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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 26th 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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BILL FORD SAYS ELECTRIC MUSTANG CROSSOVER WILL ‘GO LIKE HELL’

  • “Ford is dead serious about its electrification plans. The Blue Oval company wants to have a hybrid, PHEV, or all-electric version of its every model, and, in addition, it will launch a number of completely new nameplates with electric powertrains. One of these new members of the lineup will be a Mustang-inspired crossover which is scheduled to arrive on the market sometime next year.” reports Anthony Karr for Motor1.com: “Emphasizing Ford’s new strategy, the automaker’s Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the Mustang-inspired electric crossover “is going to go like hell.” “When we first started talking about electrification, there was this thought that there had to be a trade-off: it was either going to be green and boring and no fun, or really exciting but burn a lot of fossil fuels,” Bill Ford said during the Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmaker of the Year luncheon. “Electrification has come to the point that you can do both.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/306870/ford-mustang-electric-crossover-go-hell/

 

KIA REVEALS NEW E-SOUL FOR EUROPE: TWO BATTERY OPTIONS

  • “The next-generation Kia Soul EV, under the new name of Kia e-Soul, is coming to Europe where sales will begin by the end of the fourth quarter. Pricing will be announced later.” says Mark Kane for InsideEVs: “Kia will unveil the new e-Soul at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show (the car debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show). The European version will be offered in two versions, which shares batteries/powertrains with Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric: Long-range: 64 kWh battery and 150 kW electric motor. Standard: 39.2 kWh battery and 100 kW electric motor. The Long-range version will be able to go 452 km (280 miles) according to WLTP test cycle, compared to an EPA rating of 243 miles (391 km) in the U.S. The Standard version will go 277 km (172 miles) WLTP. Kia boasts that the new battery cells have 25% higher energy density (250 Wh/kg vs 200 Wh/kg), while the new powertrain is 30% more efficient than “Europe’s current best-selling electric car”. The new electric Soul breaks with CHAdeMO and is equipped with CCS charging inlet for DC fast charging (up to 100 kW)”

 

https://insideevs.com/kia-announced-new-e-soul-for-europe-unveiling-in-geneva/

 

SEAT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF CITY MOBILITY WITH THE MINIMÓ ELECTRIC QUADRICYCLE

  • “SEAT is taking a giant leap in its urban micromobility strategy with the presentation of the Minimó at this year’s Mobile World Congress, a concept car that has been developed as a mobility platform, showcasing the company’s vision of the urban mobility of tomorrow. The Minimó brings together the benefits of the smaller dimensions of a motorcycle with the safety and comfort of a larger passenger vehicle, minimising the many frustrations of travelling around our cities.”

 

FCA WILL SPEND $4.5 BILLION IN MICHIGAN TO BUILD ELECTRIFIED JEEP WAGONEER

  • “Fiat Chrysler just announced a $4.5 billion investment in Michigan manufacturing facilities, including a new one in the city of Detroit set to build an “all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV,” as well as investment in five other plants, one of which will build the next-gen Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer—both with electrified variants.” says Jalopnik: “FCA says its Warren, JNAP, and Mack assembly plants will crank out plug-in hybrid versions of the vehicles built there, and that there will be “flexibility to build fully battery-electric models in the future.” CEO Mike Manley says in a quote that FCA plans to build at least four plug-in hybrid Jeeps.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/fca-will-spend-4-5-billion-in-michigan-to-build-cars-l-1832903198

 

BYTON M-BYTE ELECTRIC SUV HEADED FOR MASS PRODUCTION THIS YEAR

  • “The electric vehicle startup BYTON is said to unveil the mass-produced model of the screen-filled M-Byte in the middle of 2019 and the vehicle’s presale will start at the same time” according to InsideEVs: “The M-Byte concept was first shown at the CES 2018. With shorter front and rear overhangs, the BEV model gets more room for passengers. Boasting a futuristic gene, it is outfitted with such configurators as LED headlights, luminous marks, two-tone vehicle body as well as the trendy taillight cluster that stretches across the rear end.”

 

https://insideevs.com/byton-m-byte-electric-suv-headed-for-mass-production-this-year/

 

POLL SUGGESTS MORE AMERICANS MIGHT BUY AN EV—IF ONLY THEY HAD A PLACE TO CHARGE

  • “Almost three-quarters of Americans see electric cars as the future of transportation, according to a new Volvo/Harris poll released Tuesday” report Eric at GreenCarReports: “In the poll conducted last October, which surveyed 1,510 drivers in the U.S. during the middle of October, including 250 electric-car drivers, 74 percent of all respondents agreed that electric cars are the future. Among EV drivers, the number rose to 79 percent. The biggest obstacle wasn’t range but available charging infrastructure: 61 percent of respondents cited more charging infrastructure as the biggest factor holding back their purchase.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1121698_poll-suggests-more-americans-might-buy-an-evif-only-they-had-a-place-to-charge

 

24M DELIVERS FIRST COMMERCIAL SCALE, HIGH ENERGY DENSITY SEMI-SOLID NMC LI-ION CELLS

  • Finally to Green Car Congress: “24M announced that it has developed and delivered commercially-viable, high energy density lithium-ion cells. Using its novel SemiSolid lithium-ion battery design in its pilot facility (earlier post), 24M achieved energy densities exceeding 250 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg), the current state-of-the-art industry benchmark for EV applications. The demonstration of this technology is a major milestone on the 24M roadmap to achieving even higher energy densities (>400 Wh/kg) using its capital-efficient manufacturing process.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/02/20190226-24m.html

 

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