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517-MILE-RANGE LUCID AIR WILL USE A 113KWH BATTERY PACK

“When Lucid Motors revealed the range of its forthcoming electric sedan, plenty of eyebrows were raised. Independent testing confirmed that a Lucid Air, which enters production later this year, traveled 517 miles (832km) on a single charge. At the time, however, we didn’t know the battery capacity of that test vehicle, since Lucid has previously stated that the Air would be available with packs varying from 60kWh to 120kWh. On Wednesday morning, we got our answer: 113kWh.” writes Ars Technica: “517 miles from 113kWh is 4.57 miles/kWh (13.6kWh/100km), which is still extremely efficient by EV standards and would equate to up to 274 miles (440km) of range for an Air with a 60kWh pack. Previously, Lucid has said it is planning 60kWh, 100kWh, and 120kWh packs for the Air. If those numbers are total kWh as opposed to useable kWh,  then a 60kWh Air would probably have a usable 56.5kWh, which should equate to 258 miles/415km.”

Lucid CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson: “It’s relatively easy to achieve more range by adding progressively more batteries, but gaining ‘dumb range’ that way increases weight and cost, and reduces interior space. Lucid Air has achieved its remarkable range whilst also reducing battery size through its in-house technology, resulting in a breakthrough in overall vehicle-level efficiency.”

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/08/that-517-mile-range-lucid-air-will-use-a-113kwh-battery-pack/?comments=1

VW TAKING $100 DEPOSITS FOR 2021 ELECTRIC ID.4

“American buyers will be able to take delivery of an ID.4 by the end of the year. For those that want to make sure to get VW’s electric crossover, the automaker will open up reservations in September.” according to Car & Driver: “When the online reservation system goes live, customers can configure and reserve their ID.4 with a $100 refundable deposit. They’ll then be able to track their vehicle’s status via the My VW portal. An additional $400 deposit is required when the configuration of your vehicle is sent to the dealership of your choice. Even after that, the entire $500 deposit is still refundable all the way until the potential customer buys the ID.4. ”

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a33822902/2021-vw-id4-deposits/

CHINESE EV MAKER XPENG SHARES JUMP 54% IN NYSE DEBUT

“Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng Inc’s shares jumped 54% in their debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, after raising $1.5 billion in its upsized initial public offering.” according to Reuters: “Shares of Xpeng, which counts Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba and Xiaomi Corp among its backers, opened at $23.10 per American Depositary Share (ADS), up from the raised offer price of $15 per ADS.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-xpeng-ipo/chinese-ev-maker-xpeng-shares-jump-54-in-nyse-debut-idUKKBN25N2LP

CASTROL RELEASES STUDY TRYING TO FIND THE TIPPING POINTOR EV ADOPTION

“To try and find what the public’s tipping point will be for EV adoption, Castrol (of all companies) decided to bankroll a study. The resulting 50-page document requires a bit of commitment to get through, but what you’re likely interested in are the headline figures, the study’s methodology and Castrol’s motives.” says CNET: “The bulk of the data comes from 9,000 vehicle owners from eight countries. the three significant milestones to hit — according to the study — include a range of 291 miles, a charging time of 31 minutes and an average purchase price of approximately $36,000. The truth is that all three of those are available right now from several manufacturers, but the catch is that we’re still in a situation where you can’t have all three in one car. For example, the Tesla Model S will do over 291 miles, but it costs a hell of a lot more than $36,000. Plenty of EVs will fast charge in around 30 minutes (at least to 80%), even ones that cost under $36,000, but they won’t get close to 291 miles of range.”

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/castrol-study-ev-tipping-point-global/#ftag=CAD-09-10aai5b

BYTON TO RESUME OPERATIONS IN SEPTEMBER

“There is news about the electric car start-up Byton, which has been temporarily suspended since 01 July. Chinese media now report, citing insiders, that the company is ready to resume full operations in September 2020.” says electrive.com: “At the end of June, it looked as if Byton would not be able to cope with the consequences of the pandemic. Spokesman Dave Buchko announced a six-month break starting 1 July and the dismissal of almost all employees worldwide. A comeback seemed unlikely at this point – as reported. Autonews Gasgoo now reports in the aftermath of the plant closure that only 100 employees remain at the headquarters in Nanjing and that the offices in North America and Germany had to file for bankruptcy.”

Byton to resume operations in September

552 HP PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S E-HYBRID INTRODUCED

“Porsche has revealed a refreshed version of its second generation Panamera which comes with subtle styling changes, a new top of the range Turbo S model and a new 4S E-Hybrid PHEV. The latter is a new model in the Panamera lineup and it is meant to replace the 550 horsepower Panamera Turbo which will no longer be available.” reports InsideEVs: “Power for the 4S E-Hybrid comes from a 2.9-liter V6 engine with twin-turbos, aided by an electric motor that makes 552 horsepower. Nought to sixty in 3.5 seconds and tops out at 300 km/h (186 mph). With this kind of power figure, it is actually quicker than the former Turbo model and with a larger battery pack than before, it also provides more pure-electric range than previous Panamera PHEVs. Porsche says it’s increased the size of the battery from 14.1 kWh to 17.9 kWh (27 percent increase) and it also fiddled with the drive modes to help the car be even more efficient than before. Claimed all-electric range, according to the WLTP cycle, goes up to 54 km (34 miles); it has yet to be rated by the EPA.”

https://insideevs.com/news/441023/porsche-panamera-4-e-hybrid-detailed/

KIA DETAILS PLUG-IN HYBRID SORENTO

“Kia has detailed the plug-in hybrid version of its new Sorento seven-seat SUV, available from early next year. The powertrain comprises a 177bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a 90bhp electric motor, fed energy by a 13.8kWh battery, for a combined system output of 261bhp” according to Autocar: “As standard, drive is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox. it can transfer full power of both the engine and electric motor in parallel, which Kia claims results in “immediate acceleration response at any speeds, and direct access to available battery power at higher speeds. Kia also claims the powertrain is the first of its kind to use an independent water cooling system for the battery pack to ensure optimal efficiency.”

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/kia-details-plug-hybrid-sorento-ahead-2021-debut

80% OF TESLA MODEL Y BUYERS COME FROM FOSSIL FUEL VEHICLES

“Someone named Troy (or “Troy Teslike” on Twitter) has been fastidiously tracking Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y orders for the past several years. His data is crowdsourced — Tesla reservation holders input their info and update it as their vehicles go through the system. ” reports CleanTechnica: “According to his findings, nearly 80% of Model Y buyers are replacing fossil fuel powered vehicles. The data show 15.7% of Model Y buyers are replacing another Tesla, mostly the Model 3 (11.4%). For another 3%, the Model Y is their first car.”

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/08/27/nearly-80-of-tesla-model-y-buyers-come-from-fossil-fuel-vehicles-data-implies/

HYUNDAI 45 (AKA IONIQ 5) SPIED BEING QUIET BUT FAST ON THE NURBURGRING

“The Hyundai 45 is back on the Nurburgring for a high-speed test session. Thankfully, this time our spies were able to catch the electric vehicle lapping the track on video, giving us a better look at its road behavior. For a crossover, it’s almost glued to the road and quite stable in corners.” says Motor1.com: “The good news is the vehicle is starting to look very much like the namesake concept from the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. We didn’t expect the production model to look so close to the show car but we are happy to see the designers of the company have been given the green light to go with the unconventional styling.”

Likely to use dual motors, 300-mile range expected and circa 40k.

BMW X5 XDRIVE45E: LONG-TERM TEST REVIEW

Steve Fowler writes: “My 43.5mpg average is some way short of the official 200+mpg, and I’m managing to get around 47 miles of range from the battery. It takes a while to charge, though – the 24kWh pack is the same size as that in an original Nissan Leaf, and the reason for the X5’s decent electric range”

It has an onboard 3.7kW single phase AC charger. 21kWh useable. 54 miles official. 7 hours to recharge.

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