Show #747

 

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BYTON M-BYTE PRODUCTION BEGINS IN CHINA

“production for the all-electric and terribly pretty Byton M-Byte crossover has officially begun. And as promised — Byton has kept the massive, 48″ infotainment display!” writes Jo at CleanTechnica: “the Byton M-Byte will be available with two powertrain options, with those being a single-motor rear-drive version with about 270 HP and a range of about 300 miles (483 km) as the first, and a second four-wheel drive dual motor version with 400 HP and a little less range — about 265 miles (426 km).”

 

Byton M-Byte Production Begins In China, Keeps The 48″ Big Screen

 

WM MOTOR’S ALL-NEW EX5-Z EARLY DEPOSITS NOW OPEN

WM Motor has officially begun taking early deposits for its all-new EX5-Z. Until April 24, customers need only place a ¥66 refundable deposit online to secure their new vehicle.

Early reservation holders can install WM Motor’s Ultraviolet C (UVC) purifier upon delivery at no extra cost. The UVC is an innovative component of WM Motor’s CleanPro purification system that helps to remove potentially harmful bacteria and microbes in the cabin.

WM Motor’s ‘Living Pilot’ makes up the vehicle’s touchless active safety systems. Powered by a full suite of Level 2 advanced driver assistance functions, co-developed with Bosch, Living Pilot deploys an array of cameras and radars, alerting the driver to road hazards and undertaking seamless control functions such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, autonomous parking and emergency braking.

 

CAR BOOM BEGINS IN CHINA, WITH A WAVE OF NEW ELECTRIC CARS ABOUT TO ROLL OUT

“With lockdowns lifting in China, car buyers are coming back in droves. Ipsos, a marketing research firm, surveyed first-time car buyers in March. The survey revealed that 41% of those new buyers have a preference for EVs. (About half of respondents wanted AC with a germ filter and an interior with antibacterial materials.)” writes Electrek: “The SAIC Volkswagen plant in Changsha resumed operations last week and will begin producing VW ID electric cars. The GM joint venture with Chinese automakers, which just unveiled its new Baojun electric vehicle, launched a no-questions-asked return policy within 30 days.”

 

PLUG-IN CAR SALES IN THE NETHERLANDS INCREASED IN MARCH 2020

“Passenger car sales in the Netherlands went down by 25% in March, but that’s not the case for plug-ins, which still managed to note some gains, despite the challenging situation.” reports InsideEVs:”The total number of new passenger plug-in car registrations amounted to 5,102 at a year-over-year growth of 8%. More importantly, the plug-in share in the market expanded to 17%, and 14% were all-electric cars alone. Tesla Model 3 registrations amounted to 1,339 (the best result for the month) – enough to regain first place in the year-to-date rank, with 1,626 units total. It’s pretty funny that in early 2020 we see Model 3 fighting for the win with… Opel Ampera-e (the European version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV). Opel is still selling a lot of Ampera-e under significant discounts to achieve its emission targets – 320 additional new registrations in March translated into 1,279 YTD and second place overall. Impressive.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/408827/plugin-car-sales-netherlands-march-2020/

 

TESLA GIGAFACTORY SHANGHAI RAPID EXPANSION

Tesla GIga Shanghai went from groundbreaking to car production in 365 days, it was a year to the day to open the factory. But now the media attention seems less focused on the automakers infrastructure in China, and instead writing about the Long Range and Performance models soon to be made domestically, I wanted to look at the factory some more.

Plenty of drone videos are still making their way online and the latest one show foundations are in for a large scale expansion. Indeed the massive car production facility should only be thought on as stage one.

In fact this phase looks to my eye to be twice the size of the existing buildings. This is going to double production capability with Model Y production line going in. The Model 3 and Model Y could be sharing production facilities for some parts.  Given how many Model Y they could make from here, it coudl double global Model Y produciton. And the time of thise, I wonder if China could make more Model Y than Fremont. Talking of Phase 1, they’re also extending the two current buildings, possible joining them up.

 

TESLA MODEL Y WIRING EFFICIENCIES QUESTIONED IN LATEST MUNRO TEARDOWN

“Sandy Munro took the opportunity to show the Tesla Model Y’s new wiring structure, however, the Detroit automotive veteran noted to be “kind of disappointed” in some of its design.” says Teslarati: “In July 2019, Tesla published a patent that aimed to improve the wiring, power, and communications systems for its vehicles by reducing the amount of wires found within a car. Tesla maintained it would be decreased from 1.5 kilometers of wire in the Model 3 to just 100 meters in the Model Y. Munro claimed he did not see less wiring, only a more organized wiring architecture. The new design is still an improvement from the Model 3.”

 

He says “the wires are just as long”. But, i would caution on saying things like that because he hasn’t taken the wiring loom out and measured it for length and weight.

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-y-shorter-wiring-efficiency-teardown-review/

 

ELON MUSK EXPLAINS WHY TESLA’S MODEL 3 HAS AN IN-CABIN CAMERA

“Elon Musk has confirmed that the camera is there to support Tesla’s eventual robo-taxi plans. Since you won’t be in the car yourself when it’s picking up rides, the camera will provide video evidence if passengers trash the interior.” writes Engadget: “the company recently applied for a patent on using the camera to recognize occupants and apply settings (such as seat position or climate controls) when they’re inside. For now, though, the in-cabin camera is more a symbol of Tesla’s lofty, as yet unfulfilled dreams of putting fully self-driving cars on the road.”

 

https://www.engadget.com/tesla-model-3-cabin-camera-explained-222017515.html

 

2020 BENTLEY BENTAYGA HYBRID IS LESS EFFICIENT ON THE HIGHWAY THAN V8 VERSION

“Official EPA fuel-economy ratings are out for the 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid, the luxury brand’s first electrified offering.  the plug-in performs worse on the highway than its V8-powered combustion sibling. The EPA rated the Bentayga Hybrid as delivering 18 miles in all-electric range. It’s rated at 17 mpg city and 21 on the highway. By contrast, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 version of the luxury crossover offers just 17 mpg combined, yet it delivers 23 mpg on the highway.”

 

When the car was revealed at Geneva wasn’t it supposed to have 31 miles of EV range?

 

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