Foxconn buys Lordstown plant & signs manufacturing partnership
Foxconn will buy the car plant of the electric car start-up Lordstown Motors in Lordstown in the US state of Ohio. This is provided for in an agreement in principle that has now been concluded between the two sides. Foxconn will then take over the production of the electric pickup truck Endurance for Lordstown Motors.
Lordstown Motors appoints new CEO
The financially troubled electric car start-up Lordstown Motors has appointed a new CEO, Daniel Ninivaggi. Previously, Steve Burns had stepped down as CEO and Julio Rodriguez as CFO.
Ford to manufacture two EVs in Mexico
Ford decided to build two new electric models in Mexico instead of producing these in the US state of Ohio as workers there had hoped from 2023. The information comes from the US auto union UAW, expressing frustration at the loss of promised jobs at the Ohio plant.
GM invests in battery cell production in the USA
General Motors is planning to build a second plant in the US to manufacture battery cells for electric vehicles as part of its joint venture with LG. In response to a media report that GM was close to making a decision, the carmaker itself confirmed the plans.
EV charging in US Midwest with FLO & Electrada
FLO, an established charging network in North America, teamed up with Electrada to deploy charging stations across the Midwest. Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are first to receive Level 2 and DC Fast charging stations over the “next several years”.
More US states adopt tighter emission standards
Washington State has become the twelfth state to adopt tighter emissions standards in the face of the new laxer laws brought in by the Trump administration, following the example of California. Four more states are about to do the same.
Lordstown Motors aims for state support
The US-American startup Lordstown Motors is hoping for a 200 million dollar loan from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program, from which Tesla, among others, has benefited from in the past. A drivable prototype of the electric pickup will be presented in June.
EV subsidies extended in several US states
Several US American states have launched initiatives to support the electrification of their traffic. Massachusetts and Delaware extended their subsidy programmes, while Ohio is angling to introduce one. California extended traffic benefits to include those driving used EVs.
USA: GM launches battery cell JV with LG Chem
General Motors has published plans for the serial production of battery cells for future battery electric vehicles, confirming earlier rumours. GM together with LG Chem will manufacture the cells in considerable numbers in Ohio.
USA: Kiepe Electric installs overhead charging for e-buses
Kiepe Electric, a subsidiary of Knorr-Bremse, is equipping an additional 15 electric buses in Dayton, Ohio with its in-motion charging technology IMC. It enables buses to charge through overhead lines while driving and to simply switch to battery power when driving in areas without powerlines.
GM takes hard steps towards electrification in USA
General Motors has announced a comprehensive restructuring plan to save six billion dollars annually by the end of 2020. This will free up funds to invest in the development and production of electric cars and autonomous vehicles, but also means closing down large U.S. factories.
Honda starts serial production of Insight hybrid
Honda has flipped the switch to get the lines rolling at its Greensburg facility in the state of Indiana. They now churn out the Insight serially and the hybrid car is the fifth electrified model by the Japanese company and will be available in early summer.
BASF and Toda found cathode subsidiary in USA
The announced founding of a new subsidiary company by BASF and Toda has now been completed. BASF Toda America (BTA) will be making NCM and NCA cathode materials for use in e-mobility. The move is part of BASF’s globalisation strategy.
Electric sled with propeller introduced
For the winter sport aficionados out there, there is a new toy on the block! A brand new electric sled was developed by Peter Sripol in Ohio, for those snowy days, when nary a mountain or even a hill is to be seen.
Tesla, Beijing, CCSplus, Utah, Ohio.
Destination Europe: Tesla has officially launched their Destination Charging programme in Europe, starting with 150 new chargers. Locations are listed on their website. Tesla is also accepting applications from other businesses at convenient locations that could receive two chargers free or heavily discounted.
Beijing upgrades: To accommodate the requirement that taxi drivers must use alternative energy vehicles by 2020, Beijing will be setting up 435,000 EV chargers. The electric vehicle market in the Chinese capital is expected to reach 600,000 units by 2020, and the city hopes to have “one post per one vehicle” in private the private sector.
Rapid charging: Phoenix Contact is presenting the rapid charging system CCSplus at the Hanover Fair this week. The system includes an integrated cooling system that could achieve up t0 350kW. They hope to reach a charging time of 3-5 minutes for 100 km in the future.
voltumim.de (in German)
Utah Transit Authority: UTA and the University of Utah are using 5.4m dollars from the Low-No grant to purchase five New Flyer electric buses. They will include an electric-powered air compressor, as well as electric conditioning and heating systems. For especially cold conditions, the passenger cabin can be warmed with a small amount of renewable bio-diesel.
Drink up: Ohio’s first hydrogen bus showed consumers that the vehicle’s energy was so clean, they could drink it (and they did). A second bus is on its way, and eight more will be delivered in the next two years. They hope the programme will encourage fuel cell research and production.
insidedevs.com (with video), cleveland.com
India, Heathrow, Van Hool, Ohio, Chai Point, Derbyshire.
Charging offensive in India: The country may be considering a private-public partnership to set up a charging points at petrol stations across India. That would mean some 500,000 new chargers that could initially be subsidised. If India really goes through with its plan, it could become an electric mobility hotspot.
Heathrow charges ahead: The London airport announced that it will invest some 2m pounds to set up 135 new EV charging stations. Heathrow already counts 21 charge points, as well as 150 electric vehicles in its fleet.
edie.net, youtube.com (Video)
H2 Buses for London: Transport for London (TfL) has ordered two fuel cell buses from Belgian manufacturer Van Hool. The buses will be used on line RV1 in the city centre.
Ohio goes H2: The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Stark County, Ohio, wants to commission seven fuel cell buses by the end of next year. The company has already begun building a H2 filling station outside of its headquarters.
Electric tea delivery: Indian retail chain Chai Point kicked off its delivery service Chai-on-Call, using more than 60 electric scooters to deliver tea in the cities of Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad. Chai Points already plans to expand the service to Mumbai an Chennai.
Derbyshire plugs in: Eight hospitals in the UK county now have charging points, which are all open to the public. The purchase and installation were funded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
Hamburg, KEBA, Denver, New York, Ohio.
Hamburg e-terminal: The terminal for electric buses in Hamburg is completed. It will become the first and last stop on the so-called ‘innovation line’ 109, as well as buses from lines 4 and 37, since the German city plans to continue to electrify those routes as well. A total of 12 buses can be prepared for service there at the same time.
newstix.de (in German), abendblatt.de (in German, with video)
KEBA presents new wallbox: The company will show its KeContact P30 wallbox at the IAA in Frankfurt later this month. The device has i.e. load balancing capabilities and can be integrated into smart homes. It will arrive on the market early next year.
Plug and fly: Denver International Airport has opened ten new AC Level 2 charging stations in the west parking garage, doubling the number of charging possibilities at the airport. The stations were partly financed by the Charge Ahead Colorado Electric Vehicle and Charging Station grant fund and are free to use. Parking fees, however, do apply.
NYC misses out on electrification: Since September 1st, the Nissan NV200 is the official taxi of the Big Apple. That is no spelling mistake – New York failed to go for the transporter’s electric variant. The ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ will make up 80 percent of the fleet, while the rest (!) are hybrids or wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Ohio University chargers: A total of ten EV charging stations are now online on campus. Two of them will be earmarked for a car-sharing program provided by the university, while the other eight will be available for charging EVs of students and employees.
Austria, SLAM, Northumberland, Ohio, Palo Alto.
Together for Austria: Four Austrian energy providers will join their respective charging networks to offer free roaming between Vienna and Vorarlberg for their customers. Details will only be presented next week.
oekonews.at (in German)
CHAdeMO update for SLAM? The fast-charging network SLAM (we reported) which is dedicated towards the erection of about 400 CCS DC chargers at strategic locations throughout Germany might also get CHAdeMO outlets. According to electrive.com sources, the Japanese are considering to pay the extra costs on their own.
Source: own research
Nissan for Northumberland: The council of the English has added two Leafs to its fleet, which will be available to more than 1,000 employees. Because the cars proved to be very popular during trials, Northumberland Council is already thinking about adding more.
Tesla deal in Ohio: The Californian carmaker has reached an agreement with the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association to keep its two stores in the state open and to launch just one more. Still, the deal needs approval from Ohio state legislature and would be exclusive to Tesla.
The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in Palo Alto now offers EV charging via a Blink Level II station. The station is part of their partnership with the Car Charging Group.
In Ohio, Senator Tom Patton repeatedly tried to pass anti-Tesla laws under the cover of serving the established businesses of his county. Turns out he wasn’t that selfless a servant as he received more than 40,000 dollars from dealer organisations. Instead of trying to pass Amendments this man should better make amends!