EVBite https://evbite.com Tomorrow's EV News, Today Sun, 17 Feb 2019 23:04:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 146837083 This Week in EV News: Audi Q4 e-tron, Honda Urban EV Interior, Kia Soul EV 243 Mile Range, and More! https://evbite.com/ev-news-02-17-19/ https://evbite.com/ev-news-02-17-19/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:00:50 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7371 Hello everyone welcome to another addition of our weekly round up, where we recount…

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Hello everyone welcome to another addition of our weekly round up, where we recount the EV news that we didn’t cover at length. I hope you all have had a wonderful week. If you are looking for Tesla specific news, then you are in luck as we have a post just the post for you. This week we are seeing some teasers from various automakers as the Geneva Auto Show is fast approaching. Along with the EV news that we did not cover, we have a recap of all the EV news that we did cover in length at the bottom as well, in case you missed it.

Audi Q4 e-tron Sketches Shown


About a month ago, we got a very rough look at an upcoming e-tron from Audi that was in a form of a small SUV. Andreas Mindt, Head Exterior Design at Audi, said that the new e-tron would be unveiled at the upcoming 2019 Geneva Auto Show, but it seems like Audi took some pity on us and provided us with some sketches of the upcoming electric SUV.

Audi is showcasing its compact SUV study with electric drive at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Audi Q4 e-tron concept provides a glimpse of the next stage of Audi electric mobility and is due to be presented as a volume-production vehicle in late 2020/early 2021.

Obviously the in true concept-sketch fashion, many details of the car are exaggerated, such as the large wheels, but it does still maintain the look of Audi. Whether that is a positive or negative is up to you. Additionally of note as that unlike the current Audi e-tron, this will be built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. With a release date of somewhere in 2020-2021 and being a small SUV, there will undoubtedly be comparisons to the upcoming Tesla Model Y.



Honda Shows off near Production Ready Urban EV Interior


Speaking of the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, another electric car will be shown off at the show. A few years ago, Honda showed off a retro-looking EV known as the Urban EV, after a few years the Japanese-automaker if ready to show off the next iteration of the concept in production form within the next month. While Honda is still tight-lipped regarding the specifications of the car, it did show a near production look at the interior of the new electric car. Similar to the Byton M-Byte, Honda is opting for a dashboard that covered in a screen(s). While I cannot tell if its one large screen with physical divisions, or three separated screens, the point is that the entire dashboard is dominated by screens. Additionally you have a very pleasant wood trim and actual buttons for those of you who do not like to futz around with touchscreens. The steering wheel is also interesting as it is a two-spoke instead of the more commonplace three-spoke steering wheels we have now, no doubt a nod to the retro design that the Urban EV is going for. Overall it’s a pretty cool interior and makes me wonder how long will it be until a dashboard that is one giant screen will be the norm in cars.
Read More Via Car and Driver



2020 Kia Soul EV Gets an EPA Rated Range of 243 Miles


Back in December we reported on the updated Kia Soul EV and found out that it would be eqipped with the same 64 kWh battery that is found in both the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. While Kia only stated that the Soul EV would have a range north of 200 miles, we assumed that it would be in the neighborhood of 239 to 258 miles as that is what the Niro and Kona get respectably. I guess unsurprisingly, the Soul EV landed within that range with an EPA ranted range of 243 miles. This does put it almost 20 miles over the range of the upcoming Nissan LEAF e+ and five miles of the existing Chevrolet Bolt. While the pricing has not yet been revealed, the Soul EV is looking to be quite competitive, now if Kia would actually make a decent amount of them.
Read More Via EPA



Petro-Canada to Equip Its Fuel Stations with Fast Chargers


In an interesting move that might be a template for petroleum companies moving towards electric cars in the future, Petro-Canada has announced its intention to build Canada’s first coast-to-coast network of fast chargers. The chargers will be located at over 50 fuel stations along the Trans-Canada highway from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

Petro-Canada stations will offer DC fast chargers with both CHAdeMO and CCS/SAE connectors which support a broad selection of vehicles. The chargers can provide up to a 200 kilowatt charge – enough to provide an 80 per cent charge to most EVs in less than 30 minutes. The units are capable of 350 kilowatt charging with future upgrades.

Construction will start in the spring and the chargers will open over the next year. Currently there is already one such site that is operation in Milton, Ontario. Personally I really like the idea and think that it will be one of most sensible ways of transitioning people towards electric car charging as painlessly as possible.
Read More Via Petro-Canada



There Was a Rumor That GM Was Working with Tesla on an Electric Pickup Truck


According to an alleged tip given to CleanTechnica, GM is working on an electric pickup truck that is based around a Tesla powertrain. Since the report came out, Tesla had denied any sort of partnership between the two and GM had declined to comment. However if we look past GM’s pride and Tesla’s trouble with producing enough components fast enough, it wouldn’t be far-fetched for GM to request for some sort of help. As we have wrote about many times, there is a decent crop of very competitive electric pickup trucks on the market. On top of that, GM’s arch rival, Ford, already has a prototype F-150 with charging capabilities on the road. If electric trucks catch some momentum, GM’s pickup trucks might be in danger of losing their top spots on the sales board. Regardless you do have to wonder if GM is even working on an electric pickup truck currently. GM has been adamant to crown Cadillac as its “vanguard” brand when it comes to electric vehicles, and they are not known for their pickup trucks. For the time being GM’s electric division seems to be in disarray, so we’ll just have to wait and see if they reach for any sort of help.



In Case You Missed It:

  • Hubject and Greenlots partner up to provide a technology that will allow an EV driver to pay for charging his car without the need of an app.
  • We interviewed some prominent Tesla influencers on their opinion of Tesla’s referral system finally ending.
  • In an effort to strengthen its wireless EV charging technology, WiTricity has acquired Qualcomm Halo from Qualcomm Incorporated.
  • Audi and Porsche engineers tore apart a Tesla Model 3 and now might have to rethink how they want to develop their upcoming electric car platform.
  • The Nissan LEAF won Kelly Blue Book’s 5-year Cost to Own Award.
  • The upcoming refresh to the Renault Zoe will allegedly push the car’s range to about 250 miles.
  • Skoda shows off some nice looking sketches for another upcoming electric car.
  • Daimler has stated that they have sold out the Mercedes Benz EQC for its 2019 production run, and possibly for the 2020 year as well. However they do still not give specifics on their production numbers.
  • Volkswagen subsidiary MOIA has announced that they will be launching their full electric shuttle bus service of 100 shuttles beginning this April once they conclude testing for their currently operating buses.
  • Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes seem to be selling out of their inaugural electric cars.
  • Rivian received a very healthy investment of $700 million from Amazon.

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]]> https://evbite.com/ev-news-02-17-19/feed/ 0 7371 Florida State University to Transition to Purely Electric Bus Fleet https://evbite.com/florida-state-university-to-transition-to-purely-electric-bus-fleet/ https://evbite.com/florida-state-university-to-transition-to-purely-electric-bus-fleet/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:50:58 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7387 Electric bus manufacturer Proterra recently announced that StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public transit system,…

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Electric bus manufacturer Proterra recently announced that StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, has placed their third order with the automaker, effectively transitioning Florida State University’s public transportation system to a 100 percent purely electric bus fleet. 

According to Proterra, StarMetro has agreed to purchase 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses that will service Florida State University, bringing their electric bus fleet to 27 total units. Thanks to Proterra, Florida State University (FSU) has become among one of the first universities in the United States to decommission their entire fossil-fuel powered fleet in adoption of a fully-electric alternative.

The 35-foot Proterra Catalyst FC electric buses will provide transportation for faculty, staff, students, and visitors of FSU through the university’s Seminole Express Bus Service, totaling an average ridership of 847,000 each year. Florida State University is expected to displace over 2,820,000 gallons of diesel over the 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses’ 12-year lifespan, eliminate over 5,000,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually, and provide fuel and maintenance cost savings of more than $10 million.

Proterra addressed the recent order in their most recent press release, stating:

“For universities and colleges, the trajectory towards sustainable transportation models is not only fueled by widespread student interest in environmentally friendly practices, but also because ‘going green’ can provide long-term cost savings. As the third largest university in Florida, FSU will serve as a leading example for other colleges across the country that want to prioritize zero-emission campus transportation for the next generation. Proterra has also sold its Catalyst buses to the University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University.”

Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra, added:

“As university populations grow across the United States, more campus transportation operators are taking the long-view and looking for sustainable ways to increase mobility while reducing costs and their carbon footprint. Helping universities and the next-generation of leaders experience zero-emission transit is intrinsic to our vision.”

Operations are expected to begin mid-2019 with an initial deployment of 15 buses, with the remaining seven buses expected to deploy in 2021.

Source: Proterra

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Rivian Automotive Announces $700M Investment Led By Amazon https://evbite.com/rivian-automotive-announces-700m-investment-led-by-amazon/ https://evbite.com/rivian-automotive-announces-700m-investment-led-by-amazon/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:40:19 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7364 American automaker and automotive technology company Rivian Automotive have announced a $700 million investment round…

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American automaker and automotive technology company Rivian Automotive have announced a $700 million investment round that is to be led by multinational technology giant Amazon. 

News of the investment arrive following Rivian’s initial reveal for their upcoming all-electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, two incredible vehicles that both sport absolutely astonishing 400-mile ranges. At the time of their unveiling, Rivian CEO and founder RJ Scaringe commented on the company’s design philosophy, stating:

“They may have different form factors, they may be different sizes, but every single one of [our products] has to have this Patagonia-like feel of enabling adventure. We want to keep that very sharp. We want to focus only on the adventure space, so customers understand what we stand for.”

Amazon has seemingly taken quite the interest in Rivian following the reveals of their upcoming vehicles, as the multi-billion dollar company plans to invest a whopping $700 million dollars into the automaker. While Amazon is no stranger to the electric vehicle market as evident by their recent $530 million investment in autonomous vehicle startup Aurora, we’d be lying if we said news of another sizable investment so soon didn’t surprise us.

Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer, commented on the recent announcement, stating:

“We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation. RJ has built an impressive organization, with a product portfolio and technology to match. We’re thrilled to invest in such an innovative company.”

Scaringe went on to add:

“This investment is an important milestone for Rivian and the shift to sustainable mobility. Beyond simply eliminating compromises that exist around performance, capability and efficiency, we are working to drive innovation across the entire customer experience. Delivering on this vision requires the right partners, and we are excited to have Amazon with us on our journey to create products, technology and experiences that reset expectations of what is possible.”

According to Rivian, customer deliveries for the R1T and R1S are expected to begin in late 2020.

Source: Cision

 

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Latest Tesla News: New Update, Sentry Mode, and More! https://evbite.com/latest-tesla-news-16/ https://evbite.com/latest-tesla-news-16/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:00:02 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7324 Welcome to our weekly Tesla news recap, where we discuss and share the latest…

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Welcome to our weekly Tesla news recap, where we discuss and share the latest Tesla news. If you don’t have the time to constantly monitor Tesla and their ever-changing company and products, this is for you. This week, we received a new Tesla software update, sentry mode, dog mode, and more.



Tesla Software Update

Courtesy of Tesla_Raj

The latest Tesla software update has finally begun to roll out with two very requested features, Dog Mode and Sentry Mode. While the two are certainly the highlight of the update, Tesla also implemented a blind spot warning chime and auto-folding mirrors based on GPS location.

Your car can now automatically fold and unfold the side mirrors based on location. This saves you from having to manually position your mirrors each time you arrive or leave a frequented place (such as narrow garages, tight parking spaces, etc.).

When making a lane change, you can now turn on an audible chime to warn you when a possible collision with a vehicle or obstacle is detected in your target lane.

Dog Mode

The new Tesla Dog Mode is an addition to the already available Cabin Overheat Protection. Cabin Overheat Protection allows you to walk away from your car while leaving the A/C on. This is nothing new but now with Dog Mode you have the option to enable a message on the screen showing passersby that your pet is safe in a cool environment and not being neglected. It’s worth noting that some States and regions do not allow pets to remain alone in cars regardless of temperature. Be sure to check your local regulations before using the new Dog Mode.

Sentry Mode

Courtesy of Reddit u/Spamium

Tesla’s new sentry mode is a toggle-able security system. If anyone so much as leans on your car, it will turn on your screen to show a “recording” message and activates cameras and senors to monitor any criminal activity. If criminal activity (such as a break-in) is detected, the car will trigger an alarm at full volume, increase display brightness, record the incident, and notify you via smartphone. You can then see the recording via your Teslacam. In theory, a thief could just take the USB… if they get that far. Because Sentry Mode is constantly monitoring and using cameras, it will require a higher battery consumption. This isn’t a feature you’d necessarily want to leave on 24/7.

According to federal statistics, there was an estimated one motor vehicle theft or attempted theft every 40.8 seconds in the United States in 2017— and that doesn’t even include the vast number of car break-ins that happen nationwide. To further enhance the security of our vehicles and give our customers additional peace of mind, today we’re starting to roll out a new safeguard – Sentry Mode – to protect against break-ins and theft.




Tesla Reports No Autonomous Miles

The state of California, where Tesla is based out of, requires all autonomous companies to report their annual autonomous miles. Year after year, Tesla reports nothing.

“For Reporting Year 2018, Tesla did not test any vehicles on public roads in California in autonomous mode or operate any autonomous vehicles, as defined by California law. As such, the Company did not experience any autonomous mode disengagements as part of the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program in California.”

This does not mean Tesla has not been working on achieving Full Self Driving. Tesla could very well be testing in other regions where reporting is not required. Additionally, because Tesla has hundreds of thousands of what they claim to be Full Self Driving capable vehicles already on the road, they can operate live simulations through a shadow mode. This sends Tesla billions of miles of data on theoretical outcomes, collisions, and successful maneuvers. They constantly use that data to release updated and improved versions of their Autopilot system.

“Tesla conducts testing to develop autonomous vehicles via simulation, in laboratories, on test tracks, and on public roads in various locations around the world. Additionally, because Tesla is the only participant in the program that has a fleet of hundreds of thousands of customer-owned vehicles that test autonomous technology in “shadow-mode” during their normal operation, Tesla is able to learn from billions of miles of real-world driving to develop its autonomous technology. In “shadow mode,” we may run features in the background without actuating vehicle controls or receive data back about roadway situations we are specifically targeting in order to train our system to perform better in the real world. We analyze this data from our customer fleet via over-the-air transmissions. These techniques help Tesla to safely develop improvements to our existing Autopilot advanced driver assistance system and future self-driving system.”

The downside to Tesla’s system is that no data is made public. We cannot accurately assume where Tesla stands on the Full Self Driving race as we don’t know their disengagement rate, collisions, or successful maneuvers. Since no cars on the road even have Full Self Driving enabled, all of the data is skewed as its based on algorithm and software not accurately accounting for human intervention.

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Porsche Taycan, Mercedes EQC, Audi E Tron All Sold Out https://evbite.com/porsche-taycan-mercedes-eqc-audi-e-tron-all-sold-out/ https://evbite.com/porsche-taycan-mercedes-eqc-audi-e-tron-all-sold-out/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:15:52 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7318 With all of these manufacturer stated plans and production goals, it was no question…

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With all of these manufacturer stated plans and production goals, it was no question that electric car sales were bound to increase at a rapid rate. They might actually be increasing at a faster rate than initially anticipated. The Porsche Taycan, Mercedes EQC, and Audi E Tron have all sold out of their first year production capacity.

According to some forecasts, we are expecting an increase of ~30% in electric car sales this year. While those already in the market expect an increase in their annual deliveries, there are also some new players in the game. The Porsche Taycan, Mercedes EQC, and Audi E Tron are all expected to start being delivered this very year.

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2019 Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan will be the first fully electric Porsche in over 100 years. With a similar price point and options, it looks like Porsche is attempting to directly compete with the Tesla Model S.

“More than half of the people that are signing up for the Taycan have not owned or do not own a Porsche. Typically, if we look at our source of business, people coming from other brands, it’s Audi, BMW, or Mercedes. The no. 1 brand now is Tesla. That’s pretty interesting, to see that people that were curious about the Tesla for very good reasons obviously don’t stop being curious.”

The Porsche Taycan was initially announced with a 20,000 vehicle per year run but after increasing demand, Porsche raised that number to 40,000. For some perspective, Tesla sold 50,630 Model S’s last year.

Towards the end of last year, North America President and CEO Klaus Zellmer announced that the Taycan was sold out for its first year.

“If all the people [who pre-ordered] buy this car, then we are sold out for the first year.”




2019 Audi E Tron

E Tron - Best Electric SUV

Audi has actually been dabbling in fully electric cars since 2009 with the original E Tron GT concept. They officially revealed the new concept that will go into production last year at the L.A. Auto Show. The hype seems to center around this electric sports car but Audi has another electric car coming and it’s set to deliver this very year. The Audi E Tron is an SUV that will likely compete against the Tesla Model X and upcoming Mercedes EQC.

While the Audi E Tron SUV was actually scheduled to max production by the end of last year, deliveries have been delayed a few times now. We still expect this electric car to be the first of the three to hit the streets. Deliveries in Europe are expected to begin in March and the U.S. sometime in the second quarter.

“You have to bear in mind not only the company has to ramp up but also the different suppliers. They have to train their people, start their own new facilities and bring them up to the same speed that we are giving according to the plan, so that is a challenge for all of us.”

We technically have no confirmation that the Audi E Tron has been sold out for the year. Audi did just state yesterday that the E Tron has hit 20,000 reservations and early analysts expected around the same for annual production. If it’s not already sold out, it will be in the next few days.

“more than 20,000 customers worldwide have already made advance reservations”

Both Porsche and Audi are owned by Volkswagen AG which has made some of the louder electrification plans. They want 50 fully electric cars throughout all of their brands by 2025 with 1 million worldwide annual sales. By 2030, they want every single car within the group to have an electric variant.




2019 Mercedes EQC

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The Mercedes EQC was officially revealed last year with the hope of entering the electric SUV market by 2019. It was one of the most anticipated reveals of last year as it showed it wasn’t just VW and compliance cars entering the electric car market early.

Parent company Daimler has not revealed any production numbers or expectations for the Mercedes EQC. We’d imagine it would be along the lines of the 20,000 – 40,000 range the other two are expecting. The Mercedes EQC has not yet begun production but we do know it’s already sold out for 2019 and possibly even 2020.

“We are sure that we will not be able to meet the demand in 2019 and probably not by 2020,” says Zetsche. “But we do everything we can to achieve the maximum capacity.”




It seems like electric car demand is growing at a faster pace than initially anticipated by manufacturers. Most are already sold out and having to increase their initial planned annual outputs. As we inch closer into a fully electric future, more and more cars will be released giving consumers more options. While we’d like to imagine the Porsche Taycan, Audi E Tron, and Mercedes EQC sales will continue to grow, as competition arises, they’ll be a point where sales stall out. Our list of upcoming electric cars is evergrowing.

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Volkswagen’s MOIA Electric Shuttle Bus Service Launching Soon https://evbite.com/volkswagens-moia-electric-shuttle-bus-service-launching-soon/ https://evbite.com/volkswagens-moia-electric-shuttle-bus-service-launching-soon/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:51:44 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7338 Volkswagen subsidiary MOIA has announced that they will be launching their full electric shuttle…

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Volkswagen subsidiary MOIA has announced that they will be launching their full electric shuttle bus service beginning this April once they conclude testing for their currently operating buses.

MOIA is currently finishing up tests for 10 of their electric shuttles in Hamburg, Germany. As tests reach their conclusion, the Volkswagen subsidiary will carry out technical inspections and train several hundred drivers to operate the electric shuttles throughout Hamburg so that they may become a fixture in the streets of the German city. Once all tests are completed, MOIA expects to start public operation by launching a fleet of 100 electric shuttles in April of this year.

 

Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation in Hamburg, commented on the recent announcement, stating:

“Innovation is crucial in making mobility in Hamburg quieter, safer and more environmentally friendly. Ridesharing services close the gap between taxis and local public transport. Ridesharing reduces individual trips and relieves urban traffic overall. We are going to host the ITS World Congress in 2021 and want to use this opportunity to advance the digitization and efficiency of our roads.”

MOIA CEO Ole Harms went on to explain:

“Today we’re giving you a taste of our new mobility services that, in the future, will add another attractive component to Hamburg’s mobility mix. We’ve partnered with cities and transportation companies to work on solutions for traffic-induced urban problems such as traffic jams, air and noise pollution, and lack of space. We’re putting a new, integrated mobility offering on the road in the heart of Europe in combination with a tailor-made electric vehicle and a complex, digital product. Hamburg is a global lighthouse project for us. In this city, we’ll be optimizing our ridesharing to provide a perfect service, the highest efficiency and to the greatest possible traffic-relieving effects before we expand further in the world.”

MOIA COO Robert Henrich added:

“MOIA offers a service from Hamburg, for Hamburg. Since the beginning of 2017, our team in Hamburg has worked on implementing Europe’s largest fully electric ridesharing project. In the last two years, we have fleshed out the customer experience, developed the software and created the operational conditions to launch our project. These include, for example, finding drivers, building depots and installing charging stations. Today marks the beginning of the last phase, in which we will test our final product on the streets of Hamburg.”

Over the next twelve months, MOIA intends to steadily increase the fleet size to 500 vehicles. At a later stage, MOIA plans to increase the fleet to 1000 electric shuttle buses, but their main focus for the time being is on hiring and training as many drivers as possible before the service’s initial launch.

Source: MOIA

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Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV Has Sold out Its First Year, and Possibly Second https://evbite.com/mercedes-benz-eqc-electric-suv-sold-out/ https://evbite.com/mercedes-benz-eqc-electric-suv-sold-out/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:44:16 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7315 Mercedes’ first electric SUV, the EQC has remained quiet since its unveil in September.…

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Mercedes’ first electric SUV, the EQC has remained quiet since its unveil in September. However, it does seem that it has gained a decent number of pre-orders since that time.

While talking about the German automaker’s results in the past year, outgoing CEO Dieter Zetsche made the following comment about the EQC (via Welt):

“We are sure that we will not be able to meet the demand in 2019 and probably not by 2020,” says Zetsche. “But we do everything we can to achieve the maximum capacity.”

The EQC does not yet have a set date on which it will enter production. However most agree that it will be around mid- to late-2019, which will have it arrive late against rival Audi’s e-tron SUV that will begin European deliveries in March.

Speaking of which, Audi had also recently stated that it had, “more than 20,000 customers worldwide have already made advance reservations for the model.”. Additionally Porsche has also revealed its production numbers for the Taycan when talking about pre-orders.

However Daimler has not revealed the production capacity of its upcoming EQC. While Mercedes does not intend to have it simply be a compliance car, it is hard to gauge how seriously Mercedes is taking the electric SUV in its first years of production. One could make the argument that since no number was thrown out, that it was a bad number. For all we know Mercedes might only expect to produce 5,000 units in the first year. Now I am not saying that is the case, but you just never know. Still it is good that the EQC is getting some love from consumers.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC will come with a dual motor setup, producing 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm). A 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h). All of this will be powered by a 80 kWh battery that will give a 280 miles (450 km) NEDC rated range.

That last part continue to worry me in terms of the EQC’s success. With the deciding factor for many people being the range, it is very possible for the EQC to have a real-world range in the very low 200 mile range. However with more electric cars coming out with ranges in the mid-200s, the EQC’s range will be less acceptable.

What do you guys think of the news? Let us know down in the comments below.

Source: Electrek

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New ŠKODA Electric Crossover Teased Ahead of Launch https://evbite.com/new-skoda-electric-crossover-teased-ahead-of-launch/ https://evbite.com/new-skoda-electric-crossover-teased-ahead-of-launch/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:02:37 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7302 Brand new images teasing the upcoming ŠKODA electric VISION iV concept have surfaced ahead of…

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Brand new images teasing the upcoming ŠKODA electric VISION iV concept have surfaced ahead of the vehicle’s initial unveiling as part of the automaker’s strategic electrification plan.

Volkswagen owned Czech automobile manufacturer ŠKODA revealed several design sketches for their upcoming VISION iV concept crossover, explaining that the various “design features of the VISION iV will be typical for future ŠKODA EVs.” According to the Czech automaker, the VISION iV will serve as a concept study for the manufacturer as it will be the first ŠKODA electric vehicle based on Volkswagen’s upcoming modular electric drive matrix platform (MEB). According to ŠKODA’s most recent press release, they intend to present more than ten electric models by the end of 2022 by utilizing Volkswagen’s MEB platform.

ŠKODA described the upcoming electric vehicle in their recent press release, stating:

“The ŠKODA VISION iV combines an athletic body, 22-inch aerodynamically optimised wheels and powerfully flared mudguards with a pronounced coupé-like, flowing roofline. A characteristic tornado line connecting the front and rear emphasises the clean surfaces of the doors without handles. Cameras, whose housings are visually reminiscent of shark fins, take the place of traditional exterior mirrors.”

Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design, went on to explain the design of the vehicle, adding:

“The front characterises a reinterpretation of ŠKODA’s typically wide covered grille, featuring fine vertical ribs and crystalline structures. The horizontal light strip in the upper part of the grille and strikingly large air intakes in the front apron emphasise the sporty appearance. The powerful rear features aerodynamic spoiler edges and crystalline LED tail lights. They redefine the typical ŠKODA C-shape and emphasise the width of the vehicle in combination with a light strip above the rear diffuser. Another eye-catching element at the rear is the ŠKODA logo; the individual letters are lit up in red.”

In addition to showcasing their upcoming VISION iV concept at the Geneva Motor Show next month, ŠKODA intends to divulge more information regarding their future electrification plans as well.

Source: ŠKODA

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New Renault Zoe Refresh to Result in a 250 Mile Range https://evbite.com/renault-zoe-refresh-report-250-miles/ https://evbite.com/renault-zoe-refresh-report-250-miles/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:50:21 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7298 The Renault Zoe is the best selling electric car in France, and second best…

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The Renault Zoe is the best selling electric car in France, and second best selling in Europe, behind only its cousin, the Nissan LEAF. Following the progression of the Nissan LEAF and upcoming competition from the Volkswagen ID and electric Peugeot 208, the Zoe is receiving a needed upgrade in order to stay competitive.

According to a report from L’argus, the Renault Zoe is receiving a nice bump in some of its specs. Due to the close relationship that Nissan and Renault hold with one another, the news makes sense after Nissan unveiled its new LEAF e-plus with a 226 mile range.

The report states that the new Zoe will have a WLTP rated range of 250 miles (400km). In terms of performance, the Zoe will have a 109 hp motor with an option of a larger motor that makes around 130 hp. Additionally it will be able to take advantage both 100 kW fast charging using CCS Combo and a 22 kW three-phase AC charging.

In terms of styling, the report states that there will have resemble the current Renault Clio V and will have design cues from the Zoe e-sport concept they showed in 2017.

Hopefully one day Renault will offer the duel-motor 460 hp setup that was in the e-sport concept, but for the time being we will have to be content with a single 109 hp motor.

In terms of autonomy features, “the Zoe will move to level 2 of autonomous driving with Lane Keeping Assist, Active Cruise Control and Traffic Jam system that allows the vehicle to stop and restart without the intervention of the driver.”

The report states that they expect Renault to drop the price of the new Zoe to around €30,000 ($33,830) due to the upcoming pressure that will come from both the Volkswagen ID and electric Peugeot 208. However Renault does not expect its sales to drop with the appearance of its hatchback rivals. Instead they are planning to double production from 220 units per day to 440 units per day.

If you are European car buyer who is interested in purchasing an electric car within the next year, you are about to have a lot of choices. It seems that the €30,000 mark is the sweet spot for many automakers and having a range of over 200 miles already seems to be the norm.

The battle for Europe’s best-selling electric car is about to heat up.

What do you guys think of the refresh? Let us know down in the comments below.

Source: L’argus

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2019 Nissan LEAF EV Wins KBB’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award https://evbite.com/2019-nissan-leaf-ev-wins-kbbs-5-year-cost-to-own-award/ https://evbite.com/2019-nissan-leaf-ev-wins-kbbs-5-year-cost-to-own-award/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:39:29 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=7291 The 2019 Nissan LEAF EV has recently claimed the top spot in Kelley Blue…

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The 2019 Nissan LEAF EV has recently claimed the top spot in Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards for the second year in a row following record-breaking sales across Europe.

Coming as no real surprise to longtime followers of the Nissan LEAF EV, the spunky vehicle stole the Kelley Blue Book award with ease thanks to its estimated five-year cost to own value coming in at just $35,321. According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2019 LEAF won experts over because of its electric power, responsive performance, and extensive list of infotainment technologies. The 2019 Nissan LEAF EV comes equipped with Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 5-inch display, and automatic emergency braking as a standard feature. The vehicle can even be upgraded to include a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, navigation, voice recognition, Bose premium audio, and Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist technology.

Kelley Blue Book made it a point to explain their decision regarding the Nissan LEAF’s win, stating:

“With its long range, on-board fast-charging system and extensive dealer network, Nissan’s 2019 Leaf EV may entice doubters to try an EV for the first time. What they will discover is instantaneous power delivery from the motor. The Leaf is snappy right off the line and has excellent mid-range passing power.

 

Running with a 147-horsepower motor that slathers a healthy 236 lb-ft of accelerative torque to the front wheels, the Nissan LEAF is now capable of turning in 150 miles of range on a single charge. If you have access to a Quick Charging point, you can get 80 percent of that charge done in just 40 minutes. We’d recommend installing a 240-volt charging unit at home to get the charge done overnight.”

The 2019 Nissan LEAF EV has been dominating the electric vehicle market lately winning award after award for its reliability and performance all while selling over 40,000 units across Europe. With the LEAF’s current success, we are absolutely itching to get our hands on the updated LEAF e+ model which will be launching in the US sometime this spring.

Source: The News Wheel

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