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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Friday 21st 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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MODEL 3 GETS PERFECT 5 STAR SAFETY RATING
- Tesla’S Model 3 has been awarded a five-star rating by the U.S. auto safety agency NHTSA, according to its website, saying here that the car had no recalls, investigations or complaints.
- “This means all of Tesla’s production vehicles have received a perfect rating from the agency. Both the larger Tesla Model S sedan and the Model X sport utility vehicle have received 5-star ratings from the agency as well. The Model 3 electric sedan has received some high safety ratings from other groups as well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the car a “superior” rating in its front crash prevention test.” reported CNBC
- Frontal Crash: “Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph”
- Overall Side: “Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating.”
- Rollover: “The Rollover Resistance test measures the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario.”
VOLKSWAGEN WILL BUILD A NEW ELECTRIC-CAR FACTORY IN NORTH AMERICA
- CNET’s RoadShow are picking up on this story about VW making EVs in North America: “Volkswagen’s efforts to ramp up sales of electric vehicles include opening a new factory in North America that’s dedicated to building EVs. Though the plant’s location hasn’t yet been disclosed or even decided, VW announced Thursday that the facility will open by 2022.”
- Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen’s board member for e-mobility, told reporters here in Dresden, Germany. “”There is no decision done so far. We think there’s a natural fit to Chattanooga, but there’s no planning done so far.”
- “Volkswagen already builds the e-Golf electric car in plants in Wolfsburg and Dresden. Next year, it will begin converting the massive Zwickau plant in Germany from building only internal-combustion vehicles to building only all-electric ones. From the end of 2020, Zwickau will have the capacity to produce as many as 330,000 EVs per year.”
ELECTRIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
- “Europe’s largest commercial vehicles show – had better change its name to E-AA. Almost every OEM in every LCV segment is flipping the switch towards electric propulsion. Another phenomenon that is no longer a phenomenon: smart logistics and telematics.” says a very impressed Global Fleet.com: “Every OEM seems aware of the booming business that is e-commerce and the effects it has on their industry. Dense city traffic, lack of parking spaces, low-emission zones are challenges that lead to new concepts involving local hubs where packages are redistributed and taken to their destination by agile and flexible means of transport. Like e-bikes, for instance.”
- There was the Ford Transit, Renault Autonomous Pods, Mercedes Vision Urbanetic, VW with the eCrafter and Mercedes with eSprinter, that crazy good VW BUZZ CARGO, and the Chinese Maxus EV80.
SAIC SHOWCASES BATTERY-ELECTRIC MAXUS EV80 VAN RANGE AT IAA
- “Maxus is presenting a range of zero emission EV80 battery electric vans at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover. The light commercial vehicle manufacturer, a subsidiary of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer SAIC Motor, is also announcing LeasePlan as its exclusive partner in Europe, as it prepares for its full brand launch in 2019.” according to Green Car Congress: “The Maxus EV80 is driven by a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor that delivers maximum output of 100kW and a maximum torque of 320 N·m. All model variants are equipped with the same plug-in powertrain and 56 kWh LiFePo4 Lithium-ion battery pack that give the vehicle a range of up to 200 km”
- “SAIC Mobility Europe is responsible for introducing a range of brands, products and services into Europe, backed by SAIC Motor, the world’s seventh-largest auto company and China’s largest vehicle manufacturer. With the introduction of the Maxus light commercial vehicle brand, SAIC Mobility Europe starts its European activities.”
FRANCE’S TOTAL BUYS ELECTRIC VEHICLES CHARGING FIRM
- Total has expanded its footprint in the French electricity market with the completion of its takeover of alternative power supplier Direct Energie, and the acquisition of an electric vehicle charging solutions provider.” as per a Reuters report: “”With a market share of more than 25 percent of charging points for local governments and growth in revenues of over 50 percent last year, G2mobility brings us a new competency to provide more efficient electric charging systems for our B2B and B2C customers,” said Momar Nguer, Total’s head of marketing and services, in a statement. As part of the G2mobility deal, Total also signed a partnership agreement with cable company Nexans, to help develop infrastructure for electric vehicles in France.”
$9BN ELECTRIC CAR PLANT IN QATAR
- “The first plant for the production of electric cars in the State of Qatar is planned to be built on an area of 6 sq km, with an estimated cost of about $9bn, which represents the total investment until the production of the first car.” according to Penninsula Qatar: “The full production capacity of the plant will be reached after 7 years, with 12 production lines running 24 hours a day. The initial production capacity of the plant will reach 500,000 cars till 2025, to reach 1 million cars by 2035. Takayuki Hirayama Chairman of the Japanese company ARM has revealed. Director of the Environmental and Municipal Studies Center of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, stressed that the establishment of the first plant for the production of electric cars in the State of Qatar is one of the promising economic projects that support the national economy preserve the environment and achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2018 2022.”
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