Today’s big EV stories:
• New Range Rover World Premiere Features PHEV, No BEV (Yet)
• 2024 Range Rover EV: BMW iX rival could get FCEV option
• New 2022 Range Rover officially unwrapped at London event
• Mercedes Bets Entry-Level EV Buyers Will Accept Shorter Range
• Chiefs of Samsung SDI, Stellantis meet in Hungary following US battery plant deal
• Samsung SDI is already producing high-nickel content battery cells
• Tesla's upcoming new car paint colors revealed in its app update
• The World’s First Solar-Powered Steel Mill Is Here
• Citroen Ami Cargo Electric confirmed for UK sale in 2022
• Take A Look At The Trailer For Top Gear Series 31
• More Urban Chargers Will Prompt EV Adoption
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NEW RANGE ROVER WORLD PREMIERE FEATURES PHEV, NO BEV (YET)
Every nameplate will be available with pure-electric propulsion by the end of the decade, helping Jaguar Land Rover achieve net zero carbon across its products, operations and supply chain by 2039.
- It is available with a choice of efficient mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains and four, five or seven-seat interiors across Standard and Long Wheelbase body designs. A pure-electric Range Rover – the first all-electric Land Rover – will join the line-up in 2024.
- The extended Range plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrains provide CO2 emissions below 30g/km, with a WLTP certified pure-electric driving range of up to 100km (62 miles). They deliver an expected real-world pure-electric driving range of up to 80km (50 miles) – enough for typical Range Rover customers to complete up to 75 per cent of trips using electric power only
- MLA-Flex can accommodate internal combustion, plug-in hybrid and 100 per cent electric powertrains. It represents the next step in Land Rover’s simplified architecture strategy as part of the move to deliver greater powertrain flexibility
- The purely electric successor to the Jaguar XJ is also to be based on this platform – this was announced for 2020, but has not been presented to date. However, the electric limousine is likely to come onto the market before the purely electric Range Rover, after all, Jaguar is to become a pure electric vehicle brand from 2025.
2024 RANGE ROVER EV: BMW IX RIVAL COULD GET FCEV OPTION
- Interestingly, Land Rover programme director Nick Miller told Autocar that the MLA architecture can also readily accommodate a hydrogen powertrain, which means a Range Rover FCEV could be on the cards as the company’s Project Zeus hydrogen development programme continues.
- The electric Range Rover could be one of the first production models to benefit from a new development partnership between JLR and BMW, which will see the German and British firms collaborate on electricdrive systems. Whether these systems will bear any relation to those used by BMW’s current EVs – or indeed Jaguar’s own I-Pace – is unclear, but it is almost certain that an electric Range Rover would feature two driven axles and have similar power figures to the most potent combustion car.
NEW 2022 RANGE ROVER OFFICIALLY UNWRAPPED AT LONDON EVENT
- Around three months after launch, these will be joined by a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid option with a new 38.2kWh battery that has a WLTP-certified electric range of 62 miles, giving the Range Rover one of the longest electric ranges of any PHEV on sale. The new ‘Extended Range’ PHEV variant, based on a six-cylinder engine for the first time, offers combined outputs of either 434bhp and 457lb ft or 503bhp and 516lb ft, and is estimated to be capable of covering 75% of all journeys with the engine off, according to Land Rover’s research.
It is also equipped with 50kW charging capacity, so an 80% charge can be achieved in less than an hour, while a brake regeneration system helps top up the battery – which is located under the floor for optimal weight distribution – when on the move.
2022 Range Rover sees sleek redesign, previews 2023 PHEV trim | Driving
- Canadian pricing starts at $126,400 for the short-wheelbase P400. Moving up to the P530 with V8 bumps that up to $139,300, or $145,000 in seven-seat long-wheelbase configuration. The premium Autobiography spec of that higher trim costs $174,800 for the SWB, or $177,200 for the LWB. A First Edition tops the Range range at $182,000.
Your Tesla is arriving now | Uber Newsroom
- Today, it goes electric: Hertz will make up to 50,000 fully electric Teslas available for drivers to rent by 2023, exclusively for drivers using the Uber network in the US. This is the largest expansion of electric vehicles (EVs) on a mobility platform in North America and one of the largest globally, marking another step towards Uber’s zero-emissions goal.
- Starting November 1, drivers can rent Teslas through Hertz’s rental program in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, DC, with a nationwide expansion in the following weeks. This will expose more consumers to the EV experience than ever, as riders who use Uber start seeing Teslas more frequently throughout the holidays.
- Tesla rentals will start out at $334 a week and fall to $299 or lower as the program gets underway. This includes insurance and maintenance and is the best deal available in the market today for drivers looking to rent a Tesla. For the initial launch period, Hertz requires that drivers have at least a 4.7-star rating and have completed at least 150 trips to be eligible.
- While most drivers who use Uber own their cars, many don’t. That’s why Hertz has worked with Uber to offer vehicle rental options since 2016.
MERCEDES BETS ENTRY-LEVEL EV BUYERS WILL ACCEPT SHORTER RANGE
- Kallenius is betting consumers will accept shorter driving ranges for cheaper models as prices for key materials rise.
- The world’s biggest luxury-car maker will use lithium-iron-phosphate batteries for its next generation of models like the EQA and EQB from 2024 and 2025, Chief Executive Officer Ola Kallenius said in an interview in Atlanta.
- Most of the auto industry relies on nickel and cobalt in lithium-ion batteries to boost electric car performance. Yet supplies of both materials are constrained. Nickel, which helps provide power and range, is also prone to fire, a risk the industry is spending billions to control.
- Mercedes-Benz will shift to cheaper but less powerful batteries to contain soaring prices for some metals in its range of entry-level models.
- CATL also supplies the nickel-based batteries in the Mercedes EQS. CATL and Mercedes have an agreement that includes LFP batteries using CATL’s “cell-to-pack” engineering, which saves on weight and cost by integrating cells directly into a battery pack.
CHIEFS OF SAMSUNG SDI, STELLANTIS MEET IN HUNGARY FOLLOWING US BATTERY PLANT DEAL
- The Hungary plant, established in 2001, produced cathode ray tubes and plasma display panels for television sets, before being converted to a lithium ion battery production facility in 2016. Since last month, it has been producing Samsung SDI's high-performance "Gen.5."
- The chiefs of South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI Co. and global automaker Stallantis N.V. have met in Hungary, company officials said Wednesday, days after announcing a partnership to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in the United States.
- The meeting between Samsung SDI CEO Jun Young-hyun and Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, came after the two companies announced a plan to jointly build an EV battery plant in the US, with the production to begin in the first half of 2025. It will be Samsung SDI's first EV plant in the US
SAMSUNG SDI IS ALREADY PRODUCING HIGH-NICKEL CONTENT BATTERY CELLS
- The Gen 5 prismatic battery cells are already being produced in Europe (Hungary) and could be used to give the BMW i3 its long awaited range upgrade. The FIAT 500 that currently uses the same 120 Ah cells as the BMW i3 could also benefit from an upgrade to the more energy dense Gen 5 cells. With the upgrade both electric cars could surpass 400 km of WLTP range and get a faster charging rate (above 100 kW).
TESLA'S UPCOMING NEW CAR PAINT COLORS REVEALED IN ITS APP UPDATE
THE WORLD’S FIRST SOLAR-POWERED STEEL MILL IS HERE
CITROEN AMI CARGO ELECTRIC CONFIRMED FOR UK SALE IN 2022
TAKE A LOOK AT THE TRAILER FOR TOP GEAR SERIES 31
- The EQC is part of an electric car triple test and, like the Grand Tour’s Lochdown special, it involves taking caravans off-road. Paddy, Chris and Freddie test it against a Polestar 2 and Audi e-tron Sportback.
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