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    Genesis End Year 2021 Wrap Up, Luxury Makers Beware, Genesis is Coming ON STRONG!

    After a crazy year in the Auto Industry, Genesis has had a cool Concept release and actual product release to close out 2021 Strong. What do you think of the Direction they are Going?

    Genesis is closing out the 2021 Automotive year on a high note. In October, the Genesis X Concept, won a Red Dot: Best of the Best award in the Mobility and Transportation segment of the Design Concept Category at the 2021 Red Dot Design Awards, hosted by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany.

    Created in 1955, the Red Dot Design Award is considered one of the top three design distinctions in the world alongside the iF design Award and the IDEA Design Award. Each year, the open competition announces winners in three distinct disciplines: Product Design, Brand & Communication Design, and Design Concept.
    This year, 2021 saw 4,110 entries from 49 countries submitted for consideration in the Design Concept category. 61 Best of the Best and 259 winners were selected after the comprehensive evaluation process. Genesis won the coveted top Best of the Best distinction among the 259 finalists on this global stage. To quote the German judges: 
    “The aristocratic elegance of the Genesis X Concept exudes harmony, combining sculpture-like beauty with athletic proportions. Our intention was to also demonstrates our vision with our automotive passion.” said the Chief Creative Officer of Genesis, Luc Donckerwolke.
    Press release quote:
    “As a Genesis brand icon, it is quintessential luxury GT design. The iconic Two Lines brand signature and the Athletic Elegance, the essence of Genesis design philosophy, combine to convey our passion experienced only in a Genesis. It is our design dream team, who put their passion and heart into this project and also our modelers and engineers who made this dream come true.” said SangYup Lee, Global Head of Genesis Design.
    The Genesis X Concept is an electric vehicle-based GT (Gran Turismo) concept car that applies Genesis’ core design element, the Two Lines, to present a vision for future electric vehicle designs. The Two Lines design is applied to the concept car’s electric charging port as well as many aspects of its interior and exterior, indicating the direction that future electric vehicle designs could be headed.
    The front of the Genesis X Concept is low and wide, creating a strong impression thanks to the combination of a shield-shaped Crest Grille, Two Lines headlights that cut through the wheel arches, and double layered bumpers. The iconic Two-Line Quad Lamps exemplify the best of Genesis’ leading designs and technologies.
    The Genesis X Concept’s interior features a driver-oriented, cockpit-inspired design in which all operating systems and displays surround the driver, and which emphasizes the Beauty of White Space – an aesthetic philosophy that is uniquely Korean.
    The Genesis X Concept also presents Genesis' unique and fresh perspective on sustainable luxury car designs. The Genesis X Concept also features an interior that has been accented with upcycled materials. The design emphasizes eco-friendliness by incorporating a new material with a weave-patterned fabric in parts of the seat belts, steering wheel, and airbag covers that is made up of leftover pieces of leather from the vehicle production process.
    Genesis Unveils Exterior Images of the G90
    The industry has been teased about the latest upcoming Genesis G90 that they plan to compete on the ultimate luxury stage against everyone else and the exterior images just released shows that they are building on the Genesis X Concept into the new Genesis product line with powerful flowing lines, fender flairs that say muscular and yet elegant.
    G90 Exterior

    The Genesis’ flagship model features the most elegant interpretation of Genesis’ design identity, with a super slim Two-Line lamp realized through technical innovation The side profile is defined by the Parabolic Line which runs from the front to the rear highlighting the elegance of luxury sedan, while its rear is finished with unique look with the full width Two-Line lamps and lettering The G90 is available in a choice of sedan or long-wheelbase models, with the long-wheelbase model featuring an extended wheelbase of 190 mm (8 inches) giving more space for rear seats Genesis calls this design philosophy Athletic Elegance.
    The front features their all-new Crest Grille and their sleek Two-Line headlamps that allows the front to resemble the brands emblem. Using a Layered Architecture finish allows Genesis to take their product line to the next level in Luxury. A two G-Matrix patterns layered on top of one another creates a three-dimensional effect.
    The Two-Line headlamps, feature the thinnest Two-Line design by Genesis. By intercrossing the lens of the Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) with low beam powered MLA (Micro Lens Array) technology, this ensures the headlamps thin lines while meeting required automotive brightness.
    There is much that Genesis has to say about their design style of the Genesis line moving forward, but it is best to leave that here to the discussion on people's initial impressions about their iconic design elements.
    Genesis has stated that the 20"-wheel designs will be exclusive to the G90.
    SangYup Lee Head of Genesis Global Design had this to say about the G90:
    “The G90 will redefine the flagship luxury design experience in a unique way only offered by Genesis.”
    Being that this is to be their Global Luxury marque car aimed at the 1% crowd which includes corporate executives to the billionaire class this would seem to be a clear shot at Mercedes-Benz and their S-Class or EQS as Genesis will offer both ICE and EV.
    GV70 Premieres
    To compliment the global G70 Luxury SUV, Genesis premiered their electric GV70 at the Guangzhou Autoshow in China.
    The electric model of the GV70 sets a standard for luxury electric SUVs Various features, including the Crest Grille with inverted G-Matrix pattern, wheels, and bumpers, have been evolved to achieve optimal aerodynamic efficiency Features an All-Wheel Drive system with individual motors for front and rear wheels, generating a maximum output of 360kW (483 HP)and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque in Boost Mode Genesis has stated that their long-term vision is to create a sustainable future through electrification that allows them to engage with youthful and energetic customers.
    Standard power output for the AWD GV70 is 160kW (215 hp) and 350Nm (275 lb-ft) of torque for the front and rear motors allowing the auto to go from 0 to 100km/h (0 - 62 mph) in 4.5 seconds.
    The GV70 will feature e-Terrain mode, which enables stable driving in various environments and weather conditions.
    The GV70 will support 400V/800V multi-rapid charging without any need of a converter supporting today's current chargers and the future as higher power rapid chargers become the standard.
    The GV70 will feature V2L (Vehicle to Load) feature that supports a 3.6kW charge, which is higher than the power supply in your home, enabling customers to conveniently use electric appliances outside of the vehicle wherever they are.
    The GV70 has standard a DAS or Disconnector Actuator System which automatically connects or disconnects a motor and drive shaft, considering various driving conditions. This includes vehicle speed, driving mode, enabling a seamless switch between 2wd and AWD to maximize power use from the battery pack increasing efficiency. 
    Genesis auto's come standard with ANC-R (Active Noice Control-Road) to achieve a comfortable quiet driving experience. This technology uses four sensors and eight microphones inside and out of the auto to measure and analyze road noise to create an opposite phase sound maximizing audio comfort.
    The GV70 comes standard with 19" wheels.
    The GV70 joins the existing family of G70, G80 and GV80 SUVs.

    MotorTrend has already named the GV70 2022 SUV of the Year!
    To quote their press release:
    The GV70 nails it in terms of design with a look that is unconventional and fresh, and an exterior style that manages to deliver a distinctive and rich impression. “The design brings its own kind of luxury to the equation,” MotorTrend Mexico editor Miguel Cortina said. “Genesis isn’t trying to copy Europe or America or Japan—the GV70 does its own thing.”
    The story is the same in the cabin, which could only have been crafted by a luxury brand thinking beyond the norm. Its enormous 14.5-inch touchscreen is standard on every GV70, and it has more rear-seat space than a number of competitors thanks to front seat backs that have been carved out to accommodate more knee room. In the cargo area you find 28.9 cubic feet of usable space behind the rear seats, more than almost every vehicle in the segment.  
    Genesis has also been making a name for itself by offering an extensive amount of standard features for its vehicles at a competitive price point, and the GV70 is no different. It comes impressively well equipped with AWD, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, blind-spot monitoring, and that 14.5-inch screen. But beyond all of its copious equipment, what really drives the GV70’s value proposition home is how considered and compelling the package feels as a whole.
    In a segment stuffed with intriguing options, the Genesis GV70, which melds scintillating dynamics with huge value and a level of practicality that’s rare among luxury vehicles, is nothing short of a revelation—and as a result it is the only choice for the 2022 MotorTrend SUV of the Year honor.

    J.D.Powers Awards Genesis Highest Ranked Tech Experience for Luxury Brands.
    Per 2021 U.S.Tech Experience Index (TXI) by J.D. Powers is based on responses from 110,827 owners of new 2021 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership.
    The TXI Study analyzes 36 technologies, which are divided into four categories: convenience; emerging automation; energy and sustainability; and infotainment and connectivity.
    GV60 premieres a Luxury EV that connects the driver to the vehicle
    The GV60 is the brand's first dedicated electric vehicle model, marking Genesis' journey towards electrification. The vehicle builds on Genesis' design philosophy to set a new standard in sustainable luxury design. The GV60's athletic coupe design emphasizes a high-performance EV aesthetic. The GV60 comes with innovative technologies, such as the Crystal Sphere and Face Connect, to enable new ways for drivers to connect with the vehicle. Powered by a dedicated EV platform that maximizes driving range and performance.
    As an entry level auto into the Genesis luxury lineup, the GV60 comes in with a 2,900mm (115 inch) wheelbase. This GV60 continues the sustainable approach to autos by using many eco-friendly and recycled materials throughout the auto. The GV60 will be leading the luxury segment in choices including exterior and interior colors.
    The GV60 is available in total of 11 colors, including four new colors: São Paulo Lime, Hanauma Mint, Atacama Copper, and Atacama Copper Matte. Other colors include Vik Black, Uyuni White, Matterhorn White, Saville Silver, Carbon Metal, Melbourne Gray, and Royal Blue.
    The São Paulo Lime is Genesis' new signature color for its high-performance electric vehicle as it emphasizes the active and dynamic character of the vehicle.
    Hanauma Mint is a color that emphasizes eco-friendliness. The Copper color is a signature color of Genesis and will be applied to the exterior of the brand's vehicles starting with the GV60. In particular, the matte copper color has been enhanced with an improved paint that feels more like a raw copper material than conventional matte paints.
    The interior is available in a total of five colors: Obsidian Black, Torrent Navy, Ash Gray/Glacier White, Monstera Green/Camel Beige and Monstera Green/Glassier White.
    Leading the Tech sector in Auto's.
     
    The GV60 is equipped with innovative technologies to provide a unique electric vehicle experience. Innovations such as Face Connect, Fingerprint Authentication System, Over-the-Air (OTA) Software Update, and Digital Key 2 enable drivers to be connected to their vehicle.
    Face Connect is a feature that allows the vehicle to recognize the driver's face to lock or unlock its doors without a key. Drivers only need to touch the door handle and show their face to the camera on the B-pillar. The feature can register two faces.
    The feature uses a Near Infra-Red (NIR) camera to provide accurate facial recognition under virtually any circumstances – including in the dark or when the weather is cloudy. It also leverages Deep learning technology to improve accuracy.
    With Face Connect, the Head-Up-Display (HUD), driver's seat, steering wheel, side mirrors, and infotainment settings can be adjusted based on the driver's customized settings. It can be automatically connected to individual driver profiles, providing a new level of convenience that makes it seem as if the vehicle recognizes the driver
    The GV60's Fingerprint Authentication System allows drivers to start and drive the car without a key and offers an authentication function for in car payments and release of Valet Mode.
    The combination of both technologies will allow drivers to enjoy a brand-new experience of using only biometric information to drive their car.
    With the GV60, the OTA Software Update has been further expanded to include a variety of areas.
    Previously, this function was used to wirelessly update infotainment system features, such as navigation, the digital instrument cluster, and the Head-Up-Display (HUD). With the GV60, the scope of the updates has been further expanded to other key areas of the vehicle, enabling additional software updates on major electronic devices including the electric vehicle integrated control device, suspension, brakes, steering wheel, airbags, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).
    This allows drivers to update their vehicle's software without visiting a service center, so their vehicle is always up to date with the latest features.
    In addition, the GV60 will feature a Digital Key 2 for the first time in a Genesis vehicle. This is an upgraded version of the existing digital key, enabling drivers to open the door without using the smartphone. Drivers can enter and start their car by simply touching the door handle and the digital key can be shared to up to three people.
    Genesis Media Center
    Genesis Media Center : GENESIS X CONCEPT WINS ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ RED DOT DESIGN AWARD FOR DESIGN CONCEPT
    Genesis Media Center : GENESIS PREMIERES THE ELECTRIC MODEL OF GV70 AT AUTO GUANGZHOU 2021
    Genesis Media Center : MOTORTREND NAMES GENESIS GV70 2022 SUV OF THE YEAR
    Genesis Media Center : GENESIS UNVEILS EXTERIOR IMAGES OF THE G90
    Genesis Media Center : GENESIS RANKS HIGHEST OVERALL FOR TECH INNOVATION IN J.D. POWER 2021 U.S. TECH EXPERIENCE INDEX STUDY
    2021 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study | J.D. Power (jdpower.com)
    Genesis Media Center : GENESIS PREMIERES THE GV60, A LUXURY EV THAT CONNECTS A VEHICLE TO A DRIVER

    VOLTEMPO 1MW Ultra Chargers are Here, Almost!

    VOLTEMPO of the UK has released their all new 1MW Ultra Chargers in the UK and it is coming to a city near you soon.

    VOLTEMPO is deploying in the UK first their scalable, modular hyperfast HyperCharging stations for both business and consumers. This 1,000kW or 1MW chargers is a game changer and is backwards compatible with all current EVs.

    This DC HyperCharging system can support up to 24 EVs at the same time delivering a full charge in approximately 6 minutes depending on your EVs onboard charging support.
    VOLTEMPO is working closely with government agencies, stakeholders and interested companies wanting to implement their charging system in commercial and retail solutions.
    According to VOLTEMPO, the first commercial installation will take place at a charging hub at the Tyseley Energy Park in Birmingham at the start of 2022. From new offices in Austin Texas USA, sales and installation will start in 2023 and then a European Launch in 2024.
    Additional information can be looked at in their FAQ section.
    VOLTEMPO Measurable Benefits are as follows:
    Up to 30% faster charging, through dynamic power management. Typically, 30% cheaper installation, through our patented centralized charging design. 70% fast installation, installed in hours or days, not months, through modular construction. Future-ready design: ready to accept future charging standards, including wireless and megawatt charging as new standards emerge. Start small, grow at your own pace. Boost power with more power modules; increase capacity by adding charging bays. Hyper scalable: capable of servicing 30% more charging outlets for the same power availability. Market-leading return on investment, with a typical payback of 3-5 years.  
    | Voltempo™

    What is Your IQ on Cadillac Electric Vehicles?

    GM seems to have confirmed without actual confirming that an IQ is the standard for all their electric vehicles under the Cadillac banner. What are your thoughts on the names?

    GM's Cadillac division is to be their first all-electric division for the GM company and with that, Cadillac introduced and has since started pre-orders for the Cadillac LYRIQ.

    Cadillac has since in press releases stated a new refined level of luxury will be brought to the all-electric Cadillac product line. This will start with Heritage marks on the electric auto's such as their vertical tail lights.

    Cadillac has also stated that an Escalade electric SUV was forthcoming and many myself included wondered if they would hold onto the Escalade name or use something new? We now have that in a flurry of trademark filings by GM for the Cadillac division. This would indicate that the IQ is that defining mark on an electric vehicle as all the names end in IQ or have IQ in the name. This product lineup is to be built on variations of the Ultium battery pack / Powertrain.

    Cadillac's Electric Auto Lineup based on Trademark filings:
    LYRIQ Escalade IQ Escalade IQL OPTIQ CELESTIQ SYMBOLIQ
    This is by some a welcome return to names that were and still are considered very American in comparison to those past executives that pushed a German agenda on the brand with letters and numbers where only the Escalade name plate survived.
    This brings up the big question to everyone reading this: What do you think of the new names, and on what type of electric vehicle do you think these will get applied? 
    Keep in mind that GM has shifted to pretty much a CUV/SUV and Full-size truck lineup, yet on the roadmap of EVs there still seems to be a few cars listed as well.
    Sound off by posting your thoughts on the IQ names, and where you feel these names will be applied. CUV, SUV, Truck, or Car?
    Cadillac Pressroom - United States - LYRIQ
    Cadillac iq trademark search
    Escalade iq trademark search
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    Ambition 2030 - NISSAN Vision of Mobility Empowerment Long-Term Strategy Unveiled

    Electrifying society is the focus of Ambition 2030, Nissan Motor Corporations long-term strategy, delivering vehicles and technologies that empower the customers journeys and society.

    Ambition 2030, Nissan Motor Corporations long-term strategy has been unveiled as a 5 year, 2 trillion yen ($17.6 Billion US) investment that will launch 23 exciting new electrified models, including 15 new EVs, aiming for a 50% electrification mix by fiscal year 2030 and to introduce ASSB in fiscal year 2028.

    Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida made this statement: “The role of companies to address societal needs is increasingly heightened. With Nissan Ambition 2030, we will drive the new age of electrification, advance technologies to reduce carbon footprint and pursue new business opportunities. We want to transform Nissan to become a sustainable company that is truly needed by customers and society.”
    As a Pioneer of electrified vehicles and building the success of the Nissan Leaf, their first global EV, Nissan has listened to the customers from both Nissan and Infiniti brands. Over the next 5 years, Nissan will introduce 20 new EV and e-powered equipped models that will allow them to increase electrification sales mix across major markets by fiscal year 2026, including:
    • Europe by more than 75% of sales
    • Japan by more than 55% of sales
    • China by more than 40% of sales
    • The United States by 40% of EV sales in fiscal year 2030
    To increase accessibility and innovation in mobility, Nissan will continue to evolve their existing lithium-ion battery technologies and introduce cobalt-free technology to bring down the cost by 65% by fiscal 2028.
    This goal aligns with Nissan's focus to bring their ASSB, a proprietary all-solid-state battery packs to market by fiscal 2028. A pilot plant is under construction with production expected by 2024. Nissan expects to expand their EV offerings across multiple segments and offer even more dynamic performance EVs with their breakthrough ASSB battery packs. Nissan expects the ASSB to reduce rapid charging to 1/3rd of existing top current battery technology and bring the cost of battery packs down to $75 per kWh by fiscal 2028 and after that to $65 per kWh if not lower as they achieve cost parity between EVs and ICE autos. 
    Nissan expects to have next generation LIDAR systems in all Nissan and INFINITI models by fiscal year 2030.
    EV36Zero is an EV Hub concept that launched in the UK. This was where the manufacturing was surrounded by the suppliers in an efficient ecosystem bringing local manufacturing with locals sourcing onto a single campus to enhance and optimize efficiencies to reduce costs. Japan, China and the U.S. will all have EV360Zero EV Hubs for complete product lines. Nissan also is expanding their 4R Energy which is a repurposing and recycling of existing batteries in Japan with new locations for Europe being built in 2022 and sites in the U.S. by 2025. This brings sustainable practices to the battery industry
    Nissan with unveiling this Ambition 2030 plan also unveiled new concept autos that offer enhanced experiences through sophisticated technology packaging. 
    The first is the Nissan Chill-Out EV.

    A crossover that utilizes the CMF-EV platform while delivering high levels of comfort and an energizing AWD driving experience.
    Nissan Max-Out Concept
    The Nissan Max-Out is a convertible concept that aims to deliver a new driving experience. Dynamic cornering, steering response, balanced limited body roll for both the driver and passenger for ultimate comfort and creating a feeling of oneness with the auto. An advanced Awd system with enhanced low center of gravity.

    Nissan Surf-Out concept.

    Aiming to provide a smooth ride no matter what the terrain throws at you the Nissan Surf-Out provides standard off-road performance, electric power utilization from multiple places in the vehicle, extended cargo space and advanced e-4ORCE AWD.
    Nissan Hang-Out Concept

    Completely flat floor that extends from the front to the back, this concept aims to surpass the conventional wisdom about interior layouts by offering families new ways to enjoy life by offering the comfort of your living room in a mobile space. Key features and technologies are the low flat floor, quiet comfort cabin on-the-go with advanced e-4ORCE AWD and advanced ProPilot.
    This is all possible by Nissan EV Technology Vision that looks beyond the Ariya next-gen crossover EV to the future of EVs. This platform considers the future direction of lifestyle using advanced solid-state battery technology (ASSB), hardware and software. This gives you ideal geometry with FWD, RWD and AWD electric drive, low center of gravity, ultra-lightweight and optimal mass distribution for a near perfect 50/50. The ASSB all solid-state battery with the choice of electric drive and integration of A.I. via advanced e4ORCE and ProPilot allows precise and agile vehicle control no matter what the weather throws at you.
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    Additional info can be read at the press release links below.
    Nissan unveils Ambition 2030 vision to empower mobility and beyond (nissannews.com)
    Nissan Futures | Concept (thenissannext.com)

    US Solid State Battery Company Factorial Energy Signs Major Auto OEMs

    US battery company Factorial Energy based in Woburn Massachusetts secures major Auto OEMs for their groundbreaking 40 Ah solid state battery. Bringing superior energy density, safety and scalability to the OEM EV industry.

    Factorial Energy has had a major 4th quarter as they secured Agreements with Stellantis, Daimler, Hyundai and Kia to use their 40Ah battery packs in their electric vehicles.

    The company backed by major investors such as Former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Mark Fields; former senior advisor to the Obama Administration's presidential task force on the Auto Industry, Harry Wilson and investment firms Gatemore Capital Management and Wave Equity Partners have enabled Factorial to jump from a tech startup doing research to a commercial production company.
    Factorial Energy has stated that for EVs to go from a global 4% capture of the global car sales market to a dominate primary auto, buyers need to see dramatic price and performance improvements in the battery systems. Factorials proprietary battery breakthrough called FEST (Factorial Electrolyte System Technology) is a solid electrolyte material that enables save and reliable cell performance with high-voltage and high-energy density electrodes. FEST is safer than conventional current EV battery technology. Fest battery packs have yielded a 20 to 50% improvement in driving range without sacrificing pack longevity and are easy to integrate into existing supply chains.
    Earlier this year, Factorial Energy has stated that several major automotive partners were validating their technology in real world auto testing. This clearly has completed as they currently announced agreements with Stellantis, Daimler, Hyundai and Kia for jointly developing from the cell-level to modules and vehicle integration production of their 40Ah solid state battery cells.
    Factorial Energy with their new partners is building plants around the world to ramp up production for new EVs that are coming out through 2025.
    Every company is taking a different approach to working with Factorial Energy. Daimler is looking to use it in a limited series to get EVs out onto the market as they R&D and work to build their own batteries. Hyundai and Kia look to use this company in all EVs as one of many suppliers in getting EVs into mainstream use and purchasing. Stellantis has stated these batteries will be used across the whole company portfolio from Americus brands, to European, Asian and into Africa. Stellantis sees these solid-state batteries as a starting point for mass adoption of global EVs.
    As Factorial likes to state, for ages, the promise of an affective, safe solid-state battery has been the ultimate unattainable goal - ideal, enticing but always out of reach.
    Consider this Quote:
    "The storage battery is, in my opinion, a catchpenny, a sensation, a mechanism for swindling the public by stock companies."
    The speaker: Thomas Edison, The year: 1883.
    138 years later, that sentiment has held true.
    Factorial Energy has invested heavily in solid-state battery research over the past 6 years and their process is a practical customer-driven solution, a balanced performance-profile solid-state cell that scales at a reasonable cost. Applications perfect for this solid-state battery cell are EVs, Hi-Spec such as electric planes and stationary storage.
    Transformational solid-state battery technology that is empowering a sustainable future with the highest performance and safest batteries for electric vehicles, homes and critical applications is the message from Factorial Energy.
    Join the Future!
    Solid-state Battery & Technology News | Factorial (factorialenergy.com)
    Hyundai, Kia and Factorial Energy to Jointly Develop Solid-State Batteries for Next Generation Electric Vehicles - Hyundai Newsroom
    Stellantis and Factorial Energy to Jointly Develop Solid-State Batteries for Electric Vehicles | Stellantis
    Solid-state batteries: Mercedes-Benz teams up with Factorial Energy - Daimler Global Media Site

    KIA Newsroom Updates - Concepts, ICE, Hybrid and EVs Debute at 2021 Seoul Mobility Show and LA for the World

    The 2021 Seoul and LA auto shows have shown the future of what is coming from Kia for the World. A series of ICE, Hybrid and EVs along with concepts of the direction Kia is moving were seen.

     
    Kia has launched the 2023 family of ICE, Hybrid and EVs in Seoul Korea along with concepts at the LA auto show. The Kia Niro is a move forward leading Kia to a more sustainable future.

    The Niro was revealed as an all-new auto making sustainable mobility accessible for everyone.
    Refreshed exterior with wide rear pillar, simple lines and transformed tiger face Innovative interior features and sustainable materials Greenzone Drive Mode technology integrates sustainability into daily life The Kia Niro was developed under the companies Opposites United Design philosophy and is strongly influenced from the 2019 Habaniro concept.

    The Kia Niro will be available in HEV, PHEV and EV powertrains starting in 2023. More details at the following link:
    Kia Global Media Center : The all-new Kia Niro world debuts at 2021 Seoul Mobility Show (kianewscenter.com)
    Kia Global Media Center : Kia HabaNiro Concept heats up Manhattan (kianewscenter.com)
     
    The LA autoshow was the launch point for the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid CUV. 

    Kia released the following details about the all new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid.
    Hybrid iteration of completely redesigned Sportage SUV unveiled October 2021 226hp turbo hybrid powertrain: superb performance, up to 39 MPG (targeted) More than 500 miles of driving range Larger in every dimension with best-in-class rear legroom and cargo room1 CO2 emissions reduced by nearly 40 percent over outgoing model Available dual panoramic 12.3-inch display screens3 8 standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) 1.6-liter turbo GDI engine 44kW permanent magnet electric motor High-output 1.49 kWh lithium-ion battery 6-speed automatic transmission with rotary style shifter Class-leading 2,000 lb towing capacity Active AWD is standard on EX and SX-Prestige trims, while LX is available with a choice of FWD and Active AWD Active AWD system2 uses electro-hydraulic coupling with center-locking differential to actively distribute power between front and rear wheels depending on road and driving conditions E-Handling uses the hybrid motor to deliver a confident driving experience Standard paddle shifters and Drive Mode Select with ECO, Sport, Smart and Snow modes Moving from the smallest CUV in its class to the largest in its class Kia has pointed out the following:
    Overall length is 7.1 inches longer than the previous generation, with a 3.4-inch longer wheelbase Taller and wider by a half inch compared to the previous generation Class-leading rear legroom with 41.3 inches of room1 Best-in-Class rear cargo capacity of 39.5 cu-ft. of space1 Dual level cargo floor More details and images at the press release link:
    ALL-NEW 2023 KIA SPORTAGE HYBRID DEBUTS AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW (kiamedia.com)
     
    Kia has the EV6 as their initial EV launch vehicle available in all states starting in 2023. With that Kia revealed their EV9 Concept, the second expected CUV in their EV lineup that is coming.

    Seems more and more the future of interior is to be very open and spacious for end users.

    It seems the future is also where the customer can auto configure their seats as needed for lifestyle needs be it tailgating to camping.

    The Concept EV9 had the following released details:
    194 inches in length, 81 inches wide, 70 inches in height and a 122-inch wheelbase 300-mile electric driving range Ultra-fast charging technology using 350 kW charging for quick replenish of energy Hood vent area is a solar panel allowing the auto to capture energy while maintaining the interior needs of the user Panoramic sky roof allowing for maximum natural light Inspired by water taking on the characteristics of serenity, calmness and wellbeing Sustainable Mobility as the EV9 embraces Kia's carbon neutrality goal The Kia Concept EV9 – Kia’s all-electric SUV concept takes center stage at AutoMobility LA (kiamedia.com)
    Photos & Videos - Kia America Newsroom (kiamedia.com)
     
    Kia Telluride was named to the Car and Drivers 10 best 2022 models. Kia has their 2023 lineup of cars and CUVs on display at LA showing the future of Kia.

    Kia America Newsroom (kiamedia.com)
    Photos & Videos - Auto Shows - Kia America Newsroom (kiamedia.com)

    Chinese EV Maker NIO Signs Strategic Agreement with Shell

    NIO has announced that they have a strategic agreement with Shell for battery charging and swapping facilities across China and Europe.

    Founder, Chairman and CEO of NIO, William Li announced with Executive VP István Kapitány of Shell Mobility have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to collaborate on electric vehicle charging and battery swapping across China and all of Europe.
    Nio and Shell will jointly construct and operate the battery charging and swapping facilities. Initial phase 1 will be to have 100 battery stations up and running in China by 2025 and to jointly build and operate an undisclosed number of stations across Europe by 2022 that will be available to NIO customers. 
    NIO started auto deliveries to Norway this fall of 2021 marking its first step outside China in opening up new territories of business. In 2022 NIO will expand sales across Europe with both retail and commercial offerings. NIO started in 2018 in China and has delivered over 100,000 electric vehicles.
    Shell is one of the world's largest gasoline retailers and has announced they plan to be a leading charging service provider worldwide as they add charging to their global station network.
    Together NIO and SHELL will explore and collaborate on opportunities in global battery asset management, fleet management, membership system, home charging services, advanced battery charging and swapping technology development and construction of fast charging facilities.
    NIO and SHELL have both stated this cooperation demonstrates the ability to use the strengths of both companies as they accelerate the energy transition and commitment to sustainable development globally.

    NIO has stated that this agreement will help accelerate the existing NIO stations in China of which NIO operates 301 battery swap stations, 204 power charging stations and 382 destination charging stations in China. NIO has completed as of this announcement 2.9 million battery swaps and 600,000 uses of One-Click-for-Power services.
    NIO and Shell agreement will help NIO achieve going beyond their current target of having 700 battery swap stations by the end of 2021. From 2022 to 2025 NIO / SHELL will build an additional 600 battery swap stations in China and by the end of 2025 NIO / SHELL plans to have over 4,000 battery swap stations globally.
    NIO has also announced that the NIO Power Charging ans swapping system, as well as BaaS (Batter-as-a-Service), will be fully available to the global industry.
    NIO has expanded on what Tesla once thought and considered for battery swapping which can be done in 90 seconds or so on a Tesla, but costs of $60 to $80 per swap made it too expensive for CEO Musk. As such Tesla has continued to push charging only and improvements to their battery tech saying that BSM (battery Swap Mode) will go away as the industry focuses on fast charging only. NIO does not believe BSM will get kicked out as NIO autos can be charged or swapped depending on the needs of the customer and with BaaS (Battery-as-a-Service) this gives customers more options in being able to purchase the auto they want and only pay for larger battery packs when they need them for say a long road trip. NIO believes BSM, BaaS and self-charging are not in conflict but complement each other based on the needs at the time for the customer. This battery tech option allows customers to recharge, replace or upgrade at the users choice and convenience rather than forcing a single option on them.
    Does the Battery Matter?
    Tesla has chosen to take the supercharger station as the focus to eventually get to where ICE autos are with recharging in 5 to 10 minutes to a full battery pack. NIO believes that a battery swap of a depleted one for a fully charged one is a better option especially when one might want to go to a larger or smaller battery pack depending on driving needs.
    NIO BaaS allows owners to buy the auto they want without a battery pack. This allows a savings of $10,000 dollars on average for all of the NIO models, NIO owners then subscribe to a 70 kilowatt battery subscription for $142 a month, stopping by battery swap stations to get a fully charged one when it is needed.
    NIO admits that the BaaS is a great tool to get user feedback on battery performance and user preferences as they can move up or down in battery size depending on their driving needs.
    NIO owners have loved the battery swapping service which on average takes only 10 minutes or less. Customers have also stated they love the reservation system to ensuring a fully charged battery is ready for them ahead of their arrival at the station. This makes for a convenient road trip system.
    NIO offers a wide range of EVs from the NIO EP9 performance car to the CUV 6 series with the ET7 sedan and ES8 CUV in between serving the needs of all customers.
    EP9

    ES8

    ET7

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    NIO Signs Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Shell | NIO
    NIO Announces NIO Power 2025 Battery Swap Station Deployment Plan | NIO
    Tesla vs Nio: Is it smarter to charge or swap battery? - CGTN

    U.S. Voters Supporting Full Transition to Electric Cars by 2030

    Washington state was the first state in the USA to pass a 2030 auto electrification through both chambers marking an end to ICE sales in the state. Since then additional states have passed legislation or signed executive orders halting the sales of ICE such as New York and California by 2035. Now polling of registered voters is telling a message of support for this.

    According to the latest poll from Yale University, George Mason University and Climate Nexus commissioned by the nonprofit Coltura, finds that 55% to 35% margin in requiring all new autos sold in their state to be electric starting in 2030.
    As per multiple scientific and university groups, carbon pollution biggest source is gasoline powered cars and world leaders coming off the heels of the COP26 climate gathering are trying to address this mounting climate crisis. Yes, not everyone will agree with these polls or the science behind climate change and as a multi-cultural society, we must work to at times agree to disagree and still find a way to move forward. Humanity has always come together for the good of society.
    Polls are now showing strong voter support for aggressive climate action. This is of course based on a number of understandings such as the following positive impacts:
    73% believe a positive impact on air quality 64% believe a positive impact on climate change 61% believe a positive impact on individual health 58% believe a positive impact on energy independence 52% believe a positive impact on urban communities 51% believe a positive impact on suburban communities This is clearly a generational belief when one looks at how phasing out ICE auto sales are looked at by voter groups.
    Voters aged 18-34 (71%) believe 2030 is when ICE auto sales should end. 69% of Black voters believe 2030 is when ICE auto sales should end. 67% of Hispanic voters believe 2030 is when ICE auto sales should end. This is even more interesting to review when you look at the full transition to electric auto's broken down by state.
    Michigan voters support this change by a 55 to 33% margin Nevada voters support this by a 52 to 39% margin Colorado voters support this by a 50 to 38% margin New York voters support this by a 66 to 24% margin Massachusetts voters support this by a 62 to 28% margin New Jersey voters support this by a 58 to 30% margin Some will ask and the voter survey was of 2,678 registered voters across the nation's states. Some were as low as only 153 respondents from Hawaii to 350 in New York, Massachusetts and other states.
    So yes, one can say this is a small pool to sample to the almost 168.31 million registered voters in the US.
    The focus on posting this is to encourage civil discussion on if this is not only reachable, but if it should be done or not, why and why not and to encourage the discussion on the future of the ICE versus EV industry.
    Many states have committed billions of dollars over the next few years to installing electric charging stations across their state to help the transition to EVs. Some auto makers are taking it a step further such as Hyundai / Kia that is supporting not only the highspeed 800V plug in charging but also wireless charging of their auto's so that end users can use wireless pads that are installed at their home be it a house, condo or apartment for constant full charge at the start of each day.
    Some places such as the West coast and even the East coast that is catching up in charging installation are leading compared to the Mid-west that is trailing. Change is inevitable and for some, a strong resistance to change will keep them in ICE for a long time while others will embrace the change of fueling from home as a dominant way to get to work, run errands, live life.
    Post your thoughts on these latest polls on how you think this will play out. Please be polite, do not get political, but focus on the technology, the change to society and the pro's and con's of what you think moving to EV sales only by 2030 or 2035 depending on where you live will do for the world, country, state economy.
    Clean Cars 2030 Polling — Coltura - moving beyond gasoline
    Our News — Coltura - moving beyond gasoline

    GM Newsroom updates - Software, Hardware and Boat builder?

    The holidays bring much joy and excitement to people the world over. Today check out the excitement of what is going on at GM with the future exciting offerings to business expansion.

    GM has brought much excitement in the last couple of weeks as we enter the holidays and these updates are exciting to read about.
    Cadillac LYRIQ Luxury EV crosses crucial development milestone
    As Cadillac enters the final stage to full production of the LYRIQ, engineers completed the crucial 80% validation drive for the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ EV. Cadillac's first luxury EV will mark the start of transition for the brand to pure electric vehicles. As such engineering is leaving no stone unturned in fine tuning the LYRIQ prior to production to ensure the best LUXURY EV in the world. Cadillac has curated routes that will ensure the best experience on freeway, urban and rural driving.
    To quote the press release: 
    The Ultium Platform is the central structural element of LYRIQ’s chassis, delivering a low center of gravity, exceptional chassis stiffness, and nearly 50/50 front-to-rear weight balance. These factors give engineers unprecedented chassis-tuning flexibility that ushers in the next chapter of Cadillac’s ride and handling philosophy: Isolated Precision.
    “LYRIQ has exceptional torsional stiffness,” said Todd Bruder, lead development engineer. “As a result, we were able to dial in exceptional responsiveness in the steering and suspension systems while simultaneously elevating the brand’s signature feeling of comfort to an entirely new plateau.”
    Technologies such as a five-link front and rear suspension and frequency-dependent dampers help optimize LYRIQ’s ride quality and responsiveness.
    The five-link front suspension allowed engineers to tune the suspension bushings independently, enhancing ride quality while improving handling. The frequency-dependent dampers, standard on LYRIQ at launch, differentiate between smaller impacts and larger swells on the road surface. This gives drivers more precise control in variable road conditions and provides greater comfort on smoother surfaces.
    GM Celebrates Grand Opening of Factory ZERO - An AMERICAN EV Factory
    In less than two years, GM went from a massive $2.2 billion investment to fully renovate a facility to build a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs to holding a grand opening ceremony. President Biden attended the grand opening.

    Factory Grand Zero Grand Opening Video
    To quote the press release: GM retooled Factory ZERO for EV production for two-thirds the capital required to build a greenfield plant, making the facility a model for future GM facility renovations. As the company continues its transition for an all-electric future, GM will avoid up to $15 billion in capital costs by 2030 through the renovation of existing manufacturing facilities versus ground-up construction. The figure grows to $20 billion to $30 billion at 100 percent transition of GM’s manufacturing facilities to support EV production. That capital can be redeployed more strategically for additional customer-facing products, services and technologies.
    GM New Ultifi Platform Reimagines What it Means to Own a Vehicle
    GM is proud to anounce Ultifi, it's end to end software platform designed to unlock new vehicle experiences and connect the customers digital lives. Ultifi will help enable the frequent and seamless delivery of software-defined features, apps and services to customers over the air. This offers the potential for more cloud-based services, faster software development and new opportunities to increase customer loyalty.

    To quote the press release: customers can expect regular updates and will be able to choose from a suite of over-the-air upgrades, personalization options and new and exciting apps1. This customization will reimagine the ownership experience as enabled vehicles will have access to the latest software and capabilities. Some of these upgrades and settings can be saved to authenticated accounts2, so they can be transferred between similarly equipped GM vehicles.
    GM Acquires 25% Stake in Pure Watercraft to Accelerate All-Electric Boating
    GM has announced they have acquired a 25 percent ownership stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle based company that specializes in creating all-electric boating solutions. This is part of GM's focus to be the EV leader in North America and eventually to offer the technology globally.
    To quote the press release: The collaboration will leverage Pure Watercraft’s innovative marine propulsion technology and experience in the commercial marine industry with GM’s engineering, supply chain and manufacturing capabilities. The two companies will develop and commercialize battery electric watercraft, integrating GM technology into a variety of applications, helping to accelerate the industry’s transition to electric mobility.

    Electric Outboard Motors | Pure Watercraft

    To quote Pure Watercraft: 
    We started this company in 2011 with a belief that boating could be made more enjoyable, accessible, and environmentally friendly than ever before. We truly want to lead a transformation of boating for the next generations to hit the water. A kind of revolutionary watercraft experience, designed and optimized for the way we live and boat now.
    This novel, modern approach to motoring sets a new standard for quality and reliability, and our partnerships with hull manufacturers help ensure horsepower on our outboards is used and distributed efficiently to maximize performance. With a smooth ride and nearly noiseless energy transfer process, you can get peace and quiet on the water even when whipping around at high speed.  Plus, the added benefit of a zero emissions boating experience helps protect the waters for generations to come.
    Merchants Fleet Expands BrightDrop EV order to 18,000 with Addition of the EV410s
    BrightDrop a technology startup by GM to help decarbonize last-mile deliveries, announces that Merchant Fleet, North America's fastest growing fleet management company has expanded their orders for electric delivery vehicles to 18,000 BrightDrop vans with the addition of 5,400 EV410s, the mid-size electric light commercial vehicle (eLCV).

    These estimated 250 mile range on a full charge is well suited for the last-mile deliver service as the EV410s gross weight is less than 10,000 pounds reducing the need for additional operator licenses. These EV410s will join the Merchants fleet of EV600s.

    The EV410s and EV600s will enter the North America Merchant fleet duty use starting in 2023.

    Quick Drive: 2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium AWD

    A premium subcompact crossover?

    The CX-30 certainly takes the cake for being visually distinctive. The flowing lines, taut proportions, and certain design traits like the narrow headlights make for an expressive model. There is a major downside to the CX-30's design; outward visibility. Due to the low roofline and thick c-pillars, rear visibility can be best described as looking out of a mailbox slot. Thankfully, all CX-30s  get a backup camera, and Premium models and above get blind-spot monitoring. Inside, Mazda may have crafted the best interior for the subcompact crossover class. It is a simple design, but the use of premium materials helps elevate it. The positioning of the various controls also deserves praise as they are within easy reach. An 8.8-inch screen running Mazda's new infotainment system is standard on all models. Unlike the previous system where you had the choice of using either a touchscreen or control knob, Mazda has decided to only use the knob. This decision does mean doing various tasks will take a few extra steps. But I didn't mind so much as the interface is easy to navigate. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. While those sitting in the front will find plenty of space to find that comfortable position, those in the back will not be so lucky. Head and legroom is tight for most people. Cargo space is about average for the class, measuring 20.2 cubic feet.  Most CX-30s will come equipped with 2.5L four-cylinder producing 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic and in my tester, all-wheel drive. Those looking for more power can step up to the turbocharged version with 250 hp. The base engine is perfectly suited for most driving situations with power being available when needed. The six-speed automatic is very smart and knows when to up or downshift depending on the situation. My only issue is that I wished Mazda did a little bit more work on the engine's NVH levels. Found it to be somewhat high during moderate to hard acceleration. Fuel economy for the CX-30 AWD is rated at 24 City/31 Highway/26 Combined. My average for the landed at just over 28 MPG. For driving enjoyment, the CX-30 cannot be beaten. Minimal body roll and sharp steering will make anyone grin on a winding road. The downside to the fun driving is a stiff ride. Over various bumps and potholes, the CX-30's suspension isn't fully able to cope with minimizing the impacts. The CX-30 is slightly more expensive than other models in the class with a starting price of $23,225 for a base front-wheel drive model. But you do a lot of standard equipment such as LED lighting, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and rain-sensing wipers. My Premium AWD tester comes in at $31,700 with the destination charge. Again, a bit expensive, but Mazda does include a lot of features for the money. The Premium gets a heads-up display, adaptive front lights, leather seats, 12-speaker Bose audio system, and a power liftgate. When my week with the CX-30 was coming to a close, I found myself feeling very split. On one hand, the CX-30 has a design that stands out, impressive handling, and an interior that makes it feel more expensive than it is. But the poor rear visibility, firm ride, and high price put it right in the mid-pack of a growing and competitive segment. Disclaimer: Mazda Provided the CX-30, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
    Year: 2021
    Make: Mazda
    Model: CX-30
    Trim: Premium AWD
    Engine: 2.5L DOHC 16-valve Skyactiv-G four-cylinder
    Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
    Horsepower @ RPM: 186 @ 6,000
    Torque @ RPM: 186 @ 4,400
    Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 24/31/26
    Curb Weight: 3,388 lbs
    Location of Manufacture: Salamanca, Mexico
    Base Price: $29,950
    As Tested Price: $31,700 (Includes $1,100.00 Destination Charge)
    Options:
    Frameless Auto-dim Mirror w/Homelink - $375.00
    Cargo Cover - $150.00
    Floor Mats, All-Weather - $125.00

    Quick Drive: 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 and 2021 V90 T6

    Two Ways to Carry People and their Stuff By Volvo

    Even though this shape has been around for a few years, the XC90 still looks very fresh. The minimalist boxy profile proudly shows off the various design traits such as the "Thor Hammer" headlights, slightly altered grille, and large wheels for the Inscription model. This was the first Volvo model where I felt slightly disappointed with the interior. Not because of the material choice or design, but rather the color. The black leather and dark trim make the interior feel cheap, not something you want in an SUV costing over $90,000. A colleague of mine had a similar XC90, but with a light beige color which makes the vehicle feel luxurious.  Aside from this, the XC90 follows other Volvo's in terms of comfort. The front and second-row seats provide are very supportive on any trip. Head and legroom is plentiful for most passengers sitting in the second-row. The third-row is best reserved for either small kids or emergencies. My particular XC90 came with the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain. It's comprised of the 2.0L twin-charged (turbo and supercharged) four-cylinder and two electric motors. Total output is rated at 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice. For a model that tips the scales at over 5,000 lbs, the T8 powertrain shrugs it off. When both powertrains are activated, the XC90 moves like a rocket. Making any sort of pass or merging is no problem. The electric-only range is slightly disappointing with the EPA rating it at 18 miles. For comparison, Lincoln's Aviator PHEV gets 21 miles per charge. During my week, I was able to eke out 21 miles in mostly city and some rural driving. Recharging on 110V took around 8 to 10 hours with the battery fully depleted. Getting a 220V charger drops the charging time to around 2.5 hours. In terms of fuel economy, the XC90 T8 is rated at 55 MPGe with both powertrains, and 27 MPG with the gas engine alone. My average for the week landed around 43. The XC90 surprised me in terms of handling. I was expecting a fair amount of body roll and feeling a bit overwhelmed. But it felt alright on a winding road with minimal roll. Credit the optional four-corner air suspension which also does an amazing job with smoothing out various ruts and bumps. I came away somewhat impressed with the XC90. The T8 powertrain is the star of this vehicle as it moves this SUV like it weighs nothing, and returns decent fuel economy figures. The exterior still looks fresh and the ride/handling is impressive if you order the optional air suspension. Where the XC90 falters is in electric-only range; the interior feeling quite drab when getting a dark color; and the price tag.  Volvo V90 Inscription

    Take the V60 and add a few more inches in length, and you have the V90. The clean and smoothed-over boxy shape is still one of the best-looking shapes in a very small field of wagons. Inside, the V90 is the pinnacle of luxury. My tester was the Inscription which included Nappa leather for the seats and wood trim. Unlike the XC90, the V90 came with a light color for the interior which made it feel more expensive. Most passengers will not complain about the V90's space or comfort. No matter where you find yourself sitting, there is more than enough head and legroom. Cargo space is also plentiful with 33.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 59.3 when folded down. For powertrains, the V90 is only available with the T5 (turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder) or T6 (twin-charged 2.0L four-cylinder). My tester came with the latter, which also adds all-wheel drive. Like other Volvos I have sampled with this engine, the T6 is quite potent. No matter the driving situation, the twin-charged setup can get up to speed in no time.  EPA rates the V90 T6 at 21 City/32 Highway/26 Combined. My average for the week landed slightly below the combined figure at 25. The V90 makes no pretensions of being sporty with steering feeling very light. Body roll is kept under control, but that's due to the optional air suspension fitted to this vehicle. Ride comfort is top notch with barely a bump or road imperfection making its way inside. Complaints? I do wish for more physical controls with the Volvo Sensus infotainment system. It would make doing certain tasks such as changing the fan speed or turning the heated/ventilated front seats on or off much easier. The V90 is an excellent alternative to crossovers as it offers practicality and space, but with better fuel economy and handling. But I have some bad news concerning the V90. Volvo announced earlier this year that 2021 will be the last year for this model in U.S. Despite being only available via special order from a dealer, sales were dismal - 153 units sold through the first half of this year. I can understand why Volvo is pulling the V90 from the U.S., but it is a shame. At least the Cross Country model will still be around. Disclaimer: Volvo Provided the Vehicles, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
    Year: 2020
    Make: Volvo
    Model: XC90
    Trim: T8 Inscription
    Engine: Twin-Charged 2.0L DOHC 16-valve Dual VVT-i Four-Cylinder, Electric Motor on Rear Axle
    Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
    Horsepower @ RPM: 314 @ 5,700 (gas engine); 87 @ 0 (electric motor); 400 (combined)
    Torque @ RPM: 295 @ 2,200 (gas), 177 @ 0 (electric); 472 (combined)
    Fuel Economy: MPGe Combined/Gas Combined - 55/27
    Curb Weight: 5,142 lbs
    Location of Manufacture: Gothenburg, Sweden
    Base Price: $74,795
    As Tested Price: $86,790 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
    Options:
    Bowers and Wilkins Premium Sound - $3,200.00
    Luxury Package - $3,100.00
    Advanced Package - $2,450.00
    4-Corner Air Suspension - $1,800.00
    21" 8-Multi Spoke Wheels - $800.00
    Metallic Paint - $645.00
    Year: 2021
    Make: Volvo
    Model: V90
    Trim: T6 Inscription
    Engine: Twin-Charged 2.0L DOHC 16-valve Dual VVT-i Four-Cylinder
    Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
    Horsepower @ RPM: 316 @ 5,700
    Torque @ RPM: 295 @ 2,200
    Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 21/32/25
    Curb Weight: 4,291 lbs
    Location of Manufacture: Gothenburg, Sweden
    Base Price: $57,780
    As Tested Price: $67,740 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
    Options:
    Bowers and Wilkins Premium Sound - $3,200.00
    Advanced Package - $1,500.00
    4-Corner Air Suspension - $1,200.00
    21" 8-Multi Spoke Wheels - $800.00
    Metallic Paint - $645.00
    Massage in Front Seat - $500.00
    Air Quality with Advanced Air Cleaner - $250.00

    President Biden attends GM's Factory ZERO Grand Opening November 17th 2021

    Factory Zero, aka the previous GM Detroit-Hamtramck has finished construction and will finally Grand Open as GM's first Zero Emission auto production assembly plant.

     
    Today GM announced their excitement to have President Biden attend the Grand Opening of Factory Zero Wednesday November 17th 2021.

    In the heart of Detroit and Hamtramck Michigan, GM's first all-electric assembly plant, the culmination of GM's multibillion-dollar U.S. investment in people, products and modernized processes. These electric trucks, SUVs and autonomous vehicles built at Factory ZERO will transform GM and the auto industry as the move is on to emission free auto's.

    GM has looked for ways to move forward using their existing assembly plants and retraining their workforce and with that the local people of Hamtramck, Michigan has seen this modern evolution from a century old company.
    Officially the start of full production with the Hummer Truck by GMC will happen on November 17th 2021, but there has been plenty of mule production runs to work out the assembly kinks. With this official grand open GM is on track to deliver Hummer Trucks to customers by the end of the year if not sooner. Look for the newest Hummer in your neighborhood soon.

     
    GM Prepares to Welcome President Biden to Factory ZERO Grand Opening

    Rivian IPO Today November 10th 2021 Pops Value over GM and Ford

    Rivian as a company trading as RIVN exceeded their wildest imagination today with their IPO.  Is it worth more than GM and Ford?

    Not since Facebook IPO has wallstreet seen such a big IPO. With today November 10th, 2021 being Rivian's or RIVN IPO which kicked off at $78 per share and has since surged to $106 per share, a 36% surge on their initial day has wall street seen such a crazy IPO.

    Rivian at the current trading price has pushed past $90 billion in book value. Course this did not stop the crazy stock pop that is normal as within minutes RIVN stock rose to $116 per share or more than a 50% jump from their starting IPO price before gain pairing happened and now is moving back and forth around the $106 per share range. This has RIVN start at a company valuation of $66.5 billion and is currently worth just a bit over $90 billion now.
    The initial upsized IPO was 153,000,000 shares of Rivian Class A common stock. Since then on Tuesday November 9th 2021, Rivian gave a 30 day option of an additional 22,950,000 Class A Common stock shares to sell is demand warrants by the underwriters. As it would seem, one would expect these shares to sell as well.
    The gross proceeds from this offering after discounts, commissions and expenses is to deposit into Rivian's bank account at least $11.9 Billion
    Rivian has stated that they have firm orders for 55,400 of their R1T and R1S auto's. They have a commitment for 100,000 Amazon Prime delivery vans of which Rivian says they will have 10,000 on the road by 2022 with the full 100,000 built and delivered by 2030 pending any additional conversions of options for more vans from Amazon to Rivian.
    Amazon (AMZN) with their $1 billion investment or 20% stake and Ford (F)  with their $500 million investment or 12% stake are both backing Rivian and Ford has plans to have Rivian build select EV's for them though nothing has been committed to yet.
    Rivian as per their own CEO RJ and based on patent documents is planning a complete EV family of products for both retail and commercial application.

    It would seem that Tesla is no longer the crazy wild EV auto company stock ride, we now have Rivian.
    Bigger question is how will Rivian do once Ford and GM launch their electric trucks in 2022?
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    Rivian Announces Pricing of Upsized Initial Public Offering
    Rivian IPO: Everything You Need to Know As Tesla Competitor Makes Public Debut - TheStreet
    Electric automaker Rivian valuation pops above GM, Ford in biggest IPO of 2021 | TechCrunch
    Rivian Automotive stock soars in trading debut, in the largest IPO of the year - MarketWatch
    Electric Vehicle Startup Rivian Hits $90 Billion Valuation In Biggest IPO Since Facebook (forbes.com)

    Electrify SEMA with GMC HUMMER EVs

    GM is showcasing almost 200 products at the 2021 SEMA show this week. The show piece is the GMC HUMMER Truck and SUV. These EVs lend themselves to Personalization!

    Pickup personalization according to GM was a $40 billion market in 2020 during the height of the pandemic and GM is supporting the change to Life Style auto's with options, almost 200 to be exact at SEMA 2021.

    GM is showcasing the GMC HUMMER Truck and SUV at SEMA and has released these pictures showing the options that are available to go with the HUMMER EVs. Storage of the removable top is just one of the easy ways the FRUNK comes into use for the HUMMER Truck.

    Lifestyle is a way of life and 2020 showed that more and more people are escaping to the woods to have their own private space. GMC has an option for those that want a tent on the go without dealing with the ground.

    GMC is also highlighting the ability to have the bed covered and still usable with rails that can support a variety of sports such as Mountain Biking, skiing/snow boarding, canoeing and more.

    GMC will be showcasing a dozen of the most innovative accessories at the SEMA show on the GMC HUMMER Truck.
    A hard Power Retractable Tonneau Cover An off-road recovery kit A 50-inch roof-mounted off-road light bar Front off-road auxiliary lights Rocker protector with integrated assist steps A bold, uniquely styled bed-mounted vertical spare tire carrier Sky Panel Storage Tray Set for eTrunkTM Unique accessory wheel design in Tech Bronze (with Tech Bronze center cap and black lugs) Under-seat organizer and I-Bar storage Cargo management rails GMC HUMMER Customers can easily utilize their accessories via HUMMER EV’s driver information center’s enabled virtual auxiliary switches, offering control for aftermarket accessories such as off-road lighting and winches, allowing the driver to activate the features without hard switches.

    Overall GMC is wanting people to see the Lifestyle choices they have when it comes to zero-emissions and that is what the GMC Hummer EVs give you. A lifestyle option for getting away from it all.

    GMC HUMMER EVs to Electrify SEMA Show
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    Ford Beats GM to the E-Crate Game!!!

    Ford unveils the FUTURE of propulsion in retro auto's with the e-crate Eluminator motor in a 1978 F-100 pickup. Check out this two-wheel drive ICE modernized into a AWD-Eluminator 21st century Pickup!

    Ford today previewed the future of auto restoration at the 2021 SEMA show with the official reveal of the Eluminator F-100 AWD electric pickup truck. This truck demonstrates the power of Ford Performance e-crate motors that customers can buy and use to go emission free with zero tailpipes. 

    This 1978 Ford F-100 pickup features the 2021 Mustange Mach-E GT Performance Powertrain. Two electric motors drive the front and rear wheels with a combined 480 HP / 634 lb-ft of torque as limited by the controller for this installation. This is the first e-crate motor from Ford Performance Parts with much more to come.

    SEMA 2021 - Ford Performance Parts
    ELUMINATOR MACH E ELECTRIC MOTOR| Part Details for M-9000-MACHE | Ford Performance Parts
    The Ford Performance e-crate motor (Part # M-90000-MACH-E) is available now at $3,900 each. As part of a $50 billion global market annually, Ford looks to cash in on the performance crowd supplying e-crate motors, controllers, and so much more for your restoration to the electric world. Each motor is sold producing 281 HP / 317 lb-ft of torque by default and can be customized per installation/personalized.
    To quote Ford press Release:
    The all-electric F-100 Eluminator concept, designed and created by Ford Performance, was built in collaboration with MLe Racecars and sits on a custom chassis by the Roadster Shop. It’s painted in Avalanche Gray with Cerakote Copper accents applied by Brand X Customs, while the interior features a billet aluminum dash by JJR Fabrication and avocado-tanned leather upholstery by MDM Upholstery. It’s fitted with custom 19x10-inch billet aluminum three-piece wheels by Forgeline wrapped in Michelin® Latitude® Sport 275/45-19 high-performance tires.

    Over time, Ford Performance plans to develop a wide list of components based on the Eluminator powertrain in conjunction with industry leading performance manufactures, including battery systems, controllers, traction inverters and more as Ford closes the loop on full turnkey electrification solutions. This seems to be a focus much like GM's Connect & Cruise powertrain systems of which GM has committed to also having e-crate solutions available in the future.
    Chevrolet and GM Performance Parts for your Hot Rod, Car, or Truck (gmperformancemotor.com)
    Ford is very excited about the future and had many other electric turn key solutions being shown off at SEMA 2021 including their 1,400 HP Mustang Mach-E which they believe will hit 200 MPH at Bonneville Speed Week Summer of 2022.
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    “The fact is, electric performance is fun, and as the industry moves toward electric vehicles, motorsports and the performance aftermarket will too,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance. “Just as Ford is committed to leading the electric revolution on the product side, Ford Performance is equally committed to winning on the performance and motorsports front.”
    This past weekend, Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, an electric-powered exhibition dragster prepared by Ford Performance and MLe Racecars, demonstrated its quickness at the NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. All-Electric-Ford-F-100-Eluminator-Concept-Truck-B-Roll.mp4
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    Solid State Breakthrough, Safe, Long-lasting and Energy-dense!

    Be it a AA battery size cell or a pouch, the holly grail of battery research is smaller size with denser energy. Recently some major break throughs have happened on the Solid State front that brings Safe, Long-lasting and Energy-dense that can possibly revolutionize the BEV industry.

    Be it grid storage, computers, cell phones and especially electric vehicles, a safe, long-lasting, and energy-dense battery in a smaller form factor is what every company is looking for in selling their products today. ICE or internal combustion engine vehicles have dominated the last 100 years, but the next 100 years seems to be looking at a major change and while ICE auto's will be with us for some time, technology is going to change the way humans get around in the 21st century.

    Let's start with a little background information on battery format. You have your Cylindrical size cells that is used by Tesla and a few other companies in the auto industry around the world. There is then the Prismatic cell format which has been used by Toshiba for their SCiB cells that are also being used by various auto companies and the last is Polymer a pouch size cell that is being used in the auto industry such as GM with their Ultium battery packs.
    There are pros and cons to all formats depending on the company you talk too. Here we are not going to get into this area except to say that their is various weight with each type of format and of course the denser you can get the battery cell with long-life and safety while in a smaller format, the more flexible the design of an auto has.
    The solid-state break through comes via a partnership of LG Energy Solutions and University of California Dan Diego.

    Working together the engineers have created a new type of battery that combines two promising sub-fields into a single battery. The two areas are as follows, the solid state battery, being no liquid inside the battery and the anode which in traditional Lithium batteries is made of metallic lithium. Here the anode is made of 100% silicon. As such you have a solid state silicon battery cell. The research has shown that this design allows for a very safe, long-lasting and energy-dense cell. The applications of which can be applied to storage for the electrical grid to electric vehicles and so much more where battery technology is used.

    From left to right in the picture above:
    1) The all solid-state battery consists of a cathode composite layer, a sulfide solid electrolyte layer, and a carbon free micro-silicon anode.
    2) Before charging, discrete micro-scale Silicon particles make up the energy dense anode. During battery charging, positive Lithium ions move from the cathode to the anode, and a stable 2D interface is formed.
    3) As more Lithium ions move into the anode, it reacts with micro-Silicon to form interconnected Lithium-Silicon alloy (Li-Si) particles. The reaction continues to propagate throughout the electrode.
    4) The reaction causes expansion and densification of the micro-Silicon particles, forming a dense Li-Si alloy electrode. The mechanical properties of the Li-Si alloy and the solid electrolyte have a crucial role in maintaining the integrity and contact along the 2D interfacial plane.
    This battery technology was published in the Journal Science nanoengineers from University of California San Diego in collaboration with researchers at LG Energy Solutions made this breakthrough possible.
    To quote the published report: The development of silicon anodes for lithium-ion batteries has been largely impeded by poor interfacial stability against liquid electrolytes. Here, we enabled the stable operation of a 99.9 weight % microsilicon anode by using the interface passivating properties of sulfide solid electrolytes. Bulk and surface characterization, and quantification of interfacial components, showed that such an approach eliminates continuous interfacial growth and irreversible lithium losses. Microsilicon full cells were assembled and found to achieve high areal current density, wide operating temperature range, and high areal loadings for the different cells. The promising performance can be attributed to both the desirable interfacial property between microsilicon and sulfide electrolytes and the distinctive chemomechanical behavior of the lithium-silicon alloy.

    Silicon anode in traditional lithium batteries while safer have till now received much less attention due to the lower capacity these batteries hold. Yet solid-state has become a game changer with considerable increases in performance across a wide range of temperatures and excellent cycle life in full cell use.
    What does one gain in going with this design? Currently a silicon anode in a solid-state battery is 10 times greater in energy density over a commercial lithium ion battery used in a BEV that is on the market. To quote the lead author on the paper, Darren H. S. Tan PhD in chemical engineering, "With this battery configuration, we are opening a new territory for solid-state batteries using alloy anodes such as silicon". Solid-state next generation batteries currently have had restrictions on charge rates and temperature during charging. The silicon anode overcomes these limitations, allows faster charging rates at room temperature while maintaining high energy density.
    The laboratory testing delivered 500 charge and discharge cycles with 80% capacity retention at room temperature, which represents exciting progress for both the silicon anode and solid state battery technologies.
    To understand why this is such an important breakthrough keep this in mind, silicon offers great storage capacity, 10 times greater than graphite. Lithium-ion batteries with silicon added to the anode mix increased energy density, but suffered from real-world performance issues; the number of times the battery can be charged and discharged while maintaining performance is not acceptable.
    This problem is caused by the interaction of the silicon anodes and the liquid electrolytes it is paired with. This get complicated by the large volume of expansion of silicon particles during the charge and discharge cycle resulting in severe capacity losses over time.
    Per the UC San Diego team, by eliminating the carbon and binders and going with an all-silicon anode using micro-silicon a much less processed and less expensive material over nano-silicon which has been used in the past they were able to reduce cost. They then addressed the root problem being the liquid electrolyte that causes instability. Here they used a sulfide-based electrolyte which showed this solid electrolyte to be extremely stable with the all-silicon anodes.
    This creative out-of-the-box thinking has allowed them to have this breakthrough and will continue to support their research as they move forward on taking this to commercial productivity. This dual approach to battery design has removed the challenges that come with organic liquid electrolyte as they went with a solid electrolyte. It also allowed them to get ride of unwanted side reactions by removing the carbon on the anode with solid electrolyte, thus avoiding continuous capacity loss that typically occurs with liquid-base electrolytes.
    This two-part move has allowed the researchers to reap the full benefits of low cost, dense or high energy and the properties of silicon being environmentally benign.
    To quote LG Energy President and Chief Procurement officer Myung-hwan Kim; “With the latest finding, LG Energy Solution is much closer to realizing all-solid-state battery techniques, which would greatly diversify our battery product lineup.”
    As the solid state battery race moves forward, LG will be bringing this to commercial market selling these batteries via their various partners such as a potential new battery design via GM's Ultium system

    News Room | LG Energy Solution (lgensol.com)
    A New Solid-state Battery Surprises the Researchers Who Created It (ucsd.edu)
    Carbon-free high-loading silicon anodes enabled by sulfide solid electrolytes (science.org)
    New all-solid-state battery is safe, long-lasting, and energy-dense - Inceptive Mind
    New all-solid-state battery holds promise for grid storage and EVs (newatlas.com)
    A New Solid State Battery Surprises The Researchers who Created it, all-Silicon Anode - LG Energy Solution - Batteries News


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