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Model Y Tops European Car Sales in 2023
Tesla’s Model Y didn’t just steal the spotlight in Europe’s car market for August—it dominated the sales charts for the entire first eight months of 2023. Totaling a whopping 151,191 units sold, it effortlessly overtook its nearest rival, the Dacia Sandero, by more than 3,000 units. But the month of August wasn’t just a victory for Tesla. The broader electric vehicle (EV) market celebrated a pivotal shift: battery electric vehicles (BEVs) outsold diesel cars. This shift wasn’t trivial; for the first time, BEVs claimed over 20% of the market share. As reported by ACEA, when we encompass all European regions, including EFTA and the UK, EVs proudly held a share of 21.7%.
Alaska Welcomes First Non-Tesla Supercharger
Tesla’s non-Tesla Supercharging initiative has expanded to North America, recently inaugurating its first station in Alaska for CCS1-compatible EVs. Situated in Chugiak, close to Anchorage, this station boasts V3 Supercharging stalls equipped with Magic Dock’s built-in CCS1 adapters.
The United States presently has approximately 15 Tesla Supercharging locations, primarily in the east, that cater to non-Tesla EVs. Canada is home to two such sites. For public funding approval under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program (NEVI), it’s essential for new fast charging stations to be compatible with the CCS1 charging connector.
It’s noteworthy that these stations should have a minimum of four CCS1 outputs, each capable of delivering at least 150 kilowatts of power concurrently.
All New Nissan European Models to Go Fully Electric by 2030
Nissan has declared that every new vehicle it launches in Europe will be electric, with the goal of selling only electric vehicles in the region by 2030. One of the two confirmed electric vehicle models for Europe will be manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in northern England.
By the fiscal year ending in March 2027, Nissan aims to have 98% of its European sales consist of electric vehicles, including fully electric cars and hybrids. This aligns Nissan with its partner, Renault, which plans to make the Renault brand completely electric by 2030.
Ford and Stellantis also have similar ambitions to achieve full electrification in Europe by 2030. Volvo takes it a step further, with plans to exclusively offer electric vehicles worldwide by 2030.
Ford Pauses Construction on $3.5 Billion Michigan EV Battery Plant
Ford Motor Co. has temporarily halted construction on its $3.5 billion electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Marshall, Michigan. This decision has drawn criticism from the UAW, which perceives it as a potentially job-threatening move during ongoing contract negotiations.
Initially designated as BlueOval Battery Park Michigan, the facility was scheduled for a 2026 opening and was intended to operate as a Ford-owned subsidiary, incorporating technology from China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd.
The immediate impact of this pause on Ford’s future EV battery procurement remains uncertain. The facility was expected to employ 2,500 workers and have the capacity to produce 35 gigawatt-hours of lithium iron phosphate cells annually, sufficient to power approximately 400,000 EVs.
Given its status as a Ford subsidiary, the plant is subject to the automaker’s national union contract.
France Sets Ambitious Goal: 1 Million Electric Vehicles by 2027
French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled an ambitious plan for France to manufacture one million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2027. This initiative is a crucial component of France’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 55% by the end of the decade.
Macron stressed that achieving these climate goals represents not just an environmental imperative but also an economic opportunity. This declaration comes amidst rising opposition to green policies across Europe.
To make EVs accessible to low-income consumers who may be deterred by the initial higher costs compared to traditional fuel-powered vehicles, France is introducing financial incentives. These individuals will soon have the option to lease a European-made electric vehicle for a monthly fee of €100.
Carmakers Rally EU for 10% Electric Vehicle Export Tariff Delay
Car manufacturers, including Renault, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, urgently call on EU leaders to postpone the 10% tariff on European electric vehicle exports set for January. Renault’s CEO, Luca de Meo, emphasizes the risk of losing market share to global rivals, particularly Chinese companies. The tariff is scheduled for January, but the industry seeks a three-year delay.
European Commissioner Thierry Breton dismisses revisiting the Brexit deal to accommodate motor industry demands, as both sides agreed on a “rule of origin” clause imposing a 10% tariff on electric cars with less than 45% UK or EU production. However, the sector realized it couldn’t meet these criteria due to reliance on non-European components, notably from China.
The slow progress in electric battery manufacturing remains a critical challenge. EU car manufacturers maintain a 70% share of total vehicle sales in the bloc, but China has secured 4% of the electric car market, offering affordable EVs priced under €30,000.
German Transport Minister Advocates Collaboration Over Tariffs in EU-China EV Trade
Germany’s transport minister opposes punitive tariffs in the EU’s electric vehicle (EV) trade with China. Cooperation, not punitive measures, is emphasized as the preferred approach to the EV sector.
The European Union (EU) is considering tariffs on Chinese EV imports as a response to trade imbalances. Germany aims to strengthen diplomatic ties with China, focusing on a collaborative path in EV development.
China and the EU hold significant roles in the global EV market, both with ambitious EV adoption plans Collaborative efforts between these economic giants have the potential to accelerate EV innovation and reduce costs.
Enterprise Joins Program to Provide EV Access to Low-Income Communities
Enterprise, a car rental company, is now part of a pilot program aimed at making electric vehicles (EVs) accessible to low-income communities. The program’s goal is to offer affordable EV options to those with limited resources, as part of a broader effort to encourage EV adoption and reduce emissions from transportation.
This initiative underscores the importance of inclusivity and equity in the transition to cleaner transportation choices. By addressing disparities in EV access, particularly among underserved populations, it aims to promote a more sustainable and equitable future.
Lincoln Electric Hosts CharIN Testival North America 2023
Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO) is set to host the CharIN Testival North America 2023 event at its Cleveland, Ohio campus from November 28 to 30, 2023.
This gathering aims to tackle e-mobility interoperability challenges and encourages collaboration and networking among participants, including e-mobility companies serving as both testers and observers. CharIN, an association consisting of over 300 members representing automakers, charging station manufacturers, component suppliers, energy grid operators, and more, is committed to advancing e-mobility and interoperable charging for a seamless user experience.
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