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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 6th 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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T-DAY OR E-DAY?
- I’m not sure whether to call it T-Day for TEsla, or E-Day for Electric. Either way, there were people actually waiting on the dockside of a port called Zeebrugge, in Belgium, here in Europe. The twitter account @MisterGreenEV got their drone out to film her arrival. Consensus seems to be between 2,800 and 3,000 Model 3’s arriving today.
U.S. PLUG IN SALES FOR U.S.
- Numbers are coming in for January 2019 now and it’s a great start to the year for EVs. “U.S. car sales in January 2019 are estimated at over 1.14 million, which means it decreased by about 1%. In such circumstances, the plug-in electric car segment – which improved by almost 43% to 17,109 – is growing super fast.” reports Mark Kane for InsideEVs: “The Tesla Model 3 remains the top choice for those who decided to purchase a plug-in electric car – we estimate that around 6,500 were delivered.”
ELECTRIC CAR SALES IN UK DOUBLED IN JANUARY 2019
- “In January, the overall plug-in electric market in the UK increased by 8.5% to 3,602 new registrations at a market share of over 2.2%. Total registrations decreased by 1.6% to 161,013. The single-digit growth was basically the result of a superb increase of all-electric cars, by 110% – the highest growth rate for several years, while the plug-in hybrids drag the plug-in segment down. 1,334 BEVs (up 110% year-over-year). 2,268 PHEVs (down 15.5% year-over-year)”
- Remember that here in the UK the grant for a full BEV was cut but a quarter, but the grant for hybrids was cut altogether. So that will have had an impact.
- Meanwhile, This Is Money says: “UK diesel registrations down 20% year-on-year in January – 40% over 24 months. Electrified models now account for 6.8 per cent of all vehicles sales. 86,000 of these cars are set to be ultra low emission plug-in hybrids and battery electrics – taking plug-in market share to around 3.7 per cent as an ever-increasing number of models come on sale.”
EUROPEAN EV SALES FOR 2018
- Meanwhile InsdieEVs has been looking at Europe. “Alternatively powered cars – 6.1% – 944,800. Hybrids – 555,000 (up 24%). Electric – 195,000 (up 47%). Plug-in hybrids – 180,000 (up 22%). all-electric cars increased by 47%, which is th quickest growth in the industry (even the hot SUV segment is growing by “only” 19%). With many new models coming on the market or in the ramp-up phase, we could guess that BEVs will be above conventional hybrids by the end of 2020, or at least 2021.”
- JATO Dynamics said: “”Notably, most of the fuel type’s growth was driven by pure electric vehicles, which outsold plug-in hybrid vehicles, as their volume increased by 47% from 132,800 vehicles in 2017 to 195,300 vehicles in 2018. Norway was the biggest market for electric vehicles, where they held a 31% market share, while the Netherlands outsold the UK and became the fourth largest EV market, behind Germany and France.””
POLESTAR 2 EV WILL BE UNVEILED FEB. 27 VIA LIVESTREAM
- “Polestar, Volvo’s all-electrified spinoff, hasn’t even put its first car into series production yet, but it’s already getting ready to unveil its second, and it’s happening soon.” says Roadshow by CNET: “Polestar will unveil the Polestar 2 in front of a global audience on Feb. 27, a week or so ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. To keep things green — a fitting theme, given Polestar’s powertrains — the debut will take place online, as opposed to flying journalists and guests into a single location. A copy of the livestream will be available on Polestar’s site. It’s believed to have a range around 300 miles, with an output around 400 horsepower. That’s Model 3 territory, for sure. It should be available in a Care by Volvo-like subscription model, to boot.”
JOE ROGAN FINALLY DRIVEA A TESLA
- From Instagram to his 5.7m followers: “
- Driving this @teslamotors model S is truly one of the strangest experiences I’ve ever had behind the wheel of a car. It legitimately feels like something wrong is happening. Without a doubt the most preposterously quick vehicle I’ve ever driven. It feels like something Bob Lazar snuck out of Area 51. Elon, you knocked it out of the park with this crazy thing.”
- So far that post has 232,000 likes!
WITH CPAAS, CHARGEPOINT ENABLES THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF EV CHARGING
- From a blog by Michael Hughes, Chief Commercial and Revenue Officer: “ChargePoint as a service (CPaas) is a new subscription model that empowers more organizations to be a part of the fueling network of the future. CPaas democratizes EV charging by bringing all of the benefits of the “as a service” pricing model to businesses interested in providing comprehensive EV charging solutions without purchasing them outright. ChargePoint as a service (CPaas) is a new subscription model that empowers more organizations to be a part of the fueling network of the future. CPaas democratizes EV charging by bringing all of the benefits of the “as a service” pricing model to businesses interested in providing comprehensive EV charging solutions without purchasing them outright. We’re thrilled to introduce CPaas, a straightforward subscription model that enables more organizations to deploy the industry’s most comprehensive suite of smart EV charging solutions available, as the transportation landscape rapidly transitions to electric. With CPaas you get exactly the e-mobility solutions that fit your business needs today, with room to grow in the future.”
VW GROUP: OUR ELECTRIC CAR INVESTMENT IS ONE-THIRD OF TOTAL
- “The company entity known as Porsche SE is not a carmaker. It’s the financial holding company that owns the Volkswagen Group and all its brands, including Audi and Porsche. So it matters a lot what Porsche SE thinks about electrification.” writes Bradley at InsideEVs.com: “Philipp von Hagen – executive board member of Porsche SE – was on hand at today’s BloombergNEF San Francisco Summit to share his take on EVs. Von Hagen was asked if Porsche SE (and therefore VW) is “all in” on electrification? He replied, “Not really.” Yes, Volkswagen has committed to $50 billion in electric cars, autonomous driving, and mobility services by 2024. But what von Hagen revealed – and I have not heard before – is what the $50 billion figure represents. It’s only one-third of the company’s investment powertrain technologies in the next five years. He said, “The investment is big and consequential, but we still are making two-thirds of our investment in existing drivetrain technologies.””
MORE SUPPORT FOR CHARGING IN UK
- Today (5 February 2019) the government has awarded more than £6 million to support ultra-low emission taxis right across the country, furthering its ambition for a zero emission future.
- Announced at the Smart Transport conference by the Future of Mobility Minister (jesse norman), the funding will see almost 300 rapid chargepoints and 46 fast chargepoints installed for ultra-low emission taxis in 17 local authorities, including in Greater Manchester, Brighton and Hove, Leicester and the north east.
FIA PLANS ELECTRIC OR HYBRID WRC RULES FOR 2022
- “The World Rally Championship will move forward with an electric or hybrid solution from 2022” reports motorsport.com
- M-Sport team principal Rich Millener said: “”There will be some form of hybrid [in 2022], that’s a must,” said Millener. “It’s the only way some of the [current] manufacturers will stay in the sport and it’s the only way for us to attract new manufacturers. The main argument seems to be between low voltage and high voltage hybrid systems – but how do we integrate those systems and what do we use as a base.”
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