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17 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I wonder how much the battery pack in Hummer weighs... 

I am figuring it will be between 1,500 to 2,000 pounds depending on which size you order.

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For those that remember, Apple did a software update about a decade ago that throttled the battery. The Apple story was that it was to protect the battery pack. Apple lost in court when it was proven to degrade the phone, to force owners to upgrade to newer phones.

Tesla now finds themselves in the same situation. 2019 under the guise of protecting battery packs, Tesla pushed out two updates and the older the Tesla, the bigger the battery range drop you saw. Tesla has now lost big time in Norway, one of their biggest European markets as the software update reviewed by independent software consultants finds it had nothing to todo with protecting the battery pack and everything to do with forcing the owners to do one of two things, buy a pricey new battery pack or buy a new auto.

Tesla did not count on Tech savvy owners who actually monitor their battery packs and the degradation over time. One of the plaintiffs who has a 2014 Tesla S has tracked since about 38,000 kilometers his battery degradation.

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Clearly you can see what the software update did to his battery pack and his speed at which he could recharge at a Tesla supercharger station.

Tesla failed to challenge or respond to the Norwegian court and as such 10,000 Tesla Owners were immediately awarded $16,000 dollars each. Now Tesla does have a couple weeks to appeal but if they do not respond, Tesla will be responsible for paying out $160,000,000. 

Tesla has identical lawsuits in other European and Asian countries as well as here in the US over the same sort of Battery protection software update on auto's older than 3 years.

Could this be what forces Tesla to change or end up being bought out?

Tesla is found guilty of throttling charging speed, asked to pay $16,000 to thousands of owners - Electrek

Additional Tesla News

Seems GigaFactory Texas is already in production as they are building a ton of the new all in one Tesla Y castings which are sitting on the ground around the under construction factory.

 

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One has to wonder about the long term quality of the so called new Tesla Y that are built from this stock pile of parts sitting outside.

Tesla Doesn't Need Giga Texas Online To Start Model Y Production (insideevs.com)

Here is a local fan that does daily fly by's to check out the site and status of construction.

 

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9 hours ago, David said:

Tesla will be responsible for paying out $160,000,000. 

It’s okay though. According to one person here. Elon is rich beyond words so he can afford that “measly” little fine lol. 

 

That is also extremely dirty pool by Tesla.

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1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

Isn't that why the Bolt can't use 100% of the battery's capacity in the first place? Isn't it limited to something like 80-85% of the full battery's capacity? 

Actually the 2020 model year Bolt has a 66 kWh battery pack and Chevrolet lets you use 64 kWh as the 2 kWh is to protect the battery pack. This is normal, so for the 259 certified EPA miles you are using 97% of the actual battery pack, 3% is kept in reserve to protect the battery pack and for conditioning according to Chevrolet.

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27 minutes ago, David said:

Actually the 2020 model year Bolt has a 66 kWh battery pack and Chevrolet lets you use 64 kWh as the 2 kWh is to protect the battery pack. This is normal, so for the 259 certified EPA miles you are using 97% of the actual battery pack, 3% is kept in reserve to protect the battery pack and for conditioning according to Chevrolet.

Thank you! I knew they kept some for protection but I thought it was a larger portion. 

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WOW, GM is really pushing rebates to move BOLTs.

$9,000 customer cash for anyone, but you get $10,500 total for existing gm auto buyers of a Bolt. Cheap lease deals too.

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Allison Transmission which is the #1 provider of transmissions to Emergency One the builder of Fire trucks, Ambulances and other assortment of emergency vehicles to a market penetration of 90% has come to terms to use Allison's new Electric Axle Integrated unit for the 21st century of emergency vehicles.

Allison Transmission and Emergency One Formalize Collaboration on Electric Axle Integration

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10 hours ago, balthazar said:

^ Old news- I remember this covered here last year.

Yes I did cover this when the E-Gen Axle was announced (Oct 6th, 2020) and was going into production.

Allison Transmission launches eGen Power™, Its New Zero Emission Electric Axles for Medium and Heavy-Duty Commercial Trucks

At the time, they used only this picture so there was no real clear picture and as the new news release states, they have now signed on a dedicated builder using their E-Gen Axles.

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Was at the Costco loading mass quantities in the wife's car, out in the outer fringes of the parking lot.
Heard a high pitched steady sound like a distant car alarm 'e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e'. Glanced around and opposite me was a Model 3, 'running' but brake applied. Then it 'shifted' into reverse and crept backward, overlaying a whining gearbox sound over the 'e-e-e-e' sound. I don't know if something was wrong with it mechanically/electrically. When it 'shifted' to 'drive' however, it was pretty silent / both those noises ceased. 

#notsilent 😆

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Toyota has brought their First BEV that will go into production to the US for feedback from the public. BZ4X is their awd CUV with an estimated 250-300 miles of battery range.

 

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2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

BZ4X, it just slides right off the tongue. 

What else would you expect from a company that does not believe in BEV as they think the world should be Hydrogen.

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Electric auto updates for the day.

BYD, one of North America's largest school bus builders has announced their electric bus product line. The buses have a 155 mile range, more than enough for a typical bus route. They come in 35, 38 & 40 foot lengths with seating up to 84 kids and can be equipped with ADA liftgates.

The buses much like what BYD sells in Europe will have bi-directional charging and BYD says that the electric school buses cut fuel cost and maintenance cost by 60% when compared to Diesel versions.

I will say they are very nice compared to the school buses of the 80 I rode in growing up.

BYD to Revolutionize Electric School Buses - BYD USA

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BMW has revealed their all-new I4 BEV sedan for North America with deliveries starting Autumn 2021.

The first-ever BMW i4. (bmwgroup.com)

You can find a very long list of firsts that BMW is claiming at the press release link above. There are also a ton of high res pictures and videos also. Just included two here of the HUGE kidney front end that is a Love Hate relationship I suspect for many. Tesla 3 was clearly the yard stick to measure by as this is a BMW clone pretty much of what Tesla Built.

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Interior dash

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Interior back with rear seats folded down. Not very flat for sure.

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Final news is from 7-Eleven. They had over the last couple decades moved away from having gas stations with their stores though one can find many around still. 7-Eleven has announced that by the end of 2021, they will have 500 Fast DC charging stations installed at select 7-Eleven stores. 

7-Eleven has also stated that they are pushing to reduce their own CO2 emission by 50% by 2030 and this starts by having all Texas and Illinois stores powered by 100% wind energy. Florida stores will be powered by Solar energy. Other states will come online to support green energy as solutions are presented in each state joining their original state of Washington using 100% hydro power.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 PR: 7-Eleven Charges Forward with Installation of 500 Electric Vehicle Ports by End of 2022, Providing Convenient Charging Options that Drive a More Sustainable Future

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The Global Ocean has the largest amount of Lithium compared to other sources. Problem is that it is in extremely low concentrations.

Scientists have cost-effectively harvested lithium from seawater - Electrek

According to this story, seems scientists have come up with a way to harvest the lithium as well as a few other benefits. 

Is it too good to be true? That is a valid question, but seems the reviews of their science have been backed with positive reviews from peers. Scaling is now the next phase. If they can do this removing it from the oceans, getting other benefits also from filtering the ocean water, that would be a boon to lithium supplies.

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Read this on Inside EVs, Europe has had the Mazda MX-30 for 6 months, Japan coming up on a Year and the US will get the MX-30 later this year as a 2022 model. For a Bev, it has good specifications, yet seems to be more of a compliance auto than a true global competition auto:

Mazda MX-30 specs (Europe and U.S.):

  • 200 km (124 miles) of WLTP range
  • energy consumption of 19 kWh/100 km (62 miles) WLTP
  • 35.5 kWh battery pack (prismatic cells, total nominal voltage of 355 V)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.7 seconds
  • top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)
  • front-wheel drive (e-SKYACTIV powertrain)
  • AC synchronous motor: 107 kW (145 PS) and 271 Nm
  • AC charging using 6.6 kW on-board charger
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) 20-80% in about 36 minutes (up to 50 kW)
  • Overall length × overall width × overall height: 4,395mm × 1,795mm × 1,570mm
    Wheelbase 2,655mm
  • curb weight of 1,720–1,750 kg out of total 2,119 kg permissible

So this BEV will weigh in at 3,858 lbs, have 143 HP and 200 lb-ft of torque. No Mazda designed power train as they have turned to Hitachi and is using their Astemo Motor to power this auto as Hitachi is looking to become a primary BEV supplier.

Limited battery range and not being very quick tends to push this into a Compliance auto with a starting price of $36,881.00.

In this regards is Mazda taking a Toyota approach that they do not believe EV's are needed due to their heavy investment in SkyActiv engines or is it a lack of R&D money? Will be interesting to see what happens.

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Mazda MX-30 Is Powered By Hitachi Astemo (insideevs.com)

Some interesting reviews on this CUV.

 

 

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3 hours ago, balthazar said:

Owner pulling OUT the electric motor conversion from his '67 Riviera, to return it to it's original 430 CI V8!  

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Cool as that electric motor combo turnout crazy toruqe and HP, sadly, many people would not put in the proper controller or battery pack and I bet like many of the early conversions, it was less than 100 miles on old battery tech. 

I get going back to an ICE V8 when you want to drive it long distance. Still a lovely car that with the right battery pack would have been a silent beast off the line around town. :P 

Thanks for sharing.

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