Siemens Mobility launches new high-power DC charger and contactless payment system

Siemens Mobility launched two new additions to its portfolio of charging solutions at the recent Cenex-LCV exhibition in the UK.

The company says its new “ultra-fast” HV charger is capable of fully re-charging the latest long-range EVs in less than 15 minutes. The system uses the CCS fast charging standard, and features a liquid-cooled cable and built-in communications (3G, 4G, LAN and Wi-Fi). The modular charger is expandable in 160 kW increments.

Siemens also showed off a new contactless payment system that offers a subscription-free, pay-as-you-go option for public chargers. Suitable for retrofitting to existing chargers or as a new installation, the system includes robust security features, and is compatible with the UK’s leading contactless payment providers and with major credit and debit cards.

 

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Hyundai Kona Electric Gets Driven: Watch Hour-Long Video

An in-depth look into one of the most anticipated fully electric crossovers on the market today.

The Hyundai Kona electric is taking the automotive world (where available) by storm. The Kona electric features a 482 kilometer (WLTP) range, paired up with a 150 kW engine, 395Nm of torque and just 7.6 seconds from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) acceleration time. Furthermore, the Korean electric crossover looks fine too. All of that makes it a highly popular item and possibly a high seller for the Korean carmaker. No wonder that SDA Dan decided to give it a thorough test drive.

From what you will see in the two videos added below, the Kona comes with a road-trippable battery. It’s fast chargeable, allowing for greater utility value. And finally, with a leasing option that will put some other car brands to shame, the Hyundai Kona makes a compelling argument for a switch to the EV world.

The test drive you can see below features a bright orange Hyundai Kona with black interior. Unlike some previous Hyundais, the Kona seems rather profoundly designed both in and outside. While we cannot judge the feel of the materials used for the interior and the squeakiness of its plastic, the Kona seems like a well-built vehicle throughout. While when compared to let’s say, a Tesla, the interior looks a bit busy, it still doesn’t look cheap or as an afterthought in almost any area. The driver is also impressed with how the vehicle drives, making the Kona a compelling argument for your new EV purchase.

Grab a detailed view at the hour-long pair of videos above and below.

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CNBC Checks In On Progress Of Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles

Tesla’s Solar Roof was unveiled way back in October 2016.

It’s been roughly two years since Elon Musk unveiled the Solar Roof, but despite big promises, the company still struggles with the production of solar tiles.

According to research done by CNBC, there are not many installed Solar Roofs. “Several hundreds of homes with the Solar Roof on them” apparently turns out to be “scheduled for installation or partially installed”.

Other reports were that delays are being caused by assembly-line problems at its factory, and moreover that products leaving the production facility are reportedly not up to the envisioned aesthetical standards.

All it means is that the Solar Roof is a harder nut to crack than expected. Delayed scale-up production could lead to higher costs and prices. At least for now we assume that the Solar Roof will not positively help the finances of the company.

“Elon Musk unveiled prototypes of Tesla’s Solar Roof tiles In October 2016. They came in four styles that looked just like normal roofing material but were essentially miniaturized versions of traditional solar panels.The announcement helped Tesla justify its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity one month later and represented Musk’s vision for what the businesses could do together.

It’s been almost two years since then. So where are the tiles?

“We now have several hundred homes with the Solar Roof on them, and that’s going well. It takes a while to just confirm that the Solar Roof is going to last for 30 years and all the details work out,” Musk said on Tesla’s Q2 earnings call in August.”


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Jaguar Dealer Shocked By Volume Of Model 3s Dropped Off At Tesla Store

Bonus Tesla MP3 time attack included

This past weekend was an extraordinary one at Tesla stores. As the upstart automaker hustles to deliver as many cars as possible before the end of the month (and the quarter), parking lots of many its shops have been whirlwinds of activity. If you were working at a dealership next to a Tesla location, the inflows (and outflows) of vehicles might have made your own business seem underwhelming. At least, that appears to have been the case for one particular Jaguar dealership.

A Twitter user going by the name of “TheTeslaGuy,” who spent at least part of his weekend volunteering to help explain the car to new owners at his local store in Littleton, Colorado, claims to have overheard the reactions of staff at the British brand’s dealership next door in response to all the hubbub. Apparently, they had just moved into what had previously been a Honda dealership. We’ve embedded his tweets below, but basically, the employees were dumbfounded at the number of trucks arriving to drop off fresh batches comprised mostly of the Model 3.

Asking where the all the cars were going to be stored, they were told, presumably by Tesla staff, that, “They aren’t staying.” (Burn!) The response, reportedly, created some sad faces among the Jag staff.

Hopefully, these same guys will be cheered up once that brand’s I-Pace starts showing up. While not expected to move the numbers that the Model 3 is doing at the moment, at least they’ll be involved in the electric revolution in a meaningful way.

As we mentioned, we’ve included the tweet with the anecdote below, but as a bonus, we’re throwing in another tweet from TheTeslaGuy showing his latest time attack of a course set up at the Pikes Peak road course track. Enjoy.

— TheTeslaGuy (@GuyTesla) September 23, 2018

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Tesla Model 3 Performance Converts Lifelong BMW Fan

A Tesla Model 3 Performance test drive was all that was required for this avid BMW enthusiast to switch allegiance.

For Moshen Chan, an indie app developer and an avid BMW enthusiast for some 20 years, the Bavarian car brand and it’s Ultimate Driving Machine philosophy provided a perfect motoring solution.

That is, until now.

After a test drive of a Tesla Model 3 Performance, having experienced what this electric sedan from the U.S carmaker is all about, Chan is now a happy owner of a brand new Model 3 Performance. For the recently converted BMW fan, the pure electric allure of the Model 3 is unlike anything the German carmaker offers.

According to several posts made by the indie app developer on  Bimmerfest.com, a BMW forum, Chan was a driver & owner of several BMWs, and even today, he owns a modded BMW E36 325i with a full track suspension setup, as well as a BMW E82 135i with a similar, track-oriented suspension modification. However, even though his first choice was the BMW M2 Competition and the latest-generation of the BMW M3, the final decision was made to go with the Tesla Model 3 Performance.

Ultimately, the test drive performed with the Model 3 Performance was the decision-maker. Furthermore, Chan states that the test drive performed with the Model 3 Performance was his iPhone moment. Quoting Chan.

“I can say I was very hesitant on the ultra minimalist interior but now I absolutely love it. For me this is an iPhone moment – when a new product suddenly makes everything else seem outdated and old.”

However, not all is gravy in Tesla land. The indie app developer admits that his Model 3 Performance isn’t a perfect car. As Chan states:

“BMW has better build quality. It has more refined finishing and details. That stuff makes me feel good, I guess. But for me, it’s the driving experience that really matters. The overall package of what the Performance Model 3 does for me – greatly makes up for those areas that BMW is better at.”

The gauntlet has been thrown. And judging by how many die-hard BMW fans are switching to the Model 3 Performance, we shouldn’t have to wait for a response that long.

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Tesla Gigafactory Production Process Is Futuristic And Fascinating

ANALYSTS ‘HIGHLY CONFIDENT’ IN TESLA GIGAFACTORY PRODUCTION PROCESS AFTER PRIVATE TOUR

Everybody’s got an opinion about Tesla’s prospects for profitable production of Model 3. Some of these are, shall we say, more informed than others. Of particular interest are the reports of financial analysts who’ve actually visited the company’s factories for a first-hand look at the production process.

*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: Inside the lobby of the Tesla Gigafactory (Image: Motor Trend)

George Galliers, an analyst at Evercore ISI who visited Tesla’s Fremont factory in August, said that he “did not see anything to suggest that Model 3 cannot reach 6k units per week and 7k to 8k with very little incremental capital expenditure.”

More recently, investment management firm Worm Capital sent a team to visit Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory. Worm analysts Eric Markowitz and Dan Crowley were treated to behind-the-scenes tours of each production wing of the massive battery factory, which is ultimately expected to become the largest building in the world.

Markowitz and Crowley believe that the all-important question of profitability hinges on how efficiently the company is able to manufacture its battery packs. After touring the facility, they feel “highly confident in Tesla’s production process. Previous bottlenecks appear to have been remedied, and we’re increasingly optimistic in Tesla’s ability to hit – and sustain – weekly production rates of 6,000 Model 3 battery units per week, and with new Grohmann machines, scale to [around] 8,000 per week with minimal additional capital investment.”

Contrary to the frequent media depictions of Tesla as a disorganized and unhappy ship, Worm’s team found “a positive energy and high degree of organization” at the Gigafactory.

Markowitz and Crowley believe that Tesla’s 2170 NCA battery cells, produced in partnership with Panasonic, give Tesla an advantage over its would-be competitors. “We also continue to believe that small cells are superior for several reasons, making it perplexing that many legacy OEMs continue down prismatic or pouch paths. Tesla is also proactive – not reactive – in its refinement of battery process, looking ahead many years for potential shortfalls in commodities. We believe this cannot be said for its competitors.”

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Above: A look at 2170 battery cell production at the Gigafactory (Youtube: Tesla Garage via Tesla)

Messrs. M and C note that Tesla’s cells need to be both cost-efficient and energy-dense, and believe the process by which they are assembled and placed into battery modules and packs must ultimately be automated. The two analysts got a first-hand look at the automation Tesla is using to construct and integrate battery modules into Model 3 packs, and called it “a fascinating and futuristic system.”

“Cells from the Panasonic wing of the Gigafactory are carted over to assembly lines on self-driving vehicles. From there, cells are loaded into ‘Zones 0-4,’ where the cells are placed into modules and packs and tested for quality,” write the analysts.

Martin Viecha, head of Tesla investor relations, told the men from Worm that new equipment from Tesla subsidiary Grohmann Automation will help module production become three times faster and three times cheaper. Three machines will be sent to the Gigafactory around the end of Q3 or beginning of Q4. The new process was designed to alleviate a previous bottleneck in module production which delayed Model 3 production significantly.

Viecha also said that the Gigafactory is around 90% automated. Eventually, the company will strive to fully automate battery cell production, pack assembly, and drivetrain unit production.

Above: Model X overlooking the Tesla Gigafactory during the early days of construction (Image: Teslarati)

According to Viecha, Tesla will likely achieve a battery cell cost of $100 per kWh by the end of this year, assuming commodity prices remain stable.

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Written by: Charles Morris. This article originally appeared in Charged. Source: Worm Capital

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Tesla starts building its own car carriers due to ‘extreme shortage’ in Model 3 delivery rush week, says Elon Musk

Tesla’s delivery volume is increasing so much this week as the company attempts to finish the quarter strong. The company is now facing an issue where they are running out of car carriers.

As it is often the case with Tesla, they decided to come up with a solution in-house: they are building their own car carriers, according to CEO Elon Musk. more…


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Musk: Tesla Enters Car Carrier Building Biz To Speed Model 3 Deliveries

It’s a logistical nightmare to deliver all these loads of Model 3s, but Musk thinks he has a solution.

Tesla is running out of car carriers as it attempts to deliver the Model 3 at a breakneck pace, so CEO Elon Musk has turned a portion of Tesla into car carrier builders. Brilliant solution to a problem.

Here’s the Tweet revealing Tesla’s newest manufacturing gig:

Turns out that delivering Model 3s in such a high volume requires some creative thinking. And Musk is certainly known for thinking outside the box.

All eyes are on Tesla this month as the automaker pushes to deliver more Model 3 than in any single month in the past. It’s make or break time now and when a problem such as a car carrier shortage presents, you can bet Tesla will have a solution.

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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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New Details Emerge On Volkswagen I.D. Hatch: 48-kWh Battery Or Bigger

Three battery versions of this Volkswagen electric are expected.

We are about a year away from the market launch of all-new new Volkswagen I.D. electric hatchback (in Europe, as North America will not get it). The German manufacturer is now apparently preparing to begin tests of pre-production versions at the Ehra-Lessien proving ground in eastern Germany.

According to the latest news, there are three battery/powertrain versions. The base will offer basic performance and some 330 km (205 miles) of range using about 48 kWh battery.

The price of cheapest I.D. is expected to be around £32,000 in UK ($42,000 or €35,700) or £27,500 after £4,500 Plug-In Car Grant.

The second version will get more battery capacity, for close to 450 km (280 miles) of range and more power.

The third version probably will offer the maximum of the MEB platform, which could be up to 600 km (373 miles) and even more power, but even rumors don’t contain numbers yet.

It’s also expected that there will be 7.2 kW or 11 kW on-board chargers, as well as 125 kW DC fast charging capability.

Volkswagen I.D. - Coming in 2020, apparently with 600km (373 miles) of range*

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Here’s How To Save £5,000 On A New Electric Renault Zoe

And scrap your old car at the same time.

Renault has announced details of its latest scrappage scheme, which could save customers up to £5,000 on a new car.

The scheme accepts any car or of commercial vehicle from any manufacturer so long as they were registered before 31 December 2011 and it’s been registered to the owner for at least 90 days.

The scrappage scheme applies to all cars in Renault’s range, and could actually offer a saving of £9,500 on a new all-electric Zoe when the government’s £4,500 electric car grant and the scrappage offer of £5,000 (a figure only applicable to the Zoe) are both factored in. All-in-all it brings the cost of the electric car down to just £13,420 from its starting price of £18,420.

Powered by the new R110 electric motor, derived from the previous R90 electric motor, the new Zoe still has a class-leading range of 186 miles, but adds 16 horsepower. The power figure now sits at 106bhp, with a 0-62mph time of 11.9 seconds and a top speed of 84mph.

Two trim levels are available in a simplified range, Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav. Both can be specced with the new R110 motor, as well as the already available Q90 motor, which Renault says is more suitable ‘for customers more likely to use public rapid chargers whilst travelling longer distances’.

The Dynamique Nav specification comes with a hands-free keycard, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control, climate control, 7-inch R-Link infotainment system with voice-controlled TomTom sat nav, electric windows, and LED daytime running lights all as standard, while the range-topping Signature Nav specification adds features such as supple premium leather upholstery, a Bose audio system, heated front seats, electrically folding door mirrors and a parking camera at the rear.

Of course, the Zoe isn’t the only car included in the scrappage scheme, although it is the model eligible for the biggest savings.

A full breakdown of Renault’s scrappage allowances can be found below:

Model Scrappage Support
ZOE £5,000
Kadjar £3,000
Clio £2,000
Captur £2,000
Twingo £1,500
Koleos £1,000
Mégane family £1,000
Scénic family £1,000

The Renault scrappage scheme runs from now until 7 January 2019. The scrappage scheme is not compatible with any other finance or cash offers but can be used in conjunction with Renault’s £500 test drive offer. New cars bought with the scheme must be registered by 31 March 2019 and the scrapped car will be permanently taken off the road.

Source: Motor1 UK


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