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GM Launches Bidirectional Chargers for Home Energy Management

– General Motors is set to release bidirectional charging technology that allows energy transfer from their EVs back to the home, termed vehicle-to-home (V2H).

– This technology will debut with the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST First Edition.

– The GM Energy V2H Bundle, priced at $7,299, includes a PowerShift Charger and a home enablement kit, with variable installation costs.

– Initially, the V2H technology will be available in five states: California, Florida, Michigan, New York, and Texas, starting Thursday.

– The 19.2-kilowatt Level 2 chargers in these kits can transfer power from the vehicle back to the homeowner’s residence.

– GM plans to expand the offering with various product bundles tailored to different customer needs and budgets in the future.

– The first bundle includes the GM Energy Powershift Charger for $1,699 and the GM Energy V2H (vehicle-to-home) Enablement Kit for $5,600.

– Installation will be facilitated by Qmerit, which will provide customized quotes based on location, energy requirements, and other specifics.

– The Silverado EV features a 200 kWh battery capable of delivering up to 10.2 kW of power, sufficient to potentially supply energy to a typical home for up to 21 days.

– The vehicle comes factory-equipped with bidirectional charging, allowing it to serve as a power source.

– This technology will be sold via GM’s e-commerce platform, which also facilitates connections to preferred installers for the equipment.

– By the 2026 model year, GM aims to incorporate bidirectional charging capability across all its Ultium-based electric vehicles.

– Future models equipped with V2H will include the 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1, the 2024 Chevy Blazer and Equinox EVs, the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq, and the upcoming Cadillac Escalade IQ.

https://www.autonews.com/mobility-report/gm-vehicle-home-chargers-launch-chevy-silverado-ev

Tritium’s Insolvency and Administration Appointment

– Tritium, an Australian firm specializing in rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, has declared insolvency and has appointed KPMG as voluntary administrators.

– The company and three of its Australian subsidiaries are either currently insolvent or are expected to become insolvent soon.

– Previously, Tritium captured over 20% of the global EV fast charging market and dominated the non-Tesla charging segment in Australia.

– After a highly successful initial public offering on the Nasdaq in early 2022, Tritium was valued at up to $2 billion USD.

– In a strategic shift last year, Tritium decided to shut down its Brisbane manufacturing operations and relocate production to Tennessee, USA, where it currently employs around 500 staff.

– To date, Tritium has sold over 13,000 direct current (DC) fast chargers across more than 40 countries.

https://thedriven.io/2024/04/19/australia-ev-fast-charging-tritium-says-it-is-insolvent-appoints-administrators/

Kia Sets New Record in Global EV Sales for March 2024

– In March 2024, Kia‘s global sales of all-electric vehicles surged, recording 19,061 units sold in March alone, which is an approximate 79% increase from the previous year and sets a new monthly record for Kia.

– Electric vehicles (EVs) now represent 6.9% of Kia’s total sales volume, up from 4.7% the year before.

– Kia currently markets three models based on its Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP): the EV5, EV6, and EV9, with plans to launch two additional models, the EV3 and EV4, soon.

– In addition to its E-GMP vehicles, Kia’s electric lineup includes the Niro EV, Soul EV, and exclusively in South Korea, the Bingo EV and Ray EV.

https://insideevs.com/news/716620/kia-global-ev-retail-sales-march2024/

Tesla Model 3 Performance Upgrade Revealed in Website Leak

– Tesla UK’s website source code reveals upgraded specs for the Tesla Model 3 Performance.

– The new model is described as “the most powerful Model 3 ever,” boasting over 500 horsepower due to enhanced high-performance drive units.

– Specific details about the acceleration from zero to 60 mph were not provided in the code, only a placeholder text indicating rapid acceleration.

– The drive units include a front motor (3D3) delivering 150 kilowatts (201 horsepower) and a rear motor (4D2) capable of 303 kW (406 hp), as noted in a South Korean government filing.

– The high-voltage battery is rated at 355 volts and 230 amp-hours, totaling an energy capacity of 81.65 kilowatt-hours.

– Additionally, the updated Model 3 Performance will feature a new adaptive damping system powered by Tesla’s in-house software, designed to enhance body control while maintaining comfort and usability for daily driving.

– The source code did not confirm the use of the “Ludicrous” badge, although it has been spotted on pre-production models.

https://insideevs.com/news/716542/2024-tesla-model-3-performance-specs-leak/

Xiaomi’s Electric Car Sales Exceed Expectations

– Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun reported that sales of the company’s first electric vehicle, the SU7, have been 3-5 times higher than anticipated.

– The SU7, which features design elements reminiscent of Porsche, was launched recently and has been introduced into the highly competitive Chinese EV market with a strikingly low price of under $30,000 for the base model. This undercuts the base model of Tesla’s Model 3 in China by $4,000.

– Xiaomi has acknowledged it expects to incur losses on the SU7 as part of its market entry strategy.

– Despite the challenging nature of China’s EV market, characterized by intense price competition and slowing demand, analysts believe Xiaomi’s substantial financial resources and expertise in smartphone technology provide a competitive advantage, particularly in smart dashboard technology, which is highly valued by Chinese consumers.

https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/xiaomi-says-sales-its-new-ev-have-been-3-5-times-higher-than-expected-2024-04-18/

Mexico Withdraws Incentives for Chinese EV Companies Amid U.S. Concerns

– Under U.S. pressure, Mexico’s government is declining to provide incentives such as low-cost public land or tax reductions to Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers.

– A recent discussion in January between Mexican officials and BYD Co representatives, a major Chinese EV maker, marked the last meeting where it was made clear that such incentives would not be extended.

– Mexican officials have decided to suspend any future discussions with Chinese automakers.

– A spokesperson from the White House mentioned that U.S. President Joe Biden is concerned about Chinese EVs potentially undermining national security by saturating the market.

– Currently, about 20 Chinese car brands are sold in Mexico, but none have established manufacturing facilities within the country.

– This policy change is largely attributed to American concerns that Chinese automakers could use Mexico as a gateway to bypass high U.S. tariffs of 27.5% by manufacturing cars there and selling them into the U.S. without facing these tariffs.

– The U.S. fears are driven by concerns from its automotive sector, labor unions, and political figures about the impact of low-cost Chinese EVs entering the American market through Mexico.

– Despite these challenges, companies like BYD still express intentions to establish a presence in Mexico, focusing on serving the Mexican market rather than exporting to the U.S.

– In contrast, the state of Nuevo Leon approved $153 million in incentives for a Tesla facility last December.

https://www.autonews.com/china/mexico-facing-us-pressure-will-halt-incentives-chinese-ev-makers

Electric Vehicle Savings Up To $2,200 Annually

– The U.S. Department of Energy has launched a new tool allowing drivers to estimate fuel savings when switching to electric or hybrid electric vehicles. Input your ZIP code or state along with specifics such as vehicle size, model year, fuel tank capacity, fuel efficiency, and annual driving distance to see potential savings.

– The tool can forecast up to $2,200 in annual savings for fully electric vehicle owners and up to $1,500 for hybrid vehicle owners.

– Developed by Argonne National Laboratory, the tool confirms savings for electric vehicle drivers across virtually all U.S. ZIP codes, with nearly universal savings for plug-in hybrids.

– Savings are most significant in regions with high gasoline prices, low electricity costs, longer driving distances, and older, less efficient vehicles.

– The largest identified savings of up to $2,200 annually occur in Idaho, attributed to the prevalent use of less efficient vehicles coupled with high fuel prices and low electricity costs.

– Significant annual savings are also reported in states like South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, West Virginia, and Arkansas, with amounts ranging from $1,300 to $1,800, especially for those opting for fuel-efficient pickups and SUVs.

– The study uses a comprehensive “well-to-wheels” approach for its emissions analysis, showing that electric vehicle drivers could reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 1 pound per mile driven, amounting to a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional vehicles.

– The full report, including detailed insights into local factors affecting savings and emissions, is available through the Energy Department’s website.

https://www.energy.gov/policy/articles/save-2200-year-driving-electric-vehicle

Colorado’s EV Exchange Program Boosts Affordability for Low-Income Residents

– Colorado’s Vehicle Exchange Program is significantly lowering the cost barrier for low-income individuals to own electric vehicles (EVs).

– The program provides instant rebates of $6,000 for new EVs and $4,000 for used EVs to participants who exchange their old gasoline or diesel vehicles.

– To be eligible for the program, residents must earn no more than 80% of their area’s median income.

– The vehicles traded in must be operational, at least 12 years old, or have failed a Colorado emissions test.

– Since its inception last summer, the program has issued 450 rebates, replacing 450 high-emission vehicles with cleaner, electric alternatives on Colorado roads.

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2024/04/exchange-program-make-ev-ownership-more-affordable-for-low-income-colorado-residents/

Shortage of EV Mechanics Leads to Increased Vehicle Write-offs

– In the UK, the lack of mechanics trained to repair advanced electric vehicle (EV) issues is causing an increase in repair costs.

– Insurance companies and repair services such as the AA report that minor damages, especially to the battery or its housing, often result in the total loss of the vehicle.

– Insurance company AXA has noted  that the complexity of such damages can significantly raise insurance premiums.

– Only about 10% of the UK’s 236,000 auto mechanics are certified to handle EV batteries and related components, as stated by the Institute of the Motor Industry.

– While many mechanics can handle basic tasks on EVs, the intricate and potentially hazardous work involving batteries requires additional specialized training.

– Thatcham Research indicates that drivers are worried about the higher likelihood of their EVs being written off after accidents due to these repair complexities.

– Additional factors stifling EV adoption include prolonged wait times for part replacements and a scarcity of operational charging stations.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-13/ev-mechanic-shortage-inflates-uk-repair-costs-sends-cars-to-junkyard

Cadillac Optiq Debuts Interior Design Ahead of Beijing Auto Show

– The Cadillac Optiq was showcased online prior to its public unveiling at the Beijing Auto Show in China.

– The interior design borrows elements from the larger Cadillac Lyriq, featuring a similar steering wheel and a curved digital display cluster.

– Unique to the Optiq, the central dashboard includes a horizontal trim that supports ambient lighting, aligning with illuminated horizontal lines on the door panels.

– The area below the dashboard is designed with a concave structure, featuring an open storage cubby beneath the HVAC controls, unlike the Lyriq’s enclosed storage.

– The Optiq includes two USB-C ports conveniently located to the left of the storage cubby, making device charging more accessible for passengers.

– While the infotainment and cupholder layout mirrors the Lyriq, the Optiq introduces a thinner armrest and a redesigned section between the seats, enhancing the interior aesthetics.

– The vehicle is built on the BEV3 platform, shared with the Chevrolet Equinox EV and the Buick Electra models.

https://www.autoblog.com/2024/04/14/cadillac-optiq-interior-revealed-before-beijing-auto-show-debut/

Porsche Tacan’s Unexpected Swim in Dubai Floods

– A Porsche Tacan was recently observed navigating through floodwaters in Dubai.

– The vehicle floated until it reached an area where its wheels could touch the ground.

– Impressively, the Porsche Tacan was then able to drive off, demonstrating its resilience and performance under extreme conditions.

https://x.com/eljaboom/status/1780447536672583862?s=12

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