Highlights from this past week include: Newfoundland & Labrador now offering EV rebates with a catch; A Legend Remembered; Gorilla Glass now available on Jeep windshields; Tesla launches the eyeball-flattening Model S Plaid; GM adds $10B to its initial EV development budget; The Bronco is on its way and so is the Nissan Pathfinder; Plans for electric double-decker busses in Canada and more…
Newfoundland & Labrador Want To Double The EV’s On Its Roads
Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent 2021 budget included an “Electric Vehicle Accelerator” purchase incentive. The provincial government wants to boost the number of EV’s on its roads by offering a $2,500 rebate for residents who purchase a new electric vehicle. The small print: up to $500,000 in funding is available, meaning that only 200 consumers will be able to benefit from the rebate. There are currently over 190 fully electric vehicles on the province’s roads. The province’s rebate would be offered in addition to the federal government’s $5,000 EV rebate, which is available to all Canadians.
The British Royal Mail To Purchase Electric Transporters – Increasing The Number Of Electric Vehicles Tenfold
Royal Mail has announced plans to add around 3,000 electric vehicles to its fleet, increasing the number of electric vehicles in the UK tenfold to around 3,300. Procurement is due to start in October. The postal service does not specify a van brand or a timetable but most of the vehicles will be Peugeot and Mercedes models. More info HERE
Last Thursday evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid and claimed it to be the quickest production car ever – 0-60 mph in less than 2.0 seconds. Musk explained: the Model S Plaid exists to show that EVs can outperform gasoline vehicles, hands down.
The Plaid will be able to hit 200 mph (322 km/h) with the addition of specific tires, also has a long list of upgrades including a completely re-engineered propulsion system and the thermal systems have been vastly improved, with twice the cooling capacity now permitting back-to-back 0-60 mph runs and the capability to maintain 1,000 hp all the way to 200 mph. Musk noted new motors that are carbon-wrapped and essentially operate at a “single speed from 0-200 mph….It doesn’t get winded,” he said.
Musk also claimed that the new Model S has the lowest drag coefficient of any production car ever made, at 0.208 and that unlike other companies, the number is as calculated with the wheels turning. The Model S Plaid will have the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested, Musk claimed, pointing out that it’s faster than any Porsche and safer than any Volvo.
The Plaid get a completely new interface with the centre touchscreen switching to landscape-orientation and has the option to drag screen elements around – more like a tablet. The sound system is driven by a codec that can be upgraded over the air, and has 22 speakers and 920 watts.
General Motors says it will increase its investment into electric and autonomous vehicles by 30% through 2025, according to a new report from Reuters. In March 2020, General Motors originally announced an investment of $20 billion into electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025. Then in November of 2020, it announced an increase to $27 billion, and now they say they’ll spend $35 billion on electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, just a few weeks after Ford announced that it will invest $30 billion into EVs by 2030.
The company will offer 30 EVs globally by the middle of the decade and by the end of 2025, 40% of the brand’s vehicles in the U.S. will be electric. General Motors recently announced that it will stop selling ICE vehicles by 2035, and aims to be carbon natural by 2040.
As part of its investment, General Motors will build two new battery factories in the United States at a cost of $4 billion – in addition the two battery plants already being built through GM’s joint venture with LG Chem. GM is investing $2.3 billion to construct each of these facilities.
In a press release announced on Tuesday, Audi says their top-of-the-line EV – the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT will include three years of free DC fast charging on the Electrify America network (no word on Canada at this point).
Audi has previously said that the E-Tron GT could charge at up to 270 kilowatts, allowing it to recover approximately 290 kms (180 miles) of range in 22 minutes. Good luck with that, cause you’ll need to find a public station capable of DC Fast Charging (PetroCanada has “up to” 350kW at most location on their cross Canada, Electric Highway network). Pricing (U.S.) for 2022 Audi E-Tron starts at $99,900 for the base E-Tron GT Premium Plus, rising to $139,900 for the RS E-Tron GT.
All-Electric Double-Deck Bus Destined For North America
UK-based Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) unveiled its first all-electric three-axle double-deck bus for North America. The 45-foot Enviro500EV CHARGE has a passenger capacity of up to 82 seats, including 53 on the upper deck.
“The Alexander Dennis Enviro family is the world’s best-selling double-deck bus of which over 18,000 have been sold around the globe. Today we add a milestone as we unveil our first-ever battery-electric, three-axle, high-capacity double-deck bus,”, said Paul Davies, ADL President and Managing Director, before adding: “We are very excited by the positive feedback already received from transit agencies who have trialled this vehicle and look forward to delivering zero-emission service with our double decks across North America.”
The 2021 Ford Bronco finally begins shipping to dealers nationwide. According to Ford, more than 125,000 customers have already ordered a 2021 Bronco with total reservations surpassing the 190,000 mark in the U.S. and Canada so far. The all-new 6th generation 2021 Bronco two-door and four-door models are being built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant – almost 25 years since the final fifth-gen Bronco rolled off the assembly line.
A Legend On And Off The Track
June 15 marked the anniversary death of one of the most charismatic racing drivers to grace the F1 paddock. James Hunt passed away on June 15th, 1993 aged just 45 years old. He was a legend on and off the track and always did things his way. It’s crazy to think it was that long ago and he was that young!
NON- Electric News…
File this one under: Why didn’t anyone think of this earlier?…
Jeep is now offering a Corning Gorilla Glass windshield as an option on the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator. If you own a smartphone, chances are it has Gorilla Glass to protect that expensive screen from scratches and cracks. Not only is Gorilla Glass stronger than the standard windshields but they are also thinner and lighter. How much will it cost though? How about only $95 U.S.!!!
Mopar Insiders says that Jeep believes approximately 80% of new orders placed for the Wrangler and Gladiator will include Gorilla Glass.
The all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will arrive at Nissan dealerships mid-summer with a starting MSRP of $43,798 Cdn.
- Available mid-summer at Nissan dealerships nationwide
- All-new 9-speed automatic transmission
- All-new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector
- Available 6,000-pound/2,722 kg maximum towing capacity
- Seating for up to eight, available captain’s chairs
- Available 10.8-inch Head-up Display, 12.3-inch digital dashboard, ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link
- Standard Nissan Safety Shield® 360, ProPILOT Assist and class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
- AWD is standard across the range
Here’s the price breakdowns from Nissan:
S 4WD – $43,798
SV 4WD – $46,798
SL 4WD – $50,398
SL Premium 4WD – $52,198
Platinum 4WD – $54,398
That’s A Wrap! For this week. Until next time…
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