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.

Tesla Model 3 base prices

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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.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Kimbal Musk Discusses Elon, Tesla, Family Ethos, And 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.”


Source: CNBC

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

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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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Road Test: 2018 Lexus ES 300h

Choose Efficiency

With so much demand for SUVS and crossovers, sedans are becoming rarer in showrooms. But if you want a nice, roomy one that offers hybrid technology, the 2018 Lexus ES 300h is an excellent choice.

The ES goes back to the beginning of Lexus. It was a Toyota Camry-based junior model below the LS full-size flagship when the brand launched nearly 30 years ago. Its goal was to be an entry-level luxury product—and it still is. Now, of course, it’s part of an extended family that includes multiple sedans and crossovers.

2018 Lexus ES 300h

It’s been there from the beginning, and still looking to improve

Toyota, Lexus’ parent, has sold more than 1.6 million Priuses since in the U.S. since the hybrid arrived at the end of the last century. They know a lot about hybrid technology, and piloting one of these vehicles gets you halfway to the eventual EV future.

Lexus uses this successful technology in the ES 300h. Like Toyota’s other hybrids, it can drive in pure electric mode, both when the software decides to or when you lock it in by choosing EV mode. The EV setting requires sufficient charge in the battery and slow, level driving conditions. Otherwise, the software moves between the gas engine and electric motor to produce a smooth, unobtrusive drive.  

Choose Your Mode

Other mode settings include Normal, Sport, and Eco, which are what you’d expect. Eco encourages more leisurely acceleration and less air conditioning while Sport energizes the accelerator and steering, heats up the instrument panel graphics with red, and replaces the Hybrid System indicator with a tachometer. Of course, using Sport all the time reduces the benefits of hybrid motoring.

You can opt for the ES 350 gasoline-only model with a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 or choose the subject of this story, the 2018 Lexus ES 300h gasoline-electric hybrid. What’s the difference? Well, the hybrid uses a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder gas engine and adds a high-output permanent-magnet electric drive motor, good for 200 total system horsepower.

2018 Lexus ES 300h

The 300h engine is a little smaller, but adds electric boost

The hybrid beats the gas car on range–688 miles versus 413. It also wins in EPA mileage and green scores. While the ES 350 earns 21 city/30 highway/24 combined, the ES 300h pushes that up to 40/39/40 respectively! My personal average for the hybrid came to 34.1 mpg in mostly freeway stop-and-go traffic.

Green numbers jump, too. The 300h earns an EPA rating of 7 for Smog and 9 for Greenhouse Gas, versus the 350’s 5 and 3. That means the hybrid achieves EPA Smartway status, while emitting 223 grams per mile of CO2 versus the all-gas vehicle’s 366. That’s significant.

The Hybrid Choice

What about price? The base price for the ES 350 is $38,950 against the Hybrid’s $41,820. But you’ll save money on gasoline, catching up eventually.

The hybrid weighs in at 3,682 pounds to the gas car’s 3,649, which isn’t a significant difference.

2018 Lexus ES 300h

Inside the ES carries out a luxury theme well

Driving the ES 300h is pleasant, as you’d expect. Auto engine shutoff makes it very peaceful at stoplights and boosts fuel efficiency. The joystick style remote touch interface saves you from having to reach up and add fingerprints to the display screen; it’s an older style than the touch pads on fancier Lexuses (the ES gets an update for 2019).

The ES line is purely four-door sedans, available in three trim levels. Start with the “base” Premium or step up to the Luxury or Ultra Luxury level with add-on packages. There are additional stand-alone options as well. My Silver Lining Metallic test car came with the Ultra Luxury Package ($3,000), which enhanced the experience with fancy leather seats (including heating/cooling and memory), wood trim, remote keyless entry, power rear and manual door sunshades, a panoramic glass roof and more.

More Goodies

My tester added additional goodies, including a heated wood and leather steering wheel ($450). 

The wheel had leather only at the 3 and 9 positions on the clock, so on curvy roads on a cold day, you’ll get alternating warm and cold grabs. Other options included a power trunk ($400) and Intuitive Parking Assist ($500). The Navigation and audio package ($2,615) features a super Mark Levinson 835-watt, 15-speaker system and the Lexus Enform App Suite. With this long list of additions, my tester, with $995 for shipping and handling, became a $50,795 car.

2018 Lexus ES 300h

The 2018 Lexus ES 300h makes the transition to greater efficiency easy

As equipped, this top-level ES 300h is the one you want, and the one Lexus would like you to buy. Toyota’s luxury division is hoping to lure someone who just isn’t happy with a plain Toyota Camry or Avalon, so they start with the very accessible Premium model ES. I don’t know how many ES 300h vehicles get into customers’ hands without at least some of the upgrades. Careful online and in-dealer comparisons will show if there’s a compelling reason to move upwards to the Lexus brand.

Just know that you can add significant efficiency by choosing the hybrid 300h.

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Everybody move up: Tesla shuffles executive ranks

2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017Late Friday evening, Tesla announced an executive reshuffling, after a month or more of chaos within the company. The blog posted to the company’s website from CEO Elon Musk Friday announced that the company has appointed Jerome Guillen President of Automotive. Guillen, whom Musk says was a key player in the construction of an additional Model 3…
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