Automobile Association wants debate about congestion charging resumed

The Automobile Association wants long-running work on congestion charging made public, as a new survey of its members shows opposition to the idea hardening.

The August survey of 1200 AA members in Auckland and Wellington found 45 percent opposed being charged to drive on selected roads in urban areas.

Auckland has been wrestling with the idea since 2012, and a joint study with the government is believed to be complete but under wraps after four years in the making.

“We should get on with it, this is a long-running debate, this is going to take years, which is certainly what we’ve seen overseas,” Barney Irvine, AA’s principal advisor on infrastructure, said.

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Electric car energy tariff and charging comparison site launched



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The UK’s first all-in-one website for comparing electric car-focused energy tariffs, home charge units and charger installations has been launched.

Comparison site Rightcharge has the potential to save customers more than £230 per year, as well as in excess of £100 on the upfront cost of installing a home charge unit.

Electric car registrations are up 157 per cent so far in 2020, but Rightcharge says drivers who buy EVs are missing the opportunity to switch to special EV energy tariffs and install smart charge points, costing them hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills in some cases.

Rightcharge aims to prevent this by allowing drivers to compare the most suitable tariffs and chargers, as well as find out which firm is best to have install the charger.

EV-oriented energy tariffs and smart chargers save electric car drivers money by only charging their vehicles

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An Airbnb for charging your electric car? That’ll spark some interest

While sales of electric vehicles are actually up in Ireland this year, providing one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise relentlessly gloomy car market, they are perhaps not as high as they ought to be. Certainly, they’re nowhere near as high as they need to be if we’re to have any hope of meeting the target of one million electric cars on the road by the end of this decade.

That’s in spite of a glut of new EV models arriving onto the market, including some at price points much lower than has been the case for electric cars in the past. So why are we not buying?

“My dad was planning on buying an electric car,” Sarah Rust, of start-up company EVE, tells Business Ireland. “Just from looking at what was available then, it was terrible. You would lose so much of your freedom of movement,

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Energized by Tesla, Chinese electric car startups are charging ahead

BEIJING — China’s electric vehicle startups are on the charge again, thanks to Tesla.



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The country’s growing fascination with the U.S. pioneer’s sleek designs and cutting-edge technology is giving a string of second-wave home-grown Tesla wannabes the traction to raise more funding, expand production and boost sales.

Chinese EV startups NIO, XPeng Inc, Li Auto and WM Motor have raised more than $8 billion among them this year, and now rival Aiways is planning to go public, its co-founder and President Fu Qiang told Reuters.

Speaking ahead of the Beijing Motor Show, which starts on Saturday, Fu said the relative success of U.S. initial public offerings (IPO) by XPeng and Li Auto had helped fuel the company’s ambitions to list.

Since it was founded in 2017 in Shanghai, Aiways has raised “no more than 10 billion yuan” and it will need to secure more funding from some private equity funds

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EV Charging Network ChargePoint to Go Public in $2.4 Billion Deal

ChargePoint, one of the first and largest electric-vehicle recharging networks, said on Thursday that it will go public via a merger with special-purpose acquisition company Switchback Energy Acquisition (NYSE:SBE).

The proposed deal values ChargePoint at $2.4 billion and is expected to close by the end of 2020. Reuters reported last week that the two companies were considering a merger.

The deal follows the broad pattern of other recent deals involving electric-vehicle start-ups and special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, that have drawn intense interest from auto investors in 2020. As in the deal that took electric-truck start-up Nikola public in June, the ChargePoint deal includes a so-called PIPE: “public investment in private equity.” 

PIPE investors agree in advance to invest a set amount in exchange for stock at a set price, typically discounted. The ChargePoint deal includes a $225 million PIPE, with investments from institutional investors including Baillie Gifford

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Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV revealed with free charging deal

Volkswagen has revealed its first purpose-built electric car for the United States.

The ID.4 compact crossover is set to go on sale late this year as an import from Germany, but the production of U.S. market cars will shift to the automaker’s Chattanooga, Tenn., factory in 2022.

The four-door, five-passenger vehicle is built on the company’s new modular electric vehicle platform that will underpin several all-electric models in the coming years and is slightly smaller than the VW Tiguan.

Prices will start at $39,990 for a rear-motor, rear-wheel-drive ID.4 with 201 hp and an 82-kilowatt-hour battery pack that’s good for an estimated range of 250 miles per charge. Volkswagen is including three years of free charging on the Electrify America public charging station network, which offers DC Fast Charging capability that can recharge the battery from 5% to 80% in 38 minutes.

The ID.4 enters an increasingly crowded segment that

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Battery Day tech, free VW ID.4 charging, electric Karma: Today’s Car News

Tesla Battery Day steals the show today. Volkswagen ID.4 owners get free fast-charging for three years. And Karma has taken the Revero name off its electric version of it. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. 

Today is Tesla Battery Day, and while this much-anticipated event has been generating hype for the brand for many months, CEO Elon Musk seemed to make an effort to diffuse some of that yesterday, explaining that one of the key battery technologies to be revealed today helps get ahead of battery shortages anticipated in 2022. 

Owners of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, set to be revealed this week, will get three years of unlimited DC fast charging on the Electrify America network. It’s a perk that hasn’t been offered on any other car in its affordable price range.

Karma Automotive has scrapped the Revero GTE name for its upcoming all-electric version of the Revero

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Porsche unveils awesome 2.1 MWh Megapack-like mobile charging system for electric cars

Porsche unveiled a mobile charging solution consisting of a 2.1 MWh Megapack-like battery system in a trailer that can charge 10 electric cars at once.

The EV industry is still trying to figure out all the details of the charging infrastructure required to support electrification.

For remote places and events, some are working on interesting mobile charging solutions.

Audi has deployable containers with batteries and chargers.

Tesla has built a trailer with a Megacharger, its large energy storage solution, and several Supercharger stalls linked to it.

The automaker has used it to increase capacity at some Supercharger stations when needed, and more recently, they made it available for the Tesla Corsa track experience.

Now Porsche is unveiling a similar system for its own track and owner experience events:

The Hungaroring in Budapest was the venue for a special Porsche Track Experience just a few days ago, where ‘Soul on Track’

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