Show #473

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 16th 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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HONDA E READY FOR ORDER IN EUROPE

  • “Honda’s first fully electric series model for the European market – the Honda e – can be reserved here in Europe with immediate effect. The reservation fee, which guarantees interested parties a place on the waiting list to order the electricity, is 800 pounds in the UK.” says Electrive today: “Customers who have reserved the Honda e will be invited to their nearest dealer after the official order start in order to place their order and conclude a purchase contract. As far as the official technical data of the Honda e is concerned, it is only known that the range will be over 200 kilometres according to the WLTP standard.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/05/16/honda-e-ready-for-order-in-europe/

 

TESLA’S ACQUISITION OF MAXWELL TECHNOLOGIES

  • “Tesla today announced the completion of its acquisition of the battery and supercapacitor company Maxwell Technologies. This has been on the cards since early February and is in line with the recent timeline given in Tesla’s Q1 investor call. Maxwell’s battery dry electrode manufacturing process has already been piloted by Tesla, and will allow significant battery cost reductions and energy density improvements.” writes Dr Max Holland for Cleantechnica: “Tesla’s current cell costs of around $100/kWh amount to approximately $3.5 billion in battery production costs per year (around 70 kWh per vehicle and 500,000 vehicles). Maxwell’s dry battery electrode manufacturing technology claims to allow a 10–20% cost reduction versus traditional wet-electrode manufacturing techniques.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/05/16/teslas-acquisition-of-maxwell-technologies-more-thoughts-information/

 

LILIUM REVEALS NEW AIR TAXI AS IT CELEBRATES MAIDEN FLIGHT

  • Lilium, the Munich-based startup developing a revolutionary on- demand air taxi service, today revealed its new five-seater air taxi prototype for the first time. The unveiling of the new Lilium Jet came as the all-electric aircraft completed its maiden flight in the skies over Germany earlier this month.
  • The full-scale, full-weight prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically, while achieving remarkably efficient horizontal, or cruise, flight.
  • The simplicity of the aircraft design, with no tail, no rudder, no propellers, no gearbox and only one moving part in the engine not only contributes to the safety and affordability of the aircraft, but it has also allowed the design team to focus their efforts on creating a magical customer experience in the cabin, from panoramic windows to gull-wing doors.
  • With a top speed of 300 km/h and a range of 300km, the Lilium Jet is capable of completing much longer journeys than the majority of its competitors. This is, in part, thanks to the fixed wing design of the aircraft. While drone-based aircraft consume much of their energy keep- ing an aircraft in the air, the Lilium Jet can rely on the lift generated by the fixed wing to do this, meaning it will require less than ten percent of its maximum 2000 horsepower during cruise flight. This efficiency, which is comparable to the energy usage of an electric car over the same distance, means the aircraft would not just be capable of connecting suburbs to city centers and airports to main train stations, but would also deliver affordable high-speed connections across entire regions.

 

VOLKSWAGEN SAYS EV BATTERIES TO LAST “THE LIFE OF THE CAR”

  • “In an announcement last month, Volkswagen joined Nissan and Tesla as the only automakers to explicitly warranty not just the batteries in its cars but specifically how much life it expects them to retain. Frank Blome, the head of VW’s Center of Excellence in Battery Cells, said in an outward facing internal marketing interview that the company expects the battery packs in its upcoming line of ID cars to last “the life of the cars,” he said.” for GreenCarReports: “Batteries for the Audi E-tron quattro, the first all-electric car from the Volkswagen Group’s luxury division come from Korean supplier LG Chem. LG’s South Korean rival, SK Innovation, which was just sued by LG Chem at the International Trade Commission, will supply batteries for VW’s new products in Europe as well as the U.S.
  • SKI is building new battery factories in Hungary and the U.S. state of Georgia to supply the batteries. In China, VW will rely on local batteries from CATL.”

 

https://www2.greencarreports.com/news/1122910_volkswagen-says-ev-batteries-to-last-the-life-of-the-car

 

TESLA SUPERCHARGER V3 PRODUCTION UNDERWAY AT GIGAFACTORY 2

  • “Tesla diversifies its production at the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, NY, which now includes also new V3 Supercharger cabinets and other electrical components for Powerwall and Powerpack storage systems.” according to InsideEVs: “According to media reports, Tesla decided to add new products at the Gigafactory 2, because the solar business “slumps” to a fraction of installed capacity. The Solar Roof ramp-up didn’t reach volume scale and reportedly needs further development/tests, while low sales of standard solar panels forced Panasonic to sell “the great majority” of the solar cells to foreign buyers.
  • Tesla is required to increase the number of employee to 1,460 by the end of April 2020 and it seems that the production of non-solar products is the only safe way to meet the requirements. Currently, the number of Tesla and Panasonic employees is 730 (329 Tesla and 401 Panasonic), above the required 500 by the end of April 2019.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/349938/tesla-supercharger-v3-production-gigafactory-2/

 

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