China’s JAC Motors Reveals Plans For Several New EVs

More and more EVs from China.

JAC Motors released its new product planning on April 9, saying it plans to launched three all-new models—the A432, the S432 and S811, and seven upgraded models from 2019 to 2021.

Of that, NEV models are scheduled to be rolled out include the iEVA60, the iEVA432, the iEVS4, the X811 (compact SUV) and a brand-new A00-segment sedan.

On the same day, the iEVA60 officially hit the market with two variants, priced between RMB179,500 and RMB189,500.

At the launching ceremony, JAC Motors announced the prices of six NEV models applicable to transition period for new NEV subsidy policy, including the iEV7S, the iEVA50, the iEVA60, the iEV7L, the iEV6E Upgrade and the iEV6E Sports. The price with green-car subsidy of the iEV6E Upgrade is as low as RMB59,500.

The automaker is about to set the iEVS4 all-electric SUV into the market at the impending Auto Shanghai 2019. The presale of the new model has already started on January 28 with prices ranging between RMB130,000 and RMB170,000 (after subsidy). The iEVS4 reportedly boasts a combined driving range of 420km, outnumbering that of the BYD Yuan EV535.

JAC Motors reported on April 9 that its sales in March fell 17.51% over a year ago to 44,317 units, among which the all-electric passenger vehicle (PV)’s sales amounted to 6,616 units, showing a year-on-year jump of 31.5%. For the first quarter of the year, the carmaker saw the cumulative all-electric PV sales leaped 28.26% to 15,007 units.

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Paris Signs 3-Year Deal For Formula E Races

Alejandro Agag has announced that ABB FIA Formula E has reached a deal to continue to race in Paris for a further three seasons.

The new arrangement with the city’s authorities will come into effect after the 2018/19 race, which takes place later this month.

FE has raced in Paris since its second season, using a 1.2-mile track around the historic Les Invalides area of the city.

“[We have made a decision] in the latest meeting to extend Formula E for another three years,” Agag said a press conference organised ahead of this year’s Paris race.

“So [including] this year onwards, we’ve got four years of guaranteed Formula E in Paris.

“It really is great news. I’d like to thank Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, the whole team from the city of Paris and all departments of the French state, which help us a lot.

“[This assistance includes] security, the Invalides’ soldiers, the seventh district, Rachida Dati [mayor of Paris’s 7th district]. Everyone gets together to make the race successful.”

A different driver has won the Paris E-Prix in each of its three previous events.

Lucas di Grassi won the inaugural race back in 2016 for the Abt Audi squad and was followed by Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi triumphing in 2017, and Jean-Eric Vergne winning on his home streets last year for Techeetah.

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Ford Releases More Details On Transit Smart Energy EV Concept

The main goal is to keep the minibus warm inside efficiently

The recently presented Ford Transit Smart Energy Concept is a 10-seat all-electric minibus based on the Ford Transit, equipped with a StreetScooter WORK XL battery and powertrain.

The main purpose of the project is to develop the best solutions to increase range, which is the “toughest challenge” in the minibus format because of frequent door openings, a large space to keep at comfortable temperatures, and a big payload to carry. Traditional electric heating can decrease the range in the winter by roughly 50%.

“Compared to goods transport vehicles, multi-occupant vehicles such as minibuses require significantly more energy to create a comfortable temperature for occupants. The energy is provided by the high-voltage battery, presenting a significant challenge to the vehicle’s driving range.

Demonstrated recently for the first time at a special “Go Further” experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the fully-functioning, all-electric Transit Smart Energy Concept delivers 150 kilometres driving range from a 4-hour charge, supported by energy-saving and energy-generating innovations from solar panels to powertrain heat recovery systems.”

Ford’s Merkenich Technical Center in Germany decided on several solutions, including a heat pump and better insulation against heat loss:

  • An innovative heat pump system that utilises waste heat from the drivetrain components, the outside air and the air within the cabin to reduce heating system energy usage by up to 65 per cent, resulting in a range extension of 20 per cent
  • A power sliding door that opens halfway to reduce heat loss and can be activated by the passenger using a smart device. The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning blower is automatically deactivated when the door is open
  • Heated business-class passenger seats and surfaces that enable passengers to control their local temperature, reducing the energy required for the large cabin
  • Six roof-mounted solar panels that charge a 12-volt battery for powering seat heating, cabin lighting and on-board electrical systems including wireless charging for passenger mobile devices
  • A polycarbonate divider between the passenger door and seating area that further reduces heat loss as passengers enter and exit, and protects passengers from external elements
  • Ventilated double-glazed windows that reduce cold contact surfaces and insulate against heat loss
  • Mood lighting that adjusts according to cabin temperature – red for warmth and blue for cooling –  subliminally influencing passengers’ perception of cabin temperature
  • An insulated rear floor and roof that further reduce cabin heat loss

Ford Transit Smart Energy Concept

The range of the Ford Transit Smart Energy Concept is about 150 km (93 miles) and we guess that after all of those additional efforts, it will not drop that much during the winter, as in case of an ordinary electric minibus. However, there are no detailed test results. Real-world trials will begin later this year.

“The driver can monitor the temperature status of all passenger seats from a tablet-inspired screen mounted in the centre console, which also gives an overview of the power savings. Two screens mounted behind the driver enable passengers to track the vehicle’s location, find out about points-of-interest and receive news and weather updates.

Future iterations of the concept are planned to enable the driver to control heating and cooling of individual seats – and deactivation of unoccupied seats. Automatic passenger detection inspired by existing airbag deployment technologies will also feature.”

Kilian Vas, project leader, Vehicle Architecture, Ford of Europe said:

“With frequent door openings, a large space to keep at comfortable temperatures, and a big payload to carry, a minibus presents the toughest challenge for maximising battery-electric vehicle range, and that’s exactly why we chose it for our new Transit Smart Energy Concept. By developing this concept we’ve found a number of clever ways to save energy that could help further improve the electrified vehicle experience for customers in the future.”

Ford Transit Smart Energy Concept specs:

  • 10-seat minibus
  • range of 150 km (93 miles)
  • charging capability in 4 hours
  • based on Ford Transit, equipped with StreetScooter WORK XL battery and powertrain

Ford Transit Smart Energy Concept

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Tesla Full Self Driving Price Increase Coming Soon

Select FSD option today because $5,000 will not be enough to buy it next month

In another of a series of tweets, Elon Musk wrote that the Tesla Full Self-Driving option will be more expensive over time.

Price increases are expected from May 1, which is about a week after the upcoming Tesla Autonomy Investor Day.

“Please note that the price of the Tesla Full Self-Driving option will increase substantially over time”

“Starting May 1”

Currently, the Full Self Driving Computer option costs $5,000 extra (in the U.S.), on top of the $3,000 Autopilot option (standard in some models/versions).

The description in the design studio says that later this year the car will be technically able to drive on its own on city streets, although it’s unknown whether it will be allowed to in particular jurisdictions. Initial rollout might be limited to some states/countries, or even some particular 3d-mapped areas.

Anyways, it’s great to see that finally there is a chance to see autonomous cars on the roads soon.

We can’t imagine what could be the price and value of the autonomous cars above the $5,000 option today, as it depends on many factors – ultimately it could be a taxi robot ready for 24/7 duty (besides charging).

“Coming later this year:

  • Recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
  • Automatic driving on city streets.

The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. The activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving features evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates.”

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Audi Announces Q2 L e-tron With 38 kWh Battery For China

Audi Q2 L e-tron enters the Chinese market with a relatively small battery

At the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show next week Audi will present its first all-electric model designed for the Chinese market – the Audi Q2 L e-tron.

It will be produced locally starting this summer in the Foshan plant in partnership with FAW.

The compact crossover/SUV will be equipped with a rather small 38 kWh battery, good for about 265 km (164.7 mi), “determined according to the local homologation procedure”, which probably means NEDC.

“The body of the Audi Q2 L e-tron is 33 millimeters (1.3 in) longer than that of the basic model. The car is powered by an electric motor on the front axle that mobilizes 100 kilowatts and 290 newton meters (213.9 lb-ft). With a battery capacity of 38 kilowatt hours, it has a range of up to 265 kilometers (164.7 mi), determined according to the local homologation procedure.”

Audi Q2 L e-tron specs:

  • 38 kWh battery
  • up to 265 km (164.7 mi), “determined according to the local homologation procedure”
  • front-wheel drive
  • electric motor output: 100 kW and 290 Nm
  • 33 millimeters (1.3 in) longer than that of the basic model

The Audi Q2 L e-tron will be made in China followed by the Audi e-tron in 2020, also produced locally.

Audi BEV models:

Audi AI:ME concept:

The other new vehicle in Shanghai from Audi will be the autonomous Audi AI:ME concept, but it’s not yet clear whether it’s electric or not.

Audi AI:ME

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Tesla will increase Full Self-Driving option price ‘substantially’ on May 1

Tesla is about to increase the price of its Full Self-Driving option ‘substantially’ on May 1 right after the company will demonstrate its latest autonomous driving capability at an event at the end of the month. more…

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Jaguar Designer Sheds Light On Brand’s Future EVs

Ian Callum says the next Jaguar XJ may go electric-only, as well as a larger crossover.

With Jaguar trying to make noise around both its all-electric I-Pace crossover and the rest of its sedan-heavy lineup, the brand’s designer dropped the biggest hints so far that the esteemed British marque could significantly add to its plug-in electric roster with two new range-topping vehicles.

It has been widely rumored in the British automotive press that the replacement for the current Jaguar XJ luxury sedan will be available only as an electric vehicle, replacing a nearly decade-old design that sits at the bottom of the sales charts pretty much around the world. After failing to make a dent in sales of the BMW 7 series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Jaguar is expected to recast the XJ as a direct rival to the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. But Callum pretty clearly hinted, in an interview with Autocar, the XJ would get a plug-in hybrid SUV counterpart to sit above the I-Pace as a third electrified offering.

Asked if that meant it could be all-electric, Callum said: “it could be. I think it is important Jaguar latches on to the idea now that we’re an electric car company – because one day everyone will be, so let’s just get on with it.”

With the J-Pace reportedly sharing its platform with the XJ, that would mean an EV J-Pace is a probability. “Potentially,” said Callum. “That’s my view. We should just go for it”.

The J-Pace would top Jaguar’s rapidly multiplying SUV lineup, but it’s expected to be offered as a PHEV with an EV-only range of around 50 miles, according to Autocar, with a rear-mounted electric motor providing all-wheel-drive capability. But Callum seems to think Jaguar execs should bite the bullet and make the J-Pace an electric-only model, despite continued worries about consumer acceptance.

Callum has never been one to hold back much in my interviews with him, so his comments here aren’t exactly surprising. Jaguar, meanwhile, needs to do something to get it back on luxury car shopping lists, and betting its future on a predominantly EV lineup might be that bold move it needs.

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Rivian R1T Truck & R1S SUV Wow NYC Ahead Of Auto Show: Video

Rivian impresses before the show even opens.

The New York Auto Show doesn’t officially open to the public until April 19th, but that doesn’t mean the fun hasn’t already started.

The weekend before an auto show opens is usually the real kickoff party, with manufacturers trying to get a jump on the competition, and many opt to show off their new vehicles before they hit the show floor the following week. That precisely what Rivian did with its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1T on display in NYC

Rivian, the upstart electric vehicle manufacturer from Plymouth, Michigan, promises to bring us “The world’s first electric adventure vehicles” held invite-only events last night in New York City. I say “events” because according to Rivian, so many people asked for invitations, that they had to hold two events, one from 4pm to 6pm, and another from 7pm to 9pm.

I know this happens to be true, because I was originally sent an invitation that said the event was from 6pm to 9pm. Then, a few days later, Rivian reached back to me to say they needed to have two events, and I had to pick one of the two time slots.

Rivian was able to secure a space on Pier 76 (a real pier on the Hudson River) directly behind the Jacob Javits center where the New York Auto Show is held. This space is normally occupied by the Classic Car Club at Hudson River, and in order to make room for Rivian, they had to move cars like a couple dozen rare cars out into the parking lot for the night.

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Both the R1T pickup truck, and R1S sport utility vehicle, have a power opening/closing hood that conceals a huge front trunk. While you can certainly fit a lot of gear/luggage, etc. up there, it will probably be difficult to load & unload anything heavy, because of the height.

These events were mostly for VIPs and reservation holders; they weren’t press events where we could schedule interview time, so unfortunately nothing new was learned. I suspect if Rivian is going to announce any new news, it will be done so during the Auto Show for maximum exposure.

As you might expect, the crowd was extremely enthusiastic, and it reminded me of how it feels at Tesla events. Since most of the people in attendance were reservation holders, they were already on-board with what Rivian is doing. Plus, for most, it was their first opportunity to see the vehicles that they plunked $1,000 down on to reserve.

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe was on hand chatting it up with many in attendance. There was a line of people waiting to say hello and ask him questions. From what I could tell, he did his best to greet as many people as he could, and give them a few minutes before moving on the next person eager to meet him.

Immediately after the event, I sat down with Alex from E For Electric to discuss Rivian on this week’s Plugged In show. Let us know what you think of Rivian in the comments below. Will they be the first to bring an electric pick up truck to market, or will Tesla or another competitor beat them to it? What do you like and dislike about the R1T & R1S?

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Elon Musk Spills Some New Details On Tesla Battery Module Cost

Durability of a commercial truck and affordable replacement costs

Elon Musk shared new details about the durability of the Tesla Model 3 powertrain and batteries, as well as replacement cost of the battery modules.

First of all, the entire car was designed for durability, like it would be if it was a commercial vehicle:

“Model 3 drive unit & body is designed like a commercial truck for a million mile life.”

The battery modules alone would be good for about 1,500 charging cycles, which translates to 300,000-500,000 miles (480,000-800,000 km) of mileage depending on battery versions (Standard Range – Long Range).

” Current battery modules should last 300k to 500k miles (1500 cycles). Replacing modules (not pack) will only cost $5k to $7k.”

If we multiply the expected EPA range of 325 miles (in the case of latest Model 3 Long Range RWD) by 1,500 we would get 487,500, which is close to the 500,000 miles. It suggests that we are talking about 1,500 100% Deep-of-Discharge (DOD) cycles.

The battery capacity fade for those who drive a lot could cause the necessity to replace some of the battery modules (four) instead of the entire pack. The expected cost is $5,000-$7,000 (per module, we assume), probably also depending on the type (Standard Range or Long Range).

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Elon Musk Announces April 22 As Start Of Tesla Full Self Driving

Tesla will free investors from the tyranny of having to drive the car

Tesla announced a new event – Tesla Autonomy Investor Day – on April 22 at its headquarters in Palo Alto.

There are not many details about the event, besides the topic of autonomous driving. According to Elon Musk, investors can expect a demo of full autonomous driving,

“On April 22, Investor Autonomy Day, Tesla will free investors from the tyranny of having to drive their own car”

Achieving full self-driving capability is very important, especially ahead of others. It would enable Tesla to earn more when selling its electric cars, as the full self-driving feature adds to the price of the vehicle.

One of the biggest projects is the Network – a fleet of autonomous cars, available for sharing. It would be a double win for the manufacturer – first because it provides another stream of revenue and second because Tesla could use cars at the end of lease (no buyout option was previously announced).

But whether it’s really just around the corner or is this just the start of preparation?

Source: Electric Vehicle News