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HUAWEI JOINS CHINA’S ELECTRIC CAR RACE IN COMPETITION WITH TESLA
– Less than a week after Chinese electric car start-up Nio announced its latest competitor to Tesla, Huawei released details on a vehicle with specs it claims beat the Model Y.
– Chinese tech giant Huawei is best known for its telecommunications products and smartphones, and says it will not make cars on its own. But it has been working with automakers on car technology such as autonomous driving.
– The first car with Huawei’s HarmonyOS operating system will be the Aito M5, a car that runs on both electricity and fuel, Richard Yu, executive director and CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said Thursday at the company’s winter product launch event.
– Deliveries are set to begin around Feb. 20 after the Lunar New Year
Tesla Faces Stiff Competition in China As Huawei Enters Electric Car Race
– The Harmony OS is an Android-based operating system developed by Huawei as an alternative to Google’s operating system. The OS has evolved to include as many categories and products as competing smartphones.
– The Post-subsidy prices of the Aito M5 begin at $39,063, which is considerably lower than the new Tesla Model Y at $60,440.
– During the winter launch, Yu claimed that Huawei’s Aito M5 offers better peak power and range than Tesla’s Model Y. Unlike the Model Y, the Aito M5 comes with a gas tank that helps extend the driving range when the battery runs out, so it’s a plug-in hybrid.
TESLA TO RELEASE “SIGNIFICANT” AUTOPILOT IMPROVEMENTS TO NON-US OWNERS
– Tesla aims to release significant Autopilot improvements to vehicles outside the United States by March 2022. The timing for the release of Tesla’s Autopilot improvements seems fitting given Europe’s dedication to increasing road safety in the next few years through a series of regulations requiring the installment of vehicle safety systems in vehicles.
– Tesla Autopilot users in Europe have complained “about incorrect speed limits and not getting to the correct speed before you can cross the sign.” Musk responded to the tweet, saying that the Tesla Autopilot team aimed for significant improvements for owners outside the United States around March, based on regulatory approvals.
– Next year, Driver Drowsiness and Attention Warning Systems, Intelligent Speed Assistance, Advanced Emergency Braking, and Emergency Lane Keeping Assists will be mandatory. Then by 2024, every car sold in the EU must be fitted with the technologies mentioned above.
– The Regulation also offers Tesla a simpler, straightforward guide for getting regulatory approvals in parts of Europe, specifically countries in the EU. Trying to comply with regulations in each European nation might be more complex than following one set of rules for several countries.
Original Source : https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-autopilot-improvements-europe-release
TESLA MODEL 3: CHARGING TO 100% CAN BE THE NORM FOR 272-MILE LFP VERSION
– Tesla is providing a recommendation to owners of new base 2022 Model 3 RWD electric cars equipped with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cells that is something of a gift in usable range: Charge to 100% on a regular basis.
– The automaker began using LFP cells for Chinese-market vehicles, but has been hinting at a broader shift for some time. Tesla said in October that LFP cells would be used in all standard-range vehicles globally, and in the United States it’s just starting with a new rear-wheel drive base Model 3 for 2022.
– According to a revised Model 3 owner’s manual for the U.S., drivers can see if their cars have LFP battery cells by opening the charging menu on the touchscreen and selecting “Set Limit,” or opening the charging section of the Tesla app and dragging the slider. Cars with LFP batteries will show “50%” and “100%” settings, while other versions “Daily” and “Trip” settings.
– The different guidelines for LFP cars include the recommendation that Model 3 owners keep the charge limit set to 100%, and actually charge their cars to 100% at least once a week, per the owner’s manual. If a car is parked for more than a week, Tesla recommends that owners drive normally and charge to 100% at their earliest convenience.
– With a 272-mile range and 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds, the new base model offers more range than the Standard Range Plus, but with slower acceleration.
GENERAL MOTORS ANNOUNCES EV COMPONENT SALES STRATEGY
– General Motors has laid out plans to begin offering electric vehicle component sets for upfitting applications, which it says will help “meet the growing demand for zero-emissions technology,” in industries including aviation, automotive, marine and construction.
– The automaker plans to roll out its EV components strategy through its existing GM Powered Solutions arm. The automaker says GM Powered Solutions “will begin introducing tailored electric component sets,” in the near future, which will allow customers to integrate the latest GM EV technology into custom applications.
– GM Powered Solutions will begin offering GM electric motors, batteries and other components necessary for converting the powertrains of fleet vehicles, construction equipment and other machines from fuel-powered to battery-electric.
POLESTAR 2 NOW RUNS THE VIVALDI WEB BROWSER
– Electric-performance brand Polestar has released a full-scale Vivaldi web browser for fully-electric Polestar 2. Drivers and passengers will have access to the same powerful web browser features as the desktop and mobile versions right from the vehicle’s infotainment screen.
– The Vivaldi browser runs on Android Automotive OS and is the first web browser available for Google’s new Android Automotive OS, which also made its debut in the Polestar 2.
– The in-vehicle version of Vivaldi was developed for Polestar 2 by its team in Norway. In addition to being a full-scale web browser, the Vivaldi app brings extensive browser functionality to the Polestar 2’s 11-inch center display running Android Automotive OS.
– There are some caveats for using the Vivaldi web browser in Polestar 2. For one, files cannot be downloaded and the browser can only be used when the vehicle is parked for added safety. Streaming video content is also disrupted if the vehicle is put in motion. However, the incoming audio will continue to stream once the vehicle is put in drive.
ELECTRIC CAR SUPPLY CHAIN CARBON EMISSIONS LOWER THAN ICE VEHICLES, STUDY FINDS
– The total indirect emissions from electric vehicles pale in comparison to the indirect emissions from fossil fuel-powered vehicles, a Yale University study has found.
– Indirect emissions include those produced by the supply chains of the vehicle components and the fuels used to create the electricity that charges the vehicles.
– The research team combined concepts from energy economics and industrial ecology – carbon pricing, life cycle assessment, and modelling energy systems – to find if carbon emissions were still reduced when indirect emissions from the electric vehicle supply chain were factored in.
– “The surprising element was how much lower the emissions of electric vehicles were,” said researcher Stephanie Weber. “The supply chain for combustion vehicles is just so dirty that electric vehicles can’t surpass them, even when you factor in indirect emissions.”
– “So, if we priced the carbon embodied in these processes, the expectation is electric vehicles would be exorbitantly expensive. It turns out that’s not the case; if you level the playing field by also pricing the carbon in the fossil fuel vehicle supply chain, electric vehicle sales would actually increase.”
PANASONIC EXPANDS ITS EV BATTERY RELATED OPERATIONS IN NEVADA
– Panasonic announced that it will expand its EV battery-related operations in Nevada – as the electric vehicle market revs up.
– The Japanese company already produces 2170-type cylindrical lithium-ion cells for Tesla at the Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, and now would like to add a new campus in Reno.
– “The 94,483 sq. ft. existing building at 645 East Plumb Lane managed by Industrial Realty Group, LLC (IRG) in Reno is being renovated to become PENA’s division headquarters and will feature state-of the-art engineering labs, employee recruitment and training facilities, and other support functions.” “The announcement comes seven years after Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation announced PENA would produce lithium-ion batteries at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. While operations at Gigafactory 1 will continue, PENA intends to take advantage of the Reno location to expand local engineering capacity and talent acquisition and upskilling, further propelling its position in the electric vehicle market.”
– The new investment indicates that the tie-up with Tesla remains strong and might even be expanded at some point in the future.
Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/556613/panasonic-new-ev-campus-nevada/
RUSSIAN START-UP AIMS TO BRING MOBILE EV SUPERCHARGERS TO LONDON
– Russian start-up L-charge plans to bring its mobile superchargers for electric vehicles to London in 2022, hoping to benefit from growing demand and the limited existing charging infrastructure, the company’s founder told Reuters.
– The firm’s truck-mounted chargers run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen or a mixture of the two and do not need to be connected to a power grid.
– Privately-owned L-charge raised $1.5 million in September and is seeking a partner to help it increase production to 2,000 mobile and stationary devices annually.
– The LNG-powered chargers emit three times less CO2 per 100 kilometres than diesel cars, but more than grid-connected chargers in Europe, where L-charge intends to launch after London, Lashin said.
– When mass produced, the mobile charger will cost about $200,000 and charge around 25 EVs daily, Lashin said.
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