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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 8th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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TESLA IS TOLD BY CALIFORNIA COUNTY ITS FACTORY CAN’T REOPEN YET”

“Tesla Inc. was told by the California county that’s home to its lone U.S. auto-assembly plant that it can’t reopen the facility, hours after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk made plans to do so.” wrote Bloomberg Green today: “The county said in an emailed statement that it informed the company it didn’t meet criteria to reopen. Tesla aimed to restart the factory Friday afternoon, Musk told staff in an email seen by Bloomberg News. The CEO cited California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement earlier that he would let manufacturers in parts of the state resume operations starting Friday. What Musk didn’t mention in his memo was that Newsom also had said local authorities could remain more restrictive than the state. Another reason it’s unclear whether Tesla will be able to produce vehicles — even if Alameda allows the company to reopen in Fremont — is that its suppliers in other states aren’t able to operate yet.”

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-08/tesla-aims-to-restart-fremont-plant-as-soon-as-friday-musk-says?sref=W369vOBR

 

TESLA PATENTS A NEW BATTERY CELL THAT ELON MUSK HYPES AS ‘WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN IT SOUNDS’

“Tesla has patented a new battery cell with a tabless electrode that Elon Musk hypes as “way more important than it sounds.”” reports electrek: “Current cells use a jelly-roll design in which the cathode, anode, and separators are rolled together and have a cathode tab and an anode tab to connect to the positive and negative terminals of the cell can.  The new patent called “Cell with a Tabless Electrode” describes a new way to build cells in order to avoid this issue. For this particular new tabless electrode, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that this technology is “way more important than it sounds” without explaining more. More is expected to be announced at Tesla’s battery day in a few weeks.”

 

In the comments, morrisg had this to say and whilst i’ve read it a couple of times, i don’t think i fully get it yet: “Wow, this has the capability of greatly reducing the internal cell resistance for the current paths into and out of the jelly roll. By providing a continuous path from the local anode or cathode active material across the width to the minus or plus electrode on the can, it eliminates lots of current conduction in the anode or cathode backing foil in the longitudinal direction of the jelly roll. That means you can also reduce the thickness of the foil backing as it isn’t necessary to reduce the internal cell resistance along the major current path anymore. So, cheaper cells due to no tabs needed; cheaper due to thinner backing copper and aluminum foils; and better performance due to decreased internal cell resistance. Oh, and less internal heat generation too. So simple, so good. I expect this will be licensed to anyone adopting a cylindrical cell for high power applications like transportation or electrical grid storage.”

 

Tesla patents a new battery cell that Elon Musk hypes as ‘way more important than it sounds’

 

TESLA MODEL Y VIDEO REVIEW BY KELLEY BLUE BOOK

“As for quality issues. Our car’s b-pillar trim doesn’t fit right and neither does this lower bumper trim, the rear door alignment is slightly off, the rear seats are similarly uneven, and there’s a loud rattle coming from the rear somewhere. Among the 3 braking modes, I love Hold. You can accelerate and decelerate using just the accelerator in most situations and the Model Y comes to a perfect, buttery smooth stop every time. If you want a pragmatic electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt, Hyundai Kona EV, and Nissan Leaf can all be had for much less, but the Model Y’s premium touches and technical strengths put it in another class. “

 

 

FIAT RELEASES FIRST 500E SMALL ELECTRIC CAR EDITION IN UK

“Buyers in the UK may now put an order in for the first 500 of Fiat’s extra compact electric car 500e. Prices for the limited ‘La Prima’ edition come in below the 30k threshold after government subsidies.” according to electrive: “Fiat has now released UK pricing where the electric 500e will start from £29,500 after the £3,000 plug-in car grant (PiCG) is applied. That’s for the first 500 high-spec ‘La Prima’ first-edition models, with less expensive models to follow. Buyers can expect deliveries in late 2020 or early 2021, according to Fiat. Fiat says the La Prima edition is £1,400 cheaper than the highest-spec Mini Electric and offers a more extended range of 199 miles from a 42 kWh battery. Also compare it to the Honda e: The 100 kW version starts in the UK at £26,160, the 113 kW version at £28,660 after subsidies but offers no more than 220 km of range.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/08/fiat-releases-first-500e-small-electric-car-edition-in-uk/

 

NISSAN PROBABLY HITS 500,000 EVS

“Nissan is silent about it, but it seems that the company already sold about 500,000 all-electric cars globally. We knew that it was coming, as the LEAF was at about 450,000 several months ago and in one of the latest press releases (May 5, 2020), Nissan announced that the cumulative result is more than 470,000 LEAFs. We assume that 500,000 LEAFs should be reached within several months, by the end of 2020 – just in time to celebrate 10-years on the market since December 2010.”  says InsideEVs: “The second Nissan EV is the Nissan e-NV200, available in passenger and cargo versions in Europe and Japan. On May 7, Nissan announced that 42,000 were produced in Spain since 2014. Production and sales are not the same thing, but we guess that is enough to consider the level of 500,000 already crossed.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/420665/nissan-ev-sales-500000/

 

VOLKSWAGEN INVESTS IN BATTERY OPERATIONS AT SALZGITTER

The joint venture between Volkswagen Group and the Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB is gaining further momentum. It has been decided that Volkswagen itself will erect the buildings and infrastructure for the joint venture’s “Northvolt Zwei” factory that is to produce lithium-ion battery cells, in order to leverage synergies at the Salzgitter site – based on the existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells. Some €450 million is to be invested in this project. The joint venture will then rent the factory space. Battery cell production at the plant is scheduled to commence in early 2024 with an initial production capacity of 16 gigawatt hours. In September 2019, Volkswagen and Northvolt established a joint venture to prepare for the large-scale production of lithium-ion batteries in Germany. Volkswagen’s commitment to erect the buildings and infrastructure is the next key strategic decision. Construction work at the site is scheduled to commence before the end of this year.

 

https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2020/05/Volkswagen_invests_in_battery_operations_at_Salzgitter.html

 

CHINA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL STANDARD FOR WIRELESS EV CHARGING BASED ON WITRICITY’S TECH

WiTricity’s patented technology is foundational to the Chinese national standard (“GuoBiao” or GB standard) for wireless EV charging ratified and published by the China Electricity Council (CEC) on April 28, 2020 and announced on May 6, 2020.

 

Standardization is critical to large-scale deployment of for EVs both in China and around the world, allowing any equipped EV to use any standard wireless charger. For the past four years, WiTricity has been actively involved in the Chinese wireless EV charging standardization process. Chinese automakers and their Tier 1 suppliers rely on the GB standard committee to define the wireless EV charging solution to be deployed in China. The ratified standard is now a major market enabler for deployment on vehicles and in public charging infrastructure. WiTricity has worked closely with the GB standard committee on several significant technical matters, including efforts to harmonize the China standard with other international standards.

 

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