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On today’s podcast:

  • VW Group Highlights Success Of EV Models
  • VW Brand Grows EV Sales 200%
  • Audi e-tron Sells Almost 50,000 in 2020
  • Taycan Delivers 20,000 in 2020
  • BMW Group sold 192,646 electrified vehicles in 2020
  • Jaguar I-PACE Sales Hit New Record High In Q4 2020
  • General Motors joins the race to electrify package delivery
  • Sony Vision-S Electric Car Is Alive And Well
  • Uber’s EV ride service comes to 1,400 more North American cities
  • Huge order for Lion Electric trucks from Amazon
  • Latest Tesla Model Y Nets 5-Star Score In NHTSA Crash Tests
  • Heated steering wheel now included on Tesla Model Y

 

 

Show #961

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 13th January. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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VW GROUP HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF EV MODELS

231,600 all-electric vehicles handed over to customers, more than three times the 2019 figure; also 190,500 plug-in hybrids (+175 percent).  In Western Europe, the share of electric vehicles therefore surged to 10.5 percent of overall deliveries (2019: 1.9 percent).

 

The Volkswagen Group handed over 9,305,400 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2020, a decrease of 15.2 percent year-on-year due to Covid-19.

 

Top 5 all-electric models:

– Volkswagen ID.3 56,500 units

– Audi e-tron 47,300 units

– Volkswagen e-Golf 41,300 units

– Volkswagen e-up! 22,200 units

– Porsche Taycan 20,000 units

 

Top 5 plug-in hybrid models:

– Volkswagen Passat 27,200 units

– Audi Q5 23,500 units

– Porsche Cayenne 21,500 units

– ŠKODA Superb 16,400 units

– Volkswagen Golf 15,200 units

 

https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2021/01/VWGroup_strenghtens_market_position.html

 

VW BRAND GROWS EV SALES 200%

As for the VW brand: “Last year, the brand delivered more electric vehicles worldwide than ever before, handing over more than 212,000 electric cars in total (+158 percent versus 2019), including nearly 134,000 battery electric vehicles (+197 percent versus 2019)

 

Volkswagen Passenger Cars launched nine new electric and plug-in hybrid models in 2020. This brought the share of BEV and hybrid vehicles in Europe up to 12.4 percent of the brand’s total deliveries – after 2.3 percent in 2019. The most popular model was the ID.3 with 56,500 units sold – even though this only came on the market in September.

 

ID.3 was the most frequently delivered BEV in Finland, Slovenia and Norway in December. In Sweden, the ID.3 was actually the top-selling car in December 2020 in absolute numbers – regardless of the type of drive. In the Netherlands and Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars managed to leap to the number one spot in all-electric vehicles over the full-year 2020 – with a share of 23.8 percent in Germany in the BEV market and 23 percent in the Netherlands.

 

Following closely on the heels of the ID.3, Volkswagen’s second all-electric model, the ID.4 is being successively launched. It is the brand’s first all-electric world car and as an SUV is also right in line with customer trends: the share of SUVs of Volkswagen’s total deliveries worldwide rose from 29.8 percent in 2019 to 34.8 percent in 2020.

 

https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/2021/01/Volkswagen-brand-triples-deliveries-of-all-electric-vehicles-in-2020.html

 

AUDI E-TRON SELLS ALMOST 50,000 IN 2020

79.5% growth in e-tron deliveries to 47,324 units last year.

 

AUDI AG is continuing its transformation into a provider of sustainable premium mobility and is by some distance the biggest maker of electric vehicles among the three German premium brands. The successful Audi e-tron model (including the Audi e-tron Sportback) registered a significant increase in demand last year, with growth of 79.5 percent (47,324 cars) compared with the previous year. The Audi e-tron is the global top seller among electric vehicles made by German premium manufacturers. In Norway it is even the best-selling of all models. In Germany the Audi e-tron (including the Audi e-tron Sportback) was able to more than double its sales volume in the final quarter in comparison with the previous year.

 

Although Audi Europe was down 19%, the e-tron and e-tron Sportback was up 80%.

 

Next up the cheaper Q4 e-tron, and the Taycan rivalling e-tron GT

 

Here’s a thought. In 2020 Tesla make 55,000 of the Model S and Model X combined.

 

 

TAYCAN DELIVERS 20,000 IN 2020

Taycan deliveries totaled 20,015 in 2020, despite a six-week pause in production just as the new model was ramping up, and despite many markets planning spring premieres.

 

 

BMW GROUP SOLD 192,646 ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES IN 2020

The BMW Group sold a total of 192,646 electrified BMW and MINI vehicles worldwide last year – an increase of a third (+31.8%) over 2019.

This means that electromobility is also a significant growth driver for the company in absolute terms. Sales of fully electric vehicles rose by 13 percent, while plug-in hybrid sales climbed by almost 40 percent. In Europe, electrified vehicles already accounted for 15 percent of total sales.

 

The BMW Group has now increased the number of electrified vehicles (pure electric and plug-in hybrid) in its line-up to 13 models, which are available in 74 markets around the globe. By 2023, the BMW Group plans to almost double its line-up to 25 electrified vehicles, of which more than half will be fully electric.

 

The introduction of the pure-electric MINI Cooper SE, with 17,580 vehicles sold in 2020, and BMW iX3 last year will be followed in 2021 by the start of production for the fully electric BMW iX in Dingolfing and the BMW i4 in Munich

 

 

JAGUAR I-PACE SALES HIT NEW RECORD HIGH IN Q4 2020

“After several weaker quarters, Jaguar has finally announced really positive news that the Jaguar I-PACE significantly expanded in the fourth quarter of 2020 to an all-time quarterly record of 7,807 units globally.” reports InsideEVs: “The year-over-year growth stands at 69%, and the I-PACE share out of the overall Jaguar volume surged to an unprecedented 27.8%! Despite the outstanding Q4, previous quarters weighed heavily on the I-PACE results in 2020 and the overall sales of 16,457 have turned out to be 5.2% lower than in 2019. The average I-PACE share out of Jaguar’s volume increased to 16.1%. Cumulatively, Jaguar sold over 40,700 I-PACE since Q2 2018.”

 

GENERAL MOTORS JOINS THE RACE TO ELECTRIFY PACKAGE DELIVERY

“General Motors is launching a new business unit devoted to electrifying the goods delivery market and says package giant FedEx will be the first customer” according to Axios: “GM’s new BrightDrop unit provides an “ecosystem of electric first-to-last-mile products, software and services” for delivery and logistics companies, the company said. A key piece is a new electric delivery vehicle arriving late this year that GM says will have a range of 250 miles per charge.”

 

Deliveries are hotting up with Amazon/Rivian van, e-Transit, Arrival, Workhorse, Iveco, LDV and lots from PSA Group.

 

https://www.axios.com/general-motors-fedex-electrify-package-food-delivery-5d87c6cc-25d5-4ec2-9be3-bce811380874.html

 

SONY VISION-S ELECTRIC CAR IS ALIVE AND WELL

“A year after the debut of the Sony Unexpectedly Unveils Vision-S Concept Car At CES 2020, the Japanese tech giant is showing off the latest development of the technological testbed. It’s now capable of functioning on public roads, even snowy passes in Europe. This isn’t the end of the project, either, because Sony intends to conduct more driving tests in other regions in the future.” says Motor1: “To keep people secure, the Vision-S has what Sony refers to as the “Safety Cocoon” that comprises dozens of sensors to monitor in 360 degrees around the vehicle. Currently, the company says the adaptive cruise control, self-parking system, and automatic lane changing comprises Level 2+ driving assistance. In the future, the brand wants it to reach Level 4 ability, which means full self-driving ability but with a steering wheel for a human to take control.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/465761/sony-vision-s-public-testing/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-news

 

UBER’S EV RIDE SERVICE COMES TO 1,400 MORE NORTH AMERICAN CITIES

“Uber is responsible for a large number of cars on the road, and studies suggest that ride-share services account for large shares of CO2 emissions as well. To reduce that impact, the company recently introduced Uber Green, an option that lets you pay a bit more to get an electric or hybrid car.” says Engadget: “Uber Green has been available in around 50 cities, but Uber has announced that it’s greatly expanding it to 1,400 new North American cities and towns, including Calgary, New York City, Miami and Houston. To get an EV or hybrid, you just select a ride and a card will pop up asking if you want a green vehicle. If you choose the option, you’ll be charged an extra $1, with half of that going to the driver”

 

Read more: https://www.engadget.com/uber-green-ev-ride-service-1400-north-american-cities-140006204.html

 

HUGE ORDER FOR LION ELECTRIC TRUCKS FROM AMAZON

“Amazon plans to procure up to 2,500 all-electric Lion 6 and Lion 8 trucks from Canadian manufacturer Lion Electric by 2025. The framework agreement already concluded with Amazon in July 2020 was revealed hidden in a long stock exchange notice.” repotrs electrive: “Lion Electric – previously best known for its electric school buses – unveiled the Lion8 in spring 2018. It is a US Class 8 e-truck, which is equivalent to local trucks over 15 tons. The 350 kW Lion8 offers up to 480 kWh of battery capacity for up to 400 km of range, using NMC cells from LG Chem”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2021/01/11/huge-order-for-lion-electric-trucks-from-amazon/

 

LATEST TESLA MODEL Y NETS 5-STAR SCORE IN NHTSA CRASH TESTS

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Tesla Model Y with a five-star safety score, which is the best possible score.” says TFLcar.com: “In the 35-mph front barrier test, the Tesla Model Y earned a 5-star rating for both the driver and front passenger.5-stars were earned for the front-seat and rear-seat occupants in the 38.5-mph side-barrier test and the side-pole impact test.”

 

Safety News: Latest Tesla Model Y Nets 5-Star Score In NHTSA Crash Tests

 

HEATED STEERING WHEEL NOW INCLUDED ON TESLA MODEL Y

“After a long wait, Tesla has finally answered the prayers of thousands of fans by adding a heated steering to the Model Y. The heated steering has been rumoured to be coming to the electric SUV for several months. Hacker greentheonly first found reference to it in the source code of a software update.” says DriveTeslaCanada: “Tesla still does not list the feature on the Design Studio. Since deliveries are expected to start in 2-5 weeks, we expect it to be updated soon. The heated steering wheel should also be coming to the Model 3 in the near future, as the same hints found in the source code by green referenced the electric sedan.”

 

Heated steering wheel now included on Tesla Model Y, including new Standard Range variant

 

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