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// At Cyber Rodeo, Musk Says Tesla’s Future Will Bring “An Age Of Abundance”

Musk claims Tesla’s future Optimus AI robot will completely change our concept of the economy.

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// Mercedes wants your next Amazon delivery to arrive in an electric eSprinter van

With U.S. production due next year, Mercedes plots a bigger future for its commercial vans, with last-mile delivery packages first on the route to expansion.

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// Nissan Unveils Prototype Production Facility For Solid-State Batteries

The goal is to achieve a cost of $75 per kWh at the pack level by the fiscal year 2028. $65 per kWh thereafter.

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THE FLEX // SALES AND STATISTICS NEWS

// US: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sales Almost Tripled In Q1 2022

The plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is set for launch in the second half of the year.

// US: Volvo Almost Doubled Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Q1 2022

All-electric Volvo car sales take off.

// US: Jeep Wrangler 4xe Tops PHEV Category With 8,346 Units Sold In Q1 2022

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also was relatively strong with over 4,000 units.

// US: Tesla Strengthens Its Position As Top Luxury Car Brand In Q1 2022

Tesla’s estimated sales result far exceeds last year’s luxury sales leader, which was BMW.

// US Auto Sales Down 18% In 1st Quarter Of 2022 Vs. 2019, Tesla Sales Up 256%

Following up on US auto sales reports for the 4th quarter of 2021 as well as the full year 2021 compared to 2020 and 2019,

// US Tesla Sales Up 93% In 2021 Vs. 2019 While US Auto Sales Down 12%

US auto sales in 2019 were down 1.4% to 1.6% compared to 2018.

// US Auto Sales Declined 22–23% In Q4 2021

It’s been a busy beginning of the year already, and we’ll have more to report on that shortly,


GO JUICE // BATTERY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS NEWS

// Biden Administration Holds EV Charging Confab With Barra, Musk, Farley, & Others

EV charging that is widely available and simple to use is a goal of the Biden administration.

// Charging An Electric Car Represents A Whole New Paradigm For “Fueling Up”

Electric vehicles take longer to charge than gas cars take to be fueled. While there’s no denying this fact, EV drivers are using their charging hours elsewhere to make the most of the extra time

// Enovix Unveils BrakeFlow™ Technology For Lithium-Ion Battery Design

In March, Enovix which designs and manufactures 3D Silicon™ lithium-ion batteries, announced its latest development, BrakeFlow™ (BrakeFlow).

// EVgo plans high-power fast chargers at Chase bank branches, some with solar

Once ready, the 50 locations will deliver up to 9.4 million kWh annually, providing nearly 30 million miles of driving, EVgo claims.

// Washington State Enacts 2030 Target For Fossil Fuel Phaseout

What was recently reported as just a proposal is now signed into law.

// How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?

When and how you charge an electric car will determine how much it costs.


BEST OF THE REST // TODAY’S BIG STORIES

// BMW And McLaren May Jointly Develop Electric Sports Cars Platform

The last time these two companies collaborated, we got the now legendary McLaren F1.

// ANALYSIS – GM and Honda get even tighter on EVs

General Motors and Honda are to expand their EV collaboration with an emphasis on future scale and ‘affordable’ EVs.

//Biden’s meeting with Musk and other CEOs notes “broad consensus” on charging interoperability

Industry executives agreed that there needs to be a seamless user experience, no matter which EV you drive or where you charge.


IN OTHER NEWS // HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING

// Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk PHEV Is For Responsible Off-Roading

Good things happen when the plug-in hybrid Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe gets the Trailhawk off-road treatment.

// Full Details Emerge For 576 Horsepower Kia EV6 GT

Kia promises it will be a “true GT” offering good speed and a fun driving experience while also being a great cruiser.

// Volvo Cars Invests In Flax Fibers For Sustainable Interiors

What the car runs on is just one part of sustainable driving– how it’s made is another.

// Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Concept: More Power To Electrify The Trail

This year’s Easter Jeep Safari electric show car is a 625-horsepower off-roader that can do 0-60 mph in 2 seconds.

// Carmakers Face A Conundrum — An Economist’s Perspective

Legacy carmakers are facing a problem. They need to continue with their internal combustion business to keep the cash rolling in,

// Smart #1 Small Electric Crossover Debuts With 268 HP, Lots Of Tech

Smart’s first dedicated electric vehicle features a 66 kWh NCM battery enabling up to 273 miles of range (WLTP).


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