On today’s podcast:

  • Ford Spokesperson Dismisses Tesla Autonomy As ‘Vaporware’
  • Tesla V11 software leaks online
  • Volkswagen use of cobalt now more than Tesla
  • Carmakers and Battery Producers Clash
  • SEAT to launch entry-level £17k electric car in 2025
  • Hyundai Motor rolls out 5-minute EV charging station stops
  • Nissan now selling new Leaf 40’s for 20.8K EUR in Italy
  • Foxconn / Vinfast about EV partnership
  • Tidal-powered electric vehicles
  • D. Power Ranks Kia Niro EV as No. 1 in Mass-Market Study

 

 

Show #1030

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 23rd March. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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FORD SPOKESPERSON DISMISSES TESLA AUTONOMY AS ‘VAPORWARE’

“A corporate communications officer for Ford engaged in a rare bit of Twitter trash talking about a competitor — in this case, Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. — referring to Tesla’s Model Y as “vaporware.”” says Yahoo! Finance today: “The put-down was sparked by a tweet from Tesla investor Ross Gerber, who also is the CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. In a tweet Sunday morning, EST, Gerber expressed his unhappiness with Ford’s Mustang Mach E-electric vehicle to Mike Levine, Ford’s North America communications manager. “Dear Ford,” Gerber tweeted. “It serves no value to try to compare the Mach e to a tesla. It is not and it’s not close. Also. It will serve you to not have your dealers ripping off EV customers with BS $5000 fees. You should return the money to the customers you ripped off. ” Levine responded to Gerber within an hour with this tweet: “Why would Ford have to compare? Don’t listen to me. Listen to the media. And return those $10K full-self driving deposits. Mach-E customers drive away with a car. Tesla customers drive off with vaporware.””

 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ford-spokesperson-dismisses-tesla-model-210303531.html

 

TESLA V11 SOFTWARE LEAKS ONLINE

“Version 11 of Tesla’s software has been a long time coming and tonight, we got our first look at a major revision of the interface. One of the big new features from the S and X is that new Yoke wheel which has no stalks, which means drive selection is being handled digitally. The setting screen shows an option to enable or disable ‘Smart Shift’, so for those users who want absolute control, its great to see this is an option.” according to Techau: “We can see a new area on the left of the display (LHD markets) which has a vehicle icon, then dots above and below it, indicating a drag up or down will let you manually select the direction of the vehicle, in the event the AI-power gear selection chooses the wrong direction. In one of the shots, we see a light pane over the left of the display which provides quick access to vehicle controls. These include lock, Frunk, Trunk, Charge port, Lights, Fold mirrors, Glovebox, and Neutral (current gear selection) at the top. In the middle we see Window lock, Child lock, a brightness slider, View clips (Dashcam), Camera (reverse). This section is completed with a new front image of the car, with the word Controls written under it, along with Mirrors and Steering wheel adjustment buttons.”

 

Tesla V11 software leaks online, huge UI refresh, Drag Strip Mode and Smart Shift [Updated with video]

 

VOLKSWAGEN USE OF COBALT NOW MORE THAN TESLA

“In 2020, a total of 18,750 tonnes of cobalt were consumed in the batteries of newly-sold passenger EVs globally, an increase of 29% year-over-year, a new report by Adamas Intelligence reveals. According to the market analyst, the increase in cobalt use was the result of a surge in passenger BEV and PHEV sales in the second half of the year, particularly in China and Europe.” says mining.com: “Volkswagen Group led the pack with nearly 3,000 tonnes of the blue metal deployed in the batteries of new VW, Audi, Porsche, and SEAT electric vehicles, as well as those manufactured with joint venture partners in China. The German carmaker was followed by Tesla with more than 2,000 tonnes of cobalt deployed”

 

Then it was Hyundai Kia in 3rd and Daimler in 4th.

 

https://www.mining.com/top-five-ev-makers-responsible-for-50-of-cobalt-deployed-in-2020/

 

CARMAKERS AND BATTERY PRODUCERS CLASH

“The Korean battery industry is feeling a sense of crisis as automobile manufacturers are planning to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) on their own. As battery companies’ influence increases due to a shortage in battery supply, automakers have begun to move to take control of the market, analysts say.” reports Business Korea: “Volkswagen announced on March 15 that it will make unified batteries instead of pouch-type batteries and put them into 80 percent of all electric vehicles it will produce by 2030. Tesla also announced in 2020 that it would produce batteries on its own within three to four years. This means that both of the world’s top two EV makers are planning to produce batteries on their own. Hyundai Motor is also considering producing batteries on its own. As automakers are starting to move towards internal battery production, they are expected to take back leadership in the EV industry from battery producers gradually. However, some experts say that battery markers still have roles to play ”

 

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=62902

 

SEAT TO LAUNCH ENTRY-LEVEL £17K ELECTRIC CAR IN 2025

“SEAT is to introduce an urban electric vehicle to market in 2025, priced from around £17,000-£21,000 and intended to make e-mobility accessible. Announced at the company’s Annual Press Conference, the new Arona-sized model will debut either under the SEAT or the Cupra brand and will be rolled out across the group.” reports Fleetworld: “SEAT added that the production of urban electric vehicles in Spain from 2025 is a key pillar of its new Future Fast Forward strategy, with an ambition to produce more than 500,000 urban electric cars per year in Martorell from this date, including for the wider Volkswagen Group. The project also envisages creating an electric vehicle ecosystem, stimulating demand and developing public charging infrastructure.”

 

SEAT to launch entry-level £17k electric car in 2025

 

HYUNDAI MOTOR ROLLS OUT 5-MINUTE EV CHARGING STATION STOPS

“Hyundai Motor Group on Tuesday has unveiled superfast charging platform brand E-pit for electric vehicles, which will enable an 800-volt EV to drive up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) on just a 5-minute charge.” says Pulse News “Hyundai Motor said it designed the E-pit platform inspired by Formula 1 race circuit’s pit stop, where a F1 car stops in the pit stalls during a race for a quick maintenance, mechanical repairs, adjustments, etc. Starting with establishment of 20 locations with 120 superfast units, the group aims to offer charging and other related services easier and faster to customers with the integrated platform. The E-pit station will feature the plug and charge technology that enables more user-convenient and secure way of charging EVs. ”

 

https://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?sc=30800021&year=2021&no=275301

 

NISSAN NOW SELLING NEW LEAF 40’S FOR 20.8K EUR IN ITALY

“So I saw an ad and followed it to find more information. This is insanely competitive. 480kWh of free charging on the Enel X network. Also, the E+ 62kWh for 26.2K EUR”

 

Eco incentive up to 14,500 Euro.

 

That’s a 35,000 list price car.

 

https://www.speakev.com/threads/nissan-now-selling-new-leaf-40s-for-20-8k-eur-in-italy-after-incentives.157741/

 

https://www.nissan.it/veicoli/veicoli-nuovi/leaf/offerte/offerta-leaf-ecobonus-rottamazione.html

 

 

FOXCONN / VINFAST ABOUT EV PARTNERSHIP

“Shares of Taiwan’s Foxconn rose as much as 3.6% on Monday after Vietnam conglomerate Vingroup said its car unit was in early stage talks with Foxconn about working together on developing batteries and electric car parts.” according to Reuters: “Foxconn has proposed acquiring EV production lines owned by the unit VinFast, Reuters exclusively reported on Friday. Vingroup later said it had received proposals from Foxconn and the partnership will focus on developing the batteries and electric car parts.”

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-foxconn-stocks/foxconn-shares-rise-over-3-after-news-of-talks-with-vinfast-about-ev-partnership-idUSKBN2BE08K

 

TIDAL-POWERED ELECTRIC VEHICLES

“Tidal power is now being used to fuel electric cars in Shetland, in what is said to be a UK first. Nova Innovation said it has launched the UK’s only electric vehicle charging point which provides energy through tidal power. The facility is located on the shores of Bluemull Sound, at Cullivoe harbour on the island of Yell in Shetland.” says Tivyside Advertiser: “The island’s vehicles can now be powered purely by the tide. Simon Forrest, chief executive of Nova Innovation, said: “Our technology generates electricity from the immense power of the seas, and it is changing the way we power our lives – from how we make a cup of tea to how we travel.”

 

https://www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/national/19177903.tidal-powered-electric-vehicle-charge-point-launched-shetland/

 

J.D. POWER RANKS KIA NIRO EV AS NO. 1 IN MASS-MARKET STUDY

“New for this year, J.D. Power conducted the inaugural 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study, with the Kia Niro EV ranked at the top of the list.” says The News Wheel: “The EVX Ownership Study assessed almost 10,000 actual PHEV and BEV owners and their responses to categories like cost of ownership, battery range, availability of public charging stations, ease of charging at home, vehicle reliability and quality, driving enjoyment, and the likelihood of repurchasing and recommending an EV. Their satisfaction was measured on a 1,000-point scale in both premium and mass-market segments for 2015-2021 models.”

 

https://thenewswheel.com/kia-niro-ev-best-in-jd-power-evx-study/

 

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