Jaguar I-Pace, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Awarded At Canadian Auto Show

This Jaguar I-Pace win marks the first time an EV has won the organization’s top award.

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) presents its winners each year at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Its two top awards are “Car of the Year” and “Utility Vehicle of the Year.” Aside from the biggies, there is also a winner in each of several categories that are sorted by class.

This year, the Jaguar I-Pace took home AJAC’s Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year award, making it the first time an electric vehicle has prevailed. Like most award systems these days, electric cars are separated into their own independent categories for individual “class” awards. Being that there’s not a plethora of competition, it’s not as big a deal when an EV wins a category referred to as “Best EV.” However, when an electric car can top all competing gas-powered cars to win a major award, this is much more compelling.

With that being said, we still can’t completely ignore the fact that the I-Pace also received AJAC’s Best Premium EV in Canada for 2019 award. So, this year, the I-Pace earned itself two awards. The only other electric vehicle to earn an award for 2019 is the Chrysler Pacific Hybrid. Much like the I-Pace, it received AJAC’s Best EV in Canada for 2019 award. The Pacifica can’t compete with the I-Pace in the “Premium” category, but it still knocked out all other rivals as the best “non-luxury” EV.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV & VW e-Crafter Banana Box Test: Video

Banana enthusiasts will probably opt more for the e-Crafter

Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the smallest and oldest all-electric cars, which was introduced in Japan 10 years ago. The Volkswagen e-Crafter, on the other hand, is one of the newest all-electric vans, which happens to be one of the biggest.

Recently, both vehicles were tested by Bjørn Nyland, including the banana box test. The i-MiEV’s 16 kWh battery (about 14.5 kWh available) enables it to go about 82 km (51 miles) in winter conditions, at an average energy consumption of (176 Wh/km (283 Wh/mile).

Despite the Japanese EV being quite small (kei-car class), the boxy shape helps it to get three banana boxes in the trunk and up to 16 after folding seats, which is better than some bigger cars (check the full list below).

In the case of the Volkswagen e-Crafter, the cargo capacity is huge, over three times the second best EV ever tested by Bjorn. Bjorn fit 156 banana boxes, and honestly, there were potential to fit some more if he tried a bit harder.

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Results (trunk / with folded seats):

VW e-Crafter: 156/156

Nissan e-NV200: 50/50

Model X 5 seater: 10+1/28

Model S pre-facelift: 8+2/24

Model X 6 seater: 9+1/23

Audi e-tron: 8/23

Kia e-Niro: 8/22

Model S facelift: 8/22

Nissan Leaf 2018: 7/21

Kia Soul EV: 6/21

Jaguar I-pace: 6/20

Hyundai Ioniq: 6/18

Nissan Leaf 2013: 5/18

Opel Ampera-e: 5/17

VW e-Golf: 5/16

Hyundai Kona: 5/16

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 3/16

VW e-up: 4/14

BMW i3: 4/14

Fiat 500e: 1/8


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Video: Audi e-tron Driven, Reviewed By Tesla Model S Owner

What does an owner of a Tesla Model S think of Audi’s electric SUV?

Our friend Alex from E For Electric was in Spain last week with Audi for an e-tron press drive. Alex is a current Tesla Model S owner and also a reservation holder for the e-tron. He was happy to finally get some extended time behind the wheel of the upcoming electric offering from Audi, and share his thoughts with his followers.

Audi arranged an extensive off-road course for the press drive, and Alex expresses his approval of the e-tron’s off road capabilities. There was also some track time for the participants, and Alex has some video of that too.

Uniquely, there are very few video test drives of the Audi e-tron and, of course, even fewer by an electric car owner. Add in that this review comes from a Model S owner and you can sense the level of rarity here.

Check out the video for the full report on the Audi e-tron.


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Tesla Model 3 Sales: How Many Will Tesla Sell In 2019?

FORECASTING TESLA MODEL 3 SALES IN 2019

The Tesla Model 3 has quickly conquered the luxury car segment. In its full first year on the market, the new EV sold an estimated 138,000 units in the US, beating out the Lexus RX, which sold 111,641 units, and sailing past the BMW 3 and 4 series, which sold 75,957 vehicles.

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Above: Tesla delivers its Model 3 to a happy family in Europe (Twitter: Tesla)

Numerous writers in the popular press, including Niall McCarthy (Forbes) and Peter Valdés-Dapena (CNN Business) lauded the company’s achievement, and noted that it’s especially impressive considering that Tesla has no traditional dealers, and does no advertising, and that currently available variants of Model 3 are pricey even by luxury standards, with a starting price that’s now at $42,900.

Tesla is on a serious roll – it sold almost as many cars in 2018 as it sold in all the years since its founding in 2003. The big question now is, will this level of Model 3 demand hold up? There are several reasons to believe that it will.

Model 3 deliveries are just beginning in Europe and China. There are an estimated 100,000 reservations outstanding in Europe, which should be enough to keep the party going for some time. And there are plenty of US reservation holders still waiting for their promised $35,000 Model 3, which Tesla hopes to deliver in four to six months.

Above: Tesla Model 3 ranked higher than all other luxury cars and SUVs in the US in 2018 (Source: Forbes via Statista)

Audi plans to start delivering its new e-tron in Europe in March, and the Porsche Taycan is expected to arrive later this year. While superficial observers see these new entrants as a threat to Tesla, EV cognoscenti tend to take the opposite view. Pure electric vehicles made up just 1.2% of all vehicle sales in the US last year, according to Edmunds. The potential market is enormous, and as more automakers start publicizing their electric models, consumer awareness can only grow. For Elon Musk’s part, he’s been practically begging the legacy automakers to start getting serious about electrification.

In Tesla’s fourth-quarter shareholder letter, the company said it expects to deliver between 360,000 and 400,000 vehicles in 2019, which would be an increase of 45% to 65% compared to 2018.

Is this a realistic forecast? Daniel Sparks, writing in The Motley Fool, believes Tesla is “approaching its guidance conservatively this time.” Reaching the midpoint of the forecast range wouldn’t require a significant increase in the rate of production – to deliver 364,000 vehicles in 2019, the company only needs to maintain the rate of deliveries it achieved in Q4 2018.

Above: Model 3 fleet ready for deliveries near Xingang Port, Tianjin, China (Twitter: Jay in Shanghai via 李大锤同学微博)

Sparks also believes the demand is “almost certainly” there, considering the gathering momentum in Europe and China. If Tesla can get the $35,000 version of Model 3 on the road, it will be able to reach “a much broader customer base,” enabling it to meet or exceed its high-end goal of 400,000 vehicles in 2019.

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Written by: Charles Morris

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Researchers explore proton-hopping mechanism to improve EV batteries

Researchers at Oregon State University have shown that a chemical mechanism known as proton-hopping may provide a new method of energy storage for EVs and other high-power applications.

“Coming up with Faradaic electrodes that afford batteries energy density and capacitors power with excellent cycle life has been a big challenge. So far, most of the attention has been devoted to metal ions – starting with lithium and looking down the periodic table,” said lead researcher Xiulei (David) Ji.

Instead, the researchers looked at proton-hopping, more formally known as the Grotthuss mechanism. It works when a an excess proton is introduced into a network of hydrogen bonds, such as water molecules. The proton will join the network and kick out a different proton. The newly displaced proton rejoins the network further down the line, and in turn kicks out a third proton, which kicks out a fourth, and so on. In this fashion, the proton moves all the way down the network.

“The motion is like a Newton’s cradle: correlated local displacements lead to the long-range transport of protons, which is very different from metal-ion conduction in liquid electrolytes, where solvated ions diffuse long distances individually in the vehicular manner,” said researcher Xianyong Wu.

The researchers conducted experiments to demonstrate that proton-hopping can create a highly efficient charging conduit, which could be useful for battery applications.

“If this mechanism is installed in battery electrodes, the proton doesn’t have to squeeze through narrow orifices in crystal structures,” Ji explained. “If we design materials with the purpose of facilitating this kind of conduction, this conduit is so ready – we have this magic proton highway built in as part of the lattice.”

Though promising, the research into proton-hopping batteries is still very preliminary.

“Without the proper technology involving research by materials scientists and electrical engineers, this is all purely theoretical,” Ji said. “Can you have a sub-second charge or discharge of a battery chemistry? We theoretically demonstrated it, but to realize it in consumer devices, it could be a very long engineering journey. Right now the battery community focuses on lithium, sodium, and other metal ions, but protons are probably the most intriguing charge carriers with vast unknown potentials to realize.”

 

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BMW Driver Sims Apologizes After Formula E Crash

BMW driver Alexander Sims has apologised to Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara after their recent clash in the ABB FIA Formula E race in Santiago.

The pair were fighting for fourth in the middle part of the race in Chile when Mortara spun at the tight Turns 8/9/10 chicane as Sims followed him closely through the sequence.

Mortara fell behind the BMW Andretti driver as a result, with Sims getting a post-race penalty as the stewards decided he had been at fault for the incident.

Sims insisted after the race that he had no felt any contact, and BMW unsuccessfully protested the penalty.

But having watched the incident back before this arriving at this weekend’s race in Mexico City, Sims approached Mortara to apologise.

“I saw him at breakfast in the hotel, [and] I just said sorry basically, same as after the race, I didn’t feel any contact,” Sims told Motorsport.com

“[But] having watched it back a few times at home I came to the conclusion that there probably was very light contact that caused him to spin.

“Fair enough. I wanted to clear the air and move on and he was very amicable.”

When asked about Sims’ apology and the race as a whole, Mortara explained that “it’s not really a big issue”.

“In the end, we still finished in front, I don’t feel like it did cost me a lot,” he continued to Motorsport.com.

“I think it would have been very difficult higher up than where than where we finished.

“No special feelings regarding that.”

Mortara ended up finishing fourth as Sims’ penalty dropped him from third on the road to seventh.

It was Mortara’s best FE result since he finished second in the second 2017/18 race in Hong Kong, and was Venturi’s first points finish of the 2018/19 season after it struggled with braking issues in Saudi Arabia and powertrain problems in Marrakech.

“It was definitely a positive race weekend for us,” said Mortara.

“From the qualifying and also free practice, we were more competitive, let’s say.

“We had less issues and that’s something that is bringing motivation and a little bit of optimism in the team – so that’s great.”


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BYD Posts Surging Plug-In Electric Car Sales

EV sales boom in progress.

BYD Company Limited announced on February 13 that its sales volume in January grew 3.74% from a year earlier to 43,920 units, while tumbled 36.9% compared with a month ago.

The sales of new energy vehicles skyrocketed 291.11% year on year (YoY) to 28,668 units, which substantially offset the YoY plunge of 56.43% in Jan. sales of oil-fueled vehicles (with 15,252 units delivered).

All segments of new energy vehicle achieved positive YoY increase in January. The sales of new energy passenger vehicles totaled 28,005 units with a splendid YoY surge of 291.62%, among which the sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles soared 65.79% to 11,786 units. It’s worth mentioning that the battery electric vehicle segment, with 16,219 units delivered, enjoyed a marvelous leap up to 38516.67%.

Although the sales volume of new energy commercial vehicles is quite small, it also shot up 270.39% over the year-ago period to 663 units, including 554 buses.

All segments of oil-fuel vehicle came across substantial sales drop last month. The sales of MPVs posted the biggest decline of 66.6% with 5,033 units sold. Besides, the sales of sedans and SUVs plunged 64.95% and 22.37% respectively over the previous year to 4,330 units and 5,889 units.

The installed capacity of new energy vehicle power battery and energy storage battery of BYD for the first month of 2019 was approximately 1.55GWh.

BYD is ambitious to sell 650,000 vehicles in 2019 and plans to roll out nine or ten new models, including the all-new BYD Tang EV600, the Song MAX DM, the Yuan EV535 and the Song Pro, etc.

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Tesla Sentry Mode: Interesting new details

Tesla is gradually releasing its new Sentry Mode feature to deter break-ins and we are learning new interesting details about the mode as it reaches more Model 3 owners. more…

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Tesla removes any mention of standard Model 3 battery from website – fans panic

Tesla has been promising its standard Model 3 battery pack to bring the price of the vehicle down to the long-awaited $35,000 price, but now Tesla has removed any mention of the base model from its website – sending some fans into a panic. more…

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Nikola announces battery-electric semi will join fuel cells in its lineup

Nikola Motor Company, which has been developing fuel cell trucks, recently announced that it also intends to offer some battery-electric models. The Nikola Two and Nikola Tre (European version) will be available in BEV versions, while the biggest truck in the lineup, Nikola One, will remain FCV only.

The company plans to present the new models later this year, with three battery options: 500 kWh; 750 kWh and 1 MWh.

Among the many hydrogen skeptics, an “I told you so” narrative started making the rounds. Some speculated that Nikola may end up abandoning fuel cells by the time its trucks make it to market. “It’s not too late to switch to BEVs,” wrote InsideEVs’ Mark Kane.

However, Nikola immediately refuted that line of thinking in a Twitter post: “H2 is 5,000 lbs lighter than BEV and is cheaper for long haul applications even with H2 costs. BEV is for inner cities and non weight sensitive applications. Nikola is not phasing [out] hydrogen at all, we will see 50:1 more hydrogen orders but some applications BEV works great.”

Nikola expects the Nikola Two with a 1 MWh battery pack to deliver a range of 400 miles, or 300 miles in cold weather.

The company is calling for peaceful coexistence: “Fuel Cell can’t be beat long haul and BEV is good option for short haul. World needs both. ICE is enemy, not hydrogen or BEV.”

 

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