Tesla Settles Autopilot Fatality Lawsuit

– Tesla settled legal action at the 11th hour, due to begin today, related to a fatal crash in 2018, involving an Apple engineer driving a Model X on Autopilot.

– The crash occurred when the vehicle veered off a highway near San Francisco, resulting in the tragic death of 38-year-old Walter Huang. The undisclosed settlement was reached just before the trial was set to begin, which centered around Tesla’s driver assistance technology. Questions were raised by Huang’s legal team regarding Tesla’s understanding of how drivers might misuse the Autopilot system and the measures taken to mitigate such risks.

– The incident has put Tesla under scrutiny, already facing multiple lawsuits that challenge the safety and reliability of its Autopilot feature. These legal challenges could lead to significant financial and reputational repercussions for the company.

– The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded in 2020 that Tesla’s technology partly contributed to the crash by failing to alert the driver or activate emergency braking as the vehicle accelerated towards a barrier.

– Court documents unveiled internal communications among Tesla executives and engineers admitting to overreliance on Autopilot, noting instances of engaging in distracting activities while the feature was active.

– The trial’s outcome could have established a legal precedent regarding product liability for Tesla, potentially influencing the outcome of similar lawsuits.

– Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor with expertise in autonomous vehicle law, commented on the settlement, noting its significance. He suggested that Tesla’s willingness to settle might indicate to other lawyers that the company is open to resolving disputes out of court. Smith said, “It is striking to me that Tesla decided to go this far publicly and then settle. What this does do, though, is it says to other attorneys, we might settle. We might not always fight it. That is the signal.”

https://evne.ws/43TZjO9

https://evne.ws/3Ubyp16

Electric G Undergoes Rigorous Testing in Swedish Arctic

– Mercedes conducts extreme weather testing for the electric G model on a frozen lake in Arjeplog, northern Sweden, showcasing vehicle durability in harsh conditions.

– The testing ground in Sweden serves as a crucial location for Mercedes to evaluate how its vehicles, including the electric G, perform in severe cold and icy conditions.

– Mercedes is set to unveil the electric G-Class, previously known as the EQG, now branded as the G580 with EQ Technology, at the Beijing motor show on 24 April. The G580 will be one of the highlights among several Mercedes launches at Auto China, alongside the new plug-in hybrid AMG GT coupé and the updated EQS saloon.

– First introduced as a concept with a quad-motor setup at the Munich motor show in 2021, the G580 promises remarkable off-road capabilities, including the ability to pivot in place.

– Energy consumption for the new electric G-Class is estimated at 27.7-30.3kWh per 100 kilometers (62 miles), suggesting a range of approximately 320-354 kilometers (200-220 miles) based on a 100kWh battery capacity.

https://evne.ws/3PXqPVg

MG Cyberster Electric Roadster Spied in Melbourne

– The MG Cyberster, an all-electric two-seater roadster, was recently seen being tested on the streets of Melbourne, Victoria.

– This marks the third sighting of the Cyberster, indicating extensive testing as the vehicle has moved from New South Wales to Melbourne. Unique in Australia’s market, the Cyberster is set to be the only electric convertible sports car available.

– In the UK, the Cyberster has been showcased at car and sustainable energy events, with an anticipated starting price of £50,000 (approximately AUD 90,700), significantly higher than the MG4 X-Power, which starts at £36,495 (around AUD 66,200).

– Originally revealed as a concept at the 2021 Shanghai auto show, MG has been actively promoting the Cyberster to potential buyers in China for the past three years.

– The top-tier models of the Cyberster are expected to feature a dual-motor setup, delivering up to 400 kW (536 hp), enabling acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds.

https://evne.ws/3xsEWeV

Hyundai’s U.S. CEO Critiques Rivals Over EV Commitment

– Hyundai’s U.S. CEO, Randy Parker, is challenging competitors’ dedication to electric vehicles (EVs), questioning the sense in buying from brands lobbying against EVs.

– He points out the contrast with some American and other automakers scaling back on EV initiatives due to perceived slow demand, underscoring Hyundai’s full commitment to the EV market.

– Parker emphasised the importance for consumers to choose a manufacturer that is wholeheartedly invested in the development and sale of EVs in the U.S.

– Randy Parker, CEO of Hyundai Motors America, highlighted Hyundai and Kia’s ascent to the No. 2 position in U.S. EV sales last year, with nearly 40,000 EVs sold, trailing only behind Tesla’s 654,800 units but leading other competitors.

– In the first quarter of the current year, Hyundai ranked third in EV sales in the U.S., following Tesla and Ford, yet remained among the top contenders.

– Hyundai is advancing its investment in electric mobility, earmarking $12.6 billion for an EV and lithium-ion battery complex in Georgia. This facility is expected to have a production capacity of 300,000 EVs per year, aiming to start production by year-end.

– Additionally, Hyundai plans to invest $51 billion by the next three years to enhance EV research and production capabilities in South Korea.

https://evne.ws/3Ubbxif

Rivian Pauses Illinois Production for Upgrades

– Rivian has temporarily ceased operations at its Normal, Illinois, EV manufacturing plant to initiate upgrades aimed at reducing costs and enhancing efficiency.

– The company’s CEO, RJ Scaringe, stated the shutdown is to implement significant changes, especially in reducing the material costs for its R1S and R1T models. These upgrades are designed to allow for more cost-effective production by reducing the amount of labor needed per vehicle, thereby decreasing the cost per unit. The plant will be non-operational from April 5 to April 30, affecting production timelines across all four quarters of the year as Rivian aims to increase its production capacity.

– Over the past year, Rivian has already achieved considerable reductions in the cost of manufacturing each vehicle. With these new upgrades, the company anticipates a further “meaningful reduction” in material costs.

https://evne.ws/3U8TNEm

Vauxhall Frontera: The New Electric SUV

– The Vauxhall Frontera makes a comeback as a robust family SUV, taking over from the Crossland, available in petrol and electric versions.

– This model is closely associated with the forthcoming second-gen Citroën C3 Aircross, anticipated to utilize the Smart Car platform focusing on affordability. The new Frontera, at approximately 4400mm in length (173.23 inches), positions itself against competitors like the Dacia Duster and Nissan Qashqai. It promises an electric option with around 134bhp and a driving range close to 250 miles (402 kilometers).

– Though specific details are still forthcoming, the electric variant of the Frontera is expected to hit the market in summer, with starting prices around £32,000.

https://evne.ws/3UaWchK

Ferrari Advances into EVs with New Battery Cell Lab

– Ferrari has inaugurated a laboratory focused on lithium battery cell research, aiming to launch its inaugural fully electric supercar by the end of next year.

– The lab, in collaboration with the University of Bologna, will delve into solid-state technology, rapid charging techniques, thermal management, and cell safety and efficiency. This initiative is part of CEO Benedetto Vigna’s strategy to transition Ferrari, known for its high-performance 12-cylinder engines, into the electric vehicle sector, with the electric supercar debut slated for Q4 next year.

– Named the E-Cells Lab, this research facility intends to expedite Ferrari’s entry into electric mobility. Findings will be shared with battery suppliers to enhance the performance of batteries that will be integrated into vehicles at a new manufacturing plant in Maranello, dedicated to hybrid and electric vehicles.

– Unlike mass-market vehicles, high-performance cars like those produced by Ferrari require batteries that can handle extreme temperatures and conditions, a challenge also acknowledged by Porsche AG, which acquired battery specialist Custom Cells GmbH in 2021 for its elite models.

https://evne.ws/3Udnjc9

BYD to Unveil Advanced Blade Battery

– BYD’s subsidiary FinDreams is set to release the second generation of its blade battery, potentially in August.

– The new generation will boast an energy density of 190 Wh/kg, a significant increase from the first generation’s initial 140 Wh/kg, later improved to 150 Wh/kg. Wang Chuanfu, the Chairman of BYD, highlighted that these batteries would be more compact and lighter, yet maintain the same energy endurance. The upgraded blade battery aims to extend the driving range of electric vehicles to over 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) on the China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC), positioning them to compete with solid and semi-solid state batteries from IM Motors and Nio.

– Achieving an energy density over 190 Wh/kg, this battery is set to be the most efficient lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery available.

https://evne.ws/3vMpzgY

Tesla Accelerates Supercharger Deployment to Four Days

– Tesla has achieved a significant advancement in the speed of Supercharger deployment, now launching Prefabricated Supercharger Units (PSUs) within just four days post-delivery.

– A Tesla Charging account video on X showcased the entire process from pre-building to installing the V3 Supercharger stalls. The pre-assembly occurs at Gigafactory New York, where up to 12 PSUs are prepared with a concrete base and then loaded onto a single truck for delivery. These units are transported to their designated locations, where they are craned into position and connected to the utility provider, culminating in a rapid setup.

– Tesla highlighted its largest pre-assembled Supercharger site, featuring 76 PSU stalls.

https://evne.ws/3U9Ui0J

Tesla Supercharger Expansion Halted by Swedish Unions

– Tesla’s efforts to expand its Supercharger network in Sweden have been stalled due to trade union actions.

– IF Metall, along with the Swedish Union for Service and Communications Employees (Seko) and the Electricians Union, are involved in the dispute, leading to sympathy strikes.

– Seko members ceased connecting Tesla’s Superchargers to local power grids starting March 4.

– On March 20, 2024, the Electricians Union expanded its sympathy strike to halt the installation of new Tesla Supercharger stations.

– The disagreement centers around the signing of collective agreements with electricity network companies, which are often municipally owned and typically engage in such agreements.

– A specific Tesla Supercharger site in Ljungby, equipped with 20 stalls, remains unactivated due to these strikes, as it has not been connected to the power grid.

https://evne.ws/3PWwLhz

Affordable $25k EV Already on Market by BYD

– Analysts from Bernstein recognize BYD, a competitor of Tesla, as the manufacturer of an electric vehicle (EV) available for under $25,000.

– Recent reports suggesting Tesla abandoned its plans for a low-cost EV were countered by Elon Musk, who refuted the claims.

– Bernstein points to a period of stagnation for Tesla, with expectations for rejuvenated growth upon the release of its more affordable vehicle platform.

– In contrast, BYD currently offers the Seal model in China at a price point below $25,000, presenting a competitive option against Tesla’s Model 3.

– BYD also markets a $25,000 SUV, offering an alternative comparable to Tesla’s Model Y.

https://evne.ws/3PRlzCQ

New Jersey Implements Additional EV Registration Fee

– New Jersey introduces an extra $1,000 registration fee for electric vehicles (EVs), effective from July 1, in addition to the standard registration charges.

– Governor Phil Murphy enacted a law to renew the transportation trust fund, incorporating an annual $250 fee for EVs, which will increase by $10 annually over four years to $290. New EV registrations require this fee to be paid four years in advance, totaling $1,160 when the fee peaks.

– This measure is aimed at ensuring that EV drivers contribute to road maintenance costs, traditionally funded through gasoline taxes.

– Additionally, Governor Murphy has proposed repealing the sales tax exemption for EVs, in place since 2004, potentially increasing EV ownership costs further. This move is intended to generate additional funds for infrastructure upkeep.

– Despite these new fees, New Jersey continues to offer certain incentives for EV purchases, although these incentives are subject to availability and may run out before the end of each year.

https://evne.ws/3vHXTKf

U.S.-China Trade Tensions Rise Over Green Technology

– China’s increased production of electric vehicles (EVs), solar panels, and batteries is central to new trade tensions with the U.S., a topic highlighted by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen during her visit to China.

– The Biden administration’s support for green technologies in the U.S. contrasts with China’s strategy to expand its production, potentially affecting global markets, including Europe and Mexico. The Alliance for American Manufacturing released a report in February, highlighting BYD’s launch of an electric SUV priced at $14,000, describing China’s automotive industry as a significant threat to U.S. manufacturers.

– China’s automotive sector, benefiting from over a decade of government subsidies, now represents 60% of the worldwide EV market.

– China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao is touring Europe to address concerns over Chinese electric vehicle (EV) exports amidst fears of coordinated trade measures by the U.S. and EU.

– Wang emphasized China’s role in the global green energy shift and combat against climate change during discussions with EV and lithium battery manufacturers in Paris.

https://evne.ws/3xnKlUw

EU and U.S. Address Chinese Trade Practices

– Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, emphasized the need for a firm approach towards China regarding its trade practices, aligning with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s recent statements.

– Ahead of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Beijing, von der Leyen advocated for equal market access for European companies in China, mirroring the openness Chinese firms enjoy in Europe. She encouraged Scholz to address issues of overcapacity and unfair competition with Chinese officials.

– China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao countered these concerns, attributing the success of China’s green technology sector, including EVs and solar panels, to innovation rather than state subsidies.

– Germany has hesitated to impose tariffs on China’s electric vehicle sector, wary of potential reciprocal measures against its own automotive industry, which is a major exporter to China.

https://www.cnbc.com/2024/04/09/eus-von-der-leyen-echoes-yellens-calls-for-tough-stance-on-chinese-overcapacity.html

U.S. Subsidies Exclude EU EVs Amidst Material Sourcing Rules

– The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act imposes protectionist measures affecting EU electric vehicle (EV) imports due to the stipulation on battery material sourcing and vehicle manufacturing locations.

– For an EV to qualify for full subsidy benefits, 40% of the critical battery minerals must originate from the U.S. or a free trade agreement partner, a criterion currently met only by Canada and Mexico. This requirement is set to increase to 80% by 2027.

– Ongoing negotiations between Brussels and Washington have not yet led to an agreement that would include the EU in the list of eligible trading partners for these subsidies.

– Electric vehicles from the EU could qualify for a partial subsidy of $3,750 under certain conditions, but the full subsidy of up to $7,500 is reserved primarily for commercially used or leased vehicles due to a concession made to European automakers early in 2023.

– According to reports, this concession may allow approximately 50 to 60% of EVs imported from Germany to be eligible for a portion of the U.S. purchase subsidy. Nonetheless, German-made EVs must be manufactured in the U.S. to be eligible for any subsidy in most other instances.

https://www.electrive.com/2024/04/08/no-us-subsidy-for-eu-cars-the-raw-materials-partnership-stalemate-continues/

PREMIUM PARTNERS

PORSCHE OF THE VILLAGE CINCINNATI

AUDI CINCINNATI EAST

VOLVO CARS CINCINNATI EAST

NATIONAL CAR CHARGING ON THE US MAINLAND AND ALOHA CHARGE IN HAWAII

DEREK REILLY FROM NEVO.IE AND THE NEVO EV REVIEW IRELAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL

OCTOPUS ELECTROVERSE GLOBAL PUBLIC CHARGING MADE SIMPLE WITH ONE APP AND ONE MAP.

LEASEPLAN ELECTRIC MOMENTS PROVIDING ALL THE TOOLS AND GUIDANCE EV DRIVERS NEED

PARTNERS

RICHARD AT RSEV.CO.UK

JUKKA KUKKONEN FROM WWW.SHIFT2ELECTRIC.COM

RAJEEV NARAYAN

BATTERY REPORTS FOR EVS AT RECURRENTAUTO.COM

JAN TORE GJØBY

ADRIAN BOND

ALAN SHEDD

ALEX BANAHENE

ANDERS HOVE

ANDREA JEFFERSON

ANDREW LUOMA

ANDREW WANEK

ANDY NANCARROW AND LILIAN KASS

ASEER KHALID

BÅRD FJUKSTAD

BILL CALHOUN

BLAINE MCKINNEY

BLUNDERBUSS JONES

BRENDAN MCCARTHY AT NORTHFORK IRONWORKS

BRIAN OLEARY

BRIAN THOMPSON

BRUCE BOHANNAN

CHAD LANE

CHARLES HALL

CHRISTOPHER BARTH

C.J. BACKUS

COLIN HENNESSY AND CAMBSEV

CRAIG ROGERS

DAVID DYSART

DAVID FINCH

DAVID LARDER

DAVID MOORE

DAVID PARTINGTON

DAVID PRESCOTT

DC EV

ED CORTEEN

EDDIE RAGASA

ERIC HANSEN

ERU KYEYUNE-NYOMBI

FREDRIK ROVIK

GARY A HAMMOND

GENE RUBIN

GEORGE TORTAROLO

HEINRICH LIESNER

HELMUT SELKER

IAN ‘STILL WATERS UK’ BENJAMIN

IAN (WATTIE) WATKINS

IAN GRIFFITHS

IAN SEAR

JACK OAKLEY

JAMES PENFOLD

JAMES STORR

JIM MORRIS

JOHN SCHROEDER

JOHN VAN DEVOORT

JON AKA BEARDY MCBEARDFACE FROM KENT EVS

JON MANCHAK

JUAN GONZALEZ

KESTER SANDBACH

KEVIN MEYERSON

LAURENCE D ALLEN

LEE BROWN

LUKE CULLEY

MARCEL WARD

MATTHEW LONG

NATHAN GORE-BROWN

NATHAN KING

NATHANIEL FREEDMAN

NEIL E ROBERTS FROM SUSSEX EVS

OHAD ASTON

PAUL STEPHENSON

PETE GLASS

PETE GORTON

PETER & DEE ROBERTS

PETER RYNER

PHIL MOUCHET

PHILIP FORRESTER

PHILIP TRAUTMAN

RAYMOND ROWLEDGE

REALTORS CHOICE PHOTOGRAPHY

ROB FROM THE RSTHINKS EV CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE

ROBERT GRACE

RON HUNTER

ROOSEVELT WATSON

SEIKI PAYNE

STEPHEN PENN

STEVE JOHN

THE PLUGSEEKER’S EV YOUTUBE CHANNEL

THOMAS J. THIAS

TIMOTHY PHILLIPS

TOMER SHAHAF

TYLER VOSS