Thursday, 28 June 2018

Electric Car Sales Set For Solid Expansion, But Long Range Forecasts Tenuous-Delphi Technologies

Electric car sales growth looks solid and predictable towards the middle of the next decade, but projections past 2025 are more dangerous, threatened by possible changes in government regulation and the possibility of blindsiding new technology.
The future of diesel in Europe looks bleak for private cars, although the commercial sector has plenty of life in it, according to Delphi Technologies Chief Technology Officer Mary Gustanski in an interview. There might be some life yet in fuel cells.
Delphi Technologies Plc, which provides advanced propulsion systems to global vehicle makers, was spun off from Delphi at the end of last year and is now quoted on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in London.

Electric car sales have been steadily growing and will be accelerating seriously towards the middle of the next decade, although predictions of actual outcomes vary widely. Many consumers remain to be convinced that an electric vehicle, often twice as expensive as a similarly sized traditional internal combustion powered one, is worth buying. Anxiety about range, insufficient charging networks, battery longevity and trade in values crimp demand, which is often only there at all because of big government subsidies. Some critics say if you examine the life-time CO2 emissions from making, using and disposing of electric cars, they aren't so very different from traditional fossil fuel powered vehicles, and wonder if this whole movement to protect the planet from the traditional car is worth all the expense.
Nevertheless the global auto industry is falling over itself to provide battery only and gasoline electric hybrids. Last week John Hoffecker, global vice chairman at AlixPartners, said billions of dollars may be wasted.
“A pile-up of epic proportions awaits this industry as hundreds of players are spending hundreds of billions of dollars on electric and autonomous technologies as they rush to stake a claim on the biggest change to hit this industry in a hundred years. The winners in this free-for-all will be those who have the right strategies and, equally important, execute on those strategies to their fullest potential—as billions will be lost by many,” Hoffecker said.
Meanwhile ambitious, or foolhardy, Volkswagen has said 25% of its sales will be all-electric by 2025. BMW reckons between 15 and 25% of its sales by 2025 will be electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Mercedes’ ambitions mirror this. VW and its brands like Porsche, Audi and Bentley has allocated more than $38 billion for BEVs, autonomous cars and mobility services by 2022. 
    But according to forecasts late last year by IHS Markit, combined BEV and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) sales will only reach 15% of the big three markets of the North America, Europe and China market by 2025, constrained by cell supply chain, infrastructure and, in the case of the U.S., the prospect of a long term low fuel price and a liking for large SUVs. IHS Market said combined BEV and PHEV sales currently amount to under 2% of those 3 markets, will rise to 7% by 2020, 15% by 2025 and over 25% by 2030.

BP to buy electric future through £130m Chargemaster takeover

BP says its charging network will allow electric vehicles to secure 100 miles of battery life in 10 minutes. Pic: BP

BP is to pay £130m to buy Chargemaster, the company behind the UK's largest network of charging points for electric-powered vehicles.
The oil major said it would aim to roll-out ultra-fast charging points at its network of 1,200 petrol stations across the UK over the next year before turning its attentions to bigger growth opportunities - particularly China.
Chargemaster currently operates 6,500 charging points nationwide.
BP's investment - which follows similar moves by rivals including Shell - is the culmination of growing pressure globally for manufacturers to ditch petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.
The issue was brought to a head after Volkswagen's dieselgate scandalwhich saddled the industry with additional scrutiny over emissions.
Chargemaster runs the POLAR network of electric vehicle charging points in the UK. Pic: Chargemaster
Image:Chargemaster runs the POLAR network of electric vehicle charging points in the UK. Pic: Chargemaster
VW, along with most other major brands, have since announced a research and development focus on electric technology despite worries that the cars have limited distance capability - typically no more than 200 miles - before batteries need to be recharged.
BP said the charging points it was to install were capable of delivering 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes and its investment was based on forecasts that electric vehicle use was to accelerate markedly over the next 22 years.
Its research suggested there would be 12 million on the UK's roads alone by 2040 - the date when the government has signalled it intends to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel models to help the environment.
Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive of BP's downstream business, said: "Bringing together the UK's leading fuel retailer and its largest charging company, BP Chargemaster will deliver a truly differentiated offer for the country's growing number of electric vehicle owners.
"At BP we believe that fast and convenient charging is critical to support the successful adoption of electric vehicles.
"Combining BP's and Chargemaster's complementary expertise, experience and assets is an important step towards offering fast and ultra-fast charging at BP sites across the UK and to BP becoming the leading provider of energy to low carbon vehicles, on the road or at home."

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Promises a Made-in-China Electric Car Soon

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(Bloomberg) -- Jaguar Land Rover is planning to build an electric vehicle in China as the iconic British manufacturer steps up its game in a fast-growing market where other luxury marques from Audi to Mercedes-Benz are plowing money to gain leadership.
The automaker, which already makes the gasoline-powered E-Pace compact sport utility vehicle locally with its Chinese partner Chery Automobile Co., will try to fully use its current capability in the Asian country to produce an EV, Murray Dietsch, president of the joint venture, said in an interview Wednesday in the eastern Chinese city of Changshu. The details will be disclosed within a year, he said.
“Our expectation is the penetration of EV will continue to grow more than linearly,” Dietsch said. “With the combination of the enhancement in SUV market and the expectation of higher penetration of battery-electric vehicles, you will see more battery-electric SUVs in the market in the future.” 
Jaguar Land Rover, owned by Tata Motors Ltd., is seeking to tap growing demand for electric vehicles in China as the government promotes zero-emission automobiles to fight pollution and cut oil imports. In the race for market share, it faces formidable rivals. Billionaire Elon Musk is already preparing to set up a local Tesla Inc. factory, while Volkswagen AG’s Audi plans five new-energy models for the country by 2022. Daimler AG is spending 655 million euros ($764 million) to make Mercedes EVs with a domestic partner.

Getting Ready

China is moving to cap carbon emissions by 2030, which means automakers will need battery-powered vehicles for the market. Sales of new-energy vehicles -- a category that includes battery-powered, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell automobiles -- reached 777,000 units last year and could surpass 1 million this year, according to estimates by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The government’s target is 7 million vehicles a year by 2025.
“For the next three to five years, obviously our focus is getting ourselves ready for the policy changes on new-energy vehicles,” Dietsch said. “We’ve got a very detailed plan for us to be able to comply as you expect.”
As the Chinese market may be “more demanding” than the rest of the world, Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Co. will first introduce “derivatives” of vehicles here before they get launched elsewhere, Dietsch said. The partnership is boosting spending on research and development and also plans to produce one new vehicle in China annually over the next three to five years, he said.
The joint venture is also working with battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. in developing battery technologies and products together to lower costs, part of an effort to make EVs as profitable as conventional cars, Dietsch said.
European makers aren’t JLR’s only competitors. While the brand clocked a 23 percent jump in sales last year in China to 146,399 units, it is still trying to catch up with the American Cadillac that grew faster at 45 percent, selling 174,437 cars. It also needs to contend with some of the aspiring Chinese brands such as Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd.’s Lynk & Co.
With the E-Pace compact SUV added to its local portfolio, Dietsch expects sales of Jaguar Land Rover in China to outpace the overall growth of the premium car segment, which is set to jump 15 percent to 18 percent this year

Monday, 25 June 2018

The Electric Super Car of the Future Takes Shape

Rimac C Two

An incredible new vehicle design boasting outrageous performance specifications at an auto show is nothing new. However, when a global leader in automotive design and performance literally buys into those claims, it’s news. Such as is the case with startup Rimac and sports car icon Porsche.
Rimac got plenty of attention at the 2018 Geneva auto show when it unveiled the C Two concept, an electric two-seat sports car with a 2,000-horsepower drivetrain and an unverified top speed of 256 mph. This performance would translate to a 0-60 mph time of 1.8 seconds. If the vehicle can hit this mark, it would be the world’s fastest production car while providing a 402-mile driving range when fully charged.
It was also reported by Digital Trends that the C Two would offer an advanced level of autonomous driving. This capability could include the capacity to go driverless in a variety of conditions without requiring human input.
Although there is still a lot for Rimac to verify, Porsche was impressed enough to purchase a 10 percent stake in the company. The selling price was not disclosed, but the fact that Rimac sold 150 of the vehicles at $2 million each following the show may have helped lift their asking price.
Longer term, many are speculating that Porsche could be looking to leverage some of that Rimac technology to boost their electric sports car coming out next year – the Taycan. The Taycan will be a bit slower, topping out at 155 mph and will go only about 300 miles on a full charge. It will also cost about 1/20th the price of a C Two – somewhere in the neighborhood of $75,000.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Electric GT delivers first race-ready Tesla

The Electric GT organisation has delivered its first race-ready Tesla Model S P100DL to SPV Racing, the first team to confirm its entry into the 2018/19 Electric Production Car Series.

The delivery consisted of the first race specification version of the P100DL road car, which has been transformed to compete in the new category, and took place at the Barcelona circuit.
The EPCS is scheduled to start its first eight-round 2018/19 season at Jerez in December.
When the series was first announced in March 2016, it was set to feature a grid of Tesla's Model S P85 variant, but Electric GT has since decided to use the more powerful P100DL type that the American manufacturer began producing nearly two years ago.
The car has been converted by the championship's technical partner QEV Technologies, which runs the race team for Mahindra in Formula E and has the Campos Racing squad as part of its shareholding.
As well as racing brakes, suspension and safety technology, the EPCS P100DL uses body panels made from natural composites produced by Bcomp.
Bcomp specialises in lightweight composites similar to carbonfibre, but can be made translucent, which EPCS will use to produce LED panels that will feature live car and driver data.
"In August 2016, Tesla presented this P100DL, and it very quickly was proven to be the fastest accelerating car you buy," Mark Gemmell, CEO of EPCS organiser Electric GT Holdings Inc, told
"And we just thought 'well that is such a serious statement, that has to be the car that we're racing'.
"We said 'we need to get the balls-out fastest car there is' and that was that.
"The differences are relatively minor - but being more powerful meant we wanted to upgrade the brakes, the suspension always needs to be improved [for racing].

"And at the same time the FIA advanced their safety specs, so we had to change the extinguisher, the netting.
"We also wanted to use the composites from Bcomp - the first [EPCS car] was built with carbonfibre - and we said 'let's build the car out of their natural fibre."
A race-ready P100DL costs "a bit less than €300,000", according to Gemmell, who added: "bear in mind that's an almost 800bhp race car.
"The equivalent from McLaren or whatever, that's double the money. And the spare parts are bargains in comparison."
When asked about more teams joining the grid for season one, Gemmell said that "right now, we've got four very interested teams".
"There's three others that are warming up," he continued.
"If three or four more teams were to approach us, we'd basically be saying 'it looks like we're going to be filling the roster very soon'."
EPCS also announced that its inaugural season would end at the Vallelunga track on October 27-28 2019 - which leaves one round of the season yet to be confirmed.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Porsche wants a development partnership with the manufacturer of electric supercars.


A longstanding manufacturer of internal-combustion vehicles is investing in a relatively new maker of electric carsPorsche announced today it is investing in Rimac Automobili, taking a 10 percent share in the Croatian company known for its all-electric supercars.
Porsche is interested in partnering with Rimac on the development of future electric-car technologies. While Porsche is launching its own EV, the forthcoming Taycan, the automaker hopes to learn from upstart Rimac. So far it's not clear what the partnership will involve, but both Porsche and Rimac appear interested in sharing technology.
"We feel that Rimac's ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership," Lutz Meschke, board member responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche, said in a statement.
Rimac currently employs about 400 people and focuses on developing high-voltage batteries and electric powertrains, as well as low-volume supercars. The company was founded in 2009 by Mate Rimac. Its most recent car, the C Two, has four electric motors, 1,914 horsepower and a claimed driving range per charge of 403 miles. The carmaker also has a subsidiary called Greyp Bikes that builds electric bicycles.
"This partnership now is an important step for Rimac on our way to become a component and system supplier of choice for the industry in electrification, connectivity and the exciting field of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems," company founder and CEO Mate Rimac said in a statement.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Uber launching electric-car program in Seattle

Uber is launches a new electric vehicle (EV) initiative in Seattle and six other cities across the country. It's called EV Champions.
The ridesharing company isn't buying electric cars for drivers but it is teaming up with non-profits to promote the purchase and use of the electric cars by its drivers. In Seattle, Uber is partnering with Portland-based Forth.
"The EV Champions Initiative is a win-win all around--for the environment and for drivers who can save money on fuel and maintenance by choosing to go electric. It will also help many more people fall in love with the fun, quiet performance of electric cars,” said jeff Allen, executive director of Forth in a news release.
Successfull trial programs in Portland and Pittsburg promted the move. Uber hopes to deliver at least five million rides with EV's over the next year.
In addition to Seattle, Austin, Los Angeles, Montreal, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco are all part of the new program.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Renault Zoe, Nissan LEAF, & BMW i3 Dominate French EV Market

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) passenger car market ushered in 3,099 registrations in May, up just 4% year over year (YoY). Fully electric models (BEVs) grew slightly faster than plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) — BEVs +5%, PHEVs +2% — which is something that hadn’t been happening in recent months.
The 2018 PEV share remained stable at 1.8%, with BEVs alone having 1.3% share.
Looking at May best sellers, the Zoe collected another win, but registrations were down (-12%) compared to the same month last year, something that the runner-up Nissan LEAF can’t  really complain about. Due to the new generation, the Japanese hatchback scored 375 deliveries, up 40% YoY.
A new face popped into the monthly top 5 as well. The Volvo XC60 PHEV ended in 4th thanks to 113 registrations.
EV ModelSales  
1Renault Zoe1,085
2Nissan Leaf331
3BMW i3204
4Volvo XC60 PHEV113
5Mercedes GLC350e108
In a market known for its stability, the only other top 10 change was the Volvo XC90 PHEV climbing one position to #8, thanks to 100 deliveries, and getting dangerously close to the #6 Kia Soul EV. Will we see two Volvos in the top 6?
But it’s in the second half of the rankings that the fun stuff happens. First of all, the Tesla Model S jumped 4 places, to #12, thanks to 63 deliveries (the same as last year’s May). The BMW X5 PHEV did even better, leaping 5 places, from #18 to #13, while scoring 82 sales, the model’s best result ever.
The VW Golf GTE rejoined the top 20, landing in #19, thanks to 46 registrations (its best result of the year). A telling change happened in #14, with the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV surpassing its BEV sibling, which seems to confirm rumours that the Korean brand dealerships are trying to divert prospective Ioniq BEV buyers into the PHEV version as Hyundai tries to prioritize the lower kWh versions. (1 BEV battery has as much kWh of capacity as 3 PHEVs, allowing Hyundai to triple the number of Ioniqs it sells when its battery supply is limited, as it’s reported to be. And that means more profit, of course).
In the brand ranking, French Renault (36%) continues in France’s driver’s seat, followed at a distance by BMW (12%, up 1%) and Nissan (11%).
EV ModelMayYTDYTD EV Market Share
1Renault Zoe1,0856,07936%
2Nissan Leaf3311,77911%
3BMW i32041,0766%
4Mercedes GLC350e1085733%
5Volvo XC60 PHEV1135193%
6Kia Soul EV513892%
7Smart Fortwo ED683842%
8Volvo XC90 PHEV1003752%
9VW Passat GTE803632%
10Porsche Panamera PHEV653322%
11Peugeot iOn633172%
12Tesla Model S632952%
13BMW X5 PHEV822782%
14Hyundai Ioniq PHEV362712%
15Hyundai Ioniq Electric202642%
16Mini Countryman PHEV82612%
17BMW 225xe Active Tourer122542%
18Peugeot Partner Tepee EV82181%
19VW Golf GTE462141%
20Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV412131%

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Mercedes releases video of EQA electric car

Mercedes-Benz EQA Concept

German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes has been showing off a small electric car concept, the EQA, in a new video that takes us on a drive with an Italian landscape as the backdrop.
Manufacturers like Mercedes may generate a lot of attention and excitement around electrified cars with models with Formula One-like performance and price tags to match, but it's small, affordable electric cars that are going to matter most in the real world.
Despite being renowned for producing some ultra luxurious, ultra high-end cars, Mercedes also knows a thing or two about appealing to a wide audience with the likes of the A-Class and C-Class. It's therefore applying that expertise to producing a small electric car, the EQA, which has now made an appearance in a new video.
Unfortunately, Mercedes leaves us in no doubt about whether this is or isn't a production-ready model as at the end of the video it refers to the car as the "Concept EQA." The video may show the compact EV tearing up the Sicilian countryside and Mercedes does have advanced plans to launch such a vehicle, but it won't be exactly like this one.
What's completely obvious is this is very much an electrified version of the A-Class, although it's been dressed up in a more futuristic style to fit with its advanced electric powertrain. EQ is a new model designation designed to differentiate the company's upcoming all-electric models from the rest of the portfolio, which as well as this compact Tesla Model 3 competitor will also include an EQC crossover and an EQS that will be an electric take on the top of the range S-Class.
Mercedes intends to have no fewer than 10 models in its EQ range by as soon as 2022, and although they will be based on existing models such as the C-Class, E-Class etc., they will all have a distinct styling that will mark them out as different to models using combustion engines.
The 10 new EVs Mercedes has in the pipeline are just part of a staggering 50 electrified models it plans to be offering by 2022. As well as the EVs, the 50 will also include plug-in hybrids, models with 48-volt electrical systems and even hydrogen fuel cells.
When the EQA made its debut last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show it was said to capable of getting from 0-60 mph in as little as 5 seconds and would have a maximum range on a single charge of around 250 miles.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

China start-up readies capacity for 150,000 electric cars per year

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Future Mobility Corporation (FMC), the Chinese parent company behind electric car start-up Byton, has placed an order for a paint shop capable of handling 150,000 cars per year, German supplier Duerr said on Wednesday.
China's Byton, a newcomer headed by the former head of BMW's i8 program, has already released plans for a premium electric SUV vehicle, the latest in a series of China-backed electric autonomous prototypes.
"Duerr is building a paint shop for FMC's Byton brand in Nanjing for 150,000 cars per year," Duerr said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that this was one of the largest orders it had ever received from an electric car manufacturer.
Byton has financial backing from Chinese state-owned carmaker FAW Group and the country's dominant battery producer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL)
Byton opened a North American headquarters in Silicon Valley in December and has announced it is working with Aurora, an autonomous driving company founded by Chris Urumson, the former head of Google's self-driving cars program.
Byton is also working with auto suppliers Bosch and Faurecia SA on powertrains, braking systems and interiors.