Electric Vehicle Updates

Lightyear announces its second solar-powered EV, below $40,000
The Lightyear 2 will halve the lifetime vehicle CO2 emissions compared to a traditional EV. The vehicle also promises 500 miles of range between charges, and the company says it has received 21,000 preorders from car-leasing and ride-sharing companies. The car will add several miles each day from its solar panels, the amount determined by the level of available sunlight.

GM sales rise to 2.3 million vehicles in 2022 as EV sales soar
Among GM’s electrified vehicles, Bolt EV and Bolt EUV (electrified utility vehicle) sales totaled 16,108 in the fourth quarter. In 2022, Bolt EV and Bolt EUV sales rose 53.5% to 38,120 vehicles. The company said it expects Bolt EV and Bolt EUV production to increase to more than 70,000 units in 2023.

Ram’s new electric-pickup concept makes Tesla’s Cybertruck look outdated
An exterior projector means the Revolution can make a movie night happen anywhere. Its front and back doors swing open in opposite directions, like on a Rolls-Royce. They open up to an interior that Ram says is spacious and endlessly customizable. A powered midgate can retract to create a pass-through between the pickup’s cab and bed, allowing for bigger cargo. It can charge at a rate of 350 kilowatts, more than most EVs. More

https://www.ramtrucks.com/revolution.html

These are the electric cars and hybrids that may currently qualify for tax credits up to $7,500
Rebates are limited to individuals reporting adjusted gross incomes of $150,000 or less on taxes, $225,000 for those filing as head of household, and $300,000 for joint filers. So do price caps, which can mean some examples of a particular make and model qualify while others don’t. The new incentives restrict qualifying vehicles to low-emissions trucks, SUVs, and vans with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of up to $80,000 and cars up to $55,000.

Tesla slashes Model 3, Model Y prices in China for second time in 3 months
On Friday, the U.S. electric vehicles (EV) maker slashed prices for all versions of its Model 3 and Model Y cars in China by between 6% to 13.5%, according to Reuters calculations based on the prices shown on its website. The starting price for Model 3, for instance, was cut to 229,900 yuan ($33,427) from 265,900 yuan.

Volkswagen ID.4 Now 18% Of Volkswagen USA Sales
In the 4th quarter, the Volkswagen ID.4’s share of Volkswagen of America sales was a whopping 18.2% and 6.8% of Volkswagen’s 2022 sales in the USA were EV sales.

https://www.vw.com/en/models/id-4.html

Fed-up Tesla owners say they’re so sick of Elon Musk’s antics that they’re ditching their cars
Tesla’s CEO has always been outspoken, but in recent months — and particularly after he bought Twitter — the persona on display to his 125 million Twitter followers has shifted from that of the occasionally irreverent, visionary entrepreneur to something decidedly more belligerent and political. Tesla is dealing with an aging product line while it faces unprecedented competition in the EV space.

RAM 1500 Revolution Electric Pickup Truck Introduced At CES
The electrochromatic glass roof can lighten or darken on command and sensors can scan the biometrics of the driver to adjust the seat and mirrors to fit. There is a large heads-up display on the front windshield and a robot that scurries under the front of the truck to enable wireless charging when parked in the garage. That’s why the RAM Revolution is at CES.

Watch a Chevy Silverado EV tow a 7,700 lb RV
The Silverado EV WT trim starts at $39,900 (+$1,695 DFC) with optional features, including up to 20,000 lb. towing capacity. The Work Truck edition will be the first to debut in spring 2023 and will ride on GM’s Ultium platform. The first edition features 510 horsepower, 615 lb-ft of torque, 1,200 lbs of payload capacity, and 8,000 lbs towing capacity. In 2025, a Max Towing Package will upgrade towing for up to 20,000 lbs capacity. In addition, buyers will have access to bidirectional charging abilities, which can be used to power up a work site or power tools with up to 10.2 kW of power.

https://gmenergy.gm.com/

I went to Norway to see an electric vehicle paradise, but I found something more surprising
A decade ago, electric cars represented less than 3% of all car sales. Now they’re over 80%. While most people charge their EVs at home, you can still find public Level 2 chargers and DC fast chargers all over the country. And that’s green electricity too. The country produces over 90% of its electricity from hydroelectric power.

100% Electric Vehicles Now 13% Of New Vehicle Sales Globally!
And 18% of new vehicles sold across the world have a plug. Global plugin vehicle registrations were up 46% in November 2022 compared to November 2021, reaching 1,060,000 units, a new record, beating the 1,040,000 registrations of the previous month of September. 29% of the global automotive market had some form of electrification in November 2022, a new record!

Tesla driver intentionally drove car off a cliff with family, but everyone miraculously survived
A Tesla driver intentionally drove his car off a 250-foot cliff in California with his family inside, according to the police, but everyone miraculously survived without serious injury. As of yesterday, the news was that all four occupants of the Tesla Model Y managed to not only survive the massive crash but also even reportedly didn’t suffer any serious injury.

https://www.tesla.com/modely

Treasury omits leased EVs from made-in-America mandate
The Inflation Reduction Act, which contains some $369 billion in clean energy tax credits, has different requirements for personal and commercial vehicles, which include leases. Vehicles bought under Section 30D, which covers new consumer vehicles, must satisfy domestic manufacturing requirements to receive the full value of the credit. But those requirements do not apply to vehicles purchased under Section 45W, which covers commercial and leased vehicles.

Tesla Semi’s Spacious Cabin Is Built Around The Driver, Tesla Engineer Explains
Tesla unveiled more information and imagery of the finalized design of its Semi truck at its delivery event on December 1st. During more than a half-hour-long presentation by Elon Musk and Tesla Semi senior engineer Dan Priestly, the duo discussed the electric truck’s interior in detail.