How to apply for a temporary license plate

Valid for five days: short-term and transfer license plates Not for eternity: A short-term license plate is only valid for five days. Photo: Markus Scholz / dpa-tmn (Photo: dpa) If the car has already been deregistered, traders such as car manufacturers, workshops and dealers can use a red license plate, a “red number” or “workshop […]

Robotaxi company Cruise secures billion dollar loan from General Motors

Cruise Cruise presented its prototype called Origin in early 2020. (Photo: dpa) San Francisco The robot car company Cruise receives a billion-euro loan from its parent company General Motors and builds the first test vehicles for its driverless taxis. With the GM credit line of five billion dollars (4.1 billion euros), Cruise’s “war chest” has […]

Bundestag passes a law to set up fast charging stations

Electric car at a charging station Around 1000 fast charging stations are to be built on motorways. (Photo: dpa) Berlin Electric car drivers should be able to rely on a comprehensive network of fast charging stations even on long journeys. The Bundestag passed a law on Friday night, according to which around two billion euros […]

Nio, Aiways, Xiaopeng – China’s e-car manufacturers are conquering Europe

Elektro-SUV Aiways U5 State-of-the-art technology, but poor security values. (Foto: Aiways) Shanghai, Munich When Samuel Fu speaks of Europe, he raves about it. “The European market is booming compared to China,” says the co-founder of the Chinese automaker Aiways. The public charging infrastructure is better and growth is faster. While the subsidy policy is being scaled […]

These sensors help autonomous driving achieve a breakthrough

Düsseldorf Everything revolves around an actually inconspicuous, rectangular, black box. But beneath the surface is a laser technology that has been worked on for decades and that will soon become indispensable for the entire automotive industry. We are talking about lidar sensors. They are the indispensable key to the gigantic market for automated driving. Every […]

The hunt for the super battery

Electric car of the future Companies around the world are researching how to improve battery performance. (Foto: Cultura/Getty Images) Düsseldorf Sila Nanotechnologies, Solid Power or Quantumscape – battery start-ups are currently experiencing a real hype. A small announcement is enough and the price skyrockets. Her specialty: the development of more powerful, faster and cheaper batteries. From […]

Daimler S-Class: Mercedes recall due to steering problems

Daimler boss Ola Källenius with the new S-Class The seventh generation of the luxury sedan is not only an important image carrier, but also one of the most profitable models of the Swabians. (Photo: Reuters) Munich A few months after the market launch of the most important Mercedes model Daimler recall up to 1400 luxury […]

CATL News: Number one in batteries

VW electric cars The car company is deepening its relationship with the Chinese battery manufacturer CATL. (Photo: dpa) Düsseldorf A good ten years ago, Robin Zeng was actually quite satisfied. His company ATL did relatively decent business, selling lithium-ion batteries to cellphone and computer manufacturers. With annual sales equivalent to US $ 250 million, ATL […]