Autor: Carrie Hampel

May 28, 2020 - 04:11 pm

Pasadena opens fast-charging plaza

The Californian city of Pasadena is opening the Marengo Charging Plaza at 155 E. Green Street. The Plaza is now home to a total of 44 chargers including 24 Superchargers installed by Tesla and 20 fast chargers installed by the City of Pasadena.

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May 28, 2020 - 01:41 pm

Tesla gets foundation approval in Germany

Tesla has just received approval for foundation-building work for the Giga-Berlin plant in Grünheide near Berlin from the Brandenburg State Office for the Environment. In Berlin itself, the company has also found the location for the planned development and design centre.

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May 28, 2020 - 10:44 am

A prank gone wrong

Daniel Abt has been barred for cheating in an incident in online computer-game racing: Audi has surprisingly suspended their regular Formula E driver Daniel Abt with immediate effect.

The reason for the suspension: “Daniel Abt did not drive his car in qualifying and the race at the fifth event of the Race at Home Challenge on 23 May himself, but let a professional Sim-Racer do so.” Abt accepted the ban gracefully and immediately paid a 10,000 euro fine.

What according to Abt was intended as a prank for his YouTube channel was interpreted as an attempt to cheat, or at least as disrespect for his fellow racers. “Integrity, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable rules are top priorities for Audi – this applies to all activities the brand is involved in without exception. For this reason, Audi Sport has decided to suspend Daniel Abt with immediate effect,” the Group then said. Who will take Abt’s place in the upcoming races has not yet been announced.

Incidentally, Abt himself is fully aware of his mistake and has taken responsibility for it. The racing driver explains how the idea came about in a video of his own (in German, link below).

In the video he said that the online sim races are “not about prize money, it’s just about entertaining you fans and at the same time raising money for Unicef, so for a good cause. It’s about a simulation that has nothing to do with real driving, with what I do. It is not about professional (real-life) racing. Despite that, we played the game week for week in order to entertain fans.”

He said the most important thing for him about the online races was to speak to fans and interact with them. There were in fact more people watching the online game than in the actual races, with 350k fans just on YouTube. In his very candid video, Abt says, “I tried to deliver a good show for you at home.” He assures viewers it was nothing to do with trying to get some kind of winning advantage in the race, but rather to have fun with the game and the fans with a funny reveal – a prank. To assure fans he was not trying to cheat, he pointed to the fact that he talked about the swap with the Sim racing who drove for him live on stream. He said wanted a setup that he and the sim racer could then reveal to the entertainment of fans. Once the prank flew open before he and the Sim racer revealed their prank, the media, of course, pitched in. He said  “The media has portrayed me as a cheat… It more painful than anything I’ve never experienced in my life.”

Abt delivers a very convincing, quietly emotional apology to Audi, to his team, his partners and his fans, which makes it hard not to wish him the best and hope he gets back into the driver’s seat soon.

carscoops.com, fiaformulae.com, YouTube.com (Abt’s explanation and apology in German)

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May 27, 2020 - 06:17 pm

Vestas to electrify company vehicles around the globe

Danish wind turbine builder Vestas has announced it will be replacing all new service vehicles with EVs by 2025. Pilots will be introduced in several markets throughout 2020. This policy has already launched in China, where the first EV has now been in operation in the Fuijan Province since January.

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May 27, 2020 - 06:04 pm

FCA and Engie begin V2G pilot project in Turin

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has launched a joint Vehicle-to-Grid project with Engie EPS at its Mirafiori plant in Turin. In the first phase, 64 bidirectional charging points will be installed, which will grow to include capacity for over 700 electric vehicles in the final stage.

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May 27, 2020 - 05:36 pm

Daimler expands battery production starting in Kamenz

Daimler is building its battery production capacity globally. Daimler subsidiary Accumotive has increased its production volume and will soon be able to produce more than 500,000 battery systems per year. The plant is also preparing for future electric EQ models in the compact segment.

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May 27, 2020 - 03:21 pm

Renault-Mitsubishi-Nissan restructure cooperation

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi manufacturing alliance is restructuring its cooperation. The guiding principle of the cooperation is the so-called ‘leader-follower’ principle for regions, vehicles and technologies in order to achieve greater efficiency and competitiveness in these areas.

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May 27, 2020 - 02:47 pm

France introduces electric car package

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a massive increase in support for the French car industry. The head of state is thus reacting to the crisis at PSA and Renault – the main reason being the slump in sales due to the Corona crisis.

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May 27, 2020 - 01:53 pm

Tesla reduces prices across the board

Tesla has just lowered the prices of its models, in some cases considerably, depending on country and model range. All Tesla models are affected by the price cuts with the exception of the new Model Y. In the USA, the Model 3 will also be around 2,000 dollars cheaper.

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May 27, 2020 - 01:34 pm

A little pick-me-up

One hundred autonomous and remotely-controlled kick-scooters have recently been introduced in a pilot project in a suburb Peachtree Corners the US city of Atlanta. During the actual ride, the customers retain full control, but the electric scooters roll to the customer and to the charging station independently, or alternatively via remote control.

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May 27, 2020 - 07:16 am

BMW X2 xDrive25e available from 47,250 euros

From July, BMW will also deliver the X2 compact SUV as a plug-in hybrid. The X2 xDrive25e will then cost at least 47,250 euros – and will also introduce some changes that will also be found in the combustion engine versions in the future.

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May 26, 2020 - 05:42 pm

Autostack Industrie makes progress on fuel cell stacks

An update was published on the progress of the German ‘AutoStack Industrie’ project launched in 2017. The project will run until the end of 2021, involving five OEMs and various suppliers working together to bring key technologies for the production of stacks for fuel cell vehicles to industrial maturity.

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May 26, 2020 - 04:38 pm

Kia is considering an ultra-small electric car

Kia is examining plans to build a purely electric miniature car in the style of the Citroën Ami. Although the South Korean company has not revealed a timetable for these plans, it seems that Kia is already considering a new distribution model for the electric microcar.

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May 26, 2020 - 12:21 pm

Nip and tuck convertible

The US specialist Newport Convertible Engineering offers a convertible conversion for the Tesla Model 3. The costs for this conversion is at least $29,500, but Model 3 owners can also go all-in and get an electric power top for $39,500.

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May 25, 2020 - 07:10 pm

Tritium presents Plug and Charge without cards or keys

Australian fast-charging station manufacturer Tritium has launched its Plug and Charge solution. The technology leverages the ISO15118 standard and enables an electric vehicle and charger to communicate. Payments are authorised directly from the driver’s account without the need for a card or RFID tag.

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May 25, 2020 - 03:58 pm

Gaussin & Total create electric aircraft-refuelling truck

Gaussin and Total have developed what they say is the world’s first purely electrically powered refuelling truck for aircraft. The prototype comprises two tank trailers, each with a capacity of 30 tons of fuel, and is expected to go into service at the end of this year.

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May 25, 2020 - 03:22 pm

Akasol registers losses last quarter due to pandemic

The battery system manufacturer Akasol has presented its business figures for the first quarter of 2020. Revenue and EBIT were both below the figures for the same quarter of the previous year – mainly due to corona-related production interruptions from the company’s own customers.

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May 25, 2020 - 02:38 pm

Ford Mustang Mach-E to first reach Europe in 2021

The all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E will probably not reach Europe this year, but only at the beginning of 2021, according to emails from Ford to reservation holders in some European countries. In the email, the US car manufacturer gives the reason as being the Covid-19 pandemic-induced interruption of production.

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May 25, 2020 - 02:08 pm

Evergrande breaks ground on e-drive production plant

The extremely ambitious electric car plans of the Chinese Evergrande Group are becoming more concrete: In Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, local media reported that the ground-breaking ceremony for a production facility of Evergrande for electric drive systems has now taken place.

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May 25, 2020 - 01:26 pm

Rome fails to procure fuel cell buses

Rome’s transport company ATAC has failed to procure hydrogen buses. Somehow, not a single bid was submitted for a tender for five H2 buses published in February 2020. And this is not the first time: At the beginning of 2019 another hydrogen bus tender for Rome was equally unsuccessful.

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May 13, 2020 - 07:06 pm

York willing to become UK’s first zero-emission city

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the government wants at least one city centre to be restricted exclusively to bikes and electric vehicles. In York, councillors are calling for York to bid to become the first such zero-emission city.

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May 13, 2020 - 06:43 pm

Western Power Distribution updates EV strategy

In the UK, Western Power Distribution (WPD) has just released the details of its updated EV strategy. In order to enable the faster rollout of charge points across the UK, WPD is focussing on making the connection process easier for charge point operators.

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Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/28/pasadena-opens-fast-charging-plaza/
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