Ample rolls out battery swapping in the USA
In the USA, electric mobility startup Ample has announced the rollout of its new modular battery swapping technology for electric cars. Currently, the company is focussing on fleets and says it has integrated its modular batteries into nine vehicle models across five different automakers. Weiterlesen
SK Innovation battery swapping scales up in China
The South Korean company SK Innovation is entering the battery replacement technology business in China. This has been made possible by a strategic investment in the company specialised in battery swapping called Blue Park Smart Energy (BPSE) that is a subsidiary of the BAIC Group. Weiterlesen
Xpeng to offer battery rental in future
Similarly to competitor Nio, Xpeng Motors is now decoupling battery costs from the purchase price of its vehicles and offering customers the option of renting the battery over a period of seven years. Weiterlesen
Nio launches Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) with CATL
The Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio decouples the battery costs from the purchase price of its vehicles. Using the ‘Battery as a Service’ offer now introduced, customers can buy the Nio ES8, ES6 or EC6 models without a battery and rent one instead. Weiterlesen
E-scooter sharing firm Voi first to break even
Sweden’s Voi Technology is on track to make an annual profit in 2021 after breaking even in June. It is the first big electric scooter sharing firm to do so, the company said this week. The announcement comes at a time in which the market has been hit hard. Weiterlesen
Silence S02: Electric Scooter from Spain
The Spanish electric scooter manufacturer Silence is launching the new model S02 Low Speed on the European market. The model is to be specially designed for urban use for private individuals and commercial users. Weiterlesen
Battery swapping for Dutch container ships
With their newly founded joint venture Zero Emission Services (ZES), a Dutch consortium has taken up the cause of zero-emission inland container shipping. The initiators want to put the first electric ship into operation this year. Weiterlesen
Maple 30x is a new low-cost EV from China
A new electric car brand launched in China named Maple. Maple is a joint venture between Geely and Kandi’s Fengsheng Automotive Technology Group. The brand’s first model, the Maple 30x, is to be launched at prices of less than 9,000 euros. Weiterlesen
Electric scooter companies go for battery exchange
VOI Technology is apparently operating its electric kick scooter rental service completely emission-free in a trial city through the use of electric transporters and cargo pedelecs. Tier Mobility and Circ are also using new electric kick scooters with replaceable batteries. Weiterlesen
Gogoro expands range with ultra light scooter
The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro has introduced a new lighter and cheaper model. Now that the company has a full palette of longer and shorter-range city scooters, Gogoro plans to further expand internationally next year. In Taiwan, the Gogoro Viva will be available from October this year. Weiterlesen
BJEV plans to build 3,000 battery swapping stations
BJEV, the electric car subsidiary of the Chinese manufacturer BAIC, plans to invest ten billion yuan (1.28 billion euros) in the construction of 3,000 battery changing stations. According to BJEV President Ma Fanglie, the goal is to supply half a million electric vehicles with fresh batteries by the end of 2022. Weiterlesen
Nio completes first battery swapping route
The Chinese EV manufacturer Nio announced the completion of its first network of battery exchange stations. On the G2 motorway between Beijing and Shanghai, eight stations were built over a length of more than 1,000 kilometers. Weiterlesen
Aiways to develop 25,000 euro e-SUV
The ambitious plans by the Sino-German EV startup Aiways are becoming more tangible. The first volume production model will be the electric SUV Aiways U5 Ion, which will hit the Chinese market in September 2019 and Germany starting in 2020. Weiterlesen
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
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
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.