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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 2nd December. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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NORWAY MARKS 11,274 NEW BEVS SOLD OVER NOVEMBER
– In Norway, 11,274 new electric cars were registered in November. Electric cars thus reached a share of 73.8 per cent of all passenger car registrations in the month. In addition, there were 2,653 new plug-in hybrids. The most popular model was the Tesla Model Y with 1,013 registrations.
– The more than 11,000 new registrations in November bring the figure for the current year close to 100,000 vehicles. From the beginning of January to the end of November, 99,948 pure electric cars were newly registered in Norway, according to the Norwegian Road Information Authority (OFV). This corresponds to a market share of 64.2 per cent in the current year. This figure refers to purely battery-electric cars; hybrid vehicles are not counted here.
– In total, 91.2 per cent of all new passenger cars in Norway had an external charging connection in November – exactly the same level as in September with the Tesla boost; in October, the figure had fallen back to just under 90 per cent. By comparison, petrol-only cars had a market share of 2.3 per cent and diesel-only cars 2.7 per cent.
AFFORDABLE DACIA SPRING TAKES POLE AS FRANCE HITS RECORD 23.5% PLUGIN EV SHARE
“November saw France, Europe’s second largest auto market, hit a record 23.5% plugin electric vehicle share, up from 14.8% share a year ago. Legacy diesels and plugless hybrids continued to stagnate below 20% share”
Europe’s most affordable all-electric, the Dacia Spring, took the #1 spot for plugins in November at 2895 sales.
The Dacia Spring, following its extremely rapid climb to Europe’s fourth most popular BEV in October, became France’s top seller in November, with 2895 units delivered. This puts it well ahead of the long term favourite Renault Zoe, at 2189 units.
The Spring’s success makes perfect sense — it is the most affordable BEV in Europe, and starts from around €12,400 in France after various incentives. November is the first month it has been available in these volumes in the country.
The Spring’s success speaks volumes about European consumers’ largely unmet demand for affordable BEVs. This is the revolution waiting in the wings for anyone bringing affordable (sub €20,000 or even sub €15,000) electric vehicles to the European market. The Spring is the first to do so, but won’t be the last. The BYD Yuan, and BYD Dolphin, both in the top 20 in China, will also do very well in Europe, for example, if they can start well below €20,000.
November’s combined plugin result of 23.5% comprised full battery electrics (BEVs) at 13.5%, with plugin hybrids (PHEVs) taking 10.0%. This continues the recent trend of reweighting towards BEVs
- Original Source : https://cleantechnica.com/2021/12/01/affordable-dacia-spring-takes-pole-as-france-hits-record-23-5-plugin-ev-share/
AUDI ALSO BUILDING Q4 E-TRON IN BRUSSELS
– Audi plans to build its recently launched Q4 e-tron electric SUV in Brussels in the future. Production is scheduled to start there in November. The Automobilwoche learned this from corporate circles. The reason is the high demand for the volume model. The final decision will be made by the VW planning round on December 9th. So far, Audi has had the Q4 e-tron built exclusively by VW in Zwickau
MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES SEVEN-SEATER ELECTRIC EQB IN EUROPE
– German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz has officially launched its all-electric, seven-seater EQB in Europe, with a starting price just north of €55,000. Mercedes premiered its EQB back in September at the Munich motor show, and the all-electric compact family car has five seats as standard – and seven seats as optional.
– The starting price is €55,311.20, which converts to around $A87,300, and the Mercedes EQB model range consists of the EQB 300 4MATIC and the EQB 350 4MATIC, both of which are all-wheel drive.
– range just north of 400-kilometres.
LUCID BATTERY CONTROVERSY: ENGINEER PROVIDES EXHAUSTIVE ANALYSIS
– InsideEV’s Senior Editor Tom Moloughney recently had the high honor of performing and reporting on the world’s first third-party, unsupervised 0-100% fast charging test session on the Lucid Air Dream EV. He posted the resulting video on his State of Charge YouTube Channel and in this IEVs article.
– some viewers and readers misinterpreted the charging results as “proving Lucid lied about the battery pack size”, apparently suggesting that Lucid is “cooking the books” and installing a larger-than-claimed battery pack to make puffed-up charging speed and range efficiency claims. They appeared confused by the fact that Electrify America billed Tom for 134 kWh of electrical energy delivered to the vehicle during the charge session. Delivered to a pack with only 118 kWh capacity.
– Based on my experience, thermal-modeling the heating losses incurred in extreme fast-charging sessions, it’s the law. Ohm’s law. And the 2nd law of thermodynamics. The 2nd law says “there are always losses in an energy transfer process”. And in an EV battery charging session, those losses are determined by Ohm’s Law. Heat generated in a circuit = the current I (in amps) squared x the circuit’s resistance R (in ohms). Heat = I2R
– Suffice to say that for the first five minutes of charging at 300 kW and 350 amps, the battery pack resistance was generating over 20 kW of heat. That pack weighs over 550 kg, yet that 20 kW heat is so intense it likely heated up every cell in that mass from 31⁰ C to their maximum rated 45⁰ C temperature in those first few minutes, with the AC compressor, glycol pumps, and radiator fan all screaming at peak load, drawing an extra 4-5 kWh of power.
– Rapidly adding 118 kWh to this pack and only suffering 16 kWh of 2nd-law losses is an EV engineering miracle, not a false-marketing conspiracy.
Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/551500/lucid-battery-size-charging-analysis/
CONSTANT PROGRESS: EXTENDED RANGE FOR OPEL CORSA-E AND MOKKA-E
– On a single charge of its battery, the award-winning Opel Corsa-e, which was introduced in 2019, can now cover up to 359 kilometres1 according to the WLTP, an increase of around seven per cent. The range of the Mokka-e, which went on sale in 2020 and most recently won the famous “Golden Steering Wheel 2021”2, has increased to 338 km1 (WLTP).
– The range increases have been achieved, for example, through the optimisation of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) and propulsion systems of the Opel Corsa-e and Opel Mokka-e.
– The efficiency of the heat pump, which warms and cools the interior and is standard equipment on both models, is now even higher than before. Heat pumps are more efficient than conventional HVAC systems, as they require less energy from the battery, to the benefit of driving range. Customers will notice the improvements particularly when driving in the winter months.
2023 BMW I7 ELECTRIC SEDAN TEASED DURING WINTER TEST IN SWEDEN
– BMW must’ve missed the world premiere of the Mercedes EQS because it claims the i7 will be the “world’s first purely electrically powered luxury sedan.” Anyway, these excellent images were shot in Arjeplog, Sweden where the BMW Group has a winter test center. It’s currently being used to put the finishing touches on the drive and suspension systems of the first electric 7 Series.
– The world premiere is scheduled to take place next year when we will also be seeing the i7. For now, we get another opportunity to see a fully camouflaged prototype carrying the production body, but not the final headlights and taillights.
– BMW confirms the electric 7 Series will use the fifth-generation eDrive technology already implemented in the iX electric SUV. The silent sedan is currently being evaluated under temperatures well below zero to make sure the battery and the temperature control system are up for the job even in such a harsh climate
Original Source : https://www.motor1.com/news/551605/2023-bmw-i7-teaser-winter-test/
CHINESE TESLA RIVAL XPENG WANTS TO SELL HALF OF ITS CARS OVERSEAS
– Chinese electric car start-up Xpeng plans to become a global automaker, with half of vehicle deliveries going to countries outside China, vice president and chairman Brian Gu said Wednesday.
– Xpeng would invest more in international markets this year and next, and expects to enter Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands next year. Xpeng began shipping cars to Norway in December 2020. Other Chinese automakers have focused their initial overseas expansion on the country, where government incentives have supported local demand for electric cars.
– The company launched its first commercially available vehicle, the G3 SUV, in December 2018. But the P7 sedan, which began deliveries last summer, has proven far more popular and accounts for more than 77% of deliveries
BNEF: STEEL INDUSTRY SET TO PIVOT TO HYDROGEN IN GREEN PUSH
– Steel production could be made with almost no carbon emissions through $278 billion of extra investment by 2050, according to a new report from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF).
– Hydrogen and recycling are likely to play a central role in reducing emissions from steel production. Steel is responsible for around 7% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions every year and is one of the world’s most polluting industries.
– By 2050, green hydrogen could be the cheapest production method for steel and capture 31% of the market. Another 45% could come from recycled material, and the rest from a combination of older, coal-fired plants
– Today, around 70% of steel is made in coal-fired blast furnaces, with 25% produced from scrap in electric furnaces, and 5% made in a newer, typically natural gas-fired process known as DRI—direct reduced iron
Original Source : https://www.greencarcongress.com/2021/12/20211201-bnefsteel.html
BP BUILDING LARGE-SCALE HYDROGEN PLANT IN TEESSIDE
– bp has announced its plans to build a hydrogen plant in the Northeast of England that could produce up to 500MW of hydrogen by 2030.
‘HyGreen Teesside’ is set to begin operations by 2025, with an initial 60MW of hydrogen production capacity.
– The new project adds to 3GW of offshore wind and 16,000 charging points in its UK portfolio.
BAY AREA TEEN FAILS DRIVING TEST DUE TO TESLA REGENERATIVE BRAKING SYSTEM
– After an examiner flunked a teen driving a Tesla due to its unique brake system, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has instructed its staff to treat electric vehicles in the same manner as conventional gas-powered vehicles during behind-the-wheel driving tests.
– Bryce Rosenblum, 16, embarked on his driving test alongside the DMV instructor in a Tesla Model 3, with regenerative braking activated in standard mod
– “Right off the bat, she warns me that the car was slowing down on its own, like at a stop sign,” he explained. “She told me that happened twice, before we even left the parking lot, and then we continue on the test. We did everything that a test is supposed to have in it, and then she pulled me in and told me I failed.”
– “And so I asked her what I could do next time to pass the test, and she told me to not take a Tesla and just to borrow someone else’s car,” said Rosenblum. “Bring someone else’s that has a motor instead of an actual electric car.”
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