Thursday, March 17, 2022

Solaris will supply 30 electric buses to Dortmund, Germany

 Solaris Bus & Coach and Dortmunder Stadtwerke AG, the public transport operator in Dortmund, have signed a contract for a purchase of 30 Urbino 18 electric buses. These will be the first Solaris electric buses in the fleet of the city. Previously, Dortmund bought 13 Solaris buses with traditional combustion engines.

The electric Solaris buses that will power the Dortmund fleet will be distinguished by innovative solutions. The carrier made sure that the equipment guaranteed the highest degree of comfort and safety. The MobilEye Shield + driver support system will eliminate the problem of the so-called blind spot. The solution detects pedestrians and cyclists in the vicinity of the vehicle. This is especially important when turning when visibility may be restricted.

The German market is the second largest for Solaris when it comes to registered electric buses, and in 2021 the largest number of e-buses in Europe went to the streets there. Solaris, as a leading manufacturer of emission-free solutions in public transport, has made a significant contribution to this. More than 250 Urbino electrics that run in German cities today account for more than 20% of the market, and Solaris continues to win more contracts in Germany.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Poles have developed a new electrolyte. The battery lasts longer and ages slower

 Scientists of the Warsaw University of Technology have developed a new electrolyte using a less toxic material, making the cell last longer and age slower. "It can also operate at much higher temperatures, up to 90°C (194°F). This is only the second technology of this type globally and the first in Europe," - said Dr. Leszek Niedzicki.

Electrolytes have been based on a single technology for the past 30 years. All other components changed, and the electrolyte was unchanging. At the Warsaw University of Technology, we have developed a new electrolyte, using a less toxic material, which makes the cell last longer and age slower. It can also operate at much higher temperatures, up to 90 ° C, without any problems. Batteries using this electrolyte are already on the market. Due to trade secrets, I cannot name specific brands, but more expensive smartphone models are already equipped with them.

- Baset on reporting by Dziennik(.)pl 

Friday, March 4, 2022

Coming soon! MINI Cooper SE Resolute Edition

 The new model of the electric MINI combines authentic style with sustainable driving fun.

The US specs are not available yet, so I will share the ones in Europe: the motor has 184 hp with a range of 234 km (145 miles).

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

VW ID.Buzz is almost here

 Volkswagen is currently carrying out the final tests of ID Buzz's prototypes, and a fleet of pre-production cars is traveling across Europe.

ID Buzz prototypes are only slightly disguised. So, you can see at first glance that the designers adhered to the style of the 2017 concept model. Both ID Buzz versions also draw on the signature style of the legendary T1. These include extremely short body overhangs, maximum use of space, a classic upper and lower section, and a distinctive V-ribbed front end, and just like the original Bulli, the ID Buzz also has rear-wheel drive.

The production of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz will start in the first half of the year, and the launch of the car to the European market will take place a little later - in the fall. ID.Buzz will also be sold in the USA - it will be the return of the legend to this country.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Electric sports car from Lexus

 Lexus has unveiled images and animations of the next-generation battery-powered sports car (BEV).

The model was first unveiled on December 14 during the announcement of the electric car strategy by Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation and owner of the Lexus brand.

The car's chassis is developed as part of the unique Lexus Driving Signature concept, which ensures that the car follows the driver's intentions, giving a feeling of complete control over acceleration, braking, and steering.

The car will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in about two seconds, and its range will be over 700 km thanks to a solid electrolyte battery.

Friday, February 11, 2022

During the Super Bowl BMW will present an all-electric BMW iX

At the Super Bowl on Sunday 13 February 2022, BMW will air a new 60-second commercial to showcase the new all-electric BMW iX SAV, which will hit the US market next month.

The spot will feature Arnold Schwarzenegger and Salma Hayek Pinault. The spot will be broadcast during the third commercial break in the first quarter of the match.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Opel Manta GSe at the Festival Automobile Internationale

Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD won the Grand Prize at the Festival Automobile Internationale.

Manta GSe is a neoclassical car. It's an icon from '70s and '80s with a brand new and innovative twist.

The evaluators noted that the Manta GSe ElektroMOD is not just a restored copy of an old car that got a second life. It is a legend adapted to the requirements of the future by automotive enthusiasts from Rüsselsheim who have done their job with great attention to detail. A true brand declaration: bold, transparent, and fascinatingly unique.

Manta combines Opel's great tradition with today's brand commitment to the development of zero-emission mobility for a sustainable future. It is a concept that inspires and fascinates people - also at Festival Automobile International.