Show #683

 

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HYUNDAI TO DELIVER KONA ELECTRIC IN EUROPE SOONER

“Hyundai has announced a “drastic” reduction in delivery times for Kona Electric in Europe. From March the Korean car manufacturer will also produce the electric model in its Czech plant.” reports Electrive: “Hyundai thus confirms rumours from the middle of last year. In addition to making the electric cars in Europe, production in Ulsan, South Korea will be increased. In total, Hyundai promises to triple the availability of its Kona Electric (called Kona Elektro in Germany) for customers in Europe. The increased capacity is now to “keep pace with rising demand”, as this has exceeded expectations since the start of sales in 2018.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/01/30/hyunda-to-deliver-kona-electric-in-europe-sooner/

 

From PushEVs: “The Hyundai Kona Electric is a hatchback with a WLTP range of 482 km (300 miles) that strongly appeals to the European market. Hyundai could have made it the best selling electric hatchback in Europe last year if it wanted to. However, this year it’ll more difficult to achieve that feat, since it’ll have the competition of the new Renault ZOE, PEUGEOT e-208, Opel Corsa-e and Volkswagen ID. 3. legacy automakers will only increase the production of electric cars to minimal levels, enough to avoid EU emissions fines. We won’t see legacy automakers producing enough electric cars to challenge Tesla until 2022. In 2022 Volkswagen could take the lead with the ID. brand…”

 

https://pushevs.com/2020/02/01/hyundai-boosts-kona-electric-supply-to-europe/

 

ASTON MARTIN’S EV PLANS FALL VICTIM TO STROLL RESCUE

“Aston Martin’s cash lifeline from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll has a major casualty — the company’s push into electric cars.” according to Automotive News Europe: “The launch of the full-electric Lagonda marque, due in 2022, has been stalled for three years, Aston Martin said Friday, while development of the Rapide E, the main brand’s first electric model, is under review despite being almost complete. The rethink on electrification, a costly technology previously deemed vital to Aston Martin’s future, will see the company switch focus to providing hybrid autos. It’s part of a “reset plan” that will also see unspecified job cuts and a restructuring of sales and marketing operations.”

 

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/aston-martins-ev-plans-fall-victim-stroll-rescue

 

HUMMER WILL RETURN AS A 1,000-HORSEPOWER ELECTRIC VEHICLE

“Following months of rumors, General Motors confirmed the return of the Hummer — with an Earth-friendly twist. The name previously attached to gas guzzling SUVs will now adorn an electric car sold under the GMC brand. Set to debut in a Super Bowl ad on Sunday, February 2, the electric Hummer will have specifications that are more supercar than truck.” says Digital Trends: “Called the GMC Hummer EV, the reincarnated Hummer will have 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. While a handful of cars — including the Faraday Future FF91 electric SUV — have achieved four-digit horsepower outputs, the Hummer EV will be the undisputed ruler of torque. The Hummer EV will make its first public appearance in a 30-second Super Bowl ad during the second quarter of the big game on Sunday, GMC confirmed. However, the vehicle won’t be fully revealed until May 20”

 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/gmc-hummer-ev-officially-confirmed-with-1000-horsepower/

 

Jalopnik had their own take on it: First, there’s the Hummer name and brand itself, which is about as anti-environmental as one could imagine. The connotation of “Hummer” has always been actively hostile to any sort of ecological awareness, in a very brutal and almost childishly reactionary way. If people drove hybrid Priuses and EV Leafs as a way to say “love the Earth” via their car, then driving a Hummer said “fuck the Earth.”” This all means that now EVs are just another kind of car in our minds. They don’t need to have their unique traits pointed out, no matter how important those traits may actually be. We’re now in the era where EVs get promoted and advertised and understood with the same delerious irrationality as any other car out there.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/seriously-the-electric-hummer-is-a-total-change-in-how-1841363548

 

TESLA Q4 STORAGE DEPLOYMENTS AT ALL-TIME HIGH

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) yesterday reported a new quarterly energy storage installation record of 530 MWh, and 54 MW of solar deployments for October-December 2019. ” writes Renewables Now: “The fourth-quarter (Q4) total included the first deployments of Tesla’s newest battery storage product, the commercial-scale integrated storage system called Megapack.The company deployed 1.65 GWh of energy storage in 2019, which is more than it installed in all prior years combined.  The Q4 solar deployments were up by 26% quarter-on-quarter but down 26% year-on-year. Tesla said it continued to ramp both SolarglassRoof production and installations, but did not provide specific figures.”

 

https://renewablesnow.com/news/tesla-q4-storage-deployments-at-all-time-high-solar-at-54-mw-685363/

 

THE SECRET BEHIND ROLLS ROYCE’S E-PLANE

When Rolls Royce in December unveiled its new electric plane, it said it would be the fastest electric aircraft, capable of achieving a top speed of 300 mph. It also said the plane will be able to fly from London to Paris on a single charge.” according to OilPrice.com: “The ACCEL aircraft has three battery packs that power its three electric motors. Each pack weighs 450 kg and has a capacity of 72 kWh. According to the project manager, Matheu Parr, the best battery cell shape for the aircraft battery pack turned out to be the cylinder. These, Parr told Patel, could hold a lot of energy and could release it quickly at high power. The secret to the weight was the packaging materials: using as little as possible of those and only the lightest-weight. Yet there are some 200 companies working on electric aircraft technology. The promise is big: electric motors require a lot less maintenance than jet fuel engines, which means they are cheaper over their lifetime; they are also, of course, a lot more environmentally friendly.”

 

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Secret-Behind-Rolls-Royces-E-Plane.html

 

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