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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday Tuesday 12th 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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UPDATE ON MODEL 3 IN EUROPE AND CHINA
- Walter MacVane @EcoHeliGuy
- “Glovis Cosmos is entering the port of Zeebrugge. Now the question remains, 3000, or more Teslas on this ship? Welcome to Europe”
- “While the #GlovisCosmos is in Zeebrugge unloading its cargo of Model 3, the #GrandAurora is showing up in the Açores. Arrival is scheduled for Friday 15th in the evening”
WITRICITY ACQUIRES QUALCOMM HALO
- “WiTricity, a company that specializes in contactless EV charging, has acquired Qualcomm’s rival wireless charging tech. The two are keeping quiet about the financial details, though they did reveal that Qualcomm will become a minority WiTricity shareholder as a result of the transaction. ” reports Engadget for our first story today: “Ultimately, it gives WiTricity access to more than 1,500 new wireless battery charging patents and patent applications, which could see its contactless charging system become the EV industry standard. An MIT spinoff, WiTricity’s system relies on a floor pad that radiates a magnetic field to refuel parked EVs. In 2016, the company announced a prototype in partnership with GM that could be deployed in public parking spaces and garages, offering power at both 7.7 kW and 11 kW. Qualcomm bought its “Halo” tech from the University of Auckland in 2011 as part of a “multi-million dollar” deal. It currently forms the backbone of its dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) test track.”
- In the comments Peterf says: “This is so dumb. You can accept the efficiency loss with a smartphone since it’s such little energy but to charge a car with the reduced efficiency causes a lot of energy waste.”
SPY SHOTS #1 – VW I.D. NEO / I.D. ONE
- We’re a bit over run today with spy shots of future EV’s in cold weather testing. And that’s a nice problem to have because when cars are at that stage, they’re not too far away from being outside your house.
- Volkswagen I.D. Neo – AutoExpress say: “Volkswagen will launch the I.D. (codenamed ‘Neo’ within the company) with a range of three battery capacities, and is aiming to significantly undercut the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia e-Niro with a starting price of just £22,500. As revealed by Auto Express towards the end of 2017, the first I.D. will be a five-door hatchback which, at 4.25 metres long, is almost identical in size to a Golf. The potential for extra cabin space can be seen in the proportions of the car in our spy images. The bonnet is much shorter than that of a Golf – it only needs to house an air conditioning system – allowing for much more space inside for occupants. Boot space is also expected to measure up closely to a Golf, so expect around 380 litres with all five seats in place.” It starts at 205 miles at 48kWh for the slow one, up to 341 miles 62kWh for the fast one. They need to do 100,000 of these next year, Zwickau is aiming for 1,500 cars a day by 2021, and there will be fewer options for the spec to drive efficiency. OTA updates are confirmed now, as is permanent connectivity.
SPY SHOTS #2 – RENAULT CAPTUR
- Again from AutoExpress “A new Renault Captur crossover with plug-in hybrid power is being developed ahead of going on sale in early 2020. Renault is developing an all-new plug-in hybrid system making use of a Nissan-developed 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive system. The electric motor will occupy a dual role, both providing with petrol engine with additional torque and power, plus offering up to 30 miles of all-electric running.” It will come with a 9.8kWh battery.
SPY SHOTS #3 – BMW iNEXT
- The winter test centre of the BMW Group in Arjeplog, Sweden is the setting for the current complete vehicle tests. The test drives with the camouflaged BMW iNEXT are being conducted on snow-covered roads and ice-covered lakes, where low temperatures and minimal road friction dominate everyday testing. The cold poses a challenge, above all, for the electric motor, the high-voltage battery and the cooling system of the BMW iNEXT. The testing engineers also attach particular importance to the eDrive energy management system. They analyse the way in which the extreme sub-zero temperatures affect how the energy storage system recharges, how electricity is transferred to the electric motor, how the electrical system is supplied with energy and how the heating and air condition systems respond. The series production version of the BMW iNEXT will be manufactured in the BMW Plant in Dingolfing from 2021.
NISSAN LEAF E-PLUS ORDERS POURING IN: EUROPE
- “Nissan has received more than 3,000 pre-orders for 3.ZERO Limited Edition of the latest LEAF e+ in Europe, since its unveiling about a month ago. That’s almost two-thirds of the planned run of 5,000 units of the exclusively well-equipped trim version.” says Mark Kane over at InsideEVs.com: “Nearly half of those pre-orders come from… Norway, where the Nissan LEAF was the best-selling car of any kind or type in 2018.”
TESLA READIES FOR MODEL 3 CUSTOMER DELIVERIES IN CHINA AS CARGO SHIP ARRIVES AT PORT
- “Preparations to deliver the first batch of Tesla Model 3 vehicles to customers in China are underway with the recent arrival of cargo ship Glovis Symphony at the Port of Tianjin.” according to Teslarati: ” The carrier entered the port on Monday around 7 am local time after a 19-day journey from the San Francisco Bay Area where Tesla vehicles make their way from the company’s factory in Fremont to the loading dock. A shipment of Performance Model 3s received in Hong Kong last month seems to have primarily contained test drive and display vehicles.”
CHEVY BOLT & BAOJUN E100 LEAD GM GLOBAL EV SALES IN 2018
- Back to InsideEVs and Wade Malone: “While plug-in General Motors deliveries dropped in the United States last year, the automaker saw a significant increase in global plug-in sales in 2018. The Chevy Bolt EV again led the electric offerings, clocking in at 27,918 units delivered worldwide. However, The Baojun E100/E200 also impressed with 25,888 sales in China. The Chevy Volt follows close behind with 25,298 units sold globally. Baojun (jointly owned by General Motors (GM) and SAIC Motor) recently expanded availability of their tiny two seat EV. The recently launched E200 will be replacing the E100 on the market.”
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