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BMW IX M60 PRICING GUIDE SHOWS MOST GOODIES COME AS STANDARD
– BMW iX M60 made its debut at the beginning of the year with a starting price of $105,100. It’s not all that bad since you do get a lot of bang for your buck.
– An official pricing guide sent by a dealership to a potential customer and member of the Bimmer Post forums shows a short list of options.
– For $1,900, the iX M60 can be fitted with the Driving Assistance Professional Package with Active Driving Assistant Pro and Parking Assistant Professional. Spending an extra $1,150 on the Luxury Package will add soft-close automatic doors and those fancy glass and wood controls.
– the M version doesn’t cost a lot more than a fully loaded xDrive50 and you benefit from more power. You do lose 25 miles of range, at 280 miles, compared to EPA’s figure for the xDrive50 with 21-inch wheels.
– the cheaper iX xDrive40 sold in Europe and other parts of the world won’t be coming to the US after all.
Original Source : https://www.bmwblog.com/2022/02/21/2023-bmw-ix-m60-pricing-guide/
PORSCHE INVESTS HALF A BILLION EUROS IN BOXSTER/CAYMAN FACTORY FOR EVS – ROADSHOW
– According to a report Friday by the German branch of Automotive News, Porsche is already pouring money into the facility that builds them to transition over to electric vehicle production ahead of the planned switch to full battery electric power for both models.
– The brand had already invested pretty in EV construction when it built the factory for the Taycan, but this goes a step further and represents real progress in the brand’s stated goal of having around a third of its sales come from EVs by 2025 and two-thirds by the end of 2030.
– Production of the electric 718 replacements – which are based on the fantastic Mission R concept – is slated to begin in 2023, which means that we might be looking forward to a debut of possibly both the Boxster and the Cayman sometime this year. We also expect the next-generation Macan – also electric – to debut in 2023
VOLKSWAGEN TEASES DOUBLE WORLD PREMIERE OF ID. BUZZ AND BUZZ
– As its pre-production models tour Europe, Volkswagen has begun counting down the world premiere of its ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo electric vehicles. Ahead of the double premiere on March 9, Volkswagen has shared new details customers in Europe and the US can soon expect regarding the Buzz EV.
– Both versions have battery packs with gross energy content of 82 kWh (net: 77 kWh)
The battery powers an 150 kW electric motor (rear-wheel drive)
The top speed is electronically limited at 145 km/h (90 mph)
Official ranges have not yet been revealed
The ID. Buzz will offer 1,121 liters of cargo space in addition to the five passengers
The ID. Buzz Cargo has a load capacity over 3.9 m3, including a partition wall
The EVs will come with “Plug & Charge capabilities, exchanging all necessary information through the charging plug itself
The minibus/van will come with bi-directional charging, allowing drivers to power their homes using their ID. Buzz
LOTUS EYES IPO AS IT SEEKS TO EXTEND CHINESE PARENT GEELY’S EV EMPIRE
– Lotus, the British sports car brand majority owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is in early discussions about a stock market listing with the idea of raising fresh capital for global expansion and electric vehicle (EV) development.
– It has ambitions of selling 100,000 vehicles globally in 2028, which would represent an about 60-fold increase over last year, when it delivered 1,710 cars
– Lotus Technology plans to launch four smart EVs in the next five years. This year, it will launch an electric SUV code-named Type 132. Next year, it plans to debut the Type 133, an electric four-door coupe.
– Geely, one of China’s largest carmakers, has been actively chasing a leading position in the EV sector over the past few years. In November last year, Geely Automobile Group, Geely’s Hong Kong-listed unit, said it had set aside 150 billion yuan (US$23.7 billion) for research and development over the next few years
MERCEDES-BENZ FORESEES EV-ONLY PRODUCTION LINES WITHIN A FEW YEARS | REUTERS
– Mercedes-Benz (MBGn.DE) expects to have factories producing exclusively electric vehicles (EVs) by the second half of the decade but will steer clear of building EV-only plants, instead keeping production lines flexible in line with market demand.
– The carmaker foresees some of its production lines within factories switching fully to electric even sooner, production chief Joerg Burzer said in an interview with Reuters.
– “We will certainly have some lines producing only electric vehicles in the next few years… we also see whole factories switching to electric – that is a topic for the second half of the decade.”
– Just 2.3% of Mercedes-Benz Cars’ sales last year were battery-electric vehicles, rising to 11% including plug-in hybrids, which have both an engine and a battery.
– Down the line, battery assembly and production could be brought nearer to car plants as the design of vehicles develops to integrate the battery more closely into the car, Burzer said.
2023 KIA NIRO EV SPECS OUT IN SWEDEN, RANGE IS 287 MILES WLTP
– Kia is yet to officially announce the specifications of its all-new 2023 Niro EV in the United States, but they’re already public on Kia Sweden’s website, including pricing.
– it features an electric motor rated at 150 kW (201 horsepower) and 255 Nm (188 lb-ft) of torque. The motor is powered by a 64.8 kWh battery that provides a range of up to 463 kilometers (287 miles)
– Overall, the specs are similar to the outgoing 2022 Kia Niro EV, which has the same power and battery capacity. The peak torque figure is probably wrong, though, as the current model boasts 291 lb-ft compared to the 188 lb-ft figure quoted for the new model.
– Compared to the 2022 model, the 2023 Niro EV has grown in dimensions, with the 2,720-mm (107-in) wheelbase said to create a more spacious interior. According to Kia, rear seat passengers have more legroom than before, while the luggage compartment has also grown to 475 liters (16.7 cu ft)—measured up to the parcel shelf—24 liters (0.8 cu ft) more than its predecessor.
Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/568878/kia-niroev-specs-released-sweden
GIGA BERLIN EXPANSION PLANS RUMOURED TO BE ON ICE – ELECTRIVE.COM
– Tesla has reportedly shelved plans to expand its Grünheide plant beyond its initially planned capacity of 500,000 cars per year for the time being, according to a media report. Instead, its own cell production is apparently to be pushed ahead first.
– According to information from the German publication Automobilwoche, Tesla CEO Elon Musk “now wants to put all his energy into the start-up of car production and cell production”, according to company sources. When the expansion of the current Gigafactory is completed, Grünheide will have a production capacity of 500,000 vehicles per year.
– According to the report, the further expansion plans, which have now allegedly ended up back in the drawer, envisaged a “mirroring” of the current plant – i.e. the construction of an identical but mirror-inverted plant next to the existing production. Such an approach is not unusual, as it would allow some areas to be shared by both production halls.
– When exactly the final permit will be issued, remains open.
TEXAS EV DRIVERS MAY GET $200-$400 FEE TO REPLACE GAS TAX
– According to an article from last year published by Car and Driver, Texas lawmakers were actively considering the implementation of a bill that could charge electric car owners a minimum of $200 to $250 per year. In addition, for those who drive over 9,000 miles, which would likely be most drivers, an additional fee of at least $190 could apply.
– The reasoning behind the fee is that states claim they’re losing money since EV owners don’t pay a gasoline tax.
– While it makes sense that states will need to find a way to correctly address the situation as more drivers make the switch to EVs, there’s not yet a consensus on the best way to handle it. Some states just charge EV owners more upfront when they renew their vehicle registration.
– Car and Driver noted that proposed Texas Senate Bill 1728 aimed to increase fees for EV owners to “make up for the gas tax they’re not paying.” The fees would be assessed to some 300,000 electric vehicles, which would raise nearly $40 million for use by the Texas State Highway Fund in 2022.
Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/568956/texas-ev-fee-potential/
RUSSIA LAGS BEHIND IN PUSH FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
– In an investigation published Monday, The Bell looked at whether Russia can catch up with the pacesetters of ‘electrification’.
– The document envisages that, by 2030, there will be 1.4 million electric cars on Russia’s roads, with 144,000 charging stations. Last year, there were just 12,290 electric cars in the country, and no more than 400 charging stations.
– . More important is the issue of capacity for charging stations, which could find themselves outdated and unready for new, rapid-charging batteries.
– According to accounting firm PwC, the electric vehicle market in Russia will grow by an average of 82 percent a year through 2030 — which would mean just 281,000 electric cars on the road by the end of the decade.
– It appears Russia is at least a decade late with electric vehicles, and it’s hard to imagine it could now catch the market leaders. Perhaps an illustrative comparison is with smartphones: the first Russian-made smartphone only appeared in 2013 — five years after the release of the first iPhone.
Original Source : https://thebell.io/en/russia-lags-behind-in-push-for-electric-vehicles/
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