Show #612

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 16th October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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BREAKING! TESLA MODEL Y PRODUCTION TO START IN Q1 2020 (UNOFFICIAL LEAK)

From  Chanan at CleanTechnica: “Originally, the Model Y was supposed to start shipping in “late 2020”. Currently, Tesla’s website says new orders will ship in Q1 2021. However, according to an anonymous source with a proven and reliable track record, Tesla is about to accelerate its plans and start production in Q1 2020 at its Fremont factory. (We’ve also received the same information independently through a reliable second-hand source.). The Model Y will launch with the Long Range all-wheel drive (AWD) trim, according to this source, and Tesla will release the Standard Range Plus (SR+) version once production has been ramped up and the Model Y SR+ has a large enough gross margin. Another fun little tidbit of technical information we have been told is that the Model Y will indeed use the new revolutionary flex-cable circuitry that reduces the length of wires needed throughout the car and also gives every component a redundant connection to the battery and the computer. This makes it possible for robots to install more of the “guts and veins” of the car and cut down on the manual labor involved in installing cables. As Elon Musk has said multiple times, robots suck at placing normal cables into the vehicle.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/15/breaking-tesla-model-y-production-to-start-in-q1-2020-unofficial-leak/

 

NEW PORSCHE MACAN EV TO GET TAYCAN PLATFORM AND TECH

“first revealed by Autocar in October 2018. The new model will feature an entirely different bodystyle from the existing Macan to reflect its status as a reinvented model for the brand.” says Ricahrd at Autocar: “Speaking to Autocar at the recent Frankfurt motor show, Porsche’s director of SUVs, Julian Baumann, confirmed that the existing, internal combustion-engined Macan will remain on sale alongside the new Macan during a transitional phase. The offering will broadly mirror that offered by the Taycan/Panamera duo. The electric Macan will arrive in 2021 and initially be a high-performance model in the mould of the Taycan, carrying the same Turbo badging to identify it as the top-of-the-range version. The current Macan will be offered alongside it partly because “some

customers are not ready for EVs,” said Baumann. “So there will be two different cars.””

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-porsche-macan-ev-get-taycan-platform-and-tech

 

BASE PORSCHE TAYCAN HAS MORE POWER THAN A 911 GT3

“The Taycan 4S will be available in two battery sizes, but it’s the larger 93.4 kWh two-deck ‘Performance battery Plus’ Porsche has detailed online. According to the Instagram post and a subsequent press release, the large-battery Taycan 4S will boast a peak output of 563 hp. Sure, that’s nearly 200 hp less than the Turbo S. Even the standard-battery 4S gets decent power though, with a 79.2 kWh single-deck Performance battery giving it 523 hp in overboost state, meaning the cheapest Taycan money can buy still has more power on tap than a Porsche 911 GT3.”

 

https://carbuzz.com/news/base-porsche-taycan-has-more-power-than-a-911-gt3

 

2021 AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK SPIED UNCOVERED

“Audi teased a camouflaged Sportback variant of the 2020 Audi E-Tron earlier this year. We expected we would see the car uncovered pretty soon after, but one of our spy photographers has caught it undisguised before Audi could reveal it.” writes Joel at Autoblog: “It looks pretty much the way we expected. The upright rear of the E-Tron has been exchanged for a sloping fastback. The greenhouse looks quite a bit like the Audi A7 with a large rear quarter window. It also has fairly prominent roof rails that help maintain the E-Tron’s crossover image. Everything south of the window line looks to be carry-over from the regular E-Tron. Mechanically, the E-Tron Sportback should be identical to the traditional hatchback version. That means two electric motors, one at each end, making 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque. Range will probably be close to the current model’s 204 miles. We expect the official unveiling of the Sportback to come by the end of the year, possibly at the LA Auto Show.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/10/11/2021-audi-etron-sportback-spy-photos

 

TESLA MODEL S PLAID P100D+ SPIED AT NÜRBURGRING

“It appears that two Tesla Model S Plaid P100D+ prototypes have returned to the Nürburgring. Spy shots of the two vehicles acquired by Teslarati depict the two Model S doing runs around the iconic track with renewed ferocity.” reports Joey at Teslarati: “The “Plaid” Model S that Tesla brought to the Nürburgring this time around were vehicles that had notable differences compared to the two units that took on the German racetrack last month. While the vehicles featured the same wide body kit, large air intake at the front, a rear spoiler, and track-optimized wheels and tires, the two Plaid Model S vehicles that were recently sighted feature new air vents on the front fenders. A blue Plaid Model S prototype is even fitted with a rear diffuser.”

 

Tesla Model S Plaid P100D+ spied at Nürburgring in bid to smash its own record

 

JCB SECURES FLEET DEAL FOR NEW ELECTRIC DIGGER

From thecontructionindex.co.uk: “A-Plant has bought a fleet of 10 of the 19C-1E model in a deal worth more than £350,000. The 19C-1E – JCB’s first-ever electric diggers – are being produced at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, with orders rolling in from across Europe and North America. The model, which is five times quieter than its diesel counterpart, is expected to be popular with companies working inside buildings and in emissions and noise-sensitive inner-city areas.”

 

https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/jcb-secures-fleet-deal-for-new-electric-digger

 

BP CHARGEMASTER CONTINUES UK CHARGING STATION ROLL OUT

“BP Chargemaster installed four new 150kW rapid chargers at their retail site in Hammersmith, London. Their plan is to furnish their Polar charging network with another 400 units of the variety by 2021.” writes electrive: “The chargers were powered up this week, following the UK rollout of their fast charging network across the nation. The first of the 150 kw fast chargers were launched in August, with the first two units installed at the retail site BP Cranford in Hounslow. Charging can be done with both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, with a full charge possible in about 10-12 minutes of charging time”

 

BUICK LAUNCHES VELITE 6 PLUS MAV EV WITH INCREASED RANGE OF 410 KM

“Buick launched the VELITE 6 PLUS MAV (multi-activity vehicle) electric vehicle in China.” reports Green CAr Congress: “The newest member of the VELITE 6 family, the VELITE 6 PLUS has a constant-speed range of up to 410 kilometers (255 miles) under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions on a single charge. The original VELITE 6 MAV was launched in April with an electric driving range of 301 kilometers. As Buick’s first global all-electric vehicle and SAIC-GM’s first electric vehicle for the mass market, the VELITE 6 integrates resources and advanced technology from GM and SAIC for new energy and connected vehicles. It represents the latest application of the Buick Blue strategy. The capacity of the battery in the VELITE 6 PLUS has been increased to 52.5 kWh and its energy density has been increased to 140 Wh/kg, allowing it to store more energy with the same volume. It provides electricity consumption of 13.1 kWh/100 km.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/10/20191015-velite.html

 

MAZDA TEASES ELECTRIC CAR’S INTERIOR AHEAD OF TOKYO MOTOR SHOW DEBUT

“While Mazda previously confirmed with Roadshow ahead of an official announcement that the Tokyo Motor Show would serve as the backdrop for the electric car’s reveal, the automaker teased the EV’s interior on Tuesday.” according to CNET.com: “Mazda Europe’s official Twitter flashed a brief look at the electric car’s center console, which reveals a sleek design complete with a familiar rotary knob that operates Mazda’s infotainment system in current vehicles.A Mazda representative previously told Roadshow that the battery-electric vehicle will not be based on a current Mazda production vehicle. Whatever the company has planned will be a totally new model. We’re also in the dark on what form this vehicle will take, but it’s a safe bet this will be a crossover of sorts.”

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/mazda-electric-car-interior-features-tokyo-motor-show/

 

 

GM OFFERS TO MAKE ELECTRIC PICKUP IN DETROIT, AS UAW PUSHES FOR MORE US-MADE GAS VEHICLES

“GM has committed to building an electric pickup truck in Detroit in its ongoing attempt to negotiate a new contract with the UAW.” says Green Car Reports: “Last Friday, Detroit’s WDIV-TV detailed the latest in negotiations between General Motors and the UAW Friday as the two seek to resolve a contract stand-off that currently has more than 45,000 U.S. auto workers on strike nationwide.  As part of this latest round, GM has promised to build an electric pickup truck at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which GM had previously said it would shutter. While this would be good news for the UAW on the surface, a new EV line would likely not fully utilize the existing plant space, meaning GM would not be able to employ as many union workers there as it had in the past.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125520_gm-offers-to-make-electric-pickup-in-detroit-as-uaw-pushes-for-more-us-made-gas-vehicles

 

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