Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily, you trusted source of EV information. It’s Saturday 2nd July, it’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
PLUG & CHARGE LOGO LAUNCH
– The Charging of EVs is crucial for the change to e-mobility and to facilitate market ramp up. One of the most convenient features for a smooth customer journey is Plug & Charge. The CharIN community has therefore developed a logo that can be used by companies that use and support Plug & Charge in their products.
– The logo is open to anyone who includes this feature in their product according to ISO 15118-2 or ISO 15118-20.
– Plug & Charge enables automated communication and billing processes between the electric vehicle and the charging station without the need for RFID cards, credit/debit cards or charging apps
VICTORIA’S CONTROVERSIAL EV ROAD USER TAX TO INCREASE FROM JULY 1
– Victoria’s controversial electric vehicle road user tax will increase by 0.1 cents per kilometre when the 2022-23 financial year ticks over on July 01, taking the charge for EVs and hydrogen vehicles to 2.6 cents/km and for plug-in hybrids to 2.1 cents/km.
– The increase, while no doubt small, will do nothing to win people over to the much maligned policy measure, which was introduced in July 2021 at an estimated average cost to Victorian EV drivers of $330 a year.
– In Western Australia, for example, the Labor government has also proposed a distance-based road user charge for zero and low-emission light vehicles, but will hold off on its introduction until July 1, 2027, to give the state’s new $3,500 EV subsidy a chance to drive uptake.
– Critics of Victoria’s ZLEV tax have also argued that costs involved in compliance – which requires drivers to send through photos or other proof of their odometer readings or risk registration cancellation – will likely offset the revenue raised from the tax.
UBER-HERTZ TESLA RENTAL PARTNERSHIP IS OFF TO A GOOD START WITH MORE THAN 15,000 ON THE ROAD
– Uber’s plan to electrify its driver fleet by 2030 seems to be off to a good start. The ride-hailing company announced today that over 15,000 Uber drivers have signed on to rent Tesla vehicles through its partnership with car rental company Hertz
– Uber claims the deal is its “largest-ever expansion” of EVs on a mobility platform in North America and that there have already been more than 5 million Tesla rides driving over 40 million miles since the program started last year.
– Uber drivers that are interested in renting a Tesla must have completed at least 150 trips and maintain a 4.85-star rating to be eligible. It costs about $300 a week to rent the Tesla, and drivers receive an extra dollar per trip (max $4,000 a year) and are enrolled in the company’s newer “Uber Green” ride-hailing category.
UBER DRIVER DOUBLED MONTHLY TIPS AFTER SWAPPING HER TOYOTA FOR A TESLA
– An Uber driver who swapped a Toyota Camry for a luxury Tesla said she’s doubled her tips as a result.
– Heidi Barnes told Bloomberg that customers were “a lot more generous” now she’s in a Model 3.
– Barnes said told Bloomberg she made $2,600 in tips during a 25-day period while leasing the Tesla. She usually made around $800 to $1,000 over the same period in her Camry, she said.
– California, where Barnes drives has seen some of the highest increases, with a gasoline costing as much as $6.20 a gallon. Barnes told Bloomberg she thought about upgrading her Toyota Camry, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Beast,’ last summer, but finally made the swap after the cost of filling the tank increased from around $60 to $100.
– It costs her around $450 a month to run the Tesla, which she leases for $344 including insurance maintenance and unlimited miles, compared to around $600 it cost to run the Toyota, per Bloomberg.
SURGING GAS PRICES MAKE TESLA AN ATTRACTIVE OPTION FOR SOME UBER, LYFT DRIVERS
– The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. surpassed $4 for the first time in March, pinching the gig drivers by more than $100 per day, up from $60 a day, making it challenging to earn a decent profit.
– Interestingly, a driver’s earnings covered the monthly rental cost after renting a Tesla. Renting is a low-risk option for the gig drivers who cannot afford to buy a Tesla, especially after the EV maker hiked the prices.
– In June, the national average for a gallon of gas topped $5, an all-time high since the American Automobile Association began collecting pricing data in 2000.
TESLA SUPERCHARGERS APPARENTLY LOSE TUV CERTIFICATION IN GERMANY
– Apart from lacking certification in some spots in Portugal, it seems the Superchargers are facing a similar issue in Germany: the TÜV Rheinland certification is now covered with red tape in at least two places.
– According to a Reddit thread, all the Superchargers in Luterberg and Nossen now have the red tape covering the certification. An undisclosed Supercharging location in Poland also has the TÜV certification hidden by red tape
– They still work, unlike what is happening in Portugal. Whatever is going on in Germany and Poland, it did not prevent the stalls from charging Tesla EVs.
DUCATI ELECTRIC MOTOE SPECS REVEALED
– Ducati has unveiled its MotoE V21L and the technical details about the fully electric motorcycle.
– , a prototype that will compete in the FIM MotoE World Cup in 2023. Ducati will be a partner and sole supplier with 18 bikes on the track during each race weekend.
– The MotoE has a total weight of 496 pounds, which is 26.5 pounds less than the minimum requirement imposed by Dorna and FIM for a bike capable of completing the race distance. The MotoE can count on maximum power and torque figures of 150 hp (110 kW) and 103 ft-lb respectively, which allowed it to reach a speed of 171 mph on a circuit in Mugello, Italy.
– The battery pack is characterized by a shape designed to follow the natural course of the middle area of the bike. It weighs 242.5 pounds and offers a capacity of 18 kWh with a 20-kW charging socket integrated into the tail. Inside there are 1,152 cylindrical cells of the “21700” type.
CONSUMERS NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT SMART CHARGING
– from 30th June, every new device sold or supplied must comply with new Smart Charge Point regulations that will deliver significant benefits for consumers.
– One of the most important requirements is that the charge points must be able to charge the vehicle at specific times, for example to tie in with cheaper off-peak electricity tariffs.
– There have been some suggestions in the media that these new regulations are being introduced with the ultimate aim of charging customers more to charge their electric vehicles, by somehow distinguishing between the electricity they use for their homes and what goes into their car. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the regulations are aimed at ensuring electric vehicles interact as smoothly as possible into the energy system, including soaking up cheaper, off-peak energy.
– the regulations ensure that drivers will always retain control of their charge point, including the ability to override any smart charging activity.
– The default off-peak charging schedules are exactly that – the default. They can be rejected, changed or overridden. And even if a customer doesn’t bother to change the default overnight schedule in their charge point (10pm-8am), their electric vehicle should still charge sufficiently for most uses.
DELOITTE EMOBILITY STUDY PUTS EBIKES OUT AHEAD IN EV RACE
– A research paper by global financial advisory firm Deloitte has put eBikes out in front as the consumer’s preferred EV choice as transport habits shift.
– The paper – Consumer Sector Briefing, E-Bikes are charged up – is one of many sector briefings the firm conducts to advise its clients and in its May consumer survey (1,008 German respondents) it found that eBikes were the most frequently used electric means of transportation. 18% of respondents already used an electric bike, versus 7% an electric car and 7% an electric scooter.
– The balance in favour of the electric bike tended to come where everyday errands were concerned and in particular recreation; perhaps suggesting that there remains a perception that the car would be faster or more convenient for work purposes. 53% used an eBike for everyday errands and 67% for recreation, versus 68% and 29%, respectively for the car. All things considered, the bicycle is very often the fastest way to move in the urban space.
TESLA BIG BATTERY OPERATOR FINED FOR BREACHING AUSTRALIAN POWER RULES
– Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR), which is owned and operated by French renewable energy giant Neoen, has been ordered to pay a AUD 900,000 fine for breaching Australian power rules.
– The regulator claims that between July and November 2019, HPR failed to provide contingency frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), despite making offers and receiving payment from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to be on stand-by to provide them. HPR admitted that it would have been unable to comply with its offers and provide those services during that period, despite being paid to do so.
First Vehicle Produced at BYD’s New Factory in Hefei
– Hefei Daily reported on Thursday that BYD’s sixth vehicle manufacturing base, located in the city of Hefei, has seen its first vehicle roll off the production line.
– Hefei has gathered 305 enterprises in the new energy vehicle industry, including BYD, NIO, Volkswagen (Anhui), JAC Motors, Hefei Changan and Ankai, as well as key supporting enterprises such as Gotion High-Tech, CALB and JEE. In 2021, Hefei’s new energy vehicle industry achieved revenue of 102.95 billion yuan and output of 145,000 vehicles.
MERCEDES-BENZ ALLOWS CHINESE EQS OWNERS TO UPGRADE THEIR VEHICLES
– Subscriptions have been made popular in the mobile app space because of their ability to generate recurring revenue.
– Entry-level EQS owners can have their car’s active rear-wheel steering angle increased from 4.5° to 10° after the upgrade, thereby reducing the turning diameter.
– The service is available for the entry-level Mercedes-Benz EQS electric sedan and will allow users to increase their active rear-wheel steering angle from 4.5° to 10° for 4,998 yuan ($747) per year.
– The entry-level Mercedes-Benz EQS can reduce its turning diameter to 10.9 meters after the upgrade, according to Mercedes-Benz.
ORA BALLET CAT TO HIT MARKET ON JULY 12TH
– ORA, the new energy brand under Great Wall Motor, will see the Ballet Cat going on sale on July 12th.
Original Source : https://autonews.gasgoo.com/m/70020707.html
– Like the rare, four-door beetle prototype, Ora gave the Ballet Cat an elongated roofline. Having rear doors and a generous 2,750mm wheelbase is quite an improvement over the real deal; speaking from experience of trying to fit in the back seat of a VW beetle, it wasn’t pretty.
– Ora says the Ballet Cat will be available with 400km and 500km NEDC range; more importantly, pricing is stated to be a whopping 200,000RMB (31,300 USD)- similar to an actual VW Beetle back in the day.
– Between Ora and WEY, GWM will have three similar retro Beetle-like vehicles on the market, one ICE/Hybrid and two electric. It’ll be interesting to see how many Beetles the market could handle!
Original Source : https://carnewschina.com/2021/11/26/production-ora-ballet-cat/
EO REVEALS TWO NEW CHARGERS
– UK charging solutions provider EO Charging is bringing two new products to market – EO Genius 2 and EO Mini Pro 3.
– Earlier this year, EO Charging and energy service provider eEnergy announced plans to install at least 50,000 charge points for electric vehicles at schools, colleges and universities by 2030. The two companies aim to have 2,000 charge points installed by the end of 2022.
– Charlie Jardine, CEO & Founder at EO Charging says “EO Genius 2 and EO Mini Pro 3 signal the start of a new generation of advanced chargers, designed from the ground up to deliver fleet managers and EV drivers an unrivalled experience.
Original Source : https://www.electrive.com/2022/06/29/eo-reveals-two-new-chargers/
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