Tesla Production And Deliveries Graphed Through Q3 2018

We need to keep increasing the scale of these here graphs.

Tesla production and deliveries of electric cars in the third quarter more than tripled year-over-year in line with the company’s guidance.

The latest results make previous quarters looks tiny, but the funny thing is that at full capacity numbers can be 60% higher (10,000 Model 3 and 2,000 Model S/X a week and 140,000+ a quarter).

Tesla Model S/X/3 Deliveries (quarterly) – through September 2018

Production of Tesla Model 3 was at the end of the quarter above 5,000 a week and moreover almost entirely dual motor versions, which required Tesla to reach a production volume of more than 10,000 drive units a week.

Deliveries are now at an all-time quarterly high of 83,500 (can be up to 0.5% higher) (up 219% year-over-year) and >154000 YTD:

  • Model 3: 55,840
  • Model S: 14,470
  • Model X: 13,190

The increase in production is tremendous:

Production hit an all-time high too of 80,142 (up 216% year-over-year) for the quarter and 167,975 YTD:

  • Model 3: 53,239
  • Model S + Model X: 26,903

Sales numbers are higher than production, because there were thousands of cars (produced in the end of Q2) in transit, that were delivered at the beginning of the third quarter.

Tesla already delivered more than 440,000 electric cars so 500,000 will be easy to achieve by the end of this year.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla’s Tent City Set To Expand: Should Speed Model 3 Prep

The California-based carmaker is eyeing more room to finish electric vehicles

For Tesla, there are seemingly three obstacles the company has faced for the last several years: production issues, delivery issues and ultimately, the room to operate. While the Gigafactory posed a big boost in overall production volume, the Fremont facility still couldn’t keep up with the demand. In turn, Elon Musk and his team decided to bring in an unorthodox solution to a growing problem: build a tent. While many have ridiculed both Musk and Tesla for such a solution, it clearly worked.

The tent is an easy to build, cost-effective and easy to maintain solution for what was and still is a growing problem for the U.S based carmaker. However, it helped Tesla to churn out Model 3’s at an astonishing rate, building these cars like there’s no tomorrow. The company even managed to hit over 5,000 Model 3 vehicles produced per week, proving all the naysayers wrong. However, it seems that the carmaker has outgrown even this solution, as a brand new tent is underway for their outbound logistics yard. In a building permit issued by the City of Fremont, Tesla is set to erect a south lot vehicle wrap tent: Install 50′ wide x 80′ long tent for wrapping vehicles to protect in transit.

Hopefully, this means that Tesla will (at least somewhat) be out of delivery hell to an extent. More vehicles wrapped means more vehicles on flatbeds, getting delivered to their customers. Just recently, Tesla confirmed a whopping 80,000 vehicles and 83,500 deliveries in Q3, pushing their stock to new highs. Even with the whole Elon Musk and FTC drama unfolding for the past few days. Overall, good days are ahead for Tesla it seems, and we’re thrilled by that.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

RAPIDE 3 commercial electric cargo scooter can charge up to 80% in 15 minutes

Gaius Auto has taken to the 2018 Paris Motor Show to unveil their new electric cargo scooter, the RAPIDE 3.

Combining the cargo capacity of a light truck and the nimbleness of a scooter, the RAPIDE 3 electric cargo scooter could have a huge impact on the transportation market of the developing world. It fuses a classic three-wheeled vehicle design with the latest in battery technology to create a revolutionary new commercial vehicle.


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Skoda Vision RS Plug-In Hybrid Hot Hatch Powers Into Paris

Previewing the Rapid replacement, the concept also foreshadows a VW Golf GTI competitor.

Coinciding with the unveiling of the Kodiaq RS, the new Skoda Vision RS concept is a sharp five-door hatchback serving a taste of things to come in the compact car segment. Essentially, this is an early look at the Rapid successor, with the future model set to evolve into a proper, more refined compact hatch to compete with the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus. With this concept previewing a potential RS version, it has been designed to give us an idea of what to expect in terms of a GTI and ST rival.

Looking a million times more exciting than the Rapid / Rapid Spaceback on sale today, the Vision RS embraces a much more stylish design language that hopefully will rub off onto the production models. The vehicle is 4356 millimeters long, 1431 mm tall, 1810 mm wide, and with a wheelbase measuring 2650 mm. That makes it longer, lower, and much wider than the Rapid Spaceback, and we’re expecting similar proportions for the regular production version coming next year. With a cargo capacity of 430 liters, it offers an extra 15 liters over the Rapid Spaceback.

Aside from featuring a promising design inside and out, the Vision RS also catches the attention thanks to its hybrid powertrain combining a 1.5-liter TSI gasoline engine with an electric motor. It has a combined output of 241 hp (180 kilowatts) good enough for a sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a decent 7.1 seconds before maxing out at 130 mph (210 kph). It needs 8.9 seconds to complete the 50-75 mph (80-120 kph) task.

Using a 13-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be fully recharged in two and a half hours, the concept has an all-electric range of 43 miles (70 km). Being a hybrid, it means the Skoda Vision RS manages to remain quite frugal and emits just 33 g/km of CO2 to provide the best of both worlds – performance and efficiency.

Skoda will have the Vision RS and the Kodiaq RS on display starting tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show where the two will share the spotlight with the Octavia G-TEC and the Karoq Scout and Karoq Sportline.

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Coverage: High Speed, Low Quality

After the last article that I wrote, I told Zach that I intended to write around an article a week. I’ve got a backlog of ideas for articles, and I…

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What’s The Best Jaguar I-Pace Highway Speed For Long Trips?

…and how does that change with different charging speeds?

As we told you yesterday, the Jaguar I-Pace, like every electric vehicle, will return different range results depending on how it is driven. For long-distance trips, it would be nice to have a good strategy that takes driving speeds and charging times into consideration. Luckily for us, electric vehicle YouTuber Bjorn Nyland has put together a video (above) that does just that. Let’s take a quick look at his findings.

There is a fair amount of number crunching going on here. Nyland has taken the time, though, to not only give us estimates for different road speeds, but also with different charging speeds for both 50 kW and 100 kW stations — note: the top I-Pace charging rate is about 84 kW, but Nyland tells us that Jaguar will increase that to 100 kW and possibly higher in the near future.

Consequentially, the best speed to travel at, as well as how long you should stay connected to chargers, varies according to the charging speed you can get access to. A 100 kW DC fast charger will allow for faster driving speeds and shorter charging times than a 50 kW supply. Nyland offers up several charts throughout the video, using various configurations of the Tesla Model X for comparison. We’ve dropped in the most visually helpful one below.

As you can see, 50 kW DC fast chargers are far less helpful than the more powerful 100 kW stations, and they also slow down your suggested cruising speed. Luckily, as Nyland notes, despite there being a bit of chicken and egg thing going on with electric vehicles and charging facilities, the number of fast charging stations continues to increase. This means, of course, our trip speeds will also increase.

While this is great data, most owners are going to find their I-Pace does its job of carrying you about your daily routine quite well. For those longer trips, an initial amount of investigating might be in order to make sure your travel time doesn’t last any longer than it needs to. Generally, though, we make the same long trips repeatedly, so only the initial journey will require any amount of planning.


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Lutz On Tesla: Deliveries Aren’t Necessarily Money-Generating Sales

Humor us some more, Mr. Bob Lutz.

Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of GM, in his most recent CNBC discussion on Tesla’s production and delivery results in Q3, surprised us a little bit… by how far off his analysis and understanding of production and deliveries numbers actually are.

We are a little sad that Bob Lutz is trying to convince the general public that because Tesla doesn’t have dealers, delivery numbers are not necessarily sales that generate money – “The cars remain in the Tesla system” and on how the company is so different from the rest of the automotive industry. Bob Lutz undermines his own credibility, but well, that will not stop Tesla.

Tesla reports deliveries as sales:

“Our delivery count should be viewed as slightly conservative, as we only count a car as delivered if it is transferred to the customer and all paperwork is correct. Final numbers could vary by up to 0.5%.”

Well, Tesla’s sales number are, in fact, different from the automotive industry – simply because they are growing like crazy and the Tesla Model 3 happens to be one of the best-selling cars in North America, at a time when cars are losing popularity.

Further into the discussion it gets more reasonable as even Bob Lutz notices it’s improving financially for Tesla (“may not lose as much cash in third quarter” or even achieve some modest profit). However, scepticism about Tesla’s unique battery or other technologies remains unchanged.

Lutz expects that soon other manufacturers will be selling long-range electric cars, comparably as good and with the ability to sell them at a loss to fulfill emission requirements (as these EVs will be just a small part of their business). But selling any product at a loss is not a wise business strategy, regardless of volume or percentages.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Green Deals: Anker Roav Electric Pressure Washer $119 shipped (Reg. $160), more

AnkerDirect via Amazon offers its Roav HydroClean Electric Pressure Washer for $118.99 shipped when promo code ROAVWW22 is applied during checkout. Regularly $160, today’s offer is a match of our previous mention and the best available. This electric pressure washer is powered by an 1,800W motor that provides 2100psi of pressure. It includes a 35-foot cable and 26-foot hose. Ships with three spray nozzles as well. Rated 4.2/5 stars.


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Mercedes-Benz EQC In Black & White In The Wild: Video

The black Mercedes-Benz EQC looks slick.

Mercedes-Benz EQC is prepared for market launch in 2019 and from time to time pre-production prototypes are seen testing.

Here we have a new video, provided by walkoARTvideos, with two EQC on the streets in Germany – the first is white, while the second is black. We must admit that, after all, the EQC looks sweet, especially the black one.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC preliminary specs

  • dual motor (asynchronous), all-wheel drive
  • system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds)
  • top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
  • 80 kWh battery (384 cells – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • more than 200 miles (320 km) of all-electric range (prelim est.) or over 280 miles (450 km) under NEDC
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) in 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%)
  • AC on-board charger – 7.4 kW
  • towing capability – 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs)
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2019 Peugeot 3008 And 508 Plug In For Paris Motor Show

Finally, the crossover gets an all-wheel-drive system and up to 300 horsepower.

Customers have been complaining about the 3008’s lack of an all-wheel-drive system, but you’ll be happy to hear that Peugeot is finally addressing this issue. Available exclusively for the range-topping 3008 GT, the HYBRID4 combines a 1.6-liter PureTech gasoline engine with an electric motor mounted at the front axle and another one driving the rear wheels.

The combustion engine delivers 200 horsepower (147 kilowatts) while each of the electric motors is good for 110 hp (80 kW). With a combined output of 300 hp (220 kW), the all-wheel-drive Peugeot 3008 GT HYBRID4 needs just six and a half seconds to reach 62 mph (100 kph). Thanks to a 13.2-kWh battery pack, it covers 37 miles (60 kilometers) in the new and more realistic WLTP cycle when running solely on electric juice.

As far as the regular HYBRID system is concerned, it’s also available for the 3008 crossover as well as for the new 508 liftback and wagon. It consists of a 180-hp configuration of the conventional engine and a single 110-hp (80-kW) electric motor for a total output of 225 hp (165 kW). These front-wheel-drive models have a slightly smaller 11.8-kWh battery pack providing an electric range of more than 25 miles (40 km) in the two 508 models.

When it comes to recharging the battery packs, it will take seven hours when using a standard plug (3.3 kW, 8A charger) or four hours with a 3.3 kW 14A charger. Should you always be in a hurry, there’s also an optional Wallbox with a 6.6 kW 32A charger reducing the charging time to less than 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Although unveiled today, the three electrified Peugeots will not be available in Europe until the second quarter of next year.

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Source: Electric Vehicle News