14 September 2018 | Audi Count Down To e-tron Launch, BMW iX3 Pre Orders and VW Warns Of Higher…

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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Friday 14th September edition of EV News Daily. It’s Martyn Lee here with the news you need to know about electric cars and the move towards sustainable transport.


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“Due to a large increase in vehicle delivery volume in North America, Tesla customers may experience longer response times. Resolving this is our top priority.”

Good news on all fronts, that their hyper-detailed CEO is focussing on Customer Service, and also that must mean he’s not spending 20 hours a day fixing production issues.



Fresh from excitement about the Mercedes EQC, which looks incredible, today I want to go big on the Audi e-tron Quattro, a car i’ve raved about for months and now it’s days away, being revealed in San Francisco on Monday 17th September. We know it’s called Quattro, so that’s a dead giveaway to motors on the front and rear axle, for 4 wheel drive. In a previous test we also heard it has a boost mode for up to 8 seconds of full-banzai attack driving. The battery is a 95kWh pack so, on a heavy SUV, any range number over 200 miles in the real world on a cold, wet day would be good. If you’re Audi and you’ve been building your showpiece EV, the e-tron Quattro, it must be a bit annoying to lose out to certain performance specs like the Tesla Model 3 doing 0-60mph in 3.5secs (and quicker if you change the tyres), especially as performance is a pillar of the Audi brand. All we know is the e-tron will get to 60mph in under 6 seconds. There’s a new teaser called “electric has gone thrilling”. But that hasn’t stopped them promoting the speed of their first EV, but specifically the speed it charges. They say its the first series-production car to charge at 150kW. We’ll see the car unveiled next week without the camouflage. In advance of that, Audi announced a scheme for Audi e-tron Quattro owners to access a charging network of 72,000 chargers across Europe, and that includes the network they’re part of which is IONITY. IONITY has big plans for their 350kW chargers with 400 promised by 2020, however the handful out there at the moment are few and far between. The same goes for Electrify America which has a large rollout to do, very quickly, to start installing them in respectable numbers. Audi’s solution also isn’t quite as frictionless as Tesla because you need a special card at launch but they do have plans the fix that. To start with, the access card will handle all the billing across multiple networks, in 16 countries. Audi told us today: “Drivers who charge their e-tron overnight and set off the next morning with a full battery don’t have to worry about stopping at a charging station during their normal daily drive. The range of more than 400 kilometers (248.5 mi) in the realistic WLTP cycle enables electric driving without compromise. For longer distances, Audi offers a smart solution in the shape of the e-tron Charging Service, which handles the charging process swiftly and simply. The e-tron Charging Service builds confidence in our electric initiative. Following on from the Audi e-tron, in 2019 the Audi e-tron Sportback will be the second electric car to go on sale, followed in 2020 by the Audi e-tron GT from Audi Sport.” “From 2019 onward, charging will be even more convenient for Audi customers. This is when the plug & charge function will be introduced. It enables the Audi e-tron to authenticate itself at charging stations via state-of-the-art cryptographic procedures, after which it is authorized – a card will no longer be necessary. All Audi e-tron models rolling off the assembly line from mid-2019 will support this function as standard. Customers can also use plug & charge privately to unlock their connect charging system. This then eliminates the need to enter a PIN to protect against unauthorized use.” “Audi offers various solutions for charging in the garage at home: The standard compact mobile charging system can be used with either a 230 volt household outlet or a 400 volt three-phase outlet. The optional connect charging system doubles the charging power to as much as 22 kW. The second on-board charger required for this will be available as an option at some point in 2019.” My take: for Audi buyers they expect nothing less. No Audi owner wants a wallet full of membership cards or fobs for different networks driving across Europe….

  • My go to place for EV's is speakev.com as it has lots of great advice on every EV model. It also a very friendly place although occasionally some might get a bit heated with certain views but the sites moderators are pretty much on the ball.

  • Definitely get Beth on. She is great and I’ve been lucky enough to meet her a few times. I’ve said to her if I win the lottery I’m starting a Jaguar i-Pace race team and she’s my choice of driver 👍👍 H2 definitely for big transport. I’ve been saying this for ages…H2 for trucks, ships & planes. Shipping needs sorting ASAP as it’s a massive polluter…bigger than most people realise. Got to love Bjorn….sheeeeettt! 😂

  • Hydrogen seems to make sense in only rare circumstances, like the semicolon of punctuation. Since at it's best it takes more than 3x the energy to make it than can be harnessed from its use, I suppose if there was an excess of renewable energy and it would be otherwise wasted, I could see using that energy to make hydrogen. But then again, why not just manage the renewable energy better (large scale battery storage, distributed vehicular storage, selling it to nearby/other municipalities) in the first place. If a semicolon can separate two thoughts that could reasonably stand on their own as independent sentences with a slight reworking, then why not do it like that in the first place. Seems better to just build a more efficient energy system in the first place. It's pretty simple to take sun through a pv panel and into a battery, then take it out of the battery and into an end-use device, rather than going through all of the trouble of creating a whole separate system for also making hydrogen.

  • Funny about the auto journalist John McElroy, having really not been in a Tesla for a decent amount of time. To add to your list of things he's never gotten to experience: always setting off with a full charge, having and then quickly not having range anxiety as it's only a thing for those who don't actually own and operate an electric vehicle, not stopping at a petrol filling station, nay, stopping at one and then getting something that's not petrol – bahahahaha, it's great! Saving a bunch of money on maintenance and petrol for the car, and using that money – and more importantly, time – to do something, anything else. Buying and using an electric car is akin to buying more time to do with whatever you please. He's never experienced the Tesla grin. That's a real thing. Well, I haven't either, but I have experienced the EV grin, and I still do, even after a year of operating the darn thing.

    He still just doesn't get it though, when he says things like all zee German companies can match what Tesla is doing…it just goes to show that he's missing the whole point of Tesla. It has nothing to do with this particular spec or that particular piece of tech – it's about bringing the entire industry to electrify. Yes, zee Germans can make excellent cars, very refined and top notch, but if they're going to match in 2-5 years what Tesla has been putting out for 2 – 5 years by that point, then they're WAY behind. Any company can buy another companies product, reverse engineer it, and then copy it and put out their own version in a few years time, but they're playing catch up. The secret sauce of Tesla is their incredible pace of innovation. It's an intangible good – an idea, intestinal fortitude, ingenuity, and never resting, innovating at every aspect of the vehicle production chain: customer to engineer feedback loop of hours, not years. Implementation of customer feedback ideas in days to weeks, not model years.

    The legacy automakers are getting their asses handed to them, and they're going to adapt quickly, or loose out on a boatload of money. They probably won't go under, and that's a good thing because we need them to use their manufacturing prowess to pump out some electrics, but if they're bragging about matching (in some cases not even) Tesla's specs in a few years, they've already lost. So enough with the "Tesla Killer" jargon (that's a joke)- can't kill it if you can't catch it.

  • Oh yes, the knockers who’ve never, or only just barely driven a Tesla! That is so common, I know plenty of similar people, however it’s a whole new ball game when “motoring writers” tell the story rather than someone just posting ignorant Youtube comments. (I know of many incredibly “anti EV” motoring writers.)
    Anyway, great news as usual, thanks.
    PS I get my information on EV’s from multiple websites along with for example your podcasts and Bjørn’s Youtube videos.

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