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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 16th November 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.
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PANASONIC SAYS SOLID-STATE BATTERIES ARE STILL 10 YEARS OFF
- Few battery makers in the world have more knowledge of cell production than Panasonic – Tesla’s long term partner for producing the power behind the Model S, 3, X and Y (and yes I intentionally did that jsut to spell our sexy!)
- “In an interview, Panasonic North American chief executive officer Tom Gebhardt told Business Insider that the hotly-anticipated battery breakthrough won’t make it to production electric cars for another 10 years.” says Eric at Green Car Reports: “Solid-state batteries—that is, batteries that replace the flammable liquid electrolyte in lithium batteries with a solid-state ceramic material—are expected to eliminate fire concerns, extend the life of batteries, speed charging, and improve capacity. Others are considerably more optimistic. Volkswagen has announced that it plans to have solid-state lithium batteries on the road by 2025. And reconstituted electric automaker Fisker Inc. says it has plans to introduce solid-state batteries by 2020, with an undisclosed investment from heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar to help develop and produce them.”
- Tom Gebhardt said: “We’re still pretty bullish on lithium-ion but clearly understand that solid state is something that we all want to get to at some point in the future.”
- The Green Car Reports newsletter is a good one to sign up to, and InsideEVs has a great article online this week doing a deep dive in the NCM 811 cells just about to hit the market, possibly in the new 60kWh Nissan LEAF ePlus. That’s 8 parts Nickel to 1 part cobalt and 1 part manganese.
TESLA ACQUIRES TRUCKING CAPACITY
- Elon tweeted a few hours ago: “Tesla just acquired trucking capacity to ensure Model 3 can be delivered in US by Dec 31 if ordered by Nov 30. Skipping rail saves over a month for East Coast deliveries. All things considered, it’s better to use trucks. Single load/unload & direct to owner location. Will also be using dedicated roll-on, roll-off fast ships for transporting cars to Europe & Asia in Q1. Major focus on minimizing time from factory to new owner. Did not fully appreciate the working capital impact until recently.”
- Fred Lambert asked: “can you elaborate on “acquired trucking capacity? How did you secure that?”
- Elon replied: “We bought some trucking companies & secured contracts with major haulers to avoid trucking shortage mistake of last quarter.”
- Electrek elaborates: “Tesla extended the deadline to order Model 3 and get a delivery by the end of the year in order to get the full federal tax credit for electric vehicles. Tesla currently lists Model 3 deliveries on new orders between 4 to 10 weeks depending on the configuration, but it did announce two weeks ago timelines to get the car by the end of the year: under 4 weeks if you can pick up your car directly from our Fremont factory. 4 weeks for the west coast. 6 weeks for central. 8 weeks for the east coast. Now Musk is updating the timelines, seemingly for all configurations.”
BMW 330E PHEV COMING SUMMER 2019
- The new BMW Plug-In promised a range of 37 miles on electrons alone, and a 0-60 dash of 6 seconds. So, only twice as slow as a Model 3, that’s not bad for a fossil car if you have time to spare.
- We now know the PHEV is coming in July 2019. That range of 37 miles should be good enough for plenty of commutes and I know so many PHEV drivers who have a little sense of sadness when that engine finally kicks in. Those are the folk who thought they needed to buy a hybrid and will be buying a full BEV next time.
- Top speed in all electric mode is 68mph from the 12kWh battery.
- Hopefully the car also comes with a really nice note saying please don’t plug your hybrid into a rapid charger for 8 hours whilst you go into the office. We can only hope.
EXPERIAN AUTOMOTIVE SAYS TESLA’S CUSTOMER LOYALTY IS UNMATCHED
- “Studies demonstrate that Tesla has forged a unique bond with its customers. Last year, Consumer Reports found that Tesla has the highest rate of customer satisfaction of all car brands. Now, according to more recent research conducted by Experian, it turns out these high levels of satisfaction are translating into exceptionally high rates of customer loyalty as well.” on an Evannex report today on InsideEVs: “Experian found, “Tesla owners show an even higher make loyalty rate than EV customers as a whole. More than 4 in 5 Tesla customers — 80.5 percent – buy or lease another Tesla when they return to market. Tesla has the highest level of make loyalty in the industry, ahead of Subaru at 72.1 percent and Ford at 72 percent.” Experian also found that, “Tesla led the industry with a Conquest/Defection ratio of 13.77 to 1.”
WHAT HAPPENS TO USED LITHIUM-ION BATTERY PACKS FROM ELECTRIC CARS?
- The Telegraph asks today: “While the sheer volume of EV batteries that will need to be re-purposed or recycled is undoubtedly daunting, it’s worth starting on the positive note that these batteries have a long lifespan, and have proven very reliable. Most lithium-ion batteries will last about eight to 10 years before their performance drops to around 70 per cent (or less) of what it was when new. So what can be done with these batteries when they reach the point that they need to be re-used or recycled?”
- “Power storage for your home and business. What about recycling them? Belgian-based Umicore is among the companies already offering recycling for lithuim-ion batteries. What if other battery technology replaces lithium-ion? According to Peter Slater, professor of materials chemistry and co-director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, the recyclability of solid state batteries “would present different challenges in terms of separating the components. In particular, it is likely that it would need chemical separation routes, such as those being developed through the Faraday Institution’s ‘ReLib’ project”. “
ZIPCAR TO TRIAL MOBILE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING IN LONDON
- “Car-sharing firm teams up with Innovate UK and US-based FreeWire Technologies to test benefits of recharging on the go. Electric vehicles (EVs) on the streets of London could soon recharge without having to search for the nearest available charging station, thanks to a new wireless trial from car-sharing company Zipcar and EV technology firm FreeWire.” reports Madeleine Cuff for BusinessGreen: “Freewire’s mobile chargers are based on mobile battery units which, once charged via a mains outlet, can be moved freely to charge vehicles wherever they are parked. The project, which is also backed by Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, is part of a wider £40m government scheme to develop technology and business cases for wireless charging for EVs for commercial users such as taxis, service vehicles, and delivery fleets.”
- “Wireless charging could also provide a potential charging solution for the millions of UK houses with no access to off-street parking – and for which finding a place to charge overnight proves much more difficult.”
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