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04 Apr 2020 | Pros of Buying an EV During A Pandemic

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Release Date: 04/04/2020

30 May 2020 | 32GWh Gigafactory Will Build EV Batteries In Norway show art 30 May 2020 | 32GWh Gigafactory Will Build EV Batteries In Norway

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New 32GWh Gigafactory Will Build Sustainable Batteries In Norway | Mercedes-Benz Shows Its Battery Pack Plant In Kamenz | Tesla CEO Elon Musk Gets $780 Million Payday | Tesla Is Speeding Up Production And Installations Of Supercharger V3 | Ul Certifies Lumen Group’s Wireless Charging System | Huber+Suhner Launches The Radox HPC500 Charging System | E5 Consortium To Develop Zero-Emission Vessel | Blueindy Electric Cars Will Be Repurposed — Or Crushed

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29 May 2020 | Elon Musk Hangs With Crowd At Superchargers show art 29 May 2020 | Elon Musk Hangs With Crowd At Superchargers

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Tesla Model 3 Was The Best Selling Car In Q1 2020 | Tesla solves Model Y frozen door handles and charging port with simple trick | 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Price Announced, Starts At $38,100 | Mercedes-Benz EQC Misses Initial Sales Targets | When The Boss Has To Queue | New Audi CEO setting up Artemis project | Largest electric airplane yet takes off in the USA

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28 May 2020 | Rivian Could Follow Tesla Into Insurance show art 28 May 2020 | Rivian Could Follow Tesla Into Insurance

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VW Moves Forward With Ford EV Deal | Volkswagen becomes biggest shareholder of China's EV battery maker Guoxuan | Rivian Could Follow Tesla Into Insurance | Elon Musk and Jay Leno drive the Cybertruck through a Boring Company tunnel | Uber sends thousands of Jump e-bikes to the recycling heap | Nissan Loses LEAF and adds one new EV in the US | Pasadena opens EV fast-charging plaza

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 27 May 2020 | Tesla Cuts Prices in North America and China   show art 27 May 2020 | Tesla Cuts Prices in North America and China

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Tesla Cuts Prices in North America and China | All-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge now available for UK customers to order | Toyota Reveals PROACE Electric | BMW X2 xDrive25e SAC PHEV to be launched July 2020 | Hyundai Motor Group to get electric vehicle batteries from LG Chem | Audi e-tron Is The New King Of Norway

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 26 May 2020 | Mercedes-Benz launches its electric EQV minivan show art 26 May 2020 | Mercedes-Benz launches its electric EQV minivan

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Mercedes-Benz launches its electric EQV minivan for ~$64,000 | Kia is considering an ultra-small electric car | Rumor: In April Tesla Received About 15,000 Orders For MIC Model 3 LR | Audi e-tron Is The New King Of Norway | Macron demands carmakers turn to ‘Made in France’ for €8bn virus aid | Record €60bn investment in electric cars and batteries in Europe secured last year | BYD Blade prismatic battery cell specs and possibilities | Renault Captur Plug-in Hybrid spec revealed

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 25 May 2020 | Tesla Applies To Sell Model 3 In China With New Cells show art 25 May 2020 | Tesla Applies To Sell Model 3 In China With New Cells

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China: Roughly 61,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Sold In April 2020 | The Next Ford Ranger Could Come With Plug-In Hybrid Power | Tesla files to sell new Model 3 with cheaper lithium iron phosphate batteries | Porsche Taycan rollout slowed by coronavirus | 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S – Is This The Best Electric Car in the World? | Tesla Model Y wins over EV rental firm that scrapped 100 Model 3 orders citing build issues | Six in 10 UK drivers 'too daunted' to buy an electric car

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 24 May 2020 | Lordstown Could Produce 600,000 Electric Vehicles A Year show art 24 May 2020 | Lordstown Could Produce 600,000 Electric Vehicles A Year

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Lordstown Motors Chief Says New Factory Could Produce 600,000 Electric Vehicles A Year | Britain's largest solar farm poised to begin development in Kent | UK charging partnership Liberty Charge makes debut | Buying a Certified Pre-Owned EV Makes A Lot of Sense | Tesla launches Fallout Shelter in-car video game and more with new update | 400 Miles in Tesla Model S Raven | Tesla bakes in Model 3 Performance Upgrade Package | Could Tesla reveal a 700-mile Model 3? | Question Of The Week Answers

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23 May 2020 | Tesla next-gen Roadster’s SpaceX thrusters show art 23 May 2020 | Tesla next-gen Roadster’s SpaceX thrusters

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Jay Leno Drives The Tesla Cybertruck, Musk Rides Shotgun | Tritium Launches World-First “Plug And Charge” Technology | Tesla next-gen Roadster’s SpaceX thrusters | Jaguar-Land Rover will build electrified SVO performance models | Electric Cars Are About to Start Rolling Out of the Arizona Desert | Connected EVs could help power the grid: California utility studies how | Solar Enrrgy Farms Could Offer Second Life For Electric Vehicle Batteries | Renault launches ZITY electric car sharing service in P

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22 May 2020 | VW ID Range Only Being  Sold Online show art 22 May 2020 | VW ID Range Only Being Sold Online

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VW ID Range Only The Be Sold Online | SVOLT unveiled its new cobalt-free battery cell | Kia design boss hints at an electric version of the Stinger | Work Has Begun at Mirafiori on the FCA-ENGIE EPS Vehicle-to-grid Pilot Project | Tesla China VP: Gigafactory 3 On Track For 4,000 Car Per Week In June | Tesla’s Model 3 includes V2G capability…or does it? | Tesla Model 3 loses its glass roof in convertible conversion you can buy

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21 May 2020 | Mazda starts production of MX-30 EV show art 21 May 2020 | Mazda starts production of MX-30 EV

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Mazda starts production of MX-30 EV | First Shanghai-Made Tesla Model 3 Long Range Delivered Today | GMC teases Hummer EV's removable roof panels | Northvolt and Vattenfall partner on modular zero-emission power option offering | GM battery chief: 600-mile EVs viable, million-mile battery in sight | EU Commission considers 100 billion euro transport package | Motorsport UK announces new electrified vehicle regulations

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Show #738

 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 4th April 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.

 

TESLA CAM VIEWER

Greentheonly: "You get to see all 4 recorded cams in real time and select which one is maximized. When parked you press the camera icon to select the player. You get to select from list of sentry, dashcam or both. I suspect this is limited to MCU2/model3 but have no mcu1 to test.

 

MINNESOTA CLEAN CAR PROPOSAL DELAYED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

"Plans to adopt California vehicle emission standards in Minnesota hit a bump in the road Friday, April 3. The state Pollution Control Agency had aimed to publish an official notice of its intent to adopt the Clean Cars Minnesota program this month, opening a new public comment period. But it announced Friday that the outbreak of the coronavirus here and the stay-at-home order accompanying will push back the publication date, at least for now." reports Post Bulletin.com: "The announcement comes days after the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection announced it would effectively weaken federal emission guidelines established during President Barack Obama's administration.  Minnesota's Clean Car program was proposed in late 2019 to circumvent such a rollback. If adopted, it would require manufacturers to deliver cars for sale here that meet stricter emission guidelines first established in California."

 

https://www.postbulletin.com/news/politics/minnesota-clean-car-proposal-delayed-due-to-coronavirus-outbreak/article_b5631384-75f2-11ea-8f4d-bf2c639b6b22.html

 

NEW YORK LEGALIZES E-BIKES, SCOOTERS FOLLOWING YEARS OF DEBATE

The New York State legislature on Thursday approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo's policy proposal to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters statewide, which will be part of the new fiscal year budget bill. The legislative chambers are slated to continue debating the budget bill on Friday afternoon before it's finalized, according to LocalSYR.com." says smnartcities.com: "Scooters will have speeds capped at 15 mph, while there will be three classes of e-bikes created: pedal-assisted with no throttle; throttle-assisted with a maximum speed of 20 mph; and throttle-powered with a maximum speed of 25 mph. Riders of the latter class of e-bike would be requited to wear a helmet"

 

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/new-york-legalizes-e-bikes-scooters-following-years-of-debate/575407/

 

TESLA PREPPING 3-ROW AND RWD MODEL Y CROSSOVERS FOR DELIVERY

"It appears Tesla is getting set up to begin delivering less expensive rear-wheel-drive Model Y crossovers. In addition, people who ordered a Model Y with the optional third row are receiving emails asking for details to finalize the delivery process." reports InsideEVs: "some reservation holders who ordered the rear-wheel-drive Model Y Long Range have already been asked to provide Tesla with their payment information and trade-in details. Our friend and contributor Dan Zorrilla has a reservation for a Model Y Long Range (RWD) with the optional third row."

 

https://insideevs.com/news/407561/tesla-model-y-rwd-coming-soon/

 

PROS OF BUYING A NEW EV DURING THE PANDEMIC FROM RIDE.TECH

Low interest rates. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a severe economic slowdown. To help boost spending, the Federal Reserve has made cuts to the federal funds rate. The emergency interest-rate reduction is the largest in the Fed’s history. This rate cut means that if you plan on financing your EV, you may be able to secure a car loan with low interest. Low interest rates can make your car loan more affordable, saving you money over the long haul.

 

Great deals. COVID-19 concerns have made many people reluctant to venture into public spaces such as car dealerships. This is expected to cause a sudden and acute drop in car sales. Dealers aren’t taking this without a fight, and many have introduced attractive bargains designed to woo buyers. Because of these deals, you may find that the new EV you’ve had your eye on is now more accessibly priced than ever.

 

Deferred financing. Many shoppers are skittish about committing to an EV purchase when it’s possible that the COVID-19 crisis could ultimately cause them to lose their job. To address this, many automakers are providing new-car buyers with financing deals that allow them to defer their payments. Ford announced that its financing unit is offering new-car buyers the option of deferring their first payment by 90 days, and Nissan says it will roll out a similar program. Hyundai has said it will defer payment for certain new vehicles in its fleet by 90 days, and it will provide up to six months of payment relief for customers who become jobless.

 

https://ride.tech/electric-and-hybrid/pros-and-cons-of-buying-a-new-ev-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

 

TESLA CUTS CONTRACTORS FROM CALIFORNIA, NEVADA FACTORIES

"Tesla Inc is cutting contractors from its U.S. car and battery plants, CNBC reported on Friday, citing workers and a contract staffing agency." reports New York Times today: "Balance Staffing told workers they would stay on the agency's books and could find other work via their business, according to the report, which added that contractors hired with other temp agencies had received similar notices."

 

"It is with my deepest regret that I must inform you that the Tesla factory shutdown has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, Tesla has requested to end all contract assignments effective immediately," Balance Staffing, a workforce management company, said in a memo sighted by CNBC.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/04/03/business/03reuters-health-coronavirus-tesla.html

 

 

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With VW ID.3 facing software rewrites, how hard should we be on legacy auto makers when they hit EV speedbumps?

 

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