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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 21st 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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THESE COUNTRIES HAVE THE HIGHEST SHARE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

  • “Electric cars are proving to be a massive hit in Norway. Almost half of all new passenger car sales in 2018 were electric or hybrid vehicles, according to the latest numbers. This figure far outstrips other countries around the world. Neighbouring Iceland came in second at 19%, while Sweden was third with 8%.” Say the World Economic Forum: “Buying and running a car in Norway is an expensive undertaking. The recently combined car tax and insurance levy is calculated on vehicle weight and emissions; it could add anything between 29% and 100% to the purchase price. Electric vehicles are exempt from this high level of duty. For now, at least, they are the prudent choice. But the current levels of subsidy are due to expire in 2020.”

 

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/chart-of-the-day-half-of-new-cars-sold-in-norway-are-electric-or-hybrid/

 

IN 20 DAYS OF MARCH, TESLA DELIVERED OVER 2,500 MODEL 3 IN NORWAY

  • “Tesla further increased it already fast pace of Model 3 deliveries in Norway, reaching a level of over 2,500 new registrations within the first 20 days of March! Together with the Model S/Model X, Tesla registrations exceed 2,800.” Reports InsideEVs.com: “The previous best for new EVs was 2,172 set by the Nissan LEAF in March 2018, when Nissan launched deliveries of the second-generation version in Europe. Now, the new record holder is the Model 3, and with 11 more days to go, there is a huge chance to achieve more than 3,000 registrations, maybe even more than 3,500.”

 

https://insideevs.com/march-tesla-delivered-model-3-norway/

 

FIRST TESLA SEMI TRUCK DIECAST MODEL GETS DELIVERED: UNBOXING

  • “Hardcore Tesla fans with a goal to own every model the company makes may be in luck now. For just $250, you can take ownership of your very own Tesla Semi in the form of a 1:24 scale diecast model. It’s now available for purchase on Tesla’s online store.” Says the US edition of MOtor1.com today: “The model measures 11.5 inches in length, and it’s 6.75 inches tall. According to Tesla, the toy features all the precise details of the “real” Tesla Semi, due to being designed with the same 3D CAD data. The video above gives you a solid idea of its details and size. The Tesla Semi will start at $150,000 and boasts a five-second zero-to-60-mph time. In its largest configuration, the truck will offer a 600-mile all-electric range and be capable of hauling 80,000 pounds. Many major companies have already placed multiple pre-orders for the futuristic beast.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/314594/tesla-semi-unboxing-video/

 

TESLA SEMI COCKPIT DETAILS REVEALED IN CLEAREST INTERIOR PICTURES YET

  • “The Tesla Semi was recently showcased in Sacramento, CA for the CALSTART Advanced Tech Vehicle Display and the 2030 Clean Transportation Summit Reception, and it was in the area long enough for some enthusiasts to capture detailed photographs of its interior. The images reveal a Model 3-esque interface, a mysterious third pedal, and a vehicle that is battle-scarred from thousands of miles of real-world testing.” Says Simon Alvarez for Teslarati.com: “Noticeable from one of the pictures of the truck’s interior is a small third pedal positioned beside the brake pedal. Tesla has not posted any details about this particular component, though speculations among the community suggest that the pedal is a mechanical parking brake, which is used in some vehicles. The twin Model 3-esque displays on both sides of the Semi’s steering wheel are also quite interesting, with the right display featuring Navigation, and the left being dedicated for the all-electric truck’s settings. The Semi’s left screen seems to feature a dark theme too, which makes its GUI really easy on the eyes.”

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-semi-interior-pictures/

 

VOLVO UNDERESTIMATED PLUG-IN HYBRID DEMAND: WILL TRIPLE PRODUCTION

  • “Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson admitted that the company hugely underestimated demand for its plug-in hybrid cars and now is hard at work to increase the production capacity.” Says Mark Kane for InsideEVs.com: “Currently, Volvo does not have enough batteries, motors and other components to produce all the plug-in vehicles that it could sell. Further expansion should increase sales by 20-25% by the end of this year. The capacity is expected to triple compared to 2018, which should give the Swedish manufacturer a little room for new and updated models.”
  • He said: “We are not happy because we could sell more [plug-in hybrids], he said. We underestimated the demand. We are tripling the capacity from what we had about a year ago to where we will be at the end of this year.”

 

https://insideevs.com/volvo-underestimated-phev-demand-production-up/

 

CHINA’S E-BUSES THAT ARE DENTING OIL DEMAND

  • “By the end of this year, a cumulative 270,000 barrels a day of diesel demand will have been displaced by electric buses, most of it in China, according to a report published Tuesday by BloombergNEF. That’s more than three times the displacement by all the world’s passenger electric vehicles (a market where Tesla has a share of about 12 percent.).” reports Bloomberg: “Buses matter more because of their size and constant use. For every 1,000 electric buses on the road, 500 barrels of diesel are displaced each day, BloombergNEF estimates. By comparison, 1,000 battery electric vehicles remove just 15 barrels of oil demand.”

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-19/forget-tesla-it-s-china-s-e-buses-that-are-denting-oil-demand

 

TESLA INCREASES PRICING ON MOST CARS, BUT JUST BY A BIT

  • “It took a few extra days, but Tesla has now slightly increased prices for most models.”according to Steven Loveday for InsideEVs.com: “Not long ago, Tesla announced that it would not close as many stores, and instead, bump pricing up by around 3 percent on most models globally. Tesla has now moved forward in increasing prices across its vehicle lineup, but the average increase is not as high as previously announced. However, the increases are less than the ~3 percent Tesla talked about. For instance, the $37,000 Standard Range “Plus” Model 3 went up to just $37,500. Other variants seem to have gone up by about $1,500.”

 

https://insideevs.com/tesla-slightly-increases-pricing-most-models/

 

HYUNDAI NEXO PRICED AT £65,995 IN THE UK

  • Hyundai Motor UK has announced UK pricing for NEXO, the company’s 2nd generation hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.
  • The Hyundai NEXO fuel-cell SUV is now available to order directly from Hyundai Motor UK, priced at £65,995 after the government plug-in car grant.
  • The under bonnet Power Module Complete (PMC) combines oxygen from the surrounding air and hydrogen from NEXO’s high pressure storage tanks, creating a flow of electrons that both powers the drive motor and charges the on board 1.56kWh high voltage battery.

 

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