Show #860 

 

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EVS OUTPERFORM NEW CAR MARKET IN JULY 2020

“The electric car market has once again significantly outperformed the UK new car market as a whole, with growth of 260% for pure-EVs in July 2020 and 320% for PHEVs, compared to the same period last year.” says Next Green Car: “The latest set of Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders published today (Wednesday 5th August), shows continued success for electric cars. It’s a trend that has been seen practically all year, with most months having triple digit growth in the pure-electric market. July’s figures see pure-EVs make up 4.7% of all new cars sold in July 2020, with a total of 8,162 units registered. Plug-in Hybrid figures are similar, with 7,447 units, and market share of 4.3%. Combined plug-in vehicle registrations come in at 15,609 registrations – a market share of 8.9%.”

 

Diesel market share was 16.5%

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8962/evs-outperform-new-car-market-in-july-2020/

 

BMW INEXT SPIED IN DETAIL, SHOWING OFF SMOOTH STYLING

“A new batch of spy photos provides a fantastic look at the upcoming BMW iNext. While the camouflage hides the specific design details, it’s easy to get an idea of what this EV looks like when the concealment comes off. BMW is positioning the iNext as being a technological tour-de-force. One of the most interesting decisions is what the company is doing with its iconic kidney grille. As an electric vehicle, the openings to cool the engine are no longer necessary. Instead, the engineers are packing this area with many sensors to serve as the “eye” of the iNext.” says Motor1.com: “The iNext will use BMW’s fifth-generation EV powertrain. While power figures aren’t available yet, the company intends the range to be in excess of 373 miles (600 kilometers). BMW will fully debut the iNext in 2021, and it’ll be on sale later that year. As the premiere approaches, expect more camouflage to come off the development vehicles.”

 

iNEXT or i5?

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/437421/bmw-inext-ev-spy-shots/

 

SMALLER TESLA CYBERTRUCK IS “HIGHLY LIKELY”

“If all goes as planned—a big if given Tesla’s history—the company will start producing the highly-anticipated Cybertruck in late 2021. Somewhere down the line, it’s likely we’ll also see a smaller version of the electric pickup, according to a recent tweet from CEO Elon Musk.” says Motortrend: “Responding to a question about the possibility of a smaller truck for Europe, Musk said a smaller Tesla Cybertruck is “highly likely down the road.” The tweet echoes Musk’s comments in May, when he tweeted that the Cybertruck will remain about the same size as the concept and a smaller “world truck” will probably follow.”

 

https://www.motortrend.com/news/tesla-cybertruck-smaller-world-pickup-likely/

 

CYBERTRUCK VS RIVIAN ORDERS

“Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T are neck and neck in electric pickup demand with some interesting other models trailing not too far behind, according to a new Twitter survey. Everyone has their favorite and using geotagged data from Twitter, partcatalog.com built a map showing the most anticipated electric truck in every state. They said about the methodology: “The map is based on geotagged Twitter data in the last month, tracking tweets and hashtags about electric trucks in every state, including the models most mentioned. Over 90,000 tweets were tracked.”” writes Electrek: ” Tesla, the automaker claimed over 200,000 reservations within the first week of taking orders and the latest tally put reservations at over 650,000 over the last 9 months. However, Tesla has been asking for only a $100 deposit for Cybertruck reservations.”

 

Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T neck and neck in electric pickup demand, survey shows

 

TESLA CYBERTRUCK RESERVATIONS LOWER THAN EXPECTED

“The number of reservations for Tesla’s Cybertruck is apparently much lower than expected. While fans had assumed over 700,000 reservations based on the analysis of reservation numbers, Elon Musk has now named a significantly lower number. In an interview with Automotive News, Musk said that the number of Cybertruck reservations was “over 200,000″. This comes as a surprise since Elon Musk had already announced 250,000 pre-orders just a few days after the presentation of the Cybertruck in November. This presumably points to cancellations.” says Electrive. Whilst CNET reports: “Fans keeping track of their order numbers estimated that there have been approximately 727,000 reservations for the electric pickup truck. That’s a huge difference, and we’d think Musk would have the more accurate information.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2020/08/05/tesla-cybertruck-reservations-lower-than-expected/

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/elon-musk-tesla-cybertruck-reservations/

 

RESERVATION NUMBERS REVEAL RIVIAN R1T HAS 30,000 BUYERS WAITING

“We thought we’d have a hard task getting the real amount of preorders, but that was spared thanks to Skyler Williams and John King. The answer is not 43: it is approximately 30,000, even if the reservation numbers are now around 56,000. How?” says InsideEVs: “If it starts delivering the pickup truck by July 2021 and producing 20,000 per year, as promised, it will let everyone that order an R1T have their cars by August 2022, according to John King’s calculations. That happens because he works with a more precise number of preorders: 24,832. Williams is more careful and says his figures are based on big assumptions.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/437341/rivian-r1t-30-thousand-reservations/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-articles

 

TESLA 2020.32 SOFTWARE UPDATE WITH ‘SUSPENSION IMPROVEMENTS’

We have simplified the Tesla suspension control logic to better support both temporary and more permanent heights. If Ride Height manually adjusted to High or Very High, your car now automatically lowers after you drive a short distance. For snowy or off-rad conditions, tap “Keep” next to the Ride Height-slider to keep the height at High or Very High until you reach the maximum allowed speed. For steep driveways or places where you repeatedly need a higher ride height, tap “Always Auto-Raise at this Location.” This feature will raise suspension to the saved height when re-entering the location.

 

The new Suspension Improvements update shows specific heights in inches.

 

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/tesla-2020-32-software-update-with-suspension-improvements-for-model-s-x

 

AAA CAR SUBSCRIPTION DEPLOYS 55 ELECTRIC VEHICLES

AAA Car Subscription now offers 55 Volkswagen e-Golf electric vehicles available for short-term subscription in the Sacramento area as part of Electrify America’s Green City initiative.

 

The program is another facet of Electrify America’s commitment to advance an electric mobility lifestyle for residents in California’s capital region and introduces a new alternative to traditional car ownership. Through AAA Car Subscription electric vehicle (EV) service, members can now get a 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf with insurance, repairs, maintenance and emergency roadside assistance all for one monthly subscription fee.

 

BP TO CUT OIL PRODUCTION 40%

“In some refreshingly good news for the environment, news coming out of London, BP has announced that it is planning to cut oil and gas production by 40% and invest billions of dollars into clean energy. This is part of a major strategic plan that was unveiled today along with a gigantic second-quarter loss and dividend cut.” says CleanTechnica: “BP expects that demand for fossil fuels will fall by 75% over the next 30 years if global temperatures continue to increase. Its head of strategy, Giulia Chierchia, explained to investors that if the increase in global temperatures is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, then the demand for fossil fuels will fall drastically. “

 

BP To Cut Oil Production 40% By 2030, And Invest Billions Into Green Energy

 

VW SEES MARKET FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE ELECTRIC CARS: ‘TORQUE IS FUN EVERY DAY’

“Quicker, handling-focused models aren’t a priority, but enthusiasts are asking for them and Volkswagen will deliver. Developing a performance car generally requires removing as much weight as possible, but designing an electric car with an acceptable amount of driving range normally means using a bulky battery pack.” says Autoblog.

 

Silke Bagschik, Volkswagen’s head of electric car marketing and sales, told Autoblog; “”Looking at the weight distribution, this decision was made very early. With the battery adding weight, you have a super low center of gravity. In most front-wheel drive electric cars, you don’t have that much fun when you’re taking off because the front wheels spin, especially when it’s wet. With rear-wheel drive, that never happens. This is the reason we did that; fun. Otherwise, we would have had to restrict the torque, and I think torque is fun every day”

 

 

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