200 Corri-Door Fast Chargers Used 8,850 Times In July-August

Usage of Corri-Door fast chargers improve but is still low.

A few years ago, France launched a DC fast charging project – Corri-Door with 200 chargers (three-head: (CHAdeMO, Combo and AC Type 2 with power around 50 kW) installed along major routes.

According to Sodetrel, which operates the network, the July-August period brings high growth of charger usage, as many motorists have recharged their battery driving on vacations.

In total, 8,850 charging sessions were recorded (4,047 in July and 4,776 in August), which is 60% more than a year ago.

Summer results were also 60% higher than regular months, however taking into consideration the number of chargers, on average each noted just 22 charges a month, which is less than one per day.

This level of utilization is not even close to being able to earn on charging services, while we must remember those were two peak months for long-distance travel in France. The costs of charging is €1 for every 5 minutes of use.

Several more years of rapid growth would be required to cover the costs of the service, we believe.

Source: Sodetrel via L’Avere-France


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Watch Tesla Model 3 Get Fitted With Big Brakes

One of the biggest qualms about the Model 3 gets taken away

The usual owner of this battery-powered electric sedan won’t ever come close to pushing it to the limit. However, for owners that love those dynamic & adrenaline-filled driving situations, where the Model 3 is put through its paces through tight corners and long straights, the OEM braking system will hardly be enough. And this is where an aftermarket big brake kit comes in handy.

While up until recently only reserved for high-performance ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles, BBK (Big Brake Kit) aftermarket options are slowly finding their way towards electric vehicles as well. In a recent video made by Rich Rebuilds, we get a chance to see how an EV Tuning Solutions big brake kit gets installed on a Model 3. In turn, the braking performance of the Model 3 gets pushed to a completely new level.

The Model 3 MPP front brake rotor upgrade consists of a set of rotor rings and rotor hats, assembled and ready to be installed on the car. Furthermore, the package contains a set of caliper brackets and caliper bracket bolts. For the kit to work, the owner must of have optioned out the Tesla 19-inch wheels, as the rotors are quite bigger than the stock setup. Additionally, the rotor hat comes with a similar to Tesla anodized grey color scheme, complete with a Tesla logo.

According to the manufacturer’s spec sheet, the big brake kit can be installed in under two hours by professional mechanics. To make things easier for the installer, the factory caliper’s brake line does not need to be disconnected – a bracket is simply installed with supplied hardware, the new rotor is slipped on after the removal of the OE dust shield, and the caliper is bolted to the new bracket. That’s it. However, as you will see from the video above, for the highly-experienced crew at Rich Builds, the entire process takes even less time.


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Watch Elon Musk’s Boring Company control its giant tunnel digging machine with a Xbox controller

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is currently developing more advanced tunnel digging technology for its upcoming new mass-transit projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Maryland.

Now the company is teasing its latest giant boring machine being operated by an Xbox controller. more…


Source: Charge Forward

Tesla launches big delivery event for Model 3 deliveries as it changes strategy by matching orders

Tesla is holding a big two-day delivery event at its delivery center in Fremont this weekend. The event marks a change in the automaker’s usual custom-made production and delivery strategy.

The good news for Model 3 owners is that some of them are getting early deliveries. more…


Source: Charge Forward

Walmart Canada Orders 30 More Tesla Semis

Walmart Canada orders additional Tesla Semi trucks

Walmart Canada was among the first companies who placed reservations for the Tesla Semi in September 2017. Originally, the company wanted 10 Semis.

Recently, Walmart Canada decided to order 30 more for a total 40 as a way to electrify 20% of its truck fleet by 2022.

“The move comes as Walmart Canada continues to put sustainability at the forefront of its business operations, finding new and innovative ways to reduce its carbon footprint while continuing to focus on the critical issue of driver safety.”

The first 20 Tesla Semi will be used to support Walmart Canada’s fleet base in Mississauga, Ontario, while the remaining 20 trucks will be allocated to the company’s recently-announced Surrey, British Columbia sustainable fulfillment center, which is set to open in 2022.

By 2028, the company would like to use only alternatively powered vehicles, which means that at least some 160 more EVs (or other alt-fueled vehicles) will be ordered at some point in the future.

John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada said:

We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change. By converting 20 per cent of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2022 and committing to alternative power for all fleet vehicles by 2028, we are putting safety, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of our logistics network.”

More about Tesla Semi:

“According to Tesla, the Semi will deliver a better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport. The company cites the following sustainability and safety features as key highlights on the new vehicles:

  • The Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile at Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and highway speed, earning 50 per cent more per mile than in a regular truck
  • 500 Miles range allows a driver to go to their destination and back without recharging (500 mile range at maximum weight at highway speed)
  • Capable of 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load and can climb 5 per cent grades at a steady 65 mph (compared to 45mph for same grade in a diesel truck)
  • Regenerative braking technology recovers 98 per cent of kinetic energy to the battery, suggesting an infinite battery life
  • Surrounding vehicle cameras aid object detection and minimize blind spots, automatically alerting the driver to safety hazards and obstacles
  • Additional driver safety features including Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning

The ability to travel 500 miles per charge is in line with Walmart Canada’s general fleet system, which consists mainly of single day round trips – allowing for the ability to convert from diesel at a faster pace. The enhanced driver safety features also offer a significant opportunity for the company to continue to address this critical issue.

Leadership in environmental sustainability and reducing the environmental impact play an essential role in the activities of Walmart Canada. The company is committed to reducing its environmental footprint by selling products that are routed to the market in a sustainable way, reducing energy consumption and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.”


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Top Gear On Hyundai Kona Electric: It’s The UK’s Best Affordable EV

A reviewer from Top Gear believes this could be the first mass-market EV you could use as your only car.

Even though Top Gear is a well-respected publication, often times, it took a backseat to the highly-popular TV show. However, the British car magazine gives its readers a rather compelling view about current, past and future automobiles.

This week, Paul Horrell, a journalist for Top Gear, took the Hyundai Kona Electric for a brief test drive. For Britain, right now, the only vehicle that ticks three distinct boxes: long range, affordability, and fast charging – is the Hyundai Kona.

The vehicle comes with a road-trippable battery. It’s fast chargeable, allowing for greater utility value. And finally, with a leasing option that is at £10k down just £250 a month, the Hyundai Kona makes a compelling argument for a switch to the EV world.

The Kona comes with a near-300-mile WLTP range (the author got 250 driving normally). It comes at the half price that of a Jaguar I-Pace. And since it uses less energy to go the distance than this British luxury SUV (Sports Activity Vehicle), it’ll recharge faster on the 50kW DC outlets that are popping up like mushrooms after the rain at service stations all over the country. However, with all the positive traits, the author discovered some negative aspects of this platform as well.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The vehicle is plagued by some issues that we seldom see in the EV world. After all, most of the EVs coming out lately feature an AWD dual-motor configuration, negating any traction problems. For the Kona, however, thanks to its FWD (Forward Wheel Drive) setup, the driver will experience a lack of traction and overabundance of torque steer. Not that this is a deal breaker.

Crossover it may be, but I’m not daft enough to posit it as a perfect substitute for a Model X or I-Pace. It might accelerate with quite some vim, but that acceleration is made all the more striking by the lack of traction and overabundance of torque steer. It writhes like a 1990s chipped turbo hot-hatch. That’s because it’s only FWD, because it’s cheap. Also it’s only a fraction as roomy as the Tesla and Jaguar. Because it’s small. Because, again, it’s cheap.

In the end, the Hyundai Kona is a compelling argument to switch to a fully electric, battery-powered vehicle. It ticks most of the boxes and it surely signifies the will from legacy carmakers to enter their respective markets with select EV models. The future is clearly electric, and models like this only serve to strengthen that idea. While driving the Kona for longer trips may take some planning, the rave reviews we’ve been reading for the past few weeks make this one of the most exciting EVs on the market today.

In order to find out how the author liked the Kona Electric, please take a look at the short review right here. It’s well worth a read.

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Source: Top Gear


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GM Announces Baojun E200 Will Launch In China This Month

SAIC-GM-Wuling sneaks a new all electric vehicle with a stylish interior into their Chinese lineup.

Earlier this year spy shots and early promo images had been floating around the web of a follow up the the popular Baojun E100 electric vehicle. Since the E100 was launched in late 2017 it has sold more than 22,000 units.

The E100 received a series of improvements to features and range earlier this year. Now the follow up vehicle, the Baojun E200 is set to launch this month. General Motors says that the E200:

Features more than 200 upgrades compared to the E100, including a longer range, a new exterior and interior design, and improvements for in-cabin quietness.

While the E100 and E200 will initially be sold along side one another, the E200 will eventually replace the E100 according to GM Authority.

The quietness of the electric drive and vehicle components seems to be a point of pride to the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture. According to the press release, when the vehicle is accelerating to 2600-3800 rmp, gearbox noise is 40-45 decibels and air conditioning noise levels can be as low as 42.9 decibels.

The Baojun E200 has a longer range than the E100

The vehicle has a “constant-speed” range of up to 270 km (~168 miles) according to GM. However, these are New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) numbers. Depending on driving conditions, a driving range of 160 km (110 miles) to – 210 km (130 miles) is probably more realistic.

A GM representative informed us that pricing has not been announced yet, but will be soon. Performance numbers have also not yet been provided, but it is likely similar to the E100 with a top driving speed of 100 km (62 miles) per hour.

The exterior styling might not be for everyone, but the small two-seat vehicle certainly is eye catching. Where the E200 really stands out is in the unique interior. It should appeal to young and tech minded commuters.

E200 Interior Is stylish

Sources: General Motors, GM Authority


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Jaguar To Install Chargers In South Africa, Hometown of Musk

A  jab by the British carmaker?

Clearly, the race to the complete EV solution (vehicles, range, performance, and infrastructure) is brewing. Tesla is currently leading the charge in most of these categories. Thanks to its Supercharger network, allowing for fast & easy charging, the Fremont, California-based company is pulling to a solid lead over the entire industry.

Jaguar is set to enhance the infrastructure to support its newly revealed I-Pace and other, future all-electric models. The first move by Jaguar comes in South Africa, where in Pretoria – the hometown of Elon Musk – the company is set to install its first set of chargers. Jaguar is set to do this thanks to a cooperation with a Listed ICT group Alviva, who are working through their newly acquired business Gridcars – a Pretoria-based developer of electric vehicle charge point software management systems, but also, a supplier of charge points.

The group aims to create a roadmap of charging stations for electric vehicles in South Africa that will cater to the forecasted uptake in EV usage rates. Furthermore, they will be supplying local Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships with destination chargers as part of their deal. In total, this will definitely improve the charging grid situation in the country, providing a more powerful argument for early EV adoption in South Africa.

In a presentation revealed by Aliva last Thursday (6 September), the company claims that it expects to have as many as 56 charging stations opened by November. Additionally, the Jaguar agreement is set to bring locally manufactured chargers to 32 Jaguar dealerships.

According to the group CEO, Pierre Spies, the company doesn’t expect to get a return on the investment right away. The company expects to recoup the R20 million investment within two and a half years.

Even though there were only 75 electric vehicles sold in South Africa since the inception of electrically powered vehicles (EV), car makers are now committing to the country in a big way, expecting a much bigger EV volume uptake in the following years.

Currently, for South African early adopters, the vehicles of choice are the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 and i8. However, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa says it is committed to an “electrified future” – with its first all-electric and hybrid models slated for arrival in South Africa in January.

Source: Business Tech


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Tesla Model 3 production fell to ~3,100 units during labor day-week as they push for a record quarter

Tesla is currently pushing for a record quarter of Model 3 production as it attempts to become a profitable company, but the long weekend seems to have resulted in a setback as the automaker had much lower production this week. more…


Source: Charge Forward

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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