Show #777

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 13th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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FORD MUSTANG MACH-E WILL SUPPORT TESLA-LIKE OVER-THE-AIR UPDATES

“Over-the-air updates aren’t totally uncommon these days, but Tesla is often the poster child for the function. The electric carmaker very often pushes new updates ranging from performance improvements or even karaoke support via an OTA software update.” says CNET: “Ford won’t be left behind, and it detailed near identical functions included in its upcoming electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E. On Tuesday, the automaker said OTA updates will be a big part of the SUV and noted it’s almost certain the Mustang Mach-E will have features it didn’t possess when it left the factory.  it promised these updates will often occur without the owner noticing for a super-seamless presentation. Mustang Mach-E drivers can set a particular time for the updates to occur, and many will take fewer than two minutes to install. Some will even be instant once the driver silently fires the electric SUV up.”

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/ford-mustang-mach-e-tesla-over-the-air-updates/

 

CITROËN Ë-JUMPY TO HIT MARKETS THIS YEAR

“Citroën has just announced it is expecting to launch the all-electric version of the Jumper city van – called the ë-Jumpy – by the end of this year. This should be followed by the fully-electric electric Berlingo panel van in 2021.” according to electrive: “The fully-electric Jumpy has a payload of up to 1,275 kilograms and can be ordered with a trailer hitch with a towing capacity of up to one tonne for extra loads. Citroën is offering the van in three lengths. the Citroën ë-Jumpy is offered with either a 50 kWh battery for a range of up to 230 kilometres or a 75 kWh battery for a maximum of 330 kilometres according to WLTP.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/12/citroe%CC%88n-e%CC%88-jumpy-to-hit-markets-this-year/

 

WELTMEISTER PRESENTS MAVEN, A CONCEPT CAR WITH 497 MILES OF RANGE

“There is probably no car company name that is more self-confident than Weltmeister. When we wrote about it back in 2016, we said Weltmeister meant “World Champion,” but another possible translation is “master of the world.” We have no idea if its latest concept car, the Maven, could rule or teach anyone anything in the electric car world, but it will surely turn some heads with its tasteful design.” says InsideEVs: “The Maven also has attractive promises, such as an 800 km (497 mi) range – even if under NEDC standards – and level 4 autonomy, which is just a promise even for the companies that claim to be closer to offer it than anyone else.”

 

From the comments section: “Having tested 4 Chines EVs now, and going to test another one next week – there is a real momentum going on. They are quick learners, and the quickest in the world to do changes. Improving step by step in a very quick pace. They are good at copying features from existing  products, and they they use that and add some engineering to improve, and integrate it to the product better in the next generation. You see this trend in almost all medium to higher tech products.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/421522/weltmeister-maven-concept-497-mi-range/

 

VERGE TS ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE HAS 737 LB-FT OF TORQUE, HUB-LESS REAR WHEEL

“Finland-based Verge detailed an electric motorcycle named TS with a head-turning design and a jaw-dropping specifications sheet. It’s cheaper than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire but not quite as quick to 60 mph.” repors Autoblog: “The motor generates 107 horsepower and a volcano-awakening 737 pound-feet of torque; the latter figure is nearly on par with a Bentley Mulsanne’s. Accelerating from zero to 60 mph takes under four seconds, and if you’re still on the saddle (and on both wheels) you can keep going until the speedometer displays 111 mph. Verge hasn’t said much about the battery pack, though it pegs riding range at 124 miles on the highway and 186 miles in the city. Charging it takes four hours when using the on-board charger or 50 minutes with a quick charger.”

 

Verge priced the TS at €24,990, which represents about $27,000.

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/11/verge-ts-electric-motorcycle/

 

LUCID TEASES A GLIMPSE OF A FLEET OF ITS EVS IN ITS BAY AREA HEADQUARTERS

“Lucid Motors Inc. can’t road test the small fleet of prototypes of electric vehicles it has assembled in the Bay Area, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. But it posted a blog and video on Monday that tease the Lucid Air vehicles that it plans to challenge Tesla Motors Inc. with.” reports Biz Journals: “Some of the tests it did before the pandemic included winter testing in the frozen northern reaches of Minnesota and a shuttle trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles on a single charge. Unlike Tesla, which makes its vehicles at a factory in Fremont and another in China, Lucid has no plans to do its factory production in the Bay Area. It is building a massive factory in Arizona to handle that. Lucid employs more than 1,000 and is headed by former Tesla Inc. chief engineer Peter Rawlinson. The company’s principal investor is Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which committed to providing $1 billion of capital in September 2018.”

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2020/05/11/tesla-rival-teases-a-glimpse-of-a-fleet-of-its-evs.html

 

BIGGEST US SOLAR PROJECT APPROVED IN NEVADA DESPITE CRITICS

“The Trump administration announced final approval Monday of the largest solar energy project in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world despite objections from conservationists who say it will destroy thousands of acres of habitat critical to the survival of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise in Nevada.” says AP News: “The $1 billion Gemini solar and battery storage project about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas is expected to produce 690 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 260,000 households — and annually offset greenhouse emissions of about 83,000 cars. In addition to the tortoise, the site is home to two types of rare milkvetch plants, kit foxes, burrowing owls and wildflowers, said Laura Cunningham, a biologist with the Western Watersheds Project.”

 

https://apnews.com/3182e2ca95d3f2cbfff23ebec3c36f55

 

ABB TO SUPPLY E-TRUCK CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE IN NORWAY

“ABB has agreed with Norway’s largest food wholesaler ASKO and its owner NorgesGruppen to supply the charging infrastructure for its growing fleet of electric vehicles.” writes electrive.com: “ASKO says it uses 600 trucks a day and has set itself the goal of achieving zero-emission food transport by 2026. To this end, ABB charging stations are now to be installed at distribution centres throughout Norway to enable the greater use of battery-electric trucks. the first ABB HVC 150C (150 kW) high-performance chargers are already in operation at the ASKO distribution centre in Oslo, where they will initially charge two Scania battery-electric trucks. The two vehicles are part of a fleet of 55 electric trucks ordered from Scania that each has a payload of ten tonnes and a range of up to 120 kilometres.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/11/abb-to-supply-e-truck-charging-infrastructure-in-norway/

 

CAR DEALERSHIPS WILL FACE ONLINE HSE INSPECTION TO PROVE THEY ARE SAFE

“All car dealerships will have to complete an online HSE inspection to prove that they are safe to reopen – and face random spot checks in the future to ensure they are complying.” says Car Dealre MAgazine: “The government said the new Covid-19 secure guidance will work alongside current health and safety rules, rather than with the introduction of new laws for protecting workers. It said businesses that want to reopen will need to carry out a risk assessment with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) online tools and place the certificate on display. Key points include maintaining social distancing – with employers expected to redesign workspaces to maintain this – staggering start times, creating one-way systems for workers and protecting staff who may be vulnerable.”

 

https://cardealermagazine.co.uk/publish/car-dealerships-will-face-government-inspection-prove-safe-reopen-random-spot-checks/192293

 

 

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