Show #669

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 17th January 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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GM’S ELECTRIC HUMMER

“Americans still love hulking SUVs, even as they realize these gas guzzlers contribute to global warming. What to do? Revive the Hummer, duh. And replace the old 10-mile-per gallon diesel engine with an electric powertrain fueled off the grid.” says Yahoo! Finance: “(GM) will bring back its Hummer name starting in 2022, according to news reports, adding the monster truck to its GMC lineup. There will be no gas- or diesel-powered version this time, just an electric. GM will supposedly run a Super Bowl ad with NBA wizard LeBron James on Feb. 3 to announce the reincarnation. vA radical battery-powered truck will demonstrate GM has something to show for its EV investments—something critics and buyers can get fired up about. A zero-emission Hummer will also solve a problem for potential buyers who love the muscle but don’t want to be ostracized for belching pollution.”

 

Fool.com says:” Besides the nameplate, GM intends to make the vehicle resemble the earlier Hummer, tapping strongly into brand recognition and nostalgia. Specific Hummer models will include a pickup truck — probably launched first in late 2021 or early 2022 — and a large off-road-capable SUV. It recently teamed up with LG Chemical (OTC:LGCLF) to construct a $2.3 billion electric car battery factory in Ohio. According to GM’s press releases, the massive facility will produce at least 30 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery capacity annually, enough to outfit several hundred thousand electric vehicles.  In addition, GM is pumping $3 billion into renovating its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for the express purpose of building electric pickups and SUVs.”

 

https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/01/18/gms-electric-hummer-and-pickup-plans-may-jolt-futu.aspx

 

IONITY ANNOUNCES A KWH-BASED CHARGER PRICING PLAN

“IONITY, the pan-European ultra-fast charging network, has announced that from January 31, 2020, it will change its pricing structure from “per session” to “per kWh.” says InsideEVs: “The new price will be €0.79 ($0.88) per kWh for “customers without contracts.”

 

And from Teslarati: “That’s a substantial premium compared to the Tesla Supercharging Network, which has a rate of about 0.25 EUR ($0.28) per kWh. Thus, with this new pricing structure in place, an Audi e-tron or Porsche Taycan owner would end up paying about $80 to charge the all-electric SUV from zero to 100%. Considering that these vehicles are capable of traveling just over 200 miles on a charge”

 

RENAULT OFFICIALLY CONFIRMS THE TWINGO ZE

From a Renault press release: “2020 will mark a new stage in its electric offensive with the launch of Twingo Z.E. and the deployment of its new E-Tech hybrid and plug-in hybrid offers.”

 

“Renault finally confirmed the launch of the Renault Twingo ZE for this year.” according to PushEVs: “We can expect it to be officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show which takes place in 5-15 March 2020. There are some rumors that this car is already being produced and tested on public roads, therefore soon we should starting seeing some spy shots. Previously Renault feared that a Twingo ZE could cannibalize the sales of the ZOE. But now the new Renault ZOE can easily differentiate itself from a smaller and cheaper electric car with its improved interior, WLTP range of 395 km and a price above 30.000 euros. The Renault Twingo ZE will have in the VW electric triplets its most direct alternatives.”

 

Renault officially confirms the Twingo ZE

 

BMW TO CONVERT MUNICH PLANT FOR I4 PRODUCTION THIS SUMMER

“BMW will be closing its main plant in Munich for six weeks this summer to convert it to producing the all-electric BMW i4. The EV is scheduled to go into series production next year, still with battery cells bought in. However, this could change in future.” writes electrive: “In future, the i4 electric car will roll off the production line together with the 3 and 4 series models. According to BMW, more than 1,000 robots in the body shop and assembly area will be converted to then flexibly assemble the various drive forms on a production line according to demand. BMW will still purchase the battery cells for the i4, from CATL and Samsung SDI among others as reported. Although BMW maintains its own Battery Cell Competence Center for research, it does not manufacture the crucial cells itself.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/01/17/bmw-to-convert-munich-plant-for-i4-production-this-summer/

 

FORD INVESTS €42 MILLION IN VALENCIA FOR NEW HYBRID MODELS

Ford today announced a €42 million investment in its Valencia manufacturing plant, Spain, to support the company’s electrification strategy with a state-of-the-art battery assembly facility in addition to new S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid models.

Two new assembly lines will enable the advanced lithium-ion batteries that help power all-new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, all-new Kuga Hybrid, and new S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid to be produced.

 

Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid CO2 emissions from 26 g/km

Ford Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid CO2 emissions from 111 g/km

 

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/feu/en/news/2020/01/16/Valencia.html

 

ELECTRIC TAXIS TO GO WIRELESS THANKS TO NEW CHARGING TECH TRIAL

The UK Transport Secretary announced today (17 January 2020) that £3.4 million will be invested in trials for wireless charging of electric taxis in Nottingham.

Wireless charging at taxi ranks could provide an alternative to plugs and chargepoints, meaning multiple taxis can recharge at once, supporting drivers to charge up more easily. It would also reduce clutter on our streets.

Installing wireless chargers at taxi ranks offers drivers the chance to recharge while waiting for their next passengers, so they can help the environment and start their journeys quicker. The technology, allowing for shorter and more frequent bursts of charging.

Ten Nissan and LEVC electric taxis in Nottingham will be fitted with wireless charging hardware for 6 months to trial taxi rank-based charging.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/electric-taxis-to-go-wireless-thanks-to-new-charging-tech-trial

 

ROADIE LETS YOU VIEW TESLACAM AND SENTRY MODE VIDEOS ON YOUR PHONE

It is basically a Raspberry Pi Zero programmed by Jake Luciani to store, protect, and make the videos your Tesla records with TeslaCam or Sentry Mode available to your smartphone. That implies you can save them or share them instantly.” says InsideEVs: ” While Tesla erases the videos after about one hour or two, to save space, Roadie keeps them for more time. It is a handy solution for those accidents in which you did not have time to deal with the video, and it ends up lost. A hit-and-run, for example, or something as unexpected as that. After connecting Roadie to your Tesla, all you need to check the videos in your smartphone is that the car is turned on – moving or with Sentry Mode activated – a wi-fi connection for Roadie and the app.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/393187/roadie-teslacam-sentry-mode-smartphone/

 

 

 

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