Welcome to another episode of Cleantech Talk Today, where we discuss the latest batch of fresh electric vehicle & cleantech news. In this daily podcast and video series, we ramble on and on and on … and on … about anything electric that moves, crawls, flies, rides, drives, swims, swings, or skips.
Zach Shahan, Kyle Field, and I co-host a daily tour of the electric mobility world. You can listen to this episode above or you watch and listen below. Or you can head over to Soundcloud or iTunes to listen.
Tesla had more news, as usual. We also had a lot of fun talking about the Chinese and European EV markets. And then: The Batteries.
Are we there yet? It would seem so, as Tesla announced getting to the magic threshold of 5,000 Model 3 produced a week. How does this compare to other electric car startups? Or large automakers for that matter?
A cool 15 years after it was founded, Tesla has scaled its production capacity to 1,000 cars per day. Hard to call that “failing.”
Eagerly, patiently, impatiently, bitterly waiting for the $35,000 Model 3? Read that article.
No one reading CleanTechnica will be surprised to know that EVs designed from the ground up to be electric are leading the pack in Europe. The Nissan LEAF, Renault Zoe, and BMW i3 are the unsurprising and well deserved winners on that field … for now.
All EV markets are exciting, but the Chinese EV market is special. To dominate that market as the EC-Series means BAIC is doing something right. Meanwhile, BYD is actually the top EV brand! Goes to show you: diversity and choice matter too.
Solid-state batteries are like the Loch Ness monster — often talked about, seldom seen. Compared to the popular lithium-ion battery and its liquid electrolyte, solid-state batteries offer the promise of greater energy density, lower cost, and no risk of fire if the battery overheats or becomes damaged. Beginning in 2012, Volkswagen forged a relationship with QuantumScape, a secretive Stanford University spinoff initially funded by ARPA-E and headed by Stanford graduate Jagdeep Singh. The relationship appears to be growing and perhaps maturing.
Researchers at Penn State University have created a self-heating battery. Why? Because cold temperatures (often experienced by drivers outside of California) slow down the charging rate of conventional lithium-ion batteries. That means they have to remain plugged in longer to allow drivers enough charge for their daily driving needs. Charging at temperatures below 50°F can also lead to faster battery degradation, the researchers say.
That’s it for today. Join us again tomorrow as we hack our way through the jungle of our new electric mobility world and present you the essence of this new clean transportation mode.