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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 4th July. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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NORWAY MARKS 13,184 EVS SOLD DURING JUNE
– In Norway, 13,184 new electric cars were registered in June. The share of electric cars in new passenger car registrations was 64.6 per cent last month. Norway’s most successful model across all drive types in June was the Tesla Model 3 with 3,196 new registrations.
– The first half of the year, a total of 48,059 new electric cars were put on the road, which corresponds to a market share of 57.3 per cent, according to a statement by the Norwegian Road Information Agency (OFV). In the same period last year, a total of 28,503 purely electric passenger cars were newly registered – a share of 48.1 per cent.
– 81.7 per cent of all new passenger cars in Norway from January to June had an external charging connection
– The stock of pure e-cars in Norway is approaching the 400,000 mark and reaches a share of 13.56 per cent. If plug-in hybrids are included, the stock of plug-in cars in Norway now stands at 544,106 and a share of more than 19 per cent.
CHINA LEADS GLOBAL NEV SALES WITH 47% MARKET SHARE
China led global new-energy vehicle (NEV) sales in the first five months of this year with a 47 percent market share, ahead of Europe and North America, a new analysis from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Sunday. China was overtaken by Europe last year as the latter’s NEV industry boomed, surging to 44 percent of the total market and beating China’s 41 percent
– for the full year of 2021, China’s global share is estimated to remain above 45 percent
– The estimate is based on the premise that China’s NEV sales could reach 2.4 million units this year, which the CPCA forecast earlier.
– In the segment of pure battery electric vehicles, China probably held a 57 percent global share so far this year, much higher than Europe’s 27 percent and North America’s 15 percent
Original Source : https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202107/1227762.shtml
BMW I4 HAS TWICE AS MANY PRE-ORDERS AS IX IN THE UNITED STATES
– Even though crossovers and SUVs (electric or otherwise) are going up in popularity around the world, to the detriment of traditional body styles such as the sedan or hatch, it looks like the new BMW i4 is proving more popular than the iX SUV. According to i4Talk.com, the i4 had already racked up some 2,095 reservations in the United States earlier this week, while the iX had not even reached 1,000 orders (952, according to the source).
– One factor that will boost the i4’s popularity has to be its lower price compared to the iX, which was designed specifically as an electric vehicle. The iX starts at $83,200 in America, but you can easily exceed $100,000, if you opt for the more powerful variant and add some options. In Europe, specifically in Germany, the iX kicks off at €77,300, but if you want the more powerful variant, that starts at just under €100,000 and once you start adding options, it quickly goes north.
Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/518009/bmw-i4-ix-orders-unitedstates/
BMW BEGINS SERIES PRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC IX
– BMW has begun series production of the fully-electric BMW iX in Dingolfing. The plant now produces vehicles with all drivetrain variants—i.e. combustion-engine vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fully-electric models—on a single line
– The BMW iX is being manufactured at the BMW Group’s largest European production plant on an assembly line with the flexibility to build a mix of BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and 8 Series models. To handle this flexibility and variety of drive trains, vehicle assembly in Dingolfing has been expanded and refurbished. The BMW Group has invested a total of more than €400 million in producing the BMW iX at the Dingolfing vehicle plant.
– The BMW iX will be followed in the autumn by the BMW i4, which will be built in Munich. At the end of next year, all German plants will be producing at least one fully-electric vehicle.
– The highly integrated e-drive and fifth-generation battery, as well as the complete electric axle are produced on site, together with the Dingolfing component plants. Production capacity will be systematically expanded and, from 2022, Dingolfing will be able to produce e-drives for more than half a million electrified vehicles.
Original Source : https://www.greencarcongress.com/2021/07/20210703-ix.html
VW ID.3 AND ID.4 GETTING FIRST OTA UPDATES
– Volkswagen has just announced its first major wireless software update for its ID range of electric vehicles. The first update for the EVs will bring functionality and other improvements, and the first model to benefit from the new ID.Software 2.3 is the ID.3 starting later this month. The ID.4 and ID.4 GTX – and presumably all upcoming ID models – will follow gradually.
– The first over-the-air software update for the ID range will bring improvements in many aspects, including enhanced lighting functionality, better main beam control, optimized infotainment system operation, and others. Thanks to the MEB platform and its new and smarter electronics architecture, Volkswagen can update up to 35 control units via OTA updates.
– Volkswagen promises to update the software of the ID family once every 12 weeks. The updates will include not only adjustments to the vehicle’s systems but will also add improvements based on customer feedback.
Original Source : https://www.motor1.com/news/518129/vw-id-family-ota-updates/
BIG $300M BATTERY TO BE BUILT WITHOUT GOVERNMENT AID IN MARKET FIRST
– Victoria will get Australia’s first grid-scale battery built without government support by the end of 2022, marking what its proponent says is a tipping point in the electricity sector as storage prices tumble. Lumea, the commercial arm of TransGrid, began taking expressions of interest on Monday for a giant 300-megawatt battery to be built at its Deer Park substation, west of Melbourne.
– the array of lithium-ion batteries would be able to supply 580 megawatt hours of electricity, enough to power about 1 million homes for half an hour before needing to be recharged.It would come online in 12 to 18 months at a cost of $270 million to $300 million. In a first, the venture would be fully financed by the private sector.
IS THE JEEP WRANGLER 4XE’S EV MODE ANY GOOD?
– The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is second only to the mighty Rubicon 392 in terms of power: 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque (which actually ties the 392) from its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and an electric motor stuffed between the engine and the transmission. So it’s a quick Jeep—we clocked it at 5.5 seconds, zero to 60 mph
– The question, then, is whether the 4xe’s electric mode is any good.
– Its roughly 14.0-kWh battery pack is good for an EPA-rated 21 miles of electric range, with enough capacity to qualify for the full $7500 federal EV tax credit. And its motor is reasonably stout, making 134 horsepower
– Some plug-ins place the electric motor on one axle or the other to achieve all-wheel-drive (the Mini; Volvos) but the Wrangler mounts it ahead of the transmission, where it can take advantage of the eight-speed automatic’s bounty of ratios. That position also means that EV mode can power all four wheels, even in low-range four-wheel-drive.
– I went creeping around with it in EV mode, and the strictures of technical trail-running—low speeds and precision are rewarded—are in sync with the capabilities of the electric side of the powertrain.
JAY LENO’S TESLA MODEL S P90D ON BRING-A-TRAILER
– A 2015 Tesla Model S belonging to comedian and car aficionado Jay Leno is currently up for sale on the auction website Bring-a-Trailer. The P90D specification electric vehicle is said to have been purchased new by Leno at Tesla of Burbank, California.
Based on the original documentation, this car is loaded with options including a long-range upgrade, all-glass panoramic roof, 21-inch silver turbine wheels, black alcantara headliner, autopilot, and of course, the ‘ludicrous’ speed upgrade.
– According to Leno, the car has been reliable during his period of ownership. “This car has been pretty bulletproof, its never been to the dealer for any kind of service,” he said. “Whoever gets it, it will be perfect, there’s really nothing wrong with it.”
Original Source : https://www.hotcars.com/jay-lenos-tesla-model-s-p90d-on-bringatrailer/
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
Adrian Bond – Colchester EVs
For many I see it’s down to use cases, but I see most favouring solar, and we’ve had both (still have solar, had the battery removed…long story).
The main factor for many maybe that’s it’s rare to impossible to get ‘free’ energy when you’ve just got batteries. Yes negative or really cheap happens if you have the right tariff, occasionally, but with solar, large chunks of a day are free on a regular basis and even on a gloomy day, you can still produce enough to cover a house ‘on standby’. Match that with 4 hours of cheap electricity overnight as standard on our tariff (5p/kWh), when our PHEV and EV can be charged if it hadn’t been sunny, washing and dishwasher timed to go on, etc, and batteries become an expensive piece of ECO Bling.
Add in smart home charging tech, like a Zappi, and why have an extra smaller battery put in when you have a larger one sat on the drive? And that’s before vehicle-to-grid solutions.
If I had to choose between storage and solar energy production, I would have to pick production, though I can see that if someone lived in an area with highly variable power pricing and the grid was fairly green, storage might be preferable. In my case, here in Texas, our grid is much more carbon intensive than it is in England, despite all our wind power, and my price per kWh does not vary with time of day. Which is why I have 17 kW of community and 8 kW of rooftop solar, which produces about 36,000 kWh a year and more than offsets the 46,000 miles of EV driving my wife and I do a year.
I have solar on the roof at home and at work… I have 100 % net metering and 2 electric cars… We drive totally on the power of the sun with no bill for electric… With the net metering the grid is my battery. So I am not shuffling power having only a battery. I am net Zero with the solar. I would hands down vote for the solar
I choose solar panels, that way I can know that I’m passively adding more clean energy to the grid. And I imagine that solar AC is a big plus. More sunlight, more energy for the AC.
I have 15.6kW solar panels since last autumn. And I have no stationary battery. But I have two big batteries, one in the Tesla and one in the Peugeot 208. And the solarmanager, www.solarmanager.ch, a tiny, very reasonably priced computer, loading only when there is sun. Or low tariffs. I’d clearly go for solar instead of battery
ALAN NORTHCUTT, WACO
i believe rooftop solar and home batteries are both important. however, if one had to chose one because of cost, i would recommend rooftop solar first. this will contribute clean electricity to the grid, which is our top priority. battery storage is also useful, but in homes these are usually only used during power outages. you talk about how the UK power never goes down. this reliability also relates to country. the US has more hurricane hits than any country, and my state of Texas is in the top five of US states that are hit. so the point is: battery back up for black outs ARE useful in many parts of the world.
And i disagree on one point: you stated that if you are producing more electricity during the day than you need, that excess is “wasted.” not at all: that is clean electricity that goes onto the grid–great for the climate crisis.
I have solar and I use it to charge my 75kwh Tesla so if it would only let me get the Lecky back out of it I wouldn’t need another battery. Come on Elon sort it out #V2G
RON BARBER, SAN JOSE
Without a doubt I would install solar over batteries in almost any situation. The one exception I can think of is if I lived in an area with inconsistent power Like a mountainous region where powerlines can be dropped for an extended period of time then the battery solution would accomplish not only peak rate shaving but a peace of mind.
I purchased a 4.5kW solar solution in October 2012 and have now generated just over 50 MW of energy with greatly reduced energy bills. The system has no more than paid for itself.
JASON HORSMAN, FRESNO
Environmentally speaking, solar is the way to go. Batteries for homes can never really scale to the costs without significant improvement. Even if your solar is going back into the grid, that is clean energy your providing for your neighborhood that might not have solar (yet..). Now I do love the idea of at some point in the future all of our cars being two directional so that if there was a need in the power grid or a power outage electric cars could provide a much needed boost to the grid
Depends on your interconnection rules. Here in New Jersey, US, we don’t have time-of-use rates and we get a 1:1 net metering benefit. Battery would not make financial sense unless you are looking for backup power during outages (we rarely lose power). So it is solar panels for me. The grid is my big battery 😜
Solar all day! Once the utilities allow bidirectional EV use, you won’t need separate battery storage. Why buy a 13.5 kWh battery when your Arab has a 75kWh battery.
I know you have already decided to go with solar first, but IMHO this is a no-brainer… if I could afford only 1, I would go for storage first. I see storage as the hub which connects all the elements of a home set up which includes car, storage, solar and/or wind, heatpump etc etc. So I would see storage as step 1 on a journey which would later include solar and/or wind. To me it seems illogical to start with anything else.
In terms of which has most eco benefit – well, living in Yorkshire, I doubt I could get a solar setup that would consistently give me enough power to take away my reliance on dirty power at peak times, whereas with storage I could charge up with green electricity during the clean times and eliminate my reliance on dirty power. If I lived in Australia or New Mexico, it might be a different story.
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If you had to buy one electric car today and it was the only car you were allowed to drive for the next three years, what would you choose? And why. I’ll go first. VW ID.4 GTX
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