Tesla’s CCS Supercharger expansion ramps with dual-charge stall sightings in Europe

Tesla is yet to start deliveries of the Model 3 in Europe, but the electric car maker is already making the necessary preparations for the vehicle’s upcoming arrival. Across the region, for example, Tesla is expanding its CCS Supercharger Network, which is specifically designed to support the Model 3. Several members of the Tesla community across Europe have shared images of the dual charge stations being installed in multiple locations as well, further suggesting that Tesla’s CCS Supercharger ramp is well underway.

As noted by Tesla in a previous statement, the first dual charge CCS charging stalls were set up in the Badhoevedorp Supercharger near the Corendon Village Hotel, just outside Amsterdam last month. Tesla installed eight additional stalls on the site, each one equipped with both a Type 2 and CCS plug. The electric car maker noted that the CCS stalls are compatible with the Model S, 3, and X, though images of the chargers themselves list the stations as “Model 3 Priority.” Tesla further noted that the existing Supercharger Network in Europe would be retrofitted with the dual charge setup in the near future.

In true Tesla fashion, Tesla has not let up on its efforts to expand its CCS Superchargers in the region. Earlier this month, images of the first CCS-compatible Supercharger stall from Norway was shared on Reddit. Tesla owner enthusiast and longtime YouTube host Bjorn Nyland even featured the newly installed dual charge stations in one of his videos. In social media platforms, Tesla owners from Germany have also reported sightings of the newly-updated Superchargers being set up — an indication that Tesla is preparing for a massive influx of Model 3 in the region.

A dual charge CCS Supercharger listed as “Model 3 Priority” is spotted in Germany. (Photo: Klaus Schäfer/Facebook)

Unlike the Model S and Model X — both of which are fitted with a Type 2 port — the Model 3 is equipped with a CCS port. The company’s adoption of CCS stands as a significant step forward for the electric car maker, considering that the standard is prevalent in the region, being preferred by notable European automakers such as Volkswagen, BMW, and the Daimler group. CCS combines a Type 2 design, which is utilized for slower AC charging at home or work, as well as two DC pins at the bottom for fast charging. By adopting CCS for the Model 3, Tesla is all but laying the foundations for a massive charging infrastructure that employs one of the most popular standards in the region.

This, of course, presents some advantages for the electric car maker. Considering the wide reach of the Supercharger Network, Tesla could open the doors to its charging infrastructure to other automakers, providing itself with a potentially lucrative source of revenue. This was something that was referenced by Tesla Head of Global Charging Infrastructure Drew Bennett in an interview with Auto Express UK, when he noted that several electric car companies have already reached out to Tesla about the idea of using the Supercharger Network.

“We’re definitely open to talking to other car manufacturers who want to have access to the network. Capacity is a driver for our investment; it’s new routes, new markets and then capacity. A lot of car makers have spoken to us about it, but we haven’t had any conclusive discussions on it. They’re still trying to figure out what they would need in a network, but we’re a couple of years ahead of them in terms of embracing the investment required to transition to EVs,” he said.

As Tesla’s CCS Supercharger ramp continues, thousands of Model 3 are already being shipped to Europe from the United States. Local news reports suggest that Tesla is aiming to ship 3,000 of the vehicles every week for the region. For now, though, there is practically nothing that could stand in the way of the Model 3’s eventual saturation of the European market, especially considering that regulators recently granted homologation approval for the electric sedan.

Watch Bjorn Nyland’s video on Tesla’s CCS Superchargers in the video below.

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Tesla’s CCS Supercharger expansion ramps with dual-charge stall sightings in Europe

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BKC MOTORSPORT BMW N55 INTAKE MANIFOLD AND FUEL RAIL

They don’t half love a Beemer in the States. We’re told it’s actually their most popular European marque, and that certainly reflects in the amount of them on display at last year’s SEMA.

The list of BMW tuning parts at the show was long and distinguished too, but one that immediately caught our eye is this high-flow N55 manifold from BKC Motorsport. We definitely need more of this stuff here on our shores.

Designed to free up restrictions caused by the stock item, this puppy also uses a ‘top-side’ injector mounting position, both to give the optimum fuel path into the inlet ports, and to generally look all-round awesome with the matching fuel rail. A proper bit of kit.

£615

For more info see BKC Motorsport

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Panasonic looks beyond Tesla, signs Toyota partnership on electric car battery venture in 2020

Toyota Motor Corporation and Panasonic are combining resources in a joint venture to produce electric vehicle batteries that will begin in 2020, according to a report published by Nikkei Asian Review. To compete with Chinese players rapidly growing into the EV arena, five Panasonic battery manufacturing facilities in Japan and China will be made part of the new partnership to boost their production to reach 50 times the current capacity. The pooling of resources could provide both companies with much-needed network resources to increase their EV market presence.

The two Japanese manufacturing giants already have experience in collaboration with one another – Primearth EV Energy is their venture producing batteries for Toyota and Honda hybrid vehicles. This new collaboration will first aim to ramp up production and triple Toyota’s annual EV sales to 5.5 million by 2030, but it will also work to develop next-generation high-capacity solid-state lithium batteries, a goal needing plenty of capital and access to top talent. The company’s electric vehicle partner Mazda Motor and subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor and Subaru may be initial recipients of the newly produced batteries, with Panasonic-supplied Honda Motor on the wish list for product adoption.

A partnership deal between Panasonic and Toyota was first reached in 2017. An official announcement may take place later this week according to Nikkei’s source.

Panasonic establishes a global battery cell production facility in 2017 at Dalian, China for electric vehicles

As of 2017, about 60% of world’s lithium-ion batteries are made in China, and the government there is taking aggressive steps to expand on that number. Tesla’s red carpet treatment with its Gigafactory 3 is a testament to this, with limited land bids in their favor and even “green card” residency being offered to CEO Elon Musk. Toyota has not kept up with its Chinese and Volkswagen EV rivals in the market, thus a partnership enabling a widened resource network and customer reach opportunities seems to be part of a competitive strategy. The carmaker will reportedly own 51 percent in the new venture with Panasonic.

In addition to a quickly expanding presence in China, adding to Toyota’s EV woes in the country, Tesla has its own partnership history with both of the venturing companies in the battery and electric vehicle manufacturing arena. In 2010, Toyota purchased $50 million of Tesla stock as part of a vehicle-cooperation agreement which also included the development of a version of the Japanese automaker’s RAV4 model with a Tesla electric powertrain. Company culture clashes first sunk that part of the deal in 2014, and the full relationship drifted apart and ended in 2017 as a result of Tesla’s eventual emergence as a full-fledged Toyota competitor in the green car market, while the Japanese automaker focused on hydrogen cars.

Panasonic, on the other hand, continues to have a battery production agreement with Tesla, and may even be intending to double down on that partnership by bringing operations to a US-based location this year. Some US production – Model 3 2170 cells – is already done inside Gigafactory 1 by Panasonic, but the Model S and Model X cells are still made in the company’s Japanese factories. According to the Nikkei report, the new joint venture between the Japanese manufacturers will not include any of Panasonic’s Tesla cell producing factories.

Panasonic looks beyond Tesla, signs Toyota partnership on electric car battery venture in 2020

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