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RIVIAN PLANS ON DELIVERING 1,000 R1T MODELS BY THE END OF 2021
– Only last week it had been revealed that Rivian’s production was going at a snail’s pace with it just managing to manufacture two cars per day on an average. But now it is slowly ramping up. As of the end of October, it has produced 180 R1T electric pickup trucks and delivered 156 of them.
– Rivian says that production ramp-up will happen in December. By the end of this year, it wants to make a total of 1,135 vehicles.
– It wants to make 1,200 R1T models, while it will slowly start production of the R1S SUV and make 25 units of it as well. On top of this, it will even manufacture 10 units of an electric delivery van it has to make for Amazon. Overall, the plan is to deliver 1,000 R1T models, 15 R1S models,s and all 10 EDV’s it makes for Amazon in December itself.
– Rivian believes it will have a backlog of orders all the way into 2023 and so far, it seems like production of the current orders alone will take two years to complete. Rivian however also notes that it has the capacity to make 150,000 vehicles annually but this level will be reached only in 2024. After updates, its plant will also be able to handle up to 200,000 vehicles.
ELECTRIC CARS ACCOUNT FOR UNDER 5% OF MILES DRIVEN BY UBER IN EUROPE
– Electric cars are used for fewer than one in every 20 miles driven by Uber drivers in major European cities, according to data that suggest the taxi app company must drastically accelerate its drivers’ take-up of zero-emissions vehicles to meet its environmental targets.
– Uber pledged last year that 50% of miles driven in seven European capitals by the end of 2025 will be in battery electric cars
– The usage of electric cars ranged from 9% of miles driven in Lisbon, to 6% in London and Amsterdam, and only 0.01% in Brussels, according to internal Uber data shared with Transport & Environment (T&E), a thinktank. The other laggards were Madrid, at only 0.15% of miles, Berlin at 0.55% and Paris at 1%.
– On Wednesday it announced that London Uber drivers could put money raised via the app’s clean air fee towards buying Tesla electric cars, adding to similar programmes giving discounts on Nissan, Kia and Hyundai electric cars.
HYUNDAI TO BEGIN EV MANUFACTURING IN THE US WITH HOPES SUBSIDY BILL PASSES
– Hyundai Motor Group recently shared plans to begin manufacturing its Genesis GV70 EV in the US beginning in 2022. The electrified GV70 will be produced at Hyundai’s Alabama plant, and will mark the first EV manufactured in the US by the Korean automotive umbrella. With this decision, Hyundai looks to make a larger impact on the growing EV market in the US, and take advantage proposed subsidies for electric vehicles produced on US soil.
– According to a report from Business Korea, Hyundai Motor shared its decision to begin US manufacturing with its labor union during a job security committee meeting at its Asan plant in South Korea.
– The company is planning to begin manufacturing early next year at its US facility in Montgomery, Alabama. This plant currently manufacturers several different ICE Hyundai models, as well as various combustion engines, but will now shift toward EV manufacturing beginning with the GV70 EV.
THESE BATTERIES CAN’T POWER A CAR—BUT THEY CAN LIGHT UP A CITY
– On a barren field in Lancaster, California, where the temperature often tops 100 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, sit eight white boxes that might be a key to a greener future. Each 10 x 22-foot rectangle holds 20 battery packs that once powered Nissan Leafs. But they’ve lost some of their juice. Inside a car, they can no longer power speedy accelerations, and their 85-mile ranges have been reduced to about 55 miles.
– But the batteries still work. Research suggests they may retain two-thirds or more of their original capacity. So for the past 18 months, these batteries have been living a second act: storing energy from nearby rows of solar panels. Their owner, B2U Storage Solutions, wants to know how effectively, and for how long, they can do that.
– By 2030, retired EV batteries could provide 200 gigawatt-hours of energy storage globally each year, according to analysis from the consulting firm McKinsey—roughly 50 times the annual output of the Hoover Dam. B2U wants to be a part of that.
– One question: Who owns the reused batteries, and who’s responsible if something goes wrong? Automakers know they may be blamed if one of their old batteries is involved in a fire.
– B2U’s Lancaster project looks promising. The company says its solar panels generate up to 1.65 megawatts of power, while its retired Nissan Leaf batteries can retain 10 megawatt-hours of storage—about as much as the average US home uses in a year. Freeman says the company is profitable, and planning expansions.
Original Source : https://www.wired.com/story/batteries-cant-power-car-light-city/
STOREDOT SECURES CONSISTENT DRIVING RANGE OF ALL ELECTRIC VEHICLES
– New StoreDot technology allows electric vehicle owners to have the same driving range through the life of a vehicle, improving ownership experience and protecting future values
– All-new system developed by StoreDot will be open-source, available to any other technology provider
– StoreDot is a pioneer and leader of extreme fast charging battery technologies, allowing a 50% reduction in charging time for the same cost
– Until this StoreDot innovation, battery capacity, and therefore driving range, degrades over the life of the vehicle, making it one of the major frustrations of EV ownership. The certainty and consistency that this advancement provides could also improve residual values of vehicles, lowering leasing costs and further benefitting both consumers and global automotive manufacturers utilizing the technology.
– StoreDot is now making rapid advancements in extreme fast charging lithium-ion batteries for use in the automotive sector, increasing the number of miles per minute of charge. It is currently shipping samples to global car makers for real-world testing and remains firmly on track to deliver mass-produced XFC batteries, which deliver a 50% reduction in charging times at the same cost, by 2024.
TESLA’S LATEST MODEL X COMES WITH HIGHER BATTERY DENSITY AND MORE POWERFUL MOTORS
– Tesla’s recently refreshed Model X has a higher battery energy dendsity and more powerful motors, according to an EPA specification sheet that wasn’t previously available.
– While we knew that changes had been made to the latest Model X, Tesla had been less than clear on what had really changed.
– First off, it shows an important improvement in battery pack-level energy density from 165 Wh/kg to 186.21 Wh/kg.
– The overall energy capacity went down from 103 kWh to 100 kWh.
– The voltage for the Tesla Model X battery pack has also increased from 360 volts to 410 volts, the report notes.
In terms of motors, Tesla has switched to “AC permanent magnet motors and increased the power to 243 kW in the front motor and 248 kW in the rear motor.”
ZIPCHARGE GO IS LIKE AN EMERGENCY GAS CAN FOR YOUR TESLA
– ZipCharge is a new U.K.-based startup that has unveiled the Go. It’s a suitcase-sized battery pack that weighs in at about 50 pounds. With a 4 kWh capacity, it can charge an EV at 7.2 kW. A single charge can add 12 to 20 miles of range, depending on the EV.
– Not only could drivers keep a ZipCharge Go in their trunk, it’s possible for hotels or service stations to have units available in case a car needs a bit more charge to make it home.
– Powering the Go are high-energy-density lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt-oxide (NMC) battery cells.
– has a bi-directional AC-DC inverter, which enables charging from the grid to the Go and from the Go to the grid. Yes, the Go can actually store energy during off-peak hours and sell energy back to the grid.
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