Hummer may announce electric revival
Rumours of an electric revival of the post-military brand have been fed by information from two insiders. According to them, the Hummer revival is to be announced at the beginning of February during the Super Bowl by a commercial featuring basketball star LeBron James.
Russian Cybertruck hits the road – with fossil fuels
Tesla’s Cybertruck apparently inspired Russian mechanics to modify an old Lada to look like the electric pickup. Seemingly missing the point, the Cybertruck replica still runs on a conventional combustion engine – at least the maker of the project added that he is thinking about installing an electric motor in the future.
Rivian collects 1.3 billion in financing
The US electric car manufacturer Rivian has raised 1.3 billion dollars in a new round of financing. The financing round was led by the fund company T. Rowe Price, Blackrock and included previous investors, Amazon and Ford.
USA: GM launches battery cell JV with LG Chem
General Motors has published plans for the serial production of battery cells for future battery electric vehicles, confirming earlier rumours. GM together with LG Chem will manufacture the cells in considerable numbers in Ohio.
Cybertruck – for the force of the future
To date, Tesla has already tallied up at least 250,000 reservations for the Tesla Cybertruck. The fully-electric pickup truck is popular among police forces with reservations from the local police force in Ciudad Valles, Mexico; the Kansas Highway Patrol in the US; and the Dubai police force in the UAE.
Tesla’s Cybertruck revealed
Tesla presented its first pickup model, the Cybertruck, in Los Angeles. The model should reach a range of 500 miles (800 kilometres), be available from the end of 2021 and cost from 39,900 dollars. And it will polarize.
Neuron EV shows e-pickup and e-semi trailer
With the T/One and the Torq, the Californian startup Neuron EV has just presented two purely electric concept vehicles based on a modular platform. The two commercial vehicles follow several designs already shown, including an incredibly versatile electric bus.
Chevrolet shows its electric hot rod
At the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet has just unveiled the “Future of Hot Roding” with the electrically powered E-10 Concept. It is based on a 1962 C-10 pickup equipped with components from the Bolt EV, among others.
Rivian pulls $350 million in financing round
The electric car startup Rivian has received another investment of 350 million dollars. The fresh capital comes from Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of the media company Cox Enterprises. This is the third financing round this year.
A busy bee sets Twitter a buzz
A few days ago Elon Musk busied himself tweeting a lot of “bee content”. Since then, there has been speculation that the bee emojis and related word games are not just Twitter gags, but an allusion to the name of the planned Tesla pickup.
Tesla extends free charging offer for Model S & X
In April the Tesla Model S and Model X received some improvements. Pre-produced vehicles without these improvements will be sold until the end of June with an added treat: free supercharging. There is also news regarding the pickup and roadster.
Tesla sets Model Y debut for 14 March in LA
Tesla will unveil the Model Y at their design studio in Los Angeles on 14 March. According to Elon Musk, the electric SUV will be around 10% larger and more expensive than the Model 3 and will thus offer slightly less range as it uses the same battery.
Zack Kirkhorn taking over as CFO at Tesla
CFO Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from Tesla, shortly after the company reported a profit in Q4 of last year. Tesla’s current vice president of finance, Zach Kirkhorn, will be taking over the position and has been with the company since Roadster days.
General Motors considers electrifying pickup
Shortly after Ford announced a fully electric offshoot of its successful F-150 pickup model, US rival General Motors is also thinking out loud about electrifying off-road vehicles and pickup trucks from its GMC market.
Atlis presents electric pickup with 800 km range
The US manufacturer Atlis Motor Vehicles has presented its all-electric pickup truck announced a few months ago, bearing the name Atlis XT and has a range of up to 800 kilometres. As far as series production is concerned, the financing has not yet been secured.
Will Tesla really ship 3,000 EVs a week to Europe?
We can’t say for sure, but after Tesla recently announced that Model 3 will also be available in Europe from February, there are now the first indications of the planned quantities. According to Belgian media, Tesla plans to ship 3,000 vehicles per week to Europe starting in February.
Rivian presents powerful electric pickup truck in LA
The U.S. start-up Rivian Automotive debuts its electric pickup R1T at the LA Auto Show. The five-seater is equipped with four electric motors, each with an output of 147 kW. Deliveries of the truck that will cost at least 69,000 dollars, are set to start in late 2020.
Bollinger presents fully electric pickup truck B2
Following its electric off-road vehicle B1, the US company Bollinger Motors now presents the B2 – a fully electric pickup truck with an open loading area. It shares many components with the B1, including the twin-engine all-wheel drive coupled with a 120 kWh battery.
Tesla confirms planning a pickup truck
Via Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the company’s target to build an all-electric pickup truck. The project shall follow the planned Model Y, meaning that it’s still two or more years away.
Electric Pickup, Neodymium, Plug Power, Qualcomm, Preh.
Electric pickup in Morocco: Société nationale du transport et de la logistique (SNTL) presented the Aslan, an electric pickup at Cop22 in Marrakesh. It sits on a modular platform. The model shown at the UN Climate Conference features a 19 kWh battery pack that lasts for 180 km. It can carry up to 800 kilos. The prototype has been made in Morocco and is destined for the European market at a later date.
moroccoworldnews.com, osvehicle.com, lnt.ma (in French)
Rare earth market report: Neodymium will become even rarer as demand for neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets used in traction motors will grow rapidly, Roskill projects in its latest report. Overall, permanent magnet and catalyst sectors will remain the largest markets for rare earths until 2026.
roskill.com via greencarcongress.com
Looking for growth in China is fuel cell company Plug Power, who expect the Asian market to become the largest within this decade. According to CEO Andy Marsh, Plug Power is in talks with various business as well as public entities as it seeks partners for its eastward expansion.
Wireless agreement: Qualcomm and supplier Preh have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement. The firm that is part of the Joyson Electronics Group will include Qualcomm’s inductive charging system in its portfolio and concentrate on commercialising the technology for hybrid and electric cars, also with its own developments.