Show #522

 

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CHARIN HIGH POWER COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CHARGING  STANDARDIZATION TASK FORCE UPDATE

 

Here’s an update which I just found in a PDF online, and it’s dated 10th June, so it passed me by at the time, so I might not be topical but I’m thorough!

 

The Charging Interface Initiative e. V. – abbreviated to CharIN e. V. – is a registered association, the purpose of which is the worldwide promotion and support of the Combined Charging System.

 

A CharIN task force was formed with the following purpose statement: “Define a new commercial vehicle high power charging standard to maximize customer flexibility.” It was named the High Power Commercial Vehicle

Charging Task Force (HPCVC for short).”

 

The High Power Commercial Vehicle charging standard would allow users to recharge their large, commercial vehicles (Classes 6, 7 & 8) in 20-30 minutes. Up to 80% of Class 8 truck, carrying 500kWh, in 20 minutes. Up to 4.5 MW power delivery, 3000amps.

 

Some of the OEM’S represented are Daimler, FCA, BYD, MAN, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Porsche, Protera, Volvo and Tesla.

 

HPCVC called for contributions to solve the requirements as set forth. There were five submissions, from Tesla, Electrify America, ABB, paXos, and Staubli. They were reviewed and graded based on how well they solved the requirements and on their technological readiness.

 

The Task Force reviewed the submissions first online, and again after presentations at the in-person voting event on May 16. Ranked choice voting was used to select a winning submission. That winner has not yet been announced due to some further discussions taking place.

 

An in-person voting meeting was held on May 16th. 2019 at the CharIN conference. Ranked choice voting was used. A winner was chosen but has not yet been announced.

 

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SLOW TRANSITION TO ELECTRIC FELLS BMW’S CEO AFTER JUST ONE TERM

 

“When BMW AG picked Harald Krueger to run the company more than four years ago, he was the perfect candidate. Young, with a personable manner and decades of experience across the company, Krueger appeared ready to guide the venerable luxury carmaker into a future of electric, self-driving and shared automobiles.” says Yahoo Finance: “But on Friday — two weeks before his contract came up for renewal — Krueger quit. Instead of leading the company through the biggest upheaval in a generation, he was felled by the transition as he failed to provide a roadmap to the future. The company was a pioneer in electric vehicles with the i3 city car introduced in 2013. It was the first major automaker to use lightweight carbon fiber in mass-market models. As Krueger puzzled over how to reinvent BMW for the electric age, it was almost a year before he presented his strategic vision — which was a bust. He delayed BMW’s next major electric car, effectively squandering its leadership in the field.”

 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/slow-transition-electric-fells-bmw-163115911.html

 

Meanwhile Clean Technica says: “Commentators feel that his inadequate and indecisive response to the fast shift of the premium segments towards EVs, especially the rise of Tesla, are a large part of the reason for him leaving the post. Krüger said in the recent BMW Group annual general meeting, held in May: “At this point, no one can reliably predict how quickly electromobility will progress, or which drive train will prevail.” BMW’s sedan sales have fallen off a cliff in the US market over the past 12 months directly as a result of Tesla’s fully electric Model 3. There are two potential candidates to replace him: Oliver Zipse, BMW’s head of production, and Klaus Fröhlich, head of development. We recently saw that Fröhlich is, like Krueger, unconvinced about the shift to EVs.”

 

Tesla Disrupts — BMW Boss Throws In The Towel

 

 

Fröhlich’s more recent comments showed an even more dismissive stance on electric cars. In a round table interview in Munich, the BMW executive argued that “there is no customer requests for BEVs.” Doubling down, he added that “If we have a big offer, a big incentive, we could flood Europe and sell a million cars, but Europeans won’t buy these things. Customers in Europe do not buy EVs. We pressed these cars into the market, and they’re not wanted. We can deliver an electrified vehicle to each person, but they will not buy them.”

 

BMW’s next CEO could revive an electric car initiative amid assault from EVs like Tesla

 

 

FORD AND VW WILL SHARE EV PLATFORMS

“Ever since Ford and Volkswagen started “discussing synergies”, as business jargon goes, it was more than expected that the German automaker would allow Ford to use its MEB platform, a modular structure exclusively for EVs. Now Reuters reports that people familiar with the discussions can tell for sure that is really going to happen. What a surprise!” reports Gustavo for InsideEVs: “Having Volkswagen allow Ford to use its MEB platform is a logical sequence to the deal. Especially because the German company is willing to sell the MEB for even smaller automakers, such as e.Go. This is the easiest way to make the platform cheaper apart from presenting the most vehicles with it. That will help the German carmaker reach scale savings earlier than predicted. But it is a bit more complex than that. The more companies that use the MEB, the better for Volkswagen. It will help the German company set standards in the EV auto industry in the same fashion VHS ruled videocassette instead of Betamax. Or Windows did the same with computers instead of Apple.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/358620/ford-vw-share-ev-platform/

 

 

VW TO DEEPEN ALLIANCES WITH BATTERY SUPPLIERS FOR ELECTRIC PUSH

“Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will create joint ventures and help finance battery production to persuade skeptical cell suppliers to back its aggressive push for mass producing electric vehicles, board member Stefan Sommer told Reuters.” according to Reuters: “VW has said it will buy 50 billion euros ($56.57 billion) worth of battery cells and has identified Sweden’s Northvolt, South Korea’s SKI (096770.KS), LG Chem (051910.KS) and Samsung SDI (006400.KS) as well as China’s CATL (300750.SZ) as strategic partners.”

 

Sommer said: “Not every supplier is convinced that electric mobility will come on such a large scale. You need to spend more time convincing them to invest in the auto industry. When it comes to normal components, suppliers have the opportunity to sell to other car makers, if VW buys less. But with electromobility we all know: if it does not work for VW, then it won’t work for others. We have not been able to build as many cars as we wanted to. Our supplier is not delivering the numbers that we need.”

 

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-electric-batteries-idUKKCN1U30I8

 

ELON MUSK: YOU ONLY HAVE A LIMITED TIME TO BUY A TESLA CAR (AT THESE PRICES)

“If you’re thinking about buying a Tesla, you may want to do that sooner rather than later — at least if you trust Elon Musk’s vision of the company’s future. Answering a question on Twitter on whether consumers only have a limited time to buy a Tesla car, Musk at first answered with a simple “yes.” says Mashable today: “He later clarified: “To be clear, consumers will still be able to buy a Tesla, but the clearing price will rise significantly, as a fully autonomous car that can function as a robotaxi is several times more valuable than a non-autonomous car.” Tesla itself plans to launch its own ride-hailing network that would compete with companies like Uber (which is also working on autonomous driving).  In this future, a Tesla car will be far more valuable as it will actually be able to earn its owner money. Musk previously compared buying any non-self-driving car to buying a horse, and called Tesla cars “appreciating assets.”

 

https://mashable.com/article/tesla-prices-autonomous-driving/

 

 

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