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Extreme heat can lead to 31% reduction in electric car range – study

Extreme heat can reduce the range of an electric car by 31%, according to a report by Recurrent Auto, a company specializing in testing batteries for electric cars.

Recurrent experts have analyzed the battery readings of 7.5 thousand cars and found that at an air temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, the range is reduced relative to the maximum by almost 2.8%, at 32 degrees – by 5%, and at 38 degrees the drop can reach 31%.

At the same time, the data on the dynamics of charge consumption in conditions of 38-degree heat are extremely limited and need to be clarified, the company said, adding that if necessary, they will adjust the indicator on the basis of subsequent measurements.

The use of air conditioning, in turn, reduces the range only to a small extent. At the same time, reducing the temperature in the cabin by 7 degrees will require less energy than increasing it by 10 degrees.



JSC Kyiv Electric Car Repair Plant, part of the structure of Ukrzaliznytsia, in January-March 2022 received a net loss of UAH 10.96 million against a net profit of UAH 2.61 million for the same period in 2021.
According to the interim financial report of the enterprise, published in the information disclosure system of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission, its net income in the first quarter decreased by 40.7% – to UAH 77.37 million.
The plant received a gross loss of UAH 3.37 million (against a profit of UAH 6.74 million a year earlier), almost UAH 10 million of loss was received from operating activities.
According to the plant, in the first quarter of this year, it sold five repaired electrical sections for UAH 75.63 million (in January-March 2021 – nine sections for UAH 118.5 million), two wheel sets and three electric machines (a year earlier – one pair and 108 electric machines).
Kyiv Electric Car Repair Plant was founded in 1868 as a workshop for the repair of steam locomotives and wagons. It specializes in the overhaul of electric trains for the railways of Ukraine, the repair of components and assemblies, electric machines, electric motors and wheelsets, the manufacture of spare parts.

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The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has begun collecting information and studying the electric car charging market, the committee said on its website.
It notes the intensive growth of the electric car market in recent years, while the market for commercial charging stations is also growing. In this regard, the AMCU starts monitoring it in order to control compliance with the legislation on the protection of economic competition.
“The purpose of this control is to determine the state of the competitive environment in the market and its assessment; to identify and determine the problems in the market that hinder the development of competition; to ensure compliance with legislation on the protection of economic competition; to prepare, if necessary, based on the results of such control, proposals for the implementation of measures aimed to develop competition,” the committee notes.
The AMCU called on current and potential market participants to provide information and considerations on possible economic, organizational, administrative and technical barriers that may prevent new companies from competing in the electric vehicle charging market.
As reported, Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy said in November 2020 that Ukraine supports the use of ecological modes of transport in cities, therefore, as part of the National Transport Strategy until 2030, it plans to completely replace all urban public transport with electric one and create the appropriate infrastructure for this.

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The initial registration of electric vehicles in Ukraine (new and used) in January-March 2020 increased by a third compared to the same period in 2019, to 1,700 units, Ukrautoprom reports. At the same time, in March, registrations of passenger cars fell by 16%, to 386 units, and commercial vehicles by almost 40%, to 23 units.
“Such a drop in registrations in the electric car market is due to the fact that its lion’s share is formed by used cars imported from abroad, the registration of which was suspended in the middle of last month due to quarantine,” the association’s press service explains.
At the same time, the share of imported used cars in March registrations of electric cars amounted to 86% (333 units), while in the commercial segment all 100% (23 units).
At the same time, Ukrautoprom draws attention to the fact that, despite all the restrictions due to quarantine measures, registrations of new passenger electric cars in March increased by 36% compared to March 2019, to 53 units.
The undisputed leader in the electric car market remains Nissan Leaf: last month 129 cars of this model (all used) passed Ukrainian registration.


Primary registrations of electric cars in Ukraine in May 2019 grew by almost 50% year-over-year, to 610, while commercial electric vehicles – by 43%, to 33, the Ukrautoprom association has reported. As reported, in April of the current year, the registration of electric cars increased 67.2% to 495 units, commercial electric vehicles – 66.7%, to 40 units.
According to the report on the association’s website, the May market of commercial electric vehicles consisted only of imported used vehicles and was not very diverse. RENAULT Kangoo Z.E. were most popular vehicles, of which 31 units were registered, and the other two vehicles were NISSAN e-NV200.
At the same time, new cars were present in the registrations of passenger electric cars, but there were only 86 of them, while most of electric cars (524 units) were used passenger cars.
NISSAN Leaf remains the most popular electric car among Ukrainians, 329 units of which were registered in May, TESLA Model S is second, with 53 drivers who chose this model.
The May top five also included: BMW i3 – 46 units; FIAT 500e – 24 units; and RENAULT Zoe – 23 units.
In general, in January-May 2019, 2,381 electric cars and 176 commercial vehicles electric were delivered and registered in Ukraine, which is 64% and 209% more than in the same period last year, respectively.

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Primary registrations of electric vehicles in Ukraine in January 2019 increased by 2.3 times year-over-year, to 441 units, with used electric cars imported into Ukraine accounting for 91.6% of the total number (404 units), the Ukrautoprom Association has said. The Nissan Leaf make remains the most popular electric car on the Ukrainian market with 231 units registered in January 2019.
The leader among the new electric cars was the Jaguar I-Pace, chosen by 13 owners, while this make was not among used cars registered in Ukraine.
The Top 10 electric vehicles in January included the Nissan Leaf (231 cars), Renault Zoe (29), TESLA Model S (28), BMW i3 (27), FIAT 500e (24), Volkswagen e-Golf (18), Tesla Model X (16), Jaguar I-Pace (13), KIA Soul EV (11), Chevrolet Bolt and Mercedes-Benz B Electric Drive (10 each).
According to the association, Ukrainians bought 5,300 electric vehicles in 2018, which is almost two times more than a year earlier. The share of used cars was 83.5%.
At the same time, demand for new electric vehicles was higher than that for used cars: if primary registrations of used electric vehicles doubled, registration of new ones increased 2.2 times.
The Nissan Leaf remained the most popular electric car in Ukraine, accounting for 64% (3,378 cars) of the primary electric car market, but 94% of the cars were used vehicles imported from abroad. The BMW i3 ranked second with 352 cars bought by Ukrainians (69% of them were used cars). The third place is occupied by the Tesla Model S with 259 sold cars (64% of used cars).

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