News: Volkswagen e-Delivery Trucks Accelerate in Brazil

Beverage Hauling Company Commits to 1,600 Electric Trucks

Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest vehicle companies, threw down the gauntlet in the electric truck business two weeks ago when it announced its Brazilian subsidiary would deliver 1,600 locally designed and built electric commercial trucks between 2020 and 2023 to one customer. Volkswagen Caminhões e Õnibus, one of the biggest truck and bus manufacturers in South America, plans to build the first Volkswagen e-Delivery trucks in its plant in Resende, Brazil. The first test trucks will hit the road later this year for testing with the customer,  Amber Brewery, the Brazilian subsidiary of Anheuser Busch InBev.

Volkswagen e-Delivery

VW uses a modular platform for its EVs, ranging from small sedans to commercial trucks

The VW announcement comes on the heels of a flurry of new electric truck reveals and production plans during this past year. Cummins, the U.S.’s largest truck engine manufacturer, showed off an electric powertrain and said they’d build whatever powertrain their customers wanted.  They beat Tesla, who revealed its Semi and started taking deposits for a 2019 delivery (expect it to be impressive, like every other Tesla product, but also not be delivered on time). Thor and Nikola, two other start-ups, unveiled their prototype trucks to the public.

The Competition

Then the big boys chimed in. Daimler started a sequence of reveals of new electric models, ranging from delivery trucks up to its Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia. Volvo said it would introduce an electric delivery truck in the European market next year—and maybe bring it to the U.S. Volkswagen’s MAN brand recently introduced an all-electric delivery truck  and an electric bus

Volkswagen e-Delivery

VWs MAN is looking at an electric semi for the future

Volkswagen’s e-Delivery follows up on a company commitment from last year, Rodrigo Chaves, chief technology officer of Caminhões e Õnibus, said: “The future of inner-city transport will be electric—no doubt about it.” The truck is expected to have a range of 200 kilometers (125 miles) and incorporate state-of-art solutions for green logistics, like smart systems to adjust the battery demand according to the operation and regenerative braking to add energy to the battery from stop-and-go driving. The trucks also with explore autonomous capability, depending on the vehicle’s application and settings.

The powertrain being developed, which may or may not use a transmission, will be modular so it can be applied to a variety of different commercial vehicles (part of VW’s MEB electric vehicle toolkit). The initial motor VW has discussed delivers 260 kW at 5,500 Nm, which translates into about 350 horsepower and 4,000 pound-feet of torque, certainly enough to move the freight.

When it has its 1,600 VW electric trucks deployed in 2023, approximately 35 percent of Ambev’s fleet will be electric. That’s estimated to save Ambev (and the planet) 30,400 tons of carbon emissions per year.

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BMW Teases Vision iNext, Plus Shows Off Design Process

This might actually give us a hint at the possible future BMW all-electric four-door coupe

For BMW, the future is almost here. The German car brands have adamantly teased us with their iNEXT concept for a long time, and it seems we’re finally closer to an actual production model of it hitting the road. The latest iNEXT teaser gives us a compelling, albeit short showcase of the design process behind it. The new teaser, however, gives us a rather compelling view of the what can easily be a brand new BMW Vision iNEXT Concept car. To make matters even more captivating is that this seems to be far the closest design to a production car we’ve seen from any Vision Concept releases so far.

Although only 11 seconds long, the video does reveal some finer details found on this vehicle. When the entire rear end is shown, we can clearly see the incredibly thin “L shaped” LED rear lights, seemingly pulsing outward. Furthermore, two squared off, blue-lit notches are found near the bottom end of the rear bumper – a place where normally, a set of double or quad exhaust pipes would find its home. This might seemingly be a perfect nod to the fact that this would-be vehicle doesn’t come with any sort of exhaust system. In turn, this means that this could be a fully electric vehicle after all.

However, the most notable aspect found in this video is a blue-lit “BMW Vision iNEXT” logo in the rear bumper of the vehicle. Quite clearly, this marks this vehicle as a concept car, not a vehicle that’s set to enter production anytime soon. On the other hand, with all the finer touches & details, this might (eventually) result in something that is mass produced by the German car maker.

Hopefully, the Vision iNEXT would return something that looks and handles like a proper BMW – but is fully battery-powered. With rumors floating around, we’re keen on believing that this might return a 2+2 four-door coupe someplace down the road. Hopefully, something that looks like as spectacular as BMW i8 did upon release, but with improved handling & performance. Something in the way of the upcoming BMW M8, but fully electric. If that happens, the next few years, in turn – at least for BMW – do look pretty exciting.

Until then, you can take a look at the teaser video above.

We’ve dropped in a couple of other iNext videos below too:

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BMW starts taking orders for electric iX3 SUV as german automakers are all unveiling new electric SUVs

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are both about to unveil their new electric SUVs and BMW doesn’t want to be the only major German premium automaker without its own option even though its first entry in the segment is not ready for another 2 years.

In order to do that, BMW is starting to take orders for its electric iX3 SUV. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Tesla Falls Short Of 6,000/Week Model 3 Production Goal

Tesla’s quarterly Model 3 production goal unthreatened though.

According to the latest reports, Tesla missed its target of producing 6,000 Model 3 a week by the end of August, or even repeating 5,000 a week, but the automaker is producing enough Model 3 to achieve its quarterly goal of 50,000-55,000.

Electrek’s sources say that only 6,400 cars were made in the last seven days of August, including 4,300 Model 3.

Quarterly it was 53,000 (including 34,700 Model 3). With one more month until the end of the quarter, the outlook for achieving the anticipated growth marks are solid.

Earlier reports estimated that Model 3 production exceeded 6,000 at least for a while and that cumulatively 80,000 were made since the beginning of the Summer of 2017.

Regardless of the exact numbers, Model 3 is now the top-selling electric car in the world.

In just two days, we’ll report on August sales of all plug-in vehicles, including the Tesla Model 3. Anyone want to guess at Model 3 sales in the U.S. for August? We’ve got a figure in mind. How ’bout you?


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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!)

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

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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 - Dual Motor Badge

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Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion
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Source: Electrek

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Watch the Porsche Taycan electric concept on mountain roads in new DJI Mavic 2 drone footage

In a solid cross-promotional effort, DJI released some beautiful new drone footage of the Porsche Taycan electric concept driving on mountain roads filmed with their new DJI Mavic 2. more…

Source: Charge Forward

BMW iX3 Order Books Now Open: Deposit Puts You In Line

In Norway, at least.

Though not even slated for production until 2020, individuals in Norway have informed us that orders book for the BMW iX3 electric SUV are now open.

In fact, the ordering process for BMW’s first electric SUV kicked off on September 1st.

A tipster informed us of the process:

iX3 reservations in Norway started, September 1st, as the first country in the world.

It can be done through and costs NOK 15.000 (approx USD $1.800). The whole amount is refundable. The payment goes to a chosen dealership and there is no queue system. All who reserve now are added to a “group” that will be able to customize and place an order before it goes into production in 2020.

Seems simple enough. And it’s refundable, so you’ve got nothing to lose by reserving one today.

Though no official specs or pricing is available on the iX3 at this point in time, we do expect it to be similar to the concept shown in Beijing, which we described as such:

The iX3 concept showcased in Beijing had a battery pack with a capacity of 70 kWh providing enough juice for more than 400 kilometers (249 miles) on the WLTP cycle. Based on BMW’s fifth-generation electric drive system, the zero-emissions crossover had an output rated at 270 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and took advantage of fast-charging capabilities to fully “fill up” the battery in only half an hour.

Does the iX3 entice you? If so, and if you live in Norway, you might want to consider putting that deposit down soon.

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New BMW i8 Rated At 17 Miles Of Electric Range (EPA)

The all-electric range rating for the BMW i8 increased, but only by 21%

The BMW i8 was upgraded recently and spawned a new i8 Roadster version too, both equipped with a 11.6 kWh battery (9.4 kWh usable). According to EPA, the car is now rated for up to 17 miles (27 km) in all-electric mode.

The improvement is welcome, but we figured out that previously, the car with its 7.1 kWh (5.2 kWh usable) battery was rated at 14 miles (over 22 km), which means the range increased by only 21% after a 63% increase in battery capacity. Part of the reason is that efficiency decreased by around 10% from 76 MPGe to 69 MPGe.

The new i8 with a bigger battery gets a higher federal tax credit of $5,669, almost $1,900 more than earlier as the amount is related to the battery capacity (peaks at $7,500 for 16 kWh).

  • BMW i8 Coupe starts at $142,826 (incl. $995 dest. fee and tax credit)
  • BMW i8 Roadster starts at $158,626  (incl. $995 dest. fee and tax credit)

2019 BMW i8

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Documents Show German Auto Cartels Cheating New Emissions Tests


The dirty diesel debacle was never just about Volkswagen. All five of the major German automakers have been investigated by European and US authorities, accused of participating in a cartel that thwarted competition and stifled innovation.

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

Above: Germany’s top automakers have been working to game CO2 emissions tests (Image: Business Car)

Now that European regulators have introduced a new and better test for CO2 emissions, it appears that the carmakers have quickly figured out a way to manipulate it as well.

According to documents obtained by the advocacy group Transport & Environment, European Commission scientists have uncovered evidence that car manufacturers may have cheated the results of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) in order to inflate their results in the COemissions test, either by declaring higher results than they had registered or by reconfiguring test vehicles.

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Above: Last year, VW’s “dieselgate” scandal broadened to include all five German car brands; many suspect there’s more trouble on the horizon (Youtube: CGTN)

European regulators are transitioning from the notoriously inaccurate NEDC testing cycle to the WLTP test in order to reach a more accurate estimate of emissions during real-world driving. The WLTP is the foundation for calculating 2025 and 2030 emissions targets for the European auto industry, so if automakers can manipulate the results, they could get away with setting less ambitious emissions targets.

According to T&E, “The Commission documents show that in tests carmakers are switching off the start-stop function. They are also adjusting the gear-shift patterns and using depleted batteries to burn more fuel and emit more CO2. In addition, carmakers are declaring higher values than they actually measure, again inflating the official emission values. The Commission found that: ‘As a result, the targets for 2025 and 2030 would also be weakened due to the inflated 2021 starting point. This would de facto reduce the level of ambition…’”

Above: Germany’s automakers have been plagued by issues, of their own making, that surround dirty tailpipe emissions (Image: The Bulletin)

“After Dieselgate carmakers promised to change and that new tests were the solution,” said T&E Executive Director William Todts. “Now it’s clear they’re using these new tests to undermine the already weak CO2 standards. They want to meet these with minimal effort so they can keep selling diesels and delay the shift to electric cars.”

Higher emissions will result in higher taxes, so carmakers have an incentive to collude to make sure that no company obtains a competitive advantage by cheating on the tests. And that’s exactly what Mr. Todts suspects is going on. “The only way this trick can work is if all carmakers work together,” says he. “The Commission must extend the ongoing cartel enquiries to investigate whether there has been collusion here. Just fixing the baseline problem isn’t enough, There needs to be sanctions to end the industry’s endemic cheating and collusion.”


Written by: Charles Morris; This article originally appeared in Charged; Source: Transport & Environment via Government Europa

*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.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

First look at Tesla’s version 9 software update with new UI, features, and more

Over the past few months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been talking about a new vehicle software update called version 9, which is supposed to be the automaker’s biggest update in about 2 years.

Today we take our first look at Tesla’s version 9 software update with new UI, features, and more. more…

Source: Charge Forward

Bjørn Attempts Rapidgate Run In Nissan e-NV200

Is the Nissan e-NV200 impacted by “Rapidgate”?

EV aficionado and Tesla fan Bjørn Nyland is at it again, testing the charging speed of Nissan’s 40-kWh battery pack. It’s no secret that many people have experienced issues with the 2018 Nissan LEAF when it comes to slow charging speed under certain conditions. One could safely assume that the automaker’s e-NV200 may experience similar issues, but remember, while it has nearly the same battery pack as the LEAF, the e-NV200 has an active thermal management system.

It seems a bit strange that Nissan would opt for TMS in one vehicle but not the other. However, the automaker has said that the e-NV200’s commercial use makes the system more necessary. Nissan didn’t want to spend the money for TMS in the new LEAF, so it just uses a simpler passive cooling system. Thankfully, the upcoming 60-kWh LEAF should have active thermal management.

Despite the Nissan e-NV200’s more advanced battery pack, Nyland tells us it’s still impacted by “Rapidgate.” However, it’s not as evident as it is in the LEAF. His tests revealed a fast charging speed as low as 25 kW. Nyland’s most interesting observation was that the car doesn’t actually use its active cooling system on a regular basis, but only under certain conditions. He believes it doesn’t kick in while driving. Even when the car was hot and parked, there was no active TMS. The only time the system was engaged was when the car was plugged in and turned on.

Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

Nissan e-NV200 40 kWh with rapidgate

During Fortum’s Ladetour 2018, I drove the new Nissan e-NV200 40 kWh. It turns out that it is also affected by rapidgate. It’s not as bad as Leaf. But you still get about 25 kW fast charging speed at the lowest.

Source: Electric Vehicle News