General Motors announced a significant increase in spending on electric and autonomous vehicles. At the same time, it canceled plans to build two battery factories in the United States.
The largest American automaker said it intends to spend $ 35 billion on the production of electric vehicles by 2025. That’s 75% more than the previous plan published in March 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the industry.
GM’s willingness to increase spending, the source said, signals an accelerating global race involving automakers and tech companies to take over the electric vehicle market. Consulting firm AlixPartners said yesterday that total investment in electric vehicles could reach $ 330 billion by 2025. This is 41% more than last year’s forecast for the next five years.
The problem that GM and other automakers will face, according to AlixPartners, will be that consumer and enterprise demand for electric vehicles will not grow fast enough in the next few years to support manufacturers’ appetites.
Electric vehicles now account for about 2% of global car sales, and by 2030 they will account for about 24% of total sales, the consulting company predicts. At the same time, to cover the expected growth in production, sales of electric vehicles by 2030 should account for 35% of total sales.
AlixPartners believes that investment in electric vehicles is “well ahead of natural demand and neutral total cost of ownership or industry profitability.”
Automakers are pressuring government officials in the US, Europe and China to use government funds to offset the cost of switching to electric vehicles.
Prices for electric vehicles soared amid rising costs of materials, logistics and rising gasoline prices
American companies Tesla, Ford, GM, Rivian and Lucid have markedly increased the cost of electric vehicles over the past few months, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Manufacturers said the price increase was due to increased costs for battery materials. In addition, the demand for electric vehicles began to grow sharply against the backdrop of rising gasoline prices.
Last week, for example, General Motors added $6,250 to GMC Hummer electric pickups, which now range in price from $85,000 to $105,000. General Motors announced a rise in prices for materials and logistics.
Earlier, Tesla raised prices for its entire lineup in the US market, and also increased the cost of the Tesla Model Y crossover in China.
At the end of May, the average price of an electric car in the United States increased by 22% and amounted to about $54,000. At the same time, the average cost of a car with an internal combustion engine increased by 14% to $44,400.
All electric vehicles My Ami Buggy sold out in minutes
The French car brand Citroen has released the My Ami Buggy electric buggy in a limited edition of only 50 units. Sales of all cars ended in 17 minutes and 28 seconds.
The first buyer bought the car 2 minutes and 53 seconds after the start of sales. The car will be delivered to him in the second half of August 2022.
The car does not have doors with tubular railings installed together. There is no hard roof either, it is rag. The roof can be rolled up, turning the car into a convertible. My Ami Buggy received a khaki body and golden rims.
According to Motor.ru, the car is equipped with an 8-horsepower electric motor and a battery with a capacity of 5.5 kWh, and a top speed of 42 km/h. The power reserve is 75 km.
Previously, Citroen introduced the My Ami Cargo miniature electric cargo vehicle, which is designed for delivery services, individual entrepreneurs, etc. It cost 6500 euros.
Mid-size youth crossover with dynamic design, 188 hp engine. and the EaglePilot 7.0 driving assistance system for $15,000. Changan Oshan Z6 introduced
We have already talked about the Changan Shenlan SL03 electric car, which was shown at the auto show in Chongqing, China, and now we are talking about a more affordable model, but in a more popular format – the Changan Oshan Z6 crossover.
Oshan is Changan’s youth-oriented car brand. As part of the line, there are expensive models, and more affordable ones. Oshan Z6 is one of the latest.
The crossover stands out for its exterior with many sharp lines – something similar is in the Lexus. At the same time, the rear of the car is reminiscent of the Jaguar F-Pace with its long narrow lamps. In general, Oshan Z6 has two conceptual versions: the base one with a conventional internal combustion engine, the top one is a rechargeable hybrid. They, of course, differ in power parameters and price, but there are slight differences in the exterior and interior.
Car dimensions – 4699 x 1890 x 1660 mm, wheelbase length – 2795 mm. The standard wheels for this car are 225/55 R19, in the top version – 245/50 R20. The front uses MacPherson struts, the rear suspension is multi-link.
The top version of Oshan Z6 has as many as three screens, which is not quite typical for this price category. The main diagonal of 12.3 inches is fixed on the front panel, the instrument panel uses a screen with a diagonal of 10.25 inches. Finally, a third 9.1-inch screen is installed at the top of the center console, it is used mainly for navigation – displaying a map and tips. The top version also has a projection screen and the EaglePilot 7.0 driving assistance system, which includes 12 ultrasonic sensors, 3 mm radars and 5 cameras.
Changan Oshan Z6 is equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 188 hp, coupled with a seven-speed “robot” 7DCT (with two clutches). Drive – only front. In the future, the manufacturer promises to bring to market a “charged” version of the crossover – with a 233 hp engine.
The base version of the Changan Oshan Z6 costs $14,930. It is equipped with a rear-view camera, LED headlights, cruise control, and “only” two screens (there is no smallest one – the one located at the top of the center console). The top version for $19,420 has adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree surround view system, 6 speakers, atmospheric lighting with 64 LEDs, etc.
The hybrid version of the car is called the Z6 iDD. There is also a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, but it already produces 166 hp. On the front axle is a 150 hp electric motor. Also in the power plant is a CATL traction battery with a capacity of 28.4 kWh and a 6-speed transmission with three clutches. This suggests that there are three modes of operation: ICE only, hybrid and purely electric mode. The power reserve in the latter case is 150 km (according to measurements by the NEDC method). The cost of a hybrid is from 23,290 to 26,280 dollars.
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