CharIN Testing Symposium explores EVSE/smart grid integration

The 9th International CharIN Testing Symposium, dedicated to grid integration challenges, will take place between the 11th and 13th of September at NextEnergy’s headquarters in Detroit.

CharIN’s primary objective is to establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for AC and DC charging. Symposium participants will discuss how CCS can be a core technology to enable future smart grid integration.

The symposium will bring together diverse players from the smart charging community, including ABB, Bosch, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Porsche and Volkswagen. Participants will take part in on-site tests, evaluate charging infrastructure and Electronic Control Units (ECUs), and explore communication between EVs and EVSE.

All the chargers at the event will feature a new operating system from Munich- and Detroit-based startup EcoG. The EcoG stack is designed to allow more convenient and faster charger setup and to significantly simplify EVSE operations.

 

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Report: 2022 Audi R8 to go electric

Audi R8 e-tronIncreasingly, there’s nothing super about a supercar if it’s not electric. Last week, British magazine Autocar reported that Audi will make that leap for its next-generation R8 sports car, converting it from a pounding gas-fueled V-10 engine to purely electric power. DON’T MISS: Audi reveals PB18 e-tron concept in Monterey–with moveable…
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Audi Urges Norwegians To Order e-Tron Now

Should speed delivery

Audi is advising its customers in Norway go ahead and order their E-tron now. This hardly sounds like news until you take into consideration that the crossover SUV will only be revealed in production form in a week from today.  While we here in the United States can only begin making reservations for the all-electric on the 17th of September, Norwegians have uniquely had that ability since April of 2017. At that time, as well as now, a reservation for the vehicle takes a deposit of 20,000 kroner ($2,384).

The news comes to us from a tweet (embedded below) by one Matthias Schmidt, an auto journalist/consultant who has been tracking the vehicle’s progress and who apparently was privy to an email sent out by the German automaker to its customers in the Scandinavian country. In a separate tweet, Schmidt also discloses that Audi Norway says the E-tron will hold 600 liters (21 cubic feet) of luggage in its rear cargo bay while its front trunk (frunk) will hold with 60 liters (2.1 cubic feet)

The Audi E-tron joins the premium crossover category which is now inhabited by the Jaguar I-Pace, which is just starting to trickle into the hands of owners, and the freshly revealed Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC. While our comparison of the three vehicles seems to show a variety of ranges, they should all be in the neighborhood of 220 miles using the EPA testing standard. This segment is bound to get more crowded as the BMW iX3 will eventually join it, along with the Model 3-based Model Y from Tesla.

Audi E-tron

The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak

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The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak







 

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Tesla Model 3 Performance Hits 60 MPH In Record-Setting 3.13 Seconds

Lighter rims are the trick to getting Tesla Model 3 Performance zero-to-60-mph time down yet again.

A few YouTubers that just happen to be new Tesla Model 3 Performance owners have been recording and sharing zero-to-60-mph times. As it turns out, it hasn’t been uncommon for the owners to beat the 3.5-second metric published by Tesla. Eric Strait (DAErik on YouTube) took his new Model 3 Performance out early on and used his VBOX to record results around the 3.3-second mark. However, that was during a first run and the car didn’t have a full charge. He headed back out later with a full charge and substantiated previous claims of a whopping 3.18-second time.

Tesla’s performance figures have been known to be understated in the past, as proven with Model S zero-to-60-mph tests that were almost otherworldly for a five-seat family sedan. Not too long ago, CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the Model 3 Performance could pull off 3.3 seconds or better with the right tires and rims:

Crazily, as stated above, it easily beat that number in its stock configuration. So, how does it fare with some lighter rims? After installing T Sportline lightweight rims that shaved off about 32 pounds and adding wider rear tires, Erik took his Model 3 Performance back out to answer that question. As expected, the car broke previous records. This time, the Model 3 Performance nailed down an impressive 3.13-second time. We can only imagine that with some additional mods the number will continue to improve.

Video Description via DAErik on YouTube:

Lightweight Rims On A Tesla Performance Model 3 Improves 0-60 Time

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TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE

Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Wide
Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Touchscreen


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Will electric cars eliminate conventional hybrids from the market? Twitter poll results

2019 Honda InsightAs electric cars have made inroads in the market, a California study shows they have largely replaced conventional hybrids, not straight-up internal combustion cars. It’s an important question, because hybrids were expected to fill the gap, improving efficiency in bigger cars and introducing more conservative buyers to electric driving, as battery…
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Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 245% In Canada In August

Canada continues its strong growth of plug-in electric car sales.

August was one of the most successful months of plug-in electric car sales in Canada. According to latest registrations data with some dose of estimations, Green Car Reports says that 4,460 plug-in cars were sold last month, which is 245% more than a year ago at nearly 2.5% market share.

Because the time to utilize $14,000 CAD incentives to purchase EVs in Ontario coming to an end (for cars ordered on or before July 11 the delivery need to be done by September 10) it could be one of the last such stellar months in the near term.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Canada – August 2018

Anyways, the two best-selling models in Canada – the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV set new personal sales records in August – 1,050 and 837, respectively (2,329 Tesla Model 3s sold in June is out of range).

The best selling plug-ins in Canada in August:

  • Nissan LEAF – 1,050 (3,876 YTD)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 837 (3,848 YTD)
  • Tesla Model 3 – expected 500 and 3,400 YTD
  • Toyota Prius Prime – 373 (2,624 YTD)
  • Chevrolet Volt – 315 (3,320)
  • Ford Fusion Energi – expected 200 (1,216 YTD)

Turning some attention back to July (since registration data often arrive late), higher sales than Model 3 in were noted by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (598 – new high) and Nissan LEAF (decent 418). Two other PHEVs with strong sales are the Toyota Prius Prime (381) and Chevrolet Volt (276).

Plug-in electric car registrations in Canada – August 2018

Source: Green Car Reports


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Why You Should Buy An Electric Car Now: Tax Credit In Jeopardy?

Why should you jump on the purchase of an electric car right away?

For those who aren’t in the loop, the U.S. federal EV tax credit is looming for Tesla and General Motors. We’re talking about $7,500 off a new car if your tax situation allows it. We’d suggest checking with a tax professional to make the determination.

Tesla has already officially surpassed 200,000 electric vehicles delivered in the U.S. to date. The automaker is now in its last “free” quarter wherein customers can receive the full $7,500 rebate. After this month, the savings dial down every quarter until the rebate disappears. According to our data and heavily researched estimates — which are adjusted when official quarterly data is disclosed — GM has sold 189,758 EVs. This means, in the next four months or so, the automaker will join Tesla in the sunset period.

If you live in Canada, you’re likely well aware that Ontario recently canceled its EV tax incentives and Tesla is now reportedly suing over the situation. In the U.S., the Trump Administration has already made it increasingly clear that they may do the same thing at any moment. Of course, Congress would have to approve it. The situation already presented itself and was thought to have already put the credit in a dire situation, but fortunately, it’s safe for the time being.

Nonetheless, we’ve seen a ton of legislation that rallies against the premise of electric vehicles and clean air. Additionally, Trump replaced on oil-friendly EPA chief with another that denies climate change. It’s not going to get any better anytime soon.

With that being said, taking advantage of purchasing an electric vehicle now and working out the specifics surrounding your current tax situation is a necessity. If you wait too long, that credit may either dwindle or vanish. So, if you’re on the fence, now’s the time to buy.

If you have any questions or concerns, hit us up in the comment section or at our site email.

CHEVROLET BOLT EV

Chevrolet Bolt EVs - finding more US driveways every month!

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The introduction (and US reception) of the Chevy Bolt EV has pulled forward GM's 200,000th sale by at least a year (now expected in Q2 2018)

Chevrolet Bolt at the recent GM Official autocross event near Detroit.
Chevrolet Bolt EV (wallpaper 2,560x)
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV (wallpaper 2,560x)
Chevrolet Bolt EV (wallpaper 2,560x)


2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV
The best option overall is generally to drive at normal speed
Chevrolet Bolt
Yes, even GM with the upcoming Chevy Bolt EV and all-time US sales leader Volt already under its belt is part of the group looking to take down fleet mpg and emission requirements

Chevrolet Bolt
Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior
Chevrolet Bolt EV:  Lots of useful room inside...and a fair about of standard finishes
Bolt Interior
Chevy Bolt
Chevrolet Bolt EV - right-hand-drive?!

Chevy Bolt rear seats

The rear seating area offers plenty of room for passengers
Unfortunately, the 2017 Chevy Bolt seats look better than that feel
Inside the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

CHEVY VOLT

2017 Chevrolet Volt

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Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
The New 2016 Volt Features 53 Miles Of All-Electric Range, And A 1.5L Generator That Nets 42 MPG Thereafter

Under The New CVRP Program, The Unemployed Person In San Francisco Can Now Get A $3,000 Rebate Off The 2016 Chevrolet Volt
Next Generation Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
The Most Famous E-REV - 2017 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
2017 Chevrolet Volt Interior

TESLA MODEL 3

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2. Tesla Model 3
Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)




Tesla Model 3 front seats

Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)



Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
Tesla Model 3 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Tesla Model 3
Inside the Tesla Model 3




Tesla Model 3 rear seats


Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.

TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE

Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Wide
Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Touchscreen

TESLA MODEL S

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Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
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Tesla Model S
Michael's Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S, Image Credit: Tesla
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S, Image Credit: Tesla
Tesla Mode
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S P100D
Inside the Tesla Model S, Image Credit: Tesla
Tesla Model S Interior, Image Credit: Tesla
Inside a Tesla Model S

TESLA MODEL X

Tesla Model X at Supercharger

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Tesla Model X at a Supercharger
Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X (wallpaper 2,560x)
Tesla says they know the issues with current Model 3 production, but didn't say that the issue had (as of yet) been resolved.
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X In White (click for high resolution)
Tesla Model X (click for high resolution)
As Seen  With Skis
Tesla Informs Model X Reservation Holders That It Will Be Opening Up More Configurations Soon, Hopes To Release All By Year's End

Tesla Model X (click for high resolution)
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X 3rd Row Seats Latching Mechanism Found Not Suitable For Europe
Tesla Model X Interior/Belts
Tesla Model X Gets 6-Seat Option
New Design Studio Pictures Show What The Tesla Model X Can Accomodate
Tesla Model X Roofline


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VW is planning a capacity of 100,000 electric cars per year for first plant to go electric

Legacy automakers are announcing and unveiling new electric vehicles at an impressive pace these days, but there isn’t as much talk about the production volumes of those upcoming EVs.

Now VW says that it is planning a capacity of 100,000 electric cars per year for its first plant to go electric. more…


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