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AIWAYS U5 FOR EUROPE
Aiways will make history when order books for its U5 all-electric SUV open at this year’s Geneva Motor Show by becoming the first Chinese car brand to sell an electric car in the European market. The big question that Aiways hopes to answer: can China compete with Europe, in Europe, and succeed?” is the question asked by CleanTechnica: “About the size of an Audi Q5, the Aiways U5 seats 5 and offers a 190 HP electric motor. Aiways plans to deliver 2000 units to customers in its first year, ostensibly to focus on delivering both build quality and customer service that are on par with what its European customer expect. Assuming things go well, Aiways can “flip a switch” and deliver 50,000 (fifty-thousand) units to European customers in calendar year 2021. Assuming they can sell 50,000 of the things, that is, but with a price tag expected to be somewhat less than 30,000 Euro, maybe that’s not such a huge ask?”
TESLA MODEL S, MODEL X IN FOR VARIETY OF UPDATES, LEAK SUGGESTS
“Tesla might be ready to pull the trigger on updates for its two flagship models, the Model S sedan and Model X SUV. According to a well-known Tesla “hacker,” who’s often dug into Tesla software in the vehicle to find clues about the future, everything from battery updates to a new suspension version is in the cards.” says CNET: “The hacker, who goes by “Green” on Twitter posted last Friday to share the things he found buried in Tesla’s software, which funny enough, revolves around hardware. Among the mentions, there may be an inductive phone charger, updated lumbar for the seats, a new charging port and some sort of new suspension.The biggest piece of information is the mention of two new Model S and Model X battery types in a handful of configurations. However, mention of the phone charger may be a clue about a long-rumored interior refresh for the Model S and Model X.”
EVOKE’S MODERATELY PRICED ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES EXPAND TO EU AND AUSTRALIA
“Evoke Motorcycles, a Beijing-based electric motorcycle manufacturer, has found success in its domestic market with highway-capable electric motorcycles. Now the company is ready to test the international market with operations in Europe and Australia.” reports MIcah TOll for Electrek: “According to a statement sent to Electrek by Evoke, the company already has dealers operating in Austria and Hungary. Now the company has brought on Chreter Australia as its Evoke distributor in the land down under. Chreter will offer Evoke’s two current models, the Evoke Urban and Evoke Urban S. It will also provide after-service in Australia for the two electric motorcycles. Both models received updates for the 2020 model year to improve their performance. Evoke’s 2020 Urban electric motorcycles are rated with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). The bikes are powered by a 19 kW (25 hp) rear hub motor. The 2020 Urban series has a 8.4kWh battery pack offering a useable capacity of 7.6kWh.They’re designed to be affordable commuter electric motorcycles with prices in the neighborhood of US$7,900.”
ID.3 TO BECOME AVAILABLE FOR ORDER IN APRIL
“German electric car rental company Nextmove has revealed further details of the market launch of the VW ID.3 with reference to a document from France. Orders for the First Edition should apparently be possible from April. The series version will also be available from May, initially with 58 kWh and 45 kWh batteries.” according to Chris Randall in electrive: “While it is no secret that the First Edition will be available to 40,000 pre-orderers throughout Europe from summer (if they make a binding order from their reservation), now it seems that deliveries of the series versions with 58 kWh and 45 kWh batteries will start in September and October respectively. The launch was announced for 2020 and Volkswagen is taking this seriously, although we might assume that since no mention has been made of the most powerful version with a 77 kWh battery, its market launch is expected to take place after 2020. The installation of a heat pump helps to save energy in winter conditions and thus indirectly gains range. The Volkswagen specification of 60 kilometres range gain refers to an outside temperature of +5 to -10 degrees Celsius. It is not clear how much customers have to pay for the heat pump in the freely configurable series models. Of the three equipment lines the heat pump is only on board with the maximum equipment for the First Edition presented by VW. In the meantime, the First Edition is no longer available to reserve in Germany.”
LONDON BOOSTS SCRAPPAGE SCHEME TO £9,500 TOWARDS ELECTRIC VANS
“London has doubled the scrappage scheme grant available to those switching their old van or minibus to a newer Ultra Low Emission Zone compliant model. The changes mean there is now £7,000 available for eligible models – jumping to £9,500 for those switching to an electric model.” says Next Green Car: “Criteria have been changed to make it easier to access the funding too. The old system saw £3,500 available to either buy a Euro 6 vehicle or access third party offers such as vehicle hire or sharing services. Those switching to EVs got up to £6,000, and any access to scrappage scheme funding required drivers to have made at least 52 trips into the Congestion Charge Zone in the six months prior to the scheme’s introduction. The requirement is now only 26 trips completed. Equally, firms with fewer than 10 employees could access funding, whereas the limit is now up to 50 employees. Grants are on top of the existing Plug-in Van Grants, which apply to all eligible electric vans and takes up to 20% off the value of the vehicle – up to a maximum of £8,000.”
TESLA CYBERTRUCK SPIED FILMING SEGMENT FOR JAY LENO’S GARAGE WITH ELON MUSK
“Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the futuristic Cybertruck were caught filming near SpaceX headquarters late Friday afternoon for an upcoming segment of Jay Leno’s Garage. Once again taking the spotlight at the Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, CA, the site where the all-electric utility truck made its shocking world debut, camera and production crew were setting up to film a scene near the famed Tesla Supercharger monolith.” says Teslarati: “Elon Musk can be seen inspecting the rear of the Cybertruck and its motorized rear tonneau, as film crew busily prepared equipment for the camera truck that would follow the stainless steel pickup past SpaceX.
Cameras rolled as the Tesla Cybertruck made its way onto Crenshaw Blvd. in Hawthorne, CA, with the iconic Falcon 9 booster and SpaceX headquarters framed perfectly in the background. A black truck with a camera rig flanked the electric pickup truck.m While Teslarati did not spot the Model Y in Friday’s filming of the Cybertruck, rumors surfaced last week that Tesla’s much-awaited electric crossover Model Y will also be featured on Jay Leno’s long-running car show. This information was reportedly shared to a certain Tesla Model 3 owner Michael Hughes by a Tesla employee who gave him an early tour of the Model Y interior.”
MINI ELECTRIC IN ALPS: FROM MUNICH TO SÖLDEN WITHOUT RECHARGE
“The new all-electric MINI Cooper SE is the ideal companion for short city getaways. On a single battery recharge, you can leave Munich to visit the beautiful Alpine winter resort of Sölden, which is precisely 200 kilometers away, in Austria.” according to BMW Blog: “Depending on road and weather conditions, the new MINI Cooper SE will boast a pure electric somewhere between 235 kilometers and 270 kilometers, so the 200-kilometer trip from the Bavarian capital city up to Austrian ski resort of Sölden shouldn’t be a problem to cover without recharging the battery. When the MINI Cooper SE finally reached its destination, it still had an adequate level of energy content in the high-voltage Li-Ion battery. Furthermore, the climate control system of the MINI Electric is designed to use the residual heat dissipated by the electric motor, the drive control systems and the battery as to heat up the interior during winter. The combined electricity consumption is calculated between 14.8 and 16.8 kWh per 100 kilometers.”
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The vandalism, bullying and outright hostility towards objects from strangers is not so much about the cars ( it only appears so on the surface) but is in reality a disturbing look at the mental health or lack thereof of our population at large. Otherwise “normal” people suddenly keying cars ( which still happens to cars no matter which brand with or without alarms etc) and other signs of frustration and anger is a look at the tenuous hold average people have in our society for the stresses of life, health, economic and mental pressures of modern day living. You can see this in any online forum or comment section and our “leaders” are increasingly looking less balanced as well. (I live in the USA so lots to look at) and it is not party based. People are unfortunately not doing as well as the thin veneer of “modern civilization” would lead one to believe.
#EV #Tesla envy same reason as for all other forms of envy, lack of brain cells !
The reason I think that people have a problem with EVs or that I think only the rich can afford the EVs this is a way they can put a thumb or finger up at a e v a rich person and are things I think there are again EVsis because of the fact that they feel threatened are there fossil burning car is being lost
Sadly, I think ALL nice cars are potentially subject to vandalism, and break in’s etc. That’s nothing new. A friend of mine had a very nice European sports car in the ’70’s, and it was vandalised twice, (keys down the side!), and broken in to once. He got to the stage where he wouldn’t even park it in most public places.
It’s nothing to do with being an EV or a Tesla, but only Tesla’s are smart enough to record the perpetrators on video.
People have a problem with EVs because change is scary, making a change of lifestyle is inconvenient, and many times they feel personally attacked when someone says an EV is better in every way (performance, comfort, safety, cost of ownership).
Beyond that, I think there is a type of person who will target any nice-looking car, and it’s just that more of them get caught when they vandalize a brand new EV because of all the cameras and tech.
Romain Hedouin • 4 days ago
I don’t know if people vandalize Teslas because they’re EV
I think people vandalize any car, it’s just that Teslas are pretty much the only ones able to record in ~360 degree view
Also they’re seen as luxurious so jealous haters obviously vandalize them more… sad world
I believe people still think their tax money is paying the tax credit for rich people’s EVs. They don’t know the tax credit is the owner’s own tax money coming back to them. If they only owe $5000 on their taxes that year they only get $5000, not the full $7500. So they lash out and vandalize EVs and charging stations to feel better about paying for other people’s cars. Which we know is incorrect so they have no reason.
Space Coast EV Drivers
I believe that the people that vandalize (Key) EV’s and park their trucks in charging spots is strictly out of their jealousy of the fact we pay less in operating cost and maintenance, which, if they could afford one, they would buy one. Why else you do what they do ?? I, for one am glad that someday the air we breathe will be cleaner and we will be less dependent on foreign gasoline. Gasoline fluctuates every week where I live up and down @ $.60, which I feel is crazy. I play their game and buy when it’s down and wait as long as possible till it comes back down. I also shop around for the best price. I also own a Nissan Leaf that helps, too !!
While there are possibly many reasons, I believe most of them are absolute die-hard ICE vehicle drivers. They would rather DIE than to buy, own or drive an EV. Most are surely climate deniers.
They feel threatened. Some can see the growing market for EVs and they feel a threat that their freedom to choose to drive an ICE vehicle is going to be taken away from them.
BILL POLLOCK CHARGECAR.CA
Do people hate EVs? I’m not fully convinced of that. Are they afraid of change…of new things…of things they don’t completely understand…of things that will change the way they move through life?
I’ll bet there is a big Venn diagram overlap between the people who ICE chargers, or resent Electrics, and Brexit supporters and MAGA heads. I know it is a big assumption on my part, but I am willing to stand by it.
I think we all agree that they are mostly small c conservatives (small p conservatives?). I can’t imaging a liberal going out of their way to be overtly resentful of any choice of car.
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