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MODEL Y BEING STOCKPILED AT FREMONT
“Tesla has begun preparations for the first set of Model Y deliveries that are scheduled to take place as early as March 15. Car carriers loaded with Tesla’s all-electric crossover were spotted over the weekend alongside a stockpile of Model Y at the company’s factory lot in Fremont, California.” reports Gene at Teslarati: “Tesla enthusiast Wilson Lam shared photos of a fleet of Model Y being loaded onto car carriers over the weekend, a signal that the electric carmaker is in the final stages of delivery preparation.While it’s unclear it the Model Y vehicles spotted in car haulers are display vehicles for showrooms or customer cars, the fleet of Tesla crossovers in Deep Blue Metallic, Pearl White Multi-Coat, and Red Multi-Coat joins dozens of other Model Y sightings taking place in California.”
FIRST IMAGES OF THE TESLA MODEL Y INTERIOR IN THE WILD
mrleetesla on Twitter -two USB-C in the rear on the rear vent cover.. 12v outlet in the trunk.
TESLA CHINA STARTS SHANGHAI GIGAFACTORY 3 PHASE 2 TO BUILD MODEL Y
“Tesla China has started construction on Phase 2 of Gigafactory 3 Shanghai. This will likely support Tesla Model Y production. This work started immediately after Phase 1.5 which was for the Battery and Powertrain workshop. In a video, Jason Yang calls it Phase 3.” according to NextBigFuture.com.
BYD TO DELIVER 134 ELECTRIC BUSES TO LOS ANGELES
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) placed the largest order for electric buses in U.S. history — 134 of them will come from BYD.
The record-breaking order helps advance the core goals of Mayor Garcetti’s recently signed Executive Directive — “L.A.’s Green New Deal: Leading By Example” — which includes measures to make LADOT’s bus fleet entirely emissions-free in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
STREETSCOOTER: DEUTSCHE POST TO CEASE ELECTRIC VAN PRODUCTION
“Deutsche Post/DHL announces they will cease the manufacturing of their StreetScooter electric vans before the end of this year. The Group’s CEO Frank Appel has given up on finding a buyer for its subsidiary, even though it looked as if a deal with China’s Chery was as good as made.” writes electrive: “StreetScooter wants to concentrate on the operation of the current fleet alone, which comprises 11,000 electric vans and is to be expanded to 15,000. Less than six months ago, StreetScooter and Chinese EV manufacturer Chery signed a letter of intent for a joint venture during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to China. Back then, in September, Chery and StreetScooter announced that they wanted to set up a joint venture in China.
IS THIS THE MERCEDES EQE?
“This could be our first look at the E-Class’ electric brother.
Mercedes-Benz’s electrification push will continue with three new hybrids planned for a release later this year together with the fully-electric EQA crossover. A product presentation from December 2019 hinted we could also see the EV flagship of the brand – the EQS sedan, before the year’s end but nothing has been confirmed yet. It turns out there might be yet another electric sedan in the works and this video could be our first look at it.” says Yahoo! today: “The clip shows two Mercedes prototypes and one of them is obviously the EQS. The other one, however, features a modified and shortened body, which hints we could be looking at the upcoming EQE EV. Think of it as the electric version of today’s E-Class, similar to what the EQS will be for the S-Class.”
CHARGEPOINT CEO EXPLAINS WHY HE ORDERED A TESLA MODEL Y
“When it came time for Pasquale Romano, the CEO of the electric-vehicle charging company ChargePoint, to choose his next EV, it was a close call between Tesla’s Model Y SUV and the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV.” writes Business Insider: “Ultimately, the Model Y won out due to its release date and Romano’s experience with Tesla’s Model S sedan, Romano told Business Insider. On paper, the Model Y and Mustang Mach-E are similar in many areas, though the Model Y has an edge in range, starting price, seating capacity, and cargo space. It remains to be seen which of the two electric-vehicles shoppers will prefer, though there have been signs from Tesla and Ford suggesting each could ending up ranking among the best-selling EVs. “
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
My next door neighbor is a Porsche Certified Instructor who teaches new owners how to handle their cars at Porsche Track Experiences here in the Southeast. After some minor cajoling, he finally agreed to take my Chevy Volt out for a spin.
We had only been in the car for about 3 minutes when he began to smile and shake his head at how good the performance was. As we drove up a steep and curvy mountain road, he was having so much fun he actually laughed out loud! When we were climbing up a particularly steep section, he exclaimed, “It’s actually accelerating going up this!” As we came back down, he marveled at the regenerative braking. Later, after we pulled back into my driveway, he put it in park and turned to me…he smiled and stuck out his hand. As I shook it, he said, “Thank you. I had no idea.”
So to my fellow EV owners, I say this: You do not have to convince your friends and family that EVs are great. All that you have to do is convince them to drive your car. Once they are behind the wheel, the car will show them how great EVs really are!
I think the only way to convince them is to get them in one, first as a passenger and then get them to drive one.
The way we got into EVs was through driving my brothers Nissan Leaf. There are other options out there such as the EV Experience Days through Octopus which I think is a great idea to test drive one and get rid of any FUD.
I do think that drivers days and dealership deals for weekend test drives would only help increase the uptake.
Robert Pryor • 3 days ago
I’m about ready to tell people not to buy an EV, if the reverse psychology doesn’t work, at least I won’t have to hear lame reasons why it’s not for them.
Stephen Troyer • 5 days ago
How to persuade someone to buy an EV.
Step one, buy one for yourself.
Step two, offer to give rides or let people test drive. (Just don’t badger people about it.)
Step three, live with the EV and answer any questions about what it’s like, how it’s holding up, what maintenance and charging is like
I remember a news item from this show saying that the #1 influence on people buying EVs is their friends buying EVs.
D R-K • 5 days ago
If you can bear to let someone else get behind the wheel… let them borrow your car for four days, say Thursday to Sunday… make sure you have a tracker because getting it back will not be easy. Living with an EV, not just a quick test drive will do all the work .
Peter Zerfass • 5 days ago
How to persuade someone to buy an EV?
Give them the key(card). Let them drive 30 seconds. Done.
GENEVA CAR SHOW CANCELED
“Two of Switzerland’s largest trade fairs fell victim to the coronavirus epidemic, with organizers of the Geneva International Motor Show and the Baselworld watch fair pulling the plug on this year’s salons as the outbreak spreads in Europe.” writes Bloomberg: “The car show, which was due to start Monday, was canceled as a force majeure after the Swiss government barred large gatherings, the organizers said in a statement Friday. German manufacturers Daimler AG and Audi AG said they supported the decision to cancel the show.”
EUROPE’S CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES LIVE ONLINE
Despite the cancellation of the Geneva International Motor Show, the organizers have decided to broadcast the Car of the Year award ceremony via live streaming on Monday, March 2, at 3 p.m. Seven candidates are part of the list of nominees for the Car of the Year 2020 including Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model 3. Jury members will have to award 25 points, spread over at least five of the seven models. This will take place on Monday, 2 March 2020 at Palexpo. It will be broadcasted live on the Geneva International Motor Show website and on the #GimsSwiss Facebook page. This will enable you to discover the winner in real time.
For the US audience, 3pm in Geneva is 9am in New York
VW ID.3 ELECTRIC CAR’S SOFTWARE BUGS THREATEN SUMMER LAUNCH
“Volkswagen is still struggling with “massive” software problems with its ID3 compact electric car, according to a German business magazine. The software glitches may force to abandon the EV’s planned sales launch in summer, Manager Magazin reported.” reports Automotive News Europe: “The problems stem from the basic architecture of the ID3’s software, which was developed “too hastily,” the magazine said, citing VW’s own experts. Many of the system’s elements do not understand each other, leading to dropouts and other difficulties, the report said. Hundreds of test drivers of the car are reporting up to 300 errors a day, the magazine said. More than 10,000 technicians are trying to solve the problems, which could delay the ID3’s launch by up to a year, the report said. A VW spokesman told Automotive News Europe that the timeline for the ID3 has not changed and the car will be launched this summer.”
CHINA’S CATL AIMS TO RAISE $2.85 BILLION FOR EV BATTERY PROJECTS
“CATL, China’s top electric vehicle battery maker, said it aims to raise up to 20 billion yuan ($2.85 billion) in a private placement of shares to fund its battery projects and boost working capital.” writes Autoblog: “The fundraising will help CATL to expand its battery-making capacity in Fujian, Jiangsu and Sichuan, as well as an energy storage research project, the company said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange late Wednesday. The company has partnerships with Tesla, Volkswagen and BMW. In a separate filing on Wednesday, the battery maker said it plans to invest 10 billion yuan in a battery manufacturing base in Ningde, where it is headquartered.”
GILLETTE STADIUM SCORES A TOUCHDOWN WITH 50 NEW ENEL X EV CHARGERS
“Gillette Stadium is diving into the wonderful world of EV charging with the installation of 50 new JuiceBox Pro 32 amp units mounted on 25 JuicePedestals.” says Kyle Field at CleanTechnica: “The new stations will provide EV charging services to patrons of the stadium as they arrive to watch the New England Patriots or the New England Revolution.”
TESLA’S MASSIVE 1GWH MEGAPACK BATTERY PROJECT WITH PG&E IS APPROVED
“Tesla’s massive project to deploy 1GWh of Megapacks to create a giant energy storage system in California with PG&E has received approval from the local authorities.” says Electrek: “It involves four separate energy storage projects and two of them should become the world’s largest battery systems. the Tesla project will be a 182.5MW / 730MWh, which could eventually go up to 1.1GWh. Tesla is listing the project as having a total capacity of 1,200MWh, which would mean that each Megapack has a capacity of 2,673kWh. The total capacity of those 449 Megapacks represents more energy capacity than Tesla Energy deployed throughout its first 3 years of operation – all Powerpacks and Powerwalls combined.”
In the comments: “This will replace 3 existing gas plants and can be built in less than a year. This is the very definition of efficiency and efficiency eventually always wins.” Notice that the 1,200 MW-hr energy rating is 4x the 300 MW power rating; that is, the packs can supply the peak power rating for about 4 hours. That’s a big portion of the evening power peak when most people get home from work and turn on lots of appliances and home heating/cooling. Peak power can be 10x the cost of regular power and is usually supplied by natural gas fired steam turbines. This is a smart move by PG&E to reduce the total cost of electricity to their customers. While it’s only a first step given the magnitude of the power consumption on the grid, it is an indicator of where technology is taking us in grid modernization.
A SNAPSHOT OF EU NEW PASSENGER CAR MARKETS IN JANUARY
Starting this year, manufacturers in the European Union (EU) must comply with the next phase of mandatory CO2 standards for new vehicle fleets. An average fleet-wide target of 95 grams per kilometer (g/km) applies to 95% of the new passenger cars in 2020, and will apply to the whole new car fleet from 2021.” says the ICCT.org: “In France, for example, the average CO2 level of new cars dropped from 113 g/km in December to 96 g/km in January—a 15% improvement within only a month’s time. In 2020, every low-emission vehicle registered counts twice towards manufacturers’ average CO2 emissions. Norway has implemented a strong vehicle tax based on CO2 and NOx emissions and vehicle weight. In Germany, electric vehicles gained in popularity, increasing from a level of 4% in December 2019 to 6.5% in January 2020. . It seems as if manufacturers are increasingly revealing their hands, not only showcasing new electric models but also marketing them in large quantities.”
MERCEDES TEASES THREE NEW PLUG-IN HYBRIDS
“Mercedes is gearing up to introduce three new plug-in hybrid models this month starting with an announcement on their corporate Facebook page. According to the video, Mercedes plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the GLA SUV, CLA Sedan, and finally the CLA Shooting Brake. Is the market ready for an electrified line-up of budget-friendly Mercedes products? ” asks Motor1: “Each of these three vehicles will certainly use almost identical powertrains which makes it quite easy for Mercedes to launch all three versions at once.”
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