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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 9th January 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I can find today, and picked out the ones I think you need to know about.
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NISSAN LEAF E+ BRINGS MORE POWER, MORE RANGE
- So by now you may have seen the news online the long awaited Nissan LEAF has a new longer range variant. Well, it will do later in 2019 when you can finally get one. Here’s everything I’ve been able to dig up for you, and some of my thoughts based on the first 12 hours of reaction. Let’s start with what the same, everything you can see! Exterior will have a new badge and interior has an 8″ screen rather than 7″. You will charge it with CHAdeMO and not CCS.
- First up from InsideEVs, clarity on the name and when you can get one: “Nissan LEAF e+ is the global name for the car, but particularly in the U.S. and Canada, Nissan would like to name the top of the line version – the LEAF PLUS Series. There will be three trim levels: LEAF S PLUS, LEAF SV PLUS and LEAF SL PLUS. Market launch plan: Japan – January 2019, U.S. – Spring 2019 (pricing to be announced closer to on-sale date) Europe – Mid-2019.
- Battery – it’s 62kWh not the 60kWh we were led to believe, or even the 64kWh assumed when rumours last year pointed towards them using LG Chem packs.
- “Even with a 25 percent increase in energy density and the increase in energy storage capacity, the LEAF e+ battery pack is almost the same size and configuration as the pack in the Nissan LEAF. Other than a 5-millimeter increase in overall height (16-inch wheels), the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged” says Nissan
- So that range is 226 miles (364 km) EPA range vs 151 miles (243 km) for the 40kW version.
- Nissan says: “Thanks to the available new 70 kW (100 kW peak) Quick Charging system, the 2019 Nissan LEAF e+ can charge more efficiently than ever.*3 Based on early testing, Nissan LEAF e+ owners can expect similar charging times when hooked up to a 100 kW charger as current LEAF owners do with a 50 kW charger, despite a 55 percent larger battery storage capacity.”
- Motor: the 160kW motor us up from 110kW, a 36% increase. They are drawing our attention to the 50mph-70mph difference.
- Pricing: The base Nissan LEAF e+ will start from ¥4,162,320 (around $38,370). In the case of Europe, Nissan announced two Limited Edition versions for “old” and new version: LEAF 3.ZERO (40 kWh) – from €39,900 (orders now, deliveries from May). LEAF 3.ZERO e+ (62 kWh) – from €45,500 (orders now, deliveries from Summer).
- If you add the same premium to US prices it should be ~$35k.
- ZERO gets the bigger screen and phone mirroring, and colours. And it’s available to order now.
- Nissan says: “”The Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition will also be available to order from January 9 across European markets. This limited edition – of which only 5,000 units will be produced for Europe – will feature a higher output capable of delivering 160 kW (217 PS) and longer range capabilities with expected driving range of up to 385 km* from a single charge.”
- Forbes says: “The battery continues to be supplied by AESC, Nissan’s in-house battery division that is in the process of being sold to China’s Envison Group. Like all prior iterations of the Leaf it is still air-cooled, running contrary to the industry conventions. Also contrary to some earlier speculation, Nissan hasn’t switched to LG Chem as a cell supplier.”
MINI PLOTS MAIDEN HOT HATCH EV FOR 2019 REVEAL
- “Mini’s first electric car will also be the industry’s first electric hot hatch, engineering sources in Germany have revealed.” says Mark Tisshaw for Autocar: “Rather than a sole focus on economy and eking out range, Mini is developing its electric car with performance in mind. To that end, the model will be badged Cooper S E when it is unveiled later this year to reflect its performance hierarchy in the Mini range. The BMW i3 S’s 181bhp electric motor is understood to be the most likely power source for the new Mini, meaning it will give little away to the 189bhp 2.0-litre engine of the Cooper S.”
- The drivetrain won’t include BMW’s 5th generation technology though.
NINE IN 10 ELECTRIC CAR DRIVERS WOULD NEVER GO BACK TO PETROL
- “Almost nine in 10 electric vehicle drivers would never go back to driving a car powered by petrol or diesel, according to new research” reports Motor1.com: “A study by electric vehicle YouTube channel Fully Charged found that 88 percent of plug-in car drivers said they would definitely not switch back to fossil fuels after having owned an electric vehicle (EV). Seven percent of those quizzed said they were not sure whether they would turn back to internal combustion, while the remaining five percent said they would consider making a return to petrol- or diesel-powered cars. However, just under a quarter of the channel’s audience (24 percent) said they currently owned an electric car, with the vast majority (54 percent) claiming to own a petrol-powered vehicle. Diesel was the second most popular fuel, accounting for 35 percent of viewers, while a combined total of 11 percent were the owners of petrol hybrids or plug-in hybrids.”
- With 7,700 taking part in the survey it’s a large number.
MERCEDES EQC GETS SAMPLED BY JAY LENO
- “Until it actually makes market debut, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC gets the Jay Leno treatment.” according to DriveMag: “Naturally, Mr. Leno drives an EQC 400 4Matic in prototype guise and for more background on the EV, he takes Bastian Schult (Powertrain Testing Engineer at Mercedes-Benz) for a ride. Now, you might already know that the EQC relies on an 80-kWh battery pack that allows for a max range of 280 miles (450 km) on a single charge, with power coming from two electric motors that make together 408 PS (300 kW)”
MERCEDES EQC ELECTRIC SUV TO COST FROM UNDER £50K IN THE UK?
- ..”The new Mercedes EQC – Mercedes’ electric SUV aimed at the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron – looks set to cost from under £50k when it arrives in the UK.” speculates CarsUK.net: “When Leno asked the Mercedes man how much the EQC would cost in the US, he didn’t have an answer. But he did say that in Europe it will cost about the same as the Mercedes GLC 43. Which, in the UK, starts at £48,960. If the Mercedes man is right, you’ll be able to grab an electric Mercedes SUV with 400bhp, 0-62mph in around 5.0 seconds, an 80kWh battery pack and a range of over 200 miles for £15k less than an I-Pace and £20k less than an e-tron.”
FIRST AUDI E-TRON DELIVERIES IN GERMANY FEBRUARY
- Talking of the e-tron, Mark Kane at InsdeiEV’s.com published a story today: “So far, several hundred cars were registered in the first few markets, but it turns out that customer deliveries will not happen this month. According to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de), first customers in Germany will get the e-tron in February. If Audi does not sort out its problems with the e-tron launch, it will be overtaken in Europe by Tesla Model 3, which also should hit the market in February.”
TOYOTA PUSHES HYBRIDS DESPITE SLOWING GAS-ELECTRIC AUTO SALES
- “Don’t tell Toyota the once hot gas-electric hybrid vehicle is losing its appeal.” says CNBC: “The automaker is planning to leverage its dominance in hybrid autos as it grows the number of full- and hybrid-electric vehicles sold in the U.S. and around the world.”
- Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota North America “We are working on an entire portfolio of hybrids which we have been selling since 1997, plug-in hybrids, full battery electric vehicles as well as our fuel cell vehicles. Those vehicles represent about 9 percent of our sales in 2018. We have set a goal that it will be 15% of our sales next year in 2020.”
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