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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 11th 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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BIRD PENALISED, LOSES HONG KONG E-PRIX WIN

  • “Sam Bird has lost his Hong Kong E-Prix victory after getting a five-second penalty for his clash with Andre Lotterer late-on in the ABB FIA Formula E race on Sunday.” says Alex Kalinauckas for Motorsport.com: “Edoardo Mortara has been promoted from second to first as a result of the penalty and takes his and Venturi’s first FE victory. Bird had spent the majority of the race hounding long-time leader Lotterer and the Envision Virgin Racing driver held a sizeable energy advantage as the finish approached. On the penultimate lap at the Turn 2 90-degree right hander, Bird hit Lotterer’s right rear tyre, which caused a puncture a few corners later that dropped the DS Techeetah driver from the lead down into 14th and last of the classified drivers.”

 

https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/bird-lotterer-penalty-win-stripped/4350171/

 

TESLA CHANGES STRATEGY: WILL RAISE PRICES AND REDUCE STORE CLOSURES

  • “Tesla just announced that during further evaluation of its plan to close many stores, it has come to a new conclusion. The automaker now plans to leave “significantly more stores” open so that it can continue to evaluate the situation.” Says Steven Loveday for InsideEVs.com: “Tesla points out that the stores it previously closed weren’t popular stores in the first place, and would have been closed regardless. It will have to review other stores over many months to determine if closure makes the most sense. In the meantime, the automaker will increase prices globally by about 3 percent. However, it’s important to note that the $35,000 Standard Tesla Model 3 will remain unaffected. The company says this price increase will only apply to the more expensive variants of its vehicles. This includes the Model S and Model X as well.”

 

  • A Tesla statement said: “Potential Tesla owners will have a week to place their order before prices rise, so current prices are valid until March 18th. There will be no price increase to the $35,000 Model 3. The price increases will only apply to the more expensive variants of Model 3, as well as Model S and X.
  • To be clear, all sales worldwide will still be done online, in that potential Tesla owners coming in to stores will simply be shown how to order a Tesla on their phone in a few minutes. And the generous return policy of 1000 miles or 7 days, whichever comes first, should alleviate the need for most test drives. However, cars will still be available for test drives at stores at the potential Tesla owner’s request. Stores will also carry a small number of cars in inventory for customers who wish to drive away with a Tesla immediately.”

 

https://insideevs.com/tesla-changes-strategy-raise-prices-reduce-closures/

 

BAN CARS NEAR SCHOOLS, SAY HEALTH CHIEFS

  • “Cars should be banned from around schools, according to a leading government health chief, and congestion charge zone should be considered in more towns and cities in bids to improve air quality. ” writes Hugo Griffiths for AutoExpress: “Previous suggested methods for tackling air pollution include the removal of speedbumps, which would reduce emission-generating acceleration and deceleration, and fines for allowing engines to idle around schools. Councils across the country should also consider implementing congestion charge zones, similar to London’s, in order to bring down levels of pollution. 44 UK towns and cities have previously been found in breach of World Health Organisation limits for PM 2.5 particles – microscopic pieces of soot generated by exhaust fumes and linked to health conditions.”

 

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/106271/ban-cars-near-schools-say-health-chiefs

 

SONO MOTORS UNVEILS PRODUCTION VERSION OF SION SOLAR ELECTRIC CAR

  • Sono Motors has unveiled the first images of the Sion’s series design as part of a broad online release. The focus was placed on the full-surface incorporation of solar modules into the bodywork – one of the vehicle’s unique features that have influenced its design.
  • Thanks to technology developed by Sono Motors, the solar cells meld seamlessly into the vehicle’s surface and can generate up to 34 kilometers of additional range a day at peak performance. This is well above the average distance of 17 kilometers commuters in Germany travel to their workplace.
  • Mathieu Baudrit from Sono said: “After unveiling our first prototype in summer 2017, we continued to develop our solar integration technology, which we have been working on since 2016. The production vehicle will feature full-surface integrated solar cells that are embedded in hard-wearing, resilient polymer and that contribute to the vehicle’s design aesthetic thanks to optimized color matching.”

 

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SUCCESSOR TO USE SUPERCAPACITORS INSTEAD OF BATTERIES?

  • “Lamborghini CTO Maurizio Reggiani spoke to Road & Track to offer glimpses and set a few things straight. Discussing the coming LB48H supercar, Reggiani said the use of supercapacitors in that limited-run supercar will be a “first jump” into a robust hybrid application for supercapacitors, and that Lamborghini “will prove that in a super sports car, it’s possible to have this technology.” Writes Jonathon Ramsey for Autoblog: “Based on Reggiani’s comment, and likely the fact that Lamborghini uses a special supercar to hint at what’s coming in tech and design, RT takes Reggiani’s comments to mean that the Aventador successor will “store its electric power electrostatically instead of electrochemically, as you would with a lithium-ion battery.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/11/lamborghini-aventador-successor-supercapacitors/

 

MASERATI ALFIERI ELECTRIC REVEAL SET FOR 2020 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

  • “Introduced as a concept in 2014, confirmed for production in 2018, due to be revealed in final form in 2020, and set to go on sale in 2021 or 2022 – that’s the story of the Alfieri.” According to Adrian Padeanu for InsideEVs: “Maserati fans have been waiting for parent company FCA to rejuvenate the fabled Italian brand for a long time, and it looks like it’s finally happening. Company boss Harald Wester told Autocar during the Geneva Motor Show this week the GranTurismo replacement will be revealed at next year’s edition of the event held in Switzerland. Customers will get to pick from three electrified powertrains, include a pure electric variant with a triple motor setup, all-wheel drive, and 800V battery tech. The range topper – which is set to feature active aerodynamics and torque vectoring – will need roughly two seconds to reach 62 mph (100 kph) before topping out at more than 186 mph (300 kph).”

 

https://insideevs.com/maserati-alfieri-reveal-2020-geneva/

 

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