Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily, you trusted source of EV information. It’s Tuesday 7th June, it’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
UPCOMING ALL-ELECTRIC JEEP MIGHT BE CALLED ‘JEEPSTER’
– Stellantis provided a look at the upcoming battery-electric Jeep SUV during an event about the company’s future in March, and today we’re peeping what appears to be a leaked-but-camouflaged production version.
– A grainy black-and-white spy shot of what is claimed to be the mini-Jeep was shared on an Autopareri forum, but doesn’t reveal much, other than that the vehicle’s design seems well in line with the concept.
– Jeep’s internal code for the unit is “Project 516” or “Jeep Junior,” but sources who spoke with Mopar Insiders now say the small SUV could be called Jeepster, a name previously used multiple times throughout the brand’s history, including on the original Willys-Overland from 1948 through 1950; and on a special edition model of the Renegade in 2020.
– The electric version, whatever it’s to be called, could see production start April 2023
POLESTAR ADDS REFERRAL PROGRAM, BUT IT’S NOT LIKE TESLA’S
– Polestar announced last week that it’s launching its own referral program to incentivize owners to promote the brand’s EVs to others.
– Launching in the United States, Europe, and South Korea, the program does allow both referring customers and those they refer to earn rewards, based on referral codes within customer accounts.
– Upon purchase, new customers in Europe and South Korea will receive charging credits. U.S. customers will receive a Google Bundle including a Nest Hub and Nest Mini devices.
– The referring customers will be eligible for those rewards as well, along with a Houdini Power Houdi jacket and a unique sketch from one of Polestar’s designers, depending on their “reward tier,” per Polestar.
SONY EYES ‘INDEPENDENT’ EV JOINT VENTURE WITH HONDA
– The head of Sony Group has said the company’s planned joint venture with Honda Motor may hold a public share offering as the two companies prepare to develop electric vehicles together.
– “We shared the view that it is better to make the joint venture independent, in the long run, rather than putting it under Sony or Honda,” Sony Chairman, President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida told Nikkei in an interview Monday. When asked about the possibility of an initial public offering for the venture, or selling a stake to other companies, he said, “That’s a possibility.”
– Sony and Honda plan to form a joint venture by the end of this year with the aim of marketing their first EVs in 2025. Sony will develop the software and entertainment content, such as movies and music, available in the car, while Honda will provide the hardware and safety features for the vehicle itself.
– As seen in the case of the Apple car, a potential challenger, companies from outside the auto industry are about to enter the business.
SONY, HONDA SAY EV PARTNERSHIP COULD BREED NEW BRAND FOR BOTH
– As recently as January, it was discussing the creation of “Sony Mobility Inc” which would focus on the commercialization of the company’s surprise Vision-S concept vehicles. However, it’s a move that makes a lot of sense, as actually getting vehicles out the door will be far easier with a manufacturing partner like Honda on board.
– When it comes to finding a production partner with experience and capacity, you could do a lot worse than Honda. As the world’s 7th largest automaker in terms of vehicles sold in 2021, Sony should be able to burst on to the EV scene with less headaches than those starting from scratch. As always, time will tell.
2022 HYUNDAI IONIQ PRODUCTION SET TO END IN JULY
– The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid are set to end production in July at the company’s Ulsan plant in South Korea
– The news stems from an announcement today on Hyundai’s European media site that bids farewell to the first-generation Ioniq. The Ioniq has also disappeared from Hyundai’s U.S. consumer site, although a Hyundai North America spokesperson would not confirm the news to C/D.
– The Ioniq’s demise isn’t totally surprising considering that Hyundai phased out the Ioniq Electric after the 2021 model year. It also makes sense as the Korean automaker plans to launch 11 new electric models by 2030, some of which fit under the Ioniq name that now refers to the company’s EV subbrand
RIVIAN UNVEILS R2 VEHICLE ROADMAP
– In a letter to shareholders, Rivian CEO and founder RJ Scaringe highlighted the launch of the R1T, R1S and EDV over the last year.“These vehicles and services are critical for establishing our consumer and commercial business,” Scaringe said.
– The CEO noted that launching multiple vehicles on two platforms has led to the need of ramping up the supply chain.
– The company’s Normal, Illinois plant has a current annual capacity of 150,000 units. Supply chain issues have led to not being able to hit full capacity, something the company is working through to “full utilize this capacity.”
– Scaringe highlighted the launch of the R2 vehicle platform, which will be the successor of R1T and R1S.
– “We have focused our roadmap to ensure that the $17 billion of cash we had on our balance sheet as of March 31, 2022, can support the 2025 launch and ramp of our R2 vehicle platform,” Scaringe said.
– The company has a backlog of more than 90,000 R1 preorders according to the CEO.
FORD TROLLS TESLA WITH F-150 LIGHTNING ACCESSORY
– Ford might just have some cheek of its own, with its own CEO Jim Farley laying down some fine trolling on—yep—Twitter
– “Not trolling. Just helpful.” That’s Farley dishing out a delicious “who, me?” in response to a Lightning Owners forum member (via InsideEVs) detailing how the F-150 Lightning electric pickup’s NEMA 14-50 Mobile Power Cord attachment includes an adapter to fit Teslas, which use their own charge plug standard
– with the included L14-30P NEMA adapter, you can even plug this 30-amp hookup to the 240-volt outlet in the pickup bed to charge up other EVs.
– the implication is that Lightning owners with the hookup could “save” stranded Teslas
– by attaching the NEMA power unit to their Pro Power port in the bed and affixing the included J1772 Tesla port adapter.
– As Jim Farley notes, this is “helpful,” but it’s also a lowkey sick burn against Tesla, whose cars can’t do the same mobile power station tricks as the Lightning.
SOLID POWER BEGINS SOLID-STATE BATTERY PILOT BEFORE TESTING WITH FORD AND BMW IN LATE 2022
– EV-scale solid-state battery cells have come one step closer to reality in Louisville, Colorado, where Solid Power announced it will begin pilot manufacturing of solid-state cells. The completed installation of the production pilot line will allow Solid Power to produce silicon anode, solid-state battery cells for internal testing before delivering them to automotive partners BMW and Ford to begin qualification testing.
– Solid Power announced the completion of its pilot manufacturing line in Colorado, which it is calling the “EV cell pilot line” designed to produce EV-scale solid-state battery cells. The EV cell pilot line is designed to manufacture sulfide-based cells through a process that closely matches existing processes of lithium-ion cell production.
– Solid Power shared that when the cell pilot line gets running at full capacity, it is expected to produce 300 cells per week, which translates to about 15,000 solid-state battery cells per year. According to the battery developer, a majority of those pilot cells will be used for EV qualification testing through some of the partners mentioned above like Ford.
– Solid Power’s solid-state battery cells contain over 50% active silicon in each anode, providing greater energy density and thus longer range – all without the volatility of a liquid electrolyte that is present in traditional lithium-ion cells.
ELECTRIC CAR AND HEAT PUMP BUYERS FACE SHORTAGES FOR NEXT TWO YEARS AMID SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS
– People looking to invest in heat pumps and electric vehicles could face rising prices and supply shortages for the next two years, according to the CEO of one of Denmark’s largest industrial companies.
– Soaring energy prices and growing public concern about climate change means many households are eyeing green technologies such as heat pumps, solar panels, and electric cars, as a route to cutting fuel bills and carbon emissions.
– Danfoss is a family-controlled engineering group that employs more than 40,000 people worldwide. It is a major global manufacturer of components for heat pumps, air conditioners, and electric vehicles.
– Earlier this year, i reported on households being “ghosted” by suppliers and facing long delays for green technologies. Electric cars have been one of the worst-impacted products, with the wait for delivery of some vehicles now stretching to 18 months.
– Mr Fausing predicted the supply chain difficulties and inflationary pressures will endure until 2024, when new manufacturing capacity is expected to be up and running, easing the pressure. But he stressed that over the long-term, low-carbon technologies will dominate as governments around the world push ahead cutting emissions and improving their energy security.
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