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GERMANY IMPOSES THE INSTALLATION OF CHARGING STATIONS AT PETROL STATIONS
“several European countries are relying on purchase incentives, in particular the scrapping bonus. Some countries are adding an additional incentive for electric vehicles. This is the case in France and Germany. In France, the incentive is €7,000 (£6,237/$7,900) for the purchase of an electric car whose price is less than €45,000 (£40,100/$50,780).” Writes DriveTribe: “On the other side of the Rhine, the incentive is €6,000 (£5,350/$6,770) for an electric car costing up to €40,000 (£35,600/$45,100). And to convince the Germans to switch to electric cars, the government will impose electric charging stations at all service stations.”
TESLA MODEL 3 IS UK’S BEST SELLING CAR…AGAIN
“May 2020 saw UK plugin electric vehicle market share hit 16%, with the cumulative 2020 share now standing at 7.2%, almost triple 2019’s result. The Tesla Model 3 again takes the prize for best selling auto (of any kind) overall, maintaining the result from April.” Says Max Holland for Cleantechnica: “UK auto market volume was down 89% year on year, but auto dealers are now reopening for business, promising better results going forwards. The Tesla Model 3 was the outstanding performer, not only taking 35% of the BEV market, but taking the overall top spot of any vehicle model sold in the country in May.”
PSA CONSIDERS LAUNCHING ELECTRIC PEUGEOT 3008
“French media report that the new 3008 will be equipped with a plug-in hybrid version as well as a purely electric offshoot.” Says electrive: “According to French media, this is to be the new DS 4, which will also be purely electric as the DS 4 E-Tense.
It is still open which drive the E-Tense version will receive. French media speculate about a drive power of 100 kW and a 50 kWh battery – exactly the same data as the PSA Group’s small electric cars. However, with a reported basic price of at least 45,000 euros, customers are likely to expect a little more from a “high-end compact car”. There could be certainty at the end of 2020: According to reports, PSA will then officially present the DS 4.”
PORSCHE TAYCAN DC CHARGING TEST: PEAK IS 270 KW
“Fastned, the European fast-charging network, recently had an opportunity to record charging sessions of the Porsche Taycan, which comes in four versions (one with 79.2 kWh battery and three with 93.4 kWh battery). The company shared the results about the charging performance so we can better understand how it works.” Says InsideEVs: “The peak DC charging power for Taycan (in the case of bigger battery pack versions) is currently about 270 kW at the 300 kW CCS Combo 2 chargers. If the charger is 175 kW then the peak is about 165 kW.
The smaller battery pack version is good for 225 kW. It’s above 250 kW between about 2% SOC and about 25% SOC, while 270 kW is around 15-22% maybe.”
AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK RATED BY EPA AT 218 MILES OF RANGE
“When Audi unveiled the 2020 E-Tron Sportback for the US market at the end of April, it said the swoopy electric SUV would do 218 miles between charges. As it turns out, Audi was right on the money as the EPA fuel economy number is out, perfectly matching the 218-mile estimation made by the automaker.” According to Quattro Daily: “The new Audi E-Tron Sportback will arrive at dealers across the United States this summer exclusively in the 55 Quattro specification. In Europe, there’s also a lesser 50 Quattro model available”
ELECTRIC DELIVERY VANS ARE HAVING A MOMENT
“Commercial vans are emerging as a key growth area for electrification — and General Motors is developing a vehicle for the sector, according to a Reuters report. GM’s interest shows how a powerful legacy automaker wants in on what Morgan Stanley analysts called “America’s hottest new vehicle” in a research note this week.” Says Axios.
Amazon, in late 2019, vowed to buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from the startup Rivian and hopes to have 10,000 operating as soon as 2022.
Ford announced in March that it’s developing an electric version of its Ford Transit cargo van.
UPS is planning to buy at least 10,000 electric vans from the U.K. startup Arrival.
“FCA’s commercial vehicle arm Fiat Professional presents the production version of its all-electric Ducato van, the Fiat E-Ducato, a year after the first prototype was shown in mid-2019. It will be the first electric Ducato in the 39-year history of the model.” Says InsideEVs: “WLTP range expected from 200 km (124 miles) to over 330 km (205 miles) with several battery options”
“General Motors is developing an electric van aimed at business users, joining a growing list of carmakers planning EVs for the same segment. GM’s plan to develop an electric van has not previously been reported. The No. 1 U.S. automaker did not confirm the van, but has said it plans to introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023, in a variety of body styles including sedans, trucks and crossovers. Suppliers familiar with such plans at GM and Ford told Reuters the Detroit automakers, which count trucks and commercial vehicles among their most profitable businesses, “don’t want to leave the door open for Tesla” as they did in consumer passenger cars.” According to Autoblog
NEW PEUGEOT e-TRAVELLER
The new PEUGEOT e-Traveller is now available with a 100% electric engine.
- 2 levels of autonomy offering up to 330 km in WLTP certification cycle,
- 2 battery capacities (50 kWh or 75 kWh),
- 3 lengths (Compact, Standard and Long),
- a limited height of 1.90 m,
- up to 9 seats.
Electrive points out: “What is important with the e-Traveller compared to the e-Expert is, of course, the cab. The model is available in two basic versions ‘Shuttle’ and ‘Combispace’, both versions are available in two lengths. The Shuttle version is aimed at professional transport companies such as taxi operators, airport or hotel shuttles. There is also the ‘Business’ version with five to nine seats and the ‘Business VIP’ version with six or seven leather individual seats and comfort features such as three-zone air conditioning.” And also: “The new Kangoo Z.E. Business+ starts at a retail price of £19,836 (ex-VAT, inc grant), and is advertised to pack another “£1,070 worth of additional equipment” for a price increase of £600 on top. It is available in both medium and long-wheelbase panel versions, and retains the 33kWh battery and 44kW motor from the standard Renault Kangoo Z.E., for the same 143-mile range, according to WLTP.”
Peugeot e-Expert, Opel/Vauxhall eZafira, Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro-e, Citroen e-Jumpy.
GERMANY INCREASES INCENTIVES
Petrol and diesel cars omitted from the German government’s stimulus package. BEVs will see a government contribution for electric cars rise from €3k to €6k with the manufacturer’s contribution remaining the same (€3k). Total €9k for BEV <€40k
Netherlands Has New EV Incentives
Netherlands just created new EV incentives effective 1 July 2020, for new and used EV buyers. €4000 off for new and €2000 off for used and the provision lasts until 2025
ARMY OF AIWAYS U5 CHINESE ELECTRIC SUVS LANDING IN EUROPE
“The Chinese SUV promises more than decent performances. It is powered by a 63 kWh battery, and the SUV has a total all electric range of about 460 km (285 miles).” Reports Autoevolution: “The U5 SUV was supposed to be shown in its final production form in March at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but the ongoing health crisis messed with the plans the Chinese had. It won’t be stopping the arrival of the cars, though, which are expected to land on the French island of Corsica in July. There, the electric SUVs will be deployed as part of the fleet of cars operated by rental company Hertz.”
The U5 is now available for European customers to order in Germany, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
Donald Rs • 23 hours ago
Affordable Electric Vehicle with the under $5,000
Stephen Troyer • 1 day ago (edited)
I’m in the US, and I’ve always bought cars with just a few years left in them. These are around 1,000 dollars to 2,000 dollars in my experience. That is my definition of an affordable car. By this measure, the only affordable EVs on the market are golf carts.
Roger Starkey • 1 day ago
Slightly more than a market comparable ICE vehicle is “the right price for an EV”.
Understanding • 1 day ago (edited)
In Canada, anything under $40,000 CAD or $30,000 USD can considered affordable now a days. Most people that look at $35,000 CAD or lower will consider used car as an option. Even Civic will have a “3” in the front by the time you leave the showroom in Canada
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- 3 days ago
25.000 euros I consider affordable for now. I wouldnt be surprised if you will be able to buy a new EV for 17.999 in the not so distant future.
y family normally buy cars around 5000 USD, and once we saw a LEAF for that price, we were able to become first time EV owners. So our “affordability level” (for now) is $5000.
Jim Myers • 4 days ago
Depending on the size, Zoe to Model 3, I think $25 to $35 thousand is affordable. From Bellingham, about 90 miles north of Seattle.
Steven Bollinger • 4 days ago
Question of the week: When will EV’s be affordable? They already are. Compare purchase price plus fuel, maintenance and insurance to ICE — that is: compare ALL the cost — and EV’s are competitive, because they cost many hundreds of dollars/pounds/euros less per year to operate.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
How far does a plug-in hybrid need to drive on EV power only?
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