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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 21st 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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WILL AT EV WIN THE WHAT CAR? AWARDS
- Tomorrow night What Car? will name the best new cars on sale in the UK, and crown one overall champion as our Car of the Year for 2019. These are the cars in contention…What Car? has revealed the shortlist of 61 new models in contention for its prestigious 2019 Car of the Year title. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 22 January at the consumer champion’s annual Car of the Year Awards ceremony, held in association with Warranty Direct and BNP Paribas Cardif.
- Hyundai Kona EV – This all-electric version of the Kona electric SUV offers a huge range, a great driving position and is surprisingly spacious inside too.
- Hyundai Nexo – This electric SUV is powered by hydrogen and has an official range of 497 miles. If you can live with the faff of filling it up, the Nexo is an appealing £60,000 choice.
- Jaguar I-PACE – The I-Pace is an appealing option, whether you’re after an electric car or simply a luxury SUV. It offers big range between charges, futuristic looks and entertaining handling.
- Kia e-Niro – This all-electric version of the Kia Niro SUV managed an impressive 253 miles between charges on our Real Range tests. It feels quick on the road and is reasonably spacious inside.
- Nissan e-NV200 Combi – Electric MPV offers seating for up to seven and has an official range of up to 187 miles. Like most electric cars, it can get you up to speed pleasantly quickly.
TOYOTA, PANASONIC TO SET UP EV BATTERY JV IN 2020
- Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Panasonic Corp (6752.T) are set to launch a joint venture next year to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in an effort to compete with Chinese rivals, a source familiar with the matter said.” according to a Reuters report: “The joint venture, to be owned 51 percent by Toyota and the rest by Panasonic, could also provide batteries to Toyota’s EV technology partners Mazda Corp (7261.T) and Subaru Corp (7270.T), the source said on Sunday. Under a planned joint venture, Panasonic would shift most of its prismatic battery-related equipment and facilities in Japan and China to the joint venture, while those producing batteries for U.S. EV maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) will remain under the company, the source said.”
RENAULT ENDS YEAR 2018 ON A HIGH
- The end of the year for Renault was pretty significant as French manufacturer reports sales of 7,000 all-electric cars in December, which is not only 77% more than a year ago, but also an all-time record” says Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: “Outstanding results are the fruit of record sales of both, the ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. Here are numbers for December and the full year (excluding Twizy): Renault ZOE – 5,611 (up 61%) and 40,508 YTD (up 27%), Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 1,363 (up 196%) and 9,004 YTD (up 107%), Renault Master Z.E. – 26 and 102 YTD (new).”
ELECTREK REVIEW JAGUAR I-PACE
- Fred Lambert spent 4 days in the I-PACE and has a pretty long review on Electrek. His conclusion: “There’s a lot to like about the I-Pace. I think it’s one of the best-looking vehicle out there period. The range is going to be good enough for most people, especially if you plan to use it to get around a city, but I think it would be hard to take the vehicle on a road trip that requires more than two full charges at least until the non-Tesla charging infrastructure with over 100 kW of capacity becomes more extensive. It’s starting to be the case in Europe but less so in the US, and I think that will be reflected in the sales of the I-Pace – though the US could eventually catch up with a few new networks coming up. I think the I-Pace would make a great family vehicle as long as you are not expecting the space of a full-size SUV.”
2020 HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC ARRIVES THIS SEPTEMBER WITH MORE RANGE
- “The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Hyundai IONIQ will receive their facelift first in July, two months later the electric version will get its.” report Pedro at PushEVs: “The battery capacity will increase from 28 to 38,3 kWh (37 %), while the range will increase from 280 to 378 km (NEDC), matching the Nissan LEAF’s (40 kWh version) range. The fact that the battery capacity increases by 37 % while the range increases “only” by 35 % makes me conclude that the battery is slightly heavier, contributing for a minor efficiency decrease. Nonetheless, the ranges that matter are the realistic ones, by this I mean the WLTP and EPA. While the WLTP range should increase from 204 to 277 km, the EPA range should increase from 124 to 168 miles. I would say that 300 km (186 miles) in the summer and 250 km (155 miles) in the winter will be easily achieved.”
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