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    Electrocycle, 300 Miles of Range, 120 mph Top Speed, 3.6 Seconds to 60, Can Zaiser of Colorado deliver?

    Zaiser Motors of Colorado has started a Wefunder web page as they introduce America and eventually the globe to their version of Freedom via two wheels. Electrocycle is their AWD/RWD solution to a better cruiser solution.

    Zaiser Motors of Colorado has shown off their Cruiser version of an electric motorcycle in AWD/RWD form. The basic design is a 300 mile range motorcycle that can reach 60mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. 

    Looking at the history of motorcycle startups as well as established companies like Harley Davidson with their livewire bike that only has 90 miles of range, the obvious question is how do they get such a long range on a bike? The answer is in-wheel hub motors.

    Yes, there has been much written about the pro's and cons of in-wheel hub motors. Pro, you no longer have the drive chains/belts and other consumable parts that require maintenance, nice. Con side is the unsprung weight which requires the suspension to have to work harder in giving a smooth ride.

    Zaiser Electrocycle answer is a removable, easily rechargeable battery pack that allows a much more flexible ride with a long range solution that riders are expecting based on ICE Motorcycles. Based on the Wefunder page, Quote: 
    "A 300-mile range is quite a claim, but we are ready to back that up.
    By moving the powerplant out to the wheels and shedding weight, we are confident that we will have the flexibility to achieve a 300-mile range on our model 1 Electrocycle. Freeing up space in the center of the Electrocycle will allow us to fit our 17.5 KWH battery unit and more without compromising aesthetics or aerodynamics. Additional improvements consist of efficiency gains thanks to our new twin-hub cooling system and ultra light-weight composite material implemented during manufacturing. 

    These benefits alone give us the '50-mile-edge' over current over the ~250-mile industry average, however, we anticipate rapid advancements in battery technology in the near future, making this goal very attainable for Zaiser."
    True Sustainability comes via ease of routine servicing, empowering the customer base and extending the lifespan of the Electrocycle. Part of this will come via building in compatibility with all levels of charging including fast DC charging, Home charging with interchangeable battery packs and recycling of battery packs allowing for a complete circle of life. This will come about via supporting the cycle industry modularity of battery packs with replaceability within the industry. Solid state batteries and using organic composite materials will be the other.
    The initial Electrocycle is to be the AWD model, but they have in their business plan a much cheaper model that would imply RWD only. Safety is also right up there with their battery range, true traction control and auto stabilization are to be standard, unobtrusive to the rider and yet present when it counts. Zaiser says they are not stopping there as they have planned for a tech package that is a cohesive implementation of Lidar sensors, haptic feedback via the handlebars allowing for accident avoidance and much more that has never been present in motorcycles. Their Safety tech package they believe will play a crucial role in reducing accidents by 20%.

    To succeed in todays market, Zaiser Motor company believes in three main principles for success, Culture, Community, and Events. Today's dealerships are not cutting it and Zaiser wants their stores to be a gathering hub for the community they are in. These places will be more than sales and service, but also a place for training, certifications and for hosting events to connect the Zaiser brand and it's customers and community.
    Motorsports also falls in the three categories helping to drive innovation in the electric motorsport space with electric cycle advancements and innovations. Zaiser initial go-to-market strategy is to focus on urbanites that want to escape the city pod life cleanly taking them out and back safely in their adventure.

    The Electrocycle is scheduled to launch by early 2022 at the latest according to their website and will come in a range of colors.

    For your next bike, consider a Zaiser Electrocycle and go green!

    Zaiser Motors • The Electric Motorcycle With A Soul
    Invest in Zaiser Motors: The First Twin-Hub Electric Motorcycle! | Wefunder

    Will Competition Destroy Tesla?

    It is hard to judge a company by one month of auto sales let alone two months, but when you have 3 months or more in a market that had no competition and now does, dropping near the bottom in sales should make any CEO question what needs to be done to improve sales. Norway with 60.4% of new auto sales being EV is becoming a struggle for Tesla and Ford is the latest to show them up!

    Norway has been in the news lately and not just a little but across a wide range of news organizations. Norway has been very embracing of the move to EVs supporting just about every version that has come out from small EVs that would remind one of a Golf cart and illegal on the roads in the US to the luxury level of Tesla with the X and S auto's.

    Norway has even been leading the world in the change over of their countries taxi fleet to EVs. One benefit to the taxi owner is the ability to write off half of the auto cost in the first year and the rest in the second year as long as the taxi travels over 100,000 kilometers per year. This allows private taxi drivers to purchase their own luxury ride to use as their work tool every day.

    Tesla was the first to build out a very extensive network of charging infrastructure to support their auto's allowing owners to drive their EVs in any type of weather even very cold snowy winter.

    As anyone in sales would know and to help everyone else understand, single month sales, and quarterly sales sales cannot always clearly show a trend about the success of a company. Even bi-yearly sales numbers while getting close to be considered a trend by some is not enough to state that a company has been a long term success.
    Tesla ever since they started to sell auto's in Norway back in 2009 with just 13 sold has pretty much had a captured market to themselves especially since Norway has been trying various ways to push a clean green agenda going back into the 1990's. Tesla sales spiked in 2019 at 18,798 EVs sold before plummeting as VW introduced the much more affordable ID.4 and other luxury makers such as Audi with their e-tron came on the market in 2020.

    As per the jalopnik story, Tesla did not sell many auto's in association with other auto choices till recently making the sample size very small in auto markets around the world. Norway then becomes an even more important picture on EV sales as a country that was in many ways the first to embrace EVs, will be the first to phase out all new ICE auto sales starting January 1st 2025. Currently contrast Diesel auto's that sold in 2011 with a 75.7% market share to only 8.6% market share in 2020.  A market where there are more EV options at various price points than any other market has transformed their auto market.
    Lately, Tesla sales have not been that great and Ford Motor Company is off to a hot start with their Mustang Mach-e. Yes one can contribute this to the Ford EV being a new model but keep in mind that a year ago new auto sales had BEVs make up 43.1% of sales, this year, BEVs are averaging 60.4% of new auto sales with Ford having sold 1,384 Mach-e in May for a 10% share of Norways auto market. Toyota RAV4 hybrid is in second place and Skoda's electric Enyaq is in third. Currently in the top ten EVs sold in Norway, Tesla is coming in at 6th place.
    Let's let the monthly numbers speak for what is being sold in Norway:
    May 2021 top 10 best-selling auto's in Norway.

    April 2021 top 10 best-selling auto's in Norway.

    March 2021 top 10 best-selling auto's in Norway.

    We then have no numbers, but a list was produced of the top 10 auto sales and unlike March, Tesla was in 8th place for auto sales in February:

    The clear observation is that Tesla is NOT the dominant auto company in Norway and a concern for the CEO and company one would think. Clearly now that real competition is showing up, Tesla is going to have to address concerns about fit n finish, service, warranty issues, etc.
    In 2019 Tesla dominated the market for BEVs:

    Per Norways largest news covering the auto industry, December pretty much saved the year, but even then shows some very interesting changes from 2019.

    This on top of the full 2020 year showing that Tesla is only #6 in auto sales in Norway.

    At this point, Tesla needs to deliver on a low end solution of BEVs for Norway and the world if they are to remain competitive and survive it would seem. This would be the time for a Model 2 and even maybe 1 to come out of Tesla giving low end solutions for auto buyers that currently cannot afford higher priced auto's.
    Ford Is Beating Tesla In One Of The Most EV-Saturated Markets In The World (jalopnik.com)
    • Norway: Tesla car sales 2009-2020 | Statista
    Ford's electric Mustang tops Norway car sales in May | Reuters
    Ford's electric Mustang tops Norway car sales in May | Nasdaq
    Historic December saved car sales | Dn

    Quick Drive: 2020 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e and Corolla Hatchback XSE

    Can small changes make big changes?

    Have you ever wondered what it would be to add all-wheel drive to a Prius? What about adding slightly more sport to a Corolla hatchback? Wonder no more as I can tell you some thoughts on the 2020 Toyota Prius AWD-e and Corolla XSE hatchback.
    Prius XLE AWD-e
    The Prius AWD-e powertrain is mostly the same as you'll find in the standard model - a 1.8L inline-four paired with an electric motor to provide an output of 121 horsepower. But, the e-AWD adds a second electric motor producing 7 horsepower and 40 pound-feet onto the rear axle. This provides extra traction and helps with initial acceleration (up to 6 mph). The other change deals with the battery as Toyota swaps the lithium-ion pack for a nickel-metal hydride. Toyota says the nickel-metal hydride chemistry has better resilience in extremely cold temperatures. Does the addition of a second electric motor make the Prius any faster? Not at all. It feels the same as the standard Prius; fine in stop-go driving, but struggling during hard acceleration such as merging onto a freeway. The AWD system is very unobtrusive, you don’t notice come on when one of the front wheels loses traction. There is an important caveat to note; this system only operates up to 43 mph. This is likely due to Toyota wanting to keep somewhat high fuel economy figures. As for fuel economy, the EPA rates the Prius AWD-e at 52 City/48 Highway/50 Combined - the lowest of any Prius model. My average for the week was a slightly disappointing 47 mpg. Handling characteristics are the same as the standard Prius. It's slightly fun to drive on winding roads with minimal body roll, but the steering is lackluster. Ride comfort is excellent with most bumps being ironed out. The AWD option does make the Prius a more appealing option for those living in the snow belt who still want excellent fuel economy. Corolla XSE Hatchback

    Toyota wants to make it clear the XSE is the sporting version of the Corolla Hatchback and it shows on the exterior. There is a distinct rear wing, 18-inch wheels with black inserts, and a body kit that makes the hatchback stand out from the plain-jane SE. Power comes from the same 2.0L inline-four found in the SE, producing 169 horsepower. In my tester, I had the standard six-speed manual. The CVT is an option. I was hoping for a slight improvement in overall performance with the manual, but it’s similar to the CVT. The engine feels more suited around town where it can get up to speed pretty quick. But it does show some signs of struggling when trying to reach higher speeds. The manual transmission is a mixed bag. The throws are a bit too long for any sort of enthusiastic driving and it is slightly difficult to slot into the next gear due to the vague feeling gate. But, the clutch is very easy to modulate. Despite having a sportier tune for the suspension, I couldn't tell any difference in the handling between this and the SE hatchback I drove in 2020. Both feel agile and composed when driven on a curvy stretch of pavement. I will say the SE does a better job of minimizing impacts from bumps and potholes with smaller wheels. The only reasons I see picking the XSE over the SE is for the more aggressive looks and additional standard equipment (dual-zone climate control, 7-inch screen in the instrument cluster, and power-adjustable driver seat). Otherwise, the SE offers the same driving dynamics, manual transmission, and a slightly better ride for less money. Disclaimer: Toyota Provided the vehicles, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
    Year: 2020
    Make: Toyota
    Model: Prius AWD-e
    Trim: XLE
    Engine: 1.8L DOHC 16-Valve VVT-i Four-Cylinder, AC Synchronous Motor
    Driveline: ECVT, All Wheel Drive
    Horsepower @ RPM: 96 @ 5,200 (Gas): 71 @ 0 (Electric Motor 1): 7 @ 0 (Electric Motor 2): 121 (Combined)
    Torque @ RPM: 105 @ 3,600 (Gas): 
    Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 52/48/50
    Curb Weight: 3,220 lbs
    Location of Manufacture: 
    Base Price: $28,375
    As Tested Price: $31,757 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
    Advanced Technology Package - $800.00
    Year: 2020
    Make: Toyota
    Model: Corolla Hatchback
    Trim: XSE
    Engine: 2.0 DOHC 15-Valve D-4S with Dual VVT-i Four-Cylinder
    Driveline: Six-Speed Manual, Front-Wheel Drive
    Horsepower @ RPM: 168 @ 6,600
    Torque @ RPM: 151 @ 4,800
    Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 28/37/31
    Curb Weight: 3,060 lbs
    Location of Manufacture: Aichi, Japan
    Base Price: $23,240
    As Tested Price: $26,450 (Includes $955.00 Destination Charge)
    Black Roof, Spoiler, and Side Mirrors - $500.00
    Adaptive Headlights - $415.00
    Rear Window Spoiler - $375.00
    Carpet Mat Package - $249.00
    Door Sill Protectors - $165.00
    Black Emblem Overlays - $129.00
    Mudguards - $129.00
    Door Edge Guard - $125.00
    Rear Bumper Protector - $89.00
    TRD Air Filter - $79.00

    Musk loves Texas (No Income Tax), Texas Loves Tesla, Maybe!

    Texas has many old laws, Tesla is a 21st century company wanting to continue to move forward into the future. Selling auto's in Texas is going to be a challenge as sadly, some of the old guard are not wanting to see change happen, the dealership association of Texas is winning for now. So how will Tesla sell their EVs in Texas?

    Tesla current owners are wanting change in the state of Texas and especially Elon Musk wants this change to happen as well. Musk became aware of the issue when a local owner posted this on twitter and tagged Elon Musk.
    According to a beginners guide to the Texas legislature, at the end of the civil war, Texans were rewriting the state constitution and it was made very clear they hated government. The old joke goes that they wanted to have the state legislature meet for 2 days every 140 years. they had to settle for 140 days meeting every two years. As such the state house and senate members get paid their yearly salary, but only work 140 years every two years for this salary. The house is made up of 150 members serving a 2 year term. The Senate is made up of 31 members serving a 4 year term.
    Texas also still has what is called the Blue laws, a set of laws that came into existence during prohibition and has been added to over the years so that the state has every other county dry, you can only buy auto's, meat, liquor on specific days, etc. All this adds to a confusion for people who come to the state of Texas to live and or work and need to buy items such as an Auto.
    Now that you have a basic understanding of the political structure in Texas. No this is not a political discuss, but one focused on the challenges Tesla will have selling auto's.
    Gigafactory Texas is in Austin Texas and as such the local house and senate members presented this working bi-annual 140 day session bill H.B. #4379.
    These representatives of the area that Tesla is building a new manufacturing site that will build semi trucks, trucks and suvs on electrical battery platforms wanted to add the following to state law:
    (2)  is a manufacturer or distributor described by   Section 2301.476(i-1) or is a bona fide employee of the   manufacturer or distributor.          SECTION 2.  Section 2301.476, Occupations Code, is amended   by adding Subsection (i-1) to read as follows:          (i-1)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,   a manufacturer or distributor may own or operate a dealership, may   own, operate, or otherwise act in the capacity of a dealer, and may   obtain a dealer general distinguishing number if:                (1)  the manufacturer or distributor manufactures or   distributes motor vehicles powered only by electricity or battery;   and                (2)  the manufacturer's line-make has never been sold   in this state through an independent franchised new motor vehicle   dealership. H)  manufacturer or distributor described by    Section 2301.476(i-1), Occupations Code. Tesla's company-owned outlets cannot legally sell and or deliver an auto in Texas if bought by a state citizen. The so called galleries are open to the public where one can go to review the auto's Tesla makes and discuss questions with staff about Tesla auto's, but no pricing is allowed to be discussed or how one would go about buying a Tesla auto.
    On the other hand, any citizen of Texas can go online and order a tesla from their web site. The process is a very convoluted process as no order is allowed to be processed within Texas or any Texas facility owned by Tesla. 
    So how does one purchase a Tesla in the state of Texas?
    Per multiple postings from Tesla owners in Texas, their paperwork was FedExed to them from Tesla Gallery stores in other states such as Nevada, Colorado, etc. Once they received their paper work, they had to sign everything and send it back to the gallery store that is processing their order. The buyer then has to pay for the auto online, which must be done outside of the facility grounds in advance. The newly purchased vehicle is then shipped to one of Tesla's eight Texas Service Centers where the owner can then pick up their auto as an existing owner. At this point, Texas is very happy to then collect Sales Tax and register the auto that the owner will have to do themselves either at the local DMV or online.
    Tesla has moved ahead since they anounced in July 2020 that they had choosen Austin Texas for their newest assembly plant and will be employing an estimated 5,000 people.

    According to the details per thedrive.com story, representatives introduced H.B. 4379 on March 12th 2021, two months later it was reviewed by the house transportation committee on May 11th 2021 being a win for the Austin representatives. Yet this is where it turns sad for Tesla as a company dropping Billions into the state had no handshake, no deal, etc. about allowing them to sell direct. The seven step process of presenting a bill, reviewing a bill, voting on the bill, negotiating the changes between house and senate and all the other steps must be done within the 140 day session. As such, the 2021 legislation session came to a close with the bill not getting out of the committee and moving forward and as such, must be taken up again in 2023 legislation session. Stalled before it could even get off the start line.
    For Decades the Dealer association has been very protective of their turf and spent considerable time and money lobbying the politicians and won this round. Cody Harris the local representative who presented the bill says that he still considers it a win due to the fact that it was presented before the members and as such, will help to open the eyes of the politicians about needed changes to the way auto's are sold.
    President of the Dealer association says it is all about protecting the buyers as to why it is illegal for Tesla to sell direct.
    Illegal for Tesla to sell vehicles to them:
    Tesla owners would be left helpless if the company failed, closing its service centers—whereas dealerships service cars even if they’re no longer made; Tesla has better things on which to spend its capital than brick-and-mortar stores and service centers (an interesting assessment for a state dealer lobby, but whatever); and The good reputation of all auto dealers would be deeply damaged if Tesla were to fail, leaving their owners high and dry. So one can make their own assessment if you agree with or disagree with the Dealer Association about Tesla selling direct.
    So how will Tesla which has stated they plan to start production of the Tesla Y and Cybertruck in 2021 sell their auto's in Texas home of their production?

    End result is that Tesla will have to build their auto's and ship them out of state to other states where the gallery store will take possession of the auto. Sell the auto online to the Texas citizen, handle all the paperwork via FedEx or UPS and payment online, then reship the auto to Texas gallery store for pickup.
    So what do you think about this and is it fair to Tesla, the citizens of Texas and the future of direct auto sales?
    Texas House of Representatives - About Us
    A Beginner’s Guide To The Texas Legislature – Houston Public Media
    Do 'blue laws' still exist in the Lone Star State? Curious Texas investigates (dallasnews.com)
    87(R) HB 4379 - Introduced version - Bill Text (texas.gov)
    Tesla Will Have to Ship Its Texas-Built Cars Out of State to Sell Back to Residents (thedrive.com)

    FORD+ Capital Market Day and Ford Pro Services In Focus!

    Financial analysts and company stakeholders were presented with the latest FORD+ plan for growth, value creation, leadership in electric vehicles and connected services this week on May 26th, 2021. The primary take aways are to understand Ford Motor Companies direction in regards to company profits, spending and future products and services.

    In the 21st century, Ford is leading the revolution with Zero-emission electric vehicles, advanced connectivity in transforming commercial and personal transportation by using platforms based on cutting-edge electrical architectures and battery technologies with compelling services.
    Delivering FORD+ is how Ford Motor Company is breaking away from the typified auto industry of decades past of the typical build and sell transactional business model and embracing foundational strengths based on improved financial performance, capabilities and investments in disruptive technologies. 
    At the core of the Ford Motor Company is the following strengths with Blue Oval Intelligence, Ford's next-generation, cloud-based platform for integrating electrical, power distribution, computing and software systems in 21st century Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
    Ford stated they expect to deliver an 8% adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) margin in 2023 fiscal year and this will power strengthening core automotive operations due to healthy cash flow that will fund growth and create value.
    Ford Key Electrification Revolution leadership:
    Accelerating investments and increasing planned total spending on electrification, including battery development, to more than $30 billion by 2025 – while deriving efficiencies from Ford’s flexible EV architecture and modular technologies. Anticipating 40% of Ford’s global vehicle volume to be fully electric by 2030, including from: Mustang Mach-E, which is bringing new customers to Ford – 70% of buyers, to date The F-150 Lightning, an all-electric version of the world’s most popular pickup truck, which has amassed 70,000 customer reservations since it was unveiled one week ago, and E-Transit commercial vans, which will be on the road later this year. Investing in battery technology and equipping Ford to design, engineer and manufacture its own batteries, with key developments including: Creating Ford Ion Park, a global center of battery excellence comprising more than 150 experts in battery chemistries, testing, manufacturing and value-chain management who will boost battery range and lower costs to customers and Ford Vertically integrating battery technology with an extensive range of EV batteries – IonBoost lithium ion; IonBoost Pro lithium iron phosphate for commercial vehicles; and long-range, low-cost solid-state batteries based on Ford’s own engineering and know-how from Solid Power, in which the company holds an equity stake, and Forming a joint venture, BlueOvalSK, with SK Innovation to manufacture battery cells and arrays at two plants in the U.S. for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
    Business Dedicated to Commercial Customers:
    Establishing Ford Pro, a global vehicle services and distribution business within Ford devoted to commercial and government customers, and led by Ted Cannis, who’s been named CEO and a corporate officer. Cannis has been head of Ford’s North America CV business and previously managed the Team Edison EV development group. Providing customers with greater value and higher productivity through: The industry’s most comprehensive and flexible range of electric and internal-combustion commercial vehicles Digital and physical services that can help optimize and maintain customer fleets Public, depot and employee home charging of EVs for the next day’s work, and Bundled financing of vehicles, services and charging. Increasing the commercial market for hardware and adjacent and new services that’s addressable by Ford – with anticipated company revenue of $45 billion by 2025, up from $27 billion in 2019.
    Ford Pro will integrate, digitize and simplify transportation with capabilities spanning:
    Ford Pro Vehicles – including Ford’s broad lineup of combustion-engine and hybrid commercial vehicles and, soon, all-electric versions of the company’s industry-leading vans and full-size pickup trucks developed for commercial use Ford Pro Charging – hardware and software solutions for public, depot and overnight home charging of EVs so they’re ready to work again the next day ·Ford Pro Intelligence – digital services, with distinct features integrated in their vehicles that enable customers to better manage and maintain their fleets Ford Pro Services Elite – expanding Ford’s strong network of CV centers by adding 120 dedicated, large-bay service hubs across the United States with extended hours and rapid turnaround, plus introducing 1,200 mobile service vehicles by 2025 to meet customers where they are, save them money and get them back in business, and Ford Pro FinSimple – bundled financing for vehicles, services and EV charging.

    Ford is dedicating a Separate business unit to the drive for superior customer service in the commercial sector be it at one of Fords service centers in an office space or out in the field.
    FORD+ is showing how Ford Motor has moved forward with Connecting with Customers via Connected Services:
    Having about 1 million vehicles that are capable of receiving over-the-air system updates on the road by the end of this year, exceeding Tesla’s volume by July 2022, and scaling to
    33 million OTA-enabled Ford and Lincoln vehicles by 2028. Strengthening customer relationships with digitally enabled tools like Ford Pass and Lincoln Way, online ordering, simplified financing and renewal options, vehicle pick-up and delivery, and mobile repairs. Extending digital lifestyles by fully integrating best-in-class technology from, e.g., Apple, Amazon, Google and Baidu. Speeding detection and resolution of quality issues using connected data – helping to raise customer satisfaction and lower warranty costs. Deploying distinctive connected functions like Ford’s BlueCruise driver-assist technologies, new features and upgraded software content, and EV charging to improve the user experience – and capitalize on what is projected to be a $20 billion market for such services by 2030. FORD+ day highlighted a few things that will happen the $45 Billion investment for BEVs. 
    IonBoost will be the Ford Brand for their Lithium-ion and eventual solid state batteries with Ford expecting to cut battery costs by 40% by mid-decade. Blue Oval Intelligence will all in-vehicle technology stacked with streaming services from Apple, Amazon, Google and Baidu. Ford has confirmed two dedicated EV Platforms Full-size EV platform will handle the F-150 Lightning and future trucks / SUVs. VW MEB platform will be used for Mid-size, Compact and Sub-Compact EVs.  

    While some analysts have stated Ford is trailing in the electrification race, Ford CEO Jim Farley disagrees pointing out the successful and currently sold out Mustang Mach-E crossover, the E-Transit van and the F-150 Lighting truck all in production in 2021 with deliveries starting late 2021.

    Ford's marketing of the Mach-E is the starting point of the new revolution at Ford from Photoshoots to digital media as Ford informs and shows why the future is electric.

    Ford also has additional plans for the platform that the Mustang Mach-E is built on as they talk about a much more diverse portfolio of auto's filling in every choice consumers want with all sorts of variations in Ford Trucks, SUVs and Cars. It would seem a Ford Bronco electric version could be an option soon.

    Leading the market with the Mach-E and now the F-150 Lightning that can fullfill every commercial and especially consumer need, Ford is projecting great stock / company growth this decade.

    Superior Value From EVs, Commercial Business, Connected Services Is Strategic Focus of Today’s ‘Delivering Ford+’ Capital Markets Day | Ford Media Center
    New ‘Ford Pro’ Vehicle Services and Distribution Business Redefining Transportation Value for Commercial Customers | Ford Media Center
    Ford Motor Company - 2021 Capital Markets Day
    Ford boosts EV spending, outlines 2030 sales targets, shares near 5-year high | Reuters
    EXCLUSIVE Ford follows GM, VW with two new dedicated EV platforms by 2025 -sources | Reuters

    Kia EV6 Crossover, EXCITEMENT in the 21st Century of Electric Driving

    The 2022 Kia EV6 First Edition starts advanced reservations on June 3rd, the brands first Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) is the start of Kia's plan to deliver 11 all-new electrified models across the globe by 2026 on their all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).

    Kia EV6 First Edition introduces the world to all-unifying all-new "Opposites United" design language delivering crossover functionality. Combing classic sports car with high tech cues, modern CUV styling and couple-like profile is the visual language Kia brings to the EV game.
    The EV6 rolls on a 114.2 inch wheelbase, the same as the Kia Telluride and comparable in width of a Ford Mustang Mach-E and the ground clearance of a Tesla Y.
    Enabling jaw-dropping performance, AWD capability, ultra-fast charging times is what this BEV platform enables. Estimated up to 300 miles of electric range for RWD models, V2L functionality and flat floor interior utilizing sustainable materials throughout the cabin. The EV6 offers a wide array of advanced driver assistance systems, unprecedented level of connectivity and safety.
    The first EV6 models will go on sale early 2022 in all 50 states with the GT arriving in late 2022.

    Opposites United design language delivers the following:
    "Digital Tiger" grille form serves as Kia's new tiger nose design Headlamps offer sequential dynamic light pattern Flush exterior door handles High rear deck serves as a spoiler Cross-car rear light cluster Wheel sizes available in 19, 20 or 21 inches. Kia enters the electric age with the following foundation:
    RWD bias with AWD available capacity Body structure utilizing 75% high strength steel Five-link rear suspension World's first mass-produced integrated drive axle to enhance ride comfort and handling.  Long wheelbase, short overhangs maximizing interior space with flat floor, no tunnel layout. Underfloor mounted battery placement enabling low center of gravity for enhanced stability. Kia Battery Tech for superb performance, fast charging and innovative V2L.
    The EV6 is an energy dense Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (80/10/10) battery pack that the US market will use in a 77.4 kWh size for both RWD and AWD electric motor configuration. RWD will use a 160 kW motor yielding 218 horsepower. AWD will use a 70 kW front motor paired with the 160 kW rear motor for a yield of 313 horsepower. Estimated 0 to 60 performance of 5.1 seconds. AWD GT model will use a 160 kW front motor and 270 kW rear motor yielding 576 horsepower. Estimated 0 to 60 mph performance is less than 3.5 seconds. Available late 2022 Battery charging embraces both 400-V and 800-V charging systems. When using an 800-V system, 70 miles of range can be added in less than 5 minutes. Up to 210 miles (10 to 80%) added in under 18 minutes. An on-board 11 kW charger (OBC) allows Level 2 recharging from 10 to 100% in about 7hrs.
    Vehicle to Load (V2L) functionality allows the EV6 to be a power source, providing power to computers, home improvement project, tailgating and even camping. Customers will find both inside the auto and using the adapter outside 110V outlet. With a full batter, power can be drawn from the auto for 36 plus consecutive hours. Vehicle to Vehicle charging is capable at a 1.1 kW charge, equal to being plugged into a 110V outlet.

    The EV6 is a modern eco-friendly cabin having both standard and available upgrades as follows:
    Extensive use of recycled plastic throughout interior. 100% vegan surfaces on trims 100% LED lighting inside and out Slim modern front seats Thin seat frames us ultra-light "giga-steel to maximize rear seat space and knee room 27.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 60/40 split folding bench seat. Second row folded down grows cubic feet space to 53.5 Hands-free Smart Power Tailgate for easier cargo access Storage space for small items in Frunk (front trunk)

    The dash modern dash incorporates dual 12 inch TFT screens for drivers cluster and infotainment. Blue light filtered screen to reduce eye strain and fatigue. AR Heads-up display (HUD) system with advanced 3D imaging and advanced driver assistance systems. EV6 has both a standard audio system and a premium Meridian 14 speaker audio system available with Intelli Q technology auto correcting audio voludm and sound as the vehicle speed changes.

    EV6 has a slew of standard and available enhanced safety features along with a wireless connected auto for regular updates.
    UVO link connected vehicle experience: Kia Pay: Enjoy an in-car commerce experience. Allows the user to transact conveniently from inside the vehicle with a growing number of merchants and popular outlets Available Add-On customer convenience Map and Infotainment Over-The-Air (OTA) capability Available Wi-Fi Hotspot: Allows customers to connect their personal devices and enjoy streaming Stolen Vehicle Recovery: Peace of mind for owners with the capability to assist law enforcement agencies to recover a stolen vehicle Connected Routing: Uses the cloud to calculate the optimal route using real-time maps, predicted traffic info based on historical information and AI to learn the preferred routes of users Smartwatch accessibility: Provides battery status, vehicle notifications and certain vehicle control through Apple and Android smartwatches Connected Weather: Provides weather information for more than 25,000 cities Enhanced voice assist feature allows voice control of the vehicle’s climate, seat and steering-wheel heating, audio system, and other functions Smart Speaker Integration: Lets customers use Amazon-Alexa or Google-Assistant enabled smart speaker or device to remotely control certain vehicle functions, such as remote start 911 Connect and Roadside Assistance: Automatically calls 911 via the built-in modem if an airbag deploys. For non-emergencies, it can connect with 24/7 roadside assistance and share the vehicle’s location On-demand Find My Car with Surround View Monitor: Uses the vehicle cameras to capture images of the vehicle’s surroundings and then displays them in the UVO link App or Portal Last Mile Navigation: Provides walking directions to the driver’s actual destination if the vehicle is parked between 0.1 and 1.2 miles away Integrates owner’s personal calendar and shows calendar events in the navigation system Surround View Monitor (SVM): Utilizes four cameras to provide a 360-degree perspective around the vehicle, enhancing driver confidence in tight parking situations Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist-Reverse (PCA-R): Detects certain objects behind the vehicle, issuing an audible warning when an obstruction is detected and will automatically assist with emergency braking if there is a risk of collision Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)12: Upon exiting, the vehicle provides a reminder to check for unattended passengers that may remain in the rear seating area Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA): Allows remote parking or exiting a parking spot with the driver operating the EV6 from outside the vehicle  Safe Exit Assist (SEA)13: Audibly alerts the driver or passengers opening their door not to exit the vehicle when the system detects approaching traffic. The system can intervene to lock the rear doors when the vehicle is equipped with available Power Child Lock Blind-Spot Avoidance Assist (BCA): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the vehicle brakes the outer wheel under certain conditions to help return the vehicle to its lane Driver Attention Warning (DAW)14: Senses inattentive driving patterns and sends an audible/visual warning to alert the driver Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): Assists the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle is detected in front. Uses automatic braking to avoid or mitigate an impact Other standard iterations of FCA include FCA-Ped (Pedestrian), FCA-LS (Land-Change Side), FCA-LO (Lane-Change Oncoming), FCA-JC (Junction Crossing), FCA-JT (Junction Turning) High Beam Assist (HBA):  Detects oncoming traffic and automatically switches off the high beam headlights then turns them on once traffic has passed Highway Driving Assist II (HDA 2)15: This system is the evolution of HDA, which is a driving convenience system that keeps a set distance from a car in front and centers the vehicle in the lane. HDA2 will additionally assist with lane changes and adjust the lateral position of the car within the lane ISLA (Intelligent Speed Limit Assist): Recognizes signs and provides relevant feedback in the cluster and augmented-reality head-up display (AR HUD) Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C): Leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves in the road Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Helps detect most approaching cross traffic when in reverse.  When approaching cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and applies the brakes

    All-new Kia EV6 crossover ushers in new era of electric driving excitement (kiamedia.com)
    Kia EV6 redefines boundaries of electric mobility
    Photos & Videos - Kia America Newsroom (kiamedia.com)
    All-New 2022 Kia EV6 Crossover | Meet Your Future Electric Car | Kia

    Hyundai IONIQ 5 To Disrupt EV Market and Teams with Electrify America!

    Inspired by the Hyundai "45" EV concept, Hyundai Motor North America introduced the all-new IONIQ 5 electric crossover utility vehicle or you could say the IONIQ 5 BEV CUV with a targeted driving range of 300 miles and two years of charging at all Electrify America charging stations.

    The start of anything is always a challenge, so it comes as no surprise that a company that has been disruptive from the start with extreme auto warranties decides to not hold back when it comes to the next technology change in the auto industry. Hyundai has released full details of their all-new IONIQ 5 BEV CUV with the goal of disrupting the industry from the start of what people expect from an electric auto.
    Today many talk about re-charging times and range as the two biggest concerns with electrification of auto's. Hyundai has chosen to disrupt the EV market by not only ensuring that there is plenty of range in their first EV auto but also ensuring you have ultra-fast charging and vehicle-to-load power capability to name a few. Let's look at the list of features the IONIQ 5 will have as it goes on sale later this year for 2021 starting in a total of 15 states California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, (10 ZEV states), plus Texas, Florida, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Arizona, with a broad national rollout for sale in 2022.
    Ioniq 5 details list:
    Ultra-fast 800-volt multi-charging (10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes) Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function can power small appliances, devices and even charge other EVs Driving range target of 300 miles New E-GMP platform improves performance, enhances driving dynamics and optimizes interior volume (spaciousness of a large car in a compact CUV) Eco-friendly materials and nature-inspired colors at many touchpoints In-car payment system puts your wallet on wheels IONIQ 5 customers will receive unlimited 30-minute charging sessions for two years on Electrify America’s growing network of chargers IONIQ 5 is the first model in Hyundai’s new family of IONIQ electric vehicles   Extended 118.1-inch wheelbase - IONIQ 5 has the longest wheelbase in Hyundai’s U.S. product lineup Cutting-edge Parametic Pixel LED lighting elements Eye-catching V-shaped front bumper incorporates distinctive daytime running lamps (DRLs) Flush door handles provide clean surface styling and enhanced aerodynamics Front and rear forms merge together at the doors, another example of Hyundai’s ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design Strong C-pillar shape, inspired by the ‘45’ EV concept, gives IONIQ 5 a commanding presence Large 20-inch areo-optimized wheels echo the Parametric Pixel design theme and complete IONIQ 5’s perfected proportions, optimized for Hyundai’s E-GMP platform In auto payment system Find and pay for EV charging Order and pay for food / coffee to go Find, reserve and pay for parking Hyundai Bluelink Remote Profile Management stores selected vehicle settings in the Bluelink cloud, with the ability to remotely update and push back to the vehicle, personalized to driver preferences.
      Remote Start Enhancements offer remote seat heating and ventilation functions as well as preloads of individual driver settings for seating position.
      Vehicle Status Notifications inform customers if the vehicle is left with doors unlocked or windows open.
      POI Send to Car Now with Waypoints is an ability to add up to three-way points to be delivered to the vehicle together and automatically set order of destinations.
      Maintenance Alert Enhancement tracks maintenance intervals in the multimedia system, with ability to reset. Hyundai Motor Groups plan is to introduce 23 BEV models, selling 1 million BEV units worldwide by 2025. IONIQ 5 has been introduced with a pre-reservation program for early purchase with special benefits for this BEV that goes on sale fall of 2021.
    Hyundai president and CEO of Hyundai America states the following: “Once behind the steering wheel, they are going to be shocked by the range, power, comfort, interior space and advanced technology. Owning one is going to be a new experience and lifestyle that only the IONIQ brand can provide.”

    Hyundai believes that the IONIQ 5 while being sleek and sophisticated is their first auto that connects the past, present and future. From the flush door handles and clean flowing surface of the outside of the auto to the ease of use and open interior. Merging form and function together is part of the Hyundai's Parametric Dynamic design.

    At launch customers will have six exterior colors to choose from, this includes five nature-inspired hues exclusive to the Ioniq 5. Color choices are Phantom Black Pearl, Cyber Gray Metallic, Atlas White, Digital Teal (Green Pearl), Lucid Blue Pearl, Shooting Star (Grey Matte). Interior will have three color options, Obsidian Black Monotone, Dark Pebble Gray/Dove Gray, and Dark Teal / Dove Gray.
    Choice is an important part of the Ioniq 5 launch and while North America will have the single standard 77.4 kWh battery pack, this will be mated to either the AWD setup that combines a 74 kW front motor with a 165 kW rear motor for a total of 320 hp and 446 ft-lbs of torque. In RWD configuration you will have 225 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque.
    Single motor will have the targeted 300 miles on a full charge and AWD is targeted at 269 miles for SE & SEL models with 244 miles for the top-of-th-line Limited edition. All configurations will have a top speed of 115 MPH with a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs.
    Fast Charging
    The IONIQ 5 holds nothing back as it will support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures. The platform is a standard 800-V capable system that can also accommodate the 400-V chargers without a need for additional components / adapters. Hyundai is proud to have the worlds first patented multi-charging system that operates the motor and inverter to boost between 400-V and 800-V chargers.
    IONIQ 5 using a 350-kW charger can charger the battery pack from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes. Even if the owner only has a few minutes to spare, the 350-kW 800-V chargers can quickly add 68 miles of range fast. The standard 10.9 kW on-board charger completes a full charge in 6hrs and 43 minutes using a home Level 2 charger.
    With buying or leasing an IONIQ 5, each owner will get 2 years of unlimited charging at all Electrify America Charging stations.

    Hyundai continues to lead innovation with the first V2L or Vehicle to Load ability that allows you to charge any electric device. Makes from tailgating to parties and even camping outside with a peak 1.9 kW 120V outlet using the available adapter. You also on the Limited trim have underneath the back seat a second outlet to be used inside the auto.

    Passenger space and cargo space are always important items and with that in mind the Ioniq 5 shows just how big this little EV is. Measuring in at 182.5 inches in overall length makes it 14 inches shorter than the Hyndai Palisade midsize CUV and yet the wheelbase is 118.1 inches long which is 4 inches longer than the Palisade CUV. With a 74.4 inche width and 63 inch height, the IONIQ 5 offers large-car-like interior space in a compact CUV form. Allowing true relaxation in your auto.

    Hyundai's E_GMP platform was developed with interior space in mind. A nearly flat floor allows for maximum passenger and cargo space. The IONIQ 5 has 106.5 cubic ft of space compared to the Ford Mach-e @ 101.1 cubic feet or the VW ID.4 @ 99.9 cubic feet.
    IONIQ 5 provides 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 2nd row seat but increases to 59.3 cubic feet when you fold down flat the second row of seats.
    The IONIQ 5 offers Hyundai's Premium Head-up display with Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Drivers have a choice of relevant information that they wish to display on the windshield. 
    This choice of display options expands to the dashboard allowing you to customize the various information to display. The wide, configurable dual cockpit  features 12 inch, full touch infotainment screen and hoodless digital gauge that is customizable to meet the owners needs. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are standard and work via bluetooth multi-connection support so two devices can be paired at the same time for phone calls to streaming audio. The navigation system comes with 3 years of Bluelink infotainment / map updates.

    Safety has never been better as the IONIQ 5 is equipped with the next level of Hyundai SmartSense, advanced driver assistance systems offering the highest levels of safety and convenience. IONIQ 5 is the first Hyundai model to offer Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA2). The HDA2 system maintains a set distance and speed from the vehicle ahead when driving on highways while keeping the IONIQ 5 centered in the lane, even around curves by controlling the steering wheel. The system actively responds to close-range low-speed cut-ins by other drivers and automatically assist lane changes. Smart Cruise Control (SCC) has machine learning to mimic the drivers unique tendencies for acceleration and spacing with vehicles ahead. There is also Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) which can detect other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclist to help avoid a collision.
    IONIQ 5 also comes with other semi-autonomous driving features such as ISLA or Intelligent Speed LImit Assist which adjusted vehicle speed to match posted speed limits and HBA or High Beam Assist which automatically turns on and off high beams while driving for optimized visibility.
    A slew of other driver attention related functions also will be standard such as BCA or Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist. BVM or Blind-spot View Monitor which during a driver indicated lane change will show you both left and right sides of the auto on the cluster screen.
    Parking also is now enhanced with the RSPA or Remote Smart Parking Assist. RSPA allows the driver to remotely park or exit a parking spot from outside the vehicle. This feature works for both parallel and perpendicular parking and can be activated via a button on the vehicles smart key.
    IONIQ 5 also has SVM or surround view monitoring using 360-degree viewing cameras on the auto to check everything before you move. PSA or Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist system helps you when backing up so as to not hit others. RCCA or Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist also works to help avoid accidents when an auto approaches from the right or left side of your IONIQ 5.
    Over the Air wireless updates to the IONIQ 5 happen twice a year in April and October to ensure your are current and up to date at no additional charges.
    For additional details and an extensive assortment of photo's and videos please visit the Hyundai Press Release web sites below.
    Hyundai IONIQ 5 Electric CUV Disrupts EV Market with Ultra-Fast Charging and Vehicle-to-Load Power Capability - Hyundai Newsroom
    Electrify America and Hyundai Announce Agreement to Provide Future All-Electric IONIQ 5 Drivers with Two Years of Complimentary Fast Charging - Hyundai Newsroom
    Hyundai IONIQ 5 Electric CUV Photo Gallery - Hyundai Newsroom

    Commercial All-Electric F-150 Lightning Pro, Next Generation Technology Built for Today's Work Order Book Opens

    The all-new 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro commercial all-electric truck built for commercial customers was released today. Joining the E-Transit in the growing family of Ford Work-ready electric vehicles, backed by a Ford nationwide network making the transition to zero emissions easy.

    Ford has opened the books on the F-150 Lightning Pro commercial series of pickup trucks.

    Starting with an MSRP of $39,974 with standard range battery and dual motor power 4x4 targeting 426 horsepower/775 lb-ft of torque and a targeted EPC-estimated range of 230 miles. The F-150 Lightning Pro commercial extended-range version is also available with targeted 563 horsepower/775 lb-ft of torque, targeted EPA-estimated range of 300 miles starting at an MSRP of $49,974.

    Charging, connectivity for fleet integration has available 48 and 80 amp chargers, enabling overnight Level 2AC charging solutions for home as well as full support for public and depot fast charging. These commercial trucks will also fully support vehicle telematics via the dashboard and OEM-grade electric vehicle data support fleet management software.  Fords fleet planning tools target a 40% reduction in scheduled maintenance over 8 years and 100,000 miles of service use.

    Fords First-ever Mega Power Frunk offers 14.1 cubic feet of lockable, water-tight storage with capacity to carry up to 400 pounds. Comes standard with four 120V AC outlets and two USB ports. Two more outlets are in the cab and two in the 5 1/2 foot rear cargo bed, which is ready for easy upfitting with its familiar F-150 dimensions and mounting points.

    Trucks will have a standard 2,000 lb maximum payload capacity with a 5,000 pound towing capability. Ordered with the optional Max Trailer Tow package and you up this to 7,700 pounds if on the standard battery pack. Extended battery pack takes the Max trailer Tow package allowing for 10,000 pounds of trailering.

    Ford is proud of their military-grade aluminum alloy body and upgraded high-strength steel frame supporting the advanced battery pack. F-series independent rear suspension and low center of gravity help to improve isolation from the road, providing a stable ride with reduced steering roll, maintaining the durability and reliability customers expect of an F-150 pickup. Advanced cooling / heating system helps ensure the truck can thrive in the toughest of ordeals and weather.
    Pro Power Onboard is a built-in AC power source that comes standard with a 2.4 kW capability through four outlets in the Frunk, two in the cab and two in the bed. With the extended range battery you have the available option of a 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard. This adds two more 120V outlets and a 240V AC outlet to the bed. This provides enough power to rip up 30 miles of half inch plywood on a single charge.

    Pro Power Onboard automatically via the trucks software system adjusts the battery range of the truck based on power used from the Pro Power Onboard system. Software can have set parameters to ensure the truck can get to the closest available charging station to avoid stranding of people. If no parameters are set and Pro Power Onboard depletes the battery charge level to the point a truck cannot reach a charge location, it will shut down automatically to prevent the truck from becoming stranded.
    The F-150 Lighting Pro is offered in a 4-door 5 passenger SuperCrew configuration. Features easy to clean vinyl seats along with the standard SYNC 4 with 12" LCD touch screen and a 12" productivity screen with Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0.

    Onboard scales are available to monitor payload and accurately calculate range. Ford has the following estimates on charging at this time:

    Ford F-150 Lightning will come standard with 4G LTE for seamless connectivity services to help fleets optimize efficiency and lower operating costs while also allowing constant over the air encrypted updates.
    F-150 Lightning Pro will be proudly built by UAW-represented hourly employees at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan with deliveries starting spring 2022.
    More details can be read at: 2022 Ford® F-150 Lightning Electric Truck | All Electric and All F-150 fleet site.

    Ford Introduces All-Electric F-150 Lightning Pro, Built for Work with Next-Generation Technology, Seamless Overnight Charging | Ford Media Center

    Canoo Pricing, Accessible For Everyone - Promises Kept!

    This week Canoo opened its reservations for preorders of their three BEVs. The LifeStyle vehicle, MPDV (Multi-purpose delivery vehicle) and pickup truck can be reserved in the United States with a $100 deposit per vehicle at www.canoo.com.

    Canoo is excited to announce their preorder reservation system is now open with a minimal $100 deposit. Canoo Inc. has stated that their first BEV will be their Lifestyle vehicle launching in 2022 with a targeted pricing of starting from $34,750 and rising to $49,950 for delivery, base and premium models before incentives or optional equipment. Pickup Truck and MPDV scaled production are scheduled to begin in early 2023.

    CEO and Executive Chairman of Canoo Inc. Tony Aquila states the following: “It’s no longer a question of whether America will go EV – but when. Our line-up is future-forward and succeeds where others have struggled: Giving people the EV that works smarter for them at a price that can work for their budgets. That’s why we are designing for flexible use cases and focused on productivity solutions,” “We are designing for people who work hard, play hard and need something reliable, that will last and give you value. We’re for the 99% not the 1%. Our vehicle line-up is built for the backbone of America – to give you value so you can work smarter.” 

    Designed as a cabin forward to maximize interior space and function with exportable power and customization options is what the Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle is all about. Available in four trims: base, premium, adventure and Lifestyle Vehicle Delivery. The Lifestyle Vehicle is the ultimate multi-tasker designed for the family that is constantly on the go. Without the need for an engine compartment, the Lifestyle Vehicle features the unique street view window for improved driver visibility.
    The Adventure trim has more ground clearance with a muscular profile. The bumpers are enhanced along with the auto having metal skid plates added for increased vehicle durability.
    Canoo's signature headlights and taillights serve as a core brand identifiers without the need for a logo.
    The companies proprietary and highly versatile multi-purpose platform architecture will under pin all models from the Canoo lineup of BEVs. The Lifestyle Vehicle has the interior space of a large SUV with an exterior footprint of a compact car and is made for urban, adventure, families, fleet, ride hailing and more.
    Anticipated specifications:
    300 hp 332 lb-ft of torque 250 miles of battery range
    Ready for work or play, the electric pickup truck is an ALL-AMERICAN made cabin-forward, steer-by-wire technology design built on their modular multi-purpose platform architecture. The truck has an extendable flatbed that Canoo believes will compete with America's best selling pickup trucks on a smaller footprint allowing for an easier to maneuver and more convenient to drive. The pickup truck was designed for all users with features that work from on-site jobs to out in the woods comfort. Exportable power, advanced exterior lighting, fold down worktable, cargo storage, flip-down side-tables, sidesteps and storage, extendable bed with space dividers and multi-accessory charge ports.
    Anticipated specifications:
    AWD or RWD motor configurations 500 plus HP 550 lb-ft of torque Payload capacity of 1,800 lbs., 200 plus miles battery pack range
    The MPDV or Multi-purpose delivery vehicle is designed to maximize return on investment for a wide range of commercial customers (fleets) and yet still keeps small business and families in mind depending on configuration.
    The MPDV was built with last-mile delivery companies in mind initially. High efficiency with class leading cargo space offer cost savings allowing businesses to reinvest and thrive. From independent contractors, tradespeople, utilities, service technicians and more.
    Bi-directional onboard charging maximizes functionality and transforms the BEV into a power plant for equipment and tools that can be powered even in remote destinations. The vehicle was designed to accommodate workstations to store and access a variety of devices, products and equipment.
    Depending on configuration, anticipated specifications:
    200hp 236 lb-ft of torque 250 miles battery pack Pricing, features, and performance metrics are all estimated and can change. Final vehicle specifications will be revealed at production launch.
    Promises Kept – Canoo Pricing For Lifestyle Vehicle Is Accessible For Everyone | Press | Canoo

    Mercedes-Benz Introduces the World to the EQT Premium Luxury Mini-Van

    Giving families the ultimate premium luxury small van for fans of recreational activities is what Mercedes-Benz presented with the introduction of the Concept EQT Mini-Van. To quote the press release: Concept EQT shows: We are consistently implementing our claim to leadership in electromobility and will also be offering a fully electric model in this segment in the future," says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. 

    Mercedes-Benz is expanding their portfolio with the forthcoming T-Class EQT small van. Mercedes says the T-Class design is distinguished by balanced proportions and a sensual surface design. Muscular shoulders, striking wheel wells underline the T-Class power and emotive appeal.

    The EQT has characteristic black panel front with LED healights that flows seamlessly from the bonnet and gleams with a star pattern. The various sized 3D stars are featured throughout the BEV from the front to the back and the 21-inch light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish to the panoramic roof and the electronic long board in the rear. You will also find an LED light strip that connects the LED headlamps with the rear LED rear lamps with the van finished in a high gloss piano finish.

    To quote the Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener, "The Concept EQT is a new, holistic van with the Design DNA of “Sensual Purity”
    The interior is an emotional, stylish statement according to the EQT team of blacks and whites. The use of luxury nappa plaited leather from seats to doors and center consoles with a strong use of recycled leather. Everything is a touch of luxury in soft touch surfaces, touch control steering wheel to interactive MBUX infotainment system. The ease of getting what you need done safely while driving is as easy as saying Hey Mercedes via the voice assistant system. This system is cutting edge with the use of A.I. to allow self learning in customizing the response and features to the owners. An example is if you routinely call someone on your way home from work, the system will suggest their phone number on the display at that time of day every day of your work week. MBUX helps with it's A.I. predictive functions.
    Full details can be reviewed in the Mercedes-Benz press release link at the bottom.

    The Concept EQT will come to global markets starting in 2022. The T-Class van series will follow the commercially positions Citan that comes out 2021.
    EQT has the following Length/Width/Height of (195 inches / 73 inches / 72 inches) is is a dual sided sliding doors  and can be had with or without a 3rd bench seat for a maximum of 7 passengers.
    Premiere of the Concept EQT – forerunner of a new premium quality in the small van segment - Daimler Global Media Site

    Could the F-150 Lighting EV be Fords first $100,000 plus EV Truck? No, starts at $39,974!

    UPDATED WITH RELEASE INFO Ford has announced this week that on May 19th 2021 they will livestream the F-150 Lightning EV pickup truck at Ford HQ. Could this be Ford's Halo pickup truck for the full EV Truck lineup?

    Ford has announced that on May 19th 2021 the world will get to see the start of the next chapter in America's best-selling vehicle, F-150 Lightning. The Lightning will bring stunning innovation, technologies and capabilities to the F-Series lineup. This BEV will combine the best power, payload and towing capabilities that is the hallmark of all Ford Tough Trucks.
    The reveal will take place at 9:30 pm  E.D.T from Ford World Headquarters and be broadcasted live with 30+ ways to watch across physical and digital destinations. This will include Ford Facebook, YouTube channels, Twitter, Key National Publications as well as 18 impactful out-of-home locations such as Times Square in New York City and Las Vegas Boulevard.
    Ford President and CEO Jim Farley says, "Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo and changes the game. Model T, Mustang, Prius, Model 3 and now the Ford F-150 Lightning. America's Favorite vehicle for nearly half a century is going digital and fully electric. The F-150 Lightning can power your home during an outage, it's quicker than the coveted original F-150 Lightning performance truck and will constantly be improved via over-the-air updates."
    Production of the F-150 Lightning begins next spring at the all-new Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. This $700 million investment will see the start of all electric Ford F-150 pickups being produced starting mid-2022 for sale in Q3/4 2022.
    Ford to Reveal All-Electric F-150 Lightning May 19 with Livestreamed Event at Ford HQ | Ford Media Center
    F-150 Lightning | Ford Media Center
    Ford Deepens Commitment to American Manufacturing, Celebrates Production Start of All-New F-150, Breaks Ground on New Electric F-150 Plant at Historic Rouge Center | Ford Media Center
    MAY 19TH 2021 F-150 Lightning REVEAL Info
    All the details and the tools to play with it in the color you might love can be found here: 2022 Ford® F-150 Lightning Electric Truck |All Electric and All F-150
    You Tube Videos of the Reveal and additional video info of what the F-150 Lighting can do here: Ford Motor Company - YouTube
    Basic rundown of the features and specifications:
    Intelligent Backup Power - able to power a home for 3 days on a fully charged battery or up to 10 days if rationing power. Pro Power - 9.6kW of max power through 11 outlets, 4 120V outlets in the frunk, 2 in the cab, 4 in the bed and a 240V outlet in the bed. Over the Air software updates BlueCruise - hands free auto cruise Power My Trip - SYNC ability to plan your trip with proper places to charge up your ride. Phone as a Key. Smartphone as a key fob but with more feature / functionality than a traditional fob. Intelligent Range - Built in A.I software that accurately calculates range based on various factors from weather to towing and grade. Standard Battery range of 230 miles, extended battery range of 300 miles. Ford F-150 Lighting starts at $39,974 for the Commercial-oriented version. Mid series XLT starts at $52,974 and topping out at $90,474 10,000 lbs towing capacity, course we know it can do more. Seems this is the max approved for XLT, LARIAT and Platinum with the MAX trailering towing package. 2,000 lbs payload capability Drive modes that include Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul and Off-Road 563 HP / 775 lb-ft of torque 0 to 60 Mid 4 second range F-150 Lighting is 40% less scheduled maintenance than and ICE F-150 over 8 years / 100,000 miles.

    "SOLTERRA" SUBARU First All-Electric SUV

    Tuesday May 12th 2021 SUBARU announced their first all-electric SUV for the brand aimed at coexisting with nature. SOLTERRA is scheduled to go on sale in 2022.

    SOLTERRA, SUBARU's all-new, all-electric C-segment-class CUV is the first Subaru built on the all new battery electric vehicle (BEV) dedicated e-Subaru Global Platform jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corporation. The SOLTERRA will go on sale globally in 2022 with a focus in Japan, China, Europe, Canada and the US.

    e-Subaru's Global Platform is a combination of Toyota's and Subaru's strengths in creating an AWD platform that allows the mix and match of the front segment, center and rear allowing a wide mix of FWD, RWD and AWD configurations in an optimized roomy platform with superior passive safety and vehicle stability.
    Per Subaru's press release the BEV name SOLTERRA was created by joining the word SOL, Latin for Sun and TERRA, Latin for Earth. This name was chosen to further advance Subaru's appreciation for mother nature and the over all planet we need to coexist with. This Subaru believes delivers on the commitment to their customers on a go-anywhere capable BEV.
    To learn more go to the following web site: Solterra EV – An All-Electric SUV | Subaru
    Press Release
    Source links
    SUBARU Names New All-Electric SUV “SOLTERRA” | NewsRelease | Subaru Corporation
    Subaru U.S. Media Center
    Subaru U.S. Media Center

    Jeep Challenge is on as Ford Grows Rugged SUV Lineup!

    Ford had promised more rugged off road SUVs challenging Jeep's dominance in the off road market and the over all market image with the introduction of the Ford Explorer Timberline edition. This Timberline series gives Ford's customers a more capable off-road feature packed SUV for memorable weekend adventures with family and friends. 

    The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline edition is the most off-road capable Explorer ever due to increased ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, steel skid plates, Torsen limited-slip differential, Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires, new shocks, springs and stabilizer bars.
    The Timberline sports a functional, capable appearance with unique front and rear styling combined with three rows of seating for everyone.

    Fords marketing data shows that over the last 10 years, SUVs have jumped to command 55% of the U.S. Market with sales growing from 4.6 million units in 2011 to 7.8 million for 2020. This same Ford data is saying that owners are reporting a 56% increase in off-road use over the last 3 years alone. Timberline was built to give customers more confidence and capability to get to the their next adventure be it fishing or a remote off the beaten path spot.
    A second very important trend is the data showing people are now participating in more outdoor activities and adventures than before due to the pandemic. 40% of all Americans surveyed say they spent more time outdoors since the pandemic began.

    The Ford Explorer Timberline off-road credibility starts with Ford's standard intelligent four-wheel drive. A system that automatically adjusts torque between the wheels based on conditions and driver inputs delivering best traction, pre-empting wheel slip with proper application of torque per wheel.

    Ford continues the off-road passion with the following details:
    Intelligent four-wheel drive Torsen Limited-slip rear differential Terrain Management System featuring seven drive modes (based on 2020 version, could be different on the 2021) Normal mode Eco mode Sport mode Slippery mode Deep Snow and Sand mode Trail mode Tow/Haul mode Standard Hill Descent Control for constant speed control between 2 to 12 mph maximum Timberline capability Heavy duty steel skid plates Enhanced steering calibration Heavy duty stabilizer bars and springs tuned for the Timberline Includes exclusive rebound springs in the front to prevent sudden jarring off-road Heavy Duty Shocks raises the ride height 0.8 inches (Developed for the Explorer Police Interceptor) Bridgestone Dueler P265/65R-18 All-Terrain tires Approach angle of 23.5 degrees and departure angle of 23.7 degrees Minimum ground clearance of 8.7 inches EcoBoost 2.3L engine producing 300 HP and 310 lb/ft of torque paired with a 10 speed automatic transmission giving a 5,300 lb towing capability. Ford only states a couple modes in their press release and as such it could be using the same 7 modes from the 2020 Explorer, but since this is the Timberline edition of rugged off-road prowess, it could be using the Bronco 7 G.O.A.T. modes which stands for Goes Over Any Type of Terrain. This would be the first 5 listed above and then would include a Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl modes for the final two. Either way you will have a very capable off-road SUV.
    The Explorer Timberline edition launches a new Forged Green Metallic exterior color with a blackout treatment and red ember tow hooks rated at 150% gross vehicle weight. Ford has already incorporated a heavy duty wiring harness that allows Fords wide dealer network to install Ford Performance auxiliary lights giving an output of 160,000 candelas of illumination for nighttime trail riding. This equates to 2.5 times the brightness of the Explorer Timberline high-beam headlamps.
    Ford's Deep Cypress interior trim color compliments the new Forged Green Metallic exterior and includes the standard Co-Pilot360 with Assist+ technology featuring Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Speed sign recognition, Lane Centering, Evasive Steering assist and voice activated touch screen navigation. Standard 360 degree cameras provide views of all potential obstacles including a front view camera to help with cresting hills off-road.

    Ford has partnered with Yakima Rooftop accessories for customer to take any and all the equipment they want on their adventure.
    2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is available to order now and arrives at Ford dealers summer of 2021.
    Ford Grows Rugged SUV Lineup with New Ford Explorer Timberline – Most Off-Road-Capable Explorer Ever | Ford Media Center
    What’s New in the 2020 Ford Explorer Terrain Management System? (akinsford.com)
    Terrain Management System - Ford Technology| Ford KSA
    2021 Ford® Bronco Sport First Edition SUV | Model Detail & Specs

    450 Fleet Customers Line Up for Ford's E-Transit Vans

    Ford is proud to open registration for the new E-Transit Vans supported by 645 Commercial Vehicle Center Dealers across the U.S. E-Transit joins America's best-selling commercial van, the Ford Transit family.

    E-Transit registration opened today, Wednesday 5th of May 2021 for commercial customers highlighted by the fact that they have over 450 commercial customers showing purchase intentions. Pricing for all configurations start at $43,295 and go up to $52,690. Expanded details are available on Fleet Home Page (ford.com)

    Ford used more than 30 million miles of Ford Telematics data in confirming that the average commercial vans in North America only drive 74 miles a day. Ford also understands that there are days with long and shorter range as well as hot and cold weather. This allowed Ford to target the E-Transit with a starting point of 126 miles of range for the Cargo Van Low-roof models with larger battery packs available as needed.
    E-Transit is built without compromise according to Ford as the maximum payload is 3,800 lbs. of cargo for the van low-roof model on a regular wheelbase, 4,250 lbs. on a chassis cab and 4,290 lbs on cutaway. Ford also offers Pro Power onboard which provides a 2.4kW of power for recharging tools and powering tools like drills, saws, jackhammers, laptops and more. Keeping you powered to get the job done is the goal of Pro Power by Ford. 
    Ford offers a very functional and accommodating interior. Ford redesigned the center console with a new rotary shifter and e-brake on the panel. improved walk-through, and a rear shelf delete giving even more head room when moving around the van.

    12 inch touch screen with Available Sync 4 can make a perfect crew member with built in navigation and so much more.
    E-Transit is available in the following:
    three cargo van roof  heights three cargo van body lengths Chassis cab and cutaway models

    The E-Transit is build to be driven and helps by having Ford Co-Pilot360 technology and Smart Acceleration Control. Ford has you covered with an 8 years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first).
    According to Ford, demand is growing for electric vans based on Ford data, shows 70 percent of the full size bus and van business is going electric by 2030 representing over 300,000 BEVs annually in the commercial space. Demand for the wide range of configurations options is based on the history of Ford selling into the commercial space where Ford data shows 40 percent lean towards high-roof vans with the remaining 60 percent going with medium and low roof vans.
    The Ford E-Transit joins the growing family of electric auto's including the F-150e and Mach-E

    Ford Opens E-Transit Registration Site, Releases New Targeted MSRP as Top Fleet Customers Line Up for All-Electric Van | Ford Media Center
    2022 Ford® E-Transit | All-Electric Chassis Cab, Cutaway & Cargo Van

    From 0 to 600 in Less than 3 Years, Electrify America is on a Roll!

    May 2, 2018 in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Electrify America opened their first Ultra-Fast Charging Station. Less than three years later they have 600 Ultra-Fast Charging Stations with 2,600 fast charger connections.

    Electrify America has released that they will have 800 Ultra-Fast charging stations with 3,500 fast charging connections by early 2022 covering 47 states and the District of Columbia.

    Currently Electrify America is working on new Ultra-Fast charging stations in Hawaii, South Dakota, Wyoming and Vermont that will complete the 47 states. Electrify America says they are also opening additional stations in Montana, Minnesota and New Hampshire, states with a small EV charging network presence. States that have passed legislature such as Washington state which starting in 2030 will ban the sale of new ICE auto's will have significant expansion of Ultra-Fast charging stations.
    Electrify America Ultra-Fast Charging Stations support 150 kW charging which adds 7.5 miles of battery per minute for capable BEVs in metro stations and highway locations that support up to 350 kW chargers which add 23 miles of battery per minute. Select stations will have solar panel canopies that not only give shade to customers while charging but help to minimize the impact on the local electrical grid via a battery storage system.

    Electrify America Opens 600 Public Ultra-Fast Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Less Than Three Years - Electrify America NEWSROOM

    Rental Car Companies Are Buying Up Used Cars

    We'll Pick You Up (in a used car)

    Around this time last year, rental car companies found themselves selling off a fair amount of their inventory as the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the travel industry. With travel starting to bounce back, rental car companies now find themselves with a new problem - a shortage of vehicles to rent. Usually, they would turn to automakers and buy up a batch of new cars to shore up inventory. But the on-going semiconductor shortage has automakers cutting back on production, and causing rental companies to look at used cars.
    “You would never go into auction to buy routine sedans and SUVs. These are special circumstances. There is a shortage of cars,” said Maryann Keller, an independent consultant.
    Bloomberg reports that rental car companies do buy a small amount of used cars in the event of an sudden rise in demand, but not to fully outfit their fleet.
    New car production has been hampered since last year as plants were shut down to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Production was starting to climb back up later in the year only to be hampered again by another crisis, the lack of semiconductors and chips needed for various systems. In their first-quarter earnings call, Ford reported production was down 17 percent and could fall as much as 50 percent in the second quarter. Other automakers are making similar statements.
    “Our fleet acquisition team is working hard to secure additional vehicles -- both new and low-mileage used vehicles -- through all channels to meet the ongoing increase in demand.Overall, though, both new and used car inventory remain low. Our teams will continue to do everything we can to help customers with their transportation needs,” Enterprise spokeswoman Lisa Martini said via email.
    There is a silver lining for rental car companies as they'll be able to charge higher rates as many people begin to take vacations after spending a lot of time at home. For example, the average rate at Avis increased 3 percent in the fourth quarter, to $59.43 a day according to Hamzah Mazari, an analyst with Jefferies & Co. He expects that number to rise to $60.00 when Avis reports their first quarter results.
    Source: Bloomberg (Subscription Required)

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