Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Sunday 24th 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.
REMOTE SPEED LIMIT FOLLOWING LATEST TESLA SOFTWARE PUSH
- Steven Loveday at InsideEVs writes: “Tesla’s recent over-the-air update adds a speed-limiting feature that is available via the mobile app.”
- So why do that? Well if you’ve waited two years for a Model 3 and lend it to a friend, leave it somewhere for a service, or even take it to a valet, you might want to restrict how much of that performance they can use.
- “According to Electrek, this new feature is part of software version 2018.24 and Tesla mobile app update 3.4.1. While the feature can be controlled via your smartphone and the Tesla app, you still have to be with the car to enable it while in Park.”
MERCEDES SLOWS DOWN BEFORE IT SPEEDS UP
- com: “Mercedes is pulling its PHEV C-Class, GLC and GLE-Class models from the market as it readies their new, next-generation replacements, which are due out next year. The outgoing PHEV models are being replaced with EQ-branded models that feature Mercedes’ nine-speed transmission and electric motor all in one unit.”
- So EQ is the name for any form of electrification.
- On the topic of the next era of plug ins, carbuzz say: “Top speed in electric mode has been raised to 87 mph (up from 81 mph in the second-generation). In addition, the electric range is up to 31 miles compared to only 21 miles in the second-generation.”
VW PIKES PEAK RACER
- com: “[VW’s] I.D. R Pikes Peak, which was unveiled in April, will debut on Sunday, equipped with two electric motors that allow it to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in under 2.5 seconds. The car was faster than any other vehicle up the first 5.2 miles of the course in qualifying on Wednesday. The course’s design makes even finishing difficult for humans and gas-powered vehicles. Thin air depletes racers’ energy and their cars’ engine capacity.”
LI SHUFU HAS A US$15 BILLION DREAM FOR GEELY’S LONDON BLACK TAXIS
- Chris Gubbey, chief executive of London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC): “If you take this quintessentially London product and turn it into a zero emission, purpose-designed taxi, it can become a transport solution and a contributor to improving air quality in every major city across the globe. Geely’s founder Li Shufu wants to “bring the product to the new world and into the new generation,” he said in an interview with the South China Morning Post.
- “Geely paid £11 million (US$14.6 million) in 2013 for The London Taxi Company, followed by another £295 million to build a new factory with the annual capacity to assemble 20,000 vehicles, while another £30 million were invested to develop a commercial van.”
- “Meanwhile, work began last month on a 7.2 billion yuan (US$1.1 billion) factory in Yiwu with the capacity for 100,000 electric vehicles a year. The Yiwu model, a variant of the black taxi, will be modified and adapted to Chinese preferences and tastes to serve a niche segment of premium ride-hailing services in China.”
HONDA SHOWCASES ITS 6,000 SOLAR PANEL ROOFTOP INSTALL
- com: “Honda flipped the switch on a new solar energy system at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, Calif., one of the largest solar arrays on a commercial building in Southern California, and at 2.0 megawatts (MW) direct current, one of Honda’s largest on-site renewable energy installations anywhere in the world. The new solar array features more than 6,000 panels and is expected to generate approximately 3,000-megawatt hours (MWh) annually.”
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