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The daily podcast about electric cars, hybrids and sustainable transport news.

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1161: Nikola Founder Indicted On Fraud Charges | 30 July 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 30th July. 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.
 
GAC AION WITH FAST CHARGING SPEED COMPARABLE TO REFUELING
 
- Compared to the current fast-charging time of pure electric models, which takes 30 minutes to recharge to 80% of battery capacity, this graphene-based battery has a 6C fast charge capability, combined with a 600A high-power charger, can be recharged to 80% capacity in 8 minutes. The battery has also passed the most stringent safety test – Battery Shooting Test, possessing quality and reliability of the highest standard.
 
- This graphene-based battery technology is an industry leader. It will significantly shorten charging time, as well as greatly extend battery life, solving the current“ pain points” of pure electric vehicles. The good news is that this battery technology has come out of the laboratory into real-world production. Aion V, the first vehicle model equipped with this graphene-based battery, has entered the mass production testing phase. It is poised to lead the electric vehicle industry into a new stage of development.
 
- 3C version: to charge from 0 to 80 percent in 16 minutes
 
- 6C version: to charge from 0 to 80 percent in 8 minutes,
 
- GAC already referred to the 3C version as having a silicon anode, but the 6C version is graphene based and probably has a hybrid silicon-graphene anode.
 
- with a SOC of 80 % the – almost full – battery is still being charged at 481 kW. Moreover, it only took 4 minutes to charge 35,1 kWh, which points to an average charging rate of 526,5 kW.
 
 
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E MULE IS ACTUALLY A FUTURE LINCOLN ELECTRIC VEHICLE
 
- As Ford Authority reported in January of 2019, the Ford Mustang Mach-E was always intended to spawn a Lincoln electric vehicle on the same platform. While we’re still waiting for this vehicle to be revealed, Lincoln announced just last month that it will electrify its entire lineup by 2030, and confirmed that its first EV model will launch in 2022
 
- Ford Authority spies have captured what appears to be a camouflaged Mach-E, but it’s actually a cleverly disguised early Lincoln electric vehicle mule.
 
- Lincoln’s first EV will launch just in time for the brand’s 100th anniversary and will kick off the automaker’s push to have half of its global sales consist of zero-emissions vehicles by the year 2035.
 
 
TESLA RELEASES BIG, NEW SOFTWARE UPDATE WITH DISNEY+
 
- “You can now watch Disney+ in the Tesla Theater app. To launch Tesla Theater, tap the Entertainment icon in the Application Launcher and select the Theater tab while your car is in PARK.”
 
- “Car Wash Mode closes all windows, locks the charge port and disables windshield wipers, sentry mode, walk-away door locks and parking sensor chimes. For automatic car washes with conveyor belts, the Free Roll option shifts to Neutral and prevents the parking brake from automatically applying if you leave. To access Car Wash Mode, tap Controls > Service > Car Wash Mode.”
 
- “You can now enable or disable automatic dimming for your mirrors. To access, tap Controls > Mirror > Mirror Auto Dim.”
 
- “Dashcam can now automatically save clips whenever your vehicle detects the occurrence of a safety event (such as an accident or airbag deployment) Recordings captured are stored and never transmitted to Tesla. To opt-in, tap Controls > Safety & Security > Dashcam > AUTO To, lead more about how to setup and use Dashcam, please refer to the Owner’s Manual.”
 
- “You can now switch between battery percentage and distance units by tapping the range display next to the battery icon.”
 
- “To remain connected to Wi-Fi when shifting into gear, tap the Wi-Fi icon > Wi-Fi Settings > Remain Connected in Drive. This is especially useful for users who wish to use their hotspots for connectivity.”
 
 
NIKOLA FOUNDER TREVOR MILTON CHARGED WITH SECURITIES FRAUD
 
- Trevor Milton, the founder of Nikola Corp.  and onetime executive chairman of the electric-truck startup, was indicted Thursday on securities-fraud charges for allegedly lying to investors about its business making commercial trucks powered by alternative fuel.
 
- Mr. Milton, who resigned from the company last September, faces two counts of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud, according to an indictment made public Thursday. The 39-year-old faces a maximum 25-year prison term if convicted of the top securities-fraud charge.
 
- Mr. Milton pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday and was released on $100 million bond.
 
- Prosecutors said some of Mr. Milton’s claims were false and from November 2019 to September 2020, amounted to a scheme to defraud individual, nonprofessional investors. 
 
      Mr. Milton’s scheme was motivated by wealth and fame, prosecutors said. As Nikola’s stock price went up, Mr. Milton’s shares were once worth at least $8.5 billion
 
- To create one video detailed in the indictment, Mr. Milton directed a Nikola employee to use footage of a Nikola One—which wasn’t safe and had no batteries—rolling down a hill, prosecutors said. In the video, which appeared on social media, the truck appears to be driving without an incline, according to the indictment.
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN EARNINGS Q2 2021
 
- Volkswagen posted record first-half earnings on Thursday while also raising its target for profit margin.
 
- The German automaker saw first-half operating profit before special items hit 11.4 billion euros ($13.5 billion), exceeding pre-pandemic levels on the back of increased demand for premium cars in Europe and the Americas, while electric vehicle deliveries almost tripled.
 
- Half of Volkswagen’s sales are expected to be battery-electric vehicles by 2030, the German carmaker said in a recent strategy update, while almost 100% of its new vehicles in major markets should be zero-emission vehicles by 2040.
 
 
Matthias Schmidt on Twitter: ".@VWGroup CEO @Herbert_Diess tells German chat show #MarkusLanz that the specific CO2 emission factor of 300 g/KWh is the boundary where EVs make sense. Says Germany achieves this on some days but UK and France (nuclear) way ahead." / Twitter
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Matthias Schmidt on Twitter: ".@VWGroup CEO Diess says the group expect to deliver >1M plug-in (BEV/PHEV) models this year (2021) and expect to meet CO2 targets in EU. Omission of China/N.Am targets likely translate to an expected miss here Says the group welcomes #fitfor55 EU targets, "tough but achievable"" / Twitter
 
Says the group welcomes #fitfor55 EU targets, "tough but achievable"
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN CEO: WE NEED TO CHANGE E-CAR APPROACH IN CHINA
 
- Volkswagen must change its approach to how it sells electric vehicles (EV) in China, the world's largest car market, Chief Executive Herbert Diess said, in a response to poor EV sales there."Sales are picking up but it requires focus and different approaches as the customers for the EVs are much younger and different to our customer base we are having with the more traditional brands like Volkswagen in China,"
 
 
PANASONIC'S Q1 PROFIT SOARS 27 TIMES ON ROBUST DEMAND FOR CAR BATTERIES
 
- Panasonic Corp said first-quarter operating profit surged more than 27 times, handily beating expectations
 
- Panasonic, a key supplier of batteries to Tesla Inc, has moved away from low-margin consumer electronics, and now focuses on electric car batteries, industrial-use components and production machinery.
 
- Panasonic is launching a test line in Japan to make Tesla's so-called 4680 battery cells, which the automaker claims will halve battery costs and help it ramp up battery production 100-fold by 2030.
 
 
AUDI RELEASES TWO MORE Q4 E-TRON VATIANTS
 
 
 
PLANS SUBMITTED FOR £450M NISSAN CAR BATTERY GIGAFACTORY IN SUNDERLAND
 
 
MORE THAN 250 ALL-ELECTRIC ECANTER DELIVERED
 
 
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1160: Electrify America to phase out CHAdeMO | 29 July 2021
1309
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 29th July. 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.
 
 ELECTRIFY AMERICA TO PHASE OUT CHADEMO IN 2022
 
- buried deep on page 46 of Electrify America's Cycle 3 ZEV National Investment Plan (the EA National Investment Plan is used for the entire US except California) the company explains it will no longer install CHAdeMO connectors on its charging stations, beginning in January of 2022
 
- Our sources at Electrify America tell us that overall, only 5% of all energy dispensed on the Electrify America network is from CHAdeMO connectors.
 
- Since a CCS adapter is now available, Tesla owners no longer need to use a CHAdeMO adapter to charge on DC Fast charge stations. It's rumored that soon Tesla will also be releasing its own CCS adapter for the North American market.
 
- owners of CHAdeMO-equipped vehicles will still have the existing 800+ Electrify America charging stations that have CHAdeMO connectors, plus the many hundreds of CHAdeMO stations currently in service in the US on other EV charging networks like Blink, EVgo, ChargePoint, and more.
 
 
TESLA BATTERY SUPPLIER CATL DEBUTS CHEAPER SODIUM-ION BATTERIES
 
- Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. unveiled a sodium-ion battery Thursday, a type of lower-density cell that uses cheaper raw materials than batteries made from lithium-ion metals.
 
- Fujian-based company also launched a battery-pack solution that can integrate sodium-ion cells and lithium-ion cells into one case, compensating for the energy-density shortage of the former while preserving its advantages.
 
- “Sodium-ion batteries have unique advantages in low-temperature performance, fast charging and environmental adaptability,” CATL Chairman Zeng Yuqun said. “Moreover, they’re compatible and complementary with lithium-ion batteries. Diversified technical routes are an important guarantee for the long-term development of the industry.”
 
- Notwithstanding, CATL said that through breakthroughs in R&D, its first-generation sodium-ion batteries have reached 160 watt-hours/kilogram, a measure of energy density of energy, and should exceed 200 Wh/kg in coming generations.
 
 
FORD QUICKLY REACHES 120,000 ORDERS FOR ITS TESLA CYBERTRUCK RIVAL
 
- The interest appears to be building for Ford's first-ever all-electric F-150 dubbed the Lightning.Ford (F) has amassed 120,000 orders for the Lightning, CEO Jim Farley told investors on an earnings call Wednesday evening. About 75% of the orders are from those people new to the Ford brand, Farley said.
 
- "I would say what we've learned so far [from Lightning orders] is that the customers are largely new to Ford, but they aren't new to the segment. These are customers who really like these silhouetted vehicles. What is really interesting for me is some would portray the full-size truck industry as kind of a conservative customer. It's not what we're seeing. In this very large order bank for F-150 Lightning, they're new to BEV [battery electric vehicle], and they are excited to move to BEV. More than half of them are pickup truck customers,"
 
 
BIDEN PLAN WOULD TIGHTEN MILEAGE FOR NEW CARS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS
 
- The Biden administration has drafted emissions rules for new cars that would reverse a rollback in regulations brought in under Donald Trump, the Washington Post reports. It notes that the measures are set to resemble a 2019 pact between the state of California and five car makers that mandates a 3.7% annual increase in fuel economy through to 2026.
 
- Bloomberg notes that activists had previously pressed Biden for emissions curbs that at least matched the 5% reduction he helped broker as Obama’s vice president, rather than adopting the “more modest” Californian target in the short term.
 
 
LG AND MAGNA FORM ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN JOINT VENTURE TO TARGET EV MARKET
 
- LG Electronics and Magna International have officially signed a transaction agreement to establish the pair's joint venture that was first announced in December last year.The new company, called LG Magna e-Powertrain, will be based in Incheon, South Korea, and have an initial workforce of more than 1,000 people.
 
- The pair are hoping the joint venture will combine Magna's strength in electric powertrain systems and LG's expertise in components, such as e-motors and inverters, to expand their presence in the global electric car market. The joint venture will manufacture e-motors, inverters, and on-board chargers. It will also supply components related to e-drive systems.
 
 
TESLA LAUNCHES MAJOR SHIFT IN RETAIL STRATEGY
 
- Tesla (TSLA) is currently implementing a major shift in its retail strategy, according to sources familiar with the matter. The automaker will move away from showrooms in fancy malls, and instead it will focus on cheaper locations, remote managing of test drive fleet, and delivery centers.
 
- In 2018, the automaker announced a focus on high foot-traffic retail locations in high-end malls.
A year later, CEO Elon Musk surprised everyone, including his own employees, when he announced that Tesla would be closing most retail stores, laying off retail employees, and focusing entirely on online orders.
 
- The new strategy will see Tesla letting go of most of its high-rent locations in malls and shopping districts in favor of delivery centers.
 
- But Tesla still plans to expand its physical presence.  However, instead of expensive spaces in malls and shopping districts, the automaker is looking to rent spaces in mall parking lots, warehouses, and other locations to manage test drive fleets and delivery centers.
 
- Tesla employees working remotely will be able to guide buyers to go on test drives using vehicles from those locations, unlocking cars remotely, and letting them drive the cars.
 
 
MERCEDES EQS SUV SPIED WITH PRODUCTION LIGHTS, MAYBACH CONCEPT COMING SOON
 
- Our spies have caught the Mercedes EQS SUV on numerous occasions, but this is our first opportunity to check out the large electric vehicle with its final headlights and taillights. A
 
- the SUV version was caught undergoing testing in Germany ahead of its confirmed 2022 world premiere.
 
- It will be built in the United States at the Tuscaloosa plant from 2022 along with the smaller EQE SUV. These two dedicated EVs will join the EQA, EQB, and EQC – all three based on platforms originally intended for ICE – in the company's all-electric SUV portfolio. The highlight of Mercedes' electric efforts will be the Vision EQXX, a concept car coming in 2022 with the promise to cover 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) between charges.
 
 
ANALYSIS: TESLA HIKES ELECTRIC CAR PRICES IN U.S.; HOLDS LINE IN CHINA
 
- Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) showed signs of divergent strategies in the world's two biggest automotive markets, raising prices to boost profit margins in the United States while keeping prices steady in China and hoping to grow sales there.
 
- Tesla raised prices for the most affordable versions of Model 3 and Model Y about a dozen times this year in the United States, according to data tracked by Reuters. At the same time, Tesla recently introduced an affordable Model Y version in China, where it refrained from price hikes.
 
- Tesla raised prices for Model Y Long Range at least six times in the United States this year, bumping by $5,500 to $53,990.
 
 
TESLA AI DAY SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 19, CONFIRMS MUSK
 
- Tesla’s upcoming AI day would be held this coming August 19, 2021. The announcement was shared by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a recent post on Twitter.
 
Musk did not share details about the upcoming event, though previous tweets about Tesla’s AI Day suggest that the company would be going over the progress it has made in software and hardware, both in terms of training and inference. The CEO also previously mentioned that AI Day’s primary purpose is recruitment.
 
- It would then be interesting to see how Tesla approaches its AI Day. With such a specialized topic and considering the company’s experience in the subject, there is a fair chance that discussions and updates on the company’s AI efforts may be lost in translation once more.
 
 
KELLEY BLUE BOOK NAMES BEST AFFORDABLE USED HYBRIDS, ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR 2021
 
- To help car shoppers considering an affordable used hybrid or electric vehicle, the experts at Kelley Blue Book recently published the 10 Best Used Hybrids and EVs Under $20,000 and the 10 Best Used Hybrids and EVs Under $15,000.
 
- 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
 
- 2018 Nissan Leaf
 
- 2017 Chevrolet Volt
 
- 2019 Kia Niro Hybrid
 
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1159: Mercedes EV Platform Charges Faster Than You Think | 28 July 2021
1496
Show #1159.
 
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 28th July. 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.
 
AMAZON ROLLS OUT ITS FIRST ELECTRIC DELIVERY VEHICLES IN METRO DETROIT
 
- The new Amazon electric delivery vehicle started making runs out of the Pontiac hub this week. There are currently three of them and staffers are getting trained on how to use them and the new in-vehicle systems on the roads of Oakland, Macomb and Genesee counties. The vehicles are Rivian pre-production electric trucks built at the Rivian Engineering Center in Plymouth.
 
 
REVEL TO LAUNCH TESLA TAXIS IN NYC AFTER ROW WITH CITY REGULATORS
 
- Controversial scooter startup Revel plans to launch its fleet of Tesla taxis in Manhattan next week after a heated battle with New York City regulators.   The service will launch next Monday and provide rides in 50 Model Y Teslas in Manhattan south of 42nd Street.
 
- Revel — whose ubiquitous blue scooters drew controversy last year after a trio of fatal accidents in New York — is able to launch the service due to an apparent change of heart by New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
 
- On June 22, however, the TLC threw a wrench into the company’s plans when it issued an emergency rule change eliminating that exemption, a move that baffled observers including Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
 
 
 
But because Revel had initially sent its Tesla taxi paperwork for TLC approval in March — months before the rule change — the TLC ultimately decided to approve the company’s plan, a Revel spokesperson told The Post.
 
- Demand for Revel’s service has soared amid sky-high ride-share fares and a dire shortage of taxis, with 50,000 New Yorkers on a waitlist to use the service, the company said.
 
- Revel expects at least 15 Teslas to be in service next Monday and all 50 to be on the streets within three weeks. The company says its Tesla taxi service, which uses full time workers rather than contractors, is intended to be an ethical and eco-friendly competitor to Uber and Lyft
 
 
TROUBLED EV COMPANY LORDSTOWN MOTORS GETS $400M LIFELINE
 
- Five weeks after Lordstown Motors issued a warning that it might not have enough funds to bring its electric pickup truck to market, a hedge fund managed by investment firm Yorkville Advisors has agreed to buy $400 million worth of shares over a three-year period
 
- The tumult within Lordstown Motors, which has resulted in the resignation of its CEO and CTO, has put the company at risk of failing. This new agreement could allow Lordstown to continue by providing the much-needed capital required to produce its first electric vehicle.
 
- Lordstown execs dug themselves into a deeper hole by attempting to calm investors a day after its CEO and CTO resigned with statements that they had binding orders from customers that would fund limited production of its electric pickup truck through May 2022. The company retracted those statements within days.
 
 
TESLA BANKS ON SHANGHAI GIGAFACTORY 3, ITS ‘PRIMARY VEHICLE EXPORT HUB’
 
- Tesla is relying on its Shanghai factory to meet global demand for its vehicles, as its other plants grapple with shortages of automotive chips and other car components.
 
- it had completed the transition of its US$2 billion Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai into a plant for deliveries around the world, 20 months after its inauguration in December 2019.
 
- Carmakers based in China have avoided the worst of the global shortage of semiconductors by virtue of an early recovery in production and sales after Beijing successfully contained its Covid-19 pandemic. This allowed them to secure supply of car components earlier than their global peers.
 
· Highlighted Source : https://share.getliner.com/IcGGv/
 
EXELON JOINS ELECTRIC HIGHWAY COALITION; ENCOURAGES EV ADOPTION
 
- Exelon, a Fortune 100 energy company, announced today a commitment to join the Electric Highway Coalition, a partnership among 14 U.S. utilities to create a seamless network of rapid electric vehicle charging stations connecting major highway systems, stretching from the Atlantic Coast through the Midwest, South and into the Gulf and Central Plains regions.
 
- The members of the EHC have agreed to work together to ensure efficient and effective fast charging deployment plans that enable long distance EV travel, avoid duplication and complement existing corridor fast charging sites. Sites initially will be located less than 100 miles apart on major roadways. Additionally, each site will have at least two charging stations with universal vehicle compatibility and at least 100 kilowatts of output per station
 
 
SAMSUNG SDI CONFIRMS 1ST BATTERY CELL PLANT IN US
 
- Samsung SDI forecast the automotive chip shortage issue won't disrupt its scheduled electric vehicle (EV) battery production, as carmakers are aggressively shifting their business strategies to sell more EVs to meet stricter environmental regulations, the battery-making arm of Samsung Group said Tuesday.
 
- The shortages come as chipmakers have given priority to chips for IT devices and home appliances, which have been in robust demand due to the pandemic.
 
- The chip shortage issue will have a limited impact on our performance as carmakers prioritize EV production to meet environmental regulations
 
- Son Michael, senior vice president of the company, also confirmed that it will establish a battery manufacturing plant in the United States as battery cell makers are urged to set up factories there to take advantage of tax benefits. Under the United States―Mexico―Canada Agreement (USMCA) that took effect in 2020, cars that have 75 percent North American components can avoid tariffs starting from 2025.
 
 
BLINK CHARGING WILL INSTALL DOZENS OF EV CHARGERS ALONG FLORIDA HIGHWAYS

Original Source : https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/inno/stories/fundings/2021/07/27/blink-charging-electric-vehicle-chargers-florida.html
 
 
 
MERCEDES-BENZ EQS CHARGING ANALYSIS REVEALS IT'S FASTER THAN PLAID
 
- According to the chart, the peak charging power is almost 207 kW, which is a little bit more than in the specs (up to 200 kW).
Starting at around 4-5% SOC, power very quickly increases to the peak level and remains flat at up to over 25% SOC. Then the power decreases gently to about 115 kW at 80% SOC, which is really a very nice charging curve.
 
- The average power in the very important range from 20% to 80% SOC is 155 kW, which is 75% of the peak value.
Those are very good numbers, but the best thing is how consistent the charging is over the entire session:
 
- The net battery capacity of 107.8 kWh stands for about 94% of the total battery capacity (if our guess about 115 kWh is correct).
 
 
EQA 250 CAUSES HEADACHES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ KOREA
 
- Mercedes-Benz Korea is having a major headache with its new electric vehicle (EV) called the New EQA 250, because the Korean government has yet to categorize the automobile as an EV, thus excluding prospective buyers from receiving a reduction in acquisition taxes.
 
- According to industry sources, the Mercedes Benz EQA EV, which was released in mid-July, has yet to be included in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy's designated EV category which was updated last month. The exclusion exempts buyers of the EQA from receiving a 1.4 million won eco-friendly vehicle tax benefit.
 
- To be categorized as an EV by the ministry, a vehicle needs to have a minimum 5.0km/kWh energy consumption rate for a small sedan and over 5.0km/kWh for mid to large sedans with a minimum driving range of 150km on a single charge.
 
 
 
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING PRICES 'MUST BE FAIR' SAY MPS
 
- People must be protected from excessive pricing for public electric car charging, MPs have said. Charging an electric car at home is much cheaper than using public charge points.
 
- The government also needs to make charging infrastructure accessible and reliable, and make sure people in rural areas have equal access, the MPs added.
 
- Property developers should also be required to provide public charging points, and councils should make sure charging infrastructure is built, the MPs added.
 
- Graeme Cooper, head of future markets at National Grid, said that the energy network operator was "working with government to map out where critical grid capacity is needed to enable the faster roll out of charging points".
 
 
MER PARTNERS WITH OCTOPUS ENERGY FOR NEW ROAMING PARTNERSHIP
 
 
 
BMW INSTALLED 4,350 CHARGING POINTS TO DATE



VW-BACKED QUANTUMSCAPE TESTING A 10-LAYER SOLID-STATE BATTERY CELL

 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
With 2877 Superchargers globally and 25000 stalls, what do you think about Tesla’s plan to open up the network to everyone?
 
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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Jul 28, 2021
1158: Analysis + Audio – Tesla Q2 Earnings Call | 27 July 2021
2072
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 27thJuly. 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 reports $1 billion in profit
 
- Tesla turned in some solid numbers for its quarterly earnings Monday, reporting more than $1 billion in net income — 10 times more than in the same time last year
 
- Tesla has now reported its seventh consecutive quarterly profit. Most of what it earned previously came from the sale of zero-emission vehicle credit to competitors. Those sales are expected to slip as other manufacturers launch their own EVs. But Q2 suggested Tesla won't need to rely on ZEV credits much longer, with the unexpectedly strong earnings coming almost entirely from retail sales of its EVs.
 
 
TESLA COMES OF AGE AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME
 
- Its pre-tax margin of almost 11% also finally rivals leaders like Toyota Motor (7203.T) and General Motors (GM.N). With the industry in upheaval, Tesla’s coming of age has come at just the right time.
 
- While Tesla raked in $354 million of revenue in the second quarter from selling environmental credits to gas-guzzler producers like Stellantis (STLA.MI), strip that out, and its pre-tax margin was still healthy at just shy of 9%.
 
- Overall expenses rose almost 9% while revenue jumped around 14% from the first quarter.
 
 
Tesla (TSLA) earnings Q2 2021
 
- Overall automotive revenue came in at $10.21 billion, of which only $354 million, about 3.5%, came from sales of regulatory credits. That’s a lower number for credits than in any of the previous four quarters. Automotive gross margins were 28.4%, higher than in any of the last four quarters.
 
- The company also reported $801 million in revenue from its energy business, including solar photovoltaics and energy storage systems for homes, businesses and utilities, an increase of more than 60% from last quarter.
 
- Tesla also reported $951 million in services and other revenues. The company now operates 598 stores and service centers, and a mobile service fleet including 1,091 vehicles, an increase of just 34% versus a year ago.
 
 
TESLA'S $11.958 BILLION REVENUE
 
- The company noted that this profit level was reached while incurring SBC expense attributable to the 2018 CEO award of $176 million in Q2
 
- Tesla’s quarter-end cash and cash equivalents decreased to $16.2 billion in Q2. This was mostly due to net debt and finance lease repayments of $1.6 billion
 
 
TESLA’S SOLAR AND ENERGY STORAGE BUSINESS RAKES IN $810M
- the cost of revenue for its solar and energy storage business was $781 million, meaning that for the first time the total cost of producing and distributing these energy storage products was lower than the revenue it generated. That’s good news.
 
- Tesla installed 1,274 megawatt-hours of energy storage in the second quarter of 2021, a 205% increase from the same period last year. Similarly, the amount of solar energy deployed in the second quarter of this year was 85 MWh, up 214% from Q2 2020.
 
- Tesla points to several Megapack projects coming online and growing popularity in its combined solar and Powerwall product.
 
- one Megapack is about $1.2 million before taxes. In some states, Tesla says the earliest deliveries will be in 2023.
 
 
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS FROM EARNINGS CALL
1
The global chip shortage situation remains quite serious
 
2
FSD subscription, we were able to launch Full Self-Driving subscription last month, and we expect it to build slowly and then -- but then gather a lot of momentum over time. Obviously, we need to have the Full Self-Driving widely available for it really to take off at high rates 
 
3
So we expect to be producing the sort of new design of the Model Y in both factories in limited production later this year.
 
4
So let's see, the Model Y in Texas -- made in Texas and Berlin will be -- will look very much like the Model Ys we currently make, but there are substantial improvements in the difficulty of manufacturing. So for example, the Model Y made here and in Berlin will have a cast front body and a cast rear body, whereas the one in California has cast rear body but not a cast front body. We're also aiming to do a structural pack with 4680 cells, which is a mass reduction and a cost reduction, but we're not counting on that as the only way to make things work. We have some backup plan with a non-structural pack and 2170s essentially.
 
5
I mean we're missing -- for example, like a big struggle this quarter, was the module that controls the airbags and the seatbelts. And obviously, you cannot ship a car without those. That limited our production severely worldwide in Shanghai and in Fremont.
 
6
 So the Cybertruck and Semi, both are heavy users of cell capacity so we've got to make sure we have the cell capacity for those two vehicles, or it's kind of pointless.  We can make a small number of vehicles, but the effect of cost if you make a small number of vehicles is insane, like they would literally cost $1 million apiece or more. There's a reason why you do things in volume production, which is to get the economies to scale and get the cost down. So we are looking at a pretty massive increase in cell availability next year. But it's not like in January 1.
 
7
I do -- I think probably there is a long-term shift more in the direction of iron-based lithium-ion cells rather over nickel. As the energy density sort of iron ores or iron phosphate, might as well support iron phosphates. They're taken for granted. But iron-based cells, lithium-ion cells, and nickel-based lithium-ion cells.
 
I think probably we'll see a shift -- my guess is probably to two-thirds iron, one-third nickel, or something on that order. 
 
8 - Superchargers
We're currently thinking it's a real simple thing where you just download the Tesla app, and you go to Supercharger. And you just indicate which stall you're in. So you plug in your car, even if it's not Tesla.
 
And then you just access the app and say, turn on this stall that I'm in for how much electricity. And this should basically work with I think almost any manufacturer's cars. There will be time constraints. If the charge rate is super slow, then somebody will be charged more because the biggest constraint at the Supercharger is time, how occupied is the stall.
 
And we'll also be smarter with how we charge for electricity at the Supercharger. So rush hour charging will be more expensive than off-hours is charging because there are times when the Superchargers are empty and times when they're jam-packed. And so it makes sense to have some time-based discrimination.
 
9
 So an adapter is needed to work for EVs in North America. But people could buy this adapter. And we anticipate having it available at the Superchargers as well if people don't sort of steal them or something.
 
Andrew Baglino -- Senior Vice President, Powertrain and Energy Engineering
We have a good solution to that.
 
10
Andrew Baglino -- Senior Vice President, Powertrain and Energy Engineering
On the reliability side, as Elon mentioned, we have successfully validated performance and the lifetime durability of the 4680 cells produced in Kato, and we're continuing ongoing verification of that reliability. We're actually accruing over one million equivalent miles on our cells that we produce every month. In our testing activities, the focus on that is very clear. We want high-quality cells for all of our customers.
 
11
I see us sort of like consolidating around a 4680 nickel-based structural pack for long-range vehicles. And then not necessarily a 4680 format, but some other format for iron-based cells.
 
So right now, we kind of have the Baskin Robbins of batteries situation, where there's so many formats and so many chemistries, that it's like we've got like 36 flavors of battery at this point. This is just -- this results in an engineering drag coefficient where each variants of cell chemistry and format requires as to an amount of engineering to maintain it and troubleshoot, and this inhibits our forward progress. So it is going to be important to consolidate to maybe -- ideally two form factors, maybe three, but ideally two. And then just one nickel chemistry and one iron chemistry
 
12
We have a massive backlog in Powerwall demand that man to Powerwall versus production is an insane mismatch. Now part of that problem is also the semiconductor issue. So we used a lot of the same chips in the Powerwall as you do in a car, so it's like, which one do want to make? Cars or Powerwalls? So we need to make cars, so therefore Powerwall production has been reduced. But as the semiconductor shortage is alleviated, then we can massively ramp up Powerwall production.
 
13
any given price is going to be wrong, so we'll just adjust it over time as we see the value proposition makes sense to people. So we're just really -- I'm not thinking about this a lot right now. We need to make Full Self-Driving work in order for it to be a compelling value proposition. Otherwise, people are kind of betting on the future. Like right now, does it make sense for somebody to do FSD subscription? I think it's debatable. But once we have Full Self-Driving widely deployed, then the value proposition will be clear. And at that point, I think basically everyone will use it, or it could be a rare individual who doesn't.
 
 
In summary, and for balance, on the negative side...
 
Tesla Semi, Cybertruck & 4680 cells delayed to 2022
Why is the Model X AWOL?
Why was the Model S halted and how’s the ramp?
Elon said 1000GWh of batteries needed, or maybe 2000. Is that just a guess?
Bitcoin?
No clarity on Berlin & Austin ramp
No disclosure of FSD take-rate when asked
Strong warning that full year depends on chips
Is Tesla insurance still on the roadmap?
 
 
 
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1157: Lucid Goes Public To Accelerate New Products | 27 July 2021
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LUCID GOES PUBLIC
 
- Shares of luxury electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors rose nearly 10% on Monday following their Nasdaq debut as the race to populate the world's roads and highways with electric vehicles continues to heat up.
 
- The startup received about $4.4 billion in cash from the transaction, after expenses, according to reports. Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund has invested more than $1 billion in Lucid. It will own about 60% of the company. The reverse-merger deal, which faced last-minute challenges being approved due to difficulties communicating to retail investors holding the stock to vote, values Lucid at around $24 billion.
 
- The Lucid Air has a price tag of around $70,000 after tax credits, while the Air Dream Edition will cost $162,000. The EV features an autonomous driving system with 32 sensors including long-distance Lidar
 
 
PLUGIN VEHICLES HIT 19% MARKET SHARE IN EUROPE IN JUNE
 
- The European passenger plugin vehicle market continues in the fast lane, having gotten over 237,000 registrations in June and over a million registrations YTD
 
- Last month’s plugin vehicle share of the overall auto market was 19% (10% full electrics/BEVs), which pulled the 2021 plugin vehicle (PEV) share to 16% (7.6% for BEVs alone).
 
- #1 Tesla Model 3 — The sports sedan had another peak month, scoring 26,178 deliveries in June, its best performance ever in Europe and the second best performance ever by an EV in this market, only behind the 28,110 units of the ID.3 that Volkswagen registered (or, should I say, pre-registered) last December.
 
- #2 Renault Zoe — Its 8,244 deliveries in June show that the French hatchback is recovering its good form. This is its best score this year.
 
- #3 Volkswagen ID.3 — The German hatchback is slowly returning to form as well, getting 7,101 deliveries last month, its best score in 2021.
 
- #4 Volkswagen ID.4 — Sitting on the vortex of the current hottest trends (plugins and compact crossovers), much is expected from the new Volkswagen, especially considering that its ID.3 sibling is yet to fill the Volkswagen Golf’s admittedly big shoes. … In June, the Volkswagen crossover had 6,619 registrations.
 
- Still outside the top 20, a mention is due for the first full month of two important models, with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 retro-futuristic XXL hatchback scoring 1,102 registrations, while the attractive Audi Q4 e-tron had 1,869 registrations in June
 
 
NEW MERCEDES EQE SUV CONFIRMED FOR LAUNCH IN 2022
 
- Mercedes has confirmed that a third pure-electric SUV will arrive in 2022 with the launch of the Tesla Model X-rivalling EQE SUV.
 
- It won’t be the largest Mercedes electric SUV we’ll see in the coming years, but it will be positioned towards the top end of the company’s EV line-up, sitting above the EQC and the smaller EQA and EQB SUVs when it arrives.
 
- The EQE badge will be shared across a large saloon and the SUV.
 
- From the A-pillars back, the SUV takes on more traditional 4x4 proportions. Compared to the EQC, styling changes include a stubbier bonnet, longer wheelbase and a more swept-back cabin.The EQE will sit on the same EVA2 underpinnings as the EQS limo. It also marks a shift away from the conventions set by the EQC, which uses a modified version of the GLC’s platform rather than dedicated electric architecture.
 
- As well as ensuring the EQE is able to accommodate a large battery, Mercedes has also been prioritising ultra-rapid recharging with the new architecture.
 
 
THE UK'S FIRST EV-ONLY TRACKDAY
 
- This is an exclusive event for EV owners to drive their vehicles on track. Llandow is perfect for all levels of driver and offers some technically challenging corners even though it's smaller than most other UK tracks.
 
- The number of cars on track at any one time will be very limited. We've invited Ed Moore and his team of driver coaches from Motorsport Events/Stay Sharp along. They will be on hand all day to give help and advice on and off track. This is the perfect chance to find out how your car performs on track in a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded EV owners. No earplugs required!
 
- This is also the very first time a trackday has been organised exclusively for Electric Vehicles in the UK, so you'll be making history!
 
- The nearest Tesla Superchargers are 11 miles from Llandow at Sarn services
 
- £180.00 Inc VAT
 
  
VW PUSHES AHEAD WITH 'SUPER PLATFORM' FOR SELF-DRIVING ELECTRIC CARS
 
- Volkswagen Group will produce 40 million vehicles on its new electric "super platform" that will replace combustion-engine and full-electric platforms used by its brands including VW, Skoda, Seat, Audi and Porsche.
 
- The automaker is accelerating the development of the Scalable Systems Platform (SSP) despite having only recently started the rollouts of its MEB electric platform for volume EVs and its PPE architecture for upscale electric cars.
 
- VW Group's development chief Markus Duesmann, who is also Audi's CEO, said the design of the SSP platform with its differing 'modules,' battery sizes and body lengths will allow plenty of brand differentiation.
 
- "We will reduce today's complexity by about 50 percent. And I think you can understand what this means for us in terms of economies of scale," Duesmann said.
 
- "By the end of this decade, we will have rolled out as SSP across all of our core segments and all brand groups," Duesmann said. By 2030, cars on the SSP platform would "already cover a bigger volume than PPE and MEB put together," he said.
 
 
GOOD LUCK GETTING A STATE REBATE ON YOUR NEW ELECTRIC CAR
 
- Sam Dudley of Encino knows that California government has gone all in on zero-emission vehicles. So has he. He’s all about cutting back on greenhouse gases.In May, Dudley splurged on a new electric car, a metallic black Chevy Bolt EV LT. He loves it.But now it’s July, and the after-school program director, 39, wonders when the state will make good on the EV-incentive rebate money it owes him.He figures he’s due $4,500. He might have to wait until next year for a check to arrive, he said a rebate program representative told him by phone. And, he was warned, he and thousands of others might not get back as much money as promised, or might not receive any money at all.
 
 
EUROPE TO BOOST BATTERY PRODUCTION AS ELECTRIC-VEHICLE SHIFT ACCELERATES
 
- If Europe is going to shift to electric cars, it will need lots of batteries.
After years of slow progress, there are now plans to invest 40 billion euros (S$64 billion) in 38 European factories that could turn out 1,000 gigawatt hours of batteries per year,
 
- With average battery capacity of 60 kilowatt hours, that would be enough to power 16.7 million vehicles
 
- EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic recently said the planned factories put the EU "well on track to achieve open strategic autonomy in this critical sector".
 
- Europe has domestic sources of lithium, notably in the Czech Republic and Germany, but it will also probably have to depend on imports.  Mr Montique said Europe would likely end up "developing supply agreements with markets where there are abundant resources, favourable diplomatic ties, and strong investment frameworks" to reduce the threat of shortages.
 
 
POLESTAR TO LAUNCH IN FURTHER NINE MARKETS
 
- wedish electric performance car brand Polestar said Monday that it will launch in a further nine markets in 2021 and double its retail locations to support the brand's continuing growth.
 
- The brand currently has city-center retail locations under its Polestar Spaces concept, but is introducing larger, easy-to-access out-of-town locations where the company can also hand over customers' cars, in a new concept called Polestar Destinations
 
- by the end of 2021 it will be present in 18 countries and have up to 100 retail locations,
 
 
A ROBOT THAT CHARGES ELECTRIC CARS BY ITSELF
 
- The Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria teamed up with the ARTI Robots start-up and the electric vehicle service ALVERI to develop “ALVERI - CharBo” – a robot capable of charging parked electric cars without human supervision.  The robot can move autonomously between the cars, recognize charging connections, and plug in. Electric vehicles are on the rise, and so is the demand for charging infrastructure. This creates a noticeable disparity, which this robot aims to fix.
 
- At the moment, the charging lid of the vehicle needs to be kept open, so the robot recognises that it needs to be charged. In the future, the team plans to remove this inconvenience, by establishing some sort of communication between the vehicle and the robot, either through an app or something else.
 
 
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1156: China’s Plug-In Market Share Now An Impressive 15% | 26 July 2021
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THE SENATE’S E-BIKE ACT COULD MAKE ELECTRIC BIKES A LOT CHEAPER
 
- A bill that would offer Americans a refundable tax credit on the purchase of a new electric bicycle was just introduced in the Senate by Ed Markey (D-MA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI). The bill is called the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment, or E-BIKE Act for short, and it’s the companion bill to one introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year.
 
- More people should be riding e-bikes than just those who can afford them. Driving is already highly subsidized across the country. We build cheap — often free — areas for parking, we invest in highways, drivers don’t pay for congestion or CO2 emissions, and zoning laws and taxes favor sprawl. We need to start accommodating bikes — and especially e-bikes — if we want more people to switch to greener forms of transportation.
 
- legislation would offer Americans a refundable tax credit worth 30 percent of a new e-bike’s purchase price, capped at $1,500
 
 
TESLA REPORTEDLY RESUMES MODEL S PLAID AND LONG RANGE DELIVERIES
 
- Tesla has reportedly resumed deliveries of the Model S Plaid and Long Range variants just days after reports of a hold were rumored to be delaying customer deliveries of the automaker’s flagship sedan. Several days ago, numerous Model S reservation holders were told Tesla would deliver their vehicles at a later time.
 
- Several sources indicate that Tesla has lifted the ban in Fremont, with reports of firmware issues being the culprit for the delayed deliveries. Teslarati contacted Tesla showrooms, and employees were unable to confirm nor deny whether the company did lift the hold, but did indicate there was a hold on the deliveries. The employees just didn’t indicate whether the hold was still active or not.
 
 
TESLA SOLAR TEAM SCOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FOR COMPLAINTS ABOUT ELON MUSK
 
- Tesla's solar-power unit, Tesla Energy, asks a team of more than 20 employees to scour social media and reviews sites for customer complaints, a former employee told Insider.The person, who left the company this year and asked not to be named, said that as well as solving customers' issues, the team tried to get customers to delete their posts.
 
- A separate team of nine people looked specifically for posts aimed at CEO Elon Musk, the ex-employee said. This chimes with a job ad Tesla Energy put out in January for a "Customer Support Specialist" — the advert said applicants would address "social media escalations" aimed at Musk.
 
- On top of resolving the customer's issue, both employees said staff were instructed to politely ask customers to delete their social media complaints. Insider verified the identities and employment of both former employees.
 
 
VW ID BUZZ GETTING THREE DIFFERENT VERSIONS
 
- VW wants to make sure there is an ID Buzz for everyone. The aspiring EV automaker explained that there will be three initial versions of the upcoming ID Buzz EV van targeting a host of different markets.
 
- The VW ID Buzz is first and foremost a spacious people mover. In Europe, VW plans to see a six-seat passenger version of the ID Buzz specifically targeting rideshare services.
 
- For American customers, the ID Buzz will arrive in 2024. The American ID Buzz will be a more traditional family van with seating for four passengers in the rear. Two of the rear seats will face forward while the other two will face the rear of the vehicle. Hopefully, your children or passengers are not prone to motion sickness.
 
-VW plans to build an ID Buzz specifically made to deliver all of the packages you keep ordering online.
 
 
CHINA: PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CAR SALES REACH NEW RECORD IN JUNE 2021
 
- Plug-in electric car sales surge in China to new record levels as multiple models are selling better than ever In June, some 235,000 passenger plug-in cars were registered (new all-time record), which is probably close to 160% more than a year ago. Moreover, the market share increased to 15% and 12% are BEVs.
 
- So far this year, about 1.1 million passenger plug-in cars were sold, which is 11% of the total market. BEV share stands at 9%.
 
 
DETHLEFFS & ZF SET RECORD CROSSING THE ALPS WITH ELECTRIC CARAVAN
 
- Dethleffs had already presented the prototype of a caravan with its own electric drive in 2018, which was developed together with the Erwin Hymer Group and ZF Friedrichshafen. Now, the project partners have demonstrated the practical readiness of the concept in a challenging caravan tour across the Alps.
 
- From Isny, the Audi e-tron Sportback pulled the electrically powered caravan E-Home Coco all the way to Lake Garda – without a charging stop. Normally, the additional weight of the trailer and especially the increased air resistance drive up the consumption of the towing vehicle (regardless of the drive technology).
 
- For this journey at an average speed of 62.4 km/h, the e-tron Sportback consumed 62 kWh of energy (i.e. 21.2 kWh/100km), the e-home Coco 74 kWh (19.2 kWh/100km).
 
- A towing force sensor is installed in the towing device itself. This is supposed to detect whether the towing vehicle is accelerating, decelerating or rolling.
 
- The E-Home Coco also has a recuperation system
 
 
IRISH ‘LEADING THE CHARGE’ IN PUSH FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
 
- Ireland is in first place in Europe in providing charging points in service stations for electric vehicles (EVs).  A survey of 19 European countries showed Ireland has the highest proportion of filling station forecourts with EV charging points – 7.46pc of the country’s filling stations have charging points installed. Denmark is in second on 5.37pc. The figure for the United Kingdom is 1.76pc, while Germany is at 1.04pc.
 
 
IN VANCOUVER, EVERY CAR SPACE IN NEW HOTELS MUST HAVE AN EV CHARGER
 
- The Vancouver City Council has approved new regulations that would require EV charging infrastructure be installed in all new non-residential buildings in an effort to expand access to the ever-growing population of EV drivers.
 
- Additionally, 100% of new car-share stalls and 100% of parking stalls in new hotels must also have EV charging infrastructure.
 
- Vancouver City expects the new regulations will have minimal increase on new construction costs while significantly reducing or eliminating future costs of retrofitting buildings for EV charging infrastructure.
 
 
TESLA MODEL S PLAID IMPRESSIONS: RE-INVENTING THE WHEEL!
 
- PLAID Model S is stupid fast. And is better built than ever. But that yoke tho
 
 
SVOLT LAUNCHES PRODUCTION OF COBALT-FREE BATTERY CELLS - ELECTRIVE.COM
 
- SVOLT has started series production of its novel cobalt-free nickel-manganese battery cells (NMX) in Jintan, China.
 
- Cobalt, which is normally used in NCM cells for thermal stabilisation, is not used in the new cells. Instead, the cathode is stabilised by “specially developed doping and coating processes”. Thus, the NMX cells – even without cobalt – are said to offer a “higher thermal stability as well as overall safety than NCM811 cells”.
 
- From the end of 2023, the novel batteries can also be produced at the planned plant in Saarland for the European market.
 
 
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1155: Question Of The Week Answers | 25 July 2021
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
With chargers still being rolled out, should they automatically stop charging (and should the car release the cable) at 80%?
 
 
Rather than having a DC Fast charger stop at 80% and unlock the cable, I think it makes more sense to use price signals to encourage proper etiquette. For example, perhaps at 80% the pricing should go up by $.25/kWh and at 90% another $.25/kWh. If you desperately need the charge, you can still get it, but if you don’t, you’re encouraged to get out of the way. 
 
PETE GLASS
Many EVs can blast through charging at 80%, like my i3 which is good to  86% and the taper only bites at 92% when it’ll drop below 30kW. The old Audi eTron will keep up 45-50kW right to 100% so 80% is a rule of thumb not an ‘ideology’! I think a better idea is for a 50kW rapid to cut off and release the cable when power delivered drops below a certain level, the question is what? Possibly somewhere around 20kW although mine has ‘coldgated’ at 18kW once when I plugged in with a cold soaked battery. So perhaps in the 11-15kW zone. HPCs can have different tougher rules but still need to let e-Golfs and other older cars charge. Furthermore they should fail to initiate charge at 7kw or less to keep out PHEVs etc. on the AC plug [unless a dual charging unit with DC + AC co-charging]. This could possibly be pushed to 11kW although the AC plug is a handy failsafe backup if the CCS is broken.
 
ADRIAN BOND FROM COLCHESTER EVs
This takes me back to my laundrette days: If the washing/drying is finished and the owner ain’t there, you move the washing on. That was the ‘rule’. So if we accept that for rapid chargers, unless there is an indication otherwise (like a note), then we can accept that 80% is pretty much finished for Higher powered chargers.  So yes, I’d be happy for them to remove the charger from my Leaf, which is set to 80% anyway. Or… maybe charging should be set to 30 minutes by the charger? After which, the charger stops anyway and is available for others?  If you really need a bit more, restart the charge.  And as you found, most drivers only stop from 20-40 mins anyway.
 
BRENDAN HUTCHINS
I haven’t thought this through fully, but what if the first bulk of charging time, say up to 80%, was at the regular rate of cost, and above that is both slower and costs 50% more? Or maybe once it’s fully charged there’s still a fee rate for the parking spot? That would incentivize watching your time and moving on. 
 
RAJEEV NARAYAN
I agree that in the situation where charging is scarce and people are waiting to charge, DC Fast charging should be discontinued once the charge rate drops significantly. For different cars, with different batteries/larger buffers/800V, etc... this point may not occur exactly at 80%. Also some cars, such as the hyundai Ioniq, is still apparently able to charge at 100kW at 80% SOC.  So I would suggest not a cut off at exactly 80%, SOC, but once the  SOC is at at least 80% and the charge curve for that particular vehicle drops to some low level, say 40-45 kW, and it's charging at less than 50% of its peak rate, then a shut off/cable unlock is reasonable. That being said, I would not want to penalize someone who really needs to charge to say 90% to get to their next destination. Perhaps the default would be to shut off charging once rate drops significantly but the user had the option to override if needed.  
 
GRANTON SMITH
CCS/rapid charge above 80%: I'm lucky because I've never yet had to wait for a DC fast charger... There are so few EVs here. That won't be the case forever!! I think why not have a price signal to people charging for that last 20%? Especially here in Oz where distances are greater sometimes I have needed that bit extra in the battery to be sure I'll get to where I'm going, but I do this so occasionally that I wouldn't actually mind if that last part of the charge got a little bit more expensive. That was people that are just opportunity charging will most likely not wanna stick around.
 
SACHA
Automatically stopping the charge at a given SOC sounds like a good idea indeed (particularly in North America where charging sites often have only one or two CCS chargers). Tesla does something similar - charge state limit  is automatically set to 80% when using high use superchargers; it helps nudge people in moving on if they can. Having a minimum charge rate might helps also. 
 
PETE BREMY
I think it depends on the location. If a DC fast charger is located high volume urban area, and if there are other chargers within an “80% drive” in basically all directions, then I think the limit is a good idea. However, in rural areas where chargers may be scarce, it may be a bad idea, even if high volume, especially for those who cannot charge at home. 
 
Tesla already does this in the USA.  I’ve stopped at two superchargers already that limited me to 80%, with a screen message declaring that station a high volume station. One of them, however, was at the edge of a remote area of northern New Hampshire that borders Canada. It’s understandable that it’s high volume being the last supercharger in line before the first Canada supercharger 192 miles away. Vacationers, or multi-family unit dwellers might have a problem and be forced to return to the charger often too. 
 
MARIO CABALLERO
Cables should not release but pricing should be higher after 80%. If you have a low range EV (like the e-Golf that I have), I need every ounce of electricity that I can get. Sometimes I need to charge up to 85% to be able to make it to my destination.
 
RON BARBER
Here is an example of why chargers or government cannot make a blanket statement about stopping charges at 80%. 73% to 89% in 8 minutes pulling 13kWh.
That’s 97kW average speed. Started at 105kW and slowed to 85kW at 88kW. It’s a Taycan. Even when doing long trips I try to stop charging at 95% when it slows to 25kW or so. I know my Chevy Bolt would be dog slow past 80% so I understand the idea. My other email had more thinking, short cables on DCFC is the main reason it makes no sense.
 
MARKUS JUNGWIRTH
I would say NO. It might be necessary to charge more then 80% to get to your destination without any trouble.
I´m aware of that above 80% HPCharging is more like… hunting snails or riding a turtle, but… 
 
I would prefer, that the companies who are running these charging stations are offering a Knigge for EV-Owners with all the DOs and DONTs
Printed on a flyer, brochure, small case for your charging cards, parking disc…. 
Made in a very gentle way without patronizing somebody. You got the idea :-)
 
JERALD BURNS
Hi, I live in West Virginia USA.  We have very few fast chargers. Only 1 or 2 fast chargers at car dealers which is really not for general public. In other words we need to charge to neat 100 percent when on a trip. 
 
TOM JAMES
I think the car should release the cable once the charge is complete, so someone else can plug in. However I don’t see the need for the charge to stop at 80%. I know some cars’ charge curve rapidly slows down after 80% but that’s due to the battery management software of individual models. We have two 28kwh Ioniqs which can rapid charge up to 69kw speed and maintain a fast rate all the way up to 94% state of charge, at which point the car stops the charge, so we’re often done long before other EVs charging at below 50kw, even though we fill up more than 80%. I think the simple answer is we need many more high powered chargers to be installed to cope with the rapid uptake of EVs.
 
ROBERT MACROWAN
On my 28klw Ioniq if the auto button is activated the cable can be removed once the charging as completed no need to unlock the car. If I was selfish enough to leave my car unattended for a long period on a rapid I would expect it to be unplugged. Having said that I only take what I need for the journey so my average time on a rapid is 15 minutes. 
 
RON BARBER
Auto disconnect service and releasing plug lock at a predetermined percentage makes no sense on DCFC as the cables are too short and parking too constrained to virtually ever get another car in without hitting the current car and DCFC is really the only place auto disconnect at 80% would make sense.  Also this would have to be an option anyway because sometimes you do need to go above 80% to make it to the next charger on your trip.
 
MARTY WALSH
Auto-release at 80% should be an option you select when you activate the plug. Maybe even remind the user of the reduced efficiency for an affirmation.
 
STEPHEN TROYER
The charger definitely should automatically turn off at 80% and disconnect. I'd add to that, it should also ping the owner's phone and keep sending notifications until they move their car. "Hey, your car is t charging anymore! Hey! People are waiting for your spot!"
 
MARK ORRICO
Do I think DC fast chargers should stop at 80%, no I don’t think so, especially here in the US where we have somewhat limited infrastructure, I know that could be used as an argument to stop at 80% but sometimes we might need that extra charge to get to the next charger on a road trip. Perhaps something like that could eventually be implemented with more chargers around. I think an alternative would be to increase the cost when the cars charging rate drops below a certain percentage of its max wattage, some cars may still take a faster rate up to 90 instead of 80 making the time at the charger more useful. I think perhaps being kicked off after 95% might be fair though. 
 
 
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1154: Rivian Raises Another $2.5B Before A Vehicle Is Delivered | 25 July 2021
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RIVIAN RAISES ANOTHER $2.5B, PUSHING ITS EV WAR CHEST UP TO $10.5B
 
- Rivian announced Friday that it has closed a $2.5 billion private funding round led by Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, D1 Capital Partners, Ford Motor and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc.
 
- “As we near the start of vehicle production, it’s vital that we keep looking forward and pushing through to Rivian’s next phase of growth,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said in a statement. “This infusion of funds from trusted partners allows Rivian to scale new vehicle programs, expand our domestic facility footprint, and fuel international product rollout.”
 
- Rivian has raised roughly $10.5 billion to date. The company did not share a post-money valuation.
 
 
RIVIAN RAISES $2.5 BILLION IN NEW FUNDING ROUND LED BY AMAZON, FORD
 
- The company said it has raised about $10.5 billion to date. Rivian closed a $2.65 billion investment round in January and another $2.5 billion round last July. It raised $1.3 billion in December 2019 and at least $1.5 billion before that.
 
- The funding announcement comes after Rivian on Thursday said it plans to open a second manufacturing plant in the U.S. Multiple U.S. states have submitted bids for the facility, referred to internally as “Project Tera.” Rivian is slated to announce the plant in the coming months and break ground early next year, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN EXPECTS CHINA EV SALES TO SOAR IN H2
 
- Volkswagen expects sales of its ID series of electric vehicles in China -- the world's largest car market -- to pick up significantly in the second half of the year, Chief Executive Herbert Diess said on Thursday.
 
- Volkswagen wants to sell between 80,000 and 100,000 of the series in China,
 
- In the first half, deliveries of battery electric vehicles (BEV) in China more than doubled to 18,285
 
 
TESLA POWERWALL OWNERS IN CA CAN FEED ENERGY BACK INTO GRID
 
- Tesla will let Californian owners of its Powerwall battery feed electricity back into the power grid during periods of high energy demand to prevent blackouts in the state.
 
- Tesla announced its plan to create a "virtual power plant" last week, and on Thursday launched a support page for the beta test telling Californians how it would work and where they can sign up.
 
- participants who opt in will receive a push notification on their phone a few hours before a period of high demand. They'll receive another notification as it begins, but won't need to do anything.
 
- Tesla Virtual Power Plant is a public good program to support the California grid, and there is no compensation for Tesla or customers," the company said, although it added that customers getting paid for their energy was a "possibility in the future."
 
 
TESLA MODEL S STEERING YOKE IS MANDATORY
 
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Friday, which was reported on by Electrek. That's right; there will be no option for a regular wheel,
 
- We also suspect that retrofitting one from an earlier S or X will be difficult, if not impossible.
 
- either deal with the weird and nonsensical steering wheel or go and buy a Porsche Taycan
 
 
MOBILE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING ROLLS OUT IN MOSCOW
 
- Electric vehicles (EV) charger manufactuer L-Charge has rolled out a mobile service on the streets of Moscow to provide on-demand charging.
 
There are also plans to deploy similar mobile units in Paris, Berlin, New York, Amsterdam and London.
 
- The company said there are already a number of companies in the world offering the opportunity to summon an electric car charger, but the chargers all operate on the power bank principle and themselves need to be recharged. It claims its service differs in that it is a mobile mini power station which itself generates energy, stores it and enables other vehicles to recharge without needing to be connected to the grid.
 
- The energy is generated from liquefied natural gas
 
- Moscow has already implemented the list of measures aimed at supporting EV development, making parking for EVs free-of-charge, as well as providing free charging at public chargers.
 
 
A THOUSAND CHARGING STATIONS TO BE INSTALLED AT UBS ARENA
 
- Charging stations for electric vehicles are set to arrive in Elmont this fall with the opening of the UBS Arena at Belmont Park
 
- In March, UBS Arena developers partnered with Boston, Mass.-based XL Fleet to build 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations at the site and deploy fleets of electric vehicles for use by New York Islanders fans and concert-goers attending events at the new 19,000-seat arena. It will be one of the largest electric vehicle stations in the United States, and will help meet New York’s growing demand for electric vehicle charging stations.
 
 
THE FIRST BATCH OF NIO ES8 REACHES NORWAY
 
- NIO announced that the first batch of NIO ES8 cars were shipped from Shanghai to Norway on July 20, which opens a new chapter in the company's history. Customer deliveries of the ES8 SUVs are expected to commence in September.
 
- NIO's electric cars in Norway will be accompanied by the entire package of services, including NIO House, the chargeable, swappable and upgradable NIO Power system, NIO Service and Delivery Center, as well as NIO App and NIO Life.
 
- BYD will start sales of its electric cars (BYD Tang EV) in Norway, while the Xpeng and SAIC's MG are already there.
 
 
NEW AUDI RS Q E-TRON IS 671BHP RANGE-EXTENDER DAKAR WEAPON
 
- Audi will enter the notorious Dakar Rally in January 2022 with its all-new RS Q E-tron rally-raider, which it refers to as an "electrifying high-tech test laboratory".
 
- With up to 500 miles to cover every day for two weeks, the RS Q E-tron needs to have an onboard charging solution, for which Audi has chosen the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine used in its now-retired RS5 DTM racer, which is unconnected to the wheels and serves as a generator for a 50kWh, 370kg battery pack, developed with an unnamed technical partner.
 
- The petrol engine will spin at “particularly efficient” speeds of between 4500-6000rpm
 
- An electric motor taken from Audi's 2021 Formula E car, features on each axle, while a third unit serves as an energy converter between the battery and combustion engine.
 
 
GM ISSUES 2ND BOLT RECALL

 
 
LOOKING TO BUY A TESLA CAR? YOU MAY WANT TO PRICE INSURANCE FIRST

 
 
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1153: Saturday Special Interview with Robert Llewellyn from Fully Charged | 24 July 2021
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SATURDAY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT LLEWELLYN
 
Welcome to another Saturday Special interview, and this week it’s one of my cleantech idols. Robert Llewellyn started Fully Charged as a man-and-a-camera hobby which has grown into live events, cleantech consumer education, car reviews, and so much more.
 
Robert is the reason I started this podcast. When I found Fully Charged I binged myself on every video he made, and couldn’t wait for the next one. Then I started searching for EV  news every day to fills those gaps, and realised I could make a daily podcast out of all the stories I was finding. 
 
I’ve met Robert a few times of the years but never had a chance to talk in such depth. Today’s podcast is another collaboration with my pal EV Nick for the livestream series we’re doing on Youtube…
 
 
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With chargers still being rolled out, should they automatically stop charging (and should the car release the cable) at 80%?
 
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Jul 24, 2021
1152: Mercedes Disappoints With Latest EV Ambition | 23 July 2021
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MERCEDES PLANS TO GO ALL-ELECTRIC BY THE END OF THE DECADE
 
- Daimler said Thursday that its Mercedes-Benz brand would “be ready to go all electric at the end of the decade, where market conditions allow.”
 
- from 2025 all of Mercedes-Benz’ “newly launched vehicle architectures will be electric-only.”
 
- Daimler explained how it planned to launch three pure-electric architectures that year: MB.EA, which will relate to medium and large passenger cars; AMG.EA, which will focus on performance vehicles; and VAN.EA, for light commercial vehicles and vans. Models based on these platforms will be electric only.
 
- From 2025 onward, consumers will also have the option of purchasing an “all-electric alternative for every model the company makes.”
 
- “In total, investments into battery electric vehicles between 2022 and 2030 will amount to over 40 billion euros.”
 
 
MERCEDES ACCELERATES ELECTRIC SHIFT WITH $47 BILLION PUSH
 
- Mercedes is betting the luxury segment will shift faster toward battery cars than the mass market because of customers’ greater purchasing power.
 
- The company didn’t give a concrete date for when it will phase out combustion engines, saying the pace of the shift toward EVs will vary widely across regions. It pledged to be ready to go all-electric by the end of the decade where conditions allow.
 
- It’s flanking the EQS with models including the compact EQA and plans to unveil the electric version of its bestselling E-Class sedan at the Munich auto show in September.
 
- Mercedes said it expects plug-in hybrid and fully electric cars to account for more than half of global car sales by 2025, five years sooner than the company forecast months ago. By 2039, it aims to turn its new-car fleet carbon-neutral.
 
 
MERCEDES-BENZ TO BUILD EIGHT BATTERY FACTORIES
 
- “We have a very clear plan to rapidly scale BEVs; we want to get on this journey to a BEV (battery electric) only world,” Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG CEO Ola Källenius said during a media call after the announcement. “We want to be the people that make that happen, not just let it happen for us and go with the flow, but really taking initiative. And we believe also that the luxury segment, where we belong, has all the hallmarks of being a leading segment for this transition.”
 
- Thursday it acquired U.K.-based electric motor company YASA, and has determined it will need battery capacity of more than 200 gigawatt hours. To hit meet those needs, Mercedes plans to set up eight battery factories with existing partners and one new partner to produce cells.
 
- The new plants, which includes one in the United States, four in Europe and three in China, is on top of the company’s already planned network of nine factories that will be dedicated to building battery systems.
 
- The company said it will team up with new European partners to develop and efficiently produce future cells and modules.
 
- Mercedes said it has partnered with Sila Nano, the Silicon Valley battery materials startup that raised $590 million earlier this year, to help it improve its next generation of batteries. Specifically, Sila Nano is helping Mercedes increase energy density by using silicon-carbon composite in the anode, which should boost range and allow for shorter charging times. Mercedes is also looking into solid-state battery technology.
 
 
ELECTRIC MERCEDES-BENZ G-CLASS LAUNCHES IN 2024
 
- Mercedes-Benz will launch a battery-electric version of the iconic G-Class in 2024, the automaker said on Thursday. Confirmation of the electric G-Class, which could go by the name EQG, was made during a presentation outlining Mercedes' plans to transition to a full-electric brand by 2030.
 
- The big and blocky G-Class will require a substantial kilowatt-hour rating and Mercedes may want to wait until battery technology improves. It isn't clear whether Mercedes will electrify the G-Class platform, or install the G-Class body on one of its electric platforms.
 
- if you want an electric G-Class today, there's a company in Austria by the name of Kreisel that offers an electric conversion,
 
 
CHINA FRICTIONS STEER ELECTRIC AUTOMAKERS AWAY FROM RARE EARTH MAGNETS
 
- As tensions mount between China and the United States, automakers in the West are trying to reduce their reliance on a key driver of the electric vehicle revolution - permanent magnets, sometimes smaller than a pack of cards, that power electric engines.Most are made of rare earth metals from China.
 
- Now manufacturers amounting to nearly half global sales say they are limiting their use, a Reuters analysis found.
 
- Because some can generate a constant magnetic force, the magnets they make are known as permanent magnets.
 
- BMW says it has redesigned its EV technology to make up for a lack of rare earths; Renault SA (RENA.PA) has slotted its rare-earth-free Zoe model into a growing niche of small urban cars that do not need extended driving ranges.
 
- Over the past two decades, Western countries largely withdrew from producing rare earth metals, which involves complex processing and often noxious byproducts. Today, China's dominance runs through the entire production chain.
 
 
NEW YORK CITY DOT TO INSTALL 120 CURBSIDE LEVEL 2 CHARGERS
 
- New York City plans to install its first curbside charging stations by this October. According to The Wall Street Journal, the city’s Department of Transportation will install 100 Level 2 charging ports for public use and 20 for the city’s vehicle fleet. Public charging will reportedly cost $2.50 per hour during the day and $1 per hour overnight.
 
- The first of the city’s new charging stations has been installed in the Norwood section of the Bronx. The DOT has picked network operator FLO to manage the network under contract with local utility Consolidated Edison.
 
 
SHELL RECHARGE IS COMING TO WAITROSE
 
- Shell Recharge has announced plans to build hundreds of electric vehicle charging points at Waitrose stores over the next few years. The supermarket chain specifically plans to host up to 800 charging stations at up to 100 Waitrose stores across the UK by 2025.
 
- the deal will see Shell Recharge equipping roughly a third of Waitrose locations with EV charging. Each location is expected to have six 22 kW and two 50 kW chargers, making a total 6,400 chargers.
 
- This will represent the first move from Shell Recharge into destination charging, with customers able to charge their vehicle while shopping.
 
 
TESLA DROPS DOWN THE RANKINGS TO ‘BELOW AVERAGE QUALITY’
 
- Tesla has dropped to ‘below average quality’ while three leading Chinese electric vehicle start-ups are now making ‘top-quality cars’ in their respective segments, according to a new survey, ratcheting up pressure on the global leader in the world’s largest automotive market.
 
- Tesla’s Model 3 ranked third in the midsize battery electric vehicle (BEV) segment, falling behind BYD Co’s Han BEV and Xpeng’s P7, according to the JD Power 2021 China New Energy Vehicle Initial Quality Study released on Thursday
 
- NIO’s ES6 now ranks highest in China’s luxury BEV segment, the Xpeng’s G3 is the best compact BEV while Li Auto’s Li One secured the top spot in the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
 
 
TESLA RAISES PRICES ON MODEL 3 AND MODEL Y

 
TESLA PUTS NEW MODEL S DELIVERIES ON HOLD, AND IT'S UNCLEAR WHY
 
MERCEDES CHARGING $575 PER YEAR IN GERMANY FOR 10-DEGREE REAR STEERING ON EQS

 
S. KOREA ACCOUNTS FOR ONE-THIRD OF GLOBAL EV BATTERY MARKET IN JAN.-MAY
 
 
100 DAYS TO SAVE THE NEXT 100 YEARS WITH CLIMATE, JOHN KERRY SAYS

 
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Jul 23, 2021
1151: Musk Promises (Again) To Open Up Superchargers For All | 22 July 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 22nd July. It’s  Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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NEW 2021 KIA EV6 BOASTS UP TO 328 MILES OF RANGE
 
- Kia has confirmed more specifications for its new EV6 electric crossover, with the bespoke electric car to offer a maximum of up to 328 miles of range from a full charge. Kia EV6 prices start from £40,895, with first deliveries expected to arrive in October, while the range will consist of three trim levels of two drivetrains. Every UK model also comes as standard with the company’s long-range 77.4kWh battery, rather than the entry-level 58kWh unit offered in other markets.
 
- Thanks to the new E-GMP underpinnings, which features the latest 800-volt electrical architecture, the EV6 can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes, while maximum DC rapid charging capability stands at 239kW. As a world first, the EV6 also has the capability to transform a power feed from a more common 400-volt rapid charger to 800 volts thanks to a clever motor and inverter set-up, allowing the EV6 to charge at its maximum capacity.
 
- To help boost range the EV6 features six different regenerative braking settings. This includes completely off, modes 1 to 3, ‘i-Pedal’ – which allows maximum energy harvesting and brings the car to a stop without touching the brakes, allowing one-pedal driving – and an auto setting.
 
- The Kia EV6’s wheelbase is 2,900mm long despite the EV6’s relatively compact dimensions, pushing the wheels close to the model’s extremities to maximise space inside.
 
- Boot space stands at 520 litres, rising to 1,300 litres with the rear seats folded down. There are also an additional 52 litres of storage space at the front in rear-drive models
 
- Kia claims that with more than 35 percent charge left in the battery, the EV6 can also tow loads weighing up to 1,600kg, which is strong for an electric car.
 
 
Matthias Schmidt on Twitter:
- .@Daimler unveils details from its CO2 compliance busting new Mercedes S-Class PHEV.
EV only range ~100km
leading to lower BiK tax rate (just 7% pa in UK compared to ~37% for ICE)
CO2 average of 22-14g/km (WLTP) with a curb weight of ~2.4t 
= CO2 compliance golden ticket
 
 
TESLA PLANS TO OPEN ITS CHARGING NETWORK TO OTHER EVS LATER THIS YEAR
 
- Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) plans to open its network of superchargers to other electric vehicles later this year, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Twitter.The electric-car maker's fast charging network, with over 25,000 superchargers globally, has given it a competitive edge. Meanwhile, other carmakers have formed alliances or invested in startups for networks as they rush new electric vehicle entrants to market.
 
- "We're making our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year,"
 
- Germany's transport minister said last month he was trying to convince Tesla to open its charging network to other carmakers to make it easier for drivers of electric vehicles to charge.
 
- President Joe Biden's administration late last month embraced a bipartisan Senate deal to spend $1.2 trillion on infrastructure projects, including $7.5 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure, including charging stations.
 
 
ELON MUSK: TESLA TO OPEN UP GLOBAL CHARGING NETWORK TO OTHER EVS LATER THIS YEAR
 
- Until now, there have never been any details about how or when the company would open up its Supercharger network of 25,000 chargers. Details are still slim. For instance, it’s unclear where it would initially open up, which automakers have reached agreements with Tesla and whether Tesla owners would get priority. However, Musk did finally attach a timeline of sorts by noting this would kick off before the end of 2021.
 
- Way back in 2014, Musk said he’d be willing to open up the designs in order to build a standard that can be used interchangeably across the industry.
 
- Tesla has its own connector, which means automakers would have to provide or sell an adapter to owners of its EVs to access the Supercharger network. It’s a different story in Europe. Tesla uses the CCS direct current connector in Europe, making this the most likely region for Tesla to open up first.
 
 
2022 TESLA MODEL Y BEGINS RHD PRODUCTION
 
- Tesla has commenced right-hand drive production of the 2022 Model Y, with initial examples destined for Hong Kong.
The Model Y – which is currently produced in the United States and China – will be sourced from the company’s Shanghai plant for the Hong Kong market, where it went on sale earlier in July ahead of planned deliveries in September.  With the heavily-related Model 3 now manufactured in China for the Australian market, it is likely versions of the electric SUV destined for Australia will also be sourced from China.
 
 
TESLA LOWERS THE PRICE OF ITS 'FULL SELF-DRIVING' COMPUTER UPGRADE
 
- After criticism from owners, Tesla has reduced the price of a computer update required for its new "Full Self-Driving" (FSD) feature, Electrek has reported. The hardware HW 3.0 update will now cost $1,000 rather than $1,500, a 33 percent drop in price. To get the feature, owners will have to pay a monthly subscription fee of up to $199 on top of that, or $10,000 all in one shot.
 
- Tesla famously said in 2016 that all its EVs produced going forward would have full self-driving hardware
 
 
STELLANTIS HAS 5 YEARS TO ABSORB 40% EV COST HIKE
 
- The maker of Jeep and Ram has five years to absorb the roughly 40% increase in costs that electrified vehicles represent before Stellantis NV could face restructuring and job cuts, CEO Carlos Tavares said Wednesday.
 
- It requires billions of dollars in capital investment and new talent: Stellantis said earlier this month it will spend about $35.5 billion by 2025 on electrification.
 
- Tavares didn't provide a figure for where the automaker stands on achieving the $5.9 billion in annual cost savings it projected from the merger. He, however, did say the company is ahead of its plans and could perhaps increase its expected cost savings in 2022.
 
- In China, it also has signed a deal with an unnamed partner to manufacture vehicles. Stellantis on Tuesday also validated an investment for solid state batteries, which it says will come to market in 2026, with an unnamed supplier.
 
 
LUCID MOTORS PLANS TO LAUNCH IN GERMANY IN 2022
 
- Lucid Motors plans to begin delivering its cars in Germany next year, as the new Country Manager Roberto Russo, confirmed to electrive. Also in 2022, the Air sedan is to arrive in other European countries too.
 
- Russo himself had announced on LinkedIn that he would become Lucid Motors’ Country Manager Germany with immediate effect.
 
- Russo, an e-mobility specialist, did not yet want to confirm exactly which versions of the Air will be offered in Europe. In 2012, he joined Tesla as sales manager for the European launch of the Model S
 
 
41 PERCENT OF CONSUMERS SAY THEIR NEXT CAR WILL BE ELECTRIC
 
- According to a new survey conducted by EY, 41 percent of consumers planning to buy a car say their next vehicle will be a plug-in. And they're mainly making that decision because of the environmental impact.
 
- EY surveyed 9,000 consumers across 13 countries
 
- The last time the firm conducted this survey, in September 2020, just 30 percent said their next car would be either a battery EV or plug-in hybrid EV.
 
- . In China, for example, 48 percent say their next car will be an EV, and only 43 percent say it will have an internal combustion engine
 
- In South Korea, 51 percent indicate that an EV will be their next vehicle. In Singapore, 53 percent want an EV, and in Italy, a whopping 63 percent said their next vehicle would be a plug-in.
 
 
TENNESSEE TO ADD ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING IN STATE PARKS
 
- Tennessee officials say they are partnering on an initiative to add electric vehicle charging stations at state parks.
 
- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says it will team up with electric vehicle automaker and automotive technology company Rivian on the project that seeks to add charging stations at all 56 state parks.
 
- Charging will initially be free for drivers. Any future costs for drivers will depend on systemwide use to recover electricity costs.
 
 
ASTON MARTIN DB11 AND VANTAGE REPLACEMENTS WILL BE ELECTRIC
 
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1150: Rivian Shuttle Bezos & Co. To Space | 21 July 2021
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RIVIAN EV: BEZOS, BLUE ORIGIN SPACE CREW RIDE TO LAUNCH SITE IN STYLE
 
- Whenever you're about to rocket into space, you have to ride to the launch site in style. It's just how these things work. And that's what Jeff Bezos and crew did Tuesday as they headed to the Blue Origin rocket that took them into space for a few minutes.
 
- the soon-to-be space travelers first boarded a beholden-to-gravity electric vehicle made by start-up Rivian. Amazon, which Bezos founded and chairs after recently stepping do wn as CEO, invested in Rivian and ordered 100,000 electric vehicles from the company for shipping purposes.
 
 
VW GROUP'S EV SALES JUMP 165% IN FIRST HALF OF  YEAR
 
- Europe was the automaker's top EV market, with sales of 128,078, up 156 percent.
The U.S. and China were a distant second and third, with U.S. sales up 321 percent to 18,514 and China up 110 percent to 18,285.
 
- VW Group's sales chief, Christian Dahlheim, said the automaker expects sales in China to get a significant boost in the third quarter from the June market launch of the ID6 seven-seat electric crossover.
 
- Audi, which sells the Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT, saw its full-electric sales grow 69 percent to 32,775.
Porsche, whose only full-electric car is the Taycan, sold 19,822 EVs, up 342 percent.
Skoda's full-electric car sales were 17,697, up 257 percent, while Seat sold 6,172 full-electric cars, up 186 percent.
 
 
FAW-VOLKSWAGEN BEGINS DELIVERIES OF THE ELECTRIC ID.6 CROZZ SUV IN CHINA
 
- FAW-Volkswagen, the joint venture of Chinese automaker FAW Group and Volkswagen, has started deliveries of the ID CROZZ SUV, newest member of the ID family of electric vehicles for the China market, local news outlet Gasgoo reports.
 
- Deliveries of the ID.6 CROZZ to customers in China began on July 18.
 
- The ID.6 CROZZ is the sister model of the ID.6 X SUV, which is built by VW's other joint venture SAIC Volkswagen in Shanghai.
 
- The ID CROZZ is available in two battery options, 62.6 kWh or 84.8 kWh.
 
 
TESLA SEMI ELECTRIC TRUCK IS FINALLY ABOUT TO GO INTO PRODUCTION
 
- After years of delays, Tesla is finally about to start production of Tesla Semi, its all-electric semi-truck.
 
- sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that the drive axle production line is ready and the general assembly line is going through its final debugging before starting production.
 
- Tesla has indicated that the electric truck would enter production this year with some deliveries to customers, but the company didn’t release any details about the planned production.
Tesla has revealed that it plans to use the first few Tesla Semi trucks for its own operations, but some long-time reservation holders are also expected to take delivery this year.
 
 
Acceleration 0-60 mph with 80k lb - 20 sec
Speed up a 5% Grade - 60 mph
Mile Range - 300 or 500 miles
Powertrain - 4 Independent Motors on Rear Axles
Base Price (300 mile range - $150,000)
Base Price (500 mile range) -  $180,000
 
Original Source : https://www.tesla.com/semi
 
Elon Musk on Twitter: "@WholeMarsBlog You don’t even need to touch the shifter in new S. Auto detect direction will come as an optional setting to all cars with FSD." / Twitter
 
- Auto detect direction will come as an optional setting to all cars with FSD.
 
PLUGSURFING RENEWS EROAMING PARTNERSHIP WITH HUBJECT
 
- Hubject and Plugsurfing announce the renewal of their long-lasting international roaming partnership. Hubject will continue to give Plugsurfing access to their eRoaming platform intercharge, effectively giving Plugsurfing customers access to 150,000 charging stations across Europe.
 
- Hubject and Plugsurfing rely on Hubject’s intercharge platform, which promotes interoperability. The partners name values like accessibility, variety of choice, seamless connection and transparency. In practice, Plugsurfing customers can find, access and pay for charging at the participating charge point operators via the company’s RFID charging key and mobile app.
 
 
2023 ROLLS-ROYCE SILENT SHADOW IS THE UPPER-CRUST EV
 
- Rolls-Royce is BMW's ultra-luxury brand, and its first production electric vehicle—and likely the first from any of the few brands in such rarified air—is believed to be called Silent Shadow. An entirely new entry in the brand's portfolio (meaning it won't replace any model, as has been rumored), it's likely a sedan rather than an SUV.
 
- Rolls-Royce floated the idea of an EV a decade ago with the 102EX concept, a fully electric seventh-generation Phantom, but found little appetite among its wealthy customers. Rolls people were also quoted as early as last year saying there still isn't customer demand for electric ultra-luxury cars
 
 
FOSSIL FUEL CONSUMPTION IN THE UNITED STATES HITS A 3-DECADE LOW
 
- US fossil fuel consumption fell by 9% in 2020, says the Energy Information Administration.
        Coal accounted for 13% of US fossil fuel consumption in 2020, its lowest annual share since 1949.  Petroleum products were the most-used fossil fuels in the US in 2020. Natural gas, used mostly to generate electricity and heat, took its largest annual share on record.
        While fossil fuel use falls, renewables are continuing to rise to new records.
 
- You have to go as far back as 1991 to find a similar level of fossil fuel consumption. The COVID-19 pandemic and warmer weather have driven the decline, according to the United States Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review.
 
 
CAR SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE IMOVE CLOSES $22.3M SERIES A
 
- Into this space has appeared imove out of Norway, with what appears, at least, to be a new twist on the whole thing: a white-label platform offered to industry to enable it to offer these car subscription services under their own brands. Imove’s platform allows users to subscribe to electric vehicles from 18 different manufacturers and more than 50 different models.
 
- The startup has now closed a €19 million / $22.3 million Series A round
 
- imove allows a company in automotive, finance, insurance or even electricity and telecoms to offer car subscriptions as an alternative to car ownership or leasing.
 
 
ROYAL MAIL SWITCHES ON ALL-ELECTRIC COMPANY CAR SCHEMES
 
- Royal Mail announces a new initiative to ensure that all its company cars will be electric by 2030.
By 2025, only electric company cars will be available to order.
By April 2022, colleagues who need a car to do their job will be eligible for a new zero tailpipe emissions company car scheme.
 
 
EV CHARGING SUPERHUBS PLANNED FOR WEST MIDLANDS
 
- Two grid-scale battery storage facilities are to be built in the West Midland, creating the power infrastructure for mass-scale, rapid electric vehicle charging.
 
- The new sites, located in Coventry and Sandwell, are being developed by battery storage and EV charging specialist Pivot Power
 
- The new sites are part of Pivot Power’s programme to build a national network of Energy Superhubs. The company, part of EDF Renewables since 2019, is looking to deliver to 2GW of battery storage
 
- The new sites will replicate Pivot Power’s Energy Superhub Oxford model, which is nearing completion and will provide a blueprint for towns and cities across the UK to cut carbon and improve air quality.
The hub, first announced two years ago, will have up to 10MW of power on site, initially powering 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers.
 
 
NEW LONG-RANGE MG 5 EV ON SALE NOW FROM £26,495
 
- MG has launched a new, long-range version of the MG 5 EV. It’s available to order now, with prices starting from £26,495 including the government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant.
 
- It’s powered by a 61.1kWh battery pack (up from the 52.5kWh cell in the standard car), which increases the estate’s range from 214 to 250 miles.
 
- The new battery pack also offers support for 100kW DC rapid charging
 
- The MG 5 EV’s safety equipment is bundled into the standard-fit MG Pilot package, which also includes items like adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist, meaning the electric estate can automatically keep pace with stop-start traffic.
 
 
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1149: Tesla Beats German Auto Makers On Home Soil | 20 July 2021
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EV ORDERS SURPASS ICE VEHICLES AT ZENITH
 
- JUNE saw orders for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) overtake internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles for the first time at independent leasing and fleet management company Zenith. The transition to BEV in cars account for 54% of orders in June compared to 32% in the same month last year. Over the Past 12 months, 41% of orders were for BEVs.
 
- Demand for electric vans also increased in June to account for 69% of van orders compared to 1% in June 2020. Over the last 12 months, demand for fully electric vans has built to account for almost 1 in 3 van orders.
 
- Zenith says that salary sacrifice is helping company car drivers to transition to BEVs. In one scheme, 85% of orders have been for BEVs, with the remaining 15% for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It will lead to an average saving of 372 tonnes of carbon for each year the vehicles are on the road.
 
 
TESLA MODEL 3 IS #1 ELECTRIC CAR IN GERMANY IN JUNE, VW E-UP REMAINS 2021 LEADER
 
- The German plugin vehicle market scored over 64,000 registrations last month, with both plugin powertrains rising fast
 
- last month’s plugin share ended at 24% (12% BEV), with BEVs outselling PHEVs for the first time this year
 
- The yearly plugin vehicle market share climbed to 23% (11% BEV). There were 312,287 plugin vehicle registrations in the first half of the year. So, 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 Tesla Model 3 was the winner, hitting 4,462 deliveries, a new record for the sports sedan in Germany. The Tesla top seller ended ahead of the two Volkswagen frontrunners, the #2 e-Up and the #3 ID.3, which, by the way, had its best score of 2021 last month (2,448 registrations). Expect the compact Volkswagen to have a stronger second half of 2021.
 
- we should mention that several new models are in ramp-up mode, like the Korean Hyundai Ioniq 5, an XL retro-hatchback with a unique personality. It scored 514 registrations in only its 2nd month on the market. The Opel Mokka EV, possibly the most attractive model in the whole Opel lineup, hit a record 655 registrations last month and could be another Stellantis model to reach the table soon. There’s also the Opel Corsa EV and Fiat 500e.
 
 
NYPD BUYS $47K TESLA MODEL 3 FOR HIGHWAY PATROL DIVISION
 
- The NYPD has added a new eco-friendly ride to its fleet: a Tesla Model 3, The Post has learned.
 
- The luxury electric vehicle — which came with a $47,740 price tag — will be used by the department’s highway patrol division, city records show.
 
- The department, which acquired the ride last month, said the long-range version of the car "is optimized for police highway patrol operations," according to the procurement papers.
 
- Other police departments have also bought Teslas and say they expect thousands of dollars in savings on gas.
 
- In December, when Hastings-On-Hudson unveiled its new electric patrol car, the department just north of the Big Apple told News12 it would save $8,500 in fuel within five years.
 
 
MODEL 3 POLICE CRUISER SAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS
 
- The purchase premium is recouped in one year.
After four years, the savings are enough to pay for another Tesla.
One EV saves 23.5 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
 
- Using a Tesla Model 3 for police duty was a new idea back in Dec. 2019 when the Westport Police acquired one for use as a fully customized police cruiser, going into service in Feb. 2020. This was the second Model 3 to be acquired by a police force (Bargersville, IN was the first), but according to the Westport Police, this was the first one to be fully tricked out for law enforcement.
 
- The biggest single item in the customization is the license plate reader, and it is here that there was a savings of $10,000 ($8,000 vs $18,000) due to taking advantage of the technology native to the Tesla. As far as Pilot discounts, there was no charge for added cameras, lights, siren, and the weapons rack. These discounts amounted to just over $14,000.
 
- There are two items that applied only to the Tesla. One is a spare tire for $800. (The Ford comes with a spare.) The other is a charging station at a cost of $1000 for hardware and installation.
 
- The department is getting two shifts per day on a single charge and charging the vehicle overnight. This is assumed to be the usage pattern of future Teslas, so the conservative assumption on charging is that the charging equipment expense will be required for each Tesla procured and it is included in the Next vehicle. There could potentially be a savings opportunity in the future with a dual-port charger.
 
- The costs were calculated based on driving 23,060 miles in a year.
 
 
ELECTRIC MERCEDES G-CLASS COULD COME TO IAA MUNICH AS EQG CONCEPT
 
- A new report from German magazine mbpassionblog claims we will get a first taste of the silent G-Class in early September at the IAA in Munich. It is believed an EQG concept will be unveiled at the show to preview the production model arriving either next year or in 2023. Confirmed technical specifications are not available at this point, but it's safe to assume it will have dual electric motors to enable a four-wheel-drive system everyone expects from a G.
 
- EQG won't be a dedicated electric vehicle as it's the case with the flagship EQS and the upcoming EQE, with both getting SUV versions in 2022. Instead, the EQG is believed to take the shape of an electric adaptation of the combustion-engined G-Class. It's said to have all the off-road tricks of the conventionally powered model along with a large 108-kWh battery with enough juice for about 311 miles (500 kilometers) of range
 
 
LIGHTYEAR ONE WILL BE MANUFACTURED BY VALMET AUTOMOTIVE
 
- Valmet Automotive, a manufacturing contractor who also delivered the Fisker Karma, the original Porsche Boxter and Cayman, and multiple Saab and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Valmet Automotive will now be in charge of producing the Lightyear One, as the two companies announced.
 
- the Lightyear One, it is the electric car with substantial solar panels over its body that managed to run 710 km with a fully charged 60 kWh battery pack. That will make it one of the most efficient electric vehicles around when deliveries start. Valmet Automotive should start producing it in summer 2022. The first prototypes should be built in January 2022.
 
- 11.8 km/kWh – or 7.3 mi/kWh,
 
 
REBOOTED SMART TO PREVIEW ELECTRIC CROSSOVER AT 2021 MUNICH AUTO SHOW
 
- A rejuvenated Smart will use the inaugural international mobility show taking place in Munich, Germany, in September to present a concept car previewing an upcoming electric crossover.
 
- over the weekend Mercedes-Benz's design chief, Gorden Wagener, who is leading the design of a future battery-electric Smart lineup, posted new teaser photos to social media.
 
- Expect the production version of the concept to be a subcompact model similar in size to the Mini Countryman. Smart will also continue to offer a new generation of its traditional minicars.
 
- The new Munich mobility show, which has replaced Germany's traditional auto show in Frankfurt, starts Sept. 6.
 
 
VW TO MAKE EV BATTERIES WITH CHINA'S GUOXUAN IN GERMANY
 
- In May 2020, VW announced the acquisition of a 26% stake in Guoxuan, China's third-largest EV battery maker after Contemporary Amperex Technology and BYD.
 
- The German auto group will build its second EV battery plant in Salzgitter in a joint effort with Guoxuan High-tech to produce low-cost batteries for economy EVs, the company said in a statement on last Tuesday.
 
 
TESLA'S GROHMANN FACILITY EXPANSION IN GERMANY IS NEARING COMPLETION
 
 
ELECTRIFY AMERICA COMPLIMENTARY CHARGING TO VOLVO

 
TESLA MODEL 3 LR 82 KWH: NEW RECORD IN BJØRN'S 1,000 KM CHALLENGE
 
 
BENELUX COUNTRIES TO ENSURE CHARGING ACROSS BORDERS
 
 
SINGAPORE LOOKS TO POWER UP ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING NETWORK
 
 
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1148: Tesla Launches Subscription For Full Self Driving | 19 July 2021
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TESLA LAUNCHES SUBSCRIPTION FOR FULL SELF DRIVING
 
- Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Saturday it has introduced an option for some customers to subscribe to its advanced driver assistance software, dubbed "Full Self-Driving capability", for $199 per month, instead of paying $10,000 upfront.
 
- Tesla said the subscription service is available in vehicles equipped with Full Self-Driving computer 3.0 or above.
 
- Tesla has been testing its new semi-autonomous driving software for city streets and last week released "FSD Beta v9" to a limited number of customers.
 
 
TESLA LAUNCHES ITS FULL SELF-DRIVING SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGE FOR $199 PER MONTH
 
- For those who own a vehicle without the FSD computer (HW3.0), they can still order the monthly subscription, but they are going to have to pay $1,500 for the computer upgrade, which is included in the $10,000 price of a direct purchase.
Finally, Tesla is also selling the package for $99 per month for those who already purchased the now-defunct Enhanced Autopilot package, which already included some of the features in the FSD package.
 
 
TESLA DEBUTS 'FSD' SUBSCRIPTION FOR $199 PER MONTH
 
- One eligible owner shared a notice they received from Tesla on Friday with CNBC, which said:“Full Self-Driving capability is now available as a monthly subscription. Upgrade your Model Y ... for $199 (excluding taxes) to experience features like Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Auto Park, Summon and Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control. The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.”
 
- FSD features are “subject to change, limited by region,” and can only be used on Tesla vehicles that have newer hardware and Autopilot technology installed.Drivers are responsible for tolls, parking or other traffic violations that happen in a Tesla that’s operating with FSD features engaged.Tesla can increase the price for a subscription any time, but will give drivers a one-month advance notice before billing them at a new rate. Owners can cancel FSD any time but the company won’t prorate their monthly payment if they do. Tesla can suspend or cancel a driver’s FSD subscription if they use the technology, “for anything unauthorized or inappropriate” or for non-payment.
 
 
SK INNOVATION TO GET 90M EURO IN INCENTIVES FROM HUNGARY
 
- South Korea's SK Innovation Co. will receive incentives worth 90 million euro ($106 million) from the Hungarian government for investing in the country with a project to build a battery plant, the company said Sunday.The energy and chemical subsidiary of the nation's No. 3 conglomerate, SK Group, has been constructing its second battery plant in Europe with an annual production capacity of 10 gigawatt hours in Komarom, a northwestern city of the European country, the company said.
 
- SK Innovation will invest 904.5 billion won ($792.7 million) to build the plant and start mass-producing batteries for electric vehicles (EV) next year.
 
 
IONIQ 5 VS VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 VS FORD MUSTANG MACH-E
 
- Never mind an EV shortlist: if you’re looking for a new car then the Ioniq 5 should be seriously considered. It’s got plenty of range, ultra-fast charging, excellent comfort and lots of kit. The interior is vast and packed with the best tech here, plus it has great performance for the cash – a Mach-E with similar speed is on the wrong side of £50,000. The Hyundai is practical, refined and has its own identity, cementing a deserved win.
 
- The Mach-E is a brilliant electric car, although in RWD Standard Range form it loses out when it comes to practicality, charging and range, hence its second-place finish. Yet the Ford offers the best driving experience in an electric car at this kind of price, with enjoyable handling and a responsive powertrain, plus it’s packed with tech, and the entry-level model is pretty strong value, especially on PCP finance.
 
- The ID.4 falls to third place, but it’s definitely still a great choice. It’s the most practical of these three and also the most comfortable. It has a slightly longer range than its rivals
 
 
BMW TESTS VEHICLE-TO-GRID EV CHARGING SCHEME WITH I3 FLEET
 
- A group of 20 customers in Germany have been given BMW i3 electric cars equipped with the new technology, and an additional 30 are set to be delivered to business users over the next few weeks.
 
- BMW hopes it will turn electric cars into ‘mobile energy storage devices’ that can supply electricity to the grid when needed.
 
- Those taking part in the pilot scheme will also benefit from a new technology package. This consists of new in-vehicle and backend technology developed by BMW; an intelligent charging wallbox from Kostal; and the networking for interconnecting the electric car, wallbox and electrical installation in the customer’s building with the power grid from energy firms Bayernwerk, KEO and Tennet. BMW says the scheme is needed due to the growing need to control energy flows and consumption as the number of electric vehicles increases.
 
 
SQUAD - A SELF-CHARGING SOLAR CITY CAR
 
- Dutch startup Squad Mobility has come to market with a small, relatively affordable SQUAD Solar City Car, which is also suitable for shared urban mobility services. The two-seater vehicle charges automatically in sunlight and has the option of swappable batteries if its charge is low.
 
- Even in northern countries the sun gives enough energy for average urban use. The solar panel works in any light, also in the shade. The vehicle is powered by electric motors and batteries so it also works in the night, in winter or indoors . When extra range is needed, the portable batteries can be charged directly from a normal power socket.
 
- Squad Mobility points out that, as the average person in this LEV segment drives 12 km per day, this is enough on most days. They are aimed squarely at the urban mobility space and can reach top speeds of 45 km/h (28 mph).
 
 
NET ZERO WEEK 2021
 
- We all need to radically reduce our carbon emissions to combat the effects of climate change. Reaching net zero will require many new measures, innovative solutions, aggressive government policies and plenty of human effort both at work and at home.
Net Zero Week is part of this much needed momentum. The UK’s national awareness week highlights our challenge and provides the best expert advice and information to help us all better understand the challenge and how to benefit from making changes. Our greatest pursuit requires us all to take on our fair share of tackling emissions to stop global warming.
 
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HOW EVERRATI SWAPS TESLA POWERTRAINS INTO PORSCHE 911S
 
- Former fintech entrepreneur Justin Lunny is looking to keep old sports cars on the road for as long as he possibly can. A devoted gearhead, Lunny's passion for cars has led him to swapping gas for electricity with new company Everrati.
 
- The company's working on '89 to '93 Porsche 911s (called the "964" generation) for now, but expansion is on the way.
 
- The team is from the likes of McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover, and more. Each car is extensively tested and set up before anyone outside of the company gets a look at it.
 
- Everrati's Porsche 911 comes with a more tried and tested setup that'll make a certain group of EV fans very happy: a Tesla powertrain
 
- If battery tech moves on, Everrati can upgrade its componentry. Or if you want to put a gas motor back, the conversion is fully reversible — though Lunny said Everrati can turn your Porsche's old engine into a coffee table if you'd like.
 
 
CHINESE TESLA CHALLENGER XPENG PRICES ITS P5 SEDAN FROM US$24,700
 
- Xpeng Motors has priced its upcoming P5 sedan from as low as 160,000 yuan (US$24,700) to lure thousands of price-sensitive domestic buyers, heating up competition days after Tesla unveiled a cheaper version of its all-electric sport-utility vehicles. Four of the six versions will be fitted with lidar units, a critical technology in autonomous driving with delivery expected to start from October
 
- The P5 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon flagship SA8155P computing platform. The higher versions of 460E and 550 E are fitted with two lidar units, 12 ultrasonic sensors, five millimetre-wave radars and 13 high-resolution cameras. The 550P and 660P versions will be equipped with two additional lidars.
 
 
ELECTRIC CAR LITHIUM DEMAND POWERS MINING REVIVAL IN UK

 
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With chargers still being rolled out, should they automatically stop charging (and should the car release the cable) at 80%?
 
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Jul 19, 2021
1147: BMW’s i5 Caught On Camera | 18 July 2021
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NEW 2023 BMW 5 SERIES CAUGHT ON CAMERA FOR THE FIRST TIME
 
- The next-generation BMW 5 Series will go on sale in 2023 and will be available with an all-electric i5 variant
 
- Our spy photographers have spotted the next-generation BMW 5 Series in the midst of its development programme for the first time.
 
- i5 variant, which will allow it to compete directly with the upcoming Mercedes EQE and the recently revised Tesla Model S.
 
- The iX3 was the first BMW to feature the firm’s fifth-generation electric drivetrain. In the SUV, it consists of a 282bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle and an 80kWh battery pack, which is good for a range of 285 miles. However, the electric 5 Series could push this range figure past 300 miles, thanks to its more aerodynamic body.
 
 
JAMES BOND’S NEW CAR IS A PLUG-IN HYBRID—THE ASTON MARTIN VALHALLA
 
- Aston Martin has just added a new plug-in hybrid to its lineup. It's one that can tackle the Nürburgring as well as the Low Emission Zone, though it's probably more at home at the track;
 
- the boffins from Warwickshire have brought forth a mid-engined supercar with a V8 and two electric motors, a carbon-fiber chassis, more than 1,300 lbs of downforce, and a total power output of 937 hp.
 
- The electric drive motor units are each capable of up to 201 hp (150 kW), although not at the same time—the 400 V lithium-ion traction battery is only capable of outputting 201 hp
 
- that means that the hybrid system can send all 201 hp to the front axle—which it does in EV-only mode, for example. Or it can send all of that to the rear axle, although in practice the car will apportion battery power to both axles based on the road (or track) conditions and the demands of the person behind the wheel. The electric motors also eliminate the need for a reverse gear in the transmission.
 
 
KIA SOUL EV WON'T COME TO THE U.S., CONFIRMED AND EXPLAINED
 
- The Chicago Auto Show is the first show where the Kia EV6 has been displayed for the public to see, and it's highly impressive. But it got us wondering about another Kia EV that was announced a couple years ago but still hasn't shown up in America: the Kia Soul EV. We spoke to a Kia representative, and he didn't have good news.
 
- The Soul EV won't be offered in the U.S. It was delayed in part because of supply issues, and the company reportedly wasn't going to bring the next-generation version, here, but apparently even the current one is officially dead for the U.S. The representative said Kia is making the Niro EV the small electric crossover focus for America.
 
 
ALLEGO TO PROVIDE CHARGING FOR RADISSON HOTELS
 
- Allego has entered into a collaboration with Radisson Hotel Group to build charging infrastructure for electric cars at its hotels. Allego will provide and operate AC and DC charging solutions at more than 220 Radisson Hotel Group locations across Europe.
 
- Radisson hotels in high-traffic locations will offer ultra-fast (150 kW and above) and fast (50 kW) chargers, while AC chargers will be provided for guests staying overnight or attending meetings and events. The high power chargers (HPCs) are also intended to appeal to shorter stay guests, who will be able to use the on-site restaurants or other “convenient amenities” of the hotels while charging.
 
 
BIRD ADDED THIS PUZZLE TO BLOCK DRUNK ELECTRIC SCOOTER RIDERS
 
- Drunk riding is a big problem with shared electric scooters. It’s just as illegal (and dumb) as drunk driving, but that hasn’t stopped scores of riders from engaging in the dangerous practice. And so now Bird is rolling out a new update that the company hopes will stump would-be inebriated scooter riders before they can rent an electric scooter and hit the road.
 
- Bird’s latest addition is called “Safe Start” and will become active between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
As the company explained, between those hours, “riders attempting to unlock a Bird will now be asked to verify that they can safely handle the vehicle by correctly entering a keyword into the app. Those who may be under the influence are encouraged to choose an alternative method of transportation such as a taxi or ride-hailing service.”
 
 
POPULAR FULL HYBRIDS NO ‘GREENER’ THAN TOP DIESEL IN RECENT EMISSIONS TESTS
 
 
WM MOTOR SELLS 15,665 VEHICLES IN H1, TO LAUNCH NEW SEDAN

 
EV owners claim supplemental registration fee unfair ‘punishment’ for being energy conscious

 
China’s “dreamchild” is stealthily winning the battery race

· Original Source : https://www.economist.com/business/2021/07/17/chinas-dreamchild-is-stealthily-winning-the-battery-race
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
 
DARIN TIBBITS
20 minutes.
 
ANTHONY CARROLL
10-15 minutes is about right for a pit stop on a road trip. People constantly underestimate how much time they spend at a freeway gas station or rest stops. Montana did a study showing that the mean dwell time at their rest stops was 8-11 minutes.
 
 
PETE BREMY
I think it would be beneficial to also ask our ages as a part of that question. I’m 68, I stop for 25-30 minutes, longer than I used to when I was younger. If I was 30, I’d have said 10 minutes.
 
GREG LEFF
I would say that somewhere between 200-250 miles is the right point to take a 15-20m break. Just looking at the trips my family has taken over the years we seem to need to do one or more of the following in that timeframe - refuel, eat, stretch legs.  The most I think I would want to drive would be 300 miles with no breaks. 
 
ALLEN BUSSSELL
30 MINS
 
RON BARBER
Optimal Road Trip Stop Time. Wife and I would say 15-20 min.
 
EDUARD PERTÍÑEZ
I normally drive as long as I can in my long distance trips. Not that I do so many trips anyway. Only once every year or so.
That said, it really does not matter how long does it take.
When I used a fossil car I may try to travel 400-600km without refilling and then after refilling I might continue using as little time as I could while eating some sandwitches.
Now, I maybe have a coke while the car is being charged, or I will eat in a restaurant so I can fully recharge the car in an hour.
The point is that, as soon as it is eficient and I end up doing something, I really don't mind how much it takes.
It is like travelling along France. You may have planned to have fast stops, but you won't be angry if you end up in a nice restaurant close to the gas station only because you and your family happened to be hungrier that you anticipated, will you?
 
KP
45 mins. That’s how long we stop when we are on a long distance road trip (350 kms). 
And if it’s 650-800km, then it’s three times 45 minute stops. 
What do we do:
1. Restroom
2. Light Snacks/ Quick Dining
3. Stretching out by Walling around for 10-15 minutes. 
 
MARK ORRICO
I think 5-80% in 20 minutes or less would be what I would really like to see for charge time on a road trip. I’d probably want to get 250 miles of range in that time frame too. If we had more chargers, similar to the number of gas stations we have in the US I’d be cool with less range. This isn’t what I have with my current vehicle but I’m not taking it on road trips either. 
 
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1146: Rivian Delays Deliveries To September | 17 July 2021
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RIVIAN DELAYS FIRST ELECTRIC PICKUP DELIVERIES TO SEPTEMBER
 
- Rivian has delayed the first deliveries of its long-awaited electric pickup truck again, this time until September. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe broke the news to buyers in an email sent Friday morning.
 
- The Amazon and Ford-backed EV startup originally planned to start delivering its electric pickup, the R1T, and its SUV, the R1S, in 2020. But it scuttled those plans at the beginning of the pandemic and said at the time that it would start deliveries in 2021 instead. Rivian eventually settled on starting deliveries of the R1T in June of this year, only to push that back to July, and now to September.
 
- Scaringe also copped to poor communication with reservation holders.
 
- Rivian was founded in 2009 but kept an extremely low profile until 2018 when it debuted the R1T and R1S at the LA Auto Show. Since then, it has raised an incredible amount of cash — more than $8 billion — from Amazon, Ford, and other institutional investors.
 
 
RIVIAN CEO RJ SCARINGE TELLS CUSTOMERS R1T TRUCK DELIVERIES DELAYED UNTIL SEPTEMBER
 
- "We know you can't wait to get behind the wheel of your vehicle. Earlier this summer, we announced that deliveries would begin in July; however, the timing for the first deliveries of the R1T has shifted to September, with the R1S shortly thereafter in the fall. I wanted to be sure you heard this from me directly,"
 
- "The cascading impacts of the pandemic have had a compounding effect greater than anyone anticipated. Everything from facility construction, to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply (especially semiconductors) has been impacted by the pandemic.
 
"Beyond these unforeseen challenges, launching three new vehicles while setting up a multi-vehicle manufacturing plant is a complex orchestra of coordinated and interlinked activities where small issues can translate into ramp delays."
 
- "We have now built hundreds of vehicles as part of our validation process, with many of those spotted out in the wild covered in unique vinyl wraps. I have been asked why we aren't delivering those vehicles or why we continue to test rather than deliver.
 
"We believe it is critical to both our long-term success and your ultimate satisfaction that the quality and robustness of our launch products truly sets the tone for what to expect from us as a brand,"
 
 
OLDER TESLA MODEL S CARS ABOUT TO LOSE 3G CONNECTIVITY
 
- Tesla Model S owners with pre-June 2015 builds of the company’s flagship sedan are set to lose some connectivity features in their vehicle as AT&T is gearing up to shut down its inferior 3G network.
 
- Due to the recent phase-out of older cellular networks like 3G, Tesla Model S vehicles built before June 2015 are still operating with the old MCU chip that cannot connect to LTE networks. AT&T’s decision to shut down the 3G network it has operated since 2004 in February 2022.
 
- vehicles without the MCU2 upgrade will lose certain connectivity features when the 3G network is shut down. The only way these features will continue to operate without the MCU2 upgrade is if the vehicle is connected to Wi-Fi.
 
- Infotainment Upgrades for owners who drive pre-April 2018 versions of the Model S or Model X are eligible to purchase the MCU2 upgrade as well, but it’s available for $2,000 plus tax unless Autopilot Computer 2.0 or 2.5 is installed. For these vehicles, the upgrade is only $1,500.
 
- the MCU2 upgrade is utilized to gain better performance with smoother instrument cluster commands, access to streaming music and the Tesla Arcade, the added ability to watch YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu, new Driver Assistance features like Driving Visualization, DashCam, and Cellular and WiFi connectivity.
 
 
HONDA OPEN TO NEW ALLIANCES TO BRING DOWN EV COSTS
 
- -Honda Motor Co's new chief executive said on Friday the Japanese automaker was willing to form new alliances to make electrification profitable.
 
- "If through an alliance Honda can accomplish early what it should aim to be, then we'd be willing to form an alliance," Toshihiro Mibe, who took the top job in April, told a press briefing, when asked how he envisions global alliances on electrification.
 
- Mibe's comments reflect the pressure on the global auto industry to share technology and costs to meet demands for cleaner vehicles. He has assumed the top role at Japan's second-largest automaker at a time of a growing shift in automobile technology to electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous driving.
 
- Honda could differentiate itself in the electrification race with next generation batteries for EVs, Mibe said.
 
 
FOXCONN INVESTS IN LI-METAL BATTERY MAKER SES
 
- Foxconn (Hon Hai) has disclosed it will invest in Singapore-based SES, a maker of Li-metal batteries, a move in line with its ambitious deployments in the electric vehicle (EV) sector.
 
- the move comes closely on the heels of its plan to invest NT$1 billion (US$35.56 million) in Giga Solar, which will the fund from Foxconn to expand its production for battery anode materials.
 
- SES's shareholders include SK Inc, General Motors (GM), Hyundai, KIA,
 
- SES makes the most competent battery packs with 400Wh/kg high energy density that are more likely to go in mass production than QuantumScape's batteries.
 
- Hyundai reportedly has invested US$100 million in SES. GM earlier also announced it will install production lines with SES and the investment is estimated at over US$100 million.
 
 
FORD, VW OFFER TEST DRIVES OF NEW EVS TO DRIVE SALES OF MACH-E AND ID.4
 
- It’s not a typical Chicago Auto Show. It’s about half the size and time of a traditional show, but automakers such as Ford Motor, Volkswagen and others are trying to make the most of it. That includes showcasing new electric vehicles. Aside from displaying vehicles inside the McCormick Place Convention Center, automakers are offering test drives and rides in new electric vehicles. Auto executives believe such experiential marketing efforts are one of the key first steps to increasing EV adoption.
 
- getting consumers into the Mach-E and allowing them to see new EVs such as the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup, which is expected to go on sale next year, is critical for people to understand that EVs are real and not science projects.
 
 
BYD DOLPHIN WILL BE A $15,500 800V EV WITH UP TO 400 KM OF RANGE
 
- The BYD Dolphin reminds us very much of the early Honda Fit (or Jazz, depending on where you live). That already suggested it would be a relatively affordable vehicle, but we did not expect it to cost less than RMB100,00 – the equivalent of $15,500 at the current exchange rate.
 
- Dolphin will have two derivatives. The SR (Standard Range) will be able to run 301 km under the NEDC cycle testing. It presents a 30.72 kWh battery pack
 
- BYD also developed the LR (Long Range) version with a 44.93 kWh battery pack. With the extra LFP cells in its Blade Battery pack, it could run up to 405 km – also according to the NEDC cycle.
 
- If the BYD Dolphin can really recover 150 km (93.2 miles) of range in only 5 minutes and there are enough fast chargers able to deliver that, a bigger battery pack might not be needed.
 
 
GM EXPANDS ELECTRIC-VEHICLE CHARGING INITIATIVE TO FLEET CUSTOMERS
 
 
PORSCHE IS ON PACE TO DOUBLE TAYCAN SALES TO 40,000 ELECTRIC CARS THIS YEAR
 
 
HOMES WITH AN ELECTRIC CHARGE POINT INSTALLED SELL FOR 13% MORE
 
 
ZERO LAUNCHES 2022 FXE, WITH A DESIGN INSPIRED BY CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

 
VW ID.4 MAX GOES ON SALE WITH PRICES FROM £48,510
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
What’s your ideal stop time on a long distance road trip? Whether you’re driving an EV or not, how long would you usually be stationary? Let’s find out how far away we are from EVs being a non-issue for extended driving.
 
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1145: Hyundai IONIQ 5 Sales Start Strong | 16 July 2021
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Herbert Diess on Twitter: ".@VWGroup is ready: In 2030, the share of e-cars in our EU new car fleet will be around 60 percent. In Germany, it will probably be as high as 75 percent. By 2030, e-mobility will be dominant in all EU member states! #Fitfor55”
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN ID.8 LARGER ELECTRIC SUV ANNOUNCED
 
- Volkswagen has made several big announcements about its future, its strategy and the vehicles it plans to launch. The biggest announcement has to be that the automaker is working on and planning to launch an even larger electric crossover called ID.8, which will be about the size of today’s Atlas model (sold in North America and China). It may also be a three-row vehicle.
 
- We expect the ID.8 will also get the MEB platform that all other ID-badged models ride on.
 
 
HERE'S HOW FORD GOT F-150 LIGHTNING EV PRICING SO CLOSE TO THE GASOLINE TRUCK
 
- The single most shocking thing about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning when it was revealed was the price. A base Pro starts at just $39,974. The XLT starts at $52,974, and a fully-loaded Platinum at $90,474. What’s so surprising about those prices is how close Ford is flirting with gasoline-engine F-150 price equivalents — and that's before consumers take advantage of federal and state tax incentives.
 
- The Chicago Auto Show was our first chance at seeing it up close and in-person. While oogling it around the stand, we caught up with Darren Palmer, general manager of Ford’s Battery Electric Vehicles division, to find out how Ford managed its pricing. The answer is largely a simple one — scale.
 
- the top half of this truck has a scale of 4 million units. That seat, we buy 4 million of. We get the best price in the industry. The front trunk, apart from the unique components, the whole rest of the truck, we get 4 million units.”
 
- “The frame at the bottom is all-new with all-new suspension, but it’s through the same supplier who makes our other frames,” Palmer says. “And they’ve got the facility, so we work with them to produce the all-new frame, but at a reasonable price point, given the fact they build a million frames for us.”
 
- “The next-generation of SUVs coming, the larger trucks, and the SK Innovation batteries. So we get great scale, and we share the components and technology in them, which means we get great value in the electric system.”
 
- He went on to assure us that Ford will indeed be making a profit on the Lightning.
 
 
HYUNDAI EV SALES SURGE IN JUNE 2021 THANKS TO IONIQ 5
 
- Hyundai reports a 4.9% decrease of its global car sales to 141,864 in June (on a manufacturer level), but the plug-in segment accelerated to new record levels.
 
- The company sold 10,912 plug-ins (up 28% year-over-year), which translated to a new record share of 7.7%. More importantly, all-electric car sales went up 33% to almost 10,000.
 
- So far this year, Hyundai reports sales of 43,829 plug-in car sales (up 12% year-over-year), which represents 5.2% of the total volume.
 
Sales by powertrain type year-to-date:
BEVs: 36,108 (up 3.7%)
 
- The growth in the plug-in segment is directly related to the introduction of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. In June, Hyundai sold 8,122 Ioniq 5, which is 74% of all plug-ins.
 
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 noted 3,667 units in its home market, while the remaining 4,455 were exported.
 
 
U.S. URGES 50,000 CHEVY BOLT OWNERS TO PARK OUTSIDE BECAUSE OF FIRE RISKS
 
- U.S. auto safety regulators on Wednesday urged about 50,000 owners of General Motors electric Chevrolet Bolt vehicles that were recalled last year to park outside and away from homes and other structures after charging because of fire risks.
 
- GM made the same recommendation and added owners should not leave vehicles charging overnight. The recommendation was prompted after the largest U.S. automaker said it was investigating reports of two recent fires in vehicles that were recalled in November for fire risks.
 
- In April, GM also announced a software update and said dealers would use "diagnostic tools to identify potential battery anomalies and replace battery module assemblies as necessary."
 
 
MANY 600 MILE ELECTRIC CARS IN 2025 SAYS IDTECHEX
 
- Here come 600-mile electric cars and they will grab market share even as city cars.  At last, you will be able to buy a car that lets you vacation in it wherever you wish. The detail is in the new IDTechEx report, "Routes to 1000 Mile (1600km) Battery Electric Cars 2021-2041".
 
- Raghu Das, CEO of analysts IDTechEx says it is actually a swarm of advances."We find that better thermal management has a long way to go in improving range and we believe that just improving battery software will boost range by 10%. It is possible to go far beyond the simplification of the die castings coming in the Tesla cars replacing up to 360 parts. Quite separately, in-mold electronics will replace up to 100 parts at a time and in-wheel motors replace gearing, differential, and axles.”
 
- 600-mile cars will be the antidote to range anxiety and more. For example, IDTechEx finds that it sharply increases resale value and useful life (less battery cycling and fast charging aging the battery). Selling electricity vehicle-to-grid is no longer a silly idea when you have some miles to spare.
 
- Das concludes, "The UK is a small country yet Ford's 2021 Go Electric opinion survey showed that UK car buyers are still uncomfortable with the idea of swapping their fossil-fuelled vehicles for an EV. Most severely, from rural areas that was 82%, villages 76%, smaller towns 79%. Overall, a large proportion of drivers said they still think range is a big issue. Ford discovered that the average range that UK consumers think a battery-electric car can travel is 149 miles.
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN FIRST AUTOMAKER TO USE MAJORITY LNG CARRIERS FOR OVERSEAS TRANSPORT 
 
- Volkswagen (VW) continue to pioneer international automotive transport by becoming the first automaker to transport the majority of its new vehicles overseas using low emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships. By 2023 the group is expecting to see four more LNG-powered ships with dual-fuel engines added to its current fleet of two LNG car carriers, which entered service in 2020. Six of the nine car carriers crossing the North Atlantic for VW are to be powered by LNG.
 
- As one of the first car manufacturers to subscribe to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement that aim to limited global warming to significantly less than two degrees by 2050, the use of LNG will enable VW to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in its fleet by up to 25% (tank-to-wake).
 
- Following the switching of all rail transport with Deutsche Bahn to green electricity, the Group has caused an 85% reduction in CO2 emissions through its two biofuel-powered car carriers that operate along coastal routes in Europe.
 
- The new ships will also permit the use of non-fossil fuels in the future, thus reducing CO2 emissions even further
 
- The ships are being built in China and have a capacity of around 7,000 car equivalent units
 
- Retrofitting with battery cells will also be possible for two of the new ships, with all four LNG ships being equipped with shore power connections to ensure all local emissions in ports providing this facility can be eliminated.
 
 
LUCID MOTORS SUPPORT CALLED LUCID CARE
 
GM’S ALL-NEW BAOJUN KIWI EV DRIVING RANGE ANNOUNCED
 
 
FUTURE CARS: 2024 PORSCHE MACAN EV EXPANDS STUTTGART’S ELECTRIC LINEUP
 
 
REVEL PLUGS INTO GRIDREWARDS™ TO HELP DECARBONIZE NYC’S ELECTRIC GRID
 
 
MOST GERMANS REMAIN SCEPTICAL ABOUT ELECTRIC CARS
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
What’s your ideal stop time on a long distance road trip? Whether you’re driving an EV or not, how long would you usually be stationary? Let’s find out how far away we are from EVs being a non-issue for extended driving.
 
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Jul 16, 2021
1144: Confirmed: EU Effectively Bans Petrol By 2035 | 15 July 2021
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EU PROPOSES EFFECTIVE BAN ON NEW FOSSIL-FUEL CAR SALES FROM 2035
 
- The European Union on Wednesday proposed an effective ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars as of 2035 which, as part of a broad climate package, will accelerate a switch to zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs).
 
- The EU executive, the European Commission, proposed a 55% cut in CO2 emissions from cars by 2030 versus 2021 levels, much higher than the existing target of a 37.5% reduction in CO2 emissions by that time.   The Commission also proposed a 100% cut in CO2 emissions by 2035, which would make it impossible to sell new fossil-fuel-powered vehicles in the 27-country bloc.
 
- In order to boost sales EV sales, Brussels also proposed legislation that would require countries to install public charging points along major roads with a maximum distance of 60 kilometres (37.3 miles) between them by 2025.
 
 
EU ENTERS BATTLE OVER ITS GREEN REVOLUTION
 
- The myriad proposals include an effective ban on the sale of new petrol-driven cars from 2035, one of the boldest moves against gas-guzzlers ever, and one that has already raised concerns in Paris and Berlin.
 
- The laws will now snake their way through the EU's legislative system amid high-stakes horse-trading in the European Parliament and among the bloc's 27 member states, egged on by industry lobbyists and green activists.
 
- Environmentalists swiftly denounced the laws as not going far enough -- with the European Environmental Bureau decrying a plan that was "unfit and unfair" to fight climate change effectively. One major fear is resistance from the motoring public in a continent-wide replay of the "yellow vests" protests that erupted in France when the government imposed a new fuel tax in the name of defending the environment.
 
 
EU SETS 40% RENEWABLES GOAL FOR 2030
 
- All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry.
 
- President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) said: "The fossil fuel economy has reached its limits. We want to leave the next generation a healthy planet as well as good jobs and growth that does not hurt our nature. The European Green Deal is our growth strategy that is moving towards a decarbonised economy. Europe was the first continent to declare to be climate neutral in 2050, and now we are the very first ones to put a concrete roadmap on the table.”
 
 
AUDI Q6 E-TRON SPOTTED TRYING OUT PORSCHE’S LATEST PLATFORM
 
- Audi will be launching the all-electric SUV dubbed the Q6 e-tron next year, which will slot in in between the Q4 e-tron and the large e-tron model, based on the PPE architecture of the latest Porsche Macan.
 
- the camouflage is as thick as ever, the lower front grille is missing altogether, and the rear end sports obviously fake taillights. Even so, it should be obvious that the Q6 takes strongly after the original e-tron. The switch to the PPE platform will enable the new SUV to have a rather long wheelbase and support charging terminals rated above 270 kW. Such features as torque vectoring, 4WS and air suspension will also be supported.
 
 
LG CHEM TO INVEST 10 TLN WON BY 2025 IN BATTERY MATERIALS, RENEWABLES
 
- LG Chem Ltd., South Korea's leading chemical firm, said Wednesday it will invest 10 trillion won (US$8.7 billion) by 2025 to expand its battery material, renewable and bio businesses. 
 The chemical unit under LG Group said it will speed up its transition to an eco-friendly business portfolio by expanding partnership with major industry players through mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments, saying over 30 projects are currently under review.
 
- LG Energy Solution Ltd. said it will pour 6 trillion won into the e-mobility sector to ramp up the production capacity for major lithium-ion battery materials, including cathodes, anodes and separators, to establish a stable battery supply chain.
 
- LG Energy, the world's No. 2 battery supplier, is a major supplier of batteries for nearly all major global carmakers, including Tesla, General Motors, Ford, Renault, Volvo and Volkswagen, as well as South Korea's two largest automakers -- Hyundai Motor and Kia Corp.
 
 
USPS SUED OVER ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONTRACT FOR DELIVERY TRUCKS
 
- An electric vehicle manufacturer is suing the U.S. Postal Service for what it alleges was bias in picking a company to make its latest fleet of delivery trucks.     Congressional Democrats are skeptical of the contract, too. Though USPS has cast the new vehicles as a "major step forward" toward a greener future, some Democrats are saying the plan doesn't go far enough.
 
- Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced plans to finally replace the U.S. Postal Service's fleet of gas guzzling, unairconditioned and fire-prone delivery trucks in February with great fanfare.
 
- According to a lawsuit filed by electric vehicle maker Workhorse, which lost the contract — worth as much as $3.1 billion — Oshkosh has never made a electric delivery vehicle.
 
 
GM CONFIRMS HIRING SUPPLIER TO BUILD FIRST ELECTRIC VANS FOR BRIGHTDROP
 
- General Motors will use a German parts supplier to initially build its new electric commercial van for its BrightDrop startup. The move will keep GM's BrightDrop, a commercial van and software business, on schedule to deliver the EV600 vans to its initial customer, Fedex.
 
- GM plans to make the EV600s at its CAMI Assembly in Ontario, Canada, starting around November 2022. At that time, the plant will have been converted to a dedicated EV plant for "long-term large-scale BrightDrop EV600 production," Katz said.
 
 
SECOND-HAND TESLAS CATCH ON AMONG CHINA’S YOUNG MOTORISTS
 
 
WHY DOES THE TESLA MODEL Y EUROPEAN RELEASE EXCITE SO MANY PEOPLE?
 
RISING OIL PRICE MAY SPEED SHIFT TO EVS
 
 
 
TESLA USES LFP BATTERIES FOR CHINA-MADE MODEL Y SR
 
 
TESLA 4680 BATTERY CELL: LG & SAMSUNG PRODUCE SAMPLES
 
 
ELON MUSK SAYS TESLA POWERWALL PRODUCTION LAGGING DUE TO CHIP SHORTAGE
 
 
UNITED AIRLINES TO BUY 100, 19-SEAT ELECTRIC PLANES FROM HEART AEROSPACE
 
 
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1143: Electrify America To Double In Size | 14 July 2021
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VW LIFTS PROFIT TARGET AS BATTERIES AND SOFTWARE BOOST SALES
 
- Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess is elaborating further on VW’s plans to phase out combustion engines and equip cars with software systems that enable automated driving and can be updated over the air.
 
- Although EVs aren’t as profitable as combustion cars now, VW expects overall parity to be reached within two to three years.
 
- Even as EVs take center stage, Diess has repeatedly said that software and self-driving functions will to bring about an even deeper transformation of the industry with cars becoming sophisticated connected devices
 
- First-half operating profit rose to 11 billion euros, ahead of pre-pandemic levels
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP PRESENTS NEW AUTO STRATEGY THROUGH 2030
 
- Individual mobility, based on cars, is expected to still account for 85% of the market and Volkswagen’s business.
 
- A robust-margin ICE business, generating strong cash-flows will finance and accelerate the shift to BEVs. A disciplined ramp-up driven by synergies from lower battery and factory costs and increasing scale is expected to improve BEV margins.
 
- Volkswagen has already earmarked €73 billion for future technologies from 2021 through 2025, representing 50% of total investments.
 
- Synergies are expected to arise in many areas: from a universal BEV product architecture to CARIAD’s global software platform, own cell and battery production at scale, all the way to a mobility platform that bundles a range of services seamlessly.
 
- From 2026 onwards, the Group plans to start the production of pure electric vehicles on the SSP. This next generation will be all-electric, fully digital and highly scalable. Over its lifetime, more than 40 million vehicles are projected on this basis. Like the MEB today, the SSP will be open to other auto manufacturers. To improve and speed up its mechatronics platform competencies, the Group will invest around €800 million into a new Research & Development facility in Wolfsburg, where the core of the SSP platform and its modules will be designed.
 
- Volkswagen Group’s automotive software company CARIAD aspires to develop the leading software platform by 2025, as one software backbone for all group cars. Currently, the entity is working on three software platforms: E 1.1 allows for upgrades and over-the-air updates of the MEB product portfolio, such as the Volkswagen ID.4, the Skoda Enyaq or the CUPRA Born. In 2023, CARIAD will release the premium software platform 1.2 (E 1.2): It will enable a variety of functions including a new unified infotainment system and over-the-air updates for Audi and Porsche vehicles. In 2025, CARIAD plans to launch a new unified, scalable software platform and end-to-end electronic architecture:
 
- Volkswagen Group plans to establish a controlled battery supply chain by setting up new partnerships and tackling all aspects from raw material to recycling. The goal is to create a closed loop in the battery value chain as the most sustainable and cost-effective way to build batteries.In order to reach its goal, Volkswagen Group is advancing battery competence and reducing complexity. To that extent, it is introducing one unified battery cell format with up to 50% cost reduction and up to 80% use cases by 2030. Six giga factories in Europe with a total production capacity of 240 GWh by 2030 will help to secure battery supply.The first location in Skellefteå, Sweden, will be operated by Northvolt AB. Volkswagen Group just invested an additional €500 million in its premium cell partner and works with Northvolt towards starting production in 2023.For the second location in Salzgitter, Volkswagen Group yesterday signed an agreement with Chinese cell specialist Gotion High-Tech as its technological partner for a start of production in 2025. Together, both partners will develop and industrialize the volume segment of the unified cell in the German plant.As a third location, Volkswagen Group intends to make Spain a strategic pillar of its electric campaign and is considering to establish the entire value chain of electric cars in that country.
 
 
ELECTRIFY AMERICA ANNOUNCES ITS "BOOST PLAN" TO MORE THAN DOUBLE ITS CURRENT EV CHARGING NETWORK BY END OF 2025
 
- Electrify America today announced its “Boost Plan” to more than double its current electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the United States and Canada, with plans to have more than 1,800 fast charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers installed by the end of 2025. The expansion will increase the deployment of 150 and 350 kilowatt chargers – the fastest speed available today – and help pave the way for more electric vehicles in North America.
 
- Electrify America will also expand its Electrify Canada charging network which began installations in 2019. Both initiatives are part of a global announcement today by the parent company Volkswagen Group to substantially increase public charging infrastructure in North America, Asia and Europe.
 
- The company has installed on average four stations per week since its first charging station opened a little over three years ago in May 2018. As part of the expansion, Electrify America will not only multiply its presence in established U.S. regions, but also add the states of Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and Vermont, bringing Electrify America’s network to 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Building upon Electrify America’s current two cross-country and two coastal routes for cross-country travel, part of this expansion will add a new electric vehicle charging highway to the upper Midwest
 
- Customers will experience easy payment solutions, such as Plug & Charge for capable vehicles, to make charging convenient and simple at every station. Additionally, the company is investing in integrated battery storage solutions that reduce the impact on the grid and allows deployment of charging stations in areas where it would not previously be feasible.
 
 
40,000 CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES PLANNED FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
- Southern California Edison announced on Monday, July 12, that it plans to exponentially increase the number of passenger car chargers installed in Southern California from about 3,000 today to more than 40,000 over the next four years. A Rosemead-based investor-owned utility that serves parts of the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, SCE offers customers to public schools, city halls, libraries, hospitals, and more. Spend $ 436 million to encourage the installation of charging ports. Shopping centers, apartments, town homes, apartments.
 
- SCE had approximately 5,500 charging ports in its service area at the end of 2020, counting large and medium-sized charging stations for buses, trucks and fleet vehicles, as well as passenger car charging. SCE officials estimate that more than 9,000 will be added annually under the new program.
 
 
AUDI LAUNCHES E-TRON GT IN THE US STARTING AT $99,900
 
- Audi is officially launching the e-tron GT electric car in the US today with a starting price of $99,900 before incentives.  Now the vehicle is available in the US market as Audi opens the online configurator today. The electric car starts at $99,900, and it goes up to $139,900 before options for the RS e-tron GT.
 
 
 
 
TESLA ANNOUNCES Q2 EARNINGS DATE
 
- Tesla has announced the date for their second quarter earnings report: July 26, 2021. In early July, Tesla announced record quarterly deliveries of 201,250 vehicles, up 9% from Q1. Investors will be looking for record earnings as well.
 
 
TESLA WILL IMPORT MODEL Y FROM CHINA AMID GERMAN PLANT DELAYS
 
- Tesla is expected to start European deliveries of its China-built Model Y SUVs in a few weeks.
The first vehicles will be handed over to customers in Germany in August, the German news agency dpa reported, citing an official Tesla communication. The vehicles will be exported from Tesla's factory in Shanghai.
 
 
APPLE REPORTEDLY WANTS BATTERIES FOR THE APPLE CAR TO BE PRODUCED IN THE US

 
TESLA’S RIVAL XPENG LAUNCHES G3I SMART SUV

 
FOR STARLING BANK, ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS ARE A TACTICAL MEDIA BUY

 
CHINA'S ELECTRIC SUV OFFERING 1000KM OF RANGE

 
VIETNAM'S VINFAST TO LAUNCH ELECTRIC CARS IN US, EUROPE NEXT YEAR
 
 
WITH NEW EVS COMING, HYUNDAI CANCELS IONIQ ELECTRIC

 
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1142: Why Jaguar Killed The Electric XJ | 13 July 2021
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LUXURY TESLA USED BY PRINCE CHARLES GOES ON SALE FOR £82,000
 
- A top-of-the range electric-powered Tesla that was used by Prince Charles has gone on the market.
The six-month-old Tesla Model S with just 7,000 miles on the clock is on the market for £82,500 with no special premium added for its Royal pedigree. It is believed that it was loaned by Tesla to Charles’ household to try out as an environmentally form of transport in addition to his electric Jaguar I-Pace.
 
- It is believed that he loved the car so much that he got the loan period extended before handing it back to Tesla.
 
- It is now being sold by luxury car dealers Castle Motors who only refer in the small print on their website to it having been used by Charles.
 
- Charles was first spotted in the Tesla Model S in February this year when he was visiting his father Prince Philip at the King Edward VII Hospital in London.
 
- Charles who has championed environmental concerns for decades reportedly first had a test drive in a Tesla in 2016 on his Scottish estate in Ayrshire. He was shown around the car by Kimbal Musk, the brother of Tesla chief executive and Silicon Valley magnate Elon Musk, who sits on the board of the American car company. The Prince was said to have personally hosted Mr Musk and his fiancée over several days at Dumfries House.
 
 
AUDI TO UNVEIL ITS TESLA-FIGHTING ELECTRIC CAR FROM ARTEMIS PROJECT AT IAA
 
- Audi is preparing to unveil the first vehicle developed by its new Artemis project, a more nimble startup-like group within the automaker to create more efficient electric vehicles that will compete with Tesla. The first Artemis EV is expected to be unveiled at IAA in Munich in September, according to German reports.
 
- Last year, the German automaker announced the creation of a new group called Artemis to “develop an efficient electric car platform with the first model to come to market by 2024.”
The Artemis initiative was started by Audi CEO Markus Duesmann with the goal to “develop a pioneering model for Audi quickly and unbureaucratically.”
 
- It’s possible that the timeline to production gets updated at the event, but for now, the first Artemis vehicle is not expected to hit the market for another two to three years.
 
 
JAGUAR DEFENDS KILLING THE NEW XJ
 
- When Thierry Bollore took the reins at Jaguar Land Rover last September, he made a bold and, at the time, controversial decision: the death of the next generation Jaguar XJ that was to be reborn as an all-electric flagship sedan. Testing was in the advanced stages for this hopeful Mercedes EQS rival but Bollore had a different outlook.
 
- Bollore concluded that the new XJ was already outdated in some critical areas and therefore made no business sense to launch it. Starting from scratch would be the smarter long-term solution.
 
- Bollore instead revealed a radical plan he calls Reimagine that will see Jaguar turning into an all-electric and ultra-luxurious brand by 2025.
 
- As for the future of Jag's only existing EV, the I-Pace, Bollore confirmed it'll continue to receive regular updates and "will still be around in 2025, though it won't be part of the new model portfolio."
 
 
 
SAMSUNG AND TESLA SIGN A HALF A BILLION DOLLARS DEAL FOR CYBERTRUCK CAMERAS
 
- Future Tesla Cybertruck owners will reportedly have their rearview ‘mirrors’ powered by Samsung Electro-Mechanics. The latter company has apparently struck a deal with Tesla worth $436 million, and as a result, Samsung will reportedly supply the biggest EV manufacturer in the USA with its camera modules.
 
- The prototype vehicle showcased on stage wasn’t equipped with conventional rearview mirrors, but instead, it used an array of cameras connected to the dashboard’s displays. The production model shouldn’t be all that different from the original prototype, and these reports further confirm that the Cybertruck will have a mirrorless design.
 
- The Korean tech giant has supplied Tesla with other EV-related technologies before, including batteries, and reports indicate that the new PixCell LED headlamp developed by Samsung will also be used by Tesla for its future EVs.
 
 
IS THE ARMY WARMING UP TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN ITS FLEET?
 
- The U.S. Army is wading into the murky waters of fielding electric vehicles, and industry stands ready to make that happen, but it’s been difficult for the experienced commercial world to convince the hesitant service to take the plunge.
 
- When it comes to combat vehicles like Abrams tanks, Stryker combat vehicles and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, “I’m not sure we’re going fully electric any time soon,” Brig. Gen. Glenn Dean, the program executive officer for ground combat systems, told Defense News in an interview in Warren, about a 50-minute drive from GM’s proving ground.
 
- Dean said the Army might initially prefer a hybrid power option.
 
- While fully electric combat vehicles may be a tougher sell to the Army, the tactical wheeled vehicle fleet might be a promising place to start.
 
- That GM Defense converted its Infantry Squad Vehicle into a fully electric vehicle in just 12 weeks is evidence of that possibility.
 
- GM Defense plans to base its eLRV design off its yet-to-be publicly debuted Hummer EV chassis, a vehicle of which the company is hoping to build millions.    The Hummer EV features a 200-kilowatt hour battery using Ultium technology. It has three drive units and is a 1,000-horsepower vehicle.
 
- GM Defense plans to offer a purely electric vehicle for eLRV. But one option, to add a layer of comfort, would be to include an electric-powered range extender — “a smoking patch,” as one company battery engineer put it.
 
 
VOLVO'S ELECTRIC BRAND POLESTAR TO CHRONICLE THE PRECEPT SEDAN'S PRODUCTION PROCESS IN A YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARY SERIES
 
- The Precept electric sedan from Volvo's electric brand Polestar was originally slated for full-scale production in late 2020, but now we expect the company will launch the futuristic sedan as a 2023 model.
 
- Staying true to Polestar's pledge of transparency, the company is releasing an entire YouTube documentary series, which will chronicle the design process, development and production for the Precept EV concept. The "Precept: From Concept to Car" documentary series is an endeavor to reveal the variety of elements that go into the ideation and development process of a new vehicle.
 
- The first webisode is titled "The Concept'' and was released last week. The first installment offers viewers a quick behind-the-scenes look at the different views and thought processes the electric carmaker has to take into consideration.
 
- Although Polestar has not revealed the technical specifications of the Precept sedan yet, it's expected that the car will get a dual-motor setup and deliver around 400 miles of range, which will rival Tesla's flagship Model S.
 
 
NIU LAUNCHES ALL-NEW ELECTRIC KQI3 KICK SCOOTER FOR £339
 
- Global electric mobility innovator NIU is delighted to launch the brand-new KQi3 electric kick scooter in the UK as the company’s first product in the booming micromobility sector.
Launching on July 13, 2021 in the UK market, the KQi3 will be available from Indiegogo for an extremely accessible price of £339 at the Early Bird offer
 
- The NIU KQi3 has been designed to offer a comfortable, smart, and powerful alternative for urban transport with an 18.6mile range combined with a top-speed of 15.5mph. A full charge takes just five hours to complete and for maximum convenience and easy storage, the KQi3 is foldable.
 
- NIU believes the new KQi3 is the ultimate commuter scooter.
 
- Since the formation of the company in 2014 there have been over 1.8 million NIU scooters sold across 48 countries.
 
 
STUDY: EVS WILL BE MAJORITY OF SALES BY 2033
 
- Electric vehicles (EVs) will make up more than half of auto sales worldwide by 2033, according to a new study. By 2045, the researchers say, internal combustion engine vehicles will total less than 1% of new car sales globally. The predictions come from consulting firm Ernst & Young. EY’s Mobility Lens Forecaster study used a neural network to examine “consumer behavior, regulatory trends, technology evolution (vehicle and ecosystem) and manufacturers’ announced strategies” in making its predictions.  Europe will go first, EY says. “The latest predictions show that by 2028 EV sales in Europe will surpass those of other powertrains, a trend that will be repeated in China by 2033 and in the US by 2036.”
 
- The COVID-19 pandemic contributes significantly to the AI’s predictions. “Many people who had rejected ownership in lieu of ridesharing and public transport have reassessed in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic,” EY explains. An earlier study published last November showed that “almost one-third of non-car owners planned to buy a car in the next six months (19% plan to buy new, 12 % used cars), and about half of those are millennials.”
 
 
GERMAN ELECTION PRIMER – FIGHT OVER COMBUSTION ENGINE PHASE-OUT HEATS UP
 
 
 
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1141: One Million New EVs For Europe | 12 July 2021
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VOLKSWAGEN HANDS CEO DIESS CONTRACT EXTENSION AHEAD OF STRATEGY PRESENTATION
 
- Volkswagen on Friday handed Chief Executive Herbert Diess a contract extension under which he will lead the carmaker until October 2025, the group said, a victory made possible by the recent departure of works council head Bernd Osterloh.
 
- Volkswagen's supervisory board was discussing a two-year extension to Diess' contract, which would have expired in 2023
 
- Diess will be able to see through an ambitious goal Europe's largest carmaker has set itself by the middle of the decade, namely becoming the world's leading electric vehicle player and overtaking key rival Tesla
 
- "The Supervisory Board believes that under the leadership of Dr. Diess conditions will be optimal for the continued successful development of the entire company in the coming years as well, especially in view of Strategy 2030," said VW chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch.
 
 
SPANISH EV INVESTMENT COULD BOLSTER FORD'S EUROPEAN AMBITIONS
 
- The European Union has been very open about its desire to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, a goal that may also prompt it to require that new vehicles produce zero emissions by 2035, as Ford Authority reported earlier today. Now, a large portion of EU recovery funds – 4.3 billion euros ($5.1 billion USD) – will reportedly go toward a Spanish EV investment that aims to ramp up electric vehicle and battery production in the country, according to Reuters.
 
- The EV investment is part of a broader 13 billion euro incentive geared toward sustainable transportation, which is expected to grow by five percent by 2030. Spanish officials expect that government initiatives will increase the number of EVs registered in the country from 18,000 in 2020 to 250,000 in 2023, create 140,000 new jobs
 
- the European Union is reportedly planning on tightening its emissions standards in the coming weeks that will effectively result in a new ICE vehicle ban by the year 2030.
 
 
ONE MILLION NEW ELECTRIC PLUG-IN CARS JOINED EUROPEAN ROADS DURING 2021'S FIRST-HALF
 
- 2021's first half saw one million new plug-in passenger cars join European roads, the first 6-month period over 1 million  Almost every fifth (17.2%) passenger car was a plug-in during the opening half PHEVs accounted for the majority (52.2%) of plug-in volumes in the 6-month periodEvery fifth (20.1%) new passenger car in June alone was a plug-in12-month-rolling cumulative BEV-only volume trend (Jul '20 - Jun '21) just below 1M
 
- During the most recent quarter, Q2 2021, 564,000 plug-ins were registered according to Schmidt Automotive Research data, with BEV volumes outpacing PHEVs in the second quarter with 284,000 and 280,000 volumes respectively
 
- The report expects 2.05m plug-in passenger cars to enter West European roads during 2021 with the penetration expected to remain modest up to 2025 when the next CO2 fleet average cut will enter into force and manufacturers use this window to push ICE models to finance their electric transition.
 
- The European Commission will propose, July 14th, a new CO2 roadmap and targets for 2030 (currently 37.5 per cent reduction over 2021 levels).The average emissions from new passenger cars in 2020 across the EU27, UK, Iceland and Norway was 107.8g/km NEDC-BT according to provisional EEA data.
 
 
FEDERAL GOV BLOCKS COLORADO ADDING EV CHARGERS TO REST AREAS
 
- Sometime in the near future, Colorado Department of Transportation officials would like for you to be able to pull over at one of its rest areas and charge your electric vehicle. But federal law that prevents the commercialization of interstate right-of-ways — including rest areas, park-and-rides, and similar facilities across the country — is preventing that. A change to that law, which has CDOT’s support, is part of the $715 billion transportation bill the U.S. House passed last week.
 
- The existing federal law dates back to the early 1960s and was intended to protect and promote private businesses — gas stations and the like — along highways. The federal government cited it in turning down a state plan to add charging stations to the Burlington Welcome Center on the Eastern Plains, CDOT officials said in a letter to the state’s U.S. House delegation.
 
- The House bill containing the law change now moves to the Senate, which is considering its own transportation proposal. How differences between the two will be reconciled remains unclear so far. The White House has been supportive of both, the Washington Post reported.
 
 
TESLA MODEL Y IS HOT BUT THE CHEVY BOLT EV IS A STEAL: DEALS ALERT
 
- There is a major model year update for 2022: the existing Bolt is getting a makeover and Chevy is introducing the all-new Bolt EUV.  
That’s why you’re seeing 2021 Bolts priced to move.  
But what’s different this time is, pricing on the 2022 Bolt is a lot lower, starting at $31,995. That’s roughly $5,500 off the MSRP for the current base model. And the slightly larger 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, starts at $33,995.  The 2022 Bolts will include options such as adaptive cruise control and GM’s Super Cruise (hands-free-driving) tech — both firsts for the Bolt.
 
 
OLA ELECTRIC RAISED $100 MILLION OF DEBT FROM BANK OF BARODA
 
- Ola Electric, the electric vehicles (EV) focused arm of ride hailing giant Ola, has raised $100 million
 
- Ola Electric will be looking to enter electric scooter manufacturing and selling.
 
- The factory will spread across 500-acres and the company hopes to make 10 million vehicles annually. The company aims to manufacture 15% of the world’s e-scooters by summer of 2022 and will also be looking to export these scooters.
 
- Ola Electric’s EV manufacturing plant is said to be the largest in the world. ANI Technologies’ chief executive Bhavish Aggarwal announced, last month, that Ola Electric’s scooter factory is nearing completion and the company expects to start rolling out vehicles soon.
 
 
DRAGTIMES TAKES TESLA PLAID MODEL S ON TRACK
 
- “We have Plaid Mode on. We turn on Drag Strip Mode. What that does is it lights up the Drag Strip Mode here and says, ‘conditioning for peak power performance.’ From past experience, this only takes two to three minutes. Gone are the days of the previous Teslas which are taking 40–45 minutes, draining the battery down before you get that run.”
 
- Brooks explained that the best run was 9.24, which was a tie with the current record set by Jay Leno. Their best numbers are as follows:
 
0–60 mph: 2.01 seconds
0–100 km/h: 2.11 seconds
0–100 mph: 4:19 seconds
0–130 mph: 6.99 seconds
0–150 mph: 9.17 seconds
 
 
A REPAIR WOULD COST $16,000 AT TESLA: THE ELECTRIFIED GARAGE DID IT FOR $700
 
- Donald Bone drove over some debris on the road, and something broke in his Model 3. The coolant leaked, and he was worried. Tesla told him Bone could drive to a Service Center. He took the car to one, and they detected the vehicle had a broken port. When Bone thought the repair would cost $800, he received news that he would have to pay $16,000 to replace the entire battery pack.
 
- His car did not have comprehensive coverage because he just switched his former car with the Model 3, and his insurance company did not want to pay for the repair. Without options, Bone asked for help in Tesla forums, and someone told him about the Electrified Garage.
 
- The bottom line is that Tesla Service Centers do not perform part replacements, just assembly replacements. In other words, if something small breaks or has to be replaced, they replace the whole module that includes it.
 
- As Bone said, he had the right to keep his old battery pack if he had paid $16,000 for a new one, something that the Service Center was not very willing to accept.
 
 
WHY TCO IS THE FINAL INCENTIVE FOR FLEET ELECTRIFICATION
 
- When and where vehicles are charged can have a significant impact on the total cost of ownership for an electric fleet, writes ChargePoint’s Alain Costa
 
- whilst fleets have spent over a century perfecting the simple infrastructure needed to store and distribute ICE fuel, the move to EVs requires entirely new infrastructure. This needs to be thought through: fleets cannot merely install a few sockets and hope for the best. A thorough understanding of the fleet’s needs, use cases and deployment is required. Businesses must ask themselves: will vehicles charge only overnight at the depot, or will they be taken home by drivers and charged there? Will these vehicles often drive beyond their range, meaning public or ultra-fast DC charging will be needed for a quick turnaround at the depot?
 
- Early adopters of EV fleets have already realised the 20-25% cost savings that come from greater efficiency, more affordable fuelling and reduced maintenance, putting themselves in a pole position for expansion as more vehicles become available and the policy environment moves further towards electrification.
 
 
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1140: Rivian Confirms Plans To Expand Beyond U.S. | 11 July 2021
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TESLA DELIVERS ‘FULL SELF-DRIVING’ BETA VERSION 9
 
- Tesla began sending out over-the-air software updates for its long-awaited “Full Self-Driving” beta version 9, the definitely-not-autonomous-but-certainly-advanced driver assist system.
 
- the software update (2021.4.18.12) began uploading after midnight on Friday, giving thousands of Tesla owners who have purchased the FSD option access to the feature
 
- Musk has been promising v9 of the software for, well, a while now. He said in 2018 that the “long awaited” version of FSD would begin rolling out in August. He did it again in 2019, proclaiming that “a year from now” there would be “over a million cars with full self-driving, software, everything.” Earlier this month, he claimed that “FSD 9 beta is shipping soon.”
 
- Release notes included with the update warn testers that “it may do the wrong thing at the worst time” and to avoid complacence. They also mention improvements to the cabin camera’s driver monitoring to check for attentiveness, along with updated, larger visualizations on the in-car display
 
 
EU COMMISSION PLANS CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS
 
- According to a media report, the EU Commission is planning to give the member states concrete requirements for the expansion of the charging infrastructure as part of the eagerly awaited “Fit for 55” climate package. The package is to be published on 14 July.
 
- the Commission wants to oblige the states to guarantee at least one high-performance charging station at intervals of no more than 60 kilometres along the most important European motorways by the end of 2025.
 
- For heavy transport, the member states are also to ensure that there is a hydrogen filling station every 150 kilometres. The draft regulation on the infrastructure for alternative fuels also contains precise specifications on how powerful the charging stations must be in the years 2025, 2030 and 2035.
 
 
RIVIAN OFFICIALLY CONFIRMS 2022 EUROPEAN SALES PLANS
 
- Rivian is already making plans to begin European sales in 2022. The company has confirmed it will deliver both its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S three-row SUV in Europe, with orders opening in "Early 2022." This information came from Rivian Owners Forum via an email from Rivian's Customer Engagement Center to a potential customer in Europe. The email says to expect Rivian sales in Europe "some time in early 2022". The forum shared:
 
"Rivian's plans for Europe have been under speculation for the past few months when it was reported that they were looking for factory locations in the United Kingdom, Germany and Hungary along with job posting to hire a "Senior Analyst, EMEA Delivery & Field Planning" (EMEA = Europe, Middle East & Africa". There was also a rumour that there could be smaller Rivian models for European and Chinese markets."
 
 
MG TOPPLES TESLA AS EVERY SECOND CAR SOLD IN SWEDEN NOW ELECTRIC
 
- Every second passenger car sold in Sweden in June was a plug-in electric vehicle – either a full battery EV or plug-in hybrid EV – with the Chinese made budget MG ZS EV beating the Tesla Model 3 to the top selling spot.
 
- Before a sweeping shift in the country’s tax code came into effect at the start of July, Swedish EV sales skyrocketed as vehicles registered before the tax change will be taxed according to the old rate.
 
- June sale of EVs was likely juiced by a number of fleet-owners and dealers self-registering plug-in models so as to take advantage of the old rate.
 
- The consistent changes and fluctuations in Sweden’s tax code and EV sales has nevertheless pushed the country’s EV market to be just as large as neighbouring Norway
 
- less than 100 units separated Sweden from becoming Scandinavia’s largest plug-in new passenger car market, with Norway registering 69,367 units and Sweden 69,280.
 
 
 
 
2023 HYUNDAI IONIQ 6 SPIED WITH DIGITAL SIDE MIRRORS
 
 
VOLVO'S C40 RECHARGE IS A SOLID SECOND STAB AT AN EV

 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
 
JAN TORE from EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
As the perfect match of comfort, practicality, performance and price, my choice of car on the market today is the Volvo XC40, and I would be happy to drive it for another three years. The best seats, a lot of space – at least for our use, possibilities for our kayaks on the roof, possible to drag a trailer when needed, good enough range and charging speed, good infotainment system and a very safe car. 
 
I did sign up for a subscription of an XC40 with Care by Volvo in January, and the plan was to have it for some mounts and then change it to another of the EVs. But I still have the car and don’t want to change it. So instead, I did book a Fjord Blue C40, the perfect vehicle and colour for driving around Norway next year. If I get it, I will drive the C40 from Fredrikstad in the south of Norway to Tromsø or maybe further north in the end of November.  
 
RAJEEV NARAYAN
If I had to have only one car, for me it would have be a Tesla model Y. I drive about 80 miles a day and our non-Tesla DCFC infrastructure here in Texas is still very poor. For longer trips we use our PHEV Volt. My Chevy Bolt has over a 100K miles on it, and in fact I am looking at the model Y to replace it next year.
 
GRANTON SMITH
I already have it (Tesla Model 3 SR+), although this is a compromise car for me because being in good Ol' Fossil Fuel lovin' Australia - we're not exactly spoiled for choice. At the present time, I would not seriously consider anything other than a Tesla, because of the Supercharger network. Nothing comes even remotely close to the convenience, and the sheer number of charging stations - I can get wherever I need to go using a combination of the SC network, and the currently free NRMA rapid charger network - yes, even in a country as big as Australia (I live in the Central West of NSW)
 
NICK CHRISTEN
Sadly, my answer is 0. there is nothing large enough for my family (we have 8 kids; there is no suburban or other large vehicle that is electric currently…at least not in the US)
 
DAVID JOHNSON
I actually answered this in real life with my 3 year lease for the Toyota Prius Prime.
Here in Central NY State we don't have lots of charging options.  A PHEV made perfect sense in terms of satisfying my daily driving needs (98% EV only miles so far) and an ability to take impromptu road trips without any planning or apprehension.
I'm currently getting 4.9 mi/KWh which is nearly 20% better than a Tesla and don't really miss the longer range.  If my ~33 mi range could go to 50 or 70 mi, I don't think I'd ever need any more than that.
 
MICHAEL LULCHAK
I would go for the Tesla Model Y Long Range.  The range of the Mach E is disappointing, and the price of the Mach E is close enough to the Tesla that we would be silly to purchase the Mach E.   .  The problems that Hyundai have had with batteries, and how they have (NOT) handled it suggests to me that their user experience has not changed for the better.  So the hyundai (and by association the Kia) are not options for us.  At all.
 
MARK RICHARDS
I currently drive a Bolt, but I am looking to buy an Ioniq 5 AWD when available this fall. f I had to buy an EV today and drive it for 3 years, I’d probably go pick up a Bolt EUV.  Small, fast, and now has ACC, Lane Keep, and even super cruise.  Second choice would be the ID.4, BUT in the USA we only have the anemic 200HP 0-60 in 8.5 second version available today.
 
ATLE YRI
The only car for three years. I would stick with the car I already have: VW ID.4 1st Max. Plenty of space for both luggage and people. Long range and charges quickly should there be a need for it. Very comfortable, lots of new technology and it gets better with each upgrade that comes OTA.
 
RON BARBER, SAN JOSE
The current trophy holder of the Electric Cannon Ball Run. From Jan 1, 2021. Porsche Taycan 4S. Reasons: 1. Vehicle Dynamics, 2. Build Quality, 3. Charging Speed 260-270kW to 43%.
 
BRENDAN HUTCHINS
I’d still wait for my Cybertruck reservation and try to get by without it until it’s out. I’m so unbelievably excited for it.    If for some reason I couldn’t wait, I’d buy the Ford Lightning, cause even though I hate the look of it, I do love the vehicle to grid ability and more. 
 
MARK ORRICO
I’m quite pleased with my Niro, and I am stuck with it for 3 years as it’s a lease. Any car in my price range currently available I’d probably stick with the Niro truthfully. If I was going to get away from my price range definitely the Porsche Taycan, it like the turbo s but would accept any one of them. 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
What’s your ideal stop time on a long distance road trip? Whether you’re driving an EV or not, how long would you usually be stationary? Let’s find out how far away we are from EVs being a non-issue for extended driving.
 
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Jul 11, 2021
1139: How EVs Can Save Paradise Islands Like Hawaii | 10 July 2021
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FORD MUSTANG MACH-E GT PERFORMANCE EDITION MAKES UK DEBUT
 
- Ford's high performance Mustang Mach-e GT has made its UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed ahead of first customer deliveries in late summer 2021. The model rivals the likes of Kia's 576bhp EV6 GT, but costs a chunk more at £67,225.
 
- The GT pairs an 88kWh battery with an electric motor on each axle for a combined output of 459bhp.
 
- s more powerful than an actual Mustang GT, which produces 444bhp from its 5-litre V8
 
- Torque is rated at a more impressive 634lb ft of torque – for reference, that’s 146lb ft more than the Tesla Model Y Performance, and more even than the most powerful road-legal Mustang ever, the Shelby GT500.
 
- 3.7sec is enough to cover the 0-62mph sprint, 1.4sec quicker than the ordinary Mach-E AWD. Top speed is a somewhat low for its class at 124mph, 13mph quicker than its standard siblings
 
- Mach-E GT’s range is rated at 310 miles (WLTP) on single charge, sacrificing 25 miles over the standard Mach-E AWD and 69 miles RWD variants fitted with the extended 99kWh battery.
 
 
AUDI Q4 E-TRON COMES IN AT JUST OVER £40,000
 
- The all-electric Audi Q4 e-tron is now available to order in both SUV and ‘Sportback’ coupe guises with prices from £40,750. The cars come with a choice of two battery sizes, three power outputs and four trim levels, offering a maximum range of 316 miles from a single charge.
 
- Audi will give you a 55 kWh battery with 52 kWh of usable capacity, as well as the entry-level 35 e-tron powertrain. That produces 168 bhp, all of which is sent to the rear wheels. As a result, the car will manage 208 miles between trips to the plug, while the 0-62 mph sprint takes nine seconds flat.
 
- 40 e-tron powertrain is even more capable. With an 82 kWh battery (of which 77 kWh is usable) and a 201 bhp electric motor, this is the model that manages 316 miles to a charge. And because it’s more powerful, the motor will get you from 0-62 mph in 8.5 seconds
 
- the 50 e-tron Quattro system. Unlike the 35 e-tron and 40 e-tron, it has two electric motors providing 295 bhp and four-wheel drive.
 
Q4 e-tron, Vorsprung 50 e-tron quattro. £65,645
 
 
ID.4 GTX NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER IN THE UK
 
- The Volkswagen ID.4 GTX is now available for UK customers to order, with prices starting at £48,510. The first wearer of the new GTX badge is available in two versions – GTX and GTX Max (£55,540 OTR).
 
- These are also the first ID. models to feature dual-motor all-wheel drives.
 
- The ID.4 GTX features a system output of 220 kW, and is able to drive up to 180 km/h and accelerate to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.
 
 
TESLA INCREASES MODEL S AND MODEL X PRICES BY $5,000 
 
- Tesla has just released a $5,000 price increase for the base versions (Long Range) of both Model S and Model X electric vehicles. It comes just as the automaker started delivering the new Model S and hasn’t even started delivering the new Model X.
 
- Last month, Tesla finally started deliveries of the new Model S – starting with the new Plaid top performance version, which also saw a $10,000 price increase last month.
Now in an update to its online configurator, Tesla has decided to quietly implement a new $5,000 price increase for the base Long Range version of the flagship electric sedan. - The price jumps from $79,990 to $84,990 for the Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Long Range version while the Plaid, which comes with faster acceleration and higher top speed, still starts at $129,990.
 
- Tesla also increased the base price of the Model X, which now starts at $94,990
 
 
RENAULT MEGANE DITCHES ICES IN THE UK, IS NOW PHEV-ONLY
 
- Renault has announced the addition of the Megane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid model to the UK lineup, complementing the Megane Sports Tourer Plug-In Hybrid. The electrified hatchback will be available to order from August, with the first UK deliveries scheduled for September. In the press release detailing the introduction of the new plug-in hybrid variant, Renault makes the following very interesting statement. 
 
“At the same time, and in line with its electrification strategy for the Megane, Renault will remove petrol and diesel versions of the Hatch and Sports Tourer.”
 
- UK customers who want a Renault Megane can only have it as a plug-in hybrid, albeit available in two equipment levels. There’s the Iconic E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto and the sporty R.S. Line E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto.
 
- a 49-kW (65-hp) electric motor sourcing energy from a 9.8 kWh (400V) lithium-ion battery.
 
- For now, Renault does not mention the EV driving range, but the Captur equipped with the same powertrain can cover 31 miles (50 km).
 
 
VOLVO AND GEELY CREATE AUROBAY
 
- Volvo Cars and its parent company Geely Holding have agreed to create a joint venture under the name Aurobay for its powertrain operations, as the companies proceed with their earlier announced plans to merge these into a new, stand-alone business.
 
- The new company will be a global supplier of complete powertrain solutions including next generation combustion engines, transmissions and hybrid solutions.
 
- Aurobay will initially be jointly owned by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding and as part of the creation of Aurobay, Volvo Cars will transfer all assets in its wholly owned subsidiary Powertrain Engineering Sweden, including its Skövde, Sweden-based engine plant including the related R&D team, along with its engine plant in China and other relevant assets to the joint venture in coming months.
 
- The creation of the stand-alone joint venture and the transfer of assets allows Volvo Cars to focus fully on the development of its new range of all-electric premium cars in coming years.
 
- The new stand-alone business also has the ambition to supply customers outside of the Geely Holding Group
 
 
NIO RECEIVES CERTIFICATION FOR BATTERY SWAPPING STATIONS
 
- Nio received TÜV certifications to sell and operate its battery exchange stations and chargers in all EU member states. The first deliveries to Nio’s first European market Norway are already on the way.
 
- Nio has now received important certifications for later use in EU countries. The German certification agency TÜV Rheinland issued the European Conformity Certificate and TÜV MARK Approval Certificate to the ‘Power Swap Station’, the DC ‘Power Charger’ and the AC wallbox ‘Power Home’. This means that the devices may be sold and operated in all EU member states.
 
- Nio wants to operate more than 4,000 of the stations worldwide, including around 1,000 outside China.
 
- Meanwhile, rumours are growing that the next European market after Norway could be Germany – not only because the German car market is highly attractive for Chinese brands. Specifically, the company is looking for a “General Manager of Nio Germany” based in Munich. According to the job advertisement on LinkedIn, there are already more than 170 applications for the vacant position.
 
 
LIVEWIRE ONE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE MAKES ITS DEBUT
 
- Harley-Davidson announced an updated version of its LiveWire electric motorcycle on Thursday; only it's not a Harley anymore. Instead, Harley has spun off its electric motorcycle division into its own brand, which is also called LiveWire.The LiveWire One looks a whole lot like the Harley-branded LiveWire we know and love, only it's got a new paint job and a new logo. As before, the bike offers up around 146 miles of range in urban riding and can be DC fast-charged from 0-100% in 60 minutes, making it pretty easy to live with.
 
- What it does seem to have revamped is the LiveWire One's pricing. What used to be a nearly $30,000 motorcycle now asks just $21,999 before any applicable tax credits
 
- The LiveWire One will make its physical debut on July 18 at the International Motorcycle Show in Northern California.
 
 
FJORD1 CONTRACTS NES FOR FERRY CONVERSIONS AND CHARGING STATIONS
 
- Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 has contracted Norwegian Electric Systems AS (NES) to act as system integrator and deliver power control, distribution and battery systems to three ferries that will be converted from gas and diesel propulsion to zero emission battery operation.
 
- NES will equip the three ferries with batteries, charging systems, new generators and upgrades of the AC circuit boards and automation systems. For the battery charging stations, the company will supply charging towers, power electronics and control systems.
 
 
MORE EVS COULD REDUCE CO2 EMISSIONS IN HAWAII BY 93%
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
If you had to buy one electric car today and it was the only car you were allowed to drive for the next three years, what would you choose? And why. I'll go first. VW ID.4 GTX
 
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1138: Why Used Tesla’s Are More Expensive Than New | 09 July 2021
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GERMAN REGION TO FINE TESLA FOR ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION
 
- A German regional authority said it was preparing to fine Tesla for illegal building activity on the site of its planned new car factory near Berlin. The environment ministry for Brandenburg, the state that surrounds Berlin and in which the factory will be located, had found that Tesla had constructed tanks on the territory for which it had no authorisation, wrote Tagesspiegel newspaper, which first reported the fine. The company was banned from using the tanks it had already built, the newspaper added.
 
 
EU FINES VW AND BMW £750M FOR COLLUDING WITH DAIMLER ON FUMES
 
- The EU has fined Volkswagen and BMW €875m (£750m) after finding that the German carmakers colluded with another rival, the Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, to delay emissions-cleaning technology. The European Commission said that the carmakers had “breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning”.
 
- Volkswagen, the world’s largest manufacturer of cars, will pay €502m, a reduction of more than half the original fine because it cooperated with the investigation. BMW will pay €372m
 
- Daimler escaped without a fine because it had revealed the cartel to the commission.
 
- Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen, plus VW’s Audi and Porsche brands, exchanged information on AdBlue tank sizes, meaning they did not have to worry about competing with each other on having cleaner engines, the commission said.
 
 
TESLA MODEL Y SR MIC WITH LFP BATTERY IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER
 
- Chinese customers can now order the Tesla Model Y Standard Range MIC (Made in China) with a starting price of 291.840 yuan (37.995 euros) before governmental incentives.
After subsidies the price drops to 276.000 yuan (35.932 euros), only 10 % higher than Tesla’s most-basic Model 3 sedan made in China.
 
- Considering that this should be exactly the same SR version that was recently introduced in Hong Kong, the WLTP range is 455 km.
 
- CATL is now supplying LFP (LiFePO4) battery cells to the two most popular Tesla models.
 
 
US: MOST OF EV BATTERY CELLS AND PACKS ARE PRODUCED DOMESTICALLY
 
- Over the last three years, 70% of battery cells in plug-in electric cars were produced domestically in the U.S., and this number is expected to increase significantly with multiple very large investments in new battery gigafactories (including GM-LG Chem and Ford-SK Innovation joint ventures).
In the case of battery packs, things were different, as vehicle manufacturers right from the start tried to build their own packs, or even modules. We can see foreign packs basically only in imported cars. Over the last three years, the share of domestically produced packs amounted 87%.
 
 
ENERGICA’S GIANT LEAP: NEW EMCE MOTOR PROMISES GREATER POWER AND RANGE
 
- Energica have announced a new electric motor, which they say offers a considerable improvement in all areas.
 
- The result is a claimed peak power increase to 168bhp from 134bhp, a reduction in weight of 10kg and a range increase of up to 10%. The motor is also now liquid cooled, rather than oil cooled, which Energica says delivers more consistent performance as well a subtle improvement to the handling.
Interestingly Energica say that they brought the introduction of the EMCE motor forward because of pandemic-related supply chain issues, having completed development work in just six months.
 
- The result is that the motor will now be standard fitment on all Energicas currently in production
 
 
USED TESLA CARS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BRAND NEW ONES
 
- A global shortage of microchips since last year has forced automakers to cut back on new car production, therefore causing prices of used cars to surge to a point where some popular models are fetching higher prices on second-hand markets than their brand new counterparts.
 
- A lightly used Tesla Model 3 sedan, for example, now costs an average $1,300, or 2.9 percent, more than the brand new version sold on Tesla website
 
- Avoiding a seven- to 11-week wait is the main motivator for people to pay a little extra on a second-hand Tesla.
 
 
NIO SUPERCHARGERS AND BATTERY SWAP STATIONS BEGIN JOURNEY TO NORWAY
 
- NIO’s expansion overseas has officially begun as superchargers and swap stations have begun their journey to Norway and are expected to arrive next month. According to the Chinese automaker, home chargers and superchargers will be officially available to Norwegian customers beginning in September, while the first rollout of four battery swap stations will become available before year’s end.
 
- In a report from CnEVPost, the first superchargers and battery swap stations from NIO have begun their journey overseas to Norway. While the superchargers and home charging ports should be available to Norwegians as early as September, the battery swap stations will take a bit longer to implement.  NIO has previously explained that these swap stations have been specifically adapted to meet local climate regulations in Norway. Furthermore, NIO has already worked with the Scandinavian country to ensure its incoming battery swap stations are certified to meet the requirements for electrical and mechanical safety, structural load-bearing, and fire ratings in Norway.
 
 
PANASONIC BOSS SAYS TESLA RELATIONSHIP UNAFFECTED BY SHARE SALE
 
- Panasonic Corp's new CEO on Thursday said the Japanese company's battery supply relationship with Tesla Inc remains strong even after it sold all its shares in the U.S. electric carmaker."The sale has not hurt the relationship with Tesla," Yuki Kusumi said at a press roundtable, when asked whether the sale indicated that their partnership was weakening.
 
- Kusumi took over from Kazuhiro Tsuga in April and leads the conglomerate as it begins to profit from a decade-old partnership with Tesla that accounts for about 40% of earnings at Panasonic's automotive business.  The Japanese company this year established a test line in Japan to make a new battery cell that Tesla says will halve battery costs and help with a ramp-up in battery production.
 
 
RENAULT MEGANE ELECTRIC CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER DEBUT IN MUNICH
 
- Less than a year after its debut as a show car, the Renault Megane eVision Concept will morph into a production model. This will happen during the 2021 IAA Munich Motor Show
 
- The all-electric hatchback/crossover will be the star at Renault’s stand from 6 to 12 September.
Unfortunately, the French automaker doesn’t want to go deep into details regarding the new Megane, which will actually be called the Megane E-Tech Electric.
 
- Renault promised it will be capable of running for about 280 miles (450 kilometers)
 
 
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STELLANTIS MAKES 30 BILLION EURO WAGER ON ELECTRIC VEHICLE MARKET
 
- Stellantis (STLA.MI), the world's No. 4 automaker, said on Thursday it plans to invest more than 30 billion euros ($35.54 billion) through 2025 on electrifying its vehicle lineup. The company, formed in January from the merger of Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA, said its strategy will be supported by five battery plants in Europe and North America as it gears up to compete with electric vehicle (EV) leader Tesla (TSLA.O) and other automakers globally.
 
- Stellantis said it is targeting more than 70% of sales in Europe and over 40% in the United States to be low-emission vehicles - either battery or hybrid electric - by 2030. It aims to make the total cost of owning an EV equal to that of a gasoline-powered model by 2026.
 
- Stellantis said it wants to secure more than 130 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery capacity by 2025 and more than 260 GWh by 2030. It said it has signed memorandums of understanding with two lithium geothermal brine process partners in North America and Europe to ensure supplies of lithium, a critical raw material for batteries.
 
 
 
STELLANTIS TO SOURCE OVER 260 GWH IN EV BATTERY CAPACITY BY 2030
 
- Stellantis currently has two gigafactory projects, one in France and one in Germany, under its joint venture with Total, called Automotive Cells Company (ACC).
  Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares announced that it would also be building a gigaplant in Italy at its engine facility, and one in the US.
 
- Stellantis said that its plans included dual battery chemistries, including a high energy-density option and a nickel cobalt-free alternative by 2024, with a solid-state battery technology introduction planned in 2026.
 
- As part of its strategy, Stellantis is also aiming to reduce battery costs using its technical expertise and manufacturing synergies, with it targeting to reduce EV battery pack costs by over 40% from 2020 to 2024 and by more than an additional 20% by 2030.
 
 
AFTER SLOW START, STELLANTIS BETS BIG ON EVS
 
- Just by mid-decade, said Tavares, the goal will be to have 55 plug-based vehicles in global showrooms: 40 battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, and another 15 plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, or PHEVs.
 
- The PSA side of Stellantis, drawing on experience from core brands Citroën, Opel and Peugeot, is further ahead when it comes to electrification. In the U.S., the former Fiat Chrysler brands trail the competition. It currently offers no all-electric models and just two plug-ins, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan and the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe. The response to the 4xe has taken company officials by surprise, generating more than 20% of Wrangler sales since its April debut.
 
 
STELLANTIS DELAYS AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC CARS UNTIL 2026
 
- Stellantis EV Day 2021 was embarrassing. The 3 hour video presentation was all about putting together multiple nonsense commercials and delaying the introduction of affordable electric cars.
 
- Four BEV-centric platforms are the backbone of the electrified vehicles from Stellantis brands. The platforms are designed with a high level of flexibility (length and width) and component sharing, delivering economies of scale as each platform can support production of up to two million units per year.
The four platforms are:
● STLA Small, with a range up to 500 kilometers/300 miles
● STLA Medium, with a range up to 700 kilometers/440 miles
● STLA Large, with a range up to 800 kilometers/500 miles
● STLA Frame, with a range up to 800 kilometers/500 miles
 
- Stellantis recognizes that CTP (cell-to-pack) combined with cobalt-free batteries are the two most important technologies available today to make affordable electric cars that compete with ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars in price and availability.
However, Stellantis will delay the introduction of these two technologies until 2024. Moreover, only in 2026 the TCO (total cost of ownership) of Stellantis’ electric cars will match ICE cars
 
- With this decision, Stellantis leaves an open door for Chinese automakers to arrive and dominate the European EV market very soon
 
 
STELLANTIS TO INVEST €30 BILLION IN E-MOBILITY
 
- In the US, performance brand Dodge plans to launch its first electric muscle car in 2024, Ram will sell an electric version the 1500 in 2024. Jeep wants to offer plug-in hybrids in all SUV segments by 2024, the Wrangler 4xe is already sold out for this year. The Jeep Wagoneer is to be targeted as an all-electric premium SUV primarily for the US market.
 
- In addition to the gigafactories of ACC (the joint venture together with Total subsidiary Saft), the cells are to be sourced from CATL, BYD, SVOLT, Samsung and LG Energy Solution, preferably from their European plants. The 50 GWh for the USA are to be procured from partners, while names are not yet mentioned since final negotiations are reportedly still underway.
In 2030, the demand will be the 260 GWh mentioned above, of which more than 170 GWh will be in Europe. Half of this – 85 GWh – is to be covered by ACC. Either ACC will have to expand the factories in Douvrai, Kaiserslautern and Termoli or build further gigafactories.
 
 
VAUXHALL EV-ONLY BY 2028 AS STELLANTIS RAMPS UP ELECTRIFICATION
 
- The company – whose brands are Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Ram and Vauxhall – has targeted low-emissions vehicles (LEV) accounting for more than 70% of its European sales and 40% of its US sales by 2030. The LEV term includes both electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
 
- Opel – including Vauxhall in the UK – will become an electric-only brand in Europe by the end of 2028 in both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The firm will also expand into the Chinese market with a range of EVs. The German brand has also confirmed that it will revive the Manta name for a new EV. Opel has previously shown an electric restomod version of the Manta, but a teaser of this latest car shows it will be entirely unrelated, with the concept's low-slung retro silhouette making way for a high-riding and altogether more SUV-esque proposition.
 
- , Fiat will become electric-only by 2030, with the exact date determined by customer demand, and will launch a new dedicated EV in 2024. Its performance offshoot, Abarth, will also go electric-only.
 
- Stellantis has also released 'statements' for all 14 of its brands to reflect the electrification approach of each. Alfa Romeo's statement is "From 2024, Alfa Becomes Alfa e-Romeo", although the firm has yet to specify exactly what this means.
 
 
STELLANTIS INVESTS IN ITS FIRST ALL-EV PLANT
 
- The automaker plans to devote its factory in Ellesmere Port in the UK to electric LCVs (light commercial vehicles) and passenger EVs, with the plant slated to produce models under four brands: Opel, Vauxhall, Citroën, and Peugeot.
 
- The plant will receive a new body shop, an on-site battery-pack assembly facility, and an upgraded general assembly.
 
- When it comes to light commercial vehicles, the Ellesmere Port plant will produce battery-electric versions of the Opel and Vauxhall Combo-e and its passenger variant, as well as the Citroën e-Berlingo along with its passenger version, and the Peugeot e-Partner with its own passenger model.
 
 
THE STELLANTIS BRANDS HAVE NEW 'GREEN' SLOGANS AND THEY'RE PRETTY TERRIBLE
 
Abarth – “Heating Up People, But Not the Planet”        
Alfa Romeo – “From 2024, Alfa Becomes Alfa e-Romeo”
Chrysler – “Clean Technology for a New Generation of Families”
Citroën – “Citroën Electric: Well-Being for All!”
Dodge – “Tear Up the Streets… Not the Planet”
DS Automobiles – “The Art of Travel, Magnified”
Fiat – “It’s Only Green When It’s Green for All”
Jeep® – “Zero Emission Freedom”
Lancia – “The Most Elegant Way to Protect the Planet”
Maserati – “The Best in Performance Luxury, Electrified”
Opel/Vauxhall – “Green is the New Cool”
Peugeot – “Turning Sustainable Mobility into Quality Time”
Ram – “Built to Serve a Sustainable Planet”
Commercial Vehicles – “The Global Leader in e-Commercial Vehicles”
 
 
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1136: Audi: EVs Are 2-3 Years From Matching ICE Profits | 07 July 2021
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AUDI SEES ELECTRIC CARS BECOMING AS PROFITABLE AS GAS-POWERED CARS WITHIN 2-3 YEARS
 
- Audi CEO Markus Duesmann says that he sees electric cars becoming as profitable as gas-powered cars within the next two to three years.
 
- Last month, the German premium automotive brand announced an acceleration of its electrification plans.
 
- It included plans to produce their last internal combustion engine in 2033 (if people are still buying them by then), and a plan to only launch new vehicles that are electric by 2026.
 
- A new report from Germany’s Spiegel states that Audi CEO Markus Duesmann is currently expecting the brand’s electric vehicles to become as profitable as its gas-powered vehicles within the next two to three years. It would imply that Audi’s current electric lineup, the e-tron, e-tron Q4, and e-tron GT, are not as profitable as their gas-powered counterparts.
 
 
WHY TESLA HAS REDUCED THE ELECTRIC DRIVING RANGE
 
- Tesla has reduced the advertised driving range of all its vehicles on its Australian website – but it’s for a very good reason. The new driving range of the Long Range Model 3, for example, is now 580km, whereas previously it was 657km. The Standard Range Plus, which was previously 508km, now says it can only drive 448km, and the Performance now says 567km where it once said 628km.
 
- Tesla has (finally!) decided to use Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) ratings, which have been in use since 2017 and are used to measure carbon emissions and energy consumption of vehicles. Previously, Tesla stated range figures developed using requirements developed under the  Australian Design Rule 81/02 — Fuel Consumption Labelling for Light Vehicles), which was developed in line with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) rating, before the WLTP was introduced.
 
- Other carmakers in Australia that import electric vehicles, such as Hyundai (eg the Kona EV with 64kWh battery with 484km range), have been using WLTP for some time so it is good to see Tesla move in line with this.
 
 
HEINEKEN USES ELECTRIC BEER TRUCK FOR LAST-MILE DELIVERY IN AMSTERDAM
 
- The Dutch brewery Heineken is now using an all-electric beer truck in Amsterdam. The converted Fuso eCanter will be used for emission-free deliveries to cafés in Amsterdam’s city centre.
 
- the truck is 5.3 metres long and two metres wide, which makes it suitable for urban use. Empty, the vehicle weighs four tonnes. Two charging specifications are important for the beer transporter: The beer tank, manufactured by Duotank, can hold up to 3,000 litres, and the battery has a capacity of 82.8 kWh.
 
- From the brewery in Den Bosch, a larger truck transports 200 hectolitres of beer (i.e. 20,000 litres) to the outskirts of Amsterdam. There, 30 hectolitres each are pumped into the two mini-tank beer trucks. These then supply around five cafés in the city centre before they have to refill with fresh beer on the outskirts again. Supplying the cafés with the large truck would not be possible even with an electric drive: to protect the quays and bridges, a maximum of 7.5 tonnes is allowed here.
 
 
WARBURTONS ZERO EMISSION FUSO ECANTER
 
- The UK's largest bakery brand has underscored its commitment to the rise of battery-powered truck technology by commissioning its first FUSO eCanter.
 
- The 7.5-tonne FUSO eCanter is the world's first fully electric light-duty truck to enter series production and represents a major advance in the battle to improve air quality in towns and cities
 
- The eCanter's electric drivetrain employs six 13.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries with a total power output of 82.8 kWh (66 kWh usable). The permanent-magnet motor delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle. A single charge gives the truck an effective operating range of more than 62 miles (100 km), which is ample for many urban delivery applications.
 
- It sets off at 4am each day from Warburtons' Bolton bakery and delivers fresh bread to as many as 25 different customers, mainly in the central Manchester area. They range from large supermarkets to independent corner shops.
 
 
BYD NEW-ENERGY VEHICLE SALES UP 192 PCT IN JUNE
 
- China's leading new-energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturer BYD saw surging NEV sales growth in June, company data showed. In a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the Shenzhen-based company said its sales of NEVs, including purely electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, surged 192.03 percent year on year to 41,366 units in June. In the first half of 2021, BYD sold 154,579 NEVs, up 154.76 percent year on year.
 
 
SALT LAKE CITY IS THE 'BEST CITY TO OWN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE,' STUDY FINDS
 
- A new study finds Salt Lake City is the no. 1 city in the country for people who drive electric cars. According to the website "Auto Insurance Quote," Salt Lake City is on top when it comes to charging stations, electric vehicle incentives, and electricity cost.
 
- Researchers determined the "best" cities by analyzing data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Council on Clean Transportation, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the cities with the most charging stations per capita, identify local government electric vehicles incentives, and quantify the cost of electricity
 
- No. 2: Sacramento, Calif. No. 3: Austin, Texas No. 4: Atlanta, Georgia No. 5: Seattle, Wash. No. 6: Buffalo, N.Y. No. 7: Pittsburgh, Pa.No. 8: Portland, Ore. No. 9: Baltimore, Md. No. 10: San Jose, Calif.
 
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UK GOVERNMENT PARTNERS WITH DISABILITY CHARITY TO SET STANDARDS FOR CHARGEPOINTS
 
- In partnership with national disability charity Motability, the Department for Transport (DfT) has commissioned the British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop accessibility standards for EV chargepoints across the country. These standards will provide industry with guidance and drivers with a new clear definition of ‘fully accessible’, ‘partially accessible’ and ‘not accessible’ public EV chargepoints.
 
The design of public chargepoints is already carefully considered by operators. However, consistent standards are crucial for drivers to easily identify which chargepoints are suitable for their needs.
 
This could range from adequate space between bollards, charging units being of a height suitable for wheelchair users, size of the parking bay and the kerb height.
 
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SOLARWATT FLEXES MUSCLES IN HOME ENERGY STORAGE FIGHT WITH SHELL, TESLA
 
- Germany's Solarwatt, backed by BMW's billionaire shareholder Stefan Quandt, plans to launch a small module that lets homeowners link rooftop solar panels to power storage batteries and electric vehicles to cut costs. The wallbox allows home owners to control when and how much home-produced photovoltaics (PV) power they store, use to charge their electric vehicles (EVs), or sell to the grid.
 
- The Manager Flex device, which looks like a wifi router and will go on sale at around 500 euros ($594), allows the integration of energy flows and gadgets at home, such as rooftop panels, batteries, electric heat pumps and EV-charging boxes.
 
- Solarwatt, also active in France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Britain and Australia, aims to be a top five player by the end of 2022
 
- Germany is an obvious starting point. With 300,000 stationary batteries, it is the world's top home storage market, ahead of the United States, Japan and Australia.
 
- "The ramp-up of EV sales will directly induce a corresponding run on smart energy products in the household sphere," said PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Steffen Apfel.Sonnen's CEO Oliver Koch said EVs are driving demand for the company's PV systems and batteries: "A third of buyers (of those segments) add a charging device for their EV," he said.
 
- EV makers have started exploring links between EVs and home power circuits, to morph home and car electricity into one, and between EVs and grids, to offer stability services and recycle used batteries.
 
 
ENPHASE LAUNCHES ENCHARGE® BATTERY STORAGE SYSTEM IN GERMANY −
 
- Beginning today, Enphase’s Encharge battery storage is headed to Germany, marking its first expansion outside of the United States. For installers in Germany, the overwhelming number of installation jobs today are for both solar and battery storage. This all-in-one solution lets homeowners power their lives with solar energy whether the sun is shining or not, and nearly eliminates the need to buy expensive energy from the grid.
 
- Germany marks the second-ever market for Enphase’s Encharge battery, and Enphase will soon expand to more countries in Europe and elsewhere around the world. Homeowners can depend on Enphase’s industry-leading hardware
 
- The Encharge battery storage system offers configurations ranging from 3.5kWh to 42kWh, along with the option to upgrade and expand through the lifetime of the system. The introduction of battery storage to Enphase’s existing microinverter business in Germany will help meet installer and homeowner needs for a safe and reliable all-in-one solution.
 
 
 
 
 
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VOLKSWAGEN TO SELL STAKE IN ELECTRIFY AMERICA
 
- Volkswagen is to sell a stake in its electric vehicle charging unit Electrify America, two people familiar with the matter said, as the carmaker looks for outside funds to build infrastructure for battery-powered cars.
 
- Set up in the aftermath of Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal that broke in the United States, Electrify America plans to spend $2 billion in the 2017-2026 period to expand charging stations for electric vehicles (EV).
 
- Charging infrastructure has attracted several sectors, including utilities, carmakers and big oil firms, all hoping to cash in on a rising demand for electricity in the wake of a global EV rollout. Sources told Reuters last week that Renault and Shell were both interested in becoming co-owners in Ionity, the European EV charging joint venture owned by BMW Hyundai, Ford, Daimler and VW.
 
 
 
 
PREMIUM ELECTRIC CAR OF THE YEAR 2021: HYUNDAI IONIQ 5
 
- The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the 2021 Auto Express Premium Electric Car of the Year, with the Audi Q4 e-tron and Tesla Model 3 commended
 
- With the Ioniq 5, Hyundai has stepped up a level from its already highly-rated Kona Electric. Here, the Korean brand has aimed for the premium territory, and it’s nailed the brief at its first attempt.
 
- Like the Hyundai, the Audi Q4 e-tron is a very recent newcomer to the segment – and it runs our winner close. Practicality is staggering for the car’s modest footprint, and on the move it’s comfortable and easy to drive. However, the Q4 must play second best to the Ioniq because it can’t keep up with its more advanced charging tech.
 
- the Model 3 seems like an old-timer in this segment now, such is the rate of progress. However, it remains tough to beat in some areas – in particular the ease of access to its Supercharger network, and its huge touchscreen display. Elsewhere, it doesn’t quite feel as sophisticated as the newest rivals,
 
 
CAR AND DRIVER'S 2021 EV OF THE YEAR
 
- If an automaker wanted to convert people from EV skeptics to EV evangelists, it's hard to imagine a better vehicle for the job than the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It arrives in the familiar shape and size of the crossovers Americans love, at a price that competes with gas-powered alternatives, and with a design that gets noticed. The Mach-E has the range and charging speed to wave off the most common EV criticisms, and thanks to Electrify America's recent work, there's a nationwide charging network that makes long interstate trips not just possible but tolerable. For new EV converts, piloting a Mach-E isn't so different from driving a gas-burning SUV that it feels foreign, yet the experience is futuristic enough to be exciting. It's the right car to bring drivers along during this watershed moment as EVs transition from niche alternative to new normal.
 
 
BENTLEY REVEALS FLYING SPUR HYBRID
 
- Bentley Motors, the 102-year-old ultraluxury automaker under Volkswagen Group, revealed its newest hybrid model on Tuesday. The company says this latest iteration of the Flying Spur Hybrid is its most environmentally friendly vehicle yet.
 
- the new powertrain of the hybrid Flying Spur combines a 2.9 liter V6 engine with an electric motor. The engine achieves 410 HP and 550 Nm of torque up to 5,650 rpm, and the motor, which is located between the transmission and the engine, provides up to 134 HP
 
- 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery
 
 
GM FILES TO BRAND ETRUNK FOR ELECTRIC CAR FRONT TRUNK
 
- General Motors has filed to trademark ETRUNK, GM Authority has uncovered. The filing may be used in branding for a feature slated for a selection of GM’s upcoming electric cars, trucks, and utility vehicles.
 
- The trademark filing is likely a new brand name intended for use with a GM front truck feature (sometimes referred to as a “frunk”) slated for use in a selection of the automaker’s upcoming electric vehicles.
 
 
JLR RUMOURED TO BE AESC'S NEXT CUSTOMER
 
- Envisions CEO Lei Zhang said in an interview that Envision were in talks with Jaguar Land Rover, as well as other automobile manufacturers in the UK about the delivery of battery cells.
 
- Jaguar Land Rover has not reacted to the report. It is now known that the carmaker, which belongs to the Tata Group, has an increased need for battery cells: Under the new CEO Thierry Bolloré, the ‘Reimagine’ strategy was drawn up, according to which Jaguar is to become an all-electric brand from 2025.
 
 
ELECTRIC POLICE MOTORCYCLES HELP FLORIDA CITY MEET SUSTAINABILITY GOALS
 
- The Largo Police Department in Florida just got more efficient. The force recently added two new Zero electric motorcycles to its fleet, part of the city’s transition to all-renewable energy.
 
- Traffic officers say the electric motorcycles are smoother, faster and quieter.“It allows us to patrol the parks and trails,” said Sgt. Mike Blickensdorf, “without disturbing the citizens while not emitting exhaust.”
 
- In Florida, the EV opportunity is great. The state is home to more than 21 million residents, and passenger vehicles are responsible for 50 percent of criteria air pollutant emissions
 
- Due to its warm climate and hundreds of coastline miles, Florida is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change – rising sea level, high temperatures and storm surges.
 
 
FASTNED ACQUIRES 10 NEW LOCATIONS OFF BELGIAN HIGHWAYS
 
- Fastned, the European fast charging company, has acquired 10 new locations directly at entry- and exit-ramps along important Flemish highways.
 
- Fastned intends to realise fast charging stations at the locations where hundreds of electric vehicles can charge per day at a charging speed of up to 300 kW.
 
 
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION GOES ELECTRIC
 
- Volvo Group’s subsidiary Mack Trucks announced today that the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) plans to purchase seven Mack® LR Electric refuse models, which will operate in each of the city’s boroughs. Mack made the announcement during WasteExpo 2021
 
- The world’s largest municipal sanitation department, DSNY collects about 12,000 tons of refuse and recyclables daily with more than 6,000 vehicles
 
- The three-mode regenerative braking system accounts for the refuse truck’s increasing load throughout the day and helps recapture energy from the hundreds of stops the vehicle makes each day.
 
 
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1134: EV Startup Rimac Now Owns Bugatti | 05 July 2021
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VOLKSWAGEN SHEDS BUGATTI, MAKER OF OVER-THE-TOP SPORTS CARS
 
- Volkswagen said Monday that it was giving up control of Bugatti, the storied automaker whose absurdly expensive hypercars are worshiped by aficionados but seemed incongruous at a company better known for economical Golfs and Passats. Bugatti, whose Chiron model starts at close to $3 million, will become part of a joint venture between Volkswagen’s Porsche unit and Rimac, a young Croatian company that has made a name for itself doing design and engineering projects for large carmakers.
 
- The deal undoes a major legacy of Ferdinand Piëch, who dominated Volkswagen for two decades and built the company into a global empire. Volkswagen’s purchase of Bugatti out of bankruptcy in 1998, long before it owned Porsche, was widely seen as an indulgence by Mr. Piëch with questionable business logic
 
- Oliver Blume, the chief executive of Porsche, acknowledged Monday that the deal removes a distraction for Volkswagen and allows the company to focus on more important tasks.
 
 
VW OFFLOADS BUGATTI TO RIMAC TO FORM NEW EV COMPANY BUGATTI-RIMAC
 
- The company recently unveiled the Nevera, a hypercar powered by a 120kWh battery pack and four motors to achieve a staggering 1.4MW of power, which is about 1,914 horsepower. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds and has a top speed of 258 mph. The Nevera is expected to be the fastest sports car, a spot previously held by the Bugatti Chiron’s.
 
- Rimac’s meteoric rise from bootstrapping in a garage in 2009 to building supercars with one of the most desirable and well-known car brands demonstrates how electric vehicles are beginning to take over the luxury and sports car market. It’s not just about doing what’s right for the environment – it’s about pioneering speed in the future of automobiles. Along with this announcement, Rimac said it would separate the development, production and supply of battery systems, drivetrains and other EV components into a new entity owned by Rimac Group called Rimac Technology, which will work independently with other global car manufacturers.
 
- Mate Rimac will continue to hold his 37% share in Rimac Group, with Hyundai Motor Group holding the same 12% and other investors at 27%, according to a statement from the company. Porsche recently upped its stake in Rimac from 15% to 24%, but its total ownership doesn’t give It a controlling interest in the new EV company, the companies told FT.
 
 
TESLA MODEL 3 IS OUTRIGHT BESTSELLING VEHICLE IN UK
 
- The UK saw plugin electric vehicles take 17.2% share of the auto market in June 2021, up from 9.5% in June 2020. The Tesla Model 3 was the UK’s overall best selling vehicle (of any powertrain) in the month, with 5,468 units sold. Overall auto market volume stood at 186,000 units in June, down around 16% from long term seasonal norms.
 
- 10.7% full battery electrics (BEVs) and 6.5% plugin hybrids (PHEVs), which is a swing towards BEVs from recent weightings
 
- Full battery electric vehicles outsold old-school (non electric assist) diesel vehicles for the first time ever, selling 32% more volume. Old school diesels took just 8.1% of the market, their lowest score in decades.
 
- combustion vehicles (petrol plus diesel) were also at a new record low of 54.5% share, from 76.3% a year ago. They are on track to drop below 50% within the next couple of months.
 
 
VW DROPS I.D. PRICES IN THE UK
 
- In the UK, Volkswagen`s ID.3 and ID.4 models are now offered with configurable trim levels and a range of option packs across all derivatives. Under the new pricing, two more variants have become eligible for the Government’s Plug-in Vehicle Grant.  The new pricing strategy significantly affects the ID.3. Under the new pricing, two more variants have become eligible for the Government’s Plug-in Vehicle Grant, which brings the total to six. The ID.3 Family Pro and Family Pro Performance are now both priced just under the £35,000 threshold for the £2,500 grant. These models, now priced at £33,640 and £34,960 respectively. Of course now with their new grant eligibility, these prices fall to £31,140 and £32,460 OTR.
 
- the highly-equipped Max and range-topping Tour have been reduced by £3,800. The Tour boasts a 77 kWh battery and 340-mile range (WLTP, combined) and is priced from £38,800.
 
 
ID.3 AND ID.4 RECEIVE WIDE RANGE OF CHANGES AS MODEL YEAR 2022 VEHICLES OPEN FORORDER
 
- This new structure considerably increases the flexibility of the ID.3 and ID.4 in the customer’s ordering process. For example, previously it was not possible to configure an Augmented Reality Head-up display on any ID.3 model other than the Max and Tour. Now, a customer can choose any trim level and add the Infotainment Package Plus to receive the AR HUD, alongside the additional speakers that are part of the pack. Just as before, the different trim levels will still feature pre-determined packs as standard equipment, but now customers can choose to add additional packs to cater to their individual needs.
 
 
THE STELLANTIS EV DAY IS COMING. HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW
 
- Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest car maker, will host its EV Day on Thursday and unveil more details around its electrification strategy. The company, formed earlier this year through the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot, already has an electric-vehicle strategy, which it set out in April.
 
- The group has grown market share in Europe so far in 2021, accounting for 16.8% of new BEV registrations in the region from January to May, according to automotive analyst Matthias Schmidt. That puts it second behind Volkswagen — 25.7% — and ahead of the Renault-Nissan alliance with 12.3% and Tesla with 11.5%.
 
- BoA analysts expected Stellantis to deliver a “bullish message” on Thursday to make it clear to investors the company wouldn’t be left behind in the electric revolution. “In our view, the only thing that Stellantis has to do is to put the various puzzle pieces together and explain some more details on essential strategy items (i.e. on battery chemistries, cell technology, cost assumptions for the EV line up, differences in planning between North America and Europe, capex requirements, etc.),” they said.
 
- Stellantis is also reportedly set to announce plans to produce electric vans at its Ellesmere Port factory in northwest England.
 
 
VOLVO, DAIMLER, TRATON TO DEVELOP CHARGING NETWORK FOR HEAVY-DUTY TRUCKS IN EUROPE
 
- Volvo Group, Daimler Truck and Traton Group have signed a  non-binding agreement to install and operate a high-performance public charging  network for battery electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches in Europe. With plans to start operations in 2022, the partners intend  to invest together 500 million Euros to install and operate at least 1,700  high-performance green energy charging points close to highways as well as at  logistic and destination points, within five years from the establishment of  the joint venture (JV).
 
- The future JV is planned to operate under its own corporate identity  based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
 
- Battery electric vehicle fleet operators will be  able to leverage both fast charging tailored to the 45-minute mandatory rest  period in Europe focusing on long-distance transport—the highest priority of  the future JV—and also charge overnight.
 
 
TESLA MODEL Y STANDARD RANGE FOR HONG KONG MAY CONFIRM LFP USE RUMORS
 
- CNEVPost published in June that the deal Tesla made with CATL to extend their LFP contract up to 2025 would include sourcing these cells to the Model Y. Deliveries for the electric crossover with these batteries would start in July.
 
When we check Tesla’s website about the Model Y Standard Range for Hong Kong, the company says that deliveries will start in September. The estimated range for the vehicle is higher than that for the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which would achieve 448 km (278 mi).
 
- That’s a 10% increase compared to the Model 3 SR+ value.
 
- Although the Model Y Standard Range for Hong Kong could confirm the LFP rumors, the price and range differences suggest that Model Y Standard Range may have 2170 cells. However, if that is the case, Tesla could also offer this derivative in the US.
 
- Another feasible explanation for the disparities is that Tesla developed a larger LFP battery pack for the Model Y.
 
 
 
WILL THE AUDI E-TRON GT FACE THE SAME RECALL ISSUES AS THE PORSCHE TAYCAN?

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If you had to buy one electric car today and it was the only car you were allowed to drive for the next three years, what would you choose? And why. I'll go first. VW ID.4 GTX
 
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1133: Fancy Buying Jay Leno’s Tesla Model S? | 04 July 2021
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NORWAY MARKS 13,184 EVS SOLD DURING JUNE
 
- In Norway, 13,184 new electric cars were registered in June. The share of electric cars in new passenger car registrations was 64.6 per cent last month. Norway’s most successful model across all drive types in June was the Tesla Model 3 with 3,196 new registrations.
 
- The first half of the year, a total of 48,059 new electric cars were put on the road, which corresponds to a market share of 57.3 per cent, according to a statement by the Norwegian Road Information Agency (OFV). In the same period last year, a total of 28,503 purely electric passenger cars were newly registered – a share of 48.1 per cent.
 
- 81.7 per cent of all new passenger cars in Norway from January to June had an external charging connection
 
- The stock of pure e-cars in Norway is approaching the 400,000 mark and reaches a share of 13.56 per cent. If plug-in hybrids are included, the stock of plug-in cars in Norway now stands at 544,106 and a share of more than 19 per cent.
 
 
CHINA LEADS GLOBAL NEV SALES WITH 47% MARKET SHARE
 
China led global new-energy vehicle (NEV) sales in the first five months of this year with a 47 percent market share, ahead of Europe and North America, a new analysis from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Sunday. China was overtaken by Europe last year as the latter's NEV industry boomed, surging to 44 percent of the total market and beating China's 41 percent
 
- for the full year of 2021, China's global share is estimated to remain above 45 percent
 
- The estimate is based on the premise that China's NEV sales could reach 2.4 million units this year, which the CPCA forecast earlier.
 
- In the segment of pure battery electric vehicles, China probably held a 57 percent global share so far this year, much higher than Europe's 27 percent and North America's 15 percent
 
 
BMW I4 HAS TWICE AS MANY PRE-ORDERS AS IX IN THE UNITED STATES
 
- Even though crossovers and SUVs (electric or otherwise) are going up in popularity around the world, to the detriment of traditional body styles such as the sedan or hatch, it looks like the new BMW i4 is proving more popular than the iX SUV.  According to i4Talk.com, the i4 had already racked up some 2,095 reservations in the United States earlier this week, while the iX had not even reached 1,000 orders (952, according to the source).
 
- One factor that will boost the i4’s popularity has to be its lower price compared to the iX, which was designed specifically as an electric vehicle. The iX starts at $83,200 in America, but you can easily exceed $100,000, if you opt for the more powerful variant and add some options. In Europe, specifically in Germany, the iX kicks off at €77,300, but if you want the more powerful variant, that starts at just under €100,000 and once you start adding options, it quickly goes north.
 
 
BMW BEGINS SERIES PRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC IX

VW ID.3 AND ID.4 GETTING FIRST OTA UPDATES
 
 
BIG $300M BATTERY TO BE BUILT WITHOUT GOVERNMENT AID IN MARKET FIRST
 
 
IS THE JEEP WRANGLER 4XE'S EV MODE ANY GOOD?
 
 
JAY LENO’S TESLA MODEL S P90D ON BRING-A-TRAILER
 
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
 
Adrian Bond - Colchester EVs
 
For many I see it’s down to use cases, but I see most favouring solar, and we’ve had both (still have solar, had the battery removed…long story).
 
The main factor for many maybe that’s it’s rare to impossible to get ‘free’ energy when you’ve just got batteries.  Yes negative or really cheap happens if you have the right tariff, occasionally, but with solar, large chunks of a day are free on a regular basis and even on a gloomy day, you can still produce enough to cover a house ‘on standby’.  Match that with 4 hours of cheap electricity overnight as standard on our tariff (5p/kWh), when our PHEV and EV can be charged if it hadn’t been sunny, washing and dishwasher timed to go on, etc, and batteries become an expensive piece of ECO Bling.
 
Add in smart home charging tech, like a Zappi, and why have an extra smaller battery put in when you have a larger one sat on the drive?  And that’s before vehicle-to-grid solutions.
 
RAJEEV NARAYAN
If I had to choose between storage and solar energy production, I would have to pick production, though I can see that if someone lived in an area with highly variable power pricing and the grid was fairly green, storage might be preferable. In my case, here in Texas, our grid is much more carbon intensive than it is in England, despite all our wind power, and my price per kWh does not vary with time of day. Which is why I have 17 kW of community and 8 kW of  rooftop solar, which produces about 36,000 kWh a year and more than offsets the 46,000 miles of EV driving my wife and I do a year.
 
WADE
I have solar on the roof at home and at work… I have 100 % net metering and 2 electric cars… We drive totally on the power of the sun with no bill for electric… With the net metering the grid is my battery. So I am not shuffling power having only a battery.  I am net Zero with the solar.  I would hands down vote for the solar
 
STEPHEN TROYER
I choose solar panels, that way I can know that I'm passively adding more clean energy to the grid. And I imagine that solar AC is a big plus. More sunlight, more energy for the AC.
 
RENE SCHNEIDER
I have 15.6kW solar panels since last autumn. And I have no stationary battery. But I have two big batteries, one in the Tesla and one in the Peugeot 208. And the solarmanager, www.solarmanager.ch, a tiny, very reasonably priced computer, loading only when there is sun. Or low tariffs. I'd clearly go for solar instead of battery
 
ALAN NORTHCUTT, WACO
i believe rooftop solar and home batteries are both important.  however, if one had to chose one because of cost, i would recommend rooftop solar first.  this will contribute clean electricity to the grid, which is our top priority.  battery storage is also useful, but in homes these are usually only used during power outages.   you talk about how the UK power never goes down.    this reliability also relates to country.  the US has more hurricane hits than any country, and my state of Texas is in the top five of US states that are hit.  so the point is:  battery back up for black outs ARE useful in many parts of the world.
 
And i disagree on one point:  you stated that if you are producing more electricity during the day than you need, that excess is "wasted." not at all:  that is clean electricity that goes onto the grid--great for the  climate crisis.
 
PAUL DENNEY
I have solar and I use it to charge my 75kwh Tesla so if it would only let me get the Lecky back out of it I wouldn't need another battery. Come on Elon sort it out #V2G
 
RON BARBER, SAN JOSE
Without a doubt I would install solar over batteries in almost any situation. The one exception I can think of is if I lived in an area with inconsistent power Like a mountainous region where powerlines can be dropped for an extended period of time then the battery solution would accomplish not only peak rate shaving but a peace of mind.
 
I purchased a 4.5kW solar solution in October 2012 and have now generated just over 50 MW of energy with greatly reduced energy bills. The system has no more than paid for itself.
 
JASON HORSMAN, FRESNO
Environmentally speaking, solar is the way to go.  Batteries for homes can never really scale to the costs without significant improvement.  Even if your solar is going back into the grid, that is clean energy your providing for your neighborhood that might not have solar (yet..).  Now I do love the idea of at some point in the future all of our cars being two directional so that if there was a need in the power grid or a power outage electric cars could provide a much needed boost to the grid
 
MARIO CABALLERO
Depends on your interconnection rules. Here in New Jersey, US, we don’t have time-of-use rates and we get a 1:1 net metering benefit. Battery would not make financial sense unless you are looking for backup power during outages (we rarely lose power).  So it is solar panels for me. The grid is my big battery 😜
 
ANDREW HOLSTROM
Solar all day!  Once the utilities allow bidirectional EV use, you won’t need separate battery storage.  Why buy a 13.5 kWh battery when your Arab has a 75kWh battery.
 
KESTER 
I know you have already decided to go with solar first, but IMHO this is a no-brainer... if I could afford only 1, I would  go for storage first. I see storage as the hub which connects all the elements of a home set up which includes car, storage, solar and/or wind, heatpump etc etc. So I would see storage as step 1 on a journey which would later include solar and/or wind. To me it seems illogical to start with anything else.
 
In terms of which has most eco benefit - well, living in Yorkshire, I doubt I could get a solar setup that would consistently give me enough power to take away my reliance on dirty power at peak times, whereas with storage I could charge up with green electricity during the clean times and eliminate my reliance on dirty power. If I lived in Australia or New Mexico, it might be a different story.
 
 
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If you had to buy one electric car today and it was the only car you were allowed to drive for the next three years, what would you choose? And why. I'll go first. VW ID.4 GTX
 
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Jul 04, 2021
1132: Saturday Special Interview: GRIDSERVE’s Toddington Harper | 03 July 2021
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SATURDAY SPECIAL INTERVEW: GRIDSERVE’S TODDINGTON HARPER
 
A long time ambition achieved today with the CEO of GRIDSERVE, Toddington Harper, sitting down with me for an in depth chat about the business of public charging.
 
Many of you, not just in the UK, will be familiar with their debut site the Braintree Electric Forecourt. 36 chargers, including 350kW HPCs, under a solar canopy and with facilities from supermarket to food, meeting rooms and a small workout area.
 
In April they opened the UK’s largest high power motorway charging site, a development it promises will become ubiquitous as it transforms its network of facilities on the country’s motorways and major roads. 12 x 350kW chargers at MOTO’s new Rugby services 
 
The installation was the first under the Electric Highway’s new partnership with GRIDSERVE, which saw the company take a 25% stake in the Highway – as well as bringing its acclaimed technology and expertise to the network.
 
Then in early June we haerd the news that GRIDSERVE had aquired the whole of the Electric Highway.
 
In just six weeks GRIDSERVE has replaced over 80 chargers at over 50 locations with 150+ sites on track to be upgraded by September.
 
In addition to upgrading the existing chargers, a new programme to deliver more than 50 high-powered ‘Electric Hubs’ with 6-12 x 350kW chargers in each location across the UK motorway network is also announced today.
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
If you could only afford one, would you rather - Solar Panels or battery storage? On one hand, energy generation. But then again, being able to store electricity when it’s cheap and use it later to charge your EV. 
 
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Jul 03, 2021
1131: Tesla Breaks Production & Delivery Records | 02 July 2021
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TESLA Q2 2021 VEHICLE PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY NUMBERS
 
- Tesla delivered 201,250 vehicles in the second quarter of 2021, the company reported.
 
- During the quarter, Tesla produced 206,421 vehicles total, including 204,081 of its Model 3 and Y
 
- It produced 2,340 Model S and X vehicles, the company said.
 
- The second-quarter numbers broke the previous record set in Q1, when Tesla delivered 184,800 and produced 180,338 cars, even as production of its Model S and X vehicles fell to zero during that quarter.
 
 
TESLA DELIVERED OVER 200,000 CARS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2021
 
- Tesla does not break out deliveries by region, so we don’t know how many vehicles the company is sending to customers in China. Tesla has been hit by a slate of bad news in the country, most recently announcing the recall of more than 285,000 vehicles —most of which were made locally— over a safety risk with the vehicles’ cruise control.
Like the rest of the auto industry, Tesla has also struggled with the parts shortage, including a dearth of semiconductors. In May, Musk tweeted that prices were increasing as a result of “supply chain price-pressure industry-wide [sic].” 
 
The second quarter also saw the departure of several high-level Tesla executives, including former long-time acting general counsel Al Prescott in April, and both deputy general counsel Lynn Miller and former president of automotive and heavy trucking Jerome Guillen in June.
 
 
ELON MUSK CONFIRMS TESLA CYBERTRUCK WILL HAVE 4-WHEEL STEERING
 
- Elon Musk has confirmed that the Tesla Cybertruck will be equipped 4-wheel directional steering resulting in a feature similar to the Hummer EV’s ‘Crab mode’.
 
 
TESLA GIGAFACTORY BERLIN’S DETRACTORS GO TO A HIGHER COURT
 
- Despite being rejected by the administrative court of Frankfurt (Oder), environmental associations Naturschutzbund (Nabu) and the Green League announced on Wednesday that they are not giving up their battle against American electric car maker Tesla and its Gigafactory Berlin facility.
 
- Nabu and the Green League appealed against the provisional permit over alleged safety concerns, but they were unsuccessful. With this in mind, the two groups have decided to escalate their efforts by taking their grievances against Tesla to the Higher Administrative Court (OVG).
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN ELECTRIC CARS SHOWCASED AT THE PETERSEN
 
- Looks like the future is going to be all-electric, and the Petersen Automotive Museum is celebrating it with their exhibit, “Building an Electric Future: The Technology of Today for the Vehicles of Tomorrow.”
 
- The museum has a 1901 Detroit Electric car that it exhibits to remind people how long EVs have been a thing.
 
- a lot of the exhibit features VW EVs, from the e-Golf to the ID.R that obliterated the record at Pikes Peak just a few years ago. There’s even a VW ID. Buzz microbus concept, the original yellow one, on hand. The latest addition is the ID.4 crossover, which rides on Volkswagen’s all-electric MEB architecture. And it’s not just any ID.4; it’s the off-road concept that recently completed the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road race.
 
 
US: FORD MUSTANG MACH-E SALES ABOVE 6,000 IN Q2 2021
 
- "With just 11 days to turn, Mustang Mach-E is essentially selling as soon as it arrives at dealers. Mach-E sales totaled 2,465, with 12,975 Mustang Mach-Es sold through the first half of the year. Customers are telling Ford their primary reasons for purchase is the technology, design and performance that Mach-E provides."
 
- Production of the Ford Mustang Mach-E for the global markets continues to increase and in June reached a new monthly high of 6,963.
So far this year, Ford produced 34,779 Mach-E, while cumulatively it's over 41,000. We guess that the majority were sent to Europe.
 
 
PORSCHE CALLS FOR SUPPLIERS TO SWITCH TO GREEN ENERGY
 
- Porsche is making further efforts to reduce CO₂ emissions in its supply chain: the sports car manufacturer is calling for its around 1,300 series suppliers to use exclusively renewable energy in the manufacture of Porsche components as of July 2021. It applies to any contracts awarded for providing production material for new vehicle projects. 
 
Suppliers who are unwilling to switch to certified green energy will no longer be considered for contracts with Porsche in the long term.
 
 
VOLVO IS BUILDING A 225 MILLION GIGABYTE DATA CENTER
 
- Swedish automaker Volvo Cars held a Tech Day on Wednesday where company executives shared a roadmap of the company's future plans, including a switch to all-electric and software-based vehicles by 2030.A big part of Volvo's future plans include having ten of thousands of software-powered connected cars on the road in the next decade traveling millions of kilometers and continuously sharing data with the automaker.
 
- The crowd-sourced data collected from Volvo vehicles will include continuous inputs from vehicle sensors that monitor the environment, including high-resolution lidar data used for autonomous driving. Allowing customers to share vehicle data will help Volvo continuously make software improvements to its cars, including the advanced safety systems, including autonomous driving systems.
 
- To process the massive amount of real-time traffic data collected from Volvo vehicles, Volvo Cars and Zenseact are investing in a massive AI-powered data factory within the next few years. The data center can store over 200 Pebibytes (225 million gigabytes) of data.
 
 
ABB DELIVERS 2,000 WALL BOX CHARGERS TO AUSTRIAN POST
 
- The industrial group ABB, together with EWW Anlagentechnik, has equipped the Austrian Post with around 2,000 AC wall boxes, which are to be installed at more than 100 locations.
 
- The Austrian Post is reportedly aiming for zero-emission last-mile delivery by 2030 and plans to install over 2,400 AC and DC charging points at more than 130 locations to electrify its fleets.
 
- The wallboxes are ABB’s Terra AC wall charging station, as also offered to private customers.
 
 
GERMANY TO HAVE 1 MILLION ELECTRIC CARS ON THE ROAD IN JULY
 
- Germany will in July have 1 million electric cars on the road, hitting its target six months late, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Tagesspiegel daily on Friday, saying subsidy programmes had boosted demand.
 
- "More bonuses have been taken up in the first half of 2021 than in the whole of last year," he added, saying they amounted to 1.25 billion euros. Subsidies were increased during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
 
EV OWNERS TOLD TO SEND IN ODOMETER READINGS FOR ROAD TAX
 
- Electric vehicle owners with cars registered in Victoria have been instructed by the state’s road authority to send in a photo of their odometer readings from July 1 to comply with the new electric vehicle road tax that takes effect from the start of the new financial year. And they are not happy.
EV owners in Victoria will be slugged a tax of 2.5 cents per kilometre from July 1, meaning an annual bill of $375 for cars that travel around 15,000kms a year, but around $750 a year for electric cars that travel double that.
 
- Any driver that fails to deliver the photo of the odomoter reading by July 1 won’t be able to duck the charges, because they will be billed according to the car’s “average daily use” once that is established
 
- Victoria has sought to offset the political fallout over the new EV tax by offering a rebate of $3,000 for new EVs purchased, at least for the first 4,000 new EVs, at which point the scale of the rebate will be reviewed.
NSW, on the other hand, has announced a $3,000 rebate for 25,000 vehicles, waived stamp duty for all EVs, and will delay any EV road tax until at least 2027.
 
 
SPIED: LARGER AUDI E-TRON SUV FOR CHINESE MARKET SEEN TESTING
 
 
WATCH THE GMC HUMMER EV LAUNCH IN ‘WTF’ MODE
 
 
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Jul 02, 2021
1130: Volvo’s EV Future Revealed | 01 July 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 1st July. It’s  Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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VOLVO'S FUTURE EV BATTERIES AIM FOR 1,000 KM OF REAL-WORLD RANGE
 
- Volvo announced on Wednesday that it will implement a wide variety of measures intended to improve electric vehicle batteries for future models. This includes what Volvo refers to as its second-generation EVs, which will start landing in vehicles in the coming years, followed by a third generation to debut around the middle of this decade.
 
- Not only will the battery consist of fewer components overall, it will sport a flat layout that will allow Volvo's EVs to rock a truly flat floor. The automaker hopes to improve energy density by approximately 50%
 
- But it's the third generation where things truly ramp up. Volvo hopes to dramatically reduce the material in each battery, in addition to using its sandwich structure as an integral part of the vehicle's floor, giving the car some added rigidity and further improving efficiency. It's these batteries that Volvo believes will allow 1,000 kilometers (about 621 miles) of real-world range.
 
- The automaker aims to halve the time it takes batteries to go from 10% to 80%. This will likely be done through a combination of 800-volt charging capability, lowering internal resistances and improving thermal management. Bidirectional charging, which allows an electric Volvo to contribute to the power grid, is slated to arrive with the XC90's electric successor in 2022
 
 
FUTURE VOLVO CARS TO RUN ON VOLVOCARS.OS
 
- Volvo Cars will take software development in-house as a car’s appeal increasingly becomes more defined by software-driven functions and features, rather than traditional automotive attributes. The next generation of pure electric Volvo models, including the company’s first SUV on a completely new electric-only technology base, will run on Volvo Cars’ own operating system (OS), called VolvoCars.OS, for faster and more flexible development. Coupled with more frequent over-the-air updates to customer cars through their lifetime, the company’s aim is to make Volvo cars better every day.
 
VolvoCars.OS will act as an umbrella system for electric Volvo cars. It incorporates the company’s various operating systems across the car and the cloud, creating one coherent software OS environment. The underlying operating systems include Android Automotive OS, QNX, AUTOSAR and Linux
 
- VolvoCars.OS gives developers access to in-car features such as vehicle sensor data, user interfaces and cloud-based features such as fleet data, subject to customer consent. This allows developers to create new services and applications for Volvo cars.
 
- Rather than relying on multiple electronic control units around the car that control individual features and systems, an increasing amount of in-house developed software will run in a powerful core computing system in the car.
 
 
VOLVO AIMS FOR AN IPO BY THE END OF 2021
 
- Volvo Cars is "making good progress" toward a potential initial public offering by the end of this year, CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Reuters. "We are looking at the possibility of doing an IPO before the end of the year," listing shares on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Samuelsson said in an interview on Wednesday.
 
- Samuelsson said Volvo and Geely will continue to share vehicle architectures, combustion powertrains and other components. But the companies will do so at "an arm's length distance," consistent with the way independent companies do business, he said.
 
- In Europe, the company plans to change its retail operations so that customers order new EVs directly from the manufacturer, with dealers paid commissions to deliver them, Samuelsson said. In the U.S., where laws protect existing dealers, Volvo will still sell vehicles through franchised retailers.
 
 
ABB READIES ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGER BUSINESS FOR $3 BILLION IPO
 
- Swiss technology group ABB (ABBN.S) plans to list its e-mobility division on the stock market next year in a deal that could value the fast-growing business at about $3 billion, according to three people close to the matter.The e-mobility business, which makes fast chargers for electric cars and buses, is benefiting from a global boom in battery-powered vehicles.
 
- ABB's e-mobility business employs 850 staff and posted revenues of $220 million in 2020. It has recorded an average growth rate of 50% over the past five years, although that pace is expected to moderate in coming years. Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimated in May that the unit's sales would grow to $495 million next year.
 
 
JOBS BOOST AS NISSAN TO BUILD NEW ELECTRIC MODEL AND BATTERY PLANT IN UK
 
- Japanese car giant Nissan is to build a new electric model and huge battery plant in the UK in a massive boost to the automotive industry. More than 1,600 jobs will be created in Sunderland and an estimated 4,500 in supply companies under an investment of £1 billion.More than £420 million will be invested in building a new-generation all-electric vehicle.
 
- The car-maker will partner with Envision AESC, a global company in battery technology, and Sunderland City Council.There will be three interconnected initiatives bringing together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, which Nissan said sets a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry.
 
 
US: PORSCHE TAYCAN SALES SURGE IN Q2 2021
 
- Porsche significantly expanded its electric car sales in the U.S., delivering a record number of 3,359 Taycans (all versions). The growth rate from a low base of 818 (affected by COVID-19-related lockdowns) is 313% year-over-year.
That's a pretty amazing result, especially if we compare it with the total volume of 18,958 (up 55.5% year-over-year), because all-electric cars already stand for 17.7% of the total Porsche volume in the U.S.
 
- After the first six months of 2021, Porsche sold some 5,367 Taycans in the U.S. (and 9,911 cumulatively). At the current rate it should hit 10,000 in 2021 and 15,000 cumulatively total by the end of 2021.
 
 
PORSCHE TAYCAN EV RECALL ANNOUNCEMENT TO FIX SOFTWARE ISSUE SOON: SOURCES
 
- Porsche AG is planning a global recall of its Taycan electric car to fix a software issue that can cause a sudden loss of power, according to people familiar with the matter. The move follows reports of cars switching to emergency mode in the U.S. that prompted an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in May, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the plan isn’t public.
 
- There have been no reported accidents or injuries, a recall of Porsche’s first all-electric car underscores the technical challenges of rolling out vehicles packed with increasingly sophisticated software gadgetry on a large scale.
 
 
PORSCHE TARGETS 100 FAST-CHARGING EU SITES
 
- Porsche is aiming to set up around 100 of its own fast-charging locations in Europe by 2025.
 
- During Volkswagen’s ‘Power Day’ in March, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume announced Porsche’s own HPC network along important traffic axes in addition to the Ionity locations. At the time, it was said that in the future each location would offer between six and twelve charging points with a capacity of 350 kW, a roof, and also comfortable places to stay while charging.
 
- As part of a pilot project with 15 dealers, a booking system will initially be tested that allows Taycan drivers to reserve a charging slot via smartphone.
 
- Audi is another Volkswagen subsidiary currently working on a concept for its own fast-charging network. The core of Audi’s approach is ‘premium’ HPC charging in combination with a lounge offer.
 
 
CONSUMER REPORTS RETURNS TESLA MODEL 3'S 'TOP PICK' RATING
 
- Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have once again given their thumbs up to the Tesla Model 3 after it passed a test of its new automatic braking system. As of May 1, Tesla switched from a radar-based system to a camera-based system it dubbed Tesla Vision as a way to have the Model 3's automatic braking system avoid other vehicles or pedestrians. That change prompted IIHS to remove the Model 3's "Top Safety Pick+" designation last month until the organization could test the new feature. Consumer Reports also dropped its "Top Pick" recommendation for Tesla's best-selling car, and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration no longer lists the Model 3 as having an automatic braking or a front collision warning system.But the IIHS has conducted its own independent tests of the new Tesla system, and given its top rating of "superior" for avoiding other cars, and its second highest rating of "advanced" for avoiding pedestrians. Both ratings were similar to the scores the old system for the Model 3 received.
 
 
LUCID MOTORS CEO ON TAKING ON TESLA

 
KIA PREPARES TO UNLEASH FULL-SIZE ELECTRIC SUV

 
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Jul 01, 2021
1129: Renault’s Electric Plan For Platforms, Batteries and Cars | 30 June 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 30th June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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RENAULT EV ELECTRIC BATTERY COSTS TO REDUCE IN ELECTRIC-CAR PUSH
 
- Renault SA aims to cut the cost of its batteries by 60% this decade as the struggling French carmaker seeks to accelerate a push into electric vehicles. Renault also plans to lower the cost of its electric motors by 30%, make them more compact and extend their range, it said Wednesday. It plans to roll out several EVs in the coming years, including a revival of the iconic and affordable ‘4L’ model.
 
- In deciding to revive the 4L model that dates back to the 1960s after also announcing plans to remake the Renault 5 into an EV, de Meo is taking his penchant for vintage a step further. The latter will cost a third less than its compact Zoe EV, the company said.
 
- Part of Renault’s push into affordable EVs is a pledge to lower battery-pack costs to less than $100 per kilowatt-hour in 2025, and below $80 per kilowatt-hour in 2030
 
 
 
ELECTRIC RENAULT 5 HEADING FOR PRODUCTION - AND IT'LL COST UNDER £20K
 
- The Renault 5 EV Prototype is heading for production, although not until 2024, with a new platform and a target price under £20k.   When Renault revealed the new electric Renault 5 Prototype at the start of the year, it was hard to believe it was just a punt at a future EV, rather than a car with production intent, as it seemed to hit a rich vein of retro-modern style and promised much.
 
- To no one’s great surprise, Renault has now announced that the Electric 5 will go into production as part of its plans to deliver 14 new models by 2025 – seven of which will be EVs – and arrive in 2024. So a bit of a wait then.
When it does arrive, the Electric 5 will use new nickel, manganese and cobalt (NCM) batteries which, say Renault, will drastically reduce the overall battery cost and deliver a range of around 250 miles, 134bhp from its electric motor and be underpinned by a new CMF-BEV Platform designed for compact EVs.
 
 
RENAULT 4EVER: BRAND TEASES ADDITIONAL SMALL EV
 
- Renault has confirmed it's developing a second B-segment EV, currently named the '4ever'.
The  brand revealed the first details and a reductive teaser image of the  front end of the new car, showing a rectangular 'grille' and headlights  complete with Renault's new badge front and centre. It's designed to  invoke the classic Renault 4 – one of the brand's most iconic models –  and reimagine it for the electric age.
 
- The  new 4ever will use the brand's new CMF-BEV platform – an electric  version of the platform used on the Clio and Captur – which claims  around 248 miles of range on a charge.
 
 
NEW RENAULT PLATFORM MAKES ELECTRIC VEHICLES ‘MORE AFFORDABLE’
 
- It says it will also strengthen its presence in the all-electric C-segment, firstly with the All-New MéganE in 2022, while the Alpine ‘dream garage’ unveiled in January will become a reality, starting in 2024.
The Group aims at providing the greenest mix in the European market in 2025, with more than 65% of vehicles in the sales mix electric and electrified, and up to 90% BEVs in the Renault brand mix by 2030.
 
- With CMF-EV and CMF-BEV platforms, the Group says it can capitalise on its 10 years’ of EV experience making dedicated EV platforms along with its highly efficient CMF-B platform.
For the C- and D-segment, the CMF-EV platform will represent 700,000 units at Alliance level by 2025. CMF-EV offers a range up to 360 miles (580km, WLTP).
 
- This performance, it says, comes from the Group and Nissan’s engineers working on reduced friction, weight reduction and a state-of-the-art thermal management system.
 
- On top of these new technologies, the Group is also working on a more compact, all-in-one e-powertrain.
This e-powertrain integrates the e-motor, the reducer and the power electronics (One Box Project) in a single package: enabling 45% less volume in total (equivalent to the volume of the current-generation Clio fuel tank), 30% reduction in cost of the overall powertrain (this value saving being the equivalent of the e-motor cost), and 45% reduction of wasted energy on WLTP allowing an extra EV range of up to 12 miles (20km).
 
 
GM AND SHELL WILL GIVE YOU FREE ELECTRICITY FOR YOUR ELECTRIC CAR
 
- While many companies and even countries have committed to going full-zero-emissions by a certain date, GM and Shell are going a step or two beyond that, offering to pay for the electricity to charge your electric car.
 
- “Coming this summer, owners of electric vehicles from GM brands will have the opportunity to select home energy plans that include the option for free overnight hours of EV charging1,” GM said in a release.
 
- You just have to own a GM EV, in Texas, and charge overnight. You can easily program your car to start and stop charging at certain times of the day or night, so it won’t be that hard.
 
- “Owners of eligible Chevrolet electric vehicles (EV) will have the opportunity to schedule their EV to charge during the free overnight hours, from midnight to 5 a.m.”
 
 
REVEL VOWS TO LAUNCH TESLA E-CAB SERVICE THIS SUMMER
 
- Brooklyn e-scooter-sharing company Revel is ploughing ahead with its plans roll out an all-electric cab fleet later this summer, despite the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission blocking the move last week.
“We’ll be launching a little later this summer,” said Revel co-founder and chief executive officer Frank Reig at the opening of the company’s electric vehicle charging ‘superhub’ in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, June 29.
 
- Revel originally wanted debut a fleet of 50 Teslas colored in the company’s signature blue onto the streets of Downtown Manhattan. In order to bypass the the city’s cap on new for-hire vehicles, the firm planned to use an exemption for electric vehicles, but TLC threw up a roadblock last week when commissioners voted to close that loophole.
 
- On Tuesday, the company cut the ribbon on its new electric vehicle charging hub at the old Pfizer factory on Flushing and Marcy avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which will be open to the public to juice up their electric cars 24/7 starting Tuesday, with free charging for the first seven days
 
- the power center was supposed to support Revel’s fleet of Tesla Model Y’s, as well as charge EV’s owned by the public at the rate of 39 cents per kilowatt-hour
 
 
CRASHES INVOLVING TESLA AUTOPILOT AND OTHER DRIVER-ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS GET NEW SCRUTINY
 
 
TESLA WINS AGAINST GREEN ACTIVISTS WHO SOUGHT TO DELAY EUROPEAN PLANT
 
TESLA MODEL Y LAUNCH DATE AND PRICING IN HONG KONG REVEALED
 
 
142 TESLA MEGAPACKS POWER ON TO CREATE GIANT NEW BATTERY, REPLACING GAS PEAKER PLANT IN CALIFORNIA
 
CHAR.GY AWARDED £6.4M FOR ON-STREET CHARGING IN THE UK
 
 
NETHERLANDS LICENSES FIRST EV SMART CHARGING COMPANY TO PROVIDE GRID SERVICES
 
 
CONNECTICUT INCREASES REBATES FOR ELECTRIC CAR PURCHASES
 
 
GERMANY: PLUG-IN CAR SALES MORE THAN QUADRUPLED IN MAY 2021
 
 
PORSCHE MACAN EV INTERIOR CAUGHT IN FRESH SPY PHOTOS
 
 
NEW 2022 GENESIS GV60 ELECTRIC CROSSOVER CAUGHT ON CAMERA
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
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Jun 30, 2021
1128: Volkswagen ID Buzz Spied With Production Body | 29 June 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 29th June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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CATL EXTENDS BATTERY SUPPLY DEAL WITH TESLA
 
- Sourcing locally has helped Tesla cut the prices of its Shanghai-made Model 3 sedans, which have been trimmed down by more than 25% since they were first delivered to the public in January 2020. More than 90% of the parts used in Tesla's Shanghai factory are from Chinese suppliers, Tesla China told a local media last month. Tesla also uses LG Chem batteries in its Shanghai plant, where it also is making Model Y sport-utility vehicles. It isn't clear whether CATL's batteries are used in Model Ys.
 
 
CHINA’S LARGEST BATTERY MAKER CATL EXTENDS AGREEMENT WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLE GIANT TESLA TO 2025
 
- Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), the Shenzhen-listed electric-car battery maker, said it has reached an agreement with Tesla to provide lithium batteries to the US electric vehicle maker’s China production plants for an additional 30 months
 
- China’s largest producer of automobile battery packs said in a stock exchange filing on Monday evening that it reached an agreement last Friday with Tesla to provide battery packs for the US electric vehicle’s subsidiary in Shanghai up until December 2025.
 
- “The agreement signifies further acknowledgement by Tesla of the product quality and production capability of [our company], and will help strengthen the long-term cooperation relationship between the company and Tesla,” CATL said.
 
 
PIKES PEAK WINNERS INCLUDE TESLA MODEL S PLAID
 
- The 99th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) was crazy, exhausting, dangerous, and one of the greatest motorsports event you can see. Fifty-two drivers and their crew had spent close to a month preparing for the annual time-attack hill climb near Colorado Springs.
 
- Spectators roam past fences for a better view, and even the blades of the low-flying camera helicopter mostly drowned out the siren required for electric vehicles competing here.
 
- The true king of Pikes Peak Mountain was back this year: Romain Dumas, the crazy Frenchman who set an unbeaten record of seven minutes, 57 seconds in Volkswagen's all-electric ID. R Pikes Peak racer in 2018.
 
- Randy Pobst was back too. After sending a Tesla Model 3 flying into a wall at Bottomless Pit, he came back for more. This time winning the Exhibition division with his new Model S Plaid from Unplugged Performance, but still finishing 10 seconds behind a 1996 BMW M3
 
 
ALL-ELECTRIC MUSTANG COBRA JET 1400 ROASTS THE QUARTER-MILE
 
- Bob Tasca III got behind the wheel of the all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 at NHRA Nationals yesterday and set a new world record. The veteran ran the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 for a quarter mile in 8.128 seconds at 171.97 mph, crushing the 8.27 seconds at 168 mph recorded in September of last year.
 
- The name of Ford’s all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 may be somewhat misleading, since it’s throwing 1500+ hp to the rear wheels instead of 1400. Ford says that’s the equivalent to three 2021 Mustang GT V8 powerplants combined
 
- According to Ford Performance, this car was built in a collaboration with Cascadia Motion for the inverter and motors and Watson Engineering for the chassis support and development as well as the roll cage. This is Ford’s first factory fully electric dragster prototype, launched in April of last year.
 
- It's nice to watch a race without having to bring ear protection, but does it feel as exciting?
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN ID BUZZ SPIED WITH PRODUCTION BODY FOR FIRST TIME
 
- photographers have managed to capture the all-electric van using its own body. Eschewing the Transporter skin used by the test mules, the Microbus for the EV era has been caught wearing the production bodywork
 
- the prototype hides its final look underneath clever camo. It would appear that VW is going for a Renault van look with the disguise applied onto the ID Buzz's front fascia, featuring stickers on the headlights to conceal the actual clusters.
 
- The fully covered rear side glass suggests we are dealing with the cargo version of the ID Buzz, unless it's simply body-colored camo to hide the interior.
 
- Even with all of this makeup, it's fairly obvious the production model will be quite similar to the showcar unveiled four and a half years ago in Detroit.
 
 
BMW I3 ERA COMES TO AN END IN THE U.S. THIS JULY
 
- BMW i3 will soon stop its production for the U.S. market. According to a BMW dealer bulletin, the final production for the electric i3 hatchback is scheduled for July 2021. Over the last 12 months, the i3 inventory for the U.S. was at its lowest point and customers often had difficulties securing a production slot. The latest dealer info suggests that there are only around 180 production slots remaining.
 
- BMW is now heavily invested in the launch of the BMW i4 and iX next-generation electric cars and there is very little incentive to promote or market the heavily discounted and incentivized i3.
 
- When it goes out of production – likely in 2022 for the rest of the markets – the i3 will go down as the first and maybe last BMW built on a full carbon fiber frame. When BMW launched the i3 and i8 in 2013, the two projects were not only considered the most advanced within BMW, but also in the automotive world. The first electric BMW and also the first hybrid sportscar from Munich made use of BMW’s knowledge in carbon fiber construction, but at a much larger scale.
 
 
AUSTRALIA’S CHEAPEST EV SET TO FALL UNDER $40K MARK IN NSW
 
- Thanks to the New South Wales Government’s new electric vehicle subsidy, the cheapest EV on the Aussie market, the MG ZS EV, just got even cheaper. 
Under the new statewide EV scheme, NSW will provide 25,000 eligible buyers with a $3000 rebate and will also ditch stamp duty on electric cars valued up to $68,750. The abolition of stamp duty will also apply to EVs valued at up to $78,000. 
This means buyers in Australia’s most populous state could conceivably pay as little as $39,670 drive-away for MG’s electric SUV, which normally retails for $43,990 drive-away.
 
- The EV subsidy and stamp duty abolition is part of the NSW Government’s recently announced $490 million Electric Vehicle Strategy and will come into effect from September 1 of 2021.
 
 
THE LEVC E-CAMPER IS AN ELECTRIC CAMPERVAN BASED ON A LONDON TAXI
 
- Holidaying at home is a necessary trend, but all the hotels are booked up. A campervan is the solution.
 
- Meet the solution to all your woes, an electric-powered camper effectively based on LEVC’s London taxi. An e-motor provides power for 60 miles of zero-emission range, while a 1.3-litre engine will buzz to life in the background as a range-extender if your campsite’s a little further. Total range is 304 miles, but that engine never drives the wheels, merely a background artist topping up the 31 kWh battery.
 
- Crucially, all your amenities – including the cooker – will run on electricity alone
 
- It’ll sleep four – two up, two down – while the front seats flip round 180 degrees so you can all dine convivially around a table.
 
- Prices start at £62,250 excluding VAT.
 
 
e-Camper | Electric Camper Van
 
- “The campervan market is growing rapidly and, despite these vehicles being used for coastal and countryside adventures which often include national parks and protected areas, they are still powered by petrol or diesel engines. This is a major conflict; we can see a shift in consumer attitudes, with demand for greener mobility solutions to help to protect and improve air quality. Our new electric, zero-emissions capable e-Camper offers the perfect solution and is well-equipped with high quality features that can be tailored to meet a range of customer requirements.”Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC
 
 
TESLA OFFERS FREE SUPERCHARGING AT SELECT LOCATIONS FOR FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY
 
- Tesla owners traveling in California during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend may receive a special perk from the company. As stated by Tesla in a message to some of its California-based customers, the company would be offering free Supercharging in select CA sites between Friday, July 2, and Monday, July 5.
 
- “Avoid the rush this Fourth of July holiday and charge for free before 12 p.m. and after 9 p.m. at select California Superchargers between Friday, July 2 and Monday, July 5. For faster charging anytime, navigate to your destination using Trip Planner to optimize your route and automatically precondition your battery,”
 
- Travel is even expected to exceed pre-Covid levels by 3.8%, despite ongoing concerns about the virus.
 
 
VELORETTI’S FIRST ELECTRIC BIKES ARE AUTOMATIC AND GORGEOUS

 
VOLVO'S SOUTH CAROLINA FACTORY WILL EXCLUSIVELY BUILD ELECTRIC CARS

 
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION IN TUCSON NOW REQUIRED TO INCLUDE ELECTRIC VEHICLE OUTLETS

 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
If you could only afford one, would you rather - Solar Panels or battery storage? On one hand, energy generation. But then again, being able to store electricity when it’s cheap and use it later to charge your EV. 
 
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1127: Billion Dollar Deals Show Why Batteries Are The New Oil | 28 June 2021
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HONDA WILL BUILD ITS OWN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

- Although General Motors will build Honda’s first two fully electric vehicles for North America, the Japanese automaker plans to change course and manufacture its own later this decade.
- Company officials say they’re developing their own EV architecture, and after two GM-made EVs go on sale in 2024, Honda will start building its own.
- Honda and GM have been partners on hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicles. Earlier this year they announced that GM would build one Honda SUV and one Acura SUV using its Ultium-branded electric vehicle architecture and battery system. The company said the Honda SUV would be named the Prologue
- both SUVs will have bodies, interiors and driving characteristics designed by Honda.
 
 
CHINA: LFP BATTERY SHARE FOR MIC TESLA MODEL 3 REACHES 88% IN MAY
 
- According to very interesting insurance data released by EV Observer (via Moneyball), Tesla Model 3 sales in China are dominated by the version with LFP (lithium iron phosphate) batteries.
Tesla produces in China two versions of the Model 3 that, as far as we know, are equipped with LG Energy Solution's NCM batteries or CATL's LFP batteries
- The data - assuming it is correct - indicates that the SR+ version stands for a record share of 88% of all Made-in-China (MIC) Model 3 sold in China in May 2021
- One of the most interesting things is what will happen once Tesla introduces the entry-level Model Y with LFP batteries? According to rumors, such a version might be launched in July
 
 
NISSAN MAY CONFIRM THIS WEEK IT IS BUILDING A BATTERY PLANT IN UK
 
- Nissan Motor Co will confirm as soon as this week that it will build a battery gigafactory in Sunderland, northeastern England, as part of its electric vehicle strategy, a reporter for broadcaster Sky News said on Monday.
- Japanese media firm Nikkei reported last month that Nissan would partner with China-based battery maker Envision AESC group to build new battery plants for electric vehicles in Japan and United Kingdom.
 
 
Revealed: I understand Nissan will confirm as soon as this week details of its EV strategy for the UK, including the construction of a battery gigafactory in Sunderland - paving the way for thousands of the Japanese company's electric cars to be built in Britain every year.
 
 
RENAULT SIGNS EV BATTERY DEALS WITH ENVISION, VERKOR FOR FRENCH PLANTS
 
- Renault said it signed a memorandum of understanding with the French start-up Verkor to co-develop and then manufacture high-performance batteries, with a view to owning a more than 20 percent stake in Verkor.
- "The combination of these two partnerships with Renault ElectriCity will create nearly 4,500 direct jobs in France by 2030, while developing a robust battery manufacturing ecosystem in the heart of Europe," Renault said in a statement.
- Renault's electric vehicle production hub, with sites at Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz, is expected to produce 400,000 cars a year and create 700 additional jobs in the region. With the French state as its most powerful shareholder, Renault has come under pressure to preserve jobs and keep EV technology in the country.
- The automaker currently buys batteries for its Zoe model from an LG Energy Solution factory in Poland, an arrangement that will carry over to the coming Megane EV lineup planned for next year, according to the statement.
- Renault is also still talking to Stellantis' battery joint venture with energy giant Total, called Automotive Cell Company, about a potential third battery tie-up for around 2027, according to its statement.
 
 
Renault confirms battery deals with AESC and Verkor - electrive.com
 
- Renault now officially confirms that Chinese battery manufacturer Envision AESC will build a battery factory at Renault’s Douai site in northern France
- a total capacity of 43 GWh is targeted by 2030, of which Renault is to purchase 24 GWh. The batteries from Douai are to be used in the future in the electric R5, among other vehicles.
- “Our battery strategy builds on Renault Group’s ten years of experience and investment in the electric mobility value chain,” expresses Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group. “The latest strategic partnerships with Envision AESC and Verkor greatly bolster our position as we ensure the Europe-based production of one million electric vehicles by 2030. This marks a major milestone as we strengthen our competitive edge, by rooting our Group in the underlying momentum of French industry and striving to reach our carbon neutrality objectives. The Group thus reaffirms its willingness to produce popular, affordable, and cost-effective electric cars in France.”
 
 
CHINA’S ENVISION TO BUILD RENAULT $2.4 BILLION BATTERY PLANT
 
- French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to unveil the agreements on Monday at Renault’s assembly plant in Douai, where the Envision battery plant -- the first in Europe for the company that also makes wind turbines -- will be located. Ahead of a national election next year, Macron is seeking to reap political advantage from the prospect that some 4,500 jobs could be created by 2030 at the EV hub situated in a region that has long suffered from industrial decline.
 
 
RIVIAN SHOWCASES R1T CAMP KITCHEN’S FEATURES IN NEW VIDEO
 
- Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe shared a video showcasing the R1T’s camp kitchen feature recently. The Rivian R1T modular camp kitchen seems to deliver as promised, with a full set of utensils and a makeshift kitchen sink to boot.
- The entire kitchen comes in three modules, stored in the electric pickup’s Gear Tunnel. The R1T camp kitchen includes an induction cooktop for at least two pots or pans and a removable sink with a hose reel to rinse off dirty dishes, utensils, food, and more.
- The sink seems to be attached to a water tank module. It does not have a drain but can be detached to throw out the water. The sink could also be used as a basket when removed from its module based on the video. The sink’s cover seems like it also functions as a cutting board.
- The R1T’s kitchen modules are easily detached from the Gear Tunnel shuttle, which is 65” long, 18.1” wide, and 20.3” in height. It includes features like LED lighting, a 12V outlet, a 110V outlet, and a safety release.
 
 
BRITAIN AIMS TO CAPTURE £8BN ELECTRIC CAR SPENDING SPREE
 
- Britain aims to seize on an imminent £8bn spending spree by international manufacturers to “catch the wave” of electric cars, Boris Johnson’s investment tsar has revealed.
The City grandee Lord Grimstone, who now leads the Government’s Office for Investment, told The Telegraph he is in discussions with a raft of potential investors in the UK to capitalise on an “auto-Renaissance”.
- Investment decisions are due from Japanese carmaker Nissan over a new gigafactory in Sunderland for electric car batteries. Stellantis, the owner of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere port, has held talks over making electric vehicles on the site.
The South Korean duo LG and Samsung are also reportedly in discussions over major gigafactory investments, while West Midlands carmaker JLR is looking to source batteries from a UK plant.
- Lord Grimstone said: “I think we are in the middle of what I call the “auto-Renaissance” because all the manufacturers have been caught out across Europe and the UK by the speed at which the customer - not the manufacturer, not the Government - is moving towards electric vehicles.
“Every single one of them I talk to - all of them - are changing their production schedules, bringing forward new models and reconfiguring their whole global footprint.
- “This is a huge opportunity for the UK. Out of this kind of massive change, you are either going to catch the wave, or if you don’t it is not going to be there for another 20 or 30 years.”
 
 
2023 AUDI E-TRON FACELIFT RUMOURED TO GET NEW BATTERY, MORE RANGE
 
- The automaker began delivering the E-Tron crossover in 2019, and that model is due for a mid-cycle refresh. However, instead of the usual design tweaks automakers make, Audi is rumoured to be updating the electrified powertrain, too.
- Not only will the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback receive a new battery, which will increase its range, but the two will also receive improved electric motors that are more efficient. Autocar’s sources say that the E-Tron will deliver more than 373 miles of range for both variants. The current 95-kilowatt-hour battery delivers 249 miles of range in the UK.
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN IS #1 IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES ACROSS THESE 10 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
 
- Looking across the same 10 European countries as before — Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland — the clear brand leader is Volkswagen, with 18.3% of the pure electric vehicle sales across those 10 markets. That’s nearly one out of every five electric vehicles sold in those 10 countries.
- Tesla, still carried by just the top-selling Model 3, is #2, holding 10% of EV sales. Renault is not far behind, with 9.2% EV market share, but expect Tesla to grow its lead notably in June, and probably further through the end of 2021. Peugeot (7.7%) and Hyundai (6%) round out the top 5.
 
 
 
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Jun 28, 2021
1126: EV Startup Rimac To Buy Bugatti From Volkswagen | 27 June 2021
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RIMAC TO BUY MAJORITY STAKE IN BUGATTI FROM VOLKSWAGEN
 
- According to a media report, the Croatian electric car specialist Rimac wants to acquire a majority stake in VW subsidiary Bugatti. Rimac is to be floated on the stock market by 2022.
- according to the German publication Manager Magazin citing those close to the matter, the Bugatti deal is close to completion.
- Volkswagen is initially expected to transfer responsibility for Bugatti to Porsche, and Porsche would then form a joint venture with Rimac in which Rimac would acquire 55 per cent of Bugatti’s shares. In comparison, Porsche would control 45 per cent. However, Porsche’s stake in Rimac, which was increased to 24 per cent in March, is apparently to remain unaffected by the deal.
 
 
PORSCHE TO DECIDE SOON ON BUGATTI FUTURE
 
- Volkswagen will soon decide on the future of its luxury brand Bugatti, Oliver Blume, Volkswagen management board member and CEO of Porsche AG, said on Monday.
- Porsche boss Oliver Blume earlier this year said intense discussions on Bugatti's future were ongoing and that Rimac could play a role as the brands were a good technological fit, adding that a decision was expected in the first half of 2021.
 
 
NEW 50MW BATTERY GOES LIVE TO SUPPORT EV CHARGING
 
From Phil Allen who emailed me this one:
 
- A new giant battery storage system for recharging electric vehicles has gone live in Oxford today, creating a creates a blueprint for other towns and cities to achieve net zero carbon emissions.  The 50MW lithium-ion battery is directly connected to the UK’s high-voltage transmission system, run by National Grid.
- An 8km private wire network will deliver power from the battery to both public and commercial EV charging locations across the city. These will include the UK’s largest public charging hub, with up to 10MW of power on site, which will feature 38 fast to ultra-rapid chargersdelivering 100% renewable energy to EV drivers day and night when it opens in a few months’ time.Fastned will initially install 10 chargers at the hub with 300kW of power
- Matt Allen, CEO of Pivot Power, which has led the £41 million Government-backed scheme, said: “This is the first grid-scale battery to directly connect to the transmission network in the UK, and represents a key milestone for the completion of Energy Superhub Oxford and our mission to accelerate the UK towards net zero. We are planning up to 40 similar sites throughout the country.”
 
 
PIVOT POWER OXFORD SUPERHUB
 
- An EV public superhub at one of Oxford’s Park & Rides will provide up to 50 charge points catering for a range of vehicles and speeds, so that visitors can charge in minutes or while they work or shop in the city. The network has the capacity to expand with EV adoption and provide power for local businesses seeking to electrify their fleets, from logistics companies to bus operators.
It shares a connection to National Grid’s high voltage transmission network with a 50MW hybrid battery storage system, helping our electricity network to make more use of renewable energy. This means that as more EVs hit the road, we can increase the amount of low carbon electricity powering them and accelerate Oxford’s journey to zero carbon.
 
 
TESLA FSD BETA V9 DELAYED ANOTHER WEEK
 
- The release of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta Version 9 has been delayed another week, CEO Elon Musk told Twitter followers early today. The FSD Suite has been primed for a new release for several months, and Musk has hinted toward an imminent rollout of the semi-autonomous driving functionality.
- Musk said early this morning that “we [Tesla] need to fix some obvious issues before releasing beta 9, hopefully next week.” This has been a repetitive tone of the Tesla CEO, who says that he’s currently utilizing FSD “Alpha 9” in his personal vehicle.
 
- I’m driving “alpha” 9, but we need to fix some obvious issues before releasing beta 9, hopefully next week. FSD subscription capability should be turning on via the Tesla app.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 25, 2021
 
- The most recent update to the FSD Beta V9 came on June 6th, when Musk updated Tesla owners with details on what was expected to be V9’s long-awaited release. “One more production release of pure vision this week, then FSD Beta 9 a week or two later. V9.0 FSD is also pure vision. Foundational improvements are immense,” he said.
This would have slotted V9 to be rolled out to customers on June 20th, at the latest. But the update never came
 
 
CALIFORNIA DIDN'T REQUIRE ELECTRIC CAR OWNERS TO STOP CHARGING
 
- The claim: California told electric vehicle owners to not charge their cars because of a power shortage.As a record-setting heat wave swept across the Western U.S. in June, the organization that oversees most of California’s power grid sounded the alarm for residents to cut electricity consumption to avoid outages.The “Flex Alert” issued by the California Independent System Operator on June 17 was meant to ease the strain on the power grid by encouraging residents to avoid activities that draw heavy electricity during peak hours. That included running major appliances or lowering thermostats.But it did not tell electric vehicle owners they couldn’t charge their cars, as a June 21 Facebook post claims. The post said the state “literally” told electric vehicle owners not to charge their cars.
 
- California ISO also suggested residents lower their thermostats earlier in the day to “pre-cool” their homes and charge electric vehicles before the alert was in effect.It did not require electric vehicle owners to stop charging their cars.
 
 
BP MAKES $7M INVESTMENT IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING FIRM IOTECHA
 
- bp ventures has invested $7million in smart electric vehicle (EV) charging firm, IoTecha, leading a $13.2 million investment round. IoTecha’s easy-to-use technology connects EV chargers with the electricity grid using the IoT, optimising the charging process by automating payments and delivering cost and potential energy savings to customers.
 
- IoTecha’s Intelligent Power Platform, IoT.ON™, allows private and fleet vehicles from any manufacturer to communicate seamlessly with charging stations to signal when they need recharging. The platform gathers information over time, identifying patterns and the energy requirements of each user across all forms of EV charging.
 
- The technology also enables EV owners to sell unused electricity back to the grid through a process known as Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) or bi-directional charging.
 
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
 
RON B, SAN JOSE CA
For single charging stop journeys (less than 400 miles) I would rely on in-car charging planner of the Porsche Taycan. For multiple charging single day I will review route on ABRP (A Better Route Planner). Web on laptop for better big picture or Phone App if remote. Then use in-car routing. For multi-day family road trips I plan either way picking hotels and venues. In this case I will attempt to find hotels with charging or hotels near charging. For example in Carson City I found a reasonable hotel that was only 3 blocks from free Level 2 charging at a government building.
 
The car does a good job but seemingly not Tesla level yet, but the car excels in other areas. :-)
 
MARK BUCKINGHAM
 
Easy! Powertrip app. power trip.co.nz
 
KIMBERLEY LLOLYD
I'm still quite new to driving our Nissan LEAF 40kWh so I plan everything in advance before I leave, and am probably over cautious in terms of knowing how to travel between chargers.
 
BILLY LANG (on Twitter)
With the best planning in the world you can't predict charger unreliability, so you have to stay on your toes and be prepared to re-route
 
JONATHAN MATTHEWS
It's one of the best things about a Tesla, just getting in and letting the car navigate to the next Supercharger. Many people I talk to don't realise this is also available on Tesla's website.
 
KENNY STRONG
When I go on a long journey I try to have a Plan A and PLan B for each stop. it's not always possible but you have to be prepared for a charger to be busy, or worse blocked by an ICE car, so I always try to stop where there is another option closeby.
 
LESLIE IN BIRMIGNHAM
This is without doubt the worse part of any EV I've driven. But in a way I understand it. You have to try and collate tens or hundreds of different networks, hopefully provide some sort of live update, and then expect it to be in every model of EV on the market? It's almost impossible.
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
If you could only afford one, would you rather - Solar Panels or battery storage? On one hand, energy generation. But then again, being able to store electricity when it’s cheap and use it later to charge your EV. 
 
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Jun 27, 2021
1125: Tesla Confirms Plan To Open Up Superchargers| 26 June 2021
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TESLA CONFIRMS PLAN TO OPEN SUPERCHARGER NETWORK
 
TESLA RECALLS NEARLY 300,000 CARS IN CHINA
 
TESLA 'RECALLS' VEHICLES IN CHINA FOR ONLINE SOFTWARE UPDATE.
 
MODDED TESLA MODEL S PLAID FLY UP PIKES PEAK
 
UP CLOSE WITH THE 2022 KIA EV6
 
I JUST RODE IN THE CAR ELON MUSK SHOULD BE MOST WORRIED ABOUT
 
MITSUBISHI AND DACIA READY CHEAP EVS
 
Powertrain type doesn't matter without aerodynamics
 
XPENG TO RAISE UP TO $2 BILLION FROM HONG KONG LISTING
 
AUDI’S Q4 E-TRON IS CAPABLE OF TURNING ANY PETROLHEAD
 
VOLKSWAGEN ID BUZZ SPY SHOTS: MODERN ELECTRIC BUS STARTS TESTING
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
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Jun 26, 2021
1124: U.S. Infrastructure Plan Keeps Funds For EV Chargers | 25 June 2021
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BIDEN AGREES TO $973B INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, EV SUBSIDIES AXED
 
BIDEN'S EV CHARGING PUSH COULD BOOST AUTOMAKERS TAKING ON TESLA
 
TWEAKED INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN KEEPS FUNDS FOR BIDEN’S EV CHARGERS
 
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FEDERAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX CREDIT
 
PANASONIC SOLD ITS ENTIRE STAKE IN TESLA
 
MUSTANG MACH-E GT AND GT PERFORMANCE RANGE
 
FORD LOSES CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER TO AMAZON
 
VARTA FINDS FIRST CLIENT FOR NEW V4DRIVE CELLS IN PORSCHE
 
TESLA MODEL S PLAID FAST CHARGING RESULTS AMAZE: ANALYSIS
 
TESLA UNVEILS 3,100-MILE SUPERCHARGER ROUTE ACROSS CHINA
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
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1123: NYC Rules Against Electric Taxis | 24 June 2021
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TESLA MODEL 3 FIRST ELECTRIC CAR TO TOP CARS.COM AMERICAN-MADE INDEX
 
- The Tesla Model 3 reached the number one spot in Cars.com’s 2021 American-Made Index (AMI), making it the first all-electric vehicle to top the list in its 16-year history .The annual survey results, released Wednesday, “ranks new vehicles that contribute most to the U.S. economy” based on U.S. factory jobs, manufacturing plants and sourcing of parts, according to the Cars.com
 
- This shows that despite the ongoing semiconductor shortage and lack of vehicle inventory, consumer demand is high, especially for American-made vehicles.
 
- Research done by Cars.com shows 72% of shoppers consider a car’s U.S. economic impact an important deciding factor in their vehicle purchase, according to Cars.com.
 
 
 
 
NEW YORK CITY VOTES TO BLOCK NEW LICENSES FOR ELECTRIC TAXIS
 
- New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) voted to block the issuance of new for-hire vehicle licenses for electric vehicles. The move was widely perceived as a snub toward Revel, the company best known for its electric moped-sharing service, which was planning to launch a ride-hailing service using a fleet of Tesla vehicles. 
 
-Revel announced last April that it planned to launch a ride-hail service in Manhattan with a fleet of 50 Tesla Model Ys. The company had been hoping to exploit a loophole in the city’s current rules, which caps the number of new FHV licenses but exempts wheelchair-accessible and electric vehicles. The cap was originally enacted as a way to stem the tide of new Uber and Lyft vehicles that were flooding the streets. On Tuesday, the TLC voted 5-to-1 remove the exemption for electric vehicles, effectively closing off that pathway for Revel.
 
- those who already own an FHV license for a gas car are still allowed to transfer those licenses to an electric vehicle if they so choose.
 
 
REALITY CHECK FOR VW IN CHINA 
 
- Volkswagen AG’s ID series – the backbone of its electric vehicle ambitions – is off to what even company sources call a worryingly slow start in China. Sales in May of two ID.4 electric SUV models, launched only two months earlier, came to a mere 1,213 combined. And that was about 200 fewer than in April, according to auto consultancy LMC. The sales fall far short of initial hopes, four people with knowledge of the matter said, and what some other automakers have achieved with early sales of flagship EV offerings in the world’s largest auto market.
 
- Volkswagen’s venture with state-owned SAIC Motor, which makes the slightly bigger ID.4 X model, had been targeting sales of 50,000-60,000 vehicles this year
 
- A separate venture between the world’s No. 2 automaker and FAW which makes the ID.4 CROZZ had similar targets
 
- By comparison, Tesla sold 6,612 of its Model Y in China in the first two months after its launch. The ID.4’s sales performance in China also contrasts sharply with Europe, where it is a top-selling electric car with 12,101 sold in the first two months post-launch
 
· Highlighted Source : https://share.getliner.com/CSmmz/
 
 
MG MARVEL R ELECTRIC HEADING TO EUROPEAN DEALERS - ELECTRIVE.COM
 
- MG Motor has announced the market launch of its all-electric SUV, Marvel R Electric, in Europe. The model is now available for pre-order. The electric SUV will arrive in European MG Brand Stores in autumn this year.
MG Motor gives list prices for the Marvel R, which was unveiled in March, ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 euros. The Marvel R is available in all-wheel-drive (AWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) versions and Comfort, Luxury and Performance variants.
 
- The large electric car is 4.67 metres long and features a wheelbase of 2.8 metres. According to the company, the SUV is built on an aluminium frame and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. The top speed is 200 km/h.
 
- Prospective buyers can choose between two powertrain versions: a tri-motor powertrain – with three electric motors, all-wheel drive and a maximum output of 212 kW, as well as a WLTP range of 370 kilometres. The RWD version with two electric motors has a maximum output of 132 kW and a WLTP range of 402 kilometres. Both versions get their energy from a 70-kWh lithium-ion battery.
 
- With a V2L (vehicle-to-load) function, the lithium-ion battery can also supply external electrical devices such as air pumps, e-scooters, laptops or another electric car with power.
 
 
 
 
LUCID'S 'AIR' ELECTRIC LUXURY SEDAN RECORDS MORE THAN 10,000 RESERVATIONS
 
- Lucid Motors said that the reservations for the luxury electric sedan, Air, have already reached more than 10,000. Although it is expected that the reservations would still be higher than usual, the growing EV production in the company could be enough to rival Tesla.
 
- "We achieved a landmark last Friday when we started building our quality validation production run of cars. We completed our pre-production run very successfully. The quality validation builds are the cars that we eventually will sell directly to customers once we get the quality right. This is a big step in our mission to industrialize," Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson said.
 
In line with this goal, Rawlinson hopes that the Air's "Dream Edition" would be delivered in this year's second half. During Q2 2021, the revamped Dream only lasted for a while. Lucid stated that this time, they would only create 500 units of it.
 
 
 
 
RIVIAN PLANT EMPLOYMENT TOPS 1,900 | WGLT
 
- Rivian has now hired 1,000 people in the past four months at its plant in Normal, with spokesperson Zach Dietmeier saying the total number of workers is about 1,900 — and hiring continues.
 
- "By the end of the year we expect to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 employees on site in Normal. Full projections at the Normal Production Facility is somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 to 4,000 people by the end of 2022," said Dietmeier.
 
- New vehicles will start to roll off the line next month as the company starts production models of its R1T pickup trucks. The company's electric SUV will debut late this year.
 
 
 
 
EUROPE INVESTS $47B IN 38 EV BATTERY GIGAFACTORIES
 
- As of May 2021, 38 battery cell gigafactories are being built or planned in Europe and the UK, according to the latest report by the non-governmental organization Transport & Environment. Out of the 38 projects, 17 have secured funding so far, estimated to be up to $30 billion between them. The amount consists of both private and public funding, including, for instance, Tesla’s gigafactory in Berlin, which received $1.4 billion in German federal and state support.
 
- Ten other projects have secured partial financing and support, making up at least $16.8 billion in potential investments. These include numerous national projects, key to Europe’s battery autonomy, notably Verkor in France, Britishvolt in the UK, Italvolt in Italy, Basquevolt-Nabatt in Spain, and Freyr in Norway.In addition, 11 more gigafactories have recently been announced, but still lack firm commitments regarding location, planned capacity, and investment.
 
- If all 38 gigafactories come through, 462 GWh worth of battery cells could be produced in 2025 and 1,144 GWh in 2030 – that’s 13 times higher the current European supply of 87 GWh in 2021. According to Transport & Environment’s analysis, this would give Europe one fifth of global cell production by 2025, rendering it second only to China .
 
 
 
 
1000 NEW JOBS COMING TO SPARTANBURG SC OSHKOSH VEHICLE PLANT
 
- A Wisconsin company will invest $155 million and create 1,000 jobs in Spartanburg County in a plant to manufacture the next generation of vehicles for the United States Postal Service. Oshkosh Defense, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corp., will be located in the Flatwood Industrial Park to make zero-emission battery electric vehicles and fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles. The company will reconfigure an existing warehouse. Other suppliers for the Oshkosh plant are expected to locate in the area, the company said in an announcement Tuesday.
 
- The vehicles will be the first large-scale purchase by the Postal Service in 30 years. The contract calls for 50,000 to 165,000 vehicles over a period of 10 years. Oshkosh was selected in a competitive process that began in 2015 and ended with a multi-billion-dollar contract in February 2021, the company said.
 
 
 
 
NEW STUDY FINDS THAT EV CHARGE AUTOMATION COULD REDUCE CARBON IMPACT
 
- A new study from Sense and Singularity Energy has demonstrated the potential for significant carbon reductions from electric vehicle (EV) charging using a combination of smart home automation and location- and time-based carbon emissions data from the power grid. The study found that by automating charging to minimize carbon impact, carbon emissions from EV charging could be reduced 8-14% on average across the U.S.
 
- Carbon reductions from automated EV charging could have a significant impact on reaching carbon emissions goals to slow climate change, and while EV charging is the most obvious case, similar opportunities for savings apply to other large loads in the home. The best opportunities for load shaping are activities that can be scheduled flexibly, like running a dishwasher or washing machine during overnight hours to have clean clothes and dishes ready when they're needed in the morning
 
- Using an automated, dynamic approach, utilities can incentivize customers to reduce peak emissions by shifting their activities, including EV charging, similar to the current incentives to reduce peak demand.
 
 
 
 
WE'RE CHARGING OUR EVS AT PEAK TIMES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1122: Jaguar Land Rover Announce Electric Roadmap | 23 June 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 23rd June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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RIVIAN CEO TWEETS VIDEOS OF AMAZON VAN AT PAINT SHOP
 
- RJ Scaringe is a low-profile automotive CEO: he only talks about anything when it is ready or close to that. Instead of presenting Rivian to the world and asking for funds, he only revealed it with the R1T prototype and plenty of money from Ford and Amazon. The Internet giant wanted an electric van. Apparently, it is close to production since RJ Scaringe tweeted videos of its body in the paint shop.
 
- It shows a robot painting the interior of the Amazon Van, as it is now known. Amazon alone ordered 100,000 of them
 
- Having such a massive vehicle submerged in a tank full of zinc phosphate coating is an impressive feat for a company that is yet to deliver its first products but is about to do so. Rivian promised the first R1T and R1S would meet their owners in July.
 
 
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CLOSE TO SELECTING UK BATTERY PLANT, CEO TELLS PAPER
 
- Jaguar Land Rover is close to announcing plans to source batteries for its electric vehicles from the UK, CEO Thierry Bollore told the Financial Times. The automaker also will take closer control of key parts such as microprocessors and batteries as it overhauls its supply chain, Bollore told the paper
 
- Bollore told the FT that batteries will be as critical in future as engine-making is today, and JLR is also "exploring all possibilities" about whether to make or buy batteries for its electric vehicles.
 
- Sourcing batteries from a UK plant is the "favorite scenario," he said, adding that the company is in final discussions with a handful of battery manufacturers about plant location.
 
- the Jaguar brand will become all-electric starting in 2025 and Land Rover will aim to make 60 percent of its sales zero emissions vehicles by 2030.
 
- He said JLR's only full-electric model, the Jaguar I-Pace, will continue for several years including new derivatives, but will not be directly replaced. The Range Rover and Land Rover Defender will get full-electric versions, he said.
 
 
NATIONAL GRID FIRST MAJOR US UTILITY TO COMMIT TO ELECTRIFY ITS FLEET
 
- Major utility company National Grid is electrifying close to 6,000 vehicles in the UK and US. The energy company, which will electrify 2,879 vehicles in the UK and 2,905 vehicles in the US, also installs charging sites in the UK and will continue to add 2,900 chargers for its fleets to the 1,400 points already deployed in its US territories.
 
- National Grid is also joining the EV100 initiative and becomes the first major US utility to commit to electrifying its fleet.
 
- The utility operates 50 medium and heavy-duty electrified vehicles while replacing the company passenger cars with electric vehicles. It is also running trials of some electric construction equipment and electrified aerial bucket trucks.
 
 
ENEOS AND AMPLE PARTNER TO LAUNCH EV BATTERY-SWAPPING SERVICE
 
- Eneos and Ample, a US-based startup in which Eneos is an investor, are to collaboratively launch an EV battery-swapping service in Japan.
 
- Through the collaboration, both companies aim to develop an energy delivery service for EVs by creating a battery-swapping station to provide a fast and convenient way of changing batteries at an effective price point.
 
- With renewable energy becoming increasingly important, the swapping station will also be used as a large stationary battery. This will contribute to the optimization of energy utilization and the batteries can also be used as an emergency power source.
 
 
WHO DRIVES ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN SOUTH KOREA?
 
- Of the 14,917 EVs produced by South Korean automakers and sold here in 2020, people in their 50s were the biggest purchasers, accounting for about 20 percent of all sales -- 2,991 vehicles -- according to data from the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association. Those in their 40s were next on the list, buying 2,627 EVs, and those in their 60s purchased 2,013. People in their 30s bought 1,772 EVs, and buyers in their 20s were the smallest segment, purchasing only 466 -- fewer than people in their 70s. Corporate purchases amounted to 4,497 vehicles, or 30.1 percent of the total. People in their 40s were the biggest buyers of imported EVs, purchasing 600 of the 3,357 imported EVs sold here in 2020, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association. The data did not include Tesla, which sold 11,826 vehicles in 2020, as the company is not a member of the association.
 
- According to a survey released this month by the KEPCO Research Institute, a corporate research and development subsidiary of the state-run Korea Electric Power Corp., the average monthly mileage for EVs was 1,984 km -- almost double the figure for internal combustion engines, which was 1,053 km.
 
 
TESLA CHINA TO LAUNCH POWERWALL BATTERIES AND RESIDENTIAL SOLAR FOR DOMESTIC MARKET
 
- Announcements posted online in China indicate that the Tesla Powerwall is formally coming to the country in two days, with the company holding a solar, storage, and charging event on June 23, 2021. Tesla has released three promotional images for the event: one featuring a Supercharger stall, another featuring a Powerwall battery, and another one featuring a solar panel.
 
 
TESLA OPENS SOLAR CHARGING STATION IN TIBET 
 
- Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has opened a solar-powered charging station with on-site power storage in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, the company said in a Weibo post on Wednesday, its first such facility in China.Tesla does not have a showroom in Tibet, a remote and long-impoverished region. In its post, the company cited the ample sunlight in the mountainous area as behind the move.
 
- China is Tesla's second-biggest market, but the charging site is its first in the country with dedicated solar power and on-site power storage. China's power grid is predominantly fueled by coal.
 
 
U.S GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS OBVIOUS: ELECTRIC CARS ARE CHEAPER
 
- According to the office, internal-combustion-engine-powered (ICE) vehicles cost $0.101 per mile to maintain. Hybrid vehicles and plug in hybrids are cheaper to run, but only slightly, ringing in at $0.094 and $0.09 per mile to run. Full battery electric vehicles, on the other hand, are much, much less expensive to run and maintain, coming in at just $0.061 per mile.Now, a difference of just four cents per mile might not sound like much, until you realize just how many miles government owned, light-duty vehicles travel each and every year. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, government-owned light-duty vehicles traveled 1,958,202,121 miles in 2019.
 
- a hypothetical full-electric government fleet would have saved just over $78 million in maintenance costs.
 
- this calculation doesn't even factor in how much money EVs potentially save in average fuel costs per mile, which would likely widen that $78 million gap to an even more eye-popping sum
 
- The U.S. Office Of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has recently given us insight into just how much cheaper electrics can be
 
 
PROTERRA AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ANNOUNCE FLEET ELECTRIFICATION
 
- Miami-Dade to install one of the largest fleet charging systems in the U.S. with 75 Proterra chargers across three bus depots. Miami-Dade’s purchase of 42 Proterra electric transit buses brings its fleet to 75 Proterra buses. With 19 megawatt hours of battery storage capacity and nine megawatts of EV charging power, the project demonstrates Proterra’s ability to offer full fleet electrification technology solutions to commercial vehicle customers
 
- Manufactured in the United States, Proterra battery-electric buses feature zero tailpipe emissions, saving approximately 230,000 pounds of greenhouse gases annually when replacing a diesel bus. The Company’s fleet of zero-emission, electric transit buses have displaced over 100 million pounds of CO2 tailpipe emissions.
 
 
EVS CHANGE THE RULES ON WHERE TO BUILD CARS
 
 

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1121: Porsche’s Cutting Edge Battery Tech For EV Motorsport | 22 June 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 22nd June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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VOLVO TEAMS UP WITH NORTHVOLT FOR NEW EUROPEAN GIGAFACTORY
 
FRANCE: PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CAR SALES MORE THAN TRIPLED
 
PORSCHE WILL BUILD A NEW KIND OF BATTERY CELLS FOR ELECTRIC RACE CARS
 
TESLA MODEL S PLAID NEEDS SOFTWARE UPDATE TO HIT 200 MPH
 
TESLA COULD HAVE BUILT A QUAD-MOTOR MODEL S BEYOND PLAID
 
TESLA UNVEILS ITS NEW SUPERCOMPUTER
 
TESLA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DAY TO TAKE PLACE IN ABOUT A MONTH
 
UNITED STATES STILL HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON CHINESE EV BATTERIES
 
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SPAIN’S FIRST GIGAFACTORY
 
THE DEATH OF CAR OWNERSHIP
 
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Jun 22, 2021
1120: GM: EV Batteries For Trains And Planes | 21 June 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 21st  June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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THIRTY TESLA CRASHES LINKED TO ASSISTED DRIVING SYSTEM UNDER INVESTIGATION IN US
 
IONIQ 5 TAKES HYUNDAI TO NEW PLUG-IN SALES RECORD IN MAY 2021
 
RIVIAN UNPACKS THE R1T'S INTERIOR DETAILS
 
ELON MUSK PUSHES TESLA'S Q2 PRODUCTION AND DELIVERIES
 
“WE ARE BETTER THAN TESLA” SAYS GEELY CHIEF ENGINEER
 
TESLA RIVAL XPENG GETS SELF-DRIVING PARKING ASSIST
 
GM BRINGING ULTIUM BATTERY TECH TO TRAINS, HYDROGEN TO PLANES
 
TESLA GIGA BERLIN SUBJECT TO NEXT PHASE OF BUREACRACY
 
FEDERAL REGULATORS WARN OF RISKS TO FIREFIGHTERS FROM ELECTRICAL VEHICLE FIRES
 
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Jun 21, 2021
1119: Audi’s 2026 Plan To Abandon Combustion For EVs | 20 June 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 20th June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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AUDI WILL STOP BUILDING NEW GAS AND DIESEL CARS IN 2026
 
MAZDA ANNOUNCES 10 HYBRIDS AND THREE EVS BUILT ON THE SAME PLATFORM
 
TESLA MODEL S PLAID WITH 21" WHEELS GETS 348 MILES OF EPA RANGE
 
TESLA MODEL S PLAID FAST-CHARGING AND RANGE TEST: HOW FAR CAN IT GO?
 
AUDI Q4 E-TRON ACHIEVES SIMILAR RANGE AS ID.4 GTX (AWD)
 
TESLA’S 4680 CELL PRODUCTION PROCESS OUTLINED IN GIGA BERLIN’S REVISED FILINGS
 
HONDA CLARITY FUEL-CELL AND PHEV MODELS TO END PRODUCTION SOON
 
 
 
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Jun 20, 2021
1118: Saturday Special Interview: Graeme Cooper from National Grid | 19 June 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 19th June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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On the podcast today we welcome Graeme Cooper from National Grid. This was recorded earlier in the week as part of our livestream series of interviews, collaborating between this channel and Nicolas Raimo from the ‘EV Nick’ channel.
 
Timestamps below:
 
00:22 Intro To Show
01:34 Who is the National Grid
05:49 Electric Vehicles Will Take Grid Down?
17:50 Is The US Ahead Of The UK National Grid?
19:42 Road Rail Aviation and Maritime Power
21:06 Grid Resilience Importing Power & Exporting
25:39 Net-Zero 2050
28:45 What's the balance with regulations
33:24 How Do You Heat Your Home?
37:41 Do we need Hydrogen to be Green?
 
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Jun 19, 2021
1117: MotorTrend’s Tesla Model S Plaid 0-60mph Test | 18 June 2021
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TESLA MODEL S PLAID FIRST TEST: 0–60 MPH IN 1.98 SECONDS*
 
ID.4 IS THE 'MOST AFFORDABLE ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE ELECTRIC VEHICLE ON SALE IN THE U.S.'
 
FULLY ELECTRIC BMW 3 SERIES IS COMING, PROTOTYPE SPIED OUT TESTING
 
DAIMLER SPEEDS UP SHIFT TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES, MANAGER MAGAZIN REPORTS
 
MERCEDES-BENZ EQS OWNERS GET 2 YEARS OF FREE ELECTRIFY AMERICA CHARGING
 
FORD MOTOR ACQUIRES ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING COMPANY
 
TESLA MODEL 3 POLICE CAR HITS UK ROADS FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRIALS
 
CHANGING GEAR – LEARNER DRIVERS IN COVENTRY PLUGGING IN TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES
 
CALIFORNIA NEEDS 1.2 MILLION CHARGERS
 
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Jun 18, 2021
1116: Tesla Urged To Open Superchargers For All In Germany | 17 June 2021
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RIVIAN COLD WEATHER TESTING IN NEW ZEALAND
 
RIMAC GOING BIG WITH BUGATTI TAKEOVER, PUBLIC OFFERING
 
STELLANTIS TO PRODUCE FOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLES AT ITALY'S MELFI PLANT
 
FORD'S LUXURY LINCOLN BRAND AIMS FOR HALF OF SALES TO BE ELECTRIC VEHICLES BY 2026
 
KIA EUROPE AND UBER PARTNER TO GIVE DRIVERS MARKETS DISCOUNTS TO EVS
 
TESLA URGED BY GERMAN MINISTER TO UNLOCK SUPERCHARGING FOR ALL EVS
 
TESLA MODEL S PLAID SHOWS CHARGING SPEEDS OF NEARLY 1K MILES PER HOUR
 
BUS AND BATTERY MAKER PROTERRA EXITS SPAC WITH $640M PAYOUT
 
VOLKSWAGEN READIES ‘MASSIVE’ REJIG TO U.S. PLANS ON BIDEN’S EV SHIFT
 
HOW THE RISING POPULARITY OF EVS COULD LEAD TO A RESURGENCE OF DRUM BRAKES
 
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Jun 17, 2021
1115: Crazy, Crazy Toyota: ‘It’s Too Early For Electric Vehicles’ | 16 June 2021
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Matthias Schmidt
@auto_schmidt 
"Massive scoop from  @POLITICOEurope : EU officials are considering ramping up the bloc’s car CO2 emission reduction targets to 60 percent by 2030 and setting a new 2035 target of as high as 100 percent, two sources told POLITICO.  Story comes just after VW said they expect 55%!
 
VW’S ELECTRIFY AMERICA STRIKE A DEAL WITH MERCEDES USA
 
TOO EARLY TO FOCUS ON ELECTRIC CARS ONLY, TOYOTA SAYS
 
FCA SWITCHES GEARS, ACCELERATES EV PLANS FOR RAM, CHRYSLER, DODGE
 
VOLKSWAGEN SEEKS PARTNERS FOR BATTERY MATERIALS RACE
 
CHARGEPOINT LAUNCHES FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
 
BATTERY-POWERED, SEA-SKIMMING ‘FLYING FERRIES’ 
 
WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL ELECTRIC OUTBOARD
 
THE BIGGEST THREAT TO EUROPE’S BATTERY BOOM
 
AMY STOKES JOINS VOLVO TRUCKS AS HEAD OF E-MOBILITY
 
HOW FAR CAN YOU RIDE AN E-BIKE ON A SINGLE CHARGE?
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
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Jun 16, 2021
1114: GM Announces New Battery Factories To Ease Future Supply Constraints | 15 June 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 15th June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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GM ANNOUNCES BIG NEW INVESTMENT IN 'EV ARMS RACE'
"General Motors will raise spending on electric and autonomous vehicles and add two U.S. battery factories as it gambles that consumers will eagerly switch from gasoline to the new technology. GM wouldn't give details about where it will build the new plants, but Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson said they would be similar in size to two factories now under construction in Lordstown, Ohio, and Spring Hill, Tennessee. Those factories each will employ more than 1,000 workers and cost about $2.3 billion." writes Autoblog: "The new plants were to come later in the decade, but now are expected to be in operation around 2025. They are part of GM's plan to spend $35 billion on electric and autonomous vehicles from 2020 to 2025. The company also said it will switch more U.S. assembly plant capacity to electric vehicles, but gave no details Wednesday."
 
The NY Times said: "G.M. this year introduced an updated version of its electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt, that can travel farther on a full charge and has added to roomier version of the same car. A battery-powered GMC Hummer pickup truck is set to go into production late this year and is supposed to be followed by more than 20 electric models over the next four years. The company did not say where the two additional battery plants would be built. It is building them in a joint venture with the South Korean manufacturer LG Chem."
 
 
 
VOLVO TO PRODUCE NEW POLESTAR 3 ELECTRIC SUV IN SOUTH CAROLINA
"Volvo plans to produce a new premium SUV for its electric Polestar brand at a plant in Charleston, South Carolina, the company said Wednesday. Volvo is investing $118 million for production of the Polestar 3 at the South Carolina plant. The vehicle is expected to go into production in 2022. It will have the same platform as the next-generation Volvo XC90, which also will be produced at the plant." says CNBC: "Polestar currently operates in 13 countries, with plans to sell tens of thousands of vehicles globally."
 
 
AUDI BORROWS AN OLD TESLA PERK
"Audi is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to the 2022 e-tron GT and potential luxury car buyers being scared off by EV charging, inking a new agreement for free public top-ups. The agreement will see all 2022 Audi e-tron GT buyers get three years of complimentary DC fast charging at Electrify America stations across the US." reports Slashgear: "There are currently more than 600 public charging stations in that network, and the e-tron GT will be able to tap speeds of up to 270 kW. That’s the equivalent of taking the sports EV from 5-percent to 80-percent in around 22 minutes, or approximately 180 miles of range. By the end of the year, meanwhile, Electrify America says it expects to have around 800 locations in operation in the US. In total, there’ll be around 3,500 chargers on offer."
 
 
LYFT LAUNCHES EV RENTAL PILOT PROGRAM
On the 8th August last year I spoke to Sam Arons, Director of Sustainability at Lyft. And he told us about their plans to be 100% electric by 2030. Now we have more concrete news.
"Lyft Inc (LYFT.O) said on Tuesday it will launch an electric vehicle rental pilot program for ride-hail drivers in a part of the San Francisco Bay Area in partnership with a local utility." asys Reuters: "The EV rental program in San Mateo County south of San Francisco is scheduled to begin this fall. It initially aims to provide roughly 100 EVs for use on the Lyft platform, the ride-hail company and Peninsula Clean Energy said in a statement. Peninsula Clean Energy, San Mateo County's official energy provider which aims to provide 100% renewable energy by 2025, will provide $500,000 in incentives to ride-hail drivers to ensure the cost of renting an EV is comparable to a gas-powered car. Lyft already offers EV rentals in Seattle, Atlanta and Denver, where drivers are able to rent Kia Niro and Chevy Bolt EVs."
 
 
NIO ES8 RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR MASS PRODUCTION IN EUROPE
"Chinese EV automaker NIO announced it has received European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA) for its flagship SUV, the ES8. This essential certification will allow for mass production of the NIO ES8, as well as license plate registration for all countries in the EU." reports electrek: "NIO plans to bring its ES8 to Norway this September along with its direct sales and service network, as well as access to NIO House, an exclusive community for NIO owners. Furthermore, the NIO app will be available for European users, along with Power Swap Stations"
 
 
ZITY INTRODUCES 250 DACIA SPRING TO PARIS FLEET
"The electric car-sharing service Zity is beginning to integrate a total of 250 Dacia Spring electric cars into its fleets. Zity is jointly operated by Renault and Ferrovial, operating in Madrid and Paris. In Paris, Zity will launch the first 150 examples of the Dacia this month, with another 100 to follow in September." according to electrive: "Zity currently operates 1,300 electric cars, 800 in Madrid and 500 in Paris. The business area in the French capital covers 105 square kilometres and covers both Paris and the neighbouring municipality of Clichy to the north. Zity says that users from Paris will be able to rent the new Spring via the service’s app starting in late June. "
 
 
TESLA REACHES A NEW MILESTONE IN GERMANY: 1,000 SUPERCHARGER STALLS
"By significantly increasing the number of customers in Germany, Tesla aims to increase their satisfaction with the expansion of the charging infrastructure. In June 2021, the company reached a new milestone by opening 1,000 Supercharger stalls across the country." says Tesmanian: "In the last months of 2020 and in 2021, Tesla began active deployment of V3 Supercharger stalls in Germany at new charging stations and existing ones. "
 
 
MERCEDES-BENZ TRUCKS TO USHER IN E-ACTROS
On June 30, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will celebrate the world premiere of its battery-powered eActros for heavy-duty distribution. With the presentation of the first series-produced electric truck bearing the star logo, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will usher in a new era and underscore its commitment to locally CO2-neutral road transport. 
 
 
 
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What’s the best way to navigate an EV journey and charge on the way? Do you use our smartphone or use the car’s internal system?
 
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Jun 15, 2021
1113: Shanghai-Made Tesla Model Y Headed For Europe | 14 June 2021
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SHANGHAI-MADE TESLA MODEL Y COMING TO EUROPE
 
@mortenlund89
"Cat's out the bag: MIC MODEL Y COMING TO EUROPE IN Q3 2021"
 
"The Shanghai-made Tesla Model Y will be available in Europe from the third quarter of 2021, sources say. The news, shared on Twitter by Europe Tesla ship tracker Morten Grove, is significant because Tesla boss Elon Musk has pegged Europe as a key market for the electric crossover vehicle." says The Driven: "Musk believes the Model Y will be so popular that it will outsell the Model 3, Model S and Model X combined – and it appears that this may indeed come to pass. Grove cites a “very credible source”, and there are suggestions that the delay of long-range AWD Model 3s reaching Europe could be a result of Tesla deciding to use shipping capacity for the Model Y instead. The same source reportedly said that the refreshed 2022 Model S and Model X will also reach Europe in the next quarter. The news is also interesting because it is known that Model Y production will be a focus of Tesla’s upcoming Berlin gigafactory, which it was thought would be operational by May."
 
 
TESLA MODEL S ALL ABOUT EFFICIENCY
"the 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus has an EPA rating of 402 miles and a combined city and highway MPGe of 117. The 2020 Model S Long Range only had 373 miles of range a combined city and highway MPGe of 111." but now says Teslarati, the new Long Range is even better: "The 2021 Tesla Model S Long Range received a stellar EPA rating of 405 miles of total range with a combined city/highway MPGe of 120. While Elon Musk noted during the Model S Plaid’s unveiling that the vehicle’s dual motor configuration has 412 miles of range, the company has listed the vehicle with its official 405-mile EPA rating."
 
Previously the battery was around 104kWh but with the increased efficiency, but this could be 2-4kWh smaller. We wait to see.
 
 
NISSAN LAUNCHES NEW NOTE AURA WITH E-POWER
"Nissan launched the all-new Note Aura premium compact car in Japan, with sales planned to start in autumn. The all-new Note Aura comes exclusively with Nissan’s e-POWER electrified powertrain " says Green Car Congress: "e-POWER uses a highly efficient gasoline engine to generate electricity for the electric motor that propels the vehicle. Nissan introduced the system to market in November 2016 on the Note, followed by a version of the Serena minivan in March 2018, the Kicks SUV e-POWER in June 2020, the new version of the Note in December 2020 featuring the second-generation e-POWER system, and a version of the Qashqai in Europe in February 2021."
 
 
PEUGEOT OPENS ORDER BOOKS FOR E-RIFTER
PEUGEOT has opened the order books for its all-new e-Rifter, one of the latest models to join PEUGEOT’s growing range of zero emissions vehicles. Customers can place orders from now, with first deliveries expected in November 2021. The PEUGEOT e-Rifter is available in two trim levels, with prices starting from £30,375*.
 
Unveiled earlier this year, the all-new PEUGEOT e-Rifter is built on PEUGEOT’s multi-energy EMP2 platform with a 100kw (136hp) electric powertrain capable of up to 260Nm of torque. The PEUGEOT e-Rifter is powered by a 50kWh battery, allowing the vehicle to achieve up to 172 miles from a single charge under WLTP testing. One of the latest models to form part of PEUGEOT’s electrification strategy, the e-Rifter is launched as the brand continues its work to offer an electrified variant for every vehicle in its range by 2025.
 
The new PEUGEOT e-Rifter is available in two trim levels, starting at £30,375* for the standard five-seater Allure Premium. This variant is joined by the five-seater GT variant from £32,455*. Customers also have the option of a long wheelbase seven-seater Allure Premium, with prices from £32,375*. All versions of the e-Rifter are priced below the £35,000 Government Plug in Grant Threshold.
 
LONDON ELECTRIC CARS OFFERS AFFORDABLE CLASSIC MINI ELECTRIC CONVERSION
"What LEC offers is a £25,000 electric conversion, excluding the cost of the actual Mini itself. So you have to source your own classic Mini and LEC will then convert the entire car over to an electric powertrain. For that £25,000 starting price, you get a very small 20 kWh battery pack and a 107 horsepower electric motor from a first-gen Nissan Leaf." writes BMW Blog: "If you want a longer range, you can pay a bit extra for a 25 kWh battery (£27,000) or a 30 kWh battery (£30,000). LEC will even fit a 40 kWh battery but it’s a special order because the rear seats have to be removed, to fit the massive battery pack."
 
AutoExpress says: "The electric motor was also sourced from the previous-generation Nissan Leaf, and occupies the same space under the bonnet as the old A-Series engine. It also has the same 107bhp output as the Mk1 Leaf, giving it around twice as much power as a standard Mini. Over the next four years, LEC will expand its roster of classic car conversions, with kits for the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, the Ford Anglia and Lincoln Continental Convertible. By 2025, the firm aims to complete 1,000 conversions from its London workshop."
 
 
 
MEET THE WORLD’S FIRST 16 TONNE ELECTRIC TRUCK
"There were 10 million electric cars on the world’s roads at the end of 2020 as registrations soared by 41% in just one year. But when it comes to hauling heavy loads, most of the world’s trucks still run on diesel. But that’s starting to change with the introduction in Germany of the world’s first 16 tonne all-electric truck. The Volta Zero has already been demonstrated in France, Italy and Spain. It’s due to enter service by the end of this year."
 says World Economic Forum: "Electrifying truck fleets will have a positive impact on urban air quality. According to the United Nations, nine out of 10 of us breathe polluted air. Air quality is at its worst in city centres. The 96 entries in the global league table of the worst air quality locations are all cities. Recent research shows 3.4 early deaths are caused by outdoor air pollution every year. The driver sits in the centre of the cab at low-level to mirror the eyeline of pedestrians and car drivers. Conventional truck blindpots are eliminated by what the makers call a “glasshouse-style cab” with 220⁰ visibility, supplemented by cameras in place of conventional mirrors."
 
 
GEELY'S EV BRAND ZEEKR SELLS OUT OF DELIVERABLE CARS FOR THIS YEAR
"Zeekr, a new premium electric vehicle (EV) brand launched this year by Geely (GEELY.UL), has sold out of deliveries for this year, Chief Executive An Conghui said on Tuesday." according to Reuters: "Geely, the owner of Volvo Cars, in April launched Zeekr to target growing Chinese demand for premium EVs that has boosted sales for Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and Chinese peer Nio Inc (NIO.N).  Executives said that Zeekr would use a direct sales model to manage pricing and inventory. The brand plans to open more than 100 stores this year. Geely is making Zeekr 001 cars in China's eastern city of Ningbo.
 
 
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Jun 14, 2021
1112: Unplugged Performance Reveals 'Pikes Plaid' | 13 June 2021
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Unplugged Performance Reveals 'Pikes Plaid'
"On June 10, 2021, Elon Musk formally kicked off deliveries of the 1,020-hp Tesla Model S Plaid. Approximately two days later, on June 12, Unplugged Performance debuted its race-prepped Model S Plaid that's set to compete at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (with our resident pro racing driver, Randy Pobst, behind the wheel). " says Motor Trend: "The interior is almost completely stripped out. After ditching items such as the car's airbags, a center console, and door panels, Unplugged Performance fits this tri-motor Tesla with a roll cage and a racing seat with six-point racing belts. The body is stock except for a huge front splitter and a gigantic adjustable rear wing. Likewise, the Plaid racer retains its factory air springs, however, it employs custom Unplugged Performance/Bilstein dampers and a three-way adjustable rear anti-roll bar. The car rides on Yokohama Advan slicks on custom forged aluminum wheels."
 
 
ADL presents EV Bus For U.S.
"Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), a subsidiary of NFI Group (NFI), unveiled its first all-electric three-axle double-deck bus for North America. Following trials with select transit operators, the vehicle is now launching on the broader North American markets." says electrive.com: "The 45-foot Enviro500EV CHARGE has a passenger capacity of up to 82 seats, including 53 on the upper deck. An electric portal axle with hub motors provides propulsion with 2×125kW peak power output. The battery capacity of the Enviro500EV Charge stands at 648 kWh of energy storage integrated “in the chassis and the rear of the vehicle for a low centre of gravity and great stability”. Charging can be done via industry-standard CCS1"
 
 
BYD’s electric school bus will feed electricity back to classrooms
"Chinese EV automaker BYD officially introduced its new electric Type D school bus, available in the US in lengths of 10.6, 11.6, and 12 meters, and capable of carrying up to 84 passengers. Most notably, the school bus enables bi-directional charging. According to the company, the bus can be charged overnight when energy demand is low, and feed clean energy back to the school during school hours" says The Next Web: "The bus features a lithium iron phosphate battery and has a range of roughly 250 kilometers on a single charge. That’s 57km more than the electric school buses of Blue Bird Corporation, one of the biggest industry players, can go. Although it’s unclear when and where BYD’s new ebuses will debut, the announcement comes in perfect sync with President Biden’s EV infrastructure scheme"
 
 
UK in talks with 6 firms to build gigafactories
"Britain is in talks with six companies for building gigafactories to produce electric vehicle batteries, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions." reports Reuters today: "Ford Motor Co (F.N), Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T), LG Corp (003550.KS), Samsung (005930.KS) and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, according to the report. The British government's plan to prohibit the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and hybrids by 2035 will require the country's vehicle plants to shift to producing electric models."
 
 
Russian Government Increases Investment for Electric Vehicles.
"The Russian government plans to invest 777 billion rubles ($10.5 billion) into electric and hydrogen vehicle development by 2030, according to documents obtained by the Vedomosti news outlet." says The Moscow Times: "In the next nine years Russia’s electric vehicle (EV) share of the auto market could grow from 0.05% to 15%, officials at the Ministry of Economic Development said. By 2030 there could be 1.5 million EVs on Russian roads, supported by 20,000 new charging stations, according to the plan."
 
 
Tesla desperately needs a No. 2 for Elon Musk
"While Musk is not likely to step aside at Tesla (TSLA) anytime soon, it's evident he has many more interests — some would call them distractions — beyond electric vehicles. He's been obsessed with cryptocurrencies, especially dogecoin" says CNN Business: "It makes no sense for Tesla to be essentially a one-man show while SpaceX has an extremely adept COO in Gwynne Shotwell, one of that company's first hires, who is capable of stepping in to lead if Musk were unable to do so. Why doesn't Musk have someone like Shotwell at Tesla? Tesla has suffered a bit of a brain drain over the past few years, with several high-profile executives leaving. Most recent, and most alarming to Tesla investors, is this week's departure of Jerome Guillen. The nearly 11-year Tesla veteran had been running the trucking division and previously served in many roles, including president of the automotive division and program director on Tesla's Model S sedan. David Whiston, an auto analyst at Morningstar, said in an email to CNN Business that the only executive left who might make sense as a Musk successor is Andrew "Drew" Baglino, Tesla's senior vice president of powertrain and energy engineering, who has been with the company since 2006."
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
 
RAJEEV NARAYAN
My Volt makes a strange ethereal moaning sound at low speed, that I am not a fan of.. That being said I understand that regulations mandating these low speed sounds are increasing. It would be interesting if these could be changed, downloaded, or even self made like ringtones today. Perhaps you could even decide which one gets played based on GPS location. As for sounds at higher speeds- I am not a fan of that, one of the things I enjoy about my EV is the quiet ride, thst being said I can see a similar market for customizable / downloaded high-speed sounds- “Ferrari” or “spaceship” may be interesting. 
 
LIAM FROM OHIO
I am not an EV owner but, I think car manufacturers should just put a microphone under the hood of their EVs,✝ and pump the motor sounds through the interior (and exterior) speakers. (Of course with adjustable volume.) I love the sound of motor whine! Have you heard how cool the EV1 sounded even without fake motor sounds?*
 
Regarding my opinion fake motor sounds, Porsche, Audi, and Jaguar have nailed it in my opinion! Although, I don’t really care for the fake sounds that the e-Golf and Mach-E make when accelerating, as they sound too much like combustion engine sounds.
 
JAMES COYLE
I have to agree the Zoe Pedestrian noise, is really is annoying BUT it does come in really useful when driving in busy town areas with lots of people walking around, HOWEVER the button to turn it on/off is in a really awkward place, and you cant turn it on, for instance when reversing, only off.
 
EG: if there was a button to turn it on, on the steering wheel you could click it on and off at will, I'm most cautious when silently reversing slowly out of a super market car parking space, you cant turn it on, it refuses to make any noise whilst reversing, when its at its most quiet.
 
IAN HARRISON FROM HULL
•I am a blind enthusiast of electric vehicles but do worry about not being able to use yet another of my senses while out and about. So few drivers fail to recognise the significance of a white cane or guide dog compared with years ago that crossing uncontrolled roads is always a gamble anyway. Perhaps cars could be taught to notice the cane or the profile of a guide dog and its owner, then perform a beep whether or not your system is switched on.
 
•Silent cars when combined with this fad for shared spaces is a double whammy for both the blind and even parents and small children.
 
•Can I give a shout out to Motability UK who provide leased vehicles to the disabled. They are slowly increasing their range of EVs, including the ID3. I can’t wait to get my wife an electric vehicle next time around.
 
STEPHEN HARRIS
So far as EV sounds are concerned, they should be silent.  However, having the option to change the sound of the horn or have two different buttons for the horn, so that the driver can give an appropriate warning for the circumstance would be ideal.  The usual horn sound can scare the daylights out of unsuspecting pedestrians and I think many sensible drivers are hesitant to use it for that reason, whereas a sound like a bike bell would be enough to get them to turn in the direction of the vehicle and see what is happening.  A bike bell is pretty universally recognised warning to get out of the way.
s (PEVs).  They would be an ideal first and last mile solution and indeed are plenty capable enough to make the whole journey in many instances.
 
MARK ORRICO
No artificial noises please. Inside or out. There are some nearly silent piston cars out there. It’s on the driver and pedestrians to avoid being run over and running people over. When I got my Niro in February I had it 2 days with the reverse beeping and pulled the front bumper off to disconnect the speaker…..my first new car ever and day 2 I’m pulling the thing apart, I got an ev partly for a quieter vehicle not one that was going to wake all my neighbors up when I back out of the garage.
 
ALUN MORGAN
To me it’s very clear, there should be no rules about EV noise at all. Regulations should be technology agnostic: Minimum external noise limits should exist for all vehicles at low speed. I think the current AVAS regs allowing quite a lot of freedom under an “engine like noise” are a good way to go. Equally:
 
Maximum external noise should be regulated, there are standards for drive by noise, but regulations on maximum noise at low speeds are probably a good idea now that a lot of cars simply have a speaker under the hood that could easily be abused. As for internal noise - go for broke, I don’t care if you want your EV to sound like a V12, or your V12 to sound like an EV (good luck with that). The market will provide/decide. I suspect as EVs become ubiquitous, playing faux engine noises from your audio system will turn out to be a fad.
 
 
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Jun 13, 2021
1111: How To Manually Change Gear In A New Model S/X | 12 June 2021
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NEW TESLA MODEL S: THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO SELECT GEARS
 
G-7 EYES AMBITIOUS SHIFT TO ELECTRIC CARS AND AWAY FROM OIL
 
VOLKSWAGEN PLANS HOURLY SUBSCRIPTION FOR SELF-DRIVING FEATURE
 
EV MINING MARKET SET FOR EXPANSION
 
LEXUS NX DEBUTS WITH A PLUG-IN HYBRID POWERTRAIN
 
NIO ES8 IS OFFICIALLY APPROVED FOR SALE IN EUROPE
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
What noises, if any, should electric vehicles make (inside or outside the vehicle)
 
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Jun 12, 2021
1110: Elon Musk Reveals Tri-Motor Model | 11 June 2021
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ELON MUSK REVEALS TRI-MOTOR MODEL S
"Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrived on stage in typically modest fashion — by hurtling around the Fremont test track at 100-plus mph in the new all-electric Plaid (see video above). Speaking to a small but enthusiastic crowd, Musk spent the next half-hour running through the car’s plethora of features" said Digital Trends: "The tri-motor, 1,020-horsepower Model S Plaid sits at the top of the Model S range and comes with a serious boost to its performance specs, including a top speed of 200 mph and an astonishingly zippy zero-to-60 time of just 1.99 seconds. The first deliveries of the Model S Plaid come nine months after Tesla started taking orders for the new vehicle, which, at just a shade over $130,000, is the company’s most expensive production vehicle to date. Musk told the crowd the automaker is ready to deliver the first 25 Model S Plaid cars now, increasing to several hundred vehicles a week “soon,”"
 
"The 1,000-vehicle-per-week run rate is half of the maximum combined output of Model S and Model X previously reached in 2018. Musk did not mention when production of the updated Model X would begin, but reservation holders have recently been told to expect their vehicles in October, at the earliest" reported Fox Business: "The price of the Model S Plaid, which Tesla claims is the world's quickest car, was also increased by $10,000 just before the event to $129,990, but existing reservation holders will still be able to get theirs for the original price. A less powerful $79,990 Model S is also available for order, but the start of production has not been announced. The Tesla website lists the estimated delivery date for new orders as September-October."
 
On the price rise, Rob Mauer from Tesla Daily noted: "Strangely, Tesla still lists the price of the "Plaid" Model X at $119,990 — $10,000 cheaper than the comparable Model S. As a larger vehicle, historically the Model X has been more expensive than the Model S. This is evident on the base "Long Range" trims of each vehicle, where the Model X starts at $89,990 compared to the Model S at $79,990."
 
 
 
 
TESLA WARNS NEW MODEL S PLAID WON’T HIT ADVERTISED 200 MPH
"Tesla is warning that its new Model S Plaid won’t hit its advertised 200 mph top speed at launch since it will need a tire and wheel upgrade this fall. says electrek: "But now we learn that the new Model S Plaid won’t actually hit the advertised 200 mph (322 km/h). Tesla added a note to its online configurator stating that it will require new wheels and tires. The indicated Plaid top speed requires proper wheels and tires which will be available in Fall 2021. The automaker hasn’t released much information about the Model S Plaid’s wheels and tires other than two wheel options. It’s unclear what wheel and tire combination is going to be needed to achieve 200 mph, but tires have speed ratings and 200 mph tires are fairly rare (and expensive). Tesla also warns that the 21″ Arachnid wheel package reduces the expected range of the Model S Plaid to 350 miles (down from 390 miles) and it costs an extra $4,500."
 
 
And talking of range reductions, the new Model S Long Range. Elon Musk said on stage the car had 412 mile range,  which matches what they had been advertising. However after the presentation the website team lowered it to 405 miles. So $79,990 a 7 miles less range, not a deal breaker.
 
ELON MUSK DEMOS CYBERPUNK 2077 ON NEW TESLA
"Elon Musk teased that Tesla’s new Model S Plaid would be capable of running Cyberpunk 2077 earlier this year, and he’s now demonstrated the car’s “PS5-level performance.” The refreshed Model S includes a new Tesla infotainment system, powered by AMD’s Ryzen processor and a discrete AMD RDNA 2 GPU." reports The Verge: "We only saw a brief demo of Cyberpunk 2077 running at high frame rates on the $130,000 Model S Plaid during Tesla’s event, alongside a closer look at the updated UI on the infotainment system. You might be wondering why you’d need PS5-level gaming performance in your car"
 
 
APPLE HIRES COFOUNDER OF EV STARTUP CANOO AND BMW VETERAN
"Apple has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former BMW executive and cofounder of autonomous electric vehicle startup Canoo, to work on its electric car, Bloomberg first reported. Apple hired Kranz in recent weeks, about a month after he stepped down as CEO of Canoo, people familiar with the situation told Bloomberg. He would report to Doug Field, formerly of Tesla, who heads up Apple's electric vehicle project, the people said" according to Business Insider: "Kranz worked at BMW for 30 years, and was a senior vice-president for around half of that time. While at the company he worked on the development of Minis, sports cars, and the company's first SUV. He also led BMW's Project I, which designed electric vehicles for use in large cities."
 
 
FORD F-150 LIGHTNING EXCEEDS 100,000 RESERVATIONS
"Ford has confirmed that the total number of reservations of the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck exceeded 100,000! The milestone was achieved in about three weeks since the unveiling on May 19, 2021 (see the debut post and features here) and it's a huge success." according to InsideEVs: "That would explain why Ford is now considering also a smaller electric pickup, possibly based on the all-new Maverick model. Customers want electric pickups - surely not all, but it's such a big market segment that demand is probably overwhelming. The commercial version starts at $39,974 (MSRP) with the Standard-Range Battery, while the Extended-Range Battery increases the price by $10,000 to $49,974. "
 
 
 
ELECTRIFY AMERICA TAPS INTO CONNECTED HOME CHARGING
"Electrify America is expanding its focus from public charging to the place most EV drivers charge the most—at home. On sale now, the HomeStation Level 2 AC charging station is Electrify America's most serious effort yet to gain a foothold in home charging, where EV owners typically charge 80% or more of the time." says Green Car Reports: "The HomeStation is part of Electrify America's home-charging business, dubbed Electrify Home, announced in 2020. The station itself was announced earlier this year, but is only now going on sale through Electrify Home's website or Amazon, priced at $649, Electrify America announced Tuesday in a press release. With 9.6 kilowatts of power at 40 amps, Electrify America claims the HomeStation can add 33 miles of range per hour. It can be plugged into a NEMA 14-50 outlet or hardwired, according to the company. A WiFi connection allows the HomeStation to sync with the Electrify America smartphone app, allowing users to remotely start and stop charging. Amazon Alexa integration will soon be added as well, Electrify America said."
 
 
 
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Jun 11, 2021
1109: Ferrari Turns To Tech Industry For New Boss | 10 June 2021
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SWEDEN'S GIGAFACTORY EXPANSION
"The Swedish battery manufacturer says it has signed a USD 2.75 billion private placement to finance further battery cell production capacity and R&D efforts. The company is looking to expand its Swedish gigafactory, Northvolt Ett, from 40 to 60 GWh of annual capacity." says evertiq.com: "With this private placement, Northvolt has raised more than USD 6.5 billion in equity and debt to enable an expansion plan leading up to and beyond 150 GWh of deployed annual production capacity in Europe by 2030. In addition, Northvolt has to date secured in excess of USD 27 billion worth of contracts from key customers, including BMW, Fluence, Scania and Volkswagen"
 
Recharge reports: "VW said it is contributing $620m in the financing round, and thus will maintain a 20% stake in Northvolt. The carmaker had already invested about €900m ($1.1bn) in Northvolt in 2019, and has a seat on the battery cell specialist's board of directors. In order to meet its ambitious 2030 capacity target, Northvolt plans to build at least two more gigafactories in Europe over the coming decade, and is actively exploring the possibility of building one of these in Germany, the core of the continent’s car manufacturing sector."
 
chief executive Peter Carlsson: "We have been producing cells at our cell industrialisation facility, Northvolt Labs, for more than a year and are excited to now bring the knowledge and technology we have developed to the north and start large-scale production,
 
 
 
TESLA'S GIGAFACTORY TEXAS MODEL Y MACHINERY IS ALREADY OPERATIONAL
"Tesla Inc's Gigafactory Texas is the company's latest vehicle production factory. It is supposed to begin production later this year of Tesla's Model Y, followed by the Cybertruck and Tesla Semi. And now it appears Tesla's factory is already hard at work.  Teslarati shared a video from Twitter showing multiple pieces of machinery inside Gigafactory whirring away. The equipment is most likely in an initial testing phase as Tesla gets ready to start production." according to Benzinga: "Although the factory is also still under construction, Tesla could begin vehicle production while other areas of the factory are built. In May, hundreds of Model Y front castings were seen piled outside of Gigafactory Texas. This latest video adds to the evidence Tesla is aggressively pushing its schedule to begin Model Y production at Gigafactory Texas as soon as possible. It needs to do so if it wants to meet demand, as all of quarter two inventory was sold out early."
 
 
ELECTRICITY EV PRODUCTION CENTER
"Renault announced a new, wholly-owned legal entity Renault ElectriCity, that groups together the industrial sites of Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz in northern France, totalling nearly 5,000 employees. This move is part of the previously announced Renaulution strategic plan, and will enable to "electrify" the plants with an ambition of 400,000 vehicles per year by 2025." says InsideEVs: "The Douai plant is scheduled to start production of its first electric car later this year. It will be the all-electric Megane E-Vision, based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-EV platform, utilized also by Nissan in the upcoming Ariya model. The Maubeuge plant is not a newbie to EVs, as it has been making the Renault Kangoo Z.E. with lithium-ion batteries for about 10 years. In 2022, Renault will launch the all-new Kangoo Van E-TECH Electric. We guess that the plant will produce also electric vans for Nissan and Daimler. The plant in Ruitz will supply electrical components to other plants."
 
 
FERRARI TURNS TO TECH INDUSTRY FOR ITS ELECTRIC ERA LEADER
"Ferrari (RACE.MI) has turned to technology industry veteran Benedetto Vigna to drive the luxury sports car maker known for its roaring, high-octane engines into a new era of silent, electric powertrains." says Reuters: "Vigna, 52, currently runs the biggest division of semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics (ST) (STM.BN), where he has worked since 1995 and helped pioneer the sensors first used in iPhones to rotate the screen by turning the handset. Vigna's appointment announced on Wednesday shows Ferrari's development strategy remains firmly anchored in manufacturing cutting-edge, high-end sports cars for an electric era, rather than repositioning itself as a pure luxury goods company. It also highlights the challenges facing carmakers as they adapt to the green revolution forcing the industry to move away from combustion engines and embrace new technologies from batteries to connectivity to autonomous driving."
 
 
NEW JERSERY INCENTIVES UNCERTAIN
"New Jersey is so eager to get more electric vehicles on the road, the state was literally paying residents to buy them. But that rebate — up to $5,000 in one of the most generous state incentives in the country — expired in December, meaning anyone who bought an EV in the past six months didn’t get that benefit. And it’s unclear when the program will resume." reports NJ.com: "For months, state officials said they were targeting summer 2021 to again incentivize electric car purchases. But here we are on the cusp of summer, and the restart date has yet to be announced. Combined with the federal tax credit of up to $7,500, EV drivers in the Garden State were getting as much as $12,500 off the sticker price of their cars, depending on the make and model."
 
 
GRIDSERVE TAKES OVER THE ELECTRIC HIGHWAY
" GRIDSERVE has today completed the purchase of the Electric Highway – the world’s first national charging network for electric cars – from green energy supplier Ecotricity. The Electric Highway has played an important role in kickstarting the UK's electric vehicle revolution since it was established in 2011, enabling early adopters of EVs to drive across Britain." says Green Car Reports: " GRIDSERVE is ramping up its investment in the Electric Highway, replacing all existing pumps on the network with new technology that features all the latest advances, including contactless payment. Last month, for example, the Electric Highway opened the first high-power charging facility on the country’s motorway network – at Moto’s new flagship Rugby services, which features 12 of the new 350kW chargers."
 
 
THOUSANDS OF LONDON VANS COULD SWITCH TO ELECTRIC TODAY
"More than 1.6 million vans across the UK could switch to ‘clean’ electric power today, new technical analysis reveals. London has the potential to make the biggest single switch to green EVs of all, the research shows, with more than 85,000 making the switch." says the Evening Standard: "Fleet management services and solutions firm Masternaut - owned by tyre giant Michelin - compiled a year’s worth of data from 37,252 electric vehicles to discover how and where EVs could provide a real-life replacement to petrol and diesel engined vehicles. The research found that UK fleet operators could replace 40 per cent of their current vehicles with electric alternatives today, with no daytime charging required. This transition from ICE fleets to EVs could reduce harmful emissions by 8.3 million tons of CO2 a year, according to Masternaut."
 
 
TURNING DIESEL INTO ELECTRIC
"Five years after the demise of Australian vehicle manufacturing in Adelaide, a growing number of businesses are retrofitting diesel light vehicles into custom electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia for use in underground mines." reports ABC: "Victoria-based mining supplier Safescape began developing its own EV in 2018. GB Auto signed a deal last year to retrofit 2000 LandCruisers into EVs at their facility in Orange, NSW. Zero Automotive manufactures a "whole modular [electric] platform" for their own version in Adelaide. Murray Engineering will start manufacturing electric LandCruisers as well as underground-ready DC vehicle chargers in Pinjarra, WA, later this year. It's pretty well going to be forced upon people to run electric vehicles [underground] because the vent flow in the mine is paramount. If you're counting light vehicles in the vent flow — five diesels and you have to take one truck out so all of a sudden it becomes a big cost issue.""
 
 
SOLARWATT TEAMS UP WITH BMW TO LAUNCH MODULAR BATTERY PRODUCT
"German PV manufacturer Solarwatt has today (9 June) unveiled a new battery storage product developed in collaboration with BMW. The Solarwatt Battery Flex is a modular storage device, with the system able to expanded from 4.8KWh to 240kWh through the stacking of up to eight battery packs and creation of up to 10 clusters." says Solar Power Portal: "Additionally, the individual components of the Solarwatt Battery Flex weigh no more than 25 kilograms, meaning the storage system can be installed by a single person. Solarwatt is make the AC-1 system available in the autumn. When the Solarwatt Battery Flex system is paired with solar PV and used in conjunction with the Solarwatt Manager Flex intelligent energy management system, it is particularly efficient, with the latter controling and optimising the energy flows in the household and ensuring that as much solar power as possible is consumed in the household itself."
 
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Jun 10, 2021
1108: Apple In Talks For U.S. EV Battery Factory | 09 June 2021
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APPLE, CHINESE MANUFACTURERS IN TALKS ON U.S. CAR BATTERY FACTORY
"Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is in early-stage talks with China’s CATL (300750.SZ) and BYD (002594.SZ), about the supply of batteries for its planned electric vehicle, four people with knowledge of the matter said. The discussions are subject to change and it is not clear if agreements with either CATL or BYD will be reached, said the people, who declined to be named as the discussions are private." according to a Reuters Report: "Apple has made building manufacturing facilities in the United States a condition for potential battery suppliers, said two of the sources. A senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden's administration confirmed that condition on Tuesday."
 
 
PORSCHE'S MACAN EV WILL BEST THE TAYCAN FOR BATTERY RANGE WHEN IT ARRIVES 2023
"Porsche electric-powertrain version of its best-selling SUV, the Macan, will promise better battery range than the current Taycan when it hits the market in 2023. A new platform called the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) will underpin the EV, which will be sold alongside the regular gasoline-powered Macan." according to driving.ca: "According to the brand, the vehicle will have “significantly more” range than the Taycan, and even borrow some technology from it. “The 800-volt architecture is taken from the Taycan and we’ll bring this to the PPE platform for the Macan,” Steiner said. While the Taycan has been criticized for its relatively low 227-mile (365-km) EPA-rated battery range, the actual mileage on the road regularly exceeds that."
 
 
MER UK PARTNERS WITH SHELL’S NEWMOTION
Mer, a new entrant to the British EV charging market and owned by Statkraft, announced a roaming partnership with NewMotion, a Shell group company. The agreement opens Mer’s 160 charging points to NewMotion clients and Shell Recharge users in the UK." writes electrive: "Mer, part of Norwegian energy giant Statkraft, only launched into the UK market in late April this year, initially as Gronn Kontakt UK. The company says it focuses on getting charging stations into businesses, organisations, key retail locations and into areas managed by local authorities where there will be high usage.   One of the recent partnerships in the UK included the British charge point operator Osprey Charging, formerly known as Engenie. NewMotion has been on a steep expansion course ever since they were acquired by Shell in 2017. They now offer a variety of charging solutions and partner for roaming agreements. Cooperations from beyond the UK border such include Vattenfall, who is using the company to help gain a foothold on the island."
 
 
RAC PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR THE FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE RALLY TO TAKE PLACE IN ENGLAND
"The RAC has agreed a deal to support the first EV rally to take place in England. Featuring a wide range of EVs from factory models to solar-powered and several self-builds, The London to Brighton EV Rally (L2BEVR) will start on the banks of the River Thames and cover over 58 miles to finish at Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront on Sunday 18 July." says forecourtrader.co.uk: "The RAC has teamed up with the year’s event as the official breakdown and recovery partner with its patrols on hand to rescue any of competitor who runs into difficulty."
 
They say: "Any competitor unfortunate enough to go ‘flat’ will be able to benefit from our EV Boost technology which provides an emergency charge sufficient to get drivers home or to the nearest charge point. Our vans are also equipped with our unique All Wheels Up recovery system which enables patrols to tow EVs with all four wheels off the ground, and saves time waiting for a separate recovery vehicle. It’s like having a flatbed in the back of our vans.”
 
 
THIRD OF UK BUSINESSES WOULD CONSIDER INSTALLING CHARGERS FOR EMPLOYEES
"One third of firms would think about putting charging points in employees’ homes to support the use of electric vehicles, according to new research. One in five claim the increase of home working has influenced their plans. Upfront costs and operational challenges remain a barrier to widespread adoption of home charging" says thisismoney: "The news comes after it was revealed UK businesses plan to invest £15.8billion in the electrification of their fleets over the next year - a 50 per cent uplift on their spending during the previous 12 months. With the Government's ban on internal combustion engine vehicles less than a decade away, it all suggests that more firms are prepared to act now rather than risk delaying their own EV rollout."
 
 
TESLA IS NO LONGER THE MOST POPULAR ELECTRIC CAR BRAND IN NL
"Tesla is no longer the most sold electric car in the Netherlands as new tax rules and wider choice impact its place in the rankings, the Financieele Dagblad said on Tuesday. In the first five months of this year, the Skoda Enyaq has built up market share of 11.8%, more than double that of Tesla, which had 18% of the Dutch market last year." according to dutchnews.nl: "One reason for the downturn in the Tesla’s popularity is changes in the tax rules for company cars. The maximum catalogue price to be eligible for a tax cut has been reduced from €45,000 to €40,000, and the cheapest Tesla is now around €49,000, the FD pointed out. Company car drivers with an electric vehicle which cost more than €40,000 have to add 22% of that to their annual income for tax purposes. Below €40,000, the figure is 12%."
 
 
RESEARCH REVEALS EV CHARGING PRACTICES TO HELP REDUCE BATTERY AGEING
"New research has highlighted how temperature and state of charge (SoC) impacts the degradation of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs). The research by Altelium, an EV battery warranty provider, investigated calendar degradation of li-ion batteries - which is caused by chemical deterioration of batteries when they are not in use, especially when parked." says fleetnews: "The data found the ideal conditions for improving overall battery life is charging the battery once it hits the 10% level and recharge to 80%, instead of allowing the battery to drain to empty or zero and recharging to 100%. The research also highlighted that high-level SoC between 70-80% as the ‘worst’ position in which a car should be left parked at, as it could cause greater calendar ageing. EV batteries stored at 70-80% could lose up to four to eight per cent of capacity to hold charge at the end of one year, when compared to the ‘best condition’ observed - when the battery is completely discharged, the research found."
 
 
 
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What noises, if any, should electric vehicles make (inside or outside the vehicle)
 
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Jun 09, 2021
1107: Renault Megane Electric | 08 June 2021
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Show #1107.
 
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JEROME GUILLEN LEAVES TESLA
"Tesla is losing one of its most important executives; Jerome Guillen. Guillen held high-ranking positions at Tesla for more than ten years, but has now left the company, as Tesla announced in a brief notification to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)." says electrive.com: " Jerome Guillen was only appointed head of the new Tesla Heavy Trucking division in March, where he was to drive the market launch of the electric truck Semi, and was previously head of Tesla’s entire automotive division. The Frenchman has long been considered one of Elon Musk’s most important companions. He came to Tesla from Daimler in 2010 and was responsible for the Model S. In his ten years at Tesla, Musk repeatedly gave Guillen responsibility for the major construction sites in the company."
 
 
TESLA'S CHINA-MADE VEHICLE SALES SURGE 29% IN MAY
"Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) sold 33,463 China-made electric cars in May, including exports, a 29% jump from April, according to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) on Tuesday." says Reuters: "China's new electric vehicle sales surged 177% to 185,000 cars in May from a year earlier, CPCA said. Overall passenger vehicle sales, however, rose just 1.1% to 1.66 million cars. Tesla, which makes its Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles in Shanghai, exported 11,527 China-made vehicles in May. In April, it sold 25,845 China-made cars, down from 35,478 in March."
 
 
AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST-EVER TESLA SHIPMENT
"The largest-ever Australian shipment of Tesla electric cars arrived late last week in Port Kembla, NSW, according to well-informed boat tracking service VedaPrime. It’s estimated the delivery comprised roughly 1500 examples of the Chinese-built Model 3 sedan, which remains the only variant from Tesla currently on offer Down Under." says caradvice.com.au: "While Tesla does not release its sales data, figures obtained by CarAdvice show the all-electric brand delivered 3430 vehicles to local customers throughout 2020. Based on those results, the most recent shipment equates to almost six-months worth of stock – more than the US-based brand has ever had to deal with in Australia"
 
 
TESLA SEEKS TO BUILD BATTERY FACTORY NEAR BERLIN
"US carmaker Tesla has expanded its application for construction permits to build more facilities in Grünheide — south of Berlin — notably a battery factory. In April, Tesla said it wanted to include a battery production facility in its permit application." according to dw.com: "Given the scope of the changes, the state of Brandenburg's ministry of agriculture, environment and climate (MLUK) must decide in the next few days "whether to involve the public again," the licensing authority said in a statement on Thursday. Following criticism from environmental groups, Tesla also wants to introduce various measures to reduce water consumption so that despite expansion of the plant, water consumption is still expected to be about 1.4 million cubic meters per year."
 
 
MAXUS TO SUPPLY 750 ELECTRIC VANS TO DPD UK
"DPD UK will double its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) after ordering 750 fully electric commercial vehicles from Maxus. The parcel delivery firm has bought 500 E Deliver 9s and 250 E Deliver 3s, increasing its pure electric fleet to almost 1,500 vehicles." says CommercialFleet.org: "Maxus began taking orders for the E Deliver 3, its first compact electric van, last year.  Two battery options are available: 35kWH and 52.5kWh, giving a range of up to 98 miles and 150 miles, respectively. Meanwhile, the E Deliver 9, which replaced the EV80, has a maximum range of 219 miles and can be specified with one of three battery options. There’s a choice of 55.1kWh, 72kWh and 88.5kWh."
 
 
ELECTRIC TRUCK START-UP LORDSTOWN DOESN’T HAVE CASH TO BEGIN PRODUCTION
"Lordstown Motors, an electric vehicle start-up that aimed to revive a shuttered General Motors factory in Ohio, said on Tuesday that it did not have enough cash to start commercial production of its electric pickup truck and might have to close its doors." reports The Times: "The company, which was once held up as a savior by former President Donald J. Trump, is now being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a regulatory filing, Lordstown said it will not be able to begin “commercial scale production” without raising more money from investors and lenders. Lordstown, one of about a dozen start-ups in the electric vehicle space that have gone public by merging with special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, added that there was “substantial doubt regarding our ability to continue as a going concern” — a legal phrase companies often use to alert investors that they might not survive"
 
 
E.ON AIMS TO INCREASE AFFORDABILITY WITH EV SALARY SACRIFICE SCHEME
"E.ON has launched an electric vehicle (EV) salary sacrifice scheme following its company car provision going all electric in 2019. This new scheme – created by E.ON and Lex Autolease - enables non-company car drivers to access an EV, offering a range of EVs as well as an option to purchase a home chargepoint through its e-mobility business unit, E.ON Drive, as an additional salary sacrifice benefit." says Current News: "The scheme allows employees to benefit from reduced Income Tax and National Insurance contributions, with this designed to make EVs more affordable. It follows Octopus announcing earlier this year it was offering 100% electric salary sacrifice schemes through a new business unit dubbed Electric Dreams."
 
 
RENAULT MEGANE E-TECH ELECTRIC
"The radical Mégane eVision concept is destined for series production in 2022 as the Mégane E-Tech Electric - Renault's second mainstream EV." sreports Autocar: "The production-ready car has now been revealed in camouflaged prototype guise ahead of a full public debut later this year. The model shown is the first of 30 identically liveried test cars that will be used for advanced development trials on public roads beginning this summer.   Proportions are largely shared with Alliance partner Nissan's new Ariya SUV, with which the Mégane shares its CMF-EV platform and powertrain. Renault has confirmed that, like the concept, the Peugeot e-2008 rival has a 215bhp electric motor on its front axle and takes its power from a 60kWh underfloor battery pack good for 280 miles of range on the official WLTP test cycle."
 
 
NISSAN SAYS OWNERS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES TRAVEL 390 MILES MORE 
"Nissan claims electric car owners across Europe are already covering more miles annually than those driving petrol and diesel cars, despite continued concerns about range anxiety. The average electric vehicle user travels 391 miles (630 kilometres) more each year than those with cars with combustion engines, according to the Japanese car maker's research." according to thisismoney: " A poll of 7,000 motorists in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Denmark earlier this year asked car drivers to detail how many miles they cover each year - not including 2020. When drivers of petrol and diesel cars were asked what would convince them to switch to an EV, 38 per cent said the biggest 'pull-factor' would be longer ranges. Almost a third (32 per cent) said easier charging would persuade them to make the leap, while three in 10 said they would need to see an improved availability of public devices before ditching their traditional motors."
 
 
THE URBAN, LOW-SPEED EV IS HAVING A MOMENT
"In China, a 10-foot-long minicar called the Wuling Hongguang Mini — made by General Motors and Chinese automakers SAIC and Guangxi Automobile — is topping 250,000 in total sales. That makes it the best-selling EV in the country, outperforming Tesla's Model 3 and others." says greenboz.com: "Young families are buying the car because at around $5,000 it's cheap, it's easy to drive, park and charge, and it's fun to personalize with a Crayola box of color options and stickers from the likes of Pokemon and Hello Kitty. The car is reportedly ubiquitous in the Chinese city of Liuzhou, which has chargers all over the place; the city offers free parking and charging to support the growing EV market. Along with China, European cities historically have been eager to support pint-sized vehicles for urban living. But major European automakers aren't yet embracing the ultra-cheap EVs being sold in China. "
 
 
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1106: Tesla Cancels Model S Plaid+ | 07 June 2021
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TESLA OFFICIALLY CANCELED THE MODEL S PLAID+
 
@elonmusk
6 Jun
Model S goes to Plaid speed this week
 
@elonmusk
6 Jun
Plaid+ is canceled. No need, as Plaid is just so good.
 
"Previously, Tesla and Musk promised fans the tri-motor, Plaid Plus version of their new Model S would give drivers 1,100 horsepower, 520 miles of range on a fully charged battery, and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds." says CNBC: "In March, Tesla raised the price of the Model S Plaid Plus by $10,000 bringing it to about $150,000. The option to order the Model S Plaid Plus variant was removed from Tesla’s website around the last week of May, according to a CNET report. The remaining high-end version of the Model S Plaid will cost around $119,900 and feature a 390-mile range battery, with 1,020 horsepower and acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in two seconds, among other features."
 
The unveiling is 10th June. Will there be a surprise? Some people speculate because the Roadster 2 has been extended to 11th June at the Petersen Museum, that's the surprise. 
 
"It’s available to order in the UK now for £110,980, but while Musk has reiterated that first deliveries will take place later this month, British buyers will have to wait until the end of 2022 for their cars according to Tesla’s UK configurator." said Autoexpress: "The Plaid+ variant would have lined up as a long-range version of the car, with the same performance specs, but with up to 520 miles of running on a full battery. It was priced at £139,980. Like most car manufacturers, Tesla is being affected by the global semiconductor shortage. In an earnings call on 26 April, Musk called the shortage “a huge problem.” "
 
Do we need Plaid+? Plaid will make the most of V3 Superchargers at 250kW.
 
 
 
TESLA MODEL 3 BECOMES MOST POPULAR BATTERY ELECTRIC CAR ON UK ROADS
"The Tesla Model 3 has become the most popular battery electric car on British roads after a surge in sales, as the race to dominate the car industry’s new era heats up." according to The Guardian: "The number of Model 3s on British roads overtook Nissan’s Leaf models during the first four months of 2021, according to calculations by Matthias Schmidt, an independent electric car analyst. There are now 39,900 Model 3s in the UK, compared with 38,900 Leafs, many of which are built at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland."
 
 
ŠKODA ENYAQ SPORTLINE IV
ŠKODA’s athletic trim variant is now also available for the brand’s new, all-electric SUV
Sporty look with a wealth of black design features and lowered sports chassis
Three power variants and rear- or all-wheel drive
 
The most powerful variant is the ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV 80x. Thanks to a second electric motor on the front axle, it transmits power to the road via all-wheel drive. The two motors have a combined output of 195 kW.  The 80x is mainly driven by a permanent-magnet synchronous motor (PSM) on the rear axle, which delivers an output of 150 kW.  An asynchronous motor, designed with a pulse inverter and a single-speed gearbox in a coaxial arrangement, is used at the front. This has an output of 80 kW.  Asynchronous motors are characterised by a short-term overload capability and low drag losses. They are thus perfect for short-term boosts. The ENYAQ SPORTLINE iV 80x is powered by a 82 kWh battery and can cover more than 500 km*** in the WLTP cycle. Its top speed is 160 km/h.
 
 
NIO REVEALS 'GEMINI' AS CODE NAME FOR NEW LUXURY EV LINE
" Get Report revealed that "Gemini" is the code name for a new high-end electric vehicle lineup to be launched next year, burying speculation that the China-based EV maker was looking to release a less-expensive mass-entry-level electric car." says The Street: "NIO supplier JAC Group last month invited bids for construction of a NIO production line codenamed “Gemini” that would produce 60,000 units a year, sparking speculation that it would be a new entry-level NIO model. NIO-watchers got it half right. A NIO spokesperson confirmed on Monday that the “Gemini” project will involve building NIO-branded luxury cars that will compete with the likes of Tesla  (TSLA) - Get Report, Audi, BMW  (BMW)  and others - not lower-priced models."
 
 
FIRST 100 BYD TANG SUVS SENT TO NORWAY
BYD sent the first 100 units of the Tang EV to Norway, which is BYD’s most expensive passenger BEV. This is a big SUV that seats 7 persons and has AWD (All-Wheel Drive).
The first shipment of 100 pure-electric BYD Tang all-wheel-drive SUVs sets sail today, Monday 7th June, from the Port of Shanghai, scheduled to arrive at dealerships in Norway towards the end of summer. 
Chief among its new technological features is the new, game-changing and space-saving Blade Battery, boasting performance figures of 0-100 km/h in just 4.6-seconds from its 86.4 kWh battery capacity, and a class-leading single-charge range of over 500km (NEDC). While charging to between 30% and 80% of capacity is attained in a remarkably brief 30-minute
The starting price of the BYD Tang EV in Norway is 599.900 NOK (59.065 euros).
 
 
"Norway appears to be becoming a key European test market for Chinese OEMs planning on a further European market roll-out. 
 
Chinese OEMs already present here:
Xpeng
Geely/Polestar
SAIC/MG/Maxus
JAC
Nio (from late summer)"
 
 
CATL PLANNING 80 GWH BATTERY FACTORY NEAR TESLA GIGA SHANGHAI
" It says it has plans to construct a new battery cell manufacturing facility near the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai that will have an annual production capacity of 80 GWh — enough to power 800,000 electric cars." says CleanTechnica: "A senior CATL official tells Reuters the company wants to expand its relationship with Tesla and supply half of the batteries Tesla uses in its electric vehicles and Powerwall energy storage devices worldwide. CATL began supplying batteries to Tesla for its Chinese made Model 3 last year. CATL currently produces 69.1 GWh of batteries and has another 77.5 GWh of capacity under construction."
 
 
AUDI TAKES FULL CONTROL OVER SUPER-SECRET PROJECT
"We've known for almost a year that Audi has been working on a secret all-electric project internally called Project Artemis. The production car, due in 2024, will be no ordinary Audi. Now being called Landjet by company officials, this new model aims to outdo Tesla in every way imaginable, from battery tech and range to autonomous driving capabilities. In short, Audi wants to create the new gold standard of all-electric and self-driving vehicles." says CarBuzz: "The German automaker has just announced the project has now entered a new phase. Development of the new high-tech flagship has been moved entirely in-house instead of operating as sort of a standalone division. Project Artemis, or Learjet, is widely expected to morph into the Audi A9 e-tron once it goes on sale. In addition to the Tesla Model S Plaid, its other main target will be the just-revealed Mercedes-Benz EQS."
 
 
 
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Jun 07, 2021
1105: Fiat Is Next Automaker To Declare Move To Pure Electric | 06 June 2021
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FIAT POISED TO BE ALL-ELECTRIC AUTOMAKER BY 2030
"It was a little over a year ago when Fiat unveiled its new, all-electric 500e. Fiat CEO Olivier François has already confirmed that a hotter electrified Abarth version is in the works, but now we have confirmation that far more electrification will enter Fiat's lineup. In fact, the Italian brand intends to go completely electric before the end of this decade." according to Motor1.com: "As for Fiat's electric ambitions, though the 500e looks quite similar to internal-combustion-powered versions of the iconic small car, it's actually the first car from the brand built from the ground-up to be an EV. Manufactured in Turin, Italy, the 500e features a 42 kWh battery powering a single electric motor good for 118 bhp (88 kilowatts). "
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN CONSIDERS AN IPO FOR THEIR BATTERY DIVISION
"Volkswagen is considering an IPO for its new battery division. According to Chief Technology Officer Thomas Schmall, this does not involve individual plants but the entire cell business." reports electrive: "By 2030, Volkswagen plans to build six new giga-factories for cell production with its partners in Europe alone, at a cost in the double-digit billions, as the Group announced at its Power Day in March. According to [Chief Technology Officer Thomas Schmall] Schmall, this is enough to equip more than five million cars with batteries. For China and the plants on the American continent in the USA and Mexico, further factories would probably be added if VW also wants to rely on the standard battery cell there.
 
 
UK FIRM'S UNIQUE EV DESIGN COULD BOOST RANGE BY 30%
"A London-based start-up has revealed an innovative electric car design solution that, it says, could allow for 30% more range per charge.  Page-Roberts, founded in 2019, aims to "dramatically upscale EV efficiencies with cutting-edge engineering solutions that deliver design elegance." says Autocar: ""Pointing to the added height, extended wheelbase and "structural complexities" of a conventional 'skateboard' arrangement, Page-Roberts posits that a vertically oriented power pack could improve the design, user experience and manufacturing cost of electric cars. The battery would be positioned between two rows of opposite-facing seats, in an arrangement that, Page-Roberts claims, is "far more compact" than existing designs. It would also allow the car to sit lower, be more aerodynamically efficient and weigh less."
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN TAKING OVER A GREEK ISLAND WITH ITS EVS, GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS THE MOVE
"Late last year, Volkswagen announced it would be “investing” in the Greek island of Astypalea by converting the island's mobility infrastructure from ICEs to EVs. With around 1,500 ICE vehicles on the island, there was no odor of eco-friendly goodness." says autoevolution: "The five-year plan is meant to transform Astypalea into the first “smart and sustainable island” among the Greek provinces and act as an example for the rest of Greece. It's also a platform for study, helping Volkswagen understand a myriad of factors that will surely affect a transition to an electric society.  Astypalea is currently a mostly diesel-driven island, as very few alternative energy sources have been set up except generators. But Volkswagen seems to embrace this as it offers a perfect laboratory in which to test all subsequent stages of a transition."
 
 
NISSAN LAUNCHES FLAGSHIP ARIYA EV IN JAPAN
"Nissan Motor has started taking preorders in Japan for limited editions of its first new battery electric car in a decade. The Japanese carmaker is pinning hopes on the Ariya, its first all-electric crossover SUV, to pep up its EV range." says Nikkei Asia: "Nissan said it would also do more to attract customers unfamiliar with electric vehicles, opening a website on Friday to allow Ariya preordering and virtual driving using augmented reality technology. Nissan's chief operating officer, Ashwani Gupta, told Nikkei Asia in a recent interview that the Japanese carmaker is set to share close to 70% of key EV components with its alliance partners, France's Renault and Japan's Mitsubishi Motors, to lower EV production cost."
 
 
NISSAN POSTPONES ‘ARIYA’ LAUNCH DUE TO LACK OF CHIPS
"Nissan is postponing the market launch of its new electric model Ariya by several months due to the ongoing chip shortage. The Japanese domestic market is to be served first, so an export to Europe in 2021 seems rather unlikely." according to electrive: "When the Ariya was first unveiled in July last year, Nissan had announced that it would be on the market in mid-2021. Now the company announced that only a limited edition of the Ariya will be available for launch in Japan from “this winter”, for which pre-orders are now opening there. Reservations for the Ariya in Europe, the USA and China will be possible “later this year”. Nissan does not reveal when exactly deliveries to export markets are to start. That Nissan has chosen to start with the simplest model rather than the top-of-the-line four-wheeler in the face of the chip shortage is likely due precisely to the lack of semiconductors: The smaller battery with fewer modules requires fewer electronics"
 
 
EV STARTUPS RACE FOR A 'GOLDEN TICKET' ORDER
"The future of a bevy of commercial EV startups seeking investor capital through blank-check IPOs rests largely in the hands of a small group of big companies such as UPS, FedEx, DHL and Amazon. With each carrier having tens of thousands of vehicles in its global fleet, an order from a package delivery giant can launch a startup on the road to manufacturing scale and profitability, and serve as a marketing tool to win orders from other big customers." reports Autmotive News: " Some startups already have their golden ticket. Arrival, which went public via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), has an order for up to 10,000 vans from UPS. The Arrival electric test van decked out in UPS' distinct brown livery is popular with drivers at the package delivery giant's facility in London's Kentish Town district. During a demonstration of the van by Luke Wake, UPS vice president of maintenance and engineering, several drivers asked: "When can we drive one?" The van's battery pack will allow UPS to add automatic doors for drivers and LED lights in the back to help drivers find packages more quickly. Such features can save seconds per delivery -- which add up as UPS delivers 2 billion packages annually."
 
 
TEXAS BID TO IMPOSE SPECIAL STATE TAX ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES FAILS — FOR NOW
"An effort to impose what amounts to a special state tax on electric vehicles fell short of the finish line in the recently concluded legislative session, although the reprieve from new road use fees might be temporary." saus Austin American Statesman: "That's because debate about the issue largely focused on how much and when — not if — owners of electric and other vehicles that aren't powered by gasoline should pay. The possible fees are likely to come up again in 2023 during the next regular session of the Legislature, if not before then in a special session. the legislation, which would have set the fee at $200 annually for most electric cars, calling it nearly double the amount many drivers of equivalent conventionally powered vehicles pay in gasoline taxes each year."
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
Rajeev NArayan
I think for most workplaces, 7.2 kW or even 3.8 kW Level II chargers would suffice. In just a few hours these chargers could offset the commute to and from work also, for the cost of just one DC fast charger, you could buy several level II chargers.  If these were more common, it would make EVs an option for people who do not have access to charging at home. Ideally it would be nice if workplaces got incentives to help offset the cost of installation, and for adding solar to help charge vehicles. Some places here in San Antonio simply contract with Charting companies, unfortunately they typically charge about 31c/kWh, and install just a few chargers to maximize profits. I would prefer if workplaces install their own chargers and either provide free charging or charge less exorbitant prices.
 
Shahad Choudhury
We need more, slower chargers at workplaces. My work is limited to 8 chargepoint plugs because of the grid connection, but it only takes a couple hours to charge up most EVs on them.  This led to lots of frustration and wasted time (pre lockdown) when people moved their full cars, since multiple other people are all rushing down to try and get the spot when they're notified
 
Barry Wolf
For USA: run many (at least 10% of spaces) 20 amp circuits to the parking lot, with one circuit per parking spot, using 4 conductor cable but make each circuit a 120 V circuit (extra unused conductor enables 240 V service in the future). Charging at either 12 amps or 16 amps @ 120V for eight hours will provide ~11 kWh or ~15 kWh, respectively, of energy during the work day. This will provide30 to 60 miles of range, depending on EVSE amperage and car efficiency. Either have people bring own EVSE or provide L1 EVSEs. 
 
Karl Cramer
I’d be happy if every workplace parking lamppost had an outdoor GFCI rated plug socket at its base. Since were there for 8-12 hours anyway we can get a long slow charge that’s better for our battery life anyway.
 
Ron Barber
I assisted in the specification and configuration of the chargers at my workplace 2.5 years ago. One site of about 600 people we installed 14 Level 2 chargers (7.6kW or 3.8kW if both of the pair in use). A second location has about 1200 people and 24 Level 3 chargers. The units are from ClipperCreek which has provided excellent service. There is no charge to using the units but we ask people to use for only 4 hrs per session. It can vertebrae a point of contention with the number of EVs more than tripling since install.
I also developed hardware and software to monitor the chargers and provide a web site for status. 
 
The charging power is a bit low but some constraints on available power near the parking lot, but I did take a survey prior to speciation (about a year in planning) and collected commute distances and EV types to analyze average charging times needed. The system has proven to be well utilized.
 
Michael Clasquin
Lots and lots of 240 volt sockets  that we can plug our granny chargers into, weatherproofed if necessary. Eight hours on a granny charger will get anybody home. 
 
Stephen Troyer
I think the type of charging at workplaces should be slow charging or bi-directional. 
 
High speed chargers don't make as much sense at a work place because they'll run when demand on the grid is high, and because the average work day is long enough to get a charge from flat to full at a slow rate. 
 
Bi-directional charging could make a lot of sense because then all those cars could help meet the peaks in demand and then put power back in before the end of the employees' work day so that they have plenty of power for the round trip home and back.
 
 
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What noises, if any, should electric vehicles make (inside or outside the vehicle)
 
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1104: Ford’s First EV Based On VW Platform Will Be SUV | 05 June 2021
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DAVID BECKHAM JUST BECAME A STAKEHOLDER IN CLASSIC EV COMPANY
"Niche electric-vehicle company Lunaz announced on Thursday soccer star David Beckham has purchased a stake in its business. The privately owned British auto maker, which coverts petrol-powered vintage Range Rovers, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Jaguars into clean-energy autos, said the former Manchester United striker had taken 10% equity. The company didn’t say how much Beckham paid for the stake." says MarketWatch: "The company is based in Silverstone, home to Britain’s Formula One circuit and an automotive technology hub. Lunaz started production of its first cars in 2019 and markets itself as upcycling existing passenger, industrial and commercial vehicles to offer a sustainable alternative to replacing with new."
 
 
YOU CAN NOW CONFIGURE THE BMW I4 ONLINE AND PRE-ORDER
"Several markets have opened up the online configurator for the new 2022 BMW i4. BMW USA, BMW UK and BMW Canada are just some of them, so you can head over to see some of the i4 configurations, packages and options." says BMWBlog: "The Canadian BMW website does not have the “Reserve Now” feature yet, but its UK counterpart does. The right-hand drive i4 models start at 51,905 GBP for the eDrive40 and the i4 M50 costs £63,905. Sport and M Sport models offered are offered at launch time for the UK market. BMW USA has also opened the ordering bank for the 2022 BMW i4. A $1,500 fully refundable deposit is required and deliveries are expected to be by June 30, 2022. If you buy the car outright rather than leasing, then you may quality for a $7,500 federal rebate since BMW has not hit the 200,000 limit of electric vehicles sold in the United States."
 
 
BMW I4 M50 FIRST LOOK: M3 PERFORMANCE IN AN EV PACKAGE
"Thanks to its two electric motors (one at each axle), the i4 M50 makes a peak of 536 hp and 586 lb-ft of torque. The i4 eDrive40, for comparison, makes do with 335 horses and 317 lb-ft of torque. BMW claims the i4 M50 sprints to 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds. For reference, a 2021 BMW M3 Competition ran to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds in our hands." says Motortrend: "BMW also fiddled with the i4 M50's suspension components to ensure the electric sedan's handling can cash the check its M badge writes. The battery pack, as in many electric vehicles these days, is a stressed member of the chassis, which affords the i4 stiff underpinnings that ought to benefit handling."
 
 
MICHELIN IS OUT TO MAKE THE WORLD’S GREENEST TIRE
"Making tires for an electric vehicle is a ruthless exercise in compromise. Too much stick and the car won’t travel as far on a charge; too little, it will silently slide off the road. Exacerbating the equation is the fact that these vehicles are ponderously heavy." says Bloomberg Green, in a not-so-complimentary description:" Michelin, however, says it has finally perfected the mix after 30 years of tinkering with its rubber recipes. If EV ranges tick slightly higher in the next few months, the battery chemists won’t deserve all the praise; save some for the tire wizards."
 
Michelin told them: "In March, we unveiled the e.PRIMACY, which will come later this year for larger SUVs in the U.S. That tire is bringing up to 7% additional range to electric vehicles, because it is optimized to reduce the road resistance without compromising any of the performance. That’s a technology we mastered and we’re just rolling it out. The second example is on the Pilot Sport, which we just released. It’s a dedicated tire for electric sports cars and it brings up to 37 miles of additional range, because of that optimization of running resistance."
 
 
KIA DEBUTS THE 2021 NIRO EV 
"Kia's Niro EV may not grab many headlines, especially with the announcement of its flashier cousin, the EV6, but the 2021 model has finally made its debut. While it's primarily a carryover from the 2020 model year, a few changes have been made, which Kia outlined in an announcement on Friday." says CNET: "The feature changes for the Niro EV aren't massive, but they do represent some real quality-of-life improvements. We're big fans of the move to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the inclusion of a rear seat occupant alert. In addition, remote starting becomes standard which means that you're now able to preheat or cool the Niro's cabin. , it does add features like highway driving assist, leading vehicle departure warning and navigation-based smart cruise control, so it's worth getting."
 
 
TESLA LOSES ANOTHER MANAGER FROM BERLIN FACTORY
"Tesla has lost another top manager from the automaker's new European plant under construction near Berlin, according to a report in Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe. Marcel Jost, head of general assembly, left the automaker last month while Tesla CEO Elon Musk was visiting Germany, Automobilwoche said. " according to Automotive News: " He became Tesla's senior quality manager in Germany in March 2020. Jost's departure follows that of Evan Horetsky, project manager of the plant in Gruenheide near Berlin. Horetsky left Tesla in October 2020. Horetsky has since joined Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsgg. Another top Daimler executive, Rene Reif, was due to replace Horetsky, but never took the post"
 
 
SWEDEN, UK AND NORWAY EV MARKET SHARE
"Sweden saw plugin electric vehicle market share reach 39.1% in May 2021, up from 21.5% in May 2020. With policy changes still in flux, we can expect even stronger growth in the second half of the year. " says Max at CleanTechnica: "The best selling full electric in May was the Volkswagen ID.4. Overall auto sales were still recovering, down 24% from seasonal norms. May’s cumulative plugin result of 39.1% comprised plugin hybrids (PHEVs) at 22.8% and full battery electrics (BEVs) at 16.2%. Since starting delivery in decent volumes in April, the Volkswagen ID.4 has quickly climbed to the top of the year-to-date best selling BEV rankings. It looks set to totally dominate the charts for the rest of the year, although its siblings the Skoda Enyaq, and later the Audi Q4 e-tron, may pull some interest away."
 
Meanwhile in the UK: Battery electric vehicle (BEV) market share declined from 12.0% a year ago to 8.4% in the past month, although the May 2020 performance was distorted by lockdowns when new cars could only be purchased through click and collect or delivery, giving rise to variable purchasing patterns. Looking more broadly across 2021, plug-in vehicles now comprise 13.8% of new car registrations, up from 7.2% a year earlier, with the most rapid growth seen in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) derivatives."
 
And finally, Norway from the perspective of electrive: "In Norway, 8,498 new electric cars were registered in May. The share of electric cars in new passenger car registrations was 60.4 per cent last month. Norway’s most successful model across all drive types in May was the Ford Mustang Mach-E with 1,384 new registrations. BEVs and PHEVs are added together, the market share in May was an impressive 83.3 per cent "
 
 
 
FIRST VW-BASED FORD EV WILL BE AN SUV WITH AMERICAN DESIGN
"Ford will build its own electric vehicle on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, the one used to underpin EVs from VW, SEAT, Skoda and Audi. However, the Blue Oval has no plans to make the vehicle in any way resemble models from the aforementioned brands - it wants to infuse it with American design, to drive the point home that it’s a Ford." according to InsideEVs: "The model will slip below the Mustang Mach-E in Ford’s EV lineup and it’s expected to be unveiled sometime next year; it will most likely go on sale in 2023. Ford plans to build it at one of its historic European plants, in Cologne, where it also assembles the Fiesta (until it is phased out in 2025)."
 
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Jun 05, 2021
1103: Electric Mustang Exceeds Gas-Powered Models | 04 June 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 4th June. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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FORD PRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC MUSTANG EXCEEDS GAS-POWERED MODELS
"Ford Motor Co. surpassed a significant milestone in its conversion to electric vehicles, producing more battery-powered Mustangs so far this year than gasoline-fueled versions of its iconic pony car.  Ford has built 27,816 electric Mustang Mach-E models at a plant in Mexico this year compared to 26,089 copies of the traditional internal combustion engine Mustang at a factory in Michigan, according to production data the automaker released Thursday." reports Bloomberg Hyperdrive: "The Mach-E went on sale late last year and was the top-selling vehicle in Norway last month. In the U.S., where EV adoption is slower, the gas Mustang still outsells the electric version by nearly three-to-one."
 
Chief Executive Officer Jim Farley: "Mach-E has been much stronger than we expected, so we’ve totally run out of stock. Mach-E is going global as we speak, but in the U.S. the wait for a Mach-E is months.”
 
 
CHINA SALES - XPENG AND NIO
"Xpeng reports 5,686 electric car deliveries in May, which is 484% more than a year ago and the third-best monthly result ever. The Chinese manufacturer is especially happy about the record sales of its P7 flagship, which noted 3,797 units." says InsideEVs: "The most important factors that drive the sales up are the new P7 Wing edition and the lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery-powered G3 and P7 versions. If Xpeng will continue to increase the volume, it might really come close to NIO, the other well-known Chinese electric car startup."
 
NIO delivered 6,711 vehicles in May 2021, representing a solid 95.3% year-over-year growth. The deliveries consisted of 1,412 ES8s, the company’s six-seater and seven-seater flagship premium smart electric SUV, 3,017 ES6s, the company’s five-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV, and 2,282 EC6s, the company’s five-seater premium smart electric coupe SUV.
 
 
NEW GENERATION OF MG ELECTRIC CARS ARE COMING TO EUROPE
"MG has been selling the ZS EV in Europe for a while now. The ZS EV belongs to the first generation of MG electric cars and honestly I never payed much attention to it. As most first generation electric cars, the MG ZS EV isn’t very efficient and only gets a WLTP range of 263 km from a CATL 44,5 kWh battery pack. Its front grill makes it look like a gas car and suggests that GM didn’t care much about aerodynamics when designed it." says PushEVs: "MG is about to bring its second generation of all-electric cars to Europe. They will be better looking, more efficient, charge faster and have longer range. Two models are already confirmed. The two electric cars above look great, but there is another one that’ll be way more important in Europe, an electric supermini expected later this year to compete with the Renault ZOE. The new electric supermini could be named MG3 Electric."
 
MG5
AC Fast Charging: 3-Phase 11 kW
DC Rapid Charging: 30 min to 80 %
Vehicle to Load: 2.500 W External Power Supply
 
Marvel R
Acceleration: 4,9 s / 0-100 km/h
Drive: Tri-Motor – All-wheel drive
WLTP range: >400 km
Top speed: 200 km/h
AC Fast Charging: 3-Phase 11 kW
DC Rapid Charging: 30 min to 80 %
External power supply: V2L-System
 
 
7-ELEVEN TO INSTALL 500 FAST CHARGING STATIONS BY THE END OF 2022
"The iconic American convenience store chain 7‑Eleven plans to deploy at least 500 DC fast charging stations at 250 selected stores in the US and Canada by the end of 2022. The new charging stations will be owned and operated by 7‑Eleven, which already has 22 charging stations located at 14 stores in 4 states." says ChargedEVs: ". 7‑Eleven is purchasing 100% wind energy for over 800 stores in Texas and over 300 in Illinois. In Virginia, 150 stores are using hydropower, and 300 Florida stores are powered by solar energy."
 
 
TESLA OWNER APOLOGIZES FOR STAGING “BRAKE FAILURE” INCIDENT IN CHINA
"A Tesla owner in China issued a public apology on social media and admitted to staging a “brake failure” incident with his Model X. The recent TikTok video was among a recent wave of public apologies in China, as Tesla’s legal team initiates a crackdown on inaccurate reports and false posts that could damage the company." reports Teslarati: "In his apology, the Tesla owner admitted that his Model X never had any issues with regards to its brakes over the three years he owned the vehicle. The EV owner also remarked that the TikTok skit, which was supposed to show a Model X “brake failure” incident, was for entertainment purposes only. Tesla has been improving its customer relations in China over the past months. Following the international coverage of the disgruntled Model 3 owner’s protest at the Shanghai Auto Show, Tesla established a “Special Handling Team” to address special customer concerns."
 
 
MUSK: PANIC BUYING CHIPS IS LIKE RUSH ON TOILET PAPER
"Elon Musk said the chip shortage is wreaking havoc on Tesla Inc.’s supply chain and blamed companies ordering more microcontrollers than they need, much like consumers hoarded toilet paper in the early days of the pandemic." says Automotive News: "Musk, 49, said during Tesla’s first-quarter earnings call in April that the chip shortage was a “huge problem” and one of the most difficult supply chain challenges the company had ever experienced. Last month, the consulting firm AlixPartners estimated automakers will lose about $110 billion of sales this year due to the dearth of semiconductors, almost double an earlier projection. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said last month it plans to increase production of microcontroller units by 60 percent this year to help relieve carmakers. Still, chip companies, auto manufacturers and their parts suppliers have warned chip supplies will remain tight into next year."
 
“Our biggest challenge is supply chain, especially microcontroller chips. Never seen anything like it,” the CEO tweeted Wednesday. “Fear of running out is causing every company to overorder – like the toilet paper shortage, but at epic scale.”
 
 
 
VOLVO IS LAUNCHING THE C40 RECHARGE IN THE NETHERLANDS, NORWAY
"Volvo has opened the order books for the C40 Recharge in the first European countries. The second electric model in the Swedish companies’ current range is available to order now in the Netherlands and Norway and from 3 June in Sweden and the UK. Other markets will follow in the coming weeks." says Chris Randall at electrive: "Volvo had introduced the C40 Recharge as a spin-off of the XC40 Recharge in early March. Both vehicles use the same drive system of the CMA platform, i.e. they have 300 kW power and a 78 kWh battery. Volvo has given the C40 some independent elements on the body, for example on the headlights or the rear doors. This is why the C40 Recharge is listed as a separate model and not as the XC40 Recharge Coupé."
 
 
 
AUDI Q4 E-TRON TAKES AUTOBAHN ACCELERATION TEST
"Audi is a rare example of a premium automaker that knows how to make small cars. And the most significant model right now is the Q4 e-tron that just launched in Germany." reports Auto Evolution: "The small A3 and Q3 compacts have been successful, but as the market is shifting in favor of EVs, Audi needed something special. The Q4 e-tron is that vehicle. The Q4 has twin motors, like the ID.4 GTX, which isn't on sale yet. It produces 302 hp (306 PS) in German spec, about as much as an old Golf R. Naturally, the battery pack makes it much heavier. But the official 0 to 62 mph time of 6.2 seconds was actually beaten by Auditography, which got 5.99 seconds. Meanwhile, Automann-TV got 6.35 seconds on the Autobahn, which is still pretty good."
 
 
 
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Jun 04, 2021
1102: Meet the i4 and iX - Two New Electric BMWs | 03 June 2021
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Today we have two new all electric BMW's to tell you about.
 
BMW’s iX - 300 miles for $83,200
"The German automaker has just announced that when it goes on sale early next year, the new EV’s suggested price tag will exceed $80,000. That puts the iX squarely in Tesla Model X territory and leaves open the possibility that it may dethrone Elon Musk’s falcon-winged EV as the luxury SUV of choice for consumers. It will also compete with the Audi E-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and Mercedes EQC when it eventually hits dealerships in the first quarter of 2022." says The Verge: "According to BMW, the iX will start at $83,200 for the iX xDrive 50 when preorders for the SUV begin in the middle of the year. That sum will get you an electric all-wheel drive motor configuration capable of putting out 516 horsepower for a 0–62mph sprint in 4.6 seconds. BMW says the iX will have an estimated range of around 300 miles based on the EPA’s testing model.  BMW is planning a more powerful iX M60 model for the future, with over 600 horsepower and the first all-electric SUV from BMW M.  The BMW iX xDrive50’s fifth-generation eDrive platform uses a 400-volt battery pack with a gross energy content of 111.5kWh and a net energy content of 106.3kWh."
 
"The iX is capable of charging at up to 200 kW via a DC fast charger, and BMW says it should be able to gain up to 90 miles of range in 10 minutes at top charging speed. Filling the battery from 10 to 80 percent should take fewer than 40 minutes on the same fast charger." according to Inverse: "BMW is also partnering with the EVgo charging network to see charger and account status in within the BMW mobile app and iX buyers will get $100 in EVgo charging credit."
 
" The iX xDrive 40 with 240 kW output will be available in Germany at prices starting at 77,300 euros, the iX xDrive 50 with 385 kW starts at 98,000 euros. In the USA, prices start at $83,200 plus $995 Destination, while the UK prices start at £69,905 OTR. The US market launch will also take place in 2022, unlike the UK’s November launch." writes electrive.com: " The high-voltage storage system in the 40 has a net capacity of 71 kWh and a gross capacity of 76.6 kWh. What is interesting about the batteries, is that BMW not only states the maximum charging power (200 kW for the large battery and 150 kW for the small battery) but also publishes detailed charging curves."
 
Larger battery average of 126kW from 10-80%, or 35 mins, and smaller battery average of 96kW 10-80% or 31mins.
 
Max regen is 208kW and 164kW respectively.
 
5th generation power train technology.
 
Top speed limited to 200km/h.
 
Towing is 2,500kg, 250 more than a Model X. 
 
 
 
 
BMW iX vs. Cadillac Lyriq, E-Tron, Mach-E and Model Y
"All five vehicles utilize lithium-ion batteries in their floors, but everything beyond that is different. BMW's iX claims 300 miles of range from its 106.3 kWh (that's usable capacity, mind you) battery pack. At 100 kW, the Lyriq's battery capacity is large, though not the largest, but that curb weight comes home to roost in the Cadillac's estimated mileage, which GM figures is also roundabout 300 miles. Tesla, on the other hands, does more with less, its 75-kWh battery pack enabling a range of 326 miles in the Long Range variant -- being 1,200 pounds lighter has its benefits." writes CNET.com: "BMW's iX leaves all these other electric SUVs in the dust with a combined power output from its dual motors of 516 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque."
 
 
BMW i4
 
Summing up the importance of this car, engadget says: "As BMW's electrified 4 Series model, the i4 will be a linchpin for the company's electric future, running on the same eDrive EV platform as the iX. "
 
"BMW i4 is the fully-electric version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, but it has rather good specs for an electric car built on repurposed ICE vehicle underpinnings. In the United States, the i4 electric hatchback will be sold in two distinct trims, as a lower-powered rear-wheel drive variant, and a more powerful all-wheel drive model." says InsideEVs: "the i4 eDrive 40, which gets a single 335 horsepower rear-mounted electrically excited synchronous motor whose peak torque is 317 pound-feet (430 Nm). It sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and its top speed is 118 mph (190 km/h).  This will be the longest-range i4, with an expected EPA range of around 300 miles on a single charge, and a starting price of $55,400. The more powerful i4 M50 will be the performance driver’s choice, with all-wheel drive and a combined power output of 536 horsepower. BMW claims it sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds and its top speed is higher than the eDrive 40’s, 140 mph (225 km/h). The EPA range that BMW is expecting this model to achieve is a more conservative 240 miles and its starting price is $65,900"
 
On the heat pump BMW said: "At extremely low ambient temperatures, the heat pump is assisted by a pair of powerful continuous-flow heaters offering 9 kW of heating power each. This ensures that thermal comfort on a par with conventionally powered BMW models can be provided very efficiently in any situation. The latest version of the heat pump makes use of ambient heat and heat from dehumidification – as well as the waste heat from the motors – for energy-efficient operation."
 
"Instead of BMW’s current driver’s display and iDrive screen setup, BMW has now combined both into on giant panel, with two separate digital screens built in. The driver’s display looks similar to the gauges you’ll see in any other current Bimmer but it features more futuristic graphics, a bit more customization, and a cleaner design. While the new iDrive system is a complete overhaul, featuring an entirely new UI, added functionality, fantastic looking graphics, and a revised menu system." according to BMWblog: "BMW added Apple and Google Maps to the head-up display.  The hatchback is a feature that all 4 Series Gran Coupe customers love and one of the main reasons they choose it over the 3 Series.  Both cars get an 81.5 kWh net-energy battery pack (f 83.9 kWh gross) that’s as sustainable as absolutely possible. The high-voltage battery in the i4 is comprised of four modules with 72 cells each and three 12-cell modules. The i4 can charge at up to 200 kW, with a compatible DC fast charger. At that speed, the BMW i4 40 can recharge 102 miles of range in just ten minutes"

Also: dynamic air suspension, 18-20" wheels, acoustic glazing, Harmon Kardon sound with 16 speakers, autonomous LKA up to 125mph.



BMW i4 Prototype Drive
"Mid-size saloons are where BMW’s customer base has resided traditionally, so the fully-electric i4 has the chance to attract a significant proportion of the marque’s buyers to zero-emission motoring. In the M50 variant, one thing is immediately clear: this is an EV made for keen drivers. The i4 appeals with astonishing steering precision and smooth handling, and despite the two-tonne weight there’s relatively little body roll. The ultra-low centre of gravity comes into play here; it’s actually 53mm lower than in the 3 Series." says AutoExpress: "The entire underside of the car is faired in for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, and since there’s no exhaust to deal with, the large diffuser makes use of all of the rear bumper space it can."

electrive notes UK pricing: "BMW also named the prices for the two variants of the i4. The i4 eDrive 40 will be listed at prices starting at £51,905 OTR. As the vehicle costs more than the £35,000 maximum eligibility for the plug-in car grant, this means i4 drivers in the UK will have to do without the government grant. The i4 M50 will start at £63,905, while the market launch for both versions of the i4 will begin in November 2021."
 
In the U.S. it starting at $56,395 (including destination charges) for the rear-wheel-drive eDrive40 models and $66,895 for the more powerful AWD M50.

Also, U.S. federal tax credit.


BMW i4 vs Tesla Model 3
"The i4’s dimensions, as we noted previously, are remarkably close to the Model 3 in every direction. It is 188.3 inches long, 72.9 inches wide, and 57.0 inches high with a wheelbase of 112.8 inches. The Model 3 is shorter at 184.8 inches, but its width (72.8 inches), height (56.8 inches), and wheelbase (113.2 inches) are all within half an inch of the new BMW. The i4 looks noticeably longer than the Model 3, in part due to its sleeker styling versus the Model 3’s bubble-shaped greenhouse even if the two are very close in height. " reports Brian Wong from Green Car Reports: "I only had a chance to play with the setup for a few minutes, but it felt ready for primetime. Responses were instantaneous, the menu structure is intuitive, and it’s fair to assume it will carry over some of iDrive 7’s most useful features, like wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and a voice command assistant that is actually helpful. Whether or not you prefer this more traditional look and feel compared to the Model 3’s single screen, highly minimalistic approach is a matter of personal preference. "
 
0-60mph, MOdel 3 Perf is 3.1 vs 3.9 sec here.


BMW i4 vs. Kia EV6, Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3
CNET has also done one of their comparisons here too: "Every i4 will use an 83.9-kilowatt-hour battery. Official range figures aren't yet available, but BMW estimates the i4 M50 will have an EPA rating of 245 miles (the single-motor i4 eDrive40 should do a bit better, around 300 miles). Kia doesn't have EV6 GT range estimates right now, and the M50 is expected to last a little longer than the 232-mile Polestar 2. The Tesla Model 3 Performance, meanwhile, is EPA-rated at 315 miles. Real quick, a note about charging. The Kia EV6 has a major advantage by way of its 800-volt architecture. Kia says the EV6 can take in about 70 miles' worth of range in about 5 minutes, which is seriously impressive. BMW, meanwhile, maxes out at 90 miles' worth of range in about 30 minutes."


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Jun 03, 2021
1101: Rimac Nevera – The World’s Greatest Car? | 02 June 2021
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Rimac Nevera Is A True Electric Hypercar
 
“Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer Rimac is taking its radical C_Two concept into production with a raft of improvements and a new name: Nevera.  The culmination of three years of development following the C_Two concept's unveiling in March 2018, the €2 million (£1.72m) Lotus Evija rival has been renamed in tribute to the strong and sudden storms that occur on the Croatian coastline." writes Autocar: "Rimac highlights that the Nevera is 2.5sec quicker to 186mph than was initially planned, needing just 9.3sec.  Claimed to be capable of accelerating from rest to 62mph in just 1.85sec and covering a quarter mile in just 8.6sec, the Nevera will be the fastest-accelerating production car yet built and its 258mph top speed puts it roughly on a par with the W16-powered Bugatti Chiron."
 
"Legacy automotive is doing its best as the electric revolution gathers serious momentum but from the land of Tesla – Nikola that is, not Elon Musk’s outfit – comes a company whose new car turns everything you thought you knew about hypercars on its head. Should you still be clinging to the notion that EVs are somehow missing something, prepare to be converted. Forever." is how Top Gear put it: "The car’s architecture encompasses a 6,960-cell, 120kWh Lithium/Manganese/Nickel battery pack in an H shape along the spine and behind the cockpit. There are four surface-mounted permanent magnet motors driving each wheel individually, the most advanced torque vectoring ever achieved and a power output equivalent to 1914bhp and 1,740lb ft of torque. A pair of single-speed gearboxes are connected to the front and rear wheels."
 
"The Nevera’s construction is derived from a central carbonfibre monocoque tub, with aluminium subframes bolted at each end to which the axles are mounted. The battery pack also forms a structural part of the carbon tub itself, adding 37 per cent extra stiffness to the torsional rigidity rating. Suspension is of a double wishbone design at all four corners, with adaptive dampers and an adjustable ride height giving the Nevera increased adjustability within the driver mode systems." says evo magazine: "Like most EVs, braking is dealt with by two systems, with Rimac’s 300kW regeneration capability being the most powerful of any production EV, backed up by a 390mm set of carbon-ceramics discs and six-piston calipers from Brembo. The braking system is entirely by-wire, with a feedback motor built in to the hardware designed to merge brake feel from the two systems into one linear response. "
 
"Rimac’s All-Wheel Torque Vectoring 2 system also helps here, bolstering grip and traction. The tech takes the place of conventional traction and stability control and governs the amount of torque sent to each wheel individually, with the parameters linked to seven different driving modes. These include Sport, Drift, Comfort, Range, Track and two Custom modes." according to Autoexpress: "Sport sharpens the throttle, steering, and brake response and firms up the suspension, while Drift mode “supplies more torque to the rear wheels to accentuate oversteer and help hold the car in a controlled power slide on the track.” Range adjusts the drivetrain to achieve the 340-mile claimed maximum, while Track mode “sets the Nevera to full, unrestrained configuration to help drivers exploit the car’s full potential,” according to Rimac."
 
"Rimac has developed an “AI driving coach” feature that leverages the Nevera’s 12 ultrasonic and six radar sensors, as well as 13 cameras to help “optimize and enhance the driver’s on-track performance.” It does this by providing track-specific audio and visual cues for when to brake for, where to turn into, and when to accelerate out of a corner." according to The Verge: "Of course, very few people will have to worry about whether they can properly pilot a Nevera. Rimac is only making 150 of them, and they’ll each start around $2.4 million."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Headlines Again
120kWh battery pack
four electric motor
1.4MW of power
1,914 horsepower
top speed of 258 miles per hour
custom liquid cooling
mechanical knobs and switches to feel the car
 
 
 
Form follows function - 
The front bonnet profile, underbody flap, rear diffuser and rear wing can each move independently, driven by complex algorithms that provided the optimum aerodynamic configuration for every driving situation. 
 
World’s most advanced monocoque construction -
The level of unmatched strength and safety this provides has contributed to the Nevera meeting strict global homologation standards, and delivering the most rigid structure of any car ever made.
 
Driving the future
Capable of instantly summoning maximum torque from the first moment, the Nevera’s electric motors are 97 per cent efficient – compared with 40 per cent for the most effective internal combustion engines – and completely maintenance-free throughout their operating life.
 
Minimalist design cabin, maximum comfort and control -
With space for two occupants in full race regalia and their luggage, Nevera is as much a capable grand tourer as it is a performance hypercar. Digital screens soak up needless toggles and switches, leaving only essential tactile controls, giving more space to enjoy Nevera’s carefully designed interior.  The cockpit features a trio of high-definition TFT screens, which present as much, or as little, information as the user requires. Configured for both track driving and comfort, the layout of the cockpit is divided into two zones. The focus of the top segment is entirely placed on driving pleasure and performance, while the lower part houses the infotainment system, comfort controls and driving data. Tactile billet aluminium rotary controls and switches – including three displays with rotating control – provide a resolutely analogue feel, tailored to enable the driver to utilise the cutting-edge digital technology in an even more engaging manner. From the cockpit, the driver can monitor every aspect of the car’s performance with real-time telemetry – downloadable to a laptop or smartphone for later review.
 
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Jun 02, 2021
1100: How Ready Is Tesla GigaBerlin After One Year? | 01 June 2021
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CALIFORNIA REGULATOR ADOPTS EV MANDATE FOR UBER, LYFT RIDE-HAIL FLEETS
"California's clean air regulator on Thursday adopted rules to mandate that nearly all trips on Uber's and Lyft's ride-hailing platforms have to be in electric vehicles over the next few years, the first such regulation by a U.S. state." says a Reuters report: "Uber and Lyft said they supported the regulation's goals but called for more government to aid their many lower and middle-income drivers with the costs for the transition. The rules, adopted through a unanimous vote by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), mandate that EVs account for 90% of ride-hailing vehicle miles traveled by 2030.  Uber and Lyft have partnerships with rental companies and charging station providers to lower drivers' EV costs. Uber has also said it will invest $800 million through 2025 to help drivers globally switch to EVs."


SEE TESLA GIGA BERLIN AFTER A YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS
"It was quite a ride for Tesla to start the Giga Berlin project in Grünheide near Berlin in Germany. First, the company had to prepare the site, which started in mid-February 2020. The actual construction work, under only an early, partial permit (at Tesla's own risk), started in late May 2020." says InsideEVs: "Anyway, unlike the first phase of Tesla Giga Shanghai in China, which produced the first cars within about a year, Tesla Giga Berlin is not yet completed. The good news is that the work is in a really advanced stage. Some buildings and the infrastructure need to be completed. Then the company needs to complete the installation of production equipment.  The production of the first Made-in-Germany (MIG) Tesla Model Y for Europe should start by the end of this year."


BELGIUM ANNOUNCES NEW COMPANY CAR ELECTRIFICATION BILL
"The Belgian government has given the green light to a bill by Finance Minister Vincent Van Peteghem to accelerate the electrification of company cars in the country. At the same time, the planned ban on internal combustion company cars is off the table, but tax advantages are now only available for EVs." according to electrive.com: "The planned cornerstones, which still have to be implemented in the necessary legislation, are: From 2026, only zero-emission company cars will benefit from tax advantages. New electric cars are to be 100 per cent tax-deductible from 2026. In the years thereafter, the tax deductibility will gradually decrease to 67.5 per cent in 2031.  Companies are also to be able to claim the construction of charging stations for electric cars against tax. In order to be able to claim the tax benefits, however, companies must ensure that the facilities are accessible to the public outside of opening hours."


INVESTMENT IN EV BATTERY INDUSTRY CONTINUING TO INCREASE
"Toyota and Nissan are planning to invest 160 billion yen and 200 billion yen in order to increase their EV battery production capacities, respectively. The Nikkei reported on May 29 that the investment from Toyota pertaining to the period of April this year to March next year is approximately 200 percent of that for the previous fiscal year." says Business Korea: "The joint subsidiary of Toyota and Panasonic is planning to build more production lines in Hyogo, Japan and Dalian, China. Primearth EV Energy, another joint company, will increase its production capacity in Japan and China, too. Toyota’s capacity for 2022 is estimated at five million units, twice the capacity it reached last year."
 
 
LG CHEM WILL SOON SUPPLY NCMA BATTERY CELLS TO TESLA
"Currently, LG Chem supplies NCM 811 battery cells to Tesla in China, but starting next month, there will be a change to the NCMA chemistry. The Tesla Model Y MIC (Made in China) is set to become the first production electric car to get a NCMA battery." says Pedro at PushEVs but what does it mean? He Explains: "Previously, it was expected that GM would be the first automaker to use the NCMA chemistry from LG Chem, with the introduction of its Ultium batteries. The 2022 GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 will debut GM’s all-new 800 V Ultium battery architecture capable of 350 kW charging and arrive later this year. GM says that with its Ultium battery made with NCMA cells, the kWh cost at the cell level will be below 100 USD (82 euros). NCMA battery cells have higher nickel and lower cobalt content, which make them cheaper. NCMA battery cells are also more durable, safer and charge faster, but energy density shouldn’t be much different, just a bit higher."


E-BIKES OFFER AFFORDABLE OPTION TO REACH CLIMATE GOALS
"While we commit so much of California’s climate funds to electric cars it’s fair to ask if there are other options worth exploring. A recent study by the College of Engineering at Portland State University found that subsidies for electric bikes are more cost-effective than electric car incentives at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from private cars. The study focused on the greenhouse gas impacts of subsidies for electric bikes, battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric cars in Oregon." says CAlmatter.org: "E-bikes plug into a regular wall outlet and cost about 1 cent per mile to operate — no need for charging stations. Compared to EVs, E-bikes are carbon crushers. Investing in biking makes people healthier and happier, improves traffic safety and reduces traffic congestion. In the future, we should consider a tax break for small businesses to purchase cargo E-bikes for local deliveries. "
 
 
GLOBAL TOP 20 APRIL 2021
"Registrations were up for an impressive 249% last month, to some 392,000 units, the 4th best month ever, with BEVs jumping 235%, to some 251,000 units, so we might be seeing the plugin market hit 5 million units this year." according to data from the ev-sales.blogspot: "These impressive results this year kept the 2021 PEV share to 5.7% (3.7% BEV), which is already significantly above the 4% of last year. There are two new faces on the Top 5, with the VW ID.4 debuting in 4th, with 10,318 units, its first five-digit score, while its (slightly) older brother, the ID.3, makes its first appearance this year, in #5. In the podium, besides the Wuling Mini EV return to the top position, after a win in January, there an important mark concerning both Teslas, as last month the Tesla Model Y managed to beat the Model 3 for the first time ever"


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Jun 01, 2021
1099: Rivian Could Already Be Worth $70bn | 31 May 2021
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 31st May. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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BMW PLANS 500,000 ELECTRIC DRIVES PER YEAR STARTING IN 2022
"The shift towards electric mobility is causing great changes at the BMW plant in Dingolfing. The German plant is expanding its electric cars and plug-in hybrid capacity to over 500,000 units as early as 2022. To further strengthen its in-house competence, the BMW Group also manufactures the high-voltage batteries and battery modules." says BMW Blog "At the Dingolfing plant, production of the fifth generation of the BMW eDrive, which is used in the iX3 is already in use and will soon be installed in significantly larger numbers in the i4 and iX. The BMW Group will invest over 500 million euros in Dingolfing between 2020 and 2022 to meet the rising demand of electrified BMWs. Along with investments in Leipzig, Regensburg and Steyr, BMW will spend over 790 millions euros."
 
 
AUDI'S INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM GETS A HUGE UPGRADE
"Audi has upgraded the MIB3 infotainment system with a slew of new features including Amazon Alexa voice support and more personalization options. Previously available as a push-to-talk function on the steering wheel, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has been added to most 2022 Audi models equipped with the MIB 3 infotainment system and an active Audi Prime or Plus subscription." reports CarBuzz: "Apple Music support has also been expanded. In addition, wireless Android Auto support has been added to the e-tron, and e-tron Sportback. An updated route planner for electric models can also now distinguish between Level 2 AC chargers and Level 3 DC fast chargers."
 
 
WHY TIKTOK'S TAGGING DANGEROUS TESLA AUTOPILOT & SELF-DRIVING VIDEOS
"TikTok has begun tagging videos of people using Tesla's Autopilot or Full Self-Driving capabilities dangerously with a warning that the actions could cause serious injury. The move is a worrying reflection of the number of such videos that are being posted to the platform. However, TikTok's community guidelines suggest the content shouldn't remain on the platform at all." says Screenrant.com: "As the Wall Street Journal reports, lots of videos are now cropping up online of people pushing the boundaries and carrying out stunts with the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features in Tesla cars. One individual was arrested by police for riding in the back of a moving Tesla, released on bail, and then videoed himself doing it again. As The Next Web reports, the trend for videos showing people using the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features without following the guidance provided by Tesla has become so pronounced that TikTok is adding disclaimers to them warning of the dangers, such as: "The action in this video could result in serious injury." While TikTok can hardly be blamed for the videos being made, the most responsible course of action it could take would be removing them altogether. Indeed, its own community guidelines seem to suggest that's precisely what it should be doing."
 
 
MERCEDES-BENZ EQS SUV SPIED IN THE OPEN
"We have plenty of reason to believe that the spy video here is showing us the EQS SUV prototype. The EV may be clad in heavy zebra camouflage but its headlamps and overall frontal profile is just too similar with the EQS sedan. A glance inside the vehicle also hints of the same MBUX Hyperscreen found in its sedan sibling. Meanwhile, going around it displays a lift gate design in the rear and an overall layout not that different from the GLS SUV." reports Benz Insider: "There’s no information available on the mechanical specs of the EQS SUV as of the moment, but if it carries over the trims of its sedan version like the latest Merc SUVs, its power might go from 329 hp up to 516 hp. We hope that its maker keeps up to its promise of at least 478 miles electric range for the electric SUV as well."
 
 
TESLA MODEL X PLAID SEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME
"Here we have two first very short videos with the refreshed Model X - probably the Plaid version. The car has a yoke steering wheel, new displays (instrument cluster, vertical infotainment screen and the all-new rear screen), 20'' Cyberstream Wheels, and plenty of other minor changes. We must admit that the new red Model X, with the black elements (previously silver/chrome) looks very good. It probably will look even better with the 22'' Turbine Wheel" reports InsideEVs: "since the Tesla Model S Plaid deliveries are just around the corner, we are eager to see some more videos also about the upcoming Model X, which is expected to follow a few months after the Model S."
 
 
RIVIAN IPO COULD BE WORTH $70BN
" A new report indicates that Rivian Automotive Inc. is gearing up to go public with an IPO that could be worth as much as $70 billion. Word of the potential IPO comes from sources cited by Bloomberg that wanted to remain anonymous because the IPO is unannounced at this time." says SlashGear: "Rivian is working with advisors, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Morgan Stanley. The sources claim that Rivian is seeking a valuation of around $70 billion, while past rumors indicated Rivian would be seeking a value closer to $50 billion. "
 
 
TESLA SUPERCHARGER WAIT DISPLAYED ON NAVIGATION SCREEN
"Headed to a busy Supercharger on this busy Memorial Day travel weekend? Now you can see the estimated length of time you can expect to wait at a full Supercharger station on the Tesla Navigation screen. Tesla has been showing the number of stalls currently available on the Nav screen for a few years. Now, if a Supercharger is full, drivers are shown a grey clock icon on the pin. When you touch the pin it will display short, medium or long wait for that location." according to PlugInSites.org
 
 
JAGUAR LAND ROVER ELECTRIC STATEGY
"Jaguar has a new name for its global strategy that encompasses big changes to the Jaguar Land Rover vehicle lineup as the brands reposition themselves and transition to an electric future: Reimagine. " says Motortrend: "No new Jaguars will be added to the current lineup until 2025, when the luxury car brand will go fully electric. Land Rover will take a longer path to electrification. The goal of 1 million global sales annually has been abandoned for a more realistic 400,000. Overall, the automaker is going from six vehicle architectures to three: two for Land Rover and one for Jaguar. Overlap between the two brands will end; they will have separate architectures (an all-electric one for Jaguar, and a pair of flexible ICE/hybrid/BEV capable architectures for Land Rover)"
 
 
ELECTRIC PORSCHE 911 HAS A SMARTPHONE-CONTROLLED TAILPIPE
"Everrati, a UK-based electric car specialist, this week revealed its latest creation, a 964-generation Porsche 911. The car is powered by a 53kWh battery pack, has a claimed range of over 150 miles, and outputs 500 horsepower." says Forbes: "It weighs slightly less than when it was powered by internal combustion – partly thanks to the use of carbon fiber body panels – and can sprint to 60mph in under four seconds. DC fast charging means the battery can be topped up from 10 percent to almost full in an hour. But what sets this car apart from a growing range of electrified classics is the pair of tailpipes sprouting from under the rear bumper. Linked to a smartphone application, the mock exhaust emits a sound reminiscent of the flat-six engine the Porsche was born with."


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1098: VW Takes Top Two Positions In EV Market | 30 May 2021
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VOLKSWAGEN TAKES #1 AND #2 POSITIONS IN EUROPEAN EV MARKET
"The European passenger plugin vehicle market continues to rise. There were more than 159,000 plugin vehicle registrations in April, and 616,000 in the year to date (YTD). The plugin vehicle share of the overall auto market in April was 15% (7.1% fully electric vehicles), keeping the 2021 plugin vehicle (PEV) share at 15% and the fully electric vehicle (BEV) share at 6.7%." reports CleanTechnica" Last year’s winner, the Renault Zoe, was only 5th last month, its lowest standing in over 3 years(!) — so, after the Nissan Leaf (best seller in 2018, 7th in 2020, 16th now) and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (3rd in 2019, 12th in 2020, now below the top 20), the last bastion of success of the Renault-Nissan Alliance is also suffering. The warning sirens must be ringing in the Alliance’s European HQ."
 
#1 VW ID.4 - 7,565 registrations
#2 VW ID.3
#3 Renault ZOE
#4 Peugeot e-208
#5 Hyundai Kona
 
Then...Fiat 500e, Niro EV, Audi e-tron, VW e-up, Smart FOrtwo EV, LEAF and Skoda Enyaq
 
Looking at Jan-Apr the #1 is MOdel 3.
 
Volkswagen Group is now the leader with a 23 % market share. Stellantis (14%), Daimler (12%) and BMW (12%) at four.
 
 
STELLANTIS SAID TO CONSIDER BATTERY-MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT IN ITALY
"Italy’s government is in talks with Stellantis, the carmaker formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group, about investing in electric-vehicle battery manufacturing in the country, according to people familiar with the matter." says Automotive News EUerope "A meeting in Rome this week between Stellantis Chairman John Elkann, CEO Carlos Tavares and Giancarlo Giorgetti, Italy's economic development minister, centered around the future of electric mobility in the country, said the people, who asked not to be named because the gathering was private. PSA was further along in investing in EVs before its merger with Fiat, having made plans for a roughly 5 billion-euro project with oil giant Total that is backed by the French government. PSA's stronger sales of plug-in hybrids and battery-powered cars enabled Stellantis to exit an emissions-credit agreement that Fiat had set up with Tesla in 2019."
 
 
SOUL EV NAMED ‘BEST VALUE ELECTRIC CAR’ 
The Kia Soul EV has picked up the prize for ‘Best value electric car’ at the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2021. Auto Trader’s New Car Awards is an annual consumer-led vote on the best cars currently for sale in the UK. Winners are decided by the British car-buying public, with owners asked to rate their vehicle based on 16 categories, including stability, reliability, safety and features.
 
WORKPLACE CHARGERS CAN ATTRACT TOP TALENT
"ChargePoint, one of the world's largest EV charging networks, focuses on the places where people tend to spend time outside the home, like movie theaters, shopping centers, and libraries.  But as it continues to grow its global network of 112,000 plug-in spots, it has put much of its focus on the places where Americans once spent most of their waking lives, and to which they're steadily returning: the office. "reports Business INsider: "Employees are six times more likely to drive electric when they can charge at work, according to a 2016 report from the US Department of Energy. Office charging can be more than a convenient perk for workers: It can be an incentive that attracts and retains talent."
 
 
RAC TO INTEGRATE MOBILE CHARGERS INTO 1/5TH OF THEIR FLEET
"The UK motoring organisation RAC is working to install emergency EV chargers in many more of its patrol vans. The on-route assistance programme is thus preparing for a larger rollout of electric vehicles in the UK." says electrive; "RAC EV Boost was launched as a 3.5kW charger in April 2019. Now with two years of field experience to aid development efforts, the RAC and Original ADS managed to develop a new 5kW unit capable of faster charging. Development work is also underway for a mobile 7.5kW charger. RAC plans to have 200 vans equipped to boost out-of-charge EVs by the end of 2021."
 
 
INTEGRAL E-DRIVE LAUNCHES NEW SERIES OF OFF-THE-SHELF HIGH PERFORMANCE ELECTRIC MOTORS
"As part of its mission to make world-class electric drives accessible, Integral e-Drive has made available a family of three ultra-high-performance machines off-the-shelf in single sample quantities." according to Green Car COngress: "Based closely on series production units and manufactured to automotive quality standards in its recently opened Milton Keynes facility, the CTSM242 family combines up to 400 kW and 520 N·m in a compact package with a mass of <30kg. Integral e-Drive has acquired a substantial share of premium racing and hypercar markets and, following investment in in-house manufacturing processes, it has now made this technology accessible to higher volume applications."
 
 
RACING FOR HYDROGEN: HOW GAS GIANTS ARE VYING TO STAY RELEVANT
"BP, Sinopec, Equinor and Royal Dutch Shell are among the producers looking to hydrogen to help secure demand that otherwise may falter as decarbonisation speeds up. They want to utilise existing pipelines, storage tankers and fuel supply to make blue hydrogen, a process that uses natural gas but captures the carbon emissions and stores them." says The Straits TImes: "Gas companies aiming to lower emissions now and avoid obsolescence next decade are planning to pour billions of dollars into building their blue businesses. Natural gas is used in almost all hydrogen production today. That earns the disdain of environmental, social, and governance investors, environmental groups and governments trying to slow climate change because the most common method, called steam-methane reforming, also produces large amounts of carbon dioxide that are dumped in the air."
 
 
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May 30, 2021
1097: Rolls-Royce is working on EV called 'Silent Shadow' | 29 May 2021
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MUSK SAYS TESLA MODEL S PLAID DELIVERY DELAYED A WEEK
"Delivery for Tesla Inc.’s Model S Plaid will be pushed back a week to June 10, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet. The car “needs one more week of tweak,” Musk said in explaining the delay." reports Bloomberg: "The Model S Plaid, the automaker’s quickest electric vehicle to date, was scheduled to be unveiled at a June 3 delivery event for customers at its factory in Fremont, California."
 
 
MKBHD SAYS THE F-150 LIGHTNING IS MUCH BETTER THAN HE EXPECTED
Well-known tech reviewer, long-time Tesla owner Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) was able to get an exclusive hands-on experience with the upcoming, all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning. Brownlee admits that the F-150 Lightning is better than he expected. Brownlee notes that the F-150 Lightning was quoting him an impressive 367 miles of range, and it only had an 80 percent charge. Based on his math, with a full 100-percent charge, this electric truck with an empty bed should be able to travel some 459 miles."
 
The base model is expected to get just 230 miles, though a version with 300 miles of range will be available.
 
One of the comments notes a follow up video he posted: "He corrected his estimates because the math doesn't add up. He is saying now the extended battery might reach 350-380 miles
 
 
ROLLS-ROYCE IS WORKING ON EV CALLED 'SILENT SHADOW'
"Rolls-Royce confirmed it is working on an all-new vehicle called Silent Shadow as the ultraluxury brand prepares to offer a full-electric car to its customers this decade. The BMW unit last year filed a trademark with the German patent office for the name Silent Shadow, a nod to the Silver Shadow model sold from 1965 to 1980." says Automotive News Europe: "Regulation is catching up with automakers, with many countries such as the UK planning to ban the sale of combustion-engine vehicles. While the pandemic suppressed vehicle demand in many regions, Rolls-Royce's production run is booked out for the year. Orders started to rise strongly from the fourth quarter of last year as the pandemic unleashed a free-spending attitude, Mueller-Oetvoes said of the company's clients."
 
BYD DELIVERS SPAIN’S LARGEST EVER ELECTRIC BUS ORDER
The Municipal Transport Company of Madrid, EMT Madrid has taken the delivery of the 30 electric buses from BYD, ahead of the programmed hand-over schedule in Spain’s largest-ever single order for electric buses.
The upshift in the delivery schedule is even more impressive given the many and varied restrictions on travel, shipping and other logistical complications brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
The hand-over follows an initial 15 BYD 12-metre electric buses delivered to EMT Madrid in May, 2020 – the first time BYD had supplied vehicles into the Spanish capital. Since entering service, EMT Madrid’s 15-strong BYD fleet has topped over 300,000 km, reducing CO2 emissions approximately by 300,000 kg.
 
 
TESLA CYBERTRUCK RETRACTABLE SOLAR BED COVER REVEALED IN PATENT
"Tesla’s plan for a retractable solar bed cover on its Cybertruck electric pickup truck has been revealed in a new patent application. After the launch of the Cybertruck, CEO Elon Musk surprised many when he said that Tesla’s new electric pickup truck will have a solar roof option that will add 15 miles of range per day." reports electrek: "Now, Tesla’s design for the retractable bed cover with solar cells embedded was revealed in a patent application released today. This is impressive considering it’s apparently strong enough for someone to stand on the cover. Tesla also explains that it can embed solar cells in the tonneau cover"
 
"“A truck bed cover integrated in a vehicle (e.g., a truck), configured to move through an opening formed between a cab and a truck bed, and along a set of channels on the truck bed. The vehicle includes a motor engaged with the truck bed cover and configured to enable an automated movement of the truck bed cover along the set of channels"
 
 
TESLA CABIN CAMERA HAS BEEN ENABLED FOR AUTOPILOT DRIVER MONITORING
"Several years after Elon Musk said Tesla rejected eye tracking as a method for measuring driver attentiveness because it's "ineffective," owners of new Teslas are receiving vehicles with the feature active. According to notes in the 2021.4.15.11 update, the cabin camera mounted above the rear view mirror will "detect and alert driver inattentiveness while Autopilot is engaged." says engadget: "Tesla hacker Greentheonly has monitored Tesla's progress in developing the software that watches drivers, and showed what early versions of the system can recognize in some demonstration videos. A few other videos posted to social media in recent weeks show that drivers are starting to receive deliveries of the reworked Model S and Model X with a "yoke" steering wheel and other changes, so there may be more tweaks to find very soon."
 
Slashgear points out: "The cabin camera apparently works in conjunction with the original steering wheel sensors, which is probably a good thing for reliability. The update also notes that data from the camera doesn’t get out of the car unless you actually agreed to and enabled data sharing."
 
 
 
‘VIRTUAL POWER STATION’ CREATED BY UK POWER NETWORKS
"A ‘virtual power station’ equivalent to the electricity generation of a gas-fired power station, is being created by UK Power Networks. New contracts for energy capacity worth £30 million are being awarded to 17 innovators in the energy, tech and car sector including Octopus Energy, Electric Miles and Ohme, making it the UK’s largest-ever ‘Flexibility’ tender. The far-sighted move is creating new opportunities for batteries and renewable energy with 77% of the capacity coming from low carbon sources." says Autmovei World: "More than two thirds of the new capacity (248 Megawatts) will come from using electric vehicles’ batteries and smart charging when they are hooked up to the power networks.[1] Flexibility providers who have been awarded contracts by UK Power Networks will now recruit up to 25,000 EV owners to support the network in this young and growing market. UK Power Networks, already the largest company to sign agreements for using the power of EVs in the UK, is laying the groundwork now for 2030 when the company estimates that up to 4.5 million new electric vehicles will be connected to the network."
 
AGGREKO SUPPLIES BATTERY STORAGE SYSTEM FOR ARGONNE’S EV FAST-CHARGING FACILITY
"Aggreko, a provider of mobile and modular energy solutions, has delivered a smart battery storage system to Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne will incorporate the new system into a fast charging facility at its Smart Energy Plaza near Chicago." says ChargedEVs: "The one-Megawatt 30-minute system is designed to enable ultra-fast charging by providing peak power mitigation and power quality services. ANL will also gather data on EV charge profiles exceeding 200 kW to quantify EV and charging system efficiencies, and explore the impact on the grid."
 
 
SKODA DEALERSHIPS TO RECEIVE USED 2ND LIFE ENERGY STORAGE
"Skoda and the Czech technology company IBG Cesko are cooperating to use used batteries from the all-electric Enyaq iV and the PHEV models Superb iV and Octavia iV as stationary storage units at Skoda dealerships." says Chris Randall at electrive: "The energy storage system, manufactured together with IBG Cesko, can hold up to 20 batteries from the Superb iV and Octavia iV PHEV models, each with 13 kWh, or five 82 kWh batteries from the Enyaq iV BEV model. In total, the capacity of the system is up to 328 kWh. According to a statement from Skoda, the storage system can be coupled with a charging station. This works for fast charging stations up to a capacity of 150 kW. Alternatively, dealers could also use the energy storage unit for intermediate storage of green electricity from PV systems, for example, to light and air-condition their premises."
 
 
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May 29, 2021
1096: Texas Runs Out Of Time To Grant Tesla Sales Permission | 28 May 2021
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Show #1096.
 
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Friday 28th May. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.
 
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TESLA WILL HAVE TO SHIP ITS TEXAS-BUILT CARS OUT OF STATE TO SELL BACK TO RESIDENTS
"This year, the Legislature convened Jan. 12 and will wrap up its work on May 31 before breaking until 2023. And it will do so without making a widely expected change to Texas’ auto dealer franchise laws that would finally allow Tesla to sell its cars—many of which will be built at its new Austin factory next year—directly to the public in the nation’s second-largest state." writes The Drive: "esla is on the verge of having to jump through the most ridiculous one yet: having to ship its Texas-built vehicles out of the state before it can sell (and ship) them back to Lone Star buyers.   There’s not enough time left in the current legislative section to advance the bill that was supposed to avert that Kafkaesque outcome. This is going to happen unless Texas Governor Greg Abbott calls a special session specifically to debate this topic—extremely unlikely—or some arcane regulatory exemption can be crafted for Tesla in the months ahead. So how did we end up here?"
 
 
TESLA CASHING IN ON CHIPS
"Trust Tesla and its chief Elon Musk to come up with a big idea for solving the current chip shortage. This one would only help Tesla itself — it is considering buying and operating a plant of its own, according to people familiar with the matter" writes the FT: "A cutting-edge semiconductor fab requires investment of up to $20bn and the intricacies of operating such plants are notoriously hard to master. Tesla is also pursuing a more practical idea of paying in advance to secure supplies. That’s a strategy already adopted by other companies."
 
 
TESLA POWERPACK BATTERY STEPS IN AFTER COAL PLANT EXPLODES IN AUSTRALIA
"On Tuesday, an explosion at the Callide Power Station, a coal-fired power plant in central Queensland, Australia, resulted in mass power outages from the New South Wales (NSW) border to Cairns. More than 470,000 customers were affected, particularly as the explosion caused a cascading impact on the Queensland grid." says Teslarati: "This was when the Hornsdale Power Reserve, a massive Tesla Powerpack battery farm, stepped in. With its upgraded toolkit that was added when it was expanded into a 150MW/194MWh system, the massive battery was able to immediately respond to the widespread power interruptions."
 
 
TESLA HAS INSTALLED OVER 200,000 POWERWALL HOME BATTERIES
"Despite issues with its Solar Roof, Tesla's Powerwall has apparently been a hot-selling item over the last year. The company announced on Twitter that it has sold over 200,000 Powerwall units so far, around double the number it said it had sold at this time in 2020. " according to Engadget: "It could apparently be shipping even larger numbers if it could manufacture more of them. Tesla recently said during its first-quarter earnings call that it had a "multi-quarter backlog on Powerwall." It also announced in April that it would no longer sell its Solar Roof panels without a Powerwall unit, which ought to boost demand even further.  Tesla recently unveiled the Powerwall+, an updated version that can supply up to 9.6kW of power, up from 5kW continuous and 7kW of peak output. "
 
 
ITALIAN POSTAL SERVICES ORDER 1,744 CORSA-E FROM OPEL
"Opel has received a major order for electric cars from the Italian postal service. The Rome-based postal and logistics operator has ordered 1,744 Opel Corsa-e vehicles. The first of the ordered Opel electric cars are to be delivered to Poste Italiane before the end of this year." reports electrive: "The Opel Corsa-e won over the Italian postal service in a public tender whereby Opel says the small electric car, “was selected in a public tender that was bid by leading automobile manufacturers.” Opal says the Corsa-e is ideal for everyday use."
 
 
HYUNDAI TO SLASH COMBUSTION ENGINE LINE-UP, INVEST IN EVS
"Hyundai Motor Group will slash the number of combustion engine models in its line-up to free up resources to invest in electric vehicles (EVs), two people close to the South Korean automaker told Reuters." according to Yahoo! Finance: "The move will result in a 50% reduction in models powered by fossil fuels, one of the people said, adding the strategy was approved by top management in March. While Hyundai did not specifically address a Reuters query on its plans for combustion engine models, it said in an email on Thursday that it was accelerating adoption of eco-friendly vehicles such as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and battery EVs. Hyundai Motor Group, which houses Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Corp and Genesis, aims to sell about one million EVs per year by 2025 to achieve a 10% share of the global EV market"
 
 
HYUNDAI IS LAUNCHING IN-CAR PAYMENTS IN THE ALL-ELECTRIC IONIQ 5
"Hyundai developed an in-car payment system that will debut in its upcoming all-electric Ioniq 5 crossover that will offer drivers the ability to find and pay for EV charging, food and parking — the latest example of automakers finding new ways to generate revenue and offer customers features that are typically associated with smartphones." says TechCrunch: "When the vehicle comes to North America in fall 2021, the payments system will launch with Dominoes, ParkWhiz and Chargehub, the company said Monday. The in-car payments system was just one of several new details released during the Ioniq 5’s North American debut."
 
 
KIA EV6 FIRST EDITION ELECTRIC VEHICLE PREORDERS BEGIN JUNE 3
"Kia has announced that it will be offering a limited run of 1500 units of its new EV6 electric vehicle. The first 1500 EV6 electric cars will be called First Edition and will be offered in unique color combos only available through advanced reservation. First Edition orders start on June 3 at 10 AM PST, and customers can put down a $100 fully refundable deposit to reserve one of the vehicles." says Slashgear: "Kia currently expects to begin delivering the EV6 First Edition in Q1 of 2022. Among the upgrades, in addition to the unique colors, First Edition buyers get includes an augmented reality head-up display, remote smart parking assist, sunroof, 20-inch wheels, premium 14-speaker audio system, dual-motor all-wheel-drive power, and a battery pack with 77.4 kWh of energy."
 
 
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Do you have an opinion on hydrogen power for personal transport? Yes or No, both good answers, and if yes then what do you think?
 
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May 28, 2021
1095: U.S. Steps Closer To New $12,500 EV Tax Credit | 27 May 2021
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Show #1095.
 
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U.S. STEPS CLOSER TO NEW $12,500 EV TAX CREDIT
"The US Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to increase the tax credit for electric vehicles assembled by union workers in the US up to $12,500. This would apply to electric vehicles up to a price of $80,000." reports Chris Randall at Electrive: "The new law would remove this existing cap, but a different, future limit is included in the proposal: For example, the tax credit would be phased out over a three-year period once 50 per cent of car sales in the US are electric cars. Now for the proposed increase in the credit up to $12,500: The proponents of the bill, led by Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, propose to increase the $7,500 tax credit by $2,500 for vehicles assembled in the US and by another $2,500 for vehicles manufactured in plants whose employees are members of or represented by a union."
 
Yahoo! News points out: “That would mean smaller credits to automakers such as Tesla, Volkswagen and others who do not have U.S. union workers, and companies building EVs outside the United States. The EV incentives are estimated to cost $31.6 billion through 2031, according to a congressional estimate. The bill must still be approved by the full Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. The bill also includes a 30% tax credit for manufacturers to retool or build new facilities to produce advanced energy technologies including batteries and new incentives to purchase commercial electric vehicles."
 
 
 
RIVIAN DELAYS DELIVERIES OF THE R1T LAUNCH EDITION BY ONE MONTH
"Rivian said that deliveries of the R1T Launch Edition, the limited edition release of its first series of “electric adventure vehicles,” will be delayed by a month, according to an update on its website." reports Tech Crunch: "Customers who preordered can now expect to start receiving their pickup trucks in July instead of June, with Launch Edition deliveries to be completed by Spring 2022. The change was first spotted by the Rivian Forum. The one-month delay was due to a combination of small issues, including delays on shipping containers, the ongoing chip shortage as well as ensuring the servicing piece is properly set up, a Rivian spokesperson said."
 
 
FORMER WAYMO FINANCE CHIEF DWYER JOINS EV STARTUP RIVIAN
"Rivian Automotive Inc., the electric-vehicle startup backed by Amazon.com Inc., has hired a former finance chief from Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving arm Waymo LLC. Gerard Dwyer, who was Waymo’s chief financial officer, joined Rivian this week as vice president of business finance, according to a post on LinkedIn." says Bloomber: "Waymo, long viewed as the leader among autonomous-driving startups, is seeking to raise as much as $4 billion from outside investors and also considering an IPO, Bloomberg reported last week, citing people familiar with the plans."
 
 
FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC GOOGLE STREET VIEW CAR IS A JAGUAR I-PACE
"For the past few years, Google has equipped its mapping vehicles with air pollution sensors. Google worked with Jaguar Land Rover on the first all-electric Street View car that will be tasked with measuring air quality in Dublin, Ireland." says 9to5Mac: "A Jaguar I-Pace is being used for this effort, and it will see a roof mounting for the tall Street View camera, as well as a new rear-window glass for wiring and redesigned interior switchgear for sensor controls. The visual system was last updated in 2017 to provide higher-resolution images while being less bulky. The vehicle will also be equipped with Aclima mobile air sensors that record nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as well as fine particles (PM2.5). Meanwhile, Google is partnering with the Dublin City Council on the Environmental Insights Explorer tool that provides local data on air quality."
 
 
FIRST RIDE IN THE ELECTRIC LUCID AIR SEDAN
 
"The ride was comfortable, and while the Air makes the low-speed pedestrian noises all EVs are required to make, nothing is piped into the cabin. That means riding in an Air is a mostly calm and serene experience, at least until the driver floors the throttle. After my first encounter back in 2017, I was impressed with how well-built the Air was. Despite being an alpha prototype, everything I poked or prodded worked, including the three screens and their UI. But the car I rode in this past weekend felt like a huge step beyond that earlier experience in every regard." writes ArsTechnica: "Lucid is currently building a batch of 70 preproduction cars, with another run of 100 that, among other things, will be used for PR and marketing. And I can't tell you how curious I am to drive one of them."
 
 
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 SUBSCRIPTION WILL LET EV INTENDERS TRY BEFORE THEY BUY
"Although Hyundai hasn’t yet announced a base price or price range for the 2022 Ioniq 5 electric vehicle, it’s already suggested that a new subscription plan will be one of the ways you can get behind the wheel of this very intriguing EV.  Hyundai Motor America on Monday said that in their research they found that what it terms “mobility pioneers”—people more eager to try electric vehicles—were used to using subscription services in many parts of their life." according to Green Car Reports: "This is Hyundai’s second try offering an electric car under a subscription plan. In 2017 and 2018 it offered the Ioniq Electric with an “Ioniq Unlimited” program—focused toward cost-conscious Millennials—that folded charging costs, scheduled maintenance, and even replacement costs of wear items into a single monthly payment. Although Hyundai won’t detail the program until later in the year, there are already two key differences. This time, it’s intended for intervals as short as one to three months, and it’s aimed at a more affluent crowd—just those who want to try before they buy."
 
 
TESLA LOSES U.S. DESIGNATION FOR SOME ADVANCED SAFETY FEATURES
"Newer Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles will no longer be labeled as having some advanced safety features after the automaker said it was removing radar sensors to transition to a camera-based Autopilot system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Wednesday." reports Automotive NEws: "The U.S. agency confirmed it updated its website to show that Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles produced on or after April 27 "do not have NHTSA's check mark for recommended safety technologies: forward collision warning, lane departure warning, crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support." The agency said it "only includes check marks for the model production range for the vehicles tested." The NHTSA's five-star crash ratings website includes check marks for up to four recommended advanced safety technologies."
 
 
EVGO LAUNCHES RESERVATIONS CHARGING PROGRAM ON US WEST COAST
"Public fast-charging network EVgo has announced a new program called EVgo Reservations that gives drivers the freedom to claim their spot at a charger ahead of time. The initial rollout consists of 17 locations across California and the Seattle area in a pilot program that has already expanded." says electrek: "In a recent press release, EVgo announced 17 locations that now feature the new EVgo Reservations program. The company’s software team developed this new feature by integrating various makes and. models of EV fast chargers with its own back-end software system. As a result, drivers can now make a reservation at a charger of their choice while en route, or up to two weeks in advance"
 
 
AUDI A4 RANGE TO BE TOPPED BY ELECTRIC
"Audi’s finalised plans for the all-new A4 include an electric-only four-wheel-drive performance RS model and a hybrid RS4" says Autocar: "Set to challenge the Tesla Model 3 and newly unveiled BMW i4, it is based around the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture that has been developed in a joint engineering programme between Audi and Volkswagen Group sibling company Porsche. The PPE platform used by the A4 E-tron will be shared with the upcoming Audi Q6 E-tron, as well as an electric version of the second generation Macan currently under development at Porsche. The line-up will be crowned by an electric RS performance model from the Audi Sport division, packing up to 469bhp"
 
 
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May 27, 2021
1094: Saboteur Arson Attack On Tesla Berlin | 26 May 2021
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Show #1094.
 
Today’s big EV stories:
·       CUPRA Born Launched
·       Ford is developing electric Explorer SUV, two dedicated EV platforms for debut by 2025
·       Tesla phases out radar sensors, shifts to camera-ba sed Autopilot
·       Saboteur Arson Attack On Tesla Berlin
·       Ford will spend $30 billion on electric vehicles
·       BMW launches battery production for iX & i4
·       EVgo: Charging Station Use Returns To Normal
·       Nissan said to be in talks to build battery plant in UK
 
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CUPRA BORN LAUNCHED
"The Cupra Born has been on the cusp of an official debut for a while, having been unveiled some weeks ago. We didn’t get a close look at it then because the unveiling didn’t go into exhaustive detail. Now, Cupra has finally given us close look we’ve been begging for, and it has revealed a familiar design with a cool twist." reports Jalopnik: "The slower of the two models will make about 148 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. The second will make about 201 HP and the same torque. But there’s more: Cupra will offer an e-Boost performance pack that bumps up the output to around 228 HP. The e-Boost Borns will be available with either a 58 kWh or 77 kWh battery. When drivers configure their Born to include the e-Boost and come with the smaller 58 kWh battery, the Cupra can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds."
 
As for charging, Cupra says: "The high-performance EV can add an additional 100km [62 mi.] of range in as little as 7 minutes using a 125kW charging point, making typical journeys as simple and easy as if using a combustion engine vehicle. And even if the battery pack SOC [state of charge] is only 5% it can be replenished to 80% in as little as 35 minutes."
 
Going inside: "The steering wheel is one of the most striking features, having two buttons for switching between driving modes and selecting the CUPRA mode, and both have a great touch. The dashboard has a very good feel and the passenger side is topped with a similar inlay. The whole thing is adorned by two screens, a 12.0-inch one for the multimedia system and a smaller one for the digital instrument panel. In addition, the Head-Up Display with augmented reality contributes to the technological array." says Motor1: "The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), progressive steering, brakes, and ESC Sport mode for the stability control are all details that suggest this car will be very complete dynamically. We wait for UK pricing for CUPRA Born to be announced in the fourth quarter of 2021 with deliveries starting in early 2022."
 
 
 
FORD IS DEVELOPING ELECTRIC EXPLORER SUV, TWO DEDICATED EV PLATFORMS FOR DEBUT BY 2025
"As part of a broad shift toward electric vehicles, Ford is developing two dedicated EV platforms—one for full-size pickup trucks and SUVs, the other for cars and smaller SUVs—for debut by 2025, the company confirmed Wednesday. The automaker's first batch of mass-market EVs largely relies on platforms adapted from internal-combustion models, or borrowed from other automakers. But its next wave of EV platforms will bring an electric Explorer, Ford confirmed Wednesday, along with the possibility of an electric Bronco." says Green Car Reports: "One of the Ford platforms will be a mid-size platform, supporting a wide range of rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicles ranging from crossovers to pickups, while the other larger platform will be designed for next-generation full-size pickups and SUVs."
 
 
TESLA PHASES OUT RADAR SENSORS, SHIFTS TO CAMERA-BASED AUTOPILOT
"Tesla Inc. updated its website Tuesday to announce that Model 3 and Model Y cars built for North America and shipping this month will no longer be equipped with radar." according to Automotive News: "Musk has been famously opposed to lidar technology, which uses pulses of laser light to detect objects. He’s since soured on radar, which uses radio waves to do the same thing. Tesla’s sensor suite previously relied on radar as well as eight cameras. While Musk has said for several years he believes Tesla is on the verge of delivering Level 5 autonomy -- meaning its cars won’t require human intervention -- drivers have needed to keep their hands on the wheel when using Autopilot. Tesla raised more than $2 billion two years ago after Musk made several predictions about robotaxis that didn’t materialize. Many Tesla customers who have Autopilot say that the features get better over time as the company rolls out new software updates."
 
Tesla posted a blog update: 
 
We are continuing the transition to Tesla Vision, our camera-based Autopilot system. Beginning with deliveries in May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built for the North American market will no longer be equipped with radar. Instead, these will be the first Tesla vehicles to rely on camera vision and neural net processing to deliver Autopilot, Full-Self Driving and certain active safety features. Customers who ordered before May 2021 and are matched to a car with Tesla Vision will be notified of the change through their Tesla Accounts prior to delivery.
 
For a short period during this transition, cars with Tesla Vision may be delivered with some features temporarily limited or inactive, including:
 
Autosteer will be limited to a maximum speed of 75 mph and a longer minimum following distance.
Smart Summon (if equipped) and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance may be disabled at delivery."
 
And Elon Musk posted another updated timeline: "“Pure vision Autopilot is now rolling out in North America. There will be an update of this production release in 2 weeks, then FSD beta V9.0 (also pure vision) a week later.”"  So, mid June?
 
 
 
SABOTEUR ARSON ATTACK ON TESLA BERLIN
"German police are investigating whether a fire that broke out overnight at the construction site of Tesla's first European gigafactory had a political motive, after far-left activists claimed responsibility." reports Reuters: "The fire at Gruenheide in the eastern state of Brandenburg early on Wednesday morning damaged several power cables leading to the Tesla site and an area of around 3 square metres, said a spokesman for the LKA state criminal investigation office. The spokesman said arson was not being ruled out and investigators were examining a letter that circulated on social media during Wednesday which claimed responsibility. The letter, which was published on a radical left platform, said it had cut the power supply to the Tesla site by setting fire to six high-voltage cables above ground."
 
 
FORD WILL SPEND $30 BILLION ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES
"Ford Motor said on Wednesday that it would increase spending on electric vehicles by about a third from its previous plans and expects E.V.s to make up 40 percent of its production by 2030, a big increase in its commitment to the electrification of cars and trucks." writes the New York Times: "The company intends to spend $30 billion in the five years ending in 2025, up from the previous target of $22 billion. It also said it had accepted 70,000 reservations for the F-150 Lightning, the electric version of its top-selling pickup truck. The increase in spending reflects new investments in better technology and production. Last week, Ford said it would form a joint venture with a South Korean company, SK Innovation, to manufacture battery cells at two plants in the United States for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles."
 
 
BMW LAUNCHES BATTERY PRODUCTION FOR IX & I4
"BMW has started manufacturing the high-voltage batteries and battery modules used in the iX and i4 at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing. The capacity for the production of the electric motors at the site has also been increased." says electrive: "The batteries for the iX will remain in Dingolfing, where production of the electric SUV is scheduled to start “shortly”. The electric sedan i4 is to be built at the plant in Munich from autumn. At the same time, capacities for the production of the fifth-generation electric motor will be increased. This generation of motors has been produced for the iX3 in Dingolfing since 2020 and is then transported to the vehicle plant in Shenyang in China. In future, motors from this modular system will also be used in the iX and i4 and installed in the vehicles in Germany."
 
 
EVGO: CHARGING STATION USE RETURNS TO NORMAL
"This trend is consistent with data related to retail, travel, and automotive sector activity, and is a welcome sign of recovery as we emerge from the pandemic."
 
"Over the last 30 days, average daily throughput on EVgo’s network exceeded pre COVID-19 levels from late 2019 and early 2020. Further supporting the positive economic trajectory, EVgo recently announced achieving more than 250,000 customers on its charging network nationwide."
 
NISSAN SAID TO BE IN TALKS TO BUILD BATTERY PLANT IN UK
"Car giant Nissan is said to be in advanced negotiations with the UK government to build a huge electric car battery plant as part of an official push to make Britain the company’s largest electric vehicles (EVs) production hub outside Japan." says mining.com: "The potential factory, which would be built on the existing Sunderland site, is expected to support the production of 200,000 batteries a year and provide thousands of jobs,  FT reported."
 
 
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
Do you have an opinion on hydrogen power for personal transport? Yes or No, both good answers, and if yes then what do you think?
 
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May 26, 2021
1093: Electric Jeep Is Cheaper Than Piston Version | 25 May 2021
1160
Show #1093.
 
Today’s big EV stories:
·       Chevy Bolt EV Sales Jump 54 Percent During Q1 2021
·       Tesla is reportedly testing Luminar’s laser sensors
·       Tesla has over 1 million Cybertruck reservations
·       VW Could Move To Online Car Sales
·       Ofgem invests £300m into EV charge points
·       PEUGEOT e-Boxer priced from £49,335 in the UK
·       Largest Order Of Electric School Buses In North America
·       Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV Cheaper To Lease Than Gas-Only Model
·       Hybrid-electric motorcycle uses a supercapacitor to boost its range
·       F-150 Pro Extended Range Price
 
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CHEVY BOLT EV SALES JUMP 54 PERCENT DURING Q1 2021
"Chevy Bolt EV sales increased in the United States, Canada, and Mexico while decreasing in South Korea and Brazil during the first quarter of 2021. In the United States, Chevrolet Bolt EV deliveries totaled 9,025 units in Q1 2021, an increase of about 54 percent compared to 5,873 units sold in Q1 2020." reports GM Authority: "Low Chevy Bolt EV sales volume has typically been an area of concern given GM’s EV-focused strategy, which calls for launching 30 electric vehicles by the year 2025. As a result, the vehicle’s overly positive sales performance during Q1 2021 represents a glimmer of hope that sales will continue to rise not just for the Bolt, but for EVs as a whole.  The Bolt EV will receive a thorough refresh that will launch mid-2021 as a 2022 model year vehicle. Updates to the model include new front and rear fascias, along with various improvements to the interior.  At the same time, it be joined by a new sibling model called Bolt EUV."
 
 
TESLA IS REPORTEDLY TESTING LUMINAR’S LASER SENSORS
"A Tesla Model Y was photographed in Florida sporting rooftop lidar sensors made by buzzy sensor manufacturer Luminar. The sighting caused a bit of a stir among Tesla watchers, given Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s well-established disdain for the laser sensors commonly used by autonomous vehicle companies to create 3D maps of their environment." says The Verge: "Tesla has reportedly entered a partnership with Luminar to use lidar for “testing and developing,” according to Bloomberg. What exactly this partnership entails we don’t know for sure — neither company is commenting. But it could point to some shortcomings in the technology Tesla is using to power its “Full Self-Driving” driver assist feature.  the Model Y was sporting a manufacturer’s license plate that is registered to Tesla in California. The same plate has been spotted on other Tesla vehicles, including a prototype of the Cybertruck."
 
Or...it could be for validation of their vision-based system?
 
 
TESLA HAS OVER 1 MILLION CYBERTRUCK RESERVATIONS
"Tesla has already accumulated over 1 million Cybertruck reservations, according to the latest tally. The tally also keeps track of the different trims, and the mix has stayed consistent with 48% for the Dual Motor, 44.5% for the Tri Motor, and only 7.5% of reservation holders are ordering the base single-motor version." according to a crowdsourced tracker of VIN numbers says electrek:" Musk also warned that delays are possible as Tesla is still working on building Gigafactory Texas, where the Cybertruck is going to be produced, and the company would face challenges since the electric pickup truck is designed with an exoskeleton."
 
 
VW COULD MOVE TO ONLINE CAR SALES
"VW Group boss Alex Smith has written to car dealers to tell them an agency sales model is being considered. Affecting dealers across the group’s brands – which include Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda – the letter says the group is planning to introduce an agency sales model for electric vehicles. This is thought to be a precursor to a wider roll out of agency sales across the VW Group on its other models." says Car Dealer MAgazine: "Agency models see car dealers paid a handling fee for dealing with new car sales.  The manufacturer sells the cars directly to consumers via its main website. In a leaked letter marked ‘highly confidential’, the manufacturer told its ‘investors’ that a retail agency model for battery electric vehicles (BEV) is being planned. It says the model will be introduced for VW, Skoda, Cupra, Seat VW Commercial and Audi."
 
 
OFGEM INVESTS £300M INTO EV CHARGE POINTS
"The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, also known as Ofgem, has invested £300m into expanding the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network today, to push the pedal on the country’s low carbon future." according to CityAM: " 1,800 new charge points across motorway service areas and key trunk road spots. The investment will triple the current network, Ofgem said. Meanwhile, a further 1,750 charge points will be backed in towns and cities. Delivered by Britain’s electricity networks, the network investment marks a firm bid in the UK’s climate commitments ahead of hosting the UN’s flagship climate conference, COP26."
 
 
PEUGEOT E-BOXER PRICED FROM £49,335 IN THE UK
PEUGEOT has opened reservations for the new e-Boxer van, the brand’s largest full electric Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV). Available to order now, the PEUGEOT e-Boxer is available with two battery options and comes in three lengths to suit a variety of needs for both business and private users. Prices for the new PEUGEOT e-Boxer start from £49,335 (excluding VAT, after PiVG).
The L2 length comes with a 37kWh unit, while L3 and L4 versions feature a larger, 70kWh battery. Both lithium-ion batteries are connected to a 90kW electric motor.
73 miles or 139 miles.
 
LARGEST ORDER OF ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES IN NORTH AMERICA
"The largest student transportation provider in North America, First Student, recently placed the largest order of electric school buses with Lion Electric Company. " says Clean Technica: "Lion manufactures both all-electric medium- and heavy-duty urban vehicles, and together the two companies announced the order. First Student is ordering 260 all-electric LionC school buses. This is a huge win for fleet electrification and especially for the local kids since these new buses will not pollute the air students breathe as they board, deboard, and ride the buses like fossil fuel buses do."
 
 
JEEP WRANGLER 4XE PHEV CHEAPER TO LEASE THAN GAS-ONLY MODEL
"Lease deals can be tricky and misleading. You have to read the fine print carefully. However, in the case of Jeep's current leasing incentive on the all-new Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid, it seems the deal is real, and it works out to be a much better value than the traditional gas-only Wrangler." writes InsideEVs: "Jeep is leasing the 2021 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xe for just $249 per month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing. This rate is for California, but the deal is similar in other areas. For comparison, the gas-only Wrangler starts at less than $30,000. However, the cheapest lease deal on a Wrangler without a plug comes in at over $300 per month with about $4,000 down. This is for a Wrangler with an MSRP that's $11,000 less than the 4xe."
 
 
HYBRID-ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE USES A SUPERCAPACITOR TO BOOST ITS RANGE
"French company Nawa plans to manufacture a prototype of its Racer hybrid motorcycle that uses a supercapacitor to bolster its range. The company says using a 9 kWh lithium battery could provide about 110 miles of range, but adding a proposed 0.1 kWh ultracapacitor would increase that to 180 miles as well as boost peak power output" says Inputmag.com: "Supercapacitors are batteries with high voltage limits that can fill and drain electricity quickly, faster than lithium-ion batteries found in electric vehicles. They’re large and expensive though.  Supercapacitors could act as a cushion, capturing more regenerative energy and also reducing stress on the main battery when the driver hits on the throttle."
 
 
F-150 PRO EXTENDED RANGE PRICE
ArsTechnica picked up something I missed which was the price jump from 230 miles to 300 miles for the fleet-based F-150 Pro: "What we didn't know was how much of a premium Ford would charge for the extended-range version. This model is capable of about 300 miles on a single charge and will be supplied with a 240 V, 80 A charger (called the Charge Station Pro) that can fill the battery to 100 percent in eight hours. As it turns out, the electric pickup with the bigger battery will go on sale at $49,974 before incentives and tax credits."
 
 
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May 25, 2021
1092: Tesla’s Norway Court Defeat Is A Bigger Issue Than Reported | 24 May 2021
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Show #1092.
 
Today’s big EV stories:
·       Tesla faces a huge fine in Norway for throttling battery charging speeds
·       Audi to build network of lounge-style EV charging hubs
·       Hyundai IONIQ  5: Targeted 300 miles, 18-minute fast-charging for US-spec electric car
·       Ford promises businesses electric F-150 Lightning Pro will deliver more features, cost less
·       Prince William hits barrier as he races electric car around track
·       Rivian R1S And R1T Mules Caught In The Wild
·       Subscription-based e-scooter company rolling out in Nashville
·       SONY Spied Working On The Vision S Electric Sedan
 
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TESLA FACES A HUGE FINE IN NORWAY FOR THROTTLING BATTERY CHARGING SPEEDS
"Tesla has been ordered to pay 136,000 kroner ($16,000) each to thousands of customers in Norway for slowing down charging speeds. A 2019 software update was found to have affected the battery life in Tesla Model S vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2015, sparking a complaint by dozens of Norwegian Tesla owners to the country’s conciliation council, according to Nettavisen." says The Verge: "The order, which was announced on May 17th, gives Tesla until May 30th to pay the fine. Otherwise, the company can file an appeal with the Oslo council.".
 
"Some owners saw precipitous drops in battery capacity of up to 11 percent, compared to the normal gradual declines expected. Those issues have led to lawsuits not only in Norway, but in Denmark, the US and elsewhere. " said Engadget today: "Tesla reportedly failed to reply to the suit, so the judgement was made in absentia. As a result, the 30 owners behind the lawsuit will be awarded $16,000 each unless Tesla appeals. "
 
InsideEVs explained the background: "In Norway, more than 30 owners sued Tesla in a conciliatory board for the issue with their battery pack, apparently with the help of Bilklager. This company organizes consumer consortiums to tackle legal problems as a group. That makes it more affordable to sue automakers. A conciliatory board is also referred to as a “semi-court,” and it works similarly to small claims courts. Norway has 10,000 other affected customers with cars made from 2013 up to 2015, but it is not clear if the decision includes them or if all of them would have to seek the same compensation in similar lawsuits. There’s a similar lawsuit against Tesla in Denmark, according to Politiken.dk, with 75 customers apparently demanding the same measures. Meanwhile, US courts and the five Chinese departments that were going to investigate this issue are yet to decide anything."
 
@johnvoelcker
"Tesla sent OTA updates to 85-kWh Model S + Model X #EV cars to "protect the battery + improve longevity." Range fell for many (Tesla said only "a small percentage"). Owners in various countries sued. Tesla didn't show for the hearing in Norway; it lost."
 
@DrAndrewThaler
"I got a ton of flack when I said my big problem with Tesla is that they're approaching cars like smartphones with disposability as part of their design.  Tesla has been ordered to pay $16,000 each to customers in Norway for slowing down charging speeds."
 
Issues:
where does this go next?
All car companies want to do OTA
Do you want your battery protected?
How much are they allowed to?
What level of this is care vs interference?
 
 
AUDI TO BUILD NETWORK OF LOUNGE-STYLE EV CHARGING HUBS
"Audi has shared its vision for a network of premium charging stations intended to improve EV infrastructure in residential areas. Beginning in the second half of this year, the firm will install six hubs in Germany to test the feasibility of the technology ahead of a “possible serial roll-out”. The precise locations have yet to be decided, but talks with possible partners are under way." says Will at Autocar: "These charging hubs will be high-power charging (HPC) stations that can be reserved in advance by Audi owners. They will have charging outputs of up to 300kW, allowing an E-tron GT to charge from nearly empty to 80% battery in around 23 minutes. Above the chargers themselves, the hubs will have a lounge area and canteen for drivers to use while they wait. ade up of a series of cube structures, the hubs can be transported and installed in individual locations quickly. Power will be stored, Audi claims, in lithium ion batteries taken from old EVs. The batteries are capable of storing direct electric current. This makes complex infrastructure with high-voltage lines and expensive transformer units unnecessary, Audi says."
 
 
 
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5: TARGETED 300 MILES, 18-MINUTE FAST-CHARGING FOR US-SPEC ELECTRIC CAR
"Hyundai Motor America on Monday provided the first details for the Ioniq 5 electric crossover—the brand’s first dedicated EV—that will be arriving to select U.S. dealerships this fall. Although the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 was revealed in February, there have been some tweaks in how Hyundai’s positioning the model for the U.S. market. " says Green Car Reports: " One of them includes a staggered rollout that will deliver it first to California EV-mandate states. Although Hyundai has said earlier in the year that U.S. buyers would get a choice between Standard Range 58-kilowatt-hour or Long Range 77.4-kwh battery packs, the company has decided only to offer the Long Range pack.  Hyundai has released more information about driving range in U.S. spec, under EPA ratings, and they’re quite impressive. Dual-motor SE and SEL models will get a targeted 289 miles and the top-of-the-line dual-motor Limited should be rated around 244 miles in U.S. spec. It says that the Ioniq will achieve up to 300 miles, so look for that to be achieved in one of the single-motor models."
 
This artcile says the V2L capacity is 1.9kW not 3.6kW for the European spec cars.
 
 
 
FORD PROMISES BUSINESSES ELECTRIC F-150 LIGHTNING PRO WILL DELIVER MORE FEATURES, COST LESS
"Ford revealed details of a less powerful version of its upcoming 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup for business and government fleets on Monday. Called the Lightning Pro, it’s equipped with a standard battery that’s good for an estimated 230 miles and costs $39,974, the same as the base price for retail F-150 Lightnings." says Detroit Free Press: "The base Lightning Pro’s two electric motors — one for each axle — are expected to generate 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque. The base model will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds and carry a payload up to 2,000. Fleets tend to be consistent, long-term customers. They’re a large and profitable part of Ford’s business with the conventionally powered F-series pickup, which has been America’s bestselling vehicle for 44 years. Ford’s research shows that the average F-150 owners travel less than 174 miles 95% of the time"
 
Steve Carey, president and CEO of NTEA, the work-truck industry association: "Work vehicles present a growing opportunity for electrification, As electrified vehicles continue to evolve and availability expands, we anticipate an increased adoption rate in commercial applications. Proper training for fleets to determine suitable applications — both from a total cost of ownership, and drive and duty cycle perspective — will be extremely important. Effective and efficient charging solutions for fleet requirements and quality of guidance provided to equipment installers will also be vital to implementation in commercial applications."
 
 
PRINCE WILLIAM HITS BARRIER AS HE RACES ELECTRIC CAR AROUND TRACK
"The Duke of Cambridge showed off his driving skills when he took an electric SUV for a spin in Scotland.  Prince William impressed professional race drivers as he drove a pioneering car round the Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife with only a few bumps and scrapes." says Metro: "The duke drove the E Odyssey 21 car – equipped with a ‘Prince William’ decal with a British flag – around the muddy twists and turns of the circuit."
 
 
RIVIAN R1S AND R1T MULES CAUGHT IN THE WILD
"A couple of weeks ago, I was out doing some driving and spotted the Rivian R1T and R1S camouflaged mules doing some testing. I threw a camera on the front of my car and captured these Rivians in action."
 
 
SUBSCRIPTION-BASED E-SCOOTER COMPANY ROLLING OUT IN NASHVILLE
"A new e-scooter company being referred to as "the Netflix of electric scooters" is hitting the streets of Nashville.  There are already several scooter companies operating in Nashville, but this one, called Unagi, is different. The key difference: you don't have to share your scooter." says WSMV.com: "“It’s clean energy, people love them — it’s the fastest most efficient way to get from point A to point B inside of a city," said David Hyman, founder and CEO of Unagi.  Hyman was fed up with ridesharing apps. He says he never knew when they would cancel a ride or show up late.  So instead he turned his attention to e-scooters, but wasn't crazy about the price. Hyman says Unagi scooters do their pricing on a month-to-month basis, like Netflix. If you do sign up to receive a monthly scooter, the company will deliver it right to your doorstep within 72 hours."
 
 
SONY SPIED WORKING ON THE VISION S ELECTRIC SEDAN
"Although Sony has said that it won’t actually produce the Vision S concept, that hasn’t stopped the Japanese tech company from continuing development." says CarScoops: "The prototype was first introduced by the electronics giant at CES in early 2020. The electric car features advanced level 2 autonomous driving technology and is filled to the brim with sensors tracking everything that is going on outside and inside the vehicle. Along with the gizmos that you’d expect Sony to be pretty good at (cameras, sound systems, fancy screens etc), Sony’s CEO also said that the car was based on a new electric platform that reports indicated was supplied by Magna. These spy shots would seem to suggest that the Vision S is back on the test track. Just how long it is before we start seeing driver aids and electronics in production vehicles (like Google has done) will be interesting to see."
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
Do you have an opinion on hydrogen power for personal transport? Yes or No, both good answers, and if yes then what do you think?
 
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May 24, 2021
1091: First Demo Run Of Lucid Air Grand Touring | 23 May 2021
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Show #1091.
 
Today’s big EV stories:
·       Exclusive Demo Of Lucid Air Grand Touring
·       Model S Plaid Delivery Event June 3rd
·       Volkswagen Takes #1 And #2 In German Market
·       Tesla Installs Megachargers at Frito-Lay
·       Dantaxi & E.ON Launch Charging Hub
·       How the Electric Ford F-150 Compares to the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T
·       44,500 F-150 Lightning Reservations
·       Question Of The Week Answers
 
 
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EXCLUSIVE DEMO OF LUCID AIR GRAND TOURING
"InsideEVs' Kyle Conner just completed an exclusive demo ride in a pre-production 2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring with Derek Jenkins, Lucid Senior Vice President of Design and Brand.
 
According to Kyle, who already had an opportunity to check out the Lucid Air in November 2020, the first ride experience was truly impressive." reports InsideEVs: "the range indicator showed 219 miles (352 km) remaining, despite less than half a charge left on the battery. That's another strong point of Lucid. The main things, like the powertrain, are ready according to Lucid, although details - both with the hardware and software - as well as fine-tuning, still require some work. Lucid Air Grand Touring is a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive with an expected range of 517 miles (832 km) and 800 HP. The price starts at $139,000."
 
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MODEL S PLAID DELIVERY EVENT JUNE 3RD
"Tesla hasn't delivered one of the luxury sedans since the start of the year thanks to a computer chip shortage and a redesign of the car, once the company's only offering. Since then, CEO Elon Musk has been promising the return of the Model S was around the corner, saying as recently as April that deliveries would resume in May." says CNN: "Musk's tweet said the June 3 event will also feature the debut of a "Plaid" version of the Model S. "Fastest production car ever," Musk tweeted about the updated Model S. "0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds. No matter the eye-popping acceleration or other new design quirks, however, the long delay in bringing the Model S back to consumers is proof that the former Tesla mainstay has become something of an afterthought for the company, said Dan Ives, tech analyst for Wedbush Securities. It's still important that Tesla continue to offer the Model S and Model X, Ives said. Given that their prices can easily top $100,000, the high-end vehicles can generate far bigger profit margins than the Model 3 or Model Y."
 
 
VOLKSWAGEN TAKES #1 AND #2 IN GERMAN MARKET
"The German plugin vehicle market scored over 50,000 registrations last month, with both core plugin vehicle powertrains rising fast — +413% for BEVs and +380% for PHEVs year over year (YoY). Last month’s plugin vehicle share ended at 22% (10% BEV), in line with the yearly tally of 22% (10% BEV). This market is firmly in The Disruption Zone." writes Jose Pontes for CleanTechnica: "olkswagen leads the way, taking both 1st place and 2nd place. The e-Up took the top spots (Behind it, the Volkswagen ID.3, Hyundai Kona EV, and Volkswagen Golf PHEV all benefited from the Tesla Model 3’s off month and climbed a position each, which they will likely lose again in the next couple of months.) . That’s right, the little e-Up earned its third win in a row, a surprising performance for the veteran model. Interestingly, among the top 8 models, only two are PHEVs, which would lead one to think that BEVs outsold plugin hybrids. However, that actually that wasn’t the case, as PHEVs represented 53% of plugin registrations in the country in April."
 
In Germany they're now delivering the Audi Q4 e-tron and Skoda Enyaq.
 
 
TESLA INSTALLS MEGACHARGERS AT FRITO-LAY
"Frito-Lay Inc. is installing Megachargers for Tesla Semi at its Northern California Warehouse. Upon completion of the installation, the company will have the first known charger for the Semi electric truck." according to Tesmanian: "They will serve the first 15 of 100 electric trucks ordered by PepsiCo, which are due to be delivered this year. Tesla's new chargers will be installed alongside existing chargers. At the moment, it remains unknown how many Megachargers will be installed, and how they will look. However, the site plan indicates that a Megapack battery will be installed there, which is most likely needed to stabilize the grid."
 
 
DANTAXI & E.ON LAUNCH CHARGING HUB
It will be easier to hail a fully charged electric taxi in Copenhagen. Most of the city's current approximately 300 electric taxis are a part of Dantaxi, and for the drivers, the problem of finding an available charging station has grown so big that the capacity of the in-demand zero-emission vehicles cannot be fully utilized” says Dantaxi's commercial director.
The five ultra-fast chargers can charge up to ten taxis at a time. The ultra-fast chargers deliver the absolute fastest charging on the market, making them particularly important for taxis as they are not stationary for long periods of time unlike private cars. Ultra-fast chargers can charge up to 300 kW.
 
 
HOW THE ELECTRIC FORD F-150 COMPARES TO THE TESLA CYBERTRUCK, RIVIAN R1T
"Really, this is a two-horse race between the Rivian R1T and the F-150. Based on price alone, the Ford might possibly move more units. The Lightning's base price of just $39,794 before incentives is extremely attractive for an EV, especially a full-sized pickup. The torque rating is also excellent, as is the payload and horsepower for both trims. The range is lacking slightly in the base trim at an estimated 230 miles, although it's likely a conservative number based to what we've seen with EVs from Ford and other OEMs." says The Drive: "The Rivian has the same range for its higher price tag and is positioned as a more luxurious vehicle. The top trim R1T is claimed to have 800+ horsepower, and the truck is available with 22-inch wheels. The Cybertruck is not really comparable here until more precise specifications for the production models are released. "
 
 
44,500 F-150 LIGHTNING RESERVATIONS
"Less than two days since Ford Motor Co.'s unveiling of an electric version of its best-selling pickup truck, the automaker said it already had received nearly 45,000 reservations for F-150 Lightning." according to The Detroit News:" Ford opened up reservations Wednesday night upon the reveal, allowing customers to put down a $100 deposit to reserve a truck. They will later be asked to place an actual order."
 
 
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS - WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM
 
RAJEEV NARAYAN
I would like to see an electric Ambulance become available. Currently patient care in the ones we have are cramped affairs. In many it’s challenging to have more than one EMT working on the patient in the patient compartment. So much so that often patient stabilization has to happen on scene prior to transporting to the hospital. Also the vehicles tend also to spend a lot of time just idling wasting gas. An ambulance could have more space, and waste less fuel.
 
ABC
I think the two best special vehicles to go EV are police cars and ambulances. I live in a smaller Suburban Neighborhood with the streets combined only covering about 54 miles vs the 9700 mile in London. So both don’t have travel far to get anywhere (Average 911 response here is a little over two minutes for majority of people (my house is within a minute or so of PD) in the city and patrol at slow street speeds stopping often. On top of that most ambulances stay in a station all day and can constantly charge and have a much more pleasant experience at idle . Our local department already know this with there newer Explorer hybrid which for the most part idles well of the small batterie. So they would probably wouldn’t mind an EV to replace the next cruiser they wreck (Why they have the explorer*). So a mustang mach-e(cost within 4 grand of current explorer interceptor even if it doesn’t have the upgrades it gets) or a converted e transit for an ambulance would work great. Fire engines probably won’t work because of there insane weight here in the states (15,890Kg)
 
MARK RICHARDS
I was at Sea World in San Diego a year ago (right before the pandemic).  They had these big, smelly, noisy diesel tour buses that takes you around the park.  These go in big circles all day, and probably don’t put 50 miles a day on, and they never really go above 20MPH.  But, they are sitting idling most of the day waiting at the stops.  This is a PERFECT place to put in an EV bus. You could even do wireless charging at each stop, and keep a pretty small battery! Many cities also have thes