Show #834

 

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OSLO HAS THE MOST EVS PER CAPITA IN THE WORLD

“Oslo, Norway’s capital, is now reportedly the world leader in terms of electric vehicles per capita (along with the country’s second-largest city, Bergen). This comes as no surprise since Norway leads the way in EV adoption, and its capital has set itself a very ambitious target to be near-zero emissions by 2030.” says InsideEVs: “Currently, around 18 percent of all passenger cars operating in the city are fully electric, 9 percent are plug-in hybrids and 5 percent are regular hybrids. And this shift isn’t only in the passenger car segment; electric vans have also gone up in popularity too, with 23 percent of all new vans bought in Q1 2020 being fully electric.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/432911/oslo-most-evs-per-capita-globally

 

ELON MUSK ABOUT TO GET ANOTHER $1.8 BILLION PAYDAY FROM TESLA

“Musk’s pay package, approved by Tesla shareholders in 2018, doesn’t pay him any salary or cash bonuses. Instead, it laid out a plan that could eventually give him 20.3 million stock options over the course of 10 years, in 12 equal blocks of 1.7 million options, as long as the company hits a series of operational and market value goals.” according to CNN: “The company’s share price has continued to climb steadily, rising more than 70% since Musk received the previous options grant. That gives the company a current market value of $258.6 billion, and a six-month average of $138.6 billion. That new market value is closer to the next target than it might appear. Tesla shares need only to stay at this level for the next two weeks to hit the six-month average of $150 billion. Musk has yet to exercise his options.”

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/companies/elon-musk-about-to-get-another-2418-billion-payday-from-tesla/ar-BB16Aqz9

 

MUSK SAYS TESLA IS ‘VERY CLOSE’ TO DEVELOPING FULLY AUTONOMY VEHICLES

“Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. is “very close” to developing fully autonomous vehicles and could work out the basics of that technology as soon as this year, he said in a prerecorded video played during the World AI Conference in Shanghai.” according to Bloomberg: “Musk reiterated that the electric vehicle maker has solved most of the essential challenges toward achieving Level 5 autonomy, or a fully self-driven automobile that needs no human behind the wheel. The Tesla and SpaceX chief was reaffirming a goal first expressed in 2019.”

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/companies/musk-says-tesla-is-e2-80-98very-close-e2-80-99-to-developing-fully-autonomy-vehicles/ar-BB16w6q4

 

TESLA IS NOT AHEAD IN LITHIUM-ION BATTERY TECH, SAYS AUDI CEO

“Over the years, Tesla has been hard at work improving its batteries, and as the company heads towards its highly anticipated Battery Day event, it is becoming more and more evident that the electric car maker is one of, if not the, leader in lithium ion batteries for electric cars. ” says TEslarati: “That is, of course, if one does not ask Audi CEO Markus Duesmann. In a recent talk with German magazine Focus.de, the Audi CEO…stated that he does not see Tesla being ahead in lithium ion battery tech at all. With this, it would not be long before Germany’s automakers catch up. “We’re catching up with seven-mile boots,” Duesmann said. “Interestingly enough, it will only be a matter of time before Tesla manages to capitalize on Germany’s car making mastery. The electric car maker is currently building Gigafactory Berlin, a facility that is expected to start operations next year by producing the Model Y.”

 

Tesla is not ahead in lithium-ion battery tech, says Audi CEO: ‘We’re catching up’

 

BMW UNVEIL ITS HOTLY ANTICIPATED IX3 EV NEXT WEEK

“The hotly anticipated BMW iX3, the company’s first electric vehicle that’s part of its core product line up, will be officially unveiled next week.

 

On July 14 at 10AM CEST, the German automaker will take the covers off the EV and it’ll be the first time the public or press has seen it for real, CarScoops reports.” according to The Next Web: “The iX3 has so far been reported to have a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 282 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’ll also have a 74 kWh battery pack capable of powering the car for approximately 273 miles (440 km). Early last month, the Bavarian marque announced that it had already started production of the vehicle, which is being made in China. The first customer deliveries are expected later this year.”

 

https://thenextweb.com/shift/2020/07/10/heres-how-to-watch-bmw-ix3s-unveiling-happening-next-week-july-14/

 

STOHL TO LEAD HISTORIC DEBUT OF ELECTRIC RALLYCROSS CAR

“An electric car will race in rallycross for the first time this weekend, as former world rally driver Manfred Stohl is set to compete in an electric Ford Fiesta at a Hungarian Rallycross Championship event.” says motorsport.com: “Stohl will compete at the Kakucs circuit in a Fiesta ElectRX, created by his STARD research and development firm, the kind of car that will be run in the World Rallycross Championship’s Projekt E electric support series from this year. With the Fiesta’s electric kit producing 450kW (the equivalent to 613 horsepower) and 1100Nm, the event will give the first clear indication of an electric car’s performance against conventional two-litre turbo charged, 600bhp rallycross Supercars. While the Projekt E series will be a standalone single-powertrain category within the World RX structure, World RX will adopt electric cars into the top category in 2022, with electric cars pitched against existing ICE machines.”

 

https://www.motorsport.com/rallycross/news/stohl-electric-ford-debut-hungary/4828329/?ic_source=home-page-widget&ic_medium=widget&ic_campaign=widget-6

 

NISSAN LEAF TRIALS WITH V2G TECHNOLOGY IN AUSTRALIA

“Nissan’s vehicle-to-grid technology has arrived in Australia. With a government trial, called Realising Electric Vehicle Services (REVS), Nissan is preparing to launch V2G technology to the Australian market later this year.” writes electrive.com: “The REVS project will see 51 Nissan Leaf EVs deployed across the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ahead of the commercial roll-out planned by Nissan. The ACT government will operate 50 Nissan Leaf electric cars in a trial capacity, using their batteries to stabilise energy supply to the power grid.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/07/09/nissan-leaf-trials-with-v2g-technology-to-start-in-australia/

 

FORD TRANSIT PHEV SWITCHES TO EV MODE IN CITIES AUTOMATICALLY

“Ford has introduced a new automatic electric mode for the Transit Custom plug-in hybrid (PHEV), which uses geofencing to ensure the van operates with zero-emissions in cities. ” says CommercialFleet website: “Using live location data, the Transit Custom PHEV vans will automatically switch to electric drive mode whenever they enter predefined areas such as congestion and low‑emission zones. Vehicle operators can also create custom “green zones” to encourage low-emission driving around locations such as schools, playgrounds and warehouses.”

 

https://www.commercialfleet.org/news/van-news/2020/07/08/ford-transit-phev-switches-to-ev-mode-in-cities-automatically

 

ELECTRIC SCOOTER CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWS 2020 CAN ALWAYS GET WILDER

“With electric scooters as numerous and troublesome as tribbles, it’s amazing no one thought of a professional race series. That chasm in the market has now been filled by the Electric Scooter Championship, also known as the eSC and the eSkootr Championship. ” according to Autoblog: “The inaugural eSC season is planned for 2021 “in the hearts of major cities” around the world, with a two-pronged raison d’être that wants to “make international motorsport more accessible, affordable and sustainable than ever before,” and that wants to help cities by “[promoting] the cost, convenience and sustainability benefits of micromobility within the rapidly changing electric mobility landscape. With this series, we have created a superfast race machine capable of speeds greater than 100km/h, that can accelerate faster than a road car, and which will reach 100km/h in only a few seconds.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/07/09/electric-scooter-racing-esc-eskootr-championship/

 

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