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Canoo shifts EV production from Europe to USA

EV startup Canoo Inc announced it was accelerating its production plans in the US while ending its deal for VDL Nedcar in Netherlands. (Press Release)

Ben Klayman / Reuters »

The Arkansas-based company said the shift from using VDL Nedcar overseas to relying on the plants it is building in northwest Arkansas and Pryor, Oklahoma, was made to reduce supply-chain vulnerabilities and overseas shipping costs, and increase speed to market for its vehicles.

“The initiatives announced today are another step in executing our strategy of reducing risk and increasing certainty,” Chief Executive Tony Aquila said in a statement. “We have concluded that building in America is better aligned with our mission.”

Canoo said starting production in Oklahoma remains on track for late 2023, but it also now expects to begin building electric vehicles in Arkansas next year, instead of using the VDL Nedcar plant.


Elsewhere » Car and DriverDigiTimes »


Waze adds EV chargers to its app

Ars Technica »

Waze has released an update that will now allow EV drivers to add charging stations as destinations, just as the app has done with gas stations for years.

Users can search for charging stations or tap icons on the map, and they can also add charging stops long the way.

GM starts deliveries of a 9,000-pound (4,082 kilograms) USD$110,295 (CDN$142,100) Godzilla, otherwise known as the GMC Hummer EV

GMC Hummer EV

Jody Serrano / Gizmodo »

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 planet, if you’re rich that is.

In a press release on Friday, GM announced the beginning of “a new era” for the company, marked by the delivery of its first next-generation electric vehicles. Unfortunately, that new era is headlined by the Hummer EV Edition 1, a $110,295 car with an estimated 329 miles (529 kilometers) of range, “modular sky panels,” the ability to do a “crabwalk” and drive diagonally, and an “extract mode” to navigate over boulders and water.

Luckily, this isn’t GM’s last EV. The company, which is working towards selling only zero emission cars and trucks by 2035, has plans to release 30 new electric vehicles over the next four years. According to the release, two-thirds of those new cars will be available in North America.

Elsewhere » Electric Cars Report / Engadget / The Verge / GM Authority / Green Car Congress / The Drive / SlashGear

Goodyear introduces tire designed for EVs

Goodyear ElectricDrive GT

Goodyear introduced the new ElectricDrive GT, the company’s first replacement tire in North America tuned for electric vehicles.

The Goodyear ElectricDrive GT is a high performance, all-season tire designed to deliver long-lasting tread wear and a quiet ride for EV drivers and passengers.

The tire is designed with an asymmetric tread pattern and specialized tread compound that Goodyear claims “provides enhanced all-season traction, giving EV drivers confident handling in both wet and dry road conditions.”

While Goodyear plans to expand the ElectricDrive product line in 2022, the initial release of the Goodyear ElectricDrive GT is available in size 255/45R19 104W XL.

Consumer Reports asks how much winter weather affects an EVs driving range

EV Winter Driving

Consumer Reports »

Running the cabin heater, seat heaters, defroster, and other accessories that combat the cold weather inside the car all sap range. For cold temperatures, what we have found is that 20 degrees Fahrenheit and colder is when the range really drops.

We’ve done some testing on how the cold weather affects range, and one of the biggest takeaways is that a buyer needs to consider how many miles they drive in a typical day and double that number to determine the driving range that’s right for their needs. If you drive 50 miles a day, you’ll want an EV that has at least a 100-mile range. The good news is that many electric cars are getting 200-plus miles of battery range nowadays, and that number is generally improving from model year to model year. (Where this is a greater concern is with an older EV that may have lost some range due to the ravages of time.)

A key reason to choose added range is not only the energy demands but also the unpredictability of weather. You don’t want the stress of being caught in a winter storm not knowing how long the drive will take.

To reduce the impact of cold, park the car in a garage where it can remain on a charger. “It takes less energy to maintain a temperature than to raise it, so this can make a significant difference in range,” says Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst at the automotive research and consulting firm Navigant.

10 cheapest EVs in the UK

Fiat 500 Electric

  1. Smart EQ fortwo » £17,850 (CDN$30,500 / USD$23,600)
  2. Smart EQ forfour » £18,285 (CDN$31,200 / USD$24,200)
  3. Fiat 500 » £20,495 (CDN$35,000 / USD$27,150)
  4. VW e-up! » £20,695 (CDN$35,300 / USD$27,400)
  5. Mini Electric » £26,000 (CDN$44,400 / USD$34,400)
  6. Mazda MX-30 » £26,045 (CDN$24,500 / USD$34,500)
  7. MG5 EV » £26,495 (CDN$45,200 / USD$35,100)
  8. Peugeot e-208 » £27,225 (CDN$46,500 / USD$36,050)
  9. Renault Zoe » £27,595 (CDN$47,100 / USD$36,550)
  10. Vauxhall Corsa-e » £27,805 (CDN$47,500 / USD$36,800)

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About a third of all households in England and Scotland and a quarter in Wales do not have off-street parking, making EV charging more challenging and expensive

The Sunday Times 🔒»

Drivers of electric cars are paying up to seven times the price to power up their vehicle at a public charge point than at home, according to new research.

While motorists can sign up for tariffs of only 5p per unit at home, they are paying an average 35p per unit for rapid and ultra-rapid public charging, and 24p per unit for slower devices.

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