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In conversations with Audi and Porsche at the LA Auto Show, a trend emerged: both companies seem quite pleased that so many of their EV sales interest is coming from their own existing, internal combustion customers.
Consumers are split nearly right down the middle about Ford and Tesla’s upcoming offerings, with an Autolist survey finding a 51/49 split in consumer interest between the two cars. Ford came out ahead by two percentage points hot on the heels of its Sunday reveal event, but we can basically call this one a tie.
Mercedes didn’t have any new electric vehicles to show off at the LA Auto Show, but they did give us pricing for their upcoming EQC. The car will start at $67,900 in the US, or $60,400 after taking the $7,500 federal tax credit into account.
The new season of Formula E, the world’s top electric car racing series, starts on Friday with a doubleheader in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Notably, two new teams are joining from brands with classic motorsport ties: Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.
The last Formula E season was the most exciting one yet, so tune in this weekend to see if they can manage to top it. There will be two races this weekend, on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST/4 p.m. UTC/7 p.m. local Diriyah time.
Automobili Pininfarina has announced plans for a future electric vehicle platform through a collaboration with Bosch, who make EV motors and charging equipment, and Benteler, a German holding company.
They’ve also stated intent to debut a new electric design concept, which they’re dubbing the “PURA Vision,” sometime next year.
In addition to the livestream and media drives/information we’ve been given, Ford has released some footage of the vehicle and we’ve assembled a YouTube video running down the key points of the electric crossover SUV.
Ford’s Mustang Mach E electric crossover SUV gets unveiled tonight in Los Angeles, in advance of the LA Auto Show. Electrek is at the event and will bring you full coverage of everything you need to know about the car here.
The highly-anticipated Tesla pickup truck will be unveiled on November 21, just a week from now. In advance of this unveiling, Tesla has filed for a trademark with some non-standard spelling. It looks like they will be stylizing the name of the truck as: “CYBRTRK.”
Update: Tesla has sent out invites to the Cybrtrk event.
Tesla recently increased vehicle performance by ~5% through an over-the-air update, and today we have a video confirming the improvement with some side-by-side testing.
The Mach E SUV, Ford’s hotly anticipated Tesla Model Y competitor, which debuts on November 17, has been spied in production form. The photos were posted in a thread on the Mach E forum (below), the burgeoning fan forum for Ford’s upcoming SUV.
Mach E forum previously brought us what looked like close-to-production renders, and the new spy shots don’t look far off.
GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, plant has been sold to an EV startup, “Lordstown Motors Corp.,” which is affiliated with Workhorse Group, the company behind the Workhorse W-15 plug-in pickup truck.
Workhorse shares no ownership with Lordstown Motors Corp., but the two companies are affiliated. They plan to share intellectual property, and Workhorse’s ex-CEO Steve Burns is now CEO of Lordstown Motors.
Yesterday we were treated to a spy shot of some sort of electric Mustang under wraps at SEMA. At the time, we could tell it was at least a plug-in, but thought it must have been a plug-in hybrid.
It looks like we were wrong, as today that car has been revealed as an all-electric, high-performance Mustang.
At Volkswagen’s ceremony celebrating the start of ID.3 production, CEO Herbert Diess made several comments on the electrification of the industry. In particular, he stated that batteries, as opposed to hydrogen, are a quicker and cheaper way to reduce automotive industry emissions. He also called for a price on carbon and committed to reducing his company’s fleet carbon emissions by 30% by 2025, and to zero carbon by 2050.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also spoke at the event. She called for the German government to increase electric car incentives and set a target for the country to install a million public charging stations by 2030 to fuel 7-10 million German EVs by the same year.
The auto industry is gearing up for SEMA, its annual aftermarket expo, which starts tomorrow in Las Vegas. We’ve gotten an inside photo of Ford’s stage which suggests they’re planning to reveal a plug-in electric Mustang of some sort tomorrow morning when the show opens.
Ford renegotiated its union contract last week, coming to a relatively speedy agreement between the automaker and its workers. The agreement includes a detailed breakdown of plant investments, including which cars will be made where.
Of particular note, the list of cars includes two full electric vehicles (F-150 and Transit), two plug-in hybrids (Escape and Lincoln Corsair), and multiple other conventional hybrids. The electric F-150 will be built alongside the standard F-150 in Ford’s main truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford also plans to produce batteries for the electric F-150. While the Mach E is not specifically mentioned, “Mustang derivatives” are, and it looks like that car will be built in Flat Rock, Michigan.
Toyota, GM, and FCA have been getting a lot of flack the last couple days, in response to their move to join the EPA in opposing better MPG standards against the interests of consumers and the environment.
Toyota responded to this public outcry by claiming that it wants “continuous, year-over-year improvements in fuel economy,” but there’s one problem with that: Their fleet average MPG is actually getting worse over time, unlike every other automaker.
With the Tesla Model Y slated to hit the road next summer, we’re getting more and more sightings of prototypes out and about. Most of these sightings are around Tesla’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters, though we’ve seen the car as far away as Washington State and Michigan.
Thanks to Tesla’s dashcam feature, we’ve now got a three-minute-long video of the Model Y driving in San Jose. Better yet, for much of the drive it’s side by side with a Model 3, demonstrating an excellent comparison between the two vehicles.
Ford is getting ready to unveil its “Mustang-inspired” Tesla Model Y competitor on November 17, and so far, the only official media we have on the electric SUV is a silhouette. But a fan forum has produced a render of the upcoming car, rumored to be named the Mach E, based on leaked CAD drawings, which shows a possible form that it might take.