i-Pace Range Tests, Daimler Dismantles Model X, Tesla Semi Claims – TEN Future Transportation News

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about:

    1. Serious Testing  – Jaguar details its 200 i-Pace Prototypes, and the road-tests they’re undergoing – https://electrek.co/2017/12/06/jaguar-ipace-all-electric-prototype-fleet/
    2. Taking It Apart – Daimler gets into trouble by hiring Model X on peer-to-peer platform, then dismantling it reverse-engineer Tesla’s flagship SUV – https://jalopnik.com/mercedes-parent-company-daimler-dismantled-a-rented-tes-1820961392
    3. On Their Way! – Model 3 deliveries due to start to mainstream customers next week – https://electrek.co/2017/12/07/tesla-model-3-customer-deliveries-starting-next-week/
    4. Higher-Speed – BMW, Porsche look to make 450 kW rapid charging possible in near future. https://electrek.co/2017/12/05/bmw-porsche-electric-car-charging-450-kw-charge-rate/
    5. X-marks the spot  – BMW confirms iX crossovers will launch from 2020, with iX3 being the first – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114150_bmw-i-electric-car-sub-brand-to-expand-into-suvs-utility-vehicles-with-ix-models
    6. Made in Mexico – Ford shifts plans to produce its electric vehicles to Mexico – http://www.autonews.com/article/20171206/OEM01/171209833/ford-ev-moving-to-mexico-to-make-room-for-autonomous-vehicles-in
    7. Sales Report – Waiting for New LEAF, many plug-ins suffer worst sales in November. – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114103_plug-in-electric-car-sales-for-nov-volt-vs-prime-neck-and-neck-bolt-ev-just-misses-3k
    8. Production begins –  2018 Nissan LEAF begins production in Smyrna, Tennessee for the U.S. market – http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/u-s-production-for-all-new-2018-nissan-leaf-begins-in-tennessee-today http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/u-s-production-for-all-new-2018-nissan-leaf-begins-in-tennessee-today
    9. Time Volkswagen Executive gets seven years for his part in Dieselgate scandal, fined $400,000 – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114204_vw-dieselgate-exec-schmidt-gets-maximum-jail-sentence-7-years
    10. Chasing Charging  – Honda promises to roll-out 15-minute rapid charging in 2022 for its electric cars, as well as bidirectional charging for V2G, Emergency use. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Honda-to-halve-electric-cars-charging-time-to-15-minutes
    11. Name Change  – Delphi Automotive become Aptiv, pledges to focus on autonomous vehicle technology – http://www.aptiv.com/media/article/2017/12/05/aptiv-plc-to-transform-future-mobility
    12. Fueling Woes –  How Compressed Natural Gas cars are starting to experience issues with refueling – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1113995_when-fueling-stations-shut-down-for-your-natural-gas-car-one-readers-experience 
    13. Tesla Mathematics? – Outlets begin to question Tesla’s claims about the Semi – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114154_tesla-semi-roadster-battery-claims-prove-puzzling-beyond-current-knowledge
    14. 100-Weeks  – Volkswagen says the ID is 100 weeks away from production, putting launch date some time after November 2019 https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114150_bmw-i-electric-car-sub-brand-to-expand-into-suvs-utility-vehicles-with-ix-models

 

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  • Roger Goodman

    Nikki, as usual, packed with info and punchy – thank you.