GM put somebody with a Tesla Gigafactory resume in control of ramping up batteries for inexpensive EVs. Electrify America takes it indoors for city charging. And Rivian rolls out lower-cost variations of its electrical vehicles. This and extra, right here at Inexperienced Automobile Studies.
Rivian on Thursday launched particulars for the cheaper R1T and R1S Commonplace pack variations that had been anticipated to reach with an LFP battery pack. As an alternative of that, the Commonplace and Commonplace+ variations are getting a smaller model of the identical battery pack supplied on the remainder of the lineup. That qualifies them for the $3,750 EV tax credit score from the get-go—successfully $67,950, together with vacation spot, for a 270-mile electrical truck, or upping it to a 315-mile vary for $3,100 extra..
Electrify America is displaying a template for the long run in its flagship city EV charging station, which shifts it indoors with climate-controlled lounge areas, meals and beverage merchandising, and free wifi together with connectors as much as 350 kw. It begins a brand new technique for bigger stations serving city areas, whereas its new outside structure provides photo voltaic canopies and extra.
And GM has tapped former Tesla battery-development chief Kurt Kelty to carry lower-cost GM EVs to manufacturing sooner. GM’s manufacturing ramp has been going extraordinarily slowly, with the battery ramp itself pointed to as a part of the rationale why the corporate has missed manufacturing targets by such a margin.