Show #460

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 1st May 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today to save you time.

 

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TESLA MODEL 3 ON SALE IN UK

“After a long wait, UK customers can now place their orders for the Tesla Model 3 — for June delivery. Prices for the Standard Range Plus, which includes Autopilot, starts at £39,850 (on-the-road price, after incentives). . UK vehicles are priced including delivery charges and document fees (as well as taxes, etc.), so the £39,850 is the final price that owners will pay to be “on the road.” This also already includes the £3,500 UK “Plug-In Car Grant.” says CleanTechnica: “Compared to the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, the closest BMW 3 Series in basic power and on-paper performance is likely the 330i M Sport Gran Turismo, with acceleration to 62 mph taking 6.1 seconds (compared to the Tesla’s 0–60 mph in 5.3 seconds). The price of this BMW in the UK — with a level of optional equipment to bring the driver assistance features closer to those in the Tesla — starts at £42,505. That’s an upfront price £2,655 more expensive than the Tesla.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/05/01/tesla-model-3-hits-the-uk-in-june-starting-at-39850-crushes-bmw-equivalent-on-price-tco/

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/05/01/tesla-model-3-hits-the-uk-in-june-starting-at-39850-crushes-bmw-equivalent-on-price-tco/

 

TESLA LAUNCHES CHEAPER MODEL 3 WITH 150KM RANGE IN CANADA TO GET $5,000 INCENTIVE

“Due to pricing restrictions, Tesla’s vehicles didn’t get access to Canada’s new $5,000 federal incentive for electric vehicles, but the automaker has now launched a new and cheaper Model 3 with a software-locked range of just 150 km (93 miles) in Canada to get access to the discount.” writes Fred at Electrek today: “By making the new base Model 3 available, which again is only through calling or visiting a Tesla store to order, Tesla also made the regular Model 3 Standard Range Plus with 386 km (240 miles) of range eligible for the incentive since it is technically an option on the same car that starts below $45,000 and doesn’t go over $55,000.”

 

Tesla launches cheaper Model 3 with 150km range in Canada to get $5,000 incentive

 

Audi E-tron electric SUV gets discounts just as it goes on sale

“Just as the 2019 E-tron SUV starts arriving at dealerships, Audi is already offering big discounts on them.” says Green Car Reports: “The biggest incentive so far is 1.9 percent financing on the E-tron for up to 66 months, which is significantly cheaper than most other models in Audi’s lineup, according to our partners at CarsDirect.com. The similar-sized, gas-powered Q5 SUV only qualifies for a 3.99 percent annual percentage rate for the same 5.5 years, which is more typical in Audi’s lineup.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122859_audi-e-tron-electric-suv-gets-discounts-just-as-it-goes-on-sale

 

NEW 2019 VOLKSWAGEN ID. HATCH TEASED AHEAD OF PREORDER DATE

“A new video previewing the upcoming Volkswagen ID. hatch has been released before order books open on May 8” says AutoExpress: “Volkswagen will start taking reservations for the electric ID. hatch in May this year, almost six months before the car is officially revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this autumn. customers who want to be among the very first ID. owners can make a downpayment to secure an early production slot. “

 

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/97043/new-2019-volkswagen-id-hatch-teased-ahead-of-preorder-date

 

BMW I3 PRODUCTION HITS 150,000

“BMW produced the 150,000th BMW i3 this week in Leipzig, Germany. Since 2013, the i3 is the only all-electric BMW on the market, which in the near future is going to change as more models were announced.” according to Mark Kane at InsideEVs.com: “Also, so far this year, sales of the i3 are on the rise. During the first quarter BMW sold 9,227 i3, which is 16.2% more than a year ago. Who knows, maybe 40,000 per year will be possible this year.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/347445/bmw-produced-150000-i3/

 

TESLA TO CUT PRICES ON SOLAR PANEL PRICES BY 38%

“Tesla plans to announce on Tuesday that it has started selling solar panels and related equipment for up to 38 percent below the national average price, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.” says Autoblog: “The company aims to cut the prices by standardizing systems and requiring customers order the items online, the report said.  After reporting a 36 percent slide in solar installations in the first quarter, Tesla said last week that it introduced a new solar price and selling strategy without giving any specifics.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/04/30/tesla-solar-panels-price-cut/

 

 

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