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Volvo launches more electric trucks

Volvo launches more electric trucks
Volvo launches more electric trucks

Volvo Trucks continues to expand its range with the launch of several new electric trucks, making it possible to electrify even more transport routes in cities and regions. This latest addition of rigid* trucks further strengthens Volvo’s position as a leader in electric truck transport.

Already producing the most complete electric line up in the global truck industry, Volvo Trucks is now expanding its offering with the introduction of rigid versions of its heavy electric trucks: the Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX. This makes it even easier for transport companies to adopt electric vehicles in urban and regional areas.

Thanks to multiple battery, cab and chassis options, the new heavy rigid trucks can be designed to carry electric superstructures for a wide range of specialized transport assignments, including goods distribution, refuse collection and construction work. Production of the new variants will begin in the first quarter of 2023.

“With these new, electric trucks we are making it easier than ever for even more customers to go electric, and for cities to shift to zero-emission vehicles for virtually all transport flows. Our customers can have these trucks custom-built for their specific operation, to cut emissions while getting the same functionality as the diesel truck they are using today,” explains Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

Electric trucks – more attractive to both drivers and cities
Diesel trucks with heavy loads are a common sight in many cities. Now it’s possible to instead use electric trucks for these assignments. Besides producing zero exhaust emissions, electric trucks provide a better working environment for drivers as they are quiet – which also contributes to a more livable city for residents.

Improved customer flexibility  
The new rigid trucks have a battery capacity between 180-540 kWh. This, together with the number of batteries applied to a truck, provides for great flexibility and a wide range of potential operations.

“These trucks can handle all kinds of transports, from lighter to heavy loads. Customers can choose the exact battery capacity they need for their assignments, and by not carrying more batteries onboard than needed, the payload can increase. In short, we have the optimal and most cost-efficient electric transport solution, no matter what the task is,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks is the only global truck manufacturer with a full range of electric trucks in series production already today. The company’s target is that half of its global total truck sales will be electric by 2030 at the latest.

*Trucks with a single rigid chassis and built-on applications such as cranes, refuse compactors and cement mixers.

Volvo FH, FM and FMX Electric rigids can be equipped as follows:

Released for sale in December 2022, serial production start March 2023:
Driveline: 490 kW

Drive unit: 3 electric motors

Battery: 450-540 kWh, 5-6 batteries

Cab: Sleeper, High, X-High sleeper cab

Wheelbase: 4300-6700

Axle Configurations: 4x2R, 6x2R, 6x4R, 8x2R, and 8x4R

PTO: Electric ePTO, Transmission PTO and Electro-Mechanical PTO

Released for sale in February, serial production start May 2023:
Driveline: 330 kW

Drive unit: 2 electric motors

Battery: 360 kWh, 4 batteries

Cab: Day cab

Wheelbase: 3900-6700

Released for sale in June, serial production start September 2023:
Battery: 180-270 kWh, 2-3 batteries

SAE International publishes TIR J2954/2 for wireless charging of heavy-duty EVs; static and dynamic WPT

wireless charging of electric vehicles
wireless charging of electric vehicles

SAE International has published the first Technical Information Report (TIR) that specifies, in a single document, both the electric vehicle- and ground-system requirements for heavy-duty (HD) wireless charging of electric vehicles (EV).

SAE TIR J2954/2 Wireless Power Transfer & Alignment for Heavy Duty Applications helps pave the way for charging HD vehicles without the need for plugging in—widely considered to be a key enabler for accelerating the adoption of EVs and autonomous vehicles. The new guideline builds off the success of the first light-duty SAE J2954 standard published in 2020. The SAE TIR J2954/2 exponentially increases the power level of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for heavy duty vehicles to 500 kW.

Charging a heavy-duty EV should be as simple as parking in the right spot—the wireless charging SAE TIR J2954/2 Guideline makes it possible to do that automatically.

—Jesse Schneider, chair of the SAE Wireless Power Transfer Task Force (ZEV Station)

Power is transferred by creating a magnetic resonance field between the ground transmitting assembly and a vehicle assembly fitted on the underbody of a HD vehicle. The energy crosses an air gap (the ground clearance between the pads) and is then converted from AC into DC on the vehicle to charge the vehicle batteries.

The technology is a safe and efficient method for transferring power from the AC grid supply to the HD EV. Field trials using a 10-in. (250-mm) ground clearance has shown that WPT systems operate at grid-to-battery efficiencies of 92+%. WPT with additional alignment elements in SAE J2954/2 also offers the potential to fulfill the charging requirements for autonomous EVs to charge themselves without human interaction.

The SAE TIR J2954/2 is a game-changer guideline enabling ultra-fast wireless charging to 500kW, for both trucks and buses. It also makes it possible for wireless opportunity charging at stops for buses to overnight charging without a cord and HD truck sleeper cabs. To top it off SAE J2954/2 enables dynamic wireless power transfer, making it possible to charge while driving at roadway speeds. This enables a leap forward for wireless charging for EV heavy duty vehicles by establishing a common vehicle and parking location and frequency.

Jesse Schneider

SAE TIR J2954/2 Heavy-Duty Wireless Power Transfer has the potential to change the mindset of the fleet operators enabling both transit buses and truck fleets to go electric. It makes the whole prospect of charging easier to handle compared to conductive charging.

Mike Masquelier, subteam co-chair J2954 HD WPT (WAVE)

The TIR J2954/2 is a first big step for wireless HD dynamic charging. On-the-go charging will significantly reduce vehicle battery cost, weight and provide a flexible resource to electric utilities.

Dr. Regan Zane, subteam co-chair dynamic charging (Utah State)

Additionally, SAE J2954 published an updated version 2 of its SAE J2954 light-duty standard for wireless power transfer for electric vehicles. This update improves the standard by creating requirements to assist UL 2750 in creating a certification program for SAE J2954 light-duty systems.

The SAE J2954 Standard has the potential to greatly accelerate validation and therefore commercialization of wireless charging systems for light duty vehicles.

Jesse Schneider, Chair SAE WPT Taskforce

SAE and UL signed an MoU to jointly develop and share WPT standards to help accelerate certification of wireless power transfer for electric vehicles.

EV drivers reveal 9 tips for getting the most range out of cars in winter

EV Driver Tips on Maximising Range in Winter
  1. Preconditioning the battery or pre-heat the cabin

Most EV drivers charge their car overnight so it’s ready for their morning journey. One Reddit user suggests to “Preheat the cabin wherever possible while plugged in. This will use energy from the grid to heat the vehicle before you drive off, rather than from the battery while you’re driving.” 

Doing so not only heats the cabin ready for the journey, it also preconditions the battery for the journey meaning it doesn’t have to use the battery while driving to get up to optimum performance temperature (generally around 20°C). 

  1. Direct heat to the passenger, not the cabin

Internal combustion engine cars have waste heat that heats the passenger cabin, but this isn’t the case in an electric vehicle and blasting the heat to compensate can reduce an EV’s performance even further in winter. 

One forum user suggests, “Instead of sacrificing warmth, use a more direct source for it. Heated seats can offer the same or better comfort than turning the heat up 5 degrees or so.” Directing the heat towards the driver via seats and a warm steering wheel is a more efficient use of the battery and consumes less energy than heating a full car cabin. 

  1. Charge according to your journey time

Another user, after driving in weathers as low as -7°C set the overnight charge to finish as close to his morning journey as possible as opposed to charging it the night before. This meant that the battery didn’t have a chance to cool before being used for the road meaning no initial loss of range before setting off. 

  1. Charge to at least 90% to compensate for loss of range 

In freezing temperatures, battery management systems onboard electric vehicles reserve about 15-20% of the overall capacity in order to keep the battery at its optimum temperature. Instead of charging the car to what you think you need, charge it up to at least 90% to allow a margin for the loss of range from increased use of HVAC and battery management. When mentioning a tip similar, one r/electricvehicles community user said, “You will need the extra juice as efficiency decreases.” 

  1. Reduce wind resistance by slowing down 

“The most important tip is to slow down!” says one Redit user, “If you just slow down a bit and go the speed limit or 5 under, your range will increase significantly.” But what’s the science behind this? The faster you go, the more wind resistance there is. Naturally, when doing higher speeds on motorways you’re using more energy to go the same distance – if you have plenty of time, look for alternative slower road routes on a GPS before embarking on your journey. 

  1. Inflate your tyres

Check your tyre pressure biweekly throughout winter and top up according to manufacturer’s recommendation when needed. An underinflated tire increases rolling resistance and consumes more energy than a correctly inflated one. Not only will they impact range, they’ll also have an impact on braking distance in potentially slippy roads. 

  1. Use Eco-Mode during low-speed journeys

Eco modes onboard electric vehicles increase efficiency by reducing sensitivity of the accelerator. As long as you’re not on busy roads or motorways where fast acceleration may be required, opt for eco mode to use less energy overall.

  1. Reduce unnecessary weight to reduce drag

Removing any considerable unnecessary weight in the boot can slightly improve your electric vehicle range. Like any vehicle, the more passengers and unnecessary cargo the less efficient the vehicle will be. If you’re guilty of leaving junk in the boot, offload anything unnecessary as every extra KG matters when getting the most from a car’s range in winter. 

Electric vehicle drivers sporting any roof boxes will not only experience a difference from the weight on their car but also the amount of drag it creates. 

9. Safely drafting behind the car in front

One Reddit user suggested, “You can really up the ante at highway speed if you tuck in behind the car in front of you,” which is a driving tactic otherwise known as drafting. Drafting refers to a leading vehicle blocking the movement of air, creating low pressure behind it. Naturally as there’s less wind resistance, you’ll consume less energy as you drive. The  2-second rule still applies when doing so as to ensure you’re not too close to the vehicle in front. 

Why does weather affect EV range? 

Rebecca Marsden, Electric Vehicle Specialist at Hippo Leasing says, “It’s widely known that cold weather can impact fuel efficiency in ICE vehicles, but the way the cold affects electric vehicles is slightly more pronounced. Operating range is one of the most important performance metrics of an electric car and lithium-ion batteries onboard it can be impacted by a drop in temperature. The ions in lithium-ion batteries, like the one onboard electric vehicles, struggle to move around in the cold. This in turn has an impact on an EV’s range overall.”

The DS PENSKE team begins official Formula E testing and welcomes Oliver Turvey as reserve driver

E championship

The FIA ABB Formula E championship is back with the traditional pre-season tests, which will take place from December 13-16 at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia (Spain).

As a result, the official Gen3 era finally gets going as of tomorrow. After several months dedicated to the development and fine-tuning of the third-generation Formula E car, the 11 teams entered into season 9 will face each other for the very first time over three days of official timed practice. These are key test sessions, which is why the DS PENSKE team is fielding the most decorated line-up of drivers on the entire grid, courtesy of reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne, as well as Jean-Eric Vergne: the only double champion in the series history, who won his Formula E titles in 2018 and 2019.

Also at the test, Oliver Turvey is nominated as reserve and sporting advisor for DS PENSKE. The Englishman is a Formula 1 test driver and former factory driver in Formula E throughout eight seasons. He now brings the team the benefit of his immense experience and will take the wheel of the DS E-TENSE FE23 if any of the regular drivers are indisposed for whatever reason.

With the very first laps ready to run for the 22 third-generation Formula E cars, DS Automobiles (a two-time champion in 2019 and 2020) and PENSKE AUTOSPORT have all the tools available to battle right at the forefront of the 100% electric series.

Eugenio Franzetti, Director of DS Performance:

« Over the last few months we have been working hard to set up our DS E-TENSE FE23. The development of this third-generation Formula E car has required a lot of commitment from each and every person in the team, concentrating on the smallest details. The tests in Valencia are consequently crucial, as we will see where we stack up against the other teams for the very first time! Furthermore, we are delighted to welcome Oliver Turvey as reserve driver and sporting advisor. His huge experience in Formula E is set to reinforce what is already a super line-up within our team. »

Jay Penske, owner and Team Principal of DS PENSKE:

« Oliver not only brings incredible credentials to the team, but an acute racing intellect. He has all the qualities we were looking for with this role. He is experienced and has demonstrated his racecraft throughout the last seasons. We look forward to working with Oliver in Season 9 and beyond. »

Oliver Turvey, reserve driver and sporting adviser for DS PENSKE:

« I am delighted to be joining DS Penske as Reserve Driver and Sporting Advisor. It is a real privilege to join a championship winning team and one of the most successful manufacturers in FE’s history. I am looking forward to working closely with both JEV, Stoffel, and the whole team, using my experience in the series to help them challenge for another championship at the beginning of the Gen3 era. »

Key figures since DS Automobiles entered Formula E:

  • 89 races
  • 4 championship titles
  • 15 victories
  • 44 podiums
  • 22 pole positions

Pole to Pole EV expedition invites children around the world to design
a flag to take to the magnetic north pole

Pole to Pole EV Expedition

It’s time to get creative! Design a flag
to take to the North Pole

This contest is open to all children (age 14 or younger) from any country.

The Pole to Pole EV Expedition and kids news platform NewsO-Matic have
launched a holiday art challenge, inviting children around the world to submit their idea for a
flag design that will accompany the expedition team to the Magnetic North Pole, and from
the top to the bottom of the planet.

No vehicle has ever successfully driven from pole to pole and British husband and wife team
Chris and Julie Ramsey will make history next year in their all-electric Nissan Ariya,
travelling over 17,000 miles and pass through 14 countries, raising awareness of the climate
crisis and the critical role electric vehicles can play in reducing our carbon footprint.
The flag design competition is open to children under 14 years of age, and the winning
design will travel with Chris and Julie to the departure point at the Magnetic North Pole and
throughout the expedition. The winners will also receive their own flag for their school and
have the opportunity to hang out with the expedition team via video chat while they are on
their unprecedented journey.

As part of this partnership with News-O-Matic, schoolchildren around the world will be taken
on the virtual trip of a lifetime with the most exciting key moments and updates from the
expedition transmitted to the platform via regular bite-size daily stories.
Julie Ramsey said: “We are so excited to launch this competition. We believe that it is our
responsibility to inspire and educate the next generation, but we are also excited to be
inspired by your artwork from all around the world. We can’t wait to see what you come up
with and to bring the winning design with us throughout the expedition from the top to the
bottom of the world.”
Designs can be submitted via the News-O-Matic website before the competition closes at
11:59 P.M. (PST) on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Suggested themes to inspire your design
include: Renewable Energy, Hope, Regeneration, Reforestation/Rewilding, Healthy Planet.
Electricity, Adventure and Geography.

Full details and T&Cs are available on the News-O-Matic website:

EV Market Growth Brings Lithium Battery Transport Challenges

Lithium Battery Market
Lithium Battery Market

By Thaddeus Puccini, Senior Executive, Packaging and Global Business Development, ‎Labelmaster

It’s no secret that electric vehicles (EVs) are here to stay. The global EV market is expected to more than triple from $105 billion in 2021 to almost $355 billion in 2028.1 The number of EVs on the road is also expected to increase dramatically – from 8.15 million vehicles in 2022 to more than 39.2 million by 2030.

These changes are also ramping up quickly. In 2021, global EV sales doubled to 6.6 million vehicles, nearly reaching the critical milestone of 10% of all new vehicles sold.3 With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022, and California announcing a ban on new gas-powered cars by 2035 – with Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont likely following – EV sales in the U.S. could accelerate even further.

The diversity in EVs includes commercial tractors and transport vehicles, SUVs, sports cars and consumer level pickup trucks. However, the major commonality between all the vehicles is the power source of large-format lithium-ion batteries. Transporting these batteries and following all government-issued rules and regulations can be somewhat challenging to say the least.

The ongoing transport of new, end-of-life and damaged battery modules through the supply chain can be a complicated and highly regulated endeavor. And with nearly all automakers selling or unveiling EVs, every organization in the automotive industry – from the automakers themselves to the corner repair shop – needs a plan for large-format lithium-ion battery transport. Regardless of whether an organization is ever in a position of shipping an EV battery, knowing and understanding the proper rules and regulations will prove to be very beneficial to that organization and their supply chain partners.

Why Shipping Large-Format Lithium Batteries is so Challenging

Lithium-ion batteries are also prone to “thermal runaway,” which results in a ballistic reaction followed by an immediate flame that can propagate to other cells and surrounding packaging. Lithium batteries are classified as hazardous materials (hazmat)/dangerous goods (DG) and there are strict regulations that must be followed when shipping and handling them. These regulations depend on the size (watt hour) of battery and condition of battery (damaged vs. non-damaged).

Batteries that are not damaged, defective, or recalled (DDR) and have a watt-hour rating of less than 100Wh (e.g., laptop batteries) can ship as a non-fully regulated shipment by ocean or ground. And batteries with a watt-hour rating of less than 300Wh (e.g., power tools or drone batteries) can ship non-fully regulated by ground when proper labeling requirements are met.

Batteries with a watt-hour rating greater than 300Wh (such as those used in EVs), however, are considered “fully regulated class 9 shipments.” This means they must comply with all hazmat regulations for packaging, labeling, documentation, training and specified shipping methods.

Furthermore, because battery technology and safety standards are different, so too are the regulations.

Every transport mode requires compliance with a different set of regulations. This includes the 49 CFR for road and rail transport (in the U.S.), the IMDG code for vessel and maritime transport, and IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for air transport. In many cases, lithium batteries are prohibited from being transported via air. Different countries may also have their own set of DG regulations, and must be considered.

Cargo carriers must also be considered. Even if you are 100% in compliance and the training, paperwork, and packaging are perfect, individual carriers ultimately get to decide whether to take your shipment. 

Clearly, shipping lithium batteries requires considerable resources, expertise, and planning. This is especially true when it comes to shipping DDR batteries.

Battery Transport: More Than Just a Crate

When shipping DG, organizations often think they simply need to add a new label or possibly use different packaging. But effectively and compliantly transporting lithium batteries through the supply chain requires much more. It requires understanding the complex hazmat shippingregulations, and coordinating with a variety of supply chain partners, including manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers, recyclers, carriers and more.

Whether it’s managing a large recall or the daily transport of smaller battery modules, organizations must have a plan in place to transport these complex and highly regulated goods safely and compliantly. This plan should include:

  • Knowing your batteries and the regulations that apply to them.
    Many factors impact how goods are packaged and shipped, so it’s critical to know what exactly you’re shipping, and which regulations apply. Consider the dimensions of the battery, the weight distribution, power capacity and battery status. Then be aware of the rules and regulations that govern transport (especially any shipping restrictions), including any variations between country or transportation mode and any carrier or company-specific rules, and ensure you have the proper processes and infrastructure in place to maintain compliance across the supply chain.
  • Having packaging designed, tested and ready to go. Unlike most automotive parts, large-format lithium batteries can often require custom packaging. This specialized packaging must be able to handle the size and weight of the battery being shipped while passing all UN packaging group requirement testing standards. In the case of a DDR battery, other regulations must be followed. For example, for the inner packaging, the battery must be surrounded by cushioning material that is non-combustible, non-conductive and has enough absorbent material that is equal to or greater than the amount of electrolyte inside the battery being shipped.

    When custom packaging is needed, it’s important to remember the steps that are followed. Itbegins with designing, constructing, and testing a prototype. Depending on the results of those tests, the packaging may need to be modified – and then tested all over again. The key takeaway is to ensure you have the proper packaging before you actually need the proper packaging.

    Since the packages are heavy and often asymmetrical, special equipment and training are needed to ensure safe lifting and handling. And in this case, the packaging is extremely valuable.Proper shipping, and even storage, is critical to ensuring the containers don’t get damaged.

    Establishing strong connections with supply chain partners.

    Most large-format lithium battery transportation involves more than two parties. In some cases, such as during a recall, you might have to rely on several supply chain partners to execute various stages of a battery’s journey, including battery manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers, recyclers, carriers and more. And for the operation to becompleted on schedule, those partners must be on the same page at all times.
  • Properly training employees and partners.
    Training plays a critical role in ensuring goods are shipped safely and compliantly. Make sure all employees and relevant supply chain partners receive the necessary training – not only to comply with hazmat training mandates but also to prepare them to do their jobs correctly. Incorporating digital and elearning tools helps train workers remotely and are often more interactive and effective than more traditional methods.

Proactively Prepare for a Lithium Battery Recall

Most automakers likely have some plans in place for transporting large-format lithium-ion batteries, especially if they’re already selling electric vehicles. Unfortunately, recalls are unplanned and challenging events that companies across the supply chain are not typically ready for, and for which they often make mistakes that cost time and money, and put them at risk.

With large-format lithium batteries, it’s essential to have a plan in place to deal with potential issues before they become real problems. That plan encompasses all the basic compliance and transport requirements, along with making sure the organization is prepared for the following items in advance:

  • Determining which batteries (or cellular module assemblies—a.k.a. CMAs) can be re-used (if any), and which need to be recycled. 
  • Designing, testing, building and sourcing packaging systems for DDR batteries. 
  • Determining which packaging components can be re-used and which need to be replaced. 
  • Identifying battery recycling partners and understanding what they will require. 
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance for every step of the program, across all transport modes and destinations. 

Driving Lithium Battery Transport Forward with a Trusted Partner

As the EV market continues to grow, understanding and managing lithium battery transport becomes increasingly critical. From large recalls to ongoing, daily transport of smaller battery modules, regulatory compliance, proper packaging, and correct shipping processes – regardless of battery status – will require time and resources that some companies may not have.

The best way to make sure all aspects of large-format lithium battery transport are covered is to find a partner who’s done it all before. A trusted partner can help companies understand and navigate every facet of the lithium battery journey – from understanding the latest regulations and the packaging process, to transport and training. Don’t discount the value of taking that burden off the internal team. A partner can also assist in evaluating whether the batteries can be reused or recycled.

And in the event of a recall, they can make sure the reverse logistics are covered. Perhaps most importantly, a partner can bring much-needed expertise to understand and help coordinate the internal supply chain.

Thaddeus Puccini is the Senior Executive, Packaging and Global Business Development for Labelmaster, where his focus is to support the safe and compliant shipping and handling of dangerous goods around the world. With an emphasis on electric vehicle batteries and other large-format lithium-ion batteries, Puccini offers the next-level sustainable and reusable packaging solutions, along with regulatoryconsulting services that meet the exact needs of any organization. 

PEUGEOT INCEPTION CONCEPT will be presented on January 5th, 2023


With a new formal language that exalts its feline and attractive attitude, its revolutionary
interior design and its promise of unprecedented driving sensations, the PEUGEOT INCEPTION
CONCEPT opens a new era based on the brand values, Allure, Emotion and Excellence.

CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of January 2023.


Electric Vehicle Components Market Is Estimated To Be Valued At US$ 1001.95 Billion By 2032


The global electric vehicle component market is valued at USD 148.32 Billion in 2022. The market is further expected to gain size of USD 1001.95 Billion by the year 2032. The market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 21.05% in the forecast period.

Batteries used in electric vehicles come in three types, out of which lithium-ion batteries are quite expensive yet have good performance, lead-acid batteries are the cheapest in price, and nickel metal hydride batteries are moderately priced and have a higher output than lead-acid batteries. Motors used in electric vehicles are DC motors, AC induction motors switched reluctance motors and permanent magnet synchronous motors.

Electric vehicles originated in the late 18th century. Since then there have been numerous developments in the electric vehicle including the evolution of batteries, no noise pollution at all, and adaption of the technology in cars after bicycles and motorcycles. The use of lightweight material in the manufacturing of e-vehicles gives a new dimension to e-motor racing.

Which region holds the major share of this market?

Asia Pacific leads in the sales of e-vehicles because of countries like India and China owing to benefits such as government subsidies and large-scale domestic production hence increasing the electric vehicle component market. North America, Latin America, and Europe are also estimated to drive the global electric vehicle component market owing to a significant focus on minimizing vehicular emissions leading to the growing use of e-vehicles over the coming ten years. The governments in this region are actively taking steps to improve infrastructure and components. Countries like China and India are set to be dominant market space for EVM components owing to the rise in sales of electric cars.

Recent development

The market is characterized by key players which are offering a wide range of EV components that are particularly dedicatedly to the production of passenger cars and electric buses. Companies focused on innovation and technologically driven change. These companies are opting for strategic collaboration and mergers in order to increase business reach. These players are focused on the research and development into electric vehicle components that make these firms stay competitive in the market.

  • In 2022 March the Panasonic Corporation announced the setting up of a plant to boost the manufacturing of lithium batteries. Tesla increased their benefits due to Panasonic corporation.
  • In 2021 February The introduction of Hyundai in the development of electric vehicle parts enhanced cost effectivity. The collaboration of Kia and Hyundai have been working on EV components in India and are likely to get a major market share in the forecast period.

BMW and Kith start Season 2 of their successful collaboration with the BMW i4 M50

BMW i4 M50

MW i4 M50 (electricity consumption in kWh/100 km: – (NEDC) / 22.5–18.0 (WLTP); electric range (WLTP) in km: 416–520) is not just the first fully electric M automobile, but also the second BMW M vehicle that New York designer Ronnie Fieg has exclusively designed as part of the collaboration between his brand, Kith, and BMW M GmbH – inside and out. Only seven BMW i4 M50 by Kith vehicles will be produced for the public. One of those is the only vehicle within this collaboration being auctioned to a global public audience. To mark the limited edition, Kith is selling a 51-piece collection comprising apparel and accessories, inspired by the colours of the Kith Vitality Green vehicle paint and BMW Individual Caramel Merino vehicle leather in its stores all over the world and online.

A symbol of the transformation of BMW in the age of electric vehicles.

In BMW M’s 50th anniversary year, a historic vehicle is bridging the gap between the past and the electrified present. As a BMW enthusiast, Ronnie Fieg has also transformed a 1972 BMW 1602 into a contemporary electric car. A homage to history: at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, two BMW 1602s, converted into electric cars, were used at various long-distance competitions as accompanying and camera cars by the organisation committee. This was the start of a pioneering, forward-looking evolution of electrified vehicles at BMW.

The unique 1972 BMW 1602 Elektro by Ronnie Fieg will be handed over to the designer by the BMW Group. He already owns an impressive collection of BMW vehicles, including a legendary BMW E30 M3 by Kith stemming from Season 1 of the collaboration. His passion for BMW was sparked as a boy by his grandfather; the collaboration with BMW M means this comes full circle for him. Ronnie Fieg founded his Kith label in 2011. The collaboration between the BMW and Kith brands started in 2020 with the design of a BMW M4 Competition Coupé by Ronnie Fieg. The 150 editions of the exclusive BMW M4 Competition × Kith were sold out in less than 30 minutes.

A combination of sportiness and aesthetics.

The success of the first brand collaboration with Kith led to this second edition, where electromobility is the focus. As the first fully electric M model, the BMW i4 M50 can be called the “Brand Shaper”. It has the well-regarded M DNA and as a BEV shows the responsible direction that BMW is going in. The 1972 BMW 1602 tells the story of the very first electrified BMW, which came onto the market 50 years ago and which is part of the brand’s high-performance segment. The sportiness of the lifestyle and streetwear label Kith is a perfect match for the BMW M. Ronnie Fieg gives both models a new aesthetic with his design.

BMW goes Kith Vitality Green.

For the first time ever, BMW is naming a new colour after a brand partner: Kith Vitality Green is a rich, dark green that is not available on a serial BMW, as it is limited to this exclusive collaboration. New logos merged with each other are a hallmark of the various Kith partnerships with globally famous companies. BMW changed its brand emblem for a collaboration partner for the first time two years ago. The well-known BMW emblem was again altered this time: an additional ring in the colour Kith Vitality Green was added around the brand logo that adorns the hood of the BMW i4 M50 by Kith. The green ring lists the partnership, model and year as well as the fact that it is an electric car. The logo on the hood of the 1972 BMW 1602 by Ronnie Fieg looks different again: the BMW letters have been swapped for Kith. A similar logo in black and white with the subline “Elektro-Auto” can be found as an engraving on the lid of the cup holder in the BMW i4 M50 by Kith.

The interior goes Caramel.

Kith Vitality Green is the colour in which all vehicles of the collaboration are painted. While the exterior is an exquisite green, the full-grain merino leather interior is in the colour Caramel. In the 1972 BMW 1602 Elektro by Ronnie Fieg, the leather of the seats is embossed with the Kith lettering, as are the leather inserts in the footwells for the driver and front passenger. The logo altered to feature the Kith lettering instead of BMW can also be found on the centre holes of the rims.

The interior of the BMW i4 M50 by Kith is also particularly harmoniously coordinated in Caramel. The knee bolster, steering column, seat and side panelling, as well as the lower part of the A and B posts are all upholstered in merino leather. The front and rear floor mats are also trimmed in caramel-coloured leather and embroidered with the M logo, which has been changed to Kith, and the M stripes. Kith lettering in a box design is embossed on the headrests as well as the front centre armrest. “KITH Exclusive Edition” has been laser-engraved into the trim.

Technology and luxury in the limited edition.

The technology has been taken over from the BMW i4 M50, which combines the innovative power of the BMW M with that of the BMW i for the first time. The BMW i4 M50 with its fully electric powertrain fed by two BMW M eDrive motors achieves a powerful 400 kW (544 hp) in Sport Boost mode and offers a dynamism typical of a BMW M in an as-yet-unseen edition, which takes it from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. It is locally emission-free and has a reach of up to 520 kilometres according to WLTP. As the first purely electric Gran Coupé from BMW M, this extraordinary vehicle creates a class of its own and proves itself for everyday use too, thanks to its impressive reach, luxurious spaciousness and intelligent networking.

In addition to the standard equipment in the BMW i4 M50 and specific scope of the Kith collaboration, the model is equipped with a few special additions as standard. Alongside the adaptive M chassis, these include the M sports brakes with red brake callipers, the M aerodynamic package and the BMW Individual Shadow Line lights. The Professional and Plus driving assistants also contribute to the luxurious driving feeling, as well as the electric sliding glass roof, the fine oak wood trim and the M high-gloss Shadow Line exterior trim. The features are rounded off by the Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system, which provides the perfect soundtrack to the joy and driving experience in the BMW i4 M50 by Kith.

2023 The PEUGEOT electric year

2023 The PEUGEOT electric year
2023 The PEUGEOT electric year

PEUGEOT will have the widest electric offer in Europe available in 2023

ALLURE: All PEUGEOTs will be available with electrified powertrains from 2023!
ALLURE: PEUGEOT offers the widest range of electric mobility solutions in Europe,
EXCELLENCE: New hybrid engine for the PEUGEOT 3008 and 5008,
EXCELLENCE: Record efficiency for the new PEUGEOT E-208, E-308 and E-308 SW,
EMOTION: PEUGEOT e-Streetzone, a new 100% electric scooter

2023 will be a year of strong acceleration in the electrification of the PEUGEOT range: from the first half of 2023, all PEUGEOT models will be available with one or more electrified powertrains.

This will give PEUGEOT the widest “e-choice” in Europe, with many new models and technologies. From electric bicycles to vans, e-scooters and passenger cars, PEUGEOT will meet all electric mobility needs, and will be taking a further step towards its goal of making 0 emission, 100% electric sales in Europe by 2030.

The introduction of new hybrid powertrains from the beginning of 2023, initially on the PEUGEOT 3008 and PEUGEOT 5008, will broaden the technological offer, adding to new 100% battery electric solutions on the E-208 and E-308, hydrogen fuel cell and two and four-wheel drive plug-in hybrids.

New hybrid technology for the PEUGEOT 3008 and 5008

2023 will be an “electric year” for PEUGEOT, with the brand introducing new models and technologies to its range.

PEUGEOT will be the first Stellantis brand to launch the group’s new generation of hybrid powertrains, once again emphasising its desire to give as many people as possible access to electrified mobility.

First offered on the PEUGEOT 3008 and PEUGEOT 5008 SUVs before being extended to other models in the range, this new generation hybrid technology combines efficiency and ease of use.

It consists of a new-generation 136hp PureTech petrol engine, coupled with a new electrified dual-clutch gearbox. Thanks to a 48V battery that is recharged while driving, this technology offers extra torque at low revs and a 15% reduction in fuel consumption. It also enables zero-emission driving for up to 1 km at low speeds and for short distances in the city.

A further expansion of the 100% electric range: launch of the E-308 and E-308 SW

The PEUGEOT range of 100% electric models will be expanded in 2023 with the arrival of the new E-308 and E-308 SW. PEUGEOT will be one of the first European manufacturers to offer a 100% electric estate car. With its saloon and station wagon, the Lion Brand will be able to meet all the needs of C-segment customers who wish to make the transition to zero-emission mobility.

Dynamism and driving pleasure, essential elements of PEUGEOT’s DNA, were at the heart of the development of these new models, which inherit a new and particularly powerful electric motor developing 115 kW (156 bhp).

The new E-308 and E-308 SW also set a new benchmark in terms of electric efficiency, only 12.7 kWh/100 km (useful energy / WLTP range), a benchmark among C-segment electric vehicles, while offering a range of over 400 km (subject to the WLTP mixed cycle). This performance has been made possible thanks to all the advances made in terms of motor and battery, as well as aerodynamics, weight optimisation with the new EMP2 platform, and the reduction of frictional losses.

Also in the C-segment, PEUGEOT has confirmed the future launch of a PEUGEOT E-408 alongside the plug-in hybrid versions of its dynamic and innovative fastback.

The PEUGEOT E-408 will round out a 100% electric PEUGEOT range that meets all needs, from the PEUGEOT E-208 to the PEUGEOT e-TRAVELLER combispace, including the PEUGEOT e-2008, E-308, E-308 SW and e-RIFTER.

Another PEUGEOT E-208: more performance and more efficiency

The E-208 is the trailblazer in PEUGEOT’s 100% electric range and will undergo some major developments in 2023, namely with the new motor introduced on the E-308. The E-208’s maximum power output will increase by 15%, from 100 kW/136 bhp to 115 kW/156 bhp.

Efficiency has also been optimised, to be kept to just 12 kWh/100 km, providing the E-208 with a 10.5% increase in range, or an extra 38 km to a total of 400 km in the WLTP combined cycle (under approval).

With a torque of 260 Nm available from 0 km/h, the PEUGEOT E-208 is silent and vibration-free and is as easy to handle and generous in terms of sensations. This further strengthens the dynamic qualities that have made it such a success. However, it is also attentive to serene daily use. For example, the PEUGEOT E-208 will get a rapid charge from a 100 kW terminal, going from 20% to 80% of charge in less than 25 minutes, like it currently does.

All of these qualities should complement the success of the PEUGEOT E-208, which has been the top-selling electric B-segment car in Europe since the beginning of 2022, and top of electric car sales in France. The PEUGEOT E-208 has already sold almost 110,000 units since its launch in 2019.

The plug-in hybrid at the heart of the PEUGEOT electric range

With the aim of offering an electric mobility solution that meets the needs of all uses, PEUGEOT has developed a particularly comprehensive plug-in hybrid range. Sedans, SW estate cars or SUVs, these models combine the allure, emotion and excellence that have made PEUGEOT successful with remarkable efficiency.

The PEUGEOT 308 and 308 SW plug-in hybrids are available in two power levels, 180 or 225 bhp, and offer up to 60 km of range in 100% electric mode. These engines have also been adopted by the all-new PEUGEOT 408, which will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show from 17 to 23 October 2022.

For its part, the PEUGEOT 3008 offers 225 bhp rechargeable hybrid engines, or 300 bhp with all-wheel drive, enabling it to travel up to 59 km without using the combustion engine. Finally, the PEUGEOT 508 is available as a saloon and SW, with a 225 bhp plug-in hybrid engine or a 360 bhp sports engine and 4-wheel drive for the PEUGEOT SPORT ENGINEERED versions.

PEUGEOT’s plug-in hybrid technology is also being put to the test on the track by the PEUGEOT 9X8 Hybrid Hypercar, which has been racing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) since July 2022.

New PEUGEOT e-EXPERT Hydrogen with fuel cell: zero emission mobility for professionals

Equipped with hydrogen fuel cell technology, the new PEUGEOT e-EXPERT Hydrogen is PEUGEOT’s offering to professionals and local authorities looking for the most innovative zero-emission mobility solutions. The major advantage of the fully electric PEUGEOT e-EXPERT Hydrogen lies in the reduced recharging time of its hydrogen tank, only 3 minutes.

With a range of 400 km, 100 kW of power and 260 Nm of torque, the PEUGEOT e-EXPERT Hydrogen can carry up to 1,000 kg of payload in a 6.1 m3 load volume.

PEUGEOT is also making its two-wheelers electric!

PEUGEOT will be adding to its range of electric mobility solutions, even for two-wheelers and will be revealing a new 100% electric scooter, the PEUGEOT e-Streetzone, at the Paris Motor Show. It will offer up to 112 km of autonomy in 2-battery version and ECO mode.

Equipped with one or two removable batteries, the PEUGEOT e-Streetzone can be quickly and easily recharged at any domestic socket. Thanks to its tried and tested chassis and handling, the PEUGEOT MOTOCYCLES e-Streetzone is the ideal bike for daily commuting in urban centres.

Its new technological LCD panel also makes it practical, since, in its 1-battery version, it has a slot under the seat to accommodate a jet helmet.

Finally, PEUGEOT Cycles also offers a complete range of six electric bicycles adapted to all uses, from daily city traffic to road riding, including off-roading.

e-Solutions, a range of services makes customers’ daily lives easier

PEUGEOT makes e-customers lives easier with an array of smart services:

• The MyPeugeot smartphone application allows customers to communicate with their vehicle and schedule a remote charge or launch a thermal pre-conditioning remotely.
• The Free2Move eSolutions smartphone application allows users to plan their journey, in particular by anticipating when to charge since the charging stations along the journey are listed. Allowing access to a network of more than 260,000 charging points in Europe.