Williams Advanced Engineering has unveiled a new electric vehicle platform specifically for hypercars called EVR. It is designed for a peak power of 1,650 kW and enables acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.0 seconds.
Working with Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-grid services provider, Nissan has approved the first-ever bi-directional charger for the Nissan Leaf in the US. Fermata’s FE-15 charger has passed essential requirements from Nissan and is UL 9741 certified.
The public bike-share system Mobi by Shaw Go in Vancouver boosts its service by adding 500 e-bikes for the first time. The new pedelecs will charge at 30 e-bike stations and bring the Mobi fleet to 2,500 bikes and 250 stations.
#ebike #publicbike #Vancouver
“ridership usually significantly increases as e-bikes make getting around by bike more accessible to a wider group of people, particularly in a city like ours with lots of hills.”
BMW has started its own production of fuel cells for the iX5 Hydrogen at the Hydrogen Competence Center in Munich. The reason for this is the small series of the iX5 Hydrogen, which is to be used worldwide for testing and demonstration purposes from the end of this year.
Tesla wants to assemble battery modules at its electric car plant in Fremont, California, at least according to an application filed with the city of Fremont. The extension appears in line with other plans to expand production.
Moove, an African-born fintech start-up, has struck a deal with Uber in London. Moove will provide Uber drivers with electric vehicles through its latest rent-to-buy model. Moove aims to be the largest EV partner on Uber’s platform in London, with plans to scale to 10,000 cars by the end of 2025.
Audi will compete in Formula 1 from 2026. As the manufacturer has now officially announced, its own hybrid drive unit is being developed for this purpose at Audi Sport’s Motorsport Competence Centre in Neuburg an der Donau. Around half of the power is to come from the electric motor.
Australia’s Tritium has opened its factory in the state of Tennessee. President Joe Biden had endorsed the company’s US plant when announced earlier this year since it follows his ‘Buy American’ policy.
The Chinese manufacturer Niu plans to launch its first electric two-wheeler with a sodium-ion battery next year. The manufacturer appears to put battery cost over concerns with weight.
#Niu #TwoWheeler #SodiumIon
“Formula 1 is both a global stage for our brand and a highly challenging development laboratory. The combination of high performance and competition is always a driver of innovation and technology transfer in our industry.”
The Stellantis subsidiary Dodge has presented its first electrified model. The Dodge Hornet compact SUV is also offered as a plug-in hybrid in the R/T variant with a 15.5 kWh battery pack and more than 30 miles (48 km) of electric range.
The British-Korean company Eurocell will probably build its announced factory for the production of battery cells in Europe in the Netherlands. Eurocell says it is in final talks with authorities and the investment and development agency NOM.
In the USA, FedEx subsidiary FedEx Office is piloting ten Ford E-Transit vans across its SameDay City network, which is the company’s local shipping option. The Ford E-Transit vehicles are being tested in nine markets coast-to-coast to assess performance in different road and weather conditions.
#FedEx #FordE #US
“With rapid expansion plans in Europe, Eurocell is encouraged by the positive engagement we have had with both the Dutch Government and NOM investment and development agency for the Northern Netherlands over the last few months,”
Nick Clay, chief commercial officer, Eurocell EMEA
Tesla has received EU type approval for a new variant of the Model Y with battery cells from the Chinese manufacturer BYD. The drive version is significantly lower than the previously offered Model Y Long Range and Performance.
The Government of Canada says it will invest over $2.4 million in parking provider Indigo Park Canada. The funding will help the company to install 500 EV chargers at 68 sites across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, three of which will be in Manitoba.
The e-bike joint ventures launched by Porsche and Ponooc (part of Pon) are gaining traction. The partners announced that Porsche eBike Performance GmbH and P2 eBike GmbH began business. You may expect to see Porsche-branded e-bike drives across many labels in future.
BMW CEO Oliver Zipse revealed some new details about the new electric car generation based on the New Class planned from 2025 during the conference call on the group’s half-year report. Zipse also commented on future drive plans.
According to Chinese media reports, Tesla will use improved LFP cells from CATL in the Model Y produced in China starting from next year. CATL will supply so-called ‘M3P’ batteries to Tesla for the first time for the Model Y with a 72 kWh battery from the fourth quarter of 2022.
French company Elis has acquired eleven electric trucks from Renault Trucks. The textile service will use the new EVs for night-time delivery and collection of linen from Elis customers in the hotel and catering sector in Paris and Clermont-Ferrand.
#Renault #etruck #decarbonise
“We firmly believe that a mix of BEVs, fuel cells and highly efficient combustion engines is the best approach for the system as a whole at this time,”
The Japanese car company Toyota is planning to invest billions to build battery-electric cars in Indonesia before the end of the decade. In addition, hybrid vehicles are also to come off the production line there.
Free to X, the high power charging project by Autostrade per l’Italia Group (ASPI), has provided an update to electrive. Their DC ultra-rapid charging network, lining main highways in Italy, now operates 24 HPC hubs between Milan and Bari, with more under construction.
The motorbike manufacturer Ducati, which belongs to Audi, has presented the V21L, the prototype of the electric racing motorbike for the MotoE. In this context, the Italians have also published the first technical details of the machine.
#Ducati #emotorbike #motoE
“I believe the demand for electric vehicles, whether four-wheeled or two-wheeled, will continue to grow in Indonesia and ASEAN,”
Tesla plans to start production of 4680-format battery cells at the Texas Gigafactory this quarter and to surpass the capacity of the Kato pilot line there near the car factory in Fremont, California, by the end of the year.
Amazon has begun using Rivian electric vans to deliver packages in the US. The launch will take place in more than a dozen cities, including Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and St Louis.
#Amazon #deleviryvans #Rivians
“not just for Amazon and Rivian as partners, but also for transportation and the environment.”
After the F-150 Lightning, Ford is also planning electric variants for its smaller pickup trucks Maverick and Ranger – also in Europe. Ford has registered the model names “Maverick Lightning” and “Ranger Lightning” with the European Trademark Office.
In the USA, Volvo Trucks North America is working with partners in California to build a publicly accessible charging corridor for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The Electrified Charging Corridor Project is supported by a $2 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Construction is to begin this year and be completed by the end of 2023.
Micromobility provider Tier Mobility and Remondis have agreed to cooperate on recycling lithium-ion batteries on a large scale. As a result, Remondis will be responsible for recycling the batteries from over 160,000 e-kick-scooters, e-bikes and e-mopeds from the current Tier fleet in 16 European countries.
#ionbatteries #Tier #Remondis
“Proper recycling of lithium-ion batteries is crucial to reduce the environmental impact of our services, while making an important contribution to securing the future availability of raw materials,”
Ailin Huang, Head of Sustainability at Tier Mobility
Honda has unveiled a new Limited Edition for its all-electric urban EV Honda e, which will be released with only 50 units across Europe. With prices in the UK starting from £38,120, the Honda e Limited Edition is based on the Advance Grade.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) is funding the development of a holistic recycling approach for lithium-ion batteries with 16.66 million euros. As part of the LiBinfinity project, a recycling pilot plant is being built at the Mercedes-Benz site in Kuppenheim to enable efficient recycling management of battery materials.
Transdev Canada has announced the acquisition of 30 new electric school buses from Lion Electric. With this new order, the company will have electrified its fleet of electric buses to nearly 40% in Quebec.
#eSchoolBuses #Transdev #Canada
“To achieve this, the establishment of recycling capacities and the development of innovative processes for recovering raw materials from lithium-ion batteries are central – and we are promoting both with this project.”
Michael Kellner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMWK
Mercedes-Benz has announced billions of euros of investment in its European assembly plants to equip them for the shift to electric cars by the end of the decade. This involves the production of vehicles on the new electric platforms to be introduced from 2025.
LG Electronics has acquired AppleMango, an EV charger manufacturer from South Korea, together with GS Energy and GS Neotek. LG says the acquisition will help it create “fully-featured charging stations” and integrate the existing charging management system developed in-house.
Porsche has taken over Fazua, a manufacturer of light and compact drive systems for e-bikes. The take over follows Porsche earlier taking a 20-per cent stake in the German start-up. It is also part of a drive at Porsche to expand its e-bike business.
#Porsche #ebike #Fazua
“We are ready for the rapid scaling of electric vehicle volumes – not least thanks to our highly qualified and motivated team worldwide.”
Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Production and Supply Chain
Following the recent announcement of McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E for the upcoming season, McLaren Racing has now entered into a long-term cooperation with Nissan. Nissan will supply the electric drive system for the entire Gen3 era of Formula E to the British team as part of the partnership.
In the USA, General Motors brand BrightDrop has delivered the first 150 Zevo 600 electric delivery vans to FedEx. These will be used by FedEx Express in Southern California. The logistics company is BrightDrop’s launch customer.
#BrightDrop #Zevo600 #FedEx
“The pioneering spirit and drive to innovate are characteristics Nissan and McLaren Racing share, making them an ideal partner for us in Formula E and as we continue to electrify our vehicles.”
VW has given the GTX models of ID.4 and ID.5 a slight upgrade. The previously optional ‘Design’ and ‘Comfort’ equipment packages are now included in the standard equipment. In return, however, the base price for both models has increased. GTX variants of the ID.3 and even the ID. Buzz are to follow.
US battery start-up Our Next Energy (ONE) has signed an agreement with BMW to integrate its Gemini battery technology into a BMW iX. The vehicle prototype is to be completed by the end of this year – and will then be able to drive 600 miles or 965 kilometres on one charge.
Honda announces a dedicated micro-mobility business called Striemo Inc. The new venture has already designed the first product, a three-wheeled scooter of the same name. The kickscooter features a special balance assist mechanism for more stable riding.
#kickscooter #Honda #micromobility
“As EV adoption grows, drivers are learning that real-world conditions can significantly reduce the performance of their batteries”
There are plenty of electric SUVs, but the range of compact models in the Golf class has been underserved apart from the VW ID.3 – and now Renault with its first model on the new CMF EV platform. The Renault Megane E-Tech is superior to the ID.3 in terms of software and material quality. The catch: The price is too high for the compact electric car segment.
In partnership with Shell Recharge Solutions, Hyundai’s Genesis brand gives electric car customers access to over 300,000 public charging points in more than 35 European countries through a single app. Part of the new Genesis Charging program is a free five-year Ionity subscription.
US retail giant Walmart this week said it was expanding zero-emission logistics pilots adding Nikola and Daimler Truck’s Freightliner as manufacturers. The heavy-duty electric trucks are part of Walmart’s ongoing efforts to completely decarbonise its global operations by 2040.
#Feightliner #Walmart #TreTrucks
they chose Shell since it has“a customer focus similar to our own, committing to overcoming barriers to electric car adoption and providing customers with a seamless experience, including full network access using one app and charge card.”
Dominique Boesch, Managing Director for Genesis Motor Europe
Glasgow is now home to the largest fast-charging centre for electric vehicles in the UK after First Bus completed the transformation of its Caledonia bus depot. The depot in the south of Glasgow has seen 160 fast-charging points installed over the past nine months. And, this was just phase 1.
The Italian electric motorbike manufacturer Energica has presented its new Experia model. It is the first model of a new platform called ‘Energica Green Tourer’. The electric motorbike is supposed to be lighter and more rideable.
#electricmotorcycle #Energica #Experia
“What’s been achieved at the Caledonia depot is a great example of partnership working with the bus, energy and finance sectors to make the best use of Scottish Government investment.”
Hyundai Motor Group has reached an agreement with the state of Georgia to build its first all-electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility in the US. This will be located in Bryan County and is expected to start production in H1 2025 with an annual capacity of 300,000 electric cars.
Amsterdam’s public transport operator GVB has ordered another 84 electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach. The 84 new generation VDL Citeas will be in put into service from 2023 onwards. The framework agreement also includes an option for a further 130 VDL Citeas.
Renault has presented the Scenic Vision, a compact class show car that has both a large battery and fuel cell on board. The car can run on electricity from the socket and recharge from hydrogen while driving. The French company describes the concept as a “battery fuel cell drive”.
Two German companies, OPES Solutions and Urban Mobility, have teamed up to equip a heavy-duty electric cargo bike with integrated solar panels. The makers say this extends the range of the bike by up to 20 per cent with full utilisation of the 250 kg payload plus rider.
#electriccargobike #OPESSolutions #UrbanMobility
“To learn and improve quickly while aggressively expanding the network so that we can eventually welcome both Tesla and non-Tesla drivers at every Supercharger worldwide.”
The South Korean car company Hyundai Motor is planning to build a new plant for the production of electric cars in the USA. The company has confirmed the project in principle, but has not yet named a location. But there is apparently already a favourite.
Shell has announced that it will install a total of 100,000 public charging points for electric cars in the UK by 2030, 11,000 of which will be fast chargers. The latter are to be installed at petrol stations, among other places, but also in supermarket car parks.
Harley-Davidson has presented the second model of its LiveWire electric motorbike brand. The LiveWire Del Mar is based on the new S2 Arrow platform and has an output of 60 kW. Interest seems to be high: a Launch Edition limited to 100 units was already sold out after a few minutes.
Tesla is planning to massively expand its property in Grünheide, according to a media report. The additional area is apparently to be used for additional storage space and a goods station. Should it get that far, there would still be some hurdles.
Gridserve and Moto have just unveiled the latest High Power Electric Super Hub on the UK’s busiest motorway. The company says the latest electric vehicles can now add the 117 miles of range required to drive around London’s Orbital Motorway in less than 15 minutes charging time.
CATL is in the final phase of reviewing locations in the USA to produce battery cells for electric cars in the future. According to the report, two states are still in the running – and potential buyers of the battery cells have already been named.
#batteries #catl #usa
“As a business, Moto is currently on track to deliver above and beyond Government-set targets of six rapid chargers at each motorway service area by 2023”
Kia has presented the Niro Plus, an optimised version of the first generation of its Niro EV for taxi services and ride-hailing providers. Compared to the standard model, the length and height of the Niro Plus have been increased by 10 mm and 80 mm, respectively, to provide more space in the interior.
With the inauguration of the first charging station in Düsseldorf, Volkswagen and BP have now officially launched their strategic partnership announced last year. In the first step of this cooperation, up to 4,000 additional fast charging points will be set up at petrol stations over the next 24 months.
BYD has received a large order for 1,000 electric cars from Mexico. Local mobility provider VEMO has ordered 1,000 units of the D1 electric car that was developed by BYD and Didi Chuxing for ridesharing services.
#ev #BYD #Mexico
“We are now ready to follow that success with another compelling product that delivers on our brand ambitions.”
Alexander Klose, Vice President of Overseas Operations at Aiways
The Chinese electric car manufacturer Aiways has announced some changes for the 2022 model year of the U5. There are technological improvements, new names for the equipment lines and an adjusted price structure: it will cost around 3,500 euros more. In addition, the U6 is completing its final tests.
Hyundai plans to make the on-board charger from the Ioniq 5 suitable for bidirectional charging, enabling V2G technology. In addition, Hyundai will soon introduce a new electric model that will be equipped with V2G technology ex-works.
T-Systems is converting its fleet of company vehicles worldwide to electric cars starting this year. The internationally active IT services subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom plans to complete the project for the approximately 1,400 company cars in Germany by 2025.
Mercedes-Benz aims to reduce CO2 emissions per passenger car by more than half over the entire life cycle by the end of this decade compared to 2020. The main levers for this are electric cars charged with green electricity, better batteries, recycled materials and the use of renewable energies in production.
Scania will work with Cummins to build 20 fuel cell trucks for the HyTrucks consortium. These will be based on Scania’s battery-electric vehicle platform and use fuel cell systems and hydrogen fueling and storage solutions from Cummins. The 20 H2 trucks are scheduled for delivery to HyTrucks in 2024.
In view of the increasing electrification of the industry, Porsche is adapting the service business of its dealer organization. A repair concept for high-voltage batteries is intended to make work easier for dealers and generate added value for customers.
#Porsche #batteries #highvoltage
“In some operations and geographies were battery electric vehicles are not optimal, we see that fuel cell electric vehicle will be used.”
The former Daimler compact car subsidiary Smart has completed its reorientation with the presentation of its newest electric vehicle: Alongside the iconic two-seaters, Smart will build the small electric SUV ‘#1’, for which the technical data is now also available following the premiere in Berlin.
From June 2022, there will be a new tariff system for the approximately 300,000 charging points of the Mercedes me Charge network in Europe. In future, three new charging tariffs will be offered that are tailored to individual driving performance.
Toyota’s first purely battery-electric passenger car model bZ4X has been made available for reservations online. The entry-level version costs from £41,950. Pre-sales are to start in April 2022, with the first deliveries scheduled for early summer 2022.
In the UK, charging infrastructure provider EO Charging and energy service provider eEnergy announce plans to install at least 50,000 charge points for electric vehicles at schools, colleges and universities by 2030.
Berlin-based Tier Mobility is acquiring Spin, the micro-mobility service owned by Ford. While Spin has recently restructured due to profitability issues, the move enables Tier’s entry into North America’s LEV sharing market.
Honda has presented its next electrified model for Europe with the Civic e:HEV. As the eleventh-generation compact model is due to be launched this year, the Japanese company is also keeping to its announcement to electrify the entire model portfolio in Europe by the end of 2022.
Scotland has delivered the latest numbers for its successful eBike Grant Fund scheme in its fourth year. In this new round just closed, the Scottish Government has provided over £825,000 to support 36 e-bike projects with projects for disabled people and rural communities leading the way.
#ebikes #Scotland #UK
“The automotive industry is undergoing significant centurial changes, and the development of new energy vehicles is an irresistible trend. Shell is the world’s leading energy company, with businesses worldwide making extraordinary contributions to meeting growing energy demands.”
Meet the Honda e, the chic small car which the company packed full of hi-tech before bringing it to market. Last year, the electric car made a convincing first drive, considering the concept’s specifications. But what does the Honda e deliver in everyday use today?
In Vienna and Graz, the ‘eTaxi Austria Project’ is starting a large-scale test run to test a new type of charging-pad charging technology over the next two years. With the Easelink system, electric taxis can charge with a connection to a charging pad at the taxi rank.
Yamaha is launching the new NEO’s electric scooter in the 2.5 kW power class in Europe at prices starting at 3,099 euros. Deliveries of the new NEO’s to European Yamaha dealers will begin in June 2022.
#electrictrucks #fuelcell #Germany
“The daily driving range is 40 kilometres, so for a city car, from our point of view, this battery size is enough. Instead of more cells, the fast-charging capability was clearly more important to us.”
Takahiro Shinya last January at the launch event in Valencia.
Fuel-cell or battery-electric trucks to collect waste? Both types are increasingly finding their way into municipal waste disposal companies. We asked around in Freiburg and Munich where one waste management company is currently testing two fuel cell refuse collection vehicles, the other an all-electric roll-off tipper.
#electrictrucks #fuelcell #Germany
“We had a very good experience with the roll-off tipper and diesel hybrid technology from Volvo Trucks. Now taking the next step with this all-electric truck is the logical consequence.“
Brandenburg’s Minister President Dietmar Woidke has now handed Tesla the final environmental permit for Giga Berlin in Grünheide. The permit states that production can only start when Tesla fulfils the conditions set out in a 536-page document.
The electric bus boom in Europe continues, as the registration figures in 2021 show. After 2,210 electric buses in 2020, a further 3,282 electric buses were newly registered in 2021.
#electricbus #data #Europe
“These investments are supporting the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play, while federal rebates of up to $5,000 are helping more Canadians make the switch to an EV.“
Volkswagen has decided on the location for the Volkswagen Group’s battery cell factory in Spain: it is to be built in Sagunt in the province of Valencia in eastern Spain and will have a capacity of 40 GWh per year.
Micromobility provider Tier and Berlin-based startup Vertical Values are collaborating on solutions to extend the life of lithium batteries. The goal is to use reuse and circular economy practices to reduce environmental impact.
Dacia will launch a new electric subcompact car that will replace the brand’s Dacia Spring in 2024. Whereby the Dacia Spring was only launched in 2021. The announcement was made at the Renault Group’s annual press conference.
#DaciaSpring #EV #Renault
“Today’s announcement is the first of several new investments that will drive the EV revolution in the United States. Nissan is making a strong investment in Canton’s future, bringing the latest technology, training and process to create a truly best-in-class EV manufacturing team.”
Ashwani Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Nissan Motor Corporation