30 Apr 2019 | GM Confirms Electric Pickup, Faraday Future Gets Another Lifeline and A Tesla…

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 30th April 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today to save you time.

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“General Motors CEO Mary Barra has just confirmed that the automaker is indeed readying an electric pickup truck to compete with the likes of the electric Ford F-150 and Rivian R1T.” reports InsideEVs today: ” As Barra stated, electric “full-size pickups” are indeed in the future plans for the automaker. No further details were provided. Therefore, we don’t even know if the electric truck will be a Chevrolet, GMC or other make. It’s all up in the air at the moment, aside from full confirmation that an electric truck is in the works. These surely are interesting times for electric vehicles and, more specifically, electric pickup trucks. We’re now just around the corner from the launch of not one, but several all-new electric trucks.”



“Embattled electric vehicle (EV) maker Faraday Future has received another lifeline in the wake of a dispute with Chinese real estate giant Evergrande—one of the startup’s major investors.” according to TechNode today: “Faraday announced on Monday that it had received $225 million in bridge financing ahead of the company completing a $1.25 billion capital raise, which it expects to close this year. The latest financing, led by US-based asset management firm Birch Lake Associates, is aimed at helping to bring Faraday’s flagship FF91 SUV to market.”

Meanwhile Engadget reports: “”As part of the vendor program, Birch Lake has also provided financing to FF for the company to pay all past due amounts for approximately 60 percent of FF’s vendor base, including smaller vendors who are owed less than $20,000,” the company wrote. Meanwhile, larger suppliers will be able to exchange unsecured debt for “trust interests” that will include a repayment schedule. To secure the financing, Faraday said it valued its intellectual property at $1.25 billion. The company plans to use The9’s cash to build the V9 EV, a version of the Faraday FF91 for the Chinese market. It has promised to build 300,000 of the EVs per year by 2020, and said it has a growing fleet of FF91 pre-production test vehicles.”

EV maker Faraday Future says it procured an additional $225 million in financing



“Tesla Energy is taking part in a Vermont utility company’s efforts to push its customers towards sustainable energy solutions. Dubbed as the Resilient Home program, the initiative aims to bring Tesla Powerwalls to an initial 250 homes, all of which will be using the battery storage unit as backup power and as a replacement electric meter.” writes Simon Alvarez for Teslarati “The program is being launched by Vermont-based Green Mountain Power, which prides itself for being one of the most climate-conscious utility companies in the United States. Customers who are part of the Resilient Home pilot will be able to acquire two Tesla Powerwall 2 units for $30 a month or a $3,000 upfront fee. Apart from allowing customers to get more benefits from wind and solar and providing backup power during outages, the Powerwall 2 units will also be measuring customers’ energy use, effectively replacing conventional meters.”

Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell stated: “Our vision — our dream — is that there ends up being a battery in every home and business,”



“RAC patrol vans will soon get portable electric car chargers to help vehicles that run out of battery at the roadside. The system, which was developed by the RAC and partner firm Original Ltd, is designed to give stranded electric vehicles (EVs) a “top up” that allows them to reach the nearest charging point. The “lightweight” EV Boost chargers can take power from a standard Euro 6 diesel patrol van and work with all Type 1 and Type 2 charging connectors. This, the RAC claims, allows the chargers to work with “99 percent of electric vehicles on UK roads today”.


1999 – 2007 Wireless Phone Charging Install for GM Trucks & SUV’s

This video will show you how to install the Boost Auto Parts wireless charging kit into your 1999-2007 classic GM Truck or SUV. This covers Silverado, Sierra, Tahoe, Yukon, and Suburban vehicles that have the full center console.

The installation is completed in less than 15 minutes, and allows for 10 watt fast charging with Qi compatible phones. The charger has LED lights to indicate the status, and a full plug and play harness is included.

Link to purchase: https://boostautoparts.com/products/charging

1999-2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500/2500/3500 with center console

1999-2006 GMC Sierra 1500/2500/3500 with center console

2007 Classic Chevrolet Silverado 1500/2500/3500 with center console

2007 Classic GMC Sierra with center console

2003-2006 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban with center console

2003-2006 GMC Yukon & Yukon XL with center console

These are not compatible with vehicles that have the middle jump seat.


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2012 Chevrolet Volt High Voltage Battery Charging

Weber State University (WSU) – Automotive Technology Department – Advanced Vehicle Systems Lab. A brief description of the 360V Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery charging procedures for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt Extended Range Vehicle. This vehicle combines an Electric Vehicle (EV) for trips 25-52 miles in length with a gasoline powered generator (40 mpg+) for trips with no length restrictions.

There are several battery charging options available for the Volt:
1. LEVEL 1 CHARGER: The 120V charger that comes with the vehicle, just plug it in to a power socket in your garage; it can take up to 10 hours to charge a fully depleted battery.
1. LEVEL 2 CHARGER: The 208V – 240V charger that you must purchase separately. These chargers must be professionally installed. There are federal tax credits for the chargers. These chargers can take 4.75 hours on 240V or 4.5 hours on 208V to charge a fully depleted battery. Chevrolet Volt charger options can be found at http://evse.spx.com

Be aware that some chargers are only for the Chevrolet Volt (15 Amps) and others support the Society of Automotive Engineers SAE J1772 standard which will charge many different electric vehicles (15 – 30 Amps) including the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, Toyota Prius PHV and RAV4 EV, Honda Fit EV, Tesla Vehicles, and etc.

Be sure to see our two other Chevrolet Volt videos:
1. 2012 Chevrolet Volt Overview
2. 2012 Chevrolet Volt Energy Efficiency

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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.



TACKLIFE T8 800A Car Jump Starter + USB Charger Power Bank

TACKLIFE T8 Car Jump Starter

• The enhanced safety indicator will notify you of any wrong operation with blinking lights and buzzing to prevent you and your vehicle from injury. No worries about sparks. All-metal and ergonomically constructed clamps require less effort to open, and it’s durable enough to use for a long time
• This portable jump starter cranks 12V cars, SUV, truck or van up to 30 times after a full charge (in 4 hours). It comes with a nice protection case as well as chargers, you can easily pack them up and place it into your glove box
• Equipped with an ON/OFF switch and automatic power off function, it features double energy-saving that enable it to be stored up to 12 months without using. Just be sure the power switch is off. Important: The switch MUST BE ON, or it won’t charge
• There are dual smart charging ports and one is 5V/9V quick-charge that can charge your phone, tablet or Kindle at 3.6 times faster speed. It can also power your 12V air compressor with an included cigarette lighter adapter
• The super bright LEDs make it an emergency flashlight when need and the red warning light can remind the passing cars if there is an accident. And it’s a multifunctional life-saver with strobe, SOS signal lights, and a built-in Compass. Also, the digital LCD screen shows electricity clearer