Policymakers Experience 0-60-MPH Acceleration In Tesla Model 3

Atlantic City event shows off EVs to elected officials and pushes back against reduced clean-car standards.

The Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center hosted a recent ride and drive event to let policymakers experience electric cars. The purpose of the event was not only to excite the officials with these impressive electric cars, but also to put emphasis on the necessity to fight the proposed rollback of vehicles emissions policy. The event showcased two Tesla Model 3 vehicles, a Tesla Model X, and a Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Democrat Assemblyman John Armato (who is also an experienced drag racer) was in the driver’s seat of the Model 3 Performance, while a Tesla rep and a reporter were also in the vehicle. The story begins:

It felt more like an airplane taking off than a car accelerating, as the Tesla Model 3 performance vehicle hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on the old Bader Field runway Monday.

Environment New Jersey invited the government officials hoping that they might be able to be convinced to convert public fleets to electric. Atlantic City is a very popular destination, so a transition like this could have an impressive and positive impact. Mayor Frank Gilliam believes it’s the government’s job to promote electric cars by example. The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee recently pushed a bill to add charging infrastructure in the state and push EV adoption. The state also doesn’t charge sales tax on electric vehicle purchases.

Mayor Gilliam had an opportunity to test drive a Chevrolet Bolt EV that belongs to ChargEVC CEO Pam Frank. In fact, he raced it against a Tesla driven by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo. Though the 0-to-60-mph time in the Chevrolet is more than double that of the Model 3, at 7 seconds, it’s still a peppy car with plenty of torque. It also costs about half as much as the Model 3 Performance. Frank shared:

This beats most cars at a traffic light. And there are no tune ups. All those things you do to service a gas vehicle are gone.

It’s events like these and support from the government that can rally to promote electric cars. Let’s hope other states will take notice and move things in the right direction.

Source: PressofAtlanticCity

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The introduction (and US reception) of the Chevy Bolt EV has pulled forward GM's 200,000th sale by at least a year (now expected in Q2 2018)

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GM confirms it will reach EV tax credit ceiling this year—then phaseout begins

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVBeginning next April, buyers of General Motors’ electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids won’t be getting the same break on their purchase as those who buy those vehicles from any other brand. Any other brand but Tesla, that is. GM has confirmed to Green Car Reports that it will reach 200,000 deliveries of vehicles eligible for the…
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Autoline Calls Out Euro Automakers For Bad EV Styling

We don’t need no stinkin’ grills

John McElroy has been a car enthusiast and an automotive journalist for a good number of years now. It’s pretty fair to say he knows a thing or two about cars and their history. In this latest edition of Ask Autoline, a show where he talks about an issue in the industry and then fields questions from the YouTube live chat, the topic revolves around electric vehicle styling. The title of the episode states his position succinctly: “Why The Europeans Blew It with Electric Cars.”

McElroy takes the first eight minutes to lay out the case that the European automakers have, for the most part, stuck with more traditional designs for their upcoming electric vehicles, instead of taking a more forward-looking approach. This, he says, will cause them to look dated in the next few years. The biggest styling issue, and one that’s probably most obvious to observers, centers on the grill. He specifically calls out the Audi e-tron, the Mercedes EQC, and the Jaguar I-Pace.

One design he does like belongs to the BMW iNext concept, despite his comparison of its grill to “the nostrils on a snapping turtle.”  He also is rather fond of the Porsche Taycan, but then, who isn’t? Interestingly, other electric vehicle designs he does like are from startup companies: the Lucid Air and the Faraday Future FF91. He also likes what Tesla has done with its designs.

Though the premise of the show is EV design, when the questions start coming in, they tend to wander all over the electric vehicle space, so it’s an interesting watch. McElroy’s roots are decidedly in traditional automobiles, but he’s been doing his EV homework and provides some thoughtful answers. Enjoy!

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Hands-on: Nomad Wireless Charger for Tesla Model 3 [Video]

With a car as forward thinking as the Model 3, I admit that it’s a bit disappointing that Tesla didn’t opt for wireless smartphone charging, or at least make a wireless charger for Tesla Model 3 an option in the design studio. As Tesla makes progress with Model 3 deliveries and eventually ushers in the standard range battery option, it’ll hopefully begin addressing smaller wants like this.

Until then, there are wireless charging solutions made available by third-parties. One of the most popular options, the Nomad Wireless Charger for Tesla Model 3, recently landed in the office. Nomad, which is known for its Horween Leather-based iPhone cases and iPhone accessories, saw an excellent opportunity to fill the needs of Model 3 owners. The result is a wireless charging pad that could easily pass as being a native part of the Model 3. Watch our hands-on video as we discuss the ins and outs of Nomad’s wireless charging solution. more…

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Tesla (TSLA) is about to release its third quarter 2018 results – here’s what to expect

Tesla (TSLA) is set to announce its third quarter 2018 financial results today after the markets close. As usual, set to follow the results is a conference call and Q&A with Tesla’s management. This time it’s a little later at 3:30pm Pacific Time (6:30pm Eastern Time).

Here we take a look at what both the street and retail investors are expecting for the quarterly results. more…

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Here’s What Tesla V9 Autopilot Sees

What does the world look like in Tesla Autopilot Version 9?

We’ve seen many different videos showing what Tesla Autopilot “sees.” This is due to the work of people in the Tesla community with the know-how to hack into the system and capture the camera feeds. This newest video is not only unique since it’s the first to show Software Version 9, but it also lets us see six feeds all at the same time.

The new software update finally allows Tesla’s neural net work with all cameras. While we can’t say definitively how much Tesla Autopilot has improved as a result of the update, you can clearly see that the cameras are taking in an impressive amount of the environment surrounding the car, and the technology seems to “see” and identify what it’s supposed to. Now, it’s just a matter of time before all of this valuable data can be processed to a level that assures vastly improved results.

If you’ve used Tesla Autopilot with the new Software Version 9, we’d love to read your impressions in the comment section.

Video Description via greentheonly on YouTube:

Seeing the world in autopilot v9

This is running 18.39.6 firmware. All autopilot cameras are utilized.

This video does not show “narrow” stream because it’s somewhat redundant with main.

You may notice certain choppiness on all the cameras other than “main” – this is because while main camera is captured at 36fps and is therefore very smooth, the “fisheye” is only captured at 6fps and the sides are at 9fps (the car captures all cameras at 36fps and backup camera at 30fps) – I needed to limit the rate of the intake to not overwhelm my storage device (it is still struggling a bit and that’s why sometimes framerate drops on some cams).

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Evoke is testing modular new electric motorcycle batteries with 15 minute charging

Evoke Motorcycles has an impressive offering of moderately priced electric motorcycles. Now, the electric motorcycle startup is innovating even further with new, extremely fast charging batteries.

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Despite No Model 3 Yet, Tesla Outsold Lexus In Europe In September

Lexus can be beaten by Tesla in Europe even without the Model 3.

ACEA reports that new registrations of Lexus cars in Western Europe (EU15 + EFTA countries) stood in September at 4,837 (down 10.7% year-over-year) and at 31,714 in through the first nine months of 2018.

According to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de) strong Tesla sales in the last month of the third quarter enabled it to outsell Lexus, although the California company still is some 10,000 below Lexus YTD in Europe.

In other words, even without the Model 3 available in Europe yet, Tesla is above Lexus. However, when the Model 3 finally hits the market, Toyota’s premium brand will maybe then understand that the future is electric, not hybrid.


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Nissan LEAF Might Become 10% More Expensive Because Of Brexit

The European Nissan LEAF is produced in Sunderland, UK

The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric car of any kind in Europe this year, but that won’t necessarily be the case after 29 March 2019 at 11 p.m. when Brexit becomes fact.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) warns that without an agreement between the UK and the European Union, the general WTO rules will apply a 10% tariff to all cars traded between the EU and the UK. 10% would make a significant difference to the value proposition, especially when competition strengthens (new models).

Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said:

“Some of our members are also planning a temporary post-Brexit production shutdown. But the harsh fact is that no amount of contingency planning can realistically cover all the gaps left by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on WTO terms.”

Under WTO rules, a 10% tariff would be applied to all cars traded between the EU and the UK. Jonnaert: “We cannot forget that profit margins in our industry are significantly lower than 10%. At the end of the day, these extra costs will either be passed on to the consumer or will have to be absorbed by the manufacturers.”

Nissan Sunderland Plant

In the worst case scenario, Nissan LEAF produced in the UK for countries in European Union will become 10% more expensive (at least if other factors do not absorb the tariff).

We are not sure about any changes in the case of Norway (the Nissan LEAF’s biggest market in Europe) or Switzerland, which are outside of the EU (there could be no difference), but for sure LEAF’s business case in Europe is currently uncertain.

This also might impact the arrival of the 60 kWh battery version model of the LEAF in Europe.

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Press release:

Brexit: auto industry urges negotiators to avert worst-case scenario

Brussels, 17 October 2018 – Ahead of this evening’s Brexit summit, Europe’s auto manufacturers and suppliers have come together to issue a stark warning on the potentially far-reaching impacts of a no-deal scenario on their sector, which would threaten their very business model.

Automobile production plants – be they in the EU27 or the UK – receive and fit millions of parts into vehicles every day. All manufacturers rely on ‘just-in-time’ and ‘just-in-sequence’ delivery and production, without any delays or obstacles. These parts are in constant transit in trucks, arriving as and when they are needed.

Every day 1,100 EU trucks cross the Channel to deliver to car and engine plants in the United Kingdom alone, for example. After Brexit, even short hold-ups at customs will cause massive logistical problems, disrupting the production process and generating significant costs.

“Our members are already making contingency plans and are looking for warehouse spaces to stockpile parts,” stated Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers. “However, the space required to stockpile for more than a short time would be absolutely huge – and expensive.”

“Some of our members are also planning a temporary post-Brexit production shutdown. But the harsh fact is that no amount of contingency planning can realistically cover all the gaps left by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on WTO terms.”

Under WTO rules, a 10% tariff would be applied to all cars traded between the EU and the UK. Jonnaert: “We cannot forget that profit margins in our industry are significantly lower than 10%. At the end of the day, these extra costs will either be passed on to the consumer or will have to be absorbed by the manufacturers.”

“The clock is ticking, but it is not yet too late. That is why we are urging the negotiating teams on both sides to redouble their efforts to successfully conclude a withdrawal deal,” Jonnaert underlined.

Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General, European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA): “Everything possible must be done to secure a future exchange of goods, services and people that is frictionless. Automotive components often cross borders several times before the final product reaches the customer, and that includes Channel crossings. Any change in the level of integration of the value chain will have an adverse effect on the competitiveness of individual companies and the sector as a whole.”

“Smaller companies in particular, that constitute important building blocks of the supply chain, do not have the internal systems, IT platforms or staff in place to deal with customs declarations, tariff classification, customs valuation, or calculations based on content origin. SMEs will be forced to deal with at least some of these issues if they want to continue to trade and serve their customers, facing additional financial and logistical risks.”

De Vries: “CLEPA recently surveyed its membership and the most important feedback to policy makers was: remove uncertainty. It remains crucially important to provide clarity on the future relation with the UK as quickly as possible, starting with a withdrawal agreement so that a cliff-edge scenario can be avoided.”


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This Hyundai Kona Electric Review Claims “It’s Amazing”

Yet another positive review on the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric.

At this point, one review after of another of the Hyundai Kona Electric seem to be teeming with praise. YouTuber James (from James and Kate) gets an opportunity to check out friend and fellow YouTuber Nigel’s Kona Electric. They hit the road in the new EV and share why it’s such an amazing vehicle.

Hyundai and Kia are beginning to crank out more electric models over a short period of time. Unfortunately, this means that they’re not so easy to get and U.S. availability will be an issue, at least initially. Still, the Kona Electric is clearly a glimpse of what the future will bring to the electric car segment. Let’s take a brief look at some of James’ and Nigel’s notable takeaways. It’s important to point out that the test car is the loaded SE trim.

PROS

  • Excellent range
  • Easily maneuverable
  • Comfortable leather seats
  • Excellent safety features
  • Rear passenger room is sufficient
  • Spacious cargo area
  • Sport Mode is almost too peppy at times
  • Impressive one-pedal driving

CONS

  • Interior could be higher quality
  • Rear visibility can be obstructed by pillar

In the end, Nigel says that after 5,000 miles, the Kona Electric is the best car he’s ever owned. For more details, watch the video. Then, share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Video Description via James and Kate on YouTube:

Hyundai Kona Electric — It’s Amazing!!!

There was once only one EV that brought luxury, power and long range travel to consumers, but thats slowly changing. This, the new Hyundai Kona does all of this but at less than half the price of the cheapest Model S available. I take ride with owner and Youtube Vlogger, Nigel, as he shows me just how good this latest EV to market really is, you won’t be disappointed. Here’s a link to Nigel’s excellent channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5X6…

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