Fraunhofer study: Hydrogen will not play a major role in road transport
The Traton Group sees an analysis by the Fraunhofer Institute as confirming its strategy with its focus on battery-electric drives. According to the study, electric drives will also dominate the heavy-duty sector, and fuel cells will remain a niche application. On the other hand, Daimler Truck continues to rely consistently on both technologies.
Volkswagen tops CAM innovation rankings
Volkswagen is the most innovative car company in 2021 – ahead of Daimler and Tesla. This is the result of a new study by the German Center of Automotive Management (CAM), which regularly publishes rankings of the most innovative corporations and premium brands.
EAFO study: charging infrastructure in the EU
A new analysis by the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO) provides interesting insights into the status of charging infrastructure development in Europe. The study also shows that a major effort is still needed to reach the European Green Deal’s milestone of one million public charging points by 2025.
Study: Electric cars cause less CO2 emissions than ICE
According to a new study conducted by the Technical University of Eindhoven on behalf of the Green Party in the German Bundestag, currently sold electric cars are responsible for significantly lower CO2 emissions compared to internal combustion engines (ICE).
McKinsey finds 7 of 10 China EVs potentially profitable
The management consultancy McKinsey has disassembled and analysed ten popular electric cars from Chinese manufacturers for a new study. From this, the consultants derived some interesting statements on possible profits and the market prospects of international manufacturers.
E-Mobility Index: China leads, Germany scores in tech
Germany has taken the lead in e-mobility technology ahead of France, while China consolidates its clear overall lead, specifically regarding batteries. In a comparison of the seven major automotive nations, Roland Berger and fka GmbH have released the latest edition of the Electric Mobility Index.
Research shows Tesla years ahead in battery tech
A new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that Tesla will be leading the field for EV batteries for years to come. The reason for this is, among other things, the low costs for the Panasonic batteries due to their low cobalt content.
Electric Ferrari, Plug-in sales prediction.
Video tip: Translogic has tested a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS, which EV West converted to an electric beauty. The show also teamed up with virtual reality specialists to deliver a 360-view of the test drive. Take a seat and a good look around.
youtube.com (VR test ride) via autoblog.com (making of)
Research tip: According to Navigant Research, about 7.4 million plug-in light-duty vehicles could be sold in North America between 2015 and 2024. Navigant admits however, that its rather optimistic outlook is based on growing infrastructure.
STROMbegleitung, Maximizing EV range.
Study tip: In their joint study “STROMbegleitung” (electricity evaluation), the German aerospace centre and Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy have developed a database to record all electrified passenger vehicles, which they analysed down to the component level.
Video tip: Renault released a video with advices and some practical and simple tools to help you minimize your electricity consumption and thus maximize the range of your Renault Zoe.
youtube.com via carscoops.com
Li-ion battery market, Tesla Model M concept.
Study tip: Research and Markets has published a report on the global market for Li-ion batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles. The analysts predict a 43 percent compound annual growth rate in revenues until 2020. The batteries’ combined capacity could have increased more than tenfold by then.
researchandmarkets.com via globenewswire.com
Click tip: A Tesla with four wheels is a lot of fun. And what if the EV maker were to join the ranks of Brammo and Zero? London designer Jans Slapins pondered the idea and published rendered images of the Model M concept – his vision of a Tesla motorbike. Would you ride it?
Tesla Model S on German autobahn, Fuel cell vehicles.
Video tip: Tesla meets the German Autobahn as Norwegian Bjørn Nyland takes his Model S P85 for a twelve minute ride at 200 kph (125 mph) consuming 520 Wh/km (840 Wh/mi). His only concern: traffic, not range as the next Supercharger was close.
Research tip: The “Global Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Market 2015-2030″ report by Research and Markets takes a look at the future of fuel cell vehicles of all kinds over the next 15 years by interviewing experts and market players.
PEV sales in North America, Grimsel, Events.
Research tip: By 2024, as much as 1.1 million light duty plug-ins could be sold annually in North America, Navigant predicts. A lot more than the 133,000 in 2014, although the States are already the biggest market.
navigantresearch.com via greencarcongress.com
Video tip: The Berlin ePrix saw the demonstration of the ‘Grimsel’, built by students of ETH Zürich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The electric racer holds the Guiness record for EV acceleration as it goes from 0 to 100 kph in just 1,785 seconds.
Events for the upcoming week: Managing Freight in London (June 2; London, UK) ++ Hansa Green Tour (June 3-6; Netherlands-Germany-Denmark) ++ Battery China & EVTec (June 3-5; Beijing, China) ++ FIA Formula E, Round 9 (June 6; Moscow, Russia)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Electric cab EVA, On-board chargers, Tesla Model 3 rendering.
Video tip: Meet EVA, the electric cab designed for Singapore by Munich’s Technical University together with Singapore’s Nanjang TU. Under the name of TUM Create, the teams have developed an EV that charges within 15 minutes and drives up to 200 kilometres in tropical climate (we reported).
Research tip: A new report by Frost & Sullivan sees sales volume for on-board chargers grow from 300,000 units today to over 2.2 million devices by 2020. 3 – 3.7 kWh will remain the choice of a majority of OEMs (62%), however, 6 kWh on board chargers are gaining momentum.
frost.com (report, charges apply) via greencarcongress.com
Click tip: Before the real thing has even become available, a rendering of the Tesla Model 3 appeared and actually looks pretty sleek, especially at the rear.
auto-moto.com (in French) via insideevs.com
PEVs in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
More than a total of 60,000 PHEVs and EVs can be found on the streets of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. 10,000 had been bought in the Nordics just in the first quarter of 2015, with the trend pointing further up. Norway accounts for four out of five electric vehicles sold in the region.
Electric buses and trucks, Pre-owned Tesla Model S.
Research tip: A new report by Navigant Research predicts sales of up to 805,000 electric buses and trucks from 2014 until 2023. The analysts base their prognosis on technological advances.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com
Click tip: You can now order a second-hand Tesla directly through the Californian company’s website. Prices for the pre-owned EVs start at around 65,000 dollars that include a 4-year and 50,000-mile warranty. Of course, buyers won’t qualify for any federal, state or local tax credits or incentives.
teslamotors.com (re-own) via teslarati.com
Overcoming EV barriers, VW Jetta Hybrid, Events.
Study tip: A new report by the National Research Council (NRC) is looking at the reasons for slow EV uptake. Recommendations to spur sales include the standardisation of charging equipment, access and payment as well increasing consumer awareness. The report also agrees with president Obama who wants to transform the federal tax credit into a point-of-sale rebate.
detroitnews.com, nap.edu (fee-based report)
Video tip: Tom Voelk delivers a video review of the VW Jetta Hybrid and swings a punch or two at its direct competitor, the Toyota Prius which has the appeal of “overcooked pasta” to Voelk.
nytimes.com (with video)
Events for the upcoming week: Battery Conference (Apr 27-29; Aachen, Germany) ++ Electromagnetic compatibility of future cars (Apr 27-29; Berlin, Germany) ++ Conference on future automotive technology (Apr 28-29; Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany) ++ Energy Harvesting & Storage (Apr 28-29; Berlin, Germany) ++ Webinar: High voltage DC fuse protection for hybrids and EVs (Apr 29) ++ Energy Storage Seminar (Apr 30-May 01; Wezep, Netherlands) ++ EVS28 International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (May 03-06; Goyang, Korea)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
PEV sales prediction, Ultimate drag race.
Research tip: Frost & Sullivan expect sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to further grow from 304,683 in 2014 to 466,407 units this year. While our number of the day does not necessarily back this prediction, the analysts are positive that the States will lead globally with a market share of 36 percent followed by Europe (27 percent) and China with 24 percent forecasted.
frost.com via prnewswire.com
Video tip: The “ultimate drag race” has taken place in Italy and saw the Energica EGO competing with a Tesla Roadster, a Model S P85D, a BMW 1000RR HP4, a Ferrari 458 and a Zero S. Tune in for almost two minutes of ultimate EV fun!
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Storage technologies, Energy densities.
Study tip: The (FCH-JU) has published a new report looking into how well current and new storage technologies can help store renewable energies. It particularly explores the possibility of “power-to-hydrogen” technologies to be used for fuel cell vehicles.
hydrogenics.com, fch-ju.eu (PDF)
Reading tip: Inside EVs has comprised an overview of current battery technologies and energy densities offered by different companies. The article also looks into future prospects.
Global PEV market.
Globally, 740,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids are registered, a study by the German Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) revealed. Almost half of the PEVs (320,000) were added in 2014.
U.S. tax credit, V2G services.
Reading tip: Hybrid Cars discusses whether the 7,500 plug-in car tax credit in the U.S. needs an overhaul, as the Obama administration had proposed at an earlier date. If reformed, it could be turned into a point-of-sale rebate.
Research tip: A new study by Navigant Research is looking at V2G applications for electric vehicles. The analysts forecast market volume for vehicle-to-grid services to grow from 335,000 dollars in 2015 to 20.7 million in 2024.