Show #627

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 31st October 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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TOP GEAR CAUGHT RED-HANDED CHANGING TESLA STATS

 

Top Gear doubles down on Tesla vs Porsche race, claims Model S’ actual results are worse

 

https://www.tesla.com/support/new-owner-frequently-asked-questions#range_mode

 

FCA AND PSA SET TO MERGE

“PSA and Fiat Chrysler have agreed on a merger. However, the details are still open, as the agreement is to be worked out in the coming weeks. It is also open what this means for electric mobility in the new company.” reports Electrive: “This would create the world’s fourth-largest automobile manufacturer in terms of sales after Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan. The reasons for the merger are cost and long-term competitiveness. According to the PSA and FCA, the merger would generate synergies of €3.7 billion per year without closing a plant, but the merged company would not achieve 80 per cent of these synergies until its fifth year.  One thing is clear: PSA and Fiat Chrysler also want to share the high costs for new technologies such as electric cars and autonomous driving in relevant future fields.”

 

Both groups are behind in their electrification plans. PSA is finally coming out with the Peugeot e-208, the Vauxhall Corsa E and the DS Crossback E-TENSE. FCA has the Fiat 500e and some hybrids coming from the Jeep Renegade.

 

https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/31/psa-and-fiat-chrysler-agree-on-merger/

 

MERCEDES RECALLS SOME EQC ELECTRIC CARS DUE TO POTENTIALLY FAULTY BOLT

“Daimler is recalling some new Mercedes-Benz EQC electric cars because of a potentially defective bolt in the differential, the company said on Tuesday.” according to Reuters: “The fault could interrupt torque transmission to the front axle, leading to a vehicle stall. Additionally, if parts of the broken bolt become lodged within the differential transmission, this might affect the ability to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash, Daimler said.

 

“Daimler AG has determined that on certain EQC vehicles the bolt in the front axle differential transmission might not meet durability specifications. Thus, it cannot be ruled out, that the bolt breaks over lifetime,” the carmaker said.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-daimler-electric/mercedes-recalls-eqc-electric-car-due-to-potentially-faulty-bolt-idUSKBN1X82AE

 

PRENATAL AIR POLLUTION EXPOSURE LINKED TO INFANTS’ DECREASED HEART RATE RESPONSE TO STRESS

“A mother’s exposure to particulate air pollution during pregnancy is associated with reduced cardiac response to stress in six-month-old infants, according to an open-access study by researchers at Mount Sinai research published in Environmental Health Perspectives.” writes Green Car Congress: “This study is the first to find that particulate air pollution exposure in utero can affect heart rate variability, which is a known risk factor for health issues. Variability in how the heart rate responds to stressful experiences is essential for maintaining optimal functioning of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems and also is central to emotional well-being and resilience to stress over one’s lifetime. Air pollution’s negative effect on heart rate variability has previously been found to lead to medical and psychological conditions such as heart disease, asthma, allergies, and mood or behavioral disorders in studies of older children, adolescents, and adults.”

 

senior author Rosalind Wright: “These findings, in combination with increasing worldwide exposure to particulate air pollution, highlight the importance of examining early-life exposure to air pollution in relation to negative medical, developmental, and psychological outcomes. A critical step in identifying children at risk for costly chronic disorders is identifying exposures that lead to early vulnerability.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/10/20191031-sinai.html

 

TESLA MODEL 3 POSTS A HISTORIC RESULT IN SEPTEMBER 2019

From Jato.com looking at European car sales: “September 2019 was also a significant month for Electric Vehicles (BEV), as registrations increased by 119% to 40,700 units – boosted by the performance of Tesla, BMW and Volkswagen. Tesla recorded 19,500 registrations and controlled almost half of the BEV market, as it was boosted by the Model 3. September was a record month for the Tesla Model 3, which recorded 17,500 registrations, as it became the best-selling electric vehicle and the 11th best-selling vehicle overall. It was the first time in history that an electric car has come so close to entering Europe’s top 10 model rankings.”

 

Tesla Model 3 posts a historic result in September 2019, as it narrowly misses out on Europe’s top 10 selling vehicles

 

TESLA MODEL Y SPOTTED DRIVING SIDE BY SIDE WITH MODEL 3

“Thanks to Tesla’s dashcam feature, we’ve now got a three-minute-long video of the Model Y driving in San Jose. Better yet, for much of the drive it’s side by side with a Model 3, demonstrating an excellent comparison between the two vehicles.” reports Electrek: “The Model Y in question seems to be the Midnight Silver prototype with new “Power Sports” wheels, which we’ve seen on the road before. Though we’ve seen this prototype before, and have some good still photos of it, we haven’t seen it driving next to a Model 3. This is the best comparison we’ve gotten yet of the car with other vehicles, and the Model Y looks surprisingly taller than it has in previous spottings.”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/30/tesla-model-y-spotted-driving-side-by-side-with-model-3-other-cars-in-best-size-comparison-yet/

 

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