BMW sets up end-to-end battery recycling in Europe

Prototype production of battery modules for BMW Group’s fifth-generation electric powertrainTeaming with a new Norwegian battery supplier and a Belgian recycling company, BMW is aiming to build a fully sustainable future battery supply chain. The company announced on Monday that it formed a partnership with Northvolt, which is building Europe’s largest battery factory for electric cars in Sweden. At the same time BMW is working with…
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VW is building an all-electric vehicle factory for 300,000 cars per year in China

VW started construction on its first factory specifically designed for the production of its new MEB platform for all-electric vehicles.

The new factory will be in China and it will have a capacity of 300,000 cars per year. more…

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Germany Launches Funded Institution For Solid-State Battery Development

FestBatt to accelerate solid-state battery development.

Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) intends to support development of solid-state batteries in the country, quite similar to the example in Japan earlier this year, by launching FestBatt competence cluster.

FestBatt, coordinated by the University of Gießen (JLU), received €16 million ($18.3 million) for operations and already gathered 14 fourteen scientific institutions, which will work on five joint projects: three materials and two methods platforms.

According to the press release, solid-state batteries are seen as very promising, but still require a lot of research and most projects are the basic ones because there are huge material obstacles before even prototype cells can be made.

Our first thought on the initiative is that German institutions are far behind some individual companies around the world, because otherwise, no research center would join a bigger group if an in-house advanced prototype already existed.

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Porsche adds wagon to upcoming Taycan electric lineup

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo conceptPorsche announced Friday that it will expand its high-powered upcoming electric-car lineup from one model to two, with a new stretched-roof crossover hatchback joining the standard Taycan liftback. The Taycan electric sedan is a Tesla Model S competitor scheduled to go into production in 2019. It started out as the Mission E concept. The new…
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Standard Swappable Batteries: The Future For Electric Scooters?

One battery to rule them all

There are good intentions between every new electric motorcycle and scooter to roll out of well-established manufacturers and newborn startups’ creative minds. The issue they all face, however, is the same that’s been plaguing the EV industry for almost a decade: range anxiety and not-so-short charging times. People don’t like to wait around for their ride to charge—even 30 minutes can sometimes feel like a stretch. This is where swappable batteries could save the day, provided standardization becomes a thing.

Some manufacturers have already announced that they are working on the development of swappable batteries technologies and docking stations to accommodate them. Provided a large-enough network of docking stations was established, this swap-and-go system could help solve the age-old issues companies have been facing when trying to market electric vehicles. No more need to go for lunch or wait around while your motorcycle is charging—all you would have to do is unplug the battery, plug it at the charging station, and swap for a fully charged battery.

With enough of these stations spread out, charging an e-bike would become as simple and as quick as filling up a gas tank. So it’s good news that certain manufacturers, including Yamaha and Honda, are looking into developing and mainstreaming the technology.

There is a downside, however: just like Apple and Android phones are not compatible, each company is working on its own protocol. This means there could be as many different models of swappable batteries as there are models of bikes that use them. This also means that unless the charging ports are standardized (like c-chargers or lightening chargers for smartphones), there would have to be enough battery-specific charging stations to support every brands’ products. If that doesn’t give you a headache, I don’t know what will.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m surprised it’s taken this long for someone to step up to the plate. The answer to this conundrum is a standard battery. That is what Taiwan e-scooter maker Kymco is suggesting. The company would like to develop a swappable-battery electric scooter platform that other manufacturers could use to build their own models that would ultimately use the same type of battery across the board. This means that technical support for the batteries would be centralized and only one type of docking station would be required for a wide variety of vehicles.

At the moment, Kymco and its partner Ionex’ are targeting fleet owners and ride-sharing programs by offering a turn-key service that provides customers with the swappable batteries technology, the charging stations, the software and app to manage the fleet, and the electric scooters. Though there is more of a commercial focus on this plan, a public application isn’t too far behind. Owners of future electric scooters, and eventually, electric motorcycles, would be able to either travel without worrying about range and charging time, but this could also open the door to keeping multiple batteries at home, which would simplify electric vehicle ownership for the entire family. What a time to be alive

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In-Depth Look At Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range Electric Miles

Wow did the Tesla Model 3 news stream in late last evening.

After we signed off and attempted to call it a day at InsideEVs — though our days never really end in the usual sense — Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to make some pretty major announcements. Late last night we learned that you can now order a mid-range Model 3, the single-motor Long Range variant is set to go away, and Full Self-Driving will also become unavailable, at least temporarily. Fortunately, our respected friend, data giant, and Twitter user Troy Teslike (@TroyTeslike) got to work deciphering data.

Our comment section lit up, as did people on Reddit, social media, and Tesla forums. The whole situation presented itself in somewhat of a confusing manner, and to be honest, we’d be lying if we said we had an ultimate grasp on exactly what is happening. Nonetheless, we made every effort to get the news out as reported and we hope to elaborate on the announcements soon.

In our InsideEVs comments section, several users tried to wrap their heads around the numbers involved in this new and surprising “mid-range” Model 3 battery option, along with the pricing, which was presented with potential credits in mind. Rather than try to provide more information before we get additional confirmation from Tesla, we’ve chosen to share Troy’s current analysis of range figures:


Please continue to share your thoughts, calculations, and understanding of the situation in our comment section. Thanks as always to InsideEVs readers and supporters for your valued input.


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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.

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Tesla is working on its own automatic tire inflation system for Tesla Semi

Tesla has filed a patent application for its own new design of an automatic tire inflation system, which appears to be geared for the Tesla Semi electric truck. more…

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Fully Charged Recaps Paris Motor Show 2018

The 2018 Paris Motor Show was highly electrified.

Fully Charged was present at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and noticed that the biggest stars of the show were all-electric cars. Not even plug-in hybrid had comparable attention.

The best-looking concept for many was the Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept, but there were so many new production models that consumers can’t complain. Here are just a few BEV stars:

“Robert and Jonny take a stroll around the recent Paris motor show (Mondial de l’Automobile) and get to poke around a few cars that will hit the roads in 2019. Maybe we should also add: Many thanks to Renault UK and Kia for transporting us to Paris, and looking after us so well. More specific Renault episodes coming soon.”

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Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Gets Production Green Light

The German automaker is getting serious about its EV plans.

Less than a day after we saw the first spy photos of an all-electric Porsche wagon (or a shooting brake, whatever you prefer), the German company has confirmed it will put the Mission E Cross Turismo concept into production. Yesterday, during a high-rank meeting within the automaker, the board of directors has given the study the green light for production, confirming rumors from earlier this year.

The spy shots from yesterday leave us asking ourselves one thing – is Porsche planning two wagon derivatives of its Taycan all-electric model, or the mule from yesterday is cleverly hiding the off-road cues found in the Cross Turismo. We’d be happy to hear the Taycan lineup will include three body styles, a four-door coupe-sedan, a wagon, and a rugged wagon, but we’ll have to wait until further confirmation comes.

The Cross Turismo concept was revealed during the Geneva Motor Show in March this year and is basically a rugged electric wagon with improved off-road capabilities. Power is provided by a duo of electric motors with a combined output in excess of 600 horsepower (440 kilowatts), which enable the vehicle to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill in less than 3.5 seconds. Top speed should be over 155 mph (250 kph).

The four-door machine rides on the firm’s 800-volt architecture, which means it has fast-charging capabilities. Measured by the NEDC, it can go up to 310 miles (500 kilometers) between two charges and in just four minutes of recharging, the batteries will have enough juice for a range of 62 miles (100 km).

Porsche explains it will hire more than 300 additional employees to produce the vehicle, which will join the 1,200 new jobs the automaker is creating to cover the assembling of the Taycan starting from next year.

Press blast below:

Concept study Mission E Cross Turismo goes into series production

Stuttgart. The second electric athlete from Zuffenhausen: At its meeting on 18 October, the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG gave the green light for series production of the concept study Mission E Cross Turismo. The sports car manufacturer will create 300 additional jobs at its headquarters in Zuffenhausen for production of the vehicle, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2018.

The road-ready concept study Mission E Cross Turismo was a highlight in Geneva and was well received by both visitors to the show and the media. The four-door Cross Turismo has an 800-volt architecture and is prepared for connection to the fast charging network. It has a system output of 600 hp and a range of 500 km (NEDC). The vehicle is a derivative of the Taycan. The first purely electric Porsche will be launched on the market in 2019. The introduction of the Taycan is generating 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen. Great importance is attached to sustainability in production, which will therefore be carbon-neutral. Porsche plans to invest more than six billion euros in electromobility by 2022.

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Check Out Tesla’s New Atari Game Video

Here’s a closer look at the new growing medley of classic Atari video games available on your Tesla infotainment screen.

Are you an avid gamer? Do you have an appreciation for the nostalgia that classic video games bring? We’re well aware that Tesla CEO Elon Musk would answer yes to both of these questions. Now, as part of Tesla’s latest software update, comes “Teslatari.” Yes, folks, you can play Centipede, Missile Command, Lunar Lander, Asteroids, and others on your Tesla screen using controls on the steering wheel.

It’s important to make it clear that you should not attempt to play these games while driving. Though you may have the itch to pass the time playing Teslatari when you’re stuck in traffic, this is a very bad idea. The intent is that these games can be accessed when the car is in park. In fact, it has already been made clear that these games can only to be played while stationary.


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If you’re a video game developer, Musk says you should apply to Tesla so that perhaps you can help the team to add more games like this in the future.

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