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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 27th February it’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
TESLA INVESTOR DAY PREVIEW
– Summary: Tesla’s Investor Day event on March 1st is expected to feature discussion on the company’s long-term expansion plans, generation 3 platform, and capital allocation. It is anticipated to reveal a stock buyback plan. The event is also expected to include the third part of Tesla’s Master Plan, which may include the next-gen Tesla Roadster, Cybertruck, new vehicle platform, autonomous driving applications, energy storage initiatives, charging network revenue potential, and Tesla robot.
Tesla is also set to unveil plans for its smallest and cheapest mass-produced electric car yet on March 1. Unofficially dubbed the ‘Model 2’, it is expected to use the company’s ‘generation three’ platform and be smaller than the Model 3 and Model Y, likely closer in size to a Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Golf. It is estimated to cost approximately $US21. It is expected to use Tesla’s new-generation, in-house battery technology, known as 4680, and may be offered with autonomous driving technology. It is still unclear what the new Tesla compact car will look like despite plenty of online mockups and renders from fans.
Tesla’s Investor Day is expected to focus on increasing the scale of their operations to achieve their goal of accelerating the transition to sustainable energy and transport. This will likely include announcing plans for more factories, increasing production capacity by 10x, and investing in charging infrastructure. They will also likely discuss their robotaxi vehicle, additional vehicle segments, autonomy, energy storage, and robots. Overall, Tesla’s plans have the potential to make a major impact on the sustainable energy and transport sector.
– Original Source: https://www.drive.com.au/news/tesla-small-car-what-we-know-so-far/
2024 KIA EV9 LOOKS LIKE THE CONCEPT
– Summary: The Kia EV9 is a highly anticipated electric vehicle that is launching this year and is a near replica of the electric SUV concept seen at the 2021 LA Auto Show. It rides on the E-GMP platform and will feature five trim options with all-electric ranges from 220 to 290 miles. Prices range from $56,000 to $73,000 with the two lower trims featuring 200 hp and RWD. The top trim is likely to have AWD, around 240 mile range, have 4,500 lb towing capacity, higher ground clearance, a full-length sunroof, and more. A video was recently posted on social media that appears to show the EV9 driving undisguised down the street, looking nearly identical to the concept vehicle. It is possible that Kia is testing or promoting the EV9 on public streets ahead of its release.
– Original Source: https://electrek.co/2023/02/24/2024-kia-ev9-possible-public-sighting-video/
RAM CONFIRMS ELECTRIC PROMASTER VAN IS COMING TO THE U.S. IN 2023
– Summary: Ram is set to bring an electric version of its full-size commercial van to the US market in 2023. The EV ProMaster will be unveiled in the first half of 2023, with deliveries beginning in the second half of the year. It is expected to be competitive with the Ford E-Transit in terms of payload capacity and range. Information on the ProMaster EV is limited, but the Fiat E-Ducato, which is essentially a rebadged ProMaster, offers two battery options with a maximum range of 229 miles.
– Original Source: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a43063537/2023-ram-promaster-ev-confirmed/
MERCEDES-BENZ SAYS NEW ESPRINTER IS THE MOST EFFICIENT EVAN EVER
– Summary: Mercedes-Benz has announced the upcoming release of the all-new, all-electric eSprinter van, which will be available in the second half of 2023. It will have a 113 kWh battery, with an estimated combined range of 248.5 miles and 311 miles in urban driving. It will be built in Charleston, South Carolina as well as in plants in Germany, and is said to have twice the range and slightly more cargo space than its Ford E-Transit rival.
VOLVO OTA UPDATES PASS 1 MILLION MARK
– Summary: Volvo has surpassed one million global software updates over-the-air, with its largest update ever covering 350,000 vehicles worldwide. This update offers integrated connectivity, software bug fixes, stability improvements, the ability to limit speed when other drivers are behind the wheel, improved customer experience, and the ability to use Google Assistant to pre-warm or pre-cool EVs.
VOLVO TRUCKS HAVE SOLD MORE THAN 4,300 ELECTRIC TRUCKS GLOBALLY
– Summary: Volvo Trucks has sold more than 4,300 electric trucks in 38 countries around the world since beginning production in 2019. It is the market leader for heavy electric trucks in Europe, with a 32% share, and in North America, nearly half of all heavy electric trucks registered in 2022 were Volvo trucks. The market for heavy electric trucks in Europe grew by 200% in 2022, and Volvo Trucks is determined to lead the electric truck transformation. Their goal is to have 50% of their global sales of new trucks be electric by 2030.
THOMAS BUILT, PROTERRA CELEBRATE MILLION MILES TRAVELED
– Summary: Thomas Built Buses and Proterra Inc. have achieved a milestone with Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school buses, having driven more than one million miles in school districts across North America. With over 300 electric school buses on the road, this is a significant operational milestone, as the EPA’s Clean School Bus program provides funding to encourage adoption of zero-emission school buses in the US. TBB and Proterra offer an extensive electric vehicle program, which includes EV planning and funding consultation, electric school buses, charging systems, and charging infrastructure design and installation. The buses offer up to 135 miles of drive range using 226 kWh of onboard energy. This achievement is seen as a major step towards an emissions-free future.
US ELECTRIC CAR SALES INCREASED 65% IN 2022
– Summary: The US electric car market has seen strong growth in the past two years, with total BEV sales increasing by 147% from Q4 2020 to Q4 2022. Tesla continues to dominate the market, but other models are gaining traction, with non-Tesla BEV sales increasing by 140% from 2021 to 2022 and a whopping 269% from Q4 2021 to Q4 2022. This indicates that the US BEV market is finally forming and EV disruption is possible in the US.
13% OF NEW CARS WERE BEVS IN FRANCE IN JANUARY
– Summary: In January, 13% of new cars sold in France were battery electric vehicles (BEVs), while plugin hybrids (PHEVs) made up 9.2%. This was a significant jump from the previous year, with pure electrics having 59% of plugin sales. In addition, 45% of the overall French auto market had some form of electrification. Stellantis was the leading OEM in the plugin vehicle market with 32.3% share, followed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance (20.3%) and Hyundai-Kia (8.5%). Peugeot (12.8%) was the leading brand in January.
Diesel dropped 33% YoY to a tiny 11% share. If the current trajectory continues diesel will be dead by early 2025!
ON THE SEINE THERE IS A BOOM IN ELECTRIFIED BOATS
– Summary: There’s increasing use of electric boats on the Seine in Paris, France, as part of the city’s green initiatives in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games. There are currently 40 projects underway to convert existing boats to electric propulsion, with the goal of having 200 electrified boats in operation. Additionally, there’s even electric boat restaurant – electric power results in less noise, smell, vibration and easier to maneuver. All important items if you’re hoping to offer a high quality food without an aftertaste of diesel.
In one example of a 22-metre passenger cruisers which carries 30 customers. Prior to this switch to EV, diesel engines consumed between 75 and 100 liters of diesel per cruise. Now the boat has two motors, powered by a battery pack with a capacity of 240 kWh** (Six batteries 40 kWh) and can cruise for 5.30 hours.
WEATHERPOWER: 2022 YEAR IN REVIEW
– Summary: A report from Climate Central looks at the solar and wind electricity generation across the U.S. in 2022 compared to 2021. It found that 683,130 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity were generated from solar (27%) and wind (73%) combined in 2022 – enough to power the equivalent of 64 million average American households. Installed renewable energy generating capacity grew to over 238 gigawatts (GW), and many states saw major growth in solar and wind generation. The data suggests that America’s renewable energy capacity is growing quickly enough to support the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Red states such as Iowa, Oklahoma, California, Florida and Texas are leading the nation in solar and wind power production. Factors such as state and federal incentives, deregulating the energy market, and investments in transmission lines are key drivers of renewable energy growth. Wind energy has more than doubled in the past five years and gas production has fallen over that same time. Microgrids are being implemented to protect against regional grid outages due to weather disasters and aging infrastructure.
– Original Source: https://www.climatecentral.org/climate-matters/weatherpower-2022-in-review
DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS STEER PAY-PER-MILE INTO SLOW LANE TO REPLACE GAS TAX, EVENTUALLY
– Summary: Democratic lawmakers in Washington and Oregon are exploring the idea of replacing traditional gas taxes with a pay-per-mile tax. In Washington, drivers would have the option of replacing registration fees with a 2.5 cents per mile road usage charge, while in Oregon, Rep. John Lively has proposed to make the per-mile charge mandatory beginning with model year 2028 vehicles rated 30 mpg or higher. The pay-per-mile tax could be tracked using a GPS-enabled device that plugs into a car’s electronic controls in order to exclude out-of-state miles. Privacy concerns could arise, but Fey’s proposal has specified that the state cannot disclose vehicle location information to law enforcement without a court order.
ELECTRIC CARS ‘SIGNIFICANTLY CHEAPER’ TO SERVICE THAN PETROL AND DIESEL
– Summary: A UK survey shows that electric cars are significantly cheaper to service than petrol and diesel cars, with an average cost of £103 compared to £151 and £163 respectively. The lower bills are due to electric cars having fewer moving parts and the overall garage bills being lower. However, the Institute of Motor Industry is concerned that the number of technicians gaining qualifications to work on electric cars isn’t keeping up with the growth in EV sales, and that by 2030 there won’t be enough qualified mechanics to meet demand. BookMyGarage has advised that drivers should use their platform to find garages with mechanics trained to work on EVs.
MEET THE NEW PELAGION HYDROBLADE
– Summary: Jet Ski’s are so yesterday. Meet the new Pelagion HydroBlade, an electric-powered watercraft that combines the classic design of stand-up Jet Skis with modern surfboard-style eFoils. It has a boom-mounted canard and rudder ahead of the rider to keep the craft steady and the handlebars help to make the experience more like riding a bike. It has two permanent magnet, radial flux motors to power two propellers and two battery packs which have a combined capacity of 11 kilowatt-hours of energy. It is expected to have a range of 60 miles, with a speed of up to 70 kph (44mph), and a four hour runtime. It is due to enter production by the end of the year, with an initial capacity of 1,000 units a year.
Hydrofoils work like an airplane wing, only underwater: An aerodynamic wing creates high and low pressure areas as it slices through water, generating lift with precious little drag.
600 cylindrical, 2170 NCM cells
– Original Source: https://spectrum.ieee.org/electric-jet-ski
PHIL ROBERTS / ELECTRIC FUTURE
PORSCHE OF THE VILLAGE CINCINNATI
AUDI CINCINNATI EAST
VOLVO CARS CINCINNATI EAST
NATIONAL CAR CHARGING ON THE US MAINLAND AND ALOHA CHARGE IN HAWAII
DEREK REILLY FROM THE EV REVIEW IRELAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL
RICHARD AT RSEV.CO.UK – FOR BUYING AND SELLING EVS IN THE UK
OCTOPUS ELECTRIC UNIVERSE – GLOBAL PUBLIC CHARGING MADE SIMPLE WITH ONE APP AND ONE MAP.
LEASEPLAN ELECTRIC MOMENTS – PROVIDING ALL THE TOOLS AND GUIDANCE EV DRIVERS NEED
DAVID AND LISA ALLEN
JUKKA KUKKONEN FROM WWW.SHIFT2ELECTRIC.COM
BATTERY REPORTS FOR EVS AT RECURRENTAUTO.COM
ALEXANDER FRANK @ https://www.youtube.com/c/alexsuniverse42
ANDY NANCARROW AND LILIAN KASS
COLIN HENNESSY AND CAMBSEV
IAN (WATTIE) WATKINS
JAN FROM EMOBILITYNORWAY
JOHN VAN DEVOORT
JON AKA BEARDY MCBEARDFACE FROM KENT EVS
LAURENCE D ALLEN
NEIL E ROBERTS FROM SUSSEX EVS
PETER & DEE ROBERTS
REALTORS CHOICE PHOTOGRAPHY
ROB FROM THE RSTHINKS EV CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE
THE PLUGSEEKER’S EV YOUTUBE CHANNEL
THOMAS J. THIAS