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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 31st 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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Tesla earning call note: Chinese Gigafactory 3, Model Y unveiling, Semi Truck, Solar Tiles, new Roadster, Pickup, Model S and X re-design or use of new battery cells, Supercharger v3, Model 3 demand in US vs Europe, new Autopilot hardware, insane workforce growth and cuts, Full Self Driving and of course the $35,000 Model 3.
EUROPEAN TESLA MODEL 3 CUSTOMERS RECEIVE DELIVERY DATES
- “Tesla Model 3 buyers in Europe are receiving delivery date estimates.” says Zach at CleanTechnica who has been keeping an eye on the TMC forum: “My Tesla Model 3 Performance will be ready to collect in Madrid on the week commencing 11th Feb. 3 weeks ahead of schedule!”
- “Aside from the good news from Tesla, the German state of Nordrhine Westfalia, which is the most populated state in the country, today approved new electric vehicle subsidies for companies. [Commercial] Electric car buyers can now get €4,000 rebates for fully electric cars they buy, and electric truck buyers can get €8,000.”
TESLA’S MASSIVE DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IS COMING TO LIFE
- “A recent aerial video of the Lathrop building, located 60 miles east of Tesla’s Fremont factory, shows the completion of the facility’s outer shell and glass installed on parts of the building.” reports Teslarati: “Part of the assumption that this building will become a parts distribution center is based on…the numerous truck-sized loading bays denote shipping activity”.
- Job Ad! “Tesla is looking for a motivated and experienced Supervisor for our highly dynamic parts distribution center in Lathrop, CA. This position will provide supervision of day-to-day operations including receiving, stocking, shipping and all transactions related to said activities. The Supervisor, Parts & Service Warehouse, will also ensure efficiency and accuracy of stocking and organizing parts inventory.” reads a job description for Supervisor, Parts Distribution Center.
TESLA MODEL S AND X GET SOFTWARE LIMITED PACK
- “Tesla is instead going back to its old model of “software-limited battery pack” – meaning that it is only producing one battery pack for Model S and Model X, the 100 kWh pack, but it is offering two options and one of them is limiting the energy capacity accessible.” reports Fred at Electrek: “The company is also moving away from using the energy capacity of its battery packs as part of its naming scheme.”
- All cars have dual motor AWD, premium interior and sound
- Model S
- Price: $85,000
- Range: 310-miles
- Model S Extended Range
- Price: $93,000 (cheaper by $1,000)
- Range: 335-miles
- Model S Performance (no Ludicrous)
- Price: $112,000
- Range: 315-miles
- 0-60mph: 3.0 sec
- Model S Performance (with Ludicrous)
- Price: $132,000
- Range: 315-miles
- 0-60mph: 2.4 sec
- If you want the Extended Range in the future you can pay for it, and they’ll unlock it over the air. Ludicrous Mode also appears to be a software unlock too, so the Performance cars will have the hardware and you can opt to pay for it later.
VW OPEN TO SHARING MEB EV PLATFORM WITH OTHER AUTOMAKERS
- “According to German paper Tagesspiegel, Volkswagen admits that the company is in talks with other manufacturers over opening its all-electric MEB platform.” reports Mark Kane at InsideEVs: “Michael Jost, Head of Strategy at Volkswagen, said that the MEB platform could become “a standard not only for the VW Group.” First though we need to see VW actually selling MEB in volume.”
KIA REVEALS DETAILS ON NIRO EV LAUNCH
- An InsideEVs Exclusive on this one for the Kia eNiro: “The first vehicles will arrive in the US in late February. The car will be sold in 12 states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.”
- Steve Kosowski, the manager of long-range strategy and planning at for Kia Motors America told InsideEVs: “volume is globally constrained because Kia Motors America can’t get the desired allocation from the parent company. “The truth is that demand in other markets around the world is so strong,” he said. Kosowski explained that regulatory pressures, especially in Europe, dictate that countries such as Norway are a higher priority than the United States. “We have this conversation all the time with our leadership about how we need more cars.”
- And some insight on battery supplier, which I had read as speculation before, but this seems firm confirmation: The all-electric Niro, Kona, and Soul share the same electric powertrain, with some slight modifications in the Niro’s transmission to handle the extra mass. SK Innovation provides the cells for Kia’s battery pack while LG Chem is Hyundai’s supplier.”
EV TARIFF COSTS ARE ‘UNCLEAR TO CUSTOMERS’
- “Research from Citizens Advice has found that a lack of clear information is making it difficult for electric vehicle (EV) drivers to work out the best electricity tariff to choose to charge their vehicles.” reports Utility Week: “It found ten out of the 72 active domestic energy suppliers offer an EV tariff, with the number of such tariffs increasing from two in August 2017 to ten in September last year. Half of the tariffs analysed in the report offer a discount on a home charger or public charge points, however the value of this discount can vary. Interestingly the research highlights that EV-specific tariffs do not necessarily offer the best rates for EV users.”
- In response to the report Fiona Howarth, chief executive of Octopus Electric Vehicles which provides the Octopus Energy Go tariff, said: “This report demonstrates that time of use tariffs are great for EV drivers, and we need to see more of this sort of innovation.
2019 NISSAN LEAF PLUS GETS LONGER RANGE IN CHEAPEST TRIM
- “New California regulatory compliance documents hint that lower trim levels of the upcoming 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus will be the ones with the longest range.” says Green Car Reports: “To get the maximum range of 226 miles that Nissan estimates, buyers will likely have to stick to the base S trim level, according to documents, based on California emissions tests and obtained by Automotive News. Higher-trim SL and SV models are likely to have shorter range estimates, which Nissan estimates at 215 miles. In the tests, the base 62-kwh Leaf Plus went 364 miles on the EPA’s notoriously gentle Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule. On the California UDDS test, the Leaf SV Plus and SL Plus returned 330 miles. It’s unclear why there’s such a discrepancy between the Leaf S Plus and higher trims. Nissan specs show the SV and the SL weigh about 75 pounds more than the base S.”
RENAULT ZOE S EDITION NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK
- Renault has introduced a new version at the top of the Renault ZOE range. The new Renault ZOE S Edition replaces the previous Signature Nav version and brings a host of equipment at a small premium over the Renault ZOE Dynamique Nav.
- Ordering in the UK is open now and deliveries of the ZOE S Edition begin in April.
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