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GM has committed to 20 new EVs by 2023

General Motors claims to be working towards “an all-electric future,” and has made a commitment to bringing 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, with plans for additional models beyond that.

Our all-new modular platform removes significant physical constraints associated with conventional vehicles — no need to build around gas tanks, engines, radiator or exhaust pipes, for example. In the past, EV design placed great importance on differentiating the EV visually from its ICE counterparts. No more. The flexibility of this new platform frees us to proportion vehicles to meet unique brand personas and to design around vehicle and customer segment needs.

According to General Motors, here are the EVs that each of it’s brands will be introducing.

Buick

Two new all-electric entries for the Buick portfolio will carry the new face of the brand »

  • A Buick SUV will offer more conventional crossover proportion that maximizes interior space and cargo.
  • A Buick CUV will feature more expressive proportion with a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion.

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Volkswagen is rolling We Charge, its own charging service will have access to over 150,000 IONITY public charging points all over Europe

Volkswagen is making the switch to electric cars even more attractive by helping to build the charging infrastructure and offering high-power charging with IONITY from just 30 eurocent per kWh.

The We Charge Free basic tariff does not have a monthly fee. It is tailored to drivers who rarely use public charging points to charge their electric cars. We Charge Go offers lower prices for individual charging processes and designed for regular users of public charging points. We Charge Plus is the tariff for frequent drivers at a more attractive price.

IONITY – a joint venture founded by the BMW Group, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group – is building up a network of high-power charging stations across Europe. There are currently some 250 IONITY charging parks in operation in 20 countries, with a further 50 under construction. It is planned to build a total of 400 charging parks, most along Europe’s long-distance transport corridors.

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Hyundai’s Kona Electric full electric compact SUV has surpassed 100,000 global sales

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai announced that cumulative sales of Kona Electric reached 103,719 units as of June 30 — just two years after its launch in March 2018.

Sales outside the Korean manufacturer’s home market accounted for more than three quarters of the total.

In April 2020, the inaugural TopGear Electric Awards named the model the Best Small Family Car, based on its performance during a 24-hour, 1,600-km European road trip. The same year, U.S. News & World Report named it the Best Electric Vehicle. In 2019, WardsAuto included Kona Electric on its 10 best engines list. In 2018, Auto Express named it the Affordable Electric Car of the Year. The EV also played a role in the Kona nameplate winning Spanish newspaper ABC’s Best Car of the Year award. It also won the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.

By 2025, Hyundai aims to sell 560,000 battery electric vehicles in addition to its FCEV (fuel-cell electric vehicles) models.

Porsche delivered 4,480 Taycan in the first half of 2020

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

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The Cayenne was the most popular model with a total of 39,245 deliveries, while 34,430 units of the Macan were supplied to customers. With 16,919 deliveries and an increase of two per cent as compared to 2019, the iconic 911 sports car also continued to enjoy great popularity. The Taycan likewise continues to be well received by customers: Porsche delivered 4,480 units in the first half of the year within the context of a staggered market launch.

State of New York is investing $750 million to expand electric vehicle infrastructure

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced an investment program that would allocate $750 million to build charging stations and other electric-vehicle infrastructure as part of the state’s long-term goal to reduce emissions.

The measure is set to create more than 50,000 charging stations and will largely be funded by the state’s investor-owned utility companies, with the total budget capped at $701 million through 2025.

An additional $48.8 million is allocated from a 2017 settlement with German carmaker Volkswagen AG over its diesel emissions cheating scandal to fund electric school and transit buses, as well as charging stations.

Elsewhere » Renewable Energy World

15 US states join together to boost sales of electric trucks, school buses, and tractor-trailers

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, and Vermont, and the District of Columbia have formed a pact.

Liz Carey » Transportation Today »

As part of the agreement, states said they will work together to adopt policies that will encourage electric truck sales, as well as the construction of charging stations for them. To do so, the states could give tax breaks for electric truck purchases, require cities to switch to electric buses in their transit systems, and work with utility companies to install charging stations for larger commercial vehicles.

First look at the sleek and sexy 2021 Nissan Ariya all-electric crossover SUV

2021 Nissan Ariya

2021 Nissan Ariya

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After the worldwide success of the Leaf, the world’s best selling plug-in electric vehicle of all time, Nissan is stepping up to a more premium, chic, elegant, and spacious mid-size EV with the introduction of the all new Nissan Ariya.

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The next step of Nissan’s transformation is here with an all-new EV that delivers driving excitement, confidence, comfort and connectivity; set to go on sale in U.S. in 2021 with a $40,000 starting price.

Nissan is not shy about describing what designers were going for »

This new philosophy is based on what Nissan calls Timeless Japanese Futurism – characterized by a distinctive Japanese approach conveyed in a simple-yet-powerfully modern way. Designers embraced this with the keywords sleek, sexy and seamless to communicate how an EV paired with advanced driving capabilities can offer a new perspective to design, function and the ownership experience.

At the unveiling, which took place at the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan said the Ariya represents “the pinnacle of Nissan’s technologies and design.”

Built on an all-new Alliance-developed EV platform, the Ariya will be available with a range of up to 610 kilometres (based on Japan WLTC cycle).

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Honda buys stake in China’s CATL, securing supply and will jointly develop EV battery technology

The alliance will include joint development of batteries for EVs and joint R&D into next-generation fundamental technologies.

CATL will supply Honda with EV batteries.

The two companies will expand their discussion on battery recycling and reuse.

Honda acquired CATL shares through CATL’s non-public issuance of stocks.

Reuters »

Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd will buy a 1% stake in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and the two will jointly develop EV batteries, the companies said on Friday.

The move comes at a time when auto manufacturers and EV battery makers are joining forces in pursuit of an electric future. CATL, based in Ningde, said last year it would develop batteries with Honda and also supply batteries to Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen AG.

Motley Fool » Honda Strengthens Its Battery Supply for Electric Vehicles, Inks Agreement With CATL

Elsewhere » CATL Press Release, electrive, Autoblog, The Next Web, InsideEVs

Rivian secures another $2.5 Billion in investments

This speaks well of Rivian. While other EV startups are struggling to remain above water, Rivian is receiving additional backing.

Rivian has now secured investments from Amazon.com Inc, Ford Motor Co., T. Rowe Price, BlackRock Inc., Soros Fund Management, Coatue Management, Fidelity Management and Research Company, and Baron Capital Group.

Ford is an early investor.

Rivian’s all-electric pickup truck and SUV are expected to launch early 2021, while Amazon expects to have 10,000 Rivian vans in its corporate fleet by 2022.

Reuters »

Electric vehicle startup Rivian, which is backed by Amazon and Ford Motor and aims to put an electric pickup and SUV in production in 2021, boosted its war chest further with a $2.5-billion investment round led by T. Rowe Price, Rivian said Friday.

Elsewhere » TechCrunch, SlashGear, Electrek, Seattle Times, Elektroauto-News (German), The Verge, Wall Street Journal, The Detroit Bureau, InsideEVs, Motor Illustrated,

Porsche is investing more at its Leipzig plant

Porsche Leipzig

Porsche Leipzig

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“Over the past few weeks, we have reached some important milestones on our way to becoming an electromobility site”, said Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche Leipzig GmbH. “The period of time between now and the start of production of the next Macan generation is certainly going to be a challenge. However, it is also an opportunity to future-proof the plant and to prove ourselves as a team.”

“Since the initial ground-breaking ceremony in February 2000, we have invested more than 1.3 billion euro to develop the plant”, said Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG. “This expansion project to enable production of purely electric vehicles will ensure that the plant is ready for the future.”

More » Elektroauto-News (German), InsideEVs, Elektroniknet (German), electrive, The Driven

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