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On today’s podcast:

  • PSA sold 120,000 electrified models in 2020
  • Renault 5 Electric Supermini
  • Renault doubles EV sales in Europe
  • Alpine and Lotus to jointly develop electric sportscar
  • Run On Less Shows How Far Electric Trucking Has Come In 2021
  • Tesla To Recall 158,000 Cars Because Touchscreen Failures
  • Tesla adds European dealerships

 

Show #963

 

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PSA SOLD 120,000 ELECTRIFIED MODELS IN 2020

” The PSA Group recorded around 120,000 new registrations for electrified models in 2020, one reason it met the European CO2 targets. At the same time, the French company’s total sales slumped 27.8% to 2.51 million cars in the crisis year compared to 2019.” reports electrive: “The French car group is planning a merger with Fiat Chrysler under the name Stellantis. Stallantis probably wants to fall back on three electric car platforms, as emerged in September from a report by the portal clubalfa.it. In addition to the already known eCMP and eVMP platforms, they will add a base developed by FCA for larger electric cars. Currently, the PSA Group offers 17 electrified models, with six more to be added this year.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2021/01/14/psa-sold-120000-evs-over-2020/

 

RENAULT 5 ELECTRIC SUPERMINI

“No fewer than seven fully electric vehicles will be launched by 2025, and one of them was previewed today in the shape of the reborn Renault 5. Also known as “Le Car” in the United States, the supermini is back after being discontinued in 1996.” says Motor1.com: “Renault labels the new 5 pictured here as a prototype rather than a concept, which means the production version likely won’t stray away from this retro-tastic design. That red stripe is likely a nod to the hot hatch version dubbed Renault 5 GT Turbo back in the day, which may hint its modern-day EV counterpart will spawn a performance derivative.  We’re also hearing there are plans to bring back the Renault 4 as well, but details are limited at this point.”

 

Auoblog said: “Viewed from the side, the concept’s silhouette echoes its predecessors with a short front overhang and a C-pillar slanted at about 45 degrees. Its relatively tall vertical rear lights are an unmistakable nod to the Super Cinq (the 5’s were smaller), while the emblem placed on the passenger side of the hatch creates another visual link between the two cars, though we didn’t expect to find it out back. It’s inspired by the face-lifted Super Cinq, which went on sale in 1987 with a new-look grille that placed the Renault logo next to the driver-side headlight.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/466116/renault-5-electric-supermini-preview/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-all-news

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/01/14/renault-5-prototype-electric-car-lecar-super-cinq/

 

RENAULT DOUBLES EV SALES IN EUROPE

“On the European electric market, the Renault brand doubled its sales and confirmed its leadership with 115,888 electric vehicles sold. ZOE is the best-selling electric car with 114% growth at 100,657 units.”

“In a fast-growing electric market, the Renault brand confirmed its leadership in the European electric market with 115,888 vehicles sold, an increase of 101.4% compared to 2019. ZOE is the best-selling electric car with 100,657 units, up 114%. In the electric utility segment, Kangoo Z.E. is the best-selling vehicle. The Renault Twingo Electric and Dacia Spring will enhance the Group’s electric vehicle offering in 2021.

In addition to its electric range (BEV), Renault has been offering an E-TECH hybrid and plug-in hybrid on its best-sellers (Clio, Captur & Megane estate) since the summer. The brand is thus establishing itself on the market for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles with more than 30,000 sales in Europe, representing 25% of order volumes for these vehicles. During the first half of 2021, the E-TECH range will be expanded with the arrival of the Renault Arkana E-TECH hybrid, Captur E-TECH hybrid and Megane sedan E-TECH plug-in hybrid.”

 

https://en.media.groupe.renault.com/news/worldwide-sales-results-2020-07de-989c5.html

 

ALPINE AND LOTUS TO JOINTLY DEVELOP ELECTRIC SPORTSCAR

The Alpine and Lotus teams will conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for the joint engineering, design and development of an EV sportscar by leveraging the resources, expertise and facilities of the respective entities in both France and the UK.

Alpine and Lotus will also explore the development of a joint services offer combining their engineering expertise. A collaboration to leverage Alpine’s motorsport platform covering Formula One to Formula E and Endurance is also under study.

 

RUN ON LESS SHOWS HOW FAR ELECTRIC TRUCKING HAS COME IN 2021

“RMI and NACFE are announcing the third in their bi-annual Run on Less trucking demonstration run series. This year’s Run on Less will focus on electric trucking, with 10 dedicated trucks and their drivers reporting real-time data to show the current state of electric trucking technology in the freight industry.” says CleanTechnica: “Electric (RoL-E) demonstration vehicles will include electric vans, medium-duty box trucks, and heavy-duty trucks moving freight in a variety of conditions and geographic areas. In order to increase electric truck adoption and deployment, RoL-E will help fleets, charging infrastructure companies, utility companies, and policymakers better understand the current benefits and challenges of hauling freight with electric trucks.”

 

Run On Less Shows How Far Electric Trucking Has Come In 2021

 

TESLA TO RECALL 158,000 CARS BECAUSE TOUCHSCREEN FAILURES

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X cars because of “media-control unit” — the touchscreen and associated tech— failures.” reports Jalopnik: “Tesla doesn’t do model years, but NHTSA still does, saying the cars involved are 2012-2018 Model S and 2016-2018 Model X. Over 12,000 Model Ss and Xs have had this failure happen (that we know of), as my colleague Jason Torchinsky reported in November. Also as Jason wrote then, this is a weirdly preventable issue, since Tesla knew that the flash memory would fail at some point, but miscalculated how long it would take in the life cycle of the car.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/the-feds-want-tesla-to-recall-158-000-cars-because-touc-1846054594

 

TESLA ADDS EUROPEAN DEALERSHIPS

“Tesla expanded the number of stores and service centers it operates in Europe by a third last year in preparation for selling the new Model Y compact crossover.” says Automotive News Europe: “Tesla opened 40 new outlets in Europe last year, for a total of 161 in the region, the company said. A majority offer both sales and service functions, it added. Tesla affirmed its promise to start production of the Model Y at its new factory in Berlin in July this year. Tesla was one of the few makers of electric cars to see European sales decline in the first 11 months of 2020, losing 18 percent to 69,495”

 

https://europe.autonews.com/retail/tesla-adds-european-dealerships-reversing-online-only-sales-strategy

 

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