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Well good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are in the world, hello and welcome to the Thursday 13th 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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News in brief…
Tesla is enabling free supercharging for those in the path of Hurricane Florence: “We are temporarily enabling your car to access additional battery capacity as well as Free Supercharging in preparation for Hurricane Florence. We hope that this gives you the peace of mind to get to a safe location and will notify you before returning your car to its original configuration in mid-October” A date for your diary, or rather 10 dates, for the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy racing series to support Formula E. 15th Dec in Saudi Arabia, then Mexico, China, Italy, France Monaco, Germany and USA. BMW said it will discontinue all diesel models for the U.S. in 2019 and moving to Plug Ins as a way to improve performance and lower emissions. They join Mercedes, Audi, VW and Porsche in dropping diesel Crescent Electric studied 52 markets and named New Orleans the cheapest place to charge and drive an EV due to low electricity costs, whereas Seattle makes the biggest saving when jumping from fossil cars And surprise surprise, an ongoing survey of 654 EV owners by 'Flip The Fleet' says they are the happiest car owners with 77% scoring them a 9 or 10 out of 10, loving the driving experience, low running and maintenance costs.
NEW ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE E
We now have more details from Aston Martin about their toe-in-the-water first electric car. Now I call it that because they're only making 155 of them, but they're not holding back on specs. Along with two teaser images, we know it will have a 65kWh battery driving two rear motors, good for 200 miles on the new WLTP testing standard - which is still a little optimistic compared to absolute real world range but more accurate than the old NEDC. They are building for speed, 155mph and 60mph reached under 4 seconds. They are redesigning the current Rapide S to make it more aerodynamic with less resistance to maximise range. Andy Palmer, CEO Aston Martin, commented: “Environmental responsibility and sustainability is a global challenge faced by us all. As a career automotive engineer, I’m proud that the car industry is leading the way in finding long-term solutions and reducing harmful emissions. As Aston Martin’s CEO, I take particular satisfaction working with Williams Advanced Engineering and our other associated technology partners to bring Rapide E to reality. As our first all-electric production model, Rapide E will fast-track our knowledge and help us ensure the character and high-performance capabilities of our future EV models and enhance the unique qualities found in all Aston Martins as we know them today. Rapide E will also serve as a critical step on our path to re-launching Lagonda as the world’s first zero-emission luxury marque”. First deliveries should be 2019 Q4.
C'EST BON! MODEL 3 HEADED ON A PARISIAN ADVENTURE
We're counting down to the Paris Motor Show from 4th to 14th October. Tesla has a page on the official Motor Show website. "La mission de Tesla est d'accélérer la transition mondiale vers une énergie durable". That's as far as my school French lessons got me, fortunately there's an English button on the website so I didn't have to bust out Google translate! "At the Mondial Paris Motor Show 2018, Tesla is showcasing Model S, Model X and Model 3. The Powerwall home battery will also be on display. This will be Model 3's second appearance in Europe, before deliveries starts in the first half of 2019. Model 3 reservation holders will be informed about pricing and information specific to Europe at a later date." Elon Musk has tweeted previously that the Model 3 would be in RHD form by Summer 2019 so it appears that target it still being aimed at. The Model 3 made it's first official visit to the UK earlier this Summer at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed which is where I got my first up-close look it, and my first impression without doubt was the single large screen. However after playing with it for 5 mins, it felt completely intuitive, so when I read those car reviews online which make a mention of the minimalism bear in mind I was sitting in a LHD model and it still worked in my head.