Quick Charge Podcast: June 27, 2022

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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BrightDrop delivers first 150 Electric Vehicle electric delivery vehicles to FedEx

FedEx has received its first 150 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, GM’s new commercial EV brand. The first 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s were delivered throughout Southern California to FedEx Express.

Powered by the Ultium battery platform, the Zevo 600 is designed for last-mile deliveries. GM says the Zevo 600’s time to market has been the fastest in the company’s history.

FedEx has already installed more than 500 charging stations in California, and continues to build out charging infrastructure across its vast network of facilities. The company is actively working with utilities to evaluate the grid capacity needed to support its charging infrastructure, and is investing to expand on-site generation and procurement of renewable energy at its facilities.

FedEx plans to take delivery of 2,500 Zevo 600s over the next few years. The delivery giant plans to transform its entire parcel pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet to EVs by 2040 (for the company’s sake, we hope it manages to complete the transition well before that date).

“At FedEx, we have ambitious [sic] sustainability goals, and our phased approach to vehicle electrification is a crucial part of our roadmap to achieve carbon-neutral global operations,” said FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer Mitch Jackson. “In just under six months, we’ve taken delivery of 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s. In today’s climate of chip shortages and supply chain issues, that’s no ordinary feat.”

“Our Zevo 600 has been a record-setting vehicle from the start,” said Travis Katz, CEO of BrightDrop. “From a record-setting time to market to delivering one of the largest fleets of electric delivery vans on the road today, BrightDrop is showing the world what sustainable delivery looks like.”

Stock version of the Lucid Air Grand Touring wins fastest production car at Goodwood 2022

During this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lucid Motors not only publicly debuted its Air Grand Touring Performance for the first time, but raced up the famed hill … quickly. Manned by professional driver Ben Collings, the Lucid Air Grand Touring recorded a time in the Goodwood Hillclimb Timed Shootout fast enough to claim the crown as fastest production car.

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Tesla pauses some Berlin-built Model Y deliveries over electric motor issue

Tesla had to pause deliveries of some Model Y vehicles built at Gigafactory Berlin, and the buyers are being told that there’s a problem with the electric motor.

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Rivian’s first DC fast charging sites are launching this week

Rivian is launching its first DC fast-charging sites this week in Colorado and California. The three sites are the first deployments in its US-wide DC fast charging network, which is known as the Rivian Adventure Network. 

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GMC Hummer EV will get new ‘Extract Mode,’ delivering 16 inches of ground clearance

Following initial deliveries of the GMC Edition 1 Hummer EV, current and future drivers will soon be able to experience “Extract Mode” – an upcoming adaptive air suspension feature that can lift the vehicle higher than several competitors in both the combustion and electric truck markets. Check out the video footage below.

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Ford issues safety compliance recall on F-150 Lightning, citing issue with tire pressure increasing risk of crash

Ford Motor Company has just issued its first safety recall on its all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup. According to the American automaker, the issue is surrounding the EV’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) but only affects trucks delivered with certain size tires.

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Aptera announces two new supply agreements to bring its flagship SEV to serial production

Following news of a strategic deal for electric motors announced last week, Aptera Motors has announced an additional agreement to receive lithium-ion battery cells from EVE Energy Co., Ltd. With two new supply agreements in place, Aptera moves one step closer to serial production of its flagship solar electric vehicle.

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