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The first all-electric Volvo EM90 officially rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday. Volvo’s EM90 is the brand’s first electric minivan, complete with a “Scandinavian living room” interior.

A Scandinavian living room on wheels

After teasing the EM90 several times, Volvo finally revealed its first electric minivan in November.

“It’s an age-old cliché, but there really is no place like home,” Volvo CEO Jim Rowan said after unveiling the new EV. The EM90 is built for more than simply getting from point A to point B. It’s designed to maximize the time spent in the car.

Volvo developed the interior for ultimate comfort and flexibility, whether for business or pleasure.

The “Scandinavian living room on wheels” includes premium lounge seating with rear cupholders, massage functions, and a fold-out table (like an upscale movie theater). It also includes a massive 15.6″ rear screen that folds out for entertainment, business, etc.

With the push of a button, the EM90 converts into a movie theater, business boardroom, or even a bedroom.

Volvo’s EM90 includes smart storage options, opening up a spacious cabin with plenty of head and leg room.

An additional 15.6″ infotainment screen completes the minimalist interior up front. The electric minivan features advanced software, including Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms from Qualcomm.

Volvo EM90 rolls out as its first electric minivan

The Volvo EM90 is powered by Geely’s SEA platform, which underpins the Polestar 4, Lotus Eletre, and all ZEEKR models.

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Volvo’s first electric minivan, the EM90 (source: Volvo)

A 200 kW electric motor and 116 kW battery are good for up to 458 miles (738 km) CLTC range. Although the EM90 rides on the same platform as the ZEEKR 009, you can see Volvo’s unique design throughout the vehicle. Volvo included new signature features like its Thor Hammer headlights and an illuminated logo.

Less than three months after its unveiling, the first EM90 officially rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday.

Volvo announced the news, saying the “EM90 brings a new experience to consumers” as the Swedish automaker enters a new segment.

The Volvo EX90 is first available in China, starting at 818,000 yuan ($114,000). Deliveries will begin in March, but Volvo has yet to confirm where else it will launch the electric minivan.

Electrek’s Take

After selling a record 113,419 electric cars in 2023, Volvo is aiming bigger this year. Volvo is launching unique EVs in new segments to help the brand reach new customers.

Although the EM90 is not likely to make its way to the US as a China-built model, Volvo is launching two other electric models.

The EX30 (check out our review here) is Volvo’s smallest and cheapest vehicle yet. It will start at $35,000 in the US and €36,590 in Europe as a “cornerstone” of Volvo’s EV plans.

Volvo’s first three-row electric SUV, the EX90, is also rolling out this year. It will start at $76,695 in the US to compete with Rivian’s R1S, Kia EV9, and Mercedes EQS.

With three new EVs in key segments, Volvo expects “tremendous growth” in 2024. By 2025, Volvo aims for 50%, or about 600,000, of its sales to be electric as it looks toward an all-electric future by the end of the decade.

What do you guys think? Is Volvo setting itself up for success? Let us know what you think of the new Volvo models in the comments below.

Source: CarNewsChina, Volvo China

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Italy is putting a big hybrid floating solar–floating wind farm in the sea

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Italy is putting a big hybrid floating solar–floating wind farm in the sea

A 540-megawatt (MW) hybrid floating solar–floating wind farm is going to be developed off Italy’s southern coast, in the Ionian Sea.

Dutch-Norwegian offshore solar company SolarDuck, Italian investment fund Arrow Capital, and Italian developer New Developments are jointly developing the Corigliano project, which will be in the Gulf of Taranto off the Calabrian coast of Corigliano-Rossano:

SolarDuck is a spin-off of Damen Shipyards, a major shipbuilder in the Netherlands. It’s tapped into that knowledge to design elevated solar platforms made of offshore-grade aluminum that sit 10 feet (3 meters) off the water to withstand rough waters. The elevation also reduces salt deposits on the solar panels. (Floating solar farms on lakes and ponds tend to sit directly on the water.)

The triangular floating platforms are modular, so they can be connected to form large plants. Plus, the platforms have slip-resistant walkways and fences for access and maintenance.

The hybrid floating solar–floating wind farm will feature 420 MW of offshore wind and 120 MW of floating solar. It will have 28 floating wind turbines, but SolarDuck’s announcement doesn’t indicate who is developing them. We’ve reached out to SolarDuck for details and will update when we hear back.

The Corigliano hybrid floating project is expected to come online in 2028.

SolarDuck is running an up to three-year 5 MW pilot with multinational energy company RWE in the North Sea, 7.5 miles (12 km) from The Hague’s Dutch coast. In December, it secured €15 million in funding, and it’s going to install Japan’s first offshore floating wind farm.  

Read more: World’s first semi-submersible floating offshore wind farm beats expectations in the face of extreme storms


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Doroni unveils production-intent H1-X eVTOL, offering personal air travel up to 120 mph [Video]

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Doroni unveils production-intent H1-X eVTOL, offering personal air travel up to 120 mph [Video]

Young urban air mobility (UAM) developer Doroni Aerospace is stepping out of the shadows and into the eVTOL startup with the official reveal of its flagship aircraft – the H1-X. The two-seat eVTOL was showcased during a livestream event today and is damn close to being market-ready, touting some impressive specs.

Doroni Aerospace was founded in 2016 by Doron Merdinger – a lifelong entrepreneur with 25 years of design, manufacturing, and firm management expertise.

To bring his dreams of sustainable aviation transportation to life, Merdinger assembled a team of engineers and technicians working together to democratize flight in a growing eVTOL segment.

The result of those efforts is the HX-1, Doroni’s flagship “flying car,” better known as an electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle. After years of development behind the scenes, which we at Electrek have kept close tabs on, Doroni has finally revealed the H1-X to the public, which looks pretty cool. Have a look for yourself.

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Doroni hard launches with production-intent eVTOL

The eVTOL startup shared many details of the H1-X earlier today during a livestream event you can view below. While Doroni’s flagship aircraft is an eVTOL through and through, its design and use vary from several of its competitors in development.

For instance, Doroni designed the H1-X as a two-seat personal aircraft rather than the larger cabins designed for air taxi services many other companies are working on. The H1-X also features a unique tandem wing configuration, with propellers built in (less risk of decapitation!)

The company says this design feature enhances the eVTOL’s lift and efficiency compared to traditional designs, and its wing fences can better manage airflow. The ducted fans are also quieter, even when the eVTOL’s eight electric motors are revving. Doroni’s CEO spoke during the eVTOL launch event:

The H1-X is not just a vehicle; it’s a leap toward a future where freedom of movement and sustainability coexist. Our dedication to innovation, safety, and the environment is embodied in every aspect of the H1-X, marking a new chapter in transportation.

Doroni shared that the H1-X weighs 1,850 pounds, can haul a payload capacity of 500 pounds, and can fly for 40 minutes on a single charge. What’s most interesting is that the incoming eVTOL can reach a top speed of 120 mph! Hopefully, Doroni will aid in training and certifying its future owners because that’s a lot of speed for the average person.

Representatives for Doroni Aerospace told Electrek that the first several examples of the H1-X eVTOLs are currently being built and will be used for extensive test flights at the end of the year. That being said, we were told the aircraft you see below is the go-to-market product, although there may be some minor tweaks before scaled production.

The H1-X has already received FAA certification for flightworthiness in the US and is expected to enter mass production in 2026. Each eVTOL is expected to cost between $300,000 and $400,000. You can learn more from the replay of the entire reveal event below:

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Fisker is talking to Nissan for a lifeline and electric pickup partnership

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Fisker is talking to Nissan for a lifeline and electric pickup partnership

Nissan has been revealed as the potential savior of Fisker. The Japanese automaker is reportedly talking with Fisker to invest in the company and partner on electric pickup trucks.

Earlier today, we reported on Fisker’s disastrous fourth-quarter results showing that the electric vehicle startup lost $400 million in 2023 and it now has less than $400 million of cash on hands.

The automaker had to admit that it wouldn’t be able to continue operations past next year without a big cash injection.

It did reveal that it was talking to a “large automaker” about an investment that could save the company.

Now, Reuters reported that the automaker in question is Nissan:

Nissan is in advanced talks to invest in electric vehicle maker Fisker (FSR.N), in a deal that could provide the Japanese automaker with access to an electric pickup truck while giving the struggling startup a financial lifeline, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

The deal would reportedly involve Nissan investing $400 million in Fisker. It would also involve Nissan building the Alaska pickup truck unveiled by Fisker last year at one of its US plants.

On top of it, Nissan could use the Alaska platform to build its own electric pickup truck.

Neither Nissan nor Fisker commented on the report.

Fisker’s stock dropped by more than 50% today after the release of its earnings, but the stock recovered a bit after the report that Nissan is considering investing.

The stock currently trades at a valuation of $295 million.

Electrek’s Take

I’m not sure what to think about it. I’ve never been a big fan of Fisker, and I’ve warned people about investing in the company before.

If the report is true, I don’t know what Nissan sees in this. If they are behind on developing electric pickup trucks, it might be worth it for them, but I think that any significant investment would be a takeover the company.

It is now worth less than $300 million and that might be an attractive investment as a company that had $200 million in revenue last quarter in the growing EV market, but the looks are deceiving.

As I’ve highlighted before, Fisker was desperate in its previous fundraising efforts and took big convertible notes, which now add up to $1.2 billion, according to its last SEC filing.

Currently, there’s just no way Fisker can manage to pay that back and therefore, they will convert to stock and drastically dilute it for current shareholders.

So I don’t see a good outcome here other than Nissan picking the whole company up for cheap and accelerating its EV programs with it.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

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