Show #725

 

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EVGO OFFERS SPECIAL CHARGING DISCOUNTS DUE TO COVID19 OUTBREAK

“EVgo, one of the U.S. biggest fast-charging networks, announced a special time-limited discount on fast charging during coronavirus outbreak. The offer is targeted to those who are using EVs for work in priority industries that are required to keep civilization up, including health care, supplies and logistics.” says InsideEVs: “According to some reports, the discount is 30%, which is a great thing to have, especially since during the outbreak prices of most things usually go up and the economy is hit severely.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/405612/evgo-offers-special-discounts-covid19/

 

@BPChargemaster If you need to charge your Emergency Services vehicle, in line with @BP_plc free fuel announcement, BP Chargemaster is providing free charging & membership across the Polar public  charging network of over 7,000 charge points, incl our 150kW chargers.

 

INDIA’S AIR QUALITY IMMEDIATELY IMPROVES UNDER CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

“According to to Swiss firm IQAir, around half of the world’s 50 most polluted cities are in India, with much of the blame going to the sheer number of vehicles cramming overcrowded streets. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on Indians to observe voluntary confinement on Sunday, roads that are usually crammed with cars, rickshaws, motorbikes and buses were clear. At least 75 Indian districts are under lockdown to help control the spread of the coronavirus, and that’s had an immediate positive effect on air quality in New Delhi, which is the world’s most polluted capital city.” says Autoblog in a Special Report: “On Monday, New Delhi’s Air Quality Index was recorded at around 93, which is considered moderate. Air quality is deemed to be good when the number drops below 50. New Delhi’s air is regularly considered unhealthy, and AQI averaged around 161 in March of last year, according to IQAir. In financial capital Mumbai, levels were at 90, versus an average of around 153 in March 2019. India’s toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/03/23/india-air-quality-improves-coronavirus-lockdown/

 

AIDELAIDE AIRPORT TO ELECTRIFY BUS FLEET

“Australia’s Adelaide Airport wants to become the first airport in Australia with an electric bus fleet. Plans are to begin introduction as early as next year, with SkyBus selected as the new operator of its shuttle buses for the next five year period.” reports electrive: “SkyBus is a shuttle bus operator based in Australia and New Zealand, where they provide services for around 5 riders annually. They are currently also active in Melbourne and Auckland’s airports, where the company provides carpark and airside transport for passenger.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/03/23/aidelaide-airport-to-electrify-bus-fleet/

 

NEW YORK TO REPLACE DIESEL TRANSIT BUSES WITH ALL-ELECTRIC

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that more than $24 million is now available to replace diesel-powered transit buses with new all-electric transit buses, which will help improve air quality, reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and promote investment in cleaner fuel technologies, among other benefits. As part of the state’s $127.7 million allocation of the federal Volkswagen Settlement, NYSERDA will administer approximately $18.4 million to fund the new electric transit buses through the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will manage $6 million for associated charging infrastructure.

 

SIEMENS UNVEILS UK’S FIRST CONVERTED ‘ELECTRIC AVENUE’

Siemens has unveiled the UK’s first avenue, which is over half a mile in length, that has been fully converted to cater for EV charging, coined ‘Electric Avenue, W9’.

The project, in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, has successfully converted 24 lampposts into EV charge points using existing city infrastructure. Residents can now charge EVs at various locations along Sutherland Avenue in London, with a further two adjoining roads due to be completed in the coming weeks.

 

TESLA MODEL Y SHOWS ITS ACCELERATION IN EARLY PERFORMANCE TESTS

“Deliveries of the Tesla Model Y are now underway, and Brooks from Drag Times has his. Fresh from taking ownership, the first thing for him to do is find out how fast the new EV is. The answer turns out to be fairly impressive.” says Chris Bruce at Motor1: “According to the Vbox telemetry, the Model Y Performance goes from a stop to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) with a one-foot rollout in 3.426 seconds. The Dragy app shows it at 3.79 seconds. For the quarter-mile, Vbox indicates the distance requires 11.912 seconds at a speed of 116 mph (187 kph). Dragy puts the same figure at 11.96 seconds. In terms of speeds you should only hit on the track, Dragy indicates the Model Y can go from 60 mph to 130 mph (96 kph to 209 kph) in 13.11 seconds. Covering the half-mile takes 19.07 seconds, and the crossover is doing 135.41 mph (217.92 kph)”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/405716/tesla-model-y-performance-testing/

 

WATCH TESLA MODEL Y DRIFT, GO OFF-ROAD, AND ACCELERATE FROM 0-60 MPH

“The YouTube channel Out of Spec Motoring, who has some experience testing Tesla vehicles off-road, have put it to the test in a new Tesla Model Y” reports Electrek: “They have also taken the Model Y drifting using the new dyno mode, which is not just for Model Y, but again, should be used with caution”

 

@Out_of_Spec

#ModelY off-road rest with @i1Tesla in #OffRoadAssist – ESP sending power to the correct wheels (simulating a locking differential) way better than any Tesla could before.

 

https://electrek.co/2020/03/22/tesla-model-y-drift-off-road-acceleration-video/

 

TESLA SEMI SPOTTED ON JOURNEY HOME AFTER WINTER PERFORMANCE TESTING

“Various sightings of the Tesla Semi from over the weekend suggest that the all-electric semi-truck was making its way down the western seaboard of the United States from Washington, through Oregon, and back to its Fremont, California test facility.” according to Gene at Teslarati: “Video captures of a Tesla Semi being transported on the back of a semi-trailer shows the prototype’s salt-covered exterior as it makes its way back from cold-climate performance testing under snowy conditions. Elon Musk indicated in the Q4 earnings call that Tesla Semi would be initially produced in limited quantity as the company focused efforts on increasing battery production capacity. Given the size of the all-electric truck and its energy needs, having a strong supply of battery cells is crucial to preventing a strain on supply for its consumer vehicles like the Model 3 and Model Y.”

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-semi-winter-testing/

 

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