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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Sunday 12th August 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.
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FORMULA E SAY ‘NO WAY’ TO ELECTRIC FORMULA 1 SERIES
- Jalopnik: “Ross Brawn said recently F1 could go all-electric within 10 years. But Formula E would like F1 to step off, because it apparently can’t try that until 2039.”
- “I think Formula 1 will evolve in the direction that has the right balance of sport, relevance, and engagement with the fans,” stated Brawn in a video on F1 Fan Voice. “If in five years’ time or ten years’ time there is a need, desire, or wish to have a different type of power unit in Formula 1, then we will do it. There is nothing to stop us having electric Formula 1 cars in the future.”
- Here’s what Agag said, from Autosport: “So the earliest Formula 1 could go electric is 2039, if we don’t renew our agreement with the FIA then, but I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t renew for longer. If they want to talk to me then of course that’s a different question – I’m always open to talk to people. But without talking to me there is no way they can do anything fully electric.”
- The Drive: “There is no reason Formula 1 cannot take full advantage of rapidly-maturing electric propulsion technology and showy, traditional internal combustion to attain the better attributes of each style of powertrain.”
NISSAN SOLD OVER 4,000 LEAFS IN EUROPE IN JULY
- “Sales of the Nissan LEAF in Europe increased in July to over 4,000 copies, which is the second best monthly result ever, after the 6,503 sold in March.” according to InsideEVs: “European consumers really like the new LEAF, as sales in Europe are higher than sales of the LEAF in Japan, U.S. and Canada combined (3,607). Similar situation was noted in June. Preliminary data suggests that in July Nissan sold no less than 7,631 LEAFs worldwide (probably more after including smaller markets).”
TESLA’S COMPETITORS: THE BIG TSUNAMI OF EV MODELS TO COME UNTIL 2022
- DriveMag: “- Jaguar I-Pace is set up to be a direct alternative for Tesla’s Model X and will begin selling towards the end of 2018, with prices starting at 10% less than the Model X”
- “- Audi e-Tron Sportback is an SUV that also attacks Tesla’s Model X. It will be revealed in production guise at the end of 2018 and start selling in 2019”
- “- Porsche Taycan is directly targeting the Model S and will come to the market in late 2019. It’s probably the most important competitor Tesla will have for its flagship in the next three years.”
- “- BMW i4 sedan will join the Germans’ electric lineup in 2020, and will be based on a completely different platform than the current BMW EVs, also targeting the Model 3. This platform will spawn other EVs at a pace after 2020.”
- “- Mercedes-Benz EQC. Expected to launch in 2019, it has everything Daimler could bring as technology to mark its serious entry in the EV segment.”
- “- Mercedes-Benz EQA will be launched somewhere in 2020, up against the Model 3”
- “- Polestar 2 EV will make its appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and should reach the showrooms in late 2019 at a price starting around $40,000”
- “But can Tesla first ramp up its production to at least 1,000,000 units by 2022 and then to 2,000,000 by 2025? Difficult to say. It certainly declared it wants to reach 500,000 units per year at its Shanghai factory by 2022. “
IT TURNS OUT TESLAS ARE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STEAL
- Every stolen Tesla since 2011 has been recovered ? all except 3. Quentin Fottrell for the New York Post says: “Tesla’s remote software updates have aimed to keep pace with its increasingly prolific production line. It’s no mean feat to get a stolen Tesla across state lines or even spirit it out of the country” especially if you try to stop at a Supercharger, that would give away your location immediately.
- “The actual ability to get into a Tesla would be somewhat difficult as you’d have to hack your way in,” says Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for Kelley Blue Book. “Most of the top 10 stolen vehicles in the US tend to be mass-market models. They’re primarily stolen for body parts and airbags, and anything thieves can sell to service shops.”
FARADAY FUTURE FF 91 VIRTUAL TOUR
- Digital trends: “Faraday wants to remind everyone of what they’ve been waiting for. So it launched a “3D Tour” feature on its website that lets customers take a virtual walk around the FF 91.”
- “The FF 91 sports a massive 130-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and at the car’s CES 2017 unveiling, Faraday said the pack would provide 378 miles of range on a charge. The powertrain consists of three electric motors producing a combined 1,050 horsepower.”
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TESLA RECRUITS BRITISH DESIGNER FROM VOLVO
- John McIlroy for AutoExpress: “Tesla has secured the services of the young British designer behind the radical looks of the Volvo XC40, Auto Express can reveal.”
- “Auto Express understands that Kettle started work as a senior designer with Tesla a few weeks ago – part of a team which ultimately reports into the American company’s design director, former Mazda man Franz Von Holzhausen. The move is a bold one for both parties; Tesla is likely to be hard at work on the next generation of its Model S (introduced back in 2012), as well as the smaller, more affordable model that the company’s boss Elon Musk has promised to deliver within the next five years.
GEELY INVESTIGATING £1.5 BILLION INVESTMENT INTO LOTUS
- “Giant Chinese automotive conglomerate Geely is considering a £1.5 billion cash injection into Lotus, according to a report by financial broadcaster Bloomberg. It comes after Geely took a majority stakeholding in Lotus last September, adding it to a growing number of automotive brands under the Chinese manufacturing giant’s umbrella.” according to Jordan Katsianis, www.evo.co.uk: “Geely has plenty of experience in reinvigorating established European brands, being sole owners Volvo and its impressive rise from a niche quasi-premium brand to one that can easily be mentioned in the same breath as Mercedes, BMW and Audi.”
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