Tesla Semi and Cybertruck Delay, Rivian Second Plant, Hyundai Gas Cell Semis: In the present day’s Auto Information
Tesla announced more details on how it plans to open up its Supercharger network to other electric vehicles. It has made a record number of vehicles but won’t come to the semi or cybertruck until next year. And it has too many types of batteries. Meanwhile, Hyundai announced a first batch of fuel cell semi-finished products for the USA and Rivian is already planning a second plant. This and more here at Green Car Reports.
Despite the opportunities created by the chip shortage, Tesla managed to build and ship a record number of cars in the second quarter of the year. But the Semi and Cybertruck are now likely to both be postponed to next year after production of a revamped Model Y comes up. And, as CEO Elon Musk indicated, Tesla is facing a “Baskin-Robbins of Battery” situation: Simply put, it has too many variants and has to consolidate to just two or three.
Tesla executives also helped explain how opening the Supercharger network to other brands of electric vehicles will help it grow faster. Just don’t bring an electric car that charges too slowly or you will be charged an additional fee.
Hyundai announced Monday it would test its Xcient Fuel Cell Semi – a Class 8 heavy truck with a range of up to 500 miles – in California. With around 30 trucks currently, it will be the largest use of such trucks in the United States, according to Hyundai
And even when Rivian made the first deliveries of its electric pickup in September, it was confirmed that a second factory was being planned. The news was part of an announcement that confirmed another $ 2.5 billion funding round, in which Ford and Amazon were again involved.
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