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IS IT EV TIME YET? PART 1

I’VE BEEN COLLECTING news items on what’s seen as the inevitable transition to electric vehicles. Indeed, this stack has reached critical mass, worthy of Part 1 today and Part 2 tomorrow. My primary source on this trend has been the weekly authoritative Automotive News.

Porsche EVs, in the Plural. My interest was initially piqued by Automotive News, March 7, 2018, and its piece on the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo “likely to be brand’s second EV.”

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo. Image from Automotive News, March 7, 2018.

What caught my eye was the Cross Turismo’s 310-mile range in NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) testing. I think of 300 miles as a good target for a car, not to say for myself in a day’s driving.

The first Porsche EV, the Taycan, is scheduled to go on sale in 2019; it first appeared in fastback form as the Mission E concept. On October 29, 2018, Automotive News, announced “Porsche Greenlights EV Crossover” production of its Cross Turismo sibling.

Diesel-Burned; EV-Enthusiastic. Volkswagen has seen the EV light, at least in part as penance for its diesel emission scam. According to Automotive News, October 28, 2018, “Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America will pour $2 billion over the next decade into developing a nationwide web of fast chargers accessible to all brands.”

An Electrify America site may be near you. Image from Automotive News, October 28, 2018.

“For some vehicles” Automotive News reported, “DC fast-charging stations with 350 kilowatts [e.g., Level 3 charging] can add up to 200 miles of range in 10 minutes. Level 2 chargers [i.e., akin to 240-volt home charging] can add up to 200 miles in 10 to 12 hours.”

Automotive News continued, “Electrify America will install 484 sites [of Level 3 capability] in 17 urban areas and along highways by mid-2019. So far, 24 sites have opened. Electrify America will also install more than 2800 Level 2 chargers at 500 businesses and multi-family residential sites.”

VW Builds EVs Too. Automotive News, October 22, 2018, noted that Volkswagen Group plans to produce as many as 27 new EV models at 16 plants around the world by the end of 2022.

Volkswagen I.D.battery EV. Image from Automotive News, October 22, 2018.

Starting in November 2019, VW’s I.D. battery-powered hatchback will begin production in Zwickau, Germany.

Tomorrow, we’ll learn of EV plans involving GM, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Jaguar, and Dyson. Yes, that Dyson. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2018

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