Tesla’s Efficiency Edge Speaks Volume For Its Engineering Lead

Legacy automakers struggle to catch up with Tesla’s vehicle efficiency.

Tesla is aware that new all-electric cars coming, but notes in its 3rd quarter report that more than 15 years of battery pack and powertrain development give it an edge over established carmakers, most of which engaged in EVs significantly later.

Tesla’s advantage could be worth at least a few more years of lead and the Californian company says that proof lies in efficiency.

As an example, the all-wheel-drive Tesla Model X from 2016 is rated at 3.1 miles of range per kWh according to the EPA. It’s very good for such a big and heavy vehicle with fancy doors (that delayed the project a few times) and strong performance.

Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive raises the bar even higher to 4.1 miles of range per kWh.

In the case of the competition, current and upcoming all-wheel drive electric cars (think Jaguar I-Pace, for example) vary between 2.4 to 2.8 miles of range per kWh according to EPA. That’s not even on the level of the Model X.

We do believe that the Tesla battery and powertrain package is the best on the market and that’s what we also hear from Munro & Associates, which on the other hand notes that the body in white of the Model 3 was poorly designed (here lies the advantage of companies that existed way before Tesla).

In the longer term, Tesla and legacy automakers will improve weaknesses and become more similar to each other, just like many ICE models and brands become similar to each others over the years. But for now, Tesla is leading on the side of efficiency, battery and powertrain.

From Tesla’s Q3 earnings report:

“Battery pack and powertrain are at the heart of our vehicles. Over the past 15 years, we have worked hard to make the best powertrain anywhere on the market. By 2016, Model X energy efficiency was 3.1 miles of EPA range per kWh. This is an extremely important metric as it allows an EV to reach a long EPA range even when using a relatively small, inexpensive battery pack. With Model 3, energy efficiency improved dramatically to 4.1 EPA miles per kWh, the highest efficiency for any all-wheel drive EV. To put this in context, our current or upcoming AWD (2019) competition is expected to achieve 2.4 to 2.8 miles of EPA range per kWh. Model 3 has far better energy efficiency while also providing the quickest acceleration (0-60 mph in as little as 3.3 seconds) and the highest top speed (155 mph). Additionally, the curb weight of Model 3 long range RWD is only 3% heavier than its gas powered equivalents.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

GM calls for garbage National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) Program that would let China keep the EV lead

General Motors issued a press release calling for a National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) Program.

At the surface, it might seem like a surprising self-regulating proposal from the automaker, but it comes with several disappointing caveats when put into perspective. more…

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Euro NCAP Award 5 Stars To First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Ever Tested

Nothing exploded.

The Euro NCAP performed its first-ever crash tests of a hydrogen fuel cell model, which happened to be the Hyundai NEXO.

Results are pretty encouraging as the hydrogen tanks survived the crashes and overall results are 5 stars due to outstanding passenger protection.

Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research comments:

“The Hyundai NEXO is the first hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle that Euro NCAP has tested. Its five-star safety rating should dispel concerns around how hydrogen fuel cell powered cars perform in a crash. With the NEXO, Hyundai have successfully demonstrated that alternative fuelled vehicles need not pose a risk to car safety.”

Hyundai NEXO spec:

  • about 370 miles (595 km)
  • 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds
  • 120 kW and 395 Nm electric motor
  • fuel cell is able to provide around 95 kW of power, together with 40 kW from the battery, total output of 135 kW is available

Source: Electric Vehicle News

No Advertising Required: Tesla Model 3 #1 In Revenue On Its Own

Tesla Model 3 sales continue to prove the unimaginable.

We’ve provided a multitude of articles about the incredible success of Tesla Model 3 sales this year. Deliveries got off to a rough start and lasted for many months when the car was first released. Production bottlenecks meant that only a handful of vehicles made their way into owners’ driveways by the end of 2017. Tesla has since resolved most of the issues and is now delivering Model 3 sedans at an epic rate.

While it’s incredible to see the progress Tesla has made with Model 3 production and deliveries, there’s a whole lot more to the story that makes it significantly compelling. Let’s not forget that Tesla doesn’t advertise. The automaker has no traditional dealerships and there are still several states in which it is not even allowed to sell its cars. Tesla doesn’t really stock inventory cars. Additionally, Tesla offers no discounts on its vehicles and accepts no endorsements. Remember, electric cars are not popular, sedans don’t sell in the U.S., and Tesla vehicles are not cheap.

Meanwhile, traditional automakers do all of the above to sell cars. Thousands of dealerships across the country stock thousands of cars and offer special lease programs and financing deals or huge markdowns off MSRP on a regular basis. Automotive advertising plagues television, radio, and the internet. Legacy automakers are free to sell their cars in all states and endorsements are very common. We could go on and on here about the situation. Yet, the all-electric Tesla Model 3 is proving itself as a U.S. best-seller month after month. “Wow” is not an appropriate word to describe how significant this is.

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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.

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

In Q3 2018 Tesla Deployed 239 MWh Of ESS And 93 MW Of Solar

Tesla ESS business is just a fraction of the EV business

Tesla has shaken the world by achieving strong third quarter results with revenues of $6.824 billion and net income of some $255 million.

Most of the revenue comes from sales of 83,775 electric cars (56,065 Model 3 and 27,710 Model S/X).

The energy storage and solar business add just $399 million in revenue, which shows that it’s just less than 6% of the total result.

“In Q3, energy storage deployments grew to 239 MWh, an increase of 18% sequentially and 118% compared to Q3 2017. This means that we are well on track to achieve our goal of tripling energy storage deployments in 2018 compared to 2017. We increased Powerwall production so that we can continue to work through our order backlog. We also rolled out new software features for Powerwall, including Time Based Control and Storm Watch (full Powerwall recharge in case of a storm forecast), to continue to bring additional value to our customers.”

Tesla energy storage deployed – Q3’2018

The 239 MWh of ESS delivered in Q3 is more than two times higher than a year ago, however the amount is not in the same league with battery packs for cars.

Assuming 100 kWh packs, 239 MWh would be good for 2,390 cars or less than 3,000 packs in the case of Model 3. With electric car sales growing quickly, ESS probably will remain side business for quite some time.

This brings us to an important conclusion that we will probably not see many ESS-focused companies around the world. The reason is that for an EV company, with all the competence in battery packs, it’s easy to produce several more percent of packs for ESS, while an ESS-focused company would need to survive only based on the ESS business. And probably this why we see Tesla, Nissan, Renault, Daimler and others interested in ESS, not even touching the topics of use of the second-life batteries.

Tesla solar deployed – Q3’2018

In the case of solar, Tesla is slowly increasing deployment to 93 MW in Q3, although sales are far lower than in the past when the company was mostly leasing or before the acquisition of SolarCity. Overall, the step back was good from a profitability perspective.

Higher results could be achieved in 2019 or 2020, when the Solar Roof will finally gain some traction.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

What’s It Like To Play Tesla’s “Telsatari” Games?


Tesla vehicles are unique among automobiles in having a puckish sense of humor, and now it turns out they have a nostalgic streak as well. They don’t wax nostalgic for noisy, exhaust-belching cars of course, but rather for old-school video games. As IGN reports, the latest over-the-air software update includes four classic Atari games that you can play while waiting for a Supercharge.

*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: Flashback to the classic Atari game console (Image: Bit Toys)

I’m just a few years older than Elon Musk, so like him I have fond memories of squandering my quarters at the local “fun center” to play Asteroids, Centipede, Lunar Lander, and Missile Command. Today’s games are a thousand times more sophisticated, but it’s highly debatable whether they are any more fun (the same could be said of many aspects of modern life).

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Above: IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey discusses the latest brainchild from Elon Musk, “Teslatari” video games (Youtube: IGN)

Just touch the Tesla T to reveal the easter egg menu (do other car brands have easter egg menus?), then select your favorite trip down memory lane. The controls of the classic games have been adapted to the Tesla’s dashboard touchscreen. For some of the games, it’s even possible to use the car’s steering wheel as a controller. Elon says the primitive racing game Pole Position may soon be added to the lineup – what a surreal experience to use the steering wheel of a super-high-tech 21st-century vehicle to control a cheesy, pixelated racer in a 1970s cartoon universe!

Above: Playing old-school video games in your Tesla (Image: Inverse via Soma Zambelly / YouTube)

If you’ve been on the fence about spending 50 grand or more on a Tesla, this new feature is sure to close the deal. As for me, I’m holding out until my favorite game – Xevious – is added to the roster.


Written by: Charles Morris; Source: IGN

*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

Favorite Five Funky Electric Bike Designs

The imagination knows no bounds

The wonderful thing about electric motorcycles is just how creatively funky some designers get when it comes to giving the segment a shot. Because the usual components such as the clutch and transmission levers, the exhaust system or the multiple fluid conducts aren’t in the way, it gives companies a lot of freedom in their design of the ideal e-bike.

This has given birth to some pretty funky, physics-defying designs that give us some insight as to what the future of motorcycles might look like. Sometimes, it’s awesome. Sometimes, it’s scary. We’ve listed five of some of the coolest designs out there.

SASUGA Concept

This design looks more like a Star Wars battle droid than an electric motorcycle and that’s what makes it so cool. No gas tank, no problem! Why not design the handlebar to fit under the tank-like feature and eliminate the headlight altogether?

The coolest part? The rear AND front swingarm suspension. Forks are so 2018. Sticking out like v-twin cylinder heads on each side of the bike are the battery compartments. The SASUGA is the work of L.A.-based designer Matt Tkocz who got stung by the riding bug but didn’t want to a commit to the expensive hobby. So instead, he designed his own concept bike to get it out of his system.

Saroléa Manx7

What is Belgium popular for? Waffles. Frites mayonnaise. Beer. The Manneken Pis (little peeing dude fountain). We can now add a really sweet-looking electric motorcycle to the list. Twin brothers Torsten and Bjorn Robbens bought the Saroléa name in 2010 and continued to make history with it by entering their first electric bike, the SP7, that placed 4th at the Isle of Man TT.

The Manx7 is the street-friendly version of the SP7. The café racer-looking bike has got the looks and even the tune: its note might not be as delightful as a proper café racer, but it will go the mile: depending on the battery chosen, the Manx7 will travel as far as 200 miles! Of course, it also has a price to match and you won’t get away without spending less than $50,000 to get your hands on one.

SOL Pocket Rocket

All rocket jokes aside, this isn’t your run of the missile e-bike. This German design has been stripped down to the essential with a saddle and a handlebar mounted on a cylinder that’s mounted on wheels. It hardly gets more basic than this and we’re not mad at how minimalistic it is.

All things considered, it isn’t even that expensive, with a starting price set at $6,000 that gets you the entry-level version able to reach a top speed of 30 miles per hour and a range of 30 miles. The bigger battery pack gets you 50 and 50 instead.

RMK E2 Concept

We know, we know, it’s easy to go funky when the bike doesn’t actually have to hit the production lines, but we can appreciate innovation, right? This Finnish design takes the path of the hub-less with the E2 concept.

Fans of the Tron bikes, assemble: we could one day see hub-less motorcycles on the streets. The RMK E2 has a more traditional motorcycle silhouette with the battery tucked between the legs of the rider. However, the motor doubles as the rear wheel, meaning that no belt is required to send power at the back and propel the bike. Neat huh?

The bike even already has specs: RMK is expecting the E2 to weight in at a small 236 lb and to be able to reach a top speed of 100 mph while providing a 120 miles range.

Yamaha Nazo

As the only representative of the Big Three in our list, Yamaha makes us proud and shows us where the boundaries of motorcycle designs can be pushed when most of the usual components aren’t required.

The Nazo concept is only a design study so don’t expect to see it show up at EICMA ready to roll out in the 2019 lineup, but how cool is it? The floating seat and horizontal “H” shape frame are an innovative way to use the space and creative negative space between the components. The swingarm and forks look like parts borrowed from a robot. When you hear what animal inspired the design, it somehow makes sense. Care to take a guess?

If you’re thinking Harambe, you are right! The shape of a gorilla is what inspired this design and we love that idea.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Model S loses spot on Consumer Reports’ recommended list

2018 Tesla Model SThe Tesla Model S has slipped back off Consumer Reports recommended list, due to a dip in reliability, as the consumer organization assesses it. Suspension problems are to blame, reported CR. In 2017 Tesla made its air suspension standard on the Model S, and all versions were dual-motor (all-wheel drive). DON’T MISS: Tesla tops Consumer…
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SolarEdge Acquires Battery Maker Kokam

SolarEdge, a solar inverter supplier, now will be able to produce ESS in-house.

SolarEdge Technologies acquired this month Kokam –  the South Korean manufacturer of lithium-ion battery cells, battery packs and energy storage systems.

According to SolarEdge, about 75% of outstanding equity shares were bought for approximately $88 million, including related transaction expenses. In effect company will gain competences in important ESS market as well as in batteries for UPS, electric vehicles (EV), aerospace, marine and more. The remaining 25% is intended to be acquired over time.

Kokam is a much smaller company than LG Chem, Samsung SDI or SK Innovation, so its presence in EV market wasn’t big, but both Kokam and SolarEdge were known names in the industry.

Kokam batteries were used in Solar Impulse 2 electric aircraft (154 kWh) that circled the world around. Here are more Kokam-powered EV:

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On the other hand, SolarEdge was since 2015 a supplier of inverters for Tesla energy storage systems and now, by having Kokam on-board, will be able to provide an entire ESS.

Guy Sella, CEO, Chairman and Founder of SolarEdge said:

“The acquisition of Kokam will enable us to grow our offering, adding already proven battery storage to our product portfolio. Our technological innovation combined with Kokam’s world-class team and renowned battery storage solutions, will enable seamless integration with our current solutions, taking us a further step toward making solar installations smarter and more beneficial.”

“We are excited that Kokam is joining the SolarEdge team and look forward to pooling our shared accomplishments to provide the market with more holistic smart energy systems. We believe that our complimentary areas of expertise will allow us to combine the extensive know-how and core assets of both companies in order to further enhance SolarEdge’s portfolio and industry leadership.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

VW CEO says they’ll have ‘EVs as good as Tesla’s for half the price by 2020’

The Volkswagen Group has made several ambitious claims about its effort to go electric since it was hit by the Dieselgate scandal.

Now they make arguably their most ambitious claim yet: that they’ll have electric vehicles as good as Tesla’s for half the price by 2020. more…

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