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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 24th 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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TESLA LAUNCHES BACKUP POWER THROUGH POWERWALL 2 IN EUROPE WITH NEW HARDWARE

  • Tesla is rolling out new hardware in the form of Backup Gateway 2 for Powerwall in the UK which will enable Powerwall to keep your home running in the event of a power cut. Powerwall detects grid outages and switches to become your home’s main energy source, protecting your home from the next power outage and keeping your lights on, phones charged and no puddles under the fridge.

 

  • In the event of a utility power outage, the Backup Gateway 2 immediately disconnects the home electrical system from the utility and restores power to the home.
  • Whereas a traditional solar system typically shuts down during a grid outage to prevent any power from going back into the grid, because the Backup Gateway 2 manages the grid connection, solar can continue to operate.
  • Powerwall can detect an outage, disconnect from the grid and bring power back to your home in a fraction of a second. The Tesla app provides notifications when Powerwall disconnects from and reconnects to the grid, allowing you to manage your home power consumption.
  • Each Powerwall provides 13.5 kWh of usable energy for backup power when full. You can use the Tesla app to monitor your usage and conserve power to extend your backup coverage for a day or more. Additionally, when Powerwall is paired with solar it can continue to recharge and has the potential to run your home indefinitely.

 

  • About Backup Gateway 2
  • As well as replacing non-Backup Gateway 1 in Europe, the new Backup Gateway 2 unlocks faster connectivity and a stronger connection providing reliable, real-time insights into your power usage.
  • Powerwall is always paired with Tesla’s Gateway. Backup Gateway 2 provides high quality metering of your home and solar panel system, gives you access to the Tesla mobile app, communicates with the Tesla network, supports multi-Powerwall installation and enables seamless transition to backup during an outage.
  • It’s now even easier to install. Backup Gateway 2 has integrated electrical connections (built-in site and PV metering, space for generation breakers), which eliminates the need for separate generation and load panels.

 

  • A Tesla Spokesperson said: “”Rolling out in the UK this month, our new Backup Gateway 2 for Powerwall will enable a number of significant new features here and around the world for customers. It’s the first time that Backup hardware is available for Powerwall in Europe and we are excited to bring the new functionality alongside increased connectivity, a new design and easier installation.”

 

NISSAN LEAF E+ ORDERS HIGH: PRODUCTION CAPACITY MIGHT BE AN ISSUE

  • “Nissan announced earlier this month that it received more than 3,000 pre-orders for 3.ZERO Limited Edition of the LEAF e+ in Europe, from 5,000 units planned.” reports Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: “According to Ken Ramirez, Nissan Europe’s senior vice president sales and marketing, the first thousand pre-orders were placed in the first day and 3,000 were reached in mid-January, which seems to be just several days after announcing prices. The interest is so high that Nissan will need to “recalibrate” its expectations – in other words, there will again be a queue of customers waiting for their electric cars. Surprised? We aren’t. This seems to be the case with every new and compelling EVs these days.”

 

CHEVY VOLT PRODUCTION HAS OFFICIALLY COME TO AN END

  • “It’s now official. Chevrolet has pulled the plug on production of its Volt. The plug-in hybrid that helped kick-start the electric vehicle revolution will no longer roll from the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.” says Domenick at InsideEVs: “This truly marks the end of an era. The car was very attractive to those who felt an all-electric couldn’t completely fulfill their needs. The 2019 edition can travel an EPA-rated 53 miles on a charge before the gas engine kicks in to keep the vehicle in motion. Indeed, it was a huge sales success in some parts of the U.S. and in 2018, it edged out its all-electric sibling the Chevy Bolt on our Plug-In Sales Scorecard by a few hundred units.”

 

https://insideevs.com/chevy-volt-production-officially-ends/

 

PEUGEOT E208 LEAKED

New images have leaked of the Peugeot e208, 50kWh and 186miles (300km). One rumour says Later the year Peugeot will unveil a 72 kWh option coupled with a 150 kW motor (over 200 hp).

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

 

Eduard Pertíñez • 1 day ago

Question of the week: I am pretty sure there is room for new car manufacturers coming in the future. ICE market was a closed one. Not only you had to create a very expensive engine, but you had to follow a strict very expensive regulation for pollution. Once the bar was high enough nobody could enter the market. But in the EV market you will not have to follow expensive regulations, neither you’ll have to create very expensive motors. In few years there will be plenty of motors available in the market. Plenty of battery packs from different manufacturers. Once you have one of each, 70% of the job is done.

 

Bill B • 4 days ago

I remember when the Big Three in Detroit had it all here in the US. Take a look at the number of auto manufactures selling very well here in the US now. There is always room for a good deal in the US. A startup will have to have exceptional styling, performance and price point; along with service. That’s a tough challenge in today’s market but a company like Byton might make it. Cars from China may be the next auto invasion here in the US.

 

Frederick Stirnkorb • 6 days ago

I believe there is room for start ups in luxury and performance end like Rivian is pursuing. Also plenty of room in the commercial vehicle market. If someone can get the 4 billion in capital then go for it.

 

Rambler Andy • 6 days ago

Yes, there is plenty of room for start-ups, especially if they come as well prepared as Rivian, However, I wonder whether there will be another Tesla, that led the vanguard.

Doing a Tesla is a great way to establish a brand, but it’s a rocky road and the product has to be better than what is currently out there. That was easier when all there was was FFVs. So maybe only Tesla will survive as themselves. The rest being snapped up by big automotive or tech companies, who are relatively late to the game, and see that an acquisition gives them a passport to the EV world.  Amazon could eventually and easily make Rivian a brand under its umbrella, and then transfer the Rivian technology to other EV start-ups, as it acquires them, that have something distinctive about them [like a good design and manufacturing facilities]. GM could snap up start-ups, having themselves production expertise, but forgotten electrical knowledge and no software to speak of. Bollinger could easily be snapped up for that very reason, and there are several other start-ups with the same potential. None of which have production vehicles, but have the zeitgeist in EV design and electrical expertise.

 

D R-K • 1 week ago (edited)

Yes, we have plenty of room for start ups. Tesla will not be the only one to make it as they ushered in this new era, because there are some fundamental hardships the big traditional companies have to face. Ass for the “flood ” of cars, well, the numbers don’t currently support that as of yet. There is plenty more demand than availability and still limited choice in price, style and segment. We have room and I look forward to who will be around in the coming ten years and beyond

 

Neil E Roberts

Whenever there is a major industry disruption and electrification of transport is definitely a major disruption, the incumbents always struggle to shift to the new model. Some make it, many won’t. It tends to give small new companies who can be much more agile, lots of chances to grab market share. I think that in the next ten years, many of the well known brands will have gone completely or merged with others. We will see new companies which today are unknown. How exciting…..

 

Leanne Roberts

Absolutely, but if current car manufacturers have shown, it is going to take some considerable investment of which, many automakers have failed to correctly predict in terms of supply and demand. Examples being KIA eNiro, Hyundai Kona and VW e-Golf.

I say bring it on as long as you have a huge amount to invest behind you to compete with current auto manufacturers in price and reliability of supply.

 

Jon / Beardy McBeardface

Regarding QOTW I think there is definitely space for start ups and imho they will bring the greatest innovations to market. Legacy car makers will, for the most part, play it safe. We are not seeing anything that makes me go WOW from VW, Nissan etc but the Sono with built in solar panels…wow!

I know it’s cheeky and it’s ok if it can’t happen but when we get our weekly plugs could you mention the new Kent EV’s club that I am heading up please?

 

 

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