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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 10th 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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KIA ENIRO UPDATE

  • I am a Norwegian reservation holder, currently #5605 !! They had previously said (Bjørn Nyland has confirmed):- “Norway is allocated 2000 Kia E-Nero’s for delivery during 2019. But this may change?” They stopped the reservation program when it reached 6000. I think Nov.2018 and have refunded all deposits made ( 7,777 NOK)

 

  • I got a text from Kia Norway on 16.Jan.2019:-

 

  • It states they will deliver 356 Cars by 23 Feb.2019. So for me at 5605, well when then, 2020 if I’m lucky?

 

  • Translated to English:-
  • “Delivery of the first e-Niro will soon start. The first customers on the reservation list have now signed a contract, and the delivery of these cars starts at the end of January / February, and beyond in February. We are pleased to announce that we have managed to get a good allocation of e-Niro at the beginning of the year. Here are the next shipments we have an overview of with arrival Drammen: (From arrival it takes from 1-3 weeks until the cars are out at the dealer, depending on where in the country they are sent)
  • January 29, 83 cars arrive. On February 9, 24 cars arrive. On February 23, 249 cars arrive
  • In these shipments there are cars with a total of 9 exterior colors and 2 interior colors. This differs from the colors we have initially set up for “First Edition”. During January, we will contact the next customers on the list, 50-100 at a time, for car allocation. They choose a car and sign a contract with their dealer. If color originally selected is not on this delivery, one will be able to choose a different color, or wait for the next shipment.”

 

 

AUDI TO UNVEIL NEW PLUG-IN HYBRIDS IN GENEVA

  • Audi announced that at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March, the company will unveil new plug-in hybrid models. The plural form indicates that there will be at least two new PHEVs. Martin Sander, currently in charge of operations at the Marketing and Sales division of AUDI AG, said that the expansion into PHEVs will be substantial” reports Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: “Audi BEV models: Audi e-tron (already in production, deliveries in early 2019), Audi e-tron Sportback (to debut in 2019), Audi e-tron GT concept (from late 2020), Audi A3-sized EV concept (to be unveiled soon), Audi SUV BEV based on MEB platform (from late 2020) (to be unveiled soon), 5 more SUVs”

 

https://insideevs.com/audi-new-plug-in-hybrids-geneva/

 

REPORT: AUDI E-TRON FACES BATTERY-RELATED DELAY IN EUROPE

  • “Audi’s e-tron SUV was scheduled to go on sale in Europe by now, but its rollout in Europe has been delayed to next month, according to a report today from Automotive News Europe. Back in October, Audi told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that it was working on “improvements in the interests of the buyer.” Sources then told Bild that it had to do with battery software.” according to Eric at Green Car Reports: “The newspaper had reported a bottleneck in battery supplies as battery supplier LG Chem is seeking a 10-percent price hike for the car’s 95-kilowatt-hour battery. Citing sources close to Audi and/or its suppliers, it anticipated the software and battery pricing issues could delay the car for months. Audi spokesman Mark Dahnke said in an emailed statement that the launch schedule in the U.S. remains in the second quarter (of 2019) “as we have been targeting from the beginning.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1121399_audi-e-tron-faces-battery-related-delay-in-europe

 

HUBJECT AND GREENLOTS COLLABORATE TO BRING APP-FREE AND CARD-FREE CHARGING TO EV DRIVERS

  • “Hubject is collaborating with Greenlots to deploy its ISO 15118 Plug&Charge technology (earlier post) in North America. Customers with new, Plug&Charge-enabled vehicles will no longer need to worry about using an app or card to pay for their charge.”This achievement is the result of a partnership between Hubject and Greenlots, a US-based provider of EV charging and energy management software and solutions and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shell New Energies.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/02/20190208-hubject.html

 

EVGO SWITCHES UP ITS DC FAST CHARGING PRICES: LOWER MONTHLY PAYMENTS BUT HIGHER PER MINUTE

  • Seth Weintraub at Electrek brings us the next story “US fast charging network EVgo has again decided to switch up its charging prices. The DC fast charger network that operates in 34 states charges its users on two tiers: Pay-as-you-go and Membership. EVgo charges based on time rather than electricity transfer and as of next week, prices are about to change. This week’s pricing update, called the ‘2019 prices’ seems to affect membership prices, upping the costs significantly, almost to non-member prices. EVgo however, lowers the membership fee to $8 from $10/month but now includes few free minutes (only 29 minutes of free charging per month from 52 in New York for instance).”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/02/08/evgo-switches-charging-prices/

 

TESLA SHOWCASES MODEL 3 AT ONE OF EUROPE’S BUSIEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

  • Tesla is making its Model 3 presence in Europe known with the latest display of its all-electric sedan in one of the world’s busiest airports for international passenger traffic.” reports Teslarati today: “In an appeal to potential customers in the European region, Tesla proudly displayed its newest vehicle in Lounge 1 of the Schengen area of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. A photo posted of the Model 3 in the airport showed the car covered from view by a cloth; however, according to observations noted by other users on the site, the cover was being removed periodically and concealing a red Model 3.”

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-europe-amsterdam-airport-display/

 

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