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EV Select Committee Established

Added by admin 30/06/18

Posted by Geoff Dobson on June 29th, 2018

South Australia senator Tim Storer will chair a select committee on electric vehicles (EVs).

The committee will investigate the economic, environmental and social benefits of widespread EV uptake in Australia; the opportunity for the development of EV manufacturing, supply and value chain activities; and how the federal, state and territory governments can better work together to support these goals.

“We are on the cusp of the biggest disruption to our transport system since the advent of the internal combustion engine,” Storer says.

He says Australia is well placed to lead the transformation to electric, which some reports say will see EVs as cheap as conventional vehicles by 2024 and comprise half of all new car sales globally by 2040.

“We have all the natural and human resources needed to build EVs from scratch,” Storer says.

“My home state of South Australia, in particular, is ideally placed to build EVs. It’s less than a year since Holden ceased its operations at its Elizabeth plant, meaning that much of the skilled workforce is still around, as is the site.”

Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) chief executive officer Behyad Jafari says the committee will give the industry the platform to continue exploring the benefits, opportunities and challenges in driving the transition from the old to the future of road transport.

“Most importantly, the actions from this effort will give Australians access to vehicles that are cheaper to drive and healthier to have on the road.”

The NRMA says EVs will reduce the cost of transport to Australians, and offer significant potential benefits to the Australian economy of up to $3 billion along with thousands of new jobs.

The inquiry will seek information from a wide range of stakeholders, including the EVC and other peak bodies, major car manufacturers, Australian based EV start-ups, lithium and cobalt miners and refiners, energy companies, state, territory and local governments, and environment and health groups.
                                                   Story and image courtesy: EV Talk


Estonian startup Nobe turns heads with its retro-styled three-wheeler EV

Added by admin 26/06/18

Posted June 25, 2018 by Charles Morris

This “neo-retro” three-wheeler from Estonian startup Nobe may or may not end up being produced, but its striking design is getting a lot of positive attention. Motor 1 calls it “cute, adorable, and nostalgic,” and compares it to classic Morgan three-wheelers.

The Nobe 100 is a tiny city car that can turn on a dime and squeeze into tight parking spaces. It’s semi-convertible, with a removable hard top, and features analog gauges, chrome switches and door handles, wood accents, and other design elements that hark back to the 1930s. It has an all-wheel-drive powertrain, a range of 137 miles and a top speed of 68 mph.

Nobe’s environmental mission goes beyond the car’s electric drive and small size – the company says the Nobe 100 is made from 100% reusable or recyclable parts, and features upgradable technology to maximize its lifespan.

Want to buy one? Contribute to Nobe’s crowd-funding campaign, which aims to raise one million euros ($1.18 million) to finance the new EV’s production.for a total of 230 miles (370 km) of expected range. Recharge time to 80 percent is about 60 minutes, adding 184 miles (300 km).

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Daimler unveils heavy-duty eCascadia and medium-duty eM2 electric trucks

Added by admin 10/06/18

Aaron Turpen - June 7th, 2018

Daimler Trucks is establishing a global organization for electric mobility called the E-Mobility Group. To kick that off, the company announced that its division in the United States, Freightliner, will be adding two new electric commercial trucks to its offerings: the Freightliner eCascadia and the eM2 106.

The Freightliner electric trucks will add to the production Mercedes-Benz eActros and the FUSO eCanter trucks as well as the Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus and Thomas Built Saf-T Liner C2 Jouley school bus. All of these will now fall under the newly-formed E-Mobility Group.

Daimler says that over the course of 2018, the company will hand over an innovation fleet of 30 units of the two new Freightliner electric trucks to its first customers in the US for fleet and operations testing. The two new trucks are slated for the North American region and are based on already-established models.

The Freightliner eCascadia, based on the Cascadia class 8 truck, offers 730 horsepower (544 kW) through its motors. Those are powered by 550 kWh of batteries, which give the truck a fully-loaded range of up to 250 miles (400 km). Charging to 80 percent can be achieved within 90 minutes, resulting in an additional 200 miles (320 km) of range.

The Freightliner eM2 106 is a local distribution truck and last-mile delivery service vehicle. Its power output can be as high as 480 horsepower (358 kW). Battery size is 325 kWh for a total of 230 miles (370 km) of expected range. Recharge time to 80 percent is about 60 minutes, adding 184 miles (300 km).

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