Show #673

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 22nd January 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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TOTAL TO INSTALL UP TO 20,000 CHARGING POINTS IN THE NETHERLANDS

“Total has been awarded by the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Electric (MRA-Electric) Europe’s largest concession contract for electric vehicles charging. Up to 20,000 new charging points will be installed and operated by the company in three provinces of North-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht in the Netherlands. That’s on top of already over 4,500 installed and under Total management.” reports InsideEVs today: “As the press release does not describe the type of charging points, we assume it will be at least mostly AC (probably three-phase 11 or 22 kW). The thing that we know is a commitment to deliver 100% renewable electricity and the implementation of smart charging features”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/394188/total-20000-charging-points-netherlands/

 

RESERVATION BOOKS OPEN FOR LUCID AIR IN EUROPE

“The US-American startup Lucid Motors has now opened European reservation books for the first model Lucid Air. According to the company, the debut model will be officially unveiled in New York in April. Deliveries in Europe are scheduled to begin at the end of 2021.” says Carrie at electrive: “For a refundable deposit of 1,000 dollars (900 euros or 970 Swiss francs), Lucid Air can now be pre-ordered specifically in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Iceland and Monaco. Expansion into other countries is planned, according to the California-based company. For the production of the all-electric luxury sedan, Lucid Motors recently started building an electric car plant in Casa Grande in the US state of Arizona.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/01/22/reservation-books-open-for-lucid-air-in-europe/

 

NEW SMART EQ RANGE PRICED FROM £16,850 IN THE UK

The new smart EQ range is now on sale, with prices starting from £16,850 for the smart fortwo coupé (including PICG grant of £3,500; total price £20,350 excluding grant). The forfour is priced from £17,285 (£20,785 excluding grant), and the unique fortwo cabriolet starts at £20,420 (£23,920 excluding grant).

 

The smart electric drive features an 82 hp electric motor powering the rear wheels via a single-speed gearbox. All smart EQ models have a range of around 70 miles, while  maximum speed is electronically limited to 81 mph.

The 96-cell lithium-ion battery is coupled with a – now standard – 22 kW on-board charger, meaning that charging can take less than 40 minutes (from 10 to 80% charge) using a rapid charger, and can be charged in less than six hours using a home wall box.

 

TESLA MODEL Y PROTOTYPES SPOTTED COLD-WEATHER TESTING IN MINNESOTA SNOW

“Two Tesla Model Y prototypes have been spotted in the snow in Minnesota, presumably doing some cold-weather testing ahead of the start of production.” acccording to Fred at electrek: “Tesla has been ramping up its tests on public roads, and several more Model Y prototypes have been spotted in testing, including one in the snow in the mountains in California. But that’s nice weather compared to Minnesota, where Tesla now appears to be testing the Model Y for cold weather. Electrek reader James L. spotted two Model Y prototypes in the Twin Cities over the weekend”

 

https://ww.electrek.co/2020/01/22/tesla-model-y-prototypes-spotted-cold-weather-testing-minnesota-snow/#

 

CLOSE TO 1.18 MILLION PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CARS WERE SOLD IN CHINA IN 2019

“Plug-in electric car sales in China shrunk for the past six consecutive months, but the rate of decline at least has not increased.

 

The EV Sales Blog reports almost 150,000 sales for the month of December, which is 22% less than a year ago (the overall automotive market was down by just 1%). The market share amounted to 6.8%. Both types of plug-ins BEVs and PHEVs are in the red (BEVs are down 17%, but hold 86% of the segment, while PHEVs went down 45%).” reports InsideEVs today: “The top-selling plug-in models in China are all-electric cars (only five plug-in hybrids were classified in the top 20).

 

The best selling model is the BAIC EU-Series (111,047), which in December set also a new monthly record for the Chinese market (21,963).

 

The second-best this year was BYD Yuan (67,839), followed by the tiny SAIC Baojun E-Series (60,050).

 

Among the brands, the top three in China were:

 

BYD: 19% share, 6th consecutive #1

BAIC: 14% share

SAIC: 12% share”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/394229/plugin-electric-car-sales-china-2019/

 

TESLATHEATER.COM (BETA) IS LIVE

“A Tesla owner (TeslaModel11 on Reddit) created and developed TeslaTheater, which is a free service for fellow Tesla owners that will allow them to access different streaming media apps in full screen instead of just in a small browser window. The creator has verified its functionality on the Model 3, Model S, and Model X. He feels it is ready for wider beta testing and feedback” acccording to CleanTechnica: “On the bottom of the site, you can see “Enable Fullscreen.” Click the link to enable a workaround that launches fullscreen. This loads a YouTube screen that loops you back into the interface when you click on “Go To Site.” Once you click that, you will be in the TeslaTheater interface in fullscreen mode and all of the apps and sites you load will remain in full screen.”

 

TeslaTheater.com (Beta) Is Live

 

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