17 Apr 2022 | Tesla Supercharger Installation Costs Revealed
On the podcast today:
- Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess on 60 Minutes – CBS News
- Rivian CEO Warns Chip Snag ‘Appetizer’ for Battery Shortage
- Audi A6 E-Tron Spy Shots Show EV Being Pushed Hard At Nurburgring
- Porsche Slightly Increased Sales Of Electric Cars In Q1 2022
- Tesla will no longer include mobile connectors with every car
- Tesla denied grant applications in Texas for Superchargers despite fractional costs
- Tesla now doesn’t let anyone buy their car after lease is over as used car prices are skyrocketing
- Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reveals details of Tesla Shanghai plant’s resumption plan
- Electrify America Now Offers Kilowatt-Hour Pricing for Electric Vehicles in 30 States
- GreenFlux gains UK rapid charging network through Osprey
- GM’s New EV Platform Is Not Unibody Or Body-On-Frame
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VOLKSWAGEN CEO HERBERT DIESS ON 60 MINUTES – CBS NEWS
– Lesley Stahl: Volkswagen pulled out of Russia very early. I wonder how hard a decision that was for you.
Herbert Diess: It is quite a hard decision for us because we have about 7,000 people — loyal people working for us in Russia. We have three plants there. We have customers since many years, so it’s very difficult decision. But strong sanctions are probably the only measures we have currently, because what we see in Europe is really an appalling war.
– Lesley Stahl: You know, in the United States, the best-selling vehicles are trucks. As far as I know, you do not have plans to make an electric truck for the American market.
Herbert Diess: Not yet
Lesley Stahl: Not yet?
– Herbert Diess: Yeah. It is a big challenge. And historically there haven’t been too many cases where the successful companies in the old world could demonstrate that they are still successful in the new world.
Lesley Stahl: And you have so many competitors in the electrification area.
Herbert Diess: Yeah. It’s really the new competitors which are especially challenging for us, no, coming from software background, battery background, Apple being said to entering at some stage, no? Those are probably the competitors we have to take most seriously.
RIVIAN CEO WARNS CHIP SNAG ‘APPETIZER’ FOR BATTERY SHORTAGE
– Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe warned that a shortage of electric-car batteries could soon eclipse the issues that the automotive industry has faced from the computer chip shortage.
– “Semiconductors are a small appetizer to what we are about to feel on battery cells over the next two decades,” Scaringe said, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The Rivian CEO made the comment while giving reporters a tour of the company’s plant in Normal, Illinois.
– “Put very simply, all the world’s cell production combined represents well under 10% of what we will need in 10 years,” Scaringe said, according to The Journal. “Meaning, 90% to 95% of the supply chain does not exist,” he added.
– Last year, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) released a report that found that battery cell production will not be able to meet demand until 2030, causing an estimated shortage of over 18.7 million electric cars between 2022 and 2029.
– “I’m on the phone with semiconductor supplier CEOs every day,” Scaringe said, according to report from Axios. “It’s a day-in, day-out battle for allocation and the number we get is precisely equal to the number of vehicles we build,” he added.
AUDI A6 E-TRON SPY SHOTS SHOW EV BEING PUSHED HARD AT NURBURGRING
– Audi’s lineup of electric vehicles will grow later this year with the addition of the Audi A6 E-Tron. Audi previewed the EV’s sleek design with a concept, and it appears as if the production version will retain the majority of the styling. Our second batch of A6 E-Tron spy shots captures the electric sedan testing at the famous Nurburgring race track.
– The new photos continue to show the Audi covered in a full-body camouflage wrap.
– The new electric sedan will ride on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture jointly developed between Porsche and Audi. While we know the car’s platform, we don’t have any powertrain details. Audi previewed the A6 E-Tron with a concept that packed a dual-motor setup making 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts) that could send it to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than four seconds. The PPE architecture will also underpin the upcoming electric Porsche Macan and the Audi Q6 E-Tron crossover.
Original Source : https://www.motor1.com/news/579577/audi-a6-etron-spy-shots/
PORSCHE SLIGHTLY INCREASED SALES OF ELECTRIC CARS IN Q1 2022
– Porsche reports that its global car sales decreased during the first quarter of 2022 by 5% year-over-year to 68,426.
– In the case of all-electric car sales, Porsche has managed to slightly increase sales of the Porsche Taycan/Taycan Cross Turismo/Taycan GTS family. In Q1, 9,470 units of all types were delivered, which is 4% more than a year ago.
– The Taycan family accounts for 13.8% of the total Porsche global volume and its sales exceed the 911: The Porsche Taycan is the third most popular model in the lineup: Cayenne: 19,029 Macan: 18,329 Taycan (all versions): 9,470 (up 4%)
Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/580298/porsche-sales-electric-cars-2022q1/
TESLA WILL NO LONGER INCLUDE MOBILE CONNECTORS WITH EVERY CAR
– Tesla has stopped including its mobile connector with new car purchases and will instead sell its Gen 2 (Level 1) bundle separately for a lower $200 price, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed in a series of tweets. The mobile connector bundle comes with an adapter that allows drivers to charge their cars from a standard 110v household outlet, with other adapters available for purchase separately.
– In a reply to a user’s reaction to the situation, Musk confirmed that the company will no longer include the Gen 2 mobile connector with new car purchases. “Usage statistics were super low, so seemed wasteful,” Musk explained, adding that Tesla “will be including more plug adapters with the mobile connector kit” in the future. It’s unclear which adapters Tesla will start including with the kit.
– The Gen 2 mobile connector is still listed as costing $275 on Tesla’s site, and you couldn’t purchase one even if you wanted to; the mobile connector is currently out of stock, and the same goes for the Gen 1 connector. That said, it’s unclear how long either accessory has been out of stock or whether a supply chain shortage is contributing to Tesla’s decision.
TESLA DENIED GRANT APPLICATIONS IN TEXAS FOR SUPERCHARGERS DESPITE FRACTIONAL COSTS
– Tesla recently applied for a series of grants through a program in the State of Texas that would cover up to 70 percent of an electric vehicle charging stall installation.
– According to a report from Forbes, which examined the rejected applications and what would instead be installed, Texas is doing itself a disservice, selecting “the most expensive stations in the worst locations for their money.”
– The $21 million in grants, which are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, provided enough funding for 170 chargers at 41 stations.
– Tesla’s Superchargers would not have only benefitted drivers of the all-electric automaker’s products. The Forbes report indicates Tesla had only applied for a “small portion” of the money to build its first four stations, which would also accept non-Tesla EVs, much like a “pilot” program the company has started to test in Europe.
It’s important to note that Tesla submitted its paperwork with plans to meet the requirements by installing CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, as well as opening the network to non-Tesla EVs. Moreover, the company only applied for a small portion of funding to help with four Supercharger stations it planned to deploy in Texas for use by all electric cars, likely as a test for opening more charging stations to non-Tesla EVs going forward.
Companies were only allowed to apply for grant money to cover up to 70 percent of a charger’s deployment up to $150,000. While most companies request the full $150,000 per charger, Tesla only applied for $30,000 per charger. However, it wasn’t awarded a single penny of grant money.
Original Source: https://insideevs.com/news/580505/tesla-supercharger/
Chargepoint: $150K+ for 2-plex
EVgo: $150K+ for pair, $126K for 4-plex
7-11: $126K for 2-plex
Tesla: $29K for 17-plex, $42K for 9-plex
Forbes says: “The grant applications reveal a staggering difference in the cost of the different stations. Most of the applications ask for the maximum $150,000, which suggests their stations cost at least $215,000 each to put in — and possibly much more. While all the other applications are for smaller stations with 2 to 6 units, and thus have a higher cost per charger, the difference is stark. For the Tesla 17 unit station they ask only $29K each, and $42K each for the 9 unit stations. Tesla’s grant application for their 17 unit station at $500,000 is lower than most of the 4-unit stations in other applications, which ask for the maximum $600,000. Only 20% of the grant was allowed to be used for electrical service upgrades.”
“Tesla is able to put in stations for less than 1/5th of the cost of many of the players, including Chargepoint, which is the largest of the non-Tesla players and highly experienced, or EVgo which was requesting 4 times the Tesla amount. “
“This cost is so much lower that some speculate Tesla might have asked for less subsidy than the grant provided, though motive for that is unclear. “
TESLA NOW DOESN’T LET ANYONE BUY THEIR CAR AFTER LEASE IS OVER AS USED CAR PRICES ARE SKYROCKETING
– Tesla has changed its policy to now not allow anyone to buy their car after their lease is over as used car prices are skyrocketing to new records.
– Back in 2019, Tesla announced that it wouldn’t let people who are leasing a Model 3 buy it from the company at the end of their lease, which is most often an option in car leasing.
– Now Tesla is expanding its no lease buyout policy to all vehicles, according to an update to its website:
If you leased your vehicle before April 15, 2022, you may be eligible to purchase your leased Tesla. Review your lease agreement to see if you qualify.
– All Tesla vehicles delivered on or after April 15, 2022 are not eligible for purchase.
– Third-party dealerships and third-party individuals are not eligible to purchase leased vehicles.
RENOWNED APPLE ANALYST MING-CHI KUO REVEALS DETAILS OF TESLA SHANGHAI PLANT’S RESUMPTION PLAN
– If you’re interested in Apple products, chances are you’ve heard of Ming-Chi Kuo, and in addition to Apple, it looks like the analyst from TF International Securities is also starting to follow Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA).
In a series of tweets today, the well-known Apple analyst revealed details of Tesla’s plans to resume production in Shanghai.
– Production at Tesla’s plant in the city has been suspended so far since Shanghai went into a phased lockdown from March 28, the longest since the plant began production in late 2019.
ELECTRIFY AMERICA NOW OFFERS KILOWATT-HOUR PRICING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN 30 STATES
– With the addition of five more states, Electrify America has expanded kilowatt-hour (kWh) pricing to 30 states and the District of Columbia which allows customers to pay by the amount of energy used to charge their electric vehicle.
– The company now offers kilowatt-hour pricing in Idaho, Indiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
GREENFLUX GAINS UK RAPID CHARGING NETWORK THROUGH OSPREY
– Osprey has opened its UK rapid charging network to EV drivers from mainland Europe under a major new roaming deal with GreenFlux.
– As part of the roaming agreement, 90,000 drivers served by each of GreenFlux’s E-mobility service provider (EMSP) customers can seamlessly access all of Osprey’s 300 chargers, as well as future charge points, using their usual apps and charge cards.
GM’S NEW EV PLATFORM IS NOT UNIBODY OR BODY-ON-FRAME
– GM’s transition to an all-electric lineup is bringing a wealth of new technology and engineering to the fore, including the development of new vehicle platforms to underpin a deluge of new GM EV models. Among these is the GM BT1 platform, which, according to GM is considered neither a unibody platform, nor a body-on-frame platform.
– During a recent interview regarding the new Chevy Silverado EV between GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft and GM Chief Engineer, Battery Electric Trucks, Nichole Kraatz, Kraatz was asked about the Silverado EV’s underlying architecture, which was confirmed to be the BT1 platform. When asked whether BT1 was considered body-on-frame, rather than a unibody architecture, Kraatz responded by saying:
– “It is not a unibody and it is not a body-on-frame. We’ve designed a different type of architecture where we have a body that has a floor, but also, the Ultium battery structure is actually a good portion of the structure and those two are connected after the body exits the body shaft. So we’ve defined kind of a new category of vehicle that doesn’t have that traditional body-and-frame approach.”
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