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On today’s podcast:

  • NextMove Test Model 3 with LFP Battery
  • Tesla Model 3 Once Again World’s Favourite EV
  • Tesla Could Be Investing In BYD Battery Business
  • Tesla reintroduces Enhanced Autopilot
  • Rivian identifies second of 10 showroom locations
  • Volkswagen ID.6 photos leak
  • Italy’s EV market tripled in 2020
  • Lordstown Motors Electric Pickup Will Use “Tesla Batteries” From LG
  • Fast EV Charging Network Coming to Tennessee
  • Electrify America Add More Solar Chargers
  • EVs will accelerate people’s energy understanding

 

Show #987

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 8th February. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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NEXTMOVE TEST MODEL 3 WITH LFP BATTERY

“Stefan Moeller has tested the car intensively over six weeks and covered more than 1000 test kilometers. His conclusion: “No other electric car has provided us with such stark test results so far.” The video shows advantages and disadvantages of this battery technology, because it’s not just about Tesla – other manufacturers are also relying on these batteries in the future. It will be shown why lithium iron phosphate batteries are technically a special challenge for all manufacturers!”

 

“The car was first fully charged in two complete test cycles and then run down to 0% on the on-board computer display. The tests took place on dry roads and temperatures just above freezing on a flat freeway circuit around Leipzig. The results of both test runs were nearly identical, with a range of 230km, or 142 miles. The on-board computer showed 44 to 46 kWh withdrawal. The vehicle registration document shows 55kWh. The question of whether this value is gross or net was left unanswered by the Tesla press office when asked by nextmove.”

 

“A cold battery means higher internal resistance. This worsens the efficiency not only when driving, but of course also when charging. And something else curious happened during charging”

 

“The Model 3 heats the battery first. Actually nonsensical, because in normal charging, the user approach is actually “I came to stay.” At home the charging time is not as important as at the Supercharger. But apparently Tesla does not want to charge the battery in cold status.”

 

“In the nextmove test, the car was emptied to 0% according to the display, but the internal (not visible) value of the BMS still showed 13% power in the battery. This high reserve of course explains the low ranges of the customers and why nextmove only got 44 or 46 kWh out of the battery as shown before.”

 

“CATL, confirmed that it took only nine months between the announcement of the Model 3 with this battery pack and the start of the delivery of LFP cells to Tesla. Normally, manufacturers take more like 2 years for something like that. So it sounds quite like the customers are in Beta Testing phase right now.”

 

“In a Weibo post, Tesla had asked owners to fully charge at least once a week. Not only that, they were to charge to 100 percent whenever the car was on the power source. Anyone familiar with Tesla’s communication policy knows that such a clear statement to customers is not made without necessity.”

 

Model 3 with LFP cells: The big nextmove winter test

 

TESLA MODEL 3 ONCE AGAIN WORLD’S FAVOURITE EV

2020 Full year results for Plugin Cars:

Tesla 499,535

VW 421,591

SAIC 272,210

Renailt-Nissan 226,975

BMW 195,979

 

“[VW] reduced its distance to the leader from 227.000 units in 2019 (368k vs 141k), to the current 78.000…Inclusively, the VW Group outsold Tesla in the last quarter of the year, by registering some 191.000 units, while the Californian maker had some 183.000 deliveries. Will this mean that VW will beat Tesla in 2021? I think it will be closer than this year, but i believe Tesla will still have the upper hand, but for 2022…All bets are on.” says Jose Pontes on his EV-Sales blog; “On the final 2020 table, the Tesla Model 3 won its 3rd consecutive Best Seller award, with no real competition in sight, so it looks 2021 could be its 4th title in a row, which would equal the number of titles that the Nissan Leaf has won so far (2011, 2013, ’14 and 2016).”

 

Model 3 – 365,240

Wuling Mini EV  – 119,255

Renault Zoe – 100,431

Model Y, Kona, ID.3, LEAF, Audi e-tron.

 

http://ev-sales.blogspot.com/

 

TESLA COULD BE INVESTING IN BYD BATTERY BUSINESS

“Media reports circulate that Tesla wants to buy into the Chinese vehicle and battery manufacturer BYD. According to these reports, 20 per cent of the company’s shares are being discussed for a reported sum of 36 billion US dollars. The South Korean newspaper Chosun had picked up on corresponding reports from Chinese online portals. Among others, the BYD environment was named as the source.” reports electrive; “Tesla is said to be less interested in BYD’s electric cars than in its battery production. BYD once started as a battery producer and only began building cars later. With the ‘Blade Battery’, the Chinese manufacturer has a modern LFP battery, which, unusually for LFP batteries, is said to have a higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries with NCM cathode.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2021/02/04/tesla-launches-supercharger-production-in-shanghai/

 

TESLA REINTRODUCES ENHANCED AUTOPILOT

“Tesla has reintroduced the Enhanced Autopilot packaged in Europe and China with some features that were in the more expensive Full Self-Driving package. Elon said during the last earnings results that in China, [Full Self Driving[ was about 1% to 2%, which is “much lower than in other markets.”” according to electrek: “Several Europe-based Tesla customers who didn’t buy the FSD package are reporting now having the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Autopilot” in the Tesla app.

 

The option is 3,800 euros (~$4,500) and has the following features taken from the FSD package:

 

Enhanced Autopilot

 

Navigate on Autopilot

Auto Lane Change

Autopark

Summon”

 

Tesla reintroduces Enhanced Autopilot with some FSD features in Europe and China

 

RIVIAN IDENTIFIES SECOND OF 10 SHOWROOM LOCATIONS

“Rivian, the EV startup, has announced that Chicago will be the second of its planned 10 retail locations. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the Windy City site is on W. Randolph Street in the Fulton Market neighborhood. It joins Laguna Beach, California, on the list of showroom sites the brand intends to open in 2021.” says Autoblog: “The retail locations offer customers chance to check out the Rivian R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV in person. They won’t be dealerships, however, since Rivian is planning to sell directly to customers, with deliveries slated to begin this summer”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/02/07/rivian-ev-showroom-locations/

 

VOLKSWAGEN ID 6 PHOTOS LEAK

“One look at this big electric SUV and you’d think you’re staring at a new EV for the US, but alas, this is the Volkswagen ID 6 that’s only confirmed for China at the moment. The photos of the ID 6, based on the ID Roomzz concept, made their way to Reddit from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Although it’s based on the ID Roomzz, it doesn’t exactly look like the concept car.” says CNET: “The front face looks far more conventional than the sleek fascia designer fitted to the ID Roomzz concept”

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/volkswagen-id-6-photos-new-ev-china/

 

ITALY’S EV MARKET TRIPLED IN 2020

“The ugly duckling of electric mobility among Europe’s top car markets is finally turning into a swan. We are talking about Italy, home to so many historic motor brands, where a once almost inexistent EV market is now blossoming into a noteworthy player as Europe pushes towards transport electrification” reports Opportunity Energy: “With over 32,000 full electric cars sold (see Unrae data), the Italian BEV market tripled (!) in 2020, surging to 2.3% share in a car market reduced to less than 1.4 million vehicles (-27.7% YoY) by the effects of the pandemic. PHEVs also grew on par with pure electric vehicles, totaling more than 27,000 units – a four-fold increase YoY for a 2% share. At around 60,000 registrations combined, plug-in vehicles rose to 4.3% of the market, up from 0.9% a year before.”

 

http://www.opportunityenergy.org/?p=3220

 

LORDSTOWN MOTORS ELECTRIC PICKUP WILL USE “TESLA BATTERIES” FROM LG

“Lordstown Motors recently revealed a new round of commercial, operational, and strategic development updates on the progress of its upcoming “Endurance” electric pickup truck. The most interesting part of that press release, though, was buried down in the fourth paragraph, which says that Lordstown Motors has signed a multi-year agreement to use batteries from LG Chem. That’s the same supplier Tesla uses — and, get this, it’s even the same battery.” says CleanTechnica: “Lordstown Motors’ CEO Steve Burns had previously confirmed that the prototype Endurance made use of LG Chem’s 2170 cylindrical cell, which is the same cell used in both the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.. The most exciting part of the latest corporate update, though, is confirmation of the rumored Lordstown Motors electric van, with plans to use hub motors to achieve all-wheel drive, a low ground clearance, and a class-leading range. All of which will have it primed to form the basis for the world’s first series production electric RV. Factor in a $49 billion RV market”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2021/02/03/lordstown-motors-electric-pickup-will-use-tesla-batteries-from-lg/

 

FAST EV CHARGING NETWORK COMING TO TENNESSEE

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced Wednesday they are partnering to develop a statewide electric vehicle fast charging network to power the growth of EVs across Tennessee and reduce barriers to transportation electrification.

TDEC and TVA signed an agreement to collaborate and fund a network of fast charging stations every 50 miles along Tennessee’s interstates and major highways. This initiative would add approximately 50 new charging locations, tripling the existing fast charging network. There are only 24 fast charging locations currently operating in Tennessee that are open to all consumers and support both charging standards common to EVs.

 

https://www.tn.gov/environment/news/2021/2/3/electric-vehicle-fast-charging-network-coming-to-tennessee.html

 

ELECTRIFY AMERICA ADD MORE SOLAR CHARGERS

Electrify America, the nation’s largest public ultra-fast charging network, has officially added 30 solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with two Level 2 chargers each to its network in the state of California. The off-grid, standalone chargers are strategically located throughout the Central Valley and inland areas of Southern California, intended to provide greater access to sustainable EV charging for drivers in rural parts of the state.

With complimentary charging, the new solar units help combat two of the biggest barriers to EV adoption in these locations – access to public charging and affordability. The network ensured that more than half of these chargers were located in disadvantaged and low income communities, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to serve these populations.

Twenty of the 30 solar-powered charging stations are located at health care centers. With input from public and private stakeholders, Electrify America identified educational and health care institutions as ideal charging points due to high amounts of traffic and extended hours of access. Locations were selected after further analyzing communities with the greatest need for charging, existing charging options and local travel patterns, among other factors.

 

https://media.electrifyamerica.com/en-us/releases/128

 

 

EVS WILL ACCELERATE PEOPLE’S ENERGY UNDERSTANDING

The changeover to electric vehicles, coupled with the national roll-out of smart meters, will put people in the driving seat when it comes to managing energy use cleanly and efficiently. Here’s why. Making the shift to an EV makes energy into something tangible and gets people interested in finding out which are the cheapest charging times. This real-time understanding makes them more aware of how to use energy more efficiently, for example by charging their EVs at night when energy is cheap and plentiful. It can also prompt them to find cleaner ways to power their cars, and homes, through solar panels or a heat pump, for example.

If every home and business in Britain had a smart meter, it would make it possible to measure the amount of energy we use as a country, where we use it and when. Through regular meter readings, smart meters can paint a picture of national energy use and demand – in close to real time. Having an accurate understanding of electricity and gas, allowing for peaks and troughs of demand and supply, is vital if the country is to move to 100% renewable energy.

 

 

Transport Decarbonisation Director Graeme Cooper: “The problem with electricity is you can’t see it, smell it or touch it. Then you get a bill for it – a sheet of numbers you don’t understand and a figure for what to pay. This is probably the most fundamental change in our energy system we’ve ever seen, with electric cars as the trailblazers and smart digital as the glue connecting people to their energy.”

 

Graeme sees the transition to electric cars as the gear change to people understanding energy consumption first hand – and therefore beginning to explore the energy and money-saving changes they can make to their lifestyles.

 

https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero-stories/net-zero-know-how-evs-will-accelerate-peoples-energy?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=journey-to-net-zero

 

 

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