Show #537

 

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RIVIAN STARTS THE PRODUCTION OF ITS 754 HP ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK!

“The company, based in Michigan, published on Twitter several images of the first body panels engraved with the brand’s logo. There are also very proud and no less happy employees. The shots were taken at the new Rivian factory in Normal, Illinois. At first glance, these panels correspond to the side pillars of the cab.” says DriveTribe: “Rivian’s new electric pickup truck has a fairly simple design structure. It is a chassis with a large battery located between the axles with four engines, one for each wheel. “

 

https://drivetribe.com/p/rivian-starts-the-production-of-Nq7Wi95vTtyGgRVd6xvDjg?iid=ctdCjkFwRhSq1GGWkhD9dQ

 

NISSAN QUIETLY RELEASES #RAPIDGATE SOFTWARE UPDATE

“In a July 18 Service Bulletin, Nissan quietly released a software update for North American LEAF owners. It appears to give U.S., Mexican, and Canadian customers the same improved charging rates that European customers received earlier. If it gives the same improved rates as European customers received, it will largely solve the #Rapidgate issue.” report Jennifer for CleanTEchnica: “”2018-2019 LEAF; LITHIUM-ION BATTERY WILL NOT QUICK CHARGE.” The bulletin tells technicians to apply the updated software if the customer complains of slow DC fast charging, or if they complain of inability to fast charge at all after several consecutive sessions. What is unclear is why this software update is being offered for both 2018 and 2019 vehicles. Late 2018 cars already have improved software, as well as all 2019s. By offering this update for both model years, it may be possible that the software update is an improvement beyond that which newer 2018 and 2019 vehicles got from the factory.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/07/23/nissan-quietly-releases-rapidgate-software-update-for-north-american-leaf-owners/

 

2020 CHEVY CORVETTE WILL HELP GM BUILD BETTER EVS

“John Wilkinson, General Motors’ lead performance engineer, says that some of the technology used in developing Corvette could trickle down to hybrids and EVs. The most significant piece of which being the Driver-in-the-Loop simulator.” says Motor1.com:” The Driver-in-the-Loop simulator combines a real-time computer (replete with vehicle hardware) with a driving simulator. It allows the user – in this case, Wilkinson – to monitor things like springs, dampers, stabilizer bars, and chassis control systems, among others, all without having to risk the secrecy of prototypes on road.”

 

John Wilkinson: “”I am very passionate about bringing our future EV portfolio to market,” notes Wilkinson. “Leveraging the Driver-in-the-Loop technology and applying what we have learned from testing dynamics on other vehicles, like the Corvette, will maximize the capabilities of our EV products. This will make the next few years extraordinarily challenging and exciting for me.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/361211/2020-chevy-corvette-spawns-evs/

 

TESLA HAS A GIANT NEW MACHINE TO PRODUCE THE MODEL Y FRAME IN ALMOST ONE PIECE

“Tesla is working on several significant manufacturing improvements for the Model Y production program and it includes building a giant new casting machine to produce a big part of the Model Y frame in one single piece.” according to Fred at Electrek: “In an interview earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk also said that Tesla is moving to an aluminum casting design instead of a series of stamped steel and aluminum pieces for the Model Y body. Now a new patent application reveals this new casting machine that Tesla plans to use to build Model Y. The patent is for what Tesla calls a “Multi-Directional Unibody Casting Machine for a Vehicle Frame and Associated Methods. Tesla beleives that this design will “reduce build time, operation costs, costs of manufacturing, factory footprint, factory operating costs, tooling costs, and/or quantity of equipment.” The automaker even notes that it will reduce the number of casting machines required to build a vehicle frame and that it could even build “a complete or substantially complete” frame itself.”

 

Tesla has a giant new machine to produce the Model Y frame in almost one piece

 

SOLAR ROOF ON HYUNDAI’S NEW SONATA HYBRID ADDS 1,300KM OF RANGE PER YEAR

“Hyundai rolled out a new version of its Sonata Hybrid, which would not normally be news around these parts but for the fact that it comes from the factory with a solar roof. It actually adds some zero emission range to the otherwise petrol-powered vehicle.” says Clean Technica: “Hyundai claims that with 6 hours of sunlight each day, the solar panels will add enough charge to the battery for 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) per year. Granted, that’s only an extra 3.6 kilometers per day (2.2 miles), but it is a nice little bonus.”

 

The Solar Roof On Hyundai’s New Sonata Hybrid Adds 1,300km Of Range Per Year

 

ELECTRIC FORD F-150 TOW MORE THAN 1 MILLION POUNDS

“It’s a secret to no one that Ford is developing an all-electric version of America’s best-selling vehicle, the F-150. We’ve seen spy photos of two prototypes testing on public roads and today we can get the first glimpse of the electric truck’s actual capability. The Blue Oval automaker has released a demonstrational video, showing a pre-production F-150 EV test car towing more than one million pounds.” reports Motor1: “Ford has lined up 10 double-decker rail cars loaded with no less than 42 examples of the 2019 F-150. The total weight of the composition is way over one million pounds, which equals to approximately 453,592 kilograms or 453.5 tons. In the video above, the demonstration is performed with Linda Zhang, chief engineer of the Ford F-150, behind the wheel of the prototype.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/361301/f150-electric-towing-million-pounds/

 

VW: FIRST ID.3 PRODUCTION LINE READY BY AUGUST

“Starting from August, the first of two assembly lines for the production of Volkswagen’s all-electric ID. models will be ready to go in Zwickau. The body shop, paint shop, assembly and infrastructure were extensively modernised and renewed.” says electrive.com: “The second production line at the site will be converted to the same model by the end of 2020 and will go into operation in the same year, as the group has now announced. In the final expansion stage, 330,000 fully electric cars per year are to roll off the production line in Zwickau from 2021 onwards.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/07/23/vw-first-id-3-production-line-ready-by-august/

 

FIRST DRIVE REVIEW: IS 2019 PORSCHE CAYENNE E-HYBRID ELECTRIC ENOUGH?

“The 2019 E-Hybrid gets a much larger battery pack—14.1 kwh, versus 10.8 kwh—that could travel nearly 20 miles. In our drive, starting with a full charge, we saw 19.9 miles of relaxed driving in city and suburban streets and highways up to about 65 mph.” in Green Car Reports first drive: “With E-Power mode engaged, the Cayenne E-Hybrid gives you a distinct additional accelerator detent maybe a third of the way into the pedal’s travel. Around town, that was plenty to take off energetically from stoplights and feel perky, but above 45 or 50 mph it limits you to more conservative, right-lane driving if you want to stay all-electric up to the system’s potential 83 mph sans tailpipe emissions.

 

E-Hybrid also has an E-Launch mode that basically has you hold the brake while the accelerator is at the detent. It’s a gimmick, but it may be another way to get drivers interested in the electric side.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1124160_first-drive-review-is-2019-porsche-cayenne-e-hybrid-electric-enough

 

BAIC INVESTS IN DAIMLER

BAIC has acquired an equity interest of approximately five percent in Daimler AG through Investment Global Co. Ltd., a 100-percent subsidiary. Daimler and BAIC are linked in a long-standing strategic partnership that has existed since 2003. Since then, the two companies have cooperated in the production, research and development, and sale of passenger cars, vans and trucks.

Since 2018, Daimler has also held an interest of 3.01 percent in BAIC BluePark New Energy Technology Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of electric vehicles for China.

 

CUPRA TO UNVEIL ALL-ELECTRIC SUV CONCEPT AT 2019 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

“SEAT’s performance brand offshoot has kicked off yet another rally of teaser images for an upcoming concept car, this time, an all-electric performance SUV. Set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the brand’s first all-electric road car will give us a look into the future for the brand, in terms of both design and technology.” reports evo:”At the rear, the electric powertrain alters design once again, with exhausts removed and an aggressive, more aerodynamically efficient diffuser added. Roof-mounted vortex generators and a lightbar spanning the entire width of the vehicle are also visible.”

 

https://www.evo.co.uk/news/22917/cupra-to-unveil-all-electric-suv-concept-at-2019-frankfurt-motor-show

 

 

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3 thought on “23 July 2019 | Rivian Starts Production, Hyundai Hybrid Gets Solar Roof and Electric Ford F-150”
  1. “14.1 kwh, versus 10.8 kwh”

    Here’s a case sensitive nit that you’re often ‘guilty’ of when typing .. it should be “14.1 kWh, versus 10.8 kWh”. w doesn’t really stand for anything in physics. Maybe width?

  2. Hi Martyn,

    Love the podcast and as an auto component executive recently transitioned from the Aerospace sector, I appreciate you’re help in turning this “aircraft guy” into a “car guy” specifically an “EV guy.” Now, to my comment. You mentioned not fully getting the use of a detent (it is pronounced D-tent) on the Cayenne accelerator pedal. As a former US Air Force test pilot and program manager of many aircraft development programs, I can attest to the effectiveness of detents as tactile feedback to the pilot or driver to indicate performance attributes or mode change points when controlling drive systems or really in controls of any type. In this case, should the driver want to stay all electric, they need only push the pedal hard enough to reach the detent, at which point, they will feel the resistance or a “notch” in the movement of the pedal. They can then choose to remain there, knowing that any additional pressure will cause the ICE to engage. Conversely, they may decide they need the additional acceleration and just push right past the detent. The aerospace world is using tactile feedback in many ways for power, attitude, and avionics control, particularly where there is reduced visual cuing, it is a very powerful tool and I hope to see more of it to make us more efficient and safer drivers. Kudos to Porsche!

    All the best,

    Tim Healy
    Delphi Technologies

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