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On today’s podcast:

  • Electric Hummer SUV Launch Edition is $110,000
  • BMW iX M60 Reportedly Packing 560 Electric Horses
  • Watch the Nissan Ariya Do Last-Minute Winter Testing
  • Swedish Structural Electric Car Battery
  • Question Of The Week Answers

 

 

Show #1042

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 4th April. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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ELECTRIC HUMMER SUV LAUNCH EDITION IS $110,000

“Hummer has unveiled the SUV version of its electric pickup truck, which comes with up to 300 miles of range and will sell for a suggested retail price of up to $110,595 for its first edition. Reservations for that model are already full, according to GM’s website.” say The Verge: ” GM, which is producing the electric Hummers under its GMC brand, said the SUV will go into production starting early 2023, with less pricey variants starting at $90,000 in the spring of 2023 and a low-end $80,000 variant with a 250-mile range in the spring of 2024. Previously, the company said that its electric pickup truck will start assembly at the end of 2021, starting with the most expensive trim level.”

 

The fully enclosed Hummer EV measures 20 inches shorter than the pickup. Despite this, it can still comfortably sit five adults and you can fold down the rear seats to open up 82 cubic feet of cargo space, with additional room under the load floor.” says RobbReport.com: “The massive cargo space is accessible via a power swing-out tailgate with a full-size, rear-mounted spare tire. The cabin also features the truck’s easy-to-remove Infinity Roof sky panels, which can be stored in the EV’s frunk when you feel like transforming the SUV into a convertible 4×4. News that the Hummer SUV is less powerful than the pickup will be disappointing to some, but there is a tradeoff. Because of the shorter wheelbase, the new model also has a shorter turn radius than the truck.”

 

 

“GMC unveiled the SUV in a commercial Saturday during the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournament. The ad, narrated by NBA star LeBron James, highlights signature Hummer features, such as Extract Mode and CrabWalk, GMC said.” according  to Automotive News: “GMC has not confirmed volume targets or where the Hummer SUV will be assembled but AFS says GM will build the SUV at Factory Zero in Detroit, alongside the pickup. GM plans to build 23,000 GMC Hummer SUVs per year once production is ramped up, AFS said. The Edition 1 model will start at $105,595, $7,000 less than Edition 1 of the Hummer pickup, including destination fees. Customers can add an off-road package, which comes standard on the Edition 1 of the Hummer pickup, for $5,000.”

 

GM has yet to detail precise battery specifications but has confirmed that the SUV will store its power in a 20-cell, double-stacked battery pack capable of 800V charging at rates of up to 300kW and offering a range of more than 300 miles, depending on specification. Equipped with the optional Power Station function, the car can also be used to power external devices – and even other EVs – at up to 6kW.  GM estimates a maximum output of 819bhp, which is 167bhp less than the top-rung version of the pick-up but nonetheless enough to take the SUV from 0-60mph in 3.5sec. A claimed torque figure of 11,500lb ft is several times more than produced by even today’s most powerful production cars, but the real-life figure is likely to be closer to 1000lb ft when factoring in the multiplying effect of the gear ratios.” explains Autocar.

 

CNET explained it well last year: “GMC’s massive number appears to correspond to wheel torque, which is traditional motor torque multiplied through the transmission’s drive ratio. Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained has a great video that spells out the difference, a piece he published following Tesla’s claim that the Roadster 2.0 will produce more than 7,000 lb-ft of torque. Fenske used a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon as an example. That model produces 972 Newton-meters of engine torque (770 lb-ft). However, multiplied through its gear ratios, you get 14,000 Nm of wheel torque (10,325 lb-ft) in first gear. Most EVs have a final drive reduction ratio of about 8:1”

 

https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/3/22362072/hummer-suv-electric-price-specs-release-date

 

https://www.autonews.com/cars-concepts/gmc-launch-electric-hummer-suv-2023

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/2023-hummer-ev-819bhp-4×4-maximum-road-ability

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/gmc-hummer-ev-torque-rating-misleading/

 

https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/gmc-hummer-ev-suv-edition-1-2023-1234605409/

 

BMW IX M60 REPORTEDLY PACKING 560 ELECTRIC HORSES

“The BMW iX electric crossover will reportedly get an M variant in late 2022 or 2023. It’ll reportedly pack 560 horsepower (418 kilowatts), according to a new rumor from BMW Blog. The performance EV will allegedly go by the name iX M60. In addition to the extra horsepower, it will have upgrades like suspension tweaks. The styling will also be more aggressive to accentuate the extra performance visually.” according to Motor1.com: “BMW will start taking orders for the iX xDrive50 in the US in June and deliveries will start in early 2022. Prices will start around $85,000. The electric crossover will have two electric motors producing a total of over 500 hp (375 kW). This will be enough for the model to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in under 5.0 seconds. The 100-kilowatt-hour battery will allow for an estimated range over 300 miles (483 kilometers) in the EPA test.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/498501/bmw-ix-m60-power-rumor/

 

WATCH THE NISSAN ARIYA DO LAST-MINUTE WINTER TESTING

“Development of the 2022 Nissan Ariya is wrapping up, with the automaker subjecting the electric crossover to some final cold weather testing in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island, while the wintery weather lasts. The Ariya is production-ready at the moment, so Nissan isn’t really changing anything substantial at this point as it readies the model to take on competitors like the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Tesla Model Y, as well as the recently revealed Kia EV6.” says Autoweeks.com: “The Ariya will go on sale in the second half of 2021 with a choice of two battery sizes—63 kWh and 87 kWh—and a price around $40,000, according to Nissan, prior to any incentives. The larger battery should give it a range of around 300 miles,”

 

https://www.autoweek.com/news/green-cars/a36014367/watch-nissan-ariya-winter-testing/

 

SWEDISH STRUCTURAL ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY

“Efforts to reduce battery weight by building batteries that are also part of the car’s structure are a promising concept, and a team of Swedish researchers seem to have made a big advance here, developing a structural battery system that uses a carbon-fiber anode.” reports Jalopnik: “Tesla has been developing structural battery packs as well, but the method they’re using still requires individual, cylindrical battery cells, held in place by a matrix that’s also providing structural support as part of the car’s frame. Essentially, Tesla’s method is just embedding cylindrical battery cells in housings that are also part of the car’s frame. This is a good approach, but the Swedish team from Chalmers University of Technology  led by professor Leif Asptakes this concept a step further, making every component of the battery itself out of structural materials. Pretty much every part of this battery is capable of supporting structural loads, and not some lazy, freeloading cylindrical cell just snoozing away in some structural matrix that’s doing all the work.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/swedish-researchers-have-developed-a-new-kind-of-struct-1846608660

 

“It contains carbon fiber that serves simultaneously as an electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material. Their latest research breakthrough paves the way for essentially ‘massless’ energy storage in vehicles and other technology.” says SciTechDaily.com: “This is termed ‘massless’ energy storage, because in essence the battery’s weight vanishes when it becomes part of the load-bearing structure. Calculations show that this type of multifunctional battery could greatly reduce the weight of an electric vehicle.”

 

Big Breakthrough for “Massless” Energy Storage: Structural Battery That Performs 10x Better Than All Previous Versions

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS

 

RAJEEV NARAYAN

I agree with you that a subsidy off the price of an EV may not be the best incentive. Often the manufacturer increases the price to take some of the incentive. My Chevy Bolt now is now suddenly much cheaper now that it is no longer eligible for the tax credit. Post purchase incentives may be better, such as perhaps a certain amount of free charging or free access to charging infrastructure, or even discounted or no yearly registration fees.

 

James Redman

I think people need some persuasion to try an EV so I would incentivise free EV loaners for 24-72 hours, insurance covered etc, and let people try any EV for free.

 

Marina In New York

Company vehicles cover far more miles than a personal vehicle so I think fleets and working vans should get more incentives. It might not be popular with private buyers but it will get more miles driven electrically than anything else.

 

Tony In His BoltEV

It’s no so mich an incentive FOR EVs, but more countries should do like Norway and add a surcharge or taxes to the cost of petrol and diesel vehicles to make them more expensive. This doesn’t stop anyone buying a petrol car if they really want to, but it does let people choose an EV to save money.

 

Silvia Hodgson

The best kind of EV incentive is one which constantly reminds you of the benefits rather than a single incentive at purchase. So ongoing things like tax breaks, lower fueling costs, lower rates of company car tax are all good reminders about the choice you made to buy an EV.

 

Veronica In London

Why don’t more countries lift the Value Added Tax, or VAT, on EVs? We have seen this in the UK following Covid where the hospitality sector had the VAT rate reduced to 5% from 20% in order to stimulate the sector. After all, VAT is an optional tax applied to most things or services we buy. It’s the third biggest revenue generator for the government after taxes on wages earned, and the National Insurance we pay on our wages.

 

Joey Bono, Ωhm EV Solutions

Point of Sale rebate, in US $7500 off the MSRP ‘sticker price’ at time of purchase or finance. I’m on the EV customer journey now and quite interested in the VW ID.4

 

 

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