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On today’s podcast:

  • GM pledges to stop selling combustion-powered cars by 2035
  • Ford to start building electric Mustangs in China
  • Hyundai Q4 profit jumps as SUVs and EVs to fuel China, U.S. sales
  • New Genesis EV Model Names Revealed
  • Tesla Production Sites By Model Assignment, Capacity: January 2021
  • Rapid Chargers at Premiere Inns
  • Question of the Week Answers
  • New Question Of The Week

 

Show #979

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 31st January. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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GM PLEDGES TO STOP SELLING COMBUSTION-POWERED CARS BY 2035

“It’s one thing for the state of California to announce that it will no longer allow the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. It’s quite another when an automaker announces essentially the same thing. Today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra unveiled the automaker’s proposal to make GM a net-zero-carbon company. That means phasing out of light-duty vehicles that run on gasoline and diesel by 2035.” reports CAr & Driver: “The plan is to stop the production of gas-powered light-duty vehicles by 2035 and transition completely to electric vehicles to eliminate tailpipe emissions. It’ll be a transition that will take 14 years and, as time progresses, many of your favorite GM vehicles will switch from gasoline to electricity—yes, even the Corvette (or whatever GM decides to call it in the future”

 

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a35352321/gm-eliminate-gas-vehicles-2035/

 

“This is part of a larger goal to be carbon neutral globally by 2040 for both vehicles and operations.” says Motor1 on Yahoo: “GM says that vehicles currently account for 75 percent of the automaker’s carbon emissions. By 2025, the company intends EVs to comprise 40 percent of its models in the United States, and there would be 30 electric products available globally. It’s worth noting that GM repeatedly uses the term “light-duty vehicles” in this announcement. This leaves things open for heavy-duty models like the Silverado 2500 and 3500 trucks to remain combustion-powered after 2035.”

 

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/gm-pledges-stop-selling-combustion-150000347.html

 

“G.M. has had a love-hate relationship with electric cars going back decades, but under Ms. Barra, who took over in 2014, it has inched its way toward a full embrace of the technology.” writes the New York Times: “When Mr. Trump was president, Ms. Barra told him that the Obama-era rules were too hard on manufacturers, requiring them to sell passenger vehicles that averaged 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Mr. Trump relaxed the standards to roughly 40 miles per gallon, which would require no new technology — and would have allowed the emission of nearly a billion more tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide. On his first day in office, Mr. Biden signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately begin developing tough new tailpipe pollution regulations”

 

 

And according to TechCrunch: “GM’s also getting into the charging business too. The company said it would work with “governments, partners, and suppliers around the world to build out the necessary charging infrastructure and encourage the use of renewable energy in electric vehicle charging.””

 

GM pledges to be carbon neutral by 2040 with zero tailpipe emission vehicles by 2035

 

Mary Barra said: “with these actions, General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world. We believe that with our scale and reach we can encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole. While electric vehicles do not produce tailpipe emissions, it is critical that the impact associated with production and charging is incorporated in our plans. By working with utility companies to provide access to more renewable energy sources, GM hopes to address the entire production cycle of future EVs, with benefits that will extend far beyond our own vehicles and operations”

 

Fortune featured her as an underrated CEO: “Last spring, GM was making PPE for health care workers; by fall, it was posting healthy profits.”

 

User Ben Serrurier tweet: “I appreciate all the enthusiasm around the GM’s announcement of EV “aspirations” but like two months ago they were suing to stop California’s clean car standards so maybe some caution is advised here? If GM thought on Nov 22, 2020 that CA shouldn’t allowed to increase the number EVs through clean car rules, but now they think they need to go all EV by  2035…that’s a pretty dramatic change in corporate strategy in ~70 days?”

 

@benserrurier

 

 

FORD TO START BUILDING ELECTRIC MUSTANGS IN CHINA

“Ford is to start building its iconic Mustang cars in China for the first time. The US carmaker said its Mustang Mach-E will start being produced there later this year as it looks to tap into China’s electric vehicle (EV) market” says BBC News: “Ford is also hoping to capitalise on China’s economic recovery and the Chinese government’s push for more electric cars on its roads. The new electric-powered Mustang is a sports utility vehicle (SUV), seen as a chance to reverse years of sluggish sales in China and connect with customers by producing them locally. Mustang sports cars have so far only been available in China as costly imports. Ford launched its first made-in-China Lincoln vehicles in March last year, but the brand remains a minor player in the Chinese market compared with its premium rivals.”

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55838413

 

HYUNDAI Q4 PROFIT JUMPS AS SUVS AND EVS TO FUEL CHINA, U.S. SALES

” Hyundai said on Tuesday it expects sales in United States and China to surge this year, driven by the launch of new electric cars and sports utility vehicles, after reporting its best quarterly profit in over three years.” according to Autoblog: “The promising outlook is a testament to Hyundai’s big electric vehicle push. The company, which together with affiliate Kia is among the world’s top 10 automakers, is soon expected to introduce an EV-only platform that will use its own battery technology to cut time and costs. Hyundai, however, did not provide on its earnings call any update on recently reported talks between it and Apple about an electric car and battery tie-up. On sales, the automaker said it expects a 12% jump in its biggest market, North America, in 2021. Hyundai said it expects sales to jump 28% in China, the world’s top car market where it also plans to release the electric version of its Mistra sedan this year.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2021/01/26/hyundai-quarterly-profit/

 

NEW GENESIS EV MODEL NAMES REVEALED

“Turns out Hyundai’s luxury division Genesis is also planning an EV onslaught. We recently caught Genesis testing a new electric crossover that will rival the Tesla Model Y, and now trademark filings have possibly confirmed the names of the automaker’s new battery-electric models.” reports CArBuzz: “As discovered by GV Forums, Hyundai has filed trademarks for the following model names in Korea: “G70e”, “G80e”, “G90e”, “GV70e”, “GV80e” and “GV90e,” suggesting that Genesis intends to electrify its entire current lineup. Another revelation is the GV90e name filing since Genesis currently doesn’t build a GV90 SUV.”

 

https://carbuzz.com/news/leaked-new-genesis-ev-model-names-revealed

 

TESLA PRODUCTION SITES BY MODEL ASSIGNMENT, CAPACITY: JANUARY 2021

Tesla Factory in Fremont, California – up to 600,000/year

Tesla Giga Shanghai (Gigafactory 3) in China – up to 450,000/year. The Model 3 production already was at more than 5,000 a week

Tesla Giga Berlin (Gigafactory 4) in Germany.  An important part in Tesla’s Q4 report is that Model Y produced in Berlin and Austin will get Tesla’s in-house cells and structural batteries.

Tesla Giga Texas (Gigafactory 5) in the U.S. – . It’s scheduled to produce Model Y and Cybertruck, but the Semi seems to be unassigned still.

 

ELECTRIC CARS ARE TAKING OVER NORWAY

“The market share of battery-powered cars in Norway reached 54,30% in 2020. With a 42% share in 2019, electric cars have officially crossed the 50% threshold for a whole year. Norway is the #1 country in the world in terms of electric car sales. The Audi e-tron (an electric passenger vehicle) was the most sold car in Norway in 2020. This is the third year electric cars were the best-selling; the Tesla Model 3 was first in 2019 and the Nissan LEAF in 2018.” says Norway Today: “Unni Berge, Head of Communication and PR of the Norwegian Electric Car Association said; “The Norwegian success story is first and foremost due to a substantial package of incentives developed to promote zero-emission vehicles into the market. In Norway, we have high taxes for high emission cars and no purchase taxes zero-emission cars. But the biggest challenge is to build enough fast chargers fast enough”

 

https://norwaytoday.info/news/electric-cars-are-taking-over-norway-the-biggest-challenge-is-to-build-enough-fast-chargers-fast-enough/

 

RAPID CHARGERS AT PREMIERE INNS

“ENGIE will deliver 1,000 50kW rapid chargers to Premier Inn hotels around the UK. This will be the biggest roll-out of high-power EV chargers in the hospitality sector. ” says Green Car Reports: “Whitbread – owner of the Premier Inn hotels, as well as Beefeater and Brewers’ Fayre restaurants – has appointed ENGIE to install these GeniePoint chargers. Currently, there are 600 committed across 300 hotels over the next three years. Access to these charging points will be for guests, as well as the public through the GeniePoint Network.”

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/9077/youll-soon-be-able-to-charge-your-car-at-premier-inn-hotels/

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

 

ADRIAN BOND

What is the minimum?  I’m sure many will agree that pre-cool/heat is a must, and the timer setting for it.  State of charge and start/stop charging has proven to be a useful function as well.

 

What would be nice?  Smart device connection.  Such as you can do for bulbs, plugs, the central-heating (Hive) and the TV.  Imagine: “Alexa, heat the car”, “Google, what’s the car’s state of charge?”, and it would allow the car to connect to a cost of electricity tracker app, such as for an agile tariff.

 

 

MARK FROM MAINE

At the bare minimum, I want my iPhone and Apple Watch BE they key as it were. I don’t want to be carrying around keys, and I would want the car to lock unlock based on my proximity to the car, rather than having to open the app to get in to. My secondary priorities would be charging controls, current charge status, and preconditioning.

 

IAIN SEAR

Must haves…

Route Planning/Scheduling

Location Tracker

Battery State/Warming

Climate Control/Defrost

View all security cameras

Charging Scheduling

Charging shaping e.g. Max draw, Max charge

Lock/Unlock (Not just bluetooth)

 

Nice to have…

Intercom to driver

Service Schedules

Manual

Repair/Dealer/Service booking

Battery control V2G

 

Dream…

Remote control

Report stolen to authorities

 

 

DANIEL FROM PORTSMOUTH

I think a minimum these days is having any app work with my smart watch and voice devices.

 

ZEROGAS

Basic level should be hearting and cooling, plug charge control. But ideally there’s no reason not to have my ipad be a complete screen mirror of my tesla dashboard.

 

 

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