Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Monday 23rd 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.
MICROLINO EV LOOKS POISED TO HIT EUROPEAN ROADS SOON
- “You may soon see these little electric runabouts flitting around European cities. The flat-out-adorable Microlino is a modern riff on BMW’s Isetta, the three-wheeled, front-door bubble car from the 1950s” writes Chris Paukert at cnet.com: “Micro Mobility Systems AG, the Swiss electric scooter company behind the project, has announced that the under-8-foot-long Microlino has just passed the final tests for EU homologation. That’s right, it’s now road-legal in Europe. The version powered by the 8kWh battery achieved 78 miles in testing, while the 14.4kWh version managed over 125 miles. Those may not seem like particularly impressive range figures, but they should be plenty for this strictly city-minded vehicle.”
RENAULT ZOE CLIMBS TO #1 IN GERMANY
- “The German plug-in electric car (PEV) market grew 23% in June, to 5,709 registrations, with plug-in hybrids (+25%) and fully electric cars (+21%) growing at a similar pace. In 2018, all-electrics are reaching 1% share, while plug-in hybrids have also grown their share to 1%, resulting in a total PEV share of 2%.” reported Jose Pontes for Clean Technica: “But the most interesting story on the fuels mix is the Titanic-like drop of diesel vehicles sales. In June, their sales sank 16%. The most popular EV this year so far is the Renault Zoe”
IN JUNE, OVER 78,000 PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CARS WERE SOLD IN CHINA
- But from Germany, to China, let’s supercharge those numbers. “In total, some 78,260 New Energy Cars were sold at 3.1% market share. It’s the world’s largest plug-in car market with nearly 373,000 cars sold during the first six months.” according to Mark Kane at InsideEVs
TESLA POLICE CARS START TO PATROL IN LUXEMBOURG
- com has news of yet another police force going electric: “Police in Luxembourg have added two Tesla electric cars to their fleet, hoping that their speedy acceleration will help them nab more criminals while also trimming the tiny country’s carbon emissions”
TESLA MIGHT SOON HAVE A ‘NEAR-MONOPOLISTIC’ HOLD ON THE EV MARKET
- Raul Hernandez notes that: “According to a team of Berenberg analysts led by Alexander Haissl, Tesla’s competitors have opted for a “low-risk, low-investment” strategy when it comes to electric vehicle manufacturing. That will leave Tesla in the driver’s seat with its all-in approach.”
- The analysts write: “With no clear pathway to high-volume EV [electric vehicle] production for these OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] before the mid-2020s Tesla will be given a near-monopolistic opportunity to gain market share and outcompete the incumbent automotive industry.”
- They continue to say: “Tesla/Panasonic continue to exhibit a clear advantage on cell and pack technology compared to all peers, on chemistry, cooling and cost,” write Berenberg analysts. “Tesla’s small and actively tube-cooled cells, which are not currently replicated and are unlikely to be so by competitors, drives significantly better residual values and cost-of-ownership advantages.”
- “Tesla will invest roughly $32.7 billion into electric vehicle projects over the next five years, which is 40% more than Daimler and Volkswagen combined, according to Berenberg estimates.
MODEL 3 ARRRIVES AT CLEAN TECHNICA
- Kyle Field at Clean Technica has a Model 3!: “One of our early reservations turned into a car this week as we took delivery of the CleanTechnica Tesla Model 3 at the Tesla Santa Barbara showroom. It’s a Long Range Black Model 3 with the Premium Upgrade Package!”
- He says: “Let’s talk looks. Yes, I know not everyone likes the looks of the car ? especially the dash ? but I absolutely love it. It feels so high end and sleek on the inside that it just makes me smile every time I get in. It’s simple enough to not feel cluttered but still manages to do everything I need it to do.”
MODEL 3 TRACK MODE
- “YouTuber Marques Brownlee recently had an opportunity to drive the Model 3 Performance on a track, and he pointed out an experimental “Track Mode” that takes the gloves off” spotted Jon Fingas at Engadget: “The in-testing feature switches on “stability control and powertrain settings configured for track driving,” and it’s no secret what that means: you can drift, understeer and otherwise push the electric car past its usual limits. It’s not certain when this will reach customers, or even what the final name will be. And as enthusiasts will tell you, it’s not a novel concept — many sports cars have the option to turn off handholding features. It’s still relatively rare among street-going electric vehicles, though, and serves as another signal that Tesla is interested in EV performance beyond straight-line acceleration.”
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