Show #470

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 13th 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 Y PRODUCTION WILL CREATE A BATTERY SHORTAGE

  • “Tesla’s main battery supplier and partner in Gigafactory 1 says that the start of Model Y production next year will result in a battery cell shortage at the factory.” according to an Electrek article today: “During Panasonic’s latest earnings report, CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga said that they plan to ramp up to the full 35 GWh this year. After that, the CEO said that they need to talk to Tesla. He said that there’s currently not enough capacity to supply Tesla’s expanding business and especially the upcoming production of the Model Y”

 

  • He said “”Batteries will run out if Tesla starts to sell the Model Y and expands its business next year. What will we do then? It’s one of a few topics to discuss with Tesla, including battery [production] in China.”

 

  • User jpo234: “Panasonic is losing money from their GF1 investment. They are tightening the screws to get a better deal from Tesla.”

 

  • User ben says: “Tesla is known for bringing manufacturing in-house. If Panasonic has not performed to musks exacting standards, they’re out on future expansions of GF1. Tesla will do it themselves, with new tech (Maxwell) that will be more dense boosting gigafactories theoretical capacity above 135 GW/yr.”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/05/13/tesla-model-y-production-battery-shortage-panasonic/

 

TESLA OWNERS MAY BE ABLE TO OPT FOR A THIRD-PARTY EXTENDED WARRANTY

  • “As the Tesla fleet grows (and ages), it’s helpful to know there are additional options (just in case) to care for an out-of-warranty Model 3, Model S, Model X or Roadster. It turns out that X-Care EV Protection is now offering the nation’s first third-party extended warranty for Tesla owners.” says InsideEVs.com today: “X-Care is meant to mirror Tesla’s own extended service agreement it offers customers – it covers nearly everything the automaker’s extended warranty does. While Tesla restricts its own coverage exclusively to customers who buy Tesla vehicles from the automaker, X-Care can be offered by any auto retailer and can be used to cover any Tesla. The warranty, provided by Xcelerate Auto, also fills a gap left open by traditional providers in the industry, who have been reluctant to cover electric vehicles. Without decades of data regarding reliability and repair costs, other companies have interpreted the electric vehicles as too big of a risk.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/349254/tesla-third-party-extended-warranty/

 

CEO OF HONDA OUTLINES NEW CHALLENGES

  • Honda Motor Co.’s president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo recently spoke about two of the automaker’s management challenges it will be tackling going forward to meet the rapid changes happening in the global automotive industry. In terms of electrification, Honda is still on track to reach its goal to electrify two-thirds of its global automobile unit sales by 2030.
  • “At Honda, in light of the required infrastructure and how people use automobiles, we believe that hybrid technology is, at this moment, the most effective way for us to comply with CAFE standards. Therefore, we will electrify our products mainly with hybrid technologies. By increasing sales of our hybrid models all around the world, Honda will contribute to the global environment through the improvement of fuel economy.””

 

ASTON MARTIN’S FIRST EV MAKES DYNAMIC DEBUT AT MONACO EPRIX

  • “Aston Martin chose the Formula E Monaco ePrix as the setting to provide its first all-electric model its dynamic debut.” says carkeys.co.uk: “Piloted by Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner, the model took part in two on-track sessions throughout the day. The twin rear-mounted electric motors produce 604bhp and 950Nm of torque, which makes the new electric Aston Martin the quickest version of the Rapide ever made, and even more so than the 6.0-litre V12 that typically lies underneath the model’s bonnet. Just 155 Rapide Es are being built, as the luxury saloon’s production run draws to a close, as Aston Martin begins to develop its Lagonda brand, which is set to be the firm’s electric subsidiary. Production of the model will start later in the year at Aston Martin Lagonda’s new production facility in St Athan, Wales.”

 

https://www.carkeys.co.uk/news/aston-martin-s-first-ev-makes-dynamic-debut-at-monaco-eprix

 

HYDROGEN FUEL CELL VS. BATTERY ELECTRIC CARS: WHICH ARE BETTER?

  • “While electric cars appear to have the edge in today’s environment, a number of manufacturers are still committed to hydrogen fuel cell cars – meaning that the technology may one day find its place in the motoring world. Green technology news site CleanTechnica claims that hydrogen fuel cell cars are “several years behind battery electric vehicles in terms of innovation”, which is why they’re so expensive to own and run.” report The Week: “Given enough time and money, hydrogen vehicles may become the more accessible option for “our kids or grandkids”, the website says. But electric cars are evolving at a rapid rate, too, and more environmentally-friendly battery options may open up in the future.  For now, though, electric cars appear to be the go-to mode of transport for those looking to do their part in cutting emissions.”

 

https://www.theweek.co.uk/electric-cars/101196/hydrogen-fuel-cell-vs-battery-electric-cars-which-are-better

 

NORWEGIAN AUDI E-TRON CUSTOMERS DELAYED AND FINED

  • “As the delivery rollout of the Audi e-tron begins, reservation holders in Norway have begun to complain about the additional delays that they are facing. One customer attempted to cancel his order, for which he was presented with a fine for breaking contract.” says electrive.com: “The customer who reported the fine, had initially been incensed about an additional 6 month waiting period, on top of the existing delay. When he then attempted to cancel his reservation, he was told that to do so, he would have to pay 8% of the value of the vehicle for the inconvenience. Depending on the model variant chosen, this would be a price between $5,920 and $6,800.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/05/13/audi-e-tron-customers-delayed-and-fined/

 

VW: HOW ELECTRIC ROADS WORK

  • Zero carbon footprint, quieter vehicles, good driveability and no exhaust emissions. Continuous charging along electric roads has huge potential for heavy transport.
  • On a busy highway, a truck with trailer is approaching a long section with pylons on the right side. The vehicle’s sensor detects that the traffic lane is now equipped with an electric contact line, and the driver pushes a button to raise a pantograph fitted on the cab’s roof. Within seconds, the cab turns almost completely silent: the combustion engine has stopped, and the electrical motor now powers the vehicle.

 

  • This is how it works:
  • Finding the eHighway
  • A sensor checks whether the traffic lane is equipped with a contact line. Until now the truck has been powered by the combustion engine. Now, the driver raises the pantograph.
  • Connects to the contact line
  • When connected, the pantograph transfers the energy directly to the electric motor, simultaneously charging the battery. During braking, electricity is generated as the flow of energy is reversed, charging the on-board battery.
  • Disconnects when overtaking

 

  • When the truck is overtaking or is at the end of an electrified section, the pantograph lowers itself. The electrical motor continues to run on battery power for as long as possible. After overtaking the driver can return to the eHighway.

 

SHELL BUILDS HPCS IN GERMANY

  • “Shell is starting to build high power chargers at its gas stations in Germany. This year, the oil company plans to build 50 charging stations across the country, with a total of 100 charging points and a capacity of at least 150 kilowatts. Further charging stations are to follow.” according to electrive: “Shell has brought EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg, an utility in Germany’s south, on board as a partner for the charging network initiative. They plan to install high power charging stations with CCS, CHAdeMO and an AC connection (type 2), which will each provide up to 150 kW for up to two vehicles charging simultaneously and up to 300 kW when only one car is charging. According to the media reports, locations in Cologne, Oberhausen and Munich are planned”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/05/13/shell-to-build-50-hpcs-before-the-year-is-out/

 

DAIMLER’S NEXT CEO WILL PUSH ALLIANCES TO CUT COSTS

  • “Daimler will cut development costs of new Mercedes-Benz cars by a significant amount by 2025 and will intensify alliances with rivals as a way to improve margins, Ola Kaellenius, the future chief executive, said on Monday.” reports Autoblog today: “”The cost structure of the electric car is above that of the combustion engine car. We are working hard on lowering this,” Kaellenius, who is due to take over from Dieter Zetsche after the company’s annual general meeting on May 22, said. Daimler is also relying on increasing economies of scale for electric car batteries as a way to drive down costs. It is also working to cut the use of expensive raw materials from electric car batteries. The carmaker wants to reduce the use of cobalt in electric car batteries.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/05/13/daimler-ceo-alliance-ola-kaellenius/

 

 

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