General Motors Says No To Electric Pickup Truck

GM: No electric and no autonomous pickups.

We can sense the teary eyes in all of you already.

While the electric car market takes off and people are waiting for the next big thing – literally – a pickup from Tesla, Rivian or even Ford, we hear that General Motors is going to sadly stick with gasoline-powered cars and trucks for… decades. That’s not a wise decision, but it seems it’s already been made.

Mike Ableson, General Motors Vice President Global Strategy, said at the GM Global Headquarters in Detroit that we shouldn’t count on an electric pickup from GM:

“The core business is going to be the core business for a couple of decades to come. There will not be any AV/EV pickups.”

This is kind of depressing, as GM could at least start with a plug-in hybrid version. We believe that many EV enthusiasts will feel that legacy carmaker needs to be forced to do EVs, otherwise, they will not. By forcing, we mean some small competitor like Tesla will have to introduce an electric pickup truck to trigger a change in strategy among the big players like GM.

Luckily, that’s precisely what Tesla intends to do.

Source: Detroit Free Press

Source: Electric Vehicle News

One Key Way In Which 2019 BMW i3 Is Seriously Underrated

Still needs to become a better value to revive sales.

The BMW i3 remains a controversial car years after it first went into production. Its exterior styling is polarizing (this writer likes it) and the $44,450 starting price for the all-electric version — the version with the range extender starts at $48,300 in the U.S. — is a bit of an ask for a car with only a 33.2 kWh battery and 114 miles of EPA-rated range. Still, Slash Gear thinks at least one aspect of it is underrated.

For the publication, the i3’s sustaining allure comes down to its award-winning cabin. Noting its rear suicide doors and lack of a B-pillar, it says even entering the car is easier than most others. Once inside, everything is a refreshing change from the interiors of competitors. The choice of materials is rather unique, what with recycled plastics being used in the cloth covering the seats, leather tanned using oil leaves, and the inclusion of things like hemp and kenaf. And then there’s the dash.

It was, especially when it was first introduced, a huge departure from tradition. The wood dashboard flows across its top, echoing a Scandinavian aesthetic while its two screens float in negative space. It is, to many, extremely attractive. But, is it enough.

Historical sales numbers would suggest, coldly, that it is not. Having hit all-time highs of 11,024 units in 2015, its U.S. sales have eroded despite it gaining a bigger battery and other improvements over that time. It’s not out of the game yet, of course. It still finds a home with an average of 500 families a month now in 2018, and next year’s larger 42.2 kWh battery (which we hear started production today and will probably return somewhere 153 miles of EPA-rated range) should help its value proposition if the price doesn’t creep upward too much.

It’s clear, though, that without a complete rethink and makeover, it will continue to be dominated by the Tesla Model 3 in the market. That mid-size sedan also features a minimalistic interior and offers a lot more miles of range per purchase dollar. The fact that the California car is on track to sell as many as 14 times the number of units in the U.S. is telling.

Still, we are glad the i3 exists and that there is a choice for those who, for whatever reason, prefer it over the competition. We only hope the brand continues to bring this sort of freshness and design verve to its future electric vehicles.

BMW i3 (120 Ah)

17 photos
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)
BMW i3 (120 Ah)

Source: Slash Gear

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Here Are 9 Tricks And Tips For Every Tesla Model 3 Owner

Let’s take a look at nine features The Money Guy believes put the Tesla Model 3 ahead of the competition.

We’ve shared a few videos from a YouTube series by The Money Guy. As we always say, you don’t necessarily have to agree with or take his advice about financing, although it’s all interesting to digest. Nonetheless, he’s put together a nice collection of videos about the Tesla Model 3 that don’t dwell on money, though he feels the Tesla sedan is a solid investment. If he didn’t, it wouldn’t find its way onto his YouTube channel. This latest entrant deals with nine Model 3 “magic tricks.” They’re not truly magic, but these are features that may set the Model 3 apart from many other cars.

Brian and his trusted companion point out some things that make the Tesla Model 3 shine, as well as those that the average Joe may not be so well aware of. How about the all-electric car’s incredible gas savings or its free over-the-air software updates? We can’t forget about the sedan’s impressive space-to-size ratio or the fact that is accelerates to an almost unheard-of level. There’s more in the video about safety, Autopilot, and even creating extra time in your life to partake in the activities you love and/or those that you must fit in to the daily grind. Can the Model 3 help you with that?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Video Description via The Money Guy on YouTube:

9 Tesla Magic Tricks Every Owner Should Know!

Let’s go over 9 magic tricks that makes a Tesla vehicle so special!

1. Save $2,600 on gas!
2. Save the planet!
3. Go very fast!
4. Upgrade your car!
5. Autopilot!
6. Safety!
7. A lot of storage space!
8. Very Quiet!
9. Create more time!


33 photos
2. Tesla Model 3
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.

Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)
Tesla Model 3 front seats

Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)

Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance

Tesla Model 3 Performance

Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Wide
Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Touchscreen
Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Tesla Model 3
Inside the Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 rear seats

Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Gunther Completes Formula E Grid With Dragon

Maximilian Gunther has sealed the final current vacancy on the 2018/19 Formula E grid and will be promoted to a race drive alongside Jose Maria Lopez.

Gunther had been Dragon’s reserve driver last season, and shared its second car with Antonio Fuoco during testing at Valencia last month.

“The working atmosphere inside the team is fantastic,” said Gunther. “I feel really comfortable and can’t wait to get the new season started.

“Certainly, I will give it my all to deliver the best possible results for the team.”

The 21-year-old German replaces Jerome D’Ambrosio, who has left Dragon to be part of Mahindra’s all-new line-up alongside fellow ex-Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein.

Dragon Racing founder Jay Penske said Gunther “did a tremendous job building rapport with the team and working with the entire organisation on the development of the Penske EV-3”.

Gunther twice finished in the top three of the Formula 3 European Championship during a three-year stint from 2015-17.

He was runner-up to Prema teammate Lance Stroll in 2016, then third behind Lando Norris and Joel Eriksson the following year.

He moved up to Formula 2 for 2018 with Arden and won the Silverstone reverse-grid race.

Though the second Dragon seat was ostensibly the final vacancy on the grid, Nissan e.dams is expected to require a replacement for its contacted signing Alexander Albon as he is set to get a Toro Rosso F1 drive for 2019.

2018/19 Formula E driver line-up
Audi: Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt
DS Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne, Andre Lotterer
Virgin Racing: Sam Bird, Robin Frijns
Mahindra Racing: Jerome D’Ambrosio, Pascal Wehrlein
Nissan e.dams: Sebastien Buemi, Alexander Albon*
Jaguar: Mitch Evans, Nelson Piquet Jr
Venturi: Felipe Massa, Edoardo Mortara
NIO: Oliver Turvey, Tom Dillmann
Dragon: Jose Maria Lopez, Maximilian Gunther
BMW Andretti: Antonio Felix da Costa, Alexander Sims
HWA: Gary Paffett, Stoffel Vandoorne
* Albon is expected to move to Toro Rosso in F1 rather than racing for Nissan

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Opel Installs Over 160 Charging Stations At R&D Center

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller: “Opel will be electric.”

Opel announced a new project at the Engineering Center at the company headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Within a few months, more than 160 charging stations are to be installed to create a laboratory for electric mobility.

The new infrastructure will become handy as Opel intends to introduce four electrified models by 2020, and have an electrified version of each passenger model by 2024.

“Together with Kassel University, FLAVIA IT and PLUG’n CHARGE, the two latter companies that specialize in charging infrastructure, the carmaker will conduct research into the ideal setup of the electricity grid for the future. The three-year project “E-Mobility-LAB Hessen” is scheduled to receive supportfrom the Hessian Ministry for Economy, Energy, Transport and State Development with funds provided by the European Regional Development Fund. In return, Opel will set up an intelligent charging and infrastructure system for electric cars in its Engineering Center.

In total, more than 160 charging stations, which will charge the electric car fleet of the Engineering Center in future, will be created. Extensive and well-founded simulations of numerous scenarios will be possible based on actual data, ensuring the transferability of the results. The concept was developed together with House of Energy, the think tank of the Hessian energy transition.”

Another thing is that Opel will install an energy storage system, using 18 battery packs from the Ampera (aka Chevrolet Volt) – a second-life battery project.

“In addition, a modular battery storage, which will reuse Opel Ampera batteries to temporarily store electricity, will be installed in the Test Center Rodgau-Dudenhofen. This so-called stationary “second life” application targets mitigating peak loads and thus stabilizing the electricity grid. A total of 18 vehicle batteries will be reused in the battery storage, which has the storage capacity to a supply a four-person household with electricity for a month.”

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said:

“Opel will be electric. We are now creating the required charging infrastructure at our Engineering Center in Rüsselsheim and simultaneously supporting politics and the authorities in the creation of an appropriate charging infrastructure. One thing is clear: electric-mobility will only be a success if vehicle development and expansion of the charging infrastructure go hand in hand,”.

Tarek Al-Wazir, Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse said:

“The energy transition is underway, now we need to make progress with the transport transition, especially in Hesse where around half of the energy demand can be attributed to transport. That is why we are driving electric-mobility by, amongst others, the widespread support for charging infrastructure. We are delighted that a Hessian carmaker in Opel will be playing an innovative and guiding part in developing the mobility of tomorrow,”.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

VW claims it can produce 50 million electric cars, vows to have ‘much lower’ prices than Tesla

Ever since the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, Volkswagen has been making a lot of claims about electrification, but it hasn’t much to show for yet.

Now, CEO Herbert Diess makes one of the biggest electrification claims for the company yet: that they can produce 50 million electric cars and will have “much lower” prices than Tesla. more…

The post VW claims it can produce 50 million electric cars, vows to have ‘much lower’ prices than Tesla appeared first on Electrek.

Source: Charge Forward

Green Deals: EGO 56V Cordless Electric Leaf Blower $69, more

Home Depot offers the EGO 56V Cordless Electric Leaf Blower for $69 shipped. Be sure to note this model doesn’t include the battery, but you can pick one up here for less than the typical bundle price. The full-power electric leaf blower is perfect for fall weather and cleanup. It ships with a five-year warranty for some added peace of mind. Rated 4.5/5 stars.


The post Green Deals: EGO 56V Cordless Electric Leaf Blower $69, more appeared first on Electrek.

Source: Charge Forward

Tesla’s First 400 kWh Of Free Supercharging For Model S & X Ends

Say goodbye to the free 400 kWh of Supercharging.

Tesla completed the transition from fully free Supercharging for long-distance travel in the Model S and Model X cars to a fully paid business model.

Initially, S/X cars were sold with a promise to be able to free Supercharge forever and cars sold then still can use Superchargers for free. In 2017, Tesla highly limited the free Supercharging of newly-sold cars in the U.S. (and later also in Europe) by offering new S/X with just 400 kWh free credit annually. Depending on versions, it was at least 5 full charges or up to around 10 partial recharges.

According to the latest news, cars sold on November 2, 2018 and on don’t get any free Supercharging credit, so 100% of the recharges are paid (at least if the owner does not receive some promotion like the 6-months of free Supercharging from the referral program).

From Tesla’s site:

My Tesla includes 400kWh of credits annually—how do those work?
Certain Model S and X vehicles sold before November 2, 2018 include annual Supercharger credits of 400kWh, or roughly 1,000 miles. For usage above the complimentary annual credits, a small fee applies to Supercharge. Credits replenish automatically on the anniversary of your delivery or known ownership transfer. Unused credits do not rollover to the next year and you can view your vehicle’s Supercharger credit status by logging into your Tesla Account.

Tesla Model 3 from the start was sold without any free Supercharging, so now all three models are equal in this regard.

The cost of charging is comparable to electricity costs, which is still less than in the case of other fast charging networks. In California it’s $0.26/kWh. Depending on state or country, the amount varies and is calculated per kWh or minute (if a particular market causes issues with how electricity is sold).

Source: Tesla via Electrek

Source: Electric Vehicle News

VW CEO Says Automaker Will Make Electric Cars Mainstream

Production secured for 50 million BEVs.

Volkswagen‘s CEO Herbert Diess said that the company will help electric cars go mainstream using its new MEB platform, which is developed for the mass market.

Currently, Volkswagen is at #8 among automotive groups, at a volume 2.5-times lower than Tesla in regards to plug-in electric vehicle production, but Diess believes that will change.

The new MEB platform is expected to lower the price of EVs by 40%, while at the same time doubling the range and increasing interior space.

“We will be aggressive on the pricing. We will be much lower than Tesla, but we have all the huge economies of scale and the car is specifically designed now.”

Another strong point for VW is that they are big in China, which accounts for about half of the global plug-in car market.

With several mainstream brands around the world and production plants all over the globe, as well as placed orders for batteries from CATL, LG Chem and Samsung SDI, Volkswagen feels confident that it will be the automaker to take electric vehicles mainstream.

Source: Automotive News

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Daimler says progress on electric trucks faster than expected

Daimler is one of several companies, including major OEMs and startups, working on electric trucks. At the American Trucking Association’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition, Roger Nielsen, CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, told journalists that the company’s development of electric trucks is happening “at a greater speed than expected.”

Just before the conference, Daimler met with some 30 customers who are testing the company’s electric trucks. In June, Daimler unveiled the all-electric Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty and Freightliner eM2 medium-duty models. In September, Daimler led a $155 million investment in electric bus manufacturer Proterra. More recently, the two companies announced a collaboration on an electric school bus. Nielsen said he had recently tested the bus, nicknamed Jouley, and was impressed by its 0-60 acceleration.

Responding to a question about competition from Tesla’s electric Semi, Nielsen said, “The best battery solution is going to win. It’s all about energy consumption.” He predicted Daimler would have the “highest number” of commercial EVs on the market in 2020.

Nielsen said the recent meeting with customers convinced him that they want an electric vehicle that’s not too different from the legacy models their drivers are familiar with. Daimler’s Freightliner offers “a smooth transition from a diesel-powered truck to an electric-powered truck,” he said.

Nielsen also said that a new research center devoted to automated driving is up and running, and the company is “hiring a lot of folks.” He believes Level 4 automation will offer a “positive business case,” but doesn’t see human drivers becoming obsolete any time soon.


Source: FleetOwner

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine