Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Foxconn presented three models of new electricians cars, Model C looks like Polish "Izera"

 On the day Apple showed off new models of its products, Foxconn, a Taiwanese hardware maker for Apple, demonstrated three new electric vehicles. A crossover - Model C, a sedan - Model E, and a bus - Model T. 

As reported the Model C has already undergone quality and safety testing, suggesting it has received approval or is ready to apply for one. The car is to offer up to 470 km of range. Some elements of the car - for example, the edges of the headlights and the embossing on the hood - are surprisingly similar to the  SUV version of Polish Electric Car "Izera."

That would not be a surprise since Izera has not revealed yet whose platform they going to use for their car. The only thing that is known is that the platform is brand new, not used by anybody yet. It is possible that both cars will share a platform and an overall design.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Polish Solaris is the undisputed leader in the sale of electric buses in Italy

 In recent days, Solaris has achieved another success, winning a tender to deliver as many as 30 e-buses to Genoa. The coastal city wants to replace its bus fleet with a fully electric one by 2025. The value of the new contract exceeds EUR 15 million.

The investment in innovative rolling stock is part of the Italian carrier's extensive plan to fully electrify the city's bus fleet. According to the contract, the vehicles will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022. The value of the order is over EUR 15 million.

This order confirms the strong position of Solaris in the field of electromobility in Italy. Today, more than half of the electric buses that run on Italian streets are Solaris vehicles.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Solaris presented its newest electric bus Urbino 9 LE

 On September 30, 2021, the Solaris family of electrically-powered Urbino 4th-generation models has grown with the addition of a new midibus – Urbino 9 LE electric. This low-entry battery bus was unveiled during an online launch.

Despite its compact dimensions, the vehicle has room for a significant number of seats, most of which are forward-facing. Passengers are offered as many as 27 seats in the spacious and air-conditioned interior.

With the modern design, the rear of the bus has more space above the heads of passengers, which has a positive effect on the quality of travel. At the same time, the compact dimensions of the bus allow it to perform outstandingly in cramped city spaces, as well as steep uphill and hard-to-reach mountain areas.

The batteries can be recharged using a plug-in connection and through one of three types of pantograph – a conventional one, an inverted pantograph, as well as a completely new type of pantograph, reaching higher than competing solutions.

In order to optimize the energy consumption, the Urbino 9 LE electric can be fitted with hybrid heating based on heat pumps. Solaris also offers a possibility to install any type of air conditioning system, out of all those available in the Solaris’ offer.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

This technology, Perovskite Solar Modules, may soon power your house, or car, or both

 In Lublin (Poland), Saule Technologies launched the first installation of photovoltaic blinds - sun breakers with perovskite solar cells. This first in the world commercial implementation of perovskite solar cell technology was a collaboration of  Saule and Aliplast.

- After opening the world’s first perovskite cell factory in Wrocław in May, today, less than three months later, we are again making a revolution in the global photovoltaic and renewable energy industry. We are entering a new stage in the development of Saule Technologies – the era of commercialization of our perovskite cells. We proudly present our complete product – automatic slats – sun breakers, operating on the facade of our first client’s building Aliplast - wrote Saule Technologies on its website.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Poland, the European Production Center for Lithium-Ion Batteries

 Poland is the largest in Europe and the fifth in the world supplier of lithium-ion batteries and their components for electric cars.

At the end of 2020, the value of exports of lithium-ion batteries reached approx. EUR 400 million per month, and now they account for as much as 2% of all Polish exports. This is almost a third of European demand for batteries for electric vehicles, says Politico. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Poland currently ranks first in Europe and fifth in the world among the countries particularly involved in building the European and global value chain of the battery sector and has a chance to maintain a leading position in this area at least until 2025.

Poland owes the leading position to the LG Energy Solution, whose plant in Kobierzyce near Wrocław is Europe's largest factory of batteries for e-vehicles. The planned expansion may result in the facility having the largest production potential in the world.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

This least known plug-in is probably the best PHEV

Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV was recognized as having overall lower-than-average maintenance costs. 

I just read that and had to take a double-take. What maintenance costs? I own this car. When I was buying it, it was the only PHEV SUV on the market, at least as far as I know, and I have to say that this car has no maintenance cost. 

My only cost is the cost of oil change and tires (wear and tear). Thanks to electric recuperation, the breaks didn't wear out yet (80k) as they usually would.

One other thing I have to add. People who ride with me think it is a luxury car because it drives so smoothly (and it is black with black leather seats), while in fact, it was the least expensive SUV I could find at the time.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Poland has another electric car start-up, Vosco Automotive

 Vosco Automotive announced that their electric car, Vosco, will go into limited production this fall. If true, that would make it the first Polish electric car.

The first information about the work on a compact electric in Kutno appeared last year. Then "FSO Syrena" (Siren) presented a series of electric cars. Including the Vosco S106 EV and the concept of "el-Polonez." The plant is trying to follow the line of previously built cars under the brand name Syrena but officially does not have the right to use that name. Hence, the vehicle was presented under the name Vosco after the company's late founder, Mieczyslaw Wosko.

Mr. Wośko, president of a pharmaceutical company, Polfarmex, established FSO Syrena in 2016. In 2018 the company also got approval to produce its first combustion engine car. Now several versions of their first Vosco model, including a pick-up that can carry up to 700 kilograms, are being used by Polfarmex.

The electric car will have a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles), and the battery can be charged in an hour.