Brands + News

05-22-2017

e.GO Moove, VW, Nissan, Lion E-Mobility, Daimler, Solo.


e.GO-Moover-300x150Autonomous e-shuttle by ZF & e.GO: RWTH Aachen’s e.Go Mobile does it again and this time got ZF on board to bring its latest electric vehicle closer to market. They will set up e.GO Moove as a joint venture to develop and produce autonomous electric vans to transport both cargo and people. A first prototype has been unveiled on campus, where it is in good company – e.Go Mobile has recently presented its electric car e.Go Life supported by Bosch and once came up with the StreetScooter that Deutsche Post DHL took on to commercialise. With ZF and its subsidiary NDivia joining the team, expect e.Go Moove to move on to production and sales soon. The JV will be located in Aachen.
zf.com

VW must offer 3 EV models in California by 2019, upon request by CARB after diesel gate. The Golden State wants to see an electric crossover and one other model joining the e-Golf. On top, VW must sell at least 35,000 EVs until 2025, all whilst paying its 66m dollar fee to California.
insideevs.com, arb.ca.gov

Leaf to launch in September: Nissan’s new take on the Leaf will be revealed on September, 6th in Tokyo, said Nissan’s chief for North Europe Pierril Pouret. Details have not been provided but more range and autonomy were promised and a tiny teaser picture published.
tu.no (in Norwegian) via insideevs.com, electrek.co (teaser photo)

Skating the last mile: Lion E-Mobility believes an electric skateboard worth a quarter million dollars as it invests in Inboard Technology. The Californian start-up developed its own mini hub motors and a swappable battery that goes into the deck of a skateboard, the M1. Lion hopes to utilise the technology for various last mile mobility devices and will work with the skaters on power pack and sales.
lionemobility.de

Daimler batteries destined for USA: Viviant has been appointed Daimler’s partner to bring its home energy storage system to the States. Powerwalls made in Germany shall be offered together with Viviant’s own PV solutions, first in California. The move will sure stir Tesla and its SolarCity.
reuters.com, vivintsolar.com, greencarcongress.com

The Solo trike will hit the stores within weeks as Electra Meccanica is only awaiting road approval in Canada and the States. The light weight electric trike is priced at 19,888 Canadian dollars and has been pre-ordered around 500 times. For early 2019, Electra Meccanica announced its electric roadster Tofino.
electrek.co


Number of the Day

Tesla Model 3.


An average price of 41,000 dollars would enable Tesla to break even with its Model 3, UBS analysts suppose. The investment bankers’ further predict, that total cost of ownership for electric cars will fall to the level of petrol-powered vehicles next year, after finding that production is cheaper than expected.
telegraph.co.uk, electrek.co, de.scribd.com


Research + Technology

OSVehicle, Kamag, Visedo, Sisu Auto, SolarStratos.


OSVehicle introduces modular EV: Known for its open source platform Tabby, the company presents a self-driving EV called EDIT. Its modular design shall attract B2B clients (e.g. car sharing providers or delivery services) as the car is easily adaptable to different usage requirements. That also applies to the interior space with its autonomous driving tech reaching from level 1 to 5.
charged.io, geekreply.com, osvehicle.com

E-Wiesel-AGV-300x150Headless shuttle for heavy loads: Kamag introduced its E-Wiesel AGV pallet, an autonomous electric transporter that lacks a driver’s cab and thus can be loaded from both sides with up to 30 tonnes. Navigation is handled through sensor technology and loading and unloading is automated too.
kamag.com

Hybrid power for heavy trucks: The Finnish companies Visedo and Sisu Auto developed a hybrid electric power system for the heavy road transport sector. The parallel hybrid drive relies on an electric motor as well as a diesel engine and shall provide up to 850kW and more than 5000Nm torque.
visedo.com

Insights of Elektra-2: The SolarStratos project reported the maiden flight of its ultra-light solar aircraft two weeks ago and now has details. Weighing 420 kilo with a wing span of 25 metres, Elektra-2 uses technology from the DLR spin-off Elektra-Solar. It aims to fly 20 km high with a payload of up to 100 kg.
dlr.de


Quotes of the day

Raj Nair, Elon Musk.


Raj-Nair“We want electrification to be a bonus.”

Talking about Ford’s first all-electric crossover planned for 2020, CTO Raj Nair adds that buying an EV shall not have its trade-offs when it comes to performance and features. He wants buyers to appreciate them even more than conventional cars.
businessinsider.de

Elon-Musk-Twitter“I do believe this market cap is higher than we have any right to deserve. We’re a money-losing company.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk considers the market value of its own company overrated. It recently reached 50bn dollars and even overtook GM’s market cap in April.
carscoops.com


Fleets + Infrastructure

Daimler, Groupe E, Luxembourg, Envision Solar, Canada.


Daimler electrifies car sharing: Hamburg’s electrification is happening as Daimler follows BMW’s DriveNow in arranging a mobility partnership with the Hanseatic town. Mercedes’ first step will be to switch the entire Car2go fleet (400 cars) to electric and to kick-off projects that involve commercial EVs as the cooperation shall include private and public transport as well as business traffic. Hamburg in turn will reportedly install 1,150 charge points and reserve 150 of them for car sharing vehicles of any maker, it appears.
electrive.net (in German)

Charging the Alps: Swiss utility Groupe E intends to invest additional 10m francs in the installation of several hundred EV charging stations in order to expand its Move network it initiated in 2013. A newly founded company is soon to take charge of the network’s operation and development.
groupe-e.ch

Alliance for electric buses: Voyages Emile Weber enters a cooperation with MAN Truck & Bus and Losch Luxembourg in order to launch emission-free buses. From 2020 the purchase of diesel buses will be prohibited in the Grand Duchy and so Emile Weber will add four electric buses to its own fleet.
bus.man.eu

Portable charging stations for NYC: Charging company Envision Solar signed a 3 year contract with New York City worth 3.8m dollars. The first order includes at least 30 mobile charging stations EV ARC, which shall be deployed across five boroughs and offer a solar-powered charge to the city’s EV owners.
wallstreet-online.de

EV discovery centre in Canada: Thanks to 1m dollars raised by the Ontario government, a centre has opened in Toronto, where visitors can learn how EVs work, take various models for test drives and get information about subsidies and rebates before being referred to a dealer.
ctvnews.ca


Service + Suggestions

Tesla, Croatia.


Reading tip I: Is Tesla providing working conditions close to “karoshi” (Japanese for overwork death)? The Guardian quotes workers in Fremont, who complain about an immense work load, reports an above average number of cases of breakdowns at the production lines, and also confronts Elon Musk.
theguardian.com

Reading tip II: Croatia is becoming an EV hotspot as a former employee of the country’s EV maker Rimac returned to his hometown Rijeka to open his own business for electric cars and motorbikes.
total-croatia-news.com


Short circuit

Historic speeding ticket.


The early days of the automobile knew no limit but that would change when in 1899, the police arrested a driver for speeding for the first time. Jacob German was driving his electric car at an eye-watering 12 mph – 4 mph above the era’s speed limit. The police must have come running.
gizmodo.com