Brands + News

05-19-2017

Oslo, Opel Ampera-e, UK, Rheinmetall, Volvo, Asahi Kasei, GLM.


Tesla-Taxi-MunichElectric cabs only in Oslo? Norway’s capital may be next to move towards a diesel-free future as Oslo wants to eject all diesel taxis and allow electric ones only, Taxi Times reports. The cleanse could start by 2022 with the city council’s decision due by 2018 and a group for the transformation process been established already. It would be a regional regulation made possible by the Norwegian government’s decision to leave taxi transport rules to municipalities.
taxi-times.com (in German), dagbladet.no (in Norwegian)

Meanwhile, Norwegian civilians are taking deliveries of the Ampera-e aka the Chevy Bolt. Opel chose Norway’s national holiday to serve the first three customers and said there are another 4,000 orders awaiting fulfilment.
opel.com

Policy pledge on pollution: With the General Election in the UK on the horizon, opposition parties rush to swing voters and thus the Liberal Democrat manifesto promises a ban on sales of diesel cars from 2025. It is part of the party’s Green Transport Act, which also wants to increase electrification.
telegraph.co.uk, autocar.co.uk

Rheinmetall enters e-mobility: An order worth 100m dollars has reached mobility and military supplier Rheinmetall, which is to deliver electric motor housings over the next seven years. The commission comes from an unnamed but “globally operating German carmaker” who is to utilise the casings for cars build for the Chinese market. Consequently, production will take place at Rheinmetall’s Chinese subsidiary KPSNC in Shanghai from mid-2018.
rheinmetall.com

Volvo opens order book: The second-gen Volvo XC60 is now available in the USA, where it will hit the shelves this autumn. Prices for the top line T8 Twin Engine with a 400 hp PHEV system start from 52,900 dollars.
electriccarsreport.com

Campaign concept vehicle: Japanese Asahi Kasei and GLM have come up with a three-seat electric SUV. The 225 kW concepts builds on GLM’s EV platform but will most likely never roll off a production line. Asahi Kasei rather sees the electric car as a vehicle to presents its materials and tech to OEMs.
asahi-kasei.co.jp


Number of the Day

EV Sales in France low.


More than 10,000 electric vehicles saw the light of the day behind the factory gates in France in this year’s first quarter. The month of April however, was weaker compared to the same month in 2016, when 30 percent more EVs were sold than the recent 1,844 registrations.
avere-france.org (in French)


Research + Technology

Qualcomm, Volvo, AK Steel, myFC.


Renault-Qualcomm-FABRICDynamic charging at 20 kW: Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles has just been demonstrated by Qualcomm as part of the EU backed FABRIC project. The company said its Halo technology delivered up 20 kW to two Renault Kangoo ZE on the 100m test track. They also managed to refuel both vehicles at the same time on the same stretch. Another partner of the 9m euro project, Vedecom, is now to perform further safety tests. FABRIC is to continue through December 2017 with 25 organisations from nine EU countries going d’accord.
qualcomm.com

Compact electric excavator: Volvo Construction Equipment presents the EX2 prototype, an electric excavator said to be ten times more efficient than its conventional equivalent. Plus, he emits only a tenth of the noise obviously but so far, the EX2 is just a concept machine.
lectura.press, forconstructionpros.com (video)

Next-gen steel: 1.8 million dollars have been awarded to AK Steel through the DOE to develop electrical steels for hybrid and electric vehicle motors. The three year project is part of the Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) programme and has motor maker Regal Beloit Corporation on board as well.
greencarcongress.com, aksteel.com

Twice the range for any EV is the aim of Swedish fuel cell maker myFC for its Lamina Range Extender. Commercial tests are scheduled for 2018 and myFC says the REx based on its own fuel cell and the patented JAQ fuel and hopes it will combine both worlds of hydrogen and batteries.
cision.com


Quotes of the day

Hakan Samuelsson, Gina Coplon-Newfield.


Hakan-Samuelsson“We have to recognise that Tesla has managed to offer such a car for which people are lining up. In this area, there should also be space for us, with high quality and attractive design.”

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson credits Tesla with launching demand for electric vehicles, which he believes will also play into his own mission.
electrek.co

Gina-Coplon-Newfield“When manufacturers say buyers aren’t interested in buying electric vehicles, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Gina Coplon-Newfield, director of electric vehicles initiative at the Sierra Club. Her organisation had 308 tested car dealers and found that most did not know much about electric cars or were mis-informed.
latimes.com


Fleets + Infrastructure

Renault, COUP goes Paris, Hydrogen, Communauto, Sweden.


French invasion: Stuttgart, the stronghold of the German car industry, will see its officials cueing in its congested streets in Renaults rather than Mercedes or Porsches. The city council just ordered 32 Kangoo Z.E. together with twelve Zoe to join the municipal fleet. German manufacturers had either not answered the town’s tender at all or only with too expensive an offer. A new invitation to bid will be issued soon though, this time for two-seaters so Daimler’s Smart ED may get its chance to gain back some home territory.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)

In a reverse coup, Bosch’s electric scooter sharing will gain ground in the French capital. This summer will see 600 such COUP two-wheelers flock to Paris. The free-float service (within business territory) first took off in Berlin, where its fleet is to grow to 1,000 electric mopeds before the year’s end.
bosch-presse.de

Hydrogen networking: Toyota and Honda together with 8 more partners want to establish a JV to grow their homelands H2 station network from today’s 90 to 400 fills within ten years. Installation is to start next year but a basic agreement is due to be signed soon.
nikkei.com

Moving forward: Carsharer Communauto confirmed its pilot project in Montreal after receiving assurance that its users will have enough parking spaces. The fleet counts 120 EVs to date and over the next few weeks, 300 new hybrids will be brought into service in Canada as well as in France.
communauto.com

Moving forward too is the Swedish police that tested electric cars reportedly. The units sparked “positive reactions” and so the officers will continue to use them although not for patrols but on shorter distances rather.
abcnews.go.com


Service + Suggestions

Diesel Sales, Tesla Model 3, Events.


Click tip I: Research institution ICCT analysed diesel registrations in Europe and found them in stark decline. This March marked a five year low for all major markets, namely France, Germany, Spain and England.
theicct.org

Click tip II: More and more pictures emerge of sightings of the Tesla Model 3. In Ohio alone about 100 of them are said to run crash tests at the moment. Teslarati collected the latest shots.
insideevs.com (Ohio), teslarati.com

Events for the upcoming week: FIA Formula E, Round 6 (May 20; Paris, France) ++ EV Trophy ( May 24-June 01; Copenhagen-Monaco) ++ You can find a complete list of events at electrive.com/calendar


Short circuit

Final resting place in space.


If your dream of going to space will not come true within your lifetime, Elysium Space provides a remedy. Helped by SpaceX, the Californian start-up will shoot your ashes into space so you literally return as a shooting star. A moon funeral is also possible but do not expect visitors at your grave.
teslarati.com