The relief was palpable from Berlin to Munich when Germany – announced its latest GDP figures. After months of gloom, modest growth of 0.4pc in the first quarter was heralded as a sign Europe’s largest economy might weather the global slowdown better than most experts predict. For the first time in six months, Germany is
A lack of choice has been one reason that buyers in Europe have not fully embraced full-electric and electrified plug-in hybrid cars. But that is quickly changing as automakers prepare to launch more models to prepare for tougher CO2 emissions regulations that start to take effect in 2020. The number of EVs on sale in
GENEVA (Reuters) – Carmakers are dreaming up futuristic electric car engine sounds to ensure that pedestrians can hear vehicles that lack audible cues like high-revving, howling combustion engines, senior executives at the Geneva car show said. As BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Mini and VW prepare to launch battery-driven vehicles, carmakers are searching for a new way
After decades of ups and downs, electricity is finally emerging as the fuel that will propel the planet into the future as more governments look to address their pollution problems by phasing out vehicles that run on fossil fuels. As a result, automakers are scampering to flood the market with electric cars, trucks and, especially,
By the middle of the next decade, the world as we know it will end. This end is not written in stone, it was not predicted by the Mayans, and it was not foretold by UFO religions. This end has been sung in the past few years in press releases, statements and interviews. It is
Milton Keynes is the best place for EV spotting. It has so many electric cars that you get to see all sorts. Here’s an odd mix charging up at lunchtime today. At the left is a Vauxhall Ampera, essentially a rebadged GM Volt, and no longer made. In the middle is the ubiquitous Renault ZOE.
The Mercedes C350e plug in hybrid. A very swish car, amazing technology plus an amateur driver and car reviewer in one neat package.
Tesla Motors isn’t the only game in town when it comes to re-branding automotive fame into the energy storage business. Daimler has also announced the start of deliveries for its home energy storage systems produced under the Mercedes-Benz brand by subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE. Initially, Daimler entered into the ESS for business and utility companies; today,
Next generation Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid flagship to get clever new charging system, while diesel PHEV will join it The facelifted Mercedes-Benz S-Class plug-in hybrid will feature high tech wireless charging, according to Jochen Strenkert, Mercedes’ man responsible for hybrid powertrains. Speaking to Auto Express before the Geneva Motor Show, Strenkert revealed that Mercedes is