E-Bikes for Everyone!

Most of us have owned a bicycle at one time or another during our lives. However from the nostalgia of our first childhood bike has evolved a new mode of transport. Using energy efficient and green technology the electric bike, otherwise known as an e-bike, allows users of all ages to traverse longer distances and hilly terrain whilst also cutting down on communal pollution and travelling costs.

Easy to use an e-bike uses the same principles as a regular bicycle in that pedalling is a Continue reading “E-Bikes for Everyone!”

Let the Pros Do the Car Detailing

Just What Does a Professional Detailing Does:

Most pro detailers offer a few packages that start with a basic wash and go up in price as the service list increases. In general, the most basic package offers these items:

  • The exterior starts with a wash using an auto washing soap product, using a chenille sponge. Next the vehicle is dried with a microfiber cloth. This is followed with a clay bar treatment, which removes additional grime and helps restore the car to a scratch free finish. Continue reading “Let the Pros Do the Car Detailing”
  • Dutch firm to invest $1.9 billion in China battery cell plant

    October 16, 2018 20:15 CET

    Dutch battery maker Lithium Werks BV, founded earlier this year, is investing 1.6 billion euros ($1.85 billion) in a massive lithium-ion cell factory in China to meet surging demand for batteries.

    The facility will have production capacity of 8 gigawatt-hours per year, or the equivalent capacity of batteries to power 160,000 cars.

    It will be the company’s second Chinese manufacturing site and should start production in early 2021, Chairman Kees Koolen said by Continue reading “Dutch firm to invest $1.9 billion in China battery cell plant”

    Renault-Brilliance count on e-vans to buck China slump

    October 16, 2018 20:03 CET

    PARIS — Renault and Chinese partner Brilliance plan to launch three electric delivery vans in two years, seeking to capitalize on robust growth in China’s commercial vehicle market and city center driving curbs on vehicles with combustion engines.

    The battery-powered vans will be part of a seven-model product offensive announced on Tuesday for the Renault-Brilliance joint venture that was created last December.

    The first two electric vans are to be Continue reading “Renault-Brilliance count on e-vans to buck China slump”

    VW will overhaul dealership and sales arm in EV push

    October 16, 2018 15:17 CET

    FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group will overhaul its dealership and sales organization by April 2020 to enable online sales and over-the-air software updates for its new electric cars, the automaker said.

    “Online business will make a key contribution to the development of the new sales model and is currently being massively expanded,” VW said in a statement.

    The new sales model will be ready in time for its I.D. family of electric vehicles that will start to Continue reading “VW will overhaul dealership and sales arm in EV push”

    Trump rhetoric harms tariff talks, says EU’s trade chief

    October 16, 2018 09:51 CET

    BERLIN — The EU’s trade chief said on Tuesday that some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was unhelpful while she was trying to make progress in tariff talks and said the bloc would have to respond if Washington imposed tariffs on EU cars.

    The EU is trying to avert a tariff war with the U.S. and Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom stressed that the two sides were still only at an early stage in talks, working on issues such as how to cooperate on regulations. Continue reading “Trump rhetoric harms tariff talks, says EU’s trade chief”

    Daimler, BMW seek to remedy EU’s antitrust concerns over car-sharing deal

    October 16, 2018 12:53 CET

    BRUSSELS — Daimler and BMW have offered concessions to address EU antitrust concerns about their plan to combine their car-sharing businesses, the European Commission said.

    The two automakers want to combine their car-sharing units Car2Go and DriveNow to better compete with U.S. rival Uber and China’s Didi Chuxing.

    The companies made the offer on Monday, a filing on the EU competition enforcer’s website showed, without providing details.

    The Commission Continue reading “Daimler, BMW seek to remedy EU’s antitrust concerns over car-sharing deal”

    VW CEO issues warning to German automakers

    October 16, 2018 08:15 CET

    FRANKFURT — Germany’s carmakers only have a 50 percent chance of remaining leading players in the auto industry unless they transform to meet new regulations and adapt their supply chains, Volkswagen CEO

    Herbert Diess said on Tuesday.

    The need to produce batteries and electric cars, rather than combustion engines, and the emergence of new geopolitical threats, is forcing automakers to accelerate deep-seated reforms that pose an existential threat to some Continue reading “VW CEO issues warning to German automakers”

    TomTom loses Volvo contract

    October 16, 2018 13:13 CET

    AMSTERDAM — Dutch navigation firm TomTom said on Tuesday it had lost a contract with automaker Volvo.

    The company said the contract to provide location and navigation services to Volvo, which was announced in 2016, had been ended before it was due to go into force in 2019.

    That fed into concerns of critics who said a deal Google made last month with Renault, another TomTom customer, meant the company risked being relegated to third place in its main market, Continue reading “TomTom loses Volvo contract”

    Audi fined $927 million by German prosecutors for diesel violations

    October 16, 2018 11:26 CET
    UPDATED: Oct. 16 12:11 CET – adds analyst comment

    FRANKFURT — Audi has been fined 800 million euros ($927.12 million) by German prosecutors for violations tied to V-6 and V-8 diesel engines that did not conform to anti-pollution standards.

    Audi accepted the fine and will not lodge an appeal against it, the company said in a statement. By doing so, the Continue reading “Audi fined $927 million by German prosecutors for diesel violations”