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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Wednesday 19th September 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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WHAT CAR? AND AUTOCAR DRIVE KIA NIRO ELECTRIC
- WhatCar says: “The official 301 miles that the Kia e-Niro can do between charges is therefore one of the most impressive figures yet, and one that only the Hyundai Kona Electric (with which the e-Niro shares several key components) and much more expensive, premium-badged models are up around.”
- Is that a new name? Hasn’t it always been called the Kia Niro EV. e-Niro is new.
- “The Niro is a very quick car – almost shockingly so. The first time you put your foot down, you’re taken aback by just how urgent and rapid it feels, delivering its power more like a sports car than a Niro hybrid. Another experience familiar from that car is the steering wheel paddles, which allow you to control the level of regenerative braking from the drivetrain. There are four settings to choose from, with the most aggressive ideal for one-pedal driving – although the system on our test car had a habit of resetting itself to an ‘auto’ mode where it decides the level for you. “
- Meanwhile Autocar says; “Look for a bit of extra poke to make a pass on the motorway, and it’s all there before your right foot has barely touched the pedal. We even managed to spin the wheels accelerating out of a 30mph zone into a main A-road.”
- In the UK we’re looking at early 2019 on sale and base model starting at £30,000.
- The Kia press release says:
- New Kia e-Niro provides driving range of up to 485 kilometres on a single charge from high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery
- 615 km homologated range for city driving
- 312-kilometre combined cycle range from standard 39.2 kWh battery pack
- Zero-emissions crossover combines electric power with crossover space and practicality
- Innovative technologies to harvest and conserve electric energy
- 200,000 Niro models sold globally since 2016; 65,000 sold in Europe
- Paris Motor Show debut; on-sale across Europe by the end of 2018
- That matches with Bjorn Nyland who did a 56mph test in Korea and got 500kms or 310 miles with the dash still showing 6.8 miles remaining, and there’s probably a buffer after that as well. And ono that trip he had some elevation to contend with as well.
JAMES DYSON TELLS OF PLANS FOR ‘SILENT CITY’ OF ELECTRIC CARS
- The Evening Standard, a London newspaper, has just published an interview with James Dyson.
- Dyson’s electric car project fascinates me for several reasons. Firstly, opposite of Tesla. They have a figurehead who isn’t on Twitter 15 times a day, they’re spending a bucketload of money, James Dyson has a track record of innovation AND being able to commercialise those ideas into strong profits.
- Julian Glover for The Standard has been to Dyson HQ.
- “And at the middle of it all sits an engaging Englishman in thick-rimmed round glasses. The son of a teacher from Norfolk, he’s turned what was a start-up in 1993 into a global business — and, according to the Sunday Times Rich List , he is now worth almost £10 billion.”
- “iPhones are wrapped in plastic at the door, to block their cameras. You can look in through glass windows at rows of desks at the front of the long, flowing steel building but behind them are bigger, very private areas where the company is developing what it expects to be its most remarkable product. “
- James Dyson said: “If you’re trying to do something radical and different it’s quite a good idea not to have experience but to be naive and inquisitive. I hope to do it very differently to Tesla on all sorts of levels. My approach is the technology approach, I’m risking my own money not shareholder’s money, which is very, very different”.”
- “We know what we have got to do,” he says. “We’re developing a new type of battery — safer, quicker to charge and able to power vehicles for longer. It is literally a solid,”
- Struck with how hard it was to find good engineering graduates he solved that problem by launching his own University.
- “The second intake, 40 per cent female, against an average at other universities of around 14 per cent, has just arrived on site at the start of a four-year course. New pods to house them are being built. A clubhouse is going up and there’s a gym but this isn’t a typical student experience. “They work for us for three days, have two days academic work and then usually have a lot of work to do over the weekend, so it’s a tough course. They come here because they wanted to do real live things and are taught by real live engineers. We pay them, so the nice thing is they aren’t having to borrow money.” And there are no fees. Elsewhere, “undergraduates get a terribly raw deal in my view, they have to borrow all this money and are only taught for half the year”.
CANADIAN HOUSEHOLDS CAN SAVE BIG BY DRIVING ELECTRIC CARS: STUDY
- A report released last week by environmental group the 2 Degrees Institute showed that Canadians can save from 66 to 77 per cent of fuel and operating costs by driving battery electric cars.” according to this article I found on the Canadian Huffington Post: “It also found that since electric cars have fewer moving parts, as well as less scheduled and virtually no routine maintenance, service costs were also lower. Depending on the province, this could range from $23,000 to $36,000 over 10 years, or $27,000 to $38,000 over a vehicle’s lifetime of 250,000 kilometres driven.”
PORSCHE ELECTRIC PIT STOP
- “The Porsche “electric pit stop,” it’s a charging system built up of modular blocks that can adapt more readily to existing infrastructure, space constraints, and how many cars it might be expected to deal with.” says Slashgear: “The current system, Porsche argues, is awkward both aesthetically and in terms of the engineering. Every fast-charging cabinet contains all of the components required for charging: the transformer, galvanic isolation, power electronics, cooling, and connectivity. It’s bulky, and it’s expensive to deploy.”
- So Porsche want to split chargers into their component parts, in order to scale.
- “For smaller locations, there are systems too. The ComboBox, for instance, combines both PowerBox and CoolingBox functionality in one. A ChargeBox, meanwhile, works around limitations of the grid supplying the system, with a buffer storage battery that can supplement the regular supply. Porsche has two models, one with a 70 kWh battery and a 160 kW charging station, and another with a 140 kWh battery and two 160 kW charging stations, combinable for 320 kW.”
TESLA HAS ‘NO CREDIBLE COMPETITION,’ ANALYST SAYS
- Tesla Inc. faces no competition at present, and when it does it will be able to hold its own, analysts at Bernstein said in a note Monday. And all the hand-wringing about potential rivals for its electric cars glosses over Tesla’s greatest long-term competitive advantage: its “unparalleled brand,” they said.” and reported by Claudia Assis for Market Watch: “”But let’s make this clear: there is no actual flood of competition coming,” the analysts, led by Toni Sacconaghi, said. “We tallied up every announced electric vehicle arriving in the U.S. between now and 2022, and the results were stark.” Moreover, incumbent auto makers will help “validate and expand the existing market for electric cars” rather than hampering Tesla with their own electric-vehicle launches, the analysts said.”
EVERY MCDONALD’S IN NETHERLANDS TO HAVE AN EV CHARGING STATION
- And finally…a nice story for anyone who loves a Maccy D’s. When you’ve gotta have your 20 nugs and a chocolate shake but need to charge your car.
- “McDonald’s have announced their partnership with Dutch company Nuon to implement EV charging stations at their Drive-in sites in the Netherlands.” reports Climate Action: “The agreement is set to start at the end of 2018 with the installation of 168 charging stations at every McDonald’s in the Netherlands with a McDrive. They aim to charge an electric vehicle in half an hour powered by green electricity from Dutch windmills.”
- Bas Klaassen, Director Development Real Estate & Construction at McDonald’s, said: “With this agreement, together with Nuon, we are taking an important step in addition to our objectives of making our restaurants more sustainable. Electric riders can get back on the road within half an hour and have the time for a good cup of coffee. The fast-charging stations run entirely on green electricity.”
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