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An Army Of Tesla EVs Are Lined Up On The Docs Of Port Kemdla, Australia

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An army of Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles have arrived in Australia at Port Kembla, The Driven reports. The article noted that the army of vehicles is part of what will be a record-shattering quarter. Tesla shipped 1,500 of its Model 3 vehicles to Australia last month and owners should start taking delivery of their vehicles soon. What I found interesting was that the article mentioned that this new shipment of Teslas will “means it is fast approaching Toyota Corolla sales.”

In February of this year, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries noted that Toyota sold 2,427 of its Corolla sedans. And in April, Toyota was the market leader in new car sales. Its top-selling vehicle wasn’t the Corolla, but the RAV4. The FCAI didn’t explain how many of Toyota’s RAV4 sales were hybrid EVs.

Though, the 1,500 Tesla Model 3s are coming in one of Tesla’s typical high-delivery months. This is not a sustained, average monthly rate. Next month will reportedly be even bigger, but then there will be low-delivery months, and previously there were low-delivery months. The best view will be seeing how the Model 3 compares on an annual basis, or at least quarterly basis. That said, the numbers in the first half of the year look big. We’ll come

The Driven also pointed out that an EV market share of 2% last month is a new record for Australia, and of that share, around three-quarters, are Tesla Model 3s. The article also noted that there is a growing interest in EVs, but this is much more in line with the US electric vehicle market than the much hotter European or Chinese EV market. The US is also around a meager 2% and dominated by Tesla sales, whereas Europe is around 10% and much more diverse, and China is somewhere between the two in market share and also very diverse.

In March, The Guardian also reported that the Australian EV industry’s growth was far too low for what is needed. Although this bit of news seemed dark at the time, it seems the high deliveries of one particular Tesla model in Australia reflect that the interest of the Australian consumer in EVs is there.

Last month, it was reported that people were refusing to even sit in a Tesla and that General Motors was having a bit of a challenge in Australia convincing its market to make the switch to EVs. EV opponents such as Emission Reduction Minister Angus do provide a bit of a challenge, but the numbers are growing and I think that as more Teslas and other EVs are gradually imported into Australia, people will become more and more open and receptive to the idea of a clean vehicle.

The arrival of the army of Teslas in Australia

The Tesla Model 3 Australia group on Facebook shared a video of the Model 3s lined up to the Star Wars song “The Imperial March.” Since most of the vehicles were white, this was a perfect match. Unfortunately, it seems that the video is no longer available or that the privacy settings have been adjusted, but The Driven does have a photo from the video which you can view here.

Approximately 5,000 EVs will have been delivered to happy new Tesla owners sometime this month or by the end of this month. When you add this to another estimated 10,000 Tesla vehicles that have previously been shipped locally, this brings Tesla’s fleet in Australia up by 50% just in the first half of 2021.

The Driven interviewed Tesla ship tracker VedaPrime, who helps Tesla customers determine when their vehicles have arrived in Australia. VedaPrime pointed out that by the end of this year, Tesla could double its fleet. In a note to The Driven, he said, “It’s massive growth.” He thinks that the growth is over 375% year on year if Tesla continues in this way.


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Jay Leno Breaks World Record In Tesla’s New Plaid Model S — “I Love This Car”

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Jay Leno broke the world acceleration record for a quarter mile in the new Tesla Model S Plaid. He is one of the few lucky ones to have driven the fastest production car ever made. Leno drove it down the dragstrip at Pomona Raceway in California, filming it for his show, Jay Leno’s Garage. The record Leno set is a new time for a quarter-mile ET of 9.247 seconds at 152.09 mph.

During a podcast on Spikes Car Radio, Leno affirmed that representatives from the National Hot Rod Association were there to make it official. CNBC had a preview from Leno’s show, which showed Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, cheering as Leno broke the record.

“It was a winner,” Leno told CNBC. “It is now the fastest production car you can buy. It’s faster than any Ferrari; faster than any $3.5 million Bugatti.” Leno noted that the amazing part was how quiet the vehicle was. He broke the record near Bakersfield, where there is a lot of farmland. There were birds on a Christmas tree and normally the birds are gone when there’s some type of race — often scared off by the loud engines.

Leno explained that when the car came back around after reaching 152 mph, the birds were, shockingly, still there. “When I stepped on the accelerator, took off, and I came back down after going 152, the birds were still there. Just the fact that you can go that fast, that swiftly — you know, it’s pretty amazing. I’m a huge fan of American technology, especially products that are developed here in America that are using locally sourced stuff. And that’s why I love this car,” he said.

He also talked about the price of the newest Tesla vehicle. “$130,000 is a tremendous amount of money, but to get the same performance from an internal combustion engine, you would probably have to spend — in the case of Bugatti, $2.5 million; or a Ferrari, close to $1 million. It’s pretty amazing.”

Leno also described how he felt as he drove the new Tesla Plaid Model S. He has a lot of steam automobiles from the last century and steam has similar instant power as an electric motor. For infernal combustion engine vehicles, transmissions are needed. Electric vehicles don’t need a transmission.

“From the minute you step on the accelerator, boom you’re gone.” He noted the fact that you don’t need all the extra stuff that you would need with an ICE vehicle for an EV. “Steam ran everything from 1800 to 1911. From 1911 until now it’s an internal combustion engine. From now until the near future, it’s probably going to be electric or some form of electric hybrid.”


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Jay Leno Breaks World Record In Tesla’s New Plaid Model S — “I Love This Car”

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Jay Leno broke the world acceleration record for a quarter mile in the new Tesla Model S Plaid. He is one of the few lucky ones to have driven the fastest production car ever made. Leno drove it down the dragstrip at Pomona Raceway in California, filming it for his show, Jay Leno’s Garage. The record Leno set is a new time for a quarter-mile ET of 9.247 seconds at 152.09 mph.

During a podcast on Spikes Car Radio, Leno affirmed that representatives from the National Hot Rod Association were there to make it official. CNBC had a preview from Leno’s show, which showed Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, cheering as Leno broke the record.

“It was a winner,” Leno told CNBC. “It is now the fastest production car you can buy. It’s faster than any Ferrari; faster than any $3.5 million Bugatti.” Leno noted that the amazing part was how quiet the vehicle was. He broke the record near Bakersfield, where there is a lot of farmland. There were birds on a Christmas tree and normally the birds are gone when there’s some type of race — often scared off by the loud engines.

Leno explained that when the car came back around after reaching 152 mph, the birds were, shockingly, still there. “When I stepped on the accelerator, took off, and I came back down after going 152, the birds were still there. Just the fact that you can go that fast, that swiftly — you know, it’s pretty amazing. I’m a huge fan of American technology, especially products that are developed here in America that are using locally sourced stuff. And that’s why I love this car,” he said.

He also talked about the price of the newest Tesla vehicle. “$130,000 is a tremendous amount of money, but to get the same performance from an internal combustion engine, you would probably have to spend — in the case of Bugatti, $2.5 million; or a Ferrari, close to $1 million. It’s pretty amazing.”

Leno also described how he felt as he drove the new Tesla Plaid Model S. He has a lot of steam automobiles from the last century and steam has similar instant power as an electric motor. For infernal combustion engine vehicles, transmissions are needed. Electric vehicles don’t need a transmission.

“From the minute you step on the accelerator, boom you’re gone.” He noted the fact that you don’t need all the extra stuff that you would need with an ICE vehicle for an EV. “Steam ran everything from 1800 to 1911. From 1911 until now it’s an internal combustion engine. From now until the near future, it’s probably going to be electric or some form of electric hybrid.”


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$200 Million More for Electric Vehicles, Batteries, & Connected Vehicles from US Department of Energy

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $200 million in funding over the next five years for electric vehicles, batteries, and connected vehicles projects at DOE national labs and new DOE partnerships to support electric vehicles innovation.

“We’re focusing on the entire battery supply chain from soup to nuts — from sustainable mining and processing to manufacturing and recycling — which will translate to thousands of new jobs across the country and put more clean-running electric vehicles on the road,” said Acting Assistant Secretary Kelly Speakes-Backman. “We want to establish global leadership at each level of the supply chain, and I am so excited for the possibilities.”

The $200 million in funding to national labs, subject to appropriations, seeks to make electric vehicle innovations in order to decarbonize the transportation sector, the top source for greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The funding is open to DOE’s network of 17 national laboratories and is administered by DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

This funding compliments VTO’s funding opportunity of $62 million for reducing emissions and increasing efficiencies for on- and off-road vehicles, announced in April 2021. Projects will require applicants to submit a plan for achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives, including support for people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advancing equity within the project team, and producing benefits for underserved communities.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced the funding at a roundtable discussion on strengthening the domestic advanced battery supply chain, which followed recommendations from the recently released National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries 2021–2030.

Advanced, lithium-based batteries play an integral role in 21st century technologies such as electric vehicles, stationary grid storage, and defense applications that will be critical to securing America’s clean energy future. Today, the U.S. relies heavily on importing advanced battery components from abroad, exposing the nation to supply chain vulnerabilities that threaten to disrupt the availability and cost of these technologies, as well as the workforce that manufactures them.

The blueprint, developed by the Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB), underscores the need for strong collaboration across the federal government, U.S. academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial stakeholders, and international allies.

DOE’s efforts to strengthen the domestic lithium battery supply chain will also support the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC). The ESGC is a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage.

Download the national blueprint, and view the roundtable here.

Article courtesy of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.


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$200 Million More for Electric Vehicles, Batteries, & Connected Vehicles from US Department of Energy

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $200 million in funding over the next five years for electric vehicles, batteries, and connected vehicles projects at DOE national labs and new DOE partnerships to support electric vehicles innovation.

“We’re focusing on the entire battery supply chain from soup to nuts — from sustainable mining and processing to manufacturing and recycling — which will translate to thousands of new jobs across the country and put more clean-running electric vehicles on the road,” said Acting Assistant Secretary Kelly Speakes-Backman. “We want to establish global leadership at each level of the supply chain, and I am so excited for the possibilities.”

The $200 million in funding to national labs, subject to appropriations, seeks to make electric vehicle innovations in order to decarbonize the transportation sector, the top source for greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The funding is open to DOE’s network of 17 national laboratories and is administered by DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

This funding compliments VTO’s funding opportunity of $62 million for reducing emissions and increasing efficiencies for on- and off-road vehicles, announced in April 2021. Projects will require applicants to submit a plan for achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives, including support for people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advancing equity within the project team, and producing benefits for underserved communities.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced the funding at a roundtable discussion on strengthening the domestic advanced battery supply chain, which followed recommendations from the recently released National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries 2021–2030.

Advanced, lithium-based batteries play an integral role in 21st century technologies such as electric vehicles, stationary grid storage, and defense applications that will be critical to securing America’s clean energy future. Today, the U.S. relies heavily on importing advanced battery components from abroad, exposing the nation to supply chain vulnerabilities that threaten to disrupt the availability and cost of these technologies, as well as the workforce that manufactures them.

The blueprint, developed by the Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB), underscores the need for strong collaboration across the federal government, U.S. academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial stakeholders, and international allies.

DOE’s efforts to strengthen the domestic lithium battery supply chain will also support the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC). The ESGC is a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage.

Download the national blueprint, and view the roundtable here.

Article courtesy of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.


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