Highlights from this week include: Hyundai to chops its ICE line-up in half; Rivian will start deliveries in July; Hyundai is bringing a Hydrogen-Electric Semi to N.A; Grab a Java & a jolt at 7-Eleven; Sales of combustion vehicles peaked in 2017 and its going downhill; VW to electrify a Greek Island; the new 2022 Ford Ranger has been spotted in the wild and more…
We start this week with 2 stories from Hyundai…
Hyundai To Cut Its ICE Line-up In Half & Invest Heavily In Electric Vehicles
Reuters cites “two people close to the South Korean automaker” have revealed that “Hyundai has stopped developing new powertrains for internal combustion engine cars. It is an important business move, which first and foremost allows the release of R&D resources to focus on the rest: electric motors, batteries, fuel cells.”
The automaker chose not to address the news when pressed. Hyundai’s first all-electric vehicle – the 2022 IONIQ 5 and its “twin,” the Kia EV6, are two of a planned 23 all-electric models coming from the automaker, which hopes to sell one million BEVs by 2025, and aims to electrify its entire line-up by 2040.
The Hyundai Hydrogen-Electric Semi To Hit North America In 2021
The “Xcient Fuel Cell” was unveiled last summer, and the first batch (a total of 46 trucks) have been used in a trial in Switzerland. In North America, Hyundai said the Xcient Fuel Cell will be available on the market in 2021 (production starts in August). The Xcient Fuel Cell is derived from a diesel-powered truck, but here the powertrain consists of a single electric motor powered by a combination of a fuel-cell stack and battery. Normally the motor – rated at 469 hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque, draws energy from the fuel-cell stack, but during high-load situations, energy is also drawn from the battery that’s kept charged. The battery’s capacity is only 73 kilowatt-hours, since it’s only used temporarily, like when the truck is accelerating hard or climbing a steep hill.
Hyundai estimates a total range of about 402 kms (250 miles) for its Xcient Fuel Cell truck, but what about the lack of hydrogen filling stations? The Hyundai Motor Group announced earlier in May, a $7.4 billion investment in the U.S. with some of the funds allocated for the development of hydrogen infrastructure. No information is available right now on Canada’s investment (if any).
7-Eleven Goes Electric
Convenience-store chain 7-Eleven plans to build at least 500 DC fast charging ports for electric vehicles at 250 select stores in the US and Canada by the end of 2022. The new DCFC ports will increase charging options for EV drivers by adding to the company’s existing 22 charging stations located at 14 stores in four states.
“7‑Eleven’s rapid expansion of EV charging ports across the country is good for our customers and our planet and it’s the right thing to do,” said 7‑Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto.
Rivian Will Start Deliveries Of The R1T Electric Pickup In July
Deliveries of the R1T Launch Edition were due to happen in June, but delays on shipping containers, the global chip shortage, and final tweaks have delayed deliveries until July. Regardless, the R1T will still be the first electric pickup truck to hit the streets, beating out Tesla, GM and Ford by a considerable distance.
Deliveries of the R1S Launch Edition (SUV) are also scheduled to commence in August. Rivian is presently on a hiring spree and has more than 1,500 job openings (including Canada and the UK).
The R1T and R1S will be personally home-delivered with a 280,000 km / 175,000-mile warranty for the battery pack and electric drivetrain components. A Rivian Guide will provide buyers with a comprehensive tour of their EV when they deliver the new vehicle to the homes of customers. Car and Driver reports that anyone who has purchased a R1T or R1S and decides they don’t actually like it, can return it within seven days or 1,000 miles.
Cybertruck Retractable Solar Bed Cover Revealed In Patent
Tesla’s plan for a retractable solar bed cover on its Cybertruck has been revealed in a new patent application filed on 11/19/2020.
After the launch of the Cybertruck (11.22.2019), CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla’s electric pickup truck would have a solar roof option that will add 15 miles (24 kms) of range per day, but on the Joe Rogan podcast (February 2021), Elon Musk said there would be NO solar panels on the truck. Hmmm. For more information click HERE
Porsche is considering a smaller BEV for their third model – it will be a mid-size hatchback to compete with the Tesla Model 3 and the BMW i4. Autocar suggests the name ‘Cajun’ as a possible model name. More info HERE
Some Numbers To Think About
Are you pro-EV or pro-ICE? More and more people are seeing the benefits of EV transportation, but many aren’t giving up their combustible engine vehicle anytime soon – count us as one of the latter. Nevertheless, the numbers are moving swiftly to EV’s – probably faster than you might think. Here’s some of the latest numbers from Bloomberg.
Note: The stats below are for Light duty passenger EVs only. There were about 1 million electric vans and trucks at the end of 2020, 600,000 electric buses, and over 260 million electric two- and three-wheelers.
- Sales of combustion vehicles peaked in 2017 and have been falling ever since
- EVs are now running at 10% of sales in China and 15-20% in Europe’s main auto markets
- Sometime this month (maybe even this week), the total number of passenger EVs on the road will hit 12 million.
- That’s up from 1 million in 2015
Where Are They?
- Just over 44% of all the EVs are in China
- About 35% are in Europe
- North America is around 17%
- South Korea and Japan make up the rest
- Just under 70% of the total EVs are battery electrics, and the balance are plug-in hybrids (PHEV)
When They Were Sold?
- About 70% of those 12 million EVs were sold in the last 3 years
- Almost half were sold in the last 18 months
- The passenger EV fleet has been doubling about every 18 months for the last few years, and there are no indications this will change in the next four years, maybe longer.
Time Needed To Add A Million
- Knowing when to start the clock for the first million is difficult, but the second million took 18 months
- The third just under 10 months
- The fourth took just 7 months
- It now takes under 3 months to add a million
- By the end of 2021, that will be down to 2 months
With projections of price-parity between EVs and ICE vehicles coming in around 2025 – that could dramatically change the landscape. Who’s going to buy a new $50-70,000 vehicle in 2025 that will be worth zero in 4 or 5 years’ time when an EV will be better and much cheaper to own and operate? Something to think about…
Ford Is Producing More Mustang Mach-E’s Than Gas-Powered Mustang’s
Ford has built 27,816 electric Mustang Mach-E models at a plant in Mexico so far this year, compared to 26,089 of the traditional internal combustion engine Mustang at a factory in Michigan – according to production data the automaker released on Thursday. Last month the Mach-E was the best-selling car in Norway. In the US, Ford sold 1,945 Mach-E vehicles last month, and 4,436 Mustangs were delivered during the same period.
Erich Merkle, Ford’s sales analyst, commented: “We are really excited about the success that we are having with our launch of the all-new Mustang Mach-E, not just here in America, but globally too. To be fair, please keep in mind that Mustang and Flat Rock have been impacted by outside factors, which has been the semiconductor chip shortage.”
VW To Turn A Greek Island Into An Electric Testbed
German auto manufacturer Volkswagen, has chosen the small Greek island of Astypalea (roughly the size of the Bronx), and home to around 1,300 people for a major makeover – a clean-mobility makeover. VW aims to substitute all of the island’s roughly 1,500 combustion-engine vehicles with its electric cars, vans and scooters.
Wind turbines, solar panels and batteries are going to replace Astypalea’s diesel generators, and VW will install charging stations and set up a car-sharing offering. Locals will be able to apply for government grants to replace their gasoline clunkers with EVs. The €10m budgeted for the project is tiny compared to the tens of €Billions VW is spending to expand EV’s.
Last Wednesday, the local police took delivery of an ID.4 crossover from CEO Herbert Diess.
“Astypalea will be a future lab for decarbonization in Europe,” Diess said.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said: What will happen in Astypalea is “a doorway to a greener, cleaner, more sustainable world.”
NON- Electric News…
More Pickup Truck News From Ford…
Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with Ford’s product plans that the 2022 Ford Maverick reveal is set to take place June 8th – that’s just a couple of weeks away. The Maverick will be quite a bit smaller than the current mid-size Ford Ranger, however the base model will also be considerably less expensive, with an MSRP of less than $20k (U.S.). More info HERE
The All-New 2022 Ford Ranger has been spotted in the wild.
Motor Authority has published pictures of the Single and Super Cab versions in addition to the Crew Cab pictures that have been around for some time. Although the current Ranger was only introduced in North America for the 2019 model year, it’s been on sale in Asia and Australia since our Rangers demise in 2012.
According to Motor Authority, the new Ranger will ride on the updated version of the current Ranger’s T6 body-on-frame platform. The updated platform has a slightly bigger footprint and can support hybrid technology. It made its debut in the new Bronco, and given the close ties with the Bronco, we can expect the Ranger to carry the same powertrains.
In the Bronco, there’s a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque as the base powertrain, and a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with 330 hp and 415 lb-ft as the mid-range option. The Bronco is offered with the choice of a 7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic. A hybrid powertrain may be offered and if so, it may be a similar setup the new F-150 PowerBoost, where it uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 with a single electric motor for a combined 430 hp and 570 lb-ft. A plug in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain is also a possibility.
It is expected to be launched around the end of this year, as a 2022 model. Production of the new Ranger for North America will be handled at Ford’s Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, where the current Ranger and new Bronco are built.
Europe and Australia have has a Ranger Raptor for a couple of years now, and it looks like we’ll be finally getting one as well with the new 2022 version. Mexico just officially launched the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor (2.0L bi-turbo diesel engine producing 210 hp and 369 lb-ft torque and 10-speed automatic transmission). More info HERE
That’s A Wrap! For this week. Until next time…
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