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100 new Nissan Leaf added to Montreal city fleet - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:52

The city car fleet of the Canadian city Montreal will be joined by 100 Nissan Leaf of the most recent generation in the coming weeks. The city currently maintains 129 fully electric vehicles in its fleet, among which are 107 first-generation Nissan Leaf.

Since the first generation of the Leaf was released on the Canadian market, about half of its sales can be attributed to the province of Quebec, where Montreal is of course located.

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Vattenfalls sights European charging network - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:45

The Swedish energy company Vattenfall has started a new business unit with the purpose of becoming a leading provider of EV charging infrastructure within the next five years and generate 1 billion Krone in revenue with it.

The new business unit currently comprises of 60 employees. The energy company is planning to extend their charging solutions to private households, companies and public services in phases, expanding to new markets such as France, the UK and Norway, and expects that their charging network will double on a yearly basis.

Currently Vattenfall has charging stations in Sweden (8,800 charge points), Germany and the Netherlands. “We are continuously developing in order to meet requirements of the new energy landscape and the needs of our customers,” says CEO Magnus Hall. EVs are becoming increasingly popular, so the demand for charging solutions is also increasing. “This is the key driver for us and our partners and with the new unit we are putting force behind our ambition to build one of Northwest Europe’s biggest charging networks.”

Vattenfall is also a co-investor in the construction of the Northvolt factory for battery cells in Sweden, and has been specializing in stationary battery technology as well as EV batteries for some time. Furthermore, the company announced to replace their entire company fleet of about 3,500 vehicles with EVs or hybrids by 2022.,

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IONITY negotiating with Volvo, FCA, PSA, Jaguar and Tesla - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:27

IONITY, the high power charging cooperation between BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen, along with subsidiaries Audi and Porsche, is negotiating with a variety of other potential partners, who maybe interested in joining.

According to the report, there were talks with Volvo, Fiat-Chrysler, PSA/Opel, Jaguar Land Rover as well as Tesla. Other interested parties also include the French energy provider Engie, Enel from Italy and E.ON from Germany, as well as multiple insurance companies.

The network is still in its early stages: from the 400 required construction permits to install the high speed charging network, IONITY has only managed to accumulate 20 so far. The report cites statements by IONITY CEO Michael Hajesch. The joint undertaking was recently able to open its first charging station on the A61 near Brohltal in Germany. At the Tank & Rast gas station EVs with CCS capability are allowed to charge for free until the 31.05.

There is also news from IONITYs location partners: Next to Shell, OMW, Tank & Rast and Circle K, Y8 and MRH will be joining soon, and more partners are expected in future. (In German)

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Nidec develops E-Axle for compacts toSUVs - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:15

The Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec has announced the successful development of a new electric axle motor system, which consists of an electric motor, transmission and converter. This new system was developed to deal with the rising demand from the e-mobility sector.

The electric motor system weighs 83 kg with a maximum performance of 150 kW and a maximum torque of 3,900 Nm. Furthermore, the new design allows for the elimination of cables between the components, which allows for a more compact system, allowing additional flexibility.

According to Nidec, the fully integrated traction motor system is capable of handling a variety of tasks, from compact cars to SUVs. Th new axle drive is also compatible with four-wheel drive systems. The production is set to begin in 2019 in China.

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Nissan launches launches EV offensive - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:57

Nissan has announced to release three new electric models as well as five new vehicle models with the e-Power range extender in Japan by 2022, as part of their Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022 campaign.

The manufacturer anticipates that by then 40 % of their sales will be based on the technology, and 50 % by 2025. Closer details to the planned models were not mentioned. According to the road map, the company also plans to sell 1 million electrified vehicles around the world every year  by 2022.

On their home market, Nissan also plans to launch a new sales model, which will further digitalize the process, and to expand their ride sharing offer e-share mobi. The service started early this year at 30 locations in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizouka, Oska, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shiga, Nara and Wakayama, among other locations. The Leaf and the electrified Note e-Power with the range extender are currently being used. Nissan sees a long term role for the next generation of mobility services, and will expand from 30 to 500 locations in the country by the end of the year.

The manufacturer also announced that they will begin accepting orders for the e-NV200 with the improved battery capacity of 40 kWh. The deliveries will start in Japan in December., (e-NV200)

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Daimler working on cooperation with Geely - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:36

Daimler is currently evaluating cooperation options with the Chinese Geely. They are analyzing potentially releasing an EV platform, among other things, which could be sold to other manufacturers.

Geely CEO Li Shufu had purchased 9.69% of Daimler shares via an investment firm in February. This percentage makes him the biggest individual investor in the the car company. The investment was also larger than initially indicated. Reports agreed that Shufu was keen on the e-mobility technology owned by Daimler from the outset.

The cooperation, which was approach by Daimler, fits the picture of the transition. According to the report, Daimler is not keen on cooperation regarding battery cell production at this point, but is expressed openness towards supplying Geely subsidiary Volvo with motors and other components. Daimler has even indicated the purchase of “a couple of percent” of Volvo shares to show goodwill.,

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China’s state car manufacturer FAW invests in Byton - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:20

The car manufacturer FAW, which is owned by the Chinese government, is investing a “significant amount of money” into the EV startup Byton, which is run by former BMW-i manager Carsten Breitfeld. The news was broken by Breitfeld himself.

The exact amount of the investment is not currently known, however Breitfeld added that it would be so small that it would not provide any control over the company. FAW is interested in the technology to help drive its brand Hongqi in a more electrified direction, as well as FAW’s supply chains for components such as batteries. The contract was signed in Beijing after somewhat lengthy negotiations.

The announcement comes following the news that China announced the end of the joint venture requirement. According to experts, the new regulations may weaken the position of young Chinese startups such as Byton. Breitfeld himself seemed proud – the state-owned company approached Byton, and there are no indications of interest in a takeover by FAW.

Byton themselves are making big steps toward joining the market: just this week they first presented the prototype serial version of their electric SUV to European audiences in Italy. The vehicle is expected to launch 2019 in China and 2020 in Europe and the USA. Byton plans to present their second concept, an electric sedan at the CES Asia in June.

FAW has stated that their plan is to develop 15 electric vehicles with Hongqi by 2025, the first of which is due this year. As of 2020, the EVs are planned to have ranges around 600 km and level 4 autonomous driving, and being completely autonomous as of 2025. The state automobile manufacturer first debuted in 1959, and their sedans have seen regular use in parades and official functions, however have not enjoyed as much popularity in the private transport sector.

In addition to the Byton investment, FAW is also joint venture partner with several other foreign manufacturers, including Volkswagen.

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Faraday Future’s investor rumors indicate active role - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:46

The rumors concerning the new investor behind Faraday Future have taken a new turn, as reports have stated that an investor from Hong Kong is looking to invest not the $1.5 billion initially discussed, but instead looking at $2 billion.

In return, the investor would receive 45% of the shares of Faraday Futures. The first first payment of 550 million dollars has also already been received by CEO Jia Yueting. This is also fits the earlier reports from February.

As the South China Morning Post reports, a company named Shi Ying, which has its seat in the British Virgin Isles, and is run by the Hong Kong businessman Chiu Tao. He is said to have close contact with property magnates such as Hui Ja-yan, the head of China’s largest real estate developer Evergrande Group and Lau Luen-hung, a major stakeholder in Chinese Estate Holdings. Should the rumors prove true, Jia Yueting would hold 33% of the shares in future, with the other 22% going to management.

Faraday themselves had recently made headlines when they had assured suppliers in a meeting that their electric SUV FF 91 would be market ready this year. The FF 91 will be the first serial model by the Chinese-American manufacturer. The vehicle is designed for autonomous driving and will have a performance of up to 783 kW with four-wheel drive and a range of 700 km. It was initially introduced at the CES 2017, after which Faraday had been plagued by a series of negative headlines regarding financial and legal troubles until the investment was announced. CEO Jia Yueting is blacklisted for his debts in China and has been living in the USA for some time.

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Tesla to power Puerto Rico - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:14

As Puerto Rico experienced major, enduring power shortages and reconnecting the power grid will take at least another 24 hours, Tesla has jumped on the news to help expand the solar and battery grid on the island to become more self-sufficient.

Hospitals and banking centers will be prioritized as key locations. The power outage followed another major outage last week, which affected around 840,000 people.

Musk has since addressed the situation on twitter, stating that batteries had gone live and were  delivered power to 622 locations. He added that his team was working around the clock to activate “several hundred more”.

Tesla batteries are currently live & delivering power at 662 locations in Puerto Rico. Team is working 24/7 to activate several hundred more.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 18, 2018

Since the hurricane hit about seven months ago, Puerto Rico has struggled to restore its power grid, which was devastated by the storm. Initially, the fallout had affected the entire nations 3.5 million residents, and amid rebuilding, Tesla had already shipped some of its Powerwall 2 batteries, as well as donating 250,000 dollars.

Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello has expressed interest in being Tesla’s flagship project via twitter last year following the earthquake. Since then, Tesla has been busy installing photovoltaic panels and aims to eventually supply 40% of the nations power. The project has been estimated to cost around 9.5 billion dollars in materials alone.

This would not be the first time Musk has jumped in to help power a nation, as they are building a lithium-ion battery system to provide backup power to the nations energy grid and provide renewable energy, in combination with a wind farm provided by Neoen, to 30,000 homes in the region., twitter,

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Fukuoka police to patrol in 22 new Nissan Leafs - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:00

The police in the Japanese city of Fukuoka has received 22 new Nissan Leaf vehicles and converted them to patrol vehicles. They will not be used to chase down criminals, however, but will be used for “support tasks”.

One does not have to be a rocket scientists to figure out that the Nissan Leaf, with its 144 km/h top speed would not do much for high speed chases, which is why the Fukuoka police department is going to use them for traffic regulation and for patrol duty.

In other countries, police forces have begun to accept electrified vehicles as well. The Basel city police, for example, procured 7 Tesla X100D last month, Luxembourg is patrolling in a Tesla Model S and the Parisian police accepted 16 VW e-Golf into their fleet in February. There was even a minor scandal, as it was revealed that the 100 BMW i3 fleet owned by the L.A. police is mostly standing around collecting dust.,

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OVO presents home V2G charger - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:49

The British energy provider OVO Energy has presented a Vehicle to Grid charger for use at home with a 6 kW charge. In the first step, it will be handed out for free to 1,000 Nissan Leaf owners this summer.

The overhanging system, which controls the measure is the new KI platform VCharge by OVO. This consolidates electric devices, such as chargers for electric cars and stationary batteries, to a virtual powerplant.

The new V2G charger will be provided to 1,000 Lead drivers in the first step, sponsored by the British government. OVO and Nissan have been cooperating on V2G development since last year.

OVO CEO and founder Stephen Fitzpatrick is convinced that the V2G chargers for home use will be the first step towards the energy system of the future. “This is the first step in building the distributed energy system of the future. One that is truly customer centric and built around households and their connected energy storage devices,” he said.

The chargers will enable private citizens to charge and discharge their electric vehicles, and sell currently unneeded energy back into the system. The V-Charge platform also charges intelligently, by charging at peak power generation times, as well as considering how green and cheap power is.

Next to the V2G charger, OVO also introduced another “smart” charger and an energy storage device for home use.,,

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Berlin closes electric bus tender & prepares another - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:30

The first tender to electrify the Berlin bus fleet owned by the BVG with 30 electric buses has closed. The BVG is now checking the offers and will decide who will receive the bid. The next tender is also to be released shortly.

The process hit a few hurdles on the way, as initially not enough participants applied for the contract. After the BVG then extended the bidding period, they were apparently able to find enough participants after the deadline extension.

The procurement of the 12 m long buses including charging and maintenance infrastructure will begin this year, and the purchase of the first 18 m buses is scheduled for next year. The investment cost stands in the double-digit millions for each project.

BVG CEO Sigrid Nikutta is currently on an “Info Trip” to China, where the current efforts to electrify public and private transport are heavily underway. She also announced that the next bid for another 30 buses will begin this summer. (German)

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Oslo prepares for the rollout of 70 new e-buses - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:56

Oslo has announced the procurement of 70 new electric buses, which will take up service next year. The companies Unibus, Nobina and Norgesbuss will be operating the new vehicles on 13 bus lines in Oslo.

Together with the six buses that were procured for the pilot project that preceded the decision, Oslo will be running a total of 76 electric buses by 2019, 52 of which are articulated buses. The public transport company Ruter is also involved in the project, but which other manufacturers are involved has so far been kept quiet.

The procurement is to be a highlight for Oslo as the European environmental capital, accoding to Lan Marie Berg from the Norwegian Agency for Ecology and Traffic. It is also the largest electric bus fleet currently active among the European capitals, according to Clean Technica.

The project will cost somewhere around 88 million euros over the next ten years. Previously, the companies Unibuss, Nobina and Norgesbuss, as well as the public transport operator Ruter had agreed to replace diesel buses with a united effort for electric buses.

Unibuss alone will operate 40 new electric buses in spring of 2019, and has provided the lions share of buses in Oslo, with 60%. More electrified bus lines will also be added later. For now, the most popular bus line in Norway, the 31, will receive 20 new articulated buses.,, (Norwegian)

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Inductive 200 kW charging system for buses ready - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:03

The inductive charging system specialist Momentum Dynamics from the USA has installed their first wireless charging system for electric buses with a charging capacity of 200 kW. It will be used for the Link Transit company in Wenatchee, Washington.

The inductive charging station will first be used to charge the K9S BYD electric bus. Momentum Dynamics is convinced that inductive charging is the best solution to so-called “opportunity charging” for buses, and possibly other vehicles, on the move.

“Within five minutes, the wireless charging system automatically adds enough energy to the vehicle’s battery to complete another route during its routine transfer station stop. This allows the electric bus to drive unlimited route cycles.”, was stated by the company in a press release. Visually, the charger is not much to look at, as it is integrated into the ground, and the connecting piece is integrated in the floor of the bus, for an invisible charging system.

Two years ago, Momentum Dynamics announced their plan to develop the inductive charging system, which has evidently happened successfully. Over the course of the year, the developers are planning to install further systems in the USA, and as of 2019, in Europe as well.,

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Tesla being reviewed on work safety - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:36

Tesla has received some criticism about potentially manipulated work accident statistics, and is now beinng investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The company is being accused of deliberately hiding workplace safety issues in their Fremont factory, which Tesla has vehemently denied.

After the announcement by the workplace safety regulation agency, Tesla has denied the claims in an extensive blog entry, which claims that the rumors are “an ideologically motivated attack by an extremist organization working directly with union supporters to create a calculated disinformation campaign against Tesla.”

The whole thing was kicked off by a report on the investigative website Reveal, which is owned by the US American media company Center for Investigative Reporting. The report, which was published on Monday, relied on unnamed employee sources stating that workplace hazards and safety went under-reported.,

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VW presents I.D. R Pikes Peak this weekend - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:26

Coming Sunday, VW will be presenting the I.D. R Pikes Peak to the public, before the testing program begins a day later for the electric sports car. This was announced by VW, who also included a new image of the electric super car.

On the 24th of June, the company is planning to steal the record for an electric vehicle at the US mountain race at Pikes Peak in Colorado. The first teaser for the vehicle appeared in March, which prompted some speculation surrounding the concept racer.

The premiere of the racer will take place on Sunday, the 22 of April, and can be watched via a livestream. The presentation itself will take place in the French Alés.

“We want to be at the forefront of electro-mobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family…Competing in the most famous hillclimb in the world with the I.D. R Pikes Peak is a valuable test for the general development of electric cars”, said Dr. Frank Welsch at the announcement last October. The vehicle is being developed by Volkswagen Motorsport in close cooperation with the technical unit in Wolfsburg. Motorsport director Sven Smeets also said that this race car presents a new beginning for the division, as this was the first time they were developing a purely electric race car.,

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Volvo shows off FL garbage truck, plans 26 ton version - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:20

Volvo presented their first electric truck, the FL Electric, as an electrified garbage truck in Göteborg. Reports also indicate that Volvo will be presenting a 26 ton version in early May in Hamburg.

According to the report, the information comes from insiders, and the news has not been officially confirmed so far.

Instead, the official Volvo channels are focusing on the 16 ton FL Electric truck, which was presented as an electric garbage truck at an event in Göteborg. This is also due to the fact that the first two vehicles of the series will be delivered to the local garbage and recycling  company Remova and the TGM shipping company.

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Volvo presented their first electric truck, the FL Electric, as an electrified garbage truck in Göteborg.

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The FL Electric will celebrate its premiere in May at the IFAT in Munich, before it will be completely released into the wild, where it will serve urban logistics and community services. The serial sale and European-sales start are scheduled for next year, and technical details for the vehicle were released recently, as well.

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Infiniti bringing EVs to China’s luxury car market - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:47

Infiniti is planning to increase their sales in China in the next five years to about 150,000 vehicles per year, which is triple their current rate. Electrification plays a central role in this endeavor for Nissans premium brand.

In China’s growing e-mobility market Infiniti sees a chance to score big in the premium vehicle area, which has mostly been dominated by Audi, BMW and Mercedes for the past two decades.

Last year, the company produced two vehicle models in China and sold 48,000 vehicles. In the next five years, Infiniti is planning to add another four cars to their lineup and to triple their sales, according to Infiniti CEO Roland Krüger.

The company had also previously announced their plan to electrify all vehicle models as of 2021, either with a purely electric transmission, or the e-Power Technology made by Nissan, which allows a small combustion engine to help charge batteries, it becomes clear that the strategy in China will be centrally built around electrified vehicles.

Another goal which Infiniti is aiming for, is to change their sales model so that half of their global income comes from electrified vehicles by 2025. The first purely electric model by the brand is expected in 2021. At the NAIAS in Detroit, Infiniti presented the Q Inspiration Concept to give a first glimpse of what we can expect with the new electric direction of the company. The concept will also be shown in the Beijing Motor Show in the coming week.

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Sleep tight, Elon! - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:12

Elon Musk statements usually inspire a reaction, although his newest interview has given his followers a new direction. It seems that Elon admitted to sleeping in the factory, and fans have taken up to call to furnish the poor mans surroundings. 

Following his CBS interview, in which he said he sleeps on a couch inside the Fremont factory, or on the floor because the sofa is too narrow, internet users started collecting money to buy a new couch for the “poor” Tesla CEO and serial entrepreneur. A gofundme page was created with the simple mission: buying Elon a better couch for sleeping in the office.

The original 1,000 dollar goal has been far exceeded, to the point of 6,000 dollars at the time of writing this. More than 500 people donated over the two day time span, suggesting that the internet really is worried about Elon. Who else will take us to mars, after all?

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Mercedes wants to make Smart hip all over - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:50

Daimler is ready to party, or at least their youngster, and soon to be all-electric Smart label is. They created what they call their “smart mobile disco” aka a “workstation for DJs” in an attempt to link the brand to club culture.

It is definitely not for a mega clubbing event, the booth Smart made out of their little car. Still, the smart mobile disco that is based on a smart EQ fortwo now accommodates the equipment for operating the lifting platform on which the DJ’s booth is installed.

The booth can be raised and is fitted out with various items of equipment from JBL, smart’s long-standing audio partner, including a mixer console and gooseneck microphone. Obviously there are speakers and lights to project animations onto the dance floor too and it even has a smoke machine.

Whilst laminated side supports stabilise the smart mobile disco when in use for deejaying it is unclear if actual decks for vinyl records are included or if smart relies on digital files.

Bizarrely enough, smart’s move is designed to truly engage with club culture it appears. “The smart mobile disco is a great symbol of the smart brand’s links with club culture – a scene that draws people together, forges bonds and brings joy,” says smart boss Dr Annette Winkler. Little does she know, that ravers travel in packs of more than two usually and rather not drive home from a party, or maybe smart just wanted to host the afters.

There certainly is a showy side to the smart mobile disco, as smart is a global sponsor of the exhibition “Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today”, which will be on show from 17 March to 9 September 2018 at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. The exhibition has been designed by Konstantin Grcic who evolved the smart mobile disco in the course of this collaboration.

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