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JAGUAR TO ANNOUNCE HUGE INVESTMENT IN UK ELECTRIC CAR MANUFACTURING
- “Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will plough hundreds of millions of pounds into the British car industry by preparing one of its factories to build electric cars, in a much-needed boost for the sector.” says City AM “JLR will modify its Castle Bromwich plant to build a series of three all-electric models, starting with an electric version of its luxury Jaguar XJ saloon, which is expected to launch next year. The plans, first reported in the Sunday Times, are set to be announced on Friday. The investment is a positive move by Britain’s biggest carmaker, which has struggled amid decreasing demand for diesel models.”
- And from Automotive News Europe: “Jaguar Land Rover said during an investor day on June 5 that it will launch its Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) electric-capable platform on a “large SUV and a large premium sedan. MLA can be adapted for pure electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild-hybrid drivetrains. Electric cars using the MLA platform will have a range of up to 470 km (292 miles). JLR’s first electric SUV is expected to be a battery-powered version of the next-generation Range Rover.”
VOLKSWAGEN PARTIALLY FLOATS TRUCK GROUP TO FUND ELECTRIC CAR PUSH
- “Volkswagen has floated 11.5 per cent of its truck-making unit, now named Traton, on the Frankfurt and Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchanges. Weak demand from investors had forced the automaker to price the listing at the low end of its target price range. It also meant the company couldn’t float the 25 per cent it had wanted to let go of.” according to CarAdvice.com.au: “The Volkswagen Group is spending roughly €40 billion ($65 billion) to engineer an extensive range of electric cars, including affordable vehicles based on the new MEB platform, as well as more exclusive vehicles, like the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT.”
DRIVING AN ELECTRIC CAR FEELS LIKE A GAME
- From Sasha Lekach at MashableUK: “You can’t drive a certain way and bring in more fuel in an internal-combustion engine vehicle; your fuel gauge only goes one direction: down. The hypermiling community tries to maximize fuel efficiency while driving, but the fuel supply never replenishes. But driving an EV, I was hooked — driving could essentially become a game, saving me money and energy as the battery recharged when I slowed down or naturally sped up heading down a hill. It also helped that the screen would indicate in real-time how much power I was generating or using.”
NORWAY TESLA MODEL 3 SALES IN 2019 EQUAL 50% OF MODEL S SALES SINCE 2013
- “How popular is the Tesla Model 3 in Norway? According to TeslaStats.no, pretty darn popular, with 10,539 registered so far this year. (Two were registered in 2018.) Compare that to the 20,194 Model S sedans registered in Norway since 2013 and the 12,471 Model X SUVs registered since 2016.” reports Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: “It’s true that Norway has aggressive incentives for electric car buyers and those incentives have made that nation one of the global leaders in electric car adoption. But despite the silliness spouted by BMW’s head of research and development, Klaus Fröelich (he told an audience last week, “Boo hoo. Nobody wants to buy electric cars!”), there are lots of people who are very happy to buy an electric car if the terms are right”
ELECTRIFY AMERICA REDUCES POWER OF SOME CHARGERS DUE TO COOLING ISSUE
- Another issue with liquid cooled fast-charging stations was reported, but this time it ended with simply lowering power output (instead of a total shut down).
- According to Green Car Reports’ article, Electrify America was forced to reduce the power of 30 CCS chargers “due to concerns over a potential coolant leak”.
- The affected chargers are reportedly Efacec HV160 and Efacec HV350 and the issue is global.
- Electrify America decided to lower the power from 160 kW/320 kW to 50 kW until the service team can visit the station and solve the issue (expected “within a week”).
CHINA BEGINS SUBSIDY CUTS ON MUNICIPAL LEVEL
- “The Beijing government has abolished municipal subsidies for some electric vehicles. Manufacturers of electric vehicles in China can now only be granted subsidies from the central government before these are phased out next year.” says electrive.com: “Subsidies for battery electric buses, city cleaning electric vehicles and electric vehicles purchased by government agencies are not affected by the change. Similarly, fuel cell vehicles will continue to receive both municipal and state subsidies. Earlier this year, the Chinese government announced that it will be cutting its subsidies for electric cars this year before they are to be completely abolished by 2020.”
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Doug Vowles, Brighton, Ontario, Canada
Yes, EV’s have tons to prove, just not to me, to you, or most of your listeners. But they have much to prove to folks who can only afford a 15 year old $2,000 car or pick-up truck, and MUST have a vehicle for work, to drive to work, or to drive the kids to school. They have much to prove to the rural sector with scant access to charging stations, or those who live well away from major transportation corridors with fast chargers. You get the picture.
Pete GORTON aka @GyroGordini
In summary “Not Really”. We just need to get:
– the price down,
– many more models available, and
– people discounting the FUD.
To elaborate, EVs have been shown to be faster, stronger, more reliable and cheaper to operate, and a number of endurance tests have shown they can do nearly anything.
Yes, especially with the Wall Street, who can’t think past the next quarter, who listen to the egregious CNBC FUD about Tesla. I would encourage all EV owners to call your local TV News shows and tell them how owning an EV has changed the way you live your life now sans Petrol-gasoline! You’ll have a local news team knocking on your front door. Tell them how you race your EV against ICE cars and beat them hands down. You’ll get the local news Sportscaster out to your house.
The only thing EV’s need to prove going forward is that they cost the same as a ICE car as the cost at the moment is so stretched in favour of not being unable to afford a brand new off the forecourt car.
YASH OHJA, BANGALORE
So my opinion on EVs having more to prove is that; Can EVs (battery and battery- fuel cells) withstand and perform normally (during their complete lifecycle) the high temperatures (going up to 50deg C in few parts of our country)!!
Another point would be a bit something on the higher horse power segment .EV have to prove that can they successfully take over the locomotives and marine exhausts (the high horse power engines), which will be a good test!!
I think with current EVs and imminent EVs from Mercedes, Porsche, Honda and VW we are in a good position to crush ICE sakes once-and-fir-all.
What isn’t yet proven is the ability of the traditional OEMs to make EVs in useful volumes, as you said last Sunday, we keep hearing that battery contracts are secured but then get new announcements from the same players a bit later.
The main thing holding back EV adoption now is availability; let’s not forget many vehicles are still leased or company cars, so these need replacing when the previous
Very little left to prove
A lot to explain , educate.
That’s where you, and TryEv come in!
Stefan Weilhartner • 1 day ago
yes, BEV have something to prove: a cheaper total cost of ownership if you don’t have a huge mileage per year.
The electric car still has plenty to prove…. to the wholly uninformed who get the majority of their news from traditional media who fill their pages, airwaves and sites with FUD. Until they go mainstream and produce car commercials, the majority outside of our growing movement still think they are just a bit better than milk floats.
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I’ve been checking my stats and over 90% of listeners are men, so why are EVs still a ‘guy thing’?
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