Today’s big EV stories:
• Jaguar Land Rover intend to join Tesla's EU CO2 pool for 2021
• GM to resume limited production at EV plant in Michigan
• GM And Dealers Team Up To Deploy 40,000 Ultium Charging Stations
• VW runs out of EVs For Company Cars
• Volkswagen Group — King of Electric Car Sales in Europe
• *Student Transportation of Canada Places Order for 1,000 Lion Electric School Buses
• Alaska Air donates plane for hydrogen-powered flight
• *Audi Q6 E-Tron spy shots: Electric Porsche Macan's Audi twin spotted
• Global EV group sets standards for pricing used batteries
• *Uber and Wallbox team up
• Huawei HarmonyOS powered Arcfox Alpha S EV to begin shipping in 2021
• Ford F-150 Lightning production isn’t delayed
• CharIN Announces 5th North America Conference and Testival on November 16-18, 2021
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JAGUAR LAND ROVER INTEND TO JOIN TESLA'S EU CO2 POOL FOR 2021
- Tesla have found a new partner to join its EU CO2 pool for 2021. British-based and Tata owned Jaguar Land Rover intend to form a CO2 pool with the Elon Musk-run company for 2021, alongside Honda that were part of Tesla's pool last year.
- Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) under the shadow of the semiconductor shortage have likely concluded that they are more willing to derail their CO2 compliance targets in order to help their underlying profits from their higher emitting profitable models than sacrifice these in order to meet their compliance targets.
- JLR also intend to join the Tesla/Honda UK-only pool for 2021 according to UK government data.
- This is the first year UK only CO2 targets – largely carried over from the European system – will be enforced following the transition period which ended at the end of 2020. Last year JLR failed to meet its EU CO2 obligation goal, attributing 35 million GBP to fines for this according to JLR.
GM TO RESUME LIMITED PRODUCTION AT EV PLANT IN MICHIGAN
- General Motors Co (GM.N) said on Tuesday it will resume limited production for two weeks at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, which has been shuttered since August and builds the electric vehicle Chevrolet Bolt.
- GM said limited production will start Nov. 1 to help optimize battery production and supply chain repair logistics, including providing vehicles to be used as courtesy transportation for customers during recall repairs.
- GM disclosed this month its partner South Korea's LG Electronics (066570.KS) agreed to reimburse it for the $2 billion estimated costs and expenses
- GM and LG said in April they would build a $2.3 billion battery factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee similar to the companies' Ultium Cells joint-venture plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
GM AND DEALERS TEAM UP TO DEPLOY 40,000 ULTIUM CHARGING STATIONS
- GM has announced a new EV charging infrastructure initiative to install up to 40,000 Level 2 EV chargers across the United States and Canada.
According to the ambitious "Dealer Community Charging Program," GM and its dealers will work together to expand access to charging in local communities, including in underserved, rural and urban areas where EV charging access is often limited.
- Involving dealers in this program is a logical approach seeing as nearly 90 percent of the US population lives within 10 miles (16 km) of a GM dealership, according to the automaker.
GM will be giving each of its EV dealers up to 10 Ultium Level 2 destination charging stations and will be working with them to deploy the chargers at key locations throughout their local communities.
- these charging stations will be available to all EV customers
- The "Ultium" brand name of GM's all-new EV platform, propulsion components and charging ecosystem will soon expand to include a family of three Ultium Chargers for residential and commercial use developed with leading vehicle charging specialist CTEK.
- The Ultium Chargers will include an 11.5 kilowatt/48-amp smart charger, 11.5 kW/48-amp premium smart charger and a 19.2 kW/80-amp premium smart charger. The two premium models include a customizable touchscreen and an embedded camera.All three Ultium chargers are Energy Star Certified, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Each charger features dynamic load balancing and can be upgraded over time through over-the-air software updates with automatic download capabilities.
- To help offset the cost of installing a home charger, customers will be able to roll the price into their GM vehicle financing or leasing plans.
VW RUNS OUT OF EVS
- Originally, Volkswagen had called on its managers to choose cars that were as CO2-friendly as possible as company cars. A special rule on this was already softened in June due to the lack of available EV models.
- Now the situation has apparently worsened due to the electric boom and the chip shortage: Volkswagen just informed its approximately 18,000 managers that electric and hybrid models will “probably not be available for order” as company cars until the end of 2022.
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP — KING OF ELECTRIC CAR SALES IN EUROPE
“In the 3rd quarter of the year, in 10 countries where comprehensive data is publicly available, Volkswagen Group accounted for 27.3% of electric vehicle sales. Tesla was #2 on the list with 15.9% of sales, and Stellantis was 3rd with 13.2%.”
“Aside from Volkswagen Group and Tesla, Stellantis (13.2% of BEV sales), the Hyundai–Kia collab (11.9% of BEV sales), and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance (10.3% of BEV sales) are above 10% of the BEV sales in these 10 countries. The only other automotive groups above 5% are Daimler (5.7%) and BMW Group (5.3%).”
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION OF CANADA PLACES ORDER FOR 1,000 LION ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES
- The Lion Electric Company, a manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, has received a conditional purchase order for 1,000 all-electric LionC school buses from Student Transportation of Canada (STC).
- Under the ZETF program, the Government of Canada aims to invest $2.75 billion over five years to support public transit and school bus operators in the transition to electrification.
- Deliveries would begin in 2022 and occur through the first half of 2026. These electric buses would replace existing diesel vehicles within STC’s Canadian fleet. Lion estimates that the deployment of 1,000 all-electric school buses would help eliminate approximately 23,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
ALASKA AIR DONATES PLANE FOR HYDROGEN-POWERED FLIGHT
- Alaska said Tuesday it will donate one of its retired Q400 turboprops as a development project to ZeroAvia, a U.K-based startup that aims to integrate hydrogen fuel cells with electric motors to power aircraft.
- The planned zero-carbon-emitting, hydrogen-fueled electric propulsion system is in the early developmental stage. ZeroAvia’s goal is to deploy it initially on small private planes, eventually working up to 76-seat regional aircraft like the Q400 that flies for Alaska’s Horizon Air subsidiary.
- Alaska said it will collaborate with ZeroAvia to scale up its technology to produce a system capable of powering the Q400 with a range of 500 miles. ZeroAvia said it will set up a location in the Seattle area to support the Q400 project.
AUDI Q6 E-TRON SPY SHOTS: ELECTRIC PORSCHE MACAN'S AUDI TWIN SPOTTED
UBER AND WALLBOX TEAM UP
HUAWEI HARMONYOS POWERED ARCFOX ALPHA S EV TO BEGIN SHIPPING IN 2021
FORD F-150 LIGHTNING PRODUCTION ISN’T DELAYED
CHARIN ANNOUNCES 5TH NORTH AMERICA CONFERENCE AND TESTIVAL ON NOVEMBER 16-18, 2021
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