Show #1136.

 

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AUDI SEES ELECTRIC CARS BECOMING AS PROFITABLE AS GAS-POWERED CARS WITHIN 2-3 YEARS

 

– Audi CEO Markus Duesmann says that he sees electric cars becoming as profitable as gas-powered cars within the next two to three years.

 

– Last month, the German premium automotive brand announced an acceleration of its electrification plans.

 

– It included plans to produce their last internal combustion engine in 2033 (if people are still buying them by then), and a plan to only launch new vehicles that are electric by 2026.

 

– A new report from Germany’s Spiegel states that Audi CEO Markus Duesmann is currently expecting the brand’s electric vehicles to become as profitable as its gas-powered vehicles within the next two to three years. It would imply that Audi’s current electric lineup, the e-tron, e-tron Q4, and e-tron GT, are not as profitable as their gas-powered counterparts.

 

Original Source : https://electrek.co/2021/07/06/audi-electric-cars-becoming-as-profitable-as-gas-powered-cars/

 

WHY TESLA HAS REDUCED THE ELECTRIC DRIVING RANGE

 

– Tesla has reduced the advertised driving range of all its vehicles on its Australian website – but it’s for a very good reason. The new driving range of the Long Range Model 3, for example, is now 580km, whereas previously it was 657km. The Standard Range Plus, which was previously 508km, now says it can only drive 448km, and the Performance now says 567km where it once said 628km.

 

– Tesla has (finally!) decided to use Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) ratings, which have been in use since 2017 and are used to measure carbon emissions and energy consumption of vehicles. Previously, Tesla stated range figures developed using requirements developed under the  Australian Design Rule 81/02 — Fuel Consumption Labelling for Light Vehicles), which was developed in line with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) rating, before the WLTP was introduced.

 

– Other carmakers in Australia that import electric vehicles, such as Hyundai (eg the Kona EV with 64kWh battery with 484km range), have been using WLTP for some time so it is good to see Tesla move in line with this.

 

Original Source : https://thedriven.io/2021/07/07/why-tesla-has-reduced-the-electric-driving-range-on-its-website/

 

HEINEKEN USES ELECTRIC BEER TRUCK FOR LAST-MILE DELIVERY IN AMSTERDAM

 

– The Dutch brewery Heineken is now using an all-electric beer truck in Amsterdam. The converted Fuso eCanter will be used for emission-free deliveries to cafés in Amsterdam’s city centre.

 

– the truck is 5.3 metres long and two metres wide, which makes it suitable for urban use. Empty, the vehicle weighs four tonnes. Two charging specifications are important for the beer transporter: The beer tank, manufactured by Duotank, can hold up to 3,000 litres, and the battery has a capacity of 82.8 kWh.

 

– From the brewery in Den Bosch, a larger truck transports 200 hectolitres of beer (i.e. 20,000 litres) to the outskirts of Amsterdam. There, 30 hectolitres each are pumped into the two mini-tank beer trucks. These then supply around five cafés in the city centre before they have to refill with fresh beer on the outskirts again. Supplying the cafés with the large truck would not be possible even with an electric drive: to protect the quays and bridges, a maximum of 7.5 tonnes is allowed here.

 

Original Source : https://www.electrive.com/2021/07/07/heineken-uses-electric-beer-truck-for-last-mile-delivery-in-amsterdam/

 

WARBURTONS ZERO EMISSION FUSO ECANTER

 

– The UK’s largest bakery brand has underscored its commitment to the rise of battery-powered truck technology by commissioning its first FUSO eCanter.

 

– The 7.5-tonne FUSO eCanter is the world’s first fully electric light-duty truck to enter series production and represents a major advance in the battle to improve air quality in towns and cities

 

– The eCanter’s electric drivetrain employs six 13.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries with a total power output of 82.8 kWh (66 kWh usable). The permanent-magnet motor delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle. A single charge gives the truck an effective operating range of more than 62 miles (100 km), which is ample for many urban delivery applications.

 

– It sets off at 4am each day from Warburtons’ Bolton bakery and delivers fresh bread to as many as 25 different customers, mainly in the central Manchester area. They range from large supermarkets to independent corner shops.

 

Original Source : https://www.electricvehiclesresearch.com/articles/24167/warburtons-zero-emission-fuso-ecanter?rsst2id=3&utm_source=pocket_mylist

 

BYD NEW-ENERGY VEHICLE SALES UP 192 PCT IN JUNE

 

– China’s leading new-energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturer BYD saw surging NEV sales growth in June, company data showed. In a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the Shenzhen-based company said its sales of NEVs, including purely electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, surged 192.03 percent year on year to 41,366 units in June. In the first half of 2021, BYD sold 154,579 NEVs, up 154.76 percent year on year.

 

Original Source : http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2021-07/06/content_77608830.htm?utm_source=pocket_mylist

 

SALT LAKE CITY IS THE ‘BEST CITY TO OWN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE,’ STUDY FINDS

 

– A new study finds Salt Lake City is the no. 1 city in the country for people who drive electric cars. According to the website “Auto Insurance Quote,” Salt Lake City is on top when it comes to charging stations, electric vehicle incentives, and electricity cost.

 

– Researchers determined the “best” cities by analyzing data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Council on Clean Transportation, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the cities with the most charging stations per capita, identify local government electric vehicles incentives, and quantify the cost of electricity

 

– No. 2: Sacramento, Calif. No. 3: Austin, Texas No. 4: Atlanta, Georgia No. 5: Seattle, Wash. No. 6: Buffalo, N.Y. No. 7: Pittsburgh, Pa.No. 8: Portland, Ore. No. 9: Baltimore, Md. No. 10: San Jose, Calif.

 

  • Highlighted Source : https://share.getliner.com/aIWxs/
  • Original Source : https://kutv.com/news/local/salt-lake-city-is-the-best-place-in-the-us-to-own-an-electric-car-study-finds?utm_source=pocket_mylist

 

UK GOVERNMENT PARTNERS WITH DISABILITY CHARITY TO SET STANDARDS FOR CHARGEPOINTS

 

– In partnership with national disability charity Motability, the Department for Transport (DfT) has commissioned the British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop accessibility standards for EV chargepoints across the country. These standards will provide industry with guidance and drivers with a new clear definition of ‘fully accessible’, ‘partially accessible’ and ‘not accessible’ public EV chargepoints.

 

The design of public chargepoints is already carefully considered by operators. However, consistent standards are crucial for drivers to easily identify which chargepoints are suitable for their needs.

 

This could range from adequate space between bollards, charging units being of a height suitable for wheelchair users, size of the parking bay and the kerb height.

 

  • Highlighted Source : https://share.getliner.com/oojoL/
  • Original Source : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-partners-with-disability-charity-to-set-standards-for-electric-vehicle-chargepoints

 

 

 

SOLARWATT FLEXES MUSCLES IN HOME ENERGY STORAGE FIGHT WITH SHELL, TESLA

 

– Germany’s Solarwatt, backed by BMW’s billionaire shareholder Stefan Quandt, plans to launch a small module that lets homeowners link rooftop solar panels to power storage batteries and electric vehicles to cut costs. The wallbox allows home owners to control when and how much home-produced photovoltaics (PV) power they store, use to charge their electric vehicles (EVs), or sell to the grid.

 

– The Manager Flex device, which looks like a wifi router and will go on sale at around 500 euros ($594), allows the integration of energy flows and gadgets at home, such as rooftop panels, batteries, electric heat pumps and EV-charging boxes.

 

– Solarwatt, also active in France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Britain and Australia, aims to be a top five player by the end of 2022

 

– Germany is an obvious starting point. With 300,000 stationary batteries, it is the world’s top home storage market, ahead of the United States, Japan and Australia.

 

– “The ramp-up of EV sales will directly induce a corresponding run on smart energy products in the household sphere,” said PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Steffen Apfel.Sonnen’s CEO Oliver Koch said EVs are driving demand for the company’s PV systems and batteries: “A third of buyers (of those segments) add a charging device for their EV,” he said.

 

– EV makers have started exploring links between EVs and home power circuits, to morph home and car electricity into one, and between EVs and grids, to offer stability services and recycle used batteries.

 

Original Source : https://www.reuters.com/business/solarwatt-flexes-muscles-home-energy-storage-fight-with-shell-tesla-2021-07-07/

 

ENPHASE LAUNCHES ENCHARGE® BATTERY STORAGE SYSTEM IN GERMANY −

 

– Beginning today, Enphase’s Encharge battery storage is headed to Germany, marking its first expansion outside of the United States. For installers in Germany, the overwhelming number of installation jobs today are for both solar and battery storage. This all-in-one solution lets homeowners power their lives with solar energy whether the sun is shining or not, and nearly eliminates the need to buy expensive energy from the grid.

 

– Germany marks the second-ever market for Enphase’s Encharge battery, and Enphase will soon expand to more countries in Europe and elsewhere around the world. Homeowners can depend on Enphase’s industry-leading hardware

 

– The Encharge battery storage system offers configurations ranging from 3.5kWh to 42kWh, along with the option to upgrade and expand through the lifetime of the system. The introduction of battery storage to Enphase’s existing microinverter business in Germany will help meet installer and homeowner needs for a safe and reliable all-in-one solution.

 

Original Source : https://evobsession.com/enphase-launches-encharge-battery-storage-system-in-germany

 

 

 

 

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