25 Feb 2020 | Mustang Mach-E Rolls Off Assembly Line In Mexico

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 25th February 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story to save you time.

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PRE-PRODUCTION FORD MUSTANG MACH-E ROLLS OFF ASSEMBLY LINE IN MEXICO

"Production (or at least pre-production) is now reportedly underway for the all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E. Here we see the first electric SUV to reportedly roll off the assembly line in Mexico." says Eric Loveday,. Editor In Chief for InsideEVs: " The images come to us via Ford's Facebook site for the stamping and assembly plant in Mexico and they appear to show one of the very first Mach-E electric SUVs in production (or at least near-production) form. This is not an early prototype and, as you can see in the images, this Mach-E looks ready to be sold. However, Ford says full production won't begin until Fall 2020, so either that's when the automaker plans to be in the full ramped-up stage or the car seen here is more of a pre-production model to test out tooling, stamping, assembly and other vehicle production processes and such."

https://insideevs.com/news/400346/ford-mach-e-production-start/

MODEL Y CUSTOMERS ARE GETTING DELIVERY EMAILS NOW

AnythingTesla

@AnythingTesla

"I ordered my LOng Range Dual Motor (not Performance) on Day 0 and just noticed by delivery pickup email! I live in Houston and have never owned a Tesla"

m a t t e y u s

@matteye54

I ordered my white DM AWD on 2/2 and got the email yesterday. Stoked!!

howard

@hwfeinstein

OMG! It’s ready!! March 15 is earliest I can get it. I got the black interior and I don’t recall seeing the tow hitch option. Washington state, MYP white. I actually feel bad for people who ordered ahead of me. I was happy to wait to get my car so that way any issues with it could be resolved.

@n8_gardner

Woohoo just got my email last night that my Tesla Model Y is ready for delivery! #TeslaModelY Ordered on 1/14/2020 White Long Range AWD (non performance) Black interior, Induction Wheels

Tyler Harp

@TylerHarp18

GOT IT. Model Y delivery email!

AWD (non-P), 20" Induction

White w/ Black Interior, FSD

Louisiana

Ordered around New Year

The email from Tesla reads:

The next step for you is to confirm when you’re able to take delivery so we can ensure the best experience possible.

Once you confirm your availability, we’ll send you an update in the coming days to notify you when you can log into your Tesla Account and complete any remaining steps such as financing or trade-in. Your Tesla Advisor will be available to answer any additional questions you may have.

We’re excited to have Model Y join your home and be a part of your transition to sustainable energy.

Welcome to the Tesla family.

SAMSUNG SDI EXPANDS ITS BATTERY PLANT IN HUNGARY

"According to the South Korean media, Samsung SDI has begun expansion of its lithium-ion cell manufacturing plant in Göd, Hungary." reports InsideEVs: "According to the South Korean media, Samsung SDI has begun expansion of its lithium-ion cell manufacturing plant in Göd, Hungary. The company is expected to invest KRW 1.2 trillion ($994 million / €917 million) in Hungary by 2030 and gradually increase the production to 18 million cells per month (around 6 million in the first plant and 12 million in the second plant)."

https://insideevs.com/news/400155/samsung-sdi-expands-battery-plant-hungary/

TESLA WANTS TO OVERTURN SUNDAY DRIVING BAN FOR ELECTRIC TRUCKS

"Tesla is preparing to produce its first “Semi” truck model. Last week Thursday, a delegation from the US company traveled to Berlin for a secret meeting. According to business insider information, Tesla is trying to get an exception so that electric trucks can also drive on Sundays and public holidays in the future." reports Business Insider: " a Tesla delegation traveled to Berlin on Thursday last week and met for a confidential discussion with the BMVI Parliamentary State Secretary, Steffen Bilger. At some point, the company representatives turned the conversation to electric trucks and called for a spectacular change in the law: the new, environmentally friendly truck generation should be exempted from the Sunday driving ban. The regulation that allows drivers to not be slowed down by truck columns at least one day a week."

https://www.businessinsider.de/wirtschaft/vertrauliche-gespraeche-im-verkehrsministerium-tesla-will-sonntagsfahrverbot-fuer-elektro-lkw-kippen/

ELECTRIC PICKUP FROM FORMER GM PLANT WILL HAVE IN-WHEEL HUB MOTORS

"Lordstown Motors is essentially the relaunch of the pickup project from Workhorse, a separate company that had back in 2017 reported $300 million in pre-orders for its W-15 electric truck. " says Green Car Reports: "Lordstown hasn’t yet revealed how much more of the Workhorse truck has translated to the Endurance, but we expect quite a bit has carried over. The W-15 was to be built on clean-slate body-on-frame layout, with 18650-format Panasonic cylindrical cells powering it—much like the Tesla Model S and Model X—packaged between the frame rails. The Endurance promises to be quite different than other pickups due to its hub-motor system, which frees up space under the truck and mounts the motors inside the wheel hub. A number of suppliers like Elaphe, Protean, and Nidec, and have developed modern in-wheel motors that fit in about the space of an old-style drum brake. One issue, their “unsprung mass,” makes tuning the ride and handling of a vehicle more complicated, but it may be easier to accommodate in a truck like the Endurance."

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1127212_electric-pickup-from-former-gm-plant-will-have-in-wheel-hub-motors

HONDA ADMITS AN ELECTRIC TYPE R MODEL IS POSSIBLE

"Honda wants to electrify two-thirds of its lineup worldwide by 2030, which means that future performance vehicles from the brand could eventually be EVs. Hideki Kakinuma, the Honda Civic Type R project leader, talked to Motor Trend about what might happen: "Yes, of course, an electric Type R is possible." He indicated that the major challenge was offering the necessary performance at a reasonable price." according to Chris Bruce for Motor1: " "The Civic is currently the only vehicle in the Honda lineup to meet our requirements of what a Type R needs to be." Rumors suggest that the next-gen Civic Type R could adopt a hybrid powertrain because it offers the expected driving dynamics while improving emissions. Opting for a full EV isn't the plan, yet. If an electric Type R happens, then the new Honda E could be the first. The standard Honda E packs an electric motor powering the rear axle that's available with either 136 horsepower (100 kilowatts) or 154 hp (113 kW), A 35.5-kilowatt-hour battery offers 137 miles (220 kilometers) on a charge."

https://www.motor1.com/news/400319/honda-electric-type-r-rumor/

FROM TESLA MOTORS CLUB:

" I need a new car. I want a Tesla, husband is afraid of the technology. Can I get some quick facts for him on how an EV works?" by forum member EllieNovember, she says: "His main concern: "I just don't understand how it….works." I've told him to do some research like I have, but he still can't seem to grasp what makes the wheels physically move, how there's no transmission or gears, things like that. He's hesitant putting money down on a piece of technology that he can't understand."

Forum member Zaxxon replies: "You appear to be in New Jersey, which just recently became the most EV-friendly (from a tax perspective) state. No sales tax *and* a $5k credit."

https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/advice-needed-convincing-husband-to-go-tesla.186442/

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