ESSENTIAL WEEKLY NEWS on batteries and EVs (4 - 11 Feb. 2019)
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The first European model 3 charged at a rate of 126 kW, 5kW higher than last recorded for model 3.
With 270 mJ of energy, the model 3 would need about 35 minutes to charge theoretically if the charging rate was kept at 126kW from 0% to 100% of charging the battery. Sadly, this is not the case, but their progress with charging times is impressive!
Tesla started model 3 deliveries in Europe this week, and autopilot should finally be allowed in Europe soon!
Autopilot mode will always have its different kind of regulations but soon (probably this week) you will be officially allowed to access the autopilot update in Europe.
Tesla patents new lithium-ion battery cells with increased energy density, increased durability, faster charging and lower costs.
Tesla purchased some more battery techs after buying Maxwell to push research on solid-state batteries
Nikola Motors pushes the electric truck revolution with its new line-up of BEVs: fully electric hydrogen and battery powered trucks - they will be unveiled to the public next month at Nikola world #emissionsgameover
The specs were given by the company on Twitter: "You will be able to order both trucks in 500kWh, 750kWh, and 1mWh options BEV", as for the range: for "BEV semi trucks with 80000 lbs in decent weather with normal hills on routes, 1mWh gets about 400 miles. With cold weather, you get 300 miles per 1mWh."
China’s CATL & Honda Sign Huge EV Battery Deal
The main part of the deal was CATL guaranteeing to supply Honda with 56 GWh of lithium-ion EV batteries before 2027, which could supply a total of 160,000 cars.
Tesla is one of the only companies that is making a good profit of its electric vehicles so far, while many companies plan to sell at a loss to remain on the competitive market.
German automakers have reverse engineered the Tesla model 3 and what they found can make some auto-making companies nervous, as it seems that many are behind. Porsche and Audi are still co-working on their next-gen platform called Premium Platform Electric (PPE), but the first EV version was approximately 3000 euros too expensive, which Porsche could apparently absorb but Audi would not. The main issue seems to always be linked with the cost of the battery cells, and Tesla is leading the industry on that front: implementing their battery techs to their cars is one of their specialty.