Tesla decreases the price of Enhanced Autopilot after delivery temporarily, still hasn’t fixed Full Self-Driving price

It is an interesting time for Tesla Autopilot and its different option packages ahead of upcoming updates.

Tesla is now temporarily decreasing the price of its Enhanced Autopilot package when ordered after delivery and it still hasn’t fixed its mistake when increasing the price of its Full Self-Driving package last month. more…

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Now On Sale In Japan

Upgraded Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV enters the apanese market

Mitsubishi Motors launched the 2019 Outlander PHEV in Japan at prices from ¥3,939,840 to ¥5,090,040 (around $35,500 to $48,900), including consumption tax.

The first batch alreadythe hit UK in July, as the British market is the biggest for the model and requires a lot of volume in September (one of the two biggest months of sales).

During the first seven months of 2018, Mitsubishi was able to sell 2,925 Outlander PHEV in Japan. In the best of times (2014, 2015), the company was selling more than 10,000 annually. It’s hard to say whether the refreshed version will still be so hot.

Mitsubishi says that there are a lot of improvements for 2019, however, the major one – 13.8 kWh battery instead of 12 kWh for up to 28 miles (45 km) in all-electric mode, according to WLTP cycle – is not a game changer for a car that is five and a half years on the market.

“The major improvements introduced in the new version accentuate further the EV flavor that distinguishes this model and improvements to 90 percent of the major component parts of the PHEV system by newly developed drive battery, engine, increased rear motor and generator outputs. These improvements give further improvements in the smooth and powerful acceleration inherent to its electric motor drive, and in its quietness. In addition, the model adds new SNOW and SPORT modes to its Twin Motor 4WD powertrain, making for a more reassuring and enjoyable driving experience.”

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Here is a list of some changes:

  • A 2.4 Atkinson cycle petrol engine replaces the previous regular Otto cycle 2.0 liter (135hp – up from 121hp). It allows for higher torque (211Nm vs 190Nm), smoother operation, and overall higher efficiency
  • The generator output is increased by 10%
  • The rear motor output is increased by 10% (95hp)
  • The drive battery capacity is increased by 15% (13.8 kWh instead 12 kWh)
  • The drive battery output is increased by 10%
  • 28 miles (45 km) of all-electric range (WLTP)
  • WLTP combined fuel economy of 139mpg
  • New Sport mode (sharper throttle responsiveness and more grip via the Super All-Wheel Control system)
  • New Snow mode (improve low-grip launching and cornering abilities on slippery surfaces)
  • The front and rear shock absorbers have been revised to improve its low-speed ride
  • The steering ratio has also been revised and the power steering ECU re-mapped to offer more responsiveness and feel, while larger front brake discs boosts stopping power
  • Inside: quieter and more refined, with more comfort and supportive front seats, new switchgear, a revised instrument cluster, the addition of rear ventilation vents, and more convenient USB ports
  • Outside: In terms of exterior style, there’s a new front end with a redesigned grille with honeycomb mesh, new bumper extension and new headlamp design with LED hi-beams. The rear is enhanced with a new rear bumper extension lower extension and a large roof spoiler while new, two-tone contrasted 18-inch multi-spoke alloys complete the exterior revisions.

Press blast:

2019 Outlander PHEV Plug-in Hybrid EV Goes On Sale in Japan
More Advanced PHEV System

Tokyo, August 23 2018 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today launched a new version of the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid EV featuring a more advanced PHEV system that gives this SUV a stronger EV flavor. The new model went on sale today at Mitsubishi Motors dealerships throughout Japan. Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices range from ¥3,939,840 to ¥5,090,040 (inclusive of consumption tax).
The major improvements introduced in the new version accentuate further the EV flavor that distinguishes this model and improvements to 90 percent of the major component parts of the PHEV system by newly developed drive battery, engine, increased rear motor and generator outputs. These improvements give further improvements in the smooth and powerful acceleration inherent to its electric motor drive, and in its quietness. In addition, the model adds new SNOW and SPORT modes to its Twin Motor 4WD powertrain, making for a more reassuring and enjoyable driving experience.
 Major Improvements
•  Improvements to 90 percent of the major component parts of the PHEV system that gives stronger EV flavor.
•  EV cruising range increased to 65.0 km (from 60.2 to 60.8 km; JC08 cycle);
•  S-AWC performance increased and two new drive modes added;
•  Driving quality improved with changes to dampers and steering gear.
I Product Overview
1. PHEV System Evolution
• Drive battery capacity has been increased from 12 kW/h to 13.8 kW/h. Rear motor and generator outputs have been increased by around 12 percent and 10 percent respectively. These improvements extend Outlander PHEV’s all-electric cruising range from 60.8 km (60.2 km for S Edition and G Premium Package) to 65.0 km, and also see further enhancement in powerful drive delivers.
• Engine size is increased from 2.0L to 2.4L and high expansion ratio cycle (Atkinson combustion cycles) by change in cam profile and valve timing control allows high-efficiency power generation in the lower rev range. Also, the reduction in engine speed when in generating mode and optimization of generation output and, improvements to the air cleaner and main muffler reduces noise from the engine itself. The result is further enhancement in the feel-good driving experience that the electric drive delivers even when the engine starts and while running.
2. S-AWC System Evolution
• To cater more precisely to different road surfaces and vehicle operating status, SNOW and SPORT modes join the NORMAL and LOCK 4WD powertrain modes on the previous model.
• SNOW mode: Gives better stability and control over snow-covered and other slippery surfaces. LOCK mode has been tailored to cater more for poor road surfaces, giving higher levels of traction and more driver reassurance.
• SPORT mode: Gives the driver more direct control with improved throttle response and turning characteristics for greater enjoyment when sport driving on dry tarmac surfaces.
3. Improved Driving Quality
• Body rigidity has been increased with the use of structural adhesive and by increasing the panel joint overlap area in the front and rear doors, as well as the luggage compartment opening and the wheel house/body panel joins (areas using structural adhesive increased on S Edition).
• The use of larger front and rear dampers and a new type of damper valve gives improved ride quality as well as higher levels of handling and stability matching with smooth driving feel that the electric drive delivers (S Edition excluded).
• The use of a faster steering-gear ratio and optimization of the electric power steering control to match this gives better steering feel and quality and a more natural steering response.
4. Design
• Exterior: Appearance quality is improved with use of full LED headlamps and design changes to the radiator grille, LED fog lamp bezel, front skid plate, rear skid plate and alloy wheel. In addition, an aero-enhancing rear spoiler adds to the model’s functionality and sportiness.
• Interior: Design changes to the ornament panels and hazard switch panel and functionality is improved with a new Power Display design which shows motor and engine outputs independently.
• Front seat hold is improved with a new seat side shape and the use of support cushioning with different firmness zones.
• Interior quality is further improved with the use of diamond quilt-pattern genuine leather upholstery on front and rear seats and trim, and this is complemented by laser-etched ornament panels (S Edition, G Premium Package).
5. Improved Comfort
• Rear cabin comfort is improved with a rear-facing AC vent fitted to the floor console.
• Convenience is improved with one-touch operation of all door windows from the driver’s seat. All doors use anti-trapping windows for improved safety.
• Interior comfort during both normal and rapid charging is improved as audio and other electronic devices and the climate control system can now be used while charging.
6. Safety
All models come under the “Sapo S Wide”*1 safety classification – promoted by the Japanese government – as FCM front collision mitigation and UMS unintended acceleration mitigation systems (operates in both forward and reverse) are now fitted as standard for improved safety.
*1…Sapo Car (Safety Support Car) are vehicles fitted with advanced technologies that support safe driving. This is a new vehicle safety concept being promoted by the Japanese government (METI and MLIT) and designed to prevent traffic accidents and to mitigate injuries to drivers, particularly older drivers. Vehicles are classified as “Sapo Car” or “Sapo Car S (basic, basic + wide)” depending on the level of safety functions fitted.
II  Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Sales Price
(Consumption tax included; recycling cost, insurance, and taxes other than consumption tax or registration cost excluded.)
Trim Level
Vehicle Price
(consumption tax incl.)
Eco-car tax reduction
Renewable Energy
<Reference only>
Acquistion tax
Weight tax
Tax exempt
(100% reduction)
Premium Package
S Edition

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After banning electric scooters, San Francisco and Santa Monica allow some back; snub others

Santa Monica and San Francisco both became epicenters of the fight over electric scooter share programs operating on public space over the past year.

After both cities eventually banned the alternative electric transportation options due to the companies operating without the cities’ blessings, they opened an application processes for permits allowing companies to operate scooter share programs. Now both cities have announced the winners of those permits, and the results are shocking riders and operators alike.


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Dyson electric car track, Byton electric SUV testing, and Labor Day gas saving tips: Today's Car News

Byton M-Byte electric SUV prototypeDyson plans to invest in a new test track for its electric-car program. Chinese startup Byton begins testing its electric crossover SUV in the real world. We provide tips on how to save fuel on a Labor Day road trip. And did you know internal-combustion engines still waste up to 88 percent of the energy they produce? All of this and more on Green…
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Tesla Produced Over 80,000 Model 3, Almost 40,000 In Last 2 Months

Tesla’s cumulative Model 3 production now exceeds 80,000.

According to Bloomberg, cumulative production of Tesla Model 3, estimated through its VIN-tracking algorithm, is now above 80,000! Yes, we’re aware that the tracker is not entirely accurate, but it’s often close to actual.

The Tesla Model 3 Tracker indicates (as of August 31) 80,383 units produced, which means that more than 39,000 were made in the past two months (July and August). The current production rate, however, is just 4,588 weekly, which is not what we expected (as 5,000 should be the base with hopes to reach the goal of 6,000). This downturn could be tied to recently exposed paint issues.

Taking into consideration that at least 20,000 more Model 3 will be produced in September, Tesla will reach the milestone of 100,000 copies by the end of third quarter and 60,000 or 60% of those will be cars made within three months. That’s huge progress.

Production and deliveries of the Model 3 in previous quarters thus far:

  • 2017’Q3 – 260 produced, and 222 delivered
  • 2017’Q4 – 2,425 produced and 1,542 delivered
  • 2018’Q1 – 9,766 produced and 8,182 delivered
  • 2018’Q2 – 28,578 produced and 18,440 delivered
  • 2018’Q3 – already >39,354 produced

Tesla Model 3 Tracker (Source: Bloomberg)

Source: Tesla Model 3 Tracker

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Byton begins road testing its electric car in China

Byton M-Byte electric SUV prototypeChinese electric-car startup automaker Byton has begun testing its upcoming M-Byte electric car in China, the company said Tuesday. The company introduced the car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, and gave reporters rides to demonstrate its self-driving and electronics capabilities. Byton said Tuesday that it had begun…
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Dyson plans to build electric-car test track in Britain

Dyson Hullavington campus for electric car developmentIn another step to show it’s serious about building an electric car, Dyson, the British vacuum-cleaner maker, has laid out plans to build a test track in Britain. Reuters reported Thursday that Dyson plans to build a vehicle test track at a former World War II airfield in Wiltshire, England, to go along with previously announced plans for an…
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Musk & Barra Love Child: Battery “Super Pack” From A TMS Perspective

Crazy High C Rates!

It’s a conceptual marriage of the Tesla ribbon-style cooling system and the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s Prismatic-shaped pouch cells. We eliminate the bottom cooling plate.

Once we start cranking up charging rates, pack cooling becomes a big issue. We’re sure that Porsche is learning the hard way since they have promised some pretty high charging rates. Tesla’s Model 3 is the fastest charging EV to date. Model 3 owners are getting 460-480 MPH charging rates right now. With version 3 Superchargers, we are estimating charging rates up to 626 MPH and 157 kW (2 C). The next step is Porsche’s Taycan 800 V charging system, which promises 730 MPH charging (2.4 C).

We’re obsessed with knowing what Porsche will do to get rid of all that heat.

Based on our analysis, they are going to have a tough time doing it with just a bottom cooling plate (see “A little secret GM isn’t telling us about improving the Bolt EV Battery”.

The Bolt EV has a bottom cooling plate design and it is somewhat limited in its cooling and charging ability. Tesla’s cooling ribbon design seems to be about the best there is right now, but how can it be improved?

Enter our new concept in cooling schemes:

A marriage of prismatic cells and Tesla’s cooling ribbon.

At 3C, the Tesla Model 3 could pull down 939 MPH charging rates.

Not too shabby. Sign me up.

*This article was researched and written as a collaboration with Keith Ritter (HVACman)

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