Hyundai Releases New Kona Electric Commercials

Check out these fresh 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric ads, plus a product highlights video.

While it’s off to a very slow start, we’re beginning to see occasional electric car commercials on television. The Electrify America “Jetstones” ad has been getting plenty of airplay lately, but Volkswagen is only producing these brand-neutral ads as part of its mandated commitment to promoting EV adoption.

Generally, most OEMs just don’t spend money advertising their EVs, which makes perfect sense since their gas-powered vehicles return a much larger profit margin. It’s still not the best business plan if they’re preparing for the future. Tesla doesn’t advertise in the traditional sense, but the company remains in the media due to its unique and disruptive nature, outspoken CEO, and massive social media presence. Now, Hyundai is taking a step forward by producing and releasing commercials about its all-new Kona Electric.

Below is another recent commercial about the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric:

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Hyundai also released this product highlights video:

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Ciao, Bella! Here Comes the Vespa Elettrica

Piaggio’s long-promised electric Vespa is finally hitting the production line in September 2018

There’s a charm to riding on a Vespa—make the road you’re on an Italian one and you become part of the mother of all clichés. From the quirky manual transmission—all the clutching and shifting happens with the left hand—to the premixed miscela, a cocktail of oil and gas, the Vespa has always been a bit of a living dinosaur. Vespas aren’t quite like that anymore, though. They now feature a fancy CVT and the oil doesn’t have to be mixed in with the gas. Now, this upcoming September, the Vespa is taking yet another step into modern days with the introduction of its electric variation for a clash of modern and old school.

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The Vespa Elettrica is just around the corner. In fact, true to the timeline it established at last year’s EICMA, Piaggio has confirmed that the e-Vespa is on track to hit production in September. Potential buyers will be able to reserve theirs as early as October. In the U.S., the calendars will have to turn over to 2019 before this variation of the Vespa hits the showrooms.

Classic lines and an electric motor. What's not to love?
Classic lines and an electric motor. What’s not to love?

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Piaggio has worked hard to make its old lady Vespa extra smart and connected. Not only will it receive the company’s first ride-to-rider connectivity technology, but Piaggio expects to be able to eventually make the Vespa able to communicate with other artificial intelligence systems, including the Gita’s, Piaggio’s little sidekick, bag-carrying robot. The future Vespa will provide the rider with a flight of information it will harvest from other connected vehicles and infrastructures.

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Until then, we get a first peek at what Piaggio has in mind for the future with the 2019 Vespa Elettrica. Performance numbers should compare to those of the 50cc, except for torque: the 2 kW electric motor will produce a healthy 148 lb-ft of torque. The lithium battery is rated for a decent 60 miles range and will take up to 4 hours to charge. The technology will, however, come at a price. Though no official number has been announced yet, Piaggio confirms that the Vespa Elettrica will rub shoulders with the high-end, more expensive models in the family.

The Elettrica will have a snazzy 4.3-inch TFT screen with a host of multi-media options.
The Elettrica will have a snazzy 4.3-inch TFT screen with a host of multi-media options.

Sources: electrek


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Tesla now aims to release version 9 software update ‘toward end of the month, says Elon Musk

As we reported earlier this week, Tesla appears to be behind on the development of its version 9 software update.

Now CEO Elon Musk says that they are aiming to release the software update “toward the end of the month.” more…


Source: Charge Forward

Rebates for up to 80% of the cost of installing DC fast chargers available in Southern California

California aims to have 5 million EVs on its roads by 2030 and to install 250,000 charging stations to support those vehicles.

The latest installment in this ongoing story is the Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP), which will make $29 million in rebates available DC fast charging stations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

SCIP is currently accepting applications from eligible businesses and public entities for rebates of up to $70,000 per DC fast charger or 75% of the total installation project’s cost, whichever is less. Rebates of up to $80,000, or 80% of total costs, are available in designated disadvantaged communities. Eligible SCIP applicants can apply for multiple charger rebates.

 

Source: Green Car Congress


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Consumer Reports Says Now’s The Time To Buy A Used EV

There’s more than one way to go electric.

Ok, a show of hands — who among us can afford to buy a brand spankin’ new electric vehicle? You know, a $49,000 Tesla Model 3, or a $69,500 Jaguar I-Pace. Heck, even a $37,495 Chevy Bolt? That’s not a lot of hands. Good news, then. According to Consumer Reports, now is a great time to buy a used EV for cheap.

There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Gasoline prices are staying stubbornly low, so people aren’t desperate for a super- economical vehicle like they were back a decade ago when the dino juice was expensive. Many of the first crop of all-electric vehicles offer less than 100 miles of range, making them not as practical for some folks. The result of all this is that demand is somewhat low, while the supply, fueled by vehicles coming off-lease, is relatively high. This means, of course, means lower prices (the publication notes that this doesn’t necessarily apply to Tesla vehicles, which tend to hold their value better than other EVs).

And there are good reasons to buy a used plug-in car. For one, the environment has already taken the hit in its manufacture. They make a great 2nd car for commuting or for a high-school student. For those with the occasional longer-range needs, plug-in hybrids, which are also available at affordable prices, offer all of the advantages of an all-electric and can make those longer trips when necessary.

It’s not necessarily a permanent situation, however. Given the state of world affairs as it relates to oil-producing countries — especially Venezuela, Iran, and Russia — a breakout of violence or the imposition of sanctions could result in a spike in prices at the pump. So, if you’re in need of a new-to-you ride, take a look at what’s available on MYEV.com and the prices being offered. There are any number of great deals to be had and who doesn’t want to drive electric if they can swing the price?

Source: Consumer Reports


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Tesla Model 3 Travels 322 Miles On Single Charge With A/C Cranking

A Vancouver couple drove their Model 3 LR from Vancouver to Portland, Oregon, a distance of more than 300 miles

It seems that Tesla may be underreporting its vehicle’s capabilities.

According to 1RedDrop, a couple from Vancouver drove their Tesla Model 3 Long Range from Vancouver to Portland, Oregon on a single charge. With power to spare. That’s a distance of more than 300 miles or 322.3 miles, to be exact – as reported by Peter Levey and his wife. To make matters even more compelling, the drive was done on a hot summer day, and the couple had the air condition on the whole time. Even then, the car only used 68 kWh of the 75 kWh battery.

According to the current Tesla data, the Model 3 (Long Range) is EPA-rated at a range of 310 miles. The Vancouver couple did more than that with just 90% of the battery’s capacity used for the trip. However, that’s not where the story ends.

While on another leg of the journey, the couple’s Model 3 was, unfortunately, rear-ended by a Dodge sedan. The accident was luckily at low speed, as Dodge was doing 40 mph at the moment of the impact. And it seems that the damage to the Dodge was heavy, while the Model 3 received only slight damage.

According to Levey’s own words revealed to Teslarati, this is what happened:

“I have to say two things, and they are both about Tesla, the company, and their response to us. About a minute and a half to two minutes after the time of impact, my cellphone rang, and I looked at it, and I didn’t recognize the number — it was a 1-877. It turned out to be Tesla Roadside Assistance, and their first question was ‘Our computers show that you suffered a major impact. Are you guys okay? Were you in an accident?’ and I cannot tell you how comforting that was.
“It was just amazing. There we were — we felt alone, we felt isolated, we didn’t feel like talking to the guy behind us for obvious reasons, and there comes a call, and it’s from your car company. So we were incredibly impressed by that. And later in the afternoon, and later in the evening, Tesla Roadside Assistance worked diligently with us to try and get the car into Towing Mode, to give us everything we could try. It was most impressive.”

Furthermore, Tesla not only called the couple within just a few minutes after the incident but also a follow-up call by the head of safety engineering was made to the couple as well.

“The next day, when I got home from Vancouver, I got another call from the head of safety engineering, and he wanted to find out how we were. He also wanted to find out ‘What can we do to make this car safer? What can we do to give an even greater measure of safety to the occupants?’ and that was mind-blowing. I’ve never had that from any car company, and I understand why people now say the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 are the safest cars on the road. That kind of response inspires confidence among customers. They don’t abandon them when accidents happen,”

While we’re aware of Tesla’s more personal approach to their customers, this seems like the company really went above and beyond to ensure their customers’ safety. Kudos to Tesla!

You can take a look at the video detailing the whole experience right below.

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Watch First Look At Mercedes-Benz EQC By Autogefühl

The Mercedes-Benz of electric vehicles – the EQC

The two versions of the Mercedes-Benz EQC (AMG-Line vs Electric Art) were reviewed by Autogefühl right at the unveiling in Sweden.

As always, the episode includes exterior, interior and some insights about the car like its high-build quality, excellent material and interesting voice commands.

The EQC 400 4MATIC seems to be less capable than the Tesla Model X, as the battery is 80 kWh compared to 100 kWh in top version of the X. Also, the powertrain is rated for 300 kW, which does not offer equal acceleration to the X P100D. However, overall it could be appealing to many consumers. We will know for sure in about a year when production begins.

We also can confirm that the Mercedes-Benz EQC will be able to tow up to 1,800 kg or 3,968 lbs.

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 – 218 Ah each – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • up to 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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Source: Electric Vehicle News

‘Tesla Killer’ narrative comes back as German automakers launch EV offensive – don’t fall for it

This is an op-ed by Fred Lambert, Electrek’s editor-in-chief.

The good old ‘Tesla Killer’ moniker, which the media often apply to virtually any new electric vehicle, is coming back into the spotlight as German automakers are launching a new EV offensive.

Here’s what you need to know in order not to fall for it. more…


Source: Charge Forward

Love it or hate it, this new electric scooter thing is spreading across the globe

While there has been a huge amount innovation in light electric vehicles over the last few years, such as 60 mph (97 km/h) electric bicycles and 400 mi (644 km) range electric tricycles, most of the innovation has been in performance – not design. Until now, that is.

Here’s a wacky new electric scooter design that has been finding a surprising amount of success around the world.

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Source: Charge Forward