THE FLEX // SALES AND STATISTICS NEWS
// Hyundai Ioniq 5 Wins UK Car Of The Year Award
The Hyundai all-electric crossover also took home the award for Best Family Car.
// France: Plug-In Car Sales Increased By 33% In February 2022
The Tesla Model 3 returns to the #1 spot among BEVs in February and also entered the top 10 cars overall.
// China: MIC Tesla Wholesale Shipments Tripled In February 2022
The total volume (sales and export) exceeded 350,000 during the past six months.
GO JUICE // BATTERY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS NEWS
// Volvo plans to test wireless fast-charging with XC40 Recharge taxis
Momentum Dynamics inductive wireless charging tech will be tested in XC40 Recharge electric SUVs in use more than 12 hours a day.
// GM wants future EVs to be home power banks—and it starts with a California pilot program
With a small California pilot program starting this year, GM and PG&E will develop software and a core hardware set.
// Ford Pro Launches Comprehensive Suite Of Commercial EV Chargers
Commercial EV customers will have charging hardware options to fit every need and budget.
// Li-ion Battery Cathode Materials: See Price Evolution Since 2010
Cobalt remains the most expensive, but a lot of attention is now on nickel.
// Research suggests solid-state EV battery cells aren’t always safer than conventional lithium-ion
A U.S. DOE study found that solid-state cells aren’t necessarily less prone to catastrophic failure and overheating.
// Brisbane Floods Expose Charging Infrastructure Vulnerability
The recent rain bomb that deluged parts of Brisbane, Queensland, has exposed the vulnerability of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure there.
// Posco, GM to build battery cathode plant in Canada
New JV to produce cathode active material (CAM) for electric vehicle (EV) batteries
// Northvolt Plans 100 GWh/Year Cathode Material Gigafactory In Sweden
It will supply multiple battery plants, as well as produce some battery cells too.
// Cobalt Is The Most Expensive Material Used In Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes
With the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), demand for materials used to produce batteries is expected to increase dramatically.
BEST OF THE REST // TODAY’S BIG STORIES
// 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Said To Enter Production On March 21
Cadillac does not confirm the date but says plans for production are on track for later this month.
// 2022 Mazda CX-60 E-Skyactiv PHEV Quietly Revealed
It is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid and it has a claimed electric range of 39 miles (63 kilometers).
// 2023 Lotus Type 132 Electric SUV Exposed Too Soon In Patent Images
The first SUV in the brand’s history and the first made-in-China Lotus will make its official debut on March 29.
IN OTHER NEWS // HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING
// NIO ET7 Test Drives Begin In China, Deliveries To Start March 28
The company will start building ET7 customer cars on March 10 at its plant in Hefei, Anhui province.
// Will Zero-Emissions Medium- & Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks Be Cheaper Than Diesel-Powered Trucks By 2035? DOE: Yes!
New Study Highlights Viable Routes to Adopting Battery and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles for America’s Clean Trucking Future
// Toyota BZ Sdn Electric Sedan Spotted Hiding Production Body
The camouflaged prototype was spotted somewhere in China sporting a big portrait-style infotainment screen.
// Decoding A Tesla VIN Reveals “ELON” Easter Egg
Tesla’s Elon Musk has a thing for video games and he’s a big fan of easter eggs (e.g., in-game surprises/treats).
// Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Electric Supercar Makes US Debut
This 1,100 horsepower retro-inspired super EV sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds.
// Trucking, The Light Is Shining On Your Emissions
The Biden administration has proposed strict new limits on pollution from heavy trucks. The last time that tailpipe standards were tightened was over 20 years ago.
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