Show #799

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 4th June 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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DYSON CAR REVEALED IN FULL AS TIME CALLED ON ELECTRIC SUV PROJECT

“Dyson has released new images of its abandoned electric SUV project, giving us a complete look inside and out of the firm’s abandoned Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace rival.” says AutoExpress: “In April, Dyson released the first official picture of the car – a side profile shot backing up patent drawings previously published by trademarking authorities. Now though, we can see the design in greater detail, in particular the highly aerodynamic shape Dyson derived for the SUV. Huge, 24-inch aerodynamic wheels are fitted – something Sir James Dyson says is central to the car’s design, not only from an aesthetic standpoint but also for low rolling resistance and ride comfort. Smaller details include flush door-handles, tiny camera stalks in place of the wing mirrors and protruding, squared off wheel arches. Around the back, LED tail lights are positioned high on each corner of the tailgate. There is no traditional instrument panel – a head up display projects onto the windscreen, right in front of the driver. Almost every button to control the car is on the steering wheel, while further displays sit at each side of the dashboard – live feeds for the camera based side mirror system. The car’s climate control system uses air filtration technology developed from Dyson’s home products. “

 

  • 3-row seating
  • 7 seater
  • active air suspension, speed dependant
  • battery could swap out modules
  • li-ion becomes solid state
  • Dyson paid back a government grant when he cancelled the car
  • 500 employees
  • construction was underway for the factory to build it
  • they’re clear – it’s not a failure

 

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/electric-cars/95371/dyson-car-revealed-full-time-called-electric-suv-project

 

RIVIAN’S AMAZON ELECTRIC DELIVERY VAN STILL ON TRACK AS FACTORY REOPENS

“Rivian, the electric vehicle company backed by Amazon,  Cox Automotive and Ford, has resumed work at its factory in Normal, Ill. following a temporary shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the shutdown and gradual restart, the timeline for the Amazon delivery vans is still on track, according to a statement from Amazon released Thursday. In September, Amazon announced it had ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian as part of its commitment to The Climate Pledge to become net zero carbon by 2040. Vans will begin delivering to customers in 2021, as previously planned. About 10,000 electric vehicles will be on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles will be on the road by 2030, Amazon said in a statement Thursday.” writes TechCrunch: “Rivian has pushed the start of production on the R1T and R1S to 2021. The company had initially planned to start production and begin deliveries of the electric pickup truck and SUV in late 2020.”

 

https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/28/rivians-amazon-electric-delivery-van-still-on-track-as-factory-reopens/

 

THE PORSCHE TAYCAN IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER IN AUSTRALIA

@PORSCHEAUS

3 Jun

“The Porsche Taycan is now available to order in Australia. All three models, Taycan Turbo S, Turbo and 4S, will arrive from December 2020. Full story on the Australian arrival of the first-ever electric Porsche sportscar.”

The Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S are now available to order via Porsche Centres around Australia, with the Porsche Car Configurator now live with local specifications and pricing.

The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, the same acceleration figures as a 911 GT2 RS. tOP SPEED 260KM/H. It has a combined range of up to 405 km# when the battery is fully charged. For charging at 400 volt charging points, a 150 kW on-board DC-Charger is standard in Australia. Porsche Cars Australia has partnered with Chargefox, Australia’s largest EV charging network operator. Taycan owners will receive a complimentary three year subscription to the Chargefox Ultra-Rapid DC charging network (up to 350 kW).

 

https://newsroom.porsche.com/en_AU/2020/products/porsche-taycan-australian-product-highlights-21049.html

 

NEW SOUTH WALES TO RAMP UP ITS ELECTRIC VEHICLE FLEET

“In Australia, the New South Wales government has tripled its procurement targets for new hybrid and all-electric vehicles as part of its passenger vehicle fleets, according to local media.” reports electrive: “This means that the NSW government will be purchasing around 900 new hybrid or electric vehicles each year, with around 300 of these vehicles being all-electric models. The NSW Treasury said that they actually achieved their 10 per cent fleet target last year. This means that of the 2,891 vehicles purchased, 692 of these were either hybrid or fully-electric vehicles.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/06/02/nsw-to-ramp-up-its-electric-vehicle-fleets/

 

FORD WILL BE USING VOLKSWAGEN’S MEB ARCHITECTURE FOR ITS FUTURE EVS

“The Ford-Volkswagen alliance has been brewing for a couple of years now. Things started looking stale in between, but it looks like everything is getting back on track.

“According to Ford Authority, the alliance between the two automakers is expected to be finalized by the end of June. Also, the German automaker’s board has approved several projects, one of which is a new Ford electric vehicle that will be underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Do you think it will be a badge-engineered ID.4 crossover?” asks TopSpeed.com: “the new EV will be built specifically for the European markets where the emission norms are a lot more stringent than in the U.S. The idea will be to develop either a small hatch or a crossover. The latter makes more sense considering the customer preference and market trend, but since the European countries will be receiving the Mach-E, Ford would be interested in building something smaller. Perhaps, even a hatch could be in the reckoning.”

 

https://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/ford-s-alliance-with-volkswagen-means-the-next-ford-ev-will-be-a-badge-engineered-id4-crossover-ar188603.html

 

THE WORLD RX TEAM FUTURE-PROOFING RALLY CLASSICS

“Front-running World Rallycross team GC Kompetition is known for running modern Renault machinery, whether it’s the Prodrive-built Mégane or the in-house developed Clio R.S. But the ambitious and comparatively young outfit is mashing up old and new by entering the world of restomodded electrified classic cars.” says DirtFish: “Based on iconic models such as the Lancia Delta Integrale, the limited selection of cars will be handpicked by the French squad, before being converted to an electric drivetrain using a kit developed in-house at the team’s technical centre. The whole car, including the conversion and the necessary hardware, will be sold as one complete package.”

 

https://dirtfish.com/rallycross/world-rx/the-world-rx-team-future-proofing-rally-classics/

 

MASERATI GHIBLI HYBRID TEASER VIDEO ELECTRIFIES THE BRAND’S HQ

“While we’ve known about the plan to create a Maserati Ghibli Hybrid for a while, the Italian brand has now released a brief teaser video for the electrified model. The clip shows lightning striking the company’s trident at the headquarters and it glowing afterward, sending a shock through the whole building.” says Motor1: Maserati originally intended to debut the Ghibli Hybrid in April at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show, but the COVID-19 outbreak forced the event’s cancellation. The only technical detail that came out about the sedan at that time was that it allegedly used a plug-in hybrid system.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/426715/maserati-ghibli-hybrid-teaser/

 

LAUNCH OF THE ABT E-TRANSPORTER 6.1 WITH AERO PACKAGE

The beginning of June sees the start of production of the ABT e-Transporter 6.1. As with its predecessor, ABT e-Line, an official premium partner of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, is responsible for converting the vehicle to electric drive.  The ABT e-Transporter 6.1 delivers a maximum output of 83 kW and a maximum torque of 200 Nm. The vehicle will be available with top speed options of either 90 km/h or 120 km/h. The range is between 105 and 138 km depending upon specification (according to WLTP), (gross) battery capacity is 37.3 kWh.

 

https://www.electricvehiclesresearch.com/articles/20831/launch-of-the-abt-e-transporter-6-1-with-aero-package

 

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