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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 17th July. It’s  Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.

 

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RIVIAN DELAYS FIRST ELECTRIC PICKUP DELIVERIES TO SEPTEMBER

 

– Rivian has delayed the first deliveries of its long-awaited electric pickup truck again, this time until September. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe broke the news to buyers in an email sent Friday morning.

 

– The Amazon and Ford-backed EV startup originally planned to start delivering its electric pickup, the R1T, and its SUV, the R1S, in 2020. But it scuttled those plans at the beginning of the pandemic and said at the time that it would start deliveries in 2021 instead. Rivian eventually settled on starting deliveries of the R1T in June of this year, only to push that back to July, and now to September.

 

– Scaringe also copped to poor communication with reservation holders.

 

– Rivian was founded in 2009 but kept an extremely low profile until 2018 when it debuted the R1T and R1S at the LA Auto Show. Since then, it has raised an incredible amount of cash — more than $8 billion — from Amazon, Ford, and other institutional investors.

 

Original Source : https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/16/22580293/rivian-delay-september-deliveries-electric-pickup-r1t-amazon

 

RIVIAN CEO RJ SCARINGE TELLS CUSTOMERS R1T TRUCK DELIVERIES DELAYED UNTIL SEPTEMBER

 

– “We know you can’t wait to get behind the wheel of your vehicle. Earlier this summer, we announced that deliveries would begin in July; however, the timing for the first deliveries of the R1T has shifted to September, with the R1S shortly thereafter in the fall. I wanted to be sure you heard this from me directly,”

 

– “The cascading impacts of the pandemic have had a compounding effect greater than anyone anticipated. Everything from facility construction, to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply (especially semiconductors) has been impacted by the pandemic.

 

“Beyond these unforeseen challenges, launching three new vehicles while setting up a multi-vehicle manufacturing plant is a complex orchestra of coordinated and interlinked activities where small issues can translate into ramp delays.”

 

– “We have now built hundreds of vehicles as part of our validation process, with many of those spotted out in the wild covered in unique vinyl wraps. I have been asked why we aren’t delivering those vehicles or why we continue to test rather than deliver.

 

“We believe it is critical to both our long-term success and your ultimate satisfaction that the quality and robustness of our launch products truly sets the tone for what to expect from us as a brand,”

 

Original Source : https://www.autonews.com/manufacturing/rivian-ceo-tells-customers-first-deliveries-delayed-until-september

 

OLDER TESLA MODEL S CARS ABOUT TO LOSE 3G CONNECTIVITY

 

– Tesla Model S owners with pre-June 2015 builds of the company’s flagship sedan are set to lose some connectivity features in their vehicle as AT&T is gearing up to shut down its inferior 3G network.

 

– Due to the recent phase-out of older cellular networks like 3G, Tesla Model S vehicles built before June 2015 are still operating with the old MCU chip that cannot connect to LTE networks. AT&T’s decision to shut down the 3G network it has operated since 2004 in February 2022.

 

– vehicles without the MCU2 upgrade will lose certain connectivity features when the 3G network is shut down. The only way these features will continue to operate without the MCU2 upgrade is if the vehicle is connected to Wi-Fi.

 

– Infotainment Upgrades for owners who drive pre-April 2018 versions of the Model S or Model X are eligible to purchase the MCU2 upgrade as well, but it’s available for $2,000 plus tax unless Autopilot Computer 2.0 or 2.5 is installed. For these vehicles, the upgrade is only $1,500.

 

– the MCU2 upgrade is utilized to gain better performance with smoother instrument cluster commands, access to streaming music and the Tesla Arcade, the added ability to watch YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu, new Driver Assistance features like Driving Visualization, DashCam, and Cellular and WiFi connectivity.

 

Original Source : https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-3g-att-connectivity-features

 

HONDA OPEN TO NEW ALLIANCES TO BRING DOWN EV COSTS

 

– -Honda Motor Co’s new chief executive said on Friday the Japanese automaker was willing to form new alliances to make electrification profitable.

 

– “If through an alliance Honda can accomplish early what it should aim to be, then we’d be willing to form an alliance,” Toshihiro Mibe, who took the top job in April, told a press briefing, when asked how he envisions global alliances on electrification.

 

– Mibe’s comments reflect the pressure on the global auto industry to share technology and costs to meet demands for cleaner vehicles. He has assumed the top role at Japan’s second-largest automaker at a time of a growing shift in automobile technology to electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous driving.

 

– Honda could differentiate itself in the electrification race with next generation batteries for EVs, Mibe said.

 

Original Source : https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2021-07-16/honda-ceo-says-willing-to-form-alliance-to-make-electrification-profitable

 

FOXCONN INVESTS IN LI-METAL BATTERY MAKER SES

 

– Foxconn (Hon Hai) has disclosed it will invest in Singapore-based SES, a maker of Li-metal batteries, a move in line with its ambitious deployments in the electric vehicle (EV) sector.

 

– the move comes closely on the heels of its plan to invest NT$1 billion (US$35.56 million) in Giga Solar, which will the fund from Foxconn to expand its production for battery anode materials.

 

– SES’s shareholders include SK Inc, General Motors (GM), Hyundai, KIA,

 

– SES makes the most competent battery packs with 400Wh/kg high energy density that are more likely to go in mass production than QuantumScape’s batteries.

 

– Hyundai reportedly has invested US$100 million in SES. GM earlier also announced it will install production lines with SES and the investment is estimated at over US$100 million.

 

Original Source : https://www.digitimes.com/news/a20210715PD202.html

 

FORD, VW OFFER TEST DRIVES OF NEW EVS TO DRIVE SALES OF MACH-E AND ID.4

 

– It’s not a typical Chicago Auto Show. It’s about half the size and time of a traditional show, but automakers such as Ford Motor, Volkswagen and others are trying to make the most of it. That includes showcasing new electric vehicles. Aside from displaying vehicles inside the McCormick Place Convention Center, automakers are offering test drives and rides in new electric vehicles. Auto executives believe such experiential marketing efforts are one of the key first steps to increasing EV adoption.

 

– getting consumers into the Mach-E and allowing them to see new EVs such as the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup, which is expected to go on sale next year, is critical for people to understand that EVs are real and not science projects.

 

Original Source : https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/16/ford-vw-get-butts-in-seats-at-the-chicago-auto-show-to-flaunt-evs.html

 

BYD DOLPHIN WILL BE A $15,500 800V EV WITH UP TO 400 KM OF RANGE

 

– The BYD Dolphin reminds us very much of the early Honda Fit (or Jazz, depending on where you live). That already suggested it would be a relatively affordable vehicle, but we did not expect it to cost less than RMB100,00 – the equivalent of $15,500 at the current exchange rate.

 

– Dolphin will have two derivatives. The SR (Standard Range) will be able to run 301 km under the NEDC cycle testing. It presents a 30.72 kWh battery pack

 

– BYD also developed the LR (Long Range) version with a 44.93 kWh battery pack. With the extra LFP cells in its Blade Battery pack, it could run up to 405 km – also according to the NEDC cycle.

 

– If the BYD Dolphin can really recover 150 km (93.2 miles) of range in only 5 minutes and there are enough fast chargers able to deliver that, a bigger battery pack might not be needed.

 

Original Source : https://www.autoevolution.com/news/byd-dolphin-will-be-a-15500-800v-ev-with-up-to-400-km-of-range-165432.html

 

GM EXPANDS ELECTRIC-VEHICLE CHARGING INITIATIVE TO FLEET CUSTOMERS

 

– General Motors Co. on Thursday announced the expansion of its Ultium Charge 360 electric-vehicle charging initiative to commercial fleets, a move the Detroit automaker said is aimed at accelerating EV adoption among business customers.

 

– Ultium Charge 360 now will be available to fleet customers, giving them access to a network of preferred charging providers from which they can select.

 

– Many experts see commercial customers as strong candidates for early adoption of electrification, given the potential cost savings on everything from fuel to maintenance that EVs promise. And automakers see commercial customers as key sources of new revenue streams from products and services tied to electrification and digitally-connected vehicles.

 

– Ultium Charge 360 for fleet customers also will support home charging for employees who take their work vehicles home and provide drivers with access to more than 60,000 public charging places, GM said.

 

Original Source : https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2021/07/15/gm-expands-electric-vehicle-charging-initiative-fleet-customers/7978367002

 

PORSCHE IS ON PACE TO DOUBLE TAYCAN SALES TO 40,000 ELECTRIC CARS THIS YEAR

 

– Porsche is on pace to double Taycan sales to 40,000 units this year as the electric car is becoming an important part of the premium automaker’s lineup.

 

– Porsche announced today that it delivered just shy of 20,000 Taycans during the first half of the year:

 

“The all-electric Taycan celebrates a special success: with 19,822 vehicle deliveries, it is just under the level of 2020 as a whole at the end of the half-year. By this, the latest member of the model range is on a par with the sports car icon, the 911, with deliveries of 20,611 and an increase of 22 percent.”

 

The electric vehicle is quickly becoming the most important non-SUV vehicle in its lineup in terms of sales.

 

Original Source : https://electrek.co/2021/07/16/porsche-ion-pace-double-taycan-sales-to-40000-electric-cars/

 

HOMES WITH AN ELECTRIC CHARGE POINT INSTALLED SELL FOR 13% MORE

 

– A survey by Rivervale Leasing revealed that homes with an electric charge point installed sell for 13% more than the local average.   They also concluded that more Brits were looking for electric cars online with almost 90,500 searches per month indicating that EV chargers are valuable to potential homeowners.

 

– After analysing 1,000 house prices across 50 UK areas, they found that homes with an electric charge point installed were worth more and with the average UK house price now at £194,000, according to the ONS, that could mean a value increase of £25,220 to your property.

 

Original Source : https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/money/homes-electric-charge-point-installed-24543614

 

ZERO LAUNCHES 2022 FXE, WITH A DESIGN INSPIRED BY CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

 

– Zero has given its electric supermoto a bit of a pampering, dropping the removable battery modules for a larger integrated pack and spiffing up the bodywork with a new design approach. The new 2022 FXE also cuts the price from a dual-battery FXS.

 

– You’re looking at the same Z-Force75-5 IPM motor from the 2016-onwards FX and FXS, making 106 Nm (78 lb-ft) and 46 horsepower. The bike’s top speed is the same 85 mph (137 km/h) until thermal management kicks in and cuts you back to 75 mph (121 km/h).

 

– The FXE plonks a single, double-size 7.2-kWh pack in behind some covers, and most regular daily commuters probably don’t want to be lugging those 42-lb (19-kg) battery boxes around anyway.

 

– Range around town is about 100 miles (160 km), but as with all electrics, if you put it on the highway and hold 70 mph (113 km/h), that drops sharply, down to just 40 miles (64 km). This thing is devoted to quick, fun city riding – all the better if you’ve got some curves between you and the office.

 

Original Source : https://newatlas.com/motorcycles/zero-fxe-electric-motorcycle

 

VW ID.4 MAX GOES ON SALE WITH PRICES FROM £48,510

 

– Volkswagen’s sporty new version of the ID.4 electric SUV – the GTX – is now available to order in the UK with prices starting at £48,510. The go-faster model will be available in a choice of two variants, with the standard GTX model joined by the more comprehensively equipped GTX Max.

 

– 295 bhp, which allows them to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 112 mph.

 

– the same 77 kWh battery pack as the ID.4 Pro Performance models, allowing the GTX to cover 301 miles between charges. The GTX Max is slightly less efficient, managing 291 miles from a single charge.

 

– with a 125 kW rapid charger adding 199 miles of range in 30 minutes. Charging to 80 percent from a CCS charge point takes 38 minutes

 

Original Source : https://uk.motor1.com/news/519490/volkswagen-id4-max-uk-pricing/

 

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