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Fastned raises €12m bond for European fast charging

Source: Fastned

The bond will be used to continue the expansion of Fastned’s charging network as it looks to new locations in mainland Europe and London Dutch charging network pioneer Fastned has had quite a year. Following it success in a tender by Transport for London in April (covering 300 new charging …

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Shanghai Edrive opens fuel cell facility

Technicians at Ballard’s fuel cell stack production facilities in Burnaby, Canada.

Shanghai Edrive site will assemble Chinese-produced Ballard fuel cell stacks into 30kW and 85kW FCEV engines Ballard Power Systems has announced that a subsidiary of Broad-Ocean Motor – Shanghai Edrive – has commissioned a fuel cell manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China. Shanghai Edrive will assemble Ballard FCveloCity® 30kW and 85kW fuel …

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Uniti officially unveils flagship EV with 2019 production promise

Uniti One. Source: UNITI Sweden AB

The company has unveiled details and photographs of the Uniti One EV at its production plant in Landskrona. Swedish start-up Uniti has raised over US$1 million through crowdsourcing to develop and build its affordable EV prototype for the global market. Following such a successful investment drive, the event was attended by …

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Ontario likely to fall short on EV target

Map of proposed EV chargers in 2016. Source:

Ontario appears behind on its aim to increase EV sales to 5% of total vehicle sales by 2020, but other developments in the sector are cause for optimism Ontario is likely to miss its EV target for 2020. The populous Canadian province offers tens of millions of dollars in subsidies …

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VW says ID CROZZ EV coming in 2020


The I.D. CROZZ will be based on the same modular electric (MEB) platform as the VW Bus and I.D. hatchback First announced in Shanghai earlier in the year , Volkswagen has brought the ID CROZZ concept vehicle to the LA Motor Show.  The four-door, all-wheel-drive and all-electric SUV is anticipated …

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DeNA, Nissan to trial LEAF “robo-taxis” in 2018

Nissan and DeNA's Easy Ride brand

Nissan and DeNA join automakers like GM experimenting with their own self-driving technology and services This week Nissan reaffirmed its intention to join the ranks of automakers linking up their electric production models with the emergent world of autonomous driving. Having formed a partnership with mobile and gaming technology firm …

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Jaguar I-PACE rolls into California

Jaguar I-PACE on the road in California

Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, the I-PACE, has already completed 1.5 million miles of testing via a 200-strong fleet of prototypes, ahead of its release in 2018 Jaguar’s long-awaited touring EV, the I-PACE, has returned to the LA Motor Show this week, following the unveiling of a production concept at the …

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Mercedes-Benz supplies hybrid Econic refuse truck

The new Mercedes-Benz Econic 1838 4x2 refuse collection vehicle being used in Lewisham.

The hybrid Econic model uses an electric, battery-powered tipper and  crusher Embracing electrification in transport also means finding alternative solutions for other vehicle functions. in the case of one Mercedes-Benz Econic 1838 4×2 refuse truck used in London, that includes adding an electric tipper and crusher to the main truck body. Mercedes-Benz …

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UCS study says EVs cheaper to run than ICEs


Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that switching to an EV could save the average driver over US$1,000 a year compared with an ICE vehicle Running an EV is cheaper than filling up the tank of an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, says a new study. The paper, …

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Mahindra & Renesas launch Formula E partnership

Mahindra's M3Electro Formula E racer

New Formula E equipment partnership for Mahindra Racing precedes victory in first race of the season in Hong Kong Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra and semiconductor producer Renesas Electronics have announced a strategic Formula E partnership, with the latter now on board as the official technology partner of the Mahindra …

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MOIA shows off first ride-sharing EV

MOIA's ride-pooling EV

Ride-pooling start-up MOIA shows off fully electric van with space for up to six passengers Volkswagen Group’s mobility start -up MOIA, today introduced its electric ride-pooling concept, one year after the company’s inception. Formed with the aim of significantly reducing traffic in major cities, the startup presented its ride pooling …

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BMW looks worldwide for Mini EV partners

MINI Electric Concept

BMW looks across the world for Mini EV partners, with hints that the whole brand could be electrified in future BMW AG is reportedly in talks with other car manufacturers “around the world” to try to find partners to lower the cost of making its Mini cars electric. A member …

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Kia presents 2018 NIRO PHEV

2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid

The 2018 Niro PHEV offers an estimated 26 miles of all-electric range “The Niro Plug-in is the exciting next step in Kia’s progression toward offering more alternative fuel vehicles by 2020,” Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America (KMA) said last week, commenting on the launch of …

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SK Innovation to build Hungarian Gigafactory

Komarom, Hungary

US$775 million factory to produce 7.5 GWh per year, as SK Innovation follows LG Chem and Samsung SDI into Eastern Europe Following speculation for much of this week, South Korea’s SK Innovation confirmed on November 30 that it is to build its first foreign battery plant in Hungary, with a …

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CMB launches world’s first hydrogen-diesel passenger vessel

Source: CMB

Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) has announced the launch of the Hydroville – the world’s first accredited passenger shuttle to operate under both hydrogen and diesel propulsion. Earlier in November, CMB completed successful sea-trials of the Hydroville passenger shuttle and received the Certificate of Class from accreditation group Lloyd’s Register. This …

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