Should classic cars be converted to electric power? Twitter poll results

Jaguar E-Type ZeroGreen Car Reports readers sometimes leave themselves open to having extreme viewpoints. Such were the results of last week’s Twitter poll, when we asked: “Should classic cars be converted to electric power?” We asked the question following what seemed like a rash of announcements of people doing exactly that, from established automakers to…
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Mercedes EQC To Be Followed By 9 M-B Electric Cars In 4 Years

By 2022, Daimler will launch 10 EQ BEVs.

The first model in the technology brand Mercedes-Benz EQ is the Mercedes-Benz EQC. In four years, by 2022, the German manufacturer would like to offer 10 all-electric EQ models and 50 electrified (hybrids and plug-in hybrids).

The starting point is the SUV, which is the right market perspective move for now (growing sales of SUVs and higher margins makes it easier to hide costs) and from a technical point of view (more space and elevated position), it’s easier to go long-range electric. However, an important part of the EQ lineup will be sedans/saloons.

Here is the list of the EQ that were confirmed or expected, unofficially:

  1. Mercedes-Benz EQC (SUV)
  2. Mercedes-Benz EQA (compact hatchback)
  3. Mercedes-Benz EQB (small SUV/crossover)
  4. Mercedes-Benz EQS flagship saloon
  5. smart fortwo EQ
  6. smart fortwo cabriolet EQ
  7. smart forfour EQ
  8. V-Class Vito EQ (passenger version),
  9. speculation: EQA-based saloon (would be strong in the Chinese market)
  10. unknown

Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche said:

“With those 10 vehicles, we cover 60% of our relevant segments.” He said that any future vehicles could address the remaining 40%, depending on demand.”

“More broadly, Zetsche said that in the future, as electric car sales ramp up, it might be that Mercedes drops the EQ brand and instead there would just be EQ versions of its other key lines: Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and standard Mercedes cars.”

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Tesla lifts restriction on ending Model S/X leases early if you get a new car by the end of the quarter

With the end of the quarter approaching, Tesla is pulling on a new demand lever to help sell Model S and Model X vehicles.

Electrek has learned that the automaker has lifted its restriction on ending Model S and Model X leases early if the lessee gets a new car by the end of the quarter. more…


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Touchscreen Hater’s Guide To The Tesla Model 3

The Drive tries to navigate the Model 3’s information screen

Automotive journalists are an odd breed. Most are set in their ways, rarely open to sudden change. In turn, sometimes, objectivity (unfortunately) gives way to brand preference, personal opinion or simply to the heat of the moment. However, for some publications – like The Drive – objective news reporting, albeit, with a bit of a personal touch, is the key to their overall success.

So, when the duo consisting of  Mike Spinelli and Alex Roy, the executive producer and editor-at-large of the publication, respectively, ventured into a detailed rundown of the Model 3’s infotainment screen, we were sure to expect a well-educated and entertaining video. To say the least.

The Tesla Model 3 doesn’t come with any sort of gauges or infotainment screens right in front of the driver. The vehicle does away with any dashboard switchgear. In turn, that means that all mission-critical information, data or switches, need to be controlled through a center-console touchscreen. And that might prove to be difficult for some rather set-in-their-ways automotive journalists. Furthermore, the Model 3’s was reportedly among the most distracting of 30 new vehicles tested.

Without a doubt, for someone that never spent any real time behind the wheel of a Tesla, that might prove to be a problem. However, the Model 3 is quite easy to drive and in most cases, the busy and rather cluttered switches, levers and buttons found on most cars of today, might become a thing of the past. Just as it happened with smartphones. Just as it happened with pretty much every modern appliance we have these days. The idea is to declutter and stop taking away the concentration from the driver. But, does it actually work? Can die-hard touchscreen haters come to like it?

No doubt, giving up my beloved, janky analog switches would be difficult to fathom, and those wacky Tesla “easter eggs” seem frivolous (is that Mac Paint in there?). At least Alex is sympathetic to my plight, and can explain the functions in a way even I, a cretin, can understand.

For Mike Spinelli, that might be hard to achieve. After all, his daily driver is switch and button happy 15-year-old Jaguar. And that car is more known more for the 2002-era Motorola StarTac mounted in its console than it is for cutting-edge telematics. For Alex Roy, the experience inside a Tesla Model 3 by a coast-to-coast road trip, makes him a well-versed individual in the Model 3’s horizontally oriented, 15-inch touchscreen. Can a touchscreen hater finally welcome the Model 3’s touchscreen? Find out in the video below.

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Mercedes-Benz EQC Battery, Powertrain & Range Explained: Video

Here we present a more technical view of the Mercedes-Benz EQC

The Mercedes-Benz EQC was already unveiled, so we can now take a look at the specs and see what’s up with the first EQ model.

First of all, the EQC inherits from the GLC, so the German manufacturer was limited to a non-ground-up build. Regardless, Mercedes-Benz did all that was possible to adopt the skateboard design with two motors – one at each axle – and battery packs between the axles. The front trunk wasn’t able to emerge though.

Mercedes-Benz EQC went with two asynchronous (induction) motors. The total system output stands at 300 kW and 765 Nm of torque. The front motor is optimized for the best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism.

Acceleration for car that weights 2,425 kg is 5.1 seconds (0-100 km/h) or 4.9 seconds (0-60 mph). The top speed is limited to 112 mph (180 km/h).

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

Now, let’s check the battery. The battery is 80 kWh, which sounds decent, but somehow the range of around 200 miles (320 km) doesn’t. There are no official results, so perhaps we can have hope for more, but as the NEDC value is 280 miles (450 km), we think 222 miles EPA (up to 360 km) in the real world is possible.

The official press release contains an NEDC efficiency number of 22.2 kWh per 100 km (62 miles), which is quite high we think. The question now is why?

The battery is liquid cooled. The weight of the entire pack is around 650 kg, so 123 Wh/kg.

The battery consists of 384 cells – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC battery

The weak point of the EQC, especially in Europe, is the on-board charger – single-phase 7.4 kW, which needs 11 hours for the full charge. There should be at least an 11 kW three-phase charger in Europe to make it suitable for the grid, but there is no word on such a charger being made available.

On the other hand, the DC fast charging at 110 kW – 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%) – sounds reasonable. There is no big splash here, but it does the job.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

Whether or not the Mercedes-Benz EQC will outsell the Tesla Model X 75D/100D, Jaguar I-PACE or Audi e-tron (not unveiled yet) is in the hands of consumers, but for sure there will be plenty of choices in the high-end SUV segment.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC preliminary specs

  • dual motor (asynchronous), all-wheel drive
  • system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds)
  • top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
  • 80 kWh battery (384 cells – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • up to 200 miles (320 km) of all-electric range (prelim est.) or over 280 miles (450 km) under NEDC
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) in 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%)
  • AC on-board charger – 7.4 kW
  • towing capability – 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs)


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Hyundai Releases New Kona Electric Commercials

Check out these fresh 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric ads, plus a product highlights video.

While it’s off to a very slow start, we’re beginning to see occasional electric car commercials on television. The Electrify America “Jetstones” ad has been getting plenty of airplay lately, but Volkswagen is only producing these brand-neutral ads as part of its mandated commitment to promoting EV adoption.

Generally, most OEMs just don’t spend money advertising their EVs, which makes perfect sense since their gas-powered vehicles return a much larger profit margin. It’s still not the best business plan if they’re preparing for the future. Tesla doesn’t advertise in the traditional sense, but the company remains in the media due to its unique and disruptive nature, outspoken CEO, and massive social media presence. Now, Hyundai is taking a step forward by producing and releasing commercials about its all-new Kona Electric.

Below is another recent commercial about the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric:

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Hyundai also released this product highlights video:

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Ciao, Bella! Here Comes the Vespa Elettrica

Piaggio’s long-promised electric Vespa is finally hitting the production line in September 2018

There’s a charm to riding on a Vespa—make the road you’re on an Italian one and you become part of the mother of all clichés. From the quirky manual transmission—all the clutching and shifting happens with the left hand—to the premixed miscela, a cocktail of oil and gas, the Vespa has always been a bit of a living dinosaur. Vespas aren’t quite like that anymore, though. They now feature a fancy CVT and the oil doesn’t have to be mixed in with the gas. Now, this upcoming September, the Vespa is taking yet another step into modern days with the introduction of its electric variation for a clash of modern and old school.

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The Vespa Elettrica is just around the corner. In fact, true to the timeline it established at last year’s EICMA, Piaggio has confirmed that the e-Vespa is on track to hit production in September. Potential buyers will be able to reserve theirs as early as October. In the U.S., the calendars will have to turn over to 2019 before this variation of the Vespa hits the showrooms.

Classic lines and an electric motor. What's not to love?
Classic lines and an electric motor. What’s not to love?

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Piaggio has worked hard to make its old lady Vespa extra smart and connected. Not only will it receive the company’s first ride-to-rider connectivity technology, but Piaggio expects to be able to eventually make the Vespa able to communicate with other artificial intelligence systems, including the Gita’s, Piaggio’s little sidekick, bag-carrying robot. The future Vespa will provide the rider with a flight of information it will harvest from other connected vehicles and infrastructures.

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Until then, we get a first peek at what Piaggio has in mind for the future with the 2019 Vespa Elettrica. Performance numbers should compare to those of the 50cc, except for torque: the 2 kW electric motor will produce a healthy 148 lb-ft of torque. The lithium battery is rated for a decent 60 miles range and will take up to 4 hours to charge. The technology will, however, come at a price. Though no official number has been announced yet, Piaggio confirms that the Vespa Elettrica will rub shoulders with the high-end, more expensive models in the family.

The Elettrica will have a snazzy 4.3-inch TFT screen with a host of multi-media options.
The Elettrica will have a snazzy 4.3-inch TFT screen with a host of multi-media options.

Sources: electrek


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Rebates for up to 80% of the cost of installing DC fast chargers available in Southern California

California aims to have 5 million EVs on its roads by 2030 and to install 250,000 charging stations to support those vehicles.

The latest installment in this ongoing story is the Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP), which will make $29 million in rebates available DC fast charging stations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

SCIP is currently accepting applications from eligible businesses and public entities for rebates of up to $70,000 per DC fast charger or 75% of the total installation project’s cost, whichever is less. Rebates of up to $80,000, or 80% of total costs, are available in designated disadvantaged communities. Eligible SCIP applicants can apply for multiple charger rebates.

 

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