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Will Chrysler be the new Tesla? Chrysler thinks so. Chrysler wants to take on Tesla and become the newest brand to appeal to young, urban buyers and switch to producing only electric vehicles, starting with its Airflow. What do you think?
- China is dominating the global EV battery market, making up 56% of the market. The top 10 producers of batteries are all Asian companies, like CATL, LG Energy Solutions, and BYD.
- Rivian is on a deadline to reach its 2022 EV production target of 25,000 vehicles. Rivian produced more EVs between July and September than in the entire first half of 2022.
- Production for Toyota’s bZ4X was halted for more than three months due to safety concerns, but now the company is back in business. Toyota recalled 2,700 bZ4Xs globally in June because of a risk of a wheel coming loose.
- Hyundai is launching a hotel for electric vehicle owners that will be powered by EVs.
- Audi may be coming to America, thanks to the new US federal EV tax credit. The credit is worth up to $7,500 on the purchase of a new electrified model - but the manufacturer must make EVs in the U.S.
- General Motors is launching a new business, GM Energy, to connect homes and businesses with EV chargers. Buildings will then be able to store energy through battery packs, EV chargers, and software.
- People who buy electric vehicles don’t switch back to gas cars when preparing to buy another car, according to a report by Axios’ Joann Muller. In Austin, Texas, EVs accounted for 9.6% of Austin’s car registrations in July.
- Amazon is spending €1 billion to electrify its delivery fleet in Europe over the next 5 years.
- Volkswagen wants to automate about 20-30% of production at its Trinity EV plant. In its old plants, assembly is 90% manual labor.
EV of the Week
I was sick all last week and because of that, I missed out on an opportunity to drive an R1T over the weekend and check out an R1S. My consolation prize was pictures of the R1S. There has been a lot of negative press about the Rivian recall last week. Did you know that 7.5% of all vehicles in the US had a recall last year?
Rivian isn’t the first manufacturer, and they won't be the last to have a recall. We’re glad they are doing the right thing with this quick check/repair. That’s why the R1S is the EV of the Week.
- Motor 4 AC Permanent-Magnet (one per wheel)
- 835 Horsepower
- Battery 135 kWh Lithium-Ion
- 0-60 MPH 3.0 Seconds
- Range 316 Miles
- Starting at $72,500
-John @ Mobility EVo
Uber has signed a 10-year deal with Hyundai and Motional to get Uber back into the robotaxis game. Motional’s autonomous vehicles will be available for passengers and delivery items.
In other AV News
- XPeng’s G9 model passed Guangzhou’s requirements in an autonomous driving closed-field test. Traffic regulations like left and right turn vehicle conflict driving, merging and overtaking, two-wheeler, and pedestrian avoidance.
- ARCFOX plans to deliver 200 5th-generation Apollo Moon driverless vehicles to Baidu Apollo. The vehicles have been approved for fully autonomous operations in Chongqing and Wuhan.
- NIO began developing its own self-driving and LiDAR chips, like Tesla. The company already has a strong team ready to design and assemble the chips.
- Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will exhibit a self-driving Cruise vehicle at the 42nd edition of GITEX 2022. This will be the first time the GITEX exhibition will showcase an autonomous vehicle.
- Lyft’s president, John Zimmer, expected that most of the company’s vehicles would be driverless by 2021. That prediction didn’t come true, but he still thinks autonomous vehicles will be a big part of Lyft’s future in the next couple of years.
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