Show #874

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VOLKSWAGEN INTRODUCES GOLF EHYBRID AND GOLF GTE PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

Volkswagen is electrifying the eighth generation of the Golf with two new plug-in hybrid versions: the Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE. This means that no less than two Golf models are now available as plug-in hybrid models for the first time.

The new Golf plug-in hybrid versions feature a 50 percent-higher energy capacity (13 kWh) compared with the plug-in hybrid drive of the Golf Mk7. This allows a wider electric range. When the battery is charged, the Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE start electrically and therefore with zero local emissions.

The Golf eHybrid covers up to 80 kilometres fully electrically, while the Golf GTE boasts a locally zero emissions range of up to 62 kilometres. The E-MODE also permits all-electric driving on country roads and motorways.

CHINESE EV MAKER XPENG LOOKS TO RAISE UP TO $1.11 BILLION IN U.S. IPO

“Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer XPeng said it hopes to raise up to $1.11 billion in its initial public offering (IPO) in New York, seeking to ride the enthusiasm for EVs even as U.S.-China relations remain strained.” says Autobog: “The company said on Friday it intends to sell 85 million shares American depositary share (ADS), each representing two class A ordinary share, priced between $11 and $13 per share. At the top end of the range, XPeng’s valuation stood at $9.17 billion. Share prices of EV makers including Tesla and Nio have surged in recent months. Founded in 2014, Guangzhou-based XPeng delivered its first Xpeng G3 vehicle to customers in December 2018 and launched a second model in April this year. The company manufactures cars in two factories in China.”

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/08/21/xpeng-ipo-valuation/

NIO TO EXPAND TO EUROPE IN 2021

“The Chinese electric car startup Nio wants to implement its expansion plans faster than originally planned. Nio currently operates exclusively in China – now first vehicles from the manufacturer are to be offered in Europe as early as the second half of 2021.” according to electrive: “Company CEO William Li announced that the brand is to be represented in the most important global markets by 2023/2024. In Europe, Nio initially plans to compete in individual countries but has not yet revealed which countries these will be.  It is quite possible that Nio could offer its models at significantly favourable prices in Europe. So far the startup offers their ES8, ES6 and EC6 in China.”

https://www.electrive.com/2020/08/24/nio-to-expand-to-europe-in-2021/

TESLA FIGHTS BACK AGAINST OWNERS HACKING THEIR CARS TO UNLOCK PERFORMANCE BOOST

“Tesla is starting to fight back against owners who are hacking their cars to unlock a performance boost that the automaker is itself selling as a software update. The most recent example is offering a $2,000 “Acceleration Boost” for the Model 3 Dual Motor. It unlocks roughly 50 hp in the Model 3 powertrain and shortens the 0 to 60 mph acceleration to 3.9 seconds.” writes Fred at Electrek: “Earlier this year, we reported on a company called Ingenext that released a device that enabled Tesla owners to unlock the same capacity for half the price.  All Model 3 owners have to do is plug a connector to their MCU, and they automatically get the 50 hp boost plus a few other features from Ingenext, like a “Drift mode.” But as it was suspected, Tesla is starting to fight back against the hack. Tesla says that it detected “incompatible vehicle modification,” and that it could result in a “potential risk of damage or shutdown.” The notification apparently stays stuck on the screen like that, but the vehicle remains drivable.”

Ingenext said they’ll have a patch in the next couple of weeks

Tesla fights back against owners hacking their cars to unlock performance boost

PERFORMANCE BOOST UPGRADE COMPANY IS NOW WORKING ON TESLA MODEL 3 SR+

The same company is also working on an upgrade to the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, but not for better performance

“Here is the list of features that will be available for this module:

– rear heated seats control with the web app or by the rear passenger with rear windows switches;

– ambient lights;

– automatic driver door opening;

– automatic frunk and trunk opening with proximity sensors;

– drift mode;

– battery pack heating;

– live data: battery pack state of health, beginning of life pack energy, full nominal pack energy, isolation resistance of the battery, HV battery voltage, and current, LV battery voltage and current, battery, and charger temperature.

We are also working on a module for the Model Y.”

https://insideevs.com/news/440643/ingenext-upgrade-tesla-model-3-sr/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-articles

HUBJECT & ENEL X STREAMLINE CHARGING PAYMENTS

“Hubject has selected Enel X Financial Services, a subsidiary of Enel X, to provide financial services for payments between charging point operators (CPOs) and e-mobility service providers  (EMPs) on its Intercharge eRoaming platform.” says electrive: “The service, called Intercharge Settlement, will provide an automated, future-proof payment and invoicing solution and will be available in all eurozone countries by the end of this year. The aim of the new service is to reduce B2B process costs and help improve the profitability of all partner companies involved. Hubject says the partnership is also expected to facilitate “eRoaming as a key enabler of the widespread adoption of electric vehicles”.”

https://www.electrive.com/2020/08/24/hubject-enelx-streamline-charging-payments/

FIAT E-DUCATO LAUNCHED

“Fiat has confirmed UK pricing and specifications for the E-Ducato, it’s pure-electric large van. Starting at £47,675 (exc VAT inc PiVG) the E-Ducato has a range of up to 148 miles on a charge, and comes with a choice of two battery options.” accordin gto NExt Green Car: “The 79 kWh E-Ducato has the headline 148 mile range figure, though there’s also a 47 kWh model with a range of up to 78 miles on a charge. Those figures rise to 192 and 99 miles respectively for the WLTP City range – that completed within an urban environment. The E-Ducato is Fiat’s first entry into the electric vehicle market – a pure-EV Fiat 500e is on its way – and both will charge at up to 50 kW from DC units. AC charging is possible at up to 7 kW on the 47 kWh model and 11 kW on the 79 kWh E-Ducato. The panel van is available in two different heights, and three wheelbase wheelbase sizes. The chassis cab is available in three lengths and four wheelbase sizes.”

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8971/fiat-educato-launched/

ŠKODA ENYAQ IV NEARLY READY FOR ITS ELECTRIC LAUNCH

“On September 1st, the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV will have its first 15 minutes of fame at its world premiere in Prague, the Czech Republic.” according to CleanTechnica: ” “The cars come with an 11 kW onboard charger and can obtain an 80% recharge in 40 minutes using a 125 kW Level 3 charger. Bringing extra attention to the ENYAQ and letting it have its world premiere before the ID.4 has one gives it more room to shine and stimulate the idea that ŠKODA is also super serious about electrification.”

CEO Bernhard Maier says:

“The ENYAQ iV marks the beginning of a new era for ŠKODA, it is the figurehead of our E-Mobility campaign. With it, we’re making E-Mobility Simply Clever thanks to long ranges and short charging times. At the same time, the ENYAQ iV takes ŠKODA-typical virtues such as superior interior space, a trendsetting design and maximum functionality to a new level. Our first all-electric e-model based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electric car platform will be built at our main plant in Mladá Boleslav, at the heart of ŠKODA. This is an important step towards securing the future of the location and safeguarding jobs in the region.”

ŠKODA ENYAQ iV Nearly Ready For Its Electric Launch

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