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EV Charging: All the news – July 31, 2019

Oren Halevi
Posted By Oren Halevi
31 July

The EV market can get confusing sometimes. With so much going on with OEMs, charger operators, the battery industry, governments and local municipalities – no wonder one can get lost so easily. Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here at Driivz, we provide you with the latest industry news in the electric vehicle world. Just keep reading, and you’ll soon be caught up!

Growing pains in the Dutch electric car market?

The Netherlands, one of the largest electric vehicle markets in Europe, is going to gradually decrease the incentives for all-electric cars. Recently, the Dutch government announced its plans to increase the benefit-in-kind (BiK) tax to push all-electric cars to the standard level of 22% by the year 2026

Just like the increase of premium models during the switch from 2018 to 2019, sales of electric cars are expected to significantly increase in the fall of 2019 and decrease in 2020. A similar situation will play out multiple times in the future until the incentive totally disappears and stabilizes.

Broadly, the increase in taxation is not all that bad. Sure, most drivers won’t be thrilled to pay the extra Euros, but the increase itself, gradually executed, reflects a healthy assimilation of electric cars in the Netherlands.

Good news for Virginia

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has recently announced he will pledge more than $12 million towards the deployment of electric buses in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Hampton Roads, using $9 million of the WV compensation money. The funding will cover a total of 17 electric buses and charging stations, which will estimably eliminate two million gallons of diesel fuel and offset 612,000 tons of carbon emissions and 129,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide emissions, according to the Governor’s office. It is noteworthy that in last August, Virginia awarded a similar amount of $14 million to EVgo (powered by Driivz), to develop a statewide public EV charging network.

Sunny side of the EV

After determinedly rejecting the plug-in car market for too long, Toyota has seemed to change its approach with the recent announcement of a new line of all-electric models coming in 2020-2025. Still, the Japanese OEM has found a way (yet again) to swim against the tides with its new, ambitious Prius Prime solar-charging project.

Cooperating with NEDO and Sharp, Toyota will examine the power and energy supply that can be generated using high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. Once this information is clear, researchers can grapple with how this affects the financial viability of the project as a whole.

Covering the roof, hood, rear hatch door and rear hatch door garnish of the Toyota, the Prius Prime allows for a potential power output (on sunny weather) of 860 W. It’s a lot and in theory could be enough to recharge the 8.8 kWh battery, which offers 25 miles (40 km) of EPA range. Currently, the Prius Prime can be equipped with a 160 W solar panel (efficiency of 22.5%), but just for auxiliary purposes. The new 860 W system is designed to charge the traction battery while parking or driving.

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