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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Tuesday 18th 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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World Premiere in Bremervörde: first hydrogen powered fuel cell passenger train in regular service. Congrats @Alstom
300,000 VOLKSWAGEN EVS ON MEB PLATFORM PER YEAR
Let me start with background. Here in the EU there are new stringent rules coming in for CO2 emissions across your whole fleet of cars and, for VW which sells a lot of cars, that means selling a LOT of EVs. That will dramatically lower your average fleet emissions. If they don’t do it, the fines are per car sold, in increments about how much they pollute. So today was a media day, where journalists got to look at the technical side of VW plans, with Volkswagen demonstrating the centerpiece of the MEB – the rolling chassis without the bodywork and interior. ELECTRIC FOR ALL campaign launched today, the brand will be putting attractive models at affordable prices on the road, paving the way for the breakthrough of electric vehicles. based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), a technology platform developed specifically for electric vehicles. Production of the Volkswagen ID., the world’s first series vehicle based on the MEB, will begin in Zwickau at the end of 2019 Range will be from 330km WLTP, going up to 550km By ‘affordable’ they meant the price of equivalent diesel A change for VW, RWD will be standard, AWD optional Will be made in Zwickau, which is set for 1,500 cars / day for Europe by end of 2020, for anything they make on MEB Furthermore, the MEB bundles Volkswagen’s entire production knowledge: it is not a platform for vehicles with combustion engines that has been retroactively modified, but has from the outset been designed to be 100 percent, uncompromisingly electric. As Ulbrich put it: “Our Modular Transverse Toolkit already proved Volkswagen is one of the most successful platform developers in the auto industry. Now, we’re transferring this know-how and this strategy to the electric age. By the end of 2022, four Group brands will be ramping up 27 MEB models worldwide, ranging from compact cars to the lifestyle Bulli. That is something quite unique.”
All members of the ID. family are designed for fast charging. Using fast charging systems, the battery can be charged 80 percent in about 30 minutes thanks to a completely new, significantly more powerful battery system developed by Volkswagen Group Components.
IONITY is to have over 100 sites (each one up to 12 chargers) by the end of the year. Up to 350kW So in summary, by the time these go into production this time next year, it will be 4 years since dieselgate. And whilst the legal and financial consequences of that will go on for many more years, out of it will come a 30,000Euro mainstream car, being produced at a rate of 300,000 per year. Talking of thing time next year, Tesla Model 3 RHD models are said to go into production Summer 2019. The timing will be fascinating to watch.
HYUNDAI JOINS IN WITH EV RACING
I was recently talking about racing series I’m looking forward to – the I-PACE eTrophy, the new Formula E, Rallycross in 2020, but I missed one out. Thank you to George Hartley in San Francisco who is one of our Patreon Supporters, who emailed me at firstname.lastname@example.org with this one. Hyundai are getting into the scene now by prepping the IONIQ Electric for racing, to compete in the Optima Ultimate Street Car series later this year. The outward signs are the flared wheel arches and Volk TE37SL wheels with 275mm width semi-slick rubber on. However if we take a look under the skin it gets interesting. Hyundai’s engineers decided the stock motor wasn’t up to the job, so they’ve nabbed one from a KONA. That ups the power from 118bhp to 201bhp – so it’s a light weight package with lots of torques to call on. As well as doing some funky racing things with the limited-slip diff, the brakes and the springs, the next challenge with EV racing is how to manage temperatures. Hyundai thought of that too, they’ve upgraded the radiator and the pumps for a…