Tag: Germany

Mercedes-Benz AG is investing more than 1 billion euros in a global battery production network

The battery production network will consist of nine factories at seven locations on three continents.

Plants at Kamenz (Germany), Bangkok (Thailand) and Beijing (China) are already online. The next location to soon start battery production will be Jawor (Poland), followed by plants around Stuttgart (Germany), and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

A Kamenz plant has been producing batteries since 2012.

Together with its local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP), Mercedes-Benz Cars has set up a battery production facility in Bangkok (Thailand), which started operations in 2019. Mercedes-Benz and BAIC have jointly set up a local battery production facility at the existing plant location in the Yizhuang Industrial Park in Beijing (China). Production at a battery factory in Jawor, Poland, will start in 2020. At the Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim, Germany, battery factories are currently being built at the Brühl and Hedelfingen locations. A battery factory is also currently being built near the existing Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, USA. A new battery factory will also be built at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant.

More » The Driven, TechAU, Elektroauto-News (German), elektroniket (German), electrive, Green Car Congress, Reuters

Alstom reports on the successful trial of the world’s first two hydrogen trains


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After 530 days and more than 180,000 driven kilometres, the successful trial operation of the world’s first two hydrogen trains was officially completed at the end of February. Two pre-series trains of Alstom’s Coradia iLint model have been in passenger service since September 2018…

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Germany will not be receiving the Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV)

Elektroauto News » (German)

German Translation »

The Hyundai Nexo is a special electric car. Electrical energy is generated in his fuel cell while driving. This requires hydrogen and oxygen. A promising, clean drive technology that unfortunately has no future in Germany – at least not in the car.

Lighter, more range and quickly refueled. There are good reasons to choose the combination of fuel cell and hydrogen in the car. Unfortunately, good reasons are not enough for market success…

Volkswagen retailers in Germany agree new sales model, integrating online sales with the showroom, starting with the new ID. family of electric cars

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3

The new agency model is a response to growing customer desire to switch to online channels.

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From sales launch, customers can order vehicles from the ID. family direct from Volkswagen. At the same time, they select their preferred dealer for personalized customer care and local services.

Under the new model, dealers assume the role of agent for selling cars to private customers and small commercial enterprises. They look after acquisition, sales consultation, organizing test drives, transaction processing and vehicle handover in coordination with Volkswagen. The preferred dealer chosen by the customer at the beginning of the sales process receives the same commission and bonus as in showroom business, even if the vehicle is purchased online direct from Volkswagen. Volkswagen decides on the vehicle price, thus dispensing with complicated price negotiations. Dealers can therefore count on calculable compensation regardless of whether the customer buys their vehicle online or in the showroom…

More » Electric Cars Report, Engadget

VW is opening pop-up stores in some German cities to promote the new ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3

The Volkswagen ID. Stores will promote the new VW ID.3. There is already an ID. Stores in Dresden and another is expected within the next few weeks in Munich. The ID. Stores follow the popular temporary pop-up concept.

The VW ID.3 will be on the order books from June 17, 2020.

More » Elektroauto News, Electrek

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