Tesla Model X Compared To Jaguar I-Pace In Slick New Video

No racing, this time around.

With the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace slowly but surely appearing in driveways of customers, outside of the U.S., at least, now is a good time to stand it up against its main electric competitor: the Tesla Model X. Some might say these aren’t exactly in the same segment, but we’ll bet they will be cross-shopped against each other, as well as against petrol-powered machines. Instead of just giving you numbers, the video above allows you to see them side by side to draw your conclusions. All within three measly minutes.

The footage doesn’t have a voiceover, but it does have text. Unfortunately, it’s not English — it appears to be French and Dutch — so we’ll do a little translation for you. It is, though, pretty apparent what they are discussing, with the camera panning over certain details of each vehicle before making its pronouncements.

They start with size, noting that the Tesla SUV is 5.03 meters (16.5 feet)  in length, while the Big Cat is, um, less big, coming in at 4.68 meters  (15.35 feet). Next, they bring up range, saying the I-Pace is good for 470 kilometers (292 miles), while the Model X 75D is scored at 417 km (259 miles).  Here we have to pause and note that this is slightly misleading. The figure for the Model X is the more conservative EPA rating, while the I-Pace number is its less conservative WLTP rating. Jaguar, on its U.S. website, gives it an estimated range of 240 miles. Also, this part of the video mentions a metric of ch/pk, of which the British crossover offers more. We’re pretty sure this stands for chortles per kurmuffin, but feel free to correct us in Comments.

Next, the Belgian prices of the two samples are compared. The Model X is more pricey at 97,530 Euro ($114,770), while the First-Edition I-Pace is a better bargain at 78,990 Euro ($92,968). Our guides then take us inside and judge that the American car has a futuristic look to its cockpit, while the Austria-built Jag features a more traditional cabin with a better finish. A peek inside the back doors concludes that the X offers a large seating space while the rear passenger area of the I-Pace is “less habitable.”

We keeping moving around back to the cargo space where we see the Jaguar can hold 656 liters (23.17 cubic feet). The boot of the larger Model X is, well, larger, with an accommodating 1,090 liters (38.49 cu.ft.) for all your gear and groceries. Frunks (front trunk) also get measured, with the I-Pace offering 27 liters (.95 cu.ft.) and the Model X 187 liters (6.6 cu.ft.) of additional storage.

Calling both vehicles “lively and dynamic,” the Jaguar I-Pace is said to be “incisive,” meaning, we believe, it has sharper handling. Meanwhile, they grant that the ride of the Tesla Model X is more comfortable.

Efficiency-wise, they give the Tesla the edge at 22.9 kWh/100 km (62 miles), while the smaller Jaguar somehow only scores 20.4 kWh/100 km. (We have noticed that efficiency isn’t the strongest point of the I-Pace.

Each of these vehicles has its strengths and weaknesses. While one may take some sales from the other, we can only hope the larger losers here will be the petrol-powered equivalents.

Source: YouTube

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Watch Audi RS3 With Formula E Motors Get Tested

The car is built by ABT Schaeffler who’s using it as a test bed to further develop high-performance electric technology.

For Formula E fans, the name ABT Schaeffler will certainly ring a bell. The German tuning company has been present in the electric racing series from the start. And now, it seems that its racing technology is being brought to the street thanks to the Schaeffler 4ePerformance concept, a Formula E car for the street.

What is essentially an Audi RS3 TCR, the vehicle comes with a 220-kilowatt electric motor powering each wheel. Naturally, every one of these electric motors has been taken straight out of the ABT Schaeffler FE01 Formula E race car. In turn, up to 1,180 horsepower and 1,280 Nm of torque is available to the driver. Thanks to Active Torque Vectoring, the Audi RS3 now has the ability to sprint from zero-to-124 mph in less than seven seconds. Let that sink in. Furthermore, the vehicle relies on two batteries with a total capacity of 64 kWh.

“For Schaeffler, this vehicle is a test laboratory on wheels thanks to its free scaling options for the drive power,” explained Simon Opel, Director of Special Projects Motorsports at Schaeffler. “We are currently testing and developing our own driving dynamics control system, which is based on physical vehicle and wheel modeling. We have been learning a lot especially in the area of software-based driving dynamics control systems.”

Above, you can see what this vehicle is capable of. Impressive standstill spins around its axle, all the way to burning tires in seemingly every situation. The sheer stability and speed in cornering should make anyone that loves racing more than impressed. Press play and enjoy a taste of what the future brings.

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Nissan LEAF Sales In Europe Dip Below 2,500 In August 2018

In August, Nissan sold some 7,000 LEAFs globally.

August was one of the slowest months for the new Nissan LEAF in Europe as just 2,480 were sold. That is still almost 5% of total Nissan volume in Europe, but far from the peak of 6,503 in March.

The results are not fully understood as on several occasions now, Nissan stated that there is tremendous demand for the LEAF with a total of no less than 43,000 orders (we estimate that well over 20,000 received LEAFs and another 20,000 customers wait for delivery).

Total Nissan LEAF sales in the four biggest markets amounted to 6,910 in August:

  • Europe – 2,480
  • Japan – 2,065
  • U.S. – 1,315
  • Canada – 1,050

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Review: The Blix Aveny electric bicycle is a Dutch-style bike that looks as good as it rides

Many electric bicycles on the market fall into hybrid or mountain bike categories, with a few nice but expensive examples of electric road bikes as well. But you don’t see too many Dutch-style electric bikes, which makes the Aveny by Blix Bikes stand out among its peers.

I’ve been riding an Aveny around for the last few weeks and have found it to be quite unique compared to other e-bikes – and that’s a good thing!


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See What Tesla Autopilot Sees In Downtown Paris Drive

Here’s what Tesla Autopilot “sees” during a drive in the Paris city limits.

We’ve shared videos with you before about what users learned that Tesla Autopilot is “seeing.” However, a drive around downtown Paris is quite a bit more interesting than just any random road. Of course, this data doesn’t come from Tesla, nor did anyone at the automaker help to reconstruct it. Instead, the owner has taken the time to use internal data about what Autopilot sees and then reconstructed the video to paint a picture for us.

This footage only applies to the front-facing camera. Being that it “sees” a lot, it would be very telling to learn what all the other cameras are taking in and processing. While this gives us a good idea of how Full Self-Driving could eventually come to fruition, it also reveals the ultimate complexities of the situation. Nevertheless, it’s pretty neat to see it in this setting.

Video Description via greentheonly on YouTube:

Paris streets in the eyes of Tesla Autopilot

This is what Tesla autopilot “sees” via the ‘main’ camera when driving on the streets of Paris. Objects, lanes, drivable space (green fill at the bottom), ….

Footage is reconstructed from the autopilot videofeed and a stream of internal data. This footage was created without any help from Tesla.

Timing highlights:
01:17 – traffic cones shape driveable space
01:31 – construction equipment recognized as a truck (shows they have quite a deep library of objects they train against? Though it’s not perfect, we saw some common objects not detected too. Notably a pedestrian pushing a cart (not present in this video)
02:23 – false positive, a container mistaken for a vehicle
03:31 – a pedestrian in red(dish?) jacket is not detected at all. (note to self, don’t wear red jackets)
04:12 – one example of lines showing right turn while there are no road markings of it
05:52 – another false positive – poster mistaken for a pedestrian
08:10 – another more prominent example of showing left turn lane with no actual road markings.
09:25 – close up cyclist
11:44 – roller skater
14:00 – we nearly got into accident with that car on the left. AP did not warn
19:48 – 20 pedestrians at once (not that there was shortage of them before of course)

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Lucid Teams With Electrify America For Ultra Fast Charging

Lucid selects Electrify America for ultra-fast charging

ABB fast chargers at Electrify America station

Lucid Motors, after securing financing for further developments and market launch of Air in 2020, turns to another topic, which is fast charging for long-distance travel.

The company announced that it entered a preliminary agreement with Electrify America to provide Lucid customers with a nationwide electric vehicle charging plan.

As we know, Electrify America (part of Volkswagen Group) is investing $2 billion over ten years in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education, and awareness initiatives to help drive ZEV adoption. By the end of June, the company promises to install or have under construction over 2,000 DC ultra-fast chargers at nearly 500 sites in metro and highway locations across 40 states and 17 major cities.

Lucid says in its press release that it selected Electrify America after an extensive evaluation for two reasons, promised by Electrify America:

  • DC power levels of up to 350 kW (which doesn’t yet mean that Lucid Air will be able to take full power)
  • network coverage

“Lucid was also attracted by Electrify America’s premium charging experience, providing EV drivers with safe and convenient charging locations that offer amenities like shopping, food, and restrooms.”

Peter Rawlinson, Chief Technology Officer of Lucid said:

“We are excited to be working with Electrify America given its extensive charging network and aggressive growth plans. The groundbreaking battery technology we developed for the Lucid Air allows class leading EPA range and ultra-fast charging with minimal cell degradation. Combining our technology with Electrify America’s network provides our customers with a comprehensive charging solution for their everyday lives,”

Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO, Electrify America said:

“Electrify America is proud to provide Lucid and its customers with our ultra-fast charging. Our high-powered, nationwide network of chargers is a great match with the EV technology offered by Lucid and a further opportunity to expand electric vehicle adoption in the U.S.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

San Diego Gas & Electric EV-TOU-5 Rate: A Model For Other Utilities

As San Diegan’s we appreciate our clean environment and we strive to do more.

As a San Diego native, the hazy brown skies and pollution of the 70’s and 80’s mostly caused by our larger neighbor to the north, LA, and our love affair with the gasoline-powered car, left an indelible stain of wrongness on my memory. With every breath I took, I was polluting my lungs and my body with the always present smog.

Many San Diegan’s and I (many Californian’s too) have a lifelong desire to clean our environment for now and for future generations of San Diegan’s.

It’s fashionable and easy to beat up on utilities like SDG&E and state regulators such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) however they are the entities along with the individuals and families who decide to prioritize clean air and economic savings in their purchases, that are moving our region forward as national leaders in the EV and PV space.  Over 130,000 San Diego households have gone solar and over 30,000 EV’s are on our roads.  Statewide its close 800,000 rooftops with Solar PV and 200,000 EVs. Data here:

That’s a million Californian families involved in individual actions to significantly clean our air, improve their family budgets and to make California better.  Each and every one, I consider a hero.

Why is this happening here? because of great state leadership, innovative programs from our utilities and a population that appreciates clean air and saving money.

In California, our electricity cost per kwh is the fifth highest in the nation. But that’s only half the story and you know what they say about half a story, it’s worse than a lie.  In California, our monthly electricity cost per household is 47th in the nation and that is mostly due to our conservation efforts and temperate climate.  Data here: 

In San Diego and in all of California, transportation is the single largest source of emissions by far at 54%, this is more than twice the next largest source of emissions. Oddly enough, electric transportation is also the single greatest source of savings for the average family.

Using electricity for transportation provides us over 5 times greater emissions savings as using the same amount of electricity for our buildings.  Gasoline simply has far more emissions than our existing SDG&E grid which is at 45% renewables already. That’s using our money and electricity in the wisest way to clean our air.SDG&E’s EV-TOU-5 Rate

In the U.S. the average car drives 12,000 miles a year with the average new car getting 24 mpg.   With gas prices in San Diego at $3.50 a gallon, this equates to $1750 a year in gas cost per vehicle.

In San Diego with the new SDG&E EV-TOU-5  rate with the car charging while you sleep between midnight and 6am, (and to 2pm on weekends) the cost to drive the same distance is calculated at  9.4 cents per KWH with 3500 KWH needed to travel 12,000 miles in our BMW i3.  This totals $329 per year.

Additionally, in the SDG&E service area, EV and PHEV drivers are eligible for a EV Climate Credit. In 2017 it was $200 per EV or PHEV and in 2018 it was $500 per EV or PHEV.  Driving on electricity in San Diego for our family is a cost of -$171 a year per EV and we have two.  Yes, you can apply the $171 credit to your homes electric bill.

With the average EV driving 12,000 a year, you can drive for free in San Diego with no cost of fuel on the EV-TOU-5 rate and EV Climate Credit.

Think about it, if your gas car could magically go to the gas station in the middle of the night while you sleep, with no effort on your part and fill up for free, returning to your garage 100% full in the morning, would you do it?   That is exactly the scenario for electric cars in San Diego.

Many other EV programs including vehicle incentives are available from SDG&E for those lucky enough to live in the region.  Data here:

To summarize, the savings per electric vehicle as compared to a gasoline vehicle is $1421 per year, if you apply for the EV credit it’s  $1921 a year per vehicle.   With an average family having 2-3 cars, the savings could be much larger if more than one car is an EV or PHEV.

To reduce emissions and strengthen our family budgets we need to focus our efforts on transportation with a stable and predictable electricity supply. When we electrify transportation, we lower our emissions over 3000lbs per MWH and we save $160 a month on our average family transportation fuel bill per vehicle.

That’s real emissions reduction and real savings for San Diego families.

You can live and drive on Sunshine.

Our nation can learn a lesson from our experience in San Diego.

***Editors note: 

Peder Norby is a Carlsbad Ca. resident and served as a San Diego County Planning Commissioner for eight years.   He is a contributing writer for Inside EV’s. He and his wife Julie received the 2008 Energy Efficiency Award from the Center for Sustainable Energy for the construction of their beyond net zero home, Herons’ House.  Peder is a consultant, EV pioneer, Electronaut, and Co-Creator working and consulting with electric transportation companies, municipalities, landowners and utilities.   He is a consultant with Sempra Services. Sempra is the parent company of SDG&E, which is prominently mentioned in this writing.

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Green Deals: EcoFlow Mobile Power Station w/ USB-C + AC for $467 (Reg. $600), more

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles To Outsell Diesel In Netherlands In 2018

The diesel car market share shrinks in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands could become the first member of the European Union where the diesel car market share will be lower than Alternative Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs). We have seen such a situation in Norway, but Norway is not in EU.

In August, sales of diesel amounted to 12%, while AFVs some 10%, out of which 42% were BEVs, 41% HEVs, and the remaining 17% included PHEVs. During the first eight months, most of the plug-ins were sold by Tesla (2,327 Model S and 1,319 Model X).

As hybrids and plug-ins are expanding, there is no big perspective for diesel.

All-electric car sales are expected to accelerate in the final months of lower BIK (Benefit in Kind) tax, which could weaken demand in early 2019, but ultimately there is no other way – for electric – then up.

BIK (Benefit in Kind) tax:

  • Current BEV BIK tax: 4% for full price
  • From January 1, 2019: 4% tax will be applied only to the amount of up to €50,000. The amount above €50,000 will be taxed 22%

Source: AID analyst Matthias Schmidt (SchmidtMatthias.de)

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