Show #672

 

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FIAT 500 EV SPIED WITH PRODUCTION BODY FOR THE FIRST TIME

“For the 2020 model year, the Fiat 500 is no longer available in the United States. In Europe, however, the supermini just got its first hybrid version and is now officially Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ first small mild hybrid. Later this year, an all-new, all-electric 500 will be launched and we now have the first spy photos showing the production body of the car” according to Athony at Motor1.com: “a very early prototype of the EV still featuring many false body panels. Still, the overall shape and size appear to be identical to today’s model. The heavy concealment also covers the taillights and headlights but these appear to be the final production units, not just temporary replacements –  – underneath the skin, the next-gen 500 will be a completely new car riding on a new architecture. The first to arrive will be the zero-emission version with an upgraded powertrain, followed by the conventional combustion-powered models. According to the latest gossip, Fiat will reveal the all-new 500e during the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March. Given the early stage of development as evident by this prototype though, we won’t be surprised if the debut is postponed for a later date.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/393773/fiat-500-electric-spied/

 

NISSAN LEAF SALES HIT 450,000

“Nissan LEAF recently reached a cumulative sales milestone of 450,000 (since December 2010). We learned about the new milestone from one of the latest press releases. The precise date of achieving 450,000 is not known (it could be December 2019).” according to InsideEVs: “Nissan called the LEAF “the world’s most popular EV with 450,000″, but we are just weeks from the switch for the first position, as the Tesla Model 3 is outselling the LEAF significantly (about 448,634 Model 3 were sold by the end of 2019).”

 

Between October to December 2019, Tesla produced a total of almost 105,000 vehicles. Over a 13 week quarter it’s an average of 8,076 per week. Or about 22,000 so far in 2020 if you assume none were made on the 1st Jan.

 

https://insideevs.com/news/393890/nissan-leaf-sales-450000/

 

TWITTER USER GETS MODEL Y TOUR FROM EMPLOYEE

Muchael Hughes on Twitter says: “Model Y sighting second day in a row. Got to talk and see the entire inside (no pics by request). Car will be in Jay Leno show soon! Amazing layout/ storage space & seating. Got to sit in it.”

 

“It did feel a bit wider in the back seat to me but if so only a bit. We have two kid car seats in the 3 so I paid attention to what it would be like in the Y. However, if it is wider it’s only a bit.”

 

“After getting back into my 3 it was a big difference.”

 

“There is a button in the back that auto folds the back seats. Kinda power folding.”

 

“Model three seats in the model Y just on risers. So you sit much higher”

 

“Oh and the full glass roof without the cross beam was epic. Back seat driving just got an upgrade”

 

TESLA CHINA IS SUBTLY FLEXING THE MIC MODEL 3’S STELLAR BUILD QUALITY

“High-quality images of a recently-delivered Made-in-China Model 3 sedan have proven that potentially lower labor costs do not result in inferior products.” writes TEslarati today: “The latest photos of the MIC Model 3 shared by Tesla Model S and X owner and Twitter user Ray4Tesla featured immaculately-finished and perfectly-aligned panels and trims of a blue all-electric sedan. If Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai will consistently produce top-quality vehicles, the mass-produced Model 3 sedan may indeed become a cash cow for the electric car maker in the biggest automotive market in the world.”

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-china-build-quality/

 

PARKING AT ELECTRIC CHARGING BAYS COULD SOON BE ILLEGAL

“Traditional vehicles will soon be banned from parking anywhere near electric car charging stations in a major crackdown.” reports Luke Chillingswroth for The Express newspaper: “urrently, there is no legal law surrounding parking near the charging points with electric car owners often forced to wait for vehicles to move out of the way so they can charge their cars.Fully-electric vehicles may also be restricted from parking in the charging bays unless they are topping up their cars. The new change comes into effect in a bid to create more available charging space for growing demand. Motorists will not be allowed to return to the charging bays within two hours and road users will not be able to use the electric facilities as free parking bays.”

 

All-Electric Mercedes-Benz eEconic Is Coming

“Mercedes-Benz announced a new all-electric truck model – the Mercedes-Benz eEconic (an electric version of Mercedes-Benz Econic), which will be based on the Mercedes-Benz eActros.” reports InsideEVs:” The Econic is well suited especially for waste-collection but it might be used also in other inner-city traffic applications.The Econic is well suited especially for waste-collection but it might be used also in other inner-city traffic applications.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/393591/electric-mercedes-benz-eeconic/

 

TESLA’S ACQUIRES GIGAFACTORY 4 LAND

“Tesla (TSLA.O) has agreed to buy a property on the outskirts of Berlin, bringing it a step closer to opening its first European factory, local authorities said on Sunday.” in a Reuters report: “Tesla’s board of directors approved a purchase agreement with the state of Brandenburg on Saturday to acquire a 300-hectare property, Brandenburg government spokesman Florian Engels said in a statement. The state parliament’s finance committee had already approved the sale on January 9. The property is in a designated industrial area and is being checked for weapons from World War II as there are most likely unexploded U.S. bombs still in the ground, he added. Politicians, unions and industry groups have welcomed Tesla’s move which is expected to create up to 7,000 jobs in Brandenburg.”

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-gigafactory-germany/tesla-moves-a-step-closer-to-opening-first-european-factory-with-german-property-deal-idUSKBN1ZI0MV

 

TORQEEDO AND ZF TO COOPERATE ON MARINE VESSELS

“Torqeedo and ZF have agreed to cooperate on electric systems for sailing yachts and passenger ships. ZF’s steerable sail drives will be integrated into Torqeedo’s Deep Blue electric drive system.” according to electrive: “The companies plan to launch their first products on the market by the end of this year. In sailing yachts, for example, of up to 36 metres in length, the diesel generator is only to serve as a reserve unit. During sailing, the manoeuvrable ZF drive is to be used as a generator, the electricity is then stored in the Torqeedo batteries and managed by the Deep Blue system – for example, for the e-drive during running/manoeuvring or the power supply onboard. The ZF system is available with 50 or 100 kW drive power.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/01/20/torqueedo-and-zf-to-cooperate-on-marine-vessels/

WATCH JEFF BEZOS DRIVE AMAZON’S NEW ELECTRIC RICKSHAW

“Following a successful pilot across several cities, Amazon India has announced that by 2025, its delivery fleet will include 10,000 electric vehicles.” says electrek: “Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is currently in India and enjoyed trying out the electric rickshaws himself. Amazon says it is “working with several Indian OEMs to build a fleet of vehicles that ensure sustainable and safe deliveries of customer orders.”

 

https://ww.electrek.co/2020/01/20/watch-jeff-bezos-drive-amazons-new-electric-rickshaw/#aprd

 

RENAULT ZOE WINS 2019 EV MODEL TROPHY IN GERMANY

“The German plug-in electric passenger vehicle market ended the year on fire, with registrations more than doubling in December, to 11,328 registrations. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) were up 198% year over year (YoY), pulling the market up significantly and balancing the 2019 BEV/PHEV share to 58% BEV (fully electric) vs. 42% PHEV (51% / 49% in December).” writes CleanTechnica: “The PEV share climbed to 4% in December, with BEVs alone hitting 2%, while the final plug-in vehicle (PEV) share for 2019 ended at a record 3% (1.8% BEVs).the Renault Zoe managed to squeeze out the BMW i3 by just 49 units, with the French hatchback repeating its 2018 performance, in which it also won the #1 title, after two consecutive years as second best.”

 

The Model 3 was in 3rd place.

 

Renault Zoe Wins 2019 EV Model Trophy In Germany, BMW Wins Manufacturer Trophy

 

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