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Fiat Drops Non-EVs In UK, Long-Haul Electric Trucks, Electric Taxis For The Queen — EV News Today

We hear a lot of commitment to going electric and ousting fossil-fueled vehicles, usually down the road a bit (years away). A few days ago, we found something better. It is quite nice to see a target that takes effect next month, July 2022! Not in 2030 or 2050, but next month. Fiat will remove all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the UK that soon. Thank you, Fiat!

We’ve also got news of long-haul electric trucks, electric taxis for the Queen of England (to go along with her organic veggies), pre-booking for the Volkswagen ID. Buzz, and much more.

Electric Cars

LEVC showcases platinum taxis for the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant

“LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) is unveiling three platinum electric TX taxis, which will be seen in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 5th June.”

Polestar 2 “BST edition 270” embodies Polestar’s performance DNA

Polestar 2 BST edition 270: the performance-oriented Polestar 2

“The production car includes mechanical modifications along with key design enhancements to elevate itself above standard Polestar 2 models. The result is a car that delivers a superior dynamic experience behind the wheel.

“The two electric motors and 78 kWh battery have been enhanced for a maximum power output of 350 kW (476 hp) and 680 Nm of torque, along with heightened responsiveness to go with the sportier dynamics.”

Buick unleashes Wildcat EV concept

“Proof of time travel? You be the judge. Meet the Buick Wildcat EV Concept. It not only looks ahead of its time, it’s built to be a platform for futuristic features such as artificial intelligence, biometrics and aromatherapy. It’s the kind of forward-thinking that makes it electric in every way possible.”

Fiat commits to fully-electrified product range from July 2022

“Fiat to remove all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the UK this year

“Fiat has announced the removal of all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the UK. This will take effect from 1st July 2022 with the whole Fiat range now coming in electrified forms, from hybrids to fully-electric.

“In 2021, more than 60% of Fiat’s line-up was electrified offering at least one low emission version of each model for UK customers. This year, the Italian manufacturer goes a step further by confirming 100% of the range will be electrified from July 2022.”

Fiat to remove all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the UK this year. Fiat commits to fully-electrified product range from July 2022.

“Fiat has announced the removal of all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the UK. This will take effect from 1st July 2022 with the whole Fiat range now coming in electrified forms, from hybrids to fully-electric.

“In 2021, more than 60% of Fiat’s line-up was electrified offering at least one low emission version of each model for UK customers. This year, the Italian manufacturer goes a step further by confirming 100% of the range will be electrified from July 2022.”

Net-zero road transport by 2050 still possible, as electric vehicles set to quintuple by 2025

“Last internal combustion vehicle must be sold by 2038 to achieve net-zero global fleet by 2050; urgent policy action key, especially on heavy commercial vehicles finds BNEF.”

Pre-booking for Volkswagen ID. Buzz now open with 1st Edition launch model confirmed

“Customers can place a £2,000 pre-booking fee with their dealer between 30 May and 30 June to secure a priority slot to specify their ID. Buzz during the ordering window*. The pre-order is available on the five-seater ID. Buzz model and not the Cargo variant.”

It’s electrifying! Electric Avenue: The road to 2030 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

“Electric Avenue will see a series of exciting debuts and premieres including the European debut of the Electra Meccanica Solo, the UK debut of the Fisker Ocean, the premiere of Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance, with a number of other models set to be revealed at the event. These will appear alongside an exciting and dynamic range of vehicles from our automotive Partners and supporters.”

Electric Avenue

Zero-emission vehicle registrations in Canada hit 8.3% in first quarter of 2022

“Battery electrics drove the entire increase, reaching 6.2 per cent market share; new model offerings and higher gas prices get credit for the surge.

“New car registration totals for the first quarter of 2022 show electric vehicle uptake in Canada is not slowing down. Instead, it’s gathering speed.”

Electric vehicle charging stations at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site (British Columbia). Source: Parks Canada (CNW Group/Parks Canada).

Orange EV, the manufacturer with the most zero-emission trucks in operation in the United States, today announced the new e-TRIEVER™ brand for its model year 2022 all-electric terminal trucks. 

“The e-TRIEVER builds upon the T-Series’ exceptional foundation while continuing Orange EV’s commitment to innovation and delivering trucks that meet the demanding needs of heavy-duty, goods movement operations.

“Orange EV commercially deployed its first all-electric yard truck in 2015.  Five million miles, 1.5 million hours, and 400 trucks later, Orange EV is recognized as the leading manufacturer of Class 8 electric truck solutions.”

Orange EV

Allison transmission to present new fully electric axle for fire and rescue vehicles at Interschutz 2022

“Allison Transmission and Emergency One to exhibit the first fire engine with the new eGen Power® electric axle. Allison to also display the new TerraTran™ fully automatic transmission for airport fire and rescue vehicles.”

MAXUS launches two new EVs as UK market share shows year on year growth

“More than one in every ten eLCVs registered in the past year is a MAXUS*

“MAXUS once again electrified the annual CV show in Birmingham, launching two new electric vehicles and showcasing its biggest ever line-up of commercial EVs, copper-fastening its position as one of the most innovative and progressive brands in the eLCV sector.”

MAXUS electric pick-up is the EV version of the Chinese MAXUS T90.

The new MAXUS electric pick-up is the electric version of the Chinese MAXUS T90. It will be available to order from August 2022, with delivery in Q1 2023.

“Perfect for both on and off-road driving, the MAXUS T90EV is equipped with a high level spec and contemporary and stylish interior. With a range of 198 miles / 320 km (WLTP city) and a payload of 740 kg, TBC the visually sporty exterior is complemented by a modern interior with a 10.25-inch digital touch screen instrument cluster providing a minimalist look. The T90EV is roomy thanks to a neat dashboard design and floor console, making more room for both occupants and storage.”

MAXUS launches two new EVs as UK market share shows year on year growth

“Following its debut at Guangzhou Auto Show last November, MAXUS has introduced MIFA 9 to the UK market, the world’s first full-size, pure electric MPV. With the MIFA acronym reflecting the vehicle‘s key attributes Maximum, Intelligent, Friendly and Artistic, manufacturer SAIC has confirmed that the versatile platform could also be used for SUVs and pick-ups.

“Bringing the MAXUS brand to a whole new audience, MAXUS MIFA 9 offers a range of up to 323 miles / 520 km (NEDC) on a single charge. With a body size of 5,270 x 2,000 x 1,840mm, the seven- seater display model is a high spec vehicle boasting the industry’s first intelligent driving housekeeper, which automatically recognises driving style through data and scene driving. MIFA 9 will be available to order from August 2022, with delivery in Q1 2023.”

    • Battery pack: 93kWh ternary lithium from CATL
    • 180kW motor with a maximum torque of 350Nm
    • Auto rear lift gate, bilateral electric sliding door, electric power assisted hydraulic braking,
      electric power steering, electronic parking brake
    • Front and rear radar, heating device charging, intelligent headlight control
    • Check out the new MIFA video below:

Register your interest in the Mifa 9 here.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks continues to drive electrification forward — eActros LongHaul to hit the road in 2022

“Stuttgart / Wörth — Following the market launch of the eActros for heavy-duty distribution transport in 2021, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is systematically pressing ahead with the introduction of additional battery-electric models for this and coming years. For the important long-haul segment the eActros LongHaul, with a range of around 500 kilometers on one battery charge, is scheduled to be ready for series production in 2024.”

Mercedes-Benz eActros

EAV announce chilly partnership with DENSO for the EAV2Cool

“May 30th  2022 — Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV), the Oxfordshire-based sustainable zero-emissions vehicles manufacturers, have confirmed a working partnership with leading mobility technology supplier and Fortune Global 500 company, DENSO Corporation. The collaboration has produced a super-efficient low voltage connected actively-cooled eCargo bike.

“The current partnership project involves developing and engineering to production a new EAV eCargo model which has already been named the EAV2Cool. The 2Cool will feature a 1.4m³ rear compartment, fully connected and actively chilled to an operating temperature of between 2°C — 5°C which can be sustained for 10 hours in 30°C ambient heat. DENSO’s innovation teams have brought all their knowledge and experience of being the producer of nearly a third of all automotive air conditioning units worldwide to the production of a low voltage cloud-connected chiller system which is being developed for the EAV project.”

EAV announce chilly partnership with DENSO for the EAV2Cool.

Electric Buses

Co-operating with Solaris Bus & Coach, CATL promotes cleaner bus transportation in Europe

“NINGDE, China — Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) has established co-operation with European leading electric bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach sp. z o.o. (Solaris) in the area of battery supply to push forward electrification of city transportation in Europe.

“CATL is going to supply lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries equipped with novel Cell to Pack (CTP) technology to Solaris to power its bus models in a bid to facilitate bus electrification, which will mitigate carbon emissions and reduce air pollution in Europe.

“Powered by CATL’s LFP battery system, which features exceptionally long battery life and high thermal stability, Solaris e-buses may offer an outstanding performance record in safety and distinguished temperature adaptability. By removing the conventional module parts, the innovative CTP technology increases the battery energy density and payload of the e-bus, making it a perfect option for sustainable city transportation.”

Otokar showcased its new electric bus range at Busworld Turkey 2022

“Otokar, the leader of the Turkish bus market for 13 years, debuted its electric bus range, featuring models from 6mt to 19mt, at Busworld Turkey 2022. Otokar also unveiled its 6mt bus series CENTRO during the exhibition.”

Otokar showcased its new electric bus

e-KENT Articulated

“Turkey’s pioneering and leading bus brand Otokar debuted its electric bus range, featuring models from 6mt to 19mt, at Busworld Turkey 2022 on 26-28 May 2022. The 6mt bus e-CENTRO and the 19mt articulated bus e-KENT became the highlights of the exhibition. Otokar provides comfortable and safe travel for millions of passengers with tens of thousands of buses operating in 50 countries across the world and primarily in Europe. In the tenth edition of the event in Istanbul, the company’s lineup included five different bus models.”

“We will step up exports with our electric bus range.”

Stellantis and Toyota expand partnership with new large-size commercial van including an electric version

“Stellantis N.V. and Toyota Motor Europe N.V. (TME) today announced the expansion of their existing partnership with an agreement for a new large-size commercial van, including a battery electric version. The new vehicle marks the third body type under the agreement, completing a full LCV line-up, with compact-, mid- and now also a large-size LCV.”

Electric Bicycles

Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso to present Kimoa Lab x Arevo e-bikes at Monaco Grand Prix

A trio of custom 3D-printed bikes destined for Monaco. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Fernando Alonso will exhibit the custom 3D-printed carbon fiber composite bikes in the paddocks of the GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2022.

“The new custom bicycle brand will enable customers to order frames printed according to their unique measurements and aesthetic preferences.

“A kiosk-based, in-store Kimoa Lab Experience will let customers experience the customization process in SimplyEV stores across the U.S. Customers can also customize their Kimoa e-bikes at Kimoa.com.”

Aviation

Airbus increases its UK innovation footprint to develop new hydrogen technologies

Image courtesy of Airbus.

“The UK ZEDC will benefit from the recent commitment by the UK Government to guarantee £685 million of funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of zero-carbon and ultra-low-emission aircraft technologies.

“Establishing the ZEDC in the UK expands Airbus’ in-house industrial capabilities to design, develop, test and manufacture cryogenic hydrogen storage tanks and related systems for the ZEROe project across Airbus’ four home countries. This, coupled with our partnership with ATI, will allow us to leverage our respective expertise to realise the potential of hydrogen technology to support the decarbonisation of the aviation industry,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus Chief Technical Officer.”

Autonomous Vehicles

Sensible 4 opens Tokyo office — runs an autonomous driving pilot with MUJI-designed driverless shuttle

“2.6.2022, Finland/Japan Japanese automotive industry gets a new operator as the Finnish self-driving company opens an office in Tokyo. Sensible 4’s autonomous driving technology is known for its ability to work in challenging weather conditions. Also, Sensible 4’s autonomous shuttle bus designed by MUJI does piloting in Chiba, Japan.”

Roads

Sunsmart streets using recycled rubber last twice as long

“Rubber from used tyres acts like sunscreen for roads and halves the rate of sun damage when mixed with bitumen, new research has found.

“RMIT University engineers collaborated with Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) to discover the perfect blend that is both UV-resistant and withstands traffic loads, with the potential to save governments millions on road maintenance annually.

“The new study led by Associate Professor Filippo Giustozzi at RMIT University provides a sustainable solution to UV protection for roads, with results published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

“‘We found that the ageing trend is actually slowed down when you add crumb rubber, which is recycled from scrap tyres, into the top layer of a road,’ Giustozzi said.

“This acts so effectively as a sunscreen for roads that it actually makes the surface last twice as long as regular bitumen.

“We knew that UV would be a factor in road degradation, but not by what degree or how to protect against it, as nobody has really been looking at this aspect.”

EV Manufacturing, Batteries

BLUETTI EP500Pro solar generator adopted LiFePO4 battery for longer lifespan

BLUETTI firstly launched EP500Pro on the crowdfunding website kickstarter.com in March 2021 and raised over 4 million pounds. Finally, this power beast is about to hit the shelf in EUROPE.

“Equipped with a monstrous 3000W pure sine wave AC inverter and a 5100Wh capacity, the BLUETTI EP500Pro can provide backup power whenever the outage occurs or when the wall outlets are far from reach.”

BLUETTI LiFePO4 Battery Cells

CATL says to supply BMW with cylindrical cell from 2025

“Chinese battery giant CATL (300750.SZ) on Friday said it will start supplying cylindrical cells to BMW (BMWG.DE) from 2025 to power its new series of electric vehicles.

“The battery maker has signed an agreement with BMW in which it is nominated as the supplier of the cylindrical cells for the German carmaker, CATL said without elaborating.”

Nano One to acquire Johnson Matthey Battery Materials Canada

Johnson Matthey announces sale of Battery Material

In case you missed the battery swap fun, take a look:

Environment

Finland sets world’s most ambitious climate target in law

Finland’s goal to go net zero by 2035 and then carbon negative was based on equity as well as science.

 
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