Show #640

 

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TESLA’S MODEL 3 SUCCESS HITS BMW THE HARDEST

Part 4 of Bloomberg’s Tesla Owner survey is out and it’s a recommended read. Here are some highlights: “We asked 5,000 owners about what it’s like to live with Elon Musk’s electric car. Here’s what we found.The average Model 3 goes for around $50,000, which is more than any of the top 10 vehicles that buyers traded in from other brands, according to responses to Bloomberg’s Model 3 owners survey. No other sedan in America is generating more revenue. While Tesla took the largest number of customers from Toyota, it affects the Japanese automaker very little. That’s because Toyota’s market share in the U.S. is enormous. [However] as a proportion of a brand’s U.S. sales. It shows BMW to be the automaker with the most to lose—almost five times more vulnerable than Mercedes-Benz.  Many said Tesla’s mission to accelerate the adoption of electric cars creates an unusual sense of owner camaraderie. About 55% of respondents said their opinion of Musk influenced their decision to purchase the car. Model 3 Owners Are Tesla’s Biggest Sales Force.”

 

In terms of the brands most vulnerable, BMW, Mini, Audi, Acura, Infiniti, Porsche, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-tesla-model-3-survey/market-evolution.html#intro

 

TESLA ADDS MORE BATTERY CAPACITY TO HELP EV OWNERS ESCAPE BUSH-FIRES

“Tesla has issued a temporary software update to vehicle owners in regions of NSW and Queensland currently impacted by bush fires. It extends the available battery capacity in some models that otherwise have that capacity locked by the vehicle’s software.” reports TheDriven.io: “the software update would allow owners of models that include the Tesla S 60 and 60D, which come installed with a 75kWh battery, but that is limited by software that makes only 60kWh available”

 

With flick of switch, Tesla adds more battery capacity to help EV owners escape bush-fires

 

SEAT MII ELECTRIC

SEAT starts its electric offensive with the introduction of the Mii electric. The new model is SEAT’s first all­-electric production vehicle and lays the groundwork for future members to join the family. More EVs and PHEVs are due in the near future, including the all­electric SEAT el-­Born, plug­-in hybrid versions of the Tarraco and Leon, and high-­performance plug-­in hybrid versions of CUPRA Formentor and CUPRA Leon. The Home Charge option adds a charging cable to charge directly at home using a 2.3 kW system, while Fast brings CCS fast charging capability with a DC charging capacity of 40kW.

 

The all­-electric city car is the first model to include SEAT CONNECT. The system gives remote access and management of the vehicle, so customers can review driving data, parking position, the vehicle’s status, including doors and lights, manage the charging process via the e-­Manager and the ability to control air­-conditioning remotely – an important technology when you’re faced with extremes in climate – all from a smartphone app.

 

From electrive: “Seat makes the affordability of the electric model a selling point: Mii costs around the same as a combustion engine car of comparable size and power, only with lower running costs  – and here Seat also refers to the significantly lower maintenance costs of electric vehicles. With regard to equipment, Seat has decided to keep the range simple: With the Mii electric and Mii electric Plus”

 

EMPLOYERS SHOULD SEE WORKPLACE CHARGING AS MORE THAN A PERK FOR ITS WORKERS

“Workplace electric vehicle charging is often seen as an employment perk both by businesses and their (current or prospective) employees, but that strategy could be short-sighted. On-site electric chargers may actually be a boon for business, a report suggests, potentially bringing in customers and attracting a stable, engaged workforce.” according to Green Car Reports: “The study, conducted by Wood Mackenzie (a subsidiary of data analytics firm Verisk), says that businesses underestimate the value of on-site electric chargers. Data suggest that not only might electric chargers attract customers, but the particular types of buyers they bring in are highly desirable.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125927_report-employers-should-see-workplace-charging-as-more-than-a-perk-for-its-workers

 

CHINA: 46.38 GWH OF EV BATTERIES DEPLOYED SO FAR THIS YEAR

“The Chinese EV lithium-ion battery market grew so far this year to over 46 GWh, and close to 51% falls on CATL. BYD’s share over 10 months is 20%, which together is almost 71%.” reports InsideEVs: “Despite the YTD numbers being healthy, the past three months bring decline. Let’s take a look at the details, provided by the Moneyball.

 

Top Chinese EV battery manufacturers by installed capacity (January-October):

 

CATL – 23.58  GWh (up 65%)

BYD – 9.23 GWh (up 12%)

Guoxuan – 2.37 GWh (up 43%)

Lishen – 1.27 GWh (down 1%)

CALB – 1.12 GWh (up 307%)

Over ten months of 2019, some 46.38 GWh of batteries were deployed in New Energy Vehicles, which is 38% more than a year ago:

 

Passenger cars – 33.61 GWh (up 55%)

Buses – 9.39 GWh (down 8%)

SPV (other) – 3.39 GWh (up 19%)”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/381619/china-46-gwh-ev-batteries-deployed/

 

TESLA AUTOPILOT NEARS 2 BILLION MILES DRIVEN, FULL-SELF DRIVING CONTINUES TO IMPROVE

“Tesla is yet to issue a formal announcement about its total Autopilot miles to date, though a model by MIT researcher Lex Fridman has predicted that the 2-billion-mile mark will be crossed sometime on November 11, 2019. That being said, Fridman’s model might even be a bit conservative, considering that Tesla’s fleet is growing by the day and more and more vehicles are traveling across the globe on Autopilot thanks to the Model 3 ramp.” says Simon at Teslarati: “If Tesla does confirm Autopilot’s 2-billion-mile milestone, it would be a great accomplishment for the electric car maker. After all, it took 4 over four years for Tesla’s fleet of vehicles to reach 1 billion real-world miles on Autopilot. Provided that Lex Fridman’s estimates are accurate, Autopilot’s next billion miles seems to have taken less than a year to accomplish.”

 

Tesla Autopilot nears 2 billion miles driven, Full-Self Driving continues to improve

 

NISSAN IS IN ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES

From Forbes: “In Europe the Leaf also seems to be paying the price for being the pioneer overtaken by late-comers with better technology and sexier-looking models, said Berlin-based automotive analyst Matthias Schmidt. “The Leaf is in danger of being in the position of standing before the EV wall and assisting others over it, thanks to establishing the electric market early on with its first generation model, yet potentially finding it more of an effort to clear the wall itself once the other manufacturers have cleared it,” Schmidt said.”

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilwinton/2019/11/12/nissan-leaf-sales-falter-as-new-competitors-offer-better-technology-looks/#7aacee5f1a74

 

From Jalopnik: “Hot on the heels of Honda announcing sales down, Nissan laid out a historically bad report of profits being down an amazing 70 percent, the company’s worst outlook in 11 years, as the Japan Times reports: Nissan, whose financial performance has been in the doldrums for nearly two years, cut its forecast for operating profit to 150 billion in the year through March 2020, from a previous forecast of 230 billion. The new forecast means earnings for the full year will be at their worst in 11 years.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/nissan-is-absolute-shambles-1839799530

 

SHELL FIXES FIRST EV CHARGING STATIONS IN U.S

“Shell’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the United States, has been installed at Boston Logan International Airport.”   says PetrolWorld.com: “The 50-kW Veelfil-RT DC fast-charging stations were installed by Greenlots, a Los Angeles-based provider of EV charging and energy management software that was acquired by Shell in 2019, with the units manufactured by Tritium, an Australian firm. “

 

https://www.petrolworld.com/headlines/item/33599-netherlands-shell-fixes-first-ev-charging-stations-in-u-s

 

And from Fleet Europe: “Shell are extending their EV offer to our customers’ homes and workplaces.  The acquisition of NewMotion in Europe has enabled Shell to provide charging points to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and it is offering a similar proposition with Greenlots in the US. To help enable cheaper charging for their customers, Shell have also been piloting smart-charging technology in the UK and Germany that helps integrate EVs into the power grid at times when overall demand is at its lowest.”

 

https://www.fleeteurope.com/en/new-energies/europe/features/transition-low-carbon-energy-shell-fleet-solutions?t%5B0%5D=Shell&t%5B1%5D=NewMotion&curl=1

 

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