Jan 24, 2024

$13,070 Electric Car, 100% Electric Chevrolet Blazer, Best Car for Dog Owners — EV News Today



Chevrolet has released another preview of the all-electric Chevrolet Blazer SS and has announced its official reveal date: Monday, July 18th. Stay tuned for more exciting details on the reveal in the coming weeks. The ID.5 range is offering a compelling equipment package, including one with an energy efficient heat pump (£1,050). Scania is adding to the list of electric trucks available for regional long-​haul transport by introducing solutions built upon the next level of battery-electric trucks (BEV) — or so it says. See that and much more EV news below.

“The all-new 2024 Chevy Blazer EV will be revealed on July 18. Developed from the ground up, the Blazer EV offers a groundbreaking mix of style, performance and technology. Stay tuned to learn more”

“The Volkswagen ID.5 has been bestowed with an additional trim level, available across all three of its powertrain variants. The ID.5 Style serves as the new entry-level derivative for the Pro, Pro Performance and GTX, starting at £49,735 for the 174 PS ID.5 Style Pro, and offers a comprehensive equipment list alongside a boost in value for the elegantly-styled, all-electric SUV-coupé.

“The ID.5 Style expands the model’s trim line-up to five, and sits beneath the ID.5 Tech and ID.5 Max, while the ID.5 GTX Style slots in before the ID.5 GTX Max, as the entry-level model fitted with the GTX powertrain.

“The Style follows the rest of the ID.5 range in offering a compelling equipment package, and as the entry-level model, leaves only a few items to be optionally specified. These include the energy efficient heat pump (£1,050); 3-pin mains charging cable (£190); Trailer Hitch (£890); and, over the other ID.5 models, the Infotainment Package Plus (£1,350), which adds the acclaimed augmented reality head-up display, as well as a Dynaudio digital sound package and subwoofer. A number of alternative alloy wheel designs and a vibrant array of paint colours can also be specified optionally, over the model’s standard Moonstone Grey paint and attractive 19-inch ‘Hamar’ wheels.

“It is not just the ID.5’s equipment list, battery and motor that set it apart, either — the innate qualities of Volkswagen’s ID. family provide benefits beyond luxury and technology. These include the dedicated MEB electric vehicle platform that enables a compact footprint for the eye-catching ID.5 relative to its expansive interior space; the capability to receive software updates, ensuring the user benefits from the latest improvements; a network of customer-focused retailers with product experts on hand for any query; and dependability assured by the Volkswagen roundels front and rear.”

The all-electric MG5 EV, meanwhile, collected the award for Best Car for Dog Owners after it drew praise for its space and practicality, beating competing finalists the Toyota RAV4 and Peugeot 208.

“The all-electric MG5 EV, meanwhile, collected the award for Best Car for Dog Owners after it drew praise for its space and practicality, beating competing finalists the Toyota RAV4 and Peugeot 208.

“’When it comes to the best car for dogs, consumers valued space, comfort and ease of use for transporting their four-legged friends,’ said Baker.

“The 100% electric MG5 EV offers up to 250 miles of driving range (WLTP) and rapid charging to 80% in just 61 minutes. Its highly practical estate body style delivers 578 litres of storage space, rising to 1,456 litres with the rear seats folded, in a cargo area filled with clever touches such as a dual-height boot floor.”

All-new Megane E-Tech — 100% electric.

“Offering up to 292 miles (WLTP) of range and fast 130 kW charging delivering 186 miles in just 30 minutes […]

“The All-New Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric has been named the ‘Best Electric Hatch’ at the Top Gear Electric Awards 2022. Ahead of its launch in the UK later this year, the All-New Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric scooped the prestigious award after impressing the Top Gear judges with its engaging drive, stylish appearance and quality feel.”

“The Qiantu K20 can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in as little as 4.7 seconds and offers frameless doors and a variety of color options to appeal to younger consumers.”

Image credit: Qiantu Motor

“After returning to the public eye late last year, Chinese electric sports car maker Qiantu Motor appears to be making a serious comeback.

“The Qiantu K20, the company’s second model, is available for pre-order today. The model promises to be an interesting addition to the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) market, considering its core specifications as well as its prices.

“The model is a two-door, two-seat hatchback with a pre-sale price range of RMB 86,800 ($13,070) to 149,800.”

Image credit: Qiantu Motor

“To cater to a younger demographic, Qiantu offers the K20 in a variety of color options that users can choose from depending on their preferences.”

“Ian Robertson, Editor and Publisher of Diesel&EcoCar, said ‘The e-208 is petite and handsome, and packs a sizeable 50kWh battery and punchy 100kW electric motor meaning that it has a great range and is great fun in the process. An appealing cabin packed with equipment is backed up with a good boot and a roomy interior. It’s our favourite small electric car.’

“The PEUGEOT e-2008 was awarded the ‘Best Electric Compact SUV’ and was ranked 15th overall. Alongside the two full-electric models, the 3008 HYBRID was also ranked in the Top 50 list, placing 18th overall.”

Image courtesy of Peugeot.

“Robertson, added: ‘The e-2008 is stylish, good to drive and ideally sized to tackle urban British roads. Considering its compact size, it has an excellent range of 214 miles (WLTP). It’s got more luggage space than a VW Golf and its interior is modern and boasts the latest technology. It’s our best electric compact SUV.’

“Powered by a 50kWh battery and a 100kW (136hp) electric motor, the PEUGEOT e-208 can achieve up to 225 miles (WLTP) between charges. The e-2008 features the same electric powertrain and is capable of up to 214 miles (WLTP) on a single charge. Both models support up to 100kW rapid charging with a 0-80% charge taking just 30 minutes.”

“Deliveries of vehicles were 25,768 in the first quarter of 2022, including 4,341 ES8s, 13,620 ES6s, 7,644 EC6s and163 ET7s, representing an increase of 28.5% from the first quarter of 2021 and an increase of 2.9% from the fourth quarter of 2021.”

NIO ET5. Image courtesy of NIO.

“The government set aside €71 million to subsidise the sale of new electric cars to the general public this year, but the budget has now been spent, the infrastructure ministry has confirmed. In total, 22,000 people were able to benefit from a grant of €3,350 towards the cost of a cheaper electric car. The subsidy was available for vehicles with a minimum distance of 120 kilometres between charging and priced at up to €45,000. Subsidies of €2,000 are also available for second hand electric cars and that fund, totalling €20.4 million, is not yet empty.”

“Phihong launches Zerova to deliver flexible EV charging solutions to support accelerated electric rollout.”

“Phihong Technology, a leading power supply manufacturer, is launching a new subsidiary, Zerova, to cater exclusively to the electric vehicle (EV) charging market, at The 35th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS), in Oslo, Norway.

“Joining 2,500 Conference delegates at one of the foremost electric vehicle exhibition events in the world, Zerova has unveiled its new offer and portfolio of charging solutions for the global market. Zerova offers flexibility and adaptability for a variety of charging applications covering residential, commercial and fleet chargers, as well as the provision of large-scale charging infrastructure, such as EV charging hubs.”

“Phihong launches Zerova to deliver flexible EV charging solutions to support accelerated electric rollout.”

“The EV market is booming and, in 2021, electric car sales more than doubled to 6.6 million, representing close to 9% of the global car market and more than tripling their market share from two years earlier[1]. By 2035, it is expected that 100% of new cars sold in Europe will be electric[2]. However, a key challenge is ensuring that the right infrastructure is in place to address a continuously evolving market. Charging availability and simplicity, as well as real time information and safety are key parameters to achieving EV drivers’ satisfaction.

“New specialist EV charging company launched at EVS35 to meet global market needs for flexible charging solutions. Products based on proven technology already trusted and used by Audi, Jaguar and Shell. New range of solutions includes portable chargers, high-power charging equipment above 360KW, and management platforms.”

“Together with NECA, ChargePoint is ensuring electrical contractors have the technical expertise needed to further accelerate deployment of EV charging infrastructure and enable charging everywhere drivers live, work, and play.”

“ChargePoint will help develop NECA trainings for its contractors, including the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP)”

“ChargePoint (NYSE: CHPT), a leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, today announced a new partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the voice of the $202 billion electrical construction industry with 118 local chapters, to accelerate the deployment of EV charging. Through the partnership, ChargePoint and NECA will develop training programs for its electrical contractor members who install EV charging infrastructure and be a resource in NECA’s Industry Alliance Network (IAN), which connects NECA contractors to companies at the forefront of the electrical industry.

“This partnership comes as the federal government prepares to invest billions of dollars in EV charging through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including $7.5 billion for highway and community charging and billions more to electrify private and government fleets.

“‘Through this collaboration, we are connecting our technical experts with NECA’s network of thousands of electrical contractors, who are key partners that ensure connected, software-enabled charging solutions are installed proficiently in communities across the country,’ said Anthony Harrison, senior director of North American policy for ChargePoint. ‘Together with NECA, ChargePoint is ensuring electrical contractors have the technical expertise needed to further accelerate deployment of EV charging infrastructure and enable charging everywhere drivers live, work, and play.'”

“The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure selected for a nationwide network of ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers which will help reduce carbon emissions, boost adoption of EVs by addressing so-called range anxiety, and lay the groundwork for a more connected and sustainable transportation system.

“Ten Siemens Sicharge D 160 kW ultra-fast chargers will be installed on the highways in Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. To meet the changing market demands, the chargers have a scalable power up to 300 kW and can be expanded with additional external dispensers for up to two additional charging cables. All are cloud-connected devices which allows operators to monitor and manage the chargers remotely.”

Siemens public fast charger Sicharge D, charging station

“This project in the UAE continues the success story of our public fast charger Sicharge D. With a peak efficiency of 96 per cent, it is one of the most efficient high-power DC chargers currently available,” said Birgit Dargel, Vice President Sales eMobility at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, adding: “Its communication ability with the cloud provides operators with real-time information and flexibility to manage their charging network. Its intuitive, height adjustable 24′ touch screen display as well as its elegant appearance guarantees a great user experience.”

“True to its stated roadmap, Scania is now introducing solutions built upon the next level of battery-electric trucks (BEV). The new generation, available with R or S sleeper cabs, is part of a complete solution that will open the door to the electrified transport landscape wide for a vast number of customers and applications. With 624 kWh of batteries installed, Scania provides the means for a major shift regarding electric trucks and their operability in regional long-haul operations.”

Image courtesy of Scania

“This introduction represents a major milestone for us and for our partners,” says Christian Levin, Scania’s CEO. “We are now increasing our range in every dimension by offering new opportunities for a vast selection of customers and the whole transport ecosystem. These trucks are part of solutions that contain all the capabilities that a transport industry longing for electrification is asking for.”

“Nikola Corporation (Nasdaq: NKLA), a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure solutions, announced that its Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) has been deemed eligible for the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP).”

“Morgan Truck Body featured two advanced-technology truck bodies at the first Zero-Emission Truck Showcase + Ride and Drive, June 8 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, hosted by The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and organized by CALSTART. The event provided an opportunity for industry OEMs and fleet operators to discuss the state of technology, explore EV challenges and solutions, as well as get a first-hand look at the technologies that will pave the way to a zero-emission future.”

Courtesy of Sono Motors

“Sono Motors, the company that aims to revolutionize the future of solar-powered transport, is expanding its solar business by entering the growing refrigerated trailer market with its proprietary Sono Solar Technology, to further reduce global fossil fuel emissions. The company signed a purchase contract with The Reefer Group, an international leader in refrigerated bodies, extending the number of total partners of Sono Motors’ Solar business unit to more than 17 globally. As part of this collaboration, the companies will build a first trailer vehicle with the Reefer Group’s French subsidiary CHEREAU S.A.S. for extensive testing to further evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of integrating a customized solar solution for a high volume series vehicle. The solar integration will provide the trailer’s cooling unit with an additional 9.8 kW peak, offering possible fuel savings of approximately 3,400 liters (up to 8,475 under peak conditions) and providing the potential to reduce the local CO2 emissions by approximately 9 tonnes per year per vehicle compared to trailers with diesel-powered cooling units.*”

“BrightDrop, the technology company decarbonizing last-mile delivery, is acquiring fleet optimization software from Marain Inc., a California-based technology startup. BrightDrop will integrate Marain’s artificial intelligence-powered fleet optimization software into BrightDrop’s ecosystem of last-mile solutions to analyze, forecast and identify multi-modal solutions for fleet customers as they plan their journey to full-fleet electrification.

“Just 17 months after launching the business, and on the heels of delivering its first commercial electric vehicles to FedEx, this move signals BrightDrop’s continued growth and momentum to capture a winning share of the $250 billion last-mile delivery market.”

“Perhaps the most well-known benefit of switching to an electric vehicle is the environmental impact due to the elimination of tailpipe emissions compared to an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, but what isn’t as obvious is that they can also be less expensive over the operating lifecycle. Why? For starters, we tend to focus on fuel prices, yet one thing that often gets overlooked is the reduced maintenance costs electric vehicles can offer. The U.S. Government’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy estimates that scheduled maintenance costs for light-duty battery electric vehicles are about 6 cents per mile, compared to 10 cents per mile for a conventional vehicle. Someone buying a passenger car for private use is less likely to worry about maintenance, but for large fleet managers these cost savings can be meaningful over time.

“Another costly issue for fleets is unscheduled repairs caused by breakdowns. According to a study reported in, unplanned repair costs for electric commercial vans are on average 22 percent lower compared to internal combustion engine equivalents after three years on the road. The reason for this is that electric vehicles have fewer mechanical parts than internal combustion engine vehicles. This is significant because reductions in repairs also mean more time on the road for busy delivery fleets. In a world where downtime is death for fleets, keeping vehicles on the road is critical to meeting the ever-increasing demand for last-mile deliveries.”

Image courtesy of BrightDrop.

“Schaeffler is focusing on electric mobility. The company is demonstrating this by simultaneously launching several new electric axle drives (electric axles). ‘Electric axles are a key element of our electric mobility strategy,’a says Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive Technologies at Schaeffler AG. Until now, up to three drive components were assembled in one compact unit. With the so-called 4in1 electric axle, Schaeffler is now going one step further by integrating the thermal management system as well as the electric motor, power electronics, and transmission into the axle drive.”

“TOKYO, Japan, June 13, 2022 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the establishment of Striemo Inc., the second business venture to originate from IGNITION, Honda’s new business creation program.

“Striemo Inc. has been developing a one-person, three-wheeled electric micro-mobility product, also named “Striemo,” which features an original balance assist mechanism that enables stable riding with less likelihood of falling through its entire speed range, from walking slowly to riding a bicycle. Striemo is scheduled to go on sale in Japan before the end of this year, and in Europe in 2023.”

“WASHINGTON, D.C.The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it closed on a $504.4 million loan guarantee to the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project in Utah — marking the first loan guarantee for a new clean energy technology project from DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) since 2014. The loan guarantee will help finance construction of the largest clean hydrogen storage facility in the world, capable of providing long-term low-cost, seasonal energy storage, furthering grid stability. The project is expected to create up to 400 construction and 25 operations jobs, advancing President Biden’s climate and clean energy deployment goal of net zero emissions by 2050. ”

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