Tesla launches new Supercharger with 1,000 mph charging, better efficiency, and more

In Fremont today, Tesla is launching the next generation Supercharger V3 with higher charging capacity (250 kW), better efficiency, and more.

Some of the most important points:

  • 250 kW peak power without powershare between stations
  • Just for Model 3 vehicles after software update for now
  • Model S and Model X to follow later – again through software
  • First non-beta stations coming in Q2
    more…

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ubitricity raises €20 million in Series C funding

EV charging provider ubitricity has raised €20 million in Series C funding to expand its mobile metering technology for EV charging. A new shareholder, automaker Honda, joined existing shareholders EDF and Next47 in the investment.

The funding will be used to accelerate the deployment of ubitricity’s charge points, including retrofitted lamp posts and real-estate installations, across the UK, Germany, France and the US. Nidec says its mobile metering technology reduces charging infrastructure costs and removes the need for dedicated parking bays.

“We are now putting charging stations right outside people’s front doors, where millions of Europeans park their vehicles today, and at a time when more electric vehicles than ever are being sold,” said Knut Hechtfischer, co-founder of ubitricity.

 

Source: ubitricty


Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Tesla updates self-driving language, creates confusion and walks back features

Today, Tesla updated its language regarding Autopilot and self-driving capability on its website – walking back some previously announced features and further confusing some owners. more…

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Audi E-Tron Sportback, E-Tron GT Stun In Geneva: Live Photos, Videos

With all of those BEVs, the future of Audi looks electrifying

The Audi Q4 e-tron Concept was not the only all-electric Audi in Geneva, as the German manufacturer is readying two more models for market launch in the near future. The two others were prototype versions of the Audi e-tron Sportback and Audi e-tron GT concept.

The fifth Audi BEV scheduled for production – the Audi Q2 L e-tron – will be unveiled soon in China, for which it’s envisioned.

The Audi e-tron Sportback is a direct derivative of the Audi e-tron (SUV) and is scheduled for production by the end of this year. The specs aren’t yet known, but we assume it will be the same as in case of e-tron, because both models are based on the same platform.

Let’s check out the photos and a walkthrough of the coupe SUV version:

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Audi e-tron GT concept

The e-tron GT concept, unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, also attracted a lot of attention. This model could be a reasonable choice for those who can’t afford the Porsche Taycan, as both shares a lot of tech.

Audi e-tron GT concept:

  • more than 90 kWh battery
  • over 400 km (248.5 miles) of range (WLTP)
  • dual motor (PMSM) all-wheel drive with torque vectoring
  • system output: 434 kW (590 hp)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in about 3.5 seconds
  • 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in over 12 seconds
  • top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph)
  • 800 V battery system voltage
  • fast charging: 0-80% in 20-minutes
  • wireless charging at 11 kW (on-board charger is at least 11 kW)
  • 450 liters of luggage capacity plus extra 100 liters under the hood
  • 4.96-meter length, 1.96-meter width and 1.38-meter height
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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Klaric releases high voltage measurement module for EVs

Klaric, a provider of measurement and inspection technology, has announced the KLARI-QUAD2 measurement module for EVs and hybrids. The KLARI-QUAD2 provides galvanic isolation of 1,500 volts DC to enable current, voltage, and temperature measurements in EVs.

The KLARI-QUAD2 includes an Auto-Range function to automatically use the best input range for a measured signal. It can also automatically switch the sampling rate when a threshold is exceeded or undershot. The KLARI-QUAD2 includes functions for calculating the average, moving average, RMS, frequency, power, and work of AC and DC signals.

Klaric’s HVI/U-COMBI-PROBE allows for current and voltage to be measured simultaneously on a single input. The KLARI-QUAD2 recognizes when a Klaric probe is plugged in and reads out the probe type and calibration values.

 

Source: Klaric


Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Audi Q4 E-Tron Electric CUV Sparkles In Geneva (Photos/Videos)

The Audi Q4 e-tron concept impresses the crowd.

The new Audi Q4 e-tron concept steals the hearts of many electric car enthusiasts in Geneva who are looking for a premium compact crossover/SUV. The great news about this car is production within two years – in 2020/2021.

If Audi will retain the interior of the concept, 82 kWh battery for long-range and achieve a reasonable cost reduction through the use of VW’s MEB platform, then sales of this particular model should skyrocket.

Here we gather the best photos and videos from the Geneva Motor Show, including a very detailed walkthrough by Autogefuel.

Audi Q4 e-tron concept specs:

  • 82 kWh battery (battery system weights 510 kg)
  • over 450 km (280 miles) of WLTP range
  • system output: 225 kW – 150 kW and 310 Nm rear electric motor (a permanently excited synchronous motor) and 75 kW and 150 Nm front electric motor (asynchronous motor)
  • all-wheel drive
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds
  • top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph)
  • DC fast charging to 80% in around 30 minutes (up to 125 kW)
  • 4.59 meters long, 1.90 meters wide, 1.61 meters tall,
  • wheelbase of 2.77 meters
  • based on VW’s MEB platform
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Videos from the show

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Audi Press Conference at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Has Already Produced 550 Standard Model 3

Hundreds of base Model 3 already were produced

Tesla Model 3 Standard (the base battery pack option) is not only available for order but reportedly, the first batch of more than 500 were already produced.

According to Electrek’s sources, some 550 Model 3 Standard are ready to ship. It’s more than one would anticipate in the initial stage, which suggests that Tesla is already ready for volume production of the Standard version.

An interesting note is that the vehicles are internally signed as “Model 3 50”, which could mean a 50 kWh battery?

Now, we are waiting for the first customer deliveries, which probably will result in lots of new reviews – very important reviews for the masses of potential customers, that were unlocked by this new, more affordable version.

The Standard Model 3 starts at just $35,000, which we consider to be a bargain. However, for just a bit more money, there might be a better Model 3 option for you.

Source: Electrek


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Trump Tariff War May Block Polestar 2 From U.S.

There’s still hope, however.

When the Polestar 2 launched last week, it was quite clear that it would be sold in the U.S. There was a U.S. price ($63,000 for the high-spec Launch Edition), it was noted that the trick pixel LED headlights would not be available here because they the don’t conform to our outdated codes, and our country was mentioned as one of the regions a promotional tour would pass through. Now comes news of a possible problem with that plan.

According to the Financial Times, there is a chance the Tesla Model 3 competitor won’t make it to our shores at all. Polestar, you see, is a subbrand of Volvo which, in turn, is owned by Geely Though the new brand is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, its car manufacturing site is in China. As you may be aware, the U.S. government, at the direction of President Trump, has put a number of tariffs in place for on goods coming from that country. These, then, raise the price of goods manufactured there and sold on these shores. Worries about an escalation of this trade war — there have been tit-for-tat tariffs from China — have raised the possibility of a strategy change.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said the current price tag includes the 27.5-percent penalty for Chinese-built vehicles, and explained the situation thusly:

The business case for bringing the car to the US is highly dependent on the type of tariffs we have. It wouldn’t make sense to offer the car for a ridiculous price.

The tariffs are not permanent, of course, and there have been a number of changes to them as the two countries continue trade-centered talks. Meant to reduce a large trade deficit, new numbers just released seem to suggest the measures have been ineffective as that metric has gotten worse over the past two years.

It remains to be seen whether this new information will cause a tariff re-think anytime soon. Still, there is time for the things to change before the car’s original U.S. delivery timeframe of July 2020. There is even a chance the existing penalties could be reduced or removed, which would help Polestar better position its offerings in our market. Fingers crossed that this is the way forward.

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Source: Financial Times


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Biomass battle: lawsuit challenges EU on ‘renewable energy’ definition

The European Union is relying heavily on burning forest biomass to meet its carbon emissions goals. And now it’s facing a legal challenge that’s sure to ignite debate on what it really means for an energy source to be renewable and carbon neutral.

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Tesla releases first glimpse of Supercharger V3 ahead of launch in Fremont

Tesla has released a first glimpse of Supercharger V3 in an invite to a select few owners ahead of the launch of the new fast-charging station in Fremont, California later today and it has a noticeable difference. more…

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