21 Feb 2020 | Tesla Firmware Reveals Range-Busting Battery Pack

21 Feb 2020 | Tesla Firmware Reveals Range-Busting Battery Pack

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CHEVROLET BOLT APP MAKES CHARGING EASIER

Finding an available public charging station and starting your charging session is now easier for Chevrolet Bolt EV owners. GM is making enhancements to Energy Assist, a standard feature available in the myChevrolet mobile app for Bolt EV owners.

Energy Assist, first available for customers back in 2017, currently enables Bolt EV owners to plan and manage their routes more effectively, locate available charging stations – both along their route and in the area – monitor their route and receive real-time alerts if their range projections change dramatically. Energy Assist is integrated with data from the vehicle, which enables intelligent planning and precise charge time predictions.

GM is now displaying dynamic data from charging networks EVgo and ChargePoint within Energy Assist, and information provided by charging networks includes real-time data on charge station status to indicate if a charging station is available. At eligible charging stations, owners can now link their EVgo account to activate and pay for charging sessions right from the myChevrolet mobile app, eliminating the need to toggle between apps and streamline the payment process. Eligible charging stations are noted within the myChevrolet mobile app.

TESLA FIRMWARE REVEALS ~110 KWH BATTERY PACK

“Tesla is working on a new 110 kWh battery pack configuration that can stretch range well beyond 400 miles, according to a new discovery made in Tesla’s battery management system (BMS) firmware.” says Teslarati: “Jason Hughes, a notable Tesla owner and hacker who first uncovered the company’s plans for a “P100D” variant in 2016, found references to a larger battery pack capacity in the latest BMS firmware. “There is a packID that starts life set to ~109 kWh usable (400+ miles),” noted Hughes via Twitter, further suggesting that Tesla might be preparing for a battery pack as large as 115 kWh in capacity when factoring Tesla’s battery reserve. Additionally, Hughes discovery points to a new battery pack configuration with 108 cells per group at ~450 volts per pack that could very well be a universal design to replace the aging Model S and Model X battery pack, while centralizing architecture for the Model 3 and upcoming Model Y.”

A LOOK INSIDE THE NEW LOTUS EVIJA PRODUCTION FACILITY

“The new assembly hall is next to the Lotus test track where each of the 130 Evijas to be hand-assembled will be tested before delivery. Lotus says series production and first customer deliveries begin in the summer, with the first year’s production allocation of the circa £2m hypercar already assigned.” reports Goodwood.com: “Lotus says the Evija employs its two thousand metric horsepower to get to 62mph in under 3.0 seconds and (more significant) goes from 0-186mph in under 9.0 seconds. The top speed is past 200mph.”

LITHIUM-ION BATTERY CELL DENSITIES HAVE ALMOST TRIPLED SINCE 2010

“BloombergNEF‘s Colin McKerracher took to the stage at the BloombergNEF Summit in San Francisco last week where he made a case for electric vehicles reaching the “end of the beginning.” The case for electric vehicles moving into the mainstream or out of the early adopter stage of growth has been fueled by the increase in energy density in lithium-ion batteries and the corresponding drop in cost that comes along with it.” says Kylie Field for Cleantechnica: “. As energy density increases, more energy can be extracted from a battery pack of the same weight. “Battery energy densities keep getting better,” Colin McKerracher, Head of Advanced Transport at BloombergNEF, said. “They’ve almost tripled at the cell level since 2010.”. McKerracher commented about battery pricing as well, noting that the price of lithium-ion batteries has continued to fall in recent years. The trend is expected to continue in 2020, with BloombergNEF estimating a price drop from $156/kWh in 2019 to $135/kWh in 2020.”

AMERICAN MANGANESE ANNOUNCES UP TO 99.72 PERCENT PURITY FROM RECYCLING TEST

“American Manganese Inc….