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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 14th December. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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THE BIDEN-HARRIS ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING ACTION PLAN
– President Biden has united automakers and autoworkers to drive American leadership forward on clean cars, and he set an ambitious target of 50% of electric vehicle (EV) sale shares in the U.S. by 2030. Now, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will supercharge America’s efforts to lead the electric future, Building a Better America where we can strengthen domestic supply chains, outcompete the world, and make electric cars cheaper for working families. President Biden, American families, automakers, and autoworkers agree: the future of transportation is electric. The electric car future is cleaner, more equitable, more affordable, and an economic opportunity to support good-paying, union jobs across American supply chains as automakers continue investing in manufacturing clean vehicles and the batteries that power them.
– Today, the Biden-Harris-Administration is releasing an EV Charging Action Plan to outline steps federal agencies are taking to support developing and deploying chargers in American communities across the country.
– The current network of over 100,000 public chargers operates with different plug types, payment options, data availability, and hardware hookups. Today’s actions will establish a more uniform approach, provide greater convenience for customers, and offer increased confidence for industry.
– The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes:
$3 billion in competitive grants for battery minerals and refined materials aimed at accelerating the development of the North American battery supply chain.An additional $3 billion for competitive grants aimed at building, retooling, or expanding manufacturing of batteries and battery components (such as cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes), and to establish recycling facilities in the United States.
HARRIS UNVEILS PLAN FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING NETWORK
– The Biden administration released an ambitious federal strategy Monday to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country and bring down the cost of electric cars with the goal of transforming the U.S. auto industry.
– “The future of transportation in our nation and around the world is electric,″ Vice President Kamala Harris said at an EV charging facility in suburban Maryland.
– The $1 trillion infrastructure law President Joe Biden signed last month authorizes a nationwide network of charging stations and sets aside $5 billion for states to build them
– The law also provides an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to support charging stations in rural areas and in disadvantaged communities.
– The new EV charging strategy establishes a joint electric vehicles office between the federal Energy and Transportation departments; issues guidance and standards for states; and ensures consultations with manufacturers, state and local governments, environmental justice and civil rights groups, tribes and others, the White House said.
– Republicans, including some who voted in favor of the new infrastructure law, have criticized Biden for being preoccupied with electric vehicle technology when Americans are contending with a spike in gasoline and natural gas prices.
ITALY TO BAN SALES OF NEW ICES IN 2035
– Italy’s government has decided to ban new passenger cars with combustion engines from 2035 in line with the EU Commission’s plans. For light commercial vehicles, this is to apply from 2040. This has now been decided by the Italian government’s Committee for the Ecological Transition (CITE).
– With this, the Draghi government follows a number of European states that want to ban the new sale of vehicles with combustion engines from 2030, 2035 or 2040, including France, the Netherlands, Norway or Great Britain. The committee stressed that the domestic automotive industry has sufficient lead time to prepare for the production changeover.
– Meanwhile, the Italian government continues to strive for the desired exemption from the combustion engine phase-out from 2035 for domestic sports car manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini.
ELON MUSK, CEO OF TESLA AND SPACEX, IS TIME’S PERSON OF THE YEAR
– Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.The magazine announced that Musk, the wealthiest man in the world, as its choice Monday.
– Time’s profile of Musk: “Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too.”
– “In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society,”
– Time has annually selected a Person of the Year for nearly a century. Last year, it chose President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for the top spot. And in 2019, the Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, then 16, received the title. Person of the Year, whose recipient is chosen by the magazine’s editors at the end of each year, is not necessarily an award. It is representative of the influence the person or people had on the news over the previous year.
AD AGE 2021 BEST MARKETERS: TESLA
– The inclusion of Tesla on a list honoring excellent marketing is not without irony. After all, the electric vehicle brand eschews most forms of paid advertising. But Tesla’s 2021 rise—which includes supplanting Mercedes as the third-ranked luxury auto brand by sales in the U.S.—speaks to the forces shaping modern marketing, which often have nothing to do with big-budget TV campaigns. In the case of Tesla, it means creating a product so differentiated that it in many ways sells itself, fueled by word-of-mouth marketing spread by Tesla zealots.
– Tesla spent just 11 cents on measured media per vehicle sold in 2020, according to the latest full-year figures from the Ad Age Datacenter. Compare that to its luxury competitors and the divide is stark: Hyundai-owned Genesis shelled out $1,955 per vehicle sold, while Ford’s Lincoln spent $1,553 and Jaguar spent $1,235.
– When your CEO can command that kind of attention, you don’t need much fabricated PR. And indeed, Tesla dissolved its PR department last year. True to form, the automaker did not respond to an interview request for this story.
PLUGGED-IN MINI SPARKS TALK TESLA MAY OPEN UP SUPERCHARGERS IN AUSTRALIA
– A photo of a Mini Cooper S electric hatch at a Sydney Tesla Supercharger has sparked discussion about whether the Californian EV maker is trialling access to other EV makes in Australia.
The photo, shared to The Driven on Twitter by Arthur Bodera, shows a green electric Mini parked at the Supercharger and plugged in.
– And though there were no visible flashing lights indicating it was charging, there were some perhaps telltale sounds.
“I didn’t see any indicator light on the car next to charge port,” he told The Driven. But, he said: “I did hear the charging fan stall fans spinning, which is a (soft) indication that the circuitry is working.”
NETHERLANDS: PLUG-IN CAR SHARE REACHED 39% IN NOVEMBER 2021
– The Netherlands continues to experience a shrinking automotive market with new registrations in November,
– On the contrary, the plug-in electric car segment is growing
– In November, 10,613 new plug-in electric cars were registered (up 7% year-over-year), which is 39% of the total market (28% for BEVs), the new best result for the year and the best November ever. All-electric cars are in the majority, taking some 69% of all plug-in registrations for the month, and roughly 60% year-to-date.
– The Skoda Enyaq iV achieved an outstanding result in November – 998 registrations – taking first place overall (regardless of the powertrain), obviously first place among plug-ins, and also becoming the best-selling model year-to-date. The next two best last month were Lynk & Co 01 PHEV (649) and Kia Niro EV (605). Important to note is that the newly launched Kia EV6 was #5 (473), while the Hyundai Ioniq 5 #9 (395).
– Top 10 year-to-date: Skoda Enyaq iV – 5,168 Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) – 4,998 Volvo XC40 PHEV – 3,004 Volkswagen ID.4 – 2,997 Ford Mustang Mach-E – 2,898
MAZDA ROLLS OUT HYBRIDS WITH “FULL SELF-CHARGING” SPIN
– Mazda this past week revealed a hybrid version of its Mazda 2 hatchback for Europe, with what’s under the hood billed as “full self-charging.” Confused? What the Mazda 2 Hybrid has is an application of Toyota’s familiar hybrid system, as already offered in the closely related Yaris Hybrid—neither of which are currently offered in the U.S.
– The “full self-charging” descriptor is likely going to cause misunderstandings at multiple levels, and it’s not a new issue. Firstly, it sounds like a nod to Tesla’s controversial “full self-driving” driver-assistance feature set. Secondly, it’s a marketing tactic that Toyota and Lexus have already tried in Europe and throughout the region, to much scorn from EV fans and consumer groups.
– Additionally, the term potentially makes it sound like the companies are hawking a sort of perpetual motion machine, or that it involves solar cells or inductive charging, which isn’t the case. It’s led even savvy shoppers to do a double-take and wondering what they’re missing versus typical full-hybrid tech, which Toyota has offered for more than 20 years.
– the Mazda 2 incorporates a 1.5-liter inline-3 gasoline engine, with a 79-hp (59-kw) electric motor as part of Toyota’s planetary-based hybrid system, to make a combined 114 hp.
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP CREATES EUROPEAN COMPANY FOR ITS BATTERY BUSINESS
– Volkswagen is establishing a European company (Société Européenne) to consolidate activities along the value chain for batteries—from processing raw materials to developing a unified Volkswagen battery to managing the European gigafactories.
– The company’s scope will include new business models based around reusing discarded car batteries and recycling the valuable raw materials they contain. The Group is thus creating efficient and future-proof structures for the rapidly growing battery business.
As part of its NEW AUTO strategy, the Volkswagen Group is aiming to become the world’s leading manufacturer of electric vehicles. To this end, it is expanding its battery-related activities and making these into one of its core competencies.
– We want to offer our customers powerful, inexpensive and sustainable vehicle batteries, which means we need to be active at all stages of the battery value chain that are critical for success. We are now bundling our power in Salzgitter, with the aim of encouraging innovation and securing the support of the best partners for our new company going forward. We already have a strong battery team in Salzgitter made up of 500 employees from 24 countries – and we are continuing to strengthen this team at leadership level.
Original Source : https://www.greencarcongress.com/2021/12/20211213-vwagbattery.html
EV CHARGING STATION MAKERS SEE RISE IN DEMAND FROM REALTORS
– Companies providing charging stations are seeing an increase in demand from real estate developers and residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) in several cities as more people are buying electric vehicles (EVs).
– While companies are forming partnerships with builders for projects that are still in the planning stages, demand is also arising from housing societies and old colonies that are willing to invest in EV charging stations.
– Real estate developer Kalpataru is offering EV charging enabled parking at its upcoming projects. It provided this facility in some of its projects in the past as well.
BP PULSE AMONG ‘WORST’ ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGE POINT PROVIDERS
– BP Pulse and Charge Your Car, also BP owned, have been rated among the worst public electric vehicle charging networks in the UK in a Zap-Map survey.
– The UK’s leading electric vehicle (EV) mapping service has released its annual public charging network satisfaction rankings, with Instavolt occupying the top spot.
– InstaVolt’s chief executive officer, Adrian Keen, said it was an “incredibly proud moment” for the business.
– The league table, now in its 4th year, comes from Zap-Map’s annual EV charging survey, which had more than 3,000 respondents.
– As part of the survey, respondents rate their overall satisfaction for the networks they use regularly, which is then used to rank each network out of a maximum of five stars. They also rated their level of satisfaction with the networks in four key areas: reliability, ease of use, cost and facilities.
– BP Pulse has slipped into the bottom three, where it is also joined by BP Pulse owned network Charge Your Car.
– BP Pulse (formerly BP Chargemaster/Polar) was ranked fifth in 2019, before falling to 13th last year and 16th this year with two-and-a-half-stars.
– Zap-Map says that it is worth noting that not all issues experienced by EV drivers can be attributed directly to the network, as they do not always own the chargers and set the tariffs.
– There are four new entrants to the league table. MFG EV Power is a new network that has installed charging hubs at its network of petrol stations and entered the list in second position.
Another new network, Gridserve Electric Highway, which has both rolled out its electric forecourt in Braintree and also bought, and is in the process of upgrading, Ecotricity’s network of chargers. Gridserve came joint fifth overall and for facilities.
KOENIGSEGG HAD TO REVOLUTIONIZE EV TECHNOLOGY TO BUILD THE HYBRID GEMERA
– Koenigsegg came up with its own design for the electric powertrain in the Gemera hybrid hypercar. Founder Christian von Koenigsegg is a fan of electric cars, and as CEO of the automaker that bears his name, he has dedicated over half of the company’s research and development budget toward designing, developing and producing EV systems
– The electric half of the Gemera’s 1700-hp hybrid powertrain is pretty outrageous—and might I remind you, the internal-combustion half is made up of a twin-turbo three-cylinder engine with no camshafts and a single-gear transmission called Koenigsegg Direct Drive.
– At the heart of the Gemera’s electrified drivetrain are some in-house-designed components that, the company says, are the most power- and energy-dense examples on earth.
– Koenigsegg’s new silicon carbide, six-phase inverter weighs just 22 pounds. With a volume of around 10 liters, it’s extremely compact. At 850 volts DC, the inverter can produce up to 750 kW of motor power. Hence the name that Koenigsegg chose for this component: David, after the small but victorious contender in the well-known biblical tale.
– The Gemera has two of these inverters, meaning an output capability of up to 1.5 megawatts—or just over 2000 hp.
– With Rimac now focused on its future with Bugatti, von Koenigsegg decided to handle his electrification projects in-house. He founded HV Systems, a standalone company within Koenigsegg focused on high-performance electrification, handling development and production of EV components. Now, von Koenigsegg is eager to embark on some mixing and matching of internal-combustion and EV technologies, all in the name of ultimate speed.
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