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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 13th 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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VW COULD FACE RECALL OF MORE CARS OVER EMISSIONS IN GERMANY

  • “Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) is considering recalling more Volkswagen cars due to its emissions scandal, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.” according to an article by AutoBlog today: “The KBA has opened an investigation into whether a software update for 1.2-liter engine cars, including the popular Polo, enabled them to cheat emissions tests, the newspaper said, without naming its sources. The Bild am Sonntag said prosecutors were preparing charges against unnamed Volkswagen managers for suspected fraud, noting that the company had given assurances in 2016 that the 1.2 liter engines did not use illegal emissions cheating defeat devices.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/01/13/vw-diesel-emissions-recall-germany/

 

NISSAN E-POWER A HUGE SALES SUCCESS: WHY NOT ADD A PLUG?

  • “Nissan celebrates a tremendous achievement of selling 136,324 Note cars in Japan last year, which put the model on the top of all models” says Mark at InsideEVs.com: “We would normally not bother, but both Nissans – Note and Serena – are offered in conventional and a special, series-hybrid version called e-POWER (without plug-in capability). As it turns out, 70% of all Note sales in 2018 were Note e-Power, which would translate to over 95,000. Since the introduction of Note e-POWER in November 2016, Nissan already sold over 200,000 of those!”

 

https://insideevs.com/nissan-e-power-add-plug-in-capability/

 

RIDEAPART.COM HAS MORE DETAILS ON THE HARLEY DAVIDSON LIVEWIRE ELECTRIC BIKE

  • “The bike is built on a lightweight aluminum chassis. The exposed frame, floating upward tail, and naked silhouette are a stark contrast from the typical Harley—exactly what the company is aiming to do with what it hopes will help kindle a younger audience’s curiosity. The electric powertrain is set low within the frame to send the weight towards the ground and keep a low center of gravity.”
  • “A new feature, alien to the rest of the lineup, is the “twist and go”—since its electric, the LiveWire neither has a clutch nor a gear selector. You only have to, well, twist and go. The company has also been selling the model’s performance, with the promise of a 0-to-60 in 3.5 seconds thanks to its electric powertrain. “
  • And yes it will charge Level 1, Level 2 or even Level 3 rapid charging. And you will need to charge it – after 59 miles.
  • “As for pricing, the tag has been set at $29,799 and the model will be available in three colors starting August 2019.”

 

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/300452/2019-harley-davidson-livewire-new/

 

ELECTRIC CAR SALES SET TO RISE DRAMATICALLY IN 2019

  • “Electric car sales are set to rise dramatically in 2019 as rapid growth in the sector is expected to continue. According to electric vehicle website Driving Electric, drivers who are considering taking the plunge are advised to strike now before supply bottlenecks take hold.” according to the UK version of Motor1.com: “Research by the website shows that it usually takes around 10-12 weeks for a new car to be delivered, but lead times for some electric vehicles can be up to six months. The website found that Hyundai claims to have “no lead time” between order and delivery for the hybrid version of the Ioniq hatchback, but buyers wanting plug-in hybrid or fully electric versions will have to wait around four months.”

 

https://uk.motor1.com/news/299988/ev-sales-rise-2019/

 

MERCEDES-BENZ EQC 400 EXTENDED DRIVE TO RED ROCK CANYON

  • Oh to have the life of an EV reviewer for InsideEVs.com: “Crusing down the strip in Las Vegas in the Mercedes EQC 400, it’s very possible to completely forget you’re in an electric car. The lights, outside music and inevitable slow crawl in Vegas strip traffic can remove some of the most enjoyable features of driving electric; that being the instant torque of the electric motor, the quiet cabin and smooth vibration-less acceleration.”
  • Tom Moloughney was the lucky one going for a ridealong to the desert.
  • “The EQC is not a dedicated-platform EV. It shares many components with the C-Class and GLC line. It’s going to be manufactured on the same line as the C-Class and GLC in Daimler’s plant in Bremen, Germany. “
  • “As for range, Mercedes has been quoting 400 km, which is based on the European WLTP range test. Shult has been driving the EQC for a while now, and knows exactly what it’s capable of. He told us of a recent trip when they drove the vehicle (normal driving not hypermiling) 228 miles and had 7% battery left.”
  • “The EQC is equipped with a 32-amp onboard charger, good for AC charging up to 7.4 kW. The car will come with a 120-volt portable EVSE in the US, and Mercedes will offer Level 2 charging options for purchase. As for DC Fast charging, the EQC will accept up to 110 kW, allowing the vehicle to charge from 10% to 80% in about 40 minutes.”
  • “The EQC has an 80 kWh battery, which we found out during the drive is the usable capacity, not the total. The pack, the power electronics and drive motors are all liquid-cooled, and the vehicle also employs a heat-pump.”

 

 

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One thought on “13 Jan 2019 | Mercedes Benz EQC 400 Ridealong, Harley Davidson LiveWire Range Issue and VW Face Yet More Emissions Questions”
  1. A little correction on the H-D Livewire. The range was released at estimated 110 miles, based on typical urban driving. Cheers.

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