22 May 2019 | Electric Jaguar E-Types, Hybrid Land Rover Defender Spied and 2012 Model S vs 2019 Audi e-tron
Tesla’s New Climate Option ‘Party Mode’ Detected | Leonardo Dicaprio-Produced Documentary ‘And We Go Green’ | Irish Electrifi Signs €40m Deal To Build Electric Jaguar E-Types | Land Rover Testing Hybrid 2020 Defender | Ford Axes 10pc Of Workforce As It Restructures For EVs | BHP Electric Vehicle Take-Up Forecasts | 2012 Tesla Model S vs 2019 Audi E-Tron? | Next-Gen Bmw I8 Could Go Electric | BMW Updates Its Plug-In Lineup | First All-Electric Minicabs To Hit London In Fight For Cleaner Air
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TESLA’S NEW CLIMATE OPTION, THE ‘PARTY MODE’ IS DETECTED
- "It has almost been a year since Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased a new Keep Climate On feature specially designed for party animals and campers — now a Tesla hacker who goes by the name of ‘green’ just released a screenshot showing the new ‘Party Mode’ button added to the climate options." report xautoworld.com today: "Bjørn Nyland tested the ‘Keep Climate On’ option in extreme winter temperatures of -15°C/5°F and was able to sleep inside his Tesla Model X. However, the ‘Keep Climate On’ option turns off the car and most of its functions except for the heating or cooling functionality but in ‘Party Mode’ it seems like while the car is parked the center touchscreen and ambient lighting will keep working for the party animals or campers. According to Elon Musk’s statement above, the power outlets/USB ports will also keep working until the Party Mode is On, like the Dog Mode climate feature the Party will roll on until the battery reaches a min threshold of 20%."
LEONARDO DICAPRIO-PRODUCED DOCUMENTARY ‘AND WE GO GREEN’
- "“And We Go Green,” a new documentary about electric street racing, will have its world debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Variety has learned." writes Brett Lang for Variety.com: "The behind-the-scenes vérité look at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship chronicles how the groundbreaking electric car racing series has matured from upstart championship to the world’s fastest-growing sport in four short years. In addition to offering compelling racing footage “And We Go Green” also dovetails with DiCaprio’s interest in combating global warming and air pollution. “And We Go Green” will screen [tomorrow] at Cannes. In addition to the filmmakers and DiCaprio, guests at the screening will include Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag, former Formula E driver Nelson Piquet Jr., Formula E reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne, Formula E drivers Sam Bird, Lucas di Grassi and André Lotterer."
IRISH ELECTRIFI SIGNS €40M DEAL TO BUILD ELECTRIC JAGUAR E-TYPES
- Electrifi, the Wicklow-based company that made quite a splash last month by revealing it had converted a classic Ferrari 308 to electric power, has announced a deal to build a series of electric Jaguar E-Types." reports Irish Times: "The cars will keep their original structure, but the 3.8 and 4.2-litre ‘XK’ straight-six engine, and its four-speed Moss gearbox, will be removed. The battery pack and electric motor slot into the space vacated by the old oily bits, so in theory it will be simple to restore the car to petrol power if you ever want to bring it back to its original status. Power is expected to be in the 450hp range, giving the car the ability to sprint to 100km/h in around four seconds, and on to a top speed north of 280km/h. No figure for one-charge range has yet been given."
- "Jaguar itself, which has its own battery E-Type plans. The electric E-Type, or E-Type Zero to give it its proper name, has already made a name for itself, thanks to a cameo role in the most recent royal wedding."
LAND ROVER TESTING HYBRID 2020 DEFENDER
- "Jaguar Land Rover is testing a hybrid-electric version of its upcoming 2020 Defender SUV. Spy photographers caught a prototype on public roads outside of the company’s research and development center in Gaydon, England. A look into the vehicle’s registration records confirmed it uses a hybrid powertrain." according to Trucks.com: "Land Rover will debut its reborn Defender later this year. After a 22-year hiatus the SUV will be available in the U.S. market as a modernized successor to the rugged original. Among the possible changes is adoption of alternative powertrains such as a hybrid-electric unit. Jaguar Land Rover offers a mild-hybrid Evoque, plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace. The electrified Defender could use a hybrid powertrain that regenerates from braking rather than an external charging station."
FORD AXES 10PC OF WORKFORCE AS IT RESTRUCTURES FOR ELECTRIC CARS
- "Ford Motor Co. F, -0.39% is planning to eliminate 7,000 salaried jobs around the world by the end of August as part of its Smart Redesign program, according to an email sent to employees that was published by Automotive News." says Market Watch. Whilst The Guardian says: "The cuts are expected to save Ford $600m (£471m) a year, helping it improve its profit margins, as carmakers manage weak global demand and ready themselves for a period of upheaval caused by a shift to electric vehicles."
BHP RECHARGES ITS ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAKE-UP FORECASTS
- "BHP has lifted its forecasts for the adoption of electric vehicles around the world, a phenomenon that will have substantial ramifications for the world's biggest miner. It now estimates at least 132 million EVs will be on the world's roads in 2035, and at least 561 million in the middle of the century. These numbers are its "low-case" forecasts, and it also suggested take-up could be higher." says Sydney Morning Herald: "The miner is watching the developing EV market closely, given its activities around the world. It has significant copper and nickel operations - two commodities that are essential to EV batteries. It also has significant oil operations and has said it sees continued demand for the commodity. The company signalled its optimism in the growth of EVs last week, when it confirmed it would retain its Nickel West business, with chief executive Andrew Mackenzie citing the potential growth in the business due to "the expected growth in battery markets"."
HOW DOES A 2012 TESLA MODEL S STACK UP AGAINST A 2019 AUDI E-TRON?
- "Should you skip these newfangled EVs and get a used Tesla instead?" is the question asked by InsideEVs today: "the e-tron is the culmination of over four years of development, and represents one of the most expensive projects in the automaker’s history. Nonetheless, its battery specs don’t rival those of the cars coming out of Fremont. In absolute terms, the brand-new e-tron’s range is just below that of the oldest Model S. When you look at miles of range per kWh of battery size, the comparison is even more lopsided. In 2012, the EPA range for the Model S with a 60 kWh battery pack was 208 miles. The 2019 e-tron delivers 204 miles with a 95 kWh (83.6 kWh useable) pack. A seven-year-old Model S with a battery pack of similar size (85 kWh) offers a range of 265 miles. Meanwhile, Model X gets 250 miles from a 75 kWh battery pack, and the Model 3 Standard Range Plus gets 240 miles from a 55 kWh pack."
NEXT-GEN BMW I8 COULD GO FULLY ELECTRIC
- "The BMW i8 is a stylish, futuristic-looking plug-in hybrid, but a new report is suggesting the second-generation model could go fully electric. While the current car has a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder internal combustion engine, an electric motor and an 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, Autocar reports that BMW executives are leaning towards making the its successor an all-electric." according to CarScoops: "sources told the publication the switch to an electric powertrain would provide a “tangible link” to the company’s effort in Formula E. This is understandable and it would likely help to serve as a halo model for the company’s upcoming slate of electric vehicles."
BMW UPDATES ITS PLUG-IN HYBRID LINEUP: MORE ELECTRIC RANGE
- "BMW announced a major refresh of its lineup, including plug-in hybrid versions of several models, scheduled for summer 2019. In effect, all PHEVs will be equipped with new, higher energy dense batteries for longer all-electric range, among other improvements." reports InsideEVs: "The upgraded versions of the BMW PHEVs come just in time to not harm severely the plug-in sales results, which didn't bring any growth for the past few months. The list of updated plug-ins (production form July/August 2019) includes: BMW 330e iPerformance
- BMW 530e iPerformance
- BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance
- BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance
- BMW 225xe Active Tourer iPerformance
- BMW 745e iPerformance (in three versions: BMW 745e, BMW 745Le, BMW 745Le xDrive) is already in production"
FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC MINICABS TO HIT LONDON IN FIGHT FOR CLEANER AIR
- "Addison Lee has unveiled the capital’s first all-electric minicab in a boost for efforts to tackle toxic fumes. The firm is to trial the £70,000 Audi e-tron for six months to assess the practicality of a vehicle that has a 250-mile range before needing to be recharged." says Evening Standard newspaper: "Addison Lee will test five electric Audis on its premium Tristar chauffeur service as part of its commitment to moving towards a fleet with zero-emissions capability."
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