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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 26th 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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YOUR WEEKEND WATCH
Hyundai Kona Electric Review From Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=946&v=k8jutxg-oKE
Kia Niro EV Gets Driven In French Riviera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAoH4S7pv80
EIGHT MODELS CAN NOW RUN FOR MORE THAN 200 MILES ON A CHARGE
- NISSAN LEAF E +: 226 MILES
- JAGUAR I-PACE: 234 MILES
- CHEVROLET BOLT EV: 238 MILES
- AUDI E-TRON: 248 MILES
- HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC: 258 MILES
- TESLA MODEL X: 295 MILES
- TESLA MODEL 3: 310 MILES
- TESLA MODEL S: 335 MILES
- Should I put the Kia eNiro in there as well? And what about the Kia Soul EV with 64kWh battery? I wonder because this is a U.S. list, and an American recently described the Kia Soul EV as a “compliance car”.
HALF OF UK DRIVERS WANT TO BE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY IN 2019
- Around half of UK drivers want to become more environmentally friendly in 2019, with many planning to change the way they use their cars or buy a more economical vehicle. That’s the conclusion of research by used car website AA Cars, which surveyed more than 22,000 drivers.” says James Fossdyke for motor1.com: “The poll revealed that 50 percent of motorists wanted to change their driving habits in some way, with many making changes to their driving habits. Almost one in five (17 percent) said they planned to use their car less, saying they wanted to ditch their wheels for journeys where they could walk or cycle. And around one in 10 (nine percent) said they planned to buy an electric or hybrid car in the coming months.”
VOLKSWAGEN WILL PRODUCE ITS OWN CAR BATTERIES
- “Volkswagen’s been trying to claw back its credibility with an ambitious commitment to EVs ever since its $18.2 billion dollar emissions scandal. Its lofty production goals aside, the German manufacturer’s latest green move could see it kickstart Europe’s car battery industry.” according to Engadget: “In back-to-back announcements, VW said today that it will start building car batteries — as well as recycling old cells — and mobile EV charging stations (which are heading to the streets of its hometown of Wolfsburg in the first half of this year). VW is promising to pump $870 million (£754 million) into the venture by 2020.
- VW says: “The changeover from conventional powertrains to e-mobility is an issue that is more important for Group Components than for any other unit of the Volkswagen Group, as the new brand produced more than 10 million conventional vehicle engines and over 8 million gearboxes, for example, in 2018. Battery systems are being developed and produced at the Brunswick components plant – in future the production portfolio will include batteries for MEB vehicles of various Group brands. When batteries reach the end of their service lives in vehicles, some of them will be transferred to other applications – for example in new products such as the flexible fast charging station.”
2019 HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC GETS PRICE INCREASE
- “Just a week ago, Hyundai began selling its 2019 IONIQ Electric in other CARB states, rather than just California. According to a recent story by CarsDirect, within three days of the sales expansion, the automaker bumped up the EV’s price by more than $500.” says Stephen Loveday at InsideEVs.com: “This price increase makes the IONIQ Electric more expensive that its top rival, the 2019 Nissan LEAF. The LEAF starts at $29,990, plus an $895 destination charge. This puts it at $30,885, which is $350 less than the Hyundai. The IONIQ Electric was priced at $30,700 in early January. Now, Hyundai has increased its MSRP to $31,235.”
TESLA APPLIES FOR SERIES OF PATENTS FOR NEW AI CHIP IN AUTOPILOT HARDWARE 3.0
- “Tesla is working on an important new product that it claims will enable them to bring full self-driving capability to its vehicles: a new AI chip, or “neural net accelerator’, to be released in the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer upgrade.” according to Fred Lambert at Electrek: “We have now uncovered a series of new patent applications from Tesla about this new computer. As previously reported, Tesla hired a team of chip architects and executives from AMD back in 2016 and they are now led by former Apple chip architect Peter Bannon to deliver the new computer to power Tesla’s self-driving system.”
- One of the comments from Preston Crow details why he thinks this patent has now been filed: “This indicates that they are about to start shipping the new computer. Once you start shipping, there’s a limit on how long you can wait to file a patent on the technology. In some places it’s six months, in some places it’s a year.”
- Also remember the middle of next week is the Q4 earnings call. Some things are a coincidence, others are done for a reason. I’ll be listening closely next week for any mention of their neural net.
BOSCH BUYS OUT DAIMLER’S STAKE IN ELECTRIC MOTOR JOINT VENTURE
- The German auto parts maker Bosch announced today that it had exercised an option in their agreement to buy out Daimler from a joint project EM-Motive. EM-Motive makes the motors which power EVs, and not just Daimlers.
- A Thomson Reuters report said: “EM-Motive, which currently supplies Daimler, Porsche, Fiat, Volvo, Peugeot and start-up carmaker Streetscooter with electric motors, wants to keep targeting new customers, Bosch said. Daimler said EM-Motive will remain a supplier and that it continues to source electric motors from a number of suppliers worldwide. Daimler workers have campaigned to bring development and production of electric motors in-house, ending the German carmaker’s reliance on external suppliers.”
- (Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Elaine Hardcastle)
ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE FIELDS GROWS
- I really love the videos made by Micah Toll for his YouTube channel ‘E Bike School’ and also his recent articles joining Electrek is a contributor. In an article today about Lightning Motorcycles on Electrek, they say: “With impressive specs including a 150 mph (241 km/h) top speed, 150 mile (242 km) range, 35 minute DC fast charging and a base price of just $12,998, the Lightning Strike received praise far and wide despite the only image of the bike being its front headlights.” And in a surprise move, the company announced today they’ll start taking orders with just a $500 deposit.
- So Electrek took a look at the other EV bike makers out there: “Italian company Energica has been producing electric sports bikes for years, with a number of high performance 150+ mph models. Harley Davidson’s electric LiveWire has also just begun pre-sales, though the price was set at a whopping $29,799. The upcoming Zero SR/F is still largely a mystery, but could likely be a direct competitor to the Lightning Strike. New York-based Tarform is also working on an electric motorcycle that could compete in a similar class to the Lightning Strike.”
- Follow Micah @MicahToll
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One thought on “26 Jan 2019 | Top 10 EVs For 200+ Miles Range, IONIQ Gets A Price Increase And Tesla Patent Reveals Autopilot Upgrades”
In the podcast you reference Byørn Nyland’s Audi e-tron YouTube video and Audi’s imposed embargo date of 22nd or 27th November. I’ve just watched the video and the date Byørn actually states is 27th February.
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