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Lordstown motors released this video of testing of their Endurance Truck with in-wheel hub motors.

Based on the following story, Lordstown motors still believes it can get it's truck into production in 2020 with delivery's starting shortly after that. I do wonder as they are going to be releasing at a time when Rivian, Ford and GM also release full size electric trucks. It will be interesting to see if they can assemble a truck that will pull buyers from the others.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127689_lordstown-endurance-electric-pickup-prototype-in-wheel-motor-goes-off-road

Once Ford and GM have EV trucks, it will become harder for Tesla and Rivian to build and sell. At this point, Tesla will be their Rabid fan base and Rivian will sell to fans who currently have orders in and OEM to Amazon and Ford which will help them move towards profitability.

I have to question if Lordstown motors can survive as the CEO is the same CEO who ran Workhorse and could not get their truck to market and now attempt 2 under a different name.

Interesting times.

Went out to their You Tube channel and now I have to say that this company will FAIL.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCelaIxnWV99SrYtRRpW7-ZQ

Their best video watched is the one above and it only has 8,220 views. All 4 videos posted have a combined viewing of less than 15,000 views.

This one has less than 400.

This one has less than 3,400 views.

Their press event of the company is less than 1,400 views.

 

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Tesla Model Y Deep Dive Reveals A Much Better Engineered Car Than The Model 3

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Pretty cool summary with pictures.  It seems Tesla learned their lesson from previous criticism of Model 3 and made some improvement. 

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On 4/1/2020 at 4:02 PM, dfelt said:

Just before shutting down all Rivian facilities they made this video to give an update on the whole business. They are still focused on production starting this fall.

Seems Rivian pushed production back into 2021:
 https://autos.yahoo.com/rivian-production-launch-pushed-back-191200000.html
Very cool.

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7 hours ago, balthazar said:

Seems

 

7 hours ago, balthazar said:

Very cool.

I see what you did there.  :smilewide:

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Tesla Y tear down much like was done on the Tesla 3 shows Tesla is learning and chaning to enhance long distance driving. The change from an electric AC unit to a Heat pump is one such example of making the auto better and finding a way to increase the long range driving of the auto. Good informative video about the heat pump and benefits. 

Interesting to learn in this story that the Tesla 3 wheel well is 9 individual pieces compared to the Chevrolet Bolt wheel well which is a single piece.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127747_here-s-the-heat-pump-that-will-likely-boost-tesla-model-y-range-on-long-drives

 

Good Details on the new modular EV platform from Mercedes-Benz that will allow the EQS, EQE and Electric G-Wagon to share and use the same parts as well as have performance greater than ICE versions.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127722_mercedes-amg-eqs-electric-fastback-could-challenge-tesla-model-s-plaid-porsche-taycan

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Out standing read about the Myths that Formula E racing shatters:

  1. First Myth is that EVs have higher lifecycle carbon emissions than gas or diesel. False, EVs are 95% cleaner than ICE over their life.
  2. Second Myth, EVs are slow. Considering the amount of EVs that go from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds and Formula E nocking on the 2 second mark, ICE is much harder to match this.
  3. Third Myth is cost. While EVs currently carry a premium cost upfront even with Government incentives, the cost of Maintenance over the auto lifetime is much lower than ICE. VW has posted a comparison of the Golf Hatch to the ID.3 EV and the cost of ownership as with lifetime maintenance is expected to be significantly lower.
  4. Fourth Myth is lack of range and charging infastructure. Most auto's have on average 200 mile range in EVs today, as such, this is more than adequite for daily use especially since the bulk of owners charge at home so they start every day with a full battery pack.
  5. Fifth and final Myth, batteries won't last long enough. Tesla and VW have now stated they expect the battery pack to last the life of the auto and back this up with 10yrs and 150,000 miles now. That is far longer than most people hold onto an auto. As such, the battery packs once they do diminish holding capacity are then move to being used in stationary power storage such as Tesla The Wall or other kinds of home solar storage system.

Over all a good read here:https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127784_formula-e-electric-car-racing-busts-5-persisting-ev-myths

Plus the following video is a good watch:

 

Another very cool tech story is a an auto cover that can be brought out while the auto sits and retracks back into it's storage system using flexible solar cells to recharge the EV.

Very cool way to gain miles on your EV each day as it sit's at work or home outside in the daylight.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127787_retractable-car-cover-claimed-to-gain-miles-of-ev-range-each-day

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DeepGreen mining seems to have found that polymetallic nodules on the ocean floor  have enough nickel, cobalt and manganese in just the area between Mexico and Hawaii to build enough batteries to convert the global autos to EV with no child labor, no tallings and the need for settlement ponds. There are two videos that are very cool to watch and see how this could remove the need for the child labor markets in Africa for the rare earth metals when we have trillions of tons laying on the sea bed.

https://chargedevs.com/newswire/critical-battery-metals-could-be-mined-from-polymetallic-nodules-found-on-the-ocean-floor/

More info can be found here at Deep.Green web site: https://deep.green/

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News today, GM has officially filed the Hummer by GMC new logo with the Trademark office.

https://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=88784232&caseSearchType=US_APPLICATION&caseType=DEFAULT&searchType=documentSearch

The old logo was a bulky very much expected logo, the new logo would not be wrong on an auto found in the game Halo on a futuristic world.

https://gmauthority.com/blog/2020/04/general-motors-trademarks-new-logo-for-gmc-hummer-ev-as-expected/

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Nice update to the old fat logo:

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Course if your wanting to remember why GM killed Hummer the first time, here is a recap story on that. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/13/gm-killed-the-hummer-then-suv-sales-surged.html

Never knew there was a Hummer bike that sold so well that it was counterfeited. The bike is still a high demand heavy duty off road bike and the counterfeits are still made.

https://www.montaguebikes.com/folding-bikes-blog/2014/09/montague-bikes-how-to-spot-a-counterfeit

Interesting read on how the GM Ultima battery beats Tesla Battery. This should be a good battle of auto companies. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/04/business/gm-electric-car-battery-400-miles-of-range/index.html

Detroit free press did an update on the upcoming 11 EVs from GM.

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2020/03/04/gm-unveils-10-future-evs-new-batteries-and-its-plan-beat-tesla/4905906002/

 

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Posted (edited)

RE the ‘5 myths’ above:

1. Would like to see specified data.

2. That’s not an actual myth.

3. VW’s announced ID.3 MSRP is the exception. The vast majority of ‘like’ EVs to ICs have significant initial price differences, and if we’re going to ise the same metric as myth 5 [average time of new car ownership], that myth is almost always TRUE.

4. Range & charging infrastructure still pales in comparison to fuel stations and many car’s ranges. ‘Average daily miles’ is a strange forced metric.

5. Battery pack life -again for the forced metric of initial buyer- may well be fine, bit the vehicle assumedly is going to pass to 1 or 5 more owners. What then? 

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Posted (edited)

 

1. When this Chinese Covid19  thing comes to an end and life starts to behave normally again...how will humans view travelling?

a) Will it be  solely to go from point A to Point B?

b) will humans joy ride ever again?

2. If that ever happens that joy rides will be part of our future, how will we be doing that?

a) with gasoline powered vehicles?

b) with BEVs?

c) surely we must have all noticed that Mother Nature has slowly recaptured territory lost to humans and Mother Nature has started healing herself in just a short time

d) with that being said...which way will we sway?  Because its apparent that human activity has impacted Mother Nature in not a very good way

e) Well...gasoline is dirt cheap again.  Batteries are not....   Tough decisions going forward as not all industries will be going full steam ahead so the "R" word (recession) will be a very painful one this time around. 

3. All that does not matter,  I wanna know if RIDE SHARING would still be a thing?   Somehow ride sharing is tied down with EVs...and all kinds of ride sharing, autonomous self driving pods are supposed to be our future going forward.  But are we now gonna design social distancing autonomos driven pods? 

a) are we just gonna ignore how we pollute this planet?

b) how close do we really wanna get with our fellow man after this Chinese Covid19 thing comes to an end?

c) What kind of automobile future are we looking at after this Chinese Covid19 thing? 

I personally think EVs are gonna be more popular than ever. But it will take MORE time for THAT to happen as not too many folk will be buying new cars anytime soon.  And the other incentive for ICE that is also AGAINST EVs is that gasoline is dirt cheap again.

However, I think this ride sharing thing is DEAD.  From phobias of being too close to a stranger in the same pod to disinfecting manias and phobias that will linger  waaaay past our victory of this new plague that hit us.  I dont think social distancing @ 6 feet is gonna be our new norm for our species, but I think we will be very wary of each other. And I think we will all become germaphobes.  And THAT is the death knell for ride sharing pods.  Just a thought that I just got.   

 

 

 

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@oldshurst442 @balthazar Seems Birmingham has started Covid-19 ride sharing. 🙄

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Seems some companies are already looking at ways to isolate in pods in ride share auto's. Wonder if some people will get sick from the spin motion. 😆

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I never got the appeal of Uber and Lyft at all.  What, taxis are too expensive?  Ride sharing is overrated and overhyped.  If that dies, good riddance.  That would be one of the few things that Covid-19 has forced a very necessary end.

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18 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

I never got the appeal of Uber and Lyft at all.  What, taxis are too expensive?  Ride sharing is overrated and overhyped.  If that dies, good riddance.  That would be one of the few things that Covid-19 has forced a very necessary end.

Disagree, while I DO NOT and NEVER HAVE Ride shared with strangers, Uber and Lyft give a variety of auto choices compared to the nasty smelly yellow cabs that can die for all I care. The only time I ever need one is when I go to attend Dell Technology World or what we call DTW. Sadly Covid-19 has delayed this to a virtual trade show in October.

Hopefully a benefit of Covid-19 will be to shutdown businesses that were barely staying afloat check by check and we end up with a cleaner transit system.

Nice as to how clean the grocery stores have become with sterilized carts.

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I used Uber fairly frequently..was better than a grubby taxi.  And being able to call one from my phone and pay/track from my phone as needed was great...I used Uber to get to/from the airport, out to dinner and concerts downtown, etc when I didn't want to deal w/ parking, etc.   Back when the world was normal. 

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Seems not all companies in China shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic there. Byton auto company resumed after sterilizing the plant and putting in place social distancing to allow work to continue as they started pre-production models of the M-Byte EV CUV. The company confirmed they are on track to begin sales in China this fall and US sales early next year.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127812_byton-m-byte-ramping-up-at-china-plant-still-on-track-for-2021-us-arrival

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New era in fueling stations is growing in Europe by CaCharge EVSE large-scale charging. Allows fast charging of 6 autos at a time.

https://chargedevs.com/newswire/cacharges-evse-solution-is-optimized-for-large-scale-charging/

Founded in 2015 in Sweden and pushed into Norway in 2019 as the largest fueling company of EVs, they are now starting expanding across all of Europe. The system is designed to handle load management in evening out peaks and user management with payment solutions simplifying the experience of recharging your EV on the go. 

 

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GM is offering a Covid-19 purchase package on the Chevrolet BOLT.

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This puts the Premiere loaded BOLT at $36,000 and the LT at $29,000 with the no payments for 4 months.

Seems everything else is getting 0% for 84 months and no payment for 4 months. I did find the following additional cash discounts:

  • Blazer has an additional $3,250 cash allowance
  • Traverse $2,500 cash allowance
  • Tahoe $3,750 cash allowance
  • Suburban $3,750 cash allowance
  • Trucks have the financing, but have to pick a local dealer based on zip code to get additional deal info.
  • Spark has $1,000 cash allowance
  • Sonic $1,000 cash allowance
  • Impala has $2,000 on 2019 models, $1,500 on 2020 models cash allowance
  • Camaro $1,500 cash allowance
  • Corvette Stingray 2019 models $3,250 customer cash
  • All other corvettes are regional deals based on zipcode
  • 2020 Chevrolet Express Passenger $3,500 Customer Cash
  • 2020 Express Cargo van $3,500 customer cash

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Ford has started their Dealer training for the Mach E auto and the surprise which was posted to the Mach-E forum is that the certified power / torque rating is higher than stated at the reveal in Nov 2019.

https://electrek.co/2020/04/14/ford-mustang-mach-e-power-bump-closer-production/

Here are all the updated power specs of the Ford Mustang Mach-E:

  • RWD Standard Range Mach-E:
    • 266 hp / 317 lb-ft / 198 kW
    • (+11 hp, +11 lb-ft, +8 kW from original specs)
  • RWD Extended Range Mach-E:
    • 290 hp / 317 lb-ft / 216 kW
    • (+8 hp, +11 lb-ft, +6 kW from original specs)
  • AWD Standard Range Mach-E:
    • 266 hp / 428 lb-ft / 198 kW
    • (+11 hp, +11 lb-ft, +8 kW from original specs)
  • AWD Extended Range Mach-E:
    • 346 hp / 428 lb-ft / 258 kW
    • (+14 hp, +11 lb-ft, +10 kW from original specs)

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Check out the all new Lotus EV supercar. Have to say it is a very interesting style, but does follow pretty much the rest of all the super cars for being butt on the floor.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/lotus-evija-electric-supercar-configurator-colors-features/

To me very weird rectangle steering wheel, but the video showing all the built in areo dynamic affects are cool to watch.

Lotus Evija

Lotus Evija

Lotus Evija

 

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3 hours ago, dfelt said:

Seems not all companies in China shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic there. Byton auto company resumed after sterilizing the plant and putting in place social distancing to allow work to continue as they started pre-production models of the M-Byte EV CUV. The company confirmed they are on track to begin sales in China this fall and US sales early next year.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127812_byton-m-byte-ramping-up-at-china-plant-still-on-track-for-2021-us-arrival

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Maybe these should replace our current taxi fleet.

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3 hours ago, dfelt said:

Seems not all companies in China shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic there. Byton auto company resumed after sterilizing the plant and putting in place social distancing to allow work to continue as they started pre-production models of the M-Byte EV CUV. The company confirmed they are on track to begin sales in China this fall and US sales early next year.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127812_byton-m-byte-ramping-up-at-china-plant-still-on-track-for-2021-us-arrival

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You can bet your bottom dollar there won't be one red cent of my money going to help China if I can help it.  Very offensive post right here.

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Probably will be better than the last electric Chinese car sold in the US...  the incredible Zap Xebra

 

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Not only a blissful post about China, but then a downvote for calling it out.  Despicable at this moment in time.  The pits!

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Problem is, you can't avoid products or components of products made in China or Asia...with multinational companies and the supply chain, most any consumer product that is electronic or plastic is likely manufactured partially or fully somewhere in Asia, likely in China...that is the reality of the truth and isn't changing anytime soon, as companies always look for the lowest cost source of components...40+ years of globalization isn't changing anytime soon.

As much as some people pine for the world to be like 1699 or 1950 or 1960 again or whenever their idealized era is, it isn't happening... 

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