It’s Wednesday 30th May 2018 and this is your EV News Daily. Good morning, good afternoon and good evening! Wherever you’re listening around the world, a very warm welcome from London, UK.  Here is today’s news about electric cars and the future of transport. My name is Martyn Lee and I go through every EV article online so you don’t have to.



  • Ride sharing services, whether that’s cars or bikes, are one way of getting a lot of people to try something – and in the case of ZipCar in London, a lot of people soon will be getting their first experience of an electric car.
  • Zipcar is launching a fleet of more than 300 Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars in London, with 325 on the streets of the capital by the end of this year.
  • ZipCar’s Flex service means you can drop off your car whenever and wherever you’re done using it, which does pose an interesting question about charging.
  • “For consumers, car-sharing services could be a good opportunity to try out an electric car before making the commitment to purchase one. With dealers doing relatively little to sell electric cars, and automakers spending little on advertising, anything that gets the word out could be a big help” say The Drive.
  • Wireless charging is one way to fix the charging problem with car sharing services, or so would be returning the car back to the same spot and ensuring the car is plugged into the charger before your sessions was officially over.



  • From car sharing to car hiring, and the CEO of German rental company Sixt has been wading into the conversation for electric cars. He said a political effort to push the mass rollout of electric cars is a costly political error.
  • “I don’t believe in e-cars, politically it’s a grave mistake,”: said during a conference call yesterday adding critical raw materials, including cobalt, were already under the control of Asian companies.
  • “Range is still a catastrophe. You have to invest billions and billions,” Sixt said, adding that some rental customers who try out electric cars often end up stranded. If I’m wrong we’ll buy as many electric cars as our clients want us to,” said in a call to discuss earnings.



  • Chinese company NIO has submitted a confidential filing for an IPO sometime later this year. The Initial Public Offering could raise up to $2bn. That will be used to introduce their range of electric cars, the ES8 being the first for the Chinese market, which they say is already off to a quick start with sales.
  • NIO say “The NIO ES8 is a 7-seater high-performance electric SUV exclusively for the China market. It is a mobile living space on wheels with performance in its DNA.”



  • The Jaguar I-PACE is already a fast, well handling car, getting to 60mph in 4.5 seconds from the 394hp on offer. But what if you let Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations department the chance to tweak it? Product planning boss Hanno Kirner says they could make a lot quicker, almost too fast. We’re talking 0-60 in 1.8seconds.
  • “Yes, we can make it do 0-60 miles per hour in 1.8 seconds,” Kirner said. “It’s a good headline, but once you’ve done it once or twice, and lost your eyes in the back of their sockets, you might not want to do it again. I do worry that the instant torque and performance might be too much for untrained drivers,” he continued. “It may be that we have to impose some kind of restriction so that the performance is limited until they have gone on a driving course or something.”



  • Not only are the number of EVs sold important to follow, but also what types of electrified vehicles, because working vehicles do far more emission-free miles compared to personal cars.
  • “Next year, we’ll see the new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter, the electric version of the German automaker’s latest cargo van.” says Autoblog: “We finally have the details on the new e-van. Mercedes will offer two batteries: a 41 kWh battery that delivers 71.5 miles of range and a 55 kWh battery that offers 93.2 miles of range. The eSprinter is focused on short-range driving for all-day deliveries for companies like UPS and FedEx rather than long-haul driving. The 41 kWh battery can be fully charged in six hours, while the larger battery takes a full eight hours to charge. Using a DC fast charger, however, both batteries can be charged to 80 percent capacity in just 45 minutes.”



  • The quality of the BMW i3 doesn’t just include the carbon fibre construction or the recycled interiors, but down to cell level too. The 94 Ah cells from Samsung SDI have some of the longest life-cycles available.
  • InsideEV’s say: “Samsung SDI expects up to 4,600 charging cycles at 25ºC to End-Of-Life (EOL), which in the case of batteries is the point when capacity decreases to 80% (battery still can be used, but is generally not desirable in cars any longer). Since the BMW i3 (33 kWh) is rated at 114 miles (183 km), 4,600 cycles would be more than 524,000 miles (more than 843,000 km). It’s one of the best results in the industry and it’s totally doable because the i3 pack is equipped with a thermal management system.”



  • For many years, milk has been delivered to doorsteps by electric milk float. Sadly most of those old milk floats which ran on a bank of 12v car batteries are replaced by diesel vans.
  • However news yesterday looks like we’re going back to the future. The UK’s Milk&More service, which delivers milk and other groceries to your doorstep overnight so they’re ready for you when you wake up, has ordered 200 of the StreetScooter all electric vans.
  • “The StreetScooter is also in keeping with the tradition of British milkmen, who have used electric vehicles for their deliveries since 1930.” Says electric cars report? “We wanted to make this unique tradition relevant again to the requirements of today’s customers,” says Patrick Müller, Managing Director of Milk & More. “In order to do this, we need a local product portfolio, new IT systems as well as reliable, quiet and environmentally friendly vehicles. In the StreetScooter, we have found the ideal vehicle for our needs.”
  • “As a leading innovator, we are also helping customers to take innovative paths in their own industry,” says Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member Corporate Incubations at Deutsche Post DHL Group and responsible for the StreetScooter. “In this way, we achieve sustainable success together.”




  • Volkswagen’s core brand expects to beat the company’s stated target of selling 1 million electric cars by 2025, a senior manager said, citing solid demand in China and Europe, as well as untapped potential in the southern hemisphere” according to a Reuters article.
  • Christian Senger, head of electric mobility at the Volkswagen (VW) brand, says: “In the cycle plan where we again and again undertake forward planning for up to 15 years, we see that the markets even want more (electric) cars than we have earmarked.”
  • Reuters continue: “To stoke mass demand, VW is aiming to sell its EVs at the price of conventional combustion engine cars, drawing on MEB synergies and falling battery costs, Senger said. Designed to underpin nearly 30 battery-driven models from four group brands, ranging from the Golf-size I.D. hatchback to the Vizzion sedan, the MEB platform will allow the VW group to gain savings in a production cycle due to economies of scale. VW group has a goal of selling 3 million EVs by 2025, including models from premium brands Audi and Porsche, and Czech division Skoda. Waiting lists for the e-Golf have grown to more than 12 months after state and industry-backed incentives led the model’s price to drop by about a third to about 25,000 euros ($29,020), according to VW.”


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