Show #613

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 17th October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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VOLVO XC40 RECHARGE

“The Volvo XC40 Recharge arrives as Volvo’s first battery electric car, and first ‘Recharge’ model, with 75kWh battery and 402bhp.” says CarsUK: “Looking almost identical to the ICE XC40, the XC40 Recharge gets the blanked-off grille we’ve already seen and a 75kWh battery pack lurking under the floor. And it has promising specs to go with its 75kWh battery. Volvo say it will deliver more than 250 miles on a single charge. But most appealing is that it comes with pretty much the same 4WD electric powertrain as the Polestar 2, which means a chunky 402bhp and 487lb/ft of torque, enough to scoot the XC40 Recharge to 62mph in under 5.0 seconds.”

 

Volvo XC40 Recharge REVEALED – the electric XC40 arrives as Volvo’s first EV

 

As per jalopnik, buyers of the PHEV model get free electricity for a year: “”Recharge plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.””

 

https://jalopnik.com/volvos-first-full-ev-is-called-xc40-recharge-and-comes-1839101896

 

Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars USA: “We’re going to launch one BEV [battery electric vehicle] every year through 2025”.

 

CNET says: “Volvo’s next big platform, Scalable Product Architecture 2 (SPA 2), will arrive in 2021 with the next-generation XC90 SUV. Production of the XC90 will kick off in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2022. “That car will of course be able to be sold with a BEV solution from the start,” Gustafsson said. For its future electrification efforts, Volvo will draw on the engineering efforts of its Polestar brand. SPA 2, as we’ve reported earlier, will also underpin the upcoming Polestar 3 electric SUV, which is also expected to launch around 2021 or 2022. The XC40 EV was also built this way. Its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) was originally designed to handle a full-EV application, and, in addition to the XC40 EV, it underpins the Polestar 2 sedan. Look for the Volvo XC40 EV to go on sale in the US in late 2020.”

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/new-volvo-electric-vehicles-2025/

 

GREEN CAB GOES GREENER, MOVING TO ALL-ELECTRIC FLEET

A story I missed from two days ago on WKOW.com: “A Madison cab company is set to become one of the first in the country to run an all-electric-vehicle Tesla fleet. Green Cab’s owner tells 27 News the taxi service is partnering with Zerology to replace the fleet of hybrid cars with Tesla vehicles. Green Cab’s website says it’s the city’s only all hybrid rideshare service. It’s been in Madison since 2010.”

 

Green Cab goes greener, moving to all-electric fleet

 

TESLA MODEL Y ELECTRIC SUVS SPOTTED

“At least three red Tesla Model Y electric SUVs were spotted on Tuesday morning (Australian time) being transported near the Californian carmaker’s Fremont factory.” says The Driven, and they’ve posted a tweet by @Model3Owners which said: “A few Model Ys spotted in Fremont being transported”

 

“Another Model Y in Midnight Silver was also spotted on Highway 680 in Fremont apparently undergoing road testing. This particular model has created a great deal of excitement with its 19″ aero sports wheels which appear to be the same offered on the Performance Model 3 in China.”

 

Tesla Model Y electric SUVs spotted in lead up to early production start in 2020

 

Tesla Model Y electric SUVs spotted in lead up to early production start in 2020

 

ELECTRIC RENAULT TWINGO CONFIRMED BY PRODUCT PLANNING BOSS

“An all-electric Renault Twingo (a city car smaller than ZOE) has been expected for years and it seems that it will be finally introduced!” says InsideEVs: “This summer we saw a leaked calendar of new model launches by Renault, which indicated a Twingo IV Z.E. in 2022, but the Twingo BEV might be introduced as early as next year!It’s interesting that the Twingo Z.E. was on the table even before ZOE. At some point, Renault even unveiled a concept (in 2013, after the ZOE) and was exploring joint production with Daimler (Renault Twingo Z.E. – smart forfour EV), but in the end, only Daimler introduced a smart forfour EV.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/376538/electric-renault-twingo-confirmed/

 

TESLA MODEL S PLAID PRODUCTION DATE REVEALED BY ELON MUSK

“Elon Musk recently announced an estimated production date for the Tesla Model S “Plaid” P100D+ that’s currently running laps at the Nürburgring. According to the CEO, the track-capable, aerodynamically optimized variant of its flagship sedan will go into production around Summer 2020.” writes Joey for Teslarati: “With Elon Musk’s recent update on Twitter, it now seems certain that the final iteration of its Model S Plaid P100D+ will be available for purchase less than a year from now. Quite interestingly, this date also comes just before Musk’s initial estimates for the start of Model Y deliveries, which was announced as Fall 2020 during the crossover’s unveiling last March.”

 

Tesla Model S Plaid production date revealed by Elon Musk

 

PUPILS TO COUNT NUMBER OF ZERO-EMISSION MILES TRAVELLED

“School children are being encouraged to choose low-emission travel in a new competition launched by Go Ultra Low, the joint government and car industry initiative created to provide all the necessary information about electric vehicles.” reports AirQualityNews: “TV presenter Ben Fogle, the Go Ultra Low Ambassador and face of the campaign, is challenging children to count the number of zero-emission miles they travel over the course of a week. The competition will draw attention to the emissions associated with different modes of transport and will encourage pupils to choose low emission travel instead. This includes walking, cycling, public transport or electric vehicles. There will be accompanying lesson plans for participating schools, which will aim to educate the pupils on how to reduce their carbon footprint through sustainable travel.”

 

https://airqualitynews.com/2019/10/16/pupils-to-count-number-of-zero-emission-miles-travelled/

 

 

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