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HUMMER ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK: EVERYTHING WE KNOW

“The GMC Hummer EV electric pickup truck will officially debut this May, but we already have a fair amount of info on the electric truck. Here are the details released thus far on what’s likely to be General Motors’ first production electric truck.” says Eric at InsideEVs: “GMC says that it will fully debut the Hummer electric pickup truck on May 20, 2020. Not all specs are known though. The specs that GMC did release include: 1,000 HP, 11,500 pound-feet of torque, 0 to 60 in 3 seconds.  The first deliveries of the Hummer electric pickup truck are set for Fall 2021. This is likely a moving timeline though, as electric vehicle production often seems to get tied up with some sort of constraints or setbacks.”

 

https://insideevs.com/reviews/396368/hummer-electric-truck-specs-debut/

 

RENAULT ZOE CURRENT FASTEST SELLING USED CAR

The Renault ZOE has retained its title as the fastest selling used car in the UK, with the 2016 variant taking the top spot in the first review of the Auto Trader Fastest Selling Index of the year. The result adds further weight to the prediction from automotive analysts that 2020 is set to be the year of the electric car.

 

The latest figures showed that the French city car has the potential to leave forecourts in just 25 days.

 

RENAULT ZOE HAD RECORD SALES IN JANUARY

“Last month in France the Renault ZOE was the third best selling car with 5.331 units delivered, only behind the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars PEUGEOT 208 and Renault Clio.” reports Pedro at PushEVs: “To the 5.331 units sold to private buyers, we can add 140 more that were sold to companies, making a total of 5.471 new Renault ZOE units sold in France last month. Last year Renault sold more than 46.000 units of the ZOE worldwide, but didn’t reach the full production capacity of 60.000 units. However, due to more stricter EU emission standards starting this year, Renault expects to incrementally increase annual production capacity until reaching 120.000 units by 2022”

 

Also 2,537 Peugeot e-208’s we sold (1,187 demo cars and 732 private sales), that’s 1 in 4 Peugeot 208’s. Of the 5,331 Zoe’s sold in January, 2,803 were to private buyers.

 

https://pushevs.com/2020/02/03/renault-zoe-record-sales-in-january/

 

TESLA MODEL S PLAID VERSUS PORSCHE TAYCAN: MATCHUP EXPECTED NEXT WEEK

 

“Rumors suggest that the Tesla Model S Plaid will go up against the Porsche Taycan as soon as next week. Motor Trend will conduct the testing of the matchup we’ve all been waiting for. Will the hottest Tesla ever come out on top? Or will it be the Taycan that triumphs?” says InsideEVs: “The specs for the Plaid version of the Model S are unknown, but what we do know is that Tesla will actually offer this hot Model S to the public starting in October or November 2020. Ahead of that, it seems Tesla wants to show just how capable the car is and, as such, is sending one to Motor Trend to pit it up against the Taycan (presumably the Turbo S variant). Tesla says the Plaid Model S will get a bigger battery than the other versions of the Model S, so perhaps its range will still be quite high.”

 

I think the NORDSCHLEIFE reopens on Saturday 7th March. That’s not to say it couldn’t be booked for a special event but it’s currently clsoed.

 

HOW TO ACTIVATE TESLA DYNO MODE

“Tesla Dyno Mode can be activated in three easy steps for owners looking to test performance of their all-electric vehicle on a dynamometer and in a controlled setting. Tesla owner and Drag Times YouTuber Brooks Weisblat posted a video on how to turn on the Dyno Mode on a Model 3 and see how the secret mode affected the car’s performance.” reports Teslarati: “With the Dyno Mode on the vehicle’s traction control is disabled, stability control is disabled, as well as automatic emergency braking.”

 

https://www.teslarati.com/how-to-activate-tesla-dyno-mode-3-steps/

 

Bjorn Nyland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx_MR9fjmjw

 

GLOBAL EV SALES FOR 2019 NOW IN: TESLA MODEL 3 TOTALLY DOMINATED

According to the EV Sales Blog, some over 279,000 plug-in cars were sold in December, 4% less than a year ago. While the last couple of months were challenging due to significant drops in China, the overall result for 2019 is positive: almost 2,210,000 (up 10% year-over-year). Moreover, the average plug-in market share improved from 2.1% to 2.5% (or 1 in 40 new cars). Most of the volume comes from all-electric cars (74%!), which also improved its position by 5% year-over-year, while plug-in hybrids (26%) declined.  The Tesla Model 3 set new all-time sales records: 53,742 for a single month and over 300,000 for the year (300,885 according to Tesla). The second-best last year (111,047), with also a personal monthly record of 21,963, is the BAIC EU-Series – the first non-Tesla model to exceed 20,000 in a single month.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/396177/global-ev-sales-december-2019/

 

PORSCHE TAYCAN NOW AVAILABLE WITH EXCLUSIVE MANUFAKTUR OPTIONS

“As if Porsche didn’t already offer enough options for the new electric Taycan, it’s now applied the Exclusive Manufaktur treatment as it does with its more iconic petrol-powered models. New options can be had both inside and out, helping buyers to make their Taycan stand out without a sports exhaust system specify. ” writes evo.co.uk: “The most significant option of the 90 available is the new Sport Design package, available in either gloss black, or carbon fibre. The package tweaks both front and rear bumpers for a more aggressive look, and will cost up to £3282 for the carbon fibre option on the range-topping Taycan Turbo S. If you’d like to see your initials every time you step in or out of your Taycan, £1900 will afford you customised, carbon fibre sill plates (also available in aluminium for marginally less).  Although power increases have been offered for previous models, none are yet to be launched for the all-electric Taycan. With its over-the-air updates, Tesla has proven that EVs can see such upgrades, however, so perhaps it’s something we might see in time.”

 

https://www.evo.co.uk/saloons/202188/porsche-taycan-now-available-with-exclusive-manufaktur-options

 

WRIGHT ELECTRIC WORKS ON LARGE ELECTRIC PASSENGER PLANE

“The electric aircraft start-up Wright Electric has started to develop the electric propulsion system for a 186-seat electric aircraft called Wright 1. Specifically, this involves a 1.5 MW electric motor and a 3-kilovolt inverter.” reports electrive.com: “Designs haven’t been finalised, but the Wright 1 airliner will use distributed electric propulsion. The company is now starting to design and test about a dozen of the 1.5-megawatt motors. Wright is planning initial ground tests for 2021 and initial flight tests for 2023. The company expects Wright 1 to be ready for regular operation in 2030.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/02/02/wright-electric-works-on-large-electric-passenger-plane/

 

https://www.aviationtoday.com/2020/01/30/wright-electric-begins-1-5-mw-engine-development-program-186-seat-commercial-airliner/

 

TESLA NOW COVERS DEGRADATION IN MODEL S/X WARRANTY

“Tesla has updated their warranty coverage for Model S and X cars, and it’s a mixed bag for owners. The warranty now explicitly covers battery degradation and capacity loss, guaranteeing that the battery will retain 70% capacity through the warranty period. But Tesla also removed their famous “infinite mile warranty” for battery and drive unit and replaced it with a limit of 150,000 miles — still plenty high for most (but not all) scenarios, but not “infinite.”” reports Electrek today: “Tesla explicitly stated that “changes to the performance of the battery due to software updates are NOT covered” under warranty.”

 

Tesla now covers degradation in Model S/X warranty — but leaves software loophole

 

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