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Ford announces $11.4bn investment in electric vehicle plants

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Local event shows off best electric cars available

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s National Drive Electric Week and a local group is showing off some of the best electric cars on the market. While New Mexico continues to make progress toward its goal of being carbon-free by 2045, organizers say Saturday’s event shows that electric vehicles are a viable alternative to traditional, gas-powered vehicles.

“Lots of people are interested maybe in their next vehicle being an electric car,” said Tom Solomon of the National Drive Electric ABQ Car Show.

The Public Service Company of New Mexico is currently offering a rebate on Level 2 electric chargers which promise up to six times faster charging while offering the most energy-efficient option. More information on the project is available online.

EVs In 60ish Seconds: Check Out This Week’s Top Electric Car News

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Check out some of this week’s top EV headlines below or get the full scoop here. At the very least, you’ll be the smartest person at the water cooler when it comes to major headlines in the industry and at best, you’ll win one of our free prizes!

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2023 Cadillac Lyriq Production Model Exterior

Cadillac Hits the Right Notes

Reservations for Cadillac’s 2023 Lyriq ‘Debut Edition’ vehicles sold out in 10 minutes. Other 2023 model year Lyriq trim levels will still be available, but Debut Edition reservations are the only ones that have opened. It’s unclear how many vehicles have been reserved already, as GM says the Debut Edition is “limited,” but doesn’t specify what that limit is. The reservation is $100 and refundable, so it’s hard to gauge how many of these reservations will translate to actual sales, but it does show demand for the vehicle.

The Lyriq has a starting price of $60,000 and a range of around 300 miles with 190kW fast-charging capabilities. It also has a 33-inch infotainment display. Maybe that was the key to selling out. Either way, good news for GM and future EVs.

Electric Highway opens UK’s largest high power motorway charging site

By The Mile

Spring Free EV, a fintech company built to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles through innovative fintech products, debuted this week. The company aims to reduce CO2 emissions by one gigaton by 2030 through a new vehicle financing approach that makes EVs more accessible to everyone.

The Mileage Purchase Agreement (MPA) is a financial product that makes EVs more affordable by reducing the upfront costs and charging a fee per mile of use. This will make costs equal to or lower than fossil-fuel vehicles, removing the biggest barrier to EV adoption.

Rivian Adventure Network - DC fast charger (left) and AC charging point (right)

The Great Outdoors

Tesla has an impressive Supercharger network that features EV chargers in more rural areas of the country. Electrify America has announced its Boost Plan in an effort to catch up with Tesla. The plan is an effort to have 1,800 fast-charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers installed in the US and Canada by the end of 2025. It also adds a push to accelerate the installation of more 150- and 350-kilowatt chargers.

Advancement in infrastructure will be able to make destinations like Yellowstone, Acadia, or Yosemite National Parks more reachable for electric cars. Over the last decade, state and federal agencies, along with private partners, have been working to fill the EV charging gap by installing charging facilities on public lands.

Currently, there are over 140 EV charging stations available through National Park Services.  California approved a plan in 2019 to add more than 900 chargers to public parks, beaches, and schools. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is partnering with Rivian to install 56 Waypoint charging stations at state parks. More people want to be outdoors, and having more access to charging stations will help grow accessibility.

Honda Prologue

The Introduction

Honda is targeting initial annual sales of 70,000 for its planned electric Prologue sport utility vehicle when it is released in 2024. The Prologue will be co-developed with General Motors Co.; while the two companies are also producing an electric Acura-brand SUV. Following the GM models, Honda will introduce a series of electrified vehicles through 2030 based on the Honda-developed e-architecture and assemble EVs at Honda plants in North America.

Honda hopes to sell 500,000 electric vehicles in the United States by 2030, and to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales in North America by 2040. To achieve this, Honda plans to add more electric vehicles to its lineup.

Mercedes-Benz partners with Stellantis to make battery cells for electric cars

Source : https://electrek.co/2021/09/24/mercedes-benz-partners-stellantis-make-battery-cells-for-electric-cars/

OKC donates two electric cars to OCCC

The Oklahoma City Community College automotive technology program has received two electric cars to help aid their students in understanding how to best service electric vehicles.

The City of Oklahoma City has announced that they have donated two Nissan Leafs to help aid OCCC in this project on electric cars.

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These vehicles will provide OCCC students with the opportunity to learn about electric vehicle technologies and grow their knowledge on the cars.

“We have talented and skilled students learning to repair the vehicles of yesterday and today,” said John Claybon, OCCC’s Dean of Business and Information Technology. “But to full prepare for the needs of today and tomorrow, it’s important our students learn the ins and outs of electric vehicles.”

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OCCC explained that technology schools like the one they have depend on vehicle donations to help train their future automotive technicians.

The city’s donated Leafs have been deployed in OKC since 2012, and were purchased with funds awarded through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments’ (ACOG) CLEAN AIR for Public Sector Fleet grants.

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“To see these vehicles serve a new purpose after nearly 10 years of zero-emissions in Central Oklahoma is an outcome we are thrilled to see,” said Mark W. Sweeney, Executive Director of ACOG. “The City of Oklahoma City and OCCC are both critical partners in advancing modern workforce that supports the latest transportation technologies.”

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Kia EV6 review – This electric car is out of this world [Video]

A turning point for US auto dealers: The unstoppable electric car

The growth of electric mobility will have far-reaching consequences for auto dealers, touching virtually every aspect of business. From the redistribution of profit pools to the adoption of new operating procedures, there’s a lot to consider. Maintenance workers will need training to service high-voltage powertrain systems safely and efficiently, while frontline sales staff will be expected to competently answer consumer questions and close the sale. Electric vehicles (EVs) also tend to have fewer mechanical parts that break down, which has significant implications for aftersales service. To help US dealerships prepare for the coming change, we assess the state of EV sales readiness along six key dimensions while offering an in-depth analysis of the US EV market.

That the global EV market—including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in HEVs (PHEVs), and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs)—has continued to heat up in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic is no less than remarkable. Despite an overall slump in car sales worldwide, 2020 was a banner year for electric-vehicle sales, with global sales actually exceeding prepandemic levels by the third quarter of the year. Incredibly, Europe and China achieved fourth-quarter sales increases of 60 percent and 80 percent, respectively, over the previous quarter, helping to drive global EV penetration to an all-time high of 6 percent. While the United States lags behind the two other regions, EV sales increased nearly 200 percent between the second quarter 2020 and the second quarter 2021, contributing to a domestic penetration rate of 3.6 percent during the pandemic (Exhibit 1).

In Q2 2021, US electric-vehicle sales reached 3.6 percent of total car sales.
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Taking a closer look at the geographic distribution of EV registrations, however, reveals that growth in EV adoption hasn’t occurred evenly in all regions; it is closely tied to population density and prevalence of large metropolitan areas and has differed considerably by state, with some states seeing a much larger number of EV registrations and higher penetration rates (Exhibit 2). One outlier remains the state of California, where light-duty electric-vehicle registrations shot up to 425,300 in 2020, representing about 42 percent of EV registrations in the entire country, according to the US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center. That’s more than seven times the rate of registrations for Florida, the state with the second-highest number of EVs registered.

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Our research suggests that EV sales—propelled by more investments from the new administration (including President Biden’s goal that by 2030, half of all new vehicle sales in the United States will be zero-emissions cars), state-level adoption of credit programs, tougher emissions standards, and increasing electrification commitments from major US OEMs—will likely continue to increase. Billions of dollars in proposed infrastructure spending could result in a boost for EV sales through direct measures such as consumer tax credits for the purchase of EVs, as well as the construction of new public charging infrastructure. Congress is also considering proposals to raise the current tax credit for purchasing a new EV to $12,500, up from $7,500, in addition to making used EVs eligible for a smaller tax credit.

Furthermore, through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, the government has pledged $1.2 trillion for transportation and infrastructure spending over eight years, to be initially funded with $550 billion. The deal, which is being taken up by the Senate, includes $15 billion to speed up adoption of EVs and accelerate America’s EV market. The plan sets aside $7.5 billion to construct a nationwide EV charging network and another $7.5 billion for low- and zero-emission buses and ferries to replace school buses that run on diesel fuel. Our analysis suggests that overall, new federal investments, an increasing number of states offering EV-related incentives and rebates, and tax credits favorable to EV owners will likely stimulate the adoption of electric vehicles in the United States.

More stringent emissions standards are also likely to play a role in the growing adoption of EVs in the United States. Several states along the East and West Coasts have adopted the standards put in place by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with more states expected to join over the next five years.1 Currently, 13 states2 and the District of Columbia comply with CARB standards, which set fleet-wide fuel-economy-improvement targets. Of these, ten3 participate in zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) credit programs, which award automakers for each ZEV sold.

We anticipate that, with respect to the US regulatory environment, states that follow the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule will likely return to the more stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards by 2025. We expect four states4 to adopt CARB standards and roll out ZEV credit programs to support a long-term shift to sales of fully electric vehicles by 2025, and three states5 to completely phase out the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2035. In addition to some states taking legislative action to limit the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles, many large incumbent OEMs that comprise 57 percent of the current vehicle market have already announced ICE vehicle sales elimination dates that range from this decade to the year 2050.

Taken together, the favorable regulatory environment for EVs, increasing consumer interest in electric mobility, and production shifts to EVs planned by automotive OEMs will likely contribute to a rise in EV sales. In our most likely EV-adoption scenario, EV sales would make up about 53 percent of all passenger-car sales by 2030 (Exhibit 3). However, gas-powered vehicles will continue to be by far the most common car on the road through 2030.

If electric-vehicle adoption continues to accelerate, EVs are likely to account for more than half of all US passenger car sales by 2030.
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The favorable regulatory environment for EVs, increasing consumer interest in electric mobility, and production shifts to EVs planned by automotive OEMs will likely contribute to a rise in EV sales.

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Shocker: 2022 Rivian R1T Proves Electricity Is Better Than Gasoline for Off-Roading

Electric Cars Listed By 0-60 MPH Acceleration: Quickest To Slowest

Rivian R1S © 2019 Tony Harmer

Here is another comparison of electric cars currently available (or soon to be available) in the U.S. – acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h).

We will take a look at which models are the quickest and what are the general results using data from manufacturers or estimated numbers. Please take into account that some values have a 1 ft rollout subtracted (like the Plaid at 1.99 seconds). Unfortunately, there is no consistent dataset, which means we must include uncertainty of 0.1-0.2 seconds.

0-100 km/h (62 mph) times are usually 0.2 seconds higher.

As we can see in the chart below, there is no match for the Tesla Model S Plaid at around 2.1-2.2 seconds in many real-world tests (1.99 seconds according to specs, with rollout subtracted).

The upcoming Tesla Model X Plaid and Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance will be at around 2.5 seconds according to specs.

Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla Model S Plaid
Rivian R1T
Rivian R1T

One of the most striking things in the comparison is the 3.0 second acceleration time noted by the Rivian R1T pickup and Rivian R1S SUV. It’s a pickup, quicker than most cars on the road! Not only that, with a price tag of around $60,000 (effectively, after federal tax credit), it’s the least expensive electric vehicle that will do 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds!

That’s amazing as we would expect to see a car as the least expensive to achieve a certain acceleration level. Actually, the Tesla Model 3 should be noticeably less expensive, but it’s not eligible for the tax credit. This is why the Performance (0-60 mph in 3.1 second) is at $58,190.

Overall, there are almost no slow electric cars on the market and most of them are way quicker than average new cars.

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Table: Electric car acceleration – September 18, 2021

Model Drive Battery
(kWh)
EPA
Range
0-60
mph
(sec)
Top
Speed
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid 21″ AWD 100* 348 mi
(560 km)
1.99* 200 mph
(322 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid 19″ AWD 100* 396 mi*
(637 km)
1.99* 200 mph
(322 km/h)
2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance (19″) AWD 113 471 mi
(758 km)
2.5 168 mph
(270 km/h)
2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance (21″) AWD 113 451 mi
(726 km)
2.5 168 mph
(270 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model X Plaid 20″ AWD 100* 340 mi*
(547 km)
2.5 163 mph
(262 km/h)
2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S (93 kWh) AWD 93.4 201 mi
(323 km)
2.6 161 mph
(259 km/h)
2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo AWD 93.4 202 mi*
(325 km)
2.7 155 mph
(250 km/h)
2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition Range (19″) AWD 113 520 mi
(837 km)
2.7 168 mph
(270 km/h)
2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition Range (21″) AWD 113 481 mi
(774 km)
2.7 168 mph
(270 km/h)
2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo (93 kWh) AWD 93.4 212 mi
(341 km)
3.0 161 mph
(259 km/h)
2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring (19″) AWD 113* 516 mi
(830 km)
3.0 168 mph
(270 km/h)
2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring (21″) AWD 113* 469 mi
(755 km)
3.0 168 mph
(270 km/h)
2022 Rivian R1S (Large pack, 21″) AWD 135* 316 mi
(508 km)
3.0
2022 Rivian R1T (Large pack, 21″) AWD 135* 314 mi
(505 km)
3.0
2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo AWD 93.4 204 mi*
(328 km)
3.1 155 mph
(250 km/h)
2022 Audi RS e-tron GT quattro AWD 93.4 232 mi*
(373 km)
3.1 155 mph
(249 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model S Long Range (AWD) 19″ AWD 100* 405 mi
(652 km)
3.1 155 mph
(249 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model 3 Perf. LR AWD 20″ AWD 80* 315 mi
(507 km)
3.1 162 mph
(261 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model Y Perf. LR AWD 21″ AWD 80* 303 mi
(488 km)
3.5 155 mph
(249 km/h)
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Perf. ER AWD AWD 98.8 260 mi
(418 km)
3.5
2021 Porsche Taycan 4S (93 kWh) AWD 93.4 227 mi
(365 km)
3.8 155 mph
(249 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model X Long Range (AWD) 20″ AWD 100* 360 mi*
(579 km)
3.8 155 mph
(249 km/h)
2021 Porsche Taycan 4S (79 kWh) AWD 79.2 199 mi
(320 km)
3.8 155 mph
(249 km/h)
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT ER AWD AWD 98.8 270 mi
(434 km)
3.8
2021 Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo AWD 93.4 215 mi*
(346 km)
3.9 149 mph
(240 km/h)
2022 Audi e-tron GT quattro AWD 93.4 238 mi*
(383 km)
3.9 152 mph
(245 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD AWD 80* 353 mi
(568 km)
4.2 145 mph
(233 km/h)
2022 Audi e-tron S Sportback 20″ AWD 95 212 mi
(341 km)
4.3 130 mph
(209 km/h)
2022 Audi e-tron S 20″ AWD 95 208 mi
(335 km)
4.3 130 mph
(209 km/h)
2022 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 AWD 90 234 mi*
(377 km)
4.5 124 mph
(200 km/h)
2022 Polestar 2 Dual Motor 19″ AWD 78 249 mi
(401 km)
4.5 127 mph
(204 km/h)
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge AWD 78 210 mi*
(338 km)
4.7 112 mph
(180 km/h)
2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge AWD 78 223 mi
(359 km)
4.7 112 mph
(180 km/h)
2021 Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo AWD 93.4 215 mi*
(346 km)
4.8 137 mph
(220 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD 19″ AWD 80* 326 mi
(525 km)
4.8 135 mph
(217 km/h)
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium ER AWD AWD 98.8 270 mi
(434 km)
4.8
2021 Porsche Taycan (93 kWh) RWD 93.4 225 mi
(362 km)
5.1 143 mph
(230 km/h)
2021 Porsche Taycan (79 kWh) RWD 79.2 200 mi
(322 km)
5.1 143 mph
(230 km/h)
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select SR AWD AWD 75.7 211 mi
(339 km)
5.2
2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD 60* 263 mi
(423 km)
5.3 140 mph
(225 km/h)
2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD 60* 262 mi*
(422 km)
5.3 140 mph
(225 km/h)
2021 Audi e-tron Sportback AWD 95 218 mi
(351 km)
5.5 124 mph
(200 km/h)
2021 Audi e-tron AWD 95 222 mi
(357 km)
5.5 124 mph
(200 km/h)
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro AWD 82 249 mi
(401 km)
5.7
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select SR RWD RWD 75.7 230 mi
(370 km)
5.8
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium ER RWD RWD 98.8 300 mi
(483 km)
6.1
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Route 1 ER RWD RWD 98.8 305 mi
(491 km)
6.1
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV FWD 65 259 mi
(417 km)
6.5*
2022 Nissan LEAF e+ SV (62 kWh) FWD 62 215 mi
(346 km)
6.5*
2022 Nissan LEAF e+ S (62 kWh) FWD 62 226 mi
(364 km)
6.5*
2021 BMW i3s RWD 42.2 153 mi
(246 km)
6.8 100 mph
(161 km/h)
2022 MINI Cooper SE FWD 32.6 114 mi
(183 km)
6.9 93 mph
(150 km/h)
2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor 19″ FWD 78 265 mi*
(426 km)
7.0 100 mph
(161 km/h)
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV FWD 65 247 mi
(397 km)
7.0*
2021 BMW i3 RWD 42.2 153 mi
(246 km)
7.2 93 mph
(150 km/h)
2022 Nissan LEAF S (40 kWh) FWD 40 149 mi
(240 km)
7.4* 90 mph
(145 km/h)
2022 Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) FWD 64 239 mi
(385 km)
7.5 104 mph
(167 km/h)
2022 Hyundai Kona Electric FWD 64 258 mi
(415 km)
7.9 104 mph
(167 km/h)
2021 Hyundai IONIQ Electric FWD 38.3 170 mi
(274 km)
10.0 102 mph
(164 km/h)

German Startup Driving Around Autonomous Vehicle Hurdles By Matt Posky on September 20, 2021

Despite the concept of autonomous cars suggesting a seamless, hands-free driving experience as far back as the late 1950s, only the peripheral technologies have made their way into the real world. Our ancestors would have marveled at the video displays, powertrains, and navigation systems available today. But the 21st century concept of “mobility” has also turned out to be a bit of a scam.

Formerly a catch-all term for autonomous transportation, the phrase has been redefined by the industry to pertain to subscription fees, over-the-air updates, digitally affixing your credit card information to the vehicle, and just about any present-day feature it’s interested in selling. Meanwhile, the self-driving programs that kicked off the would-be renaissance have been stagnating as companies cannot quite figure out how to teach a car to successfully assume all of the duties of a human driver. However there’s a German startup that’s attempting to circumvent those obstacles by employing digital chauffeurs working from far-off locations.

At a glance, Vay appears to have all the hallmarks of a self-driving vehicle firm. It uses a minimalist logo, language that borrows obnoxiously from marketing agencies, and is heavily dependent upon same hardware all autonomous vehicles currently need to function. But how it’s utilizing those on-board systems is very different. Rather than hiring an army of engineers and programmers in an attempt to teach an automobile how to drive like a person, Vay wants to use existing sensing and camera equipment to have professional drivers operate vehicles remotely.

Connected cars would be hailed using a smartphone application (much like Uber or Lyft) and the driver will be informed of the pickup location. From there, they will pilot the vehicle to its destination remotely until the customer can hop in and assume driving responsibilities. The virtual driving rig will then load up another vehicle across town and the process starts all over again. Vay is basically merging short-term car rentals, ride hailing, autonomous driving, and drone strikes into one tidy little package.

“But that’s not really autonomous driving,” I hear you explaining to the screen.

While I am included to agree, SAE International updated its language to include “remote assistance and remote driving” in May — not that it provides any real clarity as to the efficacy of such systems or where they slot into the existing levels of autonomy.

It still pertains to Vay, however, and the whole point of the company is to get away from being totally dependent upon machine learning and prolonged test cycles that don’t appear to be yielding much useful fruit. It also needs to have some autonomous capabilities to safely stop the vehicles in case the connection between car and remote driver is interrupted. Units likewise use a lot of the same equipment you’d find in other AVs so that information can be reliably streamed back to virtual cockpits.

That last bit is incredibly important as it’s basically the lynch pin for the entire business proposal. Ultimately, Vay said it would like to provide full-time virtual chauffeurs that could take over whenever a driver feels like they’ve spent enough time behind the wheel. We’ve heard of other companies dabbling in this space (including a few major manufacturers) but Vay is singularly devoted to it and popped up on our radar after Bloomberg covered them last week.

Vay wants to leapfrog the competition by offering a cheaper and more-realistic alternative to true self-driving vehicles. It’s also reportedly close to achieving that goal.

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