Skeptic Says Tesla Will Likey Hit Q3 Delivery Guidance

Even the skeptics now think Tesla will meet Q3 delivery guidance

Tesla has said in its second-quarter report that production of Model 3 during Q3 should be between 50,000 and 55,000. If we assume some 25,000 Model S/X, total volume could be 75,000-80,000.

Deliveries could be similar because the third-quarter began with some 11,000 cars in transport to customers.

As the quarter comes to the end, even the Tesla skeptics report that the lower end of the guidance is likely to be achieved:

“Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino kept his Sell rating and $210 price target on Tesla ahead of its Q3 production numbers coming just before the end of the quarter. The analyst estimates about 27.5K Model S/X vehicles and about 52K Model 3 vehicles delivered, which is closer to the bottom end of its guided range of 50K-55K. Tamberrino adds that while the Model 3 deliveries would be just above Tesla’s “compiled consensus estimate” of 51.9K, he also sees an implied slowdown in Model 3 production based on the velocity of Vehicle Identification Number registration trends that is likely associated with the “issues with bottlenecks at the company’s paint shop”.

The biggest factor is how many Model 3s Tesla can produce, as 6,000 a week or even 5,000 a week was not sustained, besides maybe some rush days.

The second problem is how many cars can be delivered, because the delivery system has become a bottleneck, in part solved by Tesla building its own car carriers and delivering direct to door. We could guess that the number of cars in transport to customers or awaiting delivery could increase well beyond the previous 11,000.

As always, we’ll present estimated sales figures for all three Tesla models soon after the month of September comes to an end.

Tesla Model S/X/3 Production (quarterly) – through June 2018

Tesla Model S/X/3 Deliveries (quarterly) – forecast for Q3 2018

Source: via Teslarati

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Lucid owners will get access to Electrify America's chargers, another jab at Tesla

Lucid Air prototype during high-speed test at Transportation Research Center, OhioLucid owners will get prepaid access to Electrify America’s growing number of fast-charging stations when their cars arrive sometime after 2020, both companies announced Tuesday. Electrify America didn’t provide details about the program for Lucid owners, including how much charging owners would have access to, whether it would be available via…
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Renault plans Europe's largest battery storage network

Renault utility storage network to deploy used electric car batteries in France and GermanyEuropean electric-carmaker Renault plans to build the continent’s largest stationary battery storage network next year using old electric-car batteries. Renault announced on Tuesday that it will install used (and some new) electric car batteries in three locations: two Renault factories in France, and the site of a former coal-fired power plant in…
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Audi Receives 10,000-Plus Pre-Orders For e-tron

Audi e-tron enters the market with over 10,000 pre-orders.

According to Lahouari Bennaoum, Director of Audi France, the number of pre-orders for e-tron already exceeds 10,000 (globally).

For comparison, Tesla sold in 2017 over 12,600 Model X in Europe alone. We are now wondering what is the number of pre-orders from Europe, where e-tron could reach comparable sales volume to the Model X.

Production of the Audi e-tron started in Belgium on September 3, 2018 so the first deliveries in Europe are expected soon (for sure before the end of this year). Sales in North America will begin in the second-quarter of 2019, but with no dealer stock expected, we doubt the e-tron will sell in volume here.

Prices start at:

  • €79.900 ($94,000) in Germany
  • $74,800 in U.S.

Audi e-tron specs:

  • 0-60 mph – 5.5 seconds
  • Top speed – 124 mph
  • over 400 km (250 miles) expected under WLTP test cycle
  • 95 kWh battery (36 cell modules, each module is equipped with 12 pouch cells, nominal voltage of 396 volts)
  • battery pack weight: 700 kilograms (1543.2 lb)
  • dual-motor all-wheel drive – up to 300 kW and 664 Nm in S mode (boost) or up to 265 kW and 561 Nm in D mode. Front motor is 135 kW, the rear is 165 kW (S mode).
  • Maximum tow rating – 4,000 pounds when properly equipped
  • 9.6 kW on-board charger (240 V, 40 A) in U.S. and 11 kW or 22 kW three-phase in Europe
  • DC fast charging up to 150 kW: 0-80% in 30 minutes
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Tesla Model X Road Trip From Denver To Zion National Park


Tesla road trips are becoming a popular genre of travel videos. The adventure magazine Outside recently sent writer and filmmaker Brendan Leonard and his girlfriend Hilary on a wonderful western road trip in a Model X. Over the course of five days, they traveled from Denver to Zion National Park, stopping along the way to ski at A-Basin, climb in Telluride, and camp in Monument Valley.

*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: Adventure travel in a Tesla Model X (Image: Outside)

Bren and Hils are apparently new to electric driving, but they quickly get used to the advantages of Tesla travel. Their wide-eyed discovery of such wonders as the frunk, Supercharging, the Tesla app and Autopilot is bound to raise a smile. The backup camera turns out to be a reliable source of entertainment.

Like most beginning electronauts, the two adventurers start out wondering if they’ll find places to charge, but as you’ve probably guessed, this presents no difficulty at all – Superchargers are plentiful along the route, and destination chargers are found just where they’re needed.

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Above: Brendan Leonard embarked on a classic western road trip with his girlfriend Hilary in a Tesla Model X (Youtube: Outside)

The two Outside correspondents don’t just drive around looking at the scenery – they get into some serious climbing and rappelling, and at one point they put their Model X through its 4WD paces, taking it on a steep backcountry dirt road and getting into some mud and snow.

Tesla owners probably won’t learn anything new about the Model X from this clip, but there is some spectacular video footage here, and it’s always great to see people spreading the word about the convenience and fun of electric road trips.


Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Outside

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Porsche Taycan Spotted In U.S.

Porsche Taycan prototype spotted in Mountain View.

Porsche seems to be testing the prototypes of its first all-electric model – the Taycan – all over the world, and recently one of the camouflaged test mules was spotted in Mountain View, California.

It’s slightly different than the prototype seen in June in Montclair, New Jersey, so we believe it’s a newer version. There are new rear lights, wheel covers and… a different fake exhaust setup.

According to Porsche, the Taycan will be capable of sprinting from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in as little as 3.5 seconds. This puts the Taycan in some select company like the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG or the BMW F90 M5. While yes, this does put it at a disadvantage with the Tesla Model S, we’re confident that the Taycan will be a more performance driving optimized vehicle. Not just a straight line beast.

Pre-orders for this upcoming luxury sedan have already started in the United States and several other countries. Customers are able to do a Tesla-like deposit in order to be among the first in the world to take delivery of Porsche’s first pure electric car.

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Tesla Model 3 Unplugged Performance Front Spoiler Installation

How about an aftermarket front spoiler for your Tesla Model 3?

The amount of aftermarket vehicle parts and kits seems to explode every day. This is especially true when it comes to Tesla vehicles and even more true of the Tesla Model 3. Let’s face it, a whole ton of people are taking delivery of Tesla’s popular new sedan, so it’s high time for companies to offer these products. This particular mod is a front lip spoiler by Unplugged Performance that retails for $695.00.

According to Unplugged Performance:

The Unplugged Performance Model 3 Front Lip Spoiler is an easy to install upgrade to enhance the visual impact of your Model 3. The front lip attaches using factory attachment points with no cutting or drilling required. The lip is produced in a rugged impact resistant polymer, designed to take impacts and bounce back.

The front lip spoiler only lowers ground clearance by about a half an inch. This YouTuber has already lowered his Tesla Model 3 over two inches, but he doesn’t seem to have an issue with car’s ground clearance. Watch the video to check out the installation process.

Video Description via 4agemr2 on YouTube:

Tesla Model 3 Unplugged Performance Front Spoiler Installation

I am very excited to share with you my latest mod for my Tesla Model 3, Front lip (spoiler) from Unplugged Performance.

My car is on the UP “LOW” spring and I figure it’s best to show how much clearance you will have even with my 2.1″ drop and straight out of my driveway, don’t even need to angle my car out of the driveway and still plenty of clearance left.

You can find this Front Spoiler from Unplugged Performance’s website:…


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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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Italy To Start Electric Road Trials With Backing From Scania, Siemens

eHighway demo to be installed in Italy

After Germany and Sweden (as well as California) the eHighway concept of catenary power lines above the highway is coming to Italy. The idea, promoted by Siemens and Scania, is to use hybrid trucks with small battery packs, that would be able to drive on electricity alone on the highway.

In the case of Italy, the eHighway will be installed along a 6 km (3.7 mile) section of the A35 Brebemi (between Romano di Lombardia and Calcio exits) in northern Italy, between Brescia, Bergamo and Milan.

We are not convinced about the prospect of catenary power lines on the highways, especially since the concept is several years old. If it didn’t catch on earlier, it will not in the future, as every year battery costs/energy density will increase. Today, we are rather watching the developments of the first batch of long-range heavy-duty all-electric trucks.

Anyways, if you want to know more about the eHighway, here are details:

The eHighway by Siemens

The A35 Brebemi connects Brescia, Bergamo and Milan, three of the main cities in Italy’s Lombardy region, and the project leaders’ ultimate goal is to create the first ‘zero impact’ eHighway in Europe, with solar panels along the 62.1km route generating the required electrical power.

The plan for Italy follows similar projects in Sweden and Germany, and points to the growing profile of electrification as an effective, fossil-free way to combat carbon dioxide emissions.

“A revolutionary project”

As a sign of the project’s rapidly developing momentum in Italy, national and local politicians, plus representatives from Scania, Siemens and local partners A35 Brebemi and Concessioni Autostradali Lombarde (CAL) are involved.

“Scania is ready to work with A35 Brebemi to help deliver the first electrified highway in Italy, a revolutionary project that is destined to change forever the concept of road transport,” says Franco Fenoglio, President and CEO of Italscania.

“Our cooperation with A35 Brebemi, Siemens and the others involved in this project demonstrates that only through cooperation with strategic partners will we be able to accelerate the process of change towards a sustainable transport system. The development of the first electrified highway in Italy, one of the first in Europe, is an example of great innovation and is a source of great pride for our country.”
Francesco Bettoni, the Chairman and President of A35 Brebemi, adds, “The huge interest in the issues we are discussing, and the importance of the players gathered in Brescia to discuss the future of sustainable mobility, show us that this revolution in electric road transport is the right step.

“The A35 electrification project prides itself on having the financial support of CAL and partners such as Scania and Siemens, both leading names in the logistics sector, and with these new technologies I believe we are capable of innovating the entire freight transport sector.”

Technology tried and tested in Sweden and Germany

The Scania trucks that will run on the A35 Brebemi contain tried and tested hybrid technology that was launched on the market in late 2016. Scania’s cooperation with Siemens builds on two other projects involving the two companies – one in Sweden and one in Germany.

For the past two years the two companies have been testing electrification technology on Sweden’s electric highway on the E16 near Gävle, in partnership with the regional authority. Scania and Siemens are also involved in the “Trucks for German eHighways” research project, where Volkswagen Group Research and Siemens will develop technology and electric hybrid long-haulage trucks supplied by Scania for the German eHighway research project. This research is a pre-phase before the start-up of three test separate tests on German public roads near Lübeck, Frankfurt and on the B462 road in Baden-Württemberg.

How it works

Electrification technology works by the trucks receiving electricity from a pantograph power collector that is mounted on the frame behind the cab. The pantographs are in turn connected to overhead power lines that are above the right-hand lane of the road, and the trucks can freely connect to and disconnect from the overhead wires while in motion.

When the truck goes outside the electrically-powered lane, the pantograph is disconnected, and the truck is then powered by the combustion engine or the battery-operated electric motor. The same principle applies when the driver wants to overtake another vehicle while on the electrified strip of the road.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

eMotorWerks deploys 30 MW “virtual battery” in California energy markets

San Francisco-based eMotorWerks is demonstrating the grid balancing potential of its smart-grid EV chargers with a 30-megawatt, distributed “virtual energy storage battery,” which has been active in California since the start of 2017.

With an energy capacity of 70 MWh and eMotorWerks’s JuiceNet cloud software platform as the Battery Management System (BMS), the eMotorWerks virtual battery is active in California Independent System Operator (CAISO) wholesale day-ahead and real-time markets, dynamically managing charging loads to balance grid demand, reduce wholesale energy costs and mitigate the intermittency of renewables.

The virtual battery is made up of over 6,000 of eMotorWerks’s JuiceNet-enabled chargers, spread across the state and concentrated in the major population centers. By controlling them through the company’s cloud-connected JuiceNet software, and enrolling EV drivers to participate in rewards programs, eMotorwerks is delivering grid services such as demand response capacity on a daily basis, with the capital outlay borne by EV drivers instead of utilities.

“Having proved at scale capabilities that no other EV charging technology has accomplished, eMotorWerks is aggregating and bidding EV loads at the wholesale level,” said Val Miftakhov, CEO of eMotorWerks. “Our intelligent platform already delivers on grid integration, wholesale energy cost reduction and renewables integration with cost-effective load aggregation. It’s time for utilities around the country and the world to take advantage of these capabilities and help grow this virtual battery to support our shared electrification and decarbonization goals.”

“Through eMotorWerks’ virtual battery aggregations, EV drivers themselves can participate in the overall health of our grid,” said David Schlosberg, eMotorWerks VP of Energy Market Operations. “Collectively, we have the opportunity to future-proof our electricity systems now by ensuring EV grid integration ‘off the lot’ to prepare for a reliable electricity system dominated by EVs, renewable energy and storage.”


Source: eMotorWerks

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