On today’s podcast:

  • NIO ET7 Unveiled
  • Bursts of acceleration in Tesla vehicles caused by drivers
  • 72% Plugin Vehicle Market Share in the Netherlands!
  • Shell To Replace Uk Service Station Forecourt With Ev Charging Hub
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Production Exceeds 3,000 A Month
  • Question Of The Week

 

 

Show #958

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 10th January. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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Email from Mattias Ärlebrandt from Sävar, Sweden.

“I don’t know if you notised the sales figures for VW ID.3 in Sweden during december. It was the most sold car of december, ICE cars included. The ID.3 also was the most sold pure EV of the year by around 25% agaist number two that was Tesla model 3. I’ve also notised that we still have selfcarging hybrids in sweden! See the Lexus ad that i attacht.”

 

NIO ET7 UNVEILED

“the new NIO ET7. It’s a pure-electric, autonomously capable saloon from the same manufacturer that brought us the EP9 hypercar – and it positioned in its domestic Chinese market as a home-grown alternative to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. It’s available to pre-order in China now, with prices starting from ¥448,000 (around £51,000) for the entry-level model and climbing to ¥526,000 (roughly £60,000) for the flagship variant. The first examples are expected to reach Chinese buyers in early 2022.” writes Autoexpress: “Like the recent EC6 SUV, NIO also has plans to expand the ET7’s market out West. An official European launch date for the saloon is yet to be confirmed, but it sounds inevitable, as NIO has designed the EV to meet both Chinese and Euro NCAP safety regulations. Its powertrain comprises an electric motor on each axle for a combined output of 644bhp and 850Nm of torque – more than a Lamborghini Huracan Performante. This is enough for a claimed 0–62mph time of 3.9 seconds. Buyers will have their choice of three battery sizes – 70kWh, 100kWh and 150khW, which provide maximum range figures of 310, 435 and 620 miles respectively” (NEDC)

 

“Nio says the ET7 also features a range of advanced driver assistance features that will enable it to offer autonomous driving. The system uses 33 high-performance sensing units, which it says are built into the body of the car for optimum design, with its autonomous systems powered by an advanced computer system capable of generating 8GB of data per second.” reports Autocar; “s with existing Nio models, the interior dashboard is dominated by a large touchscreen – 12.8in in this case – which can be operated by Nio’s Nomi in-car AI system.”

 

And as it’s Nio, battery swapping is an option, as per MOtor Authority: “As is the case with Nio’s other vehicles, the ET7 can have its battery swapped, via Nio’s own network of Nio Power battery stations. You simply drive into the station and an automated system handles the swap. Nio has hundreds of locations for battery swapping in China and has announced the deployment of a second-generation version of the system.”

 

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/354006/pure-electric-and-autonomous-nio-et7-saloon-unveiled

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/chinese-ev-firm-nio-unveils-et7-saloon-new-flagship

 

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1130883_2022-nio-et7-price-specs-review-photos-info#

 

BURSTS OF ACCELERATION IN TESLA VEHICLES CAUSED BY DRIVERS

“More than 200 incidents involving Teslas unexpectedly accelerating and crashing were the fault of drivers confusing their brake and accelerator pedals, not a defect with the electric vehicles, the federal car safety agency said Friday.” according to Washington Post: “Brian Sparks, the investor who filed the petition, said the rates of complaints about sudden acceleration incidents in Teslas were “astonishingly high” compared with other kinds of vehicles but that he accepted the findings of the federal review. He supplied records of 232 complaints involving Tesla’s Model S and Model 3 sedans and the Model X SUV, and the agency identified another 14. But after reviewing the available data, NHTSA concluded that the incidents were caused by drivers not the vehicles themselves.”

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/01/08/tesla-brakes/

 

72% PLUGIN VEHICLE MARKET SHARE IN THE NETHERLANDS!

“The Netherlands had an amazing 30,860 plugin registrations in December, a 34% increase over the previous all-time record, set in the same month of last year, which itself was beating a 4 year old record.” says CleanTechnica: “This amazing result translated into a Norway-like 72% plugin vehicle (69% BEV) market share last month, pulling the 2020 plugin share to 25% (21% BEV), well above the 15% of 2019 and the 6% of 2018. This share gains even another dimension when we realize that BEVs represented 82% of registrations in 2020 and 96%(!) in December alone. Of course, the higher taxation of BEVs in 2021 is the major reason for this December peak”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2021/01/09/72-plugin-vehicle-market-share-in-the-netherlands/

 

SHELL TO REPLACE UK SERVICE STATION FORECOURT WITH EV CHARGING HUB

“A fully operational Shell service station in Fulham, West London could soon be entirely replaced by electric vehicle chargers, making it the first to do so in the UK.” says Fuel Incided: “The EV-only hub, for which a planning application will be submitted by the end of February, will consist of 10 150kW DC fast chargers situated under solar panel canopies complete with flower beds.”

 

https://fuelincluded.com/2021/01/shell-replace-uk-service-station-forecourt-ev-charging-hub/

 

FORD MUSTANG MACH-E PRODUCTION EXCEEDS 3,000 A MONTH

“According to the official sales data for the U.S., Ford has delivered the first three Mustang Mach-E to customers in the last days of December. It’s not much, but enough to formally meet the promise that sales will begin by the end of 2020. The most important news is what the future will hold and the foundation for it is the production. As it turns out, Ford already produced more than 6,700 Mach-E, including more than 3,000 in December.” according to InsideEVs: “Assuming December production, the annual rate is at over 37,500 a year, but it will probably further increase. The initial target was for 50,000 units in the first year (over 4,150 a month).”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/464723/ford-mustang-mache-production-exceeded-3000-month/

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

 

RAJEEV NARYAN

“Although there will be some buyers who hold of an EV purchase in anticipation of improving tech, by in large I don’t think this measurably  will slow EV adoption.  I say this for 2 reasons. Firstly, most EV buyers are coming from ICEs, and the EVs they have the option to buy now are so much better than what they already have. Secondly EVs available now are more that adequate for the typical 5 – 7 years people own cars for. My Chevy Bolt from 2017 is still a great car!”

 

HAI FROM RIVERSIDE, CA

“I did buy a model 3 in 2019. I don’t want to wait because if I wait I would wait forever. What if I die and never get to enjoy the EV. And i am contributing to a green environment by driving an EV “

 

PHILIP TRAUTMAN at COLE CREEK CONSULTING

“As someone who already owns an EV, I’m holding off buying another (or trading in my existing Tesla Model 3) until range increases. At 300 miles (at 100% charge), the range of our Model 3 should be more than adequate, but it’s still a bit limiting due to the rural nature of our state combined with very cold winter conditions. None of this winter driving stuff will really be an issue once we have a garage, but it’s made it clear that a car with greater range would be worth having, also given that distances are long in Wyoming and charging infrastructure is still sparse. I’m holding out for greater than 350 miles of range but 400 would be better. I’m hoping that with the 4680 batteries, Tesla’s Model Y will get there eventually.”

 

GRANTON SMITH

“I think this is definitely a thing – although in Australia for me the choice was easy, as I would not currently consider owning anything other than a Tesla because of the lack of options in other charging networks. I made a conscious effort not to wait to buy a Tesla because of any talk of a new feature “coming soon”, their products iterate so quickly that if you were always waiting for the next big thing, you’d ALWAYS be waiting.”

 

ERIC HANSEN from MINNEAPOLIS

“First caveat, I am not typically an early adopter.  In my opinion and experience the rapid pace of technology exchange has definitely caused a delay in purchase of an all-electric vehicle.  I typically buy and operate a car for 6-10 years.  I drive too many miles annually to lease and prefer to hold onto my cars for longer.  So I’ve been waiting to make a purchase until the cars reach a point of price stabilization and feature integration that will keep me happy for 6+ years.     Currently I have a Rivian on order.  It won’t be available for another 18-20 months, but I am hesitant to purchase a different EV fearing that the resale price will drop significantly as new technology is deployed on the newest models.  So I’m driving my 2005 Saab 9.3 past 200,000 miles. On the other side of the issue, a good friend is on his fifth EV already, owning them 1-2 years.  He is able to justify the expense of trading up for the evolving technology he wants”

 

ED CORTEEN

“I need an EV with towing capability so am waiting for one to actually be available, Have looked at the ID.4 this is OK but related to the EH story charging it on a trip would be problematical so I am most likely to go over to the dark side and get a Model Y!”

 

ROBERT in BRISBANE

“I believe most people now lease cars in the UK. Not having the latest and greatest tomorrow is irrelevant if you can just hand the car back at the end of the lease period. Leasing is less common in Australia.  If the car is excellent today, which my Model 3 P- is, then I will happily drive it in 10 years time regardless of what appears in the next 5 to 10 years.  I drive an EV for green reasons so I want an car that will last 10 or even 20 years. Even if the driving range drops by 100km my car will still be fine in 2035 and beyond. A lot of the new model stuff is bling.  Nice to have’s. What matters is practical and sufficiently convenient driving range and charging.”

 

MATTI JOUHKIMO

“No. Tech always improves and it’s never “good time” to jump in. And electric cars are “good enough” already. Enough range, enough infrastructure etc. So no. Buy and enjoy the OTA updates and constantly improving car.”

 

BRENDAN HUTCHINS

“Tech improvements haven’t stopped me from wanting to get an EV. Months after buying my first house, and my first ability to charge my car, the Cybertruck was announced, my dream vehicle as a residential remodeler, so I dropped my deposit instantly and driving my Toyota Tacoma until I can level up.  And seeing the way a Tesla gets updates, I’m not worried about it being obsolete either.”

 

JARED SLUSSER

“Normally I would be one to wait until the next model year is released to get the new features.  But the cars that Tesla produced today are literally better than the cars they made yesterday. Everyday the car is better than the day before in terms of software and hardware. This makes it nearly impossible for other brands to compete or to benchmark Tesla. If another manufacturer designs a better car, then Telsa changes their design in a matter of weeks to compete. There is no point in waiting to buy a Tesla.  The day you purchase a Tesla, it will have the newest and best features available….. until tomorrow.”

 

 

NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What your favourite charging network, and why?

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

EV tech is on a rip, but is the constant improvement around an EV a possible reason NOT to buy one? Are people caught in decision paralysis and end up not buying one?

 

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