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Old August 18th, 2017, 06:02 PM   #421
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EV Batteries: A $240 Billion Industry In The Making That China Wants To Take Charge Of

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackper.../#1abbc50f3f08

Shifting towards China

Battery technology originated in Japan; was then further developed by companies in Korea; and is now shifting strongly toward China. China’s cell production already has a larger share of global production than Japan’s, and China’s global market share is projected to rise to more than 70% by 2020.
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Old August 18th, 2017, 06:04 PM   #422
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China And The U.S. Supercharge The Growing Global Electric Vehicle Industry

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackper.../#2b04efec2454


In May 2014, China’s State Grid announced that it would support the development of privately-owned distributed energy organizations, encouraging private companies to invest in electric charging stations. The unprecedented move on the part of the State Grid, one of China’s largest state-owned enterprises with a monopoly on electricity distribution, has spurred investment in the charging infrastructure by a wide range of companies and investors. Going forward, China’s goal is to have 4.8 million charging stations in operation by 2020, capable of meeting the needs of 5 million EVs.

In the United States, growth in charging stations has also shown significant growth. From 2010 through 2016, the number of charging stations in most parts of the country has increased by 125% or more per year. Retailers and hotel owners are installing charging stations to attract customers; more than 100 metropolitan cities in the U.S. have formed Clean Cities Coalitions — non-profit public and private partnerships that promote a clean environment — and are encouraging the installation of more chargers; and electric utilities, anxious to sell off-peak power, are investing in charging stations.


With lower battery costs and an expanding charging infrastructure, worldwide plug-in car sales have tripled since 2013, and increased by 42% in 2016 to 773,600 units. China is the global leader by far, accounting for 351,000, or 45% of EV passenger car sales. This number does not count the 160,000 commercial vehicles, mostly all-electric buses, which were sold in China last year, as well as the 700,000 low-speed electric vehicles that were sold and are popular in China’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Following China, 221,000 EVs were sold in Europe and 157,000 were sold in the U.S. last year.

While EV sales, even in China, are still a relatively low percentage of the total vehicles sold each year, recent breakthroughs in technology and the investments now being made in the charging infrastructure are paving the way for much higher sales in the future.
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Old August 21st, 2017, 07:56 AM   #423
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Volkswagen electric van goes into production.

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A staple of coastal California’s towns, the Volkswagen Microbus will be reincarnated as an electric vehicle. VW announced that it will build a version of its I.D. Buzz concept bus, which it hopes to begin selling by 2022.

Unveiled earlier this year the Detroit Auto Show, the vehicle is a clear homage to the iconic vehicle that the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. The production version of the concept is expected to deviate little from the blunt-faced original, because all of the batteries will be mounted under the floor. Think of a longer, more van-like Chevrolet Bolt and you can get an idea of what the electric VW might be like to drive.






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http://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/auto/...lp=false#image
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GAC Motor officially releases all-electric SUV GE3 into the Chinese market


24 July 2017
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017...70724-gac.html

China-based GAC Motor has introduced its all-electric GE3 SUV into the Chinese market; the GE3 made its international debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. The GE3 is based on a new EV platform and positioned as a medium- to high-end electric SUV.

The smart all-electric GE3 is available within the price range of 150,200 to 173,200 yuan (US$ 22,200 to 25,600). Features include:

A range of 310 km (192.62 miles) with electric power only;

Ternary lithium battery fast charges to 80% in 30 minutes;

Acceleration from 0-100 km (0-60 miles) within 9.3 seconds, braking distance 12.8 meters (42 feet);

Peak power: 120 kW (163.2 hp), peak torque at 290 N·m (214 ft-lb);

A flat battery layout that sets benchmark in terms of space, comfort, safety and performance;

General power consumption 16.6 kWh/100km (16.6 kWh/60 miles);

Featuring smart car companion Little Trumpchi, T-BOX Internet of Vehicles 3.0 and INJOY smart entertainment system; and

An avant-garde low-poly technology modeling design with low polygon front and rear LED lamp assemblies.





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Los Angeles makes important order of 60 new BYD all-electric buses

Fred Lambert - Jul. 27th 2017 4:48 pm ET
https://electrek.co/2017/07/27/los-a...lectric-buses/


Los Angeles Metro and BYD just confirmed that the transportation system, one of the biggest in the US, just confirmed having placed one of the largest electric bus order ever: 60 new 40-ft BYD all-electric buses.


They are encouraging local manufacturing by ordering from BYD since even though it’s a Chinese company, it has an electric bus and truck division based in Los Angeles.

The new large order alone is expected to create 59 new manufacturing jobs at the BYD factory in Lancaster, according to the company.



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http://www.byd.com/la/auto/ebus.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BYD_K9

Costs[edit]
BYD calculates that a BYD ebus over 8 years saves about $190,000 in energy costs.[24] In 2012, the price for a BYD ebus was 380,000 Euros, 100,000 more than a comparable diesel bus.
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BYD e6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BYD_e6

The BYD e6 is an all-electric compact crossover/compact MPV manufactured by BYD Auto with a range of 300 km (186 mi) according to the carmaker.[2] Field testing began in China in May 2010 with 40 units operating as taxis in the city of Shenzhen.[3] Sales to the general public began in Shenzhen on October 26, 2011, after over two years behind schedule (the original release date was in 2009).[4][5] As of January 2016, e6 units are operating as taxis in Colombia, Belgium, the U.S. (New York and Chicago), the Netherlands, and the U.K.[6] Since 2010 sales in China totaled 34,862 units through December 2016.[7][8] The BYD e6 ranked as the best-selling pure electric car in China in 2016.[9]
BYD planned to sell the e6 model in the US for US$35,000 before any government incentives.[10] However, after rescheduling the US launch several times, in October 2011 BYD announced that sales to retail customers were to be delayed at least for 18 months due to the lack of charging infrastructure.[11] In May 2013, BYD announced that the e6 will be sold in the US only to fleet consumers for US$52,000,[12] as the company will focus on electric bus sales in North America.[13]
Special features are the range of up to 400 km (with 80kWh battery), a guaranteed cycle resistance of 4000 charge cycles [14] and the fast battery charging to 80 percent in 15 minutes.[15] Therefore, the cars are often used in vehicle fleets with large range requirements like taxis, police cars or car rentals.



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