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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 9th October. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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MERCEDES-BENZ EV SALES UPDATE
In the first three quarters of the year, sales of hybrid and electric vehicles surged to a record 184,369 units (+142.7%). The Mercedes-Benz EQC sold 17,938 units and the EQA achieved a record 13,021 deliveries thanks to robust demand for zero-emission cars, particularly in Q3 when almost half of all EQ deliveries occurred. The EQS electric flagship went on sale in August.
Overall 61,652 plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars were sold in Q3 (+34.1%) of which 19,298 were electric-only vehicles (+38.0%).
MERCEDES TO ADD 300 JOBS AT U.S. PLANT IN PREPARATION FOR EV PRODUCTION
“Mercedes-Benz will add about 300 jobs at its Alabama assembly plant by the end of this year as the luxury automaker gears up to build electric utility vehicles.” reports Automotive News for subscribers: “The factory, in the town of Vance, employs 4,400 and is a production hub for the Mercedes GLS and GLE utility vehicles. Starting next year, it will produce battery-powered versions of the two popular vehicles. Mercedes is hiring for the assembly, body and paint shops, as well as the battery plant, where workers will assemble high-voltage EV battery systems.”
EQS starts in Q2 and EQE in Q4.
CHEVROLET BLAZER IS THE UNFORTUNATELY NAMED NEXT CHEVY’S EV
“General Motors has been in the news recently for battery fires related to its Chevrolet Bolt EV, but that hasn’t slowed the automaker’s electrified ambitions.” says Tech Radar: “Speaking at the From Automaker to Platform Innovator event, GM President Mark Reuss confirmed the names of two upcoming Chevrolet EVs and the company has dropped hints on more electric offerings from Buick and other brands in its portfolio. At the event, Reuss mentioned two new EV SUVs by name, first confirming an electric version of the Chevrolet Equinox is on its way. Reuss noted that the Equinox EV will be a high-volume model with a starting price of around $30,000. The other SUV on Chevy’s EV list is the Blazer – a mid-size crossover SUV which has been around since 2019 and will now be blessed with a fully electric drivetrain.”
RIVIAN’S FATE IS TIED TO AMAZON
“Jeff Bezos stood before a packed conference room in Washington, D.C., and declared war on climate change. It was September 2019. His secret weapon, tucked deep into a chart-heavy presentation, was a bug-eyed cargo truck built by a startup few people had heard of.” says Bloomberg in the second of their Rivian series: “The order immediately separated the auto rookie from the parade of promising electric startups, providing backing, a big book of business and legitimacy. It also would soon start to draw in additional investment from major players, including Ford Motor Co.”
Bloomberg adds: “On Friday, Rivian shared new details of the Amazon deal in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing how closely its fate is tied to one of its biggest benefactors. The e-commerce giant will have exclusive rights to Rivian’s delivery vehicles for four years after receiving its first one, and it gets right of first refusal to buy the vans for two years after that. There’s a clear recognition inside Rivian and with its investors that the van for Amazon is a priority and the pickup a sideshow until production can be ramped up to meaningful volumes. The deal gives Rivian visibility and guaranteed revenue, along with a deadline. An all-hands-on-deck edict has been issued to get the project up to speed — for now, the R1T is taking a back seat.”
As for the subscriptions their owners can take, Rivian say: “Rivian defines LTR (Lifetime Revenue) potential as the revenue it can generate from its Rivian vehicles throughout its lifetime (considered to be 10 years), if the owner, in this case, subscribes to everything possible. Level 3 driving capabilities account for $10,000, and a monthly subscription plan for infotainment, connectivity, diagnostics, and other services accounts for the other $5,500.”
RIVIAN ADVENTURE NETWORK PRICING AND ACCESS
On the charging network: “RAN sites will be exclusive for Rivian owners initially, with Rivian members receiving special rates.”
InsideEVs says: “The upcoming Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) of DC fast chargers is promised to quickly expand to about 600 sites in the U.S. and Canada with a total of more than 3,500 DC fast chargers by the end of 2023 (see details here). According to Rivian, chargers will be exclusively available to R1T and R1S drivers, but only “initially”. At a later point, the network will be opened to other EVs, which is a positive sign and good news for those who were afraid that Rivian’s chargers will not be available to the public. Besides Rivian Adventure Network, the company will deploy also about 10,000 Rivian Waypoints charging points by 2023. Those are 11.5 kW AC charging points, envisioned for destination locations or places where drivers spend more time – shops, restaurants, hotels and parks. Those points will be available for all EV drivers.”
REFRESHED MG ZS EV DEBUTS WITH BIGGER BATTERY
“MG Motors unveiled the facelifted all-electric version of the ZS, featuring a grille-less look, new infotainment, and a larger battery pack option for an increased range. The MG ZS EV first appeared in 2018 and quickly became popular thanks to its competitive pricing. The facelifted model will reach dealerships this November with the intention of making the electric SUV even more attractive to European buyers.” according to CarScoops: “ZS EV gets the new LED headlights and taillights of its ICE-powered sibling but adopts a different front bumper that distinguishes it further. The grille is fully covered with a new pattern while the side intakes are smaller giving the car a cleaner and more aerodynamic look. Inside, the 10.1-inch touchscreen incorporates the new MG iSMART infotainment system with new features, remote control functions, and more connectivity options. the most important change has to do with the new bigger 72 kWh battery pack offering a 273-mile (439 km) WLTP range. In 2022, MG will also offer a cheaper variant with a smaller 51 kWh battery pack offering a range of 198 miles (319 km).”
Pricing in November. Autocar says the Long Range will start from €34,990 ($40,475)
MG MARVEL R ELECTRIC GOES ON SALE IN EUROPE
“Unveiled in March, the MG Marvel R Electric flagship electric SUV has gone on sale in select European countries. Not in the UK, though, as the Chinese-owned British automaker has yet to announce details about a possible launch in its home market. Described as the largest and most luxurious MG, the Marvel R Electric is a C-segment SUV offering a choice of two powertrains and starting prices of €39,990 ($46,250) for the base RWD model and €47,990 ($55,500) for the range-topping AWD version.” reports InsideEVs: “It offers two all-electric powertrains, one with rear-wheel drive and one with all-wheel drive.
Both feature the same 70 kWh battery which enables a WLTP range of 402 kilometers (250 miles) in the Comfort and Luxury RWD trim levels. These models feature two rear-mounted electric motors with a system output of 132 kW (177 hp). The AWD model, available exclusively in the range-topping Performance trim level, adds an electric motor to the front axle for a system output of 212 kW (284 hp). Customers will benefit from quick charging capability at a public charging point (AC) due to the standard 11 kW 3-phase on-board charger. The battery can also be charged at a fast-charging station (DC) with a capacity of up to 92 kW. All models are also fitted with a V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) system as standard, allowing the battery to supply energy to an external electrical system at a maximum load capacity of 2,500W. ”
LUCID MOTORS ON TRACK FOR 2023 PRODUCTION TARGETS
“CEO Peter Rawlinson recently told Reuters that 577 units of the Lucid Air will be built in the remainder of 2021 before production ramps up to 20,000 and 50,000 vehicles in 2022 and 2023, respectively. The company has secured the US$4.4 billion needed by the end of next year through its IPO, but does not want to wait until then to raise further capital.” says electrive.com: “Rawlinson explained that the capital raised so far “takes us to the end of 2022, so it doesn’t take us to Project Gravity.” Gravity is the name of the brand’s second electric vehicle.”
LUCID GRAVITY CROSSOVER ON TRACK FOR 2023 RELEASE
“The Air separated itself from the pack by being a sedan in a crossover world, and on top of that, an electric sedan in a year of electric pickups and SUVs. Lucid did that because it doesn’t need enormous volume relative to the entire industry to be successful, and a sedan with amazing specs would be more impressive than a crossover with merely good specs.” reports Autoblog: ” The Gravity, however, will be rolling onto the market with a number of other electric people haulers — the Ford Explorer and Hyundai Ioniq 7 on the mass-market end, for instance, the design-led Volvo XC90 Recharge, the Cadillac Escalade EV, Jeep Wagoneer electric, Mercedes EQS SUV, Lincoln, Lexus, and Range Rover EV crossovers on the luxury end”
VOLVO CARS STARTS PRODUCTION OF C40 RECHARGE IN GHENT
Volvo Cars today started production of the C40 Recharge, its latest fully electric model, at its manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium. Volvo Cars is increasing electric car capacity at the Ghent facility considerably, to 135,000 cars per year, and already expects more than half of the plant’s production volume in 2022 to consist of fully electric cars.
The C40 Recharge offers the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design. The rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roof line, while the new front design introduces a new face for electric Volvos and includes headlights with state-of-the-art pixel technology.
The propulsion consists of twin electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, powered by a 78kWh battery that can be fast-charged from 10 to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes. It offers an anticipated range of around 273 miles (440 km). UK Care by Volvo subscription prices for the C40 Recharge start at £729 a month.
VOLVO WINS WORLD’S LARGEST ORDER EVER FOR ELECTRIC TRUCKS
The new fleet of Volvo FM Electric trucks will be implemented throughout DFDS route network in Europe during 2022 and 2023. The heavy-duty Volvo FM Electric truck can carry a maximum weight of 44 tons (Gross Combination Weight). The new electric fleet will start to replace the conventional trucks during 2022 and 2023 at DFDS and can travel up to 300 km when fully charged. The trucks will be used for short and long journeys in DFDS supply chain.
VOLVO PARENT GEELY REVEALS $9,000 GEOMETRY EV FOR CHINA
“Chinese automaker Geely Auto Group, the parent company of Volvo, recently unveiled a new electric car for its home market that will start at the equivalent of just $9,200. The Geometry EX3 is the latest model from Geely’s all-electric Geometry brand. At 157.6 inches long (with a 97.6-inch wheelbase), 69.2 inches wide, and 62.0 inches tall, the five-seat crossover is about the same height and width as the current United States-market Honda HR-V, but substantially shorter.” writes Stephen at Green Car Reports: “A 37.2-kwh battery pack provides 200 miles of range on the NEDC testing cycle, according to Geely. Propulsion is provided by a 70-kw (93.8-horsepower) electric motor. The Renault CIty K-ZE has gone on sale in China for even less than the EX3. Geometry has also shown a larger, Tesla Model 3–sized EV that shares the Volvo/Geely CMA platform that underpins the XC40 recharge, C40 Recharge, and Polestar 2.”
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