China: Tesla’s Model 3 factory ready for orders
Tesla has opened the order books in China for the Model 3, which the EV manufacturer will produce in its Shanghai plant, which is still under construction. The first deliveries of the Model 3 from local production are scheduled to start in six to ten months.
WE Solutions plans to 3D print cars
The company supported by billionaire Li Ka-Shing from Hong Kong has announced plans to print electric vehicles in Shanghai. These will mainly be used to taxi and ride-hailing services in China.
Nissan starts delivery of new e-NV200
Nissan has begun the delivery of its Barcelona-made e-NV200 with an increased battery capacity by 40 kW. Since the market launch in January, more than 4,000 orders have been accepted for the new e-NV200, according to Nissan.
China’s WM Motor open to go public in the USA
Chinese EV startup WM Motor says it is open to holding an initial public offering (IPO) in the States. The firm that aims to launch a comparably cheap EV bearing the label Weltmeister (German for world champion) already said last year that it had investment.
Nissan to offer Leaf in seven additional countries
Nissan’s newest vehicle, the BEV Leaf, has been slated for release in a total of 7 additional countries, alongside the already announced market nations, paving the way further to the goal of offering the vehicle in up to 60 countries around the world.
UQM Technologies establishes Sino-American alliance
The U.S. specialist for electric drivetrains targets the commercial vehicle market in China and thus teams up with the China National Heavy Duty Truck Group (CNHTC) and the latter’s subsidiary Sinotruk Global Village Investment Limited based in Hong Kong.
Click tip: Enter “e-Werk” or the e-factory Audi is setting up in Brussels to accommodate production of the upcoming electric SUV. This is the virtual flyover.
Reading tip: Has Hongkong killed the electric car overnight? The city scrapped the tax waiver with desolate results, reports Stuart Heaver.
Tesla, Chevy, Hyundai, Mercedes-AMG, Hong Kong.
Is Tesla closing the solar deal? The planned SolarCity takeover may go down very soon, Reuters reports, citing people close to the matter. The merger could be signed in the coming days. However, there is still a possibility that negotiation won’t bear any fruits after all.
Chevy Bolt update: According to Automotive News, GM will begin with production of the all-electric Chevy Bolt in October, shooting for a yearly output of 25,000 units. The range extender version Volt is said to get a makeover in 2019 that will also increase its all-electric range.
autonews.com via greencarreports.com
Hyundai’s H2 plans: Hyundai’s next fuel cell model will be ready in time for the winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeonchang. It will be a mix of CUV and SUV and feature a smaller electric motor with more output, as well as a fuel cell that requires less platinum in the catalyst.
AMG hybrid? Mercedes-AMG is allegedly planning a super sports car with hybrid drivetrain for its 50th anniversary in 2017. The R50 would have 1,300 hp and feature two electric motors to drive the front wheels. The limited edition hybrid will then sell for two or three million euros.
Tour cars electrified: As part of the third Formula E season kick off in October, Hong Kong wants to conduct the world’s first electric tour car race. It will see 15 retrofitted e-Golf go up against one another. A first model has already been tested successfully.
Tesla 60 priced: The carmaker announced the leasing rates for the 60 kWh variants of its Model S and X in the U.S. The Model S 60 will thus be available for 667 dollars per month, while the dual-drive version will go for 742 dollars per month. The monthly leasing rate for the Model X 60D has meanwhile be set at 788 dollars.
DHL, Hong Kong.
Reading tip I: Starting this autumn, DHL will deliver parcels right to the boot of your Smart in the German town Stuttgart – also home to an all-electric Smart carsharing fleet (car2go). The cars will serve as mobile address. If successful, the scheme will be extended to Cologne, Berlin and Bonn.
Reading tip II: When a short circuit caused one of Hong Kong’s police electric motorbikes to go up in flames while charging, all of the 50 e-bikes were laid up. The Zero S ZF9 also set another electric motorbike and a van ablaze…
South Korea, Quebec, China, GreenPower, Hong Kong.
Diesel restrictions in Seoul: 30 percent of new vehicles sold will be electric by 2020, the South Korean government announced. They will also be limiting diesel-powered vehicles in the Seoul area and replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas vehicles. To accompany the new electric vehicles, the government plans to erect electric charging stations at all expressway rest areas by 2018.
Quebec sales quotas: A proposed bill in Quebec would require car dealerships to make 15 percent of their sales from green vehicles. Dealers who do not meet the quota could face fines. It is unclear whether the bill will pass, and store managers seem sceptical that quotas will lead to more sales.
110,000 stations in China: Chinese companies Chongqing Liangjiang and Laidian Alternative Energy Co., Ltd plan to build 110,000 charging stations in the city of Chongqing, China, by 2020. They are also creating shops for customers to test out vehicles before buying online.
Possible bus order for GreenPower: The company says it received nine separate Letters of Intent for a total of 25 GreenPower all-electric school buses in California. Most requests are for Type C school buses, though there is also interest in Type A buses (with wheelchair lift). Both types feature in-wheel drive motors and can go 100 miles on one charge.
Hotel electrifies fleet: Hotel Icon in Hong Kong has created a fully electric transportation fleet comprised of an electric hotel shuttle, two Tesla Model S and a BMW i3. Select guests can use the Tesla for airport transfers, while the other vehicles can be used for a fee.
SafeAdapt, Rinspeed, autonomous driving, Hong Kong.
Correction while running: SafeAdapt is working on a software designed to auto-adjust disruptions during ongoing operation of electric vehicles (Fail-Operational). The EU project is said to enter the testing stage with a prototype vehicle and driving simulator by mid 2016. The vehicle is a Roding sportscar equipped with Siemens’ RACE E/E architecture.
idw-online.de (in German), safeadapt.eu (project’s website)
i8 based concept: Swiss Rinspeed delivers an update of its self-driving Σtos hybrid. New pictures reveal the concept car that is due to be presented at CES in Vegas in January (we reported).
Automated EV testing: Nevada now allows automated driving tests, which both Hyundai and Kia will take advantage of. Kia will put automated driving features of its Soul EV to the test, while Hyundai trials self-driving Tuscon Fuel Cell cars. Kia plans to introduce partially driverless features by 2020.
autoblog.com (Soul EV), automotive-business-review.com (Tuscon FCV)
Prototype in flames: Hong Kong’s first electric bus caught fire over weekend. A short circuit in the prototype’s batteries has been blamed but the investigation is still ongoing. The locally designed bus had just passed road tests and was supposed to go into operation (we reported).
Volkswagen, BMW + Karma, Jaguar, Tesla, Hong Kong.
VW Tesla fighter? Volkswagen will fully electrify the Phaeton, rather than “just” offering it as PHEV. It could thus create a serious Model X competitor, German AutoBild speculates. The carmaker plans to build a common modular platform to be used in the Audi Q6 e-tron, Porsche Mission E and E-Phaeton. For differentiation, batteries, power electronics and electric drives will be modified.
autobild.de (in German)
BMW inside Karma: Karma Automotive (formerly Fisker) asked the German carmaker to supply charging, as well as electric drive train technology for its upcoming relaunch of the luxury electric sports car. BMW components could power the new Fisker already by 2016.
The electric Jaguar might be introduced next year already and go on sale by 2017, Autocar reports. The then electric SUV will rely on the styling of the C-X75 super hybrid and possibly boast an electric motor in each wheel. If it keeps up the (E-)Pace, JLR will compete directly with both Tesla and Audi.
Ahead of the game: Tesla has ordered 2,500 license plates in Denmark. Prematurely so, says the Danish government, as it accuses the Californians of trying to get ahead of the waive of tax exemption. Tesla defends its measure as a realistic step to keep up with expected demand for 2016.
BMW PHEV pricing in the UK: The Bavarians announced UK pricing of its latest plug-in hybrid models, the 330e and the 225xe. The 330e plug-in hybrid starts from 33,935 pounds. For the 225xe, British consumers are asked to spend at least 35,005 GBP. Both will hit the market next spring.
Do not switch to Autopilot if you are driving a Tesla Model S in Hong Kong. The Chinese government has issued a warning for drivers that give steering out of their hands, as the software update has not been officially approved. Drivers could thus be breaking the law. Tesla says it is working with the authorities.
New Zealand, Lane County, Shanghai, Hong Kong.
Kiwis charge fast: New Zealand installed the first rapid charging station of a planned 75 in the Charge.Net.NZ. It is located in the Kaiwaka community on the way from Auckland to Northland. The initiative also created a platform for 3rd party providers to integrate their stations in the network.
Small town electrification: The Lane Transit District (LTD) purchased five electric and five hybrid buses to go into service by the end of 2016. The move away from oil found 1,000 signatures beforehand. The ten green buses costs 7m dollars and will make a tenth of the fleet running in Eugene and Springfield.
Street lighting and charging: 15 smart street lamps were inaugurated in Shanghai. The lamps allow for EV charging, have wifi and measure air pollution in the Chinese metropolis. Charging is not free but app payments are enabled. If the trial is successful, more enlightening lamp posts will follow.
Lighter electric bus: Hong Kong is to roll out a trial with a locally designed electric bus this November. The 12.5t bus took two years to complete and has a range of 380 kilometres. The 12-metre single-decker can carry up to 75 passengers and will be tested on the city’s roads for a month.
Audi, Daimler, Tesla, Toyota, Hong Kong, Bugatti.
Audi EV teased: Audi has released the first official pictures of its all-electric SUV. Set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the Audi e-tron quattro concept will be powered by three electric motors (one on the front axle and two on the rear axle) and feature a battery pack with cells from LG Chem & Samsung SDI, allowing for a potential range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles).
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com, audi-mediacenter.com
Daimler to axe Tesla drivetrain: Mercedes will no longer use Tesla’s drivetrain for the next generation of its electric B-Class, according to a new report from German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport. The carmaker is reportedly planning to develop its own components and will buy the battery from somewhere else, aiming to achieve a driving range of 500 km (310 miles) for the 2nd gen B-Class Electric Drive.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Prius premiere in 19 days: Toyota will reveal the fourth-generation Prius in Las Vegas on September 8, a Toyota spokesman told Automotive News. He declined to comment on when the company will start production or sales of the new Prius model.
Hong Kong goes insane: Tesla has rolled outs its Model S P85D in Hong Kong with prices starting at 852,000 Hong Kong dollars (about 110,000 USD). Tesla also started taking reservations for its Model X.
Bugatti teases Chiron design: Bugatti has revealed the first image of its Vision Gran Turismo project. The virtual concept will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show and is said to preview the design language of the upcoming 1,500-hp hybrid supercar Bugatti Chiron.
Deadly accident at Supercharger: A man who was working on a new Tesla Supercharger in Norfolk, Virgina has died of possible electrocution. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.
insideevs.com, 13newsnow.com, wavy.com
U.S. EV initiatives, New Mexico, Memphis, Atlanta, Hong Kong.
250 million dollars for EVs: At an event at the White House, two new initiatives have been launched. More than 70 utility providers plan to invest over 250 million dollars in EVs to electrify their fleets. PG and the Edison Electric Institute furthermore announced a new initiative for the ‘Workplace Charging Challenge’ the DoE had called for.
New Mexico e-fleet: The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) plans to replace most of its vehicles, possibly all 450, with plug-in electric vehicles. For a start, seven vehicles will be acquired, with six pick-ups and ten bucket trucks to follow within the next few weeks.
H2 station at Memphis airport: Plug Power has completed installation of its first GenFuel hydrogen infrastructure at the Memphis Airport. The GenFuel station includes a hydrogen tank, compression system, fuel pipelines, and hydrogen dispensers that will power a fleet of 15 airport tugs.
American Football goes electrically: ChargePoint provided ten Atlanta Falcons-branded charging stations to the team at various training facilities. Atlanta is the second biggest EV market in the U.S. after California.
Cheaper charging stations in Hong Kong: Hong Kong Productivity Council and Chinese ITE Engineering have locally developed low-cost fast-charging stations to be installed at two government facilities in Hong Kong, adding to another ten already existing imported ones in Hong Kong.
Formula E future, Tesla Model S in Hong Kong.
Click tip: Formula E boss Alejandro Agag has revealed a few details on the next season, in which teams will be allowed to develop their own motors and batteries. Furthermore, new teams will join the electric racing series, which will be held in more cities than before. Already 40 to 50 cities have asked to become a Formula E venue.
Video tip: Tune in for a ride in a Tesla Model S in Hong Kong, where the EV has recently been introduced in its right-hand version. Ritchie’s Room recently was a passenger in the Model S and summarised its first impressions in this video.
Hong Kong, Warsaw, PlugSurfing, Cadillac, ChargePoint.
Electric van testing: Hong Kong District Cooling Company Limited (HKDC), a Veolia subsidiary, has begun field-testing the Nissan e-NV200 at Kai Tak Development (KTD) in Hong Kong. The electric van will serve under real life conditions and will be utilised for both developed areas and those under construction.
Poland plans electric car sharing: The city of Warsaw is about to publish a tender for a carsharing system that is expected to see at least 300 electric or hybrid vehicles. Already Daimler as well as Fiat have expressed their interest. Meanwhile, Wrocław will introduce a car sharing called GoGet next year – if electric is not yet clear.
PlugSurfing extended: Users of the PlugSurfing app now have access to charge points of two more providers. Apart from E.On, which is responsible for the fast chargers along the German Autobahn A9, users can now plug and pay at Ebee stations in Berlin.
A free charging station is the latest lure Cadillac came up with to win over buyers for the ELR, this time in Canada. There, as in the U.S., every new owner of the luxury volt gets a complimentary 240-V home charger by Bosch, including installation.
On-campus charging: ChargePoint says it has installed 1,134 charge points on university and college campus so far. This number was increased from 838 last year, right in time for the beginning of the new academic year. With 38 spots, the University of California at Davis is the most accommodating for electric vehicles.
Cloud grid, Manila, Hong Kong, Ireland, London, Manchester.
Cloud grid: The Electric Power Research Institute, eight carmakers and 15 utility providers are working on a cloud based platform to integrate EVs, plug-in hybrids in the grids. BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Toyota are taking part in the two-way communication approach.
E-Trike Network: The Philippine’s capital Manila is looking to fully electrify its electric trike taxi network. The 500-million dollar program is funded by the Asian Development Bank as well as the central and local government and will see 100,000 electric tricycles on the road by 2016.
Hong Kong counts 1,000 charge points already and is planning to add another 100 next month. This means the metropolis has more chargers than it has EVs as there are currently 650. Only ten of all charging stations come with quick chargers.
Ireland’s charging network: On the island, there are now 1,200 public charging points, according to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). That means on average, there is a charger every 60 kilometres on the main roads with all big Irish towns and cities having at least a few.
Geo-fencing electric mode: Switching to electric on demand is the latest idea of London’s mayor Boris Johnson. Geo-fencing technology will enable hybrid buses and taxis to automatically go into electric mode as soon as they cross into a highly-polluted zone. From 2018, any new cab in the city has to be ‘zero emission capable’.
Manchester gets e-buses: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has taken delivery of its first three electric buses from Optare. They will serve on the free Metroshuttle routes in the city centre and are supported by the Department for Transport Green Bus Fund. The three e-buses join 17 hybrid buses already serving Manchester.