EV Radar: June 2022

EV Radar: June 2022

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TOP EV NEWS

Various news sources have been circulating around for a while of the lack of raw materials to build EV batteries. The shortage is concerning as many EV companies do not fully comprehend the full depth of lithium mining.

A colorado-based battery start-up, Solid Power, started its pilot production of solid-state batteries. The first batch of batteries will be used for internal testing, and then automotive partners, BMW and Ford, will start testing on their vehicles. Given that everything goes well, we might be looking at mass production by 2024. 

EV Education

Firm regulation from Europe on ensuring 100% zero-emission from tailpipe by 2035. And big players in the industry are joining forces to support and do their part to reach the goal. Does it also mean they pressure other slower competitors out of the market?

More EVs More Expensive?

Automakers are releasing new electric vehicles and announcing their new plants worldwide. As their production rates are expected to increase and more EV selections for the customer, the price for EVs should drop. However, it is not the case we see here. Some automakers raised the costs of their EVs between 5 per cent to 20 per cent.

3% of Global Oil Demand Avoided

As the world transitions to electric transportation, the numbers are starting to tell a positive story. Today's EVs have helped avoid 3% of global oil demand. However, the industry has a long way to go to up this number and make more options available to the market.

£200 Million towards Decarbonization

In the process of reaching the nationwide zero-emission goal by 2050, the UK has put significant effort into developing the most optimal version of hauling trucks. The progress reached in the comparison between battery-electric and hydrogen-powered technologies.

New EV Announcements

Ambient Lighting Dashboard

Take a glimpse at the interior of the Chevrolet Equinox EV. The video zooms into the ambient lighting dashboard with a large touchscreen in the middle. The Equinox Project won't be finished until Fall 2023, but Chevrolet promises the price range will be <$30,000.

New Electric Model from BMW

More details were revealed about the new BMW XM coming in 2023. The production model looked with very few changes from the concept model. The body of the model is like X7 but much sportier.

An electric version of DMC DeLorean is coming in the summer! DeLorean’s EVolved electric car is called Alpha5, featuring gullwing doors. The sporty aerodynamic model claims 300 miles of driving range courtesy of a battery pack with a more than 100-kWh capacity, and the top speed is claimed at 155 mph.  

Sneak Peek at New BMW XM

More details were revealed about the new BMW XM coming in 2023. The production model looked with very few changes from the concept model. The body of the model is like X7 but much sportier.

EV Investments and Innovation

According to the new GM patent, the automaker plans on adding another charging port to their vehicles. And drivers can charge their car with both of the charging ports simultaneously. For example, a dual-port vehicle can plug into two Level 2 chargers at the same time, which is essentially charging as fast as a Level 3 charger.

Pooling Resources for Batteries

Many brands under Stellantis have already announced when all their models will go electric. Aligned with this goal, the parent company has already made a deal to build its own battery factory in Indiana with Samsung. The factory is reported to start production by 2025.

EVs as a Mobile Charging Station

According to the new GM patent, the automaker plans on adding another charging port to their vehicles. And drivers can charge their car with both of the charging ports simultaneously. For example, a dual-port vehicle can plug into two Level 2 chargers simultaneously, essentially charging as fast as a Level 3 charger.

Superchargers along the Highway

Some upgrades to EV charging stations are complete along the West Coast Electric Highway and in the state of Oregon. EV Charging Solutions (EVCS) owns and is doing the upgrades for the charging stations.

EV Coolness

EVs are More Accessible

Most drivers find driving an electric car more enjoyable, and they provide special benefits for persons with specific disabilities. Drivers with muscular dystrophy, joint pain, or other disorders exacerbated by excessive movement may benefit from the smoother ride. Riders who are sensitive to loud noises, such as tinnitus patients, will appreciate the peace and quiet.

Apple in your car

When your phone meets your EV. Apple has announced its deep integration into vehicle infotainment, giving the same experience as using your iPhone.

Batteries packed in electric vehicles are not only to power the vehicle but also can be used as power storage. Several models in the market already can supply power to other cars, appliances, and even homes. Rivian R1T is one of them. Check out how it is charging Tesla.

Hybrid Fire Trucks

Los Angeles Fire Department unveiled their new hybrid fire trucks. It's a step in the right direction for such public service vehicles to electrification. The batteries can operate the truck for about two hours, after which the diesel engine kicks in. An optional electric power supply can be used to operate auxiliary equipment, eliminating the need for the usual diesel or gas generator.

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