Volvo Will Design Their Own Electric Motors To Fight Tesla
Volvo to design and develop electric motors in-house | LEVC VN5 turns like a London taxi | Nio: New battery for 900km of range & European launch | IONITY Reveals Network Usage Over The Past 2 Years | Sunderland's Nissan plant to build new electric Qashqai model | Tesla is going to expand Full Self-Driving to Canada and Norway next | Autopilot Could Prevent 80% Of Accidents
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On today’s podcast:.
- Volvo to design and develop electric motors in-house
- LEVC VN5 turns like a London taxi
- Nio: New battery for 900km of range & European launch
- IONITY Reveals Network Usage Over The Past 2 Years
- Sunderland's Nissan plant to build new electric Qashqai model
- Tesla is going to expand Full Self-Driving to Canada and Norway next
- Autopilot Could Prevent 80% Of Accidents
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VOLVO TO DESIGN AND DEVELOP ELECTRIC MOTORS IN-HOUSE
"Volvo says that bringing the development of electric motors in-house will allow its engineers to make further gains in terms of energy efficiency and overall performance and further optimise electric motors and the entire electric driveline in its new model The OEM has opened a new electric motor lab in Shanghai, China in addition to ongoing e-motor development in Gothenburg, Sweden, and state-of-the-art battery labs in China and Sweden" says Automotive Manufacturing Solutions.com: "The Shanghai electric motor lab started operations last month and will focus on electric motor development for use in fully electric and hybrid cars based on Volvo’s forthcoming SPA 2 modular vehicle architecture."
And Jalopnik notes: "Because the thing about doing things in-house is that doing everything in-house is virtually impossible. Tesla has always tried to do just that but it still gets its batteries from Panasonic; it still puts Goodyears on new Model Ys; it still has scores of other suppliers, like every other mass-producer of cars in the world. Which is a comment less about Tesla than about Volvo and every other automaker in that, at the end of the day, the vast majority of consumers don’t really care."
LEVC VN5 TURNS LIKE A LONDON TAXI
"LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) today announces the start of production for its new electric van, VN5. The new model is designed, engineered and manufactured at LEVC’s award-winning production plant in Ansty, Coventry – the UK’s only dedicated electric vehicle factory." says Fleetpoinht: "Based on the same architecture and proven eCity technology as LEVC’s TX electric taxi, VN5 can achieve a pure EV range of over 60 miles (98 km) and a total flexible range of over 300 miles (489 km). In addition, VN5 utilises the same strong, lightweight bonded aluminium monocoque & SMC construction – designed to last twice as long as the competition and has a class-leading turning circle of just 10.1m for unrivalled mobility in busy city environments. With up to 5.5m3 cargo capacity, VN5 easily accommodates two Euro sized pallets, and offers a gross payload of up to 830kg. It has been built with a large side-loading door (enabling a pallet to be side-loaded) and a 60/40 split door at the rear to make loading and unloading easy for the driver."
NIO: NEW BATTERY FOR 900KM OF RANGE & EUROPEAN LAUNCH
"According to founder William Li Bin, the Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio is currently working on a battery pack with a capacity of 150 kWh, which should enable ranges of over 900 kilometres. Besides, the plans for a European launch in 2021 may become concrete." says electrive: "According to a report by CN Tech Post, Nio founder William Li Bin made the statement about the 150 kWh battery at a meeting of the ‘EP Club’, a club of Nio drivers. With such a battery, Nio would not only more than double the current range of a Nio ES6 (430 kilometres in the outdated NEDC), but would also match the range of combustion engines and hybrids. Besides, according to Gasgoo, the plans for a sales launch in Europe should become more concrete. In a project with the code name ‘Marco Polo’, Nio is said to have hired many employees for export business. The main focus would be on the two electric SUV models ES6 and ES8, Gasgoo suggests, of which 7,000 units are to be sold in Europe within two years."
IONITY REVEALS NETWORK USAGE OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS
"IONITY, the European fast charging network, has revealed usage of the network in terms of the amount of energy dispensed to electric cars over the two years - between September 2018 and September 2020. here were 150 stations in October 2019, 200 in January 2020 and 250 in July 2020 and as of now it's almost 300. During that period, energy sales doubled (September 2019 vs 2020)." notes InsideEVs: "The usage chart shows us also one more important thing - seasonality. All the fast charging infrastructure has to be envisioned for peak periods, which usually happens to be holidays, when people takes more long-distance trips. If a network will not take it into account, we will see long queues to chargers in peak periods, which occasionally happens also to Superchargers."
IONITY said: The ongoing corona pandemic has led to a change in mobility behaviour in Europe and helped the e-mobility sector to further gain traction. Whether this is because:
- people who already own EVs (electric vehicles) seem to increase their usage.
- there is a high demand for sustainable mobility in order to travel emission-free and in a
- public transports such as trains, planes and busses seem to no longer be the safe way of
travelling during the pandemic.
- more countries are encouraging the purchase of electric vehicles by providing incentives.
SUNDERLAND'S NISSAN PLANT TO BUILD NEW ELECTRIC QASHQAI MODEL
"It is understood the Sunderland site will produce the new e-POWER model. Staff at the site, which employs 6,000 people and supports 18,000 supply chain jobs, have been told the news, which comes after the company confirmed its e-POWER vehicles would be put into production in Europe, but not where the vehicles would be produced." says the local newspaper the SUnderland Echo: "The firm’s e-POWER vehicles use an electric motor drive and a petrol engine to charge a battery, offering better fuel efficiency"
TESLA IS GOING TO EXPAND FULL SELF-DRIVING TO CANADA AND NORWAY NEXT
"Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is going to expand its Full Self-Driving beta software to Canada and Norway. For now, the update is only available to a select few Tesla owners in the early access program in the US as part of an “early beta.” Now, Elon Musk says that the next markets to get the “FSD” software update will be Canada and Norway" according to electrek: "Launching in new markets can be challenging as different markets have different road markings and signs as well as different road regulations."
AUTOPILOT COULD PREVENT 80% OF ACCIDENTS
"In Europe, stricter regulation has limited Autopilot's abilities, with vehicles sold there unable to handle as many situations as the software in the U.S. Now Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research in Duisburg, Germany, is saying regulations for autonomous cars are progressing too slowly. The number of car accidents per kilometer traveled has been growing over the last three years, and Dudenhöffer said Autopilot could help reduce these incidents." says benzinga.com: "The CAR Institute in Duisburg has calculated only 29,413 accidents would have occurred if all vehicles in Germany had been equipped with Tesla autopilot in the previous year. This is in contrast to the 281,849 road traffic accidents actually reported."
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