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// Audi A6 Avant e-tron Concept Previews Electrifying Production Wagon

What you see here is really close to what Audi customers will be able to order in the near future, the automaker says.

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// Wall Street Journal: Legacy Automakers Emulate Tesla’s Retail Strategy

The huge success of Tesla’s retail strategy is an obvious threat to traditional car companies, so changes are in order.

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// Tesla prices rise again: At $48,190, base Model 3 now costs a third more vs. a year ago

Today’s base Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive has more range than the Standard Range Plus, but that discontinued model accelerated quicker and was better in the cold.

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THE FLEX // SALES AND STATISTICS NEWS

// Plugin Vehicles = 20% Of New Car Sales In France

The Tesla Model 3 was last month’s best-selling EV and the 9th best-selling car overall in France.


GO JUICE // BATTERY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS NEWS

// Volvo plans an EV charging network with a Starbucks at every stop

Volvo plans to add up to 60 ChargePoint DC fast-chargers at up to 15 stores along a 1,350-mile route.

// Solid-State Battery News From Samsung SDI & Sakuu

Solid-state batteries are expected to reach production within the next two years.

// Kia trials free mobile EV charging in three California cities

Future expansion to other US cities will be considered.

// Northvolt Will Build Its 3rd Battery Factory In Germany

Northvolt plans to build its first factory outside of Sweden.

// Silicon-based battery technology ‘breakthrough that improves performance and decreases costs’

US-based OneD Battery Sciences has developed a silicon-based battery technology platform, called SINANODE.

// Envision AESC plans battery parts plant for the US to supply Mercedes

Mercedes is readying plans to source battery packs and cells in the US for its US-made EVs.


BEST OF THE REST // TODAY’S BIG STORIES

// Rivian R1T Shares McLaren 720S-Like Suspension System: In-Depth Testing

Dan Edmunds used to tune suspensions for major automakers, and he has lots to share about the R1T’s hydraulic roll control system.

// Manchin Pours Cold Water On America’s Electric Car Dream

Joe Manchin had some words of wisdom to impart to those attending the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston recently. “I’m very reluctant to go down the path of electric vehicles.


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

// Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Dates Revealed For 2023

Adventure awaits for hundreds of bright international minds when the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge makes its return next year.

// All their own work – Suzuki’s full hybrid Vitara

Suzuki has developed its own high voltage, full hybrid powertrain, in-house.

// GMC Hummer EV: New Film Shares How Electric Supertruck Came To Life

The hour-long Hummer EV documentary premieres on The History Channel later this month.

// BYD exports first DM-i hybrids

The DM system uses BYD’s own plug-in hybrid technology.


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