Electric vehicles

Batteries 30-07-2020

EU invests €350m in first domestic battery gigafactory

The European Investment Bank issued a €350 million loan on Thursday (30 July) to a Swedish company that hopes to corner a significant share of the global battery market by building the greenest power packs available.
Batteries 17-07-2020

UK’s next-gen warplane could tap battery power

BAE Systems, the defence company behind the British air force’s new fighter jet, has teased the prospect of electric-battery systems playing a substantial role in powering the RAF’s next-generation Tempest warplane, due to enter service in the 2030s.
Batteries 17-07-2020

BMW agrees €2bn battery contract with Swedish firm

German carmaker BMW signed a battery-supply contract worth €2 billion with Swedish manufacturer Northvolt this week, in the latest example of Europe’s big auto firms preparing to ramp up electric vehicle production.
Energy 08-07-2020

VW to ditch petrol and diesel cars manufacturing at key factory

Volkswagen is set to remove production lines for all internal combustion engine vehicles from one of its key factories this year, replacing them with electric vehicle production capacity. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.
02-07-2020

Tesla tops list of most valuable carmakers

US electric vehicle specialist Tesla overtook Toyota to become the most valuable car company in the world on Wednesday (1 June), but Elon Musk’s firm also scaled back plans at its future Berlin factory.
Batteries 26-06-2020

Finland: Europe’s battery producing Shangri-La

Europe’s ambitions of cornering a substantial slice of the multi-billion-euro global battery market are best illustrated by Finland, which has all the raw materials needed to produce electric vehicle power packs and the right conditions needed to do it sustainably.
Aviation 24-06-2020

Largest electric plane in Europe takes to the skies over the UK

A six-seater battery-powered aircraft flew for the first time over the UK on Monday (22 June), becoming Europe’s largest e-plane in the process just as the aviation industry revealed that it wants the EU to invest big in the future of flight innovation.
Batteries 24-06-2020

Firms start to believe in a battery afterlife

By 2040, one out of every three passenger cars around the world is predicted to be electric-battery powered. But the power packs that drive those vehicles do not last forever, so what will become of them once they lose their charge?
Shipping 23-06-2020

Denmark’s e-ferry passes sea trials in style

The world’s largest all-electric ferry completed 10 months of trials last week, as the EU-funded project revealed that battery-powered boats will save operators money compared to their diesel counterparts during their decades of service.
Politics 22-06-2020

Greek law gives strong push for electromobility

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis' reaction to the European Parliament's resolution deploring his conflict of interest, riots in the German city of Stuttgart and so much more.
Batteries 22-06-2020

Coronavirus and the great electric-battery dividend

The global health pandemic has dealt a body blow to many areas of the economy but the battery industry looks set to reap significant rewards, even if it will also have to put up with a short-term slump in demand.
Batteries 12-06-2020

Wales in line for latest battery mega-factory

A firm that aims to make the United Kingdom a leading force in sustainable battery technology has chosen Wales as the preferred site for its first giga-factory, which promises to bring thousands of jobs to one of Europe's poorest regions.
Aviation 12-06-2020

Electric plane certified by EU regulator in world-first

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted this week an electric aircraft worldwide certification to operate, in what the regulator hailed as a massive step forward in battery-powered flight.
Aerospace 09-06-2020

France unveils €15bn in aerospace aid

The French government on Tuesday (9 June) lifted the lid on a €15 billion support package for its lucrative but embattled aerospace sector. The scheme involves a €500 million investment fund for smaller companies and a plan to debut a carbon-neutral plane by 2035.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

Germany’s ruling parties agree on €130bn virus stimulus

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition on Wednesday (3 June) agreed a bumper stimulus package to speed up Germany’s recovery from the coronavirus. It includes a reduced VAT rate and beefed-up electric vehicle purchase premiums.
China 03-06-2020

US hopes to expand strategic minerals initiative

The US State Department hopes to expand a strategic minerals initiative aimed at ensuring supply chains for metals critical for batteries and wind and solar power as demand for green energy keeps growing despite the coronavirus, a top diplomat said on Tuesday (2 June).
27-05-2020

Macron demands carmakers turn to ‘Made in France’ for €8bn virus aid

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled on Tuesday (26 May) an €8 billion aid package for the auto industry, which includes increased subsidies for electric car purchases and encourages manufacturers to relocate their factories back to France.
Future of mobility 25-05-2020

Four cities call for multi-billion-euro clean bus fund

The European Commission has been urged by to set up a multi-billion euro grant scheme for zero-emission buses and to help cities build new cycle paths, as part of the EU’s coronavirus recovery package.
Batteries 20-05-2020

EU’s battery mega-projects charge on despite virus

The European Union’s quest to corner a sizeable chunk of the globe’s battery market has batted off the worst effects of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the officials tasked with overseeing the mini-industrial strategy.
13-05-2020

Electric car sales in Europe jumped 57% in Q1 2020

Registrations of electric cars in Europe jumped 57.4% in the first quarter of 2020, but still only accounted for 4.3% of total registrations, auto industry data showed on Tuesday, as carmakers struggle to meet tough new anti-pollution rules.
Future of mobility 08-05-2020

Green ‘cash for clunkers’ deals on the starting grid

Car renewal schemes aimed at boosting the automotive industry and the wider economy during the virus recovery period are likely to be linked to climate targets, although the actual effectiveness of such programmes is still a matter of debate.
Energy 01-05-2020

Power grid operators launch blockchain for home and car batteries

European electricity grid operators TenneT, Swissgrid and Terna have launched a cross-border blockchain platform, saying it will help stabilise the grid while allowing households to earn “a few hundred euros per year” from their home and car batteries.
Transport 30-04-2020

Renault’s €5bn bailout gets EU go-ahead

The French government’s €5 billion bailout of Renault got the green light from the European Commission on Wednesday (29 April), as the EU executive heralded the carmaker's focus on electric vehicle development.
Aerospace 27-04-2020

Coronavirus grounds Airbus and Boeing’s lofty plans 

Developments in the aerospace industry are falling by the wayside because of the coronavirus outbreak’s huge impact on the sector: US planemaker Boeing has abandoned international joint venture plans while European rival Airbus has nixed a project aimed at producing electric-powered aircraft.
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