July 17, 2018

  • Less rock, more roll: Mercedes A-Class driven превод на български
     
    2018 Mercedes A-Class Sport

    Mercedes A-Class
    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Good: Smoother ride, classy interior, clever MBUX infotainment
    Bad: Not remotely cheap, many MBUX features cost extra
    Price: from £25,800

    I can only assume that a small army of German stonemasons must have been made redundant as a result of the new fourth-generation Mercedes A-Class. The previous edition provided the kind of ride that must surely have involved suspension components chiselled from solid blocks of granite. Happily for those of us not employed in the rock crafting business, the new A-Class appears to have acquired flexible springs and dampers, cushioning the jolts between the road and your bottom.

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  • Eurobike: early September instead of middle of summer превод на български
     

    LEVA-EU is very pleased to read that Messe Friedrichshafen is adjusting the dates for Eurobike 2019. Instead of the originally scheduled dates from 31 July to 3 August, the forthcoming 28th edition of the leading trade exhibition will now take place from Wednesday, 4 September to Saturday, 7 September 2019 in Friedrichshafen.

    The wish expressed by numerous market players to move Eurobike to a later date in future has received tremendous support both during and after the past trade exhibition. We are now pleased to be responding to this wish and are moving Eurobike back to its traditional date at the beginning of September,” announced Klaus Wellmann, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Friedrichshafen. The organisational concept of three days for trade visitors and the concluding show day addressing the general public will be retained.

July 16, 2018

  • 23rd International Congress for Battery Recycling – ICBR 2018 превод на български
     

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    This year’s International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2018 will take place from 26 to 28 September in Berlin. LEVA-EU is a partner of this Congress. On Thursday 27 September at 3.30 p.m., LEVA-EU Manager Annick Roetynck will be speaking about the potential of light electric vehicles in the framework of EU Policies.

    In preparation of the Congress, the organizers have had an extended interview with Jean-Pol Wiaux, Chairman of the ICBR Steering Committee.

    ▪ Mr Wiaux, the next International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) will be held in Berlin in just over three months. Can you give us an update of the program?
    This 23rd edition of the ICBR has raised interest among many new actors in the field of battery recycling. Proposals for papers reflect the battery industry’s diversification and growth. Recycling has become an inevitable part of the discussion between the parties concerned as EU environmental and economic policy moves towards a circular economy.
    I am convinced that the congress program as recently finalized will offer a great basis for discussions after formal presentations and during panel discussions, plant tours and workshops.
    ▪ What highlights can attendees look forward to this year?
    Three renowned keynote speakers specialized in very different fields will open the congress:
    ➢ Professor Kerstin Kuchta (Hamburg University of Technology) will address the role of batteries in a circular economy
    ➢ Didier Marginèdes, Director of Blue Solutions, will review how car manufacturers are anticipating new market demand with the development of electric mobility
    ➢ Gudula Schwan from the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure will talk on the importance of controlling hazards and risks when transporting batteries for recycling
    In addition, we have the unique opportunity to propose a session on chemicals policy, an important issue for the battery recycling industry, with speakers from the European Chemicals Agency (EChA) and the European Association of Metals (EUROMETAUX).
    ▪ What will the main topics of this year’s congress be?
    The EU battery recycling industry is under pressure from the EU Environment Authority, but also from OEMs. The recently launched European Battery Alliance, the political move towards a circular economy, the review of the EU Batteries Directive, innovative battery recycling technologies and, last but not least, safety issues are on the congress’s agenda.
    Furthermore, specialists from the metal trading industry will deliver key messages on the evolution of active materials pricing and the potential impact of recycling on raw materials economics.
    During their international sessions, ICBR congresses are the only ones to provide a platform on battery recycling to speakers from all around the world.
    ▪ The development of electric mobility and digitization is inconceivable without batteries. To what extent has recycling already reached the battery industry?
    The battery recycling industry has operated in Europe for more than 50 years. During the last twenty years it has adapted to many technological cycles, including lead-acid and primary alkaline battery recycling, but also nickel-cadmium and nickel metal hydride processing as well as more recently dealing with lithium primary and lithium-ion rechargeable types.
    Moving from a linear to a circular economy is a big push for recyclers. However, they need to operate on a globally competitive technical and business basis. In particular, there is a need for the EU Authority to clarify the “equivalent performances” concept and its enforcement when calculating recycling efficiency.
    But battery recyclers are not operating alone. The important role of OEMs is also under scrutiny, as they need to integrate both the technical and the economical aspects of battery recycling in their commercial policy.
    ▪ Given the booming demand for batteries, recyclers should have no reason to complain about their business, should they?
    The battery recycling business is impacted by conflicting parameters. The return rate of end-of-life batteries is much lower than the market penetration rate. The active materials content of batteries is continually developing as the race for
    performance and safety continues: The chemistry of lithium rechargeable batteries is not fixed and new, active materials are offered regularly by industry.
    Let’s not forget that a significant number of advanced batteries are processed without the costs being fully balanced by the value of the recovered materials.
    Factors such as re-use and second life may also impact the volume of returned batteries. Innovative business models offered by OEMs to control the flow of batteries at the end-of-life stage and secure access to raw materials and stable battery pricing are necessary.
    Last year, industry barometer initiative results showed an optimistic trend in the battery recycling business arena. This year we will again present to participants our battery recycling industry barometer. The results will be interesting.
    ▪ Will there be a supporting program apart from the actual congress this year?
    Traditionally, the ICBR presents an ideal opportunity to meet with the industry. Two plant tours have been organized, thanks to the industrial partners who responded positively to ICM’s request.
    Nickelhütte Aue GmbH specializes in recycling nickel-based materials and other non-ferrous metals. It has also gathered seven years of experience in recycling lithium-ion batteries.
    Electrocycling GmbH, Goslar offers technologies for recycling electronic devices, of which 80% of the processed materials are re-introduced into the economy and only 2% are disposed of in an environmentally compatible manner.
    A workshop will also concentrate on the practical aspects of lithium batteries in terms of hazards and safety. Do not miss this workshop if you are new to the field or if you want to learn more about good practices guidance for handling, storing and transporting lithium batteries.
    ▪ It is a good tradition that all participants are invited to a networking dinner in a special location at the end of the first congress day. What can the guests look forward to this year?
    If you want to catch the spirit of the ICBR, don’t miss the famous networking dinner where entertainment meets business partners. This year, we shall gather all the participants at the well-known Berlin entertainment location “Bar jeder Vernunft”, where it will again be a memorable evening accompanied by surprise show acts.
    So, don’t miss this opportunity to exchange news, views and ideas with experts from all areas of the battery recycling sector. We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s industry meeting! For all the details on the program and how to register, go to: https://www.icm.ch/icbr-2018 .

  • AVERE Electric Mobility Conference: 17 & 18 October – Brussels превод на български
     

    AEC2018 is organized by AVERE and AVERE Belgium, with their continued presence in the electromobility arena for 40 years, with the experience and track-record from organizing the EVS, the most important international Electric Vehicle Conference in the world, with EVS30 in Stuttgart as the latest edition and the EVS31 in Kobe, Japan, as the next edition.

    Brussels will host the AVERE e-Mobility Conference 2018, which will present the current status quo in the field of electromobility, as well as a perspective on the future including policymaking, business, industrial and scientific developments.

    The conferences and presentations will be inspirational, demonstrating best practices and representing visionary approaches on electromobility by countries, cities and companies.

    The conference takes place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October in the Square in Brussels (B). On Thursday 18 October at 1.30 there will be a dedicated 1.5 hour session on light, electric vehicles. LEVA-EU is organizing this session and hopes to be able to reveal the speakers very soon.

    LEVA-EU has partnered with AVERE for this conference. As a result, LEVA-EU is able to offer its members a reduced registration fee of € 420 instead of € 470. You can register here: AEC Registration, the conference website is here: https://aec-conference.eu/

July 15, 2018

  • Remote Control Electric Car Charging! (Proof of Concept) превод на български
     
    The other day, a friend of mine posted his “latest gadget” – It was a box containing a basic mechanical timer and a hacked ON/OFF remote. The idea was to have some control over the basic EVSE (electric car charging station) for his car. Mostly, he wanted it to turn off automatically after a certain […]

July 13, 2018

July 12, 2018

  • Tesla’s $7,500 Tax Credit Will Start To Phase Out in 2019 превод на български
     
    Tesla Model 3

    The Tesla Model 3, which starts at $35,000, is the company's most affordable model. The relative net cost of all Tesla cars will go up starting next year, when federal tax credits start to phase out.

    Tesla confirmed today that it delivered 200,000 electric cars to buyers in the United States, the first automaker to reach that level of sales. The milestone is a mixed blessing because it means that the $7,500 federal EV tax credit available to Tesla customers will be reduced by 50 percent in six months—and continue to diminish to zero by about January 2020.

    General Motors, which sells the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid—as well as the low-volume Cadillac CTG plug-in hybrid—has sold about 184,000 plug-in cars through June. At GM’s current rate of sales, it will likely reach the 200,000 limit by the end of 2018.

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  • Lost your glasses at Eurobike? превод на български
     

    Somebody left his/her glasses on a table at the LEVA-EU booth on the last day of Eurobike. The brand is Airdrop, the colour is black with grey ends. Let us know if they are your’s and we will post them to you.

    Contact Annick Roetynck, email leva-eu@telenet.be, tel. +32 9 233 60 05

  • LEVA-EU warns 4 EU Commissioners: duties will have fatal impact on European SMEs превод на български
     

    In anticipation of the deadline for provisional duties, on 20th July, LEVA-EU has warned 4 European Commissioners for the fatal impact of potential duties on a large number of SME’s in Europe. The letter was addressed to Trade Commissioner Malmström, Transport Commissioner Bulc, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Cañete and to Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

    In the letter, LEVA-EU Manager, Annick Roetynck invites the Commissioners to look beyond fearmongering rhetoric and consider the facts instead. She points out that so far the Commission has found no injury to the EU-industry whatsoever. She also explains that the difference between EU manufacturers and importers is a mere € 25 to € 35 for the assembly cost of parts, which are to a large extent sourced outside Europe. So-called manufacturers incur this € 25 to € 35 in Europe, whilst so-called importers pay the cost in China. Some “manufacturers”, who were previously importing bicycles from China have even moved assembly to Europe because it is cheaper.

    Finally, she warns that duties will limit the offer, increase the prices and stifle product development and innovation. Electric bikes will become a lot less attractive and consumers will be deterred and encouraged to stay with their unsustainable means of transport.

    Annick Roetynck concludes: “Europe is facing many challenges today, among which the fight against climate change is far from over, whilst a global trade war is looming. Therefore special attention should be paid to those sectors which allow to progress towards a cleaner and stronger Europe. Imposing duties on e-bike imports from China would be an enormous setback as it would deal a fatal blow to a large number of European importers’ businesses and seriously limit the uptake of this sustainable means of transport. It is for these reasons that the Collective of European Importers of Electric Bicycles would kindly ask you to reconsider the imposition of both provisional and definitive duties.

    Here, (EU industry performance indicators), is the non-confidential version of the Commission’s report on the performance indicators for the sample of EU-“manufacturers”

    Here, (letter Commissioners), is the original version of the letter sent to the four Commissioners.

    For further details, please contact LEVA-EU Manager, Annick Roetynck, email leva-eu@telenet.be, tel. +32 9 233 60 05

July 11, 2018

July 10, 2018

  • European importers sue European Commission over registration of e-bike imports from China превод на български
     

    On 10 July 2018, two European e-bike importers filed with the EU General Court an application for annulment of the Commission Regulation imposing the registration of imports of electric bicycles from China.

    Since 4 May 2018, by order of the European Commission, all new imports of electric bicycles from China must be registered with the competent custom authorities. While no duties are immediately applied during this registration, the process has created the risk of retroactive collection of anti-dumping/anti-subsidy duties at the end of the Commission investigations. This is having a “chilling effect” on the market.

    The Commission Registration Regulation states that the potential anti-dumping duties alone could be as high as 189% of the value of the imports. This de facto means for importers’ the cancellation of purchase orders, reduction in import volumes, loss of sales contracts with Union customers, while at the same time having their customer relations and reputation jeopardised, and potentially face compensation claims for breach of contract.

    The sheer scale of this potential liability has left the importers with no choice but to file an action to the General Court to annul the registration which in their opinion was enacted in breach of EU law.

    The importers assert that the Commission Registration Regulation lacks merit: first, the importers claim that all evidence collected by the Commission so far shows that the EU industry has not been injured since even the allegedly injured “EU industry” has managed to increase its sales and production in absolute terms.

    Second, the importers raised that the European Commission infringes their procedural rights, particularly the right of defense and the right to be provided by the European Commission with sound reasons for enacting the registration. The European Commission has not, unfortunately, explained to the importers how imports of electric bicycles could be injurious to the EU industry that is growing in sales, production volumes and profits.

    Speaking at Eurobike, Annick Roetynck, LEVA-EU Manager, stated: “Importers of electric bicycles are seeking the annulment of the registration regulation which was neither based on facts nor imposed with due process and is effectively causing a chilling effect for the importer’s businesses.”

    The imposition of 189% anti-dumping duties would seriously affect affordable e-bikes, just as they are rising in popularity amongst EU consumers. E-bikes are becoming more frequently used by young people, commuters, seniors, and urban delivery services alike. At a time when the EU is struggling to reach its climate targets in transport and our cities are congested, Europe should work for sustainable mobility solutions rather than engage in unwarranted protectionist measures.

     

  • LEVA-EU presentation at Eurobike: Anti-dumping duties on e-bikes injure importers превод на български
     

    During a presentation at EuroBike, e-bike importers discussed the ongoing anti-dumping investigation opened by the European Commission in October 2017 which may result in the imposition of duties on imports from China.

    Importers expressed concerns that this investigation may deal a fatal blow to their businesses and the thousands jobs they represent. Indeed, duties as high as 189% on imports from China could kill off the affordable end of the market and severely restrict competition.

    What’s happening? Following a complaint brought by the European Bicycle Manufacturer’s Association (EBMA) on 8 September, the European Commission opened an investigation into imports of e-bikes from China on 20 October 2017. Since 4 May 2018, the European Commission imposed the registration of all new e-bike imports with the competent custom authorities. By 20 July 2018, Brussels will decide whether to impose provisional duties on e-bikes. A final decision on definitive duties is expected in January 2019. In the meantime, they may decide to collect duties retroactively from importers.

    Speaking at Eurobike, Annick Roetynck, LEVA-EU Manager, said: “The situation for importers is intolerable. Some importers have shipments waiting at sea. If they cannot be unloaded and sold, the importers lose their investments. If the Commission decides to collect duties retroactively, importers may lose their entire business. This is already punishment before a verdict was reached. The chaos and uncertainty created by this baseless procedure pose an existential threat to small businesses and the growing e-bike market in Europe.”

    Moreover, the case is completely opaque and riddled with procedural absurdities. First of all, complainants refuse to make public the export data on which they based their complaint, which goes against the importers’ due process rights. Second, the European Commission is using Switzerland (!) as a benchmark to analyse prices in its investigation. Having compared the production cost between Switzerland and China, the Commission alleges a dumping margin of 193% to 430%.

    Finally, the complainant failed to prove any injury to the European e-bike industry. As was maintained by LEVA-EU during various public hearings in front of the Commission, the profitability numbers of the EU producers in the sample have never been higher. Largely, that is because European e-bikes are leading the upper price segment of the market.

    In response to continued violations of their due process rights, today a lawsuit against the European Commission has been initiated. The official case was logged on Tuesday 10 July 2018. Annick Roetynck, LEVA-EU Manager, said: “An application for annulment with the General Court of the EU has been filed. We are seeking the annulment of the registration regulation, which was neither based on facts nor imposed with due process and is effectively causing a chilling effect for the importer’s businesses.”

    The imposition of 189% or higher dumping duties would seriously affect affordable e-bikes, just as they are rising in popularity. E-bikes are becoming more frequently used by young people, commuters, seniors and urban delivery services alike. At a time when the EU is struggling to reach its climate targets in transport and our cities are congested, Europe should work for sustainable mobility solutions rather than engage in unwarranted protectionist measures.

  • Solar Monitoring превод на български
     
    I LOVE my garage solar array! The only thing I don’t like is the fact that I can’t see how much power it’s making RIGHT NOW! Sure, I have software which gives me TONS of info about the system, but it requires a computer or smart phone, internet access, and username and password. Can’t I […]

July 09, 2018

July 08, 2018

  • Front brakes превод на български
     
    Old car stuff.  I knew the front brake calipers were from a ‘75-‘83 BMW 320i, and the brake lines were for a 2002tii booster, but I didn’t know the hubs were from a BMW 2002 standard. I replaced the rotors, one of them had warped.



July 07, 2018

  • Event: REFUEL 18 Celebrates 10 years of EV Club Racing превод на български
     

    Growing Event Sets New EV Speed Records on 2 & 4 Wheels

    On July 1st, 2018, Speed Ventures hosted the 10th annual Rrefuel EV track event at WeatherTech Raceway (the former Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway) in Monterey, California.  Refuel has become the premier track event showcasing electric car and motorcycle technology in a motorsport setting.

    Speed Ventures, California’s leading recreational motorsports sanctioning body, envisioned Refuel 10 years ago as an opportunity to push the boundaries of EV performance.  With electric vehicles becoming mainstream, these boundaries continue to expand, and this year’s event saw new track class records set for both automobiles and motorcycles. Refuel is open to racing professionals as well as EV enthusiasts and has been steadily growing each year.

    Refuel

    A great chance to push an EV to the limit

    At this year’s event, there were 84 vehicles entered–46 cars and 38 motorcycles.  These included production vehicles, EV conversions and purpose-built prototype all-electric race cars.

    Refuel is an excellent event for owners of EVs that may have never driven their vehicles on a race track. These drivers receive performance driving instruction from professional competitive drivers, experience the excitement of driving in a track environment and pushing the boundaries of their electric vehicles.

    A highlight of the track event is participating in the Rrefuel Time Trial competition to see who is the fastest EV driver on WTRLS.

    High-Stress Driving

    The Laguna Seca 2.23-mile track stresses production EVs in ways that are unique from street driving.  Each lap can eat up as much as 25 miles of normal range or about 10 times the energy of used in ordinary highway driving.  The track is not kind to brakes or tires on EVs.  It is not unusual for a car to eat through a set of brake pads or tires when driving to the limit on the track. Production EV drivers have to watch their battery temperatures closely as high-performance driving can cause the batteries to overheat, which will reduce the power that they can provide.

    Refuel

    Two and four-wheel competitors took to the track

    This year’s Refuel Time Trial saw new records set with the fastest lap of 1:36.715 by Richard Hilleman and Rattlesnake electric sport driving in the prototype class with a 2016 SR3.  This prototype race car used a repurposed season 2 Formula E electric motor and custom batteries and controllers built to withstand high racing heat loads. This new lap record smashed the 2017 record of 1:52 set by Billy Kwan in a production 2017 Chevy Bolt. The best time in a production BEV went to David

    Refuel

    There was plenty of action in the charging pit

    Lickfold’s Tesla Model S with a 1:47.621.  Refuel 2018 was the first time Tesla Model 3’s participated with Cameron Rogers’s Model 3 taking 3rd overall with a 1:48.667.

    The top 10 times were mainly Tesla Model S and Model 3’s with Chevy Bolts and conversion vehicles taking the other top spots.  The full results are available for automobile and motorcycle classes.

    In the motorcycle classes, new records were set in the modified and production classes.  The overall fastest motorcycle was a Zero DSR ridden by Trevor Doniak with a lap time of 1:46.870 in the modified class, followed by Christopher Paz riding an Energica Ego with a lap time of 1:48.759.  “I’m not a professional racer,” noted Paz, “and without question, in the right hands, this Ego could easily break this new record all over again.  I can hardly wait until next year!”

    The excitement in the paddock was just as intense as on the track this year.  EV enthusiasts had the opportunity to rub elbows with not only professional racers but engineers from some of the most respected EV manufacturers who look to Refuel as an opportunity to test their electric vehicles designs and ideas.  Refuel provided plenty of free charging stations for participants, and there were many groups of enthusiasts gathered around the stations swapping stories and getting advice.

    If you are a west coast EV enthusiast, racer or just interested in experiencing the next generation of motorsports competition, Refuel is a can’t miss event.

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July 06, 2018

  • June 2018 Solar Savings превод на български
     
    I’m weird. I know it. I look FORWARD to getting my electric bill. On the other hand, it’s gotten much easier to take knowing that it’s most likely that the power company OWES ME! In this month’s electric bill, not only did I NOT have to pay, but the electric utility owes me $18.07. That’s […]

July 05, 2018

  • Duosida EVSE Review превод на български
     
    The Duosida Level 2 EVSE is one of the most popular aftermarket electric car charging units out there. I purchased one to see if it’s what it’s all cracked up to be. To start with, you might see the Duosida advertised under other brand names – Duostar, Orion, Maxx-16, etc. Don’t worry, they are all […]
  • Online Survey on Prospects for Small Electric Vehicles in the Transition of Urban Mobility Concepts превод на български
     

    Against the background of her master thesis at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Hochschule RheinMain in Germany, Amelie Ewert is conducting an online survey on prospects for Small Electric Vehicles. For her thesis, she is exploring the opportunities and obstacles for the market in an international perspective regarding Europe, USA and Asia. Her objective is to formulate recommendations for actions to foster Small Electric Vehicles and to identify important players in countries or municipalities in order to attain a wider market acceptance.

    Amelie Ewert invites anybody working or interested in the LEV-sector to participate in a short survey, which takes 10 mintes. She is looking for opinions from research and practice from different kinds of work fields.

    The survey is here: https://ProspectsforSEV.sawtoothsoftware.com/login.html

July 04, 2018

July 03, 2018

  • The Prolonged Wait for Volkswagen Electric Vehicles превод на български
     
    Volkswagen I.D. concept

    The Volkswagen I.D. concept is equipped with a 168-horsepower electric motor and provides a range of about 250 miles.

    The UK’s Autocar website reported this week that Volkswagen could introduce an all-electric four-door version of its iconic Beetle. The model, if given the green light, would use Volkswagen’s MEB electric-vehicle architecture, the underpinning of an entire line of VW EVs going into production as soon as next year. VW design boss Klaus Bischoff said the company will focus first on electric cars with the highest potential for sales in the next year or two—before deciding on an electric Beetle.

    Volkswagen continues to garner headlines for concept and one-off electric vehicles while remaining a marginal player in the current EV market.

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  • News: Tesla Hits Production Milestone with Model 3 превод на български
     

    Musk Says the Company’s “Real” Now; Analysts Say Not Yet

    Good news travels fast. The Quarter (April-June) had barely closed when Elon Musk was tweeting out that “We did it!!“—meaning the Tesla had hit its target production rate of 5,000 Model 3 cars per week. In an internal email obtained by Bloomberg News, Musk elaborated, after a few bad puns, that “I think we just became a real car company…”

    Today, Tesla announced it actual production and sales numbers for the quarter and most analysts commented, in so many words—not so fast. Tesla built 28,578 Model 3s for the quarter and delivered 18,440 to customers. Both numbers were records and impressive numbers for an EV or a start-up car company, but not necessarily in line to get to the production goal of 200,000 units–or even 100,000 units–per year. Analysts were quick to point out that Tesla had projected building and delivering more units than it actually did in the quarter. It underperformed the “wall street consensus” by more than 30 percent, even with the big push at the end of the month.

    Tesla Model 3

    One year since the start of production, still waiting for the affordable model

    Before they got those 5,000 Model 3s built in the final week of the quarter, Tesla air freighted in an additional assembly line, set up in a makeshift tent; had full week-long shutdowns of the assembly line; saw its CEO sleeping under his desk—all to average less than 1,500 sales per week for the quarter. The excess cars produced as in transit to customers, according to Tesla. Musk comes out of the software industry where such practices are known as “stuffing the channel.” It’s no different than the end-of-month sales at dealerships everywhere, except that those are to register actual sales, not shipments.

    Tesla Looks Forward

    Tesla points forward, saying this is just the start of a ramp up to 6,000 units per week of production and cash flow positive quarters through the end of the year. Many automotive analysts are skeptical and question whether the company has proved it can sustain high-volume production.

    Production of the Model 3 Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive Performance models also began this past month, adding to the complexity of the assembly line, but also adding two models with higher potential revenue for the company.

    Tesla also made the interesting move of opening up Model 3 configurations to all U.S. and Canadian reservation holders. If even a small portion of the reported 420,000 reservation holders followed through and sent in their $2,500 non-refundable deposits, it would mean a substantial cash injection for the company. When those folks would get their cars remains an open question, though most have patiently waited up to two years at this point with only glimmers of a future delivery date.  

    On its website Tesla estimates delivery of the Performance models in two-to-four months and delivery of the Long Range Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive and Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive models in three-to-five months. Standard Battery models (those designed to retail at the advertised “affordable” price of $35,000) are promised in six-to-nine months. It’s not clear how these relatively short-term dates jibe with the announced 420,000 reservations. Even at 6,000 units per week, Tesla could only produce 200,000+ Model 3s in a nine-month period. It remains to be seen how much of this “news” is aimed at the stock market, and how much is actually designed for customers.

    Overshadowed by Model 3 number discussion were the delivery numbers for the Model S sedan and Model X SUV. For the quarter, Tesla said 10,930 Model S were delivered and 11,370 Model X found customers. Tesla doesn’t break out sales by region so it’s not clear how many of these were U.S. sales.

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July 02, 2018

July 01, 2018

  • Два нови електро камиона за 2019-та от Renault превод на български
     

    В този блог: През 2019 г. Renault Trucks изкарва първите си два електрически камиона на пазара.

    Renault D Z.E. и D Wide Z.E. са 16- 26-тонни камиони, които идват като добавка към 3.5-тонния Master Z.E. бус на ток.

  • Премиерата на Audi e-tron quattro се отлага след ареста на Руперт Щадлер превод на български
     

    В този блог: Проблеми забавят официалното представяне на първия електро модел на Audi.

    Последните развития около Дизелгейт скандала включват арестуването на изпълнителния директор на Audi през юни, след което компанията анулира събитието за премиерата на Audi e-tron quattro, която трябваше да се състои на 30 август в Брюксел.

June 30, 2018

  • Brake job превод на български
     
    I was driving my friend home when the brake pedal went to the floor.  Where did the brake fluid go?  A failed slave cylinder.