Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 12th August 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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EV EVENT ON THURSDAY IN CINCINNATI
“Our fourth E-Vroom Zoom will provide insight into how dealerships are being educated on and playing an increasing role in the adoption of electric vehicles. We’ll hear from Trey Woeste of Beechmont Auto Group. EV Cincy is an initiative designed to help build awareness and educate the public about the benefits of electric vehicles and the EV activities happening in and around Cincinnati.”
What are E-Vroom Zooms?
E-Vroom Zooms are online video conference chats about electric vehicles and the EV work being done in Cincinnati. While they may include a powerpoint presentation, they are not to be confused with a webinar where the speaker has limited interaction with the audience. The purpose of E-Vroom Zooms is to spark conversation to educate so our calls will be more aligned with a video conference format where interaction is encouraged; it is not presenter-centric, but rather group-centric; and everyone can see everyone (video will be encouraged).
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2021 SKODA ENYAQ IV EXTERIOR PREVIEWED
“September 1 will be the day when Skoda is going to lift the veil on its first fully electric SUV, but until then, here are more teasers to ease the wait. The Enyaq iV is being previewed yet again today, this time through official renderings giving us a pretty good understanding of how Czech’s Volkswagen ID.4 will look on the outside.” repotrs Motor1: “In typical teaser fashion, the alloy wheels are unrealistically large and the door handles are missing. That “Founder’s Edition” badge on the front fender belongs to a special edition capped at 1,895 units to signal Skoda’s inception 125 years ago. The limited-run variant is going to have a slightly different design than the other Enyaq iV versions and will bundle “special features.”. If the range is your top priority, you’ll want to opt for the rear-wheel-drive variant with a single motor mounted at the back and the 82-kWh battery with enough juice to do 311 miles (500 kilometers) between charges. The Enyaq iV RS will become Skoda’s most powerful model ever, packing a dual-motor AWD setup with 302 hp and a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.2 seconds.”
ENEL X LAUNCHES CHARGING NETWORK IN BUCHAREST
“Enel X has installed and commissioned a network of 34 charging points for electric cars in Bucharest and the surrounding area. These are mainly AC chargers with 22 kW, but also some DC chargers with up to 50 kW charging capacity.” writes electrive: “The current installation in Bucharest is part of Enel X Romania’s plan to build a nationwide network of charging points for electric cars in Romania with approximately 2,500 charging points by 2023. According to the announcement made in 2018, DC charging points with up to 150 kW will also be built. For operation in the city centre of Bucharest, however, Enel X is relying primarily on the AC charging point called ‘JuicePole’ by the company, which provides two charging points (22 kW each). Just this week Enel X announced that the network of public charging stations in Europe has passed the 50,000 charging point mark.”
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E WILL SOUNDS LIKE A V8
“Ford is vitally concerned that customers for its upcoming Mustang Mach-E battery electric SUV get to experience all the goodness of the Mustang tradition, so it has created an optional sound system that will recreate the lusty rumble of a real Mustang powered by a real gasoline-powered American V-8.” says CleanTechnica: “e world populated by pedestrians and bicyclists so they are aware of its presence. This is a dedicated sound system that interacts with throttle position and torque output to faithfully mimic what the car would sound like if it actually had a real V-8 engine burbling through twin exhaust pipes. The engine noises sound like they’re coming from the front of the vehicle, or “frunk,” but they’re actually coming from the car’s speakers — whether the radio is on or not. Ford says the Mustang Mach-E GT, which starts at $60,500, will sprint to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds, while the standard car will get to 60 in about 5 seconds. The cars are expected in dealer showrooms about a year from now.”
TESLA IS ALREADY HIRING CONSTRUCTION, HR WORKERS IN AUSTIN
“Tesla Inc. officially announced it was bringing its next car assembly plant to Austin a little more than two weeks ago, but the electric carmaker isn’t wasting any time when it comes to establishing a presence on the ground in the Texas capital, with dozens of job openings.” says BizJournals.com: “The company has 39 job openings in Austin posted on its career website. But once customer support and energy installation jobs are removed, there appear to be 24 postings related to the gigafactory. And it’s possible the company is looking for multiple people to fill some of the open roles. Most of the openings are construction related: construction safety manager, structural designer, civil engineer. Site work has already started at the factory site, northeast of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, off the State Highway 130 toll road. A site plan application for the Tesla factory was filed Aug. 4 with the city of Austin Development Services Department.”
VITESCO TECHNOLOGIES SUPPLIES DRIVE CONTROL UNIT FOR THE VOLKSWAGEN ID.3
The device activates the electric motor, coordinates all commands initiated by the accelerator pedal, plays an integral part in charging and energy management as well as the management of the high-voltage electrical system. It also acts as an interface to the other control units inside the vehicle.
The device also allows connectivity with the outside world to enable software updates, and functional enhancements at any time in the field. As a result, in addition to functional safety, great attention was also placed on cyber security during the development of the new component.
TESLA CCS COMBO 2 ADAPTERS GET CHEAPER
European V3 Superchargers feature single-cable CCS technology, which are directly compatible with all Model 3 vehicles. Model S and Model X vehicles in region can access V3 Superchargers with a CCS Combo 2 adapter. Model S and Model X owners may use a CCS Combo 2 adapter to connect to compatible third-party networks. All Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles produced after May 1, 2019 have the technical capability to charge at CCS Combo 2 charging sites with the use of a CCS Combo 2 adapter.
I have a Model S or Model X produced before May 1, 2019. Can I take advantage of CCS Combo 2 charging?
Schedule a simple service retrofit in order to take advantage of CCS Combo 2 charging via the Tesla CCS Combo 2 adapter. You may schedule a service retrofit at your local Tesla service center via your Tesla mobile app.
How much does a CCS Combo 2 service retrofit cost?
CCS Combo 2 retrofit service costs £280, including the cost of a CCS Combo 2 adapter.
What is the peak charge rate I can receive with a CCS Combo 2 adapter?
All Model S and Model X owners can currently receive peak charge rates up to 142kW, roughly on par with the fastest charge rates supported by V2 Supercharging (150kW). We will continue to validate this technology as part of the V3 Supercharger rollout and will provide additional information regarding peak charge rates as it is available.
2020 CHENGDU MOTOR SHOW EXPLAINS WHY CHINA IS THE GLOBAL EPICENTER FOR EVS
“Despite the fact that most of the world is trying to recover from COVID-19, in China they are already allowing large venues, like the 2020 Chengdu Motor Show, to take place. It ran from July 24 to August 2 and featured an impressive 1,500 cars from various automakers (domestic or otherwise), many of which were plug-in hybrids or electric.” says InsideEVs: “Prospective EV buyers in China already have a vast array of very affordable models to choose from and based on what we’ve seen at the Chengdu motor show, they will be treated to more (and better) electric cars in the near future. Many local manufacturers are already showing their second or even third electric vehicle, and there are plenty of models that seem genuinely credible.”
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