Volkswagen confirms plans for Trinity factory
Volkswagen’s supervisory board has given the go-ahead for plans to build a new electric car plant in the Warmenau district of Wolfsburg in Germany. The company says it will invest around two billion euros in the new factory, in which the electric flagship Trinity will be built.
Volkswagen is realigning their technical development
Volkswagen has announced that it is realigning the focus and working methods of Technical Development (TD) to shift towards electromobility and digitalisation. According to Chief Development Officer Thomas Ulbrich, this will also have a massive impact on future electric cars such as the Trinity.
Artemis production hits a snag in Hanover
The contract to build the Artemis models of Audi, Porsche and Bentley at VW Commercial Vehicles’ Hanover plant was considered a great success for the future of the plant. But now, according to a report in German media, two of the three brands want changes.
VW Trinity EV to get extra production hall in Wolfsburg?
According to a media report, Volkswagen is considering building an entirely new production hall at its main plant in Wolfsburg to manufacture the future electric flagship Trinity there. However, the development of the model already appears around a year behind schedule.
Volkswagen to tighten savings plan
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has massively tightened the group’s austerity measures in the Corona crisis and made some choice words internally regarding electrification. Diess’ goal: E-mobility must not remain a subsidy business.
China’s Lishen targets battery market in Europe
Chinese Tianjin Lishen Battery says it is in talks with Volkswagen and Daimler to deliver batteries for their upcoming EV models. While the report is unconfirmed, Lishen is opening its first HQ in Europe close to VW’s hometown Wolfsburg.
Volkswagen installs hundreds of chargers at its sites
The German carmaker wants to erect more than 200 charging points and wall boxes at parking areas around its main facility in Wolfsburg until April. 24 units of them have been already put into operation. Also other VW sites are currently expanding their charging infrastructure.
San Diego, Milan, Jordan, Plug Power & Walmart, London, Wolfsburg.
SDG&E plans infrastructure extension: San Diego Gas & Electric announced a new project, working with automakers, labor representatives, environmentalists and service providers to install 10 chargers each at up to 550 business and multi-family locations throughout its service territory for a total of 5,500 separate chargers. The company will also offer special rates to encourage charging at times when electricity supply from renewable energy is plentiful and energy prices are low.
Milan adds e-bikes: The Italian city has introduced 1 000 electric bicycles to its BikeMi network, bringing the total number of public bikes in the city to 4,600. All e-bikes have a range of 55 to 65 kilometres on a single charge. Furthermore, another 70 docking stations will be set up across the city.
150 Renault Zoe for Jordan: The deal was signed during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and is the biggest Zoe order since 2013. The cars will be delivered this year and will be completely powered by electricity from solar panels installed on royal property.
Plug Power and Walmart Canada expand partnership: Plug Power will deliver another 124 GenDrive fuel cell systems for forklift trucks to Walmart’s distribution center in Balzac, Alberta, bringing the GenDrive total to 230 units at the site. Walmart Canada will also receive a GenFuel infrastructure.
EV charger extension in London: Transport for London seeks potential partners and suppliers to further extend EV infrastructure by building more rapid-chargers for commercially used electric vehicles. This is all in the run up to the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2020.
Wolfsburg gets e-sharing: The hometown of Volkswagen got its first electric sharing scheme, featuring 15 e-bikes and five VW e-Up, and aims to include up to 50 electric bicycles. The scheme is supported by the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) and its partners. An “eMobility cube” is being built near the main station to provide a point of information.
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