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LUCID ANNOUNCES NEW LUCID AIR GRAND TOURING PERFORMANCE MODEL WITH 1,050 HORSEPOWER
– New Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance delivers 1,050 horsepower, accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds
– Lucid Air Grand Touring customer deliveries already in progress; deliveries of new Grand Touring Performance model begin June 2022
– With 1,050 horsepower, the dual-motor Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance is the most powerful electric vehicle currently available in North America – and with an EPA-estimated driving range of 446 miles, still more than any other brands’ electric vehicles
– It will have an MSRP of $179,000
– In Canada, the Air Grand Touring Performance will be priced at $242,000 CAD (before taxes), with deliveries beginning in August 2022.
– Ultra-fast 900V+ charging system, enabling users to add up to 300 miles in 21 minutes at a 350 kW DC fast charger, as demonstrated in recent independent media tests
NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: ELECTRIC VEHICLES, NOT LUXURY CARS, DOMINATE
– the New York International Auto Show will open to the public on Friday, April 15, at Manhattan’s Javits Center and will run through April 24
– The format is more compelling than in years past, given the supply chain crisis that has severely delayed deliveries to dealerships, not to mention markups as high as $100,000 over manufacturer’s suggested retail price for luxury cars and SUVs.
– “Auto shows are still highly relevant in the same way that dealerships are still highly relevant,” says Erin Kerrigan, founder and managing director of Kerrigan Advisors, a consulting firm. “Consumers still like to touch and feel a new car before they purchase it.”
– F-150 Lightning, revealed via video feed almost a year ago, will appear just weeks before its first deliveries.
– Chevrolet Silverado EV, a rig first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. It’s not due out until 2023, so expect GM to pull out all the stops to pique interest
– Hyundai Motor Co. may present one of the show’s few surprises. The company promises to unveil a new production vehicle
AUTO INDUSTRY LEADERS LAY OUT PLAN FOR MASS ELECTRIFICATION AT THE 2022 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
– The upcoming New York International Auto Show will feature a press conference to officially open the largest indoor EV Test Track ever constructed at the Show covering nearly 250,000 sq. ft. and featuring a wide range of electric vehicles for attendees to experience. Speakers at the event include leaders from the automobile industry, dealer associations, government agencies and utility companies laying out plans for mass EV adoption and electrification.
– Members of the media and Show attendees will have the opportunity to take a ride in a range of EVs from Chevrolet, Kia, Nissan, Volkswagen, Volvo, INDI EV and VinFast. In addition to the multi-brand EV Test Track, Ford and Hyundai will each feature indoor EV tracks as part of their main Level 3 Auto Show exhibits.
JAPANESE CAR GIANT HONDA TARGETS EV EXPANSION, EARMARKS BILLIONS FOR R&D
– Honda plans to invest around 5 trillion yen ($39.9 billion) in electrification and software technologies over the next 10 years, with the Japanese automotive giant aiming to launch 30 electric vehicle models worldwide by 2030.
– In a statement Tuesday, the company said approximately 3.5 trillion yen would go toward research and development expenses, with 1.5 trillion yen focused on investments.
– Honda said it would target an EV production volume of over 2 million units per year in 2030
– Honda said it would look to set up what it called a “dedicated EV plant” in the Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan.
– last week, Honda and GM announced they would develop a series of affordable electric vehicles based on a new global platform.
HONDA HOPES YOU’LL FORGET ABOUT TESLA WITH $40 BILLION EV INVESTMENT
– Additionally, somewhere around $345 million will be put toward the first demonstration round of new solid state batteries by 2024. Honda has previously stated they would phase out all non-EV cars in the North America market by 2040.
HONDA TO LAUNCH 30 EV MODELS BY 2030
– Honda is planning to introduce an insanely cheap mini-EV model for commercial use at the $8,000 (1 million yen) price range in Japan by 2024. After that, Honda will start to roll out personal use mini-EVs and EV SUVs, the company said. Honda is offering this car for commercial use first because Japan lacks the charging infrastructure needed to roll out wide-scale EV deployment
– By the same year in North America, Honda also plans to introduce two mid-to-large size EV models – a Honda Prologue SUV and an Acura SUV – which are currently being developed with General Motors at prices that are cost-competitive with internal combustion engine vehicles.
– The Honda e: Architecture, which the company plans to introduce in 2026, will be an EV platform that includes both a hardware and software layer and is cloud-connected.Like many other automakers, Honda sees the potential for the software-defined vehicle to help bring in recurrent revenue through third-party applications. That’s why it’s building an application layer on top of the vehicle operating system, which can be continuously updated over the air
HYUNDAI TO BUILD ELECTRIC VEHICLES AT ALABAMA PLANT
– Hyundai is about to mark the beginning of electric vehicle production in the United States. Two new electrical vehicle options will soon roll off the assembly lines at its Montgomery, Alabama, plant.
– Hyundai will begin producing a hybrid version of the Santa Fe in October while the the luxury Electrified Genesis GV70 will come in December. Thought not yet produced in Montgomery, the Santa Fe Hybrid is already available at all the company’s U.S. dealerships. The electric GV70 won’t be available until 2023.
TESLA MODEL Y BECAME AUSTRIA’S BEST-SELLING CAR IN MARCH
– Tesla continues to strengthen its presence in the global automotive market. In March 2022, the company achieved strong results, and Austria was no exception. Tesla Model Y has become the best-selling car in the country, surpassing even cars with an internal combustion engine.
– Tesla sold 39% more of its electric SUVs than its closest competitor. So, in March, 655 happy owners of a new Model Y were registered, which is 3.2% of the market share.
Indiana to spend $100 million on electric vehicle charging stations
– The Indiana Department of Transportation is starting to put together a plan to install electric-vehicle charging stations on roads throughout the state in the coming years, using $100 million in federal funds from the Biden administration, through the infrastructure bill that was passed last year.
– The charging stations will be placed every 50 miles, at a minimum, to comply with federal guidelines, and will be within 1 mile of roads that have been designated by the federal government as “alternative fuel corridors.”For Indiana, this list includes all major interstates as well as State Routes 31 and 37.
NISSAN LEAF GETS A FRESHER FACE FOR 2023
– For 2023, the Leaf’s front end sports a refreshed front grille, bumper molding and headlights that feature a darker look thanks to a black finish in the housing. The Nissan badge is illuminated for a bit of splash. Nissan also opted to trim the lineup to two models: the standard Leaf in S trim and the Leaf Plus in SV trim. The S trim gets you the smaller battery (40 kWh), while upgrading to SV Plus configuration nabs you the 60-kWh battery and the more powerful 160-kW electric motor
– The battery packs haven’t changed so the EPA range estimates should be similar to the 2022 figures, which are 149 miles for the smaller-battery Leaf and at least 215 miles
– And with its wallet-friendly starting price, the Leaf is also eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.
BILL TO MAKE MORE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS ACCESSIBLE
– A bill was introduced in February to make electric vehicle charging stations more available for Californians, as well as increase electric vehicles (EVs) in disadvantaged communities.
– AB 2703 would have the CEC create a new program to give financial assistance to low-income and disadvantaged community members to use zero-emission vehicle fueling stations, micromobility transportation options, and ridesharing service. Specifically, they would be given a debit card with a yet-to-be-determined amount to help offset public EV charging costs. If passed, these measures would be in place no later than July 1, 2023.
– Assemblyman Muratsuchi wrote the bill to help offset the costs of EV charging for low-income people in California, specifically those in multi-unit housing who don’t have at-home chargers. In addition to helping pay for public charging, increase consumer confidence with more reliable chargers, and increase EV vehicle usage in low-income areas, Muratsuchi and supporters also said that the bill would help the state prepare more for the upcoming 2035 phase-out of all gas-powered cars.
– We need to level the playing field for all communities — especially those that have suffered from the worst air pollution. For this transition to work, EV charging infrastructure needs to be convenient, reliable and easy to operate as gas stations. We need to make sure that charging stations are made available in all communities, including historically disadvantaged communities. With this first-in-the-nation bill, California will lead the transition to clean transportation with convenience, reliability and equity.”
– AB 2703 is expected to be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee soon.
UK RANKED THIRD BEST IN EUROPE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVING
– The UK has been ranked the third best country in Europe for electric vehicle (EV) driving
– LeasePlan’s 2022 EV Readiness Index – analysis of the preparedness of 22 European countries for the transition to EVs – found that the UK came behind Norway and the Netherlands.
– the availability of fast chargers along UK motorways was found to be significantly lower than needed.
– Research from the EV Energy Taskforce suggests that the UK will need between 253,000 and 661,000 extra electric vehicle (EV) charge points by 2035 to meet the phase out of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
SOCAL MAN SAYS CAR COMPUTER ON HIS NEW TESLA FROZE
– The owner of a new Tesla Model 3 was left in shock after the car’s main features allegedly froze while he was driving on the freeway.
– Javier Rodriguez of Irvine spoke with Eyewitness News on Tuesday and said it happened last Thursday while he was heading westbound on the 10 Freeway through Cabazon.
– He said the car was stuck going 83 mph and the main screen was frozen.
– Even though the accelerator wasn’t responding, fortunately Rodriguez said the brakes did work
– He was able to make it off the road, and a few minutes later, the car rebooted. That’s when everything seemed normal.An officer with the California Highway Patrol helped Rodriguez get off the freeway, where he eventually had the car towed.
– He said Tesla later told him they fixed the vehicle, but all they would say about what happened was what he said they wrote in the report.”Diagnosed and found poor communication from charge port door causing power conversion system to shut off in order to protect on board components during drive,
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