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  1. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    Two interesting new pieces of information for EV owners/ buyers from this weekend. Our old mate Bjorn Nyland in Norway has been at it again. This time he conducted his own comparison between 2 EVs with seemly vastly different specs to see who would cover 1000km quicker. It’s important as people think they need a bigger battery for a longer trip. In truth it seems that reality is more complex than that. These two cars travelled the 1000km in the same time. One using highway efficiency (Hyundai’s aerodynamics, charging and drivetrain) and the other using its range to get a head start. In my mind it only reinforces Tesla’s advantage because it has aero, drivetrain efficiency and a fast charge network that is twice as fast as the “no name brand” chargers (120kw vs 50 kw). This also reinforces that this type of trip can be done in a day with a sufficient chargering network provided you are prepared to take driver breaks similar to those recommended for road safety. In other news, Tesla announce an expansion of the supercharger network world wide. Expansion in Australia, like sales, is modest. We get the likes of Tamworth and Harvey Bay added to the network, plus a few more down near Melbourne.
  2. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    I like the idea behind the Hyundai Ioniq EVs flappy paddle regen. It’s the choose your own adventure approach. You can set it low for highway and high for city or long downhills. That being said, there will be idiots driving around in company Ioniqs that think they are changing gear with the paddles. ( well, that’s how it works on regular cars. 🙂 I sat in an Ioniq briefly last year when they brought one to my work to show us ( and our fleet guys in particular) but did not get a chance to drive it. Maybe this year if they get any demo cars or if work picks some up, which is likely.
  3. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    The test that the car failed was a 60 to 0 emergency stop where they tried to demonstrate repeatability. I am no braking expert but I would presume that the boffins at Tesla would know the predicted stopping distance sans ABS vs with ABS functioning properly. If the cars worst performance is in that window then it makes ABS a possible cause ( correlation not causation). If the worst performance is outside that ABS to no ABS window then it is likely that you can’t be dealing with just ABS as a potential cause. It is always entirely possible that ABS had nothing to do with it. I would sincerely hope that a Tesla does not rely on regen to achieve emergency stopping distance performance. If it has any role it should be additional to their standard. Regen does not work in a range of circumstances, including when the battery is full. The initial Tesla response, which may have just been knee jerk stuff, did seem to scattergun a whole bunch of potential causes. That conjecture really didn’t help project much confidence. Elon’s tweets on the other hand were at least focused on 1. Lets understand the issue, and 2 we will not only fix this, we will aim to make it even better than originally specified. It was short on detail, particularly regarding why they were so sure it was software ( ABS calibration glitch), but it was much better than the initial response which sound like butt covering. On another topic, Oil Price website flags a report that claims potential losses of up to 21 trillion for oil thanks to EVs, and coal is in the firing line as well. Positive news if you live in the earths atmosphere. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/EV-Revolution-Could-Wipe-Out-21-Trillion-In-Oil-Revenue.html
  4. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    Just as well there are “only” 31,000 out there to fix. i will just have to remember not to tick the dodgy brakes option on the configurator thingy. They will either sort it or I will just have to look elsewhere. Plan B. I’m thinking Mini e at this point. Pity it’s vapourware. i3 S with the bigger 2019 battery pack maybe.
  5. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    Rmpfyf, might I suggest a little more grace in your replies. As much as I appreciate your input the anticipation of your responses makes me think twice before posting. That being said, I know I am far from eloquent when posting and getting a point across, so it might be the pot calling the kettle black. I was being sarcastic about Model 3 numbers being low. Yes, they are working through an unprecedented backlog, but hey, they have an precedented backlog of 400k. Isn’t that kind of the point. Love it or hate it there is massive unmet demand for this car. You have to ask, if Bolt is not production constrained why are sales so low and waiting lists so high in places like Canada. On another topic, you have to love a woman that knows her way around a car. Let’s see what it is like to service an EV.
  6. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    So, what is happening with the EV market at the moment? Are we suffering from battery-ageddon or battery gate or some such hash tag? Does legacy auto simply want to make EV buyers frustrated and lose interest? On a positive note, the 3 car that Tesla can’t seem to make in any sort of numbers outsold the BMW 3 series and the Audi A4 in the US in the latest monthly figures. It narrowly missed beating the C class....that will happen next month. I heard on the weekend at an EV event that it is currently expected in AU in the 3rd quarter of 2019, exactly when I was expecting it ( don’t worry, rational me expects some delays like everyone else). Meanwhile Hyundai Ioniq has cancelled the 2018 Ioniq and pushed buyers with deposits to the 2019 model in the US. VW have dropped the E-Golf in the UK , Hyundai have stopped taking preorders on the Kona electric in Norway, and the Chevy Bolt has a 12 month wait in Canada. I am beginning to doubt that we will see any VW ID models in AU before 2022 or later. leafs are turning up in decent numbers OS but not here. Delayed until......3rd quarter next year. Who would buy one once the mythical base model 3 lands here hot on its heals, particularly given that the Leaf’s battery tech is unsuited to our climate, and that’s just the beginning. It’s totally outclassed by the 3. It would only make perfect sense as a $40k car.
  7. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    I get the vibe that the big battery is not there to do the real heavy lifting. It’s there to do the all important finessing that was missing from the network.This is a lay persons perspective. Big pinch of salt. I attended the Noosa EV event on the weekend. Lots of electric bikes, didn’t see any electric unicycles :-(. Lots and lots of Model S and a few X also. A local BMW dealer was the only car brand official representation. No Hyundai. No Nissan. No Renault. No Jaguar. No Tesla. ACE had a big banner....that kept blowing over. Tritium were there, BMW did not send the right guy. He was a typical car dealer and he would have lost the sale with his approach. I told him what I needed and he went way off topic (talking about driving style not impacting range, unlike the model 3........which is drivel) before eventually ( after I made a few faces to show I was not impressed) commenting that a bigger battery for the i3 is on the near horizon. Think Nissan Leaf 2018 sized. I left feeling that the EV is still mostly either a well off man’s statement, or a boffins experiment. This was not a surprise, but I hope to see big changes in the next two years. Lots of interest from punters.....most were older types with a bit of super maybe. It was hard to get more than one question in after waiting patiently for an apportunity.
  8. Barnaby Joyce, conservative media and others said that the $50m “big battery” in South Australia was too small to make a difference. The green energy media is now reporting that we may not see a second battery because the first one was so effective at reducing the cost of frequency services. I wonder how widely this will be reported. Apparently the cost of maintaining power quality has been reduced by 90%. That is a pretty darn impressive number for such a small investment and no fossil fuels are being burnt to achieve it. It also kills another argument against more renewables. All you need is an appropriate grid design with the right mix of elements. https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-stunning-numbers-behind-success-of-tesla-big-battery-63917/
  9. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    Ultra fast charging, like everything in life, seems to have its pros and its cons. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/08/as-ev-charging-speed-increases-so-do-carbon-emissions/ The problem in Beijing seems to be partly due to the power generation mix at different times in the day. Ultimately we may need some sort of BMS AI that knows the drivers travel habits and calendar, and can manage their charging for greatest efficiency and minimum carbon footprint. I would be happy for my car to dictate charging provided that it got me where I needed to go without undue delay. Saves me working out all the complexities. In Australia the best times to charge would probably be while people are at work ( solar from your companies rooftop) or at 1am ( either otherwise wasted coal generation or wind being generated while most folks are asleep). I am sure reality is more complex than that. To really optimise things you would need management software that knows how green the grid is, both in terms of forecast energy generation and real time information. The priority for charging would also depend on your schedule.
  10. Briz Vegas

    Trump

    Gotta love reading the news these days. Why do I do it. in 24 hours we have Oliver North heading up the NRA and Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and is returning to sanctions. ABC news says the later will disrupt world oil supplies. Take that headline as read and you would have to expect a petrol price hike would you not? Maybe Trump supports electric cars over SUVs after all.
  11. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    Bewdy Bonza Ace Yewt https://www.inverelltimes.com.au/story/5373799/australias-first-electric-car-to-be-launched-in-inverell/ If they made it a people carrying van, like the Renault or Nissan ENV200 it would be great for my windsurfing gear, occasional rear passengers and for lugging speakers and such. It might up the safety requirements. You would want adequate safety as well. 350km range looks good. Wonder what the panel gaps are like ? Given the urban assault vehicles favoured by most tradies and fradies ( fake tradies) I have to wonder how well these would sell. They need a high riding pretend 4WD version at least. That aside I think this is brilliant, at least in paper.
  12. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    ....and how does it integrate with the regular drivetrain. Lots of questions. i wonder how it might integrate with a Zoe. Interesting.
  13. Briz Vegas

    Trump

    Give Trump credit. OK He is now at minus 999 brownie points instead of 1000. Or, to use another analogy, “Even a broken clock is right two times a day.”
  14. Amazing looking amp and I am sure I would love a bit more headroom than my 70 watt CJ valve amp, but it’s also expensive for regular folks so your market will be narrower. I am sure for someone this will be right place, right time, right price.
  15. Briz Vegas

    electric cars

    Rmpfyf, you are right about that price, but I have said that at least two times previously ..... so I am just repeating myself. I think people might want to see what a future world full of EVs might look like. This slightly too long video shot in Oslo, Norway last night shows what Australia could look like if EVs took off big time. It’s not that much different really is it? If you don’t know your EVs, the Golfs with the C shaped DRLs are EVs, then look for Leafs, Imievs, Ampera E, and the common or garden Tesla X and S, which are as common as a Hilux here in Australia. ( almost no dual cab utes here......heaven) Interestingly it seems the lights have not gone out in down town Oslo due to too many EVs.
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