Hyundai to accelerate schedule for US plant
Hyundai is apparently considering accelerating the construction of its electric car plant in the US state of Georgia – instead of 2023, the first excavators are to roll this year. The background to the considerations is the new electric car subsidy in the USA.
Hyundai confirms plans for EV factory in the USA
The South Korean car company Hyundai Motor is planning to build a new plant for the production of electric cars in the USA. The company has confirmed the project in principle, but has not yet named a location. But there is apparently already a favourite.
Rivian reveals location of second US plant
Rivian has decided to build its planned second US plant to the east of Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. Once completed, the plant should be able to produce up to 400,000 electric vehicles per year. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2022 and production is to start in 2024.
SK Innovation notes record sales growth over 2020
SK Innovation turned over 1.61 trillion won, the equivalent of around 1.2 billion euros, with its battery business in 2020. Compared to 2019, sales more than doubled, but the battery business still left a bottom-line loss of 426.5 billion won (318 million euros) in 2020 – due to investments.
SK Innovation hires personnel for new US plants
SK Innovation has announced that it will hire more than 1,000 skilled workers by the end of 2021 in preparation for its first of two battery cell factories in the US. Both plants will be in the state of Georgia and produce cells for more than 300,000 electric vehicles per year.
A little pick-me-up
One hundred autonomous and remotely-controlled kick-scooters have recently been introduced in a pilot project in a suburb Peachtree Corners the US city of Atlanta. During the actual ride, the customers retain full control, but the electric scooters roll to the customer and to the charging station independently, or alternatively via remote control.
SK Innovation to expand in Hungary and the USA
South Korean battery cell manufacturer SK Innovation apparently wants to further increase its production capacities in the USA and Hungary to meet rocketing demand for EV batteries. There is also talk of a joint venture with Volkswagen.
Aigroup & Changan to manufacture EVs in Georgia
In cooperation with the Chinese vehicle manufacturer Changan, the Georgian Aigroup is building a plant for electric cars in Georgia, which is scheduled to go into operation as early as 2020. The electric cars will also be sold in the EU.
SK Innovation to get bigger US battery cell factory
The first U.S. battery cell factory of the South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation, which was announced in November, could prove far more extensive than originally planned. SK Innovation is considering investing up to an additional 5 billion dollars in the factory in the U.S. state of Georgia.
Belkommunmash may make electric buses in Georgia
Belarussian bus maker Belkommunmash has started talks with Georgian officials as the capital Tbilisi is looking to electrify its bus fleet. A hybrid and electric bus are to arrive in Georgia for trials within months and Belkommunmash sees larger potential.
Pod Point, Utah, Georgia, Maven, Illinois.
Shop and charge: Supermarket chain Lidl struck a deal with British charging infrastructure provider Pod Point, asking the latter to set up fast-chargers for electric vehicles at some 40 locations in the UK. Customers will be able to charge for free while they shop.
Electric transport: Park City in the U.S. state of Utah will purchase six all-electric buses from Proterra, as well corresponding charging infrastructure. The state is funding the initiative with 3.9m dollars. The first e-bus will already be commissioned this month, with the other to follow in June.
Repercussions: Back in June 2015, the U.S. state of Georgia agreed to cut a 5,000 dollar subsidy for the purchase of an EV. The consequences are now becoming more apparent, as EV sales dropped 80 percent since then.
Maven fleet get electric addition: GM will offer its electric Chevy Bolt as part of its ride-hailing service Maven in California. Users can catch the EV from February 1st.
Going clean: The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District in Illinois announced that 18 new hybrid buses will go into service there in summer. That would increase the hybrid share of its fleet to 77 percent.
Supercharger, Chargemaster, Q-Park, Georgia, Cyprus.
The end of free supercharging is near as Tesla announces the start of its ‘credit’ scheme by January 2017. From then on, new buyers will be given 400 kWh of Supercharging credits per year – worth about a 1,000 miles – and will be charged after. For those that already own a Tesla or buy one before the year’s end, Superchargers will remain free of charge.
electrek.co, usatoday.com, tesla.com
UK charge network: Chargemaster and parking operator Q-Park, who reportedly cooperate in London, widen their joint efforts. They plan to build 200 so-called Ultracharger, which are to become part of Chargemaster’s Polar network.
Charging in Georgia: 100 EV charging stations will be installed in Georgia this year. The first are to go into operation in the capital of Tiflis. That makes it two stations per EV as only 50 EV run in Georgia.
Charging Cyprus: Three more EV charging stations will be build on Cyprus, in the town of Limassol. The island thus has 15 charge stops in total.
Emission reduction at airports: 33.7m dollars in grants will be handed out by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Nine airports have been selected, among them the Indianapolis International Airport, which will buy six electric buses. Others will invest in charging infrastructure.
Noord-Brabant, Superchargers, Georgia, Nissan, ITM.
EV charge points wanted: Dutch province Noord-Brabant started a public tender as it looks to install 2,000 smart charging points by next year. By 2020, a total of 12,000 charge stops shall stand in that southern part of the Netherlands – enough to charge 100,000 electric cars.
nederlandelektrisch.nl (in Dutch)
Superchargers at gas stations? Tesla has talked to Sheetz about the installation of Superchargers at their gas stations and convenience stores, Washington Post reports. Hundreds of Sheetz outlets can be found in six states. The EV maker confirmed it is talking to pit stops and other chains in general.
Bus replacement: Georgia is cleaning up its act as it grants the town of Athens 6m dollars for the replacement of ten diesel buses with hybrid ones. Another 10m dollars have been awarded to the University of Georgia as it seeks to acquire 19 electric buses to succeed older models.
Shuttling creatives: Nissan provided 15 electric shuttles for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. 360 delegates have used the Leafs and e-NV200 vans, which could be ordered via the Facebook messenger service.
H2 deal: ITM says it sold an integrated hydrogen refueling station (HRS) with on-site generation to Hydrogène de France (HDF) in a deal worth 1.5m euros. The station is for deployment in France.
Georgia, Tritium, Manhattan Beach, Edmonton, Hydrogen.
E-buses for students: The University of Georgia has received 10m dollars in state funding to purchase 19 electric buses. These are set to go into service next year and will replace the oldest models on the university’s fleet. Moreover, the buses are said to be equipped with bi-directional charging capabilities.
Fast-charging Sri Lanka: The country could soon have a fast-charger in each of its 22 districts. Australian charge point manufacturer Tritium has already signed a distribution agreement for it Veefil stations with Sri Lankan Sunrise Engineering.
lankabusinessonline.com, infos per mail
Free electric shuttle service: California’s Manhattan Beach will start an electric ride hailing shuttle service with four to six all-electric mini busses. The service will be free of charge for passengers, as it is ad sponsored.
Electrifying public transport: The Canadian city of Edmonton is set to buy five electric buses next year. But council members are now pushing to go for 40 electrically-powered buses instead. A final decision will be made this autumn.
H2 for the north: Nel Hydrogen Solutions will set up a H2 fuelling station in the Swedish city of Mariestad by the end of the year. The pump is part of the EU-funded H2ME-2 project. Meanwhile, Norway’s joint venture Uno-X Hydrogen took delivery of the country’s first Toyota Mirai. Uni-X will set up 20 H2 filling stations in Norway (we reported).
businesswire.com (Sweden), electriccarsreport.com (Norway)
San Diego, New York, Rhode Island, Georgia, Konya.
3,500 EV charging stations: Utility San Diego Gas & Electric received approval to start a pilot programme that will see the installation of 3,500 EV charging stations in California. They will be erected at 350 sites of which 10 percent are in disadvantaged communities. The scheme seeks to encourage charging with energy from renewables through dynamic pricing.
timesofsandiego.com, greencarcongress.com, cbs8.com
NYC scales up: New York City reportedly wants to install 3,000 EV charging stations until 2018 and now added another 800 to support the Charge NY initiative. Meanwhile, the first fast-charging stations have been erected at four service areas in the Hudson Valley, where drivers can charge with up to 50 kW.
New EV rebate: Rhode Island is offering 2,500 dollars to those who buy or lease a plug-in car. For starters, a pool of 200,000 dollars in state funds has been made available to boost the number of EVs from the current 450 in Rhode Island.
Return of the rebate? A lawmaker in Georgia seeks to reinstate tax credits for electric cars, which the state discontinued last year. Instead of 5,000 dollars, the proposed rebate would offer up to 3,000 dollars through 2017 and 2,000 dollars through 2019.
Turkish electric bus: The city of Konya will soon put four electric buses into regular service after a trial was successful. Built by a Turkish firm, the buses sit 25 passangers and have a range of up to 200 km. Several charging stations will be erected.
Tesla Autopilot, EV sales in Georgia, Events.
Video tip: A Tesla driver posted a video of the new Autopilot truly saving the day as a car pulls out very unexpectedly, while he was busy driving – sorry, filming.
youtube.com via geekwire.com
Reading tip: Incentives work, or at least it is clearly demotivating if they seize to exist as this example from Georgia illustrates. Once the state scrapped the 5,000-dollar subsidy in July, EV sales shrunk substantially from 1,338 in June to 776 in July until in August only 148 EVs were sold.
Events for the upcoming week: SEMA Show (Nov 03-06; Las Vegas, USA) ++ FIA Formula E Championship, Round 2 (Nov 07; Putrajaya, Malaysia)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Finland, Beijing, Tesla & NetSol, Georgia, Mitsubishi, Honda.
Finns may cut EV taxes: A working group at the Finnish Ministry of Transport is looking at lowering or even eliminating the sales tax on electric cars, hoping to push EV sales. So far, no decision has been reached. There are currently only an estimated one thousand electric cars on the roads of Finland.
Free the road for EVs: Beijing has implemented a further incentive for electric vehicles. A rule dating back to 2008 that only either cars with odd or even numbers are allowed to drive during rush hours was lifted for electric cars as of June 1st. The acceptation will be in place until April 10th, 2016.
Tesla outsources in Germany: Tesla is working with information-technology services company NetSol Technologies to manage auto leasing for customers in Germany. The company will manage all of Tesla´s financing and leasing back-office operations in the country.
Money back: Some 825 plug-in electric vehicle owners in the U.S. state of Georgia are being notified that the state wrongly denied them a 5,000 dollar tax credit last year for owning a zero-emission due to a data entry error. The mistake will of course be rectified.
Pajero outlook: Patent drawings have emerged online, showing the design of the new Mitsubishi Pajero for the first time. It was confirmed that the vehicle will also become available as a plug-in hybrid.
Accord headed to India: Honda confirmed that it will offer its 2016 Accord in India. In addition, a hybrid version of the sedan might follow.
Malaysia, Bangkok, Georgia, TransPower, UK.
Electric carsharing in Malaysia: Klang Valley will get its first electric carsharing scheme Cohesive Mobility Solutions (COMOS) featuring 16 Renault Zoe in May. The scheme will be expanded to other Malaysian cities and is said to include more than 1,000 EVs by 2020.
Electric busses for Bangkok? Thailand’s Minister of Transport Prajin Juntong has called for a feasibility study to see whether the current diesel and natural gas-powered buses used by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) could be replaced with electric buses.
U-Turn on route to electrification: Once Governor Deal signs on the dotted line, U.S. state Georgia will scrap its 5,000 dollar incentives for the purchase of electric cars as of July 1st, and EVs and other alternative-fuelled cars will have to pay a yearly license fee of 200 dollars.
TransPower celebrates milestones: The company has received nearly 9 million dollars from the California Energy Commission to realize new electric truck and tractor projects across the states. TransPower already conducted a demonstration of four fully functional battery-electric Class 8 trucks.
UK funds H2: The Department of Transport has earmarked 6.6 million pounds for seven new hydrogen projects across the UK. The money will be used to form a network of 12 hydrogen refueling stations, including new stations built in Brentford and Croydon and a mobile station. The fund will also support upgrades to the existing network of demonstrator stations.
autovolt-magazine.com, fleetnews.co.uk/, businesscar.co.uk
California, Georgia, Tritium, Hai Phong.
California charges ahead: Utility provider PG&E asked state regulators for permission to build no less than 25,000 public charging stations in the Golden State, quadrupling the number of chargers currently installed. If approved, PG&E will set up 25,000 level 2 chargers and 100 DC quick chargers within about five years. The cost would be shared by all electric customers as a contribution to helping the state meet its clean air and climate goals.
greencarcongress.com, plugincars.com, forbes.com
Georgia gets charging: Athens-Clarke County is set to install eight new charging stations in publicly accessible locations, while the University of Georgia added two more chargers on campus. This comes as a bill was introduced that, if passed, could put an end to the state’s tax credits for electric car buyers.
Tritium plugs in Brisbane: The company opened its first Veefil fast-charger in the Australian city. The charging station is located at a Brisbane BMW dealership, but can be used by any electric car free of charge. It is also Tritium’s first charger installed on its home turf.
EV for tourists: Vietnam’s third largest city Hai Phong will launch a pilot project next week, driving around tourists in electric vehicles. In its initial stage, 30 small electric buses that can carry eight to 14 people will take visitors to all the top attractions at a leisurely speed of 25 to 30 kph.
Van Hool, Siemens & Volvo, eMio, Car2go, Georgia, San Diego.
EU supports H2 buses: Belgium bus OEM Van Hool has signed an agreement with the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), which is financing the deployment of 21 fuel cell buses. These will be powered by Ballard Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules.
E-Buses and chargers for Sweden: Siemens and Volvo have signed a deal, saying they will work together to supply electrified bus systems to cities. In 2015, Volvo will deliver hybrid and all-electric buses to the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg, while Siemens will set up fast-chargers there with a charging capacity of up to 300 kW.
Electric scooter sharing in Berlin: Berlin-based start-up eMio will kick off its electric “Share-a-Scooter” programme in the German capital in March. Following the testing phase, 200 electric scooters will be up for sharing in the centre of Berlin. The two-wheelers can be booked per app and are free floating.
emio-sharing.de, emo-berlin.de (articles in German)
New electric Smarts for San Diego: Carsharing provider Car2go is renewing and increasing the size of its fleet in the Californian city, bringing in 400 new electric Smarts. These will replace 350 models from 2010. According to the company, it counts over 33,000 customers and over 1 million trips in San Diego since the scheme launched in 2011.
“Get Current” will be the name of a new initiative launched in Georgia, USA. Utility provider Georgia Power Co. has earmarked 12 million dollars that it will spend on erecting 50 new public charging stations, as well as on subsidies for the installation of private chargers.
San Diego wants cleaner cabs: The U.S. city launched a 360,000 dollar incentive programme to get taxi drivers to switch from petrol to hybrid. Taxi owners will receive up to 4,000 dollars for the purchase of a new hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle and will also pay reduced airport fees.
HyTEC, Toyota, Georgia, Cork, Mountain View, Los Altos.
Hydrogen spreads: The Hydrogen Transport in European Cities (HyTEC) consortium will create a third centre in Oslo after opening H2-vehicle deployment stations in London and Copenhagen. Newly on board is Hyundai which promised to deliver eight of its ix35 Fuell Cell to the new location this year.
Toyota big in England: Co-wheels Car Club is to acquire 80 cars from the Japanese carmaker for its national fleet. At 40 locations across the UK, members of the club will be able to rent the Toyota Aygo, Yaris Hybrid and Prius Plug-in 24/7.
Georgia to axe EV incentives? The EV role model in the south-east of the States might put a homemade stop to its fast growing electric car sales. A new bill is looking to cut the 5,000-dollar state tax credit by July, 1st. Similar attempts to stop the EV goodness have so far failed to pass the state’s senate.
Successful campaigning: In October 2014, Cork started its ‘Drive4Zero’ campaign to promote electric cars. According to a dealer, the promotion prove a success as he expects to sell 20 Leaf and Zoe this month – more than the total EV sales in 2014. Cork’s EV sales are expected to grow fivefold this year.
School yard charging: The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District stroke a deal with Green Charge Networks from Santa Clara to set up four electric vehicle charging stations for free. Two 240-V-Chargers each will be located at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools.