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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 10th March 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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No spoilers for Formula E in Hong Kong I won’t say anything, a great race of fast racing on the tight and twisty circuit, a controversial end. Highly recommend you watch the highlight at least.
As we enter a new week tomorrow it will be a big week for electric cars, the Tesla Model Y will be unveiled. Some say it’s basically a slightly taller Model 3, others would say the popular SUV or crossover shape will make it even more popular than the Model 3. It was March 31st 2016 when the Model 3 was unveiled so we’re almost three years on from that date. You can livestream the event on Thursday night at 8pm PST.
Tesla has also added Model Y to their website now, and the menu at the top is in the correct order, The S, the 3, the X and the Y. So it’s sexy. And if you want, then it’s the R, so sexyr.
You weekend watch is this from Joe Rogan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsO3QiCR6_g
NEW RIVIAN R1T ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK IMAGE SHOWS INSIDE OF FACTORY
- “This new image of the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck shows us a glimpse of the Rivian factory, as well as providing us with what may become the automaker’s motto.” says Eric Loveday for InsideEVs: “Rivian has been pitching its R1T truck and R1S SUV as adventure vehicles (Rivian trademarked that phrase, in fact), but now we see what could become the automaker’s tagline or motto. Maybe not the catchiest of phrases, but again it reinforces Rivian’s adventure vehicle approach. The R1T and R1S are indeed off-road capable electric vehicles and Rivian is surely pitching that point to the world.”
- “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few are dirt.”
XL PHEV SYSTEM IMPROVES FORD F-250 TRUCK FUEL ECONOMY BY 50%
- “As earlier announced, XL presents at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis its plug-in hybrid system installed in Ford F-250 Super Duty Pickup.” according to Mark Kane at InsideEVs: “The initial assessment performed by XL reportedly indicates the potential for up to 50% improvement in miles driven per gallon (MPG) over the conventional factory F-250. Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is expected to be at 33% during normal operation.Having a 15 kWh battery (rechargeable externally via J1772) and electric motor supporting the engine, the XL doesn’t have any real all-electric range, so it’s kind of a hybrid vehicle with a plug-in capability compared to typical PHEVs, which usually can move in all-electric mode. We could call it a base electrification approach for times where there are no factory plug-in hybrids.”
MG IS LAUNCHING AN ELECTRIC CAR LATER THIS YEAR
- “MG plans to join the electric revolution with its first battery electric production car. The Chinese-owned brand’s maiden electric offering, the MG ZS EV, is based on the company’s ZS SUV and will go on sale this autumn.” writes Dominik Wilde for Motor1.
- Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales & Marketing at MG. : “With the launch of our MG ZS electric SUV we’re delighted to be entering the electric car market at such an exciting time. With all the practicality and versatility of a compact SUV, a full-sized boot and room for five, ZS means electric without compromise. With MG’s trademark value-for-money approach, we’re confident that we can help more and more new car buyers to go electric”.
MINI COOPER SE ELECTRIC 2020: FIRST REVIEWS, SPECS, PRICES AND RELEASE
- Thanks to The Week, they’ve rounded up some quotes from the Mini Cooper SE Electric.
- Thanks to the instant torque provided by the car’s electric motor, which is derived from BMW’s i3 EV, acceleration in the Cooper SE is “brisk” and there’s a “remarkable” amount of traction, particularly on sodden surfaces, The Daily Telegraph says.
- Customers will find “plenty of interesting technology” on the electrified Mini, says CarBuyer. For instance, there are two forms of regenerative braking, a system that recharges the battery once drivers take their foot off the accelerator. In its highest setting, customers could easily drive through a city “without ever touching the brake pedal”.
- There’s no official word on pricing just yet. However, Car magazine says buyers should expect a figure of around £29,000.
TESLA MODEL 3 = BEST SELLING ELECTRIC CAR IN GERMANY
- The Tesla Model 3 has gone to the top of the sales charts in Germany: “In just 16 days, about half the month of February, Model 3s were delivered in different centers in Hamburg, Neuss, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, and Munich. Those are the delivery centers I am aware of, but there may be more out there.” according to Alex Voigt for CleanTechnica.
- “In those two weeks of February, the Model 3 Long Range AWD already became the best-selling electric vehicle in Germany — even looking at the entire month. Only the Long Range premium Model 3 has been delivered so far, with two variations and a price point between about €45,000 and €76,000. Since March 1st, prices have actually been reduced and it can be fairly assumed that demand will further increase.”
JON BEARDY MCBEARDFACE
I’m fine buying on line…..if I could afford a Tesla that is!
It’s new to so many of us that will take time to adjust to the model but it’s the way it’s going. You can buy most things online these days already so why not cars?
Regarding test drives will just need to open more places like the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre or attend the likes of Fully Charged Live. That said the 1000mile money back Tesla guarantee should settle many worries.
I think online-only is fine in this day and age, but with one big sticking point that you’ve highlighted on the show, test drives. Most people need the opportunity to experience the car before making the commitment, so the 7 day / 1000 mile return policy doesn’t properly fill that need.
Once the initial pent-up demand for Model 3s is used up, will there really be enough online demand to sell enough Model 3s, S, X, (and Ys) ? Although I think car sales will eventually move online to a large extent I fear that Tesla is just one step too far ahead of the market right now – especially selling what is still for first-time EV customers a really big, unusual and perceived-to-be-risky purchase. What if the car goes wrong ? What if there are snags ? If you can’t drive back to a physical Tesla space then what do I do ? While us EV-enthusiasts might have faith in Tesla, will the ev-curious be willing to place an order ? I just don’t know….
I think it is a shame that Tesla is closing the sales studios. I was not an EV fan years ago but have become interested lately. I took a test drive of a Tesla model S in Denver and was blown away.
Most people would be amazed if only they drove one. It is the quickest way to make a believer
When I bought my model S everything was done completely online, Even the processing of my financing through a 3rd party bank, the only time I signed papers with Tesla is when I showed up to pick up the car. This is not something new, we do our banking online, renewal of passport and licenses online, it promotes conveniences and cost savings and if it hastens the move to sustainable transport and ushers in new era of an affordable electric car …..a decent affordable electric car then I am all for it.
I feel fine with it. It is the way of the future.It saves Tesla a ton of money and that’s a good thing.
As for test drives not being available, a prospective purchaser still has a number of options as follows:
- Rent a Tesla for a day or a weekend
- Join a Tesla owners club and arrange a drive with one of the members
So, even though traditional test drives from Tesla are a thing of the past, where there is a will, there is a way.
While I feel for job’s lost, this move is absolutely BRILLIANT! The roughly 12% cost reduction enables them to SIGNIFICANTLY reduce prices across the board. The cars now sell themselves! As Elon has said, the ONLY barrier is price for most folks! He’s RIGHT! Now, with loads flooding Europe and a bunch already on US roads, word of mouth is KING and this is a snowball ONLY slowed by PRICE!
I essentially ordered my last Tesla online, and I thought the experience was absolutely great… much better than the typical buying experience from a dealership. I loved that I received constant updates over my account as the vehicle was assigned a VIN, then moved through production, then shipping, then delivery. Perhaps most of all, I appreciated that I could see and download my own PDF copy of the vehicle overview: which included the price we were paying, the options that we had selected, and the incentives we were receiving from Tesla.
ARILD GEIR SKAALSVEEN
For me no possibility to get a test drive and the only online sale strategy from Tesla is really bad.
Five years ago my wife and waiited until we had the opportunity to drive the model S before we decided to signed the contract. Last summer we borrowed a model X for one day before we decided to sell our model s and order the x.
At first, I thought that it was a good move corporate wise in order to save some money (similar to the online-only model that companies like Amazon use) but they will definitely need to offer some kind of service where they bring the car to you for a test drive. I can’t personally picture me buying a car without test driving it first.
I’m also afraid that people will start abusing Tesla’s return policy and could potentially hurt their business in the long run.
Tesla should have one flagship store in a very central location in each Metropolitan area. Sales should be well informed and engaging. Each model should be on display, with each interior and exterior variant in showing (currently 5 paint colors, 5 interior trims so only 5 display units required). Service should be customer centric, and specifically specializing in rare and expensive models (roadsters). And a flagship Supercharger station to promote the transition for potential customers.
Maybe Tesla should partner with a national car rental chain so that people can rent their cars. Like a paid test drive.
If removing stores means the base price model comes quicker for Model3 then I’m all for it. I think it’s the way of the future, I also hate having to haggle in showrooms. Perhaps later we may even find costs of Model S / X may come down a little too? Or more options may start to come in standard trim.
People will quickly discover that evaluating a car for a week or more after purchase is far better than a 20 minute test-drive with a salesperson riding along with you. Returning the car and canceling a loan will also not be the problem that some people anticipate. After all, this is exactly the way CarMax (where I purchased my Chevy Volt) operates and it is consistently rated much higher than franchise dealers on surveys of customer satisfaction.
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What slogan, motto or catchphrase would you print on a t-shirt to say something about electric cars
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