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On today’s podcast:

  • VW Group Chief Says Company Must Develop Its Own In-House Software
  • Diess Says Nein To Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars & Trucks
  • Peugeot Aims For 100% Electrification By 2023
  • Audi E-Tron Electric SUV Joins The Monthly Subscription Squad In The UK From £1,299
  • Electric Highway Coalition To Add EV Fast Chargers
  • Alpha Wolf EV Pickup

 

Show #1019

 

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VW GROUP CHIEF SAYS COMPANY MUST DEVELOP ITS OWN IN-HOUSE SOFTWARE

“As you may be aware, Volkswagen – as well as other legacy automakers – has been struggling with software issues related to its new I.D. family of electric cars. VW Group boss Herbert Diess is clearly aware that something needs to change, and quickly, especially if it is going to compete with Tesla going forward.” says InsideEVs: “During a recent meeting with his team, Diess said VW must develop its own in-house software to solve problems and move forward. Third-party software solutions, while potentially a decent temporary band-aid, simply won’t cut it, according to Diess. As Volkswagen moves forward with a long list of future EVs, it can’t have a repeat of what happened with ID.3 and ID.4 related to delays, mostly attributed to software concerns. If this continues to plague the automaker, people will quickly grow tired of taking delivery of “unfinished” products.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/493991/vw-chief-in-house-software/

 

DIESS SAYS NEIN TO HYDROGEN FUEL CELL CARS & TRUCKS

“Lots of people think using hydrogen to power cars and trucks is a good idea. After all, the only waste products of fuel cells are water vapor and heat. What could be more climate friendly than that? That’s the theory, anyway. But Herbert Diess, chairman of the board for the Volkswagen Group, says the reality is very different. “You won’t see any hydrogen usage in cars. Not even in 10 years, because the physics behind it are so unreasonable.” according to the ever-billiant Clean TEchnica: “Some industry executives think hydrogen could be a zero-emissions fuel for heavy trucks that need to travel more than 300 km. Battery-powered trucks are fine and dandy up to that point, but they say beyond that, the weight of the batteries needed takes away from the amount of cargo a truck can carry. Once again, Diess disagrees. Volkswagen, which owns truck makers SCANIA and MAN, stopped all development work on fuel cells for trucks last month.”

 

Diess Says Nein To Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars & Trucks

 

PEUGEOT AIMS FOR 100% ELECTRIFICATION BY 2023

“Peugeot plans to have a range that is 100% electrified by 2023, in an announcement that exceeds previous planning. A “100 per cent electrified fleet” means that Peugeot will no longer offer pure petrol or diesel as new cars from 2023. However, the French company has not specified what level of electrification it is aiming for – a 48-volt mild-hybrid is considered electrified, but cannot cover significant distances purely electrically and drives like a pure combustion engine for the customer. Based on the PSA platforms CMP and EMP2, Peugeot already offers battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids today.” says Next Green Car: “In 2018, the PSA Group announced it would offer offshoots with electric or hybrid drives for all 40 models of its brands by 2025 and that it wanted to achieve an electrification rate of 80 per cent by 2023. At least for the Peugeot brand, the electrification quota is now set to reach 100 per cent by 2023.”

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/9109/peugeot-aims-for-100-electrification-by-2023/

 

AUDI E-TRON ELECTRIC SUV JOINS THE MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION SQUAD IN THE UK FROM £1,299

“Brits on the lookout for an electric vehicle without the hassle of full ownership can get the Audi E-Tron for a monthly fee of £1,299 (equal to $1,813).” says CarScoops: “Launched in partnership between Audi and subscription provider Onto, who just purchased 300 units of the E-Tron Black Edition, the program includes driving for up to 1,000 miles (1,609 km) per month, insurance, servicing, breakdown cover and up to 1,000 miles worth of free charging at the BP Pulse and Shell Recharge networks. Available in the 55 quattro variant with a 235-mile (378-km) WLTP-certified range, the E-Tron Black Edition uses two electric motors that generate a combined 402 HP. The 95 kWh battery supports DC fast charging of up to 150 kW, taking around half an hour to be recharged to 80 percent.”

 

Audi E-Tron Electric SUV Joins The Monthly Subscription Squad In The UK From £1,299

 

ELECTRIC HIGHWAY COALITION TO ADD EV FAST CHARGERS

“Six major utilities have a plan to ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to a seamless network of charging stations connecting major highway systems from the Atlantic Coast, through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf and Central Plains regions.” re[prts Renewable Energy Magazine: “The Electric Highway Coalition – made up of American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corp., Southern Co., and the Tennessee Valley Authority – announced a plan to provide EV drivers seamless travel across major regions of the country through a network of DC fast chargers for EVs. “

 

https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/electric_hybrid_vehicles/electric-highway-coalition-to-add-ev-fast-20210303

 

ALPHA WOLF EV PICKUP

“Startup EV-maker Alpha has added the Wolf EV pickup to its nascent lineup of electric vehicles, which already includes the vaguely retro Ace EV coupe and the off-road-ified Jax EV CUV coupe.” writes Autoblog; “The Alpha Wolf electric pickup is available in single-motor and dual-motor configurations, the former with front-wheel drive and the latter with all-wheel drive. There’s no word on payload, but maximum towing capacity is a claimed 3,000 pounds. Range is estimated at 250 miles or 275 miles, depending on configuration. he Wolf is much smaller than today’s “compact” pickups — two feet shorter than the smallest Tacoma Access Cab, for example. The Alpha Wolf’s size, and its styling, are suggestive of Japanese compact pickups from the ’80s/’90s. Alpha Wolf pricing ranges from $36,000 to $46,000. The company is taking reservations now but has previously said it won’t start delivering vehicles until 2023. “

 

 

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