Show #876

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GM OFFERS FIRST OFFICIAL 2022 CHEVY BOLT EUV GLIMPSE IN TEASER

“Chevrolet has released this brief teaser clip showing the Bolt EUV in profile, with an animated rendering of its evolution from the Bolt upon which it’s based.” reports Autoblog: “GM told us the EUV has an extra 3 inches in its wheelbase, with that extra length going to rear passenger legroom. It’s also a little sleeker in its styling. GM has said in an official capacity that the Bolt EUV will be the first Chevy vehicle to get the partially automated hands-free driving system. Super Cruise is also getting improvements to add 70,000 more miles and new scenarios in which it can operate, and perform automatic lane changes initiated using the turn signal. According to Chevrolet, both the next-gen Bolt and Bolt EUV will go into production next summer.”

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/08/26/2022-chevy-bolt-euv-teaser-video/#slide-2252529

VOLVO XC40 T5 RECHARGE LONG TERM TEST

“We’re testing the range-topping T5 Recharge model, which is, yes, a plug-in hybrid. with a three-cylinder petrol engine and 80bhp e-motor combining to drive the front wheels. We’ll delve more into the powertrain in coming months, but on first impressions it’s so slick and unobtrusive that you largely forget there’s a whole load of complicated stuff going on under the bonnet.” writes Top Gear: “First impressions, too, are that the XC40 feels vastly solid and robust on the move, trading impish handling for the sense it could absorb a medium-sized missile strike with nary a shudder. On the optional 20-inch wheels, the ride can get a little clunky on really bad roads – which is to say, pretty much all British roads – so I’d be tempted to size down the alloys and embrace the squidge.”

https://www.topgear.com/long-term-car-reviews/volvo/xc40/15-t5-recharge-phev-r-design-5dr-auto/report-1

RENAULT LAUNCHES E-TECH CAPTUR AND MEGANE PHEVS

“Renault has launched the Captur E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid and Megane E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid models in the UK, with both PHEVs now available to order. The Captur E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid and Megane E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid both use a 9.8 kWh battery, able to be charged at up to 3.6 kW. This allows for a range of up to 30 miles on a charge for both models” says Next Green Car: “Captur E-Tech prices start at £30,495, with first deliveries expected in October. The Megane E-Tech’s price is almost identical at £30,685, though first deliveries aren’t expected until a month later. Both are available to order now.”

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8973/renault-launches-etech-captur-and-megane-phevs/

EUROPE IS MOVING AT TWO SPEEDS ON EV ADOPTION

“Electric-car sales are surging in Europe, but only in richer countries, recent analyses have shown. The coronavirus pandemic has greatly slowed sales of gasoline and diesel cars, but it hasn’t had the same effect on electric cars, according to a Politico report” picks up Green Car Reports: “While European EV sales appear robust, the surge is limited to richer countries. In the first three months of this year, 98% of European EV sales were in the 14 richest European Union countries, plus non-members United Kingdom and Norway, according to Politico. Strong electric-car sales are nothing new in Norway, thanks to aggressive government incentives and a receptive populous. While 26 of 27 EU member nations have some form of EV incentive program in place, some of the richer countries, such as France and Germany, have made electric cars a centerpiece of stimulus programs meant to lessen the economic impact of the pandemic. Not every country has undertaken such a stimulus program, and richer countries are also more likely to have money to invest in charging infrastructure, and consumers looking to buy new cars.”

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1129375_europe-is-moving-at-two-speeds-on-ev-adoption

EUROPEAN ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES SURPASS CHINA FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2015

“Sales of European passenger electric vehicles in the first half of 2020 exceeded those in China for the first time in five years. According to a report from Bloomberg, around 380,000 electric vehicles were sold over the 16 main European markets in the first six months of the year.” according to CityAM: “Meanwhile, in China, which is widely considered the world’s largest market for such vehicles, sales dropped 44 per cent to around 330,000 models. A combination of new subsidy schemes for purchasing electric vehicles, as well as the rollout of a number of new models, was responsible for the increase in European sales in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.”

European electric vehicle sales surpass China for first time since 2015

BMW EXPANDS I3 PRODUCTION WHILE VW LOOKS TO THE E-GOLF

“In Germany, the increased purchase premium is boosting demand for electric cars. BMW and VW have now responded by expanding production of the i3 in Leipzig, while the VW e-Golf will continue to be built in Dresden until Christmas, contrary to initial plans.” repotrs electrive: “BMW has cancelled the one-week summer break in i3 production, and the battery-electric vehicle is now in full production. This meant that almost 600 additional units could be built. Besides, BMW is now extending shifts and shortening breaks in ongoing plant operations to increase the number of vehicles per day from 114 to 125 to 130. VW is currently producing 74 units of the e-Golf every day, with the Group aiming for a moderate increase to around 80 electric vehicles per day. The deadline at Christmas is definite, however, as the Transparent Factory will be converted to the production of the ID.3 in January during a three-week production break.”

https://www.electrive.com/2020/08/26/bmw-expands-i3-production-while-vw-looks-to-the-e-golf/

DELAWARE TRANSIT AGENCY TO POWER ELECTRIC BUSES WITH SOLAR ARRAY

“The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), which operates Delaware Authority for Regional Transit (DART), recently received a $2.5 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant that it will use to install a solar array at its operations and administration facility in Dover” says SmartCities Dive: “The solar energy produced will assist with powering the operations facility and DART’s six electric buses in Kent County. Fourteen electric buses operate throughout the state, with two more expected to be added this year and four more next year”

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/delaware-transit-agency-electric-bus-solar-array

TESLA IS HIRING, & ENGINEERS WANT TO WORK FOR ELON MUSK

“If you have ambitions of working for Tesla, now would be a good time to apply. The company is on a hiring spree that could boost the number of its employees to about 65,000 by the end of this year, which would represent a 35% increase from the reported headcount at the end of 2019.” says ClenTechnica: “Tesla has job openings listed on its Careers page, and they cover a vast range of fields and locations — the company is looking for engineers in California, construction managers in Texas, and vehicle technicians in China. Caixin Global also reports a “hiring spree” in China as Tesla preps for Model Y production at its Shanghai Gigafactory.”

Tesla Is Hiring, & Engineers Want To Work For Elon Musk

2021 FORD MUSTANG MACH-E FIRST EDITION WAS SOLD OUT, BUT NOT ANYMORE

“Turns out the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition isn’t as “sold out” as we were initially led to believe. Ford has decided to re-open the books for the limited edition first year model, but it’s not doing it in a normal fashion.” says Autoblog: “Instead of allowing customers to place reservations on Ford’s website, it’s going through popular social platforms. For example, you can reserve one on Uncrate, a website that bills itself as “the leading buyer’s guide for men.”. Ford never told us how many First Edition Mach-Es it was going to make originally, and when we asked this time, Ford again told us that it’s still not confirming an official number. This being the case, we’re totally clueless as to how many Mach-E First Editions are up for grabs on Uncrate. The site claims there’s a “limited number,” though, so it’s likely a low quantity.”

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/08/25/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-first-edition-available-again-uncrate/

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