Tesla Gigafactory 1 battery cell production is still limited to about 23 GWh, says Elon Musk

The situation around battery cell production at Tesla Gigafactory 1 is coming into focus over the past few days following reports about Tesla and Pansonic slowing down their investments into the battery factory.

Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighs in and confirms that battery cell production is indeed still limited at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. more…

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Polestar 2 Debuts In China: Will Be Produced In Luqiao From 2020

Polestar 2 debuts in China where it will be produced starting next February

After the world debut in Geneva, Polestar presents the Polestar 2 also in Shanghai, confirming the production site in the Luqiao, Zhejiang Province, China from February 2020 on.

The facility will be used for various models, based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform – like the:

  • Volvo XC40 – production started this month (for Chinese market) as second place after Ghent, Belgium
  • Lynk & Co 01 SUV – already in production
  • Polestar 2 – from early 2020

“Owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding and operated by Volvo Cars, the Luqiao production facility will produce Polestar 2 alongside other world-class models from Volvo and Lynk & Co. which share the core CMA platform with Polestar 2. Polestar 2 is the first car on the modular chassis to feature a fully electric drivetrain.”

Prices of the Polestar 2 will be from €39,900 (base specs) to €59,900 (top of the line) – in the U.S. around $63,000 (before the $7,500 federal incentive).

Polestar 2 specs:

  • 78 kWh battery (324 pouch cells, 27 modules, liquid cooled)
  • target 500 km (311 miles) of WLTP range
  • expected 275 miles (442 km) of EPA range
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds
  • dual motor all-wheel drive
  • system output: 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm of torque (two 150 kW and 330 Nm electric motors per axle)
  • 150 kW fast charging capability
  • based on Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform

* in China battery capacity to be 72 kWh

Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China

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Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China
Polestar 2 in Shanghai, China

“Following the confirmation in 2018 that the first-ever Polestar Space will be located in Oslo, Norway, Polestar has now confirmed that the first Polestar Space in China will be opened in the third quarter of 2019. Establishing the Polestar footprint initially in Norway and China highlights two of the world’s most influential electric car markets as primary targets for the brand. Around 20 facilities spread between 11 Chinese cities will be opened during 2020 – about one third of all initial Polestar Spaces expected to be opened globally.”

Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar said:

“Being able to produce Polestar 2 in the Luqiao plant in China shows the clear synergies of our ownership structure and gives us a great industrial advantage. With Geely and Volvo Cars as our owners, we are able to leverage their expertise in many different ways. Manufacturing is one of the most important areas, helping us accelerate our progress and entry into the market with the confidence that Polestar 2 production will begin as planned early next year.”

Zhejiang Geely Holding plant in Luqiao, Zhejiang Province, China:

Zhejiang Geely Holding plant in Luqiao, Zhejiang Province, China:

Zhejiang Geely Holding plant in Luqiao, Zhejiang Province, China:

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Emflux One: India’s New Electric Superbike

And it’s beautiful!

The latest in the Electric Motorcycle Revolution comes to us in the form of the “Emflux One,” an electric sport bike concept out of a small startup in Bangalore, India.

Electric vehicles are catching on everywhere, especially in places with a high popluation density where air pollution is a large concern. India as a population has largely converted its two-stroke rickshaw/tuktuk vehicle population to four-stroke because of those concerns. Now, electric is taking over from all kinds of combustion engines, not just in India but worldwide.

The guys that run the startup, Emflux Motors, admit that the idea people have about electric vehicles in India is that they are “slow and boring and flimsy, badly designed and unreliable.” Emflux motors is looking to break all those misconceptions and build a motorcycle that is well designed, fast, robust and high-quality. If the test-rider video host’s experience on the “Emflux One” concept bike is anything to go by, if this bike gets into production it will absolutely be a contender, not just in India but possibly globally.

Emflux Motors has been around for about two years now, and to have a working prototype in that time is pretty impressive. The company started with five people and is now up to 21 people. The company is not limiting itself to sportbikes, though, or even motorcycles. Vinay Raj Somashekhar, the co-founder and chief designer at Emflux, says “once we develop the technologies to run an electric superbike, it will be easier for us to build any sort of vehicle that we want.”

The bike is, to my eye, a real masterpiece of design. It’s just gorgeous. And beyond its looks, it’s running Brembo brakes, LED lights, and Öhlins suspension. It has ABS and traction control. It can go from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in three seconds with a top speed of 200kph (124mph), in its prototype form, though that is 40% of the performance expected from the production version. It puts out 71hp and 84nm of torque (that’s 62fl-lb) on a bike that, in its final production version, is expected to weigh 169kg (not-quite 373lbs) and will go 200 kilometers (124 miles) on a charge. The company claims the bike can achieve an 80% charge in 36 minutes.

Emflux estimates the cost of the final version of the bike to be around six lakh rupees, which in USD is just kissing $9,000. (Or, it was this morning, but just now it’s down to $8,600: this is a problem with the Rupee; it varies so much against the US Dollar an estimate is a moving target. So, nine grand give or take a thousand depending on what time of day you do the math.)

Click through and watch the video for a bonus unintentional tour of Bangalore. And stick with RideApart as we bring you along for the entirety of the Electric Motorcycle Revolution!

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Watch Teslacam Dashcam Capture Tesla Model 3 Accident: Video

Teslacam once again proves how useful it is.

This time the Teslacam camera assists in catching a driver that backed into a Tesla Model 3.

Luckily, the damage was minor as was the crash (bump), but the built-in dashcam camera proves who is at fault. And it’s that type of usefulness that makes a standard dashcam such an excellent tool.

In this situation, the at-fault driver can’t claim to be otherwise, as the video clearly proves which of the two drivers caused the crash.

In more extreme situations, we’ve seen Teslcam catch major wrecks and even some serious road rage, but this video is more or less the everyday level of usefulness you’d expect from Teslacam and its accompanying Sentry Mode.

Video description:

Caught this accident of someone hitting my Tesla Model 3 on the built-in dashcam; not to be confused with Sentry Mode.

The dashcam records through the same cameras as Sentry Mode but does so while driving the car.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

This Guy Claims Tesla Model 3 Is A Better Value Than Honda Accord

Or it is, if you compared a base model to a well-equipped one.

Comparing the value of a gasoline-powered vehicle against an electric one is a moving target. It depends on where you live, what your driving habits are, and how much you value one form of propulsion over the other. Yet here’s another example of how often these comparisons are now that there are more EVs to choose from.

The video is somewhat lengthy, but user Tesla Canuck‘s description largely sums up his point:

Even with a ~$10,000 advantage in acquisition cost, the Tesla Model 3 (base model) is easily the better deal than the Honda Accord Sport 2.0 when considering a 5 year ownership horizon. According to Autotrader, the average person keeps their car for ~6 years, so the Tesla Model 3 looks even better than a 5 year TCO would suggest. All things being equal, buy the Tesla Model 3 if you are considering the Honda Accord Sport 2.0 or similar.

Tesla Canuck uses a Honda Accord Sport 2.0T automatic for the comparison, because that’s what his friend in the market for. That gives the Tesla a few advantages. First, the 2.0T engine is the uplevel choice for the current Accord and it makes up just 20 percent of gasoline-fueled versions, Honda officials told publications such as Automobile Magazine when the current generation was launched in 2017. The 1.5-liter turbo four is also the more efficient choice, as the versions with the CVT automatic (which make up about 95 percent of that 80 percent) are rated at 33 mpg combined versus 27 mpg on the 2.0T automatic, according to the EPA.

Then there’s the whole issue that if you are after low cost of ownership, you’re probably looking at the Accord Hybrid, anyway, which is rated at 48 mpg combined. Oh, and remember the so-called $35,000 Model 3 only comes in black (other colors are between $1,500 and $2,500 extra) has manual seat adjustments and something called “basic audio” – which may be fine if all you listen to is public radio, but also is part of this confusing leasing scheme announced last week that requires a payment to Tesla for a software upgrade to give it the full 240-mile range and Autopilot software, pushing the price closer to $40,000.

What it breaks down to is that this person wants likely an Accord Sport 2.0T more than to save fuel. If that weren’t the case, the Accord Hybrid is the better comparison. The Model 3’s pricing, like Teslas in general, is likely to be a wildly moving target for the foreseeable future and charging costs are also evolving as EVs become more prevalent. All of this changes the cost of ownership proposition over one year, let alone five or six.

The solution here? Don’t compare apples to oranges, compare EVs to EVs.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Porsche Japan Selects ABB To Build CHAdeMO Infrastructure For Taycan

In Japan there is not much of an alternative to CHAdeMO

ABB announced that it was selected by Porsche Japan for a joint development project of next-generation EV chargers for the Japanese market.

According to the press release, the two will develop a “dedicated high-power charger” with power output exceeding 150 kW. We are not sure about what that really means – whether it will be exclusively available for Porsche owners or as the image indicates, those will be multi-standard chargers (CCS & CHAdeMO), currently non-existent in Japan, which is focused on the CHAdeMO standard (usually up to 50 kW by the way).

Anyways, the installations at Porsche dealers and public locations comes from mid-2020 to support the launch of the Porsche Taycan.

“ABB has entered into an agreement to deliver its market-leading electric vehicle infrastructure for Porsche Japan’s EVs, including Taycan, the automaker’s first fully electric car, set to enter the Japanese market in 2020.

Under the terms, Porsche Japan will install ABB’s high-power chargers at Porsche Centers and public facilities across the country, creating a network of fast chargers for its electric vehicles. The first installation is set to go live in mid-2020.

The alliance will boost Japan’s push for the wider adoption of e-mobility. ABB and Porsche Japan will join forces to develop the next generation of chargers that support power levels exceeding 150 kW and compatible with the CHAdeMO fast charging standard.”

Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for EV charging infrastructure said:

“ABB’s deep expertise in electric vehicle charging, combined with Porsche’s legacy of high-performance is a winning formula to revolutionize sustainable mobility, and will pave the way for Japan to meet its ambitious zero-emissions commitments,”

Porsche Japan president Toshiyuki Shimegi says:

“I am very glad to say that we will be able to provide the highest performing quick charging network in the world to our customers thanks to this partnership with ABB. By 2025, half of all new vehicles from Porsche may feature an electric drive – either as part of a hybrid concept or as a purely electric vehicle, so building the quick charging infrastructure is vital to EV owners as a great step forward in the Porsche EV project.”

Porsche Taycan

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Watch These 2019 Nissan LEAF Plus Acceleration Tests: Video

Does the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus’ more robust powertrain make it a performance car?

With the Leaf Plus (or Leaf e+ in your market), from a company that helped pioneer the modern electric car for the (relative) masses, Nissan has mostly caught up with the wave of 200-ish mile EVs that are supposed to start curing the more skeptical public of range anxiety. But does its  also venture into fun-to-drive territory?

YouTube Justin Pritchard user takes a run in a Canada-spec Leaf Plus, with acceleration and deceleration footage:

A quick and simple look at the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, and specifically, its quick and noiseless acceleration. Various acceleration exercises are performed, and the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus e-Pedal function is also demonstrated.

And Pritchard actually shows the 214-horsepower Leaf Plus in an informal 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) run of about 7 seconds, which is close to something like a Honda Civic Si or a flock of other performance-oriented compact cars. What’s more, it did it in temperatures that were verging on freezing. Neither the acceleration run nor the outside temperature likely did wonders for the Leaf Plus’ range, but it shows straight-line performance wasn’t severely affected in sub-optimal conditions.

The question remains whether the Leaf Plus’ beefier 62-kW battery and 67-horsepower gain over the standard, 150-mile range Leaf is worth the price hike. And its 226-mile EPA-estimated range is still a little short over various Hyundai and Kia rivals, and its base price is roughly the same as the Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus model (as long as you only want it in black). But that bump in the Nissan’s range has given it a burst of performance that puts it in the big leagues among EVs.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Watch This World’s Biggest Tesla Summon Race: Video

Tesla drivers watch as their vehicles move in and out of parking spaces with the company’s Summon mode.

What’s more exciting than seeing one Tesla engaged in Summon Mode? If your answer is a dozen of them, then the Tesla Owners Club of Greater Houston has you covered.

In what the group called the “world’s largest Tesla Summon race,” YouTube user Efrain Ayllon posted a video earlier this month of about 12 Teslas parked in a large lot while drivers stood in front of them and enabled Summon Mode to move them in and out of the perpendicular spaces.

While parking assistants are quickly spreading to new cars, Tesla has been a significant promoter of them as they fit in with its Autopilot driver assistance package the company is also widely touting. CEO Elon Musk spurred more interest last week as he promised widespread Enhanced Autopilot updates being pushed to vehicles in the U.S. That change would allow users to pinpoint specific locations to summon the Tesla to, without anyone being behind the wheel, as well as the ability for the system to understand parking restriction signage.

And with Tesla continuing to develop Summon Mode to the excitement of its growing fanbase, what’s to say this Texas Tesla Summon Race won’t have its record broken tomorrow? At least there’s something else all of the empty mall parking lots in the U.S. can be used for.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

World’s Biggest Car Sharing With BMW i3 Launches In Poland

500 BMW i3 are available

Innogy, the German energy company formerly known as RWE, earlier this month launched in Warsaw, Poland the world’s biggest car-sharing with BMW i3 electric cars.

The fleet consists of 500 i3 and i3S, but not the latest 120 Ah battery version.

Cars can be rented for 1.19 PLN (€0.28/$0.31) or 1.49 PLN (€0.35/$0.39) per minute respectively. Cost for the 24 hours is 239 PLN (€56/$63) or 299 PLN (€70/$79) in case of i3S.

The new project was possible thanks to an investment in the 30 fast chargers (50 kW) in the city, which should be enough to keep the cars ready to go.

Another important thing is access to bus lanes, which significantly shortens driving through the city.

BMW i3 - Innogy GO!

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BMW i3 - Innogy GO!
BMW i3 - Innogy GO!
BMW i3 - Innogy GO!
BMW i3 - Innogy GO!
BMW i3 - Innogy GO!

Website: Innogy GO!

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Watch This Bulletproof Tesla Model S Get Shot By 9 MM Handgun: Video

Is it really bulletproof?

While this Armormax Tesla is not “faster than a speeding bullet,” it probably doesn’t need to be as it’s claimed to be bulletproof. Armormax describes this Tesla Model S as the world’s quickest armored car, despite the extra weight added in the bulletproofing process.

However, what really matters is whether or not it’s up to it’s new primary task of stopping gun fire.

Let’s watch as this bulletproof Tesla Model S get shot up by a common 9 mm pistol. Does it stop all of the shots? Click play to find out.

Standard Armoring Details via Armomax

Entire passenger compartment armored with light synthetic fiber laminates and air hardened, heat treated ballistic alloys
Includes doors, roof, floor, pillar posts, etc. while minimizing weight added weight

Original glass replaced with layered glass, acrylic, polycarbonate laminates
Maintains the original appearance and design with superior optics

Reinforced suspension
Run-flat tires
Elitus Overlaps system
Armored battery, radiator protection, ECM and fuel tank
Operable windows available

Video description:

Its time to shoot a bulletproof Tesla. And thanks to ArmorMax for letting us ‘borrow’ their Model S.

How Bulletproof is a bulletproof Tesla? What makes a car bulletproof? How much does a bulletproof car weigh? Can you make any car bulletproof?

All of these questions and more will be answered in today’s video where we find out if a Bullet Proof Tesla is really bulletproof. I’ll be using a pretty common 9mm handgun to fire projectiles at the fully bulletproof Model S Tesla.

Adding bulletproof glass and paneling to a Tesla does add some weight to the body. BUT since Teslas are already pretty heavy its not a big deal. Losing a few miles of range due to the extra weight might be worth it for the added protection.

Source: Electric Vehicle News