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NEWS ABOUT ELECTRIFICATION

Let's talk about the future: specifically electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and electrification services (like vehicle-to-grid). Over 100 years in the making, it looks like electric vehicles might be about to have their time in the spotlight. How much will they cost? Who will make the best ones? Is this the end for fossil fuels? All great questions... read all the latest updates below.

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2018

June

  • Deutsche Post said it intended to continue producing Streetscooter electric vans until at least 2020 but that the company did not want to be an automaker and was looking at options including an IPO or sale. (FAZ)
  • A research consortium led by the Japanese government said it is aiming for a $90 per kWh battery pack cost for solid state batteries by 2030. (Green Car Congress)
  • A study by AlixPartners predicted that in 2030 battery electric vehicles will account for 20% of US sales, 30% in Europe and 35% in China. The assessment also concluded that the next wave of electric vehicles would cost OEMs $255 billion, yet many would lose money on the new models. (AlixPartners)
  • China is reportedly developing a new charging standard capable of 900 kW. (Inside EVs)
  • CHAdeMO’s maximum rating has been upgraded to 400 kW in a forthcoming generation of products. (Inside EVs)
  • VW invested $100 million in solid state battery developer QuantumScape and formed a JV with the intent of mass producing solid state batteries by 2025. (VW)
  • The Chinese city of Shenzen said that all taxis in the city must be electric. (China Daily)
  • After Deutsche Post parted ways with the executive who championed StreetScooter, media reporting implied the division’s future could be affected by forthcoming restructuring. (Handelsblatt)
  • Porsche launched a charging station consolidation service. For a monthly fee of €2.50, users can charge at a wide range of different providers (nearest site recommended via integration with the car’s navigation) and the app will handle payment electronically (on top of the monthly fee). Porsche says that “in principle” owners of other brands can use the same service. (Porsche)
  • GM and Honda agreed to collaborate on next generation batteries. The partners will use GM’s battery chemistry as the basis for the collaboration and the intent is for GM to supply Honda with battery packs. (Honda)
  • Panasonic say they are working on a cobalt-free battery chemistry. (Inside EVs)
  • Johnson Matthey said it would start production of a new low cobalt battery material called enhanced lithium nickel oxide from around 2021. (Reuters)
  • Voltaiq, a maker of battery management software, raised $6.6. million. (Press release)
  • Renault started selling the battery for the Master and Kangoo electric commercial vehicles on a standalone basis. The 33kWh pack can be obtained for €7,400 (that’s €224 per kWh for a retail customer). (Renault)
  • A question on a point in time for cost parity between ICE and BEVs left FCA executives stumped and reaching for their “crystal ball”, they finally settled on not before 2025, “best case”. (FCA)

May

  • StreetScooter announced an order for 200 vehicles from a milk delivery firm. (Handelsblatt)
  • Rivian Automotive announced $200 million in debt financing. (Rivian)
  • BP invested $20 million in battery developer StoreDot (Daimler are already an investor). (Inside EVs)
  • Honda is reportedly discussing production volumes of 100,000 units per year for an electric car battery supply contract with CATL -- the undisclosed program bears all the hallmarks of the Honda Urban EV concept. (Electrek)
  • Executives clarified that although Toyota will offer solid state batteries in the early 2020s, it won’t be “on a mass production basis”. (Wards)
  • Chakratec, developers of chargers augmented by flywheels, rather than batteries, raised $4.4 million. (Charged EVs)
  • Arrival won a trial electric delivery van contract from UPS, adding to earlier orders from Royal Mail. (Journal Auto)
  • Geely’s LEVC published the results of a study that showed taxi drivers experienced lower stress when driving an electrified vehicle. (LEVC)
  • Nissan launched a new offering in the UK that provides solar panels, stationary storage and home energy management (potentially including vehicle charging). Customers will have a choice of either brand new or used electric vehicle batteries. (Nissan)
  • Enel’s eMotorWerks unit announced a new charging product that balances electrical load using software and makes it easier for fleets to install additional charging units as the number of electric vehicles grows. (Enel)
  • ElringKlinger will supply battery systems for Sono Motors, a start-up planning a city car augmented with solar charging. (Economic Times of India)
  • Rolls-Royce’s CEO said the new architecture underpinning Cullinan, but to be shared with other future models, is “ready for electrification and other changes as well”. (Autocar)
  • Fisker may change their plan for the EMotion sportscar and go back to solid state batteries at launch (having previously said they were switching from solid state to conventional LG cells). CEO Henrik Fisker said he was “pushing the team” to get the technology ready for a 2020 launch. (Inside EVs)
  • Motorhome maker Winnebago and Motiv Power are creating a new electrified commercial vehicle platform with an expected range of 85 - 125 miles. Winnebago will also invest in Motiv Power. (Green Car Congress)
  • Renault and Nissan will reportedly use batteries sourced from CATL for China-market BEVs. (Electrek)
  • Nidec launched a 320 kW charger with an inbuilt 160 kWh battery that reduces grid drain to 50kW. (Inside EVs)
  • Charging station supplier Clipper Creek has started offering used chargers. (Clipper Creek)
  • Daimler said it will buy batteries from CATL but declined to give volumes or name affected vehicles. (Handelsblatt)
  • Battery maker EcoFlow raised $4 million and may raise a Series B this year. (Deal Street Asia)
  • BMW is working with Sila Nanotechnologies on new battery materials that could increased battery storage capacity without needing new production lines. (Inside EVs)
  • Daimler is ceasing production of home storage batteries, saying that in future it will offer third party products more suited to stationary storage applications. Daimler intends to continue to supply used vehicle batteries for industrial storage units. (Manager Magazin)

April

  • Solid state battery supplier Ionic Materials announced that including the (previously announced) investment from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, it raised $65 million in its latest round. (Inside EVs)
  • Dana launched a series of powertrain modules aimed at off-highway applications. (Dana)
  • Hubject and Daimler announced a successful pilot scheme where the vehicle and charging point exchange encrypted certificates through the charging lead, enabling payment to be made remotely. (Hubject)
  • Indian ride hailing company Ola set a target of 1 million EVs in its fleet, including mini vehicles, by 2021. (Autocar)
  • A long list of OEMs are reportedly in talks with VW-BMW-Daimler-Ford European charging network Ionity to join the network. Those listed include Volvo, FCA, PSA, JLR and Tesla. (Sued Deutsche)
  • Indian firm Sun Mobility opened a battery swapping station for electric bikes and mini vehicles in Bengaluru, with plans to expand the network across India. (Economic Times of India)
  • Following reports that Dyson had relinquished solid state battery patents, seemingly contradicting its prior battery strategy, the company said the patents involved had been replaced with “better” technology and the move reflected the need for the specific patterns, rather than a turn away from solid state. (Green Car Reports)
  • A Spanish study concluded that the current generation of electric cars only pay back the increased upfront price versus an ICE vehicle when the owner travels 13,000 km or more each year -- the authors pointed out that this distance is unlikely in urban environments. (Europa Press)
  • Mercedes executives said the brand is planning an all-electric luxury car at the same level as the S-Class. (Autocar)
  • EVgo announced that it would build a dedicated charging network for GM’s US Maven car sharing service to support the Maven Gig product for ride hailing drivers. (EVgo)
  • Ferrari CEO Marchionne resorted to hand gestures rather than words whilst trying to deflect interview questions about a mysterious “silent” test mule spotted near Ferrari’s Fiorano test track but ultimately conceded “there could be a Ferrari that you could run silently”. (Bloomberg)
  • Deutsche Post is reportedly looking at an IPO for its electric van producing Street Scooter (Bloomberg)
  • Ford executives said that it would not be worth producing electric cars with annual volumes below 40,000. (Reuters)

March

  • SF Motors unveiled two of their planned all-electric three car portfolio -- both SUVs. (TechCrunch)
  • Bollinger increased the largest battery pack it will offer to 120 kWh, providing 200 miles of range (Electrek)
  • Tesla says that its large battery installation in Australia is being underpaid for the grid stabilisation it provides because the current billing rules do not start counting power supplied until six seconds after the request is made (Tesla says it responds almost instantaneously). (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Audi’s CEO wants the brand to sell 200,000 all-electric vehicles by 2021 and is reportedly contemplating actions as radical as only offering the next generation TT and A8 as BEVs. (Manager Magazin)
  • Nissan started offering “refabricated” battery packs for the Nissan Leaf -- using a combination of new and good condition used components. At the moment, the offer is for Japan only. Pricing for a 40 kWh packs is around $7,800, giving an effective per kWh price of $195. (Nissan)
  • Rimac announced a joint venture with China’s Camel Group (one of Rimac’s investors) to build an electric vehicle components factory in Hubei province, China. Rimac will take a 40% stake in the business. (China Daily)
  • EVelozcity founder Stefan Krause said the company has around $1 billion in investments and commitments. The company has grown to include 100 staff and wants 300 by year end 2018. (Forbes)
  • Nissan aims to produce cars with solid state batteries by 2030, with 2025 as a stretch objective. (Next Green Car)
  • China will start trial EV battery recycling programs in four locations. (Reuters)
  • Goodyear said it has created a tyre specifically for electric vehicles. (Goodyear)
  • Daimler expects that electric vehicle batteries will have far higher concentrations of nickel to reduce dependence on cobalt. Executives talked about nickel:manganes:cobalt mix moving from 6:2:2 to 9:0.5:0.5. (Reuters)
  • The hydrogen fuelling consortium owned by Toyota, Nissan and Honda amongst others was legally established as H2 Mobility LLC. (Honda)
  • The European Union published a report into areas of standardisation and improvements for vehicle batteries; particularly second life use and recycling. (EU)
  • Mahindra and LG Chem will jointly develop batteries with the intent of creating a low cost, high energy density, chemistry that will aid market share growth for electric vehicles in India. (Mahindra)
  • CHAdeMO are working on a 400 kW / 1,000V standard, for release soon. (Inside EVs)
  • US rules saying that electric cars will have to make noise have been pushed back so that full compliance is not required until September 2020. (Engadget)
  • Dyson is recruiting 300 engineers to add to its existing 400 person electric vehicle team. (BBC)
  • Researchers released a video of a Chevrolet Bolt battery pack teardown -- they say the battery capacity is 57 kWh, not the 60 kWh stated by GM. (Green Car Reports)

February

  • BP’s latest energy outlook forecast a peak demand for oil in the 2030s as growth in electric car sales reduces fossil fuel consumption. Under one scenario, 30% of vehicle miles in 2040 would be electric -- implying a significantly higher than 30% share of new car sales at that point in time. (Reuters)
  • Delivery firm UPS said it was working with electric vehicle start-up Workhorse on a bespoke electrified delivery vehicle. The collaboration initially hopes to create a test fleet of 50 vehicles. (The Verge)
  • Researchers published a paper indicating that lithium ion batteries could be charged much faster if fibre optic sensors were fitted to monitor heat within the battery, without causing large reductions in battery life. (Engadget)
  • UK electricity network monopoly, National Grid, is proposing 100 high power charging stations along key motorway routes to provide stations within a 50 mile radius to 90% of motorists. (Engadget)
  • Apple are reportedly changing their strategy on cobalt purchasing in the face of higher demand for the material created by electric vehicles. (The Verge)
  • Toyota announced an electric motor magnet design it says reduces rare earth material content by 50%. (Toyota)
  • Mahindra unveiled an electric platform called MESMA that can accommodate a range of battery sizes between 21 kWh and 54 kWh (in extended wheelbase form). Initial production vehicles will be released before 2021. (Autocar)
  • Faraday Future has reportedly raised a further $1.5 billion, over $500 million of which is in the bank. The company held a special presentation to reassure suppliers and a smaller product, dubbed FF81 is now rumoured to be in development. (Business Insider)
  • China has changed its subsidy scheme for electric cars. Vehicles with a range of beyond 400km now receive a larger incentive, while the qualifying level for any amount has been raised to a range of 150km. (Bloomberg)
  • 70% of respondents to a Spanish survey believe all cars will soon become electrified. (Facon Auto)
  • Lithium-ion battery maker Farasis Energy raised almost $800 million. (Deal Street Asia)
  • Chinese electric car designer SKIO Matrix has reportedly raised $159 million in funding (China Money Network)
  • Solid state battery developer Ionic materials received $65 million in investment from Alliance Ventures (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi) amongst others. (Deal Street Asia)
  • The Ionity charging network, backed by a group of OEMs, released a (not very detailed) map of its intended charging network in Europe. (Electrek)
  • Several European carmakers are reportedly seeing growing waiting lists for their all-electric products. (Golem)
  • Porsche and Audi executives said that the two firms would save around 30% investment by sharing an EV platform, in development for launch around 2025. (Engadget)
  • Electric vehicle start-up Xiaopeng (XPENG) has investors for a $350 million series B round; Foxconn is joining existing investor Alibaba (said to own 10% of the company). Xpeng has raised $800 million in total. (XPENG)
  • BP invested $5 million in electric charging company FreeWire and plans to use the company’s charging equipment at petrol stations in Europe. (Reuters)
  • European EV charging operators Allego and Fortnum will create interoperability between their sites. (Charged EVs)
  • Faraday Future filed a lawsuit against Evelozcity, founded by Faraday’s ex-CFO, accusing it of stealing trade secrets by recruiting Faraday employees. Evelozcity called the allegations “recklessly inaccurate”. (China Money Network)
  • Autocar magazine claimed that Volvo’s first all-electric car will be a hatchback, similar to the 40.2 concept. (Autocar)
  • Toyota agreed a series of projects with Chubu Electric Power on use of second-life vehicle batteries in stationary storage facilities and battery recycling. The companies hope to have a 10,000 battery system by 2020. (Toyota)

January

  • Jia Yueting, the internet tycoon behind Faraday Future, Lucid and LeSEE saw affiliate Leshi say it was seeking equity stakes in the companies in lieu of debts incurred. (Deal Street Asia)
  • Madrid will implement a city-centre zero emissions zone from June 2018. The zero emissions moniker applies to vehicles wishing to enter the zone -- residents and their guests are treated more leniently. (Europa Press)
  • Jaguar are rumoured to have decided that the replacement for the XJ luxury saloon will be all-electric. (Autocar)
  • Having said that there will be 16 BEVs and 24 hybrid vehicles by 2022 (some of which could be the same nameplates), Ford said that there would be two platforms -- a Ford version and a low cost (Zotye-led) design. There will be: 13 BEVs in Asia; 7 BEVs in North America and; 3 BEVs in Europe. Although offering only a small range in Europe, Ford says this will be a “strong” BEV portfolio. (Ford)
  • After setting a target of 80% of vehicles would be electrified by 2023, PSA’s CEO said all vehicles will be electrified by 2025. (Les Echos)
  • Valeo said that a BEV with a 48V system could achieve a retail price of $7,500 for a city car. (Valeo)
  • Henrik Fisker said in an interview that his company’s research into solid state batteries indicates units costs of around $65 per kWh are realistic when the technology matures. (CNET)
  • Ford has set a new electric vehicle investment target of $11 billion by 2022, funding 40 electrified vehicles, of which 16 will be BEVs. (Reuters)
  • Kia said it was planning 16 electrified vehicles -- 10 x hybrid/FHEV; 5 x BEV and 1 Fuel cell -- leaving 22 for Hyundai (based on prior announcements). (Kia)
  • Panasonic has developed a scalable electric vehicle platform suitable for bikes and small EVs. (Panasonic)
  • Denso said it would partner with FLOSFIA, a spin-out from Kyoto University, to develop next generation inverters for electric vehicles. (Denso)
  • LG Chem will expand its Michigan battery plant that supplies the Chevrolet Bolt, amongst others. Capacity will increase from around 40,000 packs annually to 50,000 (note that in 2017, Bolt sold about 27,000 units). The company is reportedly investigating the additional of a further 2 assembly lines. (ET News)
  • Sales of electrified vehicles in Norway passed 50% in 2017. 20.9% of vehicles were fully electric, 18.4% were PHEVs and 12.9% were non-plug in hybrids. There were also a number of used fully electric cars imported from other markets. Average new car CO2 emissions were 82 g/km. (BIL)

2017

December

  • Shenzhen completed the transition of its public transport bus fleet to 100% all-electric vehicles, meeting an earlier target commitment. The Chinese city has around 16,500 buses in service. Taxis are next on the list. (EV Obsession)
  • Spanish company Endesa said that its incentive scheme for employees to buy electric cars was singlehandedly responsible for around 7% of the industry volume for electric cars. (Europa Press)
  • NIO launched the ES8, saying that the vehicle came with an advanced driver assistance system, battery swapping (in 3 minutes) and battery rental. There is a 70 kWh battery pack, providing over 500 km of range. (NIO)
  • Morgan said that it would put its electric three-wheeler into production in late 2018 in partnership with Frazer-Nash. The car will have a range of around 120 miles. (Auto Express)
  • Chinese electric vehicle maker Kandi said that it will buy Jinhua An Kao for $4 million because of the company’s battery swapping technology. (Kandi)
  • The founder of the solid state battery firm Dyson purchased to help it deliver an electric car program has left the company. It isn’t clear if this will affect plans for the vehicle. (Autocar)
  • McLaren engineers said that half an hour of high performance track driving requires battery capacity equivalent to 500 miles of on-road driving. (Autocar)
  • Nikola trucks received a $10 million investment from Wabco. (Autocar)
  • Faraday Future has reportedly secured an additional $1 billion in funding. (The Verge)
  • The US electric infrastructure scheme that VW has agreed to fund as part of its emissions settlement picked Greenlots to carry out installation work. (Green Car Reports)
  • Mysterious electric car start-up EVELOZCITY was reportedly created by ex-Faraday Future executives with backing from would-be Faraday Future investors put off by the behaviour of the controlling shareholder. (Electrek)
  • BMW partnered with Solid Power to develop solid state batteries for a future electric vehicle platform. (Solid Power)
  • 2050 Motors said that it had signed a final agreement with Chinese partner Aoxin Automotive that confirmed the arrangements to launch the e-Go EV. The company also hopes that the Las Vegas authorities were sufficiently impressed to give it the sire for a factory. (2050 Motors)
  • Alibaba has invested an undisclosed amount to take a stake of around 10% in electric vehicle start-up Xpeng (Xiaopeng) Motors. (Deal Street Asia)
  • Faraday Future was the subject of a scathing in-depth article which compared the company’s funding model to a ponzi scheme and said executive management was in chaos. (The Verge)
  • Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said it hopes to sell electric cars in India. (Zeebiz)
  • Electric car start-up NIO is reportedly considering an IPO in 2018, in addition to a possible sale of 30%-40% of its US arm, which concentrates on BEV technology rather than carmaking. (Bloomberg)
  • Dutch charging network operator Fastned raised €12 million through a public bond to fund expansion. (Fastned)
  • Hyundai believes that battery prices will stop falling by 2020 because rising raw material prices will cancel out the benefits of design improvements and manufacturing scale. (Green Car Reports)
  • A group of Japanese companies including Toyota, Nissan and Honda that previously agreed to work together on hydrogen infrastructure said that they would form a company to achieve their objectives. (Honda)
  • Tesla introduced a fair use policy for supercharger stations that forbids vehicles charging for commercial purposes. The exclusion appears to apply to new vehicles only. (Electrek)
  • As a guide to the cost of high-performance electrification infrastructure, ABB announced that it had secured a contract to supply 600kW and 400kW chargers for a bus route in Nantes, France operated by 20 vehicles. The cost? A cool $20 million. (Inside EVs)
  • A group of OEMs have pledged to source raw materials for electric vehicles in an ethical and environmentally responsible way with monitoring by a 3rd BMW (which earlier announced a unilateral plan) is part of the group. (Green Car Reports)
  • A consortium of German companies, including Porsche and BMW, is working on a project called FastCharge to develop a prototype 450kW charger in 2018. If successful, the Ionity JV (of which both are members) could work on this technology, rather than the 350kW currently planned. (Inside EVs)
  • Compact electric car start-up Uniti says that it will provide five years of free electricity with each model for customers in Sweden. (Uniti). The company said that its launch product would be on sale for between €15,000 and €20,000. It can be reserved with a fully refundable deposit of €149. (Uniti)

November

  • Former BMW designer Chris Bangle unveiled the REDS all-electric city car. The vehicle uses an aluminium spaceframe and incorporates a solar panel to augment battery charging. Chinese truckmaker CHTC will produce the vehicle. The launch date isn’t yet specified, but will be soon. (Autocar)
  • Swedish start-up Uniti will unveil their prototype all-electric city car on 7th The company says that the vehicle can be produced with a fully automated process. The company aims for deliveries to begin in 2017. (Autocar)
  • Lucid announced that it had moved into snazzy new headquarters in California. (Lucid)
  • The German government has proposed to subsidise up to 80% of the additional cost of electric buses to encourage uptake. Critics said that the proposed funding was only sufficient for around 400 vehicles. (Golem)
  • The US Department of Energy published a study of electrical charging infrastructure now and in the future. In addition to creating some studies for future growth it includes some detailed statistics on current operators. (DoE)
  • China will rollout green licence plates nationally, following a trial in three states. The plates are intended to help cities differentiate between electrically and conventionally powered vehicles more easily and owners of vehicles already on the road can apply to swap their plates for the new version. (EV Obsession)
  • According to leaked internal emails, Faraday Future is close to obtaining investment but employees haven’t been turning up for work. (The Verge)
  • Ionity, the charging network JV between BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW, said it had partners for about half the 400 sites it is planning in Europe. Shell will be the partner for 80 stations in 10 countries. (Inside EVs)
  • Utilising some of the technology contained in their fuel cell trucks, Nikola unveiled the Zero off-road vehicle. It is offered with a range of battery packs, the largest being 125 kWh. (Futurism)
  • Taiwanese start-up Xing Mobility said that it would launch an all-electric supercar named Miss R, with the equivalent of over 1,300 hp and capable of 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds, in 2018. The primary purpose of the vehicle is as a technology demonstrator for the company’s electric drivertrain technology. (Xing Mobility)
  • Mahindra & Mahindra announced that it was collaborating with Uber to put electric vehicles in the hands of Indian drivers. (Mahindra)
  • WiTricity and Texas Instruments will collaborate on wireless charging products with improved vehicle to infrastructure communication. WiTricity says that microcontrollers supplied by Texas Instruments will be able to overcome some of the practical problems of first generation wireless charging such as misalignment and inefficient transfer rates. (WiTricity)
  • Fisker announced that it was applying for patents on breakthrough solid state battery technology that it believes can be commercialised by 2023. Fisker says that the new battery could charge in one minute. (Green Car Congress)
  • eMotorWerks has created a partnership with ca to make a sell an electric vehicle charging platform aimed at the Canadian market. (Press Release)
  • A report by Amnesty International into ethical sourcing of cobalt in batteries ranked Renault lowest of a (non-exhaustive) group of automotive OEMs. BMW and Tesla were joint first, but still only merited half marks. Page 78 is the key summary. (Amnesty International)
  • Toyota and Suzuki announced a cooperation to sell electric cars in India. The current working assumption (at MoU stage) is that Suzuki will make the vehicles and Toyota will sell a badge-engineered version. (Toyota)
  • GM CEO Mary Barra said at an investor conference that the next two all-electric vehicles will be Bolt-based crossovers, one of which will be a Buick. The company will then launch an all-new EV platform in 2021 that it expects to reduce costs by over 30% -- at which stage the company expects EVs to be profitable. (GM)
  • Chinese EV start-up NIO has reportedly raised $1 billion from investors including Tencent, giving the firm a $5 billion valuation. (Reuters)
  • EON and Clever are planning to build a 180 station charging network between Norway and Italy with a maximum highway distance of 180km between stations. (Bloomberg)
  • Continental’s CEO said that the company was interested in making battery cells, but with solid state rather than lithium ion chemistry. He said that the company would prefer to do this in partnership with others. (Reuters)
  • Faraday Future has recently suffered from several executive departures, including the CFO (with whom the company is now engaged in a war of words / lawsuits) and CTO. (Digital Trends)
  • LeEco founder Jia Yueting said he plans to sell his stake in Lucid Motors, indicating he will focus on Faraday Future. (Global Times)
  • Researchers in the Netherlands showed off a Tesla Model S that they have converted to use a hydrogen fuel cell as a secondary power source. (Futurism)
  • Lamborghini unveiled a concept for an all-electric supercar and said that it was working on super capacitors to overcome weight problems with batteries. They appear to have thought of everything except how the car will go over speed bumps. (Autocar)
  • OSVehicle unveiled their modular self-driving electric car called EDIT. (Medium)
  • Baidu is reportedly leading a new round of investment in Chinese electric car maker WMMotor. Tencent may also be involved in the funding. (China Money Network)
  • Deutsche Telekom is looking to integrate electric car charging into local telephone exchanges in Germany. The company has over 330,000 locations in the country and has earmarked 12,000 for potential conversion to charging stations. (Golem)
  • US company Workhorse have unveiled their next range-extended product: the N-Gen van. The vehicle has an electric only range of around 100 miles and has a novel optional extra: a drone that docks on the roof to increase the number of delivery drops the vehicle can make. Patent attorneys at Daimler and Amazon: pay close attention… (Green Car Reports)
  • US draft tax legislation proposes to eliminate the tax credit for electric cars (up to $7,500 depending on how many vehicles the OEM has produced). (Detroit News)
  • The European charging network set-up by BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW has been named Ionity. It aims to create 20 charging stations in 2017, with 400 sites planned by 2020. (Ford)
  • The CEO of Workhorse said that it has $300 million worth of pre-orders for its W-15 plug-in hybrid pick-up truck. (autoblog)
  • SF Motors has purchased a former military Humvee plant and intends to create 430 jobs when it reopens. (LA Times)

October

  • Energy supplier Enel has acquired vehicle-to-grid specialist eMotorWerks. (Inside EVs)
  • BMW opened a new stationary storage facility at its Leipzig plant using second-life i3 batteries. The plant is connected to the public grid, modular and can be expanded in future. BMW said that this demonstrated profitable second-life usage. (BMW)
  • Daimler said that its battery storage plant in Hannover was now operational and provided 5MW of flexible storage to the public grid, with a plan to achieve 17.4 MWh of capacity. The facility has two aims: it provides on-demand electricity to the grid and is also used as a “living storage” for batteries that may be called upon to replace those in service. (Enercity)
  • Daimler made a strategic investment in The Mobility House, a company that sells electric vehicle charging equipment and vehicle-to-grid services. (Daimler)
  • Honda’s CEO said that the company thought zero emission vehicles were probably not well-suited to the US market. (Reuters)
  • Toshiba said that it had developed a new anode technology for lithium ion batteries that would allow a battery to be charged in 6 minutes. The technology will be launched in 2019. (Inside EVs)
  • A recent UBS study highlighted a number of commodities that would be overwhelmed by substantial growth in electric vehicles (assuming future battery technologies were essentially the same as today and no recycling loop had developed). (com)
  • Shell launched a charging service in the UK offering 50 kW chargers on petrol forecourts. The company aims to have 10 sites by the end of 2017 and will also launch in the Netherlands. This is a separate scheme to NewMotion, the charging company Shell recently acquired. (Inside EVs)
  • Chinese backed electric car start-up SF Motors said that it had bought InEVit -- a start-up working on energy storage and electric powertrain products. (Reuters)
  • Charging company Hubject said that it had received additional funding to expand into the US and China. Note that BMW, Daimler and VW are among the company’s shareholders. (Hubject)
  • Opel dealers in Norway have been told to stop taking orders for Ampera-e vehicles (Chevrolet Bolt) and to put customers on a reservation list, with a likely delivery date no sooner than 2019. (no)
  • Volvo said that Polestar will have a three car line-up, with all vehicles built in Chengdu, China. The first product will be the Polestar 1, a carbon-bodied, 600hp 2+2 coupe range-extended PHEV. The factory will be completed in 2018 with first sales in 2019 and the vehicle will be available on subscription, rather than for. The Polestar 2 will be a mid-sized BEV (i.e. S40/60 sized) launching in late 2019 and the Polestar 3 will be a BEV SUV. (Volvo)
  • VW Group CEO Müller said in an interview that electric cars “may not be as profitable as combustion models” in the next generation but the company believes there will be “a tipping point between the two in five to seven years, which will help balance our revenues”. (Autocar)
  • Shell will buy charging network operator NewMotion. (NewMotion)
  • The consortium announced last year by Ford, Daimler, BMW and VW for a European charging network has now established a company to develop the business. The headquarters are in Munich and there are reportedly 50 people working on the project. (Manager Magazin)
  • Chakratec and DBT unveiled a fast charging station that uses flywheels to store energy before it is transferred to the vehicle (similar to some of the early KERS Formula 1 solutions) in order to augment the local grid. (Charged EVs)
  • Bolloré said that they have sold 200 electric buses so far and aim to produce around 50 next year. (Les Echos)
  • Renault created a new subsidiary called Renault Energy Services. The group will concentrate on developing energy infrastructure. It’s primary role will be to develop vehicle to grid business models and control systems that can reduce the cost of electricity for electric vehicle owners and to work on 2nd life usage of vehicle batteries (i.e. when the vehicle battery state of charge falls below automotive standard but still has plenty of usable capacity for grid management). (Renault)
  • GM said that it will launch 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023, with the next two due within 18 months. GM implied that this number may include fuel cell powered electric vehicles in addition to BEVs. (GM)
  • ABB showed off their modular high power charging solution. A single unit can charge a car at 150 kW (slightly higher than Tesla superchargers) whilst two units linked can charge two vehicles, at rates of up to 350 kW. (ABB)
  • UK electricity supplier Ovo is offering free electricity to buyers of the new Nissan Leaf that sign up to its new vehicle to grid charging scheme. The company believes that it can save between £350 and £400 in electricity trading fees per vehicle per year and this will pay for the electricity the vehicle uses on the road. (The Guardian)
  • Electric vehicle start-up Faraday Future is reportedly suffering from the resignation of a number of key employees. (The Verge)

September

  • Toyota, Mazda and Denso (a Toyota-affiliated supplier) are creating a joint venture to work on electric vehicle development. The new business, to be called EV C.A. Spirit Corporation, will have around 40 employees and will seek to create a common architecture for electric vehicles. Toyota and Mazda hope that the common platform can be scaleable to a range of vehicle sizes. (Toyota)
  • Dyson confirmed long-standing rumours that the electrical appliance company will make an electric car. The vehicle will be launched in 2020 and there are currently 400 employees working on the project. Dyson said that the budget for the program was £2 billion, split equally between the vehicle and the battery. No details of the program were released but according to reporters it will not be cheap. (BBC)
  • JLR is reportedly considering offers from Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Panasonic to supply batteries. The company is apparently requesting quotes for around 2 million 21700-size cylindrical cells each year. (ET News)
  • Mahindra’s chairman said that the tipping point has been reached on electric vehicle profitability. (Bloomberg)
  • A report by used car sales website iseecars.com, 6 out of the top 10 fastest selling used cars in the US are either fully electric or plug in hybrid. (com)
  • BMW is reportedly planning to release a wireless charging pad that can be placed in a customer’s garage and will have a 3.2kW rating. Previous examples have suffered from being extremely sensitive to vehicle position over the pad so it remains to be seen whether BMW have conquered this problem. (Futurism)
  • VW’s director of development appeared to suggest that the company will unveil an all-electric Phaeton replacement at the Geneva 2018 show. (Motoring)
  • Electric scooter company Gogoro raised $300 million in a Series C round. The company has so far sold over 34,000 electric scooters. (TechCrunch)
  • China is reportedly considering changing ownership rules to allow foreign carmakers to have majority in EV companies that are based in free trade zones. (Bloomberg)
  • A group of ten large companies launched a project called EV100 to encourage carmakers to offer a wider range of electric vehicles. Several of the members, including Ikea and LeasePlan, have set a 2030 deadline to switch to all-electric fleets but the rest don’t yet feel that brave, (Inside Climate News)
  • Mahindra unveiled the e2oPlus compact electric car. The vehicle has a claimed top speed of 85 kmh, range of 140km and a price tag of 7.46 lakh INR (about $11,500). (Economic Times of India)
  • Rimac said that it will create a new high performance electric sports car, to cost around £1 million, with an intended production run of 100 units starting in 2018. (Autocar)
  • Proterra announced that they had created a bus with a range of over 1,100 miles. It wasn’t totally clear how the test advanced the electric cause however since the journey was reportedly at a speed of 15mph -- to the visible disgust of Keanu Reeves (probably). (Green Car)
  • Borgward executives talking at Frankfurt said that the brand is making progress towards launching its first vehicle and stated lofty ambitions: aims for 800k in 2020, 1.6 million in 2025. (Car)
  • Porsche’s Chairman said that the Mission E all-electric sports car would be priced at about the same level as a Panamera, although since it will be offered in different power levels this might only be true for the entry level. (Car)
  • Media were agog at the Aspark Owl unveiling, with the company making claims about a sub 2 second 0-60 time. (Top Gear)
  • NanoFlowCell demonstrated their Quant fuel cell car. Of more interest that the fuel cell technology is perhaps that the entire electric system (including batteries and drivetrain) is a 48V system -- the same level being installed as ICE augmentation now. (NanoFlowTech)
  • Chinese state-owned energy supplier State Grid Corporation of China is reportedly finalising plans for a network of 167,000 charging points throughout the country. (Faconauto)
  • Daimler said it would invest in StoreDot, taking a seat on the board. Daimler hopes to be able to use StoreDot’s fast -charging battery technology in future vans. (Daimler)
  • The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is targeting 12 purely electric vehicles on sale by 2022. (Nissan)
  • Honda showed a compact EV concept at the Frankfurt show and said that a production version would be on sale in Europe by 2019. Honda said that it will offer an electrified version of all models launched in Europe from now on and that by 2025 it expects two thirds of its European sales to be electrified vehicles. By 2030, it expects to reach the same percentage globally. (Honda)
  • BMW showed an all-electric 4 door grand touring coupe at Frankfurt with a 600km range, promising that it would go into production. (BMW)
  • Future Mobility, the Chinese all-electric start-up led by a group that includes a number of executives from BMW’s electric car program said that the brand name for its cars would be Byton and that sales would begin in China in Q4 2019. (Economic Times of India)
  • Detroit Electric said that it would launch three vehicles within the next three years, putting to use some of the £1.8 billion funding it previously announced following a joint venture agreement with Chinese compay Far East Smarter Energy Group. The company plans to recruit around 200 engineers in the UK to work on the project. (Detroit Electric)
  • British start-up Alcraft Motor Company unveiled a prototype all-electric sports car and launched a crowdfunding campaign to raiase £600,000 in order to make a prototype. The car is intended to have a 200-250 mile range. (Electrek)
  • LG Chem and SK Innovation said that they would begin production in 2018 of EV batteries with an NCM 811 chemistry that improves energy density and reduces cost. (Push EVs)
  • Consulting firm AlixPartners published an electrification index to track progress of electric vehicle take-up by country and manufacturer. (AlixPartners)
  • Uber to said that it will electrify its entire London fleet UberX fleet by 2019, with all Uber vehicles to follow by 2025. The company will offer financial incentives for drivers to buy new vehicles, funded by a £0.35 levy on all London trips. (TechCrunch)

August

  • The Renault-Nissan Alliance is creating a new joint venture with Dongfeng, to be called eGT New Energy Automotive, to produce electric vehicles in China. Ownership will be 25% Nissan, 25% Renault and 50% Dongfeng. The initial product will be an A-sized SUV with a sales target of 120,000 units per year, to be launched in 2019. (Nissan)
  • Truck engine manufacturer Cummins unveiled an all-electric concept truck called the Aeos, intended to display its battery pack design prowess. (Cummins)
  • South Korean researchers say that they have successfully developed a new electrode technology that will allow energy densities to increase six fold from today’s levels. However, since the new electrode is part of a lithium-sulphur battery chemistry design, don’t expect any changes overnight. (Electronic Times)
  • Renault has collaborated with charging company Connected Energy to integrate used electric car batteries into high power chargers. The idea is that the battery can be charged from the local grid and then discharge at a high rate to a waiting electric vehicle. This allows higher charging rates than many local grids can provide (without an expensive infrastructure upgrade). (Inside EVs)
  • Aston Martin said that all its vehicles will be powered by either hybrid or fully electric drivetrain by the mid 2020s. (TechCrunch)
  • Ariel announced that they intend to launch a product named the “Hipercar” with all-electric drive equivalent to 1,180 hp and battery power generated from both plugging in and a micro turbine (similar to the concept of BMW’s i3 range extender, although only in the loosest possible sense). (Elektrek)
  • There was speculation that Faraday Future is looking to drop its Formula E effort in a bid to save money. Although the racing team that runs Faraday’s operation said that the two companies were still in partnership, they also added no-so-cryptically “where there is smoke, there is fire”. (The Verge)
  • French start-up GazelleTech said that they had completed construction of their first micro-factory (a production facility made from containers that can produce around 200 vehicles per year with a staff of five). They intend to launch their first prototype vehicles built this way in November. (Usine Nouvelle)
  • India’s plans for an electric vehicle only mandate by 2030 continued to face scrutiny as a think tank said that plans to have electric power supplied to the over 300 million Indians without access implemented by 2023 at present would not deliver reliable supply on a 24/7 basis. (Times of India)
  • Following on from a recent finding that vehicle-to-grid programs decreased battery life, a new study suggests that by adjusting the charging algorithms (so far something that has only been simulated), battery life could actually be improved. The debate will rage on… (Charged EVs)
  • Ford said that it had signed an MoU with Chinese manufacturer Anhui Zotye to create a range of all-electric vehicles under a new brand. The JV appears to be aimed specifically at the Chinese market and would be Ford’s 3rd joint venture partner in China. Memo: Ford is following the lead of GM and Daimler by planning a China-only EV brand developed with a partner. (Ford)
  • Audi will partner with Chinese firm Hanergy to create panoramic roofs than contain solar cells to extend the range of vehicles. Memo: Tesla have said that they don’t believe the technology is cost effective yet. (Audi)
  • Electric commercial vehicle start-up Arrival (formerly Charge) will supply vehicles to the Royal Mail for testing. The 3.5 to 7.5 tonne trucks have a range of around 100 miles (Wired). The Royal Mail also announced that it has ordered 100 electric vans from Peugeot. (International Business Times).
  • BAIC’s electric vehicle subsidiary BAIC BJEV raised $1.6 billion in Series B funding to expand its line-up and production facilities. Following the funding, BAIC will own 41.19% of the venture. (China Money Network)
  • Hyundai / Kia said that it had accelerated its plan for rollout of all-electric and fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai and Kia will launch 31 “eco-friendly” vehicles by 2020 (eco-friendly in Hyundai-Kia’s nomenclature includes PHEVs, BEVs and fuel cell vehicles) including 8 BEVs and 2 FCEVs. Specific highlights include: a BEV version of its Kona compact SUV with 390km range in 2018, a BEV Genesis luxury saloon in 2021 and a BEV with a 500km range after 2021. (Hyundai)
  • Future Mobility raised an additional $200 million, valuing the company at $750 million. (China Money Network)
  • Ford showed the all-electric commercial vehicle developed with DHL / StreetScooter. Named the StreetScooter Work XL, the vehicle can be fitted with a range of battery sizes (30 - 90 kWh = 80 - 200km range) and has different payload configurations. (Ford)
  • Erstwhile electric truck developer Nikola Motors unveiled the Zero, an all-terrain four-seater BEV with a range of up to 200 miles and a price tag pf $35,000. (Nikola Motors)
  • A pilot vehicle-to-grid scheme in Denmark operated by Nissan and Enel is paying a company €1,300 per vehicle per year to allow its plugged in vehicles to be use for grid management. It isn’t clear if this is a special incentive to participate in the scheme or the energy company genuinely believe V2G systems are profitable at this level. (Bloomberg)
  • German chancellor Angela Merkel said she wasn’t in favour of a proposal to create a mandatory level of electric car sales in Germany (and possibly the whole EU) made by her nearest election rival, Martin Schulz. (Reuters)
  • Bollinger Motors said that their launch vehicle, the B1 (an off-roader with striking similarity to a Land Rover Defender) had attracted 6,000 no-commitment expressions of interest within two weeks of first being shown to the public. Pre-orders with a $1,000 deposit will begin later this year.. (InsideEVs)
  • US start-up Chanje came out of stealth mode, revealing its all-electric medium (c 2T sized) commercial vehicle, created with funding from FDG Electric Vehicles Limited. (Chanje)
  • A stretch of highway in Germany will have 600V overhead electric cables installed by Siemens in order to test electric trucks. Similar sites already operate in Sweden and California. (Golem)
  • Battery supplier GS Yuasa reportedly plans to double battery range by 2020. The company currently has a joint venture with Mitsubishi for automotive batteries but it isn’t clear how this legacy investment will figure following Nissan’s investment. (Inside EVs)
  • Indian company JSW Energy said that it intended to launch its own electric vehicle by 2020 which would be “world class”. It will also produce its own batteries and create charging infrastructure. JSW Energy said it would be committing Rs 4,000 crore (about $600 million) to the project. The company is looking for technology partners, particularly in powertrain. (The Economic Times)
  • Nissan is selling its battery business to GSR Capital. In order to complete the transaction, Nissan will first buy out NEC’s share of the JV and then sell the complete business. The deal includes three manufacturing sites. (Nissan)

July

  • Faraday Future said that it had signed a lease on a site in Hanford, California for a factory -- having earlier abandoned plans for a site near Las Vegas. Faraday said that there were planning to launch by late 2018 and were looking for at least $1 billion in new funding. (Business Insider)
  • Researchers forecast that Tesla batteries will take around 25 years for state of charge to degrade to 80% of new. The data was gathered from Model X and S vehicles on the road today. Note that in a recent Nissan Leaf trial, the time period was around 10 years (Tesla Roadster batteries also have a shorter lifespan). (InsideEVs)
  • German consumer body ADAC recommended that drivers assume the battery capacity of their cars was one third lower than reported figures. This was based in part on long term tests of a Nissan Leaf, which lost 11% of its capacity over a five year test period. The measured degradation is actually better than guaranteed by Nissan in the vehicle warranty. (Golem)
  • A senior Hyundai executive said that the company believes the viability of solid state batteries as a power source for EVs will be proven in the 2020 to 2025 timeframe and that if the technology succeeds, EV market share could be 90% by 2025. (Inside EVs)
  • Toyota is reportedly working on an electric car that will go into production in 2022 and be powered with sold-state batteries. (Reuters)
  • Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker said in an interview that the EMotion vehicle his company plans to launch will have a 145 kWh battery pack that is rated at 800 volts. This is larger than other battery packs announced so far and will be able to benefit from higher charging rates. (Detroit Bureau)
  • Fisker confirmed that they will be using battery cells from LG Chem. CEO Henrik Fisker said that the cells would be “highest energy density” but didn’t provide any details about what this means. (More…)
  • The South Korean government has changed the terms of its incentive program for cars, removing a restriction that prevented owners of vehicles with large batteries receiving grants. (More…)
  • Lucid Motors denied that it had offered to sell itself to Ford and said that its latest funding round was going well. (More…)
  • Faraday Future said that it is abandoning its plan for a $1 billion Las Vegas car factory and will instead choose a new (as yet unnamed) site. The company still appears to be planning an early 2018 release. (More…)
  • Daimler said that it will make an electric version of the Sprinter van at its Düsseldorf factory. (More…)
  • Saw media reports misattribute VW executives with having claimed that 40 factories the size of Tesla’s Gigafactory battery making facility will be required by 2025. The 40 figure was derived by journalists taking VW’s own capacity estimate and multiplying it out by VW’s market share. VW have made a far higher assumption on 2025 industry mix than most other OEMs. (More…)
  • German start-up Sonomotors is promising to launch an electric vehicle by 2019. The design includes integrated solar panels that allow top-up charging for around an additional 30km per day of range. (More…)
  • Nissan said that it expects 20% of European sales to be fully electric by 2020 “where the market conditions are right”. (More…)
  • eMotorWerks announced a scheme that lets private owners of charging points rent time (and electricity) to others via a smartphone app that uses blockchain technology to complete the transaction. (More…)
  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) published an updated assessment of electrification growth. Their latest forecast is for cost parity by 2025 and for one third of the vehicle fleet to have a plug (doesn’t preclude PHEVs) by 2040. BNEF set the cost-parity point at $109/kWh for a battery -- higher than many other forecasts (which cluster around $70/kWh). (More…)
  • Charging provider NewMotion announced that it had become a partner on the Gireve This will allow wholesale access to other physical charging points that partner with Gireve, such as the BeLib stations in Paris. (More…)
  • Seats’s president said that the Spanish government should do more to encourage sales of electric vehicles in order to attract production of electric cars, noting that currently only electric commercial vehicles are produced in the country. He also noted that he was expecting a new generation of batteries to arrive in 2025 that would give a significant cost advantage. (More…)
  • UK start-up Charge Automotive said that it had signed a lease for a factory where it will assemble its range of 3.5 to 26 tonne electric trucks. (More…)
  • Lohr Group unveiled its electric minibus called Cristal. The vehicle is intended to feature autonomous technologies and will have a selling price of €90,000, with battery rental on top. (More…)
  • The founder of LeEco is reported to have sold his share of Lucid Motors. (More…)

June

  • A tweet from Henrik Fisker with the Apple HQ in the background led to rumours that the tech giant might be interested in a tie-up. (More…).
  • The website for Fisker reservations said that each $2,000 deposit is fully refundable. There is a cap on the number of reservations which appears to be under review. It is currently two per household, having been three per person when the site launched. (More…)
  • Audi’s chief technical officer said in an interview that the company would be paying about €100 per kWh for batteries when it launches its new all-electric products later this decade. (More…)
  • Chargepoint (backed by Daimler and BMW) announced that it had secured $125 million in its Series G funding round and that it would take on GE’s charging assets in the US. (More…)
  • Faurecia held an investor day where they presented several long range forecasts around battery electric vehicles and fuel cells. Faurecia see the fuel cell stack and hydrogen tank (an approximate alternative to a long range battery) as costing €4,500 in 2030. (More…)
  • Dutch start-up Lightyear have announced their plan to bring a solar-powered electric car to market in 2019. It will have a range of 800km and reservations are now open. Pricing starts at €119,000 with the final design to be unveiled in 2018. (More…)
  • BMW released a report covering the learnings from its ChargeForward V2G charging experiment run with US utility PG&E. The report reveals how BMW split battery capacity between a stationery storage facility and parked vehicles and the extent to which they helped manage grid load (about 80% stationery / 20% vehicle in practice). Part of the learning was the time from experiment inception to final reporting -- 4 years in this case. (More…)
  • Chinese start-up CHJ Automotive said that it plans to release a $7,800 ultra-compact electric car, seeing the vehicle as a logical upgrade from widely used electric scooters (a similar rationale to the Tata Nano). The vehicle is scheduled for launch in March 2018 but few details were shared. (More…)
  • BMW said that current government policy in India does not support take-up of all-electric vehicles as well as it could. (More…)
  • Audi announced that it will make its 2nd electric product -- the e-tron Sportback at its plant in Brussels with production starting in 2019. (More…)
  • Daimler’s Smart brand will reportedly become electric-only from 2020. (More…)
  • German battery cell supplier EAS has reportedly filed for bankruptcy after failing to win new contracts in the automotive industry. (More…)
  • Porsche is reportedly targeting for 50% of its sales to be electrified vehicles by 2023. (More…)
  • Mitsubishi said that electric vehicles will be a major part of their strategic plan and that they had changed their thinking, having previously been of the opinion that EVs were “promising, but the price was too big and the range was limited. (More…)
  • Despite earlier reports that China would relax quota implementation timings for electric vehicles following discussion with the German government, draft rules published later did not include any revisions. (More…)
  • Chinese electric car start-up Xiaopeng Motors has raised $320 million. The investment was led by Ucar Group, itself a (ride-hailing) start-up. (More…)
  • Fisker has reportedly decided that its initial EMotion vehicles will ship with industry-standard lithium ion battery cells rather than the more revolutionary solid state units it has previously talked about. (More…)
  • GM confirmed that it has a nominal selling price for a replacement Bolt battery pack. The cost is set at $15,734.29. GM does not expect battery packs to be sold, citing its warranty policy for Bolt vehicles. (More…)
  • The Indian Oil Company said that it was planning an entry into the energy storage business. Their current proposal is based on using lead-acid batteries with lithium-ion seen as a potential for improved performance. (More…)
  • South Korean newspapers reported that VW was going to sign a $6 billion battery supply deal with LG Chem. LG Chem did not deny that the companies were in discussion but said that no deal had been signed. (More…)
  • Following on from its announcements around a US charging network with stations of up to 150kW, Nissan has signed a contract with DBT to upgrade its European network to 150kW in the coming years. (More…)
  • German battery researchers unveiled a layered battery that they claim could double energy density. A prototype isn’t planned until 2020. (More…)
  • Samsung said that it had completed its battery plant in Hungary. The facility reportedly has an annual capacity of 50,000 packs and will begin production in Q2 2018. Batteries from the facility will supply BMW and Audi plants. (More…)
  • Researchers looking at vehicle to grid systems reached a worrying conclusion: regular usage (1 or 2 times a day) led to a considerable drop over time in the battery capacity and increase in resistance. (More…)
  • Renault-Nissan is reportedly planning a 100 MW battery storage facility in partnership with a business called The Mobility House. The site would contain both new and used batteries. (..)
  • Renault launched a home energy storage product in partnership with Powervault that uses 2nd life Renault EV batteries. The partners claim that the 2nd life batteries reduce the cost of the home energy storage unit by 30%. The program is still at an early stage, with trial units now being installed. (..)
  • US research suggested that electric car sales are being held back by a lack of consumer knowledge about charging infrastructure (the actual level was less of a problem than the fact that many consumers simply assumed it was zero). (..)
  • Fisker said that the US orderbook for their EMotion electric vehicle will open next month. Fisker say that the car has a 161 mph top speed and range of 400 miles. (More…)

May

  • China reportedly agreed, following German lobbying, to soften its rules for electrification levels in new vehicles sold from the beginning of 2018. China’s prime minister said that a solution had been found (to the problem that German OEMs have insufficient products in their portfolio to meet the quotas) without giving further details. (..)
  • Continental unveiled AllCharge, a system that can fit any EV to any charging station and cope with rates of up to 350 kW. (..)
  • Continental has signed up to be supplier for NIOs ES8 SUV program. (..)
  • Continental gave details of a wireless charging system that it has developed. Similar in concept to the system Qualcomm demonstrated a few weeks ago, Continental’s system has a lower charge rate and has been developed for parked cars. (..)
  • Honda announced that it had installed “Europe’s most advanced public electric” vehicle charging station at its German R&D headquarters. The system can charge four vehicles at up to 150kW (memo: Tesla at about 135kW, VW/BMW/Daimler/Ford consortium claims 350kW in future). Honda will add hydrogen filling to the same site at a later date. (..)
  • The creator of the Streetscooter electric delivery van intends to put an electric city car into production in 2018. The vehicle will be called “GO Life” and will be produced in the Aachen factory alongside Streetscooters. (More...)
  • Subaru’s CEO gave an interview where he commented that the company was still not sure whether to have a dedicated EV, or simply make it a powertrain option in existing vehicles. (..)
  • Chinese conglomerate LeEco announced that the CEO would step down and it would have to make layoffs in the US as it attempted to save money. (..)
  • Employees at Faraday Future were told that the problems at LeEco would not affect them (LeEco is a major backer). (More…) Separate reprots said that the company needed $1 billion in new investment to continue (More…)
  • A Bloomberg New Energy Finance report said that electric vehicles would reach cost parity with gasoline engine cars by 2026. (..)
  • Analysis by UBS said that by 2025 14% of global sales and one third of European sales would be BEV or PHEV. (..)
  • The German government has accepted that it will not meet its goal of one million electric vehicles on the road by 2020 according to comments by Chancellor Angel Merkel. (..)
  • Raw material supplier Glencore’s CEO Ivan Glasenberg said that the “electric revolution” was underway and likely to be felt faster than expected. (..)
  • Speculation among trade press in the UK that dealers may be more prepared to stock used electric vehicles, following a rise in auction prices. (..)
  • Israeli firm StoreDot claims that it has developed new battery chemistry that allows 300 miles of range to be charged within 5 minutes. (..)
  • Qualcomm said that it had demonstrated a method for wireless charging at highway speeds via a specially equipped road surface and using two Renault vehicles. The claimed charging rate of 20 kW is the same as a high-powered home charging unit. (..)
  • Continental’s CFO said that electric cars would not “have an economic advantage over combustion engines until 2025”. (..)
  • A study of German industrial companies found that about 50% see it as very likely or quite likely that they will purchase electric vehicles within the next ten years. The current problems reported were primarily the lack of range and secondly the cost. (..)
  • GM said that it was making better than expected progress on reducing battery cost. GM said that against a previous target of $100 per kWh for a battery cell by 2022, GM’s head of product development Mark Reuss said “we’ll be there before then, I know we will”. Reuss also said that GM is trying to reduce the Bolt’s weight in order to have the same range with fewer battery cells. (..)
  • US state Oregon saw new draft legislation introduced to the state senate calling for special incentives for car salespeople to push electric vehicles. A bonus of $250 would be given for each electric car sale but electric-only stores (e.g. Tesla) would be excluded. (..)
  • UK roadside charging company InstaVolt said that it would buy 200 ChargePoint Express Plus stations for a nationwide network in the UK. The stations are capable of charging at rates up to 400 kW (Tesla superchargers are at 120-135kW). (..)
  • BMW Said that its plant in Dingolfing would produce the BMW iNEXT from 2021 and re-iterated that it expects 15% - 25% of its sales to be from electrified vehicles by 2025 (this figure includes hybrid and full BEVs) (..)
  • Chinese company Beijing WKW (part owned by German firm WKW Erbsloh Automotive GmbH said it would invest up to €1.13 billion to build an electric car factory in Lower Saxony, Germany. Analysts were sceptical of the comapany’s ability to fund and operate such a venture. (..)
  • Mahindra and Mahindra has stopped selling its e1o electric car in the UK due to low sales, according to a Reuters report. (..)
  • Nissan launched a pilot project in Italy with Enel Energi and IIT for vehicle to grid technology that allows electric cars that have been parked and plugged in to supply energy to the grid at times of high demand. (..)
  • PSA launched a project called “GridMotion” with the Technical University of Denmark to evaluate real world savings from vehicle to grid technologies, in particular varying the time of day that the vehicle charges and discharges. (..)

April

  • Saw considerable lobbying by other carmakers and interest groups around the use of funds VW has committed to improve electric vehicle charging in California as part of its diesel settlement. (..)
  • Media speculation on the impact of the intended tapering on US EV purchase incentives (currently $7,500 per vehicle) as EVs become widespread (the tapering is on a manufacturer-by-manufacturer basis). One analyst was quoted as saying that incentives were supporting up to 3/8 of the market volume. (..)
  • The chief economist of French oil company Total said that EVs may be almost a third of car sales by the end of the 2020s, causing demand for oil-based fuels to peak in the 2030s. (..)
  • VW said that it will triple its investment in electric vehicles to €9 billion by 2022. (..)
  • Charging network Fastned has launched its first 14 sites in Germany. (..)
  • Austrian energy and fuel station company OMV intends to buy a 40% share of charging supplier Smatrics. (..)
  • German fish distributor Deutsche See will purchase a fleet of 80 Streetscooter In public comments the company was openly critical of VW’s failure to provide them with an all-electric van. (More...)
  • Ford researchers published a paper showing a route to charging prismatic lithium ion cells to 85% in 2 minutes and 100% in 3 minutes (the research did not reflect a full battery lifetime). (..)
  • Apple maps has now begin displaying the location of European charging points (it was already available in the US) using data from Moovility. (..)
  • BMW said that in China its ChargeNow subsidiary would have a total of 2,500 chargers in 15 cities by the end of 2017, a 50% rate of growth. (..)
  • Nissan will build a second “advanced recharging corridor” in the USA with partner EVgo. The route will create charging stations between Boston and Washington D.C. 50 chargers will be installed and the sites will be capable of 150kW chargers but initial installation will be 50kW per charger. (..)
  • Some further technical details of the US charging network that VW will fund emerged, including that the intended rating of the chargers will be 320kW (note that Tesla currently stands at around 135kW and recent Nissan investments are for around 150kW). (..)
  • Deutsche Post owned electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Streetscooter reportedly wants to expand production to 100,000 vehicles per year. It is said to be looking for a site for its third factory. (..)
  • Media profile of char.gy, a UK start-up that uses existing power connections in street lights to provide charging for electric cars. It is currently running pilot schemes in London. (..)
  • Mahindra electric announced a partnership for the Indian market with Zoomcar where car owners can share the vehicle with others when not in use in order to reduce the higher cost versus a ICE vehicle. (..)
  • Wireless charging manufacturer Evatran said that its Plugless-branded chargers have clocked up 1 million hours of charging. (..)
  • The team behind Future Mobility Corporation (FMC), a Chinese-backed electric car start up with some high profile ex-BMW i executives was profiled in Manager Magazin (Source)
  • Battery company A123 Systems announced that it would be moving its headquarters from Livonia to Novi and eliminating around 200 jobs (Source)
  • The CHAdeMO Association (electrical charging standard used by Nissan) announced a revised standard (v1.2) to increase maximum current from 125A to 400A (Source)
  • Hydrogen fuel cell company Plug Power said that Amazon had signed a supply contract that would allow it to take a 23 percent stake if contract performance targets were met. The contract will provide power units for forklifts in Amazon warehouses (Source)
  • UK sales of battery electric vehicles grew 34.2% year over year in March (Source)
  • Ola said that it will pilot using electric vehicles this year, with an eventual target of 1 million electric Ola vehicles in India over the next five years (Source)

March

  • Austrian state energy companies and Hubject announced the creation of a unified charging network comprising 1,300 points throughout the country with the intention of reaching 2,000 by the end of 2017.
  • Latest data showed that Germany had 7,407 public charging points by the end of 2016, a 27% YoY increase. There are now charging points in 1,142 different cities and towns.