On podcast #1769…
NEW VOLKSWAGEN ID 2 EV TIPPED FOR 15 MARCH REVEAL
– Summary: Volkswagen is expected to reveal its ID 2 electric car on 15 March, with a targeted base price of €22,500 (£19,970). It will be the first VW based on the MEB-Plus platform, with new battery cells and 200kW charging speeds. Thomas Schäfer has suggested that the car may be named ID Golf in an interview with Autocar, although this has been denied by sources who believe the Golf name should be reserved for the ID 2.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3FcKo6y
FORD TEASES IMMINENT UNVEILING OF NEW EV IN EUROPE
Ford has recently announced the launch of an all-new electric vehicle specifically designed for the European market, as part of its major transition towards electrification. The vehicle is set to be revealed on March 21 and is one of seven new models that Ford plans to release in Europe by next year. Coulld this be a smaller Euro city car like the Fiesta, which Ford recently announced is beiing phased out in combustion form?
While not much is known about the vehicle yet, Ford has confirmed that it will be an all-electric crossover produced in Cologne, Germany. This will be the first of two EVs to be manufactured at the Cologne factory, alongside an electric version of the Ford Puma.
The Cologne Electrification Center will begin production with a medium-sized, five-seat crossover, which was recently teased by Martin Sander, Head of Ford Europe, in a tweet.
Ford hopes to expand its electric vehicle range in Europe and contribute towards a more sustainable future with the launch of this new EV. The company has invested approximately $2 billion in the Cologne plant to build EVs and a new battery assembly facility, which is set to become operational in 2024.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3YwfHjT
BMW INVESTS IN OXFORD PLANT AS IT PLANS MORE ELECTRIC MINIS
– Summary: A BBC article says they understand BMW is about to announce they’re investing up to £600m in its Mini plant at Cowley, near Oxford, to prepare the plant for production of electric models. The government has offered £75m in support of the project. Production of electric Minis was launched at the Cowley plant in 2019, but last year BMW announced that most electric car production would move to China. This announcement is a positive move for the British car industry, which has been suffering with declining production and the closure of several plants. Ford and Stellantis have announced investments in their factories to build electric vehicles, and the government is offering funding for a gigafactory near Nissan’s Sunderland plant.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3LbQh7S
BMW UPS R&D SPEND ON NEW EV PLATFORMS AND POWERTRAINS
– Summary: BMW increased its research and development spending in 2022 to 6.6 Billion Euros to launch its next-generation electric line-up, which will include a new 3 Series equivalent previewed by the i Vision Dee concept. Funds are going towards the Neue Klasse programme, which will incorporate connected vehicles, autonomous driving, and AI assistant features. The Neue Klasse models will also offer sixth-generation battery technology with up to 30% more range and charging speed, the battery pack sizes being either 75kWh or 150kWh. BMW will also be launching a next-generation 5 Series electric model which will compete with Mercedes-Benz EQE. The expansion of BMW’s electric line-up is part of a wider push to decarbonise its fleet, which has already seen more than double BEV sales in 2022.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3LcSsIt
NEW RANGE-TOPPING ALFA ROMEO ELECTRIC SUV TO RIVAL BMW IX
– Summary: Alfa Romeo has announced plans to launch a new all-electric SUV flagship in the second half of this decade. According to the Italian brand’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato, the company will launch an E-segment car in 2027 that will be great for North America, Europe, and possibly China. This ‘built-up model’ is expected to be a fully fledged SUV that will be pitched into the sector of the market currently occupied by the Audi Q8 e-tron, Mercedes EQS and BMW iX.
The new model is expected to use the STLA Large architecture from Alfa Romeo’s parent company Stellantis. The STLA Large platform allows for battery sizes up to 118kWh, and Imparato has said Alfa Romeo would aim for a range of around 435 miles on the saloon. The SUV is likely to use the same motor configurations as the saloon, too, and there will be 800-volt charging tech on board, allowing for an around 18-minute recharging for an 80 per cent top-up.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/41YQz8j
NISSAN AIMS FOR HYBRIDS AND ICE CARS TO BE SAME PRICE BY 2026
Nissan is aiming to reduce the cost of production of electric and hybrid components by 30% by 2026 and make them the same price as their pure-combustion counterparts. This is being achieved by developing a 3-in-1 and 5-in-1 model packages which will allow components of all electrified drivetrains to run down the same production line. Nissan currently sells two electric cars and e-Power hybrids, and is aiming for price parity between them and their combustion equivalents by around 2026. This includes the use of solid-state batteries that have cheaper materials such as nickel and cobalt and the streamlining of components across models to make them smaller and lighter. Nissan plans to apply this approach to different sizes of vehicles. The powertrain reduction will also improve vehicle performance. Nissan is aiming to introduce 27 electrified models, including 19 all-electric vehicles, by 2030.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3ysnMeE
NIO TO RELEASE AN ET5 STATION WAGON IN EUROPE
– Summary: is releasing an estate version of their ET5 sedan in Europe. The vehicle is expected to start deliveries in China in July 2023 and the registration application with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has revealed the first images of the car. The design of the ET5 Shooting Brake looks to me like a budget Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo – the same dimensions and shape, but less premium.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3yphmwS
RENAULT TRUCKS DELIVERED ONE QUARTER OF ALL ELECTRIC TRUCKS IN EUROPE
– Summary: Renault Trucks achieved a market share of 24.2% in the medium- and heavy-duty electric truck segment in Europe in 2022, selling 379 units of the E-Tech D and E-Tech D Wide models. In France, they sold 75% of the medium and heavy-duty electric trucks. They have also sold 268 E-Tech Master electric transporters and have received more than 1,700 orders for electric vehicles up to and including 2022. By 2030, 50% of their vehicles sold will be purely electric, and from 2040 onwards, they will only launch trucks that are 100% free of fossil fuels.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3ZzJKIx
BYD RUMOURED TO DOUBLE DOWN ON COMMERCIAL VEHICLE BUSINESS
– Summary: BYD is reportedly planning to invest over $20 billion in their commercial vehicle division over the next five years to develop, produce, and launch battery-electric commercial vehicles in multiple markets. This move is seen as the company focusing exclusively on battery-electric commercial vehicles instead of fuel cell-electric. BYD has already begun selling commercial vehicles other than buses, such as vans, trucks, cement mixers, and sweepers, with 2,774 units sold in January and February.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3YAfvjl
TEVVA 7.5T ELECTRIC TRUCK NOW ELIGIBLE FOR UK PLUG-IN TRUCK GRANT
– Summary: Tevva’s 7.5t battery-electric truck has been approved for the UK government’s Plug-in Truck Grant (PITrG) and is eligible for a potential £16,000 discount. It offers a range of up to 140 miles on a single charge and has secured European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA). Tevva is also developing a 7.5t hydrogen-electric truck with a range extender that can travel up to 354 miles.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3Jtejdm
U.S., EU SAID TO LAUNCH TALKS ON EV TRADE DISPUTE
– Summary: The US and EU are expected to agree to start negotiations to ensure free-trade agreement-like status for the EU, in order to make European minerals eligible for tax credits under the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The US Treasury Department has stated that strengthening supply chains for critical minerals along with allies is vital for the growth of the clean energy economy, and that doing so would aid US energy and economic security. Up to $3,750 per vehicle of the available tax credits relate to critical minerals for batteries, and the EU praised the US Treasury Department decision to allow EVs leased by consumers to qualify for up to $7,500 in commercial clean vehicle tax credits.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3ZTjZ5Y
ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX CREDIT LEGAL LOOPHOLE IS BOON FOR CAR DEALERS
– Summary: Automakers are taking advantage of a loophole that incentivizes car shoppers to lease electric vehicles, resulting in a surge in EV leasing business. The loophole allows automakers to tap into the commercial EV credit by leasing electric cars that do not qualify for the new EV purchase credit stipulations, and to pass along the credit to customers through lower monthly lease payments. The automakers that are passing along the credit have seen their EV leasing business skyrocket, with EV leasing penetration growing from 25% to 52% in just a few months.
Leasing could be a key component for both consumers and car companies in accelerating the adoption of EVs.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3mB2vwJ
TESLA MAGIC DOCK ROLLOUT CONTINUES WITH SUPERCHARGER ON LONG ISLAND
– Summary: Tesla has continued its rollout of Superchargers with Magic Docks, with the latest location spotted in Long Island, New York. This is the 9th such location in New York, with Magic Dock chargers currently available in New York and California. Tesla executives have focused on making charging more efficient and quicker, with the goal of serving more customers per day.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3yoxKOi
AIRSTREAM AND PORSCHE REVEAL THE CAMPING TRAILER OF THE FUTURE
– Summary: Airstream and Porsche have collaborated to create a modern-looking travel trailer concept which debuted at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The trailer is designed to be pulled by a small SUV or an electric vehicle, and has been created to serve as a vision of what an urban-inspired camper could look like. Weight and aerodynamics play a big part in the design, with composite materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum exterior panels used to help keep the weight down, and a flat rear end and flush underside to maximize aerodynamics. An insulated pop-top roof provides headroom when parked at a campsite. It is unclear whether the concept will eventually head to production, but Airstream is considering it for the future.
The trailer will be shown at SXSW with a Porsche Macan tow vehicle, which will have a fully electric version in 2024. Now, if they were showing off the electric Macan, I’d be more interested!
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3J37iP7
EXTREME E SEASON 3 STARTS THIS WEEKEND WITH NEW 10-RACE FORMAT
– Summary: Extreme E is starting its third season this weekend with a race in Saudi Arabia along the coast of the Red Sea. This season features a new 10-race format, consolidating each race down to a one-day affair. Each race location is picked to bring awareness to one aspect of how humans are affecting the world around us, with this race focusing on desertification. All teams racing in the same Odyssey 21 racecar from Spark Racing Technology. Other sustainable practices include avoiding single-use plastic during race weekends and transporting all of the series freight by ship.
- Hydro X Prix, May 13-14 in Scotland
- Island X Prix, July 8-9 in Sardinia
- TBC, September 16-17 in Amazon or USA (theme and location has not yet been announced, but we’ll guess it’s about forests/rainforests)
- Copper X Prix, December 2-3, Antofagasta, Chile
The Odyssey 21 weighs 1,650 kg (3,637 lbs) and puts out 400kW (550hp), allowing it to race to 0-100 km/h (0-62) in 4.5 seconds.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3YQWBoR
AVERAGE RANGE FOR US ELECTRIC CARS REACHED A RECORD 291 MILES
– Summary: Americans have a love affair with all things big and that includes the batteries in their electric vehicles. The average electric car sold in the US now boasts a range of almost 300 miles, according to a Bloomberg analysis. This range is the highest in the world and a third higher than the global average.
One of the reasons for this is the amount of time Americans spend in their vehicles compared to other countries. The average US road travel is 14,500 miles per person annually, far higher than any other country. This high mileage meant that earlier electric cars with their limited battery range struggled to gain acceptance.
However, with the introduction of longer-range vehicles by Tesla and the establishment of a nationwide network of faster chargers, the US market for electric cars began to grow. The average battery range in the country increased by over 13% per year over the past decade.
In a survey commissioned by Bloomberg, nearly two-thirds of respondents said that 300-plus miles of range was adequate to their needs. As a result, American manufacturers have responded by releasing relatively affordable long-range crossover SUVs. EV sales in the US have tripled in the past year, with a heavy tilt towards longer-range models.
As more EVs are produced, manufacturers are learning how to make batteries that are more lightweight, more compact, and less expensive. However, there are diminishing returns to piling on the miles. Analysts predict that a sweet spot of something like 250 to 350 miles will eventually emerge as the ideal range in the US.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3kXKyYX
UKRAINIANS PURCHASED ALMOST 1,300 USED ELECTRIC CARS IN FEB
– Summary: In February 2023, Ukrainians registered almost 1,300 used electric vehicles and 413 new electric vehicles, according to Ukrautoprom. The average age of the vehicles was 4 years, and Nissan Leaf was the most popular model. Other popular models included Tesla Model 3, Volkswagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y and Dongfeng (Honda). Compared to the same period last year, the number of new electric vehicles sold increased by three times, and by 40% compared to January 2023.
– Original Source: https://evne.ws/3mGQ2rq
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
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