What’s happening in EV? 23 December 2020

Lucid completes factory construction, aims to ramp up to 400,000 electric cars per year

Lucid Motors announced that it completed the first phase of construction at its EV factory in Arizona. Eventually, they plan to produce up to 400,000 electric cars per year at the facility after future expansions.

VW CEO reveals ‘Mission T’ to ‘catch up with Tesla’ as he faces vote of confidence

Herbert Diess, the head of the Volkswagen group, has released a blog post discussing his effort to reform the giant automaker, including revealing “Mission T,” his plan to “catch up with Tesla.”

Elon Musk wants Tesla to focus on profits or warns that TSLA will fall like ‘soufflé under a sledgehammer’

In a new email to Tesla employees obtained by Electrek, CEO Elon Musk says that he wants the automaker to focus on profits and cost-saving. If not, the CEO warns that Tesla’s stock (TSLA) could fall drastically.

Ford upgrades Mustang Mach-E top performance with impressive 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds

Ford announced today that Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. It makes the Mach-E a true performance vehicle.

Portland and Daimler team up for 5MW electric semipublic charging ‘Island’

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) today announced that they are co-developing a large public charging site for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks. Known as “Electric Island,” it is expected to be the first of its kind in the US.

Texas EV startup Volcon announces electric 4×4 pricing, begins crowd investing

The Stag will be priced at an MSRP of $14,995 and the Beast will be priced at an MSRP of $24,995. The Stag is the smaller of the two, claiming a top speed of 70 mph (112 mph), a range of 150 miles (240 km), and a maximum power of 225 horsepower (168 kW). The larger Beast increases the speed to a claimed maximum of 80 mph (129 km/h), maintains the same range of 150 miles (240 km), and increases the power to 450 hp (336 kW).

Elon Musk is ‘extremely confident’ Tesla will release full autonomy in ‘some jurisdictions’ next year

Elon Musk now says that he is “extremely confident” that Tesla will release full autonomy to customers in “some jurisdictions” in 2021.

Daymak unveils several high-end Canadian-made light EVs, e-bikes, UTVs, flying car

Toronto-based Daymak is already known for a wide range of light electric vehicles ranging from e-bikes and mobility scooters to light electric motorcycles. But now the company is unveiling a much higher-end product range known as the Avvenire line that will be manufactured locally in Canada.

Daimler announces $85 billion investment, mostly toward accelerating electrification

Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, announced a new investment plan worth €70 billion ($85 billion USD) for the years 2021 through 2025. The automaker says that most of the investment will be used “to accelerate the transformation towards electrification and digitization.”

New clue reveals Aprilia may be preparing to debut an electric scooter

Piaggio, which owns the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia, already debuted the Vespa Elettrica in 2018. Now, it looks like the Vespa Elettrica may be getting an electric cousin known as the Aprilia eSR1.

Volvo Trucks starts sales of VNR Electric Class 8 truck ahead of production

The truck will be available in three configurations: a single-axle box truck with 33,200lb GCWR, and two tractor configurations, a 4×2 with 66,000lb and a 6×2 with 82,000lb GCWR.

Tesla reduces Full Self-Driving Package price for EAP owners

Tesla has reduced the price of its Full Self-Driving Package by $1,000 for owners of the Enhanced Autopilot package.

This unknown electric motorcycle startup is small but mighty… and growing

You have probably never heard of Tromox or their first electric motorcycle, the Tromox Mino. But as the company begins expanding distribution across Europe and the US, you may be seeing more of these cool little bikes soon.

UK opens first fully electric vehicle service station, powered by solar, today

The UK’s first electric vehicle service station, known as the Electric Forecourt®, has been opened by GRIDSERVE today near Braintree, Essex, in southeast England.

Toyota announces new all-electric SUV, says it’s their ‘first step’ for battery-electric cars

Toyota announced today that they will be unveiling a new all-electric SUV in the coming months. The automaker, which has been seen as a lagger when it comes to all-electric vehicles, says that it’s their ‘first step’ for battery-electric vehicles.

Monarch unveils game-changing new smart electric tractor, driver optional

The Monarch Tractor starts at $50,000 and is currently taking reservations with a $500 deposit for delivery in Fall 2021.

Tesla’s sales surge to record high in China

Tesla’s sales have surged to a new record high of more than 21,000 vehicles in China, according to a new report from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Mercedes-Benz announces next gen eSprinter electric van coming to North America

Mercedes-Benz announces the next gen eSprinter electric van that will be built on a new platform with more variants. It is also coming to North America.

Bollinger unveils updated electric truck and pickup ‘production-intent design’

Bollinger has unveiled an updated design for its electric SUV and pickup trucks with new “production-intent” versions. The startup is a New York-founded (now Michigan-based) EV company that has been developing a very simple yet versatile electric truck platform.

Hyundai teases IONIQ 5, says will have bi-directional charging, and more

Hyundai is teasing the launch of the IONIQ 5, the first new electric vehicle in its new all-electric sub-brand and revealed that it will have bi-directional charging and more.

Tesla offers one year of free Supercharging to incentivize deliveries in record quarter attempt

Tesla is now offering one year of free Supercharging to incentivize deliveries by the end of the year as it attempts another record quarter.

Rivian’s Amazon delivery van prototype spotted in Irvine, Calif.

Rivian was spotted testing its delivery van near the company’s facility in Irvine, Calif., on Saturday. The van is part of a deal with Amazon, which has ordered 100,000 of them from Rivian after leading a $700 million funding round for the company.

Amazon’s Zoox unveils its autonomous electric vehicle with massive battery pack

Zoox, a startup developing an electric and autonomous vehicle that was recently purchased by Amazon, has unveiled its autonomous electric vehicle. It has a massive battery pack.

EV sales are surging in Europe with electric cars not available in North America

Electric vehicle sales are currently surging in Europe with market share reaching new records in several countries. They are doing it with electric cars that are not available in North America.

Tesla Model Y to help electrify two US police departments

Tesla Model Y has been chosen by two US police departments to accelerate the electrification of their fleet. Some police departments have been quick to do the math and realize the benefits of going electric.

Canoo unveils $33,000 electric delivery van, teases electric pickup truck

Electric vehicle startup Canoo has unveiled a new $33,000 electric delivery van to follow its passenger electric vehicle, and it teases an upcoming electric pickup truck.

Tesla increases new Model 3 range in new software update

Tesla has started pushing a new software update that is increasing the range on new 2021 Model 3 vehicles. It looks like Tesla both delivered an efficiency improvement and changed the displayed range.

Ford releases impressive video of F-150 electric pickup prototype in the snow

Ford has released a new video of winter testing of its upcoming F-150 electric pickup, showing some impressive performance in the snow.

Electric self-driving Apple car reportedly to use next-level battery tech in 2024

Apple is planning to launch an electric car in 2024 with radical new battery tech, Reuters reported Monday. Despite an apparent slowdown in what is sometimes referred to as “Project Titan,” the iPhone maker is moving ahead with plans for a complete car that will be sold to consumers, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

VW is launching ID.4 electric SUV on up-front value and ownership costs, not tech potential

Duncan Movassaghi, the executive vice president of sales and marketing at Volkswagen of America, said in a presentation to the press earlier this month that two things were top-of-mind as VW brought the ID.4 to market. Firstly, it wanted this to be an accessible product that made sense in the day-to-day life of the average American family. Secondly, the package needed to be without compromise.

Bengaluru Gets Its First Battery Swapping Network for Electric Vehicles

Karnataka has launched a unique electric vehicle (EV) battery swapping network in its capital Bengaluru, addressing one of the key concerns of potential users of the cleaner technology - fast discharge and lack of supporting infrastructure.

MG Motor India, Tata Power inaugurate maiden 60kW superfast EV charging station in Lucknow

MG Motor India and Tata Power today inaugurated the first 60kW superfast EV charging station in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The facility is available to all the vehicles compatible with CCS/CHAdeMO fast-charging standards. The customers can charge their MG ZS EV up to 80 per cent in 50 minutes at the charging station.

Electric vehicle market in India expected to hit 63 lakh units per annum mark by 2027: IESA

The electric vehicle (EV) market in India is expected to hit over 63 lakh unit mark per annum by 2027, according to a report by India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).

Made-in-India Pravaig Extinction MK1 EV: All you need to know

Pravaig Extinction MK1 gets a contemporary design and some might even find it to resemble Tesla cars. But sleek headlamps joined by a light strip, numerous creases on the body, rear haunches, and LED taillights lend to the car a unique appeal. However, the most exciting thing about this upcoming electric car is what propels it. According to Pravaig, the Extinction MK1 will be propelled by a 96-kWh battery pack that will power a 201 bhp electric motor. This combination will also generate a maximum instantaneous torque of 2,400 Nm at the wheels, allowing the EV to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds and achieving a top speed of 196 km/h

Karnataka approves EV manufacturing projects of nearly ₹23,000 cr

The Karnataka government on Monday said that it has approved investments of ₹22,419 crore of three different proposals involving electric vehicle (EV) and lithium-ion battery manufacturing that have the potential to create nearly 5,000 new jobs.

Volvo Promises Second Electric Car Is Coming in March 2021

Volvo is keen on continuing to expand its EV lineup. The XC40 Recharge is barely out of the gate and the Swedish automaker has another electric vehicle up its sleeve, which it will unveil on March 2, 2021.

RERC fixes Rs 6/unit power tariff for EV charging stations

To pave the way for the growth of electric vehicles (EV), Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has fixed the tariff for charging stations at Rs 6 per unit by creating a new category of consumer. The standard operating procedure (SOP) for establishing these electric vehicles (EV) charging stations were released by the department. The regulatory body has also decided to provide relaxation in permanent fee from Rs 135 to Rs 40 per month for these stations.

Tata Nexon EV subscription charges in India decreased

Tata Nexon EV, the home-grown automaker’s first fully electric offering for the personal vehicle market, has offered via a subscription model in the country since earlier this year. Tata Motors teamed up with Orix India in August 2020 to bring in this option for its electric SUV, with subscription plans starting at ₹41,900 for a tenure of 36 months. It was then further reduced to ₹34,900 per month under the purview of a special offer that was to remain applicable till 30 November 2020. However, in a move that is likely to boost demand, the company has decided to further slash prices of Tata Nexon EV’s subscription plans and quite considerably at that.

Tata Nexon EV crosses 2000 sales mark in India

Tata Motors has announced that their first electric SUV has crossed a benchmark of 2000 units. The Tata Nexon EV was launched around 10 months back and the company has managed to sell 2,200 units as of November 2020. The company claims that this shows growing interest in the EV segment.

Hyundai to reveal Ioniq 5 EV in early 2021

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has been confirmed for a reveal in “early 2021”. It will be the first of three EVs set to fall under the Korean automaker’s new, fully electric sub-brand – Ioniq – in the next four years. Each model will use a numerical naming strategy, similar to Volkswagen’s ID line-up. Odd numbers will be used for SUVs and even numbers for sedans and other models.

Ola to build ₹2,400 cr EV plant in Tamil Nadu

Mobility services provider Ola on Monday said it will set up its first electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu and will invest ₹2,400 crore to power its new business vertical that aims to sell green vehicle technologies in India and other markets world-wide.

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