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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 13th 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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MODEL X OWNER BLAMES CRASH ON CONFUSED AUTOPILOT

  • “The driver of a Tesla Model X claims his electric crossover veered off the road and crashed after its Autopilot system malfunctioned. The accident happened late at night on Sunday, February 10, in New Jersey.” according to Digital Trends: “The owner’s identity hasn’t been released yet, but the New Jersey law enforcement officials who arrived at the scene of the accident say he wasn’t hurt or charged. The Model X sustained significant damage, however. When questioned about what happened, the driver replied he was traveling with Autopilot — Tesla’s suite of semi-autonomous driving aids — turned on when the car “got confused due to the lane markings,” according to police officers who spoke to news website NJ.com. The document added the driver told officers he tried to regain control of the vehicle but couldn’t override Autopilot.
  • I have an emailed statement from Tesla: “”Safety is the top priority at Tesla, and we engineer and build our cars with this in mind. We also ask our customers to exercise safe behavior when using our vehicles, including following the car’s instructions for remaining alert and present when using Autopilot, and to be prepared to take control at all times. Since we launched Autopilot in 2015, we are not aware of a single instance in which Autopilot refused to disengage.”

 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/tesla-model-x-veers-off-the-road-in-nj-driver-blames-autopilot/

 

PORSCHE TAYCAN ELECTRIC CAR SPIED CHARGING IN WINTRY SCANDINAVIA

  • “Spotted in the frosty, winter climate of northern Scandinavia. This Porsche Taycan EV is charging up to test its ability to add miles in the cold.” reports Steven Loveday for InsideEVs.com: “Recent news indicates that the Taycan may be delayed a bit as the automaker attempts to remove costs from the car. Regardless of all that, Porsche continues to test its Taycan out in public. This latest series of shots focus quite a bit on charging and the car’s charging port.”
  • Automedia notes: “Complete with tailpipes to hide its true EV intentions, our spies caught the all-electric machine undergoing charging at a public station in northern Scandinavia. The Taycan will be purposed as a Tesla Model S rival, complete with a battery pack that will reportedly hold more than 530 kilometers. Porsche claims that they are a front-runner in introducing the 800V system,. However, it will require a special 800V charge port to achieve those remarkable recharging times.”
  • Simon at Teslarati says: “In a recent sighting, an Italian publication was allowed to take photos of the Taycan’s automated charge port door in action, as well as the vehicle’s front trunk, or as the electric car community dubs it, the “frunk.” Unlike other sightings of the vehicle, Porsche engineers who were with the electric car were reportedly kind enough to allow the news publication to take photos and short video clips of the Taycan test mule. Taking full advantage of the opportunity, DMove.it decided to take pictures of the prototype’s automated charge port door, its bodywork, and its frunk.”

 

https://insideevs.com/porsche-taycan-electric-car-spied-charging-winter/

 

https://www.teslarati.com/porsche-taycan-automated-charge-port-door-frunk-pictures/

 

RENAULT PROMOTES ELECTRIC VANS AT MILTON KEYNES EV EXPERIENCE CENTRE

  • Hi to Lewis at EV Experience Centre. He sent me some pictures of the new vehicles on display. AM Online reports: “Renault is showcasing its range of electric commercial vehicles at Milton Keynes’ EV Experience Centre for the next week (February 11-17). The Kangoo ZE 33 and Twizy Cargo will be displayed in the showroom, which is operated by charge point specilaist, Chargemaster, and located in the town’s MK One shopping centre. Product experts from Renault Pro+ will be in store to give advice and guidance to prospective customers. Within the shopping centre at Milton Keynes, Renault Pro+ will also have a New Master ZE on display, alongside a Twizy photobooth. There will be test drives available for the entire Renault electric range, including the Renault Zoe. The move aims to build awareness of the Renault Pro+ electric van range, which is more relevant than ever as cities endeavor to improve air quality and reduce emissions from the vehicles within them.”

 

https://www.am-online.com/news/car-manufacturer-news/2019/02/12/renault-promotes-electric-vans-at-milton-keynes-ev-experience-centre

 

FIRST IONITY 350 KW CHARGERS READY FOR USE IN DENMARK

  • “According to elbil.no, one of the latest IONITY fast-charging stations in Nyborg, Denmark is the first to be enabled to support 350 kW power.” says Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: “Previously, the chargers installed by IONITY were limited to about 150 kW, but now it seems that the first liquid-cooled cables were used at full power. This is quite a notable achievement and a big improvement over even 150 kW. Yet, no car on the market can accept such power levels just yet. Step by step other stations also will be upgraded to 350 kW to be ready for the first models with ≈800 V battery packs, like the upcoming Porsche Taycan.”

 

EVGO POWERED MORE THAN 75 MILLION ELECTRIC MILES IN 2018

  • EVgo, the nation’s largest public fast-charging network, announced that in 2018 electric vehicle drivers used its public fast charging network to drive more than 75 million miles, representing 88 percent growth from 2017.
  • With more than 1,100 public fast chargers in 34 states and 66 metropolitan markets across the country, EVgo now serves more than 125,000 customers in 34 U.S. states who drive a full range of today’s fast charge-capable electric vehicles.
  • With more public fast chargers operational in the U.S. than any other company -and more than one hundred fast chargers under construction- EVgo is responding to the rapid growth of EV adoption, new model introductions, and accelerated electric rideshare.

 

SKODA VISION IV CONCEPT SKETCHES PREVIEW INCOMING ELECTRIC SUV COUPE

  • “Skoda will show an electric SUV concept at the Geneva motor show next month, called the Vision iV. We know that Skoda is planning to produce an electric SUV based on the VW Group’s new MEB platform, and it’s this concept that will preview that incoming production model, which will go on to headline Skoda’s push to offer ten electric or hybrid models by 2022.” reports EVO: “While Skoda has remained coy as to the production date of this coupe body shape, a more traditionally shaped SUV model will arrive first, kicking off a whole suite of all-electric MEB models built by Skoda, and its stablemates within the Volkswagen Group.”

 

https://www.evo.co.uk/skoda/22267/skoda-vision-iv-concept-sketches-preview-incoming-electric-suv-coupe

 

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