Electric Lagonda All-Terrain SUV Concept To Debut In Geneva

Lagonda to be a luxury zero emission brand

Aston Martin Lagonda announced the unveiling of the new Lagonda All-Terrain Concept at the Geneva Motor Show (from 5 March to 17 March).

The British manufacturer said it will give us a first glimpse of the luxury brand’s first production model driven by zero emission powertrain technologies.

We could guess that the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is a battery-electric, four-wheel-drive SUV/crossover type of car – but with some extraordinary design for sure.

“Aston Martin is poised to take the 89th Geneva International Motor Show by storm with the global debut of the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept. Following the successful relaunch of Lagonda as the world’s first luxury zero emission brand and the surprise debut of the Lagonda Vision Concept at last year’s Geneva Show, 2019 sees the reveal of Lagonda’s All-Terrain Concept.

The first model Lagonda will put into production, the All-Terrain Concept bears the bold hallmarks of the Vision Concept. By taking full advantage of its zero emission platform Lagonda’s design team has created a car boasting extraordinary style and space efficiency combined with a rakish design language that demonstrates the unique freedom afforded by Lagonda’s commitment to zero emission powertrain technologies.”

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, said:

“The ways in which automotive brands reveal new product has changed beyond recognition in recent years, but there’s still something compelling about the unique atmosphere of a great motor show. Historically Geneva has always been good for us – the buzz surrounding the stand last year when we revealed the Lagonda Vision Concept was truly remarkable – so it’s fantastic to return to the scene of such great success with another world debut. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept offers explicit clues regarding what will be the first Lagonda model to enter production, and further demonstrates how Lagonda’s zero emission powertrain enables us to create spectacular cars that will radically redefine their sectors of the market. I’m expecting the Aston Martin Lagonda stand to be busier than ever, and very much look forward to seeing the crowd’s reaction first-hand”.


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Tesla Model 3 Gets Another Price Reduction

Tesla takes another $1,100 off all variants of its Model 3 sedan.

Not long ago, Tesla reduced its prices by $2,000 in an attempt to assist buyers after the U.S. federal tax credit entered its initial sunset phase. Since then, Model S and Model X pricing has changed yet again due to the elimination of 75D models and subsequent reorganization of trims with software-limited batteries (details here). However, as far as the Model 3 is concerned, it’s now $3,100 less than it was just over a month ago.

The Model 3 has a starting price of $42,900. This is for the Mid Range model. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the car starts at “~$35k (after ~$8k of credits & fuel savings).”

As usual, some commentors on Twitter pointed out that they don’t really appreciate this style of displaying pricing. On the automaker’s website, pricing is shown with credits and fuel savings, as well as without.

When the Model 3 Mid Range first arrived, it was priced at $46,000. The price dropped recently to $44,000, and now it’s down to $42,900. Tesla is moving closer and closer to that $35,000 price point, and the base model has yet to arrive. In reply to a question on the above Twitter thread, Musk said Tesla is doing everything it can to get to the $35,000 base Model 3.

As for the rest of the Model 3 lineup, the Long Range Dual Motor is priced at $49,900 and the Performance model now comes in at $60,900.

TESLA MODEL 3

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Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

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Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)



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Porsche Expands Charging Service In Europe To 49,000 Charging Points

New features and markets included in Porsche Charging Service

Porsche is expanding its Porsche Charging Service – launched in May 2018 – to five new countries, which will enable access to more than 49,000 charging points under single contract, through Porsche ID card or smartphone app.

The service was initially available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland, and now also in Norway, France and Spain. Great Britain and Italy will follow shortly, which will bring total number to 12 countries.

Porsche Charging Service cost €2.50 ($2.85) per month in Germany, plus fees for using the charging points, which depends on particular provider, charging station and amount of electricity.

The Porsche Charging Service also is getting new features like:

  • Rating function – This indicates when a vehicle was last charged at a charging station, and also lets users know how up-to-date and reliable the information is for the respective charging point
  • Daily capacity utilisation – In order to permit better planning of charging operations, the daily capacity utilisation of the charging station is also shown.
  • Navigation to charging station – In addition, the user interface in the app and the navigation function have been improved: After selecting a charging point, it is now easier to switch to navigation via Google Maps, whether on a smartphone or via Apple CarPlay in the vehicle.

“The Porsche Charging Service, the digital platform for all charging-related services, was launched in May 2018. The service searches for suitable charging stations and performs invoicing via centrally stored payment details. It is therefore not necessary to register with different providers. This takes place across the covered countries at a guaranteed unit price per market and independent of currency. The corresponding free app and the Porsche navigation system guide customers to the selected charging station.

Information on the location and availability of charging stations and on the price for vehicle charging are available in real-time. At the charging station, user identification takes place either by QR code via the app or with the so-called “Porsche ID Card”, which users receive free of charge after registering for the service.”

The user interface in the app and the navigation function have been improved

“In Germany, the fee for using the Porsche Charging Service is €2.50 per month. The costs for actual charging come on top of this: these depend on the provider as well as the amount of power charged. The prices are shown in detail and also according to power class/charging speed if wished. The app can be used on all mobile devices with iOS or Android operating system. The service is generally available to all drivers of hybrid or electric vehicles. It is not limited to Porsche sports cars. Registration is possible via www.porsche.com/connect-store.”

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Tesla Model 3 Performance Exclusive Test Drive Video From China

If you had any doubts about the Tesla Model 3’s presence in China, doubt no more.

The first shipment of Tesla Model 3 sedans are making their way across the ocean to Europe and China. Sure, there were some early sightings of the car in both locations. However, now we can rest assured that the car is beginning to arrive in large numbers in overseas markets. In fact, multiple cargo ships are on en route to Europe and China as we write, and at least one has already arrived in Belgium.

Tesla fan and Twitter user JayinShanghai (@ShanghaiJayin) recently posted a brief video on social media revealing his exclusive Model 3 test drive. The video shows a white Model 3 Performance near a Tesla Service Center in Shanghai. Needless to say, he seems quite impressed with the car:

We have no way of knowing if this is a car that arrived in one of the large shipments to China. However, we’ve yet to hear anything about a cargo ship arriving there. So, we assume it’s just a test drive vehicle that arrived ahead of the pack.

It appears people in Europe and China may benefit from having opportunities to check out and drive the vehicle prior to delivery day. This was not the case for most U.S. reservation holders. In fact, the Model 3 didn’t even appear in showrooms until long after deliveries were well underway. Even when the first display cars showed up at Tesla stores, test drives were not an option.

TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Four-Digit Number Of Tesla Model 3s Arrive In Europe

It started. Thousands of Model 3 are in Europe

The first volume deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 in Europe is happening right now. Tesla enthusiasts tracked the Glovis Captain cargo ship, which arrived at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium.

The ship was full of Teslas and according to reports, some 1,400 Model 3 and 350 Model S were unloaded.

Tesla intends to start customer deliveries in Europe this month. Thousands of customers wait for their cars (Long Range, AWD and Performance versions), while thousands more wait to be able to place orders for Medium or Standard battery versions.

It’s anticipated that Tesla will be shipping to Europe some 3,000 Model 3 per week.

 

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Tesla and Mercedes-Benz have been holding ‘talks’ about collaborating again, says Daimler CEO

Tesla and Mercedes-Benz have been holding ‘talks’ about a possible new collaboration, according to comments made by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche this week. more…

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Why Electric Cars Don’t Like Cold Temperatures, And How To Fix it

EVs are certainly impacted by cold temps, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

While EVs can be fantastic for winter driving, batteries don’t like extreme temperatures. An electric vehicle may lose an average of about 20 percent of its range in cold weather compared to warm weather. However, this varies due to a number of factors. University of Michigan Energy Institute director Anna Stefanopoulou told Wired:

Batteries are like humans. They prefer the same sort of temperature range that people do. Anything below 40 or above 115 degrees Fahrenheit and they’re not going to deliver their peak performance. They like to be around 60 to 80 degrees. As the temperature drops, the electrolyte fluid inside the battery cells becomes more sluggish. You don’t have as much power when you want to discharge. The situation is even more limited when you want to charge.

Despite the above, we continue to share steps you can take to help your electric car battery deal with the frigid temps. Most modern EVs have some sort of thermal management system to help regulate battery temperature. On-board computers and software also attempt to help the situation and keep the battery in good health. Technology is improving, but there’s still a long way to go. As Wired points out, Tesla’s Model S owners manual reads:

In cold weather, some of the stored energy in the battery may not be available on your drive because the battery is too cold.

We’ve published reports of some EV drivers complaining about their range loss in cold weather, as well as other issues related to the impact of frigid temps. However, we’ve also shared stories from others who are happy with their electric vehicles, despite winter range loss. This is because the cars’ instant electric torque and sophisticated traction control systems assist with winter driving. Moreover, owners don’t have to stand at a gas station in the cold, their cars can be preconditioned in their garage while they get ready for their commute, and they never have to worry about their cars failing to start.

Stefanopoulou reminds EV drivers to keep their cars above a 20 percent charge so that the extra energy can warm the battery to start the charging process. She also talks about taking advantage of your electric car’s preconditioning feature. But, her main point pertains to the future. She — along with other researchers — is hard at work to come up with solutions to the above issues. Stefanopoulou says a battery could be set to use some of its energy when it’s cold, just to keep itself warm. While this may appear to use more energy, in the end it could actually be less, since a warm battery is more efficient.

The University of Michigan researcher also talks about the future of solid-state batteries, which don’t contain liquid. These future batteries won’t be impacted by temperatures nearly as much as current lithium-ion batteries. Stefanopoulou hopes to help chip away at these remaining concerns related to EVs in order to increase customer satisfaction and mass adoption.

Source: Wired


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EGEB: Solar policies in Connecticut, US funding for floating wind turbines

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Today in EGEB, Connecticut solar policy is in the crosshairs, in more ways than one. The Department of Energy offers funding for a floating wind turbine project.

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Tesla Model 3 Teardown: Deep Dive Reveals The Car’s “Magic”

AUTO EXPERT: MODEL 3 TEARDOWN PROVES TESLA’S ‘GOT MAGIC’ BENEATH THE SURFACE [VIDEO]

Auto industry expert Sandy Munro probably knows as much about the inner workings of the Tesla Model 3 as anyone outside of the company – he’s taken the electric sedan apart and examined every component to figure out how it works, where it came from and how much it costs.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: A Tesla Model 3 in the process of being disassembled at Munro & Associates (Image: CleanTechnica via Autoline)

The automakers that would compete with Tesla pay large sums for detailed reports from Munro’s teardowns, and the man himself has become something of a star, discussing his findings in an engaging manner in videos for Autoline. These chats are packed with fascinating insights into what makes Teslas tick. For those who love to delve into the technical details, the latest installment will surely rank as one of the best Tesla discussions of 2018.

Munro is a straight talker who clearly articulates what he likes and doesn’t like about Tesla’s manufacturing methods. His take on what’s good and what’s bad highlights the California company’s strengths and weaknesses vis a vis traditional automakers. After tearing down an early production Model 3, Munro criticized the EV’s build quality and body design, saying, “the strategy for the body is about as bad as could be.” While some of the weaknesses he identified have since been addressed, he still believes that the body is unnecessarily heavy and complex, and that Tesla could have benefitted from some old-school industry expertise in this area. When it comes to Silicon Valley specialties, however, Tesla far outshines the denizens of Detroit. Munro is full of praise for Model 3’s battery pack and its “military-grade” electronics.

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Above: Sandy Munro talks, in-depth, about his teardown of the Tesla Model 3 (Youtube: Autoline Network)

In this latest video, Munro explains why Tesla’s electric motors are so superior to those of the theoretical competition. “They’ve got magic,” he says. “The electric motor is smaller and lighter than everybody else, but outperforms everybody.” He even shows us a little magnet used in Tesla’s motors – it’s the size of a camera battery, but it includes some astounding technology that gives it super-high performance.

One of the main points of these teardowns is to figure out how much of a profit the company can expect to make on the vehicle, so some of Munro’s insights about Tesla’s plans to produce Model 3 in China are especially interesting, as Teslarati noted. At the Shanghai Gigafactory, Tesla will be building a new production line from the ground up, so it should be able to apply its learnings from the Fremont and Nevada factories to significantly reduce manufacturing costs.

“Elon made a few mistakes on that body,” says Munro. “You think he’s going to do it again? I don’t. You think the production lines are going to be as bad as in California? I don’t. I think the factory in China is going to be wicked compared to what they’ve got in the States, and I think he’s going to be able to clobber everyone in China. Tesla’s going to make a gazillion bucks. I guarantee it.”

Above: Sandy Munro discusses his Model 3 teardown with Autoline’s host John McElroy (Image: CleanTechnica via Autoline)

Munro isn’t the only one who’s been taking Teslas apart, and some other tinkerers are much less gentle. Electrek recently reported on a video in which training expert Brock Archer tears a Model 3 apart in order to demonstrate how firefighters and other first responders can safely extract passengers from the electric vehicle after a crash.

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Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Autoline Network

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.


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Formula E Driver Finds Joy Without Formula 1 Politics

Ex-McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne says he is enjoying Formula E following his Formula 1 exit because of the difference in camaraderie between drivers and paddock “politics”.

After graduating to F1 as a GP2 champion and Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up, Vandoorne failed to make an impact over two seasons with poor machinery, and was outqualified by teammate Fernando Alonso at every race in 2018.

He has since switched to FE with the new HWA team.

Asked if he felt he was disadvantaged being two-time world champion Alonso’s teammate in F1, Vandoorne told Motorsport.com: “It is hard to tell. I can’t change what happened and I also have no regrets of whatever happened of my time at McLaren.

“It definitely was not the best moment in my career after everything was running kind of smooth before, but I think it made me stronger.

“There were a lot of things that I didn’t have in control myself as well, but it was character building and now I moved on.

“I’m in a completely different environment, which personally I’ve been enjoying a lot.

“It is a lot more relaxed because of the way the drivers get on with each other, the politics in the paddock.”

Vandoorne is yet to score a point despite qualifying fourth and fifth for two of the three races so far.

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The 26-year-old, who will dovetail his commitments with some Mercedes F1 simulator work, hopes his move to HWA could facilitate a “long-term” future in FE.

“F1 is so unpredictable,” he said. “When you look at the driver’s market what happened last year is was so unpredictable, no one really thought that this was going to happen.

“Some people are there that we thought weren’t gonna be there, some people are not there that we thought that were gonna be there.

“I’m not desperately dying to get back to F1.”

Stoffel Vandoorne, HWA Racelab, VFE-05

Stoffel Vandoorne, HWA Racelab, VFE-05

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