Show #852

 

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BMW 3 SERIES ELECTRIC SPIED UNABLE TO HIDE ITS MISSING TAILPIPES

“BMW’s continued push of electric vehicles isn’t slowing down. It’s all part of the company’s plan to launch 12 fully electric models over the next few years. It’s ambitious, led by the iX3 SUV the automaker revealed earlier this month. The plan includes an all-electric 3 Series, and new spy photos show development continues on the sedan.” says Motor1.com: “If it looks longer than a regular 3 Series, that’s because it is. BMW is building the all-electric sedan on top of the model’s long-wheelbase version. That means this could be a China-only model as BMW only sells the LWB version in the Asian country. The extended platform likely allows the automaker to install bigger batteries, helping extend the range and power while being mindful of the packaging. If that’s the case, then the electric 3 Series could arrive in the US and Europe.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/436256/bmw-3-series-electric-spied/

 

VW SAYS THAT THE PANDEMIC HAS MADE EVS “MORE INEVITABLE”

“The full impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic remains to be seen, Volkswagen is already predicting that it will be good for electric cars. The pandemic has made electric cars “more inevitable,” declared the headline for an in-house interview with Volkswagen Group of America senior VP of strategy Reinhard Fischer posted Friday.” according to Green Car Reports: “While sharing services were heavily promoted before the pandemic, fear of virus transmission could cause more people to return to personal cars, Fischer said. In this scenario, electric cars have the added advantage of home charging, allowing drivers to avoid possible infection at gas stations, he said. The dramatic decrease in exhaust emissions during the early days of the pandemic, when most countries enforced strict stay-at-home orders, also showed the potential environmental benefit of electric cars. Municipalities will want to “hold on” to that cleaner air by enacting stricter emissions rules, Fischer said.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1129001_vw-says-that-the-pandemic-has-made-evs-more-inevitable

 

FIRST GERMAN BUYERS OF ID.3 EV ARE YOUNG ‘TECHIE’ MALES

“The Volkswagen ID.3 EV briefly became VW’s top-selling retail car in Germany last week when customers began placing orders at dealerships. The orders came more than a year after Volkswagen started taking deposits for its first purpose-built electric car. The company revealed who is buying the EV: mostly young “techie” men who had not previously purchased a VW.” says Bradley at Electrek”: “The company has received 37,000 pre-orders. About 85% of those deposit-holders have not bought a VW before the ID.3. That’s a dramatically different buyer than the loyal repeat buyers of the VW Golf hatchback. (About 85% of Golf buyers previously purchased a Golf.). The VW sales chief shared demographics about ID.3 buyers. They are predominantly: urban and suburban (not rural). Male self-described “techies”. Buying the ID.3 as a second car for a household”

 

Jürgen Stackmann, VW’s sales chief, told the Financial Times: “The ID.3 is igniting with a population that is about 10 years younger than the average profile [of our customers], which is around 58 in Europe.”

 

First German buyers of ID.3 EV are young ‘techie’ males and first time VW owners

 

TESLA MODEL Y REVIEW BY MARQUES BROWNLEE

“A recent Tesla Model Y review from prolific YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee has explained why the all-electric crossover is the company’s most important vehicle yet. In his segment with the Model Y, the MKBHD noted that the vehicle could very well tick most of the boxes for consumers looking into buying an EV. That being said, the Model Y still has its room for improvement. ” picks up TEsmanian: “One thing that should be noted with the Model Y, particularly its Performance trim, is that its ride is quite firm thanks to its coil suspension. Despite this, the Model Y drives very well, and it behaves a lot like a sports car regardless of its size. And being a Tesla, the vehicle is also loaded to the brim with tech, from its Autopilot suite to its Full Self-Driving system.  The YouTube tech reviewer remarked that rear visibility is quite limited due to the crossover’s sloping roofline, and early production units such as the Model Y Performance given for the review still had build quality issues. “

 

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/tesla-model-y-review-mkbhd-video

 

CHINA NOW ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY ONE-QUARTER OF TESLA REVENUE

“Tesla  has been counting on China to maintain its sales momentum, and it seems to be on track with the plan. In the three months ended June 30, the automaker’s revenue in China climbed 102.9% year-over-year to $1.4 billion, according to its latest SEC filing. That means China now makes up 23.3% of Tesla’s total revenues of $6 billion in the quarter, compared to just about 11% in the same period a year before.” says TechCrunch: “While shipment in China jumped in the second quarter, Tesla delivered 4.8% fewer vehicles overall in the period due to challenges prompted by COVID-19, including suspended production. The period marked the fourth straight quarter of profitability for the automaker.”

 

China now accounts for nearly one-quarter of Tesla revenue

 

ELON MUSK’S NEW FAVOURITE COLOUR FOR TESLA CARS REVEALED

“A snap of what is believed to be Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk’s own personal vehicle has revealed the first peek at his new favourite car colour: deep crimson. Tesla’s range of electric vehicles are currently available in only five colours: pearl white, black, dark silver metallic, blue metallic and red multi-coat.” according to The Driven: “The image, which was used with permission by McCaffrey, shows a sublime dark reddish purple Model S that Musk confirmed is a “prototype of the colour”.”

 

Elon Musk’s new favourite colour for Tesla cars revealed

 

TWO-SPEED GEARBOXES IN ELECTRIC SPORTS CARS ARE STUPID

“Mate Rimac: the founder of Rimac Automobili and the man behind the modern electric supercar. Rimac talks about the long and tortuous path to its single-speed gearbox, beginning with a startling admission – he hated the two-speed double-clutch gearbox that was in his first electric supercar, the Concept_One.” says Domenick at InsidEVs: “Specifically, he says it was immensely complex, heavy, and inefficient. That’s everything you don’t want in a high-performance vehicle powered by already-heavy batteries. It makes sense, then, that when starting the C-Two clean-sheet design, they opted for single speed gearboxes. However, when it first debuted, that’s not what was in the car. As Rimac tells it, they were just a few months away from the vehicle’s Geneva Motor Show reveal when Tesla surprised the world with its upcoming Roadster (which, we should mention, has a single-speed gearbox), boasting acceleration of 0-to-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. That was substantially quicker than the soon-to-be-unveiled C_Two. This development sent the team back to the drawing board and after, no doubt, many late-nights of work, it had revised the design and added a two-speed gearbox so as not to be outdone acceleration-wise. Still, Rimac wasn’t satisfied. So, they redesigned the gearbox, motors, and inverter. After the changes, the motor’s speed increased from 12,000 RPM to 17,700 RPM, while torque was juiced from 700 newton-meters (516 pound-feet) to 900 newton-meters (664 lb-ft). The change led to a lighting of the rear axle by a significant 60 kilograms (132.27 pounds).”

 

https://insideevs.com/features/436049/rimac-two-speed-gearbox-stupid-video/

 

ARAL TO SET UP 100+ CHARGING POINTS AT GAS STATIONS IN GERMANY

“The mineral oil company Aral has announced that it intends to set up more than 100 fast-charging points at its German filling stations within the next twelve months. The expansion is to continue as the oil giant’s long-term planning envisages “several hundred locations”.” says electrive: “In February, Aral completed its pilot project for high power charging with the opening of the fifth charging park. These charging points are operated independently, supply pure green electricity and have a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. Up to now, Aral has relied on charging points that each offer a CCS and CHAdeMO connection. This is exactly what is planned for the 100 new charging points.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/07/27/aral-to-set-up-100-charging-points-at-gas-stations-in-germany/

 

 

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