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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 30th 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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DIESEL IN EUROPE
- A quick stat on the rise and fall, and fall and fall of Diesel from Matthias Schmidt @auto_schmidt: “European #diesel mix of new passenger car sales fell below one third in September…
- Sep YTD: 9%
- Last 4 qtrs:
- Q3 ’18: 35.2%
- Q2 ’18: 36.7%
- Q1 ’18: 38.5%
- Q4 ’17: 41.6%
- Last time annual diesel mix fell below 1/3 was the year 2000 (32.3%)”
30 FAST CHARGERS NOW ONLINE FOR ELECTRIFY AMERICA
- A new update today about Electrify America progress ahead of the on onslaught of EVs which should be coming 2019, at least early 2020. They have 30 fast charging stations now online and a huge task ahead of them to spend the $2bn settlement with the EPA and California Air Resources Board over dieselgate.
- Of those 30 stations, most have 7 CCS chargers plus a 1 CHAdeMo point.
- This weeks question of the week is where would you put a charger – if you were thinking Walmart, they’ve beaten you to it. Over 100 off the Electrify America chargers will be at a Walmart store.
- But that’s still a drop in the ocean with more than 2,000 Ultra Fast chargers in place by June 2019.
- “Electrify America DC fast charging stations display clear, up-front pricing. Electrify America charging will include the following elements: $1.00 session fee + per minute charging cost + idle fee of $0.40/minute (if applicable). Our introductory charging cost pricing is $0.30 to $0.35 per minute of charging”
MOST OF THE EU’S EV CHARGERS ARE IN JUST FOUR COUNTRIES
- “While battery-powered vehicles may be cheaper to run and maintain compared to their petrol- and diesel-powered cousins, the European Union isn’t yet the perfect place to charge them and keep them going because more than three quarters (76 percent) of the EU’s charging points are concentrated across just four countries – the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK. What’s more, those countries only make up 27 percent of the Union’s total area” reports Motor1.com: “The country with the most dense concentration of electric vehicle charging points in the EU is currently the Netherlands, where 28 percent of charging points cover one percent of the total area of the EU. The Netherlands also has solid fast charging networks like Fastned. There is currently around 100,000 charging points the in the European Union according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), and that number should multiply at least 20 times by 2025 giving the EU 20 million charging points to handle the anticipated rise in sales of plug-in cars. To meet that target, 1.9 million charging points need to be produced and sold within 7 years.”
CHINA SPEEDS UP EV INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
- “The Chinese government has come up with a plan to accelerate infrastructure construction for electric vehicles (EVs). Chinese premier Li Keqiang at a state council meeting last week released a guidance plan for the EV industry, aimed at building sufficient charging poles to meet demand from at least 5mn EVs by 2020.” according to Argus Media: “The plan requires all parking spots at new residential buildings to have charging poles and at least 10pc of spots at public parking facilities to have charging poles. This is to ensure one charging pole in a public area for every 2,000 EVs. China is the world’s largest EV producer and consumer. It produced 795,000 EVs last year and is on target to produce 1mn EVs in 2018. Beijing is aiming to double production of EVs to 2mn by 2020 to save energy and curb pollution. China produced only 8,200 EVs in 2011. China as of August has installed at least 662,000 charging poles across the country — 275,000 public poles and 387,000 private poles. The central government’s guidance plan comes after many Chinese provinces introduced regional plans to boost the use of EVs.”
LAST MILE ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO BECOME LEGAL IN GERMANY
- Electrive says: “a change of law many manufacturers of electric kick scooters or electric skateboards have long been waiting for. All these so-called Personal Light Electric Vehicles (EU says PLEV) will become legal in Germany, latest in 2019. The country thus follows European legislation finally. In France or other places, the little last mile motorised vehicles had long been allowed to zoom around town. In Germany the new law will go into effect latest in early 2019. It will then gather all these mostly remote-controlled electric longboards or throttle-powered electric kick scooters and mono-wheelers in one category. Most importantly, it will open (or legalise) a whole new market for both rental services such as Lime Bike or most recently Mytaxi as well as for manufacturers like Segway.”
VOLKSWAGEN’S CEO SAID IT WILL MAKE EVS THAT ARE AS GOOD AS TESLA’S FOR HALF THE PRICE
- “Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said last week that by 2020 the automaker will make electric vehicles that are as capable as Tesla’s for half the price” according to a few stories today but this one I picked up on Business Insider: “Volkswagen said last year that it plans to invest around $40 billion in electric vehicles, self-driving vehicles, and mobility services by the end of 2022. The automaker is targeting sales of three million electric vehicles per year by 2025 across 50 planed models, according to Reuters. Volkswagen’s upcoming electric vehicles include the I.D. Buzz minibus, I.D. Crozz crossover SUV, and I.D. compact car.”
- Diess said: “We will come in 2020 with vehicles that can do anything like Tesla and are cheaper by half.”
GROWING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON FARM
- “Farms could become key players in the generation, storage and supply of renewable transport electricity and fuel in rural areas, as well as supplying decentralised power networks, according to a new study. An industry-led ‘task and finish’ group could lead to trials of new electric and autonomous vehicles operating in farm and rural situations.” according to Farming UK: “The initiative could also identify how local grid technologies, battery storage and ‘vehicle to grid’ (V2G) systems can come together to make this happen.
- This is according to a new report looking at the opportunities and challenges of V2G technologies on farms. It comes as there is a greater need for localised renewable energy in light of the government’s target to ban diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040.”
ELECTRIC VEHICLES INSPIRE THE ENGINEERS OF THE FUTURE
- “Electric vehicles took centre stage at the Greenpower International Finals, held recently at Rockingham Speedway, UK. The event is run by the Greenpower Education Trust – a UK based charity that aims to get young people interested in science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race an electric car – and is a culmination of six months of regional qualifying. Throughout the year, Greenpower work with more than 10,000 participants from over 700 teams. The races are contested by teams from private companies, racing clubs, schools, technical colleges and universities, all hailing from a number of countries including the UK, China, Portugal, Poland and Ireland.”
SHELL INSTALLS ‘NEXT GENERATION’ ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS IN FRANCE
- “Shell has launched its first high-powered 350kW electric vehicle chargers in France, despite no vehicle currently on the market being able to take full advantage of the charging speed.” writes David Pratt for Current: “The oil and gas giant worked to install eight chargers in a 400-strong network across Europe planned by charging network operator IONITY, a joint venture between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. The latest units follow the installation of the first four Shell-IONITY chargers in August at Hohenems in Austria.”
ELECTRIC VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE AT HIGHER SPEED LIMITS IN AUSTRIA
- “A new initiative from the Austrian government is set to reward electric car owners with a unique incentive. On October 25, the Austrian ministerial cabinet announced that it would be adjusting the speed restrictions for electric vehicles traveling in the country’s IG-L-Hundred zone, which covers a total area of 440 kilometers (273 miles).” in an article which looks like it was first picked up by Simon Alvarez at Teslarati: “With the updated rules in place, owners of Teslas and other electric vehicles will be allowed to travel up to 130 km/h (80 mph) on the highway, 30 km/h (20 mph) faster than their fossil fuel-powered counterparts. Austrian Minister of Sustainability Elisabeth Köstinger noted that the speed limit exception for electric vehicles is part of the country’s initiative to encourage the adoption of sustainable transportation. Together with the adjusted speed limits, the Austrian government is also pushing to open bus lanes for zero-emissions cars, and promote free parking programs for electrified vehicles.”
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If you could put a public charger anywhere, where would you put it?
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