Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 16th September 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.
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From @TryEV: “We’re celebrating the world car-free day! This Saturday in Hammersmith and Fulham, North End Road we will be showcasing the latest electric motorcycles. We would love to see you there!”
From Twitter user Vincent: “Tesla’s V10 software update started to rollout for the owners in the early access program. “
WHAT’S IN AND OUT OF TESLA V10 DETAILS
“On viewing the now widely published partial release notes, it appears that only information about gaming, streaming and other various improvements including the ability to delete old Sentry videos and turn down the volume of vehicle alerts (a valuable addition for parents with sleeping children in the car). But notes on higher level features, such as Smart Summon, viewing Sentry videos and improved intersection recognition, that were confirmed for the V10 release by CEO and founder Elon Musk in July, are absent from the leaked notes.” reports Driven website.
Tesla Theater lets you watch movies and videos when your car is in PARK and connected to WiFi. To launch the Tesla Theater, tap the new ‘Entertainment’ Icon in the Application Launcher and select the Theater tab.
Sing karaoke to your favorite songs and artists in your car. You can select ‘Caraoke’ from the Media menu. Tap the microphone icon to adjust whether the vocal track plays while you sing along.
Cuphead (Tesla Edition)
Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game inspired by cartoons of the 1930s and heavily focused on boss battles. For the Tesla Edition of Cuphead, enjoy the game’s full first Isle as you play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or in local co-op). Traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to The Devil!
Feeling Lucky or Hungry
Feeling lucky or feeling hungry? Go on a surprise adventure to a nearby attraction by tapping Navigate > Lucky or get directions to a local restaurant chosen by your Tesla by tapping Navigate > Hungry. We have also updated the place popup to include easy access to a website associated with the location if one exists.
Enabling Joe Mode reduces the volume of your Tesla’s chimes. The quieter chimes continue to alert the driver effectively and minimize disruption to passengers (e.g. Joe’s kids). To enable Joe Mode, tap Controls > Safety & Security > Joe Mode.
Improved Driving Visualisation
The driving visualization has been improved to display additional types of objects and lane lines around your car in more environments.
Additionally, you can drag and pinch the driving visualization to temporarily adjust view angles and zoom. After a short of inactivity, the visualization will return back to the default position.
Automatic Lane Change Visualisation
The automatic Lane Change visualization has been improved to highlight where in the adjacent lane your car is planning to move to. When Automatic Lane Change is initiated, the adjacent lane is highlighted blue and the target car destination is outlined in white.
We have improved maps to make it easier to find and navigate to where you want to go. When searching for a destination, the autocomplete search now includes the distance to each suggested place. Also, you can now directly tap the labels on the map to quickly view the associated place details and navigate to that destination.
Sentry Mode Improvement
Sentry Model video clips are now saved in a separate folder on your USB drive to make them easier to review and manage. Also, the older Sentry model video clips will now be automatically deleted if there is not enough space on the USB drive and Sentry Mode clips are using more than 5 Gigabytes of space.
Software Update Improvement
The software update experience now has more style and grace. You will now know which software update version is being downloaded and to be installed. Also, once the software update has been initiated, you can view the install progress when the touchscreen is on.
The application Launcher has been reordered to make it easier to launch the Phone App. We have also replaced the Tesla Arcade with Tesla Entertainment. (Ed note: Pressing Tesla Entertainment then brings up Tesla Arcade and Tesla Theater)
BEIJING TO HAVE 20,000 ELECTRIC TAXIS IN 2020
“Beijing plans to have around 20,000 electric taxis by the end of 2020 as part of its efforts to fight air pollution, said Wang Jianhua, president of the Beijing Taxi Association.” reports China Daily: “Eight hundred electric taxis were delivered to local taxi companies on Friday by Beijing Electric Vehicle Co (BJEV), China’s largest new energy vehicle (NEV) maker. With a cruising range of 300 km, the new taxis can change its batteries for fully-charged new ones within three minutes at battery swap stations, according to BJEV. BJEV has already built 100 battery swap stations in Beijing, and it will set up over 190 power charging and battery swap stations in the city next year, said Zhang Xiyong, general manager of Beijing Automotive Group Co, the parent company of BJEV. Beijing is speeding up the process of replacing its 70,000 taxis with NEVs after the municipal government issued a plan to combat air pollution in 2018, which said public vehicles would be converted to electric ones.”
XCHARGE CAN NOW OFFER 360 KW CHARGING POWER
“The Chinese supplier XCharge presents its new Satellite HPC C9LQ charging station, which now offers up to 360 kW charging power thanks to liquid cooling.” according to electrive: “The company touts increased flexibility as the key to the Satellite HPC C9LQ as a PowerBOX home base can combine up to 3 high-capacity satellites that have an AC-DC module design for 400v and 800v vehicles. XCharge seems to be able to cover all options with power module cassettes adjustable with 180kW and 360kW configurations.”
FORTY-TWO PERCENT OF AMERICANS THINK ELECTRIC VEHICLES STILL REQUIRE GAS TO RUN.
Ted Cannis, Global Director, Electrification, Ford Motor Company: “It’s a question we get all the time. Early on when I started in this position, my family asked me this same question. Nope, no gas. The truth is that when you drive an electric vehicle, you may never have to stop at a gas station again (except if you want beef jerky). In research clinics, I sat down with many electric vehicle owners in diverse places like California, China and Germany. You learn one thing very quickly: Among most owners, all their charging is done from the convenience of their home. Many have never visited a public charging station at all.
Similarly, surveys of U.S. battery electric vehicle owners show that 80 percent of charging occurs at home, followed by charging at work. For owners of gas or hybrid vehicles, we know it’s hard to break the habit of going to a gas station once or twice a week — most of us have been doing it without hesitation for decades. But how would you feel about never going to a gas station again?”
TESLA ‘PLAID’ MODEL S CRUSHES PORSCHE TAYCAN’S NÜRBURGRING TIME, WITNESS SAYS
“Tesla’s testing of new Model S vehicles, including a 3-motor ‘Plaid’ Model S, continues at the Nürburgring racetrack and now a witness says that Tesla already crushed Porsche Taycan’s time.” says Fred at Electrek: “Nonetheless, it’s clear that Tesla wants to push those vehicles to their limits on the demanding racetrack and according to German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport, they brought Nordschleife expert Thomas Mutsch, amongst others, to drive the cars. The magazine has an “observer” at the track who reportedly recorded Mutsch doing a 7:23 minutes lap in one of the modified Tesla Model S vehicles”
MAZDA EV COMING TO TOKYO MOTOR SHOW NEXT MONTH
“Mazda will show off an electric vehicle at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show, according to Automotive News. The outlet received word of the forthcoming vehicle from Mazda spokesperson Yoshikazu Nagai, which was confirmed to Motor1.com by a spokesperson from Mazda USA.” says Motor1.com: “The vehicle is currently in a development stage, and its underpinnings are covered by a modified Mazda CX-30 body wearing camouflage that bears the words “Mazda e-TPV”. Nevertheless, the vehicle debuting in Tokyo is a new model and will have no relation to the CX-30. The EV will reportedly rely on a 141-horsepower electric motor for motivation. A relatively small 35.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack will supply power to the motor. To combat the battery pack’s limited range, Mazda will also offer the electric vehicle with a range extender option to quell the needs of North American buyers, per Automotive News. That said, a Mazda spokesperson was unable to confirm or deny the car’s availability in the U.S.”
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