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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Sunday 16th 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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RESOURCE FOR THOSE CAUGHT UP IN TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE
#Florence EV Driver Resource UPDATE: Saturday, 6:30 AM: Wilmington, Fayetteville & Wallace, NC Tesla Superchargers reported as temporarily closed. Life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic flash flooding forecast.
BP TRIALS FREEWIRE EV CHARGING SYSTEM IN HAMMERSMITH
“BP has launched a trial of FreeWire EV rapid charging service, which will run until the end of October.” according to PetrolPlaza.com “BP FreeWire is a mobile rapid charging system, capable of recharging EVs at up to 50 kW. It will achieve 80% of battery life in approximately 30 minutes, according to BP. During this trial, charging is free – as is parking – and EV drivers simply need to park up. A FreeWire operator will be available on-site, who will explain the set-up and will start and end the charging.”
MICROLINO PRE-ORDERS HIT 8000
Earlier this week on the podcast we were talking about the BMW pre-order of the iX3, not available until 2020 but they were testing the waters for pre-orders. THey did ok with 1000. Meet the Micfrolino, a new company which just exceeded $100m, in pre-orders. It’s not exactly a successor to the bubble car or the BMW Isetta, with a single dorr on the front which you swing open to enter. THey say: ““The goal was to create a vehicle, which was inspired by the bubble cars from the 50’s, but with modern design and technology. In addition, it should be eco-friendly in production and during usage.”” Those pre-orders coming mostly from Germany and Switzerland, again with a 1000Euro deposit, but there’s no two year wait until production starts like the BMW, they’re kicking off in October. Micah Toll for Electrek says: “The retro design and appealing marketing have been successful at winning over new drivers, with the company announcing over 8,000 pre-orders for the new vehicles. At €12,000 ($14,000), the Microlino’s price is not that much higher than many commuter electric motorcycles, and considerably cheaper than some other affordable family sized electric cars. The little bubble car’s top speed is 90 km/h (56 mph) and range is estimated at 125-200 km (78-125 mi) with either an 8 kWh or 14.4 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack.”
PRINCE CHARLES GETS HIS I-PACE
“As Jaguar dealerships in the United States anxiously await the arrival of the new I-PACE electric SUV, some can’t stop talking about one big name overseas celebrity already having his hands on one! We’re talking about Prince Charles!” reports Emma Moreau for SUVS.com: “The vehicle wasn’t just gifted to him, either. Prince Charles reportedly loved it so much he decided to lease the vehicle with money out of his own pocket. Ahead of the vehicle’s arrival, he even had a fast charger installed at the Clarence House home.”
WALLBOX CHARGERS GET FASHIONABLE
You know EVs are moving past the early adopters when you read a story like this. Coming via our friends at InsideEVs…: “Spanish charging station manufacturer – Wallbox – is approaching a milestone of 20,000 installations around the world (mostly in Europe, but also as far as in China and New Zealand). Three main products (soon to be presented at the British CENEX show) are “fashionable” charging stations.” Wallbox co-founder and CEO Enric Asuncion says: “To date the emergence of electric propulsion has mostly been framed in terms of societal and environmental change. We recognize these big issues but are also responding with a new design language, one that rewards the important choices people are making with solid engineering, creativity and functionality to deliver charging solutions that have emotion and ﬂair.”
An update on yesterday’s non-test drive!
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Helpful: Ontario government EV incentive website. Went there for the details on the…