Myth Busted: Battery Recycling Is Already Feasible

Don’t let anybody convince you that we can’t recycle EV batteries or that it’s too difficult.

There are a plethora of myths out there about electric cars. Two of the more consistent pieces of propaganda are that EV production and energy sources pollute the air more than gas cars, and batteries are full of hazardous waste that can’t be easily safely or easily recycled and will eventually cause all sorts of environmental damage. The former has been debunked time and time again, while the latter hasn’t been addressed as thoroughly. Now, we have proof that battery recycling is viable, despite the fact that a standard system and regulatory framework are yet in place.

EV battery packs are teeming with materials that could be of use once the cells no longer function properly. We’re talking about a variety of metals, plastics, and liquid electrolytes. It’s necessary to recycle these materials in order to protect the environment, not to mention driving battery costs down into the future. However, since it will be several years before most of these electric vehicle batteries to be ready for recycling, little work or research has been done to set up a recycling network and process. Not to mention the fact that current processes are considered difficult and costly.

Duesenfeld in Wendeburg, Germany has already figured out the battery recycling situation ahead of a significant need for the service. According to Duesenfeld, the task, which many other companies have claimed is exceedingly difficult, is not so. In summary, this is because rather than using high temperatures to thermally decompose the battery cells and burn their electrolytes,  Duesenfeld shreds and/or crushes the modules, after which the electrolyte simply evaporates. Finally, magnets and oxygen are used together to separate any remaining substances.

There are plenty of more specific details in the source article. Click below for more information.

Source: electrive

Source: Electric Vehicle News

What Car? Names Kia Niro EV 2019 Car of the Year

Great success for the Kia e-Niro at its market launch in the UK.

The Kia e-Niro has won the What Car? 2019 Car of the Year award in the UK.

It’s the first time when an all-electric model won the overall title as well as the first win for Kia. Of course, the e-Niro won the Electric Car of the Year category as well.

The British magazine appreciates the range and affordability, which makes the e-Niro a very good value proposition.

“The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long range, zero-emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a next-generation electric powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles. A single high-specification, feature-rich ‘First Edition’ model will be on sale from all 192 Kia dealerships in the UK from 1 April 2019.”

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The What Car? judging panel said:

“Uncompromised electric car ownership has, so far, been the privilege of those able to afford a Tesla, which is why the e-Niro is such a game-changer.”

“The winds of change blow fiercely in the land of electric cars, so we can’t say how long Kia will be on top. But right now, that’s exactly where it sits.”

Commenting on an extraordinary evening for Kia, Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, said:

“‘It’s a great honour to win the top prize at this year’s What Car? Awards, which are so highly regarded in the industry and by customers. This is an important moment for Kia in the UK as this is an accumulation of years of growth and development with the e-Niro perfectly encompassing the future of our brand. The e-Niro will be available across our 192-strong dealer network who are excited to show off the car’s class leading capabilities.

To come away with five awards shows the breadth of our product line up and is a testament to how far the brand has grown since launching in the UK. Cars such as the Picanto and Ceed remain a staple for Kia, while the e-Niro and Stinger show our ability to surprise the industry with our advancements in technology and engineering. We are looking forward to continuing this success throughout 2019 and beyond.”

Zero emission, all-electric e-Niro wins coveted ‘Car of the Year’ at 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Awards

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Volvo’s Polestar releases more images of its ‘Tesla Model 3 competitor’ with Google UI

Polestar, Volvo’s performance brand which has been relaunched as an electric brand, is apparently gradually unveiling the Polestar 2, an upcoming all-electric sedan, which it describes as a “Tesla Model 3 competitor.”

After releasing the first image of the Polestar 2 earlier this month, they have now released a second one through an app, which also includes details about the vehicle’s user interface.


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Source: Charge Forward

Ex-Infiniti Boss Pegged For Dyson’s Electric Car Program

Former Infiniti president Roland Krueger will officially head up Dyson’s automotive division.

Dyson CEO Jim Rowan has substantiated news that his company hired Krueger for the new position. Krueger spent the last three years leading Nissan’s luxury marque: Infiniti. However, he left recently to move on to new opportunities. So, perhaps this position with Dyson has been in the works for some time.

Rowan is excited to bring Krueger on board for the project, with plans to launch an electric vehicle in 2021. According to Autocar, Rowan revealed the information during a recent financial meeting. He referred to Krueger as a:

 … very well respected and experienced executive within the industry, and his appointment proves how serious we are about taking this project and this division to the next level.

The CEO also explained that Dyson has plans to pump over $1 billion into its electric car efforts in 2019. He said that Dyson’s supply chain experience and expertise will allow the company to make a profit producing EVs. Dyson will build its cars at a new factory in Singapore, and will relocate its primary office there as well. Aside from the fact that the company already has established business and 1,110 employees in Singapore, Rowan points out:

Singapore also offers access to high-growth markets as well as an extensive supply chain and a highly skilled workforce. Singapore has a comparatively high cost base, but also great technology expertise and focus. It is therefore the right place to make high-quality technology-loaded machines, and the right place to make our electric vehicle.

According to the company, we should expect Dyson electric vehicle prototypes to surface some time next year, with solid-state battery technology.

Source: Autocar

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Cumulative Tesla Model 3 Production Estimate Exceeds 175,000

Roughly 20,000 were produced so far this year.

According to Bloomberg’s Tesla Model 3 Tracker, Tesla produced cumulatively more than 175,000 Tesla Model 3.

Today, the counter indicates 175,870 Model 3 produced, which means 20,208 units produced so far in January.

The most important news is that the average rate of production finally is at around 5,000 per week. The Tesla Model 3 Tracker shows 4,992 per week, which is one of the highest levels and gives hope for further increase in the near future.

The number consists of officially announced production results in previous quarters and estimated production rates in the current quarter.

Production and deliveries of 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 18,449 delivered
  • 2018’Q3 – 53,239 produced and 56,065 delivered
  • 2018’Q4 – 61,394 produced and 63,150 delivered
  • Total by the end of 2018’Q4 – 155,662 produced and 147,610 delivered
  • 2019’Q1 – already 20,208 produced (estimated)

So far this year, Tesla registered 265,119 VIN numbers for the Model 3, out of which over 71,000 so far were in this month. Most of the latest registrations are for all-wheel-drive cars (over 58,000) and for international markets – outside of North America (over 44,000).

Source: Tesla Model 3 TrackerModel 3 VINs

Source: Electric Vehicle News

How Has The Jaguar I-Pace Changed The Mindset Within JLR?

The Jaguar I-Pace has not only wooed the press, but also the company’s employees as a whole.

Autocar recently sat down with Jaguar chief product engineer Dave Shaw. Then publication wanted to learn how JLR plans to follow up its award-winning, standout EV: the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace. While Shaw never full answers that question, he provides some valuable insight into the I-Pace and the potential electric future of JLR.

Shaw explains that the I-Pace concept started about three years ago, and initially, it was only a project. He shares:

We started three years ago. The project was X590 – the brief from Dr Ziebart was to make the best Jaguar electric car. Then it changed to making the best EV in the world. The project then changed – it started out as only a research project, but then we started to solve all the problems and it became real.

He’s honest to admit that he’s a true pertrolhead and didn’t want to move forward with an all-electric model. Since then, Shaw has taken ownership of his own I-Pace and racked up 20,000 miles. He’s so impressed, he says he’ll never go back.

According to Shaw, Jaguar will forever adapt the I-Pace via continuous and constant product updates, as well as over-the-air updates. This will assure that the battery-electric crossover remains future-proof. In addition, the I-Pace is an inspiration for the automaker in terms of its interior and technology features. Going forward, lessons learned from developing and producing the I-Pace will trickle into JLR’s future product line. Shaw explains:

Both in the mindset and in other EVs. It will inspire our interiors to move forward – we acknowledge what we need to do to Jaguar interiors and the I-Pace will inform our thinking. We now have all the lessons of building an electric car and that stands us in good stead. The mindset shift puts us in great shape for the future. There’s a buzz on EVs, and all engineers here are revved up for the possibilities.

The interviewer asked Shaw a few times if Jaguar will produce other variants of the I-Pace, if it will spawn other models, and how the automaker plans to follow up the electric Jag. While Shaw says the company plans to use the tech as a springboard to develop and build on, he never really answers any questions related to future models.

To read the entire interview, follow the source link below.

Source: Autocar

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Watch Navigate On Autopilot At Night In Rain: Video

What impact do dark, wet roads have on Tesla’s semi-autonomous navigation technology?

Not long ago, Tesla released its Navigate on Autopilot as an over-the-air update. It’s an active guidance feature for the automaker’s Enhanced Autopilot. Like all Tesla Autopilot technology, the system is a beta product that will receive incremental updates over time. Thus far, we’ve shared a number of videos showing the feature in action, and it seems to fare pretty well in many situations. However, people have asked how it will perform at night and on wet roads. YouTuber Our Tesla Life sets out to provide the answer.

The video shows footage of a trip from Newport Beach to Westminster, California. The trip not only shows open road driving, but also driving in heavy traffic. The Tesla Model X handles lane changes well, however, the system is quite cautious. Oftentimes, the driver takes over to make the lane change quicker. He says, in his opinion, Navigate on Autopilot is about 99 percent trustworthy in good conditions. Even in relatively bad conditions, he still believes it’s about 90 percent effective. With that being said, if the weather worsens, the technology simply won’t suggest lane changes or take exits.

Have you used Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot? What do you think? Please share your experiences with us in the comment section below.

Video Description via Our Tesla Life on YouTube:

Navigate on autopilot at night and in the rain

Drove my Tesla Model X from Newport Beach CA to Westminster CA at night in the rain with Navigate on Autopilot.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Honda Teases New EV Prototype Ahead Of Geneva Debut

Honda Urban EV gets a more rounded design

Honda confirms the rumors about the world premiere of a new EV prototype at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The Japanese manufacturer revealed a design sketch of the prototype and said that the production version will go on sale later this year.

“Honda’s new electric vehicle is developed with a focus on functionality and purpose and the prototype sketch demonstrates this through its clean, simple and unique design. The image highlights a clear link to Honda’s Urban EV Concept initially shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The debut is a further demonstration of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’, a commitment that two thirds of European sales will feature electrified technology by 2025. A mass production version of the car will be on sale later in the year.”

The upcoming small city car is based on the Honda Urban EV Concept from 2017, but it seems a little bit different.

Here are images of the previous concept/test versions:

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla’s Direct Sales Concept Puts It Ahead Of Traditional Dealerships


Recently, Tesla reignited its fight to sell direct-to-consumer in Connecticut and New Jersey. Some states still refuse to allow Tesla to sell its electric vehicles without doing business (first) with a local franchise dealership. Tesla stubbornly sells its vehicles direct — sans middleman — and doesn’t view servicing its own cars as a profit center for the company.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla stores are often located in unconventional locations like high-traffic shopping malls (Image: InsideEVs)

As Spencer Tseng points out via his blog, “When you want to buy a Porsche, you go to a Porsche dealership. When you want to buy a Tesla, you go directly to Tesla. This may appear to be a small distinction, but it is what is going to prevent the current automotive giants from making the fast switch over to electric vehicles.”

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Above: Elon Musk elaborates on Tesla’s approach to direct sales in lieu of the franchise dealership model (Youtube: MrNothingButAir via Tesla)

Why? Tseng says, “Around 47% of a car dealership’s gross profit is from the service and parts department. According to the NADA 2017 mid-year report, the average gross profit per dealership in the service and parts department was $1.6 million. The average gross profit per dealership in new and used car sales was $1.8 million.”

Above: Outside a Chevrolet dealership (Flickr: Mike Mozart)

To demonstrate the difference between servicing a gas-powered car and an EV, Tseng compares the service schedule of a Chevy Malibu against the all-electric Chevy Bolt. For the Chevy Bolt (see below), there’s “nothing but rotating tires and replacing the air filter until a whopping 150,000 miles. How are you ever going to make your money?” It’s no wonder that study after study demonstrates that franchise dealerships struggle to sell electric cars.

Above: Chevy Bolt Service Schedule (Source: Spencer Tseng)

On the other hand, for the Chevy Malibu (see below), Tseng jokes, “Now this is what a service schedule should look like! All those beautiful rows and checkmarks each symbolizing one more thing you can charge your customers for. All of this boils down to is the reality that electric vehicles have incredibly maintenance free drivetrain systems. There aren’t spark plugs to replace, oils that need changing, etc. Even brakes are expected to last 150,000-300,000 miles with regenerative braking.”

Above: Chevy Malibu Service Schedule (Source: Spencer Tseng)

Tseng concludes, “As many dealerships will soon realize, electric vehicles are going to greatly eat into their profits, and we will definitely soon see a battle between dealerships and auto manufacturers over the direction of the auto industry.” For EV sales, Tesla’s direct to consumer approach enables rapid growth. In turn, Consumer Reports calls it an “inspiration” for the industry. Meanwhile, Big Auto’s dealership model dampens EV interest and discourages sales.


Source: Spencer Tseng

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Argonne’s HyMag Technology Could Boost EV Efficiency

Each percent of better efficiency translates into a noticeable difference

The new HyMag technology – developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory – enables to produce stronger and lighter magnets, which could improve efficiency in all applications with electric motors, equipped with permanent magnets.

For us, of course, the most important are improvements to EV efficiency because more efficient cars will drive further or will need less batteries to drive the same distance. Better magnets could translate into a significant change – as we can see in case of the Tesla Model 3, which takes advantage of Halbach array design. Model 3’s motor is considered more efficient, lighter and cheaper than other EV motors.

The HyMag technology is not about the design of magnets in the motor, but about the magnets themselves. Through using layers of materials, the usable magnetic flux density of a permanent magnet increases by 10-30%. The usage of rare-earth elements also can be reduced by up to 90%.

“When designed properly, the gain in the magnet’s usable flux density ranges from 10 to 30 percent, depending on the application and working temperatures, said HyMag’s inventors, Argonne’s Kaizhong Gao and Yuepeng Zhang.”

“Gao and Zhang have improved permanent magnet performance by combining hybrid layers of material in particular way that reduces the flux leakage. Further, they can adapt their invention to specific challenges the private sector may have.If we know the application we can tailor the layers for that application,” Zhang said.

In electric cars, for example, the maximum allowable temperature of a motor would be around 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit). But for wind turbines, the peak temperature can be up to 300 degrees Celsius (572 degrees Fahrenheit), which calls for a magnet design that is more robust (not demagnetized) at higher temperatures.

There are materials that actually have better performance at higher temperatures,” Zhang said.

Another appealing feature of HyMag technology is that for certain applications it may compositionally require up to 90 percent less heavy rare-earth elements, such as dysprosium and gadolinium, by weight, than the regular magnets that have similar performance.

These elements, mostly imported from China, are scarce, expensive and difficult to recycle. But the motors in electric and hybrid cars contain approximately a tenth of a kilogram of dysprosium per motor.”

Yuepeng Zhang and Kaizhong Gao of the HyMag Magnets team (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)

Source: Argonne National Laboratory via Green Car Congress

Source: Electric Vehicle News