Tesla implements innovative way to avoid gas cars ‘Icing’ Superchargers

Following several issues at Supercharger stations where gas-powered cars were blocking access, Tesla is now implementing an innovative way to avoid ‘Icing’ Superchargers and make sure the spots are always ready for Tesla vehicles. more…

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Travel Retail Norway Places Order For Tesla Semi

Many companies have the utmost faith in Tesla, as reservations continue to come in for its electric semi.

Naysayers, shorters, and haters aside, it’s obvious that many people have plenty of faith in Tesla. Far prior to its all-electric semi going into production or coming to fruition, many orders continue to come in.

It comes as no surprise that a company in Norway would get onboard with a Tesla Semi pre-order. As we’ve continued to share, Norway is a major hub for EVs in general.

Tesla has plans to begin production of its semi by the end of this year. However, those that follow the segment know that it may be another year or two before this actually happens. Moreover, it may be another year on top of that before the Silicon Valley automaker can come to terms with securing all the mounting deliveries.

Will the Tesla Semi even come to be? We have asked that question repeatedly. But, even if it was originally a figment of CEO Elon Musk’s imagination, with all this increasing interest and all these continuing orders, Tesla would be silly to call it quits on the project. Not to mention the company has incredible, working concepts at large.

Let’s add Travel Retail Norway to the growing list of interested candidates. It’s a company that handles duty-free stores at Norway’s five most substantial airports. The company’s lead communication manager —  Haakon Dagestad — said in a press release this week (via Electrek):

In many areas, we will help to make tax-free sustainable. That’s why we work with different solutions to transport goods from all over the world to Norway in the most environmentally friendly way. Tesla Semi is one of the measures.

Our warehouse is already electrified with a solar panel, so now the road from the warehouse to the shops will be electrified too. If we charged the trucks with renewable energy, it will have a very positive effect, both on climate and local pollution.

If all plays out as planned, Travel Retail Norway will be the first company to move items from other European countries to Norway via all-electric transport. Sadly, the company says it has no clue when it will get its Tesla Semi. Nonetheless, the order stands and it’s on its way to emissions-free transport.

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Nissan IMs Concept Debuts As Sleek 380-Mile Electric Sport Sedan

Nissan estimates the concept could go 380 miles on a charge, thanks to a 115-kilowatt-hour battery

Nissan attempts to create a new segment that it calls an “elevated sports sedan” with the unveiling of the IMs Concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The idea combines the higher ride of a crossover with the svelte shape of a traditional four-door into a fresh electric vehicle concept.


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Basic Electric Car Specs & Terms Explained

HERE’S DEFINITIONS OF 20 COMMON EV TECHNICAL TERMS.

Many motorists have a difficult time as it is comparing the performance specifications of conventionally powered cars and crossovers. Though some, like horsepower and torque, carry over into the brave new world of electric-powered vehicles, there are several new terms with which you’ll want to at least become familiar when shopping for a new or used battery-powered model.

Here’s a quick look at the terms you’ll commonly encounter with regard to electric vehicles, many of which you’ll find in the extensive (and free) used-EV listings here on MyEV.com.

AMP

Short for ampere, this is a unit of electricity that refers to the steady current produced by one volt applied across a resistance of one ohm.

BATTERY

An essential EV component, this is an electric storage unit in which chemical energy is converted into electricity and used as a source of power. Federal regulations require automakers to cover EV batteries under warranty for at least eight years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first). See also Lithium-Ion Battery.

CHARGING

The process of replenishing an electric vehicle’s battery with electricity; this can either be accomplished at home via a standard wall outlet or a 220-volt line, or via a public or workplace-based charging station.

DC FAST CHARGING

See Level 3 Charging.

EV

Short for “electric vehicle,” it refers to any mode of transportation that uses one or more electric motors powered a rechargeable battery for propulsion. It’s alternatively called BEV, for “battery electric vehicle.”

HORSEPOWER

This is a measurement of an engine or motor’s maximum power output; an electric motor’s output can also be expressed in terms of kilowatts (kW).

ICE

Short for “internal combustion engine,” this acronym describes any vehicle that runs on fossil fuels.

KILOWATT

A measurement of electrical power, usually abbreviated as “kW.” When used to express an electric motor’s maximum output, this is roughly equivalent to 1.34 horsepower.

KWH

Short for “kilowatts per hour,” this is a measurement of electricity that’s equivalent to the amount of energy expended in one hour by one kilowatt of power. An EV’s battery capacity is expressed in terms of kWh. The Environmental Protection Agency uses the number of kilowatts per hour needed to run a vehicle for 100 miles (shortened to “kWh/100 mi”) to express an EV’s energy consumption.

LEVEL 1 CHARGING

The slowest way to charge an electric vehicle, Level 1 charging uses a standard 110-volt wall outlet. Depending on the model it may take between 8-24 hours to fully replenish a drained battery.

LEVEL 2 CHARGING

Level 2 charging, accomplished via a dedicated 240-volt electric circuit like those used for large electric appliances, roughly slashes charging time in half over Level 1 charging. You can have a Level 2 unit installed by a professional electrician at home, and it’s the type of charging used most often in public and workplace charging stations.

LEVEL 3 CHARGING

This is the quickest way to replenish an EV’s battery, though it’s limited to what is still a relative handful of public charging stations. Also called DC Fast Charging, it’s able to bring a depleted battery up to an 80% charge in around a half hour. If you’re taking an extended road with an EV, you’ll want to plan the route around the availability of Level 3 pubic charging stations.

LITHIUM-ION BATTERY

This is a type of high-energy rechargeable battery, used in EVs and other products like laptop computers, that leverages lithium ions as a key component of its electrochemistry.

MPGE

This is a miles-per-gallon equivalent measurement the Environmental Protection Agency created to help consumers compare an electric car’s energy consumption with those that run on fossil fuel. MPGe is calculated based on a conversion factor of 33.705 kilowatt-hours of electricity equaling one gallon of gasoline.

RANGE

The number of miles an EV can travel before the battery becomes fully depleted.

REGENERATIVE BRAKING

A system used in EVs (and hybrid-powered cars) that recovers energy otherwise lost during deceleration and braking and sends it back to the battery pack to help maintain a charge. Some EVs, like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf, can maximize the regenerative braking effect to slow down – and even bring the vehicle to a stop – without using the brakes. This is commonly called “one pedal” driving.

REX

Also called a “range-extended electric vehicle,” this refers to an EV with a small gasoline engine that kicks in to run a generator that, in turn, operates the motor once the battery becomes depleted. At that point the vehicle’s operating range is limited only by the amount of gas in the tank. This effectively eliminates worry over being stranded at the side of the road with a dead battery, which is often called “range anxiety.” The BMW i3 is available as both a pure EV and a REX.

STATE OF CHARGE

Also known by the acronym SOC, it refers to the meter on an EV’s instrument panel that displays the current battery level as a percentage.

TORQUE

Torque is officially defined as the twisting force that causes rotation. It’s the force you feel when you’re pressed into your seat as a vehicle accelerates aggressively. Electric motors deliver 100% of their available torque instantaneously, which enables fast launches and strong passing abilities. Having a higher torque rating otherwise makes an engine or motor with limited horsepower feel quicker.

ZEV

This abbreviation stands for “zero emissions vehicle,” which means it produces no tailpipe emissions. All pure electric vehicles are of the ZEV variety.

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Mercedes-Benz Developing EQB Small Electric SUV

The BEV and PHEV versions of the new Mercedes-Benz GLB are coming

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch a new GLB small SUV (internal codename X247). According to the latest news, it will come in several powertrain options. This includes gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid and all-electric as the Mercedes-Benz EQB. The new model will be directly comparable to the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus NX.

The GLB reveal is expected later this year. The all-electric version probably will be ready no earlier than 2020. It will distinguish itself from conventional versions by details:

“In a move similar to that undertaken with the larger GLC and its electrically powered EQ C sibling, the GLB will provide the basis for the zero-emission EQ B model. It will feature uniquely styled front and rear ends, dedicated wheel designs and other detailed design changes that are said to lower its drag co-efficient below 0.30.

Inside, the dashboard is shared with other new A-Class models. Along with digital instruments, its infotainment system supports Mercedes’ new MBUX operating system, which brings both standard touchscreen and optional speech control.”

The EQB probably will be a long-range (310 miles/500 km), dual motor all-wheel drive model. However, it’s too early to tell for sure.

The plug-in hybrid GLB EQ Power is expected to get up to 62 miles (100 km) of all-electric range, as well as a 2.0L gasoline engine and all-wheel drive (one gearbox-mounted electric motor mounted in the front and second one in the rear in the form of a ZF rear axle). Since the battery will be installed within the floor, trunk capacity should remain on par with gasoline version.

Source: Autocar


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What Does Daimler Trucks CEO Really Think About Tesla Semi?

Does this trucking expert love or hate the Tesla Semi?

Daimler is one of the world’s most prolific truck makers. So, we should truly consider the opinions of its top dog. Daimler Trucks CEO Martin Daum shared his thoughts on the Tesla Semi with Business Insider via (LMTonline) at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Daum was honest to say that he believes the Tesla Semi is “fun.” He also finds Tesla’s competition as a serious concern. However, he’s well aware that Tesla’s entry into the trucking market is likely to be a challenge. The trucking industry for Daimler — and many rivals — is at a global level. While Tesla is a global company, paving a space in that market may prove difficult. Daum shared:

They’re fun [Tesla Semis], it’s an interesting market. We take every competitor seriously, Tesla has proved they really have the tenacity to really go through huge losses to capture the market.

But trucking is a difficult business. They will learn the hard way, trucking is not like passenger cars where one size fits all. There’s a lot of variety in trucking…the United States is a highly competitive market, so as I said, they’re fun.

Daimler sold over a half million trucks in 2018 alone, 176,000 of which it delivered in North America. Daum made it clear that the company will work to continue and increase such efforts, which matches up with the announcements we’ve read and covered as of late. He makes it clear that while Tesla should be seen as a viable competitor, it has much work ahead. He explained:

How do we survive? Because we run a global business. I don’t just look at the 176,000 North American trucks, I look at the more 500,000 trucks we sell worldwide… And that is a unit number you need to survive ultimately. Of all players in the North American market — Volvo, Navistar, in the association with the Volkswagen Group, and Paccar — we all have one big global footprint.

So for Tesla, it is a long way for it to get that. Not making fun of them, we take them seriously. In their niche, they could be successful, but to be ultimately the fifth player in the North American market, it’s a long way and we won’t make it easy for them.

Do you think the Tesla Semi will actually come to be and can secure a driving force in this industry? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: LMTonline


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Geely Teases New GE11 EV: Will Be Sold Globally

Looks sleek in first teasers.

Geely recently revealed a set of photos of its all-new all-electric sedan model code-named GE11. As the automaker’s first BEV model targeting global market, the new model is expected to go on sale in the first quarter this year.

According to the published photos, the GE11 adopts a trendy closed-off grille, which is typically used for all-electric models. Both high beam and dipped headlights are integrated into headlamps. The sleek LED daytime running lights coupled with three paralleled light bars look quite futuristic. Besides, on the hood is a protruding U-shaped line that is able to lower the air resistance by directing air to both sides of the vehicle body, therefore elevate the battery range.

As to the side profile, the GE11 features a fastback design. The smooth waistline stretches from the headlight, door handle to the rear end, visually lengthening the entire body. The new model adopts the “hidden” door handles, which is in tune with the “futuristic” essence of the vehicle.

Moving to the rear end, the GE11 retains the fastback design of coupe with a cleaner look. The ducktail spoiler at the trunk improves the sports sense. In addition, a chrome trim with the “GEELY” lettering in the middle connects taillights on both sides.

The vehicle reportedly measures 4,736mm long, 1,804mm width and 1,503mm tall with a wheelbase length of 2,700mm. Powering the GE11 will be a 130kW electric motor provided by CATL.

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Geely unveils first image of all-electric sedan for global market

China’s Geely has been expanding beyond its home country over the past few years with acquisitions like Volvo. But now they plan to expand globally with their own vehicles – starting with an all-electric sedan.

They unveiled the first image of the vehicle today. more…

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Watch Video Demo Of Byton M-Byte Interior & Massive Display

What changes related to its interior will make the Byton M-Byte production-ready?

Byton just unveiled its M-Byte electric SUV with a nearly production-ready interior. The company showed it at the 2019 Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas. Fortunately, our friend from Motor1.com was on hand to see it up close. Moreover, he sat inside the M-Byte crossover with Byton VP for Intelligent Car Experience, Jeff Chung. The VP talked about how the production cabin tech will differ from the original concept, as well as what Byton must adapt to make the car compliant globally.

The M-Byte concept featured an 8-inch steering-wheel-mounted screen, along with a whopping 48-inch dashboard display. Byton calls this behemoth an SED (Shared Experience Display). According to Chung, last year’s display model was about 80-percent production intent. Now, the model has been updated to be more like an actual production vehicle, but there’s more to come.

To make room for the airbag, the steering-wheel-mounted screen will be reduced in size by about an inch. However, the 48-inch curved SED screen remains intact. In addition, Byton will add another 8-inch touch screen to the center stack. It will help with future autonomous applications.

Motor1 journalist and video production extraordinaire — Clint Simone — wondered if (and how) Byton will be able to pull off this ridiculous level of technology in the M-Byte. Not to mention keeping the SUV’s cost within reach for electric luxury car buyers.

Chung stated that while Tesla and other EV makers are clearly focusing on performance, Byton will direct more effort toward user experience. This could be advantageous if the automaker intends to hone in on the upcoming self-driving market. Autonomous cars won’t put acceleration and driving dynamics at the forefront, since that just doesn’t make much sense if the driver is not engaged.

What do you think? Can Byton pull this off?

Video Description via MOTOR1US on YouTube:

Byton M-Byte Interior Demo

Byton VP, Intelligent Car Experience, Jeff Chung explained what tech is new for production and how it differs from the concept interior shown throughout last year.


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New Smaller Audi e-Tron SUV Expected To Be Unveiled in Geneva

Audi is developing an alternative to the Tesla Model Y for a late 2020 launch.

According to Andreas Mindt, Head of Exterior Design at Audi, the company is working on a smaller version of the e-tron SUV. The compact SUV would be positioned in the same segment as the Tesla Model Y.

The concept version is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It could be interesting as Tesla also maybe will unveil the Model Y at a similar time.

In a previous announcement, the German manufacturer said that in late 2020 it will introduce an all-electric SUV based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform.

We bet that the upcoming concept is directly related to the small electric SUV on the MEB platform. We’re now just one and a half years before market launch.

Source: autoweek.nl via Electrek


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