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On today’s podcast:
- GMC’s Hummer EV Being Engineered As A Dedicated Electric Vehicle
- Volvo Battery Electric Trucks For U.S.
- UK Goes Green Numberplates
- Why XPeng Stock Skyrocketed
- Groupe PSA To Launch More EV Vans
- Lunaz to begin production of electric classic Range Rovers
- More PHEV’s from Volvo and Audi
- HEVO Wireless Charging
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 8th December. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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GMC HUMMER DEVELOPED IN IT’S OWN BUBBLE
The pandemic may have introduced us the concept of only mixing with people in your own bubble – or is that just a UK thing? – but now GM and the GMC Hummer are chanelling that spirit. They’ve confirmed the Hummer EV is being developed without regard for what else is on the market.
But is that a smart idea? Should GM benchmark the Hummer against it’s rivals. Or should they make the truck they want to make, and not be swayed by what it will be competing with?
If there’s one thing the EV community loves it’s benchmarking. EV drag races on Youtube went from viral sensation to cliche when it seemed the only thing reviewers wanted to do was drag race anything and everything against a Tesla.
Hummer EV Vehicle Performance Engineer Todd Hubbard in an interview with Muscle Cars & Trucks:
The platform is called BT1 and it’s besppoke to Hummer so the engineers don’t have to make this work on a platform which wasn’t designed for an EV. Truck fans might recognise the T1 platform from the Chevrolet Silverado but the Hummer is unique. But remember it’s only unique because it’s first.
GM’s roster allows for economies of scale, purchasing, parts sharing and technology crossover. However I’ve often said the way to make a great EV is with a blank sheet of paper and not making it a compromise car. See: BMW. Or Ford F150, same truck just with batteries.
GM will use the BT1 platform (and their commercial version of it, the BV1) and expand from that, making those savings whilst increasing choice of models. If they didn’t it would be a financial disaster but we know that’s not the case. We know from the presentations around their Ultium batteries, the plan IS a lot of parts sharing and flexibility of pack sizes. Even motors and drive units will be used from their SUVs, Crossovers and large trucks. Those vehicles, like an electric Silverado, are where they’ll really hit economies of scale.
GM also have a platform called BEV3 which is for things like the Cadillac Lyriq in 2021 but that’s a different podcast.
VOLVO BATTERY ELECTRIC TRUCKS FOR U.S.
Whilst the Tesla Semi Truck sucks up all the attention in teh commercial space there’s actualyl lots more going on that people realise. Volvo Trucks North America just introduced the fully electric Class 8 Volvo VNR model and production starts early next year.
They will be made in Virginia on the same lines as the diesel models. Except rather than an oil burner they have a 264kWh battery, a top speed of 65mph and a range of 240km.
The trucks go up to 82,000 lbs gross weight. Volvo has been testing these as part of a trial in California and say that they provide customers with a complete solution. So I’m guessing that’s charging and fleet management.
UK GOES GREEN NUMBERPLATES
From today it’s legal to have a new green numberplate here in the UK. Of course they are a legal identifier so had to go through the legislation process. From Dec 8th you can order your plates with a green rectangle on the left there the old blue Euro flag would be. At the moment it’s just for those who want to show off their green credentials because the benefits aren’t yet defined. Government hopes local areas will introduce incentives like free parking and bus lane use. Whilst ANPR can do a lot of the work, there are still traffic wardens who give tickets to EVs when parked in a special space because they don’t know what cars are electric and which ones aren’t.
They CAN be retro fitted.
No you can’t make these yourself with green tape. By law, each number plate must display the name and postcode of the supplying outlet, the British Standard number and the trade mark of the manufacturer or component supplier.
WHY XPENG STOCK SKYROCKETED
Chinese Electric car maker had a stellar November with the stock price up 203.2% and 100 of their G£ Crossovers are now being shipped to Europe for the first time. They delivered 3040 vehicles in Ocotber and 4224 in November. A total of 21,341 this year. They unveiled their new autonomous driving software at the Auto expo in China on Nov 20th.
A reminder XPeng are the Tesla close in a legal battle with them aas well, over a former employee who joined XPeng to work on self-driving. Tesla are saying, and this isn’t legal speak, prove you didn’t steal our code. XPeng saying, prove that we did.
It’s a common misconception Tesla open-sourced their patents so others were free to copy, in the sense of true open-source code. But instead they promised not to take action against anyone using them, in order further the field of EVs – but they do reserve the right to stop people using their IP.
GROUPE PSA TO LAUNCH MORE EV VANS
Following the 2020 launch of electric versions of their medium van models (D-Van) and large van (E-Van), the four brands, Peugeot, Citroën, Opel and Vauxhall will complete their line-ups in 2021 with all-electric versions of their compact van (B-Van) and associated passenger cars.
Coming from eCMP platform, the powertain is composed with:
A water-cooled 50kWh electric battery allowing power outputs of up to 100kW,
A 100kW/136hp electric motor,
An onboard charger available in two levels of power (7.4kW single-phase and 11kW three-phase)
LUNAZ TO BEGIN PRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC CLASSIC RANGE ROVERS
Fancy an electric Range Rover conversion? The Silvertone based company Lunaz will make 50 of the classic Rangies, from 1974 to 1994, in all electric off roaders. Prices start at £245,000 or $329,000. It’s a bare metal restoration and reengineering. 4 wheels drive, new suspection and brakes, infotainment screens etc.
Customer delivieres summer 2021.
MORE PHEV’S FROM VOLVO AND AUDI
Volvo completes electrification of XC60 range with plug in petrol. The XC60 is available with three plug-in hybrid powertrains. These combine a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels and an electric motor that powers the rears, ensuring the plug-in hybrid’s exceptional efficiency is twinned with the reassurance of all-wheel drive. And an 11.6kWh battery.
Presales of the A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e will start in Germany this week. The electric motor is integrated into the housing of the six-speed S tronic, which transfers the power to the front wheels. A package consisting of 96 prismatic cells in the lithium-ion battery stores 13.0 kWh of energy.
HEVO WIRELESS CHARGING
In early 2021, HEVO will be the first production-ready and UL-listed wireless EV charging product designed and tested to the SAE J2954 standard.
The UL 2750 standard and the recently published SAE standard establish requirements for performance, safety and interoperability
HEVO say “Our system is also proving to be more efficient than wired Level 2 charging, while also being the only technology equipped to serve both wired and aftermarket wireless-enabled vehicles.”
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