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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 28th 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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And welcome to the Patreon gang RAJEEV NARAYAN. My daughter and I love your podcast, I have been listening almost daily for almost a year. My own personal EV story started in September of 2017, after Hurricane Harvey caused a shortage of gasoline here in San Antonio, Texas. I had been looking at EVs for a while, but the long gas lines prompted me to go to my local Chevrolet Dealer and buy a Chevy Bolt. I drive about 80 miles a day as a physician to multiple hospitals and clinics and so having an EV really helped me get around and take care of patients. I now have over 41,000 miles on the vehicle and love it. My daughter is learning to drive, and I have just bought her a Chevy Volt this month.”

BMW I4 SPIED: IT’S THE TESLA MODEL 3-RIVALLING ELECTRIC FAMILY COUPE

  • CAR magazine here in the UK have some pictures of a car carrier with some BMW’s in camouflage and one of them is what they say is the new BMW i4. “The sleek, low-slung i Vision Dynamics concept from 2017 was a four-door Gran Coupe-style family car previewing the third i model. BMW said it was capable of 0-62mph in four seconds, a top speed of 120mph and an electric, zero-emissions range of up to 373 miles – figures we’d wager sound remarkably feasible for a production EV two years away from showrooms.” says Tim Pollard for CAR Magazine: “Note also the faked exhaust pipes built into the camo at the rear, to put our spy photographers off the scent. Although this is rather undone by the ‘Electric vehicle’ stickers required by law in Germany in case of a high-voltage accident.”
  • Tim continues: “The production-spec i4 saloon will use two electric motors, all-wheel drive and torque vectoring. There’s also potential for rear-wheel steering and semi-active air suspension. It’s likely that BMW will follow Tesla’s lead in offering different versions with a choice of power outputs. In fact, the hotter version could even carry an M performance division badge.”
  • As with all auto makers selling cars in Europe, 2020 is the date when new emissions rules kick in. Even if they could sell it this year, I’d think they would build up demand and hold off any deliveries until 2020.

 

https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/spy-shots/bmw/i4/

 

VW BOSS: TESLA CONTROLS 50% OF EV MARKET, WE’RE AIMING FOR THE REST

  • In a Motortrend article talking to Scott Keogh, VW of America CEO.: “Making Volkswagen matter is a North America strategy. We have 20 points of share in China and 15 points in Europe. We have 2 points here. We’re going to operate as a company that matters and is ethical, and we’re moving into EVs, and hopefully we’ll get that redemption.”
  • As for how electric cars might be shared or used for car-sharing: “When you look at the total car market, there are projections that ride-share and alternatives will peel off 3 to 4 million cars. We’re not seeing that. Car-sharing has had a huge impact on taxis and medallions but no impact on purchases. As a brand, there are huge opportunities. We have an honest product at an honest price, and transparency. That’s why we’re looking at third-party mobility and retail solutions. All-inclusive leases are something we’re looking at.”
  • On the subject of EV’s in China: “There is no debate China will be the explosive EV market. And they need a lot of EVs due to congestion, smog, and autonomy. They missed 20th century auto. They want to win ‘new auto’—EV, autonomous, connected. The situation for the U.S., from chips to sensors, for the most part, they are developed here. We need policies that build off that tech, that push innovation and change. As an American in America, it would be a shame to lose that opportunity.”
  • And finally, the ‘T’ Word: “We are arriving with a proper VW at a VW price, at a time when market sentiment and reaction and consumer sentiment is building. We’re at equal footing. We have scale advantage. It won’t just be the one product. It will be a host of products. We have a good cadence. Right now market share is 50 percent Tesla and 50 percent everyone else. Who is going to win the other 50 percent? That breakthrough product has not arrived yet.”

 

https://www.motortrend.com/news/volkswagen-ceo-scott-keogh-interview/

 

THE STORY OF RIVIAN

  • “Now a decade old, Rivian was known as Avera when it started. Search hard in Google and you’ll find a cryptic teaser image of the Avera coupé under blue covers, never to be revealed. And it never has gone public – until now. ” says Mark Tishaw for Autocar today: “Rivian is 10 years old and has never made a car, but does have its cars designed, engineered and ready to go, plus an ex-Mitsubishi factory being readied to build them in. Crucially, Rivian is also well funded through investors, who have backed the U-turns Scaringe has performed with the company’s direction.”
  • Rivian’s founder and CEO, RJ Scaringe: “You look at the costs for a car company – you need huge capital, a large team, and everything costs,” he says. “You need many hundreds of suppliers and then a product to attract customers – and then you need time. Even if you had everything in place at the start, it’d take four or five years. It’s challenging. We started a company with none of those things.”
  • “In a world of disruptive start-ups, Rivian’s lips-sealed approach has also been unique. Nothing leaked, or was ‘teased’. It still has significant hurdles to overcome between now and the end of next year when production starts, including converting the Mitsubishi factory to a Rivian one.”

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/features/how-i-started-my-own-car-firm-story-rivian

 

FORMULA 1 CHAMPION NICO ROSBERG TURNS HIS ATTENTION TO ELECTRIC MOBILITY

  • CleanTechnica has the lowdown on Nico Rosberg being a cheerleader for EVs: “Speaking at Davos, in Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum — where global leaders decide on the future for the rest of the world — Nico is making sure anyone with ears heeds the message. He added that everything’s going electric, even Formula 1 at some point will have to. Nico’s plan is simple: Bring electric mobility to the mass. He’s doing this by taking over his father’s 20-year-old company. Nico has also invested in the Formula E series, Uber, and SpaceX. He will announce his own EV startup in the next two weeks and will reportedly focus on green technologies and the events industry. The company is backed with his own money, as well as with partners from the traditional mobility industry.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/27/formula-1-champion-nico-rosberg-turns-his-attention-to-electric-mobility-as-angel-investor/

 

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