19 Dec 2018 | Audi Confirm etron Delay, Model 3 Spotted On CCS Charger and 350kW Chargers…

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A mention for a pic I’ve just seen in Twitter of a Tesla Model 3 charging on a Fastned CCS charger in the Netherlands. Obviously the first question was how much juice it was drawing, but Roland van der Put the Head of Network technology for Fastned was a total pro and replied “it is an engineering prototype i understood, so any charge speed data is not yet reliable”. Fastned focus on 175kW or 350kW chargers. I would add, I HAVE seen Roland post graphs online featuring the charge curves of pre-production vehicles but, as they have a close relationship with the auto makers, i’m sure he asked permission! For instance the Audi etron charged at 150kW all the way to 80% until a big step down, then a slow taper off. In that case pulling 350 amps.


“An inquiry by electrive.net finds that Audi has to postpone the start of deliveries” says Peter Schwierz for the industry newsletter: “…it is clear that there was a software problem with the e-tron, which is why the electric car has received type approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) later than expected, according to our inquiry. Again there had been talks of a “software change relevant to approval” before.” “Audi has since reached out to [electrive] to stress that the e-tron has made it through homologation just at the time of publication. Larger quantities of the electric car will still not be delivered before 2019.”

Audi confirms: e-tron electric car delayed until 2019


Recently on the podcast we’ve been talking about the VW Groups MEB platform, designed solely for pure electric cars and although it will debut with the ID, it will be seen across multiple brands. “Audi hints at another all-electric model, which should enter the market around two years from now. It will be a compact SUV (sized between the Q2 and Q3), based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform.” according to Mark Kane from InsideEVs.com: “Using the MEB should enable Audi to significantly lower the costs and make the SUV the highest volume electric vehicle for the brand. The concept version is expected in 2019, while market launch is scheduled for late 2020 with volume deliveries in 2021.” A recap on Audi’s electric plans…Audi e-tron (already in production, deliveries in early 2019) Audi e-tron Sportback (to debut in 2019) Audi e-tron GT concept (from late 2020) Audi A3-sized EV concept (to be unveiled soon) Audi SUV BEV based on MEB platform (from late 2020) 5 more SUVs

High-Volume Compact Electric Audi SUV To Launch In 2020


IONITY, a joint venture involving a number of automotive manufacturers, is currently developing a network of quick charging facilities. A new interview with Michael Hajesch was sent to me today by VW’s press team. Some highlights: Our aim is to put in place 400 charging centers along main traffic routes in Europe. For 90 percent of the planned sites, we’ve already concluded contracts with partners. More than 30 charging centers with on average six charging stations are already operating and a further 50 or so are under construction. To date, we have charging centers in six European countries – Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Switzerland and Austria. Italy, Belgium and Great Britain will follow soon. We use charging plugs which comply with the European CCS standard. This makes them compatible with virtually all current and future electric vehicles. Payment is made via smartphone. The customer simply scans the QR code at the charging point and enters their credit card or Paypal details on our payment page. During the introductory phase, each charge will cost 8 euros. In Great Britain, the price is 8 pounds and in Switzerland it is 8 francs. At the moment, however, we’re focusing on the 400 charging centers that we’d like to build along motorways. We’ll have achieved…


ChargePoint Express 250: Bolt EV 150 A DCFC Session

I was finally able to log a 150 A session on the ChargePoint Express 250 station at ChargePoint Headquarters. The session went mostly as expected; however, the first step down from 150 A didn’t occur until 54% battery. Also, because this charger is limited to 150 A (the Bolt EV’s maximum charging current), I still wasn’t able to confirm whether the Bolt EV can draw additional power for battery conditioning and climate control when more than 150 A is available from the charger.



EV Charging Basics

From level 1 and level 2 AC charging to DC fast charging, current state of infrastructure rollout for major charging standards, and answers to your questions… here is a comprehensive overview of EV charging basics. Q&A starts at about 10:45

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CCS/CHAdeMO Vs. Tesla Supercharger – A Road Trip: https://youtu.be/7JzXJ9_wM08
EV Trip Planner: https://www.evtripplanner.com/planner/2-7/
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Clipper Creek: https://www.clippercreek.com/
JuiceBox: https://emotorwerks.com/store-juicebox-ev-charging-stations
Long Distance Travel In An EV Video: https://youtu.be/Xyf7KanxOTI
Tesla Official Home Charging Information: https://www.tesla.com/support/home-charging-installation

Disclosure: The creator of this video is a Tesla owner and is long $TSLA


Ecotricity: New Generation High Powered Advanced Chargers Coming Soon?

Update: Dale Vince of Ecotricity talks about new contactless payment, 350kW chargers coming from Spring 2019 on Fully Charged here: https://youtu.be/yKgcZAs-1tc?t=5m5s

Amongst the multitude of GDPR emails I’ve received lately was one from Ecotricity suggesting they will “be rolling out a new generation of high-powered, advanced electric vehicle chargers for the Electric Highway” during “the year ahead”.

Hopefully this will soon make longer distance travel easier for Hyundai IONIQ Electric and other CCS-based EV drivers in the UK!

If you know anything more about this announcement, please share in the comments below…


Update – Silicon Carbide EV Chargers and Tesla motor control

A quick update on what has been going in the last three years.
After leaving CERN a year ago, we’ve started a company – focusing on research and development in the field of electric mobility. This video shows some of the hardware we’ve developed since then.
There will be short follow up videos on different EV topics.
What is mentioned in this video:
MCP-25 series of SiC power converters
UMC Drive 3 (motor controller)
VCU 2 (Vehicle Control Unit)

Sorry guys for not doing any update sooner!

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