Production of ID.3 at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant to start in November

Production of ID.3 at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant to start in November

Series production of the ID.3 is to start at the Zwickau vehicle plant in November. Currently, the last robots are being installed and the assembly line is being commissioned. The ID.3 is the first model in an entirely new generation of electric cars based on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive toolkit (MEB).

Škoda begins manufacturing components for electric Volkswagen Group vehicles

Škoda begins manufacturing components for electric Volkswagen Group vehicles

Škoda Auto has manufactured the first production components for electric Volkswagen Group cars at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. Škoda now produces high-voltage traction batteries for plug-in hybrids based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform.

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European EV registrations grow 35.6% in second quarter of 2019

European EV registrations grow 35.6% in second quarter of 2019

In the second quarter of 2019, the EU new-car market shifted further towards petrol vehicles. Petrol now represents nearly 60% of all new passenger car registrations, while demand for diesel continued to fall during the second quarter. Electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) accounted for 2.4% of total new car sales across the region, while all alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) combined made up 9.2% of the EU market.

Porsche boosts share in Rimac Automobili to 15.5%

Porsche boosts share in Rimac Automobili to 15.5%

Porsche has increased its stake in Croatian hypercar creator and technology powerhouse, Rimac Automobili to 15.5%. As Porsche increases the scale of its electrified model range, the partnership will call on Rimac’s expertise in vehicle electrification, including powertrains, batteries and other components related to electrification and autonomous driving.

PowerCell receives follow-up order for S2 fuel cell stacks from Chinese automotive supplier

PowerCell receives follow-up order for S2 fuel cell stacks from Chinese automotive supplier

PowerCell Sweden AB has received a follow-up order for PowerCell S2 fuel cell stacks from a Chinese supplier to the automotive industry. The order is worth SEK1.3 million ($130,000) and will be delivered during the third quarter.

Volkswagen and Northvolt form joint venture for battery production

Volkswagen and Northvolt form joint venture for battery production

Volkswagen AG and Northvolt AB have created a 50/50 joint venture to build a factory for lithium-ion batteries. Construction of the production facility is scheduled to start in Salzgitter (Lower Saxony) in 2020. Start of production is planned for the end of 2023/beginning of 2024. The initial annual output is to be 16 GWh.

IndyGo launches America’s first zero-emission brt service with BYD buses

IndyGo launches America’s first zero-emission brt service with BYD buses

IndyGo on the start of operations of its rapid Red Line bus service, increasing convenience, frequency, and reliability for residents of the community.

Hamburger Hochbahn to test fuel cell powered Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G articulated bus

Hamburger Hochbahn to test fuel cell powered Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G articulated bus

Starting in 2021, public transport company Hamburger Hochbahn AG, will be field-testing the new Mercedes-Benz eCitaro articulated bus with a fuel cell as a range extender.

Peugeot reveals specifications of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric 508 HYBRID and 508 SW HYBRID

Peugeot reveals specifications of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric 508 HYBRID and 508 SW HYBRID

The latest plug-in hybrid additions to the Peugeot range, all-new Peugeot 508 HYBRID and 508 SW HYBRID, will provide fuel efficiency of up to 217mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 29g/km when order books open later this year. They are capable of more than 30 miles of serene, fully-electric driving.

Bosch And Hanwha invest over $230 million In Nikola

Bosch And Hanwha invest over $230 million In Nikola

As part of its ongoing fundraising effort, Nikola Corporation announced two strategic investors from its prior funding rounds. Bosch and Hanwha have each invested at least $100 million, totaling $230 million.

Volkswagen to slash prices of the new generation of the electric e-up!

Volkswagen to slash prices of the new generation of the electric e-up!

Volkswagen is making electric mobility affordable for everyone with the new e-up!. At €21,975 ($24,173) before subsidies and €17,595 ($19,355) after subsidies, the base price is lower than that of the predecessor model. A particularly appealing offer will also be available upon the pre-sales launch: lease the e-up! at a monthly rate of only €159 ($175) excluding extra payments between 18 September and 31 October 2019 (in Germany).

August registrations of EVs surge in the UK

August registrations of EVs surge in the UK

The UK new car market remained steady in August, with just 1,521 fewer cars registered than in the same month last year, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations fell by 1.6% in what is typically one of the smallest months of the year, as falling demand for diesel and plug-in hybrid vehicles continued to impact the overall market.

Volkswagen Group Components to electrify classic Beetle

Volkswagen Group Components to electrify classic Beetle

Volkswagen Group Components presented a holistic concept with its partner eClassics for the subsequent electrification of the historic Volkswagen Beetle. The conversion exclusively uses new parts they have mutually agreed on from the series production of Volkswagen Group Components.

Bosch and CATL to collaborate on battery cells

Bosch and CATL to collaborate on battery cells

Bosch and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) have concluded a long-term strategic cooperation agreement. The partners are going to jointly specify high-performance battery cells.

HORIBA MIRA calls for urgent review of outdated EV testing to tackle range anxiety

HORIBA MIRA calls for urgent review of outdated EV testing to tackle range anxiety

An urgent overhaul of how range is determined on electric vehicles (EVs) is needed if the UK is to successfully tackle ‘range anxiety’, according to global engineering and testing consultancy HORIBA MIRA.

smart to showcase newly designed fortwo and forfour at IAA 2019

smart to showcase newly designed fortwo and forfour at IAA 2019

smart will be presenting its completely visually and digitally revised fortwo and forfour models at the 2019 International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Progressive design meets intelligent connectivity and solely battery-electric powertrains. The new smart fortwo coupé, cabrio and forfour models thereby offer a sustainable and comprehensive mobility concept.

Additional cities take to testing hydrogen Solaris bus

Additional cities take to testing hydrogen Solaris bus

Having had its premiere in June this year at the Global Public Transport Summit UITP in Stockholm, the Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen has been tested by carriers in Austria and Italy over the past few weeks. Now, operators from Germany will take a closer look at it.

Electric Bus Powertrain developed by Equipmake begins final testing phase

Electric Bus Powertrain developed by Equipmake begins final testing phase

Equipmake has now entered the final testing phase of its cost-effective, highly-efficient electric bus drivetrain with UK-based performance and durability development set to finish at the end of the year. In-service trials of the vehicle will then begin in Q1 2020 by Brazilian commercial vehicle manufacturer, Agrale, who will launch the electric bus first in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2021.

SAIC-GM-Wuling’s Baojun E200 officially goes on sale in China

SAIC-GM-Wuling’s Baojun E200 officially goes on sale in China

Baojun announced that its popular E200 electric vehicle is officially available throughout China. In addition, the electric range of the E200 has been upgraded to 250 kilometres under NEDC conditions.

BENTELER agrees to provide its Electric Drive System for Evergrande’s EVs

BENTELER agrees to provide its Electric Drive System for Evergrande’s EVs

Evergrande Group and BENTELER have signed a contract to implement the BENTELER Electric Drive System as the basis of its electric vehicle chassis architecture.

Volkswagen receives more than 30,000 reservations for the ID.3 1st Edition

Volkswagen receives more than 30,000 reservations for the ID.3 1st Edition

Just before the beginning of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Volkswagen has already received more than 30,000 reservations for the ID.3. Most of the pre-bookers live in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Volkswagen is showing the ID.3 as a world premiere at the IAA next week.

Much awaited all-electric sports car Porsche Taycan launched

Much awaited all-electric sports car Porsche Taycan launched

Porsche presented its first fully-electric sports car to the public with a spectacular world premiere held simultaneously on three continents.

The Faraday Institution announces a further £55 million for energy storage research

The Faraday Institution announces a further £55 million for energy storage research

The Faraday Institution announced that it will award up to £55 million ($67.1 million) to five UK-based consortia to conduct application-inspired research to make step changes in battery chemistries, systems and manufacturing methods. The ultimate aim of the research is to facilitate improvements in batteries used for transport and other applications such as grid storage with improved performance and cost characteristics.

Williams Advanced Engineering launches new battery technology

Williams Advanced Engineering launches new battery technology

Williams Advanced Engineering will be showcasing its latest low-carbon vehicle technologies at Cenex LCV2019 at Millbrook, Bedfordshire. The main focus of the stand will be an innovative battery pack showcasing Williams Advanced Engineering’s Adaptive Multi-Chem technology, which brings together the company’s knowledge from a wide variety of projects, including four seasons as the sole battery supplier to FIA Formula E as well as many electric vehicle programmes.

Mass production Honda e to launch at Frankfurt

Mass production Honda e to launch at Frankfurt

Honda has unveiled the first official images of its new Honda e electric vehicle (EV). The car is the next step towards Honda’s commitment to making 100% of its European automobile sales electrified by 2025 and is set to make its official public debut at 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, alongside Honda’s range of electrified and sporty automobiles.

Carsten Breitfeld takes over as the new CEO of Faraday Future

Carsten Breitfeld takes over as the new CEO of Faraday Future

Faraday Future (FF) announced the appointment of Dr. Carsten Breitfeld as Global CEO. YT Jia, FF’s founder, will step down from the CEO position to assume the role of CPUO (Chief Product & User Officer).

CATL to showcase leading Electric Vehicle Battery Technology at IAA 2019

CATL to showcase leading Electric Vehicle Battery Technology at IAA 2019

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL), a vital player in electric vehicle (EV) battery technology and manufacturing, will showcase cutting-edge technologies at the International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt. Demonstrating how “Innovation Powers Life,” CATL will showcase how its innovative e-mobility and battery solutions are supporting massive growth the EV sector.

Solaris receives order for 50 eco-friendly from Sweden

Solaris receives order for 50 eco-friendly from Sweden

Solaris has signed a contract for the supply of 50 zero-emission and low emission buses to bus operator Vy Buss AB. This Swedish carrier has decided to buy eight electric buses and 42 gas-fuelled ones.

Lamborghini offers a preview of its Limited edition hybrid super sports car, Sián

Lamborghini offers a preview of its Limited edition hybrid super sports car, Sián

At the Frankfurt Motor Show Automobili Lamborghini will unveil the Lamborghini Sián: a hybrid super sports car delivering new technologies and unsurpassed performance in the hybrid sphere.

UPS adds extended range EVs to its fleet in UK

UPS adds extended range EVs to its fleet in UK

UPS introduced a new line of range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) to its fleets serving Birmingham and Southampton, UK, to overcome the range limitations of pure electric vehicles within the logistics industry.

Toyota starts production of new 2.0L engine for Corolla hybrid at the Poland plant

Toyota starts production of new 2.0L engine for Corolla hybrid at the Poland plant

As Toyota Motor Europe (TME)’s hybrid vehicle sales continue to rise as a percentage of total sales in the European region, reaching 52% in the first half of 2019, the company continues to localise production of hybrid powertrain components in Europe.

Continental considering spin-off of Powertrain Division

Continental considering spin-off of Powertrain Division

At its meeting, Continental’s Executive Board decided to consider the possibility of a spin-off of the Powertrain division (future name: Vitesco Technologies) and subsequent stock exchange listing. This review will be conducted in parallel with the company’s ongoing preparations for a potential partial IPO of the division.

Fraunhofer ISE to present Coloured Solar Car Roof at IAA

Fraunhofer ISE to present Coloured Solar Car Roof at IAA

To extend the driving range of EVs, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has developed a solar car roof with highly efficient solar cells. The roof can be coated in any color, with the solar cells integrated invisibly into the preformed solar roof.

CNH Industrial to lead Nikola’s Series D round with $250 million investment

CNH Industrial to lead Nikola’s Series D round with $250 million investment

CNH Industrial N.V., announced its intention to enter into a strategic and exclusive Heavy Duty Truck partnership with Nikola Corporation, based in Phoenix, Arizona, US, to accelerate industry transformation towards emission neutrality of Class 8/Heavy Duty Trucks in North America and Europe through the adoption of fuel-cell technology.

Stanford University researchers develop new coating for lithium metal battery

Stanford University researchers develop new coating for lithium metal battery

A team of researchers at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented a coating that overcomes some of the battery’s defects.

Prodrive to unveil the first 48V DC-DC converter at LCV Show 2019

Prodrive to unveil the first 48V DC-DC converter at LCV Show 2019

Prodrive has created the first 48V to 12V DC-DC converter targeted at the latest ISO21780 standard for 48V automotive systems. The unit will be launched at this year’s LCV (Low Carbon Vehicle) Show, which will take place at Millbrook.

BMW launches special edition of its i branded electrified vehicles

BMW launches special edition of its i branded electrified vehicles

The BMW i brand is once again using attractive and eye-catching special-edition models to highlight the inimitable combination of driving pleasure and sustainability offered by its vehicles with electrified drive systems. Exclusive special editions of the pure-electric BMW i3s and the BMW i8 Coupe and BMW i8 Roadster plug-in hybrid sports cars will be available from November 2019. Meticulously constructed design and equipment compositions plus production in limited numbers ensure their status as stylishly individualised, electrifying rarities.

Freudenberg and FlixBus cooperate to develop fuel-cell coaches

Freudenberg and FlixBus cooperate to develop fuel-cell coaches

FlixBus and Freudenberg Sealing Technologies are collaborating on a future-oriented project for sustainable, CO2-free mobility. Together, Europe’s largest operator of long-distance bus travel, the FlixBus brand, and global technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies are working to put fuel cell-powered coaches on the road.

Marelli forms strategic partnerships with China’s Highly Group

Marelli forms strategic partnerships with China’s Highly Group

Leading automotive supplier Marelli announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with China-based Shanghai Highly (Group) Co., Ltd. (Highly).

Delphi opens a new plant in Poland to accelerate electrification in Europe

Delphi opens a new plant in Poland to accelerate electrification in Europe

Delphi Technologies, a global provider of propulsion technologies, officially opened its new Electrification & Electronics plant in Blonie, Poland to support growing demand for electrification solutions. The plant will initially produce electronic control units for various vehicle manufacturers, primarily in Europe.

Posten Norge orders medium and long wheelbase EAVans for scandinavian operations

Posten Norge orders medium and long wheelbase EAVans for scandinavian operations

Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV) have confirmed that they have received orders for their unique EAVan from the Norwegian postal and parcel logistics company Posten Norge and their sister logistics and parcels company Bring.com.

Volvo upgrades the XC90 SUV range and introduces new mild-hybrid powertrain

Volvo upgrades the XC90 SUV range and introduces new mild-hybrid powertrain

Volvo has introduced a series of upgrades for the seven-seat XC90, making its flagship luxury SUV an even more appealing proposition with new styling details, additional equipment, upgrades to petrol-electric plug-in versions and the UK debut of a new mild-hybrid powertrain.

Kia unveils PHEV versions of the XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon

Kia unveils PHEV versions of the XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon

Kia Motors has taken the next step in its vehicle electrification strategy with the unveiling of new Plug-in Hybrid variants of the Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon. Due to go on sale across Europe at the beginning of 2020, the two new low-emissions models represent the first time Kia has brought electrified powertrains to the compact family segment.

Volkswagen confirms the launch of ID.3 at IAA 2019

Volkswagen confirms the launch of ID.3 at IAA 2019

Representing the realignment of the Volkswagen brand like no other model; the ID.3. In just a few days’ time, the first model from the new fully electric ID. family will celebrate its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), with its ground-breaking design, greater ranges, impressive driving dynamics and spacious interior.

CUPRA revelas its all electric concept SUV coupe, the Tavascan

CUPRA revelas its all electric concept SUV coupe, the Tavascan

After unveiling the CUPRA Formentor Concept earlier this year, CUPRA is going one step further into its vision of electrified performance with the CUPRA Tavascan Concept. The unique and special car brand is now linking its high-performance DNA with state-of-the-art powertrain technology and sophisticated, emotional, expressive design.

StreetScooter’s 10,000th EV to be integrated into DHL fleet

StreetScooter’s 10,000th EV to be integrated into DHL fleet

Andreas Pinkwart, the Economics Minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Tobias Meyer, the Board of Management member who oversees Post & Parcel Germany, presented the 10,000th StreetScooter that will be used in DHL’s parcel-delivery operations at an event in Cologne.

HELLA to supply lighting and electronics products for the e.GO Life

HELLA to supply lighting and electronics products for the e.GO Life

The automotive supplier HELLA has integrated a selection of diverse lighting and electronics products in the new e.GO Life. This variety includes products which support braking function and which also play their part in creating an individual look and feel for the vehicle.

Sona Group, Blackstone and Comstar to create global automotive platform – Sona Comstar

Sona Group, Blackstone and Comstar to create global automotive platform – Sona Comstar

Sona BLW Precision Forging Ltd., a leading company in automotive drivetrain solutions, private equity funds from Blackstone, a leading global alternative asset management firm, and Comstar Automotive Technologies Ltd., Blackstone’s automotive portfolio company focused on global, electric charging and starting solutions, announced the completion of a transaction that forges a partnership between the firms. This newly forged partnership will create an India centric, EV focused automotive technology platform and will be called Sona Comstar.