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TESLA READY TO INCREASE PRODUCTION AT FREMONT FACTORY

“An internal email to employees dated July 9 from Jerome Guillen, President of Automotive at Tesla, said the company is “making preparations” to raise output at its factory in Fremont, California” reports CleanTechnica: “”While we can’t be too specific in this email, I know you will be delighted with the upcoming developments,” Guillen said, according to a report by Bloomberg, which claims to have seen a copy of the email. The email went on to say the company has “hit new records in all production lines for output and efficiency” in the most recent quarter, both in Fremont and in Nevada, and that “quality is also reaching record highs.””

 

Tesla Ready To Increase Production At Fremont Factory

 

TESLA MODEL 3 WINS 2019 AUTO EXPRESS CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD

“The Auto Express Car of the Year for 2019 is the all-electric Tesla Model 3” says the publication Auto Express: “Performance and range are brilliant, and our tests prove that Tesla’s claimed numbers when it comes to how far you can go on a charge are accurate. True, although you might only fill up your petrol or diesel junior executive saloon every 500 miles or so, the Model 3 Performance has up to 329 miles of range. Most people won’t exceed this in a single day’s driving, and simply charging the car overnight will replenish that entire range for the next day. Even keen drivers will be able to scratch away at the surface to reveal the seed of a personality in the car; that’s a big step for an electric vehicle that, until now, few have achieved.”

 

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/model-3/107363/car-of-the-year-2019-tesla-model-3

 

TESLA MODEL 3 IN NORTH AMERICA FINALLY CAN USE CHADEMO ADAPTE

“Tesla Model 3 drivers in North America can now use more than 3,200 CHAdeMO chargers if equipped with a CHAdeMO adapter.” reports Mark for InsideEVs: “It took some time but with the 2019.24.1 firmware update, Tesla Model 3 finally can use the CHAdeMO adapter in North America. The Model 3 has been available in the U.S. since mid-2017, but for the first two years, the Model 3 wasn’t able to use CHAdeMO adapters, which have been available for Model S and Model X for years. The only way to DC fast charge was to use Superchargers.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/359101/tesla-model-3-chademo-adapter/

 

ZF TO SUPPLY DRIVE COMPONENTS FOR MERCEDES’ EQC

ZF has announced it is supplying Daimler with large parts of the drive system for the Mercedes EQC. Electrive says: “ZF supplies the complete driveline module. In addition to the engine, this includes the rigid transmission (a single-speed transmission) and also the power electronics including the control software – each for the front and rear axle, since the EQC has two engines. The components are manufactured at the ZF plant in Schweinfurt.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/07/10/zf-to-supply-drive-components-for-mercedes-eqc/

 

VOLKSWAGEN TEASES ID.3 DASHBOARD

“Volkswagen is gradually revealing the upcoming all-electric ID.3 hatchback, the first model based on the MEB platform. In one of the latest video teasers, the German manufacturer shows the dashboard, wheel and central infotainment display.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/359140/video-vw-tease-id3-dashboard/

 

PRE-SERIES PRODUCTION OF VW’S ID.3 HAS TAKEN OFF

“The VW ID.3 pre-series production is rolling at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau. This also affects the Volkswagen Group Components division. VW has now published where the individual plants of the unit manufacture their parts for the ID.3. electric car.” reports Electrive: “Production of the pre-series drives has already started successfully, and in future, up to 500,000 units per year will leave the plant.he Wolfsburg company cannot afford a slip-up. This is probably one of the reasons why VW is already ramping up pre-series production of the flagship electric car destined for a mass-market, even though the first vehicles will not be delivered until mid-2020.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/07/10/pre-series-production-of-vws-id-3-has-taken-off/

 

THE WONDERFUL MINI ROCKETMAN CONCEPT WILL ACTUALLY BECOME REAL, AND ELECTRIC

“in 2011 Mini showed their Rocketman concept, which was tiny and clever and exciting and felt like something that really captured the spirit of the original Mini. Then they forgot all about it. Until now! Yes, the Rocketman is set to become reality, as an electric car, in China.” according to Jalopnik: “According to Autocar UK, the Rocketman EV will share a basic platform and electric drivetrain components with the Great Wall-built Ora R1 electric car, which is notable for being one of the cheapest real (as in not a low-speed neighborhood EV thing) electric car sold, coming in at about $8,680.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/the-wonderful-mini-rocketman-concept-will-actually-beco-1836243520

 

LG CHEM TO INCREASE BATTERY SALES FIVEFOLD BY 2024

“Electric car battery sales will become the biggest part of LG Chem’s business with a share of around 50% and revenues of $26.7 billion. LG Chem announced a new plan for the next five years by 2024, which envisions doubling the sales from around 28.2 trillion KRW ($24 billion) to 59.5 trillion KRW (over $50 billion).” says InsideEVs today: “LG Chem says also that the Battery Business Division “will continue its leadership in the automotive battery business by maintaining its overwhelming technological advantage in the third-generation electric vehicle (500 km or more)”.”

 

MILAN AWARDS SOLARIS CONTRACT FOR UP TO 250 ELECTRIC BUSES

“The Milan, Italy carrier ATM Milano intends to phase out diesel buses by 2030. An essential milestone on this path was the launch of a tender for the supply of up to 250 electric buses with a total value of up to €192 million. ATM Milano has selected Solaris as the supplier. The delivery of the first batch of 40 buses is to begin in June 2020.” says Green Car Congress: “The 12-meter Urbino electric will be equipped with batteries of the Solaris High Energy type with a total capacity of more than 240 kWh. The electric power in those batteries will be recharged by means of an inverted pantograph—i.e. a device lowered from the charging pole to the vehicle roof, and a classic plug-in device in the bus depot. The drive unit will consist of an electric axle with two integrated electric engines of 110 kW each.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/07/20190710-solaris.html

 

 

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3 thought on “11 July 2019 | Leaked Email Shows Production Increasing At Tesla, VW I.D.3 Interior Revealed and What’s Inside A Mercedes-Benz EQC”
  1. Just had a look at the interior for the ID3, I think it is becoming very clear that the ED3 and the Seat El-Born are the same car with different VW group badges on. Have a look at the El-Born interior (via google search) and you will see they are the same which gives you an even better view of what the ID3 will look like.

  2. > ZF TO SUPPLY DRIVE COMPONENTS FOR MERCEDES’ EQC
    > https://www.electrive.com/2019/07/10/zf-to-supply-drive-components-for-mercedes-eqc/

    This perpetuates the lack of vertical integration within Big Auto. Tesla have complete control of the protocols to every corner of their car allowing total integration with rapid and precise improvements. The dependence of Big Auto on firms like Bosch, Siemens and ZF, although convenient, will keep them forever 3 steps behind.

    ZF will have to strive to keep all their clients ‘mostly’ happy as opposed to doing exactly what would most benefit a single client. Communications buses to all the different components requiring firmware will forever be revision locked and inflexible to manage.

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