Hello and welcome to the Sunday 17th June edition of EV News Daily. It’s Martyn Lee here with the news you need to know about electric cars and the move towards sustainable transport.
NEW MODEL 3 ASSEMBLEY LINE JUST PRODUCED IT’S FIRST CAR
- It was only a month ago we heard the details of the dual motor, and much more expensive Performance versions, of the Model 3. Or as they seem to be called these days the 3D and P3D!
- And yesterday Elon Musk revealed the very first Model 3 just rolled off the new assembly line at the Fremont factory. And when I say factory, it’s more like a semi-permanent tent.
- He tweeted a pic of a Performance model, and we know that because we can see the red brake callipers, and whilst it’s not totally clear you can make out the white interior. Both are only appearing for now on the P3D.
- Range: 310 miles
- 0 to 60 mph acceleration: 3.5 seconds
- Top speed: 155 mph
- Price: $78,000 (without autopilot)
ELON MUSK WILL BE ‘ALMOST 24/7’ AT FACTORY TO HELP FIX A FEW BOTTLENECKS
- “An e-mail sent to all Tesla staff from Elon Musk on Friday night congratulated employees for the progress they’ve made on Model 3 vehicle production recently ? but also said “radical improvements” are still needed in manufacturing to hit the company’s quarterly targets.” according to CNBC: “It also references a man named Omead, presumably Omead Afshar, a project manager in the office of the CEO at Tesla”
- It’s getting very exciting! All parts of the Model 3 production system are now above 500 and some are almost at 700 cars already. Congratulations to all on making so much progress!
- That said, radical improvements are still needed in paint shop output, GA3, bringing up the new GA4, End of Line and Module Zone 4 at Giga. We also need to achieve sustained, 700+ per week on the body line. Wherever you are in the company, if you feel you can help out in any of those areas, please check in with Jat Dhillon on GA3, Jerome Guillen on GA4 and Omead on EoL and JB Straubel or Christ Lister on Module Zone 4. I will be at our Fremont factory almost 24/7 for the next several days checking in with those groups to make sure they have as many resources as they can handle. Thanks, Elon
CHADEMO 2.0 ALLOWS FOR CHARGING UP TO 400 KW
- A while ago on the podcast I was talking with you about the new specs for CHAdeMO and now it looks like those draft specifications have been ratified for CHAdeMO 2.0.
- Electrive reports: “The system allows for charging capacities up to 400 kW, and allows for charging up to 1,000 volts with liquid-cooled cables without changing plugs or via current collectors. CHAdeMO 2.0 also opens the door to fast charging for larger electric vehicles, such as trucks and buses. The main benefit compared to the CCS system remains: The Japanese DC charging system will remain V2G capable. Furthermore, the new CHAdeMO technology is compatible with Plug-and-Charge functionalities, allowing for automated authentication and payment.”
PRINCE CHARLES WANTS LUXURY ELECTRIC CAR FOR ROYAL FLEET
- “The Prince of Wales is preparing to add an electric car to the royal fleet after making friends with the brother of Elon Musk, founder of Tesla.” according to the Mail in the UK: “While hosting the multinational’s board member Kimbal Musk and his fiancée at Dumfries House in Scotland, Charles test drove a £73,350 black Tesla Model S. And he now wants to make the Royal Family’s car collection more eco-friendly by including an electric vehicle. Clarence House told The Daily Telegraph: ‘There is definitely a plan for us to incorporate electric cars into the royal fleet.”
NEW HIGH-TECH 2020 NISSAN QASHQAI SET TO GO HYBRID
- “The next-generation Nissan Qashqai, due in showrooms in 2020, will feature two new hybrid systems plus a sleek design makeover, Auto Express can exclusively reveal. However, there won’t be a pure-electric version, while Nissan is also considering ditching diesel from what is currently the UK’s third best-selling car.” co.uk reports: “Full electric power will be reserved for a separate SUV model based on an all-new platform. It’s likely to underpin a whole family of electric cars spanning B, C and D segments (everything from Juke to X-Trail) for Nissan and its Alliance partners Renault and Mitsubishi.”
NISSAN JOINS FORCES WITH E.ON FOR V2G AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
- Mark Kane at InsideEVs has picked up on a story: “Nissan announced a new partnership concerning electric vehicle-to-grid services and renewable energy projects with energy supplier E.ON”
- Nissan look like they want to be an energy company and not just an auto maker, with business units around renewable energy generation, energy storage systems, vehicle-to-grid systems, grid integration for Nissan EV customers
- Nissan say “Nissan uses its Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology to achieve this. It’s a key element of Intelligent Integration ? one of the three central pillars of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision. The partnership with E.ON will utilise a V2G infrastructure and Nissan’s advanced bi-directional charging technology. It will allow customers to draw energy from the electricity grid to power their electric vehicle. They can also ‘sell’ that energy back to the grid for others to use. This could represent no fuel costs for the customer ? just free power for their EV.”
SOFTWARE FIX FOR 2016-17 NISSAN LEAFS MAY IMPROVE BATTERY RANGE
- Green Car Reports has an update on 30kWh Nissan LEAF battery issue: “In March we told you about a study of a small group of 2016 and 2017 Nissan Leaf models equipped with the larger, 30kWh battery pack that had abnormal battery degradation. That study concluded that nearly four out of five of the larger battery packs examined lost cell capacity three times faster than earlier 24kWh battery packs that were studied. This week, Nissan said it would issue a software update for the battery controllers to help stem the power loss. The software fix was reported by Clean Fleet Report. According to the report, the software fix addresses a known issue about the controller miscalculating the available range and charge from the battery. Initially, some suspected that the Leaf’s air cooling for its batteries?rather than liquid cooling?was to blame for reduced capacity and higher degradation. The study in March didn’t observe the redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf’s battery pack, which was upgraded further to 40 kWh.”
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