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Re: Electric Vehicles
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September 23rd, 2019 by Steve Hanley

Breaking: 1st Chinese Tesla Model 3s Are Rolling Down Gigafactory 3 Assembly Line
According to Interesting Engineering, the leaked photo was attributed to Weibo user 常岩, who is the chief auto editor of Tencent Auto. Tencent is a giant Chinese tech firm that owns approximately 5% of Tesla.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/09/23/breaking-1st-chinese-tesla-model-3s-are-rolling-down-gigafactory-3-assembly-line/

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Greta ✨ Thunberg Rides a Tesla ⚡ Model 3 🌞
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How Strong Is The Tesla Model 3 Roof??? This Accident Helps To Show Us

September 30th, 2019 by Johnna Crider

How strong is the Model 3 glass roof? Tesla owner Bernie Daigle discovered the answer to this when he tried to avoid a collision with another car that, as you can see in the video below, pulled out in front of him. He managed to avoid the collision with the car, but his Model 3 wound up being put to the ultimate test.

The video shows Daigle just driving down the street in his Model 3 when a car pulls out in front of him. He swerved to the right and crashed into a street sign. The pole fell onto the Model 3 — right onto the glass roof. 👀


One would think that not only would the beautiful roof be destroyed, but that the pole would have fallen right through to hurt the driver and two-year-old passenger. It didn’t. A popular Tesla vlogger from Atlanta, LikeTeslaKim, posted the tweet below asking a very important question: “How strong is a Model3 roof?”

She also pointed out that Daigle and his young child walked away unharmed. Can you imagine — having something as heavy as a street sign pole crash into the roof of your car, and then walking away unharmed?

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How strong is a Model 3 roof? Fellow @Tesla driver Bernie Daigle found out today. The car protected him & his 2 year old who walked away unharmed.
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— LikeTesla (@LikeTeslaKim) September 29, 2019

The Tesla Model 3 has won numerous safety awards. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Model 3 a 5-star rating in 2018. Technically, the Model 3 got the highest rating in history, setting a new record previously set by the Tesla Model S. It also recently got the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In Australia, the ANCAP also gave the Model 3 a 5-star safety rating and a perfect score on three out of four of its individual tests.

In Spain, a traffic camera caught an accident with a Tesla Model S and another car. Both were going around 40–50 miles an hour. The driver of the Model S walked away while the other driver did not.


Earlier in 2019, Iceman W uploaded a 3-minute clip of an accident between a Tesla Model 3 and Mack truck. His wife was the driver of the Model 3. She was yielding for an ambulance with its lights and sirens on when the truck rammed into her from behind. Iceman says in the video description that his wife was lucky enough to walk away without any major injuries and that the Model 3 did a really good job of protecting her as much as possible.


Also in 2019, CCTV posted a video on YouTube showing surveillance the moment that a white Tesla ran a red light and crashed into an Infiniti SUV. The people in the SUV were seriously injured and the owner of the Tesla turned himself into police on three counts of reckless driving. The Tesla was driving about 128 miles per hour two seconds before the crash and slowed down to 93 miles per hour at the time of the impact. Autopilot wasn’t engaged. This video shows that, in my opinion, one wouldn’t want to get into an accident with a Tesla. (Or get into an accident at all, actually).

The point in highlighting these accidents is to show you that Teslas are among — or are — the safest cars out there. Yes, the other parties are oftentimes injured in these serious crashes while the Tesla driver is unharmed. Accidents are a sad, yet a common occurrence. Hopefully, as Tesla continues to lead in safety as well as tech, accidents will become fewer over time. At least, that is my hope.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/09/30/how-strong-is-the-tesla-model-3-roof-this-accident-helps-to-show-us/
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European Car Leasing System Will Blow Up (as in, INCREASE) Tesla & Other EV Sales 🌞

October 8th, 2019 by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Our recent article about the consequences of depreciation and resale value on the financial health and calculations of leasing companies begs for a European leasing sequel. In Europe, leasing is a bit different from the thing with the same name in the USA.

Leasing as a private financing instrument for automobiles is a new phenomenon, not well known by the public and very rare. When talking about leasing in Europe, it is mostly about company cars for private use by employees. The company leases the car and supplies it to the employee as a “benefit in kind.” The employee even pays extra income tax for the benefit in kind received. The type of lease used is a full operational lease. It includes the costs of repairs and maintenance, insurance, taxes, fuel, and often roadside assistance and replacement during repairs. There is no option to buy the vehicle at the end of the lease term.

In the UK, Germany, and Netherlands, way over 50% of all new cars are sold through these contracts. In many other European countries, it is about the same. In the category where Tesla, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc. are active, the share of leased vehicles is a lot higher than the average.

Companies with hundreds of thousands or over a million of vehicles on the road know exactly what costs can be expected of which type of car. The monthly lease payment is not just based on the MSRP price of the vehicle or even the price including the discounts the lease company pays to the carmakers, as would be the case with a financial lease. Tires, accidents, taxes, and insurance are also factored in.

In most cases, getting a car for an employee is a very simple process. The employer tells the employee the monthly price that is acceptable and the leasing company the employer is using. The employee can then go shopping for a car, visit dealer showrooms, go on test drives, salivate over the most appealing options, debate the color with partner and kids, you name it.

What is not happening at the dealerships is negotiations about the price or conditions. Also, the date of delivery is a minor issue, mostly expected a few months in the future.

What is of interest is the budget and the monthly tax burden. Often, the employee is using a list of available vehicles sorted by the tax burden, without a mention of the price. This is a completely different sales process from what is happening in the USA with sales people who have to move inventory on the lot for the best price they can negotiate.

With the glut of fully electric cars entering the market this and next year, the same dynamic for resale value will happen in Europe as is happening in the USA. Only, in Europe, it will be immediately part of the all-in total cost of ownership (TCO) base price the leasing companies use.

At the moment, the Tesla Model 3, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes C-Class are in the same budget basket. When the leasing companies start to compute the TCO of electric leases differently from fossil fuel leases, the sales dynamic will drastically change.

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The Model 3 will get in the same basket as the BMW 2 Series, VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, or just one or two classes lower than it is now compared to its traditional competitors. Other electric vehicles like the new VW ID.3, Peugeot e-208, and Opel Corsa-e will get the same favorable treatment. When the “Capital One experience” (or “Tesla Effect,” as Capital One calls it) gets translated into the European lease prices, the market will start shifting even faster than in the USA.

This will highlight the three biggest problems for other carmakers. Those are: batteries, batteries, and batteries.

Note that what is described here is the more luxurious leasing arrangement. More competitive arrangements work with a shortlist the employee can choose from. What will happen when the Model 3 is on the same list as the VW Golf or Honda Civic?

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/08/european-car-leasing-system-will-blow-up-tesla-other-ev-sales/
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PROTERRA ELECTRIC ⚡ BUSES

MIAMI-DADE BUYS 33 PROTERRA ELECTRIC ⚡ BUSES, LARGEST ORDER ON EAST COAST

by Denis Gurskiy October 8, 2019

roterra, one of the leading electric bus manufacturers, has recently announced that it received an order for 33 of its 40ft. Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses from Miami-Dade county. This order of 33 electric buses makes it the largest single order for electric busses on the eastern coast of the United States.

Miami is one of the major cities that would be greatly devested with accelerated climate change causing a sea-level rise that could engulf the entire city. Shifting its public transportation towards electric buses is one way that they could do their part in helping with climate change.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez made the following statement about the purchase:

“Florida is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country to climate change, and Miami is working tirelessly to lower its greenhouse gas emissions. Deploying battery-electric buses is one of the best actions we can take to improve our environment and our community’s public health. We are looking forward to working with Proterra to deliver clean, quiet transportation to Miami-Dade.”

The purchase shows a commitment towards Miami’s plan to have at least 50 percent of the county’s buses be electric by 2035, although we do hope that they could bring that date forward as Miami is definitely a city that is at high risk when it comes to sea-level rise. According to Proterra, each battery-electric buse eliminates about 230,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually compared to the diesel bus that it replaces.

To help with the transition, Miami-Dade will also have Proterra install up to 75 plug-in chargers that can support future expansion of the fleet. The chargers are standardized J1772-CCS plugs, meaning that almost any other vehicles can be plugged into them, so they are not limited to specifically the Catalyst E2 electric bus.

The 40 ft. Catalyst E2 electric bus packs a 440 kWh battery and has an operating range of 161-230 miles. A full charge takes anywhere from 2.7-3.2 hours according to Proterra, meaning that each bus will not be out of commission for too long. According to the AFDC, the average transportation bus travels 34,053 miles annually, coming out to about 94 miles daily, making the range of E2 adequate.

Proterra CEO Ryan Popple made the following statement:

“Miami-Dade has shown exceptional leadership in supporting transportation innovation and environmental sustainability. With their commitment to EV technology and their long-term vision to reduce fossil fuel dependence, they are helping to create the future for North American mass transit. We are proud to partner with Miami-Dade on electric vehicle and charging infrastructure.”

It is a shame that the United States is not investing in electric buses as much as the likes of Colombia, China or France. The thought of 33 electric buses being some sort of milestone when Paris ordered 800 not too long ago is weird. However, we are hoping that slowly but surely more cities will decide to invest in their public transportation with electric buses. I just hope not too slowly.

What do you think of the deal regarding these electric buses? Let us know down in the comments below.

Source: Proterra

https://evbite.com/miami-dade-purchases-33-electric-buses-proterra-largest-order-east-coast/
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October 15, 2019

Green Cab Ditches Hybrids In Favor Of Teslas For Its Taxi Fleet

As the name implies, Green Cab has always had a focus on environmentally responsible taxi operations, a theme that manifests itself in its current fleet of hybrid cabs. Hopping over to the company’s website, its vision for a cleaner, greener fleet permeates Green Cab’s material, with constant messaging about helping consumers reduce their carbon footprint with the company’s current fleet of hybrids.

For now, Green Cab is Madison’s only all-hybrid rideshare service and has been in operation since 2010. We will keep a close watch on the news conference to see if we can get our hands on some of the financials behind the move, as the upgrade from a ~$25,000 Prius to a $40,000 Tesla Model 3 is still quite a step up in capital expenses.


Tesla Model 3

Charging is also a question, as Tesla’s service agreement for its vehicles prevents vehicles used for commercial service from utilizing its Supercharging network. Building something like that at a dedicated depot would be costly, but could make sense if it supports a large enough fleet. Fleet operators live and die by vehicle utilization, so having a more expensive fleet vehicle sitting idle for hours at a time to charge at a 6.6 kW level 2 charger is likely not an option if the CFO has anything to say about it.

Full details of the transition will be shared at a news conference on October 16, but for now, we know that Green Cab is partnering with Zerology to enable the switch. Zerology currently operates an on-demand vehicle rental service that puts its fleet of fully electric vehicles up for rental by the hour.

In addition to its cleantech cred, Green Cab is also looking into autonomous vehicle technology as a potential solution in the future. Jodie Schmidt, a co-owner of Green Cab Madison, told Channel 3000 that, “I think there might be a role for us with AV trials or testing because we certainly understand the needs of consumers who ride in vehicles, and we understand processes like dispatching and maintenance.”

Source: WKOW via Reddit


https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/16/green-cab-ditches-hybrids-in-favor-of-teslas-for-its-taxi-fleet/
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