Motor Industry Update 29 April 2021

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EEVEE reveals real cost of charging an Electric Vehicle

New digital service EEVEE is designed to make owning an electric vehicle far more transparent, efficient and cheaper, with their platform and app giving electric vehicle owners and fleet managers full visibility on how much it really costs to charge-up vehicles.

Knowing how to accurately claim back home charging costs is not easy to work out for business use but EEVEE solves this problem by generating reports for users which can be sent automatically to the accounting department of their employer. EEVEE is also able to link directly to a number of accounting and fleet management systems.

EEVEE founder, Steffen Brans said:

“We are electric car enthusiasts, and we want to help accelerate the adoption of EVs by giving owners the full story on how much it’s costing them to charge and run. The increasing number of charging solutions, cards and rates makes it hard for EV owners to keep track of how much they are spending, with multiple data sources for charge costs if they use different charging networks.

“EEVEE, with its powerful app and secure, advanced connected vehicle technology, cuts through the confusion. It is the ultimate tool for giving consumers and companies total transparency to all charging costs and real-time efficiency information.”

In order to establish a safe and secure connection with a vehicle, EEVEE uses a ‘virtual key’ provided by the manufacturer, known as an API token which allows the advanced ‘Vehicle to Cloud’ (V2C) technology to share information with EEVEE, which is then able to provide users with real-time information on consumption, cost and efficiency.

No additional hardware needed to use EEVEE, and it offers an easy and secure connection process. The app has been available to Tesla drivers in 47 countries, with plans for a rollout of more compatible models from different brands underway and includes many of the most popular electric models on sale from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

To find out more about EEVEE, please visit: www.eeveemobility.com

Global EV battery production needs to increase to meet demand

An ABB-sponsored report predicts that plans for 80 new EV battery gigafactories will be insufficient to meet global demand.

According to the ‘Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain Analysis,’ sponsored by ABB Robotics, while 2036 is predicted to be the changeover year when all-electric passenger vehicles will overtake sales of ICE-equipped equivalents, there are concerns over EV battery supply to meet the demand.

Although Asia leads electric vehicle battery production, Europe will make up vital ground over the next few years while US manufacturers are also planning to increase capacity.

EV Battery Demand Chart

Managing Director of ABB Robotics Auto Tier 1 Business Line, Tanja Vainio, says:

“Automation is key to increasing assembly safety, quality and traceability and delivering battery technologies cost effectively, which is critical to the expansion of electric vehicles. With production speed and flexibility essential to the successful scale-up of the EV battery industry, our cellular production architecture enables manufacturers to quickly validate a cell design and then roll out production cells globally with uniform quality, safety and productivity standards. Roll-outs can be scaled to demand with the flexibility to adjust capacity in real time.”

The report highlights the importance of battery pack assemblies being located close to or within car assembly facilities themselves. Vainio, adds:

“Co-locating battery pack assembly not only boosts sustainability by reducing transportation, it increases flexibility. A cellular approach to production is easily integrated alongside existing lines. If the demand curve moves, cells can be added or removed quickly to maintain accurate production scale. Our robots are designed to be quickly repurposed as needed, boosting flexibility and adding to our sustainable approach by maximizing the life of each robot we build.

“We believe that building a robust battery supply chain will create a distinct competitive advantage for OEMs, setting a trend towards maximum production flexibility, whether battery pack production is insourced or outsourced, to further reduce costs and boost productivity.”

The report is available to download from here.

Demand for EVs in 2020 contributed to 12% reduction in CO2 emissions

As demand for electric vehicles increased last year, CO2 emissions fell according to data collected by JATO Dynamics in 21 countries across Europe. The volume weighted average CO2 emissions (NEDC) of vehicles registered in 2020 was 106.7 g/km which is 12% lower than the average recorded in 2019.

Much of this drop in emissions can be attributed to tougher government regulations, such as the enforcement of WLTP fuel economy rules and a change in consumer attitudes toward electric vehicles, with Felipe Munoz, JATO’s global analyst, commenting:

“Although the industry still needs to do more to meet the European Commission’s’ CO2 targets, manufacturers have demonstrated significant progress with their range and sales in 2020.”

The number of registrations of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles totalled 1.21 million last year, which was 10.6% of the total market and an increase from 2019, when the volume totalled 466,000 units, which accounted for 3.1% of total registrations.

The pandemic has been instrumental in the growth of EVs across Europe, with European countries opting to promote a green, sustainable recovery, with some governments creating new purchase incentives within their economic-stimulus packages.

This has meant that many consumers have moved away from internal combustion engines (ICE) during the pandemic, purchasing low-emissions alternatives instead. The volume for ICE vehicles fell from 14.7 million units in 2019, to 8.6 million last year, which accounted for 3 in 4 cars registered in Europe. This had an immediate impact on emissions levels. Munoz noted: “In a year when millions of potential buyers were not allowed to leave their homes, it is notable that total average emissions decreased by 15g/km. It signifies a fundamental change to our notion of mobility and a greater appetite for sustainable options.”

The Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, France and Finland posted average emissions below 100g/km and reflects the ranking for countries with the highest registration of EVs, with Sweden (32%) and the Netherlands (25%) topping the list, followed by Finland, Denmark and Portugal. In contrast, the opposite trend can be seen in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland, who all registered the highest CO2 averages and recorded low levels of EV penetration.