⛵Electric Autonomous Boats
Over the past week, Denver has experienced a rather dreary stretch of weather. However, I'm eagerly anticipating the return of sunshine, perfect for embarking on e-bike excursions. Now, let's shift gears and delve into the electrifying world of electric and autonomous vehicles. Stay tuned for the latest news!
“Dare to take chances, lest you leave your talent buried in the ground.”
– Phil Knight
The second shipment of EVs from VinFast has arrived in the US. How many vehicles were shipped?
The answer is here.
Which companies' upcoming EVs excite you the most?
We asked this in our newsletter last week. Tesla and Other equally garnered 25% of the vote, while surprisingly, BMW and Ford received no votes, which I suspect could be due to some sort of technical error. We’ll look into this. Below are some comments related to the poll.
- Rivian-The ultimate EV. On-road, off-road, comfort, range. Nothing comparable on the market. Now if it just had CarPlay.
- Other-Toyota's bz4x EV crossover
- GM-I like their approach to their architecture
- Tesla-They are the creator and leader of EVs.
The Top 10 EV/AV News Stories
- Dubai has launched its first autonomous electric wooden abra (traditional boat) to support its carbon reduction and autonomous transportation goals. Manufactured by the Roads and Transport Authority, the boat can carry eight passengers and operates on an autonomous control system. This innovation aligns with Dubai's plan to have 25% of all journeys be autonomous by 2030 and contributes to its strategy to reduce public transport carbon emissions.
- In Q1 2023, Polestar delivered 12,076 cars (up 26% YoY) and launched two new models, but it reduced its production forecast to 60,000-70,000 vehicles due to a delay in Polestar 3's production, initiated cost-cutting measures, and expects to be strengthened in the electric SUV market by 2024.
- Honda has unveiled its second fully electric vehicle, the e:Ny1, a B-segment SUV designed to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles in Europe. The e:Ny1 is built on Honda's newly developed e:N Architecture F platform and features a high-performance, lightweight three-in-one integrated power drive unit, electric motor, and gearbox. It has a maximum output of 201 horsepower, 227 lb.-ft of torque, and delivers up to 256 miles (WLTP) of range. The e:Ny1 is expected to go on sale in Europe in 2023.
- Hertz Global Holdings is transitioning to EVs, aiming for 25% of its 500,000-vehicle fleet to be electric by the end of 2024, a move that has led to a rise in shares after its recent earnings report. The company plans to increase EV rentals nearly fivefold by 2023, facilitated by a decrease in EV prices and a partnership with Uber, which allows drivers to rent EVs, thus saving on routine expenses and offering a buffer against traditional fluctuations in the leisure business.
- Subaru plans to increase its EV production, aiming to build 400,000 EVs annually by 2028, including four new all-electric crossovers by 2026.
- Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has announced plans for a one-month free trial of the Full Self Driving feature for all cars in North America, with worldwide trials to follow once local road compatibility and regulatory approvals are ensured.
- Lyft CEO, David Risher, stated that while the company does not plan to immediately adopt self-driving cars, they are preparing for its advancement, concurrently introducing new features like airport ride ordering to enhance the passenger experience.
- Alibaba is restructuring its operations to bring its autonomous driving research team under Cainiao, its logistics division, following leadership changes and challenges in the self-driving sector.
- Cruise, the self-driving taxi company and General Motors subsidiary, is set to start supervised operations in Houston and Dallas, with plans for driverless testing to follow, according to CEO Kyle Vogt; this expansion makes Cruise active in five major US cities.
- Samsung Executive Chairman Jay Y. Lee and Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently met to explore potential collaboration in future high-tech industries, specifically in the development of IT-related technologies like semiconductors for autonomous vehicles.
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