Tesla Gigafactory Sets New Construction Speed “Record”

US electric carmaker Tesla has gotten off to a flying start in its goal of completing its first European “gigafactory” in Grünheide near Berlin.

Hydrogen Busses

The eastern German city of Cottbus wants to make its bus fleet CO2 neutral. For that to happen, some of its 55 vehicles will have to run on “green hydrogen” produced from renewably generated electricity.

Drones for Germany’s East

May 2021 will see the scheduled opening of the German Aerospace Center DLR’s National Testing Center for unmanned civilian aviation systems in Cochstedt. This eastern German town was chosen because it possessed an underused regional airport, which the DLR acquired in mid-2019.

EVs and Hybrid Quadruple Market Share

According to figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the number of newly registered electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) in Germany grew by some 400 percent in August. 33,203 such cars were registered, accounting for a record 13.2% of the market.

Chinese-German Rail Connection

Sinotrans, the logistics division of China Merchants Group (CMG), has established its own rail link between Shenzhen and Duisburg, offering a new connection for freight transport between the Pearl River Delta and Europe.

Taking a Spin in Germany

US automaking giant Ford has joined the German e-scooter market. This summer, Ford subsidiary Spin rolled out two-wheelers in the western German cities of Cologne, Dortmund and Essen.

Hybrid Trains in Southern Germany

Regional train authority SFBW has purchased 20 Siemens Mobility hybrid-battery trains for use in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg.

Ten-in-One Electric Vehicle

Lots of motor vehicles try to appeal to customers with their flexibility, but new German automaker Electric Brands is considerably raising the bar. The firm’s eBussy is a small, modular electric vehicle that can be reassembled into pick-up trucks, capers and vans of no fewer than ten different shapes and sizes.

Logistics in Germany Rises to Covid-19

Continuing our week-long look at how various German industries’ are faring during the coronavirus pandemic, we scrutinize the logistics sector.

BITC Beginning

July 10, 2020 saw the opening of the 5,000-square-meter Battery Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) in the Erfurter Kreuz area of the eastern German state of Thuringia. The center will be the site of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems.