Here’s The Estimated Range Of Tesla Model S, 3 & X At Highway Speeds

Teslike compiles range data from multiple sources into a single handy chart.

When in a familiar driving situation, an electric vehicle owner knows what to expect from his or her trusty plug-in. But range estimates become more complicated when you step out of your daily routine. Driving style, terrain, speed, and exterior temperature can all have an impact on the number of miles you can count on traveling.

Well Troy (of Teslike and TMC fame) has been maintaining a chart that assists Tesla owners with at least one of those factors. The list covers the Tesla Model S, Model X and Model 3. It provides driving ranges for each model at speeds of 55, 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80 mph. Troy also takes into consideration rim size, pack size, charging rate, and even battery degradation. So how far can your Tesla go at 80 mph?

Troy also lists a “corrected” highway range that slightly differs from the advertised EPA highway ranges. Adjustments were made to correct for voluntary reductions made by Tesla in testing. This practice is allowed by the EPA and automakers can take advantage of this wiggle room in different ways. According to Troy:

EPA rated range is not even the actual combined city and highway score because EPA allows car manufacturers to inflate or deflate the scores after the test is done. Deflating happens by voluntary reductions. Car manufacturers are allowed to voluntarily reduce the EPA rated range they want to advertise.

As with any vehicle, your mileage may vary. Still, this chart is a handy guide. We have actually posted a link to it previously in fact. However, since we and others have found the information so useful, we felt it deserved a separate post.

Source: Model 3 Owners Club

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Bjørn Nyland Visits Samsung’s EVAR Autonomous Charging Robot: Video

EVAR is an autonomous charging robot for parking lots

Bjørn Nyland seems to find the gold mine of interesting EV stuff in South Korea, presenting another slick development.

The latest episode is about the Electric Vehicle Automatic Recharging (EVAR) robot, at the Samsung C-Lab Project.

EVAR can autonomously find and approach an electric car that needs a recharge (the need must first be signalized through the app). When EVAR  finds the car and connects to the special EVSE adapter attached to the registration plate, it offers 7.4 kW of single-phase charging from a 10 kWh battery. The proof-of-concept spec, of course, could be different in the future with higher power and a bigger battery.

Does the market need such robots? We are not encouraged at this time as the cost of installation of dozens or hundreds of outlets that share power (which is important) would probably be more cost effective, but who knows.

EVAR team released today also official video:

“Automatic charging robot with high capacity battery for EV cars, which drives autonomously within the parking lot”

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Tesla Opens Its First 9 Body Repair Centers

Tesla is now performing some body repairs in-house.

Tesla doesn’t stop evolving and adapting to the changing environment and continues with its vertical integration of its offer over the entire value chain.

One of the latest moves is the launch of its own body repair shops to solve the long wait times at 3rd party body repair shops in the Tesla Approved Body Shop Network. The idea is ato achieve tempting same-day body repairs.

Currently, the first nine Tesla Body Repair Centers, envisioned only for light collision repair, were opened in the U.S.:

  • Bellevue, Washington
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Eatonville, Florida
  • Houston, Texas
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Marietta, Georgia
  • Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Van Nuys, California
  • Villa Park, Illinois

If the repairs overwhelm the Tesla Body Repair Centers or there are none in the area yet, consumers will be directed to a 3rd party Body Shop in the Tesla Approved Body Shop Network.

Electrek cites an example (from reddit) of a well-executed repair at the Tesla Body Repair Centers and hopefully, it will be the experience of all customers – “My Tesla was in and out same day with amazing service”.

“He showed up at my work this morning with a loaner, had me sign a couple of forms and left with my car.

He texted me when my car arrived at their shop. He texted me to let me know they corrected my reported issue. He texted to let me know they noticed my Frunk latch was out of spec and asked my permission to fix it. And then he texted to let me know my car was ready and met me with it (washed and vacuumed.) A few minutes later, I was back behind the wheel of my fully sorted Model 3.

Tesla spent a fraction of what it would have cost to coordinate and hire a 3rd party body shop and a rental loaner – and the car was fixed by a knowledgeable Tesla employee who cares about their mission and their customers.

I’m impressed.”

Source: Electrek

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Here Are The Most Popular Commercial EVs In Europe

In Europe, sales of electric light commercial-duty vehicles already exceed 10,000.

The market of electric light commercial vehicles in Europe is growing rapidly, and it will become even quicker as there are many new models on the horizon from Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and others.

According to the priceless EV Sales Blog stats, during the first seven months of this year, some 10,701 electric LCVs were sold in Europe (up 42%). In other words, we could assume that this year some 20,000 will be on the table.

While the Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been the king of the segment for years (2011-2015 and 2017), since its introduction, the new German StreetScooter Work becomes a new shining star – especially in Germany.

The Nissan e-NV200 (top LCV in 2016) currently seems to be constrained by the lack of supply of 40 kWh batteries, shared with the Nissan LEAF.

Results after the seven months of 2018:

  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 3,961 (up 142%)
  • StreetScooter Work – 2,464 (up 66%)
  • Nissan e-NV200 – 1,200 (down 40%)
  • Peugeot Partner Electric – 1,012
  • Citroen Berlingo Electric – 578

Source: EV Sales Blog

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Free supercharging from Tesla referral program ends Sept 16 – replaced with $100 charging credit

Last month, we reported on Tesla’s update to its referral program which will finally put an end to unlimited free supercharging, starting with orders placed after September 16th.

At the time, the plan was to downgrade the perk for ordering with a referral code to a year of free supercharging.  Now, less than a week before the expiry of the program, Tesla has changed things up again, and will instead offer a $100 supercharging credit to customers who buy a new Model S, X or Model 3 Performance using a code from a current owner.


Source: Charge Forward

Hyundai Kona Electric Compared To Kia Niro EV: Video

Which is right for you?

Hyundai is leading the affordable crossover charge with its Kona Electric. But, very closely on its battery-powered heels is the Kia Niro EV, a slightly larger vehicle but built on the same platform as the Hyundai. If you’re in the market for a compact crossover SUV, you now have a couple of pretty decent choices from two Korean companies. So, which do you choose?

The Kia may be slightly larger, but does that make it automatically better? The Hyundai might be a little more efficient and able to eke out more range than its corporately-connected competitor, so is it the best choice? Then there are the looks. The exterior styling and the interior layout of the two are somewhat differentiated. What we need here is a side-by-side comparison.

Lucky for us, then, that electric vehicle YouTuber extraordinaire, Bjorn Nyland, has scored an example of each and placed them adjacent each other in a parking garage somewhere in Seoul, South Korea. Busily making his way back and forth between the two, he examines them both inside and out, allowing us to make up our minds about which is best.

There are some interesting differences. The charging port on the front of the Kona Electric is nicely illuminated, while on the Kia Niro EV, owners may be forced to pull out their phone flashlights for guidance. Similarly, the Kona has superior illumination in the parts of the cabin. Also, inside the passenger compartments, the consoles are laid out in a completely different fashion.

After all is said and done, though, the Kona Electric is the better choice. Oops, we mean the Kia Niro EV. Ok, well, clearly we can’t answer this question for you. Perhaps it’s best if you just whip up a batch of popcorn and check out the video above and make up your own mind. When you do, let us know in Comments what element helped you reach that final conclusion. Enjoy!


Source: YouTube

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Analyst: New Machines Will Push Tesla Model 3 Production To 8,000/Week

Not only that, the analyst believes Tesla will drop down to the coveted $100 per kWh battery cell cost point by the end of this year.

We’ve acquired a note to Tesla investors from Worm Capital. It opens with this statement:

In late August, Tesla invited us to visit the Gigafactory located outside Reno, Nevada. We happily took them up on the offer. The visit included behind-the- scenes tours of each production wing—and concluded with test drives of the Performance Model 3 and Model S P100D, the fastest production car in the world.

The note provides some broad background for those not in the know, but then it moves on to specifics, like this:

After touring the facility, we feel highly confident in Tesla’s production process. Previous bottlenecks appear to have been remedied, and we’re increasingly optimistic in Tesla’s ability to hit— and sustain—weekly production rates of 6,000 Model 3 battery units per week, and with new Grohmann machine, scale to ~8,000 / week with minimal additional capital investment.

Tesla Gigafactory - Model 3

Tesla Gigafactory August 2017 Aerial Construction Update – Duncan Sinfield

Then there’s a lot of filler in the lengthy note, followed by the highlights, which we’ve included in entirety below:

● As of mid-2018, the Gigafactory is now the highest-volume battery plant in the world, according to Tesla. It currently produces batteries at about 200 million per quarter, closing in on a one-billion per year production rate. Tesla now produces more battery capacity than all other car manufacturers combined, including China, with a run rate of approximately 20 gigawatt-hours.

● Tesla will likely achieve a battery cell cost of $100 per kWh by the end of the year, so long as commodity prices remain stable.

● In the first ~45 days of offering Model 3 test-drives, the company reportedly received 60,000 sign-ups, according to Viecha.

● Grohmann Engineering will help module production become three times faster, and three times cheaper, according to Viecha. Their new system will be sent to the Gigafactory by the end of Q3 or beginning of Q4. The Grohmann machine will be in Zones 1, 2, 3, and Tesla will be receiving three machines. The process was designed to alleviate the previous bottleneck in module production which delayed Model 3 production significantly. The machine is already built, and points to the advantage Tesla will have in building future Gigafactories. They have learned many painful lessons, but have a solid blueprint for porting the factory across the world.

● Preliminary estimates for Q3 production rates will be around 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3s, but deliveries may be higher.

● The Gigafactory is ~90% automated, according to Viecha. Eventually, battery cell production, energy pack assembly, and drive train unit production will strive for full automation.

● Tesla will likely start producing the shorter-range Model 3 in the next eight months. Right now, they are focused on selling higher-margin cars where demand continues to exceed what is being produced.

● We believe Tesla is creating a best-in-class self-driving technology. According to Tesla, the company believes it can gather 1 billion miles of data per year from current drivers.

● According to Tesla, by next year they will start exporting Model 3s to other countries. They will also begin to earnestly produce Semis by 2020.

So, key takeaways are Tesla Model 3 production should jump to 8,000 per week in the near future and battery costs should drop to near $100 per kWh by the end of the year.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla to achieve leading $100/kWh battery cell cost this year, says investor after Gigafactory 1 tour

Tesla recently gave factory tours to investors and Wall Street analysts. We reported on a positive note from Baird after Fremont factory tour earlier this week and now it’s about Worm Capital’s turn, but this time it was a tour of Gigafactory 1.

The firm claims that Tesla is on track to achieve “a battery cell cost of $100 per kWh by the end of the year.” more…

Source: Charge Forward