Jaguar Enters Electric Motorcycle Biz With Arc Vector

Arc will produce futuristic, lightweight electric bikes.

Jaguar Land Rover is taking its first steps into the world of motorcycles by investing in electric bike startup Arc.

The company’s InMotion Investment fund, which aims to help push forward electrified mobility, is backing the Coventry-based bike manufacturer which was started by former Jaguar executive Mark Truman.

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“For Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, this is about being a technology leader in a disruptive environment,” said Sebastian Peck, Managing Director, InMotion Ventures. “Our mission is to develop an expanded footprint for Jaguar Land Rover in the brave new world of premium mobility.”

“We understand the power of emotional connection and creating really desirable objects, so we see natural synergy with Arc,” he added. “The Vector is an incredible development in the next generation of motorcycle travel.”

Arc differs from most bike makers, not because its products are electrified – and the two-wheeled world is quite far behind cars when it comes to that kind of thing – but because of how its bikes are made. Unveiled this week in Milan, Arc’s first bike, the Vector, is regarded as the most advanced bike ever made.

The hand-built Vector has a lightweight carbon-composite structure and a sophisticated battery-module monocoque keeping the weight down, a problem faced by almost all electric vehicles, but keeping stiffness at MotoGP levels. There’s carbon swingarms front and rear, custom-made Ohlins dampers for what Arc calls ‘telepathic handling and feedback’, and Brembo brakes on BST wheels. All-in-all the bike weighs 220 kg – about 60 kgs less than comparable bikes.

Performance numbers are decent, too. The 0-60 dash is handled in just 3.1 seconds, while the top speed of the bike is 120 mph. Cutting edge battery technology onboard produces 399 units of voltage for a range of about 200 miles in urban use and 120 miles on the highway.

That’s not all. The bike comes with a futuristic helmet. The Zenith helmet has a connected Heads Up Display which projects the speedo, sat-nav and ancillary graphics onto the rider’s visor, just like Iron Man’s helmet.

“With Vector, we’ve set out to build the best performance electric motorcycle,” said Mark Truman, Founder and CEO, Arc Vehicle Ltd. “With electric vehicles in general, the powertrain weighs a lot. This really can’t be avoided if you want capacity, distance and performance. So, it was about stripping everything back and using a lot of exotic, lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre.”

“The chassis and battery module had to be one, and because of this approach we’ve been able to reduce the weight as much as possible to achieve the performance we wanted,” Truman added. “The design brief was; if the term ‘cafe racer’ was going to be coined in ten years’ time, what would that look like?”


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Tesla short doubles down despite record quarter: ‘it’s as good as it gets for TSLA’

You would think that Tesla short sellers would be running away after the company’s record quarter announced last month, but it’s not the case for one of the most prominent men betting against the company.

David Einhorn, who is betting against Tesla with his $9 billion hedge fund, is sticking to his short position and says that “it’s as good as it gets” for Tesla. more…

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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Recalled Over Potential Fire Risk

Chrysler has issued recent recalls impacting millions of vehicles, including several for the Pacifica Hybrid.

Not long ago, Chrysler recalled nearly five million vehicles for an issue that could cause the cruise control to stay locked on. This newest recall for the Pacifica Hybrid is related to the latter. It’s important to note that even if you had the cruise control issue fixed, the automaker still wants your plug-in hybrid minivan back in for another check.

A possible issue that could cause the minivan to stall or increase its potential for fire moves FCA to recall over 10,000 Pacifica Hybrids. The issue involves the gas engine not starting correctly after the van switches out of electric-only mode, which can cause the van to stall and leave unused gas in the exhaust system with potential to ignite. This is just one of many recalls involving the plug-in van, including another that could render the van inoperable due to a faulty diode. The recall applies to 2017 and 2018 Pacifica Hybrids that were produced between August 16, 2016 and August 7, 2018.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) via Green Car Reports, the engine can get out of phase and:

… the electric motor will continue to spin the engine in this condition causing significant amounts of unburned fuel to enter the catalyst and potentially ignite.

Chrysler plans to start servicing this recall on December 8, 2018. The technicians will run an update on the van’s powertrain software and check the catalytic converter. If there are concerns with the converter, it will be replaced. Contact Chrysler customer service for more details (1-800-853-1403).

Source: Green Car Reports


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Vandoorne “Would’ve Liked More Preparation” For Formula E Debut

McLaren Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne admits he would’ve liked “a bit more preparation” ahead of his Formula E debut with series newcomer HWA.

After losing his McLaren drive for 2019, Vandoorne will race in FE for Mercedes-affiliate HWA, and made his first public appearance for the squad in the recent 2018/19 pre-season test at Valencia.

But his running in Spain – already reduced by having to leave with one day of the test remaining to travel to the United States Grand Prix – was disrupted.

Vandoorne lost all of the first afternoon to a battery problem and then stopped early in the unofficial ‘race simulation’ on day two, with the car declared ‘red’ as its electric systems were still live.

“I don’t think it’s been worse, [but] It’s not been ideal that’s for sure,” Vandoorne explained to Motorsport.com, when asked if testing had gone as expected.

“I would have liked to have a bit more preparation and have more running because obviously I haven’t really done any race runs and proper qualifying simulations.

“So I will have to discover some more stuff when we actually go racing but it was always going to be that way.

“I’m also still combining my programme with Formula 1 so I’m kind of jumping from one to the other at the moment but I’m not worried about it.

“We will have a very big, steep learning curve in the start of the year compared to some other teams, which is normal because it’s a new experience for everyone.”

Vandoorne also explained that his main focus between the end of pre-season testing – the only running HWA could complete ahead of season five as a Venturi customer squad – would be focused on learning FE’s specific race processes.

“There’s a lot of operational stuff I still have to learn,” he said.

“Especially the energy management during the race, the kind of communication you have with your team.

“All that stuff is what I missed out a little bit during this test – the more race-relevant stuff.

“So there’s a lot of stuff we can do on a simulator – I’ll probably be spending a little bit of time in there as well before going to Riyadh [for the first race of season five].

“From my side the only thing I can do now is making sure I’m 100% clear on what to do operationally.”


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Virginia Tech investigates EV charging cybersecurity with $3-million DOE grant

EVs are proliferating, and their growing popularity has revealed security vulnerabilities that could slow the industry’s further growth. To combat these roadblocks, the DOE has granted Virginia Tech $3 million to improve charging network quality and security.

Virginia Tech will work with researchers and manufacturers to both improve charging network security and streamline the charging experience, addressing such issues as privacy, charge time, cybersecurity and cyber-physical security.

“We will work to protect the infrastructure for fast charging: controllers, converters and monitoring systems. In addition, we will address user privacy by using secure sensing and ‘smart’ defense systems,” said assistant professor Ryan Gerdes. “The process will deploy remote updates to address system vulnerability.”

Virginia Tech partnered with IoT security provider OnBoard Security to improve charging unit cybersecurity and resilience while protecting user privacy by designing new software and charging architectures, the university reported.

“EVs are vulnerable to attacks via charging stations that could lead to stolen personal and financial information, vehicle damage and attacks on the electrical grid,” said OnBoard Director of Research Jonathan Petit. “The grant will allow my research team, Virginia Tech and other partners to evaluate these attack vectors and recommend solutions.”

 

Source: Virginia Tech


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Tesla Model 3 Versus A 37-Pound Boulder

How about a huge rock landing in your passenger seat with no warning?

This Tesla Model 3 owner didn’t expect to have an instant driving companion, but we’re glad he’s okay. Jade Insko was driving his Model 3 on SR 14 near Cape Horn, Washington when a 37-pound boulder fell through his windshield and parked itself in his passenger seat. He told Fox 12:

All of a sudden, my car just seemed to explode as this 37-pound rock flew through the windshield, smashed into the dashboard, and bounced directly into the passenger seat.

Insko had no warning that the large rock was heading toward his brand-new Tesla, and after it happened, he wasn’t really sure what was going on. He came to a sudden stop and tried to assess the situation. Insko continued:

I just pulled forward slowly with my hazards on, I couldn’t see anything, I had glass in my face and eyes and a giant hole in my windshield.

He realized quickly that many rocks must have fallen since there was other damage to the front of his Model 3. The force of the largest boulder pushed the steering wheel toward him, but aside from cuts from the glass, he was not severely injured. If the rock had landed on him, this would be a very different story.

Insko points out that this situation is very unsafe for drivers and it’s not the first time he’s seen rocks hurling down toward the roadway. He shared:

In some areas like Cape Horn, there are rock falls often, there are rocks on the road as you drive through there, and I feel like the department of transportation needs to do more for more public safety in those areas.

According to the Washington Department of Transportation, this mountainous area is closely watched. Drivers are reminded to call emergency services if they witness falling rocks. However, Insko thinks further precautions are immediately necessary. He concludes:

I feel like it’s only a matter of time before there’s a real tragedy.

He’s kept the large boulder as a reminder of what could have been.

Source: KPTV (Fox 12 Oregon)

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Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

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The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
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Cummins partners with Battery Innovation Center for testing, validation and training

Cummins, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial vehicle engines, has been steadily expanding its offerings to include hybrid and electric powertrains. Now the Indiana company has partnered with the nearby Battery Innovation Center (BIC) for support in testing of its battery systems and training for its workforce.

The BIC has been helping Cummins over the last 18 months with testing and validating battery management systems, as well as battery pack development, product testing and safety testing. BIC also supports Cummins’s talent development and acquisition strategy. BIC has customized its multi-day Energy Storage Short Course to fit the needs of Cummins employees. Currently,  more than 1,000 Cummins team members are in the process of completing BIC courses.

“Building and supporting our full range of electric storage capability globally would not have been possible without BIC’s dedication to helping train our employees, as well as validate and test our battery systems,” said Julie Furber, Executive Director – Electrified Power. By partnering with BIC, we have tapped into its deep expertise and battery testing infrastructure. Our partnership has not only accelerated the launch of Cummins’s new electrified power portfolio but is also nurturing Indiana’s electrification ecosystem.”

 

Source: Cummins


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Nikola Presents European Version Of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck

Nikola Tre FCV to spawn in Europe around 2022-2023

Nikola Motor Company announced the third model of its hydrogen fuel cell truck – the Nikola Tre (means “Three” in Norwegian) – designed for the European market.

The unveiling is scheduled for April 2019, while first tests should start in Norway in 2020. Production of Tre should begin in 2022-2023 just like in case of the North American versions. Nikola currently seeks a production location in Europe.

The Tre, depending on the version, will be able to go 500-1,200 km and according to Nikola, it will be fully equipped with level 5 autonomous driving (hardware).

Nikola Tre spec:

  • 500-1,200 km (310-746 miles) of range
  • 20 minute refill time
  • 500-1,000hp of power and up to 2,000 ft-lbs (2,712 Nm) of torque.
  • redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800Vdc batteries and a redundant 120 kW hydrogen fuel cell, all necessary for true level 5 autonomy
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Press blast:

Nikola Launches Stunning Truck for European Market

Zero-emissions European commercial truck to be on display at April 16-17 Nikola World

PHOENIX, AZ (November 5, 2018) — In response to widespread interest from European customers, Nikola Motor Company has created a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets.

Reservations for the Nikola Tre (means “Three” in Norwegian) are now open at www.nikolamotor.com/tre.

Guests at the April 16-17 Nikola World in Phoenix will be able to view a prototype display of the Nikola Tre, along with other new zero-emission products from Nikola including the production intent Nikola Two.

“This truck is a real stunner and long overdue for Europe,” said Nikola Motor Company Founder and CEO Trevor Milton. “It will be the first European zero-emission commercial truck to be delivered with redundant braking, redundant steering, redundant 800Vdc batteries and a redundant 120 kW hydrogen fuel cell, all necessary for true level 5 autonomy. Expect our production to begin around the same time as our USA version in 2022-2023.”

The Nikola Tre has 500 to 1,000 HP, 6×4 or 6×2 configurations and a range of 500 to 1,200 kilometers depending on options. The Tre will fit within the current size and length restrictions for Europe.

European testing is projected to begin in Norway around 2020. Nikola is also in the preliminary planning stages to identify the proper location for its European manufacturing facility.

Nikola is currently working with Nel Hydrogen of Oslo to provide hydrogen stations for USA. “Nel has been good to work with for our USA station design and rollout. We will work with Nel to secure resources for our European growth strategy. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but with the right partners, we can accomplish it,” said Kim Brady, Nikola Motor Company CFO.

By 2028, Nikola is planning on having more than 700 hydrogen stations across the USA and Canada. Each station is capable of 2,000 to 8,000 kgs of daily hydrogen production. Nikola’s European stations are planned to come online around 2022 and are projected to cover most of the European market by 2030.

At the April 16-17 Nikola World in Phoenix, attendees will witness the Nikola Two in action pulling loaded trailers along with a prototype display of the Nikola Tre. Hydrogen filling will also be shown at the event at 700 bar or 10,000 PSI. Nikola’s powersports division will provide customer rides throughout the day and show off pre-production units of the Nikola NZT off road 4×4.

To date, the company has approximately eleven billion dollars in pre-order reservations. Ryder System and Thompson Machinery will be on site at Nikola World to work with US customers.

Registration for the Nikola World event to be held in Phoenix will open on December 3, 2018 at www.nikolamotor.com.

European fleets or customers looking at reserving more than 10 trucks can email bill.cherry@nikolamotor.com. All other reservations can be made online at www.nikolamotor.com.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla’s Navigate On Autopilot Takes On Tricky Double Exit

How does Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot fare in tough, real-world scenarios?

Now that Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature has been released, we’re starting to see more reviews of the feature. Even Consumer Reports has already tested it out, although there’s no video from the publication. In the video above, YouTuber and Tesla fan Erik Strait takes us for a lengthy ride to show exactly what the new system can handle. It’s by far one of the best demonstrations of the technology we’ve seen to date. Overall, he’s extremely impressed, however, it’s clear that there are still some quirks.

Navigate on Autopilot is a beta release and still requires hands on the wheel and user feedback. You also have to confirm lane changes by using the turn signal or stalk, but in the future, this confirmation will be able to be disabled by the driver.

Erik specifically tackles areas of roadway that are difficult and/or that his Tesla Autopilot technology wasn’t able to handle in the past. He seems pleasantly surprised that the system fares well. There are times that it wants to hug the right line or nearly leave the lane when a lane is ending, but it’s not to the point that he has to intervene, as it doesn’t cross the line or attempt to leave the road. It also tends to marge at the last minute as a lane is ending, but it does so gracefully.

Despite early issues, Navigate on Autopilot packs some incredible features. It handles winding ramps well, slows down or speeds up to makes lane changes, and alerts the driver of upcoming lane changes and/or roadway issues like construction. Erik points out the most “trippy” success is when the technology navigates through a challenging double exit situation. It’s pretty cool to watch. Start the video at the 7:38-mark to watch the lane change, which is followed by the tricky double exit navigation and a tough zipper merge.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

Video Description via DAErik on YouTube:

My Experience with Tesla’s Navigate On Autopilot

Bonus video below shows short clip of double exit:

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This Chevrolet Bolt Battery Lost 8% Capacity At 70,000 Miles

Chevrolet Bolt EV battery seems to be okay, but perhaps not as robust as one would hope.

All batteries lose capacity over time and use, but the rate of battery degradation becomes less important in long-range EVs.

It seems that’s the case for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which with its 60-kWh battery, is rated for 238 miles (383 km) EPA. According to News Coulomb’s in-depth analysis after 70,000 miles (112,000 km), its Bolt EV now only has 92% of initial capacity/range. The 8% fade is worth 15-20 miles of range.

The value of the 8% drop is not precise, but rather estimated based on energy consumed while charging, and at least partially could be the result of a software update done by GM during one of the recall actions. Other factors could be specific driving profile with a lot of DC fast charging.

Anyways, it seems that even after 150,000 miles, the Bolt EV should be able to go 200 miles (320 km) on a charge, which is swell considering that the first-generation EVs (aka Nissan LEAF) were struggling to go 100 miles when new.

“After 70,000 miles, I decided to review the data that I have gathered for nearly two years of driving the Bolt EV. Based on my estimates, my Bolt EV has lost a noticeable amount of battery capacity. To estimate the amount of degradation, I compared kWh used versus the battery percentage displayed at the station, and I was able to create a timeline of total estimated battery capacity.

0:47 Methodology

3:41 Degradation

4:44 Software Update affected capacity?

7:45 What can other EV owners expect?

9:30 Does DC fast charging contribute?

10:35 Does that much degradation actually matter?

13:03 My Recommendations

15:04 Closing”


Source: Electric Vehicle News