Tesla V9 Versus V8 Software Compared: Video

InsideEVs & Motor1 Teams Up With MYEV.com To Compare Tesla’s V8 And V9 Software Updates.

The MYEV.com team was very fortunate to get their hands on two Tesla Model X SUVs at the Motorsport headquarters in sunny Miami, Florida. Aside from paint color, the two all-electric family haulers are exceedingly similar in almost every way. However, there’s one major difference that you won’t notice without having the opportunity to step inside each car.

Tesla Model X “Exhibit A” has recently received the new Tesla Software Version 9 update, while “Exhibit B” is still wearing Version 8. How do they compare? What’s new in Version 9? What are the pros and cons of each system?

Our good friend and co-worker, Clint Simone from the Motor1.com team takes you on a brief side-by-side tour of these two Teslas to answer the above questions.


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Evoke’s New Batteries May Charge In 15 Minutes

Quick charge batteries could change the face of electric motorcycling.

Chinese electric motorcycle manufacturer Evoke is experimenting with a new battery design that would allow a nearly full recharge in just 15 minutes, a vast improvement over the hours recharging takes currently.

This would match Gaius Automobile’s recently announced Rapide 3 electric cargo bike, but apply to the masses rather than just delivery vehicles. Evoke’s current batteries charge in 8 hours on 110 volts or 4 hours on 220 volts. The new battery’s capability to charge from a standard Level 2 charger would make on-the-fly charging possible, rather than riding until the battery runs out, then recharging overnight, vastly expanding the bikes’ practicality.

Evoke’s new battery is not only designed for rapid charging but for multiple applications. One battery would be perfectly adequate for a small motorcycle or scooter, but it will also be possible to daisy chain multiple batteries together for larger vehicles that require additional power.

Another aspect of batteries that people don’t think about much is cooling. Batteries operate best in a particular temperature range and pumping lots of power through them for charging or high loads can overheat them. Evoke’s new battery packs include a proprietary active thermal management system to increase the batteries’ life expectancy.

Not only does Evoke plan to use this fast-charging second-generation battery in upcoming models, it also plans to make them available for other manufacturers to use and take advantage of the quick charge time. This is a similar move to what Kymco and Gogoro propose with hot-swappable batteries to keep electric bikes on the road continuously. But while the other brands are focusing on scooters, the daisy-chain capabilities of Evoke’s new batteries open the door to a wider variety of larger vehicles, ranging from motorcycles to rickshaws to small cars.

One thing is certain. A great deal of electric vehicle innovation is happening in Asia right now. The results of this experimentation should help jumpstart electric vehicle design here in the U.S.


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Electric scooter and ride-shares offering free rides on Election Day

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day in the US, and multiple transportation companies want to help you vote. To make it easier to get to a local polling station, Uber, Lyft and Lime are all offering free or discounted rides to polling centers.

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Tesla improves regenerative braking on Model 3 through over-the-air software update

With the release of a new software update pushed out over-the-air today, Tesla has now been able to improve Model 3 regenerative breaking, making it stronger — a complaint of mine and other owners. more…

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Green Deals: 12-pack EcoSmart 60W B11 Dimmable LED Light Bulbs $9 shipped, more

Home Depot offers a 12-pack of EcoSmart 60W B11 Dimmable LED Light Bulbs for $9.07 shipped. Originally $24, we’ve seen it more recently for around $15 in recent months. Today’s deal is a new all-time low. This is an easy way to switch out all those lamp bulbs around the house and upgrade to LED. Enjoy a number of benefits like longer lifespans and lower energy costs. Rated 4/5 stars.

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It Appears Nissan LEAF 3G CARWINGS Upgrade Costs Thousands

Yes, to get the 3G upgrade from Nissan, you’ll have to put up over $2,000 out of pocket, it seems.

In-car internet and internet speed is a big deal in vehicles today. With 4G as the new norm and 5G potentially rolling out sooner rather than later, automakers are jumping on the opportunity to offer the latest and greatest when it comes to connectivity. Meanwhile, a 2012 Nissan LEAF owner reached out to us about the struggles he’s endured in the process of trying to get his interface up to date.

We’ve included the full email below, so as not to leave any details out:

I’m the proud owner of a used 2012 Nissan Leaf and received the email below yesterday. I thought you might be interested because I called a couple of local dealers here in Ottawa to see how much the upgrade would cost.

The first dealer (417 Nissan) had no idea what I was talking about and was unable to help me and even told me that it wasn’t upgradable because “it came with the car”. Unreal but sadly typical of dealers knowledge about EVs.

Undeterred I contacted a second dealer (Hunt Club Nissan) and they eventually figured out what I was asking for and were able to provide me with a quote (after putting me on hold for several minutes) for the part. Are you ready?

$2,298! Just for the module. That’s before tax and installation!

I don’t know if my results are typical for a Canadian Leaf owner but that is the cost I was quoted here in Ottawa. I thought you’d like to know and maybe do some digging about this. Needless to say I won’t be doing the upgrade at that price! Especially for an already obsolete 3G connection while Tesla and others are already using LTE(4G) in their cars and networks are talking about 5G roll out.

While Tesla offers free over-the-air updates fleet wide, and other automakers just expect you to buy a brand-new car when the old system becomes obsolete, this is compelling information for sure. Over $2,000 for a simple software upgrade goes against everything we keep preaching about electric cars being less expensive overall. Not to mention Nissan’s crazy expenses for a new battery. This is truly ridiculous, since it’s assumed that it can’t cost them very much to update the infotainment. Surely not some ~$2,300!

Disclaimer:  Since we only have this single account, and the situation could be dealer or geographically jaded, we’d really love to get a realistic handle on this as soon as possible. Please let us know your related, personal experience in the comment section below.


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Nissan Had 20 Approaches For Now-Abandoned Albon Formula E Spot

The Nissan e.dams Formula E squad has had “15-20” drivers get in contact about a possible seat for the 2018/19 season, says team boss Jean-Paul Driot.

Nissan had been expected to field Sebastien Buemi and Alexander Albon in FE’s fifth season, the Japanese manufacturer’s first since taking over from alliance partner Renault at the e.dams entry.

But with Albon, who was signed to a three-year FE contract in July, now closing on a Toro Rosso F1 seat for 2019, Nissan will likely need a new driver to slot in alongside season two FE champion Buemi.

When asked if Nissan was looking for a replacement for Albon as it negotiates his situation with Red Bull, Driot replied: “We are, we had so many drivers who rang during these two days, I couldn’t believe it.

“Drivers who rang, who sent emails – if I give you the names you are going to be very astonished – incredible,” he told Motorsport.com.

“I think at least 15-20 [got in contact].”

Nissan replaced Albon for the final day of last week’s Valencia pre-season test with former DAMS Formula 2 racer Oliver Rowland.

Driot confirmed that Rowland – the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 champion – is in contention for the race seat.

“Oliver is in consideration because we were thinking about him for the third driver anyway, and we know him well because he did Formula 2 with us the same year as [Charles] Leclerc was racing in Formula 2 [in 2017],” he said.

“And he did well – he won three races and did poles – and we know him because he was in Renault 3.5.”

Rowland completed 85 laps for Nissan during the third day of the test – including a 21-lap run that was the team’s longest stint of the week.

“It was good – I just focused on race stuff,” Rowland explained to Motorsport.com.

“It was fine – I got my head around that a little bit and just worked through the programme for the guys and Nissan really.

“It was nice to get out in the wet – seemed pretty competitive. I didn’t really do any performance running in the [dry] afternoon, but it was good.

“It’s really hard for me say [where Nissan is in FE’s competitive order], I haven’t been involved in any of the [private] tests.

“But it seemed good and the pace seemed quite good – I don’t even know who is the best to compare to or anything like that.

“But it was important for me to just try and understand as best I can with the car and also just give them the data and stuff they need.”

Regarding the possibility of racing for Nissan in FE in season five, Rowland, said: “Obviously I came here and covered – super-subbed – for them again, a bit like I did with Nicholas Latifi at the start of the year [in F2 testing].

“But let’s see – obviously I’d like to race in Formula E, so we’ll see what they come up with.”


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Vandoorne Set For HWA Formula E Switch

McLaren Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne is set for a drive with the HWA Formula E team in the 2018/19 Formula E championship, Motorsport.com understands.

Vandoorne, who will be replaced in McLaren’s line-up by 2018 Formula 2 racer and team reserve driver Lando Norris, is expected to be announced as a HWA FE driver ahead of the start of pre-season testing, which gets underway at Valencia next week.

Motorsport.com understands that Vandoorne has sampled FE machinery via simulation runs and impressed HWA with his performance.

HWA, which is a precursor to Mercedes’ arrival in FE as a full works operation for the 2019/20 season, has already revealed that DTM racer Gary Paffett will drive one of its Venturi-powered cars in season five.

Ulrich Fritz, HWA FE team principal and current Mercedes DTM boss, previously explained to Motorsport.com that the squad’s “driver line-up will be permanent” for the Valencia test.

Motorsport.com understands that Vandoorne will complete a day of running with HWA at the Ricardo Tormo track before travelling to Austin to take part in the US Grand Prix with McLaren.

A HWA spokesperson confirmed that the squad will reveal its second FE driver on Monday, adding “Stoffel is on the shortlist”.

With Vandoorne set to complete HWA’s FE line-up, the only remaining unconfirmed seats on the season five grid are the two slots at Mahindra Racing, which is yet to announce its driver plans for the coming campaign, and the single space at Dragon Racing.

Dragon announced on Thursday that Jose Maria Lopez will continue to race for the team in season five, with its 2017/18 test and reserve driver Maximilian Gunther linked with the second 2018/19 seat.


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EV Comparison: Tesla Model 3 vs Chevy Bolt

The Model 3 and Bolt are both long-range EVs, but that’s where the similarities end.

The Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt are the two leading compact electric vehicles that deliver more than 200 miles of range on a single charge. The Model 3 and Bolt are also, in theory, the first two battery-powered cars to offer that amount of range with a price tag that’s accessible to mainstream consumers, roughly translating to below $40,000. Beyond those similarities, comparing the sporty, premium Model 3 with the practical, familiar Chevrolet Bolt hatchback is fraught with challenges.

The Bolt comes with two trim choices but a single choice for battery size.

The main challenge is that the Model 3, from the perspective of its electric powertrain and battery, is not a single model. The Model 3’s multiple configurations and price points are a moving target. Just last week, Tesla discontinued the long-range $49,000, 310-miles version and introduced a $44,000, 260-mile variant. Our task will become simpler when Tesla next year begins selling the long-promised $35,000, 220-mile Model 3. The specs for that version and its price tag bear more resemblance to Chevy’s electric car.

Nonetheless, we are undaunted by the difficulties of a head-to-head look at the Model 3 versus the Chevy Bolt. It’s great to see such worthwhile choices for EV shoppers. Both of these highly capable electric cars represent the vanguard of our collective shift away from internal combustion and a victory for vehicle electrification.


How Far Can You Go on Electricity?

The Bolt carries a 60 kilowatt-hour pack delivering 238 miles of range.

BOLT: The Chevy Bolt comes with a single choice for battery size: a 60 kilowatt-hour pack that’s estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide 238 miles of range on a single charge. Let’s remember that American commuters commonly drive about 40 miles per day, so the Bolt’s ample battery pack can provide service for at least a few days before needing to be charged. The magic number for a livable amount of range for daily driving, with a cushion for impromptu errands, is about 200 miles. The Bolt surpasses that threshold.

What’s arguably even more impressive is how General Motors made the Bolt available with a post-incentive price as low as about $30,000. It achieved that milestone in long-range affordability in early 2017, well ahead of competitors. The Bolt is rated by the EPA with a thrifty efficiency rating of 119 miles per gallon equivalent in combined city/highway driving.

MODEL 3: One of Tesla’s many signature innovations is making its cars available with multiple battery packs that vary in size. Sales of the Model 3 with 310 miles of range – the only version delivered to date – are about seven times the volume of Bolt purchases so far in 2018. That fact alone should immediately silence Tesla doubters and end any discussion about a range advantage for the Model 3. The Tesla compact EV is the winner with its 75-kWh pack, which is bigger and utilized more efficiently than the Bolt’s 60-kWh battery.

The performance version of the Model 3 has a 75-kWh battery pack.

The EPA rates the efficiency of the rear-wheel-drive Model 3 at 130 miles per gallon equivalent in combined city/highway driving. (The AWD version achieves 116 MPGe.)

Of course, the 310-mile Model 3 can cost tens of thousands of dollars more than the Bolt. But Tesla isn’t done rolling out Model 3 variants. The mid-range, 260-mile version of the Model 3 will become available later this year at a price that’s in striking distance to the Bolt’s sticker. And early next year – if all goes according to plan – Tesla will begin selling its 220-mile, 50-kWh version of the Model 3, with a price that could match the cost of the Bolt Premiere. For a true head-to-head comparison of similarly capable and priced models, we’ll have to wait a little longer.

WINNER: TESLA MODEL 3
Depending which version you buy, the Model 3’s range is either similar to the Bolt’s or greatly exceeds it.


Which Car Is More Fun To Drive?

The Chevy Bolt is quick and capable.

BOLT: Nobody would confuse the upright Bolt hatchback with a sports car. Yet, due to its electric powertrain, the Bolt sprints from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a sprightly 6.5 seconds. It might look like a typical compact commuter, but the Bolt’s 200-horsepower powertrain, which gives 266 pound-feet of torque via a one-speed automatic transmission, is a blast to drive. The Chevy EV’s top speed, though, is governed to just 91 miles per hour.

There’s no secret sauce to the Bolt’s performance – that is, other than the inherent benefits of electric propulsion. The heavy battery pack beneath the cabin floor provides a low center of gravity and a desirable front-to-back weight distribution for solid handling and cornering. The fun of driving a Bolt is also derived when you shift into Low gear and Sport mode. The result is the coveted one-pedal EV driving experience, characterized by surprisingly quick acceleration when you step on the go-pedal and prompt deceleration all the way to a full stop when you lift your foot.

The Model 3’s acceleration, steering, and handling is comparable to German luxury sedans.

MODEL 3: Tesla vehicles are known not only for ground-breaking range but breathtaking levels of power. That’s certainly what you would experience in the Performance Dual-Motor version of the Model 3, which is capable of sprints from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a supercar-like 3.3 seconds. If speed is your thing, then the Tesla Model 3 can certainly provide it. But given the cost to deploy two motors, and our task to make a reasonable comparison with the Bolt, let’s restrain our gaze to the single-motor, rear-wheel versions of the Model 3.

In that regard, the key metric is the Model 3’s 258-horsepower electric motor, compared to the Bolt’s 200-pony motor. The upcoming mid-range Model 3 will zip from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 5.6 seconds while next year’s 220-mile version might take nearly another second to reach speed. Regardless, the Model 3 is a faster car with a higher top speed of 155 miles per hour for dual-motor version and 125 mph for the upcoming mid-range, rear-wheel variant. The automotive press rightly compares the Model 3’s acceleration, steering, and handling to German luxury sedans. Edmunds says “power delivery is impeccably smooth and accurate” and the steering is “nicely weighted to make it a joy on winding roads.”

You can’t ignore these superlatives – or the Model 3’s cutting-edge, self-driving features. However, the Bolt earns points for its one-pedal driving capability and a curb weight that’s slimmer than the Model 3 by about 300 pounds.

WINNER: TESLA MODEL 3
Tesla’s electric motor is simply more powerful and its rear-wheel-drive platform is built for driving fun.


Charging Times for The Model 3 and Bolt

Using a quick charger, the Bolt can add 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes.

BOLT: The Bolt’s 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger means you can add about 25 miles of driving range in one hour when charging at home with a 240-volt supply of juice. On the rare days when you run the 60 kilowatt-hour battery down to empty, it would take a full overnight charge of eight to nine hours to restore all 238 miles of driving range. After a typical day of 40 or so miles of driving, replenishing the pack to full takes less than two hours.

Road trips beyond 200 or so miles require using a highway-based fast charger. Chevy offers an optional $750 quick-charge port for that purpose. If equipped with that port, you add about 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes using 50-kW DC chargers. Chevy quick charging works with charging stations using the CCS standard, which can still be difficult to find even on popular routes.

The Model 3 has access to Tesla’s vast network of Superchargers.

MODEL 3: The relative charging speed for an EV comes down to the spec of its onboard charger. The long-range Tesla Model 3 can handle 48 amps to yield an 11.5-kilowatt charging rate. That means adding at least about 40 miles of range per hour when charging via a 240-volt source. The faster rate makes sense for the longer-range Model 3’s 75-kWh battery pack, which needs an eight-hour session to top up from empty.

The 220-mile Model 3, when it arrives, will have a 32-amp (or 7.7-kilowatt) onboard charger. That’s faster than the Bolt’s onboard charger, but only slightly. Still, it’s plenty fast to add nearly 30 miles in an hour of charging.

Where the Model 3 takes a decisive lead is in having access to Tesla’s 120-kW Superchargers. The Superchargers can add as many as 150 to 170 miles of range in a 30-minute highway pit stop compared to the Bolt’s 90 miles while hooked up to 50-kW station. (The actual time for any specific charging event depends on a lot of factors.) Tesla strategically located Superchargers as part of a thoughtful and coordinated campaign to connect destination cities so you won’t struggle to find a compatible charger on a road trip.

WINNER: TESLA MODEL 3
The margin of victory depends on the version of the Model 3, which is either a little or a lot faster than charging the Bolt. The vast Tesla Supercharger network is icing on the cake.


Comparing Dashboards and Cargo Space

The Chevy Bolt’s dashboard design is not upscale but it works.

BOLT: The Chevrolet Bolt is a compact hatchback with a deceptively large amount of interior space. Its interior measures 94.4 cubic feet. With the seats up, there are 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space, but the capacity expands to an SUV-like 56.6 cubic feet when the seats are knocked down. Drivers also enjoy a high seating position with excellent visibility.

The most consistent complaint about the Bolt interior is its seats, which reviewers say are too small and lack sufficient padding. The dashboard design has a compelling gizmo aesthetic, and the interior uses enough hard plastics to also receive criticism. But those gripes didn’t stop the Bolt from earning 2017 Car of the Year awards from Motor Trend, Detroit Free Press, and Popular Mechanics.  Those shortcomings are made up for by the ample passenger room and generous cargo space.

Minimal.

MODEL 3: Compared to the Bolt, the Tesla Model 3 is nearly two feet longer, three inches wider, and a half-foot shorter. These sportier dimensions result in the Model 3 offering 97 cubic feet of passenger volume – beating the Bolt by nearly three feet. However, the Model 3’s cargo space of 15 cubic feet is nearly two feet smaller than the Bolt.

Those measurements are likely to go unnoticed compared to the two EVs’ radically different interior aesthetic. While the Bolt provides traditional buttons and a decently sized 10.2-inch touchscreen, the Model 3 takes dashboard minimalism to a new level with nearly no physical controls or gauges. The center-mounted 15-inch, horizontally oriented touch screen handles almost all of the car’s functions. When combined with the car’s optional panoramic glass roof, the Model 3 creates a futuristic vibe that many drivers love while others find it distracting and confusing to use.

WINNER: CHEVY BOLT
It’s nearly a toss-up based on personal taste, but the extra cargo space and familiarity of the dashboard give the Bolt a slight edge.


The Price For a Bolt Versus Model 3

After incentives, the Bolt can be had for around $30,000.

BOLT: The Bolt’s base LT trim, at $36,620, comes with a 60-kWh battery pack. So even at its lowest price, the Bolt delivers the car’s advertised 238-mile driving range. When you consider that most shoppers will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit, as well as some state and local incentives depending on where you live, the Bolt is the EV that best delivers on the promise of long-range affordability.

That said, it doesn’t mean that the Bolt, even in the form of the $40,905 Premier trim (before incentives), is the most luxurious and comfortable EV.

It’s not, but the Bolt is also not an econobox. The Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier includes leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel, as well as Surround Vision (for a bird’s-eye view of the car’s surroundings), blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Unlike the Model 3, the Chevy Bolt is available in a variety of colors and packages for a same-day purchase at dealerships throughout the United States. There’s no waiting for the 238-mile Chevy EV.

MODEL 3: Although you’ve probably heard about how the Tesla Model 3 will bring long-range EVs to the masses, the 3s produced in 2018 commonly sell for more than $50,000. That’s based on the long-range, 310-mile version starting at $49,000 and the price ballooning with the addition of a $5,000 Premium upgrade, a $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package, and special $1,000 paint colors. Dual motor configurations mean even higher prices; we’ve seen prices climb to nearly $80,000.

To make matters worse, because Tesla has sold more than 200,000 cars in total, the federal $7,500 tax credit its cars are eligible for will be cut to $3,750 in January 2019 – and will be further reduced to $1,875 by the end of the year when it entirely goes away.

Despite these factors, the Tesla dream of EV domination is alive and well. One step at a time. The company will soon begin offering a more affordable mid-range, rear-wheel Model 3 that starts at $44,000. Better yet, Tesla promises that its $35,000, 220-mile variant will go on sale in spring 2019. That’s the version that will compare most closely in features, range, and price to the Chevy Bolt. We’ll redo this comparison using that version of the Model 3 when it’s available.

WINNER: CHEVY BOLT (today)
Things will change when Tesla delivers its $35,000 model. But for now, purely based on economics, the Bolt is a better deal.


Model 3 vs. Bolt: By the Numbers

***Note: Ignore red typeface in table below. Technical difficulties are to blame.

Tesla Model 3 Chevy Bolt
Driving Range 220 – 310 miles 238 miles
Battery Size 50 – 75 kilowatt-hours 60 kilowatt-hours
Onboard Charger 7.7 – 11.5 kW 7.2 kW
Interior Space 97 cubic feet 94.4 cubic feet
Cargo Space 15 cubic feet 16.9 cubic feet
Starting Price (before incentives) $44,000 (mid-range version) $36,200

The Tesla Model 3 is faster, prettier, and goes further.

BEST OVERALL: TESLA MODEL 3
The Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model are both great EVs. But the Tesla Model 3 is a better vehicle overall. It’s faster and has better styling. The Model 3 is available with longer range, faster charging, and greater access to highway pit stops. While the passenger and cargo space of the Bolt and Model 3 are competitive, the Tesla compact EV is more comfortable while providing a driving experience that fully embodies the spirit of innovation represented by electric cars. The main gripe against the Model 3 is its price and availability, which will be remedied by less expensive versions in 2019.

BEST VALUE AND AVAILABILITY: CHEVY BOLT

BEST TO IMPRESS: TESLA MODEL 3

BEST FOR A FIRST-TIME EV OWNER: BOTH


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MacGregor Welding Systems unveils new touch retract welding torch for batteries

MacGregor Welding Systems (recently acquired by Amada Miyachi Europe) has released the TR-16A Touch Retract Welding Torch, a tool designed for R&D and low to medium-volume battery pack manufacturing, repair and reworking applications.

The system was designed to weld copper, nickel and aluminum battery tab materials up to 0.5 mm thick onto 18650 and 2170 battery can materials. It is also low voltage, granting it several safety advantages over tungsten inert gas (TIG) systems. The torch is lightweight and can be used for both prototyping and automotive manufacturing line needs.

 

Source: MacGregor Welding Systems


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