Beverly Hills gets a first, a Faraday Future Flagship Brand Experience Center. Sysco plans to purchase 800 battery electric Freightliner eCascadias. For those and a few more other stories, look at the EV news roundup below.
Electric Car News
Vinfast Partners with FCA Bank, Reveals VF 8 & VF 9 Monthly Payment Details in Europe
“VinFast has signed a Cooperation and Service Agreement with FCA Bank — a leader in mobility financial services, to provide a wide range of innovative and flexible financial services for VinFast EVs in Europe.”
Monthly payment details in European markets:
“According to the agreement, the initial leasing contracts for VF 8 and VF 9 will be implemented in the three key markets of Germany, France, and the Netherlands, which apply VinFast’s Fixed battery subscription plan during the VinFirst program. After the VinFirst program ends on May 30, 2022, VinFast and FCA will roll out more financial options for customers.
“In Germany, the monthly leasing cost of a VF 8 will start from €499. Although the first installment is €8,650, customers only have to pay the €150 reservation fees. Most of the remaining cost is reduced by the €6,000 government bonus (for delivery in 2022) and a €2,500 e-voucher from the VinFirst program.
A monthly leasing contract for a VF 9 will start from €699 per month. The first installment is €11,350, and customers only have to pay €2,150 for the deposit and reservation fees. The €9,200 remaining cost is composed of a €5,000 government bonus (for delivery in 2022) and a €4,200 VinFirst e-voucher.”
“In France, the monthly payment of a VF 8 will start from €599. Although the first installment is €4,650, the down payment ultimately drops down to just €1,150 after deducting a €1,000 government bonus (where eligible) and a €2,500 VinFirst e-voucher.”
Faraday Future announces its first Flagship Brand Experience Center in Beverly Hills, selects ASTOUND Group for experience design and execution
“The retail space will create an environment where users can experience Faraday Future; it will highlight the brand’s advanced technology, distinctive luxury, and futuristic design. Located at 464 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, the brand experience center is a block from the famed Rodeo Drive.
“Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc. (‘FF’) (NASDAQ: FFIE), a California-based global shared intelligent electric mobility ecosystem company, today announced its flagship brand experience center in prestigious Beverly Hills, Calif., and its selection of ASTOUND Group to implement design direction, and execute the physical experience of the interior and exterior spaces. FF is on track to launch its flagship vehicle, the FF 91, in Q3 2022.”
Faraday Future announces first quarter 2022 financial results release date and related conference call information
Hyundai Motor Group to establish first dedicated EV plant and battery manufacturing facility in the U.S.
Hyundai IONIQ 5 Added to Consumer Guide’s® 2022 Best Buy Awards
Autonomy extends green mobility services to California’s inland empire region
“Autonomy, a completely digital electric vehicle subscription service that offers the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to get a Tesla Model 3, is extending its services to Southern California’s Inland Empire.”
Sysco transforming the future of foodservice delivery: announces intent to purchase up to 800 battery electric Freightliner eCascadia from Daimler Truck North America to serve U.S. customers
“Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, and Daimler Truck North America (DTNA), the leading North American heavy-duty truck manufacturer, today jointly announced a Letter of Intent (LOI) to deploy up to nearly 800 battery electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors serving Sysco customers by 2026. The first eCascadia delivery is expected to arrive at Sysco’s Riverside, California site later this year.”
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World premiere of the new battery electric Freightliner eCascadia
“Extensive development and rigorous testing through several prototypes and customer-tested trucks, resulted in a powerful and efficient battery electric truck with multiple battery and drive axle options, providing a typical range of 230 miles (depending on vehicle configurations). The eCascadia is ideally suited for short-haul routes that allow for depot-based charging, examples of which include last mile logistics, local and regional distribution, drayage and warehouse to warehouse applications.
- 320–470 hp (Horsepower)
- Typical range of 230 miles (depending on vehicle configurations)1
- Multiple battery options and maximum capacity of almost 440 kWh2
- Recharge of 80 percent in approximately 90 minutes
- Up to 82,000 lb max GCW (Gross Combination Weight)
- Available with single or tandem eAxle
- 116” day cab configuration”
Ev Dynamics electric delivery vehicles begin road testing by one of the world’s largest food service companies
“Ev Dynamics (Holdings) Limited (HK: 0476), a leading developer and manufacturer of new energy vehicles (NEVs), announced that one of the largest food service companies in the world has begun road testing 10 of its 6-meter electric delivery trucks in Mexico City.
“As the new 7.5-meter vans arrive in Spain, the customer will configure them into school buses for use by the country’s public urban transportation system. Configuration of the first two buses were recently completed and are undergoing road testing prior to entering service.”
Ev Dynamics begins delivery of 40 custom 7.5-meter electric vans to new public mobility customer in Spain
“This EV deployment represents a perfect example of our value-added approach for vehicle manufactures and government agencies who are looking for a custom yet cost-effective sustainable transportation solution,” stated Miguel Valldecabres Polop, CEO of Ev Dynamics. “Based on our fully configured and highly adaptable NEV e-platform, these new buses are light-weight, low-power consuming and very durable.”
Charging a green future: latest advancement in lithium-ion batteries could make them ubiquitous
“To improve the performance of silicon anodes in LIBs, a team led by Professor Noriyoshi Matsumi, and also including Dr. Agman Gupta and Senior Lecturer Rajashekar Badam, from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), has developed a binder for the silicon particles, which can improve their stability and maintain a thin SEI layer. Now, in contrast to a thick SEI layer, a thin one is beneficial because it prevents the anode and electrolyte from spontaneously reacting with each other. The results of the study are published in ACS Applied Energy Materials.”
Lomiko Metals commences 18,000 metre, 120 drill hole campaign for the electric vehicle and green battery zones at La Loutre Graphite Project
Belinda Labatte, Lomiko Metals CEO and Director, stated: “Initiating the infill and extension drill program at the La Loutre graphite project is an important step in the project development as we look to increase confidence in our mineral resources. We also appreciate the ongoing engagement that is required with our communities as we move forward with this exploration program and the future studies of this project.”
Imec spin-off SOLiTHOR closes a €10M seed investment round to develop a new disruptive solid-state battery cell technology
“SOLiTHOR, the newly created spin-off company from imec — partner in the top European energy R&D innovation hub EnergyVille — is spearheading the development, manufacturing and commercialisation of innovative solid-state lithium (Li) battery cell technology to reliably and economically offer high energy storage solutions. SOLiTHOR raised €10M in a seed investment round led by imec.xpand supported by a strong investment syndicate including LRM, Nuhma and FPIM. The proceeds will be used to develop the technology required to enable further electrification of our transport industry with solutions that address current issues in autonomy, performance, longevity and safety.”
Volcon ePowersports continues rapid growth of North America dealer network, signs 100th dealer
America’s leading e-bike retailer, Pedego is now open in Lambertville; owner committed to going electric with New Jersey
“Pedego Electric Bikes, an award-winning electric bike company with sixteen unique models and over 200 brick and mortar stores, welcomes its newest store in Lambertville, New Jersey. Owner Rich Bastian, is building an electric transportation empire through his five Pedego stores and commitment to go green together with the state.
“As New Jersey hits their all-time record for gas prices, the state is exploring new ways to reduce its carbon footprint while becoming less dependent on fossil fuels. Recently, New Jersey signed a contract with Aecon, a multinational engineering firm, to promote the electrification of the state’s public bus system.”
Melitron unveils commercial EV Charger Series with HD Displays at National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago
“EV chargers are an excellent way to attract customers and will be even more essential to businesses as electric vehicle adoption increases in the coming years,” said Mike Turner, President and CEO at Melitron. “We are bringing the same smart design, superior quality and exceptional service approach to our EV Charger Series that we bring to our leading outdoor digital menu boards, digital signage and kiosks.”
Tesla offers access to its Model S, 3, X, Y service manuals subscription free for 1 year
“Tesla has allowed its customers to subscribe to the online vehicle service manuals for a fee of $0 for 1 year (365 days). This is an interesting development as it allows the public access to tons of vital information about the Tesla vehicles including the following:
- Service Manuals, Parts Manuals (parts catalogs), and Body Repair info
- Tooling Catalogs and Wiring Diagrams
- Service Bulletins
- Labor Codes and Times
- Circuit & Connector Reference Guides
- Charging Product Manuals
“This makes it easy for the customers, first responders, and certified Tesla repair shops to work on a Tesla vehicle. This free access to information and diagrams will also enable re-building a salvaged Tesla vehicle to experts like Rich Rebuilds who have been asking for the right to repair for a long time.”
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