Show #675

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 23rd January 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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FORMER FORD CEO: EVS ARE THE FUTURE

The former Ford CEO Mark Fields was on CNVC this week and says that EVs are the future. Given that isn’t up for debate, the big questions which remains are when automakers get payback and how fast will EV adoption happen?

 

I’ve got three clips to play you and this is fascinating, someone who lived and breathed the issues which we talk about, but he has more first hand experience than most others.

 

On Elon Musk creating demand and how Tesla can be profitable …

 

On automakers trying to do what Tesla has done because of their legacy costs…

 

On EV’s being a computer on wheels plus autonomy…

 

So what didn’t he talk about? Well he could have named the issues which used to face Ford and what it faces now. He didn’t name other automakers. He didn’t specially say Tesla’s were better although he raved about their software.

 

 

TESLA MODEL Y DELIVERY RUMORS

“There’s been some chatter on the interwebs that some Model Y reservation owners have received calls confirming their Model Y orders and telling them where their deliveries will occur.” reports Zach at CleanTechnica: “One person claims that the Tesla staff member who talked to him or her indicated that a Model Y Performance could be delivered next month, in February, whereas a Model Y Long Range AWD could be delivered in March or April. This reservation holder reportedly resides in Ontario.”

 

But…use REddit as a source at your peril. This user has been active since 2016.

 

Also, that would make it a Founders Edition. Also, first deliveried in Canada? Really?

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/23/tesla-model-y-delivery-rumors/

 

TESLA TOPS $100 BILLION

“Tesla shares surged to a fresh all-time high Wednesday, lifting Elon Musk’s clean-energy carmarker past the $100 billion mark and extending a run that has taken his company past the likes of Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen in less than a decade.” says TheStreet.com: “Tesla shares were marked 8.12% higher Wednesday to change hands at $591.78 each, an all-time high that would lift the stock to a market value of just over $106.6 billion and extend its rise since the June 3 nadir to around 230%. Tesla’s market value, in fact, overtakes that of Volkswagen AG at the start of trading later today, with Europe’s largest carmarker languishing around the $100.7 billion mark. Japan’s Toyota Motor Co., (TM) – Get Report however, remains the world leader with a market value of around $198 billion.”

 

https://www.thestreet.com/investing/tesla-tops-100-billion-lifts-market-value-past-volkswagen

 

700 JAGUAR I-PACE EVS TO JOIN NHS FLEET

“Jaguar Land Rover and the National Health Service have teamed up with an unprecedented deal that will see a fleet of 700 Jaguar I-Pace electric cars be made available for public sector staff all over Britain The agreement, which came via Northumbria Healthcare’s NHS Fleet Solutions, will allow staff from over 200 organisations to lease the I-Paces over a three-year period. The move helps the NHS keep to its plan of reducing its carbon footprint.” says Motor1.com: “The fleet of I-Paces will be available to any public sector staff member who works for organisations that are signed up to NHS Fleet Solutions from April 2020. Payment for the cars will come directly out of employee salaries.”

 

https://uk.motor1.com/news/394109/nhs-i-pace-leases/

 

BMW I VENTURES INVESTS IN SOFTWARE MOTOR COMPANY

“BMW i Ventures has invested in Software Motor Company (SMC), a Silicon Valley-based company developing reliable, efficient and intelligent motor systems.” reports Green Car Congress: “Electric vehicles will require lower costs and longer ranges to reach ubiquity. SMC’s technology enables lower cost motors, and lowers the cost of the battery for comparable range, thanks to higher efficiency over a wide operating range.”

 

Greg Smithies of BMW i Ventures: “Electric motors are a massive, $100B market, and they move our modern world, while consuming over 45% of the world’s electricity. So investing in a company that can deliver huge electrical cost savings, while selling motor systems that are lower cost, more reliable, and made from more sustainable materials seems like a no-brainer.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/01/20200123-smc.html

 

OPEL GRANDLAND X HYBRID4

“Autogefühl recently had an opportunity to test drive the crossover SUV Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 (Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 in the UK), which will have also two siblings: Peugeot 3008 GT Hybrid4 and Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid.” says InsideEVs: “This all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid (the front-wheel driving version coming too) is one of the first attempts from Opel at plug-ins under the PSA Group.

50 km (31 miles) of WLTP all-electric range (60 km NEDC)

13.2 kWh battery

all-wheel drive

220 kW/300 hp of system output: 147 kW/200 hp 1.6L PureTech combined with the new e-EAT8 8-speed automatic transmission (Electric Efficient Automatic Transmission) and 80 kW/110 hp electric motor in the front plus another 80 kW/110 hp electric motor for rear axle

charging using 3.3 kW on-board charger in around 4h or around 2h using 6.6 kW optional charger”

 

https://insideevs.com/reviews/394351/opel-grandland-x-hybrid4-featured-autogefuhl/

 

ELECTRIFY AMERICA INVESTS $1.3 MILLION IN ENERGY STORAGE PROGRAM

“Electrify America will invest $1.3 million in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) Energy StorageShares program, which incentivizes energy storage in grid-stressed locations throughout the city.” reports ChargedEVs.com: “Through the program, Electrify America will receive recurring credits for the demand reduction needs at its 12 charging stations powered by SMUD in the Sacramento area.”

 

SMUD CEO Arlen Orchard: “This program will help address peak energy demands, minimize impacts to the grid, and support the expansion of charging in our community.”

 

Electrify America invests $1.3 million in energy storage program

 

OLD PHEV BATTERIES GET SECOND LIFE AT EV BUS CHARGING STATION

In the Bergedorf quarter of Hamburg, a container with a total capacity of 500 kWh has been connected to the depot charging network at the Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) depot. There, MAN Truck & Bus and VHH want to work together to test how used batteries behave after initial use in vehicles and as a stationary energy storage system, under real-world operating conditions.

A white container containing 50 batteries – which were previously installed in VW Passat GTE vehicles – is located here. Each battery has a nominal capacity of 9.9 kWh, meaning that the container has a total capacity of exactly 495 kWh – about half a megawatt. The batteries are mounted on racks and then interconnected via battery management to form a large battery. One objective of the project is to develop a flexible battery storage concept which allows for the replacement of batteries.

 

 

ELECTRIC CAR OWNERSHIP IS THE CURE FOR RANGE ANXIETY

“Owning an electric car actually eases those anxieties. AAA released its latest EV study on Wednesday and it found car buyers shouldn’t dismiss battery-powered cars until they actually live with one.” reports CNET: “After surveying 40,000 electric vehicle owners, plus another 1,000-plus plug-in hybrid owners, AAA concluded that owning an EV is the best prescription for the unknown factors surrounding them. In total, 71% of those surveyed were first-time EV buyers, and 96% of them said they would shop for another EV. 43% of them said they drive more now that they own an EV. On average, 75% of owners just charge their cars at home. The average EV driver goes 39 miles per day. AAA asked if after owning an EV they felt better about these fears. The majority, 77%, said yes and were less or no longer concerned about range.”

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/electric-car-ownership-range-charging-study/

 

87 POUNDS OF AMMUNITION, BOMBS FOUND AT TESLA’S ‘GIGAFACTORY 4’ SITE NEAR BERLIN

“fficials in the German state of Brandenburg have discovered 187 pounds of World War II-era ammunition at the site of Tesla’s planned factory near Berlin. The Maerkische Oderzeitung German newspaper said as many as 25 unexploded bombs could be located within the area.” according to IBTimes: “On Tuesday, thousands of German workers were forced to evacuate after a bomb weighing over 1,100 pounds was found in the western German city of Cologne. On the same day, authorities defused another bomb in central Berlin.”

 

https://www.ibtimes.com/world-war-ii-aftermath-187-pounds-ammunition-bombs-found-teslas-gigafactory-4-site-2907631

 

 

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