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Rivian Expands Charging Options with Tesla Supercharger Access

– Starting April, Rivian vehicle owners will be equipped with a free J3400 to CCS1 adapter, enabling access to Tesla’s Supercharger network.

– Rivian drivers gain the capability to charge at over 15,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America, augmenting their access beyond the 16,000 fast chargers available in other public networks.

– The integration of Tesla Superchargers into Rivian’s charging ecosystem is facilitated by Rivian’s in-house management of charging hardware and software.

– Rivian’s digital platform, which includes a mobile app and in-vehicle infotainment system, allows for seamless trip planning. This system supports filtering of chargers, setting route preferences, navigation, and adding stops, ensuring a smooth and integrated charging experience for Rivian drivers.

https://evne.ws/3TJg9ft

Tesla Model 3 Highland Ludicrous Edition Unveiled in Code

– Tesla’s Model 3 Highland variant was introduced globally with a Performance model mentioned but not yet released beyond the RWD and Long Range AWD models currently for sale.

– Recent findings from Tesla’s Model 3 online configurator’s source code reveal the existence of a Ludicrous variant.

– The leaked specs for the Tesla Model 3 Highland Ludicrous include a 310-mile range, a top speed of 162 mph, and a 0–60 mph acceleration time of 3.2 seconds. These may be preliminary figures subject to change upon official release.

– The Ludicrous model has been spotted in backend code for both the US and European markets, hinting at a potential simultaneous release in these regions.

https://evne.ws/3TIguPv

Mercedes Vision EQXX Sets New Efficiency Milestone

– The Mercedes Vision EQXX electric concept achieved a new efficiency record, covering 627.6 miles across the Arabian Peninsula with an efficiency of 8.4 miles per kWh.

– This journey marks the vehicle’s third long-distance trip and its second time exceeding 1000 km on a single charge, showcasing its remarkable range and efficiency.

– The test concluded with the Vision EQXX having an estimated remaining range of 192 miles, suggesting a potential total range of up to 819 miles.

– Mercedes equates the 8.4mpkWh efficiency to 282 miles per gallon in a traditional petrol vehicle.

– Previous drives demonstrated efficiencies of 7.1mpkWh and 7.5mpkWh, with routes from Stuttgart to Cassis and Stuttgart to Silverstone, respectively.

– The EQXX’s latest journey included diverse driving conditions such as urban and desert terrains, emphasizing the efficiency and thermal management of Mercedes’ EV system.

– The car’s solar roof, comprising 117 cells, captured 1.8kWh of energy during the drive, contributing approximately 15 additional miles of range.

– Despite using air conditioning throughout the trip, the Vision EQXX maintained high energy efficiency, thanks to a new heat pump system.

– The Vision EQXX is equipped with a 100kWh battery and a single motor producing 241bhp and 368lb ft of torque, comparable to an entry-level Tesla Model 3.

https://evne.ws/3Vso4Po

VW ID Buzz Production Stays in Germany

– The Volkswagen ID Buzz electric minivan, launching in the U.S. this year, will continue to be manufactured in Hanover, Germany.

– This decision keeps the production of the ID Buzz close to its debut location and Volkswagen’s roots, despite speculation about shifting manufacturing to Chattanooga, Tennessee, alongside other VW models.

– The ID Buzz, which nods to the iconic VW microbus, is available in Europe and will enter the North American market as a longer, three-row variant, with options for rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

– It features a larger 91-kWh battery for the U.S. market, compared to the European two-row model’s 82-kWh battery, aiming for a range of approximately 260 miles for the rear-wheel drive and 252 miles for the all-wheel drive versions.

– While U.S. pricing remains undetermined, the ID Buzz is expected to be priced higher than typical minivans due to its electric drivetrain and import status, potentially disqualifying it from the $7,500 U.S. federal tax credit. However, a leasing workaround using the Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit may allow customers to benefit indirectly from the tax incentive.

https://evne.ws/3VqWpP0

I-PACE Owners Displeased with Jaguar’s Smart Charging Restrictions

– Jaguar I-Pace owners express frustration on forums due to Jaguar’s decision to restrict smart home-charging features, impacting users of the Intelligent Octopus Go tariff and PodPoint Solo charger, previously endorsed by Jaguar.

– The manufacturer cited data security concerns for this change, stating that unauthorized apps could potentially access personal and vehicle data, prompting a restriction on data access from connected vehicles.

– Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) now limits compatible applications to InControl Remote and Alexa Skills apps, directly affecting owners who optimized charging costs using smart electricity tariffs.

– JLR’s move to safeguard customer data and vehicle integrity led to the exclusion of third-party applications, except for those officially recognized, altering the charging habits and potentially increasing costs for I-Pace owners.

– Some owners voiced their disappointment, emphasizing the lack of prior notification and the resultant increase in charging expenses, with one estimating a 27% rise in costs.

https://evne.ws/3TJRsiI

Maserati Grecale Folgore Electrifies A Famous Brand

– The Maserati Grecale Folgore has been designed with a skateboard-style battery layout, featuring 33 modules to accommodate the electric drivetrain without compromising ground clearance significantly.

– The electric SUV offers reduced ground clearance at 6.7 inches compared to its ICE counterpart’s 8.3 inches, achieved by lowering the floor rather than raising it.

– Available in a single trim level, the Grecale Folgore moves away from the traditional GT, Modena, and Trofeo categorizations of the ICE models.

– In terms of range and wheels, the 19-inch option provides the maximum range, but U.S. models will only come with 20- or 21-inch wheels, impacting the EV’s range between 265 miles (with 21-inch wheels) and 311 miles (with 20-inch wheels) under the WLTP cycle.

– The Grecale Folgore’s battery pack is a 96.0 kWh unit sourced from CATL, supporting a 400-volt system, unlike the high-performance coupe’s 83.0 kWh LG battery with an 800-volt system.

– The dual-motor setup produces a combined output of 550 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, evenly distributed across the front and rear axles.

– Maserati claims a maximum WLTP range of 311 miles and a peak DC fast-charging capability of 150 kW, enabling a 20 to 80 percent charge in approximately 29 minutes.

– The vehicle features four driving modes—Offroad, Max Range, GT, and Sport—with Sport mode unlocking the full power potential.

– The interior mirrors that of its ICE variant, with paddle shifters repurposed for controlling regenerative braking intensity.

– Technical specifications include two permanent magnet motors, 98.6kWh battery, 150kW peak charge rate and a sub-4 second 0-60mph.

https://evne.ws/3Vj4Trk

Fisker Halts Manufacturing, Eyes Fresh Capital

– Fisker, known for its Ocean SUV, is putting its electric vehicle production on hold for six weeks from mid-March 2024 to reevaluate inventory and pursue new financial strategies.

– This decision is also aimed at allowing time for ongoing discussions with a significant automotive player regarding the creation and production of electric vehicle platforms in the U.S.

– A recent financing round promises Fisker up to $150 million, dependent on the successful filing of their 2023 financial report with the SEC. This funding, secured from the issuer of convertible notes due in 2025, will be disbursed in four parts.

– Amid these developments, Fisker’s shares plummeted by 16% in a single day, with a total decrease of about 90% in the current year, reflecting investor reactions to the firm’s operational and financial strategies.

– The company produced 10,193 vehicles in 2023 but managed to deliver only 4,929 during the same timeframe. In the early months of 2024, approximately 1,000 vehicles were manufactured, and around 1,300 were delivered to customers.

https://evne.ws/3vinxow

Stockholm to Electrify All Public Buses by 2026

– Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) is initiating tenders for 380 electric buses, aiming for a fully electric public transport fleet in Stockholm and nearby municipalities by 2026.

– Approximately one-third of SL’s bus fleet is set to transition to zero-emission electric drives within the next few years.

– The electrification effort begins with a tender for bus operations in Järfälla and Upplands-Bro, with the current contract set to expire in August 2026.

– Additional tenders will address services in Södertälje, Nykvarn, central Stockholm, and the island of Lidingö, with existing contracts held by operators Nobina and Keolis.

– SL’s move towards electric buses is not new; the fleet already includes 29 electric buses, with plans to expand by 190 electric buses in Solna, Sundbyberg, Sollentuna, and Bromma this autumn through operator Keolis.

– In the upcoming winter, Nobina is scheduled to introduce 200 electric buses to serve Nacka, Värmdö, Huddinge, Botkyrka, and Söderort, further bolstering the transition to electric public transportation.

https://evne.ws/3xc1Jve

Expanded Charging Point Subsidy for EV Owners

– The UK Government extends a £350 grant, covering up to 75% of the cost for purchasing and installing EV charging points, now including residents without private driveways but with access to on-street parking.

– EV owners must seek approval from their local council for the installation of cross-pavement charging solutions, with the application process available online.

– This move is part of a series of infrastructure enhancements announced by the Department for Transport (DfT), which also confirms £185 million in Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) funding for councils and introduces a new forum to bridge government and charging industry discussions.

– A government-funded EV infrastructure training course for local authorities is set to launch, aimed at addressing technology, procurement, and other critical areas for the development of EV charging facilities.

– The LEVI initiative has already contributed to the appointment of nearly 150 dedicated EV officers across various councils, facilitating the planning and implementation of local charging infrastructure.

– The inaugural meeting of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Forum, led by government ministers and notable figures like AA president Edmund King, aims to identify and overcome obstacles in the deployment of charging stations.

https://evne.ws/3IHL9WT

Ohio Ranks Low on EV Charging Costs

– Ohio is recognized for its cost-effective electric vehicle (EV) charging, ranking as the 13th least expensive state in the U.S. for public EV charging.

– The average cost to charge an EV in Ohio at public stations is $0.38 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), below the national average.

– The U.S. average price for charging an EV at public stations is $0.45 per kWh, according to data from Stable Auto, a developer of EV charger software.

– In Ohio, the challenge for EV drivers may be more about the availability of public charging stations than the cost of charging.

https://evne.ws/3vhdmke

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