Transport + Energy international news round-up
Here transportandenergy.com takes a look at the key transport and energy sector stories from around the world: new EV production models from big-name manufacturers, new public transport charging infrastructure in Australia, fast-charger business expansion in the States, the ‘world’s fastest charger’, Tesla 3s for hire heading to Europe – and much more.
- BMW’s Munich plant launches production of the fully electric BMW i4
Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production: “For the plant and team, the launch of the BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to electric mobility, By 2023 more than half of all vehicles from our Munich facility will have an electrified drive. The majority will be fully electric. So Munich goes fully electric.”
- Siemens charging infrastructure will power zero-emission electric buses in Australia.
Birgit Dargel, Global Head of Future Grids at Siemens Smart Infrastructure: “By providing our Sicharge UC systems to one of Australia’s leading bus manufacturers, we can do our part to promote the country’s plans for zero-emissions vehicles.”
- StoreDot to establish a global innovation hub in the United States
Dr Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot CEO: “This new US R&D innovation hub signals that our business is rapidly expanding, as we are scaling up our extreme fast-charging technologies. Establishing a facility in California will allow us to harness the world-class talent pool that’s available there, with many people and organisations at the forefront of next-generation advancements.”
- ABB’s ‘world’s fastest electric car charger’ reaches full battery in 15 minutes
Frank Muehlon, President of ABB’s E-mobility Division: “With governments around the world writing public policy that favours electric vehicles and charging networks to combat climate change, the demand for EV charging infrastructure, especially charging stations that are fast, convenient and easy to operate is higher than ever.”
- Car giant, Hertz, to buy 100k Tesla cars in move towards electric vehicles
Interim Hertz CEO, Mark Fields: “It is just the start for Hertz. We’re very much now looking to the future.” The company said it would provide Tesla Model 3 compact cars for rent at airport and neighbourhood locations in North America and European cities in early November.
- Tata Power completes installation of over 1000 EV charging stations across cities
Dr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power: “We have started the first of our many milestones towards enabling the EV revolution in the country through successful deployment of over 1000 EV charging points in public domain. This makes Tata Power India’s largest EV charging solutions provider.”
- Stellantis and LG to form EV battery joint venture
Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis: “This announcement is further proof that we are deploying our aggressive electrification road map and are following through on the commitments we made during our EV Day event in July.”
- SAIC Motor selects HERE Location Services to power connected vehicle services globally
Tang ShengHao, Product Manager, SAIC: “HERE Technologies provides MG with the core location data, services and mobile SDK that enable the development of high-quality, industry leading products in a short period of time. SAIC’s goal is to sell 550,000 vehicles overseas in 2021. We hope that the MG i-Smart system, including navigation and location-based services can contribute.”
- London Electric Vehicle Company launches TX model in India
Alan Gemmell, British Queen’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia: ”I am pleased that LEVC’s innovative future mobility solutions are embracing the opportunities in India’s dynamic and growing electric vehicle market. The UK and India have ambitious plans to deepen our trade and investment partnership and bring benefits to both economies, and this is a great example of what we can do together.”
- Long-rumoured Apple electric car could be released in 2024
The batteries would have a monocell design to pursue a better power density, and will be a vital component for the supposed Apple automobile. However, according to the most recent leak on the subject, batteries may be a major issue for Apple as it progresses with its EV project.