Audi revises e-tron production targets downwards
Audi has reduced the e-tron production target for this year at its Brussels plant by more than 10,000 units to 45,242 units, due to supply issues. Also, production of Audi’s second electric model, the e-tron Sportback, is to be postponed until 2020.
Hungary: SK Innovation to build second battery factory
The South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation announces the construction of another factory for battery cells in Hungary. The ground-breaking ceremony will take place in March this year in Komárom, where SK Innovation started building its first Hungarian battery factory a year ago.
BYD delivers electric buses to Brazil & Hungary
Brazil’s largest city, that is Sao Paulo, has received its first electric buses from BYD. The 15 buses are part of a pilot project involving solar power, before they will take up full service in March 2019. Meanwhile, BYD has also become active in Hungary.
Hungary: CEZ to install fast charging stations
The Czech Energy Group (CEZ) has been tasked with setting up fast charging stations in Hungary. The expansion is part of a $44M investment, first in their home nation before coming to Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia in the next decade.
Is JLR banking on Samsung cells?
Jaguar Land Rover will be investing in Samsung battery cells soon, according to insiders. Apparently the Brits are interested in the cylindrical battery cells from Samsung SDI for future models as of 2020. The Korean battery manufacturer will reportedly upgrade their Hungary factory with a new production line for 21700 cells.
BMW planning to construct Hungary factory in 2019
BMW has announced their plan to begin construction on their next factory in Hungary with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles next year. The Bavarians aim to set up a flexible production mode, which will allow them to manufacture both combustion and new energy vehicles in the same facility.
Tritium bringing fast-charging to Hungary
Hungary’s National Utilities has ordered fast-charging stations from Tritium through its subsidiary NKM Mobilitas. Twelve DC- charging stations with 50 kW will be installed along main roads across the country and mark the start of more to come.
CEUC: New fast-charge corridor for Europe
The EU Commission is supporting the construction of 118 fast charging stations for the CEUC (Central European Ultra Charging) project. Smatrics was chosen as a service provider for the rollout, operations and maintenance of the network.
Korea’s Shinheung SEC making batteries in Hungary
Korean battery part maker Shinheung SEC has opened a new factory in Hungary in the town of Monor close to Budapest. It is the firm’s first facility in Europe and has received funding from the Hungarian state that wants to see 300 new jobs by 2019.
Hungary, Allego, Elix Wireless, Consumer Federation of America.
Hungary takes the next step in its push for electric transport as it confirms the announced EV incentives. The government reserves 2bn forint (7.3m dollars) for the acquisition of electric cars and small utility vehicles. Next year’s budget will be increased to 3bn forint.
Charging Tesla at McDonald’s: Allego has installed two fast-charging stations with Tesla adapters at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. With the latest addition, Allego now operates a network of 65 DC charging stations in the Netherlands and a total of 155 in the whole of Europe.
Sino-American wireless connection: Uni of British Columbia spin-off Elix Wireless is to collaborate strategically with Chinese Chongqing Zongshen Power Machinery. Together, they want to commercialise Elix’ Magneto-Dynamic Coupling technology for inductive charging with up to 8 kW by end-2017.
EV willingness is up: “Yes” to an electric car say 36 percent of participants in a nationwide survey by the Consumer Federation of America. The young generation is even more willing to make the switch as half of 18 – 34 year olds would be interested in buying an EV.
Supercharger, Uber, Hungary, Sydney.
Pre-pay the Supercharge: It becomes more and more evident that Tesla will charge those opting for the Model 3. The MyTesla pages ask for credit card payment, while an in-depth look at the CCS section reveals “supercharger-payment” and “supercharger credits in kWh” sections.
Uber electric: More than 50 Nissan Leaf and BYD e6 will soon be available to hail via the Uber app in London. A trial has already started. By autumn, another British town is to profit from the offer and the ride hailing service says “hundreds” of electric taxis shall be bookable by 2017.
businessinsider.de, engadget.com, metro.co.uk
4m euros for 1,000 EV chargers: The Hungarian Ministry of Economy opened a 3.9m euro fund for EV charging infrastructure. The Eastern European country aims for a 1,000 stations and has asked towns and communities with at least 15,000 residents to apply.
kormany.hu (in Hungarian) via emobilitaetonline.de (in German)
Electric airport shuttle: Sydney Airport launched its first electric bus. It is the first of five Blu Emu buses to follow before the years’ end. They replace an ageing diesel shuttle fleet. Delivered by Carbridge in a JV with BYD, the Toro model can carry up to 70 passengers. Meanwhile, Perth is testing the autonomous electric RAC Intellibus that transports up to 11 guests at an average speed of 25 kph.
airport-world.com, sydneyairport.com.au, zdnet.com
Hungary, Green H2, Sogrid, Russia.
Redistribution: Hungary will invest 7 billion forint (25m dollars) from carbon credit sales in electric mobility. The government plans to install 150 charging stations over the coming months, while also buying electric cars for its own use. Private buyers there can expect EV tax incentives.
Green H2 supply chain: Toyota, Toshiba, and other Japanese partners have set up a trial for a carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain in Japan. Wind power will be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. The four year project is set to start April 2016.
Smart grid trial: French research project ‘Sogrid’ enters the testing stage in Toulouse. Until summer 2016, some 1,000 residents will be connected to the smart grid via a chip using the new PLC protocol, designed to transmit digital information on the grid. The project aims to introduce an international communication standard for intelligent grids that could also integrate electric vehicles.
metering.com, usine-digitale.fr (in French)
EV readiness ordered: A decree by Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medwedew calls for all gas station owners in the oil-rich country to provide EV charging stations at their facilities by November 1st of next year. So far, there are only about 500 EVs roaming the streets of Russia.
Hungary, Prague, UFCEV, UK, Linde.
Hungary privileges electric and hybrid cars as the Eastern European country plans to hand out green license plates by the end of this year. Replacement costs 8,500 forint (about 30 dollars) but that money might buy the right to drive in bus lanes and reduces parking and motorway fees.
Czech electric bus: In Prague, locally built electric buses are being tested and could go into service as early as September. The project is run by Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) and Czech bus manufacturer SOR Libchavy. Via pantograph charging, range can increase from 150 to 260 km.
Fast-charging via battery: The UFCEV (Ultrafast Charging of Electric Vehicles) station, developed by Empa, ETh Zurich and others, is said to charge an EV in just 5 minutes in the future. It is basically a large battery packed in a car trailer. While it takes an hour to charge the 230 V power pack, the battery – made from lithium iron phosphate cells – discharges in currently 20 minutes through charging an EV.
ee-news.ch (in German), ufcev.epfl.ch (project’s website)
EV chargers were installed in British Dorset and Weymouth. A total of four fast-charging points can be found in various carparks in the English coastal towns. Rapid charging costs 4 pounds for the first 60 minutes with a pay-as-you-go tariff. The stations were funded by the UK government.
Truly a gas station: Linde opened a hydrogen fuel spot at the Ramos Oil Company station in West Sacramento. It is the first in the United States that has been certified as “officially open,” meaning it can be used just as any other “traditional” pump.
Seoul, London, Bangkok, Hungary, Manila.
Korea’s EV Line: Seoul has come up with an infrastructure solution that is strikingly simple. The city plans to hand out charge cables fitted with RFID readers. Designed by Power Cube, the portable charging connectors could enable EV drivers to charge their cars at about 100,000 standard power outlets across the city by 2018, while the city will provide 10,000 designated charge spots already this year.
EV hire: DriveNow in London added 30 BMW i3 to its fleet. Together with Sixt, the EVs can now be picked up and left standing anywhere in North and East London. Further coverage in the British capital and expansion to other European cities is planned.
Hybrid taxis in Thailand: A new cab service has launched in Bangkok. All Thai Taxi already entertains a fleet of 100 Toyota Prius and plans to expand that fleet to include 500 PHEVs by this summer.
Hungary ponders EV privileges: 150 charging stations will be installed in the next year, Hungarian minister for economy Mihaly Varga announced. Moreover, the government is also thinking about opening bus lanes to electric vehicles and about offering free parking.
Comet shuttles: Five electric shuttles will be tested at Manila airport in July. The ‘City Optimized Managed Electric Transport’ (Comet) vans will ferry up to 16 passengers each from Naia Airport’s Terminal 3 to designated drop-off points in Metro Manila. If the project with Global Electric Transport (GET) is successful, the service might continue.
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Green eMotion, Hungary, Rio de Janeiro, Ankara, Tesla, Jeju.
Controlled charging: As part of the EU-supported project ‘Green eMotion,’ Malaga utility Endesa has commissioned ten intelligent charging stations by Siemens. In a software-managed process, the amount of electricity being charged is controlled and split among the individual EVs.
diariosur.es (in Spanish), greenemotion-project.eu (overview)
Hungarian e-volution: Also part of the project is the installation of ten charging points in Budapest. But that is only the beginning. Some 68,000 chargers are said to be commissioned across the country by 2020. Incentives for EV-buyers are also on the agenda.
BYD put to the test again: More and more cities take a fancy to BYD’s all-electric buses. Following LA, New York, Bogota, London and Copenhagen, Turkey’s capital Ankara and Brazilian mega city Rio de Janeiro are trying the buses for themselves.
electriccarsreport.com (Rio), electricvehiclesresearch.com (Ankara)
Tesla gets to stay in New York: The EV manufacturer will be allowed to keep its five stores but had to agree not to open any further point of sales in the state. Recently, a number of U.S. states passed measures preventing Tesla from owning its stores and selling directly to customers.
Double the incentive: South Korea’s island of Jeju offers EV-buyers incentives worth 7,000 dollars. That is on top of the governmental rebate. That way, the cost of an electric vehicle can almost be cut in half.