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  • Show #787

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 23rd May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    JAY LENO DRIVES THE TESLA CYBERTRUCK, MUSK RIDES SHOTGUN

    "The newest season of Jay Leno's Garage has started on May 20, 2020 and if you've been keeping updated with the beat, one of the cars that will be featured on the show is the Tesla Cybertruck." Says Motor1.com: "When asked what will be changed in the production-spec, Musk said that they may have made the show car a bit bigger than what's intended. The real thing will be smaller by five percent, although Musk has confirmed that the proportions will be the same. This kind of contradicts with Musk's tweet before, saying that the Cybertruck's width will be closer to 82 inches instead of 80 inches. But then again, we'll never know the actual measurement until the production version becomes a reality, so let's take this with a sprinkle of salt."

    @elonmusk: “Reviewed [the Cybertruck] design with Franz last night. Even 3% smaller is too small. It will be pretty much this size [referring to the prototype].”

    @elonmusk: “We’ll probably do a smaller, tight world truck at some point.”

    https://www.motor1.com/news/424922/tesla-cybertruck-jay-leno-musk/

    TRITIUM LAUNCHES WORLD-FIRST “PLUG AND CHARGE” TECHNOLOGY

    "Tritium, a leader in electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging technology, has launched its game-changing Plug and Charge solution, the first of its kind in the world available to the market." Says RenewableEnergyMagazine: "The technology, leveraging the ISO15118 standard, enables an electric vehicle and charger to communicate seamlessly and authorize payments directly from the driver’s account, without the need for a card or RFID tag. The Tritium offering is the first to market and is available immediately for charge point operators to deploy on Tritium’s PK350kW DC High Power Chargers. The technology promises to reshape the customer experience for the driver and enable the once-siloed approach to charging payments to be broken down with disparate charging networks able to interoperate. Drivers will be able to approach a charger, regardless of the charging network operator, and their charge session will be automatically and securely billed from the moment the charger plug connects to the vehicle."

    James Kennedy, chief technology officer and co-founder, Tritium: "“Right now, EV drivers approaching an EV charger will likely have to sign up for that network’s system to access it and pay for the charging session, adding unnecessary time to the experience and siloing charger networks; even accounting for the ability to pay by credit card at some chargers this is wildly inconvenient,” he said. “With Plug and Charge, you’ll be able to plug the charger into the vehicle and it just charges, from your battery to your account.”

    https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/electric_hybrid_vehicles/tritium-launches-worldfirst-a-plug-and-chargea-20200522

    TESLA NEXT-GEN ROADSTER’S SPACEX THRUSTERS

    "Standing by the flagship supercar and the newly-released Model Y crossover, Musk and Leno were recently featured in a promo video talking about the next-generation Roadster. Leno, for one, noted that sometimes, Musk’s ideas are so out of this world that he can’t really tell if the CEO is joking or not. Musk responded that when it comes to the Roadster’s rocket thrusters, he actually is serious. He then described exactly how the “main” thruster of the next-generation Roadster works." Says Teslarati.

    “We’re gonna use ultra high pressure compressed air. It’s a cold gas thruster. The main thruster will be behind the license plate. So for acceleration, it drops the license plate, and behind the license plate is a rocket thruster. It’s like full-on James Bond,” Musk said.

    https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-roadster-space-thruster-details-elon-musk-video/

    JAGUAR-LAND ROVER WILL BUILD ELECTRIFIED SVO PERFORMANCE MODELS

    "Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations make the group’s highest performance and most exclusive models, none of which have been electric thus far. However, that will reportedly change as JLR intends to launch SV-branded plug-in hybrids and full EVs in the near future." Says Yahoo News: "Apparently, the reason why the i-Pace won’t be given the SVO treatment has to do with the fact that it sits on a bespoke platform designed specially for it and one that won’t be used to underpin any other vehicle. Yet what this means instead is there will be a hot version of the upcoming XJ saloon, which will be a direct rival to the AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz EQS."

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/jaguar-land-rover-build-electrified-114000590.html

    ELECTRIC CARS ARE ABOUT TO START ROLLING OUT OF THE ARIZONA DESERT

    "Through a series of logistical maneuvers, help from parts suppliers and a bit of good fortune, Lucid executives say they’ve been able to move forward with installation of critical assembly-line equipment such as robotic arms and precision tools including stamping presses and jigs." Reports Bloomberg: "A big contribution of good karma has come from location. Arizona did not prohibit construction work along with much of the rest of the U.S. starting in March. After completing the steel structure in February, Lucid finished the exterior walls and roofing and recently has taken delivery of production equipment from suppliers including Hokuto, a parts-mounting device maker. Equipment manufacturers based in Asia were quick to reopen after Japan, China and South Korea allowed businesses to resume operations. While the initial production volume the company is targeting is in the tens of thousands, the plant has been designed to eventually make as many as 380,000 vehicles. That’s more than the roughly 367,500 vehicles Tesla delivered last year, all of which were built at its plant in California."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-22/electric-cars-are-about-to-start-rolling-out-of-the-arizona-desert

    CONNECTED EVS COULD HELP POWER THE GRID: CALIFORNIA UTILITY STUDIES HOW

    "Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to launch a demonstration project for "vehicle-to-grid" or "V2G" technology, in which vehicles both charge and discharge power to the grid. More than 200,000 electric cars are currently on the road in SCE's service area, and 700,000 in the entire state of California, a press release from the utility said. A car with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack—the size pack used in the Tesla Model S and Model X—could power an average California household for nearly a week, according to SCE." Says Green Car Reports: "The demonstration project aims to see if V2G could lower customers' electric bills in exchange from energy supplied from their cars while connected to the grid. The project will also look at standardization of equipment needed to connect cars to the grid."

    https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1128252_connected-evs-could-help-power-the-grid-california-utility-studies-how

    SOLAR ENERGY FARMS COULD OFFER SECOND LIFE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERIES

    "As electric vehicles rapidly grow in popularity worldwide, there will soon be a wave of used batteries whose performance is no longer sufficient for vehicles that need reliable acceleration and range. But a new study shows that these batteries could still have a useful and profitable second life as backup storage for grid-scale solar photovoltaic installations, where they could perform for more than a decade in this less demanding role." According to ScienceBlog: "The study, published in the journal Applied Energy, was carried out by six current and former MIT researchers. A recent report from McKinsey Corp. shows that as demand for backup storage for renewable energy projects grows between now and 2030, second use EV batteries could potentially meet half of that demand, Mathews says. Some EV companies, he says, including Rivian, founded by an MIT alumnus, are already designing their battery packs specifically to make this end-of-life repurposing as easy as possible."

    https://scienceblog.com/516548/solar-energy-farms-could-offer-second-life-for-electric-vehicle-batteries/

    RENAULT LAUNCHES ZITY ELECTRIC CAR SHARING SERVICE IN PARIS

    Groupe Renault continues the operational deployment of the ZITY electric car-sharing service in Paris. From May 20th, a fleet of 500 100% electric Renault ZOE cars is available to Parisians on a self-service basis.

    The launch of this service, announced in March and suspended due to containment measures, is being carried out in accordance with the recommendations defined in the national sanitary protocol for exiting containment defined by the Ministry of Transport.

    Thanks to the ZITY mobile application, users can view on a map, at any time of the day or night, the vehicle closest to their position. Reservation is instantaneous and the vehicle is unlocked via the application. To end the rental, the vehicle must be parked in Paris, on any public square above ground and locked.

    A guaranteed battery level displayed thanks to the on-board technology in the Renault ZOE ZITY allows all the information on the dashboard, including the battery level, to be displayed in real time. Below the minimum required level, the vehicle is no longer available for hire and is quickly recharged by the ZITY teams.

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  • Show #785

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 22nd May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story 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.

    VW ID RANGE ONLY THE BE SOLD ONLINE

    "Volkswagen has announced that 100% of its retail partners have agreed to a new Tesla-like online sales model in Germany for its upcoming electric vehicle line, which starts with the ID.3." says Joey for Teslarati: "customers could buy directly from Volkswagen straight from their computer or smartphone. Meanwhile, dealers will continue to remain involved in the sales process through modes of “personalized customer care and local services.” After ordering their Volkswagen ID electric vehicle through the company’s website, buyers will then choose a preferred dealer that will take care of any needs they may require throughout the life of their car, like inspections, maintenance, or service. Dealers technically assume the role of a traditional vehicle sales representative, Volkswagen said. “They look after acquisition, sales consultation, organizing test drives, transaction processing and vehicle handover in coordination with Volkswagen,” the company added. The inclusion of the new online mode of ordering a VW electric vehicle helps customers save money because the manufacturer assumes responsibility for vehicle financing, residual value risk, and inventory costs. Some of these fees are included when buying a car from a dealership, which can add hundreds of extra dollars simply because the dealership is storing the vehicle on the lot."

    https://www.teslarati.com/volkswagen-id3-tesla-inspired-online-sales-model/

    SVOLT UNVEILED ITS NEW COBALT-FREE BATTERY CELL

    "In an online presentation SVOLT gave us more information about its NMx cobalt-free battery cell that’ll arrive next year. This long cobalt-free battery cell from SVOLT is specially made to be used in battery packs assembled with the CTP (cell-to-pack) technology. With the CTP technology instead of having battery cells inside modules, then modules inside battery packs, we remove modules altogether. We end up with long prismatic battery cells connected in series that are put in an array and then inserted into a battery pack, making it as simple as it can be." Says PushEVs: "This high-voltage battery cell has a nominal voltage around 4,7 V and can be charged at 5 V, which makes possible to assemble simpler battery packs with fewer cells. Only 80 cells in series are needed to reach 400 V, or 160 cells in series to reach 800 V."

    In the comments, from Dr Max Holland: "The SVolt presentation made good points around need to minimize cobalt, which industry insiders are already well aware of. However, high grade Nickel also needs to ramp up mineral supply volume in the coming 5 years, and sometimes sees disruptive price spikes. Arguably only LFP is truly free from these kinds of mineral supply constraints, but the overall industry will benefit from having wide variety of chemistries / pathways, and some degree of substitutability between minerals, so that no one mineral can become a bottleneck/pain point. I empathize with SVolt – seeing Tesla, CATL, and BYD getting a large share of the battery headlines recently. If SVolt also have an efficient zero-cobalt approach, and innovative CTP designs, that’s good, and I can understand they want to announce it. They are also emphasizing greater thermal stability, which is sometimes a headlining topic in the China NEV market."

    https://pushevs.com/2020/05/21/svolt-unveiled-its-new-cobalt-free-battery-cell/

    KIA DESIGN BOSS HINTS AT AN ELECTRIC VERSION OF THE STINGER

    "We return to the much-scrutinized Kia Stinger, the critically acclaimed but slow-selling performance sedan whose future is the subject of intense speculation. Thanks to an interview in Top Gear with the head of Kia design, Karim Habib, we now have not only official confirmation that the four-door fastback is getting a mid-cycle refresh, but also some hints about how the model might stick around by evolving." Reports Autoblog: "In the interview, Habib said he hopes that the “spirit of the Stinger” remains as the Kia brand evolves. “As the technology goes toward EVs and as the world and its appetite for these types of cars changes, the concept probably has to evolve as well,” he said."

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/21/kia-stinger-electric-car-hinted/

    WORK HAS BEGUN AT MIRAFIORI ON THE FCA-ENGIE EPS VEHICLE-TO-GRID PILOT PROJECT

    The COVID-19 outbreak has not put a stop to the cooperation between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and ENGIE Eps (Paris:EPS), nor to their commitment to support the deployment of electric mobility. Since the announcement with Terna in September of the intention to jointly experiment with interactions between electric cars and the power grid, based on a “smart” charging infrastructure, FCA has selected ENGIE Eps as the technology partner for the project, to build that infrastructure. Work has therefore begun at the FCA plant in Mirafiori, Turin on the first phase of the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) pilot project. Once fully completed, it will be the largest plant of its kind in the world.

    https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200520005296/en/Work-Begun-Mirafiori-FCA-ENGIE-EPS-Vehicle-to-grid-Pilot

    TESLA CHINA VP: GIGAFACTORY 3 ON TRACK FOR 4,000 CAR PER WEEK IN JUNE

    "China-based Xinhua News Agency interviewed Tao Lin, Vice President of Tesla China Foreign Affairs. The interview was posted on Xinhuanet in Chinese. We translated it via Google. Lin told reporters that the factory in China is recovering well after the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the situation went so smoothly that Tesla is using it as a model for reopening its U.S. factory in Fremont, CA." According to InsideEVs: "With the first phase of factory construction complete and operational, manufacturing capacity at the plant is estimated at about 150,000 units per year. However, Lin says, in the next few weeks – by June – Model 3 production will hit a target of 4,000 units per week."

    https://insideevs.com/news/424555/tesla-china-4000-week-june-model-y-soon/

    TESLA’S MODEL 3 INCLUDES V2G CAPABILITY…OR DOES IT?

    "In a recent filing with the Texas electric utility commission, Tesla seemed to relegate V2G to the list of future projects, implying that EV adoption had not yet reached the necessary scale, and that vehicle owners might not buy in to the technology. However, Tesla does have a history of building in future-oriented hardware features, and keeping mum about them until it’s ready to implement them. So it sounded plausible when Electrek reported that an electrical engineer had discovered an unannounced bidirectional charging capability in Model 3" reports Charles for Charged EVs: "Phil Sadow (aka Ingineerix), challenged Gaxiola’s conclusions in a video. “I don’t believe that’s the case,” says Sadow. He has identified some components on the circuit board in question as diodes, which of course allow current to flow only in one direction. Electric Revs has spoken with Gaxiola, who now admits that he may have been mistaken."

    https://chargedevs.com/newswire/are-teslas-models-3-and-y-already-capable-of-bidirectional-charging/

    TESLA MODEL 3 LOSES ITS GLASS ROOF IN CONVERTIBLE CONVERSION YOU CAN BUY

    "Newport Convertible Engineering has the Tesla Model 3 convertible conversion for you." Says Autoblog: " takes the company about 2-3 months to complete the conversion. NCE strips the interior, restructures, reinforces and cuts the body, adds the convertible structure and then finally tests it for water leakage. The basic conversion with a manual-folding top is $29,500, according to information obtained by Motor Trend. If you want a power top, it’ll be $39,500. We've since confirmed both figures. From the looks of it, NCE removes the roof, but keeps the B-pillars in place, connecting them with a roll hoop of sorts."

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/21/tesla-model-3-convertible-conversion/

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  • Show #785

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 21st May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    MAZDA STARTS PRODUCTION OF MX-30 EV

    "On 19 May 2020, Mazda officially started production of its first all-electric model, the Mazda MX-30, which is expected to enter the European market in Autumn 2020 (early 2021 in the UK). There is no word about the market launch in the U.S." says Motor1.com: "This new compact crossover/SUV, equipped with e-Skyactiv drive, is produced at the Ujina plant No. 1 in Hiroshima, Japan. The initial First Edition version will be very well equipped, including: "a windscreen projecting head-up display, 8-way electric adjustable drivers’ seat, a colour 7-inch TFT dial display, a leather wrapped steering wheel and chrome trim accents." In Germany the price starts from €33,490 with 19% VAT, without subsidies, while in the UK it's £26,995 including £3,000 grant. With a relatively small 35.5 kWh battery, the Mazda MX-30 will have a range of about 124 miles (200 km) WLTP, which should be enough for some applications, but for sure not enough for the mainstream market. Mazda explains that the capacity is an optimum balance between the range and CO2 emissions from an LCA (Life-Cycle Assessment) perspective."

    200 km (124 miles) of WLTP range

    energy consumption of 19 kWh/100 km (62 miles) WLTP

    35.5 kWh battery pack (prismatic cells, total nominal voltage of 355 V)

    0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.7 seconds

    top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)

    front-wheel drive (e-SKYACTIV powertrain)

    AC synchronous motor: 107 kW (143 bhp) and 271 Nm

    AC charging using 6.6 kW on-board charger

    DC fast charging (CCS Combo) by 80% in 40 minutes (up to 50 kW)

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mazda-starts-production-mx-30-182000179.html

    FIRST SHANGHAI-MADE TESLA MODEL 3 LONG RANGE DELIVERED TODAY

    "The news emerged from Chinese website The Paper. The Shanghai-made Tesla Model 3 Long Range is currently available in rear-wheel drive (RWD), and differs from the import Tesla Model 3s with distinctive Chinese badging (see image above). It has a 202 kW (281 hp) rear motor and a 77 kWh battery — fairly identical specs to the original US Model 3 Long Range RWD variant offered back in 2017–2018, but since discontinued. " writes CleanTechnica: "The current price of the Tesla Model 3 Long Range in China starts at 344,000 RMB (around ~$48,000) after subsidies, as per Tesla’s website. The entry level Shanghai-made Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is priced from 272,550 RMB (~ $38,000) after subsidies. In related news, Tesla Shanghai is also on track to lift production volume to 4,000 Model 3s per week as soon as next month (June 2020). Model Y is planned to be ready for production in Shanghai from Q1 2021"

    https://cleantechnica.com/2020/05/20/breaking-first-shanghai-made-tesla-model-3-long-range-delivered-today/

    GMC TEASES HUMMER EV'S REMOVABLE ROOF PANELS

    "Today was supposed to be the day that GM took the wraps off its GMC Hummer EV. We were told as much during the Super Bowl commercial, but GM revised it to an undecided future date, citing the coronavirus as the reason. Instead of the big reveal, we have a teaser. " says Autoblog: "The Hummer EV is going to feature removable roof panels, and now we get a better look at them. There are four roof panels and a front T-bar that come out of the truck. You can see what that looks like in the video at the top of this post. Comparisons to Jeep are obvious as the open-air experience is likely similar to the Gladiator and Wrangler with their hardtop roof panels removed."

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/20/gmc-hummer-ev-teaser-roof/

    NORTHVOLT AND VATTENFALL PARTNER ON MODULAR ZERO-EMISSION POWER OPTION OFFERING

    Northvolt and Vattenfall have announced a new battery energy storage solution that could provide a zero-emission alternative to running diesel generators on remote mine sites.

    The Voltpack Mobile System is a rugged, highly modular lithium-ion battery system that can serve as a modular power supply solution to meet energy and power requirements of a wide variety of market scenarios, the companies said. Vattenfall will be the first to offer the battery unit to the market and has identified the need for sustainable solutions at industries, for microgrids, construction sites as well as for event organisers, the companies said. Voltpack Mobile System delivers up to 250 kW with a scalable capacity from 245 kWh to 1,225 kWh of available energy, according to the companies. Prime applications include powering remote electricity grids, reinforcing weak grids, supporting electric vehicle charging and delivering grid services such as balancing power, flexibility, or other ancillary services, they said.

    GM BATTERY CHIEF: 600-MILE EVS VIABLE, MILLION-MILE BATTERY IN SIGHT

    "Beyond a no-cameras showing in early March to analysts, dealers, and invited press, General Motors still hasn’t provided a first look at its next-generation electric vehicles—including the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq that are both due to go on sale before the end of 2021. " says Green Car Reports: "And as a new joint venture between GM and LG Chem, called Ultium Cells LLC, officially started clearing ground Tuesday for an Ohio battery factory that will supply the power packs for these upcoming electric vehicles, Tim Grewe, GM’s global electrification and battery systems director, was already eager to talk about what developments might arrive a few years after the plant ramps up. The cells the new facility will make are large-format pouch cells, following a NCMA (nickel cobalt manganese aluminum) chemistry that was developed within GM. Compared to existing NCM cells, they’re lower in cobalt content but add aluminum to the cathode structure for longer life.

    He said: This is a giant leap forward on the road to low-cost batteries, and actually keeping the performance and keeping the range. We’ve reduced the cobalt content in these batteries that’s 70% compared to what’s in our Bolt EV today.One cell is used across all of our applications, all of our vehicles ensure that we can take the benefits of manufacturing scale and quality. So you can kind of think of it as 100-amp hours, which is a big number. It’s about the same as 20 small cylindrical cells that you may be familiar with. Instead of rolling those electrodes up and putting them individual cans, we lay them flat. And with that flatness, we then very securely weld them with robust joints, to have a long, single pouch. The beauty of the pouch cell is you have a plus side and a minus side, and you have two tabs that are connected or welded together with the electrodes. There’s 20 plus and minuses stacked together in that pouch. And so it was a fundamental strategy to say, well, how can you disassemble that and not have the cathode and the anode mixed together where you have to do some chemical process to separate those? You can disassemble this pouch cell very easily. You take the two tabs, and you pull apart. And your cathode is in your right hand, and your anode is in your left hand. And now you enabled low-cost recycling."

    https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1128221_gm-battery-chief-600-mile-evs-viable-million-mile-battery-in-sight

    EU COMMISSION CONSIDERS 100 BILLION EURO TRANSPORT PACKAGE

    "The EU Commission has apparently drawn up initial proposals for an economic and climate protection package in the transport sector worth up to 100 billion euros. Among other things, a purchase premium for ‘cleaner cars’ is planned. It is still disputed, however, which cars should be included." Reports Elective: "such a purchase premium could be financed with up to 20 billion euros over the next two years – from funds of two already existing EU programmes, i.e. not directly from the reconstruction packages currently under discussion. There are opposing opinions on what exactly constitutes clean cars. Apparently, under certain circumstances, consideration is being given to promoting cars that exceed the European limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre."

    https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/20/eu-commission-considers-100-billion-euro-transport-package/

    MOTORSPORT UK ANNOUNCES NEW ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE REGULATIONS

    "Full Electrified Vehicle technical and safety regulations have been issued for the first time by Motorsport UK, the country's motorsport governing body." Says Green Car reports: "Motorsport UK reckons it is the first motorsport national governing body to fully develop regulations in this area. The framework caters for all types of electrified vehicle, including full-electric, plug-in hybrid, and conventional hybrid. The regulations will allow Motorsport UK to create new categories for motorsport competition in future. Regulations will allow grassroots-level racing for standard production electric and electrified vehicles to compete unmodified in disciplines that allow standard road cars - for example, Sprint and Hill-climb road car categories, or Autotests and Autosolos."

    https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8914/motorsport-uk-announces-new-electrified-vehicle-regulations/

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  • Show #784

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 20th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    AUDI E-TRON S POSSIBLY SPIED TESTING AT THE NURBURGRING

    "A new spy video shot at the Nürburgring shows what may very well be the E-Tron electric SUV in the hotter specification. While we can’t be entirely sure this is indeed the high-performance version, this would make the most sense since it’s too early for Audi’s Mercedes EQC-rival to start preparing for a mid-cycle update." says Quattrodaily: "Of course, the biggest change has occurred underneath the familiar skin where Audi has added a third electric motor. Mounted at the back, it helps the E-Tron S models hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in four and a half seconds."

    2021 AUDI E-TRON GT SPIED AT PORSCHE'S DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

    "You won’t need a crystal ball to figure out what the swirly camouflage is hiding since the E-Tron GT production model will remain faithful to the concept before it. Audi will be making some changes for the road-going car as the prototypes have conventional door handles and larger side mirrors. The front fascia might eschew the concept’s intricate grille design for something less flashy, but that’s about it." says Motor1.com: "Technical specifications should be quite similar to those of the Taycan, but we’re expecting Ingolstadt’s electric sedan to be a tad cheaper and possibly start at under $100,000. It remains to be seen whether Audi will follow Porsche’s approach by prioritizing the high-end versions before coming out with the lesser models. An official premiere is scheduled to take place towards the end of the year ahead and customer deliveries should commence early 2021. It will compete not just with its sister model from Stuttgart, but also the next-generation Jaguar XJ and the first-ever Mercedes EQS, not to mention the Tesla Model S."

    https://www.motor1.com/photo/4998524/2021-audi-e-tron-gt-spy-photo/

    LIGHTYEAR INKS DEAL FOR PRODUCTION OF LONG-RANGE EV'S SOLAR ROOF

    "Dutch startup Lightyear has secured a supplier for its long-range electric car's solar roof. Royal DSM will partner with Lightyear to scale up production of the roof system. The two companies will also look into solar-roof applications for other cars, as well as vans and buses, Lightyear said in a press release" according to Green Car Reports: "The roof consists of 53 square feet of solar cells protected by double-curved safety glass. Royal DSM will supply a back sheet that moves electrical connections behind the cells, freeing up more space for capturing sunlight. This will also reduce electrical losses, leading to a 3% gain in power output over other designs, the company claims. Lightyear was founded by members of a winning World Solar Challenge team, with the goal of applying solar technology to production electric cars. The Lightyear One electric car is aiming for 450 miles of range on the European WLTP cycle (which tends to be more optimistic than the U.S. EPA testing cycle). While the car does have a battery pack, as well as aerodynamic bodywork, it is designed to rely heavily on the solar roof to achieve that range."

    https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1128169_lightyear-inks-deal-for-production-of-long-range-ev-s-solar-roof

    MUSK ANNOUNCES TESLA'S FULL SELF-DRIVING WILL COST $1000 MORE IN JULY

    "Tesla is raising the price of its "self-driving" option on its electric vehicles worldwide starting with a $1,000 (£820) hike. Founder Elon Musk tweeted that the price "will continue to rise" as its technology improves." according to BBC News: "The self-driving add-on will cost $8,000 when the price rise kicks in on 1 July."

    Elon tweeted: ""The FSD price will continue to rise as the software gets closer to full self-driving capability with regulatory approval," Mr Musk said in a series of tweets on Monday. "[At] that point, the value of FSD is probably somewhere in excess of $100,000.""

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52703767

    PAST PEAK OIL? INDUSTRY HIT BY WEAK DEMAND FINALLY FACES THREAT FROM ELECTRIC CARS

    "Oil companies may be facing uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic triggers a collapse in demand for their products, but automakers are betting the crisis will help accelerate an electric future. With economies reeling from lockdowns to curb the virus, the sharpest plunge in oil prices in two decades has slashed the cost of filling up a tank of gas, eroding some of the incentive to make the switch to cleaner fuels." writes Autoblog: "Looking ahead, cuts in capital spending forced upon energy companies as their revenues crumble could tighten supply enough to cause a spike in oil prices, making electric vehicles more attractive just as automakers ramp up production, analysts say.With fuel for road transport accounting for about half of all oil demand, the possibility of a faster-than-expected switch to EVs in the wake of the pandemic is one of the main reasons some forecasts for a peak have been brought forward. Global oil demand hit a record of just over 100 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2019."

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/19/peak-oil-demand-wanes-electric-vehicles-rise/

    RENAULT-NISSAN-MITSUBISHI TO UNVEIL STRATEGIC PLAN

    "Automakers Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi may unveil next week a new strategic plan to boost synergies and repair their troubled alliance as the coronavirus pandemic lashes the industry." according to the Economic Times. While Automotive NEws thinks that Nissan could be slowly backing out of Europe: "Europe accounts for only about one-tenth of Nissan's global business by volume and has "little prospects for growth and profitability," as one insider put it. Under the new working relationship with Renault, Nissan would take the lead in Europe on crossovers and SUVs, which the sources said would be available in gasoline engine, hybrid and full-electric versions. It would operate as a "follower" in commercial vans and small city cars, using versions of vehicles produced by Renault. The arrangement would allow the two partners to share technologies and manufacturing capacity, while keeping advanced technology and product development separate from each other to "keep our design, engineering and brands distinctive from each other," one of the sources said. However, the company is keen to maintain a presence in the region, albeit a reduced one."

    https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/nissans-survival-plan-europe-suvs-and-sharing-renault

    NEW STANDARDS RELEASED FOR ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES

    "China released mandatory safety regulations related to electric vehicles, batteries and electric buses on Tuesday, which analysts say will help improve the industry's manufacturing standards and relieve customer safety concerns." reports China Daily: "They emphasize the electrical safety and functional safety requirements and increase the requirements for thermal event alarm signaling in battery systems, which should provide drivers and passengers with adequate safety warnings. The standards also put higher requirements on battery safety, and emphasize an improvement in battery system tests covering thermal diffusion, external fire, mechanical shock, simulated collision and humidity cycling, external short circuit, and overheating. It specifies batteries must be able to withstand at least five minutes of overheating without causing a fire or explosion, allowing drivers and passengers sufficient time to get out of the vehicle."

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    UK’S FIRST CAR BATTERY ‘GIGAFACTORY’ TO BE BUILT BY TWO STARTUPS

    "Two British startups have announced plans to invest as much as £4bn in building the UK’s first large-scale battery factory, in a move that could prove a major boost to the country’s struggling car industry." writes The Guardian today: "AMTE Power and Britishvolt have signed a memorandum of understanding saying they will work together on plans for a plant to make lithium ion batteries. Lars Carlstrom, the chief executive of Britishvolt, said the companies had an ambition to build facilities producing batteries with capacity of as much as 30 gigawatt hours (GWh) a year, which would be roughly equivalent to the joint Tesla-Panasonic Gigafactory in Nevada. A factory of that size would create as many as 4,000 jobs, he said. The government-backed Faraday Institution estimates 130 GWh of annual capacity will be required by 2040 if the UK is to retain a large automotive sector."

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/20/uk-first-car-battery-gigafactory-amte-power-britishvolt?CMP=share_btn_tw

    XPENG'S P7 LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT WITH A SYNCHRONIZED MUSIC & LIGHT SHOW

    "Xpeng Motors has already begun taking orders for their highly anticipated long-range sports sedan, the P7. With customer deliveries set to begin in June, Xpeng is showing off a special feature that the P7 will have; a synchronized light and music show." writers TOm Moloughney for InsideEVs: "The P7 has a strip of LED lights that extend across the entire front of the vehicle. Using those LEDs, as well as the lower driving lights, the vehicle performs a virtual "dance", similar to the Tesla Model X's light show. Initially, when P7 deliveries begin next month, the vehicle will come with a couple of simple lighting modes. However, Xpeng is going to use OTA updates to add more complex songs and light shows for the owners to select from"

    https://insideevs.com/news/423962/xpeng-p7-programmable-light-show/

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    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 18th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    TESLA GIGAFACTORY 1 COULD GROW AS PARTNER PANASONIC REPORTS MORE PROFITS

    "Not only did Tesla pull a profit in the first quarter of 2020, but its battery partner Panasonic said on Monday its battery business recorded earnings in the black, too, for the second time. Now, Gigafactory 1, based in Nevada, could see an expansion." says Roadshow by CNET: "Panasonic Chief Financial Officer Hirokazu Umeda specifically said the company was "in discussions right now" to expand work at the facility. Although the company is no longer Tesla's exclusive battery provider (the company works with LG Chem in China), the partnership has blossomed in recent years and recorded two profitable quarters. Umeda mentioned demand is beyond the current capacity of 35 gigawatts per year."

    And from that Reuters report, they say: "Umeda hinted that Panasonic has been developing new batteries with Tesla. “We will be working to improve materials and technologies throughout this financial year,” he said. The Tesla battery business provided a bright spot in Panasonic’s otherwise grim earnings, hit by plant closures and supply chain disruptions for its laptops, washing machines, automotive components and factory equipment. Panasonic has decided to exit solar cell production at Tesla’s New York plant this year. It also decided not to build a new battery plant for Tesla in China. The U.S. car maker has entered into partnerships with South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd (051910.KS) and China’s CATL"

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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-panasonic-results-idUSKBN22U0MF

    ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES TO FALL 18% IN 2020

    "Sales of electric passenger vehicles are forecast to fall 18% in 2020, to 1.7 million worldwide – with the coronavirus crisis interrupting ten successive years of strong growth." according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance: "However, sales of combustion engine cars are set to drop even faster this year (by 23%), and the long-term electrification of transport is projected to accelerate in the years ahead. BNEF’s analysis suggests that global sales of internal combustion engine, or ICE, cars peaked in 2017 and will continue their long-term decline after a temporary post-crisis recovery. For the first time, BNEF sees overall new passenger vehicle sales peaking in 2036 as changing global demographics, increasing urbanization and more shared mobility outweigh the effects of economic development – though the fleet size keeps growing. Electric models are seen accounting for 3% of global car sales in 2020, rising to 7% in 2023, at some 5.4 million units."

    https://bnef.turtl.co/story/evo-2020/

    AS COVID-19 HITS ELECTRIC VEHICLES, SOME THRIVE, OTHERS DIE

    And quoting the BNEF report, Bloomberg today looked at which countries will drive EV adoption: "The pandemic ravaged economy is expected to give electric vehicles a boost in China, Europe and countries committed to sparking battery power via financial stimulus and infrastructure spending, In the U.S., electric vehicles sales will shrink to just 1.7% of the personal auto market in 2021. At the same time, the sector will swell to 8.1% of all sales in China, which accounts for the largest share of global EV sales, and 5% of those in Europe, the BNEF report says."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-19/as-covid-19-hits-electric-vehicles-some-thrive-others-die?sref=W369vOBR

    VW PARKS CARS WHEREVER THEY GO

    In an article translated (Google translate!) from German: "Volkswagen , the largest automobile manufacturer in the world, they are currently mainly occupied with parking. The group has had difficulties with software development for quite some time - the electric car ID.3 is therefore pre-produced without a complete operating system, in the hope that the software will be added later when it is finally ready. In the meantime, thousands of ID.3s are parked as soulless cases, partly on the premises of the VW factory in Zwickau, as shown here, partly in a huge parking lot in Saxony, which VW does not like to show to the public. But now the car manufacturer could soon run out of space: Because not only does VW have software problems with the production of the ID.3, but recently also with the good old Golf. Delivery of the Golf 8 had to be stopped because the emergency assistant was not working. Nevertheless, the company wants to continue producing the Golf 8 and simply, exactly, park thousands of cars somewhere until this pretty embarrassing software problem is solved."

    https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/vw-golf-software-problem-1.4911260

    2020 BMW X5 XDRIVE45E REVIEW – THE NEW BEST BUY

    "Because the X5 is one of the best-selling cars it has on sale today and keeping the fleet’s CO2 emissions in check is a tricky ordeal. A hybrid will definitely help out with that, especially considering the tax systems in various countries around the world." says BMWBlog: "The new BMW X5 xDrive45e came with a host of improvements compared to its predecessor. t low speeds it does emit a hum to warn pedestrians, but it would still cause a couple of frowns from people as they probably had no idea BMW has an X5 hybrid. Whereas the old hybrid X5 had a 9.2 kWh battery, the new one can store more than 2.5 times that, being rated for 24 kWh out of which you can use 21 kWh. So that’s a big hike, even though the physical size of the battery didn’t change that much. Keep the pedal glued to the floor and speed just keeps ticking up. This car picks up speed at an alarming rate. It may be a hybrid, 2.5-ton monster but it can move. 0-62 takes just 5.6 seconds and you’ll go all the way up to 250 km/h (155 mph) if you dare."

    https://www.bmwblog.com/2020/05/18/2020-bmw-x5-xdrive45e-review/

    HYUNDAI MOTOR’S EVS A POPULAR CHOICE IN POLICE FLEETS AROUND EUROPE

    "A growing number of police forces around Europe are turning to Hyundai EVs to use in their fleets. Amid growing concerns about inner-city air pollution, zero-emission vehicles such as battery electric (BEV) and fuel cell electric (FCEV) vehicles present an attractive solution for police officers’ mobility needs." says Automotiveworld.com: "Hyundai’s best-selling all-electric SUV Kona Electric is a popular choice for police forces in countries like Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. A year ago, the police force of the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland added 13 Kona Electric models to their fleet – five as police cars and eight as civilian vehicles. In the Netherlands, police forces in Amsterdam, East Netherlands and Central Netherlands are also testing Kona Electric’s suitability as a police cruiser. Its long driving range and fast charging make it an attractive choice for police use. Kona Electrics can be found in the police fleets in Valencia, Spain, in both the 39 kWh and 64 kWh editions. And in the U.K., Sussex Police and North Wales Police already have one Kona Electric each in their fleets. Additionally, Hampshire Police have ordered nine Kona Electric models for their fleet, which will be delivered early next month."

    https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/hyundai-motors-evs-a-popular-choice-in-police-fleets-around-europe/

    KIA E-NIRO VS KIA SOUL EV

    "Now, though, there's an all-new Soul EV, which uses the same 64kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor as its e-Niro sibling. And that raises an important question if you like the idea of a fully electric family SUV: which one is better?" asks WhatCar? "If the moment does take you, you can hustle both cars down a country road at a reasonable lick, but we’d describe their handling as tidy rather than fun. Of the two, it's the e-Niro that's more agile, because it leans less than the taller, marginally more top-heavy-feeling Soul, plus its steering reacts more naturally; the Soul's is quicker but not as progressively weighted, and that takes a bit of getting used to."

    https://www.whatcar.com/news/kia-e-niro-vs-kia-soul-ev/n21450

    MITSUBISHI EXTENDS 10,000 FREE ELECTRIC MILES OFFER ON OUTLANDER PHEV

    "Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has extended its 10,000 Free Green Miles offer for Outlander PHEV buyers until September. Offered in partnership with OVO Energy, the incentive provides drivers of the plug-in hybrid SUV with 10,000 miles worth of free electricity." according to AM Online "Customers will receive a £20.40 credit in their OVO account each month, for 24 months. The deal also includes Polar Plus membership, so Outlander PHEV drivers can charge away from home for free."

    https://www.am-online.com/news/car-manufacturer-news/2020/05/19/mitsubishi-offers-10-000-free-electric-miles-with-outlander-phev

    WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES, BRAND REPUTATION IS NOT A SURE THING

    "When the topic turns to brand reputation and electric vehicles, the case seems easy enough. Zero emission cars make an important contribution to decarbonization, and that reflects nicely on the auto companies who produce them. However, even the simplest of brand calculations can take an unexpected turn when politics are involved." writes TriplePundit: "Officials in Alameda County, California, had been working with Tesla on a May 18 reopening plan for its Fremont facility, but Musk launched a ferocious attack on Twitter demanding an earlier opening. The result was a blinding blitz of free publicity, during which Musk restarted his factory in Fremont, California days before Ford and GM were set to open. If the idea was to re-assert Tesla’s image as a maverick bucking the entrenched industry tide and bureaucrats alike, Musk certainly succeeded on that score. Last week the president tweeted his approval of Musk’s tactics over the Fremont opening, writing that “California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!” If things continue in this vein, it seems that Musk may accomplish the seemingly impossible task of turning Trump voters into Tesla buyers."

    https://www.triplepundit.com/story/2020/electric-vehicles-brand-reputation-not-sure-thing/120316

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  • Show #782

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 18th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    POLESTAR ANNOUNCES FIRST US RETAIL CITIES

    “Polestar will begin by selling its electric performance cars this year in New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In the first half of 2021, its retail footprint will grow to include Boston, Denver, Texas, Washington DC, and Florida regions.” Says electrek: “The all-electric $60,000 Polestar 2 sedan provides 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet torque in an all-wheel-drive configuration. Its 78-kWh battery pack is expected to offer an estimated (albeit optimistic) 275 miles of range. “

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    FORD SAYS THE MUSTANG MACH-E CAN ADD 61 MILES OF RANGE IN 10 MINUTES

    “2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which Ford said Friday can add 61 miles of range in just 10 minutes. That's at a charging rate of 150 kilowatts, available for example at an Electrify America DC high-speed charging station.” Reports Motor Authoirty: “The pace is comparable to what similar sized battery-electric SUVs like the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace deliver, though Tesla's latest V3 Supercharger is claimed by the company to be capable of delivering 75 miles in 5 minutes for the Model 3 thanks to charging at 250 kw.”

    https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1125693_ford-says-the-mustang-mach-e-can-add-61-miles-of-range-in-10-minutes

    VW SETS THE STAGE FOR ID.BUZZ WITH AN ELECTRIC VERSION OF THE TRANSPORTER

    “Volkswagen is in the process of transforming the deliciously retro ID.Buzz concept it unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show into a production model. In the meantime, it's catering to van drivers who want or need to go electric by releasing a battery-powered variant of the Transporter developed jointly with German tuning firm ABT” says Autoblog: “Called eTransporter, the van looks just like a diesel-powered model when it's viewed from the outside, with the exception of a small ABT emblem on the grille. Volkswagen hasn't released images of the interior, but it noted a power meter replaces the tachometer in the instrument cluster. It's what's under the sheetmetal that counts here.

    Pricing for the Volkswagen eTransporter starts at £42,060, or about $51,000 at the current (and volatile) conversion rate. In comparison, the diesel-powered Transporter carries a base price of £27,626 (around $33,000).”

    A range of up to 82 miles on a single charge. Charging is carried out via a Type 2 CCS inlet, with a 7.2 kW on-board charger fitted, and rapid DC charging possible at up to 50 kW. This makes for a rapid charge in around 45 minutes, topping up the 37.3 kWh battery (32.5 kWh net) to 80%.

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/18/vw-electric-transporter-van/

    JAGUAR CANCELS I-PACE ETROPHY

    “Jaguar has axed the I-PACE eTROPHY series, announcing on Monday that the single-make all-electric series will end following the 2019-20 FIA Formula E Championship season.” According to e-racing365: “Launched in 2018 utilizing production-based SUVs, the eTROPHY served as the exclusive support series for Formula E, although has struggled with car counts from the onset. The British manufacturer had initially targeted 20-car grids but saw on average 12 vehicles during its inaugural season in 2018-19, which was won by Brazilian Sergio Jimenez. Season 2, which kicked off with a double-header at Diriyah in November, featured nine cars, with an additional race taking place in Mexico City prior to the suspension of events due to the coronavirus pandemic”

    https://e-racing365.com/i-pace-etrophy/jaguar-cancels-i-pace-etrophy/

    FERRARI SLAMS THE BRAKES ON AN ELECTRIC SUPERCAR

    ”Ferrari has poured cold water on the idea of a pure electric supercar, claiming current battery technology is not good enough. The bold statement comes despite a number of rival brands planning to release electric supercars in the near future.” Says CarAdvice.com.au: “In an interview with UK magazine AutoCar, Ferrari’s chief marketing and commercial officer Enrico Galliera said suitable battery technology is more than five years away. “We firmly believe that battery technology is not yet developed enough to meet the needs of a supercar,” Mr Galliera told AutoCar. “In the next five years, we do not believe the technology will be able to meet the needs of a Ferrari.” Swedish brand Koenigsegg also unveiled its 1270kW electric Gemera 'Mega-GT' earlier this year.

    Lotus has also planned delivery of its 1470kW/2000Nm Evija electric hypercar to begin in 2020.

    Earlier this month, Tesla announced it would defer production of its electric Roadster model, which is expected to have supercar levels of performance, however did not cite battery technology as a reason.“

    HOW E-BIKES COULD ANSWER OUR COMMUTING PROBLEMS

    “Demand has rocketed as people consider how to get into work after lockdown. They enable riders to avoid car use and the close contact of public transport – but just how safe, affordable and healthy are they?” asks The Guardian: “Many in the cycling world are wondering if this could be the moment when e-bikes, which are hugely popular in some other European countries (about 40% of bikes sold in the Netherlands are e-bikes), could take off in the UK as well. The biggest barrier in the UK is cyclists feeling unsafe on the roads. In places such as the Netherlands and Denmark, riders of e-bikes, as well as of any other bike, enjoy the fruits of decades of work to make roads safe for cyclists. Now such countries are braced for a further e-bike boom. The European Cycling Federation says that, Europe-wide, e-bike sales grew 22% year on year in 2019, and are expected to rise much faster this year.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/17/i-can-just-glide-through-traffic-how-e-bikes-could-answer-our-commuting-problems

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  • Show #781

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 17th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    DYSON FINALLY UNVEILS ITS CANCELED ELECTRIC CAR

    "Having famously killed off its electric car project back in October, Dyson’s automobile remained a mystery to most, with insiders telling Engadget that only a handful of engineers had seen a working prototype somewhere in Wiltshire. But yesterday, the company chose to finally show off its scrapped electric car for an interview about Sir James Dyson — now worth £16.2 billion — topping the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time." writes Engadget.com: "According to The Times, Dyson revealed that his electric vehicle, codenamed “N526,” would have been a seven-seater with a whopping 600-mile range per charge. This was largely thanks to the company’s proprietary solid-state batteries, which could apparently sustain such performance. Despite its 2.6-ton weight, Dyson’s aluminum car could go from zero to 62MPH in 4.8 seconds (about half a second more than the long-range Model X), with its top speed apparently reaching 125MPH (30MPH shy of the Model X’s). This is all coming from the twin 200kW electric motors rated with 536BHP. As the owner of the company, Dyson told The Times that this project ended up costing £500 million of his own money before he put a stop to it. "

    https://www.engadget.com/dysons-electric-car-n526-085341772.html

    KOENIGSEGG REGERA’S BATTERY COSTS 100 TIMES MORE THAN A REGULAR EV BATTERY

    "The Koenigsegg Regera’s batteries are designed to deliver uncompromising performance. It doesn’t come cheap. In fact, according to Jonas Voss, Director, EV Propulsion Systems, the Regera’s battery costs 100 times more than a regular battery pack you would find in an EV. Similar cells are used in modern Formula 1 cars." says TheSupercarBlog.com: "Koenigsegg sources the special batteries from Rimac. Apparently, these are cells are so specialized that even Rimac doesn’t use it the C_Two electric hypercar. There are 6 modules of 64 cells inside the carbon fibre housing. It is mounted in the centre of the car in order to keep the centre of gravity low. The batteries alone generate around 700 hp.The Regera also uses a twin-turbo V8 engine and three electric motors. The combined output of the hybrid system is 1500 hp and 1500 lb-ft of torque, which enables the car to hit 0-400 km/h in less than 20 seconds."

    https://www.thesupercarblog.com/koenigsegg-regeras-battery-costs-100-times-more-than-a-regular-ev-battery/

    TESLA UPDATES MODEL Y AND MODEL 3 DELIVERY TIMELINE

    "Tesla has updated Model Y and Model 3 delivery timelines after restarting production at Fremont factory. The automaker is now listing 5 to 7 weeks delivery time for new Model 3 orders in the US:" reckons electrek: "Prior to the factory shutdown, Tesla was listing 4 to 8 weeks for new Model 3 deliveries in the US. As for the Model Y, new buyers of the electric SUV are going to have to wait a little longer before getting the vehicle. Tesla updated the Model Y delivery timeline with a new 8 to 12 weeks lead time."

    https://electrek.co/2020/05/16/tesla-updates-model-y-3-delivery-timeline/

    HOW TESLA MADE ITS BATTERY BREAKTHROUGHS IN A TINY CANADIAN LAB

    "After conducting battery research for 3M and Medtronic, Dahn signed a research partnership with Tesla in 2015 that runs through mid-2021. Tesla hired Dahn’s students and graduates and built connections to a small battery testing facility in Halifax in 2015, that was spun out of Dahn’s lab at Dalhousie." says iphoneincanada: "Tesla also set up its own battery research lab in Halifax that same year. A former PhD student of Dahn’s, Chris Burns, helped Tesla build its Halifax facility. Tesla’s funding of Dahn’s work is public, and Dahn has talked about some of his group’s accomplishments at public and private forums, including a presentation in February at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Videos of that presentation and at least two others where Dahn discussed his work were posted on YouTube, but since have been removed. Dahn’s team is now playing a key role in Tesla’s plans to introduce a new low-cost, long-life ‘million mile’ battery in its Model 3 sedan in China, which will bring the cost of electric vehicles in line with gasoline models."

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    NEW FORD EXPLORER PLUG-IN HYBRID NOW BEING DELIVERED TO EUROPEAN CUSTOMERS

    THE ALL-NEW FORD Explorer Plug-In Hybrid – featuring electric driving, first-class comfort and true tough terrain capability – is now being delivered to customers across Europe, following the seven-seater SUV going on sale late last year. The Explorer Plug-In Hybrid combines Ford’s powerful 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine with an electric motor, generator and 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Equipped with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and Terrain Management System with seven Drive Modes, the advanced powertrain delivers the ability to carry seven passengers in refined comfort, tow up to 2,500 kg, and enables 48 km NEDC (42 km WLTP) electric driving rang. The Explorer Plug-In Hybrid is one of 18 new electrified vehicles Ford is introducing for customers in Europe before the end of 2021.

    OCTOPUS ENERGY CREATES ROAMING CHARGING SERVICE IN UK AND EUROPE

    "Octopus Energy Group has launched a new roaming charging service, enabling electric car drivers to access multiple charging networks with a single account. The Electric Juice Network scheme can be used by any electric car driver – including non-Octopus Energy’ customers – and initially provides access to urban charging points through the Char.gy network, but with other partners to follow. This includes expansion into Europe." says FleetWorld: "Charging costs for all users are invoiced through a single bill – providing a solution to the long-standing issue of a lack of standardised payment measures. The launch of the new roaming service follows Octopus Energy’s work last year to deliver time-of-use tariffs and smart analytics to charging companies across the UK and will soon be supported by the Electric Juice app, which will also enable drivers across Europe to take advantage of the same service."

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    NISSAN LAUNCHES ALL-NEW KICKS E-POWER IN THAILAND

    "The Nissan Kicks e-POWER, an all-new compact SUV that gives drivers the power and performance of an electric car, debuted today in Thailand. This is a Nissan regional launch event, and the world-debut of the new Nissan model: Nissan Kicks e-POWER." reports Automotiveworld: "Equipped with e-POWER, the revolutionary electrified powertrain first introduced by Nissan in Japan, the new Nissan Kicks is built in Thailand and perfectly tailored for the lifestyles of urban customers. Nissan’s award-winning e-POWER technology brings a fully electric motor drive, meaning that the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. The power from a high-output battery is delivered to the e-POWER compact powertrain comprising a gasoline engine, power generator, inverter and a motor." The all-new Nissan Kicks e-POWER technology features an EM57 electric motor, generator and inverter that generates electricity from its 1.2 liters DOHC 12-valve three-cylinder engine. The e-POWER system offers a maximum power of 95 kilowatts (kW) (129 PS), a maximum flat-torque of 260 Nm, and a lithium-ion battery—all delivering a driving experience similar to an EV. The 1.57 kWh lithium-ion battery in the all-new Nissan Kicks e-POWER has four modules that provide smooth acceleration, quiet rides, and increased fuel efficiency."

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    RAJEEV NARAYAN

    Here in Texas, I have used Plug-share, which seems to have a reasonable coverage map and can give you turn by turn directions and a trip planner which seems to work. It can also filter by type of charger. The problem for me is that in my area at least, there is no real guarantee the charger you pull up to will work.

    DOUG VOWLES

    I exclusively use A Better Route Planner. It allows you to enter the specific model of EV you’re driving, and then you can tailor trip parameters to include outside temperature, wind, road conditions etc. The program also knows road elevations. We made several trips beyond the range of level 2 and 3 chargers in the dead of winter, and ABRP let us anticipate the need for and use overnight 110 volt charging to make it back to “civilization.” Highly recommended.

    JEFFREY MURRAY

    My wife and I have a 2019 Chevy Bolt that we bought new in October and we already have over 20k miles on it, including multiple long distance road trips in the middle of winter (we bought it going into the worst case scenario for an EV, so now summer should be a pleasant surprise). My prefered route planner overall has been Plugshare, as it seems to have the most complete database of chargers here in the Indiana, USA area. I also use abetterrouteplanner.com since it has a lot of customizations to the car, how much weight, weather, etc. I will often take the charge stops that it finds and put them into plugshare since I find it easier to follow in the car.

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  • Show #780

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 16th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    ELON MUSK POSTS BATTERY DAY UPDATE

    "Elon Musk has stated that the company’s Battery Day event will likely be pushed out, with one part being a livestream and another being an in-person event. Battery Day is expected to outline the company’s future plans for its batteries and their benefits to the company’s electric cars and energy storage devices." says TEslarati: "If Tesla can hit the all-hailed $100 per kWh milestone, it would significantly decrease the cost of its vehicles. Tesla’s plan to achieve this was widely speculated to be discussed by the company at the upcoming event as well."

    We’re going to have to push out the date or attendance will be very low. Maybe do in two parts: webcast next month & in-person event a few months later?

    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2020

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    TESLA WILL BUILD CYBERTRUCKS AND MODEL YS FROM TERAFACTORY IN AUSTIN

    "Tesla has narrowed down the home city for its next factory to either Tulsa or Austin, according to the Associated Press. Tesla boss Elon Musk has stated he would like to see an extremely aggressive timeline for the factory, breaking ground as soon as possible, with Model Y units rolling off the assembly line by the end of 2020." reports Jalopnik: "The report indicates that a team of engineers from Nevada Giga have been dispatched to Austin to begin drawing up plans for the new Terafactory location."

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    FIRST ELECTRIC CAR TO SURPASS 200 MPH IN THE QUARTER-MILE

    "Drag racing legend Don Garlits set the record for quickest electric vehicle in the quarter-mile last year, taking an EV dragster down the strip at Palm Beach International Raceway with an elapsed time of 7.235 seconds at 189.04 mph. Enthusiast Steve Huff has just broken that record with his own electric race car, setting a trap speed of 201 mph at a recent test event in Arizona." writes Road & Track: "The run, completed at Tucson Dragway in Arizona, makes Huff's car, aptly named "Current Technology," the fastest four-wheel electric vehicle in the quarter-mile, and the first to cross the 200-mph barrier."

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a32493502/electric-dragster-does-200-mph-quarter-mile/

    SAIC'S MG OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE IN PARIS

    "MG, the British car brand now owned by SAIC Motor, opened a flagship store in Paris last week, expanding into a key Europe market despite the coronavirus pandemic." according to Automotive News Europe: "The four-level store is in central Paris near the upmarket French department store Galeries Lafayette. The store initially will sell the MG EZS, a full-electric compact crossover, SAIC said, without revealing the price of the vehicle. SAIC started exporting the MG EZS from China to Europe in September 2019. France is the fourth European country where the vehicle has been launched, following the UK, the Netherlands and Norway."

    https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/saics-mg-opens-flagship-store-paris

    ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINTS UK

    "It's estimated that as of 1 January 2020, there were just over 800 rapid-charging points located within easy reach of England's motorways and A-roads. By 2023, the aim is to have at least six open-access points (capable of at least 150kW charging) at every service area, with 10-12 points at the busiest locations." says Driving Electric: "In September 2019, the government revealed plans for a £400 million investment in rapid charging, part of £500 million fund for implementing green technologies across the UK"

    https://www.drivingelectric.com/news/1281/electric-car-charging-points-uk-government-sets-out-vision-nationwide-network

    LONDON SLOWLY REOPENS WITH INCREASE IN CONGESTION CHARGE

    "The British capital unlocks as TfL resumes service on most London Underground lines. The opening goes hand in hand with the Mayor reintroducing the Congestion Charge and ULEZ fee. Both had been suspended during the Covid-19 lockdown to enable key workers to travel freely." reports Electrive: "The Congestion Charge will initially continue at the previous price of £11.50 a day, but the plan is to increase this to £15 from 22 June. At the same time, TfL said the plans would “create more space for social distancing when walking and cycling, ensuring that the people who have no choice but to return to work in central London can do so as safely as possible”. This also includes further-reaching plans by the Mayor and TfL to transform parts of central London into one of the largest car-free zones in any capital city in the world."

    https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/17/london-slowly-reopens-with-increase-in-congestion-charge/

    FIAT 500 ELECTRIC FIRST EDITION IS ALMOST SOLD OUT

    "According to Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, very few units of the first edition of the urban car are still available. According to Napolitano, each country in which it will be sold will have 500 units. If you take only the Schengen Area – the European Union countries without passport control among each other – that represents 26 countries and 13,000 units of the electric 500." says InsideEVs: "Prices for cheaper versions of the new 500 are yet to be released, as well as other markets in which it will be offered."

    https://insideevs.com/news/423352/fiat-500-la-prima-sold-out/

    VOLKSWAGEN WILL TURN ‘R’ DIVISION INTO A PERFORMANCE EV BRAND

    "Volkswagen isn’t shy of its future EV plans but now there’s a new report saying that the German carmaker will include turning the ‘R’ brand into an electric performance brand." repotrs CarScoops: "Speaking to Top Gear, VW Group board member Jürgen Stackmann that future ‘R’ models will not only be exciting cars but will also go electric.The electric future of the R brand has already started of course, as VW recently revealed the Touareg R, the first R model fitted with a hybrid powertrain. The range-topping version of the German SUV is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 336 HP 3.0-liter V6 with a 130 HP electric motor and a 14.1 kWh battery pack for a combined 456 HP."

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  • Show #779

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 15th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    TESLA'S MILLION MILE BATTERY WILL SLASH COSTS

    "For months, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has been teasing investors, and rivals, with promises to reveal significant advances in battery technology during a "Battery Day" in late May." says Autoblog: "New, low-cost batteries designed to last for a million miles of use and enable electric Teslas to sell profitably for the same price or less than a gasoline vehicle are just part of Musk's agenda, people familiar with the plans told Reuters. The new “million mile” battery at the center of Tesla's strategy was jointly developed with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) and deploys technology developed by Tesla in collaboration with a team of academic battery experts recruited by Musk, three people familiar with the effort said. Eventually, improved versions of the battery, with greater energy density and storage capacity and even lower cost, will be introduced in additional Tesla vehicles in other markets, including North America, the sources said. Reuters reported exclusively in February that Tesla was in advanced talks to use CATL’s lithium iron phosphate batteries, which use no cobalt, the most expensive metal in EV batteries."

    First I have read about it being in China first. Also, CATL being a partner too.

    Cell to pack technology - rather than cells to modules to packs.

    Price parity, and possibly even cheaper EVs than fossil cars.

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/14/tesla-secret-electric-car-battery-million-mile-lower-cost/

    TESLA STARTS BUILDING LONG RANGE MODEL 3 CARS AT CHINA PLANT

    "Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Thursday it had started producing Long Range Model 3 vehicles in its Shanghai factory and aimed to deliver them to customers soon." reports Reuters: "The company said the model would be sold at 344,050 yuan ($48,495), keeping the price steady even after China stops offering generous subsidies from July for electric vehicles that cost more than 300,000 yuan."

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    CHINA’S MODEL 3 INTERIOR RECEIVES A TIMELY MODEL Y-INSPIRED UPDATE

    " the latest Model 3 units produced in Gigafactory Shanghai are fitted with both USB Type C charging ports and a wireless charging pad, both of which are utilized in the Tesla Model Y." reckons Teslarati: "Tesla’s use of USB-C and wireless charging capabilities are an advantage for electric car owners. Many mobile devices on the market today are capable of fast-charging with USB-C ports, and flagship devices from premier smartphone makes such as Apple and Samsung are equipped with wireless charging capabilities. Gigafactory Shanghai’s Phase 2 is expected to house a Model Y factory. Currently, the local production plant is poised to hit a production run-rate of 200,000 Model 3 sedans every year."

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    VOLVO CEO SAYS VIRUS WILL ACCELERATE EV ADOPTION

    Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. Speaking at a Financial Times global digital conference: "Electrification will go faster. I think it would be naive to believe after some months, everything will return to normal, and our customers will come back into a showroom asking for diesel cars. They will ask even more for electric cars. And that is speeding up. If governments subsidize a return to the old world, I think would be a waste of money. They should use the money to promote new technology as they were planning to do before corona. The way we distribute cars, with physical showrooms and so on, I think everybody has learned during this shutdown that e-commerce is working, and more and more people have experience. That will encourage people to look for cars online. So I think the distribution and where you’re selling cars will change. It has been changing already, but that will be changed more rapidly now."

    h/t electrek: https://electrek.co/2020/05/14/volvo-ceo-pandemic-will-rapidly-accelerate-shift-to-electric-cars/

    ONE FUTURE GM ELECTRIC VEHICLE MAY BE INTRODUCED EARLIER THAN PLANNED

    "" it looks as though one future GM electric vehicle could even arrive earlier than planned. Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles at GM, Ken Morris, indicated that one EV program may be pulled forward." says GM Authority: "Morris indicated that several other GM electric vehicle-related plans remained unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that GM’s deal with Honda to produce two new electric vehicles was still moving ahead, and that plans to source new renewable energy from DTE were also on track. Morris also said that GM’s $25 billion budget for EV programs was still in place."

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    DACIA PREPARES TO LAUNCH FIRST EV WITH SPRING MINI-SUV

    "Dacia’s first electric vehicle, the Spring, which is based on the Renault K-ZE mini-SUV sold in China, will go on sale early next year. The Spring was first revealed as a concept in early March, in an online presentation instead of at the cancelled Geneva auto show. The production version will have a range of “at least” 200 km (124) miles, Dacia says." according to Automotive News Europe: "Dacia has not announced a price, but the City K-ZE sells in China for about 8,000 euros ($8,900). Former Renault Group CEO Thierry Bollore said last year that the automaker was working on an electric vehicle that would sell for 10,000 euros or less."

    Car sharing, fleets, hiring, all options

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    ELECTRIC PANEL VANS FROM CITROEN, PEUGEOT AND VAUXHALL/OPEL

    Earlier this week I talked about the electric van Citroen e-jumpy, I didn't make clear for UK listeners that it's also known as the e-Dispatch here. So for the UK: "Citroen has launched the ë-Dispatch, the French firm's latest pure-electric van, offering up to 205 miles on a single charge. A 50 kWh pack will allow for a 143 mile range on a charge, whilst the 75 kWh battery offers the headline 205 mile range. Either will power a 100 kW electric motor." says Next Green Car.

    From Opel we already mentioned the Vivaro-e which is a larger panel van: "The 75kWh battery boasts a range of up to 330 kilometres, or for less intense usage needs, the 50kWh battery has a range of up to 230km (WLTP)."

    And finally from electrive: "Peugeot has also presented its version of the battery-electric transporter with the e-Expert. The technology is identical to that of its two sister models. Peugeot plans to announce prices in June. The drive train and the batteries are the same for all models: the electric motor known from the Opel Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 has an output of 100 kW. In contrast to the small cars, however, two battery sizes are offered in the vans, each with 50 and 75 kWh. Like the Opel Vivaro-e, Peugeot offers a three-phase AC charger with 11 kW in addition to the standard AC charger with 7.4 kW (single-phase)."

    With a max payload of 1,210 kg these are useful vans, with towing of 1,000kg.

    BYD HAN EV REVEALED AS TESLA MODEL 3 RIVAL

    The Han EV is the first full-electric passenger car equipped with BYD’s ground-breaking new ‘Blade Battery’ technology – delivering greatly enhanced safety, improved range capability and a simplified, smaller pack design.

    The innovative battery system also pushes its cruising range up to 605 kilometres (376 miles) on a full charge.

    The Blade Battery can produce a stable current of up to 800 Amps powering the BYD Han EV. The high-performance silicon carbide motor-control module improves the peak-current capacity by 58%, enabling acceleration from 0 to100km/h (62mph) in just 3.9 seconds. Additionally, the Han is also China’s first mass-produced EV equipped with Bosch’s ‘IPB Intelligent Integrated Brake System’, which not only brings braking safety with higher precision, but also delivers a longer range and improved braking comfort.

    MORE ON HYUNDAI 45 EV

    "Hyundai has been spotted testing a prototype for a compact electric crossover SUV that's expected to be launched in 2021." says MotorAuthority: Hyundai already offers EVs in the form of the battery-electric Ioniq Electric and Kona Electric and fuel cell-electric Nexo, but the new SUV will be the automaker's first vehicle based on a platform designed specifically for battery-electric cars. Called the E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform), the platform will also likely be used by Kia and Genesis for their own EVs."

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    HOT CUPRA VERSION OF SEAT EL-BORN ELECTRIC CAR IN THE PIPELINE

    "Cupra, SEAT’s performance-focussed brand, could soon launch a hot version of the el-Born EV. The Spanish brand has recently filed trademark applications for both the “Cupra Born” and “Cupra el-Born” nameplates." writes AutoExpress: "The Cupra el-Born would be based on the Volkswagen Group’s dedicated MEB electric underpinnings. Unlike the standard SEAT el-Born, though, this Cupra variant should feature a more powerful electric motor, supplied by a larger-capacity battery pack. The el-Born concept looks similar in length to a SEAT Leon, but it rides on larger wheels up to 20-inches in diameter. Like all of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB cars, the el-Born also has a long wheelbase relative to its overall length – which should allow it to deliver the interior space of a car from the class above."

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  • Show #778

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 14th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    NEW 2021 ELECTRIC KIA SUV - PORSCHE PACE FOR PEUGEOT MONEY

    "Kia has confirmed it will launch an all-new electric crossover next year, based on the Imagine concept first seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Internally known as the Kia CV, it will act as the brand’s halo model and introduce next-generation charging technology and an all-new platform made specifically for electric vehicles." writes AutoExpress: "It will be the first production vehicle built on the Hyundai Group’s brand-new E-GMP dedicated electric underpinnings .The crossover will also take advantage of Kia’s recent tie-up with electric expert Rimac to offer “incredible” performance, which will later trickle down to more mainstream models in Kia’s line-up."

    But how incredible?

    300 miles range

    Recharge in 20 mins

    800 volt architecture

    Make the most of new 350kW chargers

    e-GT will deliver 0-62 in less than 3 seconds.

    https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/kia/106058/new-2021-electric-kia-suv-offer-porsche-taycan-pace-0-62mph-3s

    AUDI TT E-TRON: ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING

    "Still several years out, the reborn TT will fill a sporty niche in an Audi lineup rapidly embracing electrification. Like the gas-powered TT, the electric TT will use a common Volkswagen Group platform designed for consumer vehicles, not luxury cars, per se. Built on the MEB electric vehicle platform, the TT E-Tron—as it will likely be called given Audi's electric naming convention—will lean on styling, performance, and a fancy, high-tech interior to separate it from more pedestrian vehicles built on the same hardware." according to MotorTrend: "expect the TT E-Tron to come with standard all-wheel drive and Quattro badging. Unlike most other MEB models, the TT E-Tron is expected to offer a convertible variant. With product plans in flux across the industry right now, we hope to see the TT E-Tron in 2023. Given the cost of EV batteries and its niche market, we think the base price will climb from $46,000 today to at least $50,000 (more for the convertible when it eventually reaches the market)."

    https://www.motortrend.com/news/future-cars-audi-tt-ev/

    PEUGEOT 208 GTI GOES ELECTRIC

    "Bosses in Paris are adamant they can keep the sporting GTI flame alive, but add battery power to stymie emissions and the threat of crippling corporate fines if their CO2 emissions miss the tough new 95g/km EU target." says Phil McNamara, Editor-In-Chief of Car Magazine: "In the new June 2020 issue of CAR magazine, Jean-Philippe Imparato, executive vice-president of Peugeot, admitted: ‘GTI is nonsense for me. There is one way to say it simply: Peugeot Sport. That means high performance, low emissions, new sensations. If I offer a B-segment performance car, it will be a full EV [electric vehicle] – that’s obvious. We will decide by the end of 2020, more or less.’The Peugeot Sport sub-brand will all be electrified. Plug-in hybrid, non-Sport versions of the 508, 3008 and 5008 are hitting dealers and it won’t be long until the first official Peugeot Sport car is revealed – the circa-300bhp, all-wheel-drive hybrid 508 Peugeot Sport. After the 208, Peugeot has to decide on a plan for the hot version of the next-generation 308."

    https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/spy-shots/peugeot/peugeot-e-208-sport/

    BYD TO LAUNCH IN EUROPE THIS YEAR

    "Only a few days after announcing its entry into the electric passenger car market through Norway, BYD has now also arranged the distribution: RSA will be the sole distributor of BYD’s electric vehicles in Norway and as such will also be responsible for service and spare parts. " says Electrive: "The agreement also includes the sales of electric vans and trucks. Models include the above mentioned BYD Tang eSUV, a panel van, a 7.5-tonne and 19-tonne rigid truck and a yard tractor."

    https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/05/byd-plans-to-launch-in-europe-in-2020/

    ELECTRIC CARS TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT IN CHINA’S

    "As China tries to recover from the impact of the coronavirus, making sure its plans for electric vehicles stay on track is one priority." reports CNBC: "In the last few weeks, NEV subsidies and tax break policies set to expire this year were extended by two years to 2022. Battery charging infrastructure – frequently cited as a reason for not buying an electric car – got an injection of 2.7 billion yuan. That would allow for a ten-fold increase in scale versus last year, according to state media. China also aims to increase the share of new energy vehicles in the market to a quarter in the next five years, up from just 5% last year"

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/04/electric-cars-take-the-spotlight-in-chinas-post-coronavirus-stimulus-plans.html

    SAMSUNG AND HYUNDAI LEADERS MEET FOR COLLABORATION IN ELECTRIC CARS

    "The top bosses of Samsung and Hyundai have met to discuss a potential collaboration in electric cars, the companies have confirmed." reports ZDNet: "The two parties discussed next-generation battery technologies and shared their respective research and development statuses in the area, a Hyundai Motor Group spokesman said.A Samsung spokesman said the conglomerate's all-solid-state batteries were structurally sturdy and stable, adding that the company hopes for expanded collaboration between the two business groups in the mobility sector. Samsung SDI currently doesn't supply car batteries to Hyundai with the latter currently obtaining the majority of its supplies from LG Chem and SK Innovation."

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-and-hyundai-leaders-meet-for-collaboration-in-electric-cars/

    VOLKSWAGEN MEB BATTERY DETAILS

    A deep dive provided by PushEVs:

    Battery cell

    Manufacturer: LG Chem

    Voltage: 3,65 V

    Capacity: 78 Ah

    Weight: 1.073 g

    Gravimetric energy density: 265 Wh/kg

    Chemistry: NCM 712

    Volkswagen ID.4 and its sibling Škoda Enyaq iV will be available with three different battery capacities. The ID.3 has a smaller battery pack at the bottom end of 52 & 48.

    Battery Packs

    Total capacity: 55 kWh

    Usable capacity: 52 kWh

    Charging speed: 50kW

    Total capacity: 62 kWh

    Usable capacity: 58 kWh (94 %)

    Charging speed: 100kW

    Total capacity: 82 kWh

    Usable capacity: 77 kWh (94 %)

    Charging speed: 150kW

    Active liquid cooling. "Starting with NCM 712 battery cells made by LG Chem in Poland is a wise decision. Not only LG Chem already has great battery cells available, it also has the biggest production capacity in Europe."

    https://pushevs.com/2020/05/13/volkswagen-meb-details/

    WPD UPDATES EV STRATEGY

    "Western Power Distribution (WPD) has released its updated EV strategy as it outlines measures to help support the rollout" says Current News, talking about the UK DNO: "It is also working with Moto Services on plans for a trial at one of its motorway service areas to deliver rapid charging using “new technology that requires significantly less space than current chargers”. This year, it expects to amend design policies to standardise three phase service cables, as well as creating a design specification for bespoke charging transformer deployments following the completion of its hub charging project. The DNO also pointed to fleet electrification, stating it envisions a number of possible solutions for depot charging, from requiring a large electricity supply to using off peak charging."

    https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/wpd-updates-ev-strategy-in-bid-to-rollout-industry-leading-charging-solutions

    TESLA OWNER REMOTELY LOCKS CARJACKING SUSPECT INSIDE THE VEHICLE

    "A Tesla owner helped Barstow police make an arrest after using the remote start function to lock a carjacking suspect inside the vehicle." says Victor Valley News: "The suspect made the victim get out of his vehicle and then attempted to steal it. “The victim stated that he was able to use his cellular phone to turn the vehicle’s engine off and lock the subject inside of the vehicle,” stated the release. Arriving officers located Smith in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and placed him under arrest, officials said."

    A few things wrong with this story:

    There is no engine, and you can't turn off the electric motor from the app. But the car does need the phone inside to drive it, if you put a Tesla into park and then try to drive off again. You can't permanently lock someone inside a Tesla, but you can lock the doors, I think you can still disable the handle pull. And the suspect might not have been able to find the emergency button to open the door on the Model 3.

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  • Show #777

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 13th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    FORD MUSTANG MACH-E WILL SUPPORT TESLA-LIKE OVER-THE-AIR UPDATES

    "Over-the-air updates aren't totally uncommon these days, but Tesla is often the poster child for the function. The electric carmaker very often pushes new updates ranging from performance improvements or even karaoke support via an OTA software update." says CNET: "Ford won't be left behind, and it detailed near identical functions included in its upcoming electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E. On Tuesday, the automaker said OTA updates will be a big part of the SUV and noted it's almost certain the Mustang Mach-E will have features it didn't possess when it left the factory. it promised these updates will often occur without the owner noticing for a super-seamless presentation. Mustang Mach-E drivers can set a particular time for the updates to occur, and many will take fewer than two minutes to install. Some will even be instant once the driver silently fires the electric SUV up."

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    CITROËN Ë-JUMPY TO HIT MARKETS THIS YEAR

    "Citroën has just announced it is expecting to launch the all-electric version of the Jumper city van – called the ë-Jumpy – by the end of this year. This should be followed by the fully-electric electric Berlingo panel van in 2021." according to electrive: "The fully-electric Jumpy has a payload of up to 1,275 kilograms and can be ordered with a trailer hitch with a towing capacity of up to one tonne for extra loads. Citroën is offering the van in three lengths. the Citroën ë-Jumpy is offered with either a 50 kWh battery for a range of up to 230 kilometres or a 75 kWh battery for a maximum of 330 kilometres according to WLTP."

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    WELTMEISTER PRESENTS MAVEN, A CONCEPT CAR WITH 497 MILES OF RANGE

    "There is probably no car company name that is more self-confident than Weltmeister. When we wrote about it back in 2016, we said Weltmeister meant “World Champion,” but another possible translation is “master of the world.” We have no idea if its latest concept car, the Maven, could rule or teach anyone anything in the electric car world, but it will surely turn some heads with its tasteful design." says InsideEVs: "The Maven also has attractive promises, such as an 800 km (497 mi) range – even if under NEDC standards – and level 4 autonomy, which is just a promise even for the companies that claim to be closer to offer it than anyone else."

    From the comments section: "Having tested 4 Chines EVs now, and going to test another one next week - there is a real momentum going on. They are quick learners, and the quickest in the world to do changes. Improving step by step in a very quick pace. They are good at copying features from existing products, and they they use that and add some engineering to improve, and integrate it to the product better in the next generation. You see this trend in almost all medium to higher tech products."

    https://insideevs.com/news/421522/weltmeister-maven-concept-497-mi-range/

    VERGE TS ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE HAS 737 LB-FT OF TORQUE, HUB-LESS REAR WHEEL

    "Finland-based Verge detailed an electric motorcycle named TS with a head-turning design and a jaw-dropping specifications sheet. It's cheaper than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire but not quite as quick to 60 mph." repors Autoblog: "The motor generates 107 horsepower and a volcano-awakening 737 pound-feet of torque; the latter figure is nearly on par with a Bentley Mulsanne's. Accelerating from zero to 60 mph takes under four seconds, and if you're still on the saddle (and on both wheels) you can keep going until the speedometer displays 111 mph. Verge hasn't said much about the battery pack, though it pegs riding range at 124 miles on the highway and 186 miles in the city. Charging it takes four hours when using the on-board charger or 50 minutes with a quick charger."

    Verge priced the TS at €24,990, which represents about $27,000.

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/11/verge-ts-electric-motorcycle/

    LUCID TEASES A GLIMPSE OF A FLEET OF ITS EVS IN ITS BAY AREA HEADQUARTERS

    "Lucid Motors Inc. can't road test the small fleet of prototypes of electric vehicles it has assembled in the Bay Area, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. But it posted a blog and video on Monday that tease the Lucid Air vehicles that it plans to challenge Tesla Motors Inc. with." reports Biz Journals: "Some of the tests it did before the pandemic included winter testing in the frozen northern reaches of Minnesota and a shuttle trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles on a single charge. Unlike Tesla, which makes its vehicles at a factory in Fremont and another in China, Lucid has no plans to do its factory production in the Bay Area. It is building a massive factory in Arizona to handle that. Lucid employs more than 1,000 and is headed by former Tesla Inc. chief engineer Peter Rawlinson. The company's principal investor is Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, which committed to providing $1 billion of capital in September 2018."

    https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2020/05/11/tesla-rival-teases-a-glimpse-of-a-fleet-of-its-evs.html

    BIGGEST US SOLAR PROJECT APPROVED IN NEVADA DESPITE CRITICS

    "The Trump administration announced final approval Monday of the largest solar energy project in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world despite objections from conservationists who say it will destroy thousands of acres of habitat critical to the survival of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise in Nevada." says AP News: "The $1 billion Gemini solar and battery storage project about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas is expected to produce 690 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 260,000 households — and annually offset greenhouse emissions of about 83,000 cars. In addition to the tortoise, the site is home to two types of rare milkvetch plants, kit foxes, burrowing owls and wildflowers, said Laura Cunningham, a biologist with the Western Watersheds Project."

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    ABB TO SUPPLY E-TRUCK CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE IN NORWAY

    "ABB has agreed with Norway’s largest food wholesaler ASKO and its owner NorgesGruppen to supply the charging infrastructure for its growing fleet of electric vehicles." writes electrive.com: "ASKO says it uses 600 trucks a day and has set itself the goal of achieving zero-emission food transport by 2026. To this end, ABB charging stations are now to be installed at distribution centres throughout Norway to enable the greater use of battery-electric trucks. the first ABB HVC 150C (150 kW) high-performance chargers are already in operation at the ASKO distribution centre in Oslo, where they will initially charge two Scania battery-electric trucks. The two vehicles are part of a fleet of 55 electric trucks ordered from Scania that each has a payload of ten tonnes and a range of up to 120 kilometres."

    https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/11/abb-to-supply-e-truck-charging-infrastructure-in-norway/

    CAR DEALERSHIPS WILL FACE ONLINE HSE INSPECTION TO PROVE THEY ARE SAFE

    "All car dealerships will have to complete an online HSE inspection to prove that they are safe to reopen – and face random spot checks in the future to ensure they are complying." says Car Dealre MAgazine: "The government said the new Covid-19 secure guidance will work alongside current health and safety rules, rather than with the introduction of new laws for protecting workers. It said businesses that want to reopen will need to carry out a risk assessment with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) online tools and place the certificate on display. Key points include maintaining social distancing – with employers expected to redesign workspaces to maintain this – staggering start times, creating one-way systems for workers and protecting staff who may be vulnerable."

    https://cardealermagazine.co.uk/publish/car-dealerships-will-face-government-inspection-prove-safe-reopen-random-spot-checks/192293

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  • Show #774

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 10th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    THE CASE FOR MULTIPLE TESLA FACTORIES HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER

    "The recent controversial events surrounding Tesla and its main electric vehicle production plant in Fremont, CA, is one that will likely have repercussions on the company’s future. But beyond the controversy, the recent events surrounding Fremont highlight one key point: it is in Tesla’s best interests to ensure that its vehicle production facilities will no longer be exclusive to one state." writes Teslarati: " So far, the mayor of the City of Fremont and the City Palo Alto have sided with Tesla. Tesla’s next facility will likely be located in Texas, and so far, Sen. Ted Cruz has stated on Twitter that the state is fully behind the electric car maker. Texas actually makes sense for Tesla, especially considering that SpaceX, Musk’s private space venture, already has a facility in Boca Chica. If speculations prove right, Tesla can very well be building its first Terafactory in the state, which will be making the Cybertruck, and perhaps other vehicles like Model Y and Semi as well."

    Palo Alto Mayor here. I would be really sad and disappointed if @Tesla left @cityofpaloalto, and stand ready to help. I truly appreciate having a cutting edge company based here, employing people, paying taxes, and helping to solve the climate crisis. Happy to help @elonmusk. https://t.co/LYsu0gbPfa

    — Adrian M. Fine (@adrianfine) May 9, 2020

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    FORD MUSTANG MACH-E IS READY FOR MOTHER NATURE’S SURPRISES

    "We are almost two months into Spring, but the Northeast United States is enjoying a Springtime snowstorm with accumulating snow instead of sun and warmth. Ford took the opportunity to underline that its upcoming all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E is ready for such surprises, having a very capable all-wheel-drive system. Interestingly, according to Ford, the AWD version is very popular in the U.S., especially in Northern and Midwestern states. In New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut) almost all reservations are for all-wheel drive." says InsideEVs: "Robert Iorio, Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicle engineering manager said:

    “Mach-E’s available all-wheel drive is designed to help instill driver confidence in all conditions. The team has integrated e-drive propulsion, all-wheel-drive calibration and brake control in a way that optimizes fine motor skills to enable an immediate response in low-traction conditions and ensure the performance expected from Mustang – even in the snow.”

    https://insideevs.com/news/420839/ford-mustang-mach-e-ready-nature-surprises/

    CHRIS HARRIS FINDS TAYCAN TURBO S AS THE MOST COMFORTABLE PORSCHE EVER

    "Released in 2020, the Porsche Taycan is Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle. With a battery making up the floor and electric motors at both the front and rear, the Porsche Taycan follows the usual formula of a modern-day electric vehicle. The Porsche Taycan uses an 800-volt architecture as opposed to the 400-volt layout found in competitive vehicles. The top tier Taycan Turbo S uses two electric motors for a combined output of 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque which is good for a 0 to 60 time in the 2-second range. " according to Motor1: "Although Porsche’s naming convention of a “Turbo” model doesn’t exactly make sense, the Porsche Taycan is an impressive machine. It’s not just good for an electric car but good for Porsche, and according to Chris Harris, the Taycan is the most comfortable Porsche ever.

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    SANDY MUNRO EXPLAINS THE UNIQUE OCTOVALVE IN THE TESLA MODEL Y

    "Sandy Munro continues his incredible Tesla Model Y teardown series, with this segment focusing on the vehicle's unique heat pump system and what's been called the octovalve." says Tom Moloughney: "The octovalve has a four-position electric motor that distributes the gycol-based liquid coolant to the appropriate components in the Model Y, including the power electronics, motors, and battery. This is a really compact, great way to put things together - Sandy Munro

    Munro goes over the coolant manifold, the notorious octovalve, the base manifold condenser, accumulator, chiller assembly, and LCC assembly. While he does give some insight into what each part does, as he mentioned in the beginning, he doesn't really offer too much detailed information. For more technical details, you need to purchase his report on the cooling system."

    https://insideevs.com/news/420794/sandy-munro-explains-octovalve-tesla-model-y/

    MOBILE FAST-CHARGING: A MUST-HAVE FOR ELECTRIC TRUCK AND BUS FLEETS?

    "Fully electric delivery trucks, cargo vans, shuttle vehicles, and transit and school buses are all due to become increasingly common as fleets go green and diesels are retired. That’s where a recent surge of interest in mobile-charging solutions comes in. As a backup plan for the times when charge points and infrastructure won’t quite cut it and trucks need a little more charge to accommodate the unforeseen, mobile systems will be able to provide a fast charge on the go." says Green Car Reports: "Tuesday, Colorado’s Lightning Systems revealed the Lightning Mobile, one such system that’s more than the small battery carts for charging cars and e-bikes—stepped up in size and geared specifically for the needs of big commercial vehicles. Lightning Mobile comes with 192 kilowatt-hours of liquid-cooled battery storage and can deliver DC fast charging at up to 80 kilowatts or, optionally, AC Level 2 charging at up to 19.2 kw. The unit itself is charged at Level 2 at up to 18 kw."

    https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1128090_mobile-fast-charging-a-must-have-for-electric-truck-and-bus-fleets

    ZAP-MAP REACHES 100,000 REGISTERED USERS

    Zap-Map has reached a key landmark, with more than 100,000 users now registered to the UK's leading charging point platform.

    The number of registered users has grown from a few hundred in 2014 to over 100,000 in May 2020. Over the same period, the number of pure EVs on UK roads has gone from almost 10,500 at the end of 2014 to 117,000 by May 2020.

    https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8899/zapmap-reaches-100000-registered-users/

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    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 9th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    ELON DECLARES TESLA TO LEAVE CALIFORNIA

    Tesla Soap Opera 1: California county tells Tesla it 'must not reopen' its car factory

    "Local county health officials say Tesla Inc "must not reopen" its vehicle factory in the San Francisco Bay area, as local lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus remain in effect." reports Autoblog: "The comments on Friday came after Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, told employees Thursday that limited production would restart Friday afternoon at the factory in Fremont, Tesla's only U.S. vehicle factory. Earlier on Friday, Erica Pan, a health officer for the county, said the department has had many discussions with the company and recommended that Tesla wait at least another week to monitor infection rates and discuss safe ways to resume production. Pan, speaking during a virtual townhall with the mayor of the city of Alameda, called Tesla a "very hot topic.""

    Tesla Soap Opera 2: Then Tesla published a blog post laying out their side of the argument: “Tesla is the last major carmaker remaining in California, and the largest manufacturing employer in the State with more than 10,000 employees at our Fremont factory and 20,000 statewide. We understand the impacts COVID-19 has caused and have a responsibility to look out for the livelihoods and safety of our personnel, many of whom rely on us and have been out of work for weeks due to the impacts of shelter-in-place orders.”

    Tesla Soap Opera 3:

    @elonmusk

    Tesla is filing a lawsuit against Alameda County immediately. The unelected & ignorant “Interim Health Officer” of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!

    @elonmusk

    Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.

    Tesla Soap Opera 4:

    CNBC then reported: "A public information officer for Alameda County Public Health Department offered more details in a statement: “We have informed Tesla of all of the conditions that must exist for phasing in the safe reopening of various sectors of the economy and the community. All businesses within the County must comply with the May 4th Health Officer Order and if a business does not meet the limited criteria stated in that Order to reopen, then they are out of compliance. “Tesla has been informed that they do not meet those criteria and must not reopen. We welcome Tesla’s proactive work on a reopening plan so that once they fit the criteria to reopen, they can do so in a way that protects their employees and the community at large.”"

    Tesla Soap Opera 5:

    Mayor of Fremont, Lily Mei, published a statement in support of Musk’s intentions.

    “As the local shelter-in-place order continues without provisions for major manufacturing activity, such as Tesla, to resume, I am growing concerned about the potential implications for our regional economy. We know many essential businesses have proven they can successfully operate using strict safety and social distancing practices. I strongly believe these same practices could be possible for other manufacturing businesses, especially those that are so critical to our employment base. The City encourages the County to engage with our local businesses to come up with acceptable guidelines for re-opening our local economy. As we have done for over a decade, the City is prepared to support Tesla as soon as they are able to resume automobile manufacturing operations and are committed to a thoughtful, balanced approach to this effort that remains safe for our Fremont community.”

    Tesla Soap Opera 6:

    The lawsuit: From TechCrunch: "Tesla filed a lawsuit Saturday against Alameda County in an effort to invalidate orders that have prevented the automaker from reopening its factory in Fremont, California. The lawsuit, which seeks injunctive and declaratory relief against Alameda County, was first reported by CNBC. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for California's Northern District. The lawsuit argues that by preventing Tesla from opening, the Alameda County is going against its own guidance. "Alameda County has expressly recognized and publicized that “businesses may . . . operate to manufacture” batteries and electric vehicles," the complaint reads. "Inexplicably, however, the Third Order as well as County officials have simultaneously insisted that Tesla must remain shuttered, thereby further compounding the ambiguity, confusion and irrationality surrounding Alameda County’s position as to whether Tesla may resume manufacturing activities at its Fremont Factory and elsewhere in the County."

    Tesla Soap Opera 7:

    And finally: A California State assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez tweeted "F--- Elon Musk" on Saturday night, hours after the Tesla CEO announced was considering moving his company out of the state amid ongoing lockdown restrictions.

    GM EVS FULL SPEED AHEAD DESPITE CHEAP GAS AND RELAXED EMISSIONS

    "General Motors outperformed all expectations in the first quarter of 2020, posting $300 million in income on $32.7 billion in revenue. The results were discussed during the recent GM Q1 2020 earnings call, during which GM CEO Mary Barra discussed a number of things – including the company’s commitment to future GM EVs." reports GM Authority: "During the call, Credit Suisse analyst Dan Levy asked Barra about upcoming GM EVs, noting that the current environment of low gas prices and relaxed emissions regulations could make the case for pulling back on electric vehicle investment. However, Barra’s response indicated that it’s full speed ahead when it comes to electric vehicles. “Our commitment is unwavering,” Barra responded. “We think it’s the right path forward and we think with the Ultium battery platform that we have, the partnership we have with Honda, the strength we have from China where EVs and new energy vehicles are a key part of being successful in that market, positions us extremely well to have a leadership position in EVs with a full range of EV vehicles.”"

    Cadillac Lyriq crossover and GMC Hummer pickup were still on track.

    https://gmauthority.com/blog/2020/05/gm-evs-full-speed-ahead-despite-cheap-gas-and-relaxed-emissions/

    ARCFOX ALPHA-T SETS ENERGY DENSITY RECORD FOR EV BATTERIES

    "With a very impressive figure of 194,12 Wh/kg, the ARCFOX α-T now holds the record of having the most energy dense battery in a mass-produced electric car. The NCM 811 battery cells made by SK Innovation are very impressive and we’ll soon see them powering other electric cars." says PushEVs: "It’s curious that electric cars such as ARCFOX α-T, BYD Han EV and Xpeng P7 made by Chinese automakers seem to be the best alternatives to Tesla so far. Years ago we might have thought that German premium automakers would be the first to produce good alternatives. Anyway, Chinese electric cars have come a long way since the old BYD e6 launched in 2009, they are no longer super slow and inefficient. From now on, I will pay more attention to Chinese electric cars, some of which will end up being sold worldwide."

    https://pushevs.com/2020/05/09/arcfox-alpha-t-sets-energy-density-record-for-ev-batteries/

    BOB LUTZ: TESLA IS DOOMED AND HERE IS WHY

    "Bob Lutz, a former top leader of Ford, Chrysler and GM, is very skeptical and sometimes also derisive about Tesla. He's been this way for years." says InsideEVs, who have listed out the reasons Bobby thinks Tesla is doomed:

    they will fail, because of the "continued lack of profitability", "stocks gonna tank" and it will be difficult to raise more cash, especially if Elon Musk

    will undermine investor confidence

    "All they have are some good-looking electric cars that sell below cost"

    Tesla doesn't have unique technology, they are using the same lithium-ion technology as everybody else

    Every other manufacturer will introduce a 300+ mile electric car on the market (there will be no advantage)

    zero-emission credits as a source of revenues (in the U.S.) and in Europe (deal with FCA) will dry too

    Other manufacturers are forced to produce a certain amount of EVs, so they will do it, even at a loss, and then recoup the cost on conventional models (this is a major factor behind the rising prices on crossovers/SUVs and full-size pickups). For Tesla, it's a lot of EV competition.

    Another problem is too many employees at the plants (in particular at the Tesla Factory - currently closed)

    The vertical integration is wrong, as you not only spend precious capital instead of ordering stuff from suppliers, but also will be required to keep investing to stay competitive with external suppliers of the rest of the industry

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  • Show #772

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 8th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    TESLA IS TOLD BY CALIFORNIA COUNTY ITS FACTORY CAN’T REOPEN YET"

    "Tesla Inc. was told by the California county that’s home to its lone U.S. auto-assembly plant that it can’t reopen the facility, hours after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk made plans to do so." wrote Bloomberg Green today: "The county said in an emailed statement that it informed the company it didn’t meet criteria to reopen. Tesla aimed to restart the factory Friday afternoon, Musk told staff in an email seen by Bloomberg News. The CEO cited California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement earlier that he would let manufacturers in parts of the state resume operations starting Friday. What Musk didn’t mention in his memo was that Newsom also had said local authorities could remain more restrictive than the state. Another reason it’s unclear whether Tesla will be able to produce vehicles -- even if Alameda allows the company to reopen in Fremont -- is that its suppliers in other states aren’t able to operate yet."

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-08/tesla-aims-to-restart-fremont-plant-as-soon-as-friday-musk-says?sref=W369vOBR

    TESLA PATENTS A NEW BATTERY CELL THAT ELON MUSK HYPES AS ‘WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN IT SOUNDS’

    "Tesla has patented a new battery cell with a tabless electrode that Elon Musk hypes as “way more important than it sounds.”" reports electrek: "Current cells use a jelly-roll design in which the cathode, anode, and separators are rolled together and have a cathode tab and an anode tab to connect to the positive and negative terminals of the cell can. The new patent called “Cell with a Tabless Electrode” describes a new way to build cells in order to avoid this issue. For this particular new tabless electrode, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that this technology is “way more important than it sounds” without explaining more. More is expected to be announced at Tesla’s battery day in a few weeks."

    In the comments, morrisg had this to say and whilst i've read it a couple of times, i don't think i fully get it yet: "Wow, this has the capability of greatly reducing the internal cell resistance for the current paths into and out of the jelly roll. By providing a continuous path from the local anode or cathode active material across the width to the minus or plus electrode on the can, it eliminates lots of current conduction in the anode or cathode backing foil in the longitudinal direction of the jelly roll. That means you can also reduce the thickness of the foil backing as it isn't necessary to reduce the internal cell resistance along the major current path anymore. So, cheaper cells due to no tabs needed; cheaper due to thinner backing copper and aluminum foils; and better performance due to decreased internal cell resistance. Oh, and less internal heat generation too. So simple, so good. I expect this will be licensed to anyone adopting a cylindrical cell for high power applications like transportation or electrical grid storage."

    https://electrek.co/2020/05/07/tesla-patents-battery-cell-elon-musk-hypes-way-more-important-than-it-sounds/

    TESLA MODEL Y VIDEO REVIEW BY KELLEY BLUE BOOK

    "As for quality issues. Our car’s b-pillar trim doesn’t fit right and neither does this lower bumper trim, the rear door alignment is slightly off, the rear seats are similarly uneven, and there’s a loud rattle coming from the rear somewhere. Among the 3 braking modes, I love Hold. You can accelerate and decelerate using just the accelerator in most situations and the Model Y comes to a perfect, buttery smooth stop every time. If you want a pragmatic electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt, Hyundai Kona EV, and Nissan Leaf can all be had for much less, but the Model Y’s premium touches and technical strengths put it in another class. "

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    FIAT RELEASES FIRST 500E SMALL ELECTRIC CAR EDITION IN UK

    "Buyers in the UK may now put an order in for the first 500 of Fiat’s extra compact electric car 500e. Prices for the limited ‘La Prima’ edition come in below the 30k threshold after government subsidies." according to electrive: "Fiat has now released UK pricing where the electric 500e will start from £29,500 after the £3,000 plug-in car grant (PiCG) is applied. That’s for the first 500 high-spec ‘La Prima’ first-edition models, with less expensive models to follow. Buyers can expect deliveries in late 2020 or early 2021, according to Fiat. Fiat says the La Prima edition is £1,400 cheaper than the highest-spec Mini Electric and offers a more extended range of 199 miles from a 42 kWh battery. Also compare it to the Honda e: The 100 kW version starts in the UK at £26,160, the 113 kW version at £28,660 after subsidies but offers no more than 220 km of range."

    https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/08/fiat-releases-first-500e-small-electric-car-edition-in-uk/

    NISSAN PROBABLY HITS 500,000 EVS

    "Nissan is silent about it, but it seems that the company already sold about 500,000 all-electric cars globally. We knew that it was coming, as the LEAF was at about 450,000 several months ago and in one of the latest press releases (May 5, 2020), Nissan announced that the cumulative result is more than 470,000 LEAFs. We assume that 500,000 LEAFs should be reached within several months, by the end of 2020 - just in time to celebrate 10-years on the market since December 2010." says InsideEVs: "The second Nissan EV is the Nissan e-NV200, available in passenger and cargo versions in Europe and Japan. On May 7, Nissan announced that 42,000 were produced in Spain since 2014. Production and sales are not the same thing, but we guess that is enough to consider the level of 500,000 already crossed."

    https://insideevs.com/news/420665/nissan-ev-sales-500000/

    VOLKSWAGEN INVESTS IN BATTERY OPERATIONS AT SALZGITTER

    The joint venture between Volkswagen Group and the Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB is gaining further momentum. It has been decided that Volkswagen itself will erect the buildings and infrastructure for the joint venture’s “Northvolt Zwei” factory that is to produce lithium-ion battery cells, in order to leverage synergies at the Salzgitter site – based on the existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells. Some €450 million is to be invested in this project. The joint venture will then rent the factory space. Battery cell production at the plant is scheduled to commence in early 2024 with an initial production capacity of 16 gigawatt hours. In September 2019, Volkswagen and Northvolt established a joint venture to prepare for the large-scale production of lithium-ion batteries in Germany. Volkswagen’s commitment to erect the buildings and infrastructure is the next key strategic decision. Construction work at the site is scheduled to commence before the end of this year.

    https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2020/05/Volkswagen_invests_in_battery_operations_at_Salzgitter.html

    CHINA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL STANDARD FOR WIRELESS EV CHARGING BASED ON WITRICITY’S TECH

    WiTricity’s patented technology is foundational to the Chinese national standard (“GuoBiao” or GB standard) for wireless EV charging ratified and published by the China Electricity Council (CEC) on April 28, 2020 and announced on May 6, 2020.

    Standardization is critical to large-scale deployment of for EVs both in China and around the world, allowing any equipped EV to use any standard wireless charger. For the past four years, WiTricity has been actively involved in the Chinese wireless EV charging standardization process. Chinese automakers and their Tier 1 suppliers rely on the GB standard committee to define the wireless EV charging solution to be deployed in China. The ratified standard is now a major market enabler for deployment on vehicles and in public charging infrastructure. WiTricity has worked closely with the GB standard committee on several significant technical matters, including efforts to harmonize the China standard with other international standards.

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  • Show #771

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 7th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    SKODA ENYAQ IV TEASED AS THE COMPANY'S MOST POWERFUL CAR EVER

    “While the pint-sized Citigo iV will go down in history as Skoda’s first EV, the Enyaq iV will actually be the first model to be developed right from the start as an electric vehicle. It will ride on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform and take the shape as Skoda’s variant of the VW ID.4. The Czech automaker is now kicking off the teaser campaign by sharing images of camouflaged prototypes depicting the zero-emissions SUV.” Reports Motor1: “The Enyaq will be available with a choice between three battery sizes, kicking off with the 55-kWh pack offering 340 kilometers (211 miles) of range per the WLTP cycle. This base version is rear-wheel drive and comes with a rear-mounted electric motor developing 146 horsepower (109 kW). Step up to the midrange model and you’ll get a larger 62-kWh battery with enough juice for 390 kilometers (242 miles), feeding a rear electric motor producing 177 hp (132 kW). If you want the longest range possible, the rear-wheel-drive variant with the 82-kWh battery is the one to get as it offers 311 miles (500 kilometers) between charges while producing 201 hp (150 kW) from its rear-mounted electric motor. Skoda has also engineered the Enyaq to accommodate an all-wheel-drive layout with dual electric motors, one in the front and one at the back, with either 261 hp (195 kW) or a punchy 302 hp (225 kW). The latter is effectively the company’s most powerful production car ever and is suitably going to be badged as an “RS” model. It will do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in a respectable 6.2 seconds before topping out at 112 mph (180 km/h).”

    https://www.motor1.com/news/420380/2021-skoda-enyaq-iv-teaser/

    VOLKSWAGEN DESIGN BOSS: 'WRONG' NOT TO DEVELOP DEDICATED EVS

    Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff believes the freedom offered by electric technology means it would have been “the wrong decision” to develop vehicles with multiple powertrains rather than bespoke EVs such as the firm’s forthcoming ID 3.” According to Autocar: “The Volkswagen Group has developed the MEB platform as a dedicated electric architecture, which will be used for a range of ID-branded electric Volkswagens that will sit alongside its existing combustion-engined models. Sibling firms Audi, Seat and Skoda will also offer dedicated EVs built on the MEB platform.”

    Klaus Bischoff : “The new architecture that electric vehicles offer gives designers the chance to come up with an entirely new design approach. We’re aiming for develop something that gives customers big advantages: a small footprint, big interior and fully digital architecture. To keep [an electric car] in the traditional space would have been the wrong decision. There is more freedom [with a bespoke EV] because the car’s architecture volume and proportions are different. With the internal combustion engine out of the game, you can really move the proportions and bodystyles and you have a lot more flexibility, particularly in terms of interior design."

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volkswagen-design-boss-wrong-not-develop-dedicated-evs

    FIAT BOSS REVEALS THE THINKING BEHIND THE NEW ELECTRIC FIAT 500

    "Olivier François, Fiat’s brand president, is bullish about the new arrival, not least because it has only been possible through significant development. Early on, Fiat realised that just adapting an existing car to be pure-electric wouldn’t work; the 500’s trademark focus on style and usability can accommodate electrification, as in the recently launched Hybrid edition, but not the extra battery capacity needed for an EV. And as a result, the new 500 really is new, from the ground up." writes Auto Express.

    Olivier François: "This is not a Plan B. It is not a current platform that we’ve tweaked to accommodate some batteries. It’s all-new. And this little car, once again, is totally relevant. This is our urban Tesla. The thing we know is that we have a successful nameplate, It is a leader in Europe; people love it. What we don’t really know, what we have no visibility on, is future demand for electric vehicles. But we need to be ready. We know that demand for sure will explode, because of the regulations in city centres."

    https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/fiat/500/352208/boss-reveals-thinking-behind-new-electric-fiat-500

    NISSAN EUROPE ADDS VOLTIA ELECTRIC VAN TO ITS RANGE

    "The Nissan e-NV200 XL Voltia is a conversion from Voltia. The specialists from Slovakia have converted an e-NV200 into a high roof transporter for this purpose. The body and loading area have been lengthened slightly towards the rear, while the roof behind the driver’s cab has been made considerably higher. This means that the XL version of the e-NV200 with eight cubic metres has a loading space twice as large as the basic model." reports electrive: "Voltia had already launched the conversion with the original 24 kWh version of the e-NV200, but the current models have the newer 40 kWh battery. According to Voltia, the vehicle has been optimised primarily for delivery on the last mile. So far the Slovakians have distributed the model on their own and sold it to the French parcel service Chronopost and the British logistics company Gnewt, for example."

    https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/07/nissan-adds-voltia-electric-delivery-van-to-its-range/

    MUSK SAYS TESLA ROADSTER IS DELAYED UNTIL AFTER CYBERTRUCK

    "Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a podcast interview released on Thursday that the company's planned Roadster sports car would take a backseat to the development of other vehicle models." according to Autoblog: "When Rogan asked when he could buy a Roadster, Musk responded he could not provide a date, but said other initiatives, including a ramp-up in production of sport utility vehicle Model Y and the construction of a vehicle factory in Berlin, were priorities. "Roadster is kind of like dessert," Musk said. "We gotta get the meat and potatoes and greens and stuff." Musk also said Tesla should produce the Cybertruck, a futuristic-looking light commercial vehicle, before working on the Roadster. Tesla announced the Roadster, a battery-powered four-seater, at the end of 2017 and at the time said the car would be faster than any street-legal production car. Musk in the past has said Roadster sales would begin after a revised version of its Model S sedan is released, which was widely expected to be at the end of 2020."

    1:51:05 When is the Tesla Roadster and CyberTruck being released, and they talk about the future of Tesla

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/07/tesla-roadster-delayed-elon-musk/#slide-endcap

    GENIUS OR INTERNET TROLL? 54% OF TESLA RESPONDENTS BELIEVE MUSK’S TWITTER ACTIVITY IS HARMING THE COMPANY

    Blind, the anonymous professional network with over 3.5 million verified users, asked 50 Tesla employees two simple questions:

    How do you think Elon Musk’s Twitter activity is affecting your company?

    It is benefiting Tesla

    It is not affecting Tesla

    It is harming Tesla

    In your opinion, Elon Musk is:

    A genius

    Misunderstood

    An Internet troll

    All of the above

    None of the above

    Key Findings:

    53.7% of respondents believe Musk’s Twitter activity is harming the company

    26.1% of Tesla respondents believe Elon Musk is a genius

    10.9% of Tesla respondents believe Elon Musk is misunderstood

    10.9% of Tesla respondents believe Elon Musk is an internet troll

    43.5% of Tesla respondents believe Elon Musk is a combination of the three

    Tech employees are known for having their compensation linked to company value/stock price. So while Elon’s Twitter activity does generate conversation and media coverage, the impact on stock price does raise the question of how those directly work for him and compensated as such think of the situation.

    https://medium.com/@teamblind/genius-or-internet-troll-63a9c0a1161c

    GERMAN EV MARKET SHARE AT 8.5% IN APRIL

    "Germany saw the auto market drop 61% in April. While that doesn’t look good for the industry, it was much more resilient than the large neighboring markets of France and the UK. Market share of different powertrains was largely unchanged over recent months, with plug-in electric vehicles at 8.5% of passenger sales. Tesla was the only auto brand with increased sales year on year, up 10.4%." says Dr Max Holland for CleanTechnica. And whilst we don't have April data for models we do now have MArch model data, MOdel 3 way out front with 2034, then e-Golf 1524, ZOE 945 and e-tron 721.

    https://cleantechnica.com/2020/05/06/german-ev-market-share-at-8-5-in-april-overall-autos-down-61-yoy/

    WORLD’S BIGGEST SOLAR PLANT TO DELIVER POWER AT RECORD-LOW 1.35¢ PER KILOWATT-HOUR

    "The two-gigawatt Al Dhafra project in Abu Dhabi, the world’s biggest single-site solar installation, is expected to deliver electricity at a record-low US1.35¢ per kilowatt-hour when it goes into service in 2022." reports energycentral.com: "The bid to the Abu Dhabi Power Corporation came from a consortium consisting of Électricité de France (EDF) and the projects division of Chinese manufacturer Jinko Solar, Greentech Media reports. Greentech notes that Gulf states “have had more than their share of record-low solar prices of late,” with a project in Dubai offering power at 1.7¢/kWh last November, then a Qatar project led by French colossal fossil Total and Japanese conglomerate Marubeni coming in at 1.6¢ in January. “Now, three months later, the record looks set to pass back to the United Arab Emirates,” the industry newsletter says."

    https://energycentral.com/c/cp/world%E2%80%99s-biggest-solar-plant-deliver-power-record-low-135%C2%A2-kilowatt-hour

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  • Show #770

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 6th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    ID.4 APPEARS TO BE IN PRODUCTION ALREADY

    VW TOUAREG GTE SPIED WITHOUT AN INCH OF CAMOUFLAGE

    https://www.motor1.com/news/420270/vw-touareg-gte-spied/

    TESLA BATTERY DAY: DEAL WITH HANWHA PUTS ANOTHER PIECE TO THE PUZZLE

    https://insideevs.com/news/420337/tesla-battery-day-deal-hanwha-puzzle/

    NIO EV SALES SURGE IN APRIL

    TESLA UPDATE: TOYBOX & NEARBY CHARGING STATIONS

    AUDI PUT CHARGE HUBS INTO SHIPPING CONTAINERS

    SWEDEN’S EV MARKET SHARE AT 23% IN APRIL

    https://cleantechnica.com/2020/05/06/swedens-ev-market-share-at-23-in-april-doubles-year-on-year/

    WE DRIVE A 2020 NISSAN LEAF SL PLUS AT A CONSTANT 70 MPH TO TEST ITS RANGE

    https://insideevs.com/reviews/420126/nissan-leaf-plus-highway-range-test-video/

    NEXT-GEN VOLVO CARS TO BE POWERED BY LUMINAR LIDAR

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  • Show #769

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 5th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    NORWAY: ALMOST HALF OF ALL CARS SOLD IN APRIL WERE ELECTRIC

    https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/05/norway-sold-3671-bevs-in-april/

    UK: EVS TAKE RECORD MARKET SHARE OF 32% IN APRIL

    https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8898/evs-take-record-market-share-of-32-in-april/

    VOLKSWAGEN: ID.3 1ST AVAILABLE FOR ORDER FROM JUNE 17, 2020

    https://insideevs.com/news/420105/volkswagen-id3-available-order-june-17-2020/

    2021 AUDI Q4 E-TRON PRICING COULD MAKE THIS THE TIPPING POINT

    https://www.slashgear.com/2021-audi-q4-e-tron-pricing-could-make-this-the-tipping-point-05619298/

    ARCFOX ALPHA-T AWD EV FOR CHINA

    https://paultan.org/2020/04/29/arcfox-alpha-t-dual-motor-awd-ev-653-km-range-level-2-self-driving-with-future-l3-rm172k-in-china/

    2021 RENAULT KADJAR TO GO ELECTRIFIED

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/2021-renault-kadjar-go-upmarket-gain-electrified-powertrains

    TESLA STOCK RISE APPEARS TO QUALIFY ELON MUSK FOR $700 MILLION PAYDAY

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/04/elon-musk-stock-options/

    TESLA IMPROVES ON ITS ‘MILLION-MILE BATTERY’ WITH LESS COBALT AND HIGHER ENERGY DENSITY

    https://electrek.co/2020/05/05/tesla-million-mile-battery-less-cobalt-higher-energy-density/

    THE CHALLENGES AHEAD FOR ELECTRIC LEISURE BOATING

    https://www.idtechex.com/en/research-article/the-challenges-ahead-for-electric-leisure-boating/20589

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  • Show #768

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 4th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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    PRODUCTION OF HIGH-VOLTAGE TRACTION BATTERIES AT ŠKODA AUTO RESTARTS AS PLANNED

    https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2020/04/Production_of_high-voltage_traction_batteries.html

    CHEVROLET BOLT EUV SPIED AS CAMOUFLAGED PROTOTYPE

    https://insideevs.com/news/419760/chevrolet-bolt-euv-ev-spyshots/

    BYD SETS OUT EUROPEAN EV EXPANSION STRATEGY

    https://www.bydeurope.com/article/319

    AUDI E-TRON GT SPIED ON A RAINY DAY WITH PORSCHE TAYCAN WHEELS

    https://www.motor1.com/news/419900/audi-e-tron-gt-spied/

    JAGUAR'S NEXT-GENERATION XJ WILL BE ELECTRIC, BUT IT WON'T BEND DESIGN RULES

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/04/electric-jaguar-xj-design/

    VOLKSWAGEN TAKES SEAT OFF SMALL ELECTRIC CAR PROJECT

    https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/04/volkswagen-reassigns-small-meb-project/

    TESLA PHOTOS SHOW GIGAFACTORY 3 BATTERY FACTORY & MODEL Y ASSEMBLY PLANT

    https://cleantechnica.com/2020/05/04/tesla-photos-show-gigafactory-3-battery-factory-model-y-assembly-plant/

    TESLA ORDERS BATTERY-MAKING MACHINES ON ROAD TO BUILDING ITS OWN CELLS

    https://electrek.co/2020/05/04/tesla-battery-making-machines-cells/

    TESLA BATTERY RESEARCHERS OPEN PATH TO ALL-ELECTRIC RANGE EXTENDER CONCEPT

    https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-battery-researchers-all-electric-range-extender/

    RUMOR: NISSAN TO PULL BACK FROM EUROPE

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/rumor-nissan-pull-back-europe-174000924.html

    SURVEY FINDS WEAK EV & AUTONOMY CONSUMER CONFIDENCE & AWARENESS

    https://cleantechnica.com/2020/05/03/were-concerned-for-automakers-says-jd-power-exec-survey-finds-weak-ev-autonomy-consumer-confidence-awareness/

    AS MILAN EASES LOCKDOWN, MAYOR SAYS 'PEOPLE ARE READY' FOR GREEN CHANGE

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/04/milan-italy-coronavirus-pollution-green-city/

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