Today’s big EV stories:
• Ford Production of Electric Mustang Exceeds Gas-Powered Models
• China Sales - Xpeng and NIO
• New generation of MG electric cars are coming to Europe
• 7-Eleven to install 500 fast charging stations by the end of 2022
• Tesla owner apologizes for staging “brake failure” incident in China
• Musk: Panic buying chips is like rush on toilet paper
• Volvo is launching the C40 Recharge in the Netherlands, Norway
• Audi Q4 e-tron Takes Autobahn Acceleration Test
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FORD PRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC MUSTANG EXCEEDS GAS-POWERED MODELS
"Ford Motor Co. surpassed a significant milestone in its conversion to electric vehicles, producing more battery-powered Mustangs so far this year than gasoline-fueled versions of its iconic pony car. Ford has built 27,816 electric Mustang Mach-E models at a plant in Mexico this year compared to 26,089 copies of the traditional internal combustion engine Mustang at a factory in Michigan, according to production data the automaker released Thursday." reports Bloomberg Hyperdrive: "The Mach-E went on sale late last year and was the top-selling vehicle in Norway last month. In the U.S., where EV adoption is slower, the gas Mustang still outsells the electric version by nearly three-to-one."
Chief Executive Officer Jim Farley: "Mach-E has been much stronger than we expected, so we’ve totally run out of stock. Mach-E is going global as we speak, but in the U.S. the wait for a Mach-E is months.”
CHINA SALES - XPENG AND NIO
"Xpeng reports 5,686 electric car deliveries in May, which is 484% more than a year ago and the third-best monthly result ever. The Chinese manufacturer is especially happy about the record sales of its P7 flagship, which noted 3,797 units." says InsideEVs: "The most important factors that drive the sales up are the new P7 Wing edition and the lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery-powered G3 and P7 versions. If Xpeng will continue to increase the volume, it might really come close to NIO, the other well-known Chinese electric car startup."
NIO delivered 6,711 vehicles in May 2021, representing a solid 95.3% year-over-year growth. The deliveries consisted of 1,412 ES8s, the company’s six-seater and seven-seater flagship premium smart electric SUV, 3,017 ES6s, the company’s five-seater high-performance premium smart electric SUV, and 2,282 EC6s, the company’s five-seater premium smart electric coupe SUV.
NEW GENERATION OF MG ELECTRIC CARS ARE COMING TO EUROPE
"MG has been selling the ZS EV in Europe for a while now. The ZS EV belongs to the first generation of MG electric cars and honestly I never payed much attention to it. As most first generation electric cars, the MG ZS EV isn’t very efficient and only gets a WLTP range of 263 km from a CATL 44,5 kWh battery pack. Its front grill makes it look like a gas car and suggests that GM didn’t care much about aerodynamics when designed it." says PushEVs: "MG is about to bring its second generation of all-electric cars to Europe. They will be better looking, more efficient, charge faster and have longer range. Two models are already confirmed. The two electric cars above look great, but there is another one that’ll be way more important in Europe, an electric supermini expected later this year to compete with the Renault ZOE. The new electric supermini could be named MG3 Electric."
AC Fast Charging: 3-Phase 11 kW
DC Rapid Charging: 30 min to 80 %
Vehicle to Load: 2.500 W External Power Supply
Acceleration: 4,9 s / 0-100 km/h
Drive: Tri-Motor – All-wheel drive
WLTP range: >400 km
Top speed: 200 km/h
AC Fast Charging: 3-Phase 11 kW
DC Rapid Charging: 30 min to 80 %
External power supply: V2L-System
7-ELEVEN TO INSTALL 500 FAST CHARGING STATIONS BY THE END OF 2022
"The iconic American convenience store chain 7‑Eleven plans to deploy at least 500 DC fast charging stations at 250 selected stores in the US and Canada by the end of 2022. The new charging stations will be owned and operated by 7‑Eleven, which already has 22 charging stations located at 14 stores in 4 states." says ChargedEVs: ". 7‑Eleven is purchasing 100% wind energy for over 800 stores in Texas and over 300 in Illinois. In Virginia, 150 stores are using hydropower, and 300 Florida stores are powered by solar energy."
TESLA OWNER APOLOGIZES FOR STAGING “BRAKE FAILURE” INCIDENT IN CHINA
"A Tesla owner in China issued a public apology on social media and admitted to staging a “brake failure” incident with his Model X. The recent TikTok video was among a recent wave of public apologies in China, as Tesla’s legal team initiates a crackdown on inaccurate reports and false posts that could damage the company." reports Teslarati: "In his apology, the Tesla owner admitted that his Model X never had any issues with regards to its brakes over the three years he owned the vehicle. The EV owner also remarked that the TikTok skit, which was supposed to show a Model X “brake failure” incident, was for entertainment purposes only. Tesla has been improving its customer relations in China over the past months. Following the international coverage of the disgruntled Model 3 owner’s protest at the Shanghai Auto Show, Tesla established a “Special Handling Team” to address special customer concerns."
MUSK: PANIC BUYING CHIPS IS LIKE RUSH ON TOILET PAPER
"Elon Musk said the chip shortage is wreaking havoc on Tesla Inc.’s supply chain and blamed companies ordering more microcontrollers than they need, much like consumers hoarded toilet paper in the early days of the pandemic." says Automotive News: "Musk, 49, said during Tesla’s first-quarter earnings call in April that the chip shortage was a “huge problem” and one of the most difficult supply chain challenges the company had ever experienced. Last month, the consulting firm AlixPartners estimated automakers will lose about $110 billion of sales this year due to the dearth of semiconductors, almost double an earlier projection. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said last month it plans to increase production of microcontroller units by 60 percent this year to help relieve carmakers. Still, chip companies, auto manufacturers and their parts suppliers have warned chip supplies will remain tight into next year."
“Our biggest challenge is supply chain, especially microcontroller chips. Never seen anything like it,” the CEO tweeted Wednesday. “Fear of running out is causing every company to overorder – like the toilet paper shortage, but at epic scale.”
VOLVO IS LAUNCHING THE C40 RECHARGE IN THE NETHERLANDS, NORWAY
"Volvo has opened the order books for the C40 Recharge in the first European countries. The second electric model in the Swedish companies’ current range is available to order now in the Netherlands and Norway and from 3 June in Sweden and the UK. Other markets will follow in the coming weeks." says Chris Randall at electrive: "Volvo had introduced the C40 Recharge as a spin-off of the XC40 Recharge in early March. Both vehicles use the same drive system of the CMA platform, i.e. they have 300 kW power and a 78 kWh battery. Volvo has given the C40 some independent elements on the body, for example on the headlights or the rear doors. This is why the C40 Recharge is listed as a separate model and not as the XC40 Recharge Coupé."
AUDI Q4 E-TRON TAKES AUTOBAHN ACCELERATION TEST
"Audi is a rare example of a premium automaker that knows how to make small cars. And the most significant model right now is the Q4 e-tron that just launched in Germany." reports Auto Evolution: "The small A3 and Q3 compacts have been successful, but as the market is shifting in favor of EVs, Audi needed something special. The Q4 e-tron is that vehicle. The Q4 has twin motors, like the ID.4 GTX, which isn't on sale yet. It produces 302 hp (306 PS) in German spec, about as much as an old Golf R. Naturally, the battery pack makes it much heavier. But the official 0 to 62 mph time of 6.2 seconds was actually beaten by Auditography, which got 5.99 seconds. Meanwhile, Automann-TV got 6.35 seconds on the Autobahn, which is still pretty good."
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