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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.

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.

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."

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d514d79496a4d31457a6333566d54/share_p.html

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 5th June 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

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BMW AND JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO JOINTLY DEVELOP ELECTRIC CAR PARTS

  • "BMW and Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday said they will jointly develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics, unveiling yet another industry alliance designed to lower the costs of developing electric cars." reports Reuters today: "Both carmakers are under pressure to roll out zero-emission vehicles to meet stringent anti-pollution rules, but have struggled to maintain profit margins faced with the rising costs of making electric, connected and autonomous cars. BMW and Jaguar Land Rover said they will save costs through shared development, production planning and joint purchasing of electric car components. Both companies will produce electric drivetrains in their own manufacturing facilities, BMW said."

  • BMW board member Klaus Froehlich: “Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market"

  • Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering director said, “We’ve proven we can build world beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bmw-tata-electric/bmw-and-jaguar-land-rover-to-jointly-develop-electric-car-components-idUSKCN1T60NM

VOLKSWAGEN SAYS SORRY FOR DIESELGATE, SEEKS CLOSURE IN NEW EV AD

  • "Volkswagen wants to put Dieselgate behind it. In doing so, the company today released a TV ad entitled "Hello Light," which hopes to convince consumers to overlook its past and embrace an electrified future – all to the tune of the Simon and Garfunkel hit song, the Sound of Silence." writes Motor1: "The one-minute, 45-second ad (which airs tonight during game three of the NBA Finals) shows the battery-powered I.D. Buzz concept we drove in 2017. The spot, VW promises, is part of larger plan to reinvent the brand in the U.S., guaranteeing "new ethics and compliance programs with real teeth," as well as "aggressively investing in electric vehicle development and production" in the wake of scandal."

https://www.motor1.com/news/353173/volkswagen-dieselgate-ev-ad/

HONDA E AND 2019 NSX TO MAKE UK DEBUT AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

  • The Honda e and the 2019 NSX are set to make their UK debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. With the UK’s largest motoring garden party set to kick off in a month’s time, both cars will be on static display on the stand with the recently named and highly anticipated Honda e also making its UK dynamic debut up the famous hill climb.
  • With the mass production version of the Honda e set to be unveiled later this year, both Honda e models on the hill and on the stand will be un-camouflaged prototypes that are approximately 95% true to the mass production version.

KYOCERA AND BYD JAPAN PARTNER

  • Kyocera Corporation and BYD Japan Co., the Japanese arm of China’s BYD Co. Ltd. announced a joint project to develop an integrated renewable supply-demand energy system for EVs.
  • By combining renewable energy from Kyocera’s solar power generating systems and BYD’s electric buses, the collaboration will maximize the effectiveness of renewable energy, greatly reduce power losses, and maintain a stable supply-demand energy balance.

AUDI E-TRON SALES SOAR TO NEW HIGH IN U.S. IN MAY 2019

  • "In May Audi noted 856 sales of e-tron in the U.S., which is quite significant for the first full month of deliveries (253 sales in April), especially compared to 1,375 Tesla Model X." according to the InsideEVs Sales Scorecard: "As Audi's overall sales volume decreased by 2.2% year-over-year to 18,892, e-tron accounts for a noticeable 4.5% share. By the way, there is no more support from the outgoing plug-in hybrid Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. We can also note that having an all-new electric model allowed Audi to escape from over a 6% decrease of sales in the past month."

https://insideevs.com/news/352988/may-2019-4-5-audi-sold-us-electric/

HOME STATION FROM CLIPPER CREEK WILL CHARGE TWO EVS

  • "Clipper Creek, one of the longest-running names in vehicle charging solutions, has come up with a new charging station that will also families to buy a second electric car without needing to buy a second unit." says Green Car Reports: "The company introduced the HCS-D40 dual wall charging station earlier this month. It comes with two J1772 cables so owners of two electric cars can plug them both in at the same time."

https://www2.greencarreports.com/news/1123311_home-station-from-clipper-creek-will-charge-two-evs

PORSCHE TAYCAN WILL DRIVE LIKE A 911, FEWER THAN 10,000 UNITS THIS YEAR, SAYS CEO

  • "Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says that the Taycan, the German automaker’s first all-electric car, will “drive like the 911”. Blume also revealed a few more details about the Taycan in a new interview." reports Fred Lambert at Electrek. The translation says he said: "“I have absolute respect for the courage of Elon Musk and also for his innovation and pioneering spirit. I like that. The pioneering spirit is a characteristic that also shapes us at Porsche. However, Tesla has taken a different approach in many places. When we set up a new Porsche, we always set the standard for ourselves: the Taycan has to drive like the 911.”"

https://electrek.co/2019/06/05/porsche-taycan-911-drive-production/

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 12th May 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today to save you time.

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BEV SHARE IN WESTERN EUROPE EXCEEDS 2%: 300,000 TO BE SOLD IN 2019

  • "Sales of all-electric cars in Western Europe are growing strongly and so far this year the BEV market share is slightly exceeding 2%, compared to less than 1.5% in the record year of 2018." says Mark Kane for InsideEVs: "With more than 100,000 in the first four months, Western Europe is also on track for more than 300,000 sales in 2019. Industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de) points out that April was the 6th consecutive month of sales above 20,000. Hopefully, with new models on the market, the growth will continue."

  • Every 50th new car registered in the region now pure EV.

https://insideevs.com/news/348893/bev-share-europe-300000-sold-2019/

ELONROAD EV CHARGING SYSTEM TO GET FIRST TRIAL IN SWEDEN

  • "Sweden is about to begin installing the first kilometer of Elonroad track along a heavily used bus route to recharge electric buses as they drive." says CleanTechnica: "The rail system itself is easy to install. Since it rests on top of the pavement, no asphalt or concrete needs to be dug up. “If [a car] drives one kilometer on our electric road, it can drive another two kilometers on the energy it charged from our road. So it makes a total of three kilometers of driving. But you only pay for one kilometer of [installation].” All that is needed is adding a contacter device to the underside of any electric vehicle to charge while driving. The advantages of the system are many. Assuming the Elonroad system is widely available, EVs could charge as they drive, which means they wouldn’t need such large batteries as they do today. Researchers at Lund University estimate the Elonroad systems could permit electric cars to use 80% smaller batteries."

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/05/12/elonroad-ev-charging-system-to-get-first-trial-in-sweden/

SWITZERLAND: TESLA OPENS CHARGING PARK WITH LOUNGE

  • "Tesla has opened its 18th and to date largest supercharger location in Switzerland in Dietikon near Zurich. The special thing about it: In addition to 24 charging slots, it offers the first EV lounge in Europe. Previously, the Californians had only pushed the construction of lounges in the USA in combination with charging parks." writes electrive.com: "With the new Swiss location, Tesla is now beginning to implement its lounge concept in Europe as well. The lounge offers a play and painting area for children, table football and console games as well as pull-up bars, a sofa and a dining area. When the weather is fine, an outdoor area is also accessible. Food can be bought from a vending machine."

  • Hi to Rene Schneider: "Took this pictures today, the really big Tesla charging hub (biggest in Switzerland?) looks finished - literally 50 Meters from my office, outside of Zurich, in the industrial section of the town of Dietikon. Interesting that Tesla goes away from a few roadside chargers to these big spots with - here 24 superchargers."

https://www.electrive.com/2019/05/12/switzerland-tesla-opens-charging-park-with-lounge/

THIS BMW I8 ROADSTER IS THE NEW FORMULA E SAFETY CAR

  • "BMW has shown the new official safety car for the Formula E championship. Unveiled at the Yacht Club de Monaco, the safety car is based on a BMW i8 Roadster that has gone through some modifications." says autoblog today: "BMW says the vehicle's center of gravity is 15 millimeters lower, and that no major structural modifications were needed in the customization, as the Roadster is reportedly stiff enough for safety car duty. The aerodynamics package has been tailored for the occasion, with a front splitter and a rear wing, and above the latter stands the light bar. The brakes are M Carbon Ceramic and the car benefits from the addition of an FIA-approved roll bar – just in case. BMW says the i8 Roadster is the world's first open-cockpit Safety Car, too."

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/05/12/bmw-i8-roadster-formula-e-safety-car/

MERCEDES' NEW EQC ELECTRIC SUV PRICED UNDER £66,000 IN UK

  • "Mercedes-Benz’s new electric SUV - the EQC - has gone on sale in the UK with prices starting at £65,640." reports James for InsideEVs: "Powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron rival will arrive in the UK in July boasting a 259-mile range and 402 bhp. That means it’ll tackle the sprint to 62 mph in a smidge over five seconds, while the top speed is 111 mph. The sub-£66k asking price buys you the ‘base’ variant - the EQC 400 Sport - which comes with a reversing camera, heated seats and 19-inch wheels, as well as two 10.25-inch screens that sit side-by-side. One of the two digital displays replaces conventional dials, while the other acts as the in-car infotainment screen. However, working in tandem with Mercedes’ MBUX system, the two can be customized to display pretty much whatever the driver or passengers would like.

https://insideevs.com/news/348780/mercedes-new-eqc-electric-suv-priced-under-66000-in-uk/

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

NEIL E ROBERTS FROM SUSSEX EVs

I've always loved 80s and 90s concept car styling so from a looks perspective, I am all for EVs looking futuristic and pushing the boundaries of design. Always room for sensible looking cars though. Relating to equipment. The whole EV package makes doing things differently, a real possibility. This is a great way to show why an EV is indeed the future. There are better ways of doing the things we've always done

Mark Bullock, Mississippi

I'm all for the multitude of bells and whistles in the current crop of EVs, but would like a button to push that would configure the EV to a driver's favorite settings, or at least a "Button-for-Dummies" that could be used for the sometimes Luddites that inhabit our households.

John Fruhwirth

Yes, I am totally in favour of having EVs stand out from ICE cars.

Electrification needs all of the visibility and publicity we can give them.

There is nothing like having them stand out on the road to catch as many eyeballs and head turns as possible.

We have to get people thinking electric as quickly as possible to overcome the enormous amount of FUD being promulgated by the oil industry and the legacy car makers and their dealers.

RAJEEV NARAYAN

I see no reason for mainstream EVs to delay incorporating new features, just to keep some customers “comfortable” I say this because I have been teaching my daughter to drive in my Chevy Bolt, and although she struggles with the usual things new teenage drivers do, the one thing she has no issues with is the technology. She effortlessly configures the information screens, Bluetooth settings, apple car play, as though it was second nature. When I explained that EVs can receive over the air updates, she was not surprised and simply said “well how else would they do it?”  EVs in the U.S. will supposedly achieve cost parity with ICE cars by about 2023 and are projected to really take off around that time, by then she will be 23. People her age and perhaps 5-10 years older than her will be buying their 1st and second cars by then.  I suspect they will have not have many issues adapting to new technology.

NEIL

Qotw there is a space for both. Cars that celebrate being electric would generally be aimed at the younger or more tech inclined market. Those cars that are more traditional in controls would be aimed at the older more conservative market. Obviously that is a generalisation, but it makes my point - as long as there is a EV for everyone then everyone will drive electric.see Teslas mission statement for more details.

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Rank #4: 13 Dec 2018 | First Look At New Superchargers, Rivian Is Building The Longest Lasting Batteries and BMW Investing €200m In EV Plant

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 13th 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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FRANCE: ELECTRIC CAR SALES UP 111% IN NOVEMBER

  • Coming from Nora Manthey at electrive.com: "While the yellow vests may continue to protest in France, electric vehicle sales across the country are on the up, meaning the 2018 trend continues. Sales of all-electric cars have more than doubled in November, with French manufacturers leading the chase."
  • In November there were 3,541 EV's sold in France, up 117% year on year. The Renault Zoe is the leader at just under 2,000 cars followed by the Nissan LEAF.
  • "In total, Avere now counts 26,621 electric vehicles having been registered throughout 2018, an average annual increase by 20%"
  • And that leads me our latest Patreon supporter Anders: "Just yesterday, I finished another roadtrip in France, where there are presently protests going on, the gilets jaunes, over diesel fuel taxes. I realize politics are controversial, and not the point of your show, but I haven't seen much coverage of the fact that the protesters are blocking fuel trucks from refuelling gas/petrol stations. Thus, during my visit, I had real range anxiety and return-the-car-without-a-full-tank-and-get-smacked-with-huge-charge anxiety. Of course, i did check to see if EVs were available at the airport where I rented. They weren't. And there are some city EV services in the area (Nice, FR), but it's nothing like as convenient for road-tripping from the airport. "

https://www.electrive.com/2018/12/11/france-electric-car-sales-up-111-in-november/

COMPACT AUDI ELECTRIC CAR TO USE VW MEB PLATFORM

  • Torsten who listens to me via Spotify Podcasts in Sweden sent me this one today. Steven Loveday at InsideEVs.com had some news a couple of hours ago about VW's brand Audi using their MEB platform: "An Audi entry-level electric hatchback concept is about to be unveiled in a few months. While the all-new Audi e-tron SUV rides on the company’s new MLB platform and the upcoming e-tron GT is based on the same J1 architecture as the Porsche Taycan, this new electric hatch will share VW Group’s new MEB platform with cars like the VW I.D. hatch. It will have a potential range of over 370 miles."

https://insideevs.com/compact-audi-electric-car-vw-meb-platform/

ELECTRIC CAR RACING GETS REAL

  • Each day this week I'm trying to bring you a story about Formula E which starts this weekend, Season 5 with the awesome new batman style cars. Sascha Pallenberg, one of my early podcast partners, has been keeping me up to date on Formula E.
  • "Huge automakers like Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz are finally joining the electric-racing circuit. Audi ditched Le Mans a year ago to enter Formula E. Is this the beginning of the end of internal-combustion racing?" asks Popular Mechanics: "Car companies put hundreds of millions of dollars each year into motorsports to develop technologies that trickle down to the cars we drive on the street, technologies that let future family sedans use more fuel-efficient engines or let SUVs send less pollution out the tailpipe. Dollars always lead back to the company's main business of selling road vehicles. So, in an era when car companies are pledging to electrify their entire lineups in the 2020s, it shouldn't come as a surprise that those companies want to invest their racing dollars in electric tech. Rather than EVs and hybrids complementing the main business of selling combustion road cars, EVs are to become the main business."

https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/hybrid-electric/a25472998/formula-e-electric-car-racing-gets-real/

BMW INVESTING €200M IN MUNICH PLANT FOR SERIES PRODUCTION OF I4

  • "The BMW Group is investing around €200 million in its Munich plant in preparation for series production of the BMW i4 electric vehicle, which will be manufactured at the company’s headquarters starting in 2021." reports Green Car COngress: "The BMW Group is pursuing the strategy of producing fully electric vehicles together with plug-in hybrids and internal combustion engine models on the same production line in their plants, rather than building separate production structures for electric cars. In addition, the BMW i4 brings a considerable amount of effort to the logistics and material supply of the plant. Many components of the i4 differ from the components of conventional vehicles."
  • Robert Engelhorn, head of the Munich plant, said: "A future-proof production system has the highest degree of flexibility in order to be able to react to fluctuations in volume and market developments that are not yet foreseeable today. Integrating an all-electric vehicle into an existing production system during production is a real Herculean task.”

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/12/20181211-bmw.html

FIRST LOOK OF THE EUROPEAN SUPERCHARGERS

  • We got the first look today of the European superchargers which are being converted from one to two cables - one with a Type 2 plug and one with the CCS Combo plug.
  • Both will plug into the top corner, with the CCS plug on top and the Type 2 underneath it,
  • Check out @EVNewsDaily for pictures.

RIVIAN IS BUILDING THE LONGEST LASTING BATTERIES

  • The Rivian R1T "adventure vehicle" made headlines and dropped jaws when it was revealed at the 2018 LA Auto Show last month. The company employs a team of more than two dozen battery and energy storage engineers to figure out how to pack as much power into those cells and release it as fast as possible." reports Engadget: "To that end, the design team focused on maximizing the battery's volumetric energy density. Each module consists of two layers of tightly packed, cylindrical cells separated by a dedicated "cold plate." These packs are individually wrapped in a non-metallic lightweight material and the cells within are bonded together using structural adhesives, "so that it's strong, but it's lightweight in the directions that we need it," Farquahr explained. The 105 and 135 kWh power plants each use nine modules, the 180 kWh utilizes a total of 12. This design has resulted in Rivian's batteries being able to hold 25 percent more energy per unit volume than its nearest competitor, the Tesla Model X.

https://live.engadget.com/2018/12/11/rivian-building-longest-lasting-batteries-ev/

TESLA IS GOING TO SHIP 3,000 MODEL 3’S PER WEEK IN EUROPE

  • Fred Lambert at Electrek reports: "Tesla plans to be shipping around 3,000 Model 3 vehicles per week in Europe starting in February, according to the port handling company that is preparing to receive them in Belgium."
  • "“The cars are shipped to Europe from the San Francisco plant in the US via the Zeebrugse site of International Car Operators. Electric cars are distributed across Europe from the coastal port. The new traffic is good for more than a hundred new jobs in the finishing center."

https://electrek.co/2018/12/12/tesla-imodel-3-volume-europe-port/

STUDY: TESLA MODEL X AND MODEL S CONTINUE TO HOLD VALUES BETTER THAN RIVALS

  • "The Tesla Model S and Model X hold their resale value better than any of their gas-powered peers, according to an Autolist.com study.
  • The Model S declined on average by 27 percent after accumulating 50,000 miles; the overall segment declined by an average of 36 percent after 50,000 miles.
  • The Model X value declined by an average of 23 percent after 50,000 miles; the segment as a whole declined an average of 33 percent after 50,000 miles.
  • Model S resale values have been stable since the previous Autolist study in August 2016 despite greater inventory."

https://www.autolist.com/news-and-analysis/tesla-model-x-model-s-depreciation

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ARCIMOTO DELIVERS FIRST FUN UTILITY VEHICLES TO CUSTOMERS AND FLEETS

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2020 AUDI A8 AND Q5 PLUG-IN HYBRID FIRST DRIVE REVIEW

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TESLA SEMI ELECTRIC TRUCKS ROLL INTO FRITO-LAY PLANT

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/tesla-semi-electric-trucks-roll-into-frito-lay-plant

CATL GETS GO-AHEAD FOR GERMAN BATTERY CELL PLANT

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THIS STREET-LEGAL ELECTRIC BICYCLE IS REALLY A 2.5 KW LIGHT ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE

https://electrek.co/2019/10/04/lmx-64h-electric-bicycle-e-motorcycle-homologated

$3.3 MILLION GRANT FOR FUEL CELL/ELECTRIC AVIATION STARTUP ZEROAVIA

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YOU CAN NOW GET A LEGO JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY AND FORMULA E SET

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

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  • Update on Tesla Solar+Powerwall option when ordering a Model 3. I was on the UK Model 3 configurator today, checking prices so I'm up to date. And on the final page they now present a new option for Solar + Storage: "Produce and store your own clean energy to power your home and charge your car, day and night."

A BATCH OF 250 TESLA POWERWALLS ARE GOING TO THE UK

  • "Tesla has been having a tough time ramping up its Powerwall production, but we are now starting to see more projects including a new batch of 250 Tesla Powerwalls going to the UK." says electrek, quoting Tonik Energy: "Tonik Energy announces that they are the first UK energy supplier to offer the state-of-the-art Tesla Powerwall. Following a successful pilot programme, Tonik has commenced rolling out 250 Powerwalls to homes across the UK, with installations performed by their in-house team."

https://electrek.co/2019/06/04/tesla-powerwalls-going-uk/

GM, FIAT CHRYSLER ADMIT BUYING REGULATORY CREDITS

  • "Amidst reports on Tesla’s varying stock price, sales, and competition, the news is that the electric car maker has been making good money by selling greenhouse gas credits to fellow carmakers." says ibtimes.com: "According to filings by General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to the state of Delaware, GM's agreement with Tesla for greenhouse gas credits was inked on Feb. 25. The filings affirmed how established carmakers such as GM and Fiat Chrysler have been relying on Tesla to comply with the United States’ environmental regulations. Tesla has generated almost $2 billion in revenue from the sale of regulatory credits since 2010."

https://www.ibtimes.com/tesla-rescue-gm-fiat-chrysler-admit-buying-regulatory-credits-musks-company-2797469

VW'S FIRST ELECTRIC CAR ALREADY HAS OVER 20,000 RESERVATIONS

  • "Preorders for Volkswagen's first production EV are running ahead of schedule. That's according to VW board member Jürgen Stackmann, who tweeted on Tuesday that the German automaker now has over 20,000 "pre-bookings" for its battery-powered ID 3 small car." reports CNET: "European order books for the five-door hatchback opened one month ago, and according to Stackmann, the German automaker was hoping to reach 30,000 reservations by the time the IAA -- the Frankfurt Motor Show -- opened its doors in mid-September. While 20,000 ID 3 reservations are a drop in the bucket compared to the 400,000-plus reservations that the Tesla Model 3 claimed upon its introduction, VW's total is somewhat encouraging, especially as reservations require a 1,000-euro refundable deposit (around $1,100, £885 and AU$1,610)."

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/vw-id3-electric-car-reservations-ev/

2020 SEAT MII ELECTRIC REVEALED IN PRODUCTION FORM

  • "SEAT has confirmed it will launch an electric version of its Mii city car in the autumn of this year, marking the brand’s first foray into the zero-emission market."says Motor1.com: "Offering a provisional range of 161.5 miles (260 kilometers) on a single charge and boasting an 82-horsepower electric motor like that of the VW e-Up!, the little runabout will be imaginatively named the Mii Electric. SEAT says the new model, which is based on the gasoline-powered Mii that shares so much with the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up!, will mix “dynamism, urban design, an advanced powertrain, and new levels of connectivity with affordability and low cost of ownership. 6.8-kWh battery pack. When it’s full, it has enough power to run the Mii for 161.5 miles (260 kilometers) on the new WLTP economy test, while charging to 80 percent using a 7.2 kW charger will take about four hours.”.

https://www.motor1.com/news/352899/2020-seat-mii-production-version/

HYUNDAI KONA HYBRID DEBUTS IN EUROPE AS EFFICIENT, LITTLE CROSSOVER

  • "The Hyundai Kona family grows in Europe with the introduction of the new Hybrid model to join the purely combustion-powered variant and the Electric EV. European sales start in August, and there are no pricing details yet. The company isn't yet confirming whether the Hybrid variant is coming to the United States." reports Motor1.com: "The hybrid setup uses a 1.56-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery, and the only available gearbox is a six-speed dual-clutch transmission."

https://www.motor1.com/news/352718/hyundai-kona-hybrid-debut/

ORKNEY TO BECOME UK'S FIRST 'SMART ENERGY ISLAND'

  • "A £28.5M project is aiming to turn Orkney into the UK’s first “smart energy island”, by eliminating the use of all fossil fuels." picks up New Civil Engineer: "The ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney project will use new energy technology, including domestic and large-scale batteries, vehicle to grid chargers, electric buses and e-bike schemes, and an industrial-scale hydrogen fuel cell. It is hoped the project will eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels on the island. “FlexiGrid” software is also being deployed to manage the island’s renewable energy grid and charge batteries to be installed across the island."

https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/orkney-to-become-uks-first-smart-energy-island/10042870.article

TEVVA MOTORS FUNDING DEAL 'OPENS' ELECTRIC VEHICLE MARKET

  • "British electric truckmaker Tevva Motors has announced a landmark agreement with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, which “will open the way for fleets to move from fossils fuels to electric”, according to Tevva commercial director David Thackray." says CommerciaLFeet.org: "The deal, which Tevva finalised in late 2018, will, “enable fleet operators seeking a move to e-Trucks to replicate the leasing options they have long enjoyed with diesel vehicles”. This, said Thackray “represents an important step change for leasing companies”, many of whom have been “previously unwilling to provide attractive finance deals to customers due to uncertainty around RVs”."

https://www.commercialfleet.org/news/truck-news/2019/06/04/tevva-motors-funding-deal-opens-electric-vehicle-market

NEW CORSA-E ON SALE

New Corsa-e: https://www.vauxhall.co.uk/cars/new-corsa/offers-finance/flexible-pcp.html

  • "For the first time, Opel is offering a purely battery-electric vehicle with the new sixth Corsa generation. The Corsa-e can now be ordered starting from 29,900 euros. Deliveries are scheduled to start in spring 2020." says electrive: "The basic version Selection makes the entry at a price from 29.900 Euro. The next higher Edition version costs from 30,650 euros. The Corsa-e First Edition, which can also be reserved immediately, starts at 32,900 Euro or from 299 Euro monthly in leasing."

  • On-the-road cash price including government PiCG^ - £27,140. 205 miles from a 50kWh battery. Corsa-e Elite Nav...
  • 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels
  • 10-inch colour touchscreen
  • 11kw 3-phase charger

  • "As soon as we’re ready to start taking orders, your selected Retailer will be in touch to arrange an appointment so that you can place your full order on a Corsa-e."

https://www.electrive.com/2019/06/04/opels-electric-corsa/

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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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  • 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 #9: 08 May 2019 | VW ID.3

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 8th May 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today to save you time.

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VOLKSWAGEN OFFERS PRE-BOOKING FOR THE FIRST TIME

ID.3 to come with ranges from 330 to 550 kilometers (WLTP) and starting price of under €30,000 in Germany

Exclusive pre-booking special edition ID.3 1ST with comprehensive equipment limited to 30,000 vehicles

ID.3 1ST with range of 420 km (WLTP), at a starting price of less than €40,000 in Germany

Including charging of electric power for a year at no cost up to a maximum of 2,000 kWh for ID.3 1ST buyers (£340 at 0.17p)

Registration deposit is €1,000

Volkswagen is today starting pre-booking in Europe for the first model in its new full-electric ID. family, the ID.3. With immediate effect, potential customers can register for an early production slot for the ID.3 at www.volkswagen.com/id-prebooking by paying a registration deposit of €1,000. The ID.3 1ST special edition, which has been especially configured for pre-booking, includes high-quality, high-performance equipment and is limited to 30,000 vehicles. Volkswagen is equipping the ID.3 1ST with the medium-sized battery option later available for the ID.3 series, which is expected to be most popular. With the three series battery options, ranges between 330 and up to 550 kilometers in accordance with WLTP will be possible. The pre-booking special edition has a range of 420 km (WLTP). While the base recommended price of the ID.3 series model with the smallest battery version starts at under €30,000 in Germany (target price), the exclusive ID.3 1ST special edition will be available for less than €40,000, before the deduction of the state subsidy in each case.

Volkswagen is offering ID.3 1ST buyers the possibility of taking electric power for their vehicles free of charge for the first year up to a maximum of 2,000 kWh – at all public charging points connected to the Volkswagen charging app We Charge, and also using the pan-European IONITY rapid charging network, in which Volkswagen is participating, which offers eco-power where this is technically feasible. The ID.3 is to be delivered to customers in carbon neutral form. Both battery cell production and ID. production are oriented towards this goal, for example with the consistent use of power from renewable sources. Unavoidable emissions in the production process will be compensated for by certified climate projects. Production of the ID.3 1ST is to start, as planned, at the end of 2019 and the first vehicles are to be delivered to customers in mid-2020.

Volkswagen is offering the ID.3 1ST special edition in four colors and three versions. All the versions will feature large wheel rims and comprehensive equipment: the ID.3 1ST with comprehensive convenience features, including voice control and navigation system, the ID.3 1ST Plus with additional IQ. Light and bi-color exterior and interior design, and the ID.3 1ST Max with large panoramic glass roof and innovations such as the augmented reality head-up display.

Pre-booking is being offered in 29 European markets. The most important markets in Europe for the ID.3 will be Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, the UK and Austria. On average, Volkswagen plans to deliver more than 100,000 vehicles per year to customers.

https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2019/05/VW_brand_prebooking.html

BATTERY SIZES

45kWh goes 330km

58kWh goes 420km

77kWh goes 550km

206 MILES FOR UNDER 30,000 EURO

Dr Max Holland for CLeanTechnica: "The most positive announcement for me was that the basic 45 kWh variant (with 330 km / 206 miles of WLTP range) is confirmed to start under €30,000, and will arrive sooner than we expected. It is scheduled to be available from “summer 2020.” It will also be able to add “260 km” (i.e., 80% of its capacity) in 30 minutes on optimal CCS DC chargers (able to deliver 125 kW or higher), which is a very decent performance at this price point. Vehicles will not be level 4 autonomy ready, but rather level 3. The hardware is in place, ready for when the software reaches that capability over the coming years. Don’t hold your breath for this, but it’s good to see VW at least planning ahead for level 3 autonomy. This is of course some ways below Tesla, whose vehicles are all full autonomy ready (level 4 and, potentially, level 5) for when the software improves. VW thinks full autonomy will take longer and cost more money than is sometimes believed (they mean “believed by Tesla,” of course)."

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/05/08/what-have-we-just-learned-about-the-2020-volkswagen-id-3-all-electric-hatchback/

A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE

VW didn't say when it would start taking full-fledged pre-orders, although those are unofficially expected to start after the ID.3's formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Either way, this is a significant milestone -- it shows that the automaker's EV strategy is more than just talk.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/08/vw-id-3-ev-deposits

DONT CALL IT A GOLF

"The Golf-sized battery-powered car is part of VW Group's 30 billion-euro ($34 billion) strategy to topple Tesla as the electric-car leader. It will be called the ID3. Other ID3 versions will include an entry-level car priced below 30,000 euros, about the same level as the diesel variant of the Golf hatchback, and a large battery version, whose pricing was not disclosed."

https://europe.autonews.com/frankfurt-auto-show/vw-reveals-name-pricing-id-electric-hatchback

TESLA RIVALRY

"In a sign of its growing marketing rivalry, Tesla sent an email to prospective German customers on Wednesday, trumpeting its Model S and Model X as having the best range of electric cars in series Production. Tesla raised $2.35 billion last week to pad its coffers amid struggles to generate profits sustainably. The California-based carmaker’s push into Europe and China puts it in direct competition with VW and its upscale sister brands Audi and Porsche, which are also ramping up electric-car plans."

https://europe.autonews.com/frankfurt-auto-show/vw-reveals-name-pricing-id-electric-hatchback

ROOM FOR THE RANGE TO GROW

ThisIsMoney say: "The German car brand, which will hope the ID range will help repair its reputation following the Dieselgate emissions scandal in 2015, said the ID.3 signals the 'potential for expansion into bigger and smaller models' in the zero-emissions line-up. That opens the door for a dinkier ID.1 and supermini-size SUV ID.2, as well as a range of larger cars to suit bigger families."

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-7006731/Volkswagen-opens-order-books-ID-3-electric-car.html

THEY WILL BE IN DEALERS

AutoExpress confirmed they will be in dealerships: ""Yes, you will see ID3. in dealers. People want to touch them. People are online doing their whole life but they still want to touch the car when they buy it. So yes, you will need to be able to touch the car, drive the car, get the experience. Especially when it’s offering something you don’t know. That’s why our dealers are so important. Some people see the network as a problem but we see it as an asset. During the buying process, potential customers will also have access to 'real world' range estimates alongside the WLTP calculated range of cars in the ID. Line up."

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/97043/volkswagen-id3-name-confirmed-for-golf-sized-ev"

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 23 Dec 2018 | Tesla Rush To Meet Year End Goal, Renault Nissan Face Uncertain Future Over EVs and Startup Maker e.GO Has Big Plans

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TESLA PULL OUT ALL STOP FOR YEAR END DELIVERY

  • "Tesla production should have all mid-range Model 3 orders delivered by year end, although "it will be tight," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter Saturday. The company has released all cars for sale where original customers can’t take the delivery before December, Musk said." reports Bloomberg: "If someone’s order does not make it in time, Tesla will cover the tax credit difference if the company committed delivery and the customer made "good faith" efforts to receive it before the end of the year, Musk said in separate tweet while responding to a user."

  • Elon tweeted: "Tesla has released all cars for sale where original customer can’t take delivery before year end, as well as test drive / display cars, which cost less. Reminder to US buyers that $7500 tax credit drops in half in 8 days. Order online at http://Tesla.com or visit stores."

FRENCH TOWN, HOME TO MAJOR AUTO FACTORY, GETS CAUGHT UP IN NISSAN-RENAULT SPAT

  • "In the wake of a lengthy investigation by Nissan, executives in Asia removed Ghosn from his posts, while the European side kept him in place, arguing he should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. The shareholding agreement gives Renault a 43 percent stake in Nissan, while Nissan holds 15 percent of Renault, with no voting rights. The agreement also stipulates that Renault’s CEO heads the alliance. When the alliance began in 1999, Renault was about the same size but in much better shape financially than Nissan, which was on the verge of collapse. Fast forward two decades, and Nissan overshadows its French partner with almost twice the revenue and a larger profit contribution." according to Japan Times: "Nissan does rely on Renault, too, for better access to the vast European market. Renault makes engines for Nissan in Cleons in northern France, and the Nissan-badged vans sold in the region are Renault under the hood."

GM BATTERY FACILITY DISCHARGE SUGGESTS NO IMMEDIATE SUCCESSOR FOR CHEVY VOLT

  • Green Car Reports has bad news for Volt fans: "Will the Chevrolet Volt get an immediate successor, or will any other model soon carry on with the potential of its brilliant Voltec plug-in hybrid system? Considering what General Motors announced yesterday, both of those possibilities are now looking less likely. GM said that it will cut 50 jobs at the Brownstown facility that assembled battery packs for the Volt, as well as a few other models, including the Buick LaCrosse and its eAssist system."

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1120542_gm-battery-facility-discharge-suggests-no-immediate-successor-for-chevy-volt

E.GO PLANS TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO EV STARTUP HAS GONE BEFORE

  • "Tiny e.GO Mobile — an electric car startup based in Aachen, Germany — says delivery of its Life no-frills EV will begin in April. By 2022, it plans to be selling 100,000 of the cars a year." says Steve hanley for CleanTechnica: "The Life looks like a squished down version of the Kia Soul. The car will have a range of 75 to 114 miles, a top speed of 72 to 94 miles per hour, and be priced between $18,000 and $22,500. Definitely an entry-level car at an entry-level price. To keep costs down, e.GO sources as many parts off the shelf as possible. The drivetrain comes from Bosch and the tail lights were originally made for trucks. Founder and CEO Guenther Schuh tells Bloomberg he expects his new company to have a positive cash flow beginning next year and to become profitable by 2021, something it took Tesla nearly a decade to accomplish."

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/21/e-go-plans-to-boldly-go-where-no-ev-startup-has-gone-before/

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Rank #12: 31 Jan 2019 | Lower Range Tesla Model S/X Back On Sale, Kia Reveal eNiro U.S. Launch and Cheaper Nissan LEAF Gets More Range

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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 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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Tesla earning call note: Chinese Gigafactory 3, Model Y unveiling, Semi Truck, Solar Tiles, new Roadster, Pickup, Model S and X re-design or use of new battery cells, Supercharger v3, Model 3 demand in US vs Europe, new Autopilot hardware, insane workforce growth and cuts, Full Self Driving and of course the $35,000 Model 3.

EUROPEAN TESLA MODEL 3 CUSTOMERS RECEIVE DELIVERY DATES

  • "Tesla Model 3 buyers in Europe are receiving delivery date estimates." says Zach at CleanTechnica who has been keeping an eye on the TMC forum: “My Tesla Model 3 Performance will be ready to collect in Madrid on the week commencing 11th Feb. 3 weeks ahead of schedule!”
  • "Aside from the good news from Tesla, the German state of Nordrhine Westfalia, which is the most populated state in the country, today approved new electric vehicle subsidies for companies. [Commercial] Electric car buyers can now get €4,000 rebates for fully electric cars they buy, and electric truck buyers can get €8,000."

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/29/breaking-european-tesla-model-3-customers-receive-delivery-dates-new-subsidies-in-nordrhine-westfalia-germany/

TESLA’S MASSIVE DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IS COMING TO LIFE

  • "A recent aerial video of the Lathrop building, located 60 miles east of Tesla’s Fremont factory, shows the completion of the facility’s outer shell and glass installed on parts of the building." reports Teslarati: "Part of the assumption that this building will become a parts distribution center is based on...the numerous truck-sized loading bays denote shipping activity".

  • Job Ad! “Tesla is looking for a motivated and experienced Supervisor for our highly dynamic parts distribution center in Lathrop, CA. This position will provide supervision of day-to-day operations including receiving, stocking, shipping and all transactions related to said activities. The Supervisor, Parts & Service Warehouse, will also ensure efficiency and accuracy of stocking and organizing parts inventory.” reads a job description for Supervisor, Parts Distribution Center.

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-parts-distribution-center-lathrop-ca-video/

TESLA MODEL S AND X GET SOFTWARE LIMITED PACK

  • "Tesla is instead going back to its old model of “software-limited battery pack” – meaning that it is only producing one battery pack for Model S and Model X, the 100 kWh pack, but it is offering two options and one of them is limiting the energy capacity accessible." reports Fred at Electrek: "The company is also moving away from using the energy capacity of its battery packs as part of its naming scheme."

  • All cars have dual motor AWD, premium interior and sound

  • Model S
    • Price: $85,000
    • Range: 310-miles

  • Model S Extended Range
    • Price: $93,000 (cheaper by $1,000)
    • Range: 335-miles

  • Model S Performance (no Ludicrous)
    • Price: $112,000
    • Range: 315-miles
    • 0-60mph: 3.0 sec

  • Model S Performance (with Ludicrous)
    • Price: $132,000
    • Range: 315-miles
    • 0-60mph: 2.4 sec

  • If you want the Extended Range in the future you can pay for it, and they'll unlock it over the air. Ludicrous Mode also appears to be a software unlock too, so the Performance cars will have the hardware and you can opt to pay for it later.

https://electrek.co/2019/01/29/tesla-launches-new-cheaper-model-s-x-software-limited-battery-pack/

VW OPEN TO SHARING MEB EV PLATFORM WITH OTHER AUTOMAKERS

  • "According to German paper Tagesspiegel, Volkswagen admits that the company is in talks with other manufacturers over opening its all-electric MEB platform." reports Mark Kane at InsideEVs: "Michael Jost, Head of Strategy at Volkswagen, said that the MEB platform could become “a standard not only for the VW Group.” First though we need to see VW actually selling MEB in volume."

https://insideevs.com/vw-share-meb-ev-platform-other-automakers/

KIA REVEALS DETAILS ON NIRO EV LAUNCH

  • An InsideEVs Exclusive on this one for the Kia eNiro: "The first vehicles will arrive in the US in late February. The car will be sold in 12 states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington."
  • Steve Kosowski, the manager of long-range strategy and planning at for Kia Motors America told InsideEVs: "volume is globally constrained because Kia Motors America can’t get the desired allocation from the parent company. “The truth is that demand in other markets around the world is so strong,” he said. Kosowski explained that regulatory pressures, especially in Europe, dictate that countries such as Norway are a higher priority than the United States. “We have this conversation all the time with our leadership about how we need more cars.”
  • And some insight on battery supplier, which I had read as speculation before, but this seems firm confirmation: The all-electric Niro, Kona, and Soul share the same electric powertrain, with some slight modifications in the Niro’s transmission to handle the extra mass. SK Innovation provides the cells for Kia’s battery pack while LG Chem is Hyundai’s supplier."

https://insideevs.com/details-kia-niro-ev-launch/

EV TARIFF COSTS ARE ‘UNCLEAR TO CUSTOMERS’

  • "Research from Citizens Advice has found that a lack of clear information is making it difficult for electric vehicle (EV) drivers to work out the best electricity tariff to choose to charge their vehicles." reports Utility Week: "It found ten out of the 72 active domestic energy suppliers offer an EV tariff, with the number of such tariffs increasing from two in August 2017 to ten in September last year. Half of the tariffs analysed in the report offer a discount on a home charger or public charge points, however the value of this discount can vary. Interestingly the research highlights that EV-specific tariffs do not necessarily offer the best rates for EV users."
  • In response to the report Fiona Howarth, chief executive of Octopus Electric Vehicles which provides the Octopus Energy Go tariff, said: “This report demonstrates that time of use tariffs are great for EV drivers, and we need to see more of this sort of innovation.

https://utilityweek.co.uk/ev-tariff-costs-unclear-customers/

2019 NISSAN LEAF PLUS GETS LONGER RANGE IN CHEAPEST TRIM

  • "New California regulatory compliance documents hint that lower trim levels of the upcoming 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus will be the ones with the longest range." says Green Car Reports: "To get the maximum range of 226 miles that Nissan estimates, buyers will likely have to stick to the base S trim level, according to documents, based on California emissions tests and obtained by Automotive News. Higher-trim SL and SV models are likely to have shorter range estimates, which Nissan estimates at 215 miles. In the tests, the base 62-kwh Leaf Plus went 364 miles on the EPA's notoriously gentle Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule. On the California UDDS test, the Leaf SV Plus and SL Plus returned 330 miles. It's unclear why there's such a discrepancy between the Leaf S Plus and higher trims. Nissan specs show the SV and the SL weigh about 75 pounds more than the base S."

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1121208_2019-nissan-leaf-plus-gets-longer-range-in-cheapest-trim

RENAULT ZOE S EDITION NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK

  • Renault has introduced a new version at the top of the Renault ZOE range. The new Renault ZOE S Edition replaces the previous Signature Nav version and brings a host of equipment at a small premium over the Renault ZOE Dynamique Nav.
  • Ordering in the UK is open now and deliveries of the ZOE S Edition begin in April.

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AUDI TARGETS TESLA OWNERS IN E-TRON MARKETING PUSH

"Reports from the electric car community in Germany have noted that Audi has been placing promotional merchandise at Tesla Club tables during exhibitions. Demo units of the e-tron are also being parked at select Supercharger stations. " says Simon at Teslarati: "One promotional Audi e-tron unit was even photographed blocking a Supercharger stall, similar to how anti-EV drivers “ICE” an electric car charging station. With a 204-mile EPA rating, the e-tron has less range than a Model 3 Standard Plus, or even a 2012 Model S. Thus, by placing the e-tron at Superchargers, Audi could risk highlighting the e-tron’s range disadvantage to potential customers. Apart from this, Audi does not have its own charging infrastructure. The e-tron is capable of rapid charging, but the vehicle relies on third-party solutions for long-distance travel."

https://www.teslarati.com/audi-etron-blocks-tesla-superchargers-advertisement/

URBAN ELECTRIC RELEASES IMAGE OF ON-STREET POP-UP CHARGER

"British startup Urban Electric has released an image of its UEone, a retractable pop-up charging hub for residential on-street parking." reports ChagedEVs.com: "The company says its charger is a solution for the 50% of UK city drivers who park on the street at night. The company plans to install the units as fast charging hubs on residential streets and on-street public parking bays. The retractable units will charge vehicles overnight during off-peak hours, and are designed to minimally impact the urban streetscape. The project will integrate hub charging with the Appy parking platform to provide a seamless parking and charging experience which will include road sensors that let drivers know if a parking bay is available."

https://chargedevs.com/newswire/urban-electric-releases-image-of-on-street-pop-up-charger/

BMW'S NEW CEO IS DOUBLING DOWN ON THE STRATEGY THAT GOT THE LAST CEO OUSTED

"In what Automotive News is declaring a “bold way forward,” new BMW CEO Oliver Zipse is promising not to make electric cars on a platform that is not explicitly designed for their propulsion system, not because that is better for BMW’s customers but for BMW’s ease of manufacturing:" says Jalopmik today:"This is a very different approach from companies like Volkswagen, which see the future of EVs as needing dedicated platforms Batteries can be laid flat like a pancake across virtually the entire bottom of a car on a dedicated EV platform, enabling much more of them and with better weight distribution, and electric motors can be placed in much more inconspicuous spots than with a traditional piston engine."

Automotive News said: "Zipse delivered a 40-minute talk at the Oxford plant, half of it devoted to why BMW shouldn’t go down the same path as Volkswagen and others in creating vehicle platforms that are uniquely electric. Instead, he said, BMW must have platforms that can go either way. That has been a topic of strategic debate inside BMW in recent years, complicated by the company’s relatively limited global production capacity. BMW in June said it will introduce 25 electrified models by 2023. Zipse was at the plant in southern England to present Mini’s first electric car, the Cooper SE. It is built on the same platform as combustion-engine cars that are moving down the same assembly line. He said the cost to adapt the plant was minimal and did not require a big effort."

https://jalopnik.com/bmws-new-ceo-is-doubling-down-on-the-strategy-that-got-1836597860

2021 BMW INEXT REVEALS POLYGONAL STEERING WHEEL IN NEW TEASER

"It was at the end of May when BMW hopped inside the cabin of the iNEXT to provide us with an official glimpse of the SUV’s cabin by showing off the back of the massive driver-oriented curved display. Fast forward to July 22, a new interior detail has been revealed as we get to see the electric vehicle’s all-new steering wheel that represents a departure from previous designs." according to Motor1: "The production-ready iNEXT will boast a polygonal steering wheel featuring an almost flat rim at the upper and lower sections combined with rounded corners at the sides. BMW explains they did this not just for the sake of coming out with something new, but to make it easier to figure out the steering angle based on the position on the wheel compared to a traditional circular-shaped wheel. The two-spoke steering wheel boasts optical fibers built into the side sections that light up whenever the driver needs to take control of the iNEXT or when the automated driving functions are available. "

https://www.motor1.com/news/361024/2021-bmw-inext-steering-wheel/

TESLA’S (TSLA) Q2 2019 EARNINGS CALL

"Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is poised to hold its second-quarter earnings call after the markets close on Wednesday. With the electric car maker exceeding expectations on its vehicle production and deliveries, all eyes are now on the company as it tries to return to profitability, which it was able to achieve in the third and fourth quarter of 2018." reports Teslarati: "As for revenue, FactSet expects Tesla to report sales of $6.5 billion in the second quarter, an improvement over the $4 billion the company reported in Q2 2018 and the $4.5 billion in the first quarter. Estimize, for its part, expects Tesla to report sales of $6.6 billion."

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-tsla-q2-2019-earnings-call-wall-st-estimates/

FENIX POWER NOW PLANS TO MAKE YOUR OLD LEAF MORE LIKE A TESLA

"As we’ve reported before, Fenix Power had plans to offer batteries for degraded Nissan LEAFs, and eventually other vehicles. Now, after a recent merger, it wants to do a whole lot more. By combining forces with Chargeshare Network and keeping the Fenix name, it plans to offer a range of services that can help an older LEAF and other EVs be a lot easier to use." reports CleanTechnica: "Let’s face it — there are a lot of used LEAFs out there that would make the average driver run away from EVs and not go back for a long time. By having options for older vehicles to stay on the road without having to pay Nissan an exorbitant amount, the situation is massively improved. Fenix Power will be providing new cooled and monitored batteries of 24–40 kWh to replace their aging and degraded factory packs much more affordably than Nissan does."

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/07/22/with-a-merger-fenix-power-now-plans-to-make-your-old-leaf-more-like-a-tesla/

TESLA REVEALS REVOLUTIONARY NEW WIRING ARCHITECTURE

"Tesla has revealed its revolutionary new wiring architecture that enables more robot automation in the manufacturing process and uses fewer materials for its upcoming cars like Model Y and Tesla Pickup truck." says Fred at Electrek: "Musk said that Model S has about 3 kilometers of wiring harnesses and Tesla brought it down to 1.5 kilometers in length for the Model 3. But that’s just the beginning. Tesla is working on a whole new wiring architecture for future vehicle platforms and they aim to bring it down to just 100 meters starting with the Model Y.  In a new patent application that recently became public and was obtained by Electrek, Tesla revealed the first details of this new wiring architecture."

https://electrek.co/2019/07/22/tesla-revolutionary-wiring-architecture-robots-model-y/

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Rank #14: 10 July 2019 | Mini Cooper SE Revealed, No Refresh For Tesla S/X and PHEV Could Be The Answer For Commercial Vehicles

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2020 MINI COOPER SE REVEALED

"It might not have the same impact as the original Mini, but the new Cooper SE is an important model as it allows the BMW-owned brand to enter the electric era. It’s labeled as being the “first purely electrically powered premium small car” (what about the BMW i3?) and combines just about everything we like about the Mini with a zero-emissions powertrain." reports Motor1.com: "At the heart of the Mini Cooper SE is an electric motor located underneath the hood where you’d normally find a gasoline or even a diesel engine. It produces 135 kilowatts (181 horsepower) channeled to the front wheels promising to lend the car that go-kart feeling thanks to an “innovative driving dynamics system with wheel slip limiting close to the actuator.” the Mini Cooper SE goes from 0 to 60 kph (37 mph) in 3.9 seconds and needs 7.3 seconds to complete the 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) task. Interestingly, Mini says the all-electric hatchback can keep up the pace “effortlessly” with ICE-powered sports cars over the first 60 meters (nearly 200 feet). Flat out, it will do an electronically governed 150 kph (93 mph). Installed in the floor is a 32.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with enough juice for 235 to 270 kilometers (146 to 168 miles). Mini points out the info about range “has already been calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes.” According to Automotive News, the electric hatch is estimated to have an EPA-certified range of 114 miles (183 km). To entice buyers, Mini will throw in a lot of standard goodies: LED headlights, two-zone automatic AC, 6.5-inch infotainment with navigation, and even auxiliary heating. At an additional cost, there’s a bigger 8.8-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, along with a choice of four exterior and interior packages featuring different exterior finishes, wheel designs, seat upholsteries, and cabin trims."

https://www.motor1.com/news/358835/2020-mini-cooper-se-revealed/

And from InsideEVs: "It uses a T structure, with its 12 modules placed between the front seats and under the rear seats, where the gas tank would be in a combustion-engine Mini. If you remember the Mini E, the first true car Mini offered as an EV – even if only for leasing – it had only two seats. The space in the back was destined to the batteries. To protect the battery pack, the Cooper SE sits 18 mm higher than the regular one and that is the only difference in dimensions for the 3-door hatchback. To protect the battery pack, the Cooper SE sits 18 mm higher than the regular one and that is the only difference in dimensions for the 3-door hatchback"

https://insideevs.com/news/358842/mini-cooper-se-official-presentation/

TESLA ‘REFRESH’ OF MODEL S AND X ISN’T COMING

@elonmusk : "There is no “refreshed” Model X or Model S coming, only a series of minor ongoing changes. Most significant change in past few years was to use high efficiency Model 3 rear drive unit as S/X front drive unit. That went into production 3 months ago."

Simon at Teslarati says: "Musk’s recent updates on Twitter stand in contrast to rumors that have emerged over the past month. In early June, for example, speculations from a reported Tesla insider suggested that the company is preparing to release a refreshed Model S with three electric motors and a range that exceeds 400 miles per charge. These rumors, which were reported by Tesla owner-enthusiast Kim in YouTube’s Like Tesla channel, further suggested that the revamped Model S and Model X are currently undergoing testing in extreme heat in areas such as the Mojave Desert and Death Valley. "

https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-debunks-tesla-model-s-model-x-refresh-rumors/

ELON MUSK SAYS FREE SELF-DRIVING CHIP UPGRADE COULD COME TO OLDER TESLAS THIS YEAR

"Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company will “most likely” start retrofitting its new, more powerful processing chip into older vehicles near the end of the year. The new FSD chip is the first to have been designed in-house." reports The Verge: "esla says it offers 21 times the performance of the Nvidia chips it replaces — a claim Nvidia disputes. The new chip has been shipping in Model S, X, and 3 cars since before its announcement, but soon it will be offered as an upgrade to half a million Tesla owners. The FSD chip upgrade will be offered for free to any Tesla owners who have paid for the company’s “Full Self-Driving” add-on package, which costs $6,000. In total, Musk estimates that there are around 500,000 cars that are compatible with the new chip, although not all of them will have paid for the package that will allow them to get the upgrade for free."

https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/8/20685873/tesla-fsd-chip-upgrade-2019-install-hw2-full-self-driving

TOYOTA COVERS A PRIUS IN SOLAR CELLS TO BOOST ITS RANGE BY 27 MILES

"Toyota is continuing to explore the idea of solar-powered cars, with the automaker recently announcing that it’s ready to begin testing its most advanced system to date." according to Digital Trends: "After partnering with Sharp, Toyota says it has succeeded in creating high-efficiency solar cells for a version of its Prius plug-in hybrid. Road trials later this month will assess the effectiveness of improvements in cruising range and fuel efficiency offered by its new and advanced solar technology. The enhancements mean that the new solar cells will be able to generate enough power — if parked in the sun for a day — to give it the vehicle an extra 27 miles of range, about seven times more than before."

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/toyota-has-covered-a-prius-in-solar-cells-to-add-27-miles-to-its-range/

TRIALS SHOW VIABILITY OF HYBRID POWER FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

"Trials by Ford Motor Company involving several construction firms and their suppliers have concluded that hybrid electric vans present ‘a practical, accessible solution’ for cleaner air in cities." says Contruction Index: "During the trial, 75% of the fleet’s mileage in Central London and 49% in Greater London was completed using pure electric power. The results highlight that even without a fully established electric vehicle charging network, the hybrid vans were able to dramatically reduce tailpipe emissions in the inner city, using the flexibility of a petrol range-extender to complete longer journeys when required."

https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/trials-show-viability-of-hybrid-power-for-commercial-vehicles

US has more than 68,800 electric vehicle charging units

"As of May 2019, there were more than 68,800 Level 2 and DC fast charging units throughout the United States. Of that total, 16%, or approximately 10,860 units, were DC fast chargers" reports Green Car Congress: "California has the most EV charging units of any state at 22,620, which represents about a third of the nationwide total; however, there are 18 other states that have more than 1,000 Level 2 and DC fast charging units, combined."

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/07/20190709-fotw.html

WATCH FORD F-150 ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK DRIVE SILENTLY

"The recently spotted test mule of a camouflaged Ford F-150 - suspected to be all-electric (with a fake exhaust pipe) or plug-in hybrid - was recently discussed by TheFastLaneTruck." picks up InsideEVs: "Spy photos obtained by InsideEVs reveal and independent rear suspension, while from the side profile we probably see battery packs. TFLnow's video contains a short clip (1:45) of the prototype driving silently through the intersection. It's the ultimate proof that this truck is electrified. Electric trucks are nearly upon us and when one finally arrives, it's sure to take the world by storm. Our money is on Rivian delivering its R1T electric truck before any other automaker, but maybe Tesla will be first with its pickup?"

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 24th 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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Please note prices on all Tesla inventory cars worldwide rise by ~3% on April 1

To be clear, this doesn’t affect Tesla website order prices. Existing inventory prices are currently slightly lower than on website. This will bring them in line

NIKOLA MOTOR COMPANY BUYS 400 ACRES IN ARIZONA FOR NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT

  • Nikola Motor Company and Saint Holdings announced the acquisition by Nikola of approximately 400 acres of property in Pinal County at Inland Port Arizona in Coolidge.
  • Nikola plans to build its hydrogen-electric class 8 trucks at its manufacturing facility at this location and anticipates the project will bring approximately 2,000 jobs to the region by 2024.

PORSCHE WANTS AN ALL-ELECTRIC 918 SPYDER SUCCESSOR

  • "Porsche was clearly in no rush to launch a successor to its highly regarded 918 Spyder hypercar. As a plug-in hybrid, the 918 Spyder broke new barriers for the German automaker and it came at exactly the right time, just as Ferrari McLaren launched their own hybrid hypercars, the LaFerrari and P1, respectively" says CarBuzz: "But a few years have gone by since 918 production ended, so now it’s time to starting seriously discussing what’s next. Fortunately, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume is ready to talk. Speaking to Top Gear, Blume made it quite clear he’s keen for Porsche’s next hypercar to be all-electric but a final decision has yet to be made. "We have a big history here, and we’ll have one in the future,” he said. "It has to be the best in the market, the highest performing… right now we haven’t got a concept for that car. But might it be a pure-electric car? Yes.”

https://carbuzz.com/news/porsche-wants-an-all-electric-918-spyder-successor

TESLA MODEL S, X WITH “HARDWARE 3” FOR FULL SELF-DRIVING NOW IN PRODUCTION

  • "Tesla has begun producing Model X and Model S vehicles with the latest Autopilot hardware to support Full Self-Driving capabilities. Dubbed “HW3”, the new hardware is Tesla’s next iteration of its semi-autonomous driving-assist feature that includes Navigate on Autopilot, Advanced Summon, Auto Lane Change, Autopark, and the ability to respond to traffic lights." Says Teslarati today: "Looking at the source code behind Tesla’s New Inventory site, we’re able to see that recently produced Model S and Model X with Autopilot have been given an “APH4” options code, signifying that these vehicles are equipped with the latest Full Self-Driving hardware. Tesla uses the option code sequence “APHx” to denote the type of Autopilot hardware installed in its vehicles. APH2 indicates HW2 and APH3 = HW2.5 (Autopilot 2.5). Thus, APH4 is HW3."

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GROUPE RENAULT LAUNCHING LARGE-SCALE V2G TRIALS WITH FLEET OF 15 ZOE EVS

  • Groupe Renault is beginning the first large-scale pilot schemes in alternating-current, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging in electric vehicles. The pilot schemes will begin in the Netherlands and Portugal.
  • Groupe Renault places the reversible charger inside vehicles, so it just requires a simple, inexpensive adaptation of the existing charging terminals to implement V2G charging.
  • A fleet of fifteen Zoe vehicles with V2G charging will be introduced in Europe over the course of 2019 to develop future offerings in reversible charging and to lay the groundwork for the future standards.
  • These pilot schemes will begin today in Utrecht (the Netherlands) in an ecosystem developed by We Drive Solar and on Porto Santo Island (in the archipelago of Madeira, Portugal) with Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, an energy supplier. Following these, more pilot schemes will be introduced in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark.

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/03/groupe-renault-launching-large-scale-v2g-trials-with-fleet-of-15-zoe-evs.html

David Partington

Firstly I'd like to be billed the same way for Rapid, Fast & Slow charging - I don't see why rapid billing should be different. For all these charging modes I'd like to be able to choose a billing organisation and have them consolidate my charging on a weekly or monthly basis as per my preference, and allow me to see where my money's been spent. I'd gladly pay a regular subscription for this, as I currently do for Polar - and I would expect all my charging data to be available online to view, in near real-time. There's a business model here for EV Charge billing companies - who don't necessarily need to be involved in charging at all!

Short term, contactless. Which means I can either use my debit card or my phone via Android Pay. Just like 99% of my purchases on the high street.

Long term, ISO 15118, plug and pay feature. (Like how Teslas at a SuperCharger).

- Colin Richardson

RajBadwal

Ideal world.. plug car into any charger and get a bill at the end of the month.

But in the meantime I'd take credit/debit/contatless payments. I hate needed to set up an account for God know how many chargers. I have Pola plus account and I have ecotristy app and that's it because I cant be assed to sign up for all of them.

Pete Glass

I'd like to see two methods on every charger.

1] Simplicity: contactless payment card, touch and go. No faffing with apps in blizzards or driving rain.

2] Monthly account: pre-registered with payment method, using either RFID or simple user interface app. Nice summary bill once a month to use for budgeting or expense claims with all charging details - perhaps Excel/csv file download option too.

Pet hates:

1] Nightmare apps that crash, have invisible tick boxes scrolled off the edge of screen and make you enter 16 digits of your payment card for EVERY transaction while your fingers freeze off! [Shell ... that's you-hoo!]

2] Apps that you have to preload £20 deposit that you end up never spending!

DAVID NYE

G’day again Martyn from Brissy. (Brisbane)

For as long as I can remember I have bought fuel with my credit card. I pay the vast majority of other bills with my card also.

I would like to do the same for EV charging. 

Simple, quick, and easy, with everything in one place. I certainly don’t want a glovebox full of RF cards and charge tokens.

Tom Raftery

How would I like to be billed? I wouldn’t! Seriously, I charge off my solar panels, and when I drive down to Cadiz, I drop in to the Nissan dealer there for a free, fast top-up, but if I did have to pay, the optimal way would be that the charger wherever it is, recognises my car when I plug it in, and the cost of the charge is simply added to my electricity bill at the end of the month.

Mark Garnett

Pod point’s system is ideal. Plug in and starts charging. Enable within 15 mins (find a signal out of the rain) to keep it going. Genius.

Ecotricity’s is the worst, multi-stage app including asking sane questions again and again. With a forgotten password, weak signal and expired card, can easily lose the first 15 mins faffing around before charging actually begins.

Alex Banahene

With regards to this weeks question of the week for me it has to be contactless payments. My zoe is used mostly for commuting and I’ve only done a handful of long-range trips where I needed to recharge.

Because of that I don’t want to be paying membership to a charging network and the  various apps and cards are a pain. The easiest public charge I had was a council run coin operated 22kw charger in a Blackpool car park and though physical cash has a declining role I want charging to be that easy: turn up, plug in and pay. So for me contactless payment via card or phone is the way forward.

The next alternative for me is to make use of ccs ability to ID cars and setup network s like the Tesla network where maybe the most you have to do is register a payment method and contact details first time you use a pump and then after that you are just billed either at the end of the charge or at the end of the month.

The Plugseeker

I think that the important thing for charging is that it is as accessible as possible. Therefore you can’t rely on being a member of a charging network if you may be only use it once in an occasional visit to an area. Therefore they should ALL have access to be used by debit credit cards for this reason.

That being said it is also reasonable to be able to join up as a subscription to a charger you use regularly to get a reduced rate.

One important point about apps is this should NOT be the sole way of accessing a rapid charger. The government unfortunately made it so that this was also acceptable when it came to agreements for universal access.

Kent from Denmark

In my opinion, we already have a good solution right in front of us. If you, in an ICA car, see a new filling station, you are always able to fill up your car there, just by swiping your credit card or by paying cash. All the stations, from all the companies, are at your disposal at all times.

I really would like to see a similar approach to the charging network for EV's. When you pass any charger, you see a sign displaying the actual price per KW. If all companies, including Tesla, made their network available for all to use, we could cover a much larger area with chargers, making huge incentives for more people to join the EV revolution.

John Fruhwirth

I get free super charging and so this does not apply to me.

But, If I had to pay for charging while on the road, I would prefer something along the lines of the following:

Something like Paypal so as to eliminate the myriad of cards/RFID tags required today.

Something like Apple Pay using NFC (Near field Communications). So that I could pay by waving my phone or apple watch at the charger.

Even better, have the chargers be as smart as super chargers and so have your  account debited as required without having to engage with the charger at all!

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Rank #16: 18 July 2019 | Jay Leno Promotes Benefits Of EVs, Elon Tackles German Bureaucracy and Audi Working On Factory For e-tron GT

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 18th July 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.          

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LEXUS WILL REINVENT ITS DESIGN LANGUAGE AS IT ELECTRIFIES ITS FULL LINE

"Lexus and parent company Toyota pioneered gasoline-electric hybrid technology more than two decades ago, but both have been reluctant to release a fully electric model. This policy is set to change during the 2020s, and Digital Trends learned Lexus plans to offer an electrified variant of every nameplate in its lineup by 2025." writes Ronan Glon for Digital Trends.

Koji Sato, the vice president of Lexus defined electrified as: "We include hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel cell in our strategy. The in-wheel motor is just a concept, it will take years to make that technology possible, but we will continue to pursue this exciting technology."

"While full technical specifications remain under wraps, Sato revealed Lexus will soon invest a substantial amount of money into a platform developed specifically to underpin electric cars. His research and development department is also working on in-wheel electric motors, a setup in which the four wheels operate independently, though he conceded the technology isn’t ready for production yet."

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/lexus-plans-to-electrify-its-entire-portfolio-of-cars-by-2025/

AUDI STARTS WORKING ON FACTORY FOR E-TRON GT ELECTRIC CAR PRODUCTION IN ‘LATE 2020’

"Audi is working on its first electric sedan, the e-tron GT, unveiled at the LA auto show last year. It is now starting preparation work at a factory in Germany to start production in ‘late 2020’." according to Fred at Electrek: "The German automaker also surprised some by saying that they will be quick to bring the car to market by leveraging the powertrain developed by Porsche for the Taycan. Now Audi announced that the e-tron GT will be built on the same assembly line as the Audi R8 at the Böllinger Höfe factory in Germany in 2020."

https://electrek.co/2019/07/17/audi-e-tron-gt-electric-car-production-late-2020/

UK GOV HANDS JAGUAR LAND ROVER £500M FOR EV DEVELOPENT

"The government has handed Jaguar Land Rover a £500m loan guarantee to help accelerate its progress in the global electric vehicle race." according to the Guardian: "Theresa May said the loan guarantee would help Britain’s biggest carmaker sell the next generation of electric cars around the world. She told a meeting of industry leaders at Downing Street on Monday that the funding pot would include £500m from UK Export Finance alongside another £125m from commercial lenders."

I'm trying to clarify what a load GUARANTEE is compared to a loan. The article continues: "The roundtable talks included executives from Aston Martin, BMW, Nissan and Vauxhall as well as energy groups BP, Shell and National Grid. The companies have agreed to set up a green mobility transition board that will formally bring together government, industry and environmental groups to coordinate plans for a switch from traditional to electric vehicles."

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/15/jaguar-land-rover-offered-500m-loan-to-develop-electric-cars

HWA TO REIGNITE RACING RIVALRIES IN EXTREME E

HWA AG is the latest team to join Extreme E for the all-new electric SUV off-road racing series’ inaugural 2021 campaign.

The move will see one of the sport’s deep-running rivalries recommence in an entirely different sphere, with HWA’s long-time Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) sparring partner ABT Sportline having entered the Extreme E fold last week.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E – operating partner of Extreme E – said: “HWA is a highly successful operation and a major, title-winning name in motorsport, so it is fantastic to be able to welcome them into our Extreme E family. Extreme E offers an entirely unique proposition in motor racing, with cutting-edge E-SUVs racing head-to-head across five of the most remote locations on the planet with a brand-new engineering challenge for teams and drivers to overcome."

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NOT EVERYBODY TOLERATES CREAKY GERMAN BUREAUCRACY

"After hearing about Tesla customers suffering unnecessarily long waiting times for vehicle registration in Berlin and Hamburg, Tesla boss Elon Musk simply called the cities’ mayors." reports Electrive: "Berlin mayor Michael Müller and Hamburg’s mayor Peter Tschentscher apparently got an earful of the US entrepreneur’s mind when he got on the blower. While he was at it, Elon Musk called French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron with the same complaint about French vehicle registration delays"

https://www.electrive.com/2019/07/17/not-everybody-tolerates-creaky-german-bureaucracy/

TRUCKS 1 - LIGHTNING SYSTEMS ALL-ELECTRIC MEDIUM-DUTY VEHICLES SELECTED FOR STATE OF CALIFORNIA CONTRACT

Lightning Systems announced that its all-electric powertrains for Ford and Chevrolet medium-duty trucks and buses are now offered on a California state contract.

State agencies and city and county governments throughout California can order Class 3 to 6 shuttle buses, cargo vans, box trucks, cab-over vehicles, and stripped chassis models under the program. Vehicles eligible include the Ford Transit 350HD Passenger Van and Cargo Van, Ford E-450 Cutaway Chassis, Ford F-59 Stripped Chassis, and Chevrolet 6500XD Low Cab Forward Truck.

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/07/20190717-lightning.html

TRUCKS 2 - SUPER STORE INDUSTRIES FIRST DAIRY MANUFACTURER TO DEPLOY CLASS 8 ELECTRIC TRUCKS

Orange EV and California-based Super Store Industries (SSI) announced the deployment of Orange EV T-Series pure electric terminal trucks to multiple SSI facilities, supporting both grocery distribution and dairy and beverage manufacturing.

Mike Saxton, Orange EV Chief Commercial Officer - "Super Store Industries is the first dairy manufacturer in the U.S. to deploy a pure-electric Class 8 truck. SSI is taking the lead, eliminating emissions with 100% electric yard trucks while reducing costs and accelerating payback. Orange EV trucks cost less in fuel, maintenance, and other diesel-related costs, and when operated in California, can generate a significant additional income stream."

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/07/20190717-orange.html

TOYOTA BANG THE HYDROGEN DRUM (AGAIN)

From Gill Nowell on Twitter: “Delighted to be at an event on future of low emission vehicles in the UK today. Interesting to hear @ToyotaUK Manager, Alternative Fuels, dwelling on challenges of battery electric vehicles. Clear focus is hydrogen."

They dismissed EVs as being challenged because of power station emisisons, battery life, recycling, vehicle cost, vehicle range, charge time and access to infrastructure.

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Rank #17: 28 Mar 2019 | Giant Bath For Burning BMW i8, Merger Could Create EV Powerhouse and New Challenge For VW ID-R

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 28th 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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A developing story today in the UK. You know I talk about the carrot and the stick, in terms of what is needed to persuade people into EVs? We have the carrot here in the UK with £3500 off a new EV, but I also talk about the success of Norway using the stick. Hitting people with penalties to buy fossil cars. Now today in the UK there's a story about putting up tax on petrol to push people into considering alternatives. More tomorrow.

DAIMLER, GEELY CREATE 50:50 JOINT VENTURE TO DEVELOP SMART

  • The Daimler-owned Smart brand is something which hasn't been a huge commercial success and yet they've kept investing in it, and more recently, electrifying it. Most famous for making small cars it is being given a new lease of life. "Daimler is willing to give the brand another shot by teaming up with Lotus and Volvo owner Geely to transform Smart into a pure EV brand. Announced today, the deal involving Daimler and Geely represents a 50:50 joint venture in China where a new factory will be built to handle production of zero-emissions models." Says Adrian Padeanu for Motor1.com today: "These future cars will be styled by Mercedes and engineered by Geely, with the first models scheduled to hit the market globally from 2022. Interestingly, aside from ditching combustion engines altogether, the Smart brand will expand into the B-segment, which means the next decade will bring us subcompact cars from a brand exclusively known for its cutesy A-segment cars."
  • Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “For more than 2.2 million customers, smart represents a pioneer in urban mobility. Based on this success story, we look forward to further enhancing the brand with Geely Holding, a strong partner in the electric vehicle segment. We will jointly design and develop the next generation of smart electric cars that combine high-quality production and known safety standards for sale both in China and globally."

https://www.motor1.com/news/315724/daimler-geely-joint-venture-smart/

BMW WILL BUILD MINI ELECTRIC IN UK DESPITE BREXIT CONCERNS

  • "Despite a number of carmakers saying that they’ll pull out of Britain when Brexit eventually happens BMW is pushing ahead with plans to produce the all-electric Mini over here. According to Automotive News Europe, BMW isn’t planning to implement any major changes to any of its plans in the UK – including the Oxford factory which is earmarked for electric Mini assembly." reports InsideEVs.com today: "The manufacturer is anticipating zero to five percent tariffs on goods if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, something that “won’t change Mini’s business model”. However, BMW’s chief executive officer Harald Krueger has warned that BMW could still move production to countries like the Netherlands at some point in the future should problems arise further down the line. The first electric Mini has been slated to begin production this year, and will become available worldwide, including the US where there is a possibility the brand could become electric-only in the coming years in a bid to boost sales."

https://insideevs.com/bmw-build-mini-electric-uk/

SMOKING BMW I8 DUMPED IN WATER BY FIREFIGHTERS

  • A tweet from the Fire Department in the Netherlands: "This morning an electric car started to smoke in a showroom. The employees of the garage and the fire brigade acted quickly to drive the car outside. Because it is an electric car, inventive action was necessary. The car is immersed in a container of water because extinguishing it in the 'normal' way is difficult with these cars. The car will remain in the water basin for the next 24 hours."
  • Chris Bruce at Motor1 raises a good point though: "What's not clear is whether this is the fire department's usual reaction to an electrified vehicle fire. Traveling with a crane and giant water tank doesn't seem very convenient. Plus, if the BMW were already in flames, picking it up and placing the coupe into container doesn't seem safe. What's not clear is whether this is the fire department's usual reaction to an electrified vehicle fire. Traveling with a crane and giant water tank doesn't seem very convenient. Plus, if the BMW were already in flames, picking it up and placing the coupe into container doesn't seem safe."

https://www.motor1.com/news/315476/bmw-i8-fire-reponse-netherlands/

NEXT CHALLENGE FOR VW ID-R

  • The fully-electric Volkswagen ID. R will take on another special challenge in September 2019. Romain Dumas (F) will be back at the wheel of the 500-kW electric sports car for the “China Challenge” on the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road – a unique stretch of tarmac, featuring 99 corners, which winds its way up Tianmen Mountain, located roughly 1,500 kilometres southwest of Beijing. As no official record exists for the eleven-kilometre mountain road, which is not accessible to public transport, Volkswagen China will run a competition prior to the record attempt, in which participants can set their own virtual time on the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road. Dumas will then attempt to better the time of the fastest participant under real conditions in September.
  • The Volkswagen ID. R, with which Romain Dumas set records at two famous hill climbs in June 2018 – first at the “Pikes Peak International Hill Climb” and then at the “Goodwood Festival of Speed” – is powered by two electric engines generating a total output of 500 kW (680 PS) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.25 seconds. Before travelling to China in September, Dumas and the record-breaking ID. R will first set their sights on a new lap record for electric cars on the famous Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

FIRST MERCEDES-BENZ ECITARO STARTS SERVICE IN BERLIN

  • "Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) has received the first out of 15 ordered all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses." reports InsideEVs.com: "The other thing is that Mercedes-Benz eCitaro currently is equipped with batteries of 243 kWh, which is enough only for 150 km (93 miles)."
  • It's good news, but here's the context: Last autumn, BVG placed an order for up to 950 low-emission Mercedes‑Benz Citaro buses. It is the largest single order ever for Europe’s best-selling city bus. At almost the same time, BVG also ordered 15 fully-electric eCitaro buses.

https://insideevs.com/mercedes-benz-ecitaro-berlin/

TESLA'S MUSK POKES FUN AT RAM TRUCKS 'PUNY' TOWING ABILITY

  • Dodge Ram Owner @RamLover69 You would still be physically fatigued if you tried to haul 12,000 lbs of steel beams like I do every day with my Dodge Ram, 2019s motor trend truck of the year.

  • @elonmusk 12,000 lbs!? How puny. Do you construct children’s toys?

SEAT ELECTRIC STRATEGY INCLUDSE SIX ELECTRIC

  • The electric version of the Mii and el-Born will be the brand’s first two fully electric models, while the new generation Leon and the Tarraco will feature a plug-in hybrid version. Furthermore, the CUPRA Leon and the CUPRA Formentor will also have a plug-in hybrid variant. SEAT President Luca de Meo also announced today at the company’s annual media conference that the CUPRA Formentor, the new CUV that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, will be built at the Martorell factory.
  • For the first time in the history of the company, SEAT will develop a new vehicle platform in collaboration with the Volkswagen brand, a smaller version of the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) on which multiple vehicles of the size of around four metres in length by different brands, SEAT among them, will be made. The goal of the new platform is to develop affordable electric vehicles, with an entry level price below 20,000 euros. More than 300 highly skilled engineers will be participating in this project in Spain.

https://www.seat-mediacenter.com/newspage/allnews/company/2019/SEAT-will-launch-six-electric-and-plug-in-hybrid-models-and-develop-a-new-platform-in-Spain-for-electric-vehicles.html

GAC AION S IS EQUIPPED WITH 58.8 KWH CATL NCM 811 BATTERY

  • "The GAC New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. (GAC NE), the newest arm of GAC, recently announced specifications for the upcoming Aion S all-electric sedan, scheduled for market launch in China in May 2019." reports Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: "The car, which was by GAC compared to the Tesla Model 3, is equipped with the latest NCM 811 battery cells supplied by CATL. The total capacity is 58.8 kWh, which should be enough for 510 km (317 miles) under NEDC. In the real world, we would expect more than 350 km (218 miles) of range."

https://insideevs.com/gac-aion-s-58-8-kwh-catl-ncm-811-battery/

RENAULT SEEKS MERGER WITH NISSAN AND FCA

  • Partnerships among the world’s automakers appear to be increasing, be it a win-win collaboration on technology or a full-blown merger. The latest report from Automotive News Europe suggests the latter, this time between Renault and Nissan that would eventually include Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as well. The information comes from a report in Financial Times (subscription required) that cites anonymous sources allegedly in the know about the deal on both sides of the fence." according to Motor1.com: "During the tenure of FCA’s former boss Sergio Marchionne, there were more than a few rumors regarding mergers and purchases, primarily with Chinese automakers. This new report speaks of a freshly merged Renault-Nissan company seeking to acquire FCA as well, ultimately creating a large corporation with enough clout to compete with the likes of Toyota and Volkswagen. In this scenario from Finacial Times, a Renault-Nissan alliance would go after FCA within 12 months"

https://www.motor1.com/news/315686/renault-seeks-merger-nissan-fca/

And finally thanks to Fredrik who sent me a link to a site which tracks the VIN numbers and registrations in Norway...

Stats for Audi E-tron

Total registered this month:      616

Total registered this year:          734

Total registered:                       741

https://www.itanywhere.no/E-reg.php?car=Audi%20E-tron&fbclid=IwAR0jIjpKDWRVxXWDg2sSGXKd1-gUQ8Se9LCgLuxPUe1Y-HH9QRqOhHepo_A

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Rank #18: 11 Apr 2019 | New EV Tax Credit Proposed, Kona Price Increase and Infiniti To Launch First Electric Car

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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 #19: 25 June 2019 | BMW Make Major EV Announcement, Lightyear One Solar-Powered Prototype and LEAF e+ Gets UK Pricing

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 25th June 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.          

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BMW VOWS TO REV UP ELECTRIC CAR ROLLOUT

"German high-end carmaker BMW said Tuesday it would accelerate its plans to build new electric models, as the whole industry comes under pressure to meet strict emissions regulations.: said Yahoo News today: "The Munich-based manufacturer will offer 25 electrified vehicles in 2023, "two years earlier than originally planned," chief executive Harald Krueger said in a statement. Of those, more than half will be all-electric while the remainder will be hybrids, BMW said."

Meanwhile Motor1.com says: "It’s a big day at BMW. Today the company is hosting the NextGen Conference at its headquarters in Germany. There, the Vision M Next concept (which could make it to production), 5 Series experimental electric vehicle, and E-Box electric motorcycle debuted. But there's still more news coming out of Munich. BMW Chief of Engineering, Klaus Frohlich, in a roundtable interview with journalists, including Senior Editor Jeff Perez, says BMW's M division is betting big on battery power. The company will introduce plug-in hybrid M performance vehicles in the near future."

"The BMW M Next concept is unquestionably the highlight of the company's big "Next" conference. It looks like a modern M1 and has a 600 horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain, so how could it not? Yet BMW also revealed something with an even more powerful and potentially more interesting powertrain, and it was wrapped up in a current BMW 5 Series body." writes Autoblog: "There are a couple other interesting tidbits about Project BEV, such as the fact that BMW got everything packaged into the 5 Series without taking up passenger space. That's seriously impressive that BMW could get three motors and their accompanying batteries, cooling equipment and more stuffed into a production car that was never designed for it in the first place."

And finally via Automotive News Europe: This year, the automaker will start production of the electric Mini at its plant in Oxford, England. This will be followed in 2020 by the electric BMW iX3 midsize SUV, to be built in Shenyang, China, for global markets. Following in 2021 will be the iNEXT crossover, which will be made in Dingolfing, Germany, and the i4 midsize sedan, set to be assembled in Munich. BMW currently offers plug-in hybrid versions of the 3- and 7-series sedans and X3 and X5 crossovers. This summer, the company will release plug-in hybrid versions of the 5 series and 2-series Active Tourer with next-generation technology and a longer electric range. These will be followed next year by the X1 and 3-series Touring plug-in hybrids."

https://news.yahoo.com/bmw-vows-rev-electric-car-rollout-083048012.html

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/06/25/bmw-5-series-711-horsepower-electric-monster/

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/bmw-plug-hybrids-automatically-switch-ev-mode-2020

THE LIGHTYEAR ONE IS A SOLAR-POWERED CAR WITH AN EYE-WATERING PRICE

"Dutch clean mobility company Lightyear today debuted its long-range prototype, the Lightyear One, with a range of 725 km (450 miles) and a small battery that can be charged directly via sunlight, or from conventional charging stations." reports Engadget: "The idea is that you could take the car on long roadtrips because it isn't dependent on charging infrastructure the way that traditional electric vehicles like Teslas are. The solar panels add an additional charge of up to 12 km/hour (7.5 miles/hour)."

"The reservation fee for one of the first 500 cars is a hefty €119,000, equivalent to $135,000, and delivery isn't expected until 2021. This makes the Lightyear more of a purchasable concept than a production vehicle. But if you've got a spare few hundred thousand dollars lying around and you want to help Lightyear publicly test their first production car, now you have another option for environmentally friendly transport."

the Verge says: "It will support up to 60kW of fast charging, giving it 507 km of range per hour of charge. The car has a total of four electric motors, which will allow it to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmh in 10 seconds. Lightyear was founded by a group of former University of Eindhoven students who won the World Solar Challenge race with their “Stella” solar cars."

Lightyear Says: "“Unlike conventional solar panels, our cells function independently. This means that even if part of the roof or hood is in shadow, the other cells continue to efficiently collect solar energy. In fact, our solar cells provide about 20% more energy than traditional ones.”

https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/25/solar-powered-car-lightyear-one/

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TESLA TO OFFER COLLISION REPAIR AT SERVICE CENTERS AND THROUGH MOBILE SERVICE

"Tesla’s Mobile Service and Service Centers are now performing on-site and in-house collision repairs to include paint scuffs, scratches, minor dents, and bolt-on replacements such as bumpers, fenders, doors, and side mirrors. Moving to expand repairs done directly by Tesla ensures quality work, quick service, and transparent pricing for owners of its all-electric vehicles." according to Teslarati: "These latest options can be scheduled using the Tesla app via the “Collision Repair” option under the Service menu."

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-collision-repair-bodyshop-mobile-service-centers/

THE NEW LOTUS ELECTRIC HYPERCAR COULD BE CALLED 'EVIJA'

"When Lotus first unveiled its plans for an all-new, all-electric hypercar back in April, code named Type 130, a good number of you balked at the name. Don’t expect that to stick around, though. The car will almost certainly bear a name-name, and it could very well be the Lotus Evija." says Jalopnik: "The Lotus Evija makes sense, too, as all of Lotus’s cars have begun with the letter “E” since 1956, according to Auto Express. Examples include the Esprit, Evora, Elise, Exige and Elan. "

https://jalopnik.com/the-new-lotus-electric-hypercar-could-be-called-evija-1835834459

2019 NISSAN LEAF E+ PRICED FROM £35,895 IN THE UK

Prices for the new range-topping Nissan LEAF e+ Tekna start from £35,895, including the £3,500 Government Grant.

With the Nissan LEAF e+, the newly-developed 62kWh battery pack offers 55% more capacity and approximately 25% improvement in energy density while retaining a similar shape and size to the 40kWh LEAF battery pack.

This has given the LEAF e+ a significantly increased driving range of up to 239 miles (WLTP combined mode) on a single battery charge.

Nissan PR says: "Fine-tuned since the launch of the original LEAF in 2011, an internal thermal management system is also installed in every LEAF, ensuring that fast charging performance is optimised for specific driving conditions. The system also ensures that the quality and longevity of the battery is maximised, giving customers peace of mind and high levels of performance"

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