Production at Tesla’s new European plant near Berlin won’t start until mid-March at the earliest. This was reported by the local broadcaster RBB.
Authorities are currently still evaluating how safe the operation of the facility will be, RBB said.
A spokesman for the state environment ministry said “we are not giving a specific date” but “we are in the final stages of the approval process.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he plans to visit the Grünheide plant near Berlin in mid-February.
Last year, Musk said he expected the Grünheide plant to be licensed to begin mass production of Model Y cars by December, but bureaucratic hurdles and a lawsuit over the plant’s water use delayed final approval.
Tesla expects that the plant will produce up to 500,000 Model Y electric vehicles annually after construction is completed. Model Y electric vehicles sold in Europe now are imported from China.
The electric version of the best-selling car in the US. Ford F-150 Lightning finally started shipping to retail customers
Ford has finally begun shipping its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck to retail customers.
The company started production of the machines last month, and now the machines have begun to arrive to customers. The very first such lucky person is captured in the photo above.
A resident of Michigan booked a Platinum Trim Lightning package on May 20 last year, and he received the car on May 26 of this year, that is, almost exactly a year later. Interestingly, this person owns a Tesla Model 3, has already posted a Cybertruck deposit, and was considering buying a Rivian R1T.
Since the Ford F-Series is the best-selling car in the US, it’s no surprise that the company has amassed a huge amount of pre-orders for the electric version, and right now Ford can’t say exactly when it will be able to fulfill all these orders. This year, the company is going to produce only 40,000 cars, despite the fact that orders have been collected at least 200,000.
Including subsidies, the car in the US starts at $40,000.
48 hp, range up to 300 km and price from $5900. China unveils Letin Mengo, a four-door electric car designed for people with a monthly income of about $150
In China, they began to take orders for another low-cost electric car Letin Mengo. The novelty is interesting because at the price of the unconditional local hit Wuling Hongguang MINIEV (or the same Lingbox Uni), it is noticeably larger.
If Hongguang MINIEV is a three-door model, then Letin Mengo has four doors, and four people can fit inside in addition to the driver. The car is equipped with only one 48 hp electric motor. (peak torque – 125 Nm), but there are three options for the capacity of the traction battery: 11.52, 17.28 and 29.44 kWh. Accordingly, the power reserve is 130, 185 and 300 km.
Dimensions Letin Mengo – 3622 x 1607 x 1525 mm. The wheelbase length is 2442 mm, half a meter more than the Hongguang MINIEV. The car is well equipped: there is a large 9-inch screen on the central panel, 5G, air conditioning, driver assistance systems.
The cost, depending on the version, is 5900-8900 dollars. This car was specially designed for people with a modest monthly income of about 1,000 yuan (about $150). There are hundreds of millions of them in China. However, Letin Mengo will be sold not only in China: deliveries are planned to Cambodia, South Korea, Panama, Peru and Brazil.
27 hp, top speed of 100 km/h, range of 140 km and nice design for $5800. Another ultra-cheap electric car appeared in China
The segment of three-meter three-door electric vehicles in China is growing by leaps and bounds. Wuling Hongguang MINIEV, Cherry QQ Ice Cream, Fengguang MINIeV and Changan LUMIN are already on the market, and now Lingbox Uni is also out. More precisely, it has not yet been released, but is already available for order: you can reserve a car for only $ 75. And we are not talking about blind sales: both characteristics and prices are known.
Lingbox Uni (created by a company called Jemmell New Energy) is priced at $5,800 in the base version. In the configuration of such a car – a lithium-iron-phosphate traction battery with a capacity of 11.52 kWh, providing a range of 140 km. The top version of the electric car uses a battery with a capacity of 15.97 kWh, on a full charge of which Lingbox Uni is able to travel 201 km.
The car is driven by a single engine with a capacity of 27 hp, but the torque is decent – 86 Nm, so there should be no problems with starts from a traffic light. The maximum speed is 100 km/h.
The dimensions of the car are 2930 x 1517 x 1620 mm, the length of the wheelbase is 1940 mm. The interior, like the exterior, looks pretty, except that the mechanical hand brake is knocked out of the general range.
The car is cheap, but not spartan: there is a tire pressure monitoring system, seat belt warning, Isofix mounts, power windows, an audio system with Bluetooth (although there is only one speaker), a USB port for charging a smartphone, a 12 V socket, rear parking sensors , rear view camera, uphill system, air conditioning. The front passenger seat, which provides access to the rear row, leans forward electrically.
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