TÜV SÜD buys a crash test centre for EV development
e-mobility

TÜV SÜD buys a crash test centre for EV development


TÜV SÜD further expands its test portfolio for electric vehicles

By acquiring a crash test centre located in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, Southern Germany, TUV has continued to expand its portfolio of services for the electromobility industry. In the future, the test centre – which has a floor space of 1,000 square metres – will offer all types of dynamic tests needed in areas including the design and development of electric vehicles.

Sled tests at speeds of up to 80 km/h and maximum loads of 2,000 kg, system crashes, dummy tests, climatic test chambers, shock testing systems and much more besides: the new crash test centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Southern Germany, which TÜV SÜD Battery Testing GmbH acquired from Key Safety Systems this week, enables the experts to increase their portfolio of services for the design and development of safe electric vehicles.

In addition to the comprehensive tests carried out in their battery test centres, the e-mobility experts now also offer the entire range of dynamic tests. The acquisition took place against the backdrop of the increasing popularity of lightweight materials in automotive engineering and promotion of the large-scale spread of electric vehicles.

Volker Blandow, Global Head of e-Mobility at TÜV SÜD, says: (more…)

UK: Renault & the Office for Low Emission Vehicles join forces
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UK: Renault & the Office for Low Emission Vehicles join forces

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles will work with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and five vehicle manufacturers, including Renault, to joint-fund a brand new campaign. Due to launch early next year, this will include radio, digital and print advertising as well as the creation of an online information resource which will aim to raise awareness, bust myths and answer common questions about ULEVs.

Ken Ramirez, Renault UK’s Managing Director, said: “We welcome the initiative the Government are taking to encourage consumers to understand the benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles. We are genuinely passionate about our industry reducing our CO2 emissions and Renault will play a major part in this drive with our Zero Emission range – the ultimate ultra-low emission vehicle!. The market for these vehicles is very much in the early stages of growth and at a critical point for continued mainstream adoption and so this campaign is very welcome to tackle the challenges we face”

Renault leads the electric vehicle market in Europe where it has sold over 34,000 electric vehicles since its first model, Kangoo Van Z.E., went on sale in late 2011. In this developing European electric vehicle market, Renault (more…)

Business lease & fleet management operator focussing on e-mobility
e-mobility

Business lease & fleet management operator focussing on e-mobility


As often reported here; business vehicle and rental fleets are a key part of taking EVs to the mass market – not only are fleets a bigger win in terms of the number of vehicles covered per transaction, but they also influence the market in other ways:

1) Fleet operators and businesses that offer company lease vehicles to staff, are an obvious target for expanding charge networks: charge points at the work-place is a key part of the strategy in most countries to encourage adoption of plug-in vehicles. It makes sense for many business to reduce fuel costs long term, through a short-term investment in charge hardware that can be off-set as a capital expenditure. Installing charge points at employees homes is another possibility, and would be considered an employee benefit for many staff.

2) Pragmatism: with the right information in front of them; Businesses tend to be more likely to recognise cost savings, and act by incorporating vehicles in to their fleets that reduce longer-term operating costs, because businesses are focussed on the bottom line: Businesses are more likely to invest short term than many than consumers who might find it harder, or less-attractive to spend more at the (more…)

Malaysia: Hybrid and EV industry anticipates National Automotive Policy update
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Malaysia: Hybrid and EV industry anticipates National Automotive Policy update

With Malaysia’s exemption of import and excise duties on hybrid and electric cars expiring at the end of this year, a National Automotive Policy update is widely expected, and industry experts are predicting that a New Policy Could Make Malaysia The Next Big EV Market.

The infrastructure of Malaysia is one of the most developed in Asia and it has had one of the best economic records in the region, with GDP growing an average 6.5 per cent annually, making it the third largest economy in ASEAN and the 29th largest in the world. The country has shifted towards an industrial/manufacturing based economy and aims to attain developed country status in 2018 – most economists agree that it has all the right ingredients to achieve that.

Automotive manufacturing is a key part of Malaysia’s economic development plans, and in particular the manufacture and development of low emissions vehicles that will also help it to realise it’s COP15 commitment to reduce its CO2 emission’s to 40 per cent by the year 2020.

According to regional press: Datuk Takashi Hibi, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, says [Toyota] are considering the possibility of assembling hybrid vehicles in Malaysia – The company (more…)

China: low speed electric vehicle industry gains government approval
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China: low speed electric vehicle industry gains government approval


The proliferation of small electric vehicles in China and in particular the Shandong province over the past 10 years has been driven in-part by favourable Chinese policy support and restrictions on alternatives such as petrol scooters, but also by loose regulation and a demand for low-cost transport from a fast-modernising, increasingly urbanised population.

Rural Chinese people are choosing small EVs instead of petrol engined cars, because there is no requirement for the driver to have a license and insurance. Plus the vehicles are very simply constructed, and are not subject to the same safety requirements as regulated combustion powered vehicles; so the production costs and purchase price for these simple cars is also low.

The demand for low-speed EVs is growing, and many new, un-regulated EV manufacturers have sprung up to meet it, with more than 20 companies now building low-speed EVs in Shandong Province.

Some of the larger automotive manufacturers have recognised the demand too, and are manufacturing their own low speed EVs for the market, including Shifeng Group, Fulu Motor and Dezhou Baoya New Energy.

But China’s Government have still been under some pressure to introduce new regulation; to ensure these vehicles are safe (more…)

VIA Motors Receives $20 Million Contract to Supply Electric Pickups & Vans to Fleets
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VIA Motors Receives $20 Million Contract to Supply Electric Pickups & Vans to Fleets

PRESS RELEASE: VIA Motors president Alan Perriton announced that VIA have signed a contract to build & deliver $20 million of electric pick-up trucks and vans to over 50 participating fleets. In addition, VIA will install proprietary technology into each vehicle that will record and transmit real-time data to allow the DOE to quantify improvements in fuel economy and emissions.

The contract is administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) acting as project manager. The California Energy Commission is also participating the program. The DOE plans to publish the data for use by government agencies, participating fleets and the general public to use to help quantify the benefits of operating plug-in electric vehicles. VIA’s electrified pickup trucks have already demonstrated the potential to reduce gas consumption and emissions by up to 80% on average in early beta testing with large fleet customers.

“Plug in electric passenger vehicles are now becoming widely commercialized,” said Matt Miyasato, SCAQMD’s deputy executive officer for Science and Technology Advancement. “Expanding the commercialization of near zero-emission vehicles to include pickups and cargo vans will drive us closer to our (more…)