ZEV credits, South Korea, Panasonic, Facebook, Hoverboards, Geely.
California to go new ways? Due to an excess supply of the so-called ZEV credits, the Golden State is thinking about changing the rules. It could i.e. introduce a cap on the number of credits a carmaker is allowed to sell, especially since many have seen the programme a subsidy for Tesla that only sells EVs. Needless to say, the latter is “not amused.”
EV update from Korea: The South Korean government wants to increase exports of electric vehicles, shipping off 200,000 units per year by 2020. The number of fuel cell exports is to reach 14,000 units per year. Meanwhile, Korea wants to have 250,000 EVs on its roads by then.
Japan dominates U.S. battery market: South Korea’s Samsung SDI and LG Chem are losing ground in the U.S. Their market share dropped from 35 to 23 percent in May, while the number of battery cells from Japan rose. Especially Panasonic, supplier for Tesla, Nissan and Ford, is reporting good business.
Tesla exec heads to Facebook: Rich Heley, Tesla’s former vice president of product technology, has left the EV maker for the social media platform where he will help with the development of Building 8 – a new research lab for innovative hardware developments.
Massive recall for Hoverboards: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling over half a million hoverboards after reports of exploding batteries due to overheating. More than half of the boards concerned come from the company Segway.
Testing the Chinese Volvo: Auto Express took the Geely Emgrand EV for a spin. The verdict: there is a clear potential and the electric car from China could even “shape up to be a worthy Nissan Leaf competitor.” Test drivers only criticised the claimed range of around 250 km, managing to drive only about 200 km. But range is always subject to driving style.
BMW, ZEV credits, Citroën, Formula E, Niu, Garia, VW.
BMW may plan new PHEV: According to the Australian website Motoring, the next BMW X3 model expected for 2016 will also become available as a plug-in hybrid variant with an all-electric range of 50 kilometres. It could feature a 67 kW electric motor and a turbocharged four-cylinder combustion engine, giving it a combined output of around 245 kW.
All need to electrify: The California Air Resources Board announced that even small carmakers will have to comply with clean-car rules, denying the request of Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo to be exempt from the rules. The decision will allow the five smaller automakers, all of which have less than 40 billion dollars in annual global revenue, to have the option of selling plug-in hybrids to earn credits towards compliance, rather than being forced to sell pure EVs.
Citroën Formula E update: Rumours that the French carmaker will take part in the second Formula E season are becoming more concrete. Motorsport.com has learned that a Citroën Formula E test took place earlier this month close to Paris. The carmaker is said to join Richard Branson’s Virgin racing team next year. The official announcement is expected during the ePrix finale in London at the end of June.
New scooter from China: Li Yinan, former chief technology officer of China’s largest internet search company Baidu, and his new company Niu introduced an electric scooter called “N1 smart e-scooter” to the Chinese market. The Vespa-like two-wheeler features a Bosch motor and weighs only 10 kilos. It could also become available in Europe at a later date.
From furniture to EVs: Danish newspaper Finans reports that Lars Larsen, owner of the internationally operating Danish retail chain Jysk, which is selling household goods, plans to produce electric utility vehicles for municipalities, public offices, parks and camping sites and to sell the EVs worldwide. Apparently the planning stage is all wrapped up and first deals have already been signed.
finans.dk (in Danish) via emobilitaetonline.de (in German)
Driving the Beetle Dune Hybrid concept: John Voelker from Green Car Concepts took the bug for a spin and found the ride rather bumpy, feeling the weight of the hybrid drivetrain also used in the Jetta. He believes the concept is really a way for VW to say “Look, we can put our hybrid powertrain in a bunch of different vehicles–including this one.”
CARB ZEV credits, Multi-standard Supercharger.
Click tip 1: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) put out its ZEV-credits numbers for the past twelve months. Nissan transferred out 663.6 zero emission vehicle credits from its balance account, just edging out Tesla with 650.195 credits.
arb.ca.gov via greencarcongress.com
Click tip 2: As CCS chargers map author Mutwin Kraus reveals, the new Tesla Superchargers in Dorno, Italy also include a multi-standard CCS, CHAdeMO and 43kW AC unit. It is unknown whether it was provided by Tesla or the company that runs the location.