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Elon Musk electric sweetener rolled out ahead of SA trip

Added by admin 27/09/16

InDaily News - September 27, 2017

South Australia's first "Tesla supercharger" points for electric vehicles opened today - the start of a state-wide charging network the company promised as part of the deal to win the State Government's "world's largest battery" tender.

Tesla boss Elon Musk, who will be in Adelaide later this week to speak about his ambitions in space, agreed to contribute to a network of 50 electric vehicle charging points across South Australia as part of negotiations over the battery deal.
Superchargers are included in a dedicated electric vehicle charging area opened on Franklin Street today – a project involving Tesla, the City of Adelaide, SA Power Networks and Mitsubishi. Superchargers points also opened today at the Clare Country Club and Keith to form a link to Melbourne for Tesla drivers.

The CBD hub has eight fast charging stations: four generic chargers for a range of electric vehicles, and four Tesla Superchargers, which the Government says are the fastest electric car charging units available in Australia. The superchargers can charge Tesla Model S and X vehicles in 30 minutes, allowing a range of 270km.
The Government says the addition of the Adelaide charging station completes a Tesla charging network that stretches to Brisbane.
Eleven electric vehicle charging points will be installed in the Central Market car park by the end of November, and another 25 will be built around the city – both on-street and in the council’s UPark car parks – by mid next year.
Mitsubishi has also provided a fast charger at its own cost.

The city council is offering free charging at its stations until the end of November.
Premier Jay Weatherill said electric vehicles would one day become the “preferred mode of transport”.
“That’s why we are leading the way by working with electric vehicle manufacturers to install these charging points in our city, and across the state,” he said.
“These Tesla and Mitsubishi charging points are one step towards a decarbonised economy – enhancing our city’s reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world.”

It’s a big week for Tesla in South Australia.
Musk will speak at the International Astronautical Congress at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday. The company is also planning an event at Jamestown where construction of the lithium ion battery facility, to be connected to a nearby wind farm, is well underway.
He provided more detail today, via Twitter, about his speech to the congress, which will discuss developments in plans by his company SpaceX to send humans to Mars in its “Big Falcon Rocket” (BFR).

Meanwhile, the Jamestown battery facility – being funded by the State Government – is coming together.
It now appears highly unlikely that Musk will lose his bet – also made via Twitter – to have the battery installed within 100 days or it’s free.
The clock won’t start ticking on that promise until the grid connection agreement is signed between Tesla, its windfarm partner Neoen, electricity disributor ElectraNet, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), and the State Government.
That agreement has still not been finalised.
Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the State Government was progressing the agreement but, in the meantime, the battery facility was under construction.
“Construction at the site is already well underway, with a number of the batteries already in South Australia and being installed near Jamestown,” he told InDaily in a statement.
“The batteries are on track to be operational by December 1.”
ElectraNet also said the agreement was on track.
“ElectraNet’s work to develop the grid connection agreement, or transmission connection agreement, for the Tesla/Neoen battery project is on track as originally scheduled and agreed with Neoen,” a spokesperson told InDaily.

The 100MW battery facility is designed to provide stability and back-up for the state’s electricity grid.

                                                   Story and image courtesy: InDaily


Opel Ampera-e (euro Bolt) Covers 750 Kilometers on Single Charge

Added by admin 16/09/16

Posted: 14 Sep 2017

A TV crew from auto mobil, a show on the VOX channel, wanted to know exactly what the Opel Ampera-e electric range champion was capable of and whether it could drive from the most easterly to the most westerly city in Germany on a single charge. From Görlitz to Aachen - a distance of 750 kilometers.

With an official range of 520 kilometers measured in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) Opel’s electric car boasts a considerably larger range than its current closest segment rivals. And the Opel Ampera-e also impresses when tested approximated to the speed profile defined in the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle (shortened test procedure): Based on this development test, the engineers estimate a combined WLTP range of 380 kilometers.

Naturally, the range in everyday use varies and depends on personal driving behavior and on external factors. And this is exactly where VOX auto mobil head of testing Albert Königshausen and presenter Alexander Bloch come into play. The duo set off from Görlitz in a standard Opel Ampera-e at the end of August. Their route took them along country roads towards Aachen.

The two journalists took turns at the wheel and patiently reeled off kilometer after kilometer at speeds mainly between 40 and 50 km/h for no less than 25 hours and 30 minutes, making full use of the brake energy regeneration of the Ampera-e, thus charging the battery under deceleration (recuperation). And then the ‘external factors’ had their say. Diversions extended the route by 20 kilometers and this was exactly the distance that the duo failed to reach the Aachen town sign by. When the 60 kWh lithium-ion battery was finally flat, the distance on the odometer was exactly 754.9 kilometers. On a single charge!

Ampera-e combines practicality with efficiency and temperament

Apart from dazzling with its exceptional range, the 4.16 meter long Ampera-e also offers plenty of space for up to five passengers plus trunk space of 381 liters (1,274 liters when the seats are folded down). This is made possible by the space-saving underbody integration of the large capacity batteries. ‘Das Elektroauto’ also offers Opel-typical outstanding digital connectivity: The Ampera-e comes with latest generation IntelliLink infotainment, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Opel OnStar.

Elsewhere, the Opel Ampera-e also shines with its electrifying temperament based on the electric motor with its output that is equivalent to 150 kW/204 hp (PS) and instant torque of 360 Nm. This enables it to accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds - times rivalling those of sports cars. Mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h, which is especially important for overtaking maneuvers, is completed in just 4.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 150 km/h for the benefit of the overall range.

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                                                   Story and image courtesy: Electric Vehicle News


Nissan reveals long-awaited second-generation LEAF

Added by admin 08/09/16

Charles Morris September 6, 2017

Since the Bolt and Model 3 cracked the 200 mile/$40k barrier earlier this year, we’ve been eagerly waiting to see how EV pioneer Nissan would respond. Well, the company has just unveiled its new 2018 LEAF and…we’re not sure what to think.

From a technical standpoint, the next-gen model offers only an incremental improvement – slightly increased range and a couple of new driving features. The main focus of Nissan’s effort seems to have been the vehicle’s styling, which got a complete makeover. The new LEAF looks more like other current Nissan models, and has dropped the protruding headlights and prominent haunches that made the old LEAF instantly recognizable. This may be of little interest to engineer types, but Nissan is obviously hoping that it will make the EV more attractive to the typical car buyer.

The 2018 LEAF has a more powerful electric motor: 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, compared to the 2017 model’s 107 hp and 187 lb-ft. The onboard charger is apparently unchanged: charging power is still 6.6 kW, and CHAdeMO DC fast charging is available as an option.

The size of the battery pack has been increased from 30 kWh to 40 kWh; estimated range is now 150 miles, up from the 2017 model’s 107 miles. The battery pack still uses passive air cooling, and the cells come from the Nissan/NEC joint venture AESC.

Nissan has said that it will offer a 60 kWh battery pack as an option in 2019, which will presumably bring the LEAF’s range over the arbitrarily-selected magic number of 200 miles.

The new 40 kWh pack fits in the same form factor as the previous 30 kWh pack, but the car’s floor pan may need to be enlarged to accommodate the 60 kWh pack – Green Car Reports surmises that that’s the reason it wasn’t included on the 2018 model.

The 2018 LEAF includes a feature that Nissan calls e-Pedal, a selectable one-pedal driving mode similar to that used by the BMW i3 and Chevy Bolt. The new LEAF will also be the first Nissan vehicle to offer ProPilot Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control and automatic lane-keeping.

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                                                   Story and image courtesy: Charged EVs


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