Flymove presents battery swapping system and first concepts
Flymove is planning a range of electric cars with exchangeable batteries under the brand name Dianchè. At an event in Milan at the end of last year, the first models were presented in addition to their Battery Swap System BSS.Weiterlesen
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Yamaha expanding electric two-wheeler business
Yamaha is taking their electric bike business further into new markets. A cooperation with Gogoro for Yamaha to use the firm’s battery swapping system in Taiwan is just in the making. Yamaha will add their design and marketing power. Moreover, they started selling pedelecs in the U.S. for the first time.Weiterlesen
Shell Ventures invests $31M in charging equipment
The financing arm of oil giant Shell has selected Ample, a startup focussed on automated charging, for funding. The San Francisco-based firm will receive 31 million dollars and Shell hopes to combine Ample’s fast-charging technology with their retail network.Weiterlesen
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Honda & Panasonic to install battery swap stations
Honda and Panasonic announced a project in Indonesia to trial battery swapping for electric motorcycles. The pilot will start this December through a joint venture deploying Honda’s Mobile Power Pack at a couple of a dozen stations.Weiterlesen
China: Beijing Electric Vehicle bets on battery-swap
BJEV is launching a battery-swap service to get ahead in China’s competitive market. They will install the first 100 battery changing station in Beijing this year as an add on to their EV300 model. Moreover, this symbolises a comeback of battery swapping only this time with more refined business models.Weiterlesen
Electric bus series for India – Solaris & JBM Auto – Ashok Leyland
JBM Solaris Electric Vehicles, a joint venture between Polish Solaris and the Indian firm JBM Auto, has introduced a new electric bus series called “Eco Life” to the Indian market. Additionally, Ashok Leyland presented its first electric bus with battery swap.Weiterlesen
Battery swapping system and electric concepts by Honda
The Japanese manufacturer introduced its so-called Mobile Power Pack at CES. The system is based on green power stored in mobile batteries to power electric devices or small EVs.Weiterlesen
Nio launches EV with battery swap and mobile charging option
China’s electric car start-up Nio has launched its first EV, the ES8. The electric SUV is offered with battery swap option and Nio also wants to run vans as mobile power banks when an EV ran out of juice.Weiterlesen
Delhi, Hyperloop, battery swapping, Amazon, Go Ultra Low, Proterra.
Delhi welcomes electrification: The Indian capital has reduced VAT on hybrid and electric cars as well as e-rickshaws from 12.5 to 5 percent with immediate effect. Delhi’s government further decided to launch 25 electric buses, which will likely be procured by July.
indiatimes.com (VAT), hindustantimes.com (electric buses)
Hyperloop hype: One of the start-ups hoping to make very high speed trains a reality has issued a global call for applications. Regions, projects, and really anyone is invited to make a case for the first Hyperloop location. Hyperloop One just collected 80m in funding. Germany’s railway company Deutsche Bahn is among the investors.
electrek.co, hyperloop-one.com (Global Challenge)
Battery swapping comeback? BAIC BJEV trials a strategy of replacing batteries rather than just charging them. It sees the idea as particularly useful for electric taxi applications, but also rental EV fleets. A first such swapping station has been erected in Beijing.
Electric delivery: Amazon expanded its electric cargo bike delivery service to Berlin. Prime customers can now receive their orders within one or two hours. The couriers ride pedelecs by Bullit and shall mainly deliver perishable goods in time.
ebike-news.de (in German)
Go Ultra Low Company is a new status awarded by the UK government initiative of the same name. Among the first 11 organisations to be recognised for their commitment to electrify up 5 percent of their fleet by 2020, were Microsoft, the London Fire Brigade, and the Environment Agency.
Though testing: Proterra’s Catalyst electric bus has undergone rigorous testing in the King County Metro Transit fleet. The electric bus was in service 24/7 for 106 days, transporting the equivalent of 97 passengers and driving an average 325 miles a day with stops at the rapid-charger in between.
insideevs.com (with video)
WAVE, battery swapping.
Reading tip: Ron Freund, director of Plug In America, and Alan Soule travelled across the pond to take part in this year’s WAVE rally. They faced European charging infrastructure in their rented Renault Zoe, which came equipped with all sorts of cables including a towing one (left unused).
Video tip: KmanAuto takes a look at Tesla’s battery swap station in California. Following a lot of general information on the station, there are some action shots at around 8 minutes into the video. The crew was definitely impressed.
Tesla battery swapping, BMW i3 review.
Reading tip: Is Tesla’s battery swapping facility at Harris Ranch a sham designed to earn more of California’s ZEV credits rather than offering true value to Model S drivers? Get the details and the background of the story from Charles Fleming.
Video tip: Tom Voelk delivers a video review of the BMW i3 and calls it a “think tank” on wheels. Well, one that has made it from the world of ideas into reality.
Tesla battery swapping, Audi A3 e-tron vs. BMW i3 REx
Click tip: The building works for Tesla’s battery swapping station at Harris Ranch in California took another step forward. New images show the inside of the garage.
teslamotorsclub.com via insideevs.com
Alphabet, Tesla, TPRES, Battery swapping, Japan.
Alphabet expects record sales in 2015: Alphabet UK has surpassed 1,000 EV orders. The company expects orders to double in 2015 and with one fifth of the total amount of orders from 2014 already having been placed in January, Alphabet is confident that the number will be even higher than predicted.
Driving a Tesla in the UK: Thanks to the carmaker’s network of Superchargers in the country, range anxiety is turning into “range curiosity.” There are total of 30 charging stations with 75 charging points, making it easy to Tesla drivers to roam the country. Another six Superchargers are planned for 2015.
Traffic-to-power: The University of Illinois has entered into an agreement with New Energy Innovations to optimize the TPRES (Traffic Powered Renewable Energy System). Air pumps are built into the roads and when cars drive by or park on them, their weight is converted to energy. Maybe that energy could even be used to power electric cars on the go.
Battery-swapping under construction: Tesla’s first battery swapping station in Northern California is not quite ready yet, despite communication from the carmaker suggesting otherwise. But pictures show, that the shovels have yet to be put away. And so far, batteries can only be swapped by appointment.
EV sales in Japan: A total of 2,513 electric and plug-in hybrid cars were sold in Japan in December last year, almost half of them were Nissan Leafs (1,195). A total of 14,177 of the 32,403 plug-ins sold in 2014 in Japan were Leafs, followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (10,064).
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Electric mobility in 2015: It has been said that there are more events about electric mobility than there are electric cars on the road. And the same seems to be true for 2015. In our calendar section, we have listed the most important trade shows, conferences, workshops, driving events and seminars for you.
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Gogoro CEO interview, Battery swapping.
Reading tip: Mira Inbar looked at past experiences with Better Place and Tesla’s current battery swapping to come up with three learnings: battery swapping is only for emergencies, is better done by one manufacturer with one battery type, and kept within narrow geographical boundaries.
EV battery swapping, Ricardo HyBoost.
Reading tip: ‘Stop dreaming’ is what this article tells readers flat out – the standard and thus swappable EV battery will not happen. Ever. The main reason is that manufacturers will not share design and technology details with others.
Video tip: This week’s star in Jay Leno’s garage is the Ricardo HyBoost – a light-hybrid with a 1.1-litre dual-boosted engine that uses a turbocharger and electric supercharger. Vroom indeed!
youtube.com via autoblog.com