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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 3rd February 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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I’m honoured to welcome two new Executive Producers to the podcast audience, two more people who’s moral support goes further than they know. Thank you so much MATT PISCIONE and STUART HANNAH.
Weekend Watch: Fully Charged V2G. On our trip around the Netherlands we stopped by the Engie head office outside Amsterdam to have a look at a functioning vehicle to grid (V2G) system.
Weekend Read: The Electric Car in America, 1890-1922 : A Social History. The electric vehicle seemed poised in 1900 to be a leader, even the dominant force, in the early American car market. They were clean, odorless, noiseless and they were mechanically simple, compared to their rivals. Yet just two decades later the electric car was dead. This book explores this early history of the electric car. Ready to pre-order now.
AUDI ANNOUNCES E-TRON CHARGING SERVICE
- “Audi announced the launch of the Audi e-tron Charging Service, which will offer more than 72,000 public charging points (about 80% of all public charging stations operated by 220 providers) in 16 countries in the European Union under one contract and one access card/app.” reports Mark Kane at InsideEVs.com: “We have mixed feelings about the offer, especially in Germany because the prices are per session instead for usage (but it could change over time). In other countries, there are fees per minute or per kWh.”
- This is what Audi say: “To cover individual charging needs, the e-tron Charging Service offers two different tariffs. The “City” tariff is aimed primarily at urban commuters. It is available for a basic fee of €4.95 per month. For each charging process, customers then pay €7.95 for AC charging (up to 22 kW) and €9.95 for DC charging (up to 50 kW), regardless of the charging duration and how much energy is drawn. For drivers who regularly travel long-distance, Audi recommends the “Transit” tariff. This costs €17.95 per month, although a one-year waiver of the basic fee is granted for first-time Audi e-tron buyers. With the “Transit” tariff, customers benefit from better access conditions with HPC contract partners such as IONITY, higher charging capacities and shorter charging durations. The Audi e-tron is the first series-production model capable of charging with up to 150 kW at their HPC (high-power charging) stations. This means that the electric SUV is all set for the next long-distance stretch of a journey in approximately half an hour. And what’s more, the majority of electricity in IONITY’s network is generated from green sources.””
- I saw first comments saying it was very expensive but remember that ~90kWh usable battery. On the DC fast charge deal, if you take 80kWh for 10Euros, that’s still way cheaper than a tank of diesel. At a Supercharger that would cost 32 Euros. The IONITY deal is less attractive but it does incentivise long sessions, you’re better off turning up with an empty battery.
NISSAN NV200 WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY AS ELECTRIC
- It’s not the prettiest EV on the road but not many vans ever win a beauty contest. “Nissan recently announced that it’ll discontinue the diesel version of the Nissan NV200 before the scheduled production stop that takes place in the summer. Therefore, in just a few months this van will be available only in its electric variant, the e-NV200.” according to Pedro at Push EVs: “The electric van e-NV200, which is exclusively made at the Nissan Motor Ibérica plant in Barcelona got its production increased last year by 50 percent to 6.000 units. Currently the Nissan e-NV200 shares the same 40 kWh battery with the Nissan LEAF, it’ll be interesting to see if it’ll ever get the 62 kWh battery version and start selling in North America. On the Nissan USA website the Nissan e-NV200 is still listed as a future concept.”
CHINESE EV ON SALE IN UK BY AUTUMN
- “MG announced at its annual dealer’s conference in UK that its first all-electric car, the ZS EV, will be introduced in September 2019. Dealers also got an exclusive preview of the car” whilst all we have is a YouTube video in Chinese: “The company unveiled the eZS in China in 2018 and it seems that finally, British customers will get a chance to try an affordable (hopefully) EV from China (MG is part of Chinese SAIC). Range of the ZS EV stands at up to 286 miles (460 km) NEDC – about 220 miles (350 km) in the real world.”
- Jon Timmis shared a YouTube video with me of the car, reviewed in England. At the time of recording this, it has been published 48 hours and had 25 views. It has a 44.5kWh battery.
TESLA BEGINS SALES OF CHEAPER MODEL 3 CAR VARIANT IN CHINA
- Tesla Inc said it will start taking orders in China on Friday for a lower-priced version of its Model 3 vehicle, whose price will start at 433,000 yuan (US$64,300.56). Chinese customers will be allowed to place orders for a long range, rear-wheel-drive Model 3 variant. Previously, the starting price for a Model 3 in China was 499,000 yuan, for an all-wheel-drive long range version. Tesla has sent two ships and at least one cargo plane with Model 3 vehicles to China, a logistics source familiar with the matter said.” according to Channel News Asia.
BYD KICKS OFF EUROPEAN ELECTRIC TRUCK CAMPAIGN IN SPAIN
- “BYD intends to be a major player in the market for heavy duty electric vehicles in Europe. It is already a leader in the production of electric buses on the Continent, with a factory in Allonne, France and second factory in Komarom, Hungary. Now it says it is ready to move into electric trucks.” according to Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: “According to Electrive, the three vehicles on display were the T6, a box truck with a weight rating of 7.5 tons, the Q1M yard tractor — a truck designed specifically for use by airports, seaports, and distribution centers — and the fully electric T3 commercial van. These are the first of a full range of electric light and heavy commercial vehicles that BYD plans to bring to market in Europe in the coming years.”
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