BMW loses appeal for more government funding
BMW is to receive fewer German government subsidies for the construction of the i3 and i8 at its Leipzig plant than it had applied for. The federal German government originally considered paying BMW 45 million euros, but the EU Commission only approved 17 million.
Porsche reclaims axle production for Macan EV
With the fully electric Macan to enter production in Leipzig early on in the next decade, Porsche is integrating axle assembly on-site. So far, the factory had outsourced this work to a supplier and Porsche says, the new unit will create more than 100 jobs and help keep motors a USP.
DE: Porsche to invest €600M to build electric Macan
Porsche has selected the plant in Leipzig for another push towards electrification. 600 million euros for what will be the fifth expansion of the site in Saxony, former East Germany, are to help Porsche to set course on manufacturing future electric models.
BMW expands Leipzig factory to 200 BMW i models daily
BMW is investing more than 300 million euro in the expansion of their Leipzig factory, where the i3 and the i8 models are manufactured. The focus is on several major construction endeavors to improve and modernise chassis construction, painting, assembly and logistics.
BMW start serial production of i8 Roadster
BMW has begun making the i8 Roadster at its Leipzig facility, where it will roll off the same lines as the i8 Coupé. Clients may customise their plug-in hybrid and both variants are expected to hit the markets in May.
Germany, Urban Supercharger, Leipzig, San Diego, BMW.
German infrastructure: Round two of funding for Germany’s fast-charging corridor is about to commence with 100m euros to be made available. The tender will officially open at this week’s end and aims for 12,000 regular and 1,000 fast-charge points.
metropolregion.de (in German)
Urban Supercharger: Tesla wants more but more slowly as it unveils a new Supercharger design made for dense cities that charges at a slower rate. The new Superchargers are easier to install and need less space while charging at 72 kW at each stall, so they effectively reach a similar charge time than other Superchargers, according to the EV maker. In the wake of the Model 3, Tesla said it would increase the number of Superchargers to 10,000 before the year’s end (we reported).
Call for free floating through Leipzig: Eastern Germany’s fastest growing city wants to start a carsharing pilot that allows cars to float freely. Up to 750 vehicles shall be deployed and at least one tenth must be electric. Manufacturers and providers are invited to apply but may provide 250 cars max. with the programme running over five years from 2018.
leipzig.de (in German)
Public servants rewarded: San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will offer 1,000 dollar rebates to teachers and first-responders who buy electric vehicles. The utility will use 500,000 dollars of its own shareholder money to fund the scheme over the coming three years.
Manage charging: BMW’s Connected app will include new features from Q4 such as the BMW Digital Charging Service, which enables charging with renewables, or at low cost. BMW Connected already offers an overview of crucial data such as remaining range or the state-of-charge.
Leipzig, Tesla, Nissan, New York, New Zealand.
Leipzig got a plan to become Germany’s most electrified city. A new proposal wants to see 80 percent share of electric vehicles in municipal fleets by 2019 and electric buses only by 2030. On the citizen side, electric cars may park for free for at least five years and an electric scooter sharing may be introduced as well. Commercial vehicles would benefit from extended delivery slots – if they drive electrically and come from so-called urban hubs that centralise goods transfer. A new e-mobility division within city hall will be responsible to execute each project.
bild.de (in German)
Tesla vanpool in LA: Green Commuter started to lease a fleet of Tesla Model X to commuters and so-called vanpoolers, that use the seven seats of the electric SUV. The company plans to expand the fleet to 50-80 units by the end of the year.
Natural choice: The Cambridge Organic Food Company is going fully green as it acquired three Nissan e-NV200 vans. The electric transporters are to deliver boxes of organic fruit and vegetables.
New York rebate launched:The state of New York kicked off its 70m dollar EV rebate scheme and outreach that had been in the making for over a year reportedly. The Drive Clean rebates (up to 2,000 dollars) are now available to all New York residents who buy plug-in electric or fuel cell cars.
Exclusive EV access: New Zealand started a trial that allows priority access for electric vehicles at five different bypass lanes across Auckland. The lanes are also known as T2 and Truck lanes and the programme is similar to the HOV lanes in California but allows only fully electric cars.
China, Leipzig, Tesla, GreenPower, Volvo.
China charges ahead: The recently decided guideline on Development of EV charging Infrastructure calls for 4.8 million individual charge points by 2020, as well as 12,000 large charging stations. Some 3,850 will be reserved for electric buses, another 2,500 for electric taxis.
Electrified Leipzig: The German city of Leipzig, home to the BMW production plant for the i-series, received 50 BMW all-electric i3. The electric cars are being leased over two years and will be used by i.e. the local utility company and local government itself. BMW will also aid the city in further developing its charging infrastructure.
l-iz.de, dmm.travel (articles in German)
Supercharger coming soon: Tesla updated its map of European Supercharger locations and space is getting tight. Development is said to continue quickly. Many locations in central Europe as well as in Spain, Finland and even Tukey are marked with “opening soon.”
teslamotors.com via teslamag.de
E-bus for Canada: GreenPower will lease its EVC550 all-electric double decker to The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and CVS Cruise Victoria in Canada. The bus is expected to be delivered by April and will be part of a pilot programme. There is a purchase option after three years.
Volvo heads to India: Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) will kick off a pilot project with Volvo hybrid buses in the first half of next year. The buses will be manufactured in the company’s facility in Bengaluru. Volvo is the first company to bring hybrid bus technology to India.
Choice of battery pack sizes, BMW i production.
Study tip: In a new study, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) recommends that OEMs should offer buyers of plug-in cars different battery capacity options. It suggests that manufacturers should therefore develop a modular platform to offer i.e. battery sizes for drivers with low, average and high mileage requirements.
sciencedirect.com via chargedevs.com
Video tip: BMW lets you take a peek behind the curtain at its production plant in Leipzig and shows how the BMW i8 is build. The manufacturer points out that the hybrid sports car is not only more ecological when driving it, its production process is as well.
youtube.com via mein-elektroauto.com (in German)