Show #684

 

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ONLY TWO VERSIONS OF TESLA MODEL Y NOW EXIST IN DESIGN STUDIO

“Tesla recently updated its online design studio for the all-new Tesla Model Y, which as we know already entered production and will be delivered to first customers this quarter.” reports InsideEVs: “Long Range AWD and Performance Long Range AWD. There is no sign of the Long Range RWD and Standard Range RWD any more, which suggests that those versions will not be available, at least not in the initial phase. “

 

From the Tesla.com support page: “How much does it cost to place an order for Model Y? The cost to place an order for Model Y is $100 USD non-refundable order fee. The full payment for the total cost of your car will be collected at delivery. When will Model Y production begin? We recommend checking the Model Y design studio for your region’s most up-to-date production estimates. Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive is not scheduled for production at this time. Can I edit or cancel my Model Y order? You can edit or cancel your Model Y order in your Tesla Account. Pre-orders can request a full refund of their deposit from their Tesla Account.”

 

Calling Tesla fans – isn’t that $100 a change down from $2500. Now it’s a non-refundable order fee.

 

https://insideevs.com/news/395856/two-versions-tesla-model-y-design-studio/

 

ORDERS OPEN FOR NEW VW E-UP!

“Volkswagen has opened the order books for the revised e-up!, now featuring a range of 159 miles on a charge.

The new version of the pure-electric citycar sees a significant range increase from the previous model’s 83 mile rating. This is primarily because of the new 32.2 kWh battery – up from 18.7 kWh” says Chris Lilly at NExt Green Car: “Because of its place within the up! range, the e-up! also benefits from recent equipment boosts, including multifunciton camera with lane assist and smartphone integration cradle. Heated front seats and windscreen, climate control, automatic wipers, and cruise control are also fitted as standard to the electric up!. Prices start at £19,695, including Plug-in Car Grant, with orders being taken now.”

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8842/orders-open-for-new-vw-eup/

 

LINCOLN WILL BUILD AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE USING EV STARTUP RIVIAN’S TECH

“The Lincoln Motor Company has confirmed it’s developing an all-electric vehicle that will be powered by tech from EV startup Rivian.” reports The Verge: “Lincoln’s parent company, Ford, announced a $500 million investment in Rivian in April 2019, and said it would build an electric vehicle on the startup’s platform (basically the battery, electric motors, and all the other tech that makes an EV go). It was reported in the months following that the vehicle would be a Lincoln SUV, but Ford’s luxury marque had not confirmed any parts of those reports until today.”

 

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/29/21113578/lincoln-rivian-electric-suv-ford-platform-tech

 

TESLA’S GIANT HOME BATTERY IS PAYING FOR ITSELF

“Four years ago, Tesla installed its first ever Powerwall battery pack in an Australian household, and now the residing Pfitzner family has revealed just how much of an impact the energy-saving measure has made.” picks up TechRadar: “When combined with a solar panel system, Powerwall allows users to store any excess energy generated by the panels in order to use it at times when the sun alone can’t provide the necessary power.  Over the course of four years, this resulted in the Pfitzner family saving a total of about $5,700 (AU$8,463) on their electricity bills, paying an average of just 30 cents (AU$0.46) per day. It’s worth noting that the family spent AU$16,000 (about $10,800) installing the battery, solar system, and any related hardware to the home, so it hasn’t quite paid itself off yet.”

 

https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/worlds-first-tesla-powerwall-is-paying-itself-off-much-faster-than-expected

 

TESLA PARTNERS WITH LG CHEM, CATL FOR BATTERY SUPPLY

” Tesla Inc has entered into a partnership with South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s CATL for supply of batteries used in its electric cars, the company said on Wednesday. Tesla, which has a long-standing battery supply agreement with Japan’s Panasonic Corp (6752.T), said its pact with LG Chem and CATL was at a smaller scale.” says Reuters: “Last year, Reuters reported on Tesla’s talks with LG Chem to source batteries for vehicles to be made in its Shanghai plant. A source had also told Reuters that the electric carmaker may source batteries from CATL in the future.”

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-china-catl/tesla-partners-with-lg-chem-catl-for-battery-supply-idUSKBN1ZT16G

 

BYD BUILDS NEW LITHIUM-POWERED FORKLIFT FACILITY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

“BYD continues to sprint towards electrifying every vehicle category in the world with news today that it is adding an electric forklift shipping and receiving facility in the Southern California city of Rancho Dominguez.” according to CleanTechnica: “BYD believes its lithium-powered forklifts are game changers as they extend the life expectancy of the battery pack significantly compared to their lead-acid predecessors. A 90-minute charge time helps them to stay fully topped up with minimal downtime throughout a shift or day.”

 

BYD Builds New Lithium-Powered Forklift Facility In Southern California

 

2020 HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC BOASTS 37% MORE DRIVING RANGE, NOW STARTING AT $33,045

Hyundai Motor America announced prices for the eco-friendly 2020 IONIQ Electric car.

 

The redesigned 2020 IONIQ Electric delivers 170 miles of range, technology and advanced standard safety features at a starting price of $33,045 for the well-equipped SE model. Customers may receive the available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 making the net price $25,545 for the SE model.

The top-of-the-line Limited is available for $38,615 ($31,115 net with federal tax credit) and now offers the following optional features: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Highway Drive Assist, 10.25-inch navigation system and Harman Kardon premium audio.

 

 

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