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On today’s podcast:

  • 4 gets full five stars in Euro NCAP test
  • China dominates rollout of EV charging stations
  • BYD EVs will now come with Blade Batteries
  • Mercedes-Benz teases new EQT
  • Skoda Enyaq in Demand
  • Electric Audi A6 e-tron concept
  • Confirmation of ID.4 GTX

 

Show #1056

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 20th April. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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ID.4 GETS FULL FIVE STARS IN EURO NCAP TEST

“The European NCAP crash safety test results for the Volkswagen ID.4 electric car is out – the five-door, two-tonne crossover has achieved top scores in the latest assessment programme.” according to PaulTan.org: “It fared commendably in the adult occupant protection category, netting 35.6 points (93%) out of a possible 38. Child occupant protection and safety assist systems are good as well, scoring 89% and 85% respectively. Speaking of which, the ID.4 range is offered with several advanced driver assist systems as standard. Among those include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and vehicle turning detection, lane keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control, and driver alert system.”

 

Volkswagen ID.4 gets full five stars in Euro NCAP test

 

CHINA DOMINATES ROLLOUT OF EV CHARGING STATIONS

“China installed 284,000 public EV charging outlets in 2020, including 112,000 in December alone – more than the entire US public charging network – according to data published by BloombergNEF. BNEF’s Head of Advanced Transport, Colin McKerracher, quoted numbers which showed that China had over 800,000 publicly available EV charging outlets installed at the end of 2020 – up from 516,000 in 2019 and 300,000 in 2018.” report The Driven: ” China finished 2020 representing almost two-thirds of all public EV charging points installed globally. McKerracher noted that the US electric vehicle transition benefits from the extensive urban sprawl and the resulting detached homes with driveways or garages that, in turn, provide much easier private charging options and thus reducing the need for public chargers. Volkswagen’s director of technology strategy in China, Xu Peng, revealed during the company’s Power Day in March that only 30% of public chargers in some parts of China are actually functional – suffering from either defective chargers, or the globally common problem of being blocked by internal combustion engine vehicles”

 

https://thedriven.io/2021/04/20/china-dominates-rollout-of-ev-charging-stations-4000-a-day-in-december/

 

BYD EVS WILL NOW COME WITH BLADE BATTERIES

Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD recently announced that all of its pure electric vehicles will now come with the brand’s ‘ultra-safe’ Blade Batteries, with nail penetration testing fully adopted as a brand standard. At the same time, the Blade Battery completed an extreme strength test that saw it being rolled over by a 46-ton heavy truck, once again resetting the bar for power battery safety.

The test itself saw a 46-ton fully loaded heavy-duty truck drive over the Blade Battery pack, which the battery successfully passed without leakage, deformation or smoke, coming out perfectly intact and ready to be used in an EV.  In addition, four new pure electric models were also launched on the Chinese market at the same time, namely the 2021 Tang EV, Qin PLUS EV, Song PLUS EV, and 2021 e2, all equipped with Blade Batteries.

 

MERCEDES-BENZ TEASES NEW EQT

“Mercedes-Benz is teasing the EQT, an electric minivan to be unveiled by American pro skateboarder Tony Hawk next month. The van passenger van segment is not on the top of the list of markets to electrify. Daimler is actually one of the early movers in the space with the EQV electric van, but that’s quite expensive. Now they are announcing a new entry, the Mercedes-Benz EQT, that should be an “entry-level” electric van.” says electrek: “The Mercedes-Benz EQT is going to be unveiled on Monday, May 10,”

 

Mercedes-Benz teases new EQT electric minivan

 

SKODA ENYAQ IN DEMAND

 Skoda boss Thomas Schäfer speaks in an interview with AUTO BILD: “Skoda needs at least four electric vehicles by the end of the decade . At least one below the Enyaq iV, another possibly the size of the Octavia . But only in the second half of the decade. At the same time, we are ideally positioned with our portfolio. The Octavia is just new – with all drive variants from gasoline to plug-in hybrids. The new Fabia will celebrate its world premiere in May and will go on sale a few months later. We are also planning a product upgrade for the Kodiaq . Incoming orders are much higher than we expected. We currently have well over 20,000 pre-orders. We mustn’t forget here that these are customers who have ordered the car blindly, i.e. without having seen or driven it live. We had planned to be able to build 350 vehicles per day in Mladá Boleslav. And now increase to 500 units per day as quickly as possible. Yes, we can deliver. But it depends on individual options and the size of the battery . There are currently minor restrictions here. Our German sales colleagues and our dealers are doing a great job here.”

 

https://www.autobild.de/artikel/skoda-chef-thomas-schaefer-interview-19464431.html

 

ELECTRIC AUDI A6 E-TRON CONCEPT

“Audi is pushing forward with its electric design, adding e-tron power to the A6 lineage. Debuted at Auto Shanghai 2021, the all-new A6 e-tron concept previews a sporty fastback sedan planned for future launch. The new concept uses a combination of LEDs and OLEDs to light up the road ahead, send out warnings and messages to other road users, and even host a little outdoor gaming.” says New Atlas: “Matrix LED technology blasts bright light from the minimal surface area. More than mere lamps, the headlights are also projectors, capable of casting an image several meters wide onto a surface ahead. The A6 e-tron concept previews the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that Audi is working on jointly with Porsche. The platform carries a flat-mounted battery pack between the axles and can be scaled in battery size and wheelbase to serve as the basis for many vehicles. For the A6 e-tron concept, Audi wired up a 100-kWh battery to a dual-motor quattro all-wheel electric drive that puts out up to 469 hp (350 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. It estimates that the A6 e-tron can travel up to 435 miles (700 km, WLTP) per charge and sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under four seconds. Thanks to the PPE’s 800-V electricals, the A6 e-tron can DC fast-charge with up to 270 kW, adding 186 miles (300 km) in as little as 10 minutes “

 

So your own drive in movie?

 

https://newatlas.com/automotive/electric-audi-a6-e-tron-concept/

 

CONFIRMATION OF ID.4 GTX

“VW says its sportier, faster versions of its upcoming EVs will be badged “GTX,” starting with the all-wheel-drive ID.4 GTX, with a second motor on the front axle. confirmed Autoweek.  Autocar understands that the ID 4 GTX will feature a lower ride height than the regular ID 4, with various other chassis changes made in order to boost the handling and performance. The ID 4 GTX is set to be followed later this year by the ID 5, a coupé-crossover version of the ID 4. It is likely that model will also gain a GTX version eventually.

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-volkswagen-id-4-gtx-hot-electric-suv-launch-28-april

 

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