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Inside Automotive (Nov 1st, 2019)

1. The Trump Administration is now dropping its plan to freeze emissions standards. The White House had proposed to freeze auto emissions standards at 2020 levels, which requires vehicles to reach an average of about 37 miles per gallon, through 2026. This would forgo legislation from the Obama Administration to have vehicles reach an average of 46 mpg by 2025. The Trump Administration also revoked California's authority to set its own emissions standards. But the White House is now tentatively agreeing to change its vehicle emissions plan. Instead of freezing standards, the White House would slow down the pace in which automakers are required to make their fleets of vehicles more efficient. The legislation would only ask for yearly 1.5 percent improvements in efficiency. Trump's plan reportedly faced pressure from environmentalists and automakers, who asked the White House to soften its stance on the issue. — AUTO NEWS

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2. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it was likely the company would have gone bankrupt if he had not shifted employees from the company’s solar division to work on Model 3 production. This revelation was made in a pre-trial deposition by Musk, as a part of a lawsuit filed by Tesla investors over the company’s buyout of SolarCity. Musk admitted that the company’s solar division suffered as a result of the transfer of SolarCity employees to the company’s vehicle production lines and retail stores. — LA TIMES

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3. Follow Friday: @EForElectric 

One electric vehicle community I really admire is E For Electric. The EV community doesn’t seem to miss a beat on any EV related news and happenings. 

On E For Electric’s YouTube channel, they were the first to test drive and review Byton’s M-Byte electric SUV prototype. (Full disclosure: Byton is one of E For Electric’s sponsors). Alex Guberman, the host of the channel, also publishes a daily newscast on all things electric vehicles on YouTube. Guberman is very in-depth with his analysis and outlook for electric vehicles, with the newscasts certainly being for those who want to follow each move in the EV space. 

E for Electric’s Twitter feed is filled with great content for those passionate about electric vehicles, where it is giving a look at Faraday Future’s production model of the FF91 or spending time with BYD buses.

You can follow E For Electric on Twitter or on YouTube

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4. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is disputing Top Gear’s drag race times between the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. The magazine found that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S beat out the Model S by 0.07 seconds in a 0 to 60 mph drag race, while the Taycan also beat out the Model S in its quarter-mile time (11.08 seconds for the Model S; 10.69 seconds for the Taycan). Musk said there is a software upgrade for the Model S that increases peak power by 50 horsepower, which should beat the Taycan Turbo S by a wider margin, claiming Top Gear is wrong. — JALOPNIK

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5. Former California governor Jerry Brown argued that Chinese automakers could dominate American roads if the U.S. government does not do more to encourage EV adoption. Brown was defending California’s fuel efficiency guidelines to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as the Trump Administration has attempted to revoke the state’s authority to set such guidelines. Brown said U.S.-based automakers will only "shape up" in five years because U.S. consumers will be more open to purchasing Chinese-made electric vehicles because these automakers will only be offering "gas-guzzlers." Brown’s comment comes amid GM and Ford’s plans to expand electric vehicles, while Chinese automakers have been slow to enter the U.S. market. — UTILITY DIVE

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6. More details have been revealed on a recent deal struck between the United Auto Workers (UAW) union and Ford. The Detroit News reports Ford employees would be receiving a $9,000 ratification bonus, once the deal is approved. This is more than an $8,500 bonus received by employees after approving a contract in 2015, but less than an $11,000 ratification bonus obtained by GM employees. The deal will also involve Ford closing an engine facility in Romeo, Michigan, although about 600 employees of that plant will be offered jobs at a transmission facility about 15 miles away. — THE DETROIT NEWS

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7. Fisker has officially named its upcoming all-electric SUV the “Ocean.” The company, which is privately operated by Henrik Fisker and his family, said it will unveil a production version of the vehicle on January 4, 2020. The name, “Ocean,” is likely referencing the carpeting that is going to be used for the vehicle, which will be made from abandoned fishing nets. Fisker said the vehicle will retail for $40,000, with deliveries slated for 2022, but keep in mind: Henrik Fisker has disappointed consumers in the past, postponing his EV sports car project. — ENGADGET

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8. London has already issued about 200,000 fines for vehicles driving in designated “Ultra-Low Emission Zones.” The initiative launched in April, in an effort to reduce emissions within certain areas of the city. Cars that do not meet the requirements of driving in the zone are required to pay a toll of about $16.20. If those tolls are not paid, car drivers are then issued a fine of up to $208. Bus and shuttle operators are subject to higher fines. — MOTOR1

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9. San Diego County in California is offering assistance to low-income residents who are interested in obtaining electric vehicles. The county’s program will offer $5,000 to $9,500 to replace older vehicles with zero-emission cars. Residents can also trade in their vehicles and skip car ownership entirely, receiving vouchers for transit and other sustainable transportation options. This assistance would be in addition to an existing rebate offered to EV buyers in California. — SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

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10. EV charging network, Chargepoint, emitted enough energy in October to save 3 million gallons of gasoline from being used in one month. This statistic was shared on the /r/electricvehicles subreddit by one Chargepoint user, who said the figure has typically hovered in the 2.5 million range. One question that remains: Is this figure exclusive to publicly accessible charging stations or does it also include privately operated Chargepoint hubs? — /R/ELECTRICVEHICLES - REDDIT

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This newsletter was written and curated by Johan Moreno. Johan is based out of Los Angeles, CA and has covered technology and automotive extensively for a variety of publications, including Forbes and The Orange County Register. Follow him on Twitter @dudejohan

Editor: David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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