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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 5th October 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.
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ELECTRIFY AMERICA ANNOUNCES SECOND $200 MILLION ZERO EMISSION VEHICLE INVESTMENT
- Electrify America today announced its next $200 million investment in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure as well as education and awareness in California which is outlined in its Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Cycle 2 is a 30-month investment period, which begins in July 2019.
- The investment announced today will build on Electrify America’s initial priorities and expand into new areas, where the need for electric vehicle charging stations and technology are greatest or are most likely to be used regularly.
- Metropolitan Areas: The central focus of electric vehicle charging infrastructure investment in Cycle 2 will shift to more DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations within metro areas, where electric vehicle (EV) drivers are expected to charge most often. The DC Fast Charging stations will be placed in retail locations but also consider the needs of adjacent multi-unit dwellings where Level 2 (L2) residential charging deployment is oftentimes challenging.
- Highways & Regional Routes: The new Cycle 2 investments announced today will continue to build out a highway network of DCFC stations featuring charging power up to 350 kilowatts
- Residential: EV drivers conduct ‘more than 80 percent of their charging at home. First, Electrify America will develop an online tool that promotes and connects EV buyers with the wide range of residential charging incentives. Electrify America will offer ‘no-money-down’ residential chargers and installation, enabling buyers who cannot or choose not to pay for the L2 charger installation at home. The cost of installation will be incorporated into a monthly fee. Electrify America will develop a platform that will allow drivers with a home charger to earn financial rewards for plugging in and supporting a demand response platform for grid electric power stability.
WHY OIL’S MARCH TOWARD $100 IS COMING AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR ELECTRIC CARS
- “Fuel prices reached a four-year high last month, concentrating consumers’ minds on the relative costs of internal combustion versus electric motors. For companies preparing to bring a record number of electric and hybrid models to market in 2019, oil’s rally could turbocharge demand.” reports Business Standard: “Crude oil has jumped 27 percent this year to more than $85 a barrel and major traders predict prices could reach $100 this winter as U.S. sanction of Iranian exports strain global supply. The rally has started to feed through to prices at the pump. In the U.S., average gasoline prices are on the verge of breaching $3 a gallon for the first time since 2014. utilities are pouring money into charging networks, anticipating the technology will catch on. Enel SpA in Italy, Vattenfall AB in the Nordic region and Centrica Plc in the U.K. all are building up systems to recharge car batteries even before it’s obvious how any of them can make money.”
AUDI E-TRON PRODUCTION IN ITS STRIDE BY 2019
- Patrick Danau, managing director of Audi Brussels, says by the end of this year the Audi e-tron Quttro will be produced at full capacity by 2019: “We believe that at the end of the year, we will reach our maximum capacity. You have to bear in mind not only the company has to ramp up but also the different suppliers. They have to train their people, start their own new facilities and bring them up to the same speed that we are giving according to the plan, so that is a challenge for all of us.”
- The French analyst firm Inovev predicts volume for the Audi e-tron will reach 20,000.
LG CHEM TO SUPPLY EV BATTERIES TO VOLKSWAGEN FROM LATE 2019
- “South Korea’s LG Chem said on Thursday that it has secured orders to supply electric vehicle batteries for Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) starting late 2019.” reports Reuters: “It did not disclose the size of the deal, saying the volume and the prices of the batteries will be subject to change depending on Volkswagen’s orders and market conditions.”
- Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management, E-Mobility division: “As early as 2020 we intend to sell 150,000 e-cars, of which 100,000 will be the ID. and ID. SUV. Speeding up the shift to e-mobility will help us to meet the extremely ambitious CO2 targets that have been set in Europe, China and the USA.”
- Meanwhile: “Volkswagen has formed a biweekly task force with South Korean battery cell supplier LG Chem to ensure the security of VW’s supply chain for electric-vehicle batteries.” says Autonews: “Ahead of the series production start of its first EV model, the Golf-sized I.D. compact hatchback, in November of next year, VW’s highest-ranking EV executive personally meets with his counterparts at LG Chem’s EV cell production site in Poland to discuss progress and solve potential problems that may arise.”
- VW are going down the route of a specific platform for EVS: “The MEB has two major unique selling propositions. First, it is not a platform for vehicles with combustion engines that has been retroactively modified. Instead it is a modular assembly matrix designed specifically for pure electric cars, which enables Volkswagen to utilize this technology to maximum effect. Second, the vehicle concept and design can be structured in a more flexible way than ever before—the spectrum ranges from compact cars to SUVs and MPVs. This will enable the Group to achieve economies of scale, thereby making electric cars cheaper and more affordable for many people.”
AVID TECHNOLOGY WINS SIX NEW POWER ELECTRONICS AND MOTOR CONTRACTS
- Finally from Charged EVs: ” Power electronics and motor specialist AVID Technology has recently won several new contracts totalling £50 million per year. The largest contract is a £34 million deal to develop an integrated EV system for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Others include a £3.5 million contract to develop and supply customized electric cooling pumps and a 5 year, £5 million deal to provide 48 V electrification products for a supercar manufacturer”
- Ryan Maughan, MD: “Innovation is at the heart of what we do. We have been developing powertrain technology for electric and hybrid vehicles for over 12 years and are now seeing the market take off in a huge way”
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