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PORSCHE DESTINATION CHARGING
Porsche is investing in establishing a global charging network: The “Porsche Destination Charging” programme includes a total of 1,035 AC EV charging stations in around 20 countries.
The installation of a further 900 is planned by the end of this year. The charging points are located at selected hotels, airports, museums, shopping malls, sports clubs and marinas. Porsche customers with a Taycan or plug-in hybrid models can charge their vehicles for free at these sites.
Porsche provides programme partners with free charging hardware. Individual companies as well as corporate groups are invited to apply online to join the programme.
GENESIS EXPECTED TO ELECTRIFY ENTIRE LINEUP: TRADEMARKS FILED
“Genesis reportedly trademarked six model names for electrified cars (most likely all-electric). The first one is expected in 2020.. According to the latest news from the KEEA, Genesis (one of the brands of Hyundai Motor Group) intends to electrify its entire car lineup. The rumor is that the Genesis eG80 midsize SUV will be introduced this year, but initially only in a limited volume (around 5,000) in the South Korean market.” reports InsideEVs
eGV70 (compact SUV)
eGV80 (midsize SUV)
eGV90 (large SUV)
eG70 (compact sedan)
eG80 (midsize sedan)
eG90 (flagship sedan)
KUKA SECURES CONTRACT WORTH MILLIONS
Here’s an article sent in by Phil Roberts of Electric Future: “In the fourth quarter of 2019, KUKA won the contract for the planning and supply of a fully automated battery pack line: a major double-digit million euro order. Starting 2021, battery systems for fully electric vehicles in the premium segment will be manufactured in this production facility.”
Now, can you think of a U.S. electric car maker which wants to make it’s own cells?
“KUKA is implementing its comprehensive technological know-how as well as over fifty KUKA industrial robots to meet these demands, encompassing the supply, cleaning and measuring of the battery frames, checking the battery modules to be installed, application of the thermal compound, assembling and fastening the individual modules in the battery frame, electrical contacting, sealing and screwing on the housing cover, and finally the leak test and quality inspection at the end of the line.”
TESLA MODEL Y LENGTH, WIDTH, HEIGHT, WEIGHT, OFF-ROAD FEATURES EMERGE
“Specs for the Tesla Model Y are finally available. We now know its length width, height, off-road ability, weight and so much more. Learn more about the new details here.” says InsideEVs: “First deliveries of the Model Y are now just days away, yet up until now, dimensions for the vehicle remained unknown. It was just a guessing game, with some people going so far as to stand next to Tesla’s various vehicles and take a photo to gauge the Y’s size. Overall Length: 187 in or 4,750 mm. Overall Width including mirrors: 83.8 in or 2,129 mm. Moving on to some newly confirmed features, the Model Y comes with what’s called Off-Road Assist. This selectable feature does the following: “Adjusts traction control to optimize performance off-road. Some Autopilot safety features such as Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Avoidance features are not available when Off-Road Assist is enabled.” Last, but not least, a new image confirms that the Model Y will have a power liftgate with a height of opening that’s customizable.”
MIIT VERIFIES XPENG P7 EV RANGE OF 706 KM (439 MILES) NEDC
“China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) has verified Xpeng’s P7 electric sports sedan’s driving range to be NEDC 706 km (439 miles). It is the longest range among electric vehicles available in China.” says Green Car Congress: “The XPENG P7 model listed in the MIIT announcement is the RWD version, with 196 kW maximum power, 390 N·m peak torque and 12.5 kWh/100km power consumption. The P7 is built on the Smart Electric Platform Architecture platform (SEPA). The Xpeng P7 is equipped with the latest generation of a prismatic battery pack with 80.87 kWh capacity and an energy density of 170 Wh/kg. It integrates an electric motor, transmission and control system in its high-performance 3-in-1 electric drive system. The Xpeng P7 will be officially launched and delivered to the Chinese market in 2Q 2020.”
BYD TO BRING FIRST FLEET OF PURE ELECTRIC TRUCKS TO ECUADOR
BYD announced the recent signing of a deal to bring the first fleet of electric trucks to Ecuador. On February 21, representatives from heavy-duty transport company Transcarsell and BYD Ecuador signed a contract for the acquisition of 20 electric trucks capable of transporting large multimodal containers. The first truck will be delivered in August 2020, and the rest in 2021.
The heavy-duty pure electric truck is equipped with world-leading lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries that have a lifespan of 15 years and a range of 150 kilometers on a single charge, complementing the truck’s integrated drive shaft and a unique control system developed by BYD. The electrohydraulic power system greatly facilitates steering and gives them a load capacity of 31.5 tons.
SPANISH PLUG IN SALES
“The Spanish plug-in market continues on fire, hitting 2.912 units in February, up 96% YoY, this market second best result ever, after the record 3.265 units registered in the previous month of January, while looking at market share, last month reached 3%, keeping the 2020 PEV share at 3.3% (1.9% BEV), while BEVs remain the majority of sales (58%), aligned with last year result.” says EV-Sales: “As for last month best sellers, the #1 Renault Zoe scored 317 registrations last month, a good result that allowed it to strengthen its leadership. Good news also for the runner-up Peugeot 208 EV, that registered 227 units in February, allowing it to gain significant ground over its stablemate, the #3 Peugeot 3008 PHEV.”
BENTLEY CEO THROWS DOWN HYBRID GAUNTLET TO POLITICIANS
“Bentley Chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark has thrown the challenge to UK politicians to grant hybrids a stay of execution instead of banning them along with petrol and diesel engines by 2035.” reports CAR magazine: “When asked to speculate on what will happen in 2035 when the UK’s proposed ban on internal combustion engines comes into effect, Hallmark said that while the deadline is achievable, the resulting demonisation of hybrids could do more bad than good in the interim.”
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
I would like a V to G (vehicle to grid charger) please, why? Much cheaper than having to invest in another battery, use the one you have!
Dan from Canada
I would put a fast charger at the French River Provincial Park in Ontario. There are currently no fast chargers between Parry Sound and Sudbury along Ontario Highway 69.
And then…”The new Ivy charging network is planning a fast charger at Key River, near French River Provincial Park!”
I’d love L2 chargers at the parking lot of my gym. You do the thing you’re supposed to do and get a decent charge when you’re done. I currently have a free charger a 10 minute walk away from my gym. I know, poor me.
I would want a 350kW charge station in downtown Denver. I drive uber, and sometimes need a boost. I have a Bolt now, but will likely upgrade when GM comes out with some newer EVs, so I’ll be able to take advantage of the higher speeds. I hope Charge Point is doing this for one lucky listener of yours, and I hope it is me.
I’d put 100s of 3pin sockets in long term parking at airports. All sockets limited to 6 amps i.e. enough to fully charge any car over a few days or a week while you are away – very cheap to do and ensures that there are spaces with sockets for everyone with an EV.
Maybe do the same but with 13amps per socket for all railway station car parks.
I think my dream charger would be a charger that plugs into a standard wall outlet. To get around the slow charge speeds, it would actually be a battery that you leave plugged in all the time. When you hook up your car to it, it uses the charge in the battery to speed up the charging. You could install this charger anywhere where there is a standard wall outlet, and should be enough to charge your car fully overnight (8-10 hours) if you are charging at home.
I’d like some chargers installed at work, even a few weather proof 3 pin plugs would be good. A trickle charge is better than nothing at all!
I’d also like to see chargers in all public car parks. I’d even be happy to pay more to park in an area dedicated to electric cars – it may even cut down on the ice-ing issue!
In response to this week’s question of the week, with no concern for cost the one place I’d like a (DC fast) charger is between two US landmarks that are currently impossible to drive between in an EV: Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. There is one Tesla charger but the way it’s placed you still wouldn’t quite make it to the park and back to the charger. In fact I think we may really need 2 DCFC to make the route feasible.
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