Sunday 15th April 2018.


The current Model 3 Tracker from Tom Randall and Dean Halford, as updated on 14th April, shows 16,020 cars produced, and a current rate of 2,332 Model 3’s being built per week.



  • The Hyundai IONIQ is not easy to get hold of, there’s a long waiting list but it’s worth it. Not only is it a great family car but, despite it’s modest 28kWh usable battery. That’s not a criticism because in tests with its peers ? the eGolf, new LEAF etc, it can often outperform them on range. However something I’ve seen more of online is complaints over it not being big enough for some markets, and Brinkwire say: “Hyundai has been made aware of this and it probably explains why the carmaker has been caught developing a long-wheelbase variant of the vehicle. The added length to the wheelbase will help free up more room inside the cabin and rumours are also indicating on the use of a larger battery with the car to take advantage of the space.”



  • Vanda Dendrobium. Price is £1m. It can accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in a ridiculous 2.7 seconds and the top speed figure is above 320 km/h.
  • Faraday Future FF 91. Faraday Future are said to be back on track with new funding. The FF 91 has three electric motors that make 1050 hp and is capable of doing 0-100 km/h in 2.39 seconds. The FF 91 also features torque vectoring and four-wheel steering to ensure it can corner hard
  • Nio EP9. From China, EP9 uses in-wheel motors like the Rimac C_Two, aerodynamically designed to generate more downforce than Formula 1 car, with an active rear spoiler. 0-100 km/h in 2.7 seconds.
  • Tesla Roadster. It has one electric motor at the front and two at the back. Tesla hasn’t revealed how much horsepower it makes but has claimed that will do 0-96 km/h 1.9 seconds, 0-160 km/h in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 400 km/h.
  • Rimac C_Two. It has four in-wheel electric motors that make a combined power of 1888 hp. Range between charges is 640 km and does 0-100 km/h in 1.85 seconds and a top speed of 413 km/h.



  • CNBC claim to have more dirt of Tesla, this is getting boring now, and say: “Tesla is struggling to manage and fix a significant volume of flawed or damaged parts from its suppliers, sending some to local machine shops for rework, according to several current and former Tesla The company said it also makes adjustments to the design of some parts after receiving them from suppliers. Evidence of Tesla’s rework burden stands in plain view in San Jose, California, less than a half-hour drive from the company’s main factory in Fremont. Towering racks and stacks of boxes emblazoned with Tesla’s name stood in the lot beside a sheet metal and machine shop called JL Precision earlier this month.”
  • Or you could say that Tesla has it’s sight sets on standards higher than others are willing to accept, and they want only the best, so they’re ensuring all the parts are perfect before using them to build with. Or you could remember that all car companies are known to do this rather than send a part back if it’s not up to standard. Or you could even just say those parts were being sent for evaluation or quality control. However it’s too easy to write just another Tesla bashing article.



  • “While the BMW i3 may not receive a replacement, the German automaker is allegedly planning an all-new model to replace it, dubbed the i1” says Autospies. “Despite what its name suggests, the BMW i1 would actually be larger than the current i3 but slightly smaller than the next-generation 1-Series, Spain’s reports. It is claimed that this all-new model will be based on the same platform as the Mini Cooper Electric and like its British cousin, receive power from a single electric motor powering the front wheels. If this is the case, the i1 should offer a similar range and performance specs to the Mini which, at this stage, still remain a mystery.”



  • And finally, on the subject of charging and grid demand, “Electric vehicle owners in areas served by New Hampshire Electric Cooperative will be able to get cheap power for recharging their cars, as long as they do it at night or on weekends” according to the Concord Monitor: “NHECannounced Friday that it would become the state’s first utility to offer time-of-day pricing, although only for charging electric cars during off-peak hours. The idea is to reduce the burden that electric vehicles place on the power grid, without discouraging them as a new source of business. They are going to be a growing source of electric load, and it’s new demand mostly,” said Seth Wheeler, spokesman for NHEC. “We don’t want to have to build new power plants to meet this new need. If they charge during periods of low demand, there’s plenty of power and we can avoid the need to build generation.”


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