Faraday Future, Tencent, Porsche, Symbio FCell.
Faraday powered by LG? Insiders report, LG Chem closed a 2.4bn dollar deal with Faraday Future to supply power packs for their upcoming EV models. However, for now these are only rumours. Meanwhile, spy shots captured Faraday’s first model but do not reveal much.
koreatimes.co.kr; autoblog.com (first model)
Hacking a Tesla Model S: Chinese security experts from Tencent managed to remotely control certain funtions of the Californian EV. The IT firm even succeeded in manipulating the brakes of a Tesla in motion from far. The EV maker has been made aware of it and says it reasserted control.
Porsche to enter Formula E: The German sports car brand has applied to become an official battery supplier for the electric racing series. If Porsche’s tender is successful, their exclusive engagement would start from season 5 (2018/19). FIA is currently evaluating the applications.
Symbio FCell financing: ENGIE utility has joined Michelin as an investor in Symbio FCell. The latter has started a second round of financing for its fuel-cell range extender for electric vehicles. ENGIE has installed more than 5,000 charging stations in Europe and is now looking into H2 technology.
ChargePoint, Symbio FCell, Lex Autolease, Europcar, Adelaide.
New express station from ChargePoint: The low-cost Express 100 DC charger was designed for businesses that want to offer charging to customers. The 24 kW station is for now only available with the SAE J1772 combo plug, but ChargePoint says, it wants to launch a CHAdeMO version later this year.
Symbio expects sales to soar: Fuel-cell system provider Symbio FCell predicts that it will deliver 1,000 electric Renault Kangoo with fuel-cell range extenders (Kangoo ZE-H2) next year. So far, more than 50 units have been delivered, with 200 expected for the full year.
Celebrating a milestone: British Lex Autolease says it has delivered its 2,000th plug-in electric vehicle. Lex Autolease claims to be responsible for around 7% of plug-ins on UK roads, which is believed to be the largest fleet of its kind in the country.
Europcar adds new EVs to offering: The company launched a new EV service featuring Nissan Leafs in Birmingham City. The car hire service is committed to electrify five percent of its British fleet by 2020.
Australian city offers incentives: Adelaide City now offers businesses, residents, schools and community groups up to 5,000 dollars for installing solar panels and energy storage. Installing a charging station for electric cars will get them up to 500 dollars. It is the first place in Australia to offer these kinds of subsidies.
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Nissan, Endesa, HyWay, National University, ChargePoint.
V2G agreement: Nissan has signed an agreement with Spanish utility provider Endesa to deliver a low cost, market-ready V2G system, and an innovative business model. The latter could soon see EV drivers sell back the remaining energy in their vehicles’ battery to the grid. Furthermore, the two corporations plan to look into second life applications for EV batteries and new electric car sharing solutions.
DHL Express is to add Renault Kangoo ZE vehicles with Symbio FCell’s hydrogen range extender to its fleet as part of the HyWay project. The FCVs are now ready to take to the streets in French Lyon, Grenoble will follow.
Hybrid uni fleet: The National University in San Diego is replacing its 26-strong fleet with Honda Accord plug-in hybrids. The university’s campuses are scattered all over California and even Nevada so the PHEVs will serve staff travelling between the several locations.
Most electrified: ChargePoint has issued a list of the most EV friendly cities in the States. The ranking, that is led by Frisco, LA, and Seattle, is based on the network provider’s own charging stations and registered EVs.
Delhi, E-Car Club, Dubai, SPIE & IBM, La Poste, Renault, Symbio FCell.
Delhi bets on e-bikes: Hero Electric is currently in talks with the Delhi government in order to offer 20 e-bikes at every metro station in the city. Moreover, manufacturer Ampere Vehicles will provide 50 e-bikes to a pizza delivery service in Delhi. The government will help fund the batteries and plans similar projects in the cities of Agra, Haridwar, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
E-Car Club expands: The UK’s all-electric car club wants to have more than 100 EVs available for hire soon. E-car club is poised to quadruple its fleet from 15 to 60 EVs and expects a further 50 to be deployed over the next six months across its locations in London, the South East, and the Midlands.
Dubai charges up: The United Arab Emirates’ biggest city kicks off construction of its charging infrastructure at the headquarters of Dubai Water and Electric Authority (Dewa). A total of 100 stations will be installed by April. Renault has already sold 75 Twizy there and plans to offer its Zoe soon as well.
Charging cooperation in France: SPIE, an installation and maintenance specialist for EV charging stations, joins forces with IBM to offer a comprehensive installation, operation and management service for charging stations in France. The stations will be managed via IBM’s Electric Vehicle Enabled Platform (EVEP), which will forward statistics about usage and service requests to operators.
Double the range: The French postal service will test the Maxity Electric by Renault Trucks for one year. It is fitted with fuel cell technology by Symbio FCell, which serves as a range extender. That allows the truck to go around 200 kilometres on one charge – doubling its usual range.
Symbio FCell, London, Nova Bus, Electric Circuit.
Electric Kangoo with fuel cell: As part of a project lead by the Conseil Général de la Manche, Symbio FCell has delivered the first five Renault Kangoo Z.E. with fuel cell range extenders. Another 35 will follow soon. The Symbio FCell technology supposedly nearly doubles the vehicle’s range.
Testing electric black cabs: The first range-extended Electric Motorcabs have now gone on trial in London. They are powered by two electric motors and a small combustion engine used to recharge the battery pack or provide power directly to the motors. Metrocab has announced that there will be no price premium over the current diesel-powered black cabs.
Hybrid bus testing in Quebec: The hybrid bus from Nova Bus has been successfully tested in Montreal already and will now have to hold up against rough winter climate and topography in Quebec City. The bus can switch from diesel to diesel-electric and even run in full-electric mode.
Canadian Electric Circuit continues to grow: During the Montreal Auto Show, the Electric Circuit announced more charging stations to come. While 125 new charging stations were promised during the first few days, Hybrid Cars has made a list of the other smaller announcements.