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Opel has now released the official pricing for its family-friendly newcomer and opened the order books. For just 28,990 euros, customers will be able to drive a brand-new Frontera Electric that has room for five passengers. A great start to going totally electric, it’s reasonably priced for the family market and a positive for the climate friendlier future of the kids.

On another note, by May 2025, EV enthusiasts in Serbia will find 80 brand-new EV chargers installed around the nation’s highways. According to Transport Minister Goran Vesica, Serbia wants to build the best infrastructure possible in this region of Europe to replace fossil fuels. Serbia has made progress in electrifying its transportation system, having just acquired nine electric trains in May.

The announcement that the Nio Firefly will employ smaller, specific switch stations is promising for everyone going forward. I’m sure that some of us at CleanTechnica would like to test out swap stations in the US.

MINI will present an entirely refreshed lineup at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the first electric MINI John Cooper Works E PROtotype making its dynamic premiere tackling the iconic hillclimb.

Read on for more of the news.

Electric Vehicles

MINI Cooper Electric & MINI Countryman Electric Launch Event

MINI Cooper Electric Spec Sheets. MINI Countryman Electric Spec Sheets.

Order Books Now Open: New Opel Frontera Electric Available from 28,990 Euros, New Frontera Hybrid from 23,900 euros

New Opel Frontera Electric

The All-New 2025 Q6 e-tron Sets the New Standard for Audi Electrification: Delivering Impressive Dynamics with Advanced Tech, Greater Range, a New MMI and Everyday Usability

“All-new Audi Q6 e-tron represents the future of Audi electrification with its all-new architecture, new design language, updated MMI and advanced technologies.

“With a preliminary manufacturer’s range estimate of more than 300 miles on the EPA test cycle, 270 kW fast-charging capability, Audi Q6 e-tron quattro delivers the longest range and fastest charging of any Audi EV SUV to date.

“Audi Q6 e-tron and SQ6 e-tron models expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in Q4 2024; with additional variants to follow in 2025.”

Nio Firefly Models to Have Dedicated Swap Stations

2 NIO Houses Opened Globally, 41 Power Swap Stations and Power Charger Stations in June

Serbia to Install 80 EV Chargers on Motorways by May 2025

Serbia map of new EV chargers.

“The transport ministry and state-run road operator Putevi Srbije have carried out a tender for building 16 green oases at existing rest areas on motorways that will be able to facilitate at least five and up to 20 EV charging stations each, with a capacity of at least 150 kW, Vesic said in a statement on its X profile over the weekend.

“By the end of November, six green oases will be built, offering a total of 30 EV chargers. Thereafter, in the next five months, two green oases will be constructed monthly, bringing the overall number of new EV chargers to 80 by May 2025.

“Vesic also said added that the EV chargers will be manufactured in Serbia.”

First Bus Places Landmark Yutong Electric Bus Order from Pelican Bus and Coach

“The order of 169 electric buses will be delivered to four depots within the next 16 months and represents the next step of the company’s march toward their 2035 goal of a fully Zero Emission bus fleet.

“Upon completion of all these projects, First Bus will operate more than 800 zero-emission vehicles and boast EV charging infrastructure at 16 depot sites across their UK operation.”

Wallbox Announces the Launch of Their Highest Power-to-Footprint Ratio DC Fast Charger Yet

“Supernova 220 fills the current need for High Power Charging sites, capable of providing 10 to 15 minute charging times for passenger EVs, as well as serving the high power charging demands at private and public sites for fleets, electric trucks, buses and heavy goods vehicles.”

Hydrovolt Invests in Battery Recycling Capacity in France

DRivE”: PEM Tests Route Planning for Electric Tucks in Real Operation

“Our aim is to make the use of trucks with sustainable drive concepts more attractive by enabling them to cover their routes safely and well planned in advance with the help of digitalization,” says PEM Director Professor Achim Kampker. The pilot phase is intended to demonstrate that such a solution works reliably in principle and also to identify any gaps in the programming that still need to be closed. ‘DRivE’ stands for ‘Data-Based Route Planning in Road Freight Transport with Different Energy Supply Technologies’ and will continue until the end of 2024 to investigate how companies in the logistics sector can be helped digitally to switch to eco-friendly heavy-duty commercials vehicles in long-distance transport.

Stellantis Joins with France’s CEA to Pursue Next-Generation Battery Cell Technology

“Stellantis and CEA, one of the world’s most innovative research institutions, today announced a new, five-year collaboration that targets in-house design of next-generation battery cells for electric vehicles. This joint research program includes designing advanced technology cells with higher performance, a longer lifespan and a lower carbon footprint at competitive costs, which can lead to more affordable & sustainable battery electric vehicles in the future.”

Hepsiburada’s HepsiJet Introduces Electric Vehicles to Enhance Sustainable Last-Mile Delivery Services

Ampere Leads a Groundbreaking Battery Strategy for Renault Group with LFP Technology and Cell-to-Pack Solutions

Stellantis Invests Additional $55 Million In Archer Following Recent Flight Test Milestone

Flower Farm Could Supply Nickel for Electric Vehicle Batteries

Renewable Energy

The Danish State Railways and European Energy Sign Agreement for New Solar Park Construction

“The completed, the solar park is expected to have an annual production of 262 GWh, equivalent to the electricity consumption of nearly 65,000 households.”

European Energy and Energiequelle Partner for Wind Project in Schleswig-Holstein

“European Energy and Energiequelle have received the approval for the construction of eight Vestas V162 wind turbines, each with an output of 6.2 MW and a total height of 200 meters. This will quadruple the installed capacity from the current 12.5 megawatts to a future total of 49.6 megawatts. The wind farm will produce around 120,000 MWh of electricity per year.”


Luminar Launches Sentinel Software for Automakers

“The Sentinel solution enables automakers to accelerate development of advanced safety and autonomous functionality on vehicles, and includes Proactive Safety, Perception, 3D Mapping and Localization, Simulation, and Dynamic LiDAR features. The first shipments occurred this week, and are planned to be delivered to top automakers in the third quarter of this year.”

Biden-Harris Administration invests $10 million to improve risk communication during weather emergencies through Investing in America agenda

Blastr Green Steel Partners with Lhoist for the Supply of Low-Carbon Lime and Dolime, Reducing Scope 3 Emissions for the Future Steel Plant in Inkoo, Finland

Smart Riding Suitcase

This is the newest travel aid if you’re worn out and need to quickly get to a different airport gate or area. However, make sure you know what your rights are. Japanese police fined a woman for using her electric luggage on the sidewalk (top speed is 8 miles an hour) without a license.


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