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 The ACT Expo continues to be my favorite industry event every year. It’s always a great place to see new advancements in the electric vehicle industry, as well as catch up with industry friends and make new connections. It’s the most concentrated event of people that are actively and passionately changing the future of transportation. This year my highlight was getting to ride in a hydrogen fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck that was quiet, nimble, and quick! It was also impressive to see the Einride Pod in person. Did you attend the ACT Expo? If so, what was your favorite part? Let us know on our Instagram post.

-Joe @ EPG/Mobility EVo

In other EV News
  • Volkswagen is confident it can sell more electric vehicles than Tesla by 2025. CEO, Herbert Diess, did admit the goal would be very difficult but remains assured. Elon Musk was recently quoted as saying that VW is making the most progress from an EV standpoint.
  • Lightning eMotors and Perrone Robotics have partnered to produce Class 3-7 commercial fleet electric vehicles. The fleet will feature Perrone’s AV technology, TONY. 
  • In more VW news, Volkswagen has confirmed plans to launch the all-electric Scout brand. VW wants to launch the Scout SUV and truck in 2026 starting only in America. As of now, the company has not announced plans to launch EVs in other regions. Expect some prototypes to be unveiled next year.
  • Bridgestone’s most recent survey in the UK proves motorists are excitedly adopting electric vehicles. Bridgestone is committed to EVs by improving its tire technology with its EV-specific tires that account for 11% of Bridgestone’s OE lineup. With its TECHSYN technology, Bridgestone can extend the life of a tire by up to 30%. Bridgestone is also committed to installing 3,500 charging points across Europe.
  • During the Las Vegas WasteExpo 2022, XL Fleet launched its electric pre-series powertrain on a Quantum garbage truck. Curbtender, Inc. and, XL Fleet plan to manufacture a whole fleet of electric garbage trucks this year.
  • Toyota’s federal EV tax credit is running out fast, just as the company launched the bZ4X, a battery-electric car. If you are still interested in purchasing the RAV4 Prime or the bZ4X, consider buying before October 2022 to get the full credit of $7,500.
  • Silicon battery technology is an up-and-coming technology that offers more benefits than lithium-ion batteries. Silicon batteries have a higher energy density, therefore can offer EVs 50% more range. The batteries can also be charged quicker, and so as technology advances, the EV industry could be looking at the possibility of charging your EV in under 10 minutes. 
  • CATL, the world’s largest EV battery manufacturer, is looking at South Carolina and Kentucky to build the company’s first factory in the United States. CATL serves BMW Group and Ford Motor Company.
  • Hyundai Motor Company is planning to build an EV manufacturing plant in the United States, and the company has its eyes set on Georgia.

EV of the Week

For some weird reason, my wife refuses to drive a minivan. I’m not a good listener though, so I think I will surprise her this Christmas with a new minivan. Just kidding.  I know better. What she would go for is a VW ID.Buzz. It’s funky, cool, and would be great for the kid/s. I’m personally looking forward to the camper version. We’ll have to wait until 2023 for one, but that doesn’t stop us from making the ID.Buzz the EV of the Week. Check out the video below for how it’s made. -John @ Mobility Evo 

  • 77-kWh battery pack
  • 170 kW charging capacity
  • Bi-directional charging
  • Range of at least 260 miles
  • Tons of color options
  • Starting price of around $40,000

AV Corner

 My top #1 complaint with other people driving is how prone I am to motion sickness. Well, Apple’s long-awaited AV may have some answers for that issue that were hinted at earlier this week. By utilizing virtual reality and a headset, the company believes tackling motion sickness will be a breeze. In addition, the company has also received a patent for a guidance system that could be activated through iPad, iPhone, and Siri. Apple’s AV is still predicted to launch in 2025. 

In other AV News

  • Solo AVT unveiled the SD1, and it’s everything you could ever hope for. The battery-electric Class 8 truck is specifically for autonomous driving with a range of 500+ miles. The vehicle is also trailer-agnostic to prepare the truck to haul anything. The placement of sensors alongside exterior lighting to communicate to pedestrians allows the simple integration of any autonomous system.
  • Starting on May 17, Europe’s roads will welcome Mercedes-Benz’s Drive Pilot Level 3 autonomous driving system. This historic decision marks the first Level 3 autonomous system allowed for European public roads. 
  • Seoul’s government is building a testing zone for autonomous vehicles to properly assess AV controls in road, traffic, and weather conditions using digital twin technologies. The simulator will be open to the public. 
  • DHL Supply Chain is the first company to receive Volvo Autonomous Solutions’ hub-to-hub autonomous transport. 
  • Waymo’s self-driving cars have officially touched ground in Phoenix, Arizona. 
  • Self-driving truck developer Plus has partnered with Velociti to assist in deployment and manufacturing partner for its Plus Build program. Through the program, Plus can equip any Class 8 truck with autonomous technology. 

 

An electric PJ?

An electric PJ?

Today, we celebrate Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla. AKA Cinco de Mayo. Our newsletter today includes big news from Eviation, Pure Watercraft, DeLorean, Lexus, dolaGon, Cruise, and more.

 

Enjoy the newsletter and don’t forget to share with other EV/AV enthusiasts. Have an amazing Cinco de Mayo.

 

EV News

Range anxiety has been cited as one of the top reasons for hesitancy around EV adoption. Here are the top electric cars with the longest range:

  1. Lucid Air Dream Edition R with 19-inch wheels, 520 miles
  2. Tesla Model S Long-Range, 405 miles
  3. Rivian R1T Quad-Motor AWD with Max battery pack, 314 miles
  4. Tesla Model 3 Long Range All-Wheel Drive, 358 miles 
  5. Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+, 350 miles
  6. Tesla Model X, 348 miles
  7. Tesla Model Y Long Range All-Wheel Drive, 330 miles
  8. GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, 329 miles
  9. BMW iX xDrive 50 with 20-inch wheels, 324 miles
  10. Rivian R1S Quad-Motor AWD with Large pack, 316 miles

Do not worry about range. In 2019, the average daily commute was around 39 miles.  It will be okay.

In other EV News
  • DeLorean teased a video this week with the hashtag DeLorean EVolved and on their website, there is a countdown for a reveal.  Scroll for the video.
  • Stellantis has announced its $200 million decision to produce EVs at its existing plant in Kragujevac, Serbia. Around $50 million will come from the government in Serbia. 
  • Lexus’ first EV, the Lexus RZ 450e prototype, is a sight for sore eyes. The five-passenger vehicle comes with an optional steer-by-wire system and yoke-style steering wheel, available in 2023. The car has a range of 252 miles. 
  • GM and Pure Watercraft have begun a joint venture and produced an electric pontoon boat. Late last year, GM purchased a 25% stake in Pure Watercraft and earlier this year they unveiled an electric pontoon. The 25-foot, 9-inch boat can fit up to 10 passengers and has a range of 120 miles at an average speed of 5 mph. It will cost around $45,000 for a single outboard motor or $60,000 for the twin outboards.
  • Ford’s Home Integration System, a system that allows the Ford F-150 lightning to power your home, costs $3,895 before installation. The system is rated 80-amp and features bi-directional capacity.
  • Sila Nanotechnologies will invest in a battery material factory in Washington State. The factory will support the production of up to 500,000 EVs.

EV of the Week

Cape Air signed a LOI this week for 75 Electric Alice aircrafts from Eviation. The electric airplane has room for 9 passengers and 2 crew members, travels at a top speed of 250 knots, and can cover 500 ground miles. Who said we had to pick a car for the EV of the Week?  Nobody! That is why we chose the electric flying Alice as the EV of the Week. Watch out, we might choose an electric boat next week… -John @ Mobility EVo

AV Corner

 I ended my ski season with a powder day a couple of weekends ago, but then I watched the video of this UTV and now I am pumped for next season (scroll down for the video). DolaGon is an autonomous Polaris Ranger Crew UTV and is designed to transport skiers while giving users and operators the opportunity to control it autonomously, via a remote control, or driving manually. Certainly, it has other uses, but those fresh tracks look appealing.

 -John @ Mobility EVo

In other AV News

  • A project between the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Alabama won the first autonomous head-to-head car race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The PoliMOVE race team also set a new land speed record for AVs at 192.2 mph. Scroll for a video
  • Korea’s only AI startup, Mars Auto, plans to release self-driving trucks by 2023. 
  • Finnish self-driving tech company, Sensible 4, completed a pilot test in not-so-sensible weather conditions. Read about their test run here.
  • To power its autonomous vehicles, Volkswagen will use Qualcomm chips as soon as 2026. 
  • General Motors’ Cruise may be the first company to offer commercialized autonomous rides in San Francisco. 
  • Innoviz Technologies has been selected by multiple car brands to supply LiDAR software. Innoviz’s quarterly update on May 11 will go into more detail about the news.

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Little Red Corvette

Little Red Corvette

Happy Thursday. Our newsletter today includes big news from Ford, GM, Tesla, Lucid, Pony.ai, May Mobility, and more.

Enjoy the newsletter and don’t forget to share with other EV/AV enthusiasts. Have an amazing day.

EV News

 Production of the F-150 Lightning has begun at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and the Lightning has already sold out. To combat demand, Ford plans to ramp up production from 40,000 units to 150,000 units per year within the next year.

We have your Ford news, so how about some news from GM? This week, GM announced they will produce an all-electric Corvette next year. Not many details were shared about the new Corvette, but we look forward to future updates and sharing with you. GM will also begin tying executive compensation to electric vehicle goals, a move to highlight the company’s dedication to EV adoption. Is it a coincidence that both stories came out this week? I think not.

Which would you choose? The electric Corvette or the F-150 Lightning? That’s a tough one, but I am gonna go with the Lightning.

In other EV News
  • Honda has a hefty goal of manufacturing two million EVs by 2030. To meet this target, Honda has developed 3 new EV platforms.
  • Lucid announced its deal with the Saudi Arabian government: the government will buy 100,000 Lucid EVs over a 10-year period. The deal marks one of the largest-ever purchase commitments for electric vehicles.
  • In order to increase access to electric vehicles, a $17 million program launches in South Los Angeles. EV shuttle programs and charging stations will become more readily available.
  • The good news is that EV sales in Canada grew by almost 60% last year, with 86,000 battery-electric and plug-in hybrids registered. This equates to around 5.2% of all new registrations.
  • Tesla still leads the EV market in the United States. About 75% of EVs sold between January and March were Tesla vehicles. Competition is ramping up though.

EV of the Week

With all the Ford news this week, we felt it appropriate to highlight a Ford as the EV of the Week. This is not a regular Ford though, it is the Eluminator. Built on a 1978 F-100, this concept has been converted to fully electric.

With 480 horsepower and 634 lb.-ft of torque, this updated truck will blow the old one away. Ford is highlighting this truck as a way for people to convert their old vehicles to electric. Pick up an electric motor from Ford for $4,095 and get started on your project this summer. Also, check out Jay Leno’s thoughts on the Eluminator.
-John @ Mobility EVo

AV Corner

The British government’s Highway Code lays out interesting rules around self-driving vehicles. Passengers will be allowed to watch TV while riding but must be ready to take control if needed. However, phones will not be allowed. In addition, insurance companies will be legally responsible for incidents, not drivers. I agree with these rules. It is imperative that I catch up on the latest trending Netflix show via my vehicle screen, not my phone. It is a much bigger screen.

In other AV News

  • Using the Windsor Detroit Tunnel, test autonomous vehicles are simulating a drive between Canada and the U.S. Read more about the project here.
  • May Mobility is joining forces with BraunAbility to introduce ADA-compliant vehicles among their fleet of Toyota Sienna Autono-MaaS (S-AM) vehicles.
  • Cyngn launches DriveMod Kit, a turnkey autonomous vehicle. The technology is designed to streamline retrofitting for existing or newly manufactured vehicles.
  • Nissan’s new tech prevents accidents by detecting unprecedented movements from motorists and pedestrians. Nissan hopes to install the new developments in all-new Nissan vehicles by 2030.
  • Stagecoach’s autonomous bus will be the first self-driving bus in the UK. The company hopes to start accepting passengers by August.
  • Ola Electric sets plans to launch a self-driving electric vehicle by 2023. There are no details about the car as of now.
  • DARPA’s RACER program has teamed with Intel to make a virtual simulation track for combat autonomous vehicles.

 

Can we improve charging infrastructure?

Can we improve charging infrastructure?

Happy Thursday and Happy early Earth Day. Our newsletter today includes ideas for improving charging infrastructure, Tesla earnings, Mercedes’ 1,000 km journey, AV deliveries, and more.
Enjoy the newsletter and don’t forget to share with other EV/AV enthusiasts. Have an amazing day and go ahead and take Friday off and enjoy our planet.

EV News

Building the infrastructure the US needs proves to be a daunting task, but it is possible. Right now, cars and trucks produce around one-fifth of greenhouse emissions in the U.S. EV adoption has grown tremendously in recent years, but around half of US consumers say that range anxiety is a huge barrier for them finally making the switch to EVs.

To meet the demand of an expected 48 million EVs on the road by 2030, the U.S. would need twenty times more chargers in a decade than the U.S. has currently. This article by McKinsey lays out the author’s top 7 recommendations to encourage the installation of charging infrastructure throughout the nation.

  1. Promoting equity in public EV charging
  2. Building charging stations where people need them
  3. Aligning charging speeds with needs
  4. Making public charging affordable
  5. Enhancing the experience of public charging
  6. Integrating chargers with the power grid
  7. Creating opportunities for charging business

In other EV News

  • Volkswagen has increased its EV sales by a whopping 65% for the first quarter of 2022 in comparison to the previous year.
  • Mercedes’ second EV has been launched, the EQS sport utility vehicle. Expect the SUV to go on sale in the fall and offer 410 miles of range to consumers.
  • Mercedes is also focused on efficiency and aims to launch electric vehicles consuming 10 kilowatt-hours of energy per 62 miles (100 km). The announcement comes as Mercedes just completed a 1,000 km single charge journey using 8.7-kilowatt-hours per 100 km in its Vision EQXX.
  • Although battery costs have been rising from $105 per kilowatt-hour to $160, electric vehicle sales have remained steady.
  • This week, BMW unveiled details about the i7. The i7 is anticipated to hit showroom floors in Q4 of this year with a price tag of $119,300.
  • California leads the way with the most EVs registered, at over 400,000 according to NREL. It is no surprise that CA would be leading with additional ways to expand EVs. Last week, California launched a proposal to ban new gas-powered cars by 2035 amid an energy crisis within the state.
  • Frito-Lay will introduce 40 Ford eTransit electric delivery vehicles in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Through the new fleet, the company will cut 390 tonnes of greenhouse gasses per year. Frito-Lay has already achieved 100% renewable energy at all its plants in the US.
  • Teased last week, Lincoln officially unveiled its electric SUV dubbed Star.  Lincoln plans three EVs arriving by 2025.
  • Tesla’s FSD Beta has over 100,000 drivers actively participating, and Elon Musk is very confident that Tesla will achieve full-self driving by the end of this year.  In other milestone news, Tesla reported $18.76 billion in revenue for Q1 and also record margins.  This beat analysts’ expectations.

EV of the Week

The next Formula 1 race is this weekend at Imola, so therefore I felt it was appropriate to have a race car for the EV of the Week. I am hoping this will one day translate to an electric 911. We chose the Mission R as the EV of the Week for its vision and the future of motorsport. In qualifying mode, the Mission R will produce 1073 horsepower. It sounds like pole position to me. Check out the video of the Mission R in action. -John @ Mobility EVo

  • 429-hp unit on the front axle

  • 644-hp motor powering the rear

  • Battery- 80.0-kWh

  • Track Time- 30 to 45 minutes of on-track action

  • 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds

  • Top Speed- 186 mph

  • 900-volt system to charge from 5 to 80 percent in just 15 minutes

AV Corner

Does anyone else wonder how I can order something on Amazon on Sunday and have it at my front door by Monday morning? How in the world does that happen? It will be even more efficient and streamlined with AVs entering the picture. Amazon is not the only company testing AVs for delivering goods. These 7 companies are currently testing the capabilities:

  1. Walmart
  2. Amazon
  3. CVS Pharmacy
  4. Stop & Shop
  5. Postmates
  6. AutoX
  7. Kroger
The future is coming.

In other AV News

  • The AV industry is due for a rethink about how the innermost parts of an autonomous vehicle operate. The industry is trying to move away from ECUs, aka the hardware of cars, to advanced driver assistance systems that best utilize functionality, comfort, and driving performance.
  • Roy Cooper, an Army veteran, has begun developing an autonomous vehicle that will increase mobility for people with disabilities. Cooper leads the University of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories, which has recently received a $750,000 grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America to start production of a prototype AV.
  • Carolinians! Argo AI plans to establish a new $2.6 million test facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The AV company wants to build a new closed-course track in the SC Technology and Aviation Center. In conclusion, I am the happiest person alive right now.
  • Mobileye’s self-driving robotaxis are ready to go in Israel. The company published a video demonstrating its AV technology maneuvering around Jerusalem – interacting with traffic developments and other drivers successfully.
  • Audi’s “Urbansphere” is a new concept car described as a ‘lounge on wheels.’ The concept AV would only be for city riders in high traffic areas as a third living space and office.

 

Police Vs. Self-Driving Vehicle

Police Vs. Self-Driving Vehicle

We have news about Toyota, Cruise, Lincoln, Rivian, Bosch, Israel, Porsche, and more.

Enjoy the newsletter and don’t forget to share with other EV/AV enthusiasts. Also, while everyone is raising prices these days, we decided to drop prices on our EV merch. You need a hat to protect you from the sun.

EV Headlines

There were several recent unveilings and hints of EVs from manufacturers. We’ll hit some quick highlights below.
  • Everyone, mark your calendars for April 20th. Lincoln teased their new all-electric vehicle in a short video with the intention of announcing the vehicle officially next week. Is it an SUV, crossover, or even a truck?
  • Jeep has updated the Magneto concept with a 2.0 version. Power has been increased to 625 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque. To unlock maximum torque, the Jeep has the ability to boost peak amperage to 600 amps for up to 10 seconds. The Magneto features four lithium-ion battery packs for a combined capacity of 70 kWh. My favorite part, the Jeep still comes with a manual transmission.
  • Toyota unveiled additional specs about the BZ4X, the company’s first electric vehicle in 8 years. The SUV has a range of up to 252 miles and starts at $42,000. Expect the BZ4X to hit showroom floors next month.
  • Lucid announced a new edition of its Air luxury sedan: The Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance. The EV comes with 1,050 horsepower, an advanced driver-assist system, and a range of 446 miles. The AGTP starts at $179,000.
  • Chrysler unveiled its Chrysler Airflow Graphite Concept: a contemporary, sleek EV with 400 miles of range. The car includes STLA Auto Drive to offer Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities. Chrysler is targeting its first BEV by 2025.

In other EV News

  • According to a study from the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems, EV trucks save 1.5 times as much CO2 as electric cars.
  • Tesla is changing the timeframe of its off-peak hours at Superchargers in CA to encourage Tesla owners to charge during times of less demand.  You will be able to charge for less at select Superchargers before 11am and after 9pm.
  • In an effort to continue the adoption of charging infrastructure, Vancouver proposed a $10,000 fee to any gas station that doesn’t offer charging stations. Too much? Let us know what you think about this in the comments of our latest Instagram post.
  • This year, EV sales reached 429,217 units in India. This time last year, only 134,821 electric vehicles were sold. This three-fold jump is super impressive!
  • Chase Bank is partnering with EVgo to install at least 50 chargers at locations throughout the U.S. by the summer of 2023.
  • Elon Musk announced plans to manufacture a futuristic EV robotaxi. A timeline to produce the taxi has not been disclosed.
  • Honda plans to spend around $64 billion on research and development for electric vehicles. Over the next decade, the company hopes to launch 30 EV models.
  • Rivian’s Q1 numbers will be announced on May 11 and the company will host an audio webcast to discuss results at 2:00pm PT/ 5:00pm ET.

AV Corner

In probably one of my favorite autonomous news articles of this year, the San Francisco Police Department attempted to pull over one of Cruise’s autonomous vehicles for not having its lights on. The AV initially stopped, but then drove away when the police officer went back to his car. It stopped again and put its hazards on. Cruise said that the vehicle was driving to a safer area of the road to stop. This is straight out of a Sci-Fi novel.

In other AV News

  • Waabi AI’s vision for the future of self-driving trucks starts with collaborations with OEM partners to increase efficiency, safety, and cost of moving freight within operations. The company is focusing on Level 4 hub-to-hub driving technologies.
  • Toyota’s self-driving unit Woven Planet is in the works to advance self-driving tech through low-cost cameras. By gathering multiple data points, the company hopes to effectively train its AV technology.
  • Bosch has acquired Five AI in their quest to improve their autonomous driving technology. Details of the agreement have not been disclosed.
  • Israel Innovation Authority is investing $17 million in developing human-robot interaction (HRI) technology and advancing autonomous vehicle capabilities.

 

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