On today’s podcast:
- Polestar Precept To Enter Production
- XPeng Ships To Norway
- Lordstown Endurance Electric Pickup Interior
- Model Y Acceleration Boost
- Amazon Device Works With Tesla Sentry Mode
- Tesla “Pilot” Battery Factory = 13th Largest
- Lynk & Co Zero Concept
- Ford Mustang Mach-E GT For Europe
- Minnesota to deploy up to 38 fast charging stations
- ChargePoint to go public at $2.4 billion valuation
- Does Rolls-Royce Silent Shadow Trademark Foreshadow an EV?
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POLESTAR PRECEPT TO ENTER PRODUCTION
“Polestar announced today that the Precept concept model, shown earlier this year, will enter production. Vehicle development is underway in the UK and already more than 130 people are working on it.” says InsideEVs: “The decision has been made after the company has realized that people like it and there should be a market for such a great looking, sporty, all-electric car. ”
It’s a four door saloon. Three years away from being ready. Aimed at the premium sports car market.
XPENG SHIPS TO NORWAY
“XPeng has started exporting vehicles to Europe. It loaded 100 G3i crossovers on an ocean liner at a port in the south China city of Guangzhou on Thursday. The vehicles will be shipped to Norway, XPeng said.” according to Automotive News Europe: “The EVs will be distributed by Norwegian EV dealer Zero Emission Mobility with a starting price of 358,000 Norwegian Krone ($37,590). The G3i compact crossover — XPeng’s first product — has a range of 520 kilometers (323 miles) on one charge.” That’s about 230 miles EPA. The G3 520 has a 66.5kWh battery from CATL.
LORDSTOWN ENDURANCE ELECTRIC PICKUP INTERIOR
“Lordstown Motors is continuing the slow tease of its Endurance electric pickup this week, now revealing interior photos ahead of the truck’s launch next year” says Motortrend: “Much like the interiors of the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T, the cabin of the Endurance is dominated by screens rather than physical buttons. A long frame on the dashboard houses three separate screens, underneath of which sit physical climate-control knobs. The cabin has a decidedly industrial feel with stark metallic accents, and the overall interior aesthetic matches the minimalist design of the exterior.
Even the guy driving, is wearing a hard hat. “The Endurance will produce up to 600 horsepower with the help of up to four electric in-hub motors, as well as offer a range exceeding 250 miles. Towing capacity is expected to come in at 7,500 pounds.”
And as per Fox 28: “On Wednesday, Lordstown Motors Corp. announced it has received 40,000 pre-orders for the Lordstown Endurance electric pickup truck. The pre-orders, which are not binding and may be canceled or delayed, equal $2 billion in potential revenue”
MODEL Y ACCELERATION BOOST
“Tesla is launching a $2,000 ‘Acceleration Boost’ upgrade for Model Y Dual Motor AWD vehicles — shaving half a second off the 0 to 60 mph acceleration.” says Electrek. Last year the same became available for the Model 3. “Tesla owners could unlock performance in their cars through a few clicks in the Tesla app. Now Tesla is bringing the same experience to the Model Y with its own Acceleration Boost. As of today, some Model Y Dual Motor AWD are reporting seeing the Acceleration Boost in the “upgrade” section of their app. Tesla claims that the upgrade will improve the Model Y Dual Motor AWD’s 0 to 60 mph acceleration time from 4.8 seconds to 4.3 seconds. The capacity to accelerate quicker is already inside those cars. Tesla locks that capacity through software in order to reserve it for the “Performance” version of the Model Y, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.”
AMAZON DEVICE WORKS WITH TESLA SENTRY MODE
“Ring has announced its first foray into products meant for use outside of the home with a new line of security cameras designed for cars.” reports The Verge, talking about Car Connect from Amazon, a black plastic USB connected dongle for your Tesla: “Ring says it’s working with many automotive makers to build support for the system, but the first partnership it’s announcing is with Tesla. Owners of the Model 3, X, S, and Y that have Sentry Mode enabled will be able to install a device in their cars that allows them to connect to the car’s existing cameras and view footage.”
How does it work? Tech Crunch has the details: “Ring Car Connect consists of an API that car manufacturers use to provide Ring customers access to mobile alerts for any detected events around their vehicle, or to watch footage recorded from their onboard cameras. This also allows access to information that wouldn’t be available with a strictly aftermarket setup – like whether the car is locked or unlocked, for instance. Ring’s first automaker partner for this is Tesla, which is enabling Ring Car Connect across the 3, X, S and Y models. Users will install an aftermarket device coming in 2021 for $199.99, but then they’ll be able to watch Tesla Sentry Mode footage, as well as video recorded while driving, directly in the Ring app.”
$200 on top of your monthly Ring subscription.
TESLA “PILOT” BATTERY FACTORY = 13TH LARGEST
“Tesla revealed at its Battery Day this week that it intends to produce 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of batteries a year by 2030. That’s more than Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (aka Benchmark Minerals) was forecasting for all lithium-ion battery production combined before Battery Day.” says Clean Technica: “Tracking 187 battery factories, Benchmark Minerals was forecasting 2.7 TWh of annual battery cell production capacity globally by 2030. The company forecasted that Tesla would be at 200 GWh of that total. Even just by 2022, Tesla plans to produce 100 GWh of batteries a year.”
LYNK & CO ZERO CONCEPT
Geely’s luxury Lync & Co sub-brand unveiled the Lynk & Co Zero Concept.
The Zero Concept is a luxury pure electric vehicle that will be based on Geely Holding’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), a pure electric architecture that will be used as the basis for all new electric vehicles within the Geely Holding Group portfolio.
SEA architecture aims to be the world’s first open source architecture that will be shared with other third-party vehicle manufacturers for their own electric vehicle development.
The Zero Concept will go into production in 2021 and will support full life Over the Air updates with class leading artificial intelligence that will support full voice interaction. Range of the production vehicle is expected to be in excess of 700km (435 miles) under the NEDC cycle, whilst performance is also expected to reach sub four seconds for the 0-100km/h time.
Production will be undertaken at a new facility in Eastern China.
Lynk & Co range of vehicles which have jointly sold over 300,000 units in the Chinese market since the first introduction of the 01 SUV in 2018.
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E GT FOR EUROPE
Ford revealed for the first time in Europe the high-performance Mustang Mach-E GT that will deliver 3.7‑second 0-62 mph acceleration when introduced to the region in late 2021.
Ford says: “No other vehicle in its class can accelerate faster than the Mustang Mach-E GT”. Conveniently forgetting about the Tesla Model Y Performance which is 3.5 0-60mph.
Mach-E customers will also receive one year of free access to the IONITY fast-charging network that has now established more than 270 charging stations en route to a targeted 400 by the end of this year.
Charging with up to 150 kW at an IONITY station, Mustang Mach-E in extended-range battery, rear-wheel drive configuration is estimated to add an average of 73 miles driving range within approximately 10 minutes of charging and has a targeted WLTP pure-electric driving range of up to 379 miles.
MINNESOTA OFFERS GRANTS TO DEPLOY UP TO 38 FAST CHARGING STATIONS
“The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced that it will fund the installation of up to 38 additional fast charging stations in Greater Minnesota, extending the existing EV highway corridor network by more than 2,500 miles. Chargers are to be placed 30 to 70 miles apart along 7 proposed corridors.” saysa ChargedEVs: “The new $2.6-million grant opportunity leverages funds from the national Volkswagen settlement. ”
CHARGEPOINT TO GO PUBLIC AT $2.4 BILLION VALUATION
“ChargePoint Inc, one of the world’s oldest and largest electric vehicle charging networks, said on Thursday it will go public by merging with Switchback Energy Acquisition Corp in a deal that values the company at $2.4 billion.” according to Autoblog: “The deal will raise about $493 million in proceeds that ChargePoint will use to expand in North America and Europe. ChargePoint operates more than 115,000 charging ports globally, mostly in North America, and previously said it is aiming to increase that to 2.5 million by 2025 Other EV companies with SPAC deals include Fisker, Lordstown Motors and Canoo. Electric and fuel cell vehicle startup Nikola”
DOES ROLLS-ROYCE SILENT SHADOW TRADEMARK FORESHADOW AN EV?
“Shadows aren’t know for being loud, but Rolls-Royce could have an extra quiet shadow in the works, even quieter than a regular Silver Shadow. Silent Shadow is the name the Anglo-Germanic automaker trademarked in Germany” writes Autoweek: “Rolls-Royce cars are already expensive, so the EV hardware wouldn’t even move the needle much when it comes to price. And they’re already heavy, so the automaker doesn’t have to worry about curb weight. Best of all, the hardware is already available to its corporate owner, the BMW Group. Rolls-Royce cars are also quite large, so the batteries can also be large and heavy, possibly enough to give the cars an industry-leading range if desired, something more than 500 miles on a single charge. And since a lot of Rolls-Royces spend time idling in Shanghai and Moscow traffic, they don’t need Ludicrous acceleration all that frequently.”
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