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REPORT: MADE-IN-TEXAS TESLA MODEL Y STARTS AT $59,990
– According to Drive Tesla Canada, new reports – based on Reddit posts and internal email sent to Tesla employees a week ago – reveal that Tesla will offer the first MIT cars at a price of $59,990 (USD), which would be some $3,000 less than the current price of the Model Y Long Range AWD. As we understand, it was also the price for those employees.
– It’s good news that the price is lower, but let’s not forget that the new MIT version has also a slightly lower EPA range – 279 miles (449 km) vs 330 miles (531 km), assuming the same 19″ wheels. Also, the acceleration is a bit slower – 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds instead of 4.8 seconds.
– Some of the numbers of the new Model Y were reportedly noted in the Tesla’s website code
In the comments: “Just looking at a couple factors, 85% of the range for 95% of the price doesn’t seem like a good deal.”
“The ID.4 has 280 miles of range for almost 1/2 the price.” with tax credit.
Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/579535/report-mit-tesla-modely-59990-price/
TESLA WILL RELEASE A CHEAPER MODEL Y WITH BIGGER BATTERIES SOON
– This Model Y also includes a few features not seen on any previous trim level, such as a magnetic center armrest and a parcel shelf. Tesla reportedly delivered a handful of these EVs to workers at its “Giga Rodeo” event in Texas last week.
– The 4680 cells are twice as large as Tesla’s existing units, but they have five times the capacity. That lets Tesla either extend the range of its vehicles or use fewer batteries to maintain the same range, potentially shrinking costs. In the new Model Y version, they’re implemented in a structural battery pack that should reduce complexity and weight, further improving efficiency.
TESLA CHANGES OFF-PEAK HOURS AT SUPERCHARGERS IN CALIFORNIA TO ENCOURAGE OWNERS TO CHARGE LATER
– Tesla has announced that it is changing the timeframe of its off-peak hours at Superchargers in California to encourage owners to charge their cars later.
– It was only a few years ago that Tesla owners didn’t have to pay anything to stop and charge at a Supercharger station.
In the early days of Tesla and electric vehicles, it made sense in order to create a seamless experience and encourage ease of travel as many were still on the fence about electric vehicles.
– This week, Tesla announced an important change to its off-peak hours in California, its biggest market:
– Starting April 12, 2022, off-peak hours will change at California Supercharger locations. Charge for less at select Superchargers before 11 AM and after 9 PM. Tap the Supercharger map pin in your in-car touchscreen to view specific rates and eligible sites. Navigate to your destination using Trip Planner and your battery will automatically precondition before you arrive.
– Rates are different depending on the station, but they can often charge around $0.48 per kWh during peak hours versus $0.24 during off-peak hours.
TESLA ROADSTER RESERVATIONS REOPEN AHEAD OF 2023 PRODUCTION
– Reservations for the next-generation Tesla Roadster have reopened after Elon Musk announced that the company would start production in 2023.
– Anyone interested in a next-gen Tesla Roadster can reserve one on the company’s official website. Tesla requires a $5,000 credit card payment for the Roadster due on the spot and a $45,000 wire transfer ten days after the initial order. The $5,000 credit card payment is fully refundable. Tesla does not state whether the $45,000 wire transfer is refundable, but reservations will not be final until the wire transfer is officially received.
– The next-generation Tesla Roadster debuted in November 2017
Original Source : https://www.teslarati.com/2023-tesla-roadster-reservations-reopen/
FIRST DRIVE REVIEW: 2023 TOYOTA BZ4X EV IS SET AS THE SIDESHOW BUT UPSTAGES HYBRID HEADLINERS
– it surprised us to hear that Toyota only plans to deliver about 7,000 BZ4Xs through the end of 2022 in the U.S., with an emphasis on California ZEV states at first but no guarantee the pace will accelerate. While Ford looks at 200,000 Mach-Es for 2023 split between the U.S. and Europe, and VW eyes 100,000 ID.4s in the U.S. in the next year or two? Record-scratch moment.
– Toyota has owned California in hybrid sales, and it’s hard to imagine it’s not looking at the 60,394 Tesla Model Y SUVs registered in the Golden State alone in 2021 and seeing that it could catch up.
– To put it in context a bit, that’s a slower U.S. sales pace than the plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime.
– Both of the plug-ins are eligible for the full $7,500 EV tax credit amount for just a few more months. And for the time being, they both upstage those models without charge ports. Sorry, Toyota.
2023 TOYOTA BZ4X FIRST DRIVE REVIEW | TOYOTA’S FIRST REAL EV
– Last summer, a whopping 40% of would-be electric vehicle buyers said they had heard of Toyota’s EV. Of that, 21% said they considered buying it. Funny thing was, the 2023 Toyota bZ4X wouldn’t be revealed for months, and we’re just reviewing it now. In other words, all those people were keen on a car that didn’t exist … which is more than those who had heard of the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf, cars that actually existed for years.
– there is very little revolutionary about Toyota’s first from-scratch EV. You won’t see any bladder-busting range numbers, wait-saving charge times or neck-snapping 0-60 sprints. This sucker is aimed straight at the average new car buyer rather than EV enthusiasts. You know, like the people who thought it was already on sale.
– Well, the front-wheel-drive bX4Z actually has a different battery pack than the all-wheel-drive twins. Their capacities are similar at 71.4 kWh for FWD and 72.8 kWh for AWD, but they’re in fact different packs produced by different suppliers. Why? The answer is demand, as in Toyota couldn’t get enough of a single battery to supply all 13,000 or so Toyabaru EVs it intends to build for 2023.
Original Source : https://www.autoblog.com/2022/04/12/2023-toyota-bz4x-first-drive/
SHORT SUPPLY MEANS A RIVIAN TRUCK NOW COSTS FERRARI MONEY
– A 2022 Rivian R1T just sold for $138,000 on Cars & Bids, an enthusiast auction site. Normally, sales of one-year-old trucks, even on auction sites, don’ t get much attention. But this one sold for $76,075 new just 1 month ago. Since then, the owner put just 103 miles on the 2022 Rivian R1T truck, and the value of it increased by $62,000.
– For that money, the bidder could have bought a 2013 Ferrari California on the site, and still had cash to spare.
– How much do Rivian R1Ts sell for? Rivian says you can purchase an R1T for $79,000. That’s only if you got on the preorder list early. The best sales figures we can get for used Rivian prices are from classified and auction sites. Recently, an R1T went up for sale on Craigslist in Spokane, Washington. That owner said he won’t take less than $150,000.
TRUCK COMPANIES’ ELECTRIC ENTHUSIASM DOESN’T EXTEND TO POLICY
– Some of the world’s largest truck engine manufacturers say they’re all-in on electric vehicles. So why is their main trade group still lobbying against them?
– Volvo said it would try to sell 50 percent of its heavy-duty trucks as EVs by 2030, and the company is trumpeting new models and sales figures. Daimler is touting investments in truck charging infrastructure along the West Coast and a million miles driven in its electric Freightliners. Navistar is making the case that its electric school buses can help slash greenhouse gases.
– Yet the trade group they all belong to, the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, is arguing that federal and state rules intended to boost numbers of zero-emission trucks are too onerous.
– EMA’s president, Jed Mandel, said the demand isn’t necessarily there. “Their customers haven’t bought them yet, and there’s no guarantee they will,” he said of Volvo and Daimler’s plans. Mandel also argued that EPA’s proposal creates more regulatory uncertainty because the agency had already settled on greenhouse gas standards through model year 2027 under the Obama administration, which he said are already “very challenging.”
– Only about 6,000 of the roughly 4.5 million medium- and heavy-duty trucks on U.S. roads last year were battery-powered, according to ACT Research, a firm that does analysis and forecasting for the commercial vehicle industry. Most of them were buses, which typically make shorter trips than trucks.
Oral Statement from Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association: http://www.truckandenginemanufacturers.org/file.asp?A=Y&F=2022+04+12+EMA%92s+Oral+Statement+on+EPA%92s+Proposed+Heavy%2DDuty+Engine+and+Vehicle+Standards%2EPDF&N=2022+04+12+EMA%92s+Oral+Statement+on+EPA%92s+Proposed+Heavy%2DDuty+Engine+and+Vehicle+Standards%2EPDF&C=documents
“What They’re Saying: “Real Goal” is Zero-Emissions Future”. In an interview with CNN, Mandel added that zero-emissions technology “is coming and we want it to come,” and EPA’s final rule should not “take away the investment needed for the real prize which is zero-emissions vehicles.” Source: http://www.truckandenginemanufacturers.org/file.asp?A=Y&F=What+They%27re+Saying+FINAL%2Epdf&N=What+They%27re+Saying+FINAL%2Epdf&C=documents
WORLD’S GREATEST AUTO DISRUPTORS: SIX INNOVATORS SHAKING UP THE INDUSTRY
– or our inaugural awards honoring the World’s Greatest Auto Disruptors, Newsweek is honoring individuals and companies that are using technology to drive transformative change in the industry.
– VISIONARY OF THE YEAR Euisun Chung. Executive Chair, Hyundai Motor Group
– EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR Jim Farley President and CEO, Ford Motor Company
– RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR Hyundai Motor Group
– DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
– POWERTRAIN OF THE YEARHyundai Motor Group
ELECTRIC CANNONBALL: TWO E-MOTORCYCLES TAKE ON US CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE
– Two electric motorcycles will tackle the American Cannonball cross-country record of 178 hours and 17 minutes next week, in the inaugural Charging Across America Challenge (CAAC).
– The cross-country electric motorcycle event, which will start on April 18 and finish on April 22, Earth Day, will see two riders challenge the Cannonball cross-country electric motorcycle record of 178 hours and 17 minutes.
– The riders – Robert Swartz and Steven Day – will set out at the same time from opposite coasts and follow the original 2,906-mile route of the 1971 Cannonball Run
– Swartz, the founder of CAAC and owner of Rob’s Dyno Service and Energica of New England, will ride a 2022 Energica EVA EsseEsse9 on the westward route. Day, an air force veteran, w
– The race is being undertaken in an effort to promote a shift in America’s view of clean mobility and will include efforts to change American consumer perceptions around the viability of EVs and driving awareness of the nation’s expanding EV charging network.
BYD PLANNING THAILAND FACTORY AND RHD EXPORTS FROM THERE; FIRST EV WILL BE THE EA1 DOLPHIN
– Chinese electric vehicle (EV) specialist BYD is setting up shop in Thailand. According to Autolifethailand, the brand is set to be launched in June this year.
– The planned factory will produce right-hand drive EVs for domestic consumption as well as exports to other RHD markets. Australia and Malaysia are among the big RHD export markets for Thai-based manufacturers.
– The five-door electric hatch is powered by a single 177 hp/290 Nm motor, which is good for 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h. The motor is juiced by BYD’s Blade battery pack – here, the capacity is 44.9 kWh
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With the Tesla Cybertruck coming sometime in 2023, will the current crop like Rivian, F-150 and Hummer steal the market? Or is the Tesla truck worth waiting for?
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