Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Saturday 22nd 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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FCC RELEASES PICTURE OF MODEL 3 KEY FOB
- From not being in America, all i can say is the FCC seems to be a really good place for leaks. When I used to follow mobile phones much more closely, there always seemed to be stories because the FCC published something. So thank you FCC.
- Fred at Electrek says; “Some owners have been complaining of occasional issues of using the app, which relies on their phone’s Bluetooth connection. When Tesla applied for a new key fob using a BLE frequency with the FCC, we speculated that Tesla was introducing the device for Model 3. The documents were confidential until today and now we can confirm that the key fob is for Model 3”
- It’s very similar to the Model S and X fobs, so kinda chunky, and with buttons for doors, frunk and trunk.
- I’m not clear on whether it will ship as standard or be a paid extra, for many owners the mobile method has worked just fine.
LARGE DELIVERY OF MODEL 3’S
- From InsideEvs.com: “A trusted source that works at Tesla and requested to remain anonymous contacted InsideEVs with some inside information. Makes sense right? Anyhow, they shared that Tesla Service Center techs are being pulled from their usual duties over the next week or so to help with deliveries. Apparently, Tesla has readied some 7,000 Model 3 vehicles to be delivered just in the San Francisco Bay Area over the course of seven days. We hear that the specific goal is for the automaker to deliver 1,000 Model 3s each day for the last week of the month in the Bay Area alone.”
POLESTAR UNVEILS FIRST PRODUCTION EV WITH AIM TO OVERTAKE TESLA
- “Polestar debuted its first production EV and previewed its electric car line in New York with the CEO squarely taking aim at Tesla.” reports Jake Bright for TechCrunch.
- The Polestar 1 isn’t cheap at $155,000 but you do get both batteries and a fossil for performance. There are three motors powered by twin 34kWh battery packs and that’s before you stick gas in. With a range of 100 miles you won’t NEED the fossil unless you want it to gun the car all day. I can’t think of a hybrid which has a range of more than 100 miles, that better than most first gen BEVs.
- “Polestar 2 will be a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3…” CEO Thomas Ingenlath said on the launch stage. He told TechCrunch the company will focus more on creating converts to EVs than pulling away Tesla’s existing market share.
- “There are many people out there who still think a car has to have a combustion engine. Polestar 1 is an extremely good vehicle to get people across that line and once they drive it…understand what an amazing experience an electric car is.”
- “While Polestar’s HQ is in Gothenburg, Sweden, it will manufacture cars at a plant in Chengdu China.”
TESLARATI HAS NEW SEMI VIDEO
- “The Semi has since been sighted in multiple states across the US, and during the company’s Q2 2018 earnings call, Jerome Guillen, the former head of Tesla’s truck programs who is now serving as the company’s President of Automotive, pointed out that the vehicle had already been improved since it was initially unveiled. The exact nature of these improvements remains to be seen, but if a video of the Semi captured earlier this month is any indication, it appears that the electric long-hauler has gotten even more daunting and impressive when it performs a full-speed acceleration run.”
- Simon at Teslarati says: “The Semi’s performance, handling, and power were specifically pointed out by professional driver Emile Bouret, a close friend of Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen, in an Instagram post earlier this month.”
RENAULT UNVEILS SMART ISLAND ON BELLE-ÎLE-EN-MER
- Renault say they’re delighted to unveil a brand new joint project known as FlexMob’île. The aim of this smart electric ecosystem is to facilitate the energy transition on the French island of Belle-Île-en-Mer which lies off the coast of southern Brittany.
- This initiative follows in the footsteps of the innovative Smart Fossil Free Island programme which has been operational since last February on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo in the Madeira archipelago. For the next 24 months, Groupe Renault and its public and private partners will be developing a smart electric ecosystem that has been conceived to reduce the island’s carbon footprint and increase its energy independence.
- From 2019, Belle-Île-en-Mer residents and visitors to the island will have access to a fleet of electric cars by means of a self-service hire programme featuring Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. These vehicles will be powered thanks to a network of charging stations located close to the island’s main attractions. This new carsharing service will take advantage of surplus energy produced by solar panels installed on the roofs of the island’s main public buildings. For instance, solar panels on the school’s rooftop provide heat and lighting for classrooms during the week, while the energy produced at weekends or during school holidays will be used to charge the cars.
- Groupe Renault plans to provide second-life electric car batteries for the island’s largest holiday residences facility. These batteries will be used to store energy produced during the day by solar panels for use in the evening, chiefly to heat the bungalows. This should allow the centre to extend its season which until now has been restricted by central heating costs.
A TRIP TO HOSPITAL IN AN EV?
- “The EV revolution may be starting to gain ground on the retail market, but emergency service vehicles such as ambulances should switch to electric or hybrid propulsion, according to the UK’s leading public health body.” reports AutoExpress.co.uk: “The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance recommending public-sector organisations “should make low vehicle emissions one of the key criteria when making routine procurement decisions. This could include selecting low-emission vehicles, including electric vehicles.” “
TESLA SIGNS THREE YEAR DEAL WITH GANFENG FOR LITHIUM
- “China’s top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it’s agreed a deal with Tesla Inc. to supply a fifth of its production to the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts.” according to Bloomberg: “Tesla will designate its battery suppliers to buy lithium-hydroxide products from Ganfeng Lithium Co. and its unit, the Jiangxi-based company said in a filing to the Shenzhen exchange on Friday. The agreement runs from 2018 to 2020 and could be extended by three years, Ganfeng said.”
- “Earlier this week, Ganfeng announced an agreement to supply LG Chem between 2019-2025 under a supplementary contract, according to a separate filing. Tesla may need as much as 28,000 tons of lithium hydroxide a year from late next year based on battery output at its Nevada facility reaching the equivalent of 35 gigawatt hours, according to Benchmark Mineral’s forecasts.”
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