Tesla Disses Competition, Volt Hits 100k Milestone, Nissan’s SOFC e-NV200 T.E.N. Future Car News 8/5/16

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: Tesla executives weigh in on competition; Mitsubishi pushes Outlander PHEV launch back again for U.S.; Toyota pushes Prius Prime launch back for Japan, keeps fall debut for U.S.; Nissan unveils SOxFC electric hybrid minivan concept; GM crosses 100k Chevy Volt milestone; Security researchers jam Tesla Autopilot; BMW i3 experiences massive jump in U.S. sales; NADA calls for autonomous cars to undergo regular checks similar to airplanes for correct autonomous operation; Nanoflowcell pushes the case for electric cars you fill at a pump not a charging station; Nissan debuts working Blade Glider Prototype.

  • Just Appliances – Tesla executives diss the competition
  • Outlandish – Mitsubishi pushes Outlander PHEV launch back (again) for North America
  • Primed, Not Ready – Toyota Pushes back Prius Prime launch in Japan
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cell First – Nissan unveils SOxFC e-NV200
  • 100,000 Volts – GM crosses 100k Volt milestone
  • Jamming the Signal – Tesla’s autopilot system compromised during security conference
  • iGrow – BMW i3 sales in the U.S. experience massive growth during July
  • Regular Cheques? – NADA calls for autonomous cars to undergo regular checks similar to airplanes for correct autonomous operation.. But does it have ulterior motives?
  • Pump Not Plug Nanoflowcell pushes the case for electric cars you fill at a pump not a charging station
  • Blade Glider – Nissan BladeGlider takes one step closer to reality.


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  • Charlie Payne

    The dealership story makes me nervous. Also Teala is planning to make their autonomous system redundant and fault tolerant, something others will probably copy. In that case these checkups would be superfluous.

  • MaartenV-nl

    The way modern cars are checked at dealerships is by plugging in a diagnostic terminal to read the self-diagnostic data from the cars on-board computer.

    A connected car can send its diagnostic data to its manufacturer / dealer in case any action is required.
    A concept pioneered by IBM in the late 1970’s with their AS-400.

    For those parts that cannot easily be self-diagnosed, like stains on the paint, their influence on the safety is negligible.

  • MaartenV-nl

    The Nissan’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cell is a much more practical solution then the HFC others are trying to deploy.
    But it stil produces CO2. But as a intermediair technology to full BEV it is a lot cleaner then the PHEVs from BMW and the likes.

    • Jim Pike

      The bioethanol in Brazil is from sugar cane and thus produces no net increase in carbon dioxide. Unfortunately most hydrogen is produced from natural gas so is as bad as an ICE vehicle. I’d like to know the net energy at the wheel produced by burning the raw natural gas vs that from hydrogen produced from natural gas. It would seem to me rather silly to use hydrogen with it’s expensive storage and fuel cells rather than use the NG directly unless there is a big difference in net energy at the wheel.

  • Albemarle

    The problem with the Nissan SOFC concept is that we would be back to using gas/fuel stations with only the personal satisfaction of helping with a cleaner planet as impetus. It takes away the major advantage of EVs of charging at home and work. I think the longer range sensibly priced EV is a more appealing alternative for many people including me.

  • Chris O

    Nissan’s ethanol fuel cell definitely has some appeal as it would solve the trillion dollar issue of establishing hydrogen infrastructure. The 5KW output suggested in the show indicates it’s still very early days for this technology though. In fact it seems literally unbelievably low as it isn’t possible to get anywhere near acceptable performance with so little power. Even BMW i3 REx is known to underperform under certain conditions despite having a range extender with 700% more output. I wonder if the 5KW number is correct? Can’t find a source for it.