February 20, 2018

  • Flash Drive: Tesla Model 3 Long Range превод на български

    Our First Time Behind the Wheel of the Hot Little Tesla

    The Model 3 brings the Tesla magic to a smaller, more affordable package. However, the car isn’t in press fleets, so it’s been hard to get any time with one. Luckily, a friend of mine shared hers with me on a sunny Saturday morning.

    Tesla Model 3

    The friend connection gave us a chance to experience one of the hottest new cars

    The car looks a lot like its big brother, the Model S. The designers managed to capture the same flowing shape in a foot-shorter package. The grill-less nose resembles a Porsche, while the taillamps are generic-looking, lacking the chrome garnish of the S. My white Tesla Model 3 Long Range wore satin finish chrome trim and the optional 19-inch wheels.

    Not a hatchback, the Model 3 has a rear trunk, but it looks roomy. The “frunk” in the nose would easily accommodate some modestly proportioned soft luggage. What you won’t see at either end is a motor or other technical component—as it rarely needs service, it’s tucked away.

    The Inside Story

    Stepping inside before our test drive, I was impressed by the overall quality of the car. Tesla doesn’t use animal-based leathers, so the seats and steering wheel feel good, but there is no new-car aroma. The Model 3 seats are comfortable and supportive, and felt that way from the moment I sat down in the driver’s chair.

    Adjusting the seats, and pretty much everything else, is done via the central screen. Even the glovebox control opens with a virtual button on the screen.

    The steering wheel contains two little balls at the thumb positions. These have multiple uses, depending on which item you’re attempting to control. You can adjust the outside mirrors and steering wheel this way, for example, as well as the typical audio volume and station selection.

    The Sky Above

    Covering the entire rear half of the car is a stunning glass roof. The glass over the driver and front passenger, however, is part of the premium package. None of the glass opens, but it certainly lets the world in.

    Tesla Model 3

    The front seats are supportive–and the back ones seemed low

    The gleaming piano black center console pops open to reveal a rubber surface that will hold two cell phones. Press them onto the charger and they connect to the car. Below this panel is a deeper storage bin. My friend says the surfaces are magnets for fingerprints.

    In the rear the seat is surprising low, with a short cushion. Despite providing sufficient legroom, is not very supportive for long distance travel. That’s likely the price you pay for the car’s low, sleek profile. It’s a sedan, not a crossover or hatchback, much lower than, for example, the Chevrolet Bolt.

    A Minimalist Dash

    The dash is stunningly plain, with a wood veneer strip and slim vents behind the big center panel. The vents themselves are adjustable from the center screen, and you can use your fingers to configure where the air is going, which is kind of fun. You only see the slot, so the air is distributed more subtly.

    Tesla Model 3

    Only one big distraction here

    I found that the screen’s center-mounted position means you’re less likely to consult it underway—or pay attention to speed, for example. But at 15 inches, it is big enough to show you a lot at a glance, and the UX design is state of the art.

    The steering column stalks have basic functions only, with the center panel serving up most controls. The left stalk controls windshield wipers and washers, but you can configure more on the screen. Windshield cleaning is completely automatic by default. The right stalk controls the automatic transmission settings. If Autopilot is engaged, pressing D (Drive) twice initiates it. However, this car did not have Autopilot enabled, as the owner didn’t add $5,000 to get it included, and there apparently are some software updates to come to make it fully operational.

    More Central Control

    Audio controls, like everything else, are accessible from the center panel. The current selection appears on the lower strip of the right side, under the navigation system map. Swipe up to enlarge the panel, and you can choose from a wide variety of digital channels, as well as FM and the contents of your phone. Many blends and specialized stations appeared, although I didn’t spend time experimenting with them. The sound was excellent, although I don’t know the brand or the size/quality of the speakers, which were tucked away unobtrusively.

    Tesla Model 3

    One screen to rule them all

    The doors open electrically with a small button at the top of the grip—it would be easy to miss it. The window drops slightly first, and then you can push the door open and step out. The door panels are quite plain compared to the Model S. This is an area where mass production necessitates simple, straightforward components.

    Out on the Road

    I placed the gear selector into D and pressed lightly on the accelerator and off we went. Driving someone’s personal car meant I was especially careful. We drove down the street and made a right onto a residential road. I tried pressing harder on the pedal, and the car moved out vigorously. While the Model 3 doesn’t feature a “ludicrous mode” like the S and X, it is good for 5.1 to 5.6-second zero-to-60 times. The steering is taut, and you can change direction with barely a touch. The suspension is firm, so the car feels planted. A big battery below the floor keeps the center of gravity low on electric cars like these.

    We jumped on the freeway, where the car took off, as you’d expect. With its optional 310-mile range, the Model 3 should be a willing long-distance traveler, although the superchargers are not free for it, as they are for the Model S and X. The standard Model 3, out later this year, will feature a 220-mile range battery, which is still good for most local travel and competes closely with the Chevrolet Bolt.

    Big Brother

    The Model 3’s efficiency is beyond reproach. The EPA gives it ratings of 136 MPGe city/123 highway/130 combined. The Greenhouse Gas and Smog numbers are

    Tesla Model 3

    Big and little Tesla side-by-side

    perfect 10s, as expected. You can’t really do better than that today.

    My friend also has a Model S, so I could compare the cars side by side; I even drove the Model S briefly after my Model 3 test drive. Both cars have the quick acceleration you’d expect from an all-electric vehicle, although the S is more dramatic, about a second faster zero-to-60. The swirling shapes featured in the Model S’s interior are not part of the Model 3’s more straightforward, linear inside. The Model 3’s relegation of all displays and controls to one centrally mounted panel is completely different, too, as the Model S supplements its huge vertical center screen with a traditional instrument panel display.

    Dimensionally, the Model 3 measures nearly a foot shorter nose to tail than the Model S, on a wheelbase that’s just 3.3 inches shorter. It’s four inches narrower, too. Tesla weights vary depending on battery size and features, but this 3 is more than half a ton lighter. The Model S has 30 cubic feet of storage versus the Model 3’s 15, and the S’s hatchback is more practical.

    The real difference is in the feel. The Model S proudly wears the mantle of a luxury sedan while the Model 3, not as much. The screen-oriented user experience creates a “car of the future” ambiance, but the layout and presentation are not as impressive. The plainness is reminiscent of a new Volvo, with less bling.

    The Price & Visible Flaws

    However, that’s easily attributable to price. A new Model S 75D starts at $74,500, while the Model 3 starts at just $35,000. However, you can’t order the base car now, because all of the first batch of Model 3s have the long-range battery (310 miles vs. 220) and Premium Upgrade. You can also opt for special paint (anything but black costs extra) and the gorgeous 19-in wheels. In fact, I saw another friend’s configuration screen for his Model 3, and for now, it’s basically a choice of color and wheels.

    Tesla Model 3

    Model 3 fit-and-finish looks like a work in progress

    My Tesla Model 3 Long Range test vehicle came to $52,500. With enhanced autopilot, it would be an additional $5,000.

    The Model 3, however impressive, is not without flaws. If you look closely, there are some slight fit and finish alignment issues inside and out that are not expected in a car with a price above $50,000. While these are not deal breakers, they show that as the company takes on the Herculean task of building a car in larger volumes, some items are simply not getting done as perfectly as they are on a brand-new Kia.

    Tesla Model 3

    Style–and substance–and work to do

    While I only spent an hour and a half with the car, part of that time behind the wheel, I was impressed at how smooth and strong it felt, its quietness, and how enjoyable it was to drive. The styling is quite nice on the outside, while the interior proved comfortable, if subdued. With a hatchback and the smaller battery for $35,000, the Model 3 would be an impressive direct challenger to the Chevrolet Bolt, new Nissan Leaf and other EVs to come.

    One thing to think about, though. My friend told me that research had shown that for many Model S buyers, their Tesla purchase was a stretch—much higher than they had ever spent before on a car. I think some Model 3 waiting list dwellers will take the plunge and go for the car, warts and all, even if it’s a bit out of their comfort zone. There’s emotion in the Model 3.

    Related Stories You Might Enjoy: More Model 3 News & the Chevy Bolt Competition

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    Road Test: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

    Personal: One Year with the Chevrolet Bolt

    Because we know you’re curious, Steve’s photo collection from test drive is below:

    [See image gallery at www.cleanfleetreport.com]

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  • Мъск обещава подобрения след първата по-сериозна катастрофа с Model 3 превод на български

    В този блог: Първа по-сериозна катастрофа с Model 3 хвърля светлина върху някои дребни недостатъци в колата.

    Tesla определено има значителна репутация що се касае до безопасността на техните превозни средства и изглежда Model 3 не прави изключение - освен в някои дребни детайли.

  • Електрически Harley-Davidson превод на български

    Искате ли електрически Харли? А как ви се струва? И да не искате, от компанията са обявили в края на януари, че смятат да започнат производство на електрически модели след 18 месеца.

    Преди 4 години компанията, произвеждаща машини, символи на свободата и независимостта, с над 100-годишна история на възходи и падения, разработва и започва да изпълнява проекта LiveWire. В него прототипи на електрически Harley-Davidson пътуват из цялата страна и събират обратна връзка от решилите да ги пробват. Събрали са отговорите на 12 000 човека! Определено е имало интерес. Въпросите са били както стандартни, така и с възможност за свободно споделяне на впечатления.

    Няма конкретна информация за техническите характеристики на новия електрически модел. Нито е ясно дали ще бъде базиран на прототипите, използвани в LiveWire, или ще бъде изцяло нова разработка. Прототипът е с пробег около 50 мили и ускорява до 100км/ч за 4сек. От компанията са казали, че смятат да инвестират между 25 и 50 милиона долара на година в близките няколко години в разработката на електрически модели, тъй като искат да са световен лидер в пазара на електрически мотоциклети.

    Всичко това е обявено заедно с новини за съкращения, затваряне на един завод на компанията и спад на продажбите с 8,5% за година. Като цяло търсенето за мотори в САЩ е намаляло – продажбите са с 6,5% по-малко за последната четвърт на 2017г. Електрическите мотори са малък, но нарастващ дял от този пазар. Прогнозата на анализаторите от TechNavio е за растеж с 45% на пазара на електрическите мотори до 2020г.

    Е, звукът определено ще е по-различен и предполага друга таргет група. Но според някои това би могло да увеличи уважението към марката и дори да спаси компанията. “Харли може да (докаже, че) произвежда, както със старата технология, така и с най-върховата” – Stulberg от Revival Cycles.

February 19, 2018

  • Tesla Model 3 отвън, отвътре и на пътя с Бьорн Ниланд превод на български

    В този блог: Дойде ред на Бьорн Ниланд да се повози в Tesla Model 3.

    Надали има много хора по света с електромобилен опит като този на Бьорн, който от няколко години вече обикаля земята и запознава хората отблизо с най-различни модели електрички...

  • #VsichkoTok истории – лична зареждачка в с. Щипско, но за всички превод на български

    В този блог: Да си купиш зарядна станция още преди да ти пристигне електромобила.

    Като се замислиш така си е правилно – да се погрижиш за зареждането предварително. Точно така направи от Данаил от с. Щипско – поръча си зарядна станция АЯ от eCars и ето я монтирана пред Начковата къща през уикенда...

  • Електромобили на изложението в Женева от 8 до 18 март превод на български

    В този блог: Две седмици преди старта на изложението в Женева хвърляме бърз поглед на електромобилите, които очакваме да видим там.

    Малко остава до старта на тазгодишното издание на автомобилното изложение в Женева, където очакваме да видим редица електромобили, част от които по-късно тази година трябва да преминат от концепции в серийно производство.

February 18, 2018

  • Ще стане ли VW Buzz култов като своя баща (видео)? превод на български

    В този блог: Новият електро ван на VW има свой характер, но кой знае какво ще се промени в него за следващите две години.

    Вдъхновен от култовия Volkswagen Bulli от 60-те години на 20-век, I.D. Buzz е вторият I.D. модел от Волфсбург, който бе представен миналата година в Швейцария по време на автосалона в Женева.

  • Star Trek Doors Update Feb 2018 превод на български
    I’ve been working with my brother-in-law, Fred, for the last while, helping him out with a project. He’s always been a big Star Trek fan, and he wanted to upgrade a door he had to one done in the style of a space or sci-fi television show. We decided to make it air-powered, and I [...]
  • Дизел срещу ток – напрежението се увеличава превод на български

    В този блог: Възможни фалити на доставчици заради спада на интереса към дизела и идването на електромобилите.

    В публикувания наскоро годишен доклад на Daimler се отправя предупреждение към инвеститорите за това да са наясно, че преходът от дизелови към електрически коли може да доведе до фалити на компании доставчици на части. С други думи за тях трябва да бъдат "предвидени компенсации"...

February 17, 2018

  • След Polestar 1 превод на български

    И така, Polestar 1 e хибридната спортна кола на компанията, която се очаква да започне производство през 2019г. и да струва около 130 000 евро.

    Но от Polestar са обявили, че смятат да произвеждат изцяло електрически модели и в началото на февруари разказват, че ще започнат с Polestar 2 и 3. Дори според някои Polestar 1 може да остане единственият им модел с ДВГ. Дали?

    Polestar 2 е представен като съперник на Тесла Модел 3. Очаква се производството да започне през 2020г. и цената да бъде около 40 000 евро. Един цитат за Polestar 2 от изпълнителния директор Thomas Ingenlath (на снимката): “Не казваме, че е убиец на Тесла, защото ние не сме тук, за да убием Тесла, но ние сме тук, за да се конкурираме оспорвано с тях на този пазар.” Звучи ми доста напористо, а на вас?

    Малко повече за 3 – започва производство през 2022г., по-голям SUV, с предполагаема цена около 80 000 евро. Разглежда се като конкурент на Тесла Модел Y.

    Polestar 1 и 3 ще бъдат произвеждани в Китай. Както разбирате, 2 ще бъде масовият модел на компанията, с планирано производство надвишаващо 50 000 бройки годишно, но още не е решено къде ще се произвежда.

    Колите ще могат да се купят он-лайн или в 80 места, които компанията смята да предложи. Освен това искат да приложат модел, при който плащате равна месечна вноска, а след изтичане на договора връщате колата на дилъра си. Ако решите, продължавате по същия начин с нова кола от същия модел. Според изпълнителния директор това би било привлекателно за хората: “имате много по-точна представа колко струва да притежавате (колата). Това е много ясна цена на месец.”

February 16, 2018

  • Polestar 1 превод на български

    През �ептември 2017г. Polestar потвърдиха отдел�нето �и от Volvo. Двете компании �ега �а ча�т от китай�ката Geely Holdings. Polestar ще пред�тав�т първите �и модели на изложението в Женева в началото на март. �арекли �а ги 1, 2 и 3 – �поред изпълнителни� директор Thomas Ingenlath така не губ�т у�или� за изми�л�не на имена. Тома� Ингенлат има дълга работна биографи� в автомобилната инду�три� – преди директор на Пол�тар, той е бил начело на дизайна в VW, Skoda, Audi, Volvo.

    Polestar 1 �е очаква да започне продажба през 2019г. Цената ще бъде около 130 000 евро, но това не е един�твени�т вариант да имате тази кола. От компани�та �а об�вили, че �м�тат да ползват бизне� модел, приложен при Volvo XC40 – имате равна ме�ечна так�а, ко�то покрива поддръжка и за�траховка за период от 2 или 3 години. В кра� на периода, при поднов�ване на договора, предавате колата, получавате нова кола, а ползваната от ва� отива за “втора употреба�. Според Ingenlath това е на�очено към новите поколени�, които не биха били доволни да �ложат хил�ди евро на ма�ата, а “в кра� на ден� да имат нещо, което тр�бва да продават�.

    Малко повече за колата – т� е хибрид, � 4-цилиндров, 2.0-литров бензинов двигател, задвижващ предните колела и 2 електромотора, задвижващи задните колела. Така общата мощно�т �тига 592к.�., а у�корението от 0 до 100км/ч ще �тава за по-малко от 4 �екунди. �ко решите да използвате �амо електриче�ките мотори, ще имате 150км �амо на ток.

    Дизайнът е на купе 2+2. �ад 5000 потенциални клиента �а показали интере� към колата, но от не� ще �е произвеждат �амо по 500 бройки на година. �ко и�кате да �и запазите бройка, пригответе 2500 евро и ще бъдете от първите � Polestar 1.

    Другите два модела (2 и 3) �а изц�ло електриче�ки, но за т�х повече – �коро. 🙂

February 15, 2018

  • Testing the generic Modbus Device plugin превод на български
    One of the cool plugins recently being tested for SolarNode is called "Modbus Device", it allows admins to add new hardware that supports the Modbus RTU and TCP protocols. Check out this link that describes using the Modbus Device plugin to talk to a thermopile pyranometer.  It's a pretty quick and easy process in terms of supporting a new industrial scientific instrument.

    Pyranometer - measures irradiance (W/m2)
    We see this device as extremely relevant to tracking solar array performance. Knowing quantitatively how a pyranometer is measuring sunlight near a PV array means that you have a metric for what you should expect from the array in terms of kilowatt-hours (kWh) generated. We expect to be able to use these irradiance figures as an input to SolarQuant (our non-linear energy data analysis engine) and then to inform admins as to whether actual performance is stacking up.  That means extracting more value from your solar array!

    Automating this process is what is going to count - check back here for an update on SolarQuant development, there are more interesting developments coming up soon....

February 14, 2018

  • Renault отваря първият в Европа инфо ЕV център в Стокхолм на 16 февруари превод на български

    В този блог: Чисто нов Renault електромобилен инфо център отваря врати в Стокхолм тази седмица.

    На 16 февруари Renault ще открие първия си европейски - Renault Electric Vehicle Experience Center - в Стокхолм, където посетителите ще могат да открият предимствата на електрическата мобилност и да научат повече за нея.

  • Subaru Will Debut a Plug-in Hybrid in the U.S. in 2018 превод на български

    In 2013, Subaru showed a Viziv plug-in crossover concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

    Subaru will introduce an all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid later this year, utilizing Toyota’s plug-in hybrid system found in the Prius Prime. The plug-in Subaru is expected to retain its longitudinally mounted boxer engine—while likely adding an 8.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack that provides about 20 to 25 miles of all-electric range.

    Subaru will launch the plug-in hybrid in California and other states that adhere to California's emissions standards. According to a report released last month from CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, Subaru is the least prepared among 16 global automakers to meet increasingly stringent emissions standards. Subaru currently lacks any hybrids or electric vehicles.

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February 13, 2018

February 12, 2018

  • Първи тест по рода си – Hyundai NEXO Fuel Cell сам на магистрала с до 110 км/ч превод на български

    В този блог: 190-километров тест с Nexo Fuel Cell с ниво 4 на автономност е направен в Корея.

    Под сам имаме предвид управляващ се без човешка намеса, но с готовност за такава. Общо пет Hyundai прототипа са завършили теста – три Nexo FC и два Genesis G80, като всичките са оборудвани с 5G мрежова технология...

February 11, 2018

  • Tesla Model 3 First Viewing! превод на български
    Yesterday, I got my first chance to see a Tesla Model 3 in person! Let me say, I LIKE it! This is the first Model 3 in the state of Wisconsin. We were holding a Wisconsin Tesla Owners and Enthusiasts meeting at a restaurant in Madison, the state capitol. The meeting was a social gathering, [...]
  • World Rallycross Championship all-electric in 2020 превод на български

    Volkswagen's efforts to push for the development of an all-electric rallycross supercar were revealed by EV News in March 2016 with plans for electric cars to be introduced into the World RX structure announced in August of last year, but a source has now indicated that electric cars will take the place of conventional internal combustion engine Supercars in the headline category after next year.

    “Electric cars will be the world championship. They absolutely, categorically will be the world championship,” the source told Autosport.

    “Fifteen cars are required to begin in 2020. Nine different manufacturers have been engaged in the discussions and negotiations so far, but the ability to buy the required components and build a car has to be open to privateer teams if they want to go that way too.”

    It’s understood that the new electric cars will be based on a common carbon monocoque tub and safety structure that will be supplied as part of a chassis kit, expected to also include suspension and braking systems.

    The FIA is expected to issue an invite to tender for the chassis kit in the coming weeks, with an additional invite to tender for batteries.

    It’s believed that motors won’t be from a single supplier and neither will the composite body shells that will sit on top of the carbon chassis’, allowing for different models of cars to be used.

    An open eMotor formula will spur competitive development of anything from dual, triple and quad-motor all-wheel-drive torque vectoring electric powertrains which could provide the missing link between electric motorsport and road-car technology.

    Volkswagen have made clear that its electric Pikes Peak programme is designed as a learning project towards a future factory electric RX entry.

  • Interview: Chevrolet Bolt EV at One Year превод на български

    One Year Update for the First Affordable 200+-mile Range EV

    Is ‘Game Changer’ over used, or maybe even a bit passé, because everything and anything of late is considered the greatest? Just as actors can be celebrities, but all celebrities are not stars, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV whooshed right past the celebrity tag and quickly became a star. How else would you categorize an all-electric car that goes 238 miles on a single charge and costs in the mid-$30,000 range? That qualifies as a game changer—and a star.

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt

    The Bolt story starts with the gauge that tells you there are 200 gas-free miles ahead of you when fully charged

    The five-passenger small car market is increasingly being populated by all-electric offerings, with the Volkswagen e-Golf, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Soul, Ford Focus and Fiat 500e among the top sellers in this category. To design the Bolt from a clean sheet, Chevrolet knew they had to do something far different than these other EVs that topped-out in the 130-mile range and also cost in the mid-$30Ks. And no, they weren’t looking at them for inspiration.

    Chevrolet looked higher and went after Tesla. The Tesla S and X can go between 208 and 335 miles on a charge, depending on which model you buy, but you will pony-up between $70K and $120K. The much anticipated (and delayed) Tesla Model 3 is rated at a 310-mile range (for the big battery pack), but the base price is somewhere around $44,000. The latest word out of Palo Alto is that the $35,000, 220-mile range “Standard” Model 3s won’t begin production until the end of 2018.

    So, could Chevrolet produce an all-electric car that costs roughly the same as their main five-passenger small car competitors, but has the range of the larger and more expensive contenders? Yep, they did. The Chevrolet Bolt has been on the market for a little more than a year. It is on sale in all 50 states. We thought it was time to catch up with one of the people behind this ground-breaking electric car.

    Bolt Philosophy and Importance

    Clean Fleet Report had the opportunity to speak with Darin Geese, Chevrolet cars customer segment leader. We covered a range of topics including the Bolt and the electrification of vehicles at General Motors. It was a fascinating conversation.

    CFR: What is the importance of the Bolt and its technology within Chevrolet and General Motors?

    Geese: The Bolt for Chevrolet and General Motors is the first long-range, affordable electric vehicle in the industry. We are pretty proud we delivered on the three promises made to Mary Barra (General Motors CEO) at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, that we would be over 200 miles (of range); under $30,000; and available to be onsale by the end of the year. We delivered on all three with a 238-mile EV range, a price of $29,995 (less the Federal tax credit) and the first retail deliveries were December 13, 2016.

    As we look forward to what role it is playing, the Bolt is the halo. It provides advanced zero emissions technology, and gives a look at what electric vehicles could be in the future. By packaging the battery pack beneath the floor, this opens the passenger compartment because, with a flat floor you don’t have tunnels and footwells. By not having an engine under the front hood, more components can be placed up there, and the windshield can be pushed forward. The Bolt seems smaller on the outside than it really is on the inside.

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt

    The hatchback makes the Bolt a crossover in some folks’ view

    CFR: How does this apply to other General Motors vehicles?

    Geese: This opens it to different vehicles, body styles and types, and let’s us ask “what are the possibilities?”

    CFR: What statement did you want to make about the Bolt?

    Geese: We wanted to say: we are an all-electric vehicle, providing enough range that pretty much gets rid of range anxiety, as 238 miles will take you through many days of normal driving activities. We still see the average American driving around forty miles daily, round trip. So at 238 miles, this is five day’s worth of driving before needing to recharge. We do encourage people to treat the Bolt like their cell phone and plug it in overnight.

    CFR: The EPA estimates a 238-mile range. What feedback have you received from owners about real-world driving distances?

    Geese: The majority of our customers are getting more miles than they expected, with reports of over 300 miles. For Chevrolet, it is good to hear back from an average perspective that we are delivering and exceeding on our promises.

    CFR: Any first year warranty issues?

    Geese: There has been nothing abnormal to the regular vehicles we produce. It is nits and nats, and mostly customers not understanding how the vehicle is supposed to operate. We get people not knowing how to pair their Bluetooth phone, but nothing at all about the electric vehicle technology.

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt

    In its first year on sale the Bolt vaulted to the head of the affordable plug-in cars

    CFR: How have sales been in the first year? Is the Bolt EV sold in all 50 states and at all dealers? What percentage of Bolt sales are in California?

    Geese: Sales through November 2017 have been 20,649 units (ed. note: full year sales were 23,297, second only to the Tesla Model S in plug-in cars), with 50-percent of Bolt sales in California. The Bolt EV is sold in all 50 states, but we do not require all dealers to sell the vehicle. It does take some investment on the dealer’s part, such as putting in charging stations and all the tools and equipment and training they need to sell and service the vehicle. So, we see about a third of our dealers have signed-up, which is good as they are focused and committed. These are the kind of dealers we want to see.

    CFR: When the Bolt was being developed, was the Tesla Model 3 a prime competitive target? What, if any, strategies were designed for the Bolt with the Model 3 in mind?

    Geese: There was a strategy to be there (in market) ahead of them, which we did before their first units were produced. This is the first mover advantage. But we had to look at them not as a direct competitor, because they are offering a different body style, sort of like a compact luxe sedan. The Bolt is a small crossover and that kind of buyer does not cross shop between sedans and crossovers. It’s going to be interesting how the consumer reacts to their vehicle, their likes and dislikes, especially the packaging from the standpoint of rear headroom and rear leg room. We think we are very competitive in these areas with the Bolt EV.

    CFR: You mentioned the Bolt is a crossover. I see it as a compact car.

    Geese: When we do our product research, that is exactly one of the things we try to understand: What would you call this vehicle? How would you describe it? And for the most part customers said

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt

    This small wagon that plugs in is popular in California

    it is a cross between a SUV and a passenger car. It’s a funny thing, because there is no official SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) definition of a crossover. When we submit our information to the EPA, they also do not have a crossover segment. They have SUVs and they have wagons, so the Bolt ended-up being classified as a small wagon, just like the Kia Soul, Toyota Prius V and Nissan Juke. It’s kind of a mixed bag of what is in there. For the most part, we do feel confident in the crossover designation as you do sit up higher with a bit more commanding view of the road, you have a tremendous amount of cargo space and the flexibility of the vehicle being able to manage both passenger and cargo. We even have the optional Rear Camera Mirror that is geared towards when there is a lot of cargo in the back and blocking your vision.

    CFR: Let’s talk about the General Motors autonomous vehicle program. Is Bolt the go-to vehicle for self-driving cars within GM?

    Geese: At this time we are utilizing the Bolt EV as the platform to develop our autonomous vehicle technology. And that is pretty much all we can say about it.

    CFR: In closing, what are your thoughts on the past year, the next big thing for the Bolt, the Bolt platform, and electric vehicles within Chevrolet and General Motors?

    Geese: We are very happy with the Bolt EV at our one-year anniversary. Month-over-month sales increases and everything about the vehicle, from production to customer satisfaction, has been good. You know, these buyers are very tough critics sometimes, very specific about what they want. So, when you hear great feedback and satisfaction, especially with the number one reason they are buying the vehicle, which is the EV range, we are knocking that one out of the park.

    We are always looking out for the next big thing, like do we want to do a sedan, or more of a SUV? This market is so new that defining the sweet spot is anyone’s guess at this time. It was very interesting to see all the other manufacturers come out with different types of EVs, with different body styles and how they present those, and the consumers’ reactions.

    So, it is very exciting times at this point. We are excited to continue on.

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February 10, 2018

  • News: Mercedes-Benz Electric eSprinter Van Debuts превод на български

    Cargo & People Hauling To Became Cleaner in 2019

    Mercedes-Benz pulled the covers off its new Sprinter van line this week at the company’s logistics center on the Mercator Island in Duisburg, Germany. In addition to the usual diesel- and gasoline-powered models, the truck and carmaker Daimler revealed an all-electric Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. The eSpritner goes on sale in Europe in 2019 and will be offered eventually in the U.S., said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

    Few Electric Drivetrain Details

    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter will be front-wheel drive only and at this point Mercedes says the new van will have a 41.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack and a driving range of around 100 miles. The exact specifications could change before the vehicle comes to market, including the battery size.

    Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

    It’s a big electric box

    According to Mercedes, the pairing of the electric battery with dedicated front-wheel drive lowers the load floor by 80mm and may end up as a slightly lighter drivetrain. Both low load floors and lighter vehicle weight are important factors not only for fleet purchasers, but for the drivers who end up running delivery routes in them.

    Mercedes says the eSprinter will primarily be used in large metropolitan areas, where range isn’t critical, but emissions are. European cities like London, where electric-vehicles are exempt from a congestion charge, will likely make the electric van a popular choice for small and large trucking fleets. Mercedes says operating an eSprinter will cost about the same as a diesel-powered Sprinter. These electric vans can be tailored for specific payload requirements.

    In Profile, Still A Sprinter Van

    The 2019 Sprinter van’s exterior hasn’t changed much since its 1995 introduction. In profile, the new third-generation model remains with its boxy design, but the front and rear have some nips and tucks to look fresher. Of note, the new look up front adapts the latest Mercedes design direction that applies to both its latest vans and passenger cars.

    2019 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

    The Sprinter dash ups the tech quotient

    Inside, the story is much the same. That means the Sprinter retains its durable, everything-is-hard plastic. But changes were made to bring the van into the 21st century, such as incorporating the display screen into a semi-floating part of the dashboard that tilts upward. There’s also a plethora of storage from under-seat cubbies to large slots and bins on the dashboard. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mercedes-Benz without door-mounted seat controls.

    Tech Laden

    It’s not known what tech gear will be offered on the eSprinter when it arrives, but the standard van is lousy with new=fangled tech, whether it’s intended for driver convenience, safety or the fleet company.

    In terms of safety equipment, the Sprinter’s tried-and-true Crosswind Assist system returns to help mitigate the effects strong wind has on a slab-sided van. Distronic will guide the van in its lane on the highway, keeping distance between the Sprinter and any traffic ahead. It’ll brake on its own if something gets in the way, and traffic-sign recognition will help drivers navigate unfamiliar areas.

    2019 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

    The Sprinter will come in several different configurations

    LED headlights will keep the road ahead nice and bright, while a new “Wet Wiper” system puts the wiper fluid nozzles inside the wiper arms for better dispersal and less spray-related mess. USB Type C connections allow you to charge devices at amperages up to 1.5A, but there’s a traditional 12-volt port in there, too, if you need that.

    The infotainment screen can display both the backup camera and a top-down view of the world around the van when navigating gets a little tight.

    Speaking of infotainment, the Sprinter can also be optioned with Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX infotainment system. With a 10.25-inch screen, MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) brings new connectivity to the table thanks to a new digital assistant that understands natural-language requests like, “I’m cold” or “The gas tank is empty.” Paired with the MBUX system is the new Mercedes Pro internet connectivity system. It connects customers to help with efficient fleet management, improved navigation, analysis of driving style, digitalized recording and remote vehicle operations.

    Regular Sprinter vans will arrive in the U.S. before the end of this year and will be offered for the first time with a gasoline engine in addition to diesel engines. It will have configurations that work for nearly every commercial van use as well as serve as a recreational vehicle platform. It will come as a regular cab—the most popular body for a delivery van—as well as a crew cab.

    As for the eSprinter, we’ll just have to wait (hopefully not too long) for details.

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February 09, 2018

February 08, 2018

  • Товарните електрички на германски пощи обект на зимни критики превод на български

    В този блог: В Германия темата с ограниченията на StreetScooter електричките е широко коментирана.

    Обвиненията срещу екипа на компанията, която от 2015 г. е собственост на Германски пощи, са за значително по-нисък пробег в студено време, което затруднява(ло) работата на куриерите...

February 07, 2018

  • Mazda, an EV-Laggard, Moves Closer to Electrification превод на български

    Mazda developed its Mazda2 RE Range Extender prototype in 2013.

    While most automakers are developing multiple hybrids and EVs, Mazda has mostly remained on the sidelines when it comes to battery-powered vehicles. The company’s executives have insisted that its small, efficient gasoline engines provide all the necessary fuel-economy—and that future research and development should be aimed at wringing additional efficiency from internal combustion technology. However, in recent weeks, Masahiro Moro, chief executive of Mazda North America, hinted that the Japanese automaker will produce a plug-in hybrid or EV by about 2020.

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  • Най-малко £800 на година спестяват англичаните от карането на електромобил превод на български

    В този блог: New Motion публикува статистика от най-новото си електромобилно проучване, от която научаваме някои интересни факти.

    В последната анкета на компанията са участвали близо 7,000 души, като 62% от тях са били собственици на изцяло електрически автомобили, а останалата част от анкетираните са били притежатели на плъгин хибриди...

  • IONITY мрежата за ултра бързо зареждане вече се чертае на карта превод на български

    В този блог: Audi показа как ще изглежда картата на IONITY мрежата за зареждане до края на 2019.

    IONITY, новата "ултра-бърза" мрежа за зареждане на електрически автомобили от BMW, Mercedes, Ford и Volkswagen, бавно започва да се оформя в Европа и вече можем да видим карта на локациите, за първата вълна от планираните зарядни станции.

  • News: 12 Greenest Cars Of 2018 Revealed превод на български

    ACEEE Says You Can’t Go Wrong With This Mix Of Green Cars

    Choosing a car that meets your household’s needs is one thing, but if you are environmentally conscious your selection might go beyond comfort, cargo room and available options. If you want to reduce your environmental impact, minimize fuel costs or cut the petroleum pipelines from foreign countries, then buy the greenest vehicle that still meets your transportation needs.

    To help shoppers choose a greener car, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington, D.C. compiles an annual survey of what it determines is the most environmentally friendly cars on American roads. Not surprisingly, battery-powered electric and gasoline-electric hybrids are the sole winners for 2018, the 21st year for the list.

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Vehicle Guide only looks at traditional tailpipe pollutants, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced per mile and fuel economy. The ACEEE uses a complex formula that considers the emissions associated with a vehicle’s entire life cycle–from manufacturing to disposal impact–and the fuel it uses, whether gasoline, diesel or electricity.

    The Council also analyzes automakers’ test results for fuel economy and emissions as reported to the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), along with other reported specifications. In addition, the group looks at lifecycle impacts of the car, taking into consideration criteria pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, looking at upstream emissions of the vehicle’s fuel and also manufacturing and disposal impacts. Four basic data points form the core of the ratings—tailpipe emissions, fuel economy, vehicle curb weight and battery mass and composition (for the hybrid and plug-in vehicles). Finally, they factor in an environmental damage index that tallies the gram-per-mile pollutant rate multiplied by a cents-per-gram of damage costs.

    If you’re ready to go shopping for an Earth-friendly new car, here’s the list of the 12 Greenest Cars Of 2018. We are noting their green scores and fuel economy, including the “MPGe” equivalent for EVs. (Beyond the list of 12 environmental winners, the ACEEE also provides car shoppers with lists of more environmentally friendly choices in all car classes at: https://aceee.org/. To add some more data to the mix, we’ve also included links to our road tests and news stories about these models.

    Base prices are before any federal, state or local incentives.

    1. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

    2017 Ioniq Electric Vehicle

    2017 Ioniq Electric Vehicle


    Leading the pack for the second year in a row is the midsized Hyundai Ioniq Electric. It compiled a “Green Score” of 70 out of a 100, which is the highest rating for a passenger car ever recorded by the ACEEE. The all-electric version of the Ioniq hatchback leads all comers with a class-leading fuel economy equivalent. Base Price: $29,500. EV Range: 124 miles: MPGe: 150 city/122 highway.

    1. Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

    Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

    Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

    Slotting into the number two ranking with a Green Score of 69 is the two-seat Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. Not only is this the cheapest car built by Mercedes-Benz, it is among the greenest rides on the road. However, it is hampered by a limited driving range, a seating capacity of two and a small cargo capacity, but it offers something no other electric car does: the option to drop the top. Base Price: $23,800. EV Range: 58 miles; MPGe: 124 city/94 highway.

    1. BMW i3 BEV

    BMW i3

    BMW i3

    A Green Score of 68 was high enough to earn the BMW i3 BEV third on the list in ACEEE’s 12 Greenest Cars Of 2018. This rating is for the odd-shaped i3’s newly available 94 amp-hour battery pack. The i3 is also offered with a small range-extender gasoline engine with fewer EV miles (97), but can travel an additional 83 miles on gasoline. Base Price: $47,650. EV Range:114 miles; MPGe: 129 city/106 highway.

    4. Tesla Model 3 Long Range


    Tesla Model 3

    Tesla Model 3


    While a Green Score of 67 places the Tesla Model 3 Long Range in fourth place, the wait time for this new car could take up to a year or longer, due to production delays and pre-production demand. This is for the $9,000 optional long range battery Model 3. Base Price: $44,000. EV Range: 310 miles; MPGe:136 city/123 highway.

    1. Chevrolet Bolt


    2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    Chevrolet Bolt EV

    One of America’s favorite EVs, the Chevrolet Bolt’s 66 Green Score places it in the number five position. The hatchback compact car offers the latest tech and safety features along with a spacious interior, and an operating range that is sufficient for a typical week’s commute. Base Price: $36,620. EV Range: 238 miles; MPGe 128 city/110 highway.

    1. Kia Soul EV

    The Hampster lovin’ Kia Soul EV tallied a 66 Green Score to tie the Chevy Bolt. The boxy Soul EV is roomy and comfortable with a nicely appointed interior. However, it is only available in California and nine other states. Base Price: $32,250. EV Range: 111 miles; MPGe: 124 city/93 highway.

    Kia Soul

    Kia Soul

    1. Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid

    2017 IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid

    Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid

    With a Green Score of 65, the Hyundai Ioniq Blue is the top hybrid on this year’s ACEEE’s list of greenest cars. With handsome styling inside and out, the compact Ioniq hybrid tops all hybrids with its impressive fuel economy. It’s also available in plug-in hybrid and electric models. Base Price: $22,200. MPG: 57 city/59 highway.

    1. Toyota Prius Eco


    Toyota Prius Two Eco

    Toyota Prius Two Eco

    The Toyota Prius Eco slipped into second place among conventional hybrids on this year’s ACEEE’s list with a Green Score of 64.  Still America’s best-selling hybrid, the Prius Eco Two trim offers the top fuel economy in the Prius lineup. Base Price: $25,165. MPG: 58 city/53 highway. 

    1. Ford Focus Electric


    2017 Ford Focus Electric

    Ford Focus Electric

    A Green Score of 64 lands the Ford Focus Electric in the number eight spot. This compact electric hatchback is affordable, thanks to the one-time $7,500 frederal tax credit and the large cash rebates from Ford. Base Price: $29,120. EV Range: 115 miles; MPGe: 118 city/96 highway.

    1. Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid


    Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

    Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

    Kia’s Niro Plug-in Hybrid tops the plug-in hybrid class with a Green Score of 63. Also available as a standard hybrid (52 city/49 highway mpg), the plug-in version gains battery-only range, but is less efficient in hybrid mode. Base Price: $27,900. EV Range: 26 miles; MPGe: 105; MPG gas: 46 combined.

    1. Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid


    Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

    Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

    Honda made this year’s ACEEE list with the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid that had a Green Score of 62.  The plug-in-hybrid version joins EV and fuel-cell Clarity variants, and it’s the only version of this premium sedan that can be purchased outright. Base Price: $33,400.  EV Range 48 miles; MPGe 110; MPG gas: 42 combined.

    1. Chevrolet Volt

    2018 Chevrolet Volt

    Chevrolet Volt


    Chevrolet’s Volt is among the dozen “greenest” cars for 2018 with a Green Score of 62. The Volt is equipped with a small range-extending gasoline engine that provides a virtually unlimited operting range, as long as you can find a sas station. But the first 53 miles comes solely on electricity. Base Price: $33,320. MPGe: 106; Gas: 42 highway.

    The tally of the Top 12—seven electrics, three plug-in hybrids and two hybrids. Four from Hyundai-Kia, two from General Motors and one each from BMW, Daimler, Ford, Honda, Tesla and Toyota.

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  • Голяма Европейска фабрика за батерии – ей сега, само да дойде 2025-та превод на български

    В този блог: Темата за европейско производство на батерийни клетки е много актуална, но какво от това?

    Експерти в бранша от месеци настояват Германия да започне да строи фабрика за батерийни клетки. Основният мотив е този бизнес да не се оставя в ръцете на азиатски и американски компании, защото така ще се навреди на германската автоиндустрия. Същата обаче все още не предприема бързи активни действия в посока производство на клетки за електромобилни батерии и дори не се задават някакви решения по въпроса...

February 06, 2018

February 05, 2018

  • Електрическият ферибот Ampere с впечатляващи показатели след 2 години работа превод на български

    В този блог: След две години плаване първият електрически ферибот показва много добре, защо е по-ефективен от дизеловите си братя.

    Операторите на първият изцяло електрически ферибот в Норвегия започват да получават доста обещаващи данни за възможностите на превозното средство, които определено попадат в категорията впечатляващи.

February 04, 2018

  • Becoming the Safest Car Factory in the World превод на български

    When I recently joined Tesla to oversee employee health and safety, I was asked to take a fresh look at every aspect of how we protect our workforce and ensure a safe working environment. I’ve been focused on workplace safety for over 25 years, and I’ve learned that most issues can be solved by listening to employees, using common sense, being proactive, and ensuring there is a culture that values safety. Since I started, I’ve been pleased to see that much of this work is already happening, and although we are not perfect, we’re taking a number of other steps to achieve our goal of having the safest car factory in the world. Here’s what we’re focused on: