Tesla Model 3 Review: After 6 Months And 10,000 Miles:

JR Garage gives an honest review of the Model 3 from the owner’s perspective

For JR Garage, six months of Tesla Model 3 ownership seemed to have passed like a breeze. Their 2018 Model 3 RWD arrived back in January and joined a Model X already in possession. Fast forward a few months, and these two Tesla’s found their family getting bigger, thanks to a brand new deep blue 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance. However, it’s the six months of ownership and well over 10,000 miles on the odometer for the Model 3 RWD that is the topic of discussion in this video.

The Model 3 comes with an impressive performance aspect, great usability, interesting design and loads of range. It’s no wonder that right now, the Model 3 is the #1 selling car in the U.S. However when all the fanfare and bright lights go down, how does it stack up after six months of ownership? Especially after being owned by guys that did a lot of daily driving and an occasional long-range road trip every once in a while? For JR Garage, the answer is rather well.

Certainly, the crew’s got a Model X seven-seater family hauler and a high-performance Model 3 Performance at their disposal. But, it seems that the Model 3 RWD they’ve received in January got most of their attention for the last six months. The vehicle ordered pretty much comes with every option that was (at the time) available on the Tesla configurator. They’ve chosen a gorgeous red exterior paint finish for their Model 3, joined by a black leather interior.

The footage guides us through all the positive aspects of Model 3 ownership, but also, any qualms these guys may have. It seems, once again, that this rather impressive product still suffers from some infancy problems, but the overall impression is still quite positive.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

AVID Technology increases its presence in the US auto industry with key appointment

UK automotive clean tech firm AVID Technology has appointed Mike Dowsett Vice President of Business Development to lead the company’s expansion in North America. Mr. Dowsett will lead the business growth strategy and operations at AVID’s new US office in Michigan.

Dowsett has over 30 years of automotive industry experience. He began his career at Ford, and has since worked for a range of global industry players in the UK and the US, including Visteon, FEV, Controlled Power Technologies, YASA and Sevcon. His specialty is electric motors and inverters, along with efficient electrification system design.

AVID Technology develops batteries, electric motors and powertrain components for hybrid and electric vehicles. Its customer base includes Tier 1 automotive suppliers and OEMs.

“The electric vehicle industry is thriving globally and going through a period of rapid development and innovation,” said Dowsett. “I’m looking forward to building and consolidating the company’s growing customer base in North America; it’s a great time for the right people with the right products and expertise to make an impact.”


Source: AVID Technology Group

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Europe Overtakes Japan In Number Of CHAdeMO Chargers

Europe is now the most CHAdeMO-rich place in the world

The number of CHAdeMO chargers increases consistently over the years and after the recent update of stats by the CHAdeMO Association, it turns out that there are more CHAdeMO-compatible chargers (often multi-standard) in Europe (7,900) than in Japan (7,400), where the standard was developed and which led the way up until now.

The numbers presented seem to be rounded to full hundreds, as it’s probably become difficult to track all those charging networks and new projects around the world.

The total number of 22,600 is higher than a year ago by some 6,000 chargers (or over 35%).

  • Globally – 22,600
  • Europe – 7,900
  • Japan – 7,400
  • Asia (without Japan) – 4,200
  • North America – 2,900
  • other – 200

CHAdeMO chargers worldwide – September 2018

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Comparison: Tesla Model 3 vs BMW i3s – Video

An unlikely comparison, perhaps.

Our friend Chuck Vossler over at BMWBLOG made a compelling video comparing the BMW i3s to a Tesla Model 3 Long Range.

Chuck is an experienced EV driver, having owned a 2014 BMW i3 REx, which he replaced with a 2018 BMW i3s in January of this year. He also owns a Tesla Model S, which he’ll soon be replacing with a white Tesla Model 3 Performance.

Having owned both, Chuck knows the BMW i3 and Tesla vehicles very well, so his comparison video comes from experience, not just quick test drives as most other reviews stem from.

We think he put together a comparison video worth watching here, and even declared a winner. But since this is a BMWBLOG video, and BMW has the home field advantage, could he have possibly picked the i3s over the Model 3?

You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Addresses Paint Shop Bottleneck By Ditching Two Color Options

Tesla solves paint shop bottleneck by cutting two colors, which in turn should up production.

Tesla produced more cars than ever of late and intends to increase the production pace even further, but the paint shop turns out to be a bottleneck.

Elon Musk announced that Tesla needs to drop two out of seven possible colors – Obsidian Black and Metallic Silver – from the base offer, to simplify manufacturing.

Both colors still will be available to order, but as a special request and will cost more. We believe that the time of delivery could be then increased a little bit (as in the case of most all special orders) if you choose either of these special colors.

Elon Musk encourages that there will be no problem with spare parts in all colors, even those which were removed from the base pool.

Musk added a few more comments on paint via Twitter:

Source: Bloomberg

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Netherlands Enjoys Three-Digit Growth Of Plug-In Car Sales

Netherlands is one of the fastest growing plug-in car markets this year.

EV Sales Blog reports that in August some 1,845 plug-in electric cars were sold in the Netherlands, which translates to roughly 165% more than a year ago, although we must remember that 2017 was pretty slow year (after a few years of tremendous results fueled by high incentives for plug-in hybrids).

Last month, Nissan delivered record number of 331 LEAFs in the Netherlands, although the most popular model was the Tesla Model S at 400, followed by Tesla Model X (200) in third. 600 Teslas stands for one third of total sales in the country.

The best selling models so far this year in the Netherlands are:

  • Tesla Model S – 2,327
  • Nissan LEAF – 1,777
  • Volkswagen e-Golf – 1,474
  • Tesla Model X – 1,319
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric – 1,034

It’s pleasing to see that the first batch of 78 Hyundai Kona Electric were registered.

After eight months of this year, total sales stand at 12,289 (up by over 140%) and 3.7% market share (4.5% in August).

According to a report by industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de), the Netherlands is now a very important for Tesla in Europe, as the country accounted for 40% of S and X sold in Western Europe last month.

Source: EV Sales Blog

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Brazil’s Ambev Brewery to deploy 1,600 VW electric trucks by 2023

Brazil-based Ambev Brewery has announced that by 2023, it will use 1,600 electric trucks made by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO) to transport beverages. Once the new e-trucks are in service, about 35% of the brewery’s fleet will consist of “clean energy-powered vehicles.”

The first truck to join the electric fleet will be the VW e-Delivery – an electric version of the Delivery light truck. Ambev will begin on-road testing later this year. Ambev says the new truck will be recharged with 100% renewable power.

The prototype for the e-Delivery was developed in partnership with Eletra. The e-Delivery powertrain will be available on both 9- and 11-ton models. It is equipped with the new WEG AL160 electric motor, which delivers 80 kW (109 hp) of power and maximum torque of 493 N·m. It features an Allison automatic transmission and LiFePO4 battery packs.

Auxiliary systems such as the air compressor, air conditioning, steering pump and water pump are powered by independent electric motors, optimizing the traction capacity of the main engine. Shafts, suspension, chassis, wheels and tires share common components with the legacy Delivery platform.

The e-Delivery has a range of up to 124 miles, depending on the application and configuration of the vehicle.

VWCO will produce the VW e-Delivery along with its partners in the Modular Consortium at its plant in Resende, Brazil.


Source: Green Car Congress

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine