Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily, you trusted source of EV information. It’s Sunday 1st May, it’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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FORD F-150 LIGHTNING HOME INTEGRATION SYSTEM TO COST $3,895
– If Ford F-150 Lightning owners want to access the vehicle’s Intelligent Backup Power feature to power their homes during outages they need two main items; besides the F-150 Lightning, of course.
– First, they need the Ford Charge Station Pro, an 80-amp charging station that comes standard with all F-150 Lightning with the Extended Range battery pack. Owners that have the Standard Range battery can purchase the Ford Charge Station Pro from their Ford dealership for $1,310.00.
– Secondly, they need the Home Integration System, which consists of an inverter, a transfer switch, and a small battery to power the system temporarily when the main power goes out. Until now, the cost of the Home Integration System was not known. However, thanks to Ford’s Director of Charging & Energy Services, Matthew Stover’s LinkedIn post, we now have the answer.
– The Home Integration System will be sold exclusively through Ford’s partner, Sunrun, and cost $3,895.00. That’s very reasonable in our opinion, especially when the other component needed to access the Intelligent Backup Power System, the Ford Charge Station Pro, will come standard with the vehicle for many F-150 Lightning owners.
– Intelligent Backup Power System can deliver up to 9.6 kW to the home
DUELING ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES SET NEW RECORD IN DARING RACE ACROSS THE US
– Two electric motorcycles and their determined riders recently set off to strike a new cannonball run record, racing in opposing directions across the US in a bid to reach the opposite coast first. Just 111 hours later, rider Steven Day set that new record and demonstrated the possibilities offered by high-performance electric motorcycles and distributed quick charging networks.
– His fresh 111-hour record may have just broken the previous electric motorcycle cannonball run record set by Diego Cardenas, who traversed the US on a Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle in 178 hours. But Day has already completed several coast-to-coast electric motorcycle rides, including a 93-hour Florida-to-San Diego blitz last year.
– Day set out from the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, California, on his personal 2022 Energica EVA Ribelle electric motorcycle.
– The Energica electric motorcycles, both equipped with DC Fast Charging capabilities, were able to make brief charging stops of less than an hour to reach approximately 90-95% charge.
– Each fresh charge of the bikes’ batteries gave the riders just over 100 miles (160 km) of range at highway speeds, though Day said that he generally sees closer to 160-200 miles (260-320 km) of city and mixed-riding range on his personal Energica when he isn’t gunning it across the country.
VOLTA ZERO 7.5- AND 12-TON ELECTRIC TRUCKS REVEALED
– Volta is growing its line-up of Zero electric delivery trucks by adding 7.5-ton and 12-ton models to the mix. The new trucks are designed with maneuverability in mind, with both options aiming to make it easier for drivers to maneuver these commercial vehicles in more dense urban areas.
– The original model is a 16-ton truck that uses either a standard—150-kWh—or high-capacity—225-kWh—battery pack
– Customers are due to start testing the 16-ton electric vehicle later this year. Volta also previously announced an 18-ton model that’s due to start production sometime in the middle of 2023.
– Customer trials for the newly announced models are set to kick off in 2024, with full-line production planned for early 2025.
– Volta fits its Zero trucks with cameras in place of side mirrors, while the glass-heavy cab offers the driver a forward field of view of 220 degrees.
THE ALL-ELECTRIC FIAT 500E GETS SOME SERIOUS ATTITUDE
– This all-electric supermini got less-than-modest range and power, but German tuning company Irmscher felt it was good enough for a total cosmetic overhaul. The shop just announced its kit for the 500e with upgraded interior and exterior components.
– Irmscher added a body kit outside, with a new front bumper and smoother side skirts.
– Unique, 17-inch Irmscher Turbo Star wheels take over for the car’s standard 15-inch rollers.
– Though the Irmscher 500e got extensive interior and exterior updates, nothing changed mechanically. The cars featured a 24-kilowatt-hour battery and an 84-mile range when new. Its electric motor produced just 111 horsepower and 147 lb-feet of torque, but the car’s diminutive size and short wheelbase gave it entertaining handling and somewhat lively acceleration.
– Having rebuilt more than half a million vehicles over the years, Irmscher is the largest custom and tuning partner for General Motors and its international brands, Opel and Vauxhall.
TESLA’S MCU 2 WILL LIKELY NOT BE UPGRADEABLE TO MCU 3
– Tesla hacker and Twitter user @greentheonly has speculated that it won’t be possible to retrofit current MCU 2 (Media Control Unit) Teslas employing Intel chips with the new and improved Ryzen-based processor that is used in MCU 3.
– In an up-close inspection of a new Model Y’s internals Green stated that “retrofit for intel cars definitely looks impossible – totally different power and other harness and thickness of the unit.”
– if proven to be accurate it would most certainly disappoint a great number of MCU2 vehicles owners, who were expecting to be offered the possibility of an upgrade, in the same way current MCU1 owners are able to upgrade their chips for a $2,000 (plus tax) fee.
– It handles every software operation, excluding Full Self-Driving/Autopilot, which are unaffected by which MCU version a Tesla is equipped with.
– MCU (Media Control Unit) is the computer controlling Tesla’s touchscreen
– MCU2 came out in the spring of 2018 (fall of 2017 for Model 3) as an upgrade to the NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor found in MCU1. All cars delivered after that point benefited from the improved responsiveness and extra features that came with the Intel’s Atom E8000 Series CPU.
– Effectively, MCU1 doesn’t support Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or any other streaming services that may be added in the future. It also doesn’t support any of the games Tesla added. Additionally, the web browser on MCU2 is much quicker and more capable as it’s built on Google’s Chromium platform.
THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE SEX WAR: WHY WOMEN GET MORE RANGE THAN MEN
– When you become an electric vehicle (EV) owner you have already committed to change.
– But what you might not be aware of is that you’ll also start to change the way you drive, too. Why? Because if you’re anything like me and my husband Neil, when you buy an EV you become obsessed with the distance your battery-powered car can travel on a single charge.
– Suddenly, the word “range” enters your daily vocabulary. Never mind “Did you have a nice day at work?” Instead, questions such as “Guess how much range I used taking the cat to the vet?” become talking points at dinner.
– We’d examine each journey to see which one was the most energy-efficient, compare notes on traffic conditions that might have had an impact and check how long was left to go on getting the battery back to a full charge. Our pillow talk, it seemed, had turned into a nightly game of Top Trumps.
– Yet however much Neil adjusted his driving style, inflated the tyres to the maximum recommended pressure to reduce rolling resistance or deployed any of the car’s special settings such as Comfort or Eco, he struggled to keep pace with me when it came to maximising the car’s range.
– He finally had to admit that my years as a disciple of The Highway Code, sticking to speed limits, maintaining steady pressure on the accelerator rather than flooring it and lifting off, slowing well in advance of stationary traffic – and making way for petrolheads who merely wanted to engage in a dash between sets of urban traffic lights – was actually future-proofing me for this new world of energy-conscious driving.
- Original Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/features/electric-vehicle-sex-war-women-get-range-men/
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
For any electrical gadget the minimum I would expect to get with it is the minimum needed to operate it. Nobody wants to unwrap the latest toy on Christmas Morning and then start looking for batteries! There will be tears 😭
So for an EV, that’s the EVSE trickle charge Granny-Cable. It gives new EV owners time to learn, and breaks the historical ICE model of having to go find a retailer of energy.
Then you can go and look at the options for better connectivity that work for your circumstances. True, some will never use the EVSE, but the cost was minimal, few have the relevant cables lying around yet, and if you’re already EV savvy and don’t need it… that’s what ebay is for 😉.
JAN FROM EMOBILITY NORWAY
For Europe, many AC charging stations have a Type 2 outlet, not have fixed cable. Therefore, we need a Mode 3 charging cable in our cars. Mode 3 charging cable is the one with a Type 2 plug in the infrastructure end and Type 1 or Type 2 in the car end, depending on the car’s inlet.
When it comes to the Mode 2 charging cable, also called level 1 in the US, it’s my opinion that the cable should be optional. The main reason for this is safety. Charging on a standard outlet does not give the same safety as charging on a charging station. It is not only the socket that is the problem but the whole installation from the fusebox out to the outlet. The installation is not made for the purpose of charging a vehicle with a continuously high current over many hours. It can be overloaded.
If the Mode 2 cable is not a part of the car’s standard equipment, the customer must make an active choice to purchase it, and the dealer can give the buyer good information about the safety risks. Personally, I would not have bought it since I do not use it. For my last cars it has stayed unused in the original plastic.
At least for now, while EVs and charging are new to most people, and most buyers are buying their very first EV. EVs should come at least with a level 1 charger. Someday in the future when your local autoparts store carries such items, perhaps it wont be necessary. It is my understanding that GM has or is planning to give users credit towards installing a level II charger at home, which is a very nice thing to do. In the future when homes already come w/ Level II chargers, or at least a plug for one, that won’t be needed either.
I think the more interesting question is for existing ev owners with cables. Would you give up your included cables?
For me it’s a definite no, I have used all my cables at one time or another, and have additional commando adapters for use on campsites. Anyone who wants to give them up, should donate them to first time owners!
For used vehicles: whatever is needed to charge it would be nice; however, as it is used, there should be no expectation of cables For new: whatever is needed to charge it at home, on the road, and while traveling. If it supports vehicle to grid/home, then any/all cables to support that connection as well.
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