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On today’s podcast:

  • Foxconn unveils electric car chassis
  • Tesla to export China-made Model 3 vehicles to Europe
  • Tesla Model 3 Price Drops By $3,300–3,700 In Norway
  • Tesla pushes new software update increasing range of existing vehicles
  • Dacia Spring Pricing
  • First VW ID.4 Expected To Arrive In U.S. December
  • Porsche Has Already Sold 10,000 Of Its Taycan
  • Porsche Macan Electric Spied
  • Cupra el-Born Spied Testing

 

 

Show #911

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 19th October. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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FOXCONN UNVEILS ELECTRIC CAR CHASSIS

“Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturer that’s best known for assembling Apple products, has rolled out an automotive EV platform, part of a push to become a manufacturer of electric-car components. At the unveiling in Taipei, Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way said he’s targeting a 10 percent share of the global EV market as soon as 2025.” says Autoblog: “The chassis is described as “open-source,” with customizable elements including size, wheelbase, suspension type, and battery size. Partner automakers could fine-tune it to their needs, and Foxconn would assemble it for them. The company additionally said it plans to introduce a solid-state battery for EVs in 2024 that would be superior to today’s lithium-ion electric-car batteries.”

 

Financial Times says: “The world’s biggest contract electronics manufacturer aims to become “the Android of EVs”, William Wei, chief technology officer, said at an event on Friday in reference to the open source operating system through which Google created a massive part of the global smartphone industry. Analysts say Foxconn is seeking to replicate its long-established dominance in the global manufacturing of personal computers and smartphones, the largest electronics category by shipments over the past 30 years, in the production of EVs.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/10/16/foxconn-ev-plans/

 

https://www.ft.com/content/149bc9a2-64de-4820-b002-4ded8f2d6ae4

 

 TESLA TO EXPORT CHINA-MADE MODEL 3 VEHICLES TO EUROPE

“Tesla Inc said on Monday it would start exporting China-made Model 3 cars to more than 10 European countries this month, joining a growing number of automakers using China as an export hub for electric vehicles.” reports Reuters: “he U.S. carmaker, which started delivering vehicles made in its Shanghai factory in December, will export China-made cars this month to countries including Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland, it said in a statement. Elsewhere, German rival BMW is preparing to export its electric iX3 model, made at a joint venture plant in Shenyang, China, to Europe, while Daimler is shifting production of its Smart branded city cars to Hangzhou Bay.”

 

Tesla’s manufacturing director of the Shanghai gigafactory, Song Gang, said in an interview with local reporters: “We hope to serve global customers as a global factory,”

 

Model 3 SR+ come with the Lithium Iron Phosphate LFP batteries which is a diversion from every Model 3 built so far.  170Wh/kg and 55kWh. It actually has a slightly HIGHER range, by about 5%. And recent reports about customer advice is to charge to 100%.

 

TESLA MODEL 3 PRICE DROPS BY $3,300–3,700 IN NORWAY

“the Model 3 just got some notable price cuts in Norway. The price of the Tesla Model 3 Performance hasn’t changed. It’s 499,900 kroner ($53,293). The price of the other two trims changed as follows: Model 3 Standard Range Plus: 430,900 kroner → 399,900 kroner ($45,937 → $42,632). Model 3 Long Range: 484,900 kroner → 449,900 kroner ($51,694 → $47,962)” repotrs CleanTechnica: “Norway is by far the top market in the world for EV market share, but the Model 3 is not #1 in Norway. After the first 3 quarters of 2020, the Tesla Model 3 is #5 in Norway — behind the Audi e-tron, Volkswagen e-Golf, Hyundai Kona EV, and Nissan LEAF.”

 

Tesla Model 3 Price Drops By $3,300–3,700 In Norway

 

TESLA PUSHES NEW SOFTWARE UPDATE INCREASING RANGE OF EXISTING VEHICLES

“Tesla is pushing a new software update that is increasing the range of its existing Model Y vehicles after updating the range of new vehicles in its lineup. Eric de Monvallier, an owner of a Tesla Model Y Long Range, got the update and told Electrek that it increased the range of his electric car to 320-325 miles.” says electrek: “Earlier today, Tesla increased the range of the new Model Y Long Range from 316 miles to 325 miles. It’s not the first time Tesla has increased the range of existing vehicles through software update.”

 

Tesla pushes new software update increasing range of existing vehicles

 

DACIA SPRING PRICING

“The initial prices of the most affordable electric car in Europe finally start to appear and the first 100 units in Hungary were already pre-ordered with a price of 6.490.000 HUF (17.812 euros). This price is before any government subsidy and includes a VAT of 27 %. After subsidies the price drops to a more reasonable 3.990.000 HUF (10.951 euros).” says Pedro at PushEVs: “Unfortunately we don’t know if the first units include DC-fast charging capability via CCS, which allows to charge this electric car from 0 to 80 % in 50 minutes, but usually limited series are the most expensive and better equipped versions.”

 

Battery: 27,4 kWh (26,8 kWh usable)

WLTP combined range: 225 km (140 miles)

 

https://pushevs.com/2020/10/18/dacia-spring-electric-finally-has-official-prices/

 

FIRST VW ID.4 EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN U.S. DECEMBER

“According to Volkswagen ID.4 reservation holders, talking on the VWIDTalk forum, the first cars are expected in the U.S. in “week 52 of the year, December 17-24th.” Volkswagen is calling and/or emailing customers about the upcoming delivery.” says InsideEVs: “Those will be of course be the 1ST edition cars, imported from Germany, as the local production is expected no earlier than in 2022. Some buyers will be pretty happy with the December delivery, as it should allow them to quickly get the eligible $7,500 federal tax credit in early 2021. Deliveries in January will require waiting until early 2022.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/449482/us-first-vw-id4-arrive-december/

 

PORSCHE HAS ALREADY SOLD 10,000 OF ITS TAYCAN

“The Porsche Taycan has been a strong seller around the globe in its debut year, and in fact the company has just announced that its total sales for the first nine months of the year have surpassed 10,000 units – to 10,944, to be precise.” says auto123.com: “The best news for Porsche is that the Taycan’s sales are picking up steam. During Q3 of 2020 (or July to September), the pace of production picked up and sales rose to 6,464 units, accounting for 8.7 percent of all Porsches sold. That sales total is more than twice the previous quarter, and four times the first quarter of the year. If sales remain at their current pace, Porsche will surpass the 25,000 mark – and odds are sales will only grow further.”

 

https://www.auto123.com/en/news/porsche-taycan-2020-sales-10000-unites/67506/

 

PORSCHE MACAN ELECTRIC SPIED

“Obviously, the rain and fog didn’t help our photographers on-site but nevertheless, we have an early look at the zero-emission crossover. From distance, it looks almost like a Cayenne Coupe” says Motor1: “according to preliminary information, the Macan Electric should go on sale at some point in 2022. To have the Leipzig factory ready for the Macan EV’s arrival, Porsche is investing more than $64 million in the expansion of the facility, including a new body shop.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/449635/2022-porsche-macan-electric-spied/

 

CUPRA EL-BORN SPIED TESTING

“The Nurburgring is the place where all good hot hatches go to be tested, regardless of what powers them.

Our spies just sent us a fresh batch of photos showing the upcoming hot version of the SEAT El-Born, which will bear a Cupra badge. There will be an equivalent spiced up variant of the Volkswagen ID.3, but the Cupra will come first; if you’re looking forward to owning a hot hatch underpinned by the VW group MEB platform, the Cupra El-Born will quell that desire first.” says InsideEVs: ” we don’t know how powerful it’s going to be, but its peak output could even be as high as 302 horsepower, and it may even feature a dual-motor all-wheel drive system. Its battery won’t be any bigger than the biggest already announced for the ID.3 and SEAT El-Born – a 77 kWh pack that should provide a WLTP range of about 500 km (310 miles) on one charge.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/449703/cupra-el-born-spy-shots-nurburgring-testing/

 

 

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