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Nikola Delivers BEVs to TTSI
Nikola Corporation (Nasdaq: NKLA), a global leader in zero-emission transportation and energy infrastructure solutions, delivered the first Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) pilot trucks to Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI), one of Southern California’s prominent port trucking companies, to expedite zero-emission transportation solutions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach..
Following the program, guests had the opportunity to experience the Tre BEV first-hand during demonstrations and as truck passengers.
As previously announced, TTSI’s LOI is for 100 zero-emission trucks beginning with a four-truck pilot of two BEVs and two FCEVs. Based on satisfactory completion of the vehicle trials and subject to TTSI obtaining certain government funding, thirty BEVs are projected to follow later in 2022, and 70 FCEVs are anticipated to start in 2023.
The Nikola Tre BEV is designed for local deliveries up to 350 miles. The Nikola Tre FCEV truck is targeted for distances up to 500 miles and is expected to address the North American regional market, especially when additional hauling capacity or quick fueling are required by fleet operators.
According to TTSI, in any given month 13,000 to 14,000 trucks call at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, emitting roughly 2,600 tons per year of smog-causing nitrogen-oxide emissions. This location and transportation use case represent one of the largest opportunities in California to make a significant impact for the transition to sustainable transportation. TTSI has been on the forefront of this transition with early adopter status and will partner with Nikola to transition both BEVs and FCEVs into operation on a trial basis.
European ports are also planning to utilize Nikola’s trucks. In September 2021, Nikola and IVECO signed an MoU with the Hamburg Port Authority to deliver up to 25 Nikola Tre BEVs for delivery to that Port throughout 2022.
Polestar New Retail Center in Corte Madera
Polestar has opened a new retail location in Corte Madera, California. Polestar Marin will offer sales, service, and test drives of the Polestar 1 electric performance hybrid GT and the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback. It will also service customers living within a 150-mile radius via a free pickup and delivery service program. Polestar Marin is located at The Village at Corte Madera, 1700 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera, CA 94925.
“We continue to rapidly expand our Polestar Space network across North America,” says Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America. “With the addition of Polestar Marin, we continue to redefine the premium experience within the San Francisco market.”
In partnership with Price Simms Family Dealerships, the newest Polestar Space in the San Francisco Bay Area will give customers the opportunity to experience Polestar vehicles first-hand and ask questions in a non-traditional retail environment. Test drives of the brand’s first all-electric vehicle – Polestar 2 – can be coordinated on-site or at home via Polestar.om/test-drive.
###Volkswagen Invests $20 Million for Electric Partners
Volkswagen of America, Inc., (VWoA) unveiled the first major results of its nationwide Network Readiness Co-Op Program, an investment of $20 million to support its more than 600 dealership partners to transform into regional hubs of EV experience. With sales and reservations for the all-electric ID.4 SUV climbing, Volkswagen’s program seeks to enhance consumer access by helping its 50-state dealership network establish the underlying EV infrastructure, such as upgraded service centers and high-capacity chargers. As a direct result of the program − which will continue through June 2022 − Volkswagen dealers have added 23,490 kWh of charging capacity, trained more than 1,260 EV service technicians, and implemented dedicated EV Specialists tocreate e-mobility centric consumer experiences across the country.
“It’s the consumer who will lead America’s electric vehicle revolution”, said Scott Keogh, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “And it’s our dealership partners who bring their communities into electric vehicles, providing unmatched service and expertise. We’re dedicated to fully support them in this journey. With nine out of ten Volkswagen ID.4 buyers identifying as first-time EV buyers, I’ve never been more confident that the electric future is driven by Volkswagen.”
In addition, Volkswagen has launched a dedicated EV Technician Retention Program to support dealers to boost training, incentivize their highly skilled technicians, and recruit new talent equipped at addressing the EV shift. The program enables Volkswagen and participating dealers to financially reward dealership technicians with a retention bonus of $2,000 per year, empowering them to gain new individual certifications to enhance their skillsets and build up comprehensive expertise for the ID.4 and all Volkswagen electric models in the years to come.
“I believe with the commitment Volkswagen has put forth to electrification along with the service and support the dealer body will offer, Volkswagen will be the top choice on consumers shopping list when looking to go electric”, said Tom McMenamin, Volkswagen National Dealer Chairman and Dealer Principal of Toms River Volkswagen, Toms River NJ. “I am very excited for the electric future with Volkswagen”.
To date, the ID.4 is among the fastest-selling vehicles in Volkswagen of America’s current product portfolio. With more than 15,000 cars sold and more than 40,000 ID.4 gross reservations since its introduction in March 2021, consumer interest keeps climbing. More than 85 percent of all ID.4 buyers have enrolled for 3 years of unlimited charging at Electrify America DC Fast Chargers across the country¹ − and drivers have already charged more than 22 million miles for their ID.4s at Electrify America stations.
EPA Rates Kia EV6 at 226 Miles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified a maximum all-electric range (AER) of 310 miles for the 2022 Kia EV6 when equipped with a 77.4 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive. The all-electric range (AER) for the entire EV6 lineup was announced ahead of the EV6 going on sale in the first quarter of 2022. More information about the certification is available at Fueleconomy.gov
The top rating of 310 miles AER applies to EV6 when configured with a 77.4 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive, including EV6 GT-Line RWD and EV6 EX+ RWD. This rating represents an impressive overall efficiency of 4.0 miles/kWh. EV6 models fitted with all-wheel drive are EPA-certified at 274 miles AER, and the 58.0-kWh EV6 EX is rated at 232 miles AER. These range figures are a testament to the efficiency of EV6 in motor performance and aerodynamics.
For occasional instances when a fast charge is desired, the EV6 can be charged quickly, thanks to a patented multi-charging system that supports 400v and 800v DC charging, which works on DC chargers with speeds ranging from 50kW to 350kW1.
“Offering EV6 customers over 300 miles of all-electric range per charge, combined with the ability to recharge quickly and efficiently, is foundational to the rollout of our Plan S Strategy that positions Kia as an EV leader,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America, Kia America.
The Kia EV6 delivers jaw-dropping performance, available AWD capability, ultra-fast DC charging, vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality, and a flat-floor interior that utilizes sustainable-friendly materials throughout the cabin. The EV6 also offers a wide array of advanced driver assistance systems, adding an unprecedented level of connectivity and safety. The first EV6 (EX, EX+ and GT-Line) models are expected to go on sale in early 2022 in all 50 states.
EVgo Offers New Mobile App
EVgo Inc. (NASDAQ: EVGO), the nation’s largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) and first powered by 100% renewable electricity, today unveiled the all-new EVgo mobile app. The app’s modern design, convenient new features and enhanced performance provide a streamlined driver experience, giving customers more reliable and personalized charging services while on the go. Customers can charge with EVgo and our roaming partners in just three easy steps: plug in, tap to start, and charge up.
The new app supports EVgo’s goal to make charging simple, delivering an industry-leading user experience that makes switching to an EV more inviting. EV drivers utilizing EVgo’s charging network, comprised of more than 1500 public fast chargers and 1,200+ L2 chargers across 68 metropolitan areas and 35 states, can enjoy a highly personalized experience through the app. Built with the EV driver in mind and to help quickly identify what stations are best for their vehicle, the app allows drivers to add their vehicles to their “garage” by easily scanning their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), creating a customized vehicle profile that can be used to filter the map based on the vehicle’s specific connector types. The app also seamlessly integrates the EVgo Rewards™ loyalty program so drivers can save money the more they charge with EVgo.
In addition to increased options for personalization, the new app boasts enhanced search capabilities, enabling drivers to search by business or location name, charger name, points of interest, location, and more, as well as view key charging site details such as parking information, pricing, and power levels. Featuring a redesigned map – with real-time station level availability per charger – EVgo app users can also get turn-by-turn directions to available EV chargers nearby.
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