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E-scooter firm Niu of China files for $150M U.S. IPO

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 13:30

Niu is among China’s largest electric scooter manufacturers. Now they are looking to get listed on the U.S. stock exchange, where they seek an IPO worth 150 million dollars to increase production, intensify R&D and widen their distribution.

Niu is a relatively new company, set up in 2015 by Li Yinan, former chief technology officer of China’s largest internet search company Baidu reportedly. Yet they claim to hold a 26 percent marketshare when it comes to sales volume thanks to their premium positioning which they intend to build on further.

In their application for an initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S., Niu has not specified a price per share but is aiming for a listing worth 150 million dollars. According to Niu, they are “to use the net proceeds from this offering for upgrade and expansion of manufacturing facilities, research and development, distribution network expansion and general corporate purposes.”

Their numbers support the application with their revenue having practically doubled each year.

In terms of product, they offer three versions of Niu electric scooters, that all integrate smartphones and thus enable the company to gather data from the “over 457,000 registered users” Niu claims to have had as of June 30, 2018. The filing also speaks of using technology from Bosch.

Their first market is China but the SEC filing also mentions of South East Asia as a less saturated region when it comes to electric scooters. Moreover, Niu has included data on the market in Europe so that is is very likely they plan to grow their electric scooter business further here. By filing for an IPO in the States, their market entry there is an option of course.

According to the China Insights Consultancy (CIC), the electric two-wheeled vehicles market in the EU will reach 3.7 million units in terms of volume and be worth 7.5 billion euros in terms of sales value by 2022.

sec.gov, chinamoneynetwork.com

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DAF presents entire electrified truck portfolio

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 19:13

Dutch DAF is showing two electric trucks in Hanover. Also joining the LF Electric and CF Electric is the CF Hybrid and the company now released data on the performance of their low emission portfolio of utility vehicles.

All three electrified models are designed with varying customer demands in mind. Moreover, DAF managed to work with experienced partners, namely VDL Bus & Coach, Cummins and ZF.

We had featured the CF Electric before and so what follows is a brief recapture. DAF builds the all-electric tractor with a system of VDL. This consists of a 170 kWh battery pack for a range of 100 km and a 210 kW electric motor.

Now to the new LF Electric also on show in Hanover. DAF specifies a 250 kW electric motor and the option to built-in battery modules with up 222 kWh. This then adds up to a range of 220 kilometres when fully loaded. Compared to the CL Electric semi, this range is much longer but the LF is also made for lighter duty with its 19 tons. For the LF Electric, DAF uses Cummins Technology.

Rounding up the portfolio is the largest of the three and the one that has to cover the longest distances. The CF Hybrid truck couples a 75 kW (peak 130 kW) electric motor with a diesel engine. The electric drive is supplied by an 85 kWh battery pack for a range of 30 – 50 kilometres. In addition, the diesel engine can charge the batteries during on-highway operations. Otherwise a DC charger is in order. DAF has been working with ZF for this system and they state that real-world testing at selected customers is to start next year and will run throughout 2019.

Similar field tests are planned to start with the LF Electric and CF Hybrid in 2019 and DAF say they will introduce these electric trucks when the market is ready.

To find DAF at the IAA Commercial Vehicles before it ends on September, 27,  feel free to download our comprehensive guide to all things e-mobility in Hanover here >> electrive E-Mobility Guide IAA (pdf)


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EnBW plans 100 charging stations at German DIY stores

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 18:00

German Hagebau that owns DIY stores not unlike the British Homebase has teamed up with utility EnBW. Together they plan the installation of 100 fast charging stations at their improvement retail stores in Germany and potentially Austria, starting this year.

For EnBW it is one of their largest charging infrastructure cooperation with a retailer to date, especially as it includes stores across all of Germany. An expansion to Austria has been discussed but a decision has yet to be made.

The first wave of installations is to start this year. In total, Hagebau and EnBW plan to erect a network of 100 electric vehicle charging stations offering 50 kW.

The cooperation is part of the EnBW target to offer 1,000 fast charging stations by 2020. The utility has also become active in faster charging when they forged an alliance with gas station operator OMC. The stations of the planned network will be able to charge with up to 150 kW and these stations will not only line motorways but be located at pit stops in city centres and rural areas as well (we reported).

enbw.com (in German)

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Govecs planning to unleash 6,000 electric scooters in London

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 17:43

Electric scooter manufacturer Govecs could release thousands of their LEVs in London over the next two years. They signed a letter of intent with a British company regarding the delivery of 6,000 e-scooters for the sharing market in the UK capital.

While it is only a plan to date, the letter of intent details the potential order of 3,000 electric scooters of type Schwalbe in 2019 and a further 3,000 in 2020. All the e-scooters are to be used in a sharing system in London, only the provider remains unnamed in a press relase.

Nevertheless, Thomas Grübel, CEO and co-founder of Govecs spreads optimism when he expect that “in 2019 our Schwalbe eScooters will be on London roads. In this way, we will be able to establish a presence in this attractive market for shared vehicles.”

Stepping into London is well in line with other developments at Govecs. The company has not only entered new markets in Europe but also expanded existing ones. One example is the Cityscoot fleet in Paris. The provider recently ordered over 2,000 additional electric scooters and Cityscoot also expanded to Nice. In a press release, Govecs also announced that they are about to come to Geneva and Milan as well, again with Cityscoot.

The electric scooter maker also opened their business to the stock exchange. The offering is currently underway and will end on September, 27. Govecs has specified the price per share and expects to sell at 10 – 12 euros each.

At the moment, the Govecs product range includes the e-scooters of the Schwalbe, GO! S, ELMOTO and GO! T brands. The recent take over of Elmoto in particular is an attempt to increase Govec’s business with private customers. To this end, they have also set up their HappyScooter e-commerce platform recently.

Whether and when the Govecs electric scooters will truly come to London remains to be seen. Yet, the British capital could indeed do with a new scooter sharing system.


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Dyson writes off £46m on solid-state battery startup

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 17:07

Vacuum cleaner maker and aspiring EV builder Dyson has written of 46M GBP (over €51M) on U.S. battery developer Sakti3 after a sweeping review of their investment.

Dyson had acquired the Michigan University spin-off for 90M dollars in 2015, in the hope to secure their solid-state battery technology. Dyson now recorded an impairment charge to the profit and loss statement included in their accounts after reviewing their investment.

This does not mean that Dyson is moving away from their electric car ambitions. On the contrary. Only in August they announced a 200 million pound investment (220 million euros) in order to set up six test driving tracks for their yet to be built electric vehicles. More than 400 employees of the automotive team are already working on Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire, a site which will be expanded by another three buildings in the next months and already measures 17 km in length.

Dyson CEO Jim Rowan also used the occasion to reaffirm the company’s EV plans, saying they were “firmly focused on the next stage of our automotive project strengthening our credentials as a global research and development organization”.

Previous production plans included no less than three electric cars by Dyson in quick succession starting in 2020. While the first electric vehicle would use Li-ion batteries, the next two were to use solid-state batteries reportedly. It is unclear at this stage if the writing off on solid-state battery developer Sakti3 will affect this schedule.

As before, Dyson would not go into any further detail.


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Ballard unveils liquid-cooled fuel cell stack for heavy CVs

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 16:42

Ballard Power Systems are currently displaying their next-generation hydrogen solution for heavy duty vehicles at the IAA Commercial Vehicles. Their new liquid-cooled fuel cell stack FCgen-LCS has been improved in general and will power anything from buses over trains to forklifts from 2019.

For Ballard the new product is part of their 8th generation fuel cell system for heavy vehicles running on hydrogen. A press release describes the FCgen-LCS as featuring “design and performance enhancements, while also offering an impressive reduction in total-cost-of-ownership”.

In more concrete terms, said decrease in TCO will be brought about by features such as improved durability, increased power density, and economies of scale through better MEA manufacturing processes Ballard introduced. (MEA stands for Membrane Electrode Assembly – a core component for fuel cells.)

The company plans for a operating lifetime of more than 30,000 hours for their new stacks and also increased the stacks’ ability to withstand adverse conditions such as operating at temperatures of up to 850 C or, high- and low-pressure operating conditions.

A new feature is also Ballard’s nod to sustainability as the fuel cell stack FCgen-LCS is made of reusable low-cost carbon plates and compression hardware and shows the ability to recover catalyst material from MEAs. In short, some material can be recycled.

The LCS technology as well as Ballard’s MEA have also been part of their latest cooperation agreement reportedly. Weichai Power of China will invest 163 million dollars in Ballard to hold a 19.9% stake. As part of the joint venture, 90 million dollars will be used to set up exclusive manufacturing rights for Ballard’s LCS fuel cell stacks in China. Furthermore, the joint venture will use Ballard’s Membrane Electrode Assemblies. The strategic cooperation will also require Weichai to manufacture and deliver at least 2,000 fuel cell electric vehicles in China by 2021.

ballard.com, greencarcongress.com

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Kazakhstan: Eurabus opens electric bus facility

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 15:38

Electric busmaker Eurabus has opened their factory in Kazakhstan as planned. The Berlin-based company wants to assemble their first 100 modular e-buses there within this year before ramping up to 500 units in 2019. Most will sell locally.

While Kazakhstan may not appear the first point of call for production, Eurabus’ decision to set up shop there has a wider angle. The town of Almaty will be their first large customer as they plan to run an all-electric fleet as strong as 500 buses.

At the factory opening the Kazakh President Nursultan Nasarbajew made an appearance alongside the major of Almaty, Bauyrzhan Baibek. For the region the factory means around 400 new jobs and Eurabus has invested a total of 44 million dollars.
During the party, Eurabus handed over the first ten electric buses and another hundred are set to be made in Almaty before the year’s end.

Eurabus works with a modular system called SDK, a construction kit that allows them to assemble their Eurabus 3.0 model fairly easily and to scale up as well. CEO Christian Seitz wants to localise the supply chain further in future, which at the moment is at 35 percent he said, with most parts coming from Germany.

Yet, Eurabus is planning to expand their business model of local assembly and sales and said they want to set up more facilities in both Western and Eastern Europe as well as in the Caucasus region.

Apart from ramping electric bus production, Eurabus recently announced its plan to sell its battery system as a stand-alone product for electric-powered buses or utility vehicles. The company is also working on a plug & play high-voltage drivetrain platform reportedly.

The batteries for the electric vehicles of the Berlin-based busmaker will be supplied by German BMZ. In late 2017, Eurabus and BMZ signed a long-term agreement which includes the supply of more than 1,000 battery systems for electric buses within the next two to three years.

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DS takes wraps off their first series PHEV

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 15:00

The performance label of PSA that is DS has revealed their first plug-in hybrid model officially. The DS 7 Crossback based on the E-Tense line is to hit the shelves next year, then with a 4×4 drive and 50 kilometres of all-electric range.

For PSA this is the first step in their electrification strategy. Said plan considers DS their exclusively electrified arm by 2025. PSA’s ambition is “for DS to be among the global leaders in electrified cars on its market,” emphasised DS CEO Yves Bonnefont earlier this year reportedly.

The first DS to fall under this guide will be the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4. Its plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive runs at a combined 300 hp or 147 kW electrically. A battery with 13.2 kWh packs enough energy to run 50 kilometres with zero emissions (WLTP) up to a speed of 130 kph. PSA claims the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 battery can be charged in 2 hours using a wall-box and with a 6.6 kW charger or, in 8 hours with a common socket.

The hybrid system will be shared across PSA brands. In fact, the French only introduced it yesterday in combination with the upcoming Peugeot 3008 SUV. The HYBRID4 system which the DS 7 will utilise is based on the so-called 1.6L PureTech engine running on petrol.

Still, Zero emission is the default mode for the plug-in hybrid. Once on the road, the driver may switch to Sport mode, or Hybrid mode, which is easier on the tank. On a similar note are the Brake function for recuperation as well as the E-Save function. The latter allows the PHEV driver to save enough energy to drive in all-electric mode for the last 10 or 20 kilometres of a journey.

Once the DS 7 Crossback PHEV goes on sale in early 2019, it will fit into PSA’s strategy aiming to have electric or hybrid models across their entire line-up by 2025 (we reported).

dsautomobiles.com, carscoops.com

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Chery of China starting expansion to Europe

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 14:29

Chinese carmaker Chery has begun making its way into Europe. The first foothold is a design and development centre Chery is to open in the German town of Raunheim, near Frankfurt. The newly founded Chery Europe GmbH will take up their work there next year and Chery said that importing an all-electric model by 2020 is “very likely”.

If such an electric car is to arrive, it will bear the Exceed name, Chery’s premium label. In a press release, the carmaker stressed that any plug-in models to arrive in Europe would need to be “competitive with the leading European manufacturers in terms of quality, design and technology.”

The first electrified car to make it to these shores is most likely the Exceed TX SUV. Chery had showcased a version of it at the IAA in Frankfurt last year and Tongyue Yin, the Chery chairman referred to the launch when saying: “At last year’s Frankfurt motor show, we presented ourselves as a brand. Now we’re going to execute our plans in and for Europe.”

In concrete terms these plans include hiring 30 – 50 employees to wo/man the new centre near Frankfurt Airport for a start. Chery is actively looking for local staff and says the Raunheim site will focus on design and development, as well as sales and marketing of plug-in hybrid and electric cars.

Chery has not made any plans public for a production site in Europe so any of their electrified vehicles  would be made in China. There, the Exeed TX has been on sale since June, both as a combustion and plug-in hybrid version. In the PHEV, a 110 kW combustion motor and a 85 kW electric motor bring the system performance to a total of 160 kW. Technical details to the planned all-electric vehicle for the European market have not been released.


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Volunteering for Tesla in delivery hell

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:55

Tesla fan love knows no limits when existing owners offer their help in order to lift the EV maker out of what Elon Musk has called “delivery logistics hell“. On Twitter the fans pledged to do “orientations” for new owners – all for free.

Obviously the paperwork required to get a Tesla Model 3 will not be in the hand of volunteers. Yet, once the tweet was out, all craze broke out. And, it resulted in some actual help all talked about on social media.

A longer post on Reddit spoke of anger in the waiting room (which he could calm) while The Tesla Guy seemed rather happy to help out according to his tweet.

I delivered a #Model3 today, helping out @elonmusk and the @Tesla team. So fun to watch new owners delight in everything the team has built.

Congratulations to Dave and Margie on your new car! Welcome to the family!!! pic.twitter.com/UXrSbuku7j

— TheTeslaGuy (@GuyTesla) September 23, 2018

In any case,  this means Tesla is indeed in delivery-logistics-hell. It also means there are actually electric cars to be delivered and that is good news, particularly in light of earlier problems with production of the Model 3.

A similar note was hit be a report from Inside EVs that spoke of a Jaguar dealership near a Tesla store, where “the employees were dumbfounded at the number of trucks arriving to drop off fresh batches comprised mostly of the Model 3”. They were told the electric cars weren’t there to stay, as in flying off the shelves, much to their dismay. But at least they have something to look forward to with the Jaguar I-Pace electric car.

All the above were just a few experiences obviously, so we would be happy to learn if you have heard of more?!

twitter.com, teslarati.com

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Truck2030: TU Munich looking to future of logistics

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 18:57

We know the future of transport to be electric, connected and autonomous ideally but there are different versions of how that may look like. The TU Munich has come up with a concept called Truck2030 that includes the use of long and heavy LHV trucks and also fun ideas.

First of all, the scientists assume that trucks “will remain essential to cargo transport” for decades to come and deduct that “efficient and environmentally friendly transport concepts are of continuing importance when it comes to reducing road traffic and emissions.”

Their ideas to take stress off the road and the planet include the Europe-wide approval for the use of LHV trucks (Longer Heavier Vehicles) as well as a multifunctional driver’s cab. (We will ignore their suggestion of diesel-hybrid trucks for now.)

Particularly the driver’s cab design is interesting. Build on the idea of a largely self-driving truck, the cab envisioned by the TUM includes cables and pulleys which can be used for exercise. Aspects of gamification are to motivate the trucker to train while on the road.

On a more somber note, they suggest to use very long trucks with a length of 25.25 metres in order to combine loads and to make transport more efficient. In their scenario the researchers propose using diesel plug-in hybrid drives. They deem an all-electric truck not feasible at the moment “since a battery capable of providing sufficient energy for the necessary range would be too large and too heavy,” according to the press release.

Here we cannot help but stress that concepts like Siemens eHighway are already looking at long range solutions (albeit hybrid) operating not unlike a train or tram reportedly.

The Truck2030 is a TU Munich research project in collaboration with the OTH Regensburg (Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule) as well as five industry partners such as Knorr-Bremse and AVL.


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VW with modular platforms for electric trucks & buses

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 18:14

Volkswagen has officially unveiled the fully electric distribution truck e-Delivery and the Volksbus e-Flex concept of its Brazilian brand Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus at the IAA Commercial Vehicles. And for the first time, they had some details on the drive.

Volkswagen promotes the e-Delivery as a milestone for emerging markets as the electric truck will be made in Brazil from 2020 at Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, a subsidiary of Traton, formerly VW Truck & Bus.

The many names indicate that much is in motion at Volkswagen and indeed, the e-Delivery utilises a new platform that VW introduced last year, saying it would underpin electric trucks and buses of all brands in future (we reported).

In case of the e-Delivery, this architecture holds an electric powertrain with an output of up to 260 kW developed in Brazil as well as a new battery pack that allows for a range of more than 200 kilometres. The cells are of lithium-ion-nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) and the battery can be charged to 30 percent capacity in 15 minutes and 100 percent in three hours, says VW Caminhões e Ônibus. The exact capacity remains unspecified.

The Brazilians stress though, that the electric truck is modular, meaning it comes in three parts: the front module includes the driver’s cab, the centre section the batteries and the rear part the drive train. This ensures that the various components can be flexibly combined and also frees space for additional batteries.

The Brazilian brewery Ambev has already announced its intention to add a total of 1,600 Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus electric trucks to its fleet by 2023 reportedly. They are currently undergoing one of several test phases.

But the electric truck is not the only innovation by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus at the IAA. Also on show is the so-called e-Flex, an architecture that enables the electrification of all Volksbus vehicles of the brand as BEV, PHEV, HEV or REEV. The system includes a generator and motor that charges the battery in case there is no external charging, so that it serves as a range extender in some cases. The batteries used in the platform come from the Traton Group.

Being a modular model as well, the e-Flex Volksbus will serve as foundation for the electrification of future distribution trucks and city buses of the Volkswagen Truck & Bus brands.


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UK: Renault offering Zoe electric car with £9,500 discount

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 17:34

Renault relaunches their scrappage scheme offering 5,000 pounds when handing in an old car and buying an electric one. In case of the Zoe, this decreases the price to a record low when applied together with the UK Plug-in Grant of 4,500 pounds.

The manufacturer’s scrappage scheme and federal electric car incentive combined, result in a 9,500 pound discount on the Renault Zoe, meaning the electric car cost no more than £13,420 in Great Britain.

The discount includes the plug-in grant of 4,500 pounds and Renault’s 5,000 pound offer that applies to any car registered before December, 31, 2011 in exchange for a new Zoe. Moreover, retail customers will also receive a free wallbox and this applies whether they purchase the EV through the scrappage scheme or not.

The Renault Zoe regularly starts at £18,420 RRP including the plug-in car grant and has recently been updated with the new R110 motor and Renault puts the range at 300 km (186 miles).

The scrappage scheme will run throughout January, 7, 2019 and the new electric car must be registered by March, 31 that year.

The timing of the promotion is likely connected to the alleged launch of a new and bigger Zoe at the Paris Auto Show next month. While Renault has not offered any details, the makeover of France’s bestseller is likely to retain the size of battery (41 kWh) in order to keep the price low. The same goes for the electric drive system. The cells however may come from CATL rather than LG Chem. This is particularly likely since Renault confirmed they were to use cells from CATL for the incoming electric version of the Kangoo (we reported). Moreover, expect the 2019 Zoe to charge via CCS and to be a bigger electric car than the current model.


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Ford kicks-off StreetScooter Work XL production

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 17:04

The lines at Ford’s factory in Cologne have begun rolling in order to make the largest electric van in the StreetScooter line-up, the Work XL. Based on the Ford Transit and equipped with EV technology by DP/DHL, they expect to activate the first 1,000 units this year.

This planned development keeps Deutsche Post/ DHL on top of the electric vehicle manufacturer list in Germany. In fact, this cooperation with Ford only extends their offering of electric vans, that already includes the StreetScooter as well as the StreetScooter Work and Work L.

As the name clearly suggests, the Work XL first presented a year ago, is the biggest of the four transporters and based on the Ford Transit van. The all-electric version offers a payload of 1,150 kilograms and 20 cubic meters of cargo space.

In electric terms, the Work XL can reach speeds of up to 90 kph and a maximum range 200 kilometres. This is thanks to two lithium-ion batteries with a combined capacity of 76 kilowatt hours.

Ford and StreetScooter are aiming to produce 2,500 units for a start with 1,000 to be delivered to DP/ DHL before the year’s end. However, the existing cooperation has always had the aim to make their electric vehicles more widely available by utilising Ford’s dealer network and facilities.

One example for a use case outside postal deliveries is currently on display at the IAA Commercial Vehicles. StreetScooter markets the van as “cool”, referring to the refrigerator unit by Schmitz Cargobull. The cooling unit uses an external energy source so that range remains unaffected. The StreetScooter Work L Cool electric van will be made serially and allows a payload of up to 600 kilos.

Apart from collaborating, StreetScooter is reportedly working on completing a second factory for electric vans. Located in the German town of Düren, close to Aachen and Cologne, it will help to reach the planned annual production capacity of 20,000 electric vans. Half of them are set for sale to third parties.

streetscooter.eu (Work XL), eurotransport.de (Work L Cool, in German)

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Peugeot presents upcoming plug-in hybrid motors

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 16:15

Peugeot presents two new plug-in hybrid drives, that are to turn the wheels inside the new Peugeot 508 and 508 SW as well as the 3008 SUV comes next year. The basic system HYBRID offers 132 kW and the all-wheel drive HYBRID4 is at 147 kW. Peugeot says the range is 50 km for both versions.

The new hybrid drive systems will enable Peugeot to offer plug-in hybrid variants for updates of old models. Both systems are based on petrol and are to become available in Q2 of 2019.

Both are based on the so-called 1.6L PureTech engine that has been adapted to incorporate the new drives. It reaches 180hp on HYBRID and 225hp on HYBRID4.

The engine is combined with the an 8-speed automatic transmission (e-EAT8 for Electric Efficient Automatic Transmission) and linked to a 80kW electric motor on the front suspension.
On the HYBRID4 versions, the multi-link rear suspension is equipped with an inverter, said electric motor and a gearbox for the four-wheel drive. This AWD is destined to serve in the 3008 SUV.

Peugeot says the Zero Emission mode is set as default in all their PHEVs and allows driving with speeds of up to 135 kph.
When braking, drivers may opt for recuperation to increase the standard range of 50 kilometres according to WLTP. The battery has a capacity of 11,8kWh (HYBRID) or 13,2 kWh (HYBRID4)

The HYBRID and HYBRID4 engines will be integrated to the Peugeot 3008 and on the new Peugeot 508 and 508 SW in autumn 2019.

These models will feed into PSA’s strategy aiming to have electric or hybrid models across their entire line-up by 2025 (we reported).  The first step will be the electric version of the Peugeot 208 and DS3 Crossback, as well as a PHEV version of their DS7 Crossback in early 2019 before the new PHEV variants are to follow later that year.


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Sales of Renault Master Z.E. electric van kick-off

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 15:16

Renault Trucks start selling their electric utility vehicle Master Z.E. officially today. The electric van comes in six variants designed to cater to various urban use cases with prices starting from €46,700 before battery lease. Moreover, Renault confirmed the real-life range.

Renault Trucks has been testing their electric van Renault Master Z.E. for some time at selected clients such as PostNL in the Netherlands. Now sales have kicked-off officially at all Renault Trucks dealerships although offers may vary.

Take France for example, where the Renault Master Z.E. is available from 46,700 euros before tax and battery lease and France’s subsidy of 6,000 euros reportedly. In Germany however, prices include the battery and thus start at 59,900 euros.

In all countries, the electric van comes in six variants, that is four panel vans and two platform cabs. The Renault Master Z.E. features a 57 kW electric motor with a maximum torque of 225 Nm and the maximum speed is 100 kph.

Renault also confirmed the real-life range, saying the Renault Master Z.E. offers a range of 120 km (75 miles) and its 33 kWh pack can be fully charged in six hours. With the batteries mounted under the front seats, the load volume is the same as a conventional diesel Renault Master.

The truck also features the Z.E. voice alert system in order to warn pedestrians that the electric vehicle is approaching when it is travelling at speeds of below and up to 30 kph.

In the Renault Truck portfolio, the Master Z.E. is the first and smallest of a new family of electric trucks with its 3.5 tons. The electric UV line-up also includes the Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E., covering 16 and 26 tons respectively. All their electric trucks will be produced at the French Renault Trucks plant in Blainville-sur-Orne, Normandy.


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Electric bendy-buses coming to Copenhagen

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:53

Arriva Danmark has turned to VDL to order 21 electric buses. Model Citea SLFA-180 Electric is the first articulated e-bus ever to arrive in Denmark and will serve in Copenhagen starting in December 2019. Moreover, the order is a milestone for VDL.

By receiving this latest order from Arriva Danmark, VDL Bus & Coach has now sold a total of 500 all-electric buses of type Citea in Western Europe alone. Beyond their base in the Netherlands, electric buses by VDL are currently operating in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, and France.

In most cases, VDL also delivers charging infrastructure and this is true for the Danish capital as well. Here, the buses will top up at the end points of the route by means of inverted pantograph during the day. Thanks to the rapid charging stations at the depot, the revised line 2A will be in operation 24 hours a day from the end of 2019, says Arriva.

The articulated Citea electric bus measures 18 metres and is the longest model in the range. The VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric are equipped with 288 kWh batteries.

VDL recently introduced a 12 and 12.9 metre low entry model of the Citea Electric with the same large 288 kWh battery as a new option. These new models also offer rapid charging via pantograph and VDL said their new charging connection (for up to 450 kW) already complies with the soon-to-be expected European standard.

Apart from Copenhagen, also Rotterdam ordered electric buses by VDL Bus & Coach, 55 to be precise, which are to arrive in 2019 reportedly. VDL Bus & Coach had been advancing electric mobility in its home country before, when they delivered no less than 100 electric bendy buses to Amsterdam. There they operate 24/7 on routes to and from Schiphol Airport (we reported). The buses of type Citea also run in Groningen.


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VW’s first ID. electric car to cost less than 25,000 euros

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:25

Volkswagen is waking up to electric mobility and the company that used to build “Das Auto” now wants to build The electric car too it appears, and sell a lot. German Handelsblatt say they have the latest pricing for the ID. and it is most competitive.

So competitive that Volkswagen may offer the cheapest electric car on the market once the VW ID. is to hit the shelves in early 2020. Handelsblatt publication Edison quotes a price of below 25,000 euros, an information obtained through VW’s man for e-mobility, Thomas Ulbrich.

Ulbrich points to economies of scale which would make production of the VW ID. less costly than the e-Golf for example and help VW reaching volume. Savings of up to 35 percent are possible, he said, thanks to Volkswagen’s new EV architecture MEB.

Volkswagen had introduced technical details of the latter only last week in Dresden and used the launch event to underpin their RoadmapE strategy with even bolder targets for the medium term. Ulbrich had announced that about “10 million vehicles across the Group will be based on this platform in the first wave alone.”

The first will be said ID. (now written with a dot less. so it is ID. instead of I.D.) that Volkswagen labels an “electric car made in Germany”. The ID. will roll off the lines at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Saxony, starting late next year, then tuning the site into a pure electric vehicle plant.

Zwickau is not the only plant to be involved. Also the Volkswagen Group Components sites in Braunschweig, Salzgitter and Kassel will have a hand in the making of the ID. model. In Braunschweig alone, VW is ramping up to to be able to build up to half a million battery systems per year in future. This factory already builds the batteries for the e-up!, the e-Golf and the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid. Overall, Volkswagen is investing €1.3 billion of a total €6 billion budgeted for e-mobility in the making of the ID. family of electric vehicles ready for mass market.

edison.handelsblatt.com (original source in German)

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Renault is converting Belle-Île-en-Mer to a smart island

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 19:45

The Atlantic island of Belle-Île-en-Mer will be converted to a smart island by Renault, alongside partners Morbihan Energies, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis to be the first French smart island. A similar project was already kicked off on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo by Renault, as well.

The system on the island will combine a car-sharing service with EVs, local solar energy storage and an intelligent charging system. In the next 24 months the system will be further developed.

As of next year, the citizens of the island and it’s visitors will be able to use the vehicles. The fleet will contain Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Zoe’s. Chargers will be placed around the island, including at major tourist destinations. The new car-sharing service will use the advantages of energy overflow from the solar production, which are located on the roofs of all major public buildings.

Furthermore, Renault is planning to convert used batteries to power the largest holiday resort on the island. The batteries will be used to store the extra power from the solar panels, particularly for heating the bungalows. This will allow the island to extend their tourist season, which was previously limited by heating costs.

thedrive.com, renault.com

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BPW applies BMW battery tech to trucks

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 19:13

At the IAA Commercial Vehicles, BPW Bergische Achsen has announced a cooperation with BMW i. In the frame of the cooperation, BPW will be using BMW i battery technology to develop a more powerful axle-motor for electrified trucks.

The electric axle will be used for heavy transporters and trucks with a total weight up to 7.5 tonnes. The motor will be available as of 2019 to electrically refit MB Varios, for example for communal use in a small series. A motor concept for 26 tonnes of total weight is also already being planned.

Regarding technical specifications, the axle has a maximum torque of 6,580 Nm and is fitted to the rear axle. Two lithium-ion high voltage systems from the BMW i3 are combined for a total capacity of 84 kWh. The battery management system, including cables, sensors and the temperature management system are all provided by BMW. Additional battery systems can also be installed to boost the range of the vehicles. BPW also is offering different charging systems to address customers with different requirements.

Starting in early 2019, the BPW axle motor system will go into serial production: Paul Nutzfahrzeuge will then provide the conversion services for heavy transporters and light trucks from diesel to electric motor systems. Due to the elimination of heavy components, such as the diesel engine and transmission, the total weight of the vehicles will remain unchanged during the process. The companies announced an electrified version of the Mercedes Vario in January of this year. The vehicle also underwent testing by the logistic service provider Hellman Worldwide Logistics.

electrive.net, bpw.de (Both in German)

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