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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
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
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
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”
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.
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Opel Ampera-e (euro Bolt)
Covers 750 Kilometers on Single Charge
Added by admin 16/09/16
Posted: 14 Sep 2017
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
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Electric Vehicle News
Nissan reveals long-awaited second-generation
Added by admin 08/09/16
Charles Morris September 6, 2017
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
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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