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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 20th January. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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NIO OPENS THEIR FIRST SWAPPING STATION OUTSIDE OF CHINA
– NIO did open their first Power Swap Station (PSS) outside of China at Lier close to Drammen in Norway today. Nio says that the station will make it possible to replace the battery in NIO’s cars with a charged one in five minutes and is, therefore, an alternative to spending time charging the car. PSS is also part of NIO’s investment in Battery as to Service (BaaS) and an essential part of NIO’s goal of separating electric cars and batteries. You buy the car you want, and then rent or buy the battery suiting you best at the moment.
– The station will replace the battery in all NIO’s models. The first NIO model to find its way to Norway is the big SUV ES8, launched here in the autumn of 2021.
– I think the combination of battery swapping and Battery as a Service is the most significant benefit of technology here in Norway. For everyday use, you can manage with a small battery in the car, and then it is possible the swap to a larger battery when going for longer journeys or in periods of more intense use of the car.
– Another benefit of battery swapping is to reduce the “battery anxiety” many experiences when going electric. Batteries are an expensive part of the car, 15-20 % of total cost, NIO says, and the development is going fast. By renting the battery, it is possible to reduce the risk and easily upgrade to a more modern battery as they develop.
– Many of the cars they sell today will be on the road in 15 years. Thanks to Battery Swap, they will always have the latest battery technology.
VW PLANS TO RESTART SALES OF E-UP
– Volkswagen plans to restart sales of the battery-powered version of its Up minicar to meet growing demand for affordable electric cars.
– VW stopped selling the e-Up in 2020 when government incentives to encourage EV purchases caused a surge in demand. The model was not designed for high volumes and selling it with discounts was not profitable, according to German press reports.
– “We had temporarily taken the e-Up off the market in 2020 because delivery times had risen dramatically due to high demand,” VW said in an emailed statement to German IT news website Golem. “Now it has been decided to reintroduce the e-Up into the order program.”
– The electric car rental company Nextmove said the e-Up in the “Style Plus” version is about to make a comeback with a list price of about 26,500 euros ($30,000) and a range of roughly 250 km (155 miles).
The final customer price would be around 17,000 euros after government incentives offered in Germany.
PORSCHE INTRODUCES NEW TAYCAN SPORTS TURISMO MODEL IN THE UK
– Porsche is adding to its Taycan range with the introduction of a new Sport Turismo in the UK – middle-ground between the standard model and estate Cross Turismo.
– This sportier version of the Cross Turismo retains the same practical estate-like body without increasing the car’s ride height or the addition of chunky wheelarch protection.
– Prices for the rear-wheel-drive Taycan Sport Turismo which costs from £73,650.
– The more powerful 4S will go on sale for £84,830, then £104,990 for the GTS.
– Above this is the £117,670 Turbo and, at the top of the range, the Turbo S flagship which brings all-wheel-drive and starts from £140,080.
– 0-60mph time of just 2.6 seconds before powering on to a top speed of 162mph
– The GTS Sport Turismo is to be launched at the end of February, the other versions – from the rear-wheel-drive to the Turbo S – will follow in mid-March.
– The version with the longest range is not the rear-wheel-drive model, but the Taycan 4S Sport Turismo. It is specified with a WLTP range of 498 kilometres. According to Porsche, this is possible thanks to some further developments in the drive system. In the “Normal” and “Range” driving modes, the front electric motor is almost completely disconnected and de-energised in the partial load range – and this more efficiently than before. Thermal management and charging functions have also been improved. All in all, the 4S can keep drag losses low compared to the rear-wheel-drive car, but recuperate more energy via the front axle during deceleration.
BLINK CHARGING TO SUPPLY EV CHARGERS TO GENERAL MOTORS DEALERSHIPS
– Blink Charging, an electric vehicle charger manufacturer, will be deploying EV chargers at General Motors dealerships across the U.S. and Canada, according to the company. The startup will be teaming up with facility solutions provider ABM to supply its new IQ 200 Level 2 chargers to GM.
– There are no target charging station amounts for this agreement, nor is there a date for widespread deployment, because the purchase and installation are on a dealer-by-dealer basis. So far, Blink has seen “nearly 1,000 orders from GM dealers totaling 1,505 EV chargers,” according to a spokesperson for the company.
– Blink’s IQ 200 chargers are designed for fleets and built with local load management that can allow for up to 20 chargers on a single shared circuit without overwhelming the power grid.
STELLANTIS CEO SAYS POLITICIANS, NOT AUTOMAKERS PUSHING FOR EVS
– According to Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, the rush to electrification isn’t coming from automakers but politicians.
– Automotive News reports that Tavares told a European media scrum that “the brutality” of Europe’s ban 2035 ban on internal combustion engines could create “social risk.” The deadline is forcing automakers to quickly transform their factories and supply chains in order to meet the new government regulations. He had previously promised not to shut down any European plants, but he also noted that Stellantis would “need to remain competitive” in the recent interview.
– Tavares also noted that there are better ways to reduce carbon emissions that are cheaper and faster than transitioning to electric vehicles. Tavares said that an EV would need to drive 43,000 miles (70,000 kilometers) to begin compensating for its carbon footprint. Light hybrid vehicles could significantly reduce carbon emissions while being cheaper for customers to buy and for automakers to design and manufacture.
VALEO STEP INTO BATTERY POWER: HOPES FOR A LOW-COST ROUTE TO ELECTRIC BIKES
– Valeo might not be a household name but they’re among the world’s biggest automotive parts suppliers with 187 production facilities and 67 R&D bases across 33 countries – so their intention to start supplying low-cost electric powertrains for motorcycles could lead to a host of affordable battery-powered bikes.
– The new powertrain comprises an air-cooled electric motor that’s good for 9.4kW (12.6bhp), mounted into compact package with a single-speed transmission and electronic control unit.
– It’s designed to work with 48V batteries, which are fast becoming something of a benchmark for small electric motorcycles.
IKEA CANADA IN BIG ROLLOUT OF ELECTRIC DELIVERY TRUCKS
– Ikea is taking a step toward its goal of 100% zero-emission deliveries by 2025.
– Ikea Canada will deploy 30 electric vehicles (EVs) across the country in 2022, in partnership with Canadian e-commerce fulfillment and last-mile delivery provider Bolt Logistics. With this rollout, Ikea Canada, which is striving to reach 100% zero-emission deliveries by 2025, is undertaking one of Canada’s largest zero-emissions, medium-duty vehicle distributions for commercial deliveries to date.
– The retailer has already put the first Bolt zero-emission delivery trucks on the road, with more to follow across British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario early this year.
YAMAHA EXPANDS PORTFOLIO OF GOGORO-POWERED VEHICLES
– 97% of all electric two wheels scooters in Taiwan use Gogoro battery swapping and in December 2021, 28% of two-wheel vehicles sold in Taipei were powered by Gogoro battery swapping.
– Utilizing Gogoro’s world-leading battery swapping platform for refueling, the EMF will be available in Taiwan in March.
– At the heart of Gogoro’s ecosystem is the Gogoro Network, a hyper-efficient battery swapping platform that was recognized in 2021 by Guidehouse Insights as the leading battery swapping company for lightweight urban vehicles in the world. With more than 450,000 riders and over 10,000 battery swapping GoStations at over 2,200 convenient locations, Gogoro Network is hosting 330,000 daily battery swaps with more than 250 million total battery swaps to date.
– The Powered by Gogoro Network Program gives partners like Yamaha access to the GDK, that includes Gogoro’s intelligent drivetrains and controllers, components, and smart systems, so they can develop unique electric vehicles that integrate with Gogoro Network battery swapping.
Original Source : https://www.gogoro.com/news/pbgn-yamaha-emf/
HONDA AND V2X SUISSE CONSORTIUM TO ADVANCE VEHICLE-TO-GRID
– Honda is partnering with the V2X Suisse consortium to demonstrate the vital role of electric vehicles (EVs) and bi-directional charging technology in the future of energy management.
– Honda will supply 50 Honda e electric vehicles to Switzerland’s car sharing operator, Mobility. The Honda e units will be used as part of a car sharing fleet in a pioneering trial which uses the Honda e’s bi-directional charging function to feed energy back to the grid when the vehicles are not in use for sharing. To allow bi-directional charging, Honda is also providing 35 Honda Power Manager units. These will deliver vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy recovery capability for Mobility, at various urban and suburban sites across Switzerland.
– The V2X Suisse trial includes the world’s first mass-deployment of the COMBO-CCS (Combined Charging System) configuration with bi-directional functionality: currently Honda e is the only electric vehicle in the European market to allow both charging and discharging, as standard, for the European charging system CCS, making the Honda e the perfect vehicle to join the fleet.
– A single Honda e can feed up to 20 kilowatts of power back into the grid when plugged into a bi-directional charging station.
– The actual demonstration of this project will start from September 2022, and will run until the end of 2023
EASELINK BOLTS AHEAD WITH €8.3 MILLION FOR ITS AUTOMATED EV CHARGING SOLUTION
– Easelink has just raised €8.3 million for its pioneering automated electric vehicle charging solutions.
– the Graz-based startup is pioneering the automated EV charging market with its fully automated charging solution that eliminates the need to plug-in electric vehicles by hand. Its Matrix Charging system comprises an underbody vehicle unit and a charging pad installed on the parking space. The technology is compatible with most major electric vehicle platforms and will be rolled out in a retrofit version as well as a factory-mounted option for new cars.
– Matrix Charging is already being operated with key partners in several pilot projects, such as the eTaxi Austria project targeting automated charging of taxi fleets in Vienna and Graz.
UTAH COULD TAX ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVERS FOR USING STATE ROADS
– A bill has been introduced in the Utah legislature to tax electric vehicles for their use of the state’s roads.
– Here’s the issue: the gas tax pays for road repairs. Electric vehicles don’t use gas, but they use the roads. The legislature does want more people to drive electric vehicles. So lawmakers are moving forward with what’s called “road user mileage fees.”
OVER $12 MILLION ADDED TO STATE’S ELECTRIC VEHICLE REBATE PROGRAM
– New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced over $12 million has been added to the Drive Clean Rebate program to help consumers save up to $2,000 when purchasing an electric vehicle.
– The governor also announced that $2.7 million has been awarded to local governments to buy electric vehicles and install zero-emission charging stations for public use to build healthier communities and address climate change.
– The consumer rebate program and the grants awarded to 49 community-based projects total $14.7 million.
– For those buying or leasing an electric vehicle, the Drive Clean Rebate program offers a point-of-sale rebate that reduces the upfront cost.
– In the Central New York region, The Town of Dewitt was awarded $297,700 for two hydrogen fueling nozzles
THOR VISION VEHICLE CONCEPT RV IS BOTH EV AND FUEL-CELL VEHICLE
– One day after Winnebago revealed its battery-electric e-RV concept, Thor pulled the wraps off of its plug-in Vision Vehicle concept.
– Like the e-RV, the Vision Vehicle concept uses Ford’s Transit full-size van as a base. However, whereas the Winnebago concept packs a mere 125 miles of manufacturer-estimated range (one less than Ford’s estimate for its most efficient E-Transit model), Thor claims its RV offers up to 300 miles of driving range.
– the Vision Vehicle concept’s powertrain, which consists of a “high-capacity” battery pack (Thor’s mum on the pack’s actual energy capacity) and a range-extender with its own onboard fuel cell that allows “for a variety of fuel options,” including hydrogen, per a Thor spokesperson.
AIRSTREAM UNVEILS THE ESTREAM ELECTRIC TRAILER CONCEPT
– Performance-wise, the eStream is equipped with a built-in electric drivetrain that pushes itself forward while being towed and packs a total of 80 kilowatt-hours of energy in its batteries, producing 242 horsepower. Most impressively, mobile integration allows the trailer to be driven remotely through an app to aid with repositioning and parking.
– Solar panels on the roof allow the eStream hosts to operate off the grid for up to two weeks while enjoying the electric-powered amenities.
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