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EXCLUSIVE: AUDI R8 TO BE REINVENTED AS FLAGSHIP ELECTRIC SUPERCAR
– An Audi R8 successor is being readied for a mid-decade launch, which will reinvent the marque’s famous halo model while also helping to reposition the brand as an electric forerunner.
– According to Audi insiders, the supercar has not yet been officially signed off but is very much underway. It won’t be called the R8 and will take an entirely new design direction so it won’t resemble the long-standing model.
– The R8 is made alongside the Audi E-tron GT and RS E-tron GT at the Audi Sport factory in Böllinger Höfe, Germany – considered at the forefront of Audi’s innovative production techniques so the facility is already geared up to produce high-end electric models.
– While Audi Sport expedites development of the R8 successor, the team responsible for primarily hand-building the R8 will stay on at the factory after R8 production ends, allowing Audi to ramp up E-tron GT production.
– The SSP Sport platform, recently confirmed by Porsche, will be used on SUVs and saloons and replace the J1 platform currently used for the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-tron GT sibling cars. It’s one option for an R8 successor, depending on its ability to scale down.
FORD CEO OUT TO CONVINCE DEALERS TO OFFER TESLA-LIKE SELLING COSTS
– Ford Motor Company is reportedly planning to make its electric vehicles cheaper by as much as $2,000 by trying to convince dealers to reduce the costs of delivering EVs to customers.
– Jim Farley, Ford’s chief executive officer, is in Las Vegas this week to talk to dealers about the plans, Reuters reports. The news agency notes that Tesla’s success at selling EVs without franchised dealers is putting pressure on legacy automakers to overhaul their retail networks, and Ford makes no exception.
– According to Farley, about a third of those savings—between $600 and $700—would come from what he called a “low inventory model,” where customers order a vehicle and Ford ships it to the customer. This would help Ford avoid stocking vehicles on dealer lots for weeks or months.
– Some dealers talked to Reuters and said they expect Ford to outline minimum investments for charging stations and other equipment to support EV customers. For example, installing a charger can cost as much as $500,000, so dealers want to know how quickly they will be required to deploy chargers.
BMW GROUP INTRODUCING PLUG & CHARGE WITH SUPPORT FOR MULTIPLE CHARGING CONTRACTS IN CAR
– The BMW Group is introducing multi-contract Plug & Charge functionality to its line-up. From mid-2023, a Plug&Charge function will be available in the first BMW models, enabling customers to charge electricity at public charging points without having to use a charging card or app. The authentication required to start the charging process and for billing is carried out automatically by means of a data exchange between the vehicle and the charging station.
– Also, the new functionality allows Plug&Charge access to the IONITY charging network.
– The BMW Group is the first car manufacturer to integrate a multi-contract functionality into its Plug&Charge offering. This allows customers digitally to store their current multiple charging contracts from at least five different providers in the vehicle and use the charging stations of these operators in a particularly convenient way.
– Unlike activating the charging process via app, automatic authentication by the vehicle does not require an online connection at the charging location. This is particularly advantageous in underground garages.
– Previous Plug&Charge solutions were always tied to a single, fixed electricity provider. The solution that will be available for BMW models in the future, on the other hand, offers flexibility.
Original Source : https://www.greencarcongress.com/2022/09/20220913-bmw.html
CHARGED EVS | RECURRENT AND BLACK BOOK AIM TO MAKE USED EV VALUES MORE PRECISE
– What determines the value of a used car? For ICE vehicles, the odometer reading is a major factor, but for EVs, the health of the battery may be more important, as the battery is the most expensive part of the vehicle, and it naturally degrades over time. However, there’s little in the way of data on battery aging to guide buyers and sellers.
– Seattle-based startup Recurrent aims to change that, by providing independent reports on the condition of used EV batteries. Now the company is collaborating with the vehicle data and analytics firm Black Book to create an EV-specific valuation system that’s influenced by battery condition.
– Black Book now combines its vehicle valuation with Recurrent’s new Range Score value, which uses modeling from 100 million recorded EV miles, to make value adjustments based on the estimated state of battery health. Recurrent can generate a Range Score and vehicle valuation for vehicles in its database, backed by data from Black Book.
KIA TEAMS UP WITH DB’S ENCORE ON BATTERY STORAGE
– Kia Motors has set up a partnership in Europe with energy storage start-up, Encore, to reuse electric vehicle (EV) batteries for second-life energy storage systems. Encore is a subsidiary of German transport provider Deutsche Bahn (DB).
– The used EV batteries from Kia dealers across Europe are dismantled to a modular level and reassembled to form scalable battery energy storage systems.
– The packs are then dismantled to modular level for diagnostic testing to assess battery state of health.
– The first installation of reassembled storage systems will be at the Euref-Campus in Berlin, where reassembled Kia Soul batteries will provide 72kWH of energy for a newly established power grid.
– The Euref-Campus is comprised of 24 battery modules in total arranged over three racks, with each module made up of 14 double cells. According to Kia Motors, the power conversion system is supported by an integrated battery management system (BMS) developed by Stabl Energy. That system compensates for the varying states of health between the battery modules by performing passive or active voltage balancing where needed.
2025 FORD RANGER LIGHTNING: CAN LIGHTNING STRIKE TWICE?
– Ford already has an electric pickup truck with the F-150 Lightning – is there enough interest to build another EV truck? Demand for the F-150 Lightning has been very strong, with 200,000 pre-orders before the truck even reached production – clearly, there is high interest in the electric pickup. The Ranger has been a top seller for Ford since its reintroduction, and the compact pickup truck market is stronger than ever.
– The introduction of the Ranger Lightning will give Ford an electric offering in a growing pickup truck segment, while also putting an EV pickup within the financial reach of more consumers. The Ranger Lightning will be an integral part of Ford’s plans to deliver more than 2 million electric vehicles annually by 2026.
– The upcoming Ranger Lightning could be called out as Ford’s first electric compact pickup truck, but that’s not exactly true. From 1998-2002 Ford built a small number (around 1,500) Ranger EVs primarily for commercial use, but they were also available to retail customers. The EV looked just like the standard Ford Ranger, but under the hood were batteries instead of an engine.
– The range was less than 100 miles, which dropped quickly with any kind of load.
– Earlier this year, Ford filed a trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the names Ranger Lightning and Maverick Lightning.
– The Ford F-150 Lightning may look just like a standard F-150, but under the skin is a custom chassis built on an all-new frame that was designed to carry the batteries within the frame. By the time the 2025 Ranger Lightning comes to market, there will be a new-generation Ranger already on sale (expected to arrive next year).
Original Source : https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/features/ford-ranger-lightning
TESLA PRESENTS PLANS TO FURTHER EXPAND GIGA BERLIN
– Tesla has announced new plans to expand the plant in Grünheide, Germany, by 100 hectares at an event at the weekend. A train station as well as logistics and storage areas are to be built there in order to keep significantly more parts in stock on site than befo
– Tesla had already initiated the expansion process in May 2022. At that time, an application was submitted with a development plan process for the 100 hectares. The new logistics areas shall not only expand the infrastructure on-site, but also simplify it. Twelve pairs of trains per day will transport finished cars and deliver components. The company also wants a training centre and a kindergarten.
VIETNAM’S VINFAST HANDS OVER FIRST ELECTRIC SUVS, EYES U.S. DELIVERIES
– Vietnamese carmaker VinFast on Saturday began handing its first batch of 100 all-electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to local customers, with U.S. deliveries of the vehicle due to begin as soon as December.
– VinFast, which began operations in 2019, is gearing up to expand in the U.S. market, where it hopes to compete with legacy automakers and startups with its two all-electric SUVs, the VF8 and VF9, including battery leasing to reduce the purchase price.
– The company has registered almost 65,000 reservations globally, and it expects to sell 750,000 EVs per year by 2026, starting with the VF8 and VF9 all-electric SUVs.
– In March, VinFast said it would build a production plant in North Carolina with an initial projected capacity of 150,000 EVs a year. It tapped banks in July to raise least $4 billion in funding for the project.
NEW CA RULES SAVE EV OWNERS MONEY, ENCOURAGE TIME-OF-USE RATE PROGRAMS
– Many electric utilities around the world now offer time-of-use (TOU) rate plans, which incentivize EV owners to schedule charging at off-peak times. However, as Canary Media reports, some utilities require customers to install redundant separate electrical meters at their own expense in order to take part in TOU programs, even though many EV charging stations can perform the required submetering function.
– The California Public Utilities Commission, which has been concerned about this issue for many years, has now approved a new rule that will require the state’s three biggest utilities to allow TOU customers to use their EV chargers to measure the amount of energy delivered.
– As CPUC Commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen explains, installing a separate meter can cost up to $2,000, and this has discouraged many customers from signing up for utility TOU rate programs.
– Some utilities offer programs that enable managed EV charging without extra meters, says Edward Burgess, Senior Policy Director with the Vehicle-Grid Integration Council. One example is Baltimore Gas & Electric, which uses the metering capabilities within EV chargers for a time-of-use-based rebate program similar to California’s.
– The CPUC decision also sets communications protocols for charger submetering that are meant to ensure smooth communication between the chargers and utilities, Rechtschaffen said. This will allow utilities to gather usage data from drivers who are signed up for EV rates, and will “enable the kind of communication we need to promote vehicle-to-grid integration and the benefits that result from it.”
SIEMENS, DEUTSCHE BAHN CONDUCT MIREO PLUS H HYDROGEN TRAIN TRIAL
– Siemens, along with German national rail company Deutsche Bahn, is trialling the Mireo Plus H hydrogen train for the first time.
– The duo will now conduct a demonstration of the train’s refuelling procedure utilising the mobile hydrogen fuelling station.
– This event was conducted at the Siemens Test and Validation Centre in Wegberg-Wildenrath, North Rhine-Westphalia.
The move will help replace diesel-powered trainsets with hydrogen technology in regional transport, as well as phase out diesel fuel.
– DB employees were also trained to run the system, in addition to conducting refuelling and commissioning tests over recent months.
– “It has a range of around 1,000km, can reach speeds of up to 160km/h, and can be refuelled quickly. Over its service life of 30 years, a single train will save up to 45,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions compared to travel by car.”
EVS AREN’T STRAINING THE ELECTRIC GRID — AND THEY JUST MIGHT SAVE IT
– With California’s electric system nearly maxed out during the state’s worst-ever September heat wave, officials are asking residents to avoid using major appliances — or charging their electric vehicles — during peak demand to avoid rolling blackouts.
– Even if there are 5 million EVs by 2030, they’ll account for about 7% of annual electricity usage and 1% of peak demand, according to the California Air Resources Board.
– There is plenty of spare capacity in the nation’s electric grid to power hundreds of millions of EVs, multiple studies have found — as long as charging is properly managed. Most EVs charge overnight when people are sleeping and electricity demand is low. Even if they’re plugged in all day, owners can schedule when they need their car to be fully charged. Then smart charging technology will automatically find the optimal time to charge.
– hile V2G technology is promising, some carmakers are worried about protecting their standard eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty if the battery degrades faster than expected.So far, only one car in the U.S., the Nissan Leaf, offers bidirectional charging to the grid.Using a special charger introduced this week from Fermata Energy, Leaf owners can earn money selling electricity to their utility without affecting their car’s battery warranty.
Original Source : https://www.axios.com/2022/09/08/evs-electric-power-grid-strain-charging
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