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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 31st October 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.
Happy Halloween! It’s spooky how many cars you can find to buy on MYEV.com these days. Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.
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FARADAY FUTURE LOSES EV PIONEER AMID LAYOFFS
Any kind of departure from Tesla is front page news, we most recently heard about Larry The Lawn Guy moving on because after working at the Gigafactory for 5 years, they realised there were no lawns to mow in the desert. So it's with some surprise I'm reporting on another car maker losing their Chief Engineer. The Verge reports that: "Peter Savagian, a former chief engineer of General Motors’ famous (and ill-fated) EV1 electric car, has left his job as senior vice president at Faraday Future, two sources tell The Verge. The news comes one week after the electric car startup announced layoffs and salary cuts as a result of a fallout with China’s Evergrande Group, which is Faraday Future’s main investor. Savagian started at Faraday Future in the summer of 2016. He was one of a number of high-profile hires that helped bolster the company’s credibility in the early going, like former CEO of Ferrari North America Marco Mattiacci (who left in December of 2016), and Tesla’s former director of Model S manufacturing Dag Reckhorn (who is still with the company). Savagian led the development of the powertrain and battery for the company’s luxury electric SUV, the FF91, and was part of Faraday Future’s “senior executive leadership team,” according to his LinkedIn profile."
BLINK AND HUBJECT FORM PARTNERSHIP INCREASING ACCESS TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING NETWORKS IN THE U.S.
Blink Charging Co., a leading owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging station products and networked EV charging services, and Hubject, a joint venture formed by leading companies in the automotive, energy and technology sectors that includes BMW Group, Daimler, Siemens, and the Volkswagen Group announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership to provide EV drivers in the United States with expanded charging coverage and communication capabilities. As a result of this partnership, Blink’s nationwide network of chargers will become accessible to all EV drivers participating in Hubject’s charging platform using their provider’s membership card and app. Furthermore, Blink’s base of approximately 135,000 members will now be able to quickly and easily access charging stations on Hubject participating networks while driving in the U.S., without having to register with any other charging companies. The partnership’s mission is to provide seamless charging interoperability for all EV drivers participating in Hubject’s international multi-network intercharge platform, dramatically expanding where EVs can charge as well as facilitate essential two-way telemetric communication between EV’s, charging networks and car manufacturers. If you would like to listen to an interview I did with the US CEO of Hubject, Paul Denney, go back to 20th October or Show 271.
TESLA PUBLISHES THE PARTS CATALOG FOR ITS ELECTRIC CARS
"Unless you're changing tires, you generally can't fix a Tesla car yourself -- not when the brand has made it difficult just to get documentation, let alone parts. It's inching in the right direction, though. Tesla has published its parts catalog, detailing all the components for cars ranging from the original Roadster to the Model 3. You'll even see schematics showing how everything fits together." reports Engadget: "Just don't expect to buy the parts yourself. You have to contact Tesla directly as a general rule, and some components are "restricted for use by your shop." This is meant more for professional mechanics than amateur grease monkeys, and that's not entirely surprising when parts can range from giant body panels to obscure motor components."
ELECTRA MECCANICA ANNOUNCES VEHICLE PRE-ORDERS NOW EXCEED 64,000 UNITS
Electra Meccanica today provided a...