VE: the really expensive ID.Buzz, 100-year-old batteries at Tesla and the suspended eco bonus

During the campaign, Emmanuel Macron had expressed the wish not to discourage customers from going electric, implying that the ecological bonuses would be maintained this year. But since then, no more news: on July 1, electric cars under €45,000 could not scoop only 5000 € against 6000 until then. And between €45,000 to €60,000, the aid is only €1,000, i.e. practically all somewhat electric family vehicles with a decent range. Let’s hope that the government will quickly come back to this law, and – let’s dream a little – also widen the thresholds, because even the entry-level Tesla now exceeds €50,000, like many of its direct competitors.

And precisely, Volkswagen has just unveiled the official prices of its ID. Buzz, the famous electric Combi. It will be launched at €56,990 in the well-equipped version, while the utility model will start at €47,990 excluding tax. Remember that in the thermal version, it is offered at €33,420 excluding tax! At this price, we will be entitled to the 204CV propulsion version with a 77 kWh battery, the same as in the high-end ID.3 / ID.4 from which it takes up the technical platform. But the real problem mainly concerns autonomy: with a Cx of a truck, this eco-friendly Combi should offer a range of just over 300Km WLTP, or just 200Km loaded and on the highway. Given the price, not sure that the target audience is really tempted by this model: a 100kWh battery and a 4×4 version would probably be more suitable for off-road escapades…

We stay with Volkswagen, which beat a Guinness World Record with its battery partner LG Energy Solutions, which supplies almost all of the group’s batteries. Rainer Zietlow managed to take an ID.4 GTX to more than 5800m altitude in Bolivia, in La Paz exactly. Our goal was to show everyone the potential of electromobility by demonstrating how electric vehicles maintain their high level of performance even at extreme altitudes.. Unlike thermal, EVs do not in fact suffer from the drop in oxygen levels and therefore retain their performance even in extreme conditions – such as on the Moon, by the way.

VE: the really expensive ID.Buzz, 100-year-old batteries at Tesla and the suspended eco bonus

Finally, we end with two small pieces of information at Tesla. The first is thatby opening its SuperChargers, the manufacturer would have become the largest European operator of fast charging stations (>150kW)at least that’s what Jeroen van Tilburg, who has the title of Head of Supercharging in EMEA. And even if Ionity seems to be in good shape, the number of terminals remains significantly higher at Tesla, which deploys around ten stalls on average for each SuperCharger.

VE: the really expensive ID.Buzz, 100-year-old batteries at Tesla and the suspended eco bonus

Finally, on the battery side, we learn that a Canadian working group attached to Tesla, which is working on the new generation of batteries at Dalhousie University, has developed a series of Nickel accumulators, capable of holding about a hundred years! While the future seemed rather to LFP batteries (without Nickel, therefore), these models still offer better energy density and potentially therefore, a better lifespan. It is anyway Jeff Dahn who says it, the man is a reference in the field of lithium-ion batteries.

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