Atlis XT Electric Pickup Truck Platform Exposed

Atlis has shared its XP platform for the base, all-electric XT pickup truck.

New electric pickup truck startup — Atlis — reached out to us at InsideEVs with its latest press release. In addition, the company included some exclusive images of its “skateboard” prototype platform (the XP) in various settings. Atlis calls this the next step in the process of developing a “fully-functioning, full-size prototype pickup truck.” The company will use the platform in its upcoming XT electric truck.

Last year, the electric truck startup shared a fast-charging prototype battery that can charge to full capacity in less than 15 minutes. Founder and CEO Mark Hanchett keeps us apprised of company developments. Some may continue to doubt the company’s relevance and ability to move forward. However, the fact that it has an official prototype of its essential architecture is certainly compelling. This is not to say that it won’t be a tough road ahead, but we can only hope that Atlis finds future successes.

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We’ve included the full press release via Atlis below:

ATLIS MOTOR VEHICLES RELEASES XP PROTOTYPE

— The platform will be used as the base for their XT pickup truck —

MESA, Arizona, (April 9, 2019) — Atlis Motor Vehicles, a startup electric pickup truck manufacturer, has built their prototype platform, dubbed the XP. The XP is the next step on their way to a fully-functioning, full-size prototype pickup truck. Atlis had tested a fast-charging prototype battery pack last year that fully charged in under 15 minutes, a larger version of which is used in the XP.

This “skateboard” – as termed in the EV industry – is both the base for the upcoming Atlis XT pickup and a stand-alone product intended for vehicle builders such as RV manufacturers, step van manufacturers, box truck manufacturers, or anyone looking for a medium to heavy-duty electric platform from which to build. The XP platform is comprised of two identical modular drive systems located in the front and rear of the vehicle, with a central battery pack.

“We have a couple of teams working in different parts of the country, and we brought everyone together to build this XP platform. This modular design allows us to provide maximum flexibility and cost savings.” stated Mark Hanchett, CEO of Atlis Motor vehicles. He added “We’re opening up our core technology to allow aftermarket vehicle partners to electrify anything. With the XP platform, anyone can create a scalable ecosystem of mobility solutions.”

Atlis is designing for a full drive-by-wire system, so controls will be able to integrate with either traditional pedals and steering wheel, located anywhere the vehicle requires, or with autonomous capabilities in the future. The platform will become an ongoing test bed for various technologies as Atlis continues to develop and integrate solutions for extended range, faster charging, improved towing and payload capabilities, and reduced cost.

About Atlis Motor Vehicles

Atlis Motor Vehicles – founded in 2016 by Mark Hanchett – is a startup automotive manufacturer based in Mesa, Arizona which is focused on innovating and developing the first full-size battery-electric pickup truck for the American market with their exclusive XT platform. Designed to provide the same capabilities and reliability as the traditional American work truck by using electrification of the drivetrain to fundamentally improve the overall experience. Atlis’ mission includes bettering the charging ecosystem with an advanced charging solution providing fast and affordable 15-minute charge times.

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For more details about Atlis Motor Vehicles, visit www.atlismotorvehicles.com or email info@atlismotorvehicles.com.

What do you think? Can Atlis pull it off? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


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EGEB: Solar’s exceptional energy return on investment, wind power by state, and more

In today’s EGEB:

  • Stanford researchers find solar panels offer far more lifetime energy than they cost to make and install.
  • The American Wind Energy Association released its annual market report for 2018.
  • New Jersey has created an offshore wind supply chain registry.

more…


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Shell To Install 200 New DC Fast Chargers In The Netherlands

Shell gradually increases its involvement in the EV infrastructure

Some excellent news is coming in from the Netherlands where the already relatively strong charging infrastructure will be even better as Shell announced the installation of 200 new DC fast chargers.

We assume that those chargers will be installed at Shell’s fuel stations, out of which many are well placed along main routes.

The new project is an addition to the already ongoing installation of 500 DC fast chargers in Euopre in partnership with IONITY.

“…in Europe, customers can now access 100,000 electric vehicle charge points through New Motion, a Shell company. Today, Shell announces that it is also investing in 200 new rapid electric vehicle charge-points, powered by renewable energy, on its forecourts in the Netherlands, on top of 500 ultra-fast chargers being installed on Shell forecourts across Europe, in partnership with IONITY. “

Charging infrastructure is not the only area of interest for Shell, which promises a $300 million investment over the next three years in various environment friendly initiatives.


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Tesla driver discovers new ‘Autopilot isn’t on, idiot’ safety feature

A Tesla driver has discovered an interesting new Autopilot safety feature that he dubbed ‘Autopilot isn’t on, idiot’ to help people who mistakenly think that they activated the driver assist feature. more…


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Hyundai Kona Electric Sees MSRP Spike After Chevy Bolt Incentive Drops

This isn’t about dealer price gouging, but instead, Hyundai quietly raised the Kona Electric’s official starting price.

Fortunately, the Hyundai Kona Electric’s new MSRP is only up by $500. It may make no difference in the end, since dealers set prices and some are already charging a premium for the popular vehicle. However, it could mean that the Kona Electric will become even more expensive. This quiet move by Hyundai comes on the heels of GM’s federal EV tax credit halving.

Yesterday, we reported that Chevrolet is offering some regional discounts on its Bolt EV. While the automaker vowed not to reduce MSRP to make up for the difference in the tax credit reduction, it’s working with some dealers to help buyers. There’s no way to know for sure if Hyundai raised the Kona’s MSRP due to one of its most direct competitors becoming more expensive, but the timing is telling.

According to CarsDirect, the Kona Electric originally carried a starting MSRP of $37,495 including destination, which was exactly the same as the Bolt’s. Now, the Hyundai’s new starting price is set at $37,995. CarsDirect also reports:

Prices for the Limited and Ultimate now start at $42,445 and $45,945, a $250 increase for both compared to the previous MSRPs of $42,195 and $45,695. There are no changes in equipment tied to any of the increases, based on Hyundai’s spec sheets and after obtaining confirmation today from company spokesman Miles Johnson.

Additionally, the publication found some ads that prove Kona Electric lease prices have increased. CarsDirect analysts feel that the Kona Electric is simply too expensive. Its MSRP is $500 more than that of the Bolt EV, $550 more than the LEAF Plus, and a whopping $1,795 over the Standard Range Tesla Model 3 ($36,620 with destination). The report shares:

This month, the SEL trim starts at $369 for 36 months with $3,899 due at signing. That’s $20/month more than the previous offer of $349/month with the same amount at signing. The current promo equates to an effective cost of $477/month.

At that price, we consider the Kona to be too expensive to recommend. For reference, the 2019 Bolt LT has an effective cost of $389/month, based on $279 for 36 months with $3,959 at signing here in California. That’s an advantage of $88/month.

Hat tip to Joe!

Source: CarsDirect


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Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar: Photos & Videos Galore

Pininfarina Battista to be followed by an entire range of EVs

The Pininfarina Battista scheduled for late 2020 will be one of the quickest electric cars in the world, but it’s not the only EV to be introduced by the Italian company, acquired by Mahindra.

Pininfarina hints that from 2021 on there will be “a range of low-volume all-electric luxury cars in other segments”. It’s hard to say what the “low-volume” really means (the Battista hypercar is set for 150 units), but it seems that the brand intends to stick to EVs for the future.

Let’s check out this beautiful car in the live photos and videos from Geneva once again.

Pininfarina Battista specs:

  • 120 kWh battery
  • range of more than 484 km (300 miles)
  • 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 2 seconds
  • acceleration from 0 to 300 km/h in less than 12 seconds!
  • top speed of more than the 250 mph (400 km/h)
  • system output: 1,397 kW (1900 hp) of power and 2,300 Nm of torque
  • all-wheel drive
  • 350 kW DC fast charging (0-80% in 40 minutes)

Production plan:

  • from late 2020
  • only 150 to be made – 50 for North America ($2-$2.5 million), 50 for Europe and 50 for the Middle East and Asia markets
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Infiniti Announces Qs Inspiration: Production Version Expected In 2021

First electric Infiniti scheduled for 2021, will be produced in China

At the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, Infiniti will unveil its new Qs Inspiration concept, described as an “electrified sports sedan for the future”.

The car will be based on an all-new flexible architecture developed specifically to accommodate electrified powertrains, which we guess will be used by the entire Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

“The concept offers a new perspective on the sports sedan format for the coming era of electrification, and previews a forthcoming INFINITI production model.

Drawing on INFINITI’s DNA, the Qs Inspiration confirms INFINITI’s new form language for its future electrified vehicles, inspired by the art and modern architecture of Japan. Inside, the minimalist cabin combines striking artistry and craftsmanship, and features two distinct zones – a clutter-free cockpit designed to engage the driver, and a relaxed passenger zone that make the most of the generous interior space.

INFINITI revealed the technology-laden Q45 sedan in 1989 with groundbreaking design, engine and customer experience. Thirty years forward, the brand is delivering another groundbreaking sedan.”

Christian Meunier, Chairman of INFINITI, comments:

“Electrification creates a range of new possibilities for sedans, with new powertrains and vehicle architectures letting us imagine how this type of car could be reinvigorated and adapted to fit the changing needs and tastes of drivers.”

The production version is expected to hit the market within three years, in 2021. According to Reuters, it will be produced in China, the world’s biggest EV market.

Earlier this year, Infiniti announced that it will retire from Europe in 2020, focusing on Asia and North America. Nissan‘s luxury brand will stay in Russia and the Middle East. The move will be especially painful for the UK, where production of the Q30 and QX30 will end in mid-2019.

Source: Infiniti, Reuters


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Tesla Shorts Go Far Beyond The Usual With Personal Attacks & Allegations

TESLA SHORTS GO COMPLETELY OFF THE DEEP END

Does Tesla have some sort of magical powers? Not only does it produce cars that seem too good to be true, but the company seems to have a way of making those who bet against it lose all perspective (the same may be true of some of the more rabid fans). When TSLA stock recently plunged on the news of disappointing deliveries in the first quarter, some of the pundits who cater to the short-selling crowd went far beyond their usual pessimistic predictions, venturing into the realm of personal attacks and wild allegations completely unsupported by facts.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Posted by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: TSLA shorts are facing off with Tesla fanboys and their rhetoric is starting to sound increasingly far-fetched (Image via Youtube: Transport Evolved)

Michael Brush, writing in MarketWatch, describes a couple of these flights of fancy, which he calls “signs of hubris and mob-like overconfidence,” noting that the short crowd tends to get a little crazy every time the stock falls into the $200 range.

Financial writer Michael Brush has covered US stock markets for 23 years. He produces a stock newsletter called Brush Up on Stocks, and his work has been published in the New York Times and The Economist. He’s far from being a “short-hater” – he’s worked with traders who he calls some of the smartest shorts in the business. “At their best, shorts expose accounting issues and fraud, which helps securities get priced accurately,” Brush writes. “Shorts typically do great research, and they’re usually sober-minded…but like bubble-crazed ‘longs,’ shorts fall prey to sentiment extremes.”

In a March 3 post on his web site Adventures in Capitalism, investor Harris Kupperman ran an article with the headline: “Can’t spell felon without ELON.”

“I’m sure I’m not alone in seeing that and thinking I’ve missed the major development that Musk has been charged with a felony, or that he is about to be,” writes Brush. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, Mr. Musk has never been charged with, or investigated for, any felony. And as Mr. Brush points out, Mr. Kupperman’s article includes no evidence whatsoever that this is the case. “This kind of suggestive headline is unfair to Musk, and a departure from the normal sober-mindedness of short-sellers,” Brush writes.

As good journalists do, Mr. Brush called Mr. Kupperman on the phone, and found him unrepentant. “I am not accusing him of being a felon,” Kupperman says. “I just think you can’t spell felon without Elon, and I think that is an interesting coincidence. It’s tongue in cheek. I’m proud I thought that one up.”

Above: Ahem… A look at Tesla shorts (Twitter: Groggy T. Bear)

In a March 13 post, Kupperman said that Musk “is a compulsive liar who can’t stay sober.” Mr. Brush points out that “there’s no evidence that Musk is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Posting serious allegations like these without evidence seems like some pretty blatant hubris [and] downright unfair to Musk.”

Kupperman cites Elon’s simulated toke on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast (anyone who smokes weed could plainly see from the footage that Elon does not), as well as his infamous tweet about taking Tesla private at $420 per share, to support his substance-abuse allegations. “I don’t think it is over the top to allude to drug use, when he himself has alluded to drug use,” says Kupperman. Yes, says Brush, but saying that someone can’t stay sober is a different kind of charge. Brush calls Elon’s marijuana references “dumb,” but points out that they don’t make him a drug addict.

Whitney Tilson, the publisher of an investing newsletter, also claims to believe that Elon has substance-abuse issues. He recently suggested that “Musk wouldn’t be able to make a court appearance sober, because he can’t avoid drugs long enough to do it.” Brush calls this “so over the top as to be a clear sign of hubris.”

Tilson says he was only passing on the “drug addict” claim, which was made by one of his readers. Brush compares this attitude to “one of the worst mistakes ever made by the media, when they enabled Joseph McCarthy’s ‘Red Scare’ by repeating his unsubstantiated claims of collusion with Communists.”

Why does all this matter? Online loudmouths have been trashing Tesla and Elon Musk for years, some of them alleging even worse things than drug abuse or felonious behavior. But the guys Brush is calling out aren’t anonymous Reddit posters or AM radio shock jocks. They present themselves as serious financial journalists. Brush himself respects both of them, and calls them “bright analysts.”

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Above: Jim Cramer talks about some of the tactics employed by Wall Street short sellers to manipulate sentiment surrounding a stock (Youtube: dehurlock)

It’s an adage among contrarian investors that when every analyst in sight is bullish on a stock, it’s time to sell (Tilson recently wrote that this was the case for TSLA, an assertion that proved to be untrue). At the other end of the spectrum, when even the smart bears start writing this kind of crap, it’s “a sign of hubris and overconfidence,” as Brush mildly puts it. “I’ll take it as a bullish signal on Tesla,” he concludes.

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Written by: Charles Morris; Source: MarketWatch

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Curtiss Announces Pricing For New Electric Zeus

Reservations are now open!

A little less than a year ago, Curtiss Motorcycles surfaced out of the blue armed with the prototype of a new electric motorcycle, the first to show its face under the new brand. The Zeus, presented at the 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering, looked good on paper, but a production timeline had yet to be announced. We now know when Curtiss is expecting the first Zeus to roll out of production and we have a price!

In November 2018, Curtiss Motorcycles took the floor at EICMA with two variations of the Zeus: the Café Racer is based on the original prototype and is a modern take on the features take make a bike a proper café racer, including the flat saddle and the clip ons. The Bobber on the other hand introduces a futuristic image of the 50s style with swooping lines and the typical tail-less silhouette that ends on a spring-mounted saddle. Both electric models are now announced with a purchase price of $60,000.

While Curtiss doesn’t reveal any details regarding the battery and electric motor that power the Zeus, it however proudly boasts its estimated 280-mile range, a number that could become the highest on the market if it remains unchanged once the bike goes into production. Power is rated at 190 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque for 475lb—not exactly a lightweight.

If this all sounds sexy to you, including the German-engineering price point, you’ll be glad to know that Curtiss is now taking online reservations for the Zeus with the promise of a delivery in early 2020 in exchange for a $6,000 deposit. If you end up buying one, you should tell us, we’ll definitely want to talk with you!


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Renault City K-ZE Production Car Unveiling Set For Shanghai Auto Show

Renault City K-ZE is coming to China, maybe to Europe

Renault announced that at the upcoming 2019 Shanghai Auto Show it will unveil (on April 16th) the all-new global car Renault City K-ZE, Renault’s first electric vehicle in China.

The model described as an electric urban SUV will be a kind of small crossover, which is a hot EV segment in China. The concept version was presented at the Paris Motor Show in 2018. One of the most important things of the City K-ZE will be affordability, required to succeed in China.

Renault City K-ZE is based on CMF A platform (with modifications related to electrification), jointly developed with Nissan, and currently used in the Renault Kwid in India.

The City K-ZE will be also 6th EV from French group after the ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E., Twizy, and SM3 Z.E. (based on retired Renault Fluence Z.E.).

“Groupe Renault is entering the world’s largest and fastest growing electric vehicle market. Renault K-ZE showcar was revealed on the eve of the Paris Motor Show in 2018.

The debut of All-New Renault City K-ZE production car marks the beginning of Renault and DRAC to turn EV concept into reality. It confirms Groupe Renault’s electrification strategy.”

According to Autocar, the European launch of the electric compact SUV is under consideration.

“The baby EV will be manufactured in China by eGT New Energy Automotive Co, the joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan, created “to develop and produce competitive electric vehicles for the Chinese market”, according to Renault. It is not yet clear where European-sold K-ZE models will be made.”

The concept was rated at 250 km (155 miles) of range on the NEDC cycle.


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