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FORD CEO SUGGESTS NEW EV SALES MODEL THAT’S ‘100%’ ONLINE
– Ford CEO Jim Farley said the brand’s electric vehicles may shift to fixed prices and completely online sales. In a speech today at an IBM conference, Farley described a future where Ford dealerships would no longer stock inventory but serve as customer service centers for picking up online orders or repairing existing vehicles — with buyers also having the option for home delivery. In this hypothetical scheme, eliminating car dealerships would put an end to haggling with salespeople.
– “I believe some Mach-E and Lightning customers would love to have a Mustang for the weekend. Maybe they want a Super Duty. I can do that,” Farley said, “They can’t.”
– The CEO said he believes that prices for EVs will lower to an average of $25,000, as the cost of batteries and distribution gets cheaper.
Original Source : https://www.autoblog.com/2022/06/02/ford-ev-sales/
US: FORD EV SALES SURGED IN MAY 2022 – MACH-E, E-TRANSIT AND F-150 LIGHTNING
– In May, the total sales of Ford and Lincoln vehicles in the US decreased by 4.5% year-over-year to 154,461
– In this background, Ford’s all-electric vehicles shine with 6,254 units in May (a new record and an increase of 222% year-over-year). That’s about 4.3% of the total Ford volume (a new record).
– Ford notes that for the month, it has moved into second place in US BEV sales behind Tesla.
– Ford BEV sales in the US: Ford Mustang Mach-E: 5,179 (up 166%) [record] Ford E-Transit: 874 [record] Ford F-150 Lightning: 201 (first month) [record] Total: 6,254 (up 222%) [record] and 4.3% share
– It means that it’s too early to expect a consistent growth of Mach-E sales, as the production is still constrained. Year-to-date production of over 29,000 units is barely above the level from 2021 in the same period.
Original Source : https://insideevs.com/news/589749/us-ford-ev-sales-may-2022/
8,445 NEW ELECTRIC CARS REGISTERED IN NORWAY OVER MAY
– In Norway, all-electric cars made for a market share of 73.2% this May. The VW ID.4 was on top of the buyer’s list with 915 units out of 8,445 total BEV registrations.
– With the 8,445 new electric cars, registrations in Norway in May 2022 were slightly above April’s 7,207 new electric cars and relatively close to the level of May 2021, when 8,498 new electric cars were registered in Norway
– A year ago, 3,221 PHEVs were newly registered; in May 2022, there were only 1,375.
– Total registrations have fallen by 15.6 per cent this year, zero-emission cars have increased by 21.7 per cent.
– : There the Polestar 2 is in 2nd place with 465 units, the BMW iX in 3rd place with 458 vehicles.
Behind the podium follow the Volvo XC40, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the BMW i4, Skoda Enyaq, BYD Tang and MG Marvel R
BMW STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF PLANT FOR FIRST NEUE KLASSE EV
– BMW Group’s lineup of electric vehicles will grow to at least 13 members by the end of 2023, with the most recent addition being the 2023 BMW iX1 compact crossover. However, the automaker is already deep in preparation for a new generation of EVs based on a platform dubbed Neue Klasse (German for “New Class”), the first of which is due in 2025.
– Production of the first Neue Klasse EV will be handled at a state-of-the-art plant under construction in Debrecen, Hungary. The foundation stone was laid on Wednesday.
– BMW Group will invest more than 1 billion euros (approximately $1.07 billion) in the site to construct a full vehicle plant containing a press shop, body shop and paint shop, as well as assembly lines. The initial annual capacity will be 150,000 vehicles. And being a new site, it will take advantage of the latest production methods as well as digitalization and sustainability technologies.
– The first Neue Klasse vehicle will be in the BMW 3-Series segment, BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse confirmed in May. Code-named the NK1, the vehicle is expected to be a member of the next-generation 3-Series family, possibly a successor to the electric 3-Series being launched in China later this year as the i3
TOYOTA’S POWERWALL ALTERNATIVE IS DESIGNED TO WORK WITH SOLAR, PLUG-IN HYBRIDS
– Toyota on Thursday unveiled a home battery energy storage system similar in concept to Tesla’s Powerwall. The automaker has started pre-orders for its O-Uchi Kyuden System in Japan, with sales expected to begin in August through home builders and general construction companies, a Toyota press release said.
– The system has a storage capacity of 8.7 kwh. That’s significantly less than Tesla’s currently listed Powerwall capacity of 13.5 kwh. But while the Powerwall can deliver up to 5 kw of continuous power (7 kw peak), Toyota claims 5.5 kw
– Toyota also claims its system can draw power from electrified vehicles at 100 volts—the normal household AC voltage in Japan—allowing hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or battery-electric vehicles to serve as emergency backup power sources. But Toyota notes that “electrified vehicles” can only supply 1.1 kwh of energy—likely because most of Toyota’s hybrids have battery packs not much larger than that.
– Tesla isn’t the only other automaker intending to create its own energy storage. Hyundai introduced its Home ecosystem, due to span solar, charging, and energy storage—although United States details are still missing. Ford isn’t directly selling energy storage, but through hardware sold with partner Sunrun the F-150 Lightning can become a power broker in the same way as a Powerwall—provided it stays plugged-in.
ELON MUSK’S RETURN-TO-OFFICE ULTIMATUM MEETS RESISTANCE IN GERMANY
– Elon Musk’s recent notice to employees that remote working is no longer acceptable and asking them to return to the office full-time or quit has met resistance from Germany’s largest trade union on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing the union.
– The IG Metall union in Berlin-Brandenburg-Sachsen, where the electric vehicle maker recently opened its first European Giga factory, said it would support any employee who does not agree with Musk’s notice.
– “Whoever does not agree with such one-sided demands and wants to stand against them has the power of unions behind them in Germany, as per law,” the report noted, citing a union executive.
– Tesla does not have unions at its plants. However, Tesla employees in Giga Berlin elected 19 people to its first workers’ council in February, a move resisted by Musk.
– The world’s richest man told employees on Wednesday in an email that if they believed working from the office is old-fashioned, they could “pretend to work somewhere else” and asked employees to either clock a minimum of forty hours per week or leave Tesla if they wish to work remotely.
TESLA FACES INCREASE IN COMPLAINTS OVER ‘PHANTOM BRAKING’
– Tesla Inc. is facing stepped-up scrutiny from US regulators who have received 758 complaints of cars made by the company that suddenly brake at high speeds, more than double the number of reported incidents earlier this year.
– Complaints alleging unexpected brake activation in 2021-2022 Tesla vehicles rose from 354 in February, prompting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ask Tesla for a response by June 20, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.
– “That is a huge number of complaints in a short time, and indicates that NHTSA’s probe should be stepping up,” said Michael Brooks, acting executive director and chief counsel of the Center for Auto Safety. “We have hundreds of owners per month reporting false activation of their emergency braking systems, and untold numbers of others not reporting the issue to NHTSA.”
ELON MUSK WANTS TESLA TO CUT 10% OF JOBS, PAUSE ALL HIRING OVER HIS ‘SUPER BAD FEELING’
– reports say the CEO has paused all hiring at Tesla and wants to cut employee numbers by 10%. The reason? He has a “super bad feeling” about the economy.
– Reuters writes that Musk sent the ominous warning in an email titled “pause all hiring worldwide” to Tesla executives. The automaker and its subsidiaries employed around 100,000 at the end of 2021, according to an SEC filing, so a 10% reduction in its workforce would represent a substantial number of layoffs.
– Musk’s recession warning arrives as inflation hits a 40-year high that has pushed up the cost of living, slowing consumer spending and sales; consumer prices were 8.3% higher in April than a year earlier. There are also China’s Covid restrictions impacting production and the Russia/Ukraine war, which continues to disrupt the global economy and skyrocket gas prices.
AN ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT JUST FLEW FROM NEW YORK TO ARKANSAS
– On the morning of Monday, May 23, an electric aircraft took off from Plattsburgh International Airport in eastern New York, near Lake Champlain and the border with Vermont. From there, it pushed west and south. It landed and took off again two more times in New York, and then flew into Akron, Ohio the next day. After seven stops in total, it finally landed on Monday, May 30, in Bentonville, Arkansas, completing a start-and-stop journey of 1,403 miles.
– The craft is called Alia, and it was created by Beta Technologies, an aviation startup based in Burlington, Vermont. A single propeller, powered by two electric motors, gives it its thrust through the air
– With this longer series of flights, Beta CEO Kyle Clark says that they wanted to show that aircraft like these can be more than just a vehicle for local transport.
– The flight legs ranged from about 159 miles to as long as 211, and had an average flight time of around 88 minutes. All told, over the eight days that the mission lasted, the aircraft was in the air for nearly 12 hours.
CHARGING LOUNGES HELP MAKE PLUGGING IN MORE PALATABLE
– In March, EA released an expansive design vision for future charging stations that should address some of the most frequently heard criticisms. The vision will become reality this year and in 2023 at locations in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Diego, and Beverly Hills, California; and in both Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York.
– Anthony Lambkin, senior director of operations at EA, told Autoweek the company already has additional amenities such as solar awnings at existing locations, including in the charging hub of Baker, California.
– “Gas stations are set up for a quick in-and-out, but we have longer dwell times—though they are getting shorter—for EV charging. Even at 10 or 20 minutes of waiting we need a new type of retail experience, leapfrogging what you’d expect to see at a gas station.”
– Features of the new stations in addition to solar include waiting areas and lounges, event spaces, security lighting, valet charging and curbside delivery options, and as many as 20 redesigned DC fast chargers with up to 350-kilowatt capacity.
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