EVs Make Forward Progress
While you may think that electric vehicles are something of a pipe dream, a couple more events that have happened of late that indicate that the technology is—to use a painful turn of phrase—still charging on.
Word from Tesla is that in its around-the-world driving adventure it has now made it to the Great Wall of China. Certainly this circumnavigation is being orchestrated with great care and cosseting. But pretty much, so are things like NASCAR vehicles, and you know what they say about winning on Sunday and selling on Monday.
More to the point of something akin to daily driving is the announcement from THINK that it is now receiving lithium-ion batteries from EnerDel for the production of the THINK City in its plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland, with its partner Valmet Automotive.
About the 22-kWh battery system that is claimed to be capable of reaching 80% of capacity in just 15 minutes of charging, THINK CEO Richard Canny said that it “is going to allow us to scale up much more quickly in Europe and also be ready to enter the U.S. Market later this year. The volume production of these batteries now underway at Ener1 opens the door for THINK to finally enter higher scale production, now that battery supply constraints are behind us.”
So while these are but comparatively small things, you've got to start somewhere, and these companies—and others—are still moving ahead.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.