Formula E Announces Pre-Season Testing Schedule For Next Year

Formula E’s official pre-season testing for the 2018/19 championship will take place at the Valencia circuit on October 16-19.

The running ahead of season five will take place at the Ricardo Tormo track for the second year in a row, after testing for the electric championship’s first three campaigns was conducted at Donington.

The season five test will reportedly use the 3.09km National Circuit configuration of the circuit, with all 11 teams set to attend.

The circuit will have 11 turns, including a chicane on the start/finish straight, but is much smoother than the usual city streets used for FE race tracks.

Each day of the test will be split into two sessions – the cars will run 9am-12pm in the mornings and then 2pm-5pm for the afternoon running.

Thursday, October 18, will serve as a rest day and no on-track running will take place.

The session will be open to the public and there is no charge to attend, although anyone planning to visit the test will be required to register beforehand.

The test will be the first available testing opportunity for the Virgin Racing squad ahead of season five, which will get underway in Riyadh on December 15.

Virgin is expected to announce it will run an Audi powertrain as part of a customer deal with the German manufacturer for the 2018/19 championship in the coming weeks.

That arrangement means the British team – that was previously DS Automobiles’ works outfit – loses the 15 days of private testing afforded to manufacturers.

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales Ranked By OEM – 2018 YTD Through July

Tesla quickly catches up with the top plug-in manufacturers

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance remains the top automotive group in terms of plug-in electric car sales YTD through the end of July (97,695), but the one that shines now is Tesla (91,201).

According to EV Sales Blog, Tesla improved its position from 5th at the end of 2017, to second in the first 7 months of 2018, just ahead of BYD (90,436).

It’s important to note that GM is now out of top 10 at just 39,570. Moreover, five groups in top 10 are now Chinese manufacturers. Just two groups are from Europe (BMW and Volkswagen), with a minority stake of Renault in RNM alliance. Tesla is the only one from North America in the top 10.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales Ranked By OEM – July 2018

Chinese domination in volume of plug-in electric car sales (46%) can be seen better when comparing the origin of the brands:

World’s Plug-In Electric Car Sales By Brand Origin – July 2018

Source: EV Sales Blog


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Volvo puts Ikea-like living room in self-driving concept car

Volvo 360C conceptWith its latest self-driving car concept, Volvo wants to take on the airline industry. Without a need for a steering wheel, Volvo opened up the interior of its 360c concept to accommodate a coffee table, a card table, a desk, and even a first-class airline-style bed. The company says the self-driving capability and Ikea-like interior furnishings…
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Tesla’s upcoming new Autopilot ‘Drive On Nav’ feature will suggest lane changes

We are starting to get a better idea of Tesla’s upcoming version 9 software update following the leak of an early build earlier this week.

Now Electrek has learned a few more details including what the mysterious Autopilot ‘Drive On Nav’ feature actually does. more…


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Tesla Model 3 Captures Single-Month Global Sales Record

The Tesla Model 3 just set a new monthly sales record for electric cars

And this time we aren’t talking about just here in the U.S. We’re going global with this one.

With an estimated 17,800 sales of Model 3 in U.S. (and maybe a few hundred more in Canada), Tesla set in August a new record for an electric car in a single month. Worldwide.

The previous record was held by the BAIC EC-series, which in November 2017 noted 15,719 deliveries (it was one of several results above 10,000 for the model). Because we don’t expect the BAIC EC-series to be above 10,000 in August and since there is no other BEV or PHEV even close to such volume, the record for the Model 3 is for certain.

As you can see on the graph below, the Tesla Model 3 continues to move up, and is not even in halfway yet to the ultimate target of 10,000 cars a week.

Tesla Model 3 sales in U.S. (estimated) – August 2018

For sure August will be a month to remember, not only for the impressive volume of sales for the Model 3, but for the overall volume in the U.S. too.


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Renault ZOE Becomes UK’s Quickest-Selling Used Car

For the first time, an electric hatchback is the fastest-selling used car in the country.

The 2016 Renault Zoe electric hatchback was the fastest-selling used car in Britain during July – the first time an electric car has topped the charts.

According to used car marketplace Auto Trader, the little battery-powered Renault took an average of just 18 days to leave used car dealers’ forecourts – faster than anything else on the market.

And the Zoe wasn’t the only alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) to hit the high notes. On a regional level, London’s most popular used car was the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid, which took just 12 days to find new owners in the shape of Congestion Charge-conscious Londoners.

But despite the evident popularity of high-tech, low-emission vehicles, petrol and diesel power still appears to be king. The Zoe’s closest rival was the diesel-powered Peugeot 308 hatchback from 2013, which also spent just 18 days on dealers’ stock lists, while the 2015 Volvo XC60 came third on the list at 19 days.

Other entrants in the top 10 included the 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, 2015 Audi S3 and the diesel versions of the Mitsubishi Outlander.

The story is much the same in the regions, too. In the north-west of England, 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class diesels were the quickest to leave forecourts, taking just 22 days. In the south-east of England, meanwhile, 2017 Ford Kugas moved fastest, taking 21 days to shift.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader’s director of commercial products, said: “It’s extremely encouraging to see such a solid performance from AFVs in July, which is a great reflection of a wider softening of consumer resistance. There’s clearly some way to go before mass adoption, but with sales of ultra-low and zero-emission cars growing 25.3 percent during the second quarter of 2018, electric and hybrid cars are fast becoming a desirable addition to forecourts. For both the used and new markets, education will be key to driving adoption.

“But the data shows us that despite its new car challenges, diesel maintains a dominant position within the second-hand market. And it’s no surprise, as their greater fuel efficiency makes them more appealing to budget-conscious consumers, especially when it comes to larger, family-sized cars.”


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Battery electrics steal sales from hybrids

Honda Clarity lineup at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017Strong sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in California seem to have a downside. According to an analysis by the California New Car Dealers Association, all of those new plug-in cars are replacing traditional hybrids, not conventional cars. So the fuel and emissions savings aren’t what they could be. Data from the CNCDA’s…
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Tesla Model 3 Versus Chevy Bolt: Which One Is For You?

How do the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV compare?

Before we even begin to get into the meat and potatoes of this comparison, we’ll say the same thing Two Bit da Vinci says as he begins this video. Yes, the currently available Model 3 costs much more than the Bolt EV and the $35,000 Tesla is not yet available. Yes, each of these cars may attract two very different groups of people. That couldn’t be more obvious as we read the constant rivalry in our comment section. But, let’s face it … both cars are long-range EVs, and regardless of which one appeals to you at first glance, there is a whole lot more to consider when making a vehicle purchase.

Two Bit da Vinci says he got flack in the comments of one of his previous videos for referencing the non-existent $35,000 Tesla Model 3. He was also asked to compare the $49,000 Model 3 with the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The above video came about partly because of those comments. He says there are some people considering purchasing a Bolt EV instead of a Model 3, mostly due to its range and availability. So, it makes sense to take a look at what sets them apart.

This comparison doesn’t just pertain to each car in terms of its individual performance and interior review. Instead, it speaks to each electric car’s price, availability, income tax credits, lease vs. buy, insurance costs, repairability, cargo capacity, and warranty. Of course, he also covers range, speed, charging, tech, and safety.

Do you own a Tesla Model 3? A Chevrolet Bolt EV? Both? Check out the video and let us know your opinions in the comment section below. How do you feel about his insight and analysis in each of the above categories?

Video Description via Two Bit Da Vinci on YouTube:

Some have asked us to compare the $49K Model 3 to other cars, like the Chevy Bolt. We will look at several aspects of these two cars, and then talk about which car might be right for you.

TESLA MODEL 3

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2. Tesla Model 3
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.

Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)




Tesla Model 3 front seats

Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)



Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
Tesla Model 3 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Tesla Model 3
Inside the Tesla Model 3




Tesla Model 3 rear seats


Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.

CHEVROLET BOLT EV

Chevrolet Bolt EVs - finding more US driveways every month!

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The introduction (and US reception) of the Chevy Bolt EV has pulled forward GM's 200,000th sale by at least a year (now expected in Q2 2018)

Chevrolet Bolt at the recent GM Official autocross event near Detroit.
Chevrolet Bolt EV (wallpaper 2,560x)
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV (wallpaper 2,560x)
Chevrolet Bolt EV (wallpaper 2,560x)


2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV
The best option overall is generally to drive at normal speed
Chevrolet Bolt
Yes, even GM with the upcoming Chevy Bolt EV and all-time US sales leader Volt already under its belt is part of the group looking to take down fleet mpg and emission requirements

Chevrolet Bolt
Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior
Chevrolet Bolt EV:  Lots of useful room inside...and a fair about of standard finishes
Bolt Interior
Chevy Bolt
Chevrolet Bolt EV - right-hand-drive?!

Chevy Bolt rear seats

The rear seating area offers plenty of room for passengers
Unfortunately, the 2017 Chevy Bolt seats look better than that feel
Inside the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt


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Tesla Semi receives order of 30 more electric trucks from Walmart

Tesla Semi is still accumulating orders for its upcoming all-electric truck.

We learn that Walmart, who already ordered a few Tesla Semi trucks last year, added 30 more electric trucks to its order this week. more…


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Tesla Model 3 Charges Past Nissan Into Top 5 U.S. Passenger Cars

Nissan Altima and Hyundai Elantra left behind as the Model 3 continues to climb the monthly charts.

In August, the Tesla Model 3 once again set a number of records on the InsideEVs U.S. Plug-In Sales Scorecard. With our estimated 17,800 sales, it set an all-time single month record for any electric or plug-in vehicle.

This of course follows July, where the Model 3 set the previous record of 14,250 units. In addition, the Model 3 has set an all-time yearly record in the U.S. for a single plug-in model with an estimated 55,882 units sold between January and August. In fact, the Model 3 has now surpassed 2017’s #1 (Model S – 27,060) and #2 champions (Chevy Bolt EV – 23,297) combined.

Tesla Model 3 Outsold All BMW Passenger Cars In US

And we still have 4 months left in the year!

Tesla Model 3

Here in the EV world, the Model 3 tends to be compared to its perceived competitors in the luxury sedan market or the plug-in market. This is understandable, but is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Moving forward, the Model 3 will be leaving most EV and luxury competition behind.

In July, we reported that the Model 3 could very well end the 2nd half of 2018 in the top 5 of Sedan sales. Now it looks like that time is here.

Based on numbers reported by GoodCarBadCar, the Model 3 sits in the top 5 of passenger car sales in August. This places Model 3 sales in between the Hyundai Elantra (15,475) and the Toyota Carolla Family (26,155).

GoodCarBadCar provided their own Model 3 estimate for the month of 20,450. However, InsideEVs recent estimate track record is generally within 3% and 4% of actual numbers reported by the automaker. In addition, Elon Musk tweeted out our August estimates. So we can assume that we have reached an similar level of accuracy this month.

While the GoodCarBadCar chart does not include sales from General Motors, only the Malibu and Cruze sedans might have comparable sales. However, based on their most recently reported sales, it is unlikely either model would unseat the electric sedan.

This sales feat was achieved despite the fact that Tesla Service Centers are currently strained due to increased deliveries. However, the young automaker will shake off those growing pains soon. We look forward to watching the Model 3 continue to grow for the remainder of the year.

TESLA MODEL 3

33 photos
2. Tesla Model 3
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.

Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)




Tesla Model 3 front seats

Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)



Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
Tesla Model 3 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Tesla Model 3
Inside the Tesla Model 3




Tesla Model 3 rear seats


Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.

Source: goodcarbadcar.net


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