Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Wednesday 4th July 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.
Before we start The Fourth Of July. In the USA I hope you’re enjoying some well-deserved time off, an Independence Day holiday with family, friends and fireworks. Can I just say on behalf of everyone over here 242 years ago, sorry about all that, we had a habit of taking things. And by things I mean countries.
TESLA IS OFFICIALLY BRINGING MODEL 3 IN EUROPE FOR FIRST TIME AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
- Fred at Electrek has AWESOME news for my UK listeners: “Tesla Model 3 has shown up in Europe in several unofficial events, but Tesla is now officially bringing the new electric car on the old continent for the first time this month.”
- Early M3 are also being invited too join them. I’ll see you there!
A SHOUTING ELON MUSK AND CHANGING RULES: INSIDE TELSA’S MODEL 3 SPRINT
- The reaction to Tesla’s 5k model 3 achievement are coming in and CNBC goes for full drama: “A tense and short-tempered Chief Executive Elon Musk barked at engineers on the Fremont, California assembly line. Tesla pulled workers from other departments to keep pumping out the Model 3 electric sedans, disrupting production of the Model S and X lines. And weekend shifts were mandatory.”
- They have a little more insight into those last few hours: “Leading up to Sunday morning’s production milestone, Musk paced the Model 3 line, snapping at his engineers when the around-the-clock production slowed or stopped due to problems with robots, one worker said. Tesla built a new line in just two weeks in a huge tent outside the main factory, an unprecedented move in an industry that takes years to plan out its assembly lines, and said the tented production area accounted for 20 percent of the Model 3s produced last week.”
- Tesla have made just shy of 50,000 Model S and X’s in the first 6 months of a year they planned to produce 100,000. So all things being equal, no more no less, they’ll do that too.
- “In the morning of Sunday, July 1, about five hours after the self-imposed second-quarter deadline had passed, the number 5,000 flashed on a countdown screen viewed by Tesla’s Model 3 assembly-line workers. The Model 3 itself bore a “5,000” sign in its front window.”
HYUNDAI CONFIRMS HYBRID AND PHEV FOR NEW SANTA FE
- The Hyundai Santa Fe looks like it’s electrifying for the next model. “Likely to arrive in 2020, the company confirmed their flagship SUV will receive a full array of hybrid powertrains, ranging from 48V mild hybrid, to hybrid and plug-in hybrid.” says Jonathan Musk for fleetworld.co.uk: “Although there is little detail to go on for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid Santa Fe models, the mild hybrid variant will be the first to market, joining a powerful 48V system to a 2.0-litre diesel that can add torque to the engine thus improving efficiency.”
NISSAN’S E-POWER TECHNOLOGY IS ANNIHILATING THE TOYOTA PRIUS IN JAPAN
- There’s a hybrid technology not so populate in USA and Europe but doing big business in Japan. There’s an ICE but it’s there as a generator and the battery always drives the wheels, but on the downside there’s no plug socket, so you rely on gas to charge the battery.
- Is that an EV as fossils are the only fuel? Nissan call it an electrified vehicle because it’s the same experience as an EV but with a much smaller 1.8kWh, and therefore lighter, plus cheaper battery. It’s in the Nissan Note and soon the Serena family van. It can do just 1.7 miles before the battery expires.
- Seeking Alpha says: “Given its hybrid nature, environmental consciousness may somewhat hinder adoption of the e-Power technology in Europe and China but it’s unclear how European and Chinese governments will react to Nissan’s technology. we are taking for granted that California’s ZEV Mandate provides a loophole for e-Power technology just as it does in the case of the range-extended version of the BMW i3.”
- The note is already Japan’s best-selling car with more buyers wanting e-power it’s soon to dethrone the mighty Toyota Prius.
- Would you buy one? You’d still have to fill it up all the time. You do get more miles as it’s technically more efficient to run the ICE as generator. Is this technology which is going to be outdated by the time battery prices drop?
VW ENDS GERMAN DIESEL FLEET RENEWAL SUBSIDIES
- “Volkswagen Group let its diesel fleet renewal program in Germany expire at the end of June, a company source said, deciding against extending it for a third time” reports AutoNews.com: “While some of the highest discounts were initially offered on cars equipped with alternative drivetrains such as full-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, over time VW Group focused its incentive more on replacing old diesels with new ones.”
TOLL DISCOUNTS OFFER ONE MORE REASON TO GO ELECTRIC
- In Ireland, “Drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid cars will pay a reduced fee on toll roads across the country from today” says Michael Cogley for The Times: “Those driving full electric vehicles will only pay half the toll rate while those using plug-in hybrids will get a reduction of 25 per cent. Drivers of fully hybrid cars, which rely on petrol or diesel to generate their initial energy, will receive no saving under the scheme.”
AUSTRALIAN FAST-CHARGERS SMASH EV “RANGE ANXIETY” ON AUTOBAHN
- Yesterday I was bashing Australia a bit for not having more solar and using that to power EV’s considering they have all the sunshine. So let me redress that with some praise. Sophie Vorrath at RenewEconomy: “Electric vehicle drivers on Germany’s Autobahn can now recharge their car batteries almost as fast as filling up a petrol tank, using Australian made technology. Brisbane based EV infrastructure company Tritium said on Tuesday it had exported and installed 12 of the most powerful electric car chargers on the market to a site in Germany”
- The IONITY project is installing 350kW charging goodness.
SWEDENS JULY 1 STEEP VEHICLE TAX HIKE SPARKS LAST MINUTE JUNE CAR SALES FRENZY
- “Significant increases in annual vehicle taxes, particularly for vehicles with high CO2 emission came into effect July 1 this year. These tax hikes for higher polluting cars in particular were at the root of Junes car sales bonanza” says AID with a view to how it will affect EVs: “Perhaps most significant, the one-off subsidies for low-emission electric (BEV) and plug-in-hybrid cars have changed. In short, starting July 1 this year, buyers of new zero-emission BEVs will get a SEK60,000 (5,800) purchase bonus. The bonus is paid six months after first registrations.”
TOURIST TAX TO FUND ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS
- Mallorca is a beautiful island off the coast of Spain which Mrs Lee and I love to visit because of the sunshine and a chance to practice our terrible Spanish. But I never many see EVs. Now it turns out I may be helping pay for them!
- 500 rapid chargers will be installed using 10 million Euros of funds from tourists. A new policy will halt the sale of new diesel vehicles from 2025 and petrol fuelled cars from 2035 as the island moves to electric.
GRIDSERVE® ANNOUNCE UK-WIDE NETWORK OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE “FORECOURTS OF THE FUTURE”
- Here in the UK: “GRIDSERVE’s national network of Electric Forecourts? will offer significantly more high power charging points than are currently available at most UK petrol stations, and a totally new customer-focused charging, retail and services offering”.
- Toddington Harper, chief executive of GRIDSERVE, said: “Our plan is to deliver for electric vehicle charging what Amazon has done for shopping online ? make it simple, price competitive, and a great customer experience”.
- The team is currently exploring relationships with landowners, developers, investors, EV manufacturers, fleet managers and retailers.
WHAT’S DRIVING OIL COMPANIES TO BUY ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING FIRMS?
- org has more thoughts on the recent purchase of Chargemaster by BP: “News of the Chargemaster acquisition comes less than a year after rival Shell shared plans to acquire NewMotion, a charging station company with more than 30,000 installations across 25 European countries. Other big oil and gas firms exploring alternative energy technologies include ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Saudi Aramco. Saudi Arabia’s largest commissioned solar power plant sits today in a parking lot at Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran. And last year, it was reported that the national oil company was considering an investment of up to $5 billion in the renewable energy sector.”
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