EGEB: Wind in the Americas, Puerto Rico energy storage, Northeast solar

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Today in EGEB, wind power installations are up in the Americas. Puerto Rico unveils plans for the largest solar and battery storage buildout in the U.S. A look at recent small-scale solar installation numbers in the Northeast U.S. more…

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BMW reveals prototype iNext electric SUV in winter testing

Prototype for BMW iNext electric SUV due in 2021After revealing the concept-car at a private event last September, BMW has revealed the, well, next iNext. Following the concept, the next version of the car is a test mule, complete with camouflage covering, undergoing cold-weather testing in northern Sweden—a typical place for automakers to test things like heaters, cold starts, and power…
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GM Is Going “All Electric” But Won’t Say When: No Word On Truck

The direction was set, but the pace is unknown

General Motors is undergoing a huge transformation on different fronts. The automaker goes from losing money to making money. Shifts from passenger cars to more SUVs and from conventional powertrains to all-electric.

According to Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, the company is going all-electric. What does that really mean? Details are scarce as we know only about a new platform and an all-electric Cadillac. Even the Caddy is still three years from launch.

Mary Barra doesn’t expect to make money off BEVs in the next few years, which means that the first profitable models (EV profitability was underlined at a meeting with dealers) are to appear early next decade.

We assume that those few years will be needed to develop new models and prepare for high-volume models. We should probably see some battery supply deal in the near future, which would confirm that GM is really making a bold move.

Because the company is pursuing profitability, even by making unpopular decisions of closing some of its plants, there will probably no real will to sell many of the current plug-in models (looking at the Chevrolet Bolt EV) at a loss in those few years.

GM so far didn’t say when we will see new electric models, including the much-anticipated electric pickup.

Source: CNBC

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Tesla Model 3 price cut another $1,100, for base price of $44,100

2019 Tesla Model 3 PerformanceFor the second time in barely more than a month, Tesla has cut the price of its entry level Model 3. On Jan. 1, the company cut prices $2,000 on all its models to partly compensate for a $3,750 reduction in the federal tax credit its buyers can receive. (Tesla’s tax cuts are phasing down as originally scheduled after it reached 200,000 sales last…
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Video: Tesla Model 3 Tip Of Week: This Nifty Feature Is Overlooked

For some, this Tesla Model 3 feature could come in really handy.

After a few reviews surface about a new car, many subsequent reviews are much the same. This is because journalists read the previous reviews for insight. Due to this situation, many an article references the same set of features. Tesla vehicles come loaded with interesting features not found in many competing models. It seems owners are still discovering new details and quirks. This may also be due to the fact that virtually all Tesla Model 3 features are controlled via the car’s touch screen. It turns out the Tesla Model 3 has a helpful feature that has seemingly gone unnoticed by many.

The Model 3 features “Hill Hold.” If you’re a long-time Tesla owner — and especially one that lives in a hilly area — you’re probably well aware of this feature. However, many owners are not. Essentially, if the car is stopped, you can push a button on the touch screen to keep it in place, rather than having to continue depressing the brake pedal. Once you’re ready to proceed, you can either tap the brake (which will send your car in whatever direction gravity decides), or push the accelerator pedal to disengage the feature.

We drive in Smoky Mountain National Park on a regular basis. This feature would be ideal in such an area. But, honestly, it may be just as convenient when you’re sitting in a driveway waiting to pick someone up or prepping to head out.

Did you know about Tesla’s Hill Hold feature? If so, in what other situations may hill hold come in handy? In addition, let us know if the feature works well and/or if there are any issues we should be made aware of.

Video Description via Now You Know on YouTube:

Model 3 Hill Hold Feature | Tip of the Week

This week’s Model 3 Tip is on the Hill Hold feature!

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales In California Increased 53% In January

Was this the last four-digit sales result in California?

Veloz, the nonprofit organization, estimates that plug-in electric car sales in California increased in January by 53% year-over-year, which is above the pace of the rest of the U.S. (43%).

The total volume stands at 8,463, and with high probability, it could be the last month below 10,000 (if only the pace of growth will not decrease too much).

Cumulative sales are now approaching 550,000:

Source: Veloz

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About 100 Tesla Owners Convened To Test Cars At Michigan Speedway


Guest Contributor: Liz Gattra, President of the St. Louis Tesla Enthusiasts

The 2018 Midwest Tesla Gathering was held last July in Ann Arbor, MI. Almost 100 Tesla Owners gathered together to test their cars out at the Michigan International Speedway.

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

Above: Tesla owners showcased a “need for speed” at this year’s event (Source: Midwest Tesla Gathering)

Reaching speeds over 100 mph, owners were able to test their car’s handling and get a true sense of their car’s power.

After a day on the track, attendees met at the Graduate Hotel for dinner and a talk by Bob Borsh on his experience installing and owning a Tesla Solar array.

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Above: An overview of the event (Youtube: TALONIAN)

Check out some of the event highlights above.

Pre-registration for the 2019 Midwest Tesla Gathering has already opened.  This year MWTG will be descending on Bowling Green, KY, where they have rented out the road course at the NCM Motorsport Park.  The road course is 3.2 miles with multiple turns and curves, which will allow owners to experience the awesome handling that Teslas have due to their low center of gravity plus allow Model 3 Performance owners to test out “Track Mode”.

Above: Tesla owners ready to hit the track (Source: Midwest Tesla Gathering)

To reserve your spot at the 2019 MWTG go to:


Editor’s Note: EVANNEX was proud to be a sponsor (once again) of the 2018 Midwest Tesla Gathering — In addition, the Midwest Tesla Gathering Committee would also like to thank this year’s sponsors Car Craft Autobody and Precision Detailing.

*InsideEVs 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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FIA Planning For Electric World Rally Cross By 2022

The World Rally Championship will move forward with an electric or hybrid solution from 2022.

Details and outlined regulations for the next generation of cars will be revealed this year, with FIA President Jean Todt admitting to his own frustration at the slow progress towards a sustainable future in the WRC.

Todt said: “Myself, I’m completely in favour of taking into account the evolution of motoring for rallying. And clearly it is a big frustration for me not to see that rallying has engaged on at least some hybridisation and some new technology.

“The reason is, I am told by people who are there to run the business, is that manufacturers don’t want [it]. They don’t want to change the regulation. They don’t want… it’s always the reason.

“For me, this is completely no position; when I go in motor shows in Frankfurt, Paris, China, Japan, Geneva, I only see new technologies. For me it’s frustrating to see in an FIA world event they don’t want new technologies.

“But now, finally the manufacturers say we need some hybridisation. The technical people at the FIA, with the input of the manufacturers, [are] working to implement it in 2022. The reason this didn’t happen earlier is because they did not want it.”

FIA rally director Yves Matton added further detail, involving specific regulation changes. The current five-year homologation cycle runs from 2017-2021.

Matton said: “We know very well what is our time frame, it will be in 2019 when we release the regulations and this gives [the manufacturers] more than enough time [to be ready].”

Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Citroën World Rally Team Citroen C3 WRC

Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Citroën World Rally Team Citroen C3 WRC

Photo by: Citroen Communication

M-Sport team principal Rich Millener said the manufacturers were on board with the need to move forward into 2022.

“There will be some form of hybrid [in 2022], that’s a must,” said Millener. “It’s the only way some of the [current] manufacturers will stay in the sport and it’s the only way for us to attract new manufacturers.

“It’s so important to get those regulations out this year. If we can have those in the middle of this season then that gives the sport six months to go to possible new manufacturers to say: “This is what we’ve got, do you want it?””

Millener admitted the process of bringing a hybrid solution to the WRC had taken longer than it might have.

“The manufacturers all want this,” he said. “We all know we want it, but the problem is agreeing what we want; everybody is putting forward the ideas for the best solution that will suit their own product and that’s understandable.

“The FIA needs to take those views away and come back and tells us what we’re going to do. We need to know, for example, will there be common [FIA-supplied] parts and, if so, what will they be?

“The main argument seems to be between low voltage and high voltage hybrid systems – but how do we integrate those systems and what do we use as a base. Will there be some kind of standardised system across the cars?

“We’re in limbo right now, so we need some direction – we need to know will we as M-Sport need some outside assistance with this? When we moved from the 2015-2017 specification cars, the work was all still mechanical.

“OK, there were different strategies and technologies involved, but we could do that work ourselves with the help we get from Ford.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Study shows electric cars lose 41% of range in ‘icy temperature’, Tesla disputes the claim

AAA research released a new study about the effect of temperature on electric vehicle range and they claim that the average electric car range drops “41 percent at 20°F and when the HVAC system is used to heat the inside of the vehicle.”

Tesla disputes the claims saying that data from their own fleet of vehicles show that the decrease is not “anywhere near” what AAA is reporting. more…

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