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PORSCHE TAYCAN DRIVEN BY FULLY CHARGED

Clean Technica say: “Fully Charged’s Jonny Smith was given a unique opportunity to test the Porsche Taycan’s performance consistency, and was able to confirm its ability to handle repeated acceleration runs without running into thermal limits. The Taycan looks to be similar to the Tesla Model 3 Performance in this respect, but will come in at around twice the price of the Tesla. The Taycan is competing in a different segment, and will certainly appeal to Porsche enthusiasts and other well heeled consumers looking to make the switch to the technology of the future.”

 

Simon at Teslarati says: “Porsche has confirmed that the formal debut of its first modern all-electric car, the Taycan, is set for September 4, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST. The vehicle will be launched at three locations: one in Canada, one in Germany, and another in China. With the Taycan’s launch, Porsche would be breaching a premium EV market that is so far dominated by Tesla and increasingly populated by veteran automakers such as Jaguar, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. Also notable is that the Taycan, unlike Tesla’s offerings like the Model 3 Performance, features a two-speed gearbox on its rear axle. This marks one of the first times that a production EV will be equipped with a two-speed gearbox, and it should provide a sizable benefit in both performance and efficiency. It would be interesting to see how Porsche manages the Taycan’s gearbox, considering Tesla’s experience with the original Roadster. During Tesla’s early days, the company equipped the original Roadster with a two-speed gearbox, but the components just kept breaking since the gearboxes could not handle the punishment from the vehicle’s electric motor.”

 

Back to CleanTechnica: “Porsche claims that the most powerful Taycan variant — featured in the video — will achieve 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) acceleration in “under 3.5 seconds” and 0–124 mph (0–200 km/h) in “under 10 seconds.” What’s very encouraging is that this suggests that the Taycan will actually have better acceleration times to 124 mph (200 km/h) than its top-of-the-range, and much more expensive ($188,000), Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid sibling. This is a strong indication that Porsche is serious about its EV strategy, and not just playing politics, unlike some of the other German luxury brands.”

 

On the forums, user ‘Karen’: “Talking about “repeated launches without degraded performance” in a way that suggests that Teslas can’t do them (Model 3 has always been able to, and Model S/X have been able to since the Raven update.”

 

And parting comment goes to Phillip D: “No matter how you feel about the Taycan it’s a pretty historic moment. It’s the first serious EV from a legacy automaker. Not some half-baked compliance, low range, under-powered, compromised lesser version of their ICE offerings.”

 

Fully Charged Tests Porsche Taycan’s Performance

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/08/09/fully-charged-tests-porsche-taycans-performance/

 

Porsche Taycan debut set for September 4

Porsche Taycan debut set for September 4, top facts about upcoming sports EV emerge

 

 

MINI RECEIVED MORE THAN 45,000 PRE-ORDERS FOR MINI ELECTRIC

“Within less than a month, the number of MINI Electric pre-orders increased from over 40,000 to over 45,000, according to German media, citing MINI E Project Leader Elena Eder.” reports InsideEVs: “The pre-orders require deposits, which means that the interest in this new model is significant. The production is expected to begin on November 1, 2019 and we guess it will be less than 45,000 in the first few months (taking into consideration typical production of new EV models)”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/364823/45000-pre-orders-mini-electric/

 

HYUNDAI REVEALS NEW IONIQ ELECTRIC PRICING

“Hyundai has announced pricing details for its updated Ioniq range and new Kona Hybrid, with the longer-range Ioniq Electric starting from £29,450 (inc. Plug-in Car Grant).” says Green Car Reports: “The price gets customers an Ioniq Electric with an increased range of 184 miles (WLTP) thanks to a larger capacity 38.3 kWh battery – up from 28 kWh. A more powerful motor is fitted, with 100 kW available rather than the previous generation’s 88 kW. Hyundai’s new 10.25-inch infotainment system with telematics connectivity features, and there is a new smart regenerative braking system fitted to the Ioniq Electric.”

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8724/hyundai-reveals-new-ioniq-electric-pricing/

 

PEUGEOT E-208 PRICING ANNOUNCED

“Peugeot has announced prices and specification details for its new 208 range – including the pure-electric e-208. The electric supermini will cost from £25,050, including UK Plug-in Car Grant.” according to Patrick at Next Green Car: “Powered by a 50 kWh motor and 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor, the e-208 will be available in one of four trim options – Active, Allure, GT Line, and GT. Allure sees a £1,200 premium over entry-level Allure spec, GT Line starts at £28,100, and the e-208 is the only powertrain available in GT trim, costing from £29,650.”

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8723/peugeot-e208-pricing-announced/

 

BMW EXPANDS 530E WIRELESS CHARGING PILOT PROGRAM TO US

BMW announced the U.S. Market extension of BMW’s global Wireless Charging Pilot Program. The pilot program began in Germany in 2018 and has recently expanded to include the U.S.

The pilot program is available in the state of California for 200 interested, qualifying residential home customers who are able to charge inside an enclosed garage space. Availability is based on 200-equally equipped 530e program lease vehicles.

All costs, expenses and expenditures associated with the initial installation, maintenance and de-installation of the Ground Pad Module are covered by BMW.

 

BMW Wireless Charging enables electric energy from a main power supply, via installed GroundPad, to be transmitted to a vehicle’s high-voltage battery without any cables – when the vehicle is positioned over an induction base pad.

 

BMW Expands 530e Wireless Charging Pilot Program to US

 

INSTAVOLT ADDS 125 KW CHARGERS TO UK NETWORK

“The British charging network operator InstaVolt is expanding their existing 50 kW fast-charging network with new stations delivering up to 125 kW. The first was built in Basingstoke, England, and more will follow in the course of the summer.” says Electrive: “Similarly to the previously installed stations, customers charging their EVs can use the contactless credit-card payment options, which the UK is requiring by law starting in 2020.”

 

 

 

TESLA FACES LAWSUIT OVER SOFTWARE THAT CUT RANGE FROM SOME CARS

“What over-the-air-updates give, they can also take away. That’s part of what’s at the root of a new lawsuit against Tesla on Thursday from a California man who says that a recent software update to his 2014 Model S cut 40 miles off the maximum range of his car, and it has lost about 8 kilowatt-hours of battery capacity.” says Eric for GreenCarReports: “The lawsuit also alleges that Tesla pushed the software update in lieu of issuing an expensive recall for the cars’ batteries, which it claims are defective. The lawsuit says, “under the guise of ‘safety’ and increasing the ‘longevity’ of the batteries of the Class Vehicles, Tesla fraudulently manipulated its software with the intent to avoid its duties and legal obligations to customers to fix, repair, or replace the batteries of the Class Vehicles, all of which Tesla knew were defective, yet failed to inform its customers of the defects.””

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1124477_tesla-faces-lawsuit-over-software-that-cut-range-from-some-cars

 

JAGUAR I-PACE GETS $3K ‘TESLA CONQUEST’ INCENTIVE IN RECENT MARKETING PUSH

“veteran automaker Jaguar appears to be putting some effort into pushing its own premium all-electric vehicle, the I-PACE. Among these efforts is a rather unique marketing campaign that has started making its way through social media, highlighting potential savings of up to $15,000 from the I-PACE’s MSRP.” according to Teslarati: “Based on the advertisement, the $15,000 total savings will be comprised of a $5,000 dealer discount, a $7,000 “Allowance Credit,” and an additional $3,000 “Tesla Conquest.” “

 

Jaguar I-PACE gets $3K ‘Tesla Conquest’ incentive in recent marketing push

 

 

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One thought on “13 Aug 2019 | Porsche Taycan Driven, Mini’s Big Order Book and More Fast Chargers”
  1. If a Tesla owner were to buy a Jaguar I-Pace, that Tesla does not cease to exist. It filters down into the second hand market and the net number of EVs on the road increase by one.
    We want as much competition as possible between all OEMs making EVs to drive quality up and prices down, so this inter EV competition is a good thing.

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