Plans by China's CATL to build a battery cell factory in Germany should serve as a wake-up call for the national car industry, industry watchers say, as a lack of its own production capacity risks leaving it exposed in a dawning era of electric mobility.
European demand for cars powered by compressed natural gas has shown signs of life after a half-decade slump. VW Group was the main driver of the 60 percent increase in CNG registrations in Europe in the first quarter.
Fuel cells are powering our commercial transportation space today in a range of applications, and all these burgeoning vehicle markets are leading to growth in the hydrogen infrastructure needed to support them.
Toyota plans to build a plant to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks, a key component of fuel cell vehicles, as it seeks to increase global annual sales of the vehicles to at least 30,000 from 3,000 now.
Fires on electric vehicles are rare, but the volatile chemistry of their batteries and the need for special training on how to extinguish them raises new safety questions as automakers are poised to dramatically increase production.
Audi has joined forces with a French biotech company to solve the two big problems that have been holding back biofuels. The aim is to prove large-scale biofuel production is possible without major deforestation or the use of food or animal feeds.
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at the future of diesel. Some believe the diesel engine's time is coming to an end, the European car industry cannot back away from diesels, which are crucial to reaching the EU's CO2 targets.
I applaud Keith Crain's “Don't invest in steam engines” for pointing out the deficiencies of electric vehicles regarding the inability of the battery to store sufficient energy and long recharging times.