76% Of Charging Points In Europe Are Concentrated In Just 4 Countries

There are some 100,000 charging places in the European Union

According to the ACEA, the number of roughly 100,000 charging points the in the European Union should increase at least 20 times to 2 million by 2025 to handle growing sales of plug-in cars.

It opens the market for 1.9 million charging points that need to be produced and sold within 7 years. Not a bad business case for the charging industry.

The study done by ACEA revealed that the density of charging infrastructure widely varies between countries. Some 76% of all charging points are installed in four countries (the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK), which holds only 27% share in the overall area in the EU.

The densest charging infrastructure is in the Netherlands, where some 28% of charging stations falls on maybe 1% of the area of the EU. Moreover, there are solid fast charging networks like Fastned.

Source: ACEA


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Chevy Bolt EV Survey Hints At Cold Weather Package With Heat Pump

Greater EPA range is suggested in the survey as well

Earlier this week, new Chevy Bolt EV owner and chevybolt.org user jvandonsel posted about a survey he received from Chevrolet. The options presented in the survey hinted that a cold weather package might be in the works:

I just took an interesting survey from Chevy asking about cold-weather performance of the Bolt and how much I’d be willing to pay for various cold weather packages.

What’s interesting is that this is a peek into some of the technologies that GM is working on or considering working on. Some of the interesting ones from the survey are:

  • Radiant floor heating
  • Wiper parking heater
  • Heat pump
  • Cold weather battery pack
  • Heated front windshield

Having only owned my Bolt for a month, I didn’t have much wisdom to impart, but it will be interesting to see how it makes it through its first New England winter.

But jvandonsel was not the only Bolt owner to receive the survey. Several other members on the site did as well. Forum user cleavet was kind enough to provide screenshots of the survey options:

Chevy Bolt EV survey winter package options 2Chevy Bolt EV survey winter package options

The Bolt has decent winter range but it can absolutely be improved. A heat pump and heated windshield would surely increase range in cold weather. At moderate winter temperatures many other electric models outperform it in efficiency.

Interestingly, a 300 mile EPA range is listed as well as a 200 mile EPA range. This might materialize as multiple Chevy Bolt battery pack options. Or it could represent a currently unreleased model.

These types of surveys do not guarantee a feature makes it to production. But they can hint towards future product changes.

For instance, in late 2016 and early 2017 several new Bolt owners received a survey on preferred options for a hypothetical user defined maximum charge level.  This feature ended up in the 2019 model year of the Chevy Bolt.

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Elon Musk approves Tesla Model Y prototype for production, targets 2020

During the conference call for Tesla’s third quarter financial results, we got a rare update about the Model Y, Tesla’s upcoming all-electric crossover.

CEO Elon Musk said that he approved the Model Y prototype for production, which is targeted for 2020. more…

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Best Ways To Buy And Sell A Used Electric Car

IT’S A BRAVE NEW WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING AND SELLING USED EVS. FORTUNATELY, WE’RE HERE TO HELP.

With some of the latest all-electric vehicles able to run for well over 200, even 300 miles on a charge, EVs are fast becoming practical for a growing number of motorists.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean we should relegate the previous generation of battery-powered rides, many of which with an operating range of around 100 miles on a charge, to the junk yard. Used versions of these earlier EVs make great second or third cars in a family’s fleet, if anything because of their low operating and maintenance costs. But it’s the proverbial brave new world out there when it comes to buying and selling used EVs.

Fortunately, we’re here to help. As an online marketplace dedicated to electric vehicles, MYEV.com features EV-specific search tools and detailed model descriptions of models for sale, and 100% free listings for sellers.

BUYING A USED EV

If you’re in the market for an electric car, start the process by researching models listed on MYEV.com so you know what you’ll be able to afford and what you’ll be getting in terms of features and performance, and especially a model’s estimated operating range on a charge. Since an EVs range can vary based on factors like a vehicle’s speed, ambient temperature, and use of accessories, make sure it’s well within your needs.

MYEV.com’s nationwide listings can be especially helpful if there’s a lack of used EVs on the market where you live. Having accounted for only a slim percentage of new-vehicle sales over the last few years, they’re not as plentiful in the resale market as are conventionally powered cars. And at that, not all battery-powered models were sold in all 50 states when new. Some were limited to California (and perhaps one or more other states) to fulfill regulations regarding zero-emissions vehicles. That’s why the Golden State boasts the most EVs in the nation. Other states in which EVs tend to be the most prevalent include Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Vermont, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York.

As with any other type of vehicle, never buy a used EV without giving it a proper test drive. Though this may involve a long road trip or even a plane ride if it’s located out of state, it’s a necessity. That’s because used-car transactions are typically conducted on an “as is” basis. This frees the seller of any responsibility regarding a vehicle’s mechanical condition. If it’s a recent-vintage EV there may be some of the manufacturer’s original warranty coverage remaining, However, it will still be sold as-is as far as the dealer or private seller is concerned.

It’s also prudent to take any used vehicle you’re considering to a trusted mechanic to have it fully checked out before signing a bill of sale. This, however, may be difficult as most neighborhood auto technicians have little (if any) experience with electric vehicles. You’re better off in this regard taking the car to the service department of a dealership which sells that particular model as a new vehicle.

Fortunately, there’s less to worry about here since EVs avoid over two-dozen mechanical components in a conventional auto that will eventually fail and need to be replaced. The most important element to have checked Is the battery to ensure it will deliver at or close to its maximum range. Federal law requires automakers to warranty their EV batteries for at least eight years or 100,000 miles.

It’s also a good idea to obtain a history report on a pre-owned EV via a service like CarFax or AutoCheck. This will verify the chain of ownership and the last reported number of miles on the odometer, document a model’s maintenance records, and will indicate if it’s been in a wreck or was flooded, branded a lemon or was salvaged and rebuilt. You’ll need to enter a car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) to initiate the process, which is noted on the title and on a plate attached to the dashboard at the bottom of the windshield. Make sure the VIN on the car matches the one on the title.

SELLING A USED EV

If you’re selling an electric car, be sure to spruce it up before listing it with MYEV.com. That means giving it a thorough wash and a fresh coat of wax, vacuum out the interior, and clean the seats and carpeting with a good upholstery cleaner. If it’s a bit banged up, you might want to have minor dents and scratches professionally repaired.

You’ll need to take several high-quality photos of your vehicle inside and out to accompany your listing. Shoot images of pertinent details like the wheels, instrument panel, center stack of controls, a wheel, inside the trunk, and so on. But don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the process, showing the best angles from which to snap your shots and how to upload them to your listing. And be sure to take a picture of your vehicle’s state of charge (SOC) gauge when fully charged that shows it at 100%.

Again, MYEV.com can help determine what your EV is worth when you list it, but be sure to price it fairly for a quicker sale.

When a prospective buyer wants to examine the vehicle, you might feel safer showing it only during the daylight hours. Better yet, arrange to meet at a public location, like a shopping mall or supermarket parking lot or (even better) a police station. Always ride along on a test drive and ask to see a buyer’s driver’s license beforehand.

Once the terms of the sale are agreed upon, both parties should sign a sales contract. You can either handwrite or print off a simple bill of sale that simply identifies the car, the price, the parties to the sale, and that it is being purchased on an as-is basis. Never accept a personal check as payment. Taking a cashier’s check can be a bit more secure, but make sure you conclude the transaction during business hours so you can verify its validity with the bank.

Still, it’s always best to insist on cash. If you’re worried about dealing with thousands of dollars in currency, close the deal at your bank where both cash and title can change hands securely, and funds can be deposited immediately to your account. And be sure to retrieve any personal property from the vehicle, and any personal papers from the glove box, remove the license plates, and scrape off your city or town’s vehicle sticker if there is one before handing over the keys.

Source: MYEV.com


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Tesla to bring ‘some parts of Model 3 production’ in China as soon as next year

With the release of Tesla’s third quarter financial results, we learned an interesting detail about Tesla’s “accelerated plan” to establish manufacturing capacity in China.

The automaker confirmed that they plan to bring “portions of Model 3 production to China during 2019.” more…

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Tesla Q3 Conference Call: Ride Real-Time With Us On Profit Wave

Profit secured.

The Tesla 2018 Q3 earnings report is in, and as CEO Elon Musk had predicted, the company recorded a profit. And, at $2.90 a share, not a tiny one either. So now, with Tesla bulls ebullient and bears barely able to lift the goal posts they seem to so often be moving, we turn our attention to the quarterly financial call with analysts. Like last time, we will listen live and fill you in on the most notable bits, crossing our fingers for information about what to expect from the company with regards to progress and products.

In a change from past presentations, the financial call this time around begins at 6:30 Eastern time. Hopefully, we’ll get some details about the company’s new timeline for the China Gigafactory, which is already in the early stages of construction, and which was just confirmed to produce both the Model 3 and Model Y. We can’t help but wonder, too, if the Gigafactory 1 will be home to Model Y and Semi production. Typically, they avoid making explicit product announcements during these calls, but sometimes they do give us some strong hints.

We also look forward to hearing about other efforts Tesla is involved in: energy storage, along with solar panels and roofs. While we understand the solar roof seems to be stuck in a lengthy “product validation” period, we wonder how the regular panel sales and installation business is doing.

Here, now, is our takeaways from the call:

  • Elon opens the call with opening remarks about safety and other issues. Delivered more cars in Q3 than 2017.
  • Best quarter ever for solar.
  • Expect to see positive cash flow in Q4 and other quarters going forward.
  • Elon chokes up talking about customers pitching in to help with deliveries, and thanks them.
  • Vehicle safety: Madon speaking, electric architecture gives advantages over traditional cars. Model 3 scores above 943 other vehicles in tests. Not finished, either. Will continue improving.


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Tesla Model 3 becomes best-selling car by revenue and delivers surprisingly high gross margin

Tesla released its third quarter financial results today and they delivered a profit for the first time in years.

It’s mainly thanks to many improvements to the Model 3 program, which not only became the best-selling car in the US in terms of revenue, but it is also becoming quite profitable. more…

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Tesla Q3 2018 Earnings Report: Record Revenue, Turns Profit

Tesla has just released its Q3 2018 earnings and financial reports.

Among the highlights is information on Model 3 production, updates on the Tesla energy network, record global sales and so much more.

Looking Back –

Tesla Posts Q2 2018 Earnings Results

Tesla Q2 Financial Call

Tesla Posts Q1 2018 Results

Tesla Q1 2018 Conference Call Overload

Financial results for the third quarter of 2018 are as follows:

  • Revenue of $6.82 billion
  • Profit of $2.90 per share

Here’s what Wall Street expected, based on a number of estimates of analysts polled by Refinitiv:

  • Losses: 15-19 cents per share
  • Revenue: $6.33 billion

Here’s how it appears in the report:

 

Financials aren’t really our thing here at InsideEVs though, so let’s move on to what concerns us most.

2018 will surely be a delivery record year for Tesla, now that Model 3 volume and sales are increasing quite rapidly.  In fact, Model 3 sales just set a new all-time record.

The hot topic item in any recent Tesla report is the Model 3. In regards to that, Tesla stated:

The Model 3 production system stabilized in Q3. We went from a steep S-curve to more gradual monthly improvements. Among other things, we made the changes necessary to enable production of an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) version of Model 3, and we did this without disrupting our production rate. We started the quarter producing only Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) Model 3s and ended the quarter producing almost entirely AWD cars. Even though AWD cars are significantly more complex to build, we produced 5,300 Model 3s in the last week of Q3.

Labor hours per Model 3 decreased by more than 30% from Q2 to Q3, falling for the first time below the level for Model S and X.

Beyond that, Tesla provided an overall update on all three of its vehicles, stating:

In Q3, we delivered 27,710 Model S and X vehicles to customers. While demand in China remains challenging due to a 40% import duty for Model S and X, China deliveries still remained a material portion of our Q3 deliveries, and we managed to offset the decline there with growth in North America and Europe.

A comment was made in regards to Model 3 new orders too:

You’ll find an overload of additional information in the full release from Tesla posted below, as well as new details when the conference call gets underway later this evening:


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Tesla (TSLA) releases Q3 results: record $6.8 billion revenue and turns $300 million profit

After market close today, Tesla released its financial results and shareholders letter for the third quarter 2018, which turned out to be a historic quarter.

We are updating this post with all the details from the financial results and shareholders letter. more…

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Massa Plans to Become Formula E “King”

Felipe Massa will become the second high-profile ex-Formula 1 driver to race for Venturi in Formula E. While the team’s first such partnership failed spectacularly, the early signs suggest Massa should be in a position to thrive.

Venturi has been here before – an ex-Formula 1 star making the switch to new electric pastures in Formula E. But where Jacques Villeneuve failed – after just three events and two race starts in the 2015/16 championship – the Monaco manufacturer is hoping that new recruit Felipe Massa can succeed.

In fact, after an intense expansion process in recent months, which included launching the Next Gen driver academy and hiring ex-DTM racer and Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff as team principal, the squad is aiming for a spot in FE’s upper echelons.

That ambition is part of the reason why Massa has been signed to a three-year deal. But the 11-time grand prix winner has his own reason to enter FE: he’s not done with racing.

“I don’t want to be sitting on my sofa at home,” he says. “I cannot do that so I need to do something.”

There was a sense that Massa did not really want to give up his spot on the F1 grid at the end of 2017 – as evidenced by his willingness to race on with Williams for that season after previously having to make way for the incoming Lance Stroll at the end of ’16.

In Massa’s 15 years of racing in F1 there were seven champions. FE, from its first four campaigns, has crowned four different title winners. Where Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are the only squads to have triumphed in grands prix races since 2014, eight FE teams have taken wins in the same period.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons from decades of history that have led F1 to its current problem with a thin success-share, and FE is a start-up spec-chassis championship, but the latter’s healthy competitive spread is the key reason Massa highlights to explain why he wants to join in the fun.

“Formula E is a championship that is unpredictable,” he says. “You have so many drivers winning, everything is a little bit more competitive. Formula 1, more or less, you understand who is going to fight for the championship – almost every time – since I arrived in F1 to now.”

Felipe Massa, Ferrari F2008

Felipe Massa, Ferrari F2008

Photo by: Sutton Images

While Massa will attempt to add another successful chapter to a glittering motorsport career, the 37-year-old is important to FE, too. He possesses a high profile and his presence will mean at least three Brazilian drivers will be on the 2018/19 grid – the country is a significant automotive market for manufacturers and has a long history of motorsport success.

The first FE team Massa was hotly linked with was Jaguar, and at the end of 2016 he came close to sealing the same arrangement he now has with Venturi – to wait for the ’16/17 season, which was just about to get underway when he ended what he had thought was going to be his final F1 campaign, to run its course and then come on board. But the career moves of Nico Rosberg – now an FE investor – and Valtteri Bottas changed all of that.

“Before I re-signed in F1 I was close [with Jaguar],” confirms Massa. “I didn’t really sign anything, but I did a test to see the [Gen1] car and everything. Maybe after the test we [would] discuss because it was not going to be straight away, it was going to be I’d finish the season in F1, Formula E was already starting to go into 2017, [so] I said, ‘No, if I go, I go after one year because I need a bit of time to prepare myself, to have a little bit of time at home as well and then we decide’.

“Then I did the [Jaguar] test, but when I did the test I had already signed with Williams [for 2017] so it [was] very short to carry on for one more season in the end. But this time I stopped and took the same idea: wait one year, prepare myself and see many things about the championship. But it worked more or less in a similar way.”

So, with Jaguar settled with Nelson Piquet Jr alongside Mitch Evans, Massa agreed to join Venturi – a team handily based near to his Monaco home – and the deal was announced back in May. Venturi president Gildo Pastor is happy to have him.

“He is full of life and he wanted to go on with us and do this incredible challenge,” Pastor says. “We have been training him for some time now and he’s fantastic. He wants to get better in this field so much – he wants to show everybody there is a king.”

Felipe Massa, Venturi Formula E

Felipe Massa, Venturi Formula E

Photo by: Venturi Formula E Team

Massa may be valuable to FE through his star billing and F1 achievements, but Wolff explains that his arrival has also boosted Venturi when it comes to its business dealings ahead of season five.

“For us as a team, commercially, he’s been a huge asset,” she says. “That’s been one of my areas that I’ve been focused on ahead of season five and I’ve only had positive feedback from the fact that he’s one of our drivers and without a doubt the most high-profile driver on the grid. For the team it’s a massive win.”

But easing deals off past glories is one thing, succeeding in FE – a notoriously tricky category to master – is another, as demonstrated by Villeneuve’s doomed exploits. Massa will be going up against many drivers who have raced in and dominated the series since it began – Sebastien Buemi, Lucas di Grassi, Sam Bird – and other rivals who have used their new FE home to boost their own racing credentials; think Jean-Eric Vergne and Oliver Turvey. Plus, his recently confirmed 2018/19 team-mate Edoardo Mortara has shown rapid pace at times too.

FE enters a new era in season five with its Gen2 car, which may level the competition somewhat and features new toys that could ease Massa’s arrival. The new car has a brake-by-wire system for its rear wheels and it has been suggested that this will improve driver feeling under braking, as well as maximising regen for the powertrain.

“There are also systems in F1 that recover a lot of energy from the braking and it’s the same approach for season five,” explains Venturi technical director Franck Baldet, who has been overseeing Massa’s development progress, which began with testing its season-four car on the team’s simulator to learn essential brake balance and energy management techniques before switching to the simulated VFE 05 Gen2 car and then testing the real machine on-track.

“His experience from F1 on the brake-by-wire system is helping a lot because he can bring us the F1 experience, where we have a similarity,” adds Baldet.

Felipe Massa, Venturi Formula E

Felipe Massa, Venturi Formula E

Photo by: Venturi Formula E Team

Gen2 will wipe the FE slate clean to a certain extent and Massa’s relationship with Mortara appears to be very good on the surface – Wolff highlights it as a key reason why the Swiss-Italian racer was re-signed for a second year at Venturi. But when it comes to success on street circuits, Massa will need to regularly produce performances along the lines of his pole lap at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2008, and not his double crash at the same venue in ’13.

Massa attended the Zurich and New York races at the end of season four to see first-hand how an FE event works in full and to gain an understanding of Venturi’s race operations. When discussing his decision to join Venturi, which pushed “harder than all of the others” to sign him, it’s clear he views the team as one that is going places, even if it is still yet to score a first FE victory.

“[With] a new season, a new car – it’s a big change for everybody so it’s impossible to say who is going to win the championship next year, who is going to be more competitive or not,” Massa says. “But if you see everything that the team is preparing – it’s quite interesting and I really hope we can have a competitive car.

“It’s true that Venturi have never won a race, but they were very close to winning and they’ve managed some very good results in terms of points.”

Massa has already impressed Venturi as “a very open-minded colleague” according to Baldet, who adds: “He really is pushing a lot to always be with us.” There is a real sense that Massa has not just joined the team or FE to simply collect pay-cheques.

“My goal is always to be the best I can,” he says. “My goal is to try to win races – this is always what I had in all my career. I want to try to win and be the best – my goal never changes.”

Massa’s presence on the FE grid and the results of his debut campaign will undoubtedly be one of the tales of the upcoming season. But if he can bring success to Venturi, he will also rewrite the team’s own FE story.


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