On today’s podcast:

  • Tesla Starts Volume Production of Shanghai Model Y
  • Model 3 & Y Design Changes For China
  • Model 3 LR In China Is Culled
  • Aspark Owl All-Electric Hypercar On Sale
  • Global Plug-In Car Sales November 2020: Huge New Record 400,000+
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2020 review from evo
  • Fiat Chrysler will build Jeep, Alfa Romeo EVs in Poland

Show #949

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TESLA STARTS VOLUME PRODUCTION OF SHANGHAI MODEL Y

“Tesla Inc. will start deliveries of its China-made Model Y SUV this month to customers in the country, as it set the vehicle at a price below some of its rivals to maintain a competitive edge.” according to Bloomberg: “The Model Y starts from 339,900 yuan ($52,074), while the Model Y Performance car will be from 369,900 yuan ($56,600). China is Tesla’s largest market after the U.S., with sales in Asia’s biggest economy topping 120,000 units in 2020, according to the latest local registration data.”

So that’s 12 months on from Model 3 deliveries.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-01/tesla-sets-china-made-model-y-starting-price-at-339-900-yuan

According to Teslarati: “Tesla China’s Vice President of External Affairs stated that Giga Shanghai has reached its localization supply chain goal. During the Q2 2020 earnings call, Elon Musk estimated that Giga Shanghai’s supply chain would reach around 80% localization by the end of 2020. The recent prices released for the Tesla China’s Model Y may reflect the localization of Gigafactory Shanghai’s supply chain.”

“Tesla’s pricing strategy for Model Y in the world’s largest market for cars is simple: undercut the other guys. That’s why Model Y will be slightly cheaper than offerings from Nio, for example, which retails for the equivalent of $56,329” reports CNET: “Interestingly, while Tesla’s Model 3 gets the benefit of China’s electric vehicle subsidy, Model Y doesn’t qualify because of its price. It’s also not totally clear whether there are plans in the works to equip the Model Y with the base Model 3’s cheaper lithium-iron-phosphate battery cells, which would, in theory, bring the price down.”

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tesla-model-y-on-sale-china/

“The Shanghai-made Model Ys will come with higher specifications than California-made versions to suit the preferences of Chinese customers” says the South China MOrning Post: “They include such refinements as wood panel detailing, heated steering wheels and high-efficiency particulate air (Hepa) filters for China’s frigid winters and air pollution.

Online orders started on New Year’s Day, and the first delivery can be expected within. The Chinese government is throwing billions of yuan worth of incentives, subsidies and cheap loans to nurture a home-grown industry where domestic marques will eventually make up one of every five NEVs on the country’s roads, under the Made in China 2025 industrial master plan.”  They add: “The price of Tesla’s competitors, such as Xpeng Motor’s P7 all-electric sedan, start from 229,900 yuan after government subsidies. Li Autos ONE SUV sells for 328,000 yuan, while NIO’s ES6 SUV starts at 346,600 yuan.”

https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3116097/tesla-starts-selling-shanghai-made-model-y-electric-suvs

MODEL Y DESIGN CHANGES FOR CHINA

“Among the more visible updates to the China Model Y design when compared to its US counterpart is the appearance of the updated center console that replaces Tesla’s glossy black center console cover with a matte finish and sliding center console door. The appearance of the “refreshed” center console first appeared in the Made-in-China Model 3 that, soon after, made its way to the Fremont-produced 2021 Tesla Model 3 for the US market” says Teslarati: “Another interior update that can be seen in the MIC 2021 Tesla Model Y is a revised door panel design that matches that of Tesla’s locally-produced 2021 Model 3. A visual comparison between the US and China Model 3, courtesy of @JayinShanghai, shows an additional door trim with the same finish as the dashboard trim. Taking a closer look at the China Tesla Model Y Design Studio and the wood trim that extends beyond the dashboard to wrap around to the door panel becomes more evident.”

When will these come to the U.S.?

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-y-refresh-center-console-door-panels/

MODEL 3 LR IN CHINA IS CULLED

Tesla has now discontinued the Model 3 Long Range version. So you can have the SR+ or the Performance for 339,900, exactly the same price as Model Y LR.

ASPARK OWL ALL-ELECTRIC HYPERCAR ON SALE

“The Aspark Owl was first introduced over three years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Development continued over the next two years before its official debut in late 2019, promising blistering acceleration and zero emissions, as the Japanese hypercar is all-electric. Earlier this week, the company announced that the car is now officially for sale” says Motor1: “Aspark plans to build just 50 examples of the hypercar with 20 allocated for Europe and 20 for the Middle East and Asia, which would leave 10 for the North American market. The company says the car will hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 1.72 seconds with a top speed of 249 mph (450 km). A sprint to 189 mph (300 kph) takes a claimed 10.6 seconds. Aspark uses a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that is said to offer a range of 280 miles ”

https://www.motor1.com/news/463727/aspark-owl-sale-north-america/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-news

GLOBAL PLUG-IN CAR SALES NOVEMBER 2020: HUGE NEW RECORD 400,000+

November 2020 was an amazing month for passenger plug-in electric cars with a new all-time monthly record of over 414,300 units! It was possible thanks to a huge new record in China (over 198,000), and also a new record in Europe (over 166,000). It also means that the rest of the world has been responsible for around 50,000 (well, North America is now far behind China and Europe).” says InsideEVs: “More than two-thirds of plug-in sales fall on all-electric cars: BEVs: roughly 289,000 (up 125% year-over-year) and 4.1% market share. PHEVs: roughly 125,000 (up 155% year-over-year) and 1.8% market share. After 11-months of this year, the total volume is above 2,544,000 (up 32% year-over-year), while the average market share is 3.8% (2.6% BEVs, 1.2% PHEVs).”

https://insideevs.com/news/463741/global-plugin-car-sales-november-2020

VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 2020 REVIEW FROM EVO

“”Despite the tall roof, the ID.3 feels controlled, composed and is impressively engineered. There’s no kickback through the steering wheel, and the steering itself is well weighted, accurate and has enough heft to remind you there’s over 1800kg of car under your control.”

“Driven in the colder months and at motorway speeds for a number of miles, our usage patterns were hardly ideal for the ID.3 or indeed any BEV. Despite the claimed 263-mile range of the 58kWh First Edition, after a night on charge and back up to full it read 208 miles on a 7 degree morning, before almost instantly dropping to 190 miles after setting off. From that point on though, the battery usage was fairly consistent with the on-board trip computer’s predictions”

https://www.evo.co.uk/volkswagen/203393/volkswagen-id3-2020-review-a-thoroughly-good-car-that-happens-to-be-electric

FIAT CHRYSLER WILL BUILD JEEP, ALFA ROMEO EVS IN POLAND

“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will modernize its Polish plant to build hybrid and electric Jeeps, Fiats and Alfa Romeos. The company plans to start production of the first of three new models at its factory in Tychy in the second half of 2022, the automaker said in a statement on its Polish website on Dec. 29.” according to Automotive News Europe: “The models will include full-electric cars, FCA said. In its 2018-2022 plan, FCA said it will spend 9 billion euros on electrification as part of investment plans totaling 45 billion euros. FCA is planning a $38 billion merger with PSA to create Stellantis, the world’s No.4 carmaker.”

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/fiat-chrysler-will-build-jeep-alfa-romeo-evs-poland.

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