Show #687

 

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UK PLANS TO BAN NEW INTERNAL-COMBUSTION CARS BY 2035

“A ban on the sale of new gasoline, diesel, and even hybrid cars could go into effect in the UK as soon as 2035, under a new proposal by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. That deadline is five years earlier than previously planned.” reports Autoblog: “The UK government in 2018 said it planned to outlaw the sale of gasoline and diesel new cars and vans starting in 2040, but that proposal still permitted ultra-low-emissions hybrids. The new proposal not only moves the date five years closer, it permits only zero-emissions vehicles.”

 

“Interestingly, the UK’s upcoming ban actually includes hybrid vehicles, which have long been promoted by veteran carmakers as “electrified” cars. Yet save for plug-in hybrids, which can be charged from an EV charging station, hybrids like the Toyota Prius still use petrol as their sole source of fuel.” is how Teslarati sees it: “With hybrid cars now a part of the ICE ban because of their need for petrol, the UK will be focusing on pushing pure electric cars.”

 

The Telegraph newspaper said: “Britain’s biggest car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and other luxury UK auto firms will be among the biggest victims of a ban on diesel and petrol sales by 2035, analysts fear. Experts said that JLR is seriously exposed as profits depend on the large SUVs produced by its Land Rover arm, which outsell Jaguar models by three to one. It is understood that executives at the firm had no advance warning of Government plans to bring forward a ban on diesel and petrol sales from 2040 to 2035. Moving the deadline could also mean car companies writing off earlier investment in hybrid technology.”

 

David Greenwood, professor of advanced propulsion at Warwick University, said: “It’s very difficult to deliver big and heavy cars, like full-size SUVs, which are fully electric and have the long range that people expect.”

 

According to BBC News: “The change in plans, which will be subject to a consultation, comes after experts warned the previous target date of 2040 would still leave old conventional cars on the roads following the clean-up date of 2050.”

 

And finally from Thisismoney.co.uk: “However, the inclusion of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles – marketed until now as green models – might have come as quite a shock to some, especially the manufacturers who have heavily invested in their development and the UK motorists who’ve already paid a premium to buy one. What came as more of a shock was the decision to also outlaw hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars from that date too, meaning those that run on a combination of petrol or diesel and electricity will also be drummed out of showrooms in 15 year’s time. A decision to remove financial incentives to help motorists buy plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) at the end of 2018 was the first signal that the government might turn its back on hybrid technology.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/02/04/uk-could-ban-gasoline-diesel-and-hybrid-cars-starting-in-2035/

 

https://www.teslarati.com/uk-death-sentence-ice-cars-hybrids/

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/02/05/electric-car-sales-surge-confusion-reigns-policy-hybrids/

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51366123

 

FORD ENGINEER TALKS MACH-E SPECS

“A Ford engineer hosted an “ask me anything” (AMA) thread on Reddit over the weekend.  In it, they let us in on a few new bits of information about the car (including battery and charging specs), and talked about his opinion of it, particularly in comparison to the Tesla Model Y, which will target a similar market as the Mach-E.” writes Electrek: “The engineer was less complimentary of Tesla’s manufacturing capabilities.  While they had great things to say about Tesla’s battery and motor engineering (which “outpaces the industry by 5yrs easy”)The Mach-E has a face camera in the steering wheel cluster which will be used for future autonomous driving purposes.  It will be able to detect whether or not the driver is in the seat and paying attention to the road.  The engineer suggests that this will be better than Tesla’s “autopilot nag” warnings which require steering wheel movement every once in a while, allowing a “more natural experience and you can rest your arms.​” Also, the Mach-E’s cluster will be capable of side-by-side displays of both Ford’s “sync” infotainment system and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.”

 

Ford engineer talks Mach-E specs, teases features, compares to Tesla Model Y

 

PRODUCTION AT GIGAFACTORY TURNS PROFITABLE

“Panasonic reports an increase in automotive battery sales (sadly there are no detailed numbers for the subcategory). The main factor is an increase of 21700 cylindrical cell type sales/production in North America at the Tesla Gigafactory. The production lines for Tesla are now profitable not only on a monthly basis, but for the entire Q4 2019.” says InsideEVs: “On the other hand, cylindrical cells produced in Japan (the 18650 type), for cars like the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X, continue to decrease. The decrease affected also prismatic batteries in North America.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/396595/panasonic-q4-2019-report/

 

NORWAY SOLD 4,236 NEW ELECTRIC CARS IN JANUARY

“4,236 electric cars were newly registered in Norway in the first month of the new year. The market share of BEV in passenger car registrations was thus 44.3%. By far the most popular model across all drive systems was the Audi e-tron.” writes electrive: “The 3,270 hybrid passenger cars included 1,919 plug-in hybrids.  If both types of drive are added together, 78.5 per cent of all newly registered passenger cars in Norway in December were thus equipped with an electric or plug-in hybrid drive.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/02/04/norway-sold-4236-new-electric-cars-in-january/

 

FORMULA E REVEALS GEN2 EVO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CAR

Formula E and the FIA have today given fans a first look at the newly named Gen2 EVO, using a reimagined design that will debut in season seven when the electric racing series competes under the banner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

The modifications to the bodywork have been made midway through the current four-year cycle of the ‘Gen2’ era, to provide a fresh new look for Formula E. The car will continue to be fitted with 18-inch MICHELIN Pilot Sport all-weather tyres, specially designed for use in both wet and dry conditions.

Covers will come off the Gen2 EVO for the first time on the FIA stand at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3.

 

OVO ENERGY AND MITSUBISHI TEAM UP TO OFFER FREE EV MILES

“Customers who purchase a Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will be able to charge it for free for the first 10,000 miles of its use through OVO Energy, the two companies have today announced.” accordingg to BusinessGreen: “New owners of the Outlander would have to switch to OVO’s 100 per cent green energy Energy EV Everywhere tariff to benefit from the deal, after which their accounts wouild would credited with £20 each month for 24 months to cover the typical cost of charging the vehicle.Some 50,000 Outlanders have been registered in the UK since 2014. The plug-in hybrid SUV consumes electricity at a rate of 3.68 miles/kWh, which equates to 2,717kWh of energy to travel 10,000 miles.”

 

https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4009988/ovo-energy-mitsubishi-team-offer-free-ev-miles

 

GERMAN CAR SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, HAS ELECTRIC CARS

“Cluno is a German company that helps its customers drive in a cost-effective manner. It’s marketed toward those who would rent a car often but don’t want to own one. It includes several different electric vehicle models in its lineup.” reports CleanTechnica: “Cluno has six electric vehicles for you to choose from. The lowest-priced option is the Renault ZOE 50 Experience at €449 per month. The Tesla Model 3, Long Range AWD is the most expensive option at €1,299 per month.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/02/04/uk-could-ban-gasoline-diesel-and-hybrid-cars-starting-in-2035/

 

 

RENAULT MEGANE 2020: PLUG-IN TECH OFFERED FOR FIRST TIME ON HATCH

“The new Megane also offers a new powertrain with the introduction of E-Tech plug-in hybrid. This features a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and an innovative multi-mode clutch-less gearbox. With its 9.8kWh battery it can run on full-electric mode for 30 miles in mixed cycle and 40 miles in urban cycle.” says leasing.com

 

https://leasing.com/car-leasing-news/renault-megane-2020/

 

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