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On today’s podcast:

  • Nissan marks 10 years of LEAF
  • BP brings Chargemaster and Polar together
  • Volvo CEO Says Banning ICE Cars Is More Effective Than Credits For EVs
  • VW ID.3 the best-selling car in Norway in November
  • LFP Tesla Model 3’s Remove Battery Charge Recommendations
  • Mate Rimac says SPAC funding could damage industry
  • Elon Musk Plans To Move Close to GigaAustin
  • Opel ‘surprised’ as Mokka-e sells out before launch
  • New-generation app for BMW customers
  • Toyota prices Mirai fuel cell sedan to win EV buyers

 

Show #943

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 4th December. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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NISSAN MARKS 10 YEARS OF LEAF

Nissan today celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Nissan LEAF and the delivery of 500,000 LEAF vehicles since the model was first introduced. More than 148,000 have been sold in the United States.. the LEAF, which first went on sale in Japan and U.S. in December 2010. Back then the EPA range was 73 miles from a 24kWh pack. Until the first quarter of 2020 it was the worlds biggest selling EV, and around February/March the Tesla Model 3 took that crown. LEAF = Leading, Environmentally-friendly, Affordable Family car.

In July this year, Nissan unveiled the Nissan Ariya all-electric crossover.

Nissan plans to sell 1 million electrified vehicles annually by 2023, including EVs and vehicles with e-POWER electrified powertrains.

 

Japan considers banning sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles in mid-2030s

“Japan may ban sales of new gasoline-engine cars by the mid-2030s in favor of hybrid or electric vehicles, public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday, aligning it with other countries and regions that are imposing curbs on fossil fuel vehicles.” says Autoblog: “Japan’s industry ministry is considering requiring all new vehicles to be electric or hybrid, NHK reported earlier, adding the ministry would finalize a formal target following expert-panel debates as early as the year-end.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/12/03/japan-considers-ban-on-internal-combustion-cars/

 

BP BRINGS CHARGEMASTER AND POLAR TOGETHER

“BP has launched BP Pulse, the new name for both BP Chargemaster and the Polar network. As part of this rebrand, the websites for the two have been merged into a single BP Pulse website, as has the mobile apps.” says Current NEws: “Its subscription scheme will continue to operate, enabling access to BP Pulse public chargepoints for £7.85 per month, and throughout November, all 50kW Ultracharge units were upgraded with a contactless payment terminal and improved software. BP acquired the EV charging company in 2018 in a £130 million deal.”

 

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/bp-brings-chargemaster-and-polar-together-under-new-bp-pulse-umbrella

 

VOLVO CEO SAYS BANNING ICE CARS IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN CREDITS FOR EVS

“ICE car banning is way more effective than giving people money to buy electric cars. This is what Håkan Samuelsson at the “FT Live: Future of the Car Digital Conference.” For Volvo’s CEO, if electric cars are the future of personal transportation, putting a deadline for combustion-engined vehicle sales helps companies plan for EVs accordingly – and promote EV adoption.” reports InsideEVs: “Samuelsson said incentives do not help in building sustainable and profitable businesses. When carbon credits and subsidies end, what is left is what will keep these enterprises going.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/458358/volvo-ceo-banning-ice-more-effective-subsidies/

 

VW ID.3 THE BEST-SELLING CAR IN NORWAY IN NOVEMBER

“In Norway, 7,035 new electric cars were registered in November. Electric vehicles accounted for 56.1 per cent of new passenger car registrations. With 986 units, the VW ID.3 was the most popular model across all drive types.” says Chris at electrive: ” With 63,071 electric cars since the beginning of the year, the Norwegian electric car market is higher than in the same period last year (56,196). most new registrations were for Volkswagen ID.3, whose deliveries only started in September. This means that 5,451 ID.3 have been delivered in Norway since September, bringing the model to second place in overall statistics in just three months.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/12/03/norway-counts-7035-new-bevs-in-november/

 

TESLA MODEL 3’S WITH LFP BATTERIES NO LONGER HAVE DAILY/TRIP BATTERY CHARGE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE APP

“A few months ago Tesla Customer Support in China revealed customers with the new LFP (lithium iron phosphate) batteries could charge their batteries to 100% without adversely impacting the health of the battery pack. Now the first customers in Europe are taking delivery of the first batch of imported Model 3’s from Giga Shanghai with the new batteries, and Tesla has made a change to the mobile app.” according to Drive Tesla Canada: “Previously the charging screen in the app would have recommended charge levels for both daily use, with a bracketed range of between 50% and 80%. For 90% to 100% charges, the app classified that range as being only for a ‘trip’. With the new LFP batteries, the only recommended charge limits are between 50% and 100%.”

 

New Tesla Model 3’s with LFP batteries no longer have daily/trip battery charge recommendations in the app

 

MATE RIMAC SAYS SPAC FUNDING COULD DAMAGE INDUSTRY

“A surge in the use of special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC) for raising money for electric vehicle startups could harm the long-term prospects of the industry, Mate Rimac, founder of electric hypercar maker Rimac, said on Thursday.” repotrs Autoblog: “Managers of SPAC companies are not held to the same level of liability about potential growth prospects as managers who raise cash via an initial public offering (IPO) on equity markets, spurring concerns about an investor bubble. SPACs, also known as “blank-check companies,” are small companies with an established track record of filings at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which are then used to buy up promising companies in high-growth sectors.  Companies including Faraday Future, Canoo, Nikola, Fisker and Lordstown Motors have used the tactic to obtain funding.”

 

With the ever closer relationship between Rimac and VW Group we could see them buying Bugatti, or being given a large stake in return for VW access to Rimac technology.

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/12/03/mate-rimac-electric-car-startups-spac-funding/

 

ELON MUSK PLANS TO MOVE CLOSE TO GIGAAUSTIN

“Several of his close friends and associates say that Musk has told them he’s planning to move to the Lone Star State.” says CNBC: “He spends most of his time between Austin, where Tesla and his tunnel start-up Boring Company have operations, and a coastal village called Boca Chica, home to a SpaceX facility. Getting out of California, with the highest income tax in the country, and into Texas, which has no state income tax, could save Musk billions of dollars based on his compensation package awarded in 2018. The state’s top lawmaker, Gov. Abbott, certainly seems to think Musk is making the move. In July, Abbott said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Musk told him he’d gotten a Texas driver’s license and is a “bona fide Texan now.”

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/02/tesla-ceo-elon-musk-plans-to-move-to-texas-friends-and-associates-say.html

 

OPEL ‘SURPRISED’ AS MOKKA-E SELLS OUT BEFORE LAUNCH

“Another EV sold out before it launched. This time, it’s the upcoming Opel Mokka-e that is sold out in Europe, even though the car won’t hit the road until next March. Opel says they were “totally surprised” by the demand and were expecting a “high-four-digit” number of sales next year.” says electrek: “Not only did Opel sell out the initial “Edition” model, but even the base model’s next year production has already been sold out. Attractive pricing, particularly due to strong government incentives which reduce the price of the car by nearly a third, were responsible for high sales in Germany – but out-of-Germany sales were also much stronger than expected.”

 

Opel ‘surprised’ as Mokka-e sells out before launch. When will manufacturers learn EVs are popular?

 

NEW-GENERATION APP FOR BMW CUSTOMERS

A new-generation app is now available to customers in 30 European markets, China and Korea: the My BMW App features a new-look design, intuitive and simplified user experience, and new services to support individual electromobility.

It displays information on the status of the vehicle and, depending on the equipment, allows functions to be activated remotely (e.g. to locate the vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, or monitor the vehicle surroundings (Remote 3D View))

Customers are informed of available Remote Software Upgrades via the

My BMW App and can easily download these upgrades at home before transferring them to and installing them in the vehicle. With Remote Software Upgrades, the BMW Group offers customers with BMW Operating System 7 new and improved digital features on a regular basis and the ability to ensure that their vehicle software is always up to date.

The BMW Digital Key, which turns an iPhone into a vehicle key, offers convenient set-up via the My BMW App in just a few steps.

Amazon Alexa can be used in vehicles with BMW Operating System 7. Once the customer has linked their Amazon account in the app, they can use the voice assistant in the vehicle by saying the activation word “Alexa” or at the touch of a button

The app offers additional features for electrified BMW vehicles, including an improved overview of the electric range, charging status and charging history. Customers can use the charge and climate timer to optimise the charging process by defining specific time slots for charging and set departure times. Pre-conditioning is also available (to heat the vehicle in winter or cool it in summer, for example) for enhanced comfort.

 

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0321612EN/your-world-my-bmw-the-new-generation-app-for-bmw-customers-now-available-in-30-european-markets-china-and-korea

 

TOYOTA PRICES MIRAI FUEL CELL SEDAN TO WIN EV BUYERS

“Toyota aims to increase acceptance of fuel cell cars by pricing its latest Mirai hydrogen-powered sedan below that of a long-range full-electric car.” says Automotive NEws Europe: “The second-generation Mirai will cost from 64,000 euros ($77,800) when it goes on sale in Europe next year, below the 82,900 euros Tesla charges in Germany for its similar-sized Model S Long Range Plus with 100 kilowatt-hour battery. Toyota is targeting a 10-fold increase in global sales of the Mirai. The automaker limited European sales of the current model to about 800 over its five-year lifespan.”

 

Toyota Europe’s powertrain boss, Thiebault Paquet, told Automotive News Europe: “It plays a similar role to what Prius was doing for hybrid technology”.

 

Are Toyota too wedded to the idea of their hydrogen technology being a pioneer like the Prius was? Do they want lightning to strike twice and repeat the trick? Will it be a one-hit wonder?

 

https://europe.autonews.com/latest-launches/toyota-mirai-fuel-cell-sedan-priced-win-ev-buyers

 

 

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