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On today’s podcast:
- Tesla Slashes Price of Model S to $71,990
- New Lucid Air Model Joins the Lineup at $69,900
- Model S price changes to $69,420 tonight!”
- Tesla gives Model X range increase with 2021 version
- Volkswagen ID.3: seven new trim levels and pricing announced
- VW ID.5 Spied For The First Time
- Zero presents 2021 electric motorcycle lineup
- Audi and FAW establish new company to produce electric vehicles in China
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 14th October. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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PORSCHE SIDESTEP PHEVS TO GO ALL ELECTRIC
At a conference in Germany today, Porsche talked about their 10 year plan for transitioning from combustion to electric, and there was barely any mention of hybrid. PHEV were sidelined from their plans.
TESLA SLASHES PRICE OF MODEL S TO $71,990
Tesla surprised everyone with a spontaneous reduction in Model S price today. Starting at $71,990 in the US. (£74,980 in the UK). That follows a $5,000 price drop earlier this year in May.
Q2 2020 deliveries of S&X were 15,200. Same time in 2019 was 17,400. And back in 2018 it was 27,660 in Q3.
But they are keeping the Model S relevant with range bumps and the Plaid model on sale now, available end of 2021. Both versions got a price drop of 3k so MSP is $91,990.
NEW LUCID AIR MODEL JOINS THE LINEUP AT $69,900
“At Lucid, our vision has always been to create the world’s best EV technology and make it progressively more attainable over time. Today, we move closer to this goal and present details of the elemental model of the Lucid Air lineup, called simply Lucid Air.”
The Lucid Air is available to reserve now with a starting price of $77,400 – or $69,900 after the US Federal Tax Credit of $7,500 – with a reservation payment of just $300.
- 480 horsepower
- A projected EPA estimated range of 406 miles
- A single-motor powertrain with optional dual-motor, all-wheel drive configuration
- A 900+ ultra-high voltage electrical architecture with DC fast charging capability
- Customers who reserve now will receive three years of complimentary charging at Electrify America
Appointments for the Lucid Air model include PurLuxe animal-free interior trim in the Mojave theme, the 34″ Lucid Glass Cockpit curved, floating display, and the largest frunk ever fitted to an electric sedan. The Lucid Air model is also available with DreamDrive, a new benchmark in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).
AND THEN…ELON ON TWITTER
“The gauntlet has been thrown down!
The prophecy will be fulfilled.
Model s price changes to $69,420 tonight!”
Tesla Owners Silicon Valley
Any updates on the model Y seven seater
Starting production on 7 seater next month, initial deliveries early December
TESLA GIVES MODEL X RANGE INCREASE WITH 2021 VERSION
“Tesla is increasing the range of the Model X with the new 2021 version, according to a new Monroney sticker.” writes Electrek: “Some new Model X buyers are taking deliveries, and the vehicles are listed with 2021 VIN numbers.
Those new vehicles come with a new Monroney sticker that is showing a significant range increase. The new range is showing 371 miles on a single charge, which is a significant increase over Tesla’s currently advertised range of 351 miles. The new range is still not displayed on the EPA’s website. On Tesla’s website, the Model X is also still listed at 351 miles on a single charge, and it is still listed at $79,990. Panasonic has recently been talking about improving the energy density of its cells, and Model X might be the first vehicle to get these cells.”
VOLKSWAGEN ID.3: SEVEN NEW TRIM LEVELS AND PRICING ANNOUNCED
Just four weeks after the first British customers collected their ID.3 1ST Editions, Volkswagen has announced pricing for the seven pre-configured series ID.3 models. The lowest-priced of these net carbon-neutral models, the ID.3 Life, will cost £29,990 RRP OTR including the £3,000 plug-in car grant. Orders for the new models will open next week with first deliveries expected before the end of the month.
Six of these models use the familiar 58 kWh battery (net capacity) and 204 PS motor seen on the 1ST Edition, while the ID.3 Tour also has a 204 PS motor but introduces the largest 77 kWh battery (net capacity) with an increased range of 336 miles. At the top of the range, meanwhile, the four-seater ID.3 Pro S will have the largest battery fitted.
Those specs are: Life, Style, Business, Family, Tech and Max
VW ID.5 SPIED FOR THE FIRST TIME
“Volkswagen has big plans for the recently released ID.4. The German company sees its all-electric crossover as a direct rival for mainstream models like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and the likes, and believes it has the qualities to become a strong seller. In order to meet the demands of a wider group of customers, the Wolfsburg-based automaker is already working on an alternative body style.” says Motor1: “What you see in the gallery below are the first spy photos of a coupe-fied crossover based on the ID.4. Its name is unknown at the moment with names like ID.5, ID.4 Coupe, and ID.4 GTX believed to be under consideration. Whatever the name. the ID.5 (name obviously not confirmed) will get a sloped roofline and a more rakish rear window. The rear fascia seems to have a slightly modified design with the most notable feature being the new fixed spoiler with integrated third brake light. ”
ZERO PRESENTS 2021 ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE LINEUP
“The electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles has introduced its 2021 model year, which this time includes almost only optical updates. The 2021 Zero models will be shipped immediately from the company’s headquarters in California to dealers in North America and Europe” says electrive: “The Californians’ 2021 lineup is led by the manufacturer’s two newest electric motorcycles, the Zero SR/S and Zero SR/F. Both motorcycles are based on a new platform and offer the highest performance figures in the range to date. They both have 14.4 kWh batteries and 82 kW motors.”
AUDI AND FAW ESTABLISH NEW COMPANY TO PRODUCE ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN CHINA
“Audi AG NSUG.DE said on Tuesday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s state-owned FAW Group to launch a venture to make premium electric vehicles (EVs).” reports Reuters: “Audi has a long partnership with FAW, which is based in the city of Changchun in the northeast of China, the world’s biggest car market. The German firm also plans to make vehicles with Shanghai-based automaker SAIC Motor. Audi said it would produce models based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), a base developed with Porsche. It said the new venture would start manufacturing several models in China from 2024.”
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