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Tesla Will Obtain Battery Cells From LG Chem For Chinese Model 3 Production

Tesla has said all along it will work with multiple battery suppliers for the electric cars it manufactures in China, beginning with the Model 3 later this year and including the Model Y later. #tesla #ev #electricvehicle #cars #teslamotors #car #elonmusk

Both cars will use advanced 2170 cells like the ones manufactured for Tesla by Panasonic at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.

According to , Tesla has agreed to source at least some of those battery cells from LG Chem. The Korean company will manufacture the cells at its production facility in Nanjing, about 200 miles west of Shanghai where Tesla’s new Gigafactory 3 is under construction. Although work on the new factory was not begun until January 3, Tesla expects Model 3 production to begin there before the end of this year.

Bloomberg adds that Tesla is still in talks with CATL. Anonymous sources say the two companies are discussing technical specifications and that LG Chem was more flexible in meeting Tesla’s technology requirements. There are also rumors that Panasonic may be in the mix somewhere down the road. Representatives for Tesla, LG Chem, and CATL all declined to speak on the record with Bloomberg. LG Chem is now the world’s second largest manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries and intent on further increasing its market share.

Politics & Production

Tesla is wise not to put all its battery eggs in one basket in China, where politics have an outsized impact on commerce. Two years ago, China refused to allow Hyundai and Kia to import any cars with batteries made by LG Chem in South Korea, according to . It was only after the companies agreed to power their electric cars with battery cells manufactured by CATL that the ban was lifted, according to the report.

Because of the need to switch suppliers, the Hyundai Kona Electric is only now becoming available in China. And the move by Chinese authorities was no doubt instrumental in LG Chem’s decision to build a battery factory in China.

Why would authorities slap Hyundai and Kia around while smiling benevolently on Tesla? President Xi Jinping does not return our phone calls, so we can’t be sure, but clearly Tesla enjoys some special status with the Chinese government. For whatever reasons, no other foreign manufacturer seems to enjoy such a close relationship.

The Trouble With Tariffs

As Donald Trump and Xi Jinping play “mine’s bigger than yours” in their ongoing tariff fight, China announced today it will reimpose a 25% tariff on cars imported from the US on December 15. According to  the new tariffs will impact Mercedes and BMW the most. Both German companies export US-made cars to China. Ford will also suffer, as will Tesla with regard to its Model S and Model X vehicles, which are manufactured exclusively at the factory in Fremont, California.

In response, the unstable lunatic in Washington, DC, sent the stock market into a selling panic by tweeting an “order” for all US companies to cease doing business in China forthwith. The Dow shed 600 points as soon as the tweet appeared.

The question now for Tesla is how will the new tariffs affect the cars built in the Chinese factory in Shanghai beginning later this year? According to  the first cars will be knockdown kits made in Fremont and shipped to Shanghai for final assembly。 Tesla does something similar with its factory in Tilburg in the Netherlands。

No one knows the answer to that question at the moment。 Is a knockdown kit assembled in Shanghai subject to the new tariff? It’s simply too early to answer that question authoritatively。 Given Tesla’s special relationship with the Chinese government, we can only hope the cars exiting Gigafactory 3 will be exempt from the new tariff。 It is to be hoped the business community will give the puling potentate of Pennsylvania Avenue the fickle finger of fate and ignore his insane order completely。

What Do We Know?

斗地主达人We know that Model 3 cars will begin rolling out the door at Gigafactory 3 before the end of this year, God willing and the creek don’t rise, and that those cars will have battery cells manufactured in Nanjing by LG Chem. We know that battery cells from CATL or Panasonic might be used in locally produced Model 3s and upcoming Model Ys at some point in the future. And we know that the tariff situation is a muddled mess at the moment. When we know more, you’ll know more.

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New Electric Motor Could Boost Efficiency of EVs, Scooters, and Wind Turbines

The Hunstable Electric Turbine by Linear Labs can generate two to five times the torque of existing motors in the same-size package, the company says

Makers of , e-bikes, or —and the owners who love them—tend to focus on batteries, and how much better their vehicles become as batteries shrink in weight, size and cost.

But electric motors are the often-overlooked aspect of that equation。  says its electric machines could revolutionize automobiles, wind turbines, and air conditioners as well as robotics, drones, and micromobility vehicles。

The Ft。 Worth, Texas–based company has invented what it calls the , or HET。 The patented HET, the company claims, can generate two to five times the torque of existing motors or generators, in the same-size package。 Torque is the amount of work that a motor or engine produces, typically measured on a per-revolution basis。

“We believe we’ve built an entirely new class of electric motors, and that hasn’t happened in maybe 30 years,” says , the company’s founder and chairman.

Hunstable was formerly CEO of UStream, a video streaming and hosting company (now known as ) that IBM acquired for US $150 million in 2016. Brad’s father and company CTO is an inventor and electrical engineer, who worked in the nuclear power industry for  and . And Linear Labs began about five years ago as a father-and-son project. Among its roughly 20 full-time employees, the company counts former employees of , , and .

The Hunstables tick off myriad design and technical advantages for their HET, which they define as a 3D circumferential flux, four-rotor permanent magnet motor. Unlike typical designs, the synchronous DC motors have no superfluous end windings, so 100 percent of their copper material goes into energy conversion. A typical motor’s copper content could be reduced by 30 percent, while generating equivalent torque, they say. So for a given torque level, the HET consumes significantly less energy than competing designs.

Company studies of existing automotive platforms, including the Tesla and the Toyota Prius, show that the motors could increase driving range by more than 10 percent; or allow those cars to carry relatively smaller battery packs to deliver equivalent range. The HET itself is spectacularly efficient, generating up to a claimed 150 newton meters (Nm) of torque at just 3,000 revolutions per minute (rpm), in a Prius-size packaging envelope.

The company’s permanent-magnet tech requires no rare-earth metals. The motors generate such robust torque that, in most applications, no gearbox reduction is necessary. The system incorporates a purely electronic transmission, which reduces energy losses and, at production scale, could trim at least 45 kilograms (100 pounds) from vehicle weight. Complexity and costs for engineering and manufacturing drop along with it.

 Ninebot ES4 motor.

The resulting Segway enjoyed a 50 percent increase in range, and four times the torque, which boosted the vehicle’s top speed and allowed it to climb a steep 20 percent grade。

“You’ll see us in a micromobility application, with air-cooled motors, within one year,” Fred Hunstable says.

The Hunstables add that with 45 percent of the world’s electricity eventually flowing through an electric motor, decisive gains in power and efficiency could have untold benefits in energy savings and performance. One example: The company estimates that, in a large, , the HET could save 80 metric tons of weight, millions of dollars in costs, and lift efficiency by 3 percent.

“We feel we’re part of a smarter, cleaner energy movement, with applications way beyond mobility,” Brad says。

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Tesla continues to dominate American electric vehicle market

When a new electric vehicle is unveiled, it’s dubbed a potential “Tesla killer”. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has managed to expand the company’s prominence over the still small segment despite …. #tesla #ev #electricvehicle #electriccars #model #cars #elonmusk

two new battery-powered luxury SUVs arriving in US showrooms: Jaguar’s I-Pace and Audi’s e-tron. Tesla’s Model S and X have largely held its own against the two crossovers that offer shorter range and lack public charging infrastructure. Jaguar and Audi also lack the cool factor Musk cultivated for brand Tesla by taking an aggressive approach to autonomy and using over-the-air software updates. Here’s a look.

 

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Tesla Model 3 Almost Outsold Toyota Camry In California In H1 2019

Some 74,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in California during the first half of this year at a market share of 7.8%

斗地主达人The new car sales report issued by the California New Car Dealers Association reveals that the overall California market declined during the first six months…#electriccar #tesla #ev #electricvehicle #teslamodels #car #teslamodel #zeroemissions #elonmusk

In such an environment, electrified car sales were increasing and reached H1 market share of 13。0% for all xEVs (HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs):

  • BEVs: 52,807 (market share of 5.6%), up 60% from 33,015
  • PHEVs21,193 (market share of 2.2%), down 28% from 29,622
  • Total: 74,000 (at 7.8% market share), up 18% from 62,637
  • HEVs: 48,861 (market share of 5.2%), up 22% from 40,011
  • Total xEVs: 122,861 (market share of 13.0%), up 20% from 102,648

The plug-in hybrid market clearly needs support in the form of new, affordable models with long all-electric range。

Plug-in electric car sales in California – H1 2019

The BEV segment is growing quickly, driven by , which is the quickest growing brand with 40,085 sales (up 85.4% year-over-year). That’s enough for 4.2% share in California (the average Tesla share in the U.S. is 1.1%, but at even faster growth of 110%).

Several BEVs were in the top 5 of their respective class:

  •  (4,482): #2 in Subcompact
  •  (1,013): #5 in Entry Luxury
  •  (33,005): #1 in Near Luxury
  •  (3,390): #3 in Luxury and High End Sports Cars
  •  (3,690): #3 in Luxury Mid Size SUV

The Tesla Model 3 remains the #3 best selling car model with a chance for #2:

  1. Honda Civic – 39,018
  2. Toyota Camry – 33,638
  3. Tesla Model 3 – 33,005
  4. Honda Accord – 27,727
  5. Toyota Corolla – 25,673

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Volkswagen e-Golf = #1 EV in Germany in July

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market continues on the right track in July, with 9,233 registrations。 Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were up 136% year over year (YoY), while plug-in electric vehicles … #ev #electricvehicle #electric #zeroemissions #electriccars

(PHEVs) keep stuttering (+6% in July, bringing year-to-date numbers out of the red).

With all-electrics two thirds of plug-in registrations, and the PEV share 2.8% in July, BEVs alone hit 1.8%. That keeps the 2019 plug-in share at 2.6% (1.7% BEV).

The VW e-Golf last won the monthly best seller award in October 2018, but the veteran VW e-Golf managed to win last month’s trophy yet again, and with a record performance to boot。 The e-Golf’s 1,007 registrations marked the first time the German EV scored a four-digit performance。

It seems Volkswagen’s current bread and butter plug-in model still has some …

Another German model hitting record results was the BMW i3, which scored 967 registrations, allowing it to grab the silver medal last month, ahead of its rival, the Renault Zoe, which moved 910 units. That Zoe’s 910 registrations is still an impressive performance for a model getting ready to receive significant changes. With the current one clocking regular 1,000/month performances, how high will the heavily revised Zoe go? 1,500? 2,000? Ladies and gents, please place your bets…

In 5th place, we have the Audi e-tron, which scored 530 registrations, its best result so far, surpassing its Q7 ICE sibling (319 units) and selling at the same pace as the other Audi mammoth SUV, the Q8 (582)。

Will the Belgian-built Audi be able to reach the pace of the current sales leader, the BMW X5 (1,210 units last month)? One can only dream…

While the top positions didn’t have any changes, the leadership race became a little bit clearer, with the Renault Zoe winning precious ground over the Tesla Model 3. Assuming the generation change is done without major hiccups from Renault, the French hatchback is now the favorite to renew the 2018 model title, while the #3 BMW i3 still has a remotechance to take the leadership spot.

斗地主达人Off the podium we have the #4 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, with enough advantage over the ones behind it to start thinking about finding a place in the trophy room for the best selling PHEV and SUV statues。

The #8 Audi e-tron is just 6 units behind the #7 Smart Fortwo EV, and with its current momentum, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the German crossover reach #6 in a few months。

In the full-size category, the race is on between the #11 Mercedes E300e/de twins and the #10 BMW 530e, with the Mercedes reducing the Bimmer’s advantage to just 221 units, and this despite the BMW nameplate’s new record performance (432 units) — to which the rival responded with its second best result ever (464 units).

Interestingly, the performance from the 530e was just one out of the four record results made by German nameplates last month. (The others were the BMW i3, VW e-Golf, and Audi e-tron.) The empire strikes back?

In the lower positions of the ranking, the Jaguar I-PACE reached the top 20 (finally!), with the British sports CUV becoming the 13th BEV in the ranking, while the Porsche Panamera PHEV climbed one position, to #16.

Outside the top 20 ranking, we should highlight the Tesla Model X’s performance。 Tesla had 78 deliveries of the X last month, its best first-month-of-quarter performance in a year, allowing it to reduce the distance to the top 20 to just 134 units。 Meanwhile, the Mercedes EQC is still in launch mode, having registered 74 units last month。

In the brand ranking, BMW (20%, up 1%) is the leader, with Tesla (12%, down 1%) holding onto the 2nd spot and #3 Renault (11%, down 1%) hot on its tail.

Off the podium, we have Mitsubishi (9%) recovering ground on the medalists, while Volkswagen and Hyundai, both with 7% share, are still far away from the medal positions。

If you prefer seeing the sales charts with “Others” included (sales from all remaining models not in the top 20), here are those charts as well:

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 Always interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-ins through the  since 2012, allowing him to gain an expert view on where EVs are right now and where they are headed in the future. The EV Sales blog has become a go-to source for people interested in electric car sales around the world. Extending that work and expertise, Jose is now a partner in  and works with the European Alternative Fuels Observatory on EV sales matters.

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