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On today’s podcast:

  • Kia CV Prototype Spotted At Fast Charging: 175 kW At 43% SOC
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Tour 5 Has 5-Seats Despite Its 82 kWh Battery
  • Kia E-Niro Tops The UK’s EV Sales Charts
  • Octopus Energy joins up with Ionity
  • Tesla launches new social media platform to ‘engage’ its community
  • Tesla now accepting reimbursement requests for eMMC replacements
  • FedEx delivery trucks to be all zero-emissions
  • VW to Build a ‘High Range’ and ‘Short Charging Time’ EV for 2026

 

 

Show #1012

 

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KIA CV PROTOTYPE SPOTTED AT FAST CHARGING: 175 KW AT 43% SOC

“A camouflaged Kia CV prototype was recently seen at an IONITY fast-charging station, charging at a really high rate. According to the image, posted by Hank Scribner, the car was charging at 174 kW (569 V and 306 A) at 43% of State of Charge (SOC). Over the previous six minutes, the car received 15.562 kWh, which translate to an average of almost 156 kW.” says InsideEVs: “Anyway, the 800 V batteries in the new cars from Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai, Kia and Genesis) should be really strong in terms of charging rate. Kia said that replenishing 100 km (62 miles) of range will take as little as 4 minutes (of course at optimum conditions and with a proper DC fast charger).”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/492429/kia-cv-prototype-spotted-fast-charging-175kw/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-articles

 

VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 TOUR 5 HAS 5-SEATS DESPITE ITS 82 KWH BATTERY

“Volkswagen has introduced a new version of the ID.3 model, called Tour 5, which surprised us a little bit because it has 5-seats and an 82 kWh battery – a combination that did not exist previously. When the German manufacturer first announced the ID.3 and its three battery options (48 kWh, 58 kWh and 82 kWh), it turned out that only the two first would be 5-seaters. The larger battery version was a 4-seater (without panoramic roof option), reportedly because of the weight limitation.” says InsideEVs: “It was not good news for the all-electric compact, but now it seems that the issue was somehow solved, as the German configurator offers a 5-seat, 82 kWh battery version (77 kW usable). Three ID.3 (82 kWh) versions are offered, but only one with five seats. We have no idea how the problem was solved (if the weight was the limitation) – it could be anything from higher energy-dense cells, through a slimming treatment or removal of the most weight-intense options for this version.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/492441/volkswagen-id3-tour-5-seats/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-articles

 

KIA E-NIRO TOPS THE UK’S EV SALES CHARTS

Kia e-Niro tops the UK’s EV sales charts for the second consecutive month, with 757 units sold

Kia accounts for almost one in five EVs sold in the UK year-to-date

 

The Niro model family was the brand’s best-seller in February. With 1,215 units sold across all three variants (including e-Niro, Self-Charging Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants), the Niro family was the sixth best-selling model in the UK in February, with the fully electric e-Niro accounting for 757 of these sales. Combined with sales of the Soul EV (41 units in February, 105 units year-to-date), Kia BEVs account for almost one in five (19 per cent) of all fully electric vehicles sold in the UK so far this year.

 

 

OCTOPUS ENERGY JOINS UP WITH IONITY

“UK energy supplier and charging network operator Octopus Energy has signed a roaming agreement with Ionity. Ionity’s HPC chargers in the UK and mainland Europe will be now be connected to Octopus Energy’s Electric Juice Network (EJN).” repotrs electrive: “Octopus Energy says that Electric Juice Network users will receive a five per cent discount when charging at Ionity stations. At Ionity’s standard price of £0.69/kWh, that would be £0.65/kWh.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2021/03/05/octopus-energy-joins-up-with-ionity/

 

TESLA LAUNCHES NEW SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM TO ‘ENGAGE’ ITS COMMUNITY

“Tesla is launching today a new social media platform called “Engage Tesla” to serve as a “home base” for owners’ clubs and Tesla’s policy team. The automaker will also be discontinuing its forum.” according to electrek: “Tesla writes in the description:

 

“Starting March 15th, Tesla Forums will become read only. To continue the conversation with the Tesla community visit engage.tesla.com.”. Engage Tesla is a new platform for both Tesla’s public policy team and Tesla Owner’s Clubs. Its goal is to create a digital home base for all of our work, and make it easier for Tesla community members to learn what’s top of mind for us, take meaningful action, and stay in the loop. We hope you’ll join us in getting involved.””

 

Tesla launches new social media platform to ‘engage’ its community and promote policies

 

TESLA NOW ACCEPTING REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS FOR EMMC REPLACEMENTS

“Late last year Tesla announced it would begin offering Model S and Model X owners free replacements of their eMMC (embedded MultiMediaCard). The memory chips were included in vehicles built prior to 2018 and would eventually fail as it was too small for its intended purpose.” according to Drive Tesla Canada “Fortunately owners who had already paid out of pocket for the replacement were told at the same time they may be eligible for reimbursements, and more information would come in February. They were a few days late, but Tesla has now launched a new form online for those owners to submit their information to request a refund. Tesla says to log in to your Tesla account where if you are eligible you will find the claim form.”

 

Tesla now accepting reimbursement requests for eMMC replacements

 

FEDEX DELIVERY TRUCKS TO BE ALL ZERO-EMISSIONS

“”FedEx has announced that its fleet of pickup and delivery trucks will be all-EV by 2040. The move to an all-electric fleet is part of the package-delivery company’s goal to be carbon-neutral by 2040.” according to Autoblog: “FedEx operates a fleet of some 200,000 pickup and delivery trucks. The company says it will spend $2 billion to achieve its goal of carbon-neutrality, which in addition to an electrified truck fleet will also involve reducing the fuel demand for its planes.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/03/05/fedex-trucks-all-ev-2040/

 

 

VW TO BUILD A ‘HIGH RANGE’ AND ‘SHORT CHARGING TIME’ EV FOR 2026

“Volkswagen is going all in on electric vehicles, and at an event detailing its even more aggressive future plans, the German automaker said that it has an electric sedan planned with a 2026 launch, dubbed Project Trinity. VW says that the Trinity sedan will set “new standards” with its charging speed, battery range, and in other technology.” repoerts Car & Driver: “VW released a sketch of the Trinity, showing a sweeping roofline that resembles that of the Audi A7. In January, German newspaper Welt reported that the new sedan will have a starting price of around $42,000, which would make it slightly more expensive than the Tesla Model 3.”

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a35741685/vw-to-build-ev-trinity-2026/

 

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