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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Saturday 11th May 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today to save you time.
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TESLA MODEL Y SPOTTED IN PUBLIC FOR FIRST TIME EVER
“ChargePoint made an unprecedented find – the Tesla Model Y was spotted in the public. The captured photo (sadly only one) shows us the rear of the small SUV, based on the Model 3, which will enter the market in late 2020 to potentially become the best-selling Tesla ever. It's promising to see that Tesla is already advanced enough to release the prototype/pre-production unit on public roads for test or demonstration purposes. We believe this to be the very first ever public sighting of the Model Y and perhaps it's being tested on the ChargePoint network ahead of its grand launch.” reports InsideEVs.com.
HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WORKHORSE
Autoblog look at Workhorse: “General Motors is negotiating the sale of its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a company that builds electric trucks. The company confirmed Wednesday that it's in talks with Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group to sell the huge facility, and also announced plans to invest $700 million in three Ohio factories to create 450 additional jobs. The potential sale, first announced on Twitter by President Donald Trump, could preserve some jobs at the sprawling plant 60 miles east of Cleveland. But it also dashes any hope that GM would reopen the factory where until March, it had built cars for more than five decades.”
“This Wednesday, things went sort of nuts when President Trump tweeted that GM’s Lordstown Plant would be bought by Workhorse, a maker of electric trucks, even though the deal is by no means settled. Most of us don’t know that much about Workhorse” reports Jalopnik, not impressed with the truck they're making to go up against Rivian and Tesla trucks: “Compared to other EV trucks like the Rivian, the design and engineering of the W-15 feels pretty clunky and crude; the styling seems amateurish, and the specs aren’t exactly impressive. Sure, the dual electric motors making about 450 horsepower is impressive and gives a very good 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds, but the far more important number, the range, is a pretty disappointing 80 miles. Workhorse is also in the running, in partnership with VT Hackney, for the contract to produce the next-generation USPS mail truck. Perhaps this plant purchase is in anticipation of getting this deal? We’ve heard nothing from the Post Office to suggest any vendor has been selected.”
TESLA REGISTERS FIRST VIN BATCH OF RIGHT-HAND DRIVE MODEL 3
“Within two weeks since opening the online design studio in UK, Tesla registered the first batch of Model 3 VIN numbers for right-hand drive markets (probably the UK, which is first on the list).” reports InsideEVs: “The latest batch is for 442 Model 3 according to Model 3 VINs, including: ≈70% AWD, ≈70% International (outside North America) and ≈64% RHD (around 283). First deliveries are expected next month, but it's too early to try figure out how big demand will be in the UK, but obviously at least four-digits in the initial period we believe as the car is getting very positive reviews.”
MERCEDES-BENZ SHOWS CONCEPT EQV ELECTRIC MPV IN BARCELONA
“Shortly after the world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, the Concept EQV completed its first urban journey. In the port of Barcelona, the concept vehicle showed that the electric future for premium MPVs is just around the corner.” Now the Concept EQV has completed its first public drive and presented itself in the port of Barcelona in front of a fitting backdrop. The vehicle is aimed equally at families, sports enthusiasts or quality shuttle services. With its progressive exterior, the Concept EQV caused a stir with passers-by in the fashion and design city. In particular, the EQ-typical radiator grille with its continuous LED strip left a lasting impression. Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV specs: 100 kWh battery pack up to 400 km (250 miles) of range 150 kW electric motor front-wheel drive fast charging – 100 km (62 miles) in 15 minutes at DC fast charger top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph)
MG ZS EV TO DEBUT IN EUROPE NEXT WEEK AT LONDON…