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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Tuesday 24th July edition of EV News Daily. It’s Martyn Lee here with the news you need to know about electric cars and the move towards sustainable transport.
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U.S. TO PROPOSE REVOKING CALIFORNIA POWER TO SET AUTO EMISSIONS RULES
- We’ll start with some news from Reuters: “The Trump administration is expected to propose revoking California’s ability to set state vehicle emissions rules and mandate electric vehicles as early as later this week, a government official briefed on the matter said. Proposed regulation that recommends freezing vehicle emissions requirements at 2020 levels through 2026, the official said on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been made public.”
- Reuters go on to say: “The proposal is sure to spark a massive fight with California and a dozen other states that have adopted the rules. Eliminating the mandate could hurt automakers like Tesla Inc and General Motors that are investing billions in EVs. In January, California Governor Jerry Brown set a new target of 5 million zero-emission vehicles in California by 2030, up from a prior goal of 1.5 million by 2025. Automakers have announced plans to spend tens of billions of dollars to add dozens of new EV models.”
- Ryan Beene at Bloomberg adds: “The state’s 2009 waiver under the Clean Air Act has allowed California to set emissions rules for cars and trucks that are more stringent than the federal government’s. But the state has aligned its rules with those set by the EPA and NHTSA in a so-called national program of clean-car rules. California, with more than 2 million new cars and light trucks sold last year, is the nation’s biggest state market — on par with Canada. A dozen other states follow California’s vehicle rules, and together account for more than a third of U.S. auto sales. Colorado also plans to adopt California’s clean-car rules.”
TESLA ASKS SUPPLIERS FOR CASH BACK TO HELP TURN A PROFIT
- “Tesla has asked some suppliers to refund a portion of what the electric-car company has spent previously, an appeal that reflects the auto maker’s urgency to sustain operations during a critical production period.” according to Tim Higgins for the Wall Street Journal, who claims: “[Tesla] is asking its suppliers for cash back to help it become profitable, according to a memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal that was sent to a supplier last week.”
SUPERCHARGER NETWORK VS THIRD PARTY NETWORKS
- Tesla Tweet: @Tesla “11,352 charging locations across the world and growing daily”
- Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said in a research note: “”There has been a flurry of OEM announcements regarding accelerating electric vehicle introductions, but most offer little detail on charging and battery manufacturing strategy, e see Tesla’s rapidly growing infrastructure footprint as a key differentiator.”
- Automotive News says: “Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Nissan, General Motors and others are plugging into third-party charging networks, such as EVgo, ChargePoint and Electrify America. In some cases, automakers have made strategic investments in the businesses. GM pays EVgo to develop an exclusive charger network for its Maven Gig car rentals. Daimler invested about $82 million in ChargePoint as part of a $125 million funding effort by the charging network last year.”
- “Over a decade, Electrify America plans to invest $2 billion in a public fast-charger network open to customers of all automakers. The company, financed through Volkswagen’s settlement over its diesel emissions cheating, will install or have under construction more than 4,800 EV charging stations by June 2019.”
VOLTA’S AD-SUPPORTED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SERVICE RAISES $35 MILLION
- San Francisco-based charging network Volta Charging has raised $35mn from investors. “[It] combines outdoor digital advertising with charging stations to give electric vehicle owners free power. It has already rolled out a network of 1,000 charging stations that are open for sponsorship, and hopes to reach 2,000 by the end of 2018, according to a statement from the company.” according to Tech Crunch; “Volta rolled out its initial charging stations in Hawaii, but now has expanded its network to include the top 10 media markets in the U.S. (valuable real estate for any would-be advertiser). So far the company’s sponsored charging stations have given away 22 million miles worth of juice, or the equivalent of 9 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.”
UK ELECTRIC CAR DRIVERS FACE PAYING MORE TO CHARGE AT PEAK TIMES
- Adam Vaughan is always on the money on his articles for The Guardian here in the UK: “British electric car drivers face having to pay more to power their car if they refuse to shift their charging to off-peak times, in a move designed to lessen their burden on the electricity network. If enough drivers top up their cars when they get home from work, that would put extra pressure on power networks, which already face a peak in demand between 4pm and 6pm. Incentives to use cheaper charging could include energy tariffs that offered cheaper electricity at certain times, such as when solar and wind power are generating larger amounts of power, or when demand is low.”
- Ofgem: “”If electric vehicle users choose to charge during peak times, under current arrangements they will impose considerable costs which will be borne by all consumers. Consumers should be rewarded for being flexible with their demand, but may pay a premium if their behaviour adds to peak demand or local congestion [on power networks].”
FINAL SMART CHARGER INSTALLED FOR ELECTRIC NATION
- The Electric Nation project has installed its final smart charger as part of its trial with electric vehicle (EV) owners. The project will now be assessing the smart charging technology and feedback from trial participants.” reports FleetNews: “Electric Nation, one of Western Power Distribution’s (WPD) innovation projects, with collaboration partners EA Technology, Drive Electric, Lucy Electric Grid Key and TRL, has been successful in achieving its recruitment targets, with more than 40 different makes and models of EVs taking part, installing 673 domestic smart chargers. One of the final smart charger installs was for Sunny Vara, who had a charger fitted to coincide with taking delivery of a new Tesla.”
- “Electric Nation’s initial findings show that on average, vehicles are plugged in for 12 hours, but they are rarely charging for the full time. This suggests that there is likely to be sufficient flexibility to manage charging away from peak electricity demand periods. This will be explored in more detail as the trial continues during the remainder of 2018.”
WILL FCA CHANGE OF CEO AFFECT EV PLANS?
- “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Saturday that Sergio Marchionne, who rescued Fiat from bankruptcy in 2004 and acquired Chrysler after the financial crisis in 2009, had to quit his job because of ill health. He had been scheduled to retire in April 2019” according to Neil Winton for Forbes.com, talking about the new CEO Mike Manley: “Critics said FCA’s sudden embrace of electric cars was too late, and Fiat’s lack of SUVs would together cripple any plans to succeed in China, the world’s biggest market. They also said if the plan failed, FCA would be ripe for a takeover.”
CAR OF THE DECADE: ‘SAVAGELY QUICK’ TESLA MODEL S
- Hagerty is the well-known insurer of classic cars and vehicles, and they’ve named their 12 Cars Of The Decade beginning with the Ford Model T and working their way through the 2010’s. And the best car you can buy NOW? Electric. Specifically the Tesla Model S.
- “[T]he Tesla has gone in a more radically different direction than any other car in recent memory. More importantly, it has done so with great success, because instead of coming out with an all-electric car that people felt that they should drive or that they had to drive, Tesla came out with an electric car that people really want to drive. It will always be remembered as the one that made electric cars truly desirable, and that’s why it is one of the greats.”
AN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE FOR $1,995 IN THE US
- Micah Toll has been a long time subscription on my YouTube channel, i love his videos, and i love that recently he’s been writing more for Electrek. Another one of those sites which sits in my favourites list. He says: “CSC Motorcycles has recently announced the new 2018 City Slicker electric motorcycle. As its name indicates, this two-wheeled EV is meant more for urban streets than for highway speeds. With a top speed of 46 mph. At 37 mph (60 km/h), the range is estimated at 37 miles (60 km). Slow down even further to 20 mph (32 km/h) and you’ll get a whopping 62 miles (100 km) of range.”
- The bike has a 2.16kWh battery.
- Their CEO Steve Seidner says: “After the initial shipment, the City Slicker’s price will be $2495. That’s still many thousands of dollars less than any other electric motorcycle offered in America. We are taking deposits now and the motorcycles will be here this fall.”
PEUGEOT 508 PLUG-IN HYBRID ARRIVING NEXT YEAR
- “The radically revamped Peugeot 508 will be available as a plug-in hybrid version in 2019, according to a report by Autocar UK. First revealed back in February, the sedan debuted with conventional petrol and diesel internal combustion engines only.” writes Garard Tye for Paultag.org: “The 508 PHEV is said to employ a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine that boasts mild hybrid capability thanks to an integrated starter-generator motor.” However it will also have a battery which you can plug in to charge, which is good for 50km.
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