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The long-range Segway Ninebot G30LP delivers on distance, speed and comfort

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MAXimum Power, MAXimum Joy

Apart from the outstanding design, the new Ninebot MAX G30LE is designed to be sturdier and more powerful for MAXimum pleasure. The MAX G30LE can speed up to a maximum speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) and enables you to explore the world around you or simply commute with a range up to approx. 40 km (24.9 miles).

MAX Function

Maximum speed up to 25 km/h and 20% climbing ability.

MAX Range

367Wh high-capacity battery, 40km long battery life.

MAX Appearance

Classic geometric design, stylish ice white and anthracite grey colour.

Push the limit to the MAX

The Ninebot KickScooter MAX G30LE strives to reach new heights of performance. When you ride on the road, the powerful motor of 350 W delivers a fast and sturdy riding experience up to a maximum speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph).

Regenerative Braking System

The Ninebot MAX G30LE features a regenerative braking system that powers the KickScooter through electricity and recycled energy from riding. The energy is collected from the regenerative braking system and distributed when you need a boost to enhance the user experience when braking and to prolong the range.

The KickScooter MAX G30LE can climb slopes up to 20 % thanks to its powerful motor, allowing it to go uphill easily. In addition, the rear-wheel drive offers better acceleration stability and power efficiency.

2.5W Built-In Front LED Light

The upgraded 2.5W high-brightness LED light is designed to illuminate the path ahead of you and increase your visibility to others around you without disorientating them.

Tesla spotted gathering hundreds of Model Ys at Gigafactory Berlin, but approval status still uncertain

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Tesla has been spotted gathering hundreds of Model Y vehicles outside of Gigafactory Berlin – indicating that production is advancing.

However, the regulatory approval to officially start production for customer deliveries is still uncertain.

Gigafactory Berlin, a critical new factory for Tesla’s plans to expand in Europe and improve its manufacturing and distribution efficiency, has been in limbo for months.

The automaker has yet to secure the needed environmental permit to start producing vehicles for customer deliveries.

Last month, Tesla confirmed that it built the first few Model Ys at Gigafactory Berlin at the end of 2021.

The automaker also received approval to build 2,000 Model Y bodies at Gigafactory Berlin ahead of the final approval by the state of Brandenburg.

Tesla said it needed to conduct more tests of its production process.

Those tests seem to be working as Tesla has now been spotted rolling out hundreds of Model Y vehicles from Gigafactory Berlin in a new drone flyover of the plant:

It looks like Tesla is now achieving significant production of the new Model Y in Germany, which is both positive and negative.

When, or if, Tesla receives approval, it will be able to achieve higher production volumes faster, but in the meantime, having this kind of operation at Gigafactory Berlin without creating any revenue is quite costly.

Tesla is investing hundreds of millions in producing those vehicles, and it’s not getting anything out of them now.

If it continues that way without approval, it will start to be a big strain on its income statement.

On the other side, it’s also making Germany look bad for businesses as Tesla’s experience is going to serve as a warning about the country’s bureaucracy, which is becoming a real issue for the new factory project.

Right now, one of the main holdups in the environmental approval appears to be related to water supply.

Tesla had to revise several times its water supply plan as the region is suffering from failing groundwater.

However, Brandenburg Economy Minister Joerg Steinbach said that the situation is manageable for the first phase (Model Y production) of the factory:

The current water supply is sufficient for the first stage of the factory. Once Tesla expands the site, we’ll need more.

Tesla currently plans to use 1.4 million cubic meters of water annually – or the equivalent of the demand for a town of around 40,000 people.

The region is expected to dig more wells to try to compensate for the reduction in groundwater.

In the meantime, it’s still not clear when Tesla could receive its environmental approval for the state to officially start production and deliveries from Gigafactory Berlin.

ZipCharge, the portable EV charging experts, accelerate growth plans with appointment of world-leading growth advisors

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ZipCharge, the portable EV charging expert, has today announced the appointment of global growth and investment specialists Mouve and Co. This major milestone is a key step towards ZipCharge’s mission to democratise the ownership of electric vehicles mass producing its first product, the Go, the revolutionary portable EV charger that allows anyone to charge their electric vehicles anywhere they park.

Mouve and Co. is a renowned leader in advising rapidly growing start-ups in the sustainability and mobility sectors on capital raises and growth strategies. It works closely with global automotive manufacturers and suppliers and will be able to assist ZipCharge with strategic alliances. Mouve will also explore opportunities for ZipCharge to play a role in the entire smart energy value chain and power management. The company is led by Jean-Francois Tremblay and Dr Rainer Scholz, who bring decades of experience from global leadership and advisory roles in the automotive and technology sectors.

ZipCharge

Jonathan Carrier, ZipCharge co-founder “Our mission it to make EV ownership accessible for all, removing all barriers for owners transitioning to electric vehicles. This appointment is a key component of ZipCharge’s growth strategy as we rapidly move towards the on-sale date of the game-changing Go portable charger. It also boosts our ambitious plans to develop new products that will help transform the EV ecosystem, making electric vehicle ownership a possibility for everyone. 

“Mouve and its leadership team understand the challenges and opportunities of realising growth in the fast-evolving automotive industry and the shift to electrification and mobility. The team’s guidance and contribution as long-term advisors will be an essential building block in firmly establishing ZipCharge as a leader in the field of EV charging and smart energy management”

Jean-Francois Tremblay, Mouve and Co. co-founder “ZipCharge is a terrific business with a transformative product and a huge opportunity both for growth and to help more people be able to own and use electric vehicles. We are looking forward to helping support its growth strategy through investment and establishing what we know will be a hugely successful long-term partnership.”

The lightweight ZipCharge Go power bank is the size of a compact wheeled suitcase which can be charged at home or elsewhere using a standard domestic plug. Using the retractable handle, users then wheel it to wherever they’ve parked their EV and plug it into the charging port ZipCharge Go provides up to 20 miles (32km) of range, providing sufficient range for the average daily commute (in UK/EU), in a little over 30 mins.

Like Peloton and other hardware pioneers, ZipCharge will offer its hardware-as-a-service. Chargers will be available to purchase outright or on subscription for as little as £49 (€57) a month.

Zipcharge Go: the portable charger for your EV

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Battery pioneer Zipcharge has begun prototype testing of its portable EV charging solution, the Zipcharge Go. 

Zipcharge describes the Go as a ‘power bank on wheels’ and aims to make EV ownership easier by providing consumers with a more accessible home charging solution. 

The UK-based firm says that it is putting the Zipcharge through rigorous testing and will create several prototypes through the validation and pre-production stage of development. 

Thanks to its lightweight design and wheels for ease of use, the Go allows EV drivers to charge their car in any location. 

The firm says that when connected to an EV the Zipcharge Go can deliver 20 to 40 miles of range in around 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the capacity of the Go. 

The future of electric car charging without using the public charging network

Zipcharge’s portable solution also has a AC/DC inverter for two way charging, allowing it to store power when the price of electricity is low and return it to the grid at peak times.

Alongside hardware testing, Zipcharge is also developing a bespoke control system and mobile app to allow users to operate the Go with a smartphone. 

The Go has a number of security features including geofencing and device tracking, with users able to use the app on their phone to monitor the portable charge anywhere thanks to 4G connectivity. 

Users can also schedule the device to charge at a specific time. 

ZipCharge is also developing a built in artificial intelligence system which they will set up to learn user charging patterns, to make schedule recommendations and optimise charging to save money and reduce the load on the grid.

“Since our launch at COP26 in November last year, ZipCharge has received an unprecedented level of interest from potential customers around the world.”, said Zipcharge co-founder, Jonathan Carrier.

“We expect to confirm final pricing later this year in Q4 2022 as part of the pre-order process. Our mission is to democratise EV charging, which means the ZipCharge Go will be competitively priced and comparable to the purchase and full installation cost of a fixed home charger.”

The brand is hoping to put the Go on sale in early 2023. 

One of Largest Nonprofit Recyclers, Eco-Cycle, Orders Mack® LR Electric as its First BEV

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Harness 120 years of innovative trucking technology with the most durable, hard-working electric truck on the streets today. Introducing the Mack LR Electric.

Mack Trucks announced today that Eco-Cycle, one of the largest nonprofit recyclers and Zero Waste organizations in the U.S., recently ordered a Mack® LR Electric battery electric vehicle (BEV) – the first BEV that Eco-Cycle will add to its fleet.

The announcement was made during an event with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and other state and local officials, Eco-Cycle, Bruckner’s Truck Equipment and Mack representatives at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

“Mack is extremely pleased that Eco-Cycle chose to order the Mack LR Electric to help them fulfill their commitment to Zero Waste and now Zero Emissions,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack senior vice president of sales and operations. “We congratulate Eco-Cycle for setting a new bar and becoming the nation’s first in the composting industry to operate a battery-electric vehicle.”

Featuring twin electric motors offering 448 continuous horsepower and 4,051 lb.-ft. of peak output torque from zero RPM, the Mack LR Electric is offered with a two-speed Mack Powershift transmission, Mack mRIDE suspension and Mack’s proprietary S462R 46,000-pound rear axles.

Four NMC (Nickle Manganese Cobalt Oxide) lithium-ion batteries, charged through a 150kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system, provide vehicle propulsion and power for all onboard accessories, driven through 12V, 24V and 600V circuits. The two-stage regenerative braking system accounts for the refuse truck’s increasing load throughout the day and helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes each day.

“Eco-Cycle is excited to partner with Mack and their global leadership in our transition to EV collection vehicles, said Suzanne Jones, Eco-Cycle executive director. “Mack has developed not only a cutting-edge EV truck, but their depth of understanding of the challenges of innovation make them an exceptional collaborator. From the extensive testing of the LR Electric, to the collaboration with Bruckner’s, the local dealer, Mack has built a platform that we are certain will enable our collective success.”

Eco-Cycle was established in 1976. Eco-Cycle volunteers brought curbside recycling to Boulder that same year, making the city one of the first 20 in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. The Mack LR Electric will help Eco-Cycle achieve another “first,” leading the transition toward electric-powered fleets for haulers, particularly in the waste, recycling and composting industry.

“Eco-Cycle is proud to be pioneering the first commercial-scale electric-powered collection truck for compostables to help lead the transition of commercial scale fleet electrification, merging our mission of Zero Waste with that of Zero Emissions for a more climate-resilient future,” Jones said. “This effort is in keeping with Eco-Cycle’s long history of pioneering ‘firsts’ for the recycling, composting and waste industry.”

Eco-Cycle plans for the Mack LR Electric vehicle to travel 15,000 miles each year collecting compostables generated by commercial and residential clients and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 2,500 tons over the vehicle’s lifetime.

The LR Electric is available with Mack GuardDog® Connect, Mack’s integrated telematics solution. GuardDog Connect monitors battery health and performance and checks for fault codes and defects reported by the battery and electric components of the energy storage system.

When a critical fault code is detected, Mack GuardDog Connect proactively contacts Mack OneCall agents at the Uptime Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. OneCall agents support Mack customers by coordinating repairs and service with the Mack dealer network during planned and unplanned service events. Eco-Cycle will be supported by Bruckner’s Truck and Equipment in Boulder.

“Electric vehicles are the future for commercial trucks as our industry pushes toward zero tailpipe emissions,” said Brian Bruckner, president of Bruckner’s. “Congratulations to Eco-Cycle for leading us forward to a new future of recycling and a new future of green transportation solutions. The future in heavy-duty trucks is now with Bruckner’s and Mack Trucks.”

The LR Electric model may be fitted with equipment bodies from a number of manufacturers, allowing the truck to be tailored to each customer’s unique needs. Customers can choose from the same driver/passenger side driving configurations, seating choices and door options as those offered on the diesel-powered LR model.

Identified by a copper Bulldog ornament on the cab to signify the electric drivetrain, production of the LR Electric began in December 2021 at Lehigh Valley Operations in Macungie, Pennsylvania, where all Mack Class 8 models for North America and export are assembled.

Fresco Unveils Its New All-Electric POD From Norway

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Fresco XL is a fully electric and environmentally friendly POD with a Norwegian design

Oslo, Norway, February 1, 2022 – Fresco Motors AS (“Fresco”), a Norwegian technology company, is pleased to unveil the new Fresco XL. Fresco XL is an all-electric vehicle with no internal combustion engine, allowing the driver to experience unadulterated power without the disruptive noise of a traditional car.

Freco XL with 1000 km per charge

“We are beyond grateful for all of the attention Fresco XL has received,” said Jakob Kirsebom Lanto, CFO & Member of the Board of Fresco. “Therefore, we are pleased to present target specifications and more information about our all-electric POD.”

Fresco goes on to inform that Fresco XL will not only have an electric motor on each axle, but that it will also come with a driving range of approximately 1000 km per charge.

“Due to the harsh climates our customers are located in, we have chosen to equip each axle with their own electric motor,” said Espen Kvalvik, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Fresco. “Not only will this standard equipment ensure better traction on slippery roads, but the all-wheel-drive (AWD) will make the Fresco XL off-road capable as well.”

“The all-electric Fresco XL will come with an extra-large battery pack,” said Adrian Kristofer Locklindh, COO & Member of the Board of Fresco. “As it will be double stacked, it will ensure approx. 1000 km of driving range per charge. In addition to a battery pack that solves the range anxiety problem, we are delighted to unveil that Fresco XL will come with aerodynamic rims, which will ensure a high energy efficiency.”

In addition to these key features, Fresco mentions some practical applications their electric POD can be used in, such as becoming a backup unit in terms of an energy shortage and being able to use it as a camper.

“In the case you need some additional energy, hook up your Fresco XL to your house or cabin,” said Adrian Kristofer Locklindh, COO & Member of the Board of Fresco. “Due to its rather large battery pack, it would essentially work as a backup unit, and as the Fresco XL is such an extra-large vehicle, you can quite easily use it for camping and road trips. All you need to do is pull down the seats to create a flat surface, put in your bedding and use it as a camper.”

VISION EQXX – taking electric range and efficiency to an entirely new level

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Range and efficiency are set to define the electric era. Outstanding range will make electric cars suitable for every journey and will speed adoption. Exceptional efficiency will create a virtuous circle of battery size and weight reduction, allowing us to go further with less. Mercedes-Benz is determined to lead the way. We are already leading the charts of real-world range with the EQS with 245 kW (electrical consumption WLTP combined: 19.8-15.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), as evidenced by the recent Edmunds test where an EQS 450+ travelled 422 miles on one charge, 77 miles further than any other car previously tested.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX: Der effizienteste Mercedes-Benz, der je gebaut wurde: mehr Reichweite mit weniger Energie, mehr Luxus und Komfort mit geringeren Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt und mehr Elektromobilität mit weniger Abfall. Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX: The most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built: more range from less energy, more luxury and convenience with less impact on nature, and more electric mobility with less waste.

But Mercedes-Benz is not resting. Driven by the idea of zero impact on our planet and a highly responsible use of green energy, we inspired our engineers to go above and beyond. They are working intensively to take range and efficiency to a whole new level. The VISION EQXX is the result of a mission we set ourselves to break through technological barriers across the board and to lift energy efficiency to new heights. It demonstrates the gains that are possible through rethinking the fundamentals from the ground up. This includes advances across all elements of its cutting-edge electric drivetrain as well as the use of lightweight engineering and sustainable materials. Complete with a barrage of innovative and intelligent efficiency measures, including advanced software, VISION EQXX allows us to explore new frontiers of efficiency.

“The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars. Just one-and-a-half years ago, we started this project leading to the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built – with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. It has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres on a single charge using a battery that would fit even into a compact vehicle. The VISION EQXX is an advanced car in so many dimensions – and it even looks stunning and futuristic. With that, it underlines where our entire company is headed: We will build the world’s most desirable electric cars.” Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG

VISION EQXX – designed for the road trip to electromobility

There’s a reason why road trips have been a cultural touchstone for at least 70 years, telling stories from the highway in books, movies and music. The road trip defines freedom, individuality, the very spirit of the automobile and the passing world. Stick a pin in the map – and drive. Be in tune with the tarmac, and with the car. This urge to explore, discover and revel in the world beyond our horizon is part of what it is to be human. It’s the pioneering spirit that pairs vision with the tenacity to make it happen.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX, Design, Skizze, Exterieur Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX, design sketch exterior

The journey to electric mobility is a road trip; as exhilarating as it is challenging, as unknown as it is certain. The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is a vehicle designed for that road trip. It answers the progressive demands of a modern generation of customers for and emotionality through innovation. Part of a far-reaching technology programme, this software-defined research prototype was engineered by women and men with the creativity, ingenuity and determination to deliver one of the planet’s most efficient cars – in every respect. They did so using the latest digital technology, the agility of a start-up and the speed of Formula 1.

The result is an efficiency masterpiece that, based on internal digital simulations in real-life traffic conditions, will be capable of exceeding 1,000 kilometres[1] on a single charge with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres (efficiency of more than 6 miles per kWh).

By ripping up the automotive engineering rule book, Mercedes-Benz has built a software-driven electric car that re-imagines the road trip for the electric era. At the same time, it presents a highly progressive interpretation of the fundamental Mercedes-Benz principles of modern luxury and Sensual Purity. Rather than simply increasing the size of the battery, the cross-functional, international team focused on maximising long-distance efficiency. They pulled out all the stops in drivetrain efficiency, energy density, aerodynamics and lightweight design.

“The technology programme behind the VISION EQXX will define and enable future Mercedes-Benz models and features,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes‑Benz AG, Chief Technology Officer responsible for Development and Procurement. “As a halo car, the VISION EQXX firmly establishes Mercedes-Benz as the brand that pairs luxury with technology in the automotive world and beyond. And the way we developed it is as revolutionary as the vehicle itself. VISION EQXX has seen the best minds from our R&D centres work together with engineers from our Formula 1 and Formula E programmes. They are proving that innovations from motorsport – where powertrains are already highly electrified – have immediate relevance for road car development. We are challenging current development processes with innovative spirit and outside-the-box thinking. This truly is the way forward.”

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX: Radikal neues, von Mercedes-Benz entwickeltes elektrisches Antriebskonzept erreicht einen Benchmark-Wirkungsgrad von 95 Prozent von der Batterie bis zu den Rädern. Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX: Radical new electric drive system designed and built in-house achieves benchmark efficiency of 95% from battery to wheels.

The VISION EQXX is an exciting, inspirational, yet completely realistic way forward for electric vehicle technology. In addition to its ground-breaking energy efficiency, it offers meaningful answers to pressing issues. For instance, sustainable materials throughout cut the carbon footprint considerably. Its UI/UX features a radical new one-piece display that comes to life with responsive real-time graphics and spans the entire width of the vehicle. Other elements of the UI/UX help the car and driver work together as one, and even use technology that mimics the workings of the human brain. And the software-led development process that delivered it revolutionises the way electric cars are designed.

This car is one outcome of an ongoing programme that is delivering a blueprint for the future of automotive engineering. Many of its features and developments are already being integrated into production, including the next generation of the MMA – the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture for compact and medium-sized cars.

VISION EQXX: main points at a glance

A car with a mission – the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built

Efficiency means achieving more from less. The VISION EQXX is packed with efficiency improvements that push the envelope with a mixture of advanced technology and talented teamwork. The outcome will be a road-legal research prototype that delivers more range from less energy, more tangible luxury and convenience with less impact on nature, and more electric mobility with less waste. A raft of digital tools and a software-led approach also delivered more car in less time.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX: Neuromorphe Computing-Systeme haben das Potenzial, den Energiebedarf für den Betrieb der neuesten KI-Technologien in Fahrzeugen radikal zu senken. Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX: Neuromorphic computing systems have the potential to radically reduce the energy needed to run the latest AI technologies in vehicles.

#EnergyWizard: Across the board, efficiency engineering achievements delivered an astounding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 km (efficiency of more than 6 miles per kWh)

#ElectricDrive: Radical new system designed and built in-house – it achieves benchmark efficiency of 95% from battery to wheels

#RangeBuster: More than 1,000 km (over 620 miles)  on a single charge on public roads puts an end to range anxiety

#EnergyDensity: With expert engineering and Formula 1 thinking, our battery chemists squeezed the energy of the EQS into the dimensions of a compact car. The battery pack in the VISION EQXX holds almost 100 kWh of energy, yet has 50% less volume and is 30% lighter than the already benchmark pack in EQS.

#AeroChamp: Exterior designers and aerodynamicists delivered a #benchmark drag coefficient of cd 0.17

#SustainableMaterials: Innovative recycled and plant-based materials remove waste from landfill and lower carbon footprint

#UpliftMindset: A pioneering team of Mercedes-Benz engineers worked with the world’s fastest race lab at High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix (MGP) to engineer a highly efficient and compact electric drivetrain and lightweight battery case

#BionicEngineering: Inspired by natural forms and in partnership with innovative start-ups, engineers used advanced digital tools to lower weight and reduce waste by removing excess material assisted by 3D printing

#RollingEfficiency: Ultra-low-rolling-resistance tyres with optimised aerodynamic geometry combine with lightweight magnesium wheels for increased range

#BrakingLightly: Lightweight brake discs made from aluminium alloy are a great fit for the VISION EQXX and help keep weight down

#EfficiencyOnTheRoad: Electric-only chassis with lightweight F1 subframe brings racing efficiency to the road

#SolarPower: Ultra-thin roof panels feed the battery system for up to 25 km of extra range

#HumanMachineMerge: Intuitive and intelligent user interface and user experience with guidance and assistance for efficient driving brings even closer harmony for the electric age

The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.
The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.
The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.
The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.
The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.
The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.
The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.
Der VISION EQXX zeigt, wie sich Mercedes-Benz die Zukunft des Elektroautos vorstellt. Das Auto hat eine Reichweite von mehr als 1.000 Kilometern und einen Energieverbrauch von weniger als 10 kWh pro 100 Kilometer. Der VISION EQXX steht für neue Maßstäbe hinsichtlich Energieeffizienz und Reichweite im realen Straßenverkehr sowie für die revolutionäre The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.
The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.

Dylan Alcott and Rafael Nadal introduce Kia’s all electric vehicle, the EV6, ahead of Australian Open 2022

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Ahead of the anticipated Australian Open kicking off on Monday, the newly-named Kia Arena today hosted Kia’s annual Kia Fleet Handover Ceremony, debuting the manufacturer’s first fully-electric, high-performance vehicle, the Kia EV6, in celebration of 21 years as the major partner.

The event saw Kia handover the keys to this year’s 130-strong fleet of cars including 10 yet to be released the Kia EV6 models, which are dedicated to ensuring Australian Open players, officials and VIP guests are transported safely and in style.

World tennis legends and Kia ambassadors Dylan Alcott, who is playing his last grand slam before retirement, and Rafael Nadal, who is making a comeback after injury, also showcased the brand’s commitment to sustainability by using the Kia EV6’s Vehicle to Load function to power the impressive LED animation billboard at today’s ceremony.

Kia Australia Chief Executive Officer James Cho said, “This is an exciting year for the Grand Slam as stadiums fill up again with fans and we share the Kia Arena with revelers and the broader Tennis community.

Kia Arena is a true testament to our long-standing partnership with Tennis Australia, which continues to grow from strength to strength.

Together, we’re excited to welcome guests back to the precinct for fans and players to enjoy the exhilarating stadium experience once again.”

Australian Open Tournament Director, Craig Tiley added, “As we celebrate over two decades of our powerful partnership with Kia, we’re excited to mark the occasion with the naming of the Kia Arena. Kia has helped drive our success as a world-renowned sporting tournament and this year’s courtesy fleet is no different with the focus on the sustainable vehicles. We are looking forward seeing the premium Kia Arena come to life and another year collaborating with Kia as part of the Tennis Australia family.”

On a larger scale throughout the Australian Open, the Kia EV6 will also power elements of the ‘Kia Halo’, a world-first activation at Melbourne Park. The EV6 will take centre stage in the immersive and curvaceous 360-degree bespoke structure, a representation of the new Kia brand slogan, ‘Movement that Inspires’.

With the vehicle elevated on a bed of 250 aluminum rods choreographed to dance in a wave-like motion, the display is an interpretation of Kia’s brand evolution and its commitment to technology, innovation, and mobility.

Kia Australia General Manager of Marketing, Dean Norbiato continued, “As we welcome fans back to Melbourne Park this year, we needed to up our experiential game, and I am confident we’ve done that with our EV6 powered activation.

The ‘Kia Halo’ is an audacious, visually arresting display accompanied by a custom pink noise sound scape that brings the listener into a more inspired state of mind. It truly embodies our movement that inspires ethos.”

Kia has set out on its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and become a truly sustainable, responsible, and innovative mobility solutions leader. This vision is reflected as Kia prioritises sustainability in its Australian Open 2022 fleet with the introduction of 10 stylish EV6 vehicles, in addition to 70 athletic Sportage SUVs and 50 luxury Carnival people movers.

The Kia Halo activation and a collection of the Kia EV6 vehicles will be on display on Grand Slam Oval at Melbourne Park during Australian Open 2022 from Monday 17th January for two weeks.

Cadillac Introduces InnerSpace Autonomous Concept at CES 2022

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Two-person electric luxury concept offers vision of future personal mobility focused on elevating the passenger experience, grows Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio

Leveraging cutting-edge technologies designed to enhance the passenger experience along with the increased personal time enabled by fully autonomous mobility, InnerSpace grows the Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio of vehicles envisioned to not only move passengers in a luxurious environment but enhance their well-being. The Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio represents future possibilities with a range of personal autonomous options and advanced connected vehicle features.

“The vehicles of the Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio are designed to provide effortless travel through extraordinary means,” said Bryan Nesbitt, GM executive director, Global Advanced Design and Global Architecture Studio. “They are visions for the next decade and beyond, showing the possibilities enabled by General Motors’ comprehensive approach to autonomous drive technology with the goal of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.”

Cadillac introduced the first two Halo concepts last year at CES: the PersonalSpace, a single-seat, personal vertical takeoff and landing concept designed to literally move its passenger above the din and congestion of ground traffic, and the SocialSpace, a roomy, autonomous vehicle for up to six, designed to help passengers relax and recharge.

Conceptually, the portfolio repurposes how passengers use their time while traveling, providing a space for solace and respite. Full autonomy relinquishes the responsibility of vehicle control while dramatic design and advanced technologies maintain the sensation of arriving in a Cadillac.

In fact, technologies such as biometric input and AI machine learning are harnessed and complement Cadillac’s signature luxury environment to support unique wellness experiences. Through software-defined features and advanced vehicle connectivity, the Cadillac Concept Halo Portfolio could offer each passenger a truly personalized experience made possible by GM’s Ultifi software platform. Ultifi enables seamless delivery of software updates to customers over the air. The experiences showcased within the Halo Portfolio demonstrate the potential as both Ultifi and autonomous technology continue to evolve.

The PersonalSpace and SocialSpace will join the InnerSpace in GM’s virtual CES experience this week, along with a video glimpse of future luxury travel with another concept — the OpenSpace — to be introduced later.

“Electrification and autonomous driving will fundamentally change the role of vehicles and the experiences customers have with them,” said Nesbitt. “We’re exploring where that will go with these innovative concepts, envisioning mobility as an ally of wellness, giving customers the ultimate luxury, more personal time rather than taking it.”  

Reimagining the luxury experience

Early in Cadillac’s history, compact and personal Runabout models enabled customers to explore new and wider horizons. The new InnerSpace concept reimagines that vision, with a fully autonomous experience that allows two passengers to focus on their journey and not driving.

The vehicle’s fully autonomous capability means they could explore more of the world around them, as well as inside the vehicle, with more personal and tailored experiences that add new dimensions to Cadillac’s signature luxury experience. AI-driven biometric input and interfaces, accessible via a large, immersive and panoramic SMD LED display, allow passengers to select from Augmented Reality Engagement, Entertainment and Wellness Recovery themes for their drive. Thanks to Ultifi, Cadillac engineers and authorized third parties will be able to innovate additional themes and features that can be added over the air.

With the Ultium Platform’s wireless battery management system, the battery modules are spread about the concept vehicle, which allowed designers to optimize the cabin for spaciousness and serenity. This design freedom also allowed for a low-profile floor, providing an extremely low, sports car-like seating position.

On the exterior, the dramatically designed InnerSpace features expansive, panoramic glass on the roof and part of the body sides for almost unimpeded views. The roof opens with the doors for more comfortable entry and egress, and the seats also pivot outward when the doors are opened, enhancing the effect.

Even the InnerSpace’s tires are designed to contribute to its solace. Developed by Goodyear for electrified vehicles, they feature SoundComfort technology designed to help mitigate soundwave resonance within the tire for a quiet ride, while soybean oil and rice husk-based silica replaces petroleum-based oil as a key ingredient in their construction. And because autonomous driving takes away some of the driver’s connection with the road, Goodyear SightLine, Goodyear’s tire intelligence technology, conveys important information about pressure, temperature, load and other performance factors.

Virtual exhibit

The new InnerSpace concept and the other vehicles in the Cadillac Halo Concept Portfolio can be viewed online, along with the rest of the General Motors display at GMExhibitZero.com.

Volta Trucks, The Crown Estate and Clipper Logistics partner to decarbonise Central London retail distribution

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Volta Trucks, the leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has partnered with The Crown Estate, one of the West End of London’s largest property owners, and Clipper Logistics, its distribution provider, to decarbonise and consolidate deliveries into London’s world-famous Regent Street retailers, improving air quality and congestion in the city centre.

Set to launch as a trial in summer 2022, the full-electric Volta Zero is a key component of The Crown Estate’s latest delivery consolidation scheme for its Regent Street customers as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing emissions throughout the West End. The Crown Estate’s London portfolio spans 10 million sq ft and comprises of Regent Street and around half of St James’s, with an offer extending across the workplace, retail, dining, leisure, and residential sectors. Dating back more than 260 years, The Crown Estate is a unique business with a diverse portfolio across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its portfolio is actively managed to create lasting and shared prosperity for the nation, with a long-term view of creating meaningful and lasting financial, social, and environmental value, both today, and for future generations. It returns all of its profits to the Treasury to benefit the nation.

For The Crown Estate’s Regent Street customers, this offers access to a single accessible consolidation centre, just outside London’s congestion charge zone, where their deliveries are combined and dispatched to and from store.

With its range of 95 – 125 miles, the full-electric Volta Zero is perfectly suited to this role, offering zero-emission deliveries between the consolidation centre and stores. The purpose-built Volta Zero has been designed to be as safe as possible with a glasshouse-style cab that maximises driver visibility and provides industry-leading safety and driver working environment standards. Its large 8.6-tonne payload also removes several smaller 3.5-tonne vans from the streets, which helps reduce traffic congestion.  

Since 2008, Clipper Logistics have been working with The Crown Estate to operate the Regent Street delivery scheme, which has been consolidating multiple individual goods delivery trips into fewer combined journeys, helping to tackle London’s traffic congestion, improving local air quality, and supporting retailer efficiency. The initiative was the first of its kind in London and has benefited many Regent Street customers.

Confirming the agreement with The Crown Estate and Clipper Logistics, Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, said; “The full-electric Volta Zero is specifically designed for zero-emission urban distribution with exactly The Crown Estate and Clipper Logistics’ use case in mind. And with 8.6-tonnes of payload, it was created to consolidate deliveries and reduce congestion of smaller vehicles on city centre streets. I look forward to seeing The Crown Estate and Clipper Logistics-liveried vehicles operating on the famous streets of London’s West End in only a few months’ time.

Judith Everett, Executive Director for Purpose, Sustainability & Stakeholder at The Crown Estate, added; “This partnership is another important step towards reducing congestion, improving air quality, and making our streets safer and more accessible across the West End. It will be a win-win for us and our customers, helping support their deliveries and our joint sustainability ambitions. It builds on our continued work to trial and test to see what works best for everyone using our streets, now and in the future.”

Mick Doe, Transport Operations Director at Clipper Logistics, concluded; “As a business, we recognise we are high milage road users, but we are committed to reducing unnecessary road miles, and ensuring that what we do accumulate is cleaner. We are delighted to partner with Volta Trucks and The Crown Estate as part of our on-going commitment to improving the Regent Street environment. The partnership demonstrates Clipper’s agility and logistics ability by working to combat congestion and environmental impact in one of the world’s busiest retail areas.”