Inside Electric Vehicles - December 13th, 2019

Inside Electric Vehicles (Dec 13th, 2019)

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1. Tesla indicated the Cybertruck would likely receive classification as a medium-duty pickup truck. Specifically, the automaker said the truck would classify as a Class 2B-3 medium-duty vehicle, with an expected towing capacity between 7,500 and 14,000 pounds. Class 2B pickup trucks classify as those with a gross vehicle weight rating between 8,501 and 10,000 pounds, and include the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and the Ford F-250 Super Duty, among others. The classification would put the truck in a separate category than the Ford F-150, a vehicle that is often compared to the Cybertruck. — AUTO NEWS

2. Lyft is launching a car rental service in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Earlier this year, Lyft was testing car rentals in San Francisco, which the company envisioned for those looking for a small-scale rental option for long-distance trips. Lyft now appears to be ready to expand that test, as it is offering rentals in both markets for as low as $35 per day. Lyft will also allow people as young as 22 to rent vehicles without additional surcharges and will charge users a local market rate for gas. Initially, Lyft will offer Volkswagen vehicles for rent in San Francisco (the Atlas SUV and Passat sedan), while it will offer Mazda vehicles in Los Angeles (the Mazda 3 sedan and the CX-5 SUV). — THE VERGE

3. Follow Friday: Michael Wayland

CNBC automotive reporter, Michael Wayland (@MikeWayland), is one of my favorite reporters covering the automotive industry. I have been a fan of his since his tenure at Automotive News and he continues to break critical news stories for those who follow the industry.

Wayland is also a great follow on Twitter because he takes you behind the scenes in his reporting. For instance, when GM unveiled new Tahoe and Suburban SUVs earlier this week, he was one of the first accounts on Twitter to share pictures of those vehicles.

He also shared that Julia Steyn, who previously served as an executive for GM’s Maven project, was joining Bolt Mobility as its CEO, while also sharing automaker reactions to the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) agreement in real-time.

Follow him on Twitter here!

4. GM expects a majority of Cadillac’s vehicles, if not all, will be electrified by 2030. Steve Carlisle, Cadillac’s president, said the automaker will phase out current internal combustion-powered models based on market demand. He believes there will be an “inflection point” for Cadillac’s EVs in the mid-2020s. GM’s luxury nameplate is expected to release an EV for the Chinese market in 2021, while also announcing plans for an electrified large SUV, similar in size to Cadillac’s Escalate. — CNBC

5. Cadillac said it would drop alphanumeric model names, beginning in 2022. In the early 2000s, the automaker began dropping heritage branding (like Eldorado and DeVille) for more “generic,” alphanumeric nomenclatures (like CT6 and XT5). But as the company shifts to electrification, it expects to launch new model names forgoing alphanumeric nomenclatures, some of them inspired by Cadillac’s heritage nameplates. — CAR AND DRIVER

6. Volkswagen said it chose not to launch its ID.3 electric hatchback in the U.S. because it believed demand would be too low. In an interview, Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh said that only about 100,000 hatchbacks are sold in the U.S. per year, which is a low number compared to the potential of the SUV market, which sells up to five million vehicles per year. Keogh said that since the ID.3 vehicle is smaller, many buyers may also consider it to be a “compliance car” and not a true indicator of Volkswagen’s ambitions in the EV space. — ELECTREK

7. BMW will continue production of its i3 electric vehicle until 2024. Previous reports speculated that the automaker would end production of the smaller sized electric vehicle in 2020. The i3 is expected to receive a battery pack update, although there is no indication of what upgrades the vehicle would receive as a result of that update. Production of the i3 commenced in 2013, with about 180,000 units of the vehicle being built since then. — BMW BLOG

8. Tesla has increased prices of some Model 3 vehicles by $500. The Standard Range Plus model is now $39,990, an increase of $500 from $39,490. The all-wheel-drive, Long Range model went up to $48,990, from $48,490. However, it appears that Performance variants of the vehicle did not receive a price increase, nor did the Model S or Model X. Shipping prices have also increased, from $2,000 to $4,000, if a customer wants to transport vehicles between delivery centers. — /R/TESLAMOTORS/REDDIT

9. Motorcycle rental service Twisted Road is now offering Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycles as rentals. The service is only offering two of the bikes in its listings (one in the Los Angeles area and the other one in San Francisco), but it may be a good way for those looking to test out the $30,000 electric motorcycle before buying it. The service is offering the bikes for about $175 to $200 per day. — RIDE APART

10. Volkswagen released its branded electric vehicle sound. The EV sound will initially be used on the ID.3 in Europe, when it goes on sale next year. The Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) will emit the sound when the vehicle is driving at 19 miles per hour or below, or when reversing. The European Union and the U.S. have issued requirements for pedestrian noise systems. You can listen to the sound here. — ELECTREK

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

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