Show #474

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 17th 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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Correcting Audi: Tesla Model 3 Charges Over 2 Times Faster Than Audi e-tron

“The article was written by Simon Barke and Myles Clark. They each hold a PhD in physics, work for an international space mission at the University of Florida, and understand scientific data quite well.

 

Matthew Mostafaei, Audi’s manager for e-tron, presented data taken from Twitter during the New York Auto Show without naming the source. (That’s plagiarism.) The data was misrepresented by plotting it on a different axis. (That’s a falsification.) He then used the data to show the e-tron’s charging superiority over the Model 3, when it actually proves the opposite. (That’s deception.) You may call this good marketing. I call it a brazen lie. At best, it is a highly misleading accident.”

 

Correcting Audi: Tesla Model 3 Charges Over 2 Times Faster Than Audi e-tron

 

NISSAN CLAIMS ITS UPGRADED PROPILOT SYSTEM ENABLES HANDS-OFF HIGHWAY DRIVING

  • “Nissan is introducing a new version of its ProPilot Assist driver-assist system in Japan that marks a big step forward in automation. The current version of ProPilot Assist is basically adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature, but Nissan claims the new system — dubbed ProPilot 2.0 — allows for “hands-off” driving on highways.” says DigitalTrends: “ProPilot 2.0 is designed to work only on highways, similar to Tesla’s Autopilot and Cadillac’s Super Cruise systems. It has the capability to follow a route set in the car’s navigation system from on-ramp to off-ramp. Once the car reaches the off-ramp, the driver must retake full control. On the highway, though, Nissan claims drivers can take their hands off the wheel while the car cruises in a single lane.”

 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/nissan-propilot-20-driver-assist-system/

 

MG ZS EV TO BE EQUIPPED WITH 44.5 KWH BATTERY

  • “MG (part of the Shanghai-based SAIC Motor) announced further details about the MG ZS EV, currently presented at the London Motor Show. The electric crossover will be equipped with 5 kWh liquid-cooled battery, which places it almost directly against the Hyundai Kona Electric with the 39.2 kWh standard battery. The WLTP range will be confirmed in Q3.” according to InsideEVs.

 

  • The press release says: “The ZS EV is powered by a 44.5kWh water-cooled battery with rapid-charging capability that will enable it to be recharged from 0-80% in 43 minutes, while domestic charging on a 7kW unit takes six-and-a-half hours from 0-100%. Certified range on current WLTP test regulations is expected to be confirmed in Q3.”

 

  • Brand bosses say they’ve had 800 expressions of interest.

 

https://insideevs.com/news/350170/mg-zs-ev-44-5-kwh-battery/

 

MUSK SAYS TESLA WILL BE OUT OF MONEY IN 10 MONTHS

  • “Elon Musk told Tesla employees the company will run out of cash in about 10 months unless “hardcore” cost-cutting efforts are made, according to an all-staff email obtained by Reuters and Electrek. The cost-cutting measures are necessary despite the fact that Tesla just raised $2.7 billion earlier this month, Musk said in the email.”reporst The Verge today: “Musk and Zach Kirkhorn, who recently replaced outgoing chief financial officer Deepak Ahuja, will review “all expenses of any kind anywhere in the word, including parts, salary, travel expenses, rent, literally every payment that leaves our bank account,” according to the email.”

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629166/elon-musk-tesla-money-changes-cfo-employee-expenses

 

TESLA IS UPDATING BATTERY SOFTWARE AFTER MODEL S CATCHES FIRE IN HONG KONG

  • “A Tesla Model S caught fire in a Hong Kong parking lot on Sunday, less than a month after video of a Model S bursting into flames in Shanghai, China went viral. Now, “out of an abundance of caution,” Tesla says, the company is making software changes that could reduce the risk of batteries catching fire.” reports Jalopnik: “Jalopnik spoke with a Tesla spokesperson about the incident, and the company said it is making some over-the-air changes to thermal and charge management battery software to make the Model S and X safer”

 

  • Tesla said: “As we continue our investigation of the root cause, out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles via an over-the-air software update that will begin rolling out today, to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.”

 

  • With an update on the article after it was published: “This article has been amended to clarify that the Tesla Model S or X may not necessarily have to be driving for extreme battery temperatures to occur. The new thermal management software aims to manage those temperatures under all conditions.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/tesla-is-updating-battery-software-after-a-model-s-catc-1834794877

 

TESLA NERFS AUTOPILOT IN EUROPE DUE TO NEW REGULATIONS

  • “Tesla is starting to push a new software update that is pulling back some Autopilot features in most European markets due to new regulations. Tesla’s Autopilot on Model X and Model S was already approved under the previous set of regulations, but they now have to walk back some functionalities in order to comply. The changes are starting to get push to Model S and Model X vehicles in a new 2019.16.1 software update.” says Fred at Electrek.

 

  • Tesla wrote” “Due to new local regulations, the limit of how far the steering wheel can turn while Autosteer is active has been adjusted. This may reduce Autosteer’s ability to complete sharp turns. Additionally, to initiate Auto Lane Change, the turn signal must be engaged to the first detent (held partially up or down) and the lane change must start within 5 seconds of engaging the turn signal.”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/05/17/tesla-nerfs-autopilot-europe-regulations/

 

PEUGEOT POSITIONS E-208 AS TOUGH RIVAL TO FUEL-POWERED SIBLINGS

  • “Peugeot hopes to draw buyers to the brand’s first mass-market full-electric vehicle — the e-208 — with a long-term battery warranty and lease rates that are comparable to internal combustion versions. The favorable terms are part of Peugeot’s ambitions to have the e-208 account for 15 percent of its new small hatchback’s global volume.” according to Automotive News Europe: “Sales prices for the 208 will be announced this spring, but Peugeot is already promoting a 48-month, 60,000-km, 299 euro-a-month lease for the e-208, with a down payment of 2,400 euros. The company says the terms compare favorably to gasoline versions (269 euros a month) and diesel versions (289 euros a month) of the 208 when the cost of fuel is taken into consideration.”

 

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/peugeot-positions-e-208-tough-rival-fuel-powered-siblings

 

 

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