Silicon Valley and Germany’s industrial Ruhr Valley are teaming up – to produce electric transport vehicles.
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On the front of the rather nondescript square concrete building in Hamburg are the words “Welcome to the new Stone Age.” But the new electro-thermic (ETES) energy storage facility, which is being tested by Siemens Gamesa, is very much about the future, not the past.
The German start-up Sono Motors is mass-producing a surprisingly affordable EV that can run on self-generated solar power alone. Not only that, the Sion also includes its own built-in mobility system.
Germany is putting its money where its mouth is in terms of hydrogen-based energy technology. Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier has promised to make Germany the “world number one,” and three German ministries are pumping hundreds of millions of euros into programs toward that end.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out in favor of CO2 neutral aviation.
The state of Hessen has ordered 27 hydrogen-powered trains for use on lines including those to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt.
Power company ENBW has announced the construction of what will be Germany’s largest solar energy park. What’s more, the firm is doing this without any help at all from state subsidies.
German carmaker Opel is following many of its competitors and going green.
MTU Aero Engines has purchased a ten-million-euro stake in the air taxi company e.Sat in the western German city of Aachen. The aircraft motor producer will be involved in the development and construction of an electro-hybrid motor for the air taxis.
The first half of 2019 was a watershed in the electric-vehicle market. According to a study by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), Germany led the way for the first time ever in newly registered e-automobiles with 48,000.