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Nissan LEAF Owners Losing App Access

– Nissan announced the discontinuation of the NissanConnect EV app for Leaf and e-NV200 models produced before 2016 due to the UK’s 2G network shutdown.

– Approximately 3,000 vehicles are affected, losing remote functionality like heating control. The app will cease operation from April 1, 2024, slightly ahead of the phase-out of 2G technology, despite mobile operators maintaining 2G and 3G  networks until 2033 according to the latest info I can find dfrom OFCOM.

– Owners are expressing their frustration today, highlighting a disparity in technology longevity between older and newer vehicle models.

https://evne.ws/49IosxK

2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5: Enhanced Battery and Styling Upgrades

– Hyundai just unveiled an updated Ioniq 5, featuring a new N Line sporty variant, alongside improvements in range, safety, design, and technology. Battery capacity has been increased from 77.4kWh to 84kWh, matching the new Ioniq 5 N hot hatch, promising an extended range beyond the current model’s maximum of 321 miles WLTP. – Despite showcasing digital side mirrors, these remain unavailable to American consumers.

– The vehicle has been updated to support comprehensive over-the-air (OTA) software updates across major electronic systems, enhancing its connectivity and feature set.

– Subtle exterior updates include restyled front and rear bumpers, contributing to a sportier and broader SUV appearance, and extending the vehicle’s length by 20mm. The rear spoiler has also been elongated by 50mm.  The update introduces new alloy wheel designs.

– Interior improvements feature a new steering wheel with interactive pixel lights and additional buttons on the center console for improved functionality. The “Map” and “Navigation” functions are now integrated into a single button.

– New safety features added: ‘hands-on detection’, an advanced lane-keeping assist, parking assist, and all-around parking collision avoidance. A remote folding function for the rear seats improves convenience.  Hyundai has reinforced the Ioniq 5’s body structure for better stability, agility, and reduced vibrations. Additional sound insulation around the rear axle’s electric motor enhances refinement.

– Inside, the N Line offers a unique interior including a special N Line steering wheel, metal pedals, a black headliner, sport seats adorned with the N logo, red contrast stitching, and two options for seat coverings to enhance the dynamic ambiance.

https://evne.ws/3wG27SN

BMW Unveils New 5 Series Touring with Four Drive Options

– BMW’s Plant Dingolfing has initiated the production of the new BMW 5 Series Touring, marking it as the first premium vehicle in its class to offer petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and a fully electric drive option.

– The BMW i5 Touring emerges as the fourth all-electric model to commence series production at the facility within a span of nearly three years. Targeting the German and European markets, the 5 Series Touring arrives in dealerships slated for the end of May.

– Plant Dingolfing, the exclusive manufacturer of the BMW 5 Series Touring since 1991, has produced over 1.2 million units. The latest generation continues this legacy, being manufactured alongside the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the BMW 4 and 6 Series models on a single production line.

https://evne.ws/49XkTmR

New York City Debuts America’s Quickest EV Charging Station

– Gravity Mobility, supported by Google, has unveiled the United States’ fastest electric vehicle (EV) charging facility in New York City, serving fleet operators.

– The installation features 24 chargers, each with a 500 kW with plans for expansion beyond their inaugural Midtown Manhattan site.

– Further funding rounds are anticipated this year to support Gravity’s aim of national expansion, with significant interest already expressed in their high-speed charging network.

– ChargePoint, another EV charger manufacturer, recently launched the Express Plus Power Link 2000, offering up to 500 kW charging for two vehicles simultaneously.

https://evne.ws/49UEjZr

Lotus Emeya Wraps Up Winter Trials with Impressive Specs

– Lotus Emeya is getting closer to launch with the wrap up of winter testing. Battery capacity is rumoured to be 102 kWh, slightly less than the Eletre SUV’s 112-kWh battery, yet offers a similar range, expected to match the Eletre’s 373 miles on the WLTP cycle.  The sedan supports an 800-volt architecture enabling up to 350-kW fast charging and powers all four wheels through dual motors.

– The anticipated high-end Emeya R variant is projected to deliver 905 horsepower and 726 pound-feet of torque, slightly outperforming the Eletre R in acceleration with a 0 to 60 mph time just under 2.95 seconds. – Aerodynamic design achieves up to 215 kg of downforce at high speeds, with the vehicle’s maximum speed limited to 159 mph.

– Winter testing included evaluations in temperatures as low as -13°F and freeze tests at -40°F to ensure reliability under extreme conditions.  Following its debut in China, the Lotus Emeya is set for release in Europe and subsequently in the U.S.

https://evne.ws/49Z22bg

FedEx Express Spain Integrates Electric Vans into Fleet

– FedEx Express Europe has began adding  Mercedes-Benz eSprinter vans into its Spanish operations, with 33 new fully electric vehicles expected to join the fleet. Initial allocations have seen 16 electric vans deployed in Madrid, with another 17 set to operate in Barcelona.

– Each location, Madrid and Barcelona, will be equipped with 33 charging points powered by renewable energy sources, featuring a dynamic power management system for overnight charging of the fleet.

– This move in Spain is part of a broader European initiative, with FedEx Express already operating 23 eSprinters in London, UK, 12 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and awaiting the delivery of 28 additional vans for Paris, France.

https://evne.ws/430gCwy

Tesla Initiates Construction of Innovative Drive-In Theater and Diner Supercharger in LA

– Tesla has started construction on a unique Supercharger station in Los Angeles, California, that will include a diner and a drive-in theater, with the first movie screen now being erected.

– Located on West Santa Monica Boulevard, the development will feature two screens displaying classic films and clips. Recent construction updates reveal progress on the diner building, with the deck level now having a nearly complete floor.

– The project  will offer approximately 32 charging stalls.

https://evne.ws/434GaJi

South Korean EV Battery Giants to Showcase New Technologies

– South Korea’s leading EV battery manufacturers are set to present their latest advancements at the InterBattery 2024 fair in Seoul, aiming to boost the global eco-friendly vehicle market. The event, co-hosted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy along with the Korea Battery Industry Association, will feature around 580 companies from 18 countries, including the three major cell producers.

– LG Energy Solution, the world’s third-largest EV battery company, will introduce its cell-to-pack (CTP) technology, which eliminates the need for module-level electronics by directly integrating battery cells into packs, enhancing energy density and reducing weight and cost.  The CTP design for pouch batteries by LG Energy promises increased cell stiffness, enhanced stability through proven heat transfer prevention, and cost reductions by minimizing parts and simplifying production processes.

– LG Energy also plans to showcase a comprehensive system for managing the entire lifecycle of batteries, incorporating Battery Management System (BMS) functions, safety diagnostics, state estimation software, cloud services, and future mobility solutions.

– SK On, ranked fifth globally among battery manufacturers, will present its fast-charging batteries and Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) models designed for cold climates, including an advanced version of its Super Fast (SF) Battery, capable of charging from 10% to 80% capacity in just 18 minutes, and an LFP battery optimized for cold weather performance.

https://evne.ws/49U8zUo

Mack Trucks Embraces EV Future with Battery-Electric Models

 

– Mack Trucks, a company with a heritage dating back to 1900 in Brooklyn, New York, is transitioning its iconic 18-wheelers to electric vehicles starting with the LR Electric garbage truck. So far 35 LR Electric trucks have been delivered to various U.S. cities, indicating a gradual adoption pace.

– Now under the Volvo Group, with headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, Mack experienced a significant increase in battery-electric vehicle (BEV) orders, from 44 in 2022 to 124 in 2023, marking a 200% growth.

– The United States has seen a sharp rise in medium- and heavy-duty electric truck deployments, from 80 in 2020 to over 12,894 by 2023, including Class 2 EVs used by delivery services like Amazon.

– The higher initial cost of EV trucks compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) models poses a challenge for fleet owners and operators, who must consider the potential savings in operating costs.

– Volvo Group recently acquired Proterra, a bankrupt U.S. battery and electric bus manufacturer, for $210 million, signaling its commitment to electric transportation. Nearly 420 Mack dealerships are crucial to the EV adoption process, with about 80 currently EV-certified or undergoing certification to meet specific safety, infrastructure, and tooling standards.

https://evne.ws/433KyrZ

BYD Reduces Yuan Plus Price and Introduces New Glory Edition

– BYD has decreased the starting price of the Yuan Plus electric SUV by 11.78%, introducing the new Glory Edition at RMB 119,800 ($16,650).

– The Yuan Plus, first sold in China in February 2022, represents BYD’s initial foray into all-electric SUVs on its e-platform 3.0 and marks its first model aimed at global markets, known as Atto 3 internationally. Battery capacity options are unchanged, with the base models featuring a 49.92 kWh battery for up to 430 km range, and higher variants equipped with a 60.48 kWh battery for up to 510 km range CLTC.

– All models are powered by a single motor delivering 150 kW.  BYD achieved sales of 3,024,417 new energy vehicles (NEVs) in 2023 and has set a goal of 4 million units for 2024, with plans to produce 2 million battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 2.2 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

https://evne.ws/49RKwoY

Leapmotor’s Aggressive Pricing Strategy in China’s EV Market

– Leapmotor significantly reduced the price of its new C10 SUV by nearly 20%, aiming to capture a larger share of middle-income consumers.

– The C10 SUV, equipped with autonomous driving and a digital cockpit, now starts at 128,800 yuan ($17,897), down 17%.  Leapmotor, partly owned by Stellantis with a 20% stake, announced plans to begin exporting the C10 to global markets including Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa starting the third quarter of this year.

– The C10 will directly compete with Li Auto’s L6 SUV, a significant rival alongside Tesla in China’s EV market.

– The Chinese EV market is expected to become more aggressive with price reductions as manufacturers strive to maintain market share amidst slowing sales growth projected at 20% for this year by Fitch Ratings.

https://evne.ws/49ZrjBN

SVOLT Energy Launches EV Battery Production in Thailand

– SVOLT Energy started mass production at its new EV battery facility in Thailand, with an annual output capacity of approximately 60,000 modules and packs.

– Batteries produced at this plant are designated for various new energy vehicles (NEVs) from Hozon New Energy Automobile (the parent company of Neta Auto) and Great Wall Motor’s brands like Ora assembled in Thailand.

– The facility houses two production lines: one for battery module manufacturing and another for assembling these modules into complete battery packs. The battery modules are constructed using SVOLT’s ‘L600’ Lithium Iron-phosphate (LFP) series cells, which are currently imported from China.

– The ‘LCTP’ battery packs assembled in Thailand offer capacities up to 60 kWh.

https://evne.ws/4a13f1H

Smart Technology: The Differentiator in China’s NEV Market

– Experts predict that smart features will be crucial for New Energy Vehicle (NEV) manufacturers to stand out in the competitive Chinese market, where at least 40% of new vehicles sold this year are expected to be NEVs.

– NEV sales in China reached 9.49 million units last year, accounting for 31.6% of the country’s total new vehicle sales, as reported by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

– The rise of electrification has simplified vehicle production, intensifying competition among manufacturers. Smart functions are increasingly becoming key differentiators. While Chinese consumers show a growing preference for smart features in vehicles, customers in regions like Europe and the United States are currently more focused on the mileage vehicles can achieve on a single charge—a concern that Chinese buyers had several years ago.

https://evne.ws/433ZXIt

China Accelerates Electric Vehicle Production

– Chinese electric vehicle (EV) makers are outpacing global competitors, developing cars 30% faster by revolutionizing traditional automotive development processes. For instance NIO delivers new models within 36 months, whereas Zeekr, a Geely venture, can bring new vehicles to market in just 24 months, offering a variety of models that share digital and manufacturing platforms with other Geely brands.

– The quick turnover of models, with domestic EVs averaging a 1.3-year market life before updates or new versions are released, contrasts with the 4.2-year cycle of foreign brands. China’s strategy of rapid model updates and exports threatens to outpace traditional automakers, with China now leading as the world’s top auto exporter.

– Chinese firms leverage software simulations for efficient development, embracing a ‘minimum viable product’ approach to expedite market entry, continuously upgrading features via software updates.

– The industry is witnessing a shift towards standardization across models to reduce development time, with companies like XPeng integrating comprehensive features across its lineup to cut R&D times by about 20%.  The emergence of software-driven EVs and the challenge of integrating software with vehicle hardware highlight the innovative edge of Chinese companies over traditional automakers.

– Chinese EV makers maintain a startup-like agility, prioritizing speed to market over lengthy design reviews, showcasing a contrast in development philosophy compared to Western counterparts.

https://evne.ws/4a13gCN

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