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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 27th 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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PORSCHE TAYCAN UPDATE
- In a new article today about the Porsche Taycan InsideEVs says: “The Taycan will be equipped with a 90-kWh battery pack and a 22 kW onboard charger. It will feature a cold weather package with front and rear heated seats. A heated steering wheel and a heat pump will be optional.”
- Meanwhile over at CarScoops; “Walter Röhrl is not exactly known to be a fan of electric vehicles; in fact, he was an outspoken hater.
- The legendary rally driver has always been a big advocate of the internal combustion engine. Last year, the two-time WRC champion and Porsche ambassador famously said he didn’t want to be involved in the development of the Taycan (then known as the Mission E), or any other electric Porsche for that matter, because he disliked EVs.”
- He said: “It’s crazy. In all my years of rallying, I’ve never experienced such performance. The Taycan goes so well at such speed, really tremendous” he told Porsche’s media portal. When asked about how the Taycan handles, Röhrl praised the engineers for a “great job on the tuning” and “excellent use of the low center of gravity.” The Porsche ambassador added that “the steering and even the brakes handle superbly. “I would never have expected that the lack of any sound from the drive system could mean no loss of performance. In fact, I really like the quietness of the Taycan; it’s something of an experience in itself.”
NISSAN LEAF RAPIDGATE SOFTWARE FIX FOR EUROPE ONLY?
- “It seemed like the 2018 Nissan LEAF’s Rapidgate had come to an end with a software update for cars manufactured between December 8, 2017 and May 9, 2018” reports Mark at InsideEVs.com: “However, according to the latest news provided by Gary Lieber from CleanFleetReport.com, further research for the U.S. market revealed that the software fix will be available only in Europe. Attempts to find out how LEAF owners can get the fix done had no results. Jeff Wandell at Nissan PR in Franklin clarified that there is none available because there were no customers experiencing the problem (at least considering complaints at dealer service centers).”
- Nissan: “The vast majority of our US customers don’t use multiple fast charging procedures in any single day, so they are not affected by the charging safeguard feature on the new LEAF. Regarding the software update in Europe, Nissan is not currently planning to conduct the update in the US. For LEAF customers who expect to consistently use fast charging procedures more than twice per day for extended distance driving, we would suggest they contact their local Nissan dealership for advice on how to get the best out of their LEAF under these exceptional driving scenarios.”
HIGH POWERED CHARGERS OFFLINE DUE TO SAFETY
- “At the recommendation of its supplier, HUBER+SUHNER, a leading supplier of high-powered charging cable technology in the industry, Electrify America is shutting down the majority of its high-powered chargers (150 kW – 350kW) in its network to investigate a potential safety issue with its liquid-cooled cables. The recommendation was issued to all of HUBER+SUHNERS’ customers using the technology worldwide.” reports GReen Car Congress: “At a charging station on a test site of a customer in Germany, a short-circuit occurred with a HUBER+SUHNER cooled high-power charging cable. Nobody was injured in this incident. The short-circuit occurred in the plug. The cooling circuit with the synthetic, non-conductive coolant can be ruled out as the cause. The product in question is a first-generation prototype.
- Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America: “Out of an abundance of caution, Electrify America is shutting down all of our stations that use the HUBER+SUHNER high-powered cables until we can confirm that they can be operated safely. We are confident that HUBER+SUHNER will investigate and resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”
- “As a precautionary measure, HUBER+SUHNER has recommended its customers to suspend the operation of all charging stations with the high-power charging system until the tests have been completed. The affected prototype was already delivered in the summer of 2017. The series products differ from the first prototypes by, among other things, increased sealing. vHUBER+SUHNER will provide further information as soon as new findings become available.”
- Also affected in Europe are FAstned who issued the statement: “The shutdown only concerns the 175 kW chargers with liquid cooled cables. Our 50 kW CCS/CHAdeMO/AC chargers are not impacted and available for use. This means that customers can still charge at all Fastned stations. Some 175 kW chargers with different cables also remain available.”
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