July 4th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt
After my article "There Will Be Blood" was published here on CleanTechnica, Peter Mertens, the former Head of R&D at Audi and former Board Member of Audi, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Jaguar Land Rover, and now Board Member of Faurecia, Recogni and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Valens, reached out to me and asked if I am interested in an interview with him
June 23rd, 2020 | by Alex Voigt
The CEOs of Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia announced today at a press event that they were launching a partnership for a, quoting Ola Källenius, “groundbreaking, software-defined, high-performance computer architecture for driving assistance and autonomous drive."
June 15th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt
Escalation is the word that describes best what happened in recent weeks within Volkswagen, and it’s an escalation that is not helpful for CEO Herbert Diess, the Volkswagen Group, our society, Germany, or the environment
June 13th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt
I write this article full of anger as a German about the German auto industry. The Octopus is one of the most fascinating and intelligent animals in our seas. Scientists predict that if they didn't die that early after the new generation is born, because of their ability to learn, they would be "the humans of the sea," dominating all other sea animals large and small, just like humans do on soil
June 6th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt
It is true that an electric motor alone does not allow a huge differentiation like we experience it with the combustion engine but the real BEV drive train is the combination of the battery with the electric motor, braking system, Software, Inverter and not the electric motor alone
February 16th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt
Every nation of this world will do its best to protect its industry for the good of the country's economy and its people. Politicians are elected to make sure industries and jobs are doing well, to stabilize income, and to reduce risk. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this protection. Unfortunately, politics can, by trying its very best to support its industry, destroy it without even realizing what's happening. This has happened before, and there is a large risk that it's happening today in the largest automotive producing countries, like Germany, Japan, and the
January 13th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
A study in Germany predicts electric cars could lead to the loss of up to 410,000 jobs in its auto industry. But there's more to the story.
November 22nd, 2019 | by Johnna Crider
Tesla's plan to build Gigafactory 4 (GF4) in Germany makes sense if you look at it from the perspective of Tesla's mission. Business Insider recently published an opinion piece on this topic, claiming the factory location didn't make sense, and I am aiming to provide a different point of view of things
June 15th, 2019 | by Alex Voigt
Illusions are realities for those who have them. When you try to convince those having them that they are illusions, they try to convince you that they are the realists
March 16th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman
The German auto industry has been through quite a scandal surrounding dieselgate. But that's not stopping some from clinging to diesel. The Verge reports, "Germany is divided about the future of its most important industry: while some automakers pursue electric vehicles, a noisy group of diesel-energy enthusiasts are expressing their frustration through protests. These have gone on every weekend so far this year."
February 10th, 2019 | by Alex Voigt
As a German engineer, I am today more concerned than ever about the ability of our auto industry to survive and prosper
November 4th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
Europe’s automotive market is slowly getting charged. The drivers of electrification are EU regulatory agencies, which are imposing ever-stricter limits on carbon and nitrogen oxide pollution. Meanwhile, the German auto industry is pulling in the other direction, using its immense political power to try to delay and water down emissions regulations. The various European countries are caught in the middle -- some are embracing the electric future, some are resisting it, and most are muddling through with no particular plan
September 4th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are rolling out their latest electric car offerings this week. But analysts say Tesla has little to be worried about.
March 1st, 2018 | by James Ayre
The largest auto parts supplier in the world, Bosch, has decided that it won't be manufacturing its own electric vehicle batteries, despite the booming of the sector -- as the billions of euros of investment that would be required would pose too much of a risk to the company
February 14th, 2018 | by James Ayre
In its recently released annual report, Daimler has argued that investors should be aware that a shift away from diesel cars and towards electric vehicles could force the firm to bail out some of its suppliers — that is, to deliver "compensation payments" to them
December 9th, 2017 | by James Ayre
The German engineering and steel firm Thyssenkrupp is expecting that a surge in demand for automotive lithium-ion batteries over the next decade may lead to factory-gear order increases of more than €1 billion (~$1.2 billion), going on recent statements made by company execs
November 8th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
The German car industry, led by Volkswagen, has been busy trying to convince European regulators to soften future emissions requirements. It seems their plan is working.
September 19th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
The German auto industry faces increasing pressure from Tesla and Chinese auto makers. Can it survive the transition to electric cars?
August 22nd, 2017 | by James Ayre
The current Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, was recently quoted during a pre-election town hall event as saying that diesel cars remain a necessity for the time being if the Paris climate change conference goals are to be achieved