Show #839

 

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BMW STARTS EV OFFENSIVE WITH IX3

“The BMW iX3 is the brand’s first electric vehicle targeted at a sweet spot of the premium market: the midsize SUV segment, where it will compete with models such as the Jaguar I-Pace and forthcoming Tesla Model Y.” says Christian at Automotive News Europe: “The iX3, which debuts in China later this year and in Europe in early 2021, previews BMW’s upcoming EV offensive that will include two more models next year, the i4 sedan and the larger iNEXT crossover. The iX3 is the first BMW to use the automaker’s flexible architecture that can underpin combustion engine, plug-in hybrid and battery-powered cars. This allows BMW to produce all three variants on the same assembly line.”

 

188 prismatic NMC 811 cells

Battery 518kg

180kph top speed

Current-excited synchronous electric motors (VW use permanent magnet synchronous motor which is lighter and more efficient but uses more rare earth materials, Tesla Model 3/Y and the front motor in the S & X use a form of those called permanent magnet assisted synchronous reluctance motors …e-tron and EQC plus S&X rear motors are induction motors which have very high torque at low speeds)

 

“When the electric SUV will later go on sale in Europe, BMW is calling for prices starting just under 70,000 euros.” says electrive: “For the high base price the iX3 is comparatively well equipped. The standard equipment already includes a metallic paint finish, 3-zone automatic climate control with auxiliary heating and air conditioning functions, automatic tailgate operation, the “Driving Assist Professional” and LED headlights. Aerodynamically optimised 19-inch rims are fitted ex works, while the “Impressive” equipment line features 20-inch rims. This equipment also includes acoustic glazing, the head-up display and sports seats.”

 

Jalopnik were less complimentary: “The Tesla Model S started production in 2012, and showed that the world was ready for a full-on, from-the-ground-up electric car. One that wasn’t just the shell of a gas-powered car with some batteries jammed in. And yet, some 8 years later, BMW is still facing up against Tesla with a shell of a gas-powered car with some batteries jammed in.”

 

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/bmw-starts-ev-offensive-ix3?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/07/14/bmw-ix3-to-cost-e70000/

 

https://jalopnik.com/bmw-s-most-serious-new-electric-car-is-kind-of-lame-1844375848

 

PATENTS REVEAL DACIA SPRING: THE MOST AFFORDABLE EV IN EUROPE

“When Carlos Ghosn said he wanted a small and affordable electric car to sell all over the world, Renault gave him the K-ZE City. The urban vehicle has a 26.8 kWh pack, good for 271 km of range under the NEDC cycle. Europe will finally have its version of that affordable EV when the Dacia Spring is put for sale in early 2021, and these patents show it will not change much compared to the concept.” says InsideEVs: “Primarily based on the Renault Kwid developed for India and Brazil. In China, its most expensive version, sold by 71,800 RMB ($10,246, at the current exchange rate), is slightly taller, at 1,52 m (59,8 in), probably due to roof rails. It also has a mid-spec option for 66,800 RMB ($9,533). The entry-level K-ZE costs 61,800 RMB – or $8,819 “

 

https://insideevs.com/news/433930/patents-reveal-affordable-dacia-spring/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-articles

 

ELECTRIFY AMERICA INTRODUCES NEW PROPOSAL FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGER EMOJI

Ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17, Electrify America announced a new proposal to introduce the first-ever “EV Charger” emoji for smartphone keyboards. The proposal was officially submitted for consideration to the Unicode Consortium, the governing body for emoji creation.

After offering an “Electric Vehicle with Charger” emoji on World Emoji Day 2019 and receiving a decline from the Unicode Consortium, the EV charging company felt strongly enough about accurately representing EV chargers and the future of transportation through emoji to create and submit a new design. The new “EV Charger” emoji design takes feedback from the committee into account, streamlining the emoji to focus on solely the charger.

 

https://media.electrifyamerica.com/en-us/releases/104

 

STARD WRITES HISTORY WITH FIRST VICTORY FOR AN ELECTRIC RALLYCROSS CAR

STARD, based near Vienna, Austria, is a company familiar with making history in the alternative technology motorsport arena. But, on Sunday July 12, together with rally star Manfred Stohl, STARD made its biggest entry into the history books yet by claiming the first ever victory for a rallycross car using a fully-electric powertrain.

The REVelution electric kit for Projekt E produces 450kW (613bhp) combined power, 1000Nm of instantaneous torque with a top speed of 240km/h from three high performance road car electric motors, using a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmission.

Last weekend at the Kakucs circuit in Hungary, in a round of the Hungarian Rallycross Championship, STARD ran a Ford Fiesta ElectRX, the debut appearance for a fully-electric rallycross car in its intended environment.

 

BRITISH BATTERY STORAGE SECTOR TAKES A ‘BIG STEP’ AS MINISTERS REMOVE SIZE LIMIT BARRIERS

“Barriers have been removed allowing for battery storage projects five times the size as the current limit in Britain, in a move hailed as a “significant, positive and well-timed” step. Secondary legislation was passed by ministers today (14 July) that will allow for projects above 50MW in England and 350MW in Wales.” sayx energy-storage.news: “Head of markets at National Grid ESO, Kayte O’Neill said that how the company operates the grid is changing as record levels of renewable energy sources generate more and more of Great Britain’s power. Currently there is 4GW of storage project in planning in Great Britain according to BEIS, which collectively could power 6 million homes. Already, there is 1GW of battery storage in operation.

 

The gov said: “Removing barriers in the planning system will help us build bigger and more powerful batteries, creating more green-collar jobs and a smarter electricity network.”

 

https://www.energy-storage.news/news/british-battery-sector-takes-a-big-step-as-ministers-remove-barriers

 

HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC ACHIEVES RECORD SALES IN JUNE

“In March Hyundai started the deliveries of the Kona Electric made at its European manufacturing plant, in Czech Republic. Back then European production was at 150 Kona Electrics per day and Hyundai planed to produce 30.000 electric cars this year in Europe.” says PushEVs: “Hyundai also expected that by delivering 80.000 electric cars to European customers this year, it would become the biggest provider of zero-emission vehicles in Europe in 2020.  in June Hyundai managed to sell 5.627 units of the Kona Electric outside its domestic market, which represents a sales record for this automaker.It seems that the  production of ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars was much more affected by the lockdowns than the production of electric cars. One possible explanation is that since electric cars are simpler to build and require far fewer parts, supplier list is also much shorter and resuming production is always less problematic.”

 

https://pushevs.com/2020/07/14/hyundai-kona-electric-achieves-record-sales-in-june/

 

SUBSIDIES SLASH EV LEASE COSTS IN GERMANY, FRANCE

“Car buyers in Germany and France can now get their hands on a brand-new electric vehicle for less than the typical cost of a mobile-phone contract. Thanks to newly generous subsidies, some are even free.” writes Automotive News Europe: “Shoppers have swarmed virtual showrooms in Germany and France — the region’s two largest passenger-car markets — after their national governments boosted electric-vehicle incentives to stimulate demand. Their purchase subsidies are now among the most favorable in the world, according to BloombergNEF. The state support is allowing Autohaus Koenig, a dealership chain with more than 50 locations across Germany, to advertise a lease for the battery-powered Renault Zoe that is entirely covered by subsidies. In France, where the government raised subsidies to 7,000 euros per car this year, customers can lease the Zoe from 79 euros a month.”

 

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/subsidies-slash-ev-lease-costs-germany-france

 

TESLA’S MODEL Y STRATEGY SHOWS THAT LONG RANGE EVS ARE THE NEW STANDARD

 

“Over the weekend, Tesla, through its CEO, Elon Musk, revealed that the Model Y Standard Range RWD will no longer be produced. In its place will be a Long Range RWD variant that Musk states will have a range that’s significantly higher than 300 miles per charge. With this update, the message was clear: Tesla is intent on making Long Range versions of its vehicles as the new standard. ” says TEslarati: “when Elon Musk confirmed that the Standard Range RWD version of the Model Y has been cancelled, he stated that the variant’s range would be “unacceptably low.”. The cancellation of the Model Y Standard Range RWD also seems to be a way for the company to keep the Model 3 Standard Range Plus as the de facto entry level Tesla for some time. After all, the Model Y Standard Range RWD was initially listed with a price of $39,000, which is very close to the Model 3 Standard Range Plus’ $37,990. By removing the Model Y Standard Range, Tesla could ensure that the Model 3 Standard Range Plus will remain a bang for your buck sedan.”

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-y-long-range-rwd-price-elon-musk/

 

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