If you get any value from this podcast please consider supporting my work on Patreon. Plus all Patreon supporters get their own unique ad-free podcast feed.
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 3rd February. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.
Thanks to a new Patreon Supporter and proud Canadian, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RON FISCHER
NORWAY EV SALES IN JANUARY
In January 2022, 9 out of 10 first-time registered new passenger cars had cables, and as many as 19 of the “Top 20” were electric cars. Market share of 83.7 per cent for full BEV.
And for the first time ever, more new Porsche Taycan electric cars than new petrol cars have been registered in one month.
That very many new rechargeable hybrids were registered before the turn of the year, explains a low registration number for this type in January. The numbers now are special anyway, pointing in many directions and heralding an exciting car year. That as many as 19 of the Top 20 first-time registered new passenger cars in January are electric cars is completely unique, says director Øyvind Solberg Thorsen of the Road Traffic Information Council (OFV).
no other country can point to such a brand and model distribution in the Top 20 in a month. The six best-selling new cars did not exist in Norway a year ago,
Sales of pure petrol and diesel cars have been declining for a long time, and of 7,957 first-time registered new passenger cars in January, only 387 petrol and diesel cars in total.
in January, 181 of the electric car model Porsche Taycan were registered, while a total of 175 petrol cars were registered,
Norway’s by far most popular car in 2021, the Tesla Model 3, ended up in 48th place on the registration statistics in January.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES ACCOUNT FOR 80% OF SALES IN NORWAY’S NORTHERNMOST REGION
80% of all new cars for the private market in January were fully battery-powered, figures from the Road Traffic Information Council (OFV) show.
FINNMARK IS NORWAY’S – AND THE WORLD’S – NORTHERNMOST DEALERSHIPS REGION
There are now 24 fast charger stations by Ishavsveien open to all EVs, plus six SuperChargers for Tesla cars in Finnmark region, making it a no-brainer to cross an area larger than Denmark in size. Even at freezing cold polar night with temperatures dropping down to minus 35°C.
Using big tax incentives has helped Norway towards the goal set by the government that every new passenger car and mini-vans sold should be a zero-emission vehicle by 2025. The incentives include zero sales tax, reduced road toll, free parking and reduced ticket price on ferries.
Even in the remotest parts of Finnmark, the distance between each charging station is not be more than 100 kilometers. The fast chargers and SuperChargers available provide for 50 kW to 250 kW
In 2015, only 3% of new cars in Finnmark were electric. In 2019, the share increased to 11%. In 2020, it was 23%, in 2021 the market share hit 34% and now in January, every four out of five new cars sold is without an internal combustion engine.
POLESTAR’S ‘ARCTIC CIRCLE’ PERFORMANCE EV CAN SHRED A SNOWY TRACK
The one-off was designed by Polestar chief chassis engineer – and trophy winning rally driver – Joakim Rydholm, who said he took on the challenge in order to improve the accuracy of the Polestar 2’s handling.
Rydholm and his team tweaked the Long range Dual motor version of the Polestar 2 in order to make it more agile on snow and ice. Changes include: a raised ride height (+1.18 in / +30 mm), increased power and torque output (469 hp / 350 kW and 502 lb-ft / 680 Nm) and custom-made 19-inch studded winter tires
The three-way performance dampers, supplied by Swedish suspension manufacturer Öhlins, were also tweaked to include springs that are 30 percent softer than those found in a road-going Polestar 2.
Polestar’s intense winter testing program runs annually for 15 weeks from December to March and sees teams of engineers pushing prototypes — and themselves — to the limit.”
SPIED! PORSCHE MACAN EV CAUGHT TESTING IN ARCTIC CIRCLE
As with the Taycan, expect Porsche to launch the upcoming model in a high-performance ‘Turbo’ trim headlined by an ungodly acceleration figure.
What we can be most certain of is that the Macan EV (and Q6 E-tron sibling from Audi) will be based on VW Group’s ‘Premium Platform Electric,’ a modular EV platform developed from the Porsche Taycan. Though we aren’t expecting Taycan-level drama, such a setup could conceivably manage up to 700 horsepower with a motor driving each axle.
2024 ROLLS-ROYCE SPECTRE SPY SHOTS: ULTRA-LUXURY ELECTRIC COUPE SPOTTED
the Spectre features a more aerodynamically efficient shape than your typical blocky Rolls-Royce, which makes sense given its electric powertrain. Drag is huge killer of range. It also looks like the Spectre will have split headlights, likely to help reduce the visual weight of its tall front end.
The Spectre will utilize a version of Rolls-Royce’s own aluminum space-frame platform that debuted in the current Phantom. Given the 2023 launch date, the powertrain will most likely be parent company BMW Group’s fifth-generation EV technology which supports battery sizes up to 120 kilowatt-hours, or enough for a range approaching 400 miles on a charge.
PANASONIC TO TEST PRODUCTION OF 4680 BATTERIES FOR TESLA
anasonic Corp. is renovating a facility in Japan to start testing mass production of a new type of lithium-ion battery that’s championed by Tesla Inc. as the key to unlocking cheaper electric vehicles.
Panasonic will start test production of a next-generation “4680” battery at a facility in Japan’s western Wakayama Prefecture, Chief Financial Officer Hirokazu Umeda said Wednesday at a briefing on the company’s quarterly financial results. The company will also set up a prototype production line for the batteries early this year in Japan.
The 4680 batteries — named after their dimensions of a 46-millimeter diameter and 80-millimeter height — hold more than five times the capacity of the smaller 1865 and 2170 cells Panasonic currently supplies to Tesla. This means that fewer cells and related parts are needed in an EV, which in turn has the potential to lower its overall cost.
The Japanese company has said it will seek to sell the batteries to EV makers other than just Tesla.
We’ll first prioritize supplying Tesla once the verifications are complete
The 4680 production site is close to Panasonic’s corporate headquarters in Osaka, allowing it to easily dispatch veteran engineers to fine-tune its machinery.
VOLKSWAGEN ABLE TO BUILD 1 MILLION EVS A YEAR IN CHINA FROM 2023 -NIKKEI
Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will be able to build 1 million electric vehicles a year in China in 2023, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand Ralf Brandstaetter told Nikkei on Wednesday, boosted by a new plant in Anhui province.
The plant, a joint venture with China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co (JAC) first announced in 2019, is set to produce 300,000 electric cars a year, with production starting in 2023.
Together with production from two further joint venture plants – one with FAW Group, and one with SAIC Motor – this should bring total capacity to the 1 million mark
The German automaker sold 70,625 of its ID electric vehicles in China last year
2022 RIVIAN R1T’S FAST-CHARGING PERFORMANCE IS BEHIND THE BEST
Rivian claims that its R1T electric pickup can withstand peak charging rates of up to 220 kilowatts on a DC fast charger. In the future, it says, its vehicles will be able to accept energy at a rate of 300-plus kilowatts after an over-the-air update.
But for now, as seen in our fast-charging test from 10 to 90 percent state of charge of a 2022 R1T Launch Edition with the Large pack (128.9 kWh) battery, it couldn’t get to its current claimed peak. However, this was an early-build truck. We saw a max of 185 kilowatts, and it stayed there for about a minute right around a 25 percent state of charge. Shortly after, it fell to 90 kilowatts before jumping back up to 117 at around 50 percent charge.
The Rivian took a total of 72 minutes to recharge its battery from 10 to 90 percent, adding 117.0 kWh total, or an average rate of 97.5 kilowatts. That’s behind the average rates we’ve seen from other luxury electric players such as the Tesla Model S Plaid (125 kW), which is the quickest we’ve measured to date, as well as the Audi e-tron (121 kW) and the Porsche Taycan 4S (118 kW).
All of the non-Tesla tests referenced above were conducted at the same 350-kW Electrify America DC fast charger near our Ann Arbor, Michigan, headquarters.
NEW SUNRUN CHARGER LETS FORD F-150 LIGHTNING POWER YOUR HOME
Thanks to a partnership with Sunrun, the Lightning’s charging interface can be used as an emergency home power backup without any manual intervention at all. Ford calls it Intelligent Backup Power.
Ford’s preferred home charging partner for the F-150 Lightning will offer a home integration system for the truck that allows power to flow both ways through Ford’s Charge Station Pro 80-amp charger, meaning the Lightning can directly (and automatically, like an integrated whole-home generator) power your home if you lose power.
TESLA STARTS DISABLING FSD BETA’S “ROLLING STOP” FEATURE WITH V10.10 UPDATE
Tesla has started rolling out an over-the-air software update that removes FSD Beta’s ability to perform “rolling stops.” The function was deemed by the NHTSA as a driving behavior that may increase the risk of collisions.
It remains to be seen how long it would take Tesla to update its FSD Beta fleet to the new v10.10 software, especially since there are now nearly 60,000 drivers who are part of the early access program.
Disabled rolling-stop functionality in all FSD Profiles. This behavior used to allow the vehicle to roll through all-way-stop intersections, but only when several conditions were met, including: vehicle speed less than 5.6 mph, no relevant objects/pedestrians/bicyclists detected, sufficient visibility and all entering roads at the intersection have speed limits below 30 mph.
THE POST OFFICE IS BUYING GAS-POWERED TRUCKS
A senior House Democrat called on Wednesday for the resignation of Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, saying he flouted President Biden’s plan to electrify the federal fleet by placing a multibillion-dollar order for mostly gasoline-powered vehicles.
“The average age of the postal fleet is 30 years,” Mr. Connolly said. “They’re spewing pollution and they are guzzling gas. There is no question we have to replace the fleet, and it is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take electric vehicle technology to the next level with the second- largest vehicle fleet in America.”
Mr. Connolly called for an oversight hearing to examine the contract between the government and Oshkosh Defense, a Wisconsin-based company that manufacturers military vehicles. Other Democrats said they wanted the board that oversees the post office to remove Mr. DeJoy.
Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality wrote to Mr. DeJoy on Wednesday to say that the Postal Service had made the wrong decision to buy gasoline powered trucks
VISA CALLS FOR STANDARDISED SEAMLESS, INTEROPERABLE PAYMENTS IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
Visa is today launching a call to standardise the systems for seamless, interoperable payments in electric vehicle (EV) charging points across Europe. The company believes that the European EV charging industry should commit to providing consumers with the freedom to pay with their chosen method – primarily by adopting open-loop and interoperable payments.
Visa has also announced it will become the first company from the financial services and payments industries to join the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) as a full member.
FIRST BENTLEY EV SET TO REPLACE MULSANNE AS FIRM’S RANGE TOPPER
Bentley will begin testing its first EV later this year, and it’s likely to be the priciest model in the line-up, CEO Adrian Hallmark has revealed in an Autocar Business webinar hosted today.
Confirming that the EV will be set apart from the current line-up on price, he said: “Today all of our products are in a very tight price band. So I can say that we would like to either go up or down in order to exploit the brand further in terms of its potential.”
Given the car is set to feature cutting-edge technology as well as have a significant battery range, it’s highly unlikely that it will be priced below the Bentayga SUV, which starts at around £155,000. With Bentley’s current range topping out at around £230,000, a price closer to the Mulsanne’s near-£250,000 starting price is expected,
Hallmark described the EV’s underlying technology as signed off, and said the interior design was 95% complete and exterior design 80-85% ready “with some work to do to further improve what we’ve already decided.”
BJØRN’S 1,000 KM CHALLENGE: NEW MODEL 3 RWD (LFP-60) IS A BEAST
In the most recent 1,000 km challenge, Bjørn Nyland tested the latest Made-in-China (MIC) Tesla Model 3 RWD (former Standard Range Plus/SR+) with about a 60 kWh LFP lithium-ion battery (as recently measured in Bjørn Nyland’s range test).
he result of 10 hours and 5 minutes is almost the same as the results achieved in the previously tested Tesla Model 3 SR+ cars at significantly higher temperatures
Bjørn Nyland noted that the new entry-level Tesla Model 3 has an outstanding thermal management system, as well as good aerodynamics. The additional 5 kWh (or 9%) of usable battery capacity (as measured in Bjørn Nyland’s previous tests) also helps.
BMW I4 RECALL IN THE EU
Just a few months after BMW started delivering the i4, there is already a recall. An entry in the EU Commission’s Safety Gate shows that BMW i4 vehicles produced between 15 September and 30 November 2021 may not have any battery crash pads fitted.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
I’m taking a break this weekend so won’t have the time on Saturday and Sunday to do this, it’s back next week.
Email me any feedback to: email@example.com
It would mean a lot if you could take 2mins to leave a quick review on whichever platform you download the podcast.
And if you have an Amazon Echo, download our Alexa Skill, search for EV News Daily and add it as a flash briefing.
Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I’ll catch you tomorrow and remember…there’s no such thing as a self-charging hybrid.
PHIL ROBERTS / ELECTRIC FUTURE
PORSCHE OF THE VILLAGE CINCINNATI
AUDI CINCINNATI EAST
VOLVO CARS CINCINNATI EAST
NATIONAL CAR CHARGING ON THE US MAINLAND AND ALOHA CHARGE IN HAWAII
DEREK REILLY FROM THE EV REVIEW IRELAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL
RICHARD AT RSEV.CO.UK – FOR BUYING AND SELLING EVS IN THE UK
DAVID AND LISA ALLEN
BOB BOOTHBY FROM MILLBROOK COTTAGES – 5* GOLD SELF CATERING COTTAGES
JUKKA KUKKONEN FROM WWW.SHIFT2ELECTRIC.COM
BATTERY REPORTS FOR EVS AT RECURRENTAUTO.COM
ALEXANDER FRANK @ https://www.youtube.com/c/alexsuniverse42
ANDY NANCARROW AND LILIAN KASS
COLIN HENNESSY AND CAMBSEV
DON MCALLISTER / SCREENCASTSONLINE.COM
IAN (WATTIE) WATKINS
JAVIER CARMELO DÍAZ PÉREZ
JOHN VAN DEVOORT
JON AKA BEARDY MCBEARDFACE FROM KENT EVS
LAURENCE D ALLEN
NEIL E ROBERTS FROM SUSSEX EVS
PETER & DEE ROBERTS
REALTORS CHOICE PHOTOGRAPHY
ROB FROM THE RSTHINKS EV CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE
THOMAS J. THIAS
THE PLUGSEEKER’S EV YOUTUBE CHANNEL