Storedot: ‘Solid state batteries not within ten years’

November 08, 2022

According to Israelian battery start-up Storedot, the automotive industry should brace for the interim solution of semi-solid batteries in the medium term. While all eyes are set on a rapid introduction of solid-state technology, the company warns that mass production for that type of battery is still a decade away. Solid-state batteries are highly anticipated […]

For China only: Honda e:N2 on bespoke architecture

November 08, 2022

At the China International Export Expo (CIIE), Honda unveiled the e:N2 Concept, the prelude of a new all-electric sedan developed for the Chinese market. It’s part of Honda’s electrification offensive that intends to launch ten EVs in that market and is a continuation of Honda’s earlier unveiled e:N family. Aiming at the world’s largest EV […]

German Rheinmetall makes a curbstone that charges

November 07, 2022

The German tech firm Rheinmetall has presented a novel solution to facilitate charging in dense urban areas, where lying about cables could hinder the passage of pedestrians. It is an integrated charger into curbstones, turning it de facto into a charging station. Lack of charging capacity and low accessibility in metropolitan and urban areas could […]

French politicians keep backing combustion engine

November 07, 2022

The French Minister of Transportation, Clément Beaune, pleads for a review clause in 2026 to readdress the end of the combustion engine in Europe by 2035. Beaune joins his compatriot Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs, who told European carmakers to keep investing in and assembling the internal combustion engine. In an interview with […]

Battery-maker Britishvolt struggles to stay alive

November 02, 2022

The battery of British cell maker Britishvolt is on the verge of getting depleted. After the British government declined the company’s demand for a considerable advance of its official funding, troublesome cash reserves pushed the start-up to administration. But, according to the BBC, the company has managed to secure fresh funding, averting a collapse in […]

Tesla Cybertruck to hit series production by the end of 2023

November 02, 2022

“We’re in a final lap for Cybertruck,” said Elon Musk during a conference call with analysts last month. As the factory in Texas is gearing up to ready production, sources familiar with the matter have told the press agency Reuters that the all-electric pickup will go into full production in Austin, Texas, by the end […]

Michelin to produce tires partly from sustainable materials

October 31, 2022

Michelin has unveiled two tires that are made to a large extent from sustainable materials. The model for cars contains 45% recycled components; the one for buses even raises the ratio to 58%. According to the brand, this represents a new milestone, as this will be the first tire with circular materials on the market. […]

Tesla begins expansion works for Giga Berlin

October 31, 2022

At Grünheide, the location of Tesla’s Giga Berlin factory, heavy-duty machines have started to clear the nearby patches of forest for the expansion of the factory. The carmaker will clear an additional 70 hectares at the site. For constructing its only Gigafactory in Europe, Tesla acquired a forested area of roughly 300 hectares in Brandenburg. […]

VW brand boss Thomas Schäfer: ‘Only electric as of 2033’

October 28, 2022

After 100 days in charge of the VW brand, Thomas Schäfer has shed some light on future plans. He announced that the deadline for an all-electric line-up in Europe has been advanced to 2033 and that a 25 000 euros electric car is in the making. However, the brand must also rationalize its production strategy. […]

Half of Spain’s EV PERTE subsidy program goes to Seat

October 27, 2022

The Spanish government has released details on its funding program PERTE, which must support the transition of its old automotive manufacturing ecosystem into a modern hub for electric vehicle production and battery manufacturing. Volkswagen’s branch, Seat, will receive half of the reserved subsidies, worth almost 900 million euros. This turns Seat into the top recipient […]

Audi enters ‘greener’ Formula 1 with Sauber (update)

October 27, 2022

The rumors have been circulating for years, and now Audi has made it official. A picture of its first Formula 1 car shows that the premium carmaker from Ingolstadt will officially participate in the racing series as of 2026. Audi is partnering with Sauber, currently running its F1 program with Alfa Romeo. While Audi will […]

Is Europe’s biggest lithium mine in France?

October 25, 2022

Allier, in the center of France, awaits one of the most promising mining fields for lithium in Europe. Primarily because of its strategic position and size. The industrial minerals group Imerys announced Monday that it will start mining this lithium deposit by 2027. The site in Allier will be “one of the largest” in Europe […]

Tesla forced to lower prices in China

October 25, 2022

The era when Tesla owned the EV market is over. It shows in China, where fierce competition has forced the American brand to lower prices by 5%. With Giga Shanghai as a global hub and its most significant export base, China is not only crucial for Tesla for assembly and production strategy. Worldwide it’s the […]

Twice as good: new lidar sensor from Ouster

October 24, 2022

The American tech firm Ouster has released its latest generation lidar sensor, which is anticipated to boost the research and development of autonomous driving vehicles. Due to the new ‘breakthrough’ L3 chip, the REV7 lidar reaches 400 meters — double the distance of its predecessor, the L2. As one of the leading players in the […]

Euro 7 to leave carmakers some slack?

October 24, 2022

The new Euro 7 ruling for tailpipe emissions is reportedly not going to be as drastic as feared. It seems that the European Commission is giving some leeway to carmakers who strongly lobbied against stringent measures. The new ruling will most likely eclipse the current standards for gasoline-powered vehicles under Euro 6. According to the […]

EU parliament approves binding targets for charging infrastructure

October 21, 2022

On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted the new ‘Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation’, abbreviated as AFIR, which set forth minimum requirements for charging infrastructure and hydrogen refueling all over Europe. In the new AFIR regulations, every member state is required to build charging stations for EVs at least every 60 kilometers on highways. For hydrogen stations, […]

Is Tesla about to slash cost with third small platform?

October 21, 2022

Have the tables turned for Tesla’s product planning? While Elon Musk, during a webcast beginning this year, claimed that a $25 000 car wasn’t on the agenda, he now stated that a small architecture is in the making at roughly half the cost of the Model 3 and Y. The potential for this baby Tesla […]

E-moped maker Blitz with Belgian roots rides wave of expansion

October 21, 2022

From its European headquarters in Zaventem, Belgium, e-moped maker Blitz is pushing a successful international expansion. After Israël, Singapore, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, South Africa, and the States, the company opened a hub in the UK this month. Blitz aims mainly at B2B customers in the last-mile delivery sector, for which it has developed a […]

Cellforce to assemble 1 GWh of high-performance battery cells

October 20, 2022

Cellforce, the joint venture between sports car manufacturer Porsche and battery maker Customcells, is planning to produce ten times more battery cells than originally planned. At a ceremony, laying the foundation stone for its first plant near Tübingen in the south of Germany, the company said it aims to make 1 GWh of high-performance cells […]

Miles car sharing arrives in Brussels

October 19, 2022

German car-sharing company Miles is expanding its presence in Belgium, and after its debut in Ghent, it is now also available in Brussels. The company is running a fleet of 100 Opel Corsa models in the capital, which are offered in a Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) model. Antwerp is the next city on the strategic roadmap. “It […]

Tavares: ‘EU should favor local EV production’

October 18, 2022

At the press day of the Paris Motor Show on Monday, CEO of Stellantis Carlos Tavares lashed out at European policy concerning electrification. He stated that a ‘made in Europe’ label should receive preferential subsidies. He also repeated his warning on the social implications of abolishing the combustion engine, claiming electrification is too expensive for […]

Audi cleans up fine particles from the air with special filter

October 17, 2022

At the Greentech Festival in London, Audi is showcasing a particulate filter for its electric cars that collects particles from the surrounding environment. It works while driving but also when the vehicle is stationary. The technology is currently in a prototype phase. As braking, tires, and road abrasion cause 85% of fine dust in road […]

T&E: ‘Chinese car brands getting foothold in Europe’

October 17, 2022

According to Transport and Environment (T&E), sales of European electric vehicles are cooling because current CO2 rules are not compelling enough. The organization also warns that this could erode the competitiveness of European car brands, with Chinese newcomers absorbing an important piece of the market. In the first half of 2022, sales of electric cars […]

Xpeng’s flying car X2 takes off

October 14, 2022

It’s getting crowded in the air. Just a week after Volocopter took its maiden flight in Rome, Chinese brand Xpeng took its so-called ‘flying car’ airborne in Dubai. The demonstration flight was organized by its aviation subsidiary, Xpeng Aeroth. Over 150 attendees witnessed the X2 lifting off and hitting the skies on the opening day […]

VW invests €2,4 billion with Chinese Horizon in autonomous driving

October 14, 2022

Through its software branch, Cariad, Volkswagen will invest €2,4 billion in a joint venture with Horizon Robotics to develop autonomous driving technology. Because of intensive urbanization, China is regarded as one of the main instigators of autonomous driving vehicles. Beijing-based firm for self-driving technology Horizon announced during the summer that it was looking for fresh […]

Your next Hyundai car will primarily be a software device

October 13, 2022

Hyundai Group has announced that its entire line-up will be software-defined vehicles (SDVs) as of 2025. This means their cars will use lines of code that can be updated over the air (OTA), making it possible to change specific parameters like safety, multimedia, or comfort after the purchase. This is the approach adopted by Tesla […]

BYD’s Atto 3 impresses with five-star Euro NCAP performance

October 13, 2022

Chinese-built cars confirm once more in the latest scorecard of Euro NCAP. With the low-priced Atto 3, BYD is joining the five-star ranking achieved by the Ora Funky Cat and the Wey Coffee 01 in the previous fifth round. These results pile up to the top scores, already begotten by compatriots Nio, Lynk & Co, […]

GM creates Energy subsidiary for powering homes with EVs

October 12, 2022

General Motors is introducing “a new energy ecosystem” based on bidirectional charging, shortly called ‘GM Energy’. Basically, this is the principle of electric cars connecting to the home (V2H) and the national power grid (V2G) to support energy supply, preferably renewable. Just a few days ago, Volvo announced a similar V2X home system for its […]

Mobilize presents successor to Renault Twizy

October 11, 2022

Renault’s mobility arm Mobilize has brought two concepts to the Paris Motor Show. One is a quadricycle very reminiscent of the Renault Twizy; the other one is what seems to be a single-seater version. Symbolically, the former is called Duo, while the latter listens to the name Solo. They belong to an electric ecosystem, also […]

Renault to beat Ionity with 400 kW fast charging network

October 11, 2022

In the wake of the Paris Motorshow, Renault announced the rollout of a fast charging network across Europe. It will be located at the dealerships of the car builder and open to all car brands. With a peak power of 400 kW, the network tops today’s most powerful stations from Ionity or FastNed. As Renault […]

Prologue is Honda’s first all-electric SUV

October 10, 2022

While the cuddly and innovative E seems a good fit for the European market, Honda has something different for its American customers. The Prologue is a sleek-looking compact SUV constructed around the building blocks from partner General Motors. Honda had already unveiled a concept version and some design sketches of its first-ever electric SUV and […]

First Tesla Semi-trucks to be delivered in December

October 10, 2022

After a three-year delay, Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that the first batch of Semi-tractors will be delivered on the 1st of December. Beverages company Pepsi is taking that delivery. However, while this is a milestone for the EV maker, it is not pioneering in the commercial market as it did with its passenger […]

Volocopter performs first manned drone flight in Rome

October 10, 2022

German air mobility company Volocopter has taken the next step on its roadmap toward offering flying taxi services. At Fiumicino Airport in Rome, their 2X electric air taxi took off in front of onlookers from the media and airport officials. The test flight is a prelude to offering real taxi rides in 2024. While the […]

Foxconn takes wraps from its ID.3 rival Model B

October 07, 2022

The official launch is scheduled for the 18th of October, but ahead of the reveal, Foxconn has already disclosed the Model B in full. The car appeared on the YouTube channel of design house Pininfarina, which is responsible for the car’s styling. Though still a concept, it is expected that the flagged-off version of the […]

Varta creates subsidiary for BEV battery production

October 04, 2022

V4Drive SE is the name of the new company that German battery specialist Varta created to answer the growing EV market. The unit will be led by its current CEO Herbert Schein, who steps down from the parent company’s board of directors to concentrate on ramping up the new business. One crucial customer was already […]

Geely climbs on board as co-owner of Aston Martin

October 03, 2022

Chinese car giant Geely has finally acquired a stake in sports car brand Aston Martin. Buying shares worth 7,6% of the company’s value, the owner of Geely, Li Shufu, is further expanding his involvement in the European car industry. Geely, which owns Volvo, Lotus, London Taxi, and 10% of Mercedes AG, has been eyeing participation […]

Harley-Davidson’s electric LiveWire raises less than expected

September 30, 2022

It’s all sweat and tears at the stock exchange these days. Contrary to the victorious entry of Porsche on Thursday, another mobility company faced a more challenging stock debut: LiveWire, the electric sub-brand from Harley-Davidson, raised $334 million. Less than anticipated. “It’s above our minimum requirements,” said the CEO of Harley-Davidson, Jochen Zeitz, to Bloomberg […]

Polestar 3: what we know so far

September 30, 2022

Polestar unveiled that it will launch its SUV in Copenhagen on the 12th of October and accompanied the statement on the release date with an additional image showing the backside of the car. Readying for its international market launch, a decent list of specifications is already known about the sister car to the upcoming Volvo […]

Astra PHEV is first Opel from sub-brand GSe

September 29, 2022

The ‘e’ in the revived GSe-series from Opel doesn’t just stand for ‘electric’ but also ‘electrified’. The first model from the recently announced new sub-brand is a plug-in hybrid version of both the Astra and the estate Sports Tourer. But don’t expect a specific power hike, despite the legacy of the GSe label. With 225 […]

Electric Mercedes G-Class to debute battery innovation in 2024

September 29, 2022

CEO of Mercedes Olla Källenius has confirmed to journalists that the all-electric G Wagon will hit global markets in 2024. The offroader will also feature a new battery technology option, using an innovative anode material to boost range. Källenius added in his comments that he drove a prototype of the electric G Wagon, which will […]

Iveco’s new eDaily calls on electric Fords

September 27, 2022

Iveco didn’t fail to do its homework with the newest version of its all-electric eDaily. The van is available in myriad body variants, has a scalable battery pack, and impresses with class-leading specs. The brand also showcased a hydrogen version. Since 2009, Iveco has offered a zero-emission battery-powered version of the Daily. But its efforts […]

Mazda and fuel makers urge EU to keep ICE alive after 2035

September 26, 2022

In a joint letter to EU policymakers, Mazda, a coalition of fuel makers, and CLEPA, the European association of automotive parts suppliers, ask to safeguard an additional route to defossilize transport next to electrification. According to the alliance, the high cost of raw materials, geopolitical uncertainty, and a complex roll-out of sufficient charging infrastructure across […]

Vinfast kicks off international offensive

September 26, 2022

Vietnamese car brand Vinfast has officially kickstarted its EV offensive by delivering its first batch of 100 VF 8 models in September. Even though the event was held in its home country, at its manufacturing site in Haiphong, this marks the brand’s international expansion. The VF 8 has been designed specifically for non-domestic customers. Unlike […]

Hopium will build its hydrogen car in Normandy

September 23, 2022

The Hopium Māchina, the French premium hydrogen sedan, is one step closer to production. CEO Olivier Lombard has announced that his company will construct a manufacturing facility in the North of France. Hopium has chosen Vernon, in the region of Douains, to erect its first plant. Once operational, the production lines will be capable of […]

XPeng seeks new breath with record-charging G9

September 23, 2022

With the launch of the G9, Chinese EV maker XPeng is trying to make up for a difficult year. The detailed specifications unveil a high-end SUV with a charging capability that dethrones the Porsche Taycan as the fastest in the world. In August, XPeng Motors showcased a new 480 kW ultra-fast supercharger so that, in […]

Renault morphs electric R5 into a drifting machine

September 22, 2022

Who says a birthday cake can’t be spicy? Celebrating 50 years of its R5 icon, Renault pulls the veils of the R5 Turbo 3E, a commemorative concept car following in the footsteps of the iconic Turbo series. This all-electric sports version, limping between the real and virtual world, will be showcased to the public at […]

Selling its gas stock and burning coal Volkswagen could earn €400 million

September 20, 2022

If Volkswagen offloads its natural gas stock, bought two years ago in a favorable trade, the company could be in for a multi-million euro deal. Or how the gas crisis has spawned an unforeseeable windfall for the financial balance of Europe’s biggest carmaker. In 2020, Volkswagen bought a massive gas supply, intended to prepare a […]

‘BMW plans electric 1 and 2 Series on New Class platform’

September 20, 2022

BMW has yet to officially confirm which models it will build on the all-electric New Class architecture, but a blogger in close contact with in-house sources leaked on an internet site that a 1 Series and 2 Series are in the making, together with an iX4. However, the enthusiast’s channel also says that the current […]

Gentlemen, start your tradings: Porsche IPO over ten days

September 19, 2022

Despite the stormy climate at the stock exchange, with a recession looming and profit warnings ringing alarm bells, Volkswagen is launching an IPO of its goldcrest Porsche on the 29th of September. Referring to its most iconic sports model, 911 million shares will be made publicly available, representing a quarter of the company. On Sunday, […]

Tesla’s ‘special code’ for crash testing raises eyebrows

September 16, 2022

An American Tesla-hacker called Green has unveiled that Tesla embeds special codes in its software related to the official crash tests conducted by safety organizations. It is not precisely confirmed what this special code accomplishes, but reportedly, it is related to the automatic driving functions, not the barrier tests themselves. The news broke when Green […]

Lightyear 0 is the world’s most aerodynamic car

September 16, 2022

Lightyear has broken a new record with its solar EV car, the O – or zero. The company booked a wind tunnel in Germany last month and received some historical results from FKFS. With a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0,175, this car cuts through the air like a warm knife through butter. Here is the […]

Detroit Motor Show’s comeback: business as usual?

September 15, 2022

“American manufacturing is back. Detroit is back. America’s back.” US president Joe Biden opened the floor of the Detroit Motor show during the press day with strong vigor. To promote his electrification strategy and support the manufacturing workers as part of his re-election program, Biden attended to get Detroit back on the map as one […]

With Equinox GM launches a $30 000 EV

September 12, 2022

Thanks to the Bolt, Chevrolet has positioned itself as a pioneer in e-mobility. Now joining the line-up is the Equinox EV, a crossover debuting in the compact category with a price point that blushes the competition. With the Bolt, Silverado EV, and Blazer EV, Chevrolet already has several all-electric cars in its range. The Equinox […]

Scania quits on diesel engines in 2040

September 12, 2022

Truck-builder Scania has put itself a deadline for phasing out its turbodiesel engines. It waves the technology goodbye in 2040. Though the company intends to replace them primarily with battery-powered trucks, it keeps the door ajar for hydrogen fuel cells. 2040 is still a long way to go. CEO of Scania Group Christian Levin proudly […]

Jeep unveils three BEVs: Avenger, Recon, and Wagoner S

September 09, 2022

Jeep is finally getting serious about its EV strategy. The American SUV brand unveiled not one but three BEV models as part of an all-electric offensive that starts in 2023. The company says it will have four all-electric SUVs in its European and North-American showrooms two years later but remains tight-lipped about the fourth model. […]

AdBlue shortage threatens German freight sector

September 08, 2022

The sky-rocketing gas prices are making another victim. As a raw material for the production of AdBlue, Germany’s biggest manufacturer of the additive SKW, Piesteritz warns of a shortage. The projected bottleneck could severely impact the logistics sector. The urea-based fluid AdBlue became a prerequisite for trucks and passenger vehicles with the Euro 6 norms […]

Ariels all-electric Hipercar has a turbine as range extender

September 06, 2022

British niche builder Ariel has jumped on the electric bandwagon. But, as can be expected from the brand that previously stupefied the automotive business with the mind-blowing Atom, it chooses an entirely different path once again. As a result, the Hipercar looks spectacularly awkward, and a gas turbine assists its battery pack as a range […]

Maserati lifts curtain of all-electric Gran Turismo in video

September 05, 2022

In a YouTube video dubbed ‘Roaring in California’, Italian sports car brand Maserati has unveiled the GranTurismo Folgore alongside some preliminary specifications. Together with the pure electric Grecale, this 2+2-seater will kickstart Maserati’s electric offensive as of next year but will probably come sooner than the compact crossover. The final design of the Gran Turismo […]

AXA apologizes for ‘fake’ Tesla fire in EV accident study (update)

September 05, 2022

AXA is joining the list of insurance companies pointing at the higher accident rate with electric cars. A probe from their Swiss department unveiled that EV drivers are 50% more involved in accidents due to inappropriate driving behavior.  But ‘fake’ images of a burning Tesla, which turned out not to have a battery and the […]

All-electric Luxgen N7 is Foxconn’s first car

September 02, 2022

Taiwanese electronics producer Foxconn, well-known for its collaboration with Apple, has unwrapped its first car. The Luxgen N7 is a seven-seater, all-electric crossover debuting on Asian markets in October. However, technical details remain sparse. Foxconn’s automotive branch is called Foxtron and showcased three concepts a year ago, featuring a crossover (Model C), a sedan (Model […]