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On today’s podcast:

  • Kia unveils the EV6, its first dedicated EV
  • Dacia Spring EV now available to order, priced from €12,403
  • Tesla Will Ask Regulators to Allow FSD Beta Release in Europe, Says Elon Musk
  • Tesla’s cost per kWh for cells from suppliers revealed
  • bp pulse invests £2 million to upgrade legacy charge points
  • Rivian CEO shares how roomy the back of the R1S will be
  • Hyundai announces New KONA Electric prices

 

Show #1017

 

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KIA UNVEILS THE EV6, ITS FIRST DEDICATED EV

“Kia has revealed the first official images of the EV6 – its first dedicated Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) built on the company’s new EV platform: the Electric-Global Modular Platform, or E-GMP. The EV6 is also the first of Kia’s next-generation BEVs to be developed under a new design philosophy that embodies Kia’s shifting focus towards electrification.” says Next Green Car: “Kia has not yet provided any technical data on the EV6 with the revealing of the name and the sketch of the design. However, the Ioniq 5 should provide some good clues here, since it is based on the same platform. This basis will give Kia the scope for batteries with 58 or 73 kWh, powertrains between 125 and 225 kW. The technical details of the electric Kia might differ slightly, but the Kia EV6 should also have the fast-charging capability of up to 220 kW and the impressive charging curve of the Ioniq 5.”

 

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/9106/kia-unveils-the-ev6-its-first-dedicated-ev/

 

DACIA SPRING EV NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER, PRICED FROM €12,403

Dacia is opening a new chapter in its history with the launch of all-new Spring, the brand’s first 100% electric car.

Dacia benefits from the unique know-how and experience acquired by the Renault Group and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, pioneers of electric mobility for over 10 years.

Priced at €12,403 after government incentives in France, Dacia Spring is the most affordable electric car in Europe, making electric mobility accessible to the greatest number of people.

Beneath its SUV look lies a city car with record-breaking roominess with 4 real seats, a simple and reliable electric engine and a range of 230 km (WLTP) and 305 km in the city (WLTP city).

The 33 kW (44 hp equivalent) all-electric power engine is coupled with a 27.4 kWh battery.

 

https://en.media.groupe.renault.com/news/the-all-new-dacia-spring-taking-the-electrical-revolution-for-a-spin-ace9-989c5.html

 

TESLA WILL ASK REGULATORS TO ALLOW FSD BETA RELEASE IN EUROPE, SAYS ELON MUSK

“After Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the wider release of the newest FSD Beta a few days ago, this topic has attracted even more attention from those who want to become a participant in the early testing program. In addition to requests from North America, Europeans also expressed a strong desire to become beta testers. Musk wrote that Tesla will ask regulators in order to make possible the proliferation of FSD Beta in Europe.” reports Tesmanian: “Also, in response to a request from a Tesla owner from Europe, Musk replied that the company would ask the regional regulators to authorize the use of FSD Beta there. If this approval is granted, it will become an additional stage in the development of FSD. The fact is that the layouts of cities in the United States and Europe are significantly different. Europe is characterized by compact cities with many narrow streets saturated with dense traffic.”

 

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/tesla-will-request-regulators-to-release-fsd-beta-in-europe-says-elon-musk

 

TESLA’S COST PER KWH FOR CELLS FROM SUPPLIERS REVEALED

“Tesla sources many of its battery cells from third-party suppliers, like Panasonic, LG Chem, and CATL. Because of the massive rate at which Tesla buys these cells, it is paying significantly less per kilowatt-hour compared to its competitors, according to a new report from Cairn Energy Research Advisors” says Teslarati: “According to Cairn’s research, Tesla pays an average of $142 per kWh for cells purchased from its three previously mentioned suppliers. Meanwhile, companies like GM are paying $169 per kWh, while the industry average runs around $186, according to the firm’s report. Furthermore, Tesla’s packs cost $187 per kWh on average, with GM’s costing $207 per kWh and the industry average being $246 per kWh.”

 

Tesla’s cost per kWh for cells from suppliers revealed, and it’s much lower than competitors

 

BP PULSE INVESTS £2 MILLION TO UPGRADE LEGACY CHARGE POINTS

“In the UK, bp pulse is pledging to improve the reliability of the UK’s older public charging infrastructure by working with local authorities to upgrade and replace charge points across the country.” reports Electrive: “The BP subsidiary – that was given the new name bp pulse incorporating bp Chargemaster and Polar in 2020 – has already agreed to invest over £400,000 in infrastructure for replacing more than 50 charge points. These are mostly owned by local authorities and originally installed over a decade ago with government grant funding under the Plugged in Places scheme. Beyond the upgrading of initial 50 charge points, discussions are already underway to make an additional £750,000 available for legacy charge point owners, which could see over 300 units upgraded. In total, bp pulse has made £2 million available for the endeavour.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2021/03/09/bp-pulse-invests-2-million-to-upgrade-legacy-charge-points/

 

RIVIAN CEO SHARES HOW ROOMY THE BACK OF THE R1S WILL BE

“Rivian’s CEO RJ Scaringe Tweeted a video of himself surrounded by R1S electric SUVs. In the video, he explains how the second and third-row seats fold down and shares perspective of how much room future drivers will actually have.” says Electrek: “In a recent Tweet, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe offers fans of the automaker a glimpse at a posse of R1S SUVs. The video features eight different R1S’ lined up in various colors. Scaringe speaks about how he has been driving the R1S the past couple weeks and has been loving it. He talks about loading up his kids and gear, and even posted along with the video, “Ready for camping!” This certainly fits the theme of outdoor, all-terrain situations the high-performance EV is geared specifically toward. Scaringe admits many people have been curious about how the second and third rows fold flat in the R1S, so he decided to share a demonstration. With the tailgate down, the seats lay seamlessly flat from the second-row headrests, out the EV’s rear.”

 

Rivian CEO shares how roomy the back of the R1S will be

 

HYUNDAI ANNOUNCES NEW KONA ELECTRIC PRICES

“”The refreshed Hyundai Kona Electric is now on sale, with prices inclusive of the £3,000 government plug-in car grant starting from £30,125. The all-electric SUV has been given a visual refresh, with more technology introduced across the range too” says CarWow: “Opt for a range-topping Ultimate spec, and that rises to £40,375. All cars get a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display and equally-sized infotainment system as standard, along with rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Adaptive cruise control and keyless entr.y. Upgrade to the 64kWh and that’s paired to a 150kw, 204hp motor. That boosts range up to 300 miles as well. Both versions are said to be capable of being charged from 10-80% in 47 minutes.”

 

https://www.carwow.co.uk/news/5151/2021-hyundai-kona-electric-prices-revealed

 

 

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