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EU-Quota, Smart, Volkswagen, Tesla, Hyundai, Renault.

EU electric quota this year? The EU commission is about to introduce EV sales quota among a new set of rules to reduce CO2 emissions from transport, sources around EU Energy Commissioner’s Maroš Šefčovič’s cabinet table said. New proposals could be introduced before the year’s end and while no details have been given yet, it is at least likely the EU will take China’s spirit as an example. There, the announcement of an 8-percent sales quota had both the industry and policy makers on alert and ultimately showed some effect early on. (in German)

Smart-ED-300x150Smart in Germany solely electrified? Daimler wants to offer its next-gen Smart as ED version only, Manager Magazin has learnt. Due by 2020 or 2021, the conventional Smarts would prove a burden to the carmaker’s CO2 balance in Germany. In the States however, the shift towards all-electric power is about to be made this September already. (in German)

Two more I.D. models: It looks like Volkswagen may launch five rather than three electric models sharing the MEB platform between 2019 and 2022, a photo suggests. Beside the well-known I.D., I.D. Cross and I.D. Buzz, the picture of unclear origin shows the introduction of two further models called I.D. Lounge und I.D. Aero. The latter shall target the market in China and the States. via,

Tesla confirms talks with China: The EV maker and Shanghai are negotiating about a production plant Tesla would like to erect in an industrial area next by. Nothing is fixed yet, despite recent media reports, and Tesla said details about its China production plans will not be published before the year’s end.

Hyundai Ioniq PHEV pricing: The Ioniq exists in three versions with the latest line-up extension being the PHEV that German dealers offer from 26,615 euros including the federal incentive. The Ioniq PHEV can drive electrically for about 63 km., (in German)

Kangoo Z.E. reaches wider: After having presented the new Kangoo Z.E., Renault publishes further details about its wide-reaching model. Its heart is a 44 kW electric motor and a 33 kWh battery that increases the car’s range from 170 to 270 km (NEFZ). Also new is the AC charger with 7 instead of 3.7 kW.,,

Number of the Day

Brexit goes electric.

No less than 600m pounds are to be invested in electric mobility, according to the British government that intends to strengthen the country’s economy in the wake of the Brexit negotiations. Further 200m GBP shall support the autonomous driving industry.

Research + Technology

Navya, Aston Martin, Empa, BAE Systems.

Navya-Arma-300x150Navya plans U.S. Production: The French manufacturer wants to erect an assembly facility for autonomous EVs in Michigan. It is there the first 20 units of its electric shuttle Arma shall come off the lines this year. Navya has worked together with the University of Michigan in order to test the Arma model in its simulated city dubbed Mcity since 2016, hence its decision to produce outside Europe.,,

Aston Martin’s Valkyrie: The hybrid super sports car by Aston Martin and Red Bull may deliver 1,130 hp, according to unconfirmed information. 1,000 hp however come from a V12 engine, the rest is contributed electrically. 
As reported, the battery system will be supplied by Rimac, the drive control by Bosch. The edition is limited to 150 regular units and 25 additional racing vehicles.,

Hydrogen decoded: Scientists of the Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt (Empa) managed to decode the movement of H2 ions in crystals. Their results could help to choose more suitable materials for fuel cells and H2 storage in the future.

UK based BAE Systems teams up with QinetiQ as both seek to equip combat vehicles with electric mobility systems. The aim is to improve the vehicles’ fuel efficiency and to decrease their life-cycle costs. While BAE is an expert in the field of defence tech, QinetiQ contributes its electric drive expertise.

Quotes of the day

Elon Musk, Akio Toyoda.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“Calling this clueless would be generous.”

That’s the reaction of Elon Musk towards a recently published Swedish research about the CO2 balance of EV battery production. Thus, a Tesla 100 kWh battery shall cause the same environmental pollution than driving a combustion powered car for 8 years.

Akio-Toyoda“While the hybrid technology that has advanced through competition in the WEC puts its abilities on display in six-hour races, it might be that it is not yet ready for the long distance of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Pointing at several problems for LMP1 runners during the 2017 race, Toyota president Akio Toyoda considers hybrid tech not yet ready for the 24 hours challenge.

Fleets + Infrastructure

GeniePoint, Bosch, Proterra, Australia, Lightning Systems.

Schneider Electric relies on GeniePoint: The French tech company decided to work with the GeniePoint platform and UK based supplier ChargePoint Services. Their common aim is to provide end to end EV charging solutions to their customers.

Bosch to make Tianjin a Smart City: The German company has signed an strategic agreement with the North Chinese port town in order to transfer know how of Smart City projects in Singapore, San Francisco, Stuttgart, Berlin and at Hamburg’s harbour to Tianjin. The project’s buzzwords are electric mobility, multimodal transport, environmental monitoring, connected parking and fleet management.

The State of Utah sees its first electric buses deployed by Park City Transit to serve the region’s ski resort community, a first in the industry. The fleet consists of six Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses. Along with the new fleet comes a battery-lease system to lower investment costs.

H2 facility to be erected in Australia: 9m dollars were raised through the South Australian government in order to realise its hydrogen roadmap’s first stage. The programme for this and next year includes construction of a hydrogen production plant, a refuelling station and a trial with six H2 buses.

Aftermarket conversion for Ford E-450s: Lightning Systems has gained an executive order of Californian ARB to apply its hydraulic system to gasoline-powered 2016 models. The tech added to the Ford’s driveline, regenerates braking energy that is stored or used to power the wheels.

Service + Suggestions

Tesla, Faraday Future.

Reading tip: Tesla is working on a music streaming service of its own and allegedly started talks with big music labels already. The company’s idea is to offer as many sources as possible so Musk and Co. do not want to rely on existing services like Spotify or Apple Music.

Video tip: A bunch of new videos show the FF91 prototype by Faraday Future being tested for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The race has become kind of a proving ground for new EVs, among them Tesla’s Model S and Rimac’s race car.

Short circuit

Cutting through the charging jungle.

Those fed up with differing charging systems and connections, Chargeway may be a solution. The system visualises possible paths through the thicket of charge cables through differently coloured numbers. Follow the white three, so to speak.