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One pedal driving and regen brakes explained: reality, myths, hype, fads and Tesla vs the rest.

To make sense of all the often seemingly conflicting information on “regen“, one-pedal-driving, and how to best drive an EV, it really helps to know there are two different systems for how the “STOP pedal”, aka the “brake pedal”, to works in an EV:

  1. 1. Like an ICE vehicle, as with Tesla and perhaps some other EVs.
  2. 2. Using brake-by-wire as with most EVs.

Confusion over the two systems is part of it, but there are so many myths and so much misinformation about regen-braking and one-pedal-driving “regen braking”, and is why a low regen setting can be less efficient in a Tesla, but won’t matter and can help in practically all other EVs, and why “one-pedal-driving” is not necessarily the most efficient way of driving.

Despite the fact there is so many myths leading to so much misinformation making it sound complex, driving an EV for optimum efficiency is usually extremely simple.

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BYD Atto 3, AKA Yuan Plus: 3rd bestselling EV globally.

As of March 2023, this EV from the BYD brand that few have heard of, has risen to 3rd bestselling EV globally behind the Tesla Model Y and Model 3, and could this year overtake the Model 3.

Despite this level of sales success, as the Atto 3, as it is known outside China, arrives in new markets, reviewers often struggle to communicate the significance. As the international bestselling model of the BYD brand responsible for 6 of the 10 top bestselling EVs globally.

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The two speed EV transition: Manufactures vs consumers. (part 1)

It is easy to underestimate how long it will take consumers to transition to EVs, and equally easy to underestimate how urgently manufactures need to transition to avoid collapse.

Two transition speeds? Yes, brands will switch to EVs in their showroom by 2025 or risk failure, but in what seems like a complete disconnect, there will still be internal combustion vehicles on the road past 2050.

Around 10.5 million Electric Vehicles were delivered in 2022, which resulted in less than 0.7% of Internal Combustion Engine vehicles (ICEVs) being replaced by EVs during 2022, even those EVs represented 13% of new vehicles sales.

The data shows that new car showrooms transition to EVs 20x faster than the roads, and vehicle manufacture transition 20x faster then the public, and while ICEVs will likely still around beyond 2050, vehicle makers that can’t switch fast enough could collapse by 2030, bringing radical economic change.

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EVs 2023: Is Tesla losing its cool as BYD ascends?

The world of EVs is changing, as is the leadership. Tesla lost 50% of its valuation in 2022. Some are predicting it will lose half of the remaining value in 2023, and although others predict the stock price will rebound, both outcomes are possible, and which becomes reality could depend very much on whether Tesla can remain ‘cool’, or through Musk and twitter becomes linked to far right.

Although entire EV future is not dependant solely on Tesla, a decline could have wide implications, for the market, competitors and the global transition to EVs. Not only are the ‘legacy’ automotive companies GM, Ford, VW and Toyota competition for the hearts and dollars from consumers, but also BYD, who is already taking the EV lead from Tesla.

Keys factor in EV trends during 2023 could turn out to be who is ‘cool’, shifting perceptions of a climate threat and the need for rapid response, and the impact of conflicts such as Ukraine. Rapid radical change for the industry, but it will take longer to impact consumers.

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Who makes a profit from EVs in 2023? Everyone but Tesla and BYD making a loss?

Why is it so hard to make money from making EVs at a competitive price?

This is an exploration of the profitability challenges, and the answers to “Do only Tesla & BYD profit from EVs?” and “Why make vehicles at a loss?“.

Auto makers must either 1) find a way to make EVs at profit, 2) close down, or 3) hope there will still be a large enough market for ICEVs for them to survive. Highly funded research indicates that in future just 5 brands will dominate 80% of the market, and the reality is only one of the top ten automotive from 2021 is a likely contender.

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Surviving with an EV and no driveway: on street charging.

People have for decades owned cars without needing to refuel at home, so it may not seem obvious just how important home charging is for owners of EVs. Various surveys confirm that 80% to 95% of EV charging happens at home and given that less than 80% of people have access to a space to be able to charge at home, those who can’t charge at home are less likely to buy an EV.

To understand the problem, try living with a mobile phone without charging at home, or at work.

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EV Charging for Apartment complexes: A problem that can require a battle.

There are 3 approaches to residents of apartments being able to charge EVs:

  • They can go elsewhere to charge.
  • A small number of charging spaces will be provided.
  • Provision for individuals to have charging at the designated car space is facilitated.

This is a look at why charging and getting it right is a challenge for apartment complexes, those who want the problem to remain unsolved, and the merits of the possible solutions.

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Car Wars: EV rebels vs oil and auto empires.

This is the exploration of a chequered history, the battles between EV and oil and auto companies that is still happening today. From companies forcefully taking back EVs from consumers to destroy them, to the battle between pop group A-Ah and authorities in Norway, to the Toyota spending billions to fight EVs and the wheels literally falling off their 2022 electric car, from industrial intrigue involving Interpol red notices, to the rise of Tesla and BYD.

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BYD Atto 3 Australian Story.

I started a page on the Atto 3 back in April 2022, but the launch in Australia has become so complex that it justifies a separate page, so here it is together with NZ information, starting with content moved from the original page, but updated.

This is a page with details about the Australian, and New Zealand rollouts of the Atto 3 and the BYD brand, which from these humble beginnings, could become a major part of the automotive scene in both countries.

For the general overview of the Atto 3, including information learnt from the experiences of owners, including those in Australia and New Zealand, see the main Atto 3 page. For the strange events around the Australian launch, and the use of the centre rear seat for baby capsules, read on!

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EVs, Mobility and Electrification.

Electric Vehicles and Electrification: Another perspective.

Electric Vehicles and Electrification: Another perspective.

This topic contains subtopics on living with EVs, reference pages, and analysis of the impact of EVs and electrification on the world.

As this is not a news site, the focus is on analysing the implications of news for these topics, rather reporting all EV or electrification news, for which I recommend Cleantechnica, InsideEVs and CNEVPOST.

The focus of these pages is on how EVs and electrification will change our lives, and change the planet. As a species, we are currently transforming from combustion as our primary energy source, to an electronic age, where electricity is our energy source. Just how much of our lives are changed by this can be easy to overlook from the inside experiencing the steps as the occur.

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Humans: the accessorised species.

Humans: the accessorised species.

Accessories that evolve, giving humans and human societies accelerated evolution. In the spirit of Batman and Ironman, our accessories' or 'tools' provide humans with abilities far beyond those of the original humans. Genetically we may be similar to a human of over 50,000 years ago, but our knowledge and tools make us very different.
BYD Atto 3, AKA Yuan Plus: 3rd bestselling EV globally.

BYD Atto 3, AKA Yuan Plus: 3rd bestselling EV globally.

As of March 2023, this EV from the BYD brand that few have heard of, has risen to 3rd bestselling EV globally behind the Tesla Model Y and Model 3, and could this year overtake the Model 3. Despite this level of sales success, as the Atto 3, as it is known outside China, arrives in new markets, reviewers often struggle to communicate the significance. As the international bestselling model of the BYD brand responsible for 6 of the 10 top bestselling EVs globally.
Any transition from gas to EVs needs around 30 years.

Any transition from gas to EVs needs around 30 years.

In this polarised world, there seem to be two groups: those who want all vehicles to be EVs now, and those who feel EVs will never be a good idea. Truth is, it would create a legal minefield and cost consumers and the environment heavily to ban too quickly, but bans will come. This is an exploration of reality of a transition to EVs, which concludes any optimum transition takes around 30 years. This conclusion means anyone wanting to reach EVs by 2050 needs to start very soon, and anyone worried all EVs should never happen, can take comfort that any environmentally sound transition will take a long time, although for economic reasons, does need to at least start soon.
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One pedal driving and regen brakes explained: reality, myths, hype, fads and Tesla vs the rest.

One pedal driving and regen brakes explained: reality, myths, hype, fads and Tesla vs the rest.

Software and tips for BYD Atto 3 + other BYD EVs.

EV Battery Reference: Basics, Technologies, Care & Benefits.

EV Battery Reference: Basics, Technologies, Care & Benefits.

Toyota: Failure inevitable?

Toyota: Failure inevitable?

Why Car Makers are Lying about the storm.

Electric Cars 2025: ‘adding up’ will create a revolution. Who wins, who loses? China? Japan?

Electric Cars: 2021, It Just Doesn’t add up (yet).

EV Price-Parity: It’s here already – sometimes, and EVs are setting sales records in key segments.

EV Price-Parity: It’s here already – sometimes, and EVs are setting sales records in key segments.

EV or Hybrid: Pros & Cons of HEV, PHEV, EREV, Gas/Petrol/Diesel (ICEV) or BEV (Electric)?

EV or Hybrid: Pros & Cons of HEV, PHEV, EREV, Gas/Petrol/Diesel (ICEV) or BEV (Electric)?

The environmental impact of the transition to EVs and the potential problems.

The environmental impact of the transition to EVs and the potential problems.

Tracking Legacy Car Brands Fall as EVs Rise.

Tracking Legacy Car Brands Fall as EVs Rise.

The two speed EV transition: Manufactures vs consumers. (part 1)

The two speed EV transition: Manufactures vs consumers. (part 1)

BYD Atto 3 Australian Story.

BYD Atto 3 Australian Story.

EVs 2023: Is Tesla losing its cool as BYD ascends?

EVs 2023: Is Tesla losing its cool as BYD ascends?

Who makes a profit from EVs in 2023? Everyone but Tesla and BYD making a loss?

Who makes a profit from EVs in 2023? Everyone but Tesla and BYD making a loss?

BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus: The first 3rd wave EV arrives in Australia, and then the world.

BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus: The first 3rd wave EV arrives in Australia, and then the world.

The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Problem: EVs in Australian and USA as Examples.

The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Problem: EVs in Australian and USA as Examples.

Surviving with an EV and no driveway: on street charging.

Surviving with an EV and no driveway: on street charging.

EV Charging for Apartment complexes: A problem that can require a battle.

EV Charging for Apartment complexes: A problem that can require a battle.

Car Wars:  EV rebels vs oil and auto empires.

Car Wars: EV rebels vs oil and auto empires.

EV Charging Reference: Not just the new Refuelling.

EV Charging Reference: Not just the new Refuelling.

EV Literacy: EV tech, AC, DC and Electric Motors and other stuff that’s different.

EV Literacy: EV tech, AC, DC and Electric Motors and other stuff that’s different.

Tesla and BYD: Competitors or Duopoly?

Tesla and BYD: Competitors or Duopoly?

Charge Time Calculator: Configured for Atto 3.

Charge Time Calculator: Configured for Atto 3.

The 3rd EV wave: Tesla and the Chinese are coming, and in a hurry!

The 3rd EV wave: Tesla and the Chinese are coming, and in a hurry!

Solar Electric Vehicle Future: What you can, and can’t do with solar power.

Solar Electric Vehicle Future: What you can, and can’t do with solar power.

A deeper look how EVs impact the power grid.

A deeper look how EVs impact the power grid.

Why Hydrogen Cars are not the future, and EVs are here to stay.

Why Hydrogen Cars are not the future, and EVs are here to stay.

EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

EV range: Anxieties vs realities & needs.

EV range: Anxieties vs realities & needs.

EV Range & Economy: Decoding the Numbers.

EV Range & Economy: Decoding the Numbers.

The electrical grid, V2G and EV Home Charging: Missing an opportunity for the planet.

The electrical grid, V2G and EV Home Charging: Missing an opportunity for the planet.

Personal Mobility Advance: Unagi Model One Electric Scooter. Unagi Model 11 Mystery.

Personal Mobility Advance: Unagi Model One Electric Scooter. Unagi Model 11 Mystery.

2022: Year Of The EV take over, and beginning of the end for the ‘Legacy’ Industry.

2022: Year Of The EV take over, and beginning of the end for the ‘Legacy’ Industry.

Vehicles And Mobility: Road Trips and Other Superpowers.

Vehicles And Mobility: Road Trips and Other Superpowers.

Hydrogen: Facts vs Myths, blue vs green.

Hydrogen: Facts vs Myths, blue vs green.

Electric Vehicle Tipping Point in 2022: An end to EV subsidies?

ScoMo Ingenious EV Plan: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leading climate action blocker, stretching the truth again?

ScoMo Ingenious EV Plan: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leading climate action blocker, stretching the truth again?

Fool’s Gold, Scams & realities of a Hydrogen Future: “Where does the hydrogen come from?”

Fool’s Gold, Scams & realities of a Hydrogen Future: “Where does the hydrogen come from?”

EV Charging Systems: Reference

EV Charging Systems: Reference

Autonomous Cars: What’s needed and are Lidar & Maps Fools-Gold

Autonomous Cars: What’s needed and are Lidar & Maps Fools-Gold