Electric Volkswagen Hatch Named ID.3

New cars, new names, new logo – an electrifying future lies ahead for VW

According to German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, Volkswagen I.D. (also known under the working name of Neo) will be named the ID.3 when it goes on sale.

Volkswagen already applied for trademark protection in the European Union for an entire set of names:

  • from ID.1 to ID.9 in the case of cars
  • with an additional letter X in the case of SUVs

For us, the name scheme described in the article reminds us of the BMW i sub-brand, which also gets X for SUVs (for example iX3).

However, the final decision about the name is expected in March, so it’s not yet certain this naming convention will hold.

The other news is a new Volkswagen logo, which should represent a more environmentally friendly approach and would be better suited to modern times.

We already heard about the new logo coming almost a year ago, back in April 2018.

Source: wiwo.de via electrive.com

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Porsche is still planning for 20,000 Taycan electric cars – but says it is being conservative

Porsche has been rumored to be planning to significantly increase the production of the Taycan, its first all-electric vehicle. But it now sounds like they are still aiming for 20,000 units the first year – though they think it’s conservative. more…

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Porsche Taycan testing, Ford electric SUV: Today's Car News

Porsche Taycan prototypeNew spy shots reveal quite a bit about the new Porsche Taycan. And on an abbreviated holiday schedule today, we run down what we know about Ford’s upcoming 300-mile SUV. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Spy photographers caught a Porsche Taycan undergoing winter testing with a bare minimum of camouflage—beyond some dummy tailpipes on…
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Chicago sets goal for 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035

Chicago recently became one of the nation’s biggest cities to make a public commitment to achieving 100 percent renewable energy. The city aims to hit its target by 2035.


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The 2019 Plug-In EVs That Have Less EPA-Rated Range Than In 2018

One or two miles less is not that much, but it’s still down rather than up.

We are accustomed to plug-in electric cars eventually getting a range bump in a new model year (at least if there is an upgrade to a new generation battery). But as we found out recently, in some cases new 2019 model versions (without any significant changes) get slightly less range than 2018 versions from the EPA.

It could be caused by various reasons – more standard equipment (more weight), small aerodynamic changes, software changes to a driving mode or battery buffer. Or even a slight change on the EPA side.

Here are a few examples that we noted most recently.

2019 Nissan LEAF

The 40 kWh battery version of Nissan LEAF was rated by the EPA at 151 miles, but it seems that this year’s rating is lowered to 150 miles (241 km). According to the EPA label, lower range is the result of slightly higher energy consumption both in city and on the highway.

Of course, the LEAF will in the coming months get Nissan LEAF e+ version with 226 miles (364 km), which should be enough for most drivers.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is another example, which while still having the same 16 kWh battery, will go 1 mile less in the 2019 model year version, according to the EPA. The official rating is 32 miles (51 km), compared to 33 miles previously. Interestingly, the total range also decreased from 570 miles to 520 miles (837 km).

2019 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid got a range bump in 2018 because of a slightly bigger battery, but in 2019 the rating decreased by two miles from 19 to 17 miles (27 km). Volvo consistently increases total range and in 2019 it went up from 380 miles to 490 miles (788 km).

We’re not entirely sure what to make of all of these changes, but still we thought it’s worth sharing.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

WiTricity acquires Qualcomm Halo

Wireless charging pioneer WiTricity announced the acquisition of Qualcomm’s Halo wireless technology platform. The acquisition will bring over 1,500 patents and patent applications related to wireless charging under WiTricity’s control, while Qualcomm Incorporated will become a minority WiTricity shareholder.

Qualcomm and WiTricity have been working collaboratively with global standards organizations, which currently use reference designs from each company. Witricity says the acquisition will simplify ratification of the standard and help ensure interoperability across automakers, allowing EV drivers to use any standards-compatible pad to charge their vehicles.

“WiTricity’s wireless charging technology is key to the future of mobility which is clearly electric, and increasingly shared and autonomous,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “EV drivers and fleets demand a simple, effortless charging experience. Bringing the Qualcomm Halo technology into the WiTricity portfolio will simplify global interoperability and significantly accelerate commercialization.”


Source: Witricity

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Propel Fuels to launch EV charging network in California

Fuel retailer Propel Fuels has announced plans to launch an EV charging network in California. Propel calls the charging network Propel Power, and plans to begin testing it by the end of 2019, with the aim of performing a broader rollout in 2020. Propel Power will complement Propel Fuels’ existing fueling stations, which Propel will continue to expand.

“We have been closely watching the EV market evolve for 15 years, and feel it has turned the corner towards the mainstream,” said Propel CEO Rob Elam. “Leveraging our expertise serving low-carbon consumers, we see the opportunity to help remove the barriers and anxiety, providing a valuable, customer-first charging experience to help EVs truly break through.”


Source: Propel Fuels

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Jaguar Offers 0% APR On I-Pace: How Does It Compare To Tesla?

Interest-free financing on a new EV is uncommon, but you can take advantage of it now on the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace.

This time of year, car sales are down in general. It’s winter and few people want to shop for a car in the cold weather. Additionally, finances may be strapped after overspending during the holidays. Also, due to fantastic end-of-the-year deals, many people already bought their new car. In the final quarter of any year, automakers are pushing out 2018 inventory to make room for 2019 stock. In addition, they’re promoting 2019 models with enticing incentives and trying to sell as many cars as possible to end the year on a high note.

When it comes to EVs, buying at the beginning of the year just doesn’t make sense to many people. EVs qualify for the $7,500 federal rebate, which comes at tax time. Few buyers would want to wait nearly a year to take advantage of the rebate, so buying late in the year is more appealing. Add the fact that it’s cold in many areas and there’s been plenty of news about electric vehicles being a bad choice in cold weather. So, what does an automaker do to promote sales?

The Deal

Jaguar is now offering 0% financing on its new, all-electric I-Pace crossover. The incentive also applies to a respectable, five-year term. The deal is actually valid for most Jaguar vehicles through April 1, 2019. According to Jaguar USA:

All new 2019 Jaguar I-PACE models eligible for financing at the APR shown for well-qualified buyers as determined by approved lender. Payments per month per $1,000 financed, regardless of amount of down payment, can be as low as $16.67 at 0% for 60 months. All amounts shown are estimates. Retailer sets actual amounts. Supplies are limited. Taxes, title, license and fees excluded. Residency restrictions apply. Customer must take new vehicle delivery from retailer stock by 4/1/2019. See your participating Jaguar Retailer, visit JAGUARUSA.COM or call 1.800.4.JAGUAR / 1.800.452.4827 for qualifications and complete details. Jaguar or approved lender may rescind or amend this offer without notice. © 2019 Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC

What Will An I-Pace Cost?

Sadly, there are no lease incentives available for the I-Pace, even though Jaguar is offering lease promotions on many of its other vehicles. While zero-percent financing is a hard deal to beat and is the most financially wise, lease deals tend to drive up sales at an even greater rate. Even though no lease specials are available, you can use Jaguar’s lease calculator to get an idea on a monthly lease payment. A 36-month, 10,000-mile-per-year lease with zero down starts around $1,157.98.

To give you an idea about what your payment might be with the 0 APR offer, we calculated it on the Jaguar USA website. For the base I-Pace EV400 ($69,500), with zero down for 60 months at 0 APR, you can expect to pay a base price of $1,175.42 per month.

I-Pace Compared To Tesla

For comparison, even though we’ve said time and time again that the Tesla Model X is much different from the I-Pace, we checked Tesla’s website for payment options. The $88,000 Model X will cost you about $1,338 per month to lease (36 months, zero down, 10,000 miles) and $1,450 per month to finance for 60 months. However, the finance calculation includes 3.75% APR and $10,000 down, since Tesla’s website won’t allow you to put zero down, and zero interest in not available through Tesla. A Model S lease starts at $1,286, and the finance payment sits at $1,395 with $10,000 down. Financing a Model 3 will cost you $716 per month with $5,000 down.

The I-Pace has been on sale in the U.S. for four months. Thus far, just over 600 have been delivered on our shores. For comparison, Tesla delivered 367 Model 3 vehicles in its first four months and only about 160 Model S and 214 Model X vehicles during the same time frame. With that being said, I-Pace sales seemed to be off to a decent start with all things considered. In Europe, the crossover has been on sale for nine months and deliveries have surpassed 6,000. However, the automaker only delivered about 1,000 globally in January, which is a significant drop from previous months, but expected this time of year.

Source: Electrek

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EBG’s high-power thick film resistors for EVs: Download application notes

Sponsored by EBG Resistors

High-power resistors are used in the EV industry in a variety of applications including power converters for charging systems, power control unit, power distribution unit (PDU), motor control unit and battery modules.

EBG Resistors focuses on the cutting edge development of resistor technology and works hand in hand with the engineers to solve pre-charge, discharge, and other applications in the EV industry. Its system expertise combined with our long-term production experience allows us to offer a wide range of eDrive system solutions.

EBG resistors main advantages include:

  • small package size
  • wide resistance range
  • high reliability
  • high safety
  • high pulse capability
  • easy mounting/handling

To learn more about typical EV applications for EBG resistors in the Power Distribution Unit or Motor Control Unit, download the EV Application Notes and EV Product Catalogue:


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Production-bound Porsche Taycan electric car spotted cold-weather testing

Porsche Taycan prototypePorsche’s first electric car, the 2020 Taycan sedan, is sold out for a year—mainly to current Tesla owners. Now those buyers can get the best look yet at the new car, with photos from a spy photographer at our sister site MotorAuthority, who caught the car cold-weather testing. The photos show the Taycan with minimal camouflage, looking…
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