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If Tesla could drive 500 miles

If Tesla could drive 500 miles

Happy first Thursday of December. We have news on the Tesla Semi, Corvette, Vinfast, BYD, Baidu, Hyundai, and more.  Congrats to Samuel Jones for winning the Giveaway in November.  We’ll be in touch with more details.   

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share this newsletter with your EV friends.  Have a great day.

EV News

Ford started it with the electric Mustang Mach-e.  Now, Corvette wants to launch a sub-brand in 2025, beginning with a four-door coup EV and an SUV. Don’t worry, the electric versions will still carry the “essence of Corvette”.  We eagerly await more details on these highly controversial vehicles in the Corvette community.  What do you think?

In other EV News
  • Mercedes is trying out a new subscription-based service that will give EQ owners a 1-second boost from 0-60 mph. The annual subscription will cost users $1,200 and is only available in the United States.
  • LIUX unveiled the first 3D-printed EV with 90% recycled and plant-based materials. The EVs top speed is 200 km/h.
  • Rumor has it that BYD will begin producing sodium-ion batteries in 2023 to power their own EVs. In other BYD news, the company plans to sell vehicles in Mexico for the first time in 2023, with the goal being 30,000 EV sales in Mexico by 2024.
  • Hyundai and LG Energy Solutions are toying with the idea of building two additional battery plants in the US. The companies aim to produce enough power for 1 million electric vehicles.
  • LG Chem plans to build a $3.2 billion EV battery plant in Clarksville, Tennessee. The facility will be the largest foreign investment in the state.
  • Tesla may integrate Dolby Atmos into its EVs.
  • Over half (55%) of UK car companies plan to adopt battery-electric vehicles into their fleet in the next five years. The study involved asking business leaders at 34 of the UK’s top logistics companies.

EV of the Week

Elon Musk says a fully loaded Tesla Semi has driven 500 miles.  More is expected from the Tesla Semi event today thus making it our EV of the Week.  We can’t wait to see what Elon has in store for us.  

  • The battery capacity is unknown
  • Fully Loaded Weight is expected to be around 82,000 lbs.
  • 0-60 mph with a full load is around 20 seconds.
  • Per mile energy consumption is less than 2 kWh
  • Charge to 70% in less than 30 minutes
  • Save up to $200k in the first 3 years with charging vs. using diesel. 

-John @ Mobility EVo

AV Corner

The city of Seoul and 42dot have launched an autonomous bus experiment to get drivers more comfortable with self-driving vehicles.  The bus has been designed to look like a regular bus and will complete a circuit in downtown Seoul consisting of 2.1 miles and take around 20 minutes.

In other AV News

  • Tesla opens its ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta program to all Tesla owners.
  • Volkswagen wants to put self-driving commercial vehicles on the road by 2030.
  • Hyundai’s Mobis self-driving cooperative robots will be demonstrated at a factory in Ulsan, South Korea.
  • Mormedi has designed an autonomous shuttle concept that can morph between a taxi, a limousine, a truck, or a last-mile delivery droid.
  • Japan wants to open roads to Level-4 autonomous vehicles by April 2023.
  • Nio and Tencent have partnered to design autonomous technology.  Tencent will provide data storage and computing and model training.
  • Baidu plans to build the world’s largest fully driverless ride-hailing service area in 2023. Baidu now says that it only takes 20 days to deploy autonomous driving tech in a new city.

EPG and Mobility EVo

Mobility EVo is brought to you by EPG.  EPG is an electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle recruiting and staffing company.  We created Mobility EVo to bring you the latest news on the Electric Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle industry through our newsletter.  Whether it’s Tesla, Ford, Mobileye, Cruise, Waymo, GM, Rivian, we bring it to you.  We also have some electric vehicle merch too.  Check out our EV hats, EV Shirts, EV Hoodies, etc…  We have something for everyone.

Electric Pizza

Electric Pizza

Happy Wednesday. We have news on the LA Auto Show, Mazda, Hyundai, Buick, Zoox, a $50 Giveaway (your odds are looking great), and more.  

Thank you for reading and have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

EV News

Sony Honda Mobility plans to challenge Tesla by having superior entertainment in their joint venture EV and may even include a PlayStation 5.  To get to this point, autonomous driving will need to evolve so that the driver can enjoy this upgraded experience.  Sony Honda Mobility believes that its content, services, and entertainment technologies will give them a leg up on its competition.  The Vision S EV is anticipated to be released in 2025.

In other EV News

  • Details on Buick’s first electric vehicle were leaked in China.  The Electra E5 will be based on GM’s Ultium platform, the same electric architecture that is being used by Chevy and Cadillac.  Trademarks have already been filed in the US for Buick Electra models 1 through 9.
  • To increase the adoption of electric vehicles, Hyundai launched a home charging ecosystem. Hyundai Home utilizes solar panels, energy storage, and EV charging for Hyundai owners.
  • What were the fastest-selling electric vehicles on Auto Trader in October? The Kia EV6 and the BMW i4, both were selling in 20 days.  
  • Mazda unveiled a nearly $11 billion plan to make its vehicles electric.  Mazda raised its EV global sales target to 40% by 2030 (previously 25%) and is even considering investing in battery production. 
  • American and European companies want to use sodium and sulfur to develop electric batteries. Why? The materials are a lot cheaper and readily available. 
  • Ford has partnered with Rockwell to fulfill the company’s need for bottlenecks.
  • China’s battery supply chain tops Bloomberg’s NEF ranking for the third time. Canada came in second, and the U.S. came in third.

Top 4 EVs of LA

We had a great time at Automobility LA last week and got to see some amazing vehicles.  We counted over 40 EVs from various manufacturers and look forward to even more next year.  There were so many new EVs, and we put together our list of our Top 4:

  • Coming in at Number 4, Because we love a good American muscle car combined with future tech, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT.  I look forward to making some 11s in this muscle monster.
  • At number 3, a big surprise this year, was the unveiling of the Genesis X Convertible.  The pictures don’t do this vehicle justice.  It’s a beautiful vehicle and perfect for a sunny day in California. 
  • Our runner-up is one of the best-looking cars I’ve ever seen.  The hydrogen fuel cell EV,  Hyundai N Vision 74.  It has a fantastic retro vibe combined with future tech.  Please bring this to the roads Hyundai.
  • Our favorite EV of the LA Auto Show comes down to a beautiful design in and out and for the creativity of throwing a tent on top, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.  We are in Colorado; camping is part of our culture.

Don’t forget about our Giveaway.   All you have to do is

  1. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel 
  2. Leave a comment on a video posted between 11/3 and 12/01.
  3. Sit back and wait for the announcement in our newsletter on 12/01.

-John @ Mobility EVo

AV Corner

There’s a new sheriff in town. An autonomous patrol robot has been launched in Seoul, South Korea to alert police of dangerous activity. The robot, named “Goalie”, is a moving surveillance camera meant to capture the blind spots of CCTV.  Goalie weighs about 300 kg and drives autonomously using satellite navigation and LIDAR to sense pedestrians and obstacles, as well as thermal imaging to be able to patrol at night.  However, under current South Korean law, Goalie is not technically allowed to operate and is currently being chaperoned by a human during all testing in the sandbox environment.

In other AV News

  • A Zoox autonomous vehicle testing in Las Vegas was not in self-driving mode when it crashed earlier in the week.
  • Expect Geely’s Zeekr to produce autonomous cars with Waymo by 2024
  • Malaysian company Kommu offers a technology called KommuAssist to turn gas-powered vehicles into Level 2 autonomous cars. 
  • Einride’s founder wants to produce autonomous freight vehicles in the future.
  • Stellantis acquires aiMotive for a better chance to reach Stellantis’s DareForward 2030 goals.  
  • Researchers at Purdue have designed a fully autonomous vehicle, a project called EASI RIDER, for people with disabilities. 
  • Waabi’s self-driving tech is ready to be tested on public roads in the United States.

EPG and Mobility EVo

Mobility EVo is brought to you by EPG.  EPG is an electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle recruiting and staffing company.  We created Mobility EVo to bring you the latest news on the Electric Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle industry through our newsletter.  Whether it’s Tesla, Ford, Mobileye, Cruise, Waymo, GM, Rivian, we bring it to you.  We also have some electric vehicle merch too.  Check out our EV hats, EV Shirts, EV Hoodies, etc…  We have something for everyone.

Lucid Gravity

Lucid Gravity

Happy Thursday. We have news on Lucid, EV Prices Dropping, Autonomous Golf Cars, a $50 Giveaway (your odds are looking great), and more.  

We’ll be at the LA Auto Show this week to soak up all the new EVs.  We’ll be providing some great material on the show coming up.

Thank you for reading, and make sure to share this newsletter with the link below.  It helps us to grow our audience and provide a better newsletter.

EV News

 Lucid finally revealed its SUV, the Gravity, this week. All of the specifics have not been announced yet, but we did get some amazing photos that show a “Glass Cockpit” like no other.

In other EV News
  1. Tesla, Inc. / Market Capitalization: $609.66 billion
  2. General Motors Company / Market Capitalization: $58.40 billion
  3. Ford Motor Company / Market Capitalization: $58.30 billion
  4. Rivian Automotive, Inc. / Market Capitalization: $30.83 billion
  5. Lucid Group, Inc. / Market Capitalization: $21.69 billion
  • Porsche has revealed some specs on its first electric SUV – the 2024 Macan. The Macan will be able to charge from 5% to 80% in less than 25 minutes, has 603 hp and 738 lb.-ft of torque, and the PPE platform will be able to handle rear and all-wheel drive systems. 
  • BMW’s electric vehicle lineup will feature more affordable models, according to BMW’s CEO. 
  • BYD leads Chinese EV companies with the number of patents filed for EV technology. 
  • Indonesia Battery Corporation plans to produce 50,000 battery packs for motorcycles as the company aims to reduce emissions.
  • Kempower Oyj, a Finnish charger producer, is aiming to sell in the United States to take part in President Joe Biden’s $7.5 million pledge to tackle absences within the EV charging industry.

EV of the Week

My first car was an Audi and my second car was a boxy 92’ Volvo 240D.  That thing was awesome with a blue cloth interior, turbo wheels, and my sister’s sorority sticker on the back.  A tree ended up on top one night after a storm, but she still ran.  My wife needs an electric SUV.  With my love for Volvo and her need for more room and safety, the Volvo EX90 checks those boxes and that’s why it’s the EV of the Week.  

  • Expected Starting Price of less than $80,000
  • AWD
  • Built in Charleston, SC
  • 7 Seats
  • 402 horsepower
  • 568 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
  • 111 kWh battery
  • 300 miles of Range

-John @ Mobility EVo

AV Corner

Carteav wants to create autonomous golf carts to operate around hotels, campuses, airports, and hospitals. Instead of operating on highways, Carteav sees an opportunity for autonomous applications in a low-speed setting. Makes sense and seems safer.

In other AV News

  • Waymo has created a new metric for their autonomous taxis to monitor and navigate bad weather with ease. 
  • Einride’s first cabinless truck was tested on a public road for the first time in Tennessee. The vehicle will only be used for deliveries. 
  • Waymo will now charge passengers for autonomous rides on public roads. This milestone paves the way for Waymo One to be tested amongst the public. Right now, Waymo One is only tested with employees and “Trusted Testers.”
  • Vanderbilt University, Tennessee DOT, Nissan, Toyota, and GM will undergo the world’s largest autonomous vehicle test in Nashville, Tennessee. The test will begin next week on a highway section near Nashville. 

EPG and Mobility EVo

Mobility EVo is brought to you by EPG.  EPG is an electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle recruiting and staffing company.  We created Mobility EVo to bring you the latest news on the Electric Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle industry through our newsletter.  Whether it’s Tesla, Ford, Mobileye, Cruise, Waymo, GM, Rivian, we bring it to you.  We also have some electric vehicle merch too.  Check out our EV hats, EV Shirts, EV Hoodies, etc…  We have something for everyone.

Electrifying Porsche

Electrifying Porsche

Happy Thursday. We have news on Porsche, BMW, Japan, BYD, Honda, a $50 Giveaway, and more.   

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EV News

Polestar has launched the new Polestar 3, but it won’t go on sale until next year. The range will be around 300 miles and can recharge from 10 to 80 percent in 30 minutes.  If you opt for the performance pack, it comes with Pirelli P-Zero tires, range optimization drive mode, and good highlights on the valve stem caps and seat belts.

In other EV News
  • Japan wants the U.S. to loosen rules around EV tax credits because the country thinks the rules put Japanese automakers at a disadvantage. America now requires the final assembly to take place in North America.
  • Porsche is launching an Electric 718 Boxster in 2025. Check out the photos here.
  • A new bill in Congress, the Affordable Electric Vehicles for America Act will allow almost all EVs in the US to qualify for a $7,500 tax credit.  Will it pass?
  • Tesla has applied to offer telecommunication services in Canada and machine-to-machine cellular data service.
  • Honda introduced the E:N2 Concept EV at the China International Import Expo (CIIE). Honda plans to market and sell the vehicle in China. We eagerly await the details.
  • Ceer is Saudi Arabia’s first electric vehicle brand. Ceer hopes to get $150 million in investment and create up to 30,000 jobs.
  • Ahera, reveals its electric SUV that sits low to the ground and has falcon wing doors. The vehicle will be launched in 2025.

EV of the Week

BMW saw record Q3 sales for electric vehicle purchases with over 128,000 EVs sold and $36.3 billion in revenue.  We also saw a flood of i7 reviews this week with the luxury sedan taking center stage.  My favorite two features are the extreme reclining, rear massaging seats and the 31.3-inch fold-down screen that you can enjoy while reclined.  Jeeves, let’s go for a drive.  That’s why the BMW i7 is the EV of the Week.

  • Base Price- $120,295
  • 539 horsepower
  • 249 lb.-ft of torque
  • 101.7 kWh battery pack
  • Peak DC Fast Charge Rate- 195 kW
  • 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds
  • Range of 296-318 miles
  • AWD

-John @ Mobility EVo

AV Corner

Honda will begin testing one or two-seater self-driving EVs in Japan.  The vehicle will use a special device that the driver will use to direct the car, which will mostly be used for short distances.  The automatic driving system uses high-precision maps with cameras and sensors to monitor the vehicle’s location.

In other AV News

  • Israel is launching autonomous buses through Egged, Metropolin, Dan, and Nateev Express. The pilot program will begin in the next couple of months and last two years.
  • BMW 7 Series has upgraded its self-driving technology and navigational systems. The 7 series will be capable of Level 2+ hands-free driving.
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers have drafted a bill to modernize the vehicle code to include autonomous vehicles. Driverless testing would be allowed, and autonomous cars and trucks could use public roadways.
  • Clevon will expand its last-mile delivery company into the United States for the first time and open its headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone.
  • Shanghai opened its first self-driving expressways that span 21.5 km on the G1503 ring expressway and 19.5 km section on the G2 Beijing-Shanghai expressway.

EPG and Mobility EVo

Mobility EVo is brought to you by EPG.  EPG is an electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle recruiting and staffing company.  We created Mobility EVo to bring you the latest news on the Electric Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle industry through our newsletter.  Whether it’s Tesla, Ford, Mobileye, Cruise, Waymo, GM, Rivian, we bring it to you.  We also have some electric vehicle merch too.  Check out our EV hats, EV Shirts, EV Hoodies, etc…  We have something for everyone.

VW Brings It Home

VW Brings It Home

EV News

Lotus’s new Eletre, Eletre S, and Eletre R bring three versions of an electric SUV to the market. The models will start around €95,990 and the base model will have 603hp and go all the way up to a whopping 905 horsepower.  The Eletre and Eletre S have a range of 373 miles while the Eletre R has a range of 304 miles. Lotus offers five drive modes, active air suspension, torque vectoring, and matrix LED headlights.

If you’re attending SEMA, don’t forget to check out the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept.  There are several tiers of the Banshee with the wildest one using an 800-volt electrical system and should produce over 670 horsepower.  One of my favorite parts about the electric beast is the carbon wheels.  Mmmmmm Electric muscle.

Volkswagen’s ID.4 wins the first-ever SEMA Award for Electric Vehicle of the Year. For 2023, VW is assembling the ID.4 at its Chattanooga facility and it starts at a lovely price of $37,495. Congrats VW!

In other EV News
  • Jeep is planning a contest to help decide the Wagoneer S electric vehicle’s official name. Help them out!
  • EVs make up 18% of new car sales in California, while the rest of the country is sporting a 6% makeup.
  • IDTechEx has reported that 35.7 million electric vehicles were sold worldwide in 2021 and expects the sales numbers to reach 74 million by 2030. Battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars demanded 280GWh in 2021 while other electric-powered venues required 31GWh.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric company signed a partnership with the Vehicle-Grid Integration Council to approve the U.S.’s first vehicle-to-grid export compensation for commercial use.
  • Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with Wolfspeed to incorporate silicon carbide technology into its electric vehicles.
  • Ford EV owners celebrated Halloween this year by showcasing Ford’s frunks and added technology like vehicle-to-load.

Giveaway

Inflation is high and the holidays are coming up, so we thought we would try to help out. This month we’re giving away a $50 Amex Card.  All you have to do is;

  1. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel
  2. Leave a comment on a video posted between 11/3 and 12/01.
  3. Sit back and wait for the announcement in our newsletter on 12/01.

Good luck!

-John @ Mobility EVo

AV Corner

 Tesla released a new Full Self-Driving Beta update that includes more drivers.  The update doesn’t include any new features and is more focused on performance updates to the system such as upgraded object detection

In other AV News

  • Einride completed its public road pilot autonomous vehicle test in Tennessee.
  • XPeng received a permit to begin testing its autonomous vehicle, the G9 electric SUV, on public roads in Guangzhou. The project will begin with a small fleet and a human safety operator.
  • Hyundai and WeRide have teamed up to produce hydrogen-powered self-driving cars. The companies will produce the cars in China.
  • Passengers at the Phoneix airport will get a chance to ride Waymo’s robotaxis.

EPG and Mobility EVo

Mobility EVo is brought to you by EPG.  EPG is an electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle recruiting and staffing company.  We created Mobility EVo to bring you the latest news on the Electric Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle industry through our newsletter.  Whether it’s Tesla, Ford, Mobileye, Cruise, Waymo, GM, Rivian, we bring it to you.  We also have some electric vehicle merch too.  Check out our EV hats, EV Shirts, EV Hoodies, etc…  We have something for everyone.

Cheaper Tesla?

Cheaper Tesla?

Happy Thursday. We have news on Tesla, Ken Block, Charging, GMC Sierra EV, BMW, Waymo, and more.

Thank you for reading, and make sure to share this newsletter with the link below.  It helps us to grow our audience and provide better content.

EV News

Electric Sierra

General Motors launched the all-electric GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck, expected to be available in early 2024 with a price starting at $107,000. The truck will be a full-size pickup, have a range of 400 miles, hit 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and will come in two trims for 2025 – AT4 and Elevation.  Unfortunately, the reservations sold out in hours.  You can still join a waitlist though.  Bummer.

Charging Team

Tritium and DC-America are planning to introduce a widespread charging network in the US. Tritium makes the DC fast chargers and DC-America designs, makes, and installs EV charging stations.  DC-America currently offers a Tritium 150 kW DC fast charger.  The charging network partnership will span more than 75,000 miles of highway and the program will be compliant with the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program which has allotted $1 Billion a year for the next 5 years for the deployment of EV charging stations.

Cheaper Tesla

Tesla is working on a new platform to bring less expensive Teslas to the global car market. Elon Musk said the newest generation of Teslas is expected to be half the price of the Model 3/Y platform.

In more Tesla news, Tesla has released a guide for Tesla owners to identify sounds the EVs make.

In other EV News

  • Hyundai released photos of the company’s newest luxury flagship – the Grandeur.  We don’t know if it will be fully electric but the teaser photos don’t show any tailpipes.  What do you think?
  • Envision AESC, a Japanese company, will open a $2 billion plant in Florence County, SC. The company supplies EV batteries to Spartanburg County’s BMW facility. Envision AESC’s factory is anticipated to employ around 1,300 workers.
  • Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park allowed EV drivers to take a spin around the racetrack for “Drive Electric Alabama, Electric Vehicle EVent.” EV owners paid $15 to have a turn.
  • TeraWatt is developing the first network of electric vehicle-charging centers for heavy and medium-duty trucks along Interstate 10. The charging stations will be about 150 miles apart and less than one mile from highway exits.
  • Mullen Automotive has released an I-Go electric delivery vehicle for urban spaces in Europe. The vehicle will cost around $12,000.

EV of the Week

You never realize how much stuff your kids require until you need to pack the car for a weekend away.  The Kia EV9 offers a third row of seats, which seems like a dream after trying to stuff everything in the back of a Niro.

The EV9 will go into production in Q1 of 2023 and will go on sale later next year.  Right now, my only options for a third-row EV SUV are the Rivian R1S, Mercedes EQS, or the Tesla Model Y or X, and all of those start at $65k.  While additional performance details have yet to be released, the EV9 will be at the top of my list when we go shopping for a bigger SUV.  That’s why the Kia EV9 is the EV of the week.

  • Estimate range of 300 miles
  • Estimated speed of 0-60 mph in 5 seconds
  • DC fast charging capabilities of at least 240 kW
  • Starting price of $50,000

-Rebecca @ Mobility EVo

AV Corner

MiCa is Auve Tech’s newest self-driving shuttle. The Estonia based shuttle has 7 LiDAR sensors and 10 cameras to give the car a full 360-degree visibility of its surroundings.

In other AV News

  • Waymo is preparing to launch a self-driving taxi service in Los Angeles. The service will begin with safety drivers and eventually have Waymo’s employees as riders.
  • Subaru wants to develop self-driving cars by 2025 that can pilot a vehicle when a data connection is lost. Servers will be able to correctly predict its course roughly 10 seconds down the road.
  • Self-driving vehicles running between Moscow and St. Petersburg will begin test runs in the summer of 2023. The testing is part of an initiative by the Russian government.
  • Tesla won’t get the go-ahead for driverless vehicles by the end of 2022. Elon Musk, however, does expect an FSD Beta update by the end of the year.
  • Xpeng unveiled the XNGP, its most advanced semi-autonomous driving system, rivaling Tesla. XNGP is the closest step toward fully autonomous driving, according to Xpeng.

EPG and Mobility EVo

Mobility EVo is brought to you by EPG.  EPG is an electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle recruiting and staffing company.  We created Mobility EVo to bring you the latest news on the Electric Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle industry through our newsletter.  Whether it’s Tesla, Ford, Mobileye, Cruise, Waymo, GM, Rivian, we bring it to you.  We also have some electric vehicle merch too.  Check out our EV hats, EV Shirts, EV Hoodies, etc…  We have something for everyone.

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