Top Gear On Hyundai Kona Electric: It’s The UK’s Best Affordable EV

A reviewer from Top Gear believes this could be the first mass-market EV you could use as your only car.

Even though Top Gear is a well-respected publication, often times, it took a backseat to the highly-popular TV show. However, the British car magazine gives its readers a rather compelling view about current, past and future automobiles.

This week, Paul Horrell, a journalist for Top Gear, took the Hyundai Kona Electric for a brief test drive. For Britain, right now, the only vehicle that ticks three distinct boxes: long range, affordability, and fast charging – is the Hyundai Kona.

The vehicle comes with a road-trippable battery. It’s fast chargeable, allowing for greater utility value. And finally, with a leasing option that is at £10k down just £250 a month, the Hyundai Kona makes a compelling argument for a switch to the EV world.

The Kona comes with a near-300-mile WLTP range (the author got 250 driving normally). It comes at the half price that of a Jaguar I-Pace. And since it uses less energy to go the distance than this British luxury SUV (Sports Activity Vehicle), it’ll recharge faster on the 50kW DC outlets that are popping up like mushrooms after the rain at service stations all over the country. However, with all the positive traits, the author discovered some negative aspects of this platform as well.

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The vehicle is plagued by some issues that we seldom see in the EV world. After all, most of the EVs coming out lately feature an AWD dual-motor configuration, negating any traction problems. For the Kona, however, thanks to its FWD (Forward Wheel Drive) setup, the driver will experience a lack of traction and overabundance of torque steer. Not that this is a deal breaker.

Crossover it may be, but I’m not daft enough to posit it as a perfect substitute for a Model X or I-Pace. It might accelerate with quite some vim, but that acceleration is made all the more striking by the lack of traction and overabundance of torque steer. It writhes like a 1990s chipped turbo hot-hatch. That’s because it’s only FWD, because it’s cheap. Also it’s only a fraction as roomy as the Tesla and Jaguar. Because it’s small. Because, again, it’s cheap.

In the end, the Hyundai Kona is a compelling argument to switch to a fully electric, battery-powered vehicle. It ticks most of the boxes and it surely signifies the will from legacy carmakers to enter their respective markets with select EV models. The future is clearly electric, and models like this only serve to strengthen that idea. While driving the Kona for longer trips may take some planning, the rave reviews we’ve been reading for the past few weeks make this one of the most exciting EVs on the market today.

In order to find out how the author liked the Kona Electric, please take a look at the short review right here. It’s well worth a read.

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GM Announces Baojun E200 Will Launch In China This Month

SAIC-GM-Wuling sneaks a new all electric vehicle with a stylish interior into their Chinese lineup.

Earlier this year spy shots and early promo images had been floating around the web of a follow up the the popular Baojun E100 electric vehicle. Since the E100 was launched in late 2017 it has sold more than 22,000 units.

The E100 received a series of improvements to features and range earlier this year. Now the follow up vehicle, the Baojun E200 is set to launch this month. General Motors says that the E200:

Features more than 200 upgrades compared to the E100, including a longer range, a new exterior and interior design, and improvements for in-cabin quietness.

While the E100 and E200 will initially be sold along side one another, the E200 will eventually replace the E100 according to GM Authority.

The quietness of the electric drive and vehicle components seems to be a point of pride to the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture. According to the press release, when the vehicle is accelerating to 2600-3800 rmp, gearbox noise is 40-45 decibels and air conditioning noise levels can be as low as 42.9 decibels.

The Baojun E200 has a longer range than the E100

The vehicle has a “constant-speed” range of up to 270 km (~168 miles) according to GM. However, these are New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) numbers. Depending on driving conditions, a driving range of 160 km (110 miles) to – 210 km (130 miles) is probably more realistic.

A GM representative informed us that pricing has not been announced yet, but will be soon. Performance numbers have also not yet been provided, but it is likely similar to the E100 with a top driving speed of 100 km (62 miles) per hour.

The exterior styling might not be for everyone, but the small two-seat vehicle certainly is eye catching. Where the E200 really stands out is in the unique interior. It should appeal to young and tech minded commuters.

E200 Interior Is stylish

Sources: General Motors, GM Authority


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Jaguar To Install Chargers In South Africa, Hometown of Musk

A  jab by the British carmaker?

Clearly, the race to the complete EV solution (vehicles, range, performance, and infrastructure) is brewing. Tesla is currently leading the charge in most of these categories. Thanks to its Supercharger network, allowing for fast & easy charging, the Fremont, California-based company is pulling to a solid lead over the entire industry.

Jaguar is set to enhance the infrastructure to support its newly revealed I-Pace and other, future all-electric models. The first move by Jaguar comes in South Africa, where in Pretoria – the hometown of Elon Musk – the company is set to install its first set of chargers. Jaguar is set to do this thanks to a cooperation with a Listed ICT group Alviva, who are working through their newly acquired business Gridcars – a Pretoria-based developer of electric vehicle charge point software management systems, but also, a supplier of charge points.

The group aims to create a roadmap of charging stations for electric vehicles in South Africa that will cater to the forecasted uptake in EV usage rates. Furthermore, they will be supplying local Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships with destination chargers as part of their deal. In total, this will definitely improve the charging grid situation in the country, providing a more powerful argument for early EV adoption in South Africa.

In a presentation revealed by Aliva last Thursday (6 September), the company claims that it expects to have as many as 56 charging stations opened by November. Additionally, the Jaguar agreement is set to bring locally manufactured chargers to 32 Jaguar dealerships.

According to the group CEO, Pierre Spies, the company doesn’t expect to get a return on the investment right away. The company expects to recoup the R20 million investment within two and a half years.

Even though there were only 75 electric vehicles sold in South Africa since the inception of electrically powered vehicles (EV), car makers are now committing to the country in a big way, expecting a much bigger EV volume uptake in the following years.

Currently, for South African early adopters, the vehicles of choice are the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 and i8. However, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa says it is committed to an “electrified future” – with its first all-electric and hybrid models slated for arrival in South Africa in January.

Source: Business Tech


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EV Connect Stations Now on PlugShare with First Real-Time Status for Drivers

EV Connect charge stations are now available on PlugShare. For the first time, PlugShare users benefit from real-time station status. EV Connect is the first PlugShare partner to provide the PlugShare app with up-to-the-minute information about charge station availability.

PlugShare is the most accurate and complete public charging map worldwide. More than 245,000 PlugShare members use the PlugShare app every day to locate charging stations.

With real-time PlugShare integration, more EV drivers can easily locate EV Connect stations and ensure those stations are available when they need them.

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Mercedes EQC, Ford electric SUV, more Chevy Bolt EVs, make your voice heard: The Week in Reverse

2020 Ford electric SUV teaserWhich upcoming SUV looks like a sports car? What’s happening to hybrid sales as electrics take off? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Sept. 7, 2018. Friday, we noted the kickoff of National Drive Electric Week, the eighth year that electric car owners and enthusiasts have…
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Tesla Model 3 Average Selling Price Hits $60,000

The average selling price of the Tesla Model 3 increased to $60,000

According to Teslike, the average selling price of the Tesla Model 3 is increasing in the third quarter compared to the second quarter and now stands at $60,262, up from our last report on this topic.

In the second quarter, it was $55,424 ($4,838 less) while in the first quarter the figure was $55,925 ($4,337 less) because of two reasons.

The first is the price increase in early August, while the second is a growing ratio of dual-motor all-wheel drive Model 3 compared to rear-wheel drive Model 3s.

Higher average prices combined with much higher volume should translate into stronger financial results – we are approaching the end of the quarter that could become the first profitable one, according to Tesla targets.

So far in Q3, still only 35% of Model 3 are dual-motor versions (10% are Performance) so there is room for an even higher average price before the cheaper Short Range version enters the market.

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New 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e To Boast 50 Miles Of Electric Range

The plug-in hybrid SUV can cover up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) without sipping gasoline.

It was early June when BMW introduced the next-generation X5 and already the company is ready to electrify its midsize SUV. Developed as a direct replacement for the old xDrive40e, the new plug-in hybrid version goes by the name of xDrive45e to reflect the improvements it offers over its predecessor. It boasts a new hybrid powertrain developed from the ground up to please both worlds by offering superior power and better efficiency at the same time.

At the heart of the electrified X5 is an inline-six 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing 282 horsepower (210 kilowatts) working together with an electric setup with an output of 110 hp (82 kW). With the power of the two combined, the new xDrive45e offers a generous total output of 389 hp (290 kW) and a massive 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. For the sake of comparison, the old one had to make do with a total of 308 hp (230 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm).

The good news continue as aside from packing significantly more punch, the new plug-in hybrid X5 also has a much more generous electric range, with BMW saying it can do up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) thanks to a better lithium-ion battery pack. According to the company, the value is based on the newly introduced WLTP test cycle but translated back into the NEDC-equivalent value. As a refresher, the defunct X5 xDrive40e was NEDC-rated at just 19 miles (31 kilometers).

Although developed with efficiency in mind, the electrified X5 is no slouch – 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) takes 5.6 seconds, which is more than one second less than the model it replaces. Not only that, but top speed in pure electric mode has gone up from 75 mph (120 kph) to 87 mph (140 kph). If you’re only after efficiency and a diesel is not your cup of tea (or not available in your country), this can be a viable solution as BMW says it will sip just 2.1 liters / 100 km, with equivalent CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.

Even the base version comes with two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled dampers, while the more expensive ones get four-wheel steering. The only downside of this version is the cargo volume, which is reduced by 150 liters compared to the conventionally powered model. With all the seats in place, you have 500 liters at your disposal, and 1,716 liters once the rear backrests are folded.

Although revealed today, the new BMW X5 xDrive45e won’t be going on sale until sometime next year. It’s important to mention all specs refer to the European model, with details about the U.S.-spec version to be announced closer to the market launch set for 2020 as a 2021MY.


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Kimbal Musk Discusses Elon, Tesla, Family Ethos, And Business

KIMBAL MUSK TALKS ABOUT ELON, TESLA, AND BUILDING A MISSION-DRIVEN BUSINESS

Elon Musk’s brother, Kimbal Musk, provides a unique outlook on the family ethos. Make no mistake, the Musk brothers are quite close. It turns out that Kimbal began“working with Elon to create Zip2 and PayPal. He also sits on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle.” Most recently, Kimbal has tried his own hand in building businesses including, “The Kitchen Restaurant Group and the non-profit Big Green.”

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Kimbal Musk and his wife Christiana take delivery of their Tesla Model 3 (Instagram: Christiana Musk)

Their mom, Maye Musk says of her kids, “They grow up knowing you work hard, and the harder you work, the better you do and the luckier you get. They also had to be responsible for themselves.”

Looking back on their early adventures together, Elon recalls, “When my brother [Kimbal] and I were starting our first company, instead of getting an apartment, we just rented a small office and we slept on the couch.” He remembers, “We showered at the YMCA and we were so hard-up that we only had one computer.”

CNBC reports that Elon and Kimbal’s, “first company went on to become Zip2, a web software startup that created online city guides for newspapers…. and [they] eventually sold it to Compaq for roughly $300 million in 1999.” Much of Kimbal’s windfall later found its way into another investment closely tied to his brother, Tesla Motors.

Kimbal had invested heavily in Elon’s electric car company during the 2008 financial crisis. He explains, “It was such a dark, dark time for any company building a business but for a car company start-up, [it was] crazy.” Nevertheless, he says, “It was a mission-driven company. I couldn’t have really forgiven myself if I didn’t make the investment.”

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Above: Kimbal Musk discusses early challenges at Tesla (Youtube: CNBC Make It)

Talking about today’s battles with Tesla’s short-sellers, Kimbal says, “We feel like we are at war.” He added, “The reason Elon seems to attract drama is that he is so transparent, so open… He doesn’t know how to do it differently. It’s just who he is.”

During Kimbal’s Reddit AMA (via CNBC), he emphasized the importance of prioritizing the founder’s focus around the product. He says, “Obsess about your product. Get it out into consumers hands as fast as possible,” explaining that it’s okay to “fail early and often.”

According to Kimbal, you shouldn’t allow a nagging sense of doubt to creep into your thinking. He says, “Self-doubt [is] the sh-ttiest part of being an entrepreneur. Doubt from others is usually much easier to handle.”

Kimbal adds, “[My] best advice… stay true to your passion and persist through the hard times.” He notes, “Building businesses is a brutal process at times but it is so rewarding building something the world values.”

From left to right: Elon, Tosca, and Kimbal Musk (Twitter: Kimbal Musk)

To that end, Kimbal embraces the mission-driven approach. “I strongly believe that success in my mission is what matters.” He notes, “Many people focus on [the] success and happiness of themselves and I have learned that for me, a focus on the mission is what makes me happy.”

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Source: CNBC

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Indian Startup Ultraviolette Announces E-Bike for 2019

The small company received a massive investment to make its dream of a sustainable future a reality

Ultraviolette Automotive is an Indian startup with ambitions that reach far beyond the simple electric motorcycle. The young team dreams of clean and sustainable urban mobility, the kind of dream mainly bigger manufacturers have tackled so far. There’s no need to be modest or limit your vision when it comes to making the world a better place, but for now the company is starting “small” and aims to introduce a new electric motorcycle to the market by 2019.

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The startup has received some serious financial support so far, including that of India’s TVS Motor company. The giant bought a 14.23% stake and injected close to $1M in the new company working out of Bangalore, India. Aside from an admittedly cool-looking design, we know very little about the upcoming model. The look is reminiscent of a racing motorcycle with a full fairing encasing all the usually exposed components. Even what we guess to be a form of belt drive is closed off. It makes for a very sleek and minimalist silhouette.

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The nameless model should be able to measure up to standard gasoline-powered 200-250cc bikes and even outperform them. Though no specs are available yet, Ultraviolette expects to launch the model by the end of 2019. It is expected to feature onboard diagnostics, display preventive maintenance warnings, wireless updates, and allow the rider to customize the bike’s on-road behavior.

This new model will only be the beginning. Ultraviolette Founder and CEO Narayan Subramaniam told Times of India that they are looking to ramp up the development of high-end electric powertrains as well as connected technologies.

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To make sure their new and future models benefit from an accessible charging network, the company is also working on developing infrastructures. While most of the motorcycle will be built by Ultraviolette, the startup is looking into raw material suppliers to get its show on the road.

Sources: Visor DownAutocar IndiaTimes of India


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