Monday, March 8, 2021

India, sale of electric vehicles without batteries

Batteries comprise 30-40% of the upfront cost. To push electric mobility, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MORTH) of India, announced that all the states and union territories (UTs) have now been allowed the registration and sale of electric vehicles (EVs) without pre-fitted batteries.
The move is likely to provide the necessary boost for the wider adoption of EVs across the country.
Practically, the government is striving to create an ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in the country. This will not only protect the environment and reduce the oil imports but also provide opportunities to the sunrise industry.
What is the situation in India? According to the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles, the sale of electric vehicles in this country increased by 20% in 2019-20, mainly driven by rising sales of two-wheelers.

E-mobility and professionals, here is the research

The report “The e-mobility seen by professionals” was drawn up after a research in collaboration with Audi, on the base on an interview with an audience of 2450 professionals about their business travel habits and how they perceive electric mobility. In the opinion of the interviewed professionals, the car of the future is battery-powered and will allow improving the home-office displacement (56%) and e-cars “would provide real consumption/cost advantages, to the extent that 48% are willing to buy one. A choice certainly made not superficially if we think that one third (30%) of interviewees state they travel from 5 to 15 km a day to go to work and that in one case out of two (48%) the chosen vehicle is precisely four-wheeled.
Therefore, how do tomorrow’s workers imagine mobility? For professionals, a vast majority of them self-employed workers (52%), the e-mobility horizon is getting closer, even if gradually: over 53% estimate that it will take 15 to 20 years to have at least half of the circulating cars rechargeable.

The electric prototype of Mercedes

It is called Vision EQXX the new fully electric prototype announced by Mercedes, a model that is likely to be the zero-emission vehicle with the highest autonomy ever obtained, over 1,200 km. This achievement would allow travelling from Beijing to Shanghai with a single charge.

Behind the development of Mercedes Vision EQXX there is a team with headquarters in Stuttgart, supported by the British Group AMG High Performance Powertrain, specialized in design and development of electric motors for motorsport. Feather in the cap of this new model will be the efficiency level of the vehicle and of the powertrain. «We have – affirmed Markus Schafer, Research and Development Manager of Mercedes – set up a team of our engineers to undertake an extraordinary challenge: manufacturing the electric car with the highest autonomy and efficiency ever implemented. It is a wide project, researching for state-of-the-art technologies».

Vision EQXX demo car will be very important to improve further the electric cars of Mercedes EQ range, constantly widened.


More than 1.6 million vehicles are likely to be sold

Frost & Sullivan’s “Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2018”

According to Frost & Sullivan’s recently released “Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2018”, the electric vehicle market reached the 1.2-million sales mark for the first time, with more than 165 models available for sale. China is leading the market with 48% market share followed by Europe with 26%.

Solid-state batteries

Solid-state batteries are likely to be the “game changers” of future battery chemistries, as they render 2.5 times higher density than lithium-ion. In the last 6 months, more than 10 automakers have announced future electric vehicle launch plans. Based on the announcements, electric vehicle now have a market potential of about 25 million units that will be sold by 2025; more than 400 models will be made available.

Frost & Sullivan’s “Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2018”
Frost & Sullivan’s “Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2018”

The Tesla Gigafactory is currently 35% operational and aims to produce 50 GWh of batteries in 2018. On full capacity, it will manufacture 150 GWh which will power an equivalent of 1.5 million vehicles with a 100 kWh battery capacity. Toyota, Fisker and BMW are likely to be the first automakers to adopt the battery in its electric vehicles by 2023.

Charging infrastructures

The electric vehicle charging infrastructure challenge has not yet been addressed, as there is a need for more charging stations globally.

Frost & Sullivan’s “Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2018”
Frost & Sullivan’s “Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2018”

Currently, the density of charging stations is high in limited areas or regions where an electric vehicle sale is highest.

Costs and market 

Electric vehicles are likely to cost the same as conventional cars by 2020 which will be a huge threat to the conventional car industry. The EV industry will no longer require financial support from the government to regularise the price of an Electric vehicle in the form of cash incentives.

Logistics companies, such as DHL, DPD, TNT, etc., are switching to a 100% electric fleet by replacing current conventional vehicles with electric vehicles that are equally competent and a perfect fit for the business model. OEMs are shifting to 100% electric vans by 2020. 11 OEMs have announced electric vehicle milestones and targets.

Frost & Sullivan’s “Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2018”
Frost & Sullivan’s “Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook, 2018”

If all the announcements made so far were to come true, there will be about 25 million electric vehicles sold by 2025 or 20% of all cars sold would be EVs.

Energy and petrochemical companies have started investing heavily in establishing electric vehicle charging stations, as they are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of the electric vehicle market. Shell acquired the largest infrastructure operator “The New Motion” in the Netherlands which owns a network of 30,000 charging stations.

Byd is coming in Europe

The Chinese giant is about to land in Europe with its SUV Tang EV600. The debut of BYD in the Old Continent, in the segment of passenger cars, after making itself renowned with buses and professional vehicles, will take place in Norway, the motherland of electric mobility, through RSA distributor, which will take care of sales, after sales service and spare parts.
The car is a sport utility with permanent four-wheel drive that offers an autonomy of 520 km thanks to lithium batteries, and provides 5 or 7 seats for almost 5-metre length.
Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe, stated the Norwegian market is the natural choice to start this expansion process but, in the long term, the goal is expanding the sales of electric cars also in the rest of Europe.

Motor Valley, 20 millions to favour innovative start-ups

On the occasion of the opening of the new “Cdp Space” in Modena, an office of “Cassa depositi e prestiti” entrusted with the sustainable development of the whole area, they have released a business accelerator that bodes well for the future of the automotive and mobility chain.
The project aims at attracting and favouring innovative start-ups, making 20 million Euros available in the ambit of the new “Mobility & Digital Acceleration” fund of MEF operational branch, with the support of Modena technological broker Crit and of the international platform Open Innovation Plug and Play.
The project uniqueness consists in having united partners that excel in the respective competences: Cdp in the fund management, Crit in hi-tech innovation connected with the territory, Plug and Play in the business acceleration on a global scale.
The target is enriching the historical know-how of the Emilia, Piedmont and Italian engineering chain, boosting the already existing companies, to favour investments in human resources and in the development of excellent start-ups.

AEIT Automotive 2019

After 3 successful editions, AEIT Automotive 2019 Conference will be held on July 2nd-4th 2019 (at the Politecnico di Torino, headquarter of Lingotto) to host regular papers in several areas of the multiform automotive field.
The 4th AEIT International Conference of Electrical and Electronic Technologies for Automotive (AEIT Automotive 2019) aims to be a solid reference of the technical community to present and discuss the most recent results of scientific and technological research for the automotive industry, with particular emphasis to applications and new trends.
The Conference covers all aspects of the segment focusing on electrical vehicles, connected autonomous cars and related mobility. AEIT Automotive 2019 will bring together in an annual event, spread over 3 days, the Electrical and Electronic Automotive specialists with the Information and Communication Technology ones. The Steering and the Technical Program Committee include experts from the Academic world, Associations, Key Industrial Stakeholders and Regulatory Authorities.
AEIT Automotive 2019 will be structured in 3 days with Scientific Sessions, including both lectures and poster sessions, Key-note Speeches, Round tables and Panel discussions, covering current electric automotive scenario with its national and international perspectives, development trends and the regulatory framework.
Among the topics of the Special Sessions scheduled there are recent advances for e-mobility power components, wireless Charging for EVs, Automotive Lighting Systems, Laser based manufacturing technologies for automotive, Intra-and Inter-vehicle photonic networks for data transport and controlling and photonic and electronic sensins for automotive.

E-mobility scooter global overview

Most recent distributed report on Global Electric Mobility Scooter industry offered by InForGrowth Market Research contains info on current market investigation situation, up and coming just as future chances, income development, evaluating and gainfulness. Major Key players covered in this report are Energica Motor (Italy), die Bayerische (Germany), EV Rider (U.S.), UK Mobility (UK), Pride Mobility (U.S.), Golden Technologies (U.S.), Zip’r (U.S.), Drive Medical (U.S.), MERITS (Taiwan) and Afikim (Israel).
The overall market is set up for energetic advancement with progressively moving of various gathering methodology to more affordable objectives in rising economies.
Another factor booked to altogether bolster the market is fused programming game plans disposing of the prerequisite for different models and thing survey concerns.
This report focuses on the Electric Mobility Scooter Market in the worldwide market, particularly in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East, and Africa. This Electric Mobility Scooter Market report sorts the market dependent on the manufacturer, region, type, and application.

The first Chinese factory fully dedicated to the e-mobility is starting

Purposely built for the production of fully electric vehicles based on the MEB modular platform, the new factory of the joint venture Saic Volkswagen and Antig is completed and the pre-production has started. The line has in fact produced a purely electric Volkswagen ID model, specific for China, and the mass production start is scheduled by October 2020.
MEB is a unique platform specifically ideated for the production of high volumes of electric vehicles, which allows a longer pitch and more spacious interiors. Besides, the models produced on this base will be equipped with state-of-the-art infotainment systems and connectivity functions seamlessly integrated into daily life.
«Volkswagen Group provides for a total volume of 22 million purely electric vehicles on a global scale within 2028, of which over 50% coming from China. The Country – stated Herbert Diess, President of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group – plays a fundamental role in our electrification strategy, which will help the Group to reach the target of becoming neutral in terms of CO2 within 2050. With the production start on MEB base, we will introduce also in China the Volkswagen ID family, a brand-new generation of purely electric and connected vehicles».
Smart and digitalized, Anting plant becomes a new example of smart sustainable factory for Volkswagen Group China and for the entire Chinese automotive industry.

Is there a city with only electric cars?

Yes, there is, the small Appy village, in the South of France. It is an isolated hamlet because there are only woods and meadows around it; place of an experiment signed by Renault in collaboration with Publicis: its 27 inhabitants can travel exclusively with electric vehicles thanks to a triennial project started at the end of July. How? Renault has lent an electric Zoe to all families with the aim of demonstrating that the full transition to electric mobility is possible not only in cities but also in peripheral realities.

Spotlights are cast on a vehicle with 395-km autonomy in WLTP cycle, able to recover up to 150 km of autonomy with half an hour recharge.

Moreover, the test will allow assessing the car in the particular conditions of the zone, characterized by hot summers and snowy winters, an area that will become ambassador of the 100% zero emission mobility.