Show #532

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 18th July 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.          

 

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LEXUS WILL REINVENT ITS DESIGN LANGUAGE AS IT ELECTRIFIES ITS FULL LINE

“Lexus and parent company Toyota pioneered gasoline-electric hybrid technology more than two decades ago, but both have been reluctant to release a fully electric model. This policy is set to change during the 2020s, and Digital Trends learned Lexus plans to offer an electrified variant of every nameplate in its lineup by 2025.” writes Ronan Glon for Digital Trends.

 

Koji Sato, the vice president of Lexus defined electrified as: “We include hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel cell in our strategy. The in-wheel motor is just a concept, it will take years to make that technology possible, but we will continue to pursue this exciting technology.”

 

“While full technical specifications remain under wraps, Sato revealed Lexus will soon invest a substantial amount of money into a platform developed specifically to underpin electric cars. His research and development department is also working on in-wheel electric motors, a setup in which the four wheels operate independently, though he conceded the technology isn’t ready for production yet.”

 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/lexus-plans-to-electrify-its-entire-portfolio-of-cars-by-2025/

 

AUDI STARTS WORKING ON FACTORY FOR E-TRON GT ELECTRIC CAR PRODUCTION IN ‘LATE 2020’

“Audi is working on its first electric sedan, the e-tron GT, unveiled at the LA auto show last year. It is now starting preparation work at a factory in Germany to start production in ‘late 2020’.” according to Fred at Electrek: “The German automaker also surprised some by saying that they will be quick to bring the car to market by leveraging the powertrain developed by Porsche for the Taycan. Now Audi announced that the e-tron GT will be built on the same assembly line as the Audi R8 at the Böllinger Höfe factory in Germany in 2020.”

 

Audi starts working on factory for e-tron GT electric car production in ‘late 2020’

 

UK GOV HANDS JAGUAR LAND ROVER £500M FOR EV DEVELOPENT

“The government has handed Jaguar Land Rover a £500m loan guarantee to help accelerate its progress in the global electric vehicle race.” according to the Guardian: “Theresa May said the loan guarantee would help Britain’s biggest carmaker sell the next generation of electric cars around the world. She told a meeting of industry leaders at Downing Street on Monday that the funding pot would include £500m from UK Export Finance alongside another £125m from commercial lenders.”

 

I’m trying to clarify what a load GUARANTEE is compared to a loan. The article continues: “The roundtable talks included executives from Aston Martin, BMW, Nissan and Vauxhall as well as energy groups BP, Shell and National Grid. The companies have agreed to set up a green mobility transition board that will formally bring together government, industry and environmental groups to coordinate plans for a switch from traditional to electric vehicles.”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/15/jaguar-land-rover-offered-500m-loan-to-develop-electric-cars

 

HWA TO REIGNITE RACING RIVALRIES IN EXTREME E

HWA AG is the latest team to join Extreme E for the all-new electric SUV off-road racing series’ inaugural 2021 campaign.

The move will see one of the sport’s deep-running rivalries recommence in an entirely different sphere, with HWA’s long-time Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) sparring partner ABT Sportline having entered the Extreme E fold last week.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E – operating partner of Extreme E – said: “HWA is a highly successful operation and a major, title-winning name in motorsport, so it is fantastic to be able to welcome them into our Extreme E family. Extreme E offers an entirely unique proposition in motor racing, with cutting-edge E-SUVs racing head-to-head across five of the most remote locations on the planet with a brand-new engineering challenge for teams and drivers to overcome.”

 

JAY LENO ON TESLA

 

 

NOT EVERYBODY TOLERATES CREAKY GERMAN BUREAUCRACY

“After hearing about Tesla customers suffering unnecessarily long waiting times for vehicle registration in Berlin and Hamburg, Tesla boss Elon Musk simply called the cities’ mayors.” reports Electrive: “Berlin mayor Michael Müller and Hamburg’s mayor Peter Tschentscher apparently got an earful of the US entrepreneur’s mind when he got on the blower. While he was at it, Elon Musk called French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron with the same complaint about French vehicle registration delays”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/07/17/not-everybody-tolerates-creaky-german-bureaucracy/

 

TRUCKS 1 – LIGHTNING SYSTEMS ALL-ELECTRIC MEDIUM-DUTY VEHICLES SELECTED FOR STATE OF CALIFORNIA CONTRACT

Lightning Systems announced that its all-electric powertrains for Ford and Chevrolet medium-duty trucks and buses are now offered on a California state contract.

State agencies and city and county governments throughout California can order Class 3 to 6 shuttle buses, cargo vans, box trucks, cab-over vehicles, and stripped chassis models under the program. Vehicles eligible include the Ford Transit 350HD Passenger Van and Cargo Van, Ford E-450 Cutaway Chassis, Ford F-59 Stripped Chassis, and Chevrolet 6500XD Low Cab Forward Truck.

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/07/20190717-lightning.html

 

TRUCKS 2 – SUPER STORE INDUSTRIES FIRST DAIRY MANUFACTURER TO DEPLOY CLASS 8 ELECTRIC TRUCKS

Orange EV and California-based Super Store Industries (SSI) announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series pure electric terminal trucks to multiple SSI facilities, supporting both grocery distribution and dairy and beverage manufacturing.

 

Mike Saxton, Orange EV Chief Commercial Officer – “Super Store Industries is the first dairy manufacturer in the U.S. to deploy a pure-electric Class 8 truck. SSI is taking the lead, eliminating emissions with 100% electric yard trucks while reducing costs and accelerating payback. Orange EV trucks cost less in fuel, maintenance, and other diesel-related costs, and when operated in California, can generate a significant additional income stream.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/07/20190717-orange.html

 

TOYOTA BANG THE HYDROGEN DRUM (AGAIN)

From Gill Nowell on Twitter: “Delighted to be at an event on future of low emission vehicles in the UK today. Interesting to hear @ToyotaUK Manager, Alternative Fuels, dwelling on challenges of battery electric vehicles. Clear focus is hydrogen.”

They dismissed EVs as being challenged because of power station emisisons, battery life, recycling, vehicle cost, vehicle range, charge time and access to infrastructure.

 

 

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