12 July 2020 | Cobalt-free LFP Batteries Are the N.B.T. (Next Big Thing!)

Jul 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Tesla Model S and Model X specifications reveal 250 kW boost rate | Tesla increases Model Y Performance range to 291 miles | Delta Launches 200kW Ultra Fast Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger | E-scooter trials could see the UK move beyond EU rules | 25 high capacity hydrogen stations to connect the Netherlands, Belgium, and West Germany | Cobalt-free LFP batteries are gaining traction

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TESLA MODEL S AND MODEL X SPECIFICATIONS REVEAL 250 KW BOOST RATE

"Tesla has updated the specifications of the S and X models to include a maximum boost rate of 250 kW or a charge rate of 1,000 miles per hour. Updates to the S and X models website align the load capacities of its flagship vehicles with those of the 3 and Y models." reports FR24news: Tesla recently increased the S and X models’ boost rate from 200 kW to 225 kW as part of software update 2020.24.6, before that, Model 3 and Model Y were the only vehicles in the company’s lineup that could take advantage of the 250 kW higher power of the V3 Superchargers. Tesla cites the improved preconditioning of the battery as a reason for the higher charge rate."

 

That was for the most recently built version of the Model S and X. But now it's up again from 225kW to 250kW. It's unclear what cars will take 250kW, whether it's the existing fleet or only cars sold from today.

 

Tesla: “Your car is now able to charge V3 Superchargers at peak rates of up to 225 kW. As usual, when you access a Supercharger, your car conditions its battery during the journey, so that it can charge more quickly. ”

 

And from Elon on Twitter, Tesla had to “increase some wire thicknesses in S/X to reduce resistive heating” in order to achieve the 250 kW charge speeds. So not the cells but the hardware in the car.

 

Many people point out the form factor difference in cells between S&X and 3&Y by forget that Tesla has improved the chemistry being used in the S&X cells to ensure they don't degrade as much when charging so quickly. Good news too for them being seen as the premium cars. It's also about safety and guaranteeing their products.

 

But how long will it hit 250kW for? And also it depends on how long it holds onto 250kW for...even if you ever hit that you have to be at a low state of charge and probably have navigated to the charger so it pre-conditions the temperature of the battery.

 

From a Car & Driver article in April: "We took our long-term 2019 Tesla Model 3 to a 250-kW Supercharger and a 150-kW Supercharger to test the difference.

The 250-kW unit only saved approximately two minutes on comparable charges from 3 to 100 percent battery. the 250-kW charger only beats the lesser one in the range between about 10 percent and 50 percent state of charge, where all of the two-minute gain we saw over the entire charge was realized. Above that, the two closely follow the same path as the power necessarily tapers off as the battery level increases.  The overall charge time at the 250-kW Supercharger was one hour and six minutes, saving us two minutes over the 150-kW charger, which filled our battery from three to 100 percent in one hour and eight minutes."

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a32132062/tesla-250-kw-vs-150-kw-supercharger-tested/

 

TESLA INCREASES MODEL Y PERFORMANCE RANGE TO 291 MILES

"Tesla has increased the range of the Model Y Performance from an EPA-rated 280 miles to 291 miles when equipped with the factory 21-inch Überturbine wheels.  The range boost represents an approximate 3.9% increase despite the vehicle having no noticeable hardware differences, according to the description outlined on Tesla’s Model Y online configurator. Model Y Long Range retains its 316-mile rating." says Teslarati: "Model Y Performance is currently offered with only the heavyset 21″ Überturbine wheels, which tips the scale at a whopping 65 lbs (29 kg) each. The heavy rotational mass is the main culprit for the decrease in range over the  20″ Induction wheels that Tesla briefly offered for Performance buyers." On the Model Y Long Range you can choose the 19" Gemini Wheels which are included, or the 20" Induction wheels for $2,000.

 

So it now has an extra 11 miles of official range, for $3,000 less.

 

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-y-range-21-in-uberturbine-wheels/

 

DELTA LAUNCHES 200KW ULTRA FAST ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) CHARGER

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, today announced the launch of its next-generation 200kW Ultra Fast Charger (UFC200) in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. Delta's UFC200, which is capable of enabling a 100km driving range with roughly 8 minutes of charging, aims to serve next-generation EVs, e-trucks and e-buses in a broad range of applications such as highways, parking lots, service stations, logistics companies as well as urban traffic hubs.

The UFC200 is also meeting the EV owner's demands for quick and easy charging, realised by its 200kW capacity, which can be split in 2 x 100kW to enable two EVs to be charged simultaneously via the innovative non-liquid cooled 400A high power CCS cable/connector system. This temperature controlled high power connector system can supply extra power when the EV's battery system is at low charge without oversizing the system. In extreme environments and very frequent usage, the power will be automatically reduced to keep the cable/connector temperature in a safe range for the user.

 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/delta-launches-200kw-ultra-fast-083000525.html

 

E-SCOOTER TRIALS COULD SEE THE UK MOVE BEYOND EU RULES

"As the UK fast-tracks the e-scooter trials, the new regulation just being tested could lead to a more generous classification of light electric vehicles than applied across the EU. It could see not only e-scooters but also light electric mopeds without type-approval being allowed." says electrive in a special report today: "Where European capitals have long since introduced the light electric vehicles and already been through the inevitable trials necessary to initiate usage that was acceptable for other street users and residents, the Isles had banned the electric kick scooters from its roads. The government speeding up the e-kick-scooter trial process by a year and widening it to the entire country. However, for the time being, the e-scooters should continue to be categorized as motor vehicles, the trial period will be used to investigate whether they should have the same legal status as EPACs permanently. So, for now, users must have a motor vehicle insurance and at least an AM driving license"

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/07/12/e-scooter-trials-could-see-the-uk-move-beyond-eu-rules/

 

25 HIGH CAPACITY HYDROGEN STATIONS TO CONNECT THE NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, AND WEST GERMANY

Air Liquide and the Port of Rotterdam Authority announce the launch of a jointly created initiative, which aims at enabling 1,000 hydrogen-powered zero-emission trucks on the roads connecting the Netherlands, Belgium, and West Germany by 2025.

In order to have 1,000 Hydrogen-powered trucks on the road, out of which 500 are expected to be based in the Port of Rotterdam area, the related infrastructure needs to be developed and deployed, which envisages 25 high capacity hydrogen stations to connect the Netherlands, Belgium, and West Germany. The project also aims to include the necessary electrolysis capacity to produce low carbon hydrogen. The companies represented in the initiative will jointly perform the feasibility study of this whole value chain.

 

https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/news-and-press-releases/air-liquide-and-port-of-rotterdam-authority-hydrogen-road-transport

 

COBALT-FREE LFP BATTERIES ARE GAINING TRACTION

"Until recently LFP battery packs were mostly used in electric buses, since this kind of vehicles don’t require very energy dense batteries to be eligible for government subsidies in China. However, recent energy density increases in LFP battery packs made possible that passenger electric cars can also use this kind of cobalt-free batteries and still be eligible for government subsidies." says PushEVs: "Now that extremely popular newcomers such as the Tesla Model 3 SR+ MIC (Made in China) and the BYD Han EV arrived with LFP batteries, a production boost in this battery chemistry was inevitable. Anyway, this is just starting. I think that next year the rise of LFP batteries usage could be exponential, for at least three reasons: BYD invades Europe,  Tesla Model C, CATL battery cell plant in Germany Summing up, good cobalt-free batteries are already available and they make possible for electric cars to compete in price and availability with ICE cars"

 

Read more from Pedro here: https://pushevs.com/2020/07/11/cobalt-free-lfp-batteries-are-gaining-traction/

 

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