UK: Registering 1 plug-in car every 9 minutes
The Go Ultra Low campaign released figures on registrations of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles today and they are looking good. In fact, the overall number of PEVs has risen each and every month this year, with one being registered every 9 minutes in the UK.
Pininfarina will build max. 100 PF0 hypercars
There are new design concepts and details to the electric luxury hypercar planned by Pininfarina, that is planned to go into production in 2020. It will be sold in a small series of around 100 and will bear the name PF0. The company also added some new faces to their board.
USA: BYD form $500M JV to lease electric buses
China’s BYD has formed a joint venture with the San Francisco investor Generate Capital. The 200 million dollar JV will lease BYD electric buses to cities, schools and corporations in the States. The partners consider their business an “all-around win”.
800 volt charging park by Porsche goes online in Berlin
The EV charging park announced last year at the Porsche center in Berlin-Adlershof was recently connected to the grid. Four customer parking spots were fitted with Porsche chargers, two of which with the new 800 volt charging technology. The park is accessible to all cars during the opening times of the center.
EVgo & BMW launching 2nd-life battery project
For the first time, EVgo equipped one of their fast-charging station with a back-up made from reused batteries from the BMW i3. For now said stationary set-up is a standalone but EVgo say they are planning to expand such second-life applications.
Panasonic plans to halve cobalt portion in batteries
The Japanese company plans to change up their battery manufacturing recipe within the next two-to-three years to use only half the current cobalt components. Head of the Panasonic passenger car division, Yoshio Ito, stated there are already working prototypes, but a complex evaluation process will take place before serial production.
Swansea launching largest EV fleet in Wales
Swansea Council has taken delivery of 40 Partner Electric vans from Peugeot, making Swansea the local authority with the largest electric van fleet in Wales. The electric vehicles for council staff have been leased on a five-year contract.
China to sharpen plug-in vehicle policies further
The government in Beijing is looking at a further reduction in new energy vehicle subsidies in 2019. They want carmakers to become less dependent on state funding and to innovate instead. As with previous programmes, the new policies would emphasise range and efficiency.
Hydrogen research vessel deemed feasible
A team led by Sandia National Laboratories, usually charged with nuclear security in the USA, has found a zero emission vessel running on hydrogen feasible. Their study developed a fuel-cell coastal research vessel consistent with marine regulations.
Tesla target of some major fan love
A new trend sees Tesla owners uploading images of their humorous license plates -often poking fun at combustion vehicles and not having to buy gas. A Tesla driver even incorporated his car into his wedding proposal.