Audi Discusses Higher Volume, Greener Electric Car Production

The company wants its EV production to be bigger, faster, and greener.

Audi unveiled its new all-electric E-Tron crossover last month, claiming that its new crossover EV providing about 250 miles of driving range was a breakthrough for the company. “It’s game-changing today,” said Dr. Ulrich Widmann, chief operating officer for technical development, speaking with InsideEVs and a small group of reporters right before the unveiling. “But as you know, technology moves forward year by year. You are never at the end.” The first deliveries of the 2019 E-Tron are expected in Q2 2019.

When asked about the future direction of Audi EVs, Dr. Widmann talked about improvements in battery chemistry. “We will increase energy storage without the size of the battery getting bigger,” he said. At the same time, Dr. Widmann said that Audi is also focused on battery safety, ensuring that the cooling fluid never interacts with the lithium-ion cells, even in a severe accident.

Dr. Widmann acknowledged that Audi’s electric vehicles will be able to accommodate solid-state batteries, which he said should arrive by about 2025. Flexibility is the key. “The Audi E-Tron uses pouch cells, but the architecture also allows for prismatic cells,” he said. “The reason for this is to be technologically independent of worldwide suppliers because some prefer prismatic and others prefer a pouch design.”

Dr. Widmann responded to questions about the overall green-ness of electric vehicles—not only while on the road but based on production. He said that Audi is planning to shift to using 100-percent renewables. “Through 2025, we will change all of our plants to use renewable energy,” he said. That includes the energy used by suppliers to product components. “We are speaking with our suppliers about their energy use, but it will take a little time before we have all the answers. This is a new thing.”

We reported in May that Audi is working on a so-called premium platform electric architecture for the future. Nearly 600 engineers from Audi and 300 from Porsche are working on the project. It seeks to exploit all the advantages of a pure EV to make it scalable for a range of vehicles from sedans to SUVs. Both Audi and Porsche will produce vehicles based on the premium architecture.

“Two big companies with a lot of experience developing cars are coming together,” he said. The goal of the new premium EV architecture is to improve charging times, introduce a new generation of connectivity, and to produce EVs at a faster pace. “All these things are designed so we can realize a lot of Audi vehicles, as well as some sporty versions for Porsche.” The first new models using the premium electric architecture are expected to arrive in less than three years.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Taxi Driver Granted Unlimited Supercharger Use After Court Steps In

Tesla Superchargers will be used by this taxi driver for free.

Several years ago, when Tesla was introducing the Model S and the Supercharging network, the automaker promised that all cars are granted unlimited charging for free forever. The intention was to offer free unlimited charging for long-distance travel, but as some were using chargers to save on electricity (daily charging or commercial car use) and the stations became crowded, the policy changed – for new cars Tesla offers Supercharging for a fee (also idling isn’t free).

In the Netherlands, one of the customers bought a Tesla Model S in 2014 with the idea to use it as a taxi at Schiphol airport and to charge at a local Supercharger. Because the station wasn’t able to serve all cars, Tesla decided to cut off cars used as taxis from free charging during peak hours. The case landed in court, where a civil service judge from the Court of Amsterdam ruled in favor of a claimant who filed suit against Tesla.

“Car manufacturer Tesla must allow a taxi driver unlimited and free of charge to use his super-fast charging stations, also at the Amsterdam Zuidoost location,” – court statement

It’s an important lesson to clearly communicate intentions and if Supercharging is going to be free only for private use it needs to be described up front. Does this mean that all taxi drivers can use Superchargers? We are not sure. But provided they bought car with unlimited Supercharging, there now seems to be a landmark case in favor.

Here is the most important part of the court info, brought to us by Teslarati:

As read in the court statement:

In an e-mail dated 11 January 2018, Tesla informed a number of taxi drivers, including [the plaintiff], among other things:

” Increasingly, we are seeing a commercial use of the Supercharger (one of the charging stations for the Tesla, where electricity can be charged at high speed, viz.) In Amsterdam Zuidoost. This Supercharger is located at the same location as Tesla’s headquarters for Europe, also service center as well as sales location. This increasingly leads to queues for the Supercharger during peak hours and an unclear, and sometimes even dangerous (traffic) situation, for customers, employees, suppliers and other visitors. In view of (traffic) safety at this location, we reserve the right to change the access for taxis to this Supercharger in Amsterdam-Zuidoost after 31 January 2018, especially during peak hours, from 7:00 to 22 :00h, to limit. “

On the same day, [the plaintiff] protested against it by e-mail. This e-mail states, among other things: 
” At the time of the conclusion of our (purchase) agreement, it was expressly agreed at the time that I would be allowed to use all supercharges from Tesla in the world free of charge and without any restrictions. At the time of the conclusion of our agreement, it was entirely clear to Tesla that the vehicle purchased by me would be used as a taxi .”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla rushes to reveal earnings on Wednesday for expected ‘near profitable’ record quarter

Tesla rushes to deliver its Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Webcast on Wednesday, October 24 – a week early.

The early earnings come as Tesla is expected to deliver a record quarter and even come close to profitability, according to comments by Elon Musk. more…

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Mercedes-Benz eActros Sports A Refrigeration Unit


Mercedes-Benz just delivered the second out of 10 eActros electric trucks that are being tried by customers before the German manufacturer will be ready for series production. The 25-tonne truck will be operated by Meyer-Logistik in Hamburg.

This particular eActros is one of the most favorable applications for an EV because it’s equipped with a refrigeration unit and needs to drive just around 100 km (62 miles) during a single shift.

Having a big battery comes in handy to power the refrigeration box with up to 10 tonnes of payload.

Mercedes-Benz eActros

“Mannheim – Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered yet another all-electric eActros to a customer for on-road testing. The recipient this time around is Meyer-Logistik. For one year, the company based in Friedrichsdorf in Hessen will now be test-driving a 25-tonne truck with a refrigeration unit for transporting temperature-sensitive foodstuffs from the warehouse to different supermarkets in the centre of Hamburg. The weight of the transported goods can be up to 10 tonnes. The whole day’s tour is approx. 100 kilometres long and is dealt with by one driver in one shift at first. There is no need to recharge during the trip because the range of the eActros is up to 200 km. The vehicle hand-over to Meyer-Logistik was on Thursday on the warehouse premises of a major German supermarket chain in Stelle near Hamburg.”

Mercedes-Benz eActros spec:

  • two versions – 18 or 25 tonnes
  • 240 kWh battery pack
  • up to 200 km (125 miles) of range
  • ZF AVE 130 twin-motor drive axle – the system output stands at 250 kW and 970 Nm
  • fast charging at 80 kW it takes three hours (at least 11 hours at 20 kW)

Press release:

Fully electric Mercedes-Benz truck for heavy-duty distribution: Hamburg supermarkets receive deliveries electrically now: Mercedes-Benz Trucks hands over eActros to Meyer-Logistik

  • Daily delivery to supermarkets in Hamburg city centre
  • Locally emission-free and quiet
  • Daily trips of approx. 100 kilometres – one battery charge is sufficient
  • Part of the eActros “innovation fleet” of a total of 10 vehicles

Mannheim – Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered yet another all-electric eActros to a customer for on-road testing. The recipient this time around is Meyer-Logistik. For one year, the company based in Friedrichsdorf in Hessen will now be test-driving a 25-tonne truck with a refrigeration unit for transporting temperature-sensitive foodstuffs from the warehouse to different supermarkets in the centre of Hamburg. The weight of the transported goods can be up to 10 tonnes. The whole day’s tour is approx. 100 kilometres long and is dealt with by one driver in one shift at first. There is no need to recharge during the trip because the range of the eActros is up to 200 km. The vehicle hand-over to Meyer-Logistik was on Thursday on the warehouse premises of a major German supermarket chain in Stelle near Hamburg.

Meyer-Logistik is one of twenty customers from different industries that have integrated the heavy-duty electric truck into their fleet. Each of these selected customers will put a near-series version of either the 18 or 25-tonne variant through its paces in real operations and will test the respective vehicle for its suitability for their daily field of work. The aim is to make locally emission-free and quiet driving a reality in cities by 2021, also with series heavy-duty trucks – and all of this as economically viable as with a diesel truck. The test series consists of two phases, each with ten customers and spanning a total of around two years.

The first eActros of the so-called “innovation fleet” has been in action since September with a customer, and the second one was handed over at the beginning of October. The rest of the first phase of vehicle hand-overs will be completed by the end of the year. All test customers transport goods in urban areas and use the eActros for tasks which would otherwise be carried out by conventional diesel vehicles – in a wide range of different sectors and categories. The palette ranges from food to building and industrial materials. The body variants range from refrigerated and box bodies to bulk goods and tarpaulin bodies.

Field tests are an important milestone on the way to the series product

Oliver Kraft, Head of Key Account Management Mercedes-Benz Trucks Germany: “The practical tests with the eActros are an important milestone for us on the way to the series product. Each customer makes a valuable contribution towards the further development right up to series production by using and testing the eActros in a very special area of everyday operation. Our experts are available to our customers around the clock. Before starting, we have given our customers intensive advice. That includes working together to define their individual requirements, choose the corresponding variant of the eActros and sort out questions about the required infrastructure. Before the tests started, our experts gave the drivers and the customers’ dispatchers thorough coaching.”

“We are delighted that we now have our long-standing customer Meyer-Logistik testing the eActros for us, and we look forward to receiving many interesting insights,” Kraft continued.

Meyer-Logistik: alternative drive concepts are an important factor

Matthias Strehl, Managing Director of Meyer-Logistik: “As a company that supplies supermarkets with foodstuffs in metropolitan areas, we would like to keep the impact of our work on humans and the environment as small as possible. That is why using alternative drive concepts has been such an important part of our corporate strategy long since. We are happy to be able to test drive the eActros in Hamburg now. We think e-trucks are perfect for delivering over that last mile – for example to supermarkets. Because they are locally emission-free and very silent, which really reduces the burden on local residents.”

Schmitz Cargobull: refrigerated replacement box, electric cooling unit

The refrigerated replacement box on the eActros used by Meyer-Logistik is the “W.KO COOL” model supplied by Schmitz Cargobull. It has optimum insulation for energy-efficient transport of refrigerated goods. This robust body is ideally suited for intensive day-to-day use. The purely electrically operated cooling unit functions completely emission-free and is specially designed for use in distribution traffic. “Electromobility for commercial vehicles is a highly significant topic that opens up new opportunities. We use these with our refrigerated unit,” said Jörg Irsfeld, Head of IKAM at Schmitz Cargobull.

The eActros: architecture specifically configured for electric drive

The frame of the Mercedes-Benz Actros is used as the basis for the eActros. Otherwise, the vehicle architecture has been configured specifically for an electric drive system, with a high proportion of specific components. The drive axle, for example, is based on the ZF AVE 130 that has already proved its worth in hybrid and fuel-cell buses from Mercedes-Benz, and has now been fundamentally revised for the eActros. The drive system comprises two electric motors located close to the rear-axle wheel hubs. They have an output of 126 kW each, together with a maximum torque of 485 Nm each. The gearing ratios turn this into 11 000 Nm each, resulting in a performance that is comparable with that of a diesel truck. The maximum permissible axle load stands at the usual 11.5 tonnes. The energy comes from lithium-ion batteries with 240 kWh. Depending on the available charging capacity, they can be fully charged within two to eleven hours (at 150 and 20 kW).

Daimler commercial vehicles with an extensive electric portfolio

Daimler has already been gaining experience with electric trucks since 2010, and since last year it has had its first series-production, fully electric truck in the market and in customer hands: the Fuso eCanter light-duty truck. The first eCitaro buses will be delivered from the end of the year, and will go into practical operations in the context of so-called customer-oriented driving trials. In the van sector, the eVito from Mercedes-Benz Vans has been orderable since November 2017 and the first deliveries are due very soon. The eSprinter will follow in 2019. Therefore, the vehicles from Daimler Trucks, Daimler Buses and Mercedes-Benz Vans thus ensure that every aspect of inner-city transport is catered for with electric vehicles.

Sponsorship as part of the “Concept ELV²” project

As part of the “Concept ELV²” project, the development and testing of heavy-duty electric trucks for distribution operations is subsidised to different degrees by the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi).

Source: Electric Vehicle News

How To Set Up The Dashcam In A Tesla Running Firmware v9.0

Tesla rolled out version 9.0 of its in-car firmware a few days ago, which included the new Dashcam feature. Dashcam takes advantage of the built-in cameras that come with the car to allow drivers to actively record video onto a properly configured USB drive. As it’s not just plug and play, we will take you through the process of getting the new DashCam setup. Let’s get started!
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News: Hyundai Nexo FCEV To Go on Sale This Year

Estimated 380-Mile Driving Range; Five-Minute Refueling Time

Hyundai has already shown the 2019 Nexo fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) crossover, the replacement for the Tucson FCEV. Like its predecessor, the Hyundai Nexo will only be available at a handful of California dealers when it goes on sale before the end of the year.

A New Fuel Cell System

In addition to a new dedicated platform, the fuel cell system in the Hyundai Nexo is a next-generation design that is both more powerful and efficient. Although smaller than the fuel cell in the Tucson, overall total energy has increased by 20 percent. The 95-kilowatt fuel cell paired with a 40-kilowatt battery feed an electric motor that produces 161 horsepower and 291 pounds-feet of torque. FCEVs are not touted as speed machines, the Nexo included, although its claimed 9.5-second zero-to-60-mph time chops three seconds off the Tucson’s number.

Hyundai Nexo

Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle gets a dedicated platform

Hyundai has adapted an e-booster to compress the air coming into the fuel cell stack. Since the compressor is typically the single noisiest part of the system, this has made a noticeable improvement in sound quality.

The Nexo places the battery pack in the cargo bay and uses three identical 13.7 gallon tanks with two under the rear seat and the third under the cargo floor. As a result, the Nexo is left with 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. Once the hydrogen tanks are empty, the Nexo can be refueled in five minutes, according to Hyundai.

An interesting feature of the Nexo is its air purification system. Before sending air into the fuel cell stack, it is run through a filtration system that removes 99.9 percent of particulate matter, fine dust and other air pollutants. So not only does it emit nothing but water vapor, the excess air comes out cleaner than it went in.

Design Features

Capitalizing on the popularity of crossover SUVs, it’s not surprising that Hyundai chose that market segment when designing the Hyundai Nexo. At the front, the typical Hyundai cascading grille has been more integrated into the face, while overall a smoother, cleaner shape optimizes aerodynamics of the hydrogen-fueled crossover.

Hyundai Nexo

Five-minute refueling is the hydrogen promise

An interesting detail of the Nexo design is the vertical slots built into the D-pillars at the rear of the body. Air flowing through these slots creates a virtual wall, managing the overall airflow at the back of the vehicle. Air tumbling off the back of a vehicle body creates turbulence that is a prime source of drag. Combined with other aerodynamic design features including wheel air curtains, aerodynamic wheel design, auto-flush door handles and hidden front wipers contribute to an overall coefficient of drag of 0.32. That’s a notable number for an SUV of this size.

High-Tech Inside

Inside, the Hyundai Nexo has a high-tech looking cabin with a large dual display panel that stands atop the dash, spanning from the left to the center. Like other Hyundais, it has support for Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The Bluelink remote app shows real-time driving range estimates and has a hydrogen fuel station locator and the ability to send directions directly to the in-car navigation system.

Hyundai Nexo

High-tech inside and out of this FCEV

There are a host of driver-assist technologies, like forward collision-avoidance assist, high-beam assist and what it calls remote smart parking assist. By pressing a button on the fob, the Hyundai Nexo can automatically back itself into a parking slot and pull itself out, or parallel park itself.

In addition to launching the Nexo in the U.S., the Korean automaker has announced it will deploy 1,500 fuel cell trucks in Switzerland and France over the next five years. The automaker also plans to introduce 38 new or redesigned green vehicles by 2025, likely including models for its Kia and Genesis brands.

No pricing or exact delivery dates have been announced, but Hyundai said the Nexo will initially be available in Southern California at Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys, and Tustin Hyundai in Tustin by the of the year. Capitol Hyundai, which is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, will begin selling the fuel-cell vehicle in 2019.

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Hundreds Try Chevy Bolt At GM Pilot Program In Pennsylvania

10 charging stations were also installed as part of the program

A fleet of Chevy Bolt EVs are hitting the road as part of a pilot program between General Motors and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Over 260 Geisinger employees got to drive the Bolt EV. A small number were also picked from a lottery for an extended test drive of the vehicle.

Todd Merritt lucked out in that lottery and stated “it was a great experience to be able to drive it.” The Geisinger employee was able to drive the Chevy Bolt for a full week. Merritt feels the car “matches what you would expect from a car and also it is more environmentally friendly.”

Michael Ableson, Vice President of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure at GM, spoke before a crowd at the medical center. He explained that people living in large cities are becoming more and more interested in sustainability and better quality of life. “And that’s what the healthcare industry is all about: how to improve quality of life. And it’s certainly something we see from our customers as they move into these mega-cities. So we get this challenge of more people living closer together that have to have their transportation needs met. But they expect to do it in a greener way and a more sustainable way.”

Ableson also expressed optimism about future autonomous driving electric vehicle efforts at Cruise Automation.

Chevy Bolt EV at Geisinger Medical Center

As part of the program, 10 electric vehicle charging stations were also installed on the property. While the Chevy Bolt fleet will leave in November, the charging stations will remain. Employees were given a survey before and after test drives to gauge their opinion of driving electric.

This program is interesting not only because it increases electric vehicle awareness, but it also gets “buts in seats.” Hundreds of people likely experienced electric driving for the first time. Best of all, there is now a row of electric vehicle chargers installed as a daily reminder of the event.

Perhaps on their next vehicle purchase they will think to themselves: “Why not get an electric this time?” Check out the link below for a video of the event.

Source: WNEP

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Karma Adds Dealers And Limited Edition Revero Inspired By California Beaches

Karma says the new Aliso Edition is inspired by the “sights and sounds of Aliso Beach”

Karma Automotive today announced the Aliso Edition of the plug-in hybrid Revero. The Aliso Editions will have ‘Revero Aliso’ badges as well custom wheels, unique exterior paint and new interior leather-trim colors. Only 15 will be produced and will be individually numbered.

The interior colors on this limited edition are intended to evoke the feeling of California. Karma’s Barny Koehler states that the design team “looked to California’s vibrant 1,000-mile coastline and dramatic mountains for inspiration.”

Since re-launching the plug-in hybrid less than 2 years ago, the company has been quietly focused on providing a customized vehicle for luxury collectors. According to CEO Lance Zhou:

Our Aliso Edition is an example of what ‘custom’ can mean for Karma. It’s a specially-crafted luxury electric vehicle for a very select few who seek a truly unique product, and something we believe can be a model for how Karma approaches other unique custom editions and contribute to the sales growth of the company.

The new limited edition will go on sale today for $145,000 and is expected to arrive at dealers between November through the end of the year.

There are also now more cities where the plug-in can be ordered and serviced. Additional dealerships in Seattle, Chicago, and Westlake Village in California are all opening up just in time for the newest model. There are currently just over a dozen dealerships across the United States and Canada.

Karma Revero Interior

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Polestar Cube Is All-Electric Brand’s New Digs, Not A Destroyer Of Worlds

Assimilate this.

Of the many big baddies from the Star Trek universe, the Swedish-sounding Borg rank as one of the most terrifying, with their faceless cube-shaped ships destroying anything and everything in their path. This cube in Sweden is not a destroyer of worlds, though. It’s just the new home of Polestar.

Called (imaginatively) the Polestar Cube, the building may share its shape with the ships of Captain Picard’s arch-nemesis, but it’s anything but terrifying. The white glass façade looks like something Apple would build (if it didn’t have a flying saucer for its headquarters) and is but one part of a new complex in Gothenburg dedicated to Volvo’s new all-electric sub-brand. Aside from the windows, the only break in the smooth surface is for Polestar’s star-shaped logo, which is lit up in white.

“Minimalistic, avant-garde design is at the core of the Polestar brand, in our cars and in the way that we interact with our customers. Design also plays a role in how we feel and cooperate in our workplace,” Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo’s design boss, said in a release. “With the new headquarters, we wanted to transform an existing structure to create a new, modern building on the Volvo Cars campus that expresses our brand values, and which becomes an inspiring and desirable place for our global team to work.”

Polestar Cube


According to Polestar, this is far from the first building to shout from the rooftops about the company’s conservative Swedish design credentials. The company has also used major luxury events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Geneva Motor Show, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as venues to express its sense of style.

The Polestar Cube was designed by Swedish architecture firm Bornstein Lyckefors, with plenty of input from the Polestar team. The outfit’s new digs come ahead of its first dedicated factory, in Chengdu, China, and just one year after its introduction in Shanghai.

Source: Electric Vehicle News