Hyundai and SK On to build battery plant in Georgia
Hyundai Motor Group and SK On are following up on their MoU regarding cell supply for Hyundai electric cars made in the USA. The carmaker now announced constructing a joint battery plant with SK On in Georgia, a state that has been scoring e-mobility contracts lately.
Hyundai announces plans for multiple battery plants in the USA
After Hyundai Motor Group began construction of its new electric car plant in the US state of Georgia at the end of October, the company is planning to build up to three battery factories there with a total capacity of 90 gigawatt-hours per year together with partners SK On and LG Energy Solution.
Hyundai Mobis to build factory in the USA
Hyundai Mobis, a South Korean automotive supplier belonging to the Hyundai Motor Group, is investing 926 million US dollars in a plant for electric vehicle components in Bryan County in the US state of Georgia.
Archer will manufacture eVTOL ‘Midnight’ in Georgia
California’s eVTOL startup Archer has selected a site in Georgia to install its first factory in Covington, near an airfield. The United Airlines partner targets making 650 flying cabs a year from 2024 and increasing capacity significantly within ten years.
Freyr purchases land in Georgia for battery plant
The Norwegian company Freyr has acquired a site for its first battery cell factory in the USA called Giga America. The factory will be built in Coweta County in the state of Georgia and is expected to launch with an annual capacity of about 34 GWh.
Hyundai launches construction of EV factory in the USA
Hyundai Motor Group has started construction of its new electric car plant in the US state of Georgia. The Bryan County plant is scheduled to begin production in the first half of 2025 with an annual capacity of 300,000 Hyundai, Kia and Genesis electric cars and batteries.
Hyundai to accelerate schedule for US plant
Hyundai is 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)