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TESLA MODEL 3, KIA NIRO EV RECEIVE HIGHEST MARKS IN LATEST JD POWER EV STUDY
One of JD Power’s newest studies, the Electric Vehicle Experience study, is back for its second year, and according to the 2022 results published on Thursday, a couple things haven’t changed since 2021.
Once again, the top-rated electric cars are the Tesla Model 3 for the premium electric vehicle segment, and the Kia Niro EV for the mass market contenders.
based on a 1,000-point scale, is measured by 10 factors, including range, access to charging stations, at-home charging and cost of ownership.
Acing many of the categories is the Model 3, which scored 777 points. The Model Y comes in second place
Moving into the mass-market side of things, the Kia Niro EV ranks highest with 744 points,
The study doesn’t just look at the cars individually. It takes the temperature of EV newbies and EV “veterans,” those who’ve owned a battery-powered car for a longer period of time
First-time owners of electric vehicles were reluctant to switch back to gasoline-fueled cars even as concerns continued to loom about the availability of charging infrastructure, a report from JD Power showed on Thursday.
The 2022 US Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) ownership study showed that satisfaction among owners who are new to BEVs averaged 754 (on a 1,000-point scale), which is comparable to 766 among BEV veterans (those who have owned a BEV prior to their current one).
PORSCHE TAYCAN DEMOLISHES KIA’S EV CHARGING RECORD
A Porsche Taycan drove from Los Angeles to New York City in record time — at least in terms of charging the EV.
On Friday, the German carmaker announced it broke the Guinness World Record for shortest charging time to drive across the U.S. in its $87,030 battery-powered car: 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 48 seconds.
Last year, Kia set the record (and grabbed it from Tesla) with a 7 hour, 10 minute, and 1 second charging time while making the 2,834-mile journey in its soon-to-be-released EV6.
Now the title belongs to the Taycan, Porsche’s first EV, which used Electrify America’s ultra-fast chargers across the U.S. on the cross-country trek.
STOREDOT CLAIMS EV BATTERY LIFE BREAKTHROUGH
Fast battery charging battery specialist StoreDot has unveiled technology that it claims will enable a dramatic extension the lifespan of electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
The Israeli firm, whose core XFC battery technology is said to provide a 50 per cent reduction in charging time, claims that this latest innovation will extend the lifespan of EV batteries thereby reducing their environmental impact and enabling drivers to maintain performance of their vehicles for many more years without compromising on range.
It claims that the technology enables batteries to maintain a robust performance after 1000 cycles and 80% capacity, the point at which rival lithium-ion fast charging technologies start to rapidly deteriorate in performance. Indeed, even after 1700 cycles, long after the accepted industry norm, StoreDot’s batteries are said to maintain 70% of the original capacity. This potentially makes them effective for second life usage in applications such as energy storage and grid load balancing.
CONNECTICUT LAUNCHES ‘COMPREHENSIVE’ AND ‘COMPLEX’ CHARGING PROGRAM
Connecticut utilities kicked off 2022 with the launch of a new electric vehicle (EV) program designed to spur the deployment of more than 60,000 charging ports by 2030, along with rates and demand response solutions to help manage the growing load.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved the nine-year program in July, clearing the way for Eversource and United Illuminating (UI) to offer $500 off the cost of a networked residential charger along with incentives for fast charging, fleets, multifamily buildings and other EV market segments.
Connecticut finished 2021 with 21,382 EVs registered in the state, according to the group’s web site, representing an almost 55% year-over-year increase. The state’s long-term transportation strategy calls for 500,000 EVs on the road by 2030.
The new charging incentive program is targeting 50,000 residential installations by 2030, almost 5,000 “destination” chargers at locations like stores and shopping malls, more than 7,000 in workplaces and serving light-duty fleets, and 550 direct current fast chargers.
Baseline incentives for DCFC are $150,000, rising to $250,000 in underserved communities.
NATIONAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN FOR HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 5
Hyundai is comparing its evolution to that of other human innovations in the new national marketing campaign for the all-electric IONIQ 5. The campaign’s theme, “Your journey at its most evolved,” comes to life in two new commercials starring Jason Bateman.
The 60-second hero spot titled, “History of Evolution,” finds Jason Bateman in different historical eras explaining how initial inventions got better over time. The ad showcases how the IONIQ 5 represents the advancement of the electric vehicle comparing it to the evolution of human language, navigation, phones, and televisions. “History of Evolution” will first air this Sunday during both of professional football’s conference championship games.
The second spot, “Campsite,” is a 30-second ad that highlights IONIQ 5’s vehicle-to-load function that can power equipment to make camping much more comfortable.
OVER 10 PERCENT OF TESLA MODEL S EVS FAIL GERMANY’S STRICT INSPECTION AFTER 3 YEARS
While Tesla has become one of the foremost players at the cutting edge of electric vehicle technologies, it has for a long time struggled to match traditional automakers in terms of industrial output and, crucially, quality. News from Germany brings the issue into clear focus, as Tesla’s Model S has come out rather unfavorably versus its EV competition, as reported by Merkur.de.
In Germany, rigorous automotive inspections are regularly carried out, first after the car has been in use for 3 years, and then every 2 years after that.
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive performed best of all, with only 3.5% showing any defects upon reporting for inspection. BMW’s i3 was not far behind, clocking in with 4.7 percent having a notable defect. For comparison’s sake, the average defect rate for all cars from 2-3 years old in Germany is 4.7 percent. However, other models weren’t so lucky. 5.7% of Renault Zoes presented with defects in a below-average result.
The worst by far, however, was the Tesla Model S. 10.7 percent of the model showed up for testing with a defect of some sort.
HENRIK FISKER TAKES ANOTHER SWING AT LUXURY CAR-BUILDING
The Austrian manufacturer Magna Steyr is building the Ocean in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations. The base Ocean uses a 275-hp motor and offers a range of around 250 miles; all-wheel-drive Ultra and Extreme trims have two motors good for a combined 540 and 550 horsepower, respectively. Prices will start under $40,000.
The Ocean is the closest to market, scheduled to begin deliveries in November.
What’s different with the Ocean?
Let’s say there are three fundamental things that I learned from the Karma. No, four. One, timing is everything. Number two, you’ve got to have enough money from the beginning to the end of the launch. I didn’t want to really kick off this program until we had a billion dollars, which we raised last year. You can’t build something start-stop. That kills you. So, number two, get all the money. Number three, you have to look at technology and assess the risk. Battery is the biggest risk in [electric] cars, so we spent a long time working closely on a deal with CATL [Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., a lithium-ion battery manufacturer].
What’s number four?
The manufacturing of the vehicle—we need a solid manufacturing partner.
LUCID AIR DREAM EDITIONS EMERGE ON EBAY: ALL PRICED OVER $200,000
The Lucid Air entered the market on October 30, 2021, but the initial Dream Edition of 520 cars (which equals the 520 miles/837 km of EPA range) have been fully booked for a long time.
As it turns out, for those who would really want to own the top-of-the-line Lucid Air, not all is lost, as basically new cars are available on eBay.
2022 Lucid Air Dream Dream Performance – $220,000 (see info)#111Mileage: 700 milesOrlando, FL
2022 Lucid Air Dream Dream Performance – $225,000 (see info)#034Mileage: unknown
2022 Lucid Air Dream Dream Performance – $239,000 (see info)#240Mileage: 17 miles
NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
Tom Moloughney’s Lucid Air 70mph range test yielded a real world highway range of 500 miles. That raises the bar by a huge amount and make the Lucid Air easily the longest range EV ever tested. But…do EV’s ever need a range of 500 miles?
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