Show #710

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 27th February 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

 

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MERCEDES-BENZ EQA UNDERGOES WINTER TEST TRIALS IN SWEDEN

“The original EQA concept from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is now a thing of the past as the namesake production version will switch from a three-door hatchback body style to a five-door crossover. ” says Yahoo! News: “Mercedes has already confirmed the final version of its entry-level EV will be revealed sometime this year, and to ease the wait, the German luxury marque has now dropped some images taken in snowy Sweden. A prototype carrying what seems to be the full production body has been photographed while undergoing harsh winter tests as Mercedes strives to make its electric cars work flawlessly even at temperatures well below 0 degrees Celsius.  A boxy EQB serving as the zero-emissions equivalent of the GLB is due to go on sale in 2021.”

 

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/2021-mercedes-eqa-teased-thinly-124000196.html

 

NIO LAUNCHES PRODUCTION OF THE EC6

The Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio has started production of its third model after the ES8 and ES6. The start of production at the indebted company is also made possible thanks to a framework agreement with the city of Hefei, which is providing Nio with a billion-euro cash injection.” writes Chris Randall for Electrive: “The EC6, announced in January, is an SUV coupé that is to be delivered from September onwards and offered with three different battery capacities: 70, 84 and 100 kWh. The latter option is a new liquid-cooled battery package from Nio.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/02/26/nio-launches-production-of-the-ec6/

 

ELECTRIFY CANADA TO PROVIDE EV CHARGING FOR NEW VW E-GOLF CUSTOMERS

Electrify Canada announced its latest step in advancing electric vehicle adoption with a new charging agreement with Volkswagen Canada. This agreement will provide 2020 VW e-Golf drivers with two years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions.

 

Customers who purchased a 2020 Volkswagen e-Golf can enroll in and manage their charging plan through the newly launched Electrify Canada mobile app, available for Android and iPhone.

Drivers can then redeem 30-minute charging sessions at any charging station along the Electrify Canada network.

 

GROUPE RENAULT AND FERROVIAL TO LAUNCH EV CAR-SHARING SERVICE IN PARIS

“Groupe Renault and Ferrovial are launching a ZITY free-floating car-sharing service in Paris. n March 2020, a fleet of 500, 100% electric Renault ZOE cars, equipped with ZITY technology will be made available to Parisians on a self-service basis using a free mobile application. This is a flexible scheme that responds to a strong trend: 20% of the capital’s inhabitants use car-sharing.” according to FleetNews.co.uk: ” The battery levels are guaranteed. The technology on board the Renault ZOE ZITY enables all the information on the dashboard, including the battery level, to be displayed in real time. If the battery falls below the minimum level required, the vehicle is no longer available for hire and is quickly taken in hand by the ZITY teams to recharge it.”

 

https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/smart-transport/news/groupe-renault-and-ferrovial-to-launch-ev-car-sharing-service-in-paris

 

THE VW THE 1-SPEED GEARBOX

 All drive systems for European and North American e-vehicles based on the MEB – including the 1-speed gearbox – are manufactured at the component plant in Kassel.  With a vehicle with a combustion engine, the torque increases along with the engine speed and then falls again. With an electric drive system, however, the maximum torque is available immediately and remains constant over a wide range of speeds. The use of a multi-speed gearbox to achieve the desired speed or the necessary torque along the speed curve is therefore not absolutely necessary.  The maximum speed of 160 km/h is reached at a maximum of 16,000 rpm. For the ID.3 which is optimized for maximum range, the use of a single gear for all driving situations is perfectly adequate.

 

https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2020/02/in-brief-the-all-rounder-the-1-speed-gearbox.html

 

MAGNA SHOWCASING EMOBILITY TECHNOLOGIES IN NEW E4 DEMONSTRATOR CAR

Magna’s roadmap to e-mobility includes technologies showcased in the all-new e4 technology demonstrator car, which made its debut during the company’s winter test-driving activities in northern Sweden.” says Green Car Congress: “The e4 technology demonstrator includes highly integrated PSM-type (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor) eDrive systems on the front and rear axle. The unit on the front is equipped with a mechanical differential, while the unit on the rear has a twin-clutch torque vectoring system. Both eDrives, including the gearbox, electric motors, inverters, inverter software, and vehicle control strategy, are developments from Magna.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/02/20200227-magna.html

 

BMW I4 CAUGHT DURING COLD WEATHER TESTING: INTERIOR REVEALED

“Ahead of the BMW i4’s world introduction at the Geneva Motor Show, we have some spy shots of one in Northern Sweden during cold-weather testing. BMW’s upcoming i4 is an extremely important vehicle for the brand. It’s basically their first serious swipe at the all-electric premium car segment, with conventional BMW styling.” reports Tom for InsideEVs; “In the i4, BMW has made what BMW loyalists have been asking for, an all-electric 5-seater with long-range and BMW performance. It’s basically BMW’s first real attempt to regain some of the market share they have lost to Tesla. The i4 is rumored to have two battery options, an 80 kWh battery, and a 60 kWh entry-level option with the naming to be i4 80 and i4 60, respectively. The i4 will be available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive versions and utilize BMW’s “fifth-generation eDrive”.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/400882/bmw-i4-spy-photos-interior-testing/

 

THE BMW INEXT IN THE HOTTEST PHASE OF ITS SERIES DEVELOPMENT.

 the BMW iNEXT is completing a further chapter of its overall vehicle testing under particularly demanding conditions. Intensive test runs in the freezing cold at the polar circle are now being followed by a contrasting program in the Kalahari in Southern Africa, where in addition to extreme heat and solar radiation, permanent dust formation and off-road terrain with its sand, pebble and gravel tracks pose exceptional challenges for the BMW Group’s technology flagship. In this literally hot phase of the series development process, not only do the drive and suspension components of the BMW iNEXT, a car designed for all-electric mobility, provide proof of their functional safety, durability and reliability, but also the car’s bodywork, interior, driver assistance systems and digitalisation technology.  In temperatures that would drain any mobile phone battery in no time at all, the integrated cooling concept for the high-voltage battery, the electric motor and the vehicle electronics of the BMW iNEXT stands the test. Moreover, the interior air conditioning, which operates by means of thermal pump technology, its control system and all further components of the vehicle electronics are subjected to the extreme conditions of the desert climate in order to prove their series maturity.   Production of the series version of the BMW iNEXT will commence at the BMW Dingolfing plant in 2021. Designed as a modern Sports Activity Vehicle.

 

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0305924EN/the-bmw-inext-in-the-hottest-phase-of-its-series-development

 

2021 SKODA OCTAVIA RS IV FINAL TEASER VIDEO IS ELECTRIFYING

“Skoda confirms its plug-in hybrid Octavia RS will match the output of VW’s Golf GTE and SEAT’s Cupra Leon PHEV” reports Motor1: “Using the same hardware package as the recently unveiled VW Golf GTE and the Cupra Leon PHEV, the Skoda Octavia RS iV will combine a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/400952/skoda-octavia-rs-teaser-video/

 

 

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