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Ford, BMW, Daimler and VW launch JV to enable long-distance electric vehicle travel

BMWDaimlerFord and the Volkswagengroup, which includes Audi and Porsche, have announced Ionity as a joint venture (JV) that will develop and implement a high-powercharging (HPC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe.

Ionity will launch 400 HPC stations by 2020.

Based in MunichGermany, the joint venture is led by Michael Hajesch as CEO and Marcus Groll as COO.

The team is set to grow to 50 by the start of 2018.

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for EVs,” says Hajesch.

“Ionity will deliver on our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel.”

A total of 20 charging stations will be opened to the public this year, located on major roads in GermanyNorway and Austria, at intervals of 120 km, through partnerships with service stations and convenience stores.

Through 2018, the network will expand to more than 100 stations, each one enabling multiple customers, driving different vehicle brands, to charge their vehicles simultaneously.

With a capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point, the network will use the European charging standard to reduce charging times compared with existing systems.

The Combined Charging System should ensure multibrand compatibility with current and future generation EVs.

Ionity’s brand-agnostic approach and Europe-wide distribution is expected to help make EVs more appealing.

The founding partners all have equal shares in the JV, while other automotive manufacturers are invited to help expand the network.

Source: Engineeringnews

Daimler, Parent Company of Mercedes, Unveils an Electric Truck Ahead of Tesla

Daimler AG, parent company of German carmaker Mercedes-Benz, launched a new electric truck weeks ahead of Tesla’s electric semi. The new electric truck comes under the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck line, which is under Daimler Trucks.

At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG unveiled their first fully-electric truck called the E-FUSO Vision One. With the release, the German automaker is now racing ahead of Tesla’s highly anticipated electric semi, which CEO and founder Elon Musk had promised earlier this year.

“Our E-FUSO Vision One is an outlook on a feasible all-electric heavy-duty truck. It underlines our commitment to electrify our complete product range,” Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation —the company under which the electric truck was launched— and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said in a press release.

The E-FUSO Vision One is a heavy-duty hauler capable of carrying up to 11 tons of cargo, a little lighter than that concept truck they showed back in July 2016, for a maximum range of 350 kilometers (220 miles). Aside from this, not much detail has yet been released about the electric truck.

Meanwhile, Tesla’s electric semi launch has been delayed twice now. Originally set for a September launch, Musk had to move the date to October 26. It was delayed again to November 16, due to Model 3 production concerns. Competition between Tesla and Daimler has been stiff recently, as the veteran carmaker moves to get a stronger foothold in the growing EV market.

Image: Daimler Trucks

Source: futurism