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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.
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.
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
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.
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