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Tesla Will Obtain Battery Cells From LG Chem For Chinese Model 3 Production

Tesla has said all along it will work with multiple battery suppliers for the electric cars it manufactures in China, beginning with the Model 3 later this year and including the Model Y later。 #tesla #ev #electricvehicle #cars #teslamotors #car #elonmusk

Both cars will use advanced 2170 cells like the ones manufactured for Tesla by Panasonic at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.

According to ,斗地主达人 Tesla has agreed to source at least some of those battery cells from LG Chem. The Korean company will manufacture the cells at its production facility in Nanjing, about 200 miles west of Shanghai where Tesla’s new Gigafactory 3 is under construction. Although work on the new factory was not begun until January 3, Tesla expects Model 3 production to begin there before the end of this year.

Bloomberg adds that Tesla is still in talks with CATL. Anonymous sources say the two companies are discussing technical specifications and that LG Chem was more flexible in meeting Tesla’s technology requirements. There are also rumors that Panasonic may be in the mix somewhere down the road. Representatives for Tesla, LG Chem, and CATL all declined to speak on the record with Bloomberg. LG Chem is now the world’s second largest manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries and intent on further increasing its market share.

Politics & Production

Tesla is wise not to put all its battery eggs in one basket in China, where politics have an outsized impact on commerce. Two years ago, China refused to allow Hyundai and Kia to import any cars with batteries made by LG Chem in South Korea, according to . It was only after the companies agreed to power their electric cars with battery cells manufactured by CATL that the ban was lifted, according to the report.

Because of the need to switch suppliers, the Hyundai Kona Electric is only now becoming available in China. And the move by Chinese authorities was no doubt instrumental in LG Chem’s decision to build a battery factory in China.

Why would authorities slap Hyundai and Kia around while smiling benevolently on Tesla? President Xi Jinping does not return our phone calls, so we can’t be sure, but clearly Tesla enjoys some special status with the Chinese government。 For whatever reasons, no other foreign manufacturer seems to enjoy such a close relationship。

The Trouble With Tariffs

As Donald Trump and Xi Jinping play “mine’s bigger than yours” in their ongoing tariff fight, China announced today it will reimpose a 25% tariff on cars imported from the US on December 15. According to  the new tariffs will impact Mercedes and BMW the most. Both German companies export US-made cars to China. Ford will also suffer, as will Tesla with regard to its Model S and Model X vehicles, which are manufactured exclusively at the factory in Fremont, California.

In response, the unstable lunatic in Washington, DC, sent the stock market into a selling panic by tweeting an “order” for all US companies to cease doing business in China forthwith。 The Dow shed 600 points as soon as the tweet appeared。

The question now for Tesla is how will the new tariffs affect the cars built in the Chinese factory in Shanghai beginning later this year? According to  the first cars will be knockdown kits made in Fremont and shipped to Shanghai for final assembly. Tesla does something similar with its factory in Tilburg in the Netherlands.

No one knows the answer to that question at the moment。 Is a knockdown kit assembled in Shanghai subject to the new tariff? It’s simply too early to answer that question authoritatively。 Given Tesla’s special relationship with the Chinese government, we can only hope the cars exiting Gigafactory 3 will be exempt from the new tariff。 It is to be hoped the business community will give the puling potentate of Pennsylvania Avenue the fickle finger of fate and ignore his insane order completely。

What Do We Know?

We know that Model 3 cars will begin rolling out the door at Gigafactory 3 before the end of this year, God willing and the creek don’t rise, and that those cars will have battery cells manufactured in Nanjing by LG Chem. We know that battery cells from CATL or Panasonic might be used in locally produced Model 3s and upcoming Model Ys at some point in the future. And we know that the tariff situation is a muddled mess at the moment. When we know more, you’ll know more.

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Tesla continues to dominate American electric vehicle market

When a new electric vehicle is unveiled, it’s dubbed a potential “Tesla killer”。 However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has managed to expand the company’s prominence over the still small segment despite …。 #tesla #ev #electricvehicle #electriccars #model #cars #elonmusk

two new battery-powered luxury SUVs arriving in US showrooms: Jaguar’s I-Pace and Audi’s e-tron. Tesla’s Model S and X have largely held its own against the two crossovers that offer shorter range and lack public charging infrastructure. Jaguar and Audi also lack the cool factor Musk cultivated for brand Tesla by taking an aggressive approach to autonomy and using over-the-air software updates. Here’s a look.

 

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Tesla Model 3 Almost Outsold Toyota Camry In California In H1 2019

Some 74,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in California during the first half of this year at a market share of 7.8%

The new car sales report issued by the California New Car Dealers Association reveals that the overall California market declined during the first six months…#electriccar #tesla #ev #electricvehicle #teslamodels #car #teslamodel #zeroemissions #elonmusk

In such an environment, electrified car sales were increasing and reached H1 market share of 13.0% for all xEVs (HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs):

  • BEVs: 52,807 (market share of 5.6%), up 60% from 33,015
  • PHEVs21,193 (market share of 2.2%), down 28% from 29,622
  • Total: 74,000 (at 7.8% market share), up 18% from 62,637
  • HEVs: 48,861 (market share of 5.2%), up 22% from 40,011
  • Total xEVs: 122,861 (market share of 13.0%), up 20% from 102,648

The plug-in hybrid market clearly needs support in the form of new, affordable models with long all-electric range.

Plug-in electric car sales in California – H1 2019

The BEV segment is growing quickly, driven by , which is the quickest growing brand with 40,085 sales (up 85.4% year-over-year). That’s enough for 4.2% share in California (the average Tesla share in the U.S. is 1.1%, but at even faster growth of 110%).

Several BEVs were in the top 5 of their respective class:

  •  (4,482): #2 in Subcompact
  •  (1,013): #5 in Entry Luxury
  •  (33,005): #1 in Near Luxury
  •  (3,390): #3 in Luxury and High End Sports Cars
  •  (3,690): #3 in Luxury Mid Size SUV

The Tesla Model 3 remains the #3 best selling car model with a chance for #2:

  1. Honda Civic – 39,018
  2. Toyota Camry – 33,638
  3. Tesla Model 3 – 33,005
  4. Honda Accord – 27,727
  5. Toyota Corolla – 25,673

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Volkswagen e-Golf = #1 EV in Germany in July

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market continues on the right track in July, with 9,233 registrations. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were up 136% year over year (YoY), while plug-in electric vehicles … #ev #electricvehicle #electric #zeroemissions #electriccars

(PHEVs) keep stuttering (+6% in July, bringing year-to-date numbers out of the red).

With all-electrics two thirds of plug-in registrations, and the PEV share 2。8% in July, BEVs alone hit 1。8%。 That keeps the 2019 plug-in share at 2。6% (1。7% BEV)。

The VW e-Golf last won the monthly best seller award in October 2018, but the veteran VW e-Golf managed to win last month’s trophy yet again, and with a record performance to boot。 The e-Golf’s 1,007 registrations marked the first time the German EV scored a four-digit performance。

It seems Volkswagen’s current bread and butter plug-in model still has some …

Another German model hitting record results was the BMW i3, which scored 967 registrations, allowing it to grab the silver medal last month, ahead of its rival, the Renault Zoe, which moved 910 units. That Zoe’s 910 registrations is still an impressive performance for a model getting ready to receive significant changes. With the current one clocking regular 1,000/month performances, how high will the heavily revised Zoe go? 1,500? 2,000? Ladies and gents, please place your bets…

In 5th place, we have the Audi e-tron, which scored 530 registrations, its best result so far, surpassing its Q7 ICE sibling (319 units) and selling at the same pace as the other Audi mammoth SUV, the Q8 (582).

Will the Belgian-built Audi be able to reach the pace of the current sales leader, the BMW X5 (1,210 units last month)? One can only dream…

While the top positions didn’t have any changes, the leadership race became a little bit clearer, with the Renault Zoe winning precious ground over the Tesla Model 3. Assuming the generation change is done without major hiccups from Renault, the French hatchback is now the favorite to renew the 2018 model title, while the #3 BMW i3 still has a remotechance to take the leadership spot.

Off the podium we have the #4 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, with enough advantage over the ones behind it to start thinking about finding a place in the trophy room for the best selling PHEV and SUV statues。

The #8 Audi e-tron is just 6 units behind the #7 Smart Fortwo EV, and with its current momentum, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the German crossover reach #6 in a few months.

In the full-size category, the race is on between the #11 Mercedes E300e/de twins and the #10 BMW 530e, with the Mercedes reducing the Bimmer’s advantage to just 221 units, and this despite the BMW nameplate’s new record performance (432 units) — to which the rival responded with its second best result ever (464 units)。

Interestingly, the performance from the 530e was just one out of the four record results made by German nameplates last month. (The others were the BMW i3, VW e-Golf, and Audi e-tron.) The empire strikes back?

In the lower positions of the ranking, the Jaguar I-PACE reached the top 20 (finally!), with the British sports CUV becoming the 13th BEV in the ranking, while the Porsche Panamera PHEV climbed one position, to #16.

Outside the top 20 ranking, we should highlight the Tesla Model X’s performance. Tesla had 78 deliveries of the X last month, its best first-month-of-quarter performance in a year, allowing it to reduce the distance to the top 20 to just 134 units. Meanwhile, the Mercedes EQC is still in launch mode, having registered 74 units last month.

In the brand ranking, BMW (20%, up 1%) is the leader, with Tesla (12%, down 1%) holding onto the 2nd spot and #3 Renault (11%, down 1%) hot on its tail.

Off the podium, we have Mitsubishi (9%) recovering ground on the medalists, while Volkswagen and Hyundai, both with 7% share, are still far away from the medal positions.

If you prefer seeing the sales charts with “Others” included (sales from all remaining models not in the top 20), here are those charts as well:

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 Always interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-ins through the  since 2012, allowing him to gain an expert view on where EVs are right now and where they are headed in the future. The EV Sales blog has become a go-to source for people interested in electric car sales around the world. Extending that work and expertise, Jose is now a partner in  and works with the European Alternative Fuels Observatory on EV sales matters.

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Tesla Model 3 = 67% of US Electric Vehicle Sales in 2nd Quarter

I prefer comparing the Tesla Model 3 to its gasoline competitors, but it’s also logical to compare the Model 3 to other electric vehicles. In the old days, these were…. #electriccar #tesla #ev #electricvehicle #teslamodels #electriccars #cars #elonmusk

simply called “EV sales reports,” but the US electric vehicle market is so unbalanced at the moment that it’s hard to ignore the elephant in the room — there’s the Model 3, and there’s everything else.

In fact, even that is unbalanced, as the Model 3 accounts for 67% of US electric vehicle sales, according to 2nd quarter sales data and estimates.

The reason for the dramatic divergence in sales is up for interpretation。 One reason might be that the majority of people who want an electric car don’t see anything that beats the Model 3 — or at least not for anywhere near its price point。 Another reason might be that the Model 3 is the only electric vehicle that blatantly and commandingly outcompetes all of its gasoline competitors in ways that normal consumers care about。 Another possibility is that word of mouth about the Model 3 has gotten around so much that it’s clearly the new “it” product for certain portions of the population。 Or, more practically, consumers in a more mainstream wave of EV adoption have simply learned about 。

In any case, the story in EV world is that the majority of EV sales are Tesla Model 3 sales. Tesla’s more expensive models (the Model S and Model X) held the #2 and #3 spots in the 2nd quarter, while the Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF were the only other models to score over 3,000 sales in the quarter. (GM’s and Nissan’s top electrified models used to see more than 3,000 sales a month.) The Audi e-tron, BMW i3, and Volkswagen e-Golf each had over 1,000 sales in Q2 — approximately as many Model 3s as Tesla sells in 2–3 days in the USA.

The charts can tell the rest of the story.

A handful of electric models are not included here because the parent companies don’t release sales data for them。 Those include the Honda Clarity EV, Hyundai Ioniq EV, Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Niro EV, and Fiat 500e。 However, if I plug in estimates from , they’re so insignificant that the Model 3 retains its 67% share of the market。

I hesitate to beat a demolished piñata, but it’s perhaps worth noting that many of the electric models in these charts were at various times deemed “Tesla killers” by certain members of the media。 It appears there was a miscalculation in those forecasts。

If you prefer a fun chart over a static one, below is an interactive chart in which you can toggle between Q1 and Q2 sales.

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