Show #817

 

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MUSK ANNOUNCES TESLA BASIC AUTOPILOT DEAL

“With the July price increase to $8000 for FSD (Full Self-Driving) capabilities on the horizon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dropped a surprise on Tesla owners that if they already own one of the company’s cars and don’t have Autopilot installed, they can add the basic Autopilot feature for $2000 until July 1.” says Car and Driver: “Currently, Tesla’s basic Autopilot features are standard on all vehicles. But if you bought one of its vehicles before this was the norm, you can now upgrade at a discount. For the company’s additional FSD features—Navigate on Autopilot, automatic lane changing, auto parking, Summon, traffic light control, and future self-driving capabilities once Tesla has finalized software—you’ll have to pay extra. This deal is only available for vehicles without Autopilot. For those looking to upgrade their current Autopilot suite, you might want to do so before the price is increased on July 1.”

 

@elonmusk Enabling basic Tesla Autopilot via Tesla in-app purchase is reduced to $2k until July 1

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a32935630/musk-tesla-autopilot-upgrade-deal-june/

 

JAY LENO TAKES THE TESLA MODEL Y FOR A SPIN

“We saw that a few weeks ago when Leno had Musk in the shop with the Cybertruck, and there’s more today with the Model Y making its first appearance on the show. Leno gives it a thorough once-over before taking a spin, noting that even he thinks electrified vehicles will be common day-to-day transportation in the near future.” writes Autoweek: “On the road, Leno notes the Model Y’s speed, obviously, as well as the range and general driving dynamics. He also breaks down the pollution aspect and how he understands that the electricity is still coming from polluting power plants, but the vehicle itself is clean. Leno also owns a Tesla Model S, for what it’s worth.”

 

https://www.autoweek.com/car-life/a32935550/jay-leno-takes-the-tesla-model-y-for-a-spin/

 

MUSK TWEETS TESLA MODEL Y 3-ROW 7-SEATER MAY LAUNCH SOON

“When Tesla CEO Elon Musk first talked about the Model Y, he said it would be built on a brand-new platform. However, that tune changed later, when he said it would actually be built on the same platform as the Model 3 and share many of its sibling’s parts, though it would have third-row seats.” according to Steven Loveday at InsideEVs: “The Model Y came to market in March and is available in two all-wheel-drive versions: The Long Range and Performance. Much like the Model 3, it should be available in less expensive Standard Range variants in the future. The three-row seven-seat Model Y is also coming later. When people started getting notifications to configure their Model Y, there was some confusion, which caused plenty of speculation. The automaker was telling people to prepare for delivery of Model Y versions that weren’t yet available, such as the three-row model”

 

@elonmusk: “probably early Q4”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/430028/elon-musk-tesla-model-y-7-seats/

 

TESLA BATTERY CELL PRODUCTION TOUR INCLUDED AT COMING TESLA SHAREHOLDER MEETING

 

@elonmsusk: “Tentative date for Tesla Shareholder Meeting & Battery Day is Sept 15. Will include tour of cell production system.”

 

“Elon Musk tweeted recently that a new date has been set for the annual meeting of shareholders and Tesla Battery Day, both of which have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came with a bonus.” says Clean Technica: “Elon said on Twitter that the event would probably be held in Fremont, California.The list of topics people want to hear about during Battery Day includes news about the so-called million-mile battery, information about what Jeff Dahn and his researchers at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia are up to, news about changes to battery chemistry, electrode composition, how the technology developed by Maxwell is being incorporated into Tesla’s batteries, how the technology developed by Maxwell is being used to manufacture batteries more cheaply, and what Tesla’s plans are in the medium to long term for producing its own battery cells (it currently produces its own modules and packs, but not the cells).”

 

Tesla Battery Cell Production Tour Included At Coming Tesla Shareholder Meeting

 

WELTMEISTER EX5 IMPRESSES WITH LOW BATTERY CAPACITY DEGRADATION

“Launched last year in China and sold for 139.800 yuan (17.561 euros) after subsidies, the Weltmeister EX5 is a very appealing electric car sized between the Kia e-Niro and the Tesla Model Y” says PushEVs.

 

Motor: 160 kW and 315 Nm of torque

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 8,3 seconds

On-board charger: 6,6 kW

DC fast charging: 30 to 80 % in 30 minutes at 120 kW chargers

Battery capacity: 69 kWh with lifetime warranty

Battery weight: 432 kg

Battery energy density: 160 Wh/kg, they use NCM 811

 

“To help alleviate concerns surrounding one important consideration among car buyers, the degradation of EV batteries over time, WM Motor has long promoted the benefits of high-quality thermal management and battery management systems (BMS) in EV’s to maintain the long-term stability of a battery’s capacity. Data from one of WM Motor’s EX5 models purchased in January 2019 has provided an insight into the car’s long-term battery degradation rate. The driver of this EX5 undertakes lengthy commutes between Wenzhou, Ningbo and Hangzhou, among other cities, and has averaged approximately 500km daily and accumulated over 200,000km of driving since purchasing the vehicle last year. Having been brought in for a regular check-up this week, the battery was found to have degraded by only 2.85% from its original capacity.”

 

“Battery data after 200.000 km (124.274 miles): Charged 90 % of the times at DC fast chargers, Charged 1.500 times (partial charges), Battery capacity only dropped by 2,85 %”

 

https://pushevs.com/2020/06/22/weltmeister-ex5-impresses-with-low-battery-capacity-degradation/

 

CHINA EASES GREEN RULES TO PROMOTE REGULAR HYBRIDS

“China re-classified gas-electric hybrid vehicles on Monday so they get more favorable treatment than all-gas or diesel counterparts under new clean car rules, making it easier for automakers to meet environment quotas and offer more choice.” says a Reuters reports today: “Automakers in China are obliged to manufacture NEVs to win “points” to make up for a portion of the negative points they incur when they produce internal combustion engine vehicles. However, the system has been criticized for offering few incentives for automakers to improve gas-only cars’ efficiency. The policy published on Monday by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology allows automakers to gradually make more gas-electric hybrids and less of the more costly all-electric vehicles from 2021 through 2023.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/06/22/china-easing-green-rules/

 

APPLE’S NEW IOS COURTS EV DRIVERS

“Apple has announced at this year’s WWDC [that] Maps in iOS 14 will get a new “EV routing” feature, too, making it possible for users to plan trips around where and when they’ll need to charge their electric vehicles. The company previously only allowed users to route to or from certain chargers in Maps, but now it will be able to include or add chargers to a trip, even on the fly.” reports The Verge: “Apple says Maps will be able to “track your current vehicle charge and factor in things like elevation to automatically add charging stops along the way,” and that it will only route to compatible chargers. Of course, to get that deeply integrated means the company needs cooperation from automakers, and so Apple said it’s only working with Ford and BMW to start.”

 

https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/22/21299325/apple-ios14-maps-updates-cycling-directions-electric-charging-wwdc-2020

 

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