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HAVE ALL TESLA MODEL Y OWNERS BEEN TOLD TO ‘PREPARE’?
Following yesterday’s podcast where we heard from listeners and people on twitter who confirmed their Model Y AWD Performance cars were being prepared for delivery, now we have an up date on the story.
It seems people who want the RWD Long Range version are also getting their “prepare for delivery” emails. The questions we need to ask is, has anyone who bought a Model Y NOT received their email?
The AWD Long Range Performance and AWD Long Range were supposed to be the two models which were first going into production and the ones most likely to deliver in March. In fact the Founders Editions would technically be first.
If we can believe Twitter, those who ordered the Long Range RWD with 5 seat configuration have had their email from Tesla, or in some cases, no email but their Tesla account has updated when they checked. And that’s interesting because the LR RWD is no longer available to order online, despite those who originally ordered it being told Fall 2020. At the launch last year it was shown on the presentation as having 300 miles but remember since then, the Dual Motor AWD now has a range of 315 miles.
What about those who ordered the 7-seat configuration? If Twitter is to be believed, some people have had ‘Prepare for delivery’ whilst others have been offered the following:
“If you’d like to take delivery of your Model Y next month, you can adjust your order to the standard five-seat interior, removing the $3,000 seven-seat interior upgrade cost. Contact a Tesla adviser to update your order today.”
Is this just a courtesy note? Could it mean they are backing away from 7 seats? There’s no evidence for that.
TESLA’S PROJECT ROADRUNNER
“Tesla’s secret Roadrunner battery project promises cheap and energy-dense batteries that will extend vehicle range, reduce car prices and possibly jolt Tesla to new highs. There’s talk that a vehicle equipped with these batteries may even be revealed at Tesla’s Battery Day event this April.” reports Eric Loveday at InsideEVs: “The latest intel on Tesla’s improved battery technology suggests that the targets are reduced costs (that magical $100 per kWh figure is possibly within Tesla’s grasp) and improved energy density. In fact, the pace is so rapid that there seems to be some indication that a vehicle with these advanced batteries will be shown in less than two month’s time.”
Of course many people have pointed out the range quoted on future vehicles are not possible with current energy density without very large battery packs. So the Roadster at 620 miles, and the Cybertruck at 500 miles, both rely on future technology to make it to market. Even the Semi and the Plaid Model S could be transformed with better batteries.
SAMSUNG SDI REPORTEDLY IN BATTERY SUPPLY TALKS WITH RIVIAN
“South Korea’s leading lithium-ion battery maker Samsung SDI is in talks with US-based electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian for a deal to supply the latter with batteries, according to industry sources on Thursday.” reports Korea Herald: “Although the value of the contract has not been revealed, industry sources say Samsung could supply batteries for an estimated 100,000 electric vans to be commercialized later this year through 2024.”
TURNPIKE AUTHORITY TEAMS WITH TESLA TO MORE THAN TRIPLE EV CHARGERS
“New Jersey Turnpike Authority commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday that will bring new electric vehicle charging stations to eight Turnpike service areas, increasing the total of EV chargers on the Turnpike from 20 to 76.” according to NJ Biz: “The authority says the licensing agreement allows Tesla to install eight V3 Superchargers, the newest version of the company’s proprietary charging technology, at each of six service areas and to double the number of Superchargers already in place at two other service areas. Tesla also will build the utility infrastructure necessary for third-party providers to install at least two dozen additional non-Tesla charging stations on the Turnpike. Once all the Tesla charging stations called for in the licensing agreement have been installed, there will be electric vehicle charging facilities at nine of the 12 New Jersey Turnpike service areas.”
Eight V3’s at six locations is 48, other news outlets said that was 64 because at the Cranbury Supercharger and the East Burnswick they’re swapping out old V2’s for V3’s, making 64 in total.
POLESTAR CEO CALLS OUT INDUSTRY, GOV’T, CONSUMERS FOR SLOW EV PACE
“Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath dreads the thought of spending time at next week’s Geneva auto show defending Volvo’s decision to launch a stand-alone electrified brand.” he tells Automotive News Europe: “”How long will we have to explain that it’s not a crazy idea to create a new electric car company, that type of discussion has me fed up. We shouldn’t still be questioning this.”
POLESTAR PRECEPT REVEALED
“Polestar has revealed its latest concept model, Precept. It’s a model that isn’t set to join the range that currently features the 1 and 2, but it does provide hints as to the brands next model.” reports Next Green Car: “To minimise distractions, the screen will show only basic information until the car’s sensors track the driver’s eyes looking at it. By tracking the driver’s sight lines, it will adjust displays depending on the view required. Additional sensors will also detect when a hand is approaching it, when more information will be displayed, buttons made larger for easier use, and the screen will become brighter.”
LORDSTOWN MOTORS ELECTRIC PICKUP NABS FIRST CUSTOMER IN FIRST ENERGY
“Lordstown Motors, a product of General Motors’ sale of its Lordstown, Ohio manufacturing facility, has a customer.” wrrites CNET: “First Energy has signed a letter of intent to purchase 250 Endurance electric pickup trucks. On the decision, First Energy said it’s “proud to partner” with Lordstown Motors and hopes to support electric car growth in the areas it does business. The company operates in the midwest and mid-atlantic regions.”
DS 9 DUE WITH TRIO OF PHEV POWERTRAINS
“DS Automobiles has revealed its new model – the DS 9. Looking to see the DS name return to the executive saloon market, the DS 9 will feature the firm’s E-Tense plug-in hybrid technology.” says Zap Map in the UK: “Featuring an 11.9 kWh battery, the DS 9 will be able to cover between 25 and 31 miles on electric power alone. DS 9 will be added to shortly after launch with an additional two E-Tense PHEV options. The first will be two-wheel drive and feature an increased range, while the second will be a four-wheel drive model with 360 hp on tap.”
VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG R PLUG-IN HYBRID COMING TO GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
Volkswagen ramps up its electrified campaign in 2020: with the world premiere of the new Touareg R at the Geneva Motor Show, the brand’s top-of-the-range model now also features a plug-in hybrid drive.
When the battery is sufficiently charged, the new SUV always starts in electric E-MODE for zero emissions. The all-round talent can be driven at up to 140 km/h using electric power; above this speed, the turbocharged V6 petrol engine (TSI) supplements the electric drive motor. The Touareg R will cover most commuter distances fully electrically.
The hybrid drive of the Touareg R essentially consists of a 2,995 cm3 V6 turbocharged petrol engine (250 kW/340 PS), the electric drive motor (100kW/136 PS) and a lithium-ion battery (energy capacity of 14.1 kWh) built into the luggage compartment underbody. An 8-speed automatic gearbox (with Tiptronic) and a transfer box transmit the power to the standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
Touareg R is designed for a superior maximum trailer weight of up to 3.5 tonnes.
it is the first Volkswagen R model to feature a plug-in hybrid drive. It is also the first time a hybrid model has been the most highly-powered Volkswagen.
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