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Lucid Will Finally Show Off Production Air Electric Vehicle on September 9

From Car and Driver

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed more than a few vehicle unveilings. With nearly all the auto shows of the year already canceled, automakers are figuring out how to make the best of a weird situation. Lucid for its part was planning on showing off its first vehicle at the New York auto show in April. But in a post-auto show world, the electric vehicle startup has announced it’ll show off the production version of the Lucid Air online on September 9.

Lucid is pitting the Air mostly against German sedans as a luxury vehicle that happens to be electric. Regardless of what it’s aiming for, the Tesla Model S will likely be what it is judged against when it comes to market. It’ll be capable of a range over 400 miles which is something that Tesla just announced its Model S Long Range Plus is currently

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A Look At The Chinese Electric Vehicle Market

This story is the second of a two-part look at China’s electric vehicle market. Read part one here. 

Here’s a look at Nio, a homegrown electric vehicle startup with ADSs listed in the U.S.; another domestic player, Xpeng, which is reportedly eyeing a U.S. listing;  and Tesla, which is nurturing a strong Chinese ambitions. 

Nio: A Homegrown Contender

Nio, or Weilai in Chinese, meaning “Blue Sky Coming,” was founded as Nextev in 2014. It took on its current nameplate in July 2017.  

Nio’s Models

  • EP9 – launched in 2016
  • ES8 – first volume-manufactured EV, unveiled in December 2017 and made available to the public in June 2018
  • ES6: launched in December 2018; deliveries began in June 2019
  • EC6: This model was unveiled to the public Dec. 28 and will be made available in September 2020.

The ES6 comes in three variants and is priced between 358,000 yuan to 468,000 yuan.

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New Goulburn battery beats grid upgrade for electric vehicle ultra rapid charging

Australian fast charging company ChargeFox has installed a sizeable battery installation in Goulburn to support its new ultra-rapid electric vehicle charger, as well as earning income from providing frequency services to the grid, and saving money by avoiding a grid upgrade.

The 250kW/273kWh battery, using LG-Chem cells and Vacon inverters, has been designed and installed by PowerTec, and is the second time that ChargeFox has chosen a battery as a cheaper alternative to upgrading the permanent power supply at a charging site.

“In Goulburn we have a 180kW connection to the grid, which powers about 30kW of constant load at the service station, leaving 150kW for the chargers. We’ve installed 750kW of Tritium chargers there, with about 50kW of solar coming,” says Evan Beaver, head of charging at ChargeFox.

“The battery is 250kW/273kWh, and monitors the grid supply, the petrol station load and the charger demand and lops the demand

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The Day – Man fatally struck by vehicle outside Electric Boat in Groton


Groton — A man was fatally struck by a vehicle outside of Electric Boat about 10 p.m. Tuesday, officials and a family member said.

The man, an employee of the Reactor Plant Contracting Organization based in Groton, was leaving EB at the end of his shift, walking east in a crosswalk from the South Gate when he was struck by a vehicle going south on Eastern Point Road, according to EB President Kevin Graney and the City of Groton Police Department.

He died at the scene, police said.

The driver did not sustain any injuries, police said.

The man’s name was not yet being released by police or the family.

Last month, two EB employees were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle in the roundabout near the EB facility in New London. A man and woman both sustained injuries in the one-car accident, which happened on Pequot

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