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Oil giant Shell accelerates electric vehicle effort with acquisition of network with over 30,000 chargers

Shell has been making a push to expand its services to electric vehicles over the last year. They announced that they would start deploying electric car charging stations in Britain and the Netherlands and we even saw their first Shell-branded charging station last month.
But the oil giant is really accelerating its electric vehicle effort this week with the acquisition of a major charging network.

NewMotion, Europe’s largest electric charging partner with over 30,000 charging points and 80,000 electric car owners using their network, was acquired by Shell for an undisclosed amount.


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 Shell and Allego are talking about increasing the rate to £0.49p next year. If they do, it would render the station completely useless.

 

 

Their current price is £0.25p.... Still as money hungry as always... Tesla Superchargers are £0.20p for Model 3 users as a comparison.


“If the genius of invention were to reveal to-morrow the secret of immortality, of eternal beauty and youth, for which all humanity is aching, the same inexorable agents which prevent a mass from changing suddenly its velocity would likewise resist the force of the new knowledge until time gradually modifies human thought.” 

 

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Shell opens its first UK electric vehicle charging points

Royal Dutch Shell has opened its first charging points for electric vehicles at UK filling stations in a further sign of the Anglo-Dutch group’s diversification beyond fossil fuels.

Drivers will be able to recharge EVs at 10 locations, mostly in London and south-east England, by the end of the year.

The launch on Wednesday follows Shell’s acquisition last week of NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest EV charging companies with 30,000 private home charging points and 50,000 public sites.

While smaller in scale than the NewMotion business, this new service provides the first Shell-branded charging points alongside petrol and diesel pumps at its own filling stations.

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EVs still account for only about 1 per cent of global car sales and an even smaller fraction of cars on the road but the market is growing rapidly.

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Tesla Is Getting Ready to Fill in Last Missing Piece of Its Electric Empire

The car maker is set to unveil an all-electric service vehicle based on their ever-popular Model S and Model X

It took them some time, but Tesla’s dedication to electric has finally trickled down to their service vans.
As Electrik reports, the car maker is set to unveil an all-electric service vehicle based on their ever-popular Model S and Model X, keeping their eco-friendly branding consistent.

Per Jon McNeill, Tesla’s President of Global Sales and Services, the vans — which have been on the road for some time helping Tesla owners with on-site service — are getting a major facelift in the near future.
“We didn’t think that it was very cool to show up to fix an electric vehicle with a combustion engine van,” McNeill said. “It really bugged us. Some really savvy technicians on our team figured out how to retrofit Model X to fit all the tooling and parts needed to do service.”


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 Shell and Allego are talking about increasing the rate to £0.49p next year. If they do, it would render the station completely useless.

 

 

Their current price is £0.25p.... Still as money hungry as always... Tesla Superchargers are £0.20p for Model 3 users as a comparison.

Price will be high until there is competition, The most price conscious people will already be charging at home, so a lot of the people charging at stations will be on long trips etc. and won't have much choice.



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Nissan puts 429 hp, 373 miles of range and autonomy into IMx electric SUV concept

Just last month, Nissan revealed the near future of its electric program when it detailed the second-generation Leaf. Now it dives deeper into the electrified future, dazzling Tokyo Motor Show attendees with the IMx, an all-electric crossover concept that promises enough range for a road trip, enough power for spirited highway sprints and the option to let the vehicle do all the driving while everyone else kicks back and relaxes.

 

https://newatlas.com...-concept/51892/


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Tesla reveals semi-truck and new sports car
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Tesla revealed an all-new version of its Roadster sports car that can go from a stop to 60 miles an hour in 1.9 seconds, a figure that would make it the fastest-accelerating production car ever.

That was after Tesla unveiled its new semi-truck, which CEO Elon Musk said can go zero-to-60 in five seconds with an empty trailer. That's a figure usually associated with luxury sedans, not big trucks.

With a full load, the truck can still reach that speed in 20 seconds, according to Musk, much faster than any diesel-powered truck.

Only after talking about the truck's speed did Musk mention its range. It can go up to 500 miles with a full load at highway speeds, he said.

 

Read more: http://money.cnn.com...veal/index.html


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EV Battery Giant CATL Planning $2 Billion IPO To Fund Expansion, Including New 24 GWh Manufacturing Plant

 

November 19th, 2017 by James Ayre

The China-based electric vehicle battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) is now planning a $2 billion IPO to be completed by the end of June 2018, with the funds to be used to accelerate the company’s expansion plans.

Amongst the plans for the IPO funds, the company will reportedly be building two new electric vehicle battery manufacturing plants — including one that will possess a production capacity of 24 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of battery cells.

If completed, the IPO in Shenzhen will represent the largest by a non-financial private firm in China on the mainland — and will boost the value of the firm to some $20 billion.

 

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Toyota Mulling Sale Of Locally Designed & Manufactured All-Electric Vehicles In China

 

November 19th, 2017 by James Ayre

Toyota is now mulling the idea of selling locally designed and manufactured all-electric vehicle models in China — rather than continuing to design models outside of the country and then adapt them to the local market (which is now the largest auto market in the world and also by far the largest electric car market).

The move would represent quite a change of strategy for the Japan-based auto manufacturer, and it seems is partly the result of China’s recently revealed and quite strict electric vehicle production and sales quota plans.

 

https://cleantechnic...vehicles-china/


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Why 9 Of Top 10 Norway Cars Are Electrified (CleanTechnica Video)

 

November 19th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan

One of the top presentations at EVBox’s first annual rEVolution conference earlier this year came from Sture Portvik, project leader for electrical vehicles and charging infrastructure in the City of Oslo’s Agency for Urban Environment. He was also speaking in Paris recently for Autonomy, where I was again present to moderate some panel discussions.

As you know, Norway is far and away the EV market leader (relatively speaking), with 9 out of the top 10 best-selling cars now electrified (fully electric, plug-in hybrid, or conventional hybrid). Nearly 50% of new car sales have been plug-in cars in recent months. The success is not due to just one financial incentive, but to an ecosystem of e-mobility support and awareness. Check out Sture’s presentations below (combined into one video) to get a better understanding of Norway’s EV leadership. And thank EVBox and Autonomy for this CleanTechnica exclusive.

 

https://cleantechnic...technica-video/


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China sold 66,000 electric cars in October over quadruple the US level
brian wang | November 22, 2017 |
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China had 66,000 electric cars sold in October, 2017.

Globally 123,000 plug in electric cars were sold in September, 2017. October global sales are not yet tabulated.

It seems likely that China has over half of the global electric car sales. The top model in China was the BAIC EC-Series. 11,315 EC-Series registered in October.

The little EV is a success with a trendy design, improved specs (now with 200 km of range), and competitive pricing (~$22,000).

 

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A New Vehicle Has More Energy Capacity Than a Tesla and More Torque Than a Tank

 

With sedans, SUVs, semi trucks, and even buses being converted to run on electricity, it was only matter of time before off-road vehicles were given the same treatment. In this particular case,  however, it’s an off-road vehicle with capabilities that outmatch most EVs in production and even some heavy-duty tanks.

Oooh, EVs are about to be simply better than gas cars, environmental benefits or no.


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China going from 2% electric cars last month to 20% in 2025 to possibly 100% in 2030
brian wang | November 26, 2017 |
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China is requiring automakers (making over 30,000 cars per year) to make zero- and low-emission vehicles- of at least 10 percent starting in 2019, rising to 12 percent in 2020.

Car makers that do not meet those targets must buy credits or face fines.

The targets look achievable for the industry as a whole, McKerracher said. Considering the credit structure, 12 percent in 2020 would translate to about 4 percent to 5 percent of actual vehicle sales.

A spokeswoman for France’s PSA Group said the delay was good news but that the company was fully prepared to meet the quotas regardless. Obtaining an energy score of at least 10 percent in 2019 can be achieved if 2.5 percent of PSA’s Chinese production is electric.

China going from electric cars being 2% of new cars sold to 20% in 2025 to possibly 100% in 2030

 

https://www.nextbigf...00-in-2030.html


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Coalition Of 13 Environmental Groups Urges USPS To Make Next-Gen Delivery Vehicles Electric

 

November 25th, 2017 by James Ayre

A coalition comprised of 13 different environmental groups advocating for “clean” transportation solutions in the US has sent an open letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) calling for the next-generation delivery vehicles (NGDV) design that’s chosen to be a plug-in electric.

 

As it stands, the USPS fleet currently travels some 1.3 billion miles a year, and uses over 180 million gasoline gallon equivalents of fuel a year — so a wholesale transition to plug-in electric vehicles would represent quite a coup, whether we are talking about plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) or all-electrics (EVs).

As we reported a while back, 2 of the 5 models currently being considered by the USPS as possible NGDVs actually are plug-in electric vehicles, so what the letter amounts to in practice is a public vote by the organizations in question for one (or both) of the plug-in options.

 

https://cleantechnic...icles-electric/


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China Launches World’s First All-Electric Cargo Ship, Will Use It To Haul Coal

 

December 2nd, 2017 by Steve Hanley

Here’s the good news: China has launched the first all-electric cargo ship. According to China Daily, the 230 foot long vessel is equipped with a 2,400 kWh lithium-ion battery that stores enough electrical energy to transport 2200 tons of cargo a distance of 50 miles on a single charge at a top speed of about 8 miles per hour. Time to recharge the battery is given as 2 hours, which is approximately the time needed to unload the ship at its destination.
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“As the ship is fully electric powered, it poses no threats to the environment. The technology will soon be likely … used in passenger or engineering ships,” said Huang Jialin, chairman and general manager of Hangzhou Modern Ship Design & Research Co, which designed the electric cargo vessel. The battery for the ship is comprised of 1,000 individual lithium-ion packs. Adding enough power to carry more cargo is simply a matter of adding more battery packs.

 

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Yikes, now that's some irony. Or maybe symbolic?


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House Republicans Propose To Repeal $7.500 EV Tax Credit. (Motor Trend)
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Here is some bad news for automakers investing heavily in electric vehicles for the future: This week, House Republicans proposed repealing the $7,500 federal EV tax credit, a move that could hinder already low sales of electric vehicles.

Automakers are preparing more electric vehicles to get ahead of the competition, and EV sales mandates in some states only add to the pressure. Federal tax credits, as well as state incentives, have helped counteract high sticker prices typically seen with electric vehicles. Not to mention these vehicles can’t travel as far on a charge as gasoline-powered cars can on a single fillup.

Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers that represents 12 major automakers, said the situation puts the industry “in the middle between contradictory government policies.”

“There is no question that the elimination of the federal electric vehicle tax credit will impact the choices of prospective buyers and make the electric vehicle mandate in 10 states — about a third of the market — even more difficult to meet,” said Bergquist, according to a report from Automotive News. However, supporters of the repeal argue EV buyers can do without incentives since they tend to be wealthier than average consumers.

 

 


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Thanks To Popular Pressure, The Senate Left The Electric Car Tax Credit Alone (For Now)

  https://cleantechnic...edit-alone-now/

December 10th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart

Senate Leaves Electric Car Tax Credit Alone2017 has been an interesting year for electric vehicles (EV). We’ve seen more EVs on the road and at auto shows internationally, but affordability hasn’t changed that much. Worse yet, in the US, the new administration has been on a rampage returning to the good old polluting days, with carmakers colluding and allowing the environment to be further damaged.

This is a story of what can happen when enough people get together and tell politicians enough is enough. Next: Net Neutrality and other environmental topics?

 


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Production Begins At NEVS Facility In Tianjin (China) — Production Capacity Of 50,000 EVs A Year To Begin, Expansion To 220,000 A Year Planned

Production has begun at the new NEVS plug-in electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China, according to recent reports.

The production facility will initially possess an electric vehicle production capacity of 50,000 units per year, but plans are in the works for a “Phase 2” of the project to increase that number to 220,000 units per year, reportedly.

 

 

https://cleantechnic...0-year-planned/


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PepsiCo Orders 100 Tesla Semi Trucks — Largest Tesla Semi Order To Date

 

December 12th, 2017 by James Ayre

In what amounts to the largest order yet for the product, PepsiCo has placed a pre-order for 100 units of the Tesla Semi Truck — an order effectively twice that of the previous largest order (an order for 50 units from Sysco).

 

https://cleantechnic...pre-order-date/


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