Also Slovenia to ban combustion-powered cars: The next European government specifies a deadline for diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles: By 2030, Slovenia wants to limit registration permission to cars with CO2 emissions of less than 50 grams per kilometre – what currently just applies to EVs and PHEVs. Already by 2025, newly registered cars will have to stay under 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Simultaneously, the country’s EV charging infrastructure shall grow significantly – from currently 227 stations to 1,200 units in 2020, to 7,000 in 2025 and finally to 22,300 in 2030.
Tesla cars to get more costly in Norway? The country’s government intends to partly cut its generous EV subsidies, according to media reports. The draft 2018 budget proposes modifications regarding the exemption from motor vehicle registration tax as well as revising discounts in taxation of company cars. The new rules would particularly affect EVs with more than two tonnes, thus mainly Tesla: Its Model X could soon cost 70,000 krones (approximately 7,500 euros) more. However, Norway’s minority government is dependent on other parties to realise its plans.
europe.autonews.com, vg.no (in Norwegian)
Pam Fletcher heads GM’s EV business: General Motors has chosen Pamela Fletcher to be in charge of the company’s worldwide EV portfolio. Her new position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programs, has been newly created. Fletcher has a lot of experience in GM’s management units, most recently she was executive chief engineer for Electrified Vehicles and New Technologies. Just recently, General Motors introduced its electrification initiative that includes 20 EVs by 2023
Daihatsu presents electrified concept cars: The Japanese carmaker has published first pictures of several interesting concepts that it will put on display at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. While the DN Pro Cargo is an utility vehicle with an all-electric drivetrain, the compact SUV DN Trec and the DN Compagno are hybrid-powered. Especially the DN Compagno draws attention as it represents a reinterpretation of the Daihatsu Compagno, launched in 1963.
Yamaha’s EV spectrum: Electrified bikes, scooters, motorcycles and even a car concept – Yamaha will show a broad range of low-emission vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show. Additionally, the Japanese manufacturer has announced a so-called Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW), a mixture between a car and a motorcycle with electric drivetrain and additional range extender. Further details, also about the company’s car concept have not yet been provided.
Tesla recalls 11,000 Model X cars: Due to problems with the second-row seats, Tesla voluntarily recalls approximately 11,000 models produced between 28th of October 2016 and 16th of August 2017. According to the Californian EV maker, some cables are not correctly tightened, so that seats could move forward during a car accident. However, Tesla estimates that this problem occurs in just 3 percent of all recalled cases.
With more than 10,000 electrified cars delivered in September, the BMW Group set a new record. Within the first three quarters of the year, the German carmaker managed to sell already 68,687 EVs and HEVs. This figure even exceeds BMW’s total sales result in 2016.
Dutch team wins again solar car trophy: The Nuon Solar team of the Technical University Delft once again won the World Solar Challenge in Australia. Their solar vehicle Nuna 9 was the first to cross the finish line after four days and not less than 3,000 kilometres. For the Dutch team it was already the seventh title in the 14th race of the World Solar Challenge.
Ikea backs XL Hybrids: The U.S. manufacturer of electrification technology for commercial and municipal fleets raised 22m dollars in its latest financing round, pushing its overall funding sum to 50m dollars. Among its new investors are Exelon and Ikea. The fresh money shall help to expand XL Hybrids’ development, sale and distribution network in North America. Just recently, the company announced to kick off production of its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System designed to electrify the latest Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in the first quarter of 2018.
Virgin invests in Hyperloop: Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is backing Californian start-up Hyperloop One, however the amount of funding is undisclosed. In the wake of the investment, Hyperloop One has got rebranded as Virgin Hyperloop One and Richard Branson is to join its board. The company is considered to be among the most promising of the hyperloop start-ups seeking to commercialize the transportation system introduced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2013.
autoblog.com, electrek.co, virgin.com
Efficient Drivetrains and Shannxi Automotive jointly develop a PHEV cement mixer truck. While Shannxi Automotive provides its 32-ton cement mixer truck, Efficient Drivetrains contributes its PowerDrive 8000 PHEV drivetrain and control software. The vehicle’s first field deployment is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017. It is the first time, Efficient Drivetrains expands its portfolio into the construction industry.
newatlas.com, greencarcongress.com, constructionequipment.com
“From BYD’s point of view, the biggest challenge is battery capacity. Our Iron Phosphate battery plant, the largest in the world, has annual capacity of 10GWh, yet still cannot meet the booming demand.”
Asked about the current challenges for the uptake of electric buses, Wang Chuanfu, President and Chairman of BYD, mentions first of all battery capacity. Apart from that, the barriers would not be as high as one might think, he adds.
“I respect what Elon Musk is doing and his approach. He went to the other end, to luxury, and made electric car driving more desirable. At the same time, we have sold electric cars 12 years ago, long before him, but did not come up with a really-convincing car.”
Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche has a clear idea of why Tesla succeeds with its strategy while his company had to deal with setbacks when it comes to electrification. However, with the upcoming EV line-up, Zetsche is sure to make Daimler as attractive to EV buyers as Tesla.
UK to invest 1bn pounds in electric mobility: The British has government announced to spend 2.5bn pounds until 2021 to meet its climate targets, fixed in its “Clean Growth Strategy”. As part of this roadmap, 1bn pounds have been approved to promote electric and low-emission vehicles. The Clean Growth Strategy is detailing government spending between 2015 and 2021. In its update, the government also confirmed once more the aim to ban combustion-powered cars by 2040.
Ireland supports electric corporate fleets: In order to promote electric cars in company-owned fleets, the Irish government establishes a zero percent rate of Benefit-in-Kind for such vehicles. Existing EV incentives such as a purchase premium of up to 5,000 pounds and a reduction of the vehicle registration tax are going to be continued, too.
Leeds welcomes electric double decker: Bus company First Leeds is currently testing an all-electric double decker bus in Leeds. The vehicle called Metrodecker EV carries up to 99 passengers and provides a range of almost 150 miles. The bus company’s trial project is part of its plan to invest 71m pounds into the purchase of 284 ultra-low emissions buses.
Ford triples charging opportunities for staff: The U.S. carmaker says it will extend the amount of charging stations for its employees in North America from currently 200 to 600 within the next three years. The company explains this move by pointing at the fact that charging options at the workplace are a decisive criteria to opt for an electric vehicle purchase.
150 electric buses for Malaysia: GETS Global and Putrajaya Leisures & Services Group signed a MoU as both partners seek to bring 150 electric buses to the streets of Putrajaya. However, they take their time: The electric bus fleet shall not go into operation before 2025.
Reading tip: New technology can meet both, requirements in urban societies and needs in rural and underdeveloped areas. The solar-powered cart “watt-r” is an example for a high-tech vehicle, created to ease the life of people in remote regions like rural Africa. It is specialised in collecting water.
Video tip: The team of Autogefühl dedicates its latest episode to Volkswagen’s electric concept car I.D. Crozz. One of the highlights is the interview with design specialist Klaus Bischoff.
The emirate’s police force is known for its fleet of fancy sport cars. Now it test an electric-powered aircraft, on top. Traffic jams shall no longer be any problem for the guardians of law: With the Hoversurf Scorpion they land and take-off whenever they want.
mashable.com (with video)
VW to use joint e-drivetrain for trucks and buses: Volkswagen Truck & Bus has developed an integrated electric platform for trucks and buses and all brands. It is supposed to form the basis of any electric architecture in the future. Also U.S. partner Navistar will benefit from the platform to offer electric distribution trucks by 2019, as reported. Furthermore, focussing on emerging countries, VW created another electric distribution truck: The e-Delivery shall be manufactured in Brazil with production kick-off scheduled for 2020. Finally, MAN and Scania announced to trial preproduction versions of their next-gen electric buses in several European cities by 2018 – and to go serial before 2020.
electric-vehiclenews.com, bloomberg.com, volkswagen-media-services.com
Paris says “adieu” to combustion-powered cars: By 2030, the French capital could ban diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles, according to a statement of Christophe Najdovski, vice Mayor and responsible for Paris’ transport policy. Diesel engine cars are likely to be even banned before: Authorities of the city seek to get rid of them by the start of the Olympic Games in 2024. In summer, French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot already announced that he wants to ban all sales of ICEs by 2040 in a bid to meet the country’s targets from the Paris Climate Accord.
BMW to cooperate with Great Wall? Beside its JV with Brilliance, the German carmaker is said to be willing to establish another JV with a Chinese company: It is Great Wall that BMW plans to build electric vehicles in Changshu with, insiders report. Allegedly, this partnership would enable the Germans to kick off (electric) car production of its brand Mini in China.
reuters.com, europe.autonews.com (Mini)
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Next step of Volkswagen’s restructuring process: VW intends to concentrate production of all relevant car parts in a new business unit, according to the Handelsblatt. With this step, the car giant seeks to cut costs and thus to unlock funds for its ambitious EV strategy. Besides that, the decision about where the I.D. Buzz is going to be produced seems to get close: The Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reports that VW’s plant in Osnabrück has good chances to make it.
Electric city bus by e.GO and ZF: The two German companies intend to launch an on-demand electric city bus by 2019. The e.Go Mover provides space for 15 passengers and can optionally be equipped with a range extender. Pricing for the basic version starts at 60.000 euros exclusive the tax. Order books are open from now on.
BMW presents new pedelec: BMW’s new Active Hybrid E-Bike will make its market entry with a completely revised drive concept. Its aluminium frame hosts an electric motor by Brose with 250 W and a removable 504 Wh battery – providing energy for a range of up to 100 km. The price is for the Active Hybrid E-Bike is 3,400 euros.
Exactly 5,342 all-electric vehicles have been newly registered in Spain within the first 9 months of the year. That are 62.7 percent more than in the same period of 2016. A total of 958 EVs in September even represents a plus of 180 percent towards September 2016.
news.xinhuanet.com, marca.com (in Spanish)
EU battery strategy due in February: Representatives of industry heavyweights and politics gathered at the “battery summit” in Brussels and agreed to develop a strategic roadmap for an EU Battery Alliance until February 2018, according to media reports. Until then, several working groups are supposed to discuss topics such as supply chain, investment financing, trade issues and R&D. The European Union might contribute up to 2.2bn euros.
Rinspeed’s interpretation of a “snapping” car: The Swiss company is known for its creative mobility concepts. At the CES in Las Vegas, it will present its electric-powered concept car Snap, which basically consists of two parts: a flat chassis and several exchangeable cabins. Depending on the cabin, the vehicle can serve as delivery van, public transport car or mobile home.
motor1.com, carscoops.com, rinspeed.eu
Approval for Nissan’s debut in the Formula E? Rumours about Nissan’s ambition to take the starting place of Renault e.dams most probable turn out to be true: Motorsport-Total.com reports that the Formula E’s union has approved Nissan’s move into the electric series. Meanwhile, Renault wants to fully focus on the Formula 1.
Modified Twizy drives autonomous: British company StreetDrone managed to convert Renault’s Twizy into an autonomous car. Six cameras, a 4G connection and a Nvidia computer enable the StreetDrone ONE to move without a driver. As reported, Universities across Britain shall be asked to buy the modified Twizy in order to do research on self-driving cars. Pricing starts at 49,500 Pounds.
“We can make money selling electric vehicles.”
Says Gilles Normand, Renault’s head of EVs, and adds that he targets a profit of seven percent – just what petrol-powered cars achieve. Together with Nissan, the French carmaker has already sold half a million EVs.
“Step-by-step, every city, every country will need our technology. This is how we expect to expand overseas very rapidly.”
Stella Li, president of BYD America, expects the amount of foreign orders to grow constantly. In a first stage, BYD says it concentrates on electric buses, but once it established itself abroad, the company intends to target the electric truck market, too.
Shell acquires NewMotion: Oil giant Shell takes over charging infrastructure specialist NewMotion, a company with access to 50,000 public charging stations and according to own information, provider of the biggest charging network in Europe. Thus, Shell is the first oil group to enter the charging infrastructure market on a large scale. As part of the Shell group, NewMotion shall be further in charge of supplying charging solutions for private households, companies and public areas.
Deutsche Bahn kicks off EV ride sharing: The German railway company presents a new brand for on-demand mobility and autonomous driving: ioki will provide electric shuttles, autonomous electric buses and electric tuktuks. After starting operation in Bavaria-based Bad Birnbach this month, ioki will launch a ride sharing shuttle service linked to the public transport system in Hamburg next year. Additionally, Hamburg will see a trial area close to the railway station to test autonomous electric buses. sueddeutsche.de, car-it.com, deutschebahn.com (all in German)
Oxford to ban combustion engine cars: The British city wants to keep petrol-powered and diesel-powered vehicles out of its territory by 2035. The ban shall be implemented in several stages. Already by 2025, the access to several streets shall be limited to cars with electric powertrain only.
Electrifying Chicago: The third biggest city of the States wants to electrify 25 percent of its passenger fleet until 2023. In a first step, Chicago is going to purchase 182 EVs, 9 fast-charging stations and 182 lower-level chargers. The costs will be covered by a 15.5m dollars federal grant.
100 EV charging stations for Malaysia: Petronas Dagangan, a subsidiary of the country’s national oil and gas group, teams up with Asia’s biggest energy provider Tenaga Nasional and a state green technology firm to erect 100 charging stations across the peninsula. The beginning of the project is scheduled for 2018.
CA sees first electric school buses: Adomani has founded a subsidiary called School Bus Sales of California and just received an order, worth 1,1m dollars. The Calaveras Unified School District seeks to add three zero-emission electric 72-seat school buses to its fleet.
Reading tip: Morgan Stanley is a specialist when it comes to predict future costs. In the case of EV charging infrastructure, the financial services firm states that 2.7 trillion dollars are necessary to reach the target of 526m units by 2040.
Video tip: In the latest episode of Fully Charged, Jonny Smith checks out Jaguar’s E-Type Zero and discusses its qualities and characteristics with Mike Goodbun of the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team.
Events for the upcoming week: eMove360° Europe (Oct 17-19; Munich, Germany) ++ WOCOMOCO World Collaborative Mobility Congress (Oct 18-20; Berlin, Germany) ++ Autonomy & Urban Mobility Summit (Oct 19-21; Paris, France) ++ Busworld Europe (Oct 20-25; Kortrijk, Belgium) ++ You can find a complete list of events at electrive.com/calendar
That was fast: Just a few weeks after Tesla started delivery of its Model 3, an employee put his own one up for sale – for not less than 150,000 dollars. Meanwhile the offer has been removed from the internet. Maybe because Tesla explicitly forbid his employees to resell their cars for more than the original price.
Dutchmen to ban combustion-powered cars by 2030: The new Dutch government coalition has published its plans for the upcoming years, underlining the ambition to make all newly registered cars emission-free by 2030. A ban of diesel and petrol vehicles has been discussed in the Netherlands since last year. But the new government, consisting of four coalition parties, had to struggle a lot to find common positions. Now, more than 200 days after the election in March, they have finally released the plan they agreed upon.
electrek.co, nltimes.nl, telegraaf.nl (in Dutch)
EU to introduce carbon credits instead of EV quota? The European Union refrains from the idea to implement an EV quota, Reuters reports. Instead it favours a carbon credit initiative, inspired by California’s zero-emission policy – with the difference that carbon credits shall not be tradable in the EU. According to the press agency, the proposal additionally includes 800m euros of EU funding to motivate governments, regions and cities to erect more EV charging points and 200m euros to boost battery development between 2018 and 2020. The EU proposal’s official release is expected on 8th of November. reuters.com
A dozen bills for more EVs in CA: California’s governor Jerry Brown has signed a dozen bills to accelerate the state’s shift towards electric mobility. Besides extending the EV incentive programme with special focus on low-income Californians through 2019, pilot schemes for new charging stations and giving EV drivers further the right to use the carpool lanes, the government itself is willing to set a good example: At least half of the state’s car fleet shall get emission-free by 2025, the same is required for 30 percent of the state’s heavy-duty fleet by 2030.
Electric bus made by New Flyer: The U.S. manufacturer has presented the next generation of its electric-powered bus Xcelsior called Xcelsior Charge. The new model is equipped with a Siemens motor and a battery pack by XALT Energy or A123 Systems, enabling a capacity of up to 600 kWh. Bus operator LA Metro has already ordered 35 units for Los Angeles and signed an option to purchase again 65 buses.
Mahindra extends its EV line-up: The Indian car giant plans to add all-electric versions of each of its existing SUV and crossover models to its line-up. First model to get a fully electrified twin next year is Mahindra’s compact SUV KUV 100. So far, the company’s electric assortment includes just two cars: the E20 and the e-Verito.
Green4U presents electric SUVs: Don Panoz’ Green4U Technologies intends to launch two electric-powered SUVs in 2018: Both, the MTU-6 and the Enov, shall be able to reach up to 370 km. In the upcoming years, the U.S. company plans to create more and more electric models – among them sedans, vans and utility vehicles.
DriveNow welcomed its one millionth client since its launch in 2011. The JV of BMW and Sixt states that it’s BMW and MINI models are used up to 23 times per day by customers across all DriveNow cities.
Nissan extends U.S. battery plant: The company’s battery factory next to its U.S. assembly plant Smyrna, Tennessee shall get an additional surface of 2,500 square metres. The Smyrna Planning Commission just gave its approval. The Japanese opened the factory in 2012, but announced meanwhile that they will soon sell its complete battery business to Chinese financial investor GSR Capital in order to focus solely on EV designing and production, as reported.
Thermal management alliance: German car supplier Mahle and its French equivalent Faurecia team up to jointly develop interior thermal management tech for EVs. Both agree on a collaboration in areas such as air distribution, air conditioning and personalized thermal management. Just recently, Mahle presented its demonstrator vehicle MEET (Mahle Efficient Electric Transport) at the IAA in Frankfurt.
New TM4 powertrain for hybrid heavyweights: With the SUMO HP HV900 drivetrain, TM4 introduces its new SUMO HP line, which targets the commercial heavy-duty hybrid market. The HV900 is a motor/generator and inverter combination with 190 kW and 915 Nm in a casing of only 200 mm in length. It is designed for series and parallel-hybrid configurations and works with diesel engines, multi-speed gearboxes or integrated to axles for ultra-low floor buses
Another alliance for H2 safety: After the announcement of a German-American alliance for hydrogen safety, the US Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office partners now also with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Both organisations agree on a collaboration to share data about early-stage R&D and safety of hydrogen and fuel cells.
“In total we are aiming for a production capacity of one million batteries per annum.”
Ola Källenius, Daimler’s head of R&D, is confident that Daimler will secure a significant market share in the battery sector. In his eyes, the lithium-ion technology has still a potential of 10 to 30 percent higher performance. A next-gen battery tech would not emerge before 2022.
“We look at when it will be affordable. We stick to our business model and when it is ready and when there is a request we will plug it.”
Dacia’s European chairman Jean Christophe Kugler says he wants to base the company’s electrification strategy on customer demand. The carmaker’s big advantage is that whenever it decides to head for electrification, it can easily rely on technology of the Renault-Nissan alliance.
OEMs join forces to build fast charging net: Almost one year after their first declaration, BMW, Daimler, Ford and Porsche (representing the VW Group) finally created a JV to build a CCS ultra fast-charging network together. The Munich-based European High Power Charging GmbH & Co. KG shall fund 350 kW charging stations along the Autobahn and other European key routes. In an initial step, the JV seeks to erect 400 locations. However, the long-term objective are “thousands” of ultra fast-charging stations across Europe. The project might still start before the year’s end.
automobilwoche.de, manager-magazin.de, stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
Renault acquires shares in Jedlix: The French carmaker and Eneco subsidiary Jedlix are cooperation partners since September 2015. Now, Renault went a step further and acquired a 25% share in Jedlix. Both companies want to launch new EV offers, based on Jedlix’ expertise in smart charging and Renault’s knowledge of EV technology.
H2 car sharing for California: StratosFuel is about to kick off a car sharing service with fuel cell vehicles in California. The company plans to start with 15 hydrogen-powered cars and to expand its fleet as well as its service area later on. In order to launch its service, StratosFuel benefits from state subsidy.
50 hybrid buses for Singapore: In the second half of 2018, Singapore’s roads will see a total of 50 new hybrid buses supplied by Volvo. The order is worth 30m dollars, future operator is the Land Transport Authority (LTA). But that’s not all: The LTA is about to call another tender for additional 60 hybrid buses due to go in operation in 2019.
Kingston to erect charging network: The City of Kingston in the Canadian province Ontario will benefit from 29 additional EV charging stations. The city’s council agreed to invest almost 800,000 dollars. Currently, Kingston just offers eight charging stations that are independently owned.
Video tip: We are very proud to present the first of our self-produced video clips of the 30th Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition in Stuttgart. From October, 9 – 11, 2017 the world’s most important EV industry meeting saw 7,976 experts from 58 countries gather in Stuttgart. And action!
Click tip: The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to convert its 180,000 vehicles into vans with alternative fuel capabilities and chose already six suppliers, as reported. Now, first spy shots show how the prototypes of Workhorse and VT Hackney look like.