This Week In EV News: 60 kWh LEAF Delayed, The $21k VW EV is Just an e-up!, NIO ES6 Teaser, and More

by Denis Gurskiy

Happy December everyone and welcome to another addition of our weekly round up, where we recount the EV news that we didn’t cover at length. As always, if you are looking for Tesla news, we’ve made a separate post that you can catch over here. This week we had the LA Auto Show, so a decent number of EVs have made their debuts. Along with the EV news that we did not cover, we have a recap of all the EV news that we did cover in length at the bottom as well, in case you missed it.

That $21,000 Volkswagen EV Isn’t Actually Part of the ID Series

If you remember a couple weeks ago, we talked about a supposed Volkswagen EV that was supposed to be priced around $21,000. While VW did not comment on the Bloomberg report, we had all just assumed that the new car would be part of VW’s existing ID-line of cars. However, after InsideEVs held an interview with Matt Renna, Vice President of Volkswagen North American Region (NAR)-G4, it seems to not be the case. Renna had explained that the car that the Bloomberg report was referring to was not some “new” ID-series car, but instead the next generation of VW’s existing e-Up! car. The current e-Up! is a little city car with a range of roughly 80-100 miles and a 18.7 kWh battery. Also it is exclusive to Europe, and so will this $21,000 successor which should be getting a larger battery. So for my non-European friends, sorry, we’re not getting this car.
Read More via: InsideEVs

Volkswagen is Looking For a Location for an EV Factory within the US

future electric cars

Staying on the topic of VW. They have set some lofty production goals, and to make it a possibility they have been a tear building new factories and converting old ones. This rapid electrification has been pretty quiet within the US borders, but VW has something brewing. According to an interview with NPR, Volkswagen of North America CEO, Scott Keogh, had stated in regards to a new factory in the United States:

“We are 100 percent deep in the process of ‘We will need an electric car plant in North America,’ and we’re holding those conversations now,”

Additionally VW is also interesting the possibility of using their existing factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. to build electric vehicles. Currently the plan is to produce electric cars in the $30,000-40,000 range. Which of the ID vehicles do we think these will be? My money is on the CROZZ, but as we still do not know the pricing, it is up in the air.
Read More via NPR

Nissan Postpones the Launch of the 60 kWh LEAF

Nissan LEAF electric car

Hey were you waiting on the highly improved and more powerful 60 kWh Nissan LEAF? Well unfortenatly, with the shenanigans that are going on between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Carlos Ghosn, the launch of the improved Nissan LEAF will be delayed.

While the automakers have stressed that operations and business are proceeding as normal, Nissan has postponed the launch of its high-performance Leaf electric car “to ensure that this important product unveiling could receive the coverage it merits”, a Nissan spokesman said.

While it is a shame, there seems to be some sort of in-fitting between the three companies currently and it would not be conducive to a successful vehicle launch. However, I hope that the RNM Alliance can settle themselves back together, because this EV seems to be highly anticipated.
Read More via Reuters

ChargePoint Raises Additionaly $280 Million from the Likes of BMW, Daimler, and More

As the world continues to adopt electric cars, having a sufficient charging infrastructure will become more and more important. ChargePoint is one of those companies that are trying to deploy an extensive charging network. Recently they finished their Series H funding round which raise $240 million and included from companies such as: BMW i Ventures, Daimler Trucks & Buses, Chevron Technology Ventures (yeah the petroleum company), Siemens, and many more. ChargePoint has already raised over $500 million in funding and was able to expand into Europe last year. Currently, ChargePoint’s network contains more than 57,000 independently owned public and semi-public charging spots. It will be very important for companies such as ChargePoint to continue to expand alongside EV adoption and provide energy for the growing demand. Additionally it is interesting to see petroleum companies such as Chevron put some investment towards electric infrastructure. Is it because they believe in the transition, or are they just trying to cover their bases? Regardless, it is money going towards the the progress of electric cars, so I’m not going to complain.
Read More via TechCrunch

NIO Releases a Teaser for Its Upcoming ES6

NIO has recently uploaded a teaser video for its upcoming ES6. Not much is known of the ES6 other than it seems to be a smaller version of NIO’s first car, the ES8. From the small glimpses, the ES6 does not seem to look radically different from the ES8, which is fine as I do like the styling of the ES8. What will be the price point? What kind of battery will it have? Hopefully these questions and more will be answered when NIO officially reveals the car on December 15th.

In Case You Missed It:

  • BYD unveiled the new Tang EV600 SUV which sports an 82.8 kWh battery and a claimed range of 600 km (373 miles). The Tang will allegedly be priced around the $40,000s range and while I remain skeptical at their claimed range, if BYD get anywhere near it, the EV600 will be a very competitive car.
  • A previously planned BYD electric truck assembly plant in Ontario, Canada has been cancelled due to unspecified reasons. While Ontario had brought an end to several electric vehicle incentive programs, BYD stated that it was not the reason for the abandonment of its truck manufacturing plans.
  • Sadly GM had announced that it would be closing several plants: Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio; their Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in southeast Michigan; their Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario; their Baltimore Operations parts plant; and their Warren Transmission Operations plant in southeast Michigan by the end of 2019. Of the models that are ending production as a result, include the Chevy Bolt plug-in. As of now, there are no plans to currently produce the Bolt in another factory, so say your goodbyes.
  • The LA Auto Show was last week, so there were some interesting electric reveals. The first of which was the Rivian R1T which is an electric pickup truck with serious stats. The highest-specced R1T will have a 180 kWh battery and a range of about 400 miles. As the first entry in the modern pickup truck EV class, the R1T definitely makes a splash.
  • The Audi e-tron GT was both teased and revealed. Audi’s first foray into the electric sedan space looks to be a good one. Developed on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT offers a 90 kWh battery that promises a range of over 248 miles and a 0-60 time 3.5 seconds. This looks like a serious contender to the Tesla Model S.
  • We asked Henrik Fisker what electric car he was most excited about.
  • The Kia Niro EV, cousin of the Hyundai Kona EV, finally made its North American Debut. The Niro EV looks to be a very capable electric SUV dishing out an EPA-rated range of 239 miles from its 62 kWh battery that it shares with the Kona EV. Hopefully Kia can set an attractive price for the Niro EV.
  • Speaking of Hyundai, Hyundai Motors UK was named the EV Manufacturer of the Year at the annual GreenFleet awards. Hyundai’s current EV models include the afformentioned Kona EV along with IONIQ EV. While I am glad that Hyundai looks to be one of the automakers that are embracing the electric changeover, I do hope that they will eventually start to produce there award winning EVs in larger quantities.
  • If you haven’t already, go take our Tesla Quiz and let us know how you did.

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