Orders for the 100% electric Fiat E-Ducato have now been opened, priced from £47,675 ($62,455) excluding VAT (after the Government PiVG). Kickstarting the Fiat brand’s foray into 100% electric vehicles, the E-Ducato large LCV receives a range of between 99 and 192 miles (WLTP City), depending on the variant. It is congestion charge and ULEZ-exempt, making it the perfect tool for businesses in both urban and suburban environments.
With “&Charge”, Porsche Digital has successfully spun off its own company in the field of e-mobility, thereby expanding its digital business portfolio. “&Charge” offers a digital platform through which users can obtain credit for their online purchases for electric mobility. The start-up, which is based in Frankfurt am Main in Germany, thus offers the first loyalty programme for e-mobility in Europe.
Volkswagen is electrifying the eighth generation of the Golf with two new plug-in hybrid versions: the Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE. This means that no less than two Golf models are now available as plug-in hybrid models for the first time.
Research by Jaguar Land Rover has revealed how an innovative recycling process could upcycle aluminium waste from drinks cans, bottle tops and end-of-life vehicles into the premium cars of the future and reduce production CO2 emissions by up to 26 per cent.
Premium EV manufacturer NIO has officially launched Battery as a Service (BaaS) for customers in China. Now, NIO BaaS users can purchase a car without the battery, making EVs more price competitive against existing powertrains, while also providing the flexibility to change battery capacity depending on their needs and pay accordingly. In addition, BaaS also represents a systematic solution to the long-existing challenges for EV penetration, including battery degradation, battery upgradability, and lower resale value.
Volkswagen’s electric offensive continues to gather speed: Series production of the brand’s first all-electric SUV, the ID.4, gets underway in Zwickau. The world premiere of the ID.4 follows at the end of September.
A consortium led by Ford is developing an innovative predictive road safety tool which, using data from connected vehicles and intelligent roadside sensors, could help to make travel in towns and cities safer and easier.
Kandi America, the US subsidiary of Kandi Technologies Group, Inc.,
rolled out America’s most affordable EVs – models K23 and K27. Kandi
America has received 436 pre-order reservations for the newly launched
models within 24 hours. The number is expected to increase further.
Elkem announced that it has selected Herøya Industrial Park as the
site for a potential large-scale plant for battery graphite production
in Norway. The project, named Northern Recharge, aims to supply the
fast-growing battery industry through a competitive production process
and make batteries greener with lower CO2 emissions.
Electrify America, the largest open direct current (DC) fast-charging
network in the US, announced that it will work with Love’s Travel
Stops, the nation’s industry-leading travel stop network, to bring
public ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to seven
locations in six US states.
esVolta has selected ION Energy, an industry leader in battery management solutions, to improve the operational efficiency of its utility scale battery energy storage projects, in one of the largest such deals in the world. Under the partnership, ION Energy's battery analytics platform, Edison Analytics, will be deployed across esVolta’s entire portfolio of battery energy storage projects in North America, totaling to 581 MWh of energy storage.
Mercedes-Benz Bank has been offering the telematics-based InScore insurance solution since 2017. The solution enables customers to lower their insurance rates by adapting their individual driving style and choosing their routes and times of travel. Since August 2020, interested customers are able to test InScore for up to three weeks for free — and with no obligation.
General Motors announced its technology rollout plan for electrification, intelligent driving and connectivity in China, with an immersive display at the PATAC Design Dome in Shanghai and virtual presentations from the Warren Design Dome in Michigan.
Lucid Motors announced that the Lucid Air will be the fastest charging electric vehicle ever offered with the capability to charge at rates of up to 20 miles per minute. For owners charging their Lucid Air in real-world conditions on the road, that can translate into 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes of charging.
The electric vehicle (EV) charging experience is now even closer to the speed of a gas station visit with the new DC fast charger from leading provider, Tritium. The RT175-S smart charging system powers EVs to an 80% charge in 15 minutes on average and is the first charger on the US market capable of Plug and Charge, a communications protocol enabling electric vehicles and charging equipment to communicate, authenticate and bill customers via the charging cable.
LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has significantly grown its authorised service and maintenance network by signing a partnership with one of the UK’s largest end-to-end fleet management companies, Rivus Fleet Solutions.
MAHLE has developed two standardized air filter solutions for fuel cells. Thanks to this new modular approach, MAHLE is able to significantly reduce development times and costs,with developers now having direct access to a fully developed “off-the-shelf” component instead of having to design individual solutions for each vehicle.
The transport company Hamburger Hochbahn AG has signed a framework
agreement with Daimler Buses for the delivery of fully electric
Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and the new eCitaro G articulated bus. The
agreement is part of a record order for up to 530 emission-free urban
buses for the Hochbahn company from 2021 to 2025. The exact number and
their distribution will be defined during the term of contract.
Polestar has announced the location of its first UK Space, located in Westfield London. Also known as Westfield White City or Westfield Shepherds Bush, the largest shopping centre in Europe was an obvious choice of location for the growing Swedish electric performance brand.
Toyota Motor Corporation and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) are expanding their global collaboration, applying AWS’s vast portfolio of services to expand Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform (MSPF), an ecosystem to help Toyota engineers develop, deploy, and manage the next generation of data-driven mobility services for driver and passenger safety, security, comfort, and convenience in Toyota’s cloud-connected vehicles.
The first electric vehicle rapid chargers at a Marks & Spencer store are now live at Maidstone Eclipse Park in Kent. Supplied and installed by bp Chargemaster, the three new 50kW chargers are now available at the company’s newest store, just off junction 7 of the M20 in Kent.