Connectivity: a roadmap for connected and autonomous vehicles

Connectivity: a roadmap for connected and autonomous vehicles

Mark Cracknell, Zenzic’s Head of Connected & Automated Mobility, reveals the UK’s 10 year plan as a roadmap for connected and autonomous vehicles. Slides presented in the connectivity track at Move 2021 in London on 10 November.

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11.30 – Mark Cracknell, Head of Connected & Automated Mobility, Zenzic

City freight: social acceptance of drone deliveries

City freight: social acceptance of drone deliveries

Jonathan Bass, Head of Marketing & Communications, Wing, the drone delivery company operated by Google-parent Alphabet, presents new market research on the social acceptance of drone deliveries. Slides presented in the city freight track at Move 2021 in London on 10 November.

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11.05 – Jonathan Bass, Head of Marketing & Communications, Wing

Business models: designing a policy framework for the European EV transition

Business models: designing a policy framework for the European EV transition

Jan Burdinski, Managing Partner at Berlin Kommunikation and former Head of European Government Relations at Hyundai offers perspectives on designing business models and a policy framework for the European EV transition. Slides presented in the business models track at Move 2021 in London on 10 November.

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11.05 – Jan Burdinski, Former Executive Director & Head of European Government Relations, Hyundai

Battery tech: securing the UK’s future gigafactory capacity

Battery tech: securing the UK’s future gigafactory capacity

Julian Hetherington, Automotive Transformation Director at the Advanced Propulsion Centre sets out the UK Government backed organisation’s approach to securing the UK’s future gigafactory capacity. Slides presented in the battery tech track at Move 2021 in London on 10 November.

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11.05 – Julian Hetherington, Automotive Transformation Director, Advanced Propulsion Centre

Battery tech: how the virtual world can improve the real world

Battery tech: how the virtual world can improve the real world

Alan Prior, Vice-President – Industry Consulting, with French 3D design software developer Dassault Systèmes makes the case for how the virtual world can improve the real world. Slides presented in the battery tech track at Move 2021 in London on 10 November.

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10.40 – Alan Prior, Vice-President – Industry Consulting, Dassault Systèmes

Truck tech: Madrid — reducing emissions from trucking and freight

Truck tech: Madrid — reducing emissions from trucking and freight

Lola Ortiz, Madrid City Council’s Director General of Mobility Planning and Infrastructure describes how Madrid is reducing emissions from trucking and freight. Slides presented in the truck tech track at Move 2021 in London on 9 November.

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11.55 – Lola Ortiz Sánchez, Director General Of Mobility Planning and Infrastructure, City of Madrid

Nissan unveils $18 billion electrification push

Nissan unveils $18 billion electrification push

Nissan has announced it will spend 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) over five years to accelerate vehicle electrification. The strategy is largely seen as a bid to catch up with competitors in one of the fastest growth areas for car makers.

This is the first time Nissan has presented a comprehensive electrification plan despite being an early entrant into the market with the launch of the Leaf more than a decade ago.

Nissan said it will launch 23 electrified vehicles by 2030, including 15 electric vehicles (EVs), and wants to reduce lithium-ion battery costs by 65% within eight years. It also plans to introduce “potentially game-changing” all solid-state batteries by March 2029.

Chief Executive Makoto Uchida said these commitments would make EVs affordable to more drivers. “We will advance our effort to democratise electrification,” he said in an online presentation.

But according to Reuters, some analysts are unimpressed with Nissan’s plan and its share price dropped on the announcement. Masayuki Otani, senior analyst at Securities Japan speaking to Reuters said, “It represents a huge increase in investment, but it feels cautious.”

However Nissan Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ashwani Gupta said, “It’s very important for Nissan to show where we are going next, and today’s plan is a vision and direction which is talking about the future.”

Nissan, however, has not committed to abandoning petrol and diesel vehicles. It said half of its vehicles mix will be electrified by 2030, including hybrids. Gupta described the goal as “a reference point that may change”.

French autonomous shuttles now running without on-board supervisor

French autonomous shuttles now running without on-board supervisor

EasyMile’s autonomous shuttle service at the Oncopole healthcare and cancer research campus in the French city of Toulouse has started operating without an on-board supervisor.

The announcement follows eight months of running a trial service in which the shuttle, operating with a supervisor, took passengers on a 600m route connecting a remote car park and the campus main entrance. The shuttle shared the road with cyclists, pedestrians, cars and buses.

The company says its shuttles are equipped with appropriate levels of safety and system redundancies to operate efficiently in a wide range of environments.

The aim is for a control centre to supervise multiple vehicles from anywhere, making it possible to scale to autonomous vehicles without additional manpower.

According to EasyMile, the service is fully flexible as vehicles can be deployed immediately as demand arises, without having to wait for operators to be available.

EasyMile’s general manager Benoit Perrin says, “This is an important step towards real commercialisation of autonomous driving, both on large private sites, as well as on public roads. The applications for our technology to move people and goods continue to grow, especially in locations like campuses, business parks, industrial sites and master planned communities.”

The deployment is part of SAM (Safety and Acceptability of Autonomous Driving and Mobility), a project in which members like Alstom, Keolis and Transdev are working to develop uses of these systems while also building the future regulatory framework.

BMW hybrids automatically switch to all-electric drive in 138 European cities

BMW hybrids automatically switch to all-electric drive in 138 European cities

BMW has expanded its eDrive Zones to a further 20 cities around Europe, including Copenhagen, Verona, and Toulouse.

Using a combination of navigation and geo-fencing, a plug-in hybrid BMW will automatically know when it enters an eDrive Zone and automatically switch to an all-electric drive.

First introduced to London in August 2020, the latest 20 cities to benefit from the technology are Aberdeen, Bregenz, Brescia, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Cork, Coventry, Florence, Klagenfurt, Lille, Matosinhos, Naples, Oeiras, Oxford, Sheffield, St. Pölten, Toulouse and Verona.

This brings the total number of eDrive Zones across Europe to 138 and BMW has plans to roll out the zones in “at least” another 30 cities worldwide in 2022.

Commenting at the time of the UK launch of eDrive Zones, Pieter Nota, BMW AG board member for Customer, Brands, Sales said, “This is the flexibility that customers want, as they make the transition to electromobility. A plug-in hybrid vehicle combines the best of two worlds – emission-free city-driving as well as long-distance capabilities.”

Li-Cycle and Arrival target “radical impact” on EV battery recycling

Li-Cycle and Arrival target “radical impact” on EV battery recycling

Canadian lithium-ion battery developer Li-Cycle and UK-based EV manufacturer Arrival have announced an agreement to work together to improve lithium-ion battery recycling and improving the efficiency of the EV battery supply chain in the US and Europe.

“Ensuring end-to-end sustainability for electric vehicles is something we are very passionate about at Arrival. This is why we are so thrilled to partner with Li-Cycle to drive sustainability in the EV industry through the advancement of EV lithium-ion battery recycling,” said Deepen Somaiya, Global VP of Sustainability for Arrival.

“Arrival is changing the fundamentals of the automotive industry with our new method for the design and production of EVs, and we see Li-Cycle’s cutting-edge, commercial lithium-ion recycling technology as an extension of that transformational approach. We look forward to working together to create sustainable, end-to-end solutions that will help us drive radical impact.”

By utilising Li-Cycle’s breakthrough, commercial lithium-ion battery recycling technologies, end-of-life batteries from Arrival’s EV fleets in the US and Europe can be transformed into battery grade material that could be used in the production of new batteries for new Arrival vehicles.

Li-Cycle’s technologies will facilitate Arrival’s ability to minimise the lifecycle impact of batteries, improving its recycling and resource recovery infrastructure. At the same time, Arrival will support Li-Cycle’s ability to advance its patented technologies in line with next generation battery technology, while also continuing to improve its resource recovery efficiency.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Arrival to drive technological innovation in battery recycling, while creating a closed-loop battery supply chain in the EV industry,” said Kunal Phalpher, Chief Strategy Officer of Li-Cycle. “This strategic commercial partnership demonstrates our ability to meet emerging new customer demands as we continue to scale our proven, commercial lithium-ion recycling technology, globally.”

DB Schenker triples Volta Trucks’ order book

DB Schenker triples Volta Trucks’ order book

DB Schenker, the logistics unit of Germany’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn and one of the world’s leading logistics service providers, has announced an order for almost 1,500 electric 16-tonne trucks from Swedish manufacturer Volta Trucks.

DB Schenker will trial prototypes of Volta’s electric trucks from the spring of 2022 with the aim of decarbonising it distribution operations of goods from European terminals into city centres and urban areas.

The planned 1470 electric trucks will operate at 10 DB Schenker locations in five countries. Stockholm-based Volta Trucks plans to start production of the Volta Zero, a 16-tonne electric truck, in 2022.

“The large-scale partnership with Volta Trucks allows us to significantly increase the pace of electrification of our fleet and invest in greener transport solutions,” said Cyrille Bonjean, DB Schenker’s executive vice president for land transport in Europe.

The announcement increases Volta Trucks’ order book to around 4,500 electric trucks. Its previous biggest public order was for 1,000 trucks, from French refrigerated truck firm Petit Forestier.

Barcelona to trial biomethane buses

Barcelona to trial biomethane buses

Barcelona’s public transport operator TMB is exploring ways of running the city’s buses on sewage sludge-derived biomethane.

Biogas from the city’ wastewater treatment facilities is made up of methane and carbon dioxide and the aim is to remove the carbon dioxide leaving biomethane, which can be compressed to create fuel for the city’s buses.

Currently, just one bus is being tested, but there are plans to have 46 methane-fuelled buses on the streets by 2024.

The initiative is part of the EU funded Nimbus Project, set up to encourage a circular economy within public transport.

Although TMB has been converting its fleet to lower emission vehicles over the last decade, it’s still far off the EU’s commitment for over 30 percent of energy consumption for transport to be from renewable sources by 2030.

Biogas generated at the city’s water treatment works which is currently stored and used later to power the plant. From March, the carbon dioxide will be removed and the remaining biomethane compressed to make fuel for the Barcelona buses.

“This is about using bioproducts, which already exist in the atmosphere and giving them a new life,” said TMB depot supervisor Angel Olmo.

UK’s first load balanced rapid EV charger hub opens in West Midlands

UK’s first load balanced rapid EV charger hub opens in West Midlands

The UK’s first electric vehicle dynamic charging hub has opened in Wolverhampton and is set to be the first of more than 1500 being created across the country as part of a £75 million programme from Osprey Charging.

The charging hub is the first in the UK to feature new load balancing optimisation technology developed by Finnish company Kempower. This supports dynamic charging across multiple vehicles and allows a number of high-power chargers to be installed at a site without the need for grid upgrades.

Ian Johnston, chief executive of Osprey Charging, said, “Whether it is gigafactories, electric vehicle manufacturing or clean air zones, the West Midlands is leading the way on low carbon transport, cementing its role at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution.

“The opening of our high-powered charging hub in Wolverhampton, the first of ten in construction this year, once again puts the region at the leading edge of innovation, marking a step-change in the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure as we accelerate towards mass adoption of these vehicles.”

The Wolverhampton hub is located adjacent to the A463 and includes four high-powered chargers capable of adding 100 miles of range in around ten minutes. It includes a Costa Coffee on site, allowing drivers to make us of its facilities while charging.

Across its many planned hub sites across the UK, Osprey is working with a range of organisations spanning the restaurant and hospitality sector, retail parks and local authorities. Partners include Marston’s, Cardiff Council, London & Scottish Properties, Aberdeen Standard Investments, and Soccerworld.

First commercial robotaxi service launches in Beijing

First commercial robotaxi service launches in Beijing

Beijing has this week approved its first driverless taxis for commercial use. The license terms allow two fare paying passengers and require a safety driver, but the vehicle to all intents and purposes drives itself.

The start of commercial services is a significant step forward for the driverless ambitions of Chinese tech giant Baidu and autonomous vehicle technology company Pony.ai, but commentators think it will be years before the taxis operate fully without human intervention.

More than 500,000 free trips have already been made in Pony.ai’s robotaxis during testing and development, the Toyota-backed start-up said.

Services are confined to the city’s southern Yizhuang area. Passengers using Baidu’s “Apollo Go” cars must download the “Luobo kuaipao” app and can hail a cab at one of 600 pick-up and drop-off points.

At launch sixty-seven Baidu taxis are in service charging just two yuan (Euro 0.30) for an up to 6km journey.

Pony.ai co-founder Peng Jun said the key to moving the industry forward is “policy, technology and public acceptance”.