⚡The Ultimate Electric Driving Machine

⚡The Ultimate Electric Driving Machine

On Tuesday, we conducted a poll asking “If you own an EV, where do you mostly charge it?”. The results were clear: 90% of you charge your EVs at home. Roy had the best comment: “At home with solar”. That’s the dream. Now, let’s dive into the news.

“My legacy is that I stayed on course... from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.”

– Tina Turner

0-60 MPH in the New 5 Series

BMW announced details of its new electric 5 series. One of the models, the i5 M60, does 0-60 mph how quickly?

  1. 3.7 seconds
  2. 4.2 second
  3. 5 seconds
  4. 2.3 seconds

The answer is here.

EV Charging 101

If you are a professional in the EV charging industry, you will not want to miss the EV Charging Summit. This virtual event, taking place on June 29-30, will cover a range of topics that are relevant to your field, such as how to secure financial incentives, how to advocate for sustainable transportation, and how to build meaningful networks. 

You will also learn from successful enterprises how to turn EV charging stations into profitable investments, how to convert existing sites to EV-friendly ones, and how to foster innovation within your own organization. Register now and get ready to explore the EV Charging Summit!

Top Topics

  1. An all-electric version of the Cadillac Escalade, dubbed the “Escalade IQ,” will be released later this year by General Motors, as part of its plan to make Cadillac an electric vehicle brand by 2030.
  2. China-made Model 3 and Model Y vehicles from Tesla are now available for sale in Canada, according to the company’s website, which confirms the arrival of Tesla’s first shipments to North America from its Shanghai factory.
  3. Ford has announced several new deals to secure the supply of lithium products, including partnerships with Albemarle, Compass Minerals International, EnergySource Minerals, and Nemaska Lithium, in order to support its ambitious plan to significantly increase electric vehicle production in the coming years, aiming for a production rate of 2 million EVs per year by 2026.
  4. A multi-year strategic partnership between Waymo and Uber will bring Waymo’s autonomous vehicle technology to Uber’s ride-hail and delivery platform, giving Waymo access to more customers beyond its own app and enhancing the cooperation between Waymo Via and Uber Freight, with the first phase kicking off in the Metro Phoenix area later this year.
  5. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is testing an autonomous street sweeper system developed by Trombia, which runs on battery power and has the capacity to collect 3,000 pounds of debris, with plans to use it in Port Newark and potentially expand to local airports if successful.
  6. During an interview with CNBC last week, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, mentioned that the company's Full Self-Driving system will soon reach a significant milestone comparable to the advancement of ChatGPT, expressing confidence in the eventual success of the technology despite previous delays in delivery timelines.
  7. Without human intervention, Samsung has taken a significant step towards achieving Level 4 autonomous driving, as its self-driving system successfully completed a 200km test run in South Korea.
  8. Fully self-driving vehicles have been introduced in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, becoming the first autonomous vehicles permitted to operate on a public road in the country under revised laws. The government is aiming to launch similar services in around 50 locations by fiscal 2025.
  9. Continental will integrate Imagry's mapless autonomous driving software into its Continental Autonomous Driving platform, starting with the introduction of autonomous parking, allowing vehicles to navigate parking lots and park without driver intervention, reflecting the industry trend of software-defined vehicles and enabling the transition towards fully autonomous driving.

Charging Solution Architect

We had the opportunity to sit down with Ned Funnell, an experienced electric vehicle professional with an extensive background in working with chargers ranging from 1 to 500kW and EVs that include everything from unicycles to buses and Class 8 trucks. As an EV owner since 2014, Ned currently serves as a Charging Solutions Architect at Electrada, further expanding his expertise in the field.

ME: Can you provide an overview of your background and experience in the EV industry?

Ned: I'm Ned Funnell, a long-time EV enthusiast and professional. I've been an EV owner since 2014, and my interest in electric power goes way back to my high school days when I was into RC combat robots. The power of electric motors has always been appealing. When EVs started hitting the scene around 2010-2011 with the Leaf and the Volt being announced, I got excited. At the time, I was working in welding engineering and did some work with an NGO. When I wanted to pivot back into engineering, I decided to get into EVs and found my way to Proterra as a field engineer. That was a great launch, but I wanted to get to the Midwest. So now, I am with Electrada here in Cincinnati, focusing on the charging architecture for our charging as a service offer.

ME: For those who might not know, can you give an elevator pitch on what Electrada does?

Ned: Sure. Electrada offers what we call 360 Charging as-a-Service. The idea is that for fleets and organizations looking to electrify their fleet and facing the challenge of adding all the infrastructure they need to charge their fleet, we come in as specialists. We not only provide a solution, but we also fully capitalize the costs of that solution. So, the customer simply pays nothing upfront, only for the energy at a guaranteed rate over a five to ten-year period. That includes absolutely everything from design and installation to maintenance and energy. We handle everything from A to Z to ensure their EV fleets are ready to hit the road, and they can focus on their fleet operations without worrying about all the moving parts involved in keeping them powered.

Check out the full interview here.




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