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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 25th 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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ELECTRIC PEUGEOT e208 IN DETAIL: SPECS, IMAGES, VIDEOS

  • “Peugeot released specs for the e-208, the first all-electric model for the brand, build on the eCMP platform. The public unveiling is scheduled for Geneva, but already today you can enjoy a gallery of stock images.” reports Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: “The 50 kWh battery provides 340 km (211 miles) of range under the WLTP test cycle and is covered by warranty for 8 years or 160 000 km for 70% of capacity. The electric motor is rated at 100 kW, which enables it to do 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds. The brisk acceleration will be especially welcome in city driving at low speeds. 0-50 km/h takes just 2.8 seconds. There is also a handy three-phase on-board charger rated for 11 kW. The French manufacturer didn’t forget to add a heat pump to save as much range as possible in winter. Orders will be accepted from late summer 2019, while the launch is expected in the fall of 2019.

 

  • The tag line is “Unboring the future”.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=74&v=2LhRl8wcBVE

 

https://insideevs.com/electric-peugeot-e208-detail-specs-images-videos/

 

ZERO SR/F ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE UNVEILED

  • “For the past month or so, Zero has been teasing a new addition to its lineup with only a few peeks at the silhouette and limited performance information to work with—teasing well done. The company has finally unveiled the new SR/F and we now know what Zero has been working on: the view from here is pretty nice!” says Sabrina for RideApart.com: “The new SR/F is using the same 14.4 kWh battery used in the high-end S and SR. What has changed is the electric motor—instead of the usual 7-centimeter rotor found in the current Zeros, the F receives a 10-centimeter unit, which results in a performance boost. In fact, both versions of the F (Standard and Premium) are rated at 110 horsepower and a top speed of 124 mph. the standard SR/F is expected to offer a combined range rated between 102 and 123 miles (depending on highway speed). Charging time is expected to hover between 4.5 hours for the entry-level model with 3 kW charger and 1.5 hour with the 6 kW fast charger. Pricing has been set at $18,995 for the Standard version. The Premium trim adds a screen, fast-charger, heated grips, and aluminum bar ends for an extra $2,000. This positions the new SR/F at the top of the line, over $2k above the SR.”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25IkSwclpGA

 

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/306810/zero-unveils-srf-sport-model/

 

BYD BREAKS GROUND ON NEW 20 GWH BATTERY PLANT IN CHINA

  • InsideEVs reports: “BYD has broke ground on its new lithium-ion battery factory in Chongqing, one of China’s traditional auto manufacturing hubs. The planned output is to be 20 GWh annually using eight fully-automated production lines. The first stage of the plant is expected to be completed within a year from now. In 2018 BYD sold about 227,152 plug-in electric cars, and 247,811 including buses/trucks, which means that the company will gain the potential to significantly increase production. And if you consider that in China, sales of plug-in electric cars are booming, then it seems certain BYD will need this extra capacity in the very near future.”
  • And Mark Kane has done some handy math: The 20 GWh of batteries is equivalent to:

 

  • 200,000 all-electric cars with 100 kWh packs
  • 400,000 all-electric cars with 50 kWh packs
  • 800,000 plug-in hybrids cars with 25 kWh packs

 

https://insideevs.com/byd-new-20-gwh-battery-plant-china/

 

THE PORSCHE MACAN IS GOING ELECTRIC

  • “The Porsche Macan is Porsche’s best-selling vehicle, powered by an internal-combustion engine, a crossover that handles better than it has any right to. It will also be going electric soon, the Financial Times reports.” reports Erik at Jalopnik: “The Porsche decision, which will be revealed next Tuesday by the group, shows the carmaker is serious about selling electric vehicles to a mass market. The all-electric Macan, a sport utility vehicle, will be produced in Leipzig early next decade, the company confirmed to the Financial Times. Chief executive Oliver Blume said Porsche was aiming for every second car it sold to be “electrified” — pure-electric or hybrid — by 2025, meaning that Porsche’s electric ramp-up is even more ambitious than its parent, the Volkswagen Group.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/the-porsche-macan-is-going-electric-1832867432

 

AUDI LAUNCHES PLUG-IN HYBRID Q5, A6, A7 AND A8

  • “Audi has revealed new plug-in versions of its Q5, A6, A7 and A8, each combining a turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. At the same time the marque has chosen to drop the ‘e-tron’ branding from the sole plug-in model it previously sold, and from now on will only apply that badge to its full electric models.” reports EVO: “The 50 and 55 variants all share a 14.1kWh battery pack, with estimated electric-only ranges set at around 25 miles on the WLTP cycle. Final UK specifications, pricing and availability have not yet been confirmed, but we suspect they’ll fall in line with Audi’s other numerically ordered models.”

 

https://www.evo.co.uk/news/22328/audi-launches-plug-in-hybrid-q5-a6-a7-and-a8

 

NEW VERSION OF MORE POWERFUL AUDI E-TRON SPIED: E-TRON ALLROAD?

  • Is there an AllRoad version of the etron currently being tested? New spy photos suggest so. “The rumors suggest that the sportier version will get a three electric motor set up, with two motors on the rear axle. The e-tron currently develops 402bhp front and rear motor together and if you double the rear motors, we would come up to 640bhp in total. Maybe Audi decides not to give the e-tron all that power but a figure around 500-550bhp is clearly possible.” says InsideEVs

 

https://insideevs.com/new-version-audi-e-tron-spied-allroad/

 

NISSAN LEAF PLUS FIRST DRIVE REVIEW: MORE OF A GOOD THING

  • Jamie at Electrek says: “Last week we were invited to San Diego to drive the new Nissan Leaf Plus, the updated version of the Leaf with a new 62kWh battery pack, which will start sales in March. We spent the day driving it all through the county on a variety of roads, and came away impressed if not surprised by this iteration on an already-solid package. The main practical upshot of the Leaf Plus’s larger battery is that the car has increased range, power and quick charge ability.”
  • What about price? “Chevy has reached the 200,000 vehicle mark in the US, and this will effectively raise the price of that car by $3,750 starting in April. This gives Nissan a little breathing room with the Leaf Plus, and if they end up with a price which is a little higher than the Bolt, the effective price for consumers will still be lower.  Nissan has sold around 130,000 electric cars in the US, so they still have time before their credit runs out.”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/02/25/nissan-leaf-plus-62kwh-2/

 

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