Plus, stay tuned because later in the show I’ll tell you what Australia is telling their EV owners to do over the holiday period.

 

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ZEEKR LAUNCHES EV DELIVERIES IN EUROPE

 

– Zeekr has started delivering its vehicles in Europe, beginning with the Netherlands. The first European model delivered is the Zeekr 001, a flagship shooting brake.

– Zeekr announced its European market entry strategy on April 18, focusing on two models: the Zeekr 001 and the Zeekr X, an urban SUV.

– The Zeekr 001 is priced at €59,490 ($64,060), while the Zeekr X is priced at €44,990.

– By 2024, Zeekr aims to expand its presence to six European countries, with plans to increase this to eight countries by 2025.

– A Zeekr Center is set to open in Amsterdam on December 14.

– From January to November, Zeekr’s vehicle deliveries totaled 105,209, marking a 73.6% increase compared to the previous year.

 

https://evne.ws/3RsaTdU

 

OHIO LAUNCHES FIRST BIDEN-BACKED EV CHARGING STATION

 

– Ohio opens the first EV charging station funded by President Biden’s $5 billion national EV charging network initiative.

– This development aims to enhance consumer confidence in electric vehicles by providing convenient, fast charging along major highways.

– Slow government-led deployment contrasts with the rapid expansion by private entities, affecting Biden’s goal of EVs constituting half of all new car sales by 2030.

– The 2021 infrastructure law allocated funds for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program to install fast chargers near federal highways.

– Twenty-six states are participating in the NEVI program, with 17 soliciting bids and seven issuing conditional awards totaling $101.5 million.

– Ohio, receiving $140 million over five years, leads the effort with over two dozen highway charging stations planned by the end of 2024.

– Many states are still in the initial stages of deploying charging infrastructure.

– Federal bureaucracy, including the establishment of standards and the staffing of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, has delayed progress.

– State transportation officials face challenges due to lack of experience and resources in managing charging infrastructure.

– Utilities encounter issues like needing new transformers and lengthy local construction permitting processes.

– The “Build America, Buy America” law clause requires U.S.-based production of charging equipment, leading to new manufacturing plants like Delta Electronics in Texas.

– The Joint Office’s executive director is content with the current pace of development.

– Private investment in EV charging infrastructure in the U.S. totals about $24 billion, with plans for a network of 30,000 fast chargers.

– The U.S. needs 28 million charging ports for a projected 33 million plug-in EVs by 2030, highlighting the vast gap in current infrastructure.

 

https://evne.ws/3RgSEb7

 

VOLVO AND STARBUCKS LAUNCH EV FAST CHARGING NETWORK IN THE U.S.

 

– Volvo Car USA collaborates with Starbucks to open a public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network at select U.S. Starbucks locations.

– This network features fifty Volvo Cars-and-Starbucks-branded DC fast chargers across 15 Starbucks stores along a 1,350-mile stretch from Denver to Seattle.

– Chargers are strategically placed approximately every 100 miles and can provide up to 110 miles of range in about 15 minutes for 2024 Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge models.

– The initiative offers EV drivers a series of convenient locations to recharge both their vehicles and themselves.

– Volvo’s fully electric models with integrated Google and ChargePoint app enable easy location and access to these charging stations.

– The network is accessible to other EVs equipped with standard CCS1 or CHAdeMO receptacles through the ChargePoint smartphone app.

– The charging network includes both virtual and in-person monitoring for prompt problem resolution and reduced downtime.

– The charging route includes several Federal Opportunity Zones, enhancing charging access in communities that previously lacked such infrastructure.

 

https://evne.ws/41mBkWA

 

2024 HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC

 

– The redesigned 2024 Hyundai Kona electric is set to be one of the most cost-effective electric vehicles in the U.S., with a starting price below $33,000.

– Hyundai has upgraded the Kona electric with a larger, more striking design, enhanced range, and quicker charging capabilities.

– The starting price for the 2024 Hyundai Kona electric is $32,675, not including destination charges.

– The vehicle’s design includes new “EV-derived” features, such as pixel elements on the front and rear, and an exclusive “Seamless Horizon” LED DRL.

– The Kona electric’s length has increased by nearly 6 inches, providing an additional 3 inches of legroom in the second row and more head and shoulder room due to its flat-floor design.

– Cargo space has been expanded by 33%, offering up to 63.7 cubic feet when the back row is fully folded.

– The interior features a new dual 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a more responsive interface and customizable layouts.

– It includes EV-specific features like charging preferences and location of nearby chargers, along with standard Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

– The 2024 Kona electric adds a new i-Pedal feature for one-pedal driving, dual climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

– The base SE model, with a 133-hp electric motor, is priced at $32,675. The 201-hp SEL trim starts at $33,675, and the premium Limited model is $41,045, with a delivery charge of $1,335.

– The Kona electric offers a 48.6 kWh battery with an estimated 200-mile range and a 64.8 kWh battery with up to 261 miles of range.

– Hyundai recently announced the first lease deal for the 2024 Kona electric, starting at $259 per month, potentially more affordable than the gas-powered model in some areas.

 

https://evne.ws/48ioxad

 

FIAT UNVEILS ELECTRIC 500E(RED) IN THE U.S.

 

– Fiat introduces the 2024 Fiat (500e)RED, marking the debut of the Fiat 500e line in North America.

– The Fiat (500e)RED is a fully electric vehicle, ideal for daily urban commutes, featuring a distinctive (RED) edition that blends style with practicality.

– This launch is part of Fiat’s collaboration with (RED), a Stellantis partnership initiated in September 2021 to support global health causes and the Global Fund.

– As Fiat’s first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) in North America, the (500e)RED is a two-door model and the lightest passenger BEV in the market.

– It offers an estimated range of 149 miles (240 kilometers) powered by a 42-KWh battery, with a Level 2 (11-kW) charging capability of approximately four hours and 15 minutes.

– The (500e)RED maintains Fiat’s signature design aesthetics, focusing on sustainability and style.

– Availability in Stellantis North America showrooms is slated for the first quarter of 2024, with further “product drops” anticipated.

 

https://evne.ws/473Im48

 

LEVC UNVEILS SPACIOUS EIGHT-SEAT ELECTRIC VAN

 

– LEVC introduces the Xspace MPV L380, a 5.30-meter-long electric van available in six or eight-seat configurations.

– The model name ‘L380’ signifies the van’s spacious interior, likened to the roominess of an Airbus A380.

– Equipped with a 200 kW motor from Viridi E-Mobility Technology and an NMC battery from CATL, the battery capacity is yet to be disclosed.

– The L380 has a substantial unladen weight of 2.8 tonnes and a wheelbase measuring 3.19 meters.

– Unique seating arrangement with four rows of two seats, differing from typical eight-seater vans.

– The van will be produced in the Zhejiang plant, sharing the production line with the LEVC TX taxi, a range extender model.

– The L380’s battery size and driving range are currently unspecified.   Built on the SOA (Space Oriented Architecture) platform, a commercial vehicle-optimized version of Geely’s SEA platform.

– Potential battery options based on the SOA platform include 73 kWh, 102 kWh, or 120 kWh variants, with at least a 102 kWh pack likely for the L380.

– The SOA platform allows for a maximum wheelbase of 3.80 meters, catering to larger battery packs. Launch date and target markets for the LEVC L380 are still unknown.

 

https://evne.ws/48faC4I

 

POWERCO’S GIGAFACTORY PROGRESS

 

The Canadian St. Thomas gigafactory, a significant venture by Volkswagen’s PowerCo, is gearing up for construction in 2024.

– The facility, with a 90 GWh annual production capacity, represents an investment of €4.8 billion / CAD$ 7 billion by 2030.  The project is expected to create 3,000 jobs at the factory and thousands more indirectly in the region.

– The cell factory spans 370 acres, with the entire industrial park covering 1,500 acres, strategically located near London, Ontario.

 

https://evne.ws/4702Lqu

 

STELLANTIS AND AMPLE JOIN FORCES FOR EV BATTERY SWAPPING TECH

 

– Stellantis partners with Ample to introduce a rapid EV battery swapping technology, offering full charge in under five minutes.

– The collaboration aims to incorporate Ample’s Modular Battery Swapping solution into Stellantis electric vehicles.

– Discussions are ongoing to expand this technology across Stellantis’ fleet and global markets.

– A pilot program with 100 Fiat 500e vehicles is set to launch in Madrid, Spain in 2024 as part of Stellantis’ Free2move car sharing service.

– The Fiat 500e, Stellantis’ best-selling electric vehicle, will be the focus of the initial battery swapping program.

– Ample’s batteries, designed for easy integration, can replace the original batteries in any electric vehicle.  Lightweight battery swapping stations by Ample can be set up quickly in public areas, promoting scalable infrastructure. The swapping process is user-friendly, initiated through a mobile app, providing a full charge in less than five minutes.

– Ample’s solution is intended to be cost-effective, minimizing electric vehicle downtime and financial impacts.  The technology will be available on a subscription basis, reducing the initial cost of EVs and ensuring access to the latest battery advancements.

 

https://evne.ws/485lhPk

 

LUNAZ’S STRATEGIC EXPANSION IN CLEAN-TECH EMPLOYMENT

 

– Lunaz set to double its clean-tech workforce at Silverstone headquarters, increasing from 175 to 350 by mid-2025.

– Established in 2018, Lunaz began with five employees in a 7,000 sq ft space, now expanded to over 250,000 sq ft, unique in industrial vehicle upcycling and electrification.

– Lunaz say their Silverstone site is the world’s only facility dedicated to industrial vehicle upcycling and electrification.

– Upcycling existing industrial vehicles with Lunaz’s technology significantly reduces embedded carbon and costs compared to new vehicles.  The sector is expected to grow tenfold in five years, driven by the global push for net zero and clean-air mobility.

– From its modest beginnings, Lunaz aims to up-cycle 1,100 vehicles annually and expand globally, with Silverstone as its R&D hub.  Lunaz’s approach has attracted partnerships with local authorities and investment from leading clean-tech investors.

 

https://evne.ws/46R4Hl3

 

NRMA CALLS FOR COURTEOUS USE OF EV CHARGERS DURING HOLIDAYS

 

– The NRMA, Australia’s largest motoring group, is urging EV drivers to practice considerate charging etiquette during the holiday season to avoid congestion and conflicts.

– With over 100 DC fast chargers in New South Wales and a growing national network partly funded by the federal government, NRMA emphasizes not using EV charging bays as parking spots.

– Last Christmas season experienced long queues and disgruntled drivers at charging stations, a situation that might worsen this year due to the rapid increase in EV adoption.

– Over 80,000 new EVs have been sold in Australia in 2023, outpacing the installation of DC fast chargers.

– International incidents of charging “rage” have been reported, including the need for marshals at some UK charging stations and disputes over charging cables in China.

– The NRMA highlights the issue of EV drivers charging their vehicles to 100% unnecessarily, especially when queues form, noting that charging rates decrease significantly after reaching 80%.

– Many EV owners support the implementation of “idle fees” to discourage overuse of charging stations. Tesla Supercharging sites already enforce such fees.

– Chargefox, another major EV network operator, trialed idle fees at 10 stations in Western Australia, charging $1 per hour with a 10-minute grace period.

– The trial found that idle fees effectively reduced the time EVs remained connected after completing their charge, with only 0.05% of sessions incurring these fees.

 

https://evne.ws/48faDWk

 

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