Tesla Beats German Auto Makers On Home Soil | 20 July 2021

Jul 20, 12:05 AM

Today’s big EV stories: • EV orders surpass ICE vehicles at Zenith • Tesla Model 3 Is #1 EV In Germany In June • NYPD buys $47K Tesla Model 3 • Model 3 Police Cruiser Save Tens of Thousands • Electric Mercedes G-Class Could Come As EQG Concept • Lightyear One Will Be Manufactured By Valmet Automotive • Smart to preview electric crossover • VW to make EV batteries with China's Guoxuan in Germany • Tesla's Grohmann facility expansion in Germany • Electrify America Complimentary Charging to Volvo • Tesla Model 3 LR 82 kWh: New Record In Bjørn's 1,000 Km Challenge • Benelux countries to ensure charging across borders • Singapore looks to power up electric vehicle charging network

Show #1149.

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EV ORDERS SURPASS ICE VEHICLES AT ZENITH

- JUNE saw orders for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) overtake internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles for the first time at independent leasing and fleet management company Zenith. The transition to BEV in cars account for 54% of orders in June compared to 32% in the same month last year. Over the Past 12 months, 41% of orders were for BEVs.

- Demand for electric vans also increased in June to account for 69% of van orders compared to 1% in June 2020. Over the last 12 months, demand for fully electric vans has built to account for almost 1 in 3 van orders.

- Zenith says that salary sacrifice is helping company car drivers to transition to BEVs. In one scheme, 85% of orders have been for BEVs, with the remaining 15% for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It will lead to an average saving of 372 tonnes of carbon for each year the vehicles are on the road.


TESLA MODEL 3 IS #1 ELECTRIC CAR IN GERMANY IN JUNE, VW E-UP REMAINS 2021 LEADER

- The German plugin vehicle market scored over 64,000 registrations last month, with both plugin powertrains rising fast

- last month’s plugin share ended at 24% (12% BEV), with BEVs outselling PHEVs for the first time this year

- The yearly plugin vehicle market share climbed to 23% (11% BEV). There were 312,287 plugin vehicle registrations in the first half of the year. So, this market is firmly in The Disruption Zone and well ahead of last year’s score of 14% plugin vehicle market share. Will we see the final 2021 market share hit 25% 30%?

- Looking at last month’s best sellers, the Tesla Model 3 was the winner, hitting 4,462 deliveries, a new record for the sports sedan in Germany. The Tesla top seller ended ahead of the two Volkswagen frontrunners, the #2 e-Up and the #3 ID.3, which, by the way, had its best score of 2021 last month (2,448 registrations). Expect the compact Volkswagen to have a stronger second half of 2021.

- we should mention that several new models are in ramp-up mode, like the Korean Hyundai Ioniq 5, an XL retro-hatchback with a unique personality. It scored 514 registrations in only its 2nd month on the market. The Opel Mokka EV, possibly the most attractive model in the whole Opel lineup, hit a record 655 registrations last month and could be another Stellantis model to reach the table soon. There’s also the Opel Corsa EV and Fiat 500e.


NYPD BUYS $47K TESLA MODEL 3 FOR HIGHWAY PATROL DIVISION

- The NYPD has added a new eco-friendly ride to its fleet: a Tesla Model 3, The Post has learned.

- The luxury electric vehicle — which came with a $47,740 price tag — will be used by the department’s highway patrol division, city records show.

- The department, which acquired the ride last month, said the long-range version of the car "is optimized for police highway patrol operations," according to the procurement papers.

- Other police departments have also bought Teslas and say they expect thousands of dollars in savings on gas.

- In December, when Hastings-On-Hudson unveiled its new electric patrol car, the department just north of the Big Apple told News12 it would save $8,500 in fuel within five years.


MODEL 3 POLICE CRUISER SAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS

- The purchase premium is recouped in one year.
After four years, the savings are enough to pay for another Tesla.
One EV saves 23.5 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

- Using a Tesla Model 3 for police duty was a new idea back in Dec. 2019 when the Westport Police acquired one for use as a fully customized police cruiser, going into service in Feb. 2020. This was the second Model 3 to be acquired by a police force (Bargersville, IN was the first), but according to the Westport Police, this was the first one to be fully tricked out for law enforcement.

- The biggest single item in the customization is the license plate reader, and it is here that there was a savings of $10,000 ($8,000 vs $18,000) due to taking advantage of the technology native to the Tesla. As far as Pilot discounts, there was no charge for added cameras, lights, siren, and the weapons rack. These discounts amounted to just over $14,000.

- There are two items that applied only to the Tesla. One is a spare tire for $800. (The Ford comes with a spare.) The other is a charging station at a cost of $1000 for hardware and installation.

- The department is getting two shifts per day on a single charge and charging the vehicle overnight. This is assumed to be the usage pattern of future Teslas, so the conservative assumption on charging is that the charging equipment expense will be required for each Tesla procured and it is included in the Next vehicle. There could potentially be a savings opportunity in the future with a dual-port charger.

- The costs were calculated based on driving 23,060 miles in a year.


ELECTRIC MERCEDES G-CLASS COULD COME TO IAA MUNICH AS EQG CONCEPT

- A new report from German magazine mbpassionblog claims we will get a first taste of the silent G-Class in early September at the IAA in Munich. It is believed an EQG concept will be unveiled at the show to preview the production model arriving either next year or in 2023. Confirmed technical specifications are not available at this point, but it's safe to assume it will have dual electric motors to enable a four-wheel-drive system everyone expects from a G.

- EQG won't be a dedicated electric vehicle as it's the case with the flagship EQS and the upcoming EQE, with both getting SUV versions in 2022. Instead, the EQG is believed to take the shape of an electric adaptation of the combustion-engined G-Class. It's said to have all the off-road tricks of the conventionally powered model along with a large 108-kWh battery with enough juice for about 311 miles (500 kilometers) of range


LIGHTYEAR ONE WILL BE MANUFACTURED BY VALMET AUTOMOTIVE

- Valmet Automotive, a manufacturing contractor who also delivered the Fisker Karma, the original Porsche Boxter and Cayman, and multiple Saab and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Valmet Automotive will now be in charge of producing the Lightyear One, as the two companies announced.

- the Lightyear One, it is the electric car with substantial solar panels over its body that managed to run 710 km with a fully charged 60 kWh battery pack. That will make it one of the most efficient electric vehicles around when deliveries start. Valmet Automotive should start producing it in summer 2022. The first prototypes should be built in January 2022.

- 11.8 km/kWh – or 7.3 mi/kWh,


REBOOTED SMART TO PREVIEW ELECTRIC CROSSOVER AT 2021 MUNICH AUTO SHOW

- A rejuvenated Smart will use the inaugural international mobility show taking place in Munich, Germany, in September to present a concept car previewing an upcoming electric crossover.

- over the weekend Mercedes-Benz's design chief, Gorden Wagener, who is leading the design of a future battery-electric Smart lineup, posted new teaser photos to social media.

- Expect the production version of the concept to be a subcompact model similar in size to the Mini Countryman. Smart will also continue to offer a new generation of its traditional minicars.

- The new Munich mobility show, which has replaced Germany's traditional auto show in Frankfurt, starts Sept. 6.


VW TO MAKE EV BATTERIES WITH CHINA'S GUOXUAN IN GERMANY

- In May 2020, VW announced the acquisition of a 26% stake in Guoxuan, China's third-largest EV battery maker after Contemporary Amperex Technology and BYD.

- The German auto group will build its second EV battery plant in Salzgitter in a joint effort with Guoxuan High-tech to produce low-cost batteries for economy EVs, the company said in a statement on last Tuesday.


TESLA'S GROHMANN FACILITY EXPANSION IN GERMANY IS NEARING COMPLETION


ELECTRIFY AMERICA COMPLIMENTARY CHARGING TO VOLVO


TESLA MODEL 3 LR 82 KWH: NEW RECORD IN BJØRN'S 1,000 KM CHALLENGE
 

BENELUX COUNTRIES TO ENSURE CHARGING ACROSS BORDERS


SINGAPORE LOOKS TO POWER UP ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING NETWORK


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