Electric Vehicle, Battery & Charging News: Tesla, Mach-e, GM, Shell, Extro Tech & Linamar

In electric vehicle, battery and charging news are Tesla, Chevy, GM, Ford, Shell, Audi, VivoPower, Electra, Proterra, Wallbox, Extro Tech and Linamar.

Tesla Y/3, Bolt, Mustang Mach-3e Top Sellers

Experian reports electric vehicles are up 95% during the first four months of 2021 with EVs accounting for 2.3%.

Here are the top selling EVs

  • Tesla Model Y (53,102)
  • Tesla Model 3 ((35,468)
  • Chevrolet Bolt (13,611)
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E (6,104)
  • Nissan Leaf (5,023)
  • Audi e-tron (4,321)
  • Porsche Taycan (3,002)
  • Hyundai Kona (2,192)
  • Tesla Model X (1,730)
  • Tesla Model S (1,633)

In all, 133,509 EVs were sold through April and 126,186 of those came from the top 10 vehicles. The e-Golf saw registrations decline, but production of the vehicle ended last year.

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in the US, China and Europe will outstrip all other engines five years sooner than previously expected, according to new EY research and analysis.

Audi Plans All-Electric 2033

Production of Audi’s final completely newly developed combustion engine model will start in just four years. And beginning in 2026, the premium brand will only release new models onto the global market that are powered purely by electricity. As part of its strategic realignment, the company is accelerating the transition to e-mobility. The manufacturer will be gradually phasing out the production of internal combustion engines until 2033. Audi aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

VivoPower Partners with Toyota for Land Cruiser

VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) announced an exclusive manufacturing collaboration with Toyota, the world’s largest carmaker.

Toyota Australia intends to integrate VivoPower’s conversion kits to electrify its iconic Land Cruiser vehicles during the build process – turning chassis originally destined to be diesels into emission-friendly EVs with VivoPower batteries and electric motors.

In an update note issued after the news broke, international equity research house Edison declared the five-year exclusive deal ‘a major milestone’ and ‘a strong endorsement’, supporting revenues and dialling down risk as VivoPower prepares to hyperscale.

According to lead Edison analyst David Larkham: ‘Toyota is the largest car company in the world, having delivered 9.5m units in 2020. This is a position it has gained through technology, quality and manufacturing excellence. Hence, we see this agreement as providing strong endorsement.

‘It is also a real step change for VivoPower to move from re-kitting existing vehicles to being an integrated part of the manufacturing process.’

The deal follows two years of collaboration and field trials in the harsh environment of the Australian mining sector. Whilst the Letter of Intent is not the final contract, it is binding and the end agreement is expected to lock out VivoPower competitors from working with Toyota Australia to electrify Land Cruisers.

Since last year, the business has been building a global distribution network and has signed three agreements, spanning major mining markets including AustraliaCanada and the Nordics. Together the deals, announced ahead of the Toyota news, envisage VivoPower delivering at least 4,475 kits to those regions in the next five and a half year with a total revenue of €268.5m.

Toyota sells c 400,000 Land Cruisers a year worldwide, with over 25,000 sold in Australia in 2020 and more than 10 million in total sales since its launch in 1951.

In July 2011 Tesla announced a $100 million agreement with Toyota to supply electric powertrain equipment for the RAV4 sports-utility vehicle.

GM Partners with Shell for Renewable Charging

2″General Motors and Shell, through its wholly owned subsidiary MP2 Energy, LLC (“Shell”),  are collaborating to provide comprehensive energy solutions programs to GM’s customers and supply chain partners, including fixed-rate home energy plans backed by 100 percent renewable energy resources.

This program is currently available for eligible owners of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles in Texas. Coming this summer, owners of electric vehicles from GM brands will have the opportunity to select home energy plans that include the option for free overnight hours of EV charging1. This month, the companies will also begin providing GM suppliers access to a tailored suite of renewable energy products to assist in setting and achieving their individual emissions-reduction goals. Employees of participating GM suppliers will be eligible for the home energy plans mentioned above.

Both GM and Shell have recently announced ambitious goals to address emissions.

GM plans to be carbon neutral in global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to science-based targets that align with the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement.

“Addressing climate change requires incredible scale,” said Kristen Siemen, chief sustainability officer, General Motors. “At GM, we’re committed to helping bring everybody in on a more sustainable future.”

Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society’s progress in achieving the goals of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change.  This target includes emissions not only from the energy Shell produces and processes, but also from all the energy products it sells to its customers.

Electra Seeded

Electra Vehicles, Inc. closed an oversubscribed Seed Round of $3.6 Million led by the Italian investment group LIFTT S.p.A. and BlackBerry Limited. Other investors include Club degli InvestitoriMassachusetts Clean Energy CenterHyperplane Venture CapitalPrithvi VenturesLaunchpad Venture GroupTiE Boston Angels, and successful Angel investors. These strategic, industry-leading investment groups join the funding round and affirm their support of Electra’s flagship product, EVE-Ai™ 360 Adaptive Controls, a revolutionary, AI-based software that optimizes the performance of battery systems on any vehicle in the eMobility space.

As electrification continues to be a predominant focus for passenger & commercial vehicle industries with major OEMs, Electra Vehicles is strategically positioned to help these automakers maximize their battery pack investments using their groundbreaking AI software, which can be up to 20% of a vehicle’s costs. Electra Vehicles’ unique data models are built upon an extensive dataset of 300+ battery and capacitor chemistries.

Proterra to Electrify Miami Dade

Proterra Inc  a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, and Miami-Dade County today announced a landmark fleet electrification project with the County acquiring 42 Proterra ZX5+ electric transit buses, featuring a total of 19 megawatt-hours of battery storage capacity, along with plans to install 75 Proterra chargers across three bus depots. The first electric buses are slated to be delivered in 2022.

The partnership demonstrates Proterra’s ability to deliver a comprehensive, full scale deployment of commercial electric vehicle fleets with its EV technology solutions. This includes Proterra’s industry-leading commercial vehicle battery systems, electric transit buses, and fleet charging infrastructure.

Miami-Dade County has long been a leader in advancing forward-looking clean technology

Designed and manufactured in the United States, Proterra’s electric transit buses are equipped with the Company’s industry-leading battery technology systems. With more than 600 vehicles on the road today, the Company’s battery systems have been proven over 20 million service miles driven and selected by world-class commercial vehicle manufacturers to electrify delivery vehicles, construction equipment, school buses, coach buses, and more.

Manufactured in the United States, Proterra battery-electric buses feature zero tailpipe emissions, saving approximately 230,000 pounds of greenhouse gases annually when replacing a diesel bus. The Company’s fleet of zero-emission, electric transit buses have displaced over 100 million pounds of CO2 tailpipe emissions.

In addition to the Company’s Proterra Transit and Proterra Powered business units, Proterra Energy offers a turn-key approach to delivering the complete energy ecosystem for heavy-duty electric fleets through charging infrastructure design, build, financing, operations, maintenance and energy optimization.

Wallbox ISO Renewed

Wallbox has successfully renewed its ISO 9001:2015 (quality management systems) and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management systems) certifications and earned for the first time an ISO 45001:2018 (occupational health and safety management systems) certification.  The audits were conducted by GCL International. Wallbox creates smart charging and energy solutions, for public and private use, that combine innovative technology with outstanding design to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles today to make more sustainable use of energy tomorrow.

Wallbox underwent a 12-month-long verification process to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customers’ needs, as well as specific statutory and regulatory requirements. The process also verified Wallbox’s environmental performance and occupational health and safety management systems.

The certifications are granted by the third-party accredited certification body GCL International based in London and are publicly available in on the Wallbox website and on the GCL Certificate Check website.

OBE Power and Casata EV CaaS

OBE Power, a leading private network of smart, distributed electric vehicle chargers in Florida, has partnered with Casata to offer Electric Vehicle Charging as a Service (EV CaaS) at their unique micro green living rental communities. The partnership will launch in Casata’s debut development in South Austin and expand to planned locations across Texas and the Southeast.<a id="tweet-pull-quote"…

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