EV Owners Say “We’re Never Going Back To Combustion” | 22 Jan 2021
Renault ZOE sells almost as much as the Clio | Skoda Plans To Produce Between 250 And 350 Enyaq iV Daily | Where Exactly Does Joe Biden Plan To Put 550,000 EV Charging Stations? | 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S gets 10% more EPA range | Tesla's infotainment upgrade gets 40% discount | Tesla To Add Cell Manufacturing In Berlin | Tesla Model 3 and Model Y’s adjustable suspension | Majority of EV owners are intent on purchasing another one in the future
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On today’s podcast:
- Renault ZOE sells almost as much as the Clio
- Skoda Plans To Produce Between 250 And 350 Enyaq iV Daily
- Where Exactly Does Joe Biden Plan To Put 550,000 EV Charging Stations?
- 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S gets 10% more EPA range
- Tesla's infotainment upgrade gets 40% discount
- Tesla To Add Cell Manufacturing In Berlin
- Tesla Model 3 and Model Y’s adjustable suspension
- Majority of EV owners are intent on purchasing another one in the future
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RENAULT ZOE SELLS ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE CLIO
"Last month the all-electric supermini ZOE was Renault’s second best selling car, only a little behind the extremely popular Clio. The sales of the Renault Twingo ZE are also getting very close to its gas counterpart." reports the PushEVs.com blog: "December sales in Europe...Clio: 20,404, ZOE: 16,035. At the moment, Renault seems to be the legacy automaker that is making the best transition to electric cars in Europe, by having good electric alternatives to its most popular ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars. Another important reason for success is the fact that electric cars sold by Renault currently have the lowest delivery times in Europe. As for the ZOE, it’s still much more expensive than the Clio in countries without government subsidies to buy electric cars, so it might take a while until it’s ready to completely replace its dirty sibling."
Luca de Meo had said on Renaulution event that they are going to start using LFP chemistry as well. Could be from the CATL European production base in Germany (CATT - Contemporary Amperex Technology Thuringia). Cobalt free, and cheaper. In Erfurt they will build the cells and make them into modules ready for EVs.
SKODA PLANS TO PRODUCE BETWEEN 250 AND 350 ENYAQ IV DAILY
Skoda began production of the all-electric Enyaq iV in November, and by the end of the year delivered about 600 units. The manufacturing target at the Mladá Boleslav plant in Czechia was set for 250-350 Enyaq iV per day. Assuming 5-days a week, it's about 5,000-7,000 a month and 60,000-84,000 a year." according to InsideEVs: "It would place the Enyaq iV among the top-selling EVs in Europe in 2020, and probably also one of the tops in 2021. If the company works seven days a week, it could be 7,000-10,000 a month or 84,000-120,000 a year. Even at 50,000 in 2021, it would be a great achievement, especially since there is now growing competition in the segment, including "friendly-fire" from the Volkswagen ID.4."
WHERE EXACTLY DOES JOE BIDEN PLAN TO PUT 550,000 EV CHARGING STATIONS?
"As it stands, you can get most places with the existing EV infrastructure we have, but if you’re trying to get to your cousin’s place in rural Idaho or North Dakota, you’re going to have a tough time. Hopefully by making electric car chargers as ubiquitous as gas stations, that range anxiety and usability problem will disappear entirely. With more charging stations, we can shrink the so-called electron deserts." says Jalopnik: "Biden has expressed a desire for the U.S. to be competitive with China on electric vehicle adoption, largely out of support for the many automakers with manufacturing facilities based here. China already has half a million public EV plugs in place, so this 2030 expansion plan would only get us caught up to China’s 2021 levels."
2021 PORSCHE TAYCAN 4S GETS 10% MORE EPA RANGE
"The EPA has the updated range estimates for the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S, its midrange model now that the standard model Taycan has been announced. Surprisingly, the range jumped from 203 miles in 2020 to 227 miles of range this year, a gain of over 10%." reports electrek: "Porsche simply did not use the monster 21-inch wheel option in its EPA calculation in which it chooses the worst case scenario to report. Apparently, the 2021 is the exact same car as the 2020 as far as the drivetrain is concerned. The only difference is that the high-drag 21-inch wheels were not reported from/to the EPA. That same source told us that almost no one buys those wheels, as most people stick with the 19s or 20s. Those huge wheels come standard on the Taycan Turbo S so the calculation stands there. The 20-inch wheels apparently make the Taycan over 10% more efficient, which is seemingly a huge gain. In the case of the Taycan 4S, it added 24 miles of range. The 19-inch wheels/tires are apparently even more efficient."
Real world tests all show late 200's, with 19 inch wheels at highway speeds you can get close to 300 miles.
Porsche are clearly under promising and over-delivering.
TESLA'S INFOTAINMENT UPGRADE GETS 40% DISCOUNT
"Tesla cut the cost of its infotainment upgrade by 40% about a week after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked it to recall nearly 159,000 cars due to a defective touchscreen. While the upgrade brings an array of new features while deleting older ones, it also fixes the problem identified by the agency." according to Autoblog: "Owners of a Model S or a Model X built before March 2018 can buy the infotainment upgrade, which the firm calls simply Infotainment Upgrade, via the Tesla App. It adds in-car video streaming, Caraoke and Tesla Arcade, among other functions, and it removes the AM, FM and Sirius XM radios. Significantly, it also includes a faster and more responsive touchscreen that doesn't rely on the faulty hardware identified in the NHTSA's findings. Tesla charged $2,500 for the upgrade until January 2021, when it quietly slashed the price to $1,500. If a recall is issued, Tesla will replace the touchscreen in affected cars, but it likely won't load it with games and connectivity."
Deadline to fight NHTSA judgement is Jan 27.
TESLA TO ADD CELL MANUFACTURING IN BERLIN
"Tesla has been given the go-ahead to start preliminary work for the battery cell manufacturing facility that will supply the Berlin Gigafactoy. According to BZ-Berlin, the news comes as a surprise to the Brandenburg government, which oversees the location for Giga Berlin." says Torque NEws: "Tesla hasn’t submitted an official application to build a battery cell manufacturing facility to the Brandenburg authority. However, the preliminary permit comes in the way of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics. The Ministry’s Chief Peter Altmaier bundled the applications of multiple companies looking into battery cell manufacturing and submitted them to the EU Commission. In the meantime, the ministry has also granted Tesla to start initial work for the plant."
Capacity is 100GWh per year. Well above 35GWh in Nevada and every other cell gigafactory in the world. At 75kWh per pack (Long Range Model Y pack), 100GWh is 1.3 million cars a year.
TESLA MODEL 3 AND MODEL Y’S ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
"An update to the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y’s Owner’s Manual recently revealed fresh hints about a possible adjustable suspension system for the all-electric sedan and crossover. The features were teased in a new icon on the vehicles’ infotainment system that resembles the air suspension icon used by the company in its flagship EVs like the Tesla Model X. " repotrs Teslarati: "The new hints on the Model 3 and Model Y’s adjustable suspension features were shared online by noted Tesla owner-hacker @Greentheonly, who noted that the changes were rolled out with update 2020.48.26, better known as the 2020 Holiday Update. Considering that the new icon is already in the Owner’s Manual for the two vehicles, there’s a fair chance that the features may be rolled out soon"
MAJORITY OF EV OWNERS ARE INTENT ON PURCHASING ANOTHER ONE IN THE FUTURE
"Among the early adopters who own an EV, 82% say they “definitely will” consider purchasing another in the future, according to the inaugural J.D. Power US Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study. However, satisfaction with the current ownership experience is a key influencer for whether owners will purchase the same brand of EV again." repotrs Green Car Congress: "The study finds that 95% of EV owners whose overall ownership satisfaction exceeds 900 points say they will purchase another EV. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of these owners say they “definitely will” repurchase the same brand. However, likelihood to repurchase the same brand lessens as satisfaction declines. "
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