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Renault Pro+ is broadening its range of electric LCVs with the introduction of the Master Z.E. large electric van – the ideal workhorse for emissions-free access to city centers. Master Z.E. is ideally suited to last-mile deliveries. It’s designed for everyone who believes environmental issues are fundamental.

Master Z.E. benefits from the know-how of Renault: a new-generation battery and a high energy efficiency engine give it a 120-km real-world driving range and a charging time appropriate to its duties (fully charged in just 6 hours).

Master Z.E. offers all the tailor-made solutions available from Renault Pro+: a genuine workhorse, a large number of versions, a dedicated network and made-to-measure conversions.

As part of Renault EASY CONNECT solutions, Renault Pro+ introduces Renault EASY CONNECT for Fleet, an ecosystem of connected services for business users that simplifies managing vehicle fleets and reduces running costs.

Renault EASY CONNECT for Fleet provides secure, affordable connectivity to report fleet data. Renault Pro+ is working with the biggest names in fleet management to offer a broad range of services and meet business users’ widest range of needs. Renault EASY CONNECT for Fleet will be available on the entire range of Renault vehicles in Europe by mid-2018.

“Groupe Renault continues to implement its electric-vehicle growth strategy by strengthening its coverage of key market segments. The launch of Master Z.E. meets the needs of professionals to adapt to urban environmental issues. Master Z.E. is a further proof of the expertise of Renault, the European leader in electric vehicles”. Gilles Normand – SVP, Head of the Electric Vehicles Business Unit

Renault has revealed its new R110 electric motor and the 2018 model-year ZOE, Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle, which will be the first Renault EV to feature this 80kW powerplant which combines extra power with even greater driving enjoyment. Despite being the same size as the R90, the R110 is 12kW (16hp) more powerful than its predecessor. Drivers will benefit from crisper acceleration performance on trunk roads, since the new motor shaves almost two seconds off ZOE’s 80-to-120kph time. This is a significant improvement which provides even greater peace of mind at higher speeds.. At lower speeds, meanwhile, the R110 packs the same punch as the R90 from which it is derived thanks to the instant availability of peak torque of 225Nm, making ZOE as nimble as ever in urban areas.

“Thanks to this power boost, ZOE is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town,” says Elisabeth Delval, Assistant Director, Renault ZOE Programme. “In addition to being able to enjoy the pleasure of driving a ZOE, drivers will also benefit from the longest range available for a mass-market electric car.”

New R110 motor: Renault’s electric vehicle expertise

The new R110 motor is the latest fruit of Renault’s electric motor development and production strategy and further evidence of the expertise in this field of Europe’s number one electric vehicle manufacturer. The all-Renault R110 – an evolution of the R90, developed in just two years – is made in France at the make’s Cléon plant in Normandy and was designed by engineers working out of the Renault Technocentre, southwest of Paris, as well as in Cléon. In addition to carrying over the R90’s outstanding energy efficiency, the R110 packs a combination of electrical machine- and power electronics-related innovations that have yielded an extra 12kW with no increase in either weight or volume.

The introduction of the R110 takes the number of variants of the Renault motor available for Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E., ZOE and Daimler’s Electric Drive Smart to five (44kW, 57 kW, 60 kW, 68 kW and 80 kW).

Android Auto for ZOE

Android Auto-enabled R-LINK Evolution is now available for ZOE, which means drivers will be able to display driving-compatible Android applications stored on their smartphone (including Waze, Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, Skype, Messenger, Audible and many others available from Google Play Store) on their car’s multimedia screen.

Even more refined

The 2018 model-year ZOE range features a stylish new, dark, metallic body colour: Blueberry Purple. The high-end INTENS version of the popular electric city car can be specified with the new exclusive Blueberry Purple Pack which combines a purple exterior with a violet satin finish for the dashboard trim strip and air vent, gear lever base, loudspeaker surrounds, top stitching along with black and violet fabric upholstery.

Order books for ZOE equipped with the new R110 motor, Android Auto compatibility and Violet Blueberry Pack will open in France in March 2018.

With its commitment to address emissions and noise regulations in Europe, EMOSS Mobile Systems has developed an Allison transmission-equipped electric semi-truck that has a range exceeding 300 miles.

The EMOSS Electric Vehicle with Extender Range (E.V.E.R.) semi-truck utilizes a 120 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack and a liquefied petroleum gas electricity generator to recharge the battery and achieve maximum range. It is further equipped with an Allison 4500 fully automatic transmission and rated for a gross combination weight of up to 50 metric tons.

“For us, the Allison gearbox is the only combination that gets us the right performance,” said Martijn Noordam, chief technology officer at EMOSS. “Customers who have driven the Allison-equipped EMOSS trucks are 100-percent happy with them. They never thought a start-stop duty-cycle on a 30 percent grade was realistic, yet the truck has executed perfectly.”

Calibrated to use six forward gears when fully-laden, the Allison transmission is critical for hauling heavier payloads and navigating challenging topographies, in countries such as Switzerland and Austria, where mountains and steep slopes are frequent.

“Allison remains committed to the evolution and optimization of the drive train and all forms of commercial vehicle propulsion,” said Randy Kirk, senior vice president of product engineering at Allison. “The Allison automatic provides a proven, immediate and well-integrated solution that enables electrification across a broad range of commercial applications.”

The Allison automatic transmission is key to the driveline. The transmission provides torque multiplication to reduce demand on the electric motor and the battery pack. It also enables the electric motor to operate within the optimal efficiency range for a larger portion of the drive cycle, reducing energy consumption, extending the vehicle’s range and facilitating the use of less-expensive, lighter and smaller components.

EMOSS unveiled the Allison-equipped E.V.E.R. truck, based on a DAF chassis, in November at the eCarTec exhibition in Munich, Germany and plans to commence testing with pilot customers later this year. In addition to the E.V.E.R. truck, EMOSS is currently developing Allison transmission-equipped electric trucks for use in construction, delivery and refuse applications.  These applications include dump trucks, medium-duty straight trucks, refuse collection vehicles and additional semi-truck configurations.

With over a decade of experience in electric mobility, and its full electric powertrain development and integration expertise, EMOSS is a partner for bus and truck manufacturers. Under its own brand, EMOSS is an OEM for electric trucks, buses and vans, as well as auxiliary/battery systems.

 

Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation announce that the two companies have concluded a basic agreement with the aim of commencing a verification project that entails construction of a large-capacity storage battery system (Storage Battery System) that reuses electrified vehicle batteries (batteries), as well as examination of the recycling of used batteries.

Chubu Electric Power recognizes the importance of accurate management of fluctuations in its energy supply-demand balance caused by the recent large-scale introduction of renewable energy, and is promoting efforts toward further improving the operation of its electric power system.

Toyota is actively promoting the use of electrified vehicles, as per “Toyota’s Challenge to Promote Widespread Use of Electrified Vehicles” announced in December 2017, and is also pursuing the effective use of batteries and the development of social infrastructure that will support the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles.

  1. Reuse of Batteries

Pursuant to the basic agreement concluded today, the two companies aim to reuse batteries collected from electrified vehicles manufactured by Toyota as a storage battery system for utilization in meeting various challenges posed by the electric power system.

When combined in large numbers, used batteries, even with reduced performance levels, can be repurposed for energy supply-demand adjustments, frequency fluctuation management, and voltage fluctuation management in distribution systems, all factors that accompany the widespread introduction of renewable energy.

Not only can these efforts serve as a solution to address the challenges within the electric power system, Chubu Electric Power and Toyota expect these efforts to have positive effects in the operation of thermal power plants.

Examples of using the Storage Battery System to solve challenges in the electric power system (illustration)

  1. Utilization for energy supply-demand adjustment
Utilization for energy supply-demand adjustment
  1. Utilization to counter frequency fluctuations
Utilization to counter frequency fluctuations
  1. Utilization to counter voltage fluctuations in distribution systems
Utilization to counter voltage fluctuations in distribution systems

In FY 2018, Chubu Electric Power and Toyota will commence verification of the Storage Battery System. Based on the results of the verification test, the two companies aim to introduce power generation capacity of approximately 10,000 kW, equivalent to 10,000 batteries, in FY 2020.

The initial stage will involve nickel-metal hydride batteries, which are currently being used in large quantities, mainly in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). By around 2030, the plan is to include lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

  1. Recycling of Batteries

The two companies will consider establishing a mechanism to recycle reused batteries by collecting materials such as rare-earth metals and re-utilizing them.

Flow of reusing/recycling (illustration)

Flow of reusing/recycling (illustration)

Both companies will continue to contribute to the further development of the region with an aim of achieving both a resource recycling society and a low-carbon society through initiatives such as the commercialization of battery reuse and recycling.

Akasol today announces the opening of a new semi-automated production facility for high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for commercial vehicles. The eMobility pioneer and European market leader has invested €10 million into the new commercial plant at Langen, creating 150 new jobs for the Hesse region in coming months.

From today Akasol will begin serial production at the facility, which is now the largest production line for commercial vehicle battery systems in Europe. With a capacity of 600 MWh, the plant can produce high-performance battery systems for up to 3000 hybrid or electric vehicles or other large commercial vehicles each year.

The Langen plant will manufacture the company’s AKAsystem OEM for commercial vehicles, such as buses and trucks. As recently announced, Akasol will supply this lithium-ion system to two leading European bus manufacturers in contracts to build approximately 10,000 buses within the next few years.
Akasol currently also supplies technology and consulting to leading companies including VDL Bus & Coach, Alexander Dennis, Alstom, Bombardier and Bucher Municipal.

Akasol Managing Director Sven Schulz said:

“We’re proud to be opening what is now Europe’s largest production facility for battery systems for hybrid and electric commercial vehicles. And what better way to celebrate than starting series production of our AKAsystem OEM products that will power 10,000 hybrid and electric buses across Europe.”

“As more cities across Europe choose zero-emission buses, we’re witnessing the European market for hybrid and electric buses growing by more than 35 percent each year. Cities are increasingly looking for bus leasing solutions to avoid higher investment costs, so finding the right supplier for battery systems is of strategic importance for bus manufacturers.”

FCC Medio Ambiente (the Spanish brand for FCC Environment) celebrates more than 40 years’ commitment to energy efficiency and the introduction of electric vehicles for the provision of environmental services. With more than 115 years’ history in providing urban services, FCC has been a pioneer in research into and the introduction of new sustainable and efficient technologies. In 1974 the company developed and put into service the first electric powered lorry to collect solid urban waste.

FCC Group’s environmental services area, known as FCC Medio Ambiente, currently has a fleet of nearly 12,000 urban service vehicles equipped with the most innovative systems on the market. 550 vehicles in this fleet are either electric, hybrid or self-recharging electric with exclusive FCC technology. It is the most advanced technology that exists for collection services, and is the result of research carried out over more than 40 years through its Machinery Department which has, since its origins, invested in projects designed to achieve more comfortable and sustainable cities.

The electric vehicle fleet provides a service with a lower environmental impact and achieves various fundamental advantages: it does not pollute, its emissions are zero referred to the energy consumed and sound emissions are within the lowest technically possible limit, especially during start-up, braking and in the use of the bodywork. FCC’s technology reaches these advantages without losing power or load capacity performance compared to a vehicle with a conventional diesel engine. It also delivers a much higher energy efficiency since it provides a substantial energy saving of between 70 and 80% compared to internal combustion engines, which in turn means lower operating costs and increased service life.

The most advanced technology for collecting waste in cities

Today, FCC Medio Ambiente is one of the world’s largest environmental services companies and has been undertaking its activity since 1911 when it was awarded the contract for cleaning and conserving the sewerage system in Barcelona, which it continues to provide. Since July 2016 in this contract, FCC has been using the first complete fleet of 100% electric vehicles with 13 sets of specialised machinery on heavy trucks, 28 sets of specialised machinery in vans, as well as an additional 15 vans. It is a clear practical case of eco-efficient engines, and an engineering project with electrical technology carrying the FCC stamp.

FCC’s research into electric vehicles is framed within the set of actions the Group has committed to in fighting climate change. These actions translated in 2016 into avoiding the emission of nearly 480,000 tonnes of CO2, increasing the use of alternative energies by 18% and generating 29% more energy from renewable fuels in its projects.

The challenge to FCC is to continually improve, to keep on reducing the environmental impact and to improve the public’s quality of life. The development and implementation of new technologies is increasingly important and this is why FCC Medio Ambiente continues, after more than a century, to invest and seek innovative solutions to the benefit of the environment and of society.

Orbis is introducing the first smart single-phase home charging stations VIARIS COMBI into the market. As standard, they are equipped with a charge modulator based on the home’s energy consumption, WIFI communications, time scheduling control to benefit from time-of-day electricity tariffs, and tactile activation sensor. VIARIS COMBI adapts the electric vehicle’s charging process to the home’s energy consumption in real time, so that it charges faster when the home’s demand is lower and vice versa.

In this way, VIARIS COMBI prevents the supply capacity being exceeded and the inconvenient power cuts due to power surges. In short, the highest charge is achieved in the least amount of time possible, without exceeding the supply capacity.

VIARIS COMBI is equipped with WIFI communications, so that the charging station’s consumption data and current status, the charging history and all the vehicle’s charging data can be displayed on your smartphone.

Additionally, this smart charger includes a time-of-day tariff control module. With this module you can programme the time slots when you prefer to charge your vehicle to benefit from the cheapest tariffs offered by your energy supplier. If required, you can override the programme at any moment to force an urgent charge.

Another interesting functionality offered by this charger is a smart home control input. VIARIS COMBI is equipped with an external control input that can be used to control the vehicle’s charging process. This function has been designed specifically to integrate the charger in a home automation system.
SUPPLEMENTARY TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION (ITC) BT-52 defines the protections that an electric vehicle charging station installation must include: differential circuit breakers and protections against overcurrents and temporary and transient overvoltages. VIARIS COMBI has been designed to house all these protections, without the need to install additional protection panels. In fact, there is an option to supply the charging station with all the protections defined in (ITC) BT-52 already installed.

In case of using schematic 2 of ITC-BT-52, where the charging station is directly connected to the utility’s meter, VIARIS COMBI can include an automatic reset device that enables the utility meter’s load limiter to be reset without having to disconnect the charging station, in the event of a limiter trip. When the supply is stable again, the charging station automatically connects to the grid and continues charging.

Available with one or two outlets, both for socket and hose connections. Thanks to its flexible configuration, VIARIS COMBIS can respond to all the specific needs of electric vehicle users.
When designing these devices, special attention has been paid to make them robust and easy to install and use. All these features, together with VIARIS COMBI ‘s attractive design, means that this charging station offers a a perfect blend of looks and efficiency.

Source: Orbis

Ingeteam is finalizing the launch of INGEREV® RAPID 50, the company’s latest multi-standard fast charging model for the INGEREV® electric vehicle product range. INGEREV® RAPID 50 is compatible with the CHAdeMO, CCS and Type 2 AC standards, making it the ideal solution for charging all types of electric vehicles. It is available in three different models (Trio, Duo and One), depending on the charging standard required. The INGEREV® RAPID 50 offers the possibility of simultaneous AC and DC charging.

Ingeteam has designed its INGEREV® RAPID 50 product range based on its extensive experience in the manufacture of power converters, thereby guaranteeing the optimal reliability and efficiency of its chargers.

The INGEREV® RAPID 50 features advanced local and remote communication capabilities via Ethernet, 3G and Wi-Fi for integration in local and/or remote control centers, payment platforms and charge managers using different versions of the OCCP protocol (customized or standard). Its 7″ TFT color touch screen improves the user interface and also offers an advertising option.

The charger design combines ease of use with maintenance simplicity. Its sturdy steel enclosure guarantees exceptional resistance in even the most adverse ambient conditions.

This inverter will be on show at the EVS30 fair in Stuttgart (Germany) from the 9th to 11th October, and is set go into production in October 2017.

Its key advantage over other chargers on the market is its reliability and efficiency, thanks to Ingeteam’s extensive experience in the design of electronic power converters for the wind power, photovoltaic, rail and marine markets, amongst others.

Ingeteam offers three different models for this charger (Trio, Duo and One). The Trio model is compatible with all three existing charging standards, CHAdeMO, CCS and AC, the Duo model includes CHAdeMO and CCS, while the One model only includes CCS.

To date, Ingeteam has supplied the market with more than 2,300 chargers from the INGEREV® range, including AC slow chargers and DC rapid chargers, installed in countries such as Spain, Italy, South Africa, France, Mexico, Turkey, Scotland and Australia.

Source: Ingeteam

Electric vehicles will make up the majority of new car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research Electric Vehicle Outlook 2017 (EVO 2017) published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The forecast draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in price for lithium-ion batteries and of prospects for the other cost components in electric vehicles and internal combustion engine, or ICE, vehicles. It also factors in the rising electric vehicle commitments from automakers and the number of new electric vehicle models they plan to launch.

The central finding of the research is that the electric vehicle revolution is going to hit the car market even harder and faster than BNEF predicted a year ago. The team now estimates that electric vehicles will account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040, not the 35% share it forecast previously. By 2040, electric vehicles will be displacing 8 million barrels of transport fuel per day, and adding 5% to global electricity consumption.

 

BNEF sees a inflection point for the global auto industry in the second half of the 2020s. Consumers will find that upfront selling prices for electric vehicles are comparable or lower than those for average ICE vehicles in almost all big markets by 2029.

The forecast shows electric vehicle sales worldwide growing steadily in the next few years, from the record 700,000 seen in 2016 to 3 million by 2021. At that point, they will account for nearly 5% of light-duty vehicle sales in Europe, up from a little over 1% now, and for around 4% in both the U.S. and China.

However, the real take-off for electric vehicles will happen from the second half of the 2020s when, first, electric cars become cheaper to own on a lifetime-cost basis than ICE models; and, second – arguably an even more important moment psychologically for buyers – when their upfront costs fall below those of conventional vehicles.

The key component of an electric vehicle – the battery – is set to plunge in price, building on recent, remarkable cost declines. Since 2010, lithium-ion battery prices have fallen 73% per kWh. Manufacturing improvements and more than a doubling in battery energy density are set to cause a further fall of more than 70% by 2030.

The result will be rapidly rising market shares for electric vehicles in the biggest markets, even with oil prices staying low. BNEF sees them accounting for nearly 67% of new car sales in Europe by 2040, and for 58% in of sales in the U.S. and 51% in China by the same date. Countries that have made early progress in electric vehicle uptake are expected to be among the leaders in 2040, including Norway, France and the U.K. Emerging economies such as India are forecast not to see significant electric vehicle sales until the late 2020s.

BNEF’s forecast is based squarely on the relative economics of electric vehicles and ICE cars. It assumes that current policies to encourage electric vehicle take-up continue until their scheduled expiry, but does not assume the introduction of any fresh measures. BNEF analyzed the auto market not just by country but also by car segments.

The team incorporated work into their electric vehicle forecast on two other hot topics in the transport revolution – autonomous vehicles, and ride sharing. It concluded that the impact of autonomous driving will be limited in the next 10 years but will play an increasing role in the market after 2030, with 80% of all autonomous vehicles in shared applications being electric by 2040 due to lower operating costs.

Berlin-based Hubject GmbH is a new member of AEDIVE, the Spanish Cluster for the Boosting and Development of the Electric Vehicle market (Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo e Impulso del Vehículo Eléctrico, in Spanish). With its eRoaming platform Hubject connects charging station operators and emobility service providers in real-time, in order to provide electric vehicle drivers with customer-friendly access to charging infrastructure.

Hubject already connects more than 280 companies in 24 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Oceania via the intercharge network. Therewith Hubject created a unified international charging network that allows digital cross-provider access for EV drivers.

 

With the approval of the plan Movea 2017 the Spanish government strengthens its commitment towards electric mobility. As part of the support programme Spain will invest 14.6 million euros in the development of public charging points as well as the purchase of plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV).

The cooperation between AEDIVE and Hubject is a necessary step towards transnational communication about interoperability solutions, which are crucial to the successful deployment of charging infrastructure. It will encourage knowledge transfer, and strengthen competitiveness, research and development. AEDIVE proves its ambition to establish Spain as a strong player in the European emobility market.

For us, working together with national associations and committees is essential. No one knows the local emobility market better than they do – the opportunities as well as challenges. By joining AEDIVE we also aim at sharing our experience in the field of interoperability and new value added services. Thus, we want to support national stakeholders to develop state-of-the-art charging solutions, which will meet customer needs.” says Hubject CEO Thomas Daiber.

In Spain, GIC (Gestores Inteligentes de Carga – Grupo ACS), Electromaps, Urbener, Estabanell Energia, Atos and Circontrol are already partners of the intercharge network.

Source: Hubject

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