Plus, stay tuned because later in the show I’ll tell you what the Ferrari is saying about the need for EV’s to make noise.

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New EPA Regulation Boosts Electric Vehicle Market by 2032

– The Biden administration has introduced a groundbreaking climate regulation aiming for most new passenger cars and light trucks in the U.S. to be electric or hybrid by 2032.

– This regulation, which took nearly three years to finalize, sets ambitious tailpipe pollution limits to significantly shift the U.S. auto market towards electric vehicles (EVs).

– Despite EV sales hitting a new high of 1.2 million units last year, they accounted for only 7.6% of all U.S. car sales, a figure the new rule aims to increase to 56%.  The plan was adjusted more recently, seen as a nod to labor unions, reflecting concerns over the swift transition’s impact on jobs and is considered a strategic move in an election year.

– The updated regulations also allow for the inclusion of plug-in hybrid vehicles as a compliance measure, acknowledging their growing popularity among U.S. consumers due to current limitations in charging infrastructure.

– Despite potential legal challenges from Republican states and fossil fuel interests, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, representing major auto manufacturers like Ford, GM, Stellantis, and Toyota, has welcomed the EPA’s decision to postpone stringent EV mandates.

– Transportation, as the largest single source of carbon emissions in the U.S., presents a critical focus for climate change mitigation efforts, with 2023 marking the hottest year on record.  Electric vehicles play a pivotal role in President Biden’s climate strategy, which includes a goal to cut national emissions by half by 2030.

– The regulation progressively reduces permissible tailpipe emissions, setting a path for over half of the new cars sold in 2032 to be zero-emissions vehicles.

– Implementation of this rule is expected to prevent over seven billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions over 30 years, equating to the annual greenhouse gas output of the United States.

– The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projects nearly $100 billion in annual net societal benefits from the regulation, including $13 billion in public health improvements due to better air quality.

https://nyti.ms/3xapTq0

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Ford Targets $25,000 Compact EV by 2026 Amid EV Strategy Shift

– Ford is adjusting its electric vehicle (EV) strategy to focus on developing small, affordable EVs, delaying its plans for larger electric models.

– The company plans to introduce a compact EV SUV in late 2026, aimed at competing with entry-level options from Tesla and others, with an estimated starting price of about $25,000.

– This move is a response to the influx of competitively priced Chinese EVs in Europe and the anticipated arrival of similar models in the U.S. market.

– The upcoming compact SUV will be built on a new electric platform that is also expected to underpin a small electric pickup truck and possibly a vehicle dedicated to ride-hailing services.

– A team of fewer than 100 people in Irvine, California, is reportedly working on the development of this new platform and its initial models.

– To achieve the targeted price point, Ford is considering using lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries, which are about 30% cheaper than the more commonly used lithium-ion batteries.

– The project is led by Alan Clarke, who previously oversaw the engineering of the Tesla Model Y before joining Ford.

https://evne.ws/4aieSSx

Fisker Ocean Criticized for Quality Issues by Consumer Reports

– Consumer Reports shared a critical review of the 2023 Fisker Ocean Ultra, highlighting a series of quality and functionality concerns despite the vehicle being equipped with version 2.0 software.

– The purchase price of the Fisker Ocean Ultra, including options and destination fees, amounted to $63,981.

– Features such as blind spot warning and lane keep assist showed inconsistency by disappearing and reappearing within days of delivery.

– The vehicle lacked adaptive cruise control and had a non-functional or unactivated driver monitoring system, alongside unreliable Bluetooth connectivity.

– A brake system malfunction indicator illuminated for an entire day before resolving itself unexplainedly.

– The suspension was criticized for being simultaneously floaty and jarring, described as “the worst of both worlds.”

– The destination charge for the Ocean was noted at $2,438, the highest Consumer Reports has ever encountered for any vehicle tested.

– Other issues included shifter problems, throttle and traction control tuning complaints, interior rattles, cheap-feeling upholstery, and an uncomfortable door pull mechanism.

https://evne.ws/3Tkc67S

MKBHD Spotlights Major Panel Gap Issue on Tesla Cybertruck

– In a comprehensive review, Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) identifies a significant panel gap in the Tesla Cybertruck, particularly around the driver’s door, which appears ajar even when fully closed.

– Brownlee remarks, “This panel gap is actually worth mentioning. It’s the worst panel gap that I’ve ever seen on a production vehicle.” This quote underscores the severity of the build quality issue encountered.

– The gap was so pronounced that Brownlee suggested it was possible to insert a finger through it, highlighting a concern for the vehicle’s finish quality.

– Despite generally balanced feedback on the Cybertruck, this flaw was specifically called out due to its noticeable impact on the vehicle’s aesthetic and potentially its structural integrity.

– User feedback on the social media platform X, particularly from Pro-Tesla users, echoed Brownlee’s concerns, describing the gap as “embarrassing” and the “worst gap they’ve seen on any door period.”

https://evne.ws/3Tkc7ss

Xiaomi SU7 Offers Optional Physical Controls for Touchscreen

– Xiaomi introduces a novel feature for the Xiaomi SU7, targeting the Chinese market, allowing customers to add physical buttons beneath its touchscreen.

– The vehicle’s central display is designed to be modular, equipped with magnetic and pin-locked attachment points around its edges for easy customization.

– Xiaomi debuts this feature with a docking unit, comprising a set of piano keys and a volume knob, which attaches to the screen’s lower edge.

– This customization option caters to users who prefer tactile feedback, offering an alternative to the touchscreen-dominated controls found in modern vehicles.

– The initiative addresses the mixed preferences among drivers regarding interface controls, combining traditional physical inputs with contemporary design elements without sacrificing the car’s aesthetic appeal.

https://evne.ws/43A4Nh1

ChargePoint Launches NACS Retrofit Kits for EV Charging Stations

– ChargePoint is now accepting orders for retrofit kits

enabling the North American Charging Standard (NACS) plug, facilitating easier access for Tesla vehicles without the need for costly adapters.

– Retrofit kits are designed for the Express 250 model and can be installed by ChargePoint’s specialists.

– There are distinct retrofit cables available for different charging levels: Level 2 (for regular and commercial use) and DC fast charging (Level 3), each tailored to specific needs.

– Home ChargePoint stations equipped with a J1772 connector can be converted to NACS to accommodate NACS-equipped vehicles.

– Vehicle owners with J1772 cars are advised to delay retrofitting until necessary, prioritizing those who require the upgrade for compatibility.

– Tesla drivers wishing to use NACS stations for fast charging must ensure their vehicles are compatible with CCS adapters.

https://evne.ws/3vmWWXu

Tesla’s Battery Production Hits Milestone for Cybertruck Output

– Tesla has successfully increased its battery cell production at the Gigafactory Texas, now capable of supporting the manufacturing of 1,000 Cybertrucks weekly.

– Drew Baglino, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Energy Engineering, indicated during the company’s latest earnings call that battery production is currently not a limiting factor in the Cybertruck production scale-up.

– Despite not disclosing the exact number of Cybertrucks being produced, reports suggest significant activity, with hundreds of vehicles observed exiting the Austin facility.

– A notable achievement highlighted by Tesla is the production of enough 4680 cells in a single week to support the assembly of over 1,000 Cybertrucks, marking a significant step in meeting production demands.

– Challenges surrounding the ramp-up of 4680 cell production and achieving the initially stated specifications have been reported, though Tesla continues to advance in its manufacturing capabilities.

https://evne.ws/4a9jxGk

Ferrari’s Upcoming EV to Embrace a Sound of Emotion

– Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna asserts the brand’s electric vehicles (EVs) will diverge from the silent profile typical of EVs, promising a distinct auditory experience.

– During a CNBC interview, Vigna emphasized that understanding electric car technology opens possibilities for creating unique sounds, indicating Ferrari’s EVs will not be silent.

– The commitment is to craft an EV that delivers Ferrari’s renowned driving experience, marked by the emotive roar associated with its combustion-engine cars.

https://evne.ws/43qMqLi

Samsung SDI Plans Independent EV Battery Plant in North America

– Samsung SDI is set to establish its own electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing facility in North America to boost production capabilities and enhance its competitive stance.

– Choi Yoon-ho, representing Samsung SDI, announced the company’s intent to secure an independent factory to support the anticipated growth in the EV market. However, specific details regarding the location, timeline, and financial commitment were not disclosed.

– Additionally, Samsung SDI aims to increase collaboration with U.S. partners through expanded joint venture agreements.

https://evne.ws/3TkhYOg

Citroën ë-Berlingo Debuts with Larger Battery and More Range

– The newly introduced Citroën ë-Berlingo is priced starting at £37,990 and features significant improvements, including a new LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery.

– The upgraded 50 kWh LFP battery offers a higher usable capacity compared to its predecessor, enabling an enhanced WLTP range of up to 345 kilometers (approximately 214 miles), surpassing the initial 270 kilometers (about 167 miles) range.  A heat pump, now a standard feature.

– Despite the LFP battery’s sensitivity to low temperatures and potential charging performance drops, the ë-Berlingo aims to optimize range and efficiency with route planning from an app, for those who need to use this as a working vehicle to plan their routes before they’re driving.

– The model is available in two body lengths, M (4.41 meters or 14.5 feet) and XL (4.75 meters or 15.6 feet), with the latter capable of accommodating two additional optional seats. The XL variant, when fully optimized for space, can carry up to 4,000 liters (with rear seats removed and the boot loaded to roof height), while the M length offers a 775-liter cargo space up to the parcel shelf.

– Features such as a flat floor for extended loading length (2.70 meters in M and 3.05 meters in XL) when the front passenger seat is folded, highlight the vehicle’s practical design for transporting long items.

https://evne.ws/43rMQBa

Peugeot e-5008: A New Benchmark in Electric 7-Seaters

– Peugeot reveals the e-5008, setting a new standard for electric seven-seaters with outstanding range and competitive pricing.

– The design of the e-5008 mirrors that of the e-3008 up to the front seats, featuring a 21-inch wraparound infotainment display, the i-Cockpit control layout, and 10 i-Toggle shortcut buttons.

– Electric variants begin with a 207 horsepower single-motor setup equipped with a 73 kWh battery, delivering a WLTP range of 312 miles (502 kilometers).

– A Long Range version utilizes the same motor but upgrades to a 98 kWh battery, extending the range to approximately 410 miles (660 kilometers), marking the best in its class.

– Additionally, a 315 horsepower dual-motor model with the 73 kWh battery is available, offering a similar range of 311 miles (500 kilometers).

– Peugeot indicates the e-5008 will be priced below £50,000, potentially making it the most affordable electric seven-seater in the UK, surpassing the costs of competitors like the Mercedes-Benz EQB and the Kia EV9.

https://evne.ws/43pwadH

San Francisco Aims for Widespread Curbside EV Charging

– San Francisco officials plan to significantly increase the city’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure by introducing thousands of curbside EV charging stations.

– A pilot program for the curbside charging initiative is expected to launch next year, highlighting the city’s commitment to sustainable transportation solutions.

– This move is part of San Francisco’s broader goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, underlining the importance of accessible EV charging in reaching this target.

– District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and representatives from the San Francisco Environment Commission are spearheading the feasibility study for the curbside EV charging project.

– The city’s ambitious target is to install 5,000 curbside charging stations by the year 2030 to accommodate the growing number of EVs.

https://evne.ws/43tV7oj

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