Happy Thursday. This week we have news on Rimac, Tesla, Rolling Labs, Free Charging, Zoox, and an upcoming event in Colorado.
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Sometimes you don’t always know the perks that come with a new car. One important quirk is knowing if you have free charging and where to access that free charging. Here is a short list if you have recently purchased an EV. Sorry Tesla owners. Click the link for the full list.
- Audi e-tron GT: Complimentary unlimited DC charging for three years through Electrify America
- BMW i4 and iX: Complimentary unlimited DC charging for the first 30 minutes in a charging session, good for two years through Electrify America
- Cadillac Lyriq: Complimentary unlimited charging for two years. Only applicable if the buyer doesn’t choose the home installation credit from Qmerit through EVgo
- Ford Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, and E-Transit: 250 kWh of complimentary charging through Electrify America
- Toyota BZ4X: Complimentary unlimited DC charging for one year with EVgo
- Nissan Leaf: $250 credit with EVgo
- What do you get when you combine an automaker, a truck stop chain, and an EV charging company? A plan to install 2,000 charging stalls at 500 Pilot Flying J sites at 50-mile intervals throughout the U.S. General Motors, Pilot Travel Centers, and EVgo announced that their plan would materialize in 2023.
- In case you missed it, Tesla beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue this week, unveiled its new V4 charger design, and has plans to double the number of electric vehicles the company has ‘down under’ by the end of 2022.
- Panasonic will build a $4 billion battery factory in the Kansas City area. The plant will produce 4,000 manufacturing jobs, but it is unclear when the factory construction will be finished.
- Hyundai is stepping up its game with the recent Rolling Labs concepts from the Hyundai performance “N” division. The RN22e has a modified Ioniq 6 body, while the N Vision 74 mimics a 1974 Pony Coupe concept that never made its way to market.
- The Electric Blazer is here and it will come in FWD, RWD, AWD, and it will even get the notorious SS badge. The SS-badged Blazer will come in AWD, produce 557 horsepower and 648 lb-ft of torque, go from 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds, and have a range of around 320 miles.
- GM CEO, Mary Barra, expects the company to surpass Tesla and sell more EVs in the U.S. than the current global sales leader by the middle of the 2020s.
- The first Rimac Nevera rolled off the production line last week and it may score the fastest electric vehicle ever, replacing the Tesla Roadster. The Nevera boasts 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds, 1,914 horsepower, and can reach 256 mph.
EV of the Week
I took my father, FIL, and son to a car show this past weekend and as you pulled up there was a Hummer EV front and center. The Hummer is much bigger than I expected and looks like a proper truck. I can see myself carving up the mountains with the Hummer EV and that’s why we have the Hummer EV as the EV of the Week. The only thing I’m not a fan of was the price tag. This one was listed for $250k. Yikes.
- Range- 329 Miles
- 0-60 MPH in 3.3 seconds
- Charge Time- 55h at 110V, 10h at 220V, 1h at 440V
- Towing Capacity- 7,500 lbs
- Crab Walk capabilities
-John @ Mobility EVO
In our newsletter last week, we had news that a Waymo self-driving vehicle was attacked in San Francisco. Pedestrians attacked another Waymo vehicle, a Jaguar I-Pace EV, with a safety driver inside. The driver was injured but wasn’t “seriously harmed.” Come on people. Chill out.
In other AV News
- Hyundai Motor Group in South Korea will launch its most advanced Level 3 Autonomous cars in 2023. The company will start with the Genesis G90 sedan and Kia EV9.
- Sony is exploring the possibility of self-driving sensors that require 70% less power than current sensors in the AV industry.
- Amazon’s Zoox wants to test its developed robotaxi in California. The robotaxi does not have pedals or a steering wheel.
- Chinese automaker BAIC’s luxury EV brand, Arcfox, began delivering the HI (Huawei Inside) version of its Alpha S sports utility vehicles. The car has self-driving software and a hardware suite.
- In Estonia’s capital, pedestrians may see Tallinn’s newly launched 8-seater, free, autonomous bus testing its capabilities on public roads. The bus will follow a 1.8km pre-mapped route.
- Tier IV has received a $183 million grant from the “Green Innovation Fund Project” to develop autonomous driving software platforms. Through fundraising, Tier IV will launch a $300 million green autonomous driving project.