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Show #873

 

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SERIES PRODUCTION OF VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 BEGINS

From VW: Volkswagen’s electric offensive continues to gather speed: Series production of the brand’s first all-electric SUV, the ID.4, gets underway in Zwickau. The world premiere of the ID.4 follows at the end of September. Preparations to roll out the electric SUV at international level are also in full swing. Pre-production of the ID.4 has already started at the Anting plant in China, the Chattanooga site will start the ID.4 production in 2022. The SUV will initially be launched with rear-wheel drive, while an electric all-wheel drive version will be added a later date.

 

PushEVs points out: “The Volkswagen ID.4 made in Europe is using the new NCM 712 battery cells made by LG Chem in Poland. Later on, the made in USA version will get its battery cells from SK Innovation and the made in China version will probably get its battery cells from CATL. Made with very energy dense and affordable NCM 712 batteries – that cost below 100 euros per kWh -, the expensive Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 will be extremely profitable electric cars (on average way more than 15.000 euros per unit). That’s why Volkswagen will only try to sell the cheaper electric triplets (UpMiiGo) made on the old MQB platform when it’s required to reach EU emissions targets. This year thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns, ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car sales dropped a lot, this is great but also means that Volkswagen won’t have to sell as many electric cars as it was previously expected. The very profitable ID.3 and ID.4 will be enough to comply with EU emissions regulations and VW doesn’t need to sell any more triplets this year.”

 

Series production of Volkswagen ID.4 begins in Zwickau

 

TESLA IS ROLLING OUT SUSPENSION UPDATE WITH REAL-TIME VISUALIZATION

“Tesla has started rolling out a new suspension update with real-time visualization of the suspension for Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with the new fully-adaptive damping suspension.” says Fred at Electrek: “Model S and Model X vehicles have long been equipped with a standard “smart” air suspension, but when Tesla launched the new Raven Model S and Model X vehicles last year, it updated the vehicles with a new adaptive suspension.”

 

Tesla said: “You can now see a real-time visualization of how the suspension system is dynamically adjusting each wheel’s damping to account for changing road conditions. Tap “Show Suspension Data” to get even more real-time information. Adaptive Suspension Damping now has an ADVANCED setting that allows you to set custom levels of Ride Comfort and Handling in addition to the existing COMFORT, AUTO, and SPORT settings. We have simplified the Tesla suspension control logic to better support both temporary and more permanent heights. If Ride Heights is manually adjusted to High or Very High, your car now automatically lowers after you drive a short distance. For snowy or off-road conditions, tap “Keep” next to the Ride Height slider to keep the height at High or Very High until you reach the maximum allowed speed. For steep driveways or places where you repeatedly need a higher ride height, tap “Always Auto-Raise at this location.” This feature will raise suspension to the saved height when re-entering the location.”

 

Tesla is rolling out suspension update with real-time visualization

 

TESLA’S AUTOPILOT TO BENEFIT FROM UK PUSH FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

“The UK government already has said that by spring 2021, hands-free driving could become legal on the country’s roads. In preparation for this transition, officials and pertinent organizations are now initiating a deeper dive into the technology.” says Tesmanian: “The call for evidence will look at the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS)–an automated technology that can take over control of the vehicle at low speeds, keeping it in the lane on motorways. Following the approval of ALKS Regulation in June 2020 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)–of which the UK is a member–the technology is likely to be available in cars entering the UK market from Spring 2021. The government is acting now to ensure that regulation is ready where necessary for its introduction.”

 

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/hands-free-driving-could-be-made-legal-on-uk-roads-by-spring-2021

 

CHINESE EV MAKER NIO LAUNCHES BATTERY LEASING SERVICE

“Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc has launched a battery leasing service that will allow drivers to buy an EV without owning the battery pack – one of the most expensive EV components – thereby lowering the starting price of its cars.” reports Reuters: “The service, called “battery as a service” (BaaS), entails drivers paying a monthly rental fee for use of the batteries. The cheapest Nio car after subsidies is now an ES6 sport-utility vehicle (SUV) priced 273,600 yuan ($39,553) without ownership of the battery pack, versus 343,600 yuan including the pack. Nio operates 143 battery-swapping stations around China, where drivers can swap spent battery packs for fully charged replacements.  Nio’s battery packs are the same shape and size across its lineup, which is comprised of three SUVs. EV models from peer BAIC BluePark New Energy Technology Co Ltd also have standardised batteries.”

 

https://in.reuters.com/article/nio-battery-electric/chinese-ev-maker-nio-launches-battery-leasing-service-eyes-global-market-idINKBN25G0V4?il=0

 

ELECTRIC I-PACE SUV GETS A CHEAPER MODEL… FOR GERMANY

Jaguar is working on a new entry-level I-PACE but it could be a Europe-only affair. It looks to be a limited-edition model, which is strange considering it makes less power and costs less than the full-fat model, called the ‘EV320 SE’. That numbers refers to the metric horsepower, which translates to 238kW. ” according to stuff.co.nz: “Jag reckons the SUV will hit 100kmh in 6.4 seconds, compared to 4.8 for the existing EV400. Velocity tops out 180kmh versus 200kmh but range is an identical 480km. Being a special edition, the EV320 gets optional extras thrown on as standard. That includes 20-inch wheels, an electrically-opening boot, electric heated mirrors, LED headlights, 14-way adjustable leather sports seats, driving assists and a pair of touchscreens on the centre console. The UK isn’t getting this model, with currently confirmed countries including Germany and Norway.”

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/122514625/electric-ipace-suv-gets-a-cheaper-model-for-germany

 

BRITISH ARMY TRIALS HYBRID-POWERED MILITARY VEHICLES

“Hybrid technology is being tested by the British Army in two of its armoured vehicles as a way to improve sustainability and enhance stealth capabilities.” says the Daily Mail: “The innovative hybrid electric-drive system will be developed by Coventry-based NP Aerospace along with General Dynamics UK, Supacat and Magtec. Alongside delivering multiple technical and operational enhancements, the introduction of hybrid technology will ultimately reduce the Army’s reliance on fossil fuels”

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8646565/British-Army-trials-hybrid-powered-military-vehicles-improve-stealth.html

 

UK SAFARI RE-OPENS USING ELECTRIC VEHICLES

“” Hyundai is helping leading family Theme Park and Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures Resort get going again by providing electric cars for the resort’s a brand-new Safari Adventure VIP Experience.” says Motor1: “In a first for a UK attraction, guests will be driven by a park ranger in a fleet of fully-electric Kona crossovers, travelling among zebras, giraffes and more in the resort’s African animal Wanyama Reserve.”

 

https://uk.motor1.com/news/439716/uk-safari-re-opens-using-electric-vehicles/

 

LYFT JOINS EV100

“Lyft, the ride-sharing company from the US, has joined EV100 by announcing its commitment to reaching 100% electric vehicles on its platform by 2030.” says Smart Transport website: “The company is estimating that making the switch will save drivers on its platform around $10 billion in reduced vehicle operating expenses. EV100 is an initiative by international non-profit The Climate Group, bringing together over 70 companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.  Other members include Lime, AstraZeneca, and Ingka Group (IKEA).”

 

https://www.smarttransport.org.uk/news/latest-news/lyft-joins-ev100-and-commits-to-full-ev-switch-by-2030

 

RENAULT INTRODUCES ZOE IN SOUTH KOREA

“Renault, through its Renault Samsung Motors subsidiary (owned in 80.1% by Renault and 19.9% by Samsung), is introducing in South Korea its flagship electric car Renault ZOE.” reports InsideEVs: “After deducting generous subsidies of about 11.9 million won ($10,075), the effective prices are from 28.1 to 32.1 million won ($23,900 to $27,300). We can guess that Renault targets to sell at least a few thousand ZOE per year in the country, which might become the largest export market for ZOE outside Europe.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/439808/renault-zoe-south-korea/

 

ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES TRIPLE IN AUSTRALIA

“Sales of electric vehicles in Australia tripled in 2019 despite a lack of government support, according to the industry’s peak body. The country’s network of electric vehicle charging stations was also growing, the Electric Vehicle Council’s annual report found, including a rise in the number of faster charging stations” writes The Guardian: ” There are now 28 electric models on sale, with eight priced below $65,000. Six more were due to arrive before the end of 2021, including two priced below $50,000, the council’s report said. The Morrison government promised a national electric vehicle strategy would be finalised by the middle of this year, but the policy has been delayed. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, last year accused Labor of wanting to “end the weekend” and force people out of four-wheel drives.”

 

Mein Urlaub mit dem ID.3

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mein-urlaub-mit-dem-id3-herbert-diess/?trackingId=%2Fp6xj%2FhYvRFRWxMENi8%2FbA%3D%3D

 

Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group. Blogging his Summer holiday in an ID.3

 

From Google Translate: “We had a great time with the ID.3 on the way to Italy and there. Vacation trips with modern electric cars are already working really well today. The cars offer so much comfort and drive so confidently that the vacation can begin with great serenity even with the vacation trip. The charging infrastructure between Munich and Lake Garda was also well developed, only the charging stations will have to be displayed more precisely on our navigation systems in the future – there is currently a discrepancy of around 200 meters with some. Many people saw the vehicle live for the first time during my trip. I was really pleased with the reactions. The curious and interested looks show: The ID.3 is cool!

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mein-urlaub-mit-dem-id3-herbert-diess/?trackingId=%2Fp6xj%2FhYvRFRWxMENi8%2FbA%3D%3D

 

 

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