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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 25th 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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CARLOS GHOSN QUITS AS RENAULT BOSS

  • “Renault on Thursday announced that Ghosn resigned from his top spot as chairman and CEO of that automaker too, throwing into doubt the now-shaky alliance Ghosn helped forge between all three automakers” says Green Car Reports: “Under Ghosn, Nissan built and sold the first mass-market, fully electric vehicle sold around the world. In eight years on sale, Nissan has reportedly sold more than 386,000 Leafs according to the automaker, which makes it the world’s best-selling electric car. Ghosn told CNBC in 2017 that the automakers he collectively ran profited on electric vehicles, which has been elusive for many automakers so far. In 2009, Ghosn spearheaded Nissan’s efforts to produce the Leaf and sell it across the world. He committed billions of dollars to the Leaf’s development, battery production, and marketing, and committed billions more to building and selling electric cars in China, the biggest opportunity market for automakers in the world.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1121126_carlos-ghosn-electric-car-proponent-and-embattled-executive-quit-as-renault-boss

 

FIRST TESLA MODEL 3 DEMO CARS ARRIVED IN EUROPE

  • “In Norway during during the course of this month 17 Tesla Model 3 cars were already registered. These units are most likely all demo cars that will be available at the 12 Tesla Stores in Norway.” says Pedro Lima at PushEVs: “The arrival of demo units happens just few weeks before first deliveries start to Norwegian customers. I’m curious to see how many units of long and mid-range will Tesla sell before making the standard range variant available. I think that most Europeans will wait for the cheapest and more efficient variant, since it will have enough range for European customers.”
  • I’ve seen three different posts on Twitter with photo’s of car carriers transporting Performance models.

 

https://pushevs.com/2019/01/24/first-tesla-model-3-demo-cars-arrived-in-norway/

 

2020 OPEL CORSA SPIED UP CLOSE WITH PRODUCTION BODY

  • “Sticking to General Motors underpinnings would’ve meant paying a license fee, which is why PSA decided to go back to the drawing board and start development of the new Opel/Vauxhall Corsa from scratch. As a result, the new supermini will ride on the same Common Modular Platform (CMP) as the next-gen Peugeot 208” reports Adrian Padeanu for Motor1.com: “While conventionally powered versions will likely employ PSA’s latest turbocharged three-cylinder PureTech engine with a 1.2-liter displacement, there will also be a zero-emissions variant that will go by the name of eCorsa. The electric hatch will ride on the e-CMP platform set to be used by an assortment of EVs within the PSA Group.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/302447/2020-opel-corsa-spy-photos/

 

POLESTAR 2 ELECTRIC CAR PLANS TO OFFER ‘TRULY FUTURE-PROOF SOFTWARE SETUP’

  • Inverse have taken a look at the Polestar 2 and how connected it will be: “In a wide-ranging description of the software, Polestar explains that the car will come with an “Android-based that’s always connected to the internet and receives over-the-air updates just like your smartphone.” The system will come bundled with “apps, services, and technologies that people already use every day on their smartphones,” including Google Maps, that are “designed and adapted specifically for an in-vehicle experience.” The car will also offer an embedded Google Assistant that supports car-based actions like changing the temperature. If these apps aren’t to the driver’s liking, the system will also support the Google Play Store.”

 

https://www.inverse.com/article/52702-polestar-2-electric-car-plans-to-offer-truly-future-proof-software-setup

 

FREMONT, CALIF. TO PILOT A TESLA MODEL S POLICE CRUISER

  • “Police in Fremont, Calif. are turning to a novel solution to get in line with the city’s broader goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by preparing to launch a pilot program to use a zero-emission Tesla Model S fitted for police duty in daily operation.” reports Autoblog: “Last year, the department purchased a used 2014 Model S 85 for $61,478.50, including taxes and fees, as a replacement for a more standard cop-issue 2007 Dodge Charger that was scheduled to be taken out of service. The department says it’s working with vendors to install equipment like the light bar, a digital computer, rear flasher and a push bumper, with total modifications so far running $4,447 and expected to climb.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/01/24/fremont-tesla-model-s-police-cruiser/

 

TESLA MODEL S AND MODEL X PRODUCTION AFFECTED BY LAYOFFS

  • As per the CNBC i mentioned yesterday: “According to an ex-employee who was involved in Tesla’s delivery operations, and a current employee who works for Tesla in Fremont, the layoffs appear to have impacted workers across every department and region from factory workers to recruiters and receptionists. But deep cuts apparently hit Tesla’s delivery, sales and Model S and X production teams.”
  • Tesla replied: “”We recently announced that we are no longer taking orders for the 75 kWh version of Model S and X in order to streamline production and provide even more differentiation with Model 3. As a result of this change and because of improving efficiencies in our production lines, we have reduced Model S and X production hours accordingly. At the same time, these changes, along with continuing improvements, give us the flexibility to increase our production capacity in the future as needed. We’ll be providing more details on our earnings call next week.”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/01/23/tesla-model-s-model-x-production-most-affected-layoffs-report/

 

FORMULA E RACES THIS SATURDAY IN SANTIAGO, CHILE

  • “Formula E hits the track again this Saturday, January 26th in Santiago, Chile, just two weeks after the last race in a racing series historically more accustomed to month-long breaks between races.” says Jameson Dow for Electrek: “For those of us in the EV world, BMW driver Alexander Sims is someone to keep an eye on. He’s been a professional racing driver for several years now, but unlike many of the other drivers in Formula E, Sims also drives an electric car in his daily life.  He was an early Tesla Roadster owner and also has a BMW i3 as a daily driver.”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/01/24/formula-e-races-this-saturday-in-santiago/

 

CHARIN: CCS COMBO STANDARD TO OFFER V2G BY 2025

  • “CharIN e.V. has released the roadmap for grid integration (V2H, V2G) of charging systems based on the Combined Charging System (CCS).” reports Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: “Initially, the organization was busy with the popularization of CCS around the world and increasing the power output, which is now set at 350 kW (or even more). The standard will also include grid integration features, but the timeframe is some 7 years from now before it will be ready, on par with CHAdeMO.

 

  • There are five levels of grid integration specified:
  • Today: Grid-compliant Charging
  • Till 2020: Level 1 – V1G Controlled Charging
  • Till 2020: Level 2 – V1G/H Cooperative Charging
  • Till 2025: Level 3 – V2H Bidirectional Charging
  • Around 2025: Level 4 – V2G Aggregated (bidirectional) charging”

 

https://insideevs.com/ccs-combo-standard-v2g-2025/

 

TESLA TO ROLL OUT “SENTRY MODE” SECURITY SYSTEM

  • “With the recent increase in Tesla vehicle break-ins and vandalism popping up across social media and online forums, CEO Elon Musk’s recent hint at an upcoming “Sentry Mode” feature for Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles that are equipped with Enhance Autopilot hardware is both welcome and timely.” says AstroJane for Teslarati: “The reveal comes via Twitter and in response to a customer’s complaint about a large dent found on his Model 3. “Tesla Sentry Mode coming soon for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot.” said Musk. Enhanced Autopilot (EAP), Tesla’s driver-assist software enabled in February 2017 with the version 8.0 software update, utilizes 8 surround cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors and radar. “

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-sentry-mode-security-enhanced-autopilot-2-hardware-cars/

 

BP INVESTS IN CHINESE EV CHARGING OUTFIT POWERSHARE

  • “BP Ventures’ first direct investment in China sees the energy giant step up its interest in electric vehicle infrastructure” reports Business Green today: “P has underlined its growing interest in the fast-expanding global electric vehicle (EV) market with the announcement it has invested in Chinese charging technology specialist PowerShare. The oil and gas giant’s venture arm, BP Ventures, confirmed today it has invested an undisclosed sum in the company after leading A Series A funding round with support from Chinese private equity firm DETONG Capital Partners. PowerShare provides an online platform that connects EV drivers, charge point operators and power suppliers, streamlining the charging experience from locating a charge point through to paying for the power supply, BP said.”

 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3069886/bp-invests-in-chinese-ev-charging-outfit-powershare

 

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