Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Porche Taycon, which is going to be very expensive at around $150,000. But it also goes 0-60 in 3 seconds, so it's extremely fast. Its range is only about 200 miles on a single charge in ideal conditions. Most likely, it's more like 130-140 mile range. The eTron is going to be a lot more affordable from Audi. But Sam says that some of the technologies in cars like this will eventually trickle down to lower-priced cars as time goes on. And look for a Mustang-inspired EV at next year's LA Auto Show. Ford is also going to put out an F150 EV next year.
Myron has a hybrid vehicle with battery assist. Will it last? Leo says that early hybrids may not have been that sophisticated, but that he wouldn't worry too much about its battery life. They're designed for that. What's more important is how you keep your batteries within a set temperature range.
Are they safe if there's an accident? Leo says the battery was designed for impact and is why those hybrid cars are a little heavier. They absorb and deflect more impact energy. They also have crumple zones to absorb the impact. That makes modern cars far safer now than decades past.
Sam joins Leo in studio to talk about eBikes and roundabouts. Sam says that traffic fatalities have increased in Motorcycles, and rescinding helmet laws is a dumb idea that has direct consequences. Wear a helmet and proper protective gear to protect yourself, even on an eBike. Onto roundabouts: Sam says that roundabouts can really aid in traffic flow. But many don't know how to handle them. So when you hit a roundabout, treat it as an all-way yield, and enter as is safe. Porche is coming out with an electric vehicle, and it's 0-60 in under 2 seconds.
Sam recently completed his test drive of the Audi eTron, a mid-size electric crossover vehicle. It's Audi's first all-electric vehicle. Audi expects by 2025, that 30% of all sales will be electric vehicles. Sam says that it also charges about 30% faster using an Electrify America charger, vs. a standard charger. Very fast charging. Up to 80% in 30 minutes. The eTron drives very well, smooth ride with almost no wind noise. Exceptionally quiet. If you love driving Audi's this car is for you.
This week, Dickie D was at the 2019 NY auto show and saw an interesting electric truck concept by Rivian. But it became a lot more interesting with an article about Ford in Thursday's (4/25/19) New York Times. Seems Ford is VERY interested in this truck and this company and is investing $500 million in it. That's after Amazon's $700 million investment, so Rivian must be on to something big! Amazon reportedly wants them to build electric delivery trucks for them. Rivian has introduced the first fully electric truck Dickie D has heard of: the Adventure R1T.
The newest TESLA coming is the TESLA Model Y. The plan will be that it available in about 18 months, in 2020, You can put down $2500 fully refundable deposit to reserve it when it launches. Sam says it's not really worth putting a deposit down becauase it really doesn't give you an advantage over anyone else to get the car when it comes out. The Model Y is a hatchback version of the Tesla Model 3, sharing about 70% of the same components.
Sam joins Leo to talk about the etiquette of charging an electric vehicle. Sam says that some EV users believe it's OK to park next to a charger, thereby making that charger unusable for hours. Tesla has addressed this issue by charging people after their car has been filled up. Users now get a 5 minute grace period. Leo says while that's true, if you're traveling and are parking at the airport, you don't really have a choice. While that's a special case, most EV owners are just using charging spots at the mall and other locations as parking spots.
Sam joins Leo in studio, and he says that while electric vehicles are getting more popular, it would still take 20-30 years to replace the entire fleet in the US. He drove to Eastside Studios in a KIA NIRO electrified vehicle. The NIRO Hybrid gets 50 mph, but you can get a plugin hybrid as well, which gets 27 miles on a charge. Or you can get a fully electric NIRO, which has a 239-mile range.
This week's topic is high capacity chargers for electric vehicles. Battery range and charging are the biggest challenges facing EVs. Where are the charging stations? Sam says that navigation systems often have charging stations built into the route your driving, and based on your EV, they will also draw a circle around the usable range of your electric vehicle before you need to get a charge. But Sam says that it costs a lot of money to install high capacity, high power charging stations, especially in rural areas. The Tesla Supercharger is coming with 120KW charging capacity.
Sam joins Leo to talk about the new EV Truck ... the Rivian. It's a full sized pickup that's electric. There's also an SUV. Leo hears that Ford is planning an electric F150. Sam says it should be coming in a few years. The hybrid will be out in 2020.