Happy Thursday. We hope you’re enjoying the shorter week and you’ve been enjoying the fireworks. I like fireworks, just not at 1 am when I have to work that day.
This week we have a ton of news on Tesla, Toyota, Rivian, Tata, VW & Bosch, Renault, and more.
Have a great Thursday and go ahead and take the rest of the day off.
We may be in the middle of a supply chain crisis, but the UK just passed an impressive milestone in the EV industry. In June, the UK passed half a million electric vehicles. A fifth of these vehicles were manufactured by Tesla.
In other EV News
- Tesla unveiled a portable solar charger with a SpaceX Starlink internet satellite system. The solar range extender trailer comes with deployable solar panels to help extend the range of your Tesla. The charger appears to have nine 300W solar panels, but not much additional info was available. Tesla is up to something.
- Rivian is on track to build 25,000 vehicles this year. Check out this review on the R1S.
- Delivery vans have a tough time maneuvering busy city streets. To combat this prevalent problem, Amazon will swap vans for electric delivery bikes. The bike is mostly powered by an electric bicycle battery, but is also assisted by manual pedaling power.
- The Indian company Tata Motors is setting lofty sales goals. Tata strives to sell 50,000 electric vehicles in the fiscal year, up until March 31. Once that goal is reached, the company wants to double its sales record in the 2023/2024 period.
- Electric vehicles may be the official vehicle of National Parks soon. Yellowstone National Park has begun implementing Beep’s T.E.D.D.Y. autonomous electric buses for visitors.
- BC Transit will purchase ten 40-foot Proterra ZX5 electric transit buses and one Proterra Energy megawatt-scale EV fleet charger. Through the $20 million contract, BC Transit hopes to replace all gas vehicles with a fully electric fleet.
- To meet its sustainability goals, Loomis has received four fully battery-electric vehicles from Xos Inc.
EV of the Week
I’m still in a racing mood. The Porsche Cayman finished second in the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb a few weekends ago with a time of 45.50 seconds. It’s not an ordinary Cayman though, as it’s the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance. In other words, it’s electric. My wife is probably tired of me always talking about Porsches, so that’s why I picked the ePerformance Cayman as the EV of the week. Some specs;
- 1,073 horsepower
- Top Speed of 186 mph
- 82-kWh battery
- Charging up to 350 kW and going from 5% to 80% in 15 minutes (gotta get back on the track)
- 6,000 parts designed from scratch
- I want one.
-John @ Mobility EVO
Tesla is expanding the Green Light Chime feature to more vehicles with hardware 3.0. Initially, the technology was only available with FSD Beta. The feature chimes at the driver to let them know when the traffic lights change to green. To enable, tap Controls > Autopilot > Green Traffic Light Chime.
In other AV News
- Keep an eye out for autonomous driving technology from Volkswagen and Bosch, because they both got the green light to begin joint production.
- If you have ever driven in South Carolina, you are probably aware of how bad the roads are. Thankfully, Tesla cars are now scanning for potholes on roads to avoid potential damage.
- It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s just the Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad drone carrying a human. The driverless vehicle also includes an autonomous moving cycle.
- Renault’s prototype may be the newest autonomous vehicle for the industrial environment at the Palencia Factory.