Motor Industry Update 20 August 2021

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Audi e-tron charging service now covers almost 75% of the UK’s public charging points

Audi has expanded its one-stop shop for EV charging, the e-tron charging service to cover almost 75% of the UK’s public charging points. Audi have now included one of the UK’s leading networks, BP Pulse, along with Pod Point, Source London, Ionity and 19 other EV operators, which means that Audi can now provide customers with access to one of the industry’s most comprehensive networks with over 17,500 chargers with the use of only one card or the myAudi app.

The expansion of the e-tron charging service not only gives Audi customers access to over 17,500 public charging points in the UK, which is almost 75% of public charging points, but also access to over 242,000 charging points across the rest of Europe.

Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK, commented:

“Audi’s aim has always been to make the transition from combustion to electrified vehicles as easy as possible for our customers, and the expansion of our ultra-convenient e-tron charging service is a clear demonstration of that. With only one card Audi customers now have access to almost 75% of the UK’s public charging points – that’s a vast collection of fast, rapid and ultra-rapid charging points across the country, which will provide them with greater flexibility and convenience day-today.”

BP Pulse is one of the UK’s largest charging networks and charging companies and gives Audi e-tron customers access to an additional 6,000 compatible BP Pulse charging stations around the UK.

Inside the glovebox of all new TFSI e and e-tron models is an RFID card that unlocks access to the e-tron charging service network. Once registered with the service and having confirmed their vehicle’s details, customers will then have the option of selecting between two different tariffs: City or Transit.

The two tariffs allow customers free-roaming across Europe, bundling all charges into one monthly cost with fixed pricing, eliminating the need to compare costs between providers.

Customers can use either the charge card or myAudi app and can search for compatible charging stations using the app or via the vehicle’s onboard MMI navigation system.

The City tariff is suitable for those who own an Audi TFSI e plug-in hybrid and tend to mainly travel in urban areas and cover shorter distances with the option to charge at home or at work.

For those customers who tend to cover greater distances and therefore require the fastest range replenishment times possible, the Transit tariff will be more suitable. The standardised charging rates mirror those in the City tariff, however the main benefit of the Transit subscription is the discounted IONITY rate of just 0.28GBP/kWh at any one of the 400 stations across Europe.

Watt Electric Vehicle Company to springboard UK production of next-gen electric commercial vehicles

Last week Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) announced plans to build up to 5,000 new electric commercial vehicles per year under its own brand and on behalf of third-party manufacturers at a new facility in the Midlands, all of which will be based on its new state-of-the-art EV platform.

Named Passenger And Commercial EV Skateboard (PACES), this innovative and highly flexible architecture will allow the niche vehicle industry to meet the considerable challenges of transitioning to an electric future by providing a sophisticated, yet cost-effective off-the-shelf EV platform.

Easily customised for different body styles, sizes and configurations, PACES can support any low-to-medium volume manufacturer, specialist vehicle converter or start-up, as well as complying with ISO regulations and European Small Series Type Approval safety standards. Its cell-to-chassis system means batteries are fitted directly to the primary structure as opposed to having a separate pack which optimised stiffness and keeps weight to a minimum.

The company plans to reveal their first prototype electric commercial vehicle, based on PACES, by the end of Q1 next year, supported by Innovate UK through its Transitioning To Zero Emission Vehicles Collaborative Research and Development competition.

Neil Yates, founder and owner of Watt Electric Vehicle Company, said:

“Our PACES architecture and manufacturing processes are flexible and scale-able, a first “off-the-shelf” product specifically targeted for the low-to-medium volume industry capable of supporting any type of EV, with a cell-to-chassis structural battery system that optimises chassis stiffness and minimises vehicle weight.

“With ever-increasing pressure on urban emissions, coupled with the growth in home delivery, we have been approached by multiple commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators, who are in desperate need of developing the next generation of electric vans, trucks and buses.

“As electrification of the sector only accelerates, what these companies need is a ready-to-go, sophisticated yet cost-effective EV platform on which to build their vehicles – that is Watt Electric Vehicle Company’s PACES architecture.

“Thanks to the support of Innovate UK grant funding, we will reveal our first prototype electric commercial vehicle, based on PACES, by end of Q1 2022. Production of a new range of PACES-based electric commercials by WEVC is then scheduled to begin in our new Midlands facility in Q3 2023. Through this facility, we will have the capacity to build 2,500-5,000 units a year.”