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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Thursday 23rd 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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NEWS IN BRIEF!
- Kicking off with some news in brief, and some quick bite-size headlines:
- The government of India is planning to subsidize EV charging infrastructure to speed up the EV revolution there, describing the situation with the well-worn chicken and egg metaphor, what comes first, the cars or the chargers.
- OPEL/Vauxhall has followed up their teaser with images of the GT X Experimental Concept – a compact SUV concept with coupe appeal, EV powertrain, with inductive charging and a 50kWh battery. Except it doesn’t because they haven’t even built a concept, it’s a picture. So they can give it whatever specs they want.
- And the average Sale Price Of Tesla Model 3 Now At $59,000, although that’s not an official line from Tesla, it crowdsources 4,600 Model 3 owners and what they paid, with that price going up due to AWD and Performance options more recently available.
TESLA MODEL 3 DEBUTS IN AUSTRALIA BUT NOT ON SALE UNTIL LATE 2019
- Tesla has flown in 3 production versions of the Model 3 to let Australian fans have a look around. And boy did they ever! Some people queued for hours to get just a few minutes with the car at showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
- Australian customers, like all those who paid their deposit over two years ago still have a year to wait before driving their cars.
- The best guesstimate for local deliveries is production starting in the next 12 months with deliveries to commence in the next 12 to 18 months. Here in the UK we don’t expect RHD model to appear before July 2019.
- I gather the model on display is the cheapest, long range RWD model, which is $66,610 in local currency before taxes and import duties are applied. Add those and you’re looking at $80,000 drive-away Aussie dollars
- The queues don’t surprise me because there’s a pent up demand to see it in the flesh. When I went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year it’s such aa different experience to studying photos.
HYUNDAI KONA EV HAS THE LONGEST EPA RANGE OF ANY NON-TESLA EV
- Recently on the show you and I went through the newly official EPA rating of the Hyundai KONA EV, or at least the long range 64kWh battery version, which is the only one being sold in North America. And I even mentioned it was more than the Chevrolet Bolt but I didn’t connect enough dots to make this statement.
- The KONA EV is the longest range of any electric vehicle currently on sale that isn’t built by Tesla.
- So the KONA pack stores 4kWH more energy than the Bolt, and as we’ve seen with the IONIQ Hyundai are getting a reputation for building efficient EVs.
- In terms of charging the KONA i want to say again, Hyundai have this really confusing way of describing it online and on press releases, they give the charge time of 54minutes when connected to a 100kW charger. However please remember, with the current of 200amps on the battery pack, and even 200amps being the max current on the current CCS plug, the theoretical max charge speed is ~72kW. I’ve been guilty in the past of saying it’s capable of 100kW charging but that’s an urban myth for some reason. That’s still a great speed by the way, 54mins to 80% at that speed, 75 mins on a 50kW charger and 9.5hours on the 7.2kW onboard.
HYUNDAI IONIQ EV N PERFORMANCE COULD BE COMING
- “Hyundai are planning to deliver electric N Performance models after the current crop of N cars, with the Hyundai Ioniq EV N looking to be in the frame.” says carsuk.net: “Hyundai’s N boss Albert Biermann, speaking to Automotive News, says the N Brand won’t be able to avoid electrification past 2021, and he seems to have a clear idea of what could be done. He said: “As an example, we have an Ioniq EV. Were we to find a nice battery, a bigger motor and inverter, we could make an Ioniq EV N with a nice chassis and more power. Something like that is not fully crazy.”
FORD: NO RUSH TO BRING ELECTRIC CARS TO AUSTRALIA
- “Ford will continue to take a cautious approach to the introduction of electric vehicles in Australia. That is despite the blue oval’s new local boss, Kay Hart, being promoted to the President post directly from Ford’s future-focused Team Edison division which is working to rapidly create new mobility solutions for Ford across the globe.” reports drive.com.au: “Speaking to Australian media for the first time this week at the launch of the updated 2019 Everest SUV, Hart told Drive there are no plans to fast forward the company’s future electric vehicle plans and will wait for the local market to mature and build confidence in battery-powered cars.”
TESLA MODEL S 75D VS JAGUAR IPACE
- It’s fun to compare cars on the drag strip. It’s not massively useful but it makes for a nice YouTube video. which is what Top Gear did with the Model S 75D vs the new Jaguar I-PACE. Many compare the Model X to the I-PACE but in terms of pricing, the S and I-PACE are £68k vs £64k respectively.
- The I-PACE is lighter and of course the Model S 75 is the baby of the Tesla range.
- The video shows the Tesla off the line first but eventually caught by the I-PACE just before the finish line.
NORWAY’S $1-TRILLION FUND CAN STAY INVESTOR IF TESLA GOES PRIVATE
- It’s always interesting to come across an article on oilprice.com because my first reaction is that it might not be complementary to an electric car company. “The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, Norway’s US$1-trillion Government Pension Fund Global, can remain a shareholder in Tesla under the fund’s governing rules if the EV maker becomes private, the Norwegian fund’s deputy CEO Trond Grande told Reuters on Tuesday.”
- “The fact that Musk revealed he had been talking to the Saudi fund, which has amassed its wealth from oil, prompted questions directed at the Norwegian wealth fund, also known as the ‘oil fund’ in Norway, whether it could be part of the taking-Tesla-private deal. Asked by Reuters, the Norwegian fund’s deputy CEO Grande declined to say on Tuesday if the EV maker had approached it about that. The manager noted that the fund’s main priority is preserving value.”
SIEMENS TO DEPLOY LONDON’S STREET LIGHT ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS WITH UBITRICITY
- “Siemens has partnered with electric vehicle charging solutions provider ubitricity to transform hundreds of London’s street lamps into new on street chargers. The company was one of eight to win a place on a city-wide framework contract hosted by Transport for London (TfL), the Greater London Authority and London Councils.” according to David Pratt for Current: “Drivers connect to it using a cable fitted with a meter that identifies the charging point and turns on the power. The data is sent digitally to a mobile power supplier who would bill for the electricity consumed, while those using a standard cable would be authorised through a mobile site.”
CITY OF LONDON CONSIDERS TRIAL OF NON-ELECTRIC CAR BAN
- A lot of talk today about this next story, “Non-electric vehicles could be banned from a “low emission” street in the City of London in a pilot project aimed at cutting air pollution. London’s financial centre is home to a number of nitrogen dioxide pollution hotspots, which are exacerbated by the area’s tall buildings and narrow streets” reports AutoExpress: “To combat this, the City of London’s air quality manager, Ruth Calderwood, said the council may introduce an “ultra low emission vehicle” street, onto which only electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) would be allowed.”
STARTUP AIMS TO PREVENT EV CHARGING FROM OVERLOADING THE GRID
- “The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is testing a novel technology that could prevent electric-vehicle charging from crashing the grid. The technology, from Californian startup PowerFlex Systems, is aimed at building owners looking to provide EV charging points, for example in parking lots.” this is a report by Jason Deign: “When drivers hook up their cars to a PowerFlex charger, they use a mobile app to tell the system which charging point they are using, what kind of vehicle they have, when they need to pick it up and how far they will be traveling afterward. This information allows the system to work out how much power to send to each vehicle, and when, while keeping the overall energy draw within a reasonable limit. Such load management techniques are already being investigated elsewhere and can help ensure that simultaneous wide-scale EV charging does not bring the grid down.”
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