H2FLY & Deutsche Aircraft working on regional hydrogen airplane
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.Weiterlesen
Daimler to produce lithium-ion cells near Stuttgart
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.Weiterlesen
Hydrogen fuel cell aircraft takes off in Stuttgart
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.Weiterlesen
Audi lends staff to Porsche to ramp up Taycan production
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.Weiterlesen
Porsche to invest billions more in electrification
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.Weiterlesen
Stuttgart airport expands electric cargo tractor fleet
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.Weiterlesen
Volocopter presents design of future commercial air-taxi
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.Weiterlesen
Porsche utilises MAN electric truck for Taycan logistics
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.Weiterlesen
ZUKUNFT.DE to bring 500 last mile e-transporters to Germany
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.Weiterlesen
Porsche accelerating their mission electrification
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.Weiterlesen
Brand new electric Smart cars to share in Stuttgart
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.Weiterlesen
New mobility service SSB Flex taking off in Stuttgart
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.Weiterlesen
What to do with combustion engines once EVs take over?
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.Weiterlesen
Daimler to pull expertise from all sites for GLC F-Cell
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.Weiterlesen
Stuttgart ride-share program purchases additional electric scooters
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.Weiterlesen
Daimler to restructure its EV battery development unit
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.Weiterlesen
How to turn Germany’s ultimate car city into a sustainable urban space.
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 […]Weiterlesen
Stuttgart, Tuscany, Pod Point, California.
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.
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.
STILLE, Stuttgart, Leoni, Maxwell.
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.
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.
Storm Sondors, Center for Hybrid Energy Systems, Eaton, Stuttgart.
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.
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.
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).
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, France, Fastned, Supercharger, Washington, Seattle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nissan, UPS, Cenntro, Stuttgart.
Complimentary charging: Nissan has partnered with Fastned in the Netherlands. Buyers of the Leaf receive the ‘EV carefree package’ that allows for free charging free at all Dutch Fastned EV charging stations for two years.
Electric delivery: UPS has started a year-long trial of its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle in London. There, it will cover 100 – 150 km a day. The EV has been developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors since 2014 and is equipped with geo-fencing technology.
Electric mail delivery: The University of Dayton, Ohio, has received two EVs as gifts from Cenntro Motors, maker of electric commercial vehicles. The Cenntro vans will deliver mail across campus and are designed to capture the students’ attention.
Leading by example: Soon, all of Stuttgart’s city officials, home to Daimler and Porsche, will roam partially electric. They await delivery of the new Mercedes E-class diesel-hybrid, scheduled for January of next year. The PHEV has a said electric range of 30 km, enough for most official trips with city borders. The city’s Lord Mayor (Green party), however, will stick with his electric Smart ED.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)
VW & BMW, NRG eVgo, Bosch, Stuttgart, Utah.
German fast-charging system crosses the pond: Together, VW and BMW want to set up a network of 100 rapid-charging stations, featuring the Combined Charging System (CCS). The stations will be set up along Interstate 95 from Boston to Washington D.C. and routes between San Francisco and Portland, as well as between Los Angeles and San Diego. ChargePoint has signed on as a partner.
NRG eVgo expands across U.S.: The fast-charging network is currently established across ten local U.S. markets and plans on expanding into another 15 in next two years. The charging infrastructure provider is i.e. eyeing major corridors from San Diego to Seattle and from Miami to Boston.
Second life for EV batteries: Bosch has joined BMW and Vattenfall in an energy storage project in Hamburg, using old batteries from BMW ActiveE and i3 models to form a 2 MW energy storage unit (we reported). Now you can read up on all the project’s details in English.
Stuttgart focuses on intermodal transport: The Association for the Stuttgart Region wants to use future fundings specifically for “intermodal points of transportation” instead of evenly pouring it into all projects part of the “model regions for sustainable transport” initiative. Until the end of the project in 2016, the association still has 3.5 million euros to spend, 4 million have already been used up.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
EV initiative in Utah: Business based in the U.S. state such as 3form, Backcountry.com, Black Diamond, Cubiscan, Ken Garff, Lancer Automotive Group, Packsize and Vivint have formed the “Leaders for Clean Air” initiative. They agreed to install EV chargers at their locations and have set themselves the goal of erecting a total of 2,000 Level 2 charging stations in Utah.
Tokyo, Shanghai, Stuttgart, Germany, Australia.
Tokyo steps up H2 investment: The Japanese capital wants to pour 45.2 billion yen (385 million dollars) in the construction of hydrogen stations and subsidies for fuel cell vehicles until the Olympic Games in 2020. Tokyo hopes to count 6,000 FCVs and 35 H2-fuelling stations by the end of the decade.
electriccarsreport.com, eco-business.com, autonews.com
Shanghai e-carsharing: Following a successful trial year, the Carsharing scheme featuring 350 Roewe E50 is officially under way. The Shanghai Municipal Government wants to successively increase the number of electric cars to 2,000 and also include the Zinore 1E in its offering.
Electric taxis against fine dust: In order to circumvent an EU procedure and related penalties due to fine dust pollution, the German city of Stuttgart is putting in place new green initiatives. According to Mayor Fritz Kuhn, measures could also include a funding programme for electric and hybrid taxis.
swp.de, swr.de (Articles in German)
EV charging rules: Germany seeks to make the preferred CCS standard mandatory in addition to any other quick charging standards being offered, as well as a fall-back type2 fast charging outlet. Transport Evolved thinks, this is a move other countries could follow.
Traveling electric in Australia: As an EV owner, road trips are often planned based on where one can charge. As it turns out, that is not necessarily a negative thing, as the excursions of Mat Peterson, one of the first Tesla Model S owners in Australia, show. He drove some 3,000 kilometers with his Tesla in just three weeks and has some beautiful stories to tell.