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2023 BMW I7 TEASER VIDEO SHOWS THE 7 SERIES EV TESTING IN THE COLD – BMW BLOG
BMW has been teasing its fullsize sedan with zero emissions for a while, and now the Mercedes EQS rival has returned. A clip published by the company’s “i” sub-brand on Instagram shows the 7er EV being tested in the snow.
For a brief moment, we can see the digital screen with the same graphics as the ones available in the iX. Needless to say, it can only mean the i7 will get the iDrive 8 infotainment with side-by-side screens. These will likely be housed within a slightly curved single piece of glass to mirror the SUV’s setup.
The driver’s display reveals BMW is testing the i7 at the Arctic Circle at -34 degrees Celsius (-29.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
With the 7 Series / i7 debuting before the end of the year
BMW i. Born Electric. on Instagram: “Before it can earn a place on the assembly line, it needs to put in a gold-star performance in tough arctic conditions. The first-ever BMW…”
UBER, WALLBOX ROLL OUT ADDITIONAL COLLABORATIONS FOR EV CHARGERS ACROSS THE U.S. – NGT NEWS
Uber and Wallbox N.V. are expanding their partnership nationwide following a pilot program which provides Uber drivers a discounted package for a Wallbox Pulsar Plus charger, installation and the option to finance the package.
Just a few months after beginning their initial partnership in the Bay Area in October 2021, the companies are expanding their collaboration so that drivers across the U.S. will soon have access to Wallbox’s discounted EV charging package.
“Helping drivers go electric is a crucial part of our plan to get to zero-emissions by 2030 in the U.S.,” states Andrew Macdonald, Uber’s senior vice president of mobility and business operations. “This partnership with Wallbox helps drivers by making it more affordable and accessible to charge their EVs, and we’re excited to give more drivers the chance to take advantage of it.”
The partnership is being supported by an Uber program that makes drivers of fully electric vehicles (EV) eligible for a zero emissions incentive, so they can earn an extra $1 on every Uber trip (up to $4,000 annually).
TESLA FACTORY FIRE IN FREMONT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION
A fire ignited outside the Tesla plant in Fremont where pallets of cardboard debris went up in flames, according to the Fremont Fire Department.
The fire led the Fremont department to request neighboring firefighters to help extinguish the blaze before the fire was knocked down.
In March 2021, molten aluminum and hydraulic fluid caused a fire in a construction site on the Tesla campus. There were no reports of injuries in that fire either.
Fremont Fire Department on Twitter: “Firefighters are at the scene of a 2-alarm fire at the Tesla Factory (45500 Fremont Blvd). The fire is outside and mainly comprised of packing materials (cardboard pallets). Mutual aid has been requested from Milpitas FD. No reports of injuries. Photos from the 2-alarm outside fire at the Tesla Factory (45500 Fremont Blvd). The fire is knocked down. No reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.”
“Update: The cause of the 2-alarm fire at the Tesla Factory (45500 Fremont Blvd) is under investigation. Crews are separating smoldering cardboard and dousing debris w/ foam. Mutual Aid was received from both @MilpitasFire & @AlamedaCoFire. All mutual aid units have been released.”
A TESLA factory is on fire in California and firefighters are battling the massive blaze as shocking footage shows the facility amid the chaos.
In the video clip, plumes of smoke are seen rising into the sky as firefighters shoot water onto the blaze. The aerial footage shows firefighters standing on ladders, dozens of feet in the air, as they aim what appears to be endless amounts of water on the Tesla plant.
GM KEEPS INSTALLING EV CHARGERS AT ITS SITES EVEN AS WORKERS STAY REMOTE – DETROIT FREE PRESS
General Motors is staying the course on its installation of 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations at its work sites in the U.S. and Canada by 2025 — even as many of its white-collar employees work remote.
GM believed that allowing employees to charge EVs for free while on the job would encourage EV adoption as GM transitions to an all-EV lineup by 2035.
But the pandemic escalated and many salaried workers went home to work and have not returned as COVID rages on.
Many companies are taking a long-term view that people will return to office sites and adoption of EVs will grow in future years — therefore the chargers will be used.
FLO, which is based in Quebec, started shipping chargers to GM last October. It has shipped 495 Level 2 chargers to date and 18 DC fast chargers to GM’s facilities in Detroit, Warren and Flint as well as to GM facilities in other states
When GM said it would add 3,500 new electric vehicle charging stations across its facilities by 2025, it had about 918 chargers already installed across various GM campuses in North America. GM’s research at the time, which was early 2020, said drivers are “six times more likely to drive an EV” if they can charge it at their workplace.
LAW WOULD REQUIRE NEW BUILDINGS TO HAVE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS | ADVANTAGENEWS.COM
Some home builders say it is too soon to require new Illinois buildings to have designated parking spaces for electronic vehicle (EV) charging.
House Bill 3125, sponsored by Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, has advanced through the House Energy and Environment Committee. The bill would require newly constructed buildings to set aside a certain number of parking spaces with the capability to meet wiring requirements for electric vehicles.
Dean Graven, president of the Home Builders Association of Illinois, told The Center Square that it is too soon to require specific wiring for mandated EV chargers.
Graven said. Many different EV manufacturers are producing electric vehicles – all with distinctive charging requirements.
At this juncture, mandating that builders install wiring does not make sense, Graven said.
“We have no idea how many amps will be needed,” he said. “If we put something in, will it be enough? Will it be too much? They are going to have to have an electrician come back and change everything out again.”
The situation reminds Graven of the 1980s, when VHS and Betamax were duking it out to be the dominant video recorder. What will the car market look like in 10 or 15 years, he said? No one knows. Toyota, one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in the world, has said they are prioritizing hydrogen cell technology over electric, Graven said.
“Hydrogen is the one element in the universe that there is more of than anything else,” Graven said. “So, could that happen to us? We’re all EV, and then in 10 years, hydrogen comes along?”
LAW WOULD MAKE PARKING IN EV CHARGING SPOTS A TRAFFIC INFRACTION – GREATER GREATER WASHINGTON
Virginia lawmakers may not agree on much in a divided General Assembly. But Democrats and Republicans alike are standing up for the parking rights of drivers with electric vehicles.
One of the first bills to pass both legislative chambers in the 2022 session creates a new traffic infraction that would fine drivers caught parking a gas-powered car or truck in a spot meant for electric vehicle charging.
Proponents of the law, which essentially puts law enforcement power behind signs designating parking spots as EV-only, called it a common-sense step that would protect the investments of property owners who install charging infrastructure and drivers who buy electric vehicles. Several supporters compared it to existing laws reserving parking spots for people with disabilities.
Though the proposal might appear uncomplicated, legislators wrestled with the question of what to do about EV drivers who take up a charging spot even though their vehicle is fully charged. The bills don’t specify a car must be actively charging, and several legislators said it would be unfair to ticket a driver for not moving fast enough post-charge.
ISRAELI BUS OPERATORS MUST BUY ONLY ELECTRIC BUSES BY 2026 – ELECTRIVE.COM
Israel has ordered all bus operators in the country to buy only electric buses from 2026. The Ministry of Environmental Protection also announced intermediate targets to reach 100% zero-emission public transport by 2036.
By 2024 at least 30 per cent of the buses purchased must be zero-emission ones, and by 2025 half of the procured buses should be emission-free, the Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
EVS TO POWER KENYA’S BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM | TECHCRUNCH
The uptake of electric vehicles in Kenya currently stands at 5% — a majority of which are private vehicles. But the situation is about to change following an announcement that the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network in the country’s capital, Nairobi, will only be operated by green (electric, hybrid and biodiesel) vehicles. The BRT is a bus-based public transport system that delivers fast, comfortable and cost-effective services within metropolitan areas.
Mass transit vehicles under the BRT project will have dedicated lanes, a right of way that will make them faster than the already existing fossil-fuel buses.
Overall, electric mobility in Africa is growing, but at a much slower rate compared to the developed world. This is due to several challenges, including weak electricity grids, insufficient charging infrastructure and a general lack of awareness. The initial cost of buying EVs is also a major deterrent — especially for a market that mainly consumes second-hand cars.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE OWNERS SAY NEW HAWAII TAX SINGLES THEM OUT | LOCAL | KITV.COM
Electric vehicle owners may be hit with a new tax if a new bill passes the state senate. The Hawaii Department of Transportation is proposing a per mile tax that would raise funds for highway repair.
The DOT says the per mile tax would replace EV owner’s recent registration surcharge. Ed Sniffen of the DOT told the senate it’s about equity as there are those who pay fuel tax who can not afford an electric vehicle.
DETAILS ON LATEST BYD HAN EV LEAKED, RANGE INCREASED TO 715 KM – PANDAILY
hina’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on January 30 released the latest batch of new energy vehicle models exempt from certain purchase taxes, including the new BYD Han EV.
According to published details, the maximum cruising range of the new BYD Han EV has been upgraded from the current model’s 605 km to 715 km. There is also a model with a cruising range of 610 km, and all versions are equipped with 85.44 kWh power battery packs.
On January 3, BYD announced its sales volume for December 2021.
Among them, the BYD Han series sold 13,701 vehicles in December, maintaining solid momentum. During the year, the sales volume of the BYD Han series exceeded 10,000 in a single month six times, and the cumulative sales volume of the BYD Han series exceeded 117,000 vehicles for the whole year
THE HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC HAS THE BEST MOT PASS RATE FOR AN ELECTRIC CAR IN THE UK | CARSCOOPS
Recent data from the UK has revealed that the Hyundai Ioniq Electric has the best MOT record in the country for an EV.
An analysis from Move Electric has determined that the Ioniq Electric has a pass rate of 98.75 per cent, well above the average 87 per cent pass rate of 5,230 EVs recently tested.
A number of electric vehicles had impressive pass rates well above the average first-time pass rate of 84.46 per cent for petrol and diesel cars. For example, the second-generation Nissan Leaf has a pass rate of 97.70 per cent
SCANIA TO SUPPLY 5 BATTERY-ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND 1.6 MW OF CHARGING EQUIPMENT
Scania is delivering an e-mobility solution including five battery electric trucks and 1.6 MW charging equipment to Swedish company Falkenklev Logistik as part of the haulier’s visionary plan for a 22-vehicle electric charging station at a new company depot in Malmö.
The site, which could potentially be expanded to charge up to 40 vehicles simultaneously, will become Sweden’s largest truck charging station when it opens later this year. It is the result of an imaginative project involving several companies in the transport and renewable energy ecosystems.
The system is built on smart technology that can supply energy based on the number of vehicles charging simultaneously, with an initial maximum output per vehicle of 250 kW and the potential to upgrade to 320 kW per vehicle in the future.
Falkenklev has also commissioned the solar energy company Soltech Energy Solutions to build a 1.5-hectare solar park along with a 2 MW battery energy storage system to create a state-of-the-art energy hub.
ASIAN PETROLHEAD TAKES GENESIS G80 ELECTRIC SEDAN OUT IN THE SNOW
Even though Genesis is getting its own vehicle built on the advanced E-GMP dedicated electric vehicle platform, the GV60, the brand will also offer battery-powered versions of some of its internal combustion-engined vehicles among which is the G80 Electrified (technically Genesis’ first production electric vehicle), which in spite of its slightly unclear and uninspired name, is completely electric.
WLTP range is expected to fall just short of 310 miles (500 km) with the vehicle’s 87.2 kWh battery pack.
And even though it’s not built on E-GMP, it still runs on an 800V architecture that allows for charging speeds of up to 350 kW, good enough to get the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 22 minutes. Another feature it shares with vehicles built on E-GMP is that it offers a vehicle to load (V2L) function, which basically allows the vehicle to be used as a mobile power bank that can provide up to 3.6 kW to run whatever you want.
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