three wheels, room for three and three battery options allowing for a range of 80, 160 or 320 km. Apart from a few teaser images, details remain under wraps. electrek.co, crowdfundinsider.com
EV research Down Under: The Australian government is looking to team up with Delta Energy Systems, a developer and supplier for electric cars and fast-charging infrastructure, to set up the Center for Hybrid Energy Systems. Researchers there will then also look at battery, fuel cell and other hydrogen-related technologies for electric transport. wardsauto.com
Two-speed transmission for EVs: Eaton showed a two-speed gearbox for heavy- and medium-duty electric commercial vehicles at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which will allow for a greater speed and torque range. Production is said to kick off this autumn and will be used with UQM’s current PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter system (we reported). eaton.com
Durable silicon anodes: Researchers at the German university of Stuttgart have developed two new techniques to use silicon in batteries for electric cars. They were able to manufacture porous, micro-stabilised anodes to reach a high consistency in charging cycles. Patents for both innovations are pending in Europe and the U.S. idw-online.de (in German)
Stuttgart electrifies: The local government decided to replace 45 of its old combustion engine cars with electric ones and announced that all new vehicles added to the city’s fleet will be fully electric. Of course, Stuttgart will also set up the charging infrastructure needed for its initiative. The German city already raised an alert due to particulate matter on more than one occasion this year. stuttgarter-zeitung.de, stuttgart.de (articles in German)
Charging France: Some 117 municipalities in the French Département Bouches-du-Rhône will install a total of 200 chargers by the end of next year. That is 400 charging points with 22 kW each. 80 chargers are said to go online this year. Half of the 2m euro bill is footed by the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie (ADEME). avere-france.org (in French)
Fastned cooperates with Dutch railway: Fastned has signed an agreement with Dutch railway operator NS (Nederlanse Spoorwegen) to install EV charging stations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Den Haag. The locations are all property of the Dutch railway. nltimes.nl
Superchargers plough ahead: The announced expansion of the fast-charging network is already well underway. Some eleven new locations with some 90 parking stalls have been confirmed since the unveiling of the Model 3. In some cases, installation already kicked off. The new Superchargers are located across the globe in i.e. China, Australia, the U.S., the Czech Republic and Germany. electrek.co
Washington adjusts incentives: Washington state, USA, expanded its sales tax break in order to include news EVs like the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 in the scheme. From July, the tax break applies to the first 32,000 dollars of the selling price. Moreover, electric cars with an MSPR of 42,500 dollars now qualify. opb.org
Tripe the fast-chargers: Moreover, the state’s capital Seattle is looking to install another ten rapid-chargers within the next year. These will be located on city as well as some privately owned grounds. Seattle currently has five fast-chargers. The city is also looking to kick off an in-home charging pilot programme, were EV drivers can rent chargers for their garage on a monthly basis. king5.com