Show #815

 

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FORD MUSTANG MACH-E WILL EASE RANGE ANXIETY

“Ford hopes to give electric car owners extra peace of mind by releasing a clever feature named Intelligent Range that monitors electricity consumption in real time. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E will inaugurate it. Engineers started with the premise that range estimates are just that. How far you can drive on a full battery (or a full tank of gasoline) depends on a wide variety of factors, and the number you see in the instrument cluster is rarely 100% accurate.” reports Autoblog: “Intelligent Range analyzes electricity consumption and factors in the driver’s behaviour, the current and future weather conditions, plus data from other Mach-E drivers who choose to share it. It then predicts how much electricity the powertrain will use to complete a trip. Range goes down if the driver floors the accelerator pedal between every red light, for example, and Ford noted warmer and colder weather has an effect on how far an electric car can drive on one charge. If the number changes, users will see a notification in the instrument cluster. Ford told Autoblog this technology works regardless of whether a destination is entered into the navigation system. Intelligent Range learns the driver’s habits on a daily basis, even if navigation isn’t being used. It notably detects if the car is regularly driven briskly and if the A/C is always on full blast, among other parameters. It also doesn’t require navigation information to factor the weather and crowd-sourced data into its real-world range estimate.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/06/19/ford-mustang-mach-e-will-ease-anxiety-with-more-sophisticated-range-gauge/

 

VW TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN SOFTWARE PLATFORM

“Volkswagen is reducing its reliance on software partnerships and shifting gears to developing its own in-vehicle software. That shift starts on July 1, when the automaker’s newly formed internal organization Car.Software switches from the start-up phase to operational mode” according to Roadshow by CNET: ” VW’s current share of its cars’ software is less than 10%, with the rest coming from development partnerships with large IT groups, tier 1 providers and other third-party software. Still in the early days, the first wave of VW ID electrics will still use VW’s contemporary Modular Electric Propulsion Platform software with the Audi – and Porsche -developed Premium Platform Electric coming online around 2022. Then follows a transitional period leading up to the new VW.OS rollout around 2025. Friday’s announcement comes amid reports of numerous software bugs that caused delays to the summer rollout of the automaker’s upcoming electric ID 3 hatchback.”

 

https://www.msn.com/en-za/autos/news/volkswagen-gets-more-active-in-software-development-with-new-carsoftware-division/ar-BB15ONCB

 

WATCH TRI-MOTOR AUDI E-TRON S BOMB IT DOWN THE NURBURGRING

“The Audi e-tron has been out for some time now and it’s definitely been more successful than its most immediate competitor, the Mercedes-Benz EQC.” says Autoevolution: “s working on an S version that will pack a lot more muscle. How much? That’ll be 496 hp and 973 Nm (717 lb-f) of torque, enough to give the Audi e-tron S a drop of 2.1 seconds in its 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time and an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). The not so big secret of the Audi e-tron S that enables the performance boost is the addition of a third motor. The unit that normally powers the rear axle on the 50 and 55 versions is moved up front on the S, and two smaller motors are used to power the rear wheels.”

 

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/watch-tri-motor-audi-e-tron-s-bomb-it-down-the-nurburgring-overtake-a-bmw-145108.html#agal_3

 

ELON MUSK SAYS TESLA WILL DELAY ‘BATTERY DAY’ EVENT AND SHAREHOLDERS MEETING

“Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the company’s “Battery Day” event and its shareholders meeting, which was slated for July 7th, will both be delayed until sometime after July 4th. The Battery Day event, where Tesla is expected to reveal details about its “million mile” battery, was originally planned for April but was bumped back to July due to the coronavirus pandemic.” reports The Verge: “In response to a question on Twitter about whether its cyber truck would be at the shareholders meeting, Musk said Tesla “will have to postpone annual shareholder meeting, as still no large gatherings allowed by July 7th. Not sure of new date, but am guessing maybe a month or so later. He later added that Tesla would likely combine the shareholders meeting with the Battery Day event, and that it would probably be held in Fremont, California, where Tesla has factory.”

 

https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/20/21297685/elon-musk-tesla-battery-shareholders

 

TESLA SLASHES PRICES WITH NEW SOLAR PANEL

Tesla said today in a Blog post: “”Today we are introducing the lowest-ever cost to go solar in the United States,” the company wrote. “Our average system size is now one-third less expensive than the industry average and we have recently introduced a lowest-price guarantee. If you change your mind after purchasing or are unhappy with the system, we will uninstall it and issue a full refund within seven days from system turn on. With our new pricing, an average customer buying a large system in California will make their money back in only six years by reducing their electric bill, ultimately making an average of $88,000 over the system’s lifetime,” the company said. “In New Mexico, that same system will make an average of $55,000 over its lifetime and in Vermont, $47,000. “Our internal software platform now automates solar panel placement for energy optimization on a roof, significantly reducing the time needed to design a new system,” the company said. “We also continue to invest in core technologies that raise the efficiency of our solar systems, including new premium panels with higher power and efficiency, as well as integrated software and hardware that reduces the cost of solar interconnection and makes pairing solar with Powerwall easier than ever.”

 

“According to a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association, the average cost for a residential solar panel system in the first quarter of 2020 was $2.83 per watt while a non-residential system was $1.36 per watt.” writes Fox Business: “Before federal tax incentives, Tesla’s “small” system now costs $10,000 for 4.1 kilowatts of power, or $2.44 per watt, while its “medium” system costs $16,000 for 8.2 kilowatts of power, or $1.95 per watt. The ‘large’ system costs $23,500 for 12.2 kilowatts, or $1.93 per watt, while the “extra large” system costs $30,000 for 16.3 kilowatts, or $1.84 per watt. After federal tax incentives, the total cost comes out to $7,400 for a small system, $11,840 for a medium system, $17,390 for a large system and 22,200 for an extra large system.”

 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/tesla-new-solar-panel-price

 

BOSCH SAYS ITS NEW APP WILL SOLVE EV CHARGING NIGHTMARE

“If you own an EV and drive in Europe, you may have as many as 6 charging apps on your smartphones, as well as a half dozen charging system access cards. Bosch says it will take just a few clicks to register, recharge, and pay with its new app – and it includes cost transparency.” reports Steve for CleanTechnica: “lmar Pritsch, president of the connected mobility solutions division of Bosch, tells Robotics and Automation News, “With our recharging services, we are developing a universal key to one of the biggest pan-European recharging networks. In doing so, we are making electromobility even more viable. Recharging has to be simple and smooth for everyone. Bosch’s smart recharging services are crucial for the widespread acceptance of electromobility.” Bosch says its solution makes payment simpler. The app pays using the credit card details uploaded to it and provides users with a monthly statement of recharging costs. The Bosch app includes 150,000 chargers. The company says it expects that number to grow to more than 200,000 by the end of this year. 27,500 of those charge points are located in Germany.  The Bosch Charge My EV app allows drivers to locate available chargers anywhere in Europe.”

 

Bosch Says Its New App Will Solve EV Charging Nightmare

 

PORSCHE TAYCAN TO RECEIVE AERODYNAMIC UPGRADES FROM TECHART

“German-based tuner TechArt has been fettling Porsches for decades, so it only seems right that it should turn its hand to the all-new, all-electric Taycan. Though powertrain upgrades are unlikely to surface any time soon, it already has plans to add a suite of new aerodynamics components, wheels and cabin upgrades. ” says evo Magazine: “TechArt has plenty of aesthetics modifications up its sleeve, beginning with a set of lightweight 22-inch ‘Formula VI’ forged wheels that can be fitted to all current Taycan variants.  Though details are yet to be confirmed, the brand is keen to give customers free rein when it comes to customisation, so you’ll likely be able to reupholster the cabin in virtually any colour one could dream of, and new leather and fabric options are said to be in the works. Should the factory paint finish not be to your taste, the tuner will also offer fresh single and multi-colour paint finishes.”

 

https://www.evo.co.uk/porsche/porsche-taycan/202767/porsche-taycan-to-receive-aerodynamic-upgrades-from-techart

 

 

 

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