Meanwhile, try ordering a new A3 e-tronhttps://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/0...fy-all-12-brands-by-2030-needs-gigafactories/
Volkswagen Group will electrify all 12 brands by 2030, needs gigafactories
VW will have an electric or plug-in version of every car it sells.
Tesla files patent for mobile battery swapping rig
September 15, 2017
Tesla is still exploring options to make swapping vehicle battery packs easier and faster. This patent filed in May reveals one option that would allow technicians to change out packs in less than 15 minutes.
This isn't the first of such ideas. Back in 2014 Tesla briefly played with an automated system that swapped Model S battery packs in less than 90 seconds. That idea seemed to be shelved as the Supercharger network started rolling out.
The system described in this patent could be installed in a service station or integrated into a mobile rig. A Model S or X would either drive onto ramps or a lift where technicians would then assist the machine in swapping the packs.
The patent notes that this is for Model S and Model X vehicles though it could have broader applications. Elon Musk previously said if Tesla pursued a mobile battery swapping program, it would be to support commercial vehicles -- just like the semi-truck platform Tesla is about to unveil.
Daimler eyes super-fast electric vehicle charging
September 14, 2017
Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz (and others) is pushing to get the majority of its vehicles to run on electricity. But there's still the issue of slow battery charging times that needs to be overcome if users are going to abandon gas. Which is why Daimler is throwing some of its cash towards Israeli startup StoreDot, which is working on a way to fully charge an EV in just five minutes.
The company has raised $60 million in investment, with other partners including Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovitch and Samsung. Although it's the latter that's more interesting, since it's a company that knows a thing or two about the need for stable fast-charging batteries. StoreDot will spend the cash on developing FlashBattery, its replacement for Lithium Ion tech that will offer 300 miles of range on a single charge.
It's hoped that, in the not-too distant future, FlashBatteries will be built into production EVs at source as a modern-day replacement for existing power-storage tech. The fact that Daimler's backing the project makes that a little bit more likely, since the pair can develop automotive-friendly solutions together. Not to mention that it's just one of several outlandish ideas that Daimler has written checks to of late, including the Volocopter drone taxi.
The last time I saw a Borgward was in the mid 1960's, it looked sleek and very aerodynamic but the positive image was tarnished when it smoked a lot when startedAs someone who thought that he was familiar with German car brands/manufacturers, I am ashamed that I have never heard of Borgward before seeing a news article about their comeback EV plans yesterday.
It will be interesting to see if they can actually deliver on their promise of an SUV with a 500km range.....
Many of these cars will be built on an evolution of the Bolt's architecture using a second-generation battery pack. But they won't just be battery EVs—GM's electric future will involve hydrogen fuel cells. "We need to meet customer needs, whether that's the school run, a fun summer drive, or towing 1,000s of lbs. It can't be a one-size-fits-all approach," Reuss said.
... GM says that SURUS will store enough H2 for more than 400 miles (643km) of range. And the fuel cell will also work as a mobile generator, outputting high voltage AC, DC, or 120V AC in addition to sending power to the vehicle's lithium-ion batteries
Meh. Hydrogen is not a fuel in the traditional sense because it intrinsically takes more energy to make the hydrogen than you get out of it when you burn it, even in a fuel cell. About the only thing hydrogen really has going for it as a terrestrial transportation "fuel" is that burning it theoretically doesn't produce any pollution. But making it to begin with is rather inefficient and storing it is a PITA.
Why range extenders will be a much better option than pure EV unless and until someone invents (and commercialises at affordable price) a battery that can be recharged in around a minute AND has a lifetime significantly greater than a few hundred charge/discharge cycles (how many times does the typical gas car driver refuel their car over its lifetime?)And I can still drive coast to coast as needed on gas.
Personally, 8-10 times a year. Over 1000 miles each way, but with an overnight stop. Still each day is 450-600 miles.Unless you drive long distances (300+) every day, how often do you really make those long trips?