Electrify America to build more chargers at Walmart
Volkswagen’s diesel-gate redemption subsidiary has announced the completion of 120 fast-charging stations installed at Walmart locations across 34 states. While no specific final number was announced, the partners announced plans to continue expanding the EV charging network.
Walmart Canada orders 30 Tesla Semis
Walmart Canada has ordered another 30 electric Semi trucks from Tesla. 15 of the electric trucks had been ordered in November 2017, ten of which were destined for Canada, and five for the US.
San Diego, Milan, Jordan, Plug Power & Walmart, London, Wolfsburg.
SDG&E plans infrastructure extension: San Diego Gas & Electric announced a new project, working with automakers, labor representatives, environmentalists and service providers to install 10 chargers each at up to 550 business and multi-family locations throughout its service territory for a total of 5,500 separate chargers. The company will also offer special rates to encourage charging at times when electricity supply from renewable energy is plentiful and energy prices are low.
Milan adds e-bikes: The Italian city has introduced 1 000 electric bicycles to its BikeMi network, bringing the total number of public bikes in the city to 4,600. All e-bikes have a range of 55 to 65 kilometres on a single charge. Furthermore, another 70 docking stations will be set up across the city.
150 Renault Zoe for Jordan: The deal was signed during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and is the biggest Zoe order since 2013. The cars will be delivered this year and will be completely powered by electricity from solar panels installed on royal property.
Plug Power and Walmart Canada expand partnership: Plug Power will deliver another 124 GenDrive fuel cell systems for forklift trucks to Walmart’s distribution center in Balzac, Alberta, bringing the GenDrive total to 230 units at the site. Walmart Canada will also receive a GenFuel infrastructure.
EV charger extension in London: Transport for London seeks potential partners and suppliers to further extend EV infrastructure by building more rapid-chargers for commercially used electric vehicles. This is all in the run up to the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2020.
Wolfsburg gets e-sharing: The hometown of Volkswagen got its first electric sharing scheme, featuring 15 e-bikes and five VW e-Up, and aims to include up to 50 electric bicycles. The scheme is supported by the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) and its partners. An “eMobility cube” is being built near the main station to provide a point of information.
innoz.de (in German)
Tesla, SGL, Walmart, Cadillac.
Tesla triples safety: Following incidents of burning Model S’ last year, the Californian carmaker now outfits its vehicle bodies with a triple underbody shield. All Model S produced since 6th of March already have this feature. For all others, Tesla offers retrofitting upon request and free of charge. The NHTSA fully approved the measure and has closed its investigation.
chargedevs.com, medium.com (with videos), electriccarsreport.com
Cheaper carbon fibre: German carbon specialist SGL expects prices to fall by up to 90% within the next few years due to reduced manufacturing costs. This would mean 30 euros (41 dollars) or less per kilo and could make carbon fibre reinforced parts an even more viable alternative for cars.
Walmart shows the future in form of its aerodynamic hybrid truck. Its trailer is entirely made out of carbon fibre. The whole vehicle has now been presented at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) in Kentucky, USA.
hybridcars.com, greencarcongress.com (with video)
First-world problems: Cadillac is recalling 656 ELRs with range extender due to a fault with the electronic stability control. Fortunately, only 55 had actually been delivered to consumers while the rest is still at dealers or at the plant. According to GM, the problem does not affect any Volt vehicles.
Walmart, Rinspeed, Wrightspeed, Volkswagen, SNAM.
Futuristic truck: Walmart revealed the WAVE or Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience which is the latest of its fleet efficiency programme. The aerodynamic truck seats its driver in a central position and carries a trailer completely made from carbon fibre. Powering the WAVE is a Capstone turbine engine coupled to an electric powertrain.
Rinspeed’s XchangE: The Swiss think tank will present a highly modified Tesla Model S at the Geneva Motor Show to showcase its vision of autonomous driving. The XchangE’s interior focuses on the passengers who will be able to face each other, surf the net and “park” the steering wheel in the centre of the dashboard to “steer by wire.” Rinspeed’s slogan: “Not even flying is better!”
technologicvehicles.com, globenewswire.com, youtube.com (Video)
Big savings for big trucks: Wrightspeed’s ‘Route system’ is a plug-in hybrid setup making use of a fuel-efficient microturbine engine. Ian Wright, Wrightspeed founder and former Tesla employee, is aiming to electrify lorries and heavy duty vehicles with his new powertrain.
VW for EV battery recycling: The German carmaker has signed a partnership agreement with the French Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux (SNAM). SNAM will be responsible for the collection, dismantling and reutilisation of used li-ion and NiMH batteries of electric vehicles according to EU directive 2006/66/EC.