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One thing that confused me the most when getting my Tesla was how to use a Universal EV Charger (Non-Tesla Charger). In this video I show you two different styles that I’ve found around Colorado (PEP and ChargePoint). I also give some general tips on how to be a good EV owner.
I accidentally said the ChargePoint App, but the app you’ll want to download is PlugShare. The PlugShare app is a must have for all EV owners. It’s the easiest way to find chargers anywhere. http://www.plugshare.com/
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 17th March 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.
Welcome to two new Patreon supporters of the show. Firstly new PRODUCER PAUL RIDINGS and ExECUTIVE PRODUCER JILL SMITH who is EVPLUGNPLAY on Twitter.
And we have a new EV club to report on here in the UK. Darren Sant has been driving EV since 2016 and just launched Yorkshire EV Club on Facebook and on Twitter @EVYorkshire, their first meeting being Sunday 28th April in Hull.
And from Paul…Tickets go Live this weekend! For #EV Electric Vehicles Festival British Motor Museum, Sunday 28th July! nyone who has a Full Electric (No Hybrid) are welcome to bring their vehicle along and display it amongst others in the grounds of the museum. Entry includes full entry to the museum.
Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.
HYUNDAI SLASHES KONA ELECTRIC PRODUCTION, BUT WHY?
Tom Molougney for InsideEVs.com: “I was pleased to see Hyundai Kona Electric monthly production numbers raising significantly last fall, and eclipsing the 5,300-unit mark for both November and December of 2018. It was starting to look like Hyundai was going to really try to meet the global demand for this long-range, affordable small crossover. Then came 2019. Hyundai produced only 3,074 Kona Electrics in January and then a paltry 2,168 in February. Even if you combine production of those two months, they don’t add up to November or December’s production total. So, what gives?”
“Dutch company Fastned has very ambitious goals to build a European network of 1,000 fast charging stations and is already approaching 10% of the plan, having 88 stations up and running.” Says Mark Kane for InsideEVs: “Most recently, Fastned won a second tender in the UK for 5 more charging stations, which will be included in the network.”
Fastned said: “Fastned will build and operate five fast charging stations (hubs) for electric vehicles across the region. Each station will initially house two 50 kW fast chargers (known as “rapid” chargers in the UK) that will deliver 100% renewable electricity.”
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT GTE PLUG-IN HYBRID RETURNS WITH UPGRADES
Volkswagen Passat GTE specs: 0 kWh battery (31% more energy than the previous generation – 9.9 kWh) up to 55 km (34 miles) of WLTP range; up to 70 km (43.5 miles) of NEDC range (20 km or 40% more than the previous generation) system output: 160 kW (218 PS) from 1.4 TSI gasoline turbocharged engine (110 kW / 150 PS) and 85 kW / 115 PS electric motor. 6 kW on-board charger (full recharge in around four hours)
SECOND USE BATTERIES FOR AUDI
“Factory tugs in Audi’s Ingolstadt factory now sport the latest in second-hand lithium-ion batteries.” Says Eric at Green Car Reports: “With automakers on the hook in jurisdictions around the world to take back and properly reuse or recycle all the batteries they install in electric cars, various automakers are experimenting with different ways to reuse the depleted batteries that come back from their old electric cars—from using them in new charging stations to selling them to wind farms, to installing them on the roofs of solar-powered apartment complexes. Now Audi is installing them on fork lifts and the tugs it uses to move parts around its main factory in Ingolstadt, Germany. Audi fits 24 of the e-tron’s 36 battery modules into an identically sized tray to give the tugs and fork lifts up to perhaps between 30 and 50 kwh of battery capacity, depending on how much the cells degraded in their original cars. With charging hardware like that in a car, the tugs and fork lifts can be driven to a charging station in the factory and plugged in, saving countless man-hours on the factory line and clearing out space that the large, old lead-acid battery chargers consumed.”
The last time I got behind the wheel of a Hyundai it was the NEXO – a fuel-cell SUV that took me 900 miles on the power of hydrogen. The Hyundai Kona Electric is similar, from the number of seats to the preponderance of buttons in the cockpit – but where the Nexo confines you to a handful of hydrogen stations across California, the Hyundai Kona Electric has a battery big enough to go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on one charge (or it would, if there weren’t so many mountains in between). In my latest road trip I take the 64 kWh Ultimate Trim of the Kona Electric from LA to LV to see just how close it comes to the promise of a true Tesla Model 3 competitor.
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MrMobile’s Hyundai Kona Electric Road Trip was produced following five days in a Hyundai Kona Electric test vehicle on loan from Hyundai. The review model was the Ultimate trim with 64 kWh battery. Electric charging during the trip was provided by Hyundai in the form of a prepaid electric charging card. Hyundai was not given copy approval rights and MrMobile received no compensation in exchange for producing this video.
Further testing in 2019 may result in either a YouTube or Instagram followup to fully flesh out the question of range.
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In this video we install a 40 amp breaker into a circuit breaker panel and hook this up to an appliance, in this case, the GE electric vehicle (EV) Durastation Level 2 Charging Station. Although I made this video to accompany my video for the charging station installation, you can learn how to install a breaker and hook it up to any appliance by watching this video. You have to remember to select a breaker that fits into your circuit breaker panel, and to select a breaker such that 80 percent of the amperage limit rating for the breaker is equal to or greater than the maximum current rating for the appliance. So for example, for a 30 watt appliance, such as the charging station we install, the 40 amp breaker is sufficient.
In the other two videos in this series you can see the unboxing of the GE Durastation, and then the mounting and connecting of the charging station to the circuit breaker.
Although we’ve previously covered the Fastned Network in the Netherlands, they are moving ahead with the technology (175 kilowatt chargers) and the area they cover. There are Fastned charging stations opening soon in Newcastle and Sunderland in the UK. And they look wonderful and are easy to spot as you drive along.
More info: https://fastned.nl/en/
Can you quickly warm up the high voltage battery of an electric vehicle in the dead of winter? More specifically, can I make it happen on our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
Following cold and warm battery charging sessions that show either end of the DC fast charging spectrum, I wanted to test a viewer suggestion to hit highway speeds and then pull back with maximum regenerative braking.
Hopefully, this would provide sufficient action for the battery pack to warm up and be ready to accept a charge rate closer to that of the second session (43kW), rather than the piffling 15kW rate we saw in the cold session.
This video covers mainly my first attempt to make that happen but also references a subsequent test with more extended highway driving towards the end. Both yielded similar results and should provide useful insight for Bolt EV drivers – or potential owners – considering how they’ll use the car. There’s also a reminder that Tesla owners aren’t immune from this issue, as my Model 3-owning in-laws experienced on their way over to Boston from Cleveland, OH this past Christmas!
Let us know about your experiences with cold battery charging in the comments and thanks again for watching.
Also feel free to e-mail thoughts, questions and content requests to plugandplayEV@gmail.com. I want the channel to be as useful as possible for not only Bolt owners but other electric vehicle drivers and those considering an EV as their next car.
The future of condos series presents a more in-depth look at the networked outdoor EV chargers from Signature Electric at the common courtyard parking area of a condominium in the Greater Toronto Area. The Networked EV Charger from Signature Electric is ready to function, fully customizable and adaptable to your system. A great option for either indoor or outdoor settings, it is a perfect fit to satisfy your EV charging needs.
Read more: https://signatureelectric.ca/blog/ev-chargers-for-the-great-outdoors-video/
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