Tesla is shutting down Superchargers in Spain due to Coronavirus

Over the course of any nation emergency it is vital essential services to continue with minimum disruption. The availability of fuel to heat homes, and power healthcare, transportation, and industry, makes it an essential good and service.

However, Tesla‘s choice of Supercharger locations is showing profit and convenience was more of a priority. Insufficient consideration was given to the network’s resilience when tested, such as the current conditions. Proper planning and exercising those plans would have identified the gap.

Tesla’s electrical charging stations are often located at hotels, restaurants,  and other convenient locations. As Spain is locking down non-essential business and services in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, Tesla’s charging points are becoming inaccessible.

This is a point of critical infrastructure that will need to be addressed in the future. It’s a little late to be doing it at the moment for this world crisis. Thankfully, few emergency vehicles require Tesla’s Supercharger network. Unfortunately, this may leave some Tesla customers stranded.

According to News Maker, the affected Tesla Superchargers so far include:

  • Getafe, Madrid: Hotel Ramada by Wyndham
  • Fuengirola, Malaga: Hotel Higuerón
  • Tarragona: Hotel La Boella
  • Burgos: Hotel Landa. Open between 8 and 22 hours only

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Test driving the 2020 Renault Zoe

2020 Renault Zoë

2020 Renault Zoë

As of January 2020, the revised Renault Zoe is one of the most popular new EVs, due to an interior and exterior overhaul and the introduction of a new, more potent powertrain and higher capacity battery.

Tom Morgan, Autocar »

Modest power and range gains make for a more well-rounded EV.

Joe Holding, Auto Express »

The Zoe continues to lead the way in the small, affordable electric car segment. It’s cheaper than the Nissan Leaf, more practical than the Vauxhall Corsa-e, and delivers more range than either of them. There’s no denying that it’s a tidy-looking thing, too. It’s a shame that CCS fast-charging is a pricey optional extra, but you’ll struggle to find a small electric car that makes as much sense as this one.

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Test driving the 2020 Ford Kuga SUV PHEV

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Expect to see a lot of these on the roads this year.

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Kuga has lost none of its dynamic flair, yet it’s more refined and practical than ever. It’s comfortable, too, Ford’s suspension engineers creating a ride that’s plusher and quieter than most. Perhaps the only real niggle is that the interior fails to achieve that premium feel Ford has been striving for. We also suspect the cheaper petrols will be the pick of the line-up.

But slightly lacklustre straight-line pace and grabby brakes aside, the Kuga PHEV makes a strong case against its less entertaining rivals from Vauxhall, Peugeot and Mitsubishi.

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Ford discusses its electrification strategy for the U.K. and Europe

Sean Keywood, Business Car »

The Mach-E, Ford’s first modern mainstream pure EV, is a large, high-performance SUV for which prices will start at around £42,000, in contrast to the new electric entry points from rivals such as Vauxhall, Peugeot and Honda, which are launching far more modest, and therefore cheaper, superminis.

While saying that the Mach-E’s size, performance and range capability mean its price still represents good value for money when compared with rivals, Hoare also insisted that this ambitious entry into the EV market is the right way for Ford to go.

He said: “We want to put the best foot forward for electrification, we want to demonstrate the great strengths of electrification, and make it aspirational, so the products that will come beneath it will start with credibility, and our customers will understand what is coming from Ford.

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The 18 electrified vehicles Ford has announced for customers in Europe before the end of 2021 includes:

  • Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid, Puma EcoBoost Hybrid, Focus EcoBoost Hybrid, Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid, Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid, Tourneo Custom EcoBlue Hybrid and Transit EcoBlue Hybrid – featuring 48-volt mild hybrid technology for reduced CO2 emissions, optimised fuel efficiency, and a more responsive and rewarding driving experience
  • Mondeo Hybrid, Kuga Hybrid, S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid – featuring self-charging, full hybrid, petrol-electric powertrain technology that offers a compelling alternative to diesel and is capable of pure-electric driving for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios
  • Explorer Plug-In Hybrid, Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid – offering pure-electric driving capability alongside the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine.
  • Mustang Mach-E and an all-electric Transit van – delivering pure-electric, zero-emission driving

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Audi A3 E-Tron plug-in hybrid may be coming to North America

Audi A3 Sedan Rendering

Audi A3 Sedan Rendering

Jens Meiners, MotorTrend »

While all of these models will be offered here exclusively with the four-door sedan body style, the subsequent A3 e-tron, fitted with a plug-in-hybrid powertrain, should come to America as a Sportback, i.e. a compact, five-door hatchback. Power will come from a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total of around 240 horsepower. […}

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BMW introducing “ecological geofencing” for it’s hybrid vehicles, automatically switching from fuel-burning to electric motor when it enters urban and environmental sensitive zones

Available in 80 European cities.

eeNews Automotive »

In various plug-in hybrid models from BMW, drivers now can preset so-called “e-drive zones”. When the car enters such an inner-city low emission zone, it automatically switches from combustion to electric mode. For this purpose, the vehicles use geofencing technology via GPS, in which an area is predefined on the map by means of coordinates. The zone is then graphically displayed to the driver on his navigation device. Within this area, the car drives electrically for as long as the battery’s state of charge permits. If the battery’s energy reserves run out, the system switches back to the combustion engine. The driver receives a corresponding signal in the Control Display. […]

Report states all-electric Porsche Macan will start production by end of 2022

Christopher Smith, Motor1.com »

The report cites Porsche Executive Board Member for Development Michael Steiner, who allegedly said production for the electric Macan is expected to begin at the end of 2022. It should be emphasized that this timeframe is for the start of production, meaning the SUV will likely debut several months if not a year or more ahead of that.

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Perhaps more interesting is that rumors also suggest the Macan will go entirely electric starting in 2024. That’s a gutsy move from Porsche, as the Macan has become the company’s best-selling vehicle in a relatively short amount of time. Nixing internal-combustion power completely is something Porsche buyers might not be ready for, but with the speed at which the auto industry is currently evolving, things could be very different come 2024. […]

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NTSB fatal crash report criticizes Tesla for not restricting Autopilot on Model 3 to conditions for which it was designed

At some point in the future, our vehicles will be able to drive us to where we want to go. We are not there yet.

Images of actual scene moments before the crash – Released by NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board published its final report for its investigation of the fatal March 1, 2019, crash of a Tesla in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Tesla informed the NTSB that the installed forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems on the Model 3 Tesla in the Delray Beach crash were not designed to activate for crossing traffic or to prevent crashes at high speeds and therefore, according to Tesla, the “Autopilot” vision system did not consistently detect and track the truck as an object or threat as it crossed the path of the car.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the fatal crash to be the truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way to the car, combined with the car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on automation, which resulted in the car driver’s failure to react to the presence of the truck. Contributing to the crash was the operational design of Tesla’s partial automation system, which permitted disengagement by the driver, and the company’s failure to limit the use of the system to the conditions for which it was designed. The failure of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop a method of verifying manufacturers’ incorporation of acceptable system safeguards for vehicles with Level 2 automation further contributed to the crash.

“The Delray Beach investigation marks the third, fatal, vehicle crash we have investigated where a driver’s overreliance on Tesla’s “Autopilot” and the operational design of Tesla’s “Autopilot” have led to tragic consequences,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “In the Mountain View crash, that overreliance was coupled with the equally deadly menace of distraction, demonstrating the insidious nature of the threat and the lack of policy and technology to eliminate it,” said Sumwalt. […]

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