Ten transport evolved news. If you’re enjoying the winter storms currently bashing the us, i totally feel you please stay safe. This show is sponsored by the electric auto association, join them and help the switch from fossil fuels to electric today, by heading to electrical.org, an ongoing legal battle between lg energy solutions and ski reached. A conclusion this week with the u.s international trade commission ruling in lg’s favor after it accused ski of stealing trade secrets and intellectual property. Both firms have been fighting for a decade or more over electric vehicle battery ip, but this ruling has resulted in ski being banned from importing manufacturing or selling lithium ion batteries in the us. However, there are three exceptions that are very important for the ev world. First, volkswagen and ford get exceptions to use ski batteries for their upcoming evs for two and four years respectively, and kia will be allowed to use ski imported cells to provide support and service to customers. Cars that left the factory with ski cells in them, elon musk, was back on the joe rogan experience this week, and that means plenty of headlines were made for the eevee world. Sadly, due to licensing restrictions, i can’t publish the video here, but elon musk discussed a number of interesting facts, including him, promising that he wants to make the next generation tesla roadster hover like a rocket as long as he can make it happen without killing people and Musk also noted that the new yolk like steering wheel in the model s and model x won’t need to be used.
That much because quote autopilot is getting good enough, that you won’t need to drive most of the time. Musk also lets slip that the tesla semi has a battery pack capacity of around 500 kilowatt hours, which is far smaller than people had previously thought it would be. He also stated he’s pitched the idea of a carbon tax to the biden administration and the suggestion was apparently well received. Audi revealed its new halo car this week in the form of the 2021 audi e tron gt and its range topping sibling. The audi rs e tron gt looking slightly lower and longer than the a7 or s7. The e tron gt is based on the same j1 platform that underpins the porsche ticon. This means it gets the same: impressive performance and 85 kilowatt hours of usable battery capacity built for driving performance and cruising on the autobahn all day the e tron gt isn’t going to win any range competitions. Audi estimates an expected epa range of around 238 miles 383 kilometers price, wise you’re, not going to get much change from 100 000 us dollars for the e tron gt, while the rs e tron gt will cost closer to 140 000. million dollars that’s. How much the official prize is on offer for the x prize. Carbon removal, as personally sponsored by elon musk musk, had hinted he’d, be funding a competition to devise the best way of removing carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere last week.
But now we have a few more details to go with. As the official xprize website details, the competition will officially open with team registration available on earth day this year, that’s april 22nd, and will conclude on earth day 2025. The competition will require teams to demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or from the oceans. These solutions must not only scale to gigaton levels, but also be capable of storing that co2 safely in a permanent and environmentally friendly way. It’S definitely going to be a competition to watch toyota despite its excellent first generation. Rav4 ev has long been an opponent of electric vehicles expressing at both a corporate and executive level, its preference for hybrid vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. This week it announced it would be bringing two all new electric vehicles to the us, alongside a plug in hybrid model. So far so good, but in the press release announcing this news, toyota couldn’t resist publishing details of an in house study which it released. The source codes for stating quote ghg of currently available bev model and pev model are roughly the same in on road performance. When factoring in pollutants created by electricity production for the average u.s energy grid used to charge batteries, in other words, while toyota is now bringing a new ev or two to market it’s, still very much doing everything it can to create confusion over which vehicle is ultimately Better for the environment, even when the majority of scientific studies disagree with more and more teslas on the road, there is increasing pressure on tesla’s supercharger network.
This is particularly problematic in the rush hour in areas of high density of tesla’s, passing through with queues forming for the most popular of supercharger sites. To get around this problem, tesla has just expanded an existing program designed to reward customers who delay charging until off peak hours, announced for february 20th, 27th and march. 6Th tesla will offer 50 discounts for customers who shift their tesla supercharger use across norway and sweden. Customers get discounted, electricity and tesla gets to benefit from paying less for peak rate electricity it’s a win win all around talking of electricity use, it is official. The average home in norway now uses much more electricity than it used to and it’s all down to the massive popularity of electric cars, as well as increased use of electric radiators in the winter. According to data published this week, five million norwegian customers used as much electricity as twice as many swedish customers. Thanks to norway’s drive to shift its energy use away from fossil fuels, it makes norway’s per capita electricity consumption the second highest in the world. Second, only to iceland, but in the same week, norway detailed how it became the largest net exporter of electricity in europe, overtaking france’s nuclear heavy power network. How did this happen? Simple? Norway found it had to boost output from its extensive hydroelectric dam network to prevent them from overfilling during a particularly wet second half to last year. When we make a video on new electric vehicles, we try to reiterate the fact that your mileage will and usually does vary from official figures.
But this week a new report from edmonds showcased that very nicely detailing that some cars do better on range than others. Testing. A variety of evs currently on sale in the us it plotted real world versus epa range ratings and found that the audi e tron sportback chevrolet bolt ev ford, mustang, mark e kia e, nero mini cooper s, e hyundai, ioniq, ev, hyundai, kona, ev, porsche, taikan and Nissan leaf, sl all easily exceeded their official range ratings, but the polstar 2 and every tesla model failed to meet ep estimates. It’S worth going and reading the report to see how your ev performed the growing renewable energy and efficiency. Now, act of 2021 has been reintroduced to the u.s legislature. I say reintroduced because it had originally been introduced during the last session and it got nowhere, but with a change in power in the white house and both houses, the bill’s sponsors are now pretty hopeful. If passed in its current form, it would include a slew of measures designed to make things easier for the clean energy and green vehicle world. In addition to raising the u.s federal tax credit for photovoltaic solar panel installations to 30 percent, it would extend the limits for electric vehicle purchase credits, meaning that tesla and chevrolet electric vehicles could once again be eligible for purchase incentives. It would also introduce a credit for used ev purchases, add energy storage technologies to the list of eligible clean tech for various incentives and write offs and support the establishment of a new clean energy sector workforce.
Meanwhile, half a world away, quite literally new zealand, announced its support for 22 new low emission transportation projects across the country. These include providing secure electric bike, storage and charging for a community bike share project assisting with the purchase of two second hand: nissan leafs for a community car share scheme; further expanding new zealand’s public charging network, in collaboration with the partner chargenet and much more looking at Larger projects, the funding will set up two new extended test: drive programs for commercial customers in new zealand for both battery electric and hydrogen electric vehicles, with new zealand. Already one of the few countries in the world to tackle covert head on its tackling of clean energy and transportation projects is just going to make folks who aren’t kiwi even more green with envy and now it’s time for short shorts. Israeli firm chakra tech has completed the first installation of a kinetic ev charging station in germany, what’s that i hear you ask well. Instead of using batteries to store power on site, it uses a specially designed high speed flywheel to store mechanical energy. The azetta inspired microlino electric microcar is officially set for production. This year, cars will begin rolling off the production line in september and to celebrate the announcement. The company shared new video of its latest prototype in action, elon musk and tesla forced the value of bitcoin up fairly significantly. This week after tesla purchased 1.5 billion dollars worth of the cryptocurrency.
As an investment tesla says it will be accepting bitcoin as a form of payment in the not too distant future, pollstar has opened the order books, one last time for the final year production run of the pollstar one plug in hybrid sports car. The polestar one was never meant to be in production for more than a few years and it’s already something of a collector’s car rivian is gearing itself up for entry onto the stock market this year with a possible ipo set for the second half, unlike other plug In startups of late, however, rivien will be doing it. The old fashioned way, just like tesla, did frankly, there’s no need for a spack since vivian isn’t, particularly cash strapped we’ve, all heard of land speed records. But have you ever heard of an indoor speed record for a car? Well, apparently, it’s a thing, and this week porsche set a new one after a porsche tycoon, turbo s hit 165 and a half kilometers per hour in a sh in a mall in new orleans, oregon based archimoto hit a momentous milestone this week hitting a market cap Of 1 billion us dollars on the stock market, it’s been enjoying a particularly strong growth in share price and in recent weeks and early investors are certainly celebrating. General motors has provided a short update on the status of its investigation into the chevrolet bolt ev fires, which prompted a temporary software fix last year. Gm says it’s still working on a permanent solution, but has reiterated its commitment to providing battery replacements or full fix to return the full range to customers.
Cars jeep has jumped on the electric vehicle bandwagon teasing, an image of an upcoming all electric wrangler ev, and hinting at solar powered charging stations at popular off road trials at a website, it’s set up as an offshoot to a recent super bowl ad talking of solar Powered electric vehicle charging electrify america has now officially turned on the first of 30 solar powered charging stations in rural remote parts of california. The off grid charging stations aren’t super fast, but they are completely free to use rivien just about ready to start series production of its r1t and r1s in normal illinois. This spring is apparently looking for a new production facility in europe, where it plans on making european market friendly, sibling, pickups and suvs to the u.s ones. Welsh hydrogen fuel cell startup river simple, has signed a memorandum of understanding with siemens to work together to bring its hydrogen fuel cell car and its delivery vehicles to market. Remember, though, that mous are technically not usually legally binding, lg chem rushed to correct media reports. This week that suggested that the battery fires involving chevrolet bolt and hyundai kona evs, were caused by a problem with a cell separator inside packs of affected vehicles. Lg chem stated that an official cause has still not been found. Kia held its own investor day this week, laying out its plans for transitioning its brand away from fossil fuels its plan plan. S involves producing 11 all electric models by the end of 2026.
. Seven of them will be based on the new egmp platform tom zhu, head of tesla. China has confirmed this week that tesla hopes to complete construction of its new research and development center in china in the coming months, saying that it will be working full steam ahead on developing the long awaited 25 000 car that some tesla fans are calling the tesla Model 2. This year, opel and sister company vauxhall, have unveiled a passenger carrying version of the recently revealed combo e van called the combo e life. This van adds an additional option for families, not to mention those who need to transport wheelchair users, as the combo has previously successfully been converted to a wheelchair, friendly van jd power has named the kia nero ev, the winner of its new electric vehicle experience, ownership study, The study polled nearly 1 000 ev owners on their ownership experiences across a variety of different evs and the e nero came out top when looking for a camping, trailer to tow behind an ev, small and lightweight are often at the top of the list, and now There’S a new model to add to that list. The p17a camper from a company called polydrops it’s got photovoltaic solar panels and up to 12 kilowatt hours of onboard energy storage, and it looks a little like a cyber truck. Sadly, it doesn’t assist with powered driving and those are your short shorts. There will be more next week, we’re all familiar by now, i’m, guessing with the way in which some car dealerships will eagerly steer you away from buying an electric car and instead do absolutely everything they can do to get you in to a gasoline or diesel powered Car in the age of covid as more sales go online i’m guessing that pressure has subsided significantly, as people are less likely to casually pick up a different car in that setup.
But this week we heard about mercedes benz official website doing exactly what dealers are known for doing, trying to advertise mercedes benz gle models as a comparison to customers who are already using the online configuration tool to spec themselves out a mercedes, benz, eqa ev. The thing being highlighted how much cheaper the gas guzzlers were compared to the eevee. Now, if that doesn’t sound, like desperation, i don’t know what is and finally last week was the super bowl as i’m sure many of you know and as we discussed on last week’s show the super bowl this year had a pretty high number of eevee ads played During it, one of them featuring edgar, scissorhands that’s right, the son of edward scissorhands has driven a significant spike in interest in the cadillac lyric ev cars.com said this week after the advert was aired. It experienced a noticeable rise in searches for the cadillac lyric, even though the car hasn’t launched. Yet while the ad didn’t focus on the car, all that much it doesn’t feature until the end of the video. In fact, the car’s party trick super cruise is i’m sure what attracted most people’s attention that said, the car’s charge cable is very clear in the video and it’s pretty clear that the lyric is an ev so score one for evs. That said, how would edgar unplug the car without snipping the cable inquiring mids, need to know, and on that note we are done for today, but before i go i’d like to thank the electric auto association for their sponsorship of today’s show they have been advocating for Electric vehicles since 1967, and they firmly believe that our future depends on us making that switch to clean green cars.
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