So… About The Harley-Davidson LiveWire

There’s two things wrong with this scenario.

It’s true: the RideApart team tends to poke fun at Harley-Davidson. I’m part of the younger audience Harley is trying to seduce and while I am sincerely rooting for them, so far I have been left unimpressed. The company deserves respect for having been around for as long as it has and for having brought its fair share of innovations to the industry. However, in recent years, innovation hasn’t been part of the brand’s lingo—its almost as though it’s been sitting on its legacy and relying on that and only that to sell bikes. The LiveWire had the potential to change that and open new doors. While it hasn’t completely failed, I don’t believe it has succeeded either. The way I see it, there are 2 reasons for that and here’s my two cent about it.

When Harley announced it was going to explore the path to electrification over 5 years ago, I don’t know for you, but I got really excited. I’ve never been a Harlista and haven’t yet reached a point of my life where the lifestyle appeals to me, but somehow, this old-school company trying its hand at a (then) relatively new and still emerging technology had all my attention. I wasn’t the only one because back then, H-D received great coverage and praise for its Project LiveWire concept. The look was polarizing, but it was a clean cut for Harley and the start of something potentially new for the brand. I was ready for it.

Then, nothing. Harley spent (wasted?) a lot of time touring the country and worrying about people’s opinion. Five years to be exact. Five years during which the LiveWire hype withered and fell into a bit of a collective oblivion. Then, in early 2018, H-D took the electrodes out and started trying to revive the hype: its electric bike was officially on its way.

The problem is that while Harley was taking its sweet time researching its market and perfecting its technology, the number of competitors on the electric motorcycle market started multiplying exponentially. Both local brands and importers starting gnawing and chomping away at the pie. An important number of brands with possibly fewer means than the American icon rose to glory and launched—some one, others many—electric models while Harley had stopped to smell the flowers.

In my humble opinion, Harley should have gone for it. Had it been more daring with its product and introduced it within a year of the Project LiveWire’s official launch, chances are the model would now be entering a second generation with a few year’s experience under its saddle. Granted, the first generation would possible have been flawed, but the brand would have gained a notoriety for being among the first companies to try and mainstream an emerging technology. In 2019, the LiveWire would be evolving rather than beginning.

Today, people have access to more electric models options than ever and while 110 miles is a decent range for an electric bike, it might not be enough for the LiveWire to stand out of the stylish, efficient, and affordable electric motorcycle crowd. Because now we all know: an electric orange comes at a price.

The company announced on Monday that the LiveWire was on track to hit the showrooms this year and that the price tag would be set at $29,799. The announcement received a lot of backlash.

It begs the question: why are we scandalized about the Harley costing just below the $30,000 mark while, say, Energica sells bikes for $35k and over and nobody bats an eye? It’s a matter of image and brand perception. Energica has never had any other pretense than building high-end motorcycles with a 125-mile range, 145 electric horsepower, and a 125-mph top speed. The Energicas aren’t meant to be mass-produced, mainstream commodities and the brand isn’t trying to sell to the masses or market its products as great beginner’s bikes.

Harley, on the other hand, is looking to fluff its sales, bring in a flock of young, new-generation buyers, and refresh its image. The company has even gone as far as to try to entice new riders by banking on the absence of a clutch and gear selector to sell the idea the LiveWire an easy bike to get on.

I mean, technically, it’s not wrong: it might be less daunting for new riders to consider an electric bike that removes gear changing from the equation. But what percentage of new riders is going to get started on a $30,000 electric motorcycle? I don’t foresee that number being very high. With young adults dealing with more debt than ever, $30k will be better spent on purchasing a car (or groceries) than a bike.

I get it: electric technology is expensive and while it isn’t as bad as it was 5 years ago, batteries are still an important expense to take into consideration. I might be beating a dead horse saying this, but the company did have the opportunity to bring Alta Motors on board, a well-established competitor in the field of electric bikes that likely would have propelled H-D forward in its electric ambitions. Would a partnership have resulted in a cheaper LiveWire? Maybe not, but Alta’s contribution to the project could have meant a sweeter deal for the money.

Instead, the deal fell through. Harley-Davidson opened its own R&D center, and now, it’s back to doing what it does best: appeal to a smaller, older, more financially comfortable demographic with H-D tattooed on its heart while the younger audience it’s hoping to see in its saddles is heading over to Zero’s to get on a decent electric ride for less than $10,000.


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Hyundai IONIQ Electric Now Available In More States

Hyundai hints at expansion of plug-in car availability in the U.S.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric was considered as one of the better all-electric models, especially in terms of its efficiency. Sadly, Hyundai wasn’t producing them enough for the world and in the U.S. sales are highly limited so only 777 were delivered within 22 months. Even the plug-in hybrid version found more sales – 1,590 within 12 months.

According to the latest news, Hyundai intends to expand sales of the IONIQ Electric from California to other CARB states and then maybe to the rest of the country. CarsDirect recently discovered that some new 2019 Hyundai IONIQ Electrics are available for sale in Massachusetts and Maryland.

“Derek Joyce, Senior Manager Product and Advanced Powertrain PR, confirmed Hyundai’s decision to expand the Ioniq Electric to other states in the U.S. “Currently we are shipping to all CARB states for EV and PHEV,” said Joyce. “2018 retail sales were mostly CARB states for both and we plan to continue that trend as we seek more supply to meet demand beyond.”

It would be nice to see both – expansion and more availability. In the near term, we will probably see enough mainstream all-electric cars available nationwide, so the problem of lack of choice and availability in many states will become less important.

List of California’s CARB states (states that have adopted the California emissions standards) includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia – Wiki

The market expansion for Hyundai will be driven probably mostly by the Kona Electric, which has the potential for a much bigger splash.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric sales in U.S. – December 2018

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Faraday Future investor plows $2 billion into NEVS – SAAB’s all-electric predecessor

China’s Evergrande Group, best known in the EV community for having taken a large stake in Faraday Future, is now taking a majority stake in NEVS, SAAB’s all-electric predecessor. more…

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CNET Says Tesla CEO Elon Musk Was “Disruptor Of The Year”

It comes as no surprise that Tesla CEO Elon Musk rakes in the award, despite not showing up.

Michigan is not a friendly place for Tesla, Elon Musk, or EVs in general. In fact, it’s not a friendly place for any new innovators, upcoming automotive companies, or the like. You can’t buy a Tesla in Michigan and few EVs are available, let alone public charging stations. In addition, while you may be able to have a used EV shipped right to your home for a low fee in most states — via CarMax or CarDirect —  Michigan might say nope, that’s against the law!

So, when Tesla doesn’t show up at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, and Elon doesn’t make a grand entrance, we’re far from surprised. He’ll go ahead and give oodles of his hard-earned money to Flint, MI to help fix the continuing problems with the water quality — on top of sending more money for the children in the area to all get laptops for school — but to send a car or set foot in a Detroit-based auto show would be against everything the CEO believes in.

Despite Tesla and Elon’s lack of attendance at NAIAS yet again this year, CNET announced the CEO as “Disruptor of the Year.” Musk was officially awarded the honor as part of CNET’s Roadshow Shift Awards. He beat out two other disruptive CEOs from McLaren automotive and Bird electric scooters. Executive editor of Roadshow, Chris Paukert shared:

We’re not necessarily judging tremendous accomplishments. We’re just looking at who stirred the pot the most this year.

The award was not only for Tesla vehicles, but also for Musk’s Boring company. Roadshow Editor in Chief Tim Stevens said:

He of course couldn’t be with us today. He’s somewhere between here and Mars right now.

We set all the adversity and issues aside and say … Way to go, Elon!

Source: MLive


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Green Deals: Ryobi 38-inch 100Ah Electric Riding Lawn Mower $2,399 (Reg. $2,899), more

We’ve already told you about Home Depot’s big outdoor electric tool sale this morning, but there’s one more offer we wanted to highlight. Ryobi’s 38-inch 100Ah Electric Riding Lawn Mower is on sale for $2,399 shipped. That’s good for $500 off and the lowest price that we’ve ever tracked. Ryobi offers one of the few all-electric consumer riding lawn mowers on the market today. This model sports a 38-inch cutting deck, up to 2.5-hours of runtime and of course, zero emissions. Learn more here. Rated an impressive 4.7/5 stars by 500 Home Depot reviewers.

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Mercedes-Benz Delivers eCitaro Electric Bus To Cities In Germany

More cities get their first eCitaro

Mercedes-Benz recently delivered three all-electric eCitaro buses to Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv), which will operate them in Heidelberg’s historic city center and Mannheim’s new Franklin district.

Those are among the first eCitaro buses in the world, as the German manufacturer slowly starts production and sales. The current model is equipped with 243 kWh battery and is expected to cope with the requirement of driving around 200 km (124 miles) daily.

First electric bus services in the Rhine-Neckar triangle

The first purely electric eCitaro bus service in Heidelberg goes from the main train station via the Seegarten to the Karlsplatz and then later to the Altstadt commuter rail station. Bus route 20 travels through Heidelberg’s city centre every 20 minutes, whereby it is expected that in the future two vehicles will cover the four kilometre long route with 12 stops. One of Mannheim’s electric bus routes leaves from Käfertal train station and travels via Wasserwerkstraße to the Franklin district, a new district where members of the US armed forces used to live. The other route begins at the Platz der Freundschaft and ends at the new Taylor industrial estate, which also once belonged to the US armed forces. One eCitaro will be in operation on each route.

In Heidelberg, the vehicles will be on the road between 9.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. and in Mannheim between 6.00 a.m. and midnight. This corresponds to a daily mileage of about 200 kilometres or more per vehicle. Accordingly lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of 243 kWh will provide the electric power. The battery design is modular, comprising 10 modules each with an output of 25 kWh. In addition to the six battery modules on the vehicle’s roof, four battery modules in the rear take the position of today’s drive system combination of combustion engine and transmission.

Charging technology in the depot

With its charging technology the eCitaro adapts to the conditions provided by rnv. The target is a mileage of 200 km or more for each vehicle which can be achieved with fast charging in the form of top-up charging during breaks in operation. During these breaks another eCitaro will be in operation in Heidelberg and Mannheim, otherwise it would not be possible to meet requirements. The buses are charged using a combi-2 plug, located on the right in the direction of travel above the front wheel housing. The new ISO 15118 standard offers extended functions which enable for example automatic authentication of vehicles without a separate charging card. With the help of extended data transmission, Mercedes‑Benz developed a function with which automatic control of preconditioning in buses is realised via the charging connector. Thus, there is no need for additional cables or lines for compressed air, low voltage or communication. The newly developed charging device has an output of up to 150 kW and is to be delivered to rnv together with the eCitaro. This guarantees the simplest, fastest and most favourably priced variant of the power supply.

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro specs:

  • electric portal axle ZF AVE 130 with electric motors at the wheel hubs. The peak output of the motors is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 Nm
  • up to 243 kWh battery for 150 km (93 miles) of range in SORT2 test cycle (250 km / 155 miles at best)
  • weight of 13.44 tonnes. As the gross vehicle weight is 19.5 tonnes, this corresponds to a payload of more than six tonnes or around 88 passengers

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“Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv) ceremoniously started operation of three fully-electric Mercedes‑Benz city buses. At the bus depot in Mannheim, Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses, and Martin in der Beek, Technical Managing Director at rnv, presented the new eCitaro buses in the presence of Dr. Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim, as well as Christian Specht, first Mayor of Mannheim, and then in the presence of Professor Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg.

“The eCitaro is redefining conventionally driven bus transportation and is for us the symbol for future-oriented local public transport. A holistic approach is very important to us. That is why we have put together a comprehensive package comprising the vehicle, charging management and consultation with which we are supporting the transport company in its endeavour to electrify its buses,” says Till Oberwörder.

Martin in der Beek sees the electrification of bus transportation as a clear company goal: “For us electromobility is the quintessence in modern, environmentally-friendly and sustainable drive system technology. Our city trains have been serving the local public transportation system electrically for more than 100 years. Now, we must do the same for buses. The eCitaro will give our buses a completely new face and will literally provide for better air in the area serviced by rnv.”

Dr. Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim, and Prof. Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg, praise the far-sighted commitment of rnv with regard to “green urban traffic”. Dr. Peter Kurz: “The local public transportation system in Mannheim stands for a holistic concept comprising both buses and trains. The electrification of buses is now an important milestone on the way to a clean city and will make local public transport significantly more attractive.“

Prof. Eckart Würzner: „We are delighted that the eCitaro buses have arrived. At the end of January the first electric bus service in the region – our historic city service – can go into operation. This is an important step towards emission-free local transport and a climate-smart city. We hope that production of these buses will now really take off.”  “


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Want A Baby Blue Tesla Model 3 Interior? Solution – Blue Jeans: Video

It appears blue jeans are the answer if you want a Tesla Model 3 with light blue upholstery.

All jokes aside, there are probably very few people that want a blue-tinted interior in their Tesla Model 3 (or Model S or Model X), especially considering they spent the extra money to get the white vegan “pleather.” YouTube channel Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley found that blue jeans tend to transfer color onto the seat material. This is not the first time we’ve heard of this, but it may be the first time we’ve heard that the color will not come out.

We’d like to see the jeans in question and know the depth of color, as well as the brand name. Is it the color of the jeans, the newness, or the brand? Or will any jeans stain your Tesla seats blue? Even worse, what if they were black, red, or pink jeans! Perhaps it’s just the brand of cleaning cloths that don’t work well?

While we’ve learned that color transfers to Tesla’s vegan white upholstery fairly readily, we’ve also been told that simple baby wipes should take the color out. Apparently, someone told this Tesla owner from Silicon Valley the secret trick: Costco baby wipes. Sadly, the magic trick didn’t work this time around. He tried and couldn’t get the tint to disappear. Hopefully, he’ll find some other way to remove the “blueness.” Until then, he has a unique Model 3 with baby blue vegan white interior.

We can only hope that Elon Musk or someone else from Tesla reads this article and has a viable solution. We believe Tesla could offer a cleaning agent or cleaning cloths that are sure to correct this issue. Furthermore, as particular as people are about washing their Teslas, as well as what products they use inside and out, we could see Tesla benefiting from suggesting or selling some products for “Tesla cleaning.”

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for you continues support of InsideEVs.

Video Description via Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley on YouTube:

Blue Jeans and White seats in Tesla model 3

Blue coloring doesn’t come out 😂😂😂


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Why The McLaren P1 Plug-In Hybrid Is A Living Legend

Legends live on.

Believe it or not, McLaren Automotive’s first halo model is now six years old, launching the P1 back in 2013 as the British marque’s statement of intent for the future of its automotive aspirations. It was amongst the first of the hybrid hypercar breed that utilises Formula 1-inspired battery systems to boost performance from its combustion engine.

Today the McLaren P1 remains a highly sought after machine that collectors crave to add to their collection. At Autosport International 2019 in the UK, Motorious hosted this living legend.

Power

The McLaren P1 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine that works in tandem with an onboard battery. This hybrid drivetrain produces an incredible 903bhp combined which enabled a 0-62mph sprint of just 2.8 seconds. Perhaps more impressive is that it will get from 0-124mph in just 6.8 seconds, and crack a top speed of 217mph.

High-tech solutions

The P1’s hybrid drivetrain has a very clever solution to reduce turbo lag. Traditionally you’d have to wait for the turbos to spool up before receiving maximum acceleration but P1 engineers have almost eliminated this delay using the car’s battery. Electrical torque is instantly delivered to ‘torque-fill’ in the gap as the turbos come on song.

Transformer – race car in disguise

Like many modern performance cars, the McLaren P1 has a series of driver modes that can dial up the performance output. However, the P1 has an additional Race Mode that starts a transformation so extreme that the car is not road legal when it’s active.

Firstly the hybrid drivetrain is set for maximum responsiveness, the suspension firms up, and the steering gains weight to enable more precise inputs at speed. The rear wing is then deployed at a raked angle, increasing downforce to the rear of the car. Finally, the car squats down to being just 2.6 inches from the asphalt to maximise the ground effect which sucks it to track at speed.

In this configuration the McLaren P1 is one of the fastest production cars to lap a track in the world.

Carbon core

At the heart of the McLaren P1 is a carbon fibre monocoque that provides a strong safety cell for occupants and boosts overall rigidity. It’s the same technology that McLaren originally pioneered in Formula 1 back in 1981, with the John Barnard-designed MP4/1. A controversial idea at the time, any question of a carbon tub’s viability as a safe crash structure were quashed when John Watson crashed at the Italian Gran Prix in ’81. He walked away unscathed. Carbon construction has been at the heart of McLaren road and racing ever since.

Where’s Wally?

The McLaren P1’s design is an intricate one shaped by science. Its ducts and channels manipulate the air to this car’s will, though its designer had a bit of fun at the same time. Frank Stephenson hid McLaren logos all over the car as little easter eggs. Look closely at things like its headlights, tail lights, rear air intakes and bonnet nostrils to see what we are talking about. There are many more to find!

Don’t stop me now

As impressive as the car’s performance is, a greater engineering achievement is the way it controls it. The carbon ceramic brakes, in tandem with the airbrake, on this P1 can bring it to a dead stop from 124mph in just 4.5 seconds.

As impressive as the car’s performance is, a greater engineering achievement is the way it controls it. The carbon ceramic brakes, in tandem with the airbrake, on this P1 can bring it to a dead stop from 124mph in just 4.5 seconds.

The braking system also has other important functions such as harvesting waste energy to charge the hybrid system’s battery — a method similar to an F1 car’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). Additionally, it can actually help the car turn into a corner tighter thanks to a torque vectoring system. The onboard computers can apply the brakes on one side of the car to boost rotation around the bend.

Battle Royale

The stars aligned in 2013 with Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren launching a new breed of machines — the hypercar. These high-performance hybrid models were in direct competition, naturally provoking the question of which was fastest.

Porsche lapped the 918 Spyder around the infamous Nürburgring track in a ballistic 6m57s. Officially, McLaren and Ferrari didn’t release their lap times, but subsequent track tests by the media have shown the P1 to be the fastest of the bunch.

Money maker

The McLaren P1 cost £866,000 ($1,100,000) when new but today, P1s are valued at around £1.3m ($1.8m). McLaren built just 375 examples of its halo car, meaning that demand far outstripped supply.


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Audi is bringing its all-electric supercar to production to compete with new Tesla Roadster

Audi has reportedly confirmed that it is bringing its new PB18 e-tron all-electric supercar to low-volume production and it could arrive just in time to compete with the new Tesla Roadster. more…

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