S1 E8: Mini Cooper, Taycan Cross Turismo, VW ID, Pininfarina Battista, Nikola Motor, Model Y Unveiling and a plethora of other Tesla news

All electric Mini Cooper coming later this year

[Autoblog] “The drivetrain is based on the middle model of BMW's i3 range, the i3S, with its 135 kilowatt/181 horsepower motor and 94 amp-hour, 33 kilowatt hour battery. The battery is a 96-cell lithium-ion unit from Chinese supplier CATL instead of BMW's previous supplier, Samsung, and it weights 441 pounds. Unlike the team-built, mainly carbon-fiber i3, the Mini is a standard three-door model that runs down the production line in Oxford, with a metal subframe that houses the electric motor, inverter, transformers, and control electronics so they can be slotted into place like a conventional driveline.”

Source: https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/05/mini-cooper-se-battery-ev-review/

GM to invest $300m for new Chevrolet EV

[GM] “The new Chevrolet electric vehicle is in addition to the existing Chevrolet Bolt EV, further advancing GM’s commitment to an all-electric future. It will be designed and engineered off an advanced version of the current award-winning Bolt EV architecture. Additional product information and timing for the new Chevrolet EV will be released closer to production.”

Source: https://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2019/mar/0322-orion.html

Taycan Cross Turismo cleared for production

[Teslarati] “During Porsche’s annual press conference in Stuttgart last week, the company provided new details about the Taycan Cross Turismo, the Taycan sedan’s (formerly the Mission E concept car) more rugged sibling. The automaker noted that the Cross Turismo had been cleared for production next year, with the vehicle set to be produced alongside Taycan sedan in the company’s Zuffenhausen site.”

Source: https://www.teslarati.com/porsche-taycan-cross-turismo-production-photos/

VW ID pre-orders start May 8

[Autoblog] “Jurgen Stackmann, Volkswagen's brand board member for sales, let the cat out of the bag at VW's brand press conference. "The first stage of this journey will get under way on May 8," Stackmann says. "That is when pre-booking for the I.D. starts. Starting then, customers who want to be among the very first I.D. owners can make a down payment to secure an early production slot." He continues, "I think it not improbable that the launch edition will already have sold out before the I.D. is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show; the numbers being reported by our dealers indicate that.”

According to Top Gear the ID will have a WLTP range of 206 and 312 miles and a DC charge rate up to 125 kW.

Source: https://www.autoblog.com/2019/03/13/volkswagen-id-hatchback-orders-europe/

Pininfarina unveils their all electric Battista

“In aiming to be the world’s first fully-electric luxury hypercar, extreme levels of technology and functional design lie beneath the Battista’s carbon fibre exterior, supporting the delivery of staggering performance for a road car. Power and torque equate to 1,900 bhp and 2,300 Nm respectively, meaning the Battista has the potential to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car, and break the 250 mph top speed barrier – all with a potential zero emissions range of over 300 miles. No more than 150 Automobili Pininfarina Battistas will be available from late-2020 at a price estimated between US$2m and US$2.5m. 50 cars are currently allocated to the USA, 50 in Europe and 50 for the Middle East and Asia region.”

Source: http://www.pininfarina.it/en/homepage/homepage.htm#

Nikola Motor closes on 400 acre land in Arizona today

“Nikola Motor Company (“Nikola”) and Saint Holdings today announced the acquisition by Nikola of approximately 400 acres of property in Pinal County at Inland Port Arizona in Coolidge.  Nikola plans to build its hydrogen-electric class 8 trucks at its manufacturing facility at this location and anticipates the project will bring approximately 2,000 jobs to the region by 2024."

Model 3 deliveries in Europe and China

[InsideEVs] 

Top five BEVs in Western Europe in February 2019:

Source: https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-outsells-evs-europe/

Tesla’s referral program is back

The new referral program will give both people 1,000 miles of free supercharging and allows the referee a chance to win a Founder’s Series Model Y and a Founder’s Series Roadster, both signed by Elon and Franz.

Source: https://www.tesla.com/blog/teslas-new-customer-referral-program

Tesla’s manic actions over the last two weeks

Over the last two weeks, Tesla dropped prices, announced they would be closing down all stores and going to an online purchase model, then back tracked by increasing pricing and opting to close down only low traffic and low performing stores.

Source: https://www.tesla.com/blog/update-tesla-stores-and-pricing

Supercharger V3 is now live

On March 6 Tesla introduced the long awaited V3 Supercharging. If you have a Long Range Model 3, you can change up to 250 kW or 1,000 miles per hour. It sounds like in the near future all Model 3s will be eligible for V3.

Strangely absent from this announcement is any explicit association of Model S and X with V3, which further stokes my suspicion that a battery refresh is coming.

“We’re launching V3 Supercharging for Model 3, our highest volume vehicle, and we’ll continue to expand access as we review and assess the results of millions of charging events. We will increase Model S and X charging speeds via software updates in the coming months. V3 Supercharging will roll out to the wider fleet in an over the air firmware update to all owners in Q2 as more V3 Superchargers come online. Our first non-beta V3 Supercharger site will break ground next month, with North American sites ramping in Q2 and Q3 before coming to Europe and Asia-Pacific in Q4.”

Tesla is also introducing a new feature call “On-route Battery Warmup” that will preheat the battery as you are headed to a Supercharging to optimize battery pack temperature and shorten charging time by 25% at V2 and 50% at V3 compared to V2 120 KW charge rates.

Tesla Model Y event

The Model Y event was last Thursday, an event I had the opportunity to attend. 

As I alluded to at the beginning of the podcast, I had an expected change in my travel plans when a blizzard came through Denver the day before the event. That caused Southwest Airlines to cancel my Thursday morning flight leaving me to figure out how to get to Los Angeles. After posting about my frustrations, a friend of the EV community offered his private plane which was in New Mexico - a huge thank you to this person for the extremely generous offer - you know who you are. The only reason why I did not accept his offer was because he would not find out if the plan would make it to Denver until the morning of the event. If is for that reason I decided to make the 21 hour drive from Denver to Los Angeles in my 75 kWh Model S. I left my house at 9 pm local time, drove through the night, and arrive at my hotel at 6:30 pm. I had enough time to shower and get over to the event in time for the start of the event being held at Tesla’s design studio.

The event began at around 8:30 and began with a history of Tesla’s vehicles today, including the S, 3, X, old roadster, new roadster, and semi truck, not to mention several S3XY and S3XYR references.

After about 30 minutes, Elon finally brought out the Model Y and it was very much what everyone expected - a Model 3 but a little bit larger and with a hatch.

The Y will be offered in 4 variants:

Standard Range: 230 miles, 0-60 5.9 sec, top speed of 120, $39,000, spring 2021 delivery

Long Range: 300 miles, 0-60 5.5 sec, 130 top speed, $47,000, fall 2020 delivery

Long Range Dual Motor: 280 miles, 0-60 4.8 sec, 135 top speed, $51,000, fall 2020 delivery

Long Range Dual Motor Performance: 280 miles, 0-60 3.5 sec, 150 top speed, $60,000, fall 2020 delivery

The cost of the Model Y begins at $39,000 and goes up to $74,500. To place an order for Model Y you’ll need to put down $2,500 up front. Delivery begins late this year with the higher priced variants first, and they’ll likely start deliveries first in California, just as they did with the Model 3.

Model Y production is expected to begin in late 2020 in North America, and in early 2021 in Europe and China. Standard Range production is expected to begin in early 2021 in North America, and in early 2022 in Europe and China.

United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Belgium and Spain. You will be able to order Model Y in additional markets soon.

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