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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 16th May 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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ELON MUSK POSTS BATTERY DAY UPDATE

“Elon Musk has stated that the company’s Battery Day event will likely be pushed out, with one part being a livestream and another being an in-person event. Battery Day is expected to outline the company’s future plans for its batteries and their benefits to the company’s electric cars and energy storage devices.” says TEslarati: “If Tesla can hit the all-hailed $100 per kWh milestone, it would significantly decrease the cost of its vehicles. Tesla’s plan to achieve this was widely speculated to be discussed by the company at the upcoming event as well.”

 

We’re going to have to push out the date or attendance will be very low. Maybe do in two parts: webcast next month & in-person event a few months later?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2020

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-battery-day-update-elon-musk/

 

TESLA WILL BUILD CYBERTRUCKS AND MODEL YS FROM TERAFACTORY IN AUSTIN

“Tesla has narrowed down the home city for its next factory to either Tulsa or Austin, according to the Associated Press. Tesla boss Elon Musk has stated he would like to see an extremely aggressive timeline for the factory, breaking ground as soon as possible, with Model Y units rolling off the assembly line by the end of 2020.” reports Jalopnik: “The report indicates that a team of engineers from Nevada Giga have been dispatched to Austin to begin drawing up plans for the new Terafactory location.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/tesla-will-build-cybertrucks-and-model-ys-from-terafact-1843484766

 

FIRST ELECTRIC CAR TO SURPASS 200 MPH IN THE QUARTER-MILE

“Drag racing legend Don Garlits set the record for quickest electric vehicle in the quarter-mile last year, taking an EV dragster down the strip at Palm Beach International Raceway with an elapsed time of 7.235 seconds at 189.04 mph. Enthusiast Steve Huff has just broken that record with his own electric race car, setting a trap speed of 201 mph at a recent test event in Arizona.” writes Road & Track: “The run, completed at Tucson Dragway in Arizona, makes Huff’s car, aptly named “Current Technology,” the fastest four-wheel electric vehicle in the quarter-mile, and the first to cross the 200-mph barrier.”

 

https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a32493502/electric-dragster-does-200-mph-quarter-mile/

 

SAIC’S MG OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE IN PARIS

“MG, the British car brand now owned by SAIC Motor, opened a flagship store in Paris last week, expanding into a key Europe market despite the coronavirus pandemic.” according to Automotive News Europe: “The four-level store is in central Paris near the upmarket French department store Galeries Lafayette. The store initially will sell the MG EZS, a full-electric compact crossover, SAIC said, without revealing the price of the vehicle. SAIC started exporting the MG EZS from China to Europe in September 2019. France is the fourth European country where the vehicle has been launched, following the UK, the Netherlands and Norway.”

 

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/saics-mg-opens-flagship-store-paris

 

ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINTS UK

“It’s estimated that as of 1 January 2020, there were just over 800 rapid-charging points located within easy reach of England’s motorways and A-roads. By 2023, the aim is to have at least six open-access points (capable of at least 150kW charging) at every service area, with 10-12 points at the busiest locations.” says Driving Electric: “In September 2019, the government revealed plans for a £400 million investment in rapid charging, part of £500 million fund for implementing green technologies across the UK”

 

https://www.drivingelectric.com/news/1281/electric-car-charging-points-uk-government-sets-out-vision-nationwide-network

 

LONDON SLOWLY REOPENS WITH INCREASE IN CONGESTION CHARGE

“The British capital unlocks as TfL resumes service on most London Underground lines. The opening goes hand in hand with the Mayor reintroducing the Congestion Charge and ULEZ fee. Both had been suspended during the Covid-19 lockdown to enable key workers to travel freely.” reports Electrive: “The Congestion Charge will initially continue at the previous price of £11.50 a day, but the plan is to increase this to £15 from 22 June. At the same time, TfL said the plans would “create more space for social distancing when walking and cycling, ensuring that the people who have no choice but to return to work in central London can do so as safely as possible”. This also includes further-reaching plans by the Mayor and TfL to transform parts of central London into one of the largest car-free zones in any capital city in the world.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/17/london-slowly-reopens-with-increase-in-congestion-charge/

 

FIAT 500 ELECTRIC FIRST EDITION IS ALMOST SOLD OUT

“According to Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, very few units of the first edition of the urban car are still available. According to Napolitano, each country in which it will be sold will have 500 units. If you take only the Schengen Area – the European Union countries without passport control among each other – that represents 26 countries and 13,000 units of the electric 500.” says InsideEVs: “Prices for cheaper versions of the new 500 are yet to be released, as well as other markets in which it will be offered.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/423352/fiat-500-la-prima-sold-out/

 

VOLKSWAGEN WILL TURN ‘R’ DIVISION INTO A PERFORMANCE EV BRAND

“Volkswagen isn’t shy of its future EV plans but now there’s a new report saying that the German carmaker will include turning the ‘R’ brand into an electric performance brand.” repotrs CarScoops: “Speaking to Top Gear, VW Group board member Jürgen Stackmann that future ‘R’ models will not only be exciting cars but will also go electric.The electric future of the R brand has already started of course, as VW recently revealed the Touareg R, the first R model fitted with a hybrid powertrain. The range-topping version of the German SUV is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 336 HP 3.0-liter V6 with a 130 HP electric motor and a 14.1 kWh battery pack for a combined 456 HP.”

 

https://app.getpocket.com/read/2986928064

 

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