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IONITY CELEBRATES 250TH FAST-CHARGING STATION IN EUROPE

“IONITY, the European fast-charging network, founded in 2017 by BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Porsche AG, and joined by Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai and Kia) in 2019, celebrates its 250th charging location.” says InsideEVs: “The company announced the news on July 3, 2020, about six months since the milestone of 200 stations. The pace of new installations was probably significantly lowered by the COVID-19 lockdown, so we are wondering whether the target of 400 locations by the end of 2020 is still the case. IONITY’s website shows that there are 251 stations installed, while another 49 are under construction. Most of the chargers are supplied by Tritium (55%: 569 chargers at 139 stations), followed by ABB (41%: 424 chargers at 108 stations) plus 5 stations with a total of 28 Porsche Engineering chargers.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/432240/ionity-250-fast-charging-station-europe/

 

TESLA INSTALLS 500TH SUPERCHARGER IN UK & IRELAND

“Tesla continues to expand its electric vehicle charging network around the world, following the announcement of its CEO Elon Musk. To meet growing demand, 500 Supercharger devices have now been installed in the UK and Ireland. The first Superchargers appeared in the UK in 2014 and are now available in 63 locations. Tesla has already installed 42 new Superchargers this year, which confirms the company’s intention to expand globally.” reports Tesmanian: “Previously, the company’s Supercharger Network expansion has slowed down to allow for the ramp in the production of Supercharger V3 units. V3 Supercharging uses the same principle as Tesla’s current Superchargers but adds a 1MW power cabinet to the equation. That means 250kW peak charging rates per car. To date, eight V3 Superchargers have been installed in the UK – all at the brand’s Park Royal service center in London. Model 3 is compatible with the device as standard, and models S and X come with an adapter that allows them to use the same system.”

 

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/tesla-installs-500th-supercharger-in-uk-ireland

 

TESLA UPDATES WARRANTY ON PROBLEMATIC MEDIA UNIT AND TOUCHSCREEN

“Tesla has updated its warranty for its already problematic media unit and touchscreen with a ridiculously shorter two-year or 25,000-mile limit.” is the wording of electrek today: “As we previously reported, Tesla had a problem with the embedded Multi-Media-Card memory (eMMC) in its original MCU (the central media unit with a touchscreen). It is being overwritten to the point of failure, and many early Tesla owners are having to replace it. This week, Tesla updated the warranty on replacement MCUs and slashed the length of coverage in half.”

 

https://electrek.co/2020/07/04/tesla-updates-warranty-problema

 

BUICK TO INTRODUCE VELITE 6 PHEV IN CHINATIC-MEDIA-UNIT-TOUCHSCREEN/

“Buick is adding the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to its new energy vehicle (NEV) portfolio in China. The model is expected to be launched this month. The VELITE 6 PHEV will be powered by Buick eMotion electric drive technology that leverages GM’s global electrification expertise.” reports Green Car Congress. And don’t get that confused with the Buick Velite 7 I’ve previously reported on: “Based on a variant of the BEV2 platform that the Chevrolet Bolt EV debuted in 2016, the brand-new Buick Velite 7 EV includes a state-of-the-art battery pack that will allow it to offer an electric range of up to 500 kilometers – equivalent to about 311 miles – with a full charge, calculated under the conditions of the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). In China, this makes it the most efficient electric crossover in its class. Aesthetically, the Velite 7 EV boasts a relatively simple design with a distinctive front fascia, and might share a few body panels with the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV. The company has announced that the new high-performance lithium-ion modular battery that mounts the new Buick Velite 7 has a higher energy density, thanks to improved cell chemistry. Additionally, the battery pack has an advanced structural design and BMS thermal management system that meets GM’s global standards” as per GM Authority

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/07/20200704-buick.html

 

https://gmauthority.com/blog/2020/06/brand-new-buick-velite-7-ev-crossover-unveiled-in-china/

 

TESLA SUPERCHARGING USAGE HITS PRE-COVID 19 HIGHS

@elonmusk: “North American Supercharger usage is now at pre-covid high, Europe about a week behind, China & Asia-Pacific in general doing great”

 

TEPCO TO REUSE CHINESE EV BATTERIES FOR ENERGY STORAGE

“Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings will launch a storage battery business utilizing used electric-vehicle batteries from China, Nikkei has learned. The plan is to assemble used batteries into a containerized energy storage system to assist renewable-energy plants” writes Nikkei Asian Review: “Transmission and distribution unit Tepco Power Grid will purchase used EV batteries from trading companies in China and elsewhere, combining 20 to 30 vehicles’ worth of them into a container-type battery. The batteries will then be sold to solar and other renewable-energy plants for 30% to 50% less than new batteries. Tepco hopes to grow the business into a new revenue stream. EV batteries are generally replaced after seven to 10 years, but the used batteries still have about 70% of their original capacity”

 

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Energy/Tepco-to-reuse-Chinese-EV-batteries-for-energy-storage

 

AUDI, ENBW TO TURN ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES INTO GRID SUPPORT TOOLS

“Audi and utility EnBW are setting up an electric car battery operation at EnBW’s Heilbronn plant to build scaleable storage facilities by the end of this year, drawing on retired batteries to help power grids.” according to Car and Bike.com: “Electric vehicle battery recycling and reuse has become a priority for car and battery makers while renewable energy companies face the problem of how to absorb surpluses of wind and solar power to avoid waste and disruption to the stability of grids, slowing the transition to purely carbon-free energy system. Audi has been testing the behaviour of electric car batteries, which represent a third of an EV’s unit costs, in a research setting in Berlin for three years. The batteries to be used for the commercial phase of the project come from test cars, which have run hundreds of thousands of kilometres, Kupfer said. “A used EV battery still can function for another three to 10 years,” he said.”

 

https://www.carandbike.com/news/audi-enbw-to-turn-electric-car-batteries-into-grid-support-tools-2257009

 

ELECTRIC CAR SCRAPPAGE SCHEME REJECTED BY GOVERNMENT MINISTERS

“Hopes of a new scrappage scheme reportedly offering up to £6,000 towards the cost of an electric car have been dashed now that the government appears to have rejected the idea.” says the RAC: “The Times reports that a letter from Rachel Maclean, junior minister for transport and the environment, reads: “the government has no plans at this stage to introduce a scrappage scheme.” A similar scrappage scheme was dismissed in 2018 as ministers believed it was “difficult to deliver [and] potentially open to abuse.” At present, the government provides a grant of up to £3,000 only towards the purchase of plug-in cars, although this was cut by £500 in March.”

 

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/electric-car-scrappage-scheme-rejected-by-government-ministers/

 

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