Electric Vehicles

Jaguar Land Rover joins ElectriCity wireless car charging infrastructure program

The new program allows taxis to charge will still in their route area.

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Charging on the go can be one of the biggest obstacles in electric vehicle adoption. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has entered into a public-private partnership with the City of Oslo, Norway to support their high-powered wireless taxi program.

The partnership is part of a larger initiative called ElectriCity, which includes Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi AS), the region's largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, U.S. technology developer Momentum Dynamics, and the City of Oslo. ElectriCity's goal is to build a wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital. JLR will provide 25 all-electric Jaguar I-PACE models to Cabonline, the largest taxi network in the Nordics.

Jaguar I-PACE Norway has heavily incentivized electric vehicle adoption.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

ElectriCity will produce the first wireless high-powered charging system for electric taxis in the world.

According to a release, engineers and technicians from Momentum Dynamics and JLR engaged to help in testing the solution, and Cabonline signed up to operate the fleet as part of Oslo's ElectriCity program. Fortum Recharge will support the installation and electrification efforts.

The Jaguar I-PACE, the brand's first all-electric vehicle, has been designed to enable Momentum Dynamics' wireless charging technology.

According to research, both electric taxi and driver efficiency can be maximized when charging does not require taxis to leave their route. In order to make wireless charging work, wireless charging plates, rated at 50-75 kilowatts each, are installed in the ground in series at pick-up-drop-off points.

Jaguar I-PACE The induction charging system works similarly to an induction stovetop.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This allows each equipped taxi to charge while queuing for the next fare. The system, which uses no cables and situated below ground, requires no physical connection between charger and vehicle, engages automatically and provides on average 6-8 minutes of energy per each charge up to 50kW.

Each taxi can receive multiple charges throughout their shift.

When the chargers are installed, Oslo will be the world's first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based high-powered charging stations for electric taxis, in a bid to make its cab system emission free as early as 2024.

Per capita, Norway has more electric car owners and drivers than any other country in the world. The country has highly incentivized and regulated the adoption of the vehicles. Norway is mandating that all new cars sold in the country by 2025 are zero emission vehicles.

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Electric vehicle production

GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

General Motors

Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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New luxury car

BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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