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Extreme E SUV premieres with Continental tyres

Two new Continental tyre types, specially developed for the off-road racing series Extreme E SUV, have made their global debut. The unveiling of these cutting-edge products follows the announcement earlier this year of Continental’s partnership with the electric racing series. As a founding partner, Continental, the premium tyre manufacturer, is set to provide tyre technology for this unprecedented rally driving competition.

The new tyres, with summer and winter tyre technology and designed for the world’s toughest driving conditions, were presented to the public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed along with the unique electric sports utility vehicle. Together, driver, car and tyres will tackle some of the most extreme locations across the globe, from the Himalayas and the Arctic to the Indian Ocean and deserts.

Karel Kucera, Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at Continental, commented: “At Continental, we pride ourselves as leaders in ground-breaking automotive technology and so our partnership with Extreme E comes naturally. With the cutting-edge tyre designs that we developed for Extreme E SUV, we guarantee perfect grip for acceleration, braking and precision handling on the toughest tracks.”

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All Extreme E teams must use the same set of standardised equipment, created and assembled by motorsport manufacturer Spark Racing Technology, equipped with a battery manufactured by Williams Advanced Engineering, as well as Continental tyres.

Prototype testing of the electric SUV has now begun in earnest, with substantial tyre technology contributions from Founding Partner, Continental. Each Extreme E team will receive two sets of summer and winter tyres, optimised for every conceivable facet of performance and safety required by their electric SUVs.

The race series is due to commence in 2021.

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for the Chevrolet Bolt EV

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As part of a 2,000km-plus road trip from the UAE to Oman and back, the Chevrolet Bolt EV took on one of the region’s most challenging driving roads

With its unprecedented 500km-plus driving range, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV has already moved the goalpost when it comes to mainstream electric vehicles. However, as part of the 2019 Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT), it has proven its credentials as an electric vehicle that can tackle the most challenging roads the region can throw at it.

Starting on January 17 from Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the eight-day event covered 2,000 kilometers, driving all the way to Muscat, Oman and back to the UAE via Ras Al-Khaimah. While the Bolt EV managed the roundtrip with ease, it was in Ras Al-Khaimah that the Bolt EV cemented its capabilities with a drive up Jebel Jais’ snaking mountain roads.

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Molly Peck, Chief Marketing Officer at General Motors Middle East, said: “The Bolt EV’s real-world abilities were proven at last year’s EVRT Middle East, however, this time around it has displayed its capabilities on a road that’s demanding on any vehicle, let alone an EV. And I am proud to say that the Bolt EV finished with flying colors.”

“As Chevrolet, we’re excited to take on any challenge and were delighted for the addition for EVRT for 2019. Breaking down consumer anxiety is key to driving EV adoption, so we are proud to once again support the road trip, which is exerting major effort in the Middle East’s future mobility revolution.”

Rising 1,934m above sea level, Jebel Jais can be taxing on any vehicle. With its camber changes, tight switchbacks and long sweepers it pushes vehicle engineering to the limit. On the run up the mountain, the Bolt EV’s 360Nm of torque, which is available from virtually standstill, played a big role in the handling the elevation changes and delivering a thrilling driving experience. The Bolt’s dynamic ability is also down to the packaging of the batteries under the floor pan, which lowers the center of gravity, giving it greater stability while tackling corners.

Since the air thins with rising altitude and temperatures drop, this proved a boon for the Bolt EV. Unlike a conventional petrol vehicle which loses power as oxygen levels drop, the Bolt EV faced no such issues and was able to perform at its optimum.

On the way, down the Bolt’s regenerative systems came into play and recuperated as much as 94kms worth of battery charge through braking alone. Furthermore, the Bolt’s one-pedal driving feature provided an experience unlike any other vehicle, electric or conventional.

Tackling real-world conditions of city driving, long highway cruises and now one of the most challenging mountain roads in the region, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has decisively proven its abilities no matter what the driving conditions.

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Cadillac Shows Brand’s First Fully Electric EV

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Cadillac furthered its recent product blitz today with the reveal of the brand’s first EV. This will be the first model derived from GM’s future EV platform. GM announced on Friday that Cadillac will be at the vanguard of the company’s move towards an all-electric future.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

The Cadillac EV’s name and additional details will be revealed closer to launch. Today’s announcement is part of Cadillac’s aggressive product acceleration announced this week — in addition to revealing the all-new XT6 crossover, the company also hinted at both a future Escalade and an upcoming performance sedan. Overall, Cadillac will introduce new models at the rate of roughly one every six months through 2021.

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GM’s future EV platform, which Cadillac will be the first to use, will be flexible, allowing the company to respond quickly to customer preferences with a relatively short design and development lead time. The Cadillac portfolio will eventually benefit from a variety of body styles that can be spun off this architecture.

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The most advanced components within this platform are the drive units and battery cells, both of which are being designed for maximum usability throughout GM vehicle lineups in different countries. The EVs can be configured in front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, and the output of their battery systems will be adjustable based on vehicle and customer needs.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S VIRTUAL EYES LOOK AT TRUST IN SELF-DRIVING CARS

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Jaguar Land Rover has fitted ‘ virtual eyes ’ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it will be to cross the road in the future.

The friendly-faced ‘eye pods’ have a vital job: helping work out how much information future self-driving cars should share with users or pedestrians to ensure that people trust the technology.

As part of the engineering project, Jaguar Land Rover has enlisted the help of a team of cognitive psychologists to better understand how vehicle behavior affects human confidence in new technology. The trust trials form part of Jaguar Land Rover’s government-supported UK Autodrive project.

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The intelligent pods, run autonomously on a fabricated street scene in Coventry, while the behavior of pedestrians is analyzed as they wait to cross the road. The ‘eyes’ have been devised by a team of advanced engineers, working in Jaguar Land Rover’s Future Mobility division. The pods seek out the pedestrian – appearing to ‘look’ directly at them – signaling to road users that it has identified them, and intends to take avoiding action.

Engineers record trust levels in the person before and after the pod makes ‘eye contact’ to find out whether it generates sufficient confidence that it would stop for them. Previous studies suggest as many 63% of pedestrians and cyclists say they’d feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle*.

Safety remains the number one priority as Jaguar Land Rover invests in self-driving technology, becoming automotive leaders in autonomous, connected, electric and shared mobility. The trial is aligned with the brand’s long-term strategic goals: to make cars safer, free up people’s valuable time and improve mobility for everyone.

Pete Bennett, Future Mobility Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It’s second-nature to glance at the driver of the approaching vehicle before stepping into the road. Understanding how this translates in tomorrow’s more automated world is important.

“We want to know if it is beneficial to provide humans with information about a vehicle’s intentions or whether simply letting a pedestrian know it has been recognized is enough to improve confidence.”

The trials are part of a wider study exploring how future connected and autonomous vehicles can replicate human behavior and reactions when driving. As part of the study, more than 500 test subjects have been studied interacting with the self-driving pods, designed by UK Autodrive partner Aurrigo.

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Nissan to launch 3 new EVs and 5 new e-POWER models in Japan by FY2022

Nissan plans to launch three new electric vehicles and five e-POWER models in Japan by the end of fiscal 2022.

Nissan expects electric vehicles and e-POWER models to make up 40% of sales in Japan by the end of the company’s 2022 fiscal year. By fiscal 2025, Nissan expects half of the vehicles it sells to be electric or e-POWER models.

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Speaking in Yokohama, Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business and chairman of the Management Committee for Japan/Asia & Oceania, said: “As our domestic market, we are proud that Japan is leading the way forward when it comes to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. This vision is changing the customer experience by delivering technologies and services that are making their lives better and also enabling steady profitable growth through Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022.”

The Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision will also have an expanded footprint throughout the company’s dealerships. Nissan will develop a new store format centered around the customer shopping area and build new walk-in stores and brand experience stores that give customers the Nissan Intelligent Mobility experience.

Every step of the car-buying process will be increasingly digitalized, from initial purchase consideration to aftersales. Moving away from a conventional, fragmented service model, Nissan will create one that provides customers the service they need, when they need it.

“The new store formats and digitalization will personalize Nissan’s communications with customers,” said Asako Hoshino, senior vice president of Nissan and head of the Operations Committee for Japan. “We’ll enhance customer satisfaction by delivering seamless quality services.”

Nissan is also expanding car sharing services, building on the success of its e-share mobi program.

“Car sharing will be critical to addressing the long-term opportunity in new mobility services in Japan,” Hoshino added. “We will expand car sharing services from 30 to 500 locations in Japan by the end of our 2018 fiscal year.”

Under the wider Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022 plan, the company is targeting an 8% operating margin and seeking to lift annual revenue from 12.8 trillion yen to 16.5 trillion yen. Along with investment in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company is prioritizing solid profits and growth in Japan, China, the U.S., and Mexico; securing a return on recent investments in Brazil, Russia, India and Argentina, as well as the INFINITI and Datsun brands; and capturing the full potential of its brands in Europe, the Middle East and ASEAN.

The plan also aims to make Nissan a leader in electrification, autonomous driving and mobility services. The company expects to sell 1 million electrified vehicles (e-POWER and EVs) globally per year by the end of the plan.

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BMW at the 15th Auto China Beijing 2018

The latest new models, pioneering concept vehicles and innovative technological developments are the headline-makers as BMW takes to the stage at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing.

The latest new models, pioneering concept vehicles and innovative technological developments are the headline-makers as BMW takes to the stage at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing. The selection of new products on display at the international vehicle fair taking place from 25 April – 4 May 2018 underlines the company’s commitment to the next steps in its electrification strategy, heralds its upcoming model offensive in the luxury segment and celebrates the continued success of the BMW X models. Added to which, the array of world and Asian premieres from BMW shines the spotlight on the huge significance of China as both the world’s largest car market and the production location for a growing number of models from the Bavarian premium brand.

The company’s stand at Auto China 2018 also draws attention to the comprehensive levels of technological expertise with the BMW Group has assumed a leading role in the transformation to sustainable and digitalised mobility. Its corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT sets out the elements of this technological metamorphosis considered to be of central importance in the future and focuses on them as a basis to push ahead with innovations in Automated driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services (ACES). BMW is using both the progress made in these areas and its innovative vehicle concepts to strengthen its position as a manufacturer of premium cars whose emotional impact stems from inspirational design, the driving pleasure for which the brand is renowned, trailblazing technology and a premium character without compromise.

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The dawn of a new era in electric mobility: the BMW Concept iX3.

The world premiere for the BMW Concept iX3 will turn the heads of visitors to Auto China 2018 in the direction of a new and extremely attractive form of sustainable mobility – and mark the beginning of the next chapter in the BMW Group’s electrification strategy. The company is using the concept study based on the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) to send out the message that pure-electric mobility using drive system technology developed at BMW i will soon be making its debut in the BMW core brand’s model range.

In so doing, the SAV with all-electric drivetrain will blaze a trail for both the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology and a flexible vehicle architecture which in future will allow every model in the line-up to be fitted with a combustion engine, a plug-in hybrid system or a battery-electric drive unit, as desired. The electric motor developed for the BMW Concept iX3 generates maximum output in excess of 200 kW/270 hp and its high-voltage battery enables an electric range in the WLTP test cycle of over 400 kilometres (249 miles). The BMW brand’s first model to be driven exclusively by electric power will be produced by the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture in Shenyang.

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JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY RACECAR TO ELECTRIFY BERLIN

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar will make it’s global public debut on the streets of Berlin ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E-Prix, as Jaguar leads the charge in the future of battery electric vehicles.

Following the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE in March, Jaguar Racing will mark this historic moment for the new international production based electric vehicle race series with a demonstration lap of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar on Saturday 19 May at the Tempelhof circuit. The display will take place during the Berlin E-Prix showcasing this exciting racecar to a global audience, and to promote the championship ahead of the season five launch later this year. The driver of the car in Berlin will be announced shortly.

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James Barclay, Team Director Jaguar Racing, said: “We are excited to reveal the new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar in Berlin and demonstrate its dynamic capabilities for the first time. The team at Jaguar Racing and Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) are building the key foundations for the incredibly exciting championship and we are pleased with the progress of our test and development programme, which has included a successful tyre test with our partner Michelin.

“We are really happy with the way the championship is progressing, and we are attracting more interest from teams around the world who want to be involved in this pioneering championship. We would also like to welcome M-Sport, who bring a wealth of experience, expertise and professionalism to the team as technical operations partner for the eTROPHY.”

Jaguar Racing have carried out successful development tests alongside Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK, to engineer and refine the performance of the production-based racecars, which has included chassis set-up, powertrain performance, energy management and aerodynamics tuning.  The eTROPHY development car has also completed its first shakedown at Jaguar Land Rover’s test track in Gaydon, England and initial tyre tests with Championship Partner, Michelin in Ladoux, France.

Jaguar Racing have enlisted MS-RT, the race technology division of M-Sport, as technical operations partner for eTROPHY. They will provide on-track engineering and technical resource and deliver the ‘Arrive and Drive’ package for competitors. M-Sport are an experienced and respected automotive company and will become a valued partner to Jaguar Racing. In addition, current partner, Williams Advanced Engineering will support the eTROPHY series in various technical areas including vehicle control systems. 

The eTROPHY racecars are based on the Jaguar I-PACE, and up to 20 eTROPHY racecars will line up on the grid in some of the world’s great cities including Hong Kong, Rome, Paris and New York from the start of the 2018/19 series of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The full race calendar will be revealed later this year. Further news on eTROPHY teams will be announced shortly.

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Japan Benex, Sumitomo Corp. to power plant with Nissan EVs, batteries

Japan Benex Corp. and Sumitomo Corp. will launch a “Future Plant” project using rooftop solar panels, Nissan electric vehicles and electric-vehicle batteries to power Japan Benex’s headquarters plant in Isahaya, Japan.

The newly developed stationary power storage system combines renewable energy, reused batteries and electric vehicles to promote efficient energy use and environmental sustainability. Nissan will support the project by providing 10 Nissan e-NV200 electric commercial vehicles.

The vehicles and batteries will help stabilize output from the solar power system and reduce the plant’s electricity costs by using stored energy during times of peak demand. The Nissan e-NV200s will be used by employees for commuting or work purposes, and their batteries will eventually be recycled and refabricated as components of the energy storage system.

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Japan Benex and Sumitomo Corp. co-developed the system for use in virtual power plants (VPP)1, which are expected to be operating in Japan by 2020. It will help optimize the timing for charging and discharging energy to adjust electricity supply and demand throughout an entire region.

Japan Benex and Sumitomo Corp. have begun field testing power storage systems and electric vehicles as part of their participation in the Kansai VPP project. The Future Plant project will help expand the use of renewable energy, create a system that promotes the reuse of electric-vehicle batteries while optimizing energy supply and demand, and ultimately help realize a low-carbon society.

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Renault Middle East makes going green easier than ever with an electrifying Renault ZOE lease offer

Renault Middle East, in collaboration with its UAE distributor, AW Rostamani and Shift Car Rental, has launched a lease plan for its new all-electric Renault ZOE Long Range model – making it easier and more affordable than ever to switch to electric motoring.

The four-year lease programme is available at an all-inclusive price of AED 2,380 per month and includes a free home-charging station*, manufacturer warranty, servicing package and registration fees.

Pioneers in the electric revolution, Renault has sold almost 100,000 ZOE models worldwide, and was the first car maker to introduce a 100% electric car to the Middle East. In November 2017, the new long range version of the ZOE arrived in the region boasting a record driving range of 300 kilometers (in real driving conditions) on a single charge and delivering the longest driving range of any mass-market electric vehicle on sale today.

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Commenting on the new scheme, Marwan Haidamous, Renault Middle East Managing Director, said “As the trail blazers in electric mobility in the Middle East and the market leader for electric vehicles in Europe, we are continuously looking at ways to make electric motoring accessible to everyone. We believe this scheme is the most competitive electric vehicle lease package currently on the market, and it’s another great example of Renault delivering an ‘Easy Life’ to its Middle East customers.

With the charging infrastructure in the Middle East growing, and in Dubai, new initiatives from the Supreme Energy Council rewarding EV owners with free public charging until 2019, as well as an array of other benefits like free parking, there is no better time to take a leap of faith and go electric.”

The ZOE is a compact 5-door city car. With sporty and dynamic styling; you have to look closely to discover the car is in fact 100% electric. Its electric badge, Z.E. signature headlamps with daytime running lights and rear lights all feature subtle blue styling cues which proudly denote it’s zero emissions status.

Inside, the light and spacious cabin offers a comfortable and peaceful driving experience. A modern touch-screen center console provides a hub for an array of in-car features including climate control, multi-media music and entertainment, and driving performance statistics.

Charging the ZOE is easy using the cables provided and connecting to a power source via the socket cleverly positioned under the Renault badge on the ZOE’s bonnet. Whilst the ZOE Long Range model benefits from extra battery capacity there is no impact on charging times. ‘Topping up’ the battery for just 30 minutes provides an additional 80 kilometers of range.

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Watch Nissan’s Deep-Rooted History in Electric Vehicles

Nissan is labelled a pioneer in creating and developing electric vehicles, with over 70 years of EV heritage in efforts to bring the benefits of EV to more people in more places. It all began with the Tama electric car, developed in 1947, which was created to solve the problem of extreme gasoline shortage at the time. Named after the area where it was produced, the Tama was a 2-door passenger car that carried four people, boasted a top speed of 35km/h and had a cruising range of 65km on a single charge.

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV: Going the distance

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Chevrolet’s electric vehicle turns the phrase ‘range anxiety’ on its head

While many drivers love the idea of never refilling a fuel tank again, ‘range anxiety’ can hold some potential customers back from an electric vehicle. However, with the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet is all but rendering the term meaningless, thanks to its cutting-edge battery technology.

Built around a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the largest in its class, the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers a best-in-class driving range of over 500 km* on a single charge. To put that into context, a conventional petrol-powered car would deliver a similar driving range on a full tank of fuel, making the Chevrolet Bolt EV just as practical and useable in daily driving situations. Considering that a majority of people do not have to refuel their vehicle every single day, the Chevrolet Bolt EV presents a compelling case for its utility as a practical family car.

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Over the years, the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s range capabilities have been put to the test in real-world conditions both in the US and now in markets across the globe, proving that it is the best-in-class affordable long-range EV.

Recently, the Chevrolet Bolt EV demonstrated its incredible 500+ km range* as part of the 2018 Global Electric Vehicle Road Trip in the Middle East. This was a nine-day event that covered over 1,750 km across the UAE and Oman where the Chevrolet Bolt EV performed excellently, proving it can tackle both daily driving as well as regional travel.

Mounted along the vehicle’s entire floor, the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s battery pack contributes to a low center of gravity, vehicle stability and interior spaciousness.

“The Chevrolet Bolt EV brings together superior electric range, space and fun-to-drive characteristics,” said Michael Lelli, vehicle chief engineer. “Our team aimed to deliver not only a great electric car, but a great car overall.”

Further reinforcing the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s credentials is the data recorded since the launch of the vehicle. Through January 2018 approximately 23,000 Chevrolet Bolt EV owners in North America have travelled a cumulative 209 million kilometers.

Tackling real-world conditions of city driving as well as long highway cruises, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is accomplishing the once conceptual idea of long-range, affordable battery electric mobility.

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Bosch establishes division for connected mobility services

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Bosch continues to drive forward its transformation into a provider of mobility services. Its new Connected Mobility Solutions division will bring together over 600 associates to develop and sell digital mobility services. These include vehicle sharing, ridesharing, and connectivity-based services for car drivers. “Connectivity will fundamentally change how we get from A to B, and in the process it will help to solve today’s traffic problems. We are using it to realize our vision of emissions-free, stress-free, and accident-free mobility,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the Bosch ConnectedWorld 2018 IoT conference in Berlin. By 2025, there will be more than 470 million connected vehicles on the world’s roads (source: PwC). Just four years from now, the market for mobility services and associated digital services will be worth 140 billion euros (source: PwC). “Connected driving is a growth area for Bosch. Bosch aims for significant double-digit growth with the solutions it offers,” Denner said. The plan is for the new division to further extend the existing service portfolio.

Bosch enters the ridesharing business

By 2022, the number of ridesharing users worldwide is set to rise by 60 percent to 685 million (source: Statista). To date, most such services have been directed at people who happen to be traveling in the same direction or who want to book a trip at the last minute; companies and commuters have been seen as less of a priority. This is precisely where SPLT comes in. Recently acquired by Bosch, this U.S. start-up developed a platform that companies, universities, or municipal authorities can use to arrange ridesharing for their staff. This B2B approach is aimed directly at commuters: the SPLT app brings together people who want to share a ride to the same workplace or place of study. One advantage of this is that rides are shared by colleagues, which means users never have to get in the car with complete strangers. Within seconds, an algorithm locates a suitable rideshare, calculates the fastest route through traffic, and thus assumes what used to be the time-consuming task of coordinating the departure point, departure time, best route, and passengers.

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Bosch subsidiary COUP has provided e-scooters for rent in Berlin since 2016. After introducing e-scooter sharing to Paris last year, the service will launch in Madrid this year. This will bring the total number of e-scooters to 3,500. “Digital services will give electric driving a boost,” Denner said.

Eliminating range anxiety: Services that encourage everyday use

For many car buyers, the worry that an electric car might leave them stranded is a deal-breaker. It is precisely this problem that system!e is designed to tackle. Because the electric drive is connected to the cloud, the system can produce an “extended range forecast.” An algorithm factors in vehicle data such as current battery charge, energy consumption of heating or air conditioning, and the driver’s driving style, as well as information from the vehicle’s surroundings. This includes the current traffic situation and topographical data for the route ahead. Based on this information, the system can reliably calculate the vehicle’s precise range. For longer journeys in an electric car, the extended range forecast is supplemented by the “charging assistant.” This service knows where all the charge spots are on a given journey, ; it also manages the payment process. Thanks to additional information about restaurants, cafés, and shopping options, drivers can make the most of the charging time. A third service manages vehicle charging in smart homes, helping to optimize how they use energy. It integrates the electric car into the smart home’s electricity grid, meaning the car’s battery supplements the stationary storage device for the house’s photovoltaic system. During the day, the car absorbs excess solar power and feeds it back at night as necessary.

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