Show #608

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 12th October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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ELECTRIFY CANADA PLANNING 20 NEW 350-KW CHARGING STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

“Volkswagen built Electrify America, its U.S. multi-brand-compatible network of EV charging stations, as part of a settlement with authorities there over its Dieselgate scandal. But now the automaker has voluntarily expanded that effort with a Canadian arm to give electric vehicle owners that same level of charging access.” writes driving.ca: “Electrify Canada announced early October that it plans to open 20 350-kW-capable charging stations at Canadian Tire locations in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Pricing is based on 75-kW-, 125-kW- and 350-kW-per-minute power levels. There is a $1 session fee per charge-up, but an Electrify Canada Pass+ is only $4 per month, which waives the session fee and knocks the cost down by roughly 20 cents per minute.”

 

Electrify Canada planning 20 new 350-kW charging stations across the country

 

ALL-ELECTRIC RENAULT ZOE RS TO REPLACE CLIO RS?

“With the standard Clio already upon us, you might be wondering when we’ll first see the next Renault Clio RS. As our sister title Auto Express discovered, it seems we won’t see one at all, but the French marque does have something else sporty up its sleeve” reports Evo Magazine: “Renault’s executive vice-president of product planning, Ali Kasai, told Auto Express that a new Clio RS is simply not viable, but that a performance-orientated, all-electric Zoe is the most likely model to sit in its place. Kasai said: ‘We need to be in line with the current trends; we have to invent the future sporty cars.’ The standard Zoe is powered by a 52kWh battery and a front-mounted 132bhp motor, and is good for a claimed range of 245 miles. A performance variant would naturally claim less range given the same battery size, especially if Renault punted for a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive set-up, something we’re yet to see in a compact EV.”

 

https://www.evo.co.uk/renault/clio/201841/all-electric-renault-zoe-rs-to-replace-clio-rs

 

ARE EV SALES BEING HELD UP?

From dinside.no: “Last week, we wrote that Kia in Spain has been revealed to refuse dealers to sell electric cars for the rest of 2019, with a strong call to sell gasoline and diesel-powered SUVs before replacing the calendar on January 1. Like the Norwegian importer , Kia also denied in Sweden that this was the case in our neighboring country. Now, however, the Swedish electric car website Recharge has revealed that Kia Sweden was not completely truthful. They also sent a similar letter to their dealers, should we believe the site. In the letter, Kia writes, among other things, that they “hope to have a fantastic start to the electrified year 2020″, writes Recharge.”

 

Bertel O. Steen is a freelance importer: “We have no comment on the case in Sweden and Spain. But we do not have similar orders here in Norway, and we deliver the cars we get, explains Mette S. Sauge.” In Norway, according to Kia Bil Norge, about 5700 are still on the reservation lists for the two electric cars for Kia. The lists distribute the numbers as follows:

 

Kia e-Niro: about 4,400 people

Kia e-Soul: about 1,300 people

 

https://www.dinside.no/motor/avslort-i-sverige-ogsa/71686226

 

LEXUS EV CONCEPT TEASED AHEAD OF TOKYO MOTOR SHOW DEBUT

“Toyota’s luxury division says the new zero-emissions showcar is a window into the company’s electric and autonomous future, so not only will the vehicle lack a combustion engine, but it also might not have a steering wheel.” reports Motor1: “Originally announced back in July, the unnamed electric concept will allegedly feature a newly developed infotainment system with dual screens and is going to use a revamped version of the spindle grille. Chances are the EV rides on the new e-TNGA platform that Lexus’ parent company Toyota is developing, with the ultimate goal to have 10 electric cars from both brands on sale by the middle of the next decade.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/375558/lexus-ev-concept-teaser/

 

FREE PARKING FOR EV OWNERS IN CINCINNATI

“Cincinnati, Ohio, has come up with a creative incentive for those who own electric vehicles: Free Parking. For those who have played Monopoly — well, the way I always played it — landing on the free parking square meant you got to cash in. Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Cincinnati will be able to cash in on savings thanks to the city’s Electric Car Incentive Program. Note that hybrid owners will not benefit from this incentive since the program is geared toward fully electric vehicles.” writes Johnna for Clean Technica: “The free parking spots include all city parking meters and one city-owned garage located downtown. The parking in the garage is on a first-come, first-served basis and does not include overnight privileges. This also includes free parking at every and any parking meter within the Cincinnati city limits. Parking at these meters means drivers must still follow parking rules, though, and if the meter says you have an hour, then the driver needs to leave when that time is up.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/09/free-parking-for-ev-owners-in-cincinnati/

 

PAY-PER-MILE ‘ROAD TAX’ BACK ON THE AGENDA

“The government’s Transport Committee has confirmed it wishes to start a debate around road pricing – more specifically the idea of a pay-as-you-go style system, that could fill a potential £40 billion black hole in its Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) income.” says Leasing.com: “As the rise of the electric car accelerates over the coming years, the government will lose more and more money; EVs with list prices of less than £40,000 don’t pay any road tax at all, which will result in a sharp drop in tax income for the government. One way around this is to adjust the VED system with road pricing. Early next year, the Transport Committee will investigate whether national road pricing should be a part of that future, but wants the public – drivers and non-drivers alike – to begin the discussion now.”

 

https://leasing.com/car-leasing-news/pay-per-mile-road-pricing-review-2020/

 

TOYOTA RAV4 PLUG-IN REVEALED AHEAD OF LA AUTO SHOW

“Toyota teased on Thursday what will become the most powerful RAV4 yet – the 2021 RAV4 plug-in. Bringing with it a new color, Supersonic Red, the teaser image of the RAV4 plug-in highlights the new PHV’s surprising performance capabilities.” according to Electric Cars Report: “Toyota will debut the Toyota RAV4-plugin during the Los Angeles Auto Show media days, on November 20, 2019 at the Toyota booth in South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center.”

 

Toyota RAV4 Plug-in revealed ahead of LA Auto Show

 

2020 TOYOTA HYBRIDS AND EVS GET 10-YEAR, 150,000-MILE BATTERY WARRANTY

“Toyota announced today that it will extend the battery warranty for its hybrid and electric vehicles to 10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever comes first), an increase from the current eight years or 100,000 miles. The change will affect 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles sold by Toyota and can transfer from the original owner to subsequent owners.” says Car And Driver: “There are eight eligible cars in the lineup: the Camry, Corolla, Prius, RAV4, Avalon, and Highlander hybrids, plus the Prius Prime plug-in and the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. Toyota says the longer warranty term is designed to help overcome the hesitation that some buyers feel toward purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle.Nissan has said that they expect Leaf batteries to last 10 to 12 years longer than customers will want to own the cars. Tesla is reportedly developing a battery technology that can last for a million miles.”

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a29428255/2020-toyota-hybrid-electric-car-batteries-warranty/

 

PLANS TO REDEVELOP FORMER A1 SERVICE STATION

“Plans to redevelop a former service station on the A1 in Peterborough with electric car charging points and a café have been submitted to the city council.” says the local newspaper Peterborough Today: “Solar Charging Ltd wants to revamp the former Abbotts Wood Service Station which lies near the southbound carriageway in Thornhaugh, near Wittering. Under its plans 20 electric car charging points would be installed, as well as a “service building” which would include a café. The electricity would come from a nearby solar farm – a process the company said would be “the first of its kind” within the region and would “seek to reflect the aspirations of Peterborough City Council’s Environment Capital agenda”.”

 

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/plans-to-redevelop-former-a1-service-station-with-electric-car-charging-points-submitted-to-peterborough-council-1-9102744

 

LUNAZ DESIGN IS ELECTRIFYING CLASSIC CARS FOR A ZERO-CARBON FUTURE

“Lunaz Design is converting high-end classic motor vehicles to electric propulsion utilising a team of engineers gathered from F1, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, VW and McLaren and zero emissions and recycling at the heart of its product philosophy.” says Renewable Energy Magazine: “The aim is to make the most beautiful and celebrated cars in history ready for an electrified, zero-carbon future.

 

A 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V, 1953 Jaguar XK120 and 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud are currently being prepared for market introduction. The Jaguar XK120 is fitted with an 80-kWH electric battery pack whilst the Rolls-Royce Phantom V is specified with a 120-kWH power unit. Each classic by Lunaz represents an entirely custom restoration. Its cars are analysed to the millimetre to ensure Lunaz’s engineers develop the most appropriate powertrain solution for the character of the car and the intended driving dynamics. All classics by Lunaz are engineered with fast charging capability, regenerative braking systems and the sensitive integration of modern conveniences like traction control and cruise control.”

 

https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/electric_hybrid_vehicles/lunaz-design-is-electrifying-classic-cars-for-20191010

 

Moneyball @DKurac

“Skywell delivers 1st batch of Shenzhen’s largest #EV dump truck order so far as it delivers 300 of 1 K trucks to 2 co’s in the city. Last year, Shenzhen started subsidizing #EV dump truck purchases with ¥800 K. The city wants to have all new dump trucks as EVs by 2021.”

 

TESLA MODEL 3 TAKES OVER THE UK WITH A RECORD QUARTER

“Tesla had another record month and quarter of deliveries in the UK, thanks to Model 3, which is quickly becoming a best-selling car in the market. The ramp-up has been slow over the first few months, but Tesla delivered more than 2,000 Model 3 vehicles in August, and it was enough for the Model 3 to become the third best-selling car in the UK in August (via the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).” writes Fred for Electrek: “Now the registration data is out for September, and Tesla delivered even more vehicles: 3,459 units, including 2,864 Model 3 vehicles. It helped the electric car market rise to 2.2% of the overall car market in the UK. Diesel car sales dropped 20% during the period, and gasoline-powered cars increased by 4.5%. It brings Tesla’s delivery total for the quarter to 6,244 vehicles, including 5,385 Model 3 vehicles.”

 

Tesla Model 3 takes over the UK with a record quarter

 

 

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