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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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