VinFast & LG Chem launch battery joint venture
VinFast has established a joint venture with LG Chem to produce battery packs for the Vietnamese start-up’s electric scooters and future electric cars. The two companies already signed a letter of intent in September 2018 to cooperate on EV batteries.Weiterlesen
Hyundai and Kia to invest $250 million in ride-hailing firm
The ride-hailing firm Grab is set to receive 250 million dollars in funding from Hyundai and Kia, who are aiming to establish a series of EV projects, beginning with Singapore, as well as the setup of an EV fast charging network.Weiterlesen
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VinFast orders e-bus components and technology from Siemens
The Vietnamese startup VinFast has signed an agreement with Siemens to supply technology and components for the manufacture of electric buses. The first complete bus is expected to roll off the assembly line by the end of 2019.Weiterlesen
Torqeedo delivers electric motors for Vietnamese boats
Torqeedo has fitted a total of 15 tourist boats in a new holiday resort in Hoi An with electric propulsion systems. The batteries used are the lithium-ion batteries also used in the BMW i3.Weiterlesen
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UK, Toyota, Mercedes-AMG, Alcraft, Vietnam, Bentley.
UK sees more scrappage schemes: Five more carmakers have followed Ford, Mercedes and Hyundai by launching scrappage schemes in the UK. VW realises its plans and pays British drivers up to 6,000 pounds when they scrap older diesel cars and buy a new model of the VW group. Further schemes will be introduced by Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Kia – with saving potentials around 2,000 pounds. However, Nissan is the only carmaker to particularly encourage to buy EVs. While VW’s programme targets diesel cars the other schemes work with any car bought before 2010.
theguardian.com, autocar.co.uk, volkswagen.co.uk (VW), autocar.co.uk (Nissan), autocar.co.uk (Toyota), cardealermagazine.co.uk (Kia and Renault)
Toyota’s next hybrid generation: The Japanese carmaker shows its C-HR Hy-Power Concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show, developed by its European Design Centre in France. The first teaser photo hints to a sporty crossover version of the current C-HR, while the name promises higher performance. So far, the C-HR comes with a 1.8 litre combustion engine and a 122 PS electric motor.
Showtime for the Project One: Ahead of Frankfurt’s IAA, Daimler presents a teaser of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, a hyper car full of Formula 1 hybrid tech, but created to conquer the road. Meanwhile also some vehicle specifications have been released: Thus, the two-seater’s output accumulates to more than 1000 hp, top speed is exceeding 350 km/h.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com
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Alcraft promotes EV rendering: The British start-up has unveiled first pictures of its GT concept car and is about to show a 33-percent scale foam model at the Cenex LCV event at Millbrook this week. In order to create a full-size version, the company has launched a crowdfunding campaign, hoping to gather 600,000 pounds. The GT shall come with 3 motors, an output of 600 hp, a range of 480 km and be ready for production kick-off in 2019, according to the company’s plans.
autocar.co.uk, motor1.com, alcraftmotor.com
Vietnam to produce domestic cars: The country’s largest real-estate company Vingroup JSC intends to invest up to 3.5 bn dollars to enter the car production business. Its plans include to set up a manufacturing as well as a R&D complex and to create EVs along with sedans and sports vehicles for millions of Vietnamese. In a first phase, the company installs a factory worth 1 to 1.5bn dollars. The first cars shall roll off the lines within 2 years.
bloomberg.com, reuters.com, en.vietnamplus.vn
Hybrid version of Bentley’s Continental GT: While Bentley is about to put its next-gen Continental GT on display at the IAA event in Frankfurt, it confirms that the car will also be available as petrol-electric version, equipped with the same tech as the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The Continental GT Hybrid’s electric range shall cover 31 miles, further details have not yet been given.
Vietnam, BMW i3.
Reading tip: Vietnam warns its citizens of cheap EVs made in China that are sold over the internet, since their quality cannot be verified. People who are caught on the street driving one, risk a fine and confiscation of the car.
Life hack: Do you want to know how to keep the BMW i3’s charge port free from snow and ice in the winter? Here are some more or less creative ways to do just that.
Berlin, charging challenge, Evercar, Vietnam, Honolulu.
Berlin’s water utility added 20 Nissan Leaf to its fleet. That makes 10 percent of BWB’s fleet, not counting the BMW i3, which the company got for free. Before choosing the Leaf, BWB tested various electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. The EVs are leased for four years and were simply the cheapest alternative.
bwb.de (in German)
Ministerial charging: The U.S. Department of Transportation is the first federal agency to join the Department of Energy’s workplace charging challenge, aiming to provide 500 EV charging stations by 2025.
Rent an electric cab so you can offer rides via Uber or Lyft. That is the business model of Evercar. The electric carsharing service is directed at freelance drivers and charges them five dollars an hour. The service will kick off in LA after the LA Auto Show, while Evercar aims to go nationwide before the end of 2016.
cleantechnica.com, insideevs.com, myevercar.com
Electric tourism: Two electric vehicles have gone into service in the city of Quy Hnon, Vietnam, to shuttle tourists for less than a dollar. Up to 12 people fit in the open carriers that can drive with up to 30 kph. The pilot service is one of several such initiatives in the country.
8 hybrid buses now serve on Honolulu, as Hawaiian firm TheBus adds them to the fleet. The buses come from Gillig Corp. and cost 700,000 dollars each. Yet, almost 83 percent of the investment is covered by a five million dollar government grant called TIGGER.
Vietnam, Maryland, PlugShare, Ihr Bäcker Schüren.
Electric travelling in Vietnam: Ho-Chi-Minh will kick off its electric mini bus service next month as planned. Ten electric 12-seaters will chauffeur tourists to the city’s hot spots. The same service will also start in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay in June.
shanghaidaily.com (HCM) tuoitrenews.vn (Ha Long)
Maryland charged up: Montgomery County will install eleven EV charging stations in public parking garages, the first three of which are already online. Also, the Community College of Baltimore County will erect ten EV charging spots powered by solar energy. The PV project will see 1,400 car ports covered with solar panels to meet the Campus’ energy needs.
gazette.net (Montgomery), businesswire.com (Baltimore)
PlugShare app update: The app has undergone a makeover. Apart from revamping the interface, EV drivers can now review charging locations. The ‘Trip Planner’ allows users to enter a destination and will then only point out charging stations within a 5 miles radius along the route.
Carbon neutral breakfast rolls: German bakery Schüren delivers its baked goods using a fleet consisting only of Nissan’s eNV-200. The three electric vans are charged with solar power from the bakery’s roof. Obviously, the bread is baked with sun power as well.
Yokohama, Gliide, e-Bürgerbus, Govecs, Rouyn-Noranda, Vietnam.
Nissan extends carsharing programme: The “Choimobi Yokohoma” electric carsharing scheme, featuring Nissan’s New Mobility Concept, will continue at least one more year. Since October 2013, more than 10,000 people registered for the programme in the city of Yokohama, Japan.
Chauffeur-driven Tesla: Gliide is London’s first all-electric chauffeur-driven service and it will use Tesla Model S only. Just a few weeks ago, UK car rental company EVision also specialised on hiring out the luxury EV (we reported).
Electric citizen buses: The programme called e-Bürgerbus in German kicks off in Stuttgart today. During a two-year trial headed by the University of Stuttgart, citizen-operated electric and hybrid mini buses will be used to test how electric transportation can be extended to rural areas.
Pizza delivery electrified: The Domino’s Pizza branch in Fontainebleau, just south of Paris, has bought three Govecs GO! T2.4 electric scooters. The company hopes to save on fuels costs and improve its ecological image.
govecs.fr (in French)
New charge points at Niagara Falls International Airport: The airport in the northern New York State now features two stations, where travellers can hook up their EVs. During a four-year trial, charging is free. But the stations need to be reserved ahead of time.
Charging in Canada: The city of Rouyn-Noranda has joined the Electric Circuit public charging network, setting up two charge points in municipal parking lots for public use. Electric Circuit is the largest charging network in Quebec.
Electrifying Vietnam: Starting as early as May of next year, some 7.5 kilometres of electric tram lines could go into service in Ho-Chi-Minh City, the country’s largest city. First, transport officials will have to determine demand. In the capital Hanoi as well as the city of De Nang, tourists are already being chauffeured in electric cars.