Stopping on State Highway 5 (SH5) en route to Napier to inspect an ABB EV charger which had 3 options – two via DC (CCS and ChaDeMo at 50kW) and Type 2 Mennekes AC at 22 kW. These chargers were accessible by RFID presumably via subscription to Unison Energy in NZ. We saw at least 2 of these well signed roadside EV chargers on the drive between Rotorua and Napier. Hopefully one day, we will have as many fast EV chargers dotted throughout Australia and NZ as there are currently service stations.
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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 October 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.
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DIESEL IN EUROPE
A quick stat on the rise and fall, and fall and fall of Diesel from Matthias Schmidt @auto_schmidt: “European #diesel mix of new passenger car sales fell below one third in September… Sep YTD: 9% Last 4 qtrs: Q3 ’18: 35.2% Q2 ’18: 36.7% Q1 ’18: 38.5% Q4 ’17: 41.6% Last time annual diesel mix fell below 1/3 was the year 2000 (32.3%)”
30 FAST CHARGERS NOW ONLINE FOR ELECTRIFY AMERICA
A new update today about Electrify America progress ahead of the on onslaught of EVs which should be coming 2019, at least early 2020. They have 30 fast charging stations now online and a huge task ahead of them to spend the $2bn settlement with the EPA and California Air Resources Board over dieselgate. Of those 30 stations, most have 7 CCS chargers plus a 1 CHAdeMo point. This weeks question of the week is where would you put a charger – if you were thinking Walmart, they’ve beaten you to it. Over 100 off the Electrify America chargers will be at a Walmart store. But that’s still a drop in the ocean with more than 2,000 Ultra Fast chargers in place by June 2019. “Electrify America DC fast charging stations display clear, up-front pricing. Electrify America charging will include the following elements: $1.00 session fee + per minute charging cost + idle fee of $0.40/minute (if applicable). Our introductory charging cost pricing is $0.30 to $0.35 per minute of charging”
MOST OF THE EU’S EV CHARGERS ARE IN JUST FOUR COUNTRIES
“While battery-powered vehicles may be cheaper to run and maintain compared to their petrol- and diesel-powered cousins, the European Union isn’t yet the perfect place to charge them and keep them going because more than three quarters (76 percent) of the EU’s charging points are concentrated across just four countries – the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK. What’s more, those countries only make up 27 percent of the Union’s total area” reports Motor1.com: “The country with the most dense concentration of electric vehicle charging points in the EU is currently the Netherlands, where 28 percent of charging points cover one percent of the total area of the EU. The Netherlands also has solid fast charging networks like Fastned. There is currently around 100,000 charging points the in the European Union according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), and that number should multiply at least 20 times by 2025 giving the EU 20 million charging points to handle the anticipated rise in sales of plug-in cars. To meet that target, 1.9 million charging points need to be produced and sold within 7 years.”
“The Chinese government has come up with a plan to accelerate infrastructure construction for electric vehicles (EVs). Chinese premier Li Keqiang at a state council meeting last week released a guidance plan for the EV industry, aimed at building sufficient charging poles to meet demand from at least 5mn EVs by 2020.” according to Argus Media: “The plan requires all parking spots at new residential buildings to have charging poles and at least 10pc of spots at public parking facilities to have charging poles. This is to ensure one charging pole in a public area for every 2,000 EVs. China is the world’s largest EV producer and consumer. It produced 795,000 EVs last year and is on target to produce 1mn EVs in 2018. Beijing is aiming to double production of EVs to 2mn by 2020 to save energy and curb pollution. China produced only 8,200 EVs in 2011. China as of August has installed at least 662,000 charging poles across the country — 275,000 public poles and 387,000 private poles. The central government’s guidance plan comes after many Chinese provinces introduced regional plans to boost the use of EVs.”
Today we run two 30 kWh Leafs 300 miles to test out the charging infrastructure on Ecotricity’s Electric Highway, the Polar Network as far as possible and CYC in Scotland. Also some friendly competition between myself and Jonathan of Eco-Cars. It should be fun!!!!