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Right-to-Repair » Ford did what Tesla won’t

The Verge via YouTube »

Last fall, Ford began parading a 1978 F-100 pickup truck around the country. But for Ford, this car was far more than a pretty new truck — it was a way to show off its new electric crate motor, the M-9000-MACHE, or the same electric motor that is in Ford’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT. I went to Electrified Garage in Ocala, Florida, an electric vehicle repair shop known for repairing Teslas at lower rates than Tesla itself, and spoke to iFixit.com, one of the leading forces in the right to repair movement, to figure out why this is so important.

VW to start accepting orders for the ID. Buzz in Europe from Friday May 20

ID. Buzz Pro and ID. Buzz Cargo

The High-spec ID. Buzz Pro and ID. Buzz Cargo  available for pre-order in Europe.

Pre-sales of the new ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo start in Germany and most European markets on this coming Friday, 20 May.

VW Press Release »

The zero-emission all-rounder can be ordered from this date – whether as an electric bus for the family, leisure activities or business, or as a delivery vehicle for companies. Taking into account the environmental bonus in Germany, the gross list price for the five-seater ID. Buzz Pro is 64,581.30 euros (in Germany). Gross prices for the ID. Buzz Cargo start from 54,430.60 euros (in Germany). The first vehicles will be delivered to customers in autumn this year.

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Could Almere provide a glimpse of what living in cities will be like in the future?

BBC »

Almere’s evolution is inspiring other cities too, by providing examples of innovative urban planning in action. “Professionals – politicians, architects, city planners – come from all over the world to look and learn from Almere,” says JaapJan Berg, citing particular interest from China. “They have been working on new towns and cities there on a completely different scale – places like Shenzhen. In the UK, I would mention Milton Keynes, and in France, Marne-la-Vallee.”

MVRDV, meanwhile, have drawn on principles from Almere in their ongoing redevelopment of the city centre of the Dutch city of Eindhoven, which aims at allow that city to expand significantly, yet still retain an air of “cosiness”. Cues from Almere include creating green city centre living spaces and using brightly-coloured buildings in striking shapes to enliven the feel of the cityscape.

Principles learned in Almere are also being deployed on a smaller scale in the little Dutch village of Overschild, which saw almost 80% of its homes badly damaged as a result of earthquakes triggered by fracking in the area.

Key ideas trialled in Almere that are being introduced here include the chance for residents to design their own new homes, alongside collective decision making on infrastructure and facilities. “Residents were asked what their wishes were and how they felt the village should look like in 10 years – [then] we have given the residents a toolbox which will give them the help and inspiration needed to take the future into their own hands,” says Winy Maas. »

VW’s 2022 supply of EVs is already ‘sold out’ in the US and Europe

The Verge »

This means that anyone hoping to get an EV from VW, Audi, or any of the group’s other brands may have to wait until 2023, as the company tries to navigate the chip shortage and production issues from COVID shutdowns in China.

According to the report, VW expects its backlog of orders to keep growing. It currently has plenty of people on the list waiting to get an EV and expects to add more throughout the year. But supply chain issues will make those difficult to fill. Almost every automaker has had to halt or slow down production thanks to a lack of chips. Some have even resorted to stripping out features from their vehicles just to get them off the assembly line. Electric cars also need a large quantity of batteries, which can be challenging to make in the best of times.

More at Ars Technica

Stellantis plans $US2.8 billion overhaul of two Canadian factories to build EVs

MSNBC »

Auto giant Stellantis will invest about $2.8 billion to overhaul two Canadian factories to build fully electric and hybrid vehicles, the company said on Monday, as part of its $35 billion global commitment to electrification and related initiatives.

The revamp will allow the automaker to build such versions of several of its upcoming models using new “multi-energy” architectures. The company also will add a battery lab to its existing research and development facility in Windsor, Ontario, creating 650 new jobs.

Retooling of the company’s Windsor assembly plant is expected to begin in 2023, with a revamp and modernization of a second plant in Brampton, Ontario, to follow the next year. Both revamped factories are to be up and running by 2025, Stellantis said.

More at Green Car Reports / Motor Trend / BNN Bloomberg / Electric Autonomy

It’s only mid-March and VW has already sold out of some EV models for the year

Bloomberg »

While some models won’t be available again until 2023, there are long wait times for a range of others, Chief Financial Officer Arno Antlitz said Tuesday. The demand is improving returns of battery-powered cars that are now expected to reach parity with combustion-engine vehicles ahead of schedule.

“We see better scale, we see better margins, we see high customer demand,” Antlitz said on a call with reporters. “Originally we thought it takes two to three years until we see the parity of ICE and battery-electric vehicles.”

VW’s group sales of fully-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles last year jumped more than 80% to about 762,000 units.

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