Charging Forward: Industry Updates in Electric Mobility (August 2023 I)

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In the ever-evolving landscape of electric mobility, the wheels of progress are turning at an unprecedented pace. As a pioneering EV charger manufacturer, we are thrilled to present you with the latest happenings in the world of electric vehicle charging.

 

The electrification revolution is reshaping transportation networks, economies, and even national policies, and we are at the forefront, bringing you a comprehensive glimpse into the most recent developments. From sweeping regulatory changes that propel the industry forward to regional players making significant strides, we invite you to dive into this electrifying journey through the industry’s freshest news.

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New Regulations for EV Fast Chargers on the Trans-European Transport Network

A few electric cars

Introduction and Background

  • The Council of the European Union’s “Fit for 55” package of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% before 2030.
  • Mandate for fast charging stations on the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network from 2025.

Fast Charging Stations on TEN-T Network

  • Fast charging stations of at least 150 kW for cars and vans every 60 km along the main transport corridors.
  • Charging stations along the TEN-T core network to deliver a total output of at least 400 kW by the end of 2025, including one 150 kW charging point.
  • Increasing total power requirement to 600 kW for a station by the end of 2027.

Deployment of EV Fast Chargers on Comprehensive Network

  • Deployment of fast chargers along the TEN-T comprehensive network with a maximum distance of 37 miles (60 km) between stations.
  • Combined output of at least 300 kW with at least one 150 kW charging port by the end of 2027.
  • Full rollout of the comprehensive network by the end of 2030.
Infographic showing what will change after the regulation will go into effect.

Easy Payment Systems for EV Fast Charging

  • Requirement for all new EV fast chargers to enable fast and easy payments via cards or contactless devices without subscriptions or apps.
  • Importance of price transparency and full information provided by charging point operators.

Other Requirements for Sustainable Transport

  • Deployment of recharging stations for heavy-duty vehicles with a minimum output of 350 kW along the TEN-T core network and comprehensive network.
  • Deployment of hydrogen refueling stations from 2030 onwards in urban nodes and along the TEN-T core network.
  • Provision of shore-side electricity at maritime ports by 2030.
  • Provision of electricity to stationary aircraft at airports by 2025.
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New Laws to Improve Public Charging in the United Kingdom

An EV is charging on the side of the road

Requirements for EV Charging Networks

  • Maintain a minimum reliability rate of 99 percent for chargers.
  • Provide real-time data on the status of charging stalls.

Contactless Payments

  • All new public chargers faster than 8 kilowatts must offer contactless payment options.
  • Removal of the need for a smartphone app to facilitate payments.

Payment Flexibility

  • Charging providers must allow customers to pay via third-party providers like Apple Pay.
  • Clear display of the cost per kilowatt-hour either on the charger unit or through a separate device without the need for a contract.

Simplified User Experience

  • Elimination of additional smartphone apps and acceptance of extra terms and conditions.

Expected Implementation Timeframe

  • The new laws are set to go into effect in the coming months after being published in draft form.
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Malaysia on track to be regional EV powerhouse

BYD sales service store

Malaysia's Path to Becoming an EV Powerhouse in Southeast Asia

  • Government’s promotion of a conducive EV ecosystem.
  • Entry of Geely and Tesla into the Malaysian market as a sign of the country’s relevance in the regional automotive landscape.
  • Potential for new ideas and high-tech research and development (R&D) in the local automotive sector.
  • Malaysia’s strategic positioning and favorable economic conditions for supporting the global growth of EVs.

Impact of Geely and Tesla's Presence in the Market

  • Increased excitement and interest among consumers due to the entry of new players.
  • Creation of a buyer’s market with more choices and increased competitiveness.
  • Opportunities for automotive investors and vendors in the EV space.

Malaysia's Move Towards Electrification

  • Importance of strong demand and supply for the EV industry to penetrate the Malaysian market.
  • Niche market status of EVs in the domestic automotive landscape.
  • Need for major adjustments in employment, tax, and subsidy allocation to create critical mass.
Tesla Malaysia

Geely's Automotive High-Tech Valley (AHTV) in Tanjung Malim

  • Geely and DRB-Hicom’s plans to develop AHTV as Malaysia’s next-generation vehicle hub.
  • Enormous spillover effect from Geely’s investment for Malaysia’s productivity and efficiency.
  • AHTV as the only officially recognized automotive cluster for next-generation vehicles (NxGV) and energy-efficient vehicles (EEV) in Malaysia.

Potential for Malaysia-made EVs

  • Malaysia’s healthy domestic automotive market and industrial track record positioning the country as a regional hub for EV production and assembly.
  • Opportunities for Malaysia with Tesla’s expansion in Southeast Asia and potential establishment of a regional manufacturing hub.
  • Strengthening the country’s capacity and capability in the automotive sector for potentially designing and building its own EVs.

EV Market Trends in Southeast Asia

  • ASEAN’s recorded sales of EVs in 2022.
  • EV sales distribution among ASEAN countries, including Malaysia.
  • Malaysia’s targets for the contribution of electrified vehicles to the total industry volume (TIV) by 2030 and 2040.
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France to Push European-made EVs with New Subsidy Requirements

Electric Vehicle Subsidies and Policies in France

  • France’s plan to become the first country in Europe to reform the criteria for EV subsidies, targeting European-made electric cars.
  • France’s efforts to call on other European countries to follow its lead in adopting similar measures.
  • The aim of awarding subsidies in a more targeted way to strengthen the production of battery cells and electric cars in Europe and reduce incentives for EVs made in China.
  • The French government’s intention to avoid using taxpayers’ money to accelerate non-European industrialization while not being protectionist or closing the market.
  • The current state subsidy in France of 5000 euros for fully electric cars costing less than 47,000 euros.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for the EU to implement measures to favor European battery production and avoid supporting batteries not made in Europe.
  • The focus on emissions caused during EV production as one of the aspects of future state subsidies, potentially excluding EVs from China due to their reliance on coal energy.
  • Macron’s previous call for a “Buy European Act” to counter measures in China and the US, with no other European government showing interest, leading France to take steps on a national level.
  • The ongoing negotiations between the US and the EU on critical minerals for electric car batteries to ensure batteries containing EU materials qualify for US subsidies under the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • The EU Commission’s decision to loosen subsidy requirements to simplify approvals in crucial sectors like batteries and renewable energies in response to the US Inflation Reduction Act.
  • The EU’s plan to meet a portion of its critical raw materials demand from its own mining operations, local processing, and recycling capacities by 2030.
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News Roundup: Cross Canada in a VW EV, Ford Free Wheeling, New Land Cruiser, More

EV Record Attempt: ID.4 Trans-Canada Drive

Volkswagen’s ID.4 EV is attempting a record-setting drive across Canada with the fewest charge stops. Rainer Zietlow is driving from St. John’s to Victoria, BC, aiming for a Guinness World Record. He plans to visit VW dealerships on the return trip.

ID4

Retro Bronco Sport Graphics Pack: Free Wheeling Package

Ford introduces a 70s-inspired graphics pack for the Bronco Sport called the Free Wheeling package. It features sunset gradient graphics, red-painted wheels, and unique interior accents, reminiscent of a Ford campaign from the 1970s.

Retro Bronco Sport

Upcoming Second-Generation Bolt EV

Chevrolet confirms a new generation of the Bolt EV, which will utilize GM’s Ultium electric architecture. The current Bolt will leave production, and the new model will bring advanced technology, catering to new and existing GM customers.

Chevrolet second-generation Bolt EV

Subaru BRZ with EyeSight Assistance

Subaru adds its EyeSight driver assistance suite to the manual transmission BRZ for 2024. The performance model continues with a new STI-tuned tS trim, providing modern driver assists and performance enhancements.

Subaru Eyesight with stick shift

Toyota's 2024 Land Cruiser Reveal

Toyota is set to unveil the 2024 Land Cruiser with a distinctive blocky grille. This legendary off-roader, absent from the Canadian market since 1996, is making a comeback, likely resembling the Lexus GX and offering unique driveline options.

Toyota New Land Cruiser

In conclusion, these dynamic shifts in the EV charging industry underscore the undeniable momentum of the electric mobility revolution. As an EV charger manufacturer committed to driving this transformation, we are inspired by the strides being made across continents, from Europe to North America and beyond.

 

The fusion of innovation, regulations, and consumer demand is sculpting an electrified future that promises sustainability, accessibility, and boundless possibilities. Stay connected with us as we continue to illuminate the path towards a greener and electrifying tomorrow.

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