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Rank #1: 18 Jan 2019 | Ford ‘Electrifying’ Truck Business, Tesla Referral Program To End and Hyundai KONA Deliveries For Canada

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 18th January 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I can find today, and picked out the ones I think you need to know about.

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WHAT DOES MEAN BY "ELECTRIFYING THE F-150"

  • "Ford Motor Co. confirmed plans to build a fully electric F-Series pickup, which industry observers called an unexpected move that protects the truck franchise against Tesla and other competitors." claims the Detroit Free Press.
  • They have a quote from Jim Farley, Ford President of Global Markets: "“We’re going to be electrifying the F-Series — battery electric and hybrid."
  • "Farley said a move toward all-electric and hybrid would “futureproof” the billion-dollar F-Series franchise, which he called a “global juggernaut.” An all-electric strategy is a big part of plans outlined by Volkswagen this week during the North American International Auto Show. In discussions about a commercial truck and medium size pickup alliance, Ford and VW said talks continue on collaboration involving electric and driverless vehicles."
  • Just to show you the size of the business, Farley continues; "Ninety-percent of our capital now is allocated toward trucks and utilities,” Farley said. “We have the F-Series, the world and America’s best-selling truck. More than a million units were sold last year. F-Series core strength at the end of the day is: There’s a truck for every customer and we know those customers really, really well. From the F-150 all the way to the F-750. They all matter to us. The best is going to get even better. We’re going to be launching a new Super Duty later this year and showing it to everyone in a few weeks.”

https://eu.freep.com/story/money/cars/2019/01/16/ford-f-150-electric-pickup-truck/2595515002/

TESLA REFERRAL PROGRAM TO END SOON

  • "Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced via Twitter, that the infamous (or famed depending on your interests and situation) Tesla Referral Program will come to an abrupt end. This is not to say that there won’t be some re-initiation and/or adaption of the program down the road, but for now, it will completely disappear." according to Steven Loveday at InsideEVs.com "Let’s continue to keep in mind that as of the time of this writing, Tesla hasn’t officially announced this. Musk has been known to tweet official details that are then later changed. However, generally, his tweets are most often a precursor to an official announcement from the company."
  • As for Elon's tweet he said: "The Tesla customer referral program will end on Feb 1. If you want to refer a friend to buy a Tesla & give them 6 months of free Supercharging, please do so before then."
  • It’s also worth saying that those YouTubers out there who got 105 referrals got TWO free Roadsters. They effectively got a half a million dollar prize. That’s 20 people who get two roadsters, and another 60 people who get one Roadster.
  • I must admit, one of the reasons I’ve never used someone elses, I always felt a bit grubby hearing those people flog their code. It was like they became salesmen for Tesla, and it affects impartiality. They say that they sold X many cars for Tesla but really, those buyers would have bought a car anyway wouldn’t they? So I’m a little pleased its over.
  • So why now? Elon says it makes the Model 3 more expensive.

https://insideevs.com/tesa-referal-program-end-base-model-3-comes/

HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC DELIVERIES NOW UNDERWAY IN CANADA

  • And staying with InsideEVs: "Deliveries of Hyundai Kona Electric in Canada kicked off the other day. The first unit was sold by Hyundai Valleyfield in Quebec on January 15, 2019. The Kona Electric went to a couple, who turn out to be loyal customers for the brand for the past 25 years."
  • The Kona, as all EVs, are supply constrained. That is, they could sell more but they can't make enough. And although I can't recall an official Hyundai comment on this, I'll stick my neck out and say it's because of battery supply as opposed to them not having the will to make them.

https://insideevs.com/hyundai-kona-electric-deliveries-now-underway-in-canada-video/amp/

TESLA SEMI TEST DRIVE EVENT

  • The Semi has been the quietest part of Tesla recently. We've recently heard more about the solar tiles and the Powerwall from official channels than the Semi. But now a test drive event for reservation holders shows that work is progressing and Teslas are keen for people to experience it.
  • "On Wednesday, truck leasing company TCI Transportation shared a post on its official Twitter account. The company noted that they were visited by the Tesla Semi, and that some of its employees were even given test drives on the vehicle. Images from the event show TCI’s employees inspecting the all-electric long-hauler, and everyone in the event sharing a meal together." reports Simon at Teslarati: "Not long after the vehicle was unveiled, the Semi had been spotted doing cargo runs or running routes across the United States — and it has not really stopped since. Even the matte black Semi prototype, which was recently wrapped in a stunning red color, has been spotted several times testing on America’s roads."

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-gigafactory-3-construction-shanghai-china-drone-footage-video/

AFC ENERGY UNVEILS MOBILE HYDROGEN FUEL CELL SYSTEM

  • A story sent to me by Owen Morgan on Facebook. This next story is like a who's who of current buzzwords. EVs, hydrogen, grid management.
  • "A new electric vehicle (EV) charging system which enables plug-in vehicles to rapidly power up in around an hour without the need for a power grid connection has been launched today by UK fuel cell specialist AFC Energy." says Business Green: "But by utilising hydrogen fuel cell technology and a battery to generate and store energy, AFC Energy claims the system can charge up EVs off grid and thereby ease pressure on the grid."
  • Adam Bond, CEO at AFC Energy told Business Green: "By 2030, it is estimated that there could be nine million electric vehicles on the roads of Britain, up from 90,000 today. For this transition, we need charging stations to be embedded throughout the country, as well as seeking innovative solutions to overcome the severe limitations of centrally generated electricity."
  • The persistent question is always: how is that hydrogen made? If it's will fossil fuel, there's little point in doing it. Hydrogen is also currently very costly, in early stages and lacks scale. In its favour is energy density, that doing this at industrial scale and then powering EV's makes more sense, plus using excess renewable power to make the Hydrogen is seen as the holy grail.

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3069470/off-grid-ev-charging-afc-energy-unveils-mobile-hydrogen-fuel-cell-system

NEVS, THE COMPANY THAT TOOK OVER SAAB, GETS NEW MAJORITY OWNER

  • "Chinese real estate conglomerate Evergrande Group, a key investor behind troubled electric vehicle startup Faraday Future, has acquired a 51 percent stake in NEVS. That's the Chinese-backed Swedish electric vehicle company that purchased the assets of Saab out of bankruptcy in 2012." reports Autoblog today: "The investment by subsidiary Evergrande Health Industry Group was valued at the equivalent of $930 million and is expected to help NEVS develop new EVs. Evergrande said it paid the first installment of $430 million on Jan. 15, with the remainder due by the end of the month."

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/01/16/nevs-saab-new-majority-owner/

EVS CLEANER THAN PETROL OR DIESEL CARS

  • Big props to Autoexpress magazine for putting this story front and center of their website: ""Electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the environment than internal combustion engine (ICE) models even when charged up with electricity generated by coal-fired power stations, according to new research." says AutoExpress: "Data from BloombergNEF (BNEF) shows CO2 emissions from EVs were about 40 per cent lower than those from ICE models in 2018. Furthermore, the UK saw the biggest difference in emissions between the two categories of car due to its large renewable energy industry. Even in countries like China, which are more reliant on coal-fired electricity, EVs were still found to be cleaner than ICE cars from the points of view of CO2 emissions. The research helps clarify some of the details surrounding the lifetime emissions of EVs, which don’t pollute on the road but do consume electricity that’s often generated by fossil fuels."

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/105715/evs-cleaner-than-petrol-or-diesel-cars-even-when-the-electricity-comes-from-coal

HAINAN PROVINCE TO BAN SALES OF DIESEL, PETROL CARS FROM MAR 1

  • "Hainan province will ban sales of diesel or petrol cars from March 1 when new air pollution measures and laws take effect. Hainan, the smallest province in China, is the first province to implement such a ban." reports Shanghai Metals Market: With hestening the construction of charging facilities, the province would step up its efforts in promoting new-energy vehicles and aims to eliminate diesel or petrol cars by 2030. A low rate of car ownership and the warm climate will support NEV growth. The number of vehicles in Hainan stood at 1 million units as of the end of 2017, compared to 27.23 million units in Guangdong."

https://news.metal.com/newscontent/100869042/hainan-province-to-ban-sales-of-diesel-petrol-cars-from-mar-1/

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 16th January 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I can find today, and picked out the ones I think you need to know about.

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CLARIFICATION ON THE HARLEY DAVIDSON LIVEWIRE

  • From Sabrina Giacomini at RideApart.com: "However, in recent years, innovation hasn’t been part of the brand’s lingo—its almost as though it’s been sitting on its legacy and relying on that and only that to sell bikes. The LiveWire had the potential to change that and open new doors. While it hasn’t completely failed, I don't believe it has succeeded either. The way I see it, there are 2 reasons for that and here's my two cent about it."
  • So what are those two reasons? And is one of them the range which I told you was my main let down.
  • "Today, people have access to more electric models options than ever and while 110 miles is a decent range for an electric bike, it might not be enough for the LiveWire to stand out of the stylish, efficient, and affordable electric motorcycle crowd. Because now we all know: an electric orange comes at a price.
  • The company announced on Monday that the LiveWire was on track to hit the showrooms this year and that the price tag would be set at $29,799. With young adults dealing with more debt than ever, $30k will be better spent on purchasing a car (or groceries) than a bike."
  • "The company did have the opportunity to bring Alta Motors on board, a well-established competitor in the field of electric bikes that likely would have propelled H-D forward in its electric ambitions. Would a partnership have resulted in a cheaper LiveWire? Maybe not, but Alta's contribution to the project could have meant a sweeter deal for the money."
  • So i got it wrong with 59 miles, I don't think i was looking at the correct number.
  • The Harley website says: "The high-voltage battery, or RESS, provides an estimated 110 miles of range, measured using the MIC mixed-use cycle. Riding range estimates based on current SAE testing of LiveWire concept motorcycle. Actual riding range will vary based on several factors including weather and driving conditions."

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/300795/weekend-wtf-harley-davidson-livewire/

https://www.harley-davidson.com/gb/en/motorcycles/future-vehicles/livewire.html

LYNK & CO'S HATCHBACK DROPS MAJOR CAMO IN NEW SPY PICS

  • "Lynk & Co is progressing with the development of its fourth model which will take the shape of a compact hatchback. This fresh batch of spy photos reveals the company is in the advanced stages of testing as its prototype is featuring less and less camouflage." reports Anthony for Motor1.com: "According to unconfirmed information, the model will be based on the architecture that will also underpin Volvo’s upcoming revamped 40 series of compact cars. The Swedish hatch and small wagon are rumored to go fully electric, but that won’t be the case with Lynk & Co’s sibling. It may seem like a conventional ICE-powered vehicle but underneath the skin should be a compact plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. This system should be good for a purely electric range of about 50 miles (80 kilometers)"

https://www.motor1.com/news/300930/lynk-co-hatchback-spied/

JAGUAR AFFIRMS FORMULA E COMMITMENT DESPITE IMPENDING CUTS

  • "Jaguar Land Rover revealed last week that it will cut 4,500 jobs from its global operations, with the majority of them hitting management roles in the UK and the company set to start a voluntary redundancy programme." says Alex Kalinauckas for Motor1.com: "But [James] Barclay, the FE squad’s team principal, stated that Jaguar would carry on racing for the “longer-term” as it fits with the manufacturer’s recent drive towards electrification on its road car models. "It’s an unprecedented time for the car industry,” he told Motorsport.com: “A lot of geopolitical factors are affecting the industry at the moment – a slowdown in China, slowdown in diesel sales and we have that small matter of Brexit in the UK, which is affecting consumer confidence. So, we have to take some key decisions now to protect the long-term future of our company. [It’s] really important we make those steps now. But at the same time, we also announced that we’ll be building electric drive units at our engine manufacturing plant in Wolverhampton and also building a battery plant in Birmingham."

https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/jaguar-fe-commitment-job-cuts/4323781/

GAC MOTOR UNVEILS CONCEPT CAR ENTRANZE

  • GAC Motor officially announced that it has registered its North American Sales Company in Irvine, Calif., near Los Angeles. The regional headquarters will be responsible for branding, marketing, product planning and financial affairs.
  • GAC Motor also announced at the press conference that the GAC R&D Center Detroit has officially begun operation. Located in Farmington Hills, Mich., the new R&D center was built with an investment of US$ 4.4 million and encompasses nearly 50,000 square feet of real estate.
  • And as for their new electric concept, it's the ENTRANZE. "The Slick Bullet shaped exterior is completely breathtaking in the real flesh and introduces brand new proportions. New 3+2+2 seating arrangement and ‘aircraft inspired aisle’. Two-side mounted displays for functional feature control, plus curved displays for passenger entertainment. With most of the car made of environmentally sustainable materials, the interior of ENTRANZE is more influenced by home decoration than cars and is a great contrast to the technology and the stark exterior."

https://insideevs.com/gac-entranze-naias-photos-videos/

RENAULT EXPANDS ZOE FLEET IN ZITY CAR SHARING IN SPAIN

  • "The new electric car sharing service Zity in Madrid, Spain turns out to be very popular as 157,000 people used it in the first year." says Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: "The fleet of 500 Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 is soon to be expanded by another 150 ZOE to 650 total by the end of January. We don’t know the number of trips, but as many customers were using Zity more than once, it’s maybe on the track to profitability."

https://insideevs.com/renault-zoe-fleet-zity-car-sharing-in-spain/

WHY THE MCLAREN P1 IS A LIVING LEGEND

  • "The 903bhp McLaren P1 is now six years old but remains an awe-inspiring machine. Motorious hosted the McLaren halo car at Autosport International 2019" says AutoClassics.com. Although it's not a Plug In car, it was a very early hybrid supercar. Using the Formula-1 inspired hybrid technology for performance, it was the first of a new breed. These days no supercar would be complete without a big battery so help out the wheezing old fossil engine. And since then we've had fully electric supercars from the likes of the Rimac Concept One, and the Rimac C_Two.

https://www.autoclassics.com/posts/reviews/mclaren-p1-motorious

BRAKE PAD REPLACEMENT ON EVS

  • "The day after Christmas, Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave us an unexpected gift. Brake pads on Teslas would “literally never” need to be replaced, he said, thanks in part to the electric car’s regenerative brakes cutting way down on brake pad use compared to a conventional car. That seemed a little too good to be true! But maybe not impossible, exactly" said Erik Shilling of Jalopnik. But then he asked, would an EV maker really say you never need to replace them?
  • He asked Jaguar who said: "The brake pads on the I-PACE do indeed need to be replaced periodically. As you might imagine, the rate at which this is required varies widely owner to owner, based on his/her individual driving style. The battery must be below approximately 80% state of charge in order to receive the full benefit of the resistance of the electric motors. The idea here is that we can’t overcharge the battery and force additional electrons in, if it’s already full, so the resistance provided by the motors gradually does decrease the fuller the battery is requiring the use of the standard braking system."
  • And Erik asked GM: "The regenerative braking feature of the Bolt EV allows the vehicle to decelerate with less use of the vehicle’s base hydraulic brake system. However, the actual mileage that the brake lining’s life could be extended varies due to the parameters under which the vehicle is driven."
  • Tesla didn’t reply to his request for comment but hey if Elon has tweeted, don't correct the boss. Leave it.

https://jalopnik.com/the-truth-about-brake-pad-replacement-in-teslas-and-oth-1831591519

DIESEL POPULARITY ON AUTO TRADER FALLS 40% IN TWO YEARS

  • "Searches for diesel cars on Auto Trader have plummeted 40% over the past two years. The online classified marketplace said the proportion of fuel related searches attributed to diesel on Auto Trader has dropped from a high of 71% in November 2016, to a record low of 47% last month." in a new MotorTrader.com article: "Annually, between 2017 and 2018, there was a 40% increase in consumers searching for AFVs, with electric alone recording a spike of 52%. In just two years, searches for AFVs and pure electric have increased a significant 130% and 179% respectively."

https://www.motortrader.com/motor-trader-news/automotive-news/diesel-popularity-auto-trader-falls-40-two-years-15-01-2019

HACK YOUR WAY INTO A NEW TESLA MODEL 3

  • "Tesla has been working closely with white hat hackers for years in order to make its vehicle software safer and now it’s taking an unprecedented step: it’s going to be giving away a Model 3 to a hacker who can crack the vehicle." reports Fred Lambert at Electrek: "Over the past 4 years, Tesla has been running a bug bounty program and according to sources familiar with the effort, the company has given away hundreds of thousands in rewards to hackers who exposed vulnerabilities in its systems. The automaker increased its max payout per reported bug to $15,000 last year and it also took a great step in reassuring owners who are hacking their own vehicles. Tesla said that it will not void its warranty when a vehicle is hacked for “pre-approved good faith security research:”
  • But now the top prize being offered is even more valuable, a free car to the winner of a hacking contest.

https://electrek.co/2019/01/14/tesla-model-3-giveaway-hacker/

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 10th February 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

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TESLA CLUB SHINES AT LARGEST EAST COAST EV EVENT

"The adoption of electric cars has been growing at an experiential rate over recent years, and that growth was prominently on display at the recent EVs & Tea meetup, The local event, which was based in Miami, Florida, garnered national attention as a result of its larger than expected turnout." says EV Bite: " Rather than just meeting up at an empty parking lot, as is common with most EV events, the hosts provided structure and a list of activities. The event featured the ever-popular Starman as well as a scale model of the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck. In addition to these, multiple public discussions were held centered around electric vehicles and their infrastructure. Several notable EV personalities were there to answer questions and concerns from fans and skeptics alike. Tesla themselves brought a representative with a few cars and even Jaguar and Audi stopped by to show off the new I-PACEs and E-Tron."

https://evbite.com/tesla-club-shines-at-largest-east-coast-ev-event/

PLANS FOR OPEL BATTERY FACTORY

"The carmaker Opel has set itself the goal of producing "the best, most efficient and most environmentally friendly battery cells" at the Kaiserslautern site. Not only an important day for Prime Minister Dreyer." says SWR.de: " Construction of the new production facility will begin in 2023 and the first section will go into operation in 2024. According to Lohscheller, up to half a million batteries for electric cars could be built in Kaiserslautern every year after the new plant was completed. The most important details about the planned battery plant in Kaiserslautern had been known since December. In addition to the plant in Kaiserslautern, there should be a second factory in France. The French battery manufacturer Saft and the Opel parent company PSA plan to invest a total of six billion euros in the two factories. The factory is funded by France, Germany and the EU with a total of 1.3 billion euros. That is why Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier traveled to Kaiserslautern. The said that the federal government would "participate with a considerable three-digit million amount". "I hope that we can specify the amount in the coming weeks.""

https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/rheinland-pfalz/kaiserslautern/Wirtschaftsminister-besucht-Opel-Werk-Kaiserslautern-Plaene-fuer-Opel-Batteriefabrik-wurden-vorgestellt,kaiserslautern-opel-batteriewerk-100.html

JAGUAR HALTS ELECTRIC SUV OVER BATTERY SHORTAGES

"Jaguar’s best-selling I-PACE electric car has a problem: it has run out of batteries." says The Times: "Jaguar is halting production of the £61,000 SUV at a factory in Graz, Austria, for a week from Monday next week because of a shortage of lithium-ion batteries. The I-Pace’s batteries are supplied by South Korean electronics giant LG Chem, which makes them at a factory in Wroclaw, Poland. Jaguar’s woes reflect car-makers’ struggles to meet surging demand for electric cars and slash emissions while relying on fragile supply chains. Jaguar sold about 18,000 I-Paces last year and it won the top prize at last year’s World Car of the Year awards. Ministers last week unveiled a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035."

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jaguar-halts-electric-suv-over-battery-shortages-7jhbhnmsh

THESE 10 CARS LOSE THE LEAST VALUE ONE YEAR AFTER DRIVING OFF THE LOT

The Tesla Model 3 leads the ranking with a loss in value of 5.5% ($2,529) in a year. ISeeCars' study notes: "Tesla Model 3 average new car price estimated by applying used car trim distribution to pre-rebate new car prices as of February 5, 2020."

There simply aren't many of them on the used market, and there are a large number of people who want one.

https://www.motor1.com/features/397480/10-lowest-value-loss-vehicles/4723095/

AIRSTREAM LOOKS TO ELECTRIFICATION FOR ITS FUTURE CAMPERS

"Airstream campers are some of the most recognizable shapes on the road. The company's aluminum-bodied trailers are super cool, and their design hasn't changed much over the past 90 years. Yet even with this focus on retro design, Airstream knows it has to adapt to the future." reports CNET Roadshow: " Airstream is actively working on tech that could incorporate an electric drivetrain into a camper.  Airstream is experimenting with mounting an electric motor on the trailer's axle, which could power the rear wheels and provide extra driving force while towing. Of course, there are a number of hurdles to overcome while developing this technology. The key objective is to make it so the trailer is never pushing up against the tow vehicle. The two entities need to work in harmony."

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/airstream-electrification-future-plans/

SWEDEN AMAZES WITH 31% PLUG-IN EV CAR MARKET SHARE IN JANUARY 2020

"The passenger plug-in electric car market in Sweden almost doubled, reaching its all-time highs in January 2020." picks up InsideEVs; "The number of registrations amounted to 5,153, about 94% more than a year ago, but more importantly, on an overall shrinking market (by 18%), the market share was an incredible 31%! It's now one of the hottest plug-in markets globally, as we rarely see market share above 10%."

EV Sales Blog  says: " the VW Passat GTE is back at the leadership, with the German midsizer already winning a comfortable distance from last year Best Seller, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, in #3, while the Kia Optima PHEV scored a record performance, with 486 registrations, allowing it to jump into the podium, in 2nd place."

http://ev-sales.blogspot.com/2020/02/sweden-january-2020.html

MINI COOPER SE IS HERE

"MINI has finally tapped into the electric vehicle market with the new Cooper SE. It takes its juice from a 32.6 kWh battery that supports DC fast charging, boasting a 0-80 percent recharging time of only 35 minutes. Charging it up at home takes 4 hours and once it’s filled up, you’ll be able to travel for around 146-167 miles (235-270 km)." says Carscoops: "he MSRP is $29,900, excluding the $850 destination and handling charge. Mind you, with the federal tax credits and EV tax, you could pay as low as $17,900 for one – roughly the price of a mid-spec Ford Fiesta."

https://www.carscoops.com/2020/02/2020-cooper-se-electric-hatch-u-s-review-reveals-its-a-proper-mini/

CITROEN TEASES ALL-ELECTRIC CAR, PLANS EV TREK ACROSS SAHARA

"Citroen has released a new video on its social media accounts listing all the ways electricity has changed our lives. At the end of the clip the company teases the front end of a model it promises will "democratise electric mobility" and will make its debut on February 27, European time." according to Car Advice: "The tagline at the end of the video places a great amount of emphasis on the letter Ë, suggesting it might used as part of a sub-brand for the brand's upcoming electric vehicles."

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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.

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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.

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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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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 12th December 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.

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DAIMLER DROPS 20 BILLION EUROS ON BATTERY CELLS

  • Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler confirmed the news: "With the purchase of battery cells for more than 20 billion euros, we are systematically pushing forward with the transformation into the electric future of our company."
  • Board Member Wilko Stark said: "“With extensive orders for battery cells until the year 2030, we set another important milestone for the electrification of our future electric vehicles of the EQ product and technology brand. In this way, together with our partners, we ensure the supply of our global battery production network today and in the future using the latest technologies."
  • "Daimler is investing more than one billion euros in a global battery production network within the worldwide production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The company purchases the cells on the world market. This ensures the best possible technology and focuses on the core competence of battery assembly. The global battery production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars will in the future consist of eight factories on three continents. The first factory in Kamenz is already in series production and the second factory there will start series production at the beginning of 2019."
  • "By 2022, the entire Mercedes portfolio is to be electrified, with various electrified alternatives available in every segment, from the smart to the SUVs. In total, there will be well over 130 variants, from the 48-volt electrical system to EQ Boost and plug-in hybrids and more than ten all-electric vehicles powered by batteries or fuel cells."
  • Rough maths: $22bn at $100/kWh / 70kWh is 3.14 million packs. Of course some will be smaller PHEV batteries, some will be pure BEVs. So I'll say the unthinkable - 20bn is actually THAT much over 10 years!

https://www.daimler.com/innovation/case/electric/battery-cells.html

LG CHEM'S EV BATTERY BUSINESS EXPECTED TO BECOME PROFITABLE IN Q4

  • "LG Chem is expected to begin generating profits from its electric vehicle (EV) battery operations in the fourth quarter of 2018." reports Just Auto: "The chemicals company has yet to make a profit from its EV battery operations to date but a number of local analysts believe the business has turned a corner as global demand for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles continues to rise and as raw materials prices continue to fall as due to improving supply. LG Chem does not disclose separate financial performance data for its EV battery business but local market analysts believe the division will generate profits of around US$173m in 2019."

https://www.just-auto.com/news/lg-chems-ev-battery-business-expected-to-become-profitable-in-q4_id186105.aspx

CHINA’S CATL GETS CLOSE TO US’ TRADITIONAL ‘MOTOR CITY’ IN DETROIT

  • "CATL, a major Chinese manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, has just opened its first sales and service centre in North America." according to Energy Storage News: "The company has made the ascent from supplying 2.19GWh of batteries in 2015 to 11.84GWh worldwide in 2017."
  • CATL's North America general manager Allan Wang said: “2017 was the best year yet for EV sales in the US and around the world. Recent surges in demand require greater innovation in the manufacture and supply of parts and services to support vehicle electrification. Our new Detroit subsidiary, our first in North America, will allow us to serve local needs. By locating close to our customers, we will be able to better understand their needs and improve our global supply chain.”

https://www.energy-storage.news/news/chinas-catl-sets-up-shop-in-detroit

PININFARINA PICKS BATTISTA AS OFFICIAL NAME FOR PF0 HYPERCAR

  • "Forget the PF0 because Pininfarina now announced that its upcoming electric hypercar officially goes under the model name Battista. The vehicle's moniker stems from the first name of Carrozzeria Pininfarina founder Battista Farina" according to Motor1.com: "Pininfarina promises the Battista to be "fastest and most powerful car" ever to come from Italy, which is a tall order given the country's fame for producing sporty machines from famous brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini, among many others. The company will partner with Rimac on the vehicle's powertrain that will allegedly produce 1,900 horsepower (1,417 kilowatts) and 1,696 pound-feet (2,300 Newton-meters) of torque. According to the company, the model will be able to sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than 2 seconds and have a top speed of at least 250 mph (402 kph). The battery pack will allow for over 300 miles (483 kilometers) of range on a charge."
  • You've got $2million spare right? You can see more at the Geneva Motor Show 2019.

https://www.motor1.com/news/295796/pininfarina-battista-official-name-announcement/

LOTUS' FIRST ELECTRIC CAR MIGHT BE A 1,000HP MONSTER

  • "Autocar sources claim Lotus' first EV will be a 1,000BHP (about 1,013HP) hypercar costing about £2 million, or roughly $2.5 million. It'd compete with the likes of the Bugatti Chiron and McLaren P1 where current models like the Evora are aimed more at 'ordinary' sports cars."

https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/10/lotus-first-electric-car-leaks/?guccounter=1

ELECTRIC CAR INDUSTRY GROUP SAYS CALIFORNIANS HAVE NOW PURCHASED 500,000 EVS

  • Ars Technica reports that: "In November, California reportedly crossed the 500,000 threshold for electric vehicles sold in the state since 2010. Months of strong US sales in 2018, preceded by a strong 2017, are starting to show a trend: electric vehicles are selling well, especially in places where there are strong monetary and non-monetary incentives to buy them."

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/12/electric-car-industry-group-says-californians-have-now-purchased-500000-evs/

CAMARO CHIEF ENGINEER HEADING TO GENERAL MOTORS EV PROGRAM

  • GM is moving their Camaro chief over to EVs: "Al Oppenheiser will oversee the development of electric vehicles at the biggest of the Big Three in Detroit starting from January 2019. The Detroit-based automaker doesn’t have a lot of experience with electric vehicles, starting with the EV1 and finishing with the Bolt. Two crossovers based on the Bolt are in the pipeline for the not-too-distant future, and even Cadillac prepares to roll out an EV of its own."

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/camaro-chief-engineer-heading-to-general-motors-ev-program-130793.html

SELF SERVICE TESLA RENTAL

  • Luxembourg-based start-up UFOdrive opened their first self-service rental car station in Germany. Drivers can now rent and collect one of six Tesla Model S at Hamburg Airport, simply via app. UFOdrives operates EV-only fleets in Luxembourg and Brussels as well." reports Nora Manthey for indsutry website Electrive today: "In Hamburg, passengers can collect one of six Tesla Model S from the so-called UFObay and the company claims the process takes no more than a few minutes. Instead of queuing at a counter, everything is handled using the company’s app."

https://www.electrive.com/2018/12/10/germanys-first-self-service-tesla-car-rental-station/

TESLA PATENTS AR-BASED SYSTEM TO BUILD YOR MODEL 3

  • Regular listeners know I think of Tesla more like a Silicon Valley tech company than a car maker. And now they're using Augmented Reality to make production faster and more efficient. "Tesla’s patent uses AR applications and computer vision to “identify an object of interest and the relationship between a user and the object.” The AR device captures a live view of an object, determines the location of the device, as well as the type of the object of interest. By using this system, workers will be able to view instant data about the components they are working on." reports Simon Alvarez at Teslarati.

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-patents-ar-based-system-faster-more-accurate-model-3-production/

CHINA'S PASSENGER VEHICLE SALES SLIDE - EVS RISE

  • "China's passenger vehicle sales have been shrinking for six consecutive months, data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Monday." reports CGTN: "Sales of new energy passenger vehicles, however, saw a 57.8-percent rise, amounting to 129,000 last month. China is the world's largest auto market and also the fastest-growing market for new energy vehicles, thanks to the government's preferential policies to boost clean energy use to curb pollution."

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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

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 11th April 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.

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U.S. LAWMAKERS MAKE BIG PUSH TO FURTHER EXPAND EV TAX CREDIT

  • "A conglomeration of “bipartisan” U.S. lawmakers want to extend the current federal EV tax credit to 400,000 cars produced. Currently, the credit begins to “sunset” at 200k sold. This current situation works to hinder automakers like Tesla and GM that have worked hard to produce and promote EV adoption. Meanwhile, it gives those that have been slow to adopt a huge and arguably unfair edge. says InsideEVs today: "This new bill — the “Driving America Forward Act” — would work to add an additional 400k EVs on top of each current automaker’s 200k on the previous program. However, it would then lessen the phase-out period to nine months instead of 12-15. Still, the bill would allow hardcore players like Tesla, GM, and even Nissan to take advantage during a time that — in the current situation — other automakers are now just catching up."

  • kdawg says: "Instead of just adding 400K per manufacturer, they should have set an overall limit for the total plugins sold."

  • The Reuters report which broke the news said: "GM and Tesla shares rose on Reuters report that the bill would be introduced. Tesla shares recently traded up nearly 1 percent, while GM was up 0.2 percent. The proposal has strong backing from automakers, environmental groups and others, but will face opposition. Last month, the White House proposed immediately eliminating the $7,500 tax credit, a move it said would save the U.S. government $2.5 billion over a decade. Senator John Barrasso, a Republican who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, in February proposed legislation to end the credit and impose a highway user fee on EVs to pay for road repairs."

https://insideevs.com/u-s-lawmakers-bill-boost-ev-tax-credits/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-electric-taxcredit-exclusive/exclusive-u-s-lawmakers-introduce-bill-to-boost-electric-car-tax-credits-idUSKCN1RM1NG

TESLA MODEL 3 BECOMES #1 BEST-SELLING CAR IN SWITZERLAND IN MARCH, BAR NONE

  • "Sales reports from Switzerland have revealed that the Tesla Model 3 was the country’s #1 best-selling car in March 2019, bar none. This marked the first time that an all-electric vehicle was able to top the country’s sales charts, which include vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine." says Simon at Teslarati: "Tesla sold 1,094 units of the Model 3 in Switzerland last month, as indicated by the numbers of sales statistics site Auto Schweiz. The Model 3’s figures were around 27% higher than the second-ranking vehicle in the country, the widely popular Skoda Octavia, which sold 801 units in March. The Model 3’s feat represented significant milestones for the Silicon Valley-based automaker, as it was able to achieve a record market share of 4.3% in Switzerland’s auto market. These are impressive figures, especially since deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 only started in February."

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-best-selling-car-switzerland/

TESLA MODEL S ROAMER MOTORHOME IS THE EV CAMPER OF THE FUTURE

  • InsideEVs has details on a Tesla frankenstein motorhome: "The mastermind behind this project is a man named Travis Rabenberg. You might expect this build to incorporate Tesla’s Model X SUV, but it’s actually based on the Model S P90D. Rabenberg calls it the Tesla Roamer, and as you can see, it deletes the sedan’s rear haunches for a small living space that has a pop-up roof, a bed, and provisions for water to operate a sink and toilet also included. And since you can’t have an electric motorhome with solar power, the Tesla Roamer incorporates a solar panel with the capability of generating 1,000 watts of juice."

https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-roamer-motorhome-ev-camper/

CHINA EV STARTUP BORDRIN SKIPS FLASH, KEEPS REAL-CAR FOCUS

  • "Chinese electric vehicle makers have proliferated in recent years, with dozens sketching ambitious plans to enter the market. Some of the top competitors have spent millions showcasing concepts at places such as CES to ensure they stand out amid a crowded field. Bordrin Motor Corp., on the other hand, has been content to keep quiet." says Autmotive News China: "Since its founding in 2016 by former Ford senior engineer Ximing Huang, Bordrin has concentrated on building real cars. The results of these first efforts will soon be seen by outsiders for the first time. This week, the company will unveil its first production model, the B31 SUV, along with a premium-segment concept that Lavine says is "pretty damn feasible." The debuts will take place Thursday, April 11, at a company event that precedes the Shanghai auto show, where the public will see them starting April 16."

http://www.autonewschina.com/en/article.asp?id=18872

HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC SEES MSRP SPIKE AFTER CHEVY BOLT INCENTIVE DROPS

  • "This isn’t about dealer price gouging, but instead, Hyundai quietly raised the Kona Electric’s official starting price." according to Steven Loveday at INsideEVs.com: "Fortunately, the Hyundai Kona Electric’s new MSRP is only up by $500. It may make no difference in the end, since dealers set prices and some are already charging a premium for the popular vehicle. However, it could mean that the Kona Electric will become even more expensive. This quiet move by Hyundai comes on the heels of GM’s federal EV tax credit halving."

https://insideevs.com/hyundai-kona-ev-msrp-spike/

AUSTRIAN AND SWISS POSTAL SERVICES PLEDGE TO GO 100% EV BY 2030

  • "National postal companies Swiss Post and Austrian Post have committed to fully electrifying their delivery fleets by 2030. The announcement comes as they join EV100, an EV initiative led by non-profit The Climate Group." reports Ryan Austin for ChargedEVs: "To join EV100, companies must make public commitments to integrate EVs into their service fleets or install EV chargers on premises for staff and customers. As part of its pledge, Austrian Post is set to switch more than 9,000 vehicles to electric drive. Post CH (a subsidiary of Swiss Post) said it will switch more than 10,000 vehicles to electric as part of its EV100 pledge. The company has already electrified its mail delivery fleet of 6,000 three-wheeled vehicles. It now plans to switch 4,600 delivery vans (up to 3.5 tons) and 180 service vehicles to EVs by 2030."

https://chargedevs.com/newswire/austrian-and-swiss-postal-services-pledge-to-go-100-ev-by-2030/

INFINITI TO LAUNCH FIRST ELECTRIC CAR, TO BE MADE IN CHINA

  • And finally a Reuters report on Autoblog today: "The first electric car for Nissan's premium brand Infiniti will be a sporty sedan produced in China, the Japanese carmaker said in a statement viewed by Reuters ahead of a public announcement expected as soon as Wednesday. The vehicle would hit the market in around three years, and consumers would get a taste when the company unveils a concept car, dubbed the Qs Inspiration electric sedan, at the Shanghai auto show later this week, Nissan officials said. Brand officials have said that from 2021 every Infiniti model launched will be either an all-electric car or so-called "e-Power" hybrids, underlining Nissan's previously announced plan to make Infiniti primarily an electrified offering."

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/04/10/infiniti-electric-car-china-qs-concept/

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Rank #8: 21 Dec 2018 | Swiss Police Hit A Tesla Roadblock, Nissan Confirm New Car Launch At CES and Fifth Of Brits Want An EV

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MINISTERS’ FIRST STEP TOWARDS TRUCK CO2 TARGETS DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH

  • “EU environment ministers today called for truck CO2 emissions to be reduced by 15% in 2025 and 30% in 2030, compared to 2019 levels. The European NGO federation Transport & Environment (T&E) said the decision is an important step in agreeing the EU’s first-ever CO2 reduction targets as soon as possible, but warned that the ministers’ ambition falls far short of what’s required to meet Europe’s 2030 climate targets and help hauliers reduce CO2 emissions and fuel costs"
  • "A majority of countries, including key truck manufacturing nations such us France, Sweden and the Netherlands, called for more ambition and incentives for zero and low-emission trucks but accepted this compromise to avoid a blocking minority led by Germany."
  • "T&E welcomes that the sales benchmark will also take into account the freight activity of different low and zero-emission trucks. Already 40% of hauliers say they may want to buy one or a few electric or hybrid-electric trucks in their next purchase, according to automotive consultant Bain & Company, which surveyed 553 haulage companies in France, the UK, Poland and Germany."

https://www.transportenvironment.org/press/ministers%E2%80%99-first-step-towards-truck-co2-targets-doesn%E2%80%99t-go-far-enough

SWITZERLAND’S NEW TESLA POLICE CARS HIT DATA PROTECTION ROADBLOCK

  • "Their arrival sparked international interest, but now Swiss media are speculating that the roll-out of new Tesla police cars in the Swiss canton of Basel–Stadt could be delayed over data protection concerns." according to TheLocal.ch: "But now there are fears a planned spring 2019 roll-out will be delayed after concerns were raised about the fact that the internet-connected cars "listen in" on their drivers because key commands are voice-activated. Data from these voice recordings could then theoretically be mined from Tesla servers, regional daily BaslerZeitung reported. Tesla can access information on the location of its cars, although the company states this option is limited to a small number of personnel. Meanwhile, the company can also collect anonymized information on the direction and speed its cars are travelling – potentially problematic for a police force."

https://www.thelocal.ch/20181220/switzerlands-new-tesla-police-cars-hit-data-protection-roadblock

GEELY, CATL FORM BATTERY JOINT VENTURE

  • Gasgoo reports: "Geely Auto, and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd.(CATL) will set up a joint venture for the research and development, manufacturing and sales of batteries, battery modules and battery packs to enhance their core competence and the ability of sustainable development, both companies said on December 20. Geely expects the new company will help with the stable supply of key components in electric vehicles."

Read more on Gasgoo here: http://autonews.gasgoo.com/new_energy/70015499.html

VW CHRISTMAS CARD TEASES ELECTRIC I.D.

  • More retro goodness, or back to the future? "A Christmas card released by Volkswagen depicts Santa Claus driving a silhouetted vehicle believed to be an upcoming electric concept car." says James Gilboy for The Drive: "Bearing VW's forward-looking electric vehicle design language, the vehicle is reported to be a member of its I.D. EV lineup, specifically a modernization of the Meyers Manx beach buggy, which was originally based on the VW Beetle. This concept vehicle is reportedly more than a handsome piece of holiday artwork according to Autocar."

http://www.thedrive.com/news/25606/vw-christmas-card-teases-electric-i-d-meyers-manx-beach-buggy

TESLA GIGAFACTORY 3 IN CHINA IS PROGRESSING

  • Simon at Teslarati says that Gigafactory 3 is progressing mainly because of the full support of the Chinese government. "Last week, drone footage taken of the site revealed that workers have already completed laying the perimeter fence around Gigafactory 3. The progress of the battery and electric car factory’s construction was emphasized even more in recent reports from local Chinese media, who provided some details on Gigafactory 3’s development. One of these reports stated that the facility, which is on its first stage of construction, is currently one year ahead of schedule."
  • Simon continues; "This is not all, though, as local media also stated that the price of Model 3 and Model Y — the two vehicles that will be produced in the facility — can be reduced by 1/3 if Tesla utilizes local supply chains and labor."

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-gigafactory-3-china-1-year-ahead-of-schedule-local-reports/

AUTOPILOT MAKES YOU THE DRIVER YOU SHOULD BE

  • Here's a feature which won't go down well with Audi drivers. Those who use the overtaking lane as their own. Don't even get me started. At best, ignorant. At worst, they force people to undertake which is extremely dangerous.
  • And now Tesla Autopilot is doing the job of reminding you to stay in the low lane, pull out to overtake, and then pull in again.
  • Fred at Electrek has the story: "Tesla Autopilot’s latest feature, Navigate on Autopilot, actually suggests you move out of the left lane when it makes sense.
  • Two of the biggest things drivers could do to alleviate traffic are keeping a more reasonable following distance with the car in front and staying out of the passing lane when you are not passing. Now Tesla’s Autopilot is able to do both of those things with the new Navigate on Autopilot. The feature was released with Tesla’s version 9 software update. It’s a first step toward enabling on-ramp to off-ramp driving on the highway with the system doing all its own lane changes based on speed and the destination entered in the navigation system."

https://electrek.co/2018/12/20/tesla-autopilot-navigate-passing-lane/

NISSAN CES 2019: “SEE THE INVISIBLE” PLUS MAYBE 60-KWH LEAF E-PLUS

  • Nissan confirmed its presence at the upcoming 2019 CES in January with several EVs. The display is entitled “See the Invisible”.#
  • Maybe they're referring to liquid thermal management on their batteries. Although rumours say that's staying invisible.
  • Will it have CCS? Or stay with CHAdeMO? What will the max charge speed be? How will they keep the battery cool?

https://insideevs.com/nissan-ces-2019-invisible-leaf-ev/

FIFTH OF BRITS TARGET AN ELECTRIC CAR FOR 2019, RESEARCH CLAIMS

  • "Almost a fifth of Brits want to make the switch to an electric car in 2019 as part of eco-friendly new year’s resolutions, a recent survey has discovered." says James Fossdyke for Motor1.com: "A study by the Go Ultra Low campaign, which aims to help motorists understand the implications of electric vehicles, found that 18 percent of the 2,000 people it quizzed wanted to buy an electric car in 2019."

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Rank #9: 02 Jan 2019 | Tesla Model 3 Sales Shatter Records As Price Drops By $2000, Used EVs Prices Increase and 2019 Bolt Updates

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 2nd January 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through all today’s EV stories and picked out the news you need.

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.

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And that follow Paul joining us from electricmotoring.net - I introduced him to you yesterday but I know people sometimes miss a show. This month we'll be talking about hiring EVs so I want to hear from you, have you ever used a car hire or Tesla hire service? What was your impression? Email me hello@evnewsdaily.com - so electricmotoring.net is Tesla hire for Chicago and the surrounding area, perfect if you’re local or visiting. And I asked Paul how he ended up with such an awesome URL, he said he was inspired by one of my personal favs, Ryan's Ride The Lightning Tesla Podcast and he signs off "happy electric motoring". I thought that was a cool story.

TESLA MODEL 3 SALES SHATTER RECORDS

  • "Never before has a single plug-in electric car sold at this high level of volume in a single month." says Eric Loveday at InsideEVs.com: "InsideEVs estimates that Tesla sold an astounding 25,250 Model 3 in December 2018 (*this figure doesn’t include Canada). That’s a new all-time high for the Model 3 and the single highest monthly figure for a plug-in electric car ever. In December 2017, Tesla sold 1,060 Model 3. The YTD tally is in now too for the Model 3. That figure for all of 2018 checks in at stands at 139,782. Cumulative sales now stand at 141,546."
  • com also has some context on the big picture number: "During 2018, Tesla delivered roughly 245,240 electric cars (up almost 138% year-over-year): Model 3: 145,846 YTD. Model S: 50,676 YTD. Model X: 48,718 YTD"

  • And the news kept coming today: "On average, 986 cars were delivered per day. The cumulative number of S/X/3 delivered since 2012 increased to over 532,000"

  • Tesla themselves said: "“There remain significant opportunities to continue to grow Model 3 sales by expanding to international markets, introducing lower-priced variants and offering leasing. International deliveries in Europe and China will start in February 2019. Expansion of Model 3 sales to other markets, including with a right-hand drive variant, will occur later in 2019.”

  • And in boardrooms around the world those numbers will be painful for some to read. If Tesla can do it, the others were capable of it all along. 10 years ago any other manufacturer could have decided to go this route on EVs and saved the planet plenty of emissions along the way.

https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-sales-december-2018/

https://insideevs.com/tesla-production-deliveries-graphed-q4-2018/amp/

AS TAX CREDIT REDUCES TESLA DROPS PRICES

  • Moving beyond the success of Q4, we are taking steps to partially absorb the reduction of the federal EV tax credit (which, as of January 1st, dropped from $7,500 to $3,750). Starting today, we are reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in the U.S. by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019, and may also be eligible for several state and local electric vehicle and utility incentives, which range up to $4,000. Combined with the reduced costs of maintenance and of charging a Tesla versus paying for gas at the pump – which can result in up to $100 per month or more in savings – this means our vehicles are even more affordable than similarly priced gasoline vehicles.

  • So that's now an upfront saving, rather than paying the money out and then not paying it as tax in a years time. Plus is show they are financially strong enough, and profitable enough, to make such a bold move.

NORWAY EVS CHARGE TO NEW RECORD

  • "Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new world record as the country strives to end sales of fossil-fueled vehicles by 2025." according to a new Reuters report today on Autoblog: "In a bid to cut carbon emissions and air pollution, Norway exempts battery-driven cars from most taxes and offers benefits such as free parking and charging points to hasten a shift from diesel and petrol engines. The independent Norwegian Road Federation said on Wednesday that electric cars rose to 31.2 percent of all sales last year from 20.8 percent in 2017 and just 5.5 percent in 2013, while sales of petrol and diesel cars plunged."

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/01/02/norway-ev-sales-record/

USED EV PRICES ARE HEADING UP

  • "According to J.D. Power and Associates, 2015 Leaf wholesale prices are about 1 percent higher than they were a year ago" reports David Muller for Autonews: "2015 Nissan Leafs have retained 30 percent of the originally equipped sticker price this year, up from 23 percent last year, according to J.D. Power, which focuses on 3-year-old vehicles when calculating retention values. Other used EVs are showing a similar trend in prices or retained value improvement. According to Black Book, which weighs 2016 models to gauge three-year retention, the retention value of used EVs this year is about 38 percent, vs. 21 percent a year ago."

  • I should probably ask my friends over at MYEV.com if they track prices. I'm sure even if they do, it might be confidential data, but how interesting would it be to know the average used sale price by year and model, and how it trends. I'll smile nicely at them!

https://www.autonews.com/used-cars/used-ev-prices-are-finally-heating-little

CCS CLOSES OUT 2018 WITH ROUGHLY 6,000 DC FAST CHARGERS IN EUROPE

  • "More than 2,000 CCS Combo DC fast chargers were installed in the past year in Europe, which means that there are now over 50% more places to charge CCS compatible cars." reports Mark for InsideEVs. Actually i want to clarify, if that charging stations or locations? "According to the CCS Charge Map, overall there are now 5,981 CCS chargers in Europe (compared to about 8,000 CHAdeMO) and new ones are installed an at average pace of 5.6 per day (compared to the long-term average of 3.5 per day since mid-2014). Most of the CCS chargers are 20 to 50 kW, but most recently we note growing number of 100, 175 or even 350 kW chargers. A significant characteristic of CCS Combo locations are that they are often also multi-standard chargers, with both CHAdeMO and/or 3-phase AC type 2 along for the ride."

https://insideevs.com/ccs-6000-dc-fast-chargers-europe/

2019 MODEL YEAR BOLT UPDATES

  • Addition of a new smartphone interface for vehicle entry, start and operation exclusively for fleet orders only; late availability
  • Addition of Tire Fill Alert
  • Newfound availability of Driver Confidence II Package on LT model. Previously, the package was only available on the Premier trim level. The package includes:
  • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Front Pedestrian Braking

https://insideevs.com/2019-chevy-bolt-new-slate-gray-metallic-color/

POSSIBLE F1 DEMO FOR ROBORACE

  • "Roborace’s inaugural season is due to commence next spring, with its ‘Season Alpha’ calendar running partially alongside FE as both categories are all-electric." says Scott Mitchell in a report for motorsport.com: "However, Roborace CEO and 2016/17 FE champion Lucas di Grassi told Motorsport.com that the series is not restricted to running alongside its electric cousin. He said he would be happy to work with other categories, including F1, to showcase technology and boost its profile."

https://www.motorsport.com/roborace/news/di-grassi-demo-f1-fe/4316801/

PININFARINA BATTISTA SHOWS ITS SLEEK NOSE IN NEW TEASER

  • "With the zero-emissions era upon us, it means we’ll be seeing more and more electric cars across the automotive spectrum. This EV assault will include not just mainstream models such as the Volkswagen I.D., but also fully fledged hypercars like the Battista from Automobili Pininfarina. Attempting to succeed where the Audi R8 E-Tron has failed, the all-electric machine formerly known as PF0 is back in a new teaser image to get us all excited about its highly anticipated premiere." according to Motor1.com: "Automobili Pininfarina has been nice enough to share plenty of technical specifications in the build-up to the official reveal in March. With 1,900 horsepower on tap, you’re looking at the most powerful production car to ever come from Italy, one that will top out at 250 mph (402 kph) and will cover more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) before running out of juice."

https://www.motor1.com/news/299337/pininfarina-battista-new-teaser/

BUICK GOES BIG ON PLUG-IN VEHICLES IN CHINA

  • "Buick is going to have two NEV (new energy vehicle) models code-named K226 and K228 locally produced in China with a total annual capacity of 88,000 units, according to local media. Meanwhile, the annual capacity of the Buick Excelle (code-named K211) will be decreased by 88,000 units." according to Gasgoo for InsideEVs: "The K228, positioned as a new-generation BEV coupe, is Buick’s first BEV model. With a planned annual capacity of 40,000 units, the BEV model is expected to hit the market in 2019. According to relevant reports, the K228 is equipped with the Buick-specific charger with a variety of charging modes."

https://insideevs.com/buick-new-high-volume-bev-phev-china/

FARADAY FUTURE GETS OPPORTUNITY TO REBUILD

  • "Embattled electric car start-up Faraday Future is free to conduct debt and equity financing after it settled a dispute with mainland China property conglomerate Evergrande Group, a key investor, on Monday." reports SCMP.com: "Faraday had targeted December 2018 for the production of the FF91, a luxury electric sport-utility vehicle model, and planned to deliver the first batch in the first quarter this year. At the end of 2017, Evergrande...said it would invest US$2 billion in Faraday over three years for a 45 per cent stake, bailing out the ailing carmaker. But the two companies have been embroiled in a series of disputes over the past several months.

https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2180284/electric-carmaker-faraday-future-gets-opportunity-rebuild-after

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Rank #10: 04 Jan 2019 | Polestar 2 Set To Follow The Tesla Blueprint, Audi Will Push Electric Vehicles In Super Bowl Ad and Hyundai Plan For EVs To Charge Themselves

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Weekend Watch: Jaguar Going Electric on Amazon Prime, and TeslaBjorn on YouTube says the LEAF Rapidgate is fixed with new software update.

2020 POLESTAR 2

  • I want to start today with a fair bit about the Polestar 2. The 'affordable' little sister to the sumptuous 600bhp, $150k, hybrid Polestar 1. Created by Volvo parent company Geely, Polestar is all about performance and luxury.
  • "Over a year after showing off the Polestar 1 flagship sports car, the Swedish brand is finally providing details about the rest of its upcoming line-up. We got some information last summer, and now we get our first look at the Polestar 2 sedan. It's a teaser of the tail end of the car, and while it doesn't seem to reveal much, there are interesting design details we can glean." reports Joel Stocksdale for Autoblog: "For one thing, it's going to have a sleek fastback shape. The trunk lid is very short with the rear window coming almost to the edge. The rear window leans way forward and looks close to being flat in the teaser image."
  • "Built on a modular platform, its battery pack will hold enough electricity to deliver roughly 300 miles of range, and its electric motor will zap the drive wheels with 400 horsepower." says Digital Trends: "The Android-powered, touchscreen-based infotainment system announced by Volvo will make its debut in the 2 and later spread to other Polestar and Volvo models. The in-car version of Google Assistant will appear in the 2 for the first time. Polestar will fully reveal the 2 in the coming weeks. Production will begin in late 2019 or early 2020, though Polestar hasn’t revealed where it will build the model. The firm will offer its first electric car through a more upmarket evolution of the Care by Volvo subscription service. Motorists who don’t like the idea of subscribing to a car will be able to buy it for roughly the price of a Tesla Model 3, a statement that clearly announces Polestar’s intent."
  • Ollie Kew for Topgear.com: "It’ll be followed by – go on, guess – a Polestar 3, which will battle the likes of the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQ C. Yep, of course Polestar’s going to do an SUV. Interesting though, isn’t it, that a cash-cow faux-by-four wasn’t priority number one? Polestar wants to be taken seriously as a performance car brand, and went first with a low-slung classic coupe, and is following it up with what’s set to be a sporting saloon. Albeit a silent one."

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/01/03/2020-polestar-2-teaser-geneva

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/electric/polestars-electric-rival-tesla-model-3-coming

AUDI WILL PUSH ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN SUPER BOWL AD

  • "Audi is coming back to the Super Bowl after sitting out last year. The luxury auto brand will use a 60-second spot in the second quarter to spotlight its electric vehicle ambitions." reports the industry publication AdAge: "No creative details were released. Audi is making the pricey media buy as it prepares to launch three battery electric vehicles in the next three years, starting with the Audi e-tron SUV. It has begun taking reservations for the vehicle, which has a $74,800 starting price. Electric vehicles remain a niche market today, but Audi projects that nearly 30 percent of its U.S. customers will go electric by 2025."
  • Loren Angelo, VP of marketing for Audi of America: ""We're returning to the biggest advertising stage to let America know that electric has gone Audi, Last fall, Audi introduced its first all-electric production e-tron SUV followed by the e-tron GT concept debut at the LA Auto Show, signaling an aggressive push into electrification. The big game is a perfect platform to continue the momentum."

https://adage.com/article/special-report-super-bowl/audi-push-electic-vehicles-super-bowl-ad/316139/

HYUNDAI WANTS EVERY ELECTRIC VEHICLE TO CHARGE ITSELF

  • "In the future, every single vehicle will require recharging instead of refuelling, but how will that be handled away from our charging points at home? If Hyundai gets its way, our vehicles will be intelligent enough to drive off and recharge themselves." according to PC Mag: "Hyundai thinks electric vehicles should be intelligent enough to know when they need to charge and be capable of driving to a charging location without the owner being present. I don't think anyone would disagree with this idea, and in fact it really should be extended to smart parking, which will become a thing once 5G networks are fully operational. The charging solution will be wireless (magnetic induction) allowing for a completely autonomous process, and the whole system needs to scale to ensure a busy car park prioritizes which cars to recharge first based on how low their batteries are and how quickly the owner will return if known."

https://www.pcmag.com/news/365750/hyundai-wants-every-electric-vehicle-to-charge-itself

TESLA MODEL 3 ORDERS NOW OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC IN EUROPE & CHINA

  • "Tesla announced today that the Model 3 configurator has been opened in Europe (left-hand drive countries) for all customers. Reservation holders had the opportunity to configure the cars and place orders several weeks earlier than the general public." reports InsideEVs.com: "At first, only top of the line versions are to be offered – Long Range All-Wheel Drive and Performance – as Tesla’s priority is to sell as many AWD Model 3 as only possible, which is the most profitable and handy from a production standpoint. Opening the orders book for the general public suggest also that the number of orders for AWD cars wasn’t that big in comparison to current production capacity."

https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-orders-europe-china/

KIA UPDATES THE OPTIMA SPORTSWAGON PLUG-IN HYBRID FOR 2019

  • "Kia has updated the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid for 2019, With a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode, the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid is able to complete many regular urban commuter runs with no tailpipe emissions. The Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid combines a 152bhp 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a 50kW (66bhp) electric motor powered by an 11.26kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack"

https://electriccarsreport.com/2019/01/kia-updates-the-optima-sportswagon-plug-in-hybrid-for-2019/

TESLA LEAKS INFO ABOUT NEW SELF-DRIVING COMPUTER IN LATEST SOFTWARE UPDATE

  • Finally today from Fred Lambert at Electrek: "Tesla is working on its new Autopilot Hardware 3, which consists of a new neural net computer that they claimed will be the ‘world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving’. Interestingly, they found the visualization to be very similar to GoogleNet and it’s not the first time Tesla’s neural net showed strong similarities with Google’s GoogLeNet, which the tech giant uses to recognize and index images. Tesla’s Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, Andrej Karpathy, was behind the GoogLeNet neural net when he worked at Google. The automaker aims to bring the new Hardware 3 computer to production during the first half of 2019 and gradually deploy new software to those vehicles through over-the-air software updates."

https://electrek.co/2019/01/04/tesla-leaks-hardware-3-self-driving-computer/

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Rank #11: 22 Nov 2018 | Hyundai Turns Up Kona EV Production, Chinese Claim Solid State Battery Success and The Hidden Subsidies In Oil Industry

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 22nd November 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.

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HYUNDAI TURNS UP KONA PRODUCTION

  • Here in the UK the Kona recently underwent an overnight ~10% surprise price increase, and took some flak online for it. Did they under-price it originally? Is this them trying to make a profit on each one? Is it just the market because demand is high and the waiting list is 11 months.
  • Earlier this year we heard from our Norwegian listeners who has placed their money down, and again there it was a case of demand outstripping supply.
  • Now we hear that last month production was increased and 4,600 Kona EVs were made, with the split around 50/50 for how many stayed in the domestic market of South Korea and half going for export.
  • A friend of mine with knowledge of this has previously told me the long range 64kWh model is far more popular and that's the one Hyundai are now increasing for production.
  • 4,000 to 5,000 a month puts them in the 50k to 60k per year territory and in any other world apart from one where the Model 3 has probably done 125,000 already and has a target of 7,000 per week, that would be impressive.

2020 KIA SOUL SHOWN IN PROFILE AHEAD OF L.A. AUTO SHOW

  • "A week after showing just a hint of the 2020 Kia Soul, Kia has shown a shocking amount of the compact hatchback in another teaser. It reveals almost the entire profile of the Soul, and a few other teasers give us a peek at the interior. Overall, it's right between evolution and revolution of the current model." according to Autoblog today: "On the evolution side, the Soul retains is funky box shape and many of its most recognizable design cues. The window line at the back kicks up to form the car's distinct triangular D-pillar. Also, as we've seen in spy shots, the electric model could have a range of over 200 miles, with the battery being the same as that in the standard range Kia eNiro of 39.2kWh"

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/21/2020-kia-soul-la-auto-show/#slide-7471466

CHINA KICKS OFF PRODUCTION OF SOLID-STATE BATTERIES

  • I am fascinated by solid state batteries because the technology has so much potential and yet the major players from Elon Musk to Panasonic say that nobody has cracked the way to commercialise them.
  • "The Chinese start-up Qing Tao (Kunshan) Energy Development Co. Ltd launched its first production line of solid-state battery cells in the city of Kunshan, east China’s Jiangsu Province." reports Mark over at InsideEVs: "Through the investment of 1 billion yuan ($144 million) the company has developed a production line good for 0.1 GWh (100 MWh) of cells annually, which is about 1,000 100 kWh packs. It’s not enough for the automotive industry, so the first cells will be utilized on “special equipment and high-end digital products”.
  • I have no way of verifying these claims or that the technology even exists. It would seem strange for a small Chinese company to have done what all the major cell manufacturers say can't be done.
  • Of course Fisker is the one car maker promising solid state batteries from 2020 so there much be something which is working today, and being crash tested, and being stress tested for charging etc. Toyota say they'll make full electric vehicles with solid state batteries but have also put a much longer time frame for the technology to make it's way from the lab to the road.

https://insideevs.com/china-kicks-off-production-of-solid-state-batteries/

TESLA PARTNERS WITH CAR AUCTION FIRMS TO SELL MORE USED CARS, REPORT SAYS

  • Next up and an Electrek report on what to do with used Tesla's, well the answer is to get them turned around and sold.
  • "According to a new report from CNBC, Tesla is now working with Manheim and Adesa KAR to sell larger volumes of vehicles through wholesale customers"
  • “To manage a growing used car business, Tesla is relying on outside firms, including Manheim and Adesa KAR, according to two people familiar with the situation. These businesses help move and manage used cars, putting them through inspections, reconditioning and sales to wholesale customers.”"
  • "Tesla is currently receiving a big influx of vehicles as more 3-year leases are ending. The automaker is now handling an increasing number of used cars and it outlined in its latest earnings that it expects its used car business to grow significantly. When a lease ends or an owner upgrades, Tesla generally takes back the vehicle, refurbishes it, and puts it back for sale in its inventory."
  • I've looked at buying a used TEsla, a CPO car in the UK, and last time I checked they were still using catalogue photos or stock images, not those of the actual cars. Mind you that was at a time when Tesla would fix any cosmetic damage, their used cars were as good as news. Now they check them mechanically but all that cosmetic tarting up had to stop as there were so many cars.

https://electrek.co/2018/11/19/tesla-partners-car-auction-firms-sell-used-cars/

SCHAEFFLER ENABLE AUDI'S LEGENDARY QUATRRO ON THE ETRON

  • Schaeffler has begun volume production of transmissions for the electric drive in the Audi e-tron. The transmission is available in both parallel axis and coaxial versions and offers a high input torque with low design envelope requirements. Both variants are fitted in the new Audi e-tron.
  • The coaxial variant provides a comfortable rear-wheel drive and selection of the parallel axis variant on the front axle enables all-wheel drive. In combination with the electric all-wheel drive, the two electric machines provide impressive driving performance and agile handling.
  • Jochen Schröder, Head of the E-Mobility business division at Schaeffler said: "“The two transmissions for Audi have been in volume production since August. For the future, we expect a production volume of up to 250,000 transmission units per year. Thanks to the modularity of our products, we can adapt the transmission for other applications.”

https://electriccarsreport.com/2018/11/schaeffler-begins-volume-production-of-transmissions-for-the-electric-drive-in-the-audi-e-tron/

BRITISH COLUMBIA PLANS TO END NON-ELECTRIC CAR SALES BY 2040

  • " British Columbia's premier said on Tuesday his government will introduce legislation next year that will require all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in the province by 2040 to be electric or zero-emission vehicles." according to a new Reuters report today: "Premier John Horgan said the province will phase in the sales targets, which apply only to new vehicles. They would start at 10 percent by 2025, rising to 30 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040. Electric vehicle sales are booming in Canada, more than doubling in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the same period of 2017, according to clean-tech data firm FleetCarma. But demand is still far lower than for conventional vehicles. Tesla's Model 3 is the most popular electric car in Canada, followed by Nissan's Leaf and General Motors' Chevy Bolt."

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/21/british-columbia-zero-emissions-vehicles-evs/

RECAP ON VW PLANS

  • With the “Roadmap E” Volkswagen AG is consistently promoting e-mobility. By 2025, up to a quarter of its turnover is to be produced by battery-driven vehicles alone. With the Modular Electric Drive System (MEB) and the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), the Group is developing two new platforms specifically for e-cars, which form the technological basis for the future electric fleet. In addition, the company Ionity, co-founded by Volkswagen, is setting up a Europe-wide network of fast-charging stations for e-cars along the motorways. 400 stations are to be built throughout Europe by 2020.
  • In the next five years, it will invest nearly 44 billion Euros in future topics such as electric mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalization. This corresponds to around a third of its total investments in the planning period between 2019 and 2023.
  • "We want to take e-mobility out of its niche and make the e-car affordable for millions of people. This is based on large scale and efficient production," says Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for e-mobility. For this reason, the German location will be decisively expanded - above all the Zwickau plant with an annual production capacity of 330,000 electric cars. In the future, electric small cars and sedans from several brands will be assembled in Emden, while the Hanover plant will focus on ID. BUZZ family alongside conventionally driven vehicles. Sales of 150,000 e-automobiles are planned for 2020, and by 2025 this figure is expected to rise to more than one million worldwide.

MORE ON BIG OIL VS EV SUBISIDES

  • Bloomberg has taken a view on Big Oil lobbying for no more EV subsidies: “Addressing climate change means encouraging a switch away from emitting vast quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in order to power our societies. Leaving aside the unfortunate desire of certain parties to ignore or obfuscate the scienceframing that threat, the central question is how to encourage that switch most efficiently. In general, handing out regressive subsidies based on the government elevating this or that technology, while perhaps politically more doable, doesn’t meet that objective.”
  • A far-more efficient method is to put a price on the stuff you want less of and then let capitalism do its thing, pushing consumption away from the undesirables and investment toward innovative alternatives. Indeed, all these letters demand government officials stand back and let the market do its thing — except their version of the market leaves out one essential element. 
  • Greenhouse gases and the threat they pose are everyone’s problem, but the individual generating them at any given moment doesn’t pay toward dealing with that. Dump your garbage on your neighbor’s lawn and you’ll wind up paying to have it removed and probably a fine, too. Release 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning a gallon of gasoline, and it’s a freebie. This is an enormous effective subsidy for fossil fuels and makes a mockery of market piety”

  • I highly recommend you read the full article here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-11-19/big-oil-vs-electric-cars-carbon-tax-would-level-playing-field

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Rank #12: 06 Mar 2019 | $35k Model 3 Drives Down Other EV Prices, BMW Plug In News and Electric Mercedes-Benz EQV Van

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 6th March 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.

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CONGRATULATIONS NISSAN

  • The Nissan LEAF today became the first electric car in history to surpass 400,000 sales, solidifying the model’s leading role in the global shift toward more sustainable mobility.
  • Introduced in 2010 as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF has led the way in making the excitement and convenience of electric driving accessible to non-luxury buyers. Less than a decade ago, electric cars were seen as a niche product, and LEAF customers were mostly “early adopters.”

“AN ELECTRIC PORSCHE DRIVES JUST AS SPORTY AS ANY OTHER PORSCHE”

  • Electromobility is the dominant theme of the Geneva Motor Show. At the Volkswagen Group Night, Porsche presented the Panamera Sport Turismo with hybrid drive and charging station for example. 
  • Simon Vogt (E-Services - Sales & Operations) said: “Anyone who buys an electric or hybrid model from Porsche is offered a seamless and reliable charging experience and does not have to worry about charging. Everything is prepared. As soon as the customer wants it, the navigation system reliably guides them to a suitable charging station. There he simply inserts the plug and charges the desired range. Thanks to Plug and Charge, tiresome authentication processes are a thing of the past. Payment is also made automatically via the Porsche Charging Service. Put simply: car and charging station recognize each other as soon as the charging plug is inserted. The electricity price is also fixed, so that the amount due is simply debited from the customer's personal account. In principle, all drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles can charge via the Porsche Charging Service."
  • And on the subject of performance he says: "With optimum drive technology and the right vehicle concept, the Porsche characteristics can be exploited even further through its electric models. For example, the center of gravity of the Taycan is lower than that of the 911, thanks to the underbody battery. Therefore, an electric Porsche is at least as sporty as a combustion engine."

$35,000 TESLA MODEL 3 LEADING TO PRICE CUTS ON CHEVY BOLT

  • "Regardless of our previous reports that high demand is pushing up the price of the Hyundai Kona Electric at some dealerships, it appears Chevrolet dealers are taking the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 seriously and adjusting prices according."writes Steven Loveday for InsideEVs.com: "The Chevrolet Bolt is seeing discounts as high as $7,000. One of our avid readers from the state of Oregon has been tracking 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV pricing at local dealerships." The headline price is $37,000 and of course there are federal and state level incentives too.

https://insideevs.com/35000-tesla-model-3-leading-price-cuts-chevy-bolt/

TESLA MODEL S CALLED AMERICA’S “GREATEST MUSCLE CAR”

  • "Former Top Gear host and current The Grand Tour presenter James May recently experienced the joys and exhilaration of Ludicrous Mode, courtesy of the Tesla Model S P100D." Reports Simon for Teslarati: " May mentioned several of the vehicle’s merits in his review, such as its power, technology, and its quiet, comfortable ride. The former Top Gear host even acknowledged the vehicle as America’s next-generation muscle car. “The Tesla Model S P100D is the greatest muscle car America has ever produced — which means, it’s the greatest muscle car the world has ever produced,” May commented. May did mention that the vehicle is unique in the way that Tesla is unique, even if some of the cars’ basic characteristics such as its panels have not reached the level of refinement as entries from veteran automakers. Pointing out some of the P100D’s quirky features that are based on Elon Musk’s sense of humor such as Fart Mode, May notes that there is simply no other car like the Model S on the road today, and from an automaker that is unlike anyone else in the industry."

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-p100d-james-may-review/

BOB LUTZ SAYS TESLA SHOULD AND SHOULDN'T HAVE RETAILS STORES

  • Mark Kane at InsideEVs reports: “Bob Lutz, former GM Chairman, was interviewed a few days ago by CNBC about Tesla and he doesn’t believe that Tesla will be able to shift sales entirely online, by the way of the introduction of $35,000 Model 3 Standard battery option.”
  • Bob Lutz said: “I always said it was totally ridiculous to own your own dealership, you own the real estate, you own the people, you own the new car inventory, you own the used car inventory – a massive misallocation of company capital. So now they’re getting out of that, they’re gonna close stores, they’re going to try to do all the sales online. I don’t see how that’s gonna work. Who’s gonna take the trade-in, who’s gonna take the used cars, who’s gonna provide service with no stores there.”

https://insideevs.com/bob-lutz-skeptical-tesla-online-sales-video/

MITSUBISHI ENGELBERG TOURER MAKES GLOBAL PREMIERE AT 2019 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

  • Named after the famous ski resort in central region of Switzerland, best known for its panoramic views, well-groomed runs and challenging off-piste skiing and snowboarding, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer is a Twin Motor, 4WD, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) which delivers high levels of performance in the most challenging weather conditions and on all road surfaces. It combines this with the long cruising range inherent to the PHEV, allowing journeys out of town and to places with no charging infrastructure. 
  • The Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer has an EV cruising range of over 43 miles/70 km (WLTP cycle) and with a fully charged battery and full fuel tank it has a total cruising range of over 434 miles/700 km (WLTP).

NIO SCRAPS FACTORY PLANS, ANNOUNCES $1.4 BILLION NET LOSS, STOCK FALLS

  • "Chinese EV startup Nio has announced that it won’t be building its own manufacturing plant in Shanghai after all." Reports Phil at Electrek: "Nio released its Q4 and full 2018 financial results on Tuesday, and the company said the agreements it reached in 2017 to build its own manufacturing plant in Jia Ding, Shanghai have been terminated. Nio will continue to use its existing plant with state-owned JAC Motors to build its cars. The company says the agreement will “give it capacity and flexibility to support its market penetration and growth plans for the next two to three years.” The company reported $720 million in revenue for 2018, but it also posted a $1.4 billion net loss, nearly doubling its losses from the previous year."

https://electrek.co/2019/03/06/nio-scraps-factory-plans-announces-1-4-billion-net-loss-stock-falls/

BMW X3 XDRIVE30E HEADLINES A NEW AND OVERHAULED PHEV RANGE

  • BMW is touting its new and improved range of plug-in hybrids at the Geneva Motor Show. At the volume end, the BMW X3 xDrive30e goes into production in December this year and puts a plug-in port on BMW's most popular crossover. It pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo gas engine with an electric motor and eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Combined output comes to 252 horsepower, which can be temporarily upped to 293 hp with a press of the XtraBoost button.” reports Autoblog: “The lithium-ion battery under the rear seat maintains the luggage volume of the conventional X3. The 6.5-second dash to 62 miles and hour puts it about 0.4 seconds behind the regular, 248-hp four-pot X3.” Reports Autoblog: “Next come upgraded, second-gen versions of the electrified 2, 3, 5, X5, and 7 Series ranges. The 330e runs up to 37 miles on electric power, a 50 percent improvement over the first-gen — but BMW didn't clarify how the 3 Series gained the extra range. As with the X3 PHEV, the 330e harnesses a combined system output of 252 hp and a temporary 41-hp squirt using XtraBoost. The batteries in the 225xe Active Tourer and 530e sedan grow in capacity without growing in size. The 225xe cell is now 9.7 kWh instead of 7.7, extending all-electric range to 29 miles. The 530e battery is rated at 12 kWh, while only taking up the same space as the previous 9-kWh battery. That improves electric range to up to 35 miles. The 530e will also be available with xDrive later this year.

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/05/bmw-x3-xdrive30e-phev-geneva-vv833kz9/

MERCEDES EQV ELECTRIC VAN CONCEPT DEBUTS, WILL SPAWN PRODUCTION VERSION

  • "Fully electric vans aren't all the rage yet, but Mercedes is trying to change that with its EQV Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Mercedes promises this concept is going to spawn an extremely similar production vehicle. The specs on the concept are promising, too." Reports Autoblog: "The EQV Concept will travel 249 miles on a full charge from its 100 kWh battery pack. It's capable of charging up to 25 percent in just 15 minutes, providing 62 miles of driving. This van won't be a speed demon by any measure, as the single electric motor pushes a modest 201 horsepower to the front wheels. Top speed for the big van is 99 mph."

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/05/mercedes-eqv-electric-van-concept-geneva-k43j5ss9/

HONDA TO FULLY ELECTRIFY

  • Honda took to the stage at Geneva Motor Show to announce the further acceleration of its electrification ambitions. The company announced its intention to move 100 per cent of its European sales to electrified powertrains by 2025.
  • This new ambition builds on the brand’s 2017 aim of two-thirds of its sales to be electrified by 2025, and places it firmly at the forefront of Honda’s global electrification shift announced as part of its 2030 vision.

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Rank #13: 07 Nov 2018 | Daimler Doubles Down On EQC Battery Production, Nikola Unveil European Hydrogen Semi and EPA Rate I-PACE Range As 234 Miles

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DAIMLER INCREASES BATTERY PACK RESOURCES FOR EQC PRODUCTION

  • The wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary Accumotive at the Kamenz location in Germany will employ around 1,000 people until end of the year 2018, that's double the current number.
  • Accumotive was founded in 2009 is producing lithium ion-batteries for vehicles of the brands Mercedes-Benz and smart. At present a second battery factory is being built at this site with an investment of 500 Mio. Euros.
  • Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said: “We are taking big steps in the direction of electromobility. At Accumotive we will double the amount of employees until the end of the year 2018. We will achieve this almost one year earlier than initially planned. We are thus heading for the start of production of the EQC in spring 2019”.
  • By 2022, Daimler will electrify the entire portfolio of Mercedes-Benz, offering customers at least one electrified alternative in all segments. The company is planning to offer more than 130 electrified vehicle variants. Thereof more than ten will be fully electric passenger cars - throughout all segments, from the smart to the large SUV. The first Mercedes-Benz of the new product- and technology brand EQ will be the EQC, which will be ramped-up in spring 2019 in the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant and then will reach the market in mid-2019.
  • Daimler is investing more than one billion Euros in a global battery production network with in total eight factories at six locations and on three continents.
  • Daimler's commercial vehicles are also relying on batteries from Saxony in the course of electrifying their portfolio. Both the Vans Vito and Sprinter will be equipped with drive batteries from Kamenz at the market launch in 2019, as will the current eCanter, the Fuso light truck from Daimler Trucks.

https://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/Daimler-subsidiary-Accumotive-doubles-the-amount-of-employees-to-approximately-1000.xhtml?oid=41729646

GERMANS TO VENT VW FURY IN MASS 'DIESELGATE' SUIT

  • "Volkswagen will on Thursday get a taste of the anger felt by duped German diesel drivers when consumer groups file the country's first class-action suit over an emissions cheating scandal. Their legal action has been made possible by new legislation taking effect on November 1 that was hurried through to beat a year-end statute of limitations for claims against VW." reports The Local Germany: "Justice Minister Katarina Barley said "an estimated two million" VW owners could benefit from the new law, although the suit will start on a smaller scale. Germans have grown increasingly irritated by "dieselgate" fallout as they face plummeting resale values of diesel cars and looming driving bans in big cities due to pollution concerns. In line with legal guidelines, the initial complaint will represent just 10 disgruntled VW drivers. If judges deem the case admissible, a decision expected in no more than two weeks, judicial authorities will open a register allowing others to join the collective action. Those eligible is anyone who bought a Volkswagen car or one of the group's Audi,Skoda or Seat brands with a diesel EA 189 engine from November 2008."

https://www.thelocal.de/20181101/germans-to-vent-vw-fury-in-mass-dieselgate-suit

VW CONSIDERS CONVERTING 2 GERMAN FACTORIES OVER TO EV PRODUCTION

  • Domenick at InsideEV's has been reporting today on the news of VW putting their money where their mouth it, or rather their factories where there EVs will be: "With the factory situation for that first model sorted — production of the Hatch is slated for a plant in Zwickau, Germany — the automaker is turning its attention to other production possibilities in Europe, and could switch two other facilities to electric vehicle production."
  • Euronews says: "Volkswagen will consider plans to convert its factories in Emden, and Hannover, Germany to build electric cars during a strategy review on November 16. Volkswagen currently builds the VW Passat passenger car in Emden but the sedan segment has suffered from sagging demand as customers flock to buy sports utility vehicles, prompting a review of the factory's future. Handelsblatt also said the multi-brand carmaking group will review plans to build a new plant for its Skoda brand, outside the Czech republic."

https://insideevs.com/vw-2-german-factory-ev-production/

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/05/vw-looks-at-converting-its-emden-plant-to-build-electric-cars-handelsblatt

THE NIKOLA TRE IS A HYDROGEN SEMI FOR EUROPE

  • Nikola aren't planning on building their hydrogen semi for many years, however they're both very good at announcements and throwing shade in the direction of electric trucks. They were also throwing law suits at Tesla but that looks like it's all over.
  • Welcome onto the scene the Nikola Tre: " hydrogen-powered semi with up to 1,000 horsepower, up to 2,000 pound-feet of torque, and a range of over 700 miles, meant to take on the Tesla Semi and every other truck...with ranges given of 500 to 1,000 horsepower, “up to” 2,000 pound-feet of torque, and 500 to 1,200 kilometers (or 310 miles to 745 miles) of range on Nikola’s website." says Jalopnik: "Nikola is claiming other advantages over diesel trucks, such as quick acceleration, better fuel economy, better braking, a lower center of gravity, and autonomous capability."
  • Guests at the April 16-17 Nikola World in Phoenix will be able to view a prototype display of the Nikola TRE, along with other new zero-emission products from Nikola including the production intent Nikola TWO.
  • Nikola Motor Company Founder and CEO Trevor Milton said: ""It will be the first European zero-emission commercial truck to be delivered with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800Vdc batteries and a redundant 120 kW hydrogen fuel cell, all necessary for true level 5 autonomy. Expect our production to begin around the same time as our USA version in 2022-2023."
  • European testing is projected to begin in Norway around 2020. Nikola is also in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility.
  • Nikola is currently working with Nel Hydrogen of Oslo to provide hydrogen stations for USA.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nikola-launches-stunning-truck-for-european-market-300743835.html

HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC SALES ALMOST DOUBLED IN SOUTH KOREA

  • Pedro Lima from Push EVs has picked up on Korean sales of the Hyundai Kona: "Last month in South Korea, Hyundai sold 2,473 units" of the Kona Electric. "This represents a nice production increase, considering that in the previous month (September), only 1.382 units of the Hyundai Kona Electric were sold in South Korea and even less in August (648). Anyway, while production numbers are still far from ideal, Hyundai is now increasing production of the Kona Electric much faster than it did for the super-efficient Hyundai IONIQ Electric. The most important reason for this is battery supply. With the LG Chem battery cell plant in Poland already operating and supplying European automakers, there is more battery cell local production available for domestic automakers (Kia and Hyundai) in South Korea. Furthermore, while the Hyundai IONIQ Electric still uses a rarer battery cell chemistry – that I suspect it to be NCM 523 -, the Kona Electric uses the more mainstream NCM 622 battery cells."

https://pushevs.com/2018/11/05/hyundai-kona-electric-sales-almost-doubled-in-south-korea/

EPA OFFICIALLY RATES JAGUAR I-PACE RANGE

  • There are some impressive stats around Jaguar's first all-electric car, such as the I-PACE making up over 85% of Jaguars registrations in the Netherlands according to RAI Data, that's 209 last month (thank you Matthias Schmidt for the info). But the number many have waited for is the EPA rated range. And that has now been officially classified as 234 miles.
  • The 90kWh battery pack has been talked about in terms of 240 miles, which is a lot more realistic than the WLTP number of 292 miles.
  • I've not seen enough YouTube videos and real world tests in all conditions to know what to think about the range.
  • For instance the Tesla Model X 75D is rated for 238 miles and 93 MPGe, a larger and heavier car.

GENERAL MOTORS IS BUILDING AN EBIKE AND WANTS YOU TO NAME IT

  • "GM is keenly aware that it can't depend on car sales going forward, and that now includes venturing beyond cars. The company has revealed that it's working on two e-bikes, one compact and one folding, ahead of a launch sometime in 2019. It didn't say much about the machines, but their low-slung designs make it clear that the focus is on efficiency rather than raw performance." according to Engadget: "GM is crowdsourcing a name for its bike brand through a challenge that will award $10,000 for the winning name, and $1,000 each for the nine runners-up. You have until November 26th "

https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/02/gm-creates-e-bikes/

TESLA CUTS PRICE ON AUTOPILOT UPGRADE

  • "Tesla wants to convince more customers to buy its Autopilot upgrade. The company just cut the price of its "Enhanced Autopilot" package by $1,500 for qualifying customers. The driver assistance features include automatic parking, lane change help and traffic-aware cruise control." says CNN Business today; "Tesla customers who don't already have Enhanced Autopilot and have never partaken in a free trial of the service are eligible to test it at no charge for 30 days. For a week after the trial, they are eligible to receive the upgrade for $5,500 instead of $7,000"

  • Tesla's own blog on the UK site now says: "The 14-day Enhanced Autopilot trial is free for all Tesla owners who have not yet purchased an Autopilot package. You will have the option to purchase permanent Enhanced Autopilot functionality via the car’s touchscreen or through your Tesla Account at any time during or after the trial. The price to purchase Enhanced Autopilot is £5,700 for cars with Full-Self Driving hardware (Hardware 2)"

SPACEX'S STARMAN ROADSTER HAS VENTURED PAST MARS

  • And finally..."Starman and its Tesla Roadster are officially a long, long way from home. SpaceX has confirmed that Falcon Heavy's test payload has passed Mars' orbit, putting it at one of its greatest distances away from the Sun" according to Engadget: "the spaceborne dummy won't make a close approach to Earth until two years from now on November 4th, 2020, and even then it'll be 0.35AU (32 million miles) away. It'll be much closer to Mars, getting within 0.05AU (4.6 million miles) on October 6th of that year. You may not see a truly close Earth visit until 2091."

https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/03/spacex-starman-roadster-past-mars/

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Rank #14: 23 Jan 2019 | The Car Of The Year Is Electric, Tesla Rolls Back Price Increases and Daimler To Make Batteries In Poland

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WHAT CAR? NAMES KIA-ENIRO AS 'CAR OF THE YEAR'

  • One of the curiosities of any car of the year award is how forward looking they are, and so yes it's amusing that a car which has delivered less than 1,000 in Europe can officially be the best car. But let's not understate the importance of a major magazine putting an electric car top of the pile.

  • So I'll start with the big one, the overall car of the. The Kia e-Niro.

  • As the editor Steve Huntingford says: "there are almost 4000 variations of around 400 cars listed in the data section at the back of this magazine, but after 12 months of testing we've whittled them down to the best in each class, with one of those standing out above all others as our 2019 Car Of The Year".

  • So why did it win? They said: "The BMW 3 SERIES would have made a worthy overall winner, having overcome a former Car of the Year to take class honours, while the Citroën Berlingo and Cupra Ateca were also strong contenders. However, those cars have had the misfortune to be launched in the same year as Kia’s game-changing e-Niro. Put simply, the e-Niro beats its rivals via knockout rather than on points, because it’s the first sensibly priced electric car that can fit into most people’s lives. Its huge real-world range helps, allowing you to get to where you’re going without any fear that you’ll end up stranded by the roadside. But it also makes a very practical family car, comes loaded with luxuries and strikes just the right balance of comfort and composure.  In short, the Kia e-Niro is a stunning achievement."

  • Winner - Less Than £30,000 Renault Zoe: "Our 2017 ELECTRIC Car of the Year remains a compelling proposition two years on – and that’s some achievement, given the pace at which things are moving in this class. Chief among the Renault Zoe’s appeal is still its low price. But unlike other sub-£25k pure electric options, such as the Smart Fortwo EQ, you don’t have to put up with a feeble range. In fact, in our Real Range tests, the Zoe outperformed many much pricier options by managing 146 miles on a full charge. You can opt to buy the Zoe outright (that’s the ‘i’ model), but we reckon you’re better off buying just the car and leasing the battery from Renault. Why? Well, you’ll pay a much smaller up-front cost, and you’ll also benefit from a lifetime battery warranty, so you won’t need to worry about the potential of a huge bill in the future if the car’s range starts to tail off due to battery degradation.  We’d go for the R110 model over the Q90 version for three reasons: it’s a bit cheaper and faster, plus you get a slightly longer range. The only downside is it’ll take you 1hr 40min to recharge from 0-80% via a 43kW rapid charger; the Q90 can manage that in 1hr 5min."

  • Winner More THan £60,000 - Jaguar I-PACE EV400 S: "Tesla has made this price point its own over the past five years, so it’s a measure of Jaguar’s achievement that it has managed to topple the American brand at the first time of trying. The Jaguar I-Pace has all the ingredients you’d expect from a £64,000 Jaguar – and more. It’s fantastic to drive, unnervingly quick (0-60mph takes 4.5sec) and has an interior that’s far more impressive to look at and touch than those in Jaguar’s regular models. It also delivers a better real-world range than Tesla’s Model S 75D and is cheaper to buy. If you want your I-Pace dripping with luxuries (and we wouldn’t blame you), SE or even HSE trim is worth a look, but entry-level S trim makes the most sense. You don’t need to bother with optional air suspension, although you’ll probably want to pick a couple of creature comforts from the options list. Yes, it’s still pricey, and yes, it’s a shame there’s no Tesla-style 120kW Supercharger network to recharge your I-Pace in 30-odd minutes. But it is compatible with the new 100kW charging points that are just starting to appear, so an 80% charge within 45 minutes will soon be possible."

  • Winner Best Hybrid - Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Winner Plug In Hybrid = Volvo XC90 T8

  • Winner What Car? Reader Award 2019 - "Judging by the crowds that packed Honda’s stand at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the Urban EV was a popular car from its very first outing – so popular, in fact, that Honda confirmed a production version of the concept before the dust had even settled. What Car? readers clearly can’t get enough of it, either, because the Urban EV garnered almost eight times as many votes as our second-placed car. Put simply, it’s by far the car you’re most excited about seeing in 2019. And so you should be, because the Urban EV is shaping up to be a true game-changer for Honda. It’s the brand’s first electric car to be sold in Europe, and with it being shorter than its Jazz stablemate yet potentially even more spacious inside, as well as having an electric range of around 155 miles, it will be ideally suited to city streets.  There’s a large digital screen for the instruments and infotainment system, plus smaller screens that show feeds from two cameras mounted on the car’s exterior in place of door mirrors."

DAIMLER ADD BATTERY FACTORY IN POLAND

  • In the course of the electric initiative Mercedes-Benz Cars will build a battery factory at the polish site in Jawor and thus extend the global battery production network of up to nine factories.
  • Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars: "“We will electrify the complete portfolio until 2022 and will be able to offer in each segment various electrified alternatives to our customers. This includes more than ten pure electric vehicles. We will produce batteries on our own, what we consider a significant success factor in the era of electric mobility. After the production of high-tech engines, we will establish additional future technology in Poland. The battery factory in Jawor is the second largest investment at this new Mercedes-Benz site.”
  • With the construction of a battery factory on the existing ground at the site approximately 300 new jobs will be created. The battery assembly will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies. The series production of batteries for vehicles of the product and technology brand EQ is slated at the beginning of the next decade.
  • They say: "Daimler is buying the cells on the world market and is instructing the suppliers to produce based on special specifications. In this way, the company is securing itself the best possible technology. With the purchase of battery cells for more than 20 billion euros, the company is establishing the preconditions for the consistent change towards an electrical future"

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AUDI PROVIDING 50 E-TRON SHUTTLES AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

  • "Audi, as the exclusive shuttle partner for World Economic Forum in Davos since 1987, is providing a fleet of 50 e-tron electric cars for shuttle service. This year World Economic Forum takes place on January 22 to 25." reports Mark Kane at InsideEVs.com: "The cars are powered by green electricity, through specially installed charging station with IONITY DC fast chargers and AC charging stands. On top of that is a 1.14 MWh/700 kW energy storage system in the form of mobile charging containers."

https://insideevs.com/audi-50-e-tron-shuttles-world-economic-forum-in-davos/

TESLA ROLLS BACK SUPERCHARGER PRICE INCREASES TO APPEASE OWNERS

  • Staying with InsdieEVs: "According to Electrek’s analysis, Tesla hoped to increase average pricing for Supercharging by some 33 percent as a whole. This number is not specific to all markets, since the automaker planned to adjust pricing based on local electricity costs, as well as area-based demand." says Steven Loveday: "Some were even going so far as to do the math, which showed that Supercharging could end up costing nearly as much as gassing up in some markets. Additionally, charging at some other non-Tesla stations could be cheaper. The truth of the matter is if people cancel their reservations due to this adaptation, Tesla could be in a much more dire situation. So, the money gained by increasing rates could easily be lost due to decreasing sales. Obviously, Tesla took notice of the contention on social media and forums, likely crunched some numbers, and decided that this plan is not going to work. Less than a week later, the automaker decided to dial back the price hike by some 10 percent worldwide."

https://insideevs.com/tesla-rolls-back-supercharger-price-increases/

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Rank #15: 20 Mar 2019 | Model 3 versus LEAF Plus, Toyota And Suzuki Partner On EVs and Largest Workplace Charging Station Revealed

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 20th March 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.

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TOYOTA AND SUZUKI PARTNER ON HYBRIDS AND EVS

  • Toyota and Suzuki on Wednesday said they planned to produce electric vehicles and compact cars for each other to better compete with fast-changing technologies in the global auto industry." According to Reuters today: "Suzuki will source gasoline hybrid systems for cars it sells worldwide from Toyota, which pioneered hybrid vehicles with the Prius more than 20 years ago, the companies said in a joint statement. The deepening partnership between the two automakers will enable cost-conscious Suzuki to tap into Toyota's R&D firepower to develop lower-emission vehicles and self-driving cars — areas which Suzuki has admitted it is struggling to keep up.
  • The two automakers will deepen their cooperation in India, where Suzuki's hybrid vehicles will be made using engines and batteries locally produced by Toyota. They will also join forces in Europe, where Toyota will produce electric vehicles based on its RAV4 SUV crossover and Corolla wagon for Suzuki, while Suzuki will supply Toyota with gasoline engines for compact vehicle models sold in the region."

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/20/toyota-suzuki-partner-on-hybrids-evs-building-cars-for-each-o/

HONDA LOGS 15,000 REGISTRATIONS OF INTEREST FOR ELECTRIC E PROTOTYPE

  • "Earlier this month, Honda revealed that so far it received 15,000 registrations of interest for the Honda e Prototype. As the number comes from March 5, we guess it could be significantly higher after the Geneva Motor Show." reports InsideEVs.com today: "If the price is significantly higher than average for its subcompact segment (because of the premium interior and battery cost), we would not expect too high of a volume – especially in late 2019. For comparison, BMW is selling less than 37,000 i3 per year globally after a few years on the market and two range extensions.

  • co.uk, click Cars and then scroll down to Welcome To The Volt Age. "Say goodbye to the past. The next-generation electric car is coming. The new Honda e Prototype previews Honda’s new electric car, which will be available to reserve early in the summer 2019."

https://insideevs.com/honda-15000-honda-e-prototype/

HYUNDAI, KIA, OLA TO BUILD INDIA-SPECIFIC ELECTRIC VEHICLES

  • "India-based Ola ― one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms ― announced a strategic partnership with Hyundai Motor Group focused on smart mobility solutions and electric vehicle development. The agreement will see the Hyundai, Kia and Ola extensively collaborate on developing unique fleet and mobility solutions."
  • "Hyundai Motor Group expects to accelerate its transition from a ‘car manufacturer’ into a ‘Smart Mobility Solutions Provider’, as the partnership’s initiatives will allow it to engage in all aspects across the entire mobility value chain ― including vehicle production, fleet operation and mobility services."

https://electriccarsreport.com/2019/03/hyundai-kia-ola-to-build-india-specific-electric-vehicles/

JAGUAR LAND ROVER INSTALLS UK’S LARGEST WORK CHARGING STATION

  • "Jaguar Land Rover Group has installed at its Gaydon engineering center the UK‘s largest smart charging station for employees. In total, 166 smart charging outlets – each 7 kW AC – are available and connected to the broader NewMotion charging network." Writes Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com today: "In the future, the facility will get even more charging stations in the visitors’ car park for guests. Jaguar Land Rover points out that EV owners, which are able to charge at work (only about 25% of all EV owners), on average are charging at work 40% of the time. At 7 kW, cars like Jaguar I-PACE can replenish up to 176 miles (283 km) of range within an eight-hour shift."
  • JLR said: "The stations are cloud-connected and integrated with the NewMotion public charging network, so employees can charge at stations across Europe using a single card. Users can also monitor and track charging throughout the day with a smartphone app.
  • The charge points will offer both financial and environmental benefits for PHEV and BEV drivers alike, while providing a convenient and sustainable solution for employees who can’t charge at home.
  • Jaguar Land Rover sources 100 per cent renewable electricity – generated from natural resources including solar and wind energy – for its UK facilities, which will be used to power the infrastructure, providing carbon-free commuting to employees.
  • Jaguar Land Rover’s electricity supply is backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO), meaning a proportion of EDF Energy’s renewable energy is ring-fenced for the company. In this case, the REGO scheme certifies that Jaguar Land Rover’s entire supply comes from renewable generation.”

https://insideevs.com/jaguar-land-rover-largest-work-charging-station/

TESLA MODEL 3 STANDARD RANGE VS. NISSAN LEAF PLUS: WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY

  • Green Car Reports says: "With the long-awaited release of the base, $35,000 Tesla Model 3 and the more expensive, longer-range Nissan Leaf Plus both arriving this month, the two have now converged—and functionally have more in common than their reputations might suggest." They conclude: "Surprisingly, given Tesla’s reputation for selling high-performance, high-lux machines, Tesla's advantage here is in base cars. If you want all the handy extra features (other than extra range), you can get them for a lot less in the Nissan Leaf Plus SL—especially while Nissan retains its full federal tax credit for the next several months."

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122172_tesla-model-3-standard-range-vs-nissan-leaf-plus-what-you-get-for-your-money

NIKOLA CAN ‘EASILY’ DO ALL-ELECTRIC TRUCKS LIKE TESLA SEMI

  • "New Nikola Motor president Mark Russell recently provided some updates on the company’s efforts to establish its hydrogen refueling stations across the United States, as well as his thoughts about rivals like the Tesla Semi and other hybrid trucks like the modified Kenworth-Toyota T680 long-hauler that debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January." Reports Teslarati today: "Speaking with trucking publication FreightWaves, Russell explained that the Tesla Semi would not be competing with its long-haul vehicles like the Nikola One, due to the Semi’s limited battery range. The Tesla Semi is offered at 300-mile and 500-mile variants, though Elon Musk has teased that improvements to the vehicle’s design will place the truck’s range closer to 600 miles per charge."
  • Mark Russel said: "“Their truck is our truck with a bigger battery, and we can easily do that. It Nikola’s recent electric vehicle announcement is not as big a deal as people are making it out to be. It’s not a strategy shift. Our model is still attacking the long haul market. We will sell battery electric vehicles based on the same design, and they’ll be great vehicles for those applications. If Tesla can produce their truck and meet the specs, we’ll be competing with them in that market. Tesla doesn’t have anything to compete with us in long-haul"

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-semi-rival-nikola-president-interview/

FORD INVESTS $850 MILLION TO PRODUCE NEXT-GEN ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN THE US

  • And finally we turn to Electrek for news about Ford: "Ford has announced today new investments in its US facilities for future production of next-generation electric vehicles as well as Ford’s first autonomous vehicles. The Ford Mustang-inspired electric SUV...is going to be the automaker’s first real EV next year, but it will be manufactured in Mexico.Now the automaker also wants to bring some EV production to the US and it announced today that it will happen with a $850 million investment through 2023 at its Flat Rock (Mich.) Assembly Plant."
  • Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, Global Operations, commented on the announcement: “We’ve taken a fresh look at the growth rates of electrified vehicles and know we need to protect additional production capacity given our accelerated plans for fully electric vehicles. This is good news for the future of southeast Michigan, delivering more good-paying manufacturing jobs.”

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Rank #16: 31 Oct 2019 | Top Gear Caught Red-Handed Changing Tesla Stats, Mercedes Recall EQC and FCA/PSA Set To Merge

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 31st October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

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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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Rank #17: 22 Feb 2019 | Apple’s Project Titan Back On, Confirmation Kia eNiro Delayed and Auto Exec Confirms Model 3 Hurting Them

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NISSAN LEAF IS WORLD’S # 1 SELLING EV, BUT #2 MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

  • "The Nissan LEAF is (and will remain for quite some time) the best-selling plug-in electric car with more than 360,000 units worldwide, according to data released by Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg." writes Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: "The second best-selling model globally is Tesla Model S with more than 240,000, followed by another BEV – the BAIC EC-Series – with over 170,000 sales. The results are similar, although the numbers are slightly different, compared to EV Sales Blog report."

https://insideevs.com/nissan-leaf-is-worlds-1-selling-ev-but-2-might-surprise-you/

GEELY TO LAUNCH NEW EMGRAND GSE BEV WITH MORE RANGE

  • Staying with InsideEVs: "The Emgrand GSe is an all-electric SUV that was launched by Chinese automaker Geely in June 2018. Compared with the outgoing Emgrand GSe, the combined range of the new model will be increased to 450km from 353km. Besides, the maximum power and peak torque of the new SUV’s electric motor will be upgraded to 130kW/270N·m from 120kW/250 N·m. The acceleration time from 0-100km/h is expected to be further shortened from the current 9.9 seconds."

https://insideevs.com/geely-new-emgrand-gse-bev-range/

AUDI BUILDING EUROPE’S LARGEST PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM AT ITS HUNGARY PLANT

  • Together with E.ON, Audi is building a solar energy park on the roofs of the two logistics centers of its plant in Győr covering about 160,000 square meters.
  • This will create Europe’s largest photovoltaic system installed on a building at the Audi Hungarian plant in Győr. It will have a peak output of 12 megawatts. Construction work will start in August 2019 and renewable energy generation will start at the beginning of next year.

https://electriccarsreport.com/2019/02/audi-building-europes-largest-photovoltaic-system-at-its-hungary-plant/

APPLE 'PROJECT TITAN' VEHICLE COULD TURN OUT TO BE AN ELECTRIC VAN

  • "Speculation and rumors over the years has suggested Apple has worked on producing its own self-designed vehicle, sometimes referred to as an "Apple Car." So far, all of the rumors and reporting reference it being a car of some description, but there is the possibility it could be something else. according to Apple Insider: "According to multiple unnamed sources of Manager Magazin, prototypes of Apple's work have been seen painted in black and silver. While few details are provided by the publication about the vehicles, the main highlight is that vans are being tested, rather than cars. The report also claims Apple's engineers are now working on the interior of the vehicle.  The "Apple Car," thought by some to be arriving between 2023 and 2025 at the earliest, has undergone development at Apple in a variety of different ways under the name "Project Titan." Originally working on an entire vehicle, the project changed its focus towards self-driving vehicle systems, though there are some signs it is shifting back towards overall vehicular design."

https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/02/21/apple-project-titan-vehicle-could-turn-out-to-be-an-electric-van

DELIVERIES OF KIA E-NIRO DELAYED DUE TO SHORTAGES

  • From the Industry news source Electrive: "Buyers of the Kia Niro EV in Europe must be patient as they are currently looking at delivery times of over a year. Thus states a letter to dealers in which Kia explains that “Europe-wide demand clearly exceeds expectations and current battery production capacity” writes Chris Randall: "The letter to dealers was made available to electrive. In the letter, Kia further states that the delay applies both to new orders of their electric car and to already concluded orders for the e-Niro. Accordingly, it is recommended for dealers to adjust the generally communicated delivery forecast from “6 months from order” to “at least 12 months from order”. According to the document, vehicles that were advertised for delivery in spring 2019 will not be available until significantly later."

https://www.electrive.com/2019/02/21/kia-niro-ev-customers-have-to-wait/

KIA TEASES NEW ELECTRIC CONCEPT AHEAD OF GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

  • "Kia wants to show what the future of its electrified car range looks like with a new concept that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Though there are no details on the car so far, aside from this lone teaser image released Thursday, it sounds like the concept will have a more exciting design than Kia's current electric cars."

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/kia-electric-concept-2019-geneva-motor-show/

MODEL 3 GET ACKNOWLEDGED BY US AUTO DEALERSHIP EXEC

  • "The president of Sonic Automotive Inc., a prominent auto dealership in the United States, recently acknowledged Tesla’s disruption of the country’s car industry as a reason behind headwinds faced by the network in the past quarter." says Simon at Teslarati: "While answering inquiries during Sonic’s Q4 2018 earnings call, Jeff Dyke, the company’s president, noted that Tesla and the rise of the Model 3 played a role in the weakening sales of brands such as BMW, especially in areas such as California."

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-us-dealerships-disruption/

ANALYST DOUBTS MUSK

  • "At least one auto industry analyst is skeptical about Tesla CEO Elon Musk's bold claim that the electric car maker will have all the features necessary for full autonomy by the end of the year." reports CNBC "In fact Musk may be misleading the public over how capable Tesla's cars are, said Karl Brauer, executive publisher at Cox Automotive."

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/20/industry-analyst-doesnt-buy-musk-claims-about-tesla-self-driving-tech.html

TESLA POWERWALLS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND

  • "Only 12 percent of solar installers carry Tesla’s Powerwall, according to the latest findings in a report from EnergySage and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. " says GreenTEchMedia: "The report, a nationwide survey of U.S. solar installers, noted that one in three customers are now expressing interest in energy storage solutions for their home. Of that subset, installers reported that 56 percent of consumers ask for the Powerwall. A much smaller portion are actually getting the product, according to the survey’s results. For Tesla, the problem has largely been prioritizing its vehicle manufacturing, with a push to meet production targets on its Model 3."

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/tesla-powerwalls-but-installers-dont-have-them?utm_campaign=GTMsocial&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1550780316#gs.t1c8vzCC

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 9th January 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

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CARLOS GHOSN DEFIANTLY ACCUSES NISSAN AND JAPAN

"Carlos Ghosn held a press conference in Lebanon early Wednesday to clear his name in the year-long scandal that has stripped him of his leadership roles at Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, and irrevocably tainted an otherwise well-regarded career as a captain of the automotive industry." writes Autoblog today: "Ghosn told reporters in Beirut he had been treated "brutally" by Tokyo prosecutors, whom he accused of helping Nissan to oust him as chairman. He said the case was trumped up to silence his advocacy of a full merger between Nissan and Renault. Nissan said an internal investigation found that Ghosn had engaged in personal use of company money and had under-reported his income in violation of Japanese law."

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/01/08/ghosn-press-conference/

PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CAR SALES IN THE NETHERLANDS HIT NEW ALL-TIME RECORDS

"The end of the year was extremely hot in terms of plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands, which not only beat, but rather trampled previous records. Let's start with December 2019. 22,983 new passenger plug-in electric cars were registered in the country - three times more than a year ago, and thousands more than the old 15,879 record from December 2016 from an era of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV." reports InsideEVs: "In effect, the overall market share of plug-ins surged to an outstanding 54%! That's more than half of all car sales, which was seen previously only in Norway. Great sales results in the Netherlands are not only thanks to Tesla, as other BEVs are also performing nicely, which allowed for an all-BEV top six for the month. Our attention was caught especially by the Audi e-tron, which surprised with 3,054 registrations in December and 4,116 YTD. That's an awesome number, much higher than the Tesla Model X (192 and 463 YTD) or Jaguar I-PACE (428 and 769 YTD). Reportedly, most of the e-trons were the entryl-level e-tron 50 quattro version."

Top five for the month:

Tesla Model 3: 12,053 (29,922 YTD)

Audi e-tron: 3,054 (4,116 YTD)

Nissan LEAF: 1,075 (3,800 YTD)

Renault ZOE: 1,020 (2,208 YTD)

MG ZS EV: 967 (1,019 YTD)

https://insideevs.com/news/391681/plugin-car-sales-netherlands-all-time-records/

CHEVY CORVETTE C8 PLUG-IN HYBRID CAUGHT TESTING IN THE SNOW#

" Speculation on an electrified Corvette in the past has also included talk of all-wheel drive with an electric motor powering the front wheels and a traditional engine sending ponies to the rear." says Autoblog: " GM President Mark Reuss suggested this latest Corvette worked into GM's "strategy of 0-0-0: zero emissions, zero crashes, zero congestion." Reading between those lines, we wouldn't be surprised if a plug-in 'Vette would be able to travel solely on electric power for short jaunts. But we'd also expect any electrification to contribute to the car's overall acceleration, considering the Corvette's role as GM's high-performance flagship."

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/01/08/chevy-corvette-c8-plug-in-hybrid-spy-shots

FIRST RIDE IN FARADAY FF 91

"Electrek took our first ride in the Faraday Future FF 91 in Las Vegas yesterday. A Faraday test driver floored the 1,050-horsepower, limo-like sedan ­— and we held on for dear life while reclining in luxury. It was a rocket blast." reports Bradley for electrek: "While previous incarnations of the FF 91 aligned closer to the Tesla Model X, the vehicle in Las Vegas was more like a Bentley or Rolls-Royce, with a long, lean, spacious cabin complete with a zero-gravity reclining seat. On the technology side, models could be configured with one, two, or three motors for horsepower from 350 to 1,050 ponies. Battery packs could range in size from about 60 to 120 kilowatt-hours. Charging could be offered at higher than 200 kilowatts, via “flooded cell” technology."

https://ww.electrek.co/2020/01/07/first-ride-faraday-ff-91-pivots-from-model-x-competitor-to-electric-limo/

VW ID.3 NEXT TO TESLA MODEL 3

From the r/TeslaMotors subreddit, user ChandlerWins said: "Encountered a prototype VW ID3 during a charging session in Germany. They are almost identical in size but the VW seemed to be charging at around 100 kW. I also saw a very early prototype of a electrical VW SUV charging (I think the expected ID 4) but that one had some serious camouflage stickers on it. Couldn't take more pictures because the owners where around and I'm not going to invade their privacy lol. And to top it of a Porsche Taycan pulled up complete with the fake engine sounds, sounded ridiculous."

TWO TESLA MODELS LISTED IN EURO NCAP’S BEST OF THE BEST OF 2019

Today Euro NCAP publishes its Best in Class for 2019. Fifty-five cars were assessed among which forty-one achieved the top accolade. This makes 2019 one of the most impressive years on record since Euro NCAP started to evaluate consumer safety of cars on the European market.

Tesla also made a strong appearance this year. Model X is 2019’s winner in the Large Off-Road category.

 The Tesla Model 3 is top of the ‘Electric and Hybrid’ vehicle class and, together with BMW’s 3 Series, shares top-spot in the Large Family category.

FREE NOW ADDS 60 MODEL 3 TO THEIR FLEET

"The ride-hailing operator Free Now (formerly MyTaxi) of BMW and Daimler wants to boost its expansion into other cities in Germany. In addition, the Ride-Hailing fleet in Hamburg is to be expanded by an initial 60 Tesla vehicles." says electrive: "The service provider is one of several mobility services that BMW and Daimler merged at the beginning of last year. In the course of the merger, MyTaxi was also renamed Free Now.. The 60 models for Hamburg are copies of the Tesla Model 3, which Free Now informed us of upon request. They will be used from the end of March."

https://www.electrive.com/2020/01/08/free-now-adds-60-model-3-to-their-fleet/

LAS VEGAS TAXI COMPANY ORDERS HUNDREDS OF TESLAS

"Kaptyn, a Transportations as a Service (TaaS) technology company in Las Vegas, today launched 30 Teslas in its on-demand transportation (i.e., taxi) service in Vegas. The main hub for the Kaptyn service will be McCarran International Airport" says Zachary at CleanTechnica: "This taxi company has 872 taxis, and 1,400 vehicles in total. The 30 Tesla Model 3s it launched today aren’t the end of the road — they’re basically just a soft launch. The number of electric vehicles in the fleet will be in the hundreds by sometime in February. The fleet will include Model 3, Model X, and Model S vehicles — it’s not clear yet what the exact split will be. "

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/06/las-vegas-taxi-company-orders-hundreds-of-teslas/

TESLA (TSLA) STOCK RALLY GROWS ELON MUSK’S FORTUNE BY $9 BILLION

Tesla’s (TSLA) stock rally is still going strong and helped CEO Elon musk grow his fortune by $9 billion over the last few months, but if it keeps going, it could see Musk getting a $800 million payday under his latest compensation plan." reports electrek: "The electric automaker more than doubled its market capitalization now to more than $85 billion. Tesla shareholders have been enjoying the ride, and Musk has benefited more than once as the biggest Tesla shareholder, with just over 20% of all outstanding shares. He saw his fortune from Tesla grow by $9 billion over the period, but it could get even better for the CEO who doesn’t accept a salary from Tesla. Each $50 billion increase in Tesla’s market capitalization would result in Musk receiving 1.69 million shares, which is currently worth about $800 million at today’s price. If Tesla reaches all the milestones and a market cap of $650 billion, he would own about 30% of the company at that point, which would be a stake worth about $195 billion — making him the richest man on the planet."

https://electrek.co/2020/01/07/tesla-tsla-rally-elon-musk-fortune-billion/

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Rank #19: 26 Dec 2018 | 2018’s EV Highlights: Part 1 January And February

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 26th December 2018 – Boxing Day! It’s Martyn Lee here and here’s the first part of your 2018 in review.

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REVIEW OF JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

19TH JAN

BMW Highlights 5th Gen EV Powertrain | iNext Has 435 Mile Range | Mini Electric Prepares To Market | Alejandro Agag on Formula E’s Batman Car | UKs Chargemaster Grows | Nissan LEAF Updates Pre Orders | Chinese Go Large On Lithium | And…Kardashians!

20TH JAN

Nissan Announce Vehicle To Grid Solar Project | China Sells Over 700,000 Electric Vehicles | Electrify America Rolls Out Chargers | Fully Charged Preview Jaguar I-PACE | Hyundai Charge Here | Renault Zoe ZE40 Arrives In India | Rivian Startup Plans | EV Focussed Hedge Fund | LAPD In Trouble With Their BMW i3 Fleet

21ST JAN

Five Nissan LEAF Reviews To Discuss | Tesla Model 3 Configurator Shows Good Signs For $35,000 Variant

22ND JAN

Was Franz Charging a Model 3 Performance? | Kia Soul EV Gets a Boost With New Battery Chemistry | China Electrifies Public Transport

23RD JAN

Mercedes Stop Selling Diesel | Dieselgate Strikes Again | London Electric Taxi Delivers | China In $4.5bn Stock Listing | Australian Government Supports EVs | Swiss Public Charger Upsets Tesla | UK Scrappage Scheme For Money Off EVs | Peak Oil Looms Thanks To Electric Cars | Opinion: EV’s For The Rich | Audi Link EVs To The Grid | GKN Order Book Grows For Electric Drivetrains

24TH JAN

Elon Could Be World’s Richest Man | Tesla Model S Autopilot Accusation | Smart Charging Saves EV Drivers Money | Time Of Use Tariffs Key To Charging Habits | Another LEAF Review Is In | Famous Soccer Player Selling His BMW i8

25TH JAN

VW Lead The Way With EV Investment | Which Plug Will Dominate? | Another Award For Nissan LEAF | Vehicle 2 Grid Trials For The UK | New Ultrafast Charging Network For Europe

26TH JAN

Model 3 Camera Improves | LEAF Configurator Live | Rimac Hypercar Teased | Renault ZOE Wins ‘Best Car’ Award | U.K. Proposal For Small Nuclear Reactors | Mercedes Benz CEO In India Foresees A Hydrogen Future | U.S. Climate Policy Fixed By Electric Cars | BMW i3 Replaced By iX1? | Porsche Reveal Supercharger Plans For Mission E

27TH JAN

CNBC Report Accuses Tesla On Safety | Instavolt Add 400 Rapid Chargers | City Of Oslo In Combustion Ban Row | Jaguar I-PACE Wins Award | Electric GT Crash Test Success

28TH JAN

Californian Executive Order Sets 2030 Target | Colorado Follow Suit With Electric Cars | Housing Developer Promises All New Builds Ready For Electric Car Charging | Porsche CEO On The Future Of Plug In Hybrids | Global Electric Car Sales Are In…Who Wins?

29TH JAN

Mitt Romney Predicts 90% Of Americans Will Buy An Electric Vehicle | Custom Shooting Brake Tesla P90D | BMW M Series CEO Talking About Electric Cars | European EV Sales Figures Show Renault Beating Tesla

30TH JAN

Mitsubishi Hit 100k Outlander PHEV Sales | Volvo Reveal All-Electric EV To Autocar | Range Rover PHEV Is Fast And Silent | Germany’s Power Grid Ready For Electric Cars | Renewables Replace Coal In Colorado | Top 5 Wireless Charging Myths Debunked

31ST JAN

Formula E ‘Batman’ Car Shows Huge Performance Jump | Audi e-tron Sportback Deposits Being Taken | 1,000 Nissan V2G Installations Sell Power Back To The Grid | BYD Battery Gigafactory Opening Soon | BP Invest In Mobile Chargers | What Future For Local Mechanics?

1ST FEB

Jaguar I-Pace First Drive Reviews | Mercedes’ 11bn Euro Investment | Electrify America Takes Shape | Central London Lamp Post Chargers Fitted | Interview With BMW Head Of Electric Powertrain

2ND JAN

EVgo Sets Rapid Charging Records | France Leads Way With New EV Chargers | Electrified Buses Set For 2025 Target | New Electric Motor Factory In UK | London’s Famous Black Cabs Heading To Norway | China’s CATL Compete With Tesla For Cell Production | January 2018 Plug Sales | UK Solar Firm Heads to Japan | SolarEdge Unveil PV Charger For Electric Cars | Electric GT Series Approved By FIA

3RD FEB

Tesla Model 3 Teardown | SolarCity moves into Home Depot | Formula E has a new safety car with wireless charging | SEAT make their long awaited move into electrification in 2020 | Toyota Celebrate Electrification

4TH FEB

Elon Tweets Autopilot News | Power Grids Cope With EV Adoption Up To 15% | Tesla Referral Scheme Gets Updated With A Giant Sized Bonus | Social Media Fans Of Nissan Score A Trip To Tenerife

5TH FEB

Nissan Confirms 4 New Pure Electric Cars within 5 Years | Plus 2 For Infiniti | New Kia Soul EV Spy Shots | What Car? Magazine EV Test | Electric Cars On Shopping List In Norway | New Rapid Charger From EV Box | Battery Powered Short-Haul Flights

6TH FEB

UK Electric Car Sales Up Almost 25% In UK | Diesel Falls Again | Tesla Model Y Should Be On Sale Rather Than Model 3 | Connected Grid Project In Australia With Free Solar And Storage

7TH FEB

VW North America Factory For EVs | Northvolt Get Swedish Investment For Cell Production | Hyundai Elentra EV Spotted | Gas Prices Up But EV Costs Fall | New Laws To Prevent ‘Dieselgate 2’ | Grid Storage Makes Progress

8TH FEB

Official: EV costs cheaper than ICE per year | Tesla’s Competitors Buying Model 3’s And Tearing Apart | Sonders EV Driven By Engadget | Porsche Invests 6 Billion Euros In Electrified Transport | Range Anxiety Could Be Solved With Just 50 Well Placed Rapid Chargers In UK

9TH FEB

More Tesla Earning Reaction | Another BYD Bus Fleet Arrives In London | Didi Chuxing Partners With Nissan | Hyundai Kona Previewed | Geely Eyes A Stake In Daimler | Reports From Auto Expo 2018

10TH FEB

BMW iX3 PHEV Added Alongside Full Electric Version For 2019 | Tesla Using German Acquisition To Add Efficiency | Subaru Begin Electrifying With Toyota Parts | Honda Working On V2G | China EV & PHEV Up In January | New Hyundai PHEV Revealed

11TH FEB

Polestar Success Causes Production Headache | Volkswagen I.D. Range Set For 2019 Production | New Nissan LEAF Wins Another Award | Tata Motors Unveil Two Electrified Models | European Fast Charging Network Backed By Renault-Nissan

12th FEB

Jeremy Clarkson Reviews Tesla Model X on The Grand Tour | Rumours Of The World Rally Cross Turning Electric Gather Pace | 48v Mild Hybrid Systems Are Favoured Option For Most Manufacturers |Another Tesla Powerpack Contract | Porsche and Audi Join Forces On Their Next EV Platform | Land Rover Could Introduce Fully Electric Defender

13TH FEB

BMW Investment Plan For Supply Of Cobalt And Lithium | Panasonic Ready To Expand Where Needed | Porsche Mission E Production Facing Increased Demand | Chinese Changan Signal End Of ICE Production | Renault Zoe Update Rumours Around Larger Motor And Charger | BMW Luxury X7 Headed Towards Electrification | Jaguar I-Pace Spotted On Charge At IKEA

14TH FEB

World’s Best Cities For EV Adoption Revealed | Daimler Invest In BAIC EV Subsidiary | VW Touareg PHEV Coming Soon | Tesla Tested For Fuel Efficiency Charging From Diesel Generator | More Rapid Charging Locations | Mercedes To Skip Detroit Auto Show In Favour Of Tech Shows | Roundup Of Indian Auto Expo 2018

15TH FEB

Dyson Might Not Launch With Solid State Batteries As Planned, No Reaction Yet On Reports | Faraday Future Hold Summit To Meet Suppliers | Open Corsa EV Coming in 2020 | Northvolt Secure European Battery Factory Funding | Chinese Sales Rise | Still No Tesla Factory For China | Hydrogen Fuel Cell Report Claims Superiority Over Battery Electric Vehicles

16TH FEB

Tesla Roadster Goes On Display At Palo Alto HQ | Bloomberg Create Online Tool To Estimate Weekly Production Rate Of Model 3’s | Confirmation Of 300,000th Tesla | BMW Say Solid State Battery Tech Gives Short Term Advantage | New Electric Car Sharing Scheme Launches In New Zealand | Mercedes EQ Range Due For Geneva Unveiling | VW Looks Towards Apple For Design Inspiration | New Renault EV Experience Centre In Stockholm

17TH FEB

New Rebate System For California | Wireless Charging Heads to Electra Mechanica | New Kia Ceed Will Be Plug In Hybrid But Not Full BEV | Byton Self Driving Plans | Sweden Looks For Cobalt | Scotland Aim For Energy Independence To Power Electric Cars | Find Out Where The Tesla Roadster Is In Space

18TH FEB

Almost 600,000 Electric Cars Sold In 2017 | 12 Best Things About The Model 3 | New Nissan LEAF Nominated For World Car Award | Elon Responds To Model 3 Owner Following Crash | Record Profits For Zoe EV Maker Renault | Aspark Owl EV Seen In Two Videos

19TH FEB

EV Owners Save Time Charging Over Filling Up ICE Car | Video Clip Of Tesla Roadster Testing At Fremont | Model 3 Reverse Engineered By German Auto Makers | Porsche Mission E To Be Used On Track Days | Chevrolet Bolt Sales Increase From Former Model 3 Reservation Holders | VW ID Concept Cars Driven By Fully Charged Show

20TH FEB

Renault Upgrade Renault Zoe Motor For More Power, More Driveability | Volkswagen Unveil New ID VIZZION Concept Due For Geneva Motor Show | Mini Cooper E Production Set For Late 2019 | UK’s National Grid Look To Build 350kW Rapid Chargers | The Curious Case Of Rising EV Used Values

21ST FEB

New London Electric Cabs Become Vans | Electrifying A Koenigsegg | Mitsubishi Outlander Gets A Moderate Battery Bump | 20 New EVs From Geely | BP Report Shows EVs Driven Twice As Much As ICE Cars | German Diesel Ban Decision | Australia Is Dirrrrty

22ND FEB

UK High Court Rules On Illegal Pollution, EVs The Answer | Daimler AG Doubt Tesla Claim On Semi Truck Tech | Apple Buy Cobalt Direct As EV Battery Demand Grows | Ssangyyong Bring New Electric SUV To Geneva | Chargepoint To Enter UK Market With New Car Charger Bundle | Delivery Drone Brings You Emergency Electrons

23RD FEB

Harley Electrifies | Island Life For Renault Power Project | Formula 1 Team Develop New EV Platform | It’s Alive! The Teslonda Frankenstein Monster | PHEVs From Volvo | Battery Price Is Key To Comparisons Between EV And ICE | African Adventure In 1st Gen LEAF

24TH FEB

Electric Mini Could Be Made In China | Get Paid To Charge Your EV | Pod Point 150kW Rapid Chargers For UK | Tesla Semi Truck 18 Month Payback

25TH FEB

Chinese Investment In Daimler With EV Projects In Mind | National Newspaper Says 2% Of Owners Have Home Chargers | Tesla Looks To Workplace Chargers | Profits Up For VW As Electric Plans Move Forward | Tesla Autopilot On Verge Of Major Update | Porsche 911 Could Electrify

26TH FEB

New Generation Ford Focus To Be Revealed Soon Could Feature Electric Drivetrain | Elon Says The Tesla Semi Could Beat Announced Specs As Others Say Its Impossible | 1000bhp EV Coming From China’s LCVHI | Model 3s Shown Dyno Testing | Consumer Reports Put Chevrolet Bolt In Their Top 10

27TH FEB

Jaguar I-PACE Official Launch Date | Volvo Call Time On New ICE Development | Tesla On The Rise Again | Swedish Uniti Continue Their Crowdfunding Journey | Mercedes-Benz Join The Rush To Build Cars In China

28TH FEB

Landmark German Diesel Ruling Allows Ban On Polluting Diesels | Hyundai Kona Electric Revealed In Online Presentation | Electric and Hybrid Cars Are Being Forced To Warn Pedestrians | BMW iX3 Is Seen Testing (Again)

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Rank #20: 09 Feb 2020 | Ford’s Mustang Mach-E Progress

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 9th February 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

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BMW RAMPS UP ELECTRIC CAR MOTOR OUTPUT AT BAVARIA PLANT

"BMW said on Thursday it is increasing production of electric vehicle powertrain components at its plant in Dingolfing, Bavaria, and raising its staff numbers to 1,400 this year, from 600 at present." says Reuters: "Responding to tougher emissions rules and the threat of multi-million euro fines, carmakers are stepping up efforts to sell electric and hybrid cars. BMW aims for hybrid and electric cars to make up a quarter of new vehicle registrations by 2021. The number of employees assembling electric motors in Dingolfing will rise to 1,400 by the end of 2020, and is slated to grow to 2,000 over the mid-term, BMW added."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bmw-electric/bmw-raises-electric-car-components-capacity-at-bavarian-plant-idUSKBN2000Y0

VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 ELECTRIC CROSSOVER DEBUT PUSHED BACK

"If you were eagerly awaiting Volkswagen to pull the veil off its ID 4 all-electric crossover, it appears you will have to wait a bit longer. Initially expected to debut at the New York auto show in mid-April, its reveal has now apparently been postponed and it may be shown at the Detroit auto show, in June of this year." says InsideEVs: "Autocar doesn’t make the Detroit reveal like a sure thing, though, so the car may be shown even closer to the end of 2020. We also don’t know if VW is going to reveal both the regular ID 4 and the coupe like ID 5 version at the same time - the latter is actually the model previewed by the ID Crozz concept. The ID.4 and ID.5 will also be the first Volkswagen models to bear the GTX electric vehicle performance badge, but the automaker will surely make a GTX version of the ID.3 and other models in the ID series (especially since the ID.3 is the EV equivalent of the Golf and GTX is more or less the EV equivalent of GTI)."

https://insideevs.com/news/397413/vw-id4-debut-postponed-detroit/

TESLA SOARS IN GERMANY WITH MASSIVE 168% INCREASE IN REGISTRATIONS IN JANUARY

"Tesla registrations in Germany increased by 168% in January, helped by strong demand for the Model 3" according to Teslarati: "Tesla leading the pack of imported vehicles is a good sign for Elon Musk’s electric car company. With the construction of Giga Berlin expected to set to start as early as mid-March, Tesla can only expect more organic demand when Germans and electric vehicle enthusiasts from nearby European countries see firsthand more of its vehicles on the road."

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-sales-germany-january-2020/

TESLA CHINA TO START PRODUCTION IN GIGA SHANGHAI ON FEB. 10

""esla plans to start production from its Giga Shanghai facility in China on Monday, Feb. 10. After the coronavirus outbreak, the Tesla factory in China shut down productions from Feb. 2." says International Business Times: " Tesla Vice President Tao Lin announced this week that the factory would resume productions on Feb. 10. However, the deliveries of Tesla cars would take a hit. On Saturday, the Shanghai government stated that it would consult the banks to give loans with manageable interest rates to small businesses and exempt companies in the hospitality sector from any value-added taxes, which is badly hit after the outbreak. Similar benefits are applicable to foreign firms."

https://www.ibtimes.com/coronavirus-outbreak-tesla-china-start-production-giga-shanghai-feb-10-2918589

NIKOLA TRE TO BUILD ELECTRIC TRUCKS AT IVECO IN GERMANY

"Iveco-owner CNH Industrial and Nikola Motor will build the Nikola Tre in battery-electric and fuel cell version at the Iveco plant in Ulm, Germany. The first e-trucks to go into production from 2021 are the battery-electric 4×2 and 6×2 vehicles. The fuel cell version is planned for 2023." says electrive: "The two partner companies have formed a joint venture called Nikola Tre – like the truck – which will manufacture the battery-electric model with a modular battery that can be configured to a capacity of up to 720 kWh. The electric drive has a maximum continuous output of 480 kW. Production is expected to start in the first quarter of 2021. The Nikola Tre, which was adapted for the European market, has little in common with the company’s US models shown so far; instead, it is based on Iveco’s popular S-Way platform."

https://www.electrive.com/2020/02/07/nikola-tre-to-be-built-in-ulm-germany/

SWITCHING TO AN ELECTRIC CAR COULD SAVE YOU £41,000

"DRIVERS could save more than £40,000 by switching to an electric car, a new investigation has revealed. It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnston announced that a ban on new petrol and diesel models would be introduced in 2035." writes The Sun: "Recent data from EDF Energy found Brits could save £41,000 in fuel over their lifetime by getting behind the wheel of an electric vehicle. Drivers on average spend more than £56,000 on filling up their car with petrol or diesel over the course of their lives. But if they drove an electric model, they would only spend around £15,000 over the same time period."

https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/10904797/switchin-electric-car-save-fuel-costs/

THE TAX BREAK THAT COULD SAVE YOU 40% ON AN ELECTRIC CAR

"There is potentially, however, something of a financial game-changer for driving an electric car, which might save 32 per cent to 42 per cent of the monthly cost of getting behind the wheel. The key to this is salary sacrifice, the same system many employers use for pension contributions, cycle to work schemes, and childcare vouchers, allowing workers to effectively pay tax-free." says Simon at ThisIsMoney: "This saves you both national insurance and income tax, which for a basic rate taxpayer is 32 per cent and a higher rate taxpayer 42 per cent. But a special exemption was put in place for ultra-low emission vehicles to encourage motorists to swap their petrol and diesel cars for electric ones. This meant that the government theoretically had no problem with your employer allowing you to pay for an electric car from untaxed income through salary sacrifice. At the moment, the benefit-in-kind, or BiK rate, on a pure electric car is 16 per cent and the way that the maths works means much of the tax benefit of the salary sacrifice is eaten up by the charge. This changes in April though, when electric cars will have a zero BiK rate and salary sacrifice benefits can be felt in full. The monthly cost for a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus with no deposit down over 48 months could be roughly £530, but under salary sacrifice for a higher rate taxpayer it effectively costs 42 per cent less, or £307 of the wages they would normally see."

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-7970367/The-electric-car-salary-sacrifice-tax-break-save-40.html

WHICH EUROPEAN COUNTRY HAS THE MOST ELECTRIC CAR CHARGERS? #

When looking at the number of fast charging points, the top 10 European countries were:

Germany – 5,074 fast chargers

United Kingdom – 4,008 fast chargers

Norway – 3,426 fast chargers

France – 1,975 fast chargers

Spain – 1,242 fast chargers

Netherlands – 1,069 fast chargers

Sweden – 1,023 fast chargers

Switzerland – 846 fast chargers

Italy – 833 fast chargers

Austria – 575 fast chargers

https://www.carwow.co.uk/blog/best-driving-roads-for-electric-cars

NATSO, CHARGEPOINT MAP OUT CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR 4,000 TRAVEL PLAZAS

"ChargePoint, which has more than 108,000 electric vehicle charging stations, and NATSO, the trade association for truck stops and travel plazas, will collaborate to build out a network of 4,000 off-highway charging stations, including in rural America, by 2030." reports Frieghtwaves.com: "The two will use money from the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” emissions scandal settlement plus grants and plaza owner investment of up to $1 billion to knit the mostly direct current (DC) fast-charging network, which ChargePoint will manage. ChargePoint and NATSO will work together to identify public and private sources to support the build-out. The deadline is Feb. 26 to apply for Volkswagen Settlement Appendix D Funds, money set aside by the German automaker following its 2015 diesel emissions cheating admission."

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/natso-chargepoint-map-out-charging-infrastructure-for-4000-travel-plazas

EXCLUSIVE: FORD’S EV PRODUCT CHIEF REVEALS UPDATES ON MUSTANG MACH-E PROGRESS

"Electrek met with Darren Palmer, the product chief for Ford EVs, to learn where things stand. Palmer said that the Mach-E is “close to sign-off” for vehicle engineering. And he confirmed that Ford will hit the 300-mile range target for the long-range version." says Electrek: "Palmer explained that customer focus groups revealed that EV buyers want a 300-mile version. Hitting that number, he said, is an important strategy for converting gas-car owners to electric. He confirmed that 80% of Mustang Mach-E pre-orders are for the long-range model, promising up to 300 miles. Of course, the lower-cost Mach-E versions, and those offering all-wheel-drive, will have between 210 and 270 miles. every Mach-E (and likely every Ford EV) will come with a portable, Level 2, 240-volt charger. It’s a strategy to eliminate the question about what home-charger to buy. Palmer also said that Ford’s test teams are currently taking long all-electric road trips to discover any issues about using highway charging. He said that any problems are documented and fed back to the company’s EV charging-network partners."

https://electrek.co/2020/02/07/exclusive-fords-ev-product-chief-reveals-updates-on-mustang-mach-e-progress/

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

MARTIN YOUNG

The main reason I purchased a Chevy Volt was because it was time for me to replace an old worn out car, and I didn't want to replace it with old worn out technology in a new wrapper.  I wanted something truly different...something that looked towards the future instead of the past.

Yes, I was concerned about the environment, but on your scale of 1 to 10, I was at most a 5.

And then something interesting happened.

After driving the Volt for a few weeks, and no longer making trips to a gas station where I used to regularly inhale carcinogenic fumes, and noticing all the exhaust coming from other cars and realizing that my car wasn't constantly spewing toxins from its tailpipe, my concerns about the environment started to grow.  So that now, after a year of driving mostly on electricity, on your scale of 1 to 10, I would say my concern for the environment is closer to 10.  And this reveals a truth that we should never lose sight of:  the easiest and most effective way to change a person's attitude is to first change a person's behavior.

DOUG BUTCHER

When I found out a few years ago about the terrible air quality in cities, I knew I would eventually go electric. However, it was only when I had a drive in a friend's Leaf that I actually decided to take the plunge. That experience was in September 2019, and I am now the proud owner of a 2016 Leaf. The environment is still a consideration but I'm mostly looking forward to the savings in my pocket now.

MUNAVER

I would love to own an EV mainly for the environmental reason and would give it a 10 out of 10 as the main reason to purchase one. Unfortunately I live in Australia where we have a limited range of cars available and no government support.

PETER MOONEY

I brought my EV for environmental reasons mostly. Specifically air quality. Running costs were a close second but I doubt I would have bothered changing it if  I didn’t care about the toxic diesel fumes.

JOHN HARCOMBE

For me enviroment low 1 out of 10, I just wanted new tech of ev. My wife wanted mini, so when ev mini announced on your show we were both onboard and straight into dealer to put order in. Due April 2020.

STUART JACKSON

My decision to move to an EV is entirely motivated by environmental considerations. I use my car a lot for work and feel very guilty about the environmental damage (locally and globally) that it causes.

JIM BAXTER

Great show, for the question I would say 10 - the biggest reason I have an Hyundai Ioniq ev lease on order is the environmental issue.  I already have a hybrid and because it is easy and fun to drive, I was going to replace it with a hybrid plug-in but 6 months ago I decided to choose an ev for the environment.

MARK GARNETT

Environmental reasons Was absolutely not my reason for going EV, so that’s a “one”. However my awareness and interest in environmental issues is now right up there.

ASEER

I do high mileage and feel that switching to EV does mean my emissions has an effect however I will say financially an EV for high mileage make more sense than any other solution and by reducing my toxic emissions helps too.

PHIL KEMP

I give that (in 2018) a 7; my wife reckons 8.

Other factors included:

- urgent need to replace aged ICE

- need for something more restful to drive in my declining years

- desire for something different; this is likely my last car buy

JOHN FRUHWIRTH

  1. Wanting my dream car - 60%
  2. Wanting the best car on the used car market for $100k Canadian - 30%
  3. Wanting it to be environmentally friendly - 10%

DARREN FINDLAY

9 out 10

Environmental impact of dino juiced propulsion was my primary reason for going EV – I also went veggie at the same time (2 years ago). That said, I love the tech too.

TOM RAFTERY

In my case, it was very definitely a 10. I moved to Spain in 2008 and needed to buy a new car. At the time my filter for cars was emissions. The best option available (with a young family and being a single car family) was a Toyota Prius.  I’m the proud owner of a 40kWh Nissan Leaf (and a 5kW solar array).

PETER BRYN

Climate change is the absolute top of my list for being an EV enthusiast and buying my Volt. To solve climate change, we need to address coal, oil, and gas. Coal and gas are predominantly used in the power grid, where many alternatives exist - nuclear, wind, solar, and/or gas with carbon sequestration. So, cleaning the power grid isn’t so much a technical challenge as a political one.

MARK RICHARDS

Just heard your question of the week, and you asked about how much environment concerns entered into my decision to buy my Bolt and my Volt.  I’d say, similar to you, it is on the list, but not a big part of it.  I’d say 10%.  First was how fun Bolt is to drive.  Second is the technology, I am a nerd, so I love all things tech.  Third was how much money it could save me (btw, after 1 year I saved $2,700 on gas and maintenance).  Fourth was the quiet.  And fifth was the environment.

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