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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 31st January. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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ELECTRIC CAR BOOM: AUSTRALIA SHOULD BE AN EV LEADER, SAYS INDUSTRY
Sales of new electric cars in Australia have more than tripled in the past 12 months, growing to more than 24,000 off the back of state government rebates, discounts and a more competitive domestic market driving down prices.
Data reveals battery and plug-in hybrid electric car sales grew to a 2.39 per cent market share of new vehicles, up from 0.78 per cent in 2020. Tesla topped the list, selling 15,054 Model 3s.
The Electric Vehicle Council data, released on Monday, shows five of the top 10 highest-selling models in Australia last year retail under $50,000 drive-away. Chinese-owned MG ZS SUV was the second highest with 1388 cars sold. The MG HS model, which retails for about $46,990 was fourth while the electric Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai Ioniq and Nissan Leaf also made the top 10.
The Morrison government has been heavily criticised by carmakers and advocacy groups for its refusal to set targets in the sector and previous public ridicule of the technology. It has ruled out subsidising new cars to encourage widespread uptake.
TESLA ACCUSED OF INFLATING SALES NUMBERS IN AUSTRALIA DAYS AFTER REGISTRATION DATA RELEASED
Tesla has been accused of inflating its sales figures in Australia after a report released by the electric-vehicle lobby group claimed 15,000 examples were sold locally last year – just days after registration data revealed 12,000 Tesla cars were added to the nation’s roads in 2021.
Based on unsubstantiated figures released by Tesla and the Electric Vehicle Council, the Tesla Model 3 sedan has scuppered the 28-year winning streak of the Toyota Camry in the mid-size sedan class in Australia
based on national registration data, the Tesla Model 3 finished a close second
Tesla delivered a record number of vehicles in Australia in 2021 – more than triple its tally from the prior year – and outsold the entire line-ups of long-standing car brands such as Lexus, Skoda, Volvo, and Jeep, even though Tesla only had one model.
industry insiders are concerned about the sizeable discrepancy of 3000 vehicles – or 25 per cent – between Tesla’s claim and the registration data sourced by the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System
the Tesla-supplied figure of 15,000 sales in Australia last year was 3000 more than two independent sets of registration information.
EUROPE: PLUG-INS SURGED TO RECORD 29% SHARE IN DECEMBER 2021
The European passenger car market was not able to rebound from the chip supply crisis and noted another decrease last month.
According to the data, in December, the plug-in car share increased to a new monthly record of 29.3%. That’s over 278,000.
“In December, low emissions vehicles also set a new monthly market share record with 29.3%. The popularity of PHEVs and BEVs were boosted by better availability at dealerships, and the continued efforts from governments to incentivise consumers to shift away from traditional segments. This level of growth meant that EVs accounted for a major portion of all new car registration in several markets, including Norway (90%), the Netherlands (64%), Sweden (61%), and Denmark (57%).” – JATO Dynamics
In 2021, plug-ins noted about 2.25 million registrations (28 European markets), which is 19% of the total market.
December brought huge news, as the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling car of any type, regardless of the powertrain, with 27,358 units. It’s actually the second time, as the Model 3 was #1 also in September 2021.
Tesla is now bigger in Europe (at least in a peak month) than brands like Kia, Citroën and Fiat!
WORLD EV SALES — TESLA MODEL 3 WINS 4TH CONSECUTIVE BEST SELLER TITLE IN RECORD YEAR
The second half of 2021 brought a record fest for world EV sales, with 3 record months in the last 4 setting new sales records. December was one of them, with over 900,000 registrations.
Full electric vehicles (BEVs) ended the year growing significantly faster than PHEVs — +69% year over year (YoY) versus +31% YoY. That allowed them to end the year with 71% of plugin EV sale
Interestingly, though, if we look at the quarterly average, because that’s the proper way to look at Tesla performances, the Model 3 ends up being below the Model Y (52,000 units for the Model Y vs. 47,000 for the Model 3). So, in reality, the Model 3 could be winning its last monthly best seller titles, as the Model Y has greater potential to grow in 2022.
After years of being limited to the Tesla Model 3, the midsize category is now experiencing true inflation of models, with several models ramping up deliveries. There’s the sensible BMW iX3 (7,338 registrations), passing by the flashy Ford Mustang Mach-E (6,488 registrations), the tech-friendly XPeng P5 (5,037), the minimalistic cool Polestar 2 (5,334), and let’s not forget the Korean cousins Hyundai Ioniq 5 (7,294 registrations) and Kia EV6 (5,072 registrations). Added to the Tesla Model 3 & Y, there is now a little for everyone in the midsize category.
In the final 2021 table, the Tesla Model 3 won its 4th consecutive Best Seller award, thanks to over half a million deliveries.
MUNRO TESLA MODEL S PLAID TEARDOWN BEGINS
While examining the structure under the frunk, he comments that everything appears to have been engineered rather than just thrown together. The clips and trim are all easy to remove and don’t fall apart — unlike what was witnessed with the Model Y.
However, the Model S Plaid in question featured a spacer applied to one fender and not the other. Munro notes such alignment issues are common with cars constructed using aluminum pressed panels. Tesla is still a low-volume manufacturer, but when it comes to higher rates of production, these issues can spiral.
Another annoyance included a rear window seal that just didn’t fit properly, adding an excessive amount of wind noise.
The seat squab itself was at a poor angle, and the backrests caused backache
TESLA CYBERTRUCK SPOTTED PLUGGED IN TO GIGA TEXAS SUPERCHARGERS
The latest Tesla Cybertruck prototype arrived at Giga Texas on Sunday, and has been driven around the factory by Elon Musk and others, possibly even Joe Rogan.
With all that driving the Cybertruck’s battery needed to be recharged today, and it was spotted plugged in to the Superchargers outside Giga Texas.
This is the first time we have seen the Cybertruck plugged in to a Supercharger, but had suspected the charge port would be located at the rear of the truck based on recent videos and drone flyovers.
BREAKING: NON-TESLA EV SUPERCHARGING SPOTTED IN NORWAY
Tesla’s pilot program, which enables non-Tesla electric vehicles to use Superchargers, has reportedly spread to Norway.
According to elbil24.no, non-Tesla EVs can now use some of the Tesla Superchargers (CCS2 plugs) in Norway too.
various non-Tesla EVs were seen charging at the Nebbenes kro Supercharging station in Eidsvoll Municipality, north of Oslo. The video, posted by elbil24.no, shows an Audi e-tron.
The article was later updated with readers’ reports about non-Tesla supercharging at other Tesla Supercharging stations in the country, including in Sentrum P-hus in Oslo
TESLA’S PUSH FOR TELEMATIC RATES REJECTED BY CALIFORNIA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Elon Musk said yesterday during the Q4 2021 Earnings Call that the automaker is pushing California to adopt telematics-based insurance rates. Ricardo Lara, the State’s Insurance Commissioner, is advising Musk to ease off.
Telematics insurance adjusts the price of premiums based on usage. It usually can use plug-in devices or a mobile application to track driving behaviors and overall usage and can adjust a monthly insurance premium based on these behaviors. Tesla’s telematic’s system is available in four of the five states it offers its in-house insurance program: Texas, Illinois, Ohio, and Arizona. California is the lone state that refuses to adopt the system.
However, there are disadvantages to the program, as it can be considered a breach of privacy. California’s Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara, says Tesla should “push all [they] want,” but the State has no plans to adopt the system.
“Yesterday @elonmusk reportedly told investors he’s ‘pushing very hard’ to change the rules on telematics for California drivers. Push all you want, but we won’t bend on protecting consumer data, privacy, and fair rates,” Lara said in a tweet
NIO’S 800TH POWER SWAP STATION UP AND RUNNING
NIO’s 800th battery-swapping station was put into operation on January 21, 2022. In the past 33 days, another 100 new swap stations have been built, meaning that three new stations were opened each day. With this, thanks to our users for their long-standing trust and support.
The completion of 800 swap stations is just the beginning for us in 2022. We will continue to expand the battery swapping station network and accomplish the target of having over 1,300 swap stations in China by the end of the year to provide more convenient power services for our users.
BMW IX DRAG RACES AUDI E-TRON S, TESLA MODEL X, AND MERCEDES EQC
If you’ve been eager to see a drag race between some of the heaviest production cars on sale today, Carwow has got you covered. When the lightest vehicle tips the scales at 2,420 kilograms (5,335 pounds), you know it’s the battle of the heavyweights
To the surprise of no one, the Audi E-Tron S went off like a rocket and created quite a gap. We can see the BMW iX driven by Mat Watson gaining ground, but not enough to catch the tri-motor EV. The Model X had to settle for third place while the Mercedes EQC was dead last.
considering the M60 was just unveiled. BMW’s first electric M SUV would’ve been a better match for the E-Tron S. As for the EQC, the three-pointed star isn’t selling an AMG version.
MERCEDES BUYS INTO SOLID-STATE BATTERIES WITH PROLOGIUM
Mercedes-Benz has invested a high double-digit million euro amount in the solid-state battery cell manufacturer ProLogium and agreed to jointly develop next-generation battery cells with the Taiwanese company. For Mercedes, it is not the first deal in solid-state batteries.
In the second half of the decade, the solid-state batteries are to be integrated “in selected models”. However, Mercedes does not specify which model series and scopes are involved.
Mercedes-Benz had already invested in the US developer of solid-state battery cells Factorial Energy and concluded a development cooperation. The new partner ProLogium, on the other hand, is also working with VinFast.
MORE FLORIDIANS DITCH GAS FOR ELECTRICITY
There are more than 58,000 Floridians driving electric vehicles, a number that puts the state second in the US behind only California.
But while stewardship of the environment is a focus for the state, the growing number of EVs on the road is not without its problems, problems that will only increase as more drivers make the switch.
the electric grid that EV drivers use is owned by a combination of public utilities that are governed by an appointed state board using a transmission and generation infrastructure that all electricity users pay for,
There is also the question of road maintenance. Traditionally roads are paid for through state, federal, and county gas taxes. However, electric vehicles do not require gas, so electric-vehicle drivers do not pay the gas tax.Right now, Florida is projecting an 11% drop in fuel taxes by 2040, with some estimates suggesting the drop could be a large as 20% by 2040.
ELECTRIC CARS ON SHOW IN WASHINGTON
The Washington DC Auto Show has been showcasing alternative fuel vehicles for 15 years, but this is the first year an entire pavilion was dedicated to electric vehicles, or EVs. In part, you can thank the current occupant of the nearby White House for that.
The star of the show was the new all-electric Ford F-150, the latest iteration of the US’s best-selling vehicle.
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