Show #763

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 29thApril 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 ELECTRIC CROSSOVER SPIED IN ‘COUPE’ FORM

Autoblog  says: “a fan of one of our spy photographers happened upon an ID.4 prototype and shared them with said photographer and us. It shows that the crossover will be getting a low-roof “coupe” variant. It was thinly disguised, too, with the most elaborate camouflage being some amusingly fake tail pipes.”The crossover has a similar size and proportion to the ID.4 prototypes we’ve seen at shows and in testing. It shares the same curvy bodywork, too. But the roof slopes downward from about the back of the rear doors all the way to the tail to give it the fastback roof that has proven so popular among luxury crossover buyers. It looks like rear headroom may not be particularly reduced compared to some other fastback crossovers, but luggage space certainly will. This example also features a natty little wing at the tip of the hatch for some more sporty flair. The standard ID.4 is expected to have an 83-kWh battery pack good for about 250 miles of range, too. “

 

GTX is supposedly the electric GTI, and 4 wheel drive.

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/04/29/vw-id4-coupe-ev-gtx-spy-shots/#slide-2228895

 

OPEL VIVARO-E ARRIVES THIS YEAR

“Opel unveiled more details about the new Vivaro-e that arrives later this year. It comes with a 100 kW motor and two battery options that offer a WLTP range of 230 and 330 km (142 and 205 miles). While there’s no official information about the battery cells, I assume these are the same that are used in the Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e.” says Pedro at PushEVs: “The Opel Vivaro-e seems to be a great alternative to the veteran Nissan e-NV200, which only gets a WLTP range of 200 km (124 miles) from a 40 kWh battery. Since Carlos Ghosn left, Nissan really dropped the ball regarding electric vehicles.”

 

From the press release:

 

For the “last mile” and beyond: up to 230 or 330 kilometres electric range (WLTP1)

Powerful: 100 kW (136hp) electric motor with 260Nm torque

Easy to use: variety of charging options, payment via “Free2Move Services” app

Comfortable: check state-of-charge or programme charging times via “myOpel” app

Unique: the only compact electric LCV available ex works with optional trailer hitch

Safety for professionals: driver assistance systems enhance protection

 

https://pushevs.com/2020/04/28/opel-vivaro-e-arrives-this-year/

 

TESLA MODEL 3 WAS #2 BEST SELLING CAR IN EUROPE IN MARCH 2020

“Stats for the 27 European markets reveal a decrease in new passenger car registrations by 52% to 848,800 in March (and 3.04 million in Q1), which is the worst result in 38 years. In terms of the type of powertrain, electrified cars – xEVs (BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs) – expanded in March by 15% year-over-year to 147,500 and a record market share of 17.4% (compared to 7.3% a year ago). xEV expansion was possible only because of plug-ins, as hybrids actually went down by 11%. The Tesla Model 3 turned out to be the second best-selling car overall for the month of March 2020. That’s the second podium for the Model 3 in Europe, after a third place in December 2019. This time, the volume was lower – above 15,000 compared to over 22,000, but as the overall market collapsed, it was possible for the Model 3 to beat all but the Volkswagen Golf.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/419117/tesla-model3-best-selling-europe-march-2020/

 

FORD FILES TRADEMARK FOR LINCOLN EGLIDE

“We just received news from members on MachEClub.com, a Ford Mustang Mach-E forum, that the automaker filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. More specifically, it’s for the LINCOLN eGLIDE.” says Mark at InsideEVs: “Initially, people called it the Lincoln eGlide EV, but there’s nothing official that points to this being the case. However, we do know that both Ford and Lincoln are ramping up their electric vehicle efforts. Sadly, though, Lincoln was supposed to have an upcoming EV project in partnership with Rivian Automotive, but that has now been canceled due to COVID-19. Some speculate that eGlide could have something to do with a vehicle suspension, an operating mode, or a component. Could it be something like a Ludicrous Mode or Launch Mode? Will Lincoln bring the world’s most coddling electric SUV to market?”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/419062/lincoln-eglide-patent-filed/

 

POLESTAR 2 RECEIVES TOP MARKS IN CRASH SAFETY TESTS

“Polestar announced on April 28 that its newest car underwent crash safety tests.  It is the first vehicle in the company’s lineup to feature Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) technology and front-inner-side airbags. Polestar prioritized the protection of its battery pack, noting the “crucial” task of preventing the vehicle’s power source from being punctured or damaged in a collision as well.” says Teslarati: “. It also protects the battery from permanent damage. Polestar utilized a Severe Partial Offset Crash (SPOC) block to help accomplish this, which is a reflective solid aluminum barrier that his housed on the bottom edge of the vehicle’s front firewall. The SPOC block minimizes the possibility of objects coming into the passenger cabin or toward the battery pack in the event of a frontal collision. The presence of this barrier also makes up for the lack of an internal combustion engine, which usually adds a barrier for passengers in the event of a crash. Polestar announced on April 23 that the Polestar 2 was available for sale in the U.S. with a starting price of $59,900. Deliveries are expected to begin Summer 2020.”

 

Polestar 2 receives top marks in crash safety tests, living up to its Volvo roots

 

SK INNOVATION TO SPEND $1.5B ON GEORGIA PLANTS, AS ‘CENTER’ OF WORLD EV BATTERY INDUSTRY

“SK Innovation, a South Korean battery supplier for Volkswagen and Ford, said on Tuesday it will spend $727 million to build a second EV battery plant in the United States. Construction is expected to begin in July, with battery production slated to start in 2023.” according to Bradley at electrek: “The company is currently building its first factory in the United States, in Georgia, with a planned investment of $903 million. That plant can output 9.8GWh factory, primarily to serve Volkswagen EV production in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A March article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the first factory is expected to produce enough batteries to power 250,000 electric vehicles per year at full capacity. The proposed No.2 plant will be even bigger than the first one. Today’s report by Reuters said annual capacity for the second plant will be 11.7 gigawatt-hours of batteries. But the story last month in AJC reported a long term vision on a larger scale: The site can accommodate a facility to produce 50 gigawatt [hours] worth of batteries or five times the production of the project’s first two phases, a company official said.”

 

SK Innovation to spend $1.5B on Georgia plants, as ‘center’ of world EV battery industry

 

AUDI WITHDRAWS FROM DTM TO FOCUS ON FORMULA E

“Audi will leave the German Touring Car series (DTM) at the end of this year and concentrate fully on Formula E. “With this energy, we’re going to drive our transformation into a provider of sporty, sustainable electric mobility forward,” says Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board at AUDI.” reports electrive: “The DTM withdrawal is one of Duesmann’s first high-profile decisions the former BMW board joined the board on 1 April.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/04/28/audi-withdraws-from-dtm-to-focus-on-formula-e/

 

UK BLOWN AWAY AS HUGE NEW WIND FARM WILL SOON POWER 170,000 HOMES

“A 50-turbine wind farm in southern Scotland will be up and running by 2023, sustainable energy firm Vattenfall confirmed this week.” says EuroNews.com: “South Kyle Windfarm, near Dalmellington, is set to be the firm’s largest onshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. Once construction is complete, the turbines will be able to power approximately 170,000 UK homes, saving nearly 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. That’s the equivalent of 65,000 cars being taken off the road. The deal agreed by Vattenfall and Greencoat UK Wind will cost £320 million. While this is a substantial amount, according to renewable UK, investments such as these pay off as “onshore wind offers the most cost-effective choice for new electricity in the UK, bar none – it is cheaper than gas, nuclear, coal and other renewables.”

 

Fully operational by 2023.

 

Check out the story here: https://www.euronews.com/living/2020/04/28/uk-blown-away-as-huge-new-wind-farm-will-soon-power-170-000-homes

 

 

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