Friday, May 3, 2024

Mercedes shows Sustaineer e-van/e-bike delivery concept

Mercedes-Benz Vans has worked with Berlin based cargo bike maker Onomotion on its Sustaineer (Sustainability Pioneer) technology demonstrator “providing an insight into what sustainability could look like in the delivery transport of the future”.

The electric van based on the already on sale eSprinter combines “a variety of innovative concepts for decarbonising the entire vehicle life cycle, reducing resource consumption, and increasing the circular economy, as well as improving the quality of life and well being of the driver”.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

What’s sending first-generation electric cars to an early grave?

A growing number of early electric car adopters are scrapping or replacing their cars when batteries that are no longer under warranty go haywire. Repairing batteries can be dangerous. It’s more expensive and technical than working on gas engines, and there are very few technicians trained to do the work. 

Carmakers, like Tesla, often recommend full replacements, rather than trying to extend the life of an older battery. That’s leading some drivers, like Barnes, to get rid of otherwise perfectly good cars.