On today’s podcast:
- EVO’s Audi e-tron GT Review
- Volvo Unveil C40 Recharge
- Nordic EV Sales
- Tesla gives up on drive-in restaurant
- Tesla Model 3/Y heat pump not working?
- XPeng Feb Deliveries
- Tevva collects $12.5Mn in financing
- Fisker Drops Solid State
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Autogefuhl has a 45min video about driving the e-tron GT, and a long run at 200kmh / 125mph. He described as so effortless at that speed that it’s almost boring. And when he plugs it into an IONITY station it hits almost 260kW charge speed.
EVO’S AUDI E-TRON GT REVIEW
“There’s a cohesion and synchronicity to how the e-tron GT operates. You sit low, although perhaps not as low as the roofline suggests, and the carbon fibre dressed cockpit and transmission tunnel hems you in, something that’s completely at odds with Telsa’s open plan approach to interior design. An alcantara steering is possibly the last thing you’d expect to see in an electric car, but as we all know alcantara adds at least half a star to any car’s rating. What really strikes you is how well the e-tron rides and how precise its steering, damping and body control is. When you commit the nose to a corner there are no constant adjustments required to keep the front on track, the steering is precisely damped resulting in next to no kickback. There’s not a great deal of feel, if any in fact, but thanks to the linear response and the clean action of the rack you are able to steer the RS e-tron with a similar level of precision to Porsche’s Taycan. Despite its £110,950 asking price, it’s unlikely Audi will be making much of a profit so sizeable was the investment required in bringing the car to market. It’s possibly the same for Porsche with its £84,580 Taycan 4S and £115,860 Turbo models, where the RS e-tron GT sits inbetween in terms of performance.”
VOLVO UNVEIL C40 RECHARGE
The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design. It is based on the CMA vehicle platform and the first Volvo model in history designed as pure electric only.
Following the introduction of the XC40 Recharge and now the C40 Recharge, Volvo Cars will roll out several additional electric models in coming years.
Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge comes with one of the best infotainment systems on the market, jointly developed with Google and based on the Android operating system. It provides consumers with Google apps and services built-in, such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store*.
Unlimited data enables superior connectivity and the C40 Recharge will receive software updates over the air. That means it will continue to improve over time after it has left the factory.
The propulsion consists of twin electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, powered by a 78kWh battery that can be fast-charged to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes*. It offers an anticipated range of around 420 km*, which is expected to improve over time via over-the-air software updates.
“The new Volvo C40 Recharge is the first purely electric model from the Swedish manufacturer, a potential rival for everything from the Tesla Model 3 to Audi’s forthcoming Q4 e-tron, and a key arrival as the brand continues its push towards half of its sales volumes being EVs by 2025.” says Autocar: “The C40’s front-end styling is very similar to the SUV’s, but its roofline tapers more sharply towards the rear, giving it the overall stance of an elevated hatchback – a crossover – instead of a 4×4. Despite this, its floor height and seating position will be raised like in the XC40”
“The new car also includes LED headlights with state-of-the-art pixel-technology that Volvo said allows for the dimming of specific pixels, which reduces glare for oncoming traffic without sacrificing the light needed for safe driving.” reports Automotive NEws Europe: “Another key difference is that the XC40, Europe’s No. 1-selling premium compact SUV in 2020 and Volvo’s global best-seller in January, is also offered with gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains while the C40 was designed from the beginning only as a full-electric car. This gave Volvo more freedom with the new crossover’s design. Performance-wise, the siblings are identical, with each having a range of up to 418 km (260 miles) from their 78-kilowatt-hour battery packs, which provides 74 kWh of usable capacity, resulting in 402 hp.If a 150-kilowatt fast charger is used, it takes 40 minutes to bring the C40 Recharge’s battery to 80 percent capacity. Volvo estimates that every 10 minutes plugged into a fast charger adds about 100 km of range.”
“The C40 Recharge and all other fully electric vehicles will only be able to be ordered online from now on. This enables maximum customer choice and embraces the digital mindset of the new generation of Volvo customers. ” says CleanTechnica: “In line with Volvo’s rollout strategy for the XC40, the new C40 will be available online for purchase or lease, depending on what best suits the customer. The online home of the C40 is live as of this morning”
Jeremy White at Wired has a different take, which I don’t agree with. He says: “Here the differences between the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge and basically an altered profile, and less headroom in the back. With so much choice already in the market, let alone what will be launching this year, it is unclear at who exactly this new EV is aimed.”
The C40 will go into production in Q3 of 2021, with customer deliveries before the end of the year.
NORDIC EV SALES
IN February Swededn has 34.8% plugin EV sales. Dominated by PHEVs. From April the incentives for PHEV’s is reduced by 10,000SEK and for BEVs is increased by the same amount. Top models were Niro, Polestar 2, e-tron, LEAF and ID.3
In February in neighbouring Norway they saw 79.1% plugin cars, with 47% being pure electric and 31.6% being PHEV. That’s up from 68.1% in Feb. last year. The best sellers were the e-tron, the LEAF, Kona, Peugeot e-2008, Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40.
TESLA GIVES UP ON DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT
“Tesla appears to be giving up on its idea for a drive-in restaurant in Los Angeles, but the location is set to become one of the biggest Supercharger V3 stations in the world.” says electrek: ” Tesla actually applied for building permits for “a restaurant and Supercharger station” at a location in Santa Monica. That was three years ago, and the company did not move forward with the project. There’s going to be a restroom onsite and 62 Supercharger stalls – making it one of the biggest Supercharger stations in the world. On its Supercharger map, Tesla says that they aim to open the Supercharger station in Q3 2021. It will be a rare Supercharger station on the west side of Los Angeles as Tesla focuses its Supercharger stations near main highways to enable long-distance travel. However, the automaker has been trying to deploy more charging stations in dense urban areas to also help with EV ownership for people who live in apartments and condos where it is more difficult to get overnight charging at home”
TESLA MODEL 3/Y HEAT PUMP NOT WORKING?
“Since the introduction of the heat pump in the Model Y and Model 3 last year, numerous owners have reported heating and cooling issues with their Tesla. The reason for the malfunction is related to the Refrigerant Pressure/Temperature sensors that can stop working over time. Tesla somewhat acknowledged the issue, replacing the sensors if a customer’s vehicle suffered from the issue. According to documents shared by hacker @greentheonly, Tesla has now taken it one step further. The automaker has issued an internal service bulletin to replace the sensors on all impacted vehicles.” says Drive TEsla Canada: “
XPENG FEB DELIVERIES – Chinese smart EV maker XPeng Inc. today announced its vehicle delivery results for February 2021. XPeng delivered a total of 2,223 Smart EVs in February 2021, consisting of 1,409 P7s, the Company’s smart sports sedan, and 814 G3s, its smart compact SUV.
TEVVA COLLECTS $12.5MN IN FINANCING – UK-based Tevva announced today that it has successfully closed a US$12.5 million financing round and that the round was oversubscribed. The funds will be used to continue the development and rollout of its revolutionary mid to large-size zero-emission e-trucks, which are capable of going further for less money than any other e-truck on the road. Thanks to proprietary range-extension technology, Tevva has attracted enthusiastic investors and since 2016, customers such as UPS that are getting the job done with Tevva’s e-trucks.
FISKER DROPS SOLID STATE – Henrik Fisker has abandoned his electric vehicle startup’s effort to create a solid-state battery, the Fisker Inc. founder told The Verge in a recent interview.
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