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  • GM joins e-boat builder Pure Watercraft

    GM joins e-boat builder Pure Watercraft

    General Motors has acquired a 25 percent stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based developer of all-electric boating solutions. Both companies want to develop and market battery-electric watercraft with GM technology.


    The exact amount of the carmaker's investment in Pure Watercraft does not emerge from the GM announcement. Specific projects and joint products have not yet been announced either; according to GM, these will be announced at a later date.

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  • Yara Birkeland celebrates maiden voyage

    Yara Birkeland celebrates maiden voyage

    The first self-propelled electric container ship Yara Birkeland has completed its maiden voyage in the Oslo Fjord. A two-year test phase of the technology is now beginning before the ship is to be certified.


    The E-container ship was announced by the fertilizer manufacturer Yara in 2017 . As early as the end of 2018, Birkeland was to handle the equivalent of 40,000 truck journeys between the fertilizer production facility in Porsgrunn in southern Norway and Brevik for onward transport...
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  • Feneberg and Numbat are planning a regional HPC network in southern Germany

    Feneberg and Numbat are planning a regional HPC network in southern Germany

    The food chain Feneberg and the cleantech company Numbat, both of which are based in Kempten in the Allgäu, want to set up an HPC network with an average of one fast charging station every ten kilometers. The plans are based on a Numbat HPC column with integrated battery storage.


    Numbat reports that over 40 locations are planned in southern Germany. That would be around half of the Feneberg locations, around 80 locations are listed in the store finder on the grocer's homepage...
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  • Flanders plans 49 HPCs by 2024

    Flanders plans 49 HPCs by 2024

    The government of the Belgian region of Flanders has announced an investment of 5.4 million euros in fast charging infrastructure. A total of 49 HPC chargers with at least 150 kW are to be built along expressways and country roads by mid-2024.


    Eight locations are specifically planned in the province of Antwerp, seven in Limburg, 13 each in East Flanders and Flemish Brabant, and eight in West Flanders, according to the Flemish Ministry of Transport. The charging stations are to...
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  • Field test: power grids in rural regions ready for the ramp-up of e-mobility

    Field test: power grids in rural regions ready for the ramp-up of e-mobility

    With intelligent charging management, power grids in rural regions are also ready for the ramp-up of e-mobility, according to the result of the third field test now completed by Netze BW on the effects of charging e-cars on the power grids.

    In January 2020 , seven test customers exchanged their combustion cars for an e-vehicle from Netze BW for 18 months. Another e-vehicle was already on the road and could be included in the field test. Now the result is certain.

    According...
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  • Electrify America: 140 fast chargers with battery storage

    Electrify America: 140 fast chargers with battery storage

    Volkswagen's US subsidiary Electrify America has now equipped more than 140 fast-charging locations with stationary battery storage, over 90 of them in California. These systems have a total of more than 30 megawatts of energy storage capacity.


    The battery energy storage systems (BESS) are used to cover peaks in demand and thus minimize the effects on the power grid. In addition, they can be recharged when electricity prices are low - and thus help the company, according to its...
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  • Mercedes eVito panel van receives drive upgrade

    Mercedes eVito panel van receives drive upgrade

    Mercedes-Benz has presented a comprehensive upgrade of the electric drive train (eATS) in the eVito panel van. The battery capacity increases by 70 percent to now 60 kWh. In addition, the van is equipped with a DC fast charging function ex works.


    We remember: The eVito was previously split in two: the eVito panel van, designed for craftsmen and last-mile logisticians, previously only had a 41.4 kWh battery (150 to 186 kilometers range) and a pure AC charging solution. In 2020,...
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  • Industria Italiana Autobus shows the electric city bus

    Industria Italiana Autobus shows the electric city bus

    The Italian bus manufacturer Industria Italiana Autobus has presented its first fully electric city bus. The electric 12-meter Citymood 12e bus is powered by a Siemens motor with 160 kW continuous and 230 kW peak power and has a rechargeable battery with NMC cells.


    This is offered in two versions with 330 and 495 kWh, according to the manufacturer. While Siemens names the supplier for the electric motor, the data sheet does not indicate from which provider Industria Italiana...
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  • Skoda Transportation unveils E'City trolleybus

    Skoda Transportation unveils E'City trolleybus

    Skoda Transportation presented its new E'City trolleybus at the CzechBus trade fair. The electric 12-meter bus has space for 69 passengers, 28 of whom are seated. The first customer is the Prague City Transport Authority, which has already ordered a fleet of 14 vehicles.

    First of all, despite the name, Skoda Transportation does not belong to the Volkswagen Group, but to the PPF Group of the Czech company Petr Kellner. Similar to the car manufacturer Volvo Cars and the commercial vehicle...
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  • Is the successor to the XC90 called Embla?

    Is the successor to the XC90 called Embla?

    The all-electric successor to the Volvo XC90 could be called Embla. A hint from Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson now led to the potential model name of the E-SUV built in the USA.


    It has long been known that Volvo wants to deviate from the previous alphanumeric naming scheme for future e-models - the XC90 successor is supposed to start here. Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson now revealed in an interview with "Automotive News" that the model name of the electric XC90 successor...
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  • VW - German, German - VW: Volkswagen employees write bizarre dictionary
    by Redaktion
    ​Volkswagen employees have come up with something whimsical for the turn of the year and compiled the "Volkswagen Business Dictionary". It contains idioms from everyday business life with quite idiosyncratic new interpretations not only for VW employees.

    The Volkswagen Group's "Technical Development" department has developed its own dictionary. The unofficial reference work with the name "Business Dictionary Volkswagen" looks like a conventional Langenscheidt...
    01-03-2023, 07:44 PM
  • Autonomous driving allowed at 130 km/h in Germany
    by Redaktion
    ​The use of self-driving cars at speeds of up to 130 km/h has been permitted on motorways in Germany since 1 January 2023. The adjustment of the speed limit was decided last summer by the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and adopted by over 50 countries, including EU countries.

    The USA, China and other countries regulate autonomous driving according to their own standards. However, the regulations and certifications...
    01-03-2023, 07:41 PM
  • Security researchers hack several car manufacturers
    by Redaktion
    ​Using the API endpoints of the telemetry systems of several car manufacturers, security researcher Sam Curry and his friends have managed to take over and control functions in cars. They came up with the idea for the hacks on a trip to a cyber security conference last autumn.

    While visiting the University of Maryland, they noticed e-scooters all over the place. So they decided to check out the scooters' app. "To our surprise, our actions caused all the scooters' horns and headlights...
    01-03-2023, 07:40 PM
  • e.GO Life receives special equipment suitable for the disabled
    by Redaktion
    The Aachen-based e-car manufacturer Next e.GO Mobile, together with the vehicle manufacturer Sodermanns Automobile, presented an e.GO Life that was converted for people with disabilities. In total, the small electric car comes up with 20 different adjustments in this version.

    The converted e.GO Life can be ordered from e.GO Mobile or from one of the manufacturer's sales partners. The conversion will then take place at Sodermanns in Wassenberg, North Rhine-Westphalia. "The e.GO...
    12-07-2021, 07:21 PM
  • Jeep will only bring the 2022 Wrangler as PHEV in most of Europe
    by Redaktion
    With the new model year 2022, Jeep will only be offering its Wrangler in the European left-hand drive markets as a plug-in hybrid. The slightly redesigned 2022 model of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is also receiving some minor updates, including a whole host of new ADAS features.

    Introduced last year , Jeep will only market the 2022 Wrangler as part-time electricity in large parts of Europe. This is in line with the goal of selling 70 percent of the Jeep range worldwide as electrified vehicles...
    12-07-2021, 07:20 PM
  • Volkswagen: Obviously, DIESS can stay, but it has to give up power
    by Redaktion
    A solution is emerging in the power struggle at Volkswagen. According to insiders, Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess can continue to run the Wolfsburg-based group, but has to give up power. The solution apparently provides, among other things, that VW brand boss Ralf Brandstätter ascends to the group's board of directors.


    Both the news agency Reuters and the "Handelsblatt" quote sources close to the group, according to which it is going in the direction of "that...
    12-07-2021, 07:19 PM
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