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First proprietary Tesla V3 Supercharger charging station in the Netherlands is now open in Rijswijk

The V3 chargers have a charging capacity of up to 250 kW, while the V2 Superchargers have a charging capacity of up to 150 kW. However, Tesla will not be replacing all V2 Superchargers with the more powerful V3 units any time soon, but they promise future improvements. There are currently 23 locations in the Netherlands where Tesla has its Superchargers, a total of 384 charging stations.

The peak power that the car battery receives is determined by factors such as the size and age of the battery and the ambient temperature. Under ideal circumstances, a Model 3 Long Range could theoretically rake in 120 kilometres of range in 5 minutes.

Tesla’s Superchargers are not available to owners of other electric vehicles.

More » AutoWeek (Dutch)

BMW sales were down, overall, in first half-year 2020 » however electrified vehicle sales were up

As expected, sales figures for the first six months of 2020 were impacted by the effects of the temporary closure of retail outlets worldwide. BMW Group delivered a total of 962,575 (-23.0%) BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers worldwide in the first half-year.

A total of 61,652 electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were handed over to customers during this time, an increase of 3.4% over the first half of 2019.

Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales, added »

“Demand for our electrified vehicles also outperformed the market trend in the first half of the year. Our wide range of plug-in hybrid models and the new fully-electric MINI are in high demand among our customers.”

Production of the fully-electric BMW iX3 will begin in a few months. Next year, electrification of the model line-up continues with the fully-electric BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. The BMW Group aims to have a total of 25 electrified models on the roads by 2023 – more than half of them fully electric.

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Royal Mail is partnering with London Electric Vehicle Company to trial its new VN5 prototype electric van – based on a typical London taxi cab – for parcel and letter deliveries

One van will be trialled on delivery rounds in largely urban areas over the next six months, including locations in Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bristol. The trial begins this week in Hockley, near Birmingham.

The 2.9 tonne van is designed to operate at lengthy distances on a stop and start basis, comparable to a typical postal round. Fully chargeable at the local delivery office, the van is designed to help postmen and women deliver letters and parcels securely, whilst reducing associated emissions.

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British Gas has ordered 1,000 new all-electric Vauxhall Vivaro-E vans, the largest electric vehicle order for a commercial fleet in the UK

The BEVs (battery electric vehicle) will be delivered over the next 12 months and be rolled out nationwide across the British Gas engineer workforce.

The engineers who receive the new vans will be chosen from volunteers but also targeting areas where it is important to lower emissions and where a van already needs replacing. The British Gas engineers will install the chargers at engineer homes.

Centrica, owner of British Gas, has committed to electrifying its 12,000 strong fleet by 2030.

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Are you Q enough? Audi teases out teaser video of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept ahead of the official worldwide premier

Online » July 7, 2020, 7:15 PM CEST (Central European Summer Time)

Added to Events calendar.

More » Carscoops, AutoWeek (Dutch), AutoWeek (Dutch)

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Volkswagen invests €1 billion in it’s Emden plant conversion where the all-electric ID.4 will be assembled starting in 2022

VW ID.4

VW ID.4

The conversion of the plant in Emden, Germany has already started and the first electric cars are to roll off the production line there from 2022.

The new all-electric compact SUV ID.4 is to start production there in 2022 and will be followed by other all-electric models later. The production of the Passat sedan and estate, the Arteon and the new Shooting Brake will continue for a transitional period. In the final stage of development, the plant will have a design production capacity of up to 300,000 electric vehicles per year.

Investments at that plant alone total about €1 billion.

Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, says »

“With the conversion of our plant at Emden into a production location for electric vehicles, Volkswagen is forcing the pace of system change. All in all, the company will invest about €1 billion in the transformation of the factory. Emden will be developed into a cornerstone of our electric strategy.” Andreas Tostmann, Board Member responsible for Production and Logistics, said: “We are transforming Emden into one of the most advanced plants in our industry.” General Works Council Chairman Bernd Osterloh emphasized: “Our workforce in Emden has special ties with the plant. This has been confirmed by the recent personnel transfers. I am convinced that the Passat, Arteon and ID.4 will be a tremendous success for the team. This is a strong product mix for a strong location.”

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Hyundai has shipped the first 10 XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks to Switzerland for commercial use

Hyundai XCIENT FCEV

Hyundai XCIENT FCEV

  • Powered by 190-kW hydrogen fuel cell system, XCIENT Fuel Cell can travel approximately 400 km (248 miles) on a single charge
  • Refueling time for each truck takes approximately 8~20 minutes

The Hyundai Motor Company plans to ship a total of 50 XCIENT FCEVs (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) to Switzerland this year, with handover to commercial fleet customers starting in September. Hyundai plans to roll out a total of 1,600 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks by 2025.

“XCIENT Fuel Cell is a present-day reality, not as a mere future drawing board project. By putting this groundbreaking vehicle on the road now, Hyundai marks a significant milestone in the history of commercial vehicles and the development of hydrogen society,” said In Cheol Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division at Hyundai Motor. “Building a comprehensive hydrogen ecosystem, where critical transportation needs are met by vehicles like XCIENT Fuel Cell, will lead to a paradigm shift that removes automobile emissions from the environmental equation.”

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Audi and EnBW to give used electric car batteries a second life by turn them into grid support tools

Vera Eckert » Reuters »

German carmaker Audi and utility EnBW are setting up an electric car battery operation at EnBW’s Heilbronn plant to build scaleable storage facilities by the end of this year, drawing on retired batteries to help power grids.

Electric vehicle battery recycling and reuse has become a priority for car and battery makers while renewable energy companies face the problem of how to absorb surpluses of wind and solar power to avoid waste and disruption to the stability of grids, slowing the transition to purely carbon-free energy systems.

More » ee News (German), Elektroauto-News (German), Channel News Asia

Volkswagen releases video showcasing the new electrified Tiguan eHybrid SUV

With this short promotional video, Volkswagen showcases the redesigned second-generation Tiguan SUV, both the electrifying version with a new PHEV (plug-in hybrid) drive, as well as the new Tiguan R performance model that will soon be available in Europe.

Electrified and energised: The new Tiguan

The current Tiguan is the best-selling SUV in Europe, and the most successful Volkswagen in the world.

Volvo Penta has developed an electric driveline for Rosenbauer fire truck

Volvo Penta has developed an electric driveline for fire service vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer’s pioneering fire truck, enabling an innovative new solution with zero exhaust emissions. The truck – named “Revolutionary Technology” (RT) – is currently undergoing intensive testing and will soon begin real-world customer testing with fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dubai.

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