Gogoro to become publicly listed and expand
Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro and Poema Global Holdings, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, have announced a definitive agreement resulting in Gogoro becoming a publicly listed company. The proceeds should propel expansion in India, China and Southeast Asia.
Foxconn & PTT to make and supply EVs in Thailand
The contract manufacturer Foxconn and Thai energy company PTT have created a joint venture for the production of electric cars in Thailand. Investments of one to two billion US dollars (about 850 million to 1.7 billion euros) are to flow into the large-scale project.
Bangkok gets 12 electric commuter ferries
The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) has commissioned twelve new all-electric commuter ferries. The fibreglass boats measure 14.5 metres and are powered by an integrated battery-electric system supplied by Torqeedo.
Evlomo plans battery plant in Thailand
The Florida-based eMobility company Evlomo has announced the construction of a battery factory in Thailand – together with the local company Rojana Industrial Park Public. Evlomo had only recently announced its intention to build a DC charging network in Thailand.
Thailand to only allow BEV sales from 2035
The Thai government will only allow purely electric vehicles to be sold from 2035 onwards. Along the way to this goal, the aim is also for electric vehicles to account for 50 per cent – and not 30 per cent as previously planned – of all new car registrations by the end of this decade.
US-based EVLOMO to install fast-chargers in Thailand
Florida-based eMobility company EVLOMO is investing 50 million dollars in building charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across Thailand. Their Thai subsidiary EVLOMO Technologies will install together with partners such as Tritium and EAST Group.
Danfoss delivers electric drives for Thai ferries
Danfoss Editron is supplying Energy Absolute with the electric propulsion systems for Thailand’s first fleet of all-electric passenger ferries that will operate on the Chao Phraya River. Each of the 24 meter long ferries can carry 200 passengers.
Thailand: Energy Absolute unveils electric car
Thailand’s second-biggest provider electricity Energy Absolute has formed an EV subsidiary, Mine Mobility, and unveiled its first passenger electric car at this year’s Bangkok Motor show. Now the company has already received more than 4,500 orders.
TÜV SÜD to help build battery lab in Thailand
TÜV SÜD is participating in the construction of a battery test centre near Bangkok in Thailand. The German testing and certification service provider has now signed a corresponding cooperation agreement with the local Ministry of Industry and the Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI).
BMW localises battery production in Thailand
BMW will produce high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrids in Thailand together with the Dräxlmaier Group. The batteries, made in a new production facility near BMW’s Rayong plant, will help power the PHEV versions of the 5 and 7 series and the X5.
FEV expanding in Asia with FEV Thailand
German FEV has setup a Thai subsidiary in order to offer their engineering and development services in Thailand. FEV Thailand is to support the local industry in the development of vehicles and components such as electric motors, including batteries and fuel cells.
BYD delivering 1,000 electric cars to Bangkok
China’s major new energy vehicle maker BYD is heading into Thailand. They delivered 101 electric cars of type e6 to Bangkok and a thousand more are yet to come. The new EVs will serve as VIP taxis and as part of a car sharing service in the Thai capital.
Toyota to make batteries for hybrid cars in Thailand
Toyota plans to build a battery factory in Thailand to produce power packs for its hybrid vehicles from 2020. Unnamed sources say the Japanese corporation expects PEV sales to rise in the country due to tax incentives and that it also needs to fulfil its own forecasted demand.
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.
Skoda, BYD, California, Buick, Lexus, Thailand.
First glance at Skoda EV: In 2020 VW subsidiary Skoda plans to hit the road with its first pure-electric vehicle called Vision E. By publishing a teaser image the carmaker whets our appetite for the planned presentation of its coupe-like concept car at next month’s Shanghai Motor Show. Skoda has technology at its disposal – namely Volkswagen’s MEB global platform – and says is will dedicate “an all-new model” rather than electrifying an existing car.
BYD to build electric buses in France: China’s EV maker will invest 10m euros to set up its first electric bus assembly plant in Western Europe. The planners finally selected Allonne in the Hauts-de-France region. The new facility is to occupy an existing 32,000 sqm building and shall start production in the first half of 2018 with an annual capacity of up to 200 buses. Later on, the Chinese group wants to add an after-sales unit for maintenance and repairs, along with a logistics centre for spare parts.
15 percent PEV rule in California: The most populous state in the U.S. will not follow Trump’s new vehicle pollution standards but will uphold Obama’s (basically its own) ruling instead. Californian regulators voted to push ahead stricter rules for the period from 2022 to 2025 – inclusive the obligation for carmakers to sell 15 percent EV, FCV, or PHEV by 2025. The current rate is around 3 percent.
Buick’s strategy for China: In 2017 Buick seeks to impress its largest market by adopting GM’s proven extended-range electric vehicle technology in new or updated models. The brand presented its Velite Concept with plug-in hybrid technology for the Chinese market recently and the next two years will see more BEV and PHEV from Buick there.
greencarcongress.com, gmauthority.com, media.gm.com
Lexus debuts in India: The Japanese brand enters the Indian market with its RX 450h, ES 300h and LX450d vehicles. Besides, the brand has also pushed its all-new Lexus LS in the spotlight.
automotiveworld.com, ibtimes.co.in, greencarcongress.com
Thailand to attract PEV production: Demand for EV and HEV in Thailand is to receive a boost through a new promotion scheme and tax incentives. The latter shall support manufacture of electrified vehicles with applications for hybrids due this year and for EVs by 2018. The scheme will be submitted for cabinet approval tomorrow.
China, BMW, Mahindra, Thailand, eRally, Hyundai.
China does it quicker: Carmakers hoping to drop ICEs in China have to adjust quickly, as a draft suggests that the country will introduce ZEV mandates. Modelled after California’s legislation, 8 percent of cars are required to be electric by 2018. One year later, 10% need to be EVs and 12% by 2020. If a manufacturer fails to sell enough electric models, it must buy credits from those who cleaned up their act more successfully. China’s latest roadmap accounts for 40% of newly registered cars being PEVs by 2030 as well as for 80m charge points.
sueddeutsche.de (quota, in German), ecns.cn (roadmap)
Next electric BMW will be a SUV: The German carmaker decided that the next all-electric model will be an SUV, Autocar reports citing insiders. Market entry is not scheduled before 2021, as BMW expects electric car technology, including autonomous driving, to develop further first.
Mahindra looks to electrify across its portfolio. After recently resenting the four-door e20 Plus, the Indian company may offer an electric version of its Scorpio SUV. The focus is on full electrification, not hybrid vehicles, Mahindra says.
Thailand update: Bangkok has officially launched its three-stage EV initiative. Concrete measures include 200 electric buses to serve in the Thai capital by the end of 2017. Within the same period, 100 EV charging stations will be erected, which are part of the up to 800 chargers to be installed by 2036.
Rally Renault: The British take on the French EV is racy. English company eRally presented a Zoe converted for rally competitions as it strives to introduce all-electric rallying for juniors within 2 – 3 years.
UK pricing: Hyundai released prices for its Ioniq. It is now available on the Isles with the hybrid variant starting at 19,995 pounds and the electric version at 24,495 GBP after incentives. Pricing for Toyota’s C-HR hybrid starts from 23,595 GBP.
fleetnews.co.uk (Hyundai), carscoops.com (Toyota)
Norway, Thailand, Toyota, Tesla, BMW.
How electric will Norway be? A while ago, Norway wanted to ban gas guzzlers by 2025 but a report by German dpa has just been denied. Rather than a ban, the government “wants to encourage more environmentally friendly vehicles by using the carrot instead of stick,” a spokesperson said. Yet, the National Transport Plan also includes proposals to reduce emissions from ships and airplanes. There still is much to discuss, it seems.
spiegel.de (in German), reuters.com (carrot & stick), autoblog.com
Thai EV cooperation: Thailand’s largest utility PTT Plc signed agreements with BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Volvo. The carmakers are to develop or deliver electric vehicles while the state-owned utility is to take care of EV infrastructure. 20 EV charging stations shall stand by 2017.
Many Toyota hybrids for China: GAC Toyota and FAW Toyota plan to launch numerous hybrids by 2020. The GAC Toyota joint venture alone says ten new models are in the making as the Japanese aim for 40 percent market share in the People’s Republic.
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This Tesla test drive went wrong as a Model S caught fire. The passengers managed to leave the car after a message warned of problems with charging, albeit while driving. The accident happened in French Biarritz and the ride was part of Tesla’s Europe promotion dubbed the Electric Road Trip.
electrek.co, jalopnik.com, insideevs.com
BMW 330e review: Anthony Lim went to Munich to take a close look at the BMW 330e PHEV. His report is rich in details and technicalities but he did not only read the specc but drove for 340 km, 22 of which were made in electric mode.
UK, Munich, Green Commuters, Massaschussetts, Thailand.
New round of grants: The British government has earmarked 30m pounds for bus operators and local authorities to purchase clean energy buses and corresponding infrastructure. A total of 326 electric, hybrid and biomethane buses will benefit from the grant.
Gewofag electrifies: The Munich-based housing association Gewofag has purchased 27 VW e-Up! to replace part of its old fleet. Its fleet now includes 31 EVs and is said to be totally electrified in the coming years.
sueddeutsche.de, gewofag.de (articles in German)
E-carsharing with Tesla X: Starting in August, Green Commuter will offer a fleet of Tesla Model X in Los Angeles for people to use for ridesharing to and from work, as well as regular carsharing. How many electric SUVs will hit the road, has yet to be announced.
Fighting range anxiety: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is looking to erect six 50 kW fast-chargers along Interstate 90 by the end of the year. Each of the stations will cost about 30,000 dollars plus installation. Another six locations will follow “in the near future.”
Oil company pushes electrification: Thai oil company PTT is looking to install 20 EV charging stations in 2017. PTT already has four chargers in the ground, all including a DC, an AC and a normal Schuko connection.
Utrecht, Thailand, Seattle, Proterra.
Solar chargers for Utrecht: Renault, the Dutch city of Utrecht, ElaadNL, and LonboXnet have signed a letter of intent to test solar smart charging stations. Some 1,000 units could be installed, where ElaadNL would be in charge of the infrastructure and Renault would supply 150 Zoe Z.E. through 2017. The project’s second phase could see the construction of a V2G system.
Thailand’s three step plan: To push EV uptake in the public sector, the country will start regulating EV costs, making sure prices will not exceed those of natural gas vehicles. In a second step, those measures will also apply to electric passenger cars, while Thailand will also cut tax rates, push local battery production and develop charging infrastructure. The third step (2020-2036) will see the installation of up to 800 chargers for an estimated 1.2m electric vehicles.
Seattle’s 15,000 EV plan: To cut the city fleet’s emissions in half by 2025, Seattle’s mayor is calling to include more electric vehicles – a total of 15,000 purely electric cars are said to roam the city’s streets in ten years. Moreover, the EVs will all be powered with clean energy, as Seattle produces enough hydropower.
Proterra prepares for rising demand: As more and more transport agencies are looking to include electric buses in their fleets, manufacturer Proterra wants to nearly double production capacity in 2016. It therefore placed a follow-on order with UQM Technologies for PowerPhase HD electric systems, to be delivered this year.