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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 24th 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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Please note prices on all Tesla inventory cars worldwide rise by ~3% on April 1
To be clear, this doesn’t affect Tesla website order prices. Existing inventory prices are currently slightly lower than on website. This will bring them in line
NIKOLA MOTOR COMPANY BUYS 400 ACRES IN ARIZONA FOR NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT
- Nikola Motor Company and Saint Holdings announced the acquisition by Nikola of approximately 400 acres of property in Pinal County at Inland Port Arizona in Coolidge.
- Nikola plans to build its hydrogen-electric class 8 trucks at its manufacturing facility at this location and anticipates the project will bring approximately 2,000 jobs to the region by 2024.
PORSCHE WANTS AN ALL-ELECTRIC 918 SPYDER SUCCESSOR
- “Porsche was clearly in no rush to launch a successor to its highly regarded 918 Spyder hypercar. As a plug-in hybrid, the 918 Spyder broke new barriers for the German automaker and it came at exactly the right time, just as Ferrari McLaren launched their own hybrid hypercars, the LaFerrari and P1, respectively” says CarBuzz: “But a few years have gone by since 918 production ended, so now it’s time to starting seriously discussing what’s next. Fortunately, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume is ready to talk. Speaking to Top Gear, Blume made it quite clear he’s keen for Porsche’s next hypercar to be all-electric but a final decision has yet to be made. “We have a big history here, and we’ll have one in the future,” he said. “It has to be the best in the market, the highest performing… right now we haven’t got a concept for that car. But might it be a pure-electric car? Yes.”
TESLA MODEL S, X WITH “HARDWARE 3” FOR FULL SELF-DRIVING NOW IN PRODUCTION
- “Tesla has begun producing Model X and Model S vehicles with the latest Autopilot hardware to support Full Self-Driving capabilities. Dubbed “HW3″, the new hardware is Tesla’s next iteration of its semi-autonomous driving-assist feature that includes Navigate on Autopilot, Advanced Summon, Auto Lane Change, Autopark, and the ability to respond to traffic lights.” Says Teslarati today: “Looking at the source code behind Tesla’s New Inventory site, we’re able to see that recently produced Model S and Model X with Autopilot have been given an “APH4” options code, signifying that these vehicles are equipped with the latest Full Self-Driving hardware. Tesla uses the option code sequence “APHx” to denote the type of Autopilot hardware installed in its vehicles. APH2 indicates HW2 and APH3 = HW2.5 (Autopilot 2.5). Thus, APH4 is HW3.”
Read Teslarati for more.
GROUPE RENAULT LAUNCHING LARGE-SCALE V2G TRIALS WITH FLEET OF 15 ZOE EVS
- Groupe Renault is beginning the first large-scale pilot schemes in alternating-current, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging in electric vehicles. The pilot schemes will begin in the Netherlands and Portugal.
- Groupe Renault places the reversible charger inside vehicles, so it just requires a simple, inexpensive adaptation of the existing charging terminals to implement V2G charging.
- A fleet of fifteen Zoe vehicles with V2G charging will be introduced in Europe over the course of 2019 to develop future offerings in reversible charging and to lay the groundwork for the future standards.
- These pilot schemes will begin today in Utrecht (the Netherlands) in an ecosystem developed by We Drive Solar and on Porto Santo Island (in the archipelago of Madeira, Portugal) with Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, an energy supplier. Following these, more pilot schemes will be introduced in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark.
Firstly I’d like to be billed the same way for Rapid, Fast & Slow charging – I don’t see why rapid billing should be different. For all these charging modes I’d like to be able to choose a billing organisation and have them consolidate my charging on a weekly or monthly basis as per my preference, and allow me to see where my money’s been spent. I’d gladly pay a regular subscription for this, as I currently do for Polar – and I would expect all my charging data to be available online to view, in near real-time. There’s a business model here for EV Charge billing companies – who don’t necessarily need to be involved in charging at all!
Short term, contactless. Which means I can either use my debit card or my phone via Android Pay. Just like 99% of my purchases on the high street.
Long term, ISO 15118, plug and pay feature. (Like how Teslas at a SuperCharger).
– Colin Richardson
Ideal world.. plug car into any charger and get a bill at the end of the month.
But in the meantime I’d take credit/debit/contatless payments. I hate needed to set up an account for God know how many chargers. I have Pola plus account and I have ecotristy app and that’s it because I cant be assed to sign up for all of them.
I’d like to see two methods on every charger.
1] Simplicity: contactless payment card, touch and go. No faffing with apps in blizzards or driving rain.
2] Monthly account: pre-registered with payment method, using either RFID or simple user interface app. Nice summary bill once a month to use for budgeting or expense claims with all charging details – perhaps Excel/csv file download option too.
1] Nightmare apps that crash, have invisible tick boxes scrolled off the edge of screen and make you enter 16 digits of your payment card for EVERY transaction while your fingers freeze off! [Shell … that’s you-hoo!]
2] Apps that you have to preload £20 deposit that you end up never spending!
G’day again Martyn from Brissy. (Brisbane)
For as long as I can remember I have bought fuel with my credit card. I pay the vast majority of other bills with my card also.
I would like to do the same for EV charging.
Simple, quick, and easy, with everything in one place. I certainly don’t want a glovebox full of RF cards and charge tokens.
How would I like to be billed? I wouldn’t! Seriously, I charge off my solar panels, and when I drive down to Cadiz, I drop in to the Nissan dealer there for a free, fast top-up, but if I did have to pay, the optimal way would be that the charger wherever it is, recognises my car when I plug it in, and the cost of the charge is simply added to my electricity bill at the end of the month.
Pod point’s system is ideal. Plug in and starts charging. Enable within 15 mins (find a signal out of the rain) to keep it going. Genius.
Ecotricity’s is the worst, multi-stage app including asking sane questions again and again. With a forgotten password, weak signal and expired card, can easily lose the first 15 mins faffing around before charging actually begins.
With regards to this weeks question of the week for me it has to be contactless payments. My zoe is used mostly for commuting and I’ve only done a handful of long-range trips where I needed to recharge.
Because of that I don’t want to be paying membership to a charging network and the various apps and cards are a pain. The easiest public charge I had was a council run coin operated 22kw charger in a Blackpool car park and though physical cash has a declining role I want charging to be that easy: turn up, plug in and pay. So for me contactless payment via card or phone is the way forward.
The next alternative for me is to make use of ccs ability to ID cars and setup network s like the Tesla network where maybe the most you have to do is register a payment method and contact details first time you use a pump and then after that you are just billed either at the end of the charge or at the end of the month.
I think that the important thing for charging is that it is as accessible as possible. Therefore you can’t rely on being a member of a charging network if you may be only use it once in an occasional visit to an area. Therefore they should ALL have access to be used by debit credit cards for this reason.
That being said it is also reasonable to be able to join up as a subscription to a charger you use regularly to get a reduced rate.
One important point about apps is this should NOT be the sole way of accessing a rapid charger. The government unfortunately made it so that this was also acceptable when it came to agreements for universal access.
Kent from Denmark
In my opinion, we already have a good solution right in front of us. If you, in an ICA car, see a new filling station, you are always able to fill up your car there, just by swiping your credit card or by paying cash. All the stations, from all the companies, are at your disposal at all times.
I really would like to see a similar approach to the charging network for EV’s. When you pass any charger, you see a sign displaying the actual price per KW. If all companies, including Tesla, made their network available for all to use, we could cover a much larger area with chargers, making huge incentives for more people to join the EV revolution.
I get free super charging and so this does not apply to me.
But, If I had to pay for charging while on the road, I would prefer something along the lines of the following:
Something like Paypal so as to eliminate the myriad of cards/RFID tags required today.
Something like Apple Pay using NFC (Near field Communications). So that I could pay by waving my phone or apple watch at the charger.
Even better, have the chargers be as smart as super chargers and so have your account debited as required without having to engage with the charger at all!
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If EV’s are going to cost more than ICE cars in the short term, how much more of a premium are you willing to pay (if any?)
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