Brands + News


Porsche, Tesla, EV100, China, Electra Meccanica, Mahindra.

Porsche Mission E for 90,000 euros? The serial version of Porsche’s Mission E is to hit the stores by end-2019 with pricing being comparable with the entry-level Panamera, thus around 90.000 euros. This is at least what the Car Magazine reports, referring to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. According to him, the Mission E will come with different power output motors and eventually also with varying bodystyles in the long run.

Tesla’s next stock price all-time high: The EV company’s stock price has climbed to 387 US-dollars, leading to a market capitalisation of almost 65 bn USD. Most probably, this development is due to the upcoming Model 3 production ramp up and deliveries: While so far, 1,500 units have been given to employees and company insiders, in October deliveries are supposed to start to regular reservation holders. As reported, Tesla intends to increase production output to 20.000 Model 3 units per month by December.

Multinationals team up: 10 worldwide operating company groups have founded an initiative called EV100 to encourage global business commitments on electric transport. Together, Deutsche Post DHL, Vattenfall, Baidu, Ikea, Metro, NP, LeasePlan, PG&E, Unilever and the airport Heathrow want to send a strong market signal by e.g. seeking to switch to EV fleets and to install EV infrastructure for employees and clients until 2030.

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EVS30Baden-Württemberg will demonstrate E-Mobility expertise at EVS30: The State Agency e-mobil BW and its cluster networks “Electric Mobility South-West” and “Fuel Cell BW” participate in the joint booth “German Regions” at EVS30. The partners will proudly present the accumulated know how of the German South-West in the field of electric mobility solutions. Come and visit us at Hall 1, Booth A33. EVS30 will take place on October 9-11, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Exhibitors at a glance – PDF)

New China alliance for EVs & Co: Internet giant Tencent has signed a strategic partnership with Chinese car manufacturer GAC as both seek to develop internet-connected cars and to explore investment into other business areas, among others also in the creation of EVs and PHEVs. Tencent also holds a 5 percent share in Tesla.

Electra Meccanica sees high demand: Canadian manufacturer Electra Meccanica has registered 579 retail orders for its electric trike Solo whose large-scale production kick-off is scheduled for first half of 2018. On top, 102 orders have been received for the electric roadster Tofino, due in 2019. Taking also letters of intent into consideration, the company says orders amount to 19,845 Solos and 24,202 Tofinos.

Mahindra’s new electric versions: Mahindra Electric is about to invest 3 to 4m rupees (45,000 to 62,000 dollars) in order to create electric versions of the Scorpio and the XUV500. Currently, the company is looking for cooperation to develop EV tech components. Prices for both electric versions are probable to be higher than for the existing diesel models. Further details have not yet been revealed.,,

Number of the Day

Charging stations in Germany.

A total of 10,700 EV charging points at 4,730 stations exist throughout Germany, according to a report of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). Exactly 530 of them are fast-charging stations with 22 kW or more., (in German)

Research + Technology

Kreisel Electric, Ciments Vigier, Leclanché, alpha-En.

Kreisel inaugurates R&D centre: Kreisel Electric has opened a 7000 square metres R&D site in the Austrian city of Rainbach. The new centre includes a prototype workshop and a fully automated production line for the company’s storage devices. Besides, Patrick Knapp-Schwarzenegger, nephew of former CA governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, has acquired a stake in the company together with a group of strategic partners., (in German)

Gigantic electric dumper truck: Kuhn Schweiz AG and Lithium Storage GmbH have modified a diesel-powered Komatsu HD 605-7 into an electric vehicle with 45 tons empty weight, 65 tons loading capacity and a 4.5 tons battery pack with 700kWh. If the vehicle proves to be suitable for daily use, cement company Ciments Vigier SA could power up to eight units in the long run.

Leclanché batteries for Fastned fast-chargers: Swiss battery specialist Leclanché teams up with Dutch company Fastned in order to develop a scalable battery storage solution with large-format lithium-ion batteries for Fastned’s fast charging EV stations. In a first step, two pilot projects will be kicked-off at different locations. Leclanché’s buffer batteries shall enable Fastned to deploy several high powered chargers per site while reducing the strain on the grid.,

Promising battery components: alpha-En Corporation has invented a process to produce high-purity thin-film lithium metal anodes for EV batteries and gained now an award of 750,000 dollars from the US Department of Energy. This funding will allow to commercialise Argonne National Laboratory’s proprietary highly conductive solid-state electrolyte coating for alpha-En’s anodes – a decisive step towards market launch.,

Quotes of the day

Harald Krüger, Chris Gubbey.

“BMW can’t invest into the future if you don’t have any free trade agreements.”

BMW’s decision to build its electric Mini in the UK is not irreversible. CEO Harald Krueger says that in the case of a hard Brexit without free trade deal, the carmaker might look for alternatives abroad.

“We’re very keen to see the negotiations proceed in the direction of maintaining the current situation, without additional tariffs. I don’t think anybody has a truly effective Plan B.”

Also, the London Electric Vehicle Company awaits first results of the Brexit negotiations. CEO Chris Gubbey hopes that they will not jeopardise the company’s target to export half of the electric black cabs made in England by 2020.

Fleets + Infrastructure

California, Italy, Porsche, Sacramento, Honolulu.

CA massively invests into clean air: Not less than 895m dollars shall help to further extend the range of measures against air pollution in California. This sum, approved by the state’s legislature, is part of the „California Clean Air Initiative“ and shall enable e.g. to create incentives to replace old diesel-powered trucks and buses, to grant EV purchase discounts and to promote EV car-sharing.,

First BYD buses for Italy: Chinese manufacturer BYD has delivered the first trio of all in all 23 electric-powered 12 metres buses to Turin, after having won the tendering in September 2016. 20 units will hit the road in Turin, 3 close to Novara.

Porsche brings ultra fast-chargers in the U.S.: After Porsche has opened the first public charging site featuring its liquid-cooled 800 Volt technology in Berlin, six of such ultra fast-charging stations could now be erected in the States, too: Porsche just obtained a building permit at its headquarters in Atlanta.

Electric airport shuttle buses: The Sacramento International Airport can count on a 2m dollars federal grant in order to introduce a fleet of electric shuttle buses, delivered by Proterra. The grant will cover half the cost of five buses and charging infrastructure. Delivery is scheduled for next year.

Zero-emission buses for Honolulu: Also Honolulu won more than 1.4m dollars in federal funds to build up an electric bus fleet and chose California-based bus manufacturer Gillig LLC to supply the electric vehicles. The Hawaiian Electric Company will install the infrastructure for up to five buses.

Service + Suggestions

Transport & Environment, Top EV Racing.

Reading tip: A new analysis of the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) compares the CO2 emission of different car types on a full lifecycle basis. The result: diesel cars emit more CO2 than equivalent cars.

Click tip: With a more than 2.5 MW dragster running at 1,000 V, Australian company Top EV Racing seeks to set not less than eight EV world speed records.

Short circuit

Gas-guzzlers with range anxiety.

In Japan, the oil demand has dropped by almost a third since 2000 and the amount of gas stations has roughly halved since 1995. This development forces particularly elderly people in rural areas to take long ways to the next gas station.