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Hyundai Launches Sonata Hybrid Car with Solar Roof Charging System

Hyundai Motor is launching its first car with a solar roof charging system. This groundbreaking eco-friendly technology will provide vehicles with additional electrical power, as well as increasing fuel efficiency and driving range. Hyundai Motor’s solar roof charging system makes its debut on the New Sonata Hybrid. The system supports the vehicle’s electric power source, improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

In the coming years, Hyundai will roll out the technology to other vehicles across its range. This is the latest application of a smart solution from Hyundai advancing the mobility industry towards a more sustainable future.

The solar roof system includes a structure of silicon solar panels that are mounted on the car’s roof. Being able to charge even while driving, the solar roof system can charge 30 to 60 per cent of the battery per day v. with 6 hours of daily charging, it is expected to increase drivers’ travel distance by an extra 1,300 km annually.

The system is composed of a solar panel and a controller. Electricity is produced when solar energy activates the solar panel’s surface, which converts this energy by using photons of light from the sun. This creates the electron-hole pairs in silicon cells, which generate solar electricity.

The electricity from this process is converted to the standard voltage by the controller, then stored in the battery. Hyundai Motor took not only efficiency but also design into account while developing the solar charging system.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Next Step For E-Mobility At Daimler Buses

Preparing for the market launch of high-output charging, Daimler Buses has equipped its Mannheim bus plant with a central charging station for the fully-electric eCitaro. It can also be used to provide the newly released eCitaro with electricity via a pantograph. The special feature of this charging station is that the charging devices are suspended at a height of around five metres above the ground. The station serves to charge the eCitaro as part of the production process and ahead of delivery to customers. Plus, new charging technologies such as charging management, new communications protocols, new hardware for charging using a cable or a roof-mounted pantograph can be tried and tested. What’s more, the infrastructure is expandable as required.

Flexible and modular infrastructure concept for the relevant charging solutions: charging via cable, pantograph and charging rail

The charging station is compatible with all common charging technologies: 150 kW cable-bound charging, 300 kW rapid charging using a pantograph on the bus roof and 300 kW rapid charging using a permanently installed set of charging rails on the roof of the bus. In technical jargon, the latter is referred to as an inverted pantograph.

All four parking bays are setup to handle the particularly common cable-bound charging of the eCitaro. And in line with this, it can handle the different charging systems of two manufacturers. Using them, buses can be charged with an output of 150 kW. Two parking bays additionally offer rapid charging via the vehicle roof; one uses a pantograph, the other uses charging rails. In both cases, the charging output is 300 kW. The entire system has a modular design to ensure that it can be expanded as required.

As space in the bus plant is at a premium, Mercedes-Benz has decided to move off the ground, installing the eCitaro charging station at the height of the upper floor of the building. An idea which many transport companies also use. It doesn’t just save space, it also protects against costly accidents between manoeuvring buses and the charging technology.

The electric charging station is located directly behind the vehicle handover hall and thus has a strategically interesting location. To save electrically-powered city buses from having to carry out complex manoeuvring, the charging station has been built in a space-saving way to resemble a bridge. The city buses drive straight under the charging station and park right there for charging.

The charging station has four parking bays. It uses four charging devices with 150 kW output each and two with 300 kW each. The six charging devices enjoy shared use by three different technologies and two different manufacturers. The total connection power at the charging station is an impressive 1.2 megawatts. The corresponding cables are roughly as thick as a human arm and run in an extendible cable channel in the ground.

The charging station is positioned on a total of ten pillars and is accessible from all sides. For service purposes, wide steps lead up to the charging devices on the upper deck, as it were. These are protected against the influences of the weather by means of a roof.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Proterra Launches Proterra Powered Vehicle Electrification Solutions

Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, has launched Proterra Powered™ vehicle electrification solutions, leveraging Proterra’s industry-leading electric vehicle technology and expertise to help commercial vehicle manufacturers electrify their heavy-duty vehicles. Through years of innovative engineering development, Proterra has developed high-performance battery systems, electric drivetrain technology, and standardized, heavy-duty charging systems for commercial vehicle applications. Proterra technology and equipment helped the Proterra Catalyst® transit bus break the world record for longest distance traveled by an electric vehicle and is proven on the road today with more than eight million service miles driven by transit buses.

Proterra CEO Ryan Popple said that “Commercial urban fleets are the best use case for EV technology and we are at the beginning of an electrification revolution for heavy-duty vehicles due to declining battery costs, improved electric powertrain technology, lowered maintenance, and the immense public health benefits EVs bring to our communities. As more OEMs adopt EV technology for their vehicles, Proterra is uniquely positioned to be the best electrification partner because of our years of experience testing and evolving our battery system, drivetrains and charging systems through the deployment of our Proterra Catalyst transit vehicles, with vehicles on the road all across North America.”

Proterra is already partnering with world-class OEMs like Daimler, Van Hool, and Alexander Dennis to introduce 100% battery-electric vehicles that are powered by Proterra electric vehicle technology and provide clean, quiet transportation. Proterra and Thomas Built Buses, a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America and subsidiary of Daimler, have unveiled a new high-performance electric school bus, the Saf-T-Liner® C2 Jouley. Van Hool selected Proterra for its first all-electric motor coach in the North American market.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Nissan and EVgo to Install 200 New Fast Charging Stations

Nissan and EVgo are expanding the charging network for EV drivers with the installation of 200 direct current fast chargers across the United States. Each of the new fast-chargers is capable of delivering 100kW and have both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors so more EV drivers can benefit. The joint investment by Nissan and EVgo expands on a six-year partnership between two of the original leaders in transportation electrification in the US Nissan has installed more than 2,000 quick charge connectors across the country since 2010. More than 100 million Americans currently live within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, including those built in partnership with Nissan along the I-95 corridor on the East Coast, the DRIVEtheARC corridor in California from Monterey to Lake Tahoe.

Mr Aditya Jairaj, director, EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc said that “Nissan is proud to have partnered with EVgo to build the largest public EV fast charging network in the US. Given the tremendous driver response to the 2019 long-range1 all-electric LEAF, Nissan and EVgo will accelerate fast charging by committing to a multi-year charger construction program that will continue to expand fast-charging options for EV drivers across the country.”

Cathy Zoi, chief executive officer, Evgo said that “EVgo is thrilled to expand our six-year partnership with Nissan to provide convenient and reliable fast charging to EV drivers, including Nissan LEAF drivers, on the nation’s largest and most reliable public network. This new phase of our partnership means that EVgo and Nissan will continue to lead in enabling more American drivers to take advantage of the benefits of electric vehicles.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Ørsted Switches to Electric Vehicles

Ørsted has decided to phase out fossil-fuelled vehicles and make its car fleet 100% electric. As of 2021, the company will no longer buy or lease fossil-fuelled vehicles, and in 2025, Ørsted’s car fleet will be 100% electric. Ørsted is the first Danish company to join the global EV100 initiative. Ørsted is taking the next step in the battle against carbon emissions by committing to phase out diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles in the company’s car fleet and replacing them with electric vehicles (EVs), including battery-powered and hybrid vehicles.

Ørsted’s car fleet consists of 340 work vehicles and passenger cars. Today, 22% of Ørsted's car fleet is electric. Ørsted will also install and upgrade EV charging points and associated infrastructure at its largest office locations and continue to collaborate with car-sharing companies that offer shared EVs.

With its commitment to a 100% EV fleet, Ørsted becomes the first Danish member of EV100, a global initiative for companies working to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles towards 2030. EV100 was founded by the Climate Group, which welcomes Ørsted as a member:

"Ørsted is showing how large businesses can deliver the dream of truly clean transport, electric vehicles powered by renewable energy, in a matter of years not decades. We’re thrilled to welcome Ørsted onboard as the first Danish company within the EV100 initiative. Climate action requires more urgency, and Ørsted’s targets to achieve a 100% EV fleet within five years is showing impressive leadership in the energy sector and across global business more widely," says Luke Herbert, International Communications Director at The Climate Group.

Ørsted’s plan for a 100% EV fleet in 2025 is based on battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles that live up to EV100’s requirements for EVs.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Sumitomo Electric SEVD-11U EV

Electric vehicle high-power quick-charger connector assembly SEVD™-11U sold by Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd has been certified by UL, a US-based third-party safety science organization, as complying with the UL2251*1 safety standard for high-power charge boost mode. SEVD™-11U is the first quick-charger connector that has obtained the UL certification after a certification requirement decision was issued for additional functions.

This certification is based on the safety standard UL2251 for high-power charge boost mode established in March 2017 by the CHAdeMO Association through its standard specification 1.2 for quick charging stations for EVs. To ensure the safety of high-power charge boost mode, a CRD for additional functions was issued to the UL2251 on June 18, 2019.

The boost mode enables users to charge batteries at a higher current than the rated value for a certain period of time, if the thermal capacity is acceptable within a rated temperature range. This technology enables supply of a larger current and shortens the charging time of EVs, further improving customer convenience.

The certified SEVD™-11U has excellent operability and high safety while nearly doubling the charging capacity of the conventional product to a rated 600 VDC, 200 A.

Sumitomo Electric launched SEVD™-11U in June, 2018. Starting with the UL certification for North America, we will work on achieving certification in other regions in order to further promote sales of SEVD™-11U in Europe and Japan.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Chile Incorporates 100 New BYD Electric Buses

Chilean Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, along with the Ministers of Energy, Juan Carlos Jobet, and the Environment, Carolina Schmidt together with representatives of BYD, Enel and the operator Metbus, received 100 new BYD electric buses from China on Wednesday at the port of San Antonio. Three Chilean Ministers (Transportation, Energy and Environment) welcomed the buses, together with representatives of BYD, Enel and Metbus.

The buses, BYD K9FE, were shipped from the port of Shanghai on July 1, beginning the overland journey from San Antonio to the Chilean capital Santiago, where they will be integrated into the fleet that operates on the Avenida Grecia, the only completely electrified bus line in all of the Americas, and one that benefits more than 660 thousand people weekly.

Following the arrival of this batch of electric buses, another 83 units will be added in mid-August. These 183 units of BYD pure electric buses will join the 100 electric buses that BYD and local partner Enel brought into Santiago last December, which gave BYD a dominant share of more than 60% in the capital's promising electric bus market, and created the largest pure electric bus fleet in Latin America.

Minister Ms Hutt pointed out that “the arrival of this new fleet of electric buses demonstrates once again that the qualitative leap in public transport will not change, as well as our commitment to continue raising the quality of people's travel experience and, of course, their quality of life. It is a profound and radical transformation, which is embodied in the next tenders that we are promoting”.

With the arrival of the new electric buses, about 6% of the capital's fleet is now electrified and emissions-free. These 12-meter vehicles, like those already operating in Santiago, have Wi-Fi, USB ports, universal accessibility for people with reduced mobility, cameras and a segregated cab for driver safety, as well as padded seats and low floors.

GAZ Group Will Supply Electric Buses to Vladivostok

GAZ Group will supply two eco-friendly electric buses and a charging station to Vladivostok. The buses have ultra-quick-charge capability which allows completely depleted batteries to be recharged within 9 to 20 minutes. Pursuant to the contract, GAZ Group will also supply a charging station. The electric buses are expected to be shipped in November 2019.

The GAZ electric bus is designed to carry 85 passengers, has 30 seats and a passenger deck which is also equipped to accommodate people with mobility impairments. Each electric bus is powered by two asynchronous 125kW engines connected to lithium-titanate batteries. The powertrain is fully compliant with international Zero Emission standard which means that the bus does not release any dangerous substances into the atmosphere. To make the ride comfortable and safe, the bus has the kneeling capability (i.e. it tilts towards the bus stop) and video surveillance and firefighting systems.

At the request of Vladivostok municipal administration, GAZ will supply electric buses with special features. In particular, because of the challenging weather conditions, they will have a heated windshield and a climate control system. Other non-standard features will include tyre pressure sensors, USB chargers, a passenger counting system, validator for contactless fare payment, etc.

Ik hoorde net op de radio dat de Chinezen de automarkt willen veroveren en dat de eerste Chinezen auto's binnenkort in Europa en de VS op grote schaal verkocht gaan worden. De Duitsers gaan het zwaar krijgen in de toekomst.
Growing EV Infrastructure to Drive Copper Demand – Wood Mackenzie

Growing fears of a global economic slowdown continue to weigh on the copper demand, but Wood Mackenzie sees potential growth as demand grows for electrical vehicles. Henry Salsibury, research analyst at Wood Mackenzie, said “More than 20 million electric vehicle charging stations are expected to be deployed globally by 20230, consuming 250% more copper compared to 2019. As it stands, range anxiety, worrying that a battery will run out of power mid-journey, is a key psychological barrier standing in the way of more widespread EV adoption. One way to address this is to roll out more charging infrastructure. As this happens, more connections to the electrical grid will be required and more copper will be needed as the network expands.”

According to the research firm, coppers physical properties make it the best base metal to conduct electricity and accommodate the higher temperatures common in electric vehicles. While aluminium is the closest alternatives, aluminium cables need to have a cross-sectional area that is double the size of any copper equivalent to conduct the same amount of electricity, the company said.

Along with meeting growing infrastructure demand, Salsibury noted that electric vehicles consume about three times more copper than internal combustion engines. He said “The amount goes up as the size of the vehicle increases. For example, a fully electric bus uses between 11 and 16 times more copper than an ICE passenger vehicle - depending on the size of the battery and the actual bus.”

He said “By 2040, we predict that passenger EVs will consume more than 3.7 million tonne of copper every year. In comparison, passenger internal combustion engine vehicles will need just over 1 million tonne. If we look at cumulative demand, between now and 2040 passenger EVs will consume 35.4 million tonne of copper, around 5 million tonnes more than is required to meet current passenger ICE demand.”

The report comes as copper prices struggle to find momentum after falling to a two-year low at the start of the month. September high-grade copper prices last traded at $2.5815 a pound, down 0.29% on the day.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Deze tien elektrische auto's zijn het meest waardevast

De afschrijving van elektrische auto's is moeilijk te bepalen. Niet alleen omdat het gaat om nieuwe techniek, maar ook omdat ze door steeds betere accu's relatief snel verouderen. De Britse consumentensite WhatCar? onderzocht welke tien modellen het meest waardevast zijn.

Erik Kouwenhoven 14-08-19, 11:30

,,Nieuw uitgebrachte elektrische auto's met een steeds grotere actieradius zorgen ervoor dat oudere modellen snel minder waard worden", zeggen experts van het Britse CAP. Dit bedrijf houdt zich in Groot-Brittannië onder meer bezig met de afschrijving van nieuwe auto's en leverde data aan de krant Daily Mail, die op basis daarvan een lijst maakten met de minst afschrijvende elektrische auto's. Ondanks alles behoren elektrische auto's volgens CAP tot de meest waardevaste in de branche. Ze verslaan daarmee ruimschoots hun traditionele evenknieën die op benzine of diesel rijden.

Sommige auto’s met benzine- of dieselmotoren verliezen volgens het Britse onderzoeksbureau in deze eerste 24 maanden tussen de 50 en 60 procent van hun waarde. De grootste klap valt in het eerste jaar. Elektrische auto's doen het stukken beter dankzij hun beperkte slijtage, geringere aantal storingsgevoelige onderdelen en relatief lage kilometerprijs. Hoewel de Britse resultaten niet vanzelfsprekend ook voor alle in Nederland verkochte auto’s gelden, geeft de studie wel degelijk een indicatie van de gevoeligheid voor afschrijving van bepaalde modellen. In Nederland wordt erg weinig bekendgemaakt over de restwaarde van auto’s. Zelfs grote consumentenorganisaties als de ANWB wagen zich daar niet aan.

Helaas staat de recent geïntroduceerde Tesla Model 3 nog niet op deze lijst, omdat die nog niet lang genoeg op de markt is om een toekomstige waarde te kunnen berekenen. Hetzelfde geldt voor de Hyundai Kona Electric en Kia e-Niro, die beide iets te nieuw zijn om in de lijst opgenomen te worden. Toch is het volgens CAP goed om de lijst te raadplegen, aangezien de meeste autofabrikanten pas over twee jaar met compleet nieuwe elektrische modellen komen. Het is dus handig om te weten welk model over twee jaar de hoogste inruilwaarde heeft wanneer je nu in de markt bent voor een elektrische auto.

Top 10 elektrische auto's met de minste afschrijving:
10. BMW i3, waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 47.1 procent

9. Smart EQ Fortwo Cabrio: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 43,3 procent

8. Smart EQ Forfour: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 43,2 procent

7. Smart EQ Fortwo: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 40.3 procent

6. Tesla Model S: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 39,2 procent

5. Hyundai Ioniq EV: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 38,3 procent

4. Nissan Leaf: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 35,5 procent

3. Tesla Model X: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 35,4 procent

2. Volkswagen e-Golf: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 33,7 procent

1. Jaguar I-Pace: waardeverlies na 2 jaar/30.000 kilometer: 25,4 procent

Platinum Giant Wants to Create New Battery to Replace Cobalt, Nickel Demand

The world's top platinum and palladium supplier has an answer to the electric-car boom that may pose a long-term threat to its biggest market: invent a new battery. Anglo American Platinum wants to develop a lithium battery that uses platinum-group metals instead of cobalt and nickel. The aim is to create a new multi-billion dollar source of demand for the metals as electric vehicles reduce the need for traditional fuel auto catalysts.

Platinum miners have good reason to be worried. Electric-car sales are forecast to reach 56 million by 2040, making up about 57% of the overall car market versus 2% now, according to Bloomberg. That could curb demand for auto catalysts, which use platinum and palladium to clean toxic emissions. Platinum is already under pressure prices are near a decade-low as drivers turn away from diesel engines and supplies remain ample.

Mr Mike Jones, CEO of miner Platinum Group Metals, which is working with Amplats to develop the new battery said that "Platinum could play a big role in batteries, but we need to thrift out the other metals to make it viable.”

Amplats and Platinum Group Metals have agreed to invest up to USD 4 million in Lion Battery Technologies to find a way to use platinum metals to keep batteries cool and create a lighter product with a greater driving range. The venture is studying how much metal will be needed and aims to have a commercial prototype in three to five years.

The idea is not new. Academics have researched the technology since the 1990s, but developing it has so far been unfeasible.

There is no proof yet that such a battery can be mass manufactured, and no technology right now can compete with nickel-cobalt batteries in terms of affordability and performance, said George Heppel, a battery metals analyst at CRU Group.

Part of the challenge is that platinum metals are much more expensive than cobalt and nickel. Early research also shows that 0.5 to 1 ounce of platinum or palladium could be used in the new technology, as much as six times the amount of metal currently used in traditional autocatalysts, said Jones of Platinum Group Metals.

Mr James Frith, an energy storage analyst said that "The battery industry is trying to reduce its reliance on expensive/resource scarce material, so I question how hungry the market would be for these batteries.”

While electric-car sales are already rising, platinum consumption in the auto sector remained fairly robust in recent years amid stricter emissions rules, and the industry has boosted palladium usage, helping push prices to a record. Total demand may rise about 18 percent for platinum through 2030 and 12 percent for palladium, according to Noah Capital Markets.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
New battery from MAHLE Reduces Weight & CO2 Footprint of Electric Vehicles

A key factor in the acceptance of electric vehicles is sufficient cruising range. Instead of achieving this by using ever larger batteries, MAHLE offers a newly developed battery housing with integrated thermal management as a solution for increasing the rapid charging capability of the battery. This allows traction batteries to be about 40 percent smaller and thus recharged very quickly. MAHLE is thereby not only reducing the CO2 footprint of the electric vehicle, but also lowering the demand for raw materials for battery production, which are becoming increasingly scarce worldwide.

To implement the required high cooling performance during the rapid charging process, the battery cells are surrounded by dielectric fluid as part of the MAHLE battery housing concept. The fiber-reinforced plastic design is not only lightweight, but also extremely robust. The concept also provides massive weight benefits in the vehicle due to the smaller battery.

Dr Otmar Scharrer, Head of Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering at MAHLE said that “With our new battery housing concept, we are making electric vehicles more economical and environmentally friendly—while remaining just as attractive to customers. Both its moderate production costs and the elimination of expensive, powerful batteries are making a targeted contribution to bringing affordable electric vehicles to a broader market.”

The need to cool batteries and power electronics gives rise to complex circuits that substantially increase the requirements on individual components and thermal management control systems. MAHLE has supported the growing electrification of the powertrain and the associated tougher requirements right from the start and is continuously expanding its expertise in research and development.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
TomTom denkt mee met elektrische rijders

Gepubliceerd op 20 aug 2019 om 09:25 | Views: 1.095

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AMSTERDAM (AFN) - Navigatiedienstverlener TomTom gaat het makkelijker maken voor klanten om routes te plannen voor elektrische auto's. Het bedrijf biedt daarvoor twee nieuwe stukjes software, zogeheten api's, aan.

Met de Long Distance EV Routing API kunnen klanten routes plannen die langer zijn dan een elektrische auto op één acculading af kan leggen. Daarbij wordt gebruik gemaakt van gegevens van TomTom over de locatie en beschikbaarheid van laders en wordt de tijd die nodig is voor het opladen van de auto meegeteld in de verwachte aankomsttijd. De EV Charging Stations Availability API toont de beschikbaarheid van laadpalen en welke aansluitingen zij hebben.

Ontwikkelaars kunnen de nieuwe api's per direct inbouwen in hun software.
Charging Stations in UK Surpass Number of Fuel Stations

There are now almost 1,000 more public places to charge electric cars than there are forecourts to pump petrol in the UK 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations. The crossover happened more than a year before Nissan’s 2016 prediction of August 2020 a result of the accelerating adoption of EVs (electric vehicles) amongst UK motorists. In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion, powered cars.

Almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 (when the Nissan LEAF went on sale) to more than 9,000 in August 2019.

Of these locations, more than 1600 provide ‘rapid charging’, and can recharge a typical EV battery to around 80% in under an hour. According to Zap-Map, two new rapid charge devices came online every day in the last month. Almost all UK motorway service stations have charging stations installed, the majority of which provide a rapid charge option.

Transport for London has installed more than 1,000 EV charge points in the last year alone3, yet supply of conventional fuel within the capital is becoming scarcer. Central London has nearly half as many petrol stations per car as the Scottish Highlands4; only four remain within the congestion-charge zone. One of the country’s oldest forecourts, the Bloomsbury Service Station, which had been in operation since 1926, was closed in 2008.

The introduction of the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019, has led to increasing numbers of London drivers looking to zero-emission solutions for their commuter or commercial transport needs.

Most electric vehicle owners only need to charge at home however, so the UK government is looking to further support EV adoption, recently announcing a proposal for the installation of charge points for EVs in all new housing.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Mercedes EQV: elektrische MPV met maximaal acht zitplaatsen

Goed nieuws voor gezinnen met veel kinderen die graag elektrisch willen rijden. De Mercedes-Benz EQV biedt veel binnenruimte en komt volgens de officiële cijfers 405 kilometer ver.

Erik Kouwenhoven 20-08-19, 17:15

De MPV, die is gebaseerd op de V-Klasse, lijkt sprekend op de Concept EQV die eerder dit jaar te zien was tijdens de Autosalon van Genève 2019. De productieversie wordt aangedreven door een 201 pk (150 kW) en 362 Nm sterke elektrische motor met energieterugwinningstechnologie, die is gemonteerd op de vooras. De topsnelheid is begrensd op 160 km/u.

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Test Mercedes EQC: voorloper én achterblijver

Mercedes-Benz EQV © Daimler AG

De accu's zijn laag onder de vloer gemonteerd, zodat deze de wegligging en binnenruimte niet beïnvloeden. Met volle accu's komt de ruime auto volgens de NEDC-norm 405 kilometer ver. De auto kan beschikt over een laadvermogen van 11 kW en 110 kW, waarbij deze laatste de accu's binnen 45 minuten oplaadt van 10 naar 80 procent.

Mercedes-Benz EQV © Daimler AG

Het MBUX-infotainmentsysteem met een 10-inch display biedt toegang tot verschillende functies en ondersteunt spraakbesturing. De auto is leverbaar in twee verschillende lengtes: 5,14 meter of 5,37 meter, met een wielbasis van respectievelijk een 3,20 meter of 3,43 meter. De grootste versie biedt ruimte aan maximaal negen inzittenden. Het is nog niet bekend wat de auto gaat kosten en wanneer deze in de showroom staat.

De ‘batterijbus’ rukt op: heeft de elektrische bestelwagen kans van slagen?

Na de elektrische personenauto is nu ook de e-bestelbus in opkomst. Steeds meer autofabrikanten komen met zo’n ‘batterijenbus’. Voor bouwvakkers, koeriers en liefhebbers van kampeerauto's biedt deze manier van elektrisch rijden nog heel wat uitdagingen.

Roland Tameling 18-08-19, 11:13 Laatste update: 11:37

Het is vandaag bloedheet in Tilburg. Geen ideale dag om kennis te maken met de nieuwe, elektrische Vito van Mercedes-Benz. Om ons koel te houden moet de airco immers flink blazen en dat zie je meteen terug in het aantal kilometers dat je met deze 'batterijenbus’ kunt afleggen. Als de airco aanstaat, kom je al gauw zo'n 10 procent minder ver. Niet voor niets zet de e-Vito zichzelf na elke start in de zuinigste E+-stand; je kunt met een knopje op het dashboard ook E (van Eco) of C (Comfort) selecteren, maar dan verbruikt de auto meer stroom. Wij hoeven vandaag niet ver, dus kiezen voor de comfortabelste stand.

150 kilometer
De actieradius van een elektrische bestelwagen hangt, net als bij alle elektrische voertuigen ofwel EV's, af van veel factoren, waarbij het rijgedrag van de bestuurder veel invloed heeft. Volgens Mercedes haalt de e-Vito tussen de 149 en 160 kilometer op één lading, een chauffeur die slim omgaat met de batterijreserve kan zomaar 15 kilometer winnen. Daarbij is het verstandig om niet te hard op te trekken, maar juist wel beheerst te remmen. Bij vertragen slaat de e-Vito zijn remenergie op in de batterijen, waardoor je verder komt. Hoe sterk de auto afremt zodra je het gaspedaal loslaat, is instelbaar met flippertjes achter het stuur.

De beperkte reikwijdte van dit soort auto's roept de bekende vragen op: wie zit er te wachten op een elektrische bus die niet ver komt? Aannemers of schilders die het halve land doorrijden, hebben met 150 kilometer een flinke uitdaging. ,,We richten ons met dit soort auto's op klanten die overzichtelijke, vaak terugkerende ritten rijden", zegt Jorus Vos van Mercedes-Benz Vans Nederland. ,,Denk aan bedrijven die korte ritten rijden in de stad of vooral in één gebied actief zijn. Wij hebben berekend dat zulke bedrijven gemiddeld drie dagen met een e-Vito kunnen rijden zonder op te laden.”

Stedelijk vervoer biedt vooralsnog het meeste perspectief voor elektrische bestelwagens. Denk aan al die pakketbezorgers en boodschappenbusjes die nu met dampende dieselmotoren door de straat rijden. Voor de lokale luchtkwaliteit is een elektrische auto (die ter plekke geen vervuilde gassen uitstoot) veel aangenamer en bovendien ontbreekt het motorgeluid. Naar verwachting groeit online shoppen de komende jaren nog harder, en al die pakketjes moeten worden bezorgd terwijl veel steden broeden op plannen om dieselauto's te weren uit hun straten.

Deze trends leiden ertoe dat veel automerken de aandacht nu richten op elektrische bestelauto's. Al staat het aanbod in vergelijking met personenauto's nog in de kinderschoenen. Nissan loopt sinds enkele jaren voorop met de e-NV200, Renault levert een Master Z.E. en bij Volkswagen kun je terecht voor de e-Crafter (en de technisch gelijke MAN e-TGE). Deze VW is al uitgebreid in bedrijf bij de bezorgdiensten van Albert Heijn.

Veel fabrikanten werken inmiddels aan een breder aanbod. Mercedes presenteert volgend jaar de grotere e-Sprinter (en later een kleinere e-Citan), terwijl VW een accuversie van de Transporter toevoegt. Toyota komt volgend jaar met de elektrische Proace en de compactere Proace City, op het moment dat Fiat een uitstootloze variant van de populaire Ducato introduceert.

Deze Fiat dient als basis voor zo'n 70 procent van alle nieuwe campers, maar daarvoor blijft de dieselmotor voorlopig toch interessanter. Camperrijders die - met volle bepakking - langere stukken willen afleggen in onherbergzame gebieden, zijn immers niet geholpen met een korte reikwijdte. Het duurt waarschijnlijk nog jaren voordat de elektrische kampeerauto gemeengoed is, al broedt Mercedes-Benz ook al op een brandstofcelcamper die op waterstof rijdt.

Net als bij personenauto's zijn elektrische bestelbussen op dit moment nog veel duurder dan vergelijkbare auto's met een verbrandingsmotor. Bij personenauto's zijn de elektrische versies desondanks bij zakelijke rijders populair dankzij stimuleringsmaatregelen, zoals de lage fiscale bijtelling.

Voor een elektrische bestelbus kun je als ondernemer hooguit bepaalde milieusubsidies aanvragen. Vos meent echter dat een elektrische bestelbus wel degelijk financieel aantrekkelijk is. ,,De e-Vito hebben we vergeleken met de Vito 114 CDI, een veelgekozen dieselversie. Qua prestaties zijn beide gesloten bestelwagens redelijk vergelijkbaar; de 114 CDI levert 136 pk (100 kW) en 330 Newtonmeter trekkracht terwijl de e-Vito met 84 kW (114 pk, red.) en 300 Nm daar niet ver onder zit. De laadruimtes zijn bovendien identiek omdat de accu's van de e-Vito onder de vloer liggen, en met minimaal 1048 kilo zit ook de elektrische Vito niet verlegen om laadvermogen."

Met een aanschafprijs van minstens 41.990 euro exclusief aanschafbelastingen kost de e-variant beduidend meer dan een kale Vito 114 CDI. Die mag in de uitvoering 'Lang' al voor 28.000 euro exclusief belastingen de showroom verlaten.

,,Waar het echt om draait bij dit soort auto's is de total cost of ownership, ofwel het complete bedrag dat je kwijt bent om de auto in te zetten voor je bedrijf", betoogt Vos. ,,Dan zie je dat een elektrische auto enorme besparingen kan opleveren. Niet alleen door het wegvallen van de brandstofkosten, maar ook omdat zo'n elektrische Vito minder onderhoud vergt. We bieden maandtarieven aan waarbij het onderhoud de eerste vier jaar zelfs gratis is. Als je alles erbij betrekt, blijkt het kostenplaatje verrassend interessant."

Zes uur
Onze kennismakingsrit door Tilburg zit erop. Het is opvallend hoe soepel de e-Vito door het verkeer zoeft. Dankzij de standaard aanwezige automaat rijdt de wagen erg gemakkelijk, de reacties op het 'stroompedaal' zijn niet flitsend maar voldoende. Zelfs met de airco op standje Zuidpool daalt de actieradius van de testauto nauwelijks, dus als pakketbezorger, boodschappenbrenger of stedelijk hoveniersbedrijf lijkt een elektrische bestelbus een prima alternatief.

Zijn de accu's na een dag werken helemaal leeg? Dan laad je de e-Vito 's avonds of 's nachts binnen zes uur helemaal op, zodat je de volgende dag weer aan de bak kunt. Dat laden gaat met maximaal 7,4 kW overigens niet bepaald rap, en DC-snelladen is bij deze Mercedes nog niet mogelijk. Vergeleken bij de enorme ontwikkeling die elektrische personenauto’s op dat vlak doormaken, lopen de bestellers dus nog wel wat achter.

Volkswagen ID.BUGGY at Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance

For the first time the Volkswagen ID. BUGGY hits the roads and beaches of California. The concept car will also be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during Monterey Car Week. Since its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, the ID. BUGGY has created buzz about the future possibilities of e- mobility.

Drawing inspiration from the classic dune buggies of the 60s, the ID. BUGGY shows the versatility of the modular electric drive matrix and puts the fun in functional. The BUGGY’s modular design allows for the composite upper body to be detached from the MEB chassis, opening up a world of possibilities for third-party manufacturers, as the original Meyers Manx kit did for the first buggies.

The lack of doors and a roof make the ID. BUGGY ready for the purest form of classic beach cruising. Off-road features include standard 18-inch wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A® off-road tires (255/55 at front and 285/60 at rear), as well as solid aluminum underbody protection. Two robust red steel eyelets are integrated in the bumpers for towing and the reinforced windshield frame and the Targa bar provide rollover support.

Inside, the ID. BUGGY features a minimalist aesthetic and waterproof materials. A hexagonal steering wheel, covered with water-repellent Nappa leather, features touch controls, and a digital instrument cluster keeps the dash uncluttered. Despite the shortened wheelbase of the concept car, passengers have an unusually large amount of space.

The zero-emissions drivetrain of the I.D. BUGGY is made up of the electric motor integrated in the rear axle, with power electronics, a single-speed gearbox, and the high-voltage flat battery (62 kWh) arranged in the car floor to save space. The electric motor delivers 150 kW / 204 horsepower and maximum torque of 310 Nm from standstill, and gives the vehicle an expected range of 250 on the WLTP cycle. The concept car sprints from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.2 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically controlled at 160 km/h.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
ABB to Install EV Charger Network in Singapore

ABB has won a contract from Shell to deliver and commission its market-leading electric vehicle infrastructure at ten Shell stations island-wide. The first ABB Terra 54 DC (Direct Current) fast charger has now been switched on and is ready to charge at Shell’s Sengkang station, in north-east Singapore. Additional chargers will be commissioned over the next few months. ABB’s 50kW fast chargers, which can charge a vehicle's battery up from zero to 80 percent within 20-30 minutes, is compatible with most EV and has been certified to perform optimally within the environment of a petrol station. Furthermore, through ABB Ability™ connected services, the company’s advanced digital management solution, chargers will be connected to back offices, payment platforms or smart grids systems while charger status monitoring, remote diagnostics, repair and over-the-air software updates minimize downtime and keeps running costs low.

Mr Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for EV Charging Infrastructure, said that “With more than 11,000 DC fast chargers sold across 76 countries world-wide, ABB plays a leading role in the development of sustainable mobility with its innovative and digital technologies and has participated in a growing number of projects around the world and in Singapore. This latest project will further accelerate Singapore’s transition to a future mobility ecosystem that is safer, cleaner and more accessible.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Mercedes-Benz EQV First Fully-Electric Premium MPV

Mercedes-Benz Vans presented the Concept EQV as a study at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. Now the series version of the Mercedes-Benz EQV is celebrating its debut. The next member of the Mercedes EQ family combines emissions-free mobility with impressive driving abilities, high functionality and aesthetic design as the first fully-electric premium MPV from Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz EQV will be displayed to the public for the first time at this year’s IAA. The technical highlights include a range of 405 kilometres and the rapid charging of the high-voltage battery from 10 to 80% in less than an hour. The Mercedes-Benz EQV also offers ultimate comfort in the interior and unparalleled flexibility. Customers can also choose between two different wheel bases.

Mr Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans said that “Our MPVs meet the highest standards in terms of functionality and variability. The EQV also does not compromise in this respect. It offers comfortable handling, dynamic electro-aesthetics, intuitive operation and generous space and all locally emissions-free. This means that it offers all of the typical qualities of the brand and segment that our customers expect, whether as a family car or a shuttle vehicle with a lounge-like character.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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