Jaguar Says That EV Battery Size Has Peaked and Will Begin to Shrink

Jaguar’s Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart told us all the reasons why the best electric cars will soon have smaller battery packs.

When it comes to the size of electric car batteries, bigger is always better. Or so I thought until I spoke on Monday with Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, technical design director for Jaguar Land Rover. He believes that the auto industry’s feverish race to increase the size of electric car battery packs—to thereby pump up driving range—will soon be over.

“I believe that 90 to 100 kilowatt-hours is the peak,” said Dr. Ziebart, pointing to the Jaguar I-Pace and its 90-kWh battery pack, which is officially rated to go 240 miles on a single charge. “In the future, it won’t make sense to install bigger batteries.” We caught up with Dr. Ziebart last week in Redwood City, Calif., a day before the kickoff of the Jaguar Electrified Experience, a multi-city tour to introduce the I-Pace to American consumers.

Dr. Ziebart is not saying that capable EVs—like the 90-kWh Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla’s 100-kWh vehicles—will have less driving range in the future. Not at all.

But he believes that EV batteries can get smaller while offering the same amount of range because the energy density of batteries is declining at a rate of about five percent every year. (Energy density is a measure of the kilowatt-hour capacity per unit of weight.)

Dr. Ziebart explained that the cost per kilowatt-hour of EV batteries is also dropping, in this case, by about 10 percent every year. These trends might lead you to believe that automakers will start supersizing their battery packs.

Instead, Dr. Ziebart told us, EV batteries will become smaller—for yet another reason. “When you have a better-developed charging infrastructure, then you won’t need such big batteries,” he said. “This is coming within five years. The average size of the battery will be smaller than it is in the I-Pace.” Imagine this future coming soon: smaller, lighter, less expensive battery packs with ubiquitous opportunities to recharge.

Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, technical design director for Jaguar Land Rover

Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, technical design director for Jaguar Land Rover

Some folks might argue that you need big batteries to deliver serious bursts of power—like the oomph I experienced last week on a rip-roaring 100-mile trip through California wine country in a gorgeous 2019 I-Pace HSE. Dr. Ziebart believes that engineers can modify battery chemistry to achieve targets for both power and energy. “The size of the active particles on the electrodes create the characteristics of the cell,” he explained.

Given the I-Pace’s ability to deliver 300 kilowatts (400 horsepower) for sustained periods of about 10 seconds, I was surprised to learn that the electric Jag’s cell chemistry was primarily configured for its energy-storage capabilities—not for acceleration. (By the way, I don’t recommend flooring the I-Pace for 10 seconds unless you are on a track.)

So while the 2019 I-Pace’s battery, sized to 90 kilowatt-hours, can provide more power than you could ever practically use—and 240 miles of range—electric cars in the near future will grant the same capacity with, say, an 80 or 70 kilowatt-hour battery.

For the past few years, the benchmark for technology supremacy among EVs has been more kilowatt-hours. But the best EVs will soon go further and faster with fewer kWh.


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September 2018 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Soar In U.S.

September shatters records and goes down in the history books, but it will soon be surpassed.

Based on automakers’ sales reports and our estimates, we report a total of 44,589 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. in September, compared to last year’s 21,242 and last month’s 36,380.  Needless to say, it was the best month of all time by leaps and bounds! Not to mention the monumental level of records broken by the Tesla Model 3.

Again, four out of five months in 2018 have claimed a spot on our list of top months of all time for U.S. EV sales. To say that Tesla is ludicrously dominating the U.S. market – as well as making waves globally – would honestly be an understatement. Anyone have a more assertive word than “ludicrous”? We’re taking suggestions. Anyhow, way too much news on that to share here, but check out our news feed for significant coverage.

Top Months for U.S. EV Sales to Date (estimated):

  1. September 2018 – 44,589
  2. August 2018 – 36,380 
  3. July 2018 – 29,514
  4. March 2018 – 26,373
  5. December 2017 – 26,107

The Tesla Model 3 topped our chart by a landslide, with 78,132 estimated deliveries. This makes it nine months in a row that the Model 3 has been the U.S. EV sales leader. It is so far beyond all other models there’s just no way to compare. It also accounts for about half of all EV sales in the U.S. for September and about one-third of all plug-in electric car sales for the year to date.

If you include the Model S and Model X (3rd and 4th on the year, respectively), Tesla delivered an estimated 29,975 vehicles last month, which accounts for about two-thirds of all EVs sold in the U.S. in September. Based on our estimates – for the year as a whole – Tesla has sold a whopping 114,102 vehicles in the U.S. out of a total of some ~234,635 overall EV sales to date. Soon, the automaker should be accounting for over half of all electric vehicles sold in the U.S. for 2018. Whether or not you’re a Tesla fan, this is truly incredible news for EV market share and adoption.

Ok, time to move forward to the other top-selling electric vehicles in the U.S. this September:

Not surprisingly, the Toyota Prius Prime lands in the four-spot for the month and the second-place position for the year as a whole, with sales on the rise from last month, at 2,213.

The Chevrolet Volt once again significantly surpasses its EV stablemate to grab up the fifth-place position for September based on our estimates (2,129) and remains in the fifth position for the year thus far. Chevrolet Bolt sales were up nicely as well, at 1,549, to put the Bolt in the eighth spot for September and the sixth place position for 2018 as a whole.

The Honda Clarity PHEV and Nissan LEAF were the only other vehicles to sell over 1,000 copies in September, landing the cars in the fifth and sixth positions on our sales chart for the month and No. 7 and 8 on the year, respectively. LEAF sales improved from last month and last year, totaling 1,563 for September 2018. The Clarity dials it up substantially, with an estimated 2,028 Plug-in Hybrids delivered in the U.S. last month. This also means that Honda soars past BMW on our list of top EV manufacturers and nearly catches Toyota!

We’ll leave you with some other final data points and another look at our completed sales chart.

Other Statistical Points of Interest from September 2018

Top Manufacturers Of Plug-In Vehicles:

  1. Tesla* – 29,975
  2. General Motors* – 3,689
  3. Toyota – 2,213
  4. Honda – 2,200
  5. BMW Group – 1,858
  6. Nissan –  1,563

Pure Electric Car Market Share vs PHEV In August*

  1. BEV – 33,811
  2. PHEV – 10,778

*Based on estimates due to the lack of U.S. monthly sales reporting by Tesla and GM, as well as BMW i3 splits (BEV + REx), and multiple automakers refusing to reach out or reply related to individual EV sales.

2018 U.S. EV SALES JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC TOTAL
Tesla Model 3 1875 2485 3820 3750 6000 5902 14250 17800 22250 78,132
Toyota Prius Prime 1496 2050 2922 2626 2924 2237 1984 2071 2213 20,523
Tesla Model S 800 1125 3375 1250 1520 2750 1200 2625 3750 18,395
Tesla Model X 700 975 2825 1025 1450 2550 1325 2750 3975 17,575
Chevrolet Volt* 713 983 1782 1325 1675 1336 1475 1825 2129 13,243
Chevrolet Bolt EV 1177 1424 1774 1275 1125 1083 1175 1225 1549 11,807
Honda Clarity PHEV* 594 881 1061 1049 1639 1445 1440 1495 2028 11,632
Nissan LEAF  150 895 1500 1171 1576 1367 1149 1315 1563 10,686
Ford Fusion Energi 640 794 782 742 740 604 522 396 480 5,700
BMW 530e* 224 413 689 518 729 942 536 749 756 5,556
BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  382 623 992 503 424 580 464 418 461 4,847
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid** 375 450 480 425 650 710 450 654 637 4,831
BMWX5 xDrive 40e* 261 596 627 563 499 321 431 264 225 3,787
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 300 323 373 273 297 390 350 366 378 3,050
Kia Niro PHEV* 155 246 227 120 218 281 225 346 313 2,131
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron* 145 199 214 189 267 238 220 240 230 1,942
Fiat 500e**  210 235 285 215 250 225 220 75 94 1,809
Volvo XC60 PHEV* 109 155 167 141 214 226 185 210 215 1,622
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid* 1 2 49 336 275 168 195 200 210 1,436
BMW 330e* 101 142 202 166 150 138 106 192 195 1,392
Mercedes C350e* 29 172 208 158 166 176 165 170 82 1,326
Mini Countryman SE PHEV* 127 100 74 106 163 211 210 128 140 1,259
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV* 22 178 218 180 217 143 180 43 11 1,192
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV* 99 106 93 90 126 133 115 125 120 1,007
Kia Soul EV 115 163 157 152 133 57 130 33 18 958
smart ED  84 90 103 80 110 126 103 108 98 902
Porsche Cayenne S-E* 113 121 197 265 59 12 15 45 60 887
Honda Clarity BEV 203 104 48 52 37 126 120 75 122 887
Volkswagen e-Golf  178 198 164 128 76 32 18 32 14 840
Kia Optima PHEV* 86 103 156 142 98 83 90 39 17 814
Mercedes GLE 550e* 44 70 181 93 83 75 85 90 42 763
Ford C-Max Energi 234 142 105 57 18 6 4 4 12 582
Ford Focus Electric  70 73 137 83 88 50 46 7 4 558
BMW i8 32 39 47 57 64 45 72 67 55 478
Hyundai Sonata PHEV* 52 54 78 38 67 62 60 20 15 446
Mercedes GLC 350e* 5 57 59 64 66 60 65 27 403
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV* 27 29 52 29 30 35 30 40 45 317
Hyundai IONIQ EV 49 3 60 7 32 47 35 21 12 266
BMW 740e* 18 23 31 60 17 16 40 18 25 248
Cadillac CT6 PHEV* 6 24 17 42 30 18 26 23 11 197
Mercedes B250e  40 49 33 7 3 0 0 1 0 133
Mercedes S550e* 13 3 11 9 7 7 8 10 8 76
2018 U.S. Sales Totals 12,049 16,845 26,373 19,556 24,310 25,019 29,514 36,380 44,589 234,635
2017 U.S. Sales Totals 11,004 12,375 18,542 13,367 16,596 17,046 15,540 16,514 21,242 14,315 17,178 26,107 199,826
2018 Worldwide Sales* 82,000 81,000 141,000 128,450 159,346 157,933 144,975 172,400 1,067,104

Above – 2018 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Monthly or Quarterly Totals, ** Estimated (Based on State/Rebate Data and other reports). BEV models are designated with the icon.


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Cars.com Conducts Tesla Model 3 Touch Screen Test: It’s A Star!

We haven’t heard a whole lot from mainstream automotive media about the innovative Tesla Model 3 touch screen, but here’s a biggie.

Cars.com makes a point to start off its article reminding us that Tesla has always been different. The Silicon Valley electric automaker has charted its own unique path and thrown out all the “norms.” One of these derivations has come with the Tesla Model 3 touch screen, which controls just about everything in the car. Moreover, it seems the automaker plans to make this the new “thing” in all upcoming vehicles, as well as in any refreshes of its current lineup.

This Tesla concept came about not only to cut costs, but to make its new car more minimalistic … different … futuristic. The car has no typical gauge cluster, no mid-view speedometer, and it even has a weirdly interesting (and seemingly very functional) lengthwise air vent with intuitive controls.

So, what does Cars.com think overall?

The publication breaks this review into a few obvious areas: The Good, The Bad, and The Verdict.

Let’s start in an interesting backward direction here and share The Verdict. Cars reports:

The Model 3’s touchscreen is the star of the interior, and it’s mostly successful thanks to a thoughtful interface, useful features and rich graphics. And with Tesla’s commitment to over-the-air software updates, the system should age better than most automotive screens. Even so, there’s a lesson to be learned from the feature-packed screen, and it’s not a new one: Just because you can put a function in a touchscreen doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

With that being said, what are the Goods and the Bads (according to this review)?

Good

  • Crisp, clear graphics
  • Responsive and intuitive “pinch-to-zoom” gestures
  • No lag
  • Great layout
  • Excellent backup camera
  • Cool ” whimsical elements” like doodle pad and note taking
  • One year of free TuneIn

Bad

  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • No AM radio
  • No physical buttons
  • Need to take eyes off road
  • Doesn’t work with ordinary gloves

As you can obviously see, the Tesla Model 3 touch screen does more well than it does badly. Leave us your thoughts and comments below.

Source: Cars.com

TESLA MODEL 3

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2. Tesla Model 3
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!)



Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

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

Tesla Model 3
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

Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Wide
Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Touchscreen


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Tesla Autopilot, VW solid-state batteries, and Kia electric cars: Today's Car News

Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]The Tesla Autopilot system gets outranked by a rival. VW confirms plans for solid-state batteries. Future Kia electric cars are about what fits the market. Volvo’s parent company is reportedly in talks with Toyota over hybrid systems. And will electric cars hurt automaker profitability? All of this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla’s Autopilot…
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One size won't fit all for future Kia EVs

2019 Kia Niro EVFor an automaker that’s pitching itself toward the fun side of the Hyundai Motor Group, the tone for the automaker’s sizable electric push soon sounds altogether like pants. “It’s all about what fits,” said Michael Winkler, director of powertrains for Kia in Europe. By the end of next year, Kia will offer in the U.S…
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Report: Volvo's parent company in talks with Toyota over hybrid systems

2019 Volvo XC40Toyota revealed on Thursday that it is in talks with Chinese automaker Geely, which owns Volvo, about cooperation on hybrid vehicle technology, Reuters reported. As the company that has sold by far the most hybrids worldwide, the discussions could involve selling Toyota hybrid technology in Geely cars in China. Any agreement, however, could also…
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Aluminum industry: Administration’s claim that lightweighting costs lives is false

Last week, the US DOT and EPA held public hearings on the Trump administration’s proposal to reverse existing federal fuel efficiency and emissions standards.

The administration has attempted to justify the rollback of standards by claiming that higher fuel economy would lead to more highway fatalities because of the trend towards reducing the weight of vehicles. According to Mario Greco, Chairman of the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG), who testified on behalf of the aluminum industry during the Dearborn hearing, this claim is false.

“The agencies clearly recognize the body of data and on-the-road examples that confirm mass reduction through stronger, yet lighter materials helps deliver safe, fuel-efficient and cost-effective vehicles to meet or exceed consumer demands,” said Greco. “However, numerous flawed assumptions in the draft rule are misleading and overstate potential unfavorable impacts on safety, societal cost of the regulation and new vehicle sales.”

Tesla Model S Aluminum Body

“Automakers are not reducing the weight of small cars, but instead are prioritizing weight reductions where it offers the most promise to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions -their larger, heavier cars and trucks,” Greco explained.

According to the ATG, the US aluminum industry supports nearly 700,000 jobs across the nation and has invested more than $2.6 billion since 2013 in domestic plant expansions to support growing demand in the auto market. Demand for aluminum in automotive applications is at an all-time high.

 

Source: Aluminum Transportation Group via Green Car Congress


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Bill Ford confirms 2020 hybrid F-150, teases electric pickup

Ford F-150 Raptor with auto start-stop technology

Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, recently gave a speech to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rouge, the historic auto plant that he called “the heart of Ford,” and the place “where the industrial revolution took hold.”

Mr. Ford says the Rouge is “as environmentally progressive as heavy manufacturing can be,” with a living roof and extensive recycling programs in place. “We recycle enough aluminum to build another 400,000 F-Series truck bodies each year.”

The Rouge has seen some changes in the auto industry, and it’s going to see a lot more. “Our business is changing in dramatic ways,” said Bill. “Everything from how we build our cars, to what they run on, to the way we buy them, hail them, or even drive them at all.”

One big change that’s coming soon: a hybrid pickup truck. “I am excited to confirm that the revolutionary 2020 Ford F-150 Hybrid will be built right here,” said Ford. “It’s going to be a truck that takes you farther without sacrificing power and a truck that helps you do more when you get there, with electricity for everything from your tools to your camping gear.”

“And then we’ll keep innovating,” Ford continued. “When it comes to building the best trucks in the world, we never rest. Whether they’re gas, diesel, hybrid – or when the time comes, fully electric – we will ensure they power the world in a sustainable way and remain Built Ford Tough.”

 

Source: Ford via Green Car Congress


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Watch Tesla Model X P100D Take On Ferrari 812 Superfast

Which is Superfastest?

Nothing gets the blood pumping like a little bit of drag racing first thing in the morning and Drag Times has just the thing for electric vehicle fans today. How about a Tesla Model X P100D versus a spicy red Ferrari 812 Superfast with your espresso? Good. Let’s take a quick look at the numbers, then.

The two face off at the Drag Times home track of Palm Beach International Raceway. The all-electric SUV pulls up to the line boasting 588 horsepower and 920 pound-feet of torque. These are, of course, pretty great numbers for the $164,000-vehicle until you’re reminded of the Model X’s 5,700-pound curb weight.

As for the Ferrari, its 6.5-liter V12 makes 790 HP with 530 lb-ft of torque in its stock form. And, it only weighs 3,594 lbs. Its biggest drawback, besides being a pollution-generating machine, is its $410,000 price tag.

Spoiler Alert*

The Tesla gets off to a great start, the driver all over that Christmas tree, like a drunk Santa. The Superfast gets a great view of the back of the Model X but as the drag strip shortens, manages to haul it in. While the result is not unexpected — a Model S P100D would have been a much closer finish — the big Tesla a quits itself quite nicely, with the slip showing an elapsed time of 11.341 at 117.48 miles per hour. The Ferrari easily wins this contest, however, with a 10.845 at 133.65 MPH.

Make sure you watch the video all the way to the end. DT throws in a bonus race against a seemingly-snoozing Ferrari 488, as well as an instrumented run showing a 3.11-second 0-to-60 time for the Model X P100D. Enjoy!

 

Source: YouTube


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Nissan To Electrify A Third Of Its Volume In Australia

The new LEAF will soon land Down Under.

Nissan is finally introducing the new Nissan LEAF in Australia, although first customer deliveries are still not scheduled until mid-2019.

The Japanese brand intends to sell the LEAF at 89 dealerships across the country (up from 12 in the case of the first-generation LEAF in 2012). The market launch will be supported by EV installation experts JET Charge.

Interestingly, despite Australia not being a big market for electric cars (market share is negligible), Nissan said that during the current mid-term plan (“Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022”), one-third of its Australian volume will include electric technology. We could guess that maybe some e-POWER series-hybrids are coming to Australia, as it’s hard to imagine that 1/3 of sales will be plug-ins.

Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester said:

“Electrified vehicles will represent a third of Nissan volume in Australia during our mid-term plan. By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass market electrification a reality. I have no doubt electric vehicles will be a success here, and sooner than many think, and Nissan is planning for this now to ensure we meet the future needs of the buyer.”


Source: Electric Vehicle News