Show #504

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 18th June 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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Hello to Richard Graham: “By the way, what would you think about doing a Model 3 delivery day special? i.e follow a Tesla customer on their delivery experience and post delivery first impressions etc. I would volunteer myself but I suspect my M3 might only be delivered July/August so the excitement may have died down by then.”

 

NEW NISSAN LEAFS AVAILABLE IN EUROPE

“The latest versions of the Nissan Leaf are now available for purchase in Europe. This includes the longer range Leaf e+, as well as the conventionally updated Leaf. First deliveries have already begun.” says electrive: “The Leaf e+ has already marked over 8,000 orders since it’s January reveal. With a 62 kWh battery, provided by AESC, and a 160 kW electric motor. The starting price here goes for €45,000. The basic new Leaf starts at a price of €35,400 and features a 40 kWh battery for 40% less range compared to the larger version. Both vehicles still charge using CHAdeMO with 70 kW standard charge and a 100kW peak. Following the “Rapidgate” charging scandal, the software for the vehicles was undated to ensure longer and more stable battery life.”

 

New Nissan Leafs available in Europe

 

TESLA’S OWNER-VOLUNTEERS FROM CHINA MOBILIZE TO HELP END-OF-Q2 DELIVERIES

“Tesla’s second-quarter deliveries in China are getting a rather unexpected boost, thanks to a number of electric car owners who are volunteering their time to help the company hand over as many vehicles as possible before the end of the month. Tesla is currently attempting to set new delivery records this Q2, and it would take every one of its delivery teams across the globe to dig deep to achieve its goal of beating Q4 2018’s numbers. The fourth quarter, after all, was a time when Tesla delivered more than 90,000 vehicles globally.” says Simon at Teslarati: “As could be seen in the efforts of Tesla owners in China, this willingness to help the company is not only true for electric car owners in the United States. Even in a place such as China, where the Model 3 only started deliveries earlier this year, owners are volunteering their time to help out the company. “

 

Tesla’s owner-volunteers from China mobilize to help end-of-Q2 deliveries

 

NORWAY UPDATES: SUBARU, MAZDA, & FORD SALES PLUMMET

“Norwegian Twitter user Tesla Driver tweeted an article from the daily Norwegian business paper Finansavisen (behind a paywall) that highlighted more bad news for car companies slow to electrify in Norway.” according to CleanTechnica: “Subaru sales are down 66% in 2019, Mazda sales are down 45% in the last 3 years, and Ford sales are down 50% in the last 10 years. In case you missed it, last month we reported on layoffs at a leading Mercedes dealer due to its lack of competitive products. Automakers and dealers slow to electrify are suffering. Toyota and Hyundai have stopped selling hydrogen cars in Norway. The manufactures were forced to get loaner cars to the few people who had purchased hydrogen cars, since all the hydrogen fuel stations are closed while the government investigates an explosion at a hydrogen fueling station.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/06/17/norway-updates-subaru-mazda-ford-sales-plummet-hydrogen-car-sales-frozen-tesla-sales-jump/

 

GERMANY TO SUPPORT THREE BATTERY CELL ALLIANCES

“Germany will support three company alliances with earmarked funds of 1 billion euros for the domestic production of battery cells in an effort to reduce carmakers’ dependence on Asian suppliers, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Reuters.” says an article today on Reuters UK: “Among the more than 30 companies that applied for state funding at the German Economy Ministry are carmakers Volkswagen and BMW, as well as German battery maker Varta and Swedish battery manufacturing startup Northvolt. France and Germany have already asked the European Commission to approve state subsidies for a cross-border battery cell consortium including carmaker PSA, its German subsidiary Opel and French battery maker Saft.”

 

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-europe-batteries-germany/germany-to-support-three-battery-cell-alliances-economy-minister-idUKKCN1TJ1LC

 

2020 MINI COOPER S E ELECTRIC CAR’S REVEAL DATE ANNOUNCED

“Although we’ve pretty much seen the production 2020 Mini Cooper S E electric hatchback, we’ve been in the dark about when the car, and more importantly its specifications, will officially be revealed. But now the company says we’ll see it on July 9, just a few weeks away.” write Joel for Autoblog: “We’re most anxious for confirmation on performance specifications. In our prototype drive, we learned that the motor is based on the one from the BMW i3S, so it should make about 181 horsepower, just 8 shy of the gas-powered Mini Cooper S. But the range estimate given during the prototype drive was a rather low 120 miles.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/06/18/2020-mini-cooper-s-e-electric-car-reveal-date/

 

PORSCHE CEO PRAISES TESLA

In USA Today, Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche North America writes: “Tesla has made inroads, but now I believe we are approaching a turning point. In coming years we will see more widespread adoption as volume producers including General Motors, Nissan, and VW join with premium brands like Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche to launch numerous battery-only models. As more Americans experience the instant power and sporty handling that electric cars provide, more will want this new generation of electric vehicles. First, Tesla has proven there is significant demand for cars that combine sustainability with performance and design. Last year, the Model 3 outsold any other premium sedan in the U.S. We know that American consumers embrace new technology, especially if it delivers a new experience. And once a technology catches on, consumers respond well to expanded choice as competitors enter the field. Just look at how many models of SUV you can buy today, or the proliferation of smartphones since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.”

 

POLESTAR 1 PROTOTYPE REVIEW

“The Polestar hybrid set-up with the limited lifespan is based on a 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged, supercharged petrol engine. On its own it produces 304bhp – although an integrated starter-generator adds a useful extra 67bhp and tries its hardest to improve response.” says evo when reviewing the Polestar 1: “Then at the rear, there’s a pair of electric motors, delivering four-wheel drive and another 228bhp again. The final tally? Some 599bhp. The powertrain can operate in a number of modes, including that pure-electric focus, a hybrid setting where the car manages the mix and focuses on efficiency, and a performance configuration that uses all available power sources. The system can also top up the battery while on the move, allowing you to build up enough charge during a long journey for zero-emissions running at your destination.”

 

https://www.evo.co.uk/polestar/22796/polestar-1-prototype-review-a-hybrid-alternative-to-the-bentley-continental-gt

 

LEVC REVEALS NEW RANGE-EXTENDED LIGHT COMMERCIAL VAN

LEVC’s new commercial vehicle, a zero-emission capable light van, draws on more than 70 years of knowledge from the same company that manufactures the world’s only purpose-built range extended electric taxi.

Based on the same architecture and proven e-City range extender technology as LEVC’s TX taxi, of which there are now just under 2,000 on the roads – the vast majority in London – this second vehicle from LEVC will give operators and drivers huge amounts of flexibility with an electric range of 80 miles and a combined petrol and EV range of 377 miles.

Targeting those who travel around 100 miles a day, LEVC’s LCV will offer ‘distribution to door’ – not just last mile – providing the link between out of town depots and city centres, capable of collecting goods outside of a major city in range extender mode, before switching to EV mode in an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone. This is currently a sector of the market dominated by one tonne medium size diesel vans.

 

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