03 Jun 2023 | Synopsis"The long wheelbase Volkswagen ID. Buzz is the only version that will be offered to customers in North America
"..how much is the allure of the microbus that was the darling of the great unwashed during the '60s really worth" [VW says] interest in the ID. Buzz is extraordinarily high, and yet if the asking price is $10,000 or more higher than a Tesla with better performance, we have to wonder how much of that interest will translate into actual sales."
03 Jun 2023 | Synopsis"...markets like China and India are probably the most likely candidates for scaling affordable electric vehicles for the masses...helping to facilitate a transition to electric mobility in other places around the world as well.
"The BYD Seagull and the Wuling Bingo are only available in China at the moment, but as these OEMs ramp up production, we will hopefully see these models being offered in many more markets around the world..."
03 Jun 2023 | Synopsis"...the City Blitz range comprise four models; a two-seater that becomes South Africa's cheapest electric vehicle..."Based on the Jiayuan City Spirit made in China, and aimed at intercity travels as per their classification as quadracycles rather than proper cars, all four City Blitz models are powered by a single 10-kWh battery located underneath the seats that produce 7.5 kW...top speed of 80 km/h and travel 160 km..."
03 Jun 2023 | Synopsis"When you start to drill into the facts, electric motoring doesn't seem to be quite the environmental panacea it is claimed to be...The problem with the [UK's] initiative is that it seems to be based on conclusions drawn from only one part of a car's operating life: what comes out of the exhaust pipe.
"We need also to acknowledge what a great asset we have in the cars that currently exist...it would seem right to look carefully at ways of retaining them while lowering their polluting effect. Fairly obviously, we could use them less."
03 Jun 2023 | Synopsis"The Tesla CEO's embrace of Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis and hot-button right-wing views on Twitter could help the EV brand reach reluctant buyers in red states.
BUT..."Mario Natarelli doesn't "buy the argument that Musk is trying to pivot to red customers. To think that he's doing it on purpose seems really shortsighted..Tesla remains a hugely positive brand story...with great products, a clear vision for the future and talented executives. But Musk is stepping on that message by wading into political punditry."
02 Jun 2023 | SynopsisFord Motor Co. is facing a host of barriers in its pursuit to win the electric vehicle race, but chief among them are two factors that threaten the entire industry: affordability and politicization.
"Bill Ford Jr. is surprised by how quickly electrification has taken off around the world and in the U.S.
"There is this notion now that if you are 'red' you're for internal combustion, if you're 'blue,' you're for EVs," [Subscription required]
02 Jun 2023 | Synopsis"Oil and gas production creates pollution that leads to approximately $77 billion in negative health impacts across the U.S. each year...
"Environmental Research: Health...study found that in 2016, U.S. oil and gas production caused 410,000 asthma exacerbations, 7,500 excess deaths, and 2,200 new cases of childhood asthma...health effects mentioned were not limited to areas where oil and gas are produced..."
02 Jun 2023 | Synopsis"Africa's key auto hubs, South Africa and Morocco, have hinted at mega and giga factories in their electric cars...Mineral-rich countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, and Mozambique are also eyeing the market..
"...to competitively bid for a major stake in the global electric vehicle market, industry experts say they should form regional value chains to cut cross-border trade costs and barriers to investments."
02 Jun 2023 | Synopsis".The Scandinavian carrier is one of several prospective operators of Heart Aerospace’s 30-seat ES-30 hybrid-electric regional airliner. Bookings open at noon on June 2, 2023, with seats priced at 1,946 krona ($179) as a tribute to the year in which SAS began scheduled services.
The ES-30 is expected to offer carriers an all-electric range of 200 km (125 miles), with an extended full-payload range of twice that distance and the potential
02 Jun 2023 | Synopsis"The all-electric car market in the United States is expanding rapidly, recently reaching a level of approximately 50 various models...a closer look at the prices of battery-electric vehicles (BEV), including well over 200 individual configurations.
There is a big gap between the two affordability leaders [Chevy Bolt models] and the rest of the BEVs...The most expensive BEVs on the market are the ones from Lucid, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW."
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