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Electric Vehicle (EV) News Today: Free Charging, NIO, Xpeng,VW & Stats

In EV news today were more EV charging stations and agreements as well as EV deliveries.

NIO Deliveries

NIO officially began delivery of the 5-seater high-performance, long-range, electric SUV, NIO ES6, to its users. NIO ES6 Premier Edition vehicles were delivered to users in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Xpeng Deliveries

Xpeng Motors (Xpeng) completed the production of 10,000 units of the G3 smart EV, its first production model, 188 days after its official launch on December 12th, 2018. Xpeng is one of the few new EV manufacturers in China to have delivered production models to customers.

The Xpeng G3 have been delivered to customers in over 220 cities in China and is supported by an expanding sales, post-sales and charging infrastructure. Xpeng kicked off its “new-retail” sales program in April 2019, aiming to build over 100 direct and authorized sales stores, as well as a network of post-sales service centers, by end 2019.

VW ID.3 Kills in kWh

Volkswagen designed the batteries to be able to accommodate a charging capacity of up to 125 kW, which is higher than anything achieved to date in the ID.3 segment and ensures fast charging and shorter charging stops. Vehicles will have three options for battery packs 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kWh  will be covered at 70% of usable capacity warranty for 8 years or 160,000 km (≈100,000 miles).

According the US Department of Energy

Over one million PEVs have been sold, driving over 25 billion miles on electricity since 2010, thereby reducing national gasoline consumption by 0.23% in 2018 and 950 million gallons cumulatively through 2018. In 2018, PEVs used 2.8 terawatt-hours of electricity to drive 8.6 billion miles, offsetting 320 million gallons of gasoline. The majority of these vehicles were assembled in the United States, and over 42 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion batteries have been installed in vehicles.

More than one million PEV have been sold in the United States since 2011. In 2011,fewer than 20,000 PEVs were sold in the United States, while in 2018, more than that were sold
each month. Over 360,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2018, an 85% increase over 2017.  In 2018, growth in BEV sales, particularly the Tesla Model 3, led to BEVs comprising 65% of the PEV market.

Northern CA Loop Complete with Free Chademo Charging Complete

DrivetheArc has  competed the arc from Monterrey to San Fransisco to Reno Nevada. The good news for Northern Californians or those visiting the Bay are who have Nissan LEAF with a fast Chademo charging outlet–charging is free.

DRIVETHEARC, an active corridor with 57 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers spread across 26 locations between Monterey to Tahoe, CA, announced the conclusion of the project’s buildout phase with the addition of two EVgo-operated high-power fast chargers and a reservation system. The final additions culminate a strategic partnership between the U.S. and Japan to encourage EV usage along one of California’s most frequently traveled routes.

Capable of delivering a charge rate up to 100kW, the two new EVgo-operated high-power charging stations will shorten the length of time needed to charge an EV with larger battery capacity that can take higher power*. The 100kW output of the charger is based on market needs as vehicle batteries continue to improve and in consideration of optimum cost-efficiency. Additionally, these newly installed fast chargers have been designed to be upgradeable in the future for even higher outputs as vehicle technology continues to advance. One high-power station is located at the Marsh Manor Shopping Center in Redwood City, CA, and another station is located at Sprouts in Pinole, CA.

The rollout of a new reservation system will help users avoid potential wait times at one of the fast chargers situated in the recently opened Pacific Pearl Shopping Center in Pleasanton, CA. Through this new reservation system, accessible through the DRIVETHEARC App, drivers can view real-time charger availability and reserve charging time slots in advance; each 40-minute reservation slot includes 35 minutes of charging time, sufficient to deliver up to 90 miles of range, and additional built in time to pull in and plug in the vehicle.

DRIVEtheARC App is specially designed for the DRIVEtheARC stations.
It navigates you to the optimal stations depending on your EV’s cruising range and the EV station status. Other features such as free charge for CHAdeMO, stats, EV station charger status monitoring, voice recognition are also available.

It looks like the free charging campaign is still in effect. This campaign offers you no-cost charging using the DRIVEtheARC App at the DRIVEtheARC stations.

EVgo Roaming with ChargePoint and EV Connect

EVgo, announced a massive expansion of roaming access to public chargers for EVgo customers across the U.S. as a result of executing bilateral interoperability agreements with two network providers:  ChargePoint and EV Connect. These agreements will provide EVgo customers with access to the more than 400 fast charging stations these networks operate, in addition to more than 750 EVgo DCFC stations across the U.S.  Additionally, EVgo’s more than 150,000 customers will be able to access those fast chargers as well as more than 9,000 Level 2 stations from all three charging companies using their EVgo app.

Interoperability is the mechanism by which EV charging networks can enable their customers to use another charging network without the need to have multiple accounts. For example, if an EVgo customer wants to use a Level 2 Charger from EV Connect, the companies’ bilateral agreement means that driver can initiate a charge in the EVgo app without needing to create another customer account or carry an additional credential. These agreements make charging easier for customers, and industry-wide collaboration and cooperation without third party aggregators can help keep down costs.


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