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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Thursday 20th September 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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JAGUAR HAS REVEALED ITS FORMULA E CAR FOR SEASON 5
- Earlier today on Twitter I was following the reveal of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 Gen2 Formula E car at the London Design Museum. What’s interesting about the new cars is each manufacturer get to develop them, so there’s a new in-house powertrain developed by Jaguar. There’s not a lot they can alter but within the regulation there are 800 unique parts.
- However there is room for development of the motor generator, the transmission, the all-important cooling, the suspension plus the software and how it works with the motor control unit.
- Jaguar team boss James Barclay: “”We believe we are the first team to develop our powertrain entirely in-house, this gives us ultimate control in terms of design and development and hope this will put us at a competitive advantage. The technology is moving at an incredibly fast rate, and the new Generation 2 car will be an important test bed to help develop and drive performance of our future battery electric vehicles.”
- And they won’t be the only Jaguars you see racing on the TV because the I-PACE eTrophy series will be joining Formula E from December 15th.
ELECTRIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AT IAA
- The 69th IAA Commercial Vehicles Show is currently in progress and there are more electric vehicles that I predicted, so I’m very pleasantly surprised.
- First up from VW, the I.D. BUZZ CARGO, ABT e-Transporter, ABT e-Caddy, the Cargo e-Bike and the Crafter HyMotion (for those who like a bit of Hydrogen action)
- Joining the e-Crafter which I was talking about last month, albeit in a size down from that slightly larger panel van shape, is the I.D. BUZZ CARGO (all caps) concept van. If you’ve seen pictures, or Jonny Smith in the Fully Charged video with the I.D. BUZZ surf camper van, this is the same vehicles with without the rear windows, so it’s a van. It fits into the VW I.D. family of Electric Cars and the MEB platform I got kinda geeky about two days ago. The van could be on sale in 2021 and it’s so cutesy sexy even though it’s a commercial vehicle, i think i still want one. And I neither surf nor have goods to put in the back of a van, but the styling is knockout.
- With the MEB platform the mileage starts at 330kms but can be spec’d up to 500kms so that’s plenty for most applications.
- The recommended battery would be 48kWh but the platform is capable of 111kWh. And the batteries in the I.D. range are being developed for 150kW charge speeds, and 80% charge in 15mins for the smaller battery.
- There is a 240v 16Amp socket for tools, because why not when you’re sitting on top of a giant battery, and a solar roof for 15kms of additional mileage every day.
- VW Press Release says: “The new I.D. BUZZ CARGO was designed to be just as close to production level. The I.D. BUZZ was developed jointly by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Volkswagen Passenger Cars focused on the van (people carrier) and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on the cargo version. Both models are members of the I.D. Family – a new generation of fully connected electric vehicles delivering the ranges of today’s petrol vehicles, a progressive design-DNA and impressive space. Another key unique selling point of the I.D. Family is the scalability of its batteries. The models can be delivered with different battery sizes according to the vehicles purpose of use and budget. And this applies also to the future I.D. BUZZ CARGO, which like all models in the I.D. Family is based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). With the MEB it is possible – dependent on battery size and the model concerned – to achieve ranges of about 330 to over 500 km (as per WLTP). The I.D. BUZZ CARGO recognises authorised persons via a digital key which is sent to the van from a smartphone. Instead of the 22-inch wheels of the Detroit concept vehicle, new 20-inch wheels are used with size 235/55 tyres. With these specifications, the I.D. BUZZ CARGO meets the requirements of a utility-oriented transporter – but in this case with a progressive type of design. The solar module on the roof fits into this picture. The photovoltaic system generates so much energy that it is able to extend the range of the I.D. BUZZ CARGO by up to 15 km”
- Also revealed but slightly more commercial in appearance is the ABT e-Transporter, an electric version of the legendary VW Transporter van, as a taxi.
- Whereas the ABT e-Caddy is coming next year based ono the extended Caddy Maxi, so big enough for five people plus luggage.
- Finally I’m seeing so many cargo bikes in London now so no surprise the Cargo e-Bike is on show from VW. It’s a three wheeler which is a pedal electric system with power from a 250W motor, and I think the legal limit in many countries is 15mph (I’m just starting to look into building an eBike as a project!). The e-Bike has two wheels at the front for stability and a large load platform for cargo. This is a really clever way of moving goods around tightly packed cities without emissions, or taking up the space a van takes on the roads.
FORD REVEAL PLUG IN TRANSIT
- Meanwhile at the same show in Hannover, Ford have been showing off their Transit Custom PHEV. It’s got 31 miles all electric range and their good ‘ol EcoBoost fossil burner to act as a range extender.
- There’s a 14kWh liquid cooled battery under the floor.
- The new Transit Custom PHEV van is a key component of Ford’s global electrification commitment, with an investment of $11 billion to create a portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles globally, including 16 fully electric vehicles through 2022.
DACIA COULD BE ELECTRIC WINNER
- You’ve heard of Dacia right? That Romanian maker of cars? They actually sell OK in the UK, they even sell the cheapest new car money can buy. And now they have plans to be electric but wait for it, they know their position in the market, and so they want to make a cheap EV.
- They will use the Renault-Nissan Alliance to help keep costs down.
- Dacia’s European chairman Jean Christophe Kugler told Auto Express that the brand will evaluate the resources available to them and then make decisions based on the demands of its customers. “We will remain shockingly affordable. We won’t change our brand territory. We have all the [electric] technology ready and on the shelf. Being part of the bigger Alliance means when we need a technology, we have it. We don’t have to negotiate.”
NY OFFERING $4K REBATES FOR ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS
- “New York is offering rebates to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.” reports Charlotte Observer: “The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $4,000 rebates to employers, building owners, municipalities and non-profits to install so-called Level 2 charging stations. State officials say the rebates could cover up to 80 percent of an installation’s cost. The charging stations must be installed in public parking lots, next to workplaces or next to multi-unit housing.”
GERMANY TO REACH TARGET OF 1M EVS LATER THAN PLANNED
- “Germany will likely have to delay its target of having 1 million electric vehicles on the road by two years to 2022, according to a government-sponsored report.” says a new Reuters report.
- The report by the German National Platform for Electric Mobility, which was submitted to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, said: “Considering the current market dynamics, the 1 million target will likely shift to 2022”
- “New registrations of electrical vehicles more than doubled in Germany last year, the fastest growth in the world, and there were 131,000 such vehicles registered by the end of 2017, according to the report.”
SHARES OF BATTERY MAKERS SOAR ON POSITIVE OUTLOOK
- Heading to Korea. “Shares of LG Chem and Samsung SDI have been going up as brokerage houses rush to issue positive outlooks for the electric vehicle (EV) market. LG Chem and Samsung SDI operate electric vehicle battery plants in Korea, China and other countries.”
- “Meanwhile, an official from LG Chem said the firm will continue to nurture its EV battery business, saying, “We are seeking to achieve 8 trillion won in sales in the battery unit alone when the EV market is expanded further with the release of third-generation EVs in 2020.”
ŠKODA AUTO TO INVEST EUR 2 BILLION IN ELECTRIC CARS AND EMISSION LIMITS
- “Skoda Auto intends to invest over EUR 2 billion (CZK 50 billion) over the next two years in the development of electric vehicles and automation” reports Prague Daily Monitor: “It expects to showcase its new electric version of the CitiGo by next year. The car will be available for pre-order in the first quarter of 2019, and is expected to have a range of 300 km. It also expects to have it’s all-new concept car, Vision E with a range of 600 km on the market by 2020.”
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