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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 23rd February 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.

 

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NISSAN HAS SOFTWARE FIX FOR 2016-17 LEAF 30-KWH

  • “Nissan released a new statement on a fix for 2016 and 2017 Leaf battery electric cars that are experiencing indications that their vehicles’ 30 kWh batteries were losing range and capacity at an accelerated rate.” reports Gary Lieber for InsideEVs.com: “Owners of these EVs were reporting that their cars were losing as much as 25 percent of their car’s range and battery capacity in as little as 15,000 miles. Nissan’s 96-month/100,000-mile lithium-ion battery capacity coverage replaced the suspect batteries. But for some Leafs, one battery replacement was not enough, with the problem resurfacing not long after the replacement, necessitating a second new battery.
  • Nissan said: “The displayed vehicle range and battery capacity level gauge on these vehicles are displaying range and capacity that is lower than the actual amount. Reprogramming the controller will result in an accurate display of the LEAFs battery capacity and trip range. This service campaign is open to all 2016 and 2017 LEAFs regardless of mileage or if they have had their battery previously replaced. Owners should contact their local dealer to schedule the update. After the reprogramming, the balance of the original lithium-ion battery and battery capacity warranty will remain in effect for any customers who experience warrantable battery degradation.”

 

https://insideevs.com/nissan-issues-software-fix-for-2016-17-leaf-battery-reporting-issues/

 

BMW AND DAIMLER WILL SPEND OVER $1 BILLION ON THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

  • The Verge reports: “BMW and Daimler, two giants in the automobile sector, are pooling their resources in a joint mobility effort that spans autonomous cars, ride-hailing, electric scooters, car-sharing, and electric car charging. The two companies announced on Friday that their intention is to spend $1.13 billion on the venture, an eye-popping sum designed to make the rest of the industry sit up and take notice. The cooperation between BMW and Daimler will take the form of five separate companies: Reach Now for multimodal services; Charge Now for EV charging; Free Now for taxi ride-hailing; Park Now for parking; and Share Now for car-sharing. Each business has its own CEO, and the two automakers will function as shareholders overseeing broad strategy while not interfering in the companies’ operations.”

 

  • Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche: “There are people who are not interested in car ownership, but in mobility. Individual mobility, on-demand. And that’s where both companies came to the conclusion this is a field where we can be stronger together than separately.”

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/22/18235941/daimler-bmw-mobility-joint-venture-billion-dollars

 

VOLVO XC90 FACELIFT UNVEILED WITH KERS FOR BETTER FUEL EFFICIENCY

  • Anthony at Motor1.com: “[Volvo] released official photos and details about the facelifted version of its flagship vehicle, the XC90 large SUV. By far the most important improvement over the outgoing version is the addition of a new kinetic energy recovery braking system, for which Volvo claims can save up to 15 percent fuel in real-world driving. Under a new B badge, the system is coupled to the SUV’s existing internal combustion engines to create “a new integrated electrified powertrain.” The new ‘B’-badged cars complement Volvo’s existing T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electrified option on the new XC90.”

 

  • The upgraded T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid with up to 420 horsepower features a new battery and brake-by-wire advanced battery charging. The range of the T8 powertrain has increased by around 15 per cent and this powertrain is available on all 90 and 60 Series cars.

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/306472/volvo-xc90-facelift-revealed/

 

TESLA MODEL 3 DELIVERIES IN CHINA

  • “Tesla recently held a Model 3 delivery ceremony in Beijing, officially setting in motion the electric sedan’s foray into China. ” reports Simon Alvarez at Teslarati: “In a statement to Reuters, Tesla noted that the earlier-than-expected deliveries “marked a significant milestone for the market,” particularly as the company has been rather conservative about its timeframes for the Model 3’s push into China.”

 

  • Vincent tweeted: “Morning Cindy has arrived Shanghai port Feb 22nd with total 1600+ units of @Tesla Model 3, total 1837 units of Tesla.”

 

  • “The recently docked ship arrived in the country not long after another cargo vessel, the Glovis Symphony, reached the port of Tianjin. Emerald Ace, a solar-hybrid car carrier also loaded with Model 3s, is expected to arrive within the next weeks.”

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-deliveries-china-begin-early/

 

RIVIAN PATENT REVEALS MULTIPLE R1T TRUCK CONFIGURATIONS

  • “A patent reveals that the Rivian R1T isn’t meant to be just a pickup truck. In fact, there are various configurations that transform it into more than just a truck.” writes Eric Loveday for InsideEV: “Just the other day, we discovered that Rivian had a patent for an add-on battery pack that would extend range. With the auxiliary pack, the range would be well over 400 miles for the top-line R1T. Now, there’s a new patent discovery. The images appear to show the Rivian R1T in various forms such as a flatbed, camper and other non-descript forms. “

 

https://insideevs.com/rivian-patent-reveals-multiple-r1t-truck-configurations/

 

TESLA HOSTS HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS FOR ‘INTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING DAY’ AT 8 FACILITIES

  • “Tesla is hosting today hundreds of students at 8 of its facilities across the in US in partnership with Envirolution for ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’. Last year, the automaker participated in the national movement, which aims “to show girls how engineering can be a great career choice and a great way to change the world, and it hosted 60 girls at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.” says Fred at Electrek: “About 80 Tesla employees are volunteering to create “creating a fun, engaging experience, activities are hands-on and explore different fields in engineering.” Today, they are helping students learn about different engineering fields through projects like “building a simple motor (electrical), suspension bridge (civil) or balloon-propelled car (mechanical).”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/02/21/tesla-host-introduce-a-girl-to-engineering-day/

 

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