Brands + News


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Quota, ZF, BAIC, VW, BYD.

Alliance to build 12 EVs by 2022: Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have come up with a six year plan called Alliance 2022. It includes 12 all-electric models that shall utilise shared platforms and components and thus cover multiple segments. Autonomy is part of the plan too and CEO Carlos Ghosn promised a “robo-taxi” to serve in a ride hailing service from 2022.,,

The EU sales quota for EV is not off the table it appears after sources close to the EU Commission told Wirtschaftswoche that it may be part of a plan to be announced on November, 7. The mobility proposal will also deal with CO2 emissions for the period after 2021. (in German)

Norway first: Both the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace will launch in Norway prior to all other European markets. In fact, they can be ordered already so Daimler and JLR go down the same route Opel and Audi went with the Ampera-e and e-tron. The numbers confirm the move with Mercedes saying it had 1,000 reservations within the first half an hour. Jaguar logged 850 orders and Audi 2,500. (in Norwegian) via

Sino-German EV components: ZF and BAIC subsidiary BHAP have announced their joint venture in order to develop and manufacture components for new energy vehicles in China.

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The new e-Golf is about to make amends for its diesel cousins in America as it comes with a price increase but many updates. Starting from 30,495 dollars (excluding destination charges and before incentives) it is 1,500 dollars more expensive but got a bigger battery with 35.8 kWh, up from 24.2 kWh.,,

BYD inks deal with UN: The United Nations have turned to BYD to support the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote electric mobility in emerging countries. The cooperation will first take the form of trials with all kind of electric vehicles, including two and three-wheelers as well as buses, in selected countries. The UNEP also expressed its “hope to take BYD SkyRail to many cities around the world.” So far BYD operates the elevated monorail transit system in Shenzhen.

Number of the Day

Opel Ampera-e: 750 km on one Charge.

An Opel Ampera-e travelled 750 km on one charge and got filmed along the way by a team of German VOX channel. The record range was reached by extreme “hypermiling” that is driving at 40 – 50 kph mostly and so the trip from Görlitz to Aachen took 25:30 hours.,

Research + Technology

Germany, Suzuki, A123, Ford.

Public money into private pockets: The German government wants to pour at least 60m euros into e-mobility research, DPA reports quoting a paper by the Ministry of Economy. The latter wants to spend 20m a year throughout 2020 to eliminate “technical and regulatory obstacles” for electric transport. Another ten millions are allegedly earmarked for the development of electric trucks for inner city driving and five million euros shall help the industry to make its electric drives more efficient. (in German)

Suzuki erects battery facility in India: Together with JV partners Toyota and Denso, Suzuki wants to produce Li-ion batteries in the Indian state of Gujarat. The facility is set to go into operation by 2020 and will first deliver packs for Suzuki’s electric and hybrid models before selling on to other OEMs.

A123 invests in solid-state batteries: Based in the States but owned by Chinese Wanxiang A123 Systems has taken a stake in Solid Power, a spin-off from the University of Colorado Boulder. Solid Power’s battery materials are inorganic and possess no flammable or volatile components.,

Zero emission package for Ford: Lightning Systems and New Eagle developed a battery-electric upfit system for all Ford Transit models as part of Ford’s eQVM programme. Depending on battery option and drive cycle, a retrofitted Ford EV will have a range of up to 200 km.

Quotes of the day

Thomas Goettle, Ralf Speth.

“Carmakers need to pick one death.”

Said Thomas Goettle, head of PA Consulting’s automotive team, who believes the three German carmakers will either have to face fines for not complying with emission regulation and thus lose any claim on technological leadership or “they need to swallow the higher cost of electric cars.”

“Where is the network of charging points that we will be required? Indeed where is the power and the grid?”

Wonders Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth and is calling on Britain to worry about its infrastructure prior to the intended mass-uptake of electric cars.

Fleets + Infrastructure

South Korea, Sortimo, Munich, Croatia, Pennsylvania.

6,000 DC chargers by 2020: As its carmakers get behind the electrification, so is South Korea. The government announced to accelerate the expansion of fast-charging infrastructure and wants to double the number of chargers from 1,500 to 3,000 by 2018. Another increase by 100 percent is planned by 2020 when 6,000 DC charging stations shall feed the country’s EV fleet that is yet to materialise. Currently, the supply of EVs is about 50 percent below demand. Seoul wants to reduce the number of diesel-powered vehicles on the streets by 30 percent over the next five years.

The world’s largest charge park is to emerge in Germany, between Munich and Stuttgart. 144 rapid and fast-charge points will stand at the so-called Sortimo-Innovationspark Zusmarshausen near the A8 motorway by 2018. 24 of the 144 charging ports by eLoaded could be high-power chargers with 350 kW, while the remaining will offer 50 kW. Some of the energy may come from solar panels on the roofs of the buildings that is said to house shops, restaurants, and work stations. The charging stations’ waste heat will be integrated into the park’s thermal management. (in German),

Munich’s public network of charging stations is growing as the 100th facility has now been erected by the city’s utility SWM and its transit authority MVG. All stations run by the partners supply electricity from renewables only and Munich wants to grow the network to 500 charge points by 2020. (in German)

Croatia tops up e-mobility scheme: Another 85m Kuna (11.3m euros) will be made available in Q1 2018 to subsidise electric cars and charging infrastructure. The first 50m Kuna granted through the programme have enabled the purchase of 1,420 plug-in vehicles and Croatia’s network of 200 charging stops. Another 60 along motorways are planned.

Baby steps: The state of Pennsylvania has started a trial with 25 electric and hybrid vehicles to see the feasibility of fleet electrification. There are 7,580 cars in the state fleet so there is massive potential but the test will run over 42 – 60 months.

Service + Suggestions

Uniti, Charging Infrastructure.

Video tip: Swedish compact EV maker Uniti is asking people to come together in a crowd funding call. Backers will join the likes of Siemens and other believers such as Sweden’s Vice PM of Sweden Isabella Lövin, or designers from Williams, all staring in a clip that shows how Uniti comes about., invest

Reading tip: What is the state of infrastructure in Europe and who is racing (tortoise style) to line the motorways of the continent asks Reuters and also adds an infographic depicting the number of charge points per 1,000 EV worldwide., infographic

Short circuit

Limit to state aid.

BMW has lost its case against the EU Commission as it tried to overturn a cap on state aid. The Commission stipulated in 2014 that BMW should receive no more than 17m euros to expand production of its i3 and i8 in Leipzig. Germany had originally planned to grant 45m euros toward the project, which BMW has managed to see through either way.