Monday, March 8, 2021

The great boom of Volkswagen e-up

It seems that in Italy Volkswagen has already run out the e-Ups at disposal for 2020 and at present the model cannot be ordered any more. The same in Germany where, due to the strong rise of the demand for electric vehicles, the automotive company has decided removing the e-Up temporarily from price lists. Germans have made a clean sweep of the small electric also thanks to the VAT decreased to 16% and to the eco-bonus: a mix of provisions that allow buying e-Up with just less than twelve thousand Euros.

News coming from the headquarters report that the sale is expected to restart by the yearend for 2021 shares.

A curiosity that honours the small electric Volkswagen: since last July, one e-Up has been also used by the 113 of Verona Police Headquarters, the first 100% electrical vehicle in this context intended for service in the old town. A couple of years ago, the same choice also to implement the car fleet of Centre Commissariat of Milan Police headquarters.



SEAT, the Learning Center for electric mobility is set up

At the core of Martorell factory, they have recently inaugurated a new training centre dedicated to electric mobility, in a space taking up 400 square metres specific courses that range from engineering to safety are at disposal of all SEAT collaborators.

The shifting towards electrical does not only concern products but also and especially the people who implement them: for this reason, the electromobility Learning Center (eLC) was born, a structure fully dedicated to the e-mobility.

Here SEAT is offering a complete course programme exclusively focused on electric vehicles; the target is relying on collaborators trained on all aspects connected with the new zero-emission technology. They organize sessions about the hybrid and electric technology, as well as on the importance of safety procedures in the management of electric vehicles. Moreover, the specialists who operate on the manufacturing line receive a targeted training, to learn how to connect and disconnect electric systems and to execute other operations with active high-voltage current.

This is completed by online courses, which have allowed 8,600 collaborators to gain higher awareness of electric vehicles also during lockdown periods caused by Coronavirus.

«The future is electricXavier Ros, Executive Vice-president Human Resources and Organization of SEAT, stated – and for this reason we are committed to training and developing our talents. Through the eLC we are going to provide our over 15,000 collaborators with all necessary instruments to face future challenges».

The new Learning Center dedicated to electric mobility is part of the 5-billion investment plan announced by SEAT, and consolidates its commitment to training as pillar on which the transition towards electric rests. Within 2021, SEAT and CUPRA will release five new electric and hybrid plug-in models, which will join the electric version of SEAT Mii, already on the market.

The awarded Design of electric Vespa

Style icon on the road, but also real lifestyle, Vespa is loved and it attracts also in its zero-emission “green” version. The electric model of Piaggio in fact – which represents one of Made in Italy myths in the world – has recently received a prestigious award: the Honourable Mention by the International Jury of the XXVI Gold Compass ADI prize, one of the most ancient and authoritative international awards dedicated to design.

Electric Vespa confirms the pioneering and innovative spirit of a brand, Vespa, unique and unmistakeable in the global mobility market”, explained Award Prizes managers, illustrating the reasons for such Honourable Mention for design.

Besides its shapes, what are the winning characteristics that characterize Vespa? Extraordinary connectivity, high customization, silence and – obviously – environment protection.

Maserati PLAN: new electric versions incoming

There is much excitation around the industrial future of Turin. But let us take a step back: Stellantis is the new Group that will stem within the first 2021-quarter from the merger of FCA and PSA; a holding aimed – as already written in the name – at becoming the polar star of the car of the future. Grugliasco and Mirafiori headquarters intend to restart from the relaunch of Maserati and from the premium segment, especially in the wake of the electric propulsion revolution. In the current scenario, 8,000 cars are produced in Mirafiori factory, versus 218,000 of 4 years ago, with 30% of working hours and many workers at zero redundancy payments owing to Covid emergency. The investment plan, worth 2.5 billions until 2025, should be at stake for the 16 models by the Trident Company.

In 2021, they will start with the release of Grecale Compact SUV, implemented in Cassino, and then the company will launch a new model per year for the next five years, including GranCabrio and GranTurismo. Each new model of the range will include also an electrified version, such as the racing car MC20, with the addition of the typical rumble noise, even if fully electric.

The name of the electric range will be “Folgore” and Maserati estimates to achieve, within 2025, 70% of its sales in the SUV segment.

A very significant curios: 350 millions of the 2.5 billions invested by FCA for Maserati are intended for the supercar MC20, at which 180 people will work on two shifts.


Flying cars. The single-seat drone took off

It measures two metre high by four metres wide and four metre long and requires only as much space on the ground as two parked cars. We are speaking of the SD-03 flying car by the Japanese SkyDrive company, which has recently conducted its first test flight, on the Toyota Test Field area in Tokyo, with one man on-board.
The drone moved at low altitude for about 4 minutes by means of 8 independent electric motors that guarantee safety in flight emergency situations.
The electric aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), has been designed to become a new revolutionary means of transportation in megalopolis of the future.
Actually, it is a flying car with pilot on board, implemented by SkyDrive just two years after its establishment. The company’s target is to achieve the second level of the experiment in 2023.

Together for EV charging stations

OKAYA, flagship firm of Okaya Power Group, and BluSmart Electric Mobility, one of the largest 100 percent electric fleet operator in India and providing sustainable urban Mobility to customers and already serving more than 60,000 customers, shook hands to provide well-laid out electrical vehicle charging stations for the fleet operations.
Okaya EV Chargers come packed with features like fast charging time and high energy density leading to low weight, thereby operating for more kilometers between consecutive charges.
«This partnership – Anshul Gupta, Director, Okaya Power Private Ltd, said – undeniably represents a major milestone and a strong step towards providing pollution free green mode of transportation with unwavering commitment to safety, reliability and efficiency».

E-mobility scooter global overview

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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.
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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.

MECSPE Observatory. The key factors to recover

Resilient, ready to change and to accept challenges, even the most unexpected ones, relying on their resources and capability of looking ahead, despite the particular time: this is the picture portrayed by MECSPE Observatory survey.
We are certainly facing an unprecedented period, which marks a decisive gap between those who had been able to adopt in advance the digital change and those who found themselves unprepared, so being more affected by the effects caused by the pandemic on industry.
The analysis reveals a transitory phase, where the confidence in one’s own corporate situation almost reaches the sufficiency but scepticism and uncertainty about the general scenario remain. Almost two thirds of the sample fixes one year maximum of time to restart at full rate.
Innovation remains the key factor to recover, together with the training of specialized young and a growing attention to sustainability.
Desire of living normality again: 35% of interviewees believe that exhibitions should necessarily involve the alive participation.
Covid-19 pandemic has unavoidably influenced the performance of Italian SME, exerting a negative impact on almost 9 companies out of 10. However, if 14% of entrepreneurs state they have already recovered normality completely and 65% are going to do that within one year maximum (23% within 6 months), the general confidence index surveyed by the investigation makes Italian enterprises’ sentiment, in a scale from 1 to 9, rank on an “average” level versus the current situation.

Digital and new technologies to react to the crisis: resilience weapons

Last months have witnessed a necessary digital acceleration, especially in lockdown phase, for those who were not compelled to stop manufacturing activities for a period, corresponding of 62% of interviewees.

A boost promptly suited by 6 companies out of 10, succeeding in reacting promptly to the crisis through the investments made some time ago in new technologies and the deployment of useful instruments for the social distancing:

· platforms for the remote management of meetings, adopted by 36%;
· design technologies to redesign the new spaces of the 4.0 factory in conformity with safety requisites (10%);
· virtual systems that allow the control from remote of operational activities (7%);
· platforms of collaborative design and manufacturing process simulation for the development of the whole product (5%);
· apps and software to localize and to trace the paths of people in the factory (4%).
Moreover, the resilience of manufacturing companies is proven also by the choice, already made or under evaluation, of shifting the production towards other sectors (12%), as well as by timely provisions carried out in the course of the emergency phase, such as safety plans drawn up to avoid contagion risks (55%), the introduction of smart/flex working modalities (43%), with 34% providing for the reduction of operating costs, 29% who went on investing in innovation and new technologies and 19% who focused on the corporate training from remote.

Consequences that have probably led to the choice, for almost half of them, of going on investing, by the yearend, up to 10% of their turnover in innovation, with 17% of interviewees who are going to achieve from 11% to 20%.

Mecspe Observatory: staking on sustainability and on specialized young

To overcome this moment and to start growing economically again, almost 8 entrepreneurs out of 10 believe it is important to focus on sustainability, too. Among the aspects already most cared, the consumption reduction ranks first, indicated by 61% of interviewees, followed by social responsibility projects (53%), by the attention to pollution and environmental impact, by the ethics in the relationships with suppliers and customers (52%). Importance is acknowledged also to the support to the territory economy (35%), and to the product eco-sustainability (30%).
The new phase, in the name of the fast race of digital processes, has consequently disclosed new opportunities to engage and to train more young workers in factories. If on one hand 26% prefer not providing for employments of this kind at present, 20% are evaluating the engagement of young specialized in the field of 4.0 technologies, coming from Technical Institutes or Universities, or with a basic working experience. Furthermore, 13% are organizing in-house training courses for the young workers already engaged by the company while 9% are evaluating to employ young even without a previous scholastic or working education but providing for in-house specific training courses.

Exhibitions and events, astride on and off-line experiences

Digital talks, webinars and virtual events. Users seem to appreciate the numerous business initiatives conceived in digital version in recent months for companies and professionals owing to the imposed situation, mainly for safety matters (21%), but the off-line remains the preferential channel.

MECSPE 2019 edition

Although they judge the online a valid alternative, 27% of interviewees continue to attend live events, and 35% believe that soon the digital experience of exhibitions will necessarily be combined with the physical experience again, already since next Autumn, with traditional trade fairs.

Euro Group aims at the EV expansion

Top player on a world scale in the production of stators and rotors for electric motors and generators, today Euro Group Laminations is one of the most dynamic and smartest realities in the international panorama of hi-tech components for electric motors and generators.
The company has been recently protagonist of a strategic move to increase its investments in the electric vehicle segment, signing a binding agreement with Tikehau Capital for the entry into the capital of the alternative asset manager and pan-European investor with the 30% minority share.

Euro Group Laminations is a reality that counts 7 factories in Italy and 5 non-European, a staff of 2,000 workers and a turnover exceeding 404 million Euros in 2019. Tikehau Capital is instead a Group of alternative asset management and of independent investment with over 25 billion Euros as management.

Marco Arduini, CEO of Euro Group Laminations
Marco Arduini, CEO of Euro Group Laminations

«We have signed an important partnership with Tikehau – states Marco Arduini, CEO of Euro Group Laminations – that further strengthens us, to seize the opportunities offered by big automotive brands in the electric mobility. The pandemic context has further accelerated towards a “green” mobility. All this without forgetting the important boost that comes also from the other sectors where we operate».