Browsing the "German" Tag

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Bosch to Introduce its eBike Drive Unit to the USA

When Bosch announced that it would be bringing its eBike drive system to the US in 2014, the buzz was palpable. After all, the mighty German brand tows around an honorable reputation that’s been building for more than 125 years. So, when it established its eBike Systems Product Division in 2009, success seemed guaranteed. Fast […]

November 25th

Mercedes Benz's BlueTec Diesel Blues

  Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of yet another voluntary safety recall for 6,872 of its darling BlueTec diesel models due to potential fire hazards. Leaky Diesel Luxury Car No Bueno The automaker already recalled 2,297 2011 diesel models in November 2010 thanks to improperly lubricated O-rings leading potentially […]

October 25th

50,000 Electric Commercial Vehicles for Germany

The heavy-duty distribution trucking industry in any nation ships tons and tons of goods all over the country, and uses quite a bit of fuel to do it. The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is setting its sights on these commercial trucks, promising hybrid-electric power trains and increased aerodynamic efficiency in the near future.

October 20th

EV Goes 1000 Record-breaking Miles on a Single Charge (!)

Electric vehicles records are dropping like flies these days, as more and more vehicles push the boundaries of what’s possible for electric cars, boats, and planes.  The latest to fall:  the record for longest drive ever in a battery-powered vehicle (no recharge) was broken last weekend by a new, experimental electric vehicle called “Schluckspecht” (“heavy […]

August 14th

Opel Plans to Build 20,000 Fuel-cell Luxury Sedans for 2016

According to Opel’s deputy chairman, the GM-owned German carmaker has plans to bring a TOL (Top-Of the Line) sedan to market by 2016, which would be, in his words, a “technological spearhead” for the brand, bringing together fuel-cells, electric batteries, and other state-of-the-art technologies into a package that he believes the German brand could sell in […]

July 31st

GM's Opel Junior Could Come to US as Mini, Fiat 500 Fighter

Is there a Junior in your future? If reports coming out of Germany are to be believed, then GM is getting ready to announce Opel’s return to the US – spearheaded by a premium subcompact that will compete with BMW’s Mini and all-electric “i” brands, as well as the Fiat 500C currently padding the wallets […]

June 28th

European Companies Pushing for Hydrogen Fuel Stations

  German car manufacture Mercedes has concluded the18, 640 mile test journey of three B-Klasse F-Cell models, nicknamed the F-Cell Tour.  The conclusion: the cars work great but the infrastructure changes needed to maintain the car are going to be a pain. The main problem is the need for hydrogen stations. Hydrogen stations require investment, […]

June 22nd