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The infrastructure for electric-vehicle charging continues to expand. In 2019, there were about 7.3 million chargers worldwide, mostly slow chargers. With the introduction of Level 2 and 3 DC fast-chargers, we expect consumer adoption of electric vehicles to boom

Noodoe, a global leader in EV charging technology, recently collaborated with Audi Taiwan in Asia to help bring EV charging solutions to their growing customer base. Demand for EV technology continues to grow in the US and the rest of the world in spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other economic stresses.

“Many automakers around the world are putting Noodoe EV technology at the center of their support infrastructure,” says Noodoe CEO Jennifer Chang. “Our Noodoe EV OS network platform, along with our Noodoe EV chargers, empower network builders with ‘extreme automation,’ enabling operators the lowest possible operating costs while making everyone’s transition to electric easy.”

EV growth and the related demand for charging stations worldwide continues unabated. According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Global EV Outlook 2020, the world is entering “the decade of electric drive.” While sales of internal combustion cars the past two years have remained sluggish, EV sales experienced another banner year with 2.1 million electric vehicles sold. In the US and around the world, global electric car stock has skyrocketed every year since 2010.

As technological progress in the electrification of two/three-wheelers, buses and trucks advance and the market for them grows, so does the need for EV charging technology as advanced as the vehicles. “Noodoe EV OS fully automates everything – 24/7 charging service delivery, automatic peak-hour price adjustment, automatic transaction billing, auto payment processing, auto bank transfers, infrastructure diagnostics and intelligent energy management,” says Chang. “Operators can generate revenues automatically and continuously. The infrastructure for electric-vehicle charging continues to expand. In 2019, there were about 7.3 million chargers worldwide, mostly slow chargers. With the introduction of Level 2 and 3 DC fast-chargers, we expect consumer adoption of electric vehicles to boom.”

About Noodoe Inc.

To accelerate the world’s transition to electric vehicles, Noodoe provides the mission-critical network operating system, Noodoe EV OS, that runs the EV charging networks for their operators.

Noodoe EV OS is one of the most advanced cloud-based operating platforms today; it is a charging network’s “central brain” that runs all the charging stations across multiple locations and automates the entire operation of the EV charging network.

What makes Noodoe EV OS different is the core technology that empowers “extreme automation”, which enables the operators to achieve the lowest possible operating cost. Controlling and running all EV charging stations, Noodoe EV OS fully automates everything – 24/7 charging service delivery, automatic peak-hour price adjustment, automatic transaction billing, automatic payment processing, automatic bank transfer, automatic infrastructure diagnostics, and intelligent energy management. It’s so automated that the network operators practically can generate revenue automatically and continuously.

Noodoe provides products and services that are used in 110 countries worldwide.

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Will India Really Woo Tesla For Large-Scale Vehicle Production (Not Assembly)?

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A few days ago, I spotted the following Reuters headline: “Exclusive: India woos Tesla with offer of cheaper production costs than China.” Intrigued, and thinking there was some real news on what Tesla is going to do in India, I opened the link and read through the story. However, the key point is that there’s no sign the wooing attempt has been successful so far. There is Tesla movement/progress in India, as we’ve reported previously, but the extent of Tesla’s entry into India is unclear. In fact, the Reuters article itself may primarily be part of the wooing attempt.

I should note that the question in my headline above is not a rhetorical question — I don’t presume to know the answer. I honestly just think that’s one of the most interesting Tesla-related questions right now and thus wanted to write about it more and hear more opinions to see if I can learn something from our engaged readers here on CleanTechnica.

First things first, the core news, which we reported in January and February, was that Tesla is setting up manufacturing unit in Karnataka, India. However, there’s still a question of whether that will simply mean assembling vehicles in India or a full-on gigafactory like Tesla is still building in China, Germany, Texas, and Nevada. After all, CEO Elon Musk has said before that they will need a bunch of gigafactories (not just 4), and his aim is to produce 20 million vehicles a year by 2030.

That’s where I’ll return to the new Reuters story. India’s Road Transport & Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, specifically focused on the matter of manufacturing vs. assembly in his first quote in the article. “Rather than assembling (the cars) in India they should make the entire product in the country by hiring local vendors. Then we can give higher concessions,” Gadkari said.

The article also mentioned that the Indian government was putting incentives on the table for Tesla in order to try to get it to set up real manufacturing capacity in the world’s second most populated country (and soon its most populated country). We don’t have specifics as to what incentives the government is offering Tesla, but Gadkari gets to the heart of the matter with another statement in the piece. “The government will make sure the production cost for Tesla will be the lowest when compared with the world, even China, when they start manufacturing their cars in India. We will assure that,” he said.

Hmm.

Image courtesy of Tesla.

India wants jobs. And the government knows that a lot more jobs will come from a full gigafactory than an assembly facility. There may be an even bigger point at play, though. What beats Tesla when it comes to marketing by association? If India can say that it attracted a Tesla gigafactory, just the 3rd one outside of the USA, that will become a big part of the country’s pitch to other companies when trying to get them to set up manufacturing facilities or other big business units in the country. The goal goes far beyond Tesla and even far beyond the automotive and energy sectors. It is about India’s image abroad for all types of businesses and its ability to attract foreign investment. It is about countless jobs and immeasurable economic growth.

Of course, to some extent, it is also about cutting the country’s air pollution with a quicker shift to electric vehicles, something India has wanted to be a leader on, and stronger action on climate change — which has already been absolutely devastating to India as certain natural disasters and heat waves have grown.

However, while the Indian ministers and activists pushing for a Tesla gigafactory in India do focus on low production costs and exporting vehicles from India to other countries in the region, there are a few domestic facts that make an Indian Tesla gigafactory more questionable than a Chinese one:

  1. The Chinese automotive market is much bigger than India’s — 20 million automobile sales in China in 2020 versus 2.4 million in India.
  2. The Chinese electric car market is even much bigger, relatively speaking, than India’s electric car market — 1.25 million “new energy vehicles” in China versus 5,000 in India.
  3. India doesn’t yet have strong policies requiring or incentivizing electric vehicle sales.

Gadkari is trying, though. He claims that 80% of the components of a lithium-ion battery are now produced in India. And he wants to build a hyperloop from Delhi and Mumbai. I guess you could call him an Elon Musk fanboy, and a powerful one at that.

What do you think? Does India have a Tesla gigafactory in its future? Or will it just have an assembly facility for limited Tesla demand in India?

 



 


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Volvo XC40 Siblings Shine In The Netherlands — February EV Sales Report

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The Dutch plugin electric vehicle (PEV) market dropped 20% in February year over year (YoY), to 2,952 registrations, but that result wasn’t all that bad considering that the overall market fell even more (-26% YoY), placing last month’s PEV share at 14% (5.6% full electrics/BEV). That kept the 2021 year-to-date PEV share at 13% (4.1% BEV), but with March expected to be a strong month (Tesla + VW high tides), expect the share to go up a notch or two by then.

Breaking down registrations between each plugin powertrain, BEVs recovered a bit and are now responsible for 32% of the PEV market, a 3% recovery from January’s disaster (29%), but far from the 69% of 12 months ago and even further away from the 82% of 2020. Nonetheless, expect BEVs to recover ground as the year advances.

In February, the leader was the Volvo XC40 PHEV, scoring its second win in a row, this time with 231 registrations, while its BEV twin was 5th, with 114 registrations, both helping the Swedish SUV to become the 3rd best selling model in the overall market (only behind #1 Ford Fiesta and #2 Kia Picanto). In fact, 59% of the Volvo XC40’s registrations came from these two versions.

In 2nd place we have a real surprise, with the veteran Nissan Leaf teaching the young ones a thing or two (insert deep discounts comment). The Leaf’s jump in the market allowed it to win last month’s silver medal and the monthly best seller trophy in the BEV category.

The 3rd spot went to the Renault Zoe, followed by a familiar face in this market, the Kia Niro EV, which secured the 4th spot with 114 registrations.

Another surprise is the Volvo S/V60 PHEV twins reaching the 6th position, with 93 registrations, thus resulting in 3 Volvos in the top 6 positions (and 5 in the top 12 if we include the #12 XC90 PHEV and that liberal-thinking Volvo, the Polestar 2, in 8th).

In a more BEV-friendly top 20 than in January, with 9 BEVs now in the ranking (versus only 5 in January), a mention also goes out to the Stellantis BEVs, which had 3 representatives in the table — the Peugeot e-208 in #7; its crossover sibling, the e-2008, in #9; and the Opel Corsa-e in #19.

Regarding the PHEV armada, a reference is due for the 11th spot of the Mercedes C300e/de, with 64 registrations, the midsizer’s best score since 2016, while the #18 Range Rover Sport PHEV tank registered 54 units, its best performance in over 2 years.

A mention also goes out to two Citroen models — the C4 EV hatchback had 27 registrations and the SUV C5 Aircross PHEV had 47 registrations. So, after Peugeot, DS, and Opel, now it’s time for the double chevron maker to ramp up production and help the French-Italian-American-German conglomerate to grow its plugin sales.

What about Tesla? — you may ask. The Model 3 had 37 deliveries last month, a significant fall from the 135 units of February 2020, but all these are peanuts compared to the March high tide, because Tesla still concentrates the bulk of European Model 3 deliveries in the last month of each quarter. So, next month will be the real test of Model 3 sales in the Netherlands.

Looking at the 2021 ranking, while the podium remained the same, below it there were several changes. The Volvo S/V60 PHEV climbed to 4th, while its higher riding sibling, the XC60 PHEV, was up to #6. But the Climber of the Month was the Nissan Leaf(!), with the Japanese hatchback jumping from #20 in January to #7 this month, becoming the new best selling BEV in the table.

Another model climbing the ladder was the Renault Zoe, which joined the table in #9, and the Volvo XC40 EV went up to #13, highlighting Volvo’s positive month.

After a slow January, the 2020 best seller, the Volkswagen ID.3, returned to the table at #20. Expect the German hatchback to return to the front positions in March.

In the manufacturer ranking, Volvo (18%, up 2 percentage points) is the new #1, displacing BMW (15%, down 2 points) from the leadership position, while Kia (5%) closed out the podium, just ahead of Mitsubishi (4%).

 



 


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One Person Or A Small Group Was Behind #RIPElon. The SEC & FBI Should Investigate This Further.

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On Friday, Twitter users woke up to news that Elon Musk had died. The cause of death? A lithium battery he was handling at a Tesla facility exploded in his hands. As proof, many tweets had screenshots from reputable news outlets, and there was even a tweet from Grimes expressing grief that had supposedly been deleted after other users had heckled her. Many people believed what they had seen on Twitter, and Tesla stock took a big dip in morning trading.

A fake screenshot of a BuzzFeed article by “Eleanor Whooky,” a reference to a meme tied back to one Reddit user who tried to force a meme to become popular through astroturfing.

As people started taking a closer look at the screenshots, couldn’t find any reputable news of Elon’s death, and finally saw a one-character tweet from Elon in the afternoon with the eyeroll emoji, it became apparent that the news of Elon’s death was greatly exaggerated. Stock prices mostly recovered from the morning crater by early afternoon, but didn’t get back to where they were.

Why This Should Concern People

The obviously insane thing about what happened on Friday was how internet rumors could quickly wipe out people’s wealth. Yes, the stock was already on a multi-day slide, but look at a 5-day chart and you’ll see the sudden morning dip that occurred and also see the quick rise. Smart people rode the fake story out and got mostly back to where they were, but prices don’t drop like that without a sudden drop in demand or a sudden binge of sells.

The fact that internet trolls could hold that kind of sway in the market is definitely cause for concern. This time, the hurt was limited and quickly corrected, but will worse things happen to companies in the future as people figure out how to do this better or keep the selloff going for longer?

Perhaps more concerning is that there’s good money to be made with this type of manipulation, so we will definitely see it again. If someone shorts the stock and then distorts it like this, they can quickly make a bunch of money. If regulators do their job and track down the distorters, one could still stand ready to quickly buy big in the dip and sell again after it recovers, and it would be hard to tell the person apart from the other people who tried to get a good deal.

There may also be motivation for competing companies and those invested in fossil fuels to attack clean energy companies in this fashion.

One Person or A Small Group Was Behind This One

I don’t have the resources to figure out whether they financially gained from this, but it is clear from what I could dig up that one person or a small group of people got the rumor started.

The #RIPElon Twitter hashtag has been used by people since 2011, but only very rarely and often not talking about Elon Musk. There was a sudden jump in use of the hashtag at 7:30 AM Pacific/10:30 Eastern. This was the first tweet to use the hashtag after it hadn’t been used for months:

This was the second one:

Looking at almost all of the early tweets, a common pattern can be found. An account was created in the last few months in most cases which then had a bunch of tweets relevant to its name. Next, the account sat dormant for weeks or months until it was used today to create a bunch of #RIPElon memes and then go dormant again. The account that made the first tweet even commented on the next one’s tweet to build credibility. You can see this same pattern over and over for almost all of the early #RIPElon tweets.

You can see the pattern continue until enough real accounts were retweeting the memes and spreading the false information, which took hours. The early posts were designed to hook into existing feelings about Elon Musk himself, billionaires, clean energy technology, and labor in cobalt mines. Once a few thousand people took the bait, the tweet was off to the races.

A fake tweet the astroturfing accounts shared that supposedly showed Grimes mourning her dead partner, but with a hook for people who hate Tesla.

The timing itself makes it clear that it was a coordinated effort to make the idea of Elon’s death spread. The way the accounts suddenly all came alive using the hashtag, and using a similar strategy, means that it wasn’t an organic internet rumor.

The way the fake accounts were all quickly spreading memes and fake screenshots shows that a lot of effort and premeditation went into this. It would have taken one person the better part of a day if not more to come up with all of these shareable images that the early accounts all used. It’s literally impossible for that many images to come up instantly like that.

Another clue is that many of the astroturfing accounts and some of the same screenshots mentioned “Whooky.” Know Your Meme tells the story of one user who astroturfed on Reddit, getting people to talk about a fictional item that doesn’t exist. Nobody was harmed by wondering what a “whooky sack” is, but the #RIPElon astroturf was far less harmless. We don’t know if it was the same person behind both trolls, or if the #RIPElon effort was only inspired by “whooky sack” posts, but anyone investigating this should look further into this.

Preventing This From Happening Again

We know from after the January 6th US Capitol riots that social media companies are equipped to quickly wipe users out who they think need to be removed from the platform. In the future, when fake news starts to spread like this, Twitter definitely has the ability to shut it down. If they only exercise this ability when it’s politically expedient, their past statements are rather disingenuous. People owning stocks and the companies issuing them deserve better than to see Twitter turn a blind eye to mass illegal market manipulation as long as evidence is preserved during deletion.

Law enforcement should also take a real look at what I’ve pointed out in this article. If they’re lucky, they’ll find common IP addresses behind the early astroturfing when they request information from Twitter. If the people doing this are more sophisticated and did this over VPNs or Tor, they’ll be harder to catch, but other correlations may make it possible to find them. If nothing else, the people who did this should stick out like a sore thumb with their patterns of selling shorts or buying the dip at just the right time. Further investigation would probably find more information on their computers tying them to the astroturfing.

If anybody from the SEC is reading this, please do your job here. If a few misguided tweets are enough to drag Elon Musk to court over, then this is definitely something that’s worth your time.

 



 


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Forecasting EV Sales And EV Battery & Metal Prices — Interview with BloombergNEF’s Head of Clean Power Research

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In the this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zachary Shahan, Director and CEO of CleanTechnica, and Logan Goldie-Scot, Head of Clean Power Research at BloombergNEF, sit down to talk about the battery supply chain. You can listen to the full conversation in the embedded player below. Below that embedded SoundCloud player is a brief summary of the topics covered, but tune into the podcast to follow the full discussion.

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Logan joined BloombergNEF back in 2009, and has been researching and writing about the battery supply chain and the increasing ambition relating to decarbonization around the world since. The changes Logan has seen in the past 18 months have been at a much quicker pace, he notes, which makes him excited to see the ways in which battery development influences the decarbonization of transportation and power moving forward.

Zach and Logan launch this episode by talking about Logan’s first few years of publishing about the battery supply chain, in which BloombergNEF looked at projections for batteries in terms of cost and were ridiculed by many for having ridiculously low estimates. What the team found, however, was that they were in fact far too conservative, says Logan. A lot has changed since their initial projections, and facts like 8 out of 12 top global economies having net zero targets surprised even Logan himself. 

The two move into talking about having enough minerals to meet the rising demand for batteries. As Zach notes, the industry is grappling with the question of whether the supply chain can continue to develop in line with the ever-growing and ever-changing demand. Logan notes that through the last couple of years, they observed low prices for minerals that discouraged investment and prompted operators on the supply side to delay expansion plans. But with metal prices set to rise this year, he believes new supply will come online relatively quickly.

Logan believes that there is a lot of change needed in the battery supply chain space, but also that many in the industry are well equipped to adjust to those changes. His main concerns include ensuring that the products brought to the market are both sustainable and ethical. Zach and Logan talk a bit more about the lifecycle emissions of vehicles and the ways in which safety and sustainability will be top of mind moving forward.

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