Ford its assembly plant under construction in Tennessee will be able to build up to 500,000 electric pickup trucks a year at full output, part of the automaker’s drive to produce 2 million electric vehicles worldwide annually by late 2026.
34% of all respondents would consider an EV, while 31% said no. Among Democrats 50% said they would consider an EV, while 26% of Republicans and 27% of independents said they would consider.
There are now more than 80 EV models for sale in the United States. EVs represented nearly 6% of all U.S. sales in 2022, with EV sales up by more than 60% last year.
Meanwhile, The Detroit Bureau writes »
Another survey finding that should surprise no one is that younger people are more open to switching to an EV than older people, in general. Among the Boomer generation, 87% are driving gas-powered vehicles, followed by 84% of Gen X people, and 75% of millennials.
Gen Z are the most likely people to drive an electrified vehicle (whether purely electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid), but 69% are still driving gas-fueled cars. Gen Z are also the most likely to report they don’t drive or don’t primarily use the same vehicle, and fewer among them have built up the resources and earning power to afford a new EV.
Speaking at the launch of the new-generation Hyundai Kona, Sang Yup Lee, Head of Hyundai Design, said the new model deliberately uses physical buttons and dials for many of the controls, specifically air-conditioning and the sound system. Lee said this is because the move to digital screens is often more dangerous, as it often requires multiple steps and means drivers have to take their eyes off the road to see where they need to press.
This will make Leicester one of just four UK cities to operate an all-electric bus fleet, joining London, Norwich and York, whose switch was announced earlier this month.
First Bus plans to have added 600 electric buses to its fleet by March 2024, with 117 of these being spread across Bramley and York, Hoeford (Hampshire), and Norwich. It will pay 58% of the total cost for these non-Leicester depots, with Zebra contributing the remainder.
“Through this co-funding with the Zebra scheme, we’re excited to electrify another five of our UK depots before March 2024,” said First Bus managing director Janette Bell.
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Ford invested US$1 billion in autonomous driving startup Argo AI in 2017, and Volkswagen later joined with a $2.6 billion investment. It was an attempt to match the hype surrounding rivals such as Apple, Google, General Motors, Lyft, Uber, and Tesla. At its height, Argo AI was reportedly valued at $12.4 billion. But in October 2022 Argo AI shut down.
Meanwhile, GM is looking to expand its autonomous-driving business, which it believes is key to the future of the auto maker. (Barrons)