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 Monday 8th August, it’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
JAY LENO REVIEWS THE 2023 CADILLAC LYRIQ DEBUT EDITION
Leno has a long list of gasoline-powered Caddy models in his collection, including examples from 1918, 1925, and a 1957 as well. With that in mind, the importance of the brand’s first all-electric production vehicle isn’t lost on him. “I’ve always been a fan of the brand,” Leno states. “And there’s a lot of history here.”
Taking center stage in Jay Leno’s garage, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq features a single GM Ultium electric motor and rear-wheel drive, with a 100.4 kWh GM Ultium lithium-ion battery pack
All impressive specs, no doubt, but Leno seems particularly impressed by the price point. At around $60,000, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is relatively affordable for a luxury crossover, especially for something in the EV category.
US: MAZDA MX-30 SALES IN JULY DECREASED TO JUST 8 UNITS
In July, only 8 Mazda MX-30 were sold. According to our data, that’s the lowest monthly result since its launch in late 2021.
In the case of the Mazda MX-30, the numbers never were high. 101 units were sold in March, but since then, sales decreased consistently to 78, 35, 23 and 8 last month.
2022 Mazda MX-30 $33,470 +$1,175 $7,500 $27,145
WAS THE ELECTRIC MAZDA MX-30 CROSSOVER A MISTAKE?
When we first drove the MX-30 and commented how poor the range was, Mazda assured us it wasn’t a “compliance car.” A compliance car is an alternative-fuel vehicle produced simply to meet government regulations for low-emission vehicle sales.
We genuinely like the MX-30, but it’s looking more and more like the 100-mile range was a mistake. Don’t forget, that’s the maximum range on a full charge, and regularly charging an EV battery over 80% degrades its lifespan prematurely, while extremes in weather (like the heat in California) can affect range negatively. If the MX-30 isn’t a compliance car and Mazda is already down to single-figure monthly sales, that’s not a good sign for its first EV effort.
Mazda Australia imported 100 MX-50 models in 2021 to sell and are now appearing on dealer listings on classified websites. Some we saw are marked as demonstrator models with their drive-away prices slashed despite having less than 2,000 miles on the clock.
RIVIAN IS OPENING ITS FIRST SERVICE CENTRE IN CANADA
As Rivian sales continue to increase in North America, the company took a major step in Canada and announced its first-ever service centre in Canada.
As per Automotive News, the first Rivian service facility outside the United States will be in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Rivian has been hiring staff since June for the location.
The company hopes to open the service centre in the fall.
Rivian is now operating 21 service centres around the United States. Another half a dozen are planned to open by the end of the year.
For Rivian, the service centre is both practical and a spot to showcase the R1T and R1s.
RENAULT IS ON RIGHT TRACK WITH NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLE, CEO SAYS
Renault SA Chief Executive Officer Luca de Meo said the uptake of the new Megane E-Tech EV model shows the French carmaker is on the right track with its turnaround at a time of increased challenges for the automotive industry.
Renault sold 25,000 Megane E-Tech vehicles in three months, the 55-year-old CEO told Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview published in its Sunday edition.
“The democratization of the electric car will take place in Europe and involves products at affordable prices,”
The Megane E-Tech model, which is being widely advertised in French media, was the country’s best-selling EV in July, according to data by Avere-France.
De Meo has pledged to give more details on his plan to carve out Renault’s electric and combustion-engine businesses in the fall.
NIU TECHNOLOGIES TO LAUNCH E-BIKES WITH SODIUM-ION BATTERIES
With the price of lithium batteries rising sharply, two-wheeled electric vehicle companies are also beginning to face cost pressures.
Niu Technologies is looking for new alternative batteries and plans to launch its first two-wheeled electric bike with sodium-ion batteries in 2023
Sodium-ion batteries are heavier than lithium batteries at the same range, but have a cost advantage
Many two-wheeled electric vehicle manufacturers have raised prices due to factors including the Covid epidemic and raw material price increases, especially for lithium batteries.
Last July 29, Chinese power battery giant CATL unveiled its first-generation sodium-ion battery, bringing the new power battery technology to greater attention.
CATL said its first-generation sodium-ion battery has a slightly lower energy density than current lithium iron phosphate batteries. However, it has significant advantages in low-temperature performance and fast charging, especially in high-power application scenarios and in alpine regions.
Niu expects global sales of 1.5 million to 1.7 million units in 2022, with 1.3 million to 1.5 million units sold in China and 200,000 to 300,000 scooters sold in overseas markets
NIO’S SECOND BATTERY SWAP STATION IN NORWAY TO OPEN ON AUGUST 15
NIO‘s second Battery Swap Station in Norway is ready to open and the inauguration will be on August 15 at Vestby. The station is located at Svarthagsveien 1, 1540 Vestby, between Oslo and Gothenburg.
“On August 15, at 12:00, we open our other Power Swap Station in Norway. The station will be the link between Oslo and Gothenburg, which means that the station in Vestby will connect the Norwegian Power Swap Network with the planned network in Europe. We would like to invite you to celebrate the opening with us,” NIO said.
The latest images of the upcoming station show that the facility is ready to open in the Scandinavian country
The company recently hosted the 2022 NIO Power Day where unveiled its upcoming products/ upgrades for the upcoming months namely the new 500kW ultra-fast charger and the third generation of NIO’s Battery Swap Stations.
NIO will enter 4 new European Markets in 2022: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and The Netherlands. During the last NIO Day, the company revealed that will be present in 25 Countries by 2025.
AUSTRALIAN PETROL STATIONS BEGIN MOVE TO ELECTRIC CARS
Service stations are beginning to embrace electric cars, with the official opening of the first of 120 fast-charge sites promised for Ampol locations across Australia within 18 months.
Ampol is making the move with an initial group of five stations — Alexandria and Northmead in Sydney, Altona North in Victoria, Carseldine in Queensland and Belmont in Western Australia — as the company introduces plans to sell electric-car chargers for business and home installations.
The company has not revealed the cost of its AmpCharge program, but it is partly funded by $7.5 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, with backing from the Federal Government.
The roll-out is relatively low-key, with only a single charger and two plugs at each site, but they are fast chargers capable of delivering up to 150kW.
REVEALED: CAR INDUSTRY’S SECRET EMISSIONS PLAN
The car industry has launched a wide-ranging secret campaign that would delay Australia’s transition to electric vehicles and hamper a key part of the nation’s climate change plan, confidential documents show.
The lobbying and public relations strategy, circulated in recent weeks among top motoring executives, aims to limit any new fuel efficiency standards to a level that would leave Australia’s car industry with some of the weakest carbon emission rules in the world.
The campaign was developed by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the powerful peak body representing 39 auto brands, and seeks to have the industry’s existing, voluntary emissions scheme adopted as the national standard.
It would mean new passenger cars sold in 2030 would still pump out an average of at least 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre, leaked documents show. By comparison, European standards in place now specify 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre
The documents outline a timeline of public relations efforts to take place from now until October, with a program of targeted briefings, a green paper for government, a “thought leadership roadshow” consisting of roundtables, keynote speeches, newspaper opinion pieces and a “targeted media campaign”.
The FCAI aims to position itself to “be seen as a thought leader and trusted voice on reducing emissions”, the documents say. Its PR strategy is to “initiate, shape and appropriately participate in the EV discussion” via its campaign in the next few months.
The documents paint an insider’s picture of those in the petrol and hybrid car industry fighting a rearguard action against fuel emissions regulation
Transport is Australia’s third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and the sector is getting dirtier, with CO2 output rising by 48 per cent since 1990 and most of those emissions coming from the tailpipes of cars and trucks on the road.
THE STRUGGLE OF CHARGING YOUR EV WHEN YOUR HOUSE HAS NO DRIVEWAY
Igor Anany loves his plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. But the characteristics of his property in a high-density area makes charging the car at home tricky. Caroline Williams reports. Wanting to do better by the environment, Igor Anany bought his hybrid Mini Cooper in April, receiving a $5.5k rebate in the Government’s Clean Car Discount scheme.
But the Hobsonville, Auckland resident did not anticipate his clean car would not go hand-in-hand with another part of New Zealand’s future: housing intensification.
Anany’s property does not have off-street parking, and the car doesn’t fit inside his garage. He had been parking up against his garage to charge the car, however this meant blocking part of the footpath, which drew ire from locals who were concerned wheelchair users and people with prams and strollers could not get past. Anany now parks the car between the road and the footpath and charges it after 9pm by running an extension cord to the car, covering it with rubber mats so that no-one trips.
He hoped to find a more permanent solution, as running electrical cables across the footpath is not allowed under Auckland Transport’s Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw as of May.
Anany did not anticipate going through such a rigmarole to charge the car when he bought it.
BMW DRIVER FORCED TO CHARGE £50K ELECTRIC CAR THROUGH FIRST FLOOR WINDOW
A BMW driver says he has been forced to charge his electric car through a first-floor flat window – after being told to remove his self-installed charging point.
Joe Keating installed the device for his BMW on the wall next to his parking space at his rented apartment in Rochdale. He planned the installation to help slash his carbon emissions and save on fuel costs.
However, soon after, he was sent a letter from managing agents Stevenson Whyte asking him to remove the power-point – a move which he says is “heavy handed” and shows a reluctance to support the “green agenda”.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Joe admitted he did not ask his managing agents before installing the charging point for his vehicle, worth almost £50,000.
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