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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?”
MORE FASTNED CHARGING STATIONS COMING TO UK
“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.”
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
“Fossil fuels are history. Electric’s the future”
“Burning liquid dinosaurs to make your car go? How prehistoric!”
“Breathe easy, no smells at my rear. I drive electric”