Recharge Wrap-up: Audi A4 TDI in US, Local Motors’ 3D EV sales

Recharge Wrap-up: Audi A4 TDI in US, Local Motors' 3D EV sales

Local Motors plans to begin selling its 3D-printed electric cars in 2016. The Arizona-based startup will begin by selling a neighborhood electric vehicle, called the Reload Redacted, in the first quarter of 2016, with a full-speed version to follow. The design for the car, submitted by Kevin Lo, was chosen by a panel from a pool of entries. The company plans to set up microfactories to build the cars at a fraction of the cost of setting up a traditional automotive manufacturing facility. Now, Local Motors is looking at ways to quicken the 3D-printing process, a task that currently takes days for a single vehicle. Read more at NBC News, or in a blog post from Local Motors.

Audi will bring a diesel variant of the A4 to the US for the first time as a 2017 model. The new A4 is slated to go on sale in March of 2016. In addition to the gasoline-powered 2.0-liter TFSI motor, the A4 will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel motor, providing 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, mated to a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission. Audi has not yet release fuel economy figures or pricing. Read more at Hybrid Cars.

A company called EV Charging USA has announced its entrance into the marketplace. After a research phase, EV Charging has launched a services division to provide consulting services to the electric vehicle industry, particularly to charging networks looking to expand into new markets. EV Charging says it helps companies evaluate existing charging locations and make decisions about new locations, equipment and installation vendors. With charging industry revenues expected to grow to $2.9 billion by 2030, EV Charging USA sees potential for its services worldwide. Read more in the press release below.

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EV Charging USA Inc. Enters National & International Sector

CHICAGO, July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — EV Charging (OTCQB: EVUS) today announced its entrance into the EV Charging marketplace. The company after extensive research has elected to launch an EV charging support related services division. The company reviewed a multitude of research and announcements by some of the top automobile producers and researchers in the world, such as BMW, Chevrolet, Tesla, Nissan, Ford and other major automobile manufacturers. Navigant Research’s new report “Electric Vehicle Charging Services” states that by 2023, when plug-in electric cars sold will reach 12 million, revenues from electric vehicle charging services will grow to $2.9 billion and determined that this sector’s growth potential is enormous.

EV Charging believes the potential in providing such services is not only national but worldwide. The company will initially concentrate on providing their consulting services to existing systems and system operators considering new markets. The services offered will include, but not be limited to consultation, identifying and evaluating new locations, evaluating existing locations, installation costs, proper equipment choice, installation vendor choices and an array of other related support services.

About EV Charging USA Inc.:

EV Charging USA Inc. specializes in consulting services to the EV industry with an emphasis on growth and profitability. Management is seasoned and has the ability to evaluate and recommend the proper course of action for any system nationwide or worldwide.

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