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Tesla reportedly delays Cybertruck production to 2023

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Tesla has once again quietly pushed back its Cybertruck’s release to next year, according to Reuters. The automaker will reportedly begin the electric truck’s production by the end of the first quarter of 2023 instead of this year. While Tesla has yet to formally announce the delay, the Cybertruck’s order page removed a previous reference to production in 2022. The design section of the page previously read “You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears in 2022.” Now, the sentence ends after the word “nears.” 

Back in November, somebody on Twitter asked company chief Elon Musk for an update on the Cybertruck. Musk responded that Tesla has been grappling with a “supply chain nightmare,” and that he’ll provide more updates during the company’s next earnings call scheduled for January 26th.

Oh man, this year has been such a supply chain nightmare & it’s not over!

I will provide an updated product roadmap on next earnings call.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 29, 2021

According to Reuters‘ source, Tesla will have a limited production of the Cybertruck at first before increasing its output. The company unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019 at a big event, wherein Musk said that production was slated to begin in late 2021. During the company’s January 2021 earnings call, he said Tesla only expects a few deliveries in 2021 and for volume production to start in 2022. Later that year, though, the company delayed the vehicle’s release to 2022. 

Delays with Tesla releases don’t come as a surprise anymore, seeing as Musk is known for announcing timetables that are a bit too optimistic. Supply chain and component shortages brought about by the pandemic may have also contributed to the delay, if Reuters‘ report turns out to be true. We’ll find out for sure when Tesla reveals its updated product roadmap before the month ends.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/tesla-cybertruck-production-production-2023-152051543.html?src=rss
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NYPD Adds 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E Vehicles to Its Fleet

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It looks like New York City is going all-in on electric vehicles. Earlier this month, we reported on the Ford Mustang Mach-E joining taxi fleets, and now it looks like the NYPD is doing the same. This week, the City announced it had bought 184 Mustang March-E vehicles for the police department and emergency services.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/106657/nypd-adds-184-ford-mustang-mach-e-vehicles-to-its-fleet/
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More EVs, hybrids likely to follow revised EPA fuel economy standards

More EVs, hybrids likely to follow revised EPA fuel economy standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency today announced more stringent fuel economy standards that will require passenger vehicles to travel 70 percent farther on a gallon of gasoline.

The Biden administration announced earlier this year that it would be revising the Trump-era standards, which sought to increase fleet average fuel economy 1.5 percent per year through 2026. The new EPA standards will require automakers to improve fuel economy by 5–10 percent annually across their fleets. Five years from now, fuel economy on new vehicle Monroney stickers will average about 40 mpg combined, up from about 25 mpg today.

The move will save car and truck owners more than $1,000 over the lifetime of their vehicles, the agency said, and it will prevent 3.1 billion tons of carbon pollution through 2050. Transportation represents about a third of US carbon emissions. The rule will take effect in 60 days and will apply to model years 2023–2026. 

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/cars/2021/12/more-evs-hybrids-likely-to-follow-revised-epa-fuel-economy-standards/
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GM Starts Delivering Hummer EV Even Though the Planet Doesn’t Need Luxury Electric Trucks

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More than a year after its unveiling, General Motors proudly announced that it was now delivering its Hummer EV Edition 1 Pickup, a 9,000-pound (4,082 kilograms) luxury electric beast with a 1,000-horsepower motor that can go from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in three seconds. The message: You can do your part to save the…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/gm-starts-delivering-hummer-ev-even-though-the-planet-d-1848241251
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Here’s how much Hyundai’s cool, new Ioniq 5 EV will cost

A slightly grimy Hyundai Ioniq 5 on an unusually wet and gray day in Southern California.

Enlarge / A slightly grimy Hyundai Ioniq 5 on an unusually wet and gray day in Southern California. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

The car I’ve been most excited about in 2021 is the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The Korean automaker has impressed with each new model we’ve tried, and its smaller electric vehicles are some of the few that can rival Tesla in terms of range efficiency.

The Ioniq 5 is the first product from Hyundai Motor Group—which includes Kia and Genesis—to use the new 800 V E-GMP platform, which was designed from the ground up to produce pure battery EVs. I spent a day driving one last week, but I can’t say more about that until later this week. What I can tell you, now that Hyundai has finalized pricing, is how much the Ioniq 5 will cost.

The cheapest way to get an Ioniq 5 will be the 125 kW (168 hp) rear-wheel drive SE Standard Range model with the smaller 58 kWh battery pack. This will cost $39,700 before the IRS 30D tax credit and any local incentives. However, as is nearly always the case with a new car regardless of OEM, if you want the cheapest one, you need to be prepared to wait, as it will only become available in spring 2022. (That is still an improvement over Hyundai’s original plan of not bringing the car to the US at all.)

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/cars/2021/12/heres-how-much-hyundais-cool-new-ioniq-5-ev-will-cost/
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Electric car prices could go up before they come down

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry’s transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society’s fight against climate change.


Driving the news: Soaring costs for minerals and other raw materials could push the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack to $135 per kilowatt-hour in 2022, according to researchers at BloombergNEF who specialize in studying the energy transition.

  • The projected 2.3% hike would mark the first price increase in a decade.

What they’re saying: “This creates a tough environment for automakers, particularly those in Europe, which have to increase EV sales in order to meet average fleet emissions standards,” says James Frith, BNEF’s head of energy storage research, per Bloomberg.

  • “These automakers may now have to make a choice between reducing their margins or passing costs on, at the risk of putting consumers off purchasing an EV.”

What’s happening: Electric vehicles are about to flood dealer showrooms.

  • Last year, there were just 24 EV models for sale in the U.S.
  • By 2025, consumers will have 146 EV models to choose from, according to IHS Markit’s forecast.

Yes, but: High sticker prices, along with worries about the availability of charging stations, are still obstacles to public acceptance.

  • Automakers have responded by introducing cars with a longer driving range — which requires a larger battery.

Where it stands: Battery pack prices have been falling steadily since at least 2010, when the average cost was $1,200 per kilowatt-hour.

  • The latest data shows battery prices fell another 6% from last year, to $132 per kilowatt-hour.
  • The industry has been aiming for $100 per kilowatt-hour, which would put the purchase price of an EV on par with their gasoline counterparts.

What to watch: BloombergNEF says that $100 target is still possible by 2024 but could take a few years longer because of the higher commodity prices.

Source: https://www.axios.com/electric-car-prices-could-go-up-before-they-come-down-5161838d-ce24-4303-9a05-6a81f95fbe43.html
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