Watch Hidden Camera Capture Tesla Emissions Prank: Video

Say what? A Tesla with emissions. Is it hiding a dirty little secret?

We were led to believe that all Teslas were zero-emission. But, as it turns out, that’s not entirely true anymore.

One of Tesla’s latest over-the-air software updates brought with it a new emissions features. Now, a Tesla Model S, Model X and even a Model 3 can emit.

It’s not quite coal-rolling type stuff though. Or Dieselgate either. Rather, it’s a more comical type of emissions. One that doesn’t harm the environment, nor endanger the planet. But it might make one shy away from a Tesla in fear of being pranked. Fortunately, no smell, smoke or other form of foulness comes attached to this emissions.

Watch as hidden cameras capture this funny Tesla emissions prank. It’s not quite as humorous as that failed attempt to gas up a Tesla though.

Video description:

I test out the latest Tesla easter egg on the family.

Watch as I use a hidden camera and latest Tesla Emissions Testing easter egg app to emit farts in the car.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Seasons Greetings And Merry Christmas Electric Car Fans

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE TESLA FAMILY AROUND THE WORLD!

Seasons greetings… and Merry Christmas to all those in the EV community! Hopefully, you’ve been treated to some great gifts under the Christmas tree this morning. Our Tesla family is gathered together as well enjoying a sunny holiday morning here in South Florida. Whether you received a nerdy Christmas sweater or a dorky dreidel (yeah, I got one) this holiday season, let’s face it — what you really wanted was something for your Tesla.

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

Above: A Tesla holiday shout-out (Instagram: honey_fay)

We know what you were really hoping for — a 2020 Tesla Roadster, now! Or, if you’re already a Tesla owner, a software update beamed to you with full self-driving capabilities. Or, even better — a new Supercharger station minutes from your house. But, no dice. Well… there are some merry things you can do to treat your Tesla. For one, you can spoil your Tesla with a soapy car wash. Then, snap some holiday family photos with your Model S, 3, or X afterwards — it is a member of your family after all. Or, perhaps… you can get a few fun accessories for it.

Above: A special thank you to Elon Musk and the entire staff at Tesla for making the best cars on — and for — the planet (Reddit: taure)

Okay… what’s the ultimate Tesla gift? Maybe it’s time to head over to your local Tesla store and buy your loved one their own Tesla! Check out this classic Christmas ad from the “Electric Vehicle Association of America” that appeared in 1912. The ad says that the, “cost of an Electric is decidedly moderate when you consider its lasting, satisfactory service. Maintenance expense and cost of power is far lower than that for other types of cars. Before you buy any car – consider the Electric.” Indeed, some things never change.

Above: Christmas ad from the “Electric Vehicle Association of America” that ran in the American Journal of Surgery back in 1912 (Source: Plugin Sites)

In any event, we wanted to send a message of peace and blessings to all those across the entire Tesla family worldwide. Thanks for your continuing support, we’re looking forward to an exciting 2019! Looking back at our amazing experience with the Model 3 already this year, we’re forecasting 2019 as the breakthrough year for Elon Musk and the team. We look forward to keeping you updated on all the exciting progress at Tesla.

*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.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Winter Driving Kills Hyundai Kona Electric Efficiency: Video

Solving the EV range & efficiency puzzle isn’t easy.

Though the EPA rates electric cars quite accurately, the lab can’t account for all conditions. Nor does it try to.

Therefore, as winter sets in, we like to turn to these anecdotal stories for a better gauge of expectations.

In this particular example, a Hyundai Kona Electric is tested in the cold and the results are as expected. Both range and efficiency drop off as the temperatures drop.

What’s unique in this video is that it examines the power draw of electronics and comfort features of the car. So, we’re not really looking at the power draw from driving. Instead, this clip examines those other items that are often used to keep you warm & toasty.

Check out the video above for more of the Kona Electric’s efficiency drop in the winter.

Be sure to check out our in-depth piece on the Kona Electric’s thermal management system here.

Video description:

Merry Christmas!

Finally edited this video with a day to spare before Christmas.

I was curious why the efficiency during winter isn’t as good as summer so wanted to quantify the KW usage of the various electronics and comfort features in the car.

This isn’t a conclusive test as to start with the delay in updating the display is unexplained as is the components using the default 200 to 300 watts of energy.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Extends Length Of Free Supercharging If You Buy Without Test Drive

In addition, the referral program is again extended.

It now runs through at least March 11, 2019.

But the bigger news is on the Supercharging front. Or rather, the length of free Supercharging.

If you order a Tesla Model S, X or 3 through referral without first taking a test drive, then you can get up to 9 months of free Supercharging. If you opt for the test drive first, then it’s just 6 months.

This may seem a bit odd, but in the case of the Tesla Model 3, there aren’t many test drive cars available. So, in essence, Tesla is saying here’s a perk for buying without driving. Or you could try to line up a test drive, but what’s the point? It seems anyone who drives the car buys it, so you might as well get that 3-month of extra free Supercharging perk.

You can find full details on the newest referral round in the release from Tesla below.

Referral Program


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Video: Everything That’s Wrong With This New Tesla Model 3

No car is perfect, right?

It’s long been known that the Tesla Model 3 suffered from some occasional build quality issues. But that was in the past, right?

Well, perhaps not.

Even though Tesla is now out of Model 3 production hell, it seems some build quality issues still plague select Model 3. The issues range from minor paint scratches on up to misaligned panel gaps. Yep, those panel gaps still seem to be a problem.

A short while back, we posted video of Engineering Explained taking delivery of a Tesla Model 3. Well, here’s the next follow-up.  This is sure to be a long series of Model 3 clips from the excellent YouTube channel. So, stay tuned for even more to come.

Video description:

A detailed look at the build quality issues with my mid-range Tesla Model 3. Includes exterior scratches, paint quality issues, panel gaps, and panel placement.

What quality issues did my Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range arrive with? It’s been heavily reported that while Tesla has been ramping up the production quantity of Tesla Model 3s. The quality of the builds is not fully there.

In this video we’ll look at all of the various paint scratches on my Model 3, paint defects, and also the mismatching panel gaps on each side of the vehicle. As a control, we’ll also look at the panel gaps on my Subaru Crosstrek (a vehicle that cost 1/2 the price), and see how the panel gaps compare to the Tesla at the exact same locations.

All of the issues shown in this video are from how the car arrived at my house. I took delivery on November 29th, and the car went straight into my garage at 22 miles on the odometer for this video to be filmed. I had not yet driven the car before filming this video, except from taking it from the delivery truck and placing it into my garage, several hundred feet of travel.

Are the flaws I show worth mentioning, or am I simply being petty? Feel free to let me know how you feel in the comments.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla extends referral program with new incentive to buy without a test drive

Just a week after extending the program through the end of the year, Tesla has again lengthened the duration of the program until March 11. The details stay mostly the same as ever – owners can provide a referral code to new buyers, and each party gets a perk for using it.  Buyers get 6 months of free supercharging and owners get escalating rewards based on how many referrals they’ve made.

But starting today, buyers can also gain an additional 3 months of free supercharging “if they order without ever having taken a test drive” with Tesla.

more…

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Source: Charge Forward

Delhi Would Like To Achieve 25% Electric Car Penetration By 2023

Delhi will give example to the whole of India

Delhi, the capital of India, is trying to do something with its air pollution, which according to WHO survey of 1,600 world cities, is the worst of any major city in the world (see Wikipedia).

The new Draft Delhi EV Policy 2018 envisions support of vehicle electrification for the next five years and achieve 25% BEVs in the city by 2023. After a 30-day consideration period (December 27, 2018) final policy to be announced.

Delhi will promote only all-electric vehicles, two-wheelers, cars, and buses, as well as the charging infrastructure project, which at a population of some 17 million (over 26 million in the metro area) should translate into volume EV projects. Just imagine that at least 1,000 electric buses to be ordered by the end of 2019 (50% of the fleet to be BEVs by 2023).

In the case of two-wheelers, owners will get some cash for scrapping and deregistering their old gasoline bikes, as well as incentives to purchase EV. Delhi will support also electrification of shared transport.

“The policy further encourages the usage of electric rickshaws, three wheeler goods carriers, app-based e-autos and e-cabs. For all for short first and last mile connectivity trips on e-cab/e-auto rides taken through an app-based aggregator, GNCTD plans to offer ‘cash back’ rebates. These rebates will be capped at a maximum of 20% of the trip cost and an absolute value of ₹10 per ride.

“The objective of the rebate will be to make an e-cab/e-auto ride at least 10-20% cheaper than an equivalent ride in an ICE cab/auto,” the report said.”

On the other hand, additional road taxes will be levied on diesel and petrol vehicles. Highest taxes will fall on high-end models. There will be also a congestion fee for non-BEVs.

The plan envisions 100% subsidy (up to INR 30,000) for the first 10,000 points (residential or non-residential).

Annexure 1 – Summary of incentives available for various classes of EVs

See Draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 here.

Source: inc42.com


Source: Electric Vehicle News

CATL Signs Battery Venture Deal With Volvo Owner Geely

World leader in batteries teams with giant Geely.

Zhejiang Jirun Automobile, a subsidiary of Geely Auto, and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd.(CATL) will set up a joint venture for the research and development, manufacturing and sales of batteries, battery modules and battery packs to enhance their core competence and the ability of sustainable development, both companies said on December 20.

According to the statement, the joint venture will be named CATL Geely Power Battery Co. Ltd, and the registered capital of the new joint venture will be RMB1 billion.  CATL holds a 51% stake of the joint venture while the automaker owns the rest stake. Geely expects the new company will help with the stable supply of key components in electric vehicles. Both parties will enjoy complementary advantages and integrate sources to make preparation for the “post-subsidies era” in new energy vehicle segment.

Geely has around 300 patents in new energy core technologies and has formed an integrated industry supply chain in new energy vehicle segment. The cooperation with CATL will offer strong system support for the implementation of its new energy vehicle strategy.

In November, Geely Auto’s new energy vehicle sales surpassed 10,000 units, up 31% month on month. By 2020, the automaker will launch nearly 40 new energy vehicle models with competitive prices and outstanding performance.

Up to now, CATL has entered into partnership with many global automakers, such as BMW, VW, Daimler, and Jaguar Land Rover. It also has formed joint ventures with several local Chinese automakers, including GAC Group and SAIC Motor.

Source: Gasgoo


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Living With A Renault Twizy In Central London: Video

It’s possible, but you need to accept specific limitations.

Seen Through Glass shares its thoughts on what it’s like to live with a Renault Twizy in Central London.

The tiny French EV was called an electric go-kart, which performs best in a hot climate (in base version, there are no windows, doors, heating or radio). So, how one could live with it in London during November and December?

Well, by equipping Twizy with doors and windows, the driver probably will not get wet. The ride still will be hard because of the suspension. The list of drawbacks includes seating, space for tall people, visibility (A-pillar) and no security for things inside (on the rear seat).

However, the Twizy is easy to drive and maneuver, as well as very affordable compared to full-size EVs. The acceleration is brisk too and the range seems to be enough for average use.

The biggest advantage seems to be exemptions from fees (Congestion Charge is £11.5 per day). Combined with fees for older cars, the cost of driving in central London could be £26 per day, on top of parking and fuel. If you can’t use public transport, the Twizy could be a solution.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Attack Mode Is Exactly What Formula E Needed

Audi team principal Allan McNish reckons ABB FIA Formula E’s attack mode concept provided the “mix-up” the series needed on its on-track debut at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix.

The system, which raises power levels from 200kW to 225kW for set periods of time after drivers have travelled through an off-line zone, was used for the first time during last weekend’s 2018/19 season opener in Saudi Arabia.

McNish, who’s drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi rose from 12th and 18th on the grid to finish eighth and ninth on what turned out to be a disappointing day for the reigning FE teams’ champion squad, said that “from a racing perspective it was quite interesting”.

“Watching when [drivers] used it, people were actually getting overtaken then having to fight back and things like that,” he told Motorsport.com.

“So it does create a little bit of a mix-up, which is ultimately what Formula E were looking for.

“That’s never a bad thing because I do believe that overtaking is a skillset a driver needs to have and so therefore we saw some guys doing some pretty strong overtaking manoeuvres.

“[Venturi driver and FE rookie] Felipe Massa one of them, he was getting quite robust. He’s 37 years old he wants to keep it cool!

“But it did offer up those sorts of opportunities, so it’s something that I think we can develop as we go on, with the other side of it [was that] it was quite clear you could follow closely again.

“There are parts of it where the racing’s still robust, still quite elbowy, and that’s not a bad thing.”

Following the Ad Diriyah race, FE CEO Alejandro Agag said that increased power is among the minor changes the championship is considering making to the attack mode system.


Source: Electric Vehicle News