Show #829

 

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TESLA IS TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR ITS CYBERTRUCK IN CHINA

“Tesla  has opened up reservations for its all-electric Cybertruck to customers in China, a move that will test the market’s appetite for a massive, futuristic truck. The reservations page on Tesla’s China website was first posted in Reddit channel r/teslamotors by user u/aaronhry. Electrek also reported on the Reddit post.” says TechCrunch: “Tesla is now testing potential interest among Chinese consumers. It’s impossible to predict how many of these reservations — in China and the U.S. — will convert to actual sales. It will be more than a year before there are any answers. Tesla hasn’t even finalized its decision of where it will build the vehicle.”

 

Tesla is taking reservations for its Cybertruck in China

 

TESLA MODEL 3 RECEIVED ‘NEW CAR AWARDS 2020’ FROM AUTOTRADER

“Tesla Model 3 received New Car Awards 2020 from AutoTrader – UK’s largest automotive marketplace.

 

The competition was attended by more than 100 cars, which were very thoroughly tested. All cars were rated on 16 different criteria, including space, performance, reliability, durability, features, quality, looks, costs, and much more.” says Tesmanian: “This year, Tesla Model 3 became the absolute winner, taking first place in power, acceleration, economy, safety, performance, driving comfort, and ease of parking, demonstrating impressive capabilities.”

 

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/new-car-of-the-year-2020-tesla-model-3

 

GERMANY HITS 8.4% EV MARKET SHARE IN JUNE, & HEADING HIGH

“Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, saw plug-in electric passenger vehicle market share hit 8.4% in June 2020, significantly up from 3.4% in June 2019. The H1 2020 plug-in share stood at over 7.7%, and will grow further in the second half with recently announced government incentives and more EV models coming available.” writes Dr Max Holland for Clean Technica: “Of the 18,598 June plug-in sales, roughly 55% were plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and the remaining 45% were full battery electrics (BEVs). We don’t yet have data on the June best selling plug-ins, but the cumulative results from the 5 months to the end of May are now in. The top three were all pure BEVs: the Volkswagen e-Golf (6010 units), Renault Zoe (5618), and Tesla Model 3 (3664). Two PHEVs rounded out the top five, the Mitsubishi Outlander (2917) and Volkswagen Passat GTE (2903).”

 

Germany Hits 8.4% EV Market Share In June, & Heading Higher!

 

MERCEDES-BENZ TO BUY 3% STAKE IN CHINESE BATTERY MANUFACTURER

“Mercedes-Benz is set to buy a 3% equity stake in Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis Energy, with which it has also launched a strategic partnership, the automaker’s owner Daimler said July 3.” according to SP Global: “Under the strategic partnership agreement, the two companies will collaborate in the development and industrialization of “highly advanced” cell technologies, as well as aim for cost competitiveness. “The technological focus is on significant increases in range through advances in energy density and the reduction of charging times,” Daimler said. The partnership gives Mercedes-Benz a secure source of supply of battery cells for its electrification strategy and Farasis security for its planned construction of production capacity.”

 

https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/electric-power/070320-mercedes-benz-to-buy-3-stake-in-chinese-battery-manufacturer-farasis-energy

 

ALLEGO UPGRADES CHARGING STATIONS

“Allego has launched an upgrade program to improve the charging experience and reliability of its HPC charging stations in Europe. This is intended to address many of the criticisms.” according to Electrive: “For one thing, the displays on first generation HPCs are being replaced because of the often criticized poor visibility in sunlight. On the other hand, unspecified hardware components are being replaced “to improve the stability and uptime of the charging stations”. A software update will also improve connectivity and interoperability with the growing number of different electric models, the company said in a press release. Allego’s upgrade program is starting in Germany and covers three countries with a total of 48 HPC sites”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/07/03/allego-upgrades-charging-stations/

 

CITROEN BOSS: MAJOR ELECTRIC CAR DEMAND LIKELY POST-PANDEMIC

“Citroën boss Vincent Cobée believes the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a sharp rise in demand for electric cars in the near future. Speaking at a launch event for the new C4, which includes a fully electric e-C4 variant, Cobée said  that low-emission vehicles – including plug-in hybrids and EVs – currently make up around 6% of the sales mix of Citroën parent firm PSA Group, but he expects that figure to rise sharply.” reports Autocar.co.uk: “Cobée noted that the higher purchase price of EVs is still a deterrent to potential buyers. He said: “Anyone who’s worked in the car industry in the last 10 years will know the huge challenges EVs present in terms of battery and development costs. But as citizens, we know that if an EV costs roughly the same as an internal combustion engine car, we would shift.

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/citroen-boss-major-electric-car-demand-likely-post-pandemic

 

TESLA IS MAKING PUSH TOWARD FLEET VEHICLES

“eIQ Mobility, a data science startup that has been working with Tesla to convince fleets to go electric, has been presenting a new standard metric, the EV Design Mileage, to determine whether an EV’s range can satisfy the daily operational requirements of an existing ICE vehicle.” says electrek: “When fleet managers figure out that the range is sufficient, they start running the numbers and figure out that gas and maintenance savings make going electric a no-brainer.”

 

Tesla have been talking about an upcoming webinar for fleet managers “”We are hosting our 4th webinar to cover everything you need to know about Tesla and running electric vehicles as part of your fleet. We will provide a brief history of Tesla including who we are and where we have come from but more importantly, we will cover what matters to fleets and company car drivers, the benefits to employers and employees as well as technology, charging and safety topics. We’re also inviting you to ask any questions you have on running electric vehicles as part of your fleet so we can make sure the session provides you with all the answers you need.””

 

Tesla is making push toward fleet vehicles as cost of operation reaches tipping point

 

 

JAGUAR LAND ROVER FUEL-CELL PROJECT

“Jaguar Land Rover’s involvement in hydrogen fuel-cell development goes well beyond backroom tinkering.

 

In a media Q&A following a company update Friday, Jaguar Land Rover’s executive director of product engineering, Nick Rogers, clarified the project reported earlier this week—and underscored that there’s real potential in it for something large in the company’s lineup, like the Range Rover. ” according to Green Car Reports: “we truly believe that hydrogen has a real place and opportunity, particularly in the bigger vehicles,” said Rogers.

 

Partly, it has to do with the massive packs big SUVs need to be fitted with in order to achieve the long driving range luxury electric vehicle buyers are now expecting.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1128746_jaguar-land-rover-fuel-cell-batteries-in-big-suvs

 

AUDI EQUIPS FC BAYERN TRAINING GROUNDS WITH CHARGING POINTS

The training grounds of FC Bayern Munich are getting ready for the Audi e-tron. Mercedes gave the go-ahead for the construction of 38 charging points yesterday. The charging points are to go online in late summer – just in time for the start of the next Bundesliga season, from which point the professional soccer players of FC Bayern will be driving the Audi e-tron, the brand’s first fully electric SUV. At the start of next year, Audi also wants to equip the Allianz Arena in Munich with charging points – fans and visitors to the stadium will then also benefit from them.

 

Ready for the Audi e-tron: Audi equips FC Bayern training grounds with charging points

 

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