GM cooperates with EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots
In the USA, General Motors is partnering with the three main charging station networks. Namely EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots will be providing customers of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt with access to more than 31,000 charging points.Weiterlesen
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GM takes hard steps towards electrification in USA
General Motors has announced a comprehensive restructuring plan to save six billion dollars annually by the end of 2020. This will free up funds to invest in the development and production of electric cars and autonomous vehicles, but also means closing down large U.S. factories.Weiterlesen
Tesla, GM & Co. demand tax credit reform in the USA
In the U.S., a new alliance of well-known e-mobility players called the EV Drive Coalition is campaigning for a reform of tax credit regulations. Current regulations entitle buyers of e-vehicles to up to 7,500 dollars in tax-credits, but limits this number to an upper limit of 200,000 e-vehicles per manufacturer. The EV Drive Coalition is […]Weiterlesen
GM makes personnel changes for EV production
The change to electrified transport has caused some major changes for General Motors in Michigan: About 3,000 employees, particularly powertrain engineers, are being moved from the Global Propulsion Systems Center in Pontiac to the GM Technical Center in Warren.Weiterlesen
GM and Tesla looking to enter e-bike business
General Motors is the most recent major carmaker looking to join the pedelec business. GM announced plans to design two compact electric bikes, one of which will be a folding bike. Also Tesla has hinted at wanting to launch an electric two-wheeler.Weiterlesen
GM demands national zero emissions vehicle programme
General Motors has issued a proposal that openly defies the Trump administration’s attempt to water down emission regulations. GM demands to issue an ultimatum for the USA to reach an electric car proportion of 25% for new vehicles by 2030.Weiterlesen
Delta working on 400 kW HPC with partners
Delta Electronics is working on a project to develop an Extreme Fast Charger (XFC) with a solid-state transformer with capacities up to 400 kW. The project is supported by the US government for a three-year research period, and is being conducted in cooperation with General Motors.Weiterlesen
GM subsidiary Cruise receives billions from Softbank
The race to deliver autonomous driving at scale is picking up as the technology company Softbank is investing 2.25 billion dollars in GM Cruise, the General Motors subsidiary specialising in self-driving cars.Weiterlesen
Fast-charging by EVgo for Maven car sharing by GM
General Motors and EVgo say they want to install “hundreds” of EV charging stations for use with GM’s Maven car sharing service. The growing numbers of gig drivers using the Chevy Bolt EV will now get a dedicated DC charging network across the States.Weiterlesen
Chevy’s Bolt for commercial use with no backseats
General Motors is stripping out the Bolt EV in order to offer a cheaper version with more cargo space to commercial users such as fleet operators. It is an “incomplete” EV of sorts with no backseats, benefiting delivery services for example.Weiterlesen
Chevy Bolt without steering wheel and pedals (video)
General Motors presents a Chevrolet Bolt equipped with its fourth generation of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology. Surprise, surprise: The autonomous EV comes without steering wheel and pedals.Weiterlesen
What GM’s upcoming electric crossover could look like
In the course of General Motor’s presentation of its electric mobility strategy in New York an interesting picture appeared: Most probably, it shows the carmaker’s upcoming all-electric crossover that is based on the Chevrolet Bolt.Weiterlesen
Details about GM’s electrification strategy
At least 20 new electric models by 2023, among them two EVs based on the Chevy Bolt and due in the next 18 months – that is what General Motors promised in a recently published announcement. Now, GM states that the majority of its upcoming EVs will be based on a new platform scheduled for […]Weiterlesen
Fastned, General Motors, Bremen, Efacec, Smatrics.
Autocharge with Fastned: You may forget about those charge card/s, they are a thing of the past, and the apps too. At least at Fastned carging stations. The Dutch have introduced Autocharge, a function of CCS that recognises the electric vehicle and initiates charging automatically and also credits the session without further ado. Autocharge has been rolled out to a few selected users but soon, any car with a CCS charge port will be able to register for Autocharge.
Self-driving cars in New York City: General Motors wants to become the first company to test self-driving cars in NYC, where it will deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt early next year. They will roam in a 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan. Still an operator will sit behind the steering wheel just in case but Cruise Automation, that developed the software, hopes to learn from the more aggressive drivers and adverse weather conditions that make New York so different from San Francisco, where GM also operates driverless Bolts.
The H2 network grows to 41 stations in Germany as Daimler, Shell, and Linde launch Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station. It is located close to the motor way as well as the Mercedes-Benz plant. Three more stations are planned, in Munich and Cologne this week, then bringing the total number of H2 charging stations to 41 in Germany.
Mobile fast-charger: Efacec has developed a mobile fast charger. It is basically built into a towable container and the system can charge three vehicles simultaneously, while fed through the local grid or by a generator. Charging power is up to 320 kW (nominal) and 350 kW (maximum).
German-Austrian charging corridor: Smatrics has forged a cooperation with Smartlab so that customers using the latter’s ladenetz.de network can use another 1,200 charge points in Germany from now. The other way around, clients from Smatrics can charge at 400 more charging points in Austria.
Used Model 3 for 150,000 dollars.
That was fast: Just a few weeks after Tesla started delivery of its Model 3, an employee put his own one up for sale – for not less than 150,000 dollars. Meanwhile the offer has been removed from the internet. Maybe because Tesla explicitly forbid his employees to resell their cars for more than the original price.
BMW, General Motors, Proterra, UltraCharge.
BMW to extend its Research and Innovation centre: The German carmaker intends to expand its development centre FIZ close to Munich by 50 percent by 2050. In a first stage, the company invests 400m euros in order to “create an innovative working environment for 5,000 employees by 2019”. The centre’s task is to develop next-generation drivetrains for BMW’s electrified line-up, among others.
Fuel cell platform for autonomous trucks: General Motors has introduced a flexible platform called SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure) that is based on a fuel cell system with two electric motors and a li-ion battery pack. It shall enable a range of up to 640 km and particularly fit for military, cargo and public service use.
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Electric bus drivetrain by Proterra: The U.S. manufacturer shows a new drivetrain including two electric motors for its Catalyst buses. The 375kW system called DuoPower shall be twice as efficient as its predecessor system ProDrive. Additionally, Proterra teams up with Belgium bus manufacturer Van Hool and supplies its battery system E2 to the latter’s electric CX bus line-up. Just recently, Proterra’s battery pack contributed to set a new world record range for an electric vehicle.
UltraCharge acquires IP assets from ETV Energy: For 200,000 dollars and up to 90m shares, Australian company UltraCharge has acquired new cathode intellectual property assets from ETV Energy. The Israeli battery specialist has created a high voltage LiMnNO spinel cathode that is said to offer advantages in terms of voltage, energy capacity and power capacity. Among others, UltraCharge plans to combine the high voltage cathode with its own fast charging anode to develop a new and improved battery.
Andy Palmer, Al Gore
“In 2040 there won’t be a pure combustion car, because hybridisation and plug-in hybridisation will be there with room to spare. I genuinely believe plug-in hybrids will represent 40% of the mix even by 2030, so this 2040 ban would be late.”
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer shares his thoughts about the UK’s plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2040, pointing out that the new legislation would have no effect on future trends anyway.
“We have the solutions now. Solar electricity, wind electricity, batteries in electric vehicles and soon electricity from renewable sources are going to be cheaper all over the world than fossil fuels. So we’re going to win this.”
Former vice president Al Gore has not lost his optimism after President Donald Trump’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. According to him, there are lots of approaches to battle global warming.