Brands + News

09-21-2017

Electric Hummer, VW, China, Mitsubishi, Gogoro, Rimac.


Electric Hummer by Kreisel Electric: Arnold Schwarzenegger has presented a fully electrified Hummer that has been developed by Austrian company Kreisel Electric based on the model H1. The prototype comes with two electric motors (360 kW output), 100 kWh battery capacity and close to 300 km range. However, serial production is not planned.
prnewswire.com, insideevs.com

Golf 8 without all-electric version: The next-gen VW Golf will hit the stores in about two years, but according to Jürgen Stackmann, head of VW sales and marketing, it will be available either with combustion engine, either in PHEV version. An all-electric Golf 8 won’t be produced as the company’s MEB-based all-electric I.D. will enter the market in 2020 almost parallelly.
drive.com.au

China to relax rules for foreign carmakers? The Chinese government considers permitting foreign manufacturers to produce EVs in its free-trade zones without a local JV partner, reports Bloomberg referring to sources that do not want to be named. Thus, international carmakers could start to set up wholly owned EV businesses. The relaxation could come as soon as next year, but is still far from being definitively approved.
bloomberg.com

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Mitsubishi presents EV concept: With a teaser photo, the Japanese carmaker draws attention to its e-Evolution Concept that shall be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. It is supposed to be a fully electrified SUV coupe concept, further details are not yet available.
europe.autonews.com, autocar.co.uk

Gogoro raises additional 300m dollars: The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer receives 300m USD from a group of investors including Sumitomo and French energy company ENGIE. In the previous two investment rounds, Gogoro raised already a total of 182m dollars. The fresh money shall support the company’s R&D unit and help to realise its expansion plans. In Europe, Bosch’s sharing service Coup uses Gogoro’s electric scooters with replaceable batteries.
greentechmedia.com, forbes.com, gogoro.com

Also Rimac with new investor: Asian battery manufacturer Camel Group invests 30m euros in Croatian EV maker Rimac. The new financial resources shall enable the company to develop new products and to extend its production capacities.
total-croatia-news.com


Number of the Day

Proterra Record Drive.


Reaching 1,772 km on one charge, an electric bus made by Proterra set a new world record. This enormous distance got possible through a 660 kWh battery pack and of course a particularly leisurely driving style.
proterra.com, youtube.com


Research + Technology

Nikola, Bosch, Electrovaya, Proterra, Ballard.


Bosch powertrain for Nikola’s H2 trucks: The U.S. start-up partners with German supplier Bosch in order to equip its upcoming H2 trucks Nikola One and Nikola Two with Bosch’s eAxle – a compact unit combining the electric motor, power electronics and transmission. The fuel cell vehicles’ market launch is due by 2021.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, bosch-presse.de

Major order for Electrovaya: The Canadian battery specialist has signed a contract worth 4.3m Canadian dollars (3.51m USD) with Walmart Canada for its forklift battery systems. The reason is that Walmart intends to replace lead acid batteries of forklifts in one of its distribution centres through lithium ion battery systems.
greencarcongress.com, electrovaya.com

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New battery cell for utility vehicles: U.S. electric bus manufacturer Proterra teams up with Korean battery specialist LG Chem in order to develop a new cell, meeting particularly the performance and safety demands of the heavy-duty vehicle market. Proterra’s new battery facility in Burlingame/California has meanwhile started production. After an initial ramp-up period, the company hopes to reach a total output of 500 MWh annually.
proterra.com

Ballard joins Hydrogen Council: Canadian fuel cell specialist Ballard is now a member of the Hydrogen Council, which was founded at the World Economic Forum in January in order to encourage investments in fuel cell technology. Members are vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki and Toyota, but also companies like Air Liquide, ENGIE, Shell, Linde, Total, Alstom, Anglo American, Iwatani, Plastic Omnium – and now also Ballard Power Systems
ballard.com


Quotes of the day

Akio Toyoda, JB Straubel.


“We’re not thinking about deciding that now it must be EVs, and we’ll only do EVs.”

Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda is convinced that the customers’ choice will determine which technology will gain ground in the long term. Hybrids will thus stay in the centre of Toyota’s future strategy.
bloomberg.com

“They are starting to look a lot like convenience stops. It’s amazing how quickly things are evolving.”

Tesla CTO JB Straubel sees the company’s superchargers already as the heart of what he calls “convenience stops”: locations where people can eat, drink and go to the bathroom while they wait for their car to be recharged.
electrek.co


Fleets + Infrastructure

Berlin, ABB, Sodetrel, eMotorWerks, EDF, Delaware.


Berlin’s electric cab funding: The German capital’s mayor Michael Müller has announced a funding programme for electric taxis. Thus, taxi companies that replace diesel-powered cars through new hybrid-powered, electric or fuel cell-based taxis get – on top of the existing federal subsidy – money from the state of Berlin. Being asked about concrete figures, Müller says that the federal funding of 3,000 to 4,000 euros could be doubled.
rbb24.de, welt.de, berlin.de (all in German)

More ABB chargers for Germany’s autobahn: German energy company EnBW has ordered additional fast-charging stations of ABB in order to extend the charging network along German highways. Before the year’s end, ABB is to erect 117 50-kW charging stations at locations of service station operator Tank & Rast. Already last year, EnBW purchased 68 ABB charging stations.
new.abb.com

Rapidly growing Corri-Door net: Sodetrel’s fast-charging network brand Corri-Door has tripled its number of chargers along French highways to 3,000 within one year. In the next months, the company plans to add new locations and to enlarge highly frequented stations. Sodetrel is the electric mobility business of French utility EDF.
reuters.com

eMotorWerks and EDF team up in order to create cloud-connected and intelligent charging stations. French EDF thus combines charging hardware of eMotorWerks with its JuiceNet software platform.
prnewswire.com

10 electric buses for Delaware: In order to buy 10 electric buses, the Delaware Transit Corporation receives a 1m dollars grant from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The money shall help the corporation as well to purchase associated charging infrastructure.
delawarebusinessnow.com


Service + Suggestions

Miles Consultancy, Bollinger Motors.


Reading tip: According to a new report of the Miles Consultancy (TMC), PHEVs are among the highest-polluting company cars when comparing greenhouse gas emissions. The data was collected by observing real-world use of corporate fleets.
themilesconsultancy.com

Video tip: Bollinger Motors has published three video clips showing its new electric SUV Bollinger B1 through a test run as well as in a technical animation.
insideevs.com


Short circuit

Water-powered rocket trike.


Francois Gissy has created a trike that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in half a second (!) – without causing harmful emissions. For once, the secret is not an electric motor but simply rainwater and compressed air.
topgear.com (with video)