BMW puts €200M into Munich plant to make electric i4
With investments of around 200 million euros in its Munich plant, BMW is getting ready for series production of the all-electric BMW i4. The investments will go into the building and logistics but more so the production as the i4 differs considerably from the models usually made here.
Five German cities to order 3,000 electric buses
At least 3,000 electric buses is what the five biggest cities in Germany want running on their roads by 2030, according to a new survey from Wirtschaftswoche. After Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne had announced their move, Frankfurt and Munich followed.
Munich-based Sono Motors launches financing round
After its first crowdfunding campaign back in 2016, Munich start-up Sono Motors launches its second round of financing in order to generate capital for the last development stage and production of the company’s solar electric car Sion, which is scheduled to start rolling off the lines in late 2019.
Easelink shows automatic wireless charging on BMW i3
Austrian start-up Easelink presented their automated charging solution for EVs last year. Their so-called Matrix Charging is now ready for application and the company uses a BMW i3 to prove the efficacy of their pad-based conductive charging station that works without cables.
40 electric buses headed for Munich
Munich’s utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) announced to procure 40 electric buses for the city’s transit operator MVG. An order has been placed with Ebusco, a Dutch company specialising in electric buses and the first six are to arrive next year.
Sono Motors aims for 200,000 Sion units
The plans of the Munich-based startup are apparently more ambitious than originally anticipated. Through a contract manufacturer, they intend to produce a total of 200,000 units of the solar electric car Sion.
DLR and NASA laud e-airplane design from Munich
The German center for aerospace (DLR) has lauded the winners of the competition they organized in cooperation with NASA for design ideas regarding future flight technology. The winners were a team from the technical university in Munich.
Munich taxi centre picks up 10 Jaguar I-Pace
The Munich Taxi Centre (MTZ) has taken on ten Jaguar I-Pace for regular taxi services. The e-taxi fleet of the MTZ was also officially presented today. A fluent two-shift system for the taxis was enabled by the installation of a specialized fast-charging infrastructure.
Sono Motors reenforces Executive Board
EV startup Sono Motors secures support from two experienced executives. New COO will be Thomas Hausch, last responsible for e-mobility at Nissan with previous roles at Daimler and Chrysler. Isa Krupka joins as Chief Communications Officer (CCO).
Emmy e-scooter fleet to grow in Munich
The emmy e-scooter sharing is growing in Munich, where the Berlin-based startup has announced plans to expand their fleet by another 400 units. In the Bavarian capital, emmy is working with the local firm Green City Energy.
Munich buys 40 new electric buses
The Bavarian capital has announced plans that the city is purchasing 40 electric buses for the Munich transport authority (MVG) to use in public transport. The first step will see 8 buses to create the first all-electric public transport line in the city.
Linde to close FCEV sharing BeeZero in Munich
Linde’s plan to promote fuel cell cars through a car sharing offer has failed. The company has announced that the BeeZero service in Munich will close on July, 1 this year. Users may rent the 50 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell until June, 30.
10m euros to build 350 charging stations in Munich
The economic committee of Munich wants the city’s main utility to install another 350 EV charging stations until the end of 2019. They calculate the network’s expansion to cost 10 million euros and also want to see if there is interest from the private sector to take it even further.
South Korea, Sortimo, Munich, Croatia, Pennsylvania.
6,000 DC chargers by 2020: As its carmakers get behind the electrification, so is South Korea. The government announced to accelerate the expansion of fast-charging infrastructure and wants to double the number of chargers from 1,500 to 3,000 by 2018. Another increase by 100 percent is planned by 2020 when 6,000 DC charging stations shall feed the country’s EV fleet that is yet to materialise. Currently, the supply of EVs is about 50 percent below demand. Seoul wants to reduce the number of diesel-powered vehicles on the streets by 30 percent over the next five years.
The world’s largest charge park is to emerge in Germany, between Munich and Stuttgart. 144 rapid and fast-charge points will stand at the so-called Sortimo-Innovationspark Zusmarshausen near the A8 motorway by 2018. 24 of the 144 charging ports by eLoaded could be high-power chargers with 350 kW, while the remaining will offer 50 kW. Some of the energy may come from solar panels on the roofs of the buildings that is said to house shops, restaurants, and work stations. The charging stations’ waste heat will be integrated into the park’s thermal management.
electrive.net (in German), inhabitat.com
Munich’s public network of charging stations is growing as the 100th facility has now been erected by the city’s utility SWM and its transit authority MVG. All stations run by the partners supply electricity from renewables only and Munich wants to grow the network to 500 charge points by 2020.
swm.de (in German)
Croatia tops up e-mobility scheme: Another 85m Kuna (11.3m euros) will be made available in Q1 2018 to subsidise electric cars and charging infrastructure. The first 50m Kuna granted through the programme have enabled the purchase of 1,420 plug-in vehicles and Croatia’s network of 200 charging stops. Another 60 along motorways are planned.
Baby steps: The state of Pennsylvania has started a trial with 25 electric and hybrid vehicles to see the feasibility of fleet electrification. There are 7,580 cars in the state fleet so there is massive potential but the test will run over 42 – 60 months.
Munich, Laval, Southampton, Columbus.
Funding details for e-cabs: Munich’s 2m euro electric cab scheme has been finalised and accelerated. Already from September, 1, every kilometre run electrically with a passenger will be acknowledge with 0,20 euros. Incentives are capped at 40 percent of the purchase price and the city said the initial budget is enough to fund 170 electric taxis. If demand takes off however, more funds will be allocated. Furthermore, three fast-charging stations are to be installed at central taxi ranks.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
30m electric bus scheme: Laval, a town in Québec, Canada, will be getting 30m dollars in funding from the federal and provincial government aimed at improving public transportation services through its Société de transport de Laval (STL). STL will be buying 22 new hybrid buses and install new charging stations but also plans a series of studies on electric buses and driverless transport. In total, the scheme funds 29 projects, with most to start latest next year.
Harbour electrification: The Port of Southampton has taken delivery of 13 electric vehicles to replace its diesel cars and vans. Three Nissan Leafs were joined by ten Nissan e-NV 200 and the British harbour hopes to further increase its PEV share in the future.
EV charging in Ohio: Columbus, Ohio is about to launch an incentive program to encourage the installation of 1,685 EV charging ports over the next three years at commercial and multi-family facilities. The grants are designed to provide up to 25,000 dollars per facility, though cannot exceed 3,500 dollars per plug.
Munich, BP, Toyota, Munich, New Zealand
Munich to extend electric mobility funding: Bavaria’s capital intends to invest additional 30m euros in electric mobility projects between 2018 and 2020. The programme targets the expansion of the charging network with 1000 new charging points by 2020, an accelerated transition towards EVs in the local transport company’s bus fleet and a support scheme for electric taxis. The latter project will start as early as next month with a budget of 2m euros.
Also BP considers erecting charging stations: The oil and gas company can imagine to equip its service stations across the world with EV charging points, according to CEO Bob Dudley. This statement comes not long after rival Shell launched a pilot scheme to install charging docks at some of its service stations in Britain and the Netherlands. Dudley adds that the idea is to collaborate with the car industry and that talks with EV makers have already taken place. Further details are to follow later.
Ha:mo car sharing soon also in Bangkok: Toyota’s electric car sharing brand enters Thailand’s car sharing market by the end of the year. A recently signed agreement with local Chulalongkorn University includes the installation of 10 ultra compact single-seaters at the university campus. Mid-2018 20 additional units are to follow. Ha:mo has already sites in several Japanese cities and French city Grenoble.
Fast-charging at Munich’s airport: The airport operator has teamed up with car sharing provider DriveNow and ABB in order to erect 8 stations with 24 charging points that are exclusively available for DriveNow’s Munich car sharing fleet, consisting of 85 BMW i3. For everyone else, 36 public charging points are located throughout the airport area.
More electric bikes at New Zealand’s streets? Auckland-based company Big Street Bikers seeks to convince the city’s companies of their electric bike leasing model. With their offer, including the bikes, a fleet management software, regular servicing and safety training, the company targets 10,000 electric bikes at Auckland’s roads by 2020. Allegedly, talks with New Zealand’s largest employers are currently taking place.
BASF, Munich, Continental, Lion Smart.
BASF to produce cathodes in Europe: The German company wants to invest 400m euros to build production plants for cathode materials in Europe. The material for those parts will come from Russia and Finland however, where BASF has signed an MoU with Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) to provide nickel and cobalt. BASF already supplies cathodes in Asia as well as the States but will then be able to include the European market as well.
The future of energy found a new home in Munich, where the Technical University (TM) inaugurated its Research Center for Energy and Information (ZEI). It houses various disciplines, including engineering and with the focus on energy transition (Energiewende), electric transport as well as smart grids are areas the up to 100 residing scientists will look into. Electric cars and charging equipment are regulars on campus too and batteries will be another area of research.
Efficient hose and lines: Continental will bring a range of hose and lines designed to make EV batteries last longer to the IAA. The weight of oil hoses for battery tempering was reduced by 25 percent and acoustically optimised fluid solutions ensure quiet inside the passenger compartment.
Kreisel Electric secured its supply of battery management systems from Lion E-Mobility. Its German branch Lion Smart will deliver the BMS for Kreisel’s stationery storage unit Mavero on a global scale exclusively until 2021 with an option to continue the contract.
StreetScooter + Ford, Tesla, China, Munich, SF Motors, Honda.
StreetScooter and Ford team up: With German manufacturers continuously weak on the electric transporter front, DHL subsidiary StreetScooter has turned to Ford to build bigger electric vans. The carmaker is to lend its Transit platform to be equipped with the electric drive train and fitted with a body construction based on Deutsche Post and DHL Paket specifications. Production of the large StreetScooter will start this July already so that within 2018, Deutsche Post DHL will have added at least 2,500 EVs more. This doubles its existing e-van fleet but also means that Ford and StreetScooter will become the largest manufacturer of electric medium-duty delivery vehicles in Europe.
The safest SUV of all is the Tesla Model X according to the NHTSA rating. The American safety testing agency gave it 5 stars in all categories and subcategories, saying the probability of injury in a crash is the lowest of any SUV it ever tested.
insideevs.com, tesla.com, youtube.com (crash test front), youtube.com (crash test side)
China upholds NEV quota: Draft regulation published this week shows no signs of weakening the electric car sales quota, despite previously promised concessions. The draft by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) maintains that sales of automakers must include 8 percent electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2018, so there seems to be a disconnect between the ministry and the leadership. The draft is open for public comment until June, 27.
The situation in Germany is not much better when seen from the perspective of a traditional carmaker. Munich joins the ranks of cities that consider a diesel ban. Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter is under pressure after data by Sueddeutsche Zeitung showed nitrogen oxide emission levels 40 percent above limits set by the EU. Reiter called the readings “shocking” and thinks BMW’s hometown “cannot do without” a diesel ban, especially as he believes that a congestion charge would not keep drivers out but would just have them pay. A ban would affect about 170,000 diesel cars in town.
reuters.com, electrive.net (in German), sueddeutsche.de (original source)
China EV made in USA: SF Motors has set up shop in California’s Santa Clara, where it plans to make electric cars reportedly. SF Motors is a spin-off from Chinese Sokon and the company says the new site will create 100 jobs. The same number of employees are to be based in Michigan, where SF intends to establish its R&D unit. Extra brain power comes from Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard who acts as a consultant while also working on his own start-up InEVit.
thedrive.com, bizjournals.com, sfmotors.com
The cutest cub: Honda has a new pack member as it decides to make the EV-Cub concept a production reality. The small and light motorbike has been in Honda’s line-up for decades but the electric version fits a niche in green city transport. Speccs will be released closer to launch set for 2020.
Munich, Cannon, BlueCity, Evercar, EVGo.
Munich goes on the e-offensive:: The city wants to successively replace 220 of its own vehicles that don’t travel more than 80 km per day with EVs by 2023. Munich says it will take delivery of the first 70 electric vehicles by the end of next year. EV infrastructure in the city will also be build up in the coming months.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
New turbo-chargers announced: ITT brand Cannon will present a new fast-charging system at the eCarTec in Munich next week. According to company, the liquid cooled plug and cable design has been tested at 400 amperes and 1,000 Volt.
E-carsharing expands: London’s Bolloré offspring BlueCity will start offering its e-carsharing vehicles at the Gatwick airport. A total of five chargers will be installed there over the coming months.
Evercar throws in the towel: The company that rented out electric and hybrid cars to Uber and Lift drivers (we reported) will do so no more. The business model was apparently not as lucrative as they had hoped.
Fast-charging Colorado: EVGo has finished setting up 18 new fast-chargers in Colorado, which already has a network of public charging. The provider says it wants to ultimately offer a place to plug “within 5 to 10 miles of any given location in a larger city.”
Munich, ChargeNow, Nissan, Phihong.
Electric only: Munich’s ruling conservative party CSU wants to electrify transport in the Bavarian capital. By 2030, all buses shall be electric. To do so, Munich’s public transport provider is to seek the community of other buyers. Similar attempts have just started in Berlin and Hamburg. The party aims for its own fleet to be electric as well. Furthermore, the package demands more EV charging stations – 200 shall stand by 2017, esp. next to taxi ranks. The city hopes for funding from federal sources.
abendzeitung-muenchen.de (in German)
ChargeNow USA: BMW rolls out its charge card network in 25 U.S. cities. Through the partnership with EVgo, drivers of the i3 and i8 can access the network but for a charge. BMW includes a pay-as-you-go option and membership fees for unlimited charging that start at 99 dollars.
No charge to charge: Nissan makes its free EV charging scheme available in 10 more U.S. markets. Leaf owners in places like Miami, Portland, or Milwaukee now charge for free for the first two years.
Electric roadside assistance: Phihong launches a portable 10 kW DC charger for electric vehicles. It can easily be rolled along on its four wheels and delivers 12V and 24V in remote areas or in emergencies. It doubles as energy storage system with 3.5 kW backup AC power.
UK, Munich, Green Commuters, Massaschussetts, Thailand.
New round of grants: The British government has earmarked 30m pounds for bus operators and local authorities to purchase clean energy buses and corresponding infrastructure. A total of 326 electric, hybrid and biomethane buses will benefit from the grant.
Gewofag electrifies: The Munich-based housing association Gewofag has purchased 27 VW e-Up! to replace part of its old fleet. Its fleet now includes 31 EVs and is said to be totally electrified in the coming years.
sueddeutsche.de, gewofag.de (articles in German)
E-carsharing with Tesla X: Starting in August, Green Commuter will offer a fleet of Tesla Model X in Los Angeles for people to use for ridesharing to and from work, as well as regular carsharing. How many electric SUVs will hit the road, has yet to be announced.
Fighting range anxiety: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is looking to erect six 50 kW fast-chargers along Interstate 90 by the end of the year. Each of the stations will cost about 30,000 dollars plus installation. Another six locations will follow “in the near future.”
Oil company pushes electrification: Thai oil company PTT is looking to install 20 EV charging stations in 2017. PTT already has four chargers in the ground, all including a DC, an AC and a normal Schuko connection.