Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 12th June 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.
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Last we heard was from new Producer CHRISTIAN MARLER and EXEC PRODUCER PONTUS KINDBLAD. Next up is new EXEC PRODUCER PERRY SIMPKINS. Then JONATHAN PRICE UK signed up as a PRODUCER. And GREG BAILEY as PRODUCER. Over the weekend new EXEC PRODUCER MICHAEL KYFFIN (KUFFIN). And new PRODUCERS GILL NOWELL and MARK SANDERS. As if that wasn’t enough, PAUL RIDINGS moved up to EXEC PRODUCER. And then three new PRODUCERS MICHAEL YOUNG, STEPHEN BROOK and MIKE IN OKLAHOMA.
RENAULT ZOE NEO ZE50
As a Renault Zoe owner I am looking forward to the new one, the ZE50 or Zoe Neo, or whatever we’re calling it. The embargo gets lifted Monday and I haven’t been told anything so this is all speculation. But a 50kWh battery, with CCS plug and 22kW AC charging makes for a very flexible car. And not one of the Dutch journalists who attended Paris this week for the media day and took pics, has posted them online. They’ve kept the styling rather than make it look like a Clio with batteries. It’s good to see the LED lights and the front parking sensors.
200KW CHARING FOR MODEL 3 IN EUROPE
Starting last weekend, a firmware update will begin to roll out to all Model 3 with the Long Range battery in Europe. It will allow these cars to charge at up to 200 kW which equates to 850 miles per hour of range recovery. This means the fastest-charging cars in the world will be European Model 3 Long Range — charging on European ultrafast charging networks (such as Ionity, Fastned, and Allego).
“As we work towards the introduction of V3 Supercharging in Europe, we’re releasing an early software update to European Model 3 Long Range customers that will allow them to charge at hundreds of third party fast-charging stations – up to 200kW. When our own V3 Supercharger technology is introduced, these cars will be able to charge even faster at 250kW peak charge rates. Tesla vehicles benefit from the most extensive charging network in the world by having access to Tesla chargers like our Supercharger network, as well as publicly-available EV charging networks.”
TESLA ROADSTER’S SPECIAL STEERING WHEEL IN ACTION
“Tesla’s next-gen Roadster prototype had an outing this week and it gave us a rare look at the electric hypercar’s special steering wheel in action.
When Tesla unveiled the next-gen Roadster prototype back in 2017, it was equipped with a butterfly steering wheel. Butterfly steering wheels are not street legal in most markets, but an engineer at the launch event said that the automaker aims to release it in the production version.” according to Fred at Electrek: “It offers very little grip space and for the first time, we clearly see someone doing two rotations for a short turn.”
ELECTRIFY AMERICA AND CHARGEPOINT ANNOUNCE INTEROPERABILITY AGREEMENT
“If you’re an EV driver, you’ve probably got apps and/or cards for multiple charging networks. It’s part of life if you charge in public with much frequency. One of those accounts is probably with Chargepoint. Perhaps you have a membership with the rapidly expanding Electrify America network, too. Pretty soon, though, you’ll only need one or the other, as Electrify America and Chargepoint have announced an interoperability agreement, meaning if you’re a member of one, you can charge with the other network.” says Autoblog: “The partnership, which goes into effect later this year, will combine access to more than 30,000 Level 2 and DC fast chargers. While this may not be super important to current EV drivers, who very well might already be using both networks individually, it simplifies things quite a bit for new adopters to have two of the country’s largest networks working together.”
NORWAY HYDROGEN STATION EXPLODES, TOYOTA AND HYUNDAI HALT SALES
“A hydrogen station in Norway experienced an explosion on Monday, and the company who runs the station has since shut down 10 other hydrogen stations, according to several local sources. The station was in a suburb of the country’s capital of Oslo. As of now, Nel Hydrogen (company who supplied the hydrogen and equipment) doesn’t have an official explanation for the cause of the explosion.” reports Autoblog: “Two people were taken to the…