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PORSCHE TAYCAN SPECS
“A recent review of a Taycan Turbo pre-production prototype suggests that the top-tier variant of Porsche’s electric car could live up to its name” reports Simon at Teslarati: “Equipped with a 96 kWh lithium-ion battery that weighs 650 kg , a 215 bhp motor on the front axle, and a 402 bhp motor at the rear. That’s enough to propel the car from a dead stop to 60 mph in just over 3 seconds and into 124 mph in less than 10 seconds. Porsche notes that the Taycan can perform ten full-throttle 0-62 mph and four 0-124 mph launches without seeing a decrease in performance. When the Taycan gets released later this year, for example, the vehicle will be capable of charging up to 250 kW at an 800-volt charging point. The car is compatible with 350 kW charging, but that would come by 2021 at the latest.
And from InsideEVs who noted that CAR Magazine got the specs whilst at Goodwood Festival Of Speed:
- Base Taycan – with 80 kWh battery and RWD (two motor choices of 322 bhp or 376 bhp) priced at low $90,000.
- mid-range Taycan Carerra 4S – with 96 kWh battery and AWD (power output of 429 bhp or 483 bhp), priced at high $90,000.
- Taycan Turbo – with 96 kWh battery and AWD (over 600 bhp of power and 649 lb-ft of peak torque, 738 lb ft in the 10-second overboost window), priced at £120,000 ($149,000).
- Specs include:
- Up to 320 miles (515 km) of range (likely WLTP)
- two-speed transmission
- 215 bhp/221 lb-ft on the front axle, 402 bhp/406 lb-ft on the rear axle
- motors top speed of 16,000 rpm
- 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds
- 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in less than 10 seconds
- “ten full-throttle 0-62 mph and four 0-124 mph launches without seeing a decrease in performance”
- top speed of 162 mph (261 km/h) “without battery overheating”
- curb weight of 2,095 kg
- air suspension
- regenerative braking power controlled from the steering wheel
- Taycan Turbo S – in the works, AWD with power output of 724 bhp
- Taycan GTS – in the work, lighter RWD version
The official public unveiling is September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
MG ZS EV AVAILABLE FROM £21,495 FOR FIRST 1,000 CUSTOMERS
MG Motor UK today announces its entry into the zero-emissions vehicle market with the first truly electric vehicle, the MG ZS EV.
The MG ZS EV Excite starts from £28,495 OTR. After deducting the Government Grant of £3,500 and the matching MG EV Grant, the first 1,000 retail customers can purchase their car from just £21,495. MG will also match the Government Grant on Exclusive versions, reducing the £30,495 OTR price to just £23,495. Free home charging point and standard installation also applies to the first 1,000 retail orders.
With a combined WLTP certified range of 163 miles and frequent rapid charging capability, there’s also a 7-year warranty which covers the car and the lithium-ion battery.
There’s a colour touchscreen featuring sat-nav, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone connection with audio streaming and DAB radio.
Water-cooling manages the battery temperature allowing frequent rapid charging and optimum range whatever the weather.
ZS EV customer deliveries will begin in September 2019. Customers wishing to make sure they secure one of the first 1,000 retail cars, available from just £21,495, can place a £500 deposit to reserve their place in the queue by visiting MG.CO.UK/ELECTRIC
Mark Kane for InsideEVs points out production considerations: “It’s hard to say much about the demand for ZS EV in the UK, but the Chinese factory is reportedly able to deliver 300,000 annually according to MG, but we take it with a pinch of salt as SAIC would need to have 13 GWh of batteries on hand.”
TOYOTA AND CATL ENTER A SERIES OF COLLABORATIONS
“Toyota has just announced the cornerstones of a comprehensive battery collaboration with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). This includes not only a “stable” supply of CATL batteries for Toyota but also the development of new battery technologies and more.” reports electrive: “Apart from battery cell supply and development, the deal also foresees the improvement of product quality and the recycling of used batteries. Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. is not only one of China’s most important battery producers; with a share of around 16 per cent, CATL became the market leader for electric car batteries worldwide in 2017. “
POLESTAR 2 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE CUES TESLA MODEL 3 RIVALRY
“The Polestar 2, planned to debut late this year, is aimed directly at the Tesla Model 3, with a base price of about $45,000 when it goes on sale next year.” says Eric at Green Car Reports: “The brand has now confirmed that the Polestar 2 will come with a performance package, similar to the Model 3. Now Polestar has confirmed that the performance package will include Brembo brakes, Öhlins shock absorbers, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, and unspecified grippier tires. It will also include some eye-catching trim, including body adornments and apparently yellow seat belts. The launch edition of the Polestar 2 is expected to sell for $63,000, though even that may not have all the elements of the performance package. The Tesla Model 3 Performance starts at $56,190 with delivery. The price of the Polestar 2 Performance Package hasn’t been set, but the company is reportedly targeting a price of about $5,000. Both will include all-wheel drive. It is expected to have a 78-kwh battery and Polestar is targeting a 275-mile EPA range rating.”
16% OF GLOBAL EV BATTERY CAPACITY IN MAY WENT TO TESLA MODEL 3
“a report from Adamas Intelligence says that 16 percent of EV battery packs globally produced last May were destined to Model 3 cars.” according to InsideEVS: “The second car with the most demand for batteries got 4 percent of them. They went to the BYD Yuan. The Nissan Leaf is in the fifth position, with 3 percent of all EV battery packs produced in May. Speaking of Tesla, if we add the demand the Tesla Model S and the Model X have for battery packs, the American EV manufacturer is responsible for 22 percent of all global deployments in May.”
Whilst Green Car Congress says: “From January through May of this year, mor than 7 GWh of battery capacity was deployed globally in Tesla EVs. Inferring from the company’s strong Q3/Q4 sales record, Tesla is conservatively on track to exceed 20 GWh deployed by 2019 year-end, Adamas says.”
INTERVIEW: ELON MUSK REFLECTS ON SIGNIFICANCE OF TESLA MODEL S
“To celebrate MotorTrend’s 70th Anniversary, the editorial staff put together an “Ultimate” Car of the Year story to determine the most significant vehicle of the past 70 years. The following are excerpts from a video interview of Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk at Tesla’s design studio, in Hawthorne, California.”
[clips – standing in front of the original Model S design car, why the large screen, why other car maker haven’t made a better EV yet]
TESLA GIGAFACTORY 3 READY BY END OF YEAR
“Morgan Stanley sent a team of analysts to China, and their estimates for the new plant’s success are pretty good — though not as optimistic as Elon’s.” says RoadShow by CNET: “The cars being built in that time wouldn’t be like the cars from the company’s Fremont factory, though. Instead, they’d be built from what are called complete knockdown kits or partial knockdown kits. This means that the cars are partially assembled elsewhere and Shanghai would be responsible for final assembly. Morgan Stanley’s team estimates that Tesla’s Shanghai facility should be able to produce 35,000 to 40,000 vehicles in 2020 and that number could increase to as many as 60,000 cars in 2021. Elon Musk’s estimates for production in China are predictably more grand, with his estimates placing the figure somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 Model 3s per year by the end of 2019.”
SAN FRANCISCO DECIDES TO HAVE EMISSION-FREE TRANSPORTATION BY 2040
San Francisco just disclosed plans to ban combustion-engined vehicles by 2040.
To inspire near term action and reduce emissions quickly, the EV Roadmap sets interim targets for 2025 and 2030. However it is necessary to give carmakers and customers time to adapt. This is why San Francisco says in its “Proposed Electric Vehicle Roadmap for San Francisco” it will have “Interim Targets” for reaching its goals.
“These targets aim to rapidly electrify vehicle miles traveled (VMT) while reducing total VMT by increasing the share of sustainable trips. The targets also aim to reduce the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles with all remaining new car sales being electric by 2030.”
HONDA PLANNING PLATFORM FOR LARGER ELECTRIC VEHICLES
“Honda’s first series electric car is already open for pre-order in Europe. The Honda e has a special platform that will be the basis for other smaller EVs but now Honda is also working on an electric platform for larger models.” reports Carrie Hampel for industry source Electrive: “Honda’s new global e-platform is to be put in action before 2025 and will enable a large number of body variants such as sedans and SUVs as well as the use of various batteries and engines. The basic setup will be an electric rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drives should also be possible. While the small Honda e is primarily aimed at the European markets and the Japanese domestic market, the small electric car is apparently too small to appeal to customers in the USA. he new architecture will also be able to accommodate cells from various vendors, including Panasonic and CATL. Only Panasonic cells will be installed in the smaller Honda e platform. The flexibility of the cells also allows production with local battery cells, which is particularly important in China.”
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