Show #854

 

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7,000 RESERVATIONS FOR THE FISKER OCEAN

“Fisker, which pins its hopes of rising from the ashes in the Ocean electric SUV, dished out a hard figure to judge just how much interest there is in its upcoming EV. It’s nothing spectacular, but there’s certainly interest.” says CNET: “The company said Friday it has 7,062 reservations for the Ocean. Compared to recent news surrounding preorders (I’m thinking Tesla Cybertruck and Ford Bronco) it’s a drop in the bucket. However, it goes to show there is an audience for Fisker’s SUV with oodles of sustainable materials inside. The reservations come from 30 countries and Fisker said the figure virtually sells out the first planned production run in late 2022. Additionally, Fisker talked about a second SUV for the first time it dubbed a “sports crossover.” The image shows a swoopy design sort of reminiscent of the Volkswagen ID 4. Behind it, the startup also wants to produce a pickup truck.”

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/fisker-ocean-electric-suv-reservations-future-models/

 

VOLKSWAGEN DELAYS DEAL TO SUPPLY A POWERTRAIN FOR HENRIK FISKER’S NEW EV

“Buried as almost a passing note in a recent investor presentation by car designer and EV startup founder Henrik Fisker was news that Volkswagen has delayed negotiations to supply powertrain parts for his company’s upcoming Ocean crossover. Sounds like a big problem.” according to Jalopnik: “This could be a huge problem for Fisker Inc., as it’s already advertised and sold deposits for a vehicle with certain projected performance—deposits it accepted without even knowing for certain what the fundamental hardware of the vehicle would be. Any major changes from here could mean major changes to the Ocean as advertised. If they’re changes for the worse, expect to refund some deposits.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/volkswagen-delays-deal-to-supply-a-powertrain-for-henri-1844572271

 

Here’s a statement from Fisker Inc.:

“We remain in conversation and parallel development with several industry-leading platform and manufacturing OEMs and suppliers, and will continue to consider any opportunities that would enable us to enter into definitive manufacturing and supply agreements before year-end. We are committed to taking any actions that advance our objective of delivering the Ocean as early as the end of 2022.””

 

TESLA RELEASES Q2 2020 SAFETY REPORT

“In the 2nd quarter, we registered one accident for every 4.53 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot but with our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 2.27 million miles driven. For those driving without Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 1.56 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 479,000 miles.”

 

In comparison, Tesla had an accident on Autopilot every 3.27 million miles in Q2 2019.

 

AMERICA’S CHEAPEST ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE COMING COURTESY OF CHINESE AUTOMAKER KANDI

“Chinese electric vehicle and parts manufacturer Kandi Technologies Group  is officially bringing two EVs to the United States through its subsidiary Kandi America — news that has prompted run up in its share price in the past day. ” says TEch Crunch: “Kandi Technologies has been talking about bringing EVs to the United States for a couple of years. Now, two models are arriving as early as the end of 2020, beginning in a limited area in Texas. Both are priced under $30,000 before federal incentives. The two models heading to the U.S. are Kandi’s compact K27 vehicle that comes with a 17.69 kWh battery, The larger K23 is also coming to the U.S. market. This small electric SUV has a 41.4 kWh battery and a driving range of more than 180 miles. The K23 starts at just less than $30,000, again, before applying federal incentives.”

 

America’s cheapest electric vehicles are coming courtesy of Chinese automaker Kandi

 

AUDI SPORT TO ELECTRIFY EVERY FUTURE RS MODEL

“Future Audi RS models will have one powertrain in the future, and it’ll be electrified. According to Audi Sport sales and marketing head Rolf Michl in an Autocar interview about the brand’s intentions, that includes mild-hybrids, plug-ins, and full EVs.” reports Motor1: “Both should arrive before 2023 in the form of the RS4 – the plug-in – and the E-Tron GT RS.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/436728/audi-sport-electrify-future-rs-models/

 

LORDSTOWN MOTORS SHOWS OFF ENDURANCE ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK IN NEW VIDEO

“Lordstown Motors just released a new promotional video with its all-electric pickup – Endurance, scheduled for market launch in 2021 (in Summer 2021 according to what we heard the last time).” says InsideEVs: “The description says: “Keep moving, keep building, keep believing. Endurance will take us forward, because endurance is what got us here. Introducing the all-electric Endurance, by Lordstown Motors.””

 

https://insideevs.com/news/436695/lordstown-motors-endurance-new-video/

 

MINI ELECTRIC HITS PRODUCTION MILESTONE

MINI Plant Oxford has built more than 11,000 MINI Electrics since production began

More than 3,000 MINI Electric orders in the UK to date

UK is second largest market for electrified MINI models with 19 per cent sales share for MINI Electric and Countryman Plug-In Hybrid

In 2021, a third of MINI 3-Door Hatch models built is expected to be elec

 

MAHLE AIMS FOR FASTER CHARGING WITH BETTER CONDENSER

“Mahle has presented a new type of condenser for cooling systems in hybrid and electric vehicles that should enable faster charging of the traction battery.” reports Electrive: “The development of the new condenser was been prompted by the increase in overall demands on cooling systems in hybrid and electric vehicles where the battery, power electronics, electric motors and other components must all be kept within a carefully defined temperature window.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/07/30/mahle-aims-for-faster-charging-with-better-capacitor/

 

LINK TRANSIT’S 10 NEW BYD BUSES COME WITH WIRELESS CHARGING

“BYD is back to building electric buses. The company’s first post-closure delivery completed an order of 10 battery-electric K9S buses to Link Transit in Wenatchee, Washington.” says ChargedEvs: The K9S 35-ft electric bus seats up to 32, has a range of 215 miles, and can be charged in 3 to 4 hours. Link Transit’s 10 buses are fitted with wireless charging receivers from Momentum Dynamics, to allowing for en route charging. . In January, Momentum and Link Transit extended their relationship with a new five-year agreement under which Momentum will provide three new 300 kW en route charging stations.”

 

Link Transit’s 10 new BYD buses come with Momentum Dynamics wireless charging system

 

4 NEW ELECTRIC VANS JUST HIT THE UK & EUROPEAN MARKETS

Peugeot e-Expert & Citroën ë-Dispatch – You can now order the e-Expert in the UK, with a starting price of £25,053 (excluding VAT but after the Plug-in Van Grant)

Renault ZOE Van – “The All-New ZOE Van is capable of travelling up to 245 miles on a charge, and uses the same powerful 52kWh battery pack and 80kW R110 electric motor as the New ZOE supermini.”

Mercedes-Benz EQV – Mercedes-Benz, the EQV, comes with a hefty price tag. Starting prices for the different trims are: EQV 300 Sport — £70,665. 90 kWh battery with 213 miles of range (WLTP).

 

4 New Electric Vans Just Hit The UK & European Markets

 

 

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