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On today’s podcast:

  • Huawei beats Apple to the punch: SF5 electric SUV
  • Eighty gigafactories may be insufficient if EV sales are to surpass ICE by 2030s
  • Electric cars: What will happen to all the dead batteries?
  • Tritium Selected By US Army To Support Fleet Electrification
  • Toyota begins European roll-out of Proace electric van
  • Another Chinese Name To Remember – Jidu Auto
  • Nio Will Disclose Strategy For Selling EVs In Norway
  • Williams, Italdesign tout fast-to-market luxury EV platform

 

Show #1069

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 1st May. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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HUAWEI BEATS APPLE TO THE PUNCH: SF5 ELECTRIC SUV

“Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies has the SF5 electric SUV developed in partnership with automotive brand Seres which will be sold and marketed by Huawei throughout its flagship stores across China.” says The Driven: “The SF5 boasts two electric motors powering an all-wheel drive powertrain producing up to 543-horsepower and 820Nm of torque, and is able to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 4.68-seconds, and offers all-electric range for daily city driving of 180-kilometres (NEDC) in what is called “pure electric mode”.The fact that there is a “pure electric mode” also clarifies how the SF5 can boast a headline-grabbing extended range mode offering over 1,000-kilometres, though this press release avoids mention of the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine which acts as the range-extending generator”

 

Huawei beats Apple to the punch: SF5 electric SUV debuts at Shanghai

 

EIGHTY GIGAFACTORIES MAY BE INSUFFICIENT IF EV SALES ARE TO SURPASS ICE BY 2030S

“The global electric vehicle industry could face a problem of battery capacity in the future, despite plans for 80 new EV battery gigafactories. A recent ABB report, in conjunction with the automotive intelligence unit of Ultima Media, highlights the role of automation in meeting demand as EVs are predicted to overtake ICE-powered vehicles by 2036.” says AutocarPro:” Battery production capacity will likely need to outpace EV demand to meet the rising need for lithium-ion power in other sectors, along with mitigating supply and production constraints. The report estimates that global capacity for lithium-ion batteries will increase from 450 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2020 to more than 2,850 GWh by 2030. The high price of EVs will increasingly create a barrier to further market penetration, reducing vehicle cost has therefore become a whole-industry focus. Given that the battery represents up to a third of vehicle costs, ABB is focused on solutions that improve battery manufacturing productivity.”

 

https://www.autocarpro.in/news-international/eighty-gigafactories-may-be-insufficient-if-ev-sales-are-to-surpass-ice-by-2030s-79030

 

ELECTRIC CARS: WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ALL THE DEAD BATTERIES?

“While electric vehicles (EVs) may not emit any carbon dioxide during their working lives, [Paul Anderson from University of Birmingham is] concerned about what happens when they run out of road – in particular what happens to the batteries.” says BBC News: “EV batteries are larger and heavier than those in regular cars and are made up of several hundred individual lithium-ion cells, all of which need dismantling. They contain hazardous materials, and have an inconvenient tendency to explode if disassembled incorrectly. Recent proposals from the European Union would see EV suppliers responsible for making sure that their products aren’t simply dumped at the end of their life, and manufacturers are already starting to step up to the mark.”

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56574779

 

TRITIUM SELECTED BY US ARMY TO SUPPORT FLEET ELECTRIFICATION

 Tritium, a global leader in DC fast charging technology for electric vehicles (EVs), today announced that it has been selected to participate in the Power Transfer Cohort, powered by the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) in collaboration with Alion Science and Technology. This program focuses on advancing solutions that will support remote access, rapid recharging, and scalable infrastructure to help the Army move to electric vehicles EVs. Tritium is the only DC fast charging provider which was selected for the program.

 

Companies in the Cohort will work directly with the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team (NGCV) and the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) to identify and explore EV infrastructure technologies that can work across the diverse fleet of ~225,000 Army vehicles operating in the most demanding environments.

 

Each cohort focuses on solving a specific problem aligned to the Army’s 16-year modernization strategy. The Power Transfer Cohort is an 8-week program, and each company selected to participate receives a contract for $100,000 with the potential for follow-on awards.

 

TOYOTA BEGINS EUROPEAN ROLL-OUT OF PROACE ELECTRIC VAN

“Toyota has started the market launch of the Proace Electric and Proace Verso Electric in Europe. List prices in Germany start at 41,948 euros for the Proace Electric and 58,530 euros for the Proace Verso Electric. The smaller Proace City Electric is to follow in October this year.” says electrive: “The Proace is not based on a Toyota platform, but on the EMP2 from PSA/Stellantis. The minibus is thus another offshoot to the three well-known models of the PSA brands Citroën, Peugeot and Opel. The Proace Electric is the commercial vehicle version (comparable to the Opel Vivaro-e), while the Proace Verso Electric is the passenger car model for private customers, like the Opel Zafira-e Life. The technical data matches that of the PSA trio: The 100 kW electric motor is used, Toyota also offers two battery options (50 or 75 kWh). Depending on the battery, between 230 and 330 kilometres WLTP range”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2021/04/27/toyota-begins-european-roll-out-of-proace-electric-van/

 

ANOTHER CHINESE NAME TO REMEMBER – JIDU AUTO

“Jidu Auto, Chinese search engine giant Baidu’s new car-making venture, plans to invest CNY50 billion (USD7.7 billion) in the next five years and recruit 2,500 to 3,000 employees in the next two to three years, according to its chief executive.” reports  Yicaiglobal: “Jidu Auto is likely to showcase its first vehicle at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition next April and will unveil one new model every 12 to 18 months after that, Xia Yiping told Yicai Global today. The firm has already built a core team of about 100 people, he said. Baidu founder Robin Li highly values the project and will play a role in key parts of its engineering and design work, Xia said, adding that Jidu Auto will launch a new round of financing soon.”

 

https://www.yicaiglobal.com/news/baidu-to-invest-usd77-billion-to-make-cars-in-next-five-years

 

NIO WILL DISCLOSE STRATEGY FOR SELLING EVS IN NORWAY

“, the company will broadcast a news conference on May 6. We expect it to reveal the details of Nio’s global expansion.” according to InsideEVs: “The Chinese carmaker had already revealed that it wanted to be in all major EV markets by 2024. Apart from China, that means Europe and the US. The news conference could be restricted to the Norwegian market, but we expect to learn a lot more.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/504249/nio-norway-sales-may-6/

 

WILLIAMS, ITALDESIGN TOUT FAST-TO-MARKET LUXURY EV PLATFORM

“Williams Advanced Engineering and ItalDesign will market an electric-car platform aimed at premium brands looking to sell long-range, high-performance EVs costing more than 100,000 euros ($121,000).” says Autmotive News Europe: “The two companies say the EVX platform will enable companies to bring a car to market in 30 months to 36 months, about 12 months earlier than traditional development timings. Williams will supply the rolling chassis under the partnership, while ItalDesign will contribute the body design, safety systems, electric architecture, and limited production of up to 500 cars for customers.”

 

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/williams-italdesign-tout-fast-market-luxury-ev-platform

 

 

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