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TESLA PREPARES CUSTOMERS FOR UPCOMING CYBERTRUCK
– Tesla has begun sending “Prepare for Delivery” emails to US customers of its Cybertruck, signaling upcoming deliveries. The emails follow Tesla’s Cybertruck delivery event at Giga Texas on November 30, where the first 10 vehicles were distributed.
– Hundreds, possibly thousands, of customers in California and Texas received emails inviting them to finalize orders for the Foundation Series Cybertruck, priced up to $120,000.
– Customers, including those from the CybertruckOwnersClub forum and Twitter user @teslaownersSV, reported receiving these emails shortly after completing order formalities in the Tesla mobile app.
– Although no Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) or specific delivery dates have been provided yet, the emails suggest imminent deliveries, potentially before year-end.
– The “prepare for delivery” notification does not guarantee immediate delivery; in the past, Tesla customers have waited months after receiving such notifications.
– Tesla has stated it has the capacity to build 125,000 Cybertrucks per year, though mass deliveries are still to be seen.
TESLA REINSTATES ANTI-RESALE POLICY FOR CYBERTRUCK
– Tesla has reintroduced its policy to prevent the flipping of Cybertrucks, initially threatening a lawsuit of $50,000 against resellers.
– The anti-flipping clause, which first appeared and then was removed from the Cybertruck purchase contract, has been quietly reinstated.
– There is uncertainty regarding the specifics of the policy, as it is not explicitly mentioned in preorder documents and is only visible in the order screen’s fine print.
– Tesla faced criticism for this policy, leading to its brief rollback. Its return might be to deter reselling of the limited-edition Foundation model.
– Without a PR department, Tesla has not provided clear communication on which Cybertruck variants the policy covers.
– The reintroduction of this policy has caused confusion among buyers, especially those unaware of it before paying the $250 non-refundable order fee.
– Tesla’s current preorder agreement includes a clause against orders made with the intention of vehicle resale or made in bad faith.
– Delivery times for the top-range Cyberbeast and all-wheel drive Cybertrucks are slated for 2024, while the more affordable RWD model is expected in 2025.
VOLKSWAGEN INTRODUCES BIDIRECTIONAL CHARGING IN ID. FAMILY MODELS
– Volkswagen is now offering bidirectional charging capability in its ID. Family models equipped with a 77 kWh battery and ID. Software 3.5 or higher.
– The bidirectional charging function, known as Vehicle to Home, works in conjunction with power stations and the Home Energy Management System (HEMS) developed by HagerEnergy GmBH.
– This technology allows the electric vehicle to provide energy to the home storage system when needed, and to go into standby once the home system is fully charged.
– The vehicle’s high-voltage battery is designed not to be discharged below a 20% state of charge.
– Other manufacturers, such as Tesla with its Cybertruck’s Powershare and Ford with its F-150 Lightning, have also implemented bidirectional charging in their EVs.
FORD SLASHES F-150 LIGHTNING PRODUCTION AMID REDUCED DEMAND
– Ford has announced a reduction in the weekly production of its F-150 Lightning pickup truck for the upcoming year due to decreased consumer interest.
– The production at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, will be adjusted to an average of 1,600 electric trucks per week, down from the current 3,200.
– Emma Bergg, a Ford spokesperson, stated that the company aims to align Lightning production with customer demand, although she did not confirm specific production figures.
– The overall sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing, albeit at a slower pace than some manufacturers expected, leading to scaled-back expansion plans.
– Ford has postponed $12 billion in investments, impacting the development of battery plants in Kentucky and Michigan.
– Despite this adjustment, the electric vehicle market overall remains robust, with over one million EVs purchased in the U.S. this year alone, setting a new annual record.
– Ford’s move comes after efforts to ramp up F-150 Lightning production, previously increasing capacity to 150,000 units annually.
– The adjustment reflects Ford’s reassessment of the market, anticipating challenges in finding buyers for the initially projected production numbers.
– Ford has introduced new initiatives like the F-150 Lightning Flash, a moderately priced trim, and were the first to partner with Tesla to use the NACS connector.
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 N GEARS UP FOR 2024 RACING SERIES
– The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, Hyundai’s most powerful and first high-performance electric vehicle, is set to inspire a dedicated racing championship in South Korea in 2024.
– During a Hyundai customer event in South Korea, details emerged about the eN1 Cup, a race version of the Ioniq 5 N, featuring broader dimensions, aggressive bumpers, a large rear spoiler, and center-lock motorsport wheels.
– The race-tuned eN1 Cup is expected to be 200kg to 250kg lighter than the standard Ioniq 5 N, though it will still weigh around two tonnes due to its sizable battery.
– Weight reduction strategies for the eN1 Cup include using polycarbonate for side and rear windows, stripping the interior, removing rear seats, and adding an FIA-approved six-point roll cage.
– The vehicle will sport 18-inch wheels and 280mm-wide slick racing tires.
– Braking power comes from six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston calipers on the rear.
– An adjustable racing suspension is planned, reducing the car’s ride height by 50mm to 70mm, complemented by an air jack system for quick pit stops.
– Hyundai’s eN1 Cup will feature N Active Sound+, an artificial driving sound system that can be customized by race teams.
– The standard Ioniq 5 N’s dual electric motors deliver 478kW and 740Nm, enabling a 0-100km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 260km/h.
– Hyundai aims to complete the development of the Ioniq 5 N eN1 by February 2024, with a full reveal expected before its racing debut in May 2024.
PORSCHE’S NEW ELECTRIC MACAN: HIGH-PERFORMANCE WITH 310-MILE RANGE
– Porsche showcased the new Macan EV in Leipzig, Germany, highlighting its significance in Porsche’s lineup and its role as the first vehicle on the PPE platform developed with Audi.
– The Macan EV is a key model for Porsche.
– It boasts a WLTP range of 500 km (approximately 310 miles), surpassing the range estimates of the Taycan.
– Porsche’s experience with the Taycan has informed their strategy for optimizing travel, including pre-emptive heating and cooling of batteries based on anticipated charging stations.
of 311 miles range on the WLTP cycle for the Macan, potentially exceeding 250 miles.
– Innovative battery design in the Macan includes a “bank charging” method, allowing faster charging than the Taycan under many conditions.
– The Macan features a 100-kWh battery pack, capable of 270 kW DC fast-charging, going from 10-80% in just 22 minutes and adding about 62 miles of range in four minutes.
– The vehicle will introduce a new generation of nickel cobalt manganese lithium-ion batteries with 12 modules each containing 15 prismatic cells, and a carbon-fiber protected underguard.
– Enhanced battery preconditioning allows for peak charging rates when needed, and Porsche claims prolonged peak charging power compared to competitors.
– The vehicle can recuperate up to 240 kW in brake regeneration, close to the Taycan’s 290 kW peak.
– It features compact power electronics made with silicon carbide material, and integrates the onboard charger, high-voltage heater, and DC/DC converter in an Integrated Power Box.
GENESIS ELECTRIFIED G80 2024: MORE AFFORDABLE WITH NEW MODEL
– Genesis introduces a new entry-level Advanced model for the Electrified G80 2024, priced at $75,570, offering a $5,380 reduction from the 2023 base model.
– The top-tier Prestige model now starts at $80,320, reflecting a $630 decrease from the previous year.
– The EPA estimates a 282-mile range on a full charge for the 2024 model, consistent with the previous year’s model.
RIVIAN REDUCES IN-HOUSE BATTERY TEAM, REFOCUSES ON FUTURE EVS
– Rivian is downsizing its in-house battery cell development team, affecting around 20 workers at its Normal, Illinois facility.
– Despite the layoffs, Rivian continues its partnership with Korean battery supplier Samsung for its battery packs.
– The company’s shift in focus is towards developing its next-generation electric vehicles, expected to be revealed next year and start deliveries in 2026.
– This workforce reduction follows the recent approval for Rivian’s $5 billion plant in Georgia, dedicated to its second-generation R2 line.
TOP 10 EVS ELIGIBLE FOR FULL FEDERAL TAX CREDIT IN 2024
– **Chevrolet Bolt EV – $26,500**: This compact car, potentially exiting the market in 2024, offers a significant price drop to under $20,000 after a $7,500 tax credit.
– **Chevrolet Equinox EV – $48,995**: Set to launch in 2024, this model includes features like GM’s Super Cruise and one-pedal driving, though it’s not the base version priced at $34,995.
– **Ford F-150 Lightning – $49,995**: Ford’s electric pickup offers up to 320 miles of range and, with added options, remains under the $80,000 MSRP cap for federal credits.
– **Tesla Model 3 Performance – $50,990**: For Tesla enthusiasts, the high-end Model 3 with full incentives is only slightly more expensive than a long-range model with a reduced credit.
– **Chevrolet Silverado – $51,895**: The 2024 Silverado EV RST First Edition will surpass $100,000, but the more affordable WT variant is priced just above $52,000.
– **Tesla Model Y Performance – $52,490**: As an SUV, the Model Y remains eligible for full tax credits even with added features, including the “Full Self-Driving Capability” option.
– **Chrysler Pacifica PHEV – $53,425**: This plug-in hybrid qualifies for the full $7,500 tax credit due to its 16kWh battery and North American production.
– **Chevrolet Blazer EV – $60,215**: Positioned as a performance-oriented SUV, the Blazer EV stands out with its aggressive design.
– **Cadillac LYRIQ – $58,590**: The LYRIQ offers luxury and technology under the $80,000 SUV threshold, including GM’s Super Cruise and a panoramic power sunroof.
– **Tesla Model X – $79,990**: To qualify for the tax credit, Tesla Model X buyers must forego extras like the yoke steering wheel or seven-seat configuration, but falcon-wing doors are included.
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