Vehicle

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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AFLA Canada Hosts Webinar on Vehicle Depreciation in the Canadian Market – Used Vehicle Values

 - Photo: AFLA

Photo: AFLA

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA Canada) held a webinar on Thursday, May 7, 2020 on the Canadian fleet market titled “The Impact of the Recent Economic Downturn on Vehicle Depreciation: What Fleets Need to Know.”

You can view the webinar on demand here.

The full list of panelists included Jeff Hartley, president of LeasePlan Canada; Jon Grant, national fleet manager, G4S Canada; Brian Murphy, VP of research and analytics, Canadian Black Book; and Mike Antich, editor and associate publisher for Automotive Fleet magazine, who served as the webinar’s moderator.

Hartley kicked off the webinar with a deep-dive on the current changes with vehicle depreciation for the Canadian market due to the impact of COVID-19, and offered some best practices on how to manage depreciation going forward. The webinar also included a discussion on the broader Canadian used-vehicle market, led by Murphy of Canadian Black Book; and

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Juveniles arrested for vehicle theft in Barstow

BARSTOW, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A couple of Barstow juveniles were arrested for vehicle theft after attempting to run from officers, officials said.

At about noon on Thursday, March 26, 2020, deputies from the Barstow Police Department observed a male juvenile run out of the QMart store on May Avenue with a bottle of liquor.

When the officers attempted to stop him he fled. The officers eventually caught the male and arrested him, officials said.

According to a news release, “they confirmed that the male stole the liquor and returned it to the store. The male was issued a citation for the theft and released to his parent.”

At 3:50 pm Barstow Police Dispatch Center received a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim reported that she left her Ford Focus running for a few minutes as she went into her home and in that time someone stole it.

Detective Lewis

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