Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Electric rEVolution: New 'Ultra-fast 350 kW Charging Stations' For EVs To Be Deployed In Europe.


  Finally, it is all coming together for EVs in Europe now. Electrek reports about collaboration between auto companies and utilities. BMW, Renault and Audi are part of the group funding this project and, I guess, that all VW group electric cars will be able to use them. Ultra E promises a super fast charging adding 190 miles (300km) of range in just 20 minutes. It will be great if the same standard is in place for all electric cars including Tesla, but one step at a time. 
  We are still digesting the news that Germany will ban all sales of the new ICE cars from 2030 and now we can see more and more steps in that direction. Now we need millions of electric cars and very fast. International Lithium is developing projects on 3 continents for the secure supply of lithium for this Energy rEvolution with its strategic partners Ganfeng Lithium and Pioneer Resources.

Lithium Race: GM Bolt Gets Translation In Europe - It Comes Out As Opel Ampera-e With 500 Km Of Range.

  GM Bolt is getting translated in Europe at the Paris Motor Show and it is coming out as Opel Ampera-e  with a very impressive 500 km of range on a charge. Hopefully, it will now contribute to the 1,000,000 EVs sold next year all over the world. The new electric car from GM for the European market will be launched in 2017. Unfortunately, it will not be available for the UK. If GM is serious about electric cars now it is time to make as many of them as they can. Tesla Model 3 is years away from the European market and Opel Ampera-e will have a great headstart. Renault Zoe is the best selling electric car in Europe this year and now it will compete with Opel Ampera-e with its new improved lithium battery providing 400 km of range. With its 500 km of range, GM will not have any significant competition at the moment  for Opel Ampera-e apart from Tesla Model S with more than double the price tag.

Opel Ampera-e

Lithium Race: We Can Get 1,000,000 Electric Cars Sold Worldwide In 2016.


  "EV Obsession reports that now we have 500,000 electric cars in Europe. As you remember, I expect China to sell only this year 500,000 EVs with 207,000 already sold by August. Europe has 91,300 EVs sold by July and is taking the second place after China and before the U.S. with 93,197 EVs sold by September, which is now falling into the 3rd place. Europe will reach its 100,000 EVs sold faster than the U.S. this year. What is really interesting to note is that Renault Zoe is leading sales in Europe now with 14.2% market share. It is a nice car, but not the best electric cars can offer. Tesla Model S is at 8.7% of EU sales. It is the best electric car, but not affordable for the mass market by ant stretch of the imagination. 
  Now you can better realise why I am calling that the tide is coming after the release of GM Bolt and Tesla Model 3 following after that. For the first time, we will have two electric cars with more than 200 miles range and below $40k. Another very interesting point in this article that 250,000 EVs are estimated to be sold this year only in Europe! We are reaching the pivotal point on our way towards the mass market for electric cars and the total electrification of our transportation. We have now only over 1 million electric cars sold in all of our history. This year alone China can sell 500,000, now we can start talking that the U.S. will match Europe at least and we can have 1,000,000 electric cars sold just in 2016! China will see EVs sales accelerated after cleaning up its incentives scheme for the EVs makers earlier this year  and Tesla will be ramping up its production with GM selling Electric Chevy Bolts now as well.
  Markets will be up and down, companies will come and go, but we are witnessing the historic moment of coming out of ICE-age in our transportation. We are talking here about the disruption of $4 trillion transportation industry based on Lithium Technology. Now it is time to check out where all this lithium will be coming from.And the answer: "From Panasonic" - will be better than: "From the underneath of Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada", but still the same like if electricity is coming just from the socket in your wall. Read more."


Ultra E, a project born out of an alliance between European carmakers, utilities and other companies, announced today the deployment of 25 new charging station for electric vehicles along the trans-European transport network (TEN-T).
The group is referring to the stations as “Ultra-Fast-Charging” and claims that they have a power output of “up to 350 kW” or more than twice the capacity of the currently most powerful DC fast-chargers available. 

The network will be using the CCS charging standard and it will be connecting the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria.
Currently, there is no passenger electric car capable of charging at a rate anything close to 350 kW, Tesla’s vehicles have the highest capacity at 120 kW, but in the meantime, the network will be used by electric buses and trucks which are starting to be deployed.
Electric cars will also be able to use the system with a charge rate of 50 kW, but the Ultra-E alliance expects that passenger cars capable of charging at 350 kW will arrive by 2018 – when the project is expected to be completed.

We are talking about adding around 190 miles (300 km) of range in about 20 minutes.
Interestingly, several automakers are part of the initiative including, Audi, BMW and Renault. Audi is part of the Volkswagen Group, like Porsche, who is developing a charging infrastructure with a similar capacity.
Allego is the company building and deploying the station. Dr. Marcus Groll, Director High Power Charging at Allego GmbH, stated:
“We are very happy to start the Ultra-E project with a strong partner consortium now and thereby build an important first cornerstone for the European Ultra-Fast-Charging infrastructure of the future,”
The project represents a 13 million euros investment. Half of the money is coming  from the fund for the “Connecting Europe Facility” of the European Union and the rest is split between the partners of the Ultra-E alliance: Allego BV (coordinator), Allego BVBA, Allego GmbH, VERBUND AG / SMATRICS, Bayern Innovativ GmbH, Audi AG, BMW AG, Magna, Renault S.A, and Hubject GmbH."

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