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June 2020: Monthly Electric Vehicle News Roundup

1-Apple’s Upcoming Electric Vehicle Routing Feature Looks to End Range Anxiety

Apple’s iOS 14 system introduces a host of new modifications. One of the more important examples is the “routing of electric vehicles.” In Apple Maps, the feature keeps track of the range of your current electric car and automatically adds charging stops along your programmed route. It is a cool innovation that would be extremely useful for new and old proprietors of electric vehicles. Although the majority of automakers sell their OEM navigation systems a similar feature, they are difficult to use and typically inaccurate. Apple Maps might not be as useful as Google Maps or Waze, from an automaker it is still a lot. Nevertheless, there is one big problem with the latest feature of Apple, and that is acceptance by automakers. Apple currently claims that it only works with two brands to integrate the requisite product information, like BMW and Ford, into the app.

2- Perks For Electric Vehicle Owners Due To Expire In Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has told owners of electric vehicles that they will now be paying a parking fee at most parking lots and meters in the state and county starting on Wednesday. Owners of hybrid cars will also have to pay an extra $50 surcharge for their registration fees. The perks added up to around $4 million a year of free parking at state airports, officials from the department said. All-day parking at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport costs $18 a day at most, and $15 a day at other airports. The expiry of benefits comes as the number of registered electric passenger vehicles in the state increased by more than 30 percent in May compared to May 2019.

3- Indian Oil Electric Vehicle Battery Swapping Station (EVs)

India’s largest oil company has taken a small but significant step toward an environment free of emissions. Indian Oil revealed on Friday that it would soon start building battery-swapping stations at its petrol pumps. Such swapping stations are used for instant recharging of EVs. The oil firm will start with a battery pilot swapping at one of its outlets in Chandigarh and gradually scale it up to 20 stations, according to company chairman Sanjiv Singh. As battery charging facilities are still at a nascent stage and most of them take a lot of time to recharge, this swapping technique was developed by IOC to minimize waiting hours to only a few minutes.

4-Ford gets in gear with Vodafone 5G for future proof development of electric vehicles

In order to speed up the development cycle, Ford must add a Vodafone Company 5 G private mobile network into the new E: PriME (Electrified Powertrain in Manufacturing Engineering) facility on the company’s Dunton Campus. The Vodafone Business 5 G approach is designed to solve many of the problems around wireless networking in the manufacturing world. This promises high delays, wider bandwidth, enhanced security and reliability, and speedier delivery. It could produce more than a half-million pieces of data per minute for a single EV product. Simple, accurate, high-capacity data capture and analysis will be a major requirement for these processes. The manufacturer claims that linking the data effectively with experts such as TWI and suppliers is crucial if systems are to be improved at the same pace as the demand for such creative goods.

5- McDonalds to install charging points for electric cars at UK sites

It will take thousands of charging points for electric vehicles to cover the UK if the government is to reach its target of banning all new petrol and diesel cars from 2035. McDonald’s plans to implement rapid charging points for electric vehicles through the UK drive-thru restaurants as normal McDonald’s is operating over 1,300 sites up and down The UK, ensuring the roll-out can hit other areas of the country. The program would also benefit its own staff who will be given electric or hybrid vehicles if they are eligible for business cars.

6- Lyft’s strategy will cost its riders 100 percent of electric vehicles

Ride-hailing giant Lyft has initiated a bold move recently to become the most emissions-friendly ride-sharing service. The bold ambition, revealed last week and expected to take shape by 2030, will require all Lyft vehicles, whether leased or owned by the owner, to be electric battery vehicles (BEV). Lyft has based its strategy on the uncertain premise that gas-powered and hybrid vehicles can reach cost parity by 2030. Many of Lyft’s cost/benefit estimates were focused on the observations of its Express Drive drivers, which may have contributed to methodological bias in selection. Many Lyft drivers are part-time contract employees who want to earn extra bucks by moonlight in their primary car.

Current EVs’ battery life starts to degrade significantly after the vehicle hits age five, ultimately leading to battery replacements that sometimes cost more than the car’s worth.

7- Further electric vehicle components to make in India: Ion Energy 

Covid-19 has contributed to the understanding that localization is the way to go when it comes to parts procurement (in the supply chain for electric vehicles). India has some of the world’s brightest engineers and a large tier-1 supplier base for the automotive industry. The company has products for high-voltage vehicles, such as electric cars, with an emphasis on lower-voltage goods – in two- and three-wheel space. Covid-19, and the resulting emphasis on climate, has shown a concrete mission to make the world all-electric (in terms of mobility). In addition to people trying to keep physical distance in a post-lockdown world, the reasons he offers include e-commerce and home-delivery pickups.

8- Tata AutoComp signs MoU with Tellus Power Green to install charging stations for electric vehicles

Tata AutoComp has joined up with Tellus Power Green, a company backed by Tata Group. The Memorandum of Understanding or MoU notes that in India, Tellus Power Green will supply both DC fast chargers and AC ones for electric vehicles. The organization aims to make a major contribution to the FAME II scheme underway. Tata AutoComp currently supplies electric powertrains, battery packs, and more to the Indian electric vehicle industry.

Tata AutoComp and Tellus will now start rolling out chargers for home and residential complexes, ranging from 3kW to 11kW. Office premises or even malls and parking lots can be equipped with 20kW to 300kW DC quick chargers.

Both measures would continue to drive India’s adoption of electric mobility. Fast chargers for this business as well as those intending to grow in the Indian electric charger market are on the radar.

9- Giant Food rolls out charging stations for electric vehicles 

Giant Food, of Ahold Delhaize USA, has started installing electric vehicle ( EV) charging stations in its Mid-Atlantic business area and plans to expand them throughout its store base. Each store that offers the service will have two Volta charging stations, featuring two-sided, 55-inch high-definition displays from the brand.  Giant noted that the screens will also serve as a shopper engagement point for members of the loyalty program, sharing in-store specials and promotions. The regional grocer added that the environmentally friendly charging stations support his campaign for sustainable retailing, especially around cleaner transportation and reducing electricity and greenhouse gases.

10- Volkswagen delays main electric car launch in the midst of problems with software

Volkswagen stated that its flagship electric car model, the ID.3 hatchback, would not be shipped to customers until September, several months later than originally expected after the delayed development of software failures. Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would be possible to make binding orders for the first 30 000 vehicles beginning on June 17, but an early version of the car without key connectivity features will not start rolling out to customers until September.

11-EESL to install 2000 charging stations for electric vehicles this fiscal year: 500 in Delhi-NCR

Under the Ministry of Energy, EESL, the joint venture of PSUs has taken on the said project to improve the country’s e-mobility ecosystem. Currently, EESL has constructed over 300 such charging stations across India, but some of them have not come online due to the widespread Covid-19 outbreak of supply-side disruptions. The company plans to speed up the construction process with the launch of 2,000 additional EV charging stations. EESL plans to install around 500 charging stations in the current fiscal in the Delhi-NCR region out of 2,000 EV charging stations. The business has been linked to various private and public brands such as Apollo Hospitals, BSNL, Maha-Metro, BHEL, HPCL, and more for the development of public charging infrastructure. In addition, EESL has joined hands with local municipal bodies in Hyderabad, Noida, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Chennai, and is currently in talks to build such infrastructure with others.

12- Siemens to introduce electric car charger “smart house” in Australia

German energy technology giant Siemens has launched a new electric vehicle charger that says it will be Australia’s first to be able to integrate with building management systems to help businesses and apartment managers achieve carbon reduction targets. Yet as electric cars become more popular, there will be a growing need for building managers to be able to communicate with AC car chargers as they try to juggle energy demands from businesses and residents.

The latest VersiCharge AC electric car charger is offered as a wall-mount or pedestal, with a charge rate of up to 11.5kW and various configurations to suit multi-residential, workplace, and utility situations. Working along through certified networks under the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), Siemen ‘s new charger with building management solutions is compatible with all common electric vehicles and can be used in either fleet or private operations.

13- Scandinavian joint undertaking to recycle electric vehicle batteries

Northvolt, a battery manufacturer, said the venture, dubbed Hydro Volt, will set up a “recycling center” in Norway, with operations expected to begin in 2021. The hub will be “highly automated” in the city of Fredrikstad and will be used to crush and sort lithium-ion batteries. It will initially have the capacity to process more than 8,000 tons of batteries per annum. Norway has a large electric vehicle market and is a global leader when it comes to technology adoption.

Electric cars can have a significant impact on urban air pollution, and the production of lithium-ion batteries used to power these vehicles can be an energy-intensive process. An extremely significant method is the recycling and re-use of lithium-ion batteries. A number of companies are currently developing technologies and processes for recycling the batteries used in electric vehicles.

14- Volvo and Waymo team up to build autonomous electric vehicles 

Waymo is farther than most with tens of millions of miles covered by its test vehicles and a number of partnerships with household names like Walmart and Jaguar in place. With the two forming an agreement to build autonomous electric vehicles for ride-hailing services, it can now add Volvo to that list. The new agreement parallels a similar arrangement made back in 2018 between Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo, with the former supplying the vehicles and the latter providing the necessary systems to make them autonomous. The Volvo deal also sees Waymo becoming Volvo Car

Group’s exclusive Level 4 autonomy partner includes Polestar spin-off. The partnership between Waymo and Volvo is another example of tech companies working with established car manufacturers to begin the self-driving vehicle era. It’s coming hot on the heels of a new agreement between Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA that has been working together for a while but forged a new deal this week to develop new computing architecture for a Benzes next-generation fleet to be rolled out in 2024.

15- New Citroen electric car e-C4 to be released digitally on 20 June

Citroen has confirmed the unveiling date for its next electric car, the new Citroen e-C4, to make its world debut on June 30th. The event will take place on a digital platform, where it will announce the final design and features of the new electric car. The Citroen e-C4 will be the current-market electric version of the C4 models. The C4 is sold with an internal combustion engine but it looks as well as powertrain the electric model will be different. The competitors facing this new Citroen e-C4 electric are either already on the market, as is the case with the Nissan Leaf or the Hyundai Ioniq or are close to coming, such as the Volkswagen ID.3 or the Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicles.

16- Alfa Romeo plots small 2022 electric SUV’s

The compact electric SUV, similar in size to an Audi Q2, will be crucial in reviving the dwindling sales of the company in a fast-growing market where emission legislation is becoming increasingly tough. Alfa Romeo currently does not sell an electrified powertrain but will launch a mid-size SUV,  the Tonale, which will be available as a plug-in hybrid at the beginning of next year. Alfa Romeo must focus on the two smaller SUVs to ensure that it meets its target of selling 400,000 vehicles a year. The e-2008, of comparable size to the upcoming Alfa Romeo EV, uses a single engine to power its front wheels, generating torque of 136bhp and 192 lb-ft. A 50kWh battery pack on the WLTP test the cycle gives it up to 192 miles of range.

17. Electric car chargers rose by 60% in 2019 with EV sales increasing by just 6%

Globally, the number of all forms of publicly available chargers grew by 60 percent in 2019 versus 2018—a higher pace than the growth of the vehicle itself. Americans have more single-family houses, driveways, and garages than they do in many other parts of the world.

As of 2019, the United States had about 12 percent of the world’s 7.2 million EV stock, but 24 percent of the world’s private (slow) chargers. The EIA predicts that total global sales of passenger cars will decline by 15 percent in 2020 while the line will be held by EVs, essentially matching their total sales of 2.1 million from 2019. In 2019, China again reached one million EV sales, although its revenues dropped by 2 percent compared to the previous year. Europe was second worldwide, at 561,000 and the United States had 327,000 EV sales. And America’s Expiration GM and Tesla’s EV tax credit contributed to a 10% decline in U.S. BEV sales over the year, it noted — while Europe’s sales rose by 50%.

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