21 May 2022 | VW Adds Another Factory To Make EVs

May 21, 11:05 AM

➤ Volkswagen’s global production network for electric vehicles grows ➤ BYD’s Seal Model to Utilize Innovative Cell-to-Body Technology ➤ GM patent: Electric trucks could charge other EVs during fast-charging, with dual ports ➤ Hong Kong to begin six-month trial on e-mobility devices next week ➤ PEUGEOT 308 AND 308 SW Hybrids LAUNCH IN THE UK ➤ ‘Elon Musk’s Crash Course’: 3 key arguments from the Tesla documentary ➤ Tesla structural battery pack is removable, but it's quite an ordeal ➤ Tesla Model X Sees 71 Percent of Range While Towing a Luxury Travel Trailer ➤ Tesla Wants Staff to Stay in China Factory Until Mid-June

Show #1474

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VOLKSWAGEN’S GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORK FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES GROWS

- Volkswagen is expanding its global production network for electric vehicles by starting to make the all-electric ID.4 in Emden. Emden is now the second site for electric vehicles in Germany following Zwickau and also joins the Chinese plants in Anting and Foshan.

- Chattanooga (ID.4) and Hanover will also commence production this year. As a result, Volkswagen is creating the conditions in 2022 for building 1.2 million all-electric vehicles a year based on the MEB in the future at its sites in Europe, the U.S. and China.

- Apart from the ID.4, Emden will make another model – the AERO B – next year. In addition, production of the iconic ID. Buzz will commence this year at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover. It will be joined from 2023 on by the ID.3 made in Wolfsburg, while a further electric vehicle – the Trinity – will then roll off the assembly line at the location starting in 2026.

- The ID.4’s start-up is on schedule, despite the global challenges during the two-year conversion phase. Emden’s maximum production capacity at the end of 2022 will be 800 units per working day, depending on the supply situation.

- In the first quarter of 2022 alone, Volkswagen delivered more than 30,000 units – meaning every one-in-two all-electric vehicles from Volkswagen is an ID.4. 163,000 units have been delivered since its launch, making the ID.4 the Volkswagen brand’s and the Group’s best-selling e-vehicle. In many markets, the electric SUV jumped to the top of the sales charts in its very first year and was the best-selling all-electric vehicle in countries such as Denmark, Finland, Ireland or Sweden. There are currently around 73,000 orders on hand worldwide for the successful model


BYD’S SEAL MODEL TO UTILIZE INNOVATIVE CELL-TO-BODY TECHNOLOGY

- On Friday, Chinese automaker BYD unveiled its foremost technology called CTB (cell to body), which allows the battery to be integrated into the vehicle body itself. The first EV model to utilize the technology will be the Seal series of vehicles.

- Before the CTB solution, the most common method with which to manufacture batteries was with CTP (Cell To Pack), that is, the battery cell was directly integrated into the battery pack. The world’s first CTP battery pack from Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) went offline in 2019, and was successively introduced on Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y, XPeng P7 and other models in the last two years. The blade battery released by BYD in March 2020 also used CTP technology.

- CTB solution allows the sandwich structure originally used for the battery pack to be used throughout the vehicle, with the top cover of the battery pack making up the vehicle body’s flooring. This design allows for a 100 percent increase in body torsional stiffness over conventional designs

- The standard-range rear-wheel-drive version is equipped with a 150kW motor, 61.4 kWh battery, and a CLTC cruising range of 550km. The four-wheel-drive performance version has an output power of 390kW, 82.5 kWh battery and a CLTC cruising range of 650km.


GM PATENT: ELECTRIC TRUCKS COULD CHARGE OTHER EVS DURING FAST-CHARGING, WITH DUAL PORTS

- Electric vehicles have the potential to become mobile power banks for our houses and worksites. But as more scenarios become viable, would two ports be better than one?

- That appears to be something GM has either pondered, or saved for the future, with a recent patent filing showing a setup that might get the most out of GM’s double-layer pack

- The proposed setup relies on a series of controllers and switches, in addition to the GM pack’s baked-in ability to operate as two different packs in series or in parallel, thus permitting the top and bottom to temporarily be wired in series. The latter allows 800-volt charging to take advantage of speedier 350-kw DC fast-charging hardware.

- GM outlines that one charging port could be configured to charge at 800V or 400V, while the other charge port would be connected to the other “pack” and only be 400V. It could connect them in series while charging both the upper and lower packs at the same time using 800V and the first port. Or it could use both ports to charge the upper and lower packs simultaneously at 400V, with the controller capable of selectively connecting them in parallel.




PEUGEOT 308 AND 308 SW HYBRIDS LAUNCH IN THE UK

Original Source : https://www.media.stellantis.com/uk-en/peugeot/press/new-peugeot-308-and-308-sw-launch-in-the-uk

‘ELON MUSK’S CRASH COURSE’: 3 KEY ARGUMENTS FROM THE TESLA DOCUMENTARY

Original Source : https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/05/20/elon-musk-tesla-crash-course/

TESLA STRUCTURAL BATTERY PACK IS REMOVABLE, BUT IT'S QUITE AN ORDEAL

Original Source : https://electrek.co/2022/05/20/tesla-structural-battery-pack-removable/

TESLA MODEL X SEES 71 PERCENT OF RANGE WHILE TOWING A LUXURY TRAVEL TRAILER

Original Source : https://www.autoweek.com/news/technology/a40049535/tesla-model-x-bowlus-towing-test/

TESLA WANTS STAFF TO STAY IN CHINA FACTORY UNTIL MID-JUNE

Original Source : https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-20/tesla-wants-china-staff-to-stay-in-factory-bubble-until-mid-june

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- BREAKING: @Tesla releases their Memorial Day Supercharging plans. Select chargers will be free off-peak.


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