93% of EVs sold in 2018 used permanent magnet traction motors

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Research firm Adamas Intelligence has reported that 93 percent of all passenger EVs sold in 2018 used permanent magnet (PM) traction motors, an increase of 1 percent from 2017.

PM traction motors use neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets in the rotor, which spin the rotor in response to a rotating magnet field produced in the stator. According to Adamas, PM traction motors can provide up to 15 percent more efficiency than induction motors, and are the most power-dense type of traction motor available.

“Looking ahead, we expect demand for PM traction motors, and the rare earth magnets they contain, to continue on a path of explosive growth as EV demand soars and the sales-weighted average motor power (kW) per EV continues to rise,” stated Adamas.

 

SEE ALSO: Tesla’s top motor engineer talks about designing a permanent magnet machine for Model 3

 

Source: Adamas Intelligence


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Tesla raises Model Y prices by $1k, will raise inventory car prices April 2

After a couple chaotic weeks of price and option changes from Tesla, another one went into effect today.  This time, it was about the recently-unveiled Model Y, which received a $1,000 price increase across the vehicle line.

CEO Elon Musk also announced on twitter that prices on inventory cars will increase ~3% after the end of this quarter, to keep them in line with the recent price increase (which was really just a partial reversal of last month’s price drop).

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New Geely Emgrand GSe Launches With EV Range Of 249 Miles

In China and on China’s testing scale, of course.

The Geely Emgrand GSe, a BEV crossover SUV currently operated by Geely New Energy, has four variants available for sale with after-subsidy prices ranging from RMB119,800 to RMB145,800. In March, the automaker is going to launch the new Emgrand GSe with a driving range increased by 13% to 400km, said Zheng Zhuang, general manager of Geely New Energy sales company.

Mr. Zheng also revealed that consumers who place orders before March 31 will continue to enjoy the NEV subsidy policy for 2018.

The NEDC-rate driving range of the existing Emgrand GSe is 353km, while the yet-to-be-sold new version will boast a range up to 400km, the same as that of the BYD Song EV500. The new Emgrand is expected to retain Jing-Jin Electric (JJE)’s second-generation permanent magnet synchronous generator that pumps out 120kW and 250 N·m of torque peak, enabling the vehicle to run at a top speed of 140km/h.

As to the exterior, the new and the outgoing versions may be much alike. At the front face, the closed-off grille is flanked by LED headlights and the charging port is located on the front fender. Inside the new Emgrand GSe, the wrap-around center console still exists. Besides, a full liquid crystal dashboard and an 8-inch liquid crystal display will be offered as standard configurators.

Source: Gasgoo


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Toyota And Suzuki Deepen Ties To Share Models And Tech

Suzuki is getting two hybrid vehicles for release in Europe.

Toyota and Suzuki will further expand their technology partnership by working on collaborations in new fields as a result of a newly signed agreement announced today. The two companies first signed a memorandum of understanding on February 6, 2017, and are now exploring ways to deepen the partnership and make it more efficient.

As a part of the new contract, Toyota will supply hybrid technologies to Suzuki for global use. In addition, Toyota will also give Suzuki two electrified vehicles, the RAV4 and Corolla Wagon, for market release in Europe. Suzuki of India, in turn, will benefit from hybrid technologies for local distribution. Electric cars are expected as the collaboration moves further forwards.

In return, Suzuki will supply two compact vehicles, the Ciaz and Ertiga, which will be rebadged by Toyota for the Indian market. Also, Toyota will receive Suzuki engines for compact cars and will produce them in Poland for distribution over the Old Continent. Toyota will also rebadge the Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, and Ertiga and sell them in Africa.

The two automakers will also develop a new C-segment MPV which will be sold with both the logos of Toyota and Suzuki. This model will be developed exclusively for India and the region.

“Through our new agreement, we look forward to the wider use of hybrid technologies, not only in India and Europe, but around the world,” Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota, comments. “At the same time, we believe that the expansion of our business partnership with Suzuki―from the mutual supply of vehicles and powertrains to the domains of development and production―will help give us the competitive edge we will need to survive this once-in-a-century period of profound transformation.”

The new agreement won’t stop the two brands from competing against each other “fairly and freely.”


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Finland Reach 5.7% Market Share

Finland follows Sweden and Norway by having one of the highest EV market shares.

The general car market in Finland shrunk in February by 13%, but plug-in electric car sales are moving forward. In total, some 488 new registrations translated into growth of 25% year-over-year.

With 1,109 new registrations YTD (up 22%), market share stands now at a record 5.7% – not bad at all taking into consideration cold climate and incentives that are not as big as in some other markets.

According to EV Sales Blog, PHEVs are responsible for 79% of the plug-in car market, but BEVs improved from 14% in 2018 to 21% now. In the next few months, we could see the switch more towards BEVs as first deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 already started.

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Source: EV Sales Blog


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Read An Excerpt From Hamish McKenzie’s Book About Elon Musk & Tesla

HOW ELECTRIC CARS CAN END THE AGE OF OIL

An excerpt from Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil by Hamish McKenzie.*

To understand how electric cars can end the Age of Oil, you might want to visit a fast food restaurant. Oil may have dominated our economic times, but it fades in significance when compared to salt. Civilization was built on the stuff that McDonald’s now gives its customers for free.

Photo by Zbynek Burival on Unsplash

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Posted by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Salt is essential to the human diet—without it, your body would gradually shed water in an attempt to maintain constant salt levels in your blood, eventually leading to your death from thirst. But it has been almost as important as a means to preserve food. Over the centuries, humans have harvested salt in a number of ways, from mining to evaporation to digging up bogs that had been soaked with seawater. Such methods have been traced back at least 3,500 years, with evidence that they stretch back even 5,000 years, and some bear similarities with how oil is extracted today. In AD 400, the Chinese discovered a way to drill into mountains and extract brine with bamboo pipes, some of which reached as deep as three thousand feet.

Salt, like oil, was unevenly distributed around the world. Thriving settlements arose around salt sources in Jordan by the Dead Sea; in North Africa, where salt could be dug from the ground; in the Austrian Alps, where salt was mined; and in Persia, Egypt, and the Sahara, where there were salt swamps in the deserts. In parts of Africa where salt was scarce, people got their salt hits by drinking the blood and urine of cattle and wild animals. It was the world’s most important commodity and so became the subject of transport, trade, and conflict.

“A certain political pattern seems to emerge,” wrote the journalist M. R. Bloch in Scientific American in 1963. “Where salt was plentiful, the society tended to be free, independent, and democratic; where it was scarce, he who controlled the salt controlled the people.” In the civilizations of the Nile, Babylon, India, China, Mexico, and Peru, autocratic rulers controlled their subjects by maintaining a monopoly on salt, and taxing it.

While today’s global economy remains inextricably linked with the fortunes of the oil industry, salt’s connection to the economy was even more direct. Salt was synonymous with money, and in some cases literally was money. Ethiopia used bars of salt as currency as early as the sixteenth century and, in remote areas, as recently as the twentieth. The word salary has its origins in the Latin word for “salt money.” The Romans paid their civil servants in salt. Slave traders bought humans with it.

There were, of course, wars. In Roman times, German tribes fought over salt sources. France’s salt tax, the gabelle, caused such outrage that it was an aggravating factor leading to the French Revolution. Even during the American Civil War, salt was a military target. At the end of 1864, for instance, Union forces captured Saltville, Virginia, a leading producer of the stuff, then embarked on a destructive two-day rampage that, according to the historian Rick Beard, effectively brought an end to salt making in the South of the United States.

These days, dieticians say our problem is too much salt, not too little. So if salt carried such strategic importance only 150 years ago, why is it so cheap today? The answer is that it was supplanted by an invention that changed the course of history.

THE TECHNOLOGY THAT ENDED SALT’S REIGN

The first refrigerated ships appeared in the mid-1870s, and General Electric started marketing the first household refrigerator in 1911. Instead of relying on salt for food preservation, or using large ice blocks to keep their food cold, people in developed countries started storing it in electrically chilled boxes. Food became safer, lasted longer, and tasted better. This revolutionary development facilitated the rise of large modern cities, the opening of global markets for food, and the spread of population. It also made salt a lot less valuable. There would be no more wars over sodium chloride. Its multithousand-year reign as the world’s most important commodity was over.

What happened with salt is not that it was displaced by a superior ionic compound. It was displaced by a superior system. The same thing is happening with oil.

“The idea electric cars pose a serious threat to oil might seem fanciful”

The oil industry may be the most lucrative the world has ever known, and the idea that still-scarce electric cars pose a serious imminent threat to it might seem fanciful. The industry is worth trillions of dollars a year. The production, supply, and distribution of oil is the subject and cause of much geopolitical instability, and it has been central to conflicts on every continent, from the Middle East to Sudan and the South China Sea. While it continues to be fought over, and while the burning of oil continues to warm the Earth’s atmosphere in an unsustainable way, it’s also important to acknowledge that oil, like salt, has been essential to the vitality of modern society. The United States of America as we know it would scarcely hold together without an abundant supply of gasoline to fuel the cars and trucks that connect its highly dispersed towns, cities, and agricultural areas. We still depend on oil to maintain our quality of life, to enjoy freedom of travel, and to connect global economies. If oil disappeared immediately, life for many would quickly become grim.

None of that, however, means that oil is not vulnerable to the same forces that made packaged salt a free item at fast-food outlets. In 2014, about 47 percent of petroleum products consumed in the United States were used for gasoline, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). While oil is used for many other products, such as jet fuel, plastics, and detergents, the wealth of the industry is fundamentally dependent on cars, trucks, and buses. Without gasoline and diesel filling the tanks of motor vehicles, the oil giants of today would be far less significant players in the global economy.

CRISIS BY THE BARREL

It doesn’t take much to trigger an oil market crisis. From June 2014 to January 2015, an oversupply of oil sent prices crashing from $116 a barrel to $47 a barrel, prompting an industry panic. Oil companies big and small laid off staff and canceled hundreds of billions of dollars of projects. Supply had been driven up by a number of factors, including the shale boom, which, in 2012 and 2013, resulted in the fastest growth in United States oil production history. The improving fuel efficiency of America’s vehicle fleet also contributed. According to the EIA, the US transportation system used 10 percent less oil in 2014 than it did in 2007. As electric cars become more widespread, the demand for oil will further decrease, putting more pressure on oil prices and creating more economic stress in the industry. Shell has said that oil demand could peak in as little as three years.

“Shell has said that oil demand could peak in as little as three years”

The displacement of two million barrels of oil a day—about 2 percent of global daily production—would be enough to trigger oil price decreases equivalent to those seen at the start of the crisis in 2014, according to a story by Bloomberg that drew on a 2016 study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Electric cars could do that by the early 2020s, the study found. The growth rate of electric cars from 2014 to 2015 was 60 percent, which was similar to the growth rate Tesla was projecting for the years ahead. If that rate continued, electric cars could displace two million barrels of oil a day by 2023, Bloomberg noted. A more conservative estimate based on the component costs of electric vehicles and when they would be affordable to mainstream car buyers found that the two-million-barrel threshold would be crossed in 2028.

But might that time come even sooner? Both Tesla and GM think battery prices will come down fast enough for electric cars to be more affordable than equivalent gasoline cars by the early 2020s. The Chevy Bolt sells for less than $35,000, after subsidies. Tesla is producing Model 3s at a rate of hundreds of thousands a year. Other electric car companies, new and old, are developing competitive strategies.

It is still difficult to predict how quickly the sales of electric cars will overtake those of gasoline vehicles. Even assuming all goes well for Tesla and their electric competitors, it could take years, or decades. Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s study estimated that electric cars will account for 35 percent of new car sales by 2040. That’s based on battery prices decreasing at a slower rate than Tesla and GM anticipate. But, as noted earlier, gasoline cars will face the difficult task of competing with electric cars that are both cheaper and better.

BEHOLD THE POWER OF THE S-CURVE

One characteristic of disruptive technologies, as the electric car has the potential to be, is that their market penetration tends to start slowly and then accelerate rapidly. In 1900, less than 10 percent of US households had access to electricity. In 1960, less than 10 percent of US households owned a color TV. In 1990, less than 10 percent of US households had a cell phone. The first versions of all these products tended to be expensive, clunky, inconvenient, or all of the above. But then, as the technology improved, manufacturing processes were refined, and economies of scale kicked in, prices came down dramatically and the technologies found their way into homes and pockets. In 1990, there were 5.3 million cell phone subscribers in the United States—about 2 percent of the population. Twenty-five years later, 92 percent of Americans owned a cell phone.

When mapped on a graph, this adoption curve looks roughly like a stretched S—a gentle incline at first, followed by an inflection point that triggers a sudden and steep rise, and then, ultimately, a leveling off when the technology reaches saturation point. Over the last hundred years in the United States, the “S-curve” has occurred with the automobile, the radio, the color TV, the microwave, the VCR, the personal computer, the cell phone, and the Internet. Oh, and the refrigerator.

Could the electric car follow the same path?

Many of the effects that spur demand for electric vehicles are only just starting to take hold. The decline of battery prices, which will make electric cars more affordable, is probably the biggest factor influencing demand, but there are others. For a start, many hundreds of millions of people still don’t know a thing about electric vehicles that aren’t golf carts or hybrids like the Toyota Prius. They might be unaware of the benefits of instant torque, or the near-total silence of the propulsion, or that the vehicles can be charged at any power point. Tesla, with its fancy stores, slick websites, and high media profile, has captured a hard-core loyal market, but there’s a lot more market to be had.

“In 2013, GM alone spent $5.5 billion on advertising”

Traditional automakers spend billions of dollars a year on advertising to encourage people to buy their products. In 2013, GM alone spent $5.5 billion on advertising. Tesla, on the other hand, has spent virtually nothing on advertising its cars. Automakers invest in advertising because it correlates with increased demand. What will happen once Tesla and others start paying to advertise the benefits of electric mobility?

But no matter how much you spend on ads, if customers can’t get near the cars, they won’t buy them. If you live in New Zealand, for instance, you weren’t able to buy a Tesla through official channels until 2017. Many cities in the United States don’t have a Tesla store, and most Americans haven’t sat in a Model S or Model X—or any other electric car. As more full-electric cars get on the road, more people will be able to experience what they’re like and realize that they’re much different from golf carts and Priuses. Tesla has long believed that the best way to sell its cars is to get people in them. Once a potential customer has taken a Tesla for a test drive, she is more likely to buy one. Many Nissan Leaf owners say they’ll never go back to gasoline cars.

POLICIES THAT PROTECT THE FUTURE

And then there’s the wild card of regulation. Market forces already suggest that electric cars will soon be more affordable than gasoline cars independent of rebates and other incentives, but even slow-moving governments with conservative expectations for how quickly things can change are considering regulatory packages that seek to end the sale of gasoline cars within two decades. Every country in the United Nations, except the United States, has committed to drastically reducing its carbon emissions, and automakers have been expected to continue to improve the fuel economy of their vehicles.

But the global political environment could get even worse for gasoline cars if the effects of climate change wreak more havoc with the world’s economy and way of life—particularly if affordable, low-emissions alternatives are readily available. For example, Norway is working on a combination of taxes, subsidies, infrastructure, and other incentives in an effort to end sales of gasoline cars in the country by 2025. In October 2016, Germany’s federal council voted for a nonbinding resolution to end all sales of gasoline cars with internal combustion engines by 2030. In May 2017, India’s power minister announced a plan to have only electric cars—and “not a single petrol or diesel car”— sold in the country from 2030 on. France has said it will end sales of diesel and gasoline cars by 2040. And even China has said it will set a date that will signal the end of all gasoline car sales in the country (although it hasn’t said what that date will be).

All these scenarios could have a drastic effect on the uptake of electric vehicles, which would in turn have a dramatic impact on the consumption of oil. By Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s estimates, there will be enough electric cars on the road to cause an oil crash in the late 2020s. And every year from then on, the story will only get worse for the oil companies. Bloomberg’s study forecast that electric vehicle sales will leap from 462,000 in 2015 to forty-one million in 2040. Every new electric car on the road represents another dent in the oil companies’ profits.

“It’s clear that the sector is going through one of the most transformative periods in its history, which will ultimately redefine the energy business as we know it,” said a PricewaterhouseCoopers report on oil and gas trends in 2016. But it’s not just industry job losses, write-downs, and budget cuts that will come. Geopolitical power structures will be rewritten, from oil-rich regions in the Middle East and Africa to oil-import-dependent nations elsewhere. National security priorities will shift.

Saudi Arabia, which has traditionally relied on the petroleum sector for 90 percent of its state budget, is responding. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, next in line to the throne, has control over Saudi Aramco (Saudi’s oil monopoly), economic policy, and the national investment fund. He has announced plans to create a $2 trillion fund to make returns from investments, not oil, the primary source of Saudi government revenue.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of black gold, fears that the S-curve could cause oil to go the same way as salt.

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*Hamish McKenzie is a journalist and the author of Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil, a book about the transition to electric cars and a clean energy economy. He was hired by Elon Musk and worked for Tesla in 2014/15 before leaving to write the book, and now he’s one of the founders of Substack, a subscription publishing platform. He’s from New Zealand originally but lives in San Francisco.

*InsideEVs Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.


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First Tesla Semi Truck Diecast Gets Delivered: Unboxing Video

Get this tiny replica of the real deal while we wait for the Tesla Semi truck to arrive.

While a few working prototypes of the Tesla Semi are traveling around North America, it will still be a few years before the automaker officially starts production of the all-electric behemoth. Even once it arrives, it’s not going to be a vehicle for the masses. Instead, one that is used by trucking fleets. Nonetheless, it has already garnered ridiculous popularity.

Hardcore Tesla fans with a goal to own every model the company makes may be in luck now. For just $250, you can take ownership of your very own Tesla Semi in the form of a 1:24 scale diecast model. It’s now available for purchase on Tesla’s online store.

The model measures 11.5 inches in length, and it’s 6.75 inches tall. According to Tesla, the toy features all the precise details of the “real” Tesla Semi, due to being designed with the same 3D CAD data. The video above gives you a solid idea of its details and size.

The Tesla Semi will start at $150,000 and boasts a five-second zero-to-60-mph time. In its largest configuration, the truck will offer a 600-mile all-electric range and be capable of hauling 80,000 pounds. Many major companies have already placed multiple pre-orders for the futuristic beast.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Polestar 2 Electric Car: Facts, Specs, Images & Videos

Polestar 2 makes a great impression. Sales of top version start in about a year

The Polestar 2 is Volvo Group’s first all-electric entry, scheduled for production launch in February 2020. The car was shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and as you can see down below from a number of videos, it attracted a lot of attention.

Polestar intends to offer the car with prices from €39,900 (base specs) to €59,900 (top of the line). At first, the more expensive version will be introduced with the best specs and equipment (base version is expected a year later). The price of top versions in the U.S. should be around $63,000 (before $7,500 federal incentive). The company already collects pre-orders through its website (first deliveries in U.S. are scheduled for July 2020).

Polestar 2 first markets:

  • China
  • U.S. (California and Washington states)
  • Canada
  • Europe: Sweden, Norway, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium

For most of us, the Polestar 2 seems like the direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3, although we suspect it will be lower-volume, more-premium, more exclusive with potentially better fit and finish than the Model 3. It will be more expensive than Model 3, but as Polestar can count on the $7,500 federal tax credit, it could remain competitive in 2020.

The “fastback” body type is kind of retro-styled, slightly raised and overall very attractive. Unlike the Model 3, it’s a hatchback, and there is a small frunk (front trunk).

Interestingly, Polestar has integrated the Android infotainment system to receive Google’s major support in the form of voice recognition, Google maps and more. The car can be locked/unlocked by phone via Bluetooth (four antennas enable it to recognize the presence of the driver’s phone within 2 meters instead of 10 meters).

On the technical side, the Polestar 2 will get 78 kWh battery pack for up to 500 km (311 miles) of WLTP range and 275 miles (442 km) of EPA range. The pack is liquid cooled.

In China, battery capacity will be 72 kWh, which suggests a different battery supplier and cell capacity than forthe rest of the world.

The powertrain utilizes two 150 kW and 330 Nm electric motors – one per axle – for all-wheel drive and decent 4.7 seconds 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration.

Polestar 2 specs:

  • 78 kWh battery (324 pouch cells, 27 modules, liquid cooled)
  • target 500 km (311 miles) of WLTP range
  • expected 275 miles (442 km) of EPA range
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds
  • dual motor all-wheel drive
  • system output: 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm of torque (two 150 kW and 330 Nm electric motors per axle)
  • 150 kW fast charging capability
  • based on Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform

* in China battery capacity to be 72 kWh

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Polestar 2 Reveal – Full presentation

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Press blast:

POLESTAR REVEALS NEW POLESTAR 2

Polestar has taken the next step in its development as the electric performance brand with the reveal of the new Polestar 2. Polestar 2 is the new all-electric fastback that brings electric performance cars to a broader and increasingly progressive audience. It offers avant-garde design and a unique customer experience in the premium compact electric segment. Polestar 2 is the first electric car to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3, with the range starting at a guide price of 39,900 euros. For the first 12 months of production, guide price of the launch edition is 59,900 euros1.

“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model. Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication. As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is determined to address the world’s air quality challenges. Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.

Polestar 2 is a premium five-door fastback with two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery capacity2 that will enable a targeted range of 500 km3, based on Volvo Car Group’s adaptable Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA). The 27-module battery pack is integrated into the floor and contributes to the rigidity of the chassis as well as improves the car’s noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels – road noise has been reduced by 3.7 dB compared to a traditional chassis.

Polestar will answer the important question of charging Polestar 2 with a smart, convenient and extensive approach. With a connected digital solution available both in-car and on mobile devices, Polestar is setting up strategic collaborations to give Polestar 2 owners easy and hassle-free access to the world’s largest public charging networks.

For Polestar, performance underlies the entire driving experience. The all-wheel drive electric powertrain in Polestar 2 produces 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft). This translates to a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than 5 seconds.

The standard dynamic chassis can be enhanced by the Performance Pack that improves driving dynamics with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. Polestar’s signature gold seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps complete the performance visuals.

Highlighting the technology spearhead role that Polestar plays within the Volvo Car Group, Polestar 2 is one of the first cars in the world to embed an infotainment system powered by Android. The Android backbone provides a solid and adaptable digital environment for apps and vehicle functions to coexist, and brings embedded Google services to a car for the first time – including the Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store5. Natural voice control and a new 11-inch touch screen display bring the new interface to life.

Phone-as-Key technology enables car sharing and a more integrated ownership experience, as well as Polestar’s connected services such as pick-up and delivery. It also allows Polestar 2 to sense the driver upon approach. Smart features like enlarged graphics in the instrument cluster allow the driver to easily see the charging status and range before entering the car. Polestar 2 can also predetermine the driver’s next move to create a seamless experience with a prepared cabin and quick start sequence.

Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar, comments: “We decided to bring something different to the segment. Our avant-garde design has evolved from Polestar 1 into an edgier, bolder statement. We have also designed a standard vegan interior with progressive textiles that will appeal to the forward-thinking audience who will subscribe to Polestar 2.”

Design-led features include Pixel LED headlights4 and proximity lighting which enable a unique welcome sequence, Polestar’s now-signature frameless side mirrors and the unique illuminated Polestar logo, which is reflected onto the car’s panoramic glass roof.

In common with all Polestar cars, Polestar 2 will only be available for ordering online. The guide purchase price for the launch version of Polestar 2 is 59,900 euros1 with subscription pricing to follow at a later date. Pre-orders are open at polestar.com. Production of Polestar 2 begins in early 2020 in China for global markets in both left- and right-hand drive.

Polestar 2 will make its first public appearance at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in March, and then embark on a global roadshow in Europe, North America and China throughout 2019. Polestar 2 will also be available in a network of soon-to-be-opened Polestar Spaces that will provide physical viewing and test drive opportunities.

Initial launch markets include China, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Other markets are under consideration for future expansion.


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Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid Spied For First Time

Wrangler fans should be happy that the plug-in hybrid looks just like the existing model.

The Jeep Wrangler is about to go green, and these spy shots catch the upcoming plug-in hybrid’s development on public roads for the first time. Jeep has already confirmed the PHEV’s arrival for the 2020 model year, and we could see the debut at an auto show before the end of the year.

Wrangler fans will be happy to see that the hybrid model looks practically identical to the existing version. The only noticeable change is the black body cladding that runs across the hood and over both fenders. There’s no other evident spot for the plug to go, so this concealment piece very likely hides where someone would feed the vehicle electricity. The taillights with clear center sections on the test mule indicate this is the European model of the Wrangler.

Jeep hasn’t yet confirmed many specifics about the Wrangler PHEV’s powertrain, but the combustion part of the setup is reportedly the model’s existing 3.6-liter V6. The company says that the electrification tech sits in a protected area under the vehicle between the exhaust and the driveshaft. The company intends to produce some of the hybrid components in-house at a site near the Wrangler’s assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio.

These shots show Jeep developing the PHEV powertrain on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. At this time, it’s not clear whether the electrified powertrain is exclusive to the larger model or whether the tech would be available on the two-door Wrangler. Since the Gladiator pickup is so mechanically similar to the Wrangler and also comes from the Toledo plant, the truck could conceivably get the hybrid system, but Jeep isn’t discussing the prospect yet.

Source: Automedia


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MotoE Out Of Le Mans: Only Three Events Left On Calendar

New calendar to be announced.

What could have been a promising debut for the all-new MotoE turned into a nightmare last week in Spain. Despite the major setback, Energica and organizer Dorna Sports confirmed they aren’t backing out. Until the new calendar comes out, looks like the number of events has now been slashed in half.

You’ve probably seen the images by now: the blazing paddocks of the MotoE in Jerez in which the series lost all 18 of its competing bikes. After only one day of testing in the books for 2019, the motorcycles went up in flames overnight. An entire fleet of bikes now has to be produced if the series is to get its starter 2019 season at all. However, getting close to 20 more bikes ready for MotoGP-quality racing can’t be done overnight and that’s the harsh reality the debuting MotoE series is facing.

The May 5 Jerez race has already been canceled following the fire—despite the first race of the original MotoE calendar being a month and a half away. It has now been confirmed that the May 19 Le Mans event will also get the boot. The first official race would likely now take place at the Sachsenring, in Germany, on July 7.

The series will then head to the scheduled Austrian Grand Prix on August 11 before seemingly closing things off in Misano on September 15. An official calendar has yet to be released and according to Motociclismo, it is probable that the organizers are looking into two more events to respect the initial five-event calendar.  There is in fact talk of a season debut in June instead—possibly at one of the three MotoGP scheduled events in Mugello, Catalunya or Assen. The series organizers will make an official announcement once they know for sure how long replacing all the bikes will take.

Investigators discovered that a short circuit was behind the fire that cost the series two of its five events. It remains to be confirmed what the exact cause of the short circuit was (some are pointing to the Enel charging stations). The fire spread easily because of the race bikes’ high-density batteries.

Source: MotociclismoGPOne


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