‘If you don’t believe in the electric car yet, you soon will’

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    Electric cars are the future of motoring, and they’ll soon be impossible for consumers to ignore, says Steve Fowler…

    This is when the electric car starts to get really serious. This week Mercedes has revealed its first, bespoke, all-electric car to the world and later this month, Audi does the same. Rest assured, it’s not stopping there.

    It all comes hot on the heels of Jaguar getting its I-Pace to customers before its rivals – and winning our Car of the Year prize in the process – and Hyundai launching an affordable all-electric small SUV with a real-world range of 300 miles.

    Of course, cars like the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and Tesla Models S and X have been with us for a while, but it’s going to take more mainstream and premium brands to come to the party to make wary buyers really sit up and take notice.

    The biggest barrier to EV ownership remains range – unfairly so, these days. The perception of ‘under 100 miles’ will soon change as closer to 300 miles becomes the new norm, while interest will increase as more and more appealing (if not particular attractive) cars like the EQC are launched.

    Mercedes is going at it with real gusto – EQ is set to become a Mercedes brand in the same way AMG and Maybach are. EQ stands for ‘electric intelligence’ (yes, that’s what I thought, too). It also stands for a range of electrified models that’ll line up against rivals from every other maker in the coming years.

    In spite of all that, every time I sing the praises of electric cars, my inbox chimes with messages from people who say they’ll never provide the fun we get from internal combustion-engined cars!

    To those people I say simply: go and try one. We had a similar situation 20 years ago with diesel. Once we’d experienced it – and seen the benefits – we were hooked. That’s the same with an EV; it’s hard not to be impressed and excited once you’ve had a go.

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    Vinalspin in that instance you would just call it up like a taxi, it drops you off and you book it to return when you want it.

    Craig there are trials going on all over the world just now, including the UK. In the USA they have completed hundreds of thousands of miles of trials. The problem is giving the computer every single scenario so it knows what to do in every situation. There was a crash in the USA where a truck, on the wrong side of the road, approached an autonomous car and the car just ran into it because it hadn’t been programmed to recognise that situation.

    20 years in the EV business is like a hundred in other industries, we have the greatest engineering and tech brains in the world working on this. I firmly believe five years is doable.

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    Just look at the massive development in diesel engines and computers 5 years are more than realistic.

    In 2005 I suffered a brain injury which has left me with mental and physical disabilities.
    Unfortunately I do get confused and get things wrong, so I apologise in advance.

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    Igloo Energy launches new EV charging app to reduce emissions

    Independent energy supplier Igloo is trialling a new smartphone app which it says can reduce electric vehicle charging emissions by as much as 20%.

    The app, currently being trialled exclusively with Tesla customers, works by linking a customer’s EV account to their Igloo Energy supply account and then automatically charging a connected vehicle at times when carbon emissions are at their lowest.

    Grid carbon intensity can vary throughout the day as different quantities of low carbon generation comes on stream. The app takes into account National Grid forecast to select times at which low carbon generation is feeding into the grid, electing to charge vehicles during those periods rather than use the first electricity available.

    However there are also a number of stopgaps to ensure EVs are ready and available to drive when required. Consumers can set a time by which their car must be charged using the app, and the charger will override the setting and draw from the grid if necessary.

    Igloo Energy intends to launch the app for other vehicle owners in the coming months, and the supplier is to also reward customers by sending them a £5 coffee voucher for every ten ‘smart charges’ they complete.

    Matt Clemow, chief executive at Igloo Energy, stressed the importance of the app requiring minimum effort on the customer’s part.

    “The electricity grid in the UK is supplied by many different types of generation, whether that be renewables like wind, solar or hydro through to dirtier fuels like coal and gas. By setting your car to recharge when the generation that’s actually supplying the grid is as clean as possible it cuts actual carbon emissions – making journeys even cleaner.”

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    An idiots guide to battery developement? lol.

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    Dyson electric car: ex-BMW boss takes charge
    Former BMW and Infiniti boss Ronald Krueger will oversee the Dyson electric car project

    Last Updated: 22 Jan 2019 tweet

    The Dyson electric car project will be led by former head of BMW and Infiniti, Roland Krueger, the company has announced.

    Krueger, who until a fortnight ago was president of Infiniti and senior vice-president of its parent company Nissan, will carry out his new role at Dyson’s factory in Singapore.

    He will oversee the construction and development of the long-awaited Dyson electric car, which is expected to launch in 2021.

    Our sister site Auto Express reports that Dyson CEO Jim Rowan believes Krueger will be an “excellent fit” for the company, which is almost exclusively known for its vacuum-cleaner range in Britain.

    “Roland is experienced globally,” said Rowan. “He has knowledge of China, which is a key EV market, and he’s a designer by background but also understands commercial aspects.

    “He’s a disruptor. And based on his leadership, and the head of steam that we’ve already built up, we expect to go in and disrupt the car industry like we’ve done in other areas.”

    Little is known about Dyson’s planned venture into car manufacturing, other than that the vehicle will be purely electric.

    Around 450 people are now working on the project, most based at Dyson’s facility in Hullavington, Wiltshire. As much as £775 million is expected to be invested in the car this year alone, although that figure will be spent globally and not exclusively in the UK.

    Dyson has refused to be drawn on performance figures such as size, range or power, although it’s anticipated that the finished product will make use of cutting-edge, solid-state battery technology.

    The project is still on course to be delivered on time, with prototypes set to begin testing in 2020.

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    Honda Urban EV 2019: specs, prices and on-sale date
    First official teaser image of Honda Urban EV revealed, as Geneva Motor Show debut confirmed

    The forthcoming Honda Urban EV has been previewed for the first time, with an official debut confirmed for the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019.

    The electric car – which will be the first made by Honda – is currently undergoing testing, and is scheduled to go on sale later in 2019.

    It’ll spearhead a range of electric cars in the pipeline from the Japanese manufacturer, which hopes two-thirds of its cars will feature electric or hybrid powertrains by 2025.

    We first saw the Urban EV as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the public response was overwhelmingly positive. Honda’s designers have been working hard to make sure the production car closely resembles the concept, although this first teaser image suggests it’ll take on a more conservative appearance.


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    In 2005 I suffered a brain injury which has left me with mental and physical disabilities.
    Unfortunately I do get confused and get things wrong, so I apologise in advance.

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    Oscarmax, something for everyone in that article, I can’t wait for all this new tech, I find it fascinating.


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    Brydo the only part that worries me under towing, the Caravan would be become invisible, I just like to see it in my mirror, just in case.

    In 2005 I suffered a brain injury which has left me with mental and physical disabilities.
    Unfortunately I do get confused and get things wrong, so I apologise in advance.

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    Haha very good oscarmax.

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    This article is taken from driving electric

    Tesla ‘Sentry Mode’ for 360-degree surveillance in pipeline
    System would allow Teslas to record footage from all angles, helping prevent damage and theft

    Last Updated: 24 Jan 2019

    Tesla is working on a 360-degree ‘Sentry Mode’ surveillance system to protect its cars from theft and damage, tweets from company CEO Elon Musk have suggested.

    The idea is an expansion of the TeslaCam dashcam, which was introduced late last year.

    ‘Sentry Mode’ will be made available as an over-the-air update on cars equipped with the eight-camera setup that facilitates Tesla’s Autopilot feature.

    The update is not linked to the Enhanced Autopilot system, which is available on new UK models as an optional extra for £4,900.

    The update will be compatible with the Tesla Model S, Model X and forthcoming Model 3, providing footage from all angles.

    It’s intended to help drivers support their version of events should they be involved in a collision, while a parking mode could allow the cameras to begin recording automatically should the car detect damage while stationary.

    Currently, the TeslaCam feature only uses Tesla’s forward-facing camera, and drivers need to install a separate flash drive, inserted into one of their car’s USB ports. The drives need to be configured in a certain way, and contain a folder named ‘TeslaCam’.

    The dashcam can then be controlled using the large touchscreen on the centre console, recording up to an hour of video before overwriting old data. The most recent 10 minutes of footage can be saved with a single tap of the dashcam icon on the screen.

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    Article from Charged EV.

    Global automakers planning to invest over $300 billion in electrification
    Posted January 23, 2019 by Charles Morris & filed under Newswire, The Vehicles.
    Global automakers are planning an unprecedented level of investment to develop electrified vehicles and procure batteries over the next five to 10 years, according to a Reuters analysis of public data.

    Carmakers have announced plans to spend at least $300 billion on electrification projects. The lion’s share – some $136 billion – will be directed at the Chinese market, where local brands including SAIC and Great Wall Motors will be joined by multinational joint-venture partners such as VW, Daimler and GM. The second favorite target of investment is Germany, where automakers led by the Volkswagen Group plan to part with $72 billion, followed by the US, which will receive about $34 billion.

    The figures from Reuters reflect only planned investments that have been publicly announced, and they don’t include related spending by automotive suppliers, technology companies and corporations in other industries. The total amount spent on R&D, engineering, production tooling and procurement is expected to be much higher.

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