According to a source citing Chinese media, Tesla China is demanding a refund (in the amount of a state subsidy for the purchase of an electric car) from those of its customers who purchased a car but did not drive 20,000 km in 2 years. Where did such strange demands come from?
It’s all about Chinese government measures to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles. The corresponding state subsidies program was introduced in 2010, and in 2012 a big plan was adopted, which assumed an increase in sales of electric vehicles in the country from 2012 to 2020 to five million units. In China, a boom in sales of cars with state subsidies began, but not all manufacturers and sellers of electric vehicles turned out to be honest. Many cheated – illegally registering cars, installing batteries of the minimum capacity, just to guarantee a discount, some misled buyers, and others created a division that allegedly sold electric cars to the parent company.
Naturally, all these machinations did not go unnoticed. In 2016, the government adjusted the policy and introduced a mileage requirement for electric vehicles purchased for commercial purposes: 30,000 km in 2 years. This was done on purpose – to cut off “purchases”, which were then sent to idle time (in reality or on paper). A little later, the requirement was adjusted – up to 20,000 km in 2 years of run. And that’s exactly what Tesla refers to its non-fulfillment.
On June 21, an official Tesla letter addressed to corporate customers appeared on the Web. The company demanded a refund of money equivalent to a government subsidy from them. Naturally, the requirement applies only to those companies that have not met the mileage limit established by law. The company points out that since the corresponding mileage on the car was not achieved, the company was unable to apply for compensation for the cost of the car in the amount of the subsidy. One could call it extortion, but no: the corresponding clause of the contract is present in the contract for the sale of an electric car. So everything is fair.
I must say that Tesla is not alone: other local companies like Asiastar Bus and Ankai Automobile are also demanding a corresponding refund. At the same time, local EV flagships NIO, XPeng and BYD do not demand anything from corporate customers if they fail to meet EV mileage requirements.
Traction batteries from China’s BYD have been approved for use in the Tesla Model Y for the European market. The first batch of batteries has already been delivered to the company’s Berlin factory
According to the source, the Dutch regulator RDW on July 1 of this year issued a permit for the use of traction batteries in the Tesla Model Y electric car. Moreover, the first batch of such batteries has already been delivered to the Gigafactory Berlin for car assembly.
Tesla Model Y with BYD solid-state traction batteries is coded Type 005 and internal code Y7CR. The battery capacity is 55 kWh, the weight of the Model Y with such a battery is 2087 km, the cruising range is 440 km.
At the moment, Tesla traction batteries are supplied by LG Energy Solution, Panasonic and China’s CATL. Last year, Tesla became the largest buyer of CATL batteries, shipping $1.9 billion worth of products to the American company. Now, the second Chinese company has entered the Tesla traction battery supplier pool. Moreover, in the domestic Chinese market, Tesla and BYD are direct competitors, since both produce electric vehicles.
An alternative to electric scooters: Airtrick shoe rollers accelerate to 28 km/h
The Hong Kong company Airtrick came up with an interesting initiative. It offers removable E-Skates that can be used instead of electric scooters.
Rollers weighing 1.5 kg each are suitable for shoe sizes from 36 to 46. According to the manufacturer, such rollers can be easily put on, taken off and put into a bag.
The rollers are equipped with 150-watt electric motors, capable of accelerating to 27 km / h and providing a power reserve of 15 km. They are protected from moisture (IPX3).
The price starts at $ 399, the versions are rich in equipment, some have a helmet. So far, the videos are being produced in China and recently entered the Indiegogo co-financing platform.
Revealed jet-powered Zapata JetRacer flying car that flies on kerosene
The JetRacer flying car was unveiled this month by former jet ski world champion Frankie Zapata. The Frenchman’s eponymous company has produced a number of other microjet-powered aircraft that operate above water or above ground, including the recently introduced JetRacer.
JetRacer Zapata differs from other aircraft in its unusual shape. Also, unlike other electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, the JetRacer has no visible propellers and runs on kerosene instead of batteries.
It flies using 10 microjet engines, climbing up to 3,000 meters and reaching a top speed of 250 km/h. JetRacer can move at speeds up to 250 km/h.
“JetRacer is built on a lightweight and modular chassis, which allows it to meet a variety of needs, both civilian and military, as well as be remotely controlled,” Zapata’s official website says. “All critical systems are designed to provide an extremely high level of safety: propulsion, control, power supply, etc.”
The JetRacer is designed to keep flying even if two out of ten engines fail. Zapata is working on two additional JetRacer prototypes, with plans to sell the machine to individuals, businesses, security agencies and the military.
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