Today we’re excited to reintroduce the Model S 60. Starting at £53,400 or £410 a month (details here, see representative example), the Model S 60 delivers 248 miles of range, a top speed of 130 mph and zero-to-60 acceleration in 5.5 seconds.
With all-wheel drive, the Model S 60D provides more range (253 miles) and faster acceleration (zero-to-60 in 5.2 seconds).
Like all Tesla vehicles, the 60 and 60D come standard with active safety features and Autopilot hardware. And both versions can later be upgraded through a software update to 75 kWh for about 19% extra range.
Anyone who buys a 60 or any other new Model S or Model X between now and 15th July through the Tesla Referral Programme gets a £750 credit towards the purchase. Just get the special personal code from any Tesla owner and enter it at the time of purchase.
June 10th, 2016 § Comments Off on Tesla reintroduces the Model S 60. Starting at £53,400 or £410 a month § permalink
June 5th, 2016 § Comments Off on Forced hand, clean future? Norway to ‘completely ban all petrol powered cars by 2025’ § permalink
Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade, continuing its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries on the planet, according to reports.
Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have reportedly reached some concrete conclusions about 100 per cent of Norwegian cars running on green energy by 2025.
According to Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, “FRP will remove all gasoline cars”, a headline which makes reference to the populist right-wing Framstegspartiet, or Progress Party.
Yet there is some denial from other right-wing representatives that the move has been confirmed.
If passed, it would be particularly significant because a large proportion of Norway’s funds rely on the country’s petroleum industry.
Energy saving options in pictures
The report also follows the announcement that Norway will become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation.
Speaking about the possible 2025 ban on non-electric cars, Elon Musk, chief executive of US electric car company Tesla Motors, lauded the announcement.
“Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025,” he wrote.
“What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!”.
Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!! pic.twitter.com/uAXuBkDYuR
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2016
Yet while the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party have corroborated Dagens Naeringsliv’s report, the FRP have said the move is still being looked at, according to Aftenposten.
If the measure is fully confirmed, it would be more ambitious than the Labour Party’s proposal that no new diesel or petrol cars should be sold by 2030.
The four parties, who rule together through a system of proportional representation, have also agreed a new climate tax on electricity.
About 24 per cent of the country’s cars already run on electricity, and it is a heavy producer of renewable energy with more than 99 per cent of electricity covered by hydropower.
Norway also aims to triple its capacity of wind power by 2020, with a new $3bn investment in the sector approved in 2013.
Meanwhile critics in the UK have accused the Conservative Government of reneging on its commitment to green energy and looking for solutions in fracking and nuclear energy instead.
This follows a 25 per cent rise in renewable energy investments pouring into the UK last year, according to a global paper on the topic.
May 3rd, 2016 § Comments Off on BMW i3 bigger battery spec, same physical size. 50% increase § permalink
BMW’s i3 electric car will have a little more juice for 2017, gaining a bigger battery to boost its electric range from 80 to 114 miles. It’s all thanks to a 50 percent increase in battery capacity. Thanks to denser lithium ion batteries, the i3 goes from 22 kWh to 33 kWh without physically increasing the size of the battery pack.
The fuel tank on the Range Extender model, which uses a 650cc two-cylinder gasoline engine to charge the battery on longer journeys, also sees a small increase in capacity, going from 1.9 to 2.4 gallons. Somewhat oddly, BMW isn’t yet releasing the total range of a fully charged 2017 i3 with the Range Extender. The old i3 could go 150 miles with a full charge and full tank.
Support for faster charging allows a full charge in 4.5 hours at a Level 2 charger. That’s up from 3.5 hours in the old model, but, with the 50 percent increase in battery capacity, it’s still faster on a per kWh basis. 50kW DC fast charging tech lets the new i3 charge to 80 percent of capacity within 40 minutes, up from 25 minutes in the old version.
More from http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/1/11550026/bmw-i3-2017-electric-vehicle-range-larger-battery
January 23rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Lynn councillors to decide fees for electric vehicles § permalink
Lynn councillors to decide fees for electric vehiclesNew Electric Car Charging Points at St James Car Park King’s Lynn
Brian Long (Cabinet Member for Environment) launches the new facility, with Scott Walker (Nissan Sales Manager at West of King’s Lynn. ANL-150611-160211009
The fees for electric vehicle charging in Lynn will be decided by councillors in the coming weeks.
Members of West Norfolk Council’s cabinet are being recommended to agree a maxium of three hours parking with a 5p per KWH fee for charging up.
Last year the council received a grant from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles to fund the installation of charging points in Lynn and Hunstanton.
But the authority does not currently have a policy for charging electric vehicles.
A report to the next cabinet meeting on February 2, states that the council will incur a 60p transaction fee every time the charge point is used along with a £300 annual charge.
The report states: “Irrespective of any use there is a daily standing charge fee fo the electricity supply to the metre. This is circa 25p per day in Hunstanton (£91 per year). In Lynn the Maximum Demand Tariff is an additional £200 per month (£2,400).
“The chargers can deliver a charge from 0 to 80 per cent of battery capacity in approximately 30 minutes. It is unlikely that a charge point would be used for more than 1 hour for vehicle charging.
“Users have a registered credit card with CYC that operates the charge point.
“At the end of the initial three year period the cost of maintenance of equipment will fall to the council.”
The report states that the charging points have been used 41 times during November by six unique vehicles.
It also adds: “Over time it is likely that the number of visits for electric vehicles will increase. A further 640 visits would equate to breakeven on current costs.”
The charging points can be found outside the multi-storey car park in St James’ Street and at Hunstanton’s Central car park.
November 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Finally. “New battery to boost BMW i3 range” …where do i sign § permalink
BMW is set to extend the range of its electric-powered i3 with the introduction of what sources close to the German car maker describe as an “optimised driveline” that draws on battery efficiency gains developed since its launch in 2013.
The i3 will receive a new lithium ion battery with the same 22kWh (18.7kWh usable) capacity as that used today but a higher power density for a longer range.
The move is claimed to extend its range to well over 124 miles in real-world use, compared with just under 100 miles now.
The i3 will also get an upgraded electronics package that features new software mapping for the battery cooling system and the electric motor.
The revised battery pack will be fitted to not only the all-electric i3 but also the i3 Range Extender, which uses a small two-cylinder petrol engine to produce electricity on the run.
The new battery will also be available as a retro-fit option for existing i3s.
Exciting Development for this superb city-sized all-rounder. in my humble opinion, – “i like it. i want it.”
124 Mile “Real World” Range.. ( Forgive the skeptisism, but i would bank on 105-110max real world mileage estimate) + Range Extender would do me aplenty. This would do away with any hassle on “long-haul” trips, such as London Cardiff i have completed in my Nissan Leaf MK2 (Acenta) in +8c recently. 7 Total Charge (and top-up) Stops. 340 Miles range.
BMW’s i3 has been out since 2013, yet is still considered one of the most cutting-edge electric cars on the road. Now, the Nissan Leaf rival is set to take you further on a charge, thanks to battery tweaks to increase driving range.
Although a BMW spokesperson confirmed the full details will be announced “by the end of the year”, it’s unknown exactly how they will do this. It’s thought that the existing lithium-ion battery pack will either increase in capacity or become more dense, thanks to improved tech.
The current i3’s battery pack has a capacity of 22kWh and promises a range on full charge of just under 100 miles. That’s significantly less than the newly updated Nissan Leaf, which offers a 30kWh pack and claims a range of 155 miles. It’s thought that BMW wants to bring its electric car more into line with the Leaf.
It’s also predicted that both the Range Extender and battery-only i3 will receive the tweaks. It’s not clear yet whether it will take longer to charge, yet we expect the BMW to retain the option of an 80 per cent fast charge. We also don’t know if the update will bring along a price increase, but we will find out in due course.
At Present, the i3 manages 81 miles of electric range in full-EV guise or 73 miles of electric range plus 77 miles with the petrol-powered generator.
The new figures will match up almost precisely with one of BMW’s competitors, the Nissan Leaf, which will boast 125 miles of all-electric range for 2016.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt, by comparison, only manage 53 miles of all-electric range before its petrol generator kicks in to carry the vehicle another 370 miles.
November 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on Nissan’s 60-kWh, 200-Mile Battery Pack: What We Know So Far § permalink
Will the next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf offer an option that could provide 200 miles of more of real-world driving range?
Based on the concept car and prototype battery pack that officially bowed this past week, coinciding with the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s increasingly likely.
One of them is that it points to how a new generation of vehicles with autonomous-drive modes might look—and function with pedestrians, normally driven cars, and the immediate surroundings.
With the concept Nissan also dropped some hints about a potential styling direction for the next-generation Leaf electric car.
Furthermore, the concept officially threw in a 60-kWh battery—which, if it’s affordable enough, could be the key to stay competitive against a raft of rivals including the Chevy Bolt, and Tesla Model 3.
Although a Nissan official told us that 60 kWh isn’t a hard-and-fast capacity number, the approximate size is something that the automaker plans to offer in the next several years.
And that pack isn’t just concept-car fantasy. It exists (pictured above), developed internally by Nissan, and they’re calling the pack a working prototype, aimed at providing a 500-km (300-mile) range in the very generous European or Japanese driving cycles.
In all, it’s quite different than the currently available 24-kWh pack in the Leaf or its upgraded 30-kWh pack that’s going to be available beginning in a few months. The latter will offer an EPA-rated 107 miles.
At least for now, any claims that the automaker is planning to move to an external supplier are premature.
Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules
This past week, at the Nissan Technical Center at Atsugi, Japan, we were about to learn more about this pack from some of the team overseeing its development. Here are some key points of this next-gen, 200-mile battery:
The prototype moves from a nickel manganese cathode to a nickel manganese cobalt one. The anode remains made of graphite, and the electrolyte remains a lithium compound.
Flexible pack structure.
The current Leaf battery uses four cells per module (with 48 modules in the entire 24-kWh pack)—a structure that allows a uniform height and shape for the pack. But this one moves to a multiple-cell configuration; Nissan will be able to adjust the number of cell stacks (and thus height) depending on packaging and capacity demands. An official said that they were conservative with the number of cells per stack in the original battery design, but with essentially no failures or issues, they’re fine perhaps dramatically increasing that number.
Engineers have made an effort to reduce impedance, through the increased quantity of cells and a revised electrode material. This allows longer charging at maximum current—and will potentially allow faster-rate 100-kW charging versus the current 50-kW. Higher voltage is under discussion.
More weight, but a lot more power density. Using the 24-kWh pack as a baseline, Nissan says that the new 60-kWh pack weighs just 220 pounds more. So with that older pack weighing in the vicinity of 660 pounds, that ups overall weight to nearly 900 pounds. It’s impressive, considering the gain in kWh per pound.
Nissan made the original Leaf battery pack completely air-cooled, and while there were some early, isolated issues in very hot climates like Arizona, those seem to be largely solved today. Liquid cooling isn’t being considered for an entirely new, larger-capacity battery—at least in this prototype form. Forced-air cooling isn’t likely either.
Increased state-of-charge range.
That’s thanks to a wider voltage range—which runs at about 2.5 to 4.15 volts in the current battery.
Longer service life.
Nissan has revised the electrode material and optimized the lithium electrolyte (it won’t say how in either case), with the net effect being less of a performance drop over years and hundreds of charge cycles. Suppressed lithium corrosion will help durability, too. One of several charts we saw but were instructed not to publish, if to scale, suggested that instead of a standard capacity degradation to 80 percent after five years, it now might be 90 percent.
November 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on More Scots are plugging in electric cars § permalink
SALES of electric cars are increasing but still account for just one per cent of the motor trade in Scotland.
The Scottish Government is keen to support more people to invest in vehicles not powered by polluting fossil fuels, and more than 600 public charge points have now been installed across the country.
There are now more than 600 electric vehicle charging points in Scotland
There are also a range of financial incentives to encourage motorists to switch to an electric car. The Energy Saving Trust offers interest-free loans of up to £50,000 to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle under a new fund, while those who do take the plunge can take advantage of full grant funding via the ChargePlace Scotland programme for an electric car charge point to be installed in their home.
But although sales are up, the number of electric vehicles on the road north of the border remains comparatively low.
“In the past year we have seen a 70 per cent rise in sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which is in line with the motoring industry,” said Scott Willis, sales director at Arnold Clark Group, the country’s largest car sales firm.
“Although this accounts for only one per cent of overall motoring sales, we do expect this to rise exponentially.”
In the past year we have seen a 70 per cent rise in sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which is inline with the motoring industry
Scott Willis, sales director at Arnold Clark Group
Glasgow City Council, Scotland’s largest local authority, has installed 64 electric vehicle charging points across the city. This figure will rise to 78 by the end of the year.
A spokeswoman said they were a combination of rapid and fast chargers and the council also had plans to install further charging points in 2016.
The sites are a mixture of on-road, in council owned multi-storey car parks and at sporting venues such as the Emirates Arena in the east end.
The scale of the task in convincing motorists that electric cars are as reliable as traditional petrol-powered vehicles was further revealed in February when the RAC Foundation reported that almost half of the charge points in Scotland were unused during one month in 2014.
There was a wide variation across Scotland, with all Edinburgh, Falkirk and Stirling chargers used but none of East Dunbartonshire – where the council had yet to connect its chargers to the mains.
The number of charge points has since increased.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The encouraging news is that electric car sales in the UK are at last showing signs of improvement, but we still have a charging network in Scotland that is running below capacity.
“Part of the reason for installing public charge points is to help drivers overcome their fear of range anxiety, but this does not come cheap.
“This data also suggests a good proportion of charge points are located on private premises including council sites. This is encouraging as it was always envisaged that fleet operators would lead the way in the electric revolution.”
The Nissan Leaf, which is sold for around £21,500, is currently the UK’s most popular electric vehicle, with almost 6,000 cars registered by the third quarter of 2014.
September 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on The cheaper battery: Bosch invents new electric car battery to double mileage § permalink
German electronics firm Bosch says it will have a solid state battery on the market by 2020 that will double the range of electric cars at half the cost of today’s batteries.
Today the cheapest electric cars, which cost around $30,000, typically have a range of less than 100 miles.
Once commercialised, this new battery could give affordable electric cars a range of over 200 miles per charge – and at a lower price.
The acceleration in the development of this new battery comes with Bosch’s acquisition of Californian startup Seeo, which already has sample cells of this battery.
According to Seeo, they have come up with a new way to make lithium batteries without a liquid electrolyte. The batteries need no cooling system and won’t catch on fire the way a traditional lithium ion battery can. They are also significantly lighter and cost less to manufacture, compared to the battery in a Tesla Model S, for instance, which weighs 1,200 pounds and costs $12,000. » Read the rest of this entry «
What sort of range are you to expect in Gen1 3-year old imiev/ion/czero electric car? 65 without and 45 with aircon.
August 10th, 2015 § Comments Off on What sort of range are you to expect in Gen1 3-year old imiev/ion/czero electric car? 65 without and 45 with aircon. § permalink
Long gone are the days when I have seen 80+ miles on 100% charge. 3 years later new figure is some 10% year-on-Year loss of range/capacity.
July 18th, 2015 § Comments Off on UPDATED: Tesla Model S Gets New 90-kWh Battery, ‘Ludicrous’ Performance Mode § permalink
The Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan will get an upgrade of its highest-capacity battery pack, from 85 to 90 kilowatt-hours, as well as a new optional high-performance mode called “Ludicrous” mode..
The news was announced today by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk during a press conference (and followed one hour later by an update on the rocketry efforts of SpaceX, which he also runs).
Musk called the upgrade “pretty awesome,” as is his wont.
In “Ludicrous” mode in both P85D and new P90D variants–it’s above “Insane” mode, to be clear–the new software will reduce 0-to-60-mph acceleration from the current level of 3.1 seconds to 2.8 seconds, Musk said.
Its quarter-mile time is cut to 10.9 seconds, and maximum acceleration will be 1.1g–or, as Musk noted, “faster than falling.”
Tesla Model S P85D ‘Insane’ mode acceleration [frame capture from DragTimes video]
For the new performance mode, Musk described an “advanced smart fuse” for the battery that the company had developed, with its own electronics and its own very small lithium-ion battery.
The company also upgraded the main battery contacts from steel to a more advanced metal, resulting in a maximum power delivery from 1300 amps to 1500 amps.
Up to about 30 mph, the car is limited by the traction of its tires; above that, the limitation on acceleration becomes how much current can safely be drawn from the pack, with the performance improved by the increase to 1500 amps.
Musk called the new “Ludicrous” mode “an extension of Insane mode” past a speed of 30 mph.
Musk said no chassis or suspension changes were needed, noting that with the right tires, the car will corner at 1g–which, he said, “most people have no idea what that feels like.”
The cell chemistry for the upgraded 90-kWh pack includes a new anode that adds silicon to the graphite, permitting the increase in performance.
Tesla expects roughly a 6 to 7 percent increase in EPA-rated range for the P90D version, roughly equivalent to the increase in energy capacity of the new pack.
The 90-kWh battery, with its increased range, will be a $3,000 upgrade over the cost of an equivalent Model S with the older 85-kWh pack.
The longest-distance model in the Tesla range will become the 90D Model S, which Musk said will get very close to a highway range of 300 miles when operating at a steady 65 miles per hour.
As far as any increase in sales due to the new version, Musk said, “I have no idea” in response to a journalist’s question.
“We thought these would be pretty awesome, so we did it.”
For the next six months, existing P85D owners can buy the new pack for just $5,000 plus labor costs for the installation (which vary from location to location).
Musk said the company is in the process of finishing the safety validation for the new larger battery to be retrofitted into the company’s Roadster sports cars.
The first deliveries of that pack will probably be ready for field deliveries late next month, Musk said.
First delivered in June 2012, the Tesla Model S still offers–more than three year later–the highest range of any plug-in electric production car sold anywhere in the world.