Porsche unveils new modular concept for fast charging stations

Porsche has been ahead of the curve on fast charging, developing its own 800-volt charging system, while also participating in cross-brand infrastructure projects including Electrify America and Ionity. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to deploy a network of 500 charging stations in North America in time for the launch of its Taycan EV next year.

Now Porsche has unveiled a plan for a new kind of modular fast charging system. The system consists of: the FlexBox, a transformer that provides up to 36 kilovolts; the PowerBox, an AC-DC converter; the CoolingBox, which provides liquid cooling for the charging poles and power electronics; and a compact and stylish charging pole.

The FlexBoxes can be stacked up fairly far from the actual charging points, with a distance of “up to 200 meters between the transformer station and PowerBox and up to 100 meters between the PowerBox and the charging station.” The charging pole is intended to be the only part of the system visible to drivers.

“The charging stations are the single customer touchpoint with the driver of an electric car,” says Porsche. “As the engineers removed everything from the charging station that wasn’t absolutely required at the customer touchpoint and packed it into FlexBoxes, a streamlined appearance could be achieved – and thus a typical Porsche design identity.”

Porsche claims an efficiency of over 95 % for the complete system.

Porsche has also created the more compact ComboBox, which combines the PowerBox and the CoolingBox into a single unit; and the ChargeBox, which incorporates a 70 kWh to 140 kWh battery pack for locations where the grid connection is insufficient for high-power charging.


Source: Porsche, Electrek

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Electric Bumper Car Spotted In Traffic Casually Waiting At Intersection

Taking electric cars fandom to another level.

What’s the first vehicle you drove? A push car? A motorized sports car for kids? For a lot of people, their first experience behind the wheel would probably be inside a bumper car. You know, those electric one-seaters (sometimes two) that are often seen in theme parks or carnivals. Many will agree with me that it’s an important part of childhood, except maybe if you’ve had an accident while riding one when you were a child, but I digress.

With this in mind, what would you feel if you see a bumper car at an intersection?

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That’s what happened in this video, which was submitted to Daily Mail UK by Ben Peters, who got the footage from the dash cam of an HD Property Services company vehicle. It was a sight to see, and Peters said he couldn’t believe what he saw that day.

Called dodgem in the U.K., the bumper car was seen nonchalantly waiting for the right time to turn at an intersection in a residential road. The driver was a middle-aged man wearing a vest. We’re not sure why he’s driving a bumper car or what his intentions are, but we’re pretty sure of one thing – he’s a fan of electric cars. Well, sort of.

Now, if you ask us if this is legal, we honestly don’t know. Maybe the guy has converted it into something that can be used on public roads, but we can only assume. Or maybe he had too much fun driving one in a theme park and just decided to take the bumper car home.

For the record, this isn’t the first that we’ve seen a bumper car outside its natural habitat. We’ve seen one before, and it was converted into an off-roader. The one from the U.K. is way cooler, though, as it looks less modified.

SourceDaily Mail UK

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Almost 30,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Sold In Europe In August 2018

U.S. plug-in electric car sales finally way higher than in Europe.

In August, plug-in electric car sales in Europe increased by 42% year-over-year to 29,949 at an average market share of 2.7%.

After the first eight months fo 2018, sales amounted to some 242,000 (up 41%) at an average 2.3% market share.

As August is a rather slow month, now we look forward to a new record – maybe in September.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2018

The three top-selling models for the year are without change, although the Nissan LEAF doesn’t shine as brightly as before.

  • Nissan LEAF – 2,924 and 24,539 YTD
  • Renault ZOE – 2,213 and 21,127 YTD
  • BMW i3 – 1,675 and 14,664 YTD

Interestingly, the new Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid was the 3rd best-selling model in Europe – 1,848! Also, the PHEV Panamera noted a strong 850 sales.

On the other hand, Hyundai Kona Electric starts with 455 – not bad compared to just 86 Jaguar I-PACE.

Registration stats for Europe are provided by EV Sales Blog:

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2018 (Source: EV Sales Blog)

The comparison between Europe and U.S. starts to change as the Tesla Model 3 enabled the U.S. to take over in July and extend the advantage in August. In September, it will be a huge disproportion, we believe.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Nissan Adds Albon To Formula E Driver Lineup: Joins Buemi

Nissan e.dams has picked Formula 2 frontrunner Alexander Albon for its debut Formula E season, alongside 2015/16 champion Sebastien Buemi.

Albon has already had an FE test with the team when it was running as Renault’s works operation.

The 22-year-old Anglo-Thai is currently third in the F2 standings with e.dams’ non-electric arm DAMS.

“The level of competition in the series is intense, and I’m looking forward to testing myself against some of the best drivers in the world,” Albon said.

“Electric street racing will be a new challenge for me, but working with Sebastien as my teammate will be a huge help, as he has set the benchmark for performance in the series.”

Nissan is taking over the e.dams entry from its sister brand from the 2018/19 season, and announced earlier this year that it would be dispensing with Nicolas Prost as Buemi’s teammate.

The announcement of Albon’s drive was also official confirmation that Buemi would be staying on through the Renault to Nissan transition as expected.

Team principal Jean-Paul Driot said: “Sebastien has been an important part of the e.dams team since our first Formula E race four years ago in China.

“We know Alex well from his performances with DAMS in Formula 2, and we’re excited to bring his talent into the Formula E championship.”

Nissan e.dams had been linked to an array of other drivers since Prost’s exit was announced, and recently confirmed it had been in talks with NIO FE racer Oliver Turvey.

Source: Motorsport

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Rivian Electric Truck Spotted Doing Some Serious Off-Roading

InsideEVs has happened upon some new, exclusive spy shots of Rivian’s upcoming electric truck and it’s pretty sweet.

Rivian Automotive has been sort of lurking in the depths of vehicle development for a number of years. Ever since we were apprised of the company and its plans, we have been covering it as much as possible. Sadly, there hasn’t been that much information to share. But, that’s about to change drastically, and very soon, as Rivian is set to show the world its products.

In the meantime, we’ve been fortunate to receive some interesting spy shots from time to time. This latest round suggests that Rivian is testing the upcoming pickup truck off the pavement. If you really dissect the photos and look closely, it’s pretty clear that the trucks employ an adjustable and adaptive air suspension. Take a look at the spy shots and notice the varying ride heights. And is that quad motors we see there, too?

Of course, this is all speculative until the reveal, but our trained eyes don’t miss much.

We can’t stress enough how excited we are that the world’s first all-electric pickup truck and sizable, highly-capable SUV are coming soon!

What do you think? Please leave us your valuable insight in the comment section below.

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Autopilot on Version 9: Mad Max mode, path planning, navigate, and more

In our latest look at the new firmware, we’re now exploring how Tesla Autopilot on Version 9 works: anything from Mad Max mode to path planning and more. more…

The post Tesla Autopilot on Version 9: Mad Max mode, path planning, navigate, and more appeared first on Electrek.

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What Car? Tests Out Kia Niro EV: Specs, Price, Release Date

The Kia Niro EV is one of few new all-electric entrants with space, practicality, performance, and outstanding range.

What Car? refers to the new Kia electric crossover as the e-Niro. The publication’s focus is on its eco-friendliness and potential to rival the Nissan LEAF and Hyundai Kona Electric. We can only hope that Kia plans to make this SUV in volume, even if that’s not the case early on.

What’s most impressive about the Niro EV is its official 301-mile WLTP range. Of course, this is number will drop a bit on the EPA cycle, but it’s still outstanding in comparison to the competition. Aside from some of Tesla’s vehicles, only the Hyundai Kona Electric is proving similar range figures.

Unlike the Kona, the Niro is already out and has been for some time, at least in a traditional hybrid configuration, which was followed by a plug-in hybrid variant. This means there has been a good amount of information available about the crossover. However, details on the all-electric configuration are just starting to come to the forefront. The e-Niro shares its powertrain and battery pack with the Kona Electric: a 201-bhp electric motor and a 61-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

What Car? tested a Korean-market model, which may vary slightly from the Euro-spec and U.S. model. The publication was shocked by the Niro EV’s quickness, drivability, and regen. Interestingly, the reviewer even went so far as to call the vehicle “sports-car-like,” but then noted that its handling is not up to par and its ride is bumpy …

In comparison to the ICE and hybrid Niros, the car is very similar inside, with its standard infotainment screen and “mixed bag” cabin quality. Adults should fit just fine in the Niro EV’s rear seats, cargo space is good, and load height is low.

According to What Car?, the e-Niro will arrive in Europe in February of 2019 and carry an estimated price tag of £30,000.

Source: What Car?

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Kia Niro EV

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Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Race … Model 3 Performance & More

This time, the Tesla Model 3 Performance races against its most well-matched rival, along with a few others.

We have two newer Tesla Model 3 Performance racing videos for you hot off the presses. We found them on one of the more obscure YouTube channels, so these unique race videos have yet to catch a lot of eyes. In the first short video (above), we watch a Model 3 Performance with 18-inch wheels (red car) face off against an ungraded Model 3 Performance with 20-inch wheels (blue car). It’s always interesting to see the difference that upgrades can make.

Video Description via 7zerex on YouTube (top of page):

2018 Red Tesla Model 3 performance model with 18″ wheels Vs 2018 Blue Tesla Model 3 performance upgrade with 20″ wheels Drag Racing Racelegal.com

Moving forward to the second video, which is much longer, we see the same upgraded blue Tesla Model 3 Performance with 20-inch wheels pit against a variety of random competitors in the Modified class. Check out the video below to see the results. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Video Description via 7zerex on YouTube:

2018 Blue Tesla Model 3 Drag Racing Racelegal.com 9-14-2018

2018 Blue Tesla Model 3 performance model with upgrades Drag Racing Racelegal.com and winning. it’s a Model 3 Performance running in the Modified class at 7.52s and 94.xx mph


Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

BYD Sold Over 600 Electric Buses In Europe

BYD celebrates a three-digit number of electric buses ordered in Scandinavia

Chinese manufacturer BYD is doing well in the European bus market, since launching local production (first in Hungary, and then also in France) as well as thanks to its partnership with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in the UK.

The company already delivered or received orders for more than 600 electric buses in Europe, which is one of the highest results (if not the highest) on the continent.

Great demand is noted in Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden and Norway, where in 2018 already more than 100 buses were sold. The milestone of 100 units was recently achieved thanks to an order for 26 buses for Nobina in Sweden (11 of the 12m ebuses, 10 of the 18m articulated ebuses and 5 of the 8.7m midi buses). Deliveries are scheduled for summer of 2019.

BYD 18M Pure Electric Articulated Bus

“The buses will be servicing routes in Lidkoping (12m), Boras (18m articulated), and Ale (midi bus) in south-west Sweden. The routes are under the control of Västtrafik, the agency responsible for public transport services in the south-west Swedish county Västra Götaland.BYD already has buses running in several cities in Sweden, including Eskilstuna and Ängelholm and recently also Norrtälje. Including these recent orders in Sweden, BYD has become the leader in electric buses in the Swedish market. With these new orders, BYD has received orders for more than 100 electric buses in 2018 in Scandinavia.

The 5 midi buses are the first electric midi bus order in Sweden and the whole of Scandinavia. BYD has previously confirmed midi bus orders for the Netherlands and Italy. Sweden is, after Norway, the second European country to have placed orders for the BYD articulated ebus. An earlier order for a total of 44 artics to Oslo was also placed by Nobina.”

Martin Atterhall, Fleet manager, Nobina Group said:

BYD 8.7M Pure Electric Bus

“There is a rapid growth in the Nordic e-bus market. Where new technology and electric solutions are enablers for a more attractive and sustainable public transport – offering a cleaner, quieter and more comfortable traffic – we are determined to be in the forefront developing and introducing smart and sustainable e-bus solutions to the public transport authorities of the Nordics.

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe, said:

“Scandinavia has become the fastest growing market for BYD in Europe and is a remarkable success story particularly given both the tough climatic conditions and the strong competitors. With these new orders won for over 100 ebuses in 2018 so far, needless to say that we are delighted with our progress not only commercially but in support of improving air quality in the Nordics.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News