30 Apr 2019 | GM Confirms Electric Pickup, Faraday Future Gets Another Lifeline and A Tesla…



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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 30th April 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today to save you time.

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GENERAL MOTORS CONFIRMS ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK IS COMING

“General Motors CEO Mary Barra has just confirmed that the automaker is indeed readying an electric pickup truck to compete with the likes of the electric Ford F-150 and Rivian R1T.” reports InsideEVs today: ” As Barra stated, electric “full-size pickups” are indeed in the future plans for the automaker. No further details were provided. Therefore, we don’t even know if the electric truck will be a Chevrolet, GMC or other make. It’s all up in the air at the moment, aside from full confirmation that an electric truck is in the works. These surely are interesting times for electric vehicles and, more specifically, electric pickup trucks. We’re now just around the corner from the launch of not one, but several all-new electric trucks.”

https://insideevs.com/news/347293/electric-pickup-truck-chevy-gmc/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-

EV MAKER FARADAY FUTURE SAYS IT PROCURED AN ADDITIONAL $225 MILLION IN FINANCING

“Embattled electric vehicle (EV) maker Faraday Future has received another lifeline in the wake of a dispute with Chinese real estate giant Evergrande—one of the startup’s major investors.” according to TechNode today: “Faraday announced on Monday that it had received $225 million in bridge financing ahead of the company completing a $1.25 billion capital raise, which it expects to close this year. The latest financing, led by US-based asset management firm Birch Lake Associates, is aimed at helping to bring Faraday’s flagship FF91 SUV to market.”

Meanwhile Engadget reports: “”As part of the vendor program, Birch Lake has also provided financing to FF for the company to pay all past due amounts for approximately 60 percent of FF’s vendor base, including smaller vendors who are owed less than $20,000,” the company wrote. Meanwhile, larger suppliers will be able to exchange unsecured debt for “trust interests” that will include a repayment schedule. To secure the financing, Faraday said it valued its intellectual property at $1.25 billion. The company plans to use The9’s cash to build the V9 EV, a version of the Faraday FF91 for the Chinese market. It has promised to build 300,000 of the EVs per year by 2020, and said it has a growing fleet of FF91 pre-production test vehicles.”

EV maker Faraday Future says it procured an additional $225 million in financing

https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/30/faraday-future-another-cash-injection/

TESLA POWERWALLS REPLACE CONVENTIONAL METERS IN VT WITH ‘BATTERY-AS-A-METER’ SOLUTION

“Tesla Energy is taking part in a Vermont utility company’s efforts to push its customers towards sustainable energy solutions. Dubbed as the Resilient Home program, the initiative aims to bring Tesla Powerwalls to an initial 250 homes, all of which will be using the battery storage unit as backup power and as a replacement electric meter.” writes Simon Alvarez for Teslarati “The program is being launched by Vermont-based Green Mountain Power, which prides itself for being one of the most climate-conscious utility companies in the United States. Customers who are part of the Resilient Home pilot will be able to acquire two Tesla Powerwall 2 units for $30 a month or a $3,000 upfront fee. Apart from allowing customers to get more benefits from wind and solar and providing backup power during outages, the Powerwall 2 units will also be measuring customers’ energy use, effectively replacing conventional meters.”

Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell stated: “Our vision — our dream — is that there ends up being a battery in every home and business,”

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-powerwall-vermont-battery-power-meter-solution/”

RAC TO ADD EMERGENCY ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING MOBILE UNITS

“RAC patrol vans will soon get portable electric car chargers to help vehicles that run out of battery at the roadside. The system, which was developed by the RAC and partner firm Original Ltd, is designed to give stranded electric vehicles (EVs) a “top up” that allows them to reach the nearest charging point. The “lightweight” EV Boost chargers can take power from a standard Euro 6 diesel patrol van and work with all Type 1 and Type 2 charging connectors. This, the RAC claims, allows the chargers to work with “99 percent of electric vehicles on UK roads today”.

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17 Apr 2019 | Politicians Use EV Scare Campaign, Aston Martin Rapide E and An Electric Barn Find…



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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 16th April 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.

Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.

EVGO INSTALLS BATTERY STORAGE SYSTEMS ACROSS EV CHARGING NETWORK

“[EVgo] announced that it has completed or has in construction 14 battery storage systems located at 11 fast charging stations.” reports Petrol Plaza website: “This is the largest deployment of battery storage systems at public fast charging stations in the U.S. Battery storage systems can offer relief to demand charge rate structures that inhibit fast charging deployment and EV adoption, accoring to the company. Although EV fast charging stations do not always require a grid upgrade, as station sizes and power rating increase, energy storage will become an important tool, offering load balancing and mitigating distribution grid upgrade costs. With more than 1,100 fast chargers in 34 states, EVgo electrified more than 75 million miles for electric vehicle drivers across the country in 2018.”

https://www.petrolplaza.com/news/21700

STRICTER CO2 EMISSION STANDARDS FOR CARS AND VANS SIGNED OFF BY THE COUNCIL

“The EU is making road transport cleaner by setting strict new carbon dioxide emissions standards for cars and light commercial vehicles. The aim of the regulation adopted by the Council today is to ensure that from 2030 onwards new cars will emit on average 37.5% less CO2 and new vans will emit on average 31% less CO2 compared to 2021 levels. Between 2025 and 2029, both cars and vans will be required to emit 15% less CO2. These are EU-wide fleet targets. The CO2 reduction effort will be distributed among manufacturers on the basis of the average mass of their vehicle fleet.”

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/04/15/stricter-co2-emission-standards-for-cars-and-vans-signed-off-by-the-council/

TESLA GIGAFACTORY 3 PHASE 1 ENTERS ROOF PAVING STAGE

“A recent flyover of Gigafactory 3 has revealed that the upcoming electric car factory continues to follow an incredibly rapid buildout, with the first phase of the project seemingly entering the roof paving stage.” according to Simon over at Teslarati: “Compared to previous videos taken of the site, more roof trusses are now in place, and some workers are now paving some areas of the general assembly building’s steel roof structure. More steel foundations appear to have been laid as well, and the framework of what seems to be a multi-story section is currently being built. This pace serves the project well, considering that Shanghai official Chen Mingbo has given the project a May 2019 target date for completion.”

Tesla Gigafactory 3 Phase 1 enters roof paving stage ahead of May 2019 target

MG EZS ELECTRIC CAR COMING TO AUSTRALIA IN 2020

“MG Motor’s Australian factory distributor has confirmed it will launch a fully electric version of its increasingly popular petrol-fired ZS small SUV during the course of 2020.” writes CarAdvice.com.au today: “The Mazda CX-3-sized MG eZS will give the company a rival for the just-launched Hyundai Kona Electric, the Hyundai Ioniq, and the Nissan Leaf in Australia’s fledgling EV market. It will be China’s first EV in Australia, and should be a bit of a marketing coup. The eZS has a 110kW/350Nm electric motor, powered by a 45.6kWh lithium battery pack, with a claimed NEDC driving range of 335km. That’s about 50 per cent less than the long-range Hyundai Kona with its larger 64kWh battery capacity, but thereabouts with the Leaf.”

https://www.caradvice.com.au/747869/mg-ezs-electric-car-coming-to-australia-in-2020/

EV SCARE CAMPAIGN ‘FLIES IN FACE OF FACT’

Staying in Australia “A toxic scare campaign surrounding electric vehicles in the first week of the federal election campaign “flies in the face of fact” and risks seeing Australia fall even further behind the rest of the world, according to the chair of a senate inquiry into the technology.” says website InnovationAus.com.au today: “Following the unveiling of Labor’s electric vehicle policy package, which included a target for half of all new vehicle sales to be electric by 2030, a series of government ministers launched a widespread scare campaign against the policies. But Labor’s 50 percent target is just for new car sales, not used and second hand sales, and would lead to about 15 percent of Australia’s entire car fleet being electric by 2030.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison: ““I’ll tell you what, it’s not going to tow…

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15 Apr 2019 | Tesla Delivers $35,000 Model 3 To Customers, VW Wants Battery Partners To Build…



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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 15th April 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.

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VOLKSWAGEN PUSHES BATTERY PARTNERS TO BUILD GIGAFACTORIES

“Volkswagen is pushing its joint venture partners including SK Innovation (SKI) to build electric car battery plants which have at least one Gigawatt manufacturing capacity, Chief Executive Herbert Diess told Reuters.” in a report today: “Volkswagen will buy 50 billion euros ($56.57 billion) worth of battery cells for electric cars and has identified South Korea’s SKI, LG Chem and Samsung SDI as strategic battery cell suppliers as well as China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL).”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-shanghai-vw/volkswagen-pushes-battery-partners-to-build-gigafactories-idUKKCN1RR09A?utm_source=applenews

PORSCHE JAPAN SELECTS ABB TO BUILD CHADEMO INFRASTRUCTURE FOR TAYCAN

“ABB announced that it was selected by Porsche Japan for a joint development project of next-generation EV chargers for the Japanese market” says InsideEVs today: “According to the press release, the two will develop a “dedicated high-power charger” with power output exceeding 150 kW.” From the press release: ““ABB has entered into an agreement to deliver its market-leading electric vehicle infrastructure for Porsche Japan’s EVs, including Taycan, the automaker’s first fully electric car, set to enter the Japanese market in 2020. Under the terms, Porsche Japan will install ABB’s high-power chargers at Porsche Centers and public facilities across the country, creating a network of fast chargers for its electric vehicles. The first installation is set to go live in mid-2020.”

Porsche Japan Selects ABB To Build CHAdeMO Infrastructure For Taycan

AUDI AI:ME UNVEILED AS REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE EV FOR THE CITY”

“The Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz isn’t the only new fully electric concept VAG is introducing at the Auto Shanghai 2019 in China as Audi is also attending the event to showcase the new AI:ME. Sending out a futuristic A2 vibe, the new showcar carrying the Four Rings takes the shape of a compact zero-emissions hatchback developed primarily for city use.” reports Adrian Padeanu for Motor1.com: “Audi believes an equivalent production version would mostly travel at speeds between 20 and 70 kph (12 to 43 mph) over short distances. With that in mind, the AI:ME was conceived with a simple hardware configuration encompassing a 65-kWh battery pack ideal for city use, although the actual range isn’t specified. The design is as futuristic as you’d expect from a concept, complete with rear suicide doors and the absence of conventional B-pillars. Intricate LED headlights and taillights lend the electric hatch a high-tech look, while the use of real plants inside the minimalistic cabin is a first in an automobile, according to Audi. Not that it comes as a big surprise, but the AI:ME has been envisioned with a highly advanced autonomous driving system with level 4 capabilities.”

https://www.motor1.com/news/344623/audi-ai-me-concept-revealed/

DUBAI POLICE UNVEIL NEW FLEET OF ELECTRIC CARS

“Police in Dubai are going green with their new eco-friendly fleet of electric patrol cars to support the emirate’s sustainability drive. Dubai Police officers will be getting behind the wheel of 13 Renault Zoe electric cars, secured from Arabian Automobiles.” according to TheNational.ae: “Dubai Police is not the only state service helping to protect the planet. In February, Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Services unveiled the Zero DS, which produces no heat, vibration or fumes. The ambulance service said the emergency vehicle would be used for rapid intervention and immediate response situations.”

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/dubai-police-unveil-new-fleet-of-electric-cars-1.849076

TESLA DELIVERS FIRST $35,000 MODEL 3S TO A HAPPY FEW CUSTOMERS

“Tesla has started deliveries of the long-promised Model 3 for $35,000 to a happy few customers, but the delivery of the promised vehicle is expected to be short lived.” says Fred at Electrek today: “After Tesla announced that it is moving away from the promised base version of Model 3 at $35,000 last week, the automaker confirmed that it would start deliveries this weekend with a software-locked version of the Model 3 Standard Range Plus. Now several buyers have reached out to Electrek to confirm that they have taken…

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