Tesla model update: Elon Musk has kept Twitter busy these days as he pronounced the Semi-Truck ready for presentation this September. Together with plans for a pick-up within the next 24 months and ideas like the Model Y or the mini-bus being kept afloat, the Tesla count has risen to eight EVs in total by now. While half are at concept stage at the most, the Tesla boss has confirmed the unveiling of the final production Model 3 this July.
Semi-Truck, Model 3 July, All 8 models, insideevs.com
Hyundai H2 lux SUV in NYC: Genesis has taken off the veil of its GV80 fuel cell concept at the New York International Auto Show. The Korean premium brand’s SUV carries Hyundai’s hydrogen technology under the hood but as part of a plug-in set-up.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com
Clarity: Honda has made its green car trio complete at the New York show, where it revealed its the plug-in hybrid and electric variants alongside the already available Clarity Fuel Cell. Together they shall bring Honda sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four model years in the States alone.
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Bentley to borrow from Porsche? It looks like the Mission E may not be exclusive to just one VW luxury brand but could make it into an electric Bentley, too. While the Brits have not made any definite announcement, they did eye the tech Porsche is currently developing for its electric model, Automotive News reports. After all, a sporty drive would suit the two-seater EXP 12 Speed 6e EV Concept Bentley just displayed in Geneva and Volkswagen is looking into synergies wherever it can.
autonews.com via carscoops.com
Sino-Swedish synergies are also what Volvo seeks for its first ever EV. The Geely-owned carmaker said it will utilise the same factory in Chinese Luqiao, that shall also make Lync’s 01 and the Volvo XC40. The Swedes aim for a price below 40,000 dollars, hence the production abroad that is to start by 2019. The outreach is global however and Shanghai will show if the electric model will indeed be build from the ground up as has been suggested.
autoblog.com, carscoops.com, hybridcars.com
Jeep teases electrification: In the run-up to Shanghai, Jeep has released first sketches of what may be called the Yuntu EV in both China and the rest of the world. The SUV is a plug-in hybrid and the first attempt by the off-road brand to go electric, at least a little bit.
It’s range of 335 miles or 539.1 km makes the Tesla Model S 100D the electric car with the longest range in the USA (and worldwide). EPA has updated its rating officially now but the test was done by Tesla’s manufacturer testing. The most efficient remains the Model S 90D though.
Continental expands in the Valley: The Germans just opened a new R&D centre in Silicon Valley, where they want to employ up to 300 experts for sustainable transport. 6,000 sq metres in San Jose are reserved for offices and labs busy with projects ranging from electric to autonomous driving and mobility service. Conti has earmarked a million dollars for the new complex.
Dreamboat: This electric catamaran is anything a green heart could wish for as it not only sails but also runs with zero emissions self-sufficiently. Its power sources are the sun and sea, literally, as it uses solar power to produce hydrogen on-board that in turn fills its fuel cell system. The Energy Observer has been launched in sea at Saint Malo, from where it is to catch the wind to circumnavigate the globe at about 19 kph. Halts at 101 ports in 50 countries are planned for the 30 metre boat.
British battery making: As Williams Engineering has benefitted from the APC’s latest round of funding, details emerged on that 100m pounds. The money will help set up a battery production facility on the Isles and the Aston Martin RapidE could be first to use the cells.
Indian battery making: Toshiba, Suzuki and Denso want to set up a joint venture this year to build batteries in India. Capitalisation stands at 2bn yen (18.4m dollars) with Suzuki shouldering 50 percent and Toshiba and Denso 40% and 10% respectively. Manufacturing shall start as early as possible.
“We don’t have the money in place. That’s why we need to secure Series D (…). It would be irresponsible to start moving earth or start anything until we have a financial runway to execute that professionally and with absolute integrity.”
Lucid Motors chief technology officer Peter Rawlinson explains why the EV newcomer is seeking money in yet another round of financing. Once secured, production of the Air EV is to start by 2019 in Arizona.
“Many fleet managers have an ever-growing list of responsibilities, in addition to company vehicles, including HR, procurement or purchasing. With the on-going backlash against diesel cars, fleets are having to consider adding EVs and PHEVs to their choice lists, and are having to address the added pressure of charging infrastructures, data and security issues.”
James O’Neill, UK director, Ensto Chago thus detailed the things to consider when opting to integrate PEV and charging infrastructure into fleets.
“While it was started by Tesla’s Gigafactory, 70 percent of this new capacity is being built in China by major producers such as BYD, ATL, and Lishen.”
Simon Moores, managing director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, on the rise of battery “megafactories”. While Tesla may be talked about the most, BMI’s research suggests that by 2020, China will host 62% of global production capacity for Li-ion cells.
Bozen and Val d’Aosta unleash EVs: Italian province of Bozen/Bolzano launched the #ViaggiareSmart plan, that includes a 4,000 euro rebate for purchases of BEVs, and 2,000 euros for plug-in vehicles. Furthermore, the local government will add 10 more charging stations in its relatively small district, following the lead of Val d’Aosta, who will add 35 more charging points, making it the most dense area in Italy in terms of installed charging stations.
lastampa.it (in Italian) via ev.today
Built-in EV charging: Neighbourhood regeneration firm Blueprint is planning to install communal electric car charging points throughout its 100m pound Trent Basin development, after 75% of buyers have shown interest in the eco-friendly side of the site. It is part of the Go Ultra Low Nottingham programme.
Upgrade in London: Chargemaster has upgraded Luton Borough Council’s public EV charging points, which it took over from Source East last month. Following the closure of Source East, Chargemaster is offering all hosts complementary upgrades as well as free rapid charge points.
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California to introduce EV fees: The state that was a plug-in’s paradise for so long is working on a change of policy in order to make up for “lost” revenue that otherwise used to come from gasoline taxes. Hence, a one-time registration fee of 100 dollars will apply for plug-in vehicles starting in the 2020 model year. On top there will be annual fees of 25 dollars for PEVs and 175 for EVs worth more than 60,000 dollars – you may call that a Tesla tax. Fair or not, California will boost its gas tax 43% at the same time, so it is by far not the end of green politics in the Golden State.
UberE programme in Portland: The ride sharing service has launched a new scheme in Portland together with the Drive Oregon NGO to help drivers switch to electric vehicles. Uber will send EV Ambassadors and has teamed up with Xchange Leasing as well as local EV manufacturer Arcimoto. Another buying option is for electric bicycles for those that deliver food with UberEATS.
Reading tip: San Francisco bike shop The New Wheel has come up with its own scrappage scheme. Drivers can hand in their old car and receive a new electric bicycle in return and some cash if the car is worth more than the e-bike cost. On top, TNW donates 100 dollars to a local cycling organisation for each car handed in.
Click tip: You may download the ‘Manifesto of Electric Mobility’ that was conceived at the rEvolution conference in Amsterdam. Thoughts from EV-Box, ENGIE, EVConsult, Renault, Jaguar Land-Rover, E-Laad as well as a user survey were considered.
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More and more sightings of the Bolt are being reported in Britain. Alas, it is not the premature arrival of GM’s EV but a little electric car by Indian Tata that bears the same name. No official launch is planned however although some would surely welcome a left-hand drive “Bolt” of one brand or another.