Show #793

 

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TESLA MODEL 3 WAS THE BEST SELLING CAR IN Q1 2020

“Great news comes from California, where – despite the general market slowdown – some electric cars noted brilliant sales results – including #1 for the Tesla Model 3! According to the California New Car Dealers Association, the overall market was 507,646 (down 4.3% year-over-year from 530,402) and the forecast for 2020 is quite depressing – 1.54 million vehicles.” Says InsideEVs: “Four all-electric cars were in the forefront of their  categories and two of them were #1:

 

Tesla Model 3 (18,856, up 19.3%): #1 in Near Luxury (52.2% share)

Tesla Model X (2,826, up 10.9%): #3 in Luxury Mid Size SUV (10.3% share)

Chevrolet Bolt EV (2,654, up 16.1%): #1 in Subcompact (22.2% share)

Tesla Model S (1,561, down 27.0%): #3 in Luxury and High End Sports Cars (11.7% share)”

 

Tesla Model 3 – the best selling car

The first quarter of 2020 positively surprised us with the first place among all types of cars, not only passenger but also SUV/trucks, for the all-electric Tesla Model 3:

 

Tesla Model 3 – 18,856

Honda Civic – 18,001

Toyota Camry – 17,871

Toyoa RAV4 – 17,261

Toyota Corolla – 15,575

Honda Accord – 12,551

 

https://insideevs.com/news/426084/california-tesla-model-3-best-selling-q12020/

 

TESLA SOLVES MODEL Y FROZEN DOOR HANDLES AND CHARGING PORT WITH SIMPLE TRICK

“In his recent video, the JerryRigEverything host pointed out that the Model Y’s door handles, while visually identical to the first production Model 3s, actually feature improvements that make them less prone to getting stuck in ice. Tesla designed the Model Y’s door handles so that they can get physically pressed on both sides, allowing owners to break ice that has built up.” Says Teslarati: “Just like door handles, it is very inconvenient to deal with a charging port that’s frozen solid. Tesla owners have dealt with this issue in a variety of ways, such as preheating their vehicles for some time to melt away the ice. But for the Model Y, Tesla has adopted a heated charging port, which should proactively avoid ice from building up. This should allow owners to conveniently plug and unplug their Model Y despite temperatures being below zero”

 

Tesla solves Model Y frozen door handles and charging port with simple trick

 

2021 TOYOTA RAV4 PRIME PRICE ANNOUNCED, STARTS AT $38,100

“Toyota dropped a bit of a surprise last November at the LA Auto Show. It wasn’t that Toyota announced a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 called the RAV4 Prime – that was expected. What we didn’t expect was that it would pack 302 combined horsepower (225 kilotwatts) and hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. That’s not exactly slow, and now we know how much it will cost to have a hot-rod Toyota SUV that’s also good on gas.” reports Motor1: “The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime starts at $38,100, not including $1,120 in destination and delivery charges. It’s still under $40,000 with that upcharge factored in, but it’s also the most expensive RAV4 Toyota offers.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/426090/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-cost/

 

MERCEDES-BENZ EQC SOLD 700 SINCE LAUNCH

“The Mercedes-Benz EQC has been talked about for years. It’s seen as compelling to many, not only because it’s a Mercedes crossover, but also because it should work well to compete with Tesla. It was supposed to launch in the U.S. soon, if not already, but the EV has been delayed until 2021. Perhaps once the EQC is available on our ‘SUV-friendly’ shores, it will find more success.” Says InsideEVs: “In the meantime, according to Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, the luxury automaker only sold 397 EQC’s in 2019, following by just 276 so far this year in its home country.  Mercedes hasn’t officially reported these sales figures, so they could be better or worse officially. However, even if they’re within a range of some 500 to 1,500 sales, the situation is clearly dire. This is especially true since Mercedes has been promoting the vehicle heavily, and has plans to produce some 50,000 units this year. Despite the global pandemic, EV sales have been respectable, if not solid, in Germany and Europe. In fact, over the last year, Audi sold 4,500 e-trons and Tesla sold 8,700 Model 3 sedans in Germany.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/426003/mercedes-eqc-sales-poor/

 

WHEN THE BOSS HAS TO QUEUE

Raf Fiol

@raf_fiol

 

I just met  @elonmusk at a supercharger!  And he talked to me!

More details…  this was after the scrubbed SpaceX launch yesterday.  I was at the Melbourne, FL supercharger.  I was standing next to my car when a white Model X backed into a stall two cars down. I looked over as the passenger door opens and I see …

I see him get out and he starts walking towards me.  I’m obviously surprised and he definitely sees that.  I blurt out “Elon?”, and he smiles and continues to walk towards me.  He says …

He says something to the effect of “thank you for being a Tesla owner and supporting the mission.”  A small crowd begins to form.  We talked about the scrubbed launch, the Model Y, and auto insurance in FL.  Someone then…

congratulated him on the birth of his son and he looks over at his Model X and said “thank you, he’s in the car.”  At some point the Falcon doors open and out comes Grimes to hand him a mask!  He stuffs it in his pocket as she hurries back to the car.

He stayed and talked for at least 15 minutes.  He was super friendly and seemed genuinely interested to hear what people had to say.  Super duper cool guy.  It was an absolutely amazing experience!

He arrived in a white Model X, followed by another white Model X.

 

Notice the line of men in black suits in the background. Elon’s security duty.

 

NEW AUDI CEO SETTING UP ARTEMIS PROJECT

“Two months after taking office as the new CEO at Audi, Markus Duesmann is establishing a unit for the accelerated development of additional automobile models. Artemis will focus on new technologies for electric, highly automated driving with a specific model reference. Its first task is to create a highly efficient electric car that is scheduled to be on the road as early as 2024. ” according to Green Car Congress: “Hitzinger will work with a team of automotive and technology experts to—as a first step—”develop a pioneering model for Audi quickly and unbureaucratically,” says Duesmann. Resources and technologies of the entire Volkswagen Group are potentially available for this. Duesmann and his Volkswagen Group colleagues also expect the Artemis project to provide a blueprint for the future agile development of cars throughout the Volkswagen Group.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/05/20200530-artemis.html

 

LARGEST ELECTRIC AIRPLANE YET TAKES OFF IN THE USA

“The companies magniX and AeroTEC have announced the successful maiden flight of the allegedly world’s largest all-electric aircraft, an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. The half-hour flight in the US state of Washington apparently went without a hitch.” Says elective: “

The aircraft is an 18-year-old Cessna Grand Caravan, which was converted to an electric propulsion system with a magni500 electric motor by the engineering firm AeroTEC.  The goal is to be able to fly the distance of 160 kilometers with full load by the end of 2021. The Cessna Grand Caravan 208B can carry a maximum of 14 passengers – instead of four to five in the eCaravan at present. This is to be made possible by new batteries, such as lithium sulfur batteries. A switch to fuel cells is also still in the pipeline.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/05/29/largest-electric-airplane-yet-takes-off-in-the-usa/

 

 

 

 

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