Panasonic are exploring the development of prismatic cells and collaboration that will include solid-state batteries. The agreement builds on a joint venture the companies have had since 1996 called '
Primearth EV Energy', which makes lithium-ion (li-ion) and nickel-metal hydride batteries for other Toyota cars. Toyota controls 80.5% of the entity, with Panasonic owning the remainder.
Singapore has launched an electric vehicle (EV) sharing program, which will run for a decade by
BlueSG (a subsidiary of the
Bolloré Group). There are about 80 EVs and 32 charging stations already available for public use. BlueSG aims to roll out a fleet of 1,000 EVs and 2,000 charging points by 2020. Bollore operates similar EV sharing plans in other cities, including
Los Angeles in the
United States and
Italy. The BlueSG EVs feature two-door hatchbacks that run on lithium-metal polymer batteries that drive up to 200 kilometers (124.27 miles) on a full charge.
Ten 10 electric buses (ebuses) manufactured by
BYD have started operating on the island of
K9 ebuses run a shuttle service to and from the
Okinawa Naha Port.
Pepsi has reserved 100
Tesla electric semi trucks (etrucks) for use within its
U.S. fleet of almost 10,000 big rigs. Tesla has also received an order for 50 vehicles from
Sysco. The number of reservations for the etrucks is estimated at over 260 units.
(Source: Reuters and Sysco)
Thyssenkrupp sees potential factory gear orders of more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) over the next decade due to an expected production boom of li-ion batteries for the EV sector. The company provides assembly lines for automated car battery production and generates about 25% of group sales from the auto industry.
Skeleton Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with
Sumitomo Europe with the aim of providing energy storage solutions for the EV industry.
(Source: Skeleton Technologies)
WM Motor is planning to start producing an EV at a plant in
Wenzhou in 2Q18. The '
Weltmeister' is due to be priced below 300,000 yuan ($45,340) to buyers in 2H18. The automaker aims to sell 100,000 EVs a year with three models within 3-4 years of the planned 2018 launch.
||Shenzhen Ebus Fleet vs 5 Largest N.A. Fleets
The city of
plans to have an all-electric bus fleet by the end of the year. Shenzhen's fleet of ebuses is bigger than the five largest
bus fleets combined (. The city's vehicles represent
only a small fraction of China's total ebus sales, which reached 116,000 last year.
(Source: WRI Ross Center and Metro Magazine)
||EV vs China Ebus Battery Demand
demand for ebus batteries is almost equal to that of demand for all-EV batteries.
(Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
has signed a memorandum of understanding with the
government under which it will work to expand the use and availability of EVs in Indonesia. The government and Mitsubishi will work together to conduct a joint study to examine the efficient usage of EVs in Indonesia.
(Source: Mitsubishi Motors)
Ford Motor intends to assemble EVs in
Michigan. The company altered its plans for the Michigan plant, as it expects the market for self-driving cars for taxis and delivery fleets to grow rapidly after it rolls out its first model in 2021. Ford plans to begin assembling a small, battery-powered sport-utility vehicle in a plant in
Cuautitlán, north of
Mexico City, in 2020. The EV is expected to travel 300 miles before needing to recharge its battery.
(Source: NY Times)
has bought a 14.78% cent stake in Ultraviolette Automotive, a Bengaluru-based startup working on electric two-wheelers and energy infrastructure. The company has tested three prototypes but has not launched an electric two-wheeler yet.
will be issuing updates to address the "Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations" in response to China's banning the import of hazardous materials into the country at the end of this year.
(Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada)