Electrified – German manufacturer bet on e-mobility

In a very profound article journalist Matthias Benz from Neue Züricher Zeitung (NZZ) describes the recent awaking of the German car manufacturers towards the era of e-mobility. Lately BMW has started the serial production of its e-car i3 and thereby broke fresh ground. For BMW carbon fiber enhanced synthetic material (CFK) is an essential element of its electric vehicle strategy. Due to a large number of innovations, says Matthias Benz, BMW initially managed to make CFK usable for the efficient serial production of cars. In this way the engineers can compensate the increased weight which is the result of the still quiet heavy batteries which are a crucial part of any e-car. Just now the first car dealers get the i3s and the customers are now able to test and buy the purely electric powered car from BMW. Continue reading →

Sustainably sporty – EIGHT participates at Green Sports Alliance Summit

Sports are good for your health, sportsmen are role modells for many people and sport has become economically very important. On that background two years ago the Green Sports Alliance Summit has been established. The goal of the event: Leading experts and decision makers from sport associations, vendors of sports equipment, sports clubs and other stakeholders discuss new ways and innovative concepts that enable professional and semi-professional sports to sustainably improve its life cycle assessment. This year the third Green Sports Alliance Summit took place in one of the most sportive cities of the world, and EIGHT was amongst the participants. Continue reading →

In great shape – Volvo strikes a new path with solar charging station

With all respect to the Swedish engineering community: Volvo was never really famous for its dynamic and sweeping design. The team from Gothenburg was much more known for solidity, quality and safety – after all it has been a Volvo that has featured the first three-point seat belt.

But now it was time for another premiere, which pushed Volvo on the front pages of many publications: A foldable and creatively shaped solar charging station for electric cars. Many characteristics and ideas which are part of our solar charging station Point.One can also be found in the concept that was developed by the California-based design company Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) for Volvo Italy. Continue reading →

1, 2 … i3 – BMW introduces its first EV to the public

Best things come in small packages … that´s what the English say, and this is apparently also the motto of the decision makers in Munich who are in charge of the launch of the new BMW i3. In last few months several design blueprints have been published. During the introduction of our solar charging station Point.One S in front of BMW Welt three weeks ago the company has presented a close-to-production version of the e-car. A couple of days later several journalists have been invited to do some exclusive test trips with the BMW i3. Following these events the company has announced the prices. Now the first images of the series vehicle have reached the specialized press. Finally, the official event for the presentation is just around the corner! Continue reading →

Mail from Brazil – University of Sao Paolo engages itself in Point.One

Just a couple of days ago we have received an exciting email from South America. The Brazilian architect Wilson Barbosa Neto is working on his master thesis at State University of Campinas. The objects of his studies are the opportunities of digital manufacturing in modern architecture. In the context of his research he has identified two outstanding projects which he wants to investigate in detail: Continue reading →

To be green or not to be green – That is no question (for us)

Day by day we search through all kinds of magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs and forums to find exciting articles and news about e-mobility. We aim to be always up-to-date, to learn even more about the industry and to get inspired by innovative businesses and masterminds. Just a couple of days ago we found a really interesting blog post. On Grueneautos.com blogger Christopher Tan raises the question on how green today´s electric vehicles really are. Continue reading →

Companies in good shape: Spectacular architecture transports messages

Headquarters are becoming much more than an aggregation of working-places, more than the control rooms of organizations and more than just highly functional buildings. Especially in the last couple of years many headquarters appear to become a vehicle for image, reputation and corporate communications. Their design and architecture transport messages addressing employees, customers, partners and the overall public. Continue reading →

Savings today, debts tomorrow – Pending cuts on climate protection programmes 1

To tighten one´s belt, this motto became very popular within the last few months. No matter if you are talking about Greece, Portugal or now Cyprus: Saving is en vogue all over Europe – for a good reason. After all by reducing the spending we have to avoid that our children and grand children have to fight against an indomitable mountain of depths that gives them hardly any option to shape their own future. Also in Germany cuttings costs and spending is ranked high on the agenda. And there are good reasons for that as well. Of course, as part of this process subsidies and aid money have to be questioned, too. Continue reading →

Approaching e-mobilty holistically – Breaking the petrol lock-in

Plagiarism is out – or completely en vogue? That depends on the point of view. Anyway, we definitely don´t want to conceal that this article bases upon a very clever blog post from Marius Brand, a researcher at Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart. As we are a close partner of Fraunhofer IAO since we have won the “Elektromobile Stadt der Zukunft”-award we are sure that he doesn´t mind.

In the context of the German „Energiewende“, he introduces the term “carbon lock-in”. According to Wikipedia lock-in means that a particular technology or product is dominant, not because its inherent cost is low or superior performance, but because it enjoys the benefits of increasing returns to scale. As a result, decision makers are greatly influenced by the dominance of a product rather than by their preferences for its inherent properties. In deciding about technologies or products decision-makers can become committed to the project before the formal decision to build was taken. The formation of commitment is not necessarily bad, but when commitment turns into lock-in, it has by definition a negative influence on the project performance. Continue reading →

The car in 2037 – the charging station of tomorrow 1

Usually the website AutoScout24 is not well known for new cars, and especially not for cars of the future. However, a couple of weeks ago the online marketplace for used cars has published a very interesting survey. In the course of the study almost 9.000 people in seven countries – Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Spain – have been questioned about their wishes and requirements regarding the car of the future. For us especially the questions and answers about design, usability and sustainability are highly relevant.

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