VW ID.5 GTX Reviewed | 04 Aug 2021

Aug 04, 12:00 AM

Today’s big EV stories: • Volkswagen ID.5 GTX prototype review • New York International Auto Show 2021 Cancelled • LA Auto Show Returns With EV Focus • Ford slated to spend more on EVs than on conventional vehicles in 2023 • Hyundai claims Ioniq 5 EV will dominate Tesla Model Y • NC Mine Delay Could Affect Tesla's 2022–2023 Lithium Supply • Global lithium shortage could put brakes on UK electric car sales acceleration • EV Battery Manufacturers Concentrating on Material Procurement • AFP launches specialist electric van fleet transition course • City Launches EV Ready Dealership Program • Ola electric scooter to launch on August 15 • Game-changer? Bounce turns old scooters into electric vehicles • Norway's oldest? Meet the 100-year-old EV owner

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VOLKSWAGEN ID.5 GTX PROTOTYPE REVIEW

- The next addition to Volkswagen's family of 'ID' electric cars will be the ID.5 – the coupe version of the practical, spacious and entirely conventional ID.4 SUV

- As with the ID.4, there’ll be an entry-level, single-motor, rear-wheel-drive ID.5, however this is the fastest version of the forthcoming coupe-SUV: the ID.5 GTX, which features a dual-motor setup for all-wheel-drive and a healthy power output of 295bhp – the same as the ID.4 GTX.

- Both confirmed ID.5 variants use the same 77kWh battery

- While the ID.5 prototype we drove was still wrapped in camouflage, you can tell there have been a few changes from the ID.4. At the front, the ID.5 GTX gets the same face as the ID.4 GTX, while the rear not only gets a sweeping roofline, it also features a large spoiler.

- the maximum charging speed of 125kW; it’s not horrifically slow, but even before the ID.5 has launched, it’s lagging behind similarly priced rivals like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 which can recharge at Porsche Taycan-like speeds of up to 220kW thanks to their 800v charging systems. Volkswagen is believed to be working on increased charging speeds by means of a software update


NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW 2021 CANCELLED

- The upcoming 2021 New York International Automobile Show has been cancelled due to the growing incidences of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the increased measures announced by local officials to stop its spread.


LA AUTO SHOW RETURNS WITH EV FOCUS

- After a 24-month hiatus, the Los Angeles Auto Show is getting ready to take over the Los Angeles Convention Center come November.

- With migration to electric fleets atop automakers’ minds and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandate that all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles by 2035, the show’s spotlights will largely focus on all things electric.

- EV-makers will have the chance to offer test drives to consumers on a 45,000-square-foot indoor test track


FORD SLATED TO SPEND MORE ON EVS THAN ON CONVENTIONAL VEHICLES IN 2023

- For the first time in its 118-year history, Ford Motor Co. plans to spend more on electrified vehicles than it does on internal combustion engine vehicles starting in 2023, an executive said Monday.

- chief operating officer for North America, Lisa Drake, mentioned the 2023 timeline while discussing the automaker's investments in electric vehicles. Earlier this year, Ford said it was increasing its investments in electrification to $30 billion through 2025.


HYUNDAI CLAIMS IONIQ 5 EV WILL DOMINATE TESLA MODEL Y

- Hyundai claims the Ioniq 5, the first model from its all-electric Ioniq sub-brand, will beat all comers in fast-charging rate.
In an interview with Automotive News, Ryan Miller, manager of electrified powertrain development at the Hyundai Kia America Technical Center, explained why the company is expecting that the Ioniq 5 will "dominate" all competitors in miles of range added at fast-charging stops—including the Tesla Model Y.

- Many automakers advertise a high peak charging rate, but that may only be achievable very briefly, after which the charging rate starts to decline, slowing charging speed. In optimal conditions, the Ioniq 5's battery pack can maintain charging rates of more than 200 kilowatts from a 10% state of charge to about 55%, Miller said.

- It places individual battery cells in direct contact with a cooling plate, allowing for very rapid cooling during fast charging, Miller said.


NC MINE DELAY COULD AFFECT TESLA'S 2022–2023 LITHIUM SUPPLY

- Tesla’s lithium supply for next year could be affected by a North Carolina mining project’s failure to stick to the agreed production timeline. Last year, Tesla signed a supply agreement with Piedmont Lithium, a company developing a lithium project in Gaston County, North Carolina. The EV manufacturer agreed to buy about one-third of Piedmont’s planned 1,600,000 tonnes annual spodumene lithium production for at least five years.

- Piedmont Lithium told Reuters that it would delay first shipments of lithium chemicals to Tesla and that it does not have a definitive date for when deliveries could begin.

- The company plans to apply for a North Carolina mining permit this month, but the state may now delay or even block it.


GLOBAL LITHIUM SHORTAGE COULD PUT BRAKES ON UK ELECTRIC CAR SALES ACCELERATION

- The brakes could be put on the UK’s accelerating electric vehicle sales because of a worldwide shortage of lithium needed for car batteries, experts have warned.The importance of securing a supply of the vital metal was highlighted as carmakers pour billions of pounds into electrifying their future fleets.

- The UK, which has committed to cut emissions to net zero by 2050, currently has no commercial lithium production and the industry is in its infancy. Meanwhile, the call for materials critical for new green technologies is soaring worldwide.

- It is forecast lithium demand could triple by 2025 to one million tonnes per year and then double again to two million tonnes per year by 2030.


EV BATTERY MANUFACTURERS CONCENTRATING ON MATERIAL PROCUREMENT

- LG Energy Solution, SK Innovation and Samsung SDI recently announced their plans for electric vehicle battery material procurement and development in order to overcome the ongoing undersupply and improve their technologies at the same time.

- South Korean battery material suppliers are increasing their investment as well. POSCO Chemical is going to build a cathode material plant with an annual production capacity of 60,000 tons in South Korea and approximately 600 billion won will be invested to that end starting from next year.


AFP LAUNCHES SPECIALIST ELECTRIC VAN FLEET TRANSITION COURSE

- The Association of Fleet Operators (AFP) has introduced its first-ever electric van course for fleets making the switch.

- The course, which will first take place on Thursday 9 September, will follow a similar format to the industry body’s existing one-day electric car course, which was launched earlier this year.

- Training comprises five modules – the eLCV ecosystem, vehicles, evaluation, total cost of ownership and operations, and future state.


CITY LAUNCHES EV READY DEALERSHIP PROGRAM

- The City of Albuquerque introduced a new Electrified Dealer Program designed to enhance the electric vehicle (EV) purchasing experience and help increase EV purchasing and leasing in the Albuquerque area. Through this program, local dealers can take advantage of specialized EV training and educational materials.

- Dealership training lasts approximately one hour twice a year and covers how to engage with prospective EV buyers, EV charging overview, and an overview of Albuquerque’s EV programming. Dealers are required to have EV inventory and charging stations on their lots. Dealerships must also actively sell EVs and share their monthly EV sales data with the City.


OLA ELECTRIC SCOOTER TO LAUNCH ON AUGUST 15

- Ola Electric is set to launch an electric scooter in India. Last evening, Ola’s CEO Bhavish Aggarwal revealed that the much-awaited electric scooter will be unveiled on August 15

- Ola Electric has set up a massive factory to manufacture these scooters and since the first phase of this factory is complete, the company is now planning to launch the scooter for the public. The factory once complete will be able to make over 2 million scooters every year which will allow Ola to not only sell it in India but export the scooter to other global markets as well.

- Ahead of the launch, Ola has said that its scooter will be one the best in its category when it comes to speed, range, boot space as well as technology used. The new EV will be available in ten colour options and most importantly the company aims to build an Ola Hypercharger Network of more than 100,000 charging points across 400 cities in India.


GAME-CHANGER? BOUNCE TURNS OLD SCOOTERS INTO ELECTRIC VEHICLES


NORWAY'S OLDEST? MEET THE 100-YEAR-OLD EV OWNER


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