Charging infrastructure lobbying organisation ChargeUp Europe is looking to move from an informal alliance to an industry association next year, with the organisation appointing Christopher Burghardt, Managing Director Europe of ChargePoint, as President for the first full financial year.
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The power poker at Volkswagen is over: Herbert Diess will remain Group CEO, but will not receive an early contract extension beyond April 2023. The change of course goes hand in hand with several decisions that are interesting from an electromobility perspective.
Micro Mobility Systems is sharing new insights into the development process of its Microlino 2.0 e-lightweight vehicle. The first prototype chassis, which incorporates the new chassis, motor and battery, has been undergoing testing for the past few days, and despite the Corona pandemic, the production launch is still set for 2021.
Volkswagen Group Components has created a new "Charging & Energy" business unit as of January 1, 2021. The unit will be headed by Elke Temme, formerly Managing Director of Innogy eMobility Solutions.
The provider of B2B charging solutions is restructuring its management team in the course of its expansion: The two founders Robin Geisler and Klaus Huber are leaving the management team, COO Günter Fuhrmann is taking over. With the departure of the founders, majority owner Statkraft is also taking over their remaining shares in the company.
PSA and FCA have now completed their merger, paving the way for the creation of Stellantis. The new group's ordinary shares will start trading on Euronext in Paris and Mercato Telematico Azionario in Milan on January 18, and on the New York Stock Exchange on January 19, both under the symbol "STLA".
Tesla has officially started deliveries of the Model Y built in China. Meanwhile, preparations for the production of the European Model Y in Grünheide continue - the plant could be larger than initially thought. But there are also growing indications that the Model S and Model X will soon be refreshed.
Proterra, the U.S. manufacturer of electric buses, powertrains, batteries and charging systems, has announced its initial public offering through a merger with investment firm ArcLight Clean Transportation. Backers in the deal include existing investor Daimler Trucks.
Volkswagen has reshuffled the Board of Management of its core passenger car brand. Frank Welsch, the Board member responsible for development, is moving from the brand to the Group to head the new Group Quality Management and Strategy department. The Board member responsible for technical development at the VW Passenger Cars brand will be a manager who actually wanted to leave the company.
The eMobility company Wirelane, based in Munich and Berlin, is strengthening its management team: Bernhard Seidl will become the new Chief Financial Officer, Chris Blättermann will take on the position of Vice President Software Products and Sebastian Bott will become Vice President Customer Service & Maintenance.
Audi and FAW have announced the management team for their joint venture, which will produce electric cars based on the PPE platform in Changchun in northeastern China from 2024. CEO of the new cooperation company from May 1, 2021 will be Helmut Stettner, who has been plant manager at Audi's Neckarsulm site for five years.
Compleo Charging Solutions AG has appointed Alfred Vrieling as Vice President Sales Europe. With the sales expert, who is moving from Mennekes to Dortmund, Compleo intends to build up a sales network in other EU countries.
Statkraft makes another acquisition in the charging infrastructure sector: the Norwegian state-owned energy company announces the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Swedish provider Bee Charging Solutions. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.
Volkswagen plans to introduce a third shift at its MEB plant in Zwickau starting in mid-April, which will allow it to build around 1,400 vehicles per day starting in the summer - it currently builds around 800 e-cars. Volkswagen Saxony is also getting a new boss.
Tesla is apparently still missing a new plant manager for the factory in Grünheide. According to a media report, former Daimler manager René Reif never started at Tesla despite an original agreement.
Swiss charging infrastructure provider Juice Technology has founded a subsidiary in Hangzhou, China, from where Zhejiang Juice Technology Co, Ltd. is to drive its business in Asia.
Renault Group is creating an independent umbrella company called Renault ElectriCity for electric car production at its Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz plants in northern France. Renault ElectriCity is to be measured against a target of 400,000 vehicles per year from 2025.
Electric car manufacturer Next.e.GO Mobile began selling its special edition e.GO Life Next in Germany this week, and founder Günther Schuh has also completely retired from the company, effective June 1.
Herbert Diess will remain Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group until October 2025. The Supervisory Board on Friday approved an extension of his contract, which previously ran until April 2023.
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath has revealed some info on the Polestar 3 at the IAA Mobility show, stating that the brand plans to offer the E-SUV with one as well as two engines. In addition, Ingenlath gave new details on the interior.
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.
Chinese electric car maker Nio is looking for an "EU Plant Operation Manager" in Mazowieckie, Poland, according to a LinkedIn ad posted by the company, suggesting that Nio plans to build a production facility there to serve European markets.
Chinese electric car maker Aiways is reshuffling its management team in a bid to gain more market share in its home market.According to local media reports, Aiways has secured a new round of funding worth hundreds of millions of dollars, involving a major shake-up of its management team - and arguably a change in strategy.
As part of the shift towards electric mobility, Mercedes-Benz has restructured its development department and made a number of key appointments, according to a media report. The new structure is expected to do away with the previous role of series manager.
Volvo Cars is reorganizing its management team as of June 20, with Björn Annwall (previously chief financial officer) and Javier Varela (previously responsible for research and development, manufacturing, procurement, supply chain and quality) sharing the post of chief operating officer and deputy CEO.