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Matchmaking: Tesla and Daimler talk electric vans
Tesla and Daimler go back years when Daimler supported the EV maker early on. Now it looks as if it is time to give some of the “like” back and Elon Musk tweeted to toy with the idea of an electric van cooperation. Plus, he has expansive plans on Supercharging.Weiterlesen
Tesla’s Model 3 will arrive in Europe with CCS ports
After a lot of rumours on the grapevine, it is now official: the Tesla Model 3 will indeed come outfitted with a CCS fast charging port in Europe. Drew Bennet, responsible for Tesla’s global charging infrastructure, revealed the news in an interview with Auto Express.Weiterlesen
Tesla ends free Supercharging for Model S and X
Those buying a Tesla Model S or Model X from now, will have to pay for charging at a Supercharger. The EV maker has ended its free Supercharging credit programme for good. Owners of a Model 3 had never benefitted from it in the first place.Weiterlesen
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Dutch taxi driver defies Tesla to use Superchargers freely
Free access to Tesla Superchargers is increasingly restricted as the number of Tesla electric cars increases. This is true for new owners but also commercial businesses such as chauffeur services. Now, an exception has been made, ruled by a Dutch court.Weiterlesen
Europe: Tesla Supercharger network at 3200 charge points
Tesla has set up more than 400 Supercharger sites with over 3,200 charging points in Europe to date. Said network stretches over 23 European countries and has so far supplied enough electricity to drive 850 million kilometres with zero emissions.Weiterlesen
Tesla now runs 10,000 Superchargers worldwide
Tesla has reached a milestone as their network of electric car charging stations now includes more than a thousand sites with over 10,000 Superchargers installed worldwide. Still the EV maker is a little behind schedule but says they are catching up quickly.Weiterlesen
New Tesla Supercharger with up to 250 kW performance
Tesla is planning the presentation of the next Supercharger generation for late summer this year. This was admitted by Elon Musk on Twitter after a user queried him. The Superchargers of the third generation will feature “major improvements all round.”Weiterlesen
Tesla consolidates supercharger network in China
Tesla has further expanded their charging network in China. Now it covers most cities in the Jangtse Delta, the Pearl River Delta, the Region Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and the Region Chengdu-Chongqing. Also three of the largest charging parks belonging to Tesla are on Chinese soil.Weiterlesen
Tesla working on charging network for electric trucks
As the commercial shift to electric transportation modes is taking place, Tesla is taking a proactive approach by working with industry to supply local charging stations for companies. According to Reuters Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi and UPS are among those participating in the development programme.Weiterlesen
Central Europe’s largest Supercharger location opens in Bregenz
A 20 unit Supercharger station has opened in Austrian Bregenz at the HQ of local utility Illwerke VKW. The firm says it is the largest Tesla charge park in Central Europe and wants to add its own infrastructure.Weiterlesen
Supercharger Network reaches new Milestone.
And the 1,000th Supercharger station stands near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Overall, Tesla now brought 6,934 DC charging spots online and may reach its target of 10,000 Superchargers before the year’s end. When looking at 2017 alone, the average is 8.5 chargers per station.
Allego, Shell, Solaris, New Zealand, Supercharger.
Shell to offer fast-charging: Allego has agreed to supply Shell gas stations with fast-chargers, first in the UK and the Netherlands, where they shall go into operation before the year’s end. London and Derby are on the list of locations with a few more in the west of the Netherlands (Randstad). How many 50 kW stations they want to install, none of the partners specified.
Autobus per favore: Italy has ordered a total of 22 electric buses built by Polish Solaris. Twelve Urbino 12 electric are expected in Bergamo with another ten going to Milan. While both cities opted for the same models, they differed in the interior as well as charging options.
At the other end of the world New Zealand’s capital ordered 32 electric double-decker. The first ten are scheduled for service from July 2018, while the other 22 are only due by 2020 and 2021. The Council of Wellington has signed with Tranzit and Uzabus for nine routes after the city called for tenders in August last year. Overall, the bus fleet is almost 500 strong.
Tesla’s Supercharger supersizing continues as the firm announced another two 40-strong charging sites after building the first in California as reported. One will come to Tesla-loving Oslo in Norway and the other to Baker, a place conveniently situated between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Not as big but expansive all the same is the latest site at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island’s mall and theme park that now call sixteen Tesla charging stations their own.
electrek.co (Oslo), electrek.co (Baker), gulfnews.com (Abu Dhabi)
Share&Charge, BAE, SolarEdge, Supercharger, Korea Telecom.
Start-up culture reimported: MotionWerk, a start-up from the German town of Essen, has found a potent application for their Share&Charge platform in eMotorWerks. Based in San Francisco, the latter offers smart-grid-ready charging equipment and owners of such stations will be able to make them available to all EV drivers via Share&Charge, thus forming the first peer-to-peer charging network in the States. The pilot’s start is scheduled for August, 1 and marks a good start for both MotionWerk as well as its accelerator innogy, that recently set-up shop in Los Angeles.
BAE hybrid drive for Solaris: Belgian transport company SRWT ordered 208 hybrid buses from Polish manufacturer Solaris reportedly. Turns out BAE Systems will not only supply the drive system but will also see its energy storage system ESS-3G-1K installed in the Solaris buses.
Home charger with inverter: Israeli SolarEdge intends to launch a home EV charger with an integrated solar inverter able to charge EVs with up to 9.6 kW. SolarEdge had teamed up with Tesla for the first generation Powerwall but now claims the “world’s first inverter-integrated” EV charger for itself.
Meanwhile Tesla not only plans large Supercharger stations with up to 20 charge bays like those in Albany and Burbank (we reported) but already wants to surpass those. The “world’s biggest Supercharger station” with 40 charge points is under construction in Kettleman City, California.
Korea Telecom targets 10,000 EVs: Telecommunication provider Korea Telecom (KIT) is about to electrify its fleet and wants to replace 10,000 company cars with electric vehicles until 2022. Hyundai will deliver the first 1,000 Ioniq EVs before the year’s end. Furthermore, Korea Telecom wants to gradually equip more than 400 buildings with charging stations in South Korea.
english.etnews.com , koreajoongangdaily.joins.com
California got a gap: There is a waiting list for the Golden State’s 2,500 dollar plug-in rebate at the moment as the allocated funds for this year are close to exhaustion and are being held for applicants with low income. The 2018 budget is likely to be released in September but a recent Californian bill may free an additional 3bn dollars for electric transport subsidies even sooner.
Supercharger, Romania, Electrify America, BYD, Korea.
Tesla’s first XL Supercharger stations with 20 charging points are soon opening in Albany, New York and Burbank, California. The installation of significantly bigger charging stations represents the EV maker’s current strategy for the States but also a readiness for the Model 3 roll-out.
40 charging stations for Romania: E.ON Romania and Hungarian MOL agreed on erecting 40 EV charging stations in Romania until 2020. The project partners count on support through European funds.
seenews.com, petrolplaza.com, business-review.eu, romania-insider.com
Debut of VW’s infrastructure project in the U.S.: Volkswagen has started the installation of its charging network in the States, following the company’s court settlement for the diesel-gate. The first quick charging station under the label “Electrify America” recently opened in Washington D.C. and marks the beginning of the first stage, that will see 50 DC charger installed in 10 cities until September.
BYD enters partnerships in Chile: Chinese BYD has signed an agreement with Enel Chile in order to deliver 90 electric buses to the Latin American country. Additionally, the company teams up with the Federico Santa María Technical University as both seek to improve the education of teachers and students when it comes to EV tech and to support electric mobility research.
byd.com (electric buses), byd.com (university cooperation)
Korea halves EV’s toll charges: The country’s transport ministry intends to halve highway toll charges for EVs and FCVs from September to boost EV sales. Korea’s government raised its electric mobility objectives generally and now wants 1.5m electrified cars to populate the country’s roads by 2020.
Supercharger, Porsche, CHJ, Smart, Cadillac, Adomani.
Tesla delays deadline: Supercharger use will remain free for all customers buying a Model X or S through December, 31. This is the third delay of a change in policy that will see Tesla charging customers for using their network once their use exceeds 400 kWh. This latest move is likely to prevent potential buyers from waiting for the Model 3 rather than buying a Model S or X now. After all, free supercharging for a lifetime is a good argument for those that can afford the premium price.
teslamag.de, electrek.co, teslarati.com
Porsche has got an eye on the Formula E with a top tier management delegation having met FE CEO Alejandro Agag at the ePrix in Monaco and later in Berlin. Chances depend on technical rules like the car swap but also Porsche’s final decision on the WEC that is currently under revision.
Cheap commuter EV: Chinese start-up CHJ plans to enter the new energy vehicle market with a targeted approach. Its first micro EV model aims at commuters and shall hit the shelves by March 2019 already with exchangeable batteries. As a mobility device mainly, the price is set at a low 7,000 – 8,000 euros, thus placing it in competitive range of electric scooters. CHJ’s main market is China but the firm did not rule out a launch in Europe, only here the compact EV would serve in ride sharing offers.
Talking small electric cars, Smart has announced UK prices for its ED range. The Fortwo model starts from 16,420 pounds, while the Forfour will cost about 500 pounds more with 16,915 GBP. Finally, the Fortwo Cabriolet is the top of the three, starting from 18,650 pounds, all after the 4,500 GBP incentive.
Cadillac XT4 PHEV? New spy shots of Cadillac’s XT4 hints at what may be a charge connector under heavy disguise. It would make sense, given that the Cadillac CT6 is already available as a plug-in hybrid. The XT4 is set to debut by mid-2018.
Close to 10m dollars worth of finance has been gathered for retrofit hybrid and electric buses or trucks by Adomani. The company has just gone public and sold more than 2.5m shares at 5 dollars each, amounting to 9.2m dollars in its IPO. Adomani is now listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ADOM.
Supercharger, BYD, Hawaiian Electric, Australia.
Independent Superchargers? Tesla wants to go off-grid in the long run by feeding its charging infrastructure from solar panel arrays and batteries. At least that was CEO Elon Musk’s reply on Twitter following a question about the chargers’ energy sources but 140 characters were obviously not enough to draw up a timetable. A more detailed account was recently given when Tesla announced plans to extend its Supercharger network to more than 10,000 units before the year’s end.
BYD refuse truck not wasted: BYD and its partners LA Sanitation and Wayne Engineering completed their electric refuse truck trial and demonstrated the viability of zero-emission vehicles for municipal waste haulers. BYD’s test vehicles did more than 5,200 miles and up to 108 miles per day.
Approval for Hawaiian Electric: Hawaiian Electric can extend its DC fast charging scheme for five more years after obtaining the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission’s approval. One of the programmes sees the utility operate 25 publicly accessible DC fast-charge facilities on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.
Electric buses for CA school districts: The South Coast Air Quality Management District in SoCal raised about 1.6m dollars in order to support three school districts (Fontana, Rialto, and Jurupa) to buy two electric buses and charging stations each.
Shop and charge: Australian Stockland intends to erect Tesla Destination Chargers at 31 of its shopping centres across the country. In order to offer its clients free charging, the company is willing to invest 200,000 dollars.
Video tip I: Remember Wiebe Wakker aka Mr. PlugMeIn? His trip from the Netherlands to Australia is well underway and Fully Charged have caught up with him in Abu Dhabi to see where and how his e-Golf has carried him. Next stop: India, and Wiebbe is always looking for connections along the way.
Video tip II: To pay at a Supercharger can be quite a shock for Tesla owners used to free charging. So this is what happened, when a newish Tesla driver used up the 400 kWh allocated.
youtube.com via teslarati.com
Supercharger, YPF, Ford, ABB, Volvo, Zap-Map, California.
Details to Supercharger expansion: Ahead of the Model 3 market entry, Tesla confirmed officially that the total number of Superchargers worldwide shall rise from today 5,400 to more than 10,000 by the end of the year. In the same period, the amount of Destination Chargers is to climb from 9,000 to 15,000. Interestingly, renderings show, that the EV maker may not only extend its network by building more Superchargers, but is also looking into larger locations. They would gather more Superchargers under roofs with solar tiles and could also have some sort of a waiting room, or “customer centre” – in short, they may become the pit stops of the future.
electrek.co, teslarati.com, tesla.com (official statement)
To not become obsolete through firms like Tesla just yet, Argentina’s state-owned Oil company YPF intends to equip 200 petrol stations with charging points for electric cars. The installation of initially 110 charging points is to start by mid-2017 at stops between Buenos Aires and La Plata.
Ford fleet in London: Ford selected five fleet operators to start its earlier announced pilot programme in London. For 12 months, the car maker will provide 20 Transit Custom PHEV to see how plug-in hybrids could support the capital’s target to clear the air. Its rather potent partners are Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, British Gas, Clancy Plant, and Addison Lee.
greencarcongress.com, ngtnews.com, postandparcel.info
ABB and Volvo do it again and this time it is British Harrogate that will see Swedish electric buses powered by Swiss charging equipment. The fleet will operated by Transdev Blazefield from 2018. ABB will deliver three charging stations and an electricity substation for installation at a bus station.
Zap-Map’s updated app: UK’s EV charging platform Zap-Map enables EV drivers to locate charging points through an app that the company now spiced up once more. Version 3.0 includes real-time data from across the GeniePoint and Source London networks.
44 EVs to charge simultaneously: Californian’s city of Fremont that is home to Tesla now hosts one of the largest EV charging sites in the Bay Area. Operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), 44 electric cars can charge at 22 stations simultaneously. The project’s inauguration is part of a pilot programme.
Karl-Thomas Neumann, Scott Keogh
“I want it and know Vauxhall needs it. As yet, we don’t have the decision. But I think we’ll have it. For me, it’s a matter of time.”
Opel chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann hopes to persuade GM to invest in a right-hand drive variant of the Ampera-e aka the Bolt.
“All this fright about where am I going to get a charge is going to go away extremely fast. The technology on this front is moving at a staggering pace.”
Audi of America President Scott Keogh calls on car dealers to jump onto the electric car market as he believes that any hurdles like infrastructure will very soon disappear.
Click tip I: Now that Tesla is charging per kWh at its Superchargers, but prices may vary from location to locations, calculating the cost of a trip is some serious brain exercise. Tesla-owner Ben Sullins has come up with an online-tool to help calculate the total.
tableau.com, youtube.com (video tutorial)
Click tip II: Another Tesla owner has created glowing a charging cable. It lights up depending on the amount of current being drawn by the Tesla. That’s some seriously cool engineering.
insideevs.com, youtube.com (video)