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global: First in (Electro-)Ecology? ...in Europe?

Betting On Green:
Poland Plans to Open Largest Battery Factory in Europe

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- By Matt Posky on October 15, 2017

Source: Reuters
South Korea’s LG Chem is planning to open the largest lithium-ion battery factory in Europe to aide the continent’s automotive industry as it prepares its much-hyped shift toward EV production. According to LG, construction of the battery plant — located in Wrocław, Poland — is set to begin immediately and batteries should be ready for slotting into vehicles before the end of next year.

In a an announcement, the company said the plant would have a production capacity of 100,000 batteries per year for EVs that can run up to 199 miles once charged. Previous estimates were more conservative but, with German automakers promising widespread electrification, LG saw no reason for half measures.

“We will turn the Poland EV battery plant into a mecca of battery production for electric vehicles around the world,” said company president UB Lee. “As LG Chem’s Poland EV battery plant is the first large-scale automotive lithium battery production plant in Europe, it will play the role of vitalizing the electric vehicle industry across the whole of Europe. We will put all our efforts into making the plant into a main production hub for EV batteries.”

The factory will employ roughly 2,500 people. LG Chem did not name prospective customers but said they would include top car companies — although Volvo Cars would be a safe bet, since the two companies already announced a partnership last December.

By adding roughly 6 Gigawatt hours of energy production, building the plant in Poland would effectively double LG’s battery capacity for electric vehicles for a total annual capacity of 280,000 EVs — with help from its other factories in South Korea, the United States, and China.
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global: First in (Electro-)Ecology... ...in superDuper-charging

Tesla opens new largest Supercharger station in the world
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- Fred Lambert - Oct. 23rd 2017

Tesla is adding a ton of stations to its Supercharger network lately in an attempt to reach its goal to have over 10,000 Superchargers online by the end of the year.

We now learn that the automaker just brought online a single new station in Shanghai with
50 Superchargers – becoming the largest Supercharger station in the world.



Tesla has been building some new Supercharger stations with high numbers of stalls per station lately. We previously reported on two new 40-stall Supercharger stations under construction in California, which are designed with a layout and the Supercharger lounge concept.

There are also the new urban Superchargers within cities.

But the new Shanghai Supercharger station, which is located in the garage of the Lilacs International Commercial Centre in the Pudong district of Shanghai, is neither of those and instead, it looks like Tesla’s original Supercharger system, but with simply a lot more stalls than usual.

The station was spotted under construction last month, but now Model S owner Jason Man stopped by earlier today and he was able to charge his car.

He sent us a few pictures of the completed Supercharger station.

It not as visually impressive as some of Tesla’s more recent stations due to it being in a garage, but that’s now indeed the largest Supercharger in the world.

This station has to be extremely powerful in order to potentially supercharge up to 50 cars at the same time. If the system is as powerful as current Superchargers, and it looks like it is, the whole station could have a peak power output of over 3 megawatts.

With this new station, Tesla has now over 1032 Supercharger stations in the world with a total of over 7,300 Superchargers.

Electrek’s Take
It’s also interesting that the Supercharger is in Shanghai, where Tesla reportedly has a deal with China to build ‘wholly-owned’ gigafactory.

The station is Tesla’s 17th Supercharger in Shanghai – most of them have been added somewhat recently and the company is planning to add several more stations there by the end of the year.

Based on this station, it looks like the automaker is capable of bringing Superchargers online relatively quickly in Shanghai, which is not always to case.

Tesla has been putting a lot of effort into its charging networks in general, but China seems to be a special focus lately. The automaker even recently unveiled a new dual connector charge port design for Model S and Model X in order to support China’s new national charging standard.

The government is adding tens of thousands of charging stations and now Tesla owners will have easier access to those stations, but it apparently doesn’t mean that the automaker is not still betting on its Supercharger network in the region, as evidenced by this new stations and several more planned stations.

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global: First in (Electro-)Ecology? ...in sharing a charging NETwork

German MFGs + Ford announce IONITY charging network
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— Hugo Griffiths — 3 Nov, 2017

Universal charging connections and 400 fast charging stations the priority as part of joint IONITY venture

Four of the world’s largest car companies – BMW, Mercedes, Ford and the Volkswagen Group – have united to establish a new network of fast charging stations for electric vehicles across Europe.

The plan, which is being rolled out by a new organisation dubbed IONITY, is already under way, and is beginning with the opening of 20 stations in 2017 across Germany, Norway and Austria.

The chargers will be spaced at intervals of 75 miles, which IONITY chiefs say will provide customers “with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel”.

By early 2018 the group will have installed 50 charging stations – a number that will rise to 100 during the year. By 2020, IONITY will have established 400 charging stations across Europe. There are currently just under 5,000 charging stations in England alone.

The IONITY network will offer charging speeds of “up to” 350 kiloWatts (kW), allowing owners of electric vehicles the to “significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems.” For comparison, a domestic three-pin plug charges at around 3kW and takes around 12 hours to recharge an electric car, while Tesla’s rapid Supercharger network operates at 120kW and can give a Model S’ batteries an 80 per cent charge in around 40 minutes.

By utilising the same CCS (Combined Charging System) connector throughout the network, the establishment of IONITY bolster’s this type of connector’s chances of becoming the de facto connector for charging electric vehicles, in a marketplace that commonly uses at least four different types of connector at present.

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global: First in electro-ÜBER-Lux?

Bugatti, Bentley, and Lamborghini Pivot to EVs and Hybrids
Ultra-lux goes green
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- Georg Kacher - November 9, 2017

According to a source from within Volkswagen Group, new Bentley boss Adrian Hallmark has been advised to invest in the brand rather than chasing volume. And the halo car chosen to accomplish this task will be an emphatically luxurious version of the all-electric Porsche Mission E, codenamed J1. But as ever at VW, nothing is ever quite straightforward.

Audi has also applied for a share of J1 action, and both brands will be chasing the same thing: The lowest ever, full-size four-seat battery electric vehicle with sexy proportions, first class packaging and breathtaking power and torque delivery. Bentley may use the Barnato name for its zero-emission creation. Audi has labeled its J1 variant the e-tron GT.

The Mission E architecture is expected to come in three versions—402, 536, and 670 hp. In combination with bigger batteries good for 115kW/hr and more (there’s even talk of a 150kW/hr unit under development for 2022), the maximum power output could climb to an awesome 936 hp—that’s two 375 hp motors in the back and one 186 hp unit up front. Peak range could be an impressive 500 miles.

The two other premium VW Group brands in need of an extra dash of social acceptance and planet-friendliness are Bugatti and Lamborghini. Although Bugatti did toy with the idea of replacing the Chiron with an all-electric hypercar, it has been ordered to lower its sights to a more affordable sports car whose DNA can be shared with other VW Group premium brands.

Tentatively named Atlantic, the second Bugatti offering will likely be a two-door 2+2-seater genetically connected to the Lamborghini Nuova E-spada. Both models are short-wheelbase evolutions of the 680 hp Panamera Turbo S plug-in hybrid.

Such a striking 2+2 coupé would probably sell in larger numbers if marketed as Porsche 929, but Bugatti and Lambo need high-end green product more urgently, and will command even higher prices, while using the Porsche-developed MSB architecture. Both coupés will of course get bespoke uppers and interiors...

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Audi and Bentley want in on Porsche's Mission E,
Bugatti and Lamborghini considering plug-in 2+2

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- Sean Szymkowski - Nov 10, 2017


...Automobile reported on Thursday that both Audi and Bentley have applied for a piece of the Mission E, codenamed J1. Bentley wants to chase an even more luxurious variant, potentially called the Barnato, while Audi reportedly has named its variant the e-tron GT. The report suggested the production Mission E will arrive with three horsepower levels: 402, 536, and 670. Bentley and Audi could pluck one or more of the powertrain variations for their electric cars. At launch, Porsche promises more than 300 miles of range, but there are rumors of a 150 kwh battery that might push range to 500 miles for 2022. What range anxiety?...
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Report: Honda Planning EV's With 15-Minute Charge Time**
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- Nick Saporito - November 22, 2017


Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company is reportedly planning to cut the charging time of its next-generation electric vehicles to 15 minutes. Utilizing new fast-chargers and battery technology the company hopes to add up to 150 miles of range during the short charge duration.

According to a report out of the Nikkei Asian Review, Honda is developing a new high-capacity battery pack that will be the primary source of the quick charge time. The new battery will leverage a 350-kW charger, enabling the vehicle to add about 150 miles during a 15 minute charge. This technology is currently slated to show up in Honda dealerships in 2022.

During that year Honda is expected to roll out multiple new battery-electric vehicles that will utilize the charging tech currently being developed. The Nikkei also reports that Honda will collaborate with a partner on the new battery technology, although who the partner is has yet to be disclosed. Current battery technology in today's Honda products is supplied by Panasonic.

Today's fast chargers for electric vehicles in Japan offer a maximum charging output of 150-kW. The slated increase at Honda is certainly a large jump from today's offerings, but not out of line from what other automakers are seeking. Seen as a primary hurdle to electric vehicle adoption, all stakeholders are currently working on shortening the charge time on electric vehicles to be more comparable to that of filling up an internal combustion-powered vehicle with fuel.

Most of Europe's largest automakers have already announced plans to install thousands of 350-kW chargers across major highways in Europe, indicating that Honda isn't the only automaker looking at 350-kW as a magic number for EVs.

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**note: Battery article - fast charging cuts the life of batteries!
I'm wondering if a universal-swappable partial-mini-core could then trickle it's charge into the main battery??
= quick 'fueling' + long battery-life?
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Re: DownUnder: First in mega-battery storage? 100 DAYS from... =NOW

gathering what I stumble across together cuz
saw a brief tv snippet about the battery installation - a bit larger than a football stadium - going ONLINE :nerd:

hoping this is a general portal website for info...

All The Details On Tesla's Giant Australian Battery
Gizmodo.com.AU
- Campbell Simpson - July 9, 2017


..."Upon completion by December 2017, this system will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world and will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes, approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period."...

... Tesla will have a little over three months to set up the PowerPack substation. SolarCity co-founder and cousin of Musk, Lyndon Rive, previously said at an event in SA that between 100 and 300 megawatts of storage would solve South Australia's energy issues...
..."The 129MWh battery, which is paired with a wind farm, is designed to improve the security of electricity supplies across South Australia.
Musk told reporters in Adelaide on Friday the project was not without technical challenges, given it would be the largest battery installation in the world “by a significant margin”.
I was just wondering about Elon's Austalian "Gamble" (he said he'd deliver within a time frame or it's FREE)
got a Link, @Bloggin ? ...in a different thread tho/perhaps(?) ;)
 

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re: global: First in ...completely off the grid? ANY grid!

LIGHTYEAR: a car that runs on sunshine
NBC

Lightyear is a Netherlands-based company that promises to unveil a solar-powered car in 2018 that will have a range of 800 km. Although details are few at the moment, if successful this car could be the beginning of the clean energy future we all dream of.
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LIGHTYEAR: a car that runs on sunshine
NBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U0Mr4ra4zw
Lightyear is a Netherlands-based company that promises to unveil a solar-powered car in 2018 that will have a range of 800 km. Although details are few at the moment, if successful this car could be the beginning of the clean energy future we all dream of.
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I'm sorry, how does it generate enough power to run off of solar?
 

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re: global: First in (Electro-)Ecology? ...in collusion?

^speaking of unicorn farts...

Toyota ramps up electrification,
targets 1 million zero-emission cars by 2030

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- Viknesh Vijayenthiran - Dec 17, 2017


Toyota on Monday announced it would accelerate its vehicle electrification plans as part of an overarching strategy to reduce fleet-wide carbon emissions by as much as 90 percent from 2010 levels, by the year 2050.

Under the accelerated plans, Toyota hopes to have every model in the Toyota and Lexus lineups either be a dedicated electrified car or offer an electrified option by 2025. Electrified at Toyota means hybrid, battery or hydrogen fuel cell powertrains.

The automaker also has an annual sales target of 5.5 million electrified cars, or roughly half of its total sales, by 2030. This target also includes a goal of 1.0 million combined sales of zero-emission battery and fuel cell cars.

By the early 2020s, Toyota said it will have more than 10 battery-powered electric cars, plus an expanded offering of plug-in hybrid and fuel cell cars. Crucially, Toyota also said it will no longer develop cars without an electrified option.

The news comes less than a week after Toyota said it was conducting a feasibility study for a battery joint venture with Panasonic intended to address growing demand and expectations for vehicle electrification. The joint venture with Panasonic is for prismatic batteries that can be used in hybrids. Prismatic designs can reduce weight and cost, as well as optimize packaging efficiency with fewer cells required for a given voltage.

But Toyota is also actively developing automotive-grade solid-state batteries and aims to commercialize the technology by the early 2020s. Solid-state batteries, considered the holy grail for the mass adoption of electric cars, use solid electrolytes rather than liquid, which most electric car batteries, like lithium-ion units, use today. The benefit is that solid-state batteries are less prone to overheating or fire, and they’re also much denser, meaning more capacity. They’re difficult to manufacture on a mass scale at present but that's expected to change in the coming years.

In parallel with these developments, Toyota is also focused on building up the infrastructure conducive to the widespread adoption of electrification technology. Among the strategies in place is the roll out of battery charging stations and hydrogen filling stations, plus the implementation of battery reuse and recycling.

Toyota was a pioneer in electrified cars, having launched the Prius hybrid more than two decades ago. It also dabbled with electric cars early on, forming a partnership with Tesla in 2010 and testing the waters with the RAV4 EV two years later. But soon after the launch of the electric SUV, Toyota shocked many by deciding that fuel cells were a better bet. It then cut its ties with Tesla and started work on the Mirai.

With the market so far embracing batteries over fuel cells, Toyota is now in catch-up mode. The automaker has little choice, too, particularly because of China which plans to set goals for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to make up at least a fifth of local sales by 2025, with a staggered system of quotas beginning in 2018. Non-compliance could mean fines as well as the possibility of losing licenses to sell internal combustion cars.
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re: global: First in (Electro-)Ecology? ...in (more) new tech!

Solid Power, BMW partner to develop next-generation EV batteries
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Business News - Staff - December 18, 2017

image (swiped) from Solid Power Inc.'s LinkedIN

(Reuters) - U.S. EV battery company Solid Power said on Monday it had partnered with Germany’s BMW AG (BMWG.DE) to develop the next-generation solid-state battery technology for use in electric vehicles (EVs)...

...Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

All solid-state battery technology is a high-capacity energy storage device that improves on today’s lithium-ion batteries, replacing the liquid or gel-form electrolyte with a solid, conductive material. Among other benefits, the new technology offers more capacity and better safety...

...Toyota Motor Corp, which has called the technology a “game changer” for EVs, plans to commercialize solid-state batteries and roll out an electric vehicle in the early 2020s powered by them.

German automotive supplier Continental AG is considering investing in the technology, Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart told trade weekly Automobilwoche in an interview in November.

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Let the suppliers invest and buy from them as you need. If the technology is replaced by something cheaper or more efficient in a few years, you are not out a massive investment.
 
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global: 2nd in (Electro-)Ecology? ...in regulations? ...what about China?

KiaMedia sorta-responded to my facebook question about 31 e-miles for a China-Niro...
...with a NON-answer/U.S Link

Electrical System --------- Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Battery Type ---------------- Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
Battery Voltage (V) --------- 360V
Battery Capacity (Ah) ------- 24.7Ah
Battery Energy (kWh) ------- 8.9 kWh
Battery Power (kW) --------- 59 kW
Battery Weight (lbs.) -------- 258 lbs.

Estimated Fuel Economy - Niro Plug-In Hybrid

All Electric Range (AER) ----- 26 miles
MPGe (mpg) ----------------- 105 combined
------- City ------------------- 48
------- Highway -------------- 44
------- Combined ------------ 46
Total Driving Range --------- 560 miles

crossreferences:
battery-size-database-project
8.9 kWh 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in 45kW/61PS + 1.6GDI 78kW/105hp = ?
Ford’s Board of Directors '"86's" Mark Fields - update
...exported to China, both have to have a plug and at least 31 miles of range to qualify for the new strict clean vehicle incentives. Besides the fact that today, it's less about using 'less' fuel, but more about using zero fuel as much as possible and the PHEV offers both the option to plug in and go more miles on electric or get the hybrid mpg on a longer trip...
Ford/Lincoln product forecast UPDATED
...going forward they all must offer 31 miles or better to earn incentives once exported to China...
Ford Will Ease Into EVs
...Starting with plug-in versions of utility vehicles...
 

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re: Global: 2nd in (EleCtrO-)...BOOST?

while searching for dimensions for the new gen3 CLS...

MotorTrend: 2019 CLS FIRST LOOK: Now a 5-Seater / gets electrified powertrain
...The CLS450 comes with a new 3.0-liter inline-six supplemented by an integrated “EQ Boost” electric motor buried in the transmission housing (a nine-speed automatic is standard). The car produces 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, plus an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft available with EQ Boost over short periods. But despite its 21 hp, roughly half of the car’s available torque at low speeds is owed to the electric motor. EQ Boost is paired with an approximately 1 kW-hr, liquid-cooled lithium battery (located under the hood) that supplements the gasoline engine’s power – the engine and electric motor can’t be decoupled so there’s no EV-only mode. Up to about 100 mph, though, lifting-off the throttle shuts off the engine for what the Germans call “sailing” – the electric motor (that does starting and regen duties) refires the engine upon throttle application. Mercedes says the unit allows for fuel savings that could previously only be achieved with high-voltage hybrid technology...

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re: global: First in (Electro-)multiplicity? ...3x or 2x?

gleaned from a Looooong test-track article...

...2020 Porsche Mission E
Tackling Porsche’s Weissach test track in the analog and digital
AutomobileMag
| By: Georg Kacher | Photography by: Steffen Jahn December 27, 2017

According to those in the know, Porsche is definitely considering three Mission E models tentatively rated at 300 kW/402hp, 400 kW/536hp, and 500 kW/670hp with badging that will mirror current lineup offerings. All-wheel drive will initially be standard equipment, but Porsche might later offer an entry-level rear-drive(only) version. The front-wheel-drive module reportedly delivers 160 kW/215 hp at 16,000 rpm with a constant peak torque of 221 lb-ft. At full boost, Porsche can briefly claim some 325 lb-ft. There are two different specifications in the works for the rear-drive unit. While the base motor is rated at 240 kW/322 hp and 251 lb-ft, the performance version is good for 320 kW/429 hp and 406 lb-ft, sources say. The two-speed transmission is being developed to allow for full-throttle upshifts, and an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential will be an option...

...This car aspires to blend speed and effortlessness, comfort and charisma, minimum noise and maximum response, a real-life range in the neighborhood of 300 miles, and the ability to recharge the batteries to at least 80 percent capacity in 20 minutes or less. The battery’s energy cells can be charged with an 800-volt capacity (a first for a production automaker) or 400-volt setup...

...Expect the Mission E to be priced between the Cayenne and Panamera and in the neighborhood of the least expensive Tesla Model S, so figure in the $75,000 to $80,000 range to start. While Porsche’s original goal was to build around 20,000 of the high-end EVs per year, the unusually euphoric marketing department recently suggested 10,000 more units be added to the tally...

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Volvo planning "two-pronged" electric approach :)angel)
CarAdvice.com.Au
- Scott Collie - 1 days ago (whatever that means)


Volvo will offer two battery sizes in pure-electric versions of the XC40 and upcoming V40 hatchback, according to a report out of the UK.

The new hatchback will be built on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) as the XC40, powered by a range of three- and four-cylinder engines, a plug-in hybrid powertrain and, for the first time, a pure-electric setup.

“In purely physical terms, we have to fit the battery in the floor,” Henrik Green, Volvo R&D boss, told Auto Express. “But CMA gives us pretty good bandwidth. Everything from the full SUV height down to fairly low cars is possible. We’ve designed CMA from the beginning to have plug-in capability.”

“For each electric car, we will typically have at least two different battery sizes on offer,” he elaborated.

“The base variant will be more cost-efficient, but with a slightly limited range, and then there will be a bigger option with a higher price, but more range and more power.”

When it arrives, a V40 EV would put Volvo a step closer to delivering on its promise of delivering five electric cars between 2019 and 2021, the first of which has already arrived wearing a Polestar badge.

The expanded electric range is part of the Swedish manufacturer’s plan to sell 1 million electric cars by 2025, described as “one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification” when it was announced last year.

Every Volvo sold from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, while the company wants to have its factories carbon neutral by the time 2025 rolls around.
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Battery Suppliers Can’t Keep Up With Outrageous Demand For Porsche Panamera Plug-In Hybrid
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- Mark Kane - yesterday

Porsche is struggling with limited battery supplies for its latest Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid that sells like hot cakes, taking 60% of sales for the Panamera lineup in Europe.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

We are a little surprised, because the Porsche is equipped with a relatively small pack of 14.1 kWh. Even at 8,000 sales annually, that would amount to less than 113 MWh.

Gerd Rupp, head of Porsche’s Leipzig plant said:

“At present we are able to meet customer demand well,” he said in an interview, adding about 8,000 Panamera hybrids would be built this year. “But there are limits because we are dependent on the capacities of battery suppliers.”

“As a buyer we had originally projected different volumes (of battery systems needed),” Rupp said. “The effects can be seen in longer delivery times of currently 3-4 months for Panamera hybrid models.”

If such troubles appears at the early stage of the Porsche lineup electrification plan, then we can just imagine what will happen when most of the models are all-electric or plug-in hybrid.

According to the article, Porsche has shortages in specialists too: mechatronic engineers, software experts and tool mechanics for the expansion of production.

“It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find the right experts” for Leipzig with adjacent suppliers and a BMW plant competing for hirings. As a result, Porsche is working to improve the skills of its existing staff at a new training center at Leipzig, Rupp said.

“We cannot completely rely on the open job market.”

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global: SECOND in (Electro-)Ecology? ...in reVOLTing?

Nissan Considers Bringing Its Unusual e-Power Technology to America: TTAC/May 13, 2017

e-Power Innovative 100% Electric Drive System: BusinessInsider/Aug. 16, 2017

Nissan's e-Power Tech Coming to U.S. Vehicles
AutomotiveNews
- Lindsay Chappell - January 21, 2018

DETROIT — Startled by enthusiastic consumer demand for ePower in Japan last year, Nissan Motor Co. now plans to introduce the electric motor-powered technology to its vehicles in the U.S.

But unlike its Japanese application in the humble subcompact Note, Nissan will more likely use ePower here as an option on higher-end vehicles**, said Philippe Klein, the automaker's chief planning officer, speaking to Automotive News on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show last week.

Klein did not say which Nissan brand products might receive ePower but suggested it will begin with higher-priced nameplates that can absorb the added cost of the powertrain.**

Meanwhile, Klein's boss, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, told the Automotive News World Congress last week that Infiniti will begin offering ePower in the near future. Saikawa said ePower will play a key role in Infiniti's move to almost completely electrify its lineup starting in 2021.

Saikawa said that every Infiniti that appears in or after 2021 will either be a full electric vehicle or have an ePower powertrain.

The technology reached the market in Japan as a powertrain option on the Note in late 2016. But in 2017, its first full year of availability, it had a 65 percent take rate on the car, Klein said.

"Our strategy is to expand to other vehicles and to other markets," Klein said. "It's not only for small vehicles. We're going to go to bigger vehicles."

The system is essentially a range extender in which an electric motor propels the vehicle at all times. A battery provides the power for the motor. A gasoline engine is used to charge the battery when necessary.

The system delivers a fuel economy rating of about 77 mpg under Japan's testing protocol, which is not comparable to U.S. testing methods.

But Klein said fuel economy is only half the attraction to consumers. A second appeal is the powertrain's exhilarating acceleration, he said, which is something that will appeal to buyers of any vehicle.

"One part of it is the rational — lower gas costs. The other issue is emotional," he said. "The driving experience is very close to that of an electric vehicle. Contrary to a conventional hybrid, you have the smooth acceleration of an electric vehicle."

Klein said that ePower has helped Nissan increase the revenue generated by the Note, and also has allowed Nissan to reposition the Note in Japan as a more upscale model.**

He added that Nissan believes the technology also provides an alternative to diesel powertrains in Europe.

The company is considering offering ePower there as regulations make it harder to sell diesel vehicles.

Its immediate benefit as a new source of fuel economy is not so clear for the U.S. market, he said. "But the benefits of being emotional and fun to drive might apply in the U.S. for some categories of vehicles," he said. "So it's part of the strategy."


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...The novel approach is similar to the Chevrolet Volt’s powertrain, minus the larger battery and plug-in capability. There’s no option of all-electric driving with this system. Instead, a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turns at an optimized 2,500 rpm to generate electricity for the electric motor, feeding a steady slow of it into a compact battery located under the front seats.

Shrinking the battery means lower production costs and a friendlier MSRP. In Japan, a Note (Versa Note in the U.S.) with e-Power retails for about $19,000...



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Battery Suppliers Can’t Keep Up With Outrageous Demand For Porsche Panamera Plug-In Hybrid
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- Mark Kane - yesterday

Porsche is struggling with limited battery supplies for its latest Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid that sells like hot cakes, taking 60% of sales for the Panamera lineup in Europe.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

We are a little surprised, because the Porsche is equipped with a relatively small pack of 14.1 kWh. Even at 8,000 sales annually, that would amount to less than 113 MWh.
This represents the disconnect between manufacturers and consumer demand for EVs, when the EV is offered in an attractive package. Automakers finally trying to offer a 50mpg hybrid are late to the game. Automakers offering less than 30 EV miles in a PHEV are late as well.

The game has changed so dramatically that anything offered now with just an ICE engine is old school. Whoever offers the 200 - 300+ mile EV version in the same segments wins. Big ICE trucks excluded for now....
 

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Re: Global: Last in petro... what WAS a combustion chamber, Grandpa?

Volvo Won't Develop a New Generation of Gas Engines
Volvo won't be needing a new generation gas engine, and won't build a pickup or a shooting brake either. Instead, the Swedish vision is electric, full of integrated services.

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- MÁTÉ PETRÁNY - FEB 23, 2018

During Volvo's ultra casual V60 reveal in the well-off side of Stockholm's suburbs, CEO Håkan Samuelsson and his colleagues answered a few questions regarding the company's grand plans for the near future. America happens to play a crucial part in them, and not just as Volvo's second largest market after China.

The S60 sedan will arrive at the end of this year straight from Volvo's new factory in Charleston, South Carolina. Simultaneously, R&D and design work will take place in the U.S. as well, while Volvo teams up with a number of established brands in order to provide relevant digital services to its customers.

That's cool, but how about more power?
More power will come, but not necessarily from the internal combustion side of the powertrain. From 2019, all Volvos will have more than one electrified variant, be those T6 or T8 plug-in hybrids, or something wilder involving its new three-cylinder engine. That is until the core brand can follow Polestar into the pure EV game. In the meantime, the hybrids will get more powerful (and higher-revving) electric motors, which send all of their torque to the rear axle. That means future Volvos can have rear-biased AWD systems, which enhance the driving experience by cutting understeer.

This also means Volvo won't continue using its budget to develop new internal combustion engines. In fact, the current generation of single- or twin-charged inline engines represent Volvo's last gasoline family. Of course, the option of adding an extra electric turbo to push the two-liter closer to the 400 horsepower mark is still up in the air, but if Volvo's electric motors get powerful enough in time, it's hard to see what could justify such a complication.

New times, new platforms
Volvo's platforms are anything but light. In fact, the mid-sized V60, which is based on the SPA architecture under the V90, can weigh up to 4561 lbs. with all the hybrid technology onboard. Still, while the new SPA due in 2021 is promised to be lighter, weight-saving is not the highest priority on Volvo's list. Using Swedish steel and providing maximum safety are, and the electric torque will be there to take care of the load.

No niche models for you, son!
Today, Volvo is an SUV brand. And one that will also love and sell its wagons for all eternity. Håkan Samuelsson believes that when you build such a pretty one as the V60, you're obligated to take the extra step, and offer a sedan as well. That's why the S60 is coming, from America and for America.

On the other hand, he also said that focusing on those core models is important for Volvo. SUVs, sedans, wagons, raised wagons. Dreaming of shooting brakes, coupes or pickup trucks sure is a fun thing to do, but let's not forget that Volvo had to launch a separate performance brand before it could do its two-door concept for real...
 

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Volvo’s risky decision, no news ICEs... that limit the Volvo future market to very healthy and urbanized cities of Eastern Europe, USA and Asia (Japan ,China, Korea)

The share of the car market for electric vehicles is 1%... and will be 14% for 2030... good luck , Volvo. You will need it.
 
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