Today’s big EV stories:
• Value of battery metals in new electric cars surges 177%
• 2022 Rivian R1T is a Heavy Duty Truck?
• Ford weighs UK or Germany for electric drivetrain production
• NIO ET7 Achieves 0.208 Drag Coefficient
• Next-Gen Porsche Boxster Will be Electric
• Battery lifespan project takes shape in the UK
• Beware Of Slow Moving Tesla
• Tesla In China To Hit 300k Cars
• Key Tesla suppliers halt production
• The Rules of Getting Access To Tesla Beta Software
• Record Month For Plugin Vehicles In China! Wuling EV #1 In Overall Auto Market!
• Xpeng delivers 50,000 P7s in 15 months
• Wuling Wants More Than the Hongguang Mini EV: It Will Sell the NanoEV
• Evergy wants approval to promote electric vehicles in Kansas
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VALUE OF BATTERY METALS IN NEW ELECTRIC CARS SURGES 177%
"The EV Metal Index, which tracks the value of battery metals in newly registered passenger EVs (including hybrids) around the world, totalled $537.1 million in July, an increase of 177% over the same month last year, bringing year to date total to $3.21 billion. " says Mining.com
: "That means that almost as much EV battery metal business was done in the first seven months of 2021 than 2017 ($1.1 billion) and 2018 ($2.2 billion) combined. Total battery capacity of EVs sold during July almost doubled year on year to 19.9 GWh, according to Adamas Intelligence, which tracks demand for EV batteries by chemistry, cell supplier and capacity in over 100 countries. Average lithium on a per vehicle basis including hybrids was up 19% year over year in July, jumping from 13.1kg to just shy of 16kg. Lithium prices are up a stunning 162% year to date and now top $21,000 a tonne."
2022 RIVIAN R1T IS A HEAVY DUTY TRUCK?
"It turns out that the new 2022 Rivian R1T is classified as a heavy-duty pickup based on the information published in the Rivian owner’s manual. Is it all good or are there causes for concern? Here are all of the details. Let’s take a close look at this truck’s very unique features." repotrs The Fast Lane Truck: "The current manual is approximately 178 pages long and provides great insight into this truck’s features and capabilities. The U.S. EPA agency uses a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) classification to separate all vehicles into various classes with different emissions and efficiency rating requirements. The Rivian pickup truck GVWR is listed at 8,532 lbs. This puts the R1T into the EPA Class 2b. We still do not have official information about the Ford F-150 Lightning or GMC Hummer EV truck weight ratings. The Lightning GVWR may be close to 8,500 lbs. The GMC Hummer EV truck GVWR is unknown. There is a report that the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 curb weight is 9,046 lbs. This may put the GMC Hummer EV truck GVWR well above 10,000 lbs."
FORD WEIGHS UK OR GERMANY FOR ELECTRIC DRIVETRAIN PRODUCTION
"Ford is close to choosing one of its two transmission plants in Europe to produce electric drivetrains, sources close to the automaker say. The two plants in contention are Ford's two former joint venture facilities with Getrag, now fully Ford owned. One is in Halewood, England, and the other is in Cologne, Germany." says Automotive News: "The winning plant would build "e-drive" units that include an electric motor, a transmission and inverter for electric vehicles, a source said. Moving from building transmissions for internal combustion engine vehicles to e-drives for electric vehicles would secure the future of either plant as Ford moves to selling only full-electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030.".
NIO ET7 ACHIEVES 0.208 DRAG COEFFICIENT
"NIO has officially announced that its upcoming ET7 flagship model will have a drag coefficient of 0.208, which is the second-best result for production models worldwide (on par with Tesla). A better result is noted by the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ (0.200). The new Tesla Model S also has a drag coefficient of 0.208, while the EQS 580 4MATIC is right behind at 0.209. The Lucid Air is at 0.21." says Mark Kane at InsideEVs: "NIO expects that its upcoming 150 kWh battery option (in late 2022) will allow the car to achieve an NEDC range of more than 1,000 km (622 miles)."
This is what NIO had to say: ""The aerodynamics team of NIO has been deeply engaged into the design and engineering of the ET7 since the very beginning. With ergonomics and cabin comfort uncompromised, the ET7's front windshield inclination angle, radii and angles between the headlights and the front fenders, fastback design and ducktail spoiler, C pillar character lines, approach and departure angles, and wheels are optimized to make the model more aerodynamic. In the meantime, the Watchtower sensor layout on the roof, on the one hand, enables a more commanding view of the ultralong-range high-resolution LiDAR and 8-megapixel high-resolution cameras, and redefines the exterior design in the autonomous driving era, yet on the other hand, it also poses a huge challenge to the vehicle's aero efficiency. The aerodynamics team has spared no efforts in perfecting the inclination and radii of the LiDAR and cameras, and excelling its aerodynamic performance."
NEXT-GEN PORSCHE BOXSTER WILL BE ELECTRIC
"A recent report from Car and Driver claims that the next-gen Porsche Boxster is going fully electric. While there were rumors about such a switch circulating awhile back, C&D says it’s a sure thing and that Porsche will be ditching the Boxster’s mid-engine layout for full electrification. That’s awesome news on its own but now we’re wondering if an all-electric Audi TT could/should follow?" asks Quattrodaily.com
: "The Porsche Taycan weighs over 5,000, which is just far too much for a sports car. So Porsche apparently has a target curb weight of just over 3,600 lbs for the new Boxster, which will be great for an EV sports car but will take considerable work to meet. If Porsche splits that workload with Audi, though, it not only becomes easier but also cheaper. Additionally, both brands could profit off of the work with sports cars of their own."
BATTERY LIFESPAN PROJECT TAKES SHAPE IN THE UK
“The battery analytics specialist Silver Power System partnered with Imperial College, London EV Company (LEVC) and JSCA, the research and development division of Watt Electric Vehicle Company, on an electric vehicle battery research programme designed to predict battery lifespan." says electrive: "The project will make use of digital twin technology, which simulates a digital counterpart to a real-world system."
Liam Mifsud, Program Manager, Silver Power Systems added: “On top of using a combination of real-world data, machine learning and the digital twin to predict future battery degradation, we can use this technology to update an EV’s software via the cloud to change algorithms or parameters to optimise the performance of the battery as the cells age and maximise battery life.”
BEWARE OF SLOW MOVING TESLAS
THE RULES OF GETTING ACCESS TO TESLA BETA SOFTWARE
TESLA IN CHINA TO HIT 300K CARS
KEY TESLA SUPPLIERS HALT PRODUCTION
RECORD MONTH FOR PLUGIN VEHICLES IN CHINA! WULING EV #1 IN OVERALL AUTO MARKET!
WULING WANTS MORE THAN THE HONGGUANG MINI EV: IT WILL SELL THE NANOEV
XPENG DELIVERS 50,000 P7S IN 15 MONTHS
EVERGY WANTS APPROVAL TO PROMOTE ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN KANSAS
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