Audi to create an exclusive charging network in China
Audi has just announced the construction of fast-charging stations in Chinese cities with up to 360 kW of power. The first of these fast chargers are to be installed in major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, from the end of 2022. The network will be exclusively available for Audi drivers.
Xpeng has launched 7 supercharging stations in China
Xpeng has launched ultra-fast charging sites in five Chinese cities with its new S4 supercharging stations capable of 480 kW. XPeng currently has 1,011 charging stations in operation, including the seven with S4 supercharging columns. The company aims to add more than 500 S4 stations by 2023.
CATL looking to gain billions by floating new shares
China’s battery giant CATL is looking to collect billions on the stock market. According to Bloomberg News, the company has kicked off a private placement that could raise about 45 billion yuan ($6.7Bn; €6.4Bn). The fresh capital is to finance expansion and R&D.
BYD & Toyota JV is ready to launch
Toyota and BYD have completed the formation of their announced joint venture to jointly develop BEVs and their batteries. The joint venture, called BYD Toyota EV Technology (BTET), is based in Shenzhen and is scheduled to start operations in May.
Nio completes first battery swapping route
The Chinese EV manufacturer Nio announced the completion of its first network of battery exchange stations. On the G2 motorway between Beijing and Shanghai, eight stations were built over a length of more than 1,000 kilometers.
BYD and Daimler increase spending on Denza
China’s BYD and Daimler will put more money behind their joint electric vehicle venture Denza in China as they increase their investment. Both will add another 400 million RMB, (about 53M euros) in order to build on production and service.
Saxonia, Shenzhen, Air Liquide, Disneyland.
Electric patrol: 44 electric cars have joined the police force in Saxonia and not all of them are of German built. The fleet consists of 15 Renault Zoe, 24 Mercedes B-series ED, and 5 Renault Kangoo ZE vans. They will serve in the federal states’ five largest cities like Dresden and Leipzig and shall get one charging station each. The first has gone up in Dresden already with another 43 to follow by September. The EVs make for an 1.6 percent electric share in the Saxonian police fleet.
Making a difference: Shenzhen introduces a three-tier system for license plates, now differentiating between electric, hybrid, and gasoline-powered cars. While the first two can essentially be registered immediately and in any number, plates for petrol vehicles are limited to 80,000 a year.
Hyundai and Air Liquide to collaborate: Together the two companies are committed to speed up the development of hydrogen infrastructure. In Korea, this will take the form of H2 fuelling stations, while in Europe their efforts are focused on FCEV projects like taxi or government fleets.
EV Disneyland: 100 new energy vehicles will serve in Shanghai’s International Tourism and Resort Zone that has the cartoon theme park at its heart. The EVs will cater for half of all public transport needs in the area and connect Disneyland to other hotspots in the Chinese metropolis.
RWE, DriveNow, Shenzhen, ERDF, Scoot Networks.
400 rapid charging stations will be erected at German gas stations near the “Autobahn” by 2018. Tank&Rast already ordered the first 49 from utility RWE. The rapid charging stations are built by Portuguese Efacec and feature CCS, CHAdeMO and level 2 charging. Installation is to be completed within the next five months with the other stations to follow successively. Once completed, the network will span the most important motorways in Germany with stations to be found at a distance of 30 km from each other.
auto-motor-sport.de (in German)
DriveNow electrifies: The car-sharing service continues the electrification of its fleet as it introduces the first fifteen electric i3 in Cologne and Dusseldorf as planned. 30 more are to follow before the year’s end. Austrian capital Vienna is next in line as it will receive 20 BMW i3 to share this December.
grüneautos.com (Germany, in German) futurezone.at (Vienna, in German)
In favour of EVs is a new policy by Shenzhen’s local government that might see the Chinese metropolis get up to 10,000 EV charging points. Furthermore, subsidies are planned that support both the installation of charging facilities as well as the acquisition of hybrid and electric vehicles.
1,000 EV in service: French utility ERDF took delivery of its 1,000th Renault Kangoo ZE. The electric fleet is to double by the end of 2016, with another 500 Kangoo ZE and other yet to be specified EVs.
Twizy-based concept shared: The Nissan New Mobility Concept, or Scoot Quad, is a small, two-seater EV based on Renault’s Twizy. Ten of those electric quads were provided to the Scoot Networks mobility service in San Francisco, where they join 400 electric scooters.
Shenzhen, Tesla, Switzerland, Crosspoint Kinetics.
Shenzhen charges up: The Chinese metropolis plans to invest 5 billion RMB (about 800m USD) on developing the market for so-called new energy vehicles. 1,800 charge points for electric cars are announced to be installed in Shenzhen this year alone. Independently, Tesla announced it will begin installing free charging stations at customers’ homes in 2015.
gasgoo.com (Shenzhen), zdnet.com (Tesla)
California readies funding: The California Energy Commission announced the availability of up to 1.3 million dollars in Zero Emission Vehicle Readiness funding. The money is meant to support new and existing planning efforts for the installation of infrastructure for PEVs and FCEVs.
Swiss e-mobility confederation: Alpiq, Siemens, Swisscom and Zurich are developing a Switzerland-wide access and accounting system for EV charging stations. It is expected to be available from mid-2015 and most of the existing charging stations can be retrofitted with the system.
Leasing for retrofit hybrid: Crosspoint Kinetics offers a leasing program for commercial fleets. Fleet operators can choose to retrofit their existing fleet with the Crosspoint electric hybrid system or order it to be installed on new vehicles. Fleets may apply their fuel savings toward paying for the lease.
Shenzhen caps new car plates.
Shenzhen reserves 20,000 license plates a year for electric cars. That is a fifth of all new car registrations which were recently capped at 100,000 to fight air pollution. If EV demand surges beyond 20,000, the allowance can be adjusted anytime.