22 Oct 2018 | New Kia Soul EV Almost Ready, Porsche Confirm Wagon Version Of Taycan and Audi e-tron SUV Faces Delay
New Kia Soul EV To Be Revealed In Los Angeles Next Month | Volkswagen Group China Building First Factory Specifically For MEB Production | Transport Scotland Sets Up £700,000 Investment Fund For Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicles | Audi E-Tron GT Coming 2020 With Help From VW Parts Bin From Porsche | Porsche Is Building An Off-Road Wagon Version Of Its Taycan EV | Audi's Electric Suv Faces Four-Week Delay Because Of Software Issue
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ORNL DEMONSTRATES 120-KILOWATT WIRELESS CHARGING FOR VEHICLES
- Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles--providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station fill-up.
- The wireless system transfers 120 kilowatts of power with 97 percent efficiency, which is comparable to conventional, wired high-power fast chargers. In the laboratory demonstration, power was transferred across a six-inch air gap between two magnetic coils and charged a battery pack.
- ORNL researchers created and demonstrated the world's first 20-kilowatt wireless charging system, which is being modified for applications such as commercial delivery trucks.
- To achieve 120 kilowatts, the ORNL team created a new coil design co-optimized with the latest silicon carbide power electronic devices for a lightweight, compact system. The system's architecture takes energy from the grid and converts it to high-frequency alternating current, which generates a magnetic field that transfers power across a large air gap. Once the energy is transferred to the secondary coil, it is converted back to direct current and stored in a vehicle's batteries.
NEW KIA SOUL AND SOUL EV TO BE REVEALED IN LOS ANGELES NEXT MONTH
- "We’ve seen spy photos of the next-generation Kia Soul a couple of times in the last few months and it’s only natural that a debut is imminent." reports Anthony Karr from Motor1.com: "Our friends from The Korean Cars Blog report the standard ICE-powered and fully-electric versions of the car will make their official premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the second half of November this year. Nothing is confirmed at the moment, but it is believed sales in the United States will kick off in the second quarter of 2019. As far as the Soul EV is concerned, it will use the powertrain of the Niro EV, which means two battery packs will be on sale – with 34 kWh or 60 kWh. The larger of the two should provide a range of approximately 300 miles (485 kilometers) between two charges."
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP CHINA BUILDING FIRST FACTORY SPECIFICALLY FOR MEB PRODUCTION
- "Volkswagen Group China is beginning construction in Anting of the Group’s first factory specifically designed for the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform. The first model that will be produced in the factory of SAIC Volkswagen will be an electric Volkswagen brand SUV in 2020." according to Green Car Congress: "Together with the FAW-Volkswagen factory in Foshan, which opened this summer, SAIC Volkswagen’s plant will begin to produce e-cars on the MEB platform directly after the first worldwide MEB-production starts in Zwickau, Germany."
- Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group, said: "Through Volkswagen’s MEB platform, we will be able to easily produce state-of-the-art electric vehicles for our Chinese customers on a high scale. The Volkswagen Group, its brands and their Chinese joint venture partners focus consistently on sustainable mobility and push the transformation of the automotive industry in China and worldwide. In this way, we emphasize the importance of the Chinese market for the Volkswagen Group."
- "The facility is scheduled to be put into production by 2020 with a planned annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles. It will produce various new pure electric vehicles of SAIC VOLKSWAGEN, including medium- and large-sized pure electric SUVs, as well as battery systems. The factory will be supporting the Volkswagen Group’s e-mobility strategy in China. The vehicles being produced in Anting are based on the MEB, which is Volkswagen’s first pure electric automotive modular platform developed for mass production. "
TRANSPORT SCOTLAND SETS UP £700,000 INVESTMENT FUND FOR ULTRA-LOW-EMISSION VEHICLES
- "Transport Scotland says it has established a £700,000 investment to help people switch to ultra-low emission vehicles, saying the “Plugged-in Households” scheme will allow housing associations to apply for funding to use car clubs." as per a story by Smart Highways: "The fund will be administered by Energy Saving Trust and will help to improve access to ULEVs and allow more households to consider the scheme as an alternative option to owning an electric vehicle."
AUDI E-TRON GT COMING 2020 WITH HELP FROM VW PARTS BIN FROM PORSCHE
- "The Audi E-tron GT four-door electric sports car, due in 2020, will have a similar range to the new E-tron SUV but be “focused more towards power”, according to the firm’s powertrain boss." says Autocar: "The E-tron SUV offers a 248-mile range measured on the new WLTP test and Siegfried Pint told Autocar the GT will achieve a similar range. But he added that the vehicle will be “steered towards performance”. In the most powerful boost mode, the E-tron has a claimed 0-60mph time of 5.5sec, with a top speed of 124mph. By comparison, the rival Tesla Model S P100D has a 0-62mph time of 2.7sec and a 155mph top speed. It is understood that Audi will endeavour to make the E-tron GT beat those figures. The E-tron GT, set to be previewed in concept form at the Los Angeles motor show in November, will be built on the same J1 platform as the Porsche Taycan EV that will be launched next year."
PORSCHE IS BUILDING AN OFF-ROAD WAGON VERSION OF ITS TAYCAN EV
- "The Mission E Cross Turismo will be one of the first variants in what Porsche promises is a new family of electric cars" reports Driving.ca: "Porsche has confirmed a lifted, wagon-bodied version of its Taycan EV will be put into production alongside the sedan, the first variant in a family of electric cars based on what was once the Mission E concept. The car will resemble the Mission E Cross Turismo concept revealed earlier this year, which looked almost exactly like the Mission E (now-Taycan) with a few inches of lift, some body cladding, and a wagon-esque rear hatch. The announcement it’s going into production follows the recent capture of spy shots of a similar-looking-but-lowered-down vehicle undergoing testing, which most magazines agree is likely a Sport Turismo wagon-ized version of the Taycan."
AUDI'S ELECTRIC SUV FACES FOUR-WEEK DELAY BECAUSE OF SOFTWARE ISSUE
- Meanwhile Reuters says: " Audi’s first electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) will hit showrooms four weeks later than planned because of a software development issue, a spokesman for the German luxury car brand said on Sunday. The spokesman said Audi’s e-tron midsize SUV faced delay because the carmaker needs new regulatory clearance for a piece of software that was modified during the development process. The e-tron delays were first reported by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, citing sources close to the company. The paper said delivery could be delayed by several months. The paper also said Audi was locked in price negotiations with LG Chem, the South-Korean supplier of batteries for its electric vehicles, which wants to increase prices by about 10 percent because of high demand. LG Chem supplies electric vehicle batteries for Audi, its parent Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and Daimler."
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