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The daily podcast about electric cars, hybrids, sustainable transport and how we power those vehicles.

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1246: Foxconn Unveils First Electric Vehicles | 18 Oct 2021
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If you get any value from this podcast please consider supporting my work on Patreon. Plus all Patreon supporters get their own unique ad-free podcast feed.

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 18th October. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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.

TESLA STARTS DELIVERING REFRESHED MODEL X TO CUSTOMERS
"Tesla delivered its redesigned Tesla Model S interior in early 2021, and now Model X buyers are finally getting their turn. Electrek and TMC forum member Sunnyvaletree report that Tesla has started delivering the revised Model X to customers, holding at least one event to mark the occasion." reports engadget: "As you might guess, this effectively drags the electric crossover into the modern era with a landscape touchscreen display up front, a smaller display in the back and overall interior quality improvements that are more befitting a nearly $94,000 vehicle. Order a Model X Plaid as of this writing and you'll have to wait until July 2022; spring for the lower-cost Long Range variant and you'll wait until September 2022. It could be a long, long while before you can simply buy the current Model X design and expect to receive it in a timely fashion."


MATE RIMAC HAS BIG, ELECTRIC PLANS FOR BUGATTI
"In 2008, Mate Rimac replaced the broken engine of his ageing BMW race car with an electric motor from a forklift truck. Today, the Croatian is the founder and chief executive of Rimac Automobili, a producer of electric hypercars and electric vehicle (EV) drivetrains sold to some of the world’s most prestigious carmakers. He is also about to become the CEO of Bugatti, at the age of 33." says Wired: "Once the takeover of Bugatti is complete, Rimac Automobili will share ownership of the historic French brand in a 55/45 split with Porsche. Mate will become CEO of the newly formed Bugatti Rimac.  Despite taking on such a healthy brand, Rimac wants to shake things up “by developing cars that are very different.” As well as a hybrid successor to the mighty Chiron, Rimac has plans to expand Bugatti’s vehicle lineup for the first time in generations."

Mate says: "I picture it in a way that we have the campus built, that we ship cars every week to customers all around the world, are a leader in high-performance cars, and have truck-loads of batteries and powertrains going to OEMs every day. That’s when I see ‘chapter one’ closed.”"


POST-BREXIT BOOST: FORD PICKS UK FACTORY OVER GERMANY FOR £200M ELECTRIC CAR INVESTMENT
"Ford will boost Britain’s automative industry by making electric car components at its factory in Halewood. The car company selected the Merseyside site over one of its plants in Germany for a £200m investment into its e-Drive transmission systems. The systems control power from batteries used to run a vehicle’s wheels." reports City AM: "The deal secures the future of the 500 staff members working at the site. They currently make transmissions for petrol Ford vehicles including the Fiesta and Focus, which are then exported to manufacturing plants in Europe."


APPLE’S IPHONE PARTNER FOXCONN UNVEILS FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLES
"Foxconn Technology Group unveiled its first electric vehicles, a milestone that could boost the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer’s credentials as a serious bidder for Apple Inc.’s secretive automotive project." writes Bloomberg: "The SUV and sedan models introduced on Monday are concept vehicles that the manufacturer plans to build for automotive customers rather than sell under its own brand. Executives including Young Liu, chairman of Foxconn’s flagship unit Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., unveiled the vehicles at the company’s Technology Day event in Taipei. Taiwan’s Yulon Motor Co. will be Foxconn’s first electric-car customer, Lilian Chen, Yulon’s chairwoman, said at the Taipei event. Yulon’s electric sedan built by Foxconn is set to retail for less than NT$1 million ($35,700,) Liu said"

Reuters said: " Autos could ring in roughly $35 billion in sales for Foxconn in five years, executives boldly predicted, and the company has already set a lofty target of supplying components or services to 10% of the world's battery-powered vehicles by 2027. Yesterday's new models, including an electric bus, are expected to hit the market in Taiwan as early as 2022. The aim is to be able to service auto customers and partners, which already include U.S.-based Fisker (FSR.N) and China's Geely, closer to their end users. Foxconn still has a long way to go, but it’s a promising start so far."



RIVIAN R1T CUSTOMER CARS ARE COMING
"Rivian R1T spotted on John Kilpatrick turnpike in Oklahoma City on October 15, 2021 at 4:41pm. The first Rivian R1T was blue and the second was white. I was unable to tell the interior colors." - SirIceberg on Youtube

STELLANTIS, LG ANNOUNCE JOINT VENTURE TO PRODUCE EV BATTERIES IN NORTH AMERICA
"The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks on Monday said it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with LG Energy Solution to create a joint venture for the production of electric-vehicle battery cells and modules in North America." according to The Detroit News: "The joint venture between Stellantis NV and the Korean battery maker intends to break ground in the second quarter of 2022 on a battery plant for hybrids and EVs assembled in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 40 gigawatt hours with the goal of starting production by the first quarter of 2024."

The report adds: "In Europe, Stellantis has partnered with French oil and gas company TotalEnergies SE and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz for its Automotive Cells Co. joint venture. A total of three battery plants are planned in France by 2023, Germany by 2025 and Italy by 2030. Altogether, they represent 120 gigawatt hours in annual capacity."

CNBC points out: “The batteries produced at the new facility will be supplied to Stellantis’ electric vehicle plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico, to support Stellantis’ goal of having more than 40% of its U.S. sales consist of e-vehicles by 2030. The plant is targeted to start by the first quarter of 2024 and aims to have an annual production capacity of 40 gigawatt hours."



EQE CROSSOVER STYLING GLIMPSED IN GERMANY
"About a year from now, Mercedes-Benz is expected to launch the battery-electric EQE crossover, to be built at its Alabama plant. It will be slightly smaller than the EQS SUV, also coming next year." says Automotive News Europe: "The EQE crossover and sedan, which is due in 2022 as well, are similar in size and market segment as Mercedes' E-Class cars and crossovers, while the EQS SUV and sedan, launching this fall, slot above and are intended to be the electric equivalent of the company's flagship S-Class vehicles. The EQE vehicles are built on a Mercedes-Benz scalable and flexible EVA platform and are expected to spawn several models, including rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive dual-motor variants that will offer at least two battery pack options."




NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM

When buying a used electric car, how do you feel about servicing? Do you want the previous person to have been back to a dealer every year? Do you care? Some manufacturers like Tesla don’t even have a service schedule so how do you feel about buying a used EV and it’s service history, or lack of.


Email me your thoughts and I’ll read them out on Sunday – hello@evnewsdaily.com

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Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I’ll catch you tomorrow and remember…there’s no such thing as a self-charging hybrid.

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Oct 18, 2021
1246: Elon Musk Joins Volkswagen Management Conference | 17 Oct 2021
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If you get any value from this podcast please consider supporting my work on Patreon. Plus all Patreon supporters get their own unique ad-free podcast feed.

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 17th October. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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.

TESLA'S MUSK DIALS INTO VOLKSWAGEN EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
"Tesla (TSLA.O) boss Elon Musk has addressed 200 Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) executives via a video call after an invitation from the German carmaker's CEO Herbert Diess, who wants to galvanise VW's top brass for a faster pivot to electric vehicles." reports Reuters: "The comments on Thursday by Musk to a VW managers gathering in Alpbach, Austria, confirmed by Diess via Twitter on Saturday after a report in Handelsblatt daily, included praise of VW for being an "icon" and Tesla's greatest challenger, Handelsblatt said. The paper said that when asked by Diess why Tesla was more nimble than its rivals, Musk said it came down to his management style and that he is an engineer, first of all, and has an eye for supply chains, logistics and production."

Diess said on Linkedin: ""Happy to hear that even our strongest competitor thinks that we will succeed (in) the transition if we drive the transformation with full power"


ELON MUSK GETS ALMOST $13 BILLION RICHER IN ONE WEEK AS TESLA STOCK HITS 8-MONTH HIGH
"The boom times made Musk richer than Jeff Bezos in late September and pushed his net worth past $200 billion for the first time. He’s having fun with the competition. After telling Forbes he would send Bezos a silver medal upon his ascent to the top spot, he followed through on that promise on Monday by replying to one of Bezos’ tweets with a silver medal emoji." writes Forbes: "Although Musk widened the gap this week, Bezos still got $5.6 billion richer on Friday with Amazon stock rising 3.3%. Since stepping down as CEO of Amazon in July, Bezos has spent more time in the public eye promoting his commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin"


KIA AND HYUNDAI SALES RISE IN SEPTEMBER
"Kia reports global car sales of 223,593 (down 14.1% year-over-year) in September, although the all-electric sales are booming. The company reports 2,654 Kia EV6 sales in South Korea, which is 7.4% of the total volume (35,801). We noted that an additional 90 units were delivered in Europe, which means 2,744 total for the month of September." reports InsideEVs: "An interesting thing is that the Kia's older electric models - the Soul EV and Niro EV - also do pretty well. The manufacturer reports 975 Soul EV and 7,451 Niro EV sold outside South Korea (we don't have number for Kia's home market), which is 8,426 total (up 27% year-over-year). 80% of that falls on Europe. It means that the BEV sales already exceeds 11,000 (or 5% of the total volume) in a single month."

As as for their sister company: "Hyundai reports a big 24% decrease of its global car sales (wholesale, on the manufacturer level) in September - to 279,307. Fortunately, the plug-in segment expands. The  ompany's sales of plug-in cars amounted to 16,400 (up 27% year-over-year), which is a record 5.9% share of the total volume." according to InsideEVs: "So far this year, Hyundai reports sales of over 110,000 plug-in car sales (up 35% year-over-year), which represents 3.8% of the total volume. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 continues its expansion at a rate of over 7,000 units a month (the 5-month average), followed by still quite good results for the Hyundai Kona Electric (over 4,100 in September)."



CHINA LAGS IN IMPORTANT ELECTRIC CAR TECHNOLOGY DESPITE RARE EARTHS ADVANTAGE
"Chinese electric carmakers are still lagging behind their foreign rivals in permanent magnet (PM) motor innovation despite the fact that China is the world’s dominant supplier of the rare earth metals required for making them, a top Chinese British scientist said in an interview." according to the South China Morning Post: "The comments suggest a key weakness in China’s industrial development as Beijing pushes to transform advantages in resources, market size and academic research into technological leadership. Zhu, a fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK, is known for his work in electrical machines and permanent magnets, which won him the 2021 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award."


EUROPE WILL LEAD ELECTRIC VEHICLE REVOLUTION
"Tesla may be an American company, but it looks like the USA as a market will not be leading EVs into the mainstream. At least, that is, according to Prabhakar Patil, who was CEO of LG Chem Power, Inc from 2010 to 2015, as well as spending five years working on Ford’s hybrid technologies. The former battery company head has estimated that 50% of cars sold in Europe could be EVs by as soon as 2025, when globally the figure will probably be more like 20%." says Forbes: "Many European countries are setting strict deadlines for the phasing out of sales of new fossil fuel cars and hybrids, such as the UK, as well as enforcing stringent emission standards for key cities. This is providing yet another incentive for residents to go electric. In the USA, in contrast, there is a struggle between the governing bodies of states that want similarly tough deadlines and incumbent economic interests. When Californian Governor Gavin Newsom announced there would be a ban on gasoline-powered cars by 2035, even the Environmental Protection Agency weighed in to say it could be illegal. There has been much discussion of how the magic $100 per kWh price boundary for batteries will enable battery-electric vehicles to become cheaper than internal combustion engine ones. Bloomberg NEF predicted 2027 as the likely year for the changeover."

That's an article by James Morris from Whichev.


TESLA’S MOST BASIC MODEL 3 VARIANT WON’T BE DELIVERED UNTIL AUGUST ’22
"Tesla’s most basic variant of the affordable Model 3 sedan is sold out nearly a year in advance. The Model 3 Standard Range+ is as basic as you can get with Tesla’s vehicles. It is the most affordable car available from Tesla, starting at $41,990. When ordering the sedan with its standard Aero wheels, orders are now advised that the soonest delivery dates are set for August 2022." reports Joey at Teslarati: "Tesla’s online Design Studio, the portion of the automaker’s website that allows potential owners to design their vehicles, now shows an estimated delivery for the Model 3 Standard Range+ with Aero wheels for August. Other more expensive car variations are available for delivery as soon as November, but the cheapest combination of the vehicle won’t be available until Q3 2022."


TESLA ROLLS OUT SAFETY SCORE-BASED INSURANCE PRODUCT IN TEXAS
"Tesla is now selling insurance to customers in Texas, two years after first launching the offering in its now-former home state of California. But the version in Texas is different. The company says it will evaluate driving behavior in real-time using the “Safety Score” feature that it recently launched to screen drivers who want to join the beta test of the company’s “Full Self-Driving” beta software." according to The Verge: "That means drivers might wind up paying less — or more — per month based on how many forward collision warnings they rack up, how hard they brake, how “aggressively” they turn, how much distance they leave to the car in front, and whether they keep their hands on the wheel when using Autopilot. Tesla used some driving behavior metrics to develop premiums in California, but they were not real-time and relied more on statistical evaluations. The offering in Texas represents a big break from how other insurance companies arrive at their quoted premiums. Even ones that rely on data from telematics dongles plugged into a car still consider other factors like age."


NOT EVEN A PANDEMIC CAN STOP SOLAR’S EPIC GROWTH
"Despite the pandemic, the United States built more utility-scale solar power plants in 2020 than any other year, with Texas leading the way. All those new solar plants added up to 9.6 gigawatts of renewable energy added to the U.S. power grid, bringing the nation’s total solar capacity to 48 gigawatts. That’s enough to allow further retirements in the nation’s coal fleet, which had 223 gigawatts of capacity in 2020." says Grist.org: "Before 2017, California was putting up the lion’s share of solar projects. But in recent years Texas has become the leader. In 2020, the state installed enough solar panels to generate 2.5 gigawatts of electricity under full sun, while Florida and California each built 1.6 gigawatts of utility-scale solar. Fewer projects are going up in California because panels are flooding the grid with electricity when the sun is shining."


BMW BATTERIES POWER COLDPLAY WORLD TOUR
"BMW has just found a way to make its recyclable i3 EV batteries do good outside of the automotive industry: BMW batteries are going on tour with Coldplay. The Music Of The Spheres World Tour will be powered by 40 recyclable i3 batteries, which promises to drastically cut down on emissions, and will feature a kinetic dance floor that will recharge said batteries by the fans themselves. That rocks." says CarBuzz: "The 40 batteries going on tour will provide enough power to run live shows, and will be supported by solar installations, hydro-treated vegetable oil generators, power bikes, and coolest of all, a kinetic dance floor, which will turn Coldplay fans' moves into energy."


MAKE ELECTRIC VEHICLES LIGHTER TO GET MORE BENEFITS


NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM

When buying a used electric car, how do you feel about servicing? Do you want the previous person to have been back to a dealer every year? Do you care? Some manufacturers like Tesla don’t even have a service schedule so how do you feel about buying a used EV and it’s service history, or lack of.


Email me your thoughts and I’ll read them out on Sunday – hello@evnewsdaily.com

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Oct 17, 2021
1245: VW’s EV Sales Double Last Quarter! | 16 Oct 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 16th October. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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VOLKSWAGEN GROUP'S ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES DOUBLE IN Q3

PORSCHE NOW SELLS TWO TAYCANS FOR EVERY MODEL S THAT TESLA SHIPS

WULING MINI EV CUMULATIVE SALES EXCEED 400,000 UNITS

TESLA MODEL Y WILL ARRIVE IN THE UK IN EARLY 2022

ALL TESLA SUPERCHARGERS TO HAVE WIFI ACCESS, REAFFIRMS ELON MUSK

TESLA DELETES CHEAP CYBERTRUCK FROM ITS WEBSITE

VIETNAM'S VINFAST WILL BE SELLING CARS IN THE US BY END OF 2022

UK’S MOKE BEACH JEEP TO BECOME ALL-ELECTRIC

OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE 2022 VOLVO C40 RECHARGE: IS IT WORTH $60K?

MANHEIM AUCTION CREATES EV BATTERY HEALTH REPORTS

NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM

When buying a used electric car, how do you feel about servicing? Do you want the previous person to have been back to a dealer every year? Do you care? Some manufacturers like Tesla don’t even have a service schedule so how do you feel about buying a used EV and it’s service history, or lack of.


Email me your thoughts and I’ll read them out on Sunday – hello@evnewsdaily.com

It would mean a lot if you could take 2mins to leave a quick review on whichever platform you download the podcast.

And  if you have an Amazon Echo, download our Alexa Skill, search for EV News Daily and add it as a flash briefing.

Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I’ll catch you tomorrow and remember…there’s no such thing as a self-charging hybrid.

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Oct 16, 2021
1245: Remote Live View Of Tesla Cameras Is Coming | 15 Oct 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 15th October. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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.

BMW READY FOR ANY BAN ON FOSSIL FUELS
"Germany's BMW (BMWG.DE) will be ready for any ban on internal combustion engine (ICE) cars from 2030 onwards with an offering of electric vehicles, Chief Executive Officer Oliver Zipse said on Tuesday." according to Reuters: "The EU has proposed an effective ban on fossil fuel cars from 2035 as part of a broader package of measures to combat global warming. Unlike rivals including Volkswagen and General Motors, BMW has not set an end date for production of ICE cars."

Oliver Zipse: "We will be ICE-ban ready. If a region, a city, a country gets the idea of banning ICEs, we have an offering. The BMW Group is not worried about this. Whether it's a good idea is another question... but we will have an offering."


TRITIUM REPORTS RECORD GROWTH AND NEW TWO-WAY CHARGER IN PIPELINE
"Brisbane-based Tritium, which makes electric vehicle DC fast-chargers and has now sold more than 5,000 units globally, has reported a record quarter and its largest backlog to date, an indicator perhaps that the transition to electric vehicles has reached a tipping point." reports The Driven: "Tritium makes a number of DC fast-chargers,and has a number of interesting products in the pipeline, including a 25kW bidirectional (two-way) wall charger that could be used for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-home (V2H) applications.  Tritium’s planned public listing via a “blank cheque” company will see it valued at $US1.2 billion – making it a “unicorn” (an unlisted start-up worth more than $US1 billion)."

Osprey are using the 75kW chargers, Gridserve too. I like the 50kW units used by Mer and Pod Point. They'll do Plug & Charge.


NIO CEO SAYS LONG CHARGING QUEUES DURING HOLIDAY SEASON DUE TO RISING EV ADOPTION
"Nio Inc attributed the long queues at electric vehicle charging stations during the holiday season to rapid adoption of the greener transport option in China, cnEVpost reported on Wednesday, citing a company executive." says Benzinga: "The Chinese electric vehicle maker’s founder and chairman William Li said the recent charging experience was not very good for customers during China's National Day due to increased rush hour on the highway. A number of EV owners went out for drives during National Day earlier this month without realizing there were not enough charging facilities along the highway, as per the report. Li said electric vehicle adoption is taking place at a quick pace this year, ahead of expectations. The electric automaker said it has accelerated the construction of battery swap stations as well as supercharging stations this year."


ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE RACES AHEAD IN SCOTLAND
"The rollout of electric vehicle charging points in Scotland is now second only to London, according to new figures. There are now 12 rapid chargers per 100,000 people, compared to a UK average of nearly seven, while across all charging types Scotland is second only to London across the whole of the UK with 47 devices for every 100,000." reports Fleet News: "The Scottish Government has invested more than £45 million to develop the ChargePlace Scotland Network, which provides more than 1,900 public charge points across Scotland."


FORD AND BMW PARTNER SOLID POWER DEMONSTRATES THE SAFETY OF ITS SOLID-STATE BATTERY TECH
"Colorado-based Solid Power, the solid-state battery firm backed by Ford and BMW, claims that third-party safety tests show its battery tech to be safer than current lithium-ion chemistry. The tests, with results released Wednesday, aimed simulate abuse and damage to its prototype solid-state battery cells. Those cells use a sulfide-based solid electrolyte in place of the liquid or gel used in conventional lithium-ion cells." writes Green Car Reports: "When fully-charged test cells were punctured by a conductive nail, the only change was a slight increase in temperature, Soild Power said in a press release. The nail penetration test produced no flames or venting of material from the cells, the company claims. In other tests, cells were overcharged to 200%, and were also caused to short circuit, again with no serious issues, according to Solid Power. . It also claims to have achieved a cell lifespan of 1,000 cycles with greater than 80% capacity retention. With small pouch cells so far, the next step will be to scale up to the larger format pouch cells that some automakers are shifting to."


*ad break*

U.S. REGULATOR QUESTIONS TESLA ON THE LACK OF A RECALL AFTER AN UPDATE TO AUTOPILOT.
"The top federal auto safety regulator sent two letters to Tesla this week raising questions about the company’s driver-assistance software systems and instructing the carmaker to provide fuller information." reports New York Times: "The regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is looking into why Tesla did not issue a recall last month when it updated software called Autopilot to improve its ability to spot stopped emergency vehicles such as police cars and fire trucks. The agency also ordered Tesla to provide data about the software that the company calls Full Self-Driving and expressed concern that Tesla may be preventing customers from sharing safety information with the agency."


TESLA APP HINTS AT REMOTE LIVE VIEW FROM AUTOPILOT CAMERAS
"Tesla has released a new mobile app update with a few new small features, but it also shows that the automaker has made some progress toward delivering a remote live view from Autopilot cameras on your car." writes electrek.co: "The new update, v4.2, introduces new bigger widgets to iOS and some new Powerwall features. Improvements to larger iOS widget to include quick controls...Solar and Powerwall supports Tesla-maintained utility rate plans. Utility rate plans now support seasons, multiple peak periods, and buy & sell energy prices...Powerwall’s Time-Based Control mode supports the updated rate plans to more accurately use energy from Powerwall when power is expensive and charge from other sources when power is at its cheapest. Some of the code suggests that Tesla is working to give access to the feed from four cameras out of the eight cameras around the vehicle – one on each side:"


TESLA MODEL S PLAID WITH ACTIVE AERO CAUGHT TESTING AT THE NÜRBURGRING
"For all of its supercar performance, the Tesla Model S Plaid doesn’t really have much of the performance technology we expect from a supercar. The most obvious example is that hallmark of modern supercardom, active aerodynamics. But that might be changing." says CarScoops: " spy photographers caught a Tesla Model S Plaid lapping the Nürburgring with a retractable wing that also changed its angle throughout the lap. Seen here changing its pitch from one shot to the next, it would appear that Tesla is looking for higher cornering speeds.  The Plaid+ was supposed to get 1,100 hp, a range of more than 520 miles (837 km), and faster acceleration. Just ahead of Plaid’s debut, though, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that it was so good that the Plaid+ had been canceled."


TESLA EXPANDS KETTLEMAN CITY
"Tesla expands its Supercharging capacity in Kettleman City, about halfway between Los Angeles and the Tesla Factory in Fremont, which already had one of the largest and most popular 40-stall stations." says InsideEVs: "At the time of installation in 2017, it was one of the largest and the first with a solar canopy, Powerpack energy storage systems and a lounge. According to the company's website, another location is coming nearby and it will be equipped with 56 stalls (V3 250 kW). That would increase the total output in the area to 96. According to supercharge.info, bigger stations in the U.S. are at the Harris Ranch (80 stalls), Central Santa Monica (62 stalls) and Firebaugh (56 stalls) - all three in California and both with V3 250 kW chargers. The largest stations in China are in Shanghai with 72 and 64 stalls, but the power is limited to respectively 120 kW and 145 kW."


ROCK TECH TO BUILD LITHIUM PLANT IN GERMANY

WHY ARE E.U. REGULATORS SLOW APPRIVING AUTONOMY?


FIFTH GEAR RETURNS WITH EVS ONLY


NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM

When buying a used electric car, how do you feel about servicing? Do you want the previous person to have been back to a dealer every year? Do you care? Some manufacturers like Tesla don’t even have a service schedule so how do you feel about buying a used EV and it’s service history, or lack of.


Email me your thoughts and I’ll read them out on Sunday – hello@evnewsdaily.com

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And  if you have an Amazon Echo, download our Alexa Skill, search for EV News Daily and add it as a flash briefing.

Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I’ll catch you tomorrow and remember…there’s no such thing as a self-charging hybrid.

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Oct 15, 2021
1244: Jay Leno Drives Hummer EV and Aptera EV | 14 Oct 2021
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HYUNDAI’S TESLA RIVAL SELLS OUT IN TWO HOURS

JEFF BEZOS CHAUFFEURED WILLIAM SHATNER AND THE REST OF THE BLUE ORIGIN FLIGHT CREW TO THE SITE OF WEDNESDAY'S ROCKET LAUNCH

JAY LENO CHECKS OUT APTERA'S 1,000-MILE EV

JAY LENO DRIVES THE GMC HUMMER EV OFF-ROAD

ARGENTINA PROPOSES TAX BREAKS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

NYC ANNOUNCES $75 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

VOLKSWAGEN CEO WARNS A DELAY IN SHIFT TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES COULD COST 30,000 JOBS - SOURCES

EV OWNERS ARE TRAVELLING FURTHER THAN PETROL AND DIESEL DRIVERS SAYS PEUGEOT

ITALVOLT SELECTS ABB FOR FEED FOR 45 GWH GIGAFACTORY IN ITALY

TESLA IS DEPLOYING THE FIRST MEGACHARGER TO CHARGE ITS TESLA SEMI ELECTRIC TRUCK

VOLVO GROUP UNVEILS VEHICLE MADE WITH 3,000 KILOS OF ‘FOSSIL-FREE’ STEEL

CHINA’S NEV SALES CONTINUE TO RISE

JAPAN'S HONDA TO INTRODUCE FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE IN CHINA NEXT SPRING

LACK OF POWER GRIDS SEALED FATE FOR EARLY ELECTRIC CARS

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1240: Tesla Beats Its Own Shanghai Sales Record in September | 13 Oct 2021
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1240: Mustang Mach-E GT & Performance Reviews | 12 Oct 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 12th October. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Turns Up the Fun

See Tesla Model S Plaid's New Battery Pack Exposed

Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta Rolls Out To ~1000 More Drivers 

Tesla Model Y Lands In Italy, Dacia Spring Leads Record September

Stellantis to Turn Turin Factory Into an Electric Car Hub

Chevy’s next Silverado will further charge up the electric pickup race

China’s SVOLT to pour 15 billion yuan in 40GWh NEV battery project in Changzhou

Foxconn’s first electric ‘Foxtron’ car has been spotted ahead of unveiling

Audi Q5 e-tron (VW ID.6's Cousin) Confirmed For China

New York to convert bus fleet to BEVs by 2035

Electric circuit: the UK's first EV-only track day

Tesla took 12 years to build 100,000 cars. China’s Xpeng and Nio took about half that time

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1240: BMW iX First Drive Reviews | 11 Oct 2021
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BMW IX FIRST DRIVE REVIEW
"The large, curved display screen that stretches across more than half of the dashboard. While it appears to be one long display, it's actually two distinct displays; a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, side by side and covered by a single piece of glass. The display is bright and crystal clear and BMW's new iDrive 8 (the iX is the first BMW to get iDrive 8) is a dramatic improvement over previous versions" says Tom Moloughney for InsideEVs: "The iX doesn't drive like a 5,659 lbs SUV. Even though it's roughly 600 to 800-lbs heavier than an X5, depending on the configuration, the iX actually feels like it's lighter. Toss it around on the switchbacks and the iX will behave exemplarily. The iX benefits from having all the weight of the 111 kWh battery pack down below the passenger compartment, as well as a bespoke chassis.  BMW quotes the iX as going 0-60mph in a scant 4.4 seconds and that felt about right. But the performance doesn't stop there. Punch the accelerator at highway speeds and you still get pushed back into your seat. The dual-motor powertrain pushes out 516 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque and is more than enough to put a smile on the face of just about any potential iX buyer."

Tom concludes: "When DC fast charging, the iX can accept up to 200 kW and BMW promises a 10% to 80% DC fast charge time of 35 minutes. With a starting MSRP of $83,200 (plus $995 destination), the iX xDrive50 isn't cheap. However, when you put it up against its current competition: Tesla Model X $99,990 + $1,200 destination and Audi e-tron Premium Plus $74,800 + $1,095 destination, the iX looks pretty good."


POLESTAR SAYS IT'S COMPETING WITH PORSCHE
"Polestar, has set its sights on Porsche as its main competition moving forward. This bold claim was made by Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath during an interview with auto motorsport. For a company with only two models built so far, it’s quite a claim, but Ingenlath has big plans for the future of Polestar with models that will take the fight directly to Porsche." reports motor1.com: "This means competition with Tesla and BMW in the sports sedan and SUV space while targeting Porsche’s upcoming electric sports cars. Thomas Ingenlath affirms, “We are competing with Porsche for the best electrically powered premium sports car. The growing appetite and excitement for EVs mean that as long as Polestar can produce a strong product they will surely gain market share. Can they compete with Porsche to build an electric sports car"


AUTOMAKERS ARE SPENDING BILLIONS ON BATTERY DEVELOPMENT
"Automakers and startups are investing billions of dollars in batteries in hopes that new or revamped chemistries, materials, and manufacturing processes will give them a leg up in a future where electric vehicles rule. Peter Rawlinson, the CEO of the electric-vehicle startup Lucid Motors, said this emphasis on the battery was wrong. An EV's range — and its customer appeal — he said, has little to do with how many kilowatts it hauls around." according to a subscriber piece in Business Insider: "The "Dream Edition" of Lucid's first model, the Lucid Air, offers an industry-trouncing range of 520 miles. That achievement, the CEO said, is "90% not the battery and 10% the battery. Rawlinson said offering that kind of range hinged on mastering every element of the car, including the motors, inverter, transmission, drive shafts, tires, aerodynamics, and cooling system."

"The battery pack is totally overrated, and most people don't get it," Rawlinson told Insider. "The car has the range, not the battery. And the car has the efficiency, not the battery."


TWO NEW PAINT COLOURS FOR GERMAN-MADE MODEL Y
"Tesla Giga Berlin showed for the first time two new colors for the made-in-Germany Model Y. One special Crimson red body and one new Deep blue body were seen at the factory by visitors at Giga Fest—while the third, a Khaki-like color, was not seen, but seems will also be offered." says the Tesmanian blog: "Among other cool spottings, one of the interesting observations were two Model Y bodies painted in new colors. In addition to these two colors, Giga Berlin is also expected to offer vehicles painted in khaki or similar to this color."


TESLA AUTO INSURANCE EXPANDING INTO TEXAS THIS WEEK
"Tesla will launch its own brand of auto insurance in Texas this week, founder Elon Musk said during a Oct. 7 shareholders call addressing the company’s headquarters relocation from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas. In January the state insurance department approved a revised policy form submitted by Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Co. for a Tesla Insurance program for private passenger autos." says InsuranceJournal.com: "Redpoint will underwrite Tesla’s Texas insurance program, which will be distributed through the Tesla Insurance Services of Texas Inc.   Tesla has offered auto insurance in California for Tesla vehicles since 2019. Musk said Tesla is seeking regulatory approval in California to add real-time insurance."


TESLA UNVEILS NEW STRUCTURAL BATTERY PACK WITH 4680 CELLS IN GIGAFACTORY BERLIN TOUR
"Tesla threw a party for the locals to celebrate the upcoming start of production at its Berlin Gigafactory. Kids of all ages dug the carnival rides, the giant Tesla coils shootin’ out sparks, and the obligatory pumpin’ sound-and-light show.

For techies, however, the star of the show was Tesla’s new structural battery pack. A cutaway version was on display, clearly showing how the new 4680 cells are arranged in the pack. Tesla offered visitors a mini-tour of the plant, and some of the many innovations making their debuts here were on display." says CHarles Morris at ChargedEVs.com: "The company is currently producing them on a pilot line in California, and several suppliers are reportedly working on scaling them to mass production. The new battery pack features a “cell-to-pack” design, with no battery modules, which should make it simpler and cheaper to produce. Its structural strength enables it to be joined with Tesla’s massive single-piece front and rear underbody castings, further reducing weight, complexity and cost."


DTM SHOWCASES MODEL FOR 1000 BHP ELECTRIC PROTOTYPE
"Part of the DTM Electric project, the car will be capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300 km/h thanks to the all-electric 1000 bhp powertrain and an infinitely variable torque distribution system developed by Schaeffler." reports motor1.com: "The exact details about the championship that will be built around the DTM Electric car are yet to be revealed, but the DTM said that it will allow competitors to adapt the chassis with their specific design characteristics, suggesting it would be open to manufacturers.  When a demo car was showcased for the first time last year, the DTM said each race would last 30 minutes, with the possibility of automated battery changes during the pitstops."


THE DOMINOES ARE FALLING FAST – WHO KILLED THE HYBRID CAR?
"How long before Australia follows in the footsteps of Scandinavia and we see the demise of the plugless hybrid (HEV or Hybrid Electric  Vehicle) – a market dominated by Toyota?" asks The Driven: "Norway and Sweden have long been the bellwethers of the electric car revolution and we have watched with avid fascination how BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) and PHEVs (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) have increased their penetration in these countries. One phenomenon which may have flown under the radar is the slow death of the non-plug in hybrid (HEV), also known as “mild hybrids”. As avant garde as the Prius was 20 years ago, it is now quickly becoming passé. And from 2025, at least in Norway and from 2030 in many other countries, they will be banned."


CARWOW RESPONDS TO PETROL CRISIS BY DROPPING ELECTRIC VEHICLE AD CAMPAIGN
"Online car dealership Carwow has pushed out a quick-turnaround campaign promoting electric vehicles (EV) off the back of the UK’s fuel shortages. Carwow, which saw a 59% surge in searches for EVs last week, designed the ‘Fuelled Off’ campaign in-house in an attempt to capitalize on increased demand." write The Drum: "For its campaign Carwow tapped the face of its YouTube channel, Mat Watson, to front the ads, which say, ‘Don’t be fuelish, Go EV.’ The ads have been placed on digital billboards across the country. ".


AMID THE PETROL CRISIS, IS IT TIME TO SWITCH TO AN ELECTRIC CAR?
"As some petrol stations ran out of fuel and queues of cars lined up outside those that did have stocks, causing lengthy waits for motorists waiting to fill up, many drivers’ thoughts turned to the option of buying an electric vehicle." says The Guardian: "The classified ad website Autotrader says there was a 60% rise in searches for electric cars in the week after 24 September, when shortages at the pumps started. Industry figures show that the number of electric cars sold in the UK last month neared the figures for the whole of 2019.  In the past, many drivers have been turned off by the upfront cost, which is typically higher than petrol equivalents. But with the price of production falling and battery prices coming down, switching is becoming more accessible. So is now the time to go electric?"


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1240: Tesla Opens Doors To Berlin Factory For Public Party | 10 Oct 2021
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TESLA WILL MOVE ITS HEADQUARTERS TO TEXAS
""I'm excited to announce that we're moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas," CEO Elon Musk said Thursday during a Tesla shareholders meeting. The electric car company is currently based in Palo Alto, California, near its original headquarters in San Carlos, and its first factory, in Fremont. Musk said Thursday that there is a "limit to how big you can scale in the Bay area."" reported CNN Business: "He cited housing affordability and the long commutes it can create as hurdles for its current location, and said the Austin factory is five minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown. The median home price in Palo Alto is $3.3 million"

"Texas has been actively recruiting companies via its Texas Economic Development Act offering tax breaks to put new facilities in the state. Austin, with a top tech university and cultural events like South by Southwest, is a draw for tech employers." says CNBC: "Tesla has not been happy with one set of regulations in Texas at least. The state bans direct sales of cars. Instead, car companies sell their vehicles through independent, franchised dealerships there. In other states where similar laws apply Tesla has fought to change the rules or exploited some loopholes."



20 YEARS+ TO TRANSITION THE WORLD TO ELECTRIC
"During the recent 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Tesla's CEO Elon Musk noted that it will take a few decades until the world will switch entirely to battery-electric vehicles. The main point is that the global vehicle fleet stands at about 2 billion units, and not even 1% is all-electric yet." reported InsideEVs: "Assuming that 100% of new vehicles would be electric, at 100 million per year, it would still take 20 years from now to replace 2 billion vehicles. This 20-year period might be considered as the age of a vehicle until it finally goes to a junk yard."


CHIP AND SHIP SHORTAGES ARE THE ONLY THINGS THAT COULD STOP TESLA’S SALES GROWTH
"A double-whammy of a global shortage of chips and ships is the only thing standing in the way of Tesla Inc. maintaining sales growth in excess of 50%, according to Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. " says Fortune.com: "“We’ve had a fantastic year, we had record vehicle deliveries,” Musk told Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting in Austin, Texas on Thursday. “It looks like we have a good chance of maintaining that. Basically, if we can get the chips we can do it. Hopefully this chip shortage will alleviate soon but I feel confident of being able to maintain something like at least above 50% for quite a while.” “One of the biggest challenges we had in Q3 was can we get enough ships,” he said. “There was a huge ship shortage.” Musk said the “significant cost pressure” in the supply chain had forced Tesla to increase car prices, at least temporarily.  "

One of the reasons any company choosed to located is incentives and subsidies, on that subject: "The German government is expected to decide before the end of the year just how much state aid Tesla will receive for its battery cell unit. The company is investing about €5 billion ($5.8 billion) in the plant. The German daily Tagesspiegel reports that this unusually high investment "means that the US car manufacturer can count on German state subsidies of €1.14 billion.""


TESLA HOLDS 'GIGA FEST' AT DISPUTED GERMAN FACTORY

"With a big wheel, music and an appearance by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla pulled out all the stops Saturday to win over opponents of the electric carmaker's controversial new "gigafactory" near Berlin. Thousands of people were brought in by special shuttle buses, with long queues forming at the Gruenheide site of the US electric vehicle maker's first European factory." reported Yahoo! News: "Demonstrators were already on the scene on Saturday morning, with a few people bearing signs like "Stop Tesla" and "water and forest aren't for private profit" gathered around 100 metres (yards) from the site.  On the same 300-hectare plot, Musk also plans to build "the world's biggest battery factory". And the site will equally boast the "world's largest die-casting machine", said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research in Germany. In the event that the factory is not approved, the carmaker will be compelled to dismantle the entire works at its own cost. Despite the country's reputation for efficiency, major infrastructure projects are often slowed down by excess bureaucracy. Berlin's new international airport opened in October 2020, eight years later than first planned."

And what did the German press have to say? "In guided tours lasting an hour and a half each, local residents were able to watch the whole production process involved in making a Tesla electric car such as the Model Y." saus DW.com: "People took their time to see what was going on in the stamping and casting units and later in the paint shop and assembly and quality control sections of the huge plant. Wherever questions arose, Tesla employees were on hand to answer them. Visitors were told that 80% of the workforce will be from Germany and 20% from 50 other countries. Also of some interest: 80% of all parts used in the Grünheide plant will come from European suppliers."



ROADSTER, CYBERTRUCK AND SEMI TRUCK DELAYED TO 2023
"Tesla has been quite supply limited this year and will be next year as well. That concerns batteries, automotive chips, and more. As Elon put it at one point, no matter how many more vehicle models the company was selling, it wouldn’t be able to deliver more units this year — the constraint is supplies, not demand." writes Zach at Clean Technica: "With that in mind, and due to how many batteries and chips the Semi needs, it is being delayed until these supply chains ramp up, which is expected to be in 2023 at the moment. Similarly, the Tesla Cybertruck is delayed until the end of 2022 for all the same reasons. "

Elon Musk said: "“I think most likely what we’ll see is Cybertruck start production in the next year, and then reach volume production in 2023. And, hopefully, we can also be producing the Semi and the new Roadster in ‘23 as well. So, we should be through our severe supply chain shortages in ‘23. I’m optimistic that that will be the case.”"

He also said the release date of the new Roadster is likely 2023.


AN OFFICIAL TESLA CCS ADAPTER LANDS IN SOUTH KOREA
" In the past, Tesla offered an adapter for Europe that converted CCS to Type 2, the standard charging connector in Europe. However, Tesla didn’t release an adapter that connected to its proprietary charger to convert CCS charging stations to work with its vehicles." says SlashGear: "Tesla’s proprietary charging connector is used for vehicles sold in North America and some other markets. With a different standard plug and the lack of a CCS adapter, some owners in North America were unable to use third-party charging networks based on the CCS standard. According to the email sent out to owners in South Korea, the CCS Combo 1 adapter can be used with the Model 3 and Model Y. It won’t be usable for owners of the Model S and Model X. The adapter will be made available to owners with preferential purchase tickets on October 19."


NEW GOOGLE MAPS FEATURE IS GREAT NEWS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE OWNERS
"Google has been busy recently pushing out various updates to Andriod Auto, Android Automotive, and Google Maps, really making a push when it comes to its mobility solutions. The most important of which is Google Maps, as it has recently replaced the Android Auto app with its new Driving Mode." writes T3: "The most recent Google Map update is aimed specifically at Android Automotive users and is designed to support thermal battery management for electric vehicles. It works by using information related to the location of the vehicle, the location of the charging station, and the time left until you reach the charge point. It will then make sure the battery is fully prepared for the charge at exactly the time you reach the charge point."


CITROEN UK UPDATES NEW E-C4 ELECTRIC FOR 2022
Citroen UK has introduced a number of important updates on New e-C4 for 2022, effective from October 2021 production.  As part of the changes, through a series of technical enhancements, New e-C4 Electric receives improvements in driving efficiency, enhancing real world vehicle range under a variety of driving conditions. WLTP certified range remains at 217 miles from the 50KWh Lithium-ion traction battery. OTR price £30,995 after the PiCG is taken off.

LANCIA DELTA IS COMING BACK AS AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE


JAMES BOND'S ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC


NEW QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM

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1239: New MG ZS EV, MG5 and Marvel R Debuts | 09 Oct 2021
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MERCEDES-BENZ EV SALES UPDATE
In the first three quarters of the year, sales of hybrid and electric vehicles surged to a record 184,369 units (+142.7%). The Mercedes-Benz EQC sold 17,938 units and the EQA achieved a record 13,021 deliveries thanks to robust demand for zero-emission cars, particularly in Q3 when almost half of all EQ deliveries occurred. The EQS electric flagship went on sale in August.
Overall 61,652 plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars were sold in Q3 (+34.1%) of which 19,298 were electric-only vehicles (+38.0%).


MERCEDES TO ADD 300 JOBS AT U.S. PLANT IN PREPARATION FOR EV PRODUCTION
"Mercedes-Benz will add about 300 jobs at its Alabama assembly plant by the end of this year as the luxury automaker gears up to build electric utility vehicles." reports Automotive News for subscribers: "The factory, in the town of Vance, employs 4,400 and is a production hub for the Mercedes GLS and GLE utility vehicles. Starting next year, it will produce battery-powered versions of the two popular vehicles. Mercedes is hiring for the assembly, body and paint shops, as well as the battery plant, where workers will assemble high-voltage EV battery systems."

EQS starts in Q2 and EQE in Q4.


CHEVROLET BLAZER IS THE UNFORTUNATELY NAMED NEXT CHEVY'S EV
"General Motors has been in the news recently for battery fires related to its Chevrolet Bolt EV, but that hasn't slowed the automaker's electrified ambitions." says Tech Radar: "Speaking at the From Automaker to Platform Innovator event, GM President Mark Reuss confirmed the names of two upcoming Chevrolet EVs and the company has dropped hints on more electric offerings from Buick and other brands in its portfolio. At the event, Reuss mentioned two new EV SUVs by name, first confirming an electric version of the Chevrolet Equinox is on its way. Reuss noted that the Equinox EV will be a high-volume model with a starting price of around $30,000.  The other SUV on Chevy's EV list is the Blazer - a mid-size crossover SUV which has been around since 2019 and will now be blessed with a fully electric drivetrain."


RIVIAN'S FATE IS TIED TO AMAZON
"Jeff Bezos stood before a packed conference room in Washington, D.C., and declared war on climate change. It was September 2019. His secret weapon, tucked deep into a chart-heavy presentation, was a bug-eyed cargo truck built by a startup few people had heard of." says Bloomberg in the second of their Rivian series: "The order immediately separated the auto rookie from the parade of promising electric startups, providing backing, a big book of business and legitimacy. It also would soon start to draw in additional investment from major players, including Ford Motor Co."

Bloomberg adds: "On Friday, Rivian shared new details of the Amazon deal in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing how closely its fate is tied to one of its biggest benefactors. The e-commerce giant will have exclusive rights to Rivian’s delivery vehicles for four years after receiving its first one, and it gets right of first refusal to buy the vans for two years after that. There’s a clear recognition inside Rivian and with its investors that the van for Amazon is a priority and the pickup a sideshow until production can be ramped up to meaningful volumes. The deal gives Rivian visibility and guaranteed revenue, along with a deadline. An all-hands-on-deck edict has been issued to get the project up to speed — for now, the R1T is taking a back seat."

As for the subscriptions their owners can take, Rivian say: “Rivian defines LTR (Lifetime Revenue) potential as the revenue it can generate from its Rivian vehicles throughout its lifetime (considered to be 10 years), if the owner, in this case, subscribes to everything possible. Level 3 driving capabilities account for $10,000, and a monthly subscription plan for infotainment, connectivity, diagnostics, and other services accounts for the other $5,500.”


RIVIAN ADVENTURE NETWORK PRICING AND ACCESS

On the charging network: "RAN sites will be exclusive for Rivian owners initially, with Rivian members receiving special rates."

InsideEVs says: "The upcoming Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) of DC fast chargers is promised to quickly expand to about 600 sites in the U.S. and Canada with a total of more than 3,500 DC fast chargers by the end of 2023 (see details here). According to Rivian, chargers will be exclusively available to R1T and R1S drivers, but only "initially". At a later point, the network will be opened to other EVs, which is a positive sign and good news for those who were afraid that Rivian's chargers will not be available to the public. Besides Rivian Adventure Network, the company will deploy also about 10,000 Rivian Waypoints charging points by 2023. Those are 11.5 kW AC charging points, envisioned for destination locations or places where drivers spend more time - shops, restaurants, hotels and parks. Those points will be available for all EV drivers."


REFRESHED MG ZS EV DEBUTS WITH BIGGER BATTERY
"MG Motors unveiled the facelifted all-electric version of the ZS, featuring a grille-less look, new infotainment, and a larger battery pack option for an increased range. The MG ZS EV first appeared in 2018 and quickly became popular thanks to its competitive pricing. The facelifted model will reach dealerships this November with the intention of making the electric SUV even more attractive to European buyers." according to CarScoops: "ZS EV gets the new LED headlights and taillights of its ICE-powered sibling but adopts a different front bumper that distinguishes it further. The grille is fully covered with a new pattern while the side intakes are smaller giving the car a cleaner and more aerodynamic look.  Inside, the 10.1-inch touchscreen incorporates the new MG iSMART infotainment system with new features, remote control functions, and more connectivity options.  the most important change has to do with the new bigger 72 kWh battery pack offering a 273-mile (439 km) WLTP range. In 2022, MG will also offer a cheaper variant with a smaller 51 kWh battery pack offering a range of 198 miles (319 km)."

Pricing in November.  Autocar says the Long Range will start from €34,990 ($40,475)


MG MARVEL R ELECTRIC GOES ON SALE IN EUROPE
"Unveiled in March, the MG Marvel R Electric flagship electric SUV has gone on sale in select European countries. Not in the UK, though, as the Chinese-owned British automaker has yet to announce details about a possible launch in its home market. Described as the largest and most luxurious MG, the Marvel R Electric is a C-segment SUV offering a choice of two powertrains and starting prices of €39,990 ($46,250) for the base RWD model and €47,990 ($55,500) for the range-topping AWD version." reports InsideEVs: "It offers two all-electric powertrains, one with rear-wheel drive and one with all-wheel drive.

Both feature the same 70 kWh battery which enables a WLTP range of 402 kilometers (250 miles) in the Comfort and Luxury RWD trim levels. These models feature two rear-mounted electric motors with a system output of 132 kW (177 hp). The AWD model, available exclusively in the range-topping Performance trim level, adds an electric motor to the front axle for a system output of 212 kW (284 hp). Customers will benefit from quick charging capability at a public charging point (AC) due to the standard 11 kW 3-phase on-board charger. The battery can also be charged at a fast-charging station (DC) with a capacity of up to 92 kW. All models are also fitted with a V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) system as standard, allowing the battery to supply energy to an external electrical system at a maximum load capacity of 2,500W. "


LUCID MOTORS ON TRACK FOR 2023 PRODUCTION TARGETS
"CEO Peter Rawlinson recently told Reuters that 577 units of the Lucid Air will be built in the remainder of 2021 before production ramps up to 20,000 and 50,000 vehicles in 2022 and 2023, respectively. The company has secured the US$4.4 billion needed by the end of next year through its IPO, but does not want to wait until then to raise further capital." says electrive.com: "Rawlinson explained that the capital raised so far “takes us to the end of 2022, so it doesn’t take us to Project Gravity.” Gravity is the name of the brand’s second electric vehicle."


LUCID GRAVITY CROSSOVER ON TRACK FOR 2023 RELEASE


VOLVO CARS STARTS PRODUCTION OF C40 RECHARGE IN GHENT


VOLVO WINS WORLD'S LARGEST ORDER EVER FOR ELECTRIC TRUCKS


VOLVO PARENT GEELY REVEALS $9,000 GEOMETRY EV FOR CHINA


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REPORT: NIO TO ENTER GERMANY Q4 2022

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"China's electric car manufacturer, Nio, will enter the German market from Q4 2022, their European spokesperson confirms"

AUDI EVS CLOSE TO SAME PROFIT MARGINS AS COMBUSTION
"Audi, which accounted for more than a quarter of Volkswagen's first-half operating profit, has embarked on an ambitious shift towards battery-powered vehicles, meaning all new models it will release from 2026 will be fully electric." says Reuters: "Meantime, production of internal combustion engines will be gradually phased out up to 2033. Audi's CFO in August said it would only take 2-3 years before profitability of electric vehicles (EV) would match that of combustion engine cars. [Markus] Duesmann thinks this could happen even more quickly." according to the Audi Chief Executive: "Apart from efforts to challenge Tesla (TSLA.O) and become the biggest seller of EVs, Volkswagen, the world's No.2 carmaker, is also doubling down on efforts to develop software, which CEO Herbert Diess said is the industry's real gamechanger."

Duesmann: ""The point where we earn as much money with electric cars as with combustion engine cars is now, or ... next year, 2023. They are very even now, the prices"


144,000 ID.3 ORDERS RECEIVED – 50 PERCENT FROM NEW VOLKSWAGEN CUSTOMERS
Strong performance of the all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 after its first year in the European market.  By the end of September, the car had already been ordered around 144,000 times in Europe – 50 percent of buyers had not driven a Volkswagen before and were new to the brand, found a study commissioned by the company.
For comparison: On average, the ratio of new customers for other Volkswagen models is around 36 percent. In the first half of 2021, the strong demand for the ID.3 and other ID. models made Volkswagen the market leader for battery-electric vehicles in Europe within a very short time. In August, the car was the most popular electric car in many markets including Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria and Switzerland. Based on new registrations, the ID.3 also ranked top in Western Europe overall in August. In order to meet the strong demand, some 1,200 of the best-selling electric cars are leaving the production lines in Zwickau and Dresden every day, with Zwickau operating three shifts on both production lines. Moreover, production for the local market has started in Anting in China – the car will be launched on the Chinese market in the fall of this year.


AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK FACELIFT SPOTTED UNDER LIGHT CAMO
"Audi has been selling the E-Tron, its first ground-up electric SUV, since 2018, so it was already in need of a mid lifecycle refresh. Our spies just sent us the first photos of what appears to be the facelifted E-Tron in its coupe-like Sportback version wearing some camouflage that shows us where the manufacturer made changes." says InsideEVs: "Looking through the photos, we notice that the front end of the vehicle is getting a completely revised fascia, along with new headlights, a new bumper and new grille (most of which was hidden but it does look different). Audi also added camouflage that extends back onto the front fenders and side skirts, so we presume there are some changes hiding under there as well. We’re expecting to see the updated Audi E-Tron Sportback (as well as the more traditional non-Sportback model) debut sometime next year; in the US they will be sold as 2023 model-year and it looks like the model's popularity has been increasing in the second quarter of 2021."


VOLTA TRUCKS EXPANDS UK TEAM
"The Swedish electric truck start-up Volta Trucks wants to expand its research and development team in the UK to accelerate the development of the Volta Zero. The company is therefore launching a recruitment drive with the aim of employing more than 280 people by the end of 2021." says electrive: "Currently, Volta Trucks says it has over 150 employees, up from a “handful” at the beginning of the year. Volta is currently looking for industrial and commercial experts, but above all for “talented and forward-thinking engineers”. Seventy positions have been advertised." Earlier in September, Volta Trucks had announced that series production of the Zero would start at Steyr Automotive in Austria. The first examples are to be used in pilot fleets in Paris and London."


THE FIRST KIA EV6 ON NORWEGIAN SOIL
"Today the first EV6 left in Norway from the vessel "Morning Lily" in the port of Drammen. There are high expectations for the new Kia electric crossover that has finally made its way to Norway. " says Wataha.no: "awaiting the cars. As planned, the first cars will be delivered at the end of October. There are also demonstration cars on board for many dealers. So some customers will be able to book a test drive soon. Later this year, there will be more such vehicles to more dealers."


TESLA HAS RAISED PRICES AGAIN
"After a flurry of price increases in the first half of the year, Tesla held vehicle prices in the United States relatively steady throughout the third quarter, only adjusting the base price of the Model S and Model X back in August. Now, days into the fourth quarter, Tesla has continued the earlier trend of price increases on the Model 3 and Model Y." writes The Street.com: "Model 3 Standard Range Plus increased by $2,000 to $41,990. Model 3 Performance increased by $1,000 to $57,990. Model Y Long Range increased by $1,000 to $54,990. Model Y Performance increased by $1,000 to $61,990. Due to Tesla's order backlog, it's likely that Q2 did not reflect the full impact of those price changes. Investors may get an even better understanding when Tesla reports third quarter earnings, expected on Monday, October 25th."

We started the year with a SR+ costing $37,990. That's $4000 more, and $5000 more for Model Y Long Range.


MODEL Y MADE IN CHINA GETS 28 MILE RANGE BOOST 
" The Model Y made in China for the local market gets a range increase of up to 28 miles while keeping the same purchase price. According to the company's Chinese website, spotted by @ray4tesla/Twitter, the manufacturer has increased the range of Model Y Long Range and Model Y Performance while car prices have remained the same." says Tesmanian: "Model Y for overseas markets is also expected to receive an increase in range. Tesla recently registered several new Model Y variants, including an export version. There is a possibility that this is the variant with the increased range, in accordance with the updates for Model Y in China."

But is it more range, or more reported range? Is it a change to the NEDC testing standards? And WLTP/WLTC should start soon in China.  Could it be a change from the 4.6Ah LG Chem 2170 cells to the 5.0Ah LG Chem cells, so the total pack goes from 75->81kWh?


TESLA IS BUILDING MODEL Y BODIES WITH SINGLE FRONT AND REAR CASTINGS
"In an auto manufacturing first, Tesla has started building Model Y bodies with two giant single casting pieces for the front and back of the electric SUV. Tesla has already been producing the Model Y with a single rear body piece that replaced 70 different parts in the vehicle." says electrek: Earlier this year, a picture of the first single front casting part of the Model Y produced at Gigafactory Texas leaked. Tesla has been wanting to go a step further and joined those two parts with a structural battery pack powered by its new 4680 battery cells unveiled last year. However, the automaker has lately indicated that the integration of the new cells and structural battery pack might not be introduced with the start of Model Y production at the new factories."


FIRST LOOK AT RIVIAN’S “SENTRY MODE” GEAR GUARD FEATURE IN ACTION (VIDEO)
"If Tesla owners have Sentry Mode, Rivian owners will have Gear Guard for security. Recently, a Gear Guard buddy was spotted actively working in a seemingly parked Rivian vehicle. " says Teslarati: "A short clip from Twitter user @D_Love revealed Rivian’s rather kid-friendly Gear Guard buddy at work while the vehicle’s owner is away. The character captured in the short clip was also seen in a Rivian video posted last month. According to Rivian’s Director of UX Design Brennan Boblett, owners can activate a suite of security products through Gear Guard.  Gear Guard seems to be an umbrella term for a list of security features. It will most likely use Driver+ hardware installed in all R1 Rivian vehicles, which includes 11 cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, five radars, and a high-precision GPS antenna. Rivian has not fully discussed Gear Guard’s suite of security features in detail yet."


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G.M. HOPES ELECTRIC CARS AND NEW BUSINESSES WILL HELP DOUBLE ITS REVENUE
"General Motors Co (GM.N) Chief Executive Mary Barra told investors on Wednesday that the automaker plans to double revenue by 2030, expanding profits from combustion vehicles even as it rolls out new electric vehicles and new digitally powered services to catch up with Tesla Inc (TSLA.O)." reported Reuters yesterday: "GM said if it succeeds, annual revenue by 2030 would be about $280 billion, and the automaker would be the leader in U.S. electric vehicle sales. Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson said GM expects pre-tax profit margins of 12 to 14%, which could beat current levels. That would imply annual pre-tax profits of as much as $39 billion. Jacobson said GM can fund $9 billion to $10 billion in annual capital spending for electric vehicles and other initiatives while returning money to shareholders."


"General Motors has been spending billions of dollars in the last few years to electrify its cars and trucks, as it tries to catch up to Tesla. Now the company, which has said it aims to stop selling gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, is beginning to reveal how big it expects this bet will pay off." reports New York Times: "The automaker said on Wednesday that it aims to roughly double its annual revenue by 2030, to about $280 billion. It is counting on new electric trucks and cars for much of the growth while adding new revenue streams from software and services. While it expects modest growth in sales of gasoline-powered vehicles, electric cars are “a tremendous growth opportunity,” [Mary Barra, GM Chief Exec] said. G.M. also hopes to develop ride-hailing services that use autonomous cars, create insurance products and expand its defense contracting work.


"General Motors laid out its forthcoming EV portfolio at its investor event Wednesday, with the full-size electric pickup Chevrolet Silverado as the centerpiece, as the company seeks to gain market share in the increasingly crowded electric truck market." was the take from TechCrunch: "While GM had previously announced the electric Silverado, the company confirmed some additional details, like that it would feature a fixed-glass roof for certain models and that the vehicle would debut at the trade show CES in January 2022. It’s joining Ford’s F-150 Lightning and Rivian’s R1T in the burgeoning electric truck segment — a segment that until now has been conspicuously empty, despite the truck being one of the best-selling vehicle types in America. GM also announced crossovers from its brands Chevy and Buick, in addition to its upcoming GMC Hummer pickup and Cadillac Lyriq crossover. CEO Mary Barra emphasized that the company will offer affordable EVs — “really affordable EVs for people” — as well as other features to lure some would-be Tesla customers."


GM REVEALS ULTRA CRUISE
"General Motors revealed the ace up its sleeve when it comes to driver-assist technologies on Wednesday: Ultra Cruise. The automaker announced the new system as a more capable sibling of today's Super Cruise system. While Super Cruise is rated for hands-free driving on mapped, divided highways in the US and Canada, Ultra Cruise takes it further. In addition to highways, GM said it will handle hands-free driving in 95% of all scenarios. We're talking city streets, subdivision streets and even paved rural roads." writes CNET.com: "Ultra Cruise will cover 2 million miles of roads in the US and Canada, but the automaker has quick plans to add another 1.4 million miles' worth of roads. And when this happens, GM plans for a big strategy shift in which vehicles offer either Super Cruise or Ultra Cruise. Cadillac will be the exclusive brand to provide the Ultra Cruise driving experience, while Super Cruise trickles down to more mainstream offerings from GMC, Buick and Chevrolet. With a combination of cameras, radars and lidar onboard to create the Ultra Cruise system, the technology will support everything from parking in your driveway to object avoidance (that's good), on-demand lane changes and left- and right-hand turns."



Today, General Motors announced the Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center, an all-new facility that will significantly expand the company’s battery technology operations and accelerate development and commercialization of longer range, more affordable electric vehicle batteries. The Wallace Center will be located on the campus of GM’s Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

The battery engineering team based at the Wallace Center will experiment with many types of future battery chemistry in addition to lithium-metal, including pure silicon and solid-state, along with different cell form factors. The Wallace Center is expected to build batteries ranging in energy density from 600 to 1200 watt-hours per liter, along with crucial battery cell ingredients like cell active materials.

The Wallace Center will be capable of building large-format, prototype lithium-metal battery cells for vehicle usage beyond the small-scale lithium-metal cells typically used in handheld devices or research applications. These cells could be as large as 1,000 mm, nearly twice the size of the initial Ultium pouch cells and will be based on GM’s proprietary formula.

GMC HUMMER EV IS BUILT TO WOW
"The giant, 200.0-kWh battery is a stressed member of the chassis, which is a sort of hybrid between body-on-frame and unibody; there is a frame and a body, but they aren't isolated in the usual body-on-frame manner. Half-shafts are massive ball-spline units, necessary when an independent suspension with more than nine inches of travel is paired with three motors with the combined twist of 1200 pound-feet of torque. With two motors acting on the rear axle, no differential is necessary, but programming can virtually lock the axle so the motors turn each side at the same speed. Up front there is a locking diff for the third motor." writes Car And Driver: "Our on-road drive was limited, but we found a truck that went down the road with the purpose and confidence born of its mass and power. Not many corrections are required to keep it in a highway lane, and not a lot of feedback comes through the steering wheel when you have to turn. But we weren't expecting much in terms of communication from the 305/70R-18 mud-terrain Goodyears. The ride, however, is downright sublime. Adaptive dampers and air springs bridle the mass with authoritative control."

Delivery this year. 350 miles for $112,000.


VOLVO'S NOW ONE QUARTER ELECTRIC SALES
"The plug-in Recharge subbrand share out of the total Volvo sales volume was 26.9% (a new high this year), which is over 12,750 (mostly in Europe). That includes about 1,700 sold in the U.S." reports InsideEVs: "About every fourth Volvo sold year-to-date was a plug-in (over 132,000 YTD). The lineup consists of several plug-in hybrids and one all-electric model - Volvo XC40 Recharge, which soon will be joined by the Volvo C40 Recharge. By 2025, Volvo intends to increase the share of BEVs in its global sales volume to 50%, and 100% by 2030."


UK CAR MARKET DIVES - EV'S THRIVE
"The UK auto market saw plugin electric vehicles take 21.65% share in September, up over 2x year-on-year. Full battery electrics outperformed, alone taking 15.2% share and a record 32,721 unit volume. Old-school diesel sales fell off a cliff, dropping to under 5% market share in an overall auto market down ~45% in volume from seasonal norms at just over 215,000 units. With an end of quarter push, the Tesla Model 3 was the UK’s overall best seller in September." reports Cleantechnica: "Old school combustion powertrains (those without any regen/electric-assist) fell below 50% of the market (48.75%) for the first time since the steam age. Unassisted diesels fell to their lowest point in the modern era, at just 4.95% share, from 14.33% year-on-year, with volume at a pitiful 10,658 units.  Tesla Model 3, boosted by Tesla’s usual end-of-quarter peak, was the UK’s overall best selling vehicle in September, with 6879 registrations."


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SUPPLY SHORTAGES GOOD FOR EVS?
"Passenger car manufacturers, being offered just a proportion of the critical semiconductors used in their highly modern vehicles – mainly originating from Asia – are having to ration these and are choosing to fit them to their most profitable models." writes Matthias Schmidt: "With tough fleet average EU CO2 emissions targets on the table, car manufacturers are having to balance their 'carbon books' and are increasing PEV sales mixes, with Germany and France both recording new penetration highs in August in order to compensate for those overweight luxobarges, that are as quick to turn heads as they are profits. Volkswagen's multi-brand MEB dedicated fully-electric production line in Zwickau, where CUPRA's Born was the latest model to join the line last month, and the daily production rate trend – presented in an investor relations presentation earlier in September – shows BEVs were not impacted by the chip shortage. This is causing a rising sales mix for their premium-end models and consequently is reflected in the profit margins."

On the actual volumes, Matthias reports: "BEVs are now expected to soak up 10.2% (1.132M units) of the total market while with PHEVs added to the equation – a route mostly exploited by premium OEMs – soaking up 9.8% of the total market (1.088M), the report now expects every fifth new passenger car this year to be a plug-in, translating to 2.22 million new vehicles"


GM AIMS TO PROFIT FROM SOFTWARE AS IT BROADENS ITS EV LINEUP
"GM plans to position itself as a technology platform company that is as focused on software as it is on making electric vehicles when it meets with investors next week, including revealing a scheduled rollout for at least 20 EVs in the United States over the next several years." reports Autoblog: "GM executives will provide a more detailed look at the company's plans to spend $35 billion through 2025 on EVs and autonomous vehicles, and will give revenue and profit margin growth targets for the five-year period after that, according to people familiar with the plans, who asked not to be identified. GM will reveal greater detail around its planned EV product launches beyond the upcoming GMC Hummer pickup, EV600 delivery van and Cadillac Lyriq crossover. That includes plans for electric versions of GM's Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups in late 2022 and late 2023, respectively, according to the sources as well as an industry forecast provided by AutoForecast Solutions (AFS)."

Reuters also said: "When it comes to software, GM will discuss what its offerings allow it to do financially and how that will make the Detroit company's business less cyclical than auto companies have been historically, the sources said. Last week, GM introduced the branding for its software platform, Ultifi - coming in 2023 - and discussed building an App store-like approach to making the platform open for developers. Software-oriented products and services are key to GM and other automakers sustaining profit margins during the transition to connected and electric vehicles, but that will compel companies to build skills and workforces they have lacked in the past.


PORSCHE 718 EV REPLACEMENT WILL HAVE A MIDSHIP DESIGN
"Even though for electric vehicles manufacturers have more freedom in regard to where they can put the motor (because it is smaller and lighter than an ICE lump), Porsche apparently wants to stick with a midship design for its upcoming 718 EV replacement. So even though the sports car will be electric, Porsche want the motor to be roughly in the same place where the engine sits in the current Cayman and Boxster models." says InsideEVs: "The goal is to have as much of the vehicle’s mass concentrated as close to its center as possible, in order to preserve its handling and agility. They want to make it feel as close to the current model as possible and Autocar points out that the platform that underpins it may also be used in future Audi or Lamborghini sports cars. With the recent Mission R concept shown at IAA 2021, Porsche apparently used a 718 Cayman platform as the base. They then electrified it and gave it the racy, futuristic body that really drew a lot of looks at its debut."

CEO Oliver Blume: "When we electrify a model, we won’t do a carry-over of the combustion engine [platform] because there are too many compromises. When we are looking to future sports cars, we would develop its own platform but connected with some modules coming from other cars. But the platform will be unique."


WITRICITY DEBUTS ON GENESIS GV60
 WiTricity, the pioneer in wireless charging, today announced that its patented technology is seeing its first availability as factory-installed equipment in a fully electric vehicle (BEV). Hyundai unveiled the Genesis GV60 in a series of videos and announcements featuring wireless charging.
In the future, in addition to simplicity and reliability, wireless charging also has the potential to provide Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) power and dynamic charging to power vehicles in motion. And it will be indispensable for autonomous vehicles, providing the ability to refuel without human intervention.


ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY PACK COSTS IN 2021 ARE 87% LOWER THAN IN 2008
Research by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office estimates the cost of an electric vehicle lithium-ion battery pack declined 87% between 2008 and 2021 (using 2021 constant dollars). The 2021 estimate is $157/kWh on a usable-energy basis (the equivalent of $143/kWh on a rated-energy basis) for production at scale, i.e.,100,000 units per year. That compares to $1,237/kWh on a usable-energy basis in 2008. The decline in cost is a combination of improvements in battery technologies and chemistries, and an increase in manufacturing volume. 


TESLA CHIP SHORTAGE: NOT A PROBLEM THIS Q3, Engineering Team Found a Way Says Elon Musk
"Tesla has also experienced the chip shortage issue but was not a problem for the clean energy company as the engineering team has found a way around it, which focused on its manufacturing." reports Tech Times: "According to Morgan Stanley's investor notes (as analyzed by Adam Jonas), the clean energy company had no problems concerning chip shortages because it sourced it in-house. That being said, Tesla has focused on its microcontrollers which it can produce, something that they have assembled and combined for its vehicles. With these, the company need not source the chips from an external source, and this was something that the vehicle manufacturer has focused on for a long time now."


PEOPLE ARE NOT BETTING AGAINST TESLA (TSLA) ANYMORE
"Tesla (TSLA) was once the most shorted stock in the NASDAQ as people were heavily betting against the electric automaker, but now it looks like most of them have given up as the short interest on Tesla hits an all-time low." reports Electrek: "Over the years, Tesla has been the target of some high-profile short-sellers like Jim Chanos, who made his name on shorting Enron, and David Einhorn, who made his name shorting Lehman Brothers before its 2008 collapse. They have lost millions on their bets against Tesla, but until recently, they seemed to be holding on. Now it appears to have changed, as the short interest on Tesla’s stock has crumbled to an all-time low. It’s a massive change since up to 20% of Tesla’s entire float was shorted at some point last year – when it was the most shorted stock on the market – but the short percentage steadily fell over the last 12 months."

Bloomberg reports: “The percentage of stock borrowed by traders, a standard measure of short interest, has slumped to 1.1% of Tesla’s shares available for trading, according to IHS Markit Ltd. as of last Thursday. That’s the lowest since 2010, when the carmaker went public.”


TESLA ORDERED TO PAY $137 MILLION TO BLACK WORKER OVER RACIST ABUSE
"Tesla, the electric car company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has been ordered by a court to pay a black former employee $137 million in damages over racist abuse by colleagues." writes the Daily Telegraph "In a legal claim against Tesla he said: "Tesla's progressive image was a facade papering over its regressive, demeaning treatment of African-American employees." Mr Diaz alleged that despite his complaints to supervisors Tesla took no action over the regular racist abuse. A jury in San Francisco awarded $130 million in punitive damages and $6.9 million for emotional distress."

Tesla posted a blog, here is an excerpt:

"The Tesla of 2015 and 2016 (when Mr. Diaz worked in the Fremont factory) is not the same as the Tesla of today. Since then, Tesla has added an Employee Relations team, dedicated to investigating employee complaints. Tesla has added a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team dedicated to ensuring that employees have the equal opportunity to excel at Tesla. And Tesla now has a comprehensive Employee Handbook (replacing the Anti-Handbook Handbook) where all of our HR policies, employee protections, and ways to report issues are published in one easy-to-find online document.

We acknowledge that we still have work to do to ensure that every employee feels that they can bring their whole self to work at Tesla. And as I posted in July, we will continue to remind everyone who enters the Tesla workplace that any discriminatory slurs – no matter the intent or who is using them – will not be tolerated.

Thank You For All You Do For Tesla

Valerie
VP, People"


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RECORD SHARE FOR WESTERN EUROPEAN EV REGISTRATIONS IN SEPTEMBER
"The monthly share of new zero-emission BEV (Battery electric vehicle) passenger car registrations as a percentage of the total new car market achieved a new high in September. 15.3 per cent of all the new  passenger cars entering West European roads during the closing month of the third quarter, were pure electric passenger cars, according to exclusive data published each month in Schmidt Automotive Research’s in-depth monthly European Electric Car Data Trend Report."

Matthias Schmidt writes: "Just under 136 thousand new pure electric cars entered the 18 market West European region monitored by the report each month. Despite volumes falling 30 thousand short of the all-time monthly volume high, recorded in December 2020, as passenger car manufacturers made a last-ditch attempt to meet newly phased-in CO2 fleet emission targets, achieving a 15.1 BEV per cent mix of the total market, the September BEV penetration of the 18-market region saw levels surpass that. A number of reasons impacted the new record in September, namely; the boost from Tesla’s end of quarter volumes, achieving a monthly record of 34,000 units, or every fourth BEV – boosted by both the Model Y introduction and shipments from China –  as well as the semiconductor situation deflating the total passenger car market."


U.S. SALES UPDATES: ID.4, VOLVO, PORSCHE TAYCAN, MUSTANG MACH-E
All from InsideEVs: 

"Volkswagen ID.4, sales improved slightly from 5,756 in Q2 to 6,049 in Q3, which probably will further increase over the next quarters. The ID.4 share out of the total Volkswagen sales was 7.6%. The company notes that its data indicates that more than two-thirds of ID.4 customers are switching from other brands."

"The Volvo Recharge plug-in sub-brand accounted for about 18.2% of the total volume, which is about 1,700 units. In California, the share increased to a record high 52% so the company sells more plug-ins than non-plug-ins there. We estimate that the total plug-in volume in Q3 was 5,960. Volvo's Recharge lineup is currently comprised of a total of seven models, two all-electric (the C40 is coming soon) and five plug-in hybrids. By 2030, all Volvo models wiil become be completely electric. In 2022, the company plans to launch the electric successor of the XC90, based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2), that will be produced in Ridgeville, South Carolina, together with the Polestar 3, also based on the SPA2."

"The Taycan/Taycan Cross Turismo (all versions) sales increased marginally, by 0.2% year-over-year to 1,861, far behind the outstanding Q2 result, but enough to remain the third best selling Porsche model. The all-electric Porsche stands for nearly 12.2% of all Porsche sales during the period. Porsche's BEV lineup currently consists a total of nine Taycan/Taycan Cross Turismo versions:"

"In the case of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, in September sales amounted to 1,578 (1.1% of Ford's total result) - below the monthly average so far this year. The total volume in the Q3 was 5,880. "Mustang Mach-E retail sales expanded 9.2 percent in September. With 18,855 Mach-Es sold through September, Mach-E ranks second in full electric SUV sales behind Tesla’s Model Y. Over-the-air modem activation rates for Mach-E are the highest in Ford’s portfolio at 97 percent." The gross stock of Mach-E is at about 5,000 in the U.S. (at dealerships and in transport, we assume). That's two times more than the 2,600 we noted in August."


800 VOLT CHARGING GOING MAINSTREAM
"Porsche designed the Taycan to also be compatible with the existing 400 V DC fast-charging infrastructure. The car comes with 50 kW capability as standard, with a 150 kW unit as an option GM, with its wide ranging product lineup is designing the Ultium modular electric powertrain so that it can underpin both 400 V and 800 V applications. So while most vehicles will initially have 400 V battery packs capable of fast-charging up to 200 kW, the larger truck platform on which the GMC Hummer is built, will support 800 V with a 350 kW fast-charging capability." says Electronics 360: "Another mainstream, high-volume brand already planning to implement the 800 V powernet is Hyundai. The recently announced Ioniq 5, based on the new and dedicated E-GMP EV platform, will have an 800 V architecture that can be charged at 232 kW. Confirming the growing interest in 800 V charging, power electronics suppliers Delphi Technologies and Hitachi have both developed 800 V inverters. Delphi claiming that it will be supplying its 800 V “Viper” inverter to three out of the top four global premium automakers by 2024."


CITROEN SAYS IT HAS ALREADY TAKEN MORE THAN 1,000 ORDERS FOR AMI
"With the fuel delivery crisis still rumbling on and petrol prices expected to rise by around 5p-a-litre in the coming days, more drivers are reportedly considering buying an electric vehicle. The latest EV due to hit the market next year is Citroen's diminutive Ami, which is as long as a standard UK parking space is wide and has a range of just 46 miles." according to thisismoney: "The French maker, having confirmed that it will sell the tiny battery model in Britain from 2022 just a fortnight ago, says it has already taken over 1,000 reservations online. A total of 1,130 pre-orders have been placed on the car company's UK website, which requires a £250 deposit that is refunded if the driver changes their mind. The Ami uses a 5.5kWh battery that recharges in three hours from a conventional domestic socket.  This provides a top speed of just 28mph and a claimed range of 46 miles."


VOLVO CARS IS COMPLETING PLANS FOR IPO IN STOCKHOLM
"Volvo Cars, the Swedish auto maker owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. of China, is completing plans for an initial public offering and is set to announce details of the listing as early as Monday, in a deal that could value the car maker at as much as $25 billion, according to people familiar with the matter." says WSJ.com: "A listing, if it goes ahead, would represent one of the car industry’s most dramatic turnarounds. Ford Motor Co. , weakened by the global financial crisis, sold the Swedish company to Geely for $1.8 billion in 2010."


ELECTRIC CAR SALES COULD 'REDUCE ENERGY BILLS' FOR ALL UK CONSUMERS
"ELECTRIC car sales could reduce energy bills for everyone across the UK, according to a new report from Ofgem.  They have predicted a high number of electric cars could reduce costs for all bill payers, including non EV owners. They said EV’s will allow the electricity network to work better which would then reduce average costs." writes the Express: "Ofgem said the market was currently trying to introduce products and services tailored specifically towards electric car owners. These EV tariffs offer cheaper rates overnight to encourage owners to charge their car at off-peak periods. However, they said energy supply was increasingly being bundled in with electric car services."

“We believe that high numbers of EVs on the system could reduce total costs of energy for everyone, even non EV owners, particularly if [it] is the norm that EVs charge in ‘off-peak’ hours, using smart charging. EV owners are expected to benefit from cheaper running costs of EVs compared to petrol or diesel vehicles, but non-EV owners will also benefit. This is because EVs will enable a better utilisation of the electricity network and generation assets, thereby reducing unit costs.”


GERMANY’S BMVI OPENS TENDER PROCESS FOR NATIONAL FAST-CHARGING NETWORK
"Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) opened the tender process for the national fast-charging network: Deutschlandnetz. Companies and company consortia can compete for the bid to set up and operate around 900 fast-charging locations throughout Germany. (Earlier post.)" says Green Car Congres: "The Germany network is intended to ensure the basic supply with fast charging infrastructure in medium and long-haul traffic with around 8,000 additional fast charging points. It complements the already existing large fast-charging locations and thus ensures a nationwide and needs-based fast-charging infrastructure throughout Germany. In a second tender, the construction and operation of around 200 fast-charging locations at unmanaged rest areas on the federal motorways will be tendered. The tendering of the nationwide motorway lots will be carried out in autumn by the Autobahn GmbH."


HUMMER EV DRIVEN BY TOM MOLOUGHNEY


80 ACTIVISTS BLOCK SHELL’S PORT TO PROTEST AGAINST ‘GREENWASHING' ADVERTS


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VW WORKERS URGE FASTER EV ROLLOUT 
"Volkswagen's (VW) main plant in Wolfsburg might face historically low output this year and needs a faster shift toward electric vehicles to remain competitive, according to the German automaker's top labour officials." reports News24.com: "The rollout of electric car, Trinity, due in 2026 may be too late, according to VW officials. Furthermore, a global chip shortage also happens manufacturing at Wolfsburg. Due to the persistent scarcity of semiconductor chips, the output at Wolfsburg this year could even fall below the level of 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic pushed production to just below 500 000 cars, according to VW's works council. VW's initial goal agreed in a labour pact five years ago was to make at least 820 000 vehicles in Wolfsburg last year."


MERCEDES-BENZ GIVES SMALLER 60 KWH BATTERY TO EVITO TOURER, EQV
"The Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer (the all-electric variant of the Metris Passenger Van sold in the US) and the more luxurious EQV are getting a new battery pack option. Up until now, both models came with a 100 kWh battery (90 kWh usable), so is Mercedes-Benz giving them an even bigger pack for more range? Well, no. Actually, the new battery option has a 60 kWh net capacity, enabling a range of 217–239 kilometers (135-148 miles) on the eVito Tourer." says InsideEVs: "The standard fast charging function has an output of 50 kW, but an 80 kW option is also possible, in which case the battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in around 35 minutes. Mercedes-Benz argues that the smaller battery will appeal to customers “who cover easy-to-plan routes or who only drive short distances, such as in school transport operations.” Furthermore, it should also be interesting for those buyers looking for a weight saving of 150 kg (330 lbs) and a corresponding payload increase. Last but not least, the 60 kWh battery drives the eVito Tourer’s price down by approximately €3,600 ($4,175) compared to the equivalent 90 kWh model (€60,678 versus €64,248)."


MERCEDES-BENZ EACTROS TRUCKS ON TEST IN SOUTH TYROL
Two near-series battery powered eActros trucks have crossed the Alps as part of a series of tests in Italy’s South Tyrol region. During the tests, the electric trucks tackled a total of 54,000 metres of altitude. The highest point of the trip was reached during measurement runs at the Kaunertal Glacier, at a height of 2,750 metres. In order to validate the trucks’ performance and durability, the testing engineers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks then subjected the electric vehicles, which were loaded to their gross vehicle weight of 27 tonnes, to an extremely gruelling series of tests in the area surrounding Bolzano, South Tyrol.
The Alpine terrain enabled the engineers to make particularly extensive use of the vehicles’ energy recovery feature, which can be exploited by driving with foresight. Series production of the eActros will start at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth at the beginning of October 2021.


SK INNOVATION SPINS OFF BATTERY DIVISION
"SK Innovation officially completed the spin-off of its battery business on 1 October. The now independent battery division of the South Korean company is called SK On. With the announced spin-off, the Korean company wants to enable the battery division to better focus on the fast-growing market for electric cars and their batteries – independently of the other business lines of the listed company." writes electrive: "The plan is to expand global battery production capacity from the current 40 GWh per year to 85 GWh by 2023, to 220 GWh by 2025 and to over 500 GWh by 2030. In addition, it was announced a few days ago that SK Innovation, together with Ford, will invest in the construction of two new sites with assembly and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky – with a total capacity of 129 GWh per year."


TESCO TAKES TOP SPOT AMONG UK SUPERMARKETS FOR ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING 
"Tesco is the UK supermarket chain with the greatest proportion of stores that offer customers electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities. That’s according to new research from electric car website Electriying.com, which has ranked the UK’s biggest supermarkets in order of EV-friendliness." reports UK Motor1.coM: "Tesco topped the list, with almost half (45 percent) of its UK superstores boasting charging facilities, while Morrisons came second with four in 10 (40 percent) of stores offering EV charging. At the opposite end of the scale, just seven percent of Sainsbury’s stores offer at least one EV charging point."


AL GORE PUTS $600M INTO UK GREEN ENERGY-TECH STARTUP OCTOPUS ENERGY GROUP
"Former Vice President Al Gore has invested $600 million of equity into U.K. energy startup Octopus Energy Group via his Generation Investment Management vehicle, taking a stake of approximately 13% in the business. The investment means Octopus has attained a valuation of around $4.6 billion."£ says TechCrunch: "Octopus has made a name for itself in energy circles largely because of its “Kraken” technology platform, which it claims is able to reroute energy from renewable sources around a network far more efficiently than competitors. Octopus is now managing 17 million energy accounts in 12 countries in this manner. Octopus has also earlier launched Electric Juice, an electric vehicle “roaming network” of 100,000 charge points across Europe that allows users to charge their personal Octopus Energy account when they charge their EVs. It’s also partnered with Tesla to launch Tesla Power in the U.K. and Germany."


BATTMAN WILL QUICKLY DETERMINE EV BATTERY HEALTH
"With plenty of older EVs on the roads today, the issue of residual battery life and recycling is more pressing than ever when it comes to shopping for vehicles or making decisions about what to do with EVs whose batteries are just about spent." reports Autoweek: "VW Group Components has developed a system dubbed BattMan ReLife (Battery Monitoring Analysis Necessity) that can check the health of a battery in just minutes, taking the guesswork and hours of charging out of the process. The first version of the software was created by the Audi Brussels quality management department for testing the Audi e-tron's battery, and then received further work from VW Group Components at Salzgitter, which is the site of VW's new battery laboratories. The device first checks whether a given battery is able to communicate, after plugging in the low-voltage connectors. BattMan then detects and brings up any error messages present, in addition to the insulation resistance, temperatures, cell voltages, and capacity."


CHINA’S NIO INC. (NIO) REPORTS RECORD MONTHLY AND QUARTERLY ELECTRIC VEHICLE DELIVERIES
"China’s NIO Inc. (NIO) reported record monthly and quarterly deliveries for the company’s fleet of electric vehicles. The auto manufacturer, founded in 2014, has provided investors with news regarding the firm's positive September 2021 delivery results" says Investors Observer: "NIO announced that its deliveries for its top-selling eclectic vehicles (EC6, ES6 and ES8) have now hit 142,036 units in total. In further news, NIO also revealed that it has recently opened NIO House in Oslo, Norway and that the company has “completed its first batch of vehicle deliveries in Norway.”"


CHINA'S EV MAKERS SAW MONSTER DELIVERIES
"XPeng had a huge month, with deliveries of 10,412 vehicles in September topping the 10,000 milestone and tripling from year-ago levels. The numbers included more than 7,500 P7 sports sedans and more than 2,650 G3 and G3i SUVs. XPeng also got a solid start with its P5 family sedans, which launched mid-month and accounted for 244 vehicle deliveries. For the quarter, 25,666 deliveries was a record, also tripling year over year. Year to date, XPeng has delivered more than 56,400 cars and SUVs, more than 300% higher than at the same time in 2020." says Nasdaq.com: "Li Auto had promising numbers compared to last year's results, but the company noted some pressures that weighed on its sequential performance. Monthly deliveries of 7,094 vehicles were more than double what Li delivered in September 2020. "


WHAT IF… THE GM EV1 ELECTRIC CAR HAD BEEN A SUCCESS?
"In issue one of T3, we reported on the release of the EV1, a fully electric car from General Motors, one of America largest automobile manufacturers. The sleek two-door, two-seater is generally regarded as the first mass-produced EV available to the public. It had a 0-60 time of around 8.4 seconds and a range of between 70 and 100 miles – and up to 140 miles for the second generation model. (BMW’s i3 will only do around 150 and that was released in 2013.)" says T3: "The EV1 launched in 1996, with the improved model II appearing in 1999. But instead of losing interest – or being pressured out of the market – let’s imagine GM stuck with it…"



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RAJEEV NARAYAN
I can’t imagine going back to an ICE vehicle as my daily driver, that being said, I would agree with you, that if I had to, it would be due to the lack of charging infrastructure. Earlier in September I had to make an emergency trip due to a death in the family to Atlanta from San Antonio and back, for which we had to pull out our Honda Odyssey Minivan that has been sitting for 2 years. I would not have been able to do the trip with our 2 EVs. This is also the reason, for now, that I keep an ICE vehicle around.

PHIL KEMP
I find it hard to envision a case in which I'd get another ICE car. Just one comes to mind - if I was forced to live where my daughter does - a tiny town at the end of a long rough road and a vulnerable power line. Failing that, I'd NEVER revert.

DAVID TRIMBLE
Why give up On EVs?  For our family it’s vehicle choice.  Here in the US there are no electric station wagons.  I need to replace my 2002 Mercedes wagon but with a dog an Electric SUV is not workable.  Older dogs cannot easily manage the high floor height in SUVs.  The other vehicle class not addressed is a small roadster.  I also have a Mazda Miata - I don’t see anything on the horizon that will scratch that itch!

Use our older Leaf for about 80% of our driving  but am painfully holding on for new offerings to replace our other cars!

SCOTT BERGER
I think studies showing that BEV drivers went back to ICE are confusing and sound erroneous because they are missing a key clarification. In other words, people/families with more than one car might buy an ICE car after owning EVs. That is my case.

Since test driving an EV a few years back it was obvious my daily driver would never revert to a combustion car. I would like to know statistics for those with primary daily drivers that reverted. Those numbers I think would be vanishingly small.

However, I'm a motoring enthusiast from a family of enthusiasts and there still remains no mainstream EV 1. sports car, 2. convertible.

I'm also extremely passionate about manual transmissions for their engagement, which are hard to find in EVs. I recently bought a 4-seat BMW convertible with a turbocharged six-cylinder ICE engine. Both my siblings daily drive EVs but also own gas-burning manual sports cars. We might be an aberration, but I'm not so sure.

So, yes, I technically have bought two ICE sports cars since going primarily EV, but the proportion of my driving on ICE is low since these gas-burners are niche cars used for nice days and weekend joyrides mostly.

Once there's a viable, lightweight, sports car EV in convertible, I will strongly consider trading my BMW for such a vehicle. That said, my family will likely keep a few legacy ICE cars in perpetuity for occasional use.


KARL CRAMER
I imagine if I left electric it would be because of service. Some areas only have one dealership per make of car and if that one is bad you’re out of luck for repairs because there aren’t many independent garages that do electric.


IAN WATKINS
Just completed a 10 day holiday down to the Sth France, and we decided to drive and take our dog, including a overnight destination stop half way near Lyon down and Dijon on the way back.

As a new ev owner of a iPace model year 20, I am a bit of a novice to the charging planner apps, so used a combination of
A better route planner
Plug Share
Google Maps
iPace navigation - rubbish

ABRP failed to indicated a stop where we were relying on a 175kW charger was out of order ( the 1 and only) so had to use the 50Kw.

Other times were sent down farm tracks to non existent chargers....

So on this basis, I would have loved to have my 500 mile range Diesal Volvo back just to get us down there, stress free with no range anxiety.

Granted that was a 1 off, and not likely to do that trip again with the current 220 mile range limit on the i pace, maybe with a EV that had 350 miles and improved motorway infrastructure, which is coming and Ionity was the best and most expensive.


PHILLIP OPRIE
Price! I bought a third hand used 2013 Fiat 500e when I totaled my previous car. It's real world range (50 miles) just barely works for my daily commute, but doesn't allow for any route changes for errands. With the current price of a decent used EV and new ones having wait times getting longer and longer, I couldn't get another EV if something happens to my current car. 

Thank you for the show.

DAVID ALLEN
1)           My wife has suffered a blow to the head which has changed her personality such that she would divorce me if I didn’t drive one.
2)           Someone has taken my cats/dog or both hostage.
3)           Little Timmy’s kidney must get to the hospital and that’s all that’s available.
4)           Zombie hoards have cut me off from my EV, and that’s my only choice of a escape (However, I will circle back and get it at first opportunity).
5)           I have fallen into an alternate dimension where Elon Musk is an evil coal baron.
6)           The LHC at CERN created Strange quarks in an experiment gone awry, and electrons no longer work (which also means I’ll have to drive an old diesel).
7)           Jacob Rees-Mogg becomes Emperor Exxon I, and EVs are banned (though I will immediately join the rebellion).
8)           Legacy auto pays me ONE TRILLION DOLLARS! [insert evil laugh here]. Hey, let’s be everyone has a price, but I ain’t cheap. But then that will mean Model Y’s for everyone, especially hardworking British EV podcasters with three-year olds who live in the South of England.


ROBERT GRACE
I don't ever want to drive ICE again, but I still do for various reasons.  If I had to pull a heavy trailer for a long distance--thousands of miles--I think that both the limited range and the trailer-adverse geometry of US charging stations would make that particular trip much easier with gasoline as an energy source.

JEFF IN INDIANA
As far as going back to an ICE car, I really can't think of a great reason at this point, aside from perhaps my preference of driving a manual transmission car, which obviously is irrelevant with an EV. But I do find that the regen paddle on my Bolt gives me SOME of that engagement back.

My sister, however, did own an EV before me. Her husband and she bought an early Leaf. Unfortunately that also corresponded with one of the coldest winters we had had in recent years, with temperatures often hitting -20F that winter. The Leaf didn't cope well with that. She found that she was barely able to make it home from work, even with only using seat heaters and no heated air. After that, they traded in the Leaf for a Sentra. Today's EVs do much better with the cold, of course, but I have as yet not been able to convince them to give an EV another try.



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1232: Tesla Sets New Production & Delivery Numbers | 03 Oct 2021
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TESLA SOLD 241,300 CARS IN THE THIRD QUARTER
"Tesla has bucked the wider trend of declining sales brought on by the global chip shortage in the third quarter this year, as it sold 241,300 cars — a total of 102,000 more vehicles than the same quarter last year. It’s the most Tesla has ever sold in a quarter (and for some added perspective, the company sold 367,500 in all of 2019)." reports The Verge: "The company managed to deliver more vehicles once again despite the fact that major automakers saw huge drops this past quarter. General Motors, the largest automaker in the US, said Friday morning that it only sold 446,997 vehicles in the third quarter — a 33 percent drop from the same period last year."


                             Production                       Deliveries
Model S/X          8,941                                 9,275
Model 3/Y          228,882                             232,025
Total                    237,823                             241,300

"Expectations were high on Wall Street. A poll of analysts showed that industry watchers were expecting 222,700 vehicle deliveries from Tesla in Q3 2021 on average. Therefore, Tesla significantly beat those expectations." says electrek: "Finally, Tesla also shows a significant ramp-up of Model S production with almost 9,000 units compared to just 2,340 units the previous quarter when it only just started production of the new version of its flagship electric sedan. Tesla is expected to add new Model X production to the mix during this quarter."


"Tesla put customers through repeated, unexpected delivery delays during the quarter. In their release on Saturday, the company acknowledged the delays, blaming them on “global supply chain and logistics challenges,” then thanked customers for their patience." reports CNBC who, at times, will look for a counter point to the euphoria often around Tesla: "The press release announcing the production and deliveries report was dated Austin, Texas. Tesla’s web site still lists its headquarters as being in Palo Alto, Calif., but Elon Musk moved to Texas last year and the company is building a new factory in the Austin area. Tesla is also planning to host its annual shareholder meeting at its plant, now under construction, near Austin on October 7. During the period ending September 30, 2021, Tesla began to ship some lithium iron phosphate batteries from China to be used in Model 3 vehicles made for customers in the U.S"


According to Yahoo! News: "So far this year, Tesla has sold around 627,300 vehicles. That puts it on pace to soundly beat last year's total of 499,550. Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors that the pace of electric vehicle deliveries in the U.S. and China has been strong for the past month or so. That means an “eye-popping growth trajectory heading into 4Q and 2022 for (CEO Elon) Musk & Co.” Still, Ives estimated that the chip shortage will knock 40,000 vehicles from Tesla's annual delivery number. He estimates the deliveries to be at least 865,000 vehicles, with a bull case of around 900,000."

"So how did Tesla manage to avoid what’s crushing the rest of the car industry? According to Barron’s, it might have to do with the company’s simplified supply chain. “Chinese-based production seems to have helped Tesla,” Barron’s observes, also mentioning that the chip shortage has released its grip on China this September, “But the chip shortage seems to be hitting different automakers at different times as chip-makers truggle to fill orders. Timing is the final potential reason [for Tesla’s success]." says Inverse.com: "Regardless of why Tesla managed to dunk on expectations, Musk took to Twitter to celebrate his Tesla team, writing a special thanks to Tesla’s “suppliers and logistics partners for coming through despite great difficulties.”"


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RIVIAN IPO DETAILS

Automotive News said: "The company’s IPO plans come as EV makers are scaling up, angling for a bigger slice of the growing market. With $10.5 billion raised from backers including Amazon and Ford Motor Co., an established factory in Illinois and thousands of reservation holders for its R1T truck and R1S SUV, Rivian is among the most serious competitors lining up to take on electric-vehicle leader Tesla Inc."


Rivian’s IPO Filing Reveals Lots Of Juicy Details, Like Losing $1B In 6 Months
"Last week, the company filed an Initial Public Offering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission with a placeholder price of $100 million, though this number will change when terms of the share sale are set. Meanwhile, Automotive News reports, 48,390 customers have already put down a refundable deposit of $1,000 for either the R1T and R1S electric models of the brand. And that’s about the good part of the picture." says Motor1.com :"The filing also reveals that the Amazon-backed manufacturer lost $994 million during the first six months of the year. For comparison, in the same period last year, Rivian registered a deficit of $377 million, the filing also reveals. As of June 30, the company had approximately $3.7 billion in cash and other cash equivalents to finance its operations. It’s currently generating very small revenues from selling products."


"The filing — one of the most anticipated of the year — shows a company burning through cash as it takes on the mammoth effort of designing, developing, producing and then selling electric vehicles. The S-1, the document where companies disclose financial data, risks and opportunities, also provides insight into its expansion, relationship with Amazon and spending projections." writes TechCrunch: "Rivian reported a net loss of $426 million in 2019. Those losses more than doubled to $1 billion as the company built out its factory in Normal, Illinois, prepared to begin producing its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV and expanded its workforce. Its S-1 states that it employed 6,274 people as of June 30. However, the company recently told TechCrunch it employs more than 8,000 people across several facilities in Arizona, California, Michigan, Illinois, Vancouver, Canada and the UK. The company spent $766 million on R&D in 2020. In the first half of 2021 the company spent $683 million on R&D. Those costs are projected to grow. Rivian said it expects cumulative spending on capital expenditures to be about $8 billion through the end of 2023 as it invests in and builds out infrastructure, including additional manufacturing capacity, battery cell production, service operations, charging networks, retail and software development."


TESLA AMPS UP RIVIAN POACHING FIGHT
"Tesla Inc. escalated its trade secrets fight with Rivian Automotive Inc., accusing the maker of electric pickups of continuing to poach its employees and stealing “highly proprietary” battery technology." writes BNN Bloomberg: "The world’s leading electric-vehicle maker says the lawsuit it filed 14 months ago against Rivian hasn’t stopped the startup from raiding its staff and looting its intellectual property. That includes one instance this summer where Tesla defectors were “caught red-handed” stealing the core technology for its next-generation batteries, “the most essential element for any electric vehicle,” according to a court filing last month."

They add: "A California state court judge in San Jose allowed Tesla last week to add its new allegations to the pending case, along with three more of its former employees as defendants. Rivian had objected, arguing the claims are unsupported by the facts and that dramatically expanding the scope of the litigation will delay resolving it. Rivian already lost its initial request for dismissal of Tesla’s claims back in March. Rivian says Tesla dragged its feet since initially filing suit in July 2020 and hasn’t sufficiently specified the trade secrets it claimed "


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1231: Norway’s EVs Break Through The 90% Barrier | 02 Oct 2021
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NORWAY’S EVS BREAK THROUGH THE 90% BARRIER
"Norway’s plugin electric vehicle market share in September broke new ground, hitting 91.5% with full electrics alone taking 77.5% share. Diesels lost more than half their share year-on-year, falling to just 2.3%, with petrol and plugless hybrids not faring much better. Overall auto market volume was 17992 units, slightly above seasonal norms. The Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3 took the top two spots." writes Dr Max Holland for CleanTechnica: "September’s combined plugin result of 91.5% consisted mainly of full battery electrics (BEVs) at a new record share of 77.5%, with plugin hybrids taking a modest 13.9%. Last year, September saw 61.5% BEVs and 20.1% PHEVs."

13,946 BEVs for September.


LORDSTOWN SELLING FACTORY TO FOXCONN
"Electric truck startup Lordstown Motors was once viewed as a promising startup with its rugged electric pickup trucks targeting the commercial market. The company launched its U.S. IPO last October in a high profile merger with blank-check company Diamond Peak Holdings. Lordstown's shares trade on the Nasdaq." reports Futurecar: "Lordstown Motors claimed that it had more than 100,000 preorders for the Endurance pickup worth a total of $1.4 billion, which wasn't true. With a falling stock price, the fallout led to the sudden resignation of Burns along with Chief Financial Officer Julio Rodriguez in June, leaving the company's future uncertain.  Lordstown is reportedly in talks to sell its Ohio EV factory that it acquired from General Motors to Taiwan contract manufacturer Foxconn. Foxconn's Chairman, Young Liu, confirmed to news outlet Nikkei Asia in August that the company plans to build an EV factory in the U.S. and another in Thailand."


WHEN LAMBORGHINI'S ELECTRIC GRAND TOURER WILL ARRIVE
"By the end of 2024, Lamborghini will electrify its entire lineup. Lamborghini's first-ever dedicated EV will then arrive in the second half of the decade. Lamborghini has previewed its first EV in a shadowy teaser image on a slide showing its future product roadmap, but details are being kept under wraps." according to CarBuzz: "a new report by Automotive News suggests Lamborghini's first EV will take the form of an electric grand tourer with a practical 2+2 seating layout so the whole family can come along for the ride. Details are still scarce, but the electric grand tourer is reportedly being developed in collaboration with Audi and Porsche and be underpinned by Volkswagen Group's new Scalable Systems Platform entering production in 2024. According to the report, Lamborghini's first fully electric car will launch between 2025 and 2027. Lamborghini could utilize Rimac's battery technology since Porsche owns a 45 percent stake in the recently formed Bugatti Rimac."


TESLA-POWERED PORSCHE IS THE BEST ELECTRIC CAR JAY LENO HAS EVER DRIVEN
" One company that specializes in converting European classic sports cars into modern EVs is called Zelectric. The California-based company has electrified everything from a Volkswagen Beetle to a Microbus, but is perhaps best known for its Tesla-powered Porsche 912. Jay Leno took one for a spin in the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, and to say he was impressed with the electric conversion is an understatement." say CarBuzz: "Fortunately, the electric motor and battery haven't ruined the original car's agile handling. Weighing just 2,505 pounds, the electric Porsche 912 is only 130 pounds heavier than the stock version. In fact, it's even more enjoyable to drive since it has better weight distribution and upgraded suspension. For the electric conversion, Zelectric has added a 32-kWh battery and an electric motor from a Tesla Model S rated at 536 hp. On a full charge, the Tesla-powered Porsche will last around 120-145 miles depending on how conservatively you drive."


TESLA DELAYING WIDER RELEASE OF FSD BETA
Elon Musk tweeted: "Wow, lot of interest in FSD beta! Plan is to roll out version 10.2 midnight Friday, then on-ramp ~1000 owners/day, prioritized by safety rating. Apologies, 10.2 release will be a week from Friday"

"Tesla will hold off on rolling out a beta version of its so-called “Full Self-Driving” system to more customers by a week to align with a delayed software update, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said. The carmaker will expand access to what it refers to as “FSD beta” when it releases version 10.2 of the software, Musk wrote Friday on Twitter. He announced earlier in the week that this will take place on October 8." writes driving.ca: "A week ago, Tesla released a button to customers allowing them to request to participate in the beta-testing program. They must agree to let the company assess their driving behavior for seven days and acknowledge they’re responsible for remaining alert and keeping their hands on the wheel."


NEW ENERGY DENSITY RECORD FOR A LFP BATTERY
"According to the some recent MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) documents, a pure electric dump truck from the XCMG Group now holds the record for having the most energy dense LFP (LiFePO4) battery." write PushEVs: "The XCMG Group is the leading Chinese construction machinery manufacturer and one of the world’s largest. an energy density of 176,1 Wh/kg is impressive for a LFP battery pack. In the coming months we might see this kind of energy density also in LFP batteries for electric passenger cars."


EARTH RIDES IS A RIDE-HAILING APP DEDICATED TO EVS
"The Nashville fleet is almost entirely comprised of Tesla vehicles, including several Model X SUVs and some Model S sedans that were purchased used (there's an early S that's accrued over 250,000 miles requiring little other than tires, and it's extra valuable because of the free supercharging). Most of the Model 3s and Ys in the Earth Rides fleet were purchased new. Ys are purchased with the optional third-row seat to accommodate larger ride parties." reports Motor Trend: "The fleet also includes Audi E-Tron, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Polestar 2 models, and other higher-end models will join the fleet (but probably no Nissan Leafs or Chevy Bolts). The local charging infrastructure affects purchases—Nashville is well served by Tesla Superchargers; Austin is less so. Hence there are more non-Teslas in the Texas fleet. In addition to driver training, new employees are schooled to be conversant in the technology of the cars they're driving, so they can answer all the frequently asked questions riders might have. And Earth Rides has worked out some sweetheart lease deals with Polestar to both expose the public to the nascent brand and to accumulate mileage more quickly than retail customers would and thereby provide fast-tracked used-vehicle stocK"


AUSTIN TEXAS ORDERS 26 PROTERRA E-BUSES
Proterra has announced that Capital Metro in Austin, Texas is purchasing 26 40-foot Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses, with an option for another 126 of these buses plus chargers over the next 5 years. The first 26 electric buses should be delivered in 2022." says electrive: "In the announcement about the new electric bus purchase, it is said that Capital Metro aims to transition its entire fleet of more than 400 transit vehicles with zero-emission vehicles. According to its website, the Austin public transport provider currently has a fleet of 368 MetroBuses, which are presumably fossil-fuelled, since they list their 12 electric buses separately. "


CHARIN WELCOMES WiTRICITY
"WiTricity announced today that it has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) as a core member. WiTricity is the pioneer in wireless charging technologies for electric vehicles (EVs), and has long been committed to the development of common standards and interoperability of EV wireless charging and will continue those efforts as a CharIN member. CharIN is a leading global association with over 200 members dedicated to promoting e-mobility charging interoperability based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging vehicles of all kinds. Cross-industry stakeholders like automakers, charging station manufacturers, component suppliers, energy providers, grid operators and more are CharIN members whose goal, through making e-mobility charging solutions interoperable, is to make the EV user experience reliable, easy, and smooth to accelerate adoption.


EURO CAR MAKERS SEEK TO MITIGATE RELIANCE ON CHINA
"European automakers are in discussions with Australian rare earths explorer Arafura Resources Ltd. about sourcing elements that help power electric cars from outside China, which dominates global supply." reports Autoblog: "The miner is developing the A$1 billion ($728 million) Nolans project in Australia’s Northern Territory that will cover as much as 10% of global demand for the type of rare earths used in permanent magnets for electric motors. Crucially, Arafura plans to process ores close to its site, ensuring direct oversight of the treatment of toxic waste products at the project it bought in 2001. China, which controls two-thirds of mining and 85% of refining of rare earths, according to BloombergNEF, is expected to put much of its production to use domestically in future."


WORLD RX ANNOUNCES 14-CAR GRID FOR FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC SEASON


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1230: Tesla Begins Hiring Push For Austin | 01 Oct 2021
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HYUNDAI IONIQ 6 ELECTRIC SEDAN SPIED TESTING IN GERMANY
"Hyundai reportedly took the Ioniq 6 back to the drawing board for some last minute design changes. We therefore don’t know if the final production interpretation of the model will look like this prototype or if it will even more closely resemble the stunning Prophecy concept that previewed it." asks InsideEVs: "while previous prototypes were spotted with cameras instead of regular side mirrors, these newer prototypes featured the latter. Hyundai is building the Ioniq 6 on it E-GMP dedicated electric vehicle platform and thus it will surely share many components with the Ioniq 5. However, the largest available battery will be bigger than the Ioniq 5’s 72.6 kWh pack and it could be closer to 100 kWh (with around 300 miles of range), according to some rumors."

VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS PHEV PLANS WITH >100 KM RANGE
""In the course of a presentation of its current plug-in hybrid models, Volkswagen has given an outlook on its upcoming PHEV strategy. A new generation of plug-in hybrid drives is expected to be used from 2023." says electrive :"the battery capacity and thus the electric range are to increase significantly – the latter to around 100 kilometres.  Volkswagen’s PHEVs will in future have a fast-charging option with a CCS connection, enabling significantly faster charging processes than with the existing single-phase onboard chargers with only 3.6 kW charging power. Media reports indicate that the AC onboard charger could also be upgraded. From the 3.6 kW single-phase mentioned at the beginning to 11 kW three-phase"


VW WASTES NO TIME JOSTLING FOR GERMANY’S NEW POLITICAL PARADIGM
"On Monday morning, the man who prevailed in Germany’s race to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor called on potential partners to join him in a new government as soon as possible. Olaf Scholz, of the center-left Social Democrats, appealed to the environmentally minded Greens and pro-business Free Democrats to back a three-way coalition following his narrow victory in Sunday’s election." reports Bloomberg: "Just a few hours later, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess took to Twitter to sketch out the car giant’s vision for a new government. His 10-point wish list includes calls to expand renewables, curb coal, raise the price of CO2 and scrap subsidies for gasoline and diesel fuel. VW’s CEO openly trying to speed up the demise of the internal combustion engine would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. the SPD has repeatedly called on the industry to be more ambitious when it comes to phasing out the combustion engine. The party was instrumental in denying the industry’s request for a scrapping bonus for older gasoline and diesel vehicles at the height of the pandemic last year."


TESLA HIRING FOR OVER 300 OPEN POSITIONS IN AUSTIN
"Tesla is on a hiring spree in Austin. The company had 315 jobs posted on its website on Monday, Sept. 27. Tesla announced it was building a “Gigafactory” in southeastern Travis County in July 2020. The factory is set to employee 5,000 people with annual wages starting at $35,000." says local news channel KVUE: "Ed Latson, executive director at Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, told the ABJ that, more than likely, more jobs are coming when the Tesla plant begins production. The Gigafactory is set to begin production by the end of 2021."


NISSAN INTRODUCES E-POWER SYLPHY IN CHINA
"Nissan unveiled the e-POWER Sylphy, the first model equipped with the e-POWER series hybrid technology (earlier post) for customers in China. First introduced in Japan on the Nissan Note in 2016, e-POWER has been well-received in the market, with cumulative sales of e-POWER models surpassing 500,000 units at the end of March." says Green Car Congress: "The e-POWER Sylphy sets the pace for Nissan’s plan to roll out six e-POWER models in China by 2025 as part of its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision for changing how vehicles are powered, driven and integrated into society."


SEAT UK FURTHER ELECTRIFIES RANGE WITH LAUNCH OF SEAT MÓ ESCOOTER 125
The SEAT MÓ eScooter 125, equivalent to a 125cc motorcycle, is priced at £4,996 per unit with the Government’s OLEV EV Grant included or available for £95 per month (48 months) on hire purchase, making it an affordable alternative for those looking to move through the city with ease.
The eScooter 125’s battery can be charged in situ or be removed and placed nearer to a plug socket for convenient and safe charging.
Integrated into the SEAT MÓ’s rear wheel is an 9kW electric motor (peak power) – equivalent to a 125cc motorcycle or scooter – that produces 240Nm of torque, giving the city electric motorcycle a top speed of up to 59mph (95km/h) and a 0-31mph (50km/h) acceleration time of only 3.9 seconds.
The SEAT MÓ eScooter 125 has a range of up to 85 miles (137km) (WMTC) on a single charge of its removable 5.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack. 
For easy transportation of the 40kg weight of the battery pack, once removed, the eScooter 125 designers have carefully crafted an extendable handle and a set of caster wheels to enable the driver to pull the pack along to the nearest charging point – wherever this happens to be. 


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CITROËN UK EXPANDS NEW Ë-SPACETOURER ELECTRIC RANGE WITH TWO NEW XL VARIANTS
Citroën UK has updated its New ë-SpaceTourer electric range, with the model now available in both ‘M’ and ‘XL’ forms.
With the Diesel-powered Citroën SpaceTourer already available in ‘M’ and ‘XL’ sizes, Citroën UK has now increased its New ë-SpaceTourer electric range by 100% – by adding two new ‘XL’ variants to the model selection.
he ‘XL’ versions measure 5,309mm in length for improved interior space and practicality. In comparison, ‘M’ variants measure 4,959mm in length. Both the ‘M’ and ‘XL’ versions benefit from the same wheelbase of 3,275mm, with the extra length translating into increased load space of 3,100-litres (loaded to the roof), compared with 2,550-litres in ‘M’ versions.
The ‘Business Edition’ variant is capable of seating up to nine people, in three rows of seats. The second and third rows feature a 1/3 - 2/3 split design and removable seating for added practicality. Ideal for family and commercial use, the second row comes with Isofix anchorage points as standard. In addition, ‘Business Edition’ models feature air conditioning, cruise control, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto, a 7-inch touchscreen and a driver attention alert system
New Citroën ë-SpaceTourer is powered by a 50kWh battery, connected to a 100kW (136hp) electric motor. Under WLTP testing, Citroën ë-SpaceTourer has an all-electric range of up to 143 miles.

Business XL £32,495.

POWER CUTS MAY STIFLE CHINESE DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
"China’s power cuts could put a dent in the booming electric vehicle (EV) sector as the suspension of charging stations in parts of the country keeps some battery-powered cars off the roads, analysts said." according to South China Morning Post: "The power blackouts in more than 10 provinces across the mainland are likely to further sap drivers’ appetite for EVs in regions where their take-up is already low. “In northeast China, electric cars have been greeted with a lukewarm response for many years,” said Zhang Fan, a car insurance broker in Jilin province. “The power cuts could further siphon off buying interest in electricity-powered vehicles.”"


CHINA'S CARMAKERS ARE MAKING CHEAPER ELECTRIC VEHICLES
"As the world enters the era of the electric vehicle (EV), are we about to see a sea change in the identity and makeup of Europe’s streets?  The quality, and, more importantly, the affordability of Chinese EVs is becoming a situation that is harder for European manufacturers to ignore with each passing year, and it could be just a matter of time before the market becomes flooded with imports from China." says Euronews.com: "According to a report from automotive data analysis firm Jato Dynamics, the average price of a new electric car in China since 2011 has fallen from €41,800 to €22,100. While China’s significant manufacturing capabilities have never been in doubt, the question was whether it would be able to innovate to the same degree as its Western counterparts. That question has been answered in the form of their batteries and the technology they are able to implement inside their vehicles (although parts of the industry are still subsidised by the Chinese government)."


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Oct 01, 2021
1229: BMW iX First Drives Are Positive | 30 Sep 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 30th September. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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BMW IX FIRST DRIVE REVIEW
"The 2022 iX is one of two new BMW EVs coming to the US next year. But while the upcoming i4 is pretty much just a 4 Series Gran Coupe with an electric powertrain, the iX is a clean-sheet design from the ground up. It's unlike anything else in BMW's current portfolio." says Roadshow: "It all starts with a composite spaceframe made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics, aluminum and high-strength steel. Sound familiar? This is the same framework BMW used when building the i3 hatchback and i8 coupe, and just like those cars, the iX's body structure is as light as it is strong. It's hard to get a sense of how big the iX is, especially in photos. At 195.0 inches long, 77.4 inches wide and 66.7 inches tall, the iX is about the size of a BMW X5 SUV, just a little shorter in height. In the US, the iX will come standard with 20-inch wheels, and a range of 21- and 22-inch options will be available."


"Having a dedicated electric vehicle platform means a few things. Firstly, it’s lighter than converting a traditional architecture over for an electric vehicle. The structural points and package requirements are designed specifically for a battery pack in the floor, electric motors at each axle, and the lack of traditional powertrain equipment. So there’s no waste in the chassis." points out BMW Blog: "For instance, the completely flat rear trunk floor in the iX is only possible because it doesn’t have a traditional transmission tunnel to work around. The battery can be stored completely flat underneath the floor with no obstructions. Therefore, the battery is packaged better and rear passengers have far more foot room. Also, because the rear subframes and suspension were designed for an electric motor, the entire eDrive unit can be stored under the rear trunk floor with no intrusion into cargo space."


"The high-voltage battery pack has made similar gains in terms of increased energy density—about 40 percent compared to the battery in the outgoing i3. BMW sources the prismatic cells from CATL and Samsung SDI, but the rest is done in-house in a new battery facility at its Dingolfing factory. The iX xDrive50 uses a 106.3 kWh pack (useable; gross capacity is 111.5 kWh) comprising six modules of 50 cells each and another five modules each with 40 cells." according to Ars Technica: "Since leaving the factory 1,235 miles (1,987 km) ago, the iX I was testing averaged 2.8 miles/kWh (22.1 kWh/100 km), which includes time running flat-out on derestricted German Autobahns at 124 mph (200 km/h). the iX can DC fast-charge at up to 195 kW, taking 40 minutes or less to charge from 10 percent to 80 percent. AC charging maxes out at 11 kW on single-phase electricity"


" It makes 516 horsepower, does 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, and offers a range of about 300 miles (not official just yet in the U.S., but that’s the estimate, and fits with what I saw in use). That front hood, by the way, is weird. Normally, all you can open in the front is the BMW badge, which gives access to the washer fluid reservoir and a bit of cargo room, provided your cargo is one solitary meatball wrapped in a napkin. The hood itself can be opened, but it’s a bit of a chore involving two separate latches, and there are no stays or even one of those hinged sticks to hold the hood open; this is clearly a no user-serviceable parts inside kind of deal." writes Jason at Jalopnik: "On the autobahn, at speeds of 130 to 140 mph, the iX is a speedy, silent mobile room. The wheels have been designed to be especially aerodynamic and quiet, and as a result there’s pretty minimal road noise. To keep things from being too masoleum-quiet, there’s artificial sounds that get played, and they’re actually and maybe a little surprisingly good. BMW got musician Hans Zimmer to come up with a bunch of EV sounds, and I found that they provided valuable feedback about throttle position and enhanced the overall experience without seeming forced or too artificial. It’s well-executed."


Other points:
Active Driving Assistant is great, particularly adaptive cruise control
Software updated are bi-weekly

GENESIS GV60 GETS 'BOOST MODE' FOR 0 TO 62 MPH IN 4 SECONDS
"The Genesis GV60, the first dedicated electric vehicle from the South Korean premium player, will get one battery for all configurations, but optional rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts along with a “Boost Mode” that takes the new entry from 0 to 62 mph in just 4 seconds." says Automotive News: "Genesis said the standard rear-wheel-drive version will get a single 168-kilowatt motor. The awd variant, meanwhile, gets two motors. The rear-wheel motor will deliver 160 kW while the front achieves 74 kW, for a total system output of 234 kW. Finally, a third variant called the Performance Model will be all-wheel drive and achieve output of 320 kW in Sports Mode and top out at 360 kW in Boost Mod. All versions of the GV60 will get a 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery"

Battery pre-conditioning
800v
Due first half of 2022


FORD MUSTANG MACH-E GETS MORE USABLE BATTERY AND RANGE FOR 2022
"The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E will have some notable changes for the new model year, and we know when production starts thanks to a member from the Mach-E Forum who posted the electric SUV’s 2022 order guide." according to InsideEVs; "The biggest change for the electric Ford is the amount of usable battery capacity offered in both Standard Range and Extended Range models. The usable battery capacity in the SR battery pack is now 70 kWh (up from 68 kWh) and 91 kWh in the ER battery pack (up from 88 kWh). The California Route 1 model will be available with all-wheel drive and will come standard with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel for 2022."


NIO LAUNCHES NIO ES8 AND OPENS NIO HOUSE IN NORWAY
Today, NIO launches its smart electric flagship SUV, NIO ES8, for sale in Norway, and hosts a launch event for NIO House Oslo, the first NIO House in Europe.
An important part of NIO users’ car-owning experience is the holistic charging and swapping system. The latter enables NIO vehicle’s batteries to be automatically swapped in three minutes. Norwegian national authorities have already approved the country’s first Power Swap station, which will be located in Lier, approximately 30 kilometres south of Oslo.
Today, NIO announces an ambition to set up 20 Power Swap stations in Norway by the end of 2022. The plan is to locate Power Swap stations in many of Norway’s main cities and along the busiest transport routes. All Power Swap stations are subject to regulatory approvals including planning and building permission from relevant local councils.
NIO will also offer Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) to Norwegian users who purchase an electric vehicle from NIO. NIO users who purchase a NIO ES8 Signature Edition 100 kWh together with a BaaS subscription will be able to benefit from six battery swaps including service fee per month with an additional cost from NOK 1,999 per month.

NIO HAS COMPLETED 4 MILLION BATTERY SWAPS
"By September 29, China’s new energy vehicle startup NIO has a total of 504 battery swapping stations, one quarter ahead of its target to reach 500 by the end of 2020. Besides, the company has completed more than 4 million battery swaps by September 29, about 30 swaps per user. The highest number of battery swaps for a single vehicle is 927. NIO aims to have a total of 700 battery swapping stations before the Chinese New Year Holiday in 2022." reports Gasgoo.


ABB UNVEILS THE ‘TERRA 360'
"Swiss technology company ABB unveiled its latest EV charger on Thursday called the "Terra 360" that can add 60 miles of range in just three minutes.   ABB says it's the world's most powerful EV charger, delivering charging rates up to 360 kW" says FutureCar: "The Terra 360 is a modular charger which can simultaneously charge up to four vehicles at once and is built with dynamic power distribution. This setup means that drivers will not have to wait if somebody else is already charging ahead of them. They simply pull up to another open plug.  The powerful charger will be first available in Europe by the end of the year. ABB plans to expand the Terra 360 to the U.S., Latin America and Asia Pacific regions sometime in 2022."


GERMAN STATE SAYS NO DECISION YET ON TESLA PLANT



TESLA GIGA FEST WILL NOT PRESENT A FINISHED GIGA FACTORY


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Sep 30, 2021
1228: Lucid Air Is Officially in Production | 29 Sep 2021
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LUCID AIR IS OFFICIALLY IN PRODUCTION
"After years of anticipation, the Lucid Air is finally hitting the roads. Lucid Motors has confirmed that production of the all-new luxury EV is now underway at its gleaming new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona. The first lot of customer cars, known as the 2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition, rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday, with deliveries slated to begin in late October." says The Robb Report: "Limited to 520, this $169,000 four-wheeler is a high-powered riff on Lucid’s flagship electric sedan and boasts an industry-leading range of up to 520 miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That makes it the longest-range, battery-powered vehicle the agency has ever rated. The new Arizona factory, which is set across a sprawling 590-acre site, will comprise an Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-1) and a Lucid Powertrain Manufacturing (LPM-1) facility that will allow the marque to build all the necessary components in-house to theoretically speed up production and save on costs."


CUPRA BEGINS A NEW ERA WITH THE PRODUCTION OF BORN
"CUPRA has begun the series production of its first 100% electric car, the CUPRA Born, at the Zwickau plant in Germany. CEO Wayne Griffiths and the company's Executive Committee members visited Europe's largest electric vehicle plant to mark the start of production of the new model. The CUPRA Born will also be present at Automobile Barcelona 2021, which kicks off next Thursday 30th September and will mark the start of the model's international launch plan"

With the launch of this model, which will be on the market from November, a new distribution strategy for a different customer relationship with the agency model will be launched. In addition, customers will have the option to contract the CUPRA Born through a subscription model.

The Zwickau plant is the Volkswagen Group's first production plant for 100% electric vehicles and is considered the largest and most efficient electric factory in Europe. With a daily output of up to 1,400 vehicles, the German plant has an annual production capacity of around 330,000 electric cars. In addition to the CUPRA Born, four other models, the Volkswagen ID3, the Volkswagen ID4, the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, are produced at the plant.


GM’S BRIGHTDROP STARTS PRODUCTION OF ITS EV600 ELECTRIC DELIVERY VAN
"In January, General Motors created a new electric vehicle brand. It's called BrightDrop, and like GM's legacy brands that are electrifying, it, too, will use the company's forthcoming Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors. Unlike the rest of GM's brands, this one is aimed squarely at the fleet market. At the time, GM CEO Mary Barra revealed that Fedex would be BrightDrop's first customer. On Tuesday, BrightDrop announced that Verizon will also start using the electric vans." according to Ars Technica: "Verizon will use a second BrightDrop vehicle, called the EV410. This uses the same battery pack and motor as the EV600 that we saw in FedEx colors at the start of the year. It will also offer the same 250-mile (402 km) range and come with the same package of safety systems. Meanwhile, BrightDrop is completing the first production EV600s, which are destined to start work for Fedex this holiday season."


TESLA SEEKS COVID RULES WAIVER TO HOST 9,000 AT BERLIN 'GIGA-FEST'
"Tesla (TSLA.O), well-versed in German bureaucracy as it tries to build a huge factory near Berlin, is seeking a waiver from COVID-19 rules on mass gatherings to host up to 9,000 people at a "Giga-Fest" to showcase its plans." according to Retuters today: "The electric vehicle maker, which began construction in the town of Grunheide in December 2019 but is still awaiting final approval for its site, announced in August it would hold an event on Oct. 9 to let locals see the factory in construction. Local authorities told Reuters the company had applied for permission to have 9,000 people on-site, beyond pandemic rules which limit such gatherings to 5,000. A website set up to register for the event says the day will involve a "behind the scenes" factory tour and the opportunity to ride in a Model Y, the car that will be produced on-site if the factory is approved."


TESLA AND NEOEN WILL RESUME TESTING OF BIG BATTERY IN AUSTRALIA
"Renewable energy giant Neoen plans to switch its Tesla Megapacks back on at the Victorian Big Battery in Southeast Australia this week, after a fire in late July at the energy storage site. Victoria’s safety regulator for electricity, gas and pipelines has granted Neoen and Tesla permission for “re-energisation testing of the Victorian Big Battery,” Neoen said in an emailed statement on Monday." according to Lora Kolodny at CNBC: "The Victorian Big Battery is owned and operated by Neoen and is one of the world’s largest energy storage systems. It’s intended to help avoid blackouts in the region and power homes using electricity from renewable power sources like solar and wind. The fire at the battery site in Geelong, Victoria, took place on July 30. Two Tesla Megapacks erupted into flames at the 300 megawatt (450 megawatt hours) facility. No injuries were reported, but the fire triggered a toxic air alert to surrounding neighborhoods."


AIRBNB INSURANCE HEAD JOINS RIVIAN
"Laura Langone, head of insurance operations at Airbnb, has left to join Rivian.  She’ll join as director of insurance and risk management at the business. s well as Airbnb, where she was also responsible for its captive, she has also held positions with PayPal and computer networking company Juniper Networks." says Captive International: "Rivian, like its larger competitor Tesla, has established a captive to provide insurance for its vehicles, with the product integrated into the ordering process. While Tesla’s insurance is, so far, only available for owners in California, Rivian’s is currently available in 40 US states. It is also offering cover for owners’ homes, boats, campers and other vehicles."


50 SPECIAL EDITION SKODA ENYAQ IVS ARE COMING TO THE UK
"Just 50 right-hand-drive examples of the new Skoda Enyaq iV Founders Edition will come to the UK, with each costing £46,725. The exclusive special-edition electric cars will come with a range of internal and external design tweaks, including the illuminated “Crystal Face” grille with 130 LEDs." reveals Motor1.com: "Inside, every Founders Edition car will have a unique plaque on the steering wheel featuring the number of the car, while Piano Black trim strips will adorn the dashboard. The seats will be covered in black leather with brown piping, while the floor mats will also get brown piping around the edges. The car’s cabin will be further decorated with black roof lining, a three-spoke heated steering wheel and aluminium pedals. Although a mere 50 Founders Edition models will come to the UK, Skoda will build 1,895 examples for customers across the world. The number pays homage to the year in which Skoda was founded by Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement."


ROLLS-ROYCE SPECTRE EV IS REVEALED
"Rolls-Royce has formally announced plans to introduce a battery-electric coupe. Dubbed Spectre, the British super-luxe automaker's first EV will begin deliveries in late 2023, which has now become a key milestone in Rolls-Royce's roadmap to full electrification by the end of the decade." says Autoblog; "Apart from the name and layout, Rolls is being stingy with specifics, telling us only that, despite what appears to be a somewhat familiar silhouette, this is an all-new model built on the company's latest architecture, like Phantom, Ghost and Cullinan. Spectre is not merely a derivative of the Wraith, RR says. And with good reason, because Wraith was engineered around the essence of its V12. Spectre's character, we expect, will be defined by its near-silent, vibration-free electric powertrain, which makes for a very different acoustic backdrop, but that's a challenge Rolls-Royce engineers are prepared – arguably even predestined – to overcome."


TEVVA PRESENTS 7.5 TONNE TRUCK WITH RANGE EXTENDER
"The English company Tevva has presented a 7.5-tonne truck that is supposed to have a range of up to 250 kilometres in electric drive mode and a range of up to 500 kilometres with the FC range extender activated. Production of the Tevva truck is scheduled to start in July 2022." according to electrive: "the new Tevva Truck is the first UK-developed 7.5-tonne electric truck designed for mass production. The model is to be manufactured at a yet-to-be-built factory in London’s Thames Freeport. When the factory there comes on stream, production capacity is expected to be 3,000 trucks per year. However, Tevva is talking about starting production at the London plant in 2023.  The total cost of ownership is said to be comparable to that of a diesel vehicle and Tevva says: “From about 3,000 km or with a monthly consumption of 500 litres of diesel, the costs are identical.”"


UK FUEL SHORTAGE LEADS TO 1,600% SURGE IN EV ONLINE SEARCHES

RIDE-HAILING SERVICE OFFERS EVS AS DEFAULT OPTION


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Sep 29, 2021
1227: Special Podcast: Rivian R1T First Reviews Are In | 29 Sep 2021
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Tom Moloughney from State of Charge YT channel and InsideEVs got an invite to go and drive the Rivian R1T.

Here are highlights of his review, but go and read the whole thing and watch his video review.

·       MOTOR                             4 AC Permanent-Magnet (each corner)
·       OUTPUT                            835 Horsepower / 908 Pound-Feet
·       DRIVE TYPE                       All-Wheel Drive
·       TOWING                           11,000 Pounds (Max)
·       GROUND CLEARANCE    7.9 - 14.4 Inches
·       SPEED 0-60 MPH             3.0 Seconds
·       CARGO VOLUME             Frunk: 11.0 Cubic Feet; Gear Tunnel: 11.6
·       HEIGHT                             75.7 Inches
·       LENGTH                             217.1 Inches
·       WIDTH                              81.8 Inches
·       ANGLE OF REPOSE          34.0 Degrees
·       DEPARTURE ANGLE        29.3 Degrees
·       WADING DEPTH              3+ Feet
·       AS-TESTED PRICE             $73,000

The average selling price of a new pickup was over $57,000 in June 2021, in fact, according to KBB

Range:
EPA: 314 miles (505 km) (see details here)
400+ miles (644+ km) version (January 2022)
250+ mile (402+ km) affordable version to follow

undisclosed battery capacity
2170-type cylindrical cells (7,776), supplied by Samsung SDI

on-board charger: 11.5 kW (AC Level 2); up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge
DC fast charging: up to 140 miles of range in 20 minutes

On drive modes: "For on-road driving, drivers get to select between the All-Purpose, Sport, and Conserve driving modes. When you set up your profile, you can select which driving mode you prefer the vehicle to default to upon starting. That's a great feature to have, and unfortunately, not all automakers allow the owner to do that. All too often, the vehicle defaults to a set mode every time it turns on and the driver has to then select the mode he or she prefers to drive in."

On off-roading: "Rock crawling mode enables a slow, steady ascent or descent. There's no need to play with the throttle to maintain the proper RPMs or even use the friction brakes to slow down. That's because the regenerative braking system holds you back slowly and steadily, even better than the hill descent modes I've used on a variety of gas-powered AWD vehicles."

On the ride height: "The R1T's ground clearance can be adjusted by as much as 6.5 inches, from 7.9 to 14.4 inches. For comparison, that's 3.3 inches more ground clearance than the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, which tops out at 11.1 inches. The R1T isn't hampered with driveshafts and exhaust systems to protect underneath either. Instead, there's a protective shield of high-strength steel, alloyed aluminum, and carbon fiber."

On the bed: "The bed is only 54 inches long with the tailgate up and will be a problem for some folks. My Toyota Tacoma has a 60-inch bed and that is, on occasion, too small for some jobs. Yes, it does have an 11.6-cubic-foot gear tunnel that can accommodate cargo, but large items that need to go in the bed may not fit without leaving the tailgate down and that presents its own set of issues while driving."

Air compressor for reinflating tyres
Will work as FWD to increase range
They got rid of Low regen mode to get more EPA range
150kW max regen
One pedal driving
Auto hold
Autosteer works where there is HD maps
No Apple Carplay/Android Auto
Alexa will be added - unsurprising!

John Voelcker for Forbes: "Dimensionally, Rivian’s R1T sits comfortably in the midsize pickup class with the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger and Nissan Frontier. It’s the widest of that group by an inch at 79 inches, but its 218-inch length and 72-inch height map neatly with the others. The only sore point, perhaps, is its limited 54-inch long bed. It opens up to 83.6 inches with the tailgate down, but with the gate up it’s closer to the compact Ford Maverick’s bed compared with most short-bed midsize trucks. I drove the R1T for a lengthy day over a variety of roads and non-roads, at altitudes from 9,000 to 12,000 feet. By the end of the day, it was clear Rivian has a decent shot at being the second EV startup to make it into the big leagues. Buyers looking for a full-size all-electric pickup truck will have to wait until the Ford F-150 Lightning hits the dealers, but this is a legitimate midsize pickup that should do virtually everything owners want trucks to do. "

Hannah Elliott at Blolomberg: "My first impression was that Scaringe and his tight-knit team did try to think of everything when they made it. It felt as if they had taken their own notes over many back-country climbing and biking trips, then made a vehicle to suit their own Patagonia-loving lifestyle.  With nearly 15 inches of clearance, it had me crawling over gullies and up hard-packed inclines with little effort. I loved the shape and feel of the steering wheel and the craftsmanship of the natural-grain ash-wood trim along the doors and dashboard. The cabin seal proved quiet as I plunged through the wilderness. Rivian’s fit-and-finish elements and build quality are better than what Tesla has given us to this point. . Its 800-plus horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque from four electric motors easily pushed it to 100 mph as I glided past RVs lumbering down Loveland Pass. And that’s plenty of power for hauling—more than the F150 and its peers. Rivian says it will hit 60 mph in 3 seconds; it certainly felt so. Top speed will be electronically limited to 110 mph."


Tim Levin at MarketsInsider: "Powered by four torquey motors - one driving each wheel - the R1T made light work of any obstacle and steep grade I threw at it during a day of off-roading (on trails Rivian hand-picked to showcase the model's strengths). The R1T promises to put out more than 800 horsepower and over 900 pound-feet of torque between the front and rear wheels. But the truck offers a lot more than just four-wheel drive and a ton of power. Since its motors operate independently, the R1T can instantly deliver more or less power to any wheel at any moment, a huge asset for tackling uneven terrain. Plus, you can toggle between drive modes that change the R1T's ride height, suspension settings, and throttle response for different types of off-roading."


Mitchell Charle at The Verge: "I don’t want to pretend like we were doing hardcore rock crawling, but we certainly got to see how the truck handled steep, loose climbs, water crossings, and situations where we were driving at an extreme angle over very uneven ground (though I don’t think we ever lifted more than one wheel off the ground). And the R1T handled all those things beautifully.  The weight of the R1T’s 135kWh battery pack is spread out along the entire length of the truck, helping it avoid some traditional truck problems. I didn’t experience any of the fishtails that I used to deal with when I owned a Chevy S10 or when I drove a mid-2000s Ford Ranger. That weight also keeps the Rivian planted when going into curves, without the body roll that sometimes comes with bigger cars. Since Rivian charged the trucks for us overnight, I never had any range anxiety with the R1T, even while we were off-roading. Our test model was capable of going 314 miles on a full charge, but I don’t think I ever saw it dip below 90 miles, even after a full day of driving."


Kristen at TechCrunch :"During the off-road section, the independent air suspension proved its worth. Drivers can pick from one of several modes: all-purpose, sport, off-road, conserve and towing. Within the off-road mode, there are even more options, including off-road auto, rock crawl and rally. There’s also a drift mode, which I didn’t test. The ride height, damping, pedal map that controls regenerative braking and suspension on the vehicle adjust depending on the drive mode. For instance, in conserve mode, the vehicle lowers to about 8 inches; in off-road, it can be as high as 14.9 inches.  During our off-road excursion, we put the vehicle up and over steep slopes and even made a shallow ford. The ground clearance, combined with an approach angle of 34 degrees, a breakover of 25.7 and departure angle of 29.3 degrees, meant the vehicle never scraped or stuttered. There were moments when, as I prepared to drive around a particularly large boulder — the standard technique in other vehicles — a Rivian employee would encourage me to just drive over it. And I would, without the negative results."


Josh Rubin at Cool Hunting: "Yes, Rivian is a mobility company but the moment we get in to the R1/T it’s clear they’re also a technology company. Two large screens comprise the entire vehicle interface beyond the steering wheel and stalks on either side of it. While controlling everything—from entertainment to drive mode to air vent direction—through a touchscreen is a paradigm shift from the typical truck, it’s commonplace for tech-forward EVs. Plus, keeping as much control on-screen as possible means that new features, updated functionality and evolved interfaces can all be delivered over the air through a simple software update. Driving on the gritty, rocky, steep, muddy, narrow and complicated tracks around Breckenridge and through the White River National Forest with the windows open we hear babbling brooks and the breeze in the trees with the only sound created by the R1/T being the crunch of rocks below the tires."

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1226: Ford To Spend $11 billion On Battery Plants, 11,000 Jobs | 28 Sep 2021
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FORD AND SK INNOVATION TO SPEND $11 BILLION ON BATTERY PLANTS
"Ford Motor and battery supplier SK Innovation plan to invest more than $11.4 billion in new U.S. facilities that will create nearly 11,000 jobs to produce electric vehicles and batteries." says CNBC: "Ford is building twin lithium-ion battery plants in central Kentucky through a joint venture with South Korea-based SK called BlueOvalSK as well as a massive 3,600-acre campus in west Tennessee, the automaker said Monday night. The campus will include another a battery plant built with SK along with a supplier park, recycling center and a new assembly plant for electric F-Series trucks, Ford CEO Jim Farley told CNBC."

Farley took charge one year ago this week. 

CNBC continues: ""Production at the plants, aside from one of the battery plants in Kentucky, is expected to begin in 2025, the company said. The second battery plant in Kentucky is expected to come online in 2026, according to Ford


EV MAKER POLESTAR STRIKES $20-BLN DEAL WITH GORES GUGGENHEIM SPAC
"Swedish electric-car maker Polestar said on Monday it will go public by merging with a U.S.-listed blank-check firm backed by billionaire Alec Gores and investment bank Guggenheim Partners at an enterprise value of $20 billion. The deal with Gores Guggenheim (GGPI.O) will provide Polestar cash proceeds of over $1 billion, including $800 million from the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), and a PIPE, or private investment in public equity, of $250 million from institutional investors." according to Reuters: "Polestar delivered about 10,000 vehicles globally last year and expects to sell about 290,000 vehicles per year by 2025. It predicts it will rake in $1.6 billion in revenue this year and double that number next year."


GEELY GEOMETRY EX3 ELECTRIC SUV PRICED BELOW $10,000
"The least expensive electric car in Europe (excluding quadracycles like the Renault Twizy) may currently be the Dacia Spring, which sells for a touch less than $23,000 before incentives. The diminutive 3.7 meter long SUV has a 26.8 kWh battery, a range of 225 km WLTP, and seats 4 people. Keep those specs in mind while we tell you about the new Geely Geometry EX3." says CleanTEchnica: "This week, it introduced the EX3, a 4-meter-long electric SUV that comes with a 37.2 kWh battery, a range of 322 km NEDC, and room for 5. The big news, though, is the price. In base trim, it sells for 59,700 RMB. Listen up, people: that equates to €7,900 or $9,200"


ZEEKR TO START DELIVERY OF 001
"Geely's premium electric car brand ZEEKR will see its first mass-produced model, the ZEEKR 001, roll off the production line in mid-October and kick off the car delivery in late October, according to a local media outlet. Currently, ZEEKR’s smart plant in Ningbo is well prepared for the impending volume production." writes Monika from Gasgoo: "ZEEKR is pushing ahead with the construction of service networks. It has opened service centers in such cities as Chengdu, Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, and equipped them with professional service teams."


LOW EARTH ORBIT SATELLITE TO SUPPORT AUTOMAKER GEELY'S FUTURE SELF-DRIVING
"Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding ("Geely"), which is also the parent company of Sweden's Volvo Cars, plans to use a network of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to help its future autonomous vehicle navigate with the highest level of safety with centimeter level precision. Now the first pre-production LEO satellite has just rolled off the assembly line at Geely's satellite manufacturing factory in Taizhou, Zhejiang. It marks Geely's next steps towards full scale production of commercial satellites to support its future autonomous vehicles." reports FutureCar: "Geely was granted approval in February to launch a network of LEO satellites that it said would support Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications for self-driving. The satellites were developed entirely in-house by Geespace, a subsidiary of Geely Technology Group"


TESLA TO SELL AUTO INSURANCE IN TEXAS NEXT MONTH
"Tesla Inc. will be offering its auto insurance product to Texan drivers this coming October. The company’s plan to expand insurance availability to Texas was first reported in March. It was revealed that Tesla would be selling auto insurance in the state through its insurance partner, Redpoint County Mutual Insurance. S&P Global Market Intelligence also noted that Texas’s insurance regulator had already approved Tesla’s rates and policies." says Insurance Busines Mag: " On September 22, a consumer posted on Twitter that his Tesla Model Y car was quoted for $500 a month in New York, tagging Musk. Musk responded to the tweet, saying that the regulatory process for approval to offer insurance is “extremely slow & complex,” and that it varies from state to state."


UK ELECTRIC CAR INQUIRIES SOAR DURING FUEL SUPPLY CRISIS
"As petrol stations in parts of the UK started running out of fuel on Friday, business at Martin Miller’s electric car dealership in Guildford, Surrey, started soaring. After what ended up being his company EV Experts busiest day ever, interest does not appear to be dying down. This week the diary is booked up with test drives and the business is low on stock." writes The Guardian: "While scenes of chaos play out at petrol stations across the country amid shortages, for many electric vehicle (EV) dealers the fuel crisis has led to an unexpected surge in inquiries and sales."


VINFAST IS COMING TO EUROPE IN 2022
"The Vietnamese car manufacturer VinFast gives more details about its European strategy. The company’s first two electric cars, the VF e35 and the VF e36, are to make their market debut in three European countries in 2022." picks up electrive.com: "VinFast currently develops and manufactures exclusively electric scooters and electric buses in its own production complex in northern Vietnam. Meanwhile, it is already clear that the company wants to concentrate on the core markets of Germany, the Netherlands and France in Europe. According to a Reuters report, Italy, Scandinavia, Switzerland and Austria could follow in 2023. Production of the vehicles destined for Europe will continue to take place in Vietnam, according to the manufacturer. In addition to Europe and Vietnam, VinFast also plans to launch in the US and Canada in 2022."

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INDUSTRY DEVELOPS 3.75 MW CHARGING SYSTEM FOR EV TRUCKS


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1225: Beware Of A Slow Moving Tesla | 27 Sep 2021
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VALUE OF BATTERY METALS IN NEW ELECTRIC CARS SURGES 177%
"The EV Metal Index, which tracks the value of battery metals in newly registered passenger EVs (including hybrids) around the world, totalled $537.1 million in July, an increase of 177% over the same month last year, bringing year to date total to $3.21 billion. " says Mining.com: "That means that almost as much EV battery metal business was done in the first seven months of 2021 than 2017 ($1.1 billion) and 2018 ($2.2 billion) combined.  Total battery capacity of EVs sold during July almost doubled year on year to 19.9 GWh, according to Adamas Intelligence, which tracks demand for EV batteries by chemistry, cell supplier and capacity in over 100 countries. Average lithium on a per vehicle basis including hybrids was up 19% year over year in July, jumping from 13.1kg to just shy of 16kg. Lithium prices are up a stunning 162% year to date and now top $21,000 a tonne."


2022 RIVIAN R1T IS A HEAVY DUTY TRUCK?
"It turns out that the new 2022 Rivian R1T is classified as a heavy-duty pickup based on the information published in the Rivian owner’s manual. Is it all good or are there causes for concern? Here are all of the details. Let’s take a close look at this truck’s very unique features." repotrs The Fast Lane Truck: "The current manual is approximately 178 pages long and provides great insight into this truck’s features and capabilities. The U.S. EPA agency uses a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) classification to separate all vehicles into various classes with different emissions and efficiency rating requirements. The Rivian pickup truck GVWR is listed at 8,532 lbs. This puts the R1T into the EPA Class 2b. We still do not have official information about the Ford F-150 Lightning or GMC Hummer EV truck weight ratings. The Lightning GVWR may be close to 8,500 lbs. The GMC Hummer EV truck GVWR is unknown. There is a report that the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 curb weight is 9,046 lbs. This may put the GMC Hummer EV truck GVWR well above 10,000 lbs."


FORD WEIGHS UK OR GERMANY FOR ELECTRIC DRIVETRAIN PRODUCTION
"Ford is close to choosing one of its two transmission plants in Europe to produce electric drivetrains, sources close to the automaker say. The two plants in contention are Ford's two former joint venture facilities with Getrag, now fully Ford owned. One is in Halewood, England,  and the other is in Cologne, Germany." says Automotive News:  "The winning plant would build "e-drive" units that include an electric motor, a transmission and inverter for electric vehicles, a source said. Moving from building transmissions for internal combustion engine vehicles to e-drives for electric vehicles would secure the future of either plant as Ford moves to selling only full-electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030.".


NIO ET7 ACHIEVES 0.208 DRAG COEFFICIENT
"NIO has officially announced that its upcoming ET7 flagship model will have a drag coefficient of 0.208, which is the second-best result for production models worldwide (on par with Tesla). A better result is noted by the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ (0.200). The new Tesla Model S also has a drag coefficient of 0.208, while the EQS 580 4MATIC is right behind at 0.209. The Lucid Air is at 0.21." says Mark Kane at InsideEVs: "NIO expects that its upcoming 150 kWh battery option (in late 2022) will allow the car to achieve an NEDC range of more than 1,000 km (622 miles)."

This is what NIO had to say: ""The aerodynamics team of NIO has been deeply engaged into the design and engineering of the ET7 since the very beginning. With ergonomics and cabin comfort uncompromised, the ET7's front windshield inclination angle, radii and angles between the headlights and the front fenders, fastback design and ducktail spoiler, C pillar character lines, approach and departure angles, and wheels are optimized to make the model more aerodynamic. In the meantime, the Watchtower sensor layout on the roof, on the one hand, enables a more commanding view of the ultralong-range high-resolution LiDAR and 8-megapixel high-resolution cameras, and redefines the exterior design in the autonomous driving era, yet on the other hand, it also poses a huge challenge to the vehicle's aero efficiency. The aerodynamics team has spared no efforts in perfecting the inclination and radii of the LiDAR and cameras, and excelling its aerodynamic performance."


NEXT-GEN PORSCHE BOXSTER WILL BE ELECTRIC
"A recent report from Car and Driver claims that the next-gen Porsche Boxster is going fully electric. While there were rumors about such a switch circulating awhile back, C&D says it’s a sure thing and that Porsche will be ditching the Boxster’s mid-engine layout for full electrification. That’s awesome news on its own but now we’re wondering if an all-electric Audi TT could/should follow?" asks Quattrodaily.com: "The Porsche Taycan weighs over 5,000, which is just far too much for a sports car. So Porsche apparently has a target curb weight of just over 3,600 lbs for the new Boxster, which will be great for an EV sports car but will take considerable work to meet. If Porsche splits that workload with Audi, though, it not only becomes easier but also cheaper. Additionally, both brands could profit off of the work with sports cars of their own."


BATTERY LIFESPAN PROJECT TAKES SHAPE IN THE UK
“The battery analytics specialist Silver Power System partnered with Imperial College, London EV Company (LEVC) and JSCA, the research and development division of Watt Electric Vehicle Company, on an electric vehicle battery research programme designed to predict battery lifespan." says electrive: "The project will make use of digital twin technology, which simulates a digital counterpart to a real-world system."

Liam Mifsud, Program Manager, Silver Power Systems added: “On top of using a combination of real-world data, machine learning and the digital twin to predict future battery degradation, we can use this technology to update an EV’s software via the cloud to change algorithms or parameters to optimise the performance of the battery as the cells age and maximise battery life.”


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1224: Question Of The Week Answers and Patreon Thanks | 26 Sep 2021
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LAURENCE
@EVNewsDaily I hope I'm not too late for question of the week! I've been waiting since January for our promised full ev 3.5t van. And now our depot should be getting some in the next few weeks! These were shown off by dpd at fully charged and I can't wait!

ED CORTEEN
Like you, I have been waiting for the Model Y since the reveal of the Model 3 in 2016 so five years so far!

MARK RICHARDS
I put  a deposit on a Hyundai Ioniq 5 on the first day of reservations.  Not expecting to take delivery until December!  And if I have to wait a couple more months, I am fine with it.

But, I don’t NEED a new car now.  My wife and I own 3 cars, and the Ioniq will replace her Volt (and she gets my Bolt).  BUT, if I NEEDED a car now, like if one of our cars died, and we needed a daily driver, then obviously I wouldn’t want to wait at all.  This is why used car prices have risen so much with the chip shortage.

ANDREW ACKERMAN
I ordered immediately after seeing the concept Mini Electric at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2018 and finally took delivery in March 2020, about 3 days before lockdown 1.0

No regrets, I usually pre-order cars and wait for exactly what I want. I started the habit in about 1972 when I pre-ordered a Triumph Dolomite Sprint. Followed by Audi TT (1 year), Audi TT with DSG (about 6 months), VW Eos with DSG (about 3 months), Mini Countryman (to match as close as possible, the Rally version), Renault Twizy (I had the first customer car in the country - 6 months or so after the Geneva Motor Show release) BMW i3 (about 6 months), Mini Countryman PHEV (4 months or so) and then the Mini Electric!

RICH FOWLER
It's been three and a half years, and I'm still waiting, baby.. The current crop of cars I see on all of the YouTube videos is really nice, but the Hyundai and the Kia aren't available in the US yet, the standard range+ Model Y was last seen on a milk carton, the F150 isn't a thing I can buy, nor is the Cybertruck. I have waited 3.5 years, I may have wait longer, I'm afraid. I just spent the weekend testing a Model 3, and I highly recommend that anyone considering the car do that before buying one. After about 8 hours of driving it, my partner and I have realized that it's not the car for us. (Too low, seats hurt her back, doesn't really fit our life very well.)

TOMAS IN NORWAY
Waited for around a month, 1,5 month for my new EVs. Realistically 2 months are acceptable wait time. For a nerd like me, that wants to get his next gadget ASAP... A week is too long. 🙂 
Model 3 Long range number 1. Ordered on 2019 February 22, picked on March 27. A bit more than a month. 
Probably longest month in my life, was so excited on getting my first EV. 

Model 3 Long range number 2, refresh. Ordered 2020 November 5th, picked 2020 December 23.
1,5 month wait. 
This was just a temp car while I was waiting for Model Y. 

Audi Q4 50 Quattro ordered 2021 April 27 picked, 2021 June 30.
Again a month of waiting. So if I would have waited for my original spec Q4, it would arrive in December, if I would have removed memory seats and 360 cameras - September.

ALEX BANAHENE
Interesting question as I just sold my Zoe ze40, but don’t worry I’m still a listener. I waited 4 long frustrating months for my first EV back in 2018 cursing every time I had to fill my fiesta with petrol. It was a long wait but I never considered cancelling because I really wanted the Zoe after my first test drive.

With my new car I waited a week or so for one very specific reason I just brought one of these Iimited edition Zoe Zoe50 rivieras! 

JOAN THOR
Orderd a Polstat 2 16 of April and delivery just got booked for the 11 of October. Looong wait. Ty for a good and informative podcast. Ceep up the good work. 

AMANDA S FROM TAMPA, FL
I made the decision months ago to purchase a plug-in car, however in the US the ZEV states are getting priority to meet their enhanced environmental goals. This means that, between all the different brands that offer an EV, we are getting very low supply and the demand is HUGE - leading to extra high prices on the cars we do get.

I'll be waiting until next year at least for the inflated prices to normalize and inventory to increase. In the meantime, I will continue drooling over all of the lovely EVs out there. 

JACOB BISHOP
Hello! Jacob from New Jersey here. I was able to get my Mach-E when it was en route to a dealer, so only had to wait a few weeks. I do have an R1S reserved in the hopes it’s ready by the time I can replace my last ICE car. Love the podcast!

GRANT KLINSING
Love the podcast. When I placed my Model 3 order 2 weeks ago it said expected delivery was February (5 months away). Although the expected delivery date within my Tesla account says 8-11 weeks. Really hoping that the 5 month estimate was just Tesla marketing trying to get me to buy a higher trim level and that the 8-11 weeks is correct. 

But to answer your question, I would easily wait 6 months for the right vehicle.

MARK GARNETT
Since March 2016 I have been waiting for my perfect EV; a Tesla model Y. In the mean time I am already on my second “temporary” EV. First the Mercedes BClass and now the MG ZS. Expect to be at least another 18 to 24 months before I go ahead with a UK spec model Y.

MATTI JOUHKIMO
Chip shortage has its upsides. I realized there are plenty of used 100 000€ cars on the market nowadays, with 30% off! So I perusing mobile.de for that perfect, well equipped e-tron 55 Sportback import. Can't find them in Finland yet and prices are high, but achievable. 
Oh! And the actual answer is: "with import, it's 2-4weeks. That I can bear. Not 6-12 months." .

FIL MAGNOLI
Having recently (at the time) moved from Canada to Australia, I reserved my Telsa Model 3 when it was announced (March 2016) and knowing that it was going to take some time, I purchased a Lexus IS250 to get me by until it arrived down under. My expected wait time was, in my opinion, going to take at least 3 years to reach Aussie shore, and then be shipped out to west coast where there was barely any Teslas at all. I took delivery 4 years after my reservation was made with Tesla - May 2020 - Tesla Model 3 Performance, little, but growing Fast DC charging infrastructure at the time, but would wait all over again if I had to. 

JASON HORSMAN
My family and I went to test drive a Tesla model y long range on August 7th. As you can see from the attached image we were sold. Immediately after we test drove an id4 and there was no comparison. Our reservation date originally said December but later said December 10th to January 10th and now has disappeared completely. I can see waiting 4 to 5 months for a brand new version,but the model y has been in production for over a year now so this wait is a little crazy. Love the show. 

EDWARD RAGASA
Hello Edward Ragasa here from Stockton California and I didn’t have to wait at all before getting my EV. I bought my 2022 Kia Niro EV EX last month. They had 2 on the lot not even unwrapped yet. So new it was factory built in July. The 2022’s are not even on Kia’s website. Keep up the great work and love the show. 
BTW, I want to support you Paetron. Can you send me details on how I can support you. 

RON BARBER FROM SAN JOSE
I waited 1 year.  I watched the Sept 4th, 2019 World Premier of the Taycan at 6am (Pacific Time).
I saw a physical car (Taycan Turbo) at my local dealership in San Jose late October and took a test drive and put down a $1000 refundable deposit. 
I was #329 in the queue for an allocation assignment by that dealership and they told me they did not know if I could get one in 2020.
By Feb 2020 I was #210 for Taycan 4S's from that dealership and I was looking for other dealerships, found one a few hundred miles away with a June 2020 allocation available, I put a 2nd deposit down with them. When that order locked I asked for a refund of my first deposit as though I would have preferred dealing with my local dealership, I wanted the car. The car was ordered to my exact spec with over 30 options selected. Built in August and delivered to the USA in October. Prepped by Porsche Experience Center for my delivery Nov 11, 2020.

Timing worked well and I had my Chevy Bolt EV to tide me over.

That being said I see in a Taycan forum that UK folks can order a custom Taycan and get in just a ~3 months prior to the chip shortage.

MARK ORRICO
I wouldn’t wait any time, vehicle purchases are clearly a huge financial commitment, I have to kind of amp myself up in the moment to make the purchase, in fact I’d had a beer before I went and bought my Niro EV 🙄

I would certainly talk myself out of the purchase if I had a long wait, I like to drive to a dealer and have the whole ordeal done in one day. 

MARK WESTON
Great show as always. With my Hyundia Kona Electric Premium SE I placed the order in September 2018 and took delivery in April 2019
I didn't mind the wait for I knew I was getting a very good car which even now just amazes me. If I was to buy another EV (Which I won't be!) I wouldn't mind the wait say Tesla Model Y for example. A EV worth waiting for.

CRAIG MATSUURA
I would need to be able to test drive the vehicle before any purchase decisions are made, after that I would expect to take delivery the same day or no later than a day or two. 

If I special ordered the vehicle with features not found on the lot, I would wait a week. 

Waiting months to years is asking too much from a customer service perspective.


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Sep 26, 2021
1223: ‘The Button’ Arrives | 26 Sep 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 26th September. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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.

Welcome to an old, new Patreon EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CHAD LANE. He signed up three months ago and I’m only just now adding him to the list in the show notes because I’m an idiot!

1 IN 4 NEW CARS ARE PLUG-INS IN WESTERN EUROPE
"Consisting of BEVs (fully electric passenger cars) and PHEVs (plug-in hybrids), externally rechargeable new passenger car registrations or New Emission Vehicles (NEVs) accounted for  close on to one quarter of the total new passenger car market in August according to exclusive data published in the European Electric Car Report each month. The 18 market West European region* witnessed combined BEV/PHEV volumes reach 152,000 units in August, or 24.2 per cent of the total new passenger car market within the same region. "


HAWAII EV MARKET SHARE
"Hawaii has the nation's second-highest electric vehicle market share. But 16,000 EVs out of 1.2 million is just a drop in the bucket. Drive Electric Week kicks off today to accelerate EV adoption."
Ryan Kawailani Ozawa
@hawaii


'THE BUTTON' ARRIVES
"After months of waiting, Tesla owners who wish to take part in the company’s FSD Beta program could now formally request the advanced driver-assist system to be loaded into their vehicle. The release of the “Request FSD Beta” button comes before the rollout of FSD Beta 10.1, which is expected to be distributed to the company’s testers over the weekend." says Teslarati.com: "Similar to the FSD Beta program that has initially been released to the company’s first batch of testers last October, Tesla made it a serious point to highlight that safety must be paramount when using the advanced driver-assist system. This could be seen in the heavy emphasis on cautious driving that the company references in its recent update, as well as the use of Safety Scores to determine which drivers are eligible for the program. Tesla also made it clear that access to the advanced driver-assist system could be revoked at any time. "


"You can now request early access to Full Self-Driving Beta pending eligibility. To get started, tap ‘Controls’>’ Autopilot’>Request Full Self-Driving Beta’ and follow the instructions.”

“Thank you for your interest in limited early access Full Self-Driving Beta! The Tesla team is analyzing your vehicle driving data and Safety Score to determine eligibility. You can view your Safety Score from the Tesla app at any time (version 4.1.0 or newer). If eligible, you will receive a software update as part of the limited early access,” Tesla wrote, adding that owners also have the option to opt-out of the FSD Beta test program. 

"The move delighted fans of CEO Elon Musk and Tesla, but it risks drawing the ire of federal vehicle safety authorities who are already investigating the automaker for possible safety defects in its driver-assistance systems." reported CNBC yesterday: "FSD Beta is an unfinished version of Tesla’s premium driver-assistance software, FSD, which the company sells in the U.S. for $10,000 upfront, or $199 a month. The company previously made FSD Beta available to about 2,000 people, a mix of mostly employees and some customers, who test it out on public roads even though the software hasn’t been debugged. Tesla’s systems tabulate a drivers’: “Predicted Collision Frequency, Forward Collision Warning per 1,000 Miles, Hard Braking, Aggressive Turning, Unsafe Following Time, and Forced Autopilot Disengagements"

If you're a good boy or girl after 7 days, Tesla will review their decision and you may get access.


TESLA'S GERMAN LANDING WILL FUEL COMPETITION - VOLKSWAGEN CEO
"The planned opening of Tesla's (TSLA.O) first gigafactory in Europe later this year will force local industry to step up its game, Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) Chief Executive Herbert Diess said on Friday." according to Reuters: ""Efficiency is key for the transformation of our industry/Germany. Tesla develops in shorter processes, works closer with the best in the industry and takes more risk," Diess, a known admirer of the electric car pioneer led by Elon Musk, said. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, aims to overtake Tesla as the world's top seller of electric cars by 2025, a claim that is underscored by an ambitious plan to build six large battery factories in Europe by 2030."


TESLA INSTALLS 100TH SUPERCHARGER STATION IN SHANGHAI, CHINA—NOW SPANNING OVER 1000 STALLS
"Tesla has installed the 100th Supercharger station in Shanghai, China, which will be inaugurated next week. In just seven years, the company was able to install more than 1,000 stalls in one city to increase people's commitment to electric vehicles." writes the Tesla fan blog Tesmanian: "Tesla in China achieved another major milestone. @JayinShanghai/Twitter shared the good news: Tesla has installed the 100th Supercharger station in Shanghai. He announced that the Grand Opening Ceremony will take place on September 29. The new Supercharger station is installed at Shanghai Landmark Rafael Sky City."


BMW IX STARTS REACHING EUROPEAN DEALERS
"BMW has officially said that it will begin shipping the iX electric SUV in November, but it looks like it’s happening even sooner in some locations. We already know the iX is in production and when we attended IAA Mobility 2021, we saw dozens and dozens of them in and around the venue." says InsideEVs: "BMW offers the iX in xDrive 40 and xDrive 50 guises, with either 240 kW (321 hp) or 385 kW (516 hp) respectively. The first has a 76.6 kWh battery pack (71 kWh usable capacity) and a claimed WLTP range of 425 km (264 miles), with the more powerful version featuring a 111.5 kWh pack (105.2 kWh usable); range is rated at 630 km (391 miles) WLTP. Pricing for the iX in Germany starts at €77,300 for the xDrive 40 model."


UPDATE: BMW SAYS NO ELECTRIC RANGE CAP
"A few days ago, we wrote about how BMW allegedly wanted to put a cap on its electric vehicle ranges. We wrote that based on a report from WhichCar, who had spoken to BMW i4 Project Leader, David Ferrufino about the subject. According to the WhichCar article, Ferrufino claimed that “BMW electric vehicle range to remain capped at 600km” and that the charging infrastructure was more important. However, since then, we’ve talked to a spokesperson from BMW who tells us that there was never a 600 km range cap. We don’t have the details of the original conversation, but allegedly the miscommunication was on BMW’s part." writes BMWBlog: "From what we’re told, the 600 km range – on WLTP and 300 miles on EPA – was the target number for both the BMW i4 and BMW iX during their development."

The BMW Communications Team in Munich: “The BMW Group will not stop to further develop the electric range of their battery-electric vehicle portfolio. The BMW iX and BMW i4 are the first fully-electric models within the BMW portfolio to allow for a range of around 600km in WLTP and every day driving. Thereby they fulfill exactly the target range which had been set for their individual market segments. And the story doesn’t end here: The BMW Group will continue pushing the boundaries of all aspects of electric driving. This applies in particular to further increasing ranges and higher charging speeds, depending on the individual model.”


GERMAN RESEARCHERS CONVERTED A TESLA MODEL Y INTO A HYDROGEN CAR
"On Wednesday, German Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek revealed an automotive Frankenstein creation: A Tesla Model Y that had been converted into a hydrogen vehicle that she called a “hyper hybrid." says futurism.com: "The actual “hyper hybrid” Tesla was meant to represent the concepts behind hydrogen fuel more so than to become a street-ready vehicle. The Carbon2Chem initiative, which aims to decarbonize the steel industry, designed the car to demonstrate new ways to save energy and recycle fuel".


DAIMLER TAKES A 33% STAKE IN AUTOMOTIVE CELLS COMPANY
"Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler has taken a 33% equity stake in French battery manufacturer Automotive Cells Company (ACC) together with automaker Stellantis and French petroleum giant TotalEnergies. Each company will hold an equal 33% stake in ACC. " reports FutrueCar: "As Mercedes Benz ramps up the production of electric vehicles and transitions to becoming an electric-only automaker by the end of the decade, ACC will help the company to scale up development and production of next-generation high-performance battery cells and modules. ACC was founded in 2020 and aims to become the European leader of electric vehicle batteries. The investments from Dailmer, Stellantis and TotalEnergies bring together the additional expertise of three major companies, with highly complementary skills.  Daimler said in July that more than 90% of future Mercedes-Benz electric models will be built with a common battery platform with standardized interfaces.


QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM

If you have gone back to fossil cars, or play along, imagine you HAD decided to switch back from EV to combustion, what’s the reason? 

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Sep 26, 2021
1222: Saturday Special: Charging Tech with Osprey CEO Ian Johnston | 25 Sep 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 25th September. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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.

Welcome to another Saturday Special Interview with another one of the key figures in the EV industry, Today, it’s the CEO of Osprey Charging Network Ian Johnston. We recorded this at Fully Charged OUTSIDE a few weeks ago, and were able to discuss a few topics which we can now make public. Such as Osprey’s adoption of the Kempower technology to share the power at a charging site across all of the dispensers according to what each car needs.

We also talk about the 150 charging hubs he’s installing across the UK as Osprey moves away from single or dual chargers. 

You can discover more about Osprey here: https://ospreycharging.co.uk/

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Sep 24, 2021
1221: BMW Exec: We’ll Cap EV Range At 373 Miles (600Km) | 24 Sep 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 24th September. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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.

Saturday Special – listen this weekend for Ian Johnston from Osprey Charging talking about the future of fueling up, and the innovative load-sharing solutions he’s bringing to the UK.

A couple of listener comments from yesterday’s podcast...Chris in Texas says that I didn't mention the effective price of the Audio Q4 e-tron yesterday. Whilst it has a competitive price of $43,900 for the Q4 40, I forgot to mention the federal tax credit, which means I should be saying $36,400 after incentives. That's a good price for a 82kWh car, with 201hp and sub-8 second 0-60mph.  EPA range possibly around 250 miles.

And Michelle in Sacramento made a point about the Mercedes-Benz EQS. I talked about the starting price of $102,310 for the EQS 450+. That has a 107.8kWh pack with 487 miles of range on the WLTP. She pointed out the entry-level S Class is $109,800, so the EQS is almost 10 grand cheaper than the equivalent petrol.

FORD PARTNERS WITH TESLA FOUNDER ON BATTERY RECYCLING & SUPPLY CHAIN
"Ford Motor Co. announced on Wednesday plans to team up with a co-founder of Tesla Inc. on battery recycling in an effort to improve Ford's domestic battery supply chain for electric vehicles." reports the Detroit Free Press: "This new partnership with Redwood Materials, run by CEO J.B. Straubel, the first chief technology officer at Tesla, focuses on "localizing the complex supply chain network, creating recycling options for end-of-life vehicles, ramping lithium-ion recycling and increasing U.S. battery production," Ford said in a news release. Straubel, who worked at Tesla from 2004 to 2019, has built a reputation for creating a circular supply chain for batteries and helping partners in the electric-vehicle and clean-energy industries by providing technologies to remanufacture lithium-ion batteries. As part of this new collaboration, Ford also announced it has invested $50 million in Redwood."

They add: "Ford announced in May plans to manufacture battery cells and arrays, which store energy for later use, through multiple BlueOvalSK battery plants in North America starting around 2025.  BlueOvalSK is the U.S. joint venture between Ford and SK Innovation."

"With Ford, Redwood Materials is looking to be more deeply integrated than just a recycling partner. Straubel’s startup is working with the Detroit automaker to figure out plans for everything from helping to process scrap material, to finding new life for worn-down batteries with ample capacity remaining, to helping Ford create new batteries out of salvaged lithium, nickel, cobalt, and copper." says The Verge: "the overarching goal is one that Straubel has talked about frequently since founding Redwood Materials. The idea is to create a “circular” or “closed loop” system where the stuff that makes up lithium-ion batteries gets recycled and reused, which could theoretically drive down the cost of an EV’s battery while reducing the automaker’s reliance on imported materials and (one day) mining."

JB was employee #5 at Tesla, he is as central to their success story as anyone else, and it's not surprising Ford want to invest.



FOXCONN SAYS THAILAND EV FACTORY WILL BEGIN PRODUCING 50,000 UNITS BY 2023
"Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturing giant Foxconn and national Thailand oil supplier PTT PLC are moving forward with an agreement to start an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Thailand. The facility is expected to begin rolling out vehicles by 2023. Foxconn had previously reported plans to begin building factories in both Thailand and the U.S. next year." says The Verge: "The initial production capacity of the Thailand facility will be around 50,000 units, which Foxconn says will increase three-fold by 2030. The Thailand plant officially marks Foxconn as an automaker in its own right, but the company is also working with EV maker Fisker on a U.S. manufacturing plant, which should also start production in 2023. The two companies signed a joint agreement, called Project PEAR,"


LUCID WILL BUILD 520 AIR DREAM EDITIONS
"The EPA recently released its official range figures for the limited Dream Edition and as the company expected, its 520 miles (836 kilometers) is the best range ever tested by the EPA, besting the Tesla Model S Long Range by over 100 miles (160 kilometers)" writes MotorIllustrated: "To commemorate this achievement, the company decided to increase production of the fully reserved Dream Edition up to 520 units, which means a number of customers that were previously on the waiting list will be able to buy the car after all. The Lucid Air Dream Edition can be ordered in two trims, the Dream Edition R, which provides the 520 mile (836 kilometer) range and delivers 933 horsepower, enough to power the large sedan to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.7 seconds."

The P version has 1,111 HP but sacrifices 49 miles of range.


BMW EXEC SAYS AUTOMAKER IS CAPPING EV RANGE AT 373 MILES (600KM)
"According to a recent report from WhichCar? out of Australia, a BMW executive said the automaker has no plans to produce electric vehicles with a range of over 600 kilometers (373 miles). The publication says drivers must rely on charging infrastructure if they plan to drive longer distances." reports InsideEVs: "While nearly 400 miles of range is a pretty solid estimate for an EV produced today, it's interesting that BMW would state that it has no intention of striving for more range. WhichCar writes that BMW i4 project leader David Ferrufino said the automaker won't target a 1,000-kilometer driving range."

He said: "One thousand kilometres of range is not a target we have with our fully-electric cars. We are aiming for 600 kilometres [of driving range] for our fully-electric cars, and 100 kilometres with our plug-in hybrids in everyday driving. For example, we don’t think a range of 600 kilometres will be suitable for a BMW i3 as an urban car, but when it comes to the BMW iX or i4, we think that around 600 kilometres is a very customer-friendly solution."


BMW I3 EDITION UNIQUE FOREVER
"The small car and its offshoot BMW i3s will be offered in a limited edition as Edition Unique Forever from November 2021. The 2,000 planned edition vehicles are to be distinguished by the particularly high-quality and exclusive design and equipment features, such as individualised exterior paintwork and a black insert for the rear bumper." writes electrive.com: "In the interior of the edition vehicles, the Suite equipment line with its leather and fine wood trim and Ambiente lighting will be supplemented by specific design elements: the front headrests will have “Unique Forever” lettering, and the door trim panels in the area of the exterior mirrors will bear the inscription “One of 2 000”."


NEW BATTERY MANAGEMENT FOR IX3


RIVIAN'S APP LOOKS TO BE AWESOME


BYD SHIPS ITS 1000TH BYD TANG SUV TO NORWAY


NIO PRESENTS A HYBRID 75-KWH BATTERY PACK WITH LFP AND TERNARY CELLS


E.ON AND VOLKSWAGEN LAUNCH FAST CHARGER WITH STORAGE BATTERY


READ MORE: VOLKSWAGEN GROUP CHINA BUILDS BATTERY SYSTEM FACTORY IN ANHUI 


FOREIGN AUTO GROUP'S AD CAMPAIGN OPPOSES EV TAX CREDITS THAT FAVOR UNION SHOPS


MERCEDES VAN DEALER TO SUPPLY HERMES WITH 168 FULLY ELECTRIC ESPRINTERS


GOLD MINER LOOKS TO DITCH DIESEL IN W.A. 

GERMAN ELECTION: WHY THE NEXT GOVERNMENT WANTS TO OVERHAUL TRANSPORT
 

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Sep 24, 2021
1220: VW Chief Diess: “The benchmark is Tesla” | 23 Sep 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 23rd September. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

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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VW EV PRODUCTION IN ZWICKAU NEAR CAPACITY
A graph published by VW shows the production output of their Zwickau plant has been rising since the start of 2021. The MEB-based cars are all electric such as the ID.3. But a total of 6 models from various VW brands will be made there, such as the ID.5 which hasn't stated production yet. The production capacity is 330,000 EVs per year from this one facility, about 20% of VW's 1.5million EVs they are on track to make every year by 2025.  Now we see the daily run rate hitting 1,200. When it gets to 1,500 that's capacity for a 5 day week with some weeks for shutdown every year.

So the chip shortage hasn't affected the MEB cars out of Zwickau. It will definitely be affecting VW ICE cars tho so that suggests they are willing to sacrifice ICE to make EVs, to hit CO2 targets in order to avoid fines, and also we know the MEB-based cars are profitable too.

HERBERT DIESS: "THE MAIN BENCHMARK IS TESLA"

Herbert Diess appeared on a German podcast yesterday morning called The Pioneer Morning Briefing. For my German listeners, this is what he had to say about the speed Tesla works at, and yes I'll try to translate after this clip.

Something like: "The true benchmark is really Tesla, the speed yes, with the same suppliers Tesla manages to do product development with the same suppliers in half the time which is much more aggressive. They can of course take a lot more risk than we can."

But what about Cybertruck, long overdue Semi Truck, the Roadaster 2?  It doesn't feel VW wants to be more like Tesla because that kind of -ship-it-now-and-fix-it-later style is not the German way, but there's definitely capital to be gained by saying 'hey look at what these guys are doing, we need to change'. It helps his political battle to push through reform at VW.



LUCID REGISTERS 10,000 VINS
"It appears that Lucid Group has already registered approximately 10,000 Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs), around 10K reservations for the Lucid Air EV. It’s important to remember that each road-legal car has its own VIN, which is a string of 17 characters containing the vehicle’s unique identifier. This advancement is a critical one in the long process of bringing the much-anticipated Air EV to market. " reports Finbold.com: "Lucid will open the doors of its Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-1) in Casa Grande to the media, financial community, policymakers, and a select group of customers.  The series of events for the week of September 27th, 2021, will see a small group of guests have the opportunity to observe manufacturing methods for Lucid Air and learn more about Lucid’s revolutionary EV technology from Lucid’s top engineers."

Along with the 520 miles of EPA range, Lucid appear to be ticking all the boxes to be close to those first deliveries.

LOTUS’ NEW 872-HP EV PLATFORM
"The upcoming two-seat electric sports car will be based on the Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture, which is designed to fit different chassis with up to three configurations" writes Hazel Southwell for The Drive: "what's going in the mid-engine slot is the battery, essentially occupying the back seat of the two-seater with the motor-generator unit tucked up against the rear axle where it delivers the power and also recovers it under regenerative braking. There's a 64.4kWh battery pack option in the truly lightweight option or you can go up to 99.6kWh for the dual-motor, maximum horsepower edition. There's also a configuration for a four-seater car, where the battery is packed into the base of the chassis as it is in skateboard-style platforms."

evo magazine adds: "Both layouts have their inherent pros and cons thanks to where the mass sits within the chassis, but whereas you might think models fitted with a stacked battery pack might be at a disadvantage thanks to a higher centre of gravity, many engineers continue to struggle with developing ride and handling packages that deal with the physics associated with a driver being sat directly above, not in the midst of so much weight. The stacked batteries will also allow lotus engineers to mount the seat much lower than in a car, again mimicking the weight distribution of traditional IC cars."



VW ID.4 EARNS IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ AWARD
" After completing crash testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has bestowed the electric VW with the Top Safety Pick+, the IIHS's highest safety award." says Autoblog: "These ratings are nearly identical to fellow Top Safety Pick+ award-winner the Volvo XC40 Recharge as well as the Tesla Model 3, with both having all their headlights rated Good. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is only rated a Top Safety Pick (no +) due to the Select and California Route 1 trims' headlights being rated "Marginal.""


AUDI Q4 E-TRON EV IS CHEAPER THAN A Q5
" The 2022 Q4 e-tron will start at $44,995, which is less than the gas-powered Q5 crossover and only a few thousand dollars more than its downmarket sibling, the VW ID.4." says Car and Driver: "The more powerful Q4 50 e-tron starts at $50,995 and adds all-wheel drive courtesy of an additional front electric motor that increases total power output to 295 horsepower. Audi has only shared range estimates for the 50 models so far, which sits at 241 miles according to the EPA. We anticipate the 40 model will achieve a slightly higher range number, as the ID.4's AWD configuration takes a slight range hit compared with its RWD counterpart."


MERCEDES-BENZ EQS US PRICING REVEALED
"US pricing for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, the automaker’s flagship luxury sedan, has been confirmed, and it’s unexpectedly good news if you’re in the market for something other than a Tesla. Headed to US dealerships in fall 2021, the new EQS will start from $102,310 (plus destination), Mercedes confirmed today." according to Slashgear: " Eligible buyers may be able to get the $7,500 federal tax incentive for EVs, however, and any state and local incentives and rebates they could qualify for. The 2022 EQS 580 4MATIC Sedan, meanwhile, will start at $119,110 (plus destination). That adds a second electric motor for all-wheel drive. There’ll be three trims on offer, starting with Premium, then rising to Exclusive, and then finally Pinnacle. All three will be offered on both the EQS 450+ and EQS 580 4MATIC versions of the car."

Also included 2 years of Electrify America charging.


RENAULT BEGINS RETOOLING DOUAI PLANT FOR ELECTRIC MÉGANE
"Preparations are underway at the Renault plant in Douai for series production of the Mégane E-Tech Electric, due out in the first half of 2022. Renault Group says it is investing more than €550 million in the production facilities there and in improved workplace ergonomics." says electrive.com: "The first step in this transformation has now been the conversion of an assembly line that can now produce numerous models from various vehicle classes, including the Mégane E-Tech Electric. A central component of the site’s electromobility strategy is the on-site battery production and assembly that was officially announced in the summer. This is based on a partnership between the Renault Group and Envision AESC. Renault officially speaks of a planned “Gigafactory” with a capacity of 9 GWh by 2024 and 43 GWh by 2030 (of which Renault intends to purchase 24 GWh)."

GM REVEALS THREE NEW MOTORS THAT WILL POWER ITS FUTURE EVS
WULING MINI EV TO GET A MAJOR UPGRADE

KEN BLOCK SIGNS WITH AUDI

GM WORKS ‘AROUND THE CLOCK’ TO ENSURE ITS NEW HUMMER EV DOESN’T INHERIT DEFECTS THAT CAUSED CHEVY BOLT FIRES

ELECTRIC VOLKSWAGEN ABT E-TRANSPORTER JOINS MOBILE SERVICE CLINIC FLEET

CITROEN AMI COMES TO UK

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1219: Electric Boats And Planes Are The Next Frontier | 22 Sep 2021
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COLORADO EV INCENTIVES
"Excel Energy’s new roster of electric vehicle rebates are winning praise from environmental groups, with Colorado’s dominant utility expanding incentives to include used vehicles, speeding up the all-important charging network and working with landlords to install apartment chargers."

"Xcel will credit $50 a year on your bill if you agree to do most of your charging during off-peak times they have set aside. They say this allows them to plan demands on the power grid, and also allows you to use more renewable energy in the evening, instead of peak power that may be drawing on coal-fired power plants. If you need to charge at home outside your chosen time, you can override the system."

“Used was a big win for us,” said Xcel electric vehicle program director Alisa Sobczak, who was showcasing Xcel’s new incentives at a vehicle and charging station showcase set up for last weekend’s Denver Auto Show.  “For instance, in the Denver Metro area, a family of four with household income under $85,000 qualifies,” for the rebates, Sobczak said. “We tried to make as many people eligible as possible, because we want everybody to have the opportunity to drive electric. So we’ve got $5,500 off a new EV purchase or lease, and $3,000 off of used."

"The Xcel-offered rebates for new or used EV purchases and leases are income-qualified on a sliding scale, to target the greatest amount of help to those with the least resources for a big purchase. The price tag for the car can’t go over $50,000, eliminating many models of Tesla or the high-end pickup trucks arriving this year."


CONSUMER REPORTS HATE TESLA’S YOKE
"Testers at Consumer Reports recently got their hands on the Tesla Model S steering yoke, and first impressions aren't good. The publication, which purchases all of its test vehicles, recently received a new Model S equipped with the yoke which, in addition to its unusual shape, replaces conventional controls for the turn signals, windshield wipers, and horn with touch-sensitive buttons." writes Green Car Reports: "Over the course of a week, ten Consumer Reports testers reported numerous issues with the yolk. It slipped out of drivers' hands, doesn't allow for hand-over-hand shuffling when maneuvering in tight spaces, and drivers had trouble figuring out which button to press to activate the turn signals." Jake Fisher, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center: "Swerving to avoid road debris or a stopped vehicle may be more difficult. I am concerned if I would be able to control the vehicle well in an emergency situation."


2022 BMW I3: ELECTRIC 3 SERIES SPIED
"The 2022 BMW i3 has been caught by an amateur photographer in China. Images have been posted to website Sohu showing the first fully-electric 3 Series, with the new BMW expected to slot in below the i4 – but believed to instead share a similar powertrain to the iX3 SUV." says Whichcar.com.au: "Rumours suggest the new model will offer an entry-level variant initially – possibly called the i3 eDrive30 – with a single electric motor sending 210kW and 400Nm to the rear wheels. it’s more likely the i3 shares the larger 84kWh battery pack with its i4 sibling, meaning the sedan should easily reach 600km of driving range on a single charge"


ELECTRAMECCANICA TO BEGIN CUSTOMER DELIVERIES
"ElectraMeccanica Vehicles will begin customer deliveries of its single-occupant, three-wheeled, electric vehicle, the SOLO.  The company will officially begin delivering keys to customers at a special launch event scheduled for 4 October in Los Angeles with a select group of early reservation holders along with the company’s first fleet owners." reports Green Car Congress: "The SOLO is a purpose-built, three-wheeled, all-electric solution for the urban environment. Engineered for a single occupant.  The SOLO features front and rear crumple zones, side impact protection, roll bar, torque-limiting control, as well as power steering, power brakes, air conditioning and a Bluetooth entertainment system. It blends a modern look with safety features at an accessible price point of $18,500."


DRIIVZ AND HUBJECT FOCUS ON PLUG & CHARGE
Driivz, the leading end-to-end EV charging and smart energy management software platform, today announced a cooperation with Hubject, the world's largest eRoaming provider, to deliver a seamless Plug & Charge EV experience based on ISO 15118. The impetus for this collaboration came from Mer, a leading European EV charging company providing innovative and sustainable solutions, who recently chose Driivz to power its global EV charging infrastructure and will be the first to benefit from this collaboration. Hubject will serve as the Certificate Authority, providing private/public key pairs to secure and validate the digital communication underlying the instant authorization, payment and charging transaction.


5-SEAT TESLA MODEL Y APPROVED FOR AUSTRALIA
"Tesla’s Model Y is now approved as per the Road Vehicle Type Approvals. This is one step closer to the all-electric SUV hitting the roads in Australia. With SUVs representing the largest vehicle category for new car sales, the Model Y is expected to easily outsell the sedan equivalent (Model 3) that has proven to be Australia’s favourite EV." says TechAU: "By way of battery capacity, the data is provided in Ah for each models. To get to the size of the pack we need to multiply this by the voltage."

Model Y battery pack has a nominal voltage of around 350v. 

Standard Range: 173Ah x 350 = 60.5kWh
Long Range & Perf: 230Ah x 350 = 80.5kWh


TESLA EXPANDS VIRTUAL POWER PLANT
"Tesla announced today that it is expanding its biggest virtual power plant in Australia to Victoria through its new “Tesla Energy Plan.”" says electrek: "Earlier this year, the company expanded the program by launching what it calls the “Tesla Energy Plan on the Tesla Virtual Power Plant,” which is basically a time of use energy plan specifically made for Powerwall owners in South Australia. Today, Tesla announced that it is expanding its Tesla Energy Plan and Tesla Virtual Power Plant to Victoria"

Tesla: "Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant allows you to maximise your energy savings through flexible Time of Use rates. The unique smarts of Tesla’s world leading technology will monitor and manage your Powerwall, assessing usage patterns to help ensure your home is powered by the most efficient source. Reducing your energy bill and benefiting your community at the same time.”


TESLA TO REVERSE SOLAR PRICE HIKE 
"Tesla is trying to placate some solar customers who say they faced sudden price hikes earlier this year, according to new filings with the U.S. district court in San Jose, California. In a Thursday filing, customers’ attorneys wrote, “Tesla informed counsel for Plaintiffs that Tesla had recently launched a program for customers who signed Solar Roof contracts before the April 2021 price changes to return those customers to their original pricing (if they were subject to a price increase in April 2021).”" writes CNBC.com: "Filings in three separate lawsuits alleged that Tesla solar customers had already signed contracts with Elon Musk’s electric vehicle and renewable energy venture, and even prepared to have solar photovoltaics installed at their homes, when they were surprised by sudden price hikes that required additional payments to move ahead with their installations. The price hikes were not trivial. For example, plaintiff Matthew Amans’ solar roof price shot up from around $72,000 per his original contract to around $146,000,"


LARGE TAXI COMPANY GOES ELECTRIC
"Today, we’re announcing that our passenger car fleet will become fully electric by 2023, two years ahead of any other large PHV operator in London, and an investment of £160 million We begin that journey with a partnership with Volkswagen and the roll out of their ID.4s" say Addison Lee on a blog post: "– This will eventually mean 20 000 zero emissions journeys each day in London. In fact, our journey towards becoming fully electric has already started – following our purchase of leading black taxi platform ComCab earlier this year, we already have over 650 zero-emission taxis on our fleet. As well as helping the capital’s environment, we know our new electric fleet and fund will be popular with drivers and business customers. In a recent survey 86% of drivers said they would be keen to shift to an electric vehicle this year and 82% of drivers considered improving the environment as the most significant benefit of shifting to EV. "


E-MOTION 180: WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL ELECTRIC OUTBOARD 


ROLLS-ROYCE'S ALL-ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT COMPLETES 15-MINUTE MAIDEN VOYAGE

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1218: Honda Sets Unambitious EV Targets For U.S. | 21 Sep 2021
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Show #1218

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HONDA SET THEIR EV SIGHTS VERY LOW
"Honda Motor Co's U.S. unit said on Monday it is targeting initial annual sales of 70,000 for its planned electric Prologue sport utility vehicle when it goes to market in 2024."

"Honda plans to add additional electric vehicle models as it aims to have sold a total of 500,000 electric vehicles in the United States by 2030"

"GM will assemble the Prologue and the Acura SUV -- both of which will go on sale in 2024 -- but Honda has not disclosed which plant will build the vehicles or the name or volume targets for the Acura. Dave Gardner, executive vice president of national operations at American Honda Motor Co, said in a statement Honda will initially focus Prologue sales on California and other states like Texas and Florida. He said Honda plans to add hybrid-electric systems to more U.S. models."

1.2million vehicles a year in the U.S. and they want 6% to be EV by 2024.


GMC HUMMER EV AND NISSAN ARIYA SPOTTED AT EA CHARGING STATION
"Here is an interesting finding of two prototypes of upcoming electric vehicles - the GMC Hummer EV pickup and Nissan Ariya. Both were seen at Electrify America's fast-charging station by EV, Eh?, who was driving from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to Normal, Illinois to see Rivian R1T"

"While at a Supercharger today that happened to be next to an Electrify America, I ended up spotting the Hummer SUT EV, the Polestar2, and the Nissan Ariya. All of them are unobtanium as far as I know? I guess its not a surprise given that the EA was near Detroit... I will be posting more content on this soon!"

HYUNDAI IONIQ 6 DELAYED
"The Ioniq 6, Hyundai's second bespoke electric car, has been spotted out on the road for the first time, but reports from Korea suggest the final design will change substantially" reports Felix Page for Autocar.

"According to the Korean Economic Daily, the launch of the Ioniq 6 has been pushed back to mid-2022 to allow the body to be lengthened by 20mm, the bumpers and lights to be restyled and the battery to be upsized from 72.6kWh to 77.4kWh. "

"The EV's belated launch has also been attributed to a delayed overhaul of the Asan factory where it will be produced. That site currently builds the combustion-engined Sonata saloon and needs refitting to build cars based on the E-GMP platform."

"The 77kWh battery pack is already available in sibling brand Kia's new EV6 crossover, which suggests the Ioniq 6 could be more closely related to that car technically, in line with its performance billing."


BP GAMBLES BIG ON FAST TRANSITION FROM OIL TO RENEWABLES
"Two of BP's key renewables investments, by contrast, are losing tens of millions of dollars, according to a Reuters review of financial filings with Companies House, Britain's corporate registry. BP owns half of Lightsource, a solar energy company that lost a combined 59.3 million pounds ($81.8 million) in 2018 and 2019, the last year for which data is available. The company's UK-based electric-vehicle charging firm, bp pulse, lost a combined 22.3 million pounds ($30.8 million) over the two years."

The company acknowledged that its fast-growing clean-energy business - including its solar, EV-charging and wind ventures - continues to lose money. BP does not expect profits from those businesses until at least 2025.

"For bp pulse, that means operating 70,000 charging points by 2030, up from 11,000 now."

"BP Chief Executive Bernard Looney, who took office in February 2020, is gambling that BP can make the clean-energy transition much faster than its peers.”


GM SAYS CHEVY BOLT EV BATTERY PRODUCTION HAS RESUMED
"LG battery plants in Holland and Hazel Park, Michigan, have resumed production. In addition, LG is adding capacity to provide more cells to GM. As a result, replacement battery modules will begin shipping to dealers as soon as mid-October.

The root cause of the rare circumstances that could cause a battery fire is two manufacturing defects known as a torn anode and a folded separator, both of which need to be present in the same battery cell.

LG has implemented new manufacturing processes and has worked with GM to review and enhance its quality assurance programs to provide confidence in its batteries moving forward. LG will institute these new processes in other facilities that will provide cells to GM in the future."

“GM will continue to prioritize Chevy Bolt EV and EUV customers whose batteries were manufactured during specific build timeframes where GM believes battery defects appear to be clustered. The company has established a notification process that will inform affected customers when their replacement modules will be available.”

The good news for owners is that the new batteries will include an extended battery 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty."


2023 MERCEDES-AMG EQE 53 SPIED HIDING CHUNKY REAR SPOILER
"It was only a couple of weeks ago when Mercedes unveiled the EQE and now our spies have stumbled upon a prototype depicting the spicy AMG version. Even though it's fully camouflaged, one can easily notice the large multi-spoke wheels with a two-tone look that appear to be borrowed from the larger AMG EQS." says Motor1.com

"The amped-up EQE rides low to the ground on low-profile tires and hides a bigger spoiler at the back. Mercedes has previously referred to the EQS as playing in a league of its own, claiming the EQE will be its direct answer to the likes of the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and Audi E-Tron GT. "


RANGE-EXTENDED ELECTRIC 4WD EXPEDITION VEHICLE CLAIMS 4,350-MILE RANGE
"UK startup Fering is gearing up to build electric vehicles for cross-continental explorers. It's starting out with the Pioneer, a go-anywhere brick outhouse of a thing designed for monster range figures under the most extreme circumstances on Earth."

" Fering has gone with a lithium-titanate-oxide (LTO) battery pack. These have advantages and drawbacks; they're renowned for extremely long life cycles, they can charge quickly and they work from -40 to 60 °C"

"the Pioneer can only go about 80 km (50 miles) on pure, silent, zero-emissions battery power.   e Pioneer also carries a 70-kW (94-hp), 800cc, three-cylinder biodiesel combustion generator to keep the batteries topped up. Running constantly at its most efficient speed, the combustion engine is capable of delivering impressive fuel efficiency around 50 miles per gallon. With long-range tanks fitted, Fering estimates a whopping 7,000-km (4,350-mile) range between fuel stops."

"Drive comes from a pair of electric motors at the front and rear axles, offering some 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. "

"Fering, founded by former McLaren Head of Advanced Concepts Ben Scott-Geddes, has got its first prototype up and running, and it's undergoing a series of tests both by Fering and by early customer organizations evaluating it for various use cases. The company says it's targeting the first half of 2022 for the start of serial production."


SKODA CONSIDERS AN ELECTRIC OCTAVIA 
"According to CEO Thomas Schäfer, Skoda is “intensively thinking about an E-Octavia”. However, Schäfer says the volume model, which has so far been offered as a combustion engine and plug-in hybrid, will not be launched as a purely electric vehicle until after 2025."

"The Skoda boss told the German business magazine Handelsblatt: “For the second half of the current decade, we are thinking intensively about an E-Octavia – the electric counterpart to our most successful model for decades, the core of our brand.” "


SAFETY OFFICIAL SAYS TESLA SHOULD ADDRESS ‘BASIC SAFETY ISSUES’ 
"Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, told the Wall Street Journal that Tesla should address “basic safety issues” before the carmaker expands its so-called “full self-driving” (FSD) mode."

"Homendy had harsh words for Tesla’s use of the term “full self-driving,” which she called “misleading and irresponsible,” adding that Tesla “has clearly misled numerous people to misuse and abuse technology.” The NTSB can conduct investigations and make recommendations, but has no enforcement authority."

"In May, Tesla’s director of Autopilot software had told the California Department of Motor Vehicles that Musk overstated the capabilities of the company’s advanced driver assist system, a precursor to FSD. In February 2020, the NTSB found Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system was one of the possible causes in a fatal 2018 crash, stating that the driver, who was playing a mobile game while using Autopilot, was overly confident in Autopilot’s capabilities."


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1217: Cadillac LYRIQ Sells Out – But Customers Angry | 20 Sep 2021
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CADILLAC LYRIQ DEBUT EDITION SELLS OUT
"The Cadillac Lyriq, the first battery electric vehicle from the company that used to call itself “The standard of the world!” Reservations for the Debut Edition of the car, which starts at $59,990 including destination charges, opened yesterday, September 18. Just over 10 minutes later, they were gone."

"In a statement, Rory Harvey, vice president of Global Cadillac, said, “Today, reservations for the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ Debut Edition sold out in just over ten minutes and we continue to see a lot of enthusiasm around the brand — both current product and in our all-electric future. The initial response for LYRIQ has been extraordinary. Since the show car unveiling last year, more than 200,000 people have expressed interest in learning more about the vehicle and our electric future."

"The Lyriq will be built at GM’s former Saturn factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where a Honda-badged electric SUV will also be manufactured. It is based on GM’s new Ultium electric car platform and will use batteries made at factories that are jointly owned and operated by GM and LG Energy Solution."


"Other 2023 model year Lyriq trim levels will still be available, but so far, Debut Edition reservations are the only ones that have opened (and, 19 minutes later, closed)."

"Lyriq will start at a base price of just under $60k. The car will have a 100 kWh battery that puts out up to 340 horsepower to the rear wheels and will be good for “more than 300 miles” of range (no official EPA estimate yet). It comes with an onboard 19.2kW AC and can charge at up to 190 kW on DC."



Bryan B
@Bupac
"Couldn't reserve cause of the dealer lookup like everyone else. Cadillac can't even get their website working. Guess I'll be getting a Model Y instead."

Mark In Florida
@MarkInSeminole
"@Cadillac Your reservation system failed.   I was on at 4pm and couldn’t look up a dealer.   Hope same developers didn’t develop software for the car."

Keith Wood
@keithwoodnc
@Cadillac I'm pretty disappointed that the Select Dealer screen prevented me from getting through. Started my reservation at 4pm sharp, and never even made it to the payment screen.

Craig
@JediGamerCT
Made it to the payment screen - accepted all terms - and then got the circle of death. Really, really disappointed with Cadillac over this.

Brandon
@sleepyat830
@Cadillac Watched the countdown expire live and immediately tried to reserve one only to be stonewalled by your dumb dealer locator. Real great rollout, guys. Dynamite stuff. Was really looking forward to buying one of these. Guess I’ll be getting something else.

Collin
@hsvcommenter
I call BS. Like many others, I clicked reserve right on time only to be stalled on the dealers page. You had your chance to earn my business. If the Lyriq’s technology is anything like your website, you won’t be in business much longer.

TESLA AUTOPILOT TO BE COMPARED WITH 12 OTHER CARMAKERS
"As part of its investigation into Tesla Autopilot safety issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday requested data from 12 other big automakers about their driver assistance systems."

"If NHTSA determines any vehicle (or component or system) has a flawed design or safety defect, the agency has the power to mandate recalls."

"NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation has now queried BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Stellantis, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen as part of its Tesla Autopilot probe."


FORD WILL DOUBLE F-150 LIGHTNING PRODUCTION
"A year after revealing plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the iconic Rouge Complex to build the all-electric F-150 Lightning, the automaker announced Thursday that its initial plan didn't go far enough. Ford confirmed it will double production of the highly-anticipated 2022 Ford F-150"

"With 150,000 reservations for 2022 F-150 Lightning received online by mid-September, the company confirmed it will be adding another $250 million investment at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and create 450 additional hourly direct jobs, with most of the workers building the Lightning."

"Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti will assemble the batteries and Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center in Sterling Heights will increase its capacity to supply electric motors and electric transaxles for the F-150 Lightning. "

"Reuters reported last month that Ford planned to double production of its Lightning to meet strong demand.  The investment in added jobs will help increase production capacity to 80,000 trucks a year, Ford told the Free Press"


DONGFENG TO EXPORT 100,000 NEVS TO EUROPE IN 2022
"Dongfeng plans to export 100,000 new energy vehicles to Europe next year as the automaker also set a target of realizing 100% electrification among its new passenger vehicle brands in 2024."

"The group will bring forward a brand-new customized new energy product, “M”, in 2022, under another new energy vehicle brand. People in the industry believed that the “M” business unit is the high-end SUV brand the group mentioned in its plan. In June, the said unit released relevant recruitment information for talents in quality, chassis electronic control system, intelligent control, project management, purchasing, and user/city operation aspects, making the “M” another major self-developed new energy brand of the group besides Voyah."


SURGING EV SALES PUT CHINA AHEAD OF GOVERNMENT TARGETS
"Surging sales of electric vehicles have put China on track to meet government targets several years early, but officials say the industry still needs to work harder on technological breakthroughs."

"Chinese consumers bought 1.79 million electric vehicles over the first eight months of 2021, up 194% from the same period last year. This expansion compared with 14% growth for overall auto sales. The top-selling model by far though has been the Hongguang Mini EV, a basic compact priced from 28,800 yuan ($4,458) and made by a joint venture between General Motors, state-owned SAIC Motor and local manufacturer Wuling Motors."

"While applauding the sector's development, Vice Premier Han Zheng said at the conference, "Capitalizing on enterprises' innovation drive, we should accelerate breakthroughs in core technologies such as chips used in vehicles and operating systems, and overcome the bottleneck of fuel-cell technology.""


OSPREY CHARGING AIMS TO INSTALL A TOTAL OF 1500 RAPID CHARGERS
"A UK-based charging firm will invest £75 million into the country's electric charging infrastructure by opening 150 charging hubs over the next four years.  Osprey Charging aims to install a total of 1500 chargers nationwide. The units will charge at a 150-175kW rate and be positioned adjacent to A-roads and motorways."

"each hub will make use of Kempower technology for the first time in the UK, allowing for improved power distribution when chargers are in demand. The chargers are also 74% smaller than usual, increasing accessibility."

"Construction for Osprey charging hubs has begun at four sites, with the first expected to open near Wolverhampton. Construction will start on 10 hubs before the end of the year, at Banbury (M40), Suffolk (A14), Essex (A127), Glasgow (M8), East Lothian (A1), Wolverhampton, (A4123), Birmingham (M6), Croydon (A23), Crewe (A534) and Brackley (A43)."


AUSTRIAN E-TAXIS PIONEER CHARGING PAD SYSTEM
"In Vienna and Graz, the ‘eTaxi Austria Project’ is starting a large-scale test run to test a new type of charging-pad charging technology over the next two years. With the Easelink system, electric taxis can charge with a connection to a charging pad at the taxi rank. The approach holds much promise for fleet operators."

"In contrast to inductive charging technologies, Easelink‘s charging process does involve physical contact between the electric vehicle and the static charging source via a so-called connector that is lowered from the underbody of the vehicles and connects to the charging pad in the ground."

"A total of ten taxi ranks and 66 electric vehicles are being prepared for the project in Vienna and Graz"

"An AC power output of 11 kW with a transmission efficiency of more than 99 per cent will be transmitted. The VW ID.4 and the recently launched Hyundai Ioniq 5 will serve as pilot vehicles."


QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM

Either how long have you waited, OR, how long would you wait, to have an electric vehicle once you’ve decided to purchase?

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1216: Tesla Terminates It’s Famous Referral Program | 19 Sep 2021
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TESLA ENDS REFERRAL PROGRAM
"Tesla has officially ended its Referral Program, which provides owners with Supercharging miles and the opportunity to earn other rewards."

"The referral program applied to any vehicle and solar panel purchases and would provide both the customer and Tesla with advantages. Owners were able to work their way up to cool prizes like a next-gen Tesla Roadster, drives in the Tesla Semi, and of course, 1,000 free Supercharging miles when a vehicle was purchased using their referral code"

"On the company’s website, Tesla said: “As of September 18, 2021, vehicle products, and solar panels are no longer eligible for Referral awards.” Tesla owners who still have Supercharging miles will be able to use them. Unfortunately, due to the termination of the program, no more miles will be earned through referrals." 

"Tesla’s demand has skyrocketed to the point that some vehicles are sold out for the rest of the year. While it is advantageous for customers to earn rewards for helping Tesla sell cars and other products, there comes a point where it becomes a financial liability, and perhaps it has reached that point"

Mashable says: "Tesla's referral program has changed over the years and was completely decimated in 2019. When it returned, it was a shadow of its former self with pared-back rewards. The company used to throw in extra gifts like toy Teslas for kids and Elon Musk-signed wall connectors."



TESLA FSD BETA BUTTON TO RELEASE SEPT. 24—BUT ONLY TO GOOD DRIVERS
"Tesla owners in the United States will only have to wait for another week to get the Tesla FSD button."

"The Tesla boss went on to tweet that the request button for the Tesla FSD is rolling out next Friday, or on Sept. 24 to be exact. It is worth noting that Musk often announces that the FSD button is coming in two weeks, but it gets moved to another date. However, things must have changed by this time as the EV giant exec now boasted a one-week waiting time"

"Musk further said that the software for the button is supposed to be out by now to a wider range of users. However, Tesla is still fixing some final touches to avoid bugs from ruining the rollout of the FSD Beta."

"Musk further explained on Twitter that the upcoming FSD button will only request permission to access the driving behavior of the user in the next seven days via the insurance calculator of the EV giant. Such a process is in place to ensure that only the drivers with good behavior will get to use the wider release of the FSD feature."


BYD PLUG-IN CAR SALES SURGE TO OVER 60,000 IN AUGUST 2021
"In August, BYD set its third consecutive monthly passenger plug-in car sales record in China, reaching an amazing level of 60,508 units (up 332% year-over-year). That's over 10,000 more than in July and over 20,000 more than in June."

"According to the data of EV Sales, in July 2021, BYD returned to the top of the global NEV sales in a single month after 26 months, surpassing Volkswagen to claim third place in terms of cumulative sales from January to July."

"So far in 2021, the company sold in China over 260,000 plugs-in (up 206% year-over-year), which means that it already is the best year in the company's history."


JAY LENO SAYS, ‘THE ELECTRIC CAR IS HERE TO STAY’ 
"Jay Leno gave CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” an optimistic outlook when it comes to the future of electric cars, despite the latest warning from General Motors to owners of some Chevy Bolts, advising them not to park within 50 feet of other cars. GM’s latest warning follows the Detroit automaker recalling more than 140,000 of the EVs produced since 2016 due to the risk of batteries spontaneously catching fire from “two rare manufacturing defects.”"

“The last days of old technology are always better than the first days of new technology, but we’re beyond the first days of new technology,” said Leno, the host of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage.” “I mean, the electric car is here to stay. I predict a child born today will probably drive in a gasoline powered car about as often as you would drive in a car with a stick shift now.”"


DRIVERS FACE YEAR’S WAIT FOR ELECTRIC CARS AHEAD OF ULEZ EXPANSION
"Drivers hoping to go electric before the ultra low emission zone expansion next month face waiting lists of up to a year for new vehicles. Demand for battery electric vehicles has increased by more than 30 per cent in the past year but a global shortage of semiconductors has meant manufacturers are struggling to meet demand."

"Most petrol cars made since 2005 and diesel cars since September 2015 will have engines that comply with the ULEZ, and Mr Khan has advised Londoners to switch to a compliant second-hand vehicle. But used car dealerships are also reporting a “massive” increase in demand for Ulez-compliant cars, with prices soaring and stock issues at some dealers."

"On the rush for compliant cars, Rupert Moylett, director of Harringtons of Fulham, said: “We’ve had one of our best past three months in quite a long time, as everyone is trying to get rid of their diesels."


SINCLAIR C5: THE HISTORY OF SIR CLIVE SINCLAIR’S ELECTRIC CAR
"The Sinclair C5 arrived in 1985 with a level of accompanying hype that would surely have impressed a then fourteen-year-old Elon Musk, but this brainchild of one of Britain’s most famous tech entrepreneurs crashed spectacularly soon after launch."

"Sir Clive, whose death at the age of 81 was announced on 16 Sept 2021, was lauded in the 1980s as the inventor of the first pocket calculator and the ground-breaking ZX81 and ZX Spectrum home computers. The tech tycoon had a deep interest in electric transport and founded Sinclair Vehicles in 1983 on the back of his earlier commercial successes."

"The company’s first and only production vehicle was the Sinclair C5, an innovative three-wheeler with a polypropylene body designed by Lotus, manufactured at the Hoover washing machine factory in Merthyr Tidfil. The C5 was launched with great fanfare in January 1985 in London - and the project went downhill from there.".

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1215: Germany Records Massive Growth In EV Sales | 18 Sep 2021
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CADILLAC LYRIQ RESERVATION BOOKS OPEN TODAY
"Cadillac’s first electric model, the Lyriq, is just months away from reaching its first customers, being expected to start shipping sometime in the first part of 2022. And as of today, Saturday, September 18, you can now place an order for the electric crossover which starts at $58,795."

"The vehicle will ship with standard 20-inch wheels (although you will be able to go all the way to 22-inch at extra cost) and the impressive 33-inch curved display that spans almost two thirds of the width of the dashboard."

"At launch, only the single-motor 340 horsepower and 325 pound-foot (440 Nm) version will be offered, but Cadillac is looking to add a dual-motor performance version at some point in the future."


PRE-SERIES PRODUCTION OF FORD F-150 BEGINS
"One year after Ford confirmed construction of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Mich., the first Ford F-150 Lightning pre-production units begin leaving the factory; the all-electric F-150 Lightning goes on sale next spring"

"F-150 Lightning, with a starting MSRP of $40,000 and targeted EPA-estimated driving range of 300 miles with the extended range battery1, is aimed at the heart of the U.S. auto market. Ford has taken more than 150,000 reservations for the trucks to date."

"Ford hosted government officials including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell to celebrate Ford’s commitment to Michigan and assembling electric vehicles in Michigan as the first pre-production F-150 Lightning trucks start to leave the factory"


SK INNOVATION SPINOFF GETS APPROVED AS FORD EV PRODUCTION RAMPS UP
"Back in July, Ford Authority reported that SK Innovation – the battery supplier for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning – was mulling the idea of increasing its production and spinning off its battery division as a way to raise additional funds for expansion. Last month, the company announced that it was moving forward with those plans and that the SK Innovation spinoff would be called SK Battery. Now, the SK Innovation spinoff has officially been approved by the company’s shareholders, according to Reuters."

"SK Battery Co Ltd, as it’s officially known, will launch on October 1st, but Jun declined to elaborate on rumors that the company was already aiming to go public as soon as next year."

"In addition to producing batteries for the 2022 F-150 Lighting, SK and Ford recently announced that the two companies intend to form a battery production joint venture called BlueOvalSK, which will develop and produce battery cells at scale for use in future electric vehicles. Two plants are currently planned for North America, though the joint venture also intends to expand into Europe as well, as Ford Authority recently reported."


VW PULLS BACK CURTAIN ON NEW ELECTRIC-CAR BATTERY LAB IN GERMANY
"On Monday, I went to Salzgitter to see for myself how that’s going." writes Stefan Nicola for Bloomberg: "The occasion was VW opening a $80 million facility to research, develop and test EV batteries. Workers in white lab coats were taking apart batteries, examining them under electron microscopes and exposing them to extreme conditions like heat, cold and shaking. The goals are to gain expertise in new technology, reduce dependence on suppliers and cut the cost of batteries by as much as 50%. VW already operates a battery pilot line and recycling facility in Salzgitter and plans to erect a full-scale factory to produce cells there starting in 2025. By the end of next year, VW says more than 1,000 people will work on EV technologies at the site"

"VW is working with China’s Gotion High-Tech and Sweden’s Northvolt on setting up the first of its European factories and was an early backer of QuantumScape, the U.S.-listed firm working on solid-state batteries, a potential alternative to widely used lithium-ion technology. In Salzgitter, VW’s focus will be on producing batteries for its volume segment, and maybe just as importantly making its staff fit for an electric future."


PLUGIN ELECTRIC VEHICLES GET 28% MARKET SHARE IN GERMANY IN AUGUST
"The German plugin vehicle market scored over 53,000 registrations last month, with BEVs growing faster (+80% YoY) than PHEVs (+43%). As a result, last month’s plugin share ended at 28% (15% BEV). If you also consider the significant fall of the overall market (-23% YoY/year over year), that means petrol sales (-42% YoY) and even more so diesel sales (-51%) are falling off a cliff." writes Jose Pontes for CleanTechnica.

"There were 421,262 plugin vehicle registrations in the first eight months of the year. This market is firmly in The Disruption Zone and well ahead of last year’s score of 14% plugin vehicle market share. Will we see the final 2021 market share hit 25% 30%?"

"Looking at last month’s best sellers, the little Volkswagen e-Up (2,411 units) was bested this time by its ID.3 sibling, which had its best score this year, 3,750 registrations, and by the Tesla Model 3, which had its best off-peak month ever in Germany thanks to 2,946 registrations."


AUTOCAR: NIO ES8 2021 REVIEW

"Few models exemplify the global nature of today’s car industry better than the Nio ES8. The first of four EVs from a Chinese firm that was established only in 2014 yet is now valued higher than BMW, this seven-seat SUV was developed by four ‘competence centres’ around the world: Shanghai conceived it, Munich styled it, Oxford engineered it and Silicon Valley coded its software."

"Unlike the E-tron, the ES8 is based on a dedicated EV platform. It hosts a big 100kWh battery and a body that’s 96% aluminium to weigh 2425kg."

"The battery is estimated to yield a 311-mile range, beating that E-tron by 57 miles. It can be charged at a rate of only up to 90kW"

"The high dashboard hosts a 9.8in digital dial display and a fast-acting 11.3in touchscreen, both with superb clarity, plus Nomi, a pod-like virtual assistant that acts on conversational speech commands surprisingly well."


JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO PROVIDE ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR LEADERS AT COP26
"COP26 has announced that Jaguar Land Rover has become an official partner of the conference and will supply electric vehicles to transport world leaders and delegates. Jaguar Land Rover will be providing a fleet of electrified vehicles to world leaders and delegates attending the summit, including the multi award-winning all-electric performance SUV Jaguar I-PACE, as leaders and their teams travel to and from the venue."

Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to partner with COP26 and provide a fleet of all-electric vehicles, including Jaguar I-PACE performance SUVs, to deliver zero-emission transport at the summit.


RIVIAN ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP PLAN WITH COMPLEMENTARY CHARGING AND LTE CONNECTIVITY
"With R1T trucks rolling off the assembly line at its factory in Normal, Illinois, Rivian continues to prepare for the official debut of its first EVs later this month. On Thursday, the automaker introduced a membership program that will grant Rivian owners access to complementary charging at its soon-to-be-built Adventure Network and Waypoints chargers."

"The service includes Rivian off-Roadside Assistance, additional coverage that will see the company send a recovery vehicle to you if you get stuck out on the trail or need an emergency battery recharge. Each new Rivian vehicle will come with 12 months of free access to the service."


ELON MUSK PRAISES CHINA’S CARMAKERS
"Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has given the thumbs-up to China’s carmakers, less than three months after he praised the country’s economic development following a series of run-ins with regulators and customers."

"The billionaire said Chinese carmakers are particularly strong when it comes to the software needed to make vehicles smarter on their way to full autonomy. He stopped short of mentioning any vehicle manufacturers by name."

"Earlier this year, Tesla was forced to make efforts to soothe tensions with officials and customers in China over concerns about the quality and safety of its cars."

"Tesla recently built a data centre in Shanghai to handle data collected from its EVs after Beijing pushed for data gathered by smart vehicles in the country to be stored locally."


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1214: Volvo’s Electric Future Open Door For $20bn IPO | 17 Sep 2021
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ID.4 AWD PRO AND PRO S PRICE & RANGE CONFIRMED
"Although this version of the ID.4 is marketed under the GTX subbrand in Europe, the U.S. model gets a subtler moniker here but has the same upgraded powertrain. With the 2021 ID.4 AWD Pro and Pro S now ready for sale, Volkswagen has announced the EPA estimates for range and efficiency, along with pricing for the newest member of the ID family."

"The Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro and Pro S models add an extra motor on the front axle, increasing power by 94 horsepower to 295 and boosting torque by 110 pound-feet to 339. These powertrain upgrades drop the range by around ten miles according to the EPA, with the AWD Pro going 249 miles on a charge while the Pro S can manage 240 miles."

"The 2021 ID.4 AWD Pro will start at $44,870 and the the AWD Pro S will cost $49,370, increases of $3680 over the rear-wheel-drive models."


VOLVO CARS GEARS UP FOR $20 BLN IPO
"China's Geely Holding (GEELY.UL) is in advanced discussions with banks to list its Volvo Cars unit in the coming weeks, three sources told Reuters, in what is expected to be one of Europe's biggest initial public offerings (IPOs) this year."

"Volvo Cars is aiming for a valuation of about $20 billion in the planned Stockholm listing, the sources said, with one saying the launch was pencilled in for the end of September."

"Geely, which bought Volvo from Ford Motor(F.N) more than a decade ago in the biggest acquisition by a Chinese firm of a foreign car maker, sought to float shares in the Swedish firm in 2018 but then pulled the deal. A $20 billion valuation for Volvo would be equivalent to six to seven times its earnings, a level some analysts say is high although it would put it in line with rivals Daimler (DAIGn.DE) and BMW (BMWG.DE). Tesla's valuation is more than 70 times."

"Rivian, which rolled its first electric pickup truck off the production line this week, will seek a valuation of about $70 billion to $80 billion when it goes public at the end of this year, sources have told Reuters."


INSTAVOLT TARGETS INSTALLING 10,000 EV CHARGERS BY 2030
"EV charging provider InstaVolt has published a pledge to install 10,000 electric vehicle chargers across the UK by 2030. However, the company has some way to go but points to some powerful partnerships."

"So far, InstaVolt has a thousand chargers either active or in development and yet set ambitious intermediate targets. Speaking of the commitment, InstaVolt CEO Adrian Keen said the company was on track to deliver or exceed its earlier pledge of 5,000 rapid chargers by 2025"

"InstaVolt points to important partnerships in recent months, including deals with McDonald’s and Costa Coffee where it began rolling out new 120-kW charging stations. This is a notch up in an engagement going back to June 2020. At the time, McDonald’s had more than 1,300 branches in Great Britain."

"InstaVolt relies on BYD technology for the new charging units that deliver up to 125 kW. The charging stations have one CCS and one CHAdeMO connector on each unit allowing two cars to be charged at once."


CHINA'S XPENG OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES THE MORE AFFORDABLE P5 FASTBACK
"Chinese electric vehicle startup XPeng unveiled its latest vehicle on Wednesday named the P5. The fully electric P5 fastback will compete with models like the Tesla Model 3.  The P5 is also the world's first production vehicle equipped with automotive-grade lidar technology to support safe autonomous driving."

"The more affordable P5 is immediately available for order in China with six different configurations available. The retail price ranges from RMB 157,900 to RMB 223,900 (US$24,484 to $34,717). The P5 comes with either a 55.9 kWh, 66.2 kWh or 71.4 kWh battery option."

"The P5 expands XPeng's autonomous driving feature called "Navigation Guided Pilot" (NGP). The feature originally worked on highways but now its being updated to work on secondary roads for point to point navigation. The city version of NGP will allow for high-precision navigation that's specifically tailored to China's challenging city road conditions. NGP will also be upgraded to "NGP-L", which integrates with lidar for even safer automated driving on China's highways and expressways."


OLA’S 70 MPH ELECTRIC SCOOTERS SELLING TWO EVERY SECOND
Ola’s S1 and S1 Pro electric scooters are off to a massive start after the first day of sales, with CEO Bhavish Aggarwal claiming that the company is selling two electric scooters every second."

"The company boasted 80,000 sales in the first 12 hours. To put that into perspective, that’s a daily sales rate that matches the quarterly sales rate of electric scooter industry leader NIU."

"The Ola S1 and S1 Pro are powered by an 8.5 kW electric motor. The base-level S1 has a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) while the S1 Pro can reach higher speeds of up to 115 km/h (71 mph)."


WORLD’S FIRST BATTERY-ELECTRIC FREIGHT TRAIN UNVEILED
"The world’s first battery-electric freight train was unveiled at an event in Pittsburgh on Friday, amid a fresh attempt by some US lawmakers to slash carbon emissions from rail transport in order to address the climate crisis."

"Wabtec, the Pittsburgh-based rail freight company, showed off its locomotive at Carnegie Mellon University as part of a new venture between the two organizations to develop zero emissions technology to help move the 1.7bn tons of goods that are shipped on American railroads each year."

"Housed in a traditional locomotive body, the new battery system drives the axles of the train and uses the kinetic energy of the train’s braking to partially recharge the battery, . The newest version will be a 7-megawatt battery locomotive"


NJ ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCENTIVES OUT OF CASH, GOING ON HOLD AGAIN
New Jersey’s incentive program providing up to $5,000 toward the order, purchase or lease of an electric vehicle is running out of money again and will be suspended as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.The Charge Up New Jersey program began last year, then went on hold for more than six months after the funds were fully allocated. It restarted on July 6 – but is already going back on hold ahead of schedule just 10 weeks later.The program has provided an estimated $30 million a year in incentives toward nearly 9,000 EVs over two years,

The incentives amount to $25 per mile of a vehicle’s all-electric range, as rated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Cars with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price under $45,000 can receive up to $5,000 in incentives.Vehicles with an MSRP between $45,000 and $55,000 can receive up to $2,000.


GRAVITY IS LAUNCHING AN INDOOR CHARGING HUB IN NYC WITH PLANS TO SCALE
Electric vehicle fleet and infrastructure startup Gravity thinks it has cracked the code for urban EV charging infrastructure.

The company, which was founded in February this year, announced its construction project to convert an indoor parking garage in the middle of Manhattan into a public EV fast charging hub.

When the 29-space garage on 42nd Street, which Gravity is leasing from real estate firm Related Companies, opens within a few weeks, it will be the island’s first dedicated EV charging space
Finding a place to park your car in New York City is a nightmare in and of itself. Finding a park and a charge for your EV is like finding a unicorn, and probably an expensive unicorn at that. Most of NYC’s EV charge points are behind the literal paywalls of parking garages, where you might find one or two Blink or EV Connect chargers nestled into a sea of ICE vehicle parking spaces. With Gravity’s hub, parking is free while cars are being charged. The only cost is that of electricity.

Gravity’s first site will accommodate about 22 fast chargers, three intermediate chargers and a few slow chargers. All of the fast chargers are up to 180 kW, which means that even when two vehicles are plugged into one installation, each plug can do 90 kW of energy.

Many of the parking spots will be taken up by Gravity’s fleet of Tesla Model Y Yellow Cabs, which will charge overnight.


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1213: Lucid Air Officially Has 520 Miles of Range: EPA | 16 Sep 2021
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THE ELECTRIC LUCID AIR OFFICIALLY HAS 520 MILES OF RANGE: EPA

RUSSIA TO GRANT TOLL-FREE STATUS TO ELECTRIC CARS FROM 2022

'GIVEAWAY TO THE RICH': DEMS REJECT MEANS-TEST FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX CREDITS

SUPER SOCO HAS SOLD MORE THAN 1,000 TWO-WHEELERS IN THE U.K.

IONIQ 5 PRODUCTION ACTUALLY HASN'T BEEN DELAYED, HYUNDAI SAYS

HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES $150B CLEAN ELECTRICITY PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

SONY VISION-S ELECTRIC SEDAN: IS SONY GOING TO BUILD A CAR, OR WHAT?

CHARGED EVS | BRIDGESTONE TO ROLL OUT UP TO 3,500 EVBOX PUBLIC CHARGERS IN EUROPE

DELOITTE PLACES LARGEST MINI ELECTRIC ORDER IN EUROPE SO FAR

HOW THE DTM'S REMOTE ELECTRIC PROTOTYPE DEMO WAS DONE

GRAVITY IS LAUNCHING AN INDOOR CHARGING HUB IN NYC WITH PLANS TO SCALE

NJ ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCENTIVES OUT OF CASH, GOING ON HOLD AGAIN

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1212: Polestar 3 Details Revealed by CEO | 15 Sep 2021
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RIVIAN R1T AND R1S GET EPA RANGES

EPA CONFIRMS VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 AWD'S RANGE

POLESTAR 3 EV SUV POWERTRAIN, DESIGN DETAILS REVEALED BY CEO.

RENAULT UK ENLISTS RAC TO ROADSIDE ASSIST ALL NEW EVS

MERCEDES-BENZ EQS IN UK STARTS AT £99,995

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HYUNDAI MOTOR GROUP AND LG ENERGY SOLUTION BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF EV BATTERY CELL PLANT IN INDONESIA

EV RUBBER TO BRING REAL-WORLD ADVANTAGES

ALL-ELECTRIC CAR FERRIES

VOLKSWAGEN TO OPEN NORTH AMERICAN REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS

GERMANY IS BRACING FOR A MAJOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE SHOCK

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1211: Rivian R1T Finally Goes Into Production | 14 Sep 2021
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RIVIAN R1T FINALLY GOES INTO PRODUCTION

IONIQ 5 RANKED 1ST IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE EVALUATION IN GERMANY

BMW TO GET SOLID-STATE BATTERY TEST CELLS IN EARLY 2022 FROM SOLID POWER

OLA’S NEW E-SCOOTER FACTORY IS WOMEN-ONLY

LA COMPANIES GIVE RENTERS MORE WAYS TO CHARGE EVS

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XIAOMI TALKS ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH STATE-OWNED CARMAKER 

TESLA RELEASES NEW SOFTWARE UPDATE TO ENABLE SIRIUS XM AND IMMERSIVE SOUND IN NEW MODEL S

ANALYST: VW ON TRACK TO PASS TESLA AS TOP GLOBAL EV BRAND BY 2025

FRUSTRATED CHEVY BOLT OWNERS WANT THEIR MONEY BACK AFTER MASSIVE RECALL

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1210: Nissan Announces Ariya Prices In Norway | 13 Sep 2021
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NISSAN ANNOUNCES ARIYA PRICES IN NORWAY

KIA NIRO EV LEADS NETHERLANDS TO 30% PLUG-IN SHARE IN AUGUST 2021

TESLA FULL SELF-DRIVING BETA V10 SOFTWARE LANDS FOR EARLY ACCESS FLEET

TESLA AUTOPILOT RESULTS IN DECREASED DRIVER ATTENTION, NEW STUDY FINDS

TESLA OWNER RECEIVES $22K BATTERY REPAIR ESTIMATE, ELECTRIFIED GARAGE FIXES IT FOR $5,750

ELON MUSK SAYS INCENTIVE BILL WAS WRITTEN BY FORD

*Break*

VW INTRODUCES OVER THE AIR UPDATES FOR ID SERIES

SHELL OIL LOOKS TO BECOME A LEADER IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

CHINA TO CONSOLIDATE OVERCROWDED ELECTRIC VEHICLE INDUSTRY

COAL-FREE FUTURE ‘IN SIGHT’

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1209: Five Month Wait For Popular EVs | 12 Sep 2021
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RIVIAN'S ADVENTURE NETWORK OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY

- Tesla may have its impressive Supercharging Network, but Rivian wants customers to go well beyond the pavement.According to Rivian Forums, the first waypoint chargers have been spotted at Under Canvas, Utah, just north of Moab. These level 2 chargers with a 240-volt electric supply are expected to be solar-powered.

- A full charge will take all night, but this shouldn't be a problem for this particular location because it's for camping. Just get there, pitch a tent, and then park and plug in the vehicle for the night and kick back and relax.

- Rivian's new network will also include fast-chargers capable of providing up to 140 miles of range in only 20 minutes. We don't know yet whether non-Rivian owners will have access to the fast chargers and/or some level 2 units.

- Another interesting thing these waypoint chargers are good for is that they probably also power the entire campsite. Camping is all about simplicity but having access to a consistent electricity source is quite convenient, especially in an emergency situation.


TOYOTA URGES HOUSE COMMITTEE TO REJECT 'BLATANTLY BIASED PROPOSAL'

- Japanese automaker Toyota urged a House committee to reject a “'blatantly biased proposal” that would expand tax credits to electric vehicles that are union-made.

- Toyota said while the company supported the mission to reduce carbon emissions and sell electric vehicles, they believed that the proposal to give additional tax credits to electric cars that were union-made was discriminatory.

- On Friday, House Democrats introduced a proposal to expand the tax credits for electric vehicles. Most electric vehicles would have a tax credit of $7,500. That, however, would jump to $12,500 if the cars are union-made.

- General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler parent Stellantis NV would benefit from the proposal given that they employ union workers.

- Still, several environmental and union groups have issued their support for the proposal in addition to Ford, GM and Stellantis.


DEMOCRATS UNVEIL NEW EV TAX CREDIT PROPOSAL WITH BOOST FOR UNIONS

- For five years, the legislation would implement $7,500 point-of-sale consumer rebates for electric vehicles and pay out an additional $4,500 for vehicles assembled in a union facility. Another $500 would be awarded for vehicles using a battery manufactured in the U.S.

- For the next five years after that, the $7,500 base credit would only apply to electric vehicles made in the U.S., but the other two incentives would stay the same.

- The first five years should incentivize EV adoption and domestic battery production, while the latter half should narrow it down to domestic producers

- Sedans under $55,000, vans under $64,000, SUVs under $69,000 and pick-up trucks under $74,000 would be eligible for the credits. Individuals with an adjusted gross income of up to $400,000, heads of households making up to $600,000 and joint filers making up to $800,000 would be able to use the program.


US: ENTRY-LEVEL TESLA MODEL 3/Y DELIVERY TIME EXTENDS TO FEBRUARY

- According to the online design studio, the entry-level Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+) will be delivered in February 2022 (previously January), which is about five months from now. The Long Range and Performance versions are respectively December and November.

- A similar situation concerns the Tesla Model Y. The Long Range (AWD) version is now expected in February (previously January), while the Performance version in November.

- Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+) is now rated at 262 miles (422 km), which is one mile less than before

- EPA range of the Tesla Model S Plaid (19" version) - up from 390 miles (628 km) to 396 miles (637 km).


UK LEGISLATION WILL REQUIRE ALL NEW HOMES TO HAVE EV CHARGEPOINTS

- If pending UK legislation becomes law, all new home construction will include electric vehicle (EV) charging installations. New office buildings are part of the plan, too: they will need to provide charging infrastructure per every 5 parking spaces.

- The Consultation Description begins with the following language. “We are proposing to alter building regulations for: new residential buildings to include requirements for electric vehicle chargepoints; new non-residential buildings to include requirements for electric vehicle chargepoint infrastructure; and, existing non-residential buildings to have electric vehicle chargepoints.”

- The UK legislation, billed as the first of its kind in the world, will require all chargers to be “smart” devices that will enable batteries to be replenished without overloading the grid. Such connectivity language in the UK legislation will have the effect of promoting the use of  overnight charging, so that a data connection can communicate with the car about best timing to plug into the grid.

- The new charging points might be be as simple as a Level 2 charger in a suburban garage or as costly as a bank of DC fast chargers in an underground office parking lot.


GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR MODIFIED VOLVO FH ELECTRIC TRUCK

- A modified Volvo FH has laid claim to an electric truck distance record – 1,099km on a single charge. Three European firms – DPD Switzerland, Continental and Futuricum – were involved in the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest distance covered by an electric truck without a recharging stop. E-truck brand Futuricum modified the base Volvo FH for package-delivery company DPD Switzerland, with the actual truck used for the record attempt pulled from its fleet after six months of active delivery duty

- The 19-ton truck now has over 680hp and, with a capacity of 680 kilowatt hours, the largest truck battery in Europe on board

- It has a banked 2.8km oval track providing ample space for the Futuricum truck to ‘stretch its legs’. In total, two drivers completed 392 laps in shifts of 4.5 hours each at an average speed of 50 km/h, which the participants say mimicks the truck’s daily average. Despite “less-than-ideal weather conditions”, the record-breaking partners said it took just under 23 hours


NSW RELEASES MASTERPLAN FOR 1,000 "ULTRA-FAST" CHARGING BAYS ALONG MAJOR ROUTES

- The New South Wales state Liberal government has released details for its electric vehicle charging masterplan, which will aim to install 1,000 “ultra-fast” charging bays along major routes, and an interactive map to guide network owners where they should install their facilities.

- The plan for the rollout of 350kW chargers was unveiled by transport minister Andrew Constance and energy and environment minister Matt Kean, and promises the biggest EV charging network of any state or territory in Australia.

- NSW hopes to have the 1,000 charging bays in place by 2027. It will release the support funding in four different rounds, and winning tenderer will have two years to complete their installations.


TESLA (TSLA) RAISES MODEL Y PERFORMANCE CAR PRICE IN CHINA

- Tesla TSLA recently announced a price hike for its Model Y Performance car in China.

- The electric vehicle (EV) maker has escalated the price of the Performance version of the Made-in-China Tesla Model Y by 10,000 yuan ($1,550) or 2.6%, from 377,900 yuan to 387,900 yuan ($60,192), due to higher manufacturing costs. Nonetheless, the prices of the two other versions, i.e. the cheaper Standard Range version (introduced in China in July) and the Long Range version, remain unaltered, starting from 276,000 yuan and 347,900 yuan, respectively.

- Internationally, Tesla’s Model Y SUV is sold in two variants: Long Range and Performance.

- It is only in the China market that Tesla offers the cheaper Standard Range version, which debuted in July this year.

- ahead of its Indian debut, a test mule of Tesla’s Model Y electric SUV without camouflage has been spotted testing on the Indian roads. While fans were sure that Tesla’s first product for India will be the Model 3, which has been spied a couple of times on Indian roads, the latest testing confirms that Model Y will be the second offering in India.


E-BIKE REVIEW: GOCYCLE G4, A MCLAREN DESIGNER'S TAKE ON E-MOBILITY


HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 VS Q4 E-TRON VS POLESTAR 2 VS MODEL 3 GROUP TEST (2021) REVIEW


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1208: Tesla Model S Plaid sets Nürburgring "record" | 11 Sep 2021
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HOW LONG DOES THE VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 TAKE TO CHARGE FROM 0% TO 100%?

- Although we've already done some DC fast charging tests, we had the opportunity to repeat the test on an ID.4 First Edition, so we drained the battery down to zero and charged it up to 100% on an Electrify America 150 kW DC fast charger.

- The ID.4 has an 82 kWh battery, of which 77 kWh is usable. Its peak charging rate is supposed to be 125 kW, but we were able to touch 131 kW. In fact, the ID.4 charged at 123 kW or more all the way up to the 30% state of charge point, and it took only 12 minutes to do so.

- 50% state of charge in 20 minutes, and after 40 minutes, the vehicle is at 80% state of charge and has taken in 67 kWh.

- While the vehicle was charging from 0% to 80%, the average power it took in was 110 kW, which is nearly 90% (88%, actually) of its stated peak charging rate.

- As good a charging EV as the ID.4 is, it may get even better very soon. That's because we have heard that Volkswagen may soon increase the ID.4's maximum charge rate from 125 kW to 175 kW through an OTA software update.


TESLA MODEL S PLAID SETS NÜRBURGRING "RECORD" 

- The Tesla Model S Plaid, yoke and all, appears to have set a new electric production lap record of the Nürburgring with a 7 minute 30.9 seconds tour. The lap, the onboard of which was rather abruptly uploaded to the company’s YouTube channel today (10th September) has not been verified by Nürburgring officials would be over 11 seconds faster than the Porsche Taycan Turbo S’s previous benchmark.

- Telsa appearing to max out at 286km/h (177mph) down the legendary Döttinger Höhe straight. The car appears to be virtually standard, at least to the naked eye, with the only obvious changes being a visible rollcage, accurate racing speedo and small red killswitch on the centre console.


TESLA SHARES MODEL S PLAID “TRACK PACK” DETAILS, RELEASE DATE, AND ROLLOUT STRATEGY

- Elon Musk has shared some insights on the Model S Plaid’s “Track Pack.” He also shared some modifications Tesla plans to implement for the flagship sedan in its next Nurburgring record attempt and a potential rollout strategy for owners who wish to modify their vehicles for maximum track performance.

Next will be modified Plaid with added aero surfaces, carbon brakes & track tires (all things that can be done without Tesla being in the loop)


2022 RIVIAN R1T GEAR TUNNEL HANDS-ON REVIEW

- When the 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup truck made its debut, it impressed us with its design, range, and capability. Besides looking quite different from any pickup truck on the market today, the Rivian R1T has a ton of storage space provided by its 4.5-foot bed, its frunk, its in-bed trunk, and its gear tunnel.

- The answer as to what fits in the tunnel is: a bunch of whatever you like. The Rivian R1T's gear-tunnel volume is 11.6 cubic feet, or 0.6 cubic foot more than the R1T's frunk. On our (TAT) adventure, we fit a couple of carry-on sized suitcases, a couple of duffle bags, a backpack, and a briefcase in the tunnel all at the same time. The gear tunnel is deep, and if you're good with Tetris you can fit even more stuff than you think, especially if you have items you can fold, bend, or squeeze. The storage space was designed to fit golf bags, skis, snowboards, or collapsed strollers, but feel free to stash your umbrellas, fishing poles, or other similarly sized and shaped items. It also has a 12-volt outlet and a 110-volt outlet, one at each end, for powering various accessories.


2022 POLESTAR 2 OFFICIALLY GETS 7% MORE EPA RANGE VS 2021 MY

- The recently announced 2022 Polestar 2 is coming to the U.S. later this year - the Dual Motor version in October, and the all-new Single Motor version at the end of 2021.

- the latest EPA range and efficiency ratings for the 2022 Polestar 2 Dual Motor, which on paper should have about 16 miles (26 km) or 7% more range - 249 miles (401 km), compared to the outgoing 2021 model year version.

- The 249 miles (401 km) value is the EPA Combined range value. It should be slightly lower on the highway, which we will probably test at some point in the future.


2022 VOLVO XC40 RECHARGE CAN DRIVE FURTHER PER CHARGE 

- Volvo has now confirmed that the 2022 XC40 Recharge will see changes that gain driving range compared to the 2021 model. Specifically, Volvo says its EPA Combined driving range for the 2022 model is 7.2 percent better than before.

- While that might not sound like much, that’s an additional 15 miles of driving per charge bringing the range to 223 miles.

- For 2021, the XC40 Recharge started at a base price of $53,990. For 2022, the XC40 Recharge base price is $55,300.


NIO LAUNCHES EUROPEAN DEBUT OF THE ET7

- Nio has presented its ET7 electric sedan, unveiled in China earlier this year, in Germany – and Europe – for the first time. Nio also confirms that the ET7 will be the first model to be launched in Germany in 2022.

- Nio had announced the market entry in Norway as the first European country. Starting this month, the first examples of the ES8 E-SUV will be delivered there.

- Nio now confirmed that the first vehicles in Germany will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2022 – but unlike in Norway, it will not be the ES8, but the ET7 electric sedan.

- The ET7 is a 5.10-metre-long premium sedan with up to 480 kW of power and – measured in the outdated NEDC – up to 1,000 kilometres of range when the largest battery with 150 kWh is installed.


NIO'S NEW ET7 SEDAN COULD INCLUDE LOW-COST LITHIUM IRON PHOSPHATE BATTERY

- Nio, Inc. (NYSE: NIO)  unveiled  its all-new ET7 sedan at its Nio Day event in early January, and deliveries of the EV maker's first-ever sedan will likely begin in the first quarter of 2022.

- Nio could release a version of the ET7 with low-cost lithium iron phosphate, or LFP, batteries, as opposed to the ternary lithium-ion batteries it now uses, the CnEVPost reported, citing information released by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.The ET7 was included in MIIT's list of the latest models that will be part of its product announcement, the report said. This suggests the sedan will likely hew to Nio's scheduled delivery timeframe.The ET7's description in the list reportedly suggests batteries for the model will be supplied by Nio's longtime supplier CATL.

- LFP batteries are relatively cheaper than ternary lithium-ion batteries. The adoption of LFP batteries could make the ET7 affordable to potential customers.


XPENG TO OFFICIALLY LAUNCH THE P5 SEDAN

- Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng will officially launch its third battery-powered model on Sept 15 named the P5. The P5 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with lidar technology from the factory to support autonomous driving.

- The new P5 is being marketed as a more "family friendly" sedan under its more expensive P7. Pre-sales of P5 began mid-July. Xpeng said the pre-sale this summer has already received enthusiastic responses from customers in China.

- The company first unveiled the P5 in April at the annual Auto Shanghai car show. Deliveries to customers will start in October.

- The P5's double-prism lidar sensors are capable of identifying pedestrians, cyclists or scooters, static obstacles, and construction zones, even at night or in low-light conditions, such as when traveling in a tunnel.


ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS


WORLD OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES CAN HAVE STRONG AFGHANISTAN CONNECTION


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1207: NYC Wants To Build A Mega Charging Network | 10 Sep 2021
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TESLA MODEL Y LANDS IN NETHERLANDS IN 30% PLUGIN SHARE MONTH

- The Dutch plugin vehicle (PEV) market continues in the fast lane, with 6,637 plugin registrations logged last month. That meant that last month’s PEV share of the overall passenger auto market reached 30% (20% BEV), pulling the year-to-date PEV share to 22% (12% BEV) and the total tally to 45,426 units

- In August, the plugin sales leader was again the Kia Niro EV, with 753 registrations, placing it as the leader in the overall auto market. The runner-up was the Skoda Enyaq, with the Czech station-wagon-disguised-as-a-crossover registering 487 units.

- BEVs are returning to form, getting 66% of August’s registrations.


TESLA PLANS ENERGY TRADING TEAM AS COMPANY EXPANDS BATTERY PROJECTS

- Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is looking to staff an energy trading team to support its battery and renewable power projects, according to Tesla's website and an employee post on the career site LinkedIn.com.

- The company plans to use an in-house automated trading platform, called Autobidder, for "bidding batteries into multiple wholesale energy markets," according to the job description on Tesla's website.

- The job requires expertise in wholesale electricity markets, and the candidate will "lead trading and real-time operations for battery, solar, and wind projects participating in wholesale energy markets," using Autobidder, according to the job posting.


WHY RIVIAN’S "TANK TURN" STATIONARY SPIN FEATURE IS DELAYED

- First, unless conditions are perfect, it's possible each wheel will have a different amount of grip than the others and require more or less power to break traction. While the truck's computer can read the road surface via suspension inputs as you're driving, there's no good way for it to know exactly what the surface under each tire is like when you come to a stop. If any wheel is getting too much or too little power during a Tank Turn, it can cause the vehicle to spin off in a random direction instead of rotating in one place. Power delivery has to be programmed very carefully to respond to changing grip before and during a Tank Turn. You can see this issue crop up right at the beginning of the video.

- because the truck's wheelbase isn't square (that is, because there's more distance between the front and rear axles than there is between the wheels on either side of each axle), it won't always rotate around the exact center of the vehicle, especially if the surface isn't consistent. If the point of rotation is off center, it can cause the vehicle to spin off in any direction instead of rotating in one place. A safeguard needs to be programmed to recognize this situation and either correct it or end the Tank Turn.

- In order to execute a Tank Turn, all four wheels have to break traction. Once that happens, the truck is at the mercy of physics. If the surface is inclined in any direction, the truck will slide that direction as it spins.

- During testing, Rivian discovered the amount of power needed to get all four wheels spinning results in a lot of wheel speed, which ends up making the truck spin around very fast. From inside the truck, it's a hell of a ride, so much so there's concern it'll scare drivers who aren't ready for it


MERCEDES-BENZ’S MAYBACH EV CONCEPT HELPS THE RICH FEEL EVEN BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES

- Mercedes-Benz has shown off the electric Maybach EQS, an opulent concept car that the company says is a preview of what the future of high-end electric cars may look like. The company revealed the EV SUV at the IAA Mobility show, where it also announced a G-Class SUV concept, and a more attainable electric sedan.

- Mercedes says the interior is supposed to remind you of a yacht, and the SUV has something called a “Chauffeur package.”

- Mercedes calls the concept “a clear preview of the first fully electric series-production model” in the Maybach line, and the company already has an EV platform kicking around that it could put to use. It’s not a subtle car, so I’m sure it won’t be hard to miss when something like it eventually hits the road


VOLVO'S ELECTRIC XC40 RECHARGE ALREADY SOLD OUT IN AUSTRALIA, WITH "HUNDREDS" ON ORDER

- The first allocation in Australia of the all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge is already exhausted, Volvo has confirmed with The Driven.

- “The entire initial allocation of hundreds is spoken for,” Volvo’s spokesperson told The Driven in a note.  However, those wanting to place orders will still be able to sit behind the wheel by early 2022.
“New orders placed from today are planned for arrival during February 2022,” they added.

- The XC40 Recharge is offered in only one configuration, with a predicted 418km driving range from its 78kWh battery and a plethora of Volvo safety systems.


NYC DOT LOOKS TO BUILD ONE OF THE LARGEST EV CHARGING NETWORKS IN THE US

- The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) recently shared extensive plans to support the influx of EVs in the area by deploying four DC fast chargers as part of its city-operated fast-charging network. With nearly 50,000 chargers planned by 2030 as part of an ambitious plan, NYC’s government looks to build one of the largest municipal charging networks in the country.

- Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) has signed new legislation to support the state’s efforts outlined below. The legislation sets a new goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State to be zero emissions by 2035.

- In a recent release from the NYPA alongside the NYC DOT and EVconnect, the group has successfully installed four of 28 planned DC fast charging plugs within city-owned municipal garages. The initial goal for this city-owned and operated charging network is 80 plugs by 2025.

- The recently shared plan outlines ambitious, city-wide climate goals for the next decade, citing that NYC will need 400,000 drivers to switch to EVs by 2030 and will work to provide the charging infrastructure to support them.


UNIONS MIGHT HAMPER THE MOVE TO ZERO EMISSIONS

- President Joe Biden wants to corner the market on electric vehicles. In August, he announced a target that by 2030, half of the vehicles sold in the United States will be battery electric, fuel-cell electric or plug-in hybrid. It would be a seismic shift for an auto industry dominated by gas-powered vehicles. But resistance to Biden's ambitious goal is coming from a surprising stakeholder: the United Autoworkers Union, one of Biden's oldest political allies.

- There are tens of thousands of auto workers in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio involved in producing internal combustion engines, Wayne State University professor and UAW labor expert Marick Masters told CNN. With many fewer parts to electric vehicles and less labor required, there are natural questions about what impact the transition could have on jobs.

- Union leaders told CNN they recognize an ally in Biden and have praised the president's pro-union rhetoric. For now, they are relying on Biden's and Congressional Democrats' word that they'll attempt to boost union-made cars with tax credits — something that is far from guaranteed.


RENAULT WANTS TO PROLONG THE FOSSIL FUEL ERA


CUPRA LAUNCHES NEW EV&ME APP


OCTOPUS ENERGY’S ELECTRIC JUICE NETWORK HITS 100,000 CHARGERS MILESTONE


FREMONT PD BRINGS ON TESLA MODEL Y AS PATROL VEHICLE TO SAVE TAXPAYERS


HOW ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SITES CAN BENEFIT FARMERS


APPLE WATCH EXEC TAKES OVER SECRETIVE CAR PROJECT


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 HONDA, GM TO SHARE EV PARTS

- The Japanese automaker Honda is strengthening ties with General Motors to share components for electric vehicles. They aim to shorten the time needed to develop new models, and keep up with the wave of electrification taking place around the world.  Honda will develop platforms for small and medium-sized cars. GM will make them for larger models.


TESLA FINISHES CONSTRUCTION OF SHANGHAI-BASED SUPERCHARGER PRODUCTION PLANT

- Tesla completed the construction of its Supercharger production plant in Shanghai in late August and is going through debugging of the equipment that will run from August 21 to September 25, according to a local media outlet.

- The building works officially commenced on January 20 this year, according to an environment impact assessment report. The plant consists of 5 semi-automatic assembly lines, which are capable of producing 10,000 Superchargers per year.  The site will produce the V3 Superchargers.


BOSSES FROM ELECTRIC CARMAKER RIVIAN TO VISIT UK SITE BEING CONSIDERED FOR GIANT FACTORY

- Bosses from Amazon-backed US carmaker Rivian are flying into the UK next week to visit a potential site for a giant electric car factory, sources have told the West of England mayor's office.  California-based Rivian is said to be eyeing an area between Bristol and Bridgwater, in Somerset, for a UK plant.

- Rivian executives will be involved in a series of meetings with government and business officials, and will visit Somerset’s 616-acre Gravity smart campus - off junction 23 of the M5.

- Rivian bosses will also visit Bristol to find out about the city’s innovation expertise, concluding with a dinner aboard the SS Great Britain. They will then fly on to Germany to visit a rival site before making a final decision, it is understood.


FORD POACHES TOP TECH EXECUTIVE DOUG FIELD WHO HELPED LEAD APPLE'S TOP-SECRET CAR PROJECT

- Ford has hired former Tesla and Apple executive Doug Field to lead its emerging technology efforts, a key focus for the automaker under its new Ford+ turnaround plan.The hire is a major new addition for Ford, while a big hit to Apple and its secret car project, which the company has yet to confirm exists. Apple, in an emailed statement, said: “We’re grateful for the contributions Doug has made to Apple and we wish him all the best in this next chapter.”

- The hire is a major addition for Ford and a big hit to Apple and its secret car project, which the company has yet to confirm exists.

- Field — who led development of Tesla’s Model 3 —most recently served as vice president of special projects at Apple, which reportedly included the tech giant’s Titan car project.


VOLKSWAGEN SAYS IT WILL LEASE USED EVS TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER ITS BATTERIES

- At the Munich auto show this week, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess told the press his company plans to offer leases on its used EVs as a way to maintain control over the batteries that power them.

- Automotive News Europe reports Diess told the audience that Volkswagen will offer used-vehicle leases on its ID family of electric vehicles, including those in North America, as a strategy to keep control over their valuable batteries. Diess said the secondary leases would allow the company to recycle the valuable battery packs into new uses, including home power centers and fast chargers.

- “In Europe, we are trying to get a second lease and even a third lease, and keep the car in our hands,” Diess said. “Battery life we think today is about 1,000 charging cycles and around 350,000 kilometers [about 215,000 miles], something like that. So, the battery would probably live longer than the car, and we want to get hold of the battery. We don’t want to give the battery away.”


NEW BRITISHVOLT BATTERY CELL FACTORY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

- Works have begun at Britishvolt’s new battery cell factory in Blyth, Northumberland. Planning permission for the cell factory was granted unanimously by Northumberland County Council in July and construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in autumn or winter this year.

- The production facility will be built on the 95-hectare former site of the town’s power station. Once up and running, the company is planning to start production in 2023, according to the latest Britishvolt announcement. In total, the plant is expected to create around 3,000 direct jobs and a further 5,000 in associated supply chains.

- The project is to be built in three phases of ten GWh each, reaching a full capacity of 30 GWh by the end of 2027. To get things underway, Britishvolt has commissioned construction partner ISG with the preliminary work. ISG will clear the site and take preparatory steps for the utilities and infrastructure of the construction site.


PORSCHE TAYCAN’S STRONG DEMAND OUTPACES AUTOMAKER’S PRODUCTION CAPACITY

- The Porsche Taycan is experiencing massive demand with delivery estimates stretching up to six months, said CEO Oliver Blume. The demand for Porsche’s all-electric four-door sedan outpaced the company’s production capacity for 2021 in the first quarter alone. 

“Our original production capacity for the Taycan was 20,000 units this year – we’ve sold that many in the first half of the year,” Blume said during a panel discussion at the IAA Mobility show in Munich. The Porsche CEO noted that “incoming orders are huge,” including in China.

- The Taycan’s popularity continued to accelerate in Q2 2021, with Porsche exceeding all the deliveries in 2020 in just the first half of the quarter. The accelerated popularity of the Taycan was partly due to the new variants released of the all-electric four-door.


MOTORTREND:  WE DRIVE THE 2022 RIVIAN R1T OFF-ROAD ACROSS THE TRANS-AMERICA TRAIL, PART 1

- This route winds around the Appalachians, across the mighty Mississippi, through the Great Plains, and over the Rockies, before threading through the west's high-desert slick rock and redwoods to the coast. Some paved roads dot the trail, but they're few and far between. Because of the endeavor's sheer scale and distance, MotorTrend together with Rivian dedicated 43 days to the adventure, split into five legs. We divided into five crews of staffers as we navigated our convoy of two near-production-spec 2022 Rivian R1Ts and our support vehicle, a Ram 1500 TRX, across the Trans-America Trail.


TESLA SOLD 44,264 CHINA-MADE VEHICLES IN AUGUST, LOCAL DELIVERIES UP

- U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc in August sold 44,264 China-made vehicles, including 31,379 for export, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said on Wednesday. Local sales of China-made vehicles jumped to 12,885 cars last month from 8,621 cars in July. Tesla's sales in the first month of each quarter are usually lower than the following two months.

- China's BYD sold 60,858 electric vehicles last month, while General Motors Co's China joint venture with SAIC Motor delivered 43,783 units.


TESTED: 2021 TESLA MODEL S PLAID TRAVELS 345 MILES

- Tesla's tri-motor 1,020-hp flagship sedan covered 345 miles on Edmunds' real-world EV range loop, falling just shy of its EPA-estimated range by 3 miles.It ties the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range for first place on our EV range leaderboard among both luxury and non-luxury EVs.  The Plaid proved to be pretty efficient when driven with restraint, consuming slightly less energy than a Porsche Taycan 4S tested in similar conditions


A TESLA RECORED A MAN FAKING BEING BACKED INTO AT A GAS STATION

- Arthur Bates Jr., the 47-year-old man in question, was in the gas station’s parking lot where the “incident” occurred. In video footage from the Tesla released by local authorities, Bates can be seen behind the vehicle.

- In the video, Bates can be seen behind the Tesla as it slowly reverses. As the vehicle comes to a stop, Bates literally walks into the bumper of the car and collapses on the ground pretending he’s in pain and placing his foot on the back of the car.


- Bates then had the nerve to go and call for emergency services, with an ambulance and firefighters coming to check him for injuries. Police managed to find the driver of the car who explained that they witnessed Bates intentionally getting behind the vehicle


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NEW RENAULT 5 ELECTRIC CAR CONFIRMED FOR PRODUCTION IN 2024

- The revived Renault 5 electric hatchback has made an appearance at this year’s Munich Motor Show in prototype form, alongside its original siblings from the 70s and 80s, with the French brand confirming it will give rise to a production car in 2024.

- The revived retro icon will enter production in 2024 as the first vehicle based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new CMF-BEV platform, which has been specifically designed for smaller electric vehicles.  Renault says the new platform could be the key to unlocking affordable small electric cars, with bosses claiming that the 5 will cost around 33 per cent less than the current Zoe.

- When quizzed whether it would feature the same 130kW rapid charge capability as the recently unveiled Megane E-Tech Electric, he said: “I would say it will be the same, close to that.”

- When it arrives in three years time, the new Renault 5 will become a more affordable rival for the Honda e and MINI Electric


GREAT WALL MOTORS PRESENTS NEW ORA & WEY BEVS

- At the IAA Mobility, Great Wall Motors (GWM) is giving a preview of the first two models of its Ora and Wey brands, with which the Chinese car company soon wants to gain a foothold in Europe.

- Ora Cat is a BEV compact car

- Ora Cat has an electric motor on the front axle that produces 126 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque. Great Wall claims acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h. The energy storage system on board is supposed to provide an energy boost and is said to have an energy content of 63 kWh to allow a range of 400 kilometres according to WLTP.


DAIMLER IS DONE WITH PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

- Daimler’s focus on battery-electric vehicles also has an impact on plug-in hybrids. The Stuttgart-based carmaker is no longer planning any new developments here. Suppliers such as ZF, however, assess the future of PHEVs differently.

- Markus Schäfer, Daimler board member responsible for research and development and Mercedes-Benz AG board member responsible for day-to-day operations, now indicated at the IAA Mobility in Munich that there will be no further development of a technology once deemed transitional.


MICROLINO SHOWS OFF PRODUCTION VERSION OF TINY ELECTRIC CAR AND CUTE SCOOTER

- Micro took to the IAA Mobility trade show in Munich, Germany, to publicly reveal the series-production version of the company’s Microlino 2.0 electric mini-car.

- Considered a quadricycle in Europe, the Microlino 2.0 takes on a similar design to the BMW Isetta.

- a single large front door that allows occupants to enter directly from the front of the car.

- Over 24,000 people have placed reservations for the little electric car


AMID BOLT BATTERY FIRE PROBE, NHTSA ASKS LG IF OTHER CARS ARE AFFECTED

- Responding to battery defects that cause a risk of fire in Chevrolet Bolt electric cars, a federal auto safety agency is communicating with the battery's maker, LG Energy Solution, to see whether other carmakers' EVs are affected.

- In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told The Detroit News it “currently does not have any open investigations into fires alleged with LG batteries outside of GM” but added that it’s “in touch with LG to identify other vehicles that may be impacted.”

- The federal agency's probe focuses on the GM vehicles with battery cells supplied by LG Energy Solution, whose affiliate LG Electronics assembles the cells into modules and packs.


SK INNOVATION TO SUPPLY BATTERIES TO CHINESE EV COMPANY FOR FIRST TIME

- SK Innovation will reportedly supply batteries to an electric vehicle (EV) maker in China.

- SK Innovation is expected to have a production capacity of 50GWh in China within three to four years. It is investing trillions of won in production facilities in China, and is engaged in the replaceable battery business, which has strong growth potential.


LG ENERGY SOLUTION IS DEVELOPING LFP BATTERY CELLS

- Korean battery cell makers have been producing almost exclusively NCM battery cells, but according to Korean media, LG Energy Solution will launch LFP (LiFePO4) battery cells already next year.

- LG will produce LFP pouch battery cells to be inserted in modules, just like Guoxuan – that expects to reach 260 Wh/kg next year by combining LFP cathode with silicon anode.

- LFP is a cobalt-free chemistry that allows to produce electric cars that are as cheap as their ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) counterparts. BYD already reached 55 euros per kWh at the battery pack level with the module-less approach.

- The upcoming end of patent restrictions on LFP and the recent problems with fires in NCM battery cells seem to have pushed LG Energy Solution to consider the super-safe and inexpensive LFP chemistry.

- Patent restrictions over LFP cathode chemistry will start to expire in 2022.


TESLA PLANS TO INVEST $8 BILLION INTO EV BATTERY PLANT NEXT TO GIGA BERLIN

- Tesla will invest up to 5 billion euros ($A8 billion) in a lithium-ion battery plant at “Giga Berlin”, with a decision on whether the German government will tip in 1 billion towards it expected by the end of 2021.

- German media stories say that a new publication by the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) provides new information on the costs of the battery factory that Tesla is planning on the site of its Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin.

- It is the single largest investment in battery manufacture currently being planned in Germany, where 21 billion euros in battery factory investment – almost half of all Europe’s 46 million euros total – is planned.

- Tesla will receive 1.135 billion euros in state funding for the development of its German battery production


FERRARI AND LAMBORGHINI COULD BE EXEMPT FROM BAN ON COMBUSTION ENGINES

- Italy is in talks with the European Union on ways to shield supercar makers, including Ferrari and Lamborghini, from the planned phase-out of combustion engine vehicles by 2035.

- The European Commission in July announced plans to phase out sales of new combustion-engine cars by 2035 as part of the region’s effort to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming.
That timeline is particularly challenging for luxury-car makers that produce vehicles with powerful engines that emit above-average levels of pollution.


BMW ORDERS UP $24 BILLION OF BATTERIES AS EV DEMAND GROWS

- BMW AG has boosted orders for battery cells to keep pace with accelerating demand for electric cars that made up more than 11% of deliveries during the half of the year.

- The German carmaker now has contracts for more than 20 billion euros ($23.8 billion) of batteries, up from 12 billion euros previously, Chief Executive Officer Oliver Zipse said in an interview. The cells are destined for i4 sedans, iX sport utility vehicles and other models BMW is producing through 2024. The company plans to start switching to a new generation of batteries the following year.


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RENAULT MEGANE E-TECH ELECTRIC REVEALED

- Renault has revealed its next generation EV over a decade after democratising electric car technology with its Zoe, transferring the Megane nameplate onto a new and bespoke all-electric hatchback that will rival the Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra Born.

- This decision to apply the Megane name to an all-new bespoke EV signals Renault’s commitment to the technology, diverging from its French counterparts Peugeot and Citroen by not engineering a single model capable of supporting both EV and ICE powertrains.

- With no combustion-engined Megane replacement in the pipeline, Renault’s looks a brave and dramatic move by comparison.

- the Megane E-Tech will utilise a single electric motor in two outputs, 128bhp and 218bhp, driven from one of two available battery packs of either 40kWh or 60kWh. With its most potent combination, the Megane will reach 62mph in 7.4sec

- The CMF-EV platform the new Megane sits on has been co-developed with Alliance partner Nissan, and incorporates the slimmest battery pack in the marketplace at just 110mm thick. This has allowed Renault’s designers to keep the body relatively low-slung in comparison to VW’s MEB platform

- from 186 miles at the lower end right up to 292 miles.


2021 POLESTAR 2 PRICED TO IMPRESS AS PREMIUM EV

- New versions of the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback have made their European public debut at the 2021 IAA in Munich. Announced earlier in 2021, the expanded Polestar 2 model range now offers three powertrains

- A key addition to the new versions is the optional heat pump. The heat pump reduces the need to use valuable battery capacity to prepare and sustain the cabin climate. The system uses ambient heat, as well as residual thermal energy from the drivetrain, to reduce energy requirements for climate control by as much as 50%. In colder weather and most effectively between 5-15 degrees Celsius, as much as a 10% improvement in range can be achieved.

- The heat pump is part of the Plus Pack, one of three curated optional equipment bundles that enhance the Polestar 2 experience. The Plus Pack also includes high-level premium equipment like the full-length panoramic glass roof, premium Harman Kardon audio system with 13 speakers, WeaveTech upholstery, Black Ash deco panels, fully-electric heated front seats with memory, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and heated wiper nozzles.

- Variants and packsReference pricing based on German market (excluding incentive and handover) Long range Dual motorEUR 51,500Long range Single motorEUR 48,500Standard range Single motorEUR 45,500


SKODA ENYAQ IV COUPÉ TO DROP IN 2022

- A few months before the sales launch, Skoda has revealed more details about the Enyaq iV Coupé. However, the SUV coupé of the well-known MEB battery-electric car will only be launched in three of the five drive variants of its SUV brother.

- Specifically, these are the Enyaq Coupé iV 60, 80 and 80x. The 60 has a 58 kWh battery and a 132 kW electric motor. The 80 is the familiar version with the large 77 kWh battery and 150 kW rear-wheel drive, and the 80x is the 195 kW all-wheel-drive version with the 77 kWh battery. The Enyaq’s 50 drive and RS model will therefore not be offered on the SUV coupé at market launch.

- he 58 kWh battery can be charged with up to 120 kW with the current software, while the 77 kWh battery can currently be charged with a maximum of 125 kW – an update has been announced for the autumn, which is rumoured to enable up to 170 kW at corresponding DC charging stations.


SKODA ENYAQ COUPE IV AND VW ID.5 SPORTBACKS

- The electric launch cycles of many of the biggest brands serves as a welcome reminder of how important groups and platforms are.A perfect example of this is currently playing out with the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV and the VW ID.5, both due for launch shortly.Both these electric models follow existing models - the Skoda Enyaq iV and the VW ID.4 as SUV versions - which now get a dropped back for pumped up coupe looks.

- Audi is a big fan of what it calls the sportback, offering that dropping roofline for more sporty looks on many models and - something we saw on the Audi e-tron and more recently with the Audi Q4 e-tron - which also comes in both styles.

- The ID.5 will only offer the larger 82kWh battery, again with a choice of motor powers, but the GTX that's being pushed will have dual motors, we suspect the same 220kW pairing on the ID.4 GTX.


PORSCHE’S NEW MISSION R ELECTRIC RACECAR CONCEPT IS BUILT TO STREAM

- Porsche is taking inspiration from the world of esports and livestreaming for its next racecar concept. The all-electric Porsche Mission R, first introduced at this weeks’ 2021 IAA Mobility conference in Munich, is what Porsche believes is “the future of customer motorsport.”

- nside there are mounted cameras for the driver’s helmet, a movable camera on the car’s A-pillar, and a backward-facing dashboard cam so fans can get up close and personal. Porsche claims the gaming rig-inspired steering wheel has built-in biometric sensors to track a driver’s vitals throughout, and the car also features a dedicated “Livestream button.”

- Porsche says the Mission R can go from zero to 100 km/h (around 62mph) in 2.5 seconds, with a max speed of over 300 km/h (around 186mph)


NISSAN CELEBRATES 250,000 EV SALES ACROSS EUROPE

- Nissan has achieved a quarter of a million fully electric vehicle sales in Europe – marking a new step in a decade of success for Nissan electric mobility.As the EV revolution continues to accelerate, Nissan celebrates the latest milestone in its commitment to advancing electric mobility, with the iconic LEAF achieving 208,000 sales and the highly versatile e-NV200 van securing 42,000 customers in Europe.

- the e-NV200 has upheld the same pioneering spirit of the LEAF, bringing the benefits of zero-emissions mobility to both businesses and private customers.Equipped with an efficient 40kWh powertrain, up to 4.2m3 of cargo capacity and offering low operating costs, the e-NV200 is a highly flexible tool for commercial users and has been the vehicle of choice for businesses across Europe.

- e-NV200 Evalia has also served the needs of everyday private customers, with a highly-adaptable interior and five- and seven-seater options available


MERCEDES-BENZ EQB THREE-ROW ELECTRIC CROSSOVER BOWS AT IAA 2021

- Seen for the first time at IAA Mobility 2021, the EQB wasn’t a big surprise because we knew it was coming and we had been covering it for months. Just like the EQA, which is the EV version of the GLA, the EQB is the pure-electric version of the GLB. And the difference between the two ICE models is the same for the EVs - the EQB is the slightly bigger and more rugged looking of the two, and the only to offer a third row of seats.

- the EQB is only available with two motors, in either EQB 300 or EQB 350 guises. They both draw from the same 66.5 kWh battery pack (shared with the EQA), they have the same maximum charging speed of 110 kW

- WLTP range of up to 419 km (260 miles).

- The EQB is expected to reach US dealers in 2022, but in Europe it should become available before the end of 2021.


2024 MERCEDES-BENZ EQG: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

- Over several decades the Mercedes-Benz G-class built a reputation as an all-conquering off-roader before becoming a six-figure status symbol for celebrities. Now, with the automotive landscape shifting away from gas-powered cars, the G-class is spawning the all-electric EQG.

- The EQG will be an all-new model for the Mercedes brand when it launches. We expect it to arrive for the 2024 model year, meaning it could go on sale in late 2023.

- We estimate that the price of the 2024 Mercedes EQG will be in the $120,000-range when it reaches dealerships. We’ll know more about the different EQG trims and their pricing closer to the electric off-roader’s on-sale date.

- The EQG is expected to be powered by four electric motors, one near each wheel, that will be individually controllable, which should improve on- and off-road driving performance.


VOLKSWAGEN'S ID.LIFE IS AN URBAN EV THAT WILL ENTER PRODUCTION BY 2025

- Volkswagen has added another piece to its EV puzzle with the launch of the ID.Life concept, a front-wheel drive EV aimed at city-dwellers, the company announced at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. The small crossover shares the MEB platform and battery with the ID.3, and VW plans to launch it in Europe (not the US) by 2025.

- The ID.Life is powered by a 231-horsepower motor and 57.0-kWh battery pack that's considerably larger than the 35-kWh battery on the Honda E city car. Like the rear-wheel-drive ID.3, also available only in Europe, it should go around 250 miles on a charge via Europe's generous WLTP cycle.


LIGHTWEIGHT BOSCH CHARGING CABLE ELIMINATES 'POWER BRICK'

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CHINA SET TO SELL 1.7 MILLION NEVS BETWEEN JAN-AUG

- China, the world's biggest vehicle market, is expected to sell 1.7 million new energy vehicles (NEV) in the first eight months of this year, up from 600,000 units in the same period last year, vice industry minister said on Saturday.

- Overall auto sales are expected to hit over 16 million vehicles between January and August, up around 10% from 2020. But he warned that the coronavirus-induced global auto chip supply shortage still remains a pressure point on China's auto production.

- authorities will continue to curb blind construction of NEV projects and will improve supply of key metals including cobalt, lithium and nickel


30 PERCENT OF CHEVY BOLT EV OWNERS NOT FOLLOWING FIRE SAFETY

- Along with this recall, General Motors has also instructed owners on best practices to avoid a potential fire. However, according to one recent report, roughly a third of Chevy Bolt EV owners are choosing not to follow GM’s fire safety instructions.

- Kelley Blue Book, which cites a report from battery monitoring service Recurrent, 30 percent of Chevy Bolt EV owners are failing to heed GM’s guidelines per the latest battery pack recall.

- General Motors has advised Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV owners to refrain from charging their vehicle above 90 percent, while also avoiding depleting the batteries below 70 miles of range. What’s more, customers are advised against charging their vehicle indoors overnight, and to park their vehicle outside immediately following charging.

- 30 percent of Chevy Bolt EV owners continue to charge their vehicle over 90 percent or deplete the batteries below 70 miles of range. The Recurrent report is based on battery monitoring of 1,000 Chevy Bolt EV vehicles subscribed to the Recurrent service.


VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 GTX ELECTRIC HOT HATCHBACK CONFIRMED FOR PRODUCTION

- Volkswagen’s Chief Executive Officer, Ralf Brandstatter, has confirmed that the brand’s ID.X electric hot hatchback concept will go into production as the ID.3 GTX.The German firm’s GTX branding signifies its all-electric performance vehicles, and the ID.3 GTX is set to be the third model in the line-up. We could see the car as soon as 2022.

- Speaking to Auto Express at the Munich Motor Show, Brandstatter said, “The decision is made. We have the ID.4 GTX and the ID.3 GTX will come.”

- the new GTX hot hatch won’t be quite as powerful as the ID.X concept, which used a 329bhp dual-electric motor set-up fed by a 77kWh (usable) battery. It’s therefore more likely that the ID.3 GTX will use the same twin-motor powertrain as the ID.4 GTX, producing 295bhp. In the smaller, lighter ID.3, the GTX will likely undercut the ID.4 GTX’s 6.2-second 0-62mph time.


ACQUIRED BY MERCEDES-BENZ, YASA’S REVOLUTIONARY ELECTRIC MOTOR IS SET FOR BIG THINGS

- Back in July, YASA (formerly Yokeless And Segmented Armature), a British electric motor startup with a revolutionary “axial-flux” motor, was acquired by Mercedes-Benz. The acquisition didn’t exactly garner enormous press attention, as scant other details were announced. But YASA is likely to be an entity worth watching.

- after being spun out of Oxford University, YASA will now develop ultra-high-performance electric motors for Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.EA electric-only platform. It will stay in the U.K. as a fully owned subsidiary, serving both Mercedes-Benz and existing customers like Ferrari. The company will retain its own brand, team, facilities and location in Oxford.

- YASA’s axial-flux electric motors generated EV industry interest because of their efficiency, high power density, small size and low weight.

- one-third the weight of other electric motors, more efficient and with 3x higher power densities than Tesla.

- Mike Butcher@mikebutcher


MERCEDES, BMW STEER EVS TO EUROPE'S FIRST CAR SHOW SINCE COVID

- It’s the first major auto-industry forum in Europe since the pandemic, so organizers are trying to spread out participants by holding some events outdoors and in Munich’s city center.

- Visitors will be able to test-drive dozens of battery-powered cars, e-bikes and scooters on a seven-mile track that stretches from the conference venue into downtown Munich.

- Volkswagen is bringing the ID.5 GTX crossover and the electric version of its hippie-era microbus called the ID.Buzz

- BMW is presenting the iX, its latest electric SUV, while Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz will show off the EQE sedan, which is a bit smaller and less-luxurious than its flagship EQS limousine.


MERCEDES-AMG EQS53 DEBUTS IN MUNICH – TAKES AIM AT THE TESLA MODEL S PLAID

- Mercedes-AMG has been busy at this year’s Munich motor show, debuting both its first plug-in hybrid and its first all-electric model in the form of this, the EQS53. It will top the EQS range, and as the name suggests is the S-class-sized all-electric model that’s based on Merc’s new bespoke EV platform.

- Like the EQS580, the 53 comes with an electric motor on both axles, but produces a combined 750bhp

- those figures are only accessible for short overboost periods on EQS53 models fitted with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus pack.

- AMG Dynamic Plus models are able to reach 62mph in 3.4sec (3.8sec for models without), and go on to a limited 155mph top speed. To hit these numbers the AMG’s electric motors do not need to be preconditioned Tesla style, but AMG does insist on a minimum of 80 per cent battery charge, which is new for EVs

- the motors are fed from a 120kWh battery pack, of which 107.8kWh is useable, mounted in a flat casing underneath the main cabin. The 400V electrical system does trail Porsche’s 800V one in the Taycan, but the maximum 200kW charging capability is still strong enough to add up to 186 miles of charge in 15 minutes.

- The exterior design is largely unchanged, save for some new 21- and 22-inch wheel designs, a slightly larger rear lip spoiler and new aero elements at the base of both front and rear bumpers.


751-HP 2023 MERCEDES-AMG EQS HAS TESLA MODEL S IN ITS SIGHTS

- Mercedes isn't yet talking range for the U.S. market, and in fact we are still waiting on EPA range numbers for the non-AMG EQS, but we expect the AMG version to go a bit less far on a charge due to its higher power output and presumably lower efficiency .AMG has upgraded the cooling system and the driving modes, which put special emphasis on performance—understandably, since governments continue to stipulate that emissions equal "zero," no matter how much energy is used in an EV.

- Torque distribution is more rear-biased than on the regular EQS, and the chassis is significantly tweaked, including stabilizers, bearings, and rear axle components.


2023 MERCEDES-BENZ EQE SEDAN IS THE E-CLASS OF THE ELECTRIC AGE THAT'S COMING FOR TESLA

- The Mercedes EQE Sedan has been unveiled ahead of the Munich Motor Show. Looking like a EQS Sedan-lite, it’s a mid-sized four-door that will go toe-to-toe with a number electric cars, including the similarly-sized Tesla Model S and the upcoming Audi A6 e-tron.

- Taking a more coupe-like design than the conventional ICE E-Class, the EQE Sedan shares many visual similarities with the larger EQS Sedan. The rear features a full-width LED rear light. Up front, in place of a grille is a large black slab with the Mercedes logo and diamond star pattern, behind which multiple sensors and cameras hide.

- at 4,934 mm (196.6 inches) the EQE Sedan is notably shorter than the EQS Sedan’s 5,265-mm (207.0-inch) overall length

- The interior is dominated by the (optional) MBUX Hyperscreen that debuted on the EQS Sedan. The glass expanse combines three separate screens into one seamless unit, spanning the entire width of the dashboard.

- the EQE Sedan features a 90.6 kWh battery, rear-wheel drive, and an electric motor outputting 288 hp

- The EQE Sedan’s range is quoted at 410 miles (660 km) on the WLTP cycle, with charge times of 10–80 percent in 31 minutes on a fast DC charger.


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As cars like the IONIQ 5 and trucks like the Ford F-150 Lighting arrive being able to draw power from the traction battery, what will you power from your EV in the future?

DARYA OREIZI
I'd like to submit a response to the Question of the Week! Personally, I would use V2X at the construction job site. I work in construction and getting temporary power at the site can be a challenge. With V2X, it would be so much easier to provide power to the subcontractors for their various power tools. 

KARL CRAMER
I’m hoping that EVs with regular plugs leads to towed food trucks getting rid of portable generators. It’s awful to queue up for food and be inundated by a loud, stinky genie.

Jefosh
@Jefosh1
When it arrives and if I was working in a woodland- the electric tractor

James Coyle
@JamesCNerd
Obviously, its own Granny Cable, then you'd never have to charge again.

The Life of Brian
@mateybloke
I did think about running an electric heater & my old Plasma TV in my house but i then read that V2L on EV6 is not supposed to be used in the rain. So even if you are camping not weather proof.I would also worry about electric safety of it.

Plugin_Power
@plugin_power
Digital signage and sound system at EV events...
Really need V2x available via CCS on the charging port to do some really useful stuff....

Duncan | Interactive Computing
I just checked, and my fridge/freezer uses 284 kWh a year, so 0.78kWh per day. A 77.4kWh IONIQ5 battery could run it for about 99 days. Dull, but I said to someone I'd work it out.

Donegal EV Man
@DonegalEv
All the white goods that would make camping easier

Peter Grant
Our campervan.

Paul Petersen
The battery charger for my battery-electric hand tools for when I'm working offsite without power.

EVsTheFuture
It’s a nice feature to have and might dig you out of a hole at some point, but I’d have preferred a proper car to grid solution, being able to run some of the house in a power cut would be quite appealing.

Hassium Quarterdeck
I already run my microwave and induction hob in my EV campercar.
Not decent, just a maximum of about 2kW, but plenty for me when I’m camping.
Along with having the heating or air conditioning running,

Allahoum zeyd
A house battery pack

Take It EV Podcast
Laptop, guitar amplifier and photography on location lights

EV Brenna
In the aftermath of a hurricane I want to run the fridge, fan, and charge my phone.

Matt Srnec
Let's look at that output waveform first, then decide...

GoingElectric
@GoingElectricUK
A bouncy castle

Tomas V
Another EV?

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TESLA DELAYS ITS CYBERTRUCK PRODUCTION TO LATE 2022

- Elon Musk recently confirmed that the production of its upcoming electric pickup truck Cybertruck is deferred to late 2022. A couple of years ago in 2019, Cybertruck was first announced by Tesla, initially scheduled to hit the roads by the end of 2021, making it the first electric pickup truck to foray into the markets.

- Over the last year, numerous incidents cropped up to suggest that the Cybertruck timeline is on shaky grounds. It is only recently that Tesla concluded the engineering design of the electric pickup truck.

- In April, Musk informed that both the Cybertruck and the Semi will be powered by new, larger battery cells that the company is making on a pilot line in California. However, he alerted that the mass manufacturing of those cells will roughly take 12 to 18 months more

- Musk also confirmed that due to the new and innovative technology required in the electric pickup truck, the company does not expect a production ramp-up and anticipates volume recognition from the same as late as the end of 2023.


RIVIAN R1T AND R1S EPA RANGE NUMBERS RELEASED: OVER 300 MILES

- The long-awaited EPA range and efficiency ratings for the upcoming Rivian R1T all-electric pickup and Rivian R1S SUV are in.
In both cases, the EPA Combined range rating for the Launch Edition versions, with "Large Pack" and 21" wheels are about 5% better than the initial brief estimation of 300 miles (483 km).
The Rivian R1T will be able to go 314 miles (505 km), while the Rivian R1S goes 316 miles (508 km). Other versions might get different results (more on that below).
Let's recall that the company has not revealed the battery capacity, but we can assume that it's somewhere around 150 kWh.

- Rivian released info on how the wheel size will affect the range:

20" All-Terrain - 10-15% reduction so 267-283 miles (430-455 km)
21" Road - 314 miles (505 km)
22" Sport - 5-10% reduction so 283-298 miles (455-479 km)

- In January 2022, the company intends to launch a 400+ mile (644+ km) range version, and at some point introduce also a 250+ mile (402+ km) range version.


APPLE IS TALKS WITH TOYOTA TO BUILD ITS ELECTRIC CAR

- A new report from Digitimes has put the spotlight back on Apple Inc.'s secretive Apple Car project dubbed "Project Titan" and it looks as though the iPhone maker is moving forward with its plans.Apple recently met with Japanese and Asian suppliers, including South Korean companies LG Electronics and battery maker SK Group. Now according to a report from Digitimes, Apple is said to be meeting with executives at Toyota to mass produce its Apple Car.

- In July, LG Electronics finalized its new joint venture agreement with automotive supplier Magna International Inc. that will develop e-powertrains and other components for electric vehicles. The new joint venture company will be called "LG Magna e-Powertrain" and will be based in Incheon, South Korea. LG Magna e-Powertrain is linked to Apple's Project Titan. The new joint venture company was linked in April to computer giant Apple Inc's secretive electric car project, which Apple CEO Time Cook called the "Mother of all AI projects."


APPLE TAPS MERCEDES ENGINEERS FOR 'SPECIAL PROJECT'

- Apple has reportedly hired a couple of Mercedes engineers to work on Apple Car.
Dr. Anton Uselmann is now working at Apple in its 'Special Projects Group'.
A report says a second Mercedes engineer is also on Apple's radar.

- The former, Dr. Anton Uselmann has previously worked for three years with Mercedes, as well as Porsche. His PhD involved conducting research on road feedback and steering feel. Dr. Uselmann worked on steering at both German carmakers.


SINGAPORE SEES MG 5 ELECTRIC CABS ARRIVE FOR STRIDES TAXIS - ELECTRIVE.COM

- People in Singapore may now book an electric cab as local taxi company Strides Taxis takes delivery of 15 electric cars. The China-made MG 5 vehicles are the first of a total of 300 models to arrive in the city-state by the end of the year.

- Early adopters of the MG5 cabs will get a free rental and unlimited charging for the first 30 days. The company claims there are 140 public fast chargers at 80 locations islandwide and that drivers can expect to save about $300 a month in energy costs compared with driving hybrid cabs.


BYD INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION ELECTRIC TRUCKS AT ACT EXPO

- BYD introduced two battery-electric heavy-duty trucks, the Gen3 8TT and 6F, vehicles that combine performance, reliability, and driver comfort into stylish designs.

- Unveiled at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif., the Gen 3 8TT and 6F feature cabs styled by Wolfgang Josef Egger, the renowned former Audi chief designer.

- The trucks are equipped with an Electronic Parking Brake system, offer keyless entry and push to start functions, and have up to 185kW CCS1 charging capability. The extended range version of the 8TT and 6F offer a range of up to 200 miles on a charge.


WALLBOX UNVEILS ULTRAFAST PUBLIC CHARGER

- Wallbox, a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions worldwide, will unveil Hypernova, the company’s fastest and most sophisticated public charging station yet, at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 show in Munich next week.

- Hypernova can deliver up to 350 kiloWatts (kW) that allows it to fully charge an electric car in the time it takes to make a rest stop and is substantially faster than the majority of other ultrafast chargers on the market. It also employs advanced software that allows it to optimize available power and adapt to the number of EVs connected, making it ideal for public charging along  highways and transcontinental road networks.


ELON MUSK: 'THIS IS CRAZIEST MONTH OF DELIVERIES TESLA (TSLA) WILL EVER HAVE'

- Elon Musk told Tesla (TSLA) employees that “this is the craziest month of deliveries Tesla will ever have.”

The CEO stated that Tesla is again trying to stop its draining end-of-quarter delivery pushes, but he expects a big one this quarter.

- Last night, Musk held a company-wide call with Tesla employees where he told them to expect a “crazy” end of the quarter, according to sources on the call who spoke with Electrek.

The CEO said:  “This month will be the craziest month for deliveries Tesla will ever have.”


TESLA GIGA BERLIN APPLIES FOR A PRELIMINARY PERMIT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION

- Tesla's Giga Berlin car factory is being built with a preliminary permit, which has saved the manufacturer time without waiting for a final environmental permit. Tesla has now applied for a preliminary permit to build a battery factory.

- At the request of the German publication Tagesspiegel, the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment has confirmed that Tesla has applied for an appropriate preliminary permit for the battery factory. The application relates to structural changes and also includes structural measures for the construction of a battery factory.


TESLA’S OPEN SUPERCHARGER NETWORK FOR OTHER EVS COULD START NEXT MONTH IN EUROPE


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FREE CHARGING ALL LABOR DAY WEEKEND

- Summer is ending, but there's still plenty of time for a road trip. That's the message Electrify America is sending with its four days of unlimited charging across its entire network for the Labor Day holiday.

- This Labor Day deal starts on Friday, September 3 and extends through Monday, September 6, and is offered to all customers.

- Taking advantage of the deal should be as easy as plugging in and following the instructions on your smartphone.


GLOBAL PLUG-IN CAR SALES JULY 2021: ALMOST DOUBLED TO 480,000

- Global passenger plug-in electric car sales increased in July by 94% year-over-year to about 480,000, which is one of the best monthly results ever.
The market share amounted to 7.1%, and two-third of the plug-ins happen to be all-electric.

- So far this year, passenger plug-in electric car sales stand at over 3.0 million, while the market share increased to 6.5%. It's expected that in 2021 plug-in car sales will exceed 6 million.

- The top-selling models for the month were: Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV (30,706), Tesla Model 3 (18,811) and Tesla Model Y (14,660), Volkswagen ID.4 (14,660)

- In July, the highest number of new plug-in electric car registrations was noted by BYD (46,938), which was far ahead of Tesla (35,020) and SAIC-GM-Wuling (31,219). Volkswagen was also quite strong with 27,969 units.


NORWAY MARKS 11,811 NEW EV REGISTRATIONS IN AUGUST

- In Norway, 11,811 new electric cars were registered in August. The share of electric cars in new passenger car registrations was 71.9 per cent last month. Norway’s most successful model across all drive types in August was the Tesla Model Y with 1,308 new registrations.

- The 11,811 electric cars were joined by 2,599 plug-in hybrids in August, with a market share of 15.8 per cent. Overall, 87.7 per cent of all new passenger cars in Norway had an external charging connection in August


RECORD HIGH 19.8% FRENCH PLUGIN EV SHARE IN AUGUST - TESLA MODEL 3 BESTSELLER

- France, Europe’s second largest auto market, saw plugin electric vehicle market share hit a record 19.8% in August 2021, close to double the 10.5% share in August 2020. Old school combustion powertrains fell to a record low 55.9% share, with diesel under 20% for the first time in decades. The overall auto market was down by around 37% from seasonal norms, at 88067 units.

- August’s combined plugin result of 19.8% was led by full battery electrics (BEVs) at a record high of 11.3%, with plugin hybrids (PHEVs) at 8.5%

- Old-school non-electrified powertrains had their worst month in the modern era, with diesel falling below 20% for the first time

- August’s ranking was mostly in line with recent months, with the Renault ZOE, Peugeot e-208 following the Tesla, as usual. One new appearance was by the MG ZS EV which had its strongest month so far, replacing the Fiat 500e from it’s typical #4 spot, and displacing the Peugeot e-2008 from the top 10 list.


130,000 RESERVATIONS FOR FORD F-150 LIGHTNING

Mike Levine on Twitter: "Ford’s fully electric F-150 Lightning reservations have now crossed the 130,000 mark”

- “Next spring remains the plan.”

- “I got in about a month after reservations opened up. This is great for Ford, but is it accurate to say that only 15k trucks will be built in '22 & only 55k in '23? Add in the 80k for '24 and it's going to be 2-3 years for bulk of reservations to be filled.”


VOLKSWAGEN OFFERING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO ID.3 AND ID.4 IN GERMANY

- Volkswagen is now offering car subscriptions for the ID.3 and ID.4 EVs in Germany with the launch of the Volkswagen AutoAbo subscription model. Customers can take out a monthly subscription, starting at €499 for the ID.3.

- Volkswagen will be launching its online leasing and sales offerings in Germany toward the end of 2021. Initially, to sell models from the ID. family, but the platform will later be made available to dealers to offer combustion engine and hybrid vehicles as well.

- Volkswagen will be making more than 2,000 nearly-new used cars available via AutoAbo, creating one of the largest such subscription models in Germany.

- The AutoAbo model is available with three-month and six-month minimum subscription periods. Thereafter, customers can terminate their subscription whenever they wish


OPEL GETS $518 MILLION IN GERMAN GOVERNMENT FUNDS FOR GIGAFACTORY

- Opel will receive a 437 million euro ($518 million) government grant for its battery cell factory in Kaiserslautern, Germany’s economy ministry said on Thursday, as part of a wider European initiative to create a homegrown battery industry.

- European Union, and Germany in particular, are eager to create European battery giants as the transition to cleaner transport gathers pace.

- The 24 gigawatt/hour (GWh) capacity factory, plans for which were first announced in January 2020, is expected to produce battery cells for about half a million EVs per year, with production scheduled to start in 2025.


WORLD-FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY TECHNOLOGY CAN BE FULLY CHARGED IN 10-MINUTES

- StoreDot, which specializes in extreme fast charging battery technology for electric vehicles, has revealed its ‘ground-breaking’ silicon-dominant technology applied in extreme fast charging (XFC) cylindrical cells. In a world-first, the company demonstrated the prototype 4680 form factor that is fully charged in just 10 minutes.

- Pioneering work for these breakthrough technologies was kicked off at Warwick University in the UK with collaboration with StoreDot’s strategic partner – BP.

- This breakthrough means that global automotive manufacturers will be able to use StoreDot’s XFC batteries, which deliver a 50% reduction in charging time at the same cost, in both pouch and cylindrical cell forms. Both formats are undergoing scale up process at EVE Energy and will be ready for mass production in 2024.


TESLA LEASES ENTIRE OFFICE BUILDING IN NORTH SAN JOSE TECH HUB

- Tesla has leased a big office building in north San Jose, a deal that widens the list of tech luminaries that have brightened the economy of that part of the Bay Area’s largest city. The electric vehicle maker has leased an office and research building that totals about 75,000 square feet, according to Santa Clara County public records.

- The property’s tenant, has launched construction activity on the site that the maker of electric vehicles is leasing. The north San Jose building is shown to be the site of a Tesla Energy Training Center, according to Google Maps.

- The 2711 North First Street building is literally across the parking lot from Rivian HQ.


TESLA GIGA BERLIN TO TAKE A YEAR TO REACH VOLUME PRODUCTION

- The Tesla Gigafactory Berlin is nearly finishing, but the factory would not be able to produce cars immediately, as it would take a year before volume production can be achieved.

- CEO has revealed that the Berlin factory would indeed debut new colors, and the venture "would be great," as it starts rolling out. This only means that people can choose more colors for the finish of their electric vehicles, having a more personalized experience and feel.


CHINA'S XIAOMI COMPLETES BUSINESS REGISTRATION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE UNIT


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NISSAN KICKING OFF PRE-ORDERS OF THE ALL-ELECTRIC ARIYA IN NORWAY

- Norway is the first country in Europe to open pre-orders to the public. Customers can choose from four versions of the Ariya Deliveries of Nissan's all-electric coupé crossover to begin Summer 2022

- The Ariya 63kWh two-wheel drive model provides value for those primarily using their vehicle for short trips in urban or suburban areas. For families looking to take longer journeys, the Ariya 87kWh offers two-wheel drive with an extended range. The Ariya e-4ORCE 87kWh all-wheel drive combines the benefits of longer range and a comfortable ride for all onboard thanks to the balanced power delivered to all four wheels. The Ariya e-4ORCE 87kWh Performance is ideal for drivers seeking the thrill that comes with a higher power output and optimal torque. All four versions of Ariya will be available at launch in summer 2022.


NEW RENAULT MEGANE ELECTRIC SPIED TESTING ALONGSIDE VW ID.4

- Renault is just a few days away from fully revealing the all-electric, all-new Megane, which is expected to be called the Megane E-Tech Electric, although some still refer to it as the MeganE.

- The Megane E-Tech Electric rides on the same CMF-EV platform as the Nissan Ariya, although it’s not quite as powerful. It is expected to feature a front-mounted 217 horsepower (160 kW) electric motor exclusively driving the front wheels, although since the platform allows for a dual-motor setup, it would not be out of the question to eventually see a sportier and more powerful all-wheel drive version too.

- 60 kWh capacity and it is expected to grant it a range of around 450 km (280 miles)

- the Nissan Ariya can draw current at up to 130 kW, requiring around 31 minutes to get from 10 to 80 percent - the Renault could have the exact same charging characteristics given the platform sharing situation.


TESLA'S CHINA OUTPUT HALTED FOR DAYS IN AUGUST ON CHIP SHORTAGE

- Tesla Inc TSLA.O temporarily halted some operations at its Shanghai factory last month as the global shortage of semiconductors hit the electric car maker, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

- Part of a production line at the China plant was halted for about four days in August because of a lack of key chips, the report said.

- delays mainly for Tesla's Model Y


TESLA ROADSTER DELAYED TO 2023 PENDING NO "MEGA DRAMA"

Elon Musk on Twitter: "@AaronS5_ @ashleevance “2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages, so it wouldn’t matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship. Assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023." / Twitter


- In January, Musk announced Tesla still hadn't finished engineering the Roadster and that production would start in 2022. The CEO also said the automaker aimed to have a driveable release candidate by summer. That didn't happen. The Roadster was unveiled in 2017 with production slated for 2020. But in May 2020 Musk admitted the Roadster was still years away from production.

- A reservation for a Roadster costs $50,000, while the Founders Series requires the full $250,000 up front.


SWEDEN'S PLUGIN EV SHARE OVER 47% IN AUGUST, FULL ELECTRICS AT RECORD HIGH 24%

- Sweden’s plugin electric vehicle market share hit 47.1% in August 2021, up over 1.6x from 29.0% in August 2020. Full electric vehicles took a record high 24.1% share of new sales

- The Kia e-Niro was once again Sweden’s best selling full electric.

- This is a rebalancing towards BEVs from the weighting in recent years, achieved through recent incentive policy changes. From now on we should see a more balanced weighting between the two categories of plugins.

- Diesels were at a near record low of 13.1% share

- The Volkswagen ID.4 also put in a typically strong performance, as did the MG ZS EV.

- The compelling new Hyundai Ioniq 5 has now started customer deliveries but it still in very limited supply in Sweden

- Tesla Model Y however did make its Sweden debut in August, with 152 units


FORD WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY MUSTANG MACH-E GT’S POPULARITY

- demand for the electrified pony car SUV has been so strong that it even surprised the highest of ranks at the Blue Oval.

- Ford CEO Jim Farley reflected on the launch of the Mach-E as a whole, admitting that the automaker simply wasn't ready for the interest in the maxed-out trim because it set up a reservation system too late in the game.

- "We didn’t have the right spec levels, the GT was much more popular than we thought," said Farley. "We couldn’t react. It was like, the marketing team could, but the industrial system that creates the physical product, and the software team—they didn’t like, get the memo of this demand."

- "We couldn’t impact the commercialization, couldn’t buy batteries at the higher level," said Farley, noting the picture is different for the F-150 Lightning. Lesson learned: promptly and properly gauging buyer interest gave the automaker a headstart on increasing its overall battery capacity and stocking up on key components.


ZEUS ELECTRIC, SYLVANSPORT TEAM UP TO BUILD ALL-ELECTRIC MOTORHOME

- SylvanSport, a mobile camping outfitter, and Zeus Electric Chassis, an electric work truck manufacturer, are collaborating on a 400-mile-range electric RV. In cooperation, the two companies are targeting a market that, though heavily flirted with by EV groups, remains largely untapped. Yes, we’re talking the market for fully electric motorhomes.

- development of the flagship all-electric RV concept (which looks like a Bear Grylls-Mercedes Sprinter van lovechild) is underway.

- In a recent press release, a Zeus spokesperson indicated that the electric RV “will be brought to life” in 2022. Whether “brought to life” means that the E-RV will be ready for mass rollout remains smoggy.


GENESIS REVEALS AN ELECTRIC ROADMAP WITH SOME UNEXPECTED SURPRISES

- Genesis has revealed its roadmap for electrification, and while Hyundai’s luxury arm may have been slow to embrace EVs it’s planning on wasting no time moving forward.

- Genesis said today, all of its new vehicles will be fully electric, though it’ll be splitting its attentions between two different drivetrain technologies.

- Launching first in the shape of the Genesis GV60, the automaker’s first electric car to be based on the Hyundai Groups E-GMP electric-global modular platform, it’s expected to be launched in the second half of 2021.

- Genesis is also looking to fuel-cells for another route into electrification.

- If all goes to plan, Genesis will be a 100-percent zero emission vehicle brand by 2030


CAKE'S MAKKA ELECTRIC MOPED IS FIT FOR CITY COMMUTES OR ALL-OUT ADVENTURE

- Swedish personal mobility startup Cake has added another electrified two-wheeler to its stable, introducing a moped designed to be as comfortable hauling cargo around cities as it is setting out on a weekend adventure. Available in a range of configurations, the Makka can be kitted out with a baskets and boxes for commuters or extra seats for those with a passenger in tow, and you might not even need a motorcycle license to ride it.

- Cake is offering two variants, the Makka Flex with a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph) and the Makka Range with a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). The removable lithium-ion battery wedged in between the foot rests allows for a range of 50 km (31 mi) in the Flex and 60 km (37 miles) in the Range, and there is quite a leap in power output between the 1.8-kW drivetrain of the latter and 3.6-kW drivetrain of the former. One upside of this is the Range requires no license to ride, at least for those in the EU.


BMW MOTORRAD CONCEPT CE 02 IS THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

NASA IS TESTING AN EVTOL AIR TAXI FOR THE FIRST TIME


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SK INNOVATION TO INVEST $1 BLN IN A NEW BATTERY FACTORY IN CHINA

- South Korea’s SK Innovation Co Ltd (096770.KS) said on Wednesday it will invest 1.2 trillion won ($1.04 billion) in a new battery factory in China.

- The South Korean battery maker, which supplies electric car batteries to Ford Motor Co (F.N), Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) among others, has battery production sites in the United States, Hungary, China and South Korea.

- In July, SK Innovation said it would aim to increase its annual battery production capacity to 200 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in 2025


PREPRODUCTION KIA EV6 DRIVEN

- The interior is cool. There’s a wide screen on the dash, which itself is adorned with stylish gray and white lines that continue on the center console lid. The shifter is a rotary dial with “park” at its vertex and “R, N and D” positioned just outside its circumference. A power button sits slightly elevated ahead of the shifter, while a wireless charging pad is located behind.

- There are two 12-volt power outlets on that lower deck, and a USB and USB-C just ahead below the center stack:

- The EV6's ride quality is a bit on the stiffer side, though not harsh.

- That’s reasonably quick, though in an EV without sound or shifts, that sprint is a gradual affair and not something that will blow you away (a 576 horsepower Kia EV6 GT model is on the horizon).

- Even if it’s clearly not a sports car, I had a good time zipping the EV6 around those twisty streets in the countryside north of Frankfurt, though to me, what makes the car special isn’t its handling or its power, it’s its design. The outside is quirky and fun, and the cabin is just a cool place to spend time.


OPEL TO RELEASE THE ASTRA AS A BEV

- Opel will also offer the new Astra as a purely electric model from 2023. The manufacturer has now announced this at the official presentation of the sixth generation of the model. Before the launch as a BEV, plug-in hybrids in two performance levels are available for the new Astra.

- The new Astra will also be launched as a purely battery-electric car.

- The DS 4 and the Astra not only share the EMP2 as their technical basis, but they are also both built at Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant.

- The existing BEV models based on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) are the large vans or transporters, such as the Citroën ë-Spacetourer or the Opel models Zafira-e Life (passenger cars) or Vivaro-e (commercial vehicles).

- Astra will be available to order from autumn and will be delivered from the beginning of 2022 – initially as a “sporty five-door model”. An “elegant estate version” with the familiar name Astra Sports Tourer is to follow “shortly”.


MFG OPENS FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE-ONLY HUB AT MANCHESTER FORECOURT

- Motor Fuel Group has opened its first forecourt dedicated to electric vehicles in Stretford, Manchester. The site will contain eight ultra-rapid 150kW EV charging bays

- MFG CEO William Bannister said: “We are delighted to be opening this EV-only forecourt that offers ultra-rapid charging on the Chester Road in Stretford, which is a first for the north west of the country. With eight ultra-rapid charging bays, we believe this site will help lead the local transition to more sustainable electric vehicles.”

- This move forms part of its plans to invest £400m in ultra-rapid EV charges across its UK network


COX AUTOMOTIVE ACQUIRES BATTERY HEALTH COMPANY SPIERS AS ‘EVS TAKE CENTER STAGE’

- Cox Automotive is getting into the electric vehicle battery lifecycle business.The company said Wednesday it acquired Oklahoma City-based Spiers New Technologies (SNT), a business that provides repair, remanufacturing, refurbishing and repurposing services for EV battery packs.

- It added that electric vehicles have completely different service profiles than their internal combustion engine vehicle counterparts, and much of that comes down to the battery. EV battery support is particularly critical as the battery pack itself can comprise as much as 40% of the vehicle’s cost

- Cox said it would use the diagnostic tool to push greater confidence in electric vehicles, likening it to the way that Kelley Blue Book has provided greater transparency about ICE vehicles’ condition for consumers.


HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 N SPIED FOR THE FIRST TIME

- It looks like the first electric Hyundai to bear the sporty N badge is the Ioniq 5 EV. Our spies snapped a few photos of a prototype that had some subtle modifications in-line with what we would expect an Ioniq 5 N to have.

- the prototype featured larger brake disks and sporty, lightweight rims wrapped in sticky Pirelli P Zero tires.


CITROEN UK CONFIRMS PRICING AND SPECIFICATION FOR E-BERLINGO VAN

- Citroen UK has opened its order books for e-Berlingo Van – the new, all-electric version of the multi-award winning Berlingo Van. Citroen e-Berlingo Van is available in Panel Van form, with two body lengths, and as a Crew Van. Basic MRR prices for Citroen e-Berlingo Van start at just £24,910

- The zero-emissions Citroen e-Berlingo Van features a 50kWh battery connected to a 100kW (136hp) electric motor with up to 260Nm of torque. From a single charge, e-Berlingo Van has a range of up to 171 miles


PEUGEOT E-PARTNER OPENS FOR ORDER IN THE UK

- Peugeot has opened orders for the new e-Partner, the 100% electric variant of the award-winning Partner van.

- The Standard-length measures 4.4m long, while Long variants extend the e-Partner’s length to 4.8m – improving load capacity. The e-Partner comes with an identical load volume to the Partner van thanks to clever engineering of the battery underneath the floor. Standard Panel Van variants feature up to 3.9m3 of load space with PEUGEOT’s Multi-Flex folding seats, while Long Panel Van variants increase the maximum load volume to 4.4m3.

- With a maximum payload of up to 803kg on Panel Van Standard length variants and 751kg on Long variants, the e-Partner is ideal for small and large fleets alike.


VAUXHALL COMBO-E & MOVANO-E MAKE GLOBAL DEBUT

- mages released of All-New Vauxhall Movano-e and Combo-e making their global debuts at The Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham’s NEC

- The All-New Movano-e is Vauxhall’s first large Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) to be available as a fully electric variant. It delivers class-leading space, with a cargo volume of up to 17m3, while its zero-emission powertrain offers up to 139 miles of range

- Last month, Stellantis announced a £100 million investment in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant to transform the site for a new era in electric vehicle manufacturing.



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FIRST QUARTER-MILE TIME SLIP FOR THE QUICKEST FORD MUSTANG MACH-E

- Electric vehicles have one major performance advantage over their ICE-powered forebearers, and that's torque. Electric motors can deliver peak torque from a standstill, giving EVs a serious edge when it comes to acceleration.

- Many owners thus enjoy taking their EVs to the drag strip to lay down some fast times. One owner of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition did just that, and posted the results online for your reading pleasure.

- The GT Performance Edition boasts 480 horsepower, a hefty bump over the 346 hp of the Premium AWD model.

- a 12.657 second quarter-mile time at a trap speed of 100.02 mph, and 0-60 mph in 3.89 seconds minus the 1 foot rollout.

- The runs were taken with the car at a 72% state of charge

- acceleration past 100mph was slow, to the point they suspected some sort of governor was in play.

- The runs were made with the "Unbridled Extend" mode turned off, a feature which intends to balance power output for lap-to-lap consistency when racing on track.


RIVIAN R1T IS THE MOST REMARKABLE PICKUP WE’VE EVER DRIVEN

- the R1T is unlike any pickup we've ever driven—part truck, part sport sedan, and 100 percent amazing. It's been speculated that pickup buyers are too conservative to embrace electrification, but after our first drive in a pre-production Rivian R1T, both on-road and off-, we think this is the electric truck that will turn them into believers.

- The standard on-road drive mode is aptly called All-Purpose, and if you never switched the Rivian R1T out of this default setting, you'd still find it to be remarkably swift and sure-footed.

- the R1T can be switched to two-wheel drive—only the front wheels are powered, making it front-wheel drive

- The R1T has a separate set of drive modes for off-roading, and they allow the driver to raise the suspension and ease throttle response in various degrees.

- Unlike an internal combustion off-roader, the Rivian has no low-hanging bits like driveshafts and differentials and exhaust pipes, just a smooth, flat undertray from which the wheels and their attachments protrude.

- There is no crawler gear ratio to engage, no differentials to lock, no anti-roll bars to release; just steer and apply appropriate throttle,

- The R1T has four user-selectable levels of regeneration.

- We loved the screens' crisp graphics and smooth animations, but the menu system has a high learning curve. On several occasions we found ourselves unable to adjust the cruise control speed because the steering wheel buttons were still set to adjust the mirrors and steering column.


TESLA SURVEY SHOWS TAKE RATE FOR FULL SELF-DRIVING PACKAGE IS SURPRISINGLY LOW

- A large survey of Tesla owners gives us probably the best idea of the take rate for the Full Self-Driving package. It’s an important metric for Tesla and it is surprisingly low. Or… is it?

- Tesla has increased the price of the FSD package to $10,000 in the US.

- Now a survey of over 17,000 Tesla buyers shows that the Tesla Full Self-Driving take rate worldwide is only at about 11%

- Also, the increase in sales in China and Europe could be factored in since the FSD features are less useful, and the true full self-driving capability is further out in those markets than in the US.

Unsurprisingly, the take rate for Model S and Model X is much higher than for the less expensive Model 3 and Model Y


SUPPLIER FOR AUTO INDUSTRY PREDICTS MASSIVE SALES BOOST FOR ELECTRIC CARS

- Magna CEO Swamy Kotagiri had some interesting things to say about electric vehicles and more when I participated in a conversation that will air beginning Sept. 9 on “Autoline This Week” on PBS.

- By Mark Phelan - Detroit Free Press

- The world’s third-largest auto supplier by sales, the Canadian company makes products that range from electric drive systems to body panels - basically everything it takes to make a car but tires and the windshield. Magna even assembles complete vehicles for other manufacturers, including Jaguar, for which it currently builds I-Pace and E-Pace SUVs.

- Beyond 2025, 50% of Magna sales will be from electrified powertrains

- He also expects Magna’s transmission business to benefit, despite the fact that most of today’s EVs use a simple single-speed direct drive rather than the complicated gearboxes internal combustion engines need.


US ASKS TESLA HOW AUTOPILOT RESPONDS TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES

- The U.S. government’s highway safety agency wants detailed information on how Tesla’s Autopilot system detects and responds to emergency vehicles parked on highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made the detailed request in an 11-page letter sent to the electric car maker that was dated Tuesday.

- The agency wants to know how Teslas detect a crash scene, including flashing lights, road flares, reflective vests worn by responders and vehicles parked on the road.

- NHTSA also wants to know how the system responds to low light conditions, what actions it takes if emergency vehicles are present, and how it warns drivers. The agency also added a 12th crash to its probe in which a Tesla on Autopilot hit a parked Florida Highway Patrol cruiser Saturday on an interstate highway near downtown Orlando. In the crashes under investigation, at least 17 people were injured and one was killed.

- Tesla has to respond by Oct. 22 or seek an extension. The agency says it can fine Tesla more than $114 million if it fails to comply.

XPENG EXPECTS MONTHLY DELIVERY VOLUME TO REACH 15,000

- n Wednesday, Chinese smart electric vehicle company Xpeng announced that it had delivered 7,214 Smart EVs in the month of August, representing a 172% increase year-over-year. With its increased production output at the Zhaoqing factory, Xpeng now expects its monthly delivery volume to hit 15,000 in Q4

- Deliveries of the P7 achieved a record month in August

- In August, the company began to transition production for its G3 SUV to the new G3i, a mid-cycle facelift version of the G3



LI AUTO STOCK IS UP AS DELIVERIES SET A RECORD

- Li (ticker: LI) delivered a record amount of cars in August. Its result is far better than those of its peers, which tripped up because of shortages of semiconductors. Li delivered 9,433 vehicles in August, up from 8,589 in July. It was the second consecutive month that Li has delivered more cars than both NIO XPeng.

- Tesla’s Shanghai plant produced about 33,000 vehicles in July. Tesla shipped about 33,000 vehicles from its Shanghai facility in July, roughly the same number it shipped from China in June.


EXPERTS PREDICTED ALL CARS WOULD BE HYBRID BY 2020
- Twelve years ago, researchers for IBM asked 125 auto industry executives about their predictions for what cars would be like in 2020. The resulting report predicted every car by 2020 would be a hybrid.

- "Human beings are terrible at prediction generally, and maybe especially at technological prediction," Lee Vinsel, a historian of technology at Virginia Tech, told Motherboard. "We are just so bad."

- There was even optimism that affordable electric vehicles were just around the corner. In 2009, Chrysler said it was going to sell its first EV by 2010 and expected to have 500,000 on the road by 2013. Not only did this not happen, but Chrysler has yet to even reveal a future electric car for sale, much less put one on the market.

- At the end of 2008, NPR's Talk of the Nation held a roundtable about the future of electric cars. J.B. Straubel, then CTO of Tesla, was asked if all cars in the U.S. could be plug-ins in 10 years. "Well, I think all cars would be a bit of a stretch within 10 years," he replied. But, he added, "well over a quarter of new vehicles sold could easily be plug-in vehicles of one form or another within 10 years." In 2018, the actual number was less than 2 percent.

- Given how wrong most everyone was about what 2020 would look like, should we be equally skeptical of predictions of what 2030 or 2040 will look like? What should we make of widespread predictions of EV-dominated sales by 2035 or 2040?


FLEET ELECTRIFICATION IS THE KEY TO A GREEN FUTURE


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ALL-ELECTRIC MERCEDES G-WAGEN TO APPEAR IN MUNICH

- The electrification of Mercedes-Benz seems to be continuing apace, with those in the know telling us that an EV variant of the mighty G-Wagen – likely to be called the “EQG” – will appear at next month’s International Motor Show in Munich.

- Merc engineers and stylists will surely be working overtime to imbue the EQG with an appearance fit for the electric age but one not too far from the square-jawed face that’s so popular in Hollywood and other moneyed parts of the world.

- While the company will probably take a planer to some of its hard edges, it remains highly unlikely it’ll reinvent the classic two-box design, which isn’t fundamentally all that different than when the model first appeared over four decades ago.

- There are rumblings Mercedes will plug motors and batteries into the G’s current ladder frame rather than deploy a low-slung EV architecture for risk of ruining its off-road chops. This, of course, neatly ignores the fact that most G-Wagens only ever experience the likes of Rodeo Drive and Savile Row.


US: KIA INTRODUCES 2022 NIRO EV, RAISES PRICE

- Kia America announced today the 2022 model year Kia Niro EV, which was slightly refreshed and better equipped as standard.
On the outside, the Niro EV now has the new Kia badging on the front grille, the tailgate, steering wheel hub and wheel center caps. The biggest change is probably that the 10.25-inch touchscreen is now standard.

- the entry-level trim version is now $900 more expensive ($39,990 compared to $39,090 in 2021 MY):

EX: $39,990
EX Premium: $44,650

- The specs remain the same with a 64 kWh battery, an EPA range of 239 miles (385 km), and a 150 kW electric motor.


LITHIUM-ION BATTERY PIONEER AKIRA YOSHINO ON FUTURE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

- Professor Akira Yoshino, a co-winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on lithium-ion batteries, can take credit for the upheaval in the automotive and technology industries.
Lithium-ion batteries have provided the first serious competition in a century to fossil fuels and combustion engines in the transportation industry.
Now an honorary fellow at Asahi Kasei, the Japanese chemical firm where he has worked for nearly 50 years, Prof Yoshino sees more disruption ahead as transportation and digital technology become one industry, sharing lithium battery technology.

- There are two major areas of innovation that would be the key. One would be new cathode materials and anode materials.  The second one would be the system where the electric vehicle is used. In other words, how people will be using the electric vehicles, and how they charge them and discharge them.

- With the fuel cell vehicle, there are challenges on the technology and the costs, but you can overcome them. If you think about the longer term, 2030 to 2050, autonomous shared vehicles are going to come about.

Hypothetically, an autonomous vehicle could be run by a petrol engine, it could be electric, it could be a fuel cell. It doesn't matter what the power source is. But it needs to replenish its energy somehow.
If the vehicle can't do that automatically without human intervention, the system is kind of meaningless. The same thing would be true for petrol or hydrogen.

- Right now, the auto industry is thinking about how to invest in the future of mobility. At the same time, the IT industry is also thinking about the future of mobility.

Somewhere, some time, with the auto industry and the IT industry, there will be some kind of convergence for the future of mobility.



2022 FORD FOCUS SPY PHOTOS REVEAL LARGE TESLA-STYLE TOUCHSCREEN

- The facelifted 2022 Ford Focus small car appears set for a major technology upgrade, with new spy photos pointing to the fitment of a supersized infotainment touchscreen inspired by Tesla.

- While the perspective of the image makes it difficult to confirm, it appears the Focus will be the latest Ford model to gain the brand's latest Sync 4 infotainment system housed within a Tesla-like portrait touchscreen, as employed in 15.5-inch guise in the latest Mustang Mach-E electric SUV

- Ford of Europe has committed to offering a plug-in hybrid or all-electric version of every vehicle it sells by mid-2026, a deadline that conveniently follows after the expected end of the current-generation Focus's life cycle – suggesting a hybrid or electric option isn't in the plan for the small car.


LOTUS CONFIRMS FOUR NEW ELECTRIC CARS INCLUDING TWO SUVS BY 2026

- A teaser image previews the future Lotus EV line-up, which will be made up of five models with the inclusion of the already revealed Evjia hypercar. Joining it from 2022 will be a large SUV codenamed Type 132, while 2023 will see the arrival of a similarly sized four-door coupe referred to as Type 133 and probably shaping up as a direct competitor for the Tesla Model S.

- A mid-size, ‘D-segment’ SUV known as Type 134 is slated for arrival in 2024, the size of the car suggesting it will be a rival for the BMW iX3.

- Three of these vehicles will use Lotus’ recently announced Premium Architecture - a fully electric car platform. It’s been developed by Geely owned Lotus for a global rollout of ‘lifestyle’ orientated cars, in this case, the two SUVs and the four-door coupe. Lotus has also confirmed that the Premium Architecture is electrified at 800v.

- The Lotus ‘lifestyle’ models will be built in China, at a new factory in Wuhan due to open later this year.


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JAY LENO REVIEWS 2022 MERCEDES EQS 

- While Jay Leno may not be the most thorough car reviewer, he does possess a unique perspective considering just how many vehicles he’s owned and driven throughout the years, from newer luxury cars and sports cars to all-time classics.

- Recently, he got to sample Mercedes’ 2022 EQS, which he drove around for a whole week in order to better understand what this car is all about. In a nutshell, he absolutely loved it.

- What impressed him the most about the EQS was the ease of use and how effortless it feels to drive. He even talked about how the lack of vibrations gives you a sensation of ultimate luxury.

- “It’s almost as if you’re watching a video of the outside world,”


VAUXHALL’S ELECTRIC COMBO-E GOES ON SALE

- Vauxhall’s latest electric van – the Combo-e – has gone on sale.Completing the firm’s line-up of electric commercial vehicles, the Combo-e is priced from £25,238 excluding VAT and including the government’s plug-in car grant. Due to hit showrooms later this year, the Combo-e brings an electric range of up to 171 miles from a single charge thanks to a 50kWh battery. The ability to charge at speeds of up to 100kW means that the Combo-e’s batteries can be taken from 0-80 per cent in as little as 30 minutes.

- business users can take advantage of the van’s zero per cent benefit-in-kind tax.

- The Combo-e can be specified as both a panel or crew van with the former available in two load lengths and two specifications – Dynamic and Sportive.


EVS THAT SOLD THE FASTEST AND SLOWEST IN AUGUST

- The Kia e-Niro was August’s fastest-selling used electric car while the Mercedes-Benz EQV was the slowest, new figures show.
Data compiled by Auto Trader exclusively for Car Dealer reveals the Korean electric SUV took on average 29 days to sell on UK dealer forecourts.
Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz EQV electric people-carrier took over five times longer at 150 days.

- Used car buyers aren’t snapping up one type of electric vehicle either, with increased demand seen across all sector types, from volume-selling EVs to premium EVs, too

- However, while buyer interest and demand for EVs is rising, the price disparity between ICEs (internal combustion engine cars) and pure-electric vehicles is still high.

- 1. Kia e-Niro

- 2. Tesla Model X
Average days to sell: 32

- 3. Vauxhall Corsa-e
Average days to sell: 33

- 4. Tesla Model 3
Average days to sell: 34

- 5. Nissan Leaf
Average days to sell: 36

- 6. Audi Q4 e-tron
Average days to sell: 36

- 7. Volvo XC40 Recharge
Average days to sell: 39

- 8. MG ZS EV
Average days to sell: 39

- 9. Volkswagen e-Golf
Average days to sell: 40

- 10. Volkswagen ID.3
verage days to sell: 40


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GM CHEVY BOLT EV BATTERY FIX COULD BRING MORE RANGE

- Owners of 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV models have had to contend with a reduced driving range for many months, as GM attempted to find a remedy for a battery related fire issue that culminated with a plan to replace all battery modules.

- Now GM has confirmed that it's stepping up by offering a significant range boost for those earlier Bolt EVs.  In a communication to some owners sent over the weekend—spotted by friends of Green Car Reports—the automaker emphasized that the all-new lithium-ion battery modules installed in older Bolt EVs will offer “GM’s most advanced Bolt chemistry.”

- Their pending 8-percent boost in battery capacity is described as “resulting in a range improvement in equivalent driving conditions,” and includes a new 8-year/100,000-mile limited parts warranty covering the battery after the module replacement.

- Think of it this way: It’s not unusual to see 10 percent battery degradation after a few years of EV ownership. Now for the inconvenience, any range drop will be erased, and they’ll likely be getting more range than the cars did when new. For a company that’s depending on the reputation of its upcoming Ultium EVs for a decade of growth, that sounds like a smart move.


CHINESE BATTERY MAKER SAYS IT'S READY TO PRODUCE COBALT-FREE EV BATTERIES

- one problem with most electric vehicles: they depend on lithium-ion batteries made with heavy metals like cobalt

- A Chinese company called SVOLT claims it’s ready to start producing a cobalt-free battery at scale. At the Chengdu Motor Show, the firm showed off an 82.5KWh capacity power pack inside a vehicle from Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors. Under normal temperatures, SVOLT says its battery can deliver approximately 373 miles of range on a single charge and allow a car to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds.


SVOLT UNVEILS COBALT-FREE BATTERY, CLAIMING FIRST COMPANY TO REACH 'SERIES PRODUCTION'

- The company currently employs nearly 3,000 people worldwide, half of whom work in research and development (R&D). In fact, SVOLT has shared that over the past several years, it has dedicated 1,200 R&D personnel to cobalt-free batteries alone.

- According to a press release from SVOLT, the manufacturer unveiled what it calls “the world’s first cobalt-free battery pack to reach series production.”

- However, while SVOLT should be recognized for bringing its EV pack to production, it’s tough to justify its claim as the first.

For example, Tesla removed cobalt from its lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries last year for the Standard Range Model 3 in China alongside CATL. Panasonic was also developing similar techniques alongside Tesla earlier this year.


ANOTHER TESLA REPORTEDLY USING AUTOPILOT HITS A PARKED POLICE CAR

- Another Tesla has hit an emergency vehicle, apparently while using the Autopilot driver-assist feature, adding to a problem that is already the subject of a federal safety probe.

- The Florida Highway Patrol reported the accident just before 5 in the morning Saturday along Interstate 4 in Orlando. No one was seriously injured in the crash, though the Tesla did narrowly miss hitting a state trooper as he left his car to assist another driver who had broken down on the highway.

- "The driver stated that [the Tesla] was in Autopilot mode," said the report from the Florida Highway Patrol.



THE PLYBERTRUCK IS A TESLA CYBERTRUCK REPLICA MADE WITH WOODEN PANELS

- since its unveiling in 2019, the tesla cybertruck has racked up a lot of interest with creatives around the world continuously dreaming up new iterations of the vehicle. with production pushed to 2022, the longing to have one has increased significantly among fans, inciting them to create their own version of the long-awaited truck. such is the case of the plybertruck, a cybertruck replica that ditches the car’s stainless steel body and replaces it with wood.

- the plybertruck by CJ cromwell was created to participate in the gambler 500 rally

- under the plybertruck’s wooden body there’s a first-generation acura MDX, as reported by carscoops. ‘so while it’s obviously not electric like the real cybertruck, we have no doubt that it met the $500 purchase cost cap,’


BIPARTISAN TEXAS LAW SMOOTHS THE PATH TOWARD A MORE VIBRANT EV MARKET

- On September 1, a bill that helps businesses build a better, brighter future for electric vehicles in Texas will become state law.

- SB 1202, makes it possible for companies or individuals that own or operate equipment used solely for electric vehicle charging services to avoid being regulated as electric utilities or electric retail providers.

- Electric vehicle charging stations are different. EV owners are not reliant on any particular stand-alone charging station; they use any given charging station and have no further relationship with it after they depart. Any regulatory framework for charging stations should be tailored to what Texas regulators and drivers want from the nascent charging marketplace.

- The new law will help ease Texas EV owners’ worries about long distance travel — one of the most common barriers to EV ownership. Without the possibility of utility-style regulation, EV charging companies can now develop charging stations more quickly and extensively.


IDEANOMICS TO BUY EV FLEET MAKER VIA MOTORS IN $450M ALL-STOCK DEAL

- Ideanomics, a fintech and electric mobility firm based in New York, has added to its list of acquisitions: commercial electric vehicle manufacturer Via Motors (in an all-stock deal valued at $450 million).

- Ideanomics has been aggressively purchasing mobility businesses this year, as it seeks to build out vertically integrated offerings for fleet operators and transit authorities transitioning to electric vehicles.

- This year alone, Ideanomics has completed acquisitions of US Hybrid, a manufacturer of electric powertrain components and fuel cell engines; EV tractor maker Solectrac, which builds the only American-made electric tractor; Utah-based wireless charging company Wave

- Via designs and manufacturers electric vans and trucks for short- and middle-mile delivery, using a modular, “skateboard” style architecture across three vehicle models.


AUDI MAKING ROADS SAFER WITH DEPLOYMENT OF C-V2X TECH

- Audi's use of cellular vehicle-to-everything technology (C-V2X), which was announced in April and has now been tested in Alpharetta, Georgia

- C-V2X works by utilizing 4G LTE or 5G cellular networks, thereby transmitting wireless signals between cars, pedestrians' mobile devices, and objects like traffic lights. This way, a vehicle can obtain information about its surroundings and feed the driver with warnings to slow down if, for example, they entered a school zone.

- Audi worked with Qualcomm, a wireless technology company, and Commsignia, a software systems provider, to test C-V2X tech in a 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback.


AUDI CEO SEES BETTER ODDS OF U.S. PRODUCTION AS VW GROUP ELECTRIFIES

- Audi's chances of building vehicles in the U.S. are rising as parent Volkswagen Group electrifies its lineup, the premium brand's CEO, Markus Duesmann, said. VW Group's strategy to bring down the cost of electric vehicles involves developing common platforms to underpin models across its many brands to conserve costs.

- Since these architectures will be used all over the world, "the potential to put an Audi car, production-wise, into the U.S. is even higher than now," Duesmann said Friday on Bloomberg Television. "The likelihood of us producing in the U.S. is there."

- Last month, CEO Herbert Diess told Bloomberg TV that the company will decide this quarter on building more electric models in the country.


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CHINA'S GAC AION UNVEILS 480KW FAST CHARGER

- Chinese EV manufacturer GAC Aion officially debuted its long-awaited 480kW fast charger on Monday, which will be able to charge the company’s upcoming electric Aion V SUV from 30% to 80% in under five minutes.

- it unveiled the A480 supercharger. Neither the company’s English nor Chinese language websites appear to have any official information regarding the event, but several local media outlets covered the event.

- During the event, GAC Aion showed its Aion V SUV charging from 30% to 80% using a supercharger with a peak charging power of 480kW and charged with 35.1kWh of power and a maximum charge current of 560A.

- The A480 achieves an operating voltage of 880V and the company is planning to begin mass-production of the charging technology in September, with the Aion V model


TESLA PUSHES NEW SOFTWARE UPDATE TO IMPROVE MODEL S

- Tesla has started pushing a new software update to its fleet of Model S electric sedans in order to improve suspension, Autopark, and more. Some of the improvements are expected to make it to other vehicles, too.

- Tesla has started pushing a new update specifically for the new Model S.  It includes a new version of its adaptive suspension damping.

- Tesla has started updating its Autopark features using its latest vision-based software.

- A recalibrated suspension damping algorithm allows for smoother control and improved ride comfort. A rebalanced rebound-to-compression ratio works with the all-new multilink rear suspension to enhance steering response and handling for a higher degree of road connection and more precise control during spirited driving.

- Your vehicle can now automatically park in parallel and perpendicular posts. While driving below 15 mph (25 km/h), the instrument cluster will display a parking icon if it detects a potential parking spot. To initiate Autopark, tap-and-hold the Autopark button in the shift panel, and release the steering yoke. For more information on Autopark, please refer to the Owners Manual

- Child Lock replaces Camera under controls. You can still access Camera via the bottom bar on your touchscreen.


VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 EV TOUCHES DOWN IN CHINA

- Volkswagen has introduced its popular all-electric ID.3 model in China and customers will be able to pre-book it before its market launch in  October.Making its debut at the Chengdu Motor  Show, Volkswagen ID.3 is all set to create its base in the world’s biggest automotive market following  - the launch of ID.4 and ID.6 models. 

- Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstatter

- “After the ID.4 and the ID.6, we are now launching the ID.3 as the third all-electric model series in China within a mere six months. We are thus underscoring our ambition to occupy a leading position in the market for electric vehicles in China as well as Europe,"

- Volkswagen also conveyed that deliveries of vehicles from its ID. family have doubled in the past three months. Taking the number from 1,500 units in May to around 3,000 in June and then following it by 5,800 in July shows that Volkswagen has entered the list of top ten manufacturers in the Chinese e-car market in July


MG5 EV LONG RANGE IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING ON WHEELS

- his unprepossessing estate car is the most disruptive car on the market right now. You probably haven’t even heard of it, or seen one on the road, but the MG5 electric station wagon with its new long-range bigger battery pack is the cheapest electric car, per mile, you can buy.

- In the “exclusive” level of trim I tried you’ll get all the automation and connectivity you’d expect from a new family car, and all for about £28,000, probably less if you go to a broker. Plus a seven-year manufacturer’s warranty.

- Chinese were once known for making comically awful knock-offs of anything from a Daewoo Maria to a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Now it is the west that looks to China for the auto industry’s future. I make no comment on the geopolitical ramifications of all that.

- So this otherwise unremarkable compact estate car is an unlikely symbol of Chinese industrial supremacy.

- The downsides are few. Technically it seems to be a bit slower to charge than some of its rivals partly due to the sheer size of the battery pack. If you’re the kind of person for whom the quality of plastics and flair in interior design is paramount you’d probably be happier in the very stylish VW id3, or the electric Volvo XC40 Recharge


THE TRAILERDUCK: A SELF-POWERED, AUTO-FOLLOWING BIKE TRAILER

- Imagine riding your non-electric bicycle, with a cargo trailer attached. You cycle to a warehouse, where a forklift loads a pallet containing 600 pounds of goods onto your trailer. What kind of leg muscles would you need to tow that?In the vision of German startup DroidDrive GmbH, your regular leg muscles. The company is developing the Trailerduck, an electric self-powered trailer that matches the speed of the bicycle it's attached to.

- With a maximum capacity of 300kg (660 lbs.), the 1-meter-wide trailer—sized to hold a European-spec shipping pallet--simply hums along behind you and is narrow enough to fit in standard bike lanes.

- Although the Trailerduck is physically tethered to the bicycle, in the company's eyes that's a temporary formality. The company is also developing a Ducktrain system whereby the trailer is only tethered to the bike via Lidar. And the user could conceivably tether multiple Trailerducks behind it in a convoy


INSIDE DYSON'S $700 MILLION QUEST TO DESIGN AN ELECTRIC CAR

- When we came to designing our electric car, we knew it had to be special. We wanted a car that was a pleasure to own, drive, and travel in. Every last detail mattered. The plug-in point for the battery recharger had to be as resolved, refined, and elegant as the seats, controls, and steering wheel. Heating and ventilation had to make the very best use of Dyson’s knowledge of airflow and low-energy use. And the batteries had to be the best we could offer, and then some. We looked forward to the day when we could replace lithium-ion batteries with solid-state batteries.

- I wanted the car to be uncluttered both inside and out. The design of our dash and controls was engineered to keep the driver’s eyes on the road at all times. All interacting controls, such as lights, indicators, and audio adjustment for the driver were placed on the steering wheel. There were no controls on the dash, no need to look down there, distracting your eyes from the road.

- The team eventually grew to 500, and by mid-2019 we had a very convincing car, with a pair of 264 hp Dyson electric motors, one at the front, one at the rear of the car. Although weighing 2.87 tons, the EV could have accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Its top speed was estimated at 125 mph.

- While you can’t make electric cars for a reasonable price, existing car companies were willing to make them because they help achieve specified exhaust emissions across their product range. So, if they take a loss on electric cars, they make a profit on polluting cars while appearing virtuous.

- We just couldn’t ever have made money from it, and for all our enthusiasm, we weren’t prepared to risk the rest of Dyson.

- Fortunately, we were able to stomach the $700 million cost and survive.



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CELLS IN GM, HYUNDAI EV BATTERY FIRES LINKED TO SEVERAL LG PLANTS

- Shares of Korean battery maker LG Chem (051910.KS) slid to a nine-month low on Friday as investors digested reports linking fires in General Motors Co (GM.N) and Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) vehicles to LG batteries from at least two Asia plants.

- Documents filed by GM and Hyundai with the U.S. safety regulator show how the two automakers separately identified the same cause of battery fires in their newest electric vehicles, tracing them to similar manufacturing defects in battery cells made at at least two plants operated by a unit of LG Chem.

- GM and Hyundai linked the fires to lithium-ion battery cells supplied by LG Energy Solution, an LG Chem subsidiary and one of the world’s largest battery manufacturers. The cells were produced at LG plants in South Korea and China.

- Ford and VW have not reported similar issues with the LG cells.


GM CHANGES STRATEGY IN THE SCRAMBLE FOR SECURE BATTERY AND CHIP SUPPLY

- General Motors is looking for supplier partnerships and digital tools to secure the localised supply of semiconductors and lithium-ion batteries in North America, currently two of the most critical products needed in vehicle production in the region.

- Speaking at the recent JP Morgan Auto Conference, Steve Carlisle, GM’s executive vice-president and president of GM North America (pictured), said the company would be seeking to use technology and build partnerships to avoid future supply problems.

- The company will not be returning to its pre-pandemic supply of 90 days and will ideally arrange 30- to 60-day allotments at dealerships.

- GM will prioritise fast-selling vehicle configurations, reducing the available options and decreasing build complexity, requiring fewer incentives to sell

- battery making partnerships still need access to crucial raw materials such as lithium, nickel, manganese, cobalt and aluminium. Mining them in US promises a reduction of overall costs compared to importing from overseas and one of the partnerships GM is looking to secure for the local supply of lithium for EV production is with southern California’s Salton Sea.


GENESIS GV60 LOOKS EVEN BETTER IN NO-CAMO SPY SHOTS

- Our spies have just sent us a batch of photos showing the new Genesis GV60 without camouflage. They say the GV60 looks even better in person than it does in the press gallery, as well as in the photos they provided - they show what appears to be a prototype that has no exterior camouflage and it’s finished in black; all it has covered up is the badge in the front.

- the GV60 looks more like a conventional hatchback, with more conventional front and rear fascias too. They bear the mark of the Genesis family face, with the horizontally-split front and rear light clusters, and there’s nothing really polarizing about the way it looks.

- The GV60 will go on sale around the end of the year or in 2021, so pricing and specific details regarding range and other technical details have not yet been revealed. It will share its 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh battery packs with its two stablemates and its WLTP range is expected to be around 480 km (300 miles).


GAC AION TO REPORTEDLY DEBUT 600 KW FAST CHARGER NEXT WEEK

- EV manufacturer GAC Aion continues to tout its charging capabilities in China. Following a demonstration last month showing charging speeds of five to eight minutes, the company is reportedly about to introduce an even more powerful fast charger on Monday.

- GAC Aion has already shared an upcoming Aion V SUV. This EV will come complete with a graphene-based battery, promising to deliver unseen charge speeds and 1,000 km (~621 miles) of range.

- GAC Aion showcased charge multiplier speeds of 3C and 6C to the public on an EV with a graphene-based battery. On the 3C charger, the EV charged 0-80% in 16 minutes and 30-80% in 10 minutes. On 6C, GAC Aion’s fast charger achieved charging times of eight minutes for 0-80%


KNAUS CHARGES INTO THE FUTURE WITH WANKEL-BOOSTED ELECTRIC RV

- We thought for sure that any news of an electric vehicle with a Wankel range-extender would include "Mazda" in the headline, but the honor goes to an unforeseen player: Knaus Tabbert. The European RV giant revealed its Knaus E.Power Drive research prototype at the 2021 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon this week. The motorhome dumps diesel for an all-electric powertrain supported by a rotary engine-generator that doubles as a campground power source, spinning out a work week's worth of cooking, heating and lighting.

- Motorsport engineering specialist HWA AG partnered up to help Knaus navigate the harrowing path of fully overhauling the underlying mechanicals of the base Fiat Ducato.

- Out on the road, the new e-motor gets that big hunk of Vansation thundering up to a fairly comfortable highway speed of 68 mph (110 km/h), according to Knaus. With only 35 kWh of traction battery mounted down in the chassis, power will cut off after a mere 56 miles (90 km, WLTP)

- The Wankel-generator supplies electricity to the motorhome living area via an inverter, creating a more self-sufficient camper less reliant on separate power sources like the leisure battery or LPG tanks.


NISSAN’S ELECTRIC MICROCAR WILL COME WITH 20 KWH BATTERY

- Nissan has announced it will launch its all-electric microcar for the Japanese market early in 2022. Developed in partnership with Alliance partner Mitsubishi (under the NMKV Co LTD joint venture), Nissan’s micro EV will feature ‘instant acceleration, smooth driving and cabin quietness that are key characteristics of electric vehicles’, Nissan said in a statement issued early on 27 August.
Nissan has confirmed the electric microcar – believed to be previewed by the IMk concept showcased in 2019 – will be 3,395 mm long, 1,475 mm wide, and 1,655 mm high; dimensions that will help it slot into Japan’s kei car segment.


ELON MUSK EXPLAINS TESLA’S LFP BATTERY STRATEGY FOR US MODEL 3 SR+

- The battery packs have slightly different range estimates, which reservation holders may want to consider before taking Tesla up on its offer. The US-made Model 3 SR+ has an EPA-estimated range of 263 miles per charge, while the MIC Model 3 with an LFP battery has an estimated range of 253 miles per charge.

ELON MUSK ON TESLA’S DECISION TO START OFFERING BASE MODEL 3S WITH LFP



“Our intent with this pack is that product experience is roughly equivalent between nickel & iron,” he said. “I’d personally slightly opt for iron pack, as it wants to be charged to 100% whereas nickel prefers ~90%,” Musk wrote.

The slight charging differences Musk mentioned between the packs may make up for the differing range estimates between the Model 3’s nickel-based battery packs and those using iron-based cells.

- the fact that the LFP cells are best charged to 100% means that owners could frequently get their vehicles’ maximum range.


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1192: Rivian To Go Public With $80 billion Valuation | 27 Aug 2021
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RIVIAN TO GO PUBLIC WITH IPO

- Rivian Automotive, an electric-vehicle start-up backed by Amazon, announced Friday that it has filed a confidential draft registration form for an IPO. The size and price range for the IPO has not been determined, the company said in a release.

- The news comes months after Bloomberg reported that the company had selected Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley as underwriters for its IPO and could seek a $70 billion valuation


RIVIAN FILES TO GO PUBLIC AT UP TO A REPORTED $80 BILLION VALUATION

- Rivian will be doing a traditional initial public offering, bucking the recent trend of electric vehicles going public by merging with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.

- The draft will initially remain confidential, though Bloomberg has reported that Rivian is seeking a valuation as high as $80 billion. The IPO date is expected to be sometime before the end of this year. When it happens, Rivian will add to a fundraising war chest that is already over $10 billion.


TESLA DIAGNOSTIC SOFTWARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE US

- Tesla quietly debuted a set of service subscriptions that could help owners work on their own vehicles. The service subscriptions could pave the way for Tesla to allow owners to repair their own cars.

- The first subscription is the Service and Repair Information package, which gives owners access to manuals, tooling catalogs, wiring diagrams, and other pertinent documents. Owners had access to these documents previously, according to Tesla owner-hacker @greentheonly or Green.

- The second, newer subscription gives Tesla owners access to the company’s diagnostic software.  Green noted that Tesla’s diagnostic software was not acc to US owners until now, but it was already available to owners in Europe. In December 2020, Tesla gave European owners access to their vehicles’ toolbox feature, granting them access to diagnostics and some software.


TESLA IS TAKING OVER NORWAY

- Tesla’s recent events in Norway have been groundbreaking. The electric automaker shipped around 1,300 Model Ys to Norway as it began deliveries to Europe recently. It turns out these Model Ys were shipped directly from Gigafactory Shanghai. In turn, all of these are the Tesla’s Made-in-China (MIC) Model Y Long Range variants.

- The Tesla Model Y has become the number one electric vehicle (which also means #1 vehicle overall) in Norway.


TESLA NOTES 395 ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIONS TO GIGA BERLIN

- In the third public participation in the approval procedure for Tesla’s planned vehicle factory in Grünheide, 395 new objectors raised objections to the planned Gigafactory. A new public hearing will therefore be necessary.
The Brandenburg State Office for the Environment has decided to schedule another hearing to discuss the objections. The date this time will take place online – because of the high number of objections and the current Corona regulations.
13 September has been mentioned as a possible date. However, the discussion could start earlier – but then it could also take a longer period of time, “possibly even several weeks”.


GEELY'S EV BRAND ZEEKR RAISES $500 MLN IN FIRST EXTERNAL FUNDING

- Zeekr, the electric vehicle brand by Geely, said on Friday it raised $500 million in its first external funding from investors including Intel Capital(INTC.O), battery maker CATL (300750.SZ) and online entertainment firm Bilibili (9626.HK).

- The company makes the Zeekr 001 model in the eastern city of Ningbo and is expected to start delivering them later this year.  It aims to sell 650,000 vehicles a year by 2025.

- Car companies globally are working with more tech companies, battery makers and mining firms to develop future products and secure supply of components amid a shift towards electric vehicles (EV).


THE 2021 BMW X5 XDRIVE45E—A BIG BATTERY GIVES THIS HYBRID A USEFUL RANGE

- It's been a while since we spent time with BMW's plug-in hybrid X5. Since then, the German automaker replaced the X5 with an all-new model called the X5 xDrive45e.

- The addition of a bigger battery may be a more significant update, at least in terms of day-to-day driving. The pack now has a gross capacity of 24 kWh, with a useable 17 kWh. That endows the X5 xDrive45e with an EPA-estimated 31 miles (50 km) of range when just using the battery and electric motor, making it extremely competitive with other plug-in hybrids of a similar size and price. The X5 xDrive45e is also now capable of going a little faster in electric-only mode—84 mph (135 km/h) instead of 75 mph (120 km/h).


MG ZS EV WITH 40KWH BATTERY IN THE WORKS

- To help reduce the cost of the MG ZS EV, a new one with a smaller battery looks to be in the works. A government document has revealed that an MG ZS EV with a 40kWh battery pack is to be offered soon.

- In India, the three mass-market electric vehicles currently on sale include the Tata Nexon EV, Hyundai Kona Electric and the MG ZS EV. While the Nexon EV is the most affordable model of the three

- it is possible that MG could just replace the current version with the more affordable 40 kWh model. Should this be the case, it would help bring the cost of the ZS EV down and may result in a boost in sales for the model.


AUDI'S NEW ELECTRIFICATION STRATEGY SPELLS THE END FOR ICE MODELS

- Audi has revealed its new electrification strategy, called ‘Vorsprung 2030’, which has also spelt the end of its combustion-powered chapter. The plan will put Audi on the path to become a sustainable, social, and technological leader by 2030, accelerating similar plans put in place for 2026.

- the combustion engine must give way to a fully electric line-up, which will begin in earnest in 2026, after which Audi will only launch pure-electric models.


ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING BUILD-OUT IN US AT 'INFLECTION POINT,' SIEMENS OFFICIAL SAYS

- In a major acceleration of its electric vehicle charging business in the US, Siemens plans to produce more than 1 million EV chargers for U.S. homes and businesses over the next four years, according to the German engineering giant.

- Siemens based its decision to expand its EV charging business in the U.S. on the prospect of significant public funding for charging infrastructure through pending federal legislation, a "massive transition" among logistics companies and fleet operators to electric vehicles, and the need for charging to catch up to the pace of EV sales, according to DeBoer.



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TESLA NOW AIMS FOR FULL SELF-DRIVING BETA PUBLIC RELEASE IN '~4 WEEKS'

- Elon Musk is now saying that Tesla is aiming for the wider public release of its Full Self-Driving Beta in about four weeks.

- Musk says that the plan has apparently changed and Tesla now aims to push FSD Beta v10 to the early access fleet next week.

- “We should be there with Beta 10, which goes out a week from Friday (no point release this week). It will have a completely retrained NN, so will need another few weeks after that for tuning & bug fixes. Best guess is a public beta button in ~4 weeks.”

- keep in mind that this is only for the US market.


TESLA'S REDESIGNED IPHONE APP FEATURES TWO NEW HOME SCREEN WIDGETS

- Tesla is rolling out a major update for its iOS smartphone app with new controls, improved management and cool visuals.

- In terms of controls, you can send commands to your car immediately upon opening the app, instead of waiting for the vehicle to wake up. There's also enhanced phone key support that essentially lets you unlock multiple Teslas.

- There are also new animations when you charge your car and in the climate and controls sections. Design-wise, Tesla has ditched the charging section and now displays that info when your car is plugged in. You can also view Supercharging history from within the app. While the speed limit, valet mode and sentry mode settings have been moved to a new category titled Security, which includes tips on how to use the Bluetooth, phone key and location services.


TESLA MODEL S PLAID LOSES CONTROL, CRASHES AT NURBURGRING RACE TRACK DURING TESTING

- A Tesla Model S Plaid crashed at the Nurburgring raceway in Germany while several vehicles were on track attempting to set time records on the 12.94-mile course, the media reported.

- The Model S went out of control in the Klostertalkurve in kilometre 14, which comprises a series of sharp, paper clip-like turns before extending into a straightaway.

- Tesla has been at the Nurburgring on and off for the past two years, first making an appearance in October 2019 at the track with the Model S Plaid.


TESLA COUNTERS MODEL 3 SR+ DELAYS WITH LFP PACKS IN NORTH AMERICA

- Tesla is countering Model 3 Standard Range+ delays by offering some potential owners the option to switch to the LFP, or lithium iron phosphate, battery packs that are available in Asia and Europe.

- Forced to push back delivery dates for the SR+ Model 3, the company’s most affordable vehicle available online, to January 2022, Tesla is attempting to get Model 3s to their owners by offering the LFP packs that come standard in European and Chinese versions of the car.

- Tesla utilizes Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminum batteries for its 2170 cells in the Model 3. In Asia and Europe, Tesla has used the LFP cells, which are more restrictive due to their sensitivity to temperatures and offer less range. Due to the wide availability of nickel and Tesla’s decision to steer away from cobalt in its batteries, it has used LFP cells since the Model 3 was produced in China in early 2020.


ELON MUSK WANTS TO SELL TEXANS ELECTRICITY

- new subsidiary of Tesla, called Tesla Energy Ventures, that filed in mid-August with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to sell electricity on the retail market.

- if the filing is approved this November, people involved with the state’s power market say that the new Tesla Energy Ventures could stand out in a crowded, deregulated retail market where 120 other companies are already hawking kilowatts.

- Tesla also told the state’s grid operator that it wants to build two giant utility-scale batteries that will serve wholesale power companies in the state. A 250-megawatt battery would be located near its under-construction Gigafactory outside Austin, where it plans to build Cybertrucks and Model Y SUVs. Another massive battery would be located outside Houston, according to Bloomberg.


PORSCHE EXPANDS ONLINE MARKETPLACE TO INCLUDE US INVENTORY OF NEW CARS

- Porsche Cars North America has added its entire U.S. inventory of new cars to its online marketplace as the company seeks to keep up with customer demands and the industry’s shift to digital commerce.

- As customers shift their shopping to online — a trend that accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic — digital platforms have become a critical tool for companies. Established automakers like Porsche, however, have had to balance the demand of its customers and dealership network

- While all 193 dealers are participating in the Porsche Finder tool, Gruner acknowledged that this large group includes those who have been more cautious about the move toward digital commerce.


FORM ENERGY RAISES $240 MILLION ON IRON-AIR BATTERY PROMISE

- A secretive start-up called Form Energy says it’s developing and scaling the production of a new type of rechargeable battery that can store electricity for 100 hours.

- the company has lined up more than $360 million in funding, including a new $240 million round that closed Tuesday, and partners and outside experts are optimistic about its potential.

- Form Energy’s core technology is based on three cheap and readily available materials: Iron, air, and water. The battery works with a process the company calls “reversible rusting,” in which the battery charges and discharges by converting iron back and forth into rust.

- To charge, an electric current converts rust back to iron and the battery breathes out oxygen. To discharge, the battery takes in oxygen from the air and converts the iron to rust.

- Each battery is filled with a non-flammable electrolyte liquid, similar to the electrolyte used in AA batteries, and is about the size of a washing machine, Form Energy says. Thousands of the washing machine-size battery modules are clumped together in power blocks and depending on what is needed, tens to hundreds of power blocks can be connected to the electricity grid.


US: 2022 HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC GETS LOWER PRICE

- The 2022 model year Hyundai Kona Electric in the U.S. has an MSRP price of $34,000, which is $3,390 less (or almost 10%)  than in the case of the 2021 model year.

- The new MSRP is close to the MSRP of the Chevrolet Bolt EV/Chevrolet Bolt EUV duo, but the Kona Electric is still eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

- It makes the car probably the cheapest in terms of price (MSRP + DST) per mile of EPA range, at $136/mile. After deducting the federal tax credit, it starts at $107/mile.


ELECTRIFY AMERICA MAKES IT A LOT EASIER TO FIND EV CHARGERS WHILE YOU DRIVE

- Electrify America is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, the company announced Thursday in a press release. That should allow EV drivers to find charging stations much more easily on the go.

- Previously, in some vehicles, drivers had to pull up the app separately on their devices, which involves pulling over and closing any apps already in use through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

- In addition to locating charging stations, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity will let drivers remotely start and stop a charging session, as well as view details of charging plans, including any free charging that might be included with the purchase of a vehicle, according to Electrify America.


LIME UNLEASHES 1,000 KICK SCOOTERS IN NEW YORK CITY

- Lime has launched 1,000 electric scooters in New York City to kick off the Department of Transportation’s East Bronx scooter-sharing pilot. New York will become just the second city in the United States to launch Lime’s latest generation scooter, the Gen4.

- Lime says it builds on some positive history in New York as it previously provided shared electric bicycles as part of NYC DOT’s dockless bike-share pilot.  Still, to get New York to grant a kick scooter permit, Lime says it worked with advocates, legislators, and community partners to legalize electric scooters over the last three years, leading to state legislation in 2020, followed by the introduction of a pilot program at the NYC Council.


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1190: Lucid Air Dream Edition R - First Drive | 25 Aug 2021
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2022 LUCID AIR DREAM EDITION R EXCLUSIVE FIRST DRIVE

- “The 2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition R is a 933-hp electric luxury sedan that can drive more than 500 miles on a single charge. I witnessed and experienced the latter firsthand. The former? Not so much, but you'll need to keep reading. There's also an Air Dream Edition P (P stands for Performance, R means Range) that makes 1,111 horsepower and offers a range of better than 450 miles. Now get this—they cost the same price. You choose: Do you want a sleek-looking EV with nearly 100 hp more than the Tesla Model S Plaid? Or do you want the car that makes more horsepower than any Lamborghini ever made, beats the Tesla Model S Long Range at its own game by more than 100 miles, and puts the very notion of range anxiety out to pasture?”

- Jonny Lieberman- Author

- My 2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition R had the potential to go 475 miles, whereas Rawlinson's could have traveled 517 miles on a single charge. That's a gauntlet dropped at the feet of you know who. Also, remember range anxiety? As with the internal combustion engine, it's a thing of the past.


LUCID AIR DREAM EDITION: 500-MILE RATING LIKELY FOR RANGE VERSION

- In Dream Edition Performance form, the Lucid Air will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and make 1,111 horsepower, while the Range version does it in 2.7 seconds and makes 933 hp. Total torque for both versions is more than 738 pound-feet, and both versions will reach 168 mph—although we should note that prototypes have gone much faster.

- Performance versions ride on staggered-width, specially developed Pirelli P Zero 21-inch tires, while the 500+ mile Range version rides on a 19-inch version of the same tires

- It’s built on a 924-volt architecture, with a 113-kwh battery pack, and will be able to regain up to 20 miles per minute at 350-kw CCS DC fast chargers (utilizing peak charge rates of over 300 kw), with unlimited Electrify America charging included for three years.

- It will be also be compatible with a bi-directional home charging station to enable car-to-grid functionality, and a 19.2-kw onboard charger can regain up to 80 miles per hour on 240V AC—at 80 amps, on a 100-amp circuit, with a special Connected Home Charging system to be installed by Qmerit.


MUNICH IAA MOBILITY 2021: ELECTRIC CARS TAKE CENTER STAGE

- From September 7 to 12, 2021, the first German auto show since the beginning of the corona pandemic will take place: the IAA Mobility. The trade fair, previously known internationally as the "Frankfurt Auto Show," is also coming to Munich for the first time.

- We have newly included the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV, and it is now officially certain that the EQE will be shown. We have also added the VW ID.5 GTX and (on a speculative basis) the Polestar 3.

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- Audi's highlight will probably be the Grand Sphere, as the brand has already officially confirmed.

- The BMW i4 electric sedan is one of the confirmed exhibits at the IAA. One of the highlights of the four-door model based on the new 4 Series Gran Coupé is the astonishing range of up to 590 kilometers according to the WLTP standard.

- The Dacia Spring Electric is described by Dacia as the cheapest electric car on the market, and with a base price of around 20,000 euros

- Mercedes has confirmed that the new EQE will also be shown

- The Swiss company Micro is represented at the IAA, and rumor has it that it is showing the production version of the Microlino 2.0 at the show.

- VW has announced the ID.5 GTX for the Munich show, again only with the red and yellow camouflage film.


Jolly good! UK LAUNCHES ITS FIRST WIRELESS EV CHARGING TRIAL

- Residents of Nottingham are going to witness a UK first: a wireless charging electric vehicle trial. Nine electric taxis will roam the streets of the city, named after the trial itself, WiCET (Wireless Charging of Electric Taxis).

- The etaxi fleet will consist of five plug-in hybrid LEVC TX taxis and four all-electric Nissan Dynamo taxis

- The WiCET taxis will be available for hail by the general public and they will collect vehicle data during the rides, including the journey distances and battery level.


YOSEMITE EV VISITS WILL BE EASIER WITH ELECTRIFY AMERICA STATION

- New EV charging stations are often knocked for being either in high-traffic urban or suburban areas, office parks, or at nondescript freeway locations, at times far from a convenience store but also far from actual vacation destinations. It's safe to say that we're still in the early years of EV station building, so most of the new stations really are aimed at suburban sprawl, urban centers, or linking up the two coasts—often producing no-go zones for electric cars if their owners want to visit a national park.

- Electrify America has worked with Yosemite Westgate and Buck Meadows Lodge to build an EV charging station in Buck Meadows, California, with the goal of giving those driving to Yosemite National Park a spot to charge their EVs. The Yosemite Westgate and Buck Meadows Lodge station is located just 12 miles from this popular national park, and is not that far from other EA stations in Bishop, Oakhurst, and Bridgeport. The station features two 150 kW and two 350 kW chargers.


ASTON MARTIN EASING INTO ELECTRIC VEHICLES

- Aston Martin will join the rest of the industry in switching to  electric vehicles, but the first pure EV is not coming until 2026

- The first pure EV must wait for the next-generation sports cars in 2026.

- The timing is a ways off because Moers says the current sports car lineup will get a significant facelift by 2023 and they need a bit of runway to pay for themselves before they are replaced by models on a new electric sports car platform.

- The CEO is building an EV engineering team to lessen dependence on companies that supply key drivetrain components and batteries, such as Mercedes and Rimac. Moers wants to build in-house competence


JAPAN DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH ELECTRIC CARS FOR ITS EV CHARGERS

- Japan, which Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged will become carbon neutral by 2050, is grappling with a classic ‘build it and they will come’ problem. After offering subsidies to the tune of 100 billion yen ($911 million) in fiscal 2012 to build charging stations and spur electric-vehicle adoption, charging poles mushroomed.

- Now, with EV penetration only at around 1%, the country has hundreds of aging charging poles that aren’t being used while others (they have an average lifespan of about eight years) are being taken out of service altogether.


ENTERPRISE CAR CLUB ADDS ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO FLEET

- Enterprise Car Club is introducing eight new low-emission hybrid electric cars in the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland, which can be booked using the new GO-HI journey planning app.

- four Hyundai IONIQ cars will be placed in Fort William (two cars), Aviemore (two cars), Ullapool, Kyle of Localsh, Scrabster Ferry Terminal, and Wick Airport. They can be booked for as little as £5.90 per hour.

- Murray McAdam, Enterprise business rental sales manager for Scotland. “Local residents, business travelers, and tourists alike can now quickly switch to a rental vehicle after taking a train, ferry, bus, or plane, making their onward journey much more straightforward, especially to places that can only be accessed by car. We are actively facilitating access to electric and hybrid vehicles as part of the regular Enterprise fleet.


STOREDOT FILES PATENT FOR FAST CHARGING 'BOOSTER' FUNCTION - ELECTRIVE.COM

- Israeli battery developer StoreDot announces it has filed a patent for technology to help electric cars charge faster. The solution, which the company says it will make available as an open-source license, includes hardware and software enhancements that create a “booster” function.

- StoreDot claims this will allow the battery to analyze charging station performance in real-time and adjust the battery to accommodate higher currents if so provided by the charge column. This, of course, requires communication between a vehicle’s battery and charging system, thus making the open-source license a must for the start-up.


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1189: Xpeng Exports Flagship P7 to Norway | 24 Aug 2021
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OPEL ROCKS-E TINY EV REVEALED AS REBADGED CITROEN AMI

- the Opel Rocks-e is essentially a rebadged Citroën Ami, meaning it's not a car per se, but rather a quadricycle based on the European Union classification.

- Speaking of which, it inherits the tiny 5.5-kWh pack from its French equivalent, giving it a maximum WLTP range of 47 miles (75 kilometres).

- As it's the case with the Citroën Ami, the doors open in opposite directions and the Rocks-e has several interchangeable body parts. The diminutive two-seater EV gets Opel's Vizor front-end treatment, although it's not much different when compared to the donor car.

- Opel Rocks-e is powered by an electric motor producing just eight horsepower (six kilowatts) for a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). It can be legally driven in Europe from the age of 15

- In its home market Deutschland, the little EV will be sold in base, Klub, and TeKno trim levels.


MAZDA MX-30 EV TO START AT $34,645, OFFER 100 MILES OF RANGE

- Mazda's first attempt at an electric vehicle is a quirky small SUV with RX-8–style doors, and we now know how much it will cost. Starting at $34,645, the 2022 MX-30 is slated to go on sale in California starting in October.

- 143-hp electric motor powering the front wheels and a small battery pack—we estimate a net capacity of around 32.0 kWh—that Mazda says will provide a paltry 100 miles of EPA-estimated range.

- The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV, for instance, starts at $31,995 and offers more than double the Mazda's range—259 miles according to the EPA.

- Nissan Leaf, which just received a price cut, starts well under $30,000 and offers an estimated 149 miles of range in its base form.

- Mazda is including a loaner program for MX-30 buyers that allows them to borrow a gas-powered Mazda from a dealership for up to 10 days per year


RAM PROMASTER COMMERCIAL VAN GETS 2022 REFRESH, ELECTRIC BATTERY IN 2023

- Ram will offer an all-electric ProMaster commercial van in 2023 in response to consumer demand, Stellantis NV said Tuesday, making it one of the first EVs to be offered by the automaker's U.S.-based brands.

- A timeline shared earlier this month did not include an all-electric Ram launch through the first half of 2023, suggesting an electric ProMaster could debut in the latter half of the year. A Jeep EV is pegged for early 2023.


PORSCHE UPDATES TAYCAN AND TAYCAN CROSS TURISMO FOR 2022 MY

- Paint to Sample option which adds 65 additional colors to the 17 already in the standard palette.

- the Taycan can now be equipped with optional Remote Park Assist, that does exactly what it says: it allows the user to control the vehicle’s movement via smartphone app and park it remotely without having to be in the driver’s seat.

- Android Auto (wired) is now directly integrated into the Porsche Communications Management infotainment system,

- Porsche also mentioned that the revised Taycan's range has been improved, but it doesn't specify by how much.

- The thermal management and charging functions have also been further improved as part of a series of technological developments to further optimize the Taycan’s drivetrain. With the Turbo Charging Planner, the high-voltage battery can now be heated to a slightly higher temperature than before. This means that fast charging is possible earlier and at a higher charge level, further reducing the time it takes to charge. In addition, the excess heat from the electrical components is used to an even greater extent for battery temperature regulation.


RIVIAN SETTING ITS GLOBAL PRESENCE BEFORE ITS FIRST DELIVERIES

- Four job opportunities from Rivian in Europe were observed. Which include four job opportunities in the Netherlands and one in Germany. Next month Rivian is set to start with R1T deliveries, possibly the first electric pickups in the market to be launched for the public.

- The job postings in the Netherlands state one in delivery and field operations, and the other three in service. All jobs are located in North Holland, Amsterdam. Here the service position says it as compliance, field service planning, and collision repair. And the delivery and field operations positions are stated as Enterprise Launch Program Manager

- In Germany, the job position is for a technician who can help with pre-production vehicles.


WAYMO IS NOW PICKING UP RIDERS IN ITS SELF-DRIVING ROBOTAXIS

- Alphabet’s autonomous driving division Waymo, which spun out of Google’s self-driving car project, has launched its commercial robotaxi service in San Francisco for a select group of early testers. The company was approved to begin picking up passengers in its driverless vehicles for the first time in the city after extensively testing its technology using safety drivers behind the wheel.

- The experience of riding in one of Waymo's autonomous vehicles is just like taking a trip with Uber. Riders can summon one of Waymo's fully-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs using the Waymo One app. Once seated and bucked up, riders press the trip start button to begin their trip.

- A monitor in the backseat of each vehicle shows the vehicle's perception systems in real time and riders get an expanded look at what the self-driving vehicle "sees" as it navigates autonomously in the city.


XPENG EXPORTS FLAGSHIP P7 MODEL TO NORWAY

- Xpeng on Tuesday said it exported the first batch of its flagship P7 cars to Norway, giving a boost to the company’s plans to go global.

- Xpeng said the P7 saloon cars will be delivered to customers in the Nordic country, and it comes eight months after it exported its G3 SUVs to the European nation.

- The export batch of P7s is fitted with features tailored for local conditions, including a combined charging system port to meet European standards and an English interface and voice assistant.

- The company launched its third production model, P5, in April, which is among the world’s first batch of intelligent vehicles to be fitted with lidar sensors.



TEXAS CITY APPROVES $440 MILLION INCENTIVE PACKAGE TO LAND RIVIAN'S SECOND PLANT

- City leaders in Fort Worth, Texas have finalized their incentive package for Rivian Automotive to build a 5 billion electric vehicle plant in their community, which would be in addition to Rivian’s factory in Normal.

- The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve up to $440 million in tax breaks contingent on Rivian meeting various goals, including hiring at least 7,500 full-time workers by the end of 2027.  The average annual salary for those jobs must be at least $56,000, according to the city’s development agreement.


CADILLAC’S ALL-ELECTRIC LYRIQ CROSSOVER IS NOT WIRED FOR COMPROMISE

- The crossover is wide and low, with giant, 22-inch wheels pushed out to the corners and a short dash-to-axle configuration, courtesy of the electric motor in the rear that allows for more cabin space. Vertical lighting on the front daytime running lights and rear lamps recall the design language on previous Cadillac models, but in a more subtle, refined way.

- Front and center is an expansive 33-inch LED touchscreen that stretches from the front of the driver to the center stack, a single-piece display that offers visibility for all functions without feeling overwhelming. A floating center console is fit with a jewellike rotary knob, and wood trim juts out above a spacious lower storage area. As for comfort, the contoured seats are slim without sacrificing cushion.

- The Lyriq will also be equipped with the latest edition of GM’s Super Cruise

- With a starting price of about $60,000, the Lyriq undercuts most competitors, making it a compelling choice for commuters or small families looking for a practical but elegant, everyday EV.


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GM IDLES BOLT EV PLANT FOR LACK OF CHIPS

- Operations at the General Motors assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan ground to a halt today and will remained idled until at least Aug. 30.

- The factory produces GM’s two battery-electric vehicles, the Bolt EV and EUV. It’s the first time the facility has been shutdown since the semiconductor shortage began.

- Virtually every automaker has been impacted by the chip crisis … and few models have escaped without production cuts. But analysts note battery-electric vehicles could be particularly vulnerable going forward.

- Silicon chip suppliers were only too happy to provide consumer electronics manufacturers with what they needed because the auto industry slashed semiconductor orders when the pandemic struck. When the massive plunge in car sales didn’t last as long as predicted automakers tried to increase their orders, but they had to go to the back of the line and wait.


RIVIAN IS READY FOR R1T ELECTRIC PICKUP PRODUCTION, WAITING FOR GOVERNMENT APPROVAL

- Rivian says that its R1T electric pickup is basically ready for production and it is now waiting for government approval to start deliveries.

- CEO RJ Scaringe says that the latest R1T production units satisfy Rivian’s standards of quality and now they are waiting for regulatory approval to start deliveries

- “Over the last several months we have been focused on not only ramping our production rate, but also dialing in our quality across each of the five areas of our plant: stamping, body, paint, assembly and propulsion (battery and drive units). This challenging process involves multiple build phases – many of the vehicles from these non-customer build phases have been seen out testing across a range of environments during the last year. These validation, tooling tryout and pilot build vehicles are critical for our ongoing mileage accumulation program that has helped us drive refinements to the product. With all of this, I am excited to report we have started producing vehicles that reflect all of our quality iterations and design refinements. We are currently working with various governing agencies on the final approvals needed for us to make the first deliveries to preorder customers in September”.


GM WANTS LG TO PAY $1 BILLION BATTERY FIX AFTER $800M RECALL

- Bloomberg has a new report on how the optimistic relationship between GM and LG (which supplies GM with its batteries for the Bolt and also did the Volt batteries for it) has soured amid a rash of Bolt fires. GM is trying to get LG to pay for a fix, as Bloomberg explains:

- Four years later, the long-distance relationship between GM and its battery partner, LG Energy Solution, is being tested like never before. At issue: who will pick up a roughly $1 billion tab.GM last week recalled Bolt EVs for the third time in nine months because of risk their batteries could catch fire. The Detroit-based company will replace modules in more than 73,000 additional vehicles and said it’s trying to get LG to pay for the fix. LG, headquartered some 6,600 miles away in Seoul, said the expense will be divvied up depending on the results from a joint investigation into the root cause of the problem.


S.KOREA'S LG CHEM SHARES DIVE ON GM ELECTRIC CAR RECALL
- LG Chem Ltd (051910.KS) shares closed down 11.1% on Monday after General Motors Co (GM.N) said it would recall an extra 73,000 Chevrolet Bolt cars that use the South Korean firm's batteries, months after a similar recall by Hyundai Motor Co

- LG Chem, which is preparing an initial public offering (IPO) for battery unit LG Energy Solution (LGES), lost more than $6 billion in market value, marking its biggest intraday percentage loss since March 2020.


KIA REVEALS NEW £32,445 SOUL EV MAXX

- Kia has announced changes to the Soul EV electric SUV range that see the existing First Edition model replaced with the new Maxx version. Priced from £32,445 once the government’s Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) has been applied, the new model will be the sole option for Soul EV customers.

- 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, black leather upholstery and heated front seats. The car also comes with LED headlights, a heated steering wheel and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems.


FORD DOUBLES LIGHTNING PRODUCTION TARGET ON STRONG PRE-LAUNCH DEMAND -SOURCES

- Ford Motor Co(F.N) has doubled its production target for the F-150 Lightning because of strong early demand for the full-sized electric pickup truck ahead of its 2022 launch, and the company plans to spend an additional $850 million to meet that target, several people and suppliers familiar with the plans said.

- The No. 2 U.S. automaker is targeting annual production of more than 80,000 in 2024, up from its prior target of more than 40,000

- Industry observers have questioned whether individual buyers will give up their gas-powered pickups for electric models, but commercial customers are pushing for electric trucks and vans to reduce their carbon footprints.

- Following the launch of the second generation Lightning in late 2025, the annual target is just shy of 160,000.


FORD MUSTANG MACH-E PRODUCTION CAPACITY COULD BE 175,000 VEHICLES A YEAR

- LG Energy Solution is now producing ~5000 Ford Mustang Mach-E battery modules a day. That’s enough for 500 battery packs a day (there are 10 modules in a pack).

- 500 battery packs a day across 350 days a year (leaving 15 days of break due to various factors that can stop production for a while) would mean enough battery packs for 175,000 Mustang Mach-Es a year!

- It’s possible that battery production could be planned in spurts over the long term. Battery production could be getting ahead of vehicle production for a while due to potential disruptions later in the year or in 2022.


CUSTOMER TRIALS OF FORD E-TRANSIT BEGIN

- Ford has commenced customer trials of its all-electric Transit ahead of the van’s official sales launch in spring 2022.
A total of ten E-Transit prototypes are currently being used across a variety of intensive real-world operating scenarios in the postal, municipal and utilities, last mile and grocery delivery sectors in the UK, Germany and Norway.

- The trials fleet features a range of E-Transit variants including van, double-cab-in-van and chassis cab derivatives with gross vehicle masses from 3.5 to 4.25 tonnes, as well as a variety of specialised vehicle conversions.


NEW DUAL-MOTOR SKODA ENYAQ IV 80X SPORTLINE REVEALED WITH 261BHP


VINFAST PARTNERS WITH GOTION HIGH-TECH ON LFP BATTERY CELL R&D


FISKER TO RAISE $625 MILLION TO FUND SECOND EV MODEL


THE ACURA NSX WILL RETURN FOR A THIRD GENERATION


E-MOBILITY: SIXT IS INVESTING 50 MILLION EUROS IN CHARGING STATIONS - MARKET RESEARCH TELECAST


MER TO INSTALL ULTRA-RAPID CHARGING STATIONS AT MCDONALD'S AUSTRIA


TESLA MODEL Y PRODUCTION IN GIGA SHANGHAI HITS 1K PER DAY, OUTPACING MODEL 3



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RIVIAN R1T DELIVERIES ON TRACK FOR SEPTEMBER

- Rivian R1T deliveries are on track for September, according to a letter CEO RJ Scaringe sent preorder holders recently.

September 2021 will be a momentous month for Rivian once R1T deliveries begin. The Rivian CEO stated that the team in Normal continue to build more and more vehicles every day. A recent video taken inside Rivian’s factory in Normal showed all the employees working hard to make electric R1T pickup trucks.

- he explained that Rivian wasn’t just working on ramping production at its Normal manufacturing plant over the past few months. The EV startup was also working on “dialing in” its quality across five areas of the plant, including stamping, body, paint, assembly, and propulsion or battery and drive units. So Rivian preorder holders should expect quality R1T vehicles during delivery.


TESLA SUPERCHARGERS PROVIDE BEST EV CHARGING EXPERIENCE

- In the first JD Power US Electric Vehicle Experience Public Charging Study, Tesla came out on top. The new study found Tesla Supercharger stations provide the best electric vehicle charging experience of any other network when it comes to DC fast charging. As for Level 2 chargers, Tesla also won out. Its Destination chargers beat any other public plugs.

- JD Power scored DC and Level 2 charging operators on a 1,000-point scale after surveying 6,647 owners of EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

- For those with access to free charging, overall satisfaction scored 706, but dropped to 673 points if an owner paid for access. More often than not, however, it was a charger's reliability that really dragged down scores. Of the respondents, 58% said a major problem with any EV charger was an out-of-service connection.


THE PUSH FOR AD AGENCIES TO DITCH BIG OIL CLIENTS

- Between 2015 and 2019, oil and gas firms doubled the share of their capital spending going to renewables and carbon-capture technologies. Here’s the chaser: That accounted for less than 1 percent of Big Oil’s overall capital investment, according to the International Energy Agency; 99 percent still went to oil and gas.

- Duncan Meisel is the director of Clean Creatives, a coalition of people in the ad, PR, and marketing industries to refuse contracts with fossil fuel companies. Meisel says the idea for the pledge came after years of working in communications for environmental nonprofits, where progressive messaging campaigns are often countered by oil industry talking points from well-funded PR companies.

- In August, the American Association of Advertising Agencies issued guidance to agencies on avoiding greenwashing, pointing to the Federal Trade Commission’s standard of having “reliable evidence” to back up environmental claims.

- Fossil fuel companies spent $9.6 million in 2020 on Facebook ads that presented oil and gas as “climate friendly,” according to a report released earlier this month by UK-based think tank InfluenceMap. In one such ad, Shell references its “net-zero emissions” target with the hashtag #MaketheFuture. At the same time, it told investors that its “operating plans and budgets do not reflect Shell’s Net-Zero Emissions target.”

- A May study from a team of Harvard researchers similarly found that ExxonMobil tailored its language in public-facing statements to emphasize “clean” oil

- These ad campaigns and strategic alignments require the “the support, active engagement, and partnerships” among PR agencies, fossil fuel companies, and social media platforms.


DRIVE ELECTRIC COLORADO SETS GOAL FOR 940,000 ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN STATE BY 2030

- Drive Electric Colorado has announced that it is setting its goal to put 940,000 electric vehicles on Colorado roads by 2030. The U.S. has set the national goal of 50% of all vehicles sold by 2030 to be electric. DEC is offering the following free resources about electric vehicles:

-          A user-friendly website with comprehensive information about EVs

- Individual EV coaching support from vetted experts Online and in-person EV classesRide & Drive and EV Showcase eventsInteractive social media accounts with the latest information

- The organization is also offering communities and other groups trying to encourage electric cars and bikes usage resources as well. 

These resources are as follows:

Social media campaign collateral with topics like EV mythbusters, Charging 101, Colorado-specific FAQs, eBike Highlights, and moreDedicated landing pages for dealerships and utilities Profiles and stories about EV drivers in various communitiesFleet engagement about electric vehicles of all sizesCharger gap assessments


TESLA SHOWS THE WAY TO ANDROID AUTO AND CARPLAY

- While Apple or Android can solve the front end of the process, there are many other features I feel they've overlooked but which Tesla has addressed, because it's built its in-car tech from the bottom up rather than trying to add it to existing automobiles.

- While anything that offers CarPlay or Android Auto will have a touchscreen, not all touchscreens are equal. Anything smaller than an iPad is very difficult to use on the move, and not many cars have a 10-inch screen as standard.

- This is where Tesla has the advantage.


HAWAII ON TRACK TO MEET ZERO EMISSIONS DEADLINE

- Despite a grave warning from the United Nations about the impending danger of climate change, state officials believe Hawaii is making good progress toward protecting the environment.

- The state has set a goal to shift entirely to clean energy by 2045

- With impending changes to the local climate, Bass said the state will ultimately have to reconsider how its economy is structured in order to survive.


AUSTRALIA ON VERGE OF EV BOOM AMID SHARP JUMP IN SALES FIGURES

- Australian sales of electric cars have risen at record levels in the past six months amid state government incentives as the industry forecasts greater price parity and consumer choice over the next 24 months. New car sales data released on Monday shows 8688 battery and plug-in EVs have been sold in the first half of 2021, which is more than in any calendar year.

- six more models under $65,000 have been launched in the Australian market, bringing the total available under that price to 14.

- Australians now have access to 31 passenger electric vehicle models from 12 different carmakers with the industry forecasting an additional 27 electric vehicle models entering the market by the end of next year.



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FIRST FORD MUSTANG MACH-E GT DELIVERIES BEGIN EARLY

- Ford Mustang Mach-e GT deliveries are happening. A Rapid Red GT Performance customer showed off his two-week early score in Iowa today. Are more on the way?

- According to the macheforums poster 0t60-3.5, the Rapid Red model arrived last night to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, two weeks earlier than expected. He picked it up at the dealer last night, just in time to take a few snaps and charge it up.

- Ford priced track-ready Mach-E GT at $60K, GT Performance at $65K, an aggressive price for its high end Mustangs that are still eligible for the current $7500 Federal Tax Credit in the US and various state and local incentives. The GT looks similar to the slower Mach-E, with the biggest difference being the plastic carbon fiber faux grill and pony show up front,

- The Mach-E GT Performance Edition hits a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds


XIAOMI TO BUILD ITS ELECTRIC CAR FROM THE GROUND UP

- Earlier this year, in the month of March, Xiaomi officially announced the commencement of its smart electric vehicle business. It was also confirmed that the new division will be led by the company’s founder and CEO Lei Jun.

- Now, the latest report coming from Science Innovation Board Daily claims that Xiaomi will be building its own car from scratch, and details about the same will be officially revealed by the Chinese company next week.

- A well-known tipster Digital Chat Station has also revealed that the company has been in contact with a world-renowned auto parts and emission technology supplier and is also working on a design plan.

- the company has talked with several carmakers but has not made any decision regarding any partnership for its electric vehicles business.

- Xiaomi aims to offer high-quality smart electric vehicles to allow users globally to enjoy ubiquitous smart life, says Lei Jun. For this new wholly-owned subsidiary to work on the electric vehicles and related business, the company plans to invest around 10 billion yuan (~$1.5 billion) over a period of 10 years.


NEW KIA EV4 ON COURSE TO GROW ELECTRIC SUV RANGE

- Kia will follow its first bespoke electric car, the EV6 crossover, with two ‘EV’ SUV models, Auto Express has learned. According to European product boss Sjoerd Knipping, the Korean brand’s second “EVx” car will be a large SUV targeting the US. But more importantly for us, it will be followed by a model developed for the European market – Knipping spoke of “balancing” the US and other territories.

- e large SUV could be branded EV7 or EV8, and it will offer seven-seat capability similar to that of Hyundai’s Ioniq 7 SUV confirmed for launch in 2024. It will be followed by a crossover potentially called EV4, sized as a rival for the Volvo C40 and Mercedes EQA.


ELECTRIC VEHICLES FEATURE IN 2022 WORLD CAR AWARDS CONTENDERS

- the World Car Awards launched its 2022 program and published the list of eligible vehicles for the upcoming contest. When the winners are announced at next year's New York International Auto Show, there will be a new category just for battery-electric vehicles.

- BEVs will be eligible to win the overall 2022 World Car of the Year award; the rules just require that a car be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 a year. The vehicle must also "be priced below the luxury-car level in their primary markets" and must be available in two major markets (China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Latin America, and the USA) in at least two continents, between January 1, 2021, and March 30, 2022.

- Several BEVs are in contention for the top award, including the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback, BMW i4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6.

- Jaguar's I-Pace won overall in 2019, and the Volkswagen ID.4 won overall in 2021; if the Porsche Taycan Turbo had been eligible in 2020, it would probably also have romped home to victory but for the fact that it was too expensive to qualify. (


ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY STARTUP AMPLE RAISES $160 MILLION

- Ample, a San Francisco-based developer of swappable electric vehicle (EV) batteries, has raised $160 million in a new funding round, the company said on Thursday.The company has developed a battery for EVs and an automated process for quickly swapping out depleted batteries for newly charged packs

- The Series C round brings to $230 million the total raised by the seven-year-old startup

- Unlike the Chinese carmakers, Ample aims to make its batteries and swapping process more widely available to different brands.

- Automated battery swap "could solve a big problem" for energy companies and commercial operators that are moving their fleets to electric power and cannot afford downtime for extended charging


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FISKER JOINS FORCES WITH ABBIE EATON

- Fisker today announced it is joining forces with renowned racing driver, Abbie Eaton. One of 18 drivers competing in the 2021 W Series Championship, Abbie will work closely with Fisker’s engineering and product development team, focusing on chassis and vehicle dynamics on the Fisker Ocean SUV program and other vehicles to follow.

- Abbie brings her experience as a test driver for The Grand Tour show to Fisker, along with her credentials as a race driver, certified instructor and precision driver. She’ll join other women at Fisker in high-visibility senior roles, perfecting the Fisker Ocean SUV and eventually three more vehicles for the diverse and ever-expanding global electric vehicle market.


FORD TEASES ITS EV CRATE POWERTRAIN SOLUTION AHEAD OF SEMA

- For fans of vintage American iron, the looming transition to electric motivation might strike fear into your heart: your nostalgia express might be rendered inoperable. Well, there’s some good news for those that are interested in modifying your classic: EV crate conversions. While this technology is still in its relative infancy, it does seem to be gaining some traction. Ford is teasing an electric crate powertrain solution that is slated for a debut at the upcoming SEMA show.

- Chevrolet introduced a similar system back in 2018. That system has since evolved into the eCrate system, which Chevrolet said would be hitting the market sometime this year.


FORD PLANS TO OFFER DIY EV-MAKERS ITS KEY ELECTRIC TECH

- Tesla and Nissan seem to be some of the most common donor drivetrains for EV conversions, in no small part because of their general availability. Ford Performance, though, is getting in on the action. Rather than having to source the electrification system independently, you’ll be able to buy an Eluminator motor off the shelf.

- Full details will be shared at SEMA 2021, the annual car mods show. What we do know, however, is that the Eluminator is targeted at restomods and project cars, and that it will be impressively compact. Only 570 mm – or shorter than 23 inches – in length, in fact.


BLUETTI REVEALS MODULAR HOME BATTERY BACKUP

- Bluetti, manufacturer of battery backup systems large and small, has announced its modular home battery backup design. With the Tesla Powerwall only available to solar rooftop customers (and pending orders), many are dipping their toes into vehicle or home backup systems like Bluetti. 
Bluetti announced its flagship AC300 modular backup system, the B300 modular battery, the Fusion Box Pro for connecting staggering power, as well as the upgraded AC200 MAX all-in-one unit.

- Fully packaged system power
6 kW, 24.6 kWh

- Solar input (Basic unit)
2400W


HOW TO DOUBLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGE POINTS OVERNIGHT? EV CHARGE POINT SHARING

- There are currently around 39,000 public electric vehicle charge points available in the UK and over 400,000 home chargers. By sharing even a fraction of them via Community Charging, electric vehicle uptake can be transformed.

- Community Charging is the utilization of community resources including chargers, space and infrastructure to allow members of that community to run electric vehicles.

- So all that’s needed to double the available public chargers without a single hole being dug or a cable laid is for just 10% of the 400,000 home charger owners to decide to share their charger – making 40,000 chargers available straight away.


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1,300 TESLA MODEL YS HAVE ARRIVED IN NORWAY

- A huge shipment of Model Y has arrived in Norway. 1,300 Giga Shanghai-made electric SUVs will soon be delivered to their owners.

- . To deliver Model Y and Model 3, the company dispatched three cargo ships from China.So far, two of the three have already reached the shores of Europe and docked at ports in several countries to deliver the long-awaited vehicles to consumers. Vessel Helios Ray with the first Model Ys for the European market arrived at the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium on August 15, later it headed to Emden, Germany, and now it is in Bremerhaven, Germany. According to Tesla ship tracker @mortenlund89/Twitter, a number of Model Ys were unloaded in Zeebrugge to be transported to Norway in another vessel.

- Glovis Supreme arrived at the port of Zeebrugge, into which the Model Y from Helios Rayl is supposed to have been loaded. After this, according to @mortenlund89, there were 1,300 Model Ys aboard the Glovis Supreme, which was delivered to Norway on August 20. The first shipment has arrived at the port of Oslo and over a thousand happy customers will soon take delivery of the long-awaited Model Y.


GM EXPANDS BATTERY-FIRE RECALL TO CHEVY BOLT EUV, EVERY BOLT EV MADE

- General Motors has expanded the recall of Chevrolet Bolt EV models due to battery-related fire concerns—to include 2019-2021 Bolt EV models and new 2022 Bolt EV and EUV models. 
GM just earlier this week confirmed that it planned to replace all battery modules on affected 2017-2019 Bolt EV models, subject to be adjusted after an additional investigation. It’s now expecting to do the same with the rest of the Bolt EV population, including models recently delivered and those in dealer inventories.

- The Bolt EV and EUV models use cells made by LG Chem in South Korea through mid 2019, and then Holland, Michigan from mid-2019 on. GM had previously said that the so-called “design level N2.1” made in Michigan were unaffected

- GM now recommends that until customers receive new battery modules, they should set their vehicle to a maximum 90 percent state of charge, charge their vehicle more frequently and not allow it below 70 miles of range, and park the vehicle outside immediately after charging.

- GM could potentially be replacing all the battery modules—or full packs, as it may turn out—in more than 140,000 Bolt EVs in North America, of which more than 110,000 are in the U.S.

- The expanded recall would cost the company $1 billion more than what had been spent on previous Bolt recall efforts, and it stated today that it will seek reimbursement from LG Chem, the cell supplier.


AN ELECTRIC BOAT ISN'T JUST A FLOATING TESLA

- the prospect of electrifying on-board generators that power everything from the sound system to the refrigerators on larger boats and recreational vehicles. These generators are used for longer periods than the propulsion systems but operate at lower power, which makes it easier to replace them with battery-operated versions,

- The company is aiming to replace 15,000 combustion engine generators on boats and RVs with electric-powered versions by 2023.

- Consumers typically don’t spend as much on fuel for their boats as they do for their cars, which complicates the cost-benefit analysis of going electric

- The primary market for electric boats today is smaller lakes and waterways where the distance requirements are limited and speeds are lower. Most of the interest comes from Europe where certain municipalities that are highly dependent on boat traffic

- The market is even more niche in the U.S.; one of the more popular applications is electric dinghies that ferry the well-heeled from the dock to their parked yachts

- about 90% of electric models being sold today operate below 10 horsepower.



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TOP FOUR HIGHLIGHTS OF ELON MUSK’S TESLA AI DAY | TECHCRUNCH

- Tesla AI Day, which started after a rousing 45 minutes of industrial music pulled straight from “The Matrix” soundtrack, featured a series of Tesla engineers explaining various Tesla tech with the clear goal of recruiting the best and brightest to join Tesla’s vision and AI team and help the company go to autonomy and beyond.

- Like both “Battery Day” and “Autonomy Day,” the event on Thursday was streamed live on Tesla’s YouTube channel. There was a lot of super technical jargon, but here are the top four highlights of the day.

- Tesla Bot: A definitely real humanoid robot

- Unveiling of the chip to train Dojo

- To Full Self-Driving and beyond

- Solving computer vision problems


CHIP SHORTAGES MAY BE GETTING WORSE FOR AUTOMAKERS

- Toyota announced that 27 assembly lines in Japan will be impacted by the spread of COVID, lockdowns and chip shortages. BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler also signaled a change in delivery expectations due to the shortage. Earlier in the year, BMW said it had ordered enough semiconductors and expected its suppliers to deliver, but in a recent statement, the Bavarians said that supply would remain tight in the second half of the year. The lost output was around 30,000 units so far this year.

- Toyota will cut production worldwide 40 percent in September. That translates into 80,000 fewer models produced next month than originally planned. The production cuts will affect Europe, China, United States and other markets. In the U.S., just this month alone, Toyota will deliver 60,000 to 90,000 vehicles fewer than originally planned.

- The latest production issues follow news that German chipmaker Infineon was forced to suspend production at one of its plants in Malaysia in June, due to a coronavirus outbreak. A large portion of the worldwide chip production is located in Malaysia

- Most analysts point to a return to normality sometimes in 2022



BATTERY POWER CAPACITY IN THE US GREW BIG TIME IN 2020

- Power capacity — a measure of how much power a battery can instantly discharge — for large-scale batteries grew at an unprecedented pace in the US last year, according to an annual report released this week by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

- 2020 smashed the previous record set in 2018 for the biggest growth in power capacity in the US with 489MW of large-scale battery storage added. That’s more than twice what was added in 2018.

- Big batteries can also step in when a disaster knocks another power source offline. So on top of cutting down greenhouse gas emissions, they can make the grid more reliable and resilient.

- Electricity is currently responsible for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. But a clean grid could tackle emissions from other sectors like transportation and heating as cars, homes, and buildings go all-electric.

- Battery storage costs have tumbled 72 percent since 2015, the EIA found, which helps explain why the vast majority of large-scale battery storage power capacity available today only came online within the past six years.


TESLA HARDWARE 4 COMPUTER TO BE INTRODUCED WITH THE CYBERTRUCK NEXT YEAR

- The Tesla Cybertruck will not only debut a revolutionary manufacturing process, it will also be the first vehicle in the company’s lineup to be equipped with Tesla’s Hardware 4 computer. 

Hardware 4 is the successor to the custom HW 3.0 computer that’s currently being deployed to the company’s vehicles today. Comments about the Hardware 4 computer were made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk during AI Day, which featured an in-depth discussion on the company’s AI-driven initiatives.

- Musk remarked that a HW 4.0 or FSD Computer 2 would be introduced in the future. This unit would be a step up from the already impressive HW 3.0 both in performance and safety.

- HW 4.0 will be introduced in the Tesla Cybertruck “in a year or so.” Musk later noted that with Hardware 3.0, Tesla’s self-driving systems could perform about 300% safer than a human, but for HW 4.0, this number could increase to 1000%.


NIO ET7 WINTER TEST COMPLETED IN NEW ZEALAND

- Since the NIO ET7 was introduced at NIO Day, the Chinese automaker conducted tests in various locations toward mass production. Among these tests was a fundamental and indispensable part, the winter test. This included a systemic and complete collection of dynamic tests on all types of low-adhesion roads to ensure a safe and comfortable driving experience for users in different scenarios.The summer season in China did not provide the environment and low temperatures the test required. However, New Zealand in the Southern Hemisphere allowed NIO to complete the test promptly.

- In July 2021, NIO spent a month testing the NIO ET7 in winter conditions. The renowned Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG) of New Zealand, with about 4.9 million m2, boasts 37 snow flats, ice flats, and handling tracks. Situated in the piedmont area adjacent to the Cardrona Valley near Queenstown, a complex mountainous landscape simulated various test environments close to everyday vehicle-use scenarios.

- The entry level 70kWh unit offers a 310-mile (500 km) range, with a 100kWh version offering 435 miles (700 km). The top model with a ginormous 150kWh battery pack has a claimed range of more than 621 miles (1,000 km). All the figures are calculated using the Chinese NEDC system.


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FIRST VW ID.4 ELECTRIC SUV PRE-PRODUCTION UNITS ROLL OFF THE LINE AT CHATTANOOGA FACTORY

- The first VW ID.4 electric SUV pre-production units have rolled off the assembly line at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory.

- Scott Keogh, president and CEO at Volkswagen Group of America, has confirmed that the first pre-production units have rolled off the assembly line. He shared images in a LinkedIn post:

- That moment certainly came during my last visit to the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN. While I was there to tour our electric vehicle expansion at the plant, I had the pleasure of watching a pre-production version of the VW ID.4 come down the line with Thomas Du Plessis. This early model is a way for us to validate the build process, components, and procedures in advance of full assembly which is scheduled to begin next year. Just as important, it represents our $800 million dollar investment in EV assembly for the region – and our commitment to the high-tech jobs that will keep this facility humming.

- VW most recently launched the ID.4 AWD Pro electric SUV in the US starting at just $36,175 with incentives.


"GET READY TO CONFIRM YOUR DREAM EDITION" EXPECT LUCID AIR DELIVERIES SOON

- The Lucid Air was supposed to launch in the spring of 2021. but because of COVID-19, it caused a delay in the arrival of the eagerly awaited Lucid Air. In a letter from Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, the company announced that vehicles would not be delivering this spring as initially promised. Instead, customer deliveries will begin sometime in the second half of 2021. We are almost two months into the second half of 2021, but nothing has really happened...until now.

- This morning (August 18th, 2021), customers who reserved the Lucid Air Dream Edition got an email update that says: Get ready to confirm your Dream Edition It's nearly time to confirm your order.

- we know that Lucid Motors is currently testing the range of the car. Once again, these tests are a must for Lucid Motors to start delivering its car. If the Lucid Air Achieves an Estimated EPA Range of 517 Miles on a Single Charge, it would be the first EV to achieve that


AUSTRALIA: HYUNDAI LAUNCHES CHEAPER SHORT-RANGE KONA ELECTRIC AND DROPS LONG-RANGE PRICE

- Hyundai says it will launch a cheaper, shorter-range all-electric Kona on the Australian market in a bid to make it more affordable and accessible to more drivers.

- Priced from $54,000 before on-road costs in the Elite trim, the “Standard Range” Kona Electric has a 39.2kWh battery and offers 305km driving range (

- Hyundai is further dropping the price of both its long-range Kona Electric variants by $1,500 and $2,000 respectively, after price reductions from Tesla for its popular Model 3.


SUBARU INVESTS IN E-MOBILITY R&D CENTRE

- Japanese carmaker Subaru wants to become more competitive in the all-electric vehicle segment and is therefore planning to build a $272 million e-mobility research and development centre near Tokyo.

- the seven-storey technology centre will open in spring 2024 and employ about 2,800 people in the fields of engineering, product planning and design. The development complex is not only intended to speed up the market launch of new models, but also to increase flexibility – in order to be able to react to the regionally varying demand for electric cars.

- The new models will feature new hybrid powertrains, driver assistance systems and connectivity, according to a Torquenews report, and will achieve this with “very responsive electric motors, Subaru’s AWD capability and further improved driving dynamics”.


ALL-ELECTRIC GENESIS GV60 IS A LUXURY COUNTERPART TO HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 AND KIA EV6

- Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand has revealed its first dedicated electric vehicle, in the form of a sporty-looking crossover that, it says, will be delivered to customers in North America in 2022. 
The GV60 will be built on the E-GMP modular platform

- GV60 follows a hatchback form—remixed here with a racy roofline and an unexpectedly (for its luxury pedigree) bright, splashy yellow-green hue.

- Like the Ioniq 5, the GV60 offers a clamshell hood that wraps around to the hood and fenders. Electric door handles automatically extend when you walk up to the car.

- Performance and technology details for the GV60 is forthcoming. So far the performance leader of the E-GMP models is the Kia EV6 GT, with a claimed 0-62 mph dash in just 3.5 seconds, from a dual motor system making a combined 577 hp


TESLA MODEL S AND MODEL Y SUFFER LONG DELIVERY DELAYS

- Some Tesla customers have been waiting as long as four months to receive their cars as the company repeatedly pushes back delivery dates, CNBC reports.CNBC said it spoke to five Tesla customers who said they had suffered delivery delays on cars purchased earlier this year. The delays appeared to be affecting a range of Tesla models including its Model Y and its deluxe $124,000 Model S Plaid, CNBC said.

- Musician David Crosby tweeted on Tuesday that he ordered a Tesla car seven months ago and the company has "lied to us 4 times about when we would get it."

- The delays also appear to be affecting the $40,000 Model Y. CNBC reported a customer as saying that they placed an order in May for a Model Y and was told he would get his car at the latest by July 28. The date then switched to August 10 on his online account, and kept getting pushed later. His expected delivery window was last set at September 4 to September 24


REPORT: CHINA CUTS EV PRICING BY ALMOST HALF SINCE 2011

- JATO Dynamics shared its latest report on the evolution of the electric vehicle markets in China, the US and Europe.

- analysis in the report finds that not enough is being done to produce affordable EVs across several markets.While the pricing of EVs in China – the world’s largest market for EVs – has significantly fallen by almost half (47%) since 2011, US and European markets have seen EV prices rise over the same time period, by 38% and 28% respectively.

- China’s success in producing affordable EVs comes down to a number of factors, including its government’s decision to invest heavily in the domestic market from as early as 2009. Today, consumers in China can buy a brand new EV for as little as €3,700.  In stark contrast, the average retail price for an EV in the US continues to rise faster than any other major global market and now stands at €36,200, up from €26,200 in 2011.

- . In May 2021, EVs were on average 52% more expensive than ICE cars in the UK, and 54% more expensive in the Netherlands. In Germany, the average retail price of an EV is €39,755 compared to €36,979 for ICE vehicles. Norway is the only exception – the average retail price for EVs is €44,500 compared to €53,000 for ICE cars.


THE CHEAPEST (AND MOST EXPENSIVE) COUNTRIES TO BUY TESLA MODEL S

- Interestingly, the Tesla Model S costs a whopping $67,699 more when purchased in Israel than it does in the US.

- While the Tesla Model S starts at $79,990 in the US (the price is $89,990 now), its average global price based on the 30 markets comes in at $108,196

Most expensive:
1.       Israel $147,689
2.       Denmark $132,374
3.       Hungary $120,441
4.       United Kingdom $116,896
5.       Sweden $115,216

Cheapest:
6.       United States $79,990 (currently $89,990)
7.       Estonia $90,665
8.       Canada $93,553
9.       Japan $97,512
10.   Norway $97,544

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TATA MOTORS UNVEILS TIGOR EV; TO ACCEPT BOOKINGS FROM TODAY

- Tata Motors has unveiled its second offering in electric vehicles segment — Tata Tigor EV, following its Nexon EV. Tata Motors will accept bookings for its upcoming EV from today at a price of Rs 21,000 across select dealerships

- The Tata Tigor EV is powered by a 26 kWh high energy density Lithium-ion battery pack which can be charged from 0 per cent to 80 per cent within an hour using fast charging.

- It can go from 0 kmph to 60 kmph in 5.7 seconds and churns out a peak power of 55 kW

- Tata Tigor EV comprises height adjustable driver seat, portable charging cable

- “The last few years belonged to the early adopters of EV in India but now it is the time of early majority to move to EV. With an immensely successful experience with the Nexon EV, we can confidently state that EVs are rapidly becoming mainstream. The EV market has reached an inflection point and we need to cater to diverse customer needs and democratize the EV market further with another accessible and contemporary EV product. We are ecstatic to unveil our second electric car in the personal segment. With the all-new Tigor EV we want to lead this evolution to mainstream EVs in India with a message to all automotive enthusiasts to Evolve to Electric,” Vivek Srivatsa, Head-Marketing, Passenger and Electric Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors said.


CHINESE TESLA RIVAL XPENG EXPANDS PRODUCTION CAPACITY AT KEY PLANT

- Chinese electric carmaker Xpeng is doubling the production capacity at one of its key plants as competition heats up.  Xpeng said it will increase the planned production capacity of its Zhaoqing manufacturing site from 100,000 cars a year to 200,000. The Zhaoqing plant opened last year, and is located in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

- Xpeng has looked to boost production capacity by building its own factories. Earlier this year, Xpeng announced a cooperation with the city of Wuhan to build a new manufacturing base there.

- Xpeng is looking to expand production for its range of models — the G3 SUV, the P7 sedan and its recently-launched P5.


HYUNDAI IONIQ 6 ELECTRIC SEDAN CAPTURED IN BEST SPY SHOTS TO DATE

- the Ioniq 6 coming next year will be the first sedan to ride on these underpinnings.
A near-production prototype was spotted the other day in the United States with less camouflage than ever before. The car looks just about ready to lose the disguise and show how the final version has changed compared to the Prophecy concept introduced about a year and a half ago.

- The Ioniq 6 is scheduled to go on sale next year and will be followed in 2024 by the Ioniq 7 serving as a larger electric SUV. Meanwhile, Kia and Genesis are also working on a generous array of E-GMP-based vehicles as everything from performance cars to minivans will be underpinned by the EV-only architecture.


CADILLAC LYRIQ: FIRST LOOK AT LUXURY ELECTRIC SUV

- From the inside out, designers took advantage of GM's new flexible Ultium battery to craft the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, Cadillac's first all-electric SUV.

- The new battery with lithium-ion cells that stack vertically and horizontally meant the luxury car could be as big, as wide, and as low as designers craved. It set the stage for the Lyriq's knockout 22-inch wheels, massive 33-inch driver display, and other interior details like ample legroom in the back and even the design of the HVAC vents.

- The Lyriq, which has an estimated 300 miles of range and starts at $59,990, is the first of many electric cars GM plans to release with its Ultium battery.

- The 100 kwh battery in the Lyriq can add 76 miles of range in about 10 minutes with DC Fast Charging

- When you approach the car with the key, you'll get a light show on the grille. The car handles are flush against the body and don't pop out. Instead you press them and the door shoots open a few inches

- The Lyriq is on track to go into production in the first quarter of 2022 at GM's new Spring Hill, Tennessee factory still under construction. Cadillac plans to have Lyriq on sales lots within the first half of next year. Reservations for the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq open on Sept. 18, 2021.


VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 GETS 3 YEARS FREE CHARGING ON ELECTRIFY CANADA

- Volkswagen Canada announced that it will provide three years of unlimited, complimentary ultra-fast charging from the date of purchase for new owners of the all-electric 2021 VW ID.4, on the Electrify Canada network.The news comes just weeks after Electrify Canada announced plans to expand its network of ultra-fast chargers from 27 stations with 108 chargers to more than 100 charging stations comprising over 500 individual chargers across Canada by the end of 2025.  The expansion also builds the network coverage from four to nine provinces, facilitating travel from Halifax, Nova Scotia in the east to Victoria, British Columbia in the west.


BASE VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 PURE PULLED DUE TO GLOBAL CHIP SHORTAGE

- The cheapest version of the ID.3 with the smallest battery pack is no longer available in the configurator. After introducing the more affordable ID.3 Pure version in January of this year, Volkswagen has now made it unavailable. There is a reason behind it, according to the automaker, and that reason is the world wide semiconductor chip shortage that ha has affected most manufacturers.

- The ID.3 Pure, which in Germany starts at just under €32,000 (before local incentives), has a 45 kWh battery pack, and the weakest motor available, putting out just 93 kW or 125 horsepower. It has a claimed WLTP range of 205 miles or 330 km and it can be charged at a maximum 50 kW.

- those interested can only order the ID.3 with either the 58 kWh or 77 kWh battery pack and thus, the cheapest you can no get one of these vehicles new is €35,460


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INSTAVOLT ROLLS OUT 120 KW BYD CHARGERS

- InstaVolt has a number of high-profile corporate partners. UK drivers can use the company’s charging stations at KFC, Starbucks, McDonalds and other chains.

- InstaVolt has begun installing its fastest charging points yet. The new BYD chargers deliver power levels up to 120 kW—a substantial boost compared to the company’s existing 50 kW chargers. Each unit has one CCS and one CHAdeMO connector, allowing two cars to be charged at once.

- The new rapid chargers will be deployed across all future installations, including InstaVolt’s McDonalds and Costa Coffee sites across the UK. Ten of the new chargers are already live on InstaVolt’s network.

- Instavolt says this is the first time that a BYD charger has been imported into Europe.

InstaVolt intends to bring even faster chargers—over 150 kW—to the market within the next year


OLA S1 IS A 70-PLUS MPH ELECTRIC SCOOTER THAT'S PRICED LIKE A BICYCLE

- hat if you want a scooter that's also an EV? Piaggio has you covered there too, with the Vespa Elettrica, but the issue is that, at around $7,500,   it's kind of expensive -- but maybe there's another option.

- That option comes from a company called Ola and its S1 electric scooter, which the company debuted on Monday

- Ola claims the S1 scooter will do 55 mph, or 71 mph if you go for the more powerful S1 Pro version. That's a ton of performance, especially when you consider the 75-mile range of the base version or 112-mile range of the Pro version.

- The S1 also has some cool tech on board, like a 7-inch digital dash and its own in-house operating system, MoveOS, which provides all the basic dash functions you'd expect, plus navigation and music controls.

- The base S1 will retail for just the equivalent of $1,350, and the Pro comes in at $1,748.


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AUDI BRINGS E-TRON S THREE-MOTOR ELECTRIC SUV TO THE US STARTING AT $84,800

- Audi is bringing the e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback, its three-motor electric SUV, to the US, starting at $84,800.

- The German automaker launched the vehicle last year as “the first electric cars worldwide with three motors in mass production“:

- The three electric motors, two of which are located on the rear axle, together provide 370 kW of boost power and 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the two purely electrically driven models to accelerate to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.5 seconds

- Nearly two inches wider than the e-tron and e-tron Sportback models, the e-tron S is the only Audi “S” model with wider bodywork than the standard model.

- The EPA-estimated range with the standard wheel/tire package is expected to be 208 miles for e-tron S and 212 miles for the e-tron Sportback S. It’s going to start just under $85,000.


FORT WORTH OFFERS OVER $400 MILLION TAX BREAK TO ATTRACT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

- The City of Fort Worth is currently in negotiations to bring Rivian, an American electric vehicle manufacturer, to the city.

- The competitive process to woo Rivian to Fort Worth involves a 2,000-acre site location upon which up to 12 million square feet of buildings will be located. The currently proposed site would be 12 miles from downtown Fort Worth and south of Interstate 20. According to the city, the project would generate 1,875 jobs by the end of 2025 and over 7,500 jobs by the end of 2027 with minimum average annual salaries of $56,000.

- Fort Worth is offering tax abatements and grants that will be capped at $440,000,000. One incentive is a 15-year economic development program agreement grant which would reduce the company’s tax burden by 85 percent of the taxes on real and business personal property.

- the city plans to nominate the project for funding through the Texas Enterprise Zone program, a “state sales and use tax refund program designed to encourage private investment and job creation in economically distressed areas of the state,” according to the Office of the Governor’s website.


RIVIAN BATTERY SUPPLIER SAMSUNG SDI IS CONSIDERING ILLINOIS FOR US PLANT

- Rivian battery supplier Samsung SDI is considering a new battery plant near the EV hopeful's Illinois factory, local NPR affiliate WGLT reported last week.
The report cites United States Senator Dick Durbin, who said Normal, home to Rivian's ex-Mitsubishi assembly plant, is a "finalist" for a planned Samsung battery factory. Durbin met virtually with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe recently.

- The project has been discussed for at least six months under the codename "Project Maximus," according to the report. Normal Mayor Chris Koos told WGLT that a local incentives package was in play, and the media outlet reported that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) was involved, indicating that state-level incentives might be presented as well.

- Samsung SDI is the sole battery supplier of Rivian's vehicles at launch, although Rivian hasn't said that it's using them exclusively.


ROBOTIC SYSTEM DISMANTLES EV BATTERIES FOR RECYCLING 10X FASTER

- As electric vehicles continue to gain in popularity, one thing we'll have to deal with down the road is mounting piles of batteries that have reached the end of their lives. Casting their eye toward this future, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new robotic system that automatically disassembles spent electric vehicle batteries with great efficiency and safety, making them easier to recycle.

- . Doing so by hand currently involves first discharging the battery, and then taking it apart piece by piece, which exposes workers to toxic chemicals and power levels potentially as high as 900 volts. Looking to build a robotic system that can do the heavy lifting, the team actually turned to one previously developed to extract rare-earth magnets from old hard drives. This was adapted for use on spent electric vehicle batteries, with the new disassembly system able to be configured to tackle any type of battery stack, safely undoing bolts and the housing even if the device has charge remaining.

- the automated system can disassemble the batteries down to the cell level and pull out different materials for recovery, such as the cobalt, lithium or metal foils. Alternatively, it can extract individual battery modules to be refurbished and reused in energy storage systems. According to the team, the system can disassemble 100 or more battery stacks in the time it would take a human worker to disassemble 12.


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IONIQ 5 BEATS TESLA MODEL 3 IN SAFETY TEST

- Hyundai Motor's Ioniq 5 is safer than Tesla’s Model 3, according to a government test. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Tuesday that a safety test conducted by the Korea Transportation Safety Authority compared the two models. The Ioniq 5 EV received a score of 92.1 points out of 100 compared to the Model 3's 83.3 points.

- The car’s high-voltage electrical system did not catch fire during the collision test and, after a crash, the doors still opened. In testing for possible collisions with pedestrians using dummies and simulations, the materials and design of the bumper was found to absorb shocks, preventing major injuries. Testing for possible head injuries found that the materials used in the vehicle and the design of its hood reduced the possibility of critical injury.  Its autonomous emergency braking system received high scores while other accident prevention features such as a lane assist system also received a perfect score.

- As of July, 8,628 Ioniq 5s have been sold and 6,297 Model 3s.


GLENCORE INVESTS IN BRITISHVOLT'S ELECTRIC BATTERY GIGAFACTORY PLANS

- Mining giant Glencore is investing in the battery start-up Britishvolt and its construction of a gigafactory to support the UK’s car industry transition to electrical vehicles. As part of the partnership, Glencore will also supply cobalt, one of the key raw materials used in electric batteries, the Financial Times reported. As the biggest producer of cobalt globally, the FTSE 100 company will provide Britishvolt with 30 per cent of the metal’s supply from 2024 to 2030.

- Britishvolt’s £2.6bn electric car battery plant is currently under construction in Northumberland in the northeast of England. Planning permission was granted in early July. The factory will initially employ 1,000 people, increasing threefold when operating at full capacity. The 235-acre operation will support the production of electric cars at scale domestically by providing infrastructure and battery supplies. It will help to meet the government’s carbon reduction targets and transition to electric cars with the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.

- The gigafactory will be operational by 2023, says the start-up, and produce 300,000 batteries for EVs a year by 2027.


TESLA'S GIGA AUSTIN: IDRA SHIPMENT, NEW GIGA PRESS HAS ARRIVED

- A few days ago, Teslarati reported that Tesla had received a shipment that consisted of a massive box from IDRA Group. It would only make sense that the contents of the box could be related to a Giga Press, since we know that's what IDRA makes, and we also know that Tesla has already purchased and installed some of these large casting machines.

- Tesla is now preparing the foundation for the machine's installation.


FORD-OWNED SPIN ANNOUNCES GLOBAL INTEGRATION WITH GOOGLE MAPS

- Spin, the micromobility unit of Ford Motor Company, is working with Google Maps to provide e-scooters and e-bikes as a transportation option on the platform in Spin’s markets

Google Maps users are now able to see Spin vehicle availability as they plan their journeys in 84 cities, campuses, and towns in Europe and North America
The integration will bring wider public awareness to Spin’s vehicle availability and point people towards a more sustainable option for short journeys in urban areas

- Google Maps users are able to see, in real-time, the nearest available Spin e-bike or e-scooter, including how long it will take to walk to the vehicle, as well as the estimated battery range and expected arrival time. Users will then be directed to the Spin app to pay for the vehicle, unlock it and take their ride.

- Micromobility is continuing to gain traction to become a mainstream transportation solution for those living in urban areas or campuses. As e-scooters and e-bikes are being increasingly built into journey-planning platforms, residents and visitors can more easily take a multimodal approach to the way they get around cities.


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BRENDAN HUTCHINS
The environment has been a 10/10 reason I wanted an ev since I first heard of them years ago. 

Now with how freaking cool they are I’d say a 9/10, not because the environment is any less of a reason, but because all the other cool aspects are 10% of why I want one now, too. 

Home charging
Cheaper to run
Less maintenance 
High tech
Luxury 
Instant torque

All freaking awesome, and would make me want an ev over an ice alone, but the environment is just too important for it not to be the biggest reason by far. 

RAJEEV NARAYAN
For me the environment was a solid 7 for why I initially got into EVs, not just the devastating impacts of climate change, as discussed by the IPCC report you mentioned, but also the health impacts; There is a recent study published by Harvard’s school of public health showing that almost one in 5 deaths worldwide are due to fossil fuel particulates, and infants are particularly susceptible, as you have also pointed out. 

But in addition to the above, fossil fuel subsidies have gotten out of hand. There was an IMF study Showing that 5.2 trillion US dollars were spent globally on fossil fuel subsidies, which was equivalent of over 6.5% of global GDP, the U.S. alone spent 649 billion in 2017, which is more that we spent on Defense! The worldwide opportunity cost of that expenditure is staggering.

EDUARD PERTINEZ
My main interest in EVs is intelligence and rational as species. I want human beings to be intelligent and understand that we must pursue a 100% renewable future. Not because it is good or bad, but because it is beautiful. In this sense, burning any fuel or nuclear deposit is not an option, however clean it can be. Even if we found our way to clean nuclear fission, I wouldn't pursue it as long as that would lead to an overmassificated earth, with little to no space for wild life.

The only intelligent and proudly option is to create a long lasting renewable society that uses sunlight for its needed energy, and that is electrical energy and that means EV's.

So environment is 10 out of 10, simply because the goal, for me, is equilibrium.

SCOTT BERGER
Like you, I was first drawn to EV cars because I had a chance to drive one early on and was immediately smitten. I'm a person who buys cars first and foremost for performance and fun driving. After an autocross day in my brother's (2013) Fiat 500e I was sold. My earlier experiences with a Tesla Model S were less impressive to me due to the astronomical cost.

Since then, range and prices came down enough to buy my first EV, a Kia Niro EV. A major part of the calculus was my 50-mile round-trip commute. I was spending too much money on fuel. With off-peak charging I am now saving nearly $10/day in fuel alone just on my commute. I have since changed to an ID.4.

Now, as I live in an area in the northern US seeing its worst drought in more than 30 years, climate aspects are increasingly nearing the top of my list. We are in a climate emergency. With that said, I've also been riding my e-bike as much as possible for simple errands around town, and walking to pick up my kids for daycare each day instead of driving. (Even driving an EV is less "green" than walking, as you know.)

In summary, currently my list of reasons I drive an EV is roughly as follows:

1. cost of operation
2. environment
3. fun
4. reliability
5. tech
6. stress-free driving

DAVID ALLEN
It was always about the environment from the start. My wife and I planned to transition to EV/Solar/Geothermal over the course of a decade. We started in 2014 swapping out our Hyundai Elantra for a used 2012 Nissan Leaf. We then swapped out our Nissan Sentra for a used 2017 Volt. We then moved to a single story house (less problematic for my wife who has MS) which also had a nice South-facing roof, and began installing solar, which was done in three phases from 2015-2019. Next the Volt was traded for a Tesla Model 3, and our gasoline consumption dropped to zero (from 1000+ gallons annually in 2014). 

The last step will be to replace our gas furnace with a ground source heat pump in the next 2-3 years.

All of the fun and savings have been icing on the cake.


ALAN NORTHCUTT
my ranking for environmental reasons to buy an EV is 10. 
because of my understanding of the climate crisis i realized
i must drive an EV and bought a Bolt immediately after release,
and later a Model 3.

JAKOB GOLDMAN, KANSAS
On a scale of one to ten , I would give environment #1 as a motivator for EV purchase.

DOUG VOWLES
I wish I could say “10” for environmental reasons, but in all honesty it was probably “8”, with a few guilty points in there for the attractions of cool tech.  

Two years later, I still believe that electric cars are way better than their gas predecessors, but am coming to realize that improving components of a broken system is not good enough.  Cars are still part of a massive resource consumption lifestyle that is killing us, and the planet.  So I’m happy to see increased numbers of electric cars, solar farms, etc., but it’s not going to be enough.  We have a full system problem, and there’s little recognition of it, or sense of urgency to fix it.

RAJ BADWAL
So! Interesting question this week.. So when I bought my Leaf 24 back in 2016.. the environment benefit to me was a nice to have (2 out of 10). But like everyone else, when I started my EV journey I leaned what a kWh was and started to understand and think about where that energy came from. 

Fast forward 5 years I now drive a Tesla LR as the "main" car so 100% on my driving is electric and I use 100% renewable energy from our friends at Octopus. We are also looking to install solar with battery and air source heat pump to remove gas from out home to become as CO2 neutral as we can.

So in a nut shell, it was a 2 but now a 10! 🤣

SAM HANSSARD
My reason is currently at about a 7. 

When I first became interested it was about a 2. 

I fell in love with the idea of an EV being  economical, fun to drive, and just simple to maintain. I prefer things around me to just work and not be complicated.  I wasn’t convinced that it was good for the planet because of all the negative news such as burning coal to charge the EV, etc.  Because of podcast like yours I have been educated and now know the truth!  I’m currently not in a financial position to purchase an EV, however that is the goal I’m working towards. Volkswagen ID 4 is the model I look forward to owning. 

PAUL CANALL, YORKSHIRE EV CLUB
Hi Martyn, my first EV was bought in 2017 July 4th. 
Environment ranked 10th .
First was cost . Being a Yorkshireman will always be no.1
Fast forward to 2021. Now I'm more aware of climate change etc.
Environment is now no.2
Cost still leads the way.

MALCOLM FOWLER
I am 10/10 in buying an EV for environmental reasons.

I first drove an EV in 2019 and really liked the way they drove. But I don't think I would have bought one if they hadn't been better for the environment as it was by far the most expensive car I have ever bought.

Having said that, I am saving far more in running costs than I anticipated. My little petrol hatchback was costing me about 10p/mile in petrol which I thought was cheap. But by charging my Renault Zoe overnight at 5p/kWh and making use of the free 22kW charger at Tesco,(every little helps 😃) my fuel costs are now about 1p/mile and I am saving about £1,500 a year in fuel costs. 

ERIC LARSEM, NW OREGON
On a scale of 1-10, where does ‘environment’ rank for the reason you’re interested in EVs?

When I purchased our EV this spring.  My reasons were as follows
1.           Just tired of stopping at the gas (petrol) station every other day for my 150-mile daily commute.
2.           having a zippy fun to drive car for that commute.
3.           may other reasons
       9.  The environment 

ROBERT GRACE
My answer is the same as yours. I bought an EV to learn about the tech with protecting the environment as a distant second place in my reasoning.

Now, I am much more interested in the lower carbon emissions, and I even feel guilty when I drive or ride in an ICE vehicle. My attitude has changed markedly.

CHRISTOPHER J. MILLER
Researched EV's for 2 years before buying a low-cost 2015 Nissan Leaf, and have driven it now for 2 years. My opinion hasn't changed over those 4 years.
(1-10) How important was saving the environment as a factor for purchasing/driving my EV  -->  2. I acknowledge the benefits of driving and not emitting exhaust fumes, but it wasn't a major reason for why I bought or still continue to drive my EV.

BRIAN HICKSON
I would say that I’m a strong 7 out of 10 for the environmental reasons of buy my EV. I bought my ID.4 last month….unfortunately it’s been in the garage three out of the four weeks due to some controller failures.

I bought the car because I am concerned about the environment and I want to move away from fossil fuels and into cleaner tech in general, have upgraded the house too with heat pumps and I have solar on the way too. I’m also a bit of a gadget fiend  and I just like the whole idea of moving to new tech.  However it didn’t take me long to get used to paying very little to charge my car and given that I’ve had three ICE replacements for the car whilst in the garage I have to say it’s a sting paying at the pump again!!!

SOHAIL RATANSI
I got into the whole ev car movement initially because of the tech / geeky aspect. However I only bought my EV in December and it was a after reading and listening to podcasts about EVs and how their impact to the environment is better than my 1.0 MG ZS which guzzled more fuel than my previous car a 325i BMW. So on a scale of 1-10 I’d have to say 5 , the financial benefits weighted heavily as did the enjoyment of driving the EV. 

CHRIS FROM DENVER
My wife and I have ordered a Model Y LR recently and would say the current state of the climate (and it’s bleak future) has influenced our purchase GREATLY! I would give it a 9 out of 10.

We live in Denver, CO which was recently rated the most polluted city in the world last week due to fires in the west, the elevation, and of course ICE vehicles. 

For work I drive for hours everyday, and often sit in my car for extended periods of time to answer emails/ prepare for the site I am going to. I try my best to not let the car idle but with how hot it has been getting, it’s a difficult ask. I feel awful for it, but it will be a great day once we have our model Y and these worries are no longer a thing. 

A cheaper EV would probably work for us but long trips back to our hometown of Normal, IL are best suited for a Tesla. It will be our only vehicle until we can afford another EV in the future.. maybe a Rivian R1T if we’re lucky :)

OLLI MAJANDER
My previous car, which according to some sources there's no such thing, gave me a mild taste of driving electric.


I just wanted more of that. So on a scale from 1 to 10 the environment scored 0 as a reason to buy an EV. Going green(er) came as an added bonus. I know, I'm a bad person. 

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U SPY A MERCEDES-AMG EQS GETTING TOPPED UP AT A CHARGING STATION

- It is no secret that an AMG-badged variant of the Mercedes EQS is around the corner and our loyal Carscoops reader Ross recently snapped a prototype at an Ionity charging station south of Stuttgart, Germany.

- this prototype only had small areas of bodywork covered by camouflage, namely the rear fascia and front fascia (not pictured). There’s also a tiny bit of camouflage on the A-pillar, perhaps to hide an AMG badge.

- Based on trademark registrations recently made by the automaker a number of AMG models could be launched, potentially dubbed the EQS43, EQS53, and EQS63. The ‘43’ and ‘53’ will probably only benefit from a handful of changes from the standard model while the EQS63 promises to be the highest-performance variant with a claimed 715 hp.


NORWEGIAN PUBLIC AUTHORITIES LIMITED TO EVS FROM 2022

- The Norwegian government is considering a new directive that would require most new vehicle purchases by public authorities to be electric from 1 January 2022. The proposal will now be subject to a three-month period for consultations and comments before it can come into force.

- public authorities will be required to procure only purely electric cars, vans and city buses from the beginning of 2022, with two exceptions. According to a statement by the Norwegian electric car association Elbil, the only exceptions are “cargo vehicles that require more range than is currently available” and city buses powered by biogas.

- the Electric Car Association, says, “We already see that the proposal is incomprehensibly lax on vans, where only vans under 1,760 kg have zero-emission requirements.”


TESLA PUSHES NEW FULL SELF-DRIVING BETA UPDATE

- Tesla has started pushing a new software update for its Full Self-Driving Beta program.
CEO Elon Musk released the improvements in the update and gave us an idea of when the wider release is going to happen.

- The update is only for its early access program, which consists of employees and a select group of Tesla owners chosen by the automaker.

- As for the timeline of the wider release, which has also been referred to as the “download button”, Musk commented that Tesla will still need to release at least one or two more updates to the early access program before v10, which is now the wider release update.


TESLA'S ELON MUSK REITERATES SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES

- Elon Musk reiterated that the company is still facing "extreme supply chain limitations" due to computer chip shortages brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  "As publicly disclosed, we are operating under extreme supply chain limitations regarding certain "standard" automotive chips," Musk tweeted Thursday. "Most problematic by far are Renesas & Bosch."

- The shortage in semiconductor chips — which power a wide range of products that connect, transport and entertain consumers —  started last summer when the pandemic forced chip factories to shut down, particularly overseas, where the majority of the processors are made.

- By the time they started to reopen, they had a backlog of orders to fill. Chipmakers were then swamped by unforeseen demand, further compounding the issue. As a result, most automakers had to halt production at times, creating shortages and driving up demand and prices.


TESLA REACHES 7,000 SUPERCHAGER INSTALLS IN CHINESE MAINLAND

- Tesla launched its 7,000th Superchargers in Chinese mainland on August 14, the U.S. EV manufacturer announced via its Weibo account, a twitter-like social media platform in China, around seven years after the first China-dedicated one was built in Shanghai.

- Tesla claimed in early March it had deployed over 6,000 Superchargers and operated more than 760 Supercharger stations in over 300 cities across the Chinese mainland.

- Tesla claimed in early Feb. that its Supercharger manufacturing factory in Shanghai started production, less than half a year after the project was officially launched in August 2020.


2022 KIA SORENTO PHEV WILL BE SOLD IN U.S.

- great news today out of Kia for anybody who was hoping the Sorento PHEV would make it to the U.S. It’s officially coming here as a 2022 model! 
Kia was stingy on U.S. market information back when the Sorento PHEV was announced for Europe, declining to comment on the possibility of it coming here.

- Kia says it has a 13.8 kWh battery pack. An estimated 32-mile all-electric range is what Kia is claiming, but this is not the official EPA-tested number. We’ll have to wait for the official figures before making concrete comparisons, but if Kia can get it to 32 miles, that’s an impressive figure


IONIQ 5 TAKES HYUNDAI PLUG-IN SALES TO NEW RECORD IN JULY 2021

- Hyundai reports over a 13% decrease of its global car sales to 137,962 in July (on a manufacturer level), however, the plug-in segment continues to expand and reaches all-time record levels for the third consecutive month.

- The company sold a total of 11,742 plug-ins (up 39% year-over-year), which translated to a new record share of 8.5%.

- The all-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the new core of the plug-in lineup with another 8,000+ units sent out of the gate. That's more than two-thirds of the total EV sales.

- Hyundai Ioniq 5 - 8,068 (24,744 YTD)


HOW DOES GOOGLE MAPS WORK IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES? EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

- when it comes to driving an Electric Vehicle or an EV, Google Maps gets a whole lot better, actually. And way more useful too.There’s a couple of things that Google Maps does when it is being used in an EV. Firstly, it will show you where EV chargers are, so you can easily get to one and recharge your vehicle. Secondly, it will also provide you with an estimate of the battery percentage when you get to your destination.

- Google Maps is pretty friendly to EV drivers. But of course, it works even better in Android Automotive, since it is built-into the car.

- type in Google Maps to find an EV Charger to go to, and charge your car. But you get there and all of the chargers are being used. What now? You’re probably pissed, and have even less battery to get to another one.That’s where Google Maps comes into play. It is able to display how many chargers are actually available.

- This seems to really only work for ChargePoint and EVgo chargers. Those from ElectrifyAmerica and others are not able to show you how many are actually available. However, Google Maps can tell you the number of chargers at each location, and the speeds.


ABU DHABI IMPLEMENTS UNIFIED TARIFF FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING 

- Owners of electric vehicles (EVs) in private residences and commercial buildings in Abu Dhabi must instal sub-meters, authorities have announced.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), in cooperation with the concerned parties, approved a new governance framework for electric vehicle (EV) charging in the emirate on Monday.

- The approved governance framework mandates the installation of sub-meters on EV charging units in private residences and commercial buildings, defines a unified tariff for all registered units with consumption monitored by Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) and Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC), and enhances the public charging system, which currently has 200 charging units available to the public across the emirate.

- The DoE has given owners of private charging units a grace period until December 31 to have a sub-meter installed


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RIMAC NEVERA CLAIMS QUICKEST PRODUCTION CAR WITH NEW QUARTER-MILE TIME

- The Tesla Model S Plaid has a claimed 9.23-second quarter-mile time. But the real king appears to be the Rimac Nevera, which is getting quarter-mile times in the 8-second range.

- The company set its fastest time yet this week at Famoso Raceway. The company brought out Brooks Weiselblat of DragTimes to record and drive the car. As such the company has timing from the drag strip as well as VBox data from onboard the car. The fastest time recorded was 8.582 seconds at 167.51 mph.

- Now, as it was a drag strip, the times were set with a VHT-prepped surface, which is sticky and good for launches. But the car was on production tires — Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires to be specific. The company also noted that it has managed to do an 8.62-second quarter-mile on an un-prepped airstrip.

- Without any sanctioning body to record these runs, this is only an unofficial record.


Watch Rimac Nevera Go Beyond Plaid: Sets New 1/4 Mile World Record

- 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) - 1.90 seconds
0-100 km/h (62 mph) - 2.00 seconds
0-100 mph (161 km/h) - 3.61 seconds
0-130 mph (209 km/h) - 5.36 seconds
0-150 mph (240 km/h) - 6.88 seconds
60-130 mph - 3.42 seconds
100-150 mph (240 km/h) - 3.27 seconds
100-200 km/h - 2.95 seconds


TESLA RIDES THE EV REGISTRATION ROCKET AS AMERICANS BUY MORE THAN EVER

- Americans bought electric cars at a lightning pace in the first half of this year, according to new data from Experian. Registrations for EVs more than doubled, with 214,111 on the books through June, up from 98,351 in the first half of 2020.

- Tesla vehicles made up two-thirds of all new EV registrations, with the closest competitor being Chevrolet.

- newly launched Mustang Mach-E electric SUV helped it move into the top three, with 5.6% of new registrations. That's an impressive pace, given it's Ford's first mainstream EV.

- EVs still only accounted for 2.5% of all new registrations. That's up 1% from this time last year, but a far cry from the Biden administration's goal to make half of all new cars sold EVs by the end of this decade.


TESLA GIGA BERLIN WILL SAVE COMPANY FROM SHANGHAI EXPORT 'NIGHTMARE'

- Tesla Giga Berlin will be the electric automaker’s savior in a “logistical nightmare” that requires the company to ship cars from China to Europe, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a note this morning.

- The sooner Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) can get the Berlin factory up and running, the sooner it can free itself of the import of vehicles to Europe from Shanghai, a process that is “not sustainable,” according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, a Tesla bul

- Tesla will no longer have to import vehicles from China to Europe. A move that the company intended on never taking, Tesla sent China-made Model 3 units to Europe in January for the first time. The strategy has increased the company’s presence in the EV-savvy region of Europe but has also decreased deliveries in China


WHY TESLA'S 'FULL SELF-DRIVING BETA 9' IS UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED

- right now around 800 Tesla employees and close to 100 Tesla owners are running FSD 9-enabled cars in the USA (a relatively minor v9.1 update dropped at the end of July), across 37 states (the majority in California), feeding data back to Tesla

- Tesla employees running FSD 9 underwent an in-house quality and testing program, and owners were selected on the basis of their outstanding driving records, but they’re not development engineers, and they aren’t necessarily going to do the right thing all the time.


WEST COAST ELECTRIC HIGHWAY GETTING NEW CHARGING HARDWARE

- The West Coast Electric Highway—a network of charging stations spanning three states—is now almost 10 years old, and at least some of it is getting an upgrade.
Charging-network operator EV Charging Solutions (EVCS) plans to upgrade Oregon's 44 charging stations along the route with new hardware, and add three more, with funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the company announced Wednesday in a press release.

- 11 will be designated "super stations," each with one 150-kw fast charger and two 50-kw fast chargers, plus one 7.7-kw Level 2 AC port, EVCS clarified to Green Car Reports. The remainder of the 36 stations will get new hardware but remain at 50 kw

- Upgrades will include replacing CHAdeMO-only DC fast-charging stations with ones that can accommodate both CHAdeMO and the Combined Charging Standard (CCS). A CHAdeMO adapter for Tesla drivers will also be included at each site


DUTCH LEAD CHARGE FOR ELECTRIC CAR STATIONS

- They are best known for bike-riding, but the climate-vulnerable Dutch are leading the way for electric cars with the largest number of charging stations in Europe.Teslas and other vehicles can be seen plugged in on practically every street corner thanks to a network of some 75,000 stations -- nearly a third of the entire EU total.

- Around one in every five of the 400,000 new cars sold annually in the Netherlands is now electric, due partly to tax breaks and other incentives during the last decade.But the Dutch government has also ensured that drivers have the infrastructure to support efforts to kick the addiction to fossil fuels.

- The Dutch government wants all new cars to be electric from 2030 in the Netherlands, where road traffic accounts for a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions.

- The Dutch began to encourage electric cars "very early", in 2012, far sooner than Paris or Berlin

- In addition to the 75,000 public charging stations, around 190,000 Dutch people have their own charging post at home.

- Around 30 percent of Europe's electric vehicle charging points are in the Netherlands, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association.

- In towns, every electric car user has the right to a charging station within 200 metres of their home; while in the countryside motorists have their own posts, with 75 percent of those generating electricity for them by solar power.


IKEA RECEIVES 30 ELECTRIC VANS 

- IKEA has set itself the goal of becoming climate-positive by 2030. The e-mobility specialist Quantron AG supports IKEA in this mission and supplies the IKEA logistics centre near Vienna with 30 environmentally friendly e-vehicles. This changeover will enable around 117,000 deliveries to be made emission-free in the first year alone, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 300 tons.

- With a range of at least 170 km, drive power of 100 kW and maximum charging power of 70 kW, the e-transporters are ideally equipped for routes between IKEA locations and customers’ delivery addresses. Initially, the vehicles will be used for deliveries to all 23 of Vienna’s municipal districts and within a 30 km radius of the logistics centre.


USED ELECTRIC VEHICLE REBATE PROGRAM EXPANDS IN CALIFORNIA

- Peninsula Clean Energy is expanding its program that offers rebates of up to $4,000 for the purchase of a used electric vehicle (EV).

San Mateo County, Calif., residents, regardless of income, can now receive a rebate starting at $700 for a plug-in hybrid and $1,000 for a fully electric vehicle. Income-qualified county residents can receive a rebate as high as $3,700 for a plug-in hybrid and $4,000 for an EV.

- Qualifying EVs are eight years old or newer with a pre-incentive purchase price of $25,000 or less. Eligible plug-in hybrids must have a minimum range of 25 miles.

- Income-qualified residents can also combine a Peninsula Clean Energy rebate with other regional and state EV incentive programs, amounting to as much as $11,500 in incentives.



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 FOXCONN TO BEGIN BUILDING ELECTRIC VEHICLE FACTORY IN THE U.S. NEXT YEAR

- Foxconn, one of Apple's largest suppliers, has said it will begin construction of all-electric vehicle plants in the United States and Thailand this year, with hopes of them being operational by 2023, according to a report from Nikkei Asia.

- Foxconn will use the U.S. plant to build vehicles for its client Fisker, although there could be a potential expansion to serve Apple in the future.

- Apple is widely reported to be working on its own vehicle and is thought to be looking for third-party companies to help it launch the Apple Car. One report vaguely referenced Foxconn as a potential candidate for the ‌Apple Car‌'s production, but Apple is also looking at other possible suppliers.

- Foxconn has already ruled out Mexico as a location but is in negotiations with three states in the U.S. to build its first EV manufacturing plant in North America, Nikkei Asia has learned. Those include Wisconsin, which just agreed with Foxconn to amend its former plan of investing $10 billion in the state -- a promise Foxconn made in 2017.


NIO TO LAUNCH MASS-MARKET BRAND

- NIO plans to develop low-priced models for the mass market, as the pace of electrification on China’s roads gathers pace.William Li, the carmaker’s founder and CEO, said a new brand focusing on more affordable models will be launched, but did not disclose any details such as when the first model would hit the market.


US SENATE PUTS $40,000 CAP ON PRICE OF ELECTRIC CAR TAX CREDIT

- The US Senate has voted to approve a non-binding resolution setting a $40,000 threshold on the price of electric cars that would be eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

- As part of the new federal budget, the US Senate approved an amendment introduced by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) to introduce a limit on the price of electric cars eligible to the $7,500 federal tax credit. Only electric cars that cost less than $40,000 would be eligible. Additionally, only buyers with an income of less than $100,000 would be able to apply for the tax credit.

- The timing of the effort to limit access to the EV incentive is interesting since the Biden administration has made clear that they plan to reform the program.


AUDI EXPANDS EV CHARGE CARD SERVICE TO COVER 17,500 CHARGING POINTS

- Audi has widened its one-card electric vehicle charging service to cover almost 75% of the UK's public charging network, covering over 17,500 charging points.

- The service, which allows customers to charge at several branded charging points for a fixed, monthly cost, previously applied to selected AC, DC and Ionity charging points, but it has now been expanded to include BP Pulse, Pod Point, Source London and 19 other UK operators.

- The city tariff, aimed at those who travel mainly in urban areas, cover shorter distances and have the option to charge from home, will cost £4.91 per month at standardised rates of 29p per kWh for standard charging and 39p per kWh for fast-charging. Faster-charging, 350kW Ionity stations are fixed at 70p per kWh.


ALL-ELECTRIC BYD TANG SUV LAUNCHED IN NORWAY

- BYD and its local distributor RSA have successfully launched the BYD Tang SUV in Oslo, Norway. A launch event was held in celebration of the first 100 BYD Tang SUVs to arrive in Norway, and to hand over the first vehicle to its owner.

- BYD’s first consignment of passenger cars for Norway signals the start of the company’s ‘European dream’ at a strategically important time when sales of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) begin to surge in key markets across Europe. BYD is committed to delivering 1,500 units to Norway before the end of 2021, with the arrival of the Tang SUV on European shores the first step in an exciting journey.

- The vehicle comes equipped with BYD’s 86.4kWh Blade Battery, which boasts unparalleled technology, safety and performance. BYD’s Blade Battery charges from 30% to 80% in an impressively fast 30 minutes using a DC power output of 110kW. This ‘game-changing’ ultra-safe Blade Battery signals a new era for the EV industry.

- 400km (WLTP combined), and acceleration from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.

- With seven seats and cavernous 1,655L interior, the vehicle is equipped with a 12.8-inch rotatable touch screen, DIRAC Live function with 12 loudspeakers, 31-colour ambient lighting, premium ventilated leather seats with heating and position memory, and wireless phone charging capability.


ELON MUSK INVITES PUBLIC TO TOUR TESLA GIGAFACTORY IN GERMANY

- Elon Musk on Friday invited residents and the general public to a tour of Tesla's new Gigafactory outside of Berlin, Germany.

- The billionaire announced the Gigafactory tour on the same day that he met with German leaders and visited the site in Gruenheide, east of Berlin.During his trip, he said he hopes Tesla will start producing cars at the factory in October, according to a Reuters report.

- The Gigafactory was supposed to open on July 1 but environmental activists, permit delays, and lizards on the site put its opening date behind schedule.

- Tesla is still waiting for the green light from Brandenburg's environmental authorities to open the site


DUTCH STARTUP PITCHES ITS TWO-SEAT SOLAR EVS FOR CAR-SHARING

- A Dutch startup is putting car-sharing in a new light. The company, Squad Mobility, plans to roll out small battery-electric vehicles that it believes are well suited to car-sharing fleets and mobility as a service. The vehicles are equipped with rooftop solar panels to extend their range.

- The Squad Solar City car is a two-seater that runs on swappable batteries. The name Squad is short for solar quadricycle.

- The vehicle is about 4 feet wide, 5 feet tall and 6.7 feet long. Its small size allows for easy navigation and parking in cities. The company says three of the cars can fit comfortably in one parking space. The car has a top speed of 28 mph.


COLORADO ELECTRIC VEHICLE COMPANY STRIKES $850 MILLION DEAL ON SHUTTLE BUSES

- Lightning eMotors, which designs and builds electric vehicles for commercial fleets, has struck a deal worth up to $850 million to provide electric powertrains for shuttle buses made by a Berkshire Hathaway company.

- the size of the new deal has the potential to galvanize other commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleets to speed up adoption of electric vehicles. Lightning eMotors will build the electric powertrains for up to 7,500 shuttle buses at its 231,000-square-foot plant in Loveland.

- David Wright, president of Forest River’s bus divisions, said in a statement that the company believes “this will be a game changer for shuttle-bus operators.” The agreement calls for the two companies to produce shuttle buses seating between 12 and 33 passengers. Amazon, DHL Express and IKEA are among the companies that plan to electrify their fleets.


OFF-GRID EV CHARGING CENTER CENTRAL TO OFF-ROAD RALLY

- Rebelle Rally is bringing back Renewable Innovations (RI) as a partner of their sustainability efforts for the competitive off-road rally, which covers over 2,500 kilometers of remote terrain over eight days. RI is providing services to the electrified designation of electric vehicles (EV) and is powering three base camps on the course with solar.

- EVs are being refueled by Renewable Innovations via their Mobile Energy Command (H2EV). The 53-foot mobile powerplant features high-density solar panels and Smartflowers on each side that follow the sun through its path across the sky to deliver 50 kW of peak power and 250 kWhs of battery storage. The H2EV is fully self-contained and capable of providing 500 kW of DC rapid charging


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