EVBite https://evbite.com Your #1 EV News Source Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:37:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 146837083 Latest Tesla News: Autopilot Updates, Europe, and More! https://evbite.com/latest-tesla-news-autopilot-updates-europe-and-more/ https://evbite.com/latest-tesla-news-autopilot-updates-europe-and-more/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:00:07 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6195 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, Elon Musk announced some upcoming autopilot features, Model 3s are set to enter Europe, 60 Minutes did a biased interview with Elon, and more.

Biased 60 Minutes Interview

Earlier this week Elon Musk appeared for an interview on a segment of 60 Minutes. Anyone with eyes and ears could see the condescending tone and bias towards Musk and his narrative by Lesley Stahl. With everything on TV, you never know the true story as everything can be edited in anyone’s favor. Some of the biggest headlines after the show was simply a Musk quote: “I can get anything done that I want”. As it turns out, the second, more important, half of that sentence was edited out. Electrek obtained the full transcript of the interview and shared the full quote. You can read some more unedited quotes here and read our full breakdown of the interview here.

“I mean that’s not realistic because I am the largest shareholder in the company and a very high percentage of the shareholders support me and the company. So essentially I could just call for a shareholder vote and get anything done that I want provided I could get support of at least a 1/3 of the other shareholders, which is likely. At the end of the day the shareholders control the company.”

3,000 Model 3’s Per Week to Europe

Earlier this month, Tesla opened their online configurator across Europe. Those with or without reservations can now configure their car and leave their deposit. We’ve seen weekly production numbers go as high as 5,000 per week here. Due to the full $7,500 rebate ending on December 31st, demand is sure to slow down so there’s no better time for Tesla to open up the Model 3 shop in Europe. International Car Operators (ICO), a port handling and storage company in Belgium, says that they are expecting 3,000 Model 3’s per week starting in February. It is unclear if Tesla will up production numbers for the European Model 3 escapade or will continue at this steady pace and assume U.S demand will slow down without the full $7,500 rebate.

Autopilot Updates

Elon took to twitter to give us insight into the future of Autopilot. My response? Sure it will, buddy.

If you’ve driven on Autopilot you know where the system stands. Not perfect but pretty darn close. It’s a great driver’s assistance feature that I personally can’t live without. With this latest Autopilot update, Nav on Autopilot, I have to question where we actually stand on FSD. After almost killing me a handful of time, I have disabled the feature. My issues with Nav on Autopilot extend past this short summary and are shared by others with similar experiences. I suggest you just try it for yourself. The upcoming processer update for FSD will definitely improve the system but I’m still questioning whether or not Autopilot can achieve all its promised featured with its current processor.

As for “soon”, that could mean anything. 6 weeks ago Elon said Advanced Summon would be ready in ~6 weeks… Well here we are…

A Friendly Reminder

The full $7,500 tax credit for Tesla purchases ends December 31st. Your car must be delivered before then. The guarantee to receive your car before then is gone but there is a chance. Customers are still reporting estimated delivery times before the 31st. There is also a waitlist for orders that will be cancelled. If you order a Tesla today, Tesla offers a full refund policy. If you didn’t test drive the car, you have 3 days to return it. If you did, you have 1. After December 31st, the rebate will be lowered to $3,750. It will be lowered to $1,850 on July 1st before being fully discontinued the following December 31st. Read up on their return policy here. If you’d like to support us, you can use our referral code.

Pickup Truck

A little over 20 months ago, Elon went to twitter to announce a Tesla pickup truck in 18-24 months. We’ve been sitting and waiting patiently. Elon might have just provided us with a date range. The good news? It’s coming. The bad? “We might have a prototype to unveil next year”.

We don’t know much about Tesla’s electric pickup truck apart from its existence. We know it will have 240v outlets, a low center of gravity, sports cars handling, dynamic air suspension, and mega torque. We also know that the truck will maybe boost a battery over 100kWh. Elon has even went as far as to describe it as “futuristic like cyberpunk, ‘Blade Runner'”.

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Hyundai Kona Electric Price Revealed in the US, Only $36,450 (Before Incentives) https://evbite.com/hyundai-kona-electric-price-revealed/ https://evbite.com/hyundai-kona-electric-price-revealed/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:30:41 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6220 The Hyundai Kona Electric price has finally been revealed for the US market, and…

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The Hyundai Kona Electric price has finally been revealed for the US market, and it is looking to be a stupendously good deal if you are in the market for an EV. Hyundai is looking to knock it out the park with this offering.

Just as a refresher, the Kona Electric is a small crossover from Hyundai that packs a 64.4 kWh battery and an EPA rated range of 258 miles. This range rating is the most for any EV that is not a Tesla. For a while we were speculating the price based on the price of the Kona Electric in Norway.

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But now we finally got a US price, $36,450:

The Kona Electric starting price is $36,450, for an effective net price of $28,950 ($29,995 including delivery), with the electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500 factored in. Customers may receive the available federal tax credit of up to $7,500, dependent on individual tax circumstances, yielding a sub-$30,000 net value. Pricing for other Kona Electric trims will be announced shortly.

Currently the highest trim level of the gasoline Kona is $26,750. Essentially after the tax credit the Kona Electric is a couple grand more expensive. Additionally if you live in a state with further EV incentives such as California which would grant you an additional $2,500 credit. That would place you at $26,450, which would be cheaper than the Kona Ultimate trim.

However, it is important to note that the press release stated that there would be additional trim levels. So perhaps this comparison is not fair. But the fact that the prices are so close is encouraging. The Kona Electric has been one of my most anticipated electric vehicles of the year. The current price bracket it occupies does not have many options. It includes the Chevy Bolt (which is a great in its own right), Nissan Leaf (which is due for an upgrade and to be priced around $36k), and the BMW i3.

The Kona Electric is an important car as it is another accessible EV for the average consumer. While the upcoming offerings from Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar, and the like are exciting and cool, the relatively affordable EVs like the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and now Kona Electric will be the cars that drive EV adoption. Not to mention that along with the great price it comes with superb range. The range stat will probably be the most watched number moving forward and the Kona Electric might have set the bar going forward of what an acceptable range is. “If the sub-$40k Kona has a 250+ mile range, why does this $80k EV not?”

Another exciting product of this price reveal is the speculation towards what the 39.2 kWh version will cost. For those who don’t know, there will be a Kona Electric with a smaller battery that is estimated to have a 186 mile range. Knowing the price of the 64.4 kWh version, we can hazard a guess at what the smaller battery version can cost. This is a very rough estimation, but it can get us in the ballpark using the theoretical price of the battery per kWh. The battery is the most expensive piece in an electric car, so it will have the most control over what an EV will cost.

The 64.4 kWh Electric has a $9,700 premium over the top trim of the gasoline Kona ($26,750). We take this $9,700 and divide it by the 64.4 kWh to get the cost per kWh (which like I said, is very rough). Using this we get a cost per cell of $150.62 and then multiply by 39.2 kWh of the smaller battery version. This gives us a price of $5,904 which we add to the $26,750 price of the top trim Kona. This gives us a grand total of $32,654 and when you account for the $7,500 tax credit, it becomes $25,153.

I don’t need to say it, but that would be an absolutely ridiculous price. But like I said, this is very rough math and we’ll have to wait for Hyundai to give the official pricing.

So now that I’ve gushed about the Kona Electric and how it might be the best sub-$40k electric car right now, what do you guys think? Let us know down in the comments below.

Source: Hyundai

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First BYD Electric Bus Produced at New Plant in France https://evbite.com/byd-produces-electric-bus-in-france/ https://evbite.com/byd-produces-electric-bus-in-france/#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:45:07 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6215 Chinese Automaker BYD has just announced that their BYD France division has finally produced…

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Chinese Automaker BYD has just announced that their BYD France division has finally produced their first electric bus. The BYD electric bus was reportedly produced in their new plant in Beauvais, the company’s second facility in Europe following their plant in Hungary. 

The BYD France division produced two 12-meter electric buses that were later delivered to the Agglo du Beauvaisis, a community of the Beauvais area, in front of the Beauvais Cathedral. Each BYD electric bus will be operated by French bus operator Transdev and will drive up to 160 km (100 miles) a day. The electric buses will charge overnight at Corolis, a Transdev network Depot in Beauvais so that they will be able to operate for an entire day on a single charge.

In their most recent press release, Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe and President of BYD France, stated:

“We are very pleased to deliver our first ebuses to Beauvais, the region where our plant is established. The French electric bus and coach market is one of the largest in Europe, and that is one of the main reasons why we have chosen our production site to serve the French market to be in Allonne. Here we can optimally serve our French clients, we are close to our customers and we can produce tailor made ebuses with our team of local employees. BYD has the capacity to make zero emission French-built electric buses in line with the spirit of the 2015 Paris Climate Summit.”

While BYD has produced electric buses in the past, this marks the first time the Chinese automaker has delivered an electric bus to France. Currently, BYD has sold over 600 electric buses in Europe, making them the number one supplier of electric buses throughout the continent. BYD has also delivered over 35,000 electric buses worldwide which have collectively driven over 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) while in service.

Source: BYD

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New Porsche Electric Car Prototype Achieves Record-Breaking Charge Rate https://evbite.com/new-porsche-electric-car-prototype-achieves-record-breaking-charge-rate/ https://evbite.com/new-porsche-electric-car-prototype-achieves-record-breaking-charge-rate/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:40:08 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6184 A brand new Porsche electric car prototype has recently achieved a record-breaking charge rate…

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A brand new Porsche electric car prototype has recently achieved a record-breaking charge rate of 400 kW at an upgraded ultra-high-power station as part of the FastCharge research consortium in Germany.

The FastCharge research consortium, a partnership between Allego, Phoenix Contact E-Mobility, Porsche, and Siemens led by BMW, have presented a prototype for a charging station with an output of up to 450 kW in Jettingen-Scheppach. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure have since backed the project with a € 7.8 million ($8.86 million) grant.


At the time of the partnership’s inception, BMW stated:

“The collaborative project studies all aspects of fast charging in practical application, aiming to introduce and manufacture the required technologies on an industrial scale. This is why, alongside analyzing potential capacity increases in the charging process, the project also investigates the prerequisites and processes for the operation of ultrafast charging systems, including an automated registration and billing process for customers.”

While the upcoming Porsche Taycan is being engineered to support a 350 kW charge rate thanks to its 800-volt system, a new Porsche electric car prototype reportedly achieved a 400 kW charge rate at the FastCharge’s test charging station earlier today.

BMW tested an i3 at the charging station as well, but the vehicle was unable to support the charge rate. Instead, the automaker used the vehicle to demonstrate the station’s ability to switch to 400v charging. The BMW i3 was able to charge 10-80 percent in just 15 minutes while equipped with a 57 kWh battery pack.

In their most recent press release, Porsche stated:

“The charging station prototypes presented use the charging plug from the tried-and-tested Combined Charging System (CCS) in the Type 2 variant that is standard for Europe. This charging standard has already proven itself in a wide range of electrified vehicles and is used in many parts of the world. The two Jettinger charging stations are currently available for use with all CCS-enabled vehicles, free of charge. Depending on the model of vehicle, the new ultra-fast charging station can be used for vehicles with 400-volt and those with 800-volt battery systems. In each case the charging capacity provided automatically adjusts to the vehicle’s maximum permitted charging capacity”

Little information was revealed on the Porsche electric car used for testing, but the automaker confirmed that the vehicle was equipped with a 90 kWh battery pack that was capable of adding roughly 100 km of range in only 3 minutes.

Source: Green Car Congress

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BMW Invests $225 Million in Preparation for Upcoming BMW i4 https://evbite.com/bmw-invests-225-million-in-preparation-for-upcoming-bmw-i4/ https://evbite.com/bmw-invests-225-million-in-preparation-for-upcoming-bmw-i4/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:10:49 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6179 In order to bring their upcoming BMW i4 electric sedan to production, the German…

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In order to bring their upcoming BMW i4 electric sedan to production, the German automaker has recently invested approximately $225 million in their Munich factory to produce the vehicle.

Over the past few months, BMW has been preparing several of their factories for the production of their new electric vehicles, so the recent investment in their Munich factory comes as no real surprise.

The BMW i4 concept debuted last year and has since been estimated to sport a WLTP rated range of about 600 km (375 miles). The electric sedan reportedly features a top speed of over 200 km/h (124 mph) with a 4 second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time as well.

To produce the electric sedan, BMW invested roughly $225 million into their Munich factory earlier this week, stating in their most recent press release:

“The BMW Group is investing around 200 million euros in the Munich plant to expand its electric mobility. This is the start of preparations for series production of the BMW i4, which will be manufactured at the company’s headquarters starting in 2021. The plant with its approximately 8,000 employees is taking the decisive step towards the production site for all-electric vehicles and mobility concepts of the future. Thus, both cars with internal combustion engines and plug-in hybrids and purely battery-powered vehicles will be on the same line in Munich in the future.”

According to the German automaker, the BMW i4, which will be produced alongside the BMW 3 Series at the Munich factory, will require a completely independent floor assembly.

“The integration of the BMW i4 requires extensive measures, especially in body shop and vehicle assembly. Thus, the body concept of the vehicle differs significantly from the architectures of the models previously produced in the Munich plant. For example, the high-voltage accumulator (battery) of the BMW i4 in bodywork requires an almost completely independent floor assembly including rear triangle. The task of the planning specialists is to design the complexly linked production lines so that the more than 1,000 robots can not only produce the bodies of the BMW 3 Series, 4 Series and M4 every minute, but also the special body of the BMW i4.”

For BMW, the real obstacle in the way of producing the i4 will be installing the vehicle’s high-voltage accumulator. In order to do so, planners will have to accommodate extensive and space-intensive conveyor and system technology into a reportedly “cramped Munich workshop.” BMW has gone as far as to state that the production of the i4 “poses massive assembly challenges.”

Despite the challenges the automaker may face, they intend to achieve series production of the BMW i4 by 2021.

Source: BMW

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Daimler Purchases $20 Billion Worth of Battery Cells for EV Plans https://evbite.com/daimler-purchases-20-billion-worth-of-battery-cells-for-ev-plans/ https://evbite.com/daimler-purchases-20-billion-worth-of-battery-cells-for-ev-plans/#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:33:13 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6155 In order to take the next step towards the development of their electric fleet,…

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In order to take the next step towards the development of their electric fleet, German automaker Daimler has announced that they will be purchasing over $20 billion worth of battery cell supply contracts to support their future electric vehicle plans. 

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, made the announcement, stating:

“Our electric offensive continues to gain momentum. After investing billions of euros in the development of the electric fleet and the expansion of our global battery network, we are now taking the next step: With the purchase of battery cells for more than 20 billion euros, we are systematically pushing forward with the transformation into the electric future of our company. We plan a total of 130 electrified variants at Mercedes-Benz Cars by 2022. In addition, we will have electric vans, buses and trucks.”

The 130 electrified variants Zetsche alluded to include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and fully-electric vehicles.

According to their most recent press release, Daimler intend to invest ten billion euros in the expansion of the Mercedes-Benz Cars electric fleet and another billion euros in the global battery production network within the worldwide production network. While Daimler has yet to specify which suppliers will be receiving the $20 billion contracts, the German automaker confirmed that the suppliers are already hard at work producing the battery cells in Asia and Europe with plans to expand to the U.S.

Wilko Stark, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement and Supplier Quality, added:

“With extensive orders for battery cells until the year 2030, we set another important milestone for the electrification of our future electric vehicles of the EQ product and technology brand. In this way, together with our partners, we ensure the supply of our global battery production network today and in the future using the latest technologies.”

Daimler has certainly been on a roll lately, as this announcement brings them one step closer to securing their CASE corporate strategy. The four CASE fields—networking (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services), and electric drive systems (Electric)—are the integral parts of Daimler’s electrification strategy.

With the purchase of these battery cell supply contracts, coupled with the recent construction of brand new battery factories across the globe, as well as their investments in commercial bus and truck transportation, Daimler is truly shaping up to be an electric force to be reckoned with.

Source: Daimler

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Which Electric Car is This? https://evbite.com/which-electric-car-is-this/ https://evbite.com/which-electric-car-is-this/#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:30:08 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6150 Do you think you know you stuff? Go ahead and test you EV knowledge…

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Do you think you know you stuff? Go ahead and test you EV knowledge by trying to recognize the 10 cars we have obscured for you underneath. When you’re done, let us know how you did. Ready? Here we go.

Chevy Bolt

The Chevy Bolt (not to be confused with its plug-in hybrid brethren, the Chevy Volt) packs a pretty good punch for its price range. Coming in with an EPA range of 238 miles, it currently has the highest range of any car starting under $40,000. Fun fact: in Europe the Bolt is sold as a re-branded Opel Ampera-e.

Tesla Model 3

The Model 3, Tesla's gateway to a mass-market electric car with a version that will have a promised starting price of $35,000. So far the closest thing we have is the mid-range version, but Tesla is still around $10,000 short of their promise. It will be here soon enough, maybe. Fun fact: The Model 3 was originally supposed to be called the Model E, but Ford owns the trademark for that name and has forever deprived the world of an SEX Tesla model lineup.

Faraday Future FF91

Honestly, is this car even ever going to be made?

Nissan Leaf

Aside from GM and their Chevy Volt, Nissan was the first major automaker to take electric cars seriously. While Tesla was making a luxury EV, and the Volt was just a plug-in, Nissan released the Leaf which was mass produced at a more reasonable price that allowed for more people to purchase it. Sure it wasn't a 'looker' and its battery had some depletion issues, but it was the first mass-production electric car. Currently, the Leaf is on its second-generation and awaiting Nissan to unveil a version with a rumored 60 kWh battery.

Tesla Model S

Possibly THE electric car for many people. If you ask someone to name the first EV that pops up in their head, then the Model S will more times than not be the answer. It can be argued that the Model S made the prospect of electric cars 'cool' and helped start the move we are seeing today towards electrification.

Rimac C Two

Over in Croatia there is a team of absolute madmen working on the Rimac C Two. The car is set to have 1,888 hp, a 120 kWh battery, a top speed of 258 mph, a 0-60 of 1.85 seconds, and a range of 402 miles (NEDC). If you have the €1,795,532 laying around, well too bad, all 150 units have been sold already. We can't wait to see this go up against the upcoming Tesla Roadster.

Fisker Emotion

The Fisker eMotion (or Emotion, I suppose both work) is another ambitious car from Henrik Fisker. After the last bankruptcy caused by a battery shortage which ended the Fisker Karma, Fisker is keen on delivering their next offering with more reliable battery supply. The eMotion, in traditional Henrik Fisker fashion is a beautiful vehicle, with its swooping lines and rear butterfly doors. The car is said to have a range of 400 miles which has batteries being supplied by LG Chem. That is, until Fisker starts production of their solid-state batteries, which Fisker claims will be able to charge fully in one-minute.

Jaguar I Pace

One of the first fully electric cars from a luxury brand. The I-Pace brings competitive numbers and luxury for those that are not into Teslas. Many have dubbed this the first of the "Tesla Killers".

BMW i3

The BMW i3 is another EV that falls into the 'quirky' looking category. BMW's first mass produced fully electric car was a good first entry into its i-line of cars. The i3 provided adequate range for those that didn't have to travel very far everyday. And for those that did, BMW offered a range-extending engine, which left many wondering "what's the point of having an EV than?". With the newest refresh of the i3, BMW actually got rid of the optional engine as it looks to have an all-electric range of over 150 miles now.

Hyundai Kona

The Kona Electric is looking to be a great choice of EV for those that wish to have a small-sized SUV. The Kona will come in two battery configuarations, a 39.2 kWh battery that delivers 186 mile of range, and a 64 kWh battery version which delivers an outstanding EPA-rated range of 258 miles.

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The 60 Minutes Elon Musk Interview Breakdown https://evbite.com/the-60-minutes-elon-musk-interview-breakdown/ https://evbite.com/the-60-minutes-elon-musk-interview-breakdown/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:04:08 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6122 Elon Musk has been on a media frenzy recently taking interviews everywhere from the…

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Elon Musk has been on a media frenzy recently taking interviews everywhere from the Joe Rogan podcast to HBO. Most recently, Musk appeared on the world famous 60 Minutes television program for a 15 minute interview. In the interview, Musk discussed Tesla’s current ups and downs, as well as gave us insight into life as the Tesla CEO. Here we’ll break it all down so you can catch up.

From the start, this interview seemed like it would be another hit piece on Tesla and Musk. The previews leading up to the interview basically mocked Musk for his past and present actions. Although interviewer Lesley Stahl seemed condescending and biased from the start, the interview was everything but. She pressed Musk on his controversies allowing him to open up and give his opinion on the matters.

What About the Pot?

While remembering some of 2018’s biggest controversies, Stahl just had to jump right in and ask about the pot. For those that don’t remember, Elon Musk went on the Joe Rogan podcast earlier this year and took a hit of a joint. It sparked a wave of memes, but more importantly had everyone asking, “does this man not know how to smoke a joint?” Well we got that answer today. No, no he doesn’t. Musk admitted to not knowing how to smoke just about anything… Top tier information… It’s what the public wants to know, I guess.

Funding Secured

Back in August, the Tesla CEO made what is now the infamous $420 tweet, stating that he would take Tesla private and that funding was already secured. The SEC charged Musk with securities fraud claiming funding was never secured and that tweet caused artificial stock manipulation. Part of the settlement was that Musk’s tweets would have to seek board approval before going live. We got some clarification on what exactly that means. No, not all of Musk’s anime tweets get sent in for board approval. In fact, none have required approval. Only those that can potentially influence the stock price would need to be reviewed, according to the terms.

No Respect for the SEC

“I want to be clear. I do not respect the SEC”

Musk has frequently taken shots towards the SEC claiming they do more harm than good. He stated that he is only abiding by the settlement because he respects the justice system, not the SEC. The SEC made him step down as chairman as part as the $420 settlement. Musk went on to say that he hand picked current chairman Robyn Denholm himself and that he has no intention to go back to chair and prefers to remain with no titles at all.

A Terrible Childhood

In a rare insight into Musk’s personal life, he mentions that he had a horrible childhood. Almost beaten to death by bullies and living with an emotionally abusive father was not easy for the Tesla CEO. Could that be what drives him to constantly want to prove everyone wrong?

An American Success Story

A company built from nothing in an impossible to enter industry. Thousands of people worked their asses off, as Musk said, to reach what everyone called an unachievable goal. Instead, the naysayers did nothing but try to bring Musk and the company down and to this day wont acknowledge any of Tesla’s major accomplishments.

How Did They Beat the Odds?

Tesla succeeded at producing 5,000 Model 3’s per week but only after almost bankrupting the company. Previously, Musk stated that Tesla was within “single digit weeks” of dying. He expanded on that and said the 5,000 car goal was life or death for Tesla. Losing $50 – $100 million per week and rapidly running out of money due to production lines not churning out cars fast enough. How did they solve these slow lines? They built a human run 3rd assembly line in a tent. That tent was put up in 3 weeks and increased their output by 50%, according to Musk. They went from automation with robots in a factory to good ol’ fashion hard labor in a tent. In October, Tesla finally turned a profit. Surpassing previous goals and blowing away the skeptics, Tesla accomplished what no other company could do. They entered the mass market. With an electric car of all things.

The $35k Tesla

“5 or 6 months”

Oh boy, another deadline. Just 6 weeks ago Musk set the deadline for advanced summon. An over the air software update that will allow you to get out of your car in a parking lot while your car drives around, looks for a spot, and parks itself. That deadline? 6 weeks. Here we are and no word yet. Musk’s deadlines have been known to be off by many months so I’m not holding my breath.

“Punctuality is not my strong suit”

Musk admitted to not being very good with time frames. It almost sounded like he himself knows they’re going to be off.

“Just because I’m dumb at predicting dates does not mean I’m untruthful. I’ve never made a mass produced car. How am I supposed to know with precision when it’s going to get done?”

Poor Working Conditions

There have been reports of unreported injuries, excessive hours, abusive conditions floating around Tesla for a while now. Elon claims this is all nonsense and just an attack from the UAW, the United Auto Workers labor union, in order to try and unionize the company.

GM vs Tesla

GM recently announced some plants being closed. Musk expressed interest in wanting to purchase those plants for further expansion. As for GMs push to enter the electric market? Musk is all for it. Pushing for worldwide sustainable energy is Tesla’s biggest priority and competition can only help.

“If somebody comes and makes a better electric car than Tesla and it’s so much better than ours that we can’t sell our cars and we go bankrupt I still think that’s a good thing for the world”

You can watch the full 60 Minutes episode here.

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Scania to Deliver Hydrogen Fuel Cell Refuse Trucks in Sweden https://evbite.com/scania-to-deliver-hydrogen-fuel-cell-refuse-trucks-in-sweden/ https://evbite.com/scania-to-deliver-hydrogen-fuel-cell-refuse-trucks-in-sweden/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:37:40 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6138 Commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania has just announced their partnership with Renova, a waste handling company…

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Commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania has just announced their partnership with Renova, a waste handling company in western Sweden. Together with Renova, Scania will develop a number of hydrogen fuel cell refuse trucks for use throughout the region. 

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen gas to power an electric motor. By combining hydrogen and oxygen, fuel cell cars and trucks can produce pure electricity to power themselves, effectively classifying them as electric vehicles. Despite being classified as electric vehicles, however, fuel cell cars and trucks feature range and refueling processes comparable to conventional vehicles.

By converting hydrogen gas into electricity, fuel cell cars and trucks produces only water and heat as a byproduct, meaning that fuel cell vehicles create virtually no pollution as they are driven. Current fuel cell vehicles are capable of cutting emissions by over 30 percent when compared directly to their gasoline-powered alternatives.

Since refuse trucks typically operate in residential areas in the early hours of the morning, vehicles that produce less emissions and noise are highly favored. While Renova and other waste handling companies have tested a variety of electric vehicles in the past, the trucks being developed in conjunction with Scania will be the first to utilize hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Project Manager Marita Nilsson, Electric Powertrain Technology at Scania, stated:

“We are highly interested in gaining more experience of fuel cells in actual customer operations. Fuel cells constitute a promising technology in the needed decarbonisation of transports.”

Hans Zackrisson, Head of Development at Renova, added:

“Electrification using fuel cells fuelled by hydrogen is a highly appealing alternative for heavy commercial vehicles such as refuse trucks. The trucks benefit from all the advantages of electrification while maintaining some of the best aspects of fossil-fuel operations, namely range, hours in service and payload.”

Scania and Renova will be working with the Swedish Energy Agency and Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology in order to implement their project. The hydrogen fuel cell trucks are expected to be delivered between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.

Source:Volkswagen AG

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This Week in EV News: VW Last Generation of Engines in 2026, Ford Mach E Trademark, Aston Martin Electric Car Conversions, and More https://evbite.com/ev-news-12-09-18/ https://evbite.com/ev-news-12-09-18/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2018 16:00:24 +0000 https://evbite.com/?p=6076 Hello everyone and welcome to another addition of our weekly round up, where we…

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Hello everyone and welcome to another addition of our weekly round up, where we recount the EV news that we didn’t cover at length. As always, if you are looking for Tesla news – there is no seperate post this week, as there did not seem to be happening much with Tesla last week. This week we had VW dictating there last generation of gasoline engines, as well as Aston Martin making a neat electric conversion kit for classic cars. 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.

Volkswagen’s Last Generation of Gasoline Engines Will Start in 2026

It seems like it actually might be the start of the end of the gasoline era, even if the true end might not be for a few decades. Volkswagen, who has populated our site with many claims and funding numbers, has announced the end-cap to its gasoline engines. Whichever engine(s) being revealed in 2026, will be VW’s last. Of course this does not mean that VW will ditch their gasoline engines a short time later. A new generation of engines could be used and modified for an indefinite time. The only thing that will force to ditch VW their last generation of engines is emissions standards that are so strict that VW wouldn’t be able to keep their engines. However, it is interesting that VW put a date on this type of thing. It will be interesting to see if other automakers follow suit.
Read More via: Reuters

White House Wishes to End EV Tax Credit, Among Other Subsidies

The EV tax credit just cannot get a break. It seems that every week there is either policy trying to be moved to alter it, or flat out end it. As you know the tax credit is applied to EVs of companies that have sold less than 200,000 electric cars. Once the company crashes the threshold, then there is a year and half phase our period where the credit halves, until is is completely gone 18 months later. Tesla has hit it, and GM is very close to hitting it as well. Currently, the Trump Administration has made it known that they wish to abolish the tax credit altogether, according to Trump’s Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow.

“As a matter of our policy, we want to end all of those subsidies. And by the way, other subsidies that were imposed during the Obama administration, we are ending, whether it’s for renewables and so forth.”

In terms of timeline, Kudlow had said it will end in either 2020 or 2021. However, with Democrats regaining the House in January, it is unlikely that such a move would be easy to do. But what can I say, it is disappointing that the subsidies like these continue to face backlash from the government.
Read More via Reuters

Aston Martin Unveils Reversible Electric Conversion Kit For Classic Cars

The people over at Aston Martin Works have done something special. They developed a so-called “cassette” EV powertrain and put it in a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. The most interesting part is that the electric powertrain can easily be taken out and replaced with the original engine if they so wish. There are a lot of classic cars that will not pass future emission standards, and even if they are grandfathered in, there might still be a stigma towards the owners of these cars. Fortunately if a system like this can become mainstream, then people might not be forced to drive traditional EVs and enjoy their classic cars. Honestly, hats off to Aston Martin to coming up with a system like this.
Read More via Aston Martin

Envision Energy CEO States that Battery Cells Will Cost $100/kWh by 2020

Envision Energy CEO Lei Zhang made a bold prediction at the Stanford Global Energy Forum. As we all know, the most expensive portion of an EV is the battery cell, which makes it a huge hurdle for production if you are trying to profit. Currently the industry average is around $145/kWh for cells and $190/kWh for the battery pack. So when Zhang says that he can slash the price by almost 33% in a matter of two years, it seems very surprising. Most estimates have put the $100/kWh price somewhere in the mid-2020s range. Additionally he claims that the price will be $50/kWh around 2025. Many speculate that Tesla has already managed the reach a price that is close to $100/kWh, so the prediction might not be out of reach. Envision Energy recently purchased Nissan’s battery business, so it would seem like they would have some credibility on the matter. However one thing is for sure, once the industry average breaks through the $100/kWh price and drops even more, it will be hard for automakers to say that EVs are unprofitable.
Read More via Driving

Ford Trademarks Mach E and Mach-E

Ford’s mystery Mustang-inspired crossover EV might be bestowed with the Mach E name. Ford had filed their application on November 26 and according to the filing the trademark is for, “Motor vehicles, namely, electric vehicles, passenger automobiles, trucks, sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and structural parts, fittings, and badges therefor; metal license plate frames.” Previously the only ‘Mach 1’ moniker was used to refer to the car, much to the dismay of die hard Mustang fans who did not want their iconic name sullied by a car that doesn’t even make a sound. Will the Mach E name be more accepted? Who knows. I’m just here waiting for Ford to use that ‘Model E’ name they have been squatting on.
Read More via Autoblog

Faraday Future Furloughs at Least 250 More Employees

More bad news from Faraday? More bad news from Faraday. According to the Verge, the company has furloghed at least 250 more employees as it struggles to stay afloat and pay anyone. As of now, Faraday is operating with less than half of the 1000 employees it had just two months ago. A few days ago, Faraday Future released a statement on their twitter about their financial woes.

The main takeaways are that: (1) Faraday is still blaming Evergrande for not paying them as the cause of this whole mess, (2) filing the new emergency relief application on the main arbitral tribunal soon, and (3) they are hoping to get their finances resolved in 2-3 months. Now the question becomes, will they survive the next 2-3 months?
Read More via The Verge

Watch the Polestar 1 Go Around a Wet Track for a Bit

The Polestar 1, along with the recently unveiled Audi e-tron GT, are some of my favorite looking electric cars thus shown. The debut plug-in hybrid from recently independent company, Polestar, will have 600 hp, a 93 mile all-electric range (NEDC), and reported to cost around $150,000. When production of the Polestar 1 commences in 2019, only 500 of them will be made each year. So these videos might be your only look at one.

In Case You Missed It:

  • AVEVAI, short for Autonomous Vehicle, Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence, a new electric start-up based in Singapore, have unvield their IONA electric truck (44.43 kWh, 186 miles) and van (80 kWh, 205 miles).
  • Ford is moving on to its third European city for testing of its Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid. Ten of these Transits will be given to 5 companies in Cologne, Germany to test the impact of plug-ins.
  • Volkswagen is looking to expand its EV production in the United States. Along with adding a second factory of its own, they are also considering using a Ford factory as well.
  • With the LA Auto Show continuing on, we had our first looks at the Rivian R1S as well as the newly redesigned Kia Soul EV.
  • It seems that most of the battery cell production is located in South Korea and China. However, Korean battery producer, SK Innovation, has announced plans to build a factory in Jackson, Georgia; providing a possible local battery supplier for american automakers.
  • Toyota continues to state that they do not really see a demand for EVs. As such, we should not really expect a full-blown EV from them anytime soon.

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