Show #648

 

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TESLA’S CYBERTRUCK PICKUP TRUCK EVENT

“Unlike, say, the Model Y reveal earlier this year, Musk has played this one somewhat close to the chest.” reports The Verge: “Yes, Musk has said he drew inspiration from Blade Runner in designing the truck. It’s also called (or at least codenamed) “Cybertruck,” with an appropriately science-fiction-style, vowel-dropped logo to boot. We have a rough idea of some specs that will be offered. And we know he wants to combine Porsche-level performance with utility that makes a Ford F-150 look like a Tonka truck. As for what it looks like, though, everyone is still in the dark. Like, literally — Tesla has only released a few really murky teaser images for the truck. One thing to look for on Thursday is whether Tesla will make versions of the truck with bigger cabs or wildly different trim levels.”

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/20/20973789/tesla-cybertruck-announcement-rumors-specs-what-to-expect-elon-musk

 

2020 MERCEDES EQC PRICING ANNOUNCED

“Mercedes EQC is fashionably late to the U.S. market where it’s scheduled to go on sale early next year” says Motor1.com: “We reviewed the first electric Mercedes to be sold under the EQ brand back in May when it had an estimated starting price of $75,000, but it turns out the EQC is more attainable than initially thought. At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes is announcing the 2020 EQC 400 4Matic carries a starting price of $67,900 MSRP, excluding the $995 destination and delivery charge. It means the zero-emissions crossover undercuts both the $74,800 Audi E-Tron and the $69,500 Jaguar I-Pace. As for the Model X, Tesla dropped the standard version a few months ago and that means pricing currently kicks off at $84,990 for the Long Range model. It’s worth mentioning the EQC will also have to do battle with the BMW iX3 scheduled for a release next year as a fully electric version of the X3.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/383372/2020-mercedes-eqc-pricing-revealed/

 

VOLKSWAGEN E-UP PRICE IN CZECH REPUBLIC IS SURPRISING

“Only available in one trim level, the Volkswagen e-up has a starting price of 449.900 CZK (17.623 euros) in Czech Republic. This is actually a surprise since it’s cheaper than its sibling Škoda CITIGOe iV.” writes Pedro at PushEVs: “The new Volkswagen e-up has a 61 kW motor powered by a 36,8 kWh battery – of which 32,3 kWh are usable – and a WLTP range of 260 km (162 miles). Moreover, it has a 7,2 kW on-board charger and supports DC fast charging via CCS (40 kW). This price includes VAT (21 %) and no government subsidy, since in Czech Republic there isn’t one.”

 

Volkswagen e-up price in Czech Republic is surprising

 

SKODA CITIGO IV PRICED FROM £20,455 IN UK

A new era in SKODA history is about to begin with the arrival of the new CITIGO iV. The brand’s first fully-electric production car will power into the UK early next year with prices starting from just £20,455 before Government Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) discount of £3,500 is applied.

The CITIGO iV line-up starts with the SE model, which is priced at £20,455

The higher-specification SE L model is priced from £22,815 and adds a raft of additional equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, comfort pack (heated front seats and rear parking sensors) and body coloured door mirrors and handles. The SE L model also comes with CCS charging capability that allows for rapid charging via 40kW charging stations.

 

2020 TESLA MODEL S AND MODEL X STANDARD RANGE SHOW UP ON EPA SITE

“According to the EPA’s website, there may exist a 2020 Tesla Model S Standard Range, as well as a Model X Standard Range. As we were checking the website for range figures, we came across these two new models. ” says InsideEVs: “The Model S Standard Range shows a total range of 287 miles, and the Model X Standard Range is rated at 258 miles. It’s important to note that just because a vehicle shows up on the EPA fuel economy website doesn’t mean it’s available. However, it could mean it’s going to eventually be available.” 

 

NIKOLA CORP. CLAIMS ‘GAME-CHANGING’ BATTERY ADVANCEMENTS

“Nikola Corp., the upstart manufacturer of zero-emission heavy trucks and other vehicles, claims to have achieved “game-changing” advancements in battery-cell technology that will enable its hydrogen-electric trucks to drive farther between charges for lower cost and with reduced environmental impact.” reports USA Today: “After 800 cycles or charges, a conventional lithium-ion battery will be degraded, Trevor Milton, Nikola’s CEO and founder, said in an interview Tuesday. But the company’s newly developed battery can hit 2,000 cycles, which translates to about 1 million truck miles driven over seven to eight years of typical use, he said.”

 

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2019/11/20/electric-truck-company-nikola-corp-battery-technology-advancements/4247030002/

 

VOLKSWAGEN SAYS EV TIPPING POINT IS IN SIGHT

Bradley from Electrek has been at the L.A. Auto Show: “Matthew Renna, Volkswagen’s vice president of e-mobility, told us that the pieces of the company’s EV strategy are coming together. When that happens, Renna said, “You would have to be crazy not to buy an electric car.” While Renna didn’t pinpoint the exact timing, he said, “We have a line of sight to the tipping point.””

 

Renna said: “When people see a compelling product that combines, of course, the range, the charging capabilities, and the price, combined with the technology and the external factors like dealerships and infrastructure, when all those things hit, then you have to be crazy not to buy an EV. That’s the day we’re all waiting for, and we push on every one of those things every day.”

 

And if you’re impressed with him not sounding like the old auto makers: “Renna previously served for five years as the program manager for the Tesla Model S and Model X.”

 

LA Auto Show: Volkswagen says EV tipping point is in sight

 

NEW JERSEY MORE THAN DOUBLES OFFSHORE WIND TARGET TO 7.5 GIGAWATTS BY 2035

“New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order this week enshrining an increase to the state’s offshore wind energy target, increasing it from 3,500 megawatts (MW) by 2030 to 7,500 MW by 2035.” according to CleanTechnica: “The goal is part of the state’s larger renewable energy target of securing 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2050.”

 

Governor Murphy said: “When we reach our goal of 7,500 megawatts, New Jersey’s offshore wind infrastructure will generate electricity to power more than 3.2 million homes and meet fifty percent of our state’s electric power need. Our offshore wind industry will generate billions of dollars in investments in New Jersey’s future, that will, in turn, create thousands of jobs. We have an immense opportunity to maximize our potential and make this region – and, specifically New Jersey – the nexus of the global offshore wind industry.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/20/new-jersey-more-than-doubles-offshore-wind-target-to-7-5-gigawatts-by-2035/

 

 

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