Lightning Strike electric motorcycle launch date confirmed – here are the clues & predictions

The Lightning Strike electric motorcycle is perhaps the most highly anticipated electric motorcycle of the year. Based on what we know so far, it has the potential reshape the electric motorcycle industry. Lightning has just announced that the bike will be unveiled next week, so get ready. Read on for all the details.


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EV Registration By State: Tesla Model 3 Brings New Records Across The Board

Tesla’s newest model accounts for most sales growth in 2018.

Last year was another record setter for electric vehicle sales in the United States. This was primarily thanks to the ramp up of Model 3 production, but greater availability of all plug-ins helped promote sales growth. When last we checked in, Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) had begun to pull away from plug-in hybrids (PHEV) through August. That trend continued through December.

According to vehicle registration data published by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, 124,493 PHEVs were registered in 2018. All electric vehicles continued to outpace PHEVs with 203,625 BEVs registered. Tesla’s offerings (particularly the Model 3) account for the vast majority of BEVs. InsideEVs estimates 139,782 Model 3s alone were sold last year in the United States. This accounts for most of the growth from the 187,985 plug-ins (PHEV and BEV) registered in 2017.

As far as individual state rankings go, the top 10 has not drastically changed. However, Oregon has been replaced by Arizona in the top 10. California leads the pack with less than 47% of the market. This is interesting, since California has historically made up greater than 50% of electric vehicle sales.

Top States For EV Registration

Overall, registrations are up across the board with several states more than doubling their 2017 numbers. Here are the top 10 states for EV registrations between January and December of 2018:

California – 153,442 (Up from 94,872)

New York – 15,752 (Up from 10,090)

Florida – 13,705 (Up from 6,573)

Washington – 12,650 (Up from 7,068)

Texas – 11,764 (Up from 5,419)

New Jersey – 9,230 (Up from 5,033)

Massachusetts – 8,990 (Up from 4,632)

Illinois – 7,357 (Up from 3,812)

Arizona – 7,086 (Up from 2,976)

Colorado – 7,051 (Up from 4,156)

Overall, 328,118 plug-in vehicles were registered through December. Keep in mind, registration data does lag behind actual vehicle sales roughly three weeks. For instanceTesla registrations exceeded 23,000 in January according to data reported by the New York Times. February Tesla registrations clocked in at 6,252. However, only 23 states are included in the data published by the New York Times.

Factoring in the remaining low volume states, these numbers line up quite well with InsideEV‘s late December and January 2019 estimates for Tesla. So actual deliveries clocked in even higher than the record registration data suggests.

Source: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and IHS Markit

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Plugged In: Hyundai Kona Electric Sales Slump & Tesla Turmoil: Video

Kona sales drop and Tesla continues to make several changes.

Each week on the Youtube channel E For Electric, Alex and I discuss some of the important electric vehicle news we’ve covered during the week. One of the main topics discussed in this week’s “Plugged In” video is the abrupt drop in sales for the Hyundai Kona EV.

After selling about 11,000 Kona EVs in November and December combined, Hyundai only registered a total of a little over 5,000 Kona EV sales in January and February.

Why is that? There’s clearly enough demand. California dealerships are charging over MSRP, and many European markets report a year waiting long wait to get one. Hyundai’s decision to limit Kona EV sales to only the ten ZEV states in the US has definitely upset many Kona EV fans.

We also talk briefly about Tesla’s recent flurry of changes and announcements, and whether or not we think that’s a problem for the company. Check out the video and let us know in the comments what topics you’d like to see discussed in next week’s show.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Škoda Considers Third MEB-Based Electric Car: Affordable Hatchback

Škoda BEV plans slowly crystalize.

Škoda intends to introduce two MEB-based electric cars, based on the recently presented Škoda Vision iV concept, by the end of 2022. As in the case of Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ and Audi e-tron, the first is to be an SUV, and the second a derivative coupe-style SUV.

The brand currently is considering a third model on the same platform according to CEO Bernhard Maier. It could be a lower-cost, smaller EV, kind of like the Volkswagen I.D. or Seat el-Born. It would be great news for Europe where Škoda is usually the most affordable within the Volkswagen Group.

““We are looking for a lower-specced car as well. Once we have a positive business case we can come up with a clear solution.”

“We are building on the same platform as VW. We want to do a car equivalent to the ID hatch or El-Born, but it has to be one step after another. We have a clear product target.””

Before that happen, first Škoda will introduce the all-electric e-Citigo (a derivative of Volkswagen e-up!) with an expected range of 300 km (186 miles).

Škoda BEV plan:

  • e-Citigo in 2019
  • SUV (MEB-based)
  • SUV-coupe (MEB-based)
  • hatchback (MEB-based), sibling to Volkswagen I.D. or Seat el-Born

Source: Autocar

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Autopilot now gives red light warnings & right of way for lane changes

Tesla is continuing to improve Autopilot’s abilities in both documented and undocumented ways.  Just recently the system has gained two new capabilities: detecting stop lights and detecting lane change intention from other cars.


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Formula E Sanya E-Prix Race Results: SPOILER ALERT

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne scored his first victory of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season at Sanya in China, passing poleman Oliver Rowland before a red flag period.

Rowland held the lead for much of the race, before the Nissan e.dams driver was passed by Techeetah’s Vergne at the final corner on lap 19 with 21 minutes remaining.

The race was stopped with 12 minutes left on the clock after contact between Andre Lotterer and Alexander Sims put the latter in the wall and forced the BMW man to stop on track.

When the race restarted after a near 15-minute delay, Vergne led away once the safety car pulled in – but was placed under investigation for dropping too far behind before it came in.

Rowland looked to mount a late surge, but was told to “secure the result” by his Nissan team.

On the cooldown lap, it was confirmed that Vergne had escaped with only a reprimand, becoming the sixth different winner of the season in as many races.

Behind second-place finisher Rowland, Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW) completed the podium.

The race ended again under a full course yellow after a clash between Sebastien Buemi (Nissan) – who had to start from pitlane after being handed a penalty for a braking infringement during qualifying – and Robin Frijns (Virgin) heading into the Turn 8 hairpin.

Buemi had charged from the back at the start to run behind Frijns in P8, but they came together at high-speed on the run through the long curve of Turn 7, which sent Frijns out of control and into the back of Lucas di Grassi (Audi).

Lotterer finished fourth after a late move on Daniel Abt (Audi) – which was investigated and found to be acceptable – with Buemi crossing the line in sixth.

Mahindra Racing pair Jerome d’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein finished seventh and eighth, with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans and Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara completing the top 10.

The other non-finishers were Nelson Piquet Jr (Jaguar), who hit the wall at Turn 2 shortly before the red flag, and Gary Paffett – a suspected driveshaft problem stopped the HWA driver.

Jose Maria Lopez also pulled off early on, while Stoffel Vandoorne and Sam Bird retired after the former ran into the latter on the opening lap, just as a full course yellow was called for Felipe Nasr’s Dragon car failing to get away at the start.

Da Costa now leads the championship by three points from d’Ambrosio, who finished seventh, while Vergne and Bird are tied for third.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

760,000 Cars Are Compatible With CHAdeMO (1.3 Million Including Tesla)

CHAdeMO still keeps a strong position, but changes are coming.

CHAdeMO Association released interesting numbers on the CHAdeMO fast charging standard popularity, using data.

As it turns out, among about 5 million plug-in cars of any kind sold globally, two-thirds are BEVs and one third are PHEVs. 49% of all plug-ins are fast-rechargeable.

The most popular fast charging standard in the case of the 67% BEVs that are equipped for fast charging are:

  • GB/T (in China) – 37%
  • CHAdeMO – 22%
  • Tesla* (different types) – 22%
  • CCS Combo (two types) – 13%
  • AC Type 2 (3-phase) – 6%

* Tesla uses different solutions in particular markets/models

In total, there are over 760,000 CHAdeMO-compatible cars globally (1.3 million including Tesla using the CHAdeMO adapter). CHAdeMO share is 22% (44% with Tesla) globally and 50% in the European Union.

CHAdeMO share will significantly decrease in 2019 as Tesla Model 3 is not only sold in high volume, but also is equipped with a CCS Combo2-compatible inlet outside of North America.

In Europe:

  • CHAdeMO – 33% (209,000)
  • CCS Combo 2 – 30% (189,000)
  • AC Type 2 (3-phase) – 21%
  • Tesla (Model S/X Type2-compatible) – 16%

“With CHAdeMO and Tesla BEVs, CHAdeMO chargers today service 50% of the fast-chargeable BEVs on the roads in EU. That said, this EU fast-charge inlet breakdown is expected to change as there are more CCS plug-ins coming to the market including Tesla’s Model 3s, starting delivery this month.”

Despite the high numbers, CHAdeMO has become lonely, limited mostly to two related manufacturers (Nissan and Mitsubishi) and a single market (Japan). To keep the standard alive, CHAdeMO intends to join forces with Chinese GB/T and create a new harmonized fast-charging standard in 2020. The working name of the new standard is ChaoJi.

“CHAdeMO, serving the biggest number fast-chargeable plug-ins in the world and in Europe, is also making proactive moves for harmonising fast-charging protocols in an effort to facilitate charging for current AND future EV owners. A move that started last summer, when CHAdeMO and CEC, Chinese Electricity Council, announced that CHAdeMO and GB/T shall harmonise in the next-generation ultra-fast charging standard. These two groups have also reached out to other countries to join in the endeavour to harmonise for the future. The new standard, with a working name of ChaoJi, is planned to be published in 2020 and the R&D teams are running demo projects using prototypes throughout 2019.”

Source: CHAdeMO

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Nikola Motors Announces Truck Manufacturing Plant In Arizona

Nikola chooses Arizona

Nikola Motor Company and Saint Holdings announced the acquisition (by Nikola) of approximately 400 acres of property in Pinal County at Inland Port Arizona in Coolidge, for a new production facility for hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

The plan is to begin production of class 8 trucks and gradually increase the number of jobs to roughly 2,000 in 2024.

We are not sure when the facility will be built, but according to Nikola there are more than 13,000 pre-orders placed for the trucks, which sounds like the automaker is obligated to hurry up.

In April, the company will hold Nikola World 2019 event at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona and present its hydrogen and new all-electric truck.

Britton Worthen, Nikola’s chief legal officer and company lead for the site selection process said:

“We are excited to have Pinal County and the city of Coolidge as the future home of our manufacturing facility. Both the County and the city have been extremely helpful as we work to make this project happen. We are also grateful to Saint Holdings for their support of our vision on this groundbreaking endeavor,”.

Jackob Andersen, president, and CEO of Saint Holdings, LLC said:

“From the first moment the Nikola team came to our offices, we knew that it was imperative that we be their number one choice for their new manufacturing facility. They are a huge complement to Pinal County’s transformation into a vehicle manufacturing hub. The County, City of Coolidge, Nikola and our team collectively pulled together to make this opportunity a reality, and we are grateful for the huge effort and laser focus made by all to achieve the goal. Both our rail-served industrial parks, Central Arizona Commerce Park and Inland Port Arizona are now anchored with two fantastic companies and have enough acreage to accommodate the continued vision and partnerships for years to come”.

Nikola CEO Trevor Milton said:

“When we set out to build a factory, part of my vision was to help an entire community. By completing the deal with Saint Holdings, we can now begin to realize that dream. Imagine what it will do for property values, schools, parks, and other city improvements. Bringing 2,000 jobs and thousands more from other suppliers will be a huge benefit to Coolidge and the surrounding areas for decades to come.”

Tom Stringer, BDO’s Site Selection & Incentives practice leader who lead the nearly two-year national site selection process for Nikola said:

“The partnership between Nikola and Saint Holdings has been exemplary from the start. Nikola’s vehicles and market vision coupled with Saint Holding’s world-class manufacturing destination has created the perfect economic development engine for the new automotive industry in Arizona”,.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Cumulative Tesla Model 3 Production Estimate Exceeds 225,000

Tesla Model 3 production is now at a record pace.

According to Bloomberg’s Tesla Model 3 Tracker, Tesla already produced 226,969 Model 3, out of which 71,307 falls on this quarter alone. With eight days to go, there is a big chance to reach about 75,000-80,000 Model 3 in Q1, compared to 61,394 in Q4.

The number consists of officially announced production results in previous quarters and estimated production rates in the current quarter.

The record outcome (estimated) could be a major factor to offset expected lower delivery numbers due to extended distance to destination markets (Europe and China).

The current pace of Model 3 production is estimated at an average of 5,847 per week.

Keep in mind that Bloomberg’s tracker is not intended to successfully track production over the short term. Adjustments are made on a regular basis so that it’s fairly accurate over time. Still, it’s interesting to keep an eye on it and get some idea of which way numbers are headed. You can take the trends and averages found in the tracker, along with other available online data, and come up with your own estimate.

Production and deliveries of Model 3 in previous quarters thus far:

  • 2017’Q3 – 260 produced, and 222 delivered
  • 2017’Q4 – 2,425 produced and 1,542 delivered
  • 2018’Q1 – 9,766 produced and 8,182 delivered
  • 2018’Q2 – 28,578 produced and 18,449 delivered
  • 2018’Q3 – 53,239 produced and 56,065 delivered
  • 2018’Q4 – 61,394 produced and 63,150 delivered
  • 2019’Q1 – already 71,307 produced (estimated)

Cumulative through the end of 2018 Q4 – 155,662 produced and 147,819 delivered.

Separately, we noted that Tesla registered 328,486 VIN numbers for the Model 3, including more than 62,000 for international markets (outside of North America).

Source: Tesla Model 3 TrackerModel 3 VINs

Source: Electric Vehicle News