Volkswagen reveals mobile charging station

Volkswagen has offered up a glimpse of a future mobile fast charging station that can be set up flexibly and independently of the local power supply – for example, as a temporary charging point at events (somewhat like Envision Solar’s EV ARC or FreeWire’s Mobi Charger).

Each charging station provides DC charging at power levels up to 100 kW, and can charge up to four vehicles simultaneously (two DC and two AC), including E-bikes. The total battery storage capacity of up to 360 kWh is sufficient for up to 15 charges. The mobile charging column can also be connected to the power grid.

“The mobile charging stations can be set up anywhere as required – with or without connection to the power supply,” says Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Group Components.

VW’s mobile charger is based on the battery pack of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB), so VW could quickly scale up production, and could also power it with second-life EV batteries.

VW plans to set up some of the mobile quick charging stations as a pilot project in its hometown in the first half of 2019, and to expand the program to other cities in 2020.

“This flexibility enables a completely new approach for the rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure,” said Schmall. “Cities can, for example, find out the most suitable places for a permanent charging point before making major investments in developing the network. It will [also] be possible to set up a large number of charging stations temporarily – exactly when and where they are needed.”

 

Source: Volkswagen


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Panamera PHEV TechArt Grand GT Might Be The Ultimate Wagon

And it can run on full electric mode, too.

When Porsche launched the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo in 2017, I immediately thought that it’s the ultimate wagon. Armed with great looks and even greater performance figures, it immediately outshined the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon and the Audi RS 6 Avant Performance, especially with the Panamera’s 671-horsepower electronically-assisted power.

But DJ La Fuente, a Dutch disc jockey who has quite a taste in cars, thinks otherwise. He wanted more. He thought that the Panamera Sport Turismo wasn’t exclusive enough. So he contacted Porsche tuning experts, TechArt to make him his Grand GT.

With just a glance, you’ll immediately notice that La Fuente’s Grand GT isn’t any ordinary Porsche. The blacked-out color theme and widened body is a dead giveaway, but wait until you see the interiors. The low-resolution images above don’t do justice to the car; you have to watch the video above by Shmee.

La Fuente is a man who loves to drive his cars. When Shmee asked when did he receive his Grand GT, he said that he ordered the car by April 2018 but since he had it done by TechArt first, he only got his Grand GT two to three months ago. Surprisingly, with only a few months to his possession, his car has already done 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles).

The car-loving DJ said that his Grand GT is currently rated at 680 horsepower, but TechArt is updating it to 770 soon through the German tuner’s power upgrade. Although, we don’t think La Fuente is going to stop there.

Even better, with all the body kits and custom exhausts installed on La Fuente’s Grand GT, it can still run on full electric mode. That’s pretty nifty.


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Tesla Model 3 Sales Shatter All Records In December 2018

Tesla Model 3 sales soared to new, record-shattering heights.

Never before has a single plug-in electric car sold at this high level of volume in a single month.

The big Tesla Model 3 push was definitely on as Q4 came to an end.

In both May and June, Tesla Model 3 sales exceeded 6,000 units, but that’s tiny compared to the explosion of sales in July, which amounted to 14,250. Then, in August, sales shot up to 17,800. Then, September closed out Q3 with a real blast as sales hit 22,250 units.

Q4 started out predictably softer with Tesla Model 3 sales at 17,750 in the U.S. in October. For November, InsideEVs estimates Tesla sold 18,650 Model 3 in the U.S.

Well, now it’s end-of-quarter reporting time so we return back to a sales explosion. InsideEVs estimates that Tesla sold an astounding 25,250 Model 3 in December 2018 (*this figure doesn’t include Canada). That’s a new all-time high for the Model 3 and the single highest monthly figure for a plug-in electric car ever. Let that sink in for a moment…

Year-Over-Year

If we look at year-over-year for the Model 3, the gains are ridiculous. In December 2017, Tesla sold 1,060 Model 3. Compare that to last month’s 25,250 and you’ll notice there’s more than just a wee bit of growth there.

The YTD tally is in now too for the Model 3. That figure for all of 2018 checks in at stands at 139,782. Cumulative sales now stand at 141,546, which is way higher than all of the plug-in vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2015.

The highest previous volume of sales ever for an electric car in a single year was back in 2014 when LEAF sales hit 30,200, so the Model 3 obliterated that record and almost matched that number in a single month.

Moving on to the Tesla Model S and Model X

For December, we estimate the following for U.S. sales of these two Teslas:

  • Tesla Model S – 3,250
  • Tesla Model X – 4,100

More Model S & X sales info for December here

Automotive Group 2018 Yearly Sales

Tesla easily grabs the YTD win. Our tally puts the automaker at a combined total of 191,627 sold (Model 3, S & X) in the U.S. for all of 2018. We need not even list any other automaker here, as none were even close.


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Tesla Model S & X Sales Hit 7,350 In U.S. In December 2018

For an-end-of-the-quarter-month, these results are high, as expected.

It’s the end of the quarter time, which means the Tesla push was in full force and the result is sales of the Model S and X at well over 7,300 combined in the U.S.

Checking in with a combined sales total of 7,350 units, both the Tesla Model S and Model X impress us with U.S. sales volume for December.

See December 2018 Tesla Model 3 Sales Results Here

Check out our Tesla Model 3 sales estimate for December here

The model-by-model breakdown for the month of December is as follows:

It’s not often that combined sales of these two Teslas check in such a high volume. As witnessed in our monthly sales report, Model X sales set a new all-time record in December 2018. The previous high was 3,975 in September 2018. The Model S has seen much stronger months this year and in years past.

Looking Back

For November, we estimated the following for sales of these two Teslas:

  • Tesla Model S – 2,750 units in November
  • Tesla Model X  – 3,200 units in November

So, as you can clearly see, December marks a massive combined improvement.

For more on Tesla’s Q4 push, see our Q4 production and deliveries post here.

**Tesla Model 3 sales to follow later today


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Check Out All The Mods On This Tesla Model 3 Performance

If you’re all about mods, this Tesla Model 3 Performance may appeal to you.

YouTuber and Tesla Model 3 owner Marc Benton decided it was time to take us on a tour of his long list of modifications. As if paying big money for a Tesla isn’t enough, many owners rack up some more bills due to modifications. Regardless of the financial investment, it’s clearly important to many people to make their car their own. If they’re going to spend the money on it, it might as well be exactly as they prefer it.

Marc has gone all out with his new Tesla Model 3 Performance, yet at the same time, it doesn’t look like a freak show. He kept his modifications somewhat mainstream and very tasteful while still making his car unique. So far, he’s done a ceramic coat, window tint, headlight tint, various wheel enhancements, chrome delete, red lettering, and a center console vinyl wrap. In addition, Marc had the Model 3 lowered and swapped the headliner for black Alcantara.

Check out the car and let us know your thoughts and recommendations in the comment section below.

Video Description via Marc Benton on YouTube:

Tesla Performance Model 3 P3D Walk Around

My first video with a walk-around of my Tesla Performance Model 3, named “MAX Q”.

Here I what’s I’ve done so far:

– Paint correction and ceramic coat
– Powder coat the stock 20” performance wheels glossy black… with red vinyl T stickers on center caps
– Satin Black chrome delete (except the door handles which are glossy black)
-White vinyl wrap center console… not precut pieces, done by a pro and cut right
-20% Suntek tint on every window except the front which is 80%… also tinted the headlights 50%.
– Added Tesla “T” puddle lights from Abstract Ocean
– Moderate Lowering springs from Unplugged Performance (for the P3D/Dual Motor cars)
– Painted Red front Tesla “T”
– Abstract Ocean Red “T E S L A” letters on trunk, removed the Tesla “T”.
– Changed headliner to Black Alcantara… done by Unplugged Performance


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Honda Clarity PHEV: Top 5 Dislikes: Video

Who would have thought that such a big car had such a small washer fluid bottle?

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is one of the most popular plug-in hybrid models in U.S. Since the Chevrolet Volt will be discontinued, it will probably be the 2nd most popular in 2019 behind the Toyota Prius Prime.

Brad On Cars, who owns the Clarity PHEV in Canada, recently shared five things that he hates about the car. This is despite him being happy with it overall. Mostly, these are small things that happen to be annoying.

  • It’s not a long-range BEV – well, the first one is a bit off topic, but Brad is probably not the only one who wishes for a long-range all-electric car from the Honda brand that would be useful in Canadian conditions.
  • Not the best setup of interior storage space.
  • Probably one of the smallest windshield washer fluid bottle ever, which needs frequent refills during the winter.
  • No heated seats. Not even in the top trim level.
  • Windshield washer nozzles are on the blades and the blades leave a line on the top of the window (not fun for tall drivers).

All cars have some minor issues though. So we’re not suggesting the Honda Clarity PHEV has more than other cars. In fact, these seem very minor compared to say the various gripes with a Tesla Model X.


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Buick To Launch New High-Volume BEV & PHEV In China

Buick goes big on plug-in vehicles in China

Buick is going to have two NEV (new energy vehicle) models code-named K226 and K228 locally produced in China with a total annual capacity of 88,000 units, according to local media. Meanwhile, the annual capacity of the Buick Excelle (code-named K211) will be decreased by 88,000 units.

The K226, Buick’s next-generation PHEV sedan, features a planned capacity of 48,000 units on an annual basis. The new model measures 4,672mm long, 1,817mm wide and 1,487mm high with a wheelbase 2,706mm. Besides, two variants of seat arrangement will be offered to customers for free choice—the 5-seat and the 6-seat layout. The K226 is expected to be China’s first joint venture-made compact PHEV sedan model, which is ready to rival such models as the MG6 PHEV and the BYD Qin Pro DM.

Under the hood is a turbocharged plug-in hybrid powertrain includes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that can churn out 105kW and produce peak torque of 220N·m, mated to a 6-speed or 5-speed manual transmission.

The K228, positioned as a new-generation BEV coupe, is Buick’s first BEV model. With a planned annual capacity of 40,000 units, the BEV model is expected to hit the market in 2019. The K228 measures 4,670mm in length, 1,817mm in width and 1,490mm in height. Wheelbase for the new model is 2,710mm.

According to relevant reports, the K228 is equipped with the Buick-specific charger with a variety of charging modes. The chassis system gets a proper four-link rear suspension system to go with front MacPherson struts. The concrete power parameters still remain known.

Source: Gasgoo


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Tesla Reduces Prices To Lessen Impact Of Tax Credit Drop

We honestly can’t say we’re a bit surprised by Tesla’s latest move.

We’ve been pretty certain all along that Tesla would work to make sure that the reduction and eventual loss of the federal EV tax credit would not have a major impact. While the $7,500 tax credit was just reduced to $3,750, the electric automaker reduced the prices of its Model 3, Model S, and Model X vehicles by $2,000.

Our good friend Earl Banning (28delayslater / The_Earl_of_Frunk_Puppy) sent out a tweet with an early heads up:

Now, Tesla has made it official in its recent press release. The press release states:

Moving beyond the success of Q4, we are taking steps to partially absorb the reduction of the federal EV tax credit (which, as of January 1st, dropped from $7,500 to $3,750). Starting today, we are reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in the U.S. by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019, and may also be eligible for several state and local electric vehicle and utility incentives, which range up to $4,000. Combined with the reduced costs of maintenance and of charging a Tesla versus paying for gas at the pump – which can result in up to $100 per month or more in savings – this means our vehicles are even more affordable than similarly priced gasoline vehicles.

As you can see from the statement above, this reduction applies to new deliveries beginning January 1, 2019.

Source: Tesla


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Tesla Delivers 63,150 Model 3 In Q4, Almost 150,000 In 2018

Q4 2018 was a big quarter for Tesla.

Not that we didn’t expect it to be. However, Tesla reports growth upon growth in this just-released Q4 2018 production and delivery report.

According to the automaker, Q4 saw a production rate of nearly 1,000 vehicles per day. This, it says, led to records in production and deliveries.

Here are the vital points of info:

  • Production in Q4 grew to 86,555 vehicles, 8% more than our prior all-time high in Q3. This included:
  • 61,394 Model 3 vehicles, in line with our guidance and 15% more than Q3.
  • 25,161 Model S and X vehicles, consistent with our long-term run rate of approximately 100,000 per year.

Moving to deliveries, the Model 3 set a new all-time quarterly record. Per Tesla:

Q4 deliveries grew to 90,700 vehicles, which was 8% more than our prior all time-high in Q3. This included 63,150 Model 3 (13% growth over Q3), 13,500 Model S, and 14,050 Model X vehicles.

And for the whole of 2018, the numbers shake out like this:

In 2018, we delivered a total of 245,240 vehicles: 145,846 Model 3 and 99,394 Model S and X. To put our growth into perspective, we delivered almost as many vehicles in 2018 as we did in all prior years combined.

This line from the release is highly interesting too:

More than three quarters of Model 3 orders in Q4 came from new customers, rather than reservation holders.

Lastly, here’s a not on inventory and in-transit vehicles:

1,010 Model 3 vehicles and 1,897 Model S and X vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of Q4, and will be delivered in early Q1 2019. Our inventory levels remain the smallest in the automotive industry, and we were able to reduce vehicles in transit to customers by significantly improving our logistics system in North America.

Full press blast from Tesla below:

Tesla Q4 2018 Vehicle Production & Deliveries, Also Announcing $2,000 Price Reduction in US

Source: Tesla, Inc.

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In Q4, we produced and delivered at the rate of nearly 1,000 vehicles per day, setting new company records for both production and deliveries.

Production in Q4 grew to 86,555 vehicles, 8% more than our prior all-time high in Q3. This included:

  • 61,394 Model 3 vehicles, in line with our guidance and 15% more than Q3.
  • 25,161 Model S and X vehicles, consistent with our long-term run rate of approximately 100,000 per year.

Q4 deliveries grew to 90,700 vehicles, which was 8% more than our prior all time-high in Q3. This included 63,150 Model 3 (13% growth over Q3), 13,500 Model S, and 14,050 Model X vehicles.

In 2018, we delivered a total of 245,240 vehicles: 145,846 Model 3 and 99,394 Model S and X. To put our growth into perspective, we delivered almost as many vehicles in 2018 as we did in all prior years combined.

Our Q4 Model 3 deliveries were limited to mid- and higher-priced variants, cash/loan transactions, and North American customers only. More than three quarters of Model 3 orders in Q4 came from new customers, rather than reservation holders.

There remain significant opportunities to continue to grow Model 3 sales by expanding to international markets, introducing lower-priced variants and offering leasing. International deliveries in Europe and China will start in February 2019. Expansion of Model 3 sales to other markets, including with a right-hand drive variant, will occur later in 2019.

1,010 Model 3 vehicles and 1,897 Model S and X vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of Q4, and will be delivered in early Q1 2019. Our inventory levels remain the smallest in the automotive industry, and we were able to reduce vehicles in transit to customers by significantly improving our logistics system in North America.

Moving beyond the success of Q4, we are taking steps to partially absorb the reduction of the federal EV tax credit (which, as of January 1st, dropped from $7,500 to $3,750). Starting today, we are reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in the U.S. by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019, and may also be eligible for several state and local electric vehicle and utility incentives, which range up to $4,000. Combined with the reduced costs of maintenance and of charging a Tesla versus paying for gas at the pump – which can result in up to $100 per month or more in savings – this means our vehicles are even more affordable than similarly priced gasoline vehicles.

Tesla’s achievements in 2018 likely represent the biggest single-year growth in the history of the automotive industry. We started the year with a delivery run rate of about 120,000 vehicles per year and ended it at more than 350,000 vehicles per year – an increase of almost 3X. As a result, we’re starting to make a tangible impact on accelerating the world to sustainable energy. Additionally, 2018 was the first time in decades that an American car – the Model 3 – was the best-selling premium vehicle in the U.S. for the full year, with U.S. sales of Model 3 roughly double those of the runner up.

We want to thank our customers, suppliers, investors, and especially our employees, who worked so hard to accomplish this.

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Our net income and cash flow results will be announced along with the rest of our financial performance when we announce Q4 earnings. Our delivery count should be viewed as slightly conservative, as we only count a car as delivered if it is transferred to the customer and all paperwork is correct. Final numbers could vary by up to 0.5%. Tesla vehicle deliveries represent only one measure of the company’s financial performance and should not be relied on as an indicator of quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including the cost of sales, foreign exchange movements and mix of directly leased vehicles.


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