Show #844

 

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AUDI: PROPRIETARY CHARGING NETWORK FOR HI-TECH EVS?

“The Volkswagen Group is planning a proprietary charging network throughout Europe, Spiegel magazine claims, citing circles around Audi’s project Artemis. It looks like initially, only Audi drivers would benefit from the hi-tech network with Porsche clients to follow.” according to electrive: “The article leaves open whether other Volkswagen brands or even competitors will be able to access the network later. The first step, therefore, seems to be a proprietary charging network for Audi electric cars as well as Porsche’s, similar to that of Tesla and their Superchargers. Neither Spiegel nor Audi name any technical advances the premium chargers may utilise. High power charging is already installed across Europe by Ionity, in which Volkswagen has a stake, of course, and with prices that fit an almost exclusive approach.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/07/19/audi-planning-proprietary-charging-network-for-hi-tech-evs/

 

KOREA TO EXTEND SUBSIDIES FOR ELECTRIC CARS TO 2025 TO SUPPORT GREEN NEW DEAL

“Buyers of electric vehicles in South Korea will be able to pick up state subsidies until 2025 as the government has pushed back the sunset provision date under its goal to have 1.33 million green cars on the road by the same year. The state-imposed sales target for green cars would also be tweaked to reduce the burden on carmakers, with excess sales allowed to be traded as credits like carbon emissions” says Pulse NEws: “To accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, the plan bumped up future-vehicle subsidies by 4.5 trillion won. EV subsidies, which were to phase out starting this year to completely expire by 2022, are also extended for another three years. Passenger cars would be subsidized until 2024, and commercial buses and trucks by 2025.

 

https://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2020&no=733375

 

STARD LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST ROAD-CAR BASED ELECTRIC MOTORSPORT CUSTOMER PROGRAMME WITH THE FORD

“STARD is delighted to announce the world’s first road-car based electric motorsport customer programme aimed at delivering race-ready competition Ford Fiesta ERX2s onto the market with a bespoke fully-electric powertrain.”

Based on the Ford Fiesta MK8 ST bodyshell and developed around the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s Projekt E category ERX2 regulations.

The Ford Fiesta ERX2 has been developed in-house by STARD in Austria, using knowledge gained from over 10 years of electric motorsport vehicle development. The Ford Fiesta ERX2 incorporates STARDs REVelution powertrain system, using three electric motors, producing 450kW (613bhp) combined power and 1002Nm of instantaneous torque with a top speed of 240km/h, using a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmissions fitted to both axles.

Race-ready Ford Fiesta ERX2s are now available, priced at €374.000 and first examples have already been delivered to customers, such as experienced rallycross team Holten Motorsport in Norway.

 

http://stard.at/2020/07/17/stard-launches-worlds-first-road-car-based-electric-motorsport-customer-programme-with-the-ford-fiesta-erx2/

 

FIRST VW DIESELGATE SETTLEMENT-FUNDED FAST CHARGER IN NORTH DAKOTA

“Ten North Dakota communities have received funding to build fast-charging stations from a settlement against Volkswagen for violating the Clean Air Act. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has allocated $2.7 million to local governments and businesses for clean vehicle projects, including 17 fast-charging stations across the state.” reports Tesmanian: “Communities plan to charge drivers for the electricity they consume, though it has not yet determined rates. But they do not plan to make money on this, and just look for breakeven.”

 

Out of Spec Motoring

@Out_of_Spec

Charging at the first and only public DC charging point in North Dakota

 

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/first-vw-dieselgate-settlement-funded-fast-charger-in-north-datota

 

TESLA SLASHES SOLAR PRICE AGAIN, NOW STARTS AT $6K, BIGGER SYSTEMS SEE PRICE INCREASE

“Tesla has updated its solar panel pricing again, slashing the price of its base system to just $8,200, but bigger systems are now a little more expensive.” says electrek: “The biggest difference is that the base solar system that someone can buy, a 4.08kW system, starts at just $8,200, or $6,000 after incentives. That’s a $1,800 price drop before the federal tax credit.”

 

Tesla slashes solar price again, now starts at $6K, bigger systems see price increase

 

CLEANTECHNICA INTERVIEW WITH PETER CARLSSON, CEO OF NORTHVOLT

“I think the car companies need to also come and offer new and sustainable products, in order to get back the kind of demand that was there before the crisis. And I think this pandemic is actually going to accelerate some of these transitions. Because I think consumers have been thinking about this. That’s part of it.  And also — getting economies going after this crisis. I think every big government around the world is thinking of, “where do I get the most bang for the buck in terms of investments in the economy?” And many of them — like the European Union — [are] focusing on so-called “green deals.”

 

CleanTechnica Interview with Peter Carlsson, CEO of Northvolt: Part One — Background, Mission, & Unique Approach

 

VOLKSWAGEN, TESCO AND POD POINT REACH MILESTONE

Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point teamed up to provide the largest free retail charging network for electric vehicle (EV) owners across the UK.

 

The groundbreaking partnership has now hit the landmark 200th store after four EV points were installed at the Tesco superstore in Chester.

 

So far, enough renewable energy has been given away to power the homes in a city the size of Chester for a whole day.

 

Over the past 18 months, these charging points across the UK have been used 150,000 times by EV owners of all brands – providing their batteries with a combined 669 megawatts of power.

 

https://vwpress.co.uk/en-gb/releases/4282

 

CONNECTED ENERGY WINS FIRST ORDER FOR ITS NEXT GENERATION SECOND-LIFE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM

Second life battery pioneer, Connected Energy will be installing the first of its new generation of optimised energy storage systems as part of Suffolk County Council’s latest project, The Hold (The Hold is expected to attract thousands of visitors each year, seeking to research local history, find out about their families, or to take part in events and activities. The £20m project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund)

The E-STOR will help optimise energy use and peak loads across a system including PV, EV chargers and critical HVAC, designed to create a controlled climate for the archived materials.

The new 300kW/360kWh containerised systems, which include 24 second life Renault Kangoo batteries, have benefitted from collaborative support from Renault and ABB to increase efficiencies on both the power and capacity sides of the system.

 

Connected Energy wins first order for its next generation second-life energy storage system

 

RARE 1,250 HP ELECTRIC HYPERCAR WAS SPOTTED TOOLING AROUND LA

RAESR stands for Rice Advanced Engineering Systems and Research, and I think they’d like you to pronounce that acronym like “racer.” Their car, the Tachyon Speed, uses six direct-drive motors pushing around 2,950 pounds of carbon fiber body and battery at up to 240 mph or more.

 

RAESR says they’re now taking orders for these beasts, with prices ranging from $750,000 to over $1,500,000

It looks like what the Batmobile would be if Bruce Wayne wasn’t such a cheapskate.

Based on these pictures of one of the prototypes sans body, it looks like it’s a tandem-seat car, and I think the roof opens like a fighter jet canopy

 

https://jalopnik.com/this-absurdly-rare-1-250-hp-electric-hypercar-was-spott-1844420529

 

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