Tesla expands further in Eastern Europe
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said Tesla would open stores in Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia and most Eastern Europe states by early next year. Meanwhile, Model 3 has arrived in Australia, and back in the company’s home country, a judge in Delaware, USA orders Tesla to defend Elon Musk’s potential payout.Weiterlesen
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Hyundai and Kia invest 80 million euros in Rimac
Hyundai and Kia are together investing 80 million euros into Rimac Automobili. The Korean carmakers and the Croatian company are also entering into a strategic partnership for the joint development of both battery electric and fuel cell, high-performance EVs.Weiterlesen
EVs to be made in Croatia by Green Tech Group?
The Green Tech Group founded by Chinese investor Karl Soong, who wanted to buy Rimac, and Croatian entrepreneur Mladen Ninčević is planning to establish an EV factory in Croatia. They bought the grounds already and the plant is to be set up over the next ten years.Weiterlesen
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Rimac to build electric motors & batteries in China
Croatian super carmaker Rimac Automobili and China’s Camel Group have agreed to start building electric motors and batteries this year. The facility in Chinese Xiangyang is to churn out 50,000 units annually with construction to cost about 128m euros.Weiterlesen
South Korea, Sortimo, Munich, Croatia, Pennsylvania.
6,000 DC chargers by 2020: As its carmakers get behind the electrification, so is South Korea. The government announced to accelerate the expansion of fast-charging infrastructure and wants to double the number of chargers from 1,500 to 3,000 by 2018. Another increase by 100 percent is planned by 2020 when 6,000 DC charging stations shall feed the country’s EV fleet that is yet to materialise. Currently, the supply of EVs is about 50 percent below demand. Seoul wants to reduce the number of diesel-powered vehicles on the streets by 30 percent over the next five years.
The world’s largest charge park is to emerge in Germany, between Munich and Stuttgart. 144 rapid and fast-charge points will stand at the so-called Sortimo-Innovationspark Zusmarshausen near the A8 motorway by 2018. 24 of the 144 charging ports by eLoaded could be high-power chargers with 350 kW, while the remaining will offer 50 kW. Some of the energy may come from solar panels on the roofs of the buildings that is said to house shops, restaurants, and work stations. The charging stations’ waste heat will be integrated into the park’s thermal management.
electrive.net (in German), inhabitat.com
Munich’s public network of charging stations is growing as the 100th facility has now been erected by the city’s utility SWM and its transit authority MVG. All stations run by the partners supply electricity from renewables only and Munich wants to grow the network to 500 charge points by 2020.
swm.de (in German)
Croatia tops up e-mobility scheme: Another 85m Kuna (11.3m euros) will be made available in Q1 2018 to subsidise electric cars and charging infrastructure. The first 50m Kuna granted through the programme have enabled the purchase of 1,420 plug-in vehicles and Croatia’s network of 200 charging stops. Another 60 along motorways are planned.
Baby steps: The state of Pennsylvania has started a trial with 25 electric and hybrid vehicles to see the feasibility of fleet electrification. There are 7,580 cars in the state fleet so there is massive potential but the test will run over 42 – 60 months.
Reading tip I: Is Tesla providing working conditions close to “karoshi” (Japanese for overwork death)? The Guardian quotes workers in Fremont, who complain about an immense work load, reports an above average number of cases of breakdowns at the production lines, and also confronts Elon Musk.
Reading tip II: Croatia is becoming an EV hotspot as a former employee of the country’s EV maker Rimac returned to his hometown Rijeka to open his own business for electric cars and motorbikes.
Nissan, Noord-Brabant, Croatia, Tennessee, Fife.
CL finale electrified: Nissan will provide 100 electric vehicles for the shuttle service during the UEFA Champions League finale in Berlin, and will set up 129 charging stations around Tegel International Airport, various Berlin hotels and the Olympia stadion for the event on June 6th, several of which will remain as a lasting legacy for the city. Electrive.com has learned that the installation of DC chargers from Nissan and AC chargers from RWE has already kicked off this weekend.
Flexible charging in Holland: The New Motion and other providers have kicked off a pilot project for flexible charging tariffs in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. Until November, EV drivers will be able to choose from different energy suppliers at 150 charging points and charge at a lower rate at night.
Croatian Post to get e-bikes: The Croatian postal service has called for bids to deliver more than 180 e-bikes to replace petrol-powered scooters. The e-bikes should be delivered in autumn this year and begin operation in early 2016.
New rebates in Tennessee: The U.S. state earmarked nearly 700,000 dollars in funding for plug-in vehicles, with each buyer of an electric vehicle qualifying for 2,500 dollars in rebates, and buyers of plug-in hybrids for 1,500 dollars. The deal will last only until the funds are depleted.
Four EVs for Fife: The council area has added four new Nissan e-NV200 to its fleet as part of the ‘Switched on Fleets’ initiative. The vehicles are partly funded by Transport Scotland. The Council had purchased its first EVs in 2011 and is now counting 18.
Toyota, Pateo, Croatia, Smart, Kia, Chevrolet.
Toyota EV for China: The Japanese carmaker, together with its JV Partner GAC, is planning to release an all-electric model in China under the Lingzhi brand this year, Nikkei reports. Furthermore, Toyota will start building hybrid cars in China this fall and aims at a 30 percent hybrid share there by 2020.
Chinese Sports EV: Pateo, a telematic and car connectivity provider from China, presented its Project N concept at the Auto Shanghai. The all-electric sports car sits two and is said to have a 650-kW motor, while going for 800 kilometres on one charge. Autonomous driving is a given, too.
auto-news.de (in German)
Croatia continues EV scheme: The Ministry of Environment of the Eastern European country has renewed its incentive programme for electric and hybrid vehicles. Up to 40 percent of the total vehicle price is available but capped at 9,200 euros for EVs and 6,600 euros for hybrids. In 2014, a total of 340 electric and hybrid vehicles were co-funded with 1.48 million euros from the Croatian government.
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Smart recall: Daimler is asking 5,058 Smart fortwo models from 2014 and 2015 back to the garage in the States due to possibly faulty bolts used to attach the steering gear. Electric Smarts are affected too.
Kia Optima hybrid: Kia brought its new K5, a version of the Optima for the Chinese market, to the Auto Shanghai show. The sedan also comes as a hybrid variant and is built by the Korean’s JV in China, Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia. Sales in China is set for later this year.
Chevy clearance: Chevrolet is offering ever higher discounts on its current Volt in the U.S. and now raised the rebate by 1,500 dollars to 2,500 dollars. Leasing is becoming more affordable too as rates start at 249 dollars now with just 500 dollars due at signing.