Electric vehicle converter Voltia has announced the launch of five new electric XL van models. The new 11-cubic metre vans are based on the Stellantis platform for Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, Vauxhall and Toyota vehicles.
Four Swiss partners have joined forces to convert and operate two Futuricum electric semitrailer tractors as special-purpose vehicles. The two examples boast an additional length of one metre, an increase in payload of two tonnes and an expansion of battery capacity to 900 kWh.
Canadian commercial vehicle builder Vicinity Motor has entered into a strategic supply agreement with battery manufacturer Electrovaya, also based in Canada, to supply the lithium-ion batteries for the "Lightning" electric buses and the VMC 1200 Class 3 truck.
A few days after the Opel Combo-e Cargo, the two sister models Citroën ë-Berlingo panel van and Peugeot e-Partner are now also available to order in Germany. The variants of the two French brands are even slightly cheaper than the Opel.
Opel has opened the order books in Germany for the new Movano and its electric version, the Movano-e. The Opel Movano-e is the German brand's first electric model in the large van range, with a starting price of 57,990 euros (net).
The Peugeot e-Boxer is now available to order in Germany. Launched in August 2020, the electric panel van, which will be offered in two battery versions, is initially available in three of four length variants.
Sono Motors and Ari Motors have unveiled a light electric vehicle prototype with solar integration at the Intersolar trade show in Munich, Germany. The solar integration on the prototype's charging box delivers up to 450 watts of peak power, which is expected to extend the vehicle's range by an average of 20 kilometers per day.
Swedish e-truck startup Volta Trucks is looking to expand its research and development team in the UK to accelerate the development of the Volta Zero, so the company is launching a hiring drive with the aim of employing more than 280 people by the end of 2021.
ABB has partnered with Epiroc and Boliden, a mining equipment manufacturer and mining company based in Sweden, to develop and demonstrate a trolley truck system on a test track at the Kristineberg mine in northern Sweden.
Turkish bus builder Karsan has presented its new e-ATA family of electric buses, which will be offered in lengths of ten, twelve and 18 metres. Production has already started, and there is also an initial order for a total of 66 units of the new buses from Romania.
British electric drive specialist Equipmake and Spanish bus builder Beulas have unveiled a battery-electric double-decker bus that is said to have a range of up to 250 miles - the equivalent of around 400 kilometres - with a battery capacity of up to 543 kWh.
Renault Trucks is expanding its range of all-electric truck models with a 19-tonne variant of the D Wide Z.E., series production of which has now started at the Blainville-sur-Orne plant in Normandy.
The production of e-trucks by US manufacturer Nikola at the Iveco plant in Ulm, announced at the beginning of 2020, is becoming concrete. The production facility has now been officially unveiled. Production of the Nikola Tre in Ulm is scheduled to begin this year - the pilot customer in Europe is to be the Port of Hamburg next year with up to 25 trucks.