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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Tuesday 17th 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.
NEWS IN BRIEF:
- Renault has confirmed the Australian dealers that will sell the Zoe EV, while the electric hatchback’s list price of $47,990 before on-road costs has also been announced.
- Tesla is extending free unlimited Supercharging for Model S and Model X with referral program- but only for another two week
- A photo posted online showed the Performance Model 3 with 116MPGe, which less than the 130MPGe for the long range version
- Nissan’s design boss Alfonso Albaisa has been talking about the next Nissan GT-R, and said the engineering team is still developing the basic architecture of the program, and debating how much electric assistance the powertrain will consist of, whether it will be a plug-in hybrid, a fully electric car or remain powered by a conventional combustion engine.
FROM #1 CRITIC TO #1 FAN
- Sandy Munroe made a YouTube video of a first release Model 3 and didn’t hold back. Not a fan of the fit & finish
- But now having driven it, and taken it apart, someone has changed their tune.
- He raves about the electronics?.?the batteries??and he eats some humble pie?
RUMOUR MILL: TESLA TO ADOPT CCS?
- Should we start with a rumour? I report on unsubstantiated rumours so little on this show but here’s one that I’ve been asked about over the last few days, and then yesterday another thing crops up on Reddit, so let’s speculate.
- So let’s start with Reddit: A German Tesla supporter named “Tesla Klaus” spoke to a Tesla technician during a Supercharger stop in Germany, who was at the Supercharger to replace two cables. However Tesla Klaus claims the engineer told hi, he’s also doing preparations to add an additional cable to the Superchargers. Those additional cables will have CCS connectors (the chargers will have two cables, the existing Type 2 and then the new one with CCS Combo 2 plug). That’s needed because the European Model 3 will have a CCS port. Cables and Connectors will be water cooled to support more power. Reservoir with coolant will be placed on top of chargers
- Here in Europe Tesla uses a slightly modified Type 2 connector for Supercharging. Tesla had to add the GB/T DC connector to S and X and did that by adding a charge port door, however the Model 3 charge port area is large enough to fit the Combo 2 connector. Japan favours CHAdeMO but Tesla doesn’t support.
- However CCS Combo 2 can deliver charging up to 350kW, up to 1000v and 500A.
- In the European Union according to the Directive 2014/94/EU all high power DC charging points set up after November 18th 2017 shall be equipped for interoperability purposes at least with Combo 2 connectors.
- Elon has hinted at Supercharger V3 in the past. There are screenshots of a Model 3 in factory mode which show that Model 3 is capable of DC charging with a higher rate than the current superchargers support. S & X will probably also support this once their battery setup gets an upgrade.
ENGINEERING BOSS SAYS EVS “SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TRANSFORMATIONS OF ALL TIME”
- “Joe Kaeser, global chief executive of the engineering giant Siemens, said up to almost a third of jobs could be lost as the transition from combustion engines to electric cars takes place over the next decade, in what will be “one of the single most important transformations of all time”. writing in today’s Guardian newspaper Angela Monaghan: “Speaking over the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Kaeser said it would be a key challenge for industry leaders to build the car of the future responsibly and get the transformation right, because ultimately many traditional roles will disappear in the short-term.”
- He says: “It may cause quite a dip in employment, because if you have 20-30 less value chain, then ? you have 20%-30% fewer jobs. That is how it has been in the first three industrial revolutions. There has always been a significant change in employment. And then by enabling growth, it actually turned out that more jobs were created. Higher growth was achieved and obviously more people moved out of poverty and had better lives.”
TESLA MODEL 3 ROLLOVER CRASH HAS A GOOD ENDING FOR THE DRIVER
- “Rollover accidents for electric vehicles are generally regarded to be rare. That’s mostly due to the fact that they have large and heavy batteries at the bottom of the vehicle, producing a low centre of gravity. Just last May, Tesla showed off how it tried to make a Model X rollover without success.” reports JC Torres for Slashgear: “”I thought the car performed spectacularly from a safety standpoint. The driver seat airbags protected her during the roll including one underneath the steering wheel for her legs which I didn’t even know was there. As you can see from the photos the cabin was completely intact. The windshield and glass roof obviously shattered but they did not intrude into the cabin at all.””
- Redditor StapleGun shared pics of his blue Model 3 whose front was pretty much totaled. Especially the driver side front wheel that hit the freeway median with such force that it sheared the wheel off. But the surprise was how the inside of the car was, for all intents and purposes, totally fine.
20% OF PARKING SPACES SHOULD BE CONVERTED TO EV CHARGE POINTS
- “Local authorities should allocate one in five parking spaces to be converted into electric vehicle (EV) charge points by 2025 to prepare for the increasing uptake of zero-emission vehicles, a report has recommended.” according to James Fossdyke for Motor1.com: “The National Infrastructure Commission’s study into the UK’s economic infrastructure says councils should turn five percent of parking spaces, including on-street spaces, into electric vehicle charging bays by 2020, before upping that to 20 percent by 2025.”
- “The study also suggests regulating charging bays”
FORMULA E TEACHES CAR COMPANIES HOW TO MAKE ELECTRIC VEHICLES
- Forbes sat down with James Barclay, director for the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team, to talk about Jaguar’s involvement with Formula E and how the series will help the automaker continue to develop electric vehicles.
- “We’re already seeing real-world learnings from our activity in Formula E that apply to our production cars: the construction of some of the hardware items like the e-motors and inverter, the materials we use and the way we package them, the weight that we can achieve in the race car, how we maximize efficiency through software and control systems, how we optimize the whole powertrain, from the inverter to the e-motors. Fundamentally Formula E is about making cars go as fast as they can for as long as they can. From a production standpoint, that’s perfect because if you can achieve that in a customer car, it means the customer can drive longer and faster, too.”
LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR V12 HYBRID TO LAUNCH A GENERATION
- “Lamborghini will embrace electrification in its next-generation flagship supercar due early in the next decade, and in the models that will follow” reports Steve Walker for AutoExpress: “Plans are afoot not just for a V12 hybrid in the Aventador replacement that will come first but for a V10 hybrid in the next Huracan and a fourth Lamborghini model line could also be under consideration. The V12 hybrid Aventador replacement had already been confirmed to Auto Express by Lamborghini Research and Development boss Maurizio Reggiani back in January. An all-electric Lamborghini isn’t part of the firm’s immediate plans, but an EV is an option beyond the next generation hybrid supercar”
- Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali: “”When we’re talking about performance, the killer of performance is weight. But the more you go for new technology the more you have to counterbalance to ensure you keep the weight under control.”
LONDON’S BIGGEST ON-DEMAND CAR CLUB IS GOING ALL ELECTRIC
- “Zipcar announced today that it has started making Volkswagen e-Golfs available. Users will eventually have a pick of 325” reports the Evening Standard: “They will be available on Zipcar’s Flex 31p-per-minute package and have a range of 130 miles, suitable for short trips only. Some of the e-Golfs can be charged at the roadside, but most will be collected and taken to a “rapid charging station”.
AND FINALLY…DO YOU FANCY A JOB AT TESLA?
- Found on Zip Recruiter – Sr. Quality Engineer, Gigafactory
- “The successful candidate for this position must have a broad technical background with the ability to work with engineering, manufacturing, service, and suppliers across a wide variety of issues. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are an absolute requirement to establish effective working relationships within Tesla and outside. * Development of manufacturing requirements, quality standards, and product quality plans to assure products will meet expectations of our target customers. “
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