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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 16th October 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.
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PORSCHE ENTERS ‘THE ELECTRIC ERA’ WITH THEIR NEW TAYCAN
- “The Porsche Taycan is still roughly a year away from hitting showrooms, but Porsche has further tipped its hand toward what its electric vehicle future is going to look like” according to CNET: “The Taycan production car, which was previewed by a pair of Mission E concepts, is expected to bring more than 600 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and boast a driving range of about 300 miles to the party.”
- “The Taycan is one of biggest creators of jobs in the history of Porsche” those are the words of Andreas Haffner, Member of the Executive Board responsible for HR and Social Affairs, Porsche.
- That’s because there’s a 6 billion euro investment in the electrification plan hiring 1,200 new employees.
- Some of the highlighted quotes from Porsche today: “By applying flexi-line production, Porsche will become the first vehicle manufacturer to use driverless transport systems in a continuous series production process. In addition to efficient processes, the revenue from digital products and services should also increasingly contribute to our economic success. We expect by 2025, roughly 50 percent of our products to be electrified, either with a fully electric engine or with a plug-in hybrid.”
- Meanwhile Automotive News Europe reports: ” its U.S. dealers will be required to shoulder a significant share. Porsche bumped up the number of high-speed chargers it would need to more than 700, or about 40 percent more than previously estimated. U.S. dealers will be on the hook for at least 200 of those. It’s a pricey ask of the 190-store brand. The chargers will cost retailers between $300,000 and $400,000 per store on average, Porsche estimated. The numbers of chargers dealers must install will be based on sales. Dealers are expected to install at least two fast chargers at each location along with a buffer battery that stores electricity from the grid and is less expensive than charging vehicles directly from the grid. The 350-kilowatt chargers can fill a vehicle battery to 80 percent — or about 250 miles (400 km) — in 15 to 20 minutes. Porsche is also in discussions with third-party networks, including Electrify America, ChargePoint and EVgo, to augment the network with additional nondealership chargers. That effort calls for at least 500 chargers along U.S. highways.”
- Todd Blue, CEO of IndiGO Auto Group: “We should walk slowly and allow healthy demand to dictate the future, not the government.”
TESLA POSTS PICTURES OF A MILLION MILE DRIVETRAIN
- “Tesla says that the Model 3 drive system is designed and validated for over one million miles of range.” says Fred Lambert for Electrek: “Today, the automaker released impressive pictures of Model 3 drive units after testing, which Elon Musk says “drove 1M miles. The electric truck is using Model 3 drive units and it’s putting them to the test through long distance driving and pulling of heavy loads.”
THE ULTIMATE TESLA OWNERSHIP SUPPORT
- “6 Tesla owners club leaders from nine countries convened this week in Fremont, CA to meet, strategize, and plan for how clubs can continue to support Tesla owners across the globe.” in an article by Sean Mitchell for InsideEVs: “Tesla Club Owners are officially recognized by Tesla and have ongoing communication with Tesla representatives with the intent of enhancing the owner experience. Collectively, there are 60 officially recognized clubs in 17 countries and more than 28,000 members. “
SWEDEN’S NORTHVOLT TEAMS UP WITH BMW, UMICORE FOR ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES
- “Northvolt, which is building Europe’s largest battery factory in Sweden, has joined forces with German luxury carmaker BMW and Belgium’s Umicore to develop a process for electric car batteries to be recycled.” according to a Reuters article today: “BMW had a funding investment of undisclosed size in the venture, the Swedish startup, which plans to build a factory in Sweden to produce 32 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery capacity a year by 2023, said in a statement on Monday.”
SAUDI ENERGY MINISTER COMPARES ELECTRIC VEHICLE ‘HYPE’ TO PEAK OIL MISCONCEPTIONS
- Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih on Monday questioned what he described as the “hype” of the electric vehicle market and compared it to past misconceptions around the theory of peak oil.” according to Arab News: “Miscalculations around the pace of electrification could create “serious” risks around global energy security, he said.
- “Conventional vehicles today, despite all the hype, represent 99.8 percent of the global vehicle fleet. That means electric vehicles with 0.2 percent of the fleet, only substitute about 30,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent of a total global oil demand of about 100 million barrels.
- “Even if those numbers increase by a factor of 100 over the next couple of decades, they would still remain negligible in the global energy mix.”
- He said: “History tells us that orderly energy transformations are a complex phenomenon involving generational time frames as opposed to quick switches that could lead to costly setbacks.”
BMW GROUP SOLD OVER 97,500 PLUG-INS UP TO DATE, UP 42%
- September deliveries of BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles totalled 14,559 units worldwide, an increase of 35.0% on the same month last year and the highest monthly total ever for BMW Group.
- Sales in the year to date total 97,543 (+42.0%), once again confirming the BMW Group’s position as a leading global provider of premium electrified mobility.
- Since the launch of the pioneering BMW i3 in 2013, a total of more than 313,000 BMW Group electrified vehicles have now been delivered to customers. At the Paris Auto Show, the new BMW i3 (120 Ah) and the BMW i3s (120 Ah) with battery capacity increased to 120Ah were revealed. Both i3 variants now offer a 30% increase in range, meaning that in everyday practical use, they have a range of 260 km (161.5 miles).
- The BMW Group offer nine electrified vehicles in its portfolio including BMW 5 Series, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman plug-in hybrid, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW 225xe iPerformance, BMW 330e iPerformance, BMW X5 40e iPerformance and BMW 740e/740Le iPerformance, plus the BMW X1 xDrive 25Le iPerformance sold exclusively in China.
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