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Germany’s Dirty Green Cars

Posted by hkarner - 25. April 2019

Date: 24-04-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

Berlin and Brussels stifle innovation by picking ‘winners.’

A Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric automobile .

Germany’s worst industrial scandal in recent memory arrived when auto companies fiddled with emissions tests to make diesel cars seem greener than they are. Now a new study suggests that electric cars touted as a diesel alternative also aren’t so great for the environment.

A study this month by the IFO think tank in Munich found that a popular electric car releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than a comparable diesel engine. The authors compared CO2 output for a Tesla Model 3 and a Mercedes C220d sedan. They calculated that the diesel Mercedes releases about 141 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven, including the carbon emitted to drill, refine and transport its fuel. The Tesla? Between 156 and 181 grams.

The main Tesla problem—and subject of a long-running debate—concerns the CO2 emitted to manufacture the battery. The IFO report pegs this at between 73 and 98 grams per kilometer, assuming a 10-year battery life at 15,000 kilometers of driving per year. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Running On Empty

Posted by hkarner - 1. März 2019

Date: 28-02-2019
Source: DER SPIEGEL By Alexander Jung

Germany Lags Behind Asia in E-Car Battery Race

The Chinese conglomerate CATL wants to build Europe’s largest electric car battery plant near Erfurt, Germany. Having failed to build a gigafactory of their own, German carmakers are worried the project represents a mortal threat.

The vulnerability of the German auto industry will soon be on full display at a major highway junction near Erfurt. The Chinese conglomerate CATL plans to build a factory for electric car batteries smack dab in the middle of the country. If all goes according to plan, it will take up 87 hectares (215 acres), making it the largest such factory in Germany and perhaps even in Europe.

Construction is due to start in March or April of this year and is supposed to move quickly. Matthias Zentgraf, 55, the European head of CATL, isn’t leaving that open to doubt. Zentgraf was born in Offenbach, not far from Frankfurt, and has spent years working in the German car industry. On a laptop, he demonstrates how his company does things by showing images from the city of Ningde, in southeastern China, where CATL’s headquarters is located. As he types on the keyboard, buildings grow taller, just like the video game „SimCity.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Autoshow in Guangzhou China gibt Vollstrom

Posted by hkarner - 21. November 2018

Dicke Elektro-SUV für 15.000 Euro: Chinesische Autohersteller greifen westliche Konzerne mit Wucht an. Wie weit die Newcomer gekommen sind, zeigt ein Rundgang auf der Messe von Guangzhou.

Aus Guangzhou berichtet

Dienstag, 20.11.2018   04:33 Uhr, spiegel.de

Der Markt hat sich zuletzt etwas abgekühlt, doch China bleibt mit Abstand die größte PS-Nation der Welt: Von Januar bis Oktober 2018 wurden in der Volksrepublik 18 Millionen Fahrzeuge zugelassen. In der EU waren es 13 Millionen, in den USA gut 14 Millionen.

Von dieser Stellung Chinas profitierten bisher besonders die Importeure, allen voran aus Deutschland. Die chinesischen Marken ignorierten Autofahrer weitgehend, im Ausland wurden sie lange belächelt.

Üppige Elektro-SUV für 15.000 Euro Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Fraunhofer-Studie: Umstellung auf Elektroantriebe könnte Zehntausende Jobs kosten

Posted by hkarner - 6. Juni 2018

Durch die zunehmende Elektroauto-Produktion könnten laut einer Studie der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Deutschland etwa 75.000 Stellen wegfallen – bei einem schnelleren Umstieg wären noch mehr Jobs betroffen.

Von Michael Kröger, spiegel.de

Dienstag, 05.06.2018 15:32 Uhr

Noch begegnet die Autonation Deutschland dem Elektromobil mit Skepsis. Die Käufer zögern, weil die geringe Reichweite den Nutzen ebenso einschränkt, wie die langen Ladezeiten. Hinzu kommt der hohe Preis, trotz staatlicher Fördergelder. Die Autobauer leisten ebenfalls eher Widerstand, denn noch besitzt niemand ein Patentrezept, wie der Strukturwandel zu bewältigen ist, der mit dem Umstieg zwangsläufig verbunden ist.

Alarmiert sind auch die Arbeitnehmer, speziell diejenigen, die bislang an der Produktion der Motoren und Getriebe mitgearbeitet haben. Denn Maschinen zu bedienen, die einen Kolben für einen Benzinmotor fräsen, ist eine ganz andere Arbeit, als feine Drähte zu Spulen zu wickeln, wie sie für E-Maschinen gebraucht werden. Außerdem besteht Letzterer gerade einmal aus rund 25 Teilen, ein Vierzylinder dagegen aus mehr als 1000, das Getriebe noch nicht mitgerechnet. Es ist also leicht vorauszusehen, dass ein Großteil der Arbeitsplätze überflüssig wird, wenn das E-Mobil zum Standard wird. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why China Will Beat Tesla in the Electric Car Race

Posted by hkarner - 22. Januar 2018

Date: 21-01-2018
Source: TIME

From a cursory look at the recent news from Tesla, a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the dream of transitioning the world to electric vehicles has stalled. The Tesla brand is more closely associated with electric vehicles than any other, and in the past year the company has struggled to deliver the $35,000 Model 3. CEO and founder Elon Musk described the internal delays related to producing Tesla’s battery and an outside supplier’s falling behind as “production hell,” while customers vented on social media and the company declared a record third-quarter loss of more than $600 million.

As Tesla scrambles to maintain its position as the world’s foremost electric-vehicle brand, traditional automakers in the U.S. and Europe have invested billions of dollars to advance the technology. And a slew of Chinese companies are churning out hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles a year. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Toyota Sees Half of Sales Coming From Hybrids, EVs

Posted by hkarner - 14. Dezember 2017

Date: 14-12-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Akio Toyoda projects selling about 5.5 million hybrid and electric vehicles by 2030

Akio Toyoda disclosed a target for EVs at a news conference where he announced cooperation on battery technology with Panasonic.

TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corp.’s president on Wednesday became the latest auto chief to offer ambitious targets for hybrid and electric vehicles, saying the category would make up half of Toyota’s global sales by 2030.

Akio Toyoda unexpectedly disclosed the target at a news conference where he announced cooperation on battery technology with Panasonic Corp. Mr. Toyoda said underlings might scold him afterward for releasing a specific figure, but he said he wanted to stress the industry’s rapid shifts.

“The auto industry is now facing a major change of the kind that comes once in a 100 years,” he said. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Will Tesla Die for Lack of Cobalt?

Posted by hkarner - 1. Dezember 2017

Date: 30-11-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Probably not. The dreaded cobalt shortage seems like a story we have heard before

Wedged between iron and nickel on the periodic table, cobalt has suddenly emerged as the electric car killer.

The once-obscure metal, a critical part of batteries, has nearly tripled in price since last summer as concerns grow about whether there will be enough cobalt to meet demand.

The ingredients are certainly there for a shortage. Output is concentrated in the politically unstable Democratic Republic of Congo and refining is dominated by China. Demand is set to soar as companies from Tesla Inc. to Volkswagen AG ramp up production of electric vehicles.

With the price of cobalt hitting $30 a pound, investors have poured into shares of companies that mine or own rights to the metal. Canada’s Cobalt27 Capital Corp., which believes there is already a deficit in supply which will worsen, is up 162% this year.

“I don’t think automobile manufacturers are as concerned about price as availability,” says George Heppel, a consultant at materials research firm CRU International who says the shortage could peak in 2021. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 17. September 2017

Date: 16-09-2017
Subject: German Auto Giants Face an Existential Challenge

The Arrival of Tesla

BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen have been struggling to adapt to the advent of the electric car, held back by conservatism and internal challenges. Now, Tesla is making inroads in Germany — and the country’s automakers face an uncertain future.

At the start of this year, Karl-Thomas Neumann was planning a minor revolution. His plan was to transform German carmaker Opel, known for basic models like the Astra and the Corsa, into a purely electric brand. Electric cars were to be designed at Opel’s R&D center in Rüsselsheim, near Frankfurt, destined for the world market.

As the head of Opel at the time, Neuman was convinced that the end of the internal combustion engine was closer than many believed. He now hoped he could bring the necessary technology to Germany. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Umrüstung: Deutsche Autobauer verkünden Elektrooffensive

Posted by hkarner - 13. September 2017

Date: 11-09-2017
Source: Spiegel

Bald soll es nur noch Elektroautos auf Europas Straßen geben – zumindest wenn es nach Deutschlands größten Autobauern geht. Bis 2020 soll etwa Smart komplett umgerüstet werden. Auch Daimler investiert.

Der Autobauer Daimler will seine Kleinwagenmarke Smart komplett auf elektrische Antriebe umstellen. Bis 2020 solle es in Europa und Nordamerika nur noch Elektro-Smarts geben, der Rest der Welt solle kurz darauf folgen, sagte Vorstandschef Dieter Zetsche.

„Damit wird Smart die erste Automobilmarke, die konsequent vom Verbrenner-Portfolio auf ein reines Elektro-Portfolio umsteigt“, sagte Zetsche. Er kündigte außerdem an, bis 2022 das komplette Autoangebot auch mit Elektroantrieben zur Verfügung zu stellen: „Wir planen hier mit mehr als 50 elektrifizierten Fahrzeugvarianten.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Electric Cars Reach a Tipping Point

Posted by hkarner - 12. September 2017

David Fickling is a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering commodities, as well as industrial and consumer companies. He has been a reporter for Bloomberg News, Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Guardian.

Say goodbye to gasoline. The world’s slow drift toward electric cars is about to enter full flood.

China, one-third of the world’s car market, is working on a timetable to end sales of fossil-fuel-based vehicles, the country’s vice minister of industry and information technology, Xin Guobin, told an industry forum in Tianjin on Saturday. That would probably see the country join Norway, France and the U.K. in switching to a wholly electric fleet within the lifetime of most current drivers. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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