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The Car Connection takes the 2020 Mini Cooper SE for a test drive

2020 Mini Cooper SE

2020 Mini Cooper SE

They are immediately struck by the limited range of 110 miles.

Robert Duffer / The Car Connection »

Even if a Mini is a third car for most owners, as Mini spokesman Andrew Cutler told me, the limited range and rough ride quality limit it to duty as a city car or suburban runabout, as long as you have access to a plug and live in a sunny area with few potholes.

The Mini Cooper SE three-door hatch uses a 32.6-kwh lithium ion battery to power punch it’s way to 110 miles. In sport mode, its 199 pound-feet of torque can spin the front wheels off the line, and the thrust is gut-dropping and grin-inducing. Mini quotes a 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds, but the first 30 mph is particularly fun.

Polestar plugs into large pan-European charging network

Polestar 2

Polestar 2

Blagojce Krivevski / Electric Cars Report »

Polestar is partnering with Plugsurfing in Europe to improve electric vehicle public charging convenience ahead of initial Polestar 2 customer deliveries, scheduled for the coming months. The agreement signals yet another step into operational mode for Polestar.

With over 195,000 compatible EV charging points in the region, Plugsurfing provides a convenient solution to accessing and paying for electricity from a variety of public charging service providers.

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Ford doesn’t believe low fuel prices will annihilate the electric car segment, claiming motorists buy EVs because they’re great

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Bengt Halvorson / Green Car Reports »

Ford’s global director of electrification, Mark Kaufman »

“Ford’s perspective is in order to meet that demand, you’ve got to really come up with a compelling reason for the customers to buy—so exciting products, great capability, new functionality that you can’t quite get with a conventionally powered vehicle for us are all ways that we can help manage that transition to the end of the decade.”

And that’s why Ford doesn’t see the success of its EVs like Mach-E as being tethered to the price of gas, he said.

“We think…people are buying them because they’re great products first and maybe that cost of ownership on some products, like the commercial van, might be a little bit more of a consideration,” he said. “If you were only relying on cost of ownership as your main reason for purchase, this (very low gas prices) could be quite disruptive.”

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Rivian hires former Tesla employees to build its own charging network

Fred Lambert / Electrek »

Electrek has learned from sources familiar with the matter that the automaker is working on the “Rivian Adventure Network” and it is hiring people who worked on Tesla’s Supercharger network.

In March, Rivian hired Carrington Bradley as senior manager of charging deployment.

Before joining Rivian, Bradley had been working at Tesla for almost seven years and most recently, he was managing charging programs at the company.

Suncor Energy’s CEO » The shift to electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies could disrupt crude oil demand on a similar scale to the coronavirus pandemic

Jeff Lewis / Reuters »

The comments are a stark prediction in an industry that frequently downplays the impact of electrification and points to forecasts of rising global oil demand to justify new investment and pipeline expansions.

Canada is the world’s fourth-largest oil producer and the sector accounts for 10.6% of the country’s gross domestic product.

“While Canadian oil and gas will remain a significant part of the global energy mix for some time, we have to take advantage of new opportunities that offer attractive growth prospects,” Suncor CEO Mark Little said in an opinion article for Canada’s Corporate Knights magazine.

Related » James S Murray / Business Green » If all cars were electric, UK carbon emissions would drop by 12 per cent

Northvolt and Norsk Hydro are forming a joint venture to recycle batteries from Norway’s hundreds of thousands of electric cars as part of Europe’s effort to build a greener battery industry

Northvolt News Release »

Northvolt and Hydro today announced the formation of a joint venture, Hydro Volt, to enable recycling of battery materials and aluminum from the Norwegian market for electric vehicles. Hydro Volt will establish a recycling hub in Norway which will start operations in 2021.

The launch of the joint venture follows an investment in Northvolt by Hydro in 2019 and further strengthens the partnership between the battery manufacturer and the aluminum company, which is based around advancing circular industry technologies and material flows.

Hydro Volt will start operations in Fredrikstad, Norway, with a feed of batteries coming from the Norwegian EV market, which is one of the most advanced in the world.

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BYD will supply EV batteries to Ford

Reuters »

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD Co Ltd will supply EV batteries to U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co, a document on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed on Monday.

Ford’s China venture with Changan Automobile is seeking government approval to build a plug-in hybrid model equipped with BYD’s batteries, according to the document.

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In California, the top-selling car in Q1 2020 was an electric car, the Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Bengt Halvorson / Green Car Reports »

According to the quarterly update released on Thursday by the California New Car Dealers Association, the Model 3 outsold the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in the state from the start of the year through March.

The Honda Civic is a longtime top-seller in California, as is the Corolla—and the Corolla is cumulatively the best-selling nameplate in the world.

At a total of 18,856 registrations for the quarter, according to the report, the Model 3 now also outsells the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, in a sales tally that includes the separate Camry Hybrid and Accord Hybrid versions of each of those models.

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Norwegian company Morrow Batteries will build a new battery factory to “revolutionize battery production and establish a more sustainable supply to European car makers”

Emanuela Barbiroglio / Forbes »

Works will start next year. With a total capacity of 32 gigawatt-hour, the factory will consist of four equal modules of 8 gigawatt-hour. The first section is planned to be ready in 2024 and will most likely use existing battery technology, while the others will be developing “the next generation battery cell technology”.

The county of Agder will also give Morrow access to renewable hydropower, while the projected factory is expected to need 2,500 highly skilled workers.

Morrow’s lithium sulfur batteries will use deposed materials from the Norwegian oil industry. The production will then differentiate from today’s usual chain, which requires rare minerals and 97% of which takes place on coal fueled plants in China, Japan and South Korea.

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Alfa Romeo is preparing it’s first EV, a small electric SUV using PSA platform and powertrain, for 2022

Autocar »

Alfa Romeo is preparing its first electric vehicle for 2022 as the smallest in a trio of SUVs intended to bring the Italian premium brand back from the brink.

The electric compact SUV, similar in size to an Audi Q2, will be crucial in reviving the firm’s dwindling sales in a fast-evolving market where emissions legislation is becoming increasingly tough.

The parent company of Alfa Romeo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has been on the back foot with electrification, which is why its ongoing merger with the EV-savvy PSA Group should reap substantial benefits.

More » Autocar » Opinion: PSA opens the door to Alfa Romeo’s future

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