L.A. sets electric-car targets as host for 2028 Olympics

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in Maven car-sharing fleet, Los Angeles [photo: Dan MacMedan foLos Angeles wants to show the possibilities of zero-emissions transportation when the world arrives on its doorstep for the 2028 Olympics. This week, the Los Angeles City Council revealed its goals for the Games, and took a significant step forward on its Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap, by naming several partners in the project. The roadmap sets…
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Experience The Jaguar I-Pace In Virtual Reality

It seems Jaguar will continue to pull out all the stops to inform people about its all-new, fully electric I-Pace.

While many people continue to point out that Jaguar may not have big plans to produce a huge number of copies its new I-Pace early on, it’s become increasingly evident that the automaker is not trying to hide the car. In fact, we can arguably say that we may have never seen such a push for an EV from any legacy automaker in the past. This is fantastic, since it not only pushes the brand’s electric car, but also gets news about electric vehicles out to the masses.

Jaguar began promoting the I-Pace heavily when it invited hundreds of automotive journalists on a paid trip to Portugal. Following that, we’ve seen a plethora of video, including a new, comprehensive “how-to” series, an app that let people experience the I-Pace, and now this new virtual reality offering at Jaguar Land Rover retailers. Not to mention that Jaguar is taking the I-Pace on its Canadian tour.

One of the biggest issues for new EV owners is the lack of information and education. This is especially true since OEMs have never been known to do stellar job training dealership salespeople to understand and “sell” EVs. Additionally, being that most traditional automakers are just beginning to produce EVs and many are not yet available, it’s not uncommon for customers to be expected to place their order sight unseen.

If you can’t see the car, drive the car, experience the car, or know for sure when it might arrive, there’s a chance it just won’t sell very well. Tesla vehicles have been the exception to all of this, but the Silicon Valley automaker is far from a traditional OEM and does things very differently.

Let’s hope that Jaguar’s unique approach sets the automaker up for a solid electric future.

Video Description via Jaguar on YouTube:

Exclusive to Jaguar Land Rover Retailers, you can now discover the New Jaguar I-PACE in a world-class Virtual Reality experience.


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Here’s The Estimated Range Of Tesla Model S, 3 & X At Highway Speeds

Teslike compiles range data from multiple sources into a single handy chart.

When in a familiar driving situation, an electric vehicle owner knows what to expect from his or her trusty plug-in. But range estimates become more complicated when you step out of your daily routine. Driving style, terrain, speed, and exterior temperature can all have an impact on the number of miles you can count on traveling.

Well Troy (of Teslike and TMC fame) has been maintaining a chart that assists Tesla owners with at least one of those factors. The list covers the Tesla Model S, Model X and Model 3. It provides driving ranges for each model at speeds of 55, 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80 mph. Troy also takes into consideration rim size, pack size, charging rate, and even battery degradation. So how far can your Tesla go at 80 mph?

Troy also lists a “corrected” highway range that slightly differs from the advertised EPA highway ranges. Adjustments were made to correct for voluntary reductions made by Tesla in testing. This practice is allowed by the EPA and automakers can take advantage of this wiggle room in different ways. According to Troy:

EPA rated range is not even the actual combined city and highway score because EPA allows car manufacturers to inflate or deflate the scores after the test is done. Deflating happens by voluntary reductions. Car manufacturers are allowed to voluntarily reduce the EPA rated range they want to advertise.

As with any vehicle, your mileage may vary. Still, this chart is a handy guide. We have actually posted a link to it previously in fact. However, since we and others have found the information so useful, we felt it deserved a separate post.

Source: Model 3 Owners Club

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Bjørn Nyland Visits Samsung’s EVAR Autonomous Charging Robot: Video

EVAR is an autonomous charging robot for parking lots

Bjørn Nyland seems to find the gold mine of interesting EV stuff in South Korea, presenting another slick development.

The latest episode is about the Electric Vehicle Automatic Recharging (EVAR) robot, at the Samsung C-Lab Project.

EVAR can autonomously find and approach an electric car that needs a recharge (the need must first be signalized through the app). When EVAR  finds the car and connects to the special EVSE adapter attached to the registration plate, it offers 7.4 kW of single-phase charging from a 10 kWh battery. The proof-of-concept spec, of course, could be different in the future with higher power and a bigger battery.

Does the market need such robots? We are not encouraged at this time as the cost of installation of dozens or hundreds of outlets that share power (which is important) would probably be more cost effective, but who knows.

EVAR team released today also official video:

“Automatic charging robot with high capacity battery for EV cars, which drives autonomously within the parking lot”

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Tesla Opens Its First 9 Body Repair Centers

Tesla is now performing some body repairs in-house.

Tesla doesn’t stop evolving and adapting to the changing environment and continues with its vertical integration of its offer over the entire value chain.

One of the latest moves is the launch of its own body repair shops to solve the long wait times at 3rd party body repair shops in the Tesla Approved Body Shop Network. The idea is ato achieve tempting same-day body repairs.

Currently, the first nine Tesla Body Repair Centers, envisioned only for light collision repair, were opened in the U.S.:

  • Bellevue, Washington
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Eatonville, Florida
  • Houston, Texas
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Marietta, Georgia
  • Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Van Nuys, California
  • Villa Park, Illinois

If the repairs overwhelm the Tesla Body Repair Centers or there are none in the area yet, consumers will be directed to a 3rd party Body Shop in the Tesla Approved Body Shop Network.

Electrek cites an example (from reddit) of a well-executed repair at the Tesla Body Repair Centers and hopefully, it will be the experience of all customers – “My Tesla was in and out same day with amazing service”.

“He showed up at my work this morning with a loaner, had me sign a couple of forms and left with my car.

He texted me when my car arrived at their shop. He texted me to let me know they corrected my reported issue. He texted to let me know they noticed my Frunk latch was out of spec and asked my permission to fix it. And then he texted to let me know my car was ready and met me with it (washed and vacuumed.) A few minutes later, I was back behind the wheel of my fully sorted Model 3.

Tesla spent a fraction of what it would have cost to coordinate and hire a 3rd party body shop and a rental loaner – and the car was fixed by a knowledgeable Tesla employee who cares about their mission and their customers.

I’m impressed.”

Source: Electrek

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Here Are The Most Popular Commercial EVs In Europe

In Europe, sales of electric light commercial-duty vehicles already exceed 10,000.

The market of electric light commercial vehicles in Europe is growing rapidly, and it will become even quicker as there are many new models on the horizon from Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and others.

According to the priceless EV Sales Blog stats, during the first seven months of this year, some 10,701 electric LCVs were sold in Europe (up 42%). In other words, we could assume that this year some 20,000 will be on the table.

While the Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been the king of the segment for years (2011-2015 and 2017), since its introduction, the new German StreetScooter Work becomes a new shining star – especially in Germany.

The Nissan e-NV200 (top LCV in 2016) currently seems to be constrained by the lack of supply of 40 kWh batteries, shared with the Nissan LEAF.

Results after the seven months of 2018:

  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 3,961 (up 142%)
  • StreetScooter Work – 2,464 (up 66%)
  • Nissan e-NV200 – 1,200 (down 40%)
  • Peugeot Partner Electric – 1,012
  • Citroen Berlingo Electric – 578

Source: EV Sales Blog

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Free supercharging from Tesla referral program ends Sept 16 – replaced with $100 charging credit

Last month, we reported on Tesla’s update to its referral program which will finally put an end to unlimited free supercharging, starting with orders placed after September 16th.

At the time, the plan was to downgrade the perk for ordering with a referral code to a year of free supercharging.  Now, less than a week before the expiry of the program, Tesla has changed things up again, and will instead offer a $100 supercharging credit to customers who buy a new Model S, X or Model 3 Performance using a code from a current owner.


Source: Charge Forward

Hyundai Kona Electric Compared To Kia Niro EV: Video

Which is right for you?

Hyundai is leading the affordable crossover charge with its Kona Electric. But, very closely on its battery-powered heels is the Kia Niro EV, a slightly larger vehicle but built on the same platform as the Hyundai. If you’re in the market for a compact crossover SUV, you now have a couple of pretty decent choices from two Korean companies. So, which do you choose?

The Kia may be slightly larger, but does that make it automatically better? The Hyundai might be a little more efficient and able to eke out more range than its corporately-connected competitor, so is it the best choice? Then there are the looks. The exterior styling and the interior layout of the two are somewhat differentiated. What we need here is a side-by-side comparison.

Lucky for us, then, that electric vehicle YouTuber extraordinaire, Bjorn Nyland, has scored an example of each and placed them adjacent each other in a parking garage somewhere in Seoul, South Korea. Busily making his way back and forth between the two, he examines them both inside and out, allowing us to make up our minds about which is best.

There are some interesting differences. The charging port on the front of the Kona Electric is nicely illuminated, while on the Kia Niro EV, owners may be forced to pull out their phone flashlights for guidance. Similarly, the Kona has superior illumination in the parts of the cabin. Also, inside the passenger compartments, the consoles are laid out in a completely different fashion.

After all is said and done, though, the Kona Electric is the better choice. Oops, we mean the Kia Niro EV. Ok, well, clearly we can’t answer this question for you. Perhaps it’s best if you just whip up a batch of popcorn and check out the video above and make up your own mind. When you do, let us know in Comments what element helped you reach that final conclusion. Enjoy!


Source: YouTube

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