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Electric Acts of Kindness, 50,000 Reservations for Fisker Ocean, VinFast VF 8 & VF 9 Coming to Europe — EV News Today

The Hyundai IONIQ 5’s V2L technology creates an act of kindness that supports the brand’s vision of Progress for Humanity. Vinfast outlines its plan for sales and customer service locations — VinFast Stores — in Germany, France, and the Netherlands. There are 50,000 reservations for the Fisker Ocean SUV. Scroll down for more EV news on a variety of topics and explore the fun.

Electric Cars

Hyundai IONIQ 5 powers electric acts of kindness for new social media campaign

“Leatherhead, 8 June 2022 — Hyundai Motor UK has launched an innovative social campaign, using IONIQ 5’s V2L technology to create an act of kindness that supports the brands vision of Progress for Humanity.

“During May, Hyundai Motor UK ran a public vote where social users could select one of three acts, designed to showcase the technology of IONIQ 5. Following the vote, electric acts of kindness was created by Innocean UK with a focus on conveying Vehicle-to-load (V2L) and how IONIQ 5 can be used to power a diverse selection of electric items and lifestyles.

“Two films were created with street performers, Sherika at CRATE St James’ in Walthamstow and Genevieve at God’s Own Junkyard. Within the films IONIQ 5 arrives to power a range of equipment including amps, speakers, electric guitar and a confetti machine. Over a 5-hour period, the car used just 10% of battery to power the performances and, other than the items used, no modifications were made to the car when capturing the footage.”

European premiere of VinFast VF 8 & VF 9 at EVS35

“VinFast will officially showcase its Pininfarina-designed VF 8 and VF 9 in Europe for the first time at the International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS35), Oslo, Norway on June 11-15. At the European Premiere, VinFast will also announce its planned sales and service locations – VinFast Stores – in German, French and Dutch markets.

“The International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition is considered the most important conference and meeting venue for the electric vehicle (EV) industry and its suppliers in Europe. This is the premier networking event for global policy makers, industry and technology representatives, research communities and NGOs from around the world.

“At EVS35, VinFast will outline its plan for sales and customer service locations — VinFast Stores — in Germany, France and the Netherlands. A VinFast Stores network incorporated with online technologies will ensure a seamless and convenient experience for European customers. VinFast will also provide a keynote speech focusing on the role of electromobility as a means of decarbonising European transport for the benefit of society and the environment, and explain VinFast’s commitment to a more sustainable future for all.”

Fisker surpasses 50,000 reservations for Fisker Ocean SUV and reveals additional details about its second vehicle, the Fisker PEAR

“Fisker Inc., passionate creator of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions, announced June 8, 2022 that reservations for its all-electric Fisker Ocean SUV surpassed 50,000. The company also revealed significant additional details about its second vehicle, the Fisker PEAR (‘Personal Electric Automotive Revolution’). The Fisker PEAR will be fully revealed in the second half of 2023 and enter production at a plant owned by Fisker partner Foxconn in 2024.

“The Fisker Ocean will start production at a carbon-neutral factory in Austria on Nov. 17, 2022, with the base Sport trim priced at $37,499 before incentives*. The Extreme trim level is priced at $68,999 and delivers an estimated range of over 350 miles**.

“The Fisker PEAR will be fully revealed in the second half of 2023 and enter production at a plant owned by Fisker partner Foxconn in 2024. With development well underway, prototype testing is expected to begin at the end of 2022.”

FIAT launches the New Doblò and E-Doblò, driven by ingenuity for everyday tasks

“FIAT and FIAT PROFESSIONAL launches the new Doblò and E-Doblò, the fifth generation of the model. Ingenious and innovative, the new Doblò is an ideal partner for professionals.

“With E-Doblò, the brand continues its electrification strategy: FIAT by 2024 aims to go fully electric on every new model in Europe and to offer an all-electric range from 2027. Furthermore, New E-Doblò hits another milestone as the third electric vehicle for FIAT PROFESSIONAL, after E-Ducato and E-Scudo.”

The New E-Doblò

The New E-Doblò

Hilti GB moves closer towards CO2 targets with rollout of Kia electric cars

“Global professional tool manufacturer and construction solutions company Hilti has begun its latest rollout of electric vehicles, replacing more than 200 cars across the UK with Kia electric models.

“As part of this move the Kia e-Niro ‘4+’ was selected as the electric vehicle of choice to replace Hilti’s current diesel estate car. The Kia vehicles are zero emissions and represent an important step towards the company’s broader targets of becoming carbon neutral by 2023. The change to EVs across the business is expected to reduce Hilti’s total global emissions by some 48 per cent.”

Image courtesy of Kia.

Polestar to debut first electric performance SUV, Polestar 3, in October 2022

“Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car company, has announced that the world premiere of its next car, the Polestar 3 electric performance SUV, will be in October 2022. Polestar 3 is the company’s first SUV.

“The launch of the car marks Polestar’s entrance into one of the highest margin and growth segments in the automotive industry, particularly in the United States.

“Polestar 3 will, over time, offer autonomous highway piloting powered by the best-in-class LiDAR sensor from Luminar and centralized NVIDIA computing power. At launch, Polestar 3 will feature a dual-motor drivetrain and a large battery, with a range target of over 600 km (WLTP).”

EV Charging

Audi continues to roll out charging hub after success of initial pilot phase

“Feedback following the pilot phase of the Audi charging hub in Nuremberg turned out to be overwhelmingly positive. The fact that repeat customers accounted for some 60 percent of charging sessions confirms the Four Ring’s globally unique, urban charging concept. The Audi charging hub mostly serves urban drivers who aren’t able to charge at home. Starting in the second half of the year, a second compact Audi charging hub pilot site will open in downtown Zurich, followed by sites in Salzburg and Berlin. Additional sites are slated to open in Germany in 2023 and mid-2024.”

Plugging the gap… homeowners are bolstering the UK’s EV infrastructure by renting out their driveways hosts 4,892 electric vehicle private spaces at 1,700 private locations across the UK

“Electric revenue… electric vehicle owners generate 14 per cent more income than normal driveways.

“Homeowners with an electric vehicle (EV) charge point on their driveway are helping to make range-anxiety a thing of the past by renting out their driveway to EV owners looking for somewhere to park and charge their car, claims the online parking portal,

“As of April 2022, there were around 30,290 publicly available EV charging points available in the UK, equating to just 45 devices per 100,000 of the UK population. This represents a worrying shortage in EV charging infrastructure and is commonly cited as one of the biggest reasons why more motorists are not making the leap to all-electric.”

FLO announces U.S. EV charger facility, jobs coming to Michigan

FLO, a leading North American electric vehicle (EV) charging company, announced plans to open its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Michigan in late 2022 to accelerate execution of its U.S. market strategy. FLO expects that the facility in Auburn Hills, north of Detroit, will make a major contribution to Michigan’s electrification future. FLO plans to produce more than 250,000 EV chargers by 2028 for the U.S. market. The facility is expected to create 730 direct, indirect and induced jobs by 2028.

“’The future of EVs is in Michigan. We are proud to announce our facility today – our first in the U.S. – that will not only create jobs for Michiganders, but also help meet rising demand for smart, reliable charging stations, and to continue to expand the FLO network across the USA,’ said Louis Tremblay, FLO president and CEO. ‘Thanks to President Biden and Governor Whitmer for supporting policies that will transform the future of mobility and electrification of vehicles.’”

FLO EV charging station

Image courtesy of FLO

StoreDot, the extreme fast charging battery pioneer, fast tracks rapid growth with comprehensive portfolio of key strategic global partners

“StoreDot, the pioneer of extreme fast charging technologies for electric vehicles, is signalling its ambitions for rapid growth with a network of strategic global investments and partnerships that spans the entire battery ecosystem. The company is on track to begin mass producing its ‘100in5’ cells as early as 2024, delivering 100 miles of charge in just five minutes.

“StoreDot, which has raised a total of $200M to date has now received investments from major global automotive manufacturers including Daimler, Volvo, Polestar, VinFast and Ola Electric. It is already working closely with its partners to collaborate on future electric vehicle fast charging architectures.”

Wireless Charging

New research shows Electreon’s wireless electric vehicle charging technology could reduce global CO2 emissions by more than 1%, on average, year-on-year

“Wireless EV charging technology is not new but has yet to take the world by storm. In the transport sector, which accounts for 21% of worldwide emissions, wireless EV charging could present a credible solution to reduce CO2 emissions. Of the 21% of CO2 pollution generated by transport, 74.5% is caused by road vehicles. There is therefore a growing need for more sustainable and scalable EV charging solutions as private EV ownership is set to increase, and global EV fleet numbers — such as vans, buses, and trucks — are predicted to grow as well.”

Autonomous Driving

Uber Freight and Waymo Via partner to accelerate the future of logistics

“Today Uber Freight and Waymo Via announce a long-term strategic partnership to connect their technologies and deploy autonomous trucks at scale on the Uber Freight network. This partnership brings together the power of Waymo’s autonomous driving technology with the scale of Uber Freight’s network and leading marketplace technology, unlocking a road map for the thoughtful and safe implementation of autonomous trucks on roads across the US.

“The agreement is an important milestone that includes a deep product integration and long-term collaboration roadmap that involves building the tools and infrastructure specific to the successful deployment of autonomous trucks for Uber Freight’s shipper and carrier customers. Carriers that purchase trucks equipped with the Waymo Driver in the future will be able to opt in to Uber Freight’s marketplace through user-friendly applications letting them seamlessly deploy their autonomous assets on the Uber Freight network.”

RTI to advance automotive connectivity capabilities on Renesas’ R-Car SoCs

“RTI Joins the R-Car Consortium, Expanding its ASIL D Safety-Certified Connext Drive Connectivity Framework to Automated Driving and ADAS Applications

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the largest software framework company for autonomous systems, today announced its collaboration with Renesas, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions for the automotive industry. RTI Connext Drive®, the ISO-26262-certified communications framework for autonomous and electric vehicles, runs on Renesas System-on-Chips (SoC), providing OEMs with a trusted development platform. Connext Drive is available for system architects building their vehicle designs on top of R-Car platforms.”

A sample autonomous vehicle system architecture using Connext Drive and a layered databus architecture to integrate multiple components and platforms. Connext Drive is the first and only framework to be used in all the common automotive ecosystems. Source: RTI

Electric Buses & Electric Trucks

Solaris at European Mobility Expo in Paris with two zero-emission buses

“Xcel Energy was one of the first energy companies to put forward a bold vision to electrify all its light-duty vehicles and 30% of its medium and heavy-duty fleet by 2030,” said Sangram Bhosale, Vice President of Supply Chain at Xcel Energy. “We are thrilled to partner with Terex-International in operating the first all-electric bucket truck in the United States and continuing to deliver on Xcel Energy’s industry-leading fleet electrification goals, which are a companion to our vision of providing 100% carbon-free electricity to our customers by 2050.”

Terex Utilities names first 9 utilities to order new all-electric bucket truck

“Xcel Energy was one of the first energy companies to put forward a bold vision to electrify all its light-duty vehicles and 30% of its medium and heavy-duty fleet by 2030,” said Sangram Bhosale, Vice President of Supply Chain at Xcel Energy. “We are thrilled to partner with Terex-International in operating the first all-electric bucket truck in the United States and continuing to deliver on Xcel Energy’s industry-leading fleet electrification goals, which are a companion to our vision of providing 100% carbon-free electricity to our customers by 2050.”

From truck to rail: Audi switches up delivery of battery modules for Brussels


Polestar turns to fashion industry to drive climate neutral textile innovation and Polestar 0 project

“Swedish electric car brand Polestar is the main partner at the 2022 Global Fashion Summit (Copenhagen 7-8 June 2022), the leading international forum for sustainability in fashion. The Summit brings together members of the fashion industry, policy makers and stakeholders from a range of industries. Recognising the urgency for cross-industry collaboration, this year’s headline theme is ‘Alliances for a new era’.”

Rio Tinto and Salzgitter sign MOU to study using Rio Tinto iron ore in green steelmaking

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