09 Apr 2019 | Pininfarina Batista Shows Up In London, Harley Davidson To Get Fake Engine Noise and Diesel Buses Refurbished To EV

Apr 09, 2019, 03:53 PM

Pininfarina Batista Shows Up With 1,900 HP In London | Formula E Offers Support To MotoE After Fire | New Renault Zoe Won’t Be All-New, Just A Heavy Redesign Instead | Harley Davidson Getting Ready For The Livewire With New Charging Stations | CCW Rebuilds Over 50 Diesel Buses To Electric, Offers 466 kWh Packs | German Prosecutors Find Collusion Between Automakers Over Diesel Emissions

Show #438

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 9th April 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.

 

Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.

 

PININFARINA BATISTA SHOWS UP WITH 1,900 HP IN LONDON

  • "Ahead of its full UK debut at Goodwood this weekend, the Pininfarina Battista headed to London to launch the capital’s new ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ). The Battista, Pininfarina‘s first full car production effort, will enter production next year with deliveries starting towards the end of that year. That will be just a few months before London‘s ULEZ extends to the whole of Greater London." reports Dominic Wilde for InsideEVs.com: "A Rimac-supplied 120 kWh battery pack helps deliver 874 bhp and 1,694 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to rocket it from 0-60 in less than two seconds, to 186 mph in under 12 seconds, and onto a top speed of 218 mph. Range almost 300 miles, which is enough for a non-stop drive from London to Paris"

 

  • Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina: "“The Battista is a truly beautiful, guilt-free hypercar – the first EV to really fall in love with – because electricity enables us to develop it with zero emissions and as the most powerful car that will have ever been designed and built in Italy. As London joins many cities in moving towards a more sustainable future, we hope that the Battista also inspires a generation to consider electric cars, not just through the benefits of zero emissions, but also through the beauty and the performance that electrification offers.”

 

https://insideevs.com/pininfarina-batista-shows-up-with-1900-hp-in-london/

 

FORMULA E OFFERS SUPPORT TO MOTOE AFTER FIRE

  • "ABB FIA Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag says he has offered support to the organisers of the MotoE championship after a pre-season fire destroyed its fleet of electric bikes." reports Alex Kalinaukas for Motorsport.co: "The incident, which was caused by a short circuit that ignited a high-density battery in a charging point, at the Jerez circuit last month caused the inaugural MotoE season to be delayed until July. Agag said he reached out “just to show my solidarity to them” as a fellow electric motorsport series."
  • Alejandrop told Autosport: "I sent a message to the guys from Dorna the next day saying that if they need our help, we’re here to help. We’ve done 50 races [with] not one single incident, not one single short circuit. But this takes a lot of work, a lot of experience, a lot of effort to make sure everything works."

 

https://www.motorsport.com/motoe/news/formulae-offers-support-jerez-fire/4365118/

 

NEW RENAULT ZOE WON’T BE ALL-NEW, JUST A HEAVY REDESIGN INSTEAD

  • "According to Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker, the upcoming new Renault ZOE will be a “heavy phase two design rather than a new car from the ground up,” reports Mark Kane today for InsideEVs.com.
  • Rachel Burgess for Autocar says: "Pricing for the new Zoe is a long way off being announced, but it's likely Renault will try to keep at the same level to sustain its popularity as one of the most affordable EVs on the market. The new Zoe is expected to use a bespoke EV platform shared across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. That's instead of sharing its platform with the current Nissan Leaf, which uses an adapted version of the original 2011 Leaf's platform. The bespoke electric platform, which will be used for all forthcoming small to medium-sized EVs, will allow greater battery capacity for a range target of 250 miles under the new, more real-world WLTP testing regime. That's a match for the latest Zoe R110's NEDC range claim, which is claimed to be around 190 miles in the real-world."

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-renault-zoe-ev-be-heavy-phase-two-design

 

H-D GETTING READY FOR THE LIVEWIRE WITH NEW CHARGING STATIONS

  • The first of two stories coming to us via RideApart.com. "Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle will be available for purchase nationwide beginning this August. They're already taking deposits. Harley has been busy installing Electric Vehicle charging stations at its dealerships. The LiveWire sports an SAE Combo CCS charging connector, which is the same as many American and European electric vehicles: Chevy’s Bolt and Spark, the BMW i3 and several electric Volkswagens and Mercedes. The LiveWire has a pricetag starting at $29,799, has a 140-mile city range and the capacity for a Level 3 charger, which means it will charge from a depleted battery to full in an hour or less. And Harley-Davidson wants you to spend that hour, of course, in one of its dealerships, checking out all the other bikes as well as the accessories available for your LiveWire."

 

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/316318/harley-davidson-installing-charging-stations/

 

  • Meanwhile Sabrina at RideApart.com picks up on the noise a Harley makes: "The beauty of a silent, electric motorcycle is that it leaves a blank canvas of sound to be painted with your own colors. This is at least what Harley-Davidson believes in. The company addressed early concerns about the Livewire “not having a typical Harley sound” by promising its first electric model will have a signature sound nonetheless. We now know that the Milwaukee brand will actually dive into its history to give the Livewire a truly unique sound. In fact, the company confirmed that the model will come equipped with a customizable note function and a variety of engine sounds to choose from, accessible via the onboard computer. The system will use a compact “engine sound system” that will use two speakers located on the tail of the bike to produce the artificial engine sound. The system will be synched with the throttle input, which means the bike will mimic the sound of an engine at idle and increase the “revolutions” as soon as the throttle is twisted."

 

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/316258/harley-livewire-customizable-engine-sound/

 

CCW REBUILDS OVER 50 DIESEL BUSES TO ELECTRIC, OFFERS 466 KWH PACKS

  • "Complete Coach Works (CCW), headquartered in Riverside, California took a different path of electrifying buses – instead of offering new electric buses, they are rebuilding existing diesel buses to electric drive. Operators can literally convert their existing fleet or purchase newly refurbished buses from CCW’s inventory and reportedly save money compared to brand new vehicles." says nsideEVs.com today: "So far, CCW deployed more than 50 Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) in the U.S., which covered over 3 million revenue miles (on average roughly 60,000 miles per bus). One of the customers operates 30 ZEPS buses."

 

https://insideevs.com/ccw-rebuild-diesel-buses-to-electric/

 

GERMAN PROSECUTORS FIND COLLUSION BETWEEN AUTOMAKERS OVER DIESEL EMISSIONS

  • "European anti-trust regulators say they have found collusion among German automakers to avoid cleaning up tailpipe emissions. On Friday, anti-trust regulators for the European Union charged BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen with colluding to block the introduction of effective diesel and gasoline emissions technology." says Green Car Reports: "Volkswagen has already paid $1.2 billion in fines in Germany over its diesel emissions shortfalls. BMW and Daimler have paid $9.5 million. All three automakers have shifted their focus from developing new diesels to spending billions of dollars to develop electric cars and build up supplies of batteries to power them. EU regulators said the new charges are not related to emissions cheat devices. but to failing to offer the latest, most effective emissions reduction technologies to European consumers (for both gas and diesel engines.)"

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122486_german-prosecutors-find-collusion-between-automakers-over-diesel-emissions

 

COMMUNITY

And thanks to MYEV.com they’ve set us another Question Of The Week. Keep your comments coming in on email and YouTube…

 

Would you buy a very high mileage EV?

 

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the 210 patrons of this podcast whose generosity means I get to keep making this show, which aims to entertain and inform thousands of listeners every day about a brighter future. By no means do you have to check out Patreon but if it’s something you’ve been thinking about, by all means look at patreon.com/evnewsdaily

 

 

PHIL ROBERTS / ELECTRIC FUTURE (PREMIUM PARTNER)

BRAD CROSBY (PREMIUM PARTNER)

 

DAVID ALLEN (PARTNER)

OEM AUDIO OF NEW ZEALAND AND EVPOWER.CO.NZ (PARTNER)

SASCHA PALLENBERG (PARTNER)

PAUL O’CONNER (PARTNER)

ALAN ROBSON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

ALEX BANAHENE (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

ALEXANDER FRANK @ https://www.youtube.com/c/alexsuniverse42

ARILD GEIR SKAALSVEEN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

ASHLEY HILL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

BÅRD FJUKSTAD (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

BARRY PENISTON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

BOB MUIR / GINGERCOMPUTERS.COM IN DUNDEE (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

BORISLAV BORISOV (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

BRENT KINGSFORD (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

BRIAN THOMPSON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

BRIAN WEATHERALL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

CESAR TRUJILLO (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

CHRIS BENSON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

CHRIS HOPKINS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

CRAIG COLES (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

CRAIG ROGERS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DAMIEN DAVIS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DARREN BYRD (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DARREN SANT FROM YORKSHIRE EV CLUB (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DAVE DEWSON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DAVID BARKMAN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DAVID FINCH (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DAVID PARTINGTON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DAVID PRESCOTT (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DIRK RUTSATZ (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

DON MCALLISTER / SCREENCASTSONLINE.COM (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

ENRICO STEPHAN-SCHILOW (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

FREDRIK ROVIK (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

GEORGE CLARGO (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JACK OAKLEY (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JAMES STORR (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JASON FAN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JEFF ERBES (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JERRY ALLISON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JILL SMITH (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JOHN BAILEY (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JON AKA BEARDY MCBEARDFACE (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JON KNODEL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JON TIMMIS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

JUAN GONZALEZ (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

KEN MORRIS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

KEVIN MEYERSON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

KIRIVAN YAM (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

LARS DAHLAGER (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

LAURENCE D ALLEN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

LESZEK GRZYL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

LOUIS HOPKIN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

LUKE CULLEY (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MARCEL LOHMANN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MARCEL WARD (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MARTIN CROFT (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MATT PISCIONE (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MATTHEW ELLIS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MATTHEW GROOBY (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MAZ SHAR (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MIA OPPELSTRUP (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MICHAEL PASTRONE (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MIKE ROGERS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

MIKE WINTER (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

NATHAN GORE-BROWN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

NEIL E ROBERTS FROM SUSSEX EVS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

OHAD ASTON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

PAUL SEAGER-SMITH (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

PAUL STEPHENSON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

PETE GLASS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

 PHIL MOUCHET (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

PHILIPPE CALVE (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

RAJ BADWAL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

RAJEEV NARAYAN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

RALPH JENSON (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

RENÉ SCHNEIDER (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

ROB COOLING / HTTP://WWW.APPLEDRIVING.CO.UK/ (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

RUPERT MITCHELL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

SARAH MCCANN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

SEIKI PAYNE (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

STEVE JOHN...