16 September 2018 | Your Answers To Question Of The Week, Microlino 8,000 Pre Orders and Wallbox…



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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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#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.”  

The Isetta-style Microlino electric bubble car surpasses 8,000 pre-orders

 

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.”  

https://suvs.com/news/prince-charles-reps-the-jaguar-i-pace-suv

 

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.”  

Fashionable Electric Car Chargers Are Now A Thing, Says Wallbox

 

 

An update on yesterday’s non-test drive!

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

 

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14 September 2018 | Audi Count Down To e-tron Launch, BMW iX3 Pre Orders and VW Warns Of Higher…



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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Friday 14th 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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ELON TWEETS

“Due to a large increase in vehicle delivery volume in North America, Tesla customers may experience longer response times. Resolving this is our top priority.”

Good news on all fronts, that their hyper-detailed CEO is focussing on Customer Service, and also that must mean he’s not spending 20 hours a day fixing production issues.

 

AUDI WANT YOU TO NOTICE THEIR (CHARGING) SPEED

Fresh from excitement about the Mercedes EQC, which looks incredible, today I want to go big on the Audi e-tron Quattro, a car i’ve raved about for months and now it’s days away, being revealed in San Francisco on Monday 17th September. We know it’s called Quattro, so that’s a dead giveaway to motors on the front and rear axle, for 4 wheel drive. In a previous test we also heard it has a boost mode for up to 8 seconds of full-banzai attack driving. The battery is a 95kWh pack so, on a heavy SUV, any range number over 200 miles in the real world on a cold, wet day would be good. If you’re Audi and you’ve been building your showpiece EV, the e-tron Quattro, it must be a bit annoying to lose out to certain performance specs like the Tesla Model 3 doing 0-60mph in 3.5secs (and quicker if you change the tyres), especially as performance is a pillar of the Audi brand. All we know is the e-tron will get to 60mph in under 6 seconds. There’s a new teaser called “electric has gone thrilling”. But that hasn’t stopped them promoting the speed of their first EV, but specifically the speed it charges. They say its the first series-production car to charge at 150kW. We’ll see the car unveiled next week without the camouflage. In advance of that, Audi announced a scheme for Audi e-tron Quattro owners to access a charging network of 72,000 chargers across Europe, and that includes the network they’re part of which is IONITY. IONITY has big plans for their 350kW chargers with 400 promised by 2020, however the handful out there at the moment are few and far between. The same goes for Electrify America which has a large rollout to do, very quickly, to start installing them in respectable numbers. Audi’s solution also isn’t quite as frictionless as Tesla because you need a special card at launch but they do have plans the fix that. To start with, the access card will handle all the billing across multiple networks, in 16 countries. Audi told us today: “Drivers who charge their e-tron overnight and set off the next morning with a full battery don’t have to worry about stopping at a charging station during their normal daily drive. The range of more than 400 kilometers (248.5 mi) in the realistic WLTP cycle enables electric driving without compromise. For longer distances, Audi offers a smart solution in the shape of the e-tron Charging Service, which handles the charging process swiftly and simply. The e-tron Charging Service builds confidence in our electric initiative. Following on from the Audi e-tron, in 2019 the Audi e-tron Sportback will be the second electric car to go on sale, followed in 2020 by the Audi e-tron GT from Audi Sport.” “From 2019 onward, charging will be even more convenient for Audi customers. This is when the plug & charge function will be introduced. It enables the Audi e-tron to authenticate itself at charging stations via state-of-the-art cryptographic procedures, after which it is authorized – a card will no longer be necessary. All Audi e-tron models rolling off the assembly line from mid-2019 will support this function as standard. Customers can also use plug & charge privately to unlock their connect charging system. This then eliminates the need to enter a PIN to protect against unauthorized use.” “Audi offers various solutions for charging in the garage at home: The standard compact mobile charging system can be used with either a 230 volt household outlet or a 400 volt three-phase outlet. The optional connect charging system doubles the charging power to as much as 22 kW. The second on-board charger required for this will be available as an option at some point in 2019.” My take: for Audi buyers they expect nothing less. No Audi owner wants a wallet full of membership cards or fobs for different networks driving across Europe….

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