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01 Dec 2019 | Sono Motors Crowdfunds, One Million Miles In A Tesla and Question of the Week Answers
23:07

Show #657

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 1st December 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.

 

TRYEV.COM ! – crowdfunding on CrowdCube, gotta get to the target. Go to crowdcube.com and search TryEV.  8 days left, over 60% there. “Try EV aims to transform the car purchasing process, educate on owning an EV and ignite EV interest. Try EV promotes “electrify to buy”. It is a platform to enable customers to learn, compare, customise and experiment with EVs before making a final buying decision.”

 

Roadtrip…!

 

MARK COLE

Listening to your latest show, you asked for sharing holiday EV travels, so here I am.  I drove my 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV from the Red Ball Garage in NYC to the Portofino Hotel and Marina in LA (traditional Cannon Ball Run style), in 78 hours 59 minutes total. While two Tesla model 3s have done it (MUCH) faster, I'm not aware of any non tesla evs to do such an accomplishment. Furthermore, on the last day, in 24 hours, I drove 1,033.6 miles or 1,667km, which I don't believe had been done in any other EV, other than Tesla.  This was possible due to the Electrify America charging network, which I prominently used.

 

Kevin Breslin

In the US Thanksgiving holiday is very big travel because the days people are likely to leave/return are more likely the same. A very high % return Sunday/Monday many leave Wednesday night Thursday morning. Where for Christmas has a wider distribution of leaving/return. Schools will have last day on 12/20 til at least 1/2 and likely 1/6. I work near LAX and auto traffic is way up.

 

THIS TESLA MODEL S P85+ JUST PASSED ONE MILLION KILOMETERS ON ODOMETER

"Last July 15, we told you about a very special Tesla Model S P85+. It had just broken the 900,000 km (559,350 miles) barrier. The owner, Hansjörg Eberhard von Gemmingen, expected to break the one million km mark this year, and he actually did it this November 28. With the presence of the Guinness Book of Records to document that in Hornberg, Germany." reports InsideEVs: "

He bought this Model S in 2014. It was a used car, already with 30,000 km in the odometer. His new owner drives a lot, so the car’s mileage kept growing and that started to attract people’s attention.Now that it reached the magic number with the Guinness Book of Records to certify that, Von Gemmingen wants to keep his car. His next goals are one million mi (1.6 million km) and two million km with his Model S P85+. He also has a Roadster, currently with 633,599 km."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/385016/tesla-model-s-one-million-km/

 

SONO MOTORS EVOLVES RADICALLY NEW FINANCING STRATEGY

The Munich-based German startup Sono Motors has just radically changed its financing strategy. Instead of relying on strategic investors, Sono will now increase its focus on crowdfunding. The production date of the Sion is also shifting significantly." says electrive: "In the crowdfunding campaign that is being launched today, the company wants to have 50 million euros raised by December 30, 2019. This suggests that short-term financial requirements are high. According to a Sono Motors press release, this means that 2,000 vehicle reservations have to be made within four weeks. When inquiring further, the company spokeswoman explained that those making reservations will only be required to make reservation payments if the campaign goal is achieved. Whoever now decides that they want to own a Sion solar car will have to wait for some time before they receive their electric vehicle. The production start for the first vehicles has been delayed until September 2021 – since the new strategy is based on being able to “obtain access to new financial resources,” Sono Motors explains in their press release."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/12/01/sono-motors-evolves-radically-new-financing-strategy/

 

CITROEN C4 CACTUS SUCCESSOR TO GET BATTERY POWER

"Citroen will add a full-electric version of the C4 Cactus successor when the compact hatchback is renewed next year, CEO Linda Jackson said. The battery-powered variant of the C4 Cactus replacement will be Citroen's first mass-market EV." writes Automotive News Europe: "Starting next year every new Citroen will have plug-in hybrid or full EV versions, depending on the platform, as well as gasoline versions, Jackson said. There will also be diesel versions for as long as there is enough demand for diesels, she said."

 

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/citroen-c4-cactus-successor-get-battery-power

 

RENAULT RECEIVED OVER 6,000 ORDERS FOR NEW ZOE IN OCTOBER

"The new generation of Renault ZOE seems to be in high demand as tFe rench manufacturer received some 6,100 orders in the month of October. According to Emmanuel Bouvier, Commercial Director, Electric Vehicles Business Unit, the pace of sales continued in November. The most orders come from France, Norway and Germany (currently order books are open only in part of Europe)."according to InsideEVs: "At 6,000+ sales per month (if continued), Renault ZOE might be able to exceed 70,000 sales per year, compared to the expected record of 45,000-50,000 in 2019. Other interesting findings are that a third of orders are for the new R135 drive unit nd that more than half is for the two top trim levels (Intens and Editions One). First deliveries of the new ZOE in France are expected in a few days, in early December."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/385290/renault-over-6000-orders-new-zoe-october/

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS

 

eb1888  • 4 days ago

The window breakage won't have an impact on ev adaption. The Cybertruck launch will in a very positive way. It's better in every aspect even without the electric powertrain.

 

Ashley Hill  • 3 days ago

It took 1 week for my wife to convert from "Hell no" to "lets order" for the cybertruck.  all that extra press means there was heaps of additional images and videos and became the new normal. but we do have to get a black one.

 

Victor Wood  • 4 days ago

I wouldn’t call the cybertruck launch as bodged. The broken glass should be regarded more positively. I doubt any non armoured vehicle would have stood up to a heavy steel ball being thrown at the window from close range.

 

Comeonuseyourbrain  • 5 days ago (edited)

The cybertruck mishap with the glass was the biggest prank of the year. Franz and Elon played the big oil media like a fiddle. I didnt believe it at first but them I watched the video again and again. I watched Franz closely and if you do that you will see that his body does not react to the mishap at all. There is absolutely no sign of suprise. Non. He throws the steel ball  casually at the window and he reacts as if he had tried to throw a basketball into the basket and missed. Then he doubles down and asks should I try aggain? And all the time he is just smiling. You cannot control your body. If you are really suprised your body will show that. The only way that there is no tension and no shock in Franz's face is that he knew what would happen. I had a light bulb moment when I came to work on Monday. People who really hate Tesla came to me full of joy asking if I say the huge fail. And then I had my first suspicion. I watched the video again and now it is clear to me. The whole goal of marketing is to make as many people as possible see your product. How they come to see it doesn't matter.

 

 

Tony S  • 5 days ago (edited)

It will help, it’ll drive the non Tesla-fanatic buyers to explore other BEV makers in the market now and in the near future. It may encourage other companies to consider adding pickup Trucks to their portfolio of BEV

 

 

Frederick Stirnkorb  • 5 days ago

Any publicity is good publicity.

 

Steven Bollinger  • 5 days ago (edited) Question of the Week: the Cybertruck -- nobody cares about the smashed windows, they're looking at the truck and going over the specs. Big plus so far. The actual launch event was handled pretty badly, but it doesn't seem to matter.

 

RAJEEV NARAYAN

Despite the glass shattering during the cybertruck reveal and it's polarizing design, I think that overall it will help the greater cause of EV adoption. Tesla, and Rivian, entering the pickup truck segment has spurred GM and Ford to do so as well, this is a good thing. Also, I have met several people who were previously lukewarm about EVs in general, strongly considering the Cybertruck. Perhaps they will buy one, or perhaps they will buy a more normal looking electric truck from Rivian,  Ford or GM... either way, it's good for EVs.

 

STEVE JOHN

I believe that the old saying of "There is no such thing as bad publicity" is good for this one - The CyberTruck story made mainstream news, therefore more people got to see and hear about it, the curious ones would read further and seen that "new" (ok its not available yet) EV's can cost 40 thousand (pounds/dollars/euros) and are good for 500 miles on one charge, showing prices coming down and range going up..

If it gets people in offices and bars talking about it, then these extra details will start to remove some of the myths and FUD around EV's. Really looking forward to 2020 when some of the talked about models finally make it into showrooms and on to the roads. I have a reservation for a Polestar 2, so hopefully I will be driving my own soon.

Thanks for great work you do on the podcast.

 

GRANTON SMITH

I think that the Cybertruck going viral has absolutely helped - it's the way everyone finds out more about Tesla's lineup. Do I think the window smashed on purpose?😱 - No. Is "window-gate" necessarily a bad thing? Also no!

I think that because Cybertruck is such a controversial design that tongues would be wagging whether the window broke or not. TSLAQ seeks to make something more out of it, but especially for a company like Tesla with $0 advertising spend I think the old adage is true "there's no such thing as bad publicity" (or self charging hybrids 🤷‍♂‍)

 

MICHAEL LULCHAK

The viral Cybrtrk video starts the discussion about EVs.  When the discussion has started, you can address the questions, the FUD, and plant the seed that will eventually see them driving electric.

So was the cybrtrk video good for tesla?  I'm not sure.

Was it good for electric vehicles, and the move the sustainable transport?  ABSOLUTELY!

If you can't engage with motorheads, they won't change.  They think they're rubbing my nose in the Cybrtrk 'disaster'.  EV's will win the war ... it's all but inevitable now.  But with each discussion a new battle has begun!

I've listened to your podcast for about a year now.  After I started ... I wanted to know how you started out and why.  So I went back and listened to all of them.  What I didn't expect was that it's like travelling through a time machine!  What was new and interesting each day, what was controversial, and how it played out.  I guess it's sort of like watching an entire year of episodes on netflix?

 

BILL POLLOCK

In the medium term I think it will help.  The design is polarizing, but we know that is not the market ready concept.  Too many tweeks are needed, but it says  "We can make a truck with these great features for a low price" (ostensibly).

 

CURTIS HIBBERT

I believe Elon has nothing to loose with the Cyber Truck. If he went with the cookie cutter pick up truck with different lights and fancy leather, Tesla would not make a dent in the American truck market. Ford, GM and Dodge hate Tesla and their customers (fanboys) would never leave their chosen brands.

Tesla has always been “Go big or go home” kind of company. This is why they will survive while companies like Rivian will get bought out or die at the side of the road.

Whatever Tesla does is alway a good think for the EV community, without Elon none of the media would pay attention to the EV movement.

 

 

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29 Nov 2019 | Tesla Portable Superchargers, Audi Upgrades e-tron and VW Credit The Credits
21:21

Show #656

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 29th November 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.

TESLA ROLLS OUT PORTABLE SUPERCHARGERS
From TMC user Remonster: "We rolled up to this at the San Luis Obispo, CA Supercharger station which is critical station for 101 travelers going up or down the central coast. I was expecting it to be an absolute zoo the day before Thanksgiving but to my surprise they had a mobile Supercharging station putting out 120+kW to I think 8 Urban Chargers. They had a couple of Tesla engineers on site to help monitor. One of them was kind enough to stand in the rain and help plug in/unplug cars.

They said this was their first time testing it and they rolled it in all the way from Reno to augment this particular station. They expect it to be used for the recent PG&E power shutoffs and general emergency situations. They also said it has a 12hr charge time, but I didn't ask at what amperage. I didn't get an exact number for kWh but he mentioned 60-80 cars can be charged in total. They had already charged 40-50 cars that day. The rush was certainly slowing down when I showed up, but all stalls (including stationary ones) were full for a solid 30 minutes. Longest que I saw was 3 cars."

From BjornJ: "I used this to charge on Wednesday night driving from the Bay Area to LA. It started charging at about 120kw, so not really a normal urban charger. I also chatted with the Tesla Energy employees while charging. You don’t need to be on the truck bed to unhook the cable, just lift by the cable."

From @Cactus_capital
In Shanghai this week. Went to #Tesla Store to check out MIC #Model3.
Was told each of the 7 store in Shanghai area are getting ~40 new orders/day which exceeds the current GF3 capacity. A order placed today would be delivered in late January. Here is a close look of fit/finish. Also as of now all MIC Model 3 are using imported Panasonic cells but soon will switch to Chinese battery suppliers"

TESLA MODEL 3 IS 2020 CAR OF THE YEAR IN DENMARK!
"The association of Danish Motor Journalists has officially named the Tesla Model 3 the car of the year in Denmark 2020! The Model 3 has been tested and talked about a lot in the respected legacy conservative magazine Motor from the Danish Motorist Association (FDM), but they have been critical and skeptica" says CleanTechnica: "The Tesla Model 3 is a natural winner of the Car of the Year in Denmark 2020. It is an electric car that has revolutionized the car world in many ways, because Tesla has managed to make a fun and well-equipped electric car with long range, good driving characteristics, and high safety, as we have come to expect from Tesla.”

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/28/tesla-model-3-is-car-of-the-year-in-denmark-2020/

AUDI UPGRADES E-TRON ELECTRIC SUV WITH MORE RANGE AND EFFICIENCY
"Audi has just unveiled its e-tron Sportback, which is a little more efficient than the e-tron SUV, but now the German automaker has introduced some upgrades to the e-tron electric SUV — giving it more range and efficiency." writes Electrek: "Today, Audi confirmed it with new upgrades to the e-tron resulting in an extra 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of WLTP range for both versions of the vehicle (Audi e-tron 50 and 55).

The automaker explains the changes leading to improved efficiency:

Thanks to a new type of wheel brake, the developers have achieved further reductions in what is known as residual brake torque. This refers to losses that occur as a result of the proximity of the brake calipers to the brake discs. The drive system has also become more efficient. In normal driving, the motor on the rear axle provides propulsion as standard. Now, thanks to a number of optimizations, the front electric motor is almost entirely disengaged and disconnected from the electricity supply."

That should get the e-tron 55 from 204 to 215 miles on the EPA cycle

Audi also announced a few other improvements to the e-tron electric SUV:

Highly efficient thermal management - thermal management system, which comprises four separate circuits, has been revised and now regulates the temperature of the high-voltage components even more efficiently.
Improved coasting recuperation

https://ww.electrek.co/2019/11/28/audi-upgrades-e-tron-electric-suv-more-range-efficiency/

TESLA WARNS ON TAX CREDIT
"Tesla sent out a warning email this week that the federal tax credit for buying an electric vehicle will expire for good for Tesla EVs in less than five weeks." says Forbes: "For the second half of 2019, the tax credits for Tesla EVs were just $1,875. And this is the amount that goes away entirely at the end of December, so any Tesla that gets ordered this year but delivered in 2020 will not qualify. GM EV’s are still in the $1,875 zone, and they will remain there until the end of March 2020. Some states also offer incentives for EV buyers, and you can find the details for Tesla EVs here. And this is the text of the email that Tesla sent out this week:

In less than 5 weeks, the federal tax credit will be expiring and purchases of a new Model S, Model X or Model 3 will no longer be eligible for this incentive. Order online in less than three minutes and experience the ease, convenience and safety of an all-electric design.

Place your order and take delivery by December 31, 2019 to be eligible for the federal tax credit. Orders placed near the end of the year are not guaranteed to be delivered by December 31.

Any purchase of a Model S or Model X will also come with free Supercharging."

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastianblanco/2019/11/30/tesla-warns-federal-tax-credit-expiring-in-5-weeks/#368da60b1aeb

TESLA MODEL 3 MID-RANGE TO SUPERCHARGE AT UP TO 200 KW
"We have a confirmation that Tesla's new over-the-air updates unlocked higher Supercharging power rates not only for the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (to 170 kW), but also for the Mid-Range version too." says InsideEVs following up a story that first appeared on 5th Nov: "After the update, both models are now also able to fully utilize V2 Supercharging stations, that in most cases should be able to deliver up to 150 kW (some sites are limied to lower power). The update potentially might be worth up to a quarter of an hour less time when charging from 20-80%. The full 250 kW rate at V3 Superchargers so far can be utilized only by the top of the line Long Range Model 3 versions, and only for a short part of charging process."

2019.40.1.1

https://insideevs.com/news/385218/model-3-mid-range-supercharge-200-kw/

VW CAN HOLD EV PRICING AFTER CREDITS
" Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh laid out a broader unifying theory of the German automaker's pricing plans for its coming lineup of electric vehicles, saying that the company believes its huge global scale will be able to absorb the loss of federal tax credits for EV buyers to keep net consumer prices stable." reports Automotive News Europe: "Speaking on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Keogh reiterated that the net pricing after tax credits for what will be the brand's first MEB-based EV in the U.S. — a compact crossover coming next year that is to be called the ID4 — would be in the "sweet spot" for the segment, likely in the low- to mid-$30,000 range."

Scott Keogh estimated that Volkswagen brand dealers would enjoy the benefit of the $7,500 tax credit for "about two years" before Volkswagen Group — including Audi and Porsche sales — would exhaust the 200,000 federal tax credits available. Those early tax credits, Keogh argued, give the automaker "a little bit of breathing room" on pricing early in the life cycle of the new ID family of EVs.

https://www.autonews.com/executives/vw-can-hold-ev-pricing-after-credits

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"The controversial, and botched, Cybertruck launch is now the most-Googled search term in the companies history. But did it help or hinder the wider movement to EVs?”

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Dec 01, 2019
28 Nov 2019 | Cybertruck Spotted (or CGI?), 100k e-Golfs and 200k Renault Zoes
18:12

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TESLA CYBERTRUCK 'SPOTTED'

From Teslarati: "Just days following its high-profile unveiling, the Tesla Cybertruck has been spotted accelerating on a public street, followed closely by a blue Model X. Particularly interesting was the fact that the vehicle was captured on film in broad daylight, providing a brief yet notable glimpse at just how futuristic Tesla’s heavyweight pickup really is compared to other vehicles on the road." Based on the video, the vehicle seemed to be passing through Crenshaw Blvd. right in front of the construction of The Millenium apartment near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. The sighting appeared to have happened in the afternoon as well, based on the shadows of the vehicles in the area."

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-first-public-sighting-video/

 

FISKER OPENS RESERVATIONS FOR OCEAN SUV; COST STARTS AS LOW AS $379/MONTH

"Fisker Inc. opened reservations for the Ocean electric luxury SUV, arriving in 2022, through its website and native mobile app—available globally on the App Store and Google Play store. Reservations are set at US$250 per vehicle and are fully refundable." reports Green Car Congress today: "The all-electric SUV will come standard with a range target of approximately 250 to 300 miles, depending on driving conditions, enabled by an approx. 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.The Fisker Ocean is targeted to begin production at the end of 2021, with the first high-volume deliveries projected for 2022. The Fisker app offers a flexible lease program, maintenance and repair on demand, insurance purchase to easy finance options. Overall, customers will be introduced to a different brand experience via Fisker’s unique mobile app platform, which may also include mobility options such as green ride-hailing, carpooling and vehicle sharing in the future. Drivers can get behind the wheel of the Fisker Ocean starting at US$379 per month (with $2,999 down before delivery in 2022, which includes both initiation and activation fees). Fisker will also offer a “$0 drive off” option through a fully financed $2,999 down payment for credit approved customers."

 

From Henrik Fisker: "Our mission is to become the No. 1 e-mobility service provider on Earth, featuring the world’s most desirable and sustainable vehicles while shaking up the old automotive industry model—from the way a customer attains a vehicle, chooses affordable insurance, services a vehicle to the overall mobility experience."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/11/20191127-fiskerocean.html

 

TESLA ASKS SUPPLIERS TO ACCELERATE MODEL Y PART DELIVERIES

"Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla is accelerating the timeline to bring Model Y to production in the summer of 2020, but now suppliers hint that it could happen even sooner." reports Electrek: "We recently learned that Tesla is working on a fifth assembly line at the Fremont factory as the automaker is preparing the production of its fifth electric vehicle.But now a report from Taiwan about several Tesla suppliers claim that the automaker has requested that they expedite shipments of parts for Model Y to the current quarter. United Daily News in Taiwan reported (translated from Chinese):“Recently, Tesla has been successively notified that it requires advance preparation for Model Y mass production, which is about six months earlier than the original schedule.”  it seems clear that Tesla is planning to start low volume production relatively soon. Likely in Q1 2020."

 

https://ww.electrek.co/2019/11/27/tesla-model-y-suppliers-accelerate-part-deliveries-report/

 

USED EV VALUES INCREASING WITH DEMAND

"Demand for electric cars is seeing used values increasing, according to new analysis by CarGurus. While petrol and diesel models have depreciated between January 2017 and November 2019, EVs have seen appreciating values." says Chris Lilly at Next Green Car: "Looking at the four most searched for electric models on the company's site - BMW's i3, the Nissan Leaf, Renault's Zoe, and the Tesla Model S - prices either rose or remained level for months at a time. In most cases, they significantly out-performed the most searched for petrol and diesel equivalents over the same period. The average asking price for a used 2015 Renault Zoe increased by 18% between January 2017 to November 2019, from £6,425 to £7,612. To compare, the Ford Fiesta of the same age decreased by 22% from £9,165 to £7,160 over the same period. BMW i3 values increased by 1% based on 2014 examples, while petrol or diesel Mini hatchbacks by comparison fell by 14%, both since the start of the year. A 2015 Nissan Leaf sees an average drop in value of just 9% from January 2017 at £10,438. Same age petrol or diesel VW Golf models dropped by 17% over the same period."

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8799/used-ev-values-increasing-with-demand/

 

GLOBAL VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF SALES REACH 100,000 BEFORE LAUNCH OF ID.3

"Before the ID.3 was even unveiled in September, Volkswagen announced that it had received more than 30,000 pre-orders for the sub-brand-launching electric hatchback. Its predecessor, the e-Golf, didn't have nearly as splashy of a launch, but it recently hit a milestone of its own. Volkswagen has officially delivered 100,000 e-Golfs." according to Autoblog: "e-Golf production at the Dresden plant is on pace to set a new record in 2019, as Volkswagen believes it will see an output of more than 16,000 vehicles built. In total, roughly 27,900 e-Golfs were delivered to customers from January through October, 2019, up from 24,800 deliveries in all of 2018."

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/27/volkswagen-electric-golf-sales-reach-100k/

 

RENAULT ZOE REACHED NEW MILESTONE: 200.000 UNITS PRODUCED

On 25 November 2019, at 3.10 pm, a pearl black New Renault ZOE Intens rolled off the production line at the Renault plant in Flins sur Seine (Yvelines) to loud applause. It was the 200,000th electric vehicle to be built on the site since production of the 1st generation Renault ZOE began in 2012.

 

For this special occasion, the lucky Dutch buyer and the director of the Renault concession that sold the vehicle were invited to Flins. Jean-Luc Mabire, Plant Director, symbolically handed over the keys to this New ZOE to its delighted owner. Since July 2019, Flins has produced over 15,000 New ZOE vehicles, which have been delivered to customers in more than 25 countries in Europe.

 

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Nov 29, 2019
27 Nov 2019 | Mach-E First Edition Is Sold Out In U.S., Mercedes-Benz Launches “Enjoy Electric” and Electric Rally Racing
16:41

Show #654

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 27th November 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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2021 FORD MUSTANG MACH-E FIRST EDITION IS SOLD OUT IN U.S.

"Motorists in the market for a Ford Mustang Mach-E are down to four variants. The First Edition model positioned near the top of the trim hierarchy is sold out on the American market." reports Autoblog today: "Ford opened Mach-E reservations shortly after unveiling the model on Nov. 17, and America's entire allocation of First Edition models was spoken for in nine days. Sold out is a little bit of a vague term, because the firm hasn't revealed how many units of the First Edition it plans to make or how long it will be in production. First-in-liners in other countries still have time to secure one of the First Edition models. The trim level remains available in France, in the United Kingdom, and in Germany, among other countries."

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/27/ford-mustang-mach-e-first-edition-sold-out

 

FORD TARGETS EUROPE’S ELECTRIC MARKET

"According to insider information, Ford wants to sell 60 per cent of the electric SUV Mustang Mach-E produced in the first year in the EU. Of course, the reason for this is the local fleet limits that Ford wants to meet with the sale of electric cars." says Chris Randall for electrive: "30,000 vehicles would be delivered to the EU and around 20,000 cars would remain in the USA with the 60 per cent share mentioned above. However, there is no confirmation from the manufacturer for these figures. It is also unclear how the vehicles will be allocated to the individual markets. While Ford is based in the US, which would ease delivery logistics, the EU’s more strict environmental regulations are seemingly pushing Ford to prioritise the European market."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/27/ford-takes-aim-for-europes-electric-market/

 

VOLKSWAGEN'S AUDI TO CUT ONE IN TEN JOBS TO FUND SHIFT TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES

"Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) luxury car unit Audi (NSUG.DE) on Tuesday said it would cut one in ten jobs, freeing up billions of euros to fund its shift towards electric vehicle production." according to a Reuters report out today: "Audi said it would cut up to 9,500 jobs, or 10.6% of its total staff by 2025, saving 6 billion euros (£5 billion), but also create up to 2,000 new positions in the areas of electric mobility and digitalisation. The group said the cuts, which would also include management positions, would take place along the demographic curve through employee turnover and early retirement programmes and help it reach a profit margin of 9-11%. Audi said a fund would be set up at the Neckarsulm site to fund the shift towards electric vehicles and would be worth 300 million euros by 2025."

 

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-volkswagen-audi-costs/volkswagens-audi-to-cut-one-in-ten-jobs-to-fund-shift-to-electric-vehicles-idUKKBN1Y019F

 

BMW TO CUT STAFF BONUSES

"BMW AG will reduce bonus payments for employees in Germany as the luxury-car maker grapples with the costly shift to electric and self-driving vehicles." says Bloomberg today: "BMW’s bonus cuts and other measures are part of a broader push to save more than 12 billion euros ($13 billion) and free up funds for developing new technology. Stricter emissions regulations are all but impossible to meet without sizable sales of electric vehicles"

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-27/bmw-s-electric-car-savings-push-to-lower-staff-bonuses

 

MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES “ENJOY ELECTRIC.” CAMPAIGN FOR THE EQC SUV

November sees the start of the advertising campaign “Enjoy Electric.” for the market launch of the Mercedes-Benz EQC with various moving image formats and a major print and online communication initiative.

The videos describe the EQC with its characteristic Mercedes-Benz qualities such as quality, safety and comfort. This is expressed by the campaign film with The Weeknd as the main protagonist.

 

BMW AND VW AIM FOR CLOSE CONTROL OVER BATTERIES, DON’T WANT TO MAKE THEM

"Like nearly all global automakers, BMW has decided it doesn’t want to manufacture battery cells. How does it maintain an edge on the battery side—and characteristics that are a good match for the automaker—when it’s potentially using what look like the same “commodity cells” as other automakers?" asks Green Car Reports: “The answer to this is by being very active (and proactive) in what it wants and needs—with the newly opened Battery Competence Center, in Munich, a facility that it’s invested more than $220 million ($200 million euros) into over four years. In it, up to 200 “smart scientists” work on cell chemistry, with collaboration between BMW and the supplier companies. And it allows BMW to have control over the whole process. The fifth-generation scalable electric toolkit is being launched as a whole with the upcoming iX3 and the iNext, both due to arrive by 2021.Through the center, it can test out entirely different cell types. BMW doesn’t see solid state becoming common until the 2030s, though, and it sees its integration into cells and modules as barriers as well as the setting (and meeting) of safety standards for them. "

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1126210_bmw-and-vw-aim-for-close-control-over-batteries-don-t-want-to-make-them

 

ADAC OPEL E-RALLY CUP PRESENTED AT ESSEN MOTOR SHOW

 Preparations for the world's first electric one-make rally cup are in full swing. The ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup and the Opel Corsa-e Rally car will be presented to sports enthusiasts at the Essen Motor Show from November 29 to December 8 (ADAC stand, Hall 3). At the same time, two purely battery-electric Opel Corsa-e Rally cars will complete an extensive development programme. The 136hp electric cars are currently undergoing endurance and component testing at the Test Center in Dudenhofen.

 

OVER A QUARTER MILLION EVS IN INDIA HAVE RECEIVED SUBSIDIES

"The Indian government has reported the number of electric vehicles that have benefited under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) program. The program had been launched as part of the National Electricity Mobility Mission Plan to boost adoption of EVs in the country." says CleanTechnica: "According to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, around 285,000 electric vehicles have so far been issued a total of $50 million in subsidies. A large number of models across two, three, and four-wheel options are listed as eligible to receive subsidies. The subsidies are available not only to pure EVs but also to hybrid cars."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/26/over-a-quarter-million-evs-in-india-have-received-subsidies-reports-indian-government/

 

AUDI UK LAUNCHES NEW WHATSAPP-BASED SERVICE FOR EV OWNERS

"Audi is making EV ownership easier with a new service for buyers of its new e-tron electric vehicle range." says Motor1.com: "The e-tron Concierge Service is a new 'premium communication tool' based on WhatsApp which allows customers to ask questions and get a response from EV experts in a matter of minutes between 8am and 9pm, seven days a week. Photos, videos, and voice recordings can also be added to messages. The service has already been in operation since September for those that have placed an order for an Audi e-tron. Those signed up to the service will get an email inviting them to start a chat with an expert on it. The e-tron Concierge Service has already proved to be popular with customers, with questions regarding access to charging points, accessory and winter tyre availability already being asked."

 

https://uk.motor1.com/news/384324/audi-e-tron-concierge/

 

 

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"The controversial, and botched, Cybertruck launch is now the most-Googled search term in the companies history. But did it help or hinder the wider movement to EVs?”

 

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26 Nov 2019 | Ford Back Away From Tesla Twitter Challenge, Mach E Spotted Undisguised and Renault Zoe Drops Battery Lease
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MACH-E SPOTTED UNDISGUISED IN THE WILD

From Mach E Forum: "We get our first undisguised look at the Ford Mustang Mach-E in the wild, running on public roads in Dearborn. An added wrinkle is that this prototype is right-hand-drive, as Ford works on fine-tuning the fully-electric performance crossover for global consumption. We can also see how Ford has made design accommodations for the international license plates on the front- and rear-fascias."

 

 

FORD CHALLENGES, THEN RUNS AWAY FROM TESLA TUG OF WAR

Here's how a bizarre story turned out. 

 

sunny madra @sundeep

hey  @elonmusk - send us a cybertruck and we will do the apples to apples test for you 😉😉😉

 

“A senior Ford spokesperson told InsideEVs.com that Madra’s tweet ‘was tongue-in-cheek’ and meant to point out the absurdity of Tesla’s tow video.”

 

 

BMW MOCKS TESLA CYBERTRUCK IN SOCIAL MEDIA AD FOR ARMORED X5 SUV

"The market may be warming up to the Tesla Cybertruck has shown in the vehicle’s 200k reservations and its spreading support among social media influencers and athletes, but some rival carmakers do not seem to be as friendly to the polarizing vehicle." says Simon at Teslarati: "Among these are BMW and Fisker, both of which have seemingly thrown some shade on the Tesla Cybertruck, particularly with its durability and its angular design. German automaker BMW took to Twitter to promote its BMW X5 Protection VR6, an armored version of its popular SUV that is as tough as it gets. Referencing Tesla’s demo, BMW noted that its X5 Protection VR6 offers splinter protection “in case it gets hit by a metal ball,” an apparent reference to the Cybertruck’s unveiling event."

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-cybertruck-mocked-bmw-x5/

 

ELON MUSK: UNEXPECTED TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING NEXT YEAR

Elon Musk's tweet from Sunday confirms that there will be no new product unveilings in the near future: "Cybertruck is our last product unveil for a while", which is reasonable as besides the Model S, Model X and Model 3, Tesla has 4 models in the pipeline: Model Y, Semi, Model S/X Plaid, Roadster, Cybertruck. At the same time, Elon hints at upcoming "technology announcements", which mostly will be unexpected." reports InsideEVs: "We already know that Tesla is working on its own in-house battery cell technology that would provide higher energy density/more affordable prices, which is not an unexpected then. The question is what else does Tesla have on its shelves that we mostly do not expect?"

 

https://insideevs.com/news/384228/elon-musk-unexpected-technology-announcements-coming/

 

 

FORD MAY BE DEVELOPING A NEW LINCOLN ELECTRIC SUV WITH RIVIAN

"All the investor money that's been poured into EV startup Rivian may be starting to bear fruit already for the investors themselves, according to a report Tuesday by Reuters." says CNET: "One of the most prominent Rivian investors is Ford, which is now rumored to be readying its luxury brand Lincoln's first EV in 2022 with a new skateboard-style chassis developed by Rivian. Whether this is the same chassis that will underpin the highly anticipated Rivian R1S SUV is unclear, but seems likely. Here's where things get a little complicated: Based on Lincoln's other SUV offerings, it would make sense for this EV to compete in the same price range as Rivian's own R1S, which will start at $72,500.  It wouldn't surprise us to see Lincoln's offering lean way more toward the luxury soft-roader style that it's been perfecting with vehicles like the Navigator and the Aviator while Rivian aims its 'ute at the granola and mountain bikes crowd."

 

Read more here: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/ford-lincoln-rivian-electric-suv-rumor/

 

TOYOTA’S SALES AND MARKETING CHIEF SAYS THERE’S NO DEMAND FOR EVS

"!Toyota held a behind-the-scenes roundtable discussion with about a half-dozen journalists last week at the LA Auto Show. We were in the room." says Electrek: "The session gave us a chance to ask Toyota about its views on EVs and its decision to fight against California’s clean air rules. Jack Hollis, group vice-president and general manager of Toyota North America, laid it on the line: “We are continuously working on EV entries,” he said. “But right now, there’s no demand." Outside the door of the conference room, the entire auto industry is making the shift to battery-electric vehicles. But Hollis and his colleagues were pushing for more hydrogen infrastructure and pointing to Toyota’s success with hybrids. The tone-deaf responses to our questions (and from one other journalist willing to ask tough questions) were shocking."

 

https://ww.electrek.co/2019/11/25/interview-toyotas-sales-and-marketing-chief-says-theres-no-demand-for-evs/

 

NEW ZOE NOW OFFERED IN THE UK WITH FULL PURCHASE OPTION ONLY

The New ZOE will be offered in the UK exclusively with the ‘Full Purchase’ option that includes the battery and therefore has no monthly battery lease payments.  The ‘Battery Lease’ option will no longer be available in the UK.  This is as a result of the significantly improved class-leading residual values, which enable a more competitive full purchase price and customer offer.

 

ZOE was initially only available as Battery Lease. This was complemented in November 2014 by the additional option of Full Purchase.

Strengthening the New ZOE’s customer offer, Renault has announced class-leading predicted Residual Values (RVs) of up to 42 per cent, according to industry experts CAP. Calculated over three years and 30,000 miles, this figure compares strongly with other new all-electric models in the market.

 

The New ZOE has been refreshed inside and out, while its new 52kWh battery results in a class-leading range of 245 miles under latest WLTP testing conditions with faster 50kW DC rapid charging also now available.

 

BMW CONFIRMS I3 REX RANGE EXTENDER IS ON ITS WAY TO EXTINCTION

"The rapid progress of lithium-ion battery-cell energy density and the growth of fast-charging networks have together helped write the epitaph for BMW’s range-extending technology, badged REx on the BMW i3." according to Green Car Reports: "“It has no future,” replied Jan Freimann, BMW’s manager for connected e-mobility and one of the company’s battery experts, in a presentation on battery technology and procurement last week at the LA Auto Show.  “The idea behind the range extender really helps people to get over range anxiety,” he explained, and it helped keep BMW from being reliant on big battery packs. “With a range extender you always had the feeling like okay, I’ve got a backup solution.”  BMW is planning to continue to offer the REx option for the North American market—right up until, perhaps, it could be made redundant with another battery upgrade due for the i3 around 2021. And with the future of the BMW i3 looking to be evolving toward affordability and mass-market appeal, we wouldn’t discount the option even then."

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1126172_bmw-confirms-i3-rex-range-extender-is-on-its-way-to-extinction

 

STUDY LINKS EXPOSURE TO PM2.5 EXPOSURE TO BRAIN ATROPHY, MEMORY DECLINE IN OLDER WOMEN

"Women in their 70s and 80s who were exposed to higher levels of air pollution experienced greater declines in memory and more Alzheimer’s-like brain atrophy than their counterparts who breathed cleaner air, according to a new study by researchers at USC, Wake Forest School of Medicine, and their colleagues at other institutions." writes Green Car Congress: "The findings of the nationwide study, published in Brain, touch on the renewed interest in preventing Alzheimer’s disease by reducing risk as well as hint at a potential disease mechanism. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and there’s currently no cure or treatment.PM2.5come from traffic exhaust, smoke and dust and their tiny size allows them to remain airborne for long periods, get inside buildings, be inhaled easily, and reach and accumulate in the brain. Fine particle pollution is associated with asthma, cardiovascular disease, lung disease and premature death. Previous research has suggested that fine particle pollution exposure increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. What scientists haven’t known is whether PM2.5 alters brain structure and accelerates memory decline."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/11/20191125-pm25.html

 

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25 Nov 2019 | A Quick Corvette, A Fast Lotus and A Stunning VW I.D.4 Spyshot
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VW'S FACTORY RACE TEAMS WILL EXCLUSIVELY DRIVE ELECTRIC CARS

"Volkswagen may have a long way to go before its road-going cars are all-electric, but its racing division doesn't have to wait that long. The German brand has revealed that its motorsport group will drop "factory-backed commitments" to race cars with combustion engines -- it's either electric or nothing." reports engadget: "It's also comparatively easier for VW to pull out of gas-powered racing given its level of investment. VW's motorsport wing is best known for its rally cars, touring cars and not much else. A shift to EVs might be considerably harder for rivals like Mercedes that have deep investments in competitions like Formula 1. For that matter, VW itself still has strong commitments to gas-based racing through Audi and Porsche. This isn't as wholesale a switch as VW implies."

 

https://www.engadget.com/2019/11/25/vw-motorsport-drops-gas-cars

 

LOTUS EVIJA ELECTRIC SUPERCAR ON THE MOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME

"With Geely planning to put Lotus back where it belongs on the sports car map, there are a lot of reasons to get excited about what the masterminds in Norfolk are cooking up. " writes Motor1.com: "the Evija will go into production next year as the flagship of the rejuvenated British brand. The fully electric supercar made its debut in mid-July, and now it’s time to see it in action during some brief high-speed testing on a private test track. We’re looking at the second engineering prototype built by Lotus likely stretching its legs on the Top Gear track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey by the looks of it. Only 130 production cars are going to be built, and Lotus says comprehensive validation and initial build process is well underway. It’s targeting an output of 1,973 horsepower thanks to quad electric motors enabling a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than three seconds, with another three seconds needed to reach 124 mph (200 km/h)."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/383808/lotus-evija-on-the-move/

 

THE C8 CORVETTE ZR1 WILL BE HYBRID AND MAKE 900 HP: REPORT

"We first heard this rumor over a year ago now, but a new report says it’s been confirmed that the hottest version of the new mid-engine Corvette will be hybrid, boosting its output to 900 HP." according to Jalopnik: "The electric system will apparently be mated with a twin-turbo V8, the engine that reportedly will power the Z06"

 

And as per MotorTrend: "Now, we can report from an even higher-placed source that the range-topping C8 Corvette ZR1 will add a performance hybrid system to boost it to 900 hp. Rumors of a hybridized C8 have been flowing for quite some time, but now we have exclusive confirmation from a senior official at GM. The ZR1 will build on the Z06's all-new engine with a performance- (not fuel economy-) oriented hybrid system to fill in torque gaps and increase total output to an even 900 hp."

 

https://jalopnik.com/the-c8-corvette-zr1-will-be-hybrid-and-make-900-hp-rep-1840013799

 

VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 ELECTRIC CROSSOVER IS THE ID CROZZ CONCEPT, EVOLVED

"As the Volkswagen ID Crozz concept has evolved over time, we’ve gotten a better idea of how the company’s first dedicated EV (e-Golf being a variant of an internal-combustion vehicle) for the U.S. market is shaping up. In short, these new spy shots answer that question thusly: shapely!" says Autoblog: "The ID.4, as we have called it in recent spy shots, is seen here with far less camouflage than we’ve seen in the past. Despite some flourishes that make it look a bit like an Opel, the overall effect is extremely attractive. While it’s subjective, what we’re seeing here is perhaps the best-looking of the ID variants, concept or no. Like all ID variants, it’ll use a version of Volkswagen’s MEB electric architecture. The concept version, the ID Crozz, featured a dual-motor setup and a projected 250-mile max range from an 83-kWh battery. Those specs seem appropriate for a production version, although things may change between now and then."

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/25/vw-id4-crozz-spy-shots

 

NEW NISSAN LEAF CUSTOMERS TO GET PRE-PAID CHARGING ACCESS TO EVGO’S CHARGING NETWORK

Nissan and EVgo announced today that they are providing new Nissan LEAF owners and lessees access to EVgo’s U.S. charging network through a new program, “Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo.”

 

Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo is a new platform designed to encourage more U.S. drivers to make the switch to an electric vehicle. Nissan will provide $250 of pre-paid charging credits with EVgo – the nation’s largest and most reliable public EV fast charging network3 – to qualifying retail customers who lease or purchase a new Nissan LEAF or LEAF PLUS in participating markets on or after November 1, 2019.

The program will provide participating retail customers with access to EVgo’s network of more than 750 public charging station locations with more than 1,200 fast chargers, as well as charging on other networks accessible through cooperative roaming agreements. As a result, new Nissan LEAF and LEAF PLUS owners and lessees will have access to more than 30,000 public EV chargers, the largest of any U.S. partnership.

 

ELON MUSK HINTS AT MAKING SMALLER VERSION OF THE ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK

"Elon Musk is hinting at Tesla making a smaller version of the Cybertruck electric pickup truck in the future. He didn’t explain how they would make it smaller." reports electrek: "esla never confirmed the dimensions of the Cybertruck, but Musk said on stage that it is roughly the same size as the Ford F150. Now on Twitter, Musk says that long term, Tesla could make a smaller version of the Cybertruck. Those smaller vehicles are often referred to as “small” or “mid-size” pickup trucks, and they often feature a smaller bed (4′ feet to 5 feet) and/or a smaller cabin — generally still seating five, but with much less room in the back."

 

https://www.electrek.co/2019/11/25/tesla-cybertruck-elon-musk-hints-smaller-electric-pickup-truck/

 

PANASONIC WILL NOT BUILD NEW BATTERY FACTORY FOR TESLA IN CHINA

"According to CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga, Panasonic is not currently planning a new battery cell factory for Tesla in China. Officially, however, it remains open whether Tesla will rely on another manufacturer for the Shanghai plant or imported battery cells from Gigafactory 1." writes electrive today: "According to Reuters, Tsuga’s current statements reflect Panasonic’s growing caution towards Tesla. The joint battery business of Panasonic and Tesla does not yet have sustainable profits. Tsuga admitted earlier this year that it underestimated the risks associated with Tesla."

 

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Nov 27, 2019
24 Nov 2019 | GM’s Electric Truck Plans, New EV Sedan From BYD and Question Of The Week Answers
19:51

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GM ELECTRIC TRUCK DUE FALL 2021

"In an address to the Barclays 2019 Global Automotive Conference Thursday, GM CEO Mary Barra confirmed that the company’s battery-electric truck will arrive in fall 2021. " says Green Car Reports: "The announcement confirms a timeline that first emerged in a Reuters report last month, citing multiple sources familiar with the plans. Barra also noted that it will be a very capable truck, and that the company will share a lot more about the truck “in the not too distant future.” Some of the same “EV building blocks” will be used, explained Barra, from its electric vehicles in China up to its full-size U.S.-market electric trucks an advantage to its strategy in focusing on a modularized “skateboard” global architecture for EVs and their batteries."

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1126167_gm-electric-truck-due-fall-2021-aiming-for-traditional-and-lifestyle-buyers

 

BYD INTRODUCES NEW E3 ELECTRIC SEDAN IN CHINA

"The e3 sedan is another new all-electric entry-level model introduced in China by BYD this year. In fact, it's highly related to the e2 hatchback (available from September)." says InsideEVs: "So far this year, BYD expanded its lineup by six new plug-ins: Tang BEV, BYD Song MAX PHEV, e1, S2 (an entry-level version of Yuan), e2 and e3.The e3 comes with two battery options (35.2 kWh and 47.3 kWh) and a single electric motor version (70 kW), which is all the same as in the case of e2. NEDC range of up to 405 km (252 miles) in top version totally fits within stricter requirements for incentives (although those were halved in June)."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/383587/byd-introduced-e3-model-china/

 

DAF UNVEILS 3-AXLE ELECTRIC GARBAGE DISPOSAL TRUCK

"The Dutch manufacturer DAF now also offers its CF Electric electric truck as a three-axle truck with a gross vehicle weight of 28 tonnes. The first examples will be tested this year as refuse trucks by the Dutch waste disposal companies HVC and ROVA." acccording to electrive: "The drive has an output of 210 kW and a maximum torque of 2,000 Nm. The gross energy content of the battery is given as 170 kWh. DAF has not given an exact range, but it should be sufficient for the usual distances of a refuse collection vehicle. Since garbage trucks usually return to the depot every couple of hours, the Dutch company has attached more importance to the vehicle’s fast-charging capability: It should be possible to charge the electric truck to 80 per cent in 30 minutes – which, with an assumed net capacity of 150 kWh, still corresponds to an (average) charging capacity of 240 kW."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/22/daf-unveils-3-axle-electric-garbage-disposal-truck/

 

NEW ANALYSIS SUGGESTS UBER ADDING SIGNIFICANTLY TO POLLUTION AND TRAFFIC IN EUROPEAN CITIES

"Uber is adding more polluting car trips to already-clogged European cities such as London and Paris, new analysis by European NGOs suggests—contributing to air pollution and climate change and exploding the company’s sustainability claims." as reported by Green Car Congress: "Data compiled by Euromonitor for European research and campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) shows a surge in the number of Uber drivers (officially registered as private hire vehicles - PHV) in the past few years.In France, which liberalized the taxi market in 2015, the number of reported PHV drivers doubled in three years (from more than 15,000 in 2016 to 30,000 in 2019). The number of Uber drivers in London almost doubled in three years (from 25,000 in 2016 to 45,000 in 2018), accounting for roughly half the total PHV licence number. The analysis estimates that in London and Paris alone, the emissions of Uber taxi services could be as high as 515 kilotonnes of CO2—more than one half a megatonne. This is equivalent to adding the CO2 emissions of an extra 250,000 privately owned cars to the road."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/11/20191123-uber.html

 

PORSCHE TAYCAN TO USE 100 KW ABB CHADEMO CHARGERS IN JAPAN

"Porsche Japan is hosting a dedicated launch event (from November 20 to December 7) for the Taycan in Shibuya, Tokyo, which will enter the Japanese market in 2020." reports InsideEVs today: "Part of the event is a demonstration of ABB's high-power fast chargers for the Taycan, which turns out to be a CHAdeMO unit with power output "exceeding 100kW". ABB was selected to provide CHAdeMO chargers for Porsche in the Japanese market this Spring, as there is no CCS Combo in Japan.The plan for the future is to develop CHAdeMO chargers with power output above 150 kW, which is still significantly less than in Europe and North America, using CCS - already demonstrated at up to 270 kW (with potential to go up to 350 kW). As there are no technological barriers to go right from the start to 150+ kW, we guess that ABB/Porsche is simply waiting for the commercialization of the higher power CHAdeMO connector."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/384041/porsche-taycan-chademo-chargers-japan/

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

 

Tom Raftery

That’s easy, I’d get Jeremy Clarkson to advertise it by saying initially “If this car is any good I’ll eat my hat”. The cut to Jeremy driving the car on a track whooping and screaming as he puts it through its paces (getting a 0-100kmh in X secs, etc.). Finally cut to Jeremy sitting down to a plate with a hat and some ketchup on it! Fade to black.

 

RAJEEV

If I had to market EVs, I think I would focus on the sheer joy of driving one, with the instant torque and great acceleration and perfect balance and low center of gravity. Perhaps VW could bring back some of their “Farfegnugen” commercials some of us older listeners remember. I would also focus on the markedly reduced cost of ownership in terms of maintenance and fuel costs.

 

JOHN FRUHWIRTH

I would simply push the experiences/ advantages of owning EVs. Things like:

  1. Home Charging
  2. Instant torque
  3. Advanced tech
  4. Quiet ride
  5. Energy efficiency (e.g. 80%)
  6. Simplicity of drive train (only about 20 moving parts).

I would leave out any references to the superiority of EVs over ICE vehicles.

 

KARL CRAMER

I'd take advantage of product placements and have an all EV entry in the Fast & Furious movie franchise.

 

CHARLIE FOX

One easy thought is to take those stupid Toyota commercials with the cobwebs on the electric chargers and invert it. Make the gas station the zombie apocalypse and the EV driver blowing by... and of course the driver needs to be Simon Pegg.

 

“Dan from Canada“.

To market EVs, I would suggest using humour and/or irreverent celebrity interviews to break through the monotony of other car advertising.

This idea is inspired by the recent free publicity:

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, drives a Hyundai Ioniq EV. She picks up US political comedian Stephen Colbert from the airport - hilarity ensues, though she outclasses him by a mile :-)   No, I didn’t make that up - see the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/DUPo62ouU84

 

brian rhodefer

If a manufacturer were serious about transitioning to electrically-driven vehicles, they might consider incentivizing their dealerships to provide EVs as "loaner" cars for their repair departments, and possibly also encouraging driver education programs to use them as student vehicles.

 

RENE SCHNEIDER

This would be my take of the question of the week, combined with Teslas unveiling yesterday.

Why you buy a truck? Because you want to have the feeling to be safer than in a regular car. And which car would more express this feeling than an outside steel - bulletproof car for 39k US$?

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

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"The controversial, and botched, Cybertruck launch is now the most-Googled search term in the companies history. But did it help or hinder the wider movement to EVs?”

 

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Nov 26, 2019
23 Nov 2019 | Ford’s Performance Mach-E, More Batteries For BMW and Your Cybertruck Feedback
18:45

Show #650

 

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BMW orders more than 10 billion euros' worth of battery cells

"BMW (BMWG.DE) on Thursday said it had ordered more than 10 billion euros’ ($11.07 billion) worth of battery cells from Chinese battery cell maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co (CATL) (300750.SZ) and Samsung SDI" reported Reuters: "BMW said it had boosted its order with CATL to 7.3 billion euros from an original booking announced in mid-2018 that was worth 4 billion euros. It said the contract would last from 2020 to 2031.BMW said it had also signed a battery supply contract with Samsung SDI worth 2.9 billion euros, valid from 2021 to 2031. BMW said it would get the cobalt it needs for cell production from mines in Australia and Morocco and provide it to CATL and Samsung SDI. It said it would source the lithium from mines including in Australia."

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bmw-battery-cells-idUSKBN1XV0QD

 

Lexus unveiled the UX 300e

"Lexus finally unveiled its first BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), the UX 300e at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China." says Pedro at PushEVs: "This electric compact SUV has a 150 kW electric motor powered by a 54,3 kWh battery, enough for a NEDC range of 400 km (249 miles). Under the more realistic WLTP the range should be around 300 km (186 miles), on par with the DS 3 CROSSBACK E-Tense and Peugeot e-2008. The UX 300e is scheduled to go on sale in the Chinese and European markets in 2020 – where emission regulations are more demanding -, in its domestic market Japan it’ll only arrive in early 2021."

 

From the press release: "UX 300e’s Drive Mode Select function lets customers manage smooth acceleration and deceleration according to their situation. Drivers can feel the powerful acceleration and instant torque of the EV powertrain as they push the pedal, and use the paddle shift in a similar manner as engine braking, through four levels of deceleration regeneration―all while enjoying a natural on-road feel. While EVs are naturally quiet, UX 300e adds insulation beyond just the battery and suppresses outside noises such as wind or pebbles which would be otherwise noticeable in the absence of an engine and transmission."

 

https://pushevs.com/2019/11/22/lexus-unveiled-the-ux-300e/

 

Ford Performance contemplates a Mustang Mach-E for the track

"The GT model might not occupy the top spot in the Ford Mustang Mach-E hierarchy for very long. The company confirmed it's already thinking about how to make an even quicker electric car." according to Autoblog, with the puntastic suggesting of a Shelb-E.: "Ford plans to deliver the first examples of the Mustang Mach-E in late 2020, and it warned the flagship GT variant won't be available until the spring of 2021. The company has time to figure out how to transplant Shelby genes into a Mach-E Shelb-E, or into a different electric car."

 

Ed Krenz, Ford Performance's chief program engineer, in an interview with British magazine Evo: "I'm looking forward to the challenge of applying the Shelby characteristics to an electric car. The trick for us is the fun-to-drive part, and sustainability in terms of charging. It needs to be capable to go all day on a track day — you can't do 20 minutes and then have to charge it all night"

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/22/ford-mustang-mach-e-shelby

 

Lucid’s Atieva Formula E Battery Packs A Punch For Season 6

"We haven’t heard much from Atieva lately, the electric vehicle (EV) technology company from Lucid Motors. That’s for a good reason. It is working harder than ever and just announced a new battery pack for Formula E’s 6th season." says CleanTechnica: "Atieva is the Silicon Valley-based EV technology company held by Lucid Motors: "Atieva just announced it designed the spec battery pack for the entire 24-car Formula E field for the upcoming 2019/20 race season with its partners. We know that the Formula E battery pack was conceptualized, designed, tested, and manufactured by Atieva at its Silicon Valley headquarters in Newark, California."

 

I must add it's a little naughty for Nicholas at CleanTechnica to ignore the way these batteries are delivered, because it's the British company McLaren Applied Technologies which supplies the Formula E powerttrain, as part of a contract award by the FIA in September 2016. As per Car & Driver: "Peter Rawlinson, Lucid’s chief technical officer (and the former chief engineer of the Tesla Model S), has confirmed to C/D that the agreement will be part of a three-way partnership among McLaren Applied Technologies, Lucid, and Sony. Lucid will design and construct the battery and battery management software; Sony will supply the small-format, commodity-sized cylindrical cells within; and McLaren will manage the logistics and trackside support."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/22/lucids-atieva-formula-e-battery-packs-a-punch-for-season-6/

 

MORE CYBERTRUCK FREATURES

Vault Cover - rolls up the rear window and down the vault. It's a motorised cover which stows away when not needed. It's why they needed the rear view mirror to be a camera, becuse with the vault cover in place you wouldn't be able to see behind.

Solar panels - that bed cover could be solar panels as an optional extra. That would give you 15 miles of range a day.

 

ATV - initially available as a Cybertruck accesssory

200,000 Reservations - $100 refundable deposits.

Model P?

 

 

Werner Engel

Shocked at first but love it now.

 

V10PDTDI

What about body damage in case of a accident it would be very costly on a regular truck you just unbolt the front fenders and you paint a new one then you’re done but this truck is one piece people think a model 3 takes a long time to fix in a Body Shop you haven’t seen nothing yet.

 

Aaron Bounds

500 miles of EV range for $70K. The bar has been set high.

 

Dave MIlke

I'm in the US.  Every pickup truck I see now on the street just looks the a thing from the past - I never would have guessed.

 

Pete Miller

Aside from the impressive specs,  one has to wonder what Tesla has up their sleeve when it comes to manufacturing efficiency due to the competitive price.  That to me is the exciting part, the fact that cost of manufacturing and batteries will come down further, and the Cybertruck is proof of that phenomena.  The more I look at it, the more I like it.

 

Derrick Lee

Human brain always needs time to get familiar with and adjust to new concept that drastically deviates from something having been around for a hundred years.  The Cybertruck grows quickly on many people. 

 

Mark Evans

Personally don’t like it but you have to admire Tesla for trying this.

 

Akosipinky

With its design, anyone can vinyl wrap it easily.

 

Tazzman

Wow, all those  concept photos missed the mark big time. Where is the flux capacitor ??? Only Elon could pull thus off. No self charging.

 

bryan carter

The truck has grown on me as well. After thinking about all that information you covered at the end of the podcast. It really got me excited about the truck. Only $100 refundable deposit. I think I may order one

 

Abdul Shahin

It's the reverse for me. The more I see it, the more I think Elon was on acid when they came up with it. This is a terrible looking vehicle.

 

Malcolm Connah

Form follows function means it will eventually be accepted as the truck to beat. Ford will have to pay more for the battery alone than the cost of the cybrtrk...

 

Phil Terry

One thing is for sure, that thing pulls up beside you,  you are going to remember it, especially when it leaves you standing at the lights.

 

 

 

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22 Nov 2019 | Cybertruck
28:32

Show #649

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 22nd November 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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Elon Musk: "Trucks have been basically the same for 100 years. We want to do something different"

 

PRESS RELEASE

  • Range: 500+ miles
  • 0-60 mph acceleration: <2.9 seconds
  • Towing capacity: More than 14,000 lbs
  • Payload: Up to 3,500 lbs
  • Vault length: 6.5 feet
  • Storage capacity: 100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage including the vault, frunk, and sail pillars.
  • Suspension: 4” in either direction
  • Touchscreen size: 17”
  • Body: Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless steel. If there was something better, we’d use it.
  • Seating capacity: Up to six adults
  • Charging: Can be charged at home, at Destination Charging locations, and with our network of more than 14,000 Superchargers, including on our newest V3 technology, which is helpful for long hauls and towing.

 

Before we get into the specs, how did the media react to the styling? CNN said: "When the truck initially drove onto the stage, many in the crowd clearly couldn't believe that this was actually the vehicle they'd come to see. The Cybertruck looks like a large metal trapezoid on wheels, more like an art piece than a truck. A man with a sledgehammer hit the sides of the truck without damaging it. Tesla's Cybertruck looks nothing like a traditional pickup. Truck buyers may want to stand out, but it's unclear they'll be comfortable with standing out quite so much."

 

Haha that's Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer at Tesla!

 

From Motor1.com: "Surrounded by iconic vehicles from Hollywood's Sci-Fi history such as Blade Runner and Back to the Future, Tesla unveiled its interpretation of a sci-fi-themed electric pickup this evening in Southern California, and it's called the Cybertruck. There's something very different about this machine versus all those others, however.  There's absolutely no mistaking this truck for anything else on the road. Its body is comprised of a steel alloy that Musk says is dent-resistant, scratch-resistant, and per a demo onsite at the reveal, sledgehammer proof as well. In fact, he also says the Cybertruck is bulletproof to 9mm shells, and the glass is also said to be strong, though not quite as strong as Musk apparently hoped, as the Cybertruck's glass did shatter rather spectacularly on stage."

 

Road and Track on the specs: "Zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and a 10.8-second quarter mile time. Musk claims over 500 miles of range, though 250-plus and 300-plus mile versions will also be offered. It'll be capable of 250kW fast charging too. There will be an entry-level rear-drive Cybertruck along with two- and three-motor all-wheel drive models.. Musk said the truck will have adaptive air suspension and adaptive dampers as standard with adjustable ride height. He says it'll offer a maximum of 16 inches of ground clearance, a 35-degree approach angle and a 28-degree departure angle. The bed is 6.5-feet long, and the truck has a payload capacity of up to 3500 pounds and a tow capacity is 14,000 pounds. To show off the bed, Tesla built an ATV and rode it up there on stage."

 

As per TechCrunch: "When the vehicle first came out people cheered and gasped. Some wondered out loud if this was really the cybertruck Musk had been promising. Others seemed disappointed it wasn’t a more market-ready truck. But as Musk began rolling through the specs — first the body, then the performance and finally the price — the enthusiasm in the crowd began building. By the time Musk uttered “one more thing,” the crowd was frenzied and fully committed to the ride he was taking them on. And then an ATV rolled out onto the stage and the crowd went wild."

 

From the Independent newspaper: "It comes with six seats and features armoured glass and ultra-strong panels that are made of the same alloys found on spacecraft. Unlike traditional pickup trucks, the Tesla Cybertruck is built with an exoskeleton design made possible through not needing a fuel engine. Tesla said it had entered “a new class of strength, speed and versatility – only possible with an all-electric design”. To demonstrate the toughness of the Cybertruck, Mr Musk encouraged people to hit the vehicle with sledgehammers. He also showed a video of the truck resisting bullets shot from a 9mm gun."

 

And on the prices, from Slashgear: "The Single Motor RWD will begin at $39,900, and the Dual Motor AWD from $49,900. The Tri Motor AWD – production of which won’t start until late 2022 – will kick off at $69,900. If you want the Full-Self Driving package, that’s $7,000 on top."

 

From Autocar: "The load bay is 6.5ft long, the same as a standard Ford F-150, and features a raisable cover. Tesla claims over 2800 litres of lockable storage space including the covered load bay (dubbed the ‘vault’), frank, and sail pillars.  The Cybertruck can seat up to six adults, and was revealed in this form - it’s not yet clear whether a smaller variant will be offered. The cabin is pure Tesla - total minimalism with the dash dominated by a 17-inch tablet-style touchscreen. The steering wheel is the classic concept car joystick style, but it’s expected this will become a traditional wheel by the time it enters production.  The truck’s suspension is an adaptive air system with adjustable ride height: Musk claims the maximum height will be 16 inches, with the ability to be adjusted up and down by four inches. "

 

Wired look at the market segment: "Unlike luxury SUVs with off-roading abilities nobody really uses, pickups are commonly put to work. Many go to contractors, construction workers, and the like—folks who need their beds and capacious torque to get a job done. Others go to civilians who spend their weekends dirt biking, or riding horses, or taking the boat to the lake, and need a pickup’s power to schlep their equipment around. The big automakers pay very careful attention to their trucks: They know their customers well, and develop each new model based on decades of learnings. Musk has a knack for rethinking the customer experience, and the Cybertruck’s radical design could appeal to drivers looking for something different"

 

TechCrunch explains the styling: "A unibody truck makes sense for Tesla, which doesn’t want a large, bulky frame under the body. Tesla wants batteries under the vehicle and uses the body to protect them. Because of the unibody pickup design, the vehicle has to employ a key design element to enable high-capacity towing: a sail pillar. Most often, a vehicle’s towing capacity is limited by body design rather than engine strength. Towing places a lot of stress on the vehicle’s frame. Want to pull more? Make a beefier frame under the truck. But with the unibody Tesla Cybertruck, to increase the towing capacity, it had to use as big of a sail pillar as possible, explaining the unconventional design."

 

Something noone is talking about: the logo. Graffiti, spray paint.

 

electrek: "The design is polarizing and will get some getting used to for some people."

 

@philroberts "Changed my mind, ordered one. Biggest takeaway from the Cybrtrk launch for me was, 250mi range in a heavy / large truck that probably needs an 80-90kWh battery, has got to mean they are confident of battery cost coming down - so M3 SR at $30-32k by 2022?"

 

@carpervert Looks utter shit. Like a cut price movie prop

 

Ziggy - No worries about door dings at the supermarket.

 

Darren - I love how Elon is bit by bit making Sci Fi Films a reality

 

Chelsea Sexton: "From a specification standpoint, I believe that's probably what they're aiming for but, no question, that body style that is not a high volume product"

 

Matt DeLorenzo, senior executive editor at Kelley Blue Book: "It will be a niche product at best and poses no threat in the pickup market as we know it today."

 

Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights at auto research firm Edmunds: "If the Tesla truck wasn’t somewhat polarizing, it wouldn’t be a Tesla. Tesla’s built its brand around striking design and doing things differently"

 

InsideEVs Forum Robert Weekley: The Base Model at $39,900 - Just ~$500 above the Model 3 SR+, Same Range, but - can tow the Model 3, AND another ICE Car, at the same time with it's "Smallish" Tow Rating of "Just 7,500 Lbs!" And - seat one more person inside than the Model 3!

The Dual Motor AWD Cybertruck is just $2,200 more than the Dual Motor Model Y, but - is showing a planned range of 20 more miles, as well, PLUS - a Towing Capacity of 10,000 Lbs! Not Only That - It is Quicker than the Model Y - at 'Under 4.5 Seconds 0-60, vs Model Y's 4.8 Seconds 0-60!

The Top Spec Cybertruck - at $69,900, is $5,400 LESS than the Long Range Model X, which lists at $75,315, and the Truck has a spec of 500+ Miles Range - vs the Model X's 328 Miles! Compared to the Model X Performance, at $95,315, this $69,900 Price for Cybertruck puts over $25,000 More Back in you pocket, vs buying the X, AND - it's only 0.2 Second Slow than the X, BUT - it has a spec of about 200 More Miles Range, at 500+ vs 305!"

 

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/a29877700/tesla-cybertruck-pickup-debut-photos-specs/

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/tesla-cybertruck-electric-semi-pickup-truck-elon-musk-a9213101.html

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-tesla-cybertruck-revealed-0-60mph-29sec-500-mile-range

 

https://www.wired.com/story/electric-tesla-pickup-truck-announcement-specs-cost-photos/

               

https://mashable.com/shopping/nov-19-defense-phone-case-sale/

 

https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/22/heres-why-the-tesla-cybertruck-has-its-crazy-look/

 

 

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Nov 23, 2019
21 Nov 2019 | Mercedes-Benz EQC Cheaper Than You Thought, Model S/X Standard Range Could Be Coming and New Jersey Big Wind
16:31

Show #648

 

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TESLA’S CYBERTRUCK PICKUP TRUCK EVENT

"Unlike, say, the Model Y reveal earlier this year, Musk has played this one somewhat close to the chest." reports The Verge: "Yes, Musk has said he drew inspiration from Blade Runner in designing the truck. It’s also called (or at least codenamed) “Cybertruck,” with an appropriately science-fiction-style, vowel-dropped logo to boot. We have a rough idea of some specs that will be offered. And we know he wants to combine Porsche-level performance with utility that makes a Ford F-150 look like a Tonka truck. As for what it looks like, though, everyone is still in the dark. Like, literally — Tesla has only released a few really murky teaser images for the truck. One thing to look for on Thursday is whether Tesla will make versions of the truck with bigger cabs or wildly different trim levels."

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/20/20973789/tesla-cybertruck-announcement-rumors-specs-what-to-expect-elon-musk

 

2020 MERCEDES EQC PRICING ANNOUNCED

"Mercedes EQC is fashionably late to the U.S. market where it’s scheduled to go on sale early next year" says Motor1.com: "We reviewed the first electric Mercedes to be sold under the EQ brand back in May when it had an estimated starting price of $75,000, but it turns out the EQC is more attainable than initially thought. At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes is announcing the 2020 EQC 400 4Matic carries a starting price of $67,900 MSRP, excluding the $995 destination and delivery charge. It means the zero-emissions crossover undercuts both the $74,800 Audi E-Tron and the $69,500 Jaguar I-Pace. As for the Model X, Tesla dropped the standard version a few months ago and that means pricing currently kicks off at $84,990 for the Long Range model. It’s worth mentioning the EQC will also have to do battle with the BMW iX3 scheduled for a release next year as a fully electric version of the X3."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/383372/2020-mercedes-eqc-pricing-revealed/

 

VOLKSWAGEN E-UP PRICE IN CZECH REPUBLIC IS SURPRISING

"Only available in one trim level, the Volkswagen e-up has a starting price of 449.900 CZK (17.623 euros) in Czech Republic. This is actually a surprise since it’s cheaper than its sibling Škoda CITIGOe iV." writes Pedro at PushEVs: "The new Volkswagen e-up has a 61 kW motor powered by a 36,8 kWh battery – of which 32,3 kWh are usable – and a WLTP range of 260 km (162 miles). Moreover, it has a 7,2 kW on-board charger and supports DC fast charging via CCS (40 kW). This price includes VAT (21 %) and no government subsidy, since in Czech Republic there isn’t one."

 

https://pushevs.com/2019/11/20/volkswagen-e-up-price-in-czech-republic-is-surprising/

 

SKODA CITIGO IV PRICED FROM £20,455 IN UK

A new era in SKODA history is about to begin with the arrival of the new CITIGO iV. The brand’s first fully-electric production car will power into the UK early next year with prices starting from just £20,455 before Government Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) discount of £3,500 is applied.

The CITIGO iV line-up starts with the SE model, which is priced at £20,455

The higher-specification SE L model is priced from £22,815 and adds a raft of additional equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, comfort pack (heated front seats and rear parking sensors) and body coloured door mirrors and handles. The SE L model also comes with CCS charging capability that allows for rapid charging via 40kW charging stations.

 

2020 TESLA MODEL S AND MODEL X STANDARD RANGE SHOW UP ON EPA SITE

"According to the EPA's website, there may exist a 2020 Tesla Model S Standard Range, as well as a Model X Standard Range. As we were checking the website for range figures, we came across these two new models. " says InsideEVs: "The Model S Standard Range shows a total range of 287 miles, and the Model X Standard Range is rated at 258 miles. It's important to note that just because a vehicle shows up on the EPA fuel economy website doesn't mean it's available. However, it could mean it's going to eventually be available." 

 

NIKOLA CORP. CLAIMS 'GAME-CHANGING' BATTERY ADVANCEMENTS

"Nikola Corp., the upstart manufacturer of zero-emission heavy trucks and other vehicles, claims to have achieved "game-changing" advancements in battery-cell technology that will enable its hydrogen-electric trucks to drive farther between charges for lower cost and with reduced environmental impact." reports USA Today: "After 800 cycles or charges, a conventional lithium-ion battery will be degraded, Trevor Milton, Nikola's CEO and founder, said in an interview Tuesday. But the company's newly developed battery can hit 2,000 cycles, which translates to about 1 million truck miles driven over seven to eight years of typical use, he said."

 

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2019/11/20/electric-truck-company-nikola-corp-battery-technology-advancements/4247030002/

 

VOLKSWAGEN SAYS EV TIPPING POINT IS IN SIGHT

Bradley from Electrek has been at the L.A. Auto Show: "Matthew Renna, Volkswagen’s vice president of e-mobility, told us that the pieces of the company’s EV strategy are coming together. When that happens, Renna said, “You would have to be crazy not to buy an electric car.” While Renna didn’t pinpoint the exact timing, he said, “We have a line of sight to the tipping point.”"

 

Renna said: "When people see a compelling product that combines, of course, the range, the charging capabilities, and the price, combined with the technology and the external factors like dealerships and infrastructure, when all those things hit, then you have to be crazy not to buy an EV. That’s the day we’re all waiting for, and we push on every one of those things every day."

 

And if you're impressed with him not sounding like the old auto makers: "Renna previously served for five years as the program manager for the Tesla Model S and Model X."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/20/la-auto-show-volkswagen-says-ev-tipping-point-is-in-sight/

 

NEW JERSEY MORE THAN DOUBLES OFFSHORE WIND TARGET TO 7.5 GIGAWATTS BY 2035

"New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order this week enshrining an increase to the state’s offshore wind energy target, increasing it from 3,500 megawatts (MW) by 2030 to 7,500 MW by 2035." according to CleanTechnica: "The goal is part of the state’s larger renewable energy target of securing 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2050."

 

Governor Murphy said: "When we reach our goal of 7,500 megawatts, New Jersey’s offshore wind infrastructure will generate electricity to power more than 3.2 million homes and meet fifty percent of our state’s electric power need. Our offshore wind industry will generate billions of dollars in investments in New Jersey’s future, that will, in turn, create thousands of jobs. We have an immense opportunity to maximize our potential and make this region – and, specifically New Jersey – the nexus of the global offshore wind industry.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/20/new-jersey-more-than-doubles-offshore-wind-target-to-7-5-gigawatts-by-2035/

 

 

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Nov 22, 2019
20 Nov 2019 | Audi Reveals E-Tron Sportback, Google Maps Could Let You Pay For Charging and Karma Revero GTS
14:04

Show #647

 

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AUDI REVEALS ITS SECOND ELECTRIC CAR, THE E-TRON SPORTBACK 

The Verge reports: "Audi just pulled the wraps off of the E-Tron Sportback, the company’s second electric car, at the 2019 LA Auto Show. Coming to Europe in the first half of 2020, the top-tier version of the new premium EV will offer up to 446 kilometers of range (277 miles) and is powered by dual electric motors with a total power output of 265kW, or around 350 horsepower. A slightly less powerful version of the Sportback with a smaller battery will start at €71,350 (around $79,000)."

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/19/20973020/audi-e-tron-sportback-sedan-la-auto-show-2019

 

According to TechCrunch: "Audi has delivered 18,500 of its all-electric e-tron SUVs globally since March 2019 when the vehicle first came to market. Audi plans to offer two variants of the vehicle, a Sportback 50 and Sportback 55. The Sportback will come to Europe first in spring 2020. The Sportback 55 will come to the U.S. in fall 2020. The 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback has a 86.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack that has a range of up to 446 kilometers (277.1 miles) in the EU’s WLTP cycle. The EPA estimates aren’t out yet, but expect the range numbers to be slightly lower. The company is targeting an EPA range of about 220 miles over the 204 miles of range that the regular e-tron gets."

 

https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/19/audis-next-all-electric-vehicle-the-e-tron-sportback-is-a-coupe-suv/

 

2019 AUDI E-TRON RECEIVES A 5-STAR US NCAP RATING

The 2019 Audi e-tron, the first fully-electric Audi model, has earned the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration New Car Assessment Program’s maximum overall safety rating of five stars in its latest series of tests.

Additionally, standard automatic emergency braking is offered as part of Audi pre sense® front. Using a front-mounted camera, the e-tron can help initiate braking at speeds of up to 52 mph for detected pedestrians and bicyclists in front of the vehicle and can bring a vehicle to a full stop when traveling at speeds under 35 mph based on IIHS tests.

 

GOOGLE MAPS 10.30 PREPARES TO LET YOU PAY FOR EV CHARGING AND FIND COMPATIBLE PLUGS

"Google Maps 10.30 for Android has added strings that suggest it will support making payments straight from the app." says XDA Developers: "These features are not yet live in the Google Maps app for Android. We’ll probably see an announcement from Google in a few days or weeks, though. The last time Google Maps was updated with a new EV-related feature was back in April when they added real-time availability of charging ports. With new electric vehicles on the way, the Maps app is long overdue for new functionality."

 

https://www.xda-developers.com/google-maps-10-30-electric-vehicle-charging-payments-compatible-plugs/

 

2021 TOYOTA RAV4 PRIME HAS 302 HP

"The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid was introduced here at the L.A. Auto Show, and although it doesn't have much in the way of visual differentiation, its spec sheets pops with eye-opening stat after another." reports AutoBlog; "It produces a total system output of 302 horsepower, making it the most powerful compact SUV from a non-luxury brand. Toyota says it'll also go from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. As for eco credentials, the RAV4 Prime can go an estimated 39 miles on its battery alone, which is better than any current plug-in hybrid SUV and behind only the Polestar 1, Chevrolet Volt (soon-to-be-discontinued) and Honda Clarity. Even the Toyota Prius Prime manages only 25 miles."

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/20/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-revealed

 

TESLA ‘HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ‘SUPERCHARGER FIRE,’ SAYS LOCAL FIRE OFFICIAL

"A fire was reported to have been caused by a Tesla Supercharger at a Wawa store in New Jersey last weekend, but a local fire official now says Tesla had nothing to do with the cause of the fire." says electrek: "The next day, a Wawa spokesperson told CNBC that the issue was with the Supercharger station. But now we learn that Tesla had actually nothing to do with the fire. Matthew Palmeiri, who works for Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire Department District 5, told Automotive News that Jersey Central Power & Light had a problem with a transformer next to the Tesla Supercharger"

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/19/tesla-had-nothing-to-do-with-supercharger-fire-says-local-fire-official/

 

KARMA REVERO GTS DEBUTS WITH MORE RANGE

" the GTS knocks over a half-second off the sprint to 60 mph. The Revero GTS requires just 3.9 seconds for the trip, and with the accelerator firmly pinned it will keep pulling to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph." writes Motor1.com: " The Revero GTS can travel 380 miles when using its range-extending BMW-sourced three-cylinder engine to generate electricity. Fully charged, its upgraded battery pack can power the Revero 80 miles without the engine kicking in. Throughout all this, total output is actually the same 536 horsepower that you’ll find on the Revero GT, which makes the performance enhancements on the GTS even more impressive."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/383268/karma-revero-gts-debuts/

 

PORSCHE TAYCAN CARB CERTIFICATION REVEALS UP TO 282 MILES OF RANGE

And staying with Motor1: "An eagle-eyed TaycanEVForum.com member posted a copy of the Porsche Taycan’s CARB (California AirResource Board) certificate that hints at the EV sedan’s real-world electric range. The document reveals the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S returning 281.8 and 282.7 miles, respectively. However, this isn’t the first time CARB’s number exceeded estimates. The board certified the Jaguar I-Pace with 334 miles of range, which far exceeds the 234-mile range given by the U.S. EPA. There’s a significant chance that when the EPA tests the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, its numbers could be closer to our estimates or even lower, possibly hovering around 200 miles."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/383241/porsche-taycan-range-estimate-carb/

 

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19 Nov 2019 | VW ID.3 Max Costs 50k Before Options, Tesla Add Big Batteries Down Under and Porsche Taycan Delayed
14:34

Show #646

 

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VOLKSWAGEN CLAIMS ID.3 COST 40% LESS TO BUILD THAN E-GOLF

"According to Reuters, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told investors this week that the ID.3 costs 40% less to build than the E-Golf. That is an enormous reduction and one of the reasons why Volkswagen says the ID.3 will retail for about the same money as a well equipped Golf Diesel. It is the secret sauce that will allow the company to meet its goal of selling millions of electric cars." so says CleanTechnica: "The ID.3 will start at around €30,000 in Europe. The first edition version with more range and a more powerful motor will go for about €40,000. But Volkswagen has plans for electric cars that will sell for as little as €20,000"

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/19/volkswagen-claims-id-3-cost-40-less-to-build-than-e-golf/

 

VW ID.3 1ST COSTS 50,000 EUROS BEFORE OPTIONS

ID.3 1ST - Full Comfort

Starting price: less than 40,000 € (less state funding)

 

ID.3 1ST Plus - The Stylish            

Starting price: less than 46,000 € (less state funding)

 

ID.3 1ST Max - High Tech - All In

With its premium equipment and state-of-the-art high-tech features, the ID.3 1 ST Max. Start price: less than 50,000 € (less state funding). "420 km bei der mittleren Batterievariante (58 kWh, netto)"

Equipment highlights

 

beyond the plus version:

20 "light-alloy wheels" Sanya "

Cockpit infotainment incl. Augmented reality head-up display

panoramic roof

Premium sound system "Beats"

Driver assistant "Travel Assist", lane assist "Lane Assist", lane change assistant "Side Assist", "Emergency Assist"

Comfort seats with adjustable lumbar support incl. Massage function

Heat pump for range optimization

Telephone interface "Comfort" with inductive charging function

special interior design in Dusty Gray Dark / Glossy Black

 

50.000 Euro is $55282. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD is 54,000 Euro and has 560 km of range, not 420km.

 

VOLKSWAGEN EXTENDS PRODUCTION OF ID.3 DRESDEN

"Volkswagen will assemble its ID.3 EV at the Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden in addition to the Zwickau plant. The ID.3 is the first model in the latest generation that Volkswagen is putting on the road under its global electric offensive." according to Green Car Congress: "Following on from Zwickau, Dresden now becomes the second assembly plant in Germany for the ID.3. The first vehicles from the MEB family are scheduled to leave the assembly line in Dresden from fall 2020. The plant could possibly also assemble further models from the ID. family at a later point in time.

 

https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2019/11/the-id-3-to-be-assembled-in-the-glaeserne-manufaktur-in-dresden-.html

 

TESLA BIG BATTERY ADDS NEW CAPACITY

"French renewable energy and storage developer Neoen has confirmed that the so-called Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia will get a 50 per cent lift in capacity, and add new innovations and services that will help pave the way for the state to reach its goal of “net 100 per cent renewables”." according to reneweconomy.com.au: "the battery – officially known as the Hornsdale Power Reserve – will be the first in Australia to provide digital – or “virtual” – inertia to the grid, an important network service previously only delivered only by synchronous machines (coal, gas and hydro). The addition of hundreds of new Tesla Powerpack batteries – at a cost of $71 million – will add 50MW/64.5MWh capacity to the existing facilities of 100MW/129MWh, lifting its capacity by 50 per cent and reinforcing its ranking as the biggest lithium-ion battery in the world. Neoen noted that in its first full year of operation, the battery saved consumers more than $50 million, and these savings would continue to grow once the new addition was in place in 2020. It also earned a profit of $22 million in its first full year of operations."

 

https://reneweconomy.com.au/tesla-big-battery-adds-new-capacity-and-services-on-march-to-100pct-renewables-grid-55121/

 

ZF DEVELOPS ELECTRIC DRIVE FOR SAILING YACHTS

"ZF has developed an electric drive system for sailing yachts. For this purpose, the German supplier is installing an electric motor with a maximum output of 125 kW, which is connected to ZF’s steerable Steerable Pod Propulsion System (SPP)." writes electrive: "With the electric auxiliary drive instead of a diesel engine, the sailing yacht can travel emission- and noise-free when taking off and mooring – and thus also call at ports that remain closed to yachts with conventional drive due to environmental regulations."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/19/zf-develops-electric-drive-for-sailing-yachts/

 

TORQEEDO RELEASES NEW PRODUCTS AND ACHIEVES MAJOR MILESTONES

Torqeedo will celebrate its 15th year of technology innovations and deliver its 100,000th electric drive for the worldwide marine industry in the coming year.

Torqeedo offers a broad product line of outboards, inboards and saildrives ranging from 0.5 to 100 kW with high-capacity lithium batteries and power-management systems.

Torqeedo will launch two new motor models in 2020: a new professional-grade Ultralight motor for serious kayak anglers, and a 20-hp equivalent Cruise 10.0 T outboard with tiller steering. Also coming in 2020 are new fast chargers and new solar charge controller for the Power 48-5000 series of lithium batteries. Torqeedo’s high-power Deep Blue system is getting important improvements with quieter-than-ever outboards and seamless integration of joysticks, third-party throttles and wireless controls.

 

https://www.torqeedo.com/en/news-and-press/blog/blog-2019-11-18.html

 

BUGATTI CONSIDERING ELECTRIC FOUR-SEATER AS SECOND MODEL

"Bugatti's long-rumored additional model could run on electricity rather than gasoline, according to a recent report. The company is tentatively planning a downward expansion without diluting its image." reports AutoBlog: "The company isn't interested in chasing volume with an alternative to the Volkswagen GTI. Instead, Bloomberg wrote it's envisioning an electric four-seater priced between 500,000 and one million euros, sums that represent about $555,000 and $1.1 million, respectively. Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann told the publication that convincing parent company Volkswagen to fund the model requires a "hard fight," however."

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/19/bugatti-electric-four-seater-report

 

PORSCHE TAYCAN DELIVERIES ARE DELAYED

"A recent post on the Facebook Porsche Taycan Group reveals that the Taycan is now running on an 8- to 10-week delivery delay. A Norwegian reservation holder received an email from the German automaker explaining the situation." says Steven Loveday at InsideEVs: "We've seen multiple EV launches that have proven similar issues. The Audi e-tron has fallen behind numerous times and continues to experience its share of delays. Jaguar has had comparable issues with the I-Pace."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/383171/porsche-taycan-delivery-delay/

 

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18 Nov 2019 | Mega Mach-E Review, Mercedes-Benz EQS Interior and Lamborghini’s Supercapacitors
27:49

Show #645

 

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MAKING MACH-E A MUSTANG WAS A MASTER STROKE BY FORD

From John Neff, Global Editor in Chief or Motor1: "You’ve got Tesla selling roughly 77.7 percent of all electric vehicles in the U.S. The Tesla Model 3 alone represents around 60 percent of total EV sales in this country. The rest of the market is left for over a dozen other EVs to divide amongst themselves. The Mustang Mach-E is taking aim, though, at the upcoming Tesla Model Y, a crossover-ish version of the most popular EV in the world, the Model 3 sedan. What Ford has smartly done is make matching the Model Y spec-for-spec a must. The Mustang Mach-E and Model Y both start in the low $40K-range. They both have a maximum range of about 300 miles. Their 0-60 times will both range from around 5.5 seconds for standard models to 3.5 seconds for performance models. And they both have four doors, seat at least five people, and can carry a lot of cargo. Indeed, if you were looking only at their specs on paper, you couldn’t tell these two cars apart."

 

https://www.motor1.com/features/382774/mustang-mach-e-name-genius/

 

FORD MUSTANG MACH-E DETAILS WARRANT THUNDEROUS WELCOME

CleanTechnica give their rundown of the tech: "When it comes to propulsion, the Mustang Mach-E follows the same basic layout as Tesla vehicles. A drive unit sits between the rear wheels, and an optional drive unit sits between the front wheels. Lower packages for the vehicle will come with just the rear drive unit, while higher-end vehicles will come with a supplemental unit in the front for more power and better handling. The most powerful model, the GT Performance, will come with 459 HP and 612 lb-ft of torque. The pack will come in two sizes: 75.7 kWh for the standard range models, and 98.8 kWh for the long-range models.the pack will use flat pouch cells instead of cylindrical cells. While seemingly difficult to cool (Nissan didn’t even bother to cool its pouch cells in the LEAF), Ford did put an extensive cooling system with aluminum fins between all cells to cool them as evenly as possible under even extreme conditions. Will it beat a P100D or the upcoming Roadster? No. But the Mustang was never really meant to be the fastest drag car. Pony Cars are supposed to be smaller multi-role sporty vehicles within the reach of the masses and young people. People are already asking whether this is a “Tesla Killer,” and that’s not really even the point."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/17/ford-mustang-mach-e-the-basics/

 

GREAT ARTISTS STEAL

Seth at Electrek gives us some insight to where the reveal was: "As the vans full of Mach E journalists pulled off the 105 highway, I was shocked to see SpaceX headquarters and the adjacent Tesla Design studio in the background. We were pulling into the hanger where Tesla holds all of its Los Angeles events. Journalists were looking out for CYBRTRKs (OK, me too). I was calculating the odds that this was some sort of coincidence. How many places are there in the Los Angeles area to have a car event? To use the same spot that Tesla often uses seemed a little…ballsy. At every press briefing from interior/exterior design, center stack, battery, motor, etc there was one thread that bound the project together: that Ford considered this an urgent project in both time and significance. It is basically Ford’s do-or-die project and nowhere is that more obvious than their choice to use their most iconic brand: Mustang. If this fails, so does Mustang."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/17/great-artists-steal-why-fords-mustang-mach-e-was-inspired-by-tesla-in-all-the-right-ways/

 

2021 FORD MUSTANG MACH-E WILL PLEASE EV FANS

Car and Driver get into the specs of the Mustang range: "The Mustang Mach-E will come in a choice of five versions, only two of which will be available initially: the Premium and the limited-quantity First Edition, both slated to reach customers in late 2020. The Premium model comes with a choice of standard or extended-range batteries and rear- or all-wheel drive, while the First Edition comes only with all-wheel drive and the extended-range battery. Either way, the batteries are paired with permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors and located under the floor of the vehicle. Range will start at 210 miles for the standard-range battery and all-wheel drive and reach as high as 300 miles for the extended-range battery on a rear-wheel-drive model. The Mustang Mach-E features three driving modes named Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled. Each offers specific changes to the driving experience such as steering tweaks, varied pedal feel, gauge-cluster graphics, and specifically tuned sound."

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a29810295/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-photos-info/?src=socialflowTW&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=socialflowTWCD

 

FORD UNVEILS ELECTRIC MUSTANG SUV TO CHALLENGE TESLA DOMINANCE

Ford went an entirely new direction with the door handles on the Mustang Mach-E. You won’t find any Tesla  lookalike door handles here. The doors seem to be lacking handles at all. A closer look though reveals illuminated buttons on the B and C pillars.

 

It’s a seemingly small detail, but so many automakers ignore that their customers have smartphones and want to put these devices somewhere other than a cup holder. Behold the tech tray, which has a wireless charging pad.

 

The 15.5-inch screen will get a lot of attention, perhaps because its location and vertical placement is reminiscent of the Tesla Model S. But then there’s the physical dial placed on the bottom of the screen to control the volume.

 

Ford is hardly the first to move away from leather for its interior. Tesla has dropped leather and the Porsche  Taycan is also vegan. Now the interior of the Mustang Mach-E also qualifies.

 

there is something interesting about this 4.8-cubic-foot frunk. It’s drainable and plastic lined. Josh Greiner, senior interior designer on the Mach-E, was quick to note during a backgrounder prior to the unveiling that the frunk could be packed with ice and used while tailgating.

 

https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/17/mustang-mach-e-5-tech-and-design-details-that-stood-out/

 

UP CLOSE WITH FORD’S ELECTRIC MUSTANG SUV

From The Verge: "Take away the Mustang badging and the tri-bar headlights and taillights, and I think Ford’s new EV looks a decent amount like some of its more luxe direct competition, almost like a cross between the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the Jaguar I-Pace (especially at the rear haunches), but with some BMW SUV shaping thrown in, too. That’s a testament to the work done by “Team Edison,” the group inside Ford that has been developing the Mach-E since mid-2017 after pivoting away from a Focus-based electric car. That we’re already knee deep in these conversations and arguments feels like progress of a sort, as opposed to a few years ago when getting people to talk about electric cars, let alone feel something about them, felt like pulling teeth or just plain impossible"

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/18/20970193/ford-electric-mustang-mach-e-first-look-photos-video-la-auto-show-2019

 

AN ELECTRIC MUSTANG SUV? BELIEVE IT

MotorTrend have a massive 74 photo gallery, and say: "There are millions of Mustang fans out there—why not leverage their love of the model and make something way cooler than a dorky compliance car? Do you think the front-engine Porsche Panamera looks just like the rear-engine 911 by accident? No way, dude. All Porsches must answer to the 911 and, at the same time, milk that same 911 for any and all credibility and sex appeal. Looks like the same will be true for Ford and the Mustang. I call that smart."

 

https://www.motortrend.com/cars/ford/mustang-mach-e/2021/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-electric-suv-photos-performance-release-date/

 

MERCEDES-BENZ EQS ELECTRIC FLAGSHIP INTERIOR SPIED

"The Mercedes-Benz EQS electric sedan has been spied once again. There isn't much to report on the exterior, but our spy photographer managed to get shots of the interior, giving us our first glimpse inside." says Joel at Autoblog: "While the center stack is covered up, we can tell that the interior of the EQS will be very similar to that of the next-generation S-Class. In front of the driver is a widescreen display for instruments like that of current Mercedes products. But it isn't flanked by a similarly sized screen for infotainment. Instead, the EQS appears to have a massive touchscreen and touch-sensitive panel hiding underneath the fabric covering. This is in keeping with the concept's design, though the production panel may be more flat and squared-off."

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/10/29/mercedes-benz-eqs-interior-spy-shots/?icid=autoblog|trend|mercedes-benz-eqs-electric-flagship-interior-spied

 

LAMBORGHINI AND MIT PATENT A NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR SUPERCAPACITORS

The collaboration between Automobili Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has produced a major initial result: a patent for an innovative synthetic material that will serve as the technological base for a new generation of supercapacitors.

Further research will  explore additional optimization of the properties of the material, and its production on an increasingly larger scale. Supercapacitors already represent a winning solution in high-performance motorsport applications by virtue of their exceptional power and durability specifications, and they promise to become an essential technology for years to come thanks to Automobili Lamborghini.

 

the supercapacitor provides enough power to the e-motor to deliver an extra 34 horsepower. Lamborghini uses this to smooth out acceleration, bridging the gaps in power delivery that occur when the mechanical transmission changes gear. Lamborghini says this approach removes any jerkiness that would normally occur during a shift. Because supercapacitors can be charged and discharged symmetrically, they make for an incredibly efficient means of providing a short but strong electric assist in a vehicle being driven around a track. The supercapacitor is discharged during acceleration and recharged during braking, meaning in that situation the e-motor virtually never lacks the power it needs to do its job.

 

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Nov 18, 2019
17 Nov 2019 | Peugeot e-2008 Now On Sale, Smart Charging For Japan and Question Of The Week Answers
18:22

Show #644

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 17th November 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.

 

12 REASONS THE MUSTANG WILL BE SUCCESSFUL

  1. The Name
  2. Advertised by Ford Dealers
  3. Sold by dealers close to you
  4. The car isn't ugly
  5. It's not slow
  6. Models with 300 miles
  7. Fast charging on a 150kW charger
  8. FordPass Charging Network
  9. The car is affordable
  10. Interior is modern
  11. It's NOT a Tesla
  12. Ford will make a lot of them

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/16/12-reasons-why-the-ford-mustang-mach-e-will-be-a-huge-hit/

 

UK RESERVATIONS OPEN FOR ALL-NEW PEUGEOT E-2008 SUV

Buyers will be able to reserve the all-new e-2008 SUV in GT Line trim, costing from £32,000 including Government’s £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant.

The e-2008 SUV will also be available later in Active, Allure and GT trim levels. GT Line and GT trims feature full LED headlights with smartbeam assist, LED rear lights with PEUGEOT’s ‘three-claw’ signature graphic, as well as an interior with Adamite green colour stitching, mood lighting, dynamic seats and aluminum pedals.

Fleet and company car drivers benefit from low company car tax rates. The zero-emission, all-new e-2008 SUV will be exempt from paying Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) tax from April 2020 onwards.

The PEUGEOT e-2008 SUV is powered by a 100kW (136bhp) electric motor with a 50kWh battery. Under WLTP testing, the 100% electric, zero exhaust emissions, SUV provides 193 miles of range.

 

DRIIVZ AND ENNET TO BRING SMART EV CHARGING SERVICES TO JAPAN

Currently, EVs only account for 0.5% of all new cars sold in Japan. However, several Japanese automakers are preparing to launch electric models in the next couple of years which is expected to increase the adoption of EVs in the country.

By integrating elements of Driivz’s EV charging management platform into its smart charging service, Ennet will be able to analyse the power usage patterns of its customers, identify when energy grids receive the least demand for charging and make sure fleets are sufficiently charged for use the following day. Functionality to remotely start and stop charging will also be enabled.

 

LYFT IS INTRODUCING A FLEET OF 200 ELECTRIC KIAS IN COLORADO

"Coloradans will be able to catch a ride in a sleek, new $40,000 electric Kia Niro as soon as December even though the vehicles aren’t available for sale in the state." says Colorado Sun: "That’s because Lyft is making a fleet of 200 of the long-range electric crossovers available for lease to its Colorado drivers. 

 

The ride-sharing company on Thursday rolled out the plan — its first attempt in the U.S. to make an electric-vehicle fleet available to its drivers — thanks to a law change earlier this year.Legislators opened up Colorado’s electric-vehicle tax credit program to rental companies and businesses with fleets in an attempt to attract a company like Lyft to put a mass of EVs on the roads. Lyft, which lobbied for the change, hopes laws will change in other states, too. "

 

https://coloradosun.com/2019/11/14/kia-niro-lyft-colorado-fleet/

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS

 

Damon Ireland

Our key reason for owning an EV is not being beholden to the fuel companies to run our car. Here in New Zealand we are paying $2.20 for a litre of 91 octane petrol which which tends to jump up quickly whenever any overseas events affects the value of crude oil or our dollar. In contrast our electricity price has not changed in over 3 years

 

Doug Vowles, Canada

Hey Martyn – First off – last week my wife and I ordered our first electric car, the Tesla Model 3 SR+.  Hoping to get it before the end of the year. Thank you for being part of the process in getting to that decision!

QOW answer: ZERO EMISSIONS.  I currently would not look at any car that wasn’t zero emissions.  There are other requirements beyond that (like range) but much of it (0 – 60…) is just gravy.

 

Don Miller

I never run late for an appointment because I had to stop and get gas.

(We charge each night so we leave home with 200 miles of range)

 

Phil Kemp

I'd vote instant torque as the biggest advantage. It's not only convenient but can be a life saver in a tight situation.

 

James Penfold from EV Launchpad

Martin, answer to question of the week: stomping on the “gas” pedal never gets old when you are running on guilt free, inexpensive renewable energy! Thanks for the awesome podcast. James Penfold Boston USA.

 

Dafydd Cheung

Genuinely, I’m more interested in EVs, because on the whole, they are less destructive to the only planet we have.

May the sun shine on your panels.

 

Adam DeVries

I bought my car because it was electric. I hated going to gas stations. someone just asked me if I liked my car because it was electric or because it had autopilot. I can't decide if I would rather drive a car that was electric or one that had autopilot.  I think I prefer the convenience of the electric vehicle getting to charge at home and work always having a full tank but it is a hard decision.

 

ARON MCINNES

 Being able to plug in my garage and go every morning without worrying about filling up. I drive an average of 4500km a month, I fuel up a lot and the savings would be nice too.

 

DAVE DEWSON from EVSMILES

Number one thing with an EV.... way more smiles per mile!

 

CORTEEN

QOTW, my favourite feature is getting into a de-iced and pre warmed car in the winter, can’t beat driving past all your neighbours who are outside in the cold scraping their cars!

 

MARTY YOUNG

My "one thing" would be the acceleration.  I'm a pilot, and I love when I push the throttle forward and feel the acceleration press me back into my seat and the speed increases until the wheels leave the ground!  I get a similar feeling (minus the wheels leaving the ground!) in my 2016 Volt.

 

SERVULUS BILLY

You ask what's the one upside to driving an EV.... I give you the experience itself. .....  the stares on admiration, the thumbs up of approvals, the many questions of FUD I was able to defunct, the minds and thought processes I was able to change or at least open their eye and minds to something new, the comradery of the brand and last but not least the driving experience itself for which there was no comparison

 

Øyvind Bjørkelund 

Best thing with my EV must be better fuel economy!

 

TOM RAFTERY

The one thing I love about driving my EV is that I am living in the future!

I have a 5kW solar array on my roof which I use to charge the car – the lack of emissions, the zippiness of the car, the quiet ride all contribute to my  awesome feeling of future living

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

The MYEV.com Question Of The Week…

 

"If you were marketing a for an new EV brand (or Tesla) how would you do it?”

 

 

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Nov 17, 2019
16 Nov 2019 | BMW i4 Specs, VW Increase EV Spending To 60 Billion and Polestar Leasing Offers
11:16

Show #643

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 16th November 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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BMW I4 FIRST SPECS LEAKED: 530 HP, 373 MILES OF RANGE

"The BMW i4 EV will go into production in 2021, part of the automaker's big offensive to launch 25 new electrified vehicles by 2023. The i4 will be BMW's proper competitor to the Tesla Model 3, and based on new information Roadshow learned on Thursday, it should put up a proper fight." according to CNET: "The BMW i4 will initially be powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery, producing about 390 kilowatts, or roughly 530 horsepower. Accelerating to 62 mph will take about 4 seconds flat, and the i4 will have an electronically limited top speed of 120 mph.The i4 will use BMW's new, so-called Generation 5 battery packs, which are significantly smaller than the Generation 3 and 4 packs used in the company's current EVs. This makes the cells easier to package in the vehicle's floor, and allows them to be more easily scaled for smaller or larger applications. These Generation 5 batteries are also stronger, meaning they can better handle fast-charging situations. BMW says that, on a 150-kW DC fast charger, the i4 should be able to achieve an 80% charge in about 35 minutes."

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2021-bmw-i4-official-details/

 

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP TO INVEST ~€60B IN HYBRIDIZATION, ELECTRIC MOBILITY AND DIGITALIZATION OVER NEXT 5 YEARS

"Under the Volkswagen Group’s Planning Round 68, the investment plan for 2020 to 2024, the Group plans to spend nearly €60 billion (US$66 billion) on the future areas of hybridization, electric mobility and digitalization over the next five years."

This amounts to slightly more than 40% of the company’s investments in property, plant and equipment and all research and development costs during the planning period. Compared with the Group’s last Planning Round, it represents an increase of around 10 percentage points. The Group intends to invest around €33 billion (US$36 billion) of this figure in electric mobility alone."

"About 20 million of the e-vehicles planned through 2029 will be based on the Group’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). Most of the remaining 6 million vehicles will be based on the High Performance Platform (PPE)."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/11/20191115-vwag.html

 

TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE’S 0-60 MPH ACCELERATION

"Tesla Model 3 Performance vehicles are getting faster 0-60 mph acceleration through the latest power optimization software update." says Electrek: "There are now reports that the Model 3 Performance’s 0-60 mph time has dipped below the 3-second mark. We have seen the update make a difference in drag races between a Model 3 Performance that received the update versus one that didn’t, but now we get some new impressive numbers about the performance after the upgrade. In the previous race, the owner said that the vehicle was getting a 3.2-second, 0-60 mph acceleration, which was already a significant improvement. Now DragTimes reports that the Model 3 Performance is getting a 0-60 mph acceleration time just under 3 seconds"

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/14/tesla-model-3-performance-0-60-mph-acceleration-dips-below-3-sec-software-update/

 

TESLA MODEL 3 MID-RANGE NOW GOES 0-60MPH IN 4.9S

"When Tesla released the Mid-Range Model 3, it was positioned as an entry-level vehicle that is designed to provide a practical, reasonably-priced way for customers to get into the company’s ecosystem. The Mid-Range Model 3 was thus conservatively specced, with performance figures that were closer to that of the Standard Range Model 3 than the more expensive Long Range AWD variant." reports Simon at Teslarati: "The Mid-Range Model 3 was ultimately retired upon the arrival of the Standard Range and Standard Range Plus. Tesla owner-enthusiast nukem384, who owns a Mid-Range Model 3, recently tested his vehicle’s acceleration after receiving the electric car maker’s most recent performance update. In the Tesla owner’s tests, the Mid-Range Model 3 was able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds consistently."

 

TESLA MODEL 3 MOTOR TREND CAR OF THE YEAR?

"Not only did Motor Trend (MT) choose the Tesla Model 3 as one of three finalists for its 2020 Car of the Year award, but it also calls the entry-level Tesla midsize sedan the best sport sedan available today." says Steven Loveday at InsideEVs.

 

According to MotorTrend:

"The 2020 Model 3 is the best sport sedan on the market. The 2020 Model 3’s interior design continues to be modern and minimalistic, but it’s elegant in its simplicity. The 2020 Model 3’s seats offer more bolstering, and rear passengers now enjoy a more ergonomic position, as the bench has been raised for improved comfort. In terms of driving, the Model 3 offers impressive dynamic performance as well as battery-pack range that continues to be the benchmark for electric vehicles."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/382549/tesla-model-3-motor-trend-car-year/

 

POLESTAR DETAILS NEW LEASING OFFERS

"Volvo’s luxury branch Polestar now offers its first electric model with new leasing rates in Sweden and Germany. The Polestar 2 starts from €599 a month in Germany based on 48 months and mileage of 10,000 kilometres per year."  says Electrive: "Polestar also covers routine maintenance and services, including electric vehicle collection and delivery for the first three years. Polestar follows a unique (or Tesla-like) sales concept with sales being made online and in so-called Polestar Spaces. By the end of 2020, Polestar aims to open a total of 50 stores worldwide. Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, considers the new leasing offers to have “competitive conditions and good specifications,” designed to rival the Tesla Model 3."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/15/polestar-details-new-leasing-offers-for-first-electric-car/

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

The MYEV.com Question Of The Week…

 

If you had to pick ONE upside to driving an EV, what would be it be?

 

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Nov 17, 2019
15 Nov 2019 | Leaked! Ford Mustang Mach-E Specs
23:33

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FORD MUSTANG MACH E SPECS LEAKED

Foxnews.com kicks us off: "A fumble at Ford may have spoiled its electric pony party. The reservation website for the battery-powered Mustang Mach-E apparently went live for a brief period on Thursday night, revealing pricing and performance details ahead of its scheduled debut in Los Angeles on Nov. 17. The pages were spotted by a member of the Mach E Forum fansite, who screengrabbed and posted them before they were disabled. Ford has not commented on the mishap, but has also not denied the authenticity of the information, which may not represent the final specifications."

 

From Autoblog: "A tinted panoramic roof fills the space overhead, over an interior playing up the minimalist possibilities. A traditional steering wheel gets controls on the spokes, and behind it, a 10.2-inch digital cluster. To the right of the steering wheel, what we'll guess is the start/stop button rests on the instrument panel. In the center of the dash resides a 15.5-inch, vertically-oriented rectangular touchscreen with some kind of dial-looking appendage at the bottom. For cargo, there's 29 cubic feet behind the second row, 59.6 cu-ft behind the first row — and a front trunk with 4.8 cubic feet."

 

Motor Authority on the Mustang heritage: "The exterior of the Mach-E looks every bit inspired by the Mustang badge planted on the front. The LED head and taillights are nearly cribbed from the Mustang but feature their own distinct design elements. The roofline is fast and it will be interesting to find out how much head room is in the rear seat. A glass roof is available, but it's yet to be seen if it'll be standard."

 

Electrek breaks down the variants:

Models/Pricing (pre-incentive prices, all models get $7,500 US tax credit):

First Edition: $59,900 MSRP (EPA est. 270 miles, mid 5-second, AWD, 19” wheels)

Select: $43,895 MSRP (EPA est. 230 miles, mid 5-second, AWD or RWD, 18” wheels)

Premium: $50,600 MSRP (EPA est. 300 miles, mid 5-second, AWD or RWD, 19” wheels)

California Route 1: $52,400 (EPA est. 300 miles, mid 6-second, AWD, 18” wheels)

GT: $60,500 (EPA est. 235 miles, mid 3-second, AWD, 20” wheels

 

All cars will come standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 2.0

 

According to Roadshow by CNET: "Even with all that range, charging is always a concern, and Ford's leak says that the Mach-E will recoup 47 miles of range in 10 minutes when hooked up to a 150-kW DC fast charger. Things really start to get interesting once you see the inside of the Mach-E thanks to its vast, vertically-oriented touchscreen that definitely reminds us of the one in the Tesla Model S, and that's not a bad vehicle to be compared to."

 

Tech Crunch likes the styling: "It looks like a panorama roof is an option, and that hatchback will probably please a lot of small SUV fans. There’s also something funky going on with the door handles – the front ones appear very small and near the base of the door windows, while I’m not sure how exactly it works on the rear passenger doors based on these photos. There’s also a panoramic sunroof at least as an option, and you can see the interior looks pretty blatantly Tesla -inspired, with a large vertical touchscreen taking up most of the center of the dash – albeit with something that looks like a large physical dial right at the base, instead of going for fully touch-only input. A second digital display appears to replace the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel."

 

From Autocar: "Ford also announced today that it will begin taking deposits for the Mustang Mach-E in the US and Europe immediately after it's revealed, with the first wave of buyers being offered the option of a highly specced First Edition model. However, full pricing hasn't yet been announced, while Chinese buyers won't be able to put down a deposit until a later date. The new car is the first Ford designed as an electric car from the ground up, with a bespoke new platform enabling both rear and four-wheel drive. It will crown the brand’s wide-reaching electrification plan under which European customers will be offered a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric version of every new model launched. "

 

And back to Autoblog: "Standard features for all models include LED headlights and taillights, the side-door E-Latch and using a smartphone as a key, wireless phone charging, memory seats, navigation, Ford CoPilot 360 and 360 Assist 2.0, and an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the battery. The entry-level Select trim can't be ordered with the panoramic roof, and makes tech like memory seats, power folding mirrors, and foot-activated tailgate optional. The panoramic roof is an option on the performance-focused GT, as are Active Park Assist and the 360-degree camera that come standard on every other trim but Select"

 

Finally we're short of battery info but Electrek does the maths: "Finally, though shots don’t tell us the electric car’s battery capacity, they do tell us the approximate charge rate. Ford claims the car will be able to charge 47 miles in 10 minutes on a 150 kW charger. If the car has capacity of ~80 kWh for the 300-mile version, this suggests a DC charge speed of closer to ~80kW, which is a little on the low side compared to the competition. The Model Y will likely be capable of 250 kW charge rates on Tesla’s new V3 supercharger."

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-leak-reservation-page/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b

 

https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/15/fords-mustang-mach-e-all-electric-suv-revealed-in-leaked-photos-prices-and-configurations/

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/ford-mustang-mach-e-first-images-all-new-electric-suv-leaked

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/14/ford-mach-e-pricing-specs-leaked/

 

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1126031_this-is-the-2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-with-up-to-300-miles-of-range-0-60-in-3-seconds-43-895-base-price

 

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Nov 15, 2019
14 Nov 2019 | Ford Mustang Mach-E Teaser, Lucid Begin Factory Construction and Why Did Tesla Choose Berlin
17:33

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FORD AD FOR MUSTANG MACH-E

[audio]

"Ford’s upcoming battery-electric crossover SUV won’t just feature Mustang-inspired styling, it’ll also wear the famed sports car’s name. Officially christened Mustang Mach-E, the Blue Oval’s latest EV is due to show its face this Sunday, November 17th." says Greg Fink for Motor1.com: "Ford will live-stream the reveal of the new model with the assistance of actor Idris Elba, who's set to join the Mach-E on stage. If prospective buyers like what Ford shows, they can then head over to Ford.com at the end of the reveal (which is slated to come to a close at 9:30 PM EST) and reserve a Mustang Mach-E by submitting a $500 refundable deposit"

 

And as the car won't have a manual gearbox, with EV's being as easy to drive as an automatic, they're missing a trick if they don't call it a Mach E Auto.

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/382153/ford-mustang-mach-e-ev-crossover-name/

 

LUCID MOTORS, CONFIRMS LUXURY EV PRODUCTION IN ARIZONA

"After almost three years, the Tesla competitor has finally confirmed that the local Planning and Zoning Commission of the Arizona city approved its multi-year site plan on Nov. 6. Land grading has already begun in September, and the company estimates that production will start before the end of 2020." reports IBTimes.com: "Atieva, the parent company of Lucid, couldn't get the funding to get Lucid Air, the premier electric vehicle (EV) that the company unveiled back in 2016, in the line of production. But with a $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabia through the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund in 2018, issues concerning its eventual roll-out dissolved."

 

https://www.ibtimes.com/tesla-competitor-lucid-motors-confirms-luxury-ev-production-arizona-2863689

 

VOLKSWAGEN BREAKS GROUND ON EXPANSION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE PRODUCTION IN UNITED STATES

Volkswagen of America today marked the start of construction for its electric vehicle production facility. The Chattanooga site, where production begins in 2022, will be Volkswagen’s North American assembly base for electric vehicles.

Volkswagen began long-range EV production earlier this month in Zwickau, Germany, and will then roll out assembly worldwide, including in Anting and Foshan, in China, in 2020 and in the German cities of Emden and Hanover by 2022. The Chattanooga site will be VW’s North-American hub for EV manufacturing.

Volkswagen’s investment of about $800 million in the Chattanooga facility will require the addition of about 1,000 jobs. The production version of the ID. CROZZ will initially be assembled in Zwickau. Production of that vehicle is set to begin in Chattanooga in 2022.

 

GERMAN STATES HAVE BEEN COURTING TESLA

There's a great analysis of the Gigafactory 4 decision from Bloomberg reporters.

"Ramona Pop [a mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economy, Energy and Enterprises] responded with a two-page letter that waxed lyrical about Musk as a pioneer and visionary and offered financial sweeteners to attract him to a city bustling with a vibrant tech scene and a network of auto research institutes." says Bloomberg: "Two federal states that border France also touted their virtues. he European Gigafactory would sit on the outskirts of Berlin, with an additional engineering and design center within the city limits.  Labor costs in eastern Germany are generally lower than in the traditional engineering hubs in the southern part of the country."

 

But is labor cost the real issue here? As per Reuters: "While the average combustion engine takes 3.5 hours to make, and the average transmission requires 2.7 hours of assembly, an electric motor takes only about 1 hour to assemble, consultants at Alix Partners said in their Global Automotive Outlook study. Today the biggest cost factor is still battery packs, which amount to between 30% and 50% of the cost of an electric vehicle."

 

Back to Bloomberg: "The area where Tesla plans to put the factory, called Gruenheide just east of Berlin in the state of Brandenburg, provides quick access via the Autobahn and a link to public transport. It’s a site that BMW had considered before choosing the city of Leipzig a few hours south for a new factory in 2001. The government in Brandenburg, one of five federal states in the former communist east, also lobbied hard to win over Musk, offering at least 100 million euros in aid."

 

Reuters reports on the financial aid being given to all auto makers to ensure GErmany's dominance: "German carmakers and suppliers are tapping in to a 1 billion euro ($1.10 billion) fund set up by Germany to increase battery cell production and are further aided by a government-funded research facility to increase battery cell development know-how."

 

And the key section from the Bloomberg piece: "Musk had a demand that was as clear as it was hard to execute for notoriously bureaucratic Germans: to build the site as swiftly as the one in Shanghai, according to Brandenburg’s economy minister, Joerg Steinbach.";

 

We know all future Gigafactories will be all-in-one solutions, they will make the battery, the powertrains and stamp the vehicles. We know it will be MOdel Y for Germany.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-13/elon-musk-s-german-factory-started-with-love-letter-from-berlin

 

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-tesla-gigafactory-germany-strategy/german-automation-talent-powers-musks-battery-move-to-europe

 

MAJOR BATTERY STORAGE FACILITY PLANNED IN GOLETA

"the 60-megawatt set of lithium-ion Megapacks — utility-scale batteries that have 60 percent more energy density than the Powerpack — would store power and return it to the grid when needed." reports the Santa Barbara Independent: "SoCal Edison turned to storage after the proposed Puente natural gas power plant in Oxnard was denied by the California Energy Commission in 2017. Goleta’s existing Ellwood peaker plant, like many gas-powered plants, faces retirement. Smaller 10- and 20-megawatt battery storage facilities are planned in Carpinteria, Ventura, and a second one in Goleta."

 

https://www.independent.com/2019/11/13/major-battery-storage-facility-planned-in-goleta/

 

TESLA PLANS NEW MASSIVE V3 SUPERCHARGER STATION CONNECTING LA TO PHX

"Tesla has promised to incrementally roll out more Supercharging stations over time, with specific emphasis on its new V3 technology, reportedly in the process of starting construction on a huge, 28-stall Supercharger station that will connect Los Angeles to Phoenix." reports Steven Loveday at InsideEVs"

 

https://insideevs.com/news/382042/tesla-plans-v3-supercharger-station-la-phx/

 

And from BuffaloXpress.com: "The Tesla Supercharger station in Kettleman City between San Francisco and Los Angeles and isn’t Tesla’s most significant on the earth. However, it’s the largest within the US, and it’s the most representative of Tesla’s vision for charging stations. It’s equipped with not solely 40 Supercharger stalls but in addition batteries, solar arrays, and even a lounge for Tesla owners. The brand new Supercharger V3 stalls ought to make the trip a little bit faster with nearly twice the power output than the V2 chargers."

 

http://buffaloxpress.com/telsa-to-upgrade-its-largest-supercharger-station-with-v3-technology/4106/

 

TESLA SECURES MANUFACTURING LICENSE FOR GIGAFACTORY 3

"Tesla has been able to get its manufacturing license for Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China. With Tesla already demonstrating Chinese produced Model 3s to the Chinese press, this step is seen as the last official hurdle before Tesla officially begins production and starts the process of ramping up consumer cars “Made in China.” says CleanTechnica: "Media outlet SINA reports that MIIT has agreed to allow Tesla (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. to be a pure electric passenger car manufacturer."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/14/tesla-secures-manufacturing-license-for-gigafactory-3-lets-roll/

 

LA ADDS HUNDREDS OF EV CHARGERS TO STREETLIGHTS

"The City of Los Angeles has installed EV charging stations directly attached to more than 130 streetlight poles. Hundreds more are planned. The streamlined solution to electric-car charging has been deployed in major European cities but not so much yet in America." according to Bradley at Electrek: "The city’s conversion of street lights to energy-efficient LEDs made the EV solution possible. The fee for charging is typically $1 to $2 per hour. Parking is free. The stations are operated by charging network companies familiar to EV drivers, such as ChargePoint, EVGo, Flo, and GreenLots."

 

Angelica Frias, Smart City Strategist for City of Los Angeles tells us more [audio]

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/13/la-adds-hundreds-of-ev-chargers-to-streetlights-giving-renters-a-place-to-plug-in/

 

 

 

 

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13 Nov 2019 | SEAT Mii City EV, Tesla Autopilot Hits 2 Billion Miles Driven and Shell Installs First U.S. Fast Charger
18:34

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TESLA’S MODEL 3 SUCCESS HITS BMW THE HARDEST

Part 4 of Bloomberg's Tesla Owner survey is out and it's a recommended read. Here are some highlights: "We asked 5,000 owners about what it’s like to live with Elon Musk’s electric car. Here’s what we found.The average Model 3 goes for around $50,000, which is more than any of the top 10 vehicles that buyers traded in from other brands, according to responses to Bloomberg’s Model 3 owners survey. No other sedan in America is generating more revenue. While Tesla took the largest number of customers from Toyota, it affects the Japanese automaker very little. That’s because Toyota’s market share in the U.S. is enormous. [However] as a proportion of a brand’s U.S. sales. It shows BMW to be the automaker with the most to lose—almost five times more vulnerable than Mercedes-Benz.  Many said Tesla’s mission to accelerate the adoption of electric cars creates an unusual sense of owner camaraderie. About 55% of respondents said their opinion of Musk influenced their decision to purchase the car. Model 3 Owners Are Tesla’s Biggest Sales Force."

 

In terms of the brands most vulnerable, BMW, Mini, Audi, Acura, Infiniti, Porsche, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-tesla-model-3-survey/market-evolution.html#intro

 

TESLA ADDS MORE BATTERY CAPACITY TO HELP EV OWNERS ESCAPE BUSH-FIRES

"Tesla has issued a temporary software update to vehicle owners in regions of NSW and Queensland currently impacted by bush fires. It extends the available battery capacity in some models that otherwise have that capacity locked by the vehicle’s software." reports TheDriven.io: "the software update would allow owners of models that include the Tesla S 60 and 60D, which come installed with a 75kWh battery, but that is limited by software that makes only 60kWh available"

 

https://thedriven.io/2019/11/13/with-flick-of-switch-tesla-adds-more-battery-capacity-to-help-ev-owners-escape-bush-fires/

 

SEAT MII ELECTRIC

SEAT starts its electric offensive with the introduction of the Mii electric. The new model is SEAT’s first all­-electric production vehicle and lays the groundwork for future members to join the family. More EVs and PHEVs are due in the near future, including the all­electric SEAT el-­Born, plug­-in hybrid versions of the Tarraco and Leon, and high-­performance plug-­in hybrid versions of CUPRA Formentor and CUPRA Leon. The Home Charge option adds a charging cable to charge directly at home using a 2.3 kW system, while Fast brings CCS fast charging capability with a DC charging capacity of 40kW.

 

The all­-electric city car is the first model to include SEAT CONNECT. The system gives remote access and management of the vehicle, so customers can review driving data, parking position, the vehicle’s status, including doors and lights, manage the charging process via the e-­Manager and the ability to control air­-conditioning remotely – an important technology when you’re faced with extremes in climate – all from a smartphone app.

 

From electrive: "Seat makes the affordability of the electric model a selling point: Mii costs around the same as a combustion engine car of comparable size and power, only with lower running costs  – and here Seat also refers to the significantly lower maintenance costs of electric vehicles. With regard to equipment, Seat has decided to keep the range simple: With the Mii electric and Mii electric Plus"

 

EMPLOYERS SHOULD SEE WORKPLACE CHARGING AS MORE THAN A PERK FOR ITS WORKERS

"Workplace electric vehicle charging is often seen as an employment perk both by businesses and their (current or prospective) employees, but that strategy could be short-sighted. On-site electric chargers may actually be a boon for business, a report suggests, potentially bringing in customers and attracting a stable, engaged workforce." according to Green Car Reports: "The study, conducted by Wood Mackenzie (a subsidiary of data analytics firm Verisk), says that businesses underestimate the value of on-site electric chargers. Data suggest that not only might electric chargers attract customers, but the particular types of buyers they bring in are highly desirable."

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125927_report-employers-should-see-workplace-charging-as-more-than-a-perk-for-its-workers

 

CHINA: 46.38 GWH OF EV BATTERIES DEPLOYED SO FAR THIS YEAR

"The Chinese EV lithium-ion battery market grew so far this year to over 46 GWh, and close to 51% falls on CATL. BYD's share over 10 months is 20%, which together is almost 71%." reports InsideEVs: "Despite the YTD numbers being healthy, the past three months bring decline. Let's take a look at the details, provided by the Moneyball.

 

Top Chinese EV battery manufacturers by installed capacity (January-October):

 

CATL - 23.58  GWh (up 65%)

BYD - 9.23 GWh (up 12%)

Guoxuan - 2.37 GWh (up 43%)

Lishen - 1.27 GWh (down 1%)

CALB - 1.12 GWh (up 307%)

Over ten months of 2019, some 46.38 GWh of batteries were deployed in New Energy Vehicles, which is 38% more than a year ago:

 

Passenger cars - 33.61 GWh (up 55%)

Buses - 9.39 GWh (down 8%)

SPV (other) - 3.39 GWh (up 19%)"

 

https://insideevs.com/news/381619/china-46-gwh-ev-batteries-deployed/

 

TESLA AUTOPILOT NEARS 2 BILLION MILES DRIVEN, FULL-SELF DRIVING CONTINUES TO IMPROVE

"Tesla is yet to issue a formal announcement about its total Autopilot miles to date, though a model by MIT researcher Lex Fridman has predicted that the 2-billion-mile mark will be crossed sometime on November 11, 2019. That being said, Fridman’s model might even be a bit conservative, considering that Tesla’s fleet is growing by the day and more and more vehicles are traveling across the globe on Autopilot thanks to the Model 3 ramp." says Simon at Teslarati: "If Tesla does confirm Autopilot’s 2-billion-mile milestone, it would be a great accomplishment for the electric car maker. After all, it took 4 over four years for Tesla’s fleet of vehicles to reach 1 billion real-world miles on Autopilot. Provided that Lex Fridman’s estimates are accurate, Autopilot’s next billion miles seems to have taken less than a year to accomplish."

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-autopilot-hits-2-billion-miles-full-self-driving/

 

NISSAN IS IN ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES

From Forbes: "In Europe the Leaf also seems to be paying the price for being the pioneer overtaken by late-comers with better technology and sexier-looking models, said Berlin-based automotive analyst Matthias Schmidt. “The Leaf is in danger of being in the position of standing before the EV wall and assisting others over it, thanks to establishing the electric market early on with its first generation model, yet potentially finding it more of an effort to clear the wall itself once the other manufacturers have cleared it,” Schmidt said."

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilwinton/2019/11/12/nissan-leaf-sales-falter-as-new-competitors-offer-better-technology-looks/#7aacee5f1a74

 

From Jalopnik: "Hot on the heels of Honda announcing sales down, Nissan laid out a historically bad report of profits being down an amazing 70 percent, the company’s worst outlook in 11 years, as the Japan Times reports: Nissan, whose financial performance has been in the doldrums for nearly two years, cut its forecast for operating profit to 150 billion in the year through March 2020, from a previous forecast of 230 billion. The new forecast means earnings for the full year will be at their worst in 11 years."

 

https://jalopnik.com/nissan-is-absolute-shambles-1839799530

 

SHELL FIXES FIRST EV CHARGING STATIONS IN U.S

"Shell’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the United States, has been installed at Boston Logan International Airport."   says PetrolWorld.com: "The 50-kW Veelfil-RT DC fast-charging stations were installed by Greenlots, a Los Angeles-based provider of EV charging and energy management software that was acquired by Shell in 2019, with the units manufactured by Tritium, an Australian firm. "

 

https://www.petrolworld.com/headlines/item/33599-netherlands-shell-fixes-first-ev-charging-stations-in-u-s

 

And from Fleet Europe: "Shell are extending their EV offer to our customers’ homes and workplaces.  The acquisition of NewMotion in Europe has enabled Shell to provide charging points to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and it is offering a similar proposition with Greenlots in the US. To help enable cheaper charging for their customers, Shell have also been piloting smart-charging technology in the UK and Germany that helps integrate EVs into the power grid at times when overall demand is at its lowest."

 

https://www.fleeteurope.com/en/new-energies/europe/features/transition-low-carbon-energy-shell-fleet-solutions?t%5B0%5D=Shell&t%5B1%5D=NewMotion&curl=1

 

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12 Nov 2019 | Special Edition: Elon’s Berlin Bet
20:52

Show #639

 

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Starlink Launches As Elon Musk Arrives In Berlin — For Gigafactory 4?

Here's the timeline of speculation!

 

@mortenlund89 Say hello to SpaceX'/Elon Musk's Gulfstream G650ER entering European airspace. Wonder what its business here is?

 

CleanTechnica said: "According to Elon, the announcement of Gigafactory 4’s location in Europe will come soon. Coming before the holiday season would be good for generous mainstream media coverage."

 

Well it wouldn't be long before Morten tweeted: "It's been confirmed by @elonmusk Tesla Gigafactory 4 is going to be located near the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport in Berlin, Germany"

 

A tweet from Matthias @auto_schmidt: "Musk reveals @tesla Europe Gigafactory to be located “in the Berlin area” while receiving an award in Berlin this evening Musk: "Located near the new airport. The new airport – running roughly 10 years behind schedule – is located to the south of the city.

 

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From Teslarati: "In what could only be considered an unexpected win, the Tesla Model 3 was able to beat the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A3 as Germany’s Midsize Car of the Year at the Golden Steering Wheel Awards. The award was granted by auto publication AUTO BILD, whose event was graced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Speaking about the results, a representative of the motoring publication noted that the Model 3 was well-liked by the awards’ judges partly because of its cool factor. Apart from this, the Model 3 was also lauded for being quick on its feet, well-equipped with features, and low cost of ownership.  With this in mind, the Tesla Model 3 became one of the biggest surprises for this year’s Golden Steering Wheel Awards, beating two of Germany’s most well-loved midsize sedans on their home turf. So strong was the positive reaction to the Tesla Model 3 that the vehicle actually earned some of the highest overall scores in this year’s competition."

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-vs-bmw-3-series-audi-a3-midsize-car-of-the-year-award

 

And from Electrek: "During the Golden Wheel automotive award ceremony today, Elon Musk accepted an award for Tesla and announced that the automaker has chosen the “Berlin area” for Gigafactory 4. The CEO said that it will be “near the new Berlin airport,” and they are also planning a design and engineering center in Berlin. It is not entirely surprising, since Tesla has reportedly been looking at several specific sites across several German states, but Berlin was never mentioned, and they also considered other countries."

 

User CLK: "Was watching it live. The audience which included almost all other CEOs literally gasped when he announced Giga 4. Godspeed, Mr. Musk."

 

And as per The Verge: "In a recent earnings report, Tesla said the European Gigafactory would likely be operational by 2021. The company predicted it would be similar to the Shanghai facility as well, since it would be producing Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossovers. The new factory outside Berlin is not Tesla’s fourth overall; the company currently assembles all of its cars at a former Toyota plant in Fremont, California. It also operates a seat factory near the Fremont plant, and has been building another facility in Lathrop, California."

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/12/20961812/elon-musk-berlin-tesla-ceo-fourth-gigafactory-construction

 

And from Tech Crunch: "“There’s not enough time tonight to tell all the details,” Musk said during an onstage interview with Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess. “But it’s in the Berlin area, and it’s near the new airport.”

 

Tesla is also going to create an engineering and design center in Berlin because “I think Berlin has some of the best art in the world,” Musk said. Diess thanked Musk while onstage for “pushing us” toward electrification. Diess later said that Musk and Telsa are demonstrating that moving toward electrification works. “I don’t think Germany is that far behind,” Musk said when asked about why German automakers were behind in electric vehicles. He later added that some of the best cars in the world are made in Germany. “Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding and that’s part of the reason we’re locating our Gigafactory Europe in Germany,” Musk said."

 

* clearly some love between them

* herbert said they have a shared vision

* describes elon as a visionary

* elon is demonstrating that it works, it's fun, elon "is pulling us"

 

"when we started out at Tesla everyone thought we we fools, I thought we were fools too!"

 

Finally the latest tweet from Elon: "Will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y"

 

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11 Nov 2019 | Tax Boost For EV Company Cars, Lexus To Unveil First EV Soon and Rivian Proud Of Their Quad Motors
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LEXUS TO INTRODUCE ITS FIRST BEV MODEL AT THE GUANGZHOU AUTO SHOW

"Lexus announced that at the upcoming Guangzhou Auto Show (on November 22) it will unveil its first battery-electric vehicle." reports InsideEVs: "The Japanese brand (part of Toyota) starts with a BEV envisioned for the Chinese and European markets. "Specifically crafted to suit the needs of audiences in China and in Europe, this further advances the brand’s desire to offer a portfolio of electrified powertrain choices for diverse audiences worldwide." The introduction of a BEV was inevitable as the Chinese government requires automakers to collect (or buy) a certain amount of New Energy Vehicles credits."

 

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NASA PLANS ELECTRIC TEST FLIGHTS BY END OF 2020

"NASA presented an early version of its X-57 Maxwell all-electric passenger aircraft. The electric aircraft is based on the Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller aircraft, in which the combustion engines have been replaced by 14 electric motors. The first test flight is scheduled for the end of 2020." according to Electrive: "Six smaller motors will be mounted along the leading edge of each wing to improve lift during take-off and landing. The lift propellers will only be activated when required and will be retracted during the flight itself. At the ends of each wing, there is then a larger electric motor for propulsion during the flight at travel height."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/11/nasa-plans-electric-test-flights-by-end-of-2020/

 

SKODA OCTAVIA IV IS THE SECOND SKODA MODEL TO BE AVAILABLE AS A PLUG-IN HYBRID

For the first time, there is a plug-in-hybrid variant, the SKODA OCTAVIA iV.

 

Following in the footsteps of the SUPERB iV, the OCTAVIA iV is the second SKODA model to be available as a plug-in hybrid.

This powertrain features a 1.4 TSI petrol engine delivering 115 kW (156 PS) and a 75-kW electric motor. Together, they produce a total power output of 150 kW.

With a capacity of 37 Ah providing 13 kWh, the high-voltage lithium-ion battery allows for an electric range of up to 55 km in the WLTP cycle.

 

TESLA UNVEILS MODEL 3 MADE-IN-CHINA WITH MEDIA TEST DRIVES

"Tesla has unveiled its first Model 3 made-in-China at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai and started to give media test drives of the vehicle. Tesla has been expected to focus on Model 3 production at its Shanghai automotive factory, where it mulls producing as many as 3,000 vehicles per week next year, Teslarati reported recently." and picked up by News18.com

 

Electrek's Take: "As we previously reported, the start of production is going to be a major milestone since it’s going to be the first electric vehicle factory wholly-owned by a foreign automaker in China and Tesla’s second electric vehicle production factory. But beyond that for Tesla, it will open up a larger market for them in China with lower prices and better access to EV incentives."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/11/tesla-model-3-made-in-china-media-test-drives/

 

ALFA ROMEO SCALES BACK ELECTRIFICATION

"The Fiat-owned automaker needs to release electrified models to keep up with its German and Japanese rivals, to satisfy demand from buyers, and to remain on the right side of government regulations. While it originally announced plans to electrify six of seven nameplates, its updated product road map outlines two plug-ins out of four models" writes Autoblog: " the Tonale, which was previewed by an eponymous concept car at the 2019 Geneva auto show, and leaked online several weeks later. It will take Alfa Romeo into the plug-in hybrid segment for the first time. The other is a yet-unnamed entry-level soft-roader which will offer an electric powertrain. Both will also come with non-electrified drivetrains. The Giulia and the Stelvio are no longer in line to receive hybrid technology"

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/11/alfa-romeo-electrification-plans-reorganization/

 

GERMAN TAX ADVANTAGES FOR COMPANY CARS

"The German Bundestag today passed the law on further tax incentives for electromobility and changes to other tax regulations." says a translated article on cducsu.de: "If employees drive so-called zero-emission vehicles as company cars and the gross list price of the vehicle does not exceed 40,000 euros, employees will only have to pay 0.25% of the list price in the year "

 

Electrive adds: "The preferential tax treatment for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids introduced in 2018 and initially limited to three years is now to be extended in two stages until 2030: From 2022 to 2024, only electric and hybrid vehicles with a minimum range of 60 km or a maximum CO2 emission of 50 g/km with a purely electric drive will benefit; in the period from 2025 to 2030, the required purely electric minimum range will increase to 80 km."

 

https://www.cducsu.de/themen/wirtschaft-und-energie-haushalt-und-finanzen/steuervorteile-bei-tampons-und-e-autos

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/11/germany-extends-company-car-grant-til-2030/

 

RIVIAN’S QUAD-MOTOR TORQUE VECTORING SETS HIGH BAR FOR TESLA CYBERTRUCK

"Whether or not Tesla can steal electric-truck thunder back from Rivian will be based on a simple metric: how many motors are on board the Cybertruck. By dedicating an individual motor to each wheel, Rivian’s technical design creates an unprecedented potential for torque vectoring." says Brad at Electrek, reporting on the Fully Charged video about Rivian: " gearbox."

 

Here’s what Rivian CEO R.J. Scaringe told Fully Charged about the R1T truck:

 

“It can do zero to 60 in three seconds. But what makes the vehicle so unique is the way we’re able to control torque not just front to back but left to right, instantaneously coupled with the ability to adjust to the roll stiffness and damping frequency. You could have a vehicle that instantaneously goes from something that’s incredible off-road to something incredible on the road.”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/11/rivians-quad-motor-torque-vectoring-sets-high-bar-for-tesla-cybertruck/

 

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10 Nov 2019 | Audi e-tron S, Karma Revero GT Gets EPA Rated and Question Of The Week Answers
25:03

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AUDI E-TRON S POSSIBLY SPIED TESTING AT THE NURBURGRING AGAIN

"We first spied a hotter version of the Audi E-Tron in May when our spy photographers caught the E-Tron S at the Nürburgring. We haven’t seen it since then." says Motor1.com but now we have some photos of a new run: "There’s a good chance the E-Tron in the video could be the hotter S version. The intakes that flank the front fascia are bigger than the ones on the standard E-Tron, though not by much. Larger and wider wheels plus a new rear diffuser design hint that this is sportier than the current offering.  When Audi unveiled the original concept in 2015, the E-Tron had a 3-motor setup with two powering the rear axle and one powering the front. The E-Tron on sale today has two motors. This could be the 3-motor E-Tron. In concept form, the E-Tron made 496 hp, and, like the production model, also had a 95-kilowatt-hour battery."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/381333/audi-e-tron-s-spied/

 

EPA RATES 2020 KARMA REVERO GT WITH 61 MILES OF EV RANGE

"The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the all-electric range to 61 miles or 98 kilometers, making the Karma the next best option after the Polestar 1 performance-oriented grand tourer with plug-in hybrid propulsion." according to Auto Evolution: "Compared to the 2018 Revero, the 2020 model year makes use of a 28-kWh battery instead of 21.4 kWh. Acceleration from zero to 60 takes 4.5 seconds as opposed to 5.4 seconds, and the dual-motor RWD layout features torque vectoring to better handling in the twisties. Total system output? Make that 535 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, translating to a top speed of 125 miles per hour."

 

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/epa-rates-2020-karma-revero-gt-with-61-miles-of-ev-range-138930.html

 

CHEVROLET MENLO EV MAKES GLOBAL PREMIERE IN CHINA

The Chevrolet Menlo EV made its global premiere in China at 2019 Chevrolet Gala Night. The Chevrolet Blazer seven-seat mid-large SUV also was shown for the first time in China at the event." according to Green Car Congress: "The Chevrolet Menlo will be the brand’s first fully electric vehicle available in China. The Menlo has a constant-speed range of up to 410 kilometers (255 miles) under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions on a single charge. The Chevrolet Menlo has adopted the athletic design of the Chevrolet FNR-X all-purpose sports concept vehicle. The Chevrolet Menlo comes with the new-generation MyLink+ infotainment system. Functions include virtual car key, remote control and intelligent voice recognition."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/11/20191110-menlo.html

 

HONDA WORKS ON SECOND EV, QUITS DIESEL, AND PUTS HYDROGEN ON HOLD

"Why has it taken until now for [Honda] to commit to plug-in power? It’s been a case of biding time, according to Honda Europe’s senior vice president Tom Gardner." says Driving.co.uk: "Now that the final piece of the jigsaw has fallen into place, Honda has a bold new goal: ensuring every car it sells in Europe by 2022 is electrified, facilitated by the launch of six hybrid or pure-electric cars over the next three years. The popularity of the CR-V Hybrid has had no small part to play in this drive towards battery power. While the electrification target is being influenced by demand from car buyers, Honda admits political pressure has also been a motivation. Tough new emissions regulations across Europe and the rest of the world have helped force all car makers’ hands."

 

Honda Europe’s president Katsushi Inoue did nothing to change that perception.

“Our focus is on hybrid and electric vehicles now,” he told us. “Maybe hydrogen fuel cell cars will come, but that’s a technology for the next era.”

 

Ian Howells, Honda Europe’s senior vice president, added: “We’re in the situation where the infrastructure isn’t there either [to support hydrogen fuel cell cars]. There is an infrastructure being developed very rapidly for battery electric cars, but there’s nothing really to talk of about hydrogen, so there’s a way to go yet.”

 

https://www.driving.co.uk/news/honda-embracing-electrified-cars-now-right-time/

 

FROM MATT GROOBY:

AUSTRALIAN GRID HITS 50% RENEWABLES FOR FIRST TIME

"renewables provided 50.2% of the electricity available on Australia’s National Energy Market in the first week of November. The NEM supplies electricity to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania" says Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: "During those 10 minutes, solar power led the way, providing 32.5% of the available electricity. Wind was next at 15.7%, and hydro provided 1.9%. There are more than 2 million small rooftop solar systems in those 5 Australian states and they provided 72% of the solar power, while solar power plants contributed the other 28%."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/10/australian-grid-hits-50-renewables-for-first-time/

 

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RAJEEV NARAYAN

I would prefer both incentives for EVs and penalties for polluting but if forced to pick one, I guess I would pick penalties for carbon emissions. I am assuming that would cost governments less than direct cash incentives and therefore be able to be applied more broadly for longer than incentives alone.

 

STEPHEN JAMES

I am definitely a carrot person.

I have solar panels and I really wanted to buy a EV car. I was looking at the MG ZS EV but I could simply not afford the extra £8000 that the same petrol version MG ZS costs.

I bought the petrol MG ZS and I love it but I still feel gutted that the EV version is still out of my price range.

If the government had better incentive programs running to bring the on the road price down I would have definitely purchased the full EV model.

 

BILL POLLOCK

Price Parity...a stick that doesn't look like a stick.

We listeners don't need a moral incentive to choose electric, most people don't.  As the soft barriers of range and charge time fall away what remains is the cost to buy.

In Canada a fully kitted out Jaguar F-Pace costs $85,000; whereas an equally kitted out I-Pace costs $115,000.

So...if you price both the F-Pace and the I-Pace at $105,000, for the time being the added margin on the F's will balance the losses (if any) on the I's.

 

PETER BRYN

I love EVs, but to me they’re a means to an end. The goal is to eliminate emissions, and therefore absolutely the most important policy is a price on carbon.

For listeners who feel the same, please get involved with Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

 

PETE FROM CALIFORNIA

The carrot. Always the carrot. We don't have EVs with comparable range in winter climates so sticks are kind of a rotten nudge right now.

More importantly, I want better carrots. Forget a "per EV basis", how about a billion dollar incentive towards a solid state battery that gets 500 to 800 watt hours per kilogram and can be cut clean in half without thermal runaway, and another billion dollars if it's royalty-free?

What we need is a research solution that makes EVs accessible for every type of vehicle, and tackling things at the battery manufacturing end is what will get us there.

 

SACHA FLEURY

In short , STICKS ! Incentives are often seen by many as giveaway time the wealthy.

While carrots are more positive ,most of the people that I’ve seen insisting they need to burn fossil fuels state cost as being the main driver , proper BEVs are still marginally more expensive at time of purchase for equal functionality but the price of ICE vehicles is lower because it’s practically free to pollute in many countries ...

Therefore we need sticks to  (in the form of non-regressive carbon pricing) : for example , we could make it such that any new non-bev that sells for the median price of a BEV or more would require paying the cost of dealing with the environmental impact of the vehicle (say 30 to 40% of MSRP ) This cashflow then funds the climate change initiatives like charging infrastructure while customers’ purchase decision becomes a lot easier. Doing it this way (as opposed to fuel tax ) won’t impact people with lesser means  - people that can’t afford a new car in the first place.

 

MUNAVER

I prefer the carrot approach as incentives can be offered as money off     On purchase of the car . Others like reduced stamp duty ,registration cost free parking in all paid parking lots , waiving toll road fees and further incentives when trading in ice cars for EV’s .

This would make any  new ice car purchaser think hard and long before purchasing an ice car

 

John Fruhwirth

After much deliberation, I come down on the side of using carrots versus sticks to get people to convert to EVs.

My reasons are as follows:

The case for the carrot

  1. It's a good idea to make the right thing to do the easy thing to do.
  2. Pleasure is a better motivator than pain.
  3. Enlightened self interest is a fabulous motivator.

The case against the stick.

  1. Inflicting pain builds resentment and may lead to retribution.
  2. People are very creative when devising methods of avoiding pain.\
  3. Inflicting pain is debilitating and so counter productive.

 

LUKE MCCArthy

I would say use the carrot for consumers which will in turn drive manufacturer decision making. I think that the consumer uptake of EVs has or is moving from innovators to early adopters using the diffusion of innovation theory. The early adopters or even the early majority already know the upsides of EVs and I would expect there are only a few things holding them back from buying, one being the cost. So in this regard the carrot works best.

 

RICHARD FROM AUSTRALIA

If it has to be one or the other, I'd have to say Stick. If we're serious about tackling the climate crisis and pollution that we've done nothing about since we discovered its impact, we need to introduce harsh measures now to get the mainstream off fossils and move to Electrification. I'd introduce a £1 extra tax on every litre of fossil fuels every calendar year from now on, including for aviation, farming and industry. I'd also remove the ability of companies to claim the cost of fossil fuels as a tax deduction.

 

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09 Nov 2019 | VW Introduce SPACE VIZZION, Chevrolet Menlo EV For China and Nissan LEAF Sales Struggle
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 9th November 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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NISSAN LEAF SALES IN JAPAN DROP BY 51% IN OCTOBER 2019

"Nissan is not able to prevent the LEAF from falling in its home market and in October the rate of decrease even accelerated!" reports InsideEVs: "Combined with a decrease in the U.S. and probably not strong results in Europe (at least not good enough to release a sales report), Nissan's EV outcome is disappointing, especially for a pioneer that undertook a tremendous effort to bring the LEAF to the market. Ten years later, the best LEAF ever, available in two battery options (40 kWh and 62 kWh) is selling at a lower level than a few years ago. In Japan, only 820 LEAFs were sold in October (down 51% year-over-year), although LEAF was still the #40 most popular model."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/381088/nissan-leaf-sales-japan-october-2019/

 

BMW 320E TOURING MODEL COULD BE UNVEILED NEXT YEAR

"This year the Bavarians launched an impressive number of plug-in hybrids, including the 330e PHEV. However, in the future, more plug-in hybrids will be launched, including the 320e in the 3 Series range." according to BMW Blog: "During a recent meeting held in Munich, highlighting the results BMW achieved over the first nine months of the year, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse talked about hybrid Touring versions coming next year.

 

“By the end of the year, we will have 12 fully electric and plug-in hybrid models on the roads. Customers desire our plug-in hybrids because they can use them as their only vehicle,” said Zipse. “The 3 Series Touring will also be available as a plug-in hybrid variant next year,” he added."

 

https://www.bmwblog.com/2019/11/06/bmw-320e-touring-unveiled-next-year/

 

VOLKSWAGEN TO INTRODUCE ID. SPACE VIZZION

"Volkswagen has released design sketches of the 7th model it intends to build on the MEB electric car platform. The car is known for the time being as the ID. SPACE VIZZION." says Clean Technica: "The ID. SPACE VIZZION is a wagon of tomorrow that combines the aerodynamic characteristics of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness of an SUV. Stylistically, the ID. SPACE VIZZION follows the design DNA of the ID. family, yet has a completely independent and progressive character.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/10/volkswagen-to-introduce-id-space-vizzion-at-la-auto-show-november-19/

 

PORSCHE CAYMAN ELECTRIC RUMORED TO HAVE 400 HORSEPOWER

"Porsche isn't hanging around with its electrification strategy. While the world's attention is firmly upon the Taycan, Stuttgart's first full production electric vehicle (EV), its engineers are busily working on a more affordable battery-powered model. The replacements for the entry-level 718 Boxster and Cayman twins will be all-electric, underlining how serious Zuffenhausen is about jumping onboard the electric battlebus." writes Car Magazine: "Our intel suggests the following specs:

 

Powertrain  Twin electric motors, rear- or all-wheel drive

Output  System total 400bhp

Chassis  Aluminium monocoque

Due on sale  2023"

 

https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/spy-shots/porsche/electric-boxster-and-cayman-sports-car/

 

GM SELLS LORDSTOWN FACTORY TO THE OFFSHOOT OF A STRUGGLING EV STARTUP

"GM says the factory’s new purpose will help establish Ohio as a hub for EV manufacturing." says The Verge: "But the Lordstown plant now rests in the hands of a small company that finds itself trying to do what almost no other startup has been able to do: build an entirely new American automaker from (almost) the ground up. To be clear, Lordstown Motors is a new company that was specifically set up to buy the Lordstown plant. It was created by Steve Burns, the founder and former CEO of struggling electric vehicle startup Workhorse. Workhorse has sold electric delivery vans in the past, and is in the running for the contract to build the United States Postal Service’s next-generation vehicle. But the company has recently found itself in dire financial straits. The startup has lost nearly $38 million in 2019, and generated just $4,258 in sales this past quarter."

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/8/20954956/gm-lordstown-motors-factory-workhorse-electric-vehicles-trump-ev

 

VOLKSWAGEN STARTS PRE-PRODUCTION IN FIRST CHINA PLANT FOCUSED ONLY ON E-MOBILITY

"The new plant of The SAIC Volkswagen joint venture’s new plant—which is dedicated to production of all electric vehicles on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB)—has been completed in Anting, Shanghai. Celebrating the start of pre-production, a first China-specific all-electric Volkswagen ID. model rolled off the production line." says Green Car Congress.

 

It took only 12 months to see the completion of this innovative factory. Congratulations to our colleagues in Anting, who will further prepare to produce the first China-model of the Volkswagen ID. family here in Shanghai. We will speed up our NEV offensive even more, as we expect further e-mobility market growth.

 

—Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/11/20191109-vwchina.html

 

CHEVROLET MENLO EV MAKES CHINA DEBUT

"General Motors has a total of 20 new electric cars coming by 2023, but don't think they're all for the US. China is the largest market for electric vehicles in the entire world and GM is absolutely catering to that reality." reports CNET: "On that note, China's latest electric-car entree is served. This is the Chevy Menlo EV that debuted on Friday. Before you ask, no, this isn't coming to the US. A Chevy representative confirmed to Roadshow that the model is specific to China and the company has zero intention of bringing it to the US.  The range figure is pretty close to the Buick Velite 6's as well, which likely means the two share a lot of technology. The Velite 6 is another China-only EV that GM sells locally. The Menlo EV, however, is the first electric car Chevy will sell in China."

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/chevy-menlo-electric-car-crossover-china/

 

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Nov 12, 2019
08 Nov 2019 | Model 3 Becomes King Of Efficiency, BMW Selling More Plug-Ins and Electric Boat Using Second Life Batteries
13:46

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2020 TESLA MODEL 3 SR+ IS THE MOST EFFICIENT EV EVER (BEATS IONIQ)

"The 2020 Tesla Model 3 is the most efficient electric car ever, according to officially released EPA ratings. The Model 3 now beats the previous leader Hyundai IONIQ Electric (2017-2019) and its upcoming 2020 model year version, which actually has slightly higher energy consumption." says InsideEVs today: "First of all, the SR+ is rated for 250 miles (402 km) of range and efficiency of 239 Wh/mi (149 Wh/km), which includes charging losses. That's the best result ever in EPA stats (3.6% better than 2019 IONIQ and 5.5% better than 2020 IONIQ). The SR+ is also state-of-the art in the case of highway efficiency - 255 Wh/mi(158 Wh/km). The efficiency in the city is second only to the outgoing 2017-2019 Hyundai IONIQ Electric (by 1.3%)."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/381209/2020-tesla-model-3-sr-most-efficient/

 

FOR 2020, ALL TESLA MODEL 3 VERSIONS GET NEW EPA RATINGS

And further to that story: "This week all Tesla Model 3 versions (those available currently and surprisingly also those not available anymore) received new 2020 EPA range/efficiency ratings. Surprisingly, the EPA website lists the 2020 Mid Range version, despite it not being available on the market. The numbers are the same as previously. Surprisingly, the EPA website also lists the 2020 Long Range (RWD) version, despite it's not being available on the market. While the efficiency is the same as previously, the range is 330 miles (531 km), 20 miles (32 km) above the 2019 rating. It proves that the rear-wheel-drive Model 3 (discontinued) was the longest-range Model 3."

 

AWD Long Range 322 miles / 518 km

 

Performance 299 miles / 481 km on 20" wheels

 

https://insideevs.com/news/381227/tesla-model-3-new-2020-epa-numbers/

 

BEST-EVER OCTOBER FOR BMW GROUP SALES

"Sales of BMW Group electrified vehicles were up 8.6% to 14.182 units in October, due to availability of the new BMW 330e* and the BMW X5 xDrive45e*. The BMW i brand, with the BMW i3 and BMW i8, continued its positive sales trend over the course of the year, with an increase of +19.3% to 34,479 units." reports Automotive World: "Sales of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4* Plug-in Hybrid climbed 30.1% in the first ten months of the year to reach a total of 13,274 units. With the launch of the BMW X3 as a plug-in hybrid* and the pure electric MINI Electric*, the BMW Group will be expanding its range of electrified vehicles to 12 models by the end of this year. The BMW Group intends to have one million electrified vehicles on the roads by the end of 2021. The company expects to have delivered a total of half a million fully-electric and plug-in hybrid BMW and MINI vehicles to customers by the end of this year."

 

https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/best-ever-october-for-bmw-group-sales/

 

GREEN LIGHT FOR THE "BIDIRECTIONAL CHARGING MANAGEMENT (BCM)" RESEARCH PROJECT.

The newly launched Bidirectional Charging Management – BCM research project brings together companies and institutions from the automotive, energy and scientific sectors.

The research project will run for three years under the aegis of the German Aerospace Centre and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Testing of the first 50 BMW i3 cars equipped with bidirectional charging technology (i.e. that are capable of backfeeding) is expected to start under real-world everyday conditions in early 2021. This will create a platform for subsequently implementing the technology across the board and so integrate electric mobility into Germany’s power grid.

 

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0302526EN/green-light-for-the-bidirectional-charging-management-bcm-research-project

 

FIRST 100% ELECTRIC PASSENGER BOAT FITTED WITH SECOND LIFE BATTERIES

Today, Seine Alliance unveils the Black Swan, the first electric boat specifically designed for private or business cruises on the Seine to be fitted with second life batteries. The aim of Seine Alliance and its partners - Groupe Renault and Green-Vision - is to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of a model based on the principle of the circular economy, in order to reproduce it and create synergies between the various mobility players.

The Black Swan, a zero-emissions* boat with a capacity of 2 to 8 people for family excursions of around 2 hours, has been designed in this spirit. It is powered by two electric motors and needs no generator or back-up internal combustion engine. So, it won’t emit any exhaust gases and proceeds noiselessly.

Lithium-ion batteries taken from Renault electric vehicles once they have reached the end of their "first car life” are being re-conditioned and re-purposed. They are then installed beneath the boat’s side bench seats in 4 battery stainless steel housings that have been specially designed to ensure safe, water-tight operating conditions. Thus, the energy and raw materials required to produce new batteries has been avoided.

 

https://media.group.renault.com/global/en-gb/groupe-renault/media/pressreleases/21235734/le-black-swan-premier-bateau-a-passagers-equipe-de-batteries-de-seconde-vie-et-100-electrique-a-pari

 

GE SIGNS 715 MEGAWATT WIND DEAL IN CHINA

"This week, GE began testing its first Haliade-X 12 megawatt offshore wind turbine. It also signed a deal to supply the turbines for a 715 megawatt (MW) wind farm in China’s Henan Province." says CleanTechnica: "GE Renewable Energy and China Huaneng Group signed an agreement this week at the China International Import Expo to build a 715 MW wind farm in Puyang, Henan Province, China.  GE will provide 286 of its 2.5-132 turbines with 130-meter soft steel towers for the wind farm. These turbines were designed specifically for the unique low wind speed needs in Henan province and will be manufactured by GE in China. When completed in the middle of next year, the wind farm will supply enough electricity to power 500,000 homes."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/08/ge-signs-715-megawatt-wind-deal-in-china-puts-worlds-most-powerful-wind-turbine-into-service/

 

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Nov 11, 2019
07 Nov 2019 | 1,000 Horsepower Touring Car Concept, Electric G-Wagon and Ford Mustang-Inspired EV Pictured
12:48

Show #634

 

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PORSCHE IS SETTING UP ELECTRIC CAR INSURANCE FOR THE TAYCAN

"With the launch of the Taycan, Porsche Financial Services is now offering not only established motor vehicle insurance but also a policy specially tailored to electric cars." reports electrive: "According to the press release, the new policy supplements the existing Porsche CarPolicy with, for example, special protection for the battery and charging station as well as mobility protection. Porsche did not give any information on the policy’s costs or detailed conditions in the press release."

 

“A highlight of ‘E-Cover’ is the original price protection for the battery in the event of damage. Extensive cyber protection is another innovative component of the product”.

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/07/porsche-is-setting-up-electric-car-insurance-for-the-taycan/

 

MAERSK TO PILOT 600 KWH CONTAINERIZED BATTERY SYSTEM ON CONTAINER SHIP

"A containerized 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board the Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions." says Green Car Congress: "Propelling marine vessels with battery power alone is still years away from being a technically- and economically-viable option, Maersk says. However marine battery systems can be used to improve the efficiency of a vessel’s onboard electrical systems such as the Maersk Cape Town’s generators. By maintaining the vessel’s auxiliary generators at a more optimal load, and avoiding running generators when not needed, overall fuel consumption can be reduced."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/11/20191107-maersk.html

 

PRICES AND SPECS REVEALED FOR CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS HYBRID

"Citroën has launched a plug-in hybrid version of its C5 Aircross SUV, bringing CO2 emissions of 39g/km and a 31-mile electric-only range to aid fleets looking to go greener." according to Fleetworld:" Priced from £35,340 and starting deliveries in mid-2020, the C5 Aircross Hybrid combines a PureTech 180hp petrol engine, a 109hp electric motor and an ë-EAT8 automatic gearbox. with a 100% electric range of up to 31 miles / 50km, The 13.2kWh battery is covered by an eight-year / 100,000 mile warranty to guarantee up to 70% of its charge capacity, and can be charged in less than two hours thanks to the standard 7.4KW on board charger."

 

https://fleetworld.co.uk/prices-and-specs-revealed-for-citroen-c5-aircross-hybrid/

 

DTM REVEALS A 1,000 HP CONCEPT FOR AN ALL-ELECTRIC RACING SERIES

DTM—also known as Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters—has introduced a 1,000 horsepower concept of the future for what will inevitably be an all-electric (or an all-hydrogen) series. That’s a pretty massive upgrade from the series’ current 600 HP combustion engines." reports Jalopnik: "A press release makes it very clear that this newer, more eco-friendly series will run alongside DTM without actually replacing it just yet. DTM’s promoter ITR is pretty keen on keeping both series around as long as possible."

 

MERCEDES-BENZ CHIEF CONFIRMS ALL-ELECTRIC G-CLASS WAGON IN THE WORKS

"Ola Källenius, chairman of Daimler and head of Mercedes-Benz, confirmed today that the company will produce an all-electric version of the iconic G-Class wagon." says Fred at Electrek: "The introduction of a G-Class wagon — rated at 14 miles per gallon ­— would transform one of Mercedes’ biggest gas guzzlers into a zero-emissions vehicle. Källenius mentioned that there had been discussions to eliminate the iconic model. Apparently, instead, it will be electrified."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/07/mercedes-benz-chief-confirms-all-electric-g-class-wagon-in-the-works/

 

ELECTRIFICATION FOR TRUCKING FROM TEVVA

"On Wednesday, electric commercial vehicle pioneer Tevva unveiled its Electrify initiative, aiming to drive the electrification of medium-duty HGVs through the deployment of up to 50 electric trucks across the United Kingdom and Europe over the next six months." according to GreenBiz: "Tevva has developed a package of EV technologies tailored for HGV vehicles, including battery packs, fleet management systems and advanced cloud-based software that uses geofencing capabilities to autonomously control a range extender and ensure vehicles can switch to zero-emissions mode to optimize efficiency and minimize air pollution in built-up areas."

 

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/poo-and-power-electrification-and-manure-offer-competing-paths-decarbonize-hgvs

 

 

2020 HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC RANGE BOOSTED TO 170 MILES FOR VERY EFFICIENT EV

"The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric gets a big range boost—up to 170 EPA-rated miles, according to results posted Tuesday by the federal agency." says Green Car Reports: "The pack goes up from 28 kwh in the 2019 model to about 38 kwh in the 2020 model.  EPA test info also confirm that the U.S.-spec Ioniq Electric will get the same motor upgrade given to versions in other markets—raising output to 134 hp (100 kw), from 118 hp (88 kw)."

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125897_2020-hyundai-ioniq-electric-range-boosted-to-170-miles-for-very-efficient-ev

 

FORD MUSTANG-INSPIRED ELECTRIC CROSSOVER CAUGHT ALMOST CAMO FREE

"The Ford Mustang-inspired electric SUV unveiling is scheduled for November 17, ahead of the LA Auto Show, but we already obtained photos of a barely disguised prototype." says InsideEVs: "It seems that the new long-range electric Ford is more like a crossover than an actual SUV. Size and shape probably will put it in the same segment as the Tesla Model Y."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/381083/ford-mustang-inspired-mach-e-bev/

 

FORMER DAIMLER CEO PRAISES TESLA, BUT SAYS GERMANS REMAIN PERMANENTLY AHEAD

Former Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently shared his thoughts on the electric car revolution and the part played by American electric car maker Tesla. Now retired and without commitments to a specific automaker, Zetsche freely praised Elon Musk, stating that he adores the daring Tesla CEO." says Simon Alvarez at Teslarati: "Thus, despite his admiration for Elon Musk, Zetsche believes that established automakers will be permanently ahead. Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler are all making big moves on electromobility."

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-vs-daimler-electric-vehicle-race-dieter-zetsche/

 

 

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Nov 11, 2019
06 Nov 2019 | Tesla Unveil ‘Cybertruck’ Electric Pickup On November 21st
15:31

Show #633

 

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TESLA WILL UNVEIL ITS ‘CYBERTRUCK’ ELECTRIC PICKUP ON NOVEMBER 21ST

"Tesla will finally unveil its long-awaited electric pickup truck on November 21st, Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday. The truck, which Musk has dubbed “Cybertruck,” is supposed to look like something straight out of Blade Runner, the CEO has said." writes The Verge: "The truck will be unveiled at Tesla’s design studio in Los Angeles, California, which sits on the same lot as SpaceX’s headquarters.  Musk has said the forthcoming pickup truck has a “heart-stopping” design, with better utility than a Ford F-150 and superior performance to a basic Porsche 911."

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/6/20951616/tesla-cybertruck-electric-pickup-reveal

 

"The Cybertruck has been crafted to "meet or exceed an F-150. If the F-150 can do it then a Tesla truck should be able to do it." Musk suggested it has a bold "cyberpunk" design, "like it came out of a sci-fi movie." It seems the rest of us will get to determine whether that's accurate in a couple of weeks. Musk also noted the reveal date is "strangely familiar." The classic cyberpunk movie Blade Runner is set in Los Angeles in November 2019, after all." repots Engadget.

 

https://www.engadget.com/2019/11/06/tesla-electric-pickup-truck-event-elon-musk/

 

"It's not clear if this "Cybertruck" will be a production vehicle or just a concept. Musk first brought up a pickup truck back in 2017 and said it would show up in no more than 24 months. For once, he was right on the money for a timeline because here we are, two years later." says CNET: "In the time since this Tesla pickup was announced as part of the company's future lineup, things have certainly changed. Companies like Rivian have attracted a lot of attention with electric pickup trucks. The startup has also received investments from Amazon and even Ford. Meanwhile, legacy automakers such as General Motors and Ford confirmed they have their own battery-electric pickup trucks coming.Traditional automakers have typically had the pickup segment locked down, so it remains to be seen if Tesla can take a stab at it. Yet, if there's anything we've learned watching Tesla over the past few years, it's to never count the company out."

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tesla-electric-pickup-truck-cybertruck-reveal/

 

BMW GROUP CONTINUES TO EXPAND CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES

"The BMW Group is setting the course for the electric future of mobility and will install over 4,100 charging points for electrified vehicles at its German locations by 2021." according to BMW: "The new charging infrastructure enables BMW Group employees to charge their cars conveniently at their workplace with attractive conditions. The plans for Germany include mainly AC (alternating current) fast charging stations with an output of 11kW, but also DC (direct current) fast charging stations with an output of 50kW. The power supply comes from renewable energies. The majority of the charging points will be installed in the greater Munich area."

 

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0302391EN/bmw-group-continues-to-expand-charging-infrastructure-for-electrified-vehicles?language=en

 

OPEL VIVARO-E STARTS IN 2020

The electrification offensive from Opel continues: as of 2020, the Opel Vivaro will also be offered as a pure battery electric version. Customers can then choose between two sizes of battery, depending on their needs. The new Opel Vivaro-e will be available with a 50kWh battery for a range of up to 200 kilometres or a 75kWh battery for up to 300km according to WLTP1. Emissions-free deliveries are becoming increasingly important in urban areas and the demand for purely electric light commercial vehicles will rise accordingly.

 

https://int-media.opel.com/en/11-05-opel-vivaro-e-starts-in-2020

 

VIRGIN MEDIA CONSORTIUM TO HELP REVOLUTIONISE ON-STREET ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

"Leveraging Virgin Media’s 40,000 powered street cabinets and 170,000 km of ducts, Liberty Global’s project has been created in partnership with Innovate UK, the UK government’s research and innovation department, to help local authorities find a solution to limited on-street electric vehicle charging points and thereby encourage more people to use electric vehicles."

 

Jason Simpson, Vice President Global Energy and Utilities for Liberty Global, comments, “Leveraging street cabinets allows Liberty Global to look beyond traditional uses of telecom infrastructure and make a positive impact on the environment and in communities throughout the UK.”

 

https://group.vattenfall.com/uk/newsroom/news-press-releases/pressreleases/2019/vattenfall-to-be-key-partner-in-virgin-media-consortium-to-help-revolutionise-on-street-electric-vehicle-charging

 

INFINITI’S ELECTRIC APPROACH

“Our new gas-generated EV powertrain represents the next step into our electrified future, acting as a bridge to full electrification and setting the tone of our upcoming zero and ultra-low emission cars. However they are powered, our cars will offer thrilling yet serene electric performance, and e-AWD systems which inspire driver confidence.”

 

"The gas-generated EV powertrain is, in effect, a series hybrid. That is, there is an internal combustion engine that operates as a generator that charges the batteries, which, in turn, are used to power the motors that turn the wheels." reports ADandP.media: "It is worth noting that Infiniti is undertaking a “two powertrains, one platform” approach that will accommodate both this gas-generated EV powertrain and fully electric powertrains. This will simplify production through the commonality. For the full EV the space between the axles will be used to accommodate the battery pack; for the gas-generated EV, the space will include a smaller battery pack, the fuel tank and the exhaust system."

 

https://www.adandp.media/blog/post/infinitis-electric-approach

 

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Nov 08, 2019
05 Nov 2019 | Fisker’s Ocean SUV, Model 3 SR+ Charges Faster and More EV Incentives For Germany
11:51

Show #632

 

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OCTOBER'S PURE-EV FIGURES UP 150% ON LAST YEAR

"Pure-electric vehicle registrations in the UK achieved their third best month ever in October 2019 - and the highest total outside of a new registration plate month - according to the latest statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)." writes Next Green Car: "Pure-EV figures are up 152% compared to October 2018, and the fuel type is 133% ahead of the first ten months of 2018. More than 28,000 pure-electric models have been registered so far in 2019; over 54,000 plug-in vehicles when PHEVs are included in the figures."

 

The Express said: "The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data also revealed alternative fuelled vehicles now made up 9.9 percent of the overall UK car sales this month in a new record. Diesel sales are in terrible decline and plummeted to a 28.3 percent reduction on data from twelve months ago. The drop is the 31st consecutive month diesel sales have been in negative figures."

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8784/octobers-pureev-figures-up-150-on-last-year/

 

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/1200222/electric-cars-for-sale-uk-smmt-data-tesla

 

TESLA BOOSTS MODEL 3 STANDARD RANGE+ SUPERCHARGING POWER TO 170 KW

"Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is getting an increase in Supercharging peak power to 170 kW in the latest over-the-air software update. The boost in Supercharger charging rate for the entry-level Model 3 variant represents a nearly 50-70% increase from its 100 kW to 120 kW charge rate, prior to the version 2019.36.1 update." according to Simon Alvarez at Teslarati: "Tesla’s release notes for the update were brief and direct. “Your Model 3 is now able to charge with increased peak rate power up to 170 kW,” Tesla wrote. The update will enable Model 3 Standard Range Plus owners with more convenience to conduct long trips, thanks to faster Supercharging sessions. Additionally, by increasing peak power at Supercharger stalls, Tesla is able to improve throughout at each station by supporting more vehicles per day."

 

"A screenshot of Tesla’s release notes for the recent update was shared online by Model 3 Standard Range Plus owner and r/TeslaLounge subreddit member u/toddzman, who noted that prior to the update, his car would usually top out during Supercharging sessions at 456 mph at 100 kW. With the boost to a 170 kW peak supercharging rate, the Tesla owner noted that his Standard Range Plus Model 3 could potentially hit charging speeds of about 775 miles per hour of charge, provided that it is connected to a V3 Supercharger. "

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-standard-range-plus-supercharging-rate-170-kw/

 

TESLA REACHES PRELIMINARY BATTERY-SUPPLY DEAL WITH CATL

"Tesla Inc. has reached a preliminary agreement to start using CATL as a battery supplier for cars made in China from as early as next year, and the companies are in talks to expand the relationship globally, according to people familiar with the matter." reports Bloomberg: "Following months of negotiations, the companies clinched a non-binding deal after Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk traveled to Shanghai in late August and met with CATL Chairman Zeng Yuqun for about 40 minutes, according to the people, who asked not to be named discussing private deliberations. Though a final agreement is expected to be signed by mid 2020, there is no guarantee that will happen, the people said. The South Korean battery maker won’t have exclusive rights to be Tesla’s battery supplier, people familiar with the arrangement said in August."

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-05/tesla-is-said-to-reach-preliminary-battery-supply-deal-with-catl

 

GERMANY INCREASES EV INCENTIVES TO STIMULATE DEMAND

"Chancellor Angela Merkel's government and German automakers agreed to increase cash incentives for electric cars as they attempt to accelerate the transition away from the combustion engine." writes Automotive News Europe: "A so-called "Environment Bonus" for battery-powered cars priced up to 40,000 euros will be raised by half to as much as 6,000 euros ($6,680) per vehicle and the auto industry will continue to cover half the cost. The subsidy means that a midrange version of VW's new ID3 battery-powered hatchback will cost around 24,000 euros to 25,000 euros in Germany, analysts Evercore ISI said in a note to investors. Germany is closing in on Norway for European leadership with sales of almost 53,000 full-electric cars this year, according to the KBA federal motor transport authority."

 

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/germany-increases-ev-incentives-stimulate-demand

 

FORD'S ELECTRIC MUSTANG PROJECT CAR PACKS A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

"Sports car enthusiasts will sometimes balk at electric cars due to their usual lack of manual transmissions (there's no need for a gearbox, after all), but Ford has hinted that stick shifting might not be completely dead." according to Engadget: "The automaker has partnered with Webasto on a Mustang Lithium project car (no, it's not the Mustang-like SUV) that mates a monstrous 900-plus horsepower electric motor with a six-speed, drag-race-ready Getrag transmission. You could have the thrill of dropping 'gears' without the guilt of spewing emissions, and you'd definitely feel it when there's over 1,000ft/lbs of always-available torque. The power is possible in part due to some cutting-edge tech. Like the Porsche Taycan, the Mustang Lithium has an 800-volt battery system."

 

https://www.engadget.com/2019/11/05/ford-mustang-lithium-project-ev

 

ELON MUSK: TESLA WILL INCREASE MODEL S/X BATTERY PACK CAPACITY WITH NEW PLAID MODE VERSION

"Elon Musk confirmed Tesla will release a new biggest battery pack capacity for Model S and Model X with the new Plaid mode version coming next year." says Fred at Electrek: "The Model S “Plaid” is expected to become the new top-of-the-line variant for Tesla’s flagship sedan with a new powertrain and even some new performance hardware. Now Musk has confirmed that the powertrain will not only have 3 motors but also a bigger battery pack. Tesla has been rumored to update the Model S and Model X battery packs with the 2170 battery cells currently used in the Model 3 battery packs. Musk has previously said that the Model S and Model X platform would only allow for a maximum battery pack capacity of 120 kWh."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/06/tesla-increase-model-s-x-battery-pack-capacity-plaid-mode-elon-musk/

 

FISKER'S PRODUCTION-READY OCEAN E-SUV TO DEBUT IN JANUARY

"Automotive designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker officially disclosed details about his company's upcoming electric vehicle plans. His electric vehicle startup Fisker Inc. is set to debut its upcoming affordable, yet upscale electric SUV in the coming months that will compete with Tesla models." reports Manish at Future Car: "The battery-powered SUV is called the Fisker Ocean and the company will hold a private event to mark its global unveil on Jan 4, 2020. The event will also be live-streamed from the venue.  Henrik said the Fisker Ocean will be a sustainable luxury electric utility vehicle that has been designed to incorporate recycled materials throughout.  The flexible lease program will be offered without any long term contract to avoid the high costs of personal vehicle ownership.  Earlier, the designer also pointed out that the SUV's price would start just under $40,000, about the same price as the upcoming Tesla Model Y crossover. As of yet, we are unsure how (if at all) the CEO's initial price point estimate will factor into this so-called hassle-free subscription service."

 

https://www.futurecar.com/3587/Fiskers-Production-ready-Ocean-e-SUV-to-Debut-in-January

 

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04 Nov 2019 | Production Of The Volkswagen ID.3 Starts
14:51

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 4th November 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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"Try EV aims to transform the car purchasing process, educate on owning an EV and ignite EV interest. Try EV promotes “electrify to buy”. It is a platform to enable customers to learn, compare, customise and experiment with EVs before making a final buying decision. To scale the business growth, the brand is raising funds to invest in “pop-up” retail facilities, to attract key talent, to facilitate partnerships with major leasing companies, OEMs and charging networks and to refine marketing and promotion efforts.  The revenue model incorporates memberships, sales commission, test drive fees and credit lines. Starting in London initially, additional revenue is expected from activities related to after-sales engagement."

 

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PRODUCTION OF THE VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 STARTS IN ZWICKAU

From VW: "Today saw the official start of series production of the ID.301. The first car in the new generation of electric vehicles (EVs) – a white ID.3 – rolled off the assembly line watched by Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess. The Volkswagen Group plans to sell some 22 million EVs worldwide by 2028, thus helping EVs make the breakthrough. Zwickau has a key role to play in this endeavor: For the first time, a large car manufacturing plant is being entirely converted to e-mobility, with investments running at €1.2 billion. Zwickau is already scheduled to produce some 100,000 electric models next year. From 2021, up to 330,000 EVs will leave the assembly line each year, making the site the largest and most efficient EV factory in Europe and a trailblazer in the transformation of Volkswagen’s global production network. With the phased transformation of the Zwickau factory, Volkswagen is fully converting a large car manufacturing plant to e-mobility for the first time. Some €1.2 billion is being invested in the conversion. In the final expansion stage from 2021, six MEB models from three Group brands will be built in Zwickau. Qualification measures are preparing all 8,000 employees for EV production and working with high-voltage technology. In total, the Zwickau team will have completed some 13,000 training days by the end of 2020, thus ensuring future-proof jobs at the Zwickau plant."

 

"The Volkswagen ID.3 will be available with 3 battery options: Standard range: 45 kWh (usable) and 330 km of WLTP range, Mid range: 58 kWh (usable) and 420 km of WLTP range, Long range: 77 kWh (usable) and 550 km of WLTP range" says Pedro at PushEVs: "The Chinese battery maker CATL intends to start European production by the end of 2020 near Erfurt, capital of the German state of Thuringia. My guess is that CATL will produce the standard range battery pack, therefore I don’t expect the entry-level variant to be available in 2020. the Volkswagen ID.3, it seems to be the only electric car with production figures that could match the Tesla Model 3 in 2021. Most electric cars have ridiculous production figures that prove that they are just vanity projects and automakers aren’t serious about them."

 

"According to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de), today the production rate on a single morning shift is about 30 cars per day. It will gradually increase over the ramp-up phase to not encounter any setback along the way, towards up to 800 cars per day using one production line over three shifts from Spring 2020." says InsideEVs: "Interestingly, when the second production line goes online, up to 1,500 electric cars will be produced over three shifts. That should be enough to fulfill the target of producing 330,000 MEB-based BEVs annually. Volkswagen is also testing production of two other models in Zwickau: SEAT el-Born -- Volkswagen ID.4 (Volkswagen ID. CROZZ concept). An Audi model is expected in summer 2020 (using a second production line). That leaves us with two more free slots."

 

Gus at InsideEVs also had an interesting take on why it's taking so long: "The ID.3 production started eight months before the promised delivery date, or with four times more anticipation than a regular car would require. the plant is not entirely dedicated to EVs nowadays. Coincidence or not, deliveries for the ID.3 will start precisely when the production of combustion-engined cars stops there. That is when the rest of Zwickau's conversion to e-mobility will take place. We have contacted Volkswagen and got one more reason for the production to start so early: the German carmaker wants to get the ID.3 right in every sense. In order to do that, it will count on its employees. "

 

https://pushevs.com/2019/11/04/production-of-the-id-3-starts-in-zwickau/

 

https://insideevs.com/news/380318/vw-id3-production-30-day/

 

https://insideevs.com/news/380506/vw-id3-delay-reach-market/

 

VW CEO DIESS SAYS BATTERIES ARE BETTER THAN HYDROGEN

“At Volkswagen’s ceremony celebrating the start of ID.3 production, CEO Herbert Diess made several comments on the electrification of the industry. In particular, he stated that batteries, as opposed to hydrogen, are a quicker and cheaper way to reduce automotive industry emissions. He also called for a price on carbon and committed to reducing his company’s fleet carbon emissions by 30% by 2025, and to zero carbon by 2050." reports Electrek: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel also spoke at the event. She called for the German government to increase electric car incentives and set a target for the country to install a million public charging stations by 2030 to fuel 7-10 million German EVs by the same year."

 

2020 VW E-GOLF ELECTRIC CAR RANGE FALLS

"For its last year, though, the e-Golf loses a little bit of range—2 miles, to be exact. " says  Green Car Reports: "The official EPA range for the 2020 e-Golf falls to 123 miles, from 125 miles for the 2017-2019 editions of the model. Likewise, efficiency figures for the model change significantly—from 119 MPGe (28 kwh/100 miles) to 113 MPGe (30 kwh/100 miles). Spokesman Mark Gillies confirmed to Green Car Reports that there is no change for the 2020 e-Golf, versus 2019, and that it comes down to changes in EPA testing procedure. So real-world range between vehicles of the two model years should be identical."

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125806_2020-vw-e-golf-electric-car-range-falls-just-before-id-ev-range-rises

 

BMW X3 PHEV BREAKS COVER WITH 292 HP, UP TO 20 MILES ELECTRIC RANGE

"While the automotive world is awaiting the debut of the all-electric BMW X3 next year, the Bavarian company has quietly introduced a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the premium SUV. Initially previewed earlier this year, the X3 xDrive30e is set to enter production at BMW’s Spartanburg plant next month and go on sale worldwide in the spring of 2020." according to Motor1.com "Integrated into the transmission is an electric motor capable of pushing out 109 hp (80 kW). A number most customers will probably be more interested in is 20 – that’s how many miles (32 kilometers) the plug-in SUV could travel solely on electric energy before the combustion engine kicks in, according to BMW USA's estimates."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/380196/bmw-x3-xdrive30e-unveiled/

 

DIESEL BAN FOR BRISTOL APPROVED

"Bristol will become the first city in the UK to ban diesel cars from its streets, to tackle illegal levels of air pollution. Bristol City Council voted for the plans to remove privately-owned diesel cars from the city centre between 7am and 3pm each day." says Chris Lilly for Next Green Car: "The proposed scheme still needs government approval, but is set to start in 2021. Any diesel vehicles entering the zone within that time will incur a fine. Vehicles such as those used by the emergency services will be exempt from penalties, while commercial vehicles will have to pay to enter the area. Number plate recognition systems will be used to enforce the system, though details of how much fines are set to be are yet to be decided. Should the zone come into force in 2021, it is expected that air pollution levels will drop to compliant levels by 2025."

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8785/diesel-ban-for-bristol-approved/

 

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Nov 06, 2019
03 Nov 2019 | A Look At October EV Sales, Monster E-Bike and Question Of The Week Answers
18:58

Show #630

 

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AUDI E-TRON SALES IN U.S. SLIGHTLY INCREASED IN OCTOBER

The all-electric Audi e-tron noted 462 sales, which is 2.4% of all Audi sales. It's a positive that e-tron sales improved from September, but they didn't increase by much. Hopefully, the e-tron will move up in the following months" according to the InsideEVs Sales Scorecard: "Since April, Audi delivered 4,002 e-tron, which places it close to the top 10 of the most popular plug-in models YTD."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/380029/audi-e-tron-sales-us-october-2019/

 

NISSAN LEAF SALES DROP DOWN IN OCTOBER 2019 IN U.S.

" Sales of the Nissan LEAF continue to dwindle in the U.S. and likely will stay that way as the competition continues to heat up." writes Steven Loveday: "In October 2019, Nissan sold only 887 LEAFs in the U.S. That's down from the 1,234 LEAFs sold in October 2018 and marks the first return to sub-1,000 units sold per month since July when just 938 were sold. In terms of 2019 YTD figures, the LEAF now stands at 9,998, which is down from the 11,920 YTD figure at the same point in time in 2018."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/379885/nissan-leaf-sales-october-2019-us/

 

NORWAY MARKS 3,742 NEW BEVS SOLD IN OCTOBER

"Exactly 3,742 electric cars were newly registered in Norway in October. The market share of electric cars among car registrations was 35.7 per cent. The most successful model of all drive types was the Audi e-tron quattro." according to electrive: "Compared with September, 2,344 fewer electric cars were put on the road. This is largely attributable to the Tesla Model 3, of which only 121 units were registered in October. In September there were 2,342 new registrations. 72.9 per cent of all newly registered passenger cars in Norway were equipped with an electric or hybrid drive in October." The Tesla Model 3 still remains the country's top-selling car year-to-date

 

Audi delivered 873 of teh BEV e-tron SUVs in October, still selling well is the Volkswagen Golf in second place at 748 cars.

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/02/norway-marks-3742-new-bevs-sold-in-october/              

 

CATALONIA GOVERNMENT MAKES CHANGES TO THE VEHICLE CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSION TAX

"The Government has introduced modifications to the tax on motor vehicle CO2 emissions. The tax on car, van and motorcycle emissions was approved by Parliament in August 2017 to combat their greenhouse effect on the atmosphere and their impact on global warming." reports gencat.cat: "Cars and vans will be charged from 2020 and motorcycles will be added in 2021. The estimated potential revenue is 150 million euros per year when cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles are subject to the charge. The tax will affect 4.1 million vehicles: 3.6 million cars and vans and 500,000 motorcycles."

 

https://web.gencat.cat/en/actualitat/detall/El-Govern-modifica-limpost-sobre-les-emissions-de-dioxid-de-carboni-dels-vehicles

 

VOLKSWAGEN STRENGTHENS BRAND PRESENTATION IN CHINA

Volkswagen brand plans to deliver about 300,000 electrified models to customers in 2020 – the figure is to reach a million by 2025.

By 2023, 10 battery electric vehicles based on the modular electric drive toolkit MEB are to be launched on the Chinese market.

An SUV from the ID. family is to be the first MEB model in China – production start in one year

ID.31 to be produced by SAIC VOLKSWAGEN

 

https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2019/10/volkswagen-strengthens-brand-presentation-in-china-meb-roadmap.html

 

THE BEAST 2.0 E-BIKE IS THE MONSTER TRUCK OF ELECTRIC BICYCLES

"Those pedals, which some like to call vestigial pedals, are fully functional yet aren’t likely to get a lot of use. They’re mounted way far back and have the tiniest of crank arms. But they work, and that classifies it as an electric bicycle for all legal intents and purposes." says Micah at electrek: "The Beast 2.0 actually comes with three different battery options: a 1.8 kWh SLA battery, 2.4 kWh Li-ion battery, or a cutting-edge 1.5 kWh Lithium-titanate (LTO) battery. The last one is a high-tech (and high-price) battery that is capable of lasting up to 20,000 charge cycles." 25mph top speed.

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/02/daymak-beast-2-0-e-bike-electric-bicycle/

 

TESLA MODEL S BECOMES FORMER TOP GEAR HOST JAMES MAY’S NEWEST CAR

"Unlike Jeremy Clarkson, James May has a fondness for electric cars and one of his previous everyday cars was a BMW i3, which replaced his aging Fiat Panda. It’s time for May to upgrade and a purely electric car is the choice this time, but, as you can see from the video, the i3 is still in his garage" says Motor1.com.

The video description: "The time has come for James May to add a car to the garage, and this one is going to be a big move into the future for him. He has been keeping it secret for a while but today is the day that the covers are off and you guys get to see what James has opted for. We hope you like it!"

Model S Long Range (it looks like the badge on his boot says 100D), Deep Metallic Blue, 19" Sonic Carbon Slipstream Wheels, Carbon Fiber Décor - £87,390

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS

DAVID FINCH

I never expected to become an EV evangelist.

I’ve been driving an EV since 2015, and friends, family and colleagues are always asking questions. My brother, my Dad and my boss have all made the switch, and many more people I know are considering it. They all have questions and want to chat about it.

 

JON KNODEL

My biggest surprise of owing a EV is that it came very natural and felt more “normal” then a combustion vehicle. All the worry of getting use to it faded away almost as instantaneously as my EVs torque. One thing that made the transition so much more seamless is having strong car company and dealership support. Just like with you and the Zoe with the great dealership experience. Tesla, Rivian and Polestars business model’s are just as needed as real non-compliance EVs. The car companies and dealerships that are open to transform their business model along with EV’s have the highest chance of survival. So long story short my biggest surprise is how natural it feels.

 

RICHARD CHAPMAN

but my two biggest surprises after buying my EV that I didn't expect were:

1) The realisation of how much I subconsciously hated going to petrol stations!

2) Becoming super-sensitive to the smell of fossil fuel exhausts, especially diesel.

 

Chris from Ann arbor Michigan here.  The biggest surprise I got when I switched to a full EV instead of a gas powered or plug-in electric what's that I became more sensitized to how dirty and how smelly average cars are. 

 

JERRY LEVY

- I can sleep in my Tesla with climate control

I miss the smell of gasoline (petrol) when refueling my gas car.

- If you drive uphill and then downhill, you use almost no electricity thanks to the regen.

 

MALCOLM CONNAH

I think it has to be the lack of servicing required, and over the longer term the reliability. My 5 year old 50,000 mile Leaf has only required a number plate bulb. I hope my new model 3 is the same. Selling the golf, now all electric after over 3 years of planning and saving!

 

DUNCAN

What surprised me, when I first started EV driving, was the corruption that surrounded the charge-points issue.

Early charge-point companies were just taking from their buddy politicians the £1,000 for installation of each point, and then had no interest in the point working - in fact, their business model relied on most of their points not giving electricity.

 

JOHN FRUHWIRTH

My biggest surprise owning an EV are a couple of persistent feelings it leaves with me.

These are serenity and bliss.

The serenity comes from my lowered stress level while driving my EV

The bliss comes from the excellent ride and tech my EV gives me.

 

 

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Nov 04, 2019
02 Nov 2019 | Saturday Special Interview: Wiebe Wakker
09:33

Wiebe Wakker was in the country recently for a whistlestop tour and sadly I couldn’t make it to Kent, but that doesn’t stop this podcast! This week’s interview from Jon from Kent EVs, and if you follow him online you’ll know him as Beardy McBeardface.

 

 

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Nov 04, 2019
01 Nov 2019 | Lightyear One Impressive Aerodynamics, VW Promise To Improve ID.3 and Tesla Gigafactory 3 Targets Increase
13:54

Show #628

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 1st November 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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SOLAR-POWERED LIGHTYEAR ONE CLAIMS TO BREAK NEW GROUND IN AERODYNAMICS

"Dutch startup Lightyear also tried to make the car as aerodynamic as possible, further increasing efficiency.  Lightyear claims its creation is the most aerodynamic five-seat car to date." says Digital Trends: "Lightyear claims to have achieved a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.20. To put that in perspective, a Tesla Model S has a Cd of 0.23, while a Toyota Prius has a Cd of 0.24 — and those are two of the most aerodynamic conventional cars in production. Getting a lower Cd with four doors and five seats is a major achievement. The Volkswagen XL1 had a lower Cd of 0.19, but that car was a tiny two-seater, with the seats staggered to make the body as narrow as possible. VW ditched practicality in the name of efficiency. The car is driven by four electric motors — one for each wheel. Lightyear doesn’t quote horsepower, but claims the car will do zero to 62 mph in 10 seconds."

 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/solar-powered-lightyear-one-claims-to-be-worlds-most-aerodynamic-five-seat-car/

 

VOLKSWAGEN R&D BOSS: HOW WE'LL IMPROVE THE ID 3

"Volkswagen's only recently revealed the production version of its ID 3 but as with any good engineer, VW R&D boss Frank Welsch is already thinking about ways to improve it." according to Rachael Burgess for Autocar: "“People need range,” Welsch said. Despite the top-end ID 3 offering 341 miles of range, Welsch believes people want more."

 

Quote: “We won’t do this by giving people a bigger battery because it’s more weight and more cost. It’s about battery density improving. It is not enough to change the drivetrain to electric. We have more room and it drives like a GTI right now. We need other USPs you don’t get in other cars. This first step is a good step but we’re going to make speech recognition more intelligent. We can also make much more use of the augmented reality head-up display in the ID 3. We are the first ones to have this, even in higher segment cars. We can improve it by software upgrades because the hardware is in the car. Now, we have a few situations where you can use it: navigation mode, lane keeping, showing snowflakes on the street if the temperature is below four degrees. We have to assess which situations are useful. We don’t want to do video games.”

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volkswagen-rd-boss-how-well-improve-id-3

 

POLESTAR 1 WON'T BE THE BRAND'S LAST HALO MODEL

"Polestar opened a sprawling production facility in Chengdu, China this August for its 619-horsepower (462-kilowatt) plug-in hybrid halo car, the Polestar 1. Capped at just 500 units per year, and limited to a production run of three years, only 1,500 examples of the vehicle will roll out of the brand-new facility between now and 2023. But that impressive plant won't sit dormant for long." reports Motor1.com: "While production of the electric Polestar 2 – a mainstream, electric sedan – kicks off at Polestar's Luqia, China manufacturing plant in early 2020, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath promises another range-topping vehicle in the future. It’s more than likely to come from the company's new Chengdu plant, and like all future Polestars, will be fully electric."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/379487/polestar-planning-second-halo-model/

 

CITROËN LAUNCHES AN ELECTRIC OFFENSIVE ON ITS LCV RANGE

LCV plans to extend its electric offering for business customers with a range of 100% electric compact vans by 2021. This range will be suited to professionals since it offers an outstanding level of comfort, controlled cost of use, the freedom to drive in town centres, the ability to make “last mile” deliveries and keep up with the development of e-commerce business. Within two years the Brand will offer the Groupe PSA’s best know-how in terms of a 100% electric offering, by providing a 100% electric version of Jumpy (launch in 2020) and a 100% electric version of New Berlingo Van (by 2021). This electrification will concern the light commercial vehicles but also the passenger vehicles.

 

https://int-media.citroen.com/en/citro%C3%ABn-launches-electric-offensive-its-lcv-range

 

TESLA INCREASES RANGE AND PRICE OF THE MODEL 3 LONG RANGE

"On top of the software update for the now discontinued Model 3 Long Range RWD, Tesla has now updated its online configurator to list the Model 3 Long Range all-wheel-drive range at 322 miles" writes Fred at Electrek: "The automaker has also increased the price of the model from $47,990 to $48,490. Tesla also recently increased the range of the Model S and Model X with the new Raven powertrain."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/11/01/tesla-model-3-long-range-increases-range-price/

 

MG ELECTRIC SUV VIDEO REVIEW: VERY SOLID, QUIRKY

"The WLTP range is 263 kilometers, which is about 160 miles. In the UK, the price is £21,995 with the plug-in grant incentive. Weighing about 3,300 pounds (1,496 kg) empty, this affordable small SUV can seat five. If acceleration is important to you, the 0 to 62 mph time is 8.5 seconds. The top speed is 87 mph (140 km/h), which is on the slow side, but drivers of such a vehicle won’t be Grand Prix racing, so it probably doesn’t matter." says CleanTechnica: "the factory where this vehicle is made is capable of producing several hundred thousand electric vehicles a year. So, if you want this model, you shouldn’t have to wait, unlike some competing EVs. Another feature is the large trunk and a compartment underneath it for the charging equipment. The back seat also has ample room, according to the reviewer."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/31/mg-electric-suv-video-review-very-solid-quirky/

 

TESLA GLOBAL VP SURPRISES WITH GIGAFACTORY 3’S INITIAL MODEL 3 PRODUCTION TARGET

"Tesla Gigafactory 3 is just waiting for its final permits before Model 3 production could begin in the complex’s Phase 1 area. As the wait for the site’s certifications continues, Tesla Global VP Grace Tao shared an incredibly optimistic target for the facility’s production activities. If the Tesla executive’s statements prove true, there is a good chance Gigafactory 3 could end up serving as the electric car maker’s dark horse this Q4 2019. " as per Simon Alvarez at Teslarati: " Tao stated that Gigafactory 3 is aiming to start its production activities at a rate of 3,000 Model 3 per week. That’s around 12,000 vehicles per month provided that the company does not encounter hiccups in its operations. This is notably ambitious, particularly as previous Wall Street listed Gigafactory 3 with an estimated production rate of 1.1k Model 3 per week in 2021. "

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-production-gigafactory-3-3k-per-week

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

The MYEV.com Question Of The Week…

 

Set by listener Martin Young: “What were some of your biggest surprises about living with a BEV?”

 

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the 255 patrons of this podcast whose generosity means I get to keep making this show, which aims to entertain and inform thousands of listeners every day about a brighter future. By no means do you have to check out Patreon but if it’s something you’ve been thinking about, by all means look at patreon.com/evnewsdaily

 

 

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Nov 03, 2019
31 Oct 2019 | Top Gear Caught Red-Handed Changing Tesla Stats, Mercedes Recall EQC and FCA/PSA Set To Merge
24:54

Show #627

 

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TOP GEAR CAUGHT RED-HANDED CHANGING TESLA STATS

 

https://www.teslarati.com/top-gear-tesla-model-s-vs-porsche-taycan-drag-race-defense/

 

https://www.tesla.com/support/new-owner-frequently-asked-questions#range_mode

 

FCA AND PSA SET TO MERGE

"PSA and Fiat Chrysler have agreed on a merger. However, the details are still open, as the agreement is to be worked out in the coming weeks. It is also open what this means for electric mobility in the new company." reports Electrive: "This would create the world’s fourth-largest automobile manufacturer in terms of sales after Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan. The reasons for the merger are cost and long-term competitiveness. According to the PSA and FCA, the merger would generate synergies of €3.7 billion per year without closing a plant, but the merged company would not achieve 80 per cent of these synergies until its fifth year.  One thing is clear: PSA and Fiat Chrysler also want to share the high costs for new technologies such as electric cars and autonomous driving in relevant future fields."

 

Both groups are behind in their electrification plans. PSA is finally coming out with the Peugeot e-208, the Vauxhall Corsa E and the DS Crossback E-TENSE. FCA has the Fiat 500e and some hybrids coming from the Jeep Renegade.

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/31/psa-and-fiat-chrysler-agree-on-merger/

 

MERCEDES RECALLS SOME EQC ELECTRIC CARS DUE TO POTENTIALLY FAULTY BOLT

"Daimler is recalling some new Mercedes-Benz EQC electric cars because of a potentially defective bolt in the differential, the company said on Tuesday." according to Reuters: "The fault could interrupt torque transmission to the front axle, leading to a vehicle stall. Additionally, if parts of the broken bolt become lodged within the differential transmission, this might affect the ability to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash, Daimler said.

 

“Daimler AG has determined that on certain EQC vehicles the bolt in the front axle differential transmission might not meet durability specifications. Thus, it cannot be ruled out, that the bolt breaks over lifetime,” the carmaker said.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-daimler-electric/mercedes-recalls-eqc-electric-car-due-to-potentially-faulty-bolt-idUSKBN1X82AE

 

PRENATAL AIR POLLUTION EXPOSURE LINKED TO INFANTS’ DECREASED HEART RATE RESPONSE TO STRESS

"A mother’s exposure to particulate air pollution during pregnancy is associated with reduced cardiac response to stress in six-month-old infants, according to an open-access study by researchers at Mount Sinai research published in Environmental Health Perspectives." writes Green Car Congress: "This study is the first to find that particulate air pollution exposure in utero can affect heart rate variability, which is a known risk factor for health issues. Variability in how the heart rate responds to stressful experiences is essential for maintaining optimal functioning of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems and also is central to emotional well-being and resilience to stress over one’s lifetime. Air pollution’s negative effect on heart rate variability has previously been found to lead to medical and psychological conditions such as heart disease, asthma, allergies, and mood or behavioral disorders in studies of older children, adolescents, and adults."

 

senior author Rosalind Wright: "These findings, in combination with increasing worldwide exposure to particulate air pollution, highlight the importance of examining early-life exposure to air pollution in relation to negative medical, developmental, and psychological outcomes. A critical step in identifying children at risk for costly chronic disorders is identifying exposures that lead to early vulnerability."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/10/20191031-sinai.html

 

TESLA MODEL 3 POSTS A HISTORIC RESULT IN SEPTEMBER 2019

From Jato.com looking at European car sales: "September 2019 was also a significant month for Electric Vehicles (BEV), as registrations increased by 119% to 40,700 units – boosted by the performance of Tesla, BMW and Volkswagen. Tesla recorded 19,500 registrations and controlled almost half of the BEV market, as it was boosted by the Model 3. September was a record month for the Tesla Model 3, which recorded 17,500 registrations, as it became the best-selling electric vehicle and the 11th best-selling vehicle overall. It was the first time in history that an electric car has come so close to entering Europe’s top 10 model rankings."

 

https://www.jato.com/105360/

 

TESLA MODEL Y SPOTTED DRIVING SIDE BY SIDE WITH MODEL 3

"Thanks to Tesla’s dashcam feature, we’ve now got a three-minute-long video of the Model Y driving in San Jose. Better yet, for much of the drive it’s side by side with a Model 3, demonstrating an excellent comparison between the two vehicles." reports Electrek: "The Model Y in question seems to be the Midnight Silver prototype with new “Power Sports” wheels, which we’ve seen on the road before. Though we’ve seen this prototype before, and have some good still photos of it, we haven’t seen it driving next to a Model 3. This is the best comparison we’ve gotten yet of the car with other vehicles, and the Model Y looks surprisingly taller than it has in previous spottings."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/30/tesla-model-y-spotted-driving-side-by-side-with-model-3-other-cars-in-best-size-comparison-yet/

 

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Nov 01, 2019
30 Oct 2019 | Porsche Moves Sales Online, Tesla Upgrades Seats and EV Servicing Is Cheaper
13:33

Show #626

 

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ELON MUSK DONATES $1 MILLION TO #TEAMTREES

"With a single Tweet on Tuesday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took one YouTuber’s global crowdfunding project straight into “ludicrous mode.”.  Last week, YouTuber Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson officially announced the ‘#TeamTrees’ initiative, aiming to raise $20 million by the end of 2020 to help the Arbor Day Foundation plant 20 million trees around the world." reports Forbes: "The donation already appeared on the #TeamTrees leaderboard as of late Tuesday evening, with Musk leaving just a two-word note on the website: “For Treebeard.” Musk also proceeded to change his Twitter name to “Treelon.” His profile picture at publication time is an image of trees in a forest."

 

teamtrees.org 8,346,590

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisstrub/2019/10/29/teamtrees/#1955aa2a5f6e

 

TESLA NOTES MARKET DROP IN THE USA

"Just a few days after Tesla presented surprisingly good quarterly figures, the electric car company is now showing details on regional business development in a press release to the SEC." writes electrive: "Tesla’s sales figures in the US market show a slump by almost 40 per cent during the third quarter, from $5.13 billion to $3.13 billion. According to Reuters, this is the first decline in more than two years. Over the same period, sales in China rose by 64 per cent to $669 million and in the rest of the world by more than $1 billion to $1.83 billion."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/30/tesla-notes-market-drop-in-the-usa/

 

HONDA'S NAMING STRUCTURE FOR HYBRIDS AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

" Honda -- a company not necessarily known for its hybrid and electrified options despite being one of the first companies to sell a hybrid-electric vehicle to consumers -- has decided to rebrand its forthcoming hybrid models as (and I hate typing this) "e:HEV" says CNET: "The one bright spot in all of these abbreviations is that they may not make it all the way to the US. Honda says that it's not yet finalized its plans for the US market, which means we may be spared the onslaught of clashing letters and colons"

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/honda-hybrid-electric-naming-structure-change/

 

PORSCHE TRIES SELLING ITS CARS ONLINE IN THE US

"Porsche isn't just trying to fight Tesla by offering electric cars... it's hoping to replicate some of the business model, too. The automaker is piloting online car sales in the US, giving would-be owners a chance to buy from 25 of the country's 191 independently owned dealers." reports Engadget: "The EV builder lets you custom-order cars, and will deliver to your home if you're too far from one of its service centers. Its strategy primarily revolves around online sales where Porsche is still tied to the dealership model. "

 

https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/28/porsche-online-car-sales-pilot-us

 

TESLA UPDATES MODEL X WITH NEW FRONT SEATS

"Tesla has updated Model X with new front seats to improve comfort in its flagship SUV, which also received a small range increase. With the Model X, Tesla has spent a lot of time designing the seats.

Now Tesla is updating the front seats of the Model X." says Electrek: "Sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla communicated to employees that new Model X vehicles being built right now have new front seats. The new seats are less bulky, resulting in more legroom for the second-row seats regardless of the configuration (five, six, or seven)."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/29/tesla-updates-model-x-front-seats/

 

SERVICE PLAN FOR PEUGEOT E-208 IS A THIRD CHEAPER THAN GAS 208

"Helen Lees, Head of Electric Vehicles & Connected Services at PSA Group, shared an interesting view that electric cars bring new threats to the car industry. This time it's however not about the intensity of capital investments to make the switch (develop new models and retool the plants), but about the loss of aftersales revenue. That's because electric cars are simpler and need less service than the conventional internal combustion engine equivalent." says InsideEVs: "For example, the upcoming Peugeot e-208 service plan envisions a third lower expense than in the case of the Peugeot 208 service plan."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/379385/service-plan-peugeot-e-208-third-cheaper/

 

 

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Oct 30, 2019
29 Oct 2019 | VW ID.3 Production Starts Monday, Mercedes EQS Seen and Coal Miner Calls Time On Fossil Fuels
15:31

Show #625

 

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VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 PRODUCTION TO START IN A FEW DAYS ON NOVEMBER 4

Volkswagen to officially start production of its first ID. model, the Volkswagen ID.3, on November 4 at Zwickau plant in Germany.  It will be a big day for Volkswagen, which has been converting the plant to accommodate EVs based on an all-new MEB platform since 2018." reports InsideEVs: "The German manufacturer promised that the Zwickau plant will be the biggest all-electric car factory in Europe with a target of 330,000 cars per year fust a few years from now. Six MEB-based models are expected by the end of 2021. The first ID.3 produced at the site will not be for sale as Volkswagen first will build demo fleet we guess. Customer deliveries are set to begin in mid-2020."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/379246/volkswagen-id-production-start-november-4/

 

TESLA BOOSTS MODEL S AND MODEL X RANGE AHEAD OF UPCOMING OTA POWER UPGRADE

"Tesla has adjusted the listed range of its flagship Model S and Model X, listing the vehicles’ actual range on its design studio. With this change, the Model S Long Range is now listed with a range of 373 miles per charge and the Model X Long Range has been adjusted to 328 miles per charge. " reeports Teslarati. On the UK site I can see MOdel S Long Range is 379 miles, and Performance is 367 miles.

The article continues: "Tesla’s competitors, particularly the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron, are equipped with batteries that are only marginally smaller than those being used by the electric car maker. Yet, the range of the Taycan and the e-tron are still in the 200+ mile range. Tesla, on the other hand, is squeezing over 370 miles of range per charge from a 100 kWh battery pack."

 

Which reminds of a Top Gear video running the Model S Performance and Taycan Turbo S on the Autobahn, at their top speeds on the same stretch of road. They took the power consumption and worked out a theoretical maximum range if you did were at that speed. The Porsche 65 miles of range at top speed and the Model S 83 miles. There are too many holes in that to make it a apples-to-apples comparison but it is a bit of fun.

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-model-x-range-increase-ota-power-update/

 

MERCEDES EQS SPIED TRYING TO CONCEAL ITS CURVES

The Mercedes-Benz EQS is the brand's upcoming flagship electric vehicle, and these spy shots provide a great view of its current development. There's even a glimpse inside the cabin." reports Chris Bruce for  Motor1: "In profile, the EQS has a sleek shape with an arching roofline. Pop-out door handles keep the flanks looking smooth. The model has a short rear, and this one still wears placeholder pieces for the taillights. Inside, there's a digital instrument cluster on a tablet-like display ahead of the driver. Mercedes keeps the center stack under a fabric cover, but the company's recent designs suggest there would be a large infotainment screen and possibly more monitors for showing the HVAC settings. The EQS will reportedly debut in 2020, likely in the latter half of the year. It will be a major part of Mercedes' 10-billion Euro ($11 billion at current exchange rates) investment into electrification."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/379154/mercedes-benz-eqs-spy-shots/

 

TOP US PRIVATE COAL MINER MURRAY ENERGY FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

"Murray Energy, the US largest privately owned coal producer led by outspoken Donald Trump ally Robert Murray, has filed for chapter 11 protection, as the fossil fuel’s role in the country’s energy mix continues to diminish." says Mining.com: "The Ohio-based miner, the eighth coal company to go under over the past year, said it had reached a restructuring agreement with lenders to restructure more than $2.7 billion of debt. US coal exports are estimated to have dropped to 20.9 million tonnes in the third quarter, according to the country’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). That represents a 28% fall compared to the same period in 2018."

 

https://www.mining.com/us-top-private-coal-miner-murray-energy-files-for-bankruptcy/

 

THE ELECTRIC BUS BOOM IN WESTERN EUROPE

" 2019 may be remembered as the year when the electric bus sales volumes definitive ramp up. While in 2018 the European electric bus market increased of 48 per cent compared to 2017, in the first nine months of 2019 there has already been a + 100 per cent registrations." reports sustainable-bus.com: "The figures on alternative driveline buses show that registrations of hybrid buses are roughly constant from 2016 to the present day. Natural gas buses experienced a sudden growth in 2017, which, with 1,030 registrations, tripled the 2016 result. Fuel cell buses resulted to be a few units per year (1 in 2016, 4 in 2017, 0 in 2018, 1 in 2019 so far). On the other hand, the registrations of electric buses are growing steadily. As of 30 September 2019, 1,123 battery electric buses (trolleybuses included) have been registered. And there is room for further growth, as the last few months of the year are usually marked by a large number of registrations."

 

https://www.sustainable-bus.com/news/electric-bus-market-europe-2019-registrations-over-1000-units/

 

TESLA MODEL 3 BECOMES FIRST ELECTRIC CAR APPROVED AS NYC YELLOW CAB

"Tesla Model 3 has become the first all-electric car to be approved for use as an official New York City yellow cab, according to the list of approved vehicles." according to electrek: "Electrek reader Brent Caswell pointed out that the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission officially approved the Tesla Model 3 to become a NYC yellow cab Also, the Model 3 strangely doesn’t qualify for the alternative fuel medallion vehicle. It appears to be because the category was specifically created for hybrids and natural gas-powered vehicles and not all-electric vehicles. More people are starting to consider electric vehicles, and especially the Model 3, for commercial purposes like a taxi service. They are not only looking at the gas savings but also at the potential maintenance savings and longevity of the electric vehicles."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/29/tesla-model-3-first-electric-car-approved-nyc-yellow-cab/

 

 

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Oct 30, 2019
28 Oct 2019 | Mini Cooper SE Gets USA Pricing, Cheap Renault City EV and Ford’s Clever Hybrid Tech
14:26

Show #624

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 28th October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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TESLA TO UNLOCK EXTENDED RANGE FOR WILDFIRES

"Tesla owners living in areas affected by the ongoing CA wildfires will be able to tap into the maximum range offered by their vehicles, even if they purchased trims that feature a software-limited battery pack. The update was confirmed by CEO Elon Musk on Twitter Monday morning." says Simon at Teslarati: " owners of electric cars such as the Model S 40, Model S 60, and Model S 70 will be able to gain extra range for their electric cars. This is made possible by Tesla equipping the vehicles with a larger battery pack that is software-locked. The Model S 40, for example, is equipped with a 60 kWh battery that’s software-limited to 40 kWh. Tesla is yet to confirm if the Standard Range Model 3 will also have its full battery capacity unlocked.  Musk’s recent tweet seems to confirm that free unlimited Supercharging will also be enabled for owners in areas that are affected by the ongoing CA wildfires. "

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-range-upgrade-ca-wildfires-elon-musk/

 

TESLA CUTS PRICE OF SOLAR AND POWERWALL INSTALLATIONS FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY WILDFIRES

"Elon Musk says that Tesla is focusing installations for people affected by the California wildfires: “Apologies to those waiting for Solar/Powerwall outside California, as we are prioritizing those affected by wildfires.” The CEO even said that they are offering $1,000 discounts to them" according to Electrek: "Musk has especially been talking about the capacity to avoid power outages by combining solar power with Powerwall battery packs. The CEO says that Tesla Energy is becoming a distributed global utility and it could outgrow its automotive business."

 

GENERAL MOTORS SIDES WITH TRUMP

"General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota say the reason they’re backing the Trump administration in its assault on California’s decades-old campaign to reduce auto emissions is to avoid fragmenting the industry in search of a single national environmental standard." reports The LA TImes: " Those companies and the coalition, which includes such other manufacturers as Subaru, Hyundai, Mazda and Nissan, filed a brief for the defense — that is, the Trump administration — in a lawsuit challenging its effort to roll back existing auto emission and mileage standards."

 

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-10-29/automakers-trump-emissions

 

MINI COOPER SE ELECTRIC CAR PRICES FOR US MARKET

"MINI was one of the first auto manufacturers to offer a battery electric version of a production car. In 2009, it began leasing its MINI E, a modified version of the popular MINI Cooper, in selected US markets. That car had an EPA range of 100 miles" according to Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: "Now the battery electric MINI Cooper SE is ready for its debut in world markets and the company has just announced its starting price in the US will be $29,900 plus $850 shipping and handling. The first cars will reach dealers in America in March of 2020. With federal, state, and local incentives, a new MINI Cooper SE could cost as little as $17,900 and come with special privileges such as access to HOV lanes during commuting hours."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/28/mini-cooper-se-electric-car-prices-for-us-market-announced/

 

MINI COOPER SE ELECTRIC CAR STARTS AS LOW AS $17,900

Meanwhile electrek notes: "When BMW unveiled the production version of the electric Mini Cooper SE earlier this year, some people were disappointed by the fact that the vehicle was based on the older BMW i3 electric platform. It’s equipped with the i3’s older 32.6 kWh battery pack, which Mini says is good for a range of 235 to 270 km (146-168 miles) based on the WLTP cycle. It means closer to 130 miles on the EPA cycle. The battery pack is limited to 50 kW DC fast-charging and it feeds a 135 kW/184 hp motor."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/28/mini-cooper-se-electric-car-price-us/

 

RENAULT’S K-ZE OFFERED CHINA HEADS TO EUROPE

"Renault is planning a modified version of the City K-ZE small electric car offered at competitive prices in China for the European market. However, the price for Europe is still unclear, as is the brand under which the K-ZE will be sold in Europe." says Electrive: " it is most likely that the European version of the City K-ZE will be offered by the Renault brand Dacia. Renault presented the K-ZE at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, and the car has been on sale since September for 61,800 yuan, the equivalent of just under 7,900 euros. It has an engine power of 33 kW, a torque of 125 Nm and a 26.8 kWh rechargeable battery"

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/28/renaults-k-ze-offered-china-heads-to-europe/

 

WORLD’S LARGEST STORAGE BATTERY — 2.5 GWH

A site on Vernon Avenue in Queens, New York, once was home to 16 gas powered peaker plants. Only 2 remain in operation today. Soon, all of them will be demolished to make room for a 316 MW/2528 MWh storage battery that will be the largest in the world. The proposal to build the new facility was approved last week by the New York Public Service Commission." reports CleanTechnica: "The proposed storage project will consist of 136 battery storage and inverter units, 64 of which will be double stacked on the property."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/28/worlds-largest-storage-battery-2-5-gwh-to-replace-gas-peaker-plants-in-queens/

 

FORD OF EUROPE PILOTING GEOFENCING AND BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

"Ford is extending its European plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) trial to Cologne. The study, which is also testing Ford PHEVs on the streets of London and Valencia, Spain, aims to better analyse and show the real-world benefits of such vehicles for the environment and for commercial vehicle owners and operators." says Green Car Congress: "Each of the 10 PHEVs in the 12-month Cologne trial features the FordPass Connect on-board cellular modem, and a plug-in device which enables the geofencing and blockchain capabilities. Whenever a trial vehicle enters a controlled zone, its electric-drive mode is triggered and the zero-emission driving green miles are documented. The emissions mode and time that vehicles enter or leave a controlled zone are recorded to a secure distributed ledger—a blockchain—ensuring emissions data is safely stored and shared among relevant parties including city authorities and the vehicle or fleet owners."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/10/20191028-ford.html

 

THE FIRST GAS STATION TO CONVERT TO AN EV-CHARGING STATION IN AMERICA

From Jalopnik: "About a month ago, RS Automotive opened in Takoma Park, Maryland, as the first U.S. gas station that’s been converted fully to an EV charging station, reports NPR. Its owner, Depeswar Doley, has kept the station looking largely the same as a regular gas station, so sometimes there’s confusion from drivers who pull up with their internal combustion engine cars, looking to fill up."

 

“A lot of them pull up and get upset”

 

https://jalopnik.com/this-is-the-first-gas-station-to-convert-to-an-ev-charg-1839412347

 

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Oct 30, 2019
27 Oct 2019 | Electric Ariel Nomad, 8,000 EV Buses For Australia and Question Of The Week Answers
16:50

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Hi to Jon: “Hi, you've been talking alot about how ev's wil be more available after 01.01.20, this seems to be very true! All of the people who have ordered a e tron 50 in Norway have been told that the car has been delayed because of the test date for wltp has been poursponed from week 45 to week 49 insuring that no etron 50's get delivered untill after new year. Probably just to get a lesser c02 penalty next year. Cheap move by Audi since there are 50's that have already come off the assembly line. My order entered production earlier this week.”       

 

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TESLA SOLAR ROOF V3 REAL QUOTE SHOWS PRICE DROPPED BY 40%

"Electrek obtained an updated Tesla Solar Roof quote from V2 to V3, and it shows that the price of the solar roof tiles went down by as much as 40% with the new generation." says Fred at Electrek today talking about one of their readers: "For a 9.45 kW system on a 1,862-square-foot roof, Tesla was charging him $64,634 for the solar roof, along with $10,050 for a Powerwall, and another $10,630 for roof and site repairs. That’s a total of just over $85,000 all in. The homeowner ended up not ordering the system, but Tesla has now updated the quote following the launch of Solar Roof V3, and it’s now much cheaper. Tesla is now listing the same solar roof system at $38,266 instead of $64,634 — a 40% reduction in price — and the total is down to $54,866:"

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/27/tesla-solar-roof-v3-quote-price-decrease/

 

BORGWARNER EV TECH SHOWS UP IN ARIEL NOMAD EV DEMONSTRATOR VEHICLE

BorgWarner, a company engaged in electrification on various fronts, unveiled an interesting new electric demonstration vehicle, which happens to be a high-voltage buggy. Meet the Ariel Nomad EV, an Ariel Nomad converted to all-electric drive" reports InsideEVs: "The Ariel Nomad EV is equipped with two High-Voltage Hairpin (HVH) 250 electric motors and eGearDrive gear sets (each one independently controlling a rear wheel) and a 30 kWh battery pack."

 

BorgWarner says: ""A benefit of the vehicle’s electrified powertrain is its improved steering response made possible through torque vectoring. This feature allows both forward motion and regenerative braking, delivering a dynamic and controllable driving experience. Another key technology is BorgWarner’s thermal-management system, which circulates coolant via an electric pump through the inverters and battery pack. The liquid-cooled, 350V 30kWh pack delivers peak power of 200kW."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/378600/borgwarner-ariel-nomad-ev-demonstrator/

 

FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC LEXUS TO LAUNCH IN 2020

"Toyota Motor’s (7203.T) Lexus will launch its first all-battery electric vehicle next year, as the luxury brand races to market a battery-operated car amid growing competition to develop zero-emissions vehicles, the head of the brand said on Wednesday." according to a Reuters article: "At the unveiling of a concept model of a futuristic EV hatchback ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, he added that the goal is for sales of Lexus electric vehicles, including battery electrics and gasoline hybrids, to outpace sales of the luxury brand’s gasoline vehicle models by 2025."

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-tokyo-lexus/toyotas-luxury-lexus-brand-plans-battery-ev-launch-in-2020-idUSKBN1X20FX

 

TESLA MODEL Y BASHED BY AUTO VETERAN

"The Tesla Model Y is expected to be the company’s highest-volume vehicle yet, with Elon Musk noting during the recently-held third-quarter earnings call that he expects the crossover to outsell Model S, Model X, and Model 3 combined. Former GM vice chair Bob Lutz, on the other hand, has some doubts, and a lot of that has to do with the way the Model Y looks." says Simon at Teslarati.

 

Lutz: "The Model 3 continues to sell well. But the Model Y, I think it’s terminally ugly. I don’t know who’s gonna buy that. It’s another one of these humpback things like the Model X. It’s neither a sport utility nor a sedan, and to the extent it sells, I don’t think it’s going to break into a new segment. I think the sales will be largely substitutional to the Model 3"

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-y-ugly-bob-lutz-video/

 

NSW UNVEILS PLAN TO SWITCH SYDNEY’S 8,000 BUSES TO ALL-ELECTRIC

"The NSW Government is seeking proposals to shift Sydney’s entire 8,000 strong bus fleet to an all-electric fleet in a landmark decision that marks one of the first tangible policies towards the state’s goal of reaching zero net emissions by 2050." according to thedriven.io: "NSW transport minister Andrew Constance says he will seek new contracts for the supply and operation of Sydney’s public bus system, a move that will open the door to electric buses and substantially reduce the environmental footprint of Sydney’s public transport network. Successful electric bus shuttle services have already been in operation at the Sydney and Brisbane airports, which confirmed the cost and reliability benefits of electric buses over traditional diesel buses. Electric buses represent an enormous potential for reducing the environmental footprint of the Australian transport sector, as well as providing a boost to Australia’s fledgling manufacturing sector."

 

https://thedriven.io/2019/10/28/nsw-transport-minister-wants-all-of-sydneys-8000-buses-to-go-all-electric/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

 

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RAJEEV NARAYAN

If the price was right I would strongly consider it, My Chevy Bolt is 2 years old now and has 61K miles on it and I have not once DC fast charged it. Many people may simply need a car to drive around town and don't need DC fast charging.

 

SACHA

For frequent long distance trips, there’s no doubt  CCS or superchargers are a must but I think different people have different needs and as such not having CCS and just using AC charging might work for people with houses . If it means getting a vehicle for 10k or so it might be worth it (although is CCS circuitry really that expensive that excluding it is really worth it for manufacturers  ?) When considering resale it’s a different story however - a car with both AC and CCS has more prospective buyers and might retain its value better . Of course any EV is better than a fossil powered car so no complaints here either way!

 

BILL POLLOCK

As you likely know our North American domestic Electrical service is limited to 110v on One pole or 220V on Two poles.  Typically we run only 30  amps on our 220V circuits but can go as high as 50amps for high-draw appliances (an induction stove for example) Our Level 2 chargers are 40 amps max, so our highest Level 2 charge is about 8kW. That's an overnight charge every time.

 

So...no, I will not buy an EV without 50kW DC level 3 minimum.

 

JOHN HARCOMBE

I do not care what charger plug car has as  on average people only do 1 or 2 long trips per year where they have to charge away from home charger.

The major issue that UK Government should be sorting out with Europe and rest of countries now before massive numbers of ev being sold is have one standard high power charging plug like 500kw that is bi-directional, meaning grid to vehicle and vehicle to grid.

I see Japan CHAdeMO's and China GBT looking at a combined charger plug standard which are backward compatible.

 

MARK BUCKINGHAM

Kia ora  Martyn, even though I have a Kona, yes just ac charging is fine depends on use case. 

Also more importantly in 3 hours England is playing the All Blacks in Japan to get into the final and then of course to win the world cup!! 

 

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Oct 29, 2019
26 Oct 2019 | 5% Power Update For Tesla Drivers, Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Testing and New Electric Taxi Cab
11:02

Show #622

 

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PORSCHE TAYCAN CROSS TURISMO GOES FLAT OUT IN SPY VIDEO

Captured by Youtube's Carspotter Jeroen, the Taycan Cross Turismo wore its typical disguise that we last saw on previous spy shots that came out earlier this year. The concealments include black tapes on the body and other tapes on the headlights to hide details from eagle-eyed spy photographers. Of course, Porsche's comically installed fake exhausts are also present but the lack of exhaust sounds and the yellow round sticker on the rear windshield should be dead giveaways." says Motor1: “The long-roof version of the Taycan will more likely inherit the performance numbers of its sedan version, although performance will naturally be different because of their differing body size and weight."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/378681/taycan-cross-turismo-spy-video/

 

EVGO INSTALLED 300 FAST CHARGING STATIONS IN CALIFORNIA

"EVgo has expanded its fast-charging network in California by some 40% year-over-year to 300 locations, so more than 80% of Californians live within a 15-minute drive of one of the stations. This year, the company already installed more than 100 chargers and the plan for 2019 is to add over 200, usually more than one per site." according to InsideEVs: "Overall, EVgo has more than 750 locations in the U.S. with over 1,200 fast chargers, which means that California represents some 40% of the network. That's in line with EV sales, which is around half between California and the rest of the country. According to EVgo, the number of customers using the network exceeds 180,000, compared to some 800,000 all-electric car."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/378379/evgo-300-fast-charging-stations-california/

 

DYNAMO ELECTRIC BLACK CAB FOR LONDON UNVEILED

Dynamo, UK-based vehicle manufacturer, has unveiled the first 100% electric, zero emission, ‘Hackney Carriage’ black cab for London that has been officially approved by Transport for London (TfL), the Dynamo Taxi. Dynamo Managing Director Brendan O’Toole unveiled the Dynamo Taxi, based on a Nissan e-NV200 Evalia MPV, at the International Clean Air Conference at London City Hall. The Dynamo Taxi is expected to accelerate the retirement of current diesel taxis from city streets across the UK, improving air quality. Taxis currently account for 16% of all vehicle nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in central London, according to TfL figures. 80kW of power, 40kWh battery and 50kW DCFC."

 

TESLA RELEASES UPDATE WITH MORE POWER

"some owners are starting to report already getting the new software update with a “power increase”. Tesla wrote in the release notes: “Your car’s power has been increased by approximately 5%, improving acceleration and performance." reports electrek: "That’s due to Tesla figuring out how to optimize motor control through software."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/26/tesla-update-power-automatic-navigation-more/

 

TESLA ROLLS OUT ‘SCHEDULED DEPARTURE’

"Tesla Model S, X, and Model 3 owners are getting their first look at a new “Scheduled Departure” feature as part of an over-the-air software update that enables a vehicle to complete a user-determined battery state of charge at a specified time." says Teslarati: "As its name implies, Tesla’s new “Scheduled Departure” feature, previously known as “Smart Preconditioning,” will prepare a Tesla’s battery state of charge for a specific time of departure each day. By enabling the ability to set a departure time by day of the week, Tesla owners can better control when a vehicle reaches charge completion, thereby timing it close to their actual departure time. An added benefit to being able to end charging at a specified time is cost savings."

 

Tesla themselves say:" “It’s now easier to have your car comfortable and ready to drive with Scheduled Departure. For any location (e.g. Home), plug in your car and select a time for when you want your car ready to drive. Once your specified time is set, the car will schedule charging to complete before peak electricity rates begin (6AM) to reduce energy costs and ensure consistent regenerative braking and performance.”"

 

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Oct 28, 2019
25 Oct 2019 | Tesla’s New Solarglass Roof, Byton Starts Pre-Production Of M-Byte and Polestar Opens First ‘Space’
10:17

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VW CEO CORRECTS TSLA CRITICS: "TESLA IS NOT NICHE"

"Less than a month after Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to share his support for Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, the German auto executive responded in kind, setting the record straight with some reporters at the company’s recent event for the new Golf." reports Simon Alvarez for Teslarati: "Despite the runaway success of the Tesla Model 3, the reporters indicated that they still view Tesla as a “niche” carmaker, capable of making low-volume vehicles well but otherwise out of its league in the mass market segment.  This was a comment that did not sit well with the Volkswagen CEO. Correcting the reporters, Diess came to Tesla’s defense"

 

Herbert Diess: "Tesla is not niche. The Model 3 is a large-series model and they are one of the biggest manufacturers of electric-car batteries. We have a lot of respect for Tesla. It’s a competitor we take very seriously"

 

https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-volkswagen-ceo-corrects-tsla-critics-tesla-model-3-niche/

 

Meanwhile Yahoo Finance says: "Tesla shares soared 18% Thursday -- the biggest jump in 6 1/2 years -- following a surprise quarterly profit report. The rally vaulted the company back above General Motors Co. as the top U.S. automaker by market capitalization. The words of praise may have been a response in kind to Musk, 48, who tweeted last month that Diess was “doing more than any big carmaker to go electric.”

 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-no-niche-automaker-anymore-205812663.html

 

VERSION 3 OF TESLA’S NEW SOLARGLASS ROOF TILES

"Tesla launched the new version 3 of its Solarglass Roof on a public conference call today. Version 3 of the newly renamed Solarglass Roof integrates a number of meaningful improvements to the now larger tiles that promise to improve the cost of the roof while delivering a much faster installation time." says Kyle Field at CleanTechnica: "Tesla has increased the energy density of its roofing product, cut the cost, and increased the manufacturability. Vice president of technology at Tesla Drew Baglino noted that Tesla was aiming to improve the product essentially across the board, improving its cost and beauty as well as manufacturability of the tiles across the board. Version 3 nailed it, delivering significant improvements by:

 

Increasing the size of the tile

Increasing the power density of the tile

Dramatically reducing the number of parts and sub-assemblies by more than half (made possible by the larger tiles)

Reducing the number of steps in manufacturing (made possible by the larger tiles)

Reducing cost (enabled by the larger tiles)

Changing some of the materials used

Changing the technology that hides the solar cells to something that’s more scalable

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/25/everything-you-need-to-know-about-version-3-of-teslas-new-solarglass-roof-tiles/

 

From Electrek: "Tesla now lists a base 2,000 ft² roof with 10 kW of solar roof tiles installed will cost $33,950 after incentives. Musk claims that Tesla can quickly ramp up to producing 1,000 roofs per week at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo. However, the biggest difference with the latest version of the Tesla Solar Roof tiles is that the made it easier to install. Musk said that Tesla will also work with third-party installers to certify them for solar roof installations and expect the program to help grow solar adoption. Installations are starting right now with the existing backlog of orders and the company is taking new orders that should start next year."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/25/tesla-solarglass-solar-roof-v3-price/

 

Tech site The Verge said: "The billionaire CEO claimed the new roof tiles, which are bigger and more power dense, will help “make roofs come alive,” creating a world “where you look around the neighborhood and the roofs are all gathering energy.” “I think in the future, it will be odd for roofs to not gather energy,” Musk said. The promise of the Solar Roof has always been an enticing one. Pay a premium over standard solar panels, and you can get a normal-looking tiled roof that will suck up the sun’s energy all the same. It won’t be for everyone, though."

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/25/20932831/tesla-new-solar-glass-roof-elon-musk-version-three

 

TechCrunch reports "“Figuring out how to install it effectively is very non-trivial. And we’re actually going to have […] ‘installathons,’ ” Musk said, which will pit two teams against each other to see who can roof one of two similar-sized/designed roofs faster. Musk reiterated later that there’s “quite a bit of R&D just in the installation process itself.”

 

Musk also said that while it’s hiring and training specialized installers at first, the plan is to ultimately expand installations to any third-party contractors as well. The total addressable market that Musk sees for this product is somewhere on the order of 100 million houses worldwide, and Musk stressed that the company does indeed intend to make this available worldwide."

 

https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/25/teslas-new-solar-roof-costs-less-than-a-new-roof-plus-solar-panels-aims-for-install-rate-of-1k-per-week/

 

BYTON STARTS PRE-PRODUCTION OF THE M-BYTE EV

"The Chinese electric car brand Byton has now started production of the pre-production series of its first M-Byte model at its Nanjing plant. The manufacturer says it already has 50,000 reservations for the EV worldwide." reports electrive: "According to the announcement, the M-Byte will be offered at an entry-level price of 45,000 euros excluding VAT and possible government subsidies. This model has a 200 kW powerful rear engine and a 72 kWh battery (360 km range according to WLTP). Byton did not reveal the price for the 4WD high-performance configuration (300 kW drive, 95 kWh battery, 435 kilometre-range) in their press release.  Norway and other Nordic countries will be the priority in the European region, with Norway making up 14,000 of vehicle reservations alone."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/26/byton-starts-pre-production-of-the-m-byte/

 

POLESTAR LAUNCHES FIRST EUROPEAN POLESTAR SPACE IN OSLO

"This week, Polestar launched its first European Polestar Space in Oslo, Norway, joining the change of how cars are sold. In the case of Polestar, sales will be carried out online, while Polestar Space will be kind of like stores to show and demonstrate particular models and to inform customers without salespeople." writes InsideEVs.

 

Jonathan Goodman, Chief Operations Officer at Polestar said: “The Polestar Space is our way of changing the face of automotive retail. With no salesmen and no vehicles on the forecourt, there is no hard sell, no requirement to shift stock and an entirely customer-focussed journey. Consumers will define how much they interact with the exhibits and Polestar Specialists tailoring their experience to their exact needs, not the brand’s. Once they have found the perfect specification, seamless digital interactivity places the vehicle in the customer’s app, ready to be ordered when it suits them. We will put the fun back into buying a car!”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/378364/polestar-first-european-polestar-space-oslo/

 

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Oct 28, 2019
24 Oct 2019 | New Golf Comes In Five Electrified Versions, Nissan LEAF With Dual Motors and Bollinger Gets Hefty Price Tag
12:45

Show #620

 

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NISSAN LEAF WITH TWO ELECTRIC MOTORS

"Thanks to a pair of electric motors – one for each axle – the EV offers a combined output of 304 hp and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft). With one electric motor powering the front wheels and the other driving the rear ones, it means the experimental vehicle benefits from an AWD layout." says Motor1.com: "Performance details have not been disclosed, but Nissan says the dual-motor setup enables the Leaf to deliver “highly responsive, yet uncommonly smooth, acceleration.” It goes without saying it’s quicker than the standard Leaf e+, which offers 214 hp and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds. Even though the sporty Leaf is not going into production, it does demonstrate Nissan can develop a performance electric hatch and also gets us ready for a soon-to-be-revealed “next-generation EV that will be a true breakthrough.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/378219/nissan-leaf-dual-electric-motors/

 

WHAT SHOULD FORD NAME THEIR NEW ELECTRIC MUSTANG-INSPIRED SUV?

"By now we all know that Ford is planning to unveil an all-new battery-electric SUV based on Mustang design cues. The little teaser line-drawing they released shows Mustang-style triple-bar taillights and I suppose some Mustang-ish character lines there. One thing yet to be decided, though, is the name." reports Jalopnik: "So far, we’ve heard Ford was considering calling it Mach 1, after the famous Mustang version, though that name seems to have been dropped. Mach-E seems to be the current frontrunner, but that’s not set in stone, as far as we can tell."

 

https://jalopnik.com/what-should-ford-name-their-new-electric-mustang-inspir-1839356809

 

THE E-GOLF IS DEAD SOON: LONG LIVE THE VW GOLF VIII GTE AND THE PHEV

"On September 22, we told you the e-Golf would be no more, but that the eighth-generation Golf would get another PHEV option besides the GTE. That was the intel Autocar had on the matter, and it proved to be accurate when the new vehicle was presented on October 24. With a 13 kWh Li-Ion battery pack good for a range of around 60 km (37 miles)." according to InsideEVs: "While the GTE delivers 241 hp (180 kW), Volkswagen speaks of a new “efficiency version” that produces 201 hp and has no defined name so far. We’ll call it merely PHEV for the time being. Volkswagen says the car is almost totally digital now and that it has Car2X, a device that allows it to communicate with other vehicles and even infrastructure with the same sort of communication equipment."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/378473/egolf-dead-golf-viii-phev/

 

Green Car Congress say: " The new Golf will be the first Volkswagen that will be available with five hybrid drives. In this process, 48-V technology is celebrating its debut at Volkswagen: a 48-V belt starter generator, 48-V lithium ion battery and the most recent generation of efficient TSI engines form a new mild hybrid drive in the eTSI. As a result, fuel consumption has been cut by around 10% (on WLTP basis) and the vehicle is very agile and comfortable when moving off."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/10/20191024-golf.html

 

Electrive points out: "Volkswagen is thus making a clear distinction between the Modular Transverse Module (MQB) in the Golf and the Modular Electrification Module (MEB) in ID.3. Not only that, but the nomenclature is also changing: the plug-in hybrids are now called eHybrids. The two available versions basically have the same drive train and the externally rechargeable battery has a capacity of 13 kilowatt hours (kWh). The system is designed as a parallel hybrid, so the electric motor sits between four cylinders on one side and a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) on the other. "

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/24/volkswagen-presents-golf-8-with-with-five-hybrid-versions/

 

 

HONDA'S RETRO-STYLED E WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR THE US

"The United States narrowly missed being included in Honda's distribution plans for the new E urban electric car, its project manager has revealed, and if attitudes change, Honda's plans might too.  "The U.S. was included in the beginning," Kohei Hitomi told Jalopnik. "I personally wanted to see it." says Green Car Reports: "But three years ago, he says, that changed, because Honda's higher-ups feared that there would be no demand for an urban electric runabout here in the United States.  Honda has been monitoring the E's worldwide reception and Kohei acknowledged that the response from the U.S. media was surprisingly positive, and he even teased the possibility that Honda could rethink its distribution strategy down the line."

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125676_honda-s-retro-styled-e-was-originally-planned-for-the-us

 

SEAT MII ELECTRIC PRICED FROM £19,300 INCLUDING PICG

The SEAT Mii electric is now available to order across the manufacturer’s UK dealer network. The fully-electric city car marks the first chapter in SEAT’s electrification programme, as the brand begins to shift towards meeting the demands of an ever-changing market.

Priced from £19,300 (including PiCG), the Mii electric is one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market. Complementing this is a tempting PCP offer from £199 per month with £4,399 customer deposit thanks to a SEAT UK deposit contribution of £500 and APR of 6.9%.

The car’s 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 161 miles (WLTP) of range from a single charge, based on the WLTP test cycle. Rapid charging (DC at 40kW) to 80% takes an hour.

 

BOLLINGER ELECTRIC SUV & PICKUP PRICES ANNOUNCED

"Prices for the all electric SUV and pickup truck from Bollinger have been announced. Choosing between them won’t be a decision based on cost, as both list for $125,000. For that, you get a Class C truck with a 125 kWh battery and around 200 miles | 321 km of range." acccording to Steve Hanley at CleanTechnica: "Both feature dual motors, 614 horsepower, and 669 pound-feet of torque. They also have ten 110 volt AC outlets scattered about. 240 volt outlets are available as an optional upgrade. According to AutoBlog, the vehicles can be recharged to 100% capacity in 10 hours using a Level 2 charger or 75 minutes if a DC fast charger is available. 15 inches of ground clearance and a self-leveling, hydro-pneumatic suspension that allows the driver to adjust the ride height. The front and rear differentials can be locked electronically, while a two-speed gear box offers off-road grunt or highway cruising."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/24/bollinger-electric-suv-pickup-prices-announced/

 

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Oct 27, 2019
23 Oct 2019 | Tesla Stuns With Trading Update
26:54

Show #619

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 23rd October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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"Tesla Q3 2019 Earnings Report Shocks The World With Profits" is how Eric Loveday at InsideEVs described yesterday, and I'd agree!

 

The headlines from the Tesla's earning call, at least for me as an EV fan but not someone who gets a great deal of joy reading lengthy investor presentations, are twofold. Firstly, Tesla are getting way better at what they currently do. And secondly, as a result of my first point, their future roadmap should terrify anyone trying to compete.

 

That's not to say others can't complete, I'm not single-minded about Tesla, but as we saw last week with Dyson saying they couldn't make EVs work with £2.5bn of investment, all the other car and energy companies will need to innovate and spend at a rate they simply don't want to do. Without Tesla they would probably be making EVs as curiosities or concept cars.

 

I've been through what Elon said and as always I'll play you what I think are the highlights for you, a listener to a general podcast about the future of electric cars and energy. This isn't meant to be the deepest dive into the nuances of their finances.

 

  • After hours closed up $51 per share, $306. 20% increase.
  • All expections were crushed.
  • Tesla has become better at making cars . How much better? $230m better. They took a similar amount in, but they spent less making their cars.
  • $1.2billion gross profit.
  • Something they get criticised for, which is adjusting the prices more than other car makers but more like a retailer, they credited the ability to price adjust in various markets based on demand, to make the most money.
  • $330m in R&D.
  • Net income of $143m.
  • $6.3bn of revenue which is down 8% compared to last year.
  • About 10% of their vehicle were leased this quarter.
  • S & X were down by a third, they continue to become luxury items or, as Elon says for the X, a Faberge Egg.
  • Capital Expenditure
  • Solar was up 48% on the quarter.
  • Positive cash flow for over a year, that whole thing about cash burning and running out of money is a FUDster trope.

 

Before we get to Elon himself, let's go around the grounds for the headlines which got immediately written:

 

  • Tesla’s stock price surges as Musk’s cost cuts and Smart Summon deliver a profit - LA Times
  • Elon Musk's Tesla crushes profit targets - Fox Business
  • Tesla has made a profit. Repeat, Tesla has made a profit – The Register
  • Tesla stuns with surprise profit and faster progress on new model and factory - Independent
  • Tesla Shares Soar as Elon Musk Packs Profit Report With Positives - Yahoo
  • “If You Didn’t Buy A Tesla, You Just Made A Mistake” - CleanTechnica
  • Tesla delivers super charged quarterly results loaded with profit and positivity​​​​​​​ - The National
  • Tesla Packs Profit Report With Positivity as Musk Breaks Mold - Investing.com
  • Tesla shares soar 21% as surprise profit answers skeptics - Moneyweb
  • 'Jaw dropper': Tesla stock soars after company reveals profit surprise - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Elon Musk predicts Tesla energy could be ‘bigger’ than its EV business - TechCrunch

 

ELON CLIPS

 

  • Let me recap his opening thoughts:
  • Record deliveries
  • Costs down
  • Back to profit
  • Operating cost lowest since Model 3 started
  • Giga3 produced, body paint and GA
  • Stamping machine and paint shop installed whilst the building was going up
  • Model Y will be built there
  • Giga4 announced in 2020
  • Model Y moved forward by 3 months
  • Model Y will outsell S/X/3 combined
  • Version 10 Smart Summon used 1 million times
  • V2 Smart Summon coming in weeks, already improved from the fleet
  • FSD Feature Complete this year
  • Batteries and powertrain update soon
  • Version 3 of integrated Solar Roof tiles

 

CLIP 2 - Solar & Energy Business

CLIP 3 - How soon they'll make Model Y

CLIP 4 - Volume production in a few months for G3, second building

CLIP 5 - Cybertruck!

CLIP 6 - Why S & X are still great, by the way, everyones cars gets better, one pedal driving, faster charging for Model 3 owners of SR and SR+!

 

Highlights:

  • $143m profit on same revenue
  • 96,00 cars delivered, on course for 360,000 this year
  • Gigafactory Shanghai making cars already, in 168 working days since it was a field
  • The new Gigafactory has a cost per unit of output reduction of 65%
  • Almost 15,000 Superchargers
  • Tesla Insurance expanding into new markets
  • Cash us up 80% since last year to $5.3bn
  • Model Y by next Summer
  • Semi Truck limited production next year
  • Cyber Truck reveal in November
  • European Giga 4 making cars in 2021

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

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Set by Chris Meilak: "Would you buy a new EV which only has AC charging (ie Zoe) or CHAdeMO (ie Nissan) today?"

 

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Oct 25, 2019
22 Oct 2019 | Green Number Plates Proposal, 4 Awards For Model 3 and New Tariff Offering Free Electricity
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CONSULTATION ON INTRODUCING GREEN NUMBER PLATES

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/introduction-of-green-number-plates-for-ultra-low-emission-vehicles

TESLA MODEL 3 WINS 4 AWARDS FROM UK CAR MAGAZINE PARKERS

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/21/tesla-model-3-wins-4-awards-from-uk-car-magazine-parkers/

TESLA AUTOPILOT COULD BE APPROVED IN EUROPE

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-autopilot-fsd-improvements-regulations-europe/

GLOBAL SOLAR PV MARKET WILL SEE ‘SPECTACULAR GROWTH’ OVER NEXT 5 YEARS

https://electrek.co/2019/10/21/global-solar-pv-market-spectacular-growth-over-next-5-years/

VOLVO INTRODUCES 7900 ELECTRIC ARTICULATED WITH 396 KWH BATTERY PACK

https://insideevs.com/news/377344/volvo-7900-electric-articulated/

BYD ROLLS INTO BUSWORLD EUROPE

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/21/byd-rolls-into-busworld-europe-with-an-end-to-end-transit-clean-energy-solution/

ELECTRAMECCANICA APPOINTS ELECTRIC VEHICLE PIONEER

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/electrameccanica-appoints-electric-vehicle-pioneer-123105068.html

SSE ENERGY LAUNCHES NEW ‘FREE ELECTRICITY’ TARIFF FOR EV DRIVERS

https://environmentjournal.online/articles/sse-energy-launches-new-free-electricity-tariff-for-ev-drivers/

ELECTRIC 'CRATE MOTORS' MAKE TURNING YOUR GAS CAR INTO AN EV EASY

https://driving.ca/auto-news/news/electric-crate-motors-make-turning-your-gas-car-into-an-ev-easy

CLASSIC CAR EV CONVERSIONS 'CEASE TO BE' HISTORIC, CAR FEDERATION SAYS

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/classic-car-ev-conversions-cease-070000338.html

Oct 23, 2019
21 Oct 2019 | First Range Rover EV, 100k Miles In A Tesla Model 3 and Winnebago’s Electric Future
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THE 2020 AUDI A6 TFSI E 55 QUATTRO PLUG-IN HYBRID

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Oct 21, 2019
20 Oct 2019 | BMW i3 Will Continue, Hummer Could Return As Electric and Question Of The Week Answers
21:26

Show #616

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 20th October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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Basic electric car charging

What do laws and regulations say?

What characterizes good charging systems?

Electric car charging in condominiums and condominiums

Payment models and systems

Fleet charging strategies

What the future has to offer, new cars, heavier vehicles, new charging solutions

 

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ZIPSE PROMISES CONTINUATION OF THE BMW I3

"The new BMW boss Oliver Zipse continues the production of the electric model i3. After sales director, Pieter Nota had said in September that there were no plans for a successor to the i3, Zipse now put a stop to rumours of a possible production stop." writes electrive: "He made it clear to the local medium Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: “The i3 will continue to be produced, no question about it. The car is already an icon today. Which car can claim this after only six years? Icons tick according to a different logic, they don’t have a classic successor, they always remain true to themselves in essence.” Today, the i3 is more in demand than ever and will “make another leap in battery and operating concepts”.

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/19/zipse-promises-continuation-of-the-bmw-i3/

 

HUMMER REVIVAL AS ELECTRIC SUV COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN

"The Hummer brand has been defunct for almost 10 years now, but reports about its revival continue to surface. The most recent ones, however, may need future Hummer buyers to find charging stations instead of fuel pumps." according to Motor1: "In an exclusive report by Reuters, GM is said to have plans to build a new line of premium electric utes at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant at the end of 2021. With this new line comes the possibility of reviving the Hummer brand as an electric off-roading truck/SUV. This is according to the news organization's sources – people that are familiar with the said plan. The new line of premium electric utes will be called the BT1 electric truck/SUV project, Reuter's sources said. It will be the main subject of the $3-billion investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant to make electric trucks and vans, which is part of the four-year $7.7-billion umbrella investment in GM's U.S. plants – all enclosed within the proposed labor deal between GM and the United Auto Workers union."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/377325/gm-electric-hummer-revival-report/

 

CALIFORNIA PLUG-IN HYBRID MAKER KARMA AUTOMOTIVE NOW ACCEPTS BITCOIN

"Karma Automotive announced Tuesday that it will now accept Bitcoin at its flagship Newport Beach location. " says Green Car Reports: "In addition to dabbling in cryptocurrency for simple transactions, Karma will also explore theoretical blockchain applications outside of the that space, the electric-car manufacturer said in its announcement.  This move signals Karma's intent to expand its role as a tech incubator as well as an automaker. Many large-scale manufacturers have entered partnerships or established their own tech incubators to study green energy, mobility and other items outside of the traditional automotive sphere.  It also serves to further differentiate the new Karma brand from its roots in Fisker Automotive, from whose ashes the new company was formed. The Revero GT is the only carry-over product; two more models are planned along with a forthcoming in-house EV platform."

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125562_california-plug-in-hybrid-maker-karma-automotive-now-accepts-bitcoin

 

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS STARTS MASS PRODUCTION OF 800V, HIGH OUTPUT EV INVERTER

"Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. has started mass production for its 800V compatible high-voltage and high-output electric vehicle (EV) inverter, which increases EV practicality and enables long-distance driving. The product contributes to both comfortable acceleration performance of the vehicle and faster charging times." according to Green Car Congress: "As most EVs are based on a 400V system, in order to increase the vehicle’s driving range, additional batteries with parallel connection are required. This results in increasing the battery capacity but also the charging time. However, an 800-volt system enables the battery to be charged with the necessary amount of energy over a short period, allowing for fast charging of high capacity batteries."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/10/20191019-hitachi.html

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS

TOM RAFTERY

The answer is simple. Stop spending money of subsidising fossil fuels. Two birds, one stone ☺

This would immediately make petrol/diesel more expensive, and therefore Evs more attractive! And the wider environmental effects of making fossil fuels more effective would cause a massive shift to renewables for electricity generation.

 

Peter Ferrett

The government will save money by not subsidising oil as much, this should ofset the lost in tax from fuel.

 

Søren from Australia

I suspect that stopping the subsidies given to the oil,  gas and coal industries would more than cover the lost revenues for petrol taxes.

 

OPHIR

The best way to compensate for lost gas taxes is to stop subsidizing oil and gas companies!

 

DUNCAN ARMOUR

I think the question only makes sense if you ignore what is going on around the industry.

The UK government funds the fossil fuel industries to the tune of £490 billion (2014 - the government is very adept at hiding its funding).

Worldwide subsidies for the fossil fuel industries are some USD5.3 trillion (2015).

The nuclear industry additionally receives subsidies which dwarf those of the oil and gas industries.

So, if we stop subsidising industries that are destroying us, we wouldn’t need to pay vehicle tax, and would be receiving huge rebates on our income tax (which would allow us to easily afford solar).

 

JERRY LEVY

1) Tax carbon emission of ICE cars from emission test result

And

2) Tax electricity used by EV or even household if it is generated from fossil fuel.  This will force people to put pressure on local government and utility companies to generate electricity from renewable energy.

 

KIERAN KENNEDY

Currently, EVs are exempt from road user charges, and this is currently our only form of EV incentive in New Zealand. The government has promised that they won't be charged road user charges until 1st January 2022 or when EVs make up at least 2% of the fleet, which ever comes sooner. It is looking like the 1st January 2022 will come sooner based on current trend, although uptake here is still impressive.

When they do start to charge EVs road user charges, it makes sense to collect the revenue the same way we do for diesel vehicles currently. That is, road user chargers are bought in advance and displayed on your dash. This will have a higher administrative cost than taxing petrol currently, but wouldn't necessarily have to if systems were automated and done online.

 

DOUG VOWLES

Here in Ontario Canada when vehicle registrations are renewed, the mileage is reported on the form.  So an equitable road taxation formula could be:

 

Yearly mileage X vehicle weight X vehicle type factor X “some constant factor” = $road tax

 

The vehicle type factor can be adjusted over time to reflect the increasing dominance of electric vehicles, being lower (but not non-existent) now, but rising as EV’s become the only type of vehicle on the road. 

 

ED CORTEEN

the answer is simple and fair (according to me!??), pay per mile driven, where driven and most importantly at what time of day, so city centres at peak times will be expensive, a quiet country road in the afternoon cheap.

How can this be achieved? My 24kW leaf, now a 10 year old design already almost does this, from the app I can see how far we travelled every day, how much power used, how long the journey was and with modern telematics it should be quite simple to automatically gather the data required and send it in, (sadly)!

 

DAFFYD CHEUNG

I’d suggest, the electricity supplied at public charge points could be taxed in the same way. The more you drive and the less efficient the vehicle, the more you’d contribute per mile/km. Since there’s a handshake between charger and vehicle. A count could be made, of how many kWh had been obtained from public chargers for your vehicle/s in the year or month. Home charging could also be taxed in a similar manner, if a fast charger is utilised

 

SHAWNE IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Oregon has started a pilot "pay by the mile" program to replace paying at the pump. http://www.myorego.org/

I wonder if a tire tax would work. The bigger the tire, the heavier the vehicle,  the more road damage so the higher the tax. 🤷‍♂️

 

SACHA

Your question is an important one, many states in the US end up punishing EV owners through special taxes.

Considering the climate crisis , we’re better off increasing tax on fossil  fuels as we’re transitioning to EVS  (which will also incentivize further transition to clean energy!). We’re probably a decade away from a point where we need to do anything else to compensate for gas/diesel revenue . Adjusting corporate and personal income tax would be appropriate then (we all benefit from roads whether we personally drive a car or order from Amazon ) but that’s hardly necessary

any time soon I would think .

 

RICHARD, FREMANTLE AUSTRALIA

To me it seems there is a straightforward solution - As VED revenue goes down, simply keep increasing the VED on fossil-fuels to compensate. This will keep the revenue at its current level and incentivise people to switch to EVs in-line with the UK government's declaration of a Climate Emergency. If you want to keep driving on fossil fuels (and I still have a high-powered fossil fuel sports car at my mum's in Bournemouth so I'm including myself in this) then you must pay more and more to keep driving them.

 

Once EV adoption goes off a cliff and fossil fuels are so highly taxed that they're unaffordable for most people, at that point you can start charging per mile, assessable and payable as part of your MOT payment each year, in line with your EV's official efficiency in kWh per mile. That makes it fair by incentivising efficiency.

 

JOHN HARCOMBE

Charge tax per mile, which could also be changed on locations and times.

 

STEVE JAMES

Tax revenue lost on fuel can be replaced by putting fare booths on motorways.

If you drive locally around town there will be no charge but if drive large distances you have to pay for it.

 

DOGPHLAP

Many places e.g. the UK and Australia have an annual registration fee, a charge could be added to that but I personally would prefer a charge based on distance driven which could still be an annual charge.

The rate could be a function not just of distance driven but also vehicle weight since damage to our roads is very vehicle weight dependent.

 

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18 Oct 2019 | Model 3 Prices And Availability Change, Ford Creates Virtual Charging Network and SUVs Are Major Polluters
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CLOSER LOOK AT THE XC40 RECHARGE

A reminder about the 249 mile, 78kWh battery with 75kWh usable, Volvo XC40.

A fun tidbit from The Verge: "Interestingly enough, the battery almost ended up being much weaker, with fewer cells and less capacity, than what was eventually decided upon. According to Henrik Green, Volvo’s chief technology officer, the company’s engineers were halfway through the XC40 Recharge’s development cycle when something big happened in the EV space that threw them for a loop: the unveiling of the Model 3. When Volvo learned that the Model 3 would have a range of over 300 miles, the company’s engineers set to work to do what they could to increase their own range by upgrading the vehicle’s battery. “We decided to go for a bigger size than we originally thought,” Green said. That meant contacting the automaker’s battery suppliers, South Korea’s LG Chem and CTAL in China, to add modules to its battery to improve the performance. If customers wanted electric cars with bigger batteries and longer ranges, then Volvo would have to deliver, he said. “That was not a fun decision,” Green added, “being adamant about quality and everything about producing vehicles, doing that very late in the program was super critical.”"

 

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TESLA’S AFFORDABLE MODEL 3 RECEIVES MORE RANGE AND UPDATED PRICE

Tesla recently added an additional 10 miles of range to the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, allowing one of the company’s most affordable vehicles to travel 250 miles on a single charge. The update comes amid Tesla’s revised delivery window for its vehicles." says Teslarati: "The Model 3 Standard Range Plus’ range boost comes at a price, with Tesla increasing the cost of the vehicle by $500. Yet, despite this, the Model 3 remains a super reasonable buy at $39,490.  In addition to the additional range and increase in pricing for the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, Tesla has revised its estimated delivery timelines for its vehicles. The Standard Range Plus and Long Range Model 3, for example, now have an estimated 6-10 weeks for delivery, while the Performance variant now requires 8-10 weeks before the vehicle is ready to be handed over. Vehicles now require an extremely affordable $100 as a non-refundable deposit for its entire electric vehicle lineup. Tesla’s Solid Black paint, which used to cost $750, has also been adjusted to $1,000."

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-standard-range-boost-price-update/

 

UK pricing, according to AutoExpress: "Tesla has raised the price of the Model 3, in the car’s third price-change in the last six months. Prices for the base-model Standard Range Plus and mid-tier Long Range variant have increased by roughly £1,000 to £38,500 and £47,000 respectively. The flagship Model 3 Performance has increased by around £2,000 to £52,000."

 

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/model-3/106152/tesla-model-3-prices-raised-across-the-range

 

TESLA MODEL Y PROTOTYPE SPOTTED IN WASHINGTON

The Tesla Model Y prototype sightings continue and now a Model Y has been spotted in the state of Washington – indicating the likely start of long-distance testing." says electrek: "Now a Model Y prototype, which appears to be the same one spotted in Fremont yesterday, was spotted at a Supercharger station in Vancouver, Washington (via Shamus Johnson on Twitter). The Tesla Supercharger in Vancouver, Washington is 668 miles away from Fremont, which could mean that Tesla is starting to long-distance test some pre-production Model Y prototypes. Tesla vehicles generally go through an extensive test program in different conditions and climates for at least a year ahead of production."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/17/tesla-model-y-prototype-spotted-long-distance-testing/

 

TESLA GETS APPROVAL TO START MANUFACTURING IN CHINA

"Tesla Inc was added to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, China’s industry ministry said on Thursday, as it granted the electric-vehicle maker a certificate it needs to start production in the country." reports Reuters: "The list was published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. This means “the green light is fully given to Tesla for production in China,” said Yale Zhang, head of the Shanghai-based consultancy Automotive Foresight. Tesla can start production any time, he said. Tesla intends to produce at least 1,000 Model 3s a week from the Shanghai factory by the end of this year, as it tries to boost sales in the world’s biggest auto market and avoid higher import tariffs imposed on U.S. cars."

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-tesla/tesla-gets-approval-to-start-manufacturing-in-china-idUSKBN1WW0NM

 

TESLA’S CHINA PLANT IS HOOKED UP TO STATE GRID POWER SUPPLY

"Tesla Inc.’s first Chinese car factory is officially plugged in." according to Bloomberg: "State Grid Corp of China has opened the first transmission line in a power connection project that increases electricity supply to the Tesla plant to a level required for preliminary production, according to a statement from the Chinese company’s Shanghai branch. State Grid said it will eventually increase the power supply eightfold for the factory to run at capacity. State Grid said the project - involving 55 kilometers of cables and about 17 kilometers of ducts - was among the quickest it has completed, taking only six months."

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-17/tesla-s-shanghai-plant-gets-hooked-up-to-state-grid-power-supply?utm_source=google

 

PHASE 2 OF TESLA GIGAFACTORY 3

"According to a report by China’s Global Times, Tesla has completed construction of the parts of its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai that will be dedicated to producing automobiles. Now it has begun work on “phase 2” of the factory, which will house a battery manufacturing facility." says CleanTechnica: "Feng Shiming, a veteran analyst for the Chinese auto industry analyst, tells the Global Times he has heard from Tesla employees at GF3 that the first batch of vehicle batteries for the Model 3 will be fully assembled as of October 30. He predicts that mass production at the Shanghai factory will not start until after the Spring Festival holidays in January next year. The factory built in the first phase will merely assemble parts shipped from the US, Feng says."

 

FORD TRANSIT CUSTOM PLUG-IN HYBRID

"Underpinning the Transit PHEV is Ford’s popular 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which is paired to a 92.9kW electric motor. The total output is 124bhp and 355Nm of torque.  Interestingly Ford describes the engine as a ‘range extender’ – suggesting that they expect drivers to just use electric power for lots of the time. A 13.6kWh battery allows for a claimed 35 miles of electric range." says the website carkeys: "Our only gripe is that as soon as the electricity runs out, you’re left with an engine that lacks the punch to move a van of this size. The CVT automatic transmission is perfectly acceptable but not particularly smooth or refined."

 

From ford.co.uk: "The engine does not directly drive the wheels, instead it helps charge Transit’s on-board batteries on the go.  Ford is targeting a zero emission range of 31 miles from a full charge – more than enough for most city delivery rounds. If the operator needs to travel further in between charging stops, the EcoBoost engine chips in to top the batteries up."

 

https://www.ford.co.uk/shop/specialist-sales/fleet/phev/fords-plug-in-hybrid-electric

 

LG CHEM SEES ELECTRIC VEHICLES ACCOUNTING FOR 15% OF ALL CAR SALES IN 2024

"South Korea’s LG Chem, one of the leading electric vehicle (EV) battery makers, expects global sales of EVs to grow more than five-fold from 2018 levels to account for about 15% of global vehicle sales in 2024, it said on Thursday." reports Reuters UK: "Speaking at a conference in Seoul, LG Chem’s battery chief Kim Jong-hyun said tighter regulations in Europe and China, especially from next year, and the rise of autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing services would serve as “catalysts for the explosive growth” of EVs."

 

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-lg-chem-electric/lg-chem-sees-electric-vehicles-accounting-for-15-of-all-car-sales-in-2024-idUKKBN1WW0O0

 

FORD INTRODUCES NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST EV CHARGING NETWORK

Ford is giving future all-electric vehicle customers the confidence to enjoy a hassle-free electric lifestyle. By providing easy access to more electric vehicle public charging stations in North America than any other automaker.

Ford is providing two years of complimentary access to North America’s largest network – the FordPass Charging Network – for easy and convenient pay-as-you-drive charging. The FordPass Charging Network includes more than 12,000 charging stations with more than 35,000 plugs, making public chargers as common as some of the most popular pharmacy or coffee chains.

Ford is working with Greenlots to bring together multiple charging providers to develop the FordPass Charging Network, making it easy for customers to find and pay for charging all through FordPass or their vehicle’s screen.

 

https://electriccarsreport.com/2019/10/ford-introduces-north-americas-largest-ev-charging-network/

 

SURGING SUV DEMAND IS CANCELING OUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT FROM ELECTRIC CARS

"If worldwide demand for SUVs continues to grow at its current pace, the carbon emissions from these larger vehicles will outweigh the benefits from electric vehicles, a new study from the International Energy Agency found. The number of SUVs on the road around the world grew from 35 million in 2010 to over 200 million last year, representing 60% of the increase in the global car fleet over the 8-year period." according to CNBC: "From 2010 - 2018, SUVs were the second-largest contributor to the global increase in carbon emissions behind the power sector, the study found. This places SUVs ahead of trucks and aviation in terms of carbon footprint"

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/17/surging-suv-demand-is-canceling-out-the-environmental-benefit-from-electric-cars.html

 

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Oct 18, 2019
17 Oct 2019 | Volvo XC40 Revealed With 75kWh Battery, Cab Company Goes All Electric and Model Y Seen Road Testing
16:15

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 17th October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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VOLVO XC40 RECHARGE

"The Volvo XC40 Recharge arrives as Volvo’s first battery electric car, and first ‘Recharge’ model, with 75kWh battery and 402bhp." says CarsUK: "Looking almost identical to the ICE XC40, the XC40 Recharge gets the blanked-off grille we’ve already seen and a 75kWh battery pack lurking under the floor. And it has promising specs to go with its 75kWh battery. Volvo say it will deliver more than 250 miles on a single charge. But most appealing is that it comes with pretty much the same 4WD electric powertrain as the Polestar 2, which means a chunky 402bhp and 487lb/ft of torque, enough to scoot the XC40 Recharge to 62mph in under 5.0 seconds."

 

https://www.carsuk.net/volvo-xc40-recharge-revealed-the-electric-xc40-arrives-as-volvos-first-ev/

 

As per jalopnik, buyers of the PHEV model get free electricity for a year: "“Recharge plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.”"

 

https://jalopnik.com/volvos-first-full-ev-is-called-xc40-recharge-and-comes-1839101896

 

Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars USA: "We're going to launch one BEV [battery electric vehicle] every year through 2025".

 

CNET says: "Volvo's next big platform, Scalable Product Architecture 2 (SPA 2), will arrive in 2021 with the next-generation XC90 SUV. Production of the XC90 will kick off in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2022. "That car will of course be able to be sold with a BEV solution from the start," Gustafsson said. For its future electrification efforts, Volvo will draw on the engineering efforts of its Polestar brand. SPA 2, as we've reported earlier, will also underpin the upcoming Polestar 3 electric SUV, which is also expected to launch around 2021 or 2022. The XC40 EV was also built this way. Its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) was originally designed to handle a full-EV application, and, in addition to the XC40 EV, it underpins the Polestar 2 sedan. Look for the Volvo XC40 EV to go on sale in the US in late 2020."

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/new-volvo-electric-vehicles-2025/

 

GREEN CAB GOES GREENER, MOVING TO ALL-ELECTRIC FLEET

A story I missed from two days ago on WKOW.com: "A Madison cab company is set to become one of the first in the country to run an all-electric-vehicle Tesla fleet. Green Cab’s owner tells 27 News the taxi service is partnering with Zerology to replace the fleet of hybrid cars with Tesla vehicles. Green Cab’s website says it’s the city’s only all hybrid rideshare service. It’s been in Madison since 2010."

 

https://wkow.com/news/top-stories/2019/10/14/green-cab-goes-greener-moving-to-all-electric-fleet/

 

TESLA MODEL Y ELECTRIC SUVS SPOTTED

"At least three red Tesla Model Y electric SUVs were spotted on Tuesday morning (Australian time) being transported near the Californian carmaker’s Fremont factory." says The Driven, and they've posted a tweet by @Model3Owners which said: "A few Model Ys spotted in Fremont being transported"

 

"Another Model Y in Midnight Silver was also spotted on Highway 680 in Fremont apparently undergoing road testing. This particular model has created a great deal of excitement with its 19″ aero sports wheels which appear to be the same offered on the Performance Model 3 in China."

 

https://thedriven.io/2019/10/16/tesla-model-y-electric-suvs-spotted-in-lead-up-to-early-production-start-in-2020/

 

https://thedriven.io/2019/10/16/tesla-model-y-electric-suvs-spotted-in-lead-up-to-early-production-start-in-2020/

 

ELECTRIC RENAULT TWINGO CONFIRMED BY PRODUCT PLANNING BOSS

"An all-electric Renault Twingo (a city car smaller than ZOE) has been expected for years and it seems that it will be finally introduced!" says InsideEVs: "This summer we saw a leaked calendar of new model launches by Renault, which indicated a Twingo IV Z.E. in 2022, but the Twingo BEV might be introduced as early as next year!It's interesting that the Twingo Z.E. was on the table even before ZOE. At some point, Renault even unveiled a concept (in 2013, after the ZOE) and was exploring joint production with Daimler (Renault Twingo Z.E. - smart forfour EV), but in the end, only Daimler introduced a smart forfour EV."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/376538/electric-renault-twingo-confirmed/ 

 

TESLA MODEL S PLAID PRODUCTION DATE REVEALED BY ELON MUSK

"Elon Musk recently announced an estimated production date for the Tesla Model S “Plaid” P100D+ that’s currently running laps at the Nürburgring. According to the CEO, the track-capable, aerodynamically optimized variant of its flagship sedan will go into production around Summer 2020." writes Joey for Teslarati: "With Elon Musk’s recent update on Twitter, it now seems certain that the final iteration of its Model S Plaid P100D+ will be available for purchase less than a year from now. Quite interestingly, this date also comes just before Musk’s initial estimates for the start of Model Y deliveries, which was announced as Fall 2020 during the crossover’s unveiling last March."

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-nurburgring-edition-production-date/

 

PUPILS TO COUNT NUMBER OF ZERO-EMISSION MILES TRAVELLED

"School children are being encouraged to choose low-emission travel in a new competition launched by Go Ultra Low, the joint government and car industry initiative created to provide all the necessary information about electric vehicles." reports AirQualityNews: "TV presenter Ben Fogle, the Go Ultra Low Ambassador and face of the campaign, is challenging children to count the number of zero-emission miles they travel over the course of a week. The competition will draw attention to the emissions associated with different modes of transport and will encourage pupils to choose low emission travel instead. This includes walking, cycling, public transport or electric vehicles. There will be accompanying lesson plans for participating schools, which will aim to educate the pupils on how to reduce their carbon footprint through sustainable travel."

 

https://airqualitynews.com/2019/10/16/pupils-to-count-number-of-zero-emission-miles-travelled/

 

 

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Oct 16, 2019
16 Oct 2019 | Rumour: Tesla Model Y Production Begins Before April 2020
19:53

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BREAKING! TESLA MODEL Y PRODUCTION TO START IN Q1 2020 (UNOFFICIAL LEAK)

From  Chanan at CleanTechnica: "Originally, the Model Y was supposed to start shipping in “late 2020”. Currently, Tesla’s website says new orders will ship in Q1 2021. However, according to an anonymous source with a proven and reliable track record, Tesla is about to accelerate its plans and start production in Q1 2020 at its Fremont factory. (We’ve also received the same information independently through a reliable second-hand source.). The Model Y will launch with the Long Range all-wheel drive (AWD) trim, according to this source, and Tesla will release the Standard Range Plus (SR+) version once production has been ramped up and the Model Y SR+ has a large enough gross margin. Another fun little tidbit of technical information we have been told is that the Model Y will indeed use the new revolutionary flex-cable circuitry that reduces the length of wires needed throughout the car and also gives every component a redundant connection to the battery and the computer. This makes it possible for robots to install more of the “guts and veins” of the car and cut down on the manual labor involved in installing cables. As Elon Musk has said multiple times, robots suck at placing normal cables into the vehicle."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/15/breaking-tesla-model-y-production-to-start-in-q1-2020-unofficial-leak/

 

NEW PORSCHE MACAN EV TO GET TAYCAN PLATFORM AND TECH

"first revealed by Autocar in October 2018. The new model will feature an entirely different bodystyle from the existing Macan to reflect its status as a reinvented model for the brand." says Ricahrd at Autocar: "Speaking to Autocar at the recent Frankfurt motor show, Porsche’s director of SUVs, Julian Baumann, confirmed that the existing, internal combustion-engined Macan will remain on sale alongside the new Macan during a transitional phase. The offering will broadly mirror that offered by the Taycan/Panamera duo. The electric Macan will arrive in 2021 and initially be a high-performance model in the mould of the Taycan, carrying the same Turbo badging to identify it as the top-of-the-range version. The current Macan will be offered alongside it partly because “some

customers are not ready for EVs,” said Baumann. “So there will be two different cars.”"

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-porsche-macan-ev-get-taycan-platform-and-tech

 

BASE PORSCHE TAYCAN HAS MORE POWER THAN A 911 GT3

"The Taycan 4S will be available in two battery sizes, but it's the larger 93.4 kWh two-deck 'Performance battery Plus' Porsche has detailed online. According to the Instagram post and a subsequent press release, the large-battery Taycan 4S will boast a peak output of 563 hp. Sure, that's nearly 200 hp less than the Turbo S. Even the standard-battery 4S gets decent power though, with a 79.2 kWh single-deck Performance battery giving it 523 hp in overboost state, meaning the cheapest Taycan money can buy still has more power on tap than a Porsche 911 GT3."

 

https://carbuzz.com/news/base-porsche-taycan-has-more-power-than-a-911-gt3

 

2021 AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK SPIED UNCOVERED

"Audi teased a camouflaged Sportback variant of the 2020 Audi E-Tron earlier this year. We expected we would see the car uncovered pretty soon after, but one of our spy photographers has caught it undisguised before Audi could reveal it." writes Joel at Autoblog: "It looks pretty much the way we expected. The upright rear of the E-Tron has been exchanged for a sloping fastback. The greenhouse looks quite a bit like the Audi A7 with a large rear quarter window. It also has fairly prominent roof rails that help maintain the E-Tron's crossover image. Everything south of the window line looks to be carry-over from the regular E-Tron. Mechanically, the E-Tron Sportback should be identical to the traditional hatchback version. That means two electric motors, one at each end, making 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque. Range will probably be close to the current model's 204 miles. We expect the official unveiling of the Sportback to come by the end of the year, possibly at the LA Auto Show."

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/10/11/2021-audi-etron-sportback-spy-photos

 

TESLA MODEL S PLAID P100D+ SPIED AT NÜRBURGRING

"It appears that two Tesla Model S Plaid P100D+ prototypes have returned to the Nürburgring. Spy shots of the two vehicles acquired by Teslarati depict the two Model S doing runs around the iconic track with renewed ferocity." reports Joey at Teslarati: "The “Plaid” Model S that Tesla brought to the Nürburgring this time around were vehicles that had notable differences compared to the two units that took on the German racetrack last month. While the vehicles featured the same wide body kit, large air intake at the front, a rear spoiler, and track-optimized wheels and tires, the two Plaid Model S vehicles that were recently sighted feature new air vents on the front fenders. A blue Plaid Model S prototype is even fitted with a rear diffuser."

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-plaid-p100d-spy-shots-nurburgring-images/

 

JCB SECURES FLEET DEAL FOR NEW ELECTRIC DIGGER

From thecontructionindex.co.uk: "A-Plant has bought a fleet of 10 of the 19C-1E model in a deal worth more than £350,000. The 19C-1E - JCB’s first-ever electric diggers - are being produced at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, with orders rolling in from across Europe and North America. The model, which is five times quieter than its diesel counterpart, is expected to be popular with companies working inside buildings and in emissions and noise-sensitive inner-city areas."

 

https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/jcb-secures-fleet-deal-for-new-electric-digger

 

BP CHARGEMASTER CONTINUES UK CHARGING STATION ROLL OUT

"BP Chargemaster installed four new 150kW rapid chargers at their retail site in Hammersmith, London. Their plan is to furnish their Polar charging network with another 400 units of the variety by 2021." writes electrive: "The chargers were powered up this week, following the UK rollout of their fast charging network across the nation. The first of the 150 kw fast chargers were launched in August, with the first two units installed at the retail site BP Cranford in Hounslow. Charging can be done with both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, with a full charge possible in about 10-12 minutes of charging time"

 

BUICK LAUNCHES VELITE 6 PLUS MAV EV WITH INCREASED RANGE OF 410 KM

"Buick launched the VELITE 6 PLUS MAV (multi-activity vehicle) electric vehicle in China." reports Green CAr Congress: "The newest member of the VELITE 6 family, the VELITE 6 PLUS has a constant-speed range of up to 410 kilometers (255 miles) under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions on a single charge. The original VELITE 6 MAV was launched in April with an electric driving range of 301 kilometers. As Buick’s first global all-electric vehicle and SAIC-GM’s first electric vehicle for the mass market, the VELITE 6 integrates resources and advanced technology from GM and SAIC for new energy and connected vehicles. It represents the latest application of the Buick Blue strategy. The capacity of the battery in the VELITE 6 PLUS has been increased to 52.5 kWh and its energy density has been increased to 140 Wh/kg, allowing it to store more energy with the same volume. It provides electricity consumption of 13.1 kWh/100 km."

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/10/20191015-velite.html

 

MAZDA TEASES ELECTRIC CAR'S INTERIOR AHEAD OF TOKYO MOTOR SHOW DEBUT

"While Mazda previously confirmed with Roadshow ahead of an official announcement that the Tokyo Motor Show would serve as the backdrop for the electric car's reveal, the automaker teased the EV's interior on Tuesday." according to CNET.com: "Mazda Europe's official Twitter flashed a brief look at the electric car's center console, which reveals a sleek design complete with a familiar rotary knob that operates Mazda's infotainment system in current vehicles.A Mazda representative previously told Roadshow that the battery-electric vehicle will not be based on a current Mazda production vehicle. Whatever the company has planned will be a totally new model. We're also in the dark on what form this vehicle will take, but it's a safe bet this will be a crossover of sorts."

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/mazda-electric-car-interior-features-tokyo-motor-show/

 

 

GM OFFERS TO MAKE ELECTRIC PICKUP IN DETROIT, AS UAW PUSHES FOR MORE US-MADE GAS VEHICLES

"GM has committed to building an electric pickup truck in Detroit in its ongoing attempt to negotiate a new contract with the UAW." says Green Car Reports: "Last Friday, Detroit's WDIV-TV detailed the latest in negotiations between General Motors and the UAW Friday as the two seek to resolve a contract stand-off that currently has more than 45,000 U.S. auto workers on strike nationwide.  As part of this latest round, GM has promised to build an electric pickup truck at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which GM had previously said it would shutter. While this would be good news for the UAW on the surface, a new EV line would likely not fully utilize the existing plant space, meaning GM would not be able to employ as many union workers there as it had in the past."

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125520_gm-offers-to-make-electric-pickup-in-detroit-as-uaw-pushes-for-more-us-made-gas-vehicles

 

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Oct 16, 2019
15 Oct 2019 | Harley’s Livewire Struggle, Uniti One Goes On Sale and Karma Revero GT Starts Production
20:04

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON HALTS PRODUCTION OF NEW ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES

"Harley-Davidson has halted production and deliveries of its new LiveWire electric motorcycle after reportedly discovering a problem with its charging mechanism." reports CNBC: "The company didn’t provide more details on the “non-standard condition” that was holding up production. But the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, said the company told dealers last week it was stopping production to test its charging mechanism."

 

In a statement to CNBC: “We recently discovered a non-standard condition during a final quality check; stopped production and deliveries; and began additional testing and analysis, which is progressing well, we are in close contact with our LiveWire dealers and customers and have assured them they can continue to ride LiveWire motorcycles. As usual, we’re keeping high quality as our top priority.”

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/14/harley-davidson-halts-production-of-new-electronic-motorcycles.html

 

JAGUAR I-PACE IS THE FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC NÜRBURGRING RACE ETAXI

Jaguar launches all-electric RACE eTAXI service at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife with its I-PACE performance SUV.

 

Professional drivers will take passengers around the world’s most famous and demanding circuit in the all-wheel-drive zero-emissions model.

 

  • One lap as a co-driver in the Jaguar I-PACE 1 or Jaguar XE SV Project 8 2 on the Nordschleife
  • Provision of helmet and balaclava
  • Soft drinks and specialty coffees
  • Price I-PACE: € 149.00 * incl. VAT, max , 1-3 persons / round

 

TESLA ENDS SALE COMMISSION, INCREASES SALARIES

"Tesla is reversing most of its “online sales only” strategy launched earlier this year. The automaker is going to hire more sales and delivery staff, end sales commission for Tesla Advisers, and increase salaries and stock bonuses, according to sources familiar with the matter." says electrek: "Tesla is planning to open a new type of retail location called “Tesla Centers” to avoid dealership restrictions and increase deliveries. Furthermore, sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla communicated to employees that they plan to hire more sales and delivery people. They are also eliminating the commission structure, which was already revised down earlier this year. Sale advisers, who were the most affected by the reduction in compensation, are being told that they will get a 20% to 40% salary increase to compensate for the change."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/13/tesla-ends-sale-commission-increase-salaries-stock-bonuses/

 

UNITI ONE PRICED FROM £15,100

Uniti, Sweden’s ground-breaking mobility pioneer, has revealed the pricing and specification for its eagerly-awaited debut vehicle, the fully-electric Uniti One.

Designed in Sweden and engineered in the UK, the Uniti One has been created from the ground-up to be an urban electric vehicle: fully optimised for efficiency, sustainability and affordability, whilst maximising interior space for three adults. All of which has been achieved without sacrificing quality, comfort or real-world usability.

A direct benefit of the car’s ultra-compact footprint and light-weight construction, the Uniti One’s standard 12 kWh battery provides 150 km (93 miles) of range from a single charge, while the optional 24 kWh battery extends range to an impressive 300 km (186 miles). A hundred kilometres (62 miles) of range can be added in just ten minutes using a 50 kW CCS charger. The Uniti One’s class-leading 8.0 kWh/100km efficiency is achieved through a weight-saving ethos evident throughout the car. A combination of purposeful design engineering, appropriate use of materials and innovative manufacturing techniques give the Uniti One a kerb weight of just 600 kg.

Perfectly suited to the urban environment, the Uniti One accelerates from 0-50 km/h (0-31 mph) in 4.1 seconds and 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 9.9 seconds, before reaching its top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), where permitted and conditions allow.

With prices starting from just £15,100 (after £3,500 UK Government subsidy).

 

https://www.uniti.earth/uk/

 

APTERA CLAIMS THREE-WHEEL EV CAN RUN ON SOLAR ONLY WITH NO PLUGGING IN

A report today in Car & Driver: "Aptera, a once bankrupt startup that's raising money for a fresh start, is claiming its forthcoming electric three-wheeler can operate on solar power without ever plugging in to charge. Every hour it's parked in the sun generates five miles of range, so Aptera claims 44 miles of range in a day based on solar charging from the summer sun in San Diego. Users can still plug in the Aptera EV, which Aptera recently claimed will have a 1000-mile range between charges. The EV was designed with solar in mind, and it has more than 180 panels that are built into the car's composite structure. "

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a29445577/aptera-three-wheeler-solar-no-charging/

 

JOINT CALL ON EU TO PROVIDE FRAMEWORK FOR H2 INFRASTRUCTURE

"The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, Hydrogen Europe and the International Road Transport Union are jointly calling on European policymakers to ramp up investments in EU-wide hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles." writes Nora at electrive: "The listed demands include revising the EU’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive to include mandatory targets for hydrogen. New financial instruments for such infrastructure investments, as well as tapping into existing EU funding mechanisms, are to help to accelerate the roll-out."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/14/joint-call-on-eu-to-provide-framework-for-h2-infrastructure/

 

KARMA REVERO GT ENTERS PRODUCTION

"Last month, the Karma Revero GT entered initial production at the KICC in Moreno Valley, CA - the only car manufacturing site in Southern California. The new generation, with 61 miles (98 km) of all-electric range EPA range (expected), is a very exotic series-hybrid (with plug-in capability), now powered by the BMW i8's three-cylinder engine." according to InsideEVs.

 

28 kWh battery (instead 21.4 kWh)

expected 61 miles (98 km) of all-electric range EPA range (Revero 37 miles EPA)

up to 360 miles (579 km) of total range, including up to 80 miles (129 km) electric and up to 280 miles (451 km) with generator

0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 4.5 seconds (Revero 5.4 seconds)

1.5L BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder in-line engine (same as in BMW i8) as onboard generator (previously 2L GM engine)

dual-motor rear-wheel drive (with torque vectoring for rear wheels)

 

https://insideevs.com/news/376125/karma-revero-gt-production-start-images/

 

EU: IONITY NOW RUNS OVER 150 HIGH POWER CHARGING SITES

"Ionity has now 151 high power charging sites up and running across Europe. At the end of May this year there were at 100 locations. By the end of 2020, the joint venture plans to have 400 HPC sites in operation." says electrive: " While Ionity delivers the installation, the company relies on site-owners and operators such as Circle K in Norway or Shell in the UK to realise the planned pan-European high power charging network."

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/13/eu-ionity-now-runs-over-150-high-power-charging-sites/

 

MERCEDES-BENZ ARCTIC FOX

"Mercedes-Benz Vans and bodybuilder Kerstner developed the "Arctic Fox", which is based on the eVito and is a perfect eGrocery vehicle for urban areas. It has an electric drive and an electrically operated cooling system, so that food products can be delivered with zero local emissions. Its innovative feature is that the cooling system is connected to the vehicle electrical system, which minimises the need for additional batteries. In September, the ""Arctic Fox" demonstrated its suitability for everyday use in a four-week pilot project with online meal kit provider HelloFresh in Belgium. The "Arctic Fox" supported up to 50 deliveries per tour and was able to keep the temperature in the cargo area (chilled goods) reliably. Thus it fulfilled the urban delivery use case successfully. The aim is to extend the concept for zero local emissions delivery of temperature-sensitive products to other sectors and series in future."

 

https://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko.xhtml?oid=44597766

 

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Oct 15, 2019
14 Oct 2019 | Porsche Surprises With Taycan 4S, More Talk Of Banning Engines and Tesla Is The Most Googled
17:52

Show #610

 

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PORSCHE EXTENDS ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR MODEL RANGE WITH THE TAYCAN 4S

It was only in September that the new electric sports car from Porsche celebrated its high-profile premiere on three continents simultaneously. Now, the company is already presenting the third version of the sports saloon with the Taycan 4S, says a press release today. The new model is available with two battery sizes. Following the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo, the Taycan 4S is therefore the new entry-level model in the series. A single-deck Performance battery with a total capacity of 79.2 kWh comes as standard. The two-deck Performance battery Plus familiar from the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo is optionally available. The total capacity here is 93.4 kWh.

 

On the UK Porsche configurator the range is from 198 miles to 289 miles for the Performance battery. Price starts at £83,367.

 

https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/2019/products/porsche-taycan-4s-electric-sports-car-entry-level-model-18901.html

 

Fred at Electrek said: "The smaller battery pack results in a range of 407 km (253 miles), and the bigger one should result in 463 km (288 miles) on a single charge based on the WLTP standard. The Taycan 4S with Performance battery Plus becomes the longest-range version of the Taycan. Both versions of the new Taycan 4S can accelerate from a standing start to 100 km/h in 4 seconds and have a top speed of 250 km/h. Porsche says that the new version will start at $103,800 in the US with the smaller battery pack and $110,000 with the Performance battery Plus."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/14/porsche-taycan-4s-new-entry-level-battery-pack/

 

evo.co.uk says: "Separating the 4S from its Turbo counterparts are a few subtle design tweaks, ranging from new 19-inch Turbo S Aero wheels, red brake calipers, marginally less aggressive front and rear bumper designs and slightly raised suspension. Six-piston caliper brakes with 360mm discs are fitted at the front, with four-piston, 358mm units at the rear. Porsche’s 4D Chassis Control can also be found, alongside the same three-chamber adaptive air suspension as on the Turbo and Turbo S. Perhaps the biggest draw of the Taycan 4S will be its price. Starting from £83,367, it seems no less than a bargain when stacked up against the Turbo and Turbo S, with £32,491 sitting between it and the Turbo, and a staggering £55,459 with the Turbo S. Order books open today, and first deliveries are expected in January 2020. "

 

https://www.evo.co.uk/porsche/porsche-taycan/201843/porsche-taycan-4s-revealed-with-563bhp

 

VOLKSWAGEN CEO SAYS ELECTRIC CAR SHIFT WON'T HURT MARGINS: PAPER

Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) does not expect the shift in production toward electric cars aimed at averting billions of euros in European pollution fines to hurt its profit margins, Chief Executive Herbert Diess said in a newspaper report on Monday." reports Reuters: "Diess said the German car maker expected to sell nearly 20,000 Audi e-Tron in 2019, adding the first year’s production of the electric Porsche Taycan was already sold out. Orders for the VW ID.3, the group’s recently unveiled compact electric model, are already covering the production planned until mid-2020, Diess said."

 

Diess: "“We do not expect a deterioration in margins. Our advantage is that all our brands have the same platform for electric products and the same batteries that we buy in China,”"

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-chairman/volkswagen-ceo-says-electric-car-shift-wont-hurt-margins-paper-idUSKBN1WT0PP?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FbusinessNews+%28Business+News%29

 

SINGULATO MOTORS COMPLETES NEW ROUND OF FUNDING CLOSE TO $100 MILLION

"Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Singulato Motors received a capital injection from Japan’s Itochu Corp amounting to nearly $100 million on October 12, according to Reuters." according to PanDaily.com "Singulato could receive an additional “few hundreds of millions of dollars” from Itochu if the Chinese startup meets certain conditions. To receive the potential extra funding, Singulato would have to speed up development of its first model, a fully electric sport-utility vehicle called the iS6, and make proper preparations for an IPO, one of the people said. A Tokyo-based spokesperson said the Japanese company had recently made an additional investment in Singulato, but declined to specify the amount except to say it was a minor investment. Previously, the total funding of Singulato exceeded 17 billion yuan (~$2.4 billion). The company’s investors include Legend Star, Till Capital, Intel Capital, GX capital and other major financial and strategic investors."

 

https://pandaily.com/singulato-motors-completes-new-round-of-funding-close-to-100-million/

 

GROUPE PSA REAFFIRMS UK ELECTRIFICATION STRATEGY

"Speaking at the Automotive EV Conference (hosted by Three6Zero) held in Coventry on 8 October, UK Head of Electric Vehicles & Connected Services for Groupe PSA, Helen Lees discussed the brand’s electrification strategy, the future of the EV sector in the automotive industry and addressed investment and market potential." says Automotive Purchasing and Supplies: "In just two years, 15 new electrified vehicles will be launched across all brands in the Groupe PSA portfolio. These include a variety of passenger cars that are already available to order, new DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE, all-new Peugeot e-208, 3008 SUV HYBRID4, all-new 508 HYBRID, Vauxhall Corsa-e and Grandland X Hybrid4. These will be joined later in 2020 by all-new Peugeot e-2008 and new Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, whilst Groupe PSA will also extend its battery electric (BEV) offering on its award-winning LCV product from 2020 starting with the Citroën Relay and Peugeot Boxer."

 

https://www.automotivepurchasingandsupplychain.com/news/18358/15/Groupe-PSA-reaffirms-UK-electrificaiotn-strategy-at-Automotive-EV-conference

 

LABOUR PARTY PLEDGES TO BAN SALE OF NON-ELECTRIC CARS BY 2030

"A Labour government will aim to end the sale of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030, as part of its plans to tackle the climate emergency. The party is to begin talks with the car industry and trade unions to explore the policies needed to achieve the goal. It says it wants to help an “under siege” industry switch to electric car production." says The Guardian: "It comes as measures to phase out the internal combustion engine gathering pace across Europe. Earlier this month, Denmark called for a plan to phase out diesel and petrol cars and allow a ban on their sale by 2030. It was backed by 10 other EU countries."

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/13/labour-pledges-to-ban-sale-of-petrol-diesel-cars

 

WHAT IS MILES PER POUND?

From Parkers website: "The Parkers miles per pound (mpp) figure is a new and simple way of comparing the cost to run all cars on sale in the UK today. And it's really simple - using official 'real-world' fuel consumption figures and constantly updated energy and fuel prices, we can show you how far all cars can go for the pound in your pocket. We devised the mpp figure as a way of demystifying the running costs of Electric Vehicles (EVs) because above and beyond their range, and how long they take to charge, there is little uniformity in how carmakers express just how much energy they use. In a nutshell, with this figure you'll be able to directly compare how much any car costs to take on a journey. For EVs that means how much the electricity costs, and for other cars, that'll be how much petrol or diesel you need to pump in at the filling station. This will help potential owners understand the overall running costs of a car in real-world terms that are simple to understand."

 

TESLA IS THE MOST GOOGLED CAR BRAND IN THE USA

Marketing Daily has reported that a new study shows that Tesla is the most Googled car brand by Americans, with more than 2,240,000 searches on a monthly basis. The model that is the most searched for is the Model 3, with around 673,000 searches per month" reports CleanTechnica: "UK. Tesla came in at #4 on the list, with 246,000 Google searches. The Model 3 is the most searched car at 74,000 searches.

 

Italy. Tesla came in at #5 on the most searched car brand list at 246,000, with 40,500 of those searches being the Model 3 (#1 among all cars).

 

Germany. Tesla came in at #5 on the list, with 368,000 searches and 90,500 of those searches for the Model 3 (#1 among all cars).

 

France. Tesla comes in at #7 on the list, with 246,000 searches and the Model 3 scoring 74,000 of them (#1 among all cars)."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/14/tesla-is-the-most-googled-car-brand-in-the-usa/

 

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13 Oct 2019 | Audi TT Set To Morph To EV Power, NASCAR Moves Towards Hybrids and Question Of The Week Answers
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Show #609

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 13th October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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AUDI TT SET TO MORPH INTO ALL-ELECTRIC CROSSOVER

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/tt/105191/audi-tt-set-to-morph-into-all-electric-crossover?_mout=1&utm_campaign=autoexpress_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

NEW CAR RENTAL COMPANY TO RENT OUT “ONLY ELECTRIC VEHICLES”

https://www.portugalresident.com/2019/10/11/new-car-rental-company-to-rent-out-only-electric-vehicles/

 

DAIMLER RECALLS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MERCEDES-BENZ DIESEL VEHICLES

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-daimler-emissions-kba-recall/daimler-recalls-hundreds-of-thousands-of-mercedes-benz-diesel-vehicles-idUKKBN1WQ2JL

 

NASCAR GREEN LIGHTS HYBRID CARS FOR THE RACE TRACK IN 2022

https://www.foxbusiness.com/sports/nascar-goes-green-hybrid-cars-2022

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

 

jdonalds2001 • 1 day ago

Should electrify commercial trucks next. There is a huge gap in efficiency between a petrol pickup and an EV pickup.

 

D R-K • 1 day ago

I have to say that if there is one thing I wish everyone was doing the same way it is going down in China... it is changing out their fleets and getting it done. Entire fleets overnight, buses, taxis and now dump trucks. It is the one thing they continue to impress with that I wish the USA, UK , Canada or even Germany as a large economic power would beat them at. They are taking their air quality and emissions goals seriously.

 

e-Tripping with Adam Gebbett • 2 days ago

Hi Martin,

                  the most important electrified transport conversion is in the shipping industry. These vessels carry everything we consume around the world and use low grade oil to power them.

 

 

wizza • 4 days ago

buses im a bus driver it would be amazing i would take pay cut to drive quite smooth bus that doesnt break down or leak deisel

 

 

PD Ken • 5 days ago

QOTW.  Two of the main benefits of EVs are in reducing CO2 and in cities especially, pollution.  CO2 might be best tackled by electrifying trucks (the UK kind) and pollution by electrifying taxis and buses. All these vehicle types are likely to do far higher annual mileages than private cars and hence electrification will give the greatest benefit.  It could be argued that a battery in a car doing 15k miles a year or less is a wasted resource which could be better used in a taxi or other high mileage vehicle.

 

STEVE ROTHE

The US Postal Service here in the US!  Why? Because they drive every road in the US 6 days a week, at slow speed and they do a LOT of stopping so regen braking would be used a LOT.   I guess they would not work that well in winter without an  auxillary heater, but seats and steering wheel should have electric heat.  Your show is TOPS!!!

 

Mike in Oklahoma

School buses are the most important vehicles to become electric. I’m told in the US there are like three times the number of school buses versus municipal buses. Not to mention they are carrying our children and we want them to have the cleanest air to breath as possible!

 

Luis Janeiro

I think the aim should be to maximise the quantity of fossil fuels that each kWh of battery we manage to produce is able to substitute.

Many people will argue that buses or trucks are the most important, because they are bigger, more polluting. But buses or truks make quite efficient use of fossil fuels today as they transport a lot of people or goods at once.

I would start electrifying the segments with the worst performance of fossil use per person-km or tonne-km today.

 

BRUNO ARRIOLA

Not sure about other parts of the world, but here in the United States the combined annual mileage of semi-trucks (delivery trucks) is around 140 billion miles (per HDS Driving Institute https://hdstruckdrivinginstitute.com/semi-trucks-numbers/). Now just imagine if we could electrify all the trucks with the snap of a finger...

 

MUNAVER

My answer to the question of the week is to covert ships and trains to electric propulsion and then pickup truck or utes as we call them here in Australia.

Also Martyn Please can you talk about EV transformation in other markets like South America, India, Southeast Asia, Russia,  the middle east and Africa in your podcast as I hardly hear you mention any of these other important markets.

 

DAFYDD CHEUNG

In the America, the blinding obvious vehicles that need cleaning up, preferably via full electrification. Are pickup trucks, which are not subject to any emissions regulations. Nor are they subject to a minimum mpg target.

In the UK, I’d say PSVs, including all minibuses. Plus vehicles operated by councils. In addition, I’ve thought for many years, that ICE sports car in general, should be banned in their entirety. As they are dedicated to wasting as much fossil juice, in as short a period as possible.

 

JOHN FRUHWIRTH

We should, In priority sequence, electrify the following vehicles:

  1. Buses - they carry millions of people around cities (follow China's lead)
  2. "Last Mile" delivery vehicles (vans, trucks, etc.) After all, if you bought it, a truck brought it.
  3. Long haul trucks/lorries (e.g. The Tesla Semi, etc.)
  4. Civic service vehicles (garbage trucks, street sweepers, etc.)
  5. Heavy equipment (bull dossers, back hoes, road graders, etc.)

 

YANN T FROM MONTREAL

in my opinion, the most critical segment that needs electrification are semi trucks (53 footers). Lorries as you would say. Smaller vans too for professionals. They transport a lot of goods around the world. They are constantly on the road burning a lot of dirty old diesel.

They could be fitted with a lot of batteries if it could be fitted on the trailer for longer range, maybe?

Image a world where all trucks are electrified. No more diesel, no more particules, no more black smoke coming out of huge exhaust pipes, and so much torque to move around heavy loads.

 

JOHN BALL

The most important transportation segment to electrify in The United States is large tractor trailer trucks. They will convert to electric drive as soon as it is more profitable to do so and production capacity ramps up. When trucks are electric the large service plazas all along our highways will convert  to high capacity superchargers servicing trucks and cars. This will solve the charging infrastructure problem and lead to rapid conversion to electric transport. These high capacity superchargers will require large banks of batteries

 

 

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12 Oct 2019 | Free Parking For EV Owners, Toyota Seem To Be Electrifying Backwards and Converting Classic Cars To Batteries
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 12th October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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ELECTRIFY CANADA PLANNING 20 NEW 350-KW CHARGING STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

"Volkswagen built Electrify America, its U.S. multi-brand-compatible network of EV charging stations, as part of a settlement with authorities there over its Dieselgate scandal. But now the automaker has voluntarily expanded that effort with a Canadian arm to give electric vehicle owners that same level of charging access." writes driving.ca: "Electrify Canada announced early October that it plans to open 20 350-kW-capable charging stations at Canadian Tire locations in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Pricing is based on 75-kW-, 125-kW- and 350-kW-per-minute power levels. There is a $1 session fee per charge-up, but an Electrify Canada Pass+ is only $4 per month, which waives the session fee and knocks the cost down by roughly 20 cents per minute."

 

https://driving.ca/volkswagen/auto-news/news/electrify-canada-planning-20-new-350-kw-charging-stations-across-the-country

 

ALL-ELECTRIC RENAULT ZOE RS TO REPLACE CLIO RS?

"With the standard Clio already upon us, you might be wondering when we’ll first see the next Renault Clio RS. As our sister title Auto Express discovered, it seems we won’t see one at all, but the French marque does have something else sporty up its sleeve" reports Evo Magazine: "Renault’s executive vice-president of product planning, Ali Kasai, told Auto Express that a new Clio RS is simply not viable, but that a performance-orientated, all-electric Zoe is the most likely model to sit in its place. Kasai said: ‘We need to be in line with the current trends; we have to invent the future sporty cars.’ The standard Zoe is powered by a 52kWh battery and a front-mounted 132bhp motor, and is good for a claimed range of 245 miles. A performance variant would naturally claim less range given the same battery size, especially if Renault punted for a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive set-up, something we’re yet to see in a compact EV."

 

ARE EV SALES BEING HELD UP?

From dinside.no: "Last week, we wrote that Kia in Spain has been revealed to refuse dealers to sell electric cars for the rest of 2019, with a strong call to sell gasoline and diesel-powered SUVs before replacing the calendar on January 1. Like the Norwegian importer , Kia also denied in Sweden that this was the case in our neighboring country. Now, however, the Swedish electric car website Recharge has revealed that Kia Sweden was not completely truthful. They also sent a similar letter to their dealers, should we believe the site. In the letter, Kia writes, among other things, that they "hope to have a fantastic start to the electrified year 2020", writes Recharge."

 

Bertel O. Steen is a freelance importer: "We have no comment on the case in Sweden and Spain. But we do not have similar orders here in Norway, and we deliver the cars we get, explains Mette S. Sauge." In Norway, according to Kia Bil Norge, about 5700 are still on the reservation lists for the two electric cars for Kia. The lists distribute the numbers as follows:

 

Kia e-Niro: about 4,400 people

Kia e-Soul: about 1,300 people

 

https://www.dinside.no/motor/avslort-i-sverige-ogsa/71686226

 

LEXUS EV CONCEPT TEASED AHEAD OF TOKYO MOTOR SHOW DEBUT

"Toyota’s luxury division says the new zero-emissions showcar is a window into the company’s electric and autonomous future, so not only will the vehicle lack a combustion engine, but it also might not have a steering wheel." reports Motor1: "Originally announced back in July, the unnamed electric concept will allegedly feature a newly developed infotainment system with dual screens and is going to use a revamped version of the spindle grille. Chances are the EV rides on the new e-TNGA platform that Lexus’ parent company Toyota is developing, with the ultimate goal to have 10 electric cars from both brands on sale by the middle of the next decade."

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/375558/lexus-ev-concept-teaser/

 

FREE PARKING FOR EV OWNERS IN CINCINNATI

"Cincinnati, Ohio, has come up with a creative incentive for those who own electric vehicles: Free Parking. For those who have played Monopoly — well, the way I always played it — landing on the free parking square meant you got to cash in. Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Cincinnati will be able to cash in on savings thanks to the city’s Electric Car Incentive Program. Note that hybrid owners will not benefit from this incentive since the program is geared toward fully electric vehicles." writes Johnna for Clean Technica: "The free parking spots include all city parking meters and one city-owned garage located downtown. The parking in the garage is on a first-come, first-served basis and does not include overnight privileges. This also includes free parking at every and any parking meter within the Cincinnati city limits. Parking at these meters means drivers must still follow parking rules, though, and if the meter says you have an hour, then the driver needs to leave when that time is up."

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/09/free-parking-for-ev-owners-in-cincinnati/

 

PAY-PER-MILE ‘ROAD TAX’ BACK ON THE AGENDA

"The government’s Transport Committee has confirmed it wishes to start a debate around road pricing – more specifically the idea of a pay-as-you-go style system, that could fill a potential £40 billion black hole in its Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) income." says Leasing.com: "As the rise of the electric car accelerates over the coming years, the government will lose more and more money; EVs with list prices of less than £40,000 don’t pay any road tax at all, which will result in a sharp drop in tax income for the government. One way around this is to adjust the VED system with road pricing. Early next year, the Transport Committee will investigate whether national road pricing should be a part of that future, but wants the public – drivers and non-drivers alike – to begin the discussion now."

 

https://leasing.com/car-leasing-news/pay-per-mile-road-pricing-review-2020/

 

TOYOTA RAV4 PLUG-IN REVEALED AHEAD OF LA AUTO SHOW

"Toyota teased on Thursday what will become the most powerful RAV4 yet – the 2021 RAV4 plug-in. Bringing with it a new color, Supersonic Red, the teaser image of the RAV4 plug-in highlights the new PHV’s surprising performance capabilities." according to Electric Cars Report: "Toyota will debut the Toyota RAV4-plugin during the Los Angeles Auto Show media days, on November 20, 2019 at the Toyota booth in South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center."

 

https://electriccarsreport.com/2019/10/toyota-rav4-plug-in-revealed-ahead-of-la-auto-show/

 

2020 TOYOTA HYBRIDS AND EVS GET 10-YEAR, 150,000-MILE BATTERY WARRANTY

"Toyota announced today that it will extend the battery warranty for its hybrid and electric vehicles to 10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever comes first), an increase from the current eight years or 100,000 miles. The change will affect 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles sold by Toyota and can transfer from the original owner to subsequent owners." says Car And Driver: "There are eight eligible cars in the lineup: the Camry, Corolla, Prius, RAV4, Avalon, and Highlander hybrids, plus the Prius Prime plug-in and the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. Toyota says the longer warranty term is designed to help overcome the hesitation that some buyers feel toward purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle.Nissan has said that they expect Leaf batteries to last 10 to 12 years longer than customers will want to own the cars. Tesla is reportedly developing a battery technology that can last for a million miles."

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a29428255/2020-toyota-hybrid-electric-car-batteries-warranty/

 

PLANS TO REDEVELOP FORMER A1 SERVICE STATION

"Plans to redevelop a former service station on the A1 in Peterborough with electric car charging points and a café have been submitted to the city council." says the local newspaper Peterborough Today: "Solar Charging Ltd wants to revamp the former Abbotts Wood Service Station which lies near the southbound carriageway in Thornhaugh, near Wittering. Under its plans 20 electric car charging points would be installed, as well as a “service building” which would include a café. The electricity would come from a nearby solar farm - a process the company said would be “the first of its kind” within the region and would “seek to reflect the aspirations of Peterborough City Council’s Environment Capital agenda”."

 

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/plans-to-redevelop-former-a1-service-station-with-electric-car-charging-points-submitted-to-peterborough-council-1-9102744

 

LUNAZ DESIGN IS ELECTRIFYING CLASSIC CARS FOR A ZERO-CARBON FUTURE

"Lunaz Design is converting high-end classic motor vehicles to electric propulsion utilising a team of engineers gathered from F1, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, VW and McLaren and zero emissions and recycling at the heart of its product philosophy." says Renewable Energy Magazine: "The aim is to make the most beautiful and celebrated cars in history ready for an electrified, zero-carbon future.

 

A 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V, 1953 Jaguar XK120 and 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud are currently being prepared for market introduction. The Jaguar XK120 is fitted with an 80-kWH electric battery pack whilst the Rolls-Royce Phantom V is specified with a 120-kWH power unit. Each classic by Lunaz represents an entirely custom restoration. Its cars are analysed to the millimetre to ensure Lunaz’s engineers develop the most appropriate powertrain solution for the character of the car and the intended driving dynamics. All classics by Lunaz are engineered with fast charging capability, regenerative braking systems and the sensitive integration of modern conveniences like traction control and cruise control."

 

https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/electric_hybrid_vehicles/lunaz-design-is-electrifying-classic-cars-for-20191010

 

 

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"Skywell delivers 1st batch of Shenzhen's largest #EV dump truck order so far as it delivers 300 of 1 K trucks to 2 co's in the city. Last year, Shenzhen started subsidizing #EV dump truck purchases with ¥800 K. The city wants to have all new dump trucks as EVs by 2021."

 

TESLA MODEL 3 TAKES OVER THE UK WITH A RECORD QUARTER

"Tesla had another record month and quarter of deliveries in the UK, thanks to Model 3, which is quickly becoming a best-selling car in the market. The ramp-up has been slow over the first few months, but Tesla delivered more than 2,000 Model 3 vehicles in August, and it was enough for the Model 3 to become the third best-selling car in the UK in August (via the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)." writes Fred for Electrek: "Now the registration data is out for September, and Tesla delivered even more vehicles: 3,459 units, including 2,864 Model 3 vehicles. It helped the electric car market rise to 2.2% of the overall car market in the UK. Diesel car sales dropped 20% during the period, and gasoline-powered cars increased by 4.5%. It brings Tesla’s delivery total for the quarter to 6,244 vehicles, including 5,385 Model 3 vehicles."

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/09/tesla-model-3-uk-record-quarter/

 

 

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11 Oct 2019 | Dyson Scrap EV Plans, Mega E-Bike Reviews and Norway Car Market Explodes With Electric Cars Again
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TESLA TO REPORT Q3 RESULTS OCT. 23

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/tesla-to-report-q3-results-oct-23-2019-10-09

 

TESLA INSTALLING POWERPACKS AT ALL CALIFORNIA SUPERCHARGERS

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/10/tesla-installing-powerpacks-at-all-california-superchargers-in-areas-with-expected-rolling-blackouts/

 

TESLA OWNERS WEATHER PG&E’S POWER OUTAGE

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-powerwall-owners-pge-outage-gas-shortage/

 

DYSON HAS SCRAPPED ITS ELECTRIC CAR PROJECT

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50004184

 

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LARGE FLEETS COULD SAVE £1.9M A YEAR BY GOING ELECTRIC

https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/car-industry-news/2019/10/10/large-fleets-could-save-19m-a-year-by-going-electric-says-deloitte

 

REVEL'S ELECTRIC MOPEDS MIGHT BE THE BEST 'MOBILITY' SOLUTION FOR GEARHEADS

https://jalopnik.com/revels-electric-mopeds-might-be-the-best-mobility-solut-1838889526

 

SUPER MONARCH E-BIKE HITS 30 MPH WITH 2 BATTERIES, AWD, AND FULL SUSPENSION

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NEW DUTCH ELECTRIC MOPED GETS DUAL BATTERIES AND UP TO 100 MILES OF RANGE

https://electrek.co/2019/10/09/brekr-model-b-electric-moped/

 

YAMAHA ANNOUNCES NEW ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES, SCOOTERS AND MORE IN HUGE EV PUSH

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NORWAY: ELECTRIC CAR SHARE AT 54.5% IN SEPTEMBER

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