Renault Ends Sale Of ZOE Q90 With 43-kW AC Charging Capability

The three-phase 43 kW charging loses its only mainstream model in Europe

Renault ZOE, one the two best-selling all-electric cars in Europe, this year will receive a major upgrade in form of the second-generation version.

Te French manufacturer already prepares for the changes and reportedly is no longer taking orders for the new ZOE Q90 version, which were equipped with the drivetrain from Continental.

Continental was the original supplier of the integrated drivetrain/charging system for ZOE since its introduction around 2012/2013. The charging capability of the Q-versions of ZOE was up to 43 kW from three-phase Type 2 charging points.

A few years later, Renault developed its own electric motors, power electronics with integrated charging system for up to 22 kW, which turned out to be slightly cheaper and with better efficiency (slightly more range). The two systems R-version and Q-version were offered simultaneously.

As the new second-generation ZOE will be equipped – probably as an option – with CCS Combo inlet for DC fast charging, Renault will resign from the Q-version entirely. It’s expected that consumers will have a standard option to charge up to 22 kW AC (three-phase) and up to 100 kW DC (CCS).

For the 43 kW three-phase charging, it seems that besides Renault, no other carmaker was willing to use it (even 22 kW was typically reserved for some premium models) as the base was DC fast charging.

The ZOE battery size for 400 km (250 miles) under WLTP is expected to be somewhere between 50 and 60 kWh, compared to the current 41 kWh.

Upcoming improvements:

  • about 95 kW electric motor, compared to current 80 kW version (R110)
  • range of 400 km (250 miles) under WLTP, compared to 400 km (250 miles) NEDC in case of current Z.E. 40 (41 kWh) version
  • fast charging up to 100 kW using CCS Combo or 22 kW three-phase
  • interior (instrument cluster, infotainment)


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Enjoy This Relaxing Drive Experience In A Tesla Model S 100D: Video

Electric car changes make driving pure pleasure

AutoTopNL released an interesting POV (point of view) video with latest and longest-range 2019 Tesla Model S 100D.

While there are no new revelations, it’s worth taking a look at how quiet and quick the Model S is. It seems to be so calming and relaxing. No gasoline engine noise, no gear changes, just fun and effortless acceleration.

Bonus:

2019 Tesla Model S 100D acceleration test from 0 to 247 km/h (154 mph)

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.34 seconds
  • 100-200 km/h (62-124 mph) in 13.38 seconds
  • 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 17.72 seconds
  • 1/4 miles in 12.46 seconds

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2019 Tesla Model X 100D acceleration test from 0 to 240 km/h (149 mph)

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.97 seconds
  • 100-200 km/h (62-124 mph) in 13.96 seconds
  • 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 18.93 seconds
  • 1/4 miles in 12.98 seconds

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More And More Tesla Model 3 Reach Norway: Sales Imminent

Model 3 is coming! Sales to start imminently.

The first big batch of Tesla Model 3 (of roughly 1,400 cars) delivered to Europe spreads through to Tesla‘s biggest markets.

Yesterday, we noticed the first new Model 3 registrations in Norway, since late January when 17 were registered. Now, it seems that about 45 were registered within 1-2 days (64 total) and the number is growing.

With thousands of customers who placed orders in Norway, we expect that sales will reach a four-digit stream per month, although not necessarily right from the start in February, as Tesla first must build up a demo car fleet.

It’ll be interesting to see how Tesla spreads out Model 3 deliveries in Europe. In particular, which countries get the biggest batches of cars first. It would be in Tesla’s best interest to deliver closest to the arrival port(s) first, as though deliveries would occur more quickly than to countries far from where the ships roll in.

It’ll be an interesting month (and next month too) and we watch how all of this progresses along.


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The Reason Tesla Spent $218 Million On Maxwell Technologies

WHY DID TESLA ACQUIRE MAXWELL TECHNOLOGIES?

Tesla’s acquisition of battery supplier Maxwell Technologies went mostly unnoticed by the mainstream press, but it could have a tremendous influence on the future of the California carmaker, and of the entire auto industry.

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

Above: A sampling of batteries from Maxwell Technologies (Image: Maxwell Technologies)

Maxwell, which was founded in 1965 as a government contractor, is based in San Diego and has about 380 employees. The company has gotten a lot of coverage in the EV press, mainly because of its innovations in the realm of ultracapacitors. The astute will recall that Elon Musk was planning to study ultracapacitors when he arrived at Stanford in the 1990s.

However, Electrek’s Fred Lambert surmises that Tesla’s acquisition of Maxwell may have little to do with ultracapacitors, and much to do with “dry electrodes,” which the company calls “a breakthrough technology that can be applied to the manufacturing of batteries.”

Maxwell claims to have demonstrated that its proprietary electrode can enable an energy density of over 300 Wh/kg, and predicts that it can achieve over 500 Wh/kg. Of course, the energy density of Tesla’s batteries is top secret, but it’s widely believed to be the best in the industry. Tesla owner Sean Mitchell, who discusses some of the possible reasons that Tesla bought Maxwell in a recent video, estimates that the energy density Maxwell is talking about would represent an improvement of between 15 and 50 percent compared to Tesla’s current batteries.

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Above: Sean Mitchell discusses the possible rationale for Tesla’s most recent acquisition (Youtube: Sean Mitchell)

This would be a huge step forward, enabling longer range and/or smaller battery packs, but other benefits could be even more important. Maxwell says its technology can simplify the manufacturing process and result in a “10 to 20% cost reduction versus state-of-the-art wet electrodes,” while also “extending battery life [by] up to a factor of two.”

A cost reduction of anything like this magnitude would be a huge step forward, possibly enabling Tesla to make the Semi economically viable, and to start delivering the long-awaited $35,000-dollar Model 3.

Of course, companies regularly announce advances in battery tech, but Elon Musk and JB Straubel have repeatedly said that, while they keep a close eye on new developments, they haven’t yet seen a cell that’s proven to be better than those produced by Tesla and partner Panasonic. In mid-2018, Straubel said (as reported by Electrek), “We try to talk with every single battery startup, every lab, every large manufacturer. We get quotes from them. We test cells from them. If there’s anything better, we are all ears, we want to find it, but we haven’t found it yet.”

Above: Tesla’s lithium-ion cells (Image: Charged)

The fact that Tesla is willing to pony up around $218 million for Maxwell indicates that it has finally found a firm that can deliver the goods.

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Written by: Charles Morris; A version of this article originally appeared in Charged; Sources: Maxwell TechnologiesElectrekSean Mitchell

*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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Dutch Plug-In EV Market Doubled In January 2019

It’s better than one would expect

Despite the collapse of premium electric car sales in January (because higher taxes), the overall plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands doubled.

EV Sales Blog reports 3,271 sales at 6.9% market share, thanks to strong results from moderately priced BEVs. Sucha result is pretty encouraging taking into consideration the upcoming boost from new models, including the Tesla Model 3.

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands – January 2019

The top three models were:

536 Kona Electric and 155 Kia e-Niro proves that the South Korean manufacturer is gaining traction with BEVs. Apparently, thousands of customers are waiting for deliveries of their Hyundai/Kia BEVs.

It’s also interesting that Volkswagen manages to sell significantly more e-Golfs, than Nissan does LEAFs.

Source: EV Sales Blog


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GAC To Roll Out 12 New Aion Electric Cars, Including SUV, MPV

15 trademarks filed for new EVs.

On December 19, 2018, GAC New Energy Automobile Co.,Ltd (GAC NE) applied for 15 trademarks starting with “AION”, a new energy vehicle (NEV) product series of the automaker, according to the record from China’s Trademark Office of National Intellectual Property Administration.

 

It is reported that GAC NE is likely to build corresponding models based on 12 newly-registered trademarks. Gu Huinan, general manager of the NEV maker, revealed that the company will extend the product matrix for the Aion, rolling out SUV, MPV and solar-powered vehicle models in addition to the launch of the Aion S BEV sedan.

What’s more, he also disclosed that there are two Aion’s models to hit the market in 2019, of which the Aion S is ready to go on sale before the Auto Shanghai 2019 in April and the Aion X’s price will be unveiled in the second half of the year.

It is said that GAC NE’s products feature longer battery range than most of competitors. For example, the Aion S adopts the Farasis-developed battery that offers up to 510km mileage. Besides, the battery joint venture between GAC Group and CATL is expected to begin production as early as 2020.

The automaker has registered 2 variants with different exterior design and configurators for the Aion S, according to a document from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Gu replied that the two versions are designed for mobility service and premium car owners’ personal use respectively.

Source: Gasgoo


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Plug-In Electric Car Registrations In Germany Almost Hit New Record

Germany missed the previous record from March by less than 50

The year 2019 began in Germany with 6,767 new passenger plug-in electric car registrations, which is 20% more than a year ago. The market share increased to over 2.5% (new record).

All the growth comes from all-electric cars, as plug-in hybrids decreased for the fifth consecutive month:

  • BEVs: 4,648 (new record) – up 68% at ≈1.75% market share
  • PHEVs: 2,119 – down 26% at ≈0.8% market share

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – January 2019

The three top-selling models in January were:

One of the higher results was noted by Audi e-tron (407), but there were no customer deliveries in January.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Model 3 Potential Buyers Might Be Interested In Kia Niro EV

The battery-powered Kia Niro EV comes with more than a few advantages.

Whatever you may think about Kia, the South Korean carmaker has made strides in both improving quality and the appeal of vehicles. The carmaker is also embracing the electric revolution with open arms, signified by several rather appealing models entering their range in the recent months.

However, it’s the battery-powered Kia Niro EV that makes the most fuss in the car world today. Sure, it didn’t have anywhere near the same level of anticipation surrounding it before launch as did the Tesla Model 3. However, the Niro EV is a great alternative to the entry-level EV from the California-based carmaker.

This is backed up by several things. Car and Driver made a nice article describing all of the advantages that might push more potential Tesla Model 3 and even Jaguar I-Pace buyers towards the 2019 Kia Niro EV. While we understand the pioneering and early adoption factor that comes along with Tesla, the Niro does have a thing or two to say on its behalf.

First, the vehicle isn’t tech-filled like the Model 3. And for some, that might actually be a good thing. Furthermore, the Niro EV comes with good build quality, and thanks to a substantial 239-mile EPA-range rating—one mile more than the Bolt EV—plus more back-seat room together with nearly 25 percent more cargo space than the Model 3, it’s definitely a dark horse in the entry-level EV race.

Price Advantage

Furthermore, the Niro is priced at a substantial discount of roughly $10,000 when compared to Tesla. And it also comes with a full federal tax credit still. However, Kia might not be helping the Kia Niro EV sales, as the South Korean company is only limiting it to only 12 states (California and seven of the other ZEV states—but neither Vermont nor Maine—plus Georgia, Texas, Washington, and Hawaii). And that could mean that some buyers might not be inclined to even consider it as a Model 3 alternative.

Whatever happens in the EV market, both Kia and Hyundai (another South Korean carmaker investing heavily in EV’s) will have a thing to say. With rich trim levels, impressive EPA range, packed with features and bringing a more price-optimized model range, both of these manufacturers might sway would-be buyers towards their offerings.

While Tesla will still remain the dominant force in the EV market for the foreseeable future, some legacy carmakers are starting to chip away at their lead. And for us, as the end customers, that’s not really a bad thing at all.

Source: Car And Driver


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Tesla Model 3 Versus Snow Drift On Two-Lane Highway: Video

Not a drag race this time.

Here we feature a different type of versus.

It’s the Tesla Model 3 versus a…snow drift on an otherwise pretty clear two-lane highway.

This is one of the scariest of driving situations. If you’ve never encountered this, then consider yourself lucky.

The scare comes from the fact that you’re traveling at speed on a relatively clear road. Then, out of nowhere, this big snow drift appears. You’re mostly relying on the car’s systems and tires to keep you going straight in such a situation. However, it’s obvious in the video that some driver input and correction was required.

Winter driving is never fun, but this is the most unexpected and startling of scenarios. Luckily, the car pulls through and everyone remains safe.

Click play in the video above to take a look.

Video description:

I was out filming a video (on a different topic) when I unexpectedly hit a giant snow drift on a two-lane highway. The Tesla Model 3 RWD handled it like a champ.

Intro 0:01 and footage 0:59.

I was not using Autopilot at the time.


Source: Electric Vehicle News