Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 1st April 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
Some great news to start the new month, welcome to new EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PAUL RIDINGS
TESLA Q1 PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY REPORT
- Likely to come out before market open on Friday morning.
- Estimates are around 90,000 to 92,000 estimates for production
- Down 18-20% on Q4 last year.
- But, Up from 63,000 same time Q1 last year.
- ~7000 Model S, ~ 6500 Model X and 78,000 Model 3.
- Fremont closed on March 23rd, how will that affect production?
- Giga Shanghai will be interesting (3,000 vehicles a week could be the max)
- Model Y is the great unknown.
Delivery will be something else. They had 11 working days of inventory, the lowest in 4 years.
They also have to guide for the future, what will they say about this year? What will it mean not just for Tesla but all EV makers?
CORONAVIRUS HELP FROM TESLA, SEAT, FORD AND GM
Elon Musk said yesterday that Tesla will be shipping FDA-approved ventilators to areas in which they deliver cars. He tweeted: “Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know”
SEAT’s factory in Martorell in Spain is making ventilators. They designed 13 prototypes until a final model was decided upon. The ventilators use the motor from a windscreen wiper. 150 workers are on the case making them.
Ford is to make 50,000 Airon ventilators with GE Healthcare, made in Michigan. The 50,000 will take 100 day and then they’ll be at a rate of 30,000 a month. This is a form of device called CPAP.
GM making face masks since March 20th. Next week the first 20,000 delivered to front line workers. Less than seven days to get to production. At full speed their new line will at 50,000 masks per day, 1.5 million a month.
TESLA MODEL Y TEARDOWN FIRST IMPRESSION BY SANDY MUNRO
“The Tesla Model Y Performance has officially arrived at Munro and Associates office in Auburn Hills, Michigan, as automotive industry veteran Sandy Munro and his team begin their full teardown of the new all-electric crossover. Munro specified the teardown would consist of a complete disassembly of the vehicle starting from the inside of the car.” reports Teslarati: “The rest of the teardown process of the Model Y will consist of multiple live stream events from the Munro headquarters. On Wednesday, April 1, MunroLive will officially kick off its first live stream with a complete analysis of the vehicle, as he will complete a further breakdown of the Model Y from its fit and finish to its thermal system.”
TESLA RAMPS UP FIRST V3 SUPERCHARGER INSTALLATIONS FOR EUROPE
“Tesla is ramping up installation of its V3 Superchargers, with several sites in European countries including France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands open or under construction, and a number of Supercharger units made at the Buffalo Gigafactory 2 currently aboard ships headed for Rotterdam.” reports The Driven.
KARMA AUTOMOTIVE INTRODUCES E-FLEX PLATFORM SOLUTION FOR EVS
“Karma Automotive introduced the Karma E-Flex Platform a highly versatile chassis that will offer new electric vehicle mobility solutions ranging from autonomously-driven utility vans, to daily-driver vehicles, to high-performance supercars.” says Green Car Congress: “Karma, the Southern California-based creator of luxury electric vehicles and high-tech incubator, said the first showcase of the highly-flexible platform currently supports the company’s 2020 Revero GT extended-range electric vehicle (EREV).”
They said: “We created a physical product that can be formatted into five different products, what others have called a one-dimensional skateboard, but what we call our E-Flex Platform, a multi-use solution. There are up to 22 different possible configurations available, covering various battery-packaging variants and different drive motor drive systems. We can deliver a wide range of configurations dependent on the builder’s priority.”
DAIMLER’S FUSO ECANTER DELIVERS THE POST TO DUBLIN
“Ireland’s post service An Post began operating two all electric Fuso eCanter trucks in the capital Dublin this month. The eCanter now operates in 10 European cities in Germany, UK, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland. Daimler Trucks said An Post was the first postal service provider in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status within a capital city.” according to Just Auto: “With a range of 100km (60 miles), the 7.49 tonne vehicle meets the inner city short range distribution requirements of its customers.”
CHINA TO EXTEND EV SUBSIDIES
“The Chinese government has announced that it will extend state subsidies and tax breaks for New Energy Vehicles (BEV, PHEV and FCEV) by two years until the end of 2022. Originally, the subsidies were to be terminated at the end of this year.” according to electrive: “The exact amount of the subsidy rates is not yet entirely clear. The current rates have been in effect since July 2019. 25,000 yuan (around 3,300 euros) will still be paid to buyers of electric cars with a range of at least 400 kilometres.”
HONDA WINS THREE RED DOT DESIGN AWARDS, INCLUDING ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ FOR HONDA E
Honda’s all-new, highly acclaimed Honda e has been awarded the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best 2020’ award, the highest honour in the internationally renowned ‘Red Dot’ awards, for its ground-breaking product design.
The 2020 Honda e also received recognition in the ‘Smart product’ category, along with Honda’s all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. This accolade for ‘outstanding design’ is and is the latest award win to highlight Honda’s commitment to creating beautiful products that are designed without compromise.
The modern styling of the Honda e has attracted international acclaim since it was first previewed in the Urban EV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car was later recognised as ‘Best Concept Car’ in the renowned Car Design Award honours.
Honda wins three Red Dot Design Awards, including ‘Best Of The Best’ for Honda E
RENAULT ZOE IS #1 IN HOT EUROPEAN MARKET
“The European passenger plug-in market landed over 69,000 registrations in February (+111% compared to February 2019), with the 2020 plug-in market growing 117%, to some 144,000 units. This is a great performance that should help to weaken the effect of the upcoming coronavirus months, in which sales will most likely fall abruptly throughout the continent.” according to Jose Pontes for CleanTechnica: “The big news in February continues to be the strong start of the Renault Zoe, which scored 6,439 registrations, more than doubling last year’s result in the same month, while the veteran VW e-Golf scored a record performance (3,770 units) for the second month in a row”
VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN, ARTEON GETTING PLUG-IN HYBRID VERSIONS IN EUROPE
“Volkswagen announced that its plug-in hybrid line-up will be expanding significantly in Europe.” says Autoblog: “The VW Tiguan compact crossover and VW Arteon midsize sedan. And of course the reason they jumped out at us are that they have U.S. counterparts, so could they come here? We reached out to Volkswagen to ask about the two models, and a representative said that the company doesn’t have any plans currently to bring them here.”
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
With VW ID.3 facing software rewrites, how hard should we be on legacy auto makers when they hit EV speedbumps?
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