Chile launches electric taxi scheme
The Chilean government has launched a new program to promote electric mobility in taxi services. The ‘My Electric Taxi Program’ provides co-financing of up to $ 11,000 to owners of current gasoline-powered taxis to renew their vehicles for purely electric BYD taxis.
Enel X opens Latin American charging corridor
Enel X has completed its first charging corridor in Central and South America. It includes 220 JuiceBox charging points in eleven countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru.
Santiago de Chile receives 150 new BYD buses
A further 150 BYD electric buses went into service in Santiago de Chile, bringing the total number of BYD electric buses in Chile to 455. Among other things, the new bus shipment will serve Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins, known as Alameda, in the historic part of the city.
ZEBRA to bring electric buses to South America
The ZEBRA (Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator) project, led by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and C40 Cities, is dedicated to accelerating the rollout of electric buses in Latin America. Phase one focuses on four cities.
Nissan launches first V2G charging system in Chile
Nissan has launched Latin America’s first bi-directional charging system in Chile in cooperation with Enel X and the Energy Sustainability Agency. In addition to the Nissan Leaf, a 3 kW solar panel will also be used for the Vehicle-to-Grid project.
Formula E: Two Germans on podium at Santiago E-Prix
The 3rd Formula E race in Santiago, Chile was a great success from the German point of view. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) placed behind the Brit Sam Bird, who won for the first time this year. Bird’s team Envision Virgin Racing is equipped with a powertrain from Audi, so […]
BYD receives large orders from America
BYD of China have never received a larger electric bus order from the Americas. Santiago de Chile expects the delivery of 100 all-electric buses in November. The order is in cooperation with energy firm Enel and builds on a successful trial.
Nissan to offer Leaf in Latin America
Nissan will be offering the Leaf as of the coming year in Latin America as well. The EV will be released in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay and Puerto Rico in the first phase of South American rollout.
SolarStratos, Lucid Motors, Chile, Gigafactory.
Soaring with the sun: PC-Aeros now officially unveiled its SolarStratos (we reported), a 8.5 meters long plane that runs on solar-power and is fitted with a 32-kW electric drive and 20 kWh Li-ion battery. Adventurer Raphael Domjan wants to be the first to take a solar plane on a stratospheric flight. Take-off is scheduled for 2018.
Samsung SDI to supply Lucid Motors: The Korean electronics giant will supply battery cells for Lucid Motors’ first production EV, said to arrive in 2018. The two companies previously collaborated, saying they have develop the next-generation of cylindrical cells that “are able to exceed current performance benchmarks in areas such as energy density, power, calendar life and safety.”
Lithium factory in Chile? The country’s government is allegedly in talks with Chinese and Korean investors to harvest the Chile’s lithium reserves and build a 2bn dollar lithium factory in the north of the country. Initial production capacity of lithium-carbonate is estimated at 1,000 tons – but could grow to 10,000 tons by 2018.
Bowling for the Gigafactory: Finnish harbour town Vaasa is considering throwing its hat in the ring to host the European Gigafactory. The town’s proximity to i.e. Europe’s richest lithium mines could definitely push it to the top of the list of possible locations.
Tesla, emission tests, Chile, Porsche, Lexus, Formula E.
Tesla ramps up production in Europe: Tesla Motors significantly increased capacity at its European assembly plant in Tilburg, Netherlands. 450 instead of previously 200 cars can now be assembled at this location per week. The facility also includes a 750-meter-long test track. Meanwhile, new buyers of the Model X will now have to wait until the second half of 2016 for delivery, according to the Tesla reservation webpage.
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On-the-road testing: Following the VW meltdown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) have announced that they will introduce on-road emission tests for diesel vehicles. Other countries including the U.K., Italy and France are planning to take similar action.
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EV from Chile: The two-seater ‘Sôki’ is Chile’s first EV. A very small batch of these subsidised vehicles is set to be produced from next year, each costing 12,000 dollars. The promised range is only 60 km (37 miles), while the 4.2-kilowatt battery is removable.
Next-gen Panamera: The new Porsche Panamera will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. Like the current model, it will also be available as a plug-in hybrid. The main changes will be newly developed and improved drives, as well as reduced weight.
Lexus RX priced: The new Lexus RX Hybrid SUV will start from 47,000 pounds (71,000 dollars) when it becomes available in the United Kingdom toward the end of the year. It will feature a 3.5-litre V6 engine and an electric motor with a combined output of 300 hp.
Formula E ‘FanBoost’: Starting in October, Formula E fans will be able to vote for their favourite driver on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram up until the sixth minute of each race. The three most-voted drivers will profit from an even stronger power boost that can be utilized much more flexibly during the than last season.