Korea granting full subsidies to electric buses by BYD
China’s BYD is becoming a serious player on the market home to Hyundai and Kia. In Korea, BYD electric buses are fully eligible for the electric vehicle subsidy. They have thus become very competitively priced, much to the dismay of the local industry.Weiterlesen
South Korea to invest €2BN into fuel cell vehicles
The government in Seoul agreed with South Korea’s industry to invest about 2 billion euros (2.6 trillion Won) into hydrogen mobility over the next five years. Facilities building fuel cell vehicles and those doing R&D will receive funding in order to reach the ambitious targets.Weiterlesen
LG Chem to supply hundreds of millions of cells to BMZ
BMZ, a battery assembly specialist in Germany, has made a deal with Korea’s LG Chem over the delivery of a couple hundreds of million of cells throughout 2022. The German supplier wants to secure its own supply in order to fulfill its obligations with makers of all sorts of (light) electric vehicles.Weiterlesen
Korea: public-private hydrogen station network
South Korea’s government and leading corporations of the country agreed to start a business with the aim to install a network of hydrogen filling stations. Hyundai as well as the state-owned Korea Gas Corporation are part of the deal set for this November.Weiterlesen
Volkswagen teams up with Samsung and LG Chem
Volkswagen is pushing electric mobility and has to find batteries in order to scale up. After joining forces with CATL in China just days ago, the Germans have now turned to Korea, where VW announced a new partnership with LG Chem and Samsung SDI.Weiterlesen
Next-gen Kia Soul EV on new platform – 2 battery options
Kia is to launch the third generation of its Soul EV this year, this time riding on the new Kona/Niro platform and boasting more range than ever. An optional bigger battery pack shall bring the electric Korean as far as 500 kilometres on a charge.Weiterlesen
Nissan to offer Leaf in seven additional countries
Nissan’s newest vehicle, the BEV Leaf, has been slated for release in a total of 7 additional countries, alongside the already announced market nations, paving the way further to the goal of offering the vehicle in up to 60 countries around the world.Weiterlesen
South Korea’s new subventions have gone live
The recently announced subvention program that the South Korean government planned to roll out, has officially taken effect. A total of 12 million Won (11,160 dollars) per person have been allocated to subvention a total of 16 different car models from both local and foreign producers.Weiterlesen
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.
Formula E, South Korea, Hyundai Mobis, Bafang
Electric touring car series? The Formula E may see a support series as early as the 2018/19 season with touring cars complementing the electric racing series. A plan is about to be finalised, Motorsport has learnt, and details from promoter Formula E Holdings could come as soon as October. To date it is unclear if it would involve one or multiple manufacturers and how to fit it into the tight race schedule.
Pods made in Britain are to support South Korea at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. British Westfield Sports Cars has received an order for five of the driverless electric pods for initial testing with a plan to order a further 195. The project is worth 30m pounds if it goes ahead as planned and Westfield is already testing its pods for six in Birmingham and Coventry as well.
Bi-directional onboard charger: Hyundai Mobis has ventured into the world of V2G with the presentation of its bi-directional onboard charger (OBC) that allows to turn an electric car into a power source. The Korean supplier expects the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) market to grow to 30 trillion won (26.7bn dollars) by 2025.
Strong pedelec motors: Chinese e-bike drive maker Bafang will bring stronger mid-motors for electric bicycles to the Eurobike show. Bafang’s M500 has the usual 250 Watt, while the M600 aims at the speed pedelec market with 350 and 500 Watt. Integrated batteries will be on display as well.
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EV Sales in South Korea.
Exactly 13,812 all-electric vehicles have been registered in South Korea by late April. Most popular were the home made Hyundai Ioniq Electric (5,581) and Kia Soul EV (2,572) as well as the Renault Samsung SM3 (2,547). There are a total of 13 EV models available in Korea.
Hydrogen, Innogy, South Korea, FedEx, Yokohama.
Hydrogen boost in UK: The British government has announced a new 23m pound funding programme for FCV and H2 infrastructure. Grants are to go to partnerships between fuel providers and fuel cell vehicle makers with a competition to be launched this summer. Toyota has welcomed the move – if it influenced its UK investment decision (see news above) is uncertain but the Isles are one of the selected markets for the Mirai FCV.
European roaming may leap forward as Innogy presses ahead with its plans. Up to 1,000 Blockchain EV charging stations could be installed this April, German Wirtschaftswoche reports. Hundreds more charge stops may be updated to the tech platform within months.
wiwo.de (in German)
Charging Dominican Republic: South Korea’s state-run Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said it signed a MOU with Dominican Republic’s National Energy Commission to help to build EV charging infrastructure. A pilot project shall connect the capital Santo Doming to Punta Cana on the east coast.
FedEx expands green fleet: FedEx has introduced electric delivery vans in Belgium, where five Nissan e-NV200 will serve in Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp.
Twizy sharing in Japan: Nissan and the city of Yokohama have started a round-trip car sharing service with (renamed) Twizy Evs. Called Choimobi Yokohama, it is part of Nissan’s New Mobility Concept. Users register online and can pick-up the EVs at 14 locations but the service will include guided tours and long-term car rentals for businesses, too.
Renault-Nissan, Great Wall, Porsche, Rivian, South Korea.
Entirely new EV platform: Renault-Nissan is preparing a new platform for future electric vehicles. Due in 2020, the base shall incorporate fast-charging, high density batteries, according to Challenges. An official announcement is set within the framework of an upcoming technology alliance with Mitsubishi. But the article comtained yet another goodie – the 8,000 dollar EV Nissan plans to make for China may reach the European market as well.
challenges.fr (in French)
Great Wall to invest $9bn in green tech: Chinese carmaker Great Wall plans to invest 60bn yuan (8,7bn USD) to develop new energy vehicles, including FCV and plug-in hybrids, CEO Wang Fengying promised. Part of the push is to build facilities capable of producing 600,000 electrified cars a year.
Porsche progresses on its Mission E and said the electric model will be offered in various variants with differing power outputs. Over the air updates like Tesla’s are planned as well once the Mission E hits the road in 2019. For now, prototype testing is scheduled for this summer.
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Leaf in black: Nissan has launched a short run Black Edition variant of its Nissan Leaf in Great Britain, where prices start from 26,890 GBP after incentives. The limited edition model is on sale from March for a restricted production run up until August 2017.
State tax credit for Rivian: Start-up Rivian Automotive receives 50m dollar state tax credit from Illinois, where it recently reutilised a former Mitsubishi facility. The plan is to mass produce electric cars there from 2019. The state funding has been approved provided Rivian creates 1,000 jobs within 10 years.
The EV market in South Korea welcomes Tesla this week as the Californians will open two showrooms and announced deliveries to start by June. BMW too went east and opened the order books for its i3 94 Ah. In a more public move, BYD is to start selling its electric buses in Korea from July.
yonhapnews.co.kr (Tesla), koreaherald.com (BMW), chosun.com (BYD)
Renault, Chrysler, Faraday Future, EPA, China, South Korea.
Renault Master electrification: The French are not only showing their new Kangoo Z.E. with 270 km range at the Brussels Motor Show, but also premiered the electric version of its transporter van Master. The latter will arrive at European dealers towards the end of the year and will be fitted with a 33-kWh battery pack that allows for a range of 200 km according to NEDC, even though 120 km are a more realistic estimate.
greencarcongress.com, automotiveworld.com, renault.com
Serial production plans: According to Detroit News, the in Las Vegas presented Chrysler Portal Concept (we reported) has a real shot of going into serial production. The paper quotes CEP Sergio Marchionne who says the electric van could hit the road in its current or slightly modified for “after 2018.”
Naming explained: Faraday Future explained the naming of its models. The FF 91 got its label, because the cars are named after size and price using the number 1 through 9. The 9 therefore stands for it being a top model, while the 1 indicated it being the first generation. Future cars could therefore be called FF 92, 81, 71, etc.
Lowering emission targets: Just ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the EPA confirmed greenhouse-gas emission targets for light utility vehicles through 2025. Despite bickering from manufactures, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals for 2025 are 54.5 mpg. The EPA says manufactures have enough technology at their disposal to comply.
Cutting subsidies: The Chinese government wants to reduce subsidies for EVs through 2020, starting with a 20 percent cut this year. The country now also confirmed that electric or plug-in hybrid buses will receive no more than 300,000 yuan in aides (previously 600,000 yuan), while exact subsidies are based on the buses’ energy density and charging capacity. Trucks and specialty vehicles only get 150,000 yuan and local funding has been capped at 50 percent of state aide.
10-hr rule up for discussion: According to Reuters, the South Korean government is reconsidering its previous rule that EVs will only receive funding, if they can be charged in less than ten hours using a regular Schuko-connection. Especially Tesla would benefit, as its battery packs are too pick to comply.
UK, South Korea, PG&E, Fastned, Flyer.
Funding: The UK government announced a 20m pound subsidy programme for electric mobility in the cargo and logistics sector. The money will be distributed to 20 companies to introduce low-emission and zero-emission vehicles. More than 40 companies had a applied for the grant.
businessgreen.com, edie.net, gov.uk
Cheaper charging: From today, the South Korean government has cut the cost of electricity used to charge a vehicle, to incentivise people even further to purchase an EV. The price used to be at 313.1 won per kWh (0.26 USD) and has been lowered to 173.8 won per kWh (0.15 USD). The country will also see 530 new fast-chargers installed this year.
Clean Fuel Rebate: California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) now offers its EV driving customers a so-called “Clean Fuel Rebate” of 500 dollars. The company is passing on money from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard programme, which gives credits to utilities whose customers use home electricity to charge electric cars. Moreover, PG&E plans to install 7,500 EV chargers in California.
Annual closure: Dutch infrastructure provider says revue grew to 81,382 euros in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 174 percent increase to same period in 2015. The number of kWh charged meanwhile increased by 209 percent, reaching 168,381 kWh in Q4. The operator also says it lowered the price per kWh at its chargers, as well as its monthly standard fee.
U.S. manufacturer Flyer delivered a total of 213 electric buses this past year, marking an increase of 48 percent compared to 2015. And with an estimated 255 equivalent units of heavy-duty transit bus deliveries to have been zero emission in 2016, Flyer contributed 83 percent.
Aachen, South Korea, Formula E, Tesla, Ballard Power Systems.
Aachen is fond of emobility: Following a pilot project that pushed EVs as company cars, the German city of Aachen has ordered an additional 20 electric cars. The government is covering half of the additional costs that arise, compared to if the city had bought conventional cars.
stadt-und-werk.de, newstix.de (articles in German)
Clearing the air: The South Korean environmental ministry wants to remove some 60,000 old diesel cars from Seoul’s streets this year, in order to cut fine dust levels. 17 other cities are said to follow suit next year. Other measures, such as the maximum number of cars allowed on roads per day, will also go into effect. Meanwhile, the country will again step up subsidiaries for EVs, as well as the installation of public charging infrastructure.
Electric change: Formula One driver Esteban Guiterrez will join the Formula E, after he lost his old seat to a new driver. It is still not clear which team he’ll join, but team Faraday Future Dragon Racing is a real possibility.
Supercharger corridor complete: Tesla has finished the 1,000-mile-long (1,600 km) Supercharger corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane, commissioning three new locations. Tesla now counts a total of eleven Supercharger locations Down Under and plans on installing another seven by the end of the year.
Milestone: Fuel cell buses from Ballard Power Systems have driven more than 10m cumulative kilometres. It has therefore become the first dedicated fuel cell company to reach the mark. Ballard already more than 80 buses in service in i.e. Germany, Norway, the UK, China, the US, Brazil and India.
MAN, Audi on demand, Bucharest, South Korea.
MAN and Munich define requirement specifications: The manufacturer wants to start building electric trucks from 2018 and forged an alliance with the local Munich utility SWM and Munich transportation agency MVG. Together, they want to further develop and optimise future concepts.
mvg.de (in German)
Audi on demand: The German carmaker is now making its shared fleet available at Munich Airport, its first location in Germany. Customers can order the Audi model of their choice per app and pick it up at the terminal. Whether the fleet also includes e-tron models was not specified.
Bucharest plugs in: Financial group UniCredit will set up two chargers at two of its locations in the Romanian capital this week. Both stations will be available 24 hours a day and will be free of charge.
South Korea pushes electrification: The country wants to subsidise 14,000 EVs next year. Just like in 2016, electric cars can qualify for a rebate of 14m won (12,000 dollars) for the measure. Furthermore, local government will shave off another 5m won on average, while EV drivers also save 4m won on taxes. Meanwhile, the number of fast-chargers in the country will be increased from 330 to 530.
Hyundai, Vancouver, South Korea, Tesla, Chargemaster.
Ioniq Electric carsharing and all-inclusive offer: Hyundai and WaiveCar want to kick off an e-carsharing scheme with 150 Hyundai EVs in Los Angeles. Another 250 units in three other cities will join the fleet by the end of 2017. Because of advertising on and inside the vehicle, the first two hours are free. Moreover, Hyundai will offer “Ioniq Unlimited” leasing in California, offering the Ioniq Electric, as well as charging and service for three years a flat fee.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com, autoblog.com
Vancouver plans more chargers: The Canadian city has earmarked another 3m Canadian dollars for the installation of more EV charging stations over the next five years. Vancouver wants to become “the world’s greenest city” by 2020 and increase their numbers of EVs from now 1,000 to 30,000 units.
Cheap EV hire: To push the uptake of electric mobility, South Korea’s environmental ministry has struck deals with several car hiring companies. They will offer long-term rentals of some 6,000 EVs, said to be cheaper than purchasing an electric car, Moreover, the government will offer monetary incentives to buyers of the rental EVs.
Tesla charges Australia: The EV maker has kicked off installation of three new Supercharger sites Down Under. One will be located between Melbourne and Adelaide in the south of the country, while the other two will connect Sydney and Brisbane. Tesla also plans to install another Supercharger along that route, so models with lower range can also go the distance.
Chargemaster partners with Mercedes: Mercedes PHEV drivers in the UK can now order a homecharger with 3.6 or 7 kW, which will be delivered and installed by the country’s largest EV infrastructure provider. Customers who sign up benefit from six months free access to Chargemaster’s “Polar Network.”
Rotterdam, Morocco, South Korea.
Dutch wireless charging: Three companies in Rotterdam have begun a trial to recharge specially converted electric cars wirelessly. In the future, wireless charging systems could be used at the city´s taxi ranks and bus stops. Rotterdam recently also celebrated the opening of its 2000th EV charging point.
ad.nl (in Dutch) via dutchnews.nl
EV chargers in Morocco: In partnership with Vivo Energy, EV-Box has launched the first charging station for electric vehicles in Morocco. In addition, a total of 20 EV-Box charging points will be presented at the COP22 Climate Change Conference and will later be added to the main roads, laying the ground work for the country’s charging infrastructure.
Korea to boost number of EV chargers: The South Korean Environment Ministry announced a rapid expansion of the country-wide EV charging infrastructure. The number of currently 9,258 regular and 750 fast charging stations will be increased to 19,579 regular and 1,915 fast chargers by mid-2017.
South Korea, NanoXplore, Alstom, Ilika.
40m dollars for better batteries: Korea’s government and industry will invest a total of 43bn won (38.4m dollars) to double the energy density of EV batteries to 300 Wh/kg by 2020. If the 230 reseachers on the project are successful, 400 km on one charge would be well within range.
3.3m dollars for lighter e-motors: NanoXplore from Canada receives 3.3m dollars in funding from the government to commercialise lighter and more efficient components for electric motors. Graphen utilised instead of metal shall do the trick.
Hydrogen train: Alstom presents the first serial fuel cell passenger train. The Coradia iLint has a range of 800 km. Li-ion batteries recover energy from braking, while Alstom offers H2 infrastructure with partners. The train will first hit the rails in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Ilika is to work with Johnson Matthey to develop protected anodes for lithium sulfur batteries. The three year project is led by Johnson Matthey and funded by Innovate UK and the EPSRC. 365,133 GBP (475,000 dollars) of the grant will be allocated to Ilika.
StreetScooter, Evercar, South Korea, Waste Management NZ.
StreetScooter delivers in Cologne: The German postal service’s electric delivery truck will start making its rounds in the city of Cologne. At first, 36 units will hit the road for DHL, followed by another 30 electric trucks before the end of the year. Moreover, the Deutsche Post wants to bring its StreetScooter to other German cities and increased yearly production capacity to 10,000 units from 2017.
report-k.de, transport-online.de (articles in German)
EVs for Uber drivers: LA-based company Evercar that rents electric and hybrid vehicles to drivers of ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft (we reported), is expanding along the California coastline. The service is now available in San Francisco, where drivers can rent the new generation Toyota Prius.
Splitting the bill: Starting next year, operators of petrol stations, cafés, hotels, etc. in South Korea will receive 20m won (about 18,000 dollars) for every EV charging station that they set up on their grounds. The subsidies should cover about half the cost of purchasing and installation.
Electric waste management: New Zealand’s Waste Management NZ is testing the use of electric vehicles. The company has more than 800 trucks and 200 cars in its fleet. Six cars have already been electrified and now the first three diesel trucks will be exchanged for EVs. Another six are said to follow.
Volkswagen, Local Motors, South Korea, Hyundai, LaFerrari, Mitsubishi.
Six new electric VWs by 2025: Auto Motor und Sport reports that the carmaker wants to introduce a new series of electric vehicles from 2019 – three compact and three larger EVs. The NUVe will be the first to hit the road, followed by a Jetta-like car and a crossover by 2020. After that, VW plans an electric SUV, coupé and electric Bulli. In terms of batteries, it seems clients will be able to choose from different sizes.
auto-motor-sport.de (in German)
Olli get production site: U.S. start-up Local Motors will build ist highly automated electric bus in Berlin from early next year. A rent agreement for the 4,000 square metre facility has been signed. Production will begin with a small series of 50 units. If the vehicle gets permission to drive on the road, the Olli could conquer Berlin’s roads street as early as 2017.
wiwo.de (in German)
South Koreans choose E-plates: The government is getting people involved in the choosing of the special license plates for electric cars, which will be introduced next year. For the next eleven days, they can vote for their favourite version on- and offline. First test will kick off on the island of Jeju at the end of October.
Hyundai stick to conditions: Next year, Californians can continue to lease the Tucson Fuel Cell for 499 dollars per month, including hydrogen and service. The rate applies to a 36-month lease after a 2,999 dollar down payment.
LaFerrari for earthquake victims: Only 499 units of the hybrid supercar were to be sold. Now the carmaker announced a 500th unit that will be auctioned off. The proceeds will go to the earthquake victims in Italy. The car is expected to sell for 3 to 4m euros (or more).
Range anxiety: According to Japan’s Transportation Ministry, Mitsubishi could have falsified milage data for another eight models, including the i-MiEV. That means, the little EV could go less on one charge than officially noted.