All-electric vehicles and their continued integration into the mass marketplace topped our stories this week on Gas2. As always, Tesla’s subversive marketing (they rarely advertise, instead just announcing the next innovation) made a lot of headlines, as the all-electric car company moved its focus quickly from the newly released Model 3 to announcements about the upcoming Model Y. But electric cars cannot alone shift the transportation sector to reduced emissions levels — all-electric commercial trucks will have to join the trend. And they must, for in Europe they contribute 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Think about the transportation sector in the U.S….
In the news, too, this week was the announcement that Mazda and Toyota have entered into a limited partnership, with speculation pointing to the collaboration yielding an all-electric vehicle for a shared catalog. Such meetings-of-the-mind have the Koch brothers nervous, for their newest video slams EVs as a way for wealthy people to receive subsidies at the taxpayers’ expense. (You have to watch this video, as they fail to disclose their own enormous white privilege as they cast white males as culprits in an EV conspiracy.)
Finally, advance videos of the unprepossessing 2018 Nissan LEAF have leaked and attracted much speculation. Will the newly updated version be prettier, more technologically savvy, and hold a longer charge? This is known, Khaleesi: the LEAF will continue to be an affordable EV option for the average Jane and Joe.
Here are those stories about all-electric vehicles, their potential to improve air quality and mitigate climate change, and more on this week’s edition of “The Gas2 Week in Review.”
Contradicting his own recent statement that the upcoming Model Y would be built on a unique chassis in a new factory, Tesla CEO Elon has been curtailed by his “executive team” and has acknowledged that the SUV will be based largely on the Model 3 and feature a variation of the falcon-wing doors. Those doors are iconic markers for the Model X. The Model Y is expected to muster demand of a million cars per year, which exceeds the Fremont factory’s current capacity of a half million cars per year. With Musk hoping to introduce the Model Y in 2020, the announcement for Model Y production facility will soon be another media-grabbing headline for the all-electric car maker.