Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 Spotted In The Wild: Video

This one is black.

A car enthusiast comes across a Mercedes-Benz EQC prototype in Stuttgart. It’s one of the black ones, which we saw previously in motion.

With silver elements and black wheels, it looks pretty cool, but it’s of course just a prototype with some details covered with tape.

Market launch is scheduled for 2019 with two production sites (first in Bremen, Germany and in 2019 also in Beijing, China). U.S. sales should start in 2020.

Range of the EQC is expected to be well above 200 miles (320 km), but it’s not yet know what the exact figures will be.

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)
  • more than 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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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Formula E Will Not Award Best Efficiency Point This Season

Formula E will not award a point to the most efficient driver in each race of the 2018/19 championship, has learned.

The series had evaluated replacing the current point available for setting the fastest lap with one to reward for the driver in the top five positions who used the least amount of energy in a race.

But it is understood that this was rejected by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council and the points format used in season four – only drivers in the top 10 can score the fastest lap point – will remain.

“It was a concept that got proposed,” BMW Andretti team principal and FE Sporting Working Group member Roger Griffiths explained to

It got announced prematurely [but the idea] was an outcome of an SWG meeting. But then when it went to either the Formula E committee or the World Council it got rejected.

“It’s a nice idea but once you start to think through the challenges, is it the right thing to say ‘well I finished fifth [and] I was the most efficient car, but I wasn’t going as fast as the guy that finished first’.

“It was just a little bit weird – it was one of those things that needed more thought.”

In its first two seasons, FE awarded two points for the driver setting the fastest lap, but this was reduced to one for season three.

Griffiths described how the SWG is evaluating ways to reintroduce that extra point, adding that “It would be really good if we could find something that we could have another story about – [fast lap with attack mode] was one of the suggestions, most overtakes etc”.

“We’re actually in a situation where we have a missing point,” he continued.

“We had two points for fastest lap and then we had all those situations where people were pitting with an issue or whatever – [they’d] make it back to the pits, reset the car and then had no chance of finishing in the top 10 but could set the fastest lap and get two points.

“That was actually more points than finishing 10th – so in the end they docked it so it only got one point for fastest lap and one point for 10th place.

“But that point never got reassigned and there’s prize money associated with points so there is an amount of money floating around.

“So we’ve been debating what to do with that point. We haven’t had it for the last [two] years and now we’re talking about bringing it back and how we should best use it.

“Let’s doing something that you’ve actually got concrete data for.

“Like in football you’ve got man of the match but that’s sort of decided by the commentary crew and is very subjective.

“We thought about things on social media [too] but then we’ve seen the challenges with fanboost. We don’t have an answer yet, but it’s just the kind of things we debate.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

BMW says 85 percent of cars will still have engines in 2030

BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4Once a leader in electric cars, BMW now says it expects 85 percent of its cars still to have internal combustion engines by 2030. Speaking to Australian reporters for GoAuto at the Paris auto show earlier in October, BMW board member for development Klaus Froehlich said, “A very optimistic scenario says 30 per cent of BMWs will be pure…
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Updates On The First Boring Tunnel: Opens December 10

We were about due for another Boring story and Tesla CEO Elon Musk helped us out.

From time to time, Musk updates us progress of his Boring Company, however, this may be the first time he’s provided an actual date. Musk is notorious for teasing and even announcing updates and upcoming products on Twitter. He often provides loose timelines as well, which we’ve learned can either be spot-on, miles off, or somewhere in between. Nonetheless, it’s not that common for him to provide an actual date.

In this case, Musk’s initial tweet was rather vague, but within a minute he replied to it with the December 10th clarification:

We’ve only seen images of the “rough” tunnel, along with computer generated models of various concepts. The first reply to Musk’s tweet shows a concept of what a really cool tunnel could look like. Interestingly, he says that this is actually pretty close:

Aside from the above, we don’t have any more concrete information to share as of yet. We assume this is in reference to the tunnel near the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA (in southwestern Los Angeles County). Now that there’s a date out there, we look forward to more reporting on this next step in the near future.

While the concept seems to keep changing, and we have no idea what will really come of The Boring Company’s plans — added to the fact that naysayers have been quick to discount the company’s plans and efforts entirely — progress has been continual and impressive. We are certainly excited to learn what the future may bring.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Gigafactory 3: land grading started at the site, Tesla reportedly secures loan to start building

A few days after announcing it secured a 210-acre piece of land for Gigafactory 3 in China, Tesla has reportedly also secured a loan to start building as land grading started at the site of the factory. more…

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Another Look At Tesla Model 3 Mid Range Powertrain And Gross Margin

We dive deeper into the potential powertrain and profit analysis surrounding the all-new mid-range Tesla Model 3.

We’ve had two very good articles on the Tesla Model 3 powertrain and implications on gross margin. Both are based on an analysis by Troy at Teslike (articles here and here).

In those article Troy predicts the size of the battery pack in Model 3 mid range and calculates its effect on gross margin. He predicts a slight reduction in gross margin based on his estimate of the mid range’s battery pack size.

Our results are slightly different. We think Tesla has reduced the pack size more than Troy’s prediction. We also think the mid range’s rear drive unit is lower power than the long-range drive unit. There are secondary savings as well in wiring sizes.

We are predicting a battery size of around 61 kWh usable and a rear drive unit with a horsepower closer the short range’s hp (220 hp).  Therefore, our cost savings associated with going to the mid-range version are slightly higher than Teslike’s prediction.

Our battery is predicted to be approximately 61 kWh usable with a cell count of 3446 cells (vs 4416 in the LR). Seems low? Remember that there is an extra margin in the LR battery pack. Tesla intentionally lowered the range on the long-range version from 334 miles (ref) to 310 miles. In the mid-range version, we are predicting they will eliminate that margin. There are also some secondary effects that result in a pack being slightly smaller: less weight due to the smaller pack increases range, less margin needed since there is no AWD mid-range version.  The mid-range version pack estimate is 17.3 usable kWh’s less than the long-range version and at 115$/kWh that results in a lower cell cost to Tesla of 1990$.

But, the battery is not the only savings in the mid-range version. We estimate the new mid-range motor to have 220 HP (reduced from 271 HP in the long range version). Why such a big reduction? … Slower acceleration and a gear ratio change to help acceleration times since the top speed is lower in the mid-range version.

In addition to the savings in the battery and the motor/inverter, there will be savings in wiring as well due to lower currents.

So, Tesla has dropped the price of the mid-range version $4,000, but they have reduced the cell cost by around $2,000 and moved to a smaller motor, inverter, and wiring (based on our estimate). This should push the cost savings close to $4,000.

*This article was a team effort between the author and Keith Ritter.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Zinc air battery project claims $100/kwh cost, could be headed to vehicles

NantEnergy batteries with solar arrayUntil now, solid-state lithium-ion cells have been the likely path forward for battery technology, potentially finding their way into some production vehicles by 2025. But one other battery possibility is increasingly looking viable for the near future: zinc-air. The firm NantEnergy has made some new and exceptional claims about its latest zinc…
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September 2018 Bring New Sales Record For Plug-In Electric Cars In China

China enters six-digits with a sales run in September.

In September, some 104,900 plug-in electric cars were sold in China, which is 66% more than a year ago. It never was better (the previous record was 102,635 in December 2018), and as sales usually increase in the fall of each year, it’s just the foundation for more six-digit results in the following months.

Because overall car sales decreased by 12%, plug-in share went through the roof to 5.2% (a new high).

During the first nine months of 2018, some 649,356 plug-in electric cars were sold in China at an average 3.3% market share.

The biggest brand in the New Energy Car segment is BYD with 19%, while foreign brands all together take just 6% (including 2% Tesla and 2% BMW).

The best-selling model in September was BYD Tang, which set its own new record (6,019) and was the top choice also in August. The Tang plug-in hybrid is available with 20 kWh or 24 kWh battery, which is quite decent for a PHEV.

The next four places for the month were BEVs: Chery eQ (5,310), BYD Yuan (5,008), Hawtai EV160 (4,780) and JAC iEV S/E (4,621).

YTD ranking leader BAIC EC-Series noted 3,943 sales – which means it keeps improving although still far from its best of times.

Tesla apparently sold less than 200 Model X, while the NIO 1,766 ES8. BMW managed to sell 2,216 530e.

Plug-in electric car sales in China – September 2018

Source: EV Sales Blog

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Tesla Model 3 Dashcam Captures Road Rage Incident

Feast your eyes on this crazy display of complete nonsense and stupidity.

If not just because we felt compelled to share and remind people what type of ridiculousness is happening on the roads today, this is another opportunity to provide a solid example of the new Tesla Model 3 dashcam (TeslaCam). Today, dashcam’s are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. In the world we live in, it seems just about everything is caught on tape, and while that may not be the best situation in certain cases, being able to provide footage of incidents that occur on the road is surely a positive.

Few cars have built-in dashcams, but we’re likely to see that changing in the near future. The Tesla Model 3 (and all Tesla vehicles) now have an inclusive dashcam that comes standard as part of the recent Version 9 software update. If you don’t own a Tesla or a car that has a dashcam, we suggest picking up an aftermarket product if you can afford it and if you believe that it may be an asset based on your driving situation.

Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Video Description via Michael Wilson on YouTube:

I literally just got my Model 3 set up with the dash cam feature and captured this. The cuts are because Tesla keeps the videos in 1 minute segments. I probably could have got this smoother, but I’m no video editor.

This happened on 32 West in Columbia, MD.

Brief timeline:

0:32 – White SUV cuts off black SUV
0:40 – Black SUV gets pissed, pulls in front of white SUV and comes to a complete stop
0:55 – Having not noticed these previous events, I assume the black SUV is disabled
1:05 – I think the black SUV is pulling over to get out of traffic
1:10 – I start to realize something is amiss. I just let them do their thing.
1:30 – I vacillate between trying to get close enough to capture this for possible police involvement and trying not to get involved myself.
1:42 – White SUV finally overtakes black SUV.
1:55 – Black SUV overtakes white SUV again.
2:03 – Black SUV maybe hits/side swipes the white SUV, who is now off of the side of the highway.
2:33 – Black SUV almost runs the white SUV into the guide rail.
2:44 – White SUV overtakes and both cars pull off onto the shoulder. I had moved into their lane in hopes of getting their license plates. Looks like I did earlier in the video, but I didn’t know that at the time.

A few seconds later I call police.

Source: Electric Vehicle News