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On today’s podcast:
- Ford E-Transit Unveiled
- Rivian R1T and R1S pricing officially announced
- Mercedes-Benz manufacturing exec moves to Tesla
- PowerCell gets more orders for FC stacks from Bosch
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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Recommended vidoes to watch – my buddy Kyle Conner has taken a 20 minute tour of the Nissan ARIYA. A potentially important car if they price it correctly and promote it to their customers. It’s not the ‘new LEAF’ its a ground-up rethink of an EV. They seem to have parked inside a painfully trendy loft apartment with stripped back brick walls, and it’s in the launch colour which I’ll generously call copper. It’s on the InsideEVs channel.
And secondly it’s rare that two people send me a video recommendation within a few minutes of each other, but the brilliant Jason at Engineering Explained channel asks: “Why do bigger wheels mean worse efficiency, when the overall tire diameter remains the same? This comes down to aerodynamics. A 20″ wheel will cause more of a disruption in airflow than an 18″ wheel. That’s why Tesla (and others) uses aero covers on their wheels (Car & Driver testing showed it gives about a 3% efficiency bonus at speed). The smaller the wheel, the more of the side profile of the wheel & tire is perfectly flat (the tire is flat, the wheel is open: more tire = more flat area, less open area). Ideally, you’d have just a plain, solid sheet for the wheel, but obviously that’s not idea for brake cooling. Wheel covers are today’s common compromise as they have some airflow, but minimal. Let’s bring back big sidewalls! Watch till the end to learn how fat sidewalls will save the planet.”
FORD E-TRANSIT UNVEILED
“Ford debuted its all-electric E-Transit van this morning, and I have to say, of all the electric car debuts we’ve seen in recent years — the Volkswagen ID.4, the Mustang Mach-E, the Hummer EV, the Cadillac Lyriq, yes, even the Polestar 2 and Honda E — the E-Transit is more exciting than them all.” says Erik at Jalopnik: “This is because the E-Transit has practical applications that other EV cars simply don’t offer. Vans tend to be used for short trips and are also used widely for the so-called “last mile” of deliveries. An electric van completing those trips should have meaningful effects on emissions since commercial vehicles contribute a fair amount of pollution to the environment.”
With a usable battery capacity of 67kWh, E-Transit offers an estimated driving range of up to 217 miles on the combined WLTP cycle, providing enough range to meet daily requirements, but with sufficient additional capacity to account for variations in vehicle load and weather conditions.
This makes E-Transit ideal for urban environments, fixed drive routes and deliveries within geofenced zero-emission driving zones, without requiring fleet owners to pay for excess battery capacity they don’t need. The vehicle also supports Scheduled Pre-Conditioning, enabling the climate control system to be programmed to adjust the cabin to the preferred temperature while the vehicle is still on charge, ensuring that the maximum driving range is available.
E-Transit can reduce service cost of ownership by approximately 40 per cent compared with internal combustion engine-equipped models, as a result of lower maintenance expenses. The vehicle’s 11.3kW on-board charger is capable of delivering a 100 per cent charge in up to 8.2 hours. Charging with up to 115kW using a high-power DC fast-charger, E-Transit can top-up the battery from 15 per cent to 80 per cent in around 34 minutes.
E-Transit features optional Pro Power Onboard, which enables customers to transform the vehicle into a mobile power source, providing up to 2.3kW for powering tools and equipment on the jobsite and on the go. This is an industry first for light commercial vehicles in Europe.
Designed with uncompromised cargo volume capacity, E-Transit’s battery is located underneath the body, providing up to 15.1 cubic meters of cargo space, the same as a rear-wheel drive diesel Transit.
Ford engineers redesigned E-Transit’s driveline and rear suspension system to optimise cargo space, creating a heavy-duty semi-trailing arm suspension system that enables better steering precision and more confident handling, plus better traction in both laden and unladen conditions.
In Europe, Ford will offer a generous choice of 25 E-Transit configurations, with van, double-cab-in-van and chassis cab body styles, multiple length and roof-height options, and a range of gross vehicle mass options up to 4.25 tonnes, to support a wide variety of customer needs
$45,000 is 4k above combustion version.
RIVIAN R1T AND R1S PRICING OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED
“According to information posted to the automaker’s website, the R1T will come in three different variants. The most expensive Launch Edition, priced at $75,000 USD ($97,700 CAD) will be handed over to customers beginning in June 2021. The Adventure model will ship in January 2022, also with a base price of $75,000 USD. There will also be a base Explore model arriving at the same time, priced at $67,500 USD ($88,100 CAD).” reports DriveTeslaCanada: “Much like the R1S, the R1T electric SUV will also come in the same three variants, with slightly more expensive prices.Deliveries of the Launch Edition will start in August 2021 and will be priced at $77,500 USD ($101,200 CAD). Both the Adventure and Explore models will ship in January 2022, and start at $77,500 USD and $70,000 USD ($91,400 CAD) respectively. With the release of pricing information, you can now also place a fully refundable deposit of $1,000 USD to reserve either the R1T or the R1S on Rivian’s website.”
“The first Electric Adventure Vehicles on the road will be our Launch Edition — a special release of the R1T and R1S available in 2021. For preorder holders interested in Launch Edition, it’s important to visit the configurator early to reserve one since supply will be limited. Signed with special interior badging with an exclusive Launch Green color option, Launch Edition is equipped with our 300+ mile pack and premium Adventure Package (more details on Adventure Package below). With Launch Edition, you’re also able to select upgraded wheels and tires at no additional cost. U.S. deliveries for R1T Launch Edition start in June 2021, followed by R1S Launch Edition in August 2021. Canadian deliveries for both vehicles will begin in November 2021. he Adventure Package — which is included in Launch Edition — comes standard with our Off-Road Upgrade featuring a reinforced underbody shield and on-board air compressor. In the R1T, the Adventure Package adds functionality to the bed by including a powered tonneau cover and our Gear Guard remote monitoring system. The Adventure Package features our premium interior with heated and cooled perforated vegan leather seats, natural-grained ash wood throughout the cabin and our immersive Rivian Elevation 360° audio system with removable Bluetooth speaker. R1T and R1S deliveries with the Adventure Package that are not part of Launch Edition will begin in January 2022. With the Explore Package, a sport interior features matte black finishes throughout the cabin with heated, performance-stitched vegan leather seating. A surround sound audio system is also included. In the R1T, there’s a manual tonneau cover that stores easily in the Gear Tunnel. The panels are also designed to lock together to double as a camp table. R1T and R1S deliveries with the Explore Package will begin in January 2022.”
MERCEDES-BENZ MANUFACTURING EXEC MOVES TO TESLA
WReports from German media have noted that one of Mercedes-Benz’s key manufacturing executives, Rene Reif, has defected to American electric car maker Tesla, which is currently in the process of building its first domestic factory in Germany. Needless to say, workers’ union IG Metall was not happy about the executive’s alleged “betrayal.”” reports Teslarati: “While neither Reif nor Tesla has confirmed the news, IG Metall took the unusual step of announcing the executive’s departure from Mercedes-Benz’s engine factory at Berlin. As noted in a report from Deutsche Welle, the union announced the “defection” in a press release calling for protests at the engine factory on Thursday, November 12. Jan Otto, head of IG Metall Berlin, shared the union’s sentiments about Reif’s departure.”
POWERCELL GETS MORE ORDERS FOR FC STACKS FROM BOSCH
“PowerCell Sweden has been given a further order from Bosch worth the equivalent of around 900,000 euros to supply FC stacks of the PowerCell S3 type next year. The deal is part of a joint development and license agreement signed in 2019.” reports electrive: “Since April 2019, Bosch and PowerCell Sweden have been working together on the development, production and marketing of a stack for the automotive sector based on the polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEM) called PowerCell S3. PowerCell sells its fuel cell for other segments. For example, according to an earlier announcement, the company has signed a contract with an unnamed “leading European shipyard” for the development and supply of a marine fuel cell system with a total output of approximately 3 megawatts. The system is to be developed and delivered within three years. Bosch sees long-term potential in the mobile fuel cell technology business in the billions. Bosch has already made clear some time ago that starting with commercial vehicles, Bosch fuel cell drives would then be increasingly used in passenger cars in the future.”
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