Tesla will unveil an electric articulated lorry in September, chief executive Elon Musk has said.
Additionally, he said an electric pick-up truck would be shown off in around 18-24 months.
Last year Mr Musk expressed the firm’s desire to branch out beyond cars.
However, analysts are concerned the company will not meet demand for its current projects.
The Model 3, a more mid-market car compared to what Tesla currently offers, has 400,000 pre-orders – vastly more than the company can manufacture in a year. It is due to go into production later this year.
However, despite this hurdle, investors seem confident that Mr Musk will meet his ambitious promises – Tesla’s surging stock price saw it briefly become the most valuable car maker in the US on Monday.
Speaking about the lorry, Mr Musk said his team had done an “amazing job” and the vehicle would be
“seriously next level”.
In a string of tweets sent out on Thursday, Mr Musk also said that the next version of its roadster sports car will be a convertible.
Do you ever wonder what shape the world might be in if electric cars had not been replaced by gas cars so long ago?
It has been over 100 years after the legendary London department store Harrods first added an electric van to its fleet. Harrods is now returning to electric vehicle technology. The company has selected the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery van as the latest addition to its delivery fleet.
Portsmouth Naval Base will be welcoming a fleet of a different kind this week with the arrival of the first batch of 48 electric Nissan e-NV200 vans to support the Royal Navy’s operations at the base.
The electric vehicles have been ordered by BAE Systems on behalf of the Naval Base Commander as part of his commitment to investing in green energy on the naval base. The vehicles will be used by BAE Systems’ personnel to transfer stores, engineering and load-lifting equipment from warehouses within the Naval Base.
The all-electric Nissan vans will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the naval base’s vehicle fleet by around 40 per cent.
The agreement, which also includes 59 standard diesel vehicles, will save the Ministry of Defence (MOD) an estimated £360,000 in fuel and other costs over the duration of the contract, which runs for two years with an option to extend into a third.
To support the new electric fleet and as part of BAE Systems’ commitment to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency across the naval base, 26 charging points and 28 designated parking bays for electric vehicles are being installed.
BAE Systems’ agreement with Nissan and fleet management specialists Lex Autolease reiterates the company’s commitment to delivering value for money. It also supports the MOD’s drive to create a more modern and energy-efficient naval base, equipped with innovative technology, fit for the 21st century.
Portsmouth Naval Base Commander, Commodore Jeremy Rigby, said:
“I am very pleased to welcome the addition of these 48 electrical cars to our fleet in the naval base. It’s great for the Royal Navy, great for Portsmouth and great for the environment.”
Later this year you’ll be able to upgrade your old ZOE’s battery to the new ZE 40. For customers that are currently leasing the battery the upgrade will cost 3.500 € and a new leasing contract with higher monthly fees has to be signed, however for those who already own the battery the upgrade will cost 9.900 €.
While the battery upgrades for current ZOE’s owners will start in the second semester this year, there isn’t an official date yet. This uncertainty can be related to the LG Chem battery plant in Poland that will start production also in the second semester.
Renault has a clear interest of delaying the battery upgrades and prioritize the selling of new ZOEs.
As equally – or even more – important as the battery upgrade would be if Renault allowed its customers to simply outright purchase the batteries and end the lease if they wanted to.
Currently the only way to do it isn’t very straight forward. It consists in stop paying the monthly battery rental when the contract ends and fully pay what Renault Crédit International (RCI) considers to be the battery’s value. In both 22 and 41 kWh batteries, RCI considers the value to be 7.000 € (without VAT) when new, and they lose 10 % of their value per year.
For example if you have been renting the battery for 3 years, you would have to pay 5.103 € (7.000 € x 0,9 x 0,9 x 0,9) plus VAT to terminate the battery lease contract and keep the battery. I just wished that Renault would make this process simpler. However I’m sure that some friendlier Renault dealers already help you in this process if you need to.
While Renault representatives keep saying that people prefer the battery leasing scheme, we know that this isn’t true, as it suggests a poll that toke place at the French Automobile Propre forum, where only 10 % of the inquired said to prefer the battery rental scheme…
In Portugal for example, Renault gives higher discounts for ZOEs sold with battery rental than with battery included.
An electric van could be the perfect opportunity to cut running costs, but do they make sense for your business? We look at the key issues
There’s something of a revolution going on in the UK van market. While diesel definitely isn’t dead, manufacturers are branching out to provide alternative fuels for buyers. That means petrol vans are making a comeback, while hybrids are in the pipeline, too. But perhaps the most intriguing option that’s available in the UK today is the electric van.
If you need a van to keep your business moving, then the running costs for that vehicle will be a key factor in your monthly outgoings. While the latest diesel vans can deliver running costs on a par with large MPVs that will help to reduce your running costs, there is another way to help slash your outgoings, and that’s by plumping for an electric van.
The distance that you can travel on a single charge is going to be a major factor in deciding whether an electric van is right for you. At the moment, the two leading electric vans on sale in the UK are the Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo ZE. As both models use a similar electric drive system, they both have a claimed range of up to 106 miles.
The second major factor when evaluating electric van ownership is whether you have the ability to charge it up. The first thing you need is a convenient place to park the van so that you can access a charging point, whether it’s in a garage or an off-street parking space near an electricity supply.
The best way to charge a van is by using a wall box, as this can deliver a faster charge than if you plug into a conventional plug socket. Do this, and whenever you leave your van parked up overnight, you can plug it in and have a fully charged van ready to go in the morning.
Adding weight to any van has a negative effect on energy consumption, whether it’s powered by a diesel engine or an electric motor. However, just because a van runs on electricity, it doesn’t mean it’s any poorer at carrying big loads.
One area where electric vans are competitive is on list price, and that’s because the Government’s Plug-in Van Grant is bigger than it is for electric cars. You can get £8,000 off the list price of an electric or hybrid van that is able to travel at least 10 miles on zero emissions electric power alone. That means the Nisan e-NV200 starts from around £15,000, which is about £400 less than the NV200 with a 1.5 dCi diesel.
Another factor to consider is the overall running costs of an electric van. While you’ll never be at the mercy of fuel station prices, you won’t be accessing free energy. If you’re charging a van overnight, then the cost is estimated to be around £1.50 to fully charge a flat battery. As a rough estimate, you’d need to spend around £15 on diesel to cover 100 miles, so the savings an electric van can deliver are plain to see. If you’re registered as a company, you should also be able to write off some of your household energy bills against VAT, as the energy used to recharge your electric van is a legitimate business cost.
As promised, Renault has introduced a new larger battery equipped Kangoo Z.E. with up to 50% more range.
And while we are happy to see the upgraded “ZE 33” model, and its 33 kWh pack (instead of 22 kWh), the vans battery stills looks tiny as compared to the recently updated ZOE with a 41 kWh pack.
Renault pegs the new Kangoo ZE 33 at a range of 270 km/167 miles under the NEDC rating system, which translates to about 200 km/125 miles in ‘real world’ driving conditions.
The Z.E. 33 is shared with new Master Z.E. heavy commercial van.
Renault has also utilized a new electric motor found originally on the ZOE R75/90, rated at 60 hp (44 kW), and has replaced the original (and fairly weak) charging system. The new Kangoo ZE can charge at near twice the rate of the previous version – up to 7 kW.
As you can see, the 7 kW charging capability still isn’t near on par with the 22 kW charging found in ZOE.
Anyway, the new Kangoo Z.E. is still far better then the previous version, so perhaps we should not be too critical. Renault promises the “ZE 33” will be available on the European market from mid-2017.
Naturally I hoped to charge while there but it turned out to be problematic. It seemed pretty clear that CenterParks was not setup for EV charging. Initially we were offered the use of a 13A socket in a shed in a far corner of one of the main car parks.
I plugged in and charging started fine. However, I was a bit sceptical and went back after a few hours to find that the charging had stopped, seemingly a circuit breaker had triggered. I restarted the charge, but disappointingly, I returned after a few hours to check on it to see that it had failed again.
I reported this and that night I was allowed to charge at the external sockets by the main entrance (next to the in and out barriers). However, the same thing happened and I gave up at that point. Instead we charged on our way home. So, overall, we were not too impressed with CenterParks’ provisions for EV charging (though apparently the provision of charge points has improved since).
On the plus side, we did see that Center Parks were making use of all-electric Kangoo ZE vans for work around the park. And we did enjoy our time there, even if it was a bit pricey.
Through its Renault Pro+ brand, Renault is unveiling an extended custom offering in its zero-emission range at the Brussels Motor Show, with world première appearances for Master ZE and New Kangoo ZE. With these new arrivals, Renault fields a unique line-up of four electric light commercial vehicles.
Zero-emission light commercial vehicles addressing the specific needs of business customers
With world première appearances of two new electric vehicles (New Kangoo ZE and Master ZE), Renault, through its business vehicles brand Renault Pro+, proudly announces nothing less than a range of zero-emission light commercial vehicles unique in the world.
Twizy Cargo (the quadricycle with boot launched in 2014) holds irresistible appeal for city-bound business users, while longer-distance travellers will appreciate the company-car version of New ZOE, with its 400 km NEDC* travel range. Then New Kangoo ZE and Master ZE are perfect for business customers needing load volume. All the models in our range of zero-emission light commercial vehicles offer pollution-free peace of mind on the road plus full connectivity capabilities, as with ZE Trip and ZE Pass on New Kangoo ZE, services that facilitate charging at the 80,000 charge stations across Europe. (In 2017, Renault Pro+ business customers will also be getting other connected services, such as Fleet Management and Predictive Maintenance.)
“Renault Pro+ is market leader in electric LCV sales in Europe. With New Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E., Renault Pro+ is continuing to expand its tailor made offering dedicated to professional customers, while developing connected services for business users. We are confident that our professional customers will experience our Zero Emission connected vans which will significantly contribute to better business as well as driving experience.”
Ashwani Gupta – Global Head of Light Commercial Vehicle Business
New Kangoo ZE: major innovations
Kangoo ZE puts an end to reticence over the use of electric vehicles for longer-distance business uses. Following on from New Renault ZOE, which starred at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn, it’s Kangoo ZE’s turn to get a new battery and power unit, to boast a travel range of 270 km NEDC* instead of the 170 km previously. This is a record on the electric vans market.
The battery takes less than six hours to charge back up to full from a 7 kW Wall Box (that’s less than overnight), or just one hour (that’s a lunch break or the time it takes to load the van for the next delivery round) for a 35 km top-up. It all goes together to make working life easier for business users. For example, another radically new feature on Kangoo ZE is the heat pump that’s tied in with the climate control system to maintain travel range under cold weather conditions. So what was that about electric power being problematic for professionals?
#WelcomeMasterZE: Renault ZE expertise coming to large vans soon
Renault, number-one on the European electric vehicle market, announces the world première appearance of Master ZE, further substantiation of the company’s unparalleled electric power expertise. The new Renault van packs the ZE 33 battery (33 kWh) driving the new R75 electric power unit (derived from the ZOE pack). Renault Pro+ is proud to offer business customers a large van with a travel range of 200 km NEDC. It will be in European showrooms from around the end of the year. Like its little sister Kangoo ZE, Master ZE takes less than six hours for a full charge. That all adds up to making Master ZE an unbeatable proposition for last-mile urban delivery fleets and all kinds of local government departments.