Motor Industry Update 6 May 2021

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Gilbarco Veeder-Root accelerates transition to e-mobility

Gilbarco Veeder-Root is the worldwide technology leader for retail and commercial fuelling operations and is accelerating its transition to e-mobility by boosting the roll-out of Europe’s charging infrastructure.

Over the past 18 months Gilbarco Veeder-Root, through strategic investment and innovations, now has the ability to offer any fuel retailer, business or organisation a complete solution for electric vehicle charging, thereby removing the barriers many businesses face when offering an electric vehicle charging infrastructure to their customers or employees.

The smart and safe end-to-end system includes compact, powerful and low maintenance chargers, together with a full network of support services including paying and billing mechanisms. They are modular and scalable, allowing retailers and businesses to keep pace with the growing demand for electrified vehicles.

Vice-President Gilbarco Veeder-Root Global eMobility, Kevin Hughes said:

“Gilbarco Veeder-Root has been keeping the world moving for over 150 years and as we rapidly transition to a world of e-mobility we are intent on supporting and boosting the charging infrastructure.

“Our advanced technologies, honed from decades of fuel distribution experience, are the ideal off-the-shelf solution to any business wanting to offer electric vehicle charging. These advanced systems are designed to take away the issues in running a charging network. Crucially, they employ the same proven customer service and widespread support ecosystem that Gilbarco Veeder-Root is famous for.

“We also know that it’s not just fuel retailers that need to offer a hassle-free charging operation. Many businesses have many pain points around transitioning to electrification in order to offer a seamless service to their customers and we have all of the answers.

“The race is on to grow Europe’s charging infrastructure and we are already on track to being a front-runner.”

JOLT and AECOM deploy ultra-fast charging in European and North America

JOLT and AECOM, the world’s leading infrastructure consulting firm, are to deploy ultra-fast charging in major European and North American urban centers. JOLT will be manufacturing the charging stations and operating the network, while AECOM will be developing and executing an international rollout plan, which will include program management, site development, equipment deployment, commissioning and field services.

JOLT are looking at deploying up to 15,000 chargers in 250 urban centers through 2025, split equally between Europe and North America. It will focus on JOLT’s Merlin ultra-fast flexible charger, which can be placed in virtually any environment. Merlin is designed and developed in Germany specifically for city charging where the existing electricity grid makes the provision of DC fast-charging extremely challenging.

Construction of new Volkswagen electric car plant in China

Volkswagen Group China has begun the construction of an all-new MEB plant at Volkswagen Anhui. This is VW’s third pure-electric vehicle manufacturing facility in China, following completion of the Anting (SAIC VW) and Foshan (FAW-VW) plants. The Anhui plant is due for completion in mid-2022 and will be powered by green energy from day one and set for production to begin in the second half of 2023. This new plant is another cornerstone of Volkswagen’s global e-mobility push. By 2025, Volkswagen Group China plans to deliver up to 1.5 million new energy vehicles a year.

Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said:

“Volkswagen Anhui is set to become a global hub for e-mobility innovation and a cornerstone of the Group’s decarbonisation strategy. As China is the world’s largest single market for NEV vehicles, we need to strengthen our local competence, and Volkswagen Anhui is a significant part of it. With the plant to be powered by green energy from day one, we are demonstrating our commitment to reducing carbon emissions beyond our fleet.”