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California’s EV Charger Milestone: 100K Public Chargers

– California marked a significant achievement with 25% of new car sales in the state being zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) last year.  – The state surpassed its targets for ZEV sales and installation of fast chargers, with over 1.5 million ZEVs sold and 10,000 fast chargers installed ahead of schedule.

– Governor Gavin Newsom highlighted California’s leading role in promoting a future without tailpipe emissions, with over 100,000 public chargers now available.

– A $1.9 billion investment plan has been approved to accelerate progress in EV charging infrastructure, with at least 50% of the funds allocated to communities disproportionately affected by pollution. The state aims to reach 250,000 public chargers in the coming years with the allocated funding.

– Recent initiatives include the groundbreaking for a $450,000 Clean California transit project in Blythe featuring a solar-powered EV charging station, and the grand opening of a truck charging depot with 50 battery electric trucks supported by $27 million in state funding.

– California’s commitment to clean transportation is part of the $48 billion California Climate Commitment, with significant funding for ZEVs and infrastructure, including support from the Biden-Harris Administration.

– Governor Newsom signed a bill providing funding for ZEV infrastructure through 2035, following an executive order in 2020 aiming for all new car sales in California to be zero-emission by 2035.

– Key statistics:

  – 25% of new cars sold in California last year were ZEVs.

  – Total ZEV sales to date: 1,846,874.

  – California accounts for 34% of new ZEV sales in the U.S.

  – If California were a country, it would rank 4th in EV sales globally, following China, the U.S., and Germany.

https://evne.ws/42ZeBke

Toyota Prefers Purchasing Credits Over Investing in EVs

– Toyota’s CEO predicts that electric vehicles (EVs) will constitute only 30% of the US new-vehicle market by 2030, contrasting with the EPA’s higher target.

– The automaker, renowned for its hybrid vehicles, suggests it’s more feasible to buy credits to fulfill EPA requirements than to invest in battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

– According to Toyota CEO Ted Ogawa, the company plans to align its strategy with customer demand, primarily focusing on various levels of “electrification,” notably hybrid models featuring internal combustion engines.

– Toyota acknowledges the challenge of meeting proposed emissions regulations and suggests that purchasing credits may be necessary to bridge the gap between regulations and its product lineup.

https://evne.ws/3V244mp

Lucid Targets 6.2 Miles per kWh Efficiency for Electric Cars

– Lucid’s CEO, Peter Rawlinson, emphasizes the significance of achieving 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) efficiency in electric vehicles (EVs) to significantly contribute to environmental preservation.

– This efficiency target would enable an EV to cover a distance of 300 kilometers (186 miles) with only a 30 kWh battery pack, thereby reducing the overall cost of the vehicle, considering batteries currently constitute up to 40% of an EV’s cost.

– The entry-level Lucid Air Pure model achieves 4.7 miles per kWh on EPA tests, surpassing the efficiency of even the most efficient Tesla Model S by one mile per kWh.

– Rawlinson anticipates achieving a milestone of 5.0 miles per kWh for the Lucid Air series in the near future.

– Upon reaching this efficiency level, EV batteries can be significantly downsized, leading to reduced vehicle cost and weight while still maintaining adequate range.

– Rawlinson emphasizes that reducing battery size remains pivotal in cutting down the cost of EVs.

https://evne.ws/3Ilud8j

Tesla’s Model S/X Upgrade: Front Bumper Camera & Ambient Lights

– Tesla prepares to introduce significant enhancements to its luxury vehicles, the Model S and X, aiming to catch up with newer Tesla models in terms of features.

– The upcoming update includes the addition of ambient lighting and front bumper cameras to the Model S and X, addressing certain features that these vehicles lacked compared to other Tesla models.

– The front bumper camera aims to improve visibility in the area directly in front of the vehicle, aiding drivers in navigating tight parking spaces and busy urban settings, thereby enhancing safety.

– Integration of the front bumper camera into Tesla’s existing camera system is expected to offer a seamless user experience, providing drivers with enhanced visibility and awareness.

– Tesla recently introduced an upgraded steering yoke for the Model S and Model X, featuring a center horn, improved stitching for durability, and overall enhancements in build quality.

https://evne.ws/3V58JnJ

Honda, LGES EV Battery Plant Milestone in Ohio

– Honda and LG Energy Solution celebrate a milestone with the completion of the final structural steel beam at their joint EV battery plant near Jeffersonville, Ohio.

– The facility spans over 2 million square feet and is set to commence mass production of pouch-type lithium-ion batteries by 2025.

– These batteries will be supplied to Honda’s auto plants for the production of electric vehicles, aiming to bolster the company’s EV lineup.

– The joint venture has begun hiring for various engineering and support positions, with technician and production roles expected to be announced in the upcoming months.

https://evne.ws/3IjJFBS

Tesla’s Promotional Offer in China Sparks EV Price Competition

– Tesla initiates a promotional campaign in China, intensifying the ongoing competitive pricing battle in the electric vehicle (EV) industry.

– Chinese customers purchasing a Model 3 or Model Y before the end of March stand to receive benefits totaling up to RMB 34,600 yuan ($4,810), as announced by Tesla on Weibo.

– Notably, these benefits apply to existing Model 3 and Model Y vehicles already produced, not those customized upon customer orders before production.

– Tesla offers an insurance subsidy of RMB 8,000 for Chinese customers taking delivery on or before March 31.

– In addition to the insurance subsidy, customers receiving a Model 3 or Model Y produced before March 31 can opt for select body paint at a reduced price of RMB 2,000, saving up to RMB 10,000.

– Buyers of these models are also eligible for annual loan rates as low as 1.99 percent.

https://evne.ws/3V8nTIK

Hawaii’s NEVI EV Charging Station Goes Live

– Hawaii inaugurates its first National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program EV charging station on Maui at the Kahuui Park & Ride lot.

– The charging station is equipped with four EV Connect 150 kW DC fast chargers, featuring CCS and CHAdeMO ports, suitable for various EV models, including Teslas with NACS adapters.

– Design and construction of Hawaii’s inaugural NEVI EV charging station incurred a total cost of $3 million, funded by $2.4 million from federal sources and $600,000 from the state highway fund.

– Hawaii’s Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to install an additional 10 NEVI-funded DC fast chargers across the state, with the next station scheduled to open at Aloha Tower on Oahu.

– NEVI EV charging stations are mandated to have a minimum of four ports capable of simultaneous charging at 150 kW each, with a total station power capacity exceeding 600 kW.

https://evne.ws/49Wx2bS

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