For years, there have been plans to phase out gasoline-powered cars, but the effort picked up speed with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order in September calling for 100% of in-state sales of new cars and trucks to be zero-emission by 2035. The order puts California at the forefront and on the road to an electric vehicle future.
“California has always been a leader in electrifying transportation. On top of that, we see a lot of policy efforts happening. So we’re gonna see more and more vehicle models and more choices for consumers,” said Robert Barrosa, a senior director of sales, business development and marketing at Electrify America.
Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego are big markets for electric vehicles in California.
“So there’s many, many startups that are trying to enter the space, startups like Faraday Future, because this technology is so disruptive,” said Barrosa. “More competition is better for the consumer. At the end of the day, the consumers win and the environment wins.”
“California had some of the worst air pollution in the country back in the 60s and 70s. And that’s one of the reasons people have adopted EVs – they’re cleaner,” said Dave Kunz, an automotive specialist with KABC-TV. “There really aren’t a lot of downsides to driving an electric car. Maybe you can’t quite as easily jump in your car and drive three states away on vacation. But for most of your driving, an electric car is just like the car you have now, it just runs on electricity.”
“Public charging infrastructure is going to be key,” said Jessica Caldwell, an executive director of insights with Edmunds.com. “They’re already over 73,000 charging stations with an additional 123,000 planned by 2025.”
Kunz says looking at everything happening in the auto industry, what they are doing and what the government is mandating – it’s probably safe to say electric vehicles are the future.
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McHENRY — The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center had two electric vehicle fast-charging stations installed by Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.
The stations are among the first such units the company has installed in its Maryland service area.
Fast-charging stations, also known as direct-current fast chargers, can provide an 80% charge for most vehicles in less than an hour, enabling drivers to recharge during the day or on a break. Each of the fast-charging stations at the visitors center can accommodate one vehicle per station. Charging time is limited to a maximum of four hours.
The Garrett County Chamber and Visitors Center also had one Level 2 charging station, which can accommodate one vehicle for charging and deliver 8 to 24 miles of range per hour of charging, also installed by Potomac Edison. The maximum amount of charging time for the Level 2 charging station is also four hours.
There is a fee to use the stations: 30 cents per kilowatt hour for DC and 16 cents per kilowatt hour for AC.
The new stations are part of Potomac Edison’s EV Driven pilot program, a five-year Maryland Public Service Commission-approved program designed to benefit the state’s environment by reducing auto emissions and support Maryland’s goal to reach 300,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.
Over the last two months, Potomac Edison has also installed new dual-port Level 2 stations at Garrett College in McHenry and at Oakland municipal parking lot, located at 108 East Oak St.
Electric vehicles offer a clean, efficient alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles, averaging as low as one-third the cost-per-mile of gasoline. Depending on the battery capacity, EV driving range can vary from about 80 miles up to 280 miles or more. The installation of public charging stations through the EV Driven program will help reduce “range anxiety” for EV owners, as well as provide key data to help determine future implementation efforts throughout Maryland and other areas served by FirstEnergy’s utilities.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association in the region with 550 members representing every industry in the community. The mission of the chamber is to organize, support and represent Garrett County’s business community in advancing common interests and additionally to promote Garrett County’s hospitality and recreation industry by attracting visitors to the county through comprehensive marketing. The Garrett County Chamber also serves as the destination marketing organization and Heritage Area Management entity for the county.
For more information about the Chamber of Commerce, call 301-387-4386 or go to visitdeepcreek.com.
For more than a century, vehicles have been powered by fossil fuels. Latest figures show that there are 31.7 million cars on UK roads, of which about 31.5 million are still propelled completely, or in part, by petrol or diesel.
The future, however, will be electric. By the end of this decade, the UK will ban the sale of pure fossil fuel-powered cars and vans, followed five years later by hybrids which run using a combination of a combustion engine and battery.
From a very low base, the UK is starting to accelerate towards a greener future. Industry figures show that electric cars made up almost 11 per cent of those sold in the UK last month, with numbers more than doubling year-on-year. The move
Jeep will lead the charge when it comes to electrification in North America, largely because of the success of the 4xe plug-in hybrid models introduced to date, Stellantis chief executive officer Carlos Tavares said. By 2025, every Jeep model will have a battery electric powertrain option. It is a good fit, Tavares said. Jeep is the brand of freedom, off-road adventure, and respect for nature, all of which is amplified in a vehicle that runs silently and has zero emissions.
Tavares, who addressed the Automotive Press Association in Detroit, Michigan, said he has a long design session tomorrow to validate many of the electric vehicle ideas Stellantis has in the works. This includes EVs for Ram and Dodge.
Futuristic Electric Ram Pickup
Stellantis is promising an electric Ram 1500 in 2024, which it plans to build on the new STLA Frame dedicated electric vehicle platform. The electric Ram will be futuristic, Tavares said, and it will attempt to redesign what a truck should be. There will be a wow factor to the design and some of the new tech, but the electric pickup will meet the payload, towing, and fundamental functional needs that buyers expect from full-size trucks. Tavares said Ram is looking at what the competition is doing to better compete, and beat, rivals in the electric truck marketplace.
Dodge Challenger and Charger Not Going Away
A teaser shows a classic coupe-like vehicle with a full-width, ’60s style grille and triangular 1960s-era logo. It will use the new STLA Large electric vehicle platform that promises a range of 500 miles from a single charge. It will also offer all-wheel drive.
In the electric future, there will still be a Dodge Challenger and a Dodge Charger, Tavares confirmed. Whether the electric muscle car coming in 2024 is a remake of one of these vehicles, or a new beast altogether, is unclear.
Stellantis’ EV Plans
Stellantis is stepping up its development of electric vehicles and spending more than €30 billion (approximately $36 billion) over the next five years to meet the goal of electrifying 98 percent of its new models by 2025. While some will still be plug-in hybrids, Tavares said the vast majority will be battery electrics.
Battery Plants Coming
Stellantis plans to have five battery plants to supply the 260 gigawatt-hours of capacity needed by 2030. There will be three plants in Europe and two in North America with one in the United States and the second in Canada or the U.S. Stellantis is in advanced discussions with partners and will announce the locations by the end of the year, Tavares said. The North American plants will supply about 100 gigawatt-hours.
As for the fate of existing plants, Tavares said the four dedicated electric vehicle platforms Stellantis has developed can be used anywhere, which means any plant can make any product for any brand, depending on the business model. The automaker will try not to mix platforms within a single plant for manufacturing efficiency. There will also be an attempt to refurbish plants that make internal combustion engines.
Batteries and Affordability
To improve range and reduce cost, Stellantis plans to introduce solid-state batteries by 2026. Tavares said the automaker has a partner and the technology is reaching the level of maturity needed for mass production.
Affordability is a concern, given that the average new vehicle costs about $42,000. It is important to protect affordability, especially as the industry introduces zero-emissions technology.
“We want the middle class to be able to afford it,” Tavares said. The industry, automakers, and suppliers alike need to work harder on cost reduction and generate productivity to protect middle-class access to new car sales to protect the customer base, automakers, and the jobs they provide, he added.
Another concern is the supply chain. The global shortage of semiconductors will continue to constrain production in 2022, Tavares said. In the meantime, the automaker is identifying key components in the supply chain, such as microchips and lithium, that could be brought under the automaker’s control.
Stellantis was created in January by merging Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with PSA Group, creating an automaker with 14 brands to tend to. Each is being allowed some time to show their viability.
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Although a new pilot to install more than 100 curbside charging ports citywide by October was unveiled in the Bronx last month, only 12 of those ports will eventually make it into the borough.
The pilot, which is spearheaded by the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), Con Edison and FLO, an electric vehicle company, will bring 100 curbside Level 2 public charging ports to more than 20 neighborhoods across the five boroughs; 20 ports will also be installed for city fleet.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the new two-port charger at the corner of Putnam Place and East Gun Hill Road on June 24. Another charging station was activated the same day with four ports, just 1.6 miles away at the intersection of Broadway and 240th Street
The two public curbside stations, tucked just south of Van Cortlandt Park, are the first of its kind to be installed in NYC.
The 12 ports in the Bronx will be dispersed across four locations; 34 locations are planned throughout the city. But all four Bronx locations are concentrated within less than 0.5-square mile, in and around the Norwood section. The Bronx is nearly 41.5 square miles.
Democratic City Councilman Eric Dinowitz, of District 11, believes the first curbside chargers being installed in the Bronx serves as “recognition” for the borough.
“I think there is more and more of a recognition that the Bronx often gets left behind when it comes to climate justice, infrastructure improvements, and so now, with more charging stations coming to the Bronx, residents can make the choice to purchase electric vehicles,” he said.
The Bronx will also get two ports at the intersection of Dekalb Avenue and East Gun Hill Road, and four ports at the intersection of Bedford Park Boulevard and Goulden Avenue.
Each charging location in the pilot can have between two and six ports, DOT spokeswoman Alana Morales said.
“My hope is that chargers become ubiquitous and that they exist not just on a handful of some street corners, but in all parking garages, the parking lots in our schools, hospitals, community centers,” Dinowitz said, “and so it becomes truly feasible for residents who don’t live in a house that don’t have access to their own charger to purchase an electric vehicle.”
But the lawmaker admits the pilot will not serve the whole borough.
“Let’s put it this way, I don’t think someone from Mott Haven or Hunts Point is going to drive to Norwood to find street parking to charge their electric vehicle, but this will benefit the residents of Norwood and the North Bronx who again are interested in purchasing an electric vehicle but previously did not have a place to charge their vehicle,” he said.
Dinowitz added that he knows a resident who charges their electric vehicle out of a third-floor window because of the lack of infrastructure.
Although Morales didn’t think there was a reason the Bronx was chosen for the first installation of the pilot, the charger locations were selected based on projected demand for charging, geographic diversity and input from local elected officials and community stakeholders, according to DOT.
Most of the chargers in NYC are in private parking garages in Manhattan, so the city prioritized neighborhoods outside the borough to encourage wider electric vehicle adoption, Morales said. Making more chargers accessible is part of an effort to meet the city’s climate goals of carbon neutrality by 2050, she added.
Out of 76,329 electric vehicles registered in New York State as of July 1, 16,045 are in NYC. According to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) data, of those electric vehicles only 856 — little more than 5% — are registered in the Bronx compared to 5,273 in Queens, 4,524 in Manhattan, 3,918 in Brooklyn and 1,474 in Staten Island.
The Bronx is the borough with the highest unemployment rate in the city as of April, but the DOT says the cost of electric vehicles are going down. By using federal tax incentives, drivers can choose between more than 30 models that have 200 miles per charge for under $30,000, according to DOT.
The pilot charging stations cost $2.50 per hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and $1 per hour overnight. A daytime charge is equivalent to the price of fueling at a gas station and overnight charging may be more than 60% cheaper, according to DOT. The Level 2 Chargers fully charge electric vehicles in about four to eight hours, depending on the vehicle’s battery size. Each port reserves a street parking spot for electric vehicles.
Aliya Schneider is a contributor for the Bronx Times.
Foxconn and Nidec have launched talks to set up a Taiwan-based joint venture next year to build motors for electric vehicles, as the two Apple suppliers make an aggressive push into the market.
Japanese manufacturer Nidec will deepen ties with Taiwan’s Foxconn — the world’s largest contract electronic manufacturer — and is planning to spend $9bn in acquisitions over the next five years to increase sales of electric vehicle motors.
“Currently. the majority of our [automotive] clients are carmakers. But in addition to those who have traditionally been selling cars, we are now seeing loads of new entrants from other sectors,” Jun Seki, a former Nissan executive who was appointed Nidec’s chief executive earlier this year, told an online news conference.
Nidec’s joint venture with Foxconn’s automotive division builds on a partnership announced in March to develop electric vehicle drive systems. The companies did not disclose how much they will invest in the joint venture, saying they will conduct feasibility studies and negotiate details of their contract by the end of the year.
For Foxconn, it is the latest in a series of joint ventures and partnerships including with Chinese, Taiwanese and European carmakers as it makes its way into the automotive supply chain.
Among recent deals, it has a co-operation agreement with Chinese electric vehicle company Byton and plans to manufacture for US electric vehicle designer Fisker from late 2023.
Last year, it founded an industry alliance called MIH to offer a complete software and hardware platform for making electric cars. Its push into electric vehicle manufacturing could also make it easier for Apple, its largest customer, to enter the car market.
Nidec also has a joint venture with Stellantis, the car group formed by the merger of FCA and PSA, and with China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group.
Nidec also said on Wednesday that it planned to double its revenue to ¥4tn ($36bn) by the fiscal year ending in March 2026, of which one-third is expected to come from sales of automotive products. The group has ambitions to increase its revenue to ¥10tn by fiscal 2030.
The key to reaching that target will be mergers and acquisitions, a hallmark strategy of the Kyoto-based manufacturer, which has historically expanded through aggressive cross-border takeovers.
Shigenobu Nagamori, the group’s founder and chair, poached Seki from Nissan as his successor and to strengthen the group’s push into cars.
“To take ourselves to ¥10tn [in sales], we need to bring in the relevant talent and acquire large companies,” Nagamori said.
Asked about its M&A strategy, Seki said he would focus on filling technology and geographical gaps in areas where the company sees growth.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Suzuki Motor Corp and Daihatsu are joining a commercial electric vehicle coalition led by Toyota Motor Corp, the carmakers announced on Wednesday, helping the Japanese alliance expand its focus from trucks to smaller cars.
The two automakers will each acquire a 10% stake in the joint venture, on par with Isuzu Motors and Hino Motors, while Toyota will hold a 60% stake, they said.
“With Suzuki and Daihatsu joining the project and working together, we’ll be able to expand our circle of cooperation to not only cover commercial vehicles but also mini vehicles,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda.
“With this expansion, I believe that we’ll be able to take one step closer to a better mobility society,” Toyoda said.
The move comes as Japanese automakers face growing competition from tech giants and other rivals making electric and driverless cars.
Toyota, Isuzu and Hino launched the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation in April to bolster their competitive edge in connected, commercial vehicles.
Daihatsu’s president Soichiro Okudaira said joining the pact and introducing connected, mini-commercial vehicles would allow data sharing, a major benefit for companies to provide better services to customers and improve logistics efficiency.
(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu; Writing by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Louise Heavens)
A new study lays to rest the tired argument that electric vehicles aren’t much cleaner than internal combustion vehicles. Over the life cycle of an EV — from digging up the materials needed to build it to eventually laying the car to rest — it will release fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a gas-powered car, the research found. That holds true globally, whether an EV plugs into a grid in Europe with a larger share of renewables, or a grid in India that still relies heavily on coal.
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis. So governments from California to the European Union have proposed phasing out internal combustion engines by 2035. But there are still people who claim that EVs are only as clean as the grids they run on — and right now, fossil fuels still dominate when it comes to the energy mix in most places.
“We have a lot of lobby work from parts of the automotive industry saying that electric vehicles are not that much better if you take into account the electricity production and the battery production. We wanted to look into this and see whether these arguments are true,” says Georg Bieker, a researcher at the nonprofit research group the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) that published the report. The ICCT’s analysis found that those arguments don’t hold true over time.
The report estimates the emissions from medium-sized EVs registered in 2021 in either India, China, the US, or Europe — countries that make up 70 percent of new car sales globally and are representative of other markets across the world, the ICCT says. Lifetime emissions for an EV in Europe are between 66 and 69 percent lower compared to that of a gas-guzzling vehicle, the analysis found. In the US, an EV produces between 60 to 68 percent fewer emissions. In China, which uses more coal, an EV results in between 37 to 45 percent fewer emissions. In India, it’s between 19 to 34 percent lower.
It’s important to note that the study assumes that the vehicle was registered in 2021 and will be on the road for around 18 years. Study authors ended up with a range of potential emissions reductions for each region by looking at the energy mix under existing policy, as well as projections from the International Energy Agency for what the future electricity mix will look like as climate policies develop. But it’s difficult to predict how much the world’s energy infrastructure will actually change. For example in the US, President Joe Biden has set a goal of getting 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 — but still needs to pass the policies to make that happen. The study also doesn’t take into account other non-climate related environmental effects that constructing the cars might have from things like mining and waste.
Actually building an EV is still a little more carbon-intensive than building a traditional vehicle. Recycling EV batteries could eventually bring that carbon intensity down. But for now, EV drivers start to reap the climate benefits after driving their car for a year or so, according to Bieker. That’s when the car passes the threshold when the emissions that it saves by running on cleaner electricity make it a better option for the climate than a traditional car.
Bieker hopes the ICCT’s findings will help policymakers make more informed decisions about the future of transportation. Climate experts are rushing to bring global greenhouse gas emissions down to near zero by the middle of the century to avoid the worst effects of global warming. Electric vehicles are necessary to make those cuts happen, and even hybrid-electric vehicles aren’t clean enough to meet that goal. The report recommends against allowing any new internal combustion vehicles on the road by the 2030s.
“Combustion engine vehicles of any kind are not able to deliver the greenhouse gas reductions we need to live with climate change,” Bieker says. “That’s a global finding, therefore we need globally to phase out combustion engine cars.”
Tesla Supercharger Station
CNBC | Andrew Evers
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that the company’s network of DC fast-charging stations for its electric vehicles, also known as the Tesla Supercharger network, will be open to other types of electric vehicles in 2021.
Responding to a Tesla fan on Twitter, where Musk commands a following of 58.3 million, the CEO specifically wrote: “We’re making our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year.”
Musk did not say where in the world Tesla would make its DC fast-charging stations available for use with other electric vehicles, or which makes and models would be compatible with Tesla’s on-the-road chargers in 2021.
He did say that Tesla intends to make Superchargers open to other electric vehicles in all countries, eventually.
Previously, Tesla marketed its vehicles as having a tremendous advantage — compared to other brands of battery electric vehicles — due to the company’s exclusive charging stations on the road.
The Tesla charging network is available to drivers of Tesla cars without any kind of membership fees required. Tesla bills drivers for charging by the minute, or per kilowatt hour for “supercharging” depending on local laws.
While Teslas can power up at most any electric vehicle charging station using adaptor cables, Tesla owners have the company’s level 3 and newer Supercharger stations to themselves for now.
The connectors they use to plug in and power up on the road at newer Superchargers make Tesla’s stations incompatible with others’ EVs, and theoretically keep lines shorter, and chargers more available for Tesla drivers.
Musk’s promise on Tuesday gives more details than an earlier remark he made to YouTuber MKBHD, Marques Brownlee, in December 2020. At that time, Musk said other automakers were “low-key,” seeking access to Tesla Superchargers, and the equipment was already “being made accessible to other electric cars.”
Previous reports by Reuters and others said Tesla has been in talks to establish fast-charging stations open to electric vehicles from other companies in Germany, Sweden and Norway.
Competitors in the U.S. have long focused on charging stations that serve battery electric vehicles from a wide range of automakers. These include: Aerovironment, ChargePoint, Electrify America, Volta, eVgo, Sema and many others. (In China and some parts of Europe, the rollout of charging infrastructure has been even more rapid than it has been in the U.S.)
According to Tesla’s website, the company now operates more than 25,000 charging stations around the world.
If Tesla opens up significant numbers of its charging stations in the US — especially if it can power up cars from renewable energy sources there — it may tap into new government funding such as grants, tax credits, rebates or green energy credits which it can sell to companies that need them to offset their own environmental impact.
The exact types of credits would be at the discretion of various state and federal authorities that run environmental programs and green credit regimes.
In the first quarter of 2021, Tesla reported $518 million in revenue from sales of regulatory credits. The company is expected to deliver its second-quarter earnings update, including new Supercharger numbers and revenue from regulatory credit sales on Monday July 26.