Our previous Tesla event liveblog coverage has proven so popular that we’re going one step further this time with a whole day’s worth of 24LiveBlog coverage for you to enjoy, covering everything there is to know about Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] latest production electric car — the Tesla Model 3.
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For nearly eight years now, the first-generation Nissan LEAF has been an affordable everyday family car to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. First with a twenty-four kilowatt-hour battery pack and more recently a thirty- kilowatt-hour battery pack, current Nissan LEAFs can travel an EPA-approved one hundred and seven miles per charge in the U.S — about one hundred and seventy two kilometers — and when specced with a DC quick charge port, can refill their on-board battery packs from empty to eighty percent full in about thirty minutes from a compatible DC quick charge station.
Yet as you’ll know if you’ve followed electric vehicle development for any length of time, the current generation LEAF is due to be superseded this year by the next-generation twenty eighteen Nissan LEAF.
Expected to have a longer-range at least double that of the current LEAF and due to debut with some semi-autonomous driving technology, the next-generation LEAF will enter the marketplace about the same time as the brand-new Tesla Model 3 and as such, will need to sell for a similar amount of money to both the Model 3 and the twenty seventeen Chevy Bolt EV.
And that means that Nissan is seriously discounting the outgoing LEAF model, working with local dealers and groups across the world to offer some really low-priced lease deals and financing plans. In some places in the U.S. for example, that’s brought down the cost of a new LEAF down to thirteen thousand dollars after incentives and group buy discounts. But should you buy one? Or should you hold out for the replacement?
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One of the big challenges facing electric vehicles, as I’m sure you’ll know if you’re an electric car driver, is the time it takes to refuel your car on a long-distance trip. Don’t get me wrong: in the past decade we’ve seen dramatic improvements in this, thanks to improved rapid charging infrastructure, improved rapid charging speeds and larger-capacity battery packs, all of which make it easier than ever before to drive long distance by electric car.
Yet still the critics come, moaning that until they can refuel their cars in ten minutes or less they’re not interested in a plug-in car. And so we’re starting to see some really high-powered charging systems being developed by both automakers and charging providers in an attempt to get the charge time down for electric cars while simultaneously accommodating ever-larger capacity battery packs.
Except there’s a problem with this. The more power you need to transfer, the larger the connector becomes needed to transfer that power — or the more you need to focus on cooling in order to ensure that large currents can be transferred from charging station to car without causing major issues to the battery pack. Because without doing so, you create a massive amount of heat which can ultimately cause the battery pack to undergo premature aging.
Which is why Tesla has been working on a new type of charging station that charges your car and cools the battery at the same time.
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Visit our website at https://www.transportevolved.com for the latest news every day, or help keep us independent and impartial by pledging your support at https://www.patreon.com/transportevolved Weekly show about future cars and future car technology. This week news about: VW unveils new ID Crozz electric concept in Shanghai and Audi unveils e-Tron Quattro Sportback; Tesla makes changes in pricing to both Model S and Model X; Tesla announces board meeting; Autonomous Bolt EV Stops for a Raccoon; VW, BMW and Nissan all invest in EV charging networks; Hyundai announces new EV ownership program; Toyota announces Portal Project Concept; 53,000 Model S and Model X recalled for parking brake issue; VTOL plane takes its first flight; Chrysler Pacifica PHEV deliveries start, delays prompt free charger as apology; Cute ad for Zero Motorcycle gets us smiling.
Feeling Crozz, Sporty? – VW unveils new ID Crozz electric concept in Shanghai and Audi unveils e-Tron Quattro Sportback
Pricing Changes – Tesla makes changes in pricing to both Model S and Model X
Meeting Announced – Tesla announces board meeting
Raccoon Vs Bolt EV
Electrifying America – VW Electrify America publishes initial plans for charging network across U.S.
Faster Sea Board – Nissan, EVGO unveils plans to have faster DCQC charging network up U.S. East Coast
Charging in Parks – BMW announces 100 EV charging stations across U.S. parks
IONIQ Unlimited – Hyundai announces new EV ownership program
Are You Still There? Toyota announces Portal Project Concept
Tesla Recall – 53,000 Model S and Model X recalled for parking brake issue
VTol – The Lilium VTOL electric plane makes history.
For your trouble… Chrysler Pacifica PHEV deliveries start, delays prompt free charger as apology
For Us – Cute ad for Zero Motorcycle gets us smiling
Just over a month ago, our 2013 Nissan LEAF ‘staff car’ suffered a series of unexplained dead 12-volt battery events in which the car’s battery became completely drained overnight. Convinced it was the age of the 12-volt battery, we took the car to the local battery specialist in order to have the battery tested, only to discover that the 12-volt battery — under normal internal combustion engine starting loads — performed fine.
Yet the same issue happened two or three more times, leaving us with a flat battery in the morning. So, knowing that 12-volt ‘starter’ batteries can cause problems in electric cars, we took the plunge and swapped out the older 12-volt OEM battery for a brand-new Optima YellowTop G51R.
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Here’s one for ya. Why does the current Nissan LEAF, with a 30 kilowatt-hour battery pack, sell in the U.S. with an advertised range of 107 miles per charge, while a seemingly identical car sold in the UK is advertised as having a 155 mile range, and in Japan as having a 174 miles?
Is it because of some weird change in design? Is one car more powerful and thus less efficient than the other? Or is it something to do with automakers trying to pull the wool over consumers eyes and make a car appear better than it really is?
The answer is no to all of the above, but watch the video above to find out what the real answer is.
Tesla has just changed the pricing of its Model S 75 after removing the Tesla Model S 60 from sale. Here’s a run-down of what the price changes are, what changes Tesla has made to its family of electric cars — and a possible reason as to why the Model S 60 has been dropped in the first place. Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe, and support Transport Evolved through our Patreon campaig
Unless you’re someone who enjoys free, unlimited use of Tesla Superchargers or happens to be a recently converted electric car owner with one of the various ‘free to charge’ access cards that automakers like Nissan and BMW have been handing out to new customers, the chances are that if you own an electric car you’re more than a little familiar with how expensive public DC quick charging stations are to use.
Yes, there are a few decent deals out there — I’m on one myself, which charges just under twenty dollars a month for all the quick charging sessions I can use — but for the most part, stopping at a public DC quick charging station is damned expensive.
And unfortunately, due to the way in which these DC quick charging stations are built, are owned and operated, that’s not going to change any time soon.
Find out why — and what a possible solution to this issue would be — in the video above. And if you’d like to see an example of one solution in action, be sure to check out this article on the subject.
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For some time now, those wanting to get behind the wheel of a brand-new electric car in the United States have been offered a generous incentive for doing so: up to seven-thousand, five hundred dollars in Federal Income Tax credits that can be used against your year-end tax bill, effectively slashing the car’s sticker price by a decent amount. That is of course, if your tax liability is more than seven thousand five hundred dollars at the end of the year.
Available since the start of twenty ten, the Federal Tax Credit for electric vehicles often pairs up with individual state incentive programs, not only making electric vehicle ownership something of a no-brainer for those in electric car friendly states, but also makes entry-level electric cars not much more expensive than a similarly-specced internal combustion engine car.
Yet these tax credits will soon be going away, not as part of a change in policy in the White house but under the terms the incentive program was initially established with. Which means, says some sources, that electric car sales will fall off the metaphorical cliff as a consequence…
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Thanks primarily to Tesla and its PowerWall consumer energy storage product — not to mention the many other grid-tied and off-grid energy storage products now available, there are more people than ever before who can keep their houses powered when there’s a brownout or power cut.
But not everyone can afford to put thousands of dollars of solar panels on their roof or battery packs in their garage, meaning that when the power goes out, they’re at the mercy of the local utility company.
That is, unless you happen to own pretty much any electric car on the market today. Because with one of those, a little time, and a few hundred in cash, you can keep your refrigerator running, power some low-power lights, and yes, even edit a YouTube show.
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It’s the world’s first long-range electric car costing under forty thousand U.S. dollars, can travel upwards of two hundred and thirty-eight miles on a charge (more than three hundred if you’re good with your right foot), and is on sale now in certain U.S. markets and South Korea. But while the Chevrolet Bolt EV deserves a place in the history books when it comes to range versus price, this five-seat compact electric car isn’t selling as well as some had hoped. What’s more, it’s being outsold by the older, cheaper, less capable Nissan LEAF.
So is the Chevrolet Bolt just not priced right? Is Nissan undercutting the Bolt EV so much that people are going for the shorter-range LEAF instead? Or is General Motor’s lack of interest in charging networks hampering the rollout of this influential plug-in car?
Watch the video above to find out, and leave your thoughts in the Comments below.
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, you’ll know that there have been some pretty big changes going on in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. Government under President Donald Trump reshapes some of the policies and priorities of many Federal agencies, slashing budgets here and gagging agencies there, drawing praise from some and harsh criticism from others.
Earlier this week, we learned that among the proposed budget cuts facing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was a $48 million cut (equivalent to 99 percent) of the agency’s budget for testing fuel economy and gas mileage for production vehicles. And it’s caused some to ask what will happen? Will testing be done away with completely? Is there another solution? And what will it mean for car buyers, automakers, and the environment?
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It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of them or wouldn’t trust your life to one — autonomous cars, be they the fully autonomous pod-like things that Alphabet’s Waymo is developing or fairly conventional looking cars with steering wheels and traditional pedals alongside some super-advanced AI — are here to stay.
But which companies (automotive or otherwise) are leading the world when it comes to autonomous vehicle development, marketability, and long term prospects?
You might think it’s Tesla — we certainly did — but one new study suggests that’s not the case. The leaders right now? Ford, GM and Renault-Nissan.
Watch the video above to find out more and leave your thoughts in the Comments below.
Not so long ago, a large number of the world’s automakers were treating hydrogen fuel cell technology as the fuel choice of the future, often to the detriment of battery electric vehicles.
But in the past few months we’ve seen a noticeable shift away from hydrogen fuel cell technology, with once ardent supporters (like Honda and Hyundai) shifting their focus to include battery electric vehicles alongside hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Others (like Daimler) have ended all active hydrogen fuel cell development.
Which raises the question: are hydrogen fuel cell cars doomed? Have electric cars won?
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Following its usual pattern of releasing unofficial production and delivery figures for the previous quarter a few days into the start of the next, Tesla released its preliminary Q1 2017 figures yesterday that show a new record for both vehicle production and vehicle delivery.
We go over some of the figures now, explain what they mean for Tesla, and predict the kind of year that Tesla likely has in store looking forward.
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The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is Toyota’s second plug-in hybrid variant of the popular Prius hybrid. But can the new plug-in hybrid — which now has its own separate name and appearance distinct from the main Prius liftback — help Toyota make up for the anemic performance and mediocrity of the previous generation Prius Plug in Hybrid?
Traditionally automakers have shied away from offering battery pack upgrades for electric cars, instead encouraging customers to simply trade their existing cars in when a newer, more capable model arrives on the market.
But two automakers — BMW and Renault — currently offer battery pack upgrades for owners of older models. In the case of BMW’s i3, that battery pack upgrade (from 22 kilowatt-hours to 33 kilowatt hours) pushes the BMW i3’s official range to 114 miles per charge from 81 miles per charge previously. In the case of the Renault ZOE 41 kilowatt-hour upgrade (almost double that of the original 22 kilowatt-hour pack), range becomes almost twice what it once was.
Is it a good idea to upgrade your car’s battery pack if you happen to own one of these vehicles? And how much is it?
And in offering these battery pack upgrades, are BMW and Renault leading the electric car sustainably revolution?
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Back in late twenty fifteen, California startup Faraday Future announced its intent to build a massive $1 billion factory in the Nevada desert north of Las Vegas. It would, the company promised, be the place where it would produce multiple electric cars with performance, range and specifications to match Tesla’s Model S and Model X.
It even managed to gain $335 million in tax relief and abatements form the Nevada State legislature to help secure the deal.
But while Faraday Future had promised its factory would be well under construction by the start of Spring 2017, little more has happened than ground works. So where’s the factory, and what’s next for the Chinese-backed firm?
It’s that time of year when the temperatures finally start to rise and weather stops being quite so cold, wet and miserable. And for the Transport Evolved fleet on the U.S. west coast, there’s really no real chance of heavy snowfall or winter driving conditions for the rest of the season — which means it’s time for us to swap our winter tires for summer ones!
In the case of our staff Nissan LEAF, that means switching out the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 winer tyres we’ve been using for the past two winters and replacing them with our Nokian e-NTYRE 2.0 all-season tyres, which we purchased last spring and have just one year of use.
Late on Friday as we were preparing our weekend show, Tesla quietly announced that it would ditch the entry-level Tesla Model S 60 from the lineup, citing low sales volumes and customer interest in the $68,000 model.
Mid-April, it explained, it would no-longer accept orders for the Model S 60, making the Tesla Model S 75D the entry-level Model S instead and effectively raising the entry price point for the high-end electric sedan from $68,000 to $74,500.
So what does this mean for Tesla fans who had hoped to buy a Tesla Model S 60? Should you still order one? Upgrade to a Tesla Model S 75D instead? Or wait out and get a Model 3? It depends on what your needs are.
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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology. This week news about: Tesla completes latest round of investment funding, raises $1.2 billion in equity; Kia Soul EV to get larger-capacity battery pack for 2017 model year; Pres. Trump vows to end “assault” on auto industry, reopens EPA emissions consultation period; Porsche confirms Mission E sports sedan will follow Tesla with OTA; Intel announces acquisition of Mobileye for $15.3 billion; Tesla produces and tests release candidates for Model 3; Electrify America submits first of five budgets for $2Bn, 10-year project; Alphabet’s Waymo seeks injunction to stop Uber from continuing its autonomous vehicle project; Lucid Air pricing announced from $60,000; Faraday Future accuses Chinese firm of copying FF91; Rooster Teeth founder gets his Tesla Model S shaded in flat color.
More Money – Tesla completes latest round of investment funding, raises $1.2 billion in equity
Playing Catch-Up – Kia Soul EV to get larger-capacity battery pack for 2017 model year
Dangerous Blow – Pres. Trump vows to end “assault” on auto industry, reopens EPA emissions consultation period
Over-the-Air – Porsche confirms Mission E sports sedan will follow Tesla with OTA
Big Buy – Intel announces acquisition of Mobileye for $15.3 billion
Release Candidates – Tesla produces and tests release candidates for Model 3
Spending Plans – Electrify America submits first of five budgets for $2Bn, 10-year project
Stop it! – Alphabet’s Waymo seeks injunction to stop Uber from continuing its autonomous vehicle project
Cheaper than thought – Lucid Air pricing announced from $60,000
Copycat? – Faraday Future accuses Chinese firm of copying FF91
Flat Color – Rooster Teeth founder gets his Tesla Model S shaded in flat color – DL Content
As part of its punishment for purposely building and selling TDI-engined cars fitted with emissions control software specifically designed to cheat in emissions testing, German automaker Volkswagen has founded a new 10-year program called “Electrify America”. This program, funded to the tune of $2 billion out of Volkswagen’s own purse, is supposed to promote the use of and support the mass adoption of electric vehicles by building new public charging infrastructure, advertising electric vehicles in the media, and advocating for the transition to electrified vehicles.
Under the court agreement, Electrify America will be publishing five interim proposals over the next ten years, detailing just where every dime of the $2 billion will be spent furthering the advancement of cleaner, greener vehicles. But earlier this week we learned that the first of those proposals — submitted to the California Air Resources Board back in February — proposes spending $200 million in the first 2.5 years in the state of California to improve electric vehicle infrastructure and mass-adoption, while spending only $300 outside of the Golden State.
Which got us thinking. Is Electrify America the policy a true agent for change in the plug-in vehicle world, or is it simply a token gesture that’s little more than the policy equivalent of a compliance car?
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