Jaguar I-PACE Sales Hit 140 In August

The Jaguar I-PACE sales ramp-up is more than a bit disappointing

Introducing a new all-electric model on the market isn’t as easy as some might think. Jaguar in August sold just 140 I-PACE, according to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de).

Total sales of the I-Pace in its first few months on the market now stand at 558.

It’s hard to say whether Jaguar is experiencing some Tesla-like production hell, but there is an urgent need to ramp up production as in the Netherlands alone, 3,500 I-PACe are needed to satisfy demand ahead of tax changes.

Additionally, it seems likely Jaguar will delay the launch of the I-Pace in other markets now (like in the U.S.) as it attempts to fulfill a mounting backlog of demand over in Europe.


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2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid will have more range, 6 cylinders

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformanceOn Friday, BMW revealed the next-generation X5 plug-in hybrid, with significantly more electric range and a 6-cylinder engine replacing the 4-cylinder in the current X5 plug-in hybrid. Based on the new third-generation X5, BMW says theX5 xDrive45e iPerformance will have up to 50 miles of electric range from an expanded battery pack that sits…
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This BMW i3 Goes 435 Miles Per Charge

The all-new 100kWh, denser and safer battery proves to be a big range provider.

For the BMW i3, the jury is somewhat still out. The futuristic, all-electric city slicker is one of those cars whose value you cannot fully grasp. When it was released, the BMW i3 produced kind of an underwhelming feeling. But, at the same time, it was one of the most highly-coveted pieces of EVs money can buy. Just like with its bigger sibling – the BMW i8 – some boxes were clearly not ticked. While the all-electric configuration and performance were touted as the biggest drawbacks of what is actually a solid all-around car, for the i3, the range was the biggest drawback.

When released, the small electric car from the Bavarian car maker featured a somewhat tiny 33kWh battery which provides 114 miles of driving range, according to the EPA. Good for the town, bad for pretty much everything else. Naturally, BMW tried to combat that with the REx version which employed a petrol powerplant that provided more juice for the batteries. However, range clearly was too low.

Hence, in order to prove what this modular platform can do, a German energy storage company Lion Smart just revealed their own battery pack for the i3. While still in development, this “Light Battery” pack concept uses a modular design meant to reduce costs and improve safety. For the BMW i3, however, that means the German company crammed a high-density 100kWh battery pack into the BMW i3. In turn, that results in a range of about 435 miles (700 kilometers).

While it’s still unclear whether that’s based on the NEDC or WLTP cycle, or the company’s own internal testing, this is an impressive uptake over the OEM range provided by this vehicle. To make matters even more compelling, that’s the same range that BMW expects from their own iNext EV, slated for a 2022 debut. In reality, it seems that BMW – alongside other German car makers – produced impressive modular technology for their new cars. However, they lack in the battery departments.

You can learn all about the BMW i3 they’ve used and the Lion Light battery technology in the video below. Some impressive engineering & design ideas are implemented to make this battery pack, allowing it to be completely flexible in terms of capacity, voltage and physical dimensions.

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Watch Lucid Air Set Laguna Lap Record

Lucid Air completes a Laguna Seca lap in 1:41.67 or even quicker…

Lucid Motors recently took the Lucid Air electric car on tests at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and set a lap time of 1:41.67 on production 21-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires.

The results are among the fastest for electric cars, just several seconds behind the #1 spot held by a modified Tesla Model S and some 7 seconds ahead of the lap time recently set by a Tesla Model 3 Performance.

The time bests that of the Jaguar I-Pace too, which completed a lap in 1:48.18.

The results could be even better with track tires. Using Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R road-legal track tires and pushed harder, Lucid Air was able to clock 1:39.30. Hopefully, the strong performance will encourage investors to give Lucid the opportunity to move into the production phase.

Videos from both runs can be seen below.

“WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, nestled in the hills of the Monterey Peninsula on California’s central coast, is one of the most demanding road courses in the world. With a combination of high-speed straights, blind crests, heavy-braking zones, and dramatic elevation changes, the track quickly highlights any weaknesses in a vehicle. In early August, we took a Lucid Air prototype through its paces around the track in a test and development session.”

“We subject our vehicles to rigorous testing to find their limits. We then pore through the test data to refine our advanced simulation models and to iterate our designs. For this test and development session, we focused on performance, thermal management, braking-system cooling, aerodynamics, and handling.

The prototype used is set up to our latest showroom intent, with the exception of swapping the interior trim for a 6-point roll cage and fire-suppression system, and adding high-temperature brake pads and brake fluid. The result is a car that is within a few percent of our production weight.

The Lucid Air’s performance at Laguna Seca was impressive. The instantaneous response and unrelenting torque of Lucid’s electric powertrain, combined with playful yet sure-footed handling, make the Air engaging on the track.

Driven by a Lucid Chassis & Vehicle Dynamics engineer, the Lucid Air set a Laguna Seca lap time of 1:41.67 on our production 21-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires, putting us among some very performance-focused competition.”

Lucid Air at Laguna Seca

“Determined to subject our car to ever-increasing lateral and longitudinal punishment, we next fitted Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R road-legal track tires and pushed harder. The result was a time of 1:39.30.”

“Performance and driver involvement have always been high on our list of priorities, with Peter Rawlinson, our Chief Technical Officer, hailing from Jaguar and Lotus, and the engineering team including veterans of Red Bull F1, Porsche, BMW, and Aston Martin.

Each challenge we throw at the Lucid Air allows us to create a better vehicle, with this testing representing a snapshot in time as the Air evolves and improves day by day. We are establishing the new benchmark not just for electric vehicles but for all luxury mobility.”

1:41.67 on our production 21-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires

1:39.30 on Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R road-legal track tires and pushed harder


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Refueling Versus Charging For Short Trips: Bjørn Compares

How does the EV charging process compare to refueling when it comes to short trips?

Bjørn Nyland makes it very clear here that he’s talking about virtually any battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and only for daily short trips around the city (less than 35 km/22 miles). He says that people always talk about EVs in terms of charging for long distances. However, as we previously reported, most people actually travel shorter distances, albeit, perhaps, multiple times in a given day.

While these short-trip miles all add up, this is very different than getting on the road in an EV with the goal of driving 100-200 miles or more before stopping to charge. In the long-distance situation, no matter which EV you drive, it’s still going to take a bit of time to “top off” the battery for the next leg of your trip. With that being said, there are many people who are able to use their electric vehicle for road trips. A handful of today’s BEVs will allow you to drive for several hours before stopping. Simply make a bathroom stop, stretch out, grab a meal, and you’re back on the road.

Now, let’s take a look at Bjørn’s unique and somewhat silly, “short trip” analysis.

Diesel fueling:

Nyland’s first stop requires refueling a diesel “fossil” car. He adds 10.54 U.S. gallons, which costs the equivalent of $76 USD (fuel isn’t cheap in Europe). The entire process takes about two minutes, plus the time it took him to drive to and from the gas station. He goes out of his way to show the “negatives” of dealing with a gas pump, including dripping diesel and smelly hands. The car Nyland is driving even has a keyed gas cap and he makes sure to show his dealings with the credit card acceptor, etc. Keep in mind that he has to be with the car and in control during the entire process.

Electric vehicle charging:

Nyland’s obvious goal is to show how simple the process is (and he’s right). He pops open the charging port and plugs in. Sadly, he doesn’t reveal what he did while the car was charging or how long the actual charging took (he could have chosen to be highly productive during that time or he could have been sleeping). He’s trying to make it clear that electric car charging is clean, simple, convenient, and cheap. The point is that it takes about 10 seconds to plug the car in. Additionally, you don’t even have to drive to a gas station, many people can simply plug in at home and go to sleep. Their EV will be full in the morning and ready to handle several days of short trips.

How do you feel about the EV charging process compared to gassing up? Let us know in the comment section below.

Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

In this video I compare refueling time vs charging time for short trips around the city. Before you start complaining about it: I just happened to own a Tesla. But this could as well be a Leaf, Ioniq, i3 or e-Golf. Remember: I talk about short trips. Not long trips. Most people take daily short trips less than 35 km around their city.


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GM to expand Chevy Bolt EV sales, bring battery production to US

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EVAs part of a sweeping update on General Motors’ electric-car plans, CEO Mary Barra announced the company will expand production and sales of the Chevy Bolt EV. At the same time, GM is expanding battery production for the Bolt EV from South Korea to a new factory in Michigan. In a blog post on LinkedIn on Wednesday, Barra laid out the company’s…
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Mary Barra Reiterates GM’s EV Commitments And Financial Investments

However, there is still a long way to go to meet the lofty goal of ‘zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion’

This week, General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra published a blog post on LinkedIn to address the company’s all electric future. Last October, Barra made the announcement that 20 new all-electric vehicles would be released globally by 2023.

The Chevy Bolt EV has been in high demand globally and will see a production increase of 20% next quarter above the average production rate for the first 3 quarters. The 2019 Chevy Volt has also managed to stay relevant despite a significant increase in PHEV competition. On the other hand, the Cadillac CT6 PHEV has yet to gain a foothold.

In her LinkedIn blog post, Barra confirmed what was already widely expected. LG Electronics’ new facility in Hazel Park, Michigan will be supplying battery packs for the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

The GM battery lab at the Global Technical Center in Warren Michigan will also be receiving “major enhancements” this fall including “new test chambers and advanced equipment to accelerate our next-generation battery architecture”. Automotive News reports that the facility will receive $28 million for the new upgrades this year.

The CEO also confirmed that the automaker will deliver a prototype vehicle capable of 180-miles of range in less than 10 minutes of charging.

Unsurprisingly, China is getting the bulk of the electric vehicle attention

Outside of the U.S., the diminutive Baojun E100 has been a surprise hit in China. Baojun is also launching a follow up to the little 2 seat-er this month. Creatively named the Baojun E200, the new model will have sleeker styling and longer range than the E100 sibling.  The Velite 6 PHEV will also be launching in China, although reports have indicated battery supplier issues might delay the launch.

These vehicles join the Baojun E100, Buick Velite 5 and Cadillac CT6 PHEV that are already on sale in the market. This focus on China was expected considering the country has rolled out stronger New Energy Vehicle requirements. Barra states “China is the world’s largest EV market and will be a large driver of global EV adoption.”

An InsideEVs source anonymous) was at a focus group this Summer, and confidently states THIS is GM's next all-electric vehicle - a compact utility offering under the Buick badge

As far as the United States, there have been no new electric vehicle announcements recently. Certainly the increase in Bolt EV production is a positive development. But much of this increase will actually go to meet the demand of other markets.

Still GM has embraced plug-ins in the U.S. more than any other traditional automaker. So we are excited for whatever their next move is. What we are waiting for is an announcement of the rumored Buick CUV that is based on the Chevy Bolt. We certainly hope General Motors has some news to share with us soon on this front.

Source: LinkedIn Post


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University of Michigan researchers develop non-combustible, non-degrading ceramic electrolyte

Scientists at the University of Michigan have developed a solid-state electrolyte which they claim is non-combustible (which is good, because it’s heated to over 1,800° F during manufacturing!) and not vulnerable to dendrite formation due to a stabilizing ceramic layer. The electrolyte has special properties that allow for increased capacities and faster charging rates as well.

Current graphite anodes have a specific capacity of 350 milliamp-hours per gram (mAh/g) and current Li-ion batteries that use them have a maximum energy density of 600 watt-hours per liter (wh/L). Theoretically, solid-state batteries can have a specific capacity of 3,800 mAh/g and energy densities of 1,200 wh/L.  Also, without liquid, dendrites, filaments or combustion, charging rates can be increased without the tradeoffs of lifespan or safety.

“Up until now, the rates at which you could plate lithium would mean you’d have to charge a lithium metal car battery over 20 to 50 hours (for full power). With this breakthrough, we demonstrated we can charge the battery in 3 hours or less. We’re talking a factor of 10 increase in charging speed compared to previous reports for solid-state lithium metal batteries. We’re now on par with lithium-ion cells in terms of charging rates, but with additional benefits,” says project head Professor Jeff Sakamoto.

 

Source: University of Michigan


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Supplier tests compact 100-kwh battery pack in BMW i3

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor ShowUsing new battery-pack architecture, BMW battery supplier Lion Smart has crammed triple the battery capacity into a BMW i3s. Lion Smart’s 100-kilowatt-hour battery gives the little city car a range of 435 miles on a charge, in the same footprint as the original battery pack. Lion Smart has developed a modular battery-pack design that makes cooling…
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