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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Friday 27th 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.



  • “Chinas Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry to the tune of About 279,000 barrels of fuel a day and adds 9500 zero emision #EV buses every 5 weeks.”
  • From Greg Wester @gwestr “Tesla lets software engineers on the factory floor to join the line and turn wrenches so they can automate the work and retool the line for speed”



  • “Thanks for mentioning my recent Kona article on cleantechnica. The charging power info that you were not confident about is actually referenced (link through) in the article at the point where I make the 80 kW statement”.


  • …and my reply: “Hi Max,I think the confusion here is on the Hyundai press materials it says “when connected to a 100kW charger”. I wonder if everyone has seen that, assumed that’s the charge rate, and ran with it? If you search for “Hyundai Kona EV 100kW” which is what I did before that show, you get countless articles all saying it has 100kW charge speed. And if you want the 2hour video review from Bjorn Nyland, who had one from Hyundai for a test, he says he’s been told it will charge up to 100kW. So I think I’ve just heard that number a lot from people who also know a lot about it. But saying all that, I agree that you (and John) are working from the most reliable ‘first hand’ information. i.e. the engineers. I was wrong to trust those other sources. I’ve attached the datasheet from Hyundai North America which confirms the pack is 356v nominal. If it’s using the same LG Chem pack as the Bolt, the consensus  seems to be a configuration of 3.7V * 60Ah * 288 cells = 64kWh and 3.7V * 96 cell triplets = 355.2V.
  • If the engineers were being specific with max current of 200amps, at that voltage, that’s 71.6kW which is in the ball park of the IONIQ. Also I have a feeling the maximum current you can put through the CCS connector is 200A.



  • Electrek says they have heard from some disappointed owners that some are seeing their deliveries being pushed back by several months.
  • Fred Lambert says: “Dealers say it is due to “manufacturing issues” while Jaguar says it is “prioritizing” orders.”
  • “We contacted Jaguar over the issue and the automaker says that it still plans for customer production to start “late this summer”, but it confirmed that some customers are experiencing delays due to “prioritization”: “In some instances individual customers may have been informed of a delay regarding their order. This will be due to prioritisation of market specific orders to best meet the exceptional demand.””
  • “A source familiar with the matter told Electrek that Jaguar’s supply of Matrix LED headlights are actually limited and the company might be pushing orders of non-First Edition vehicles in order to focus on the First Edition vehicles which need to be 2019 model year.”




  • “EV Connect, a provider of charging solutions including a cloud-based network management platform, has closed an $8-million financing round, led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund” reports Charged EVs: “The company will use the new funds to accelerate the deployment of its EV Cloud management platform in the US, advance its integration with utility grid systems and expand into new global markets.”



  • In preparation for the launch of the new 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which goes on sale in the UK on August 1, the first shipment of vehicles has arrived in the UK at Bristol’s Royal Portbury Docks, with more shipments set to dock in the following weeks” according to Electric Cars Report: “The new 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been engineered to meet the latest emissions regulations and comfortably qualifies for the government plug-in car grant thanks to its WLTP emissions of 46g/km and EV range of 28 miles, while also attracting the lowest possible BIK rate of 13 percent.”
  • The first batch of 200 will soon be followed by another 2000.



  • “Daimler AG on Wednesday said it will add battery manufacturing capabilities to its Mercedes-Benz plants in Sindelfingen and Untertuerkheim, as the carmaker seeks to transition from combustion to electric cars.” reports an Autoblog article: “The battery deal is part of a 1.5 billion euro ($1.75 billion) transformation plan to retool Mercedes-Benz plants to build zero-emission and autonomous vehicles, the carmaker said.”




  • Crippled with public debt and dogged by rising oil prices, the island’s new government wants to make its bus network electric, and eventually switch all government transport too.” reports Reuters: “Increased state investment in electric buses would help upgrade transport systems, while cutting climate-changing emissions and paving the way for consumers to follow. Plug-in vehicles could also “piggy-back” on a push to inject more power into the grid from renewables like solar, wind and hydro. Costs are high, however, and on some islands, import duties for electric vehicles are higher than on combustion-engine cars.”




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