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Electric Vehicle News Roundup - Nov 8

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Panama City, Florida

Join us for a test drive in a Tesla Model X at the Power Up Energy Expo. Located in the heart of Florida's emerald coast, the Power Up Energy Expo offers the perfect mixture of expert industry speakers, innovative companies and money saving services. RSVP to take a test drive on November 13th or 14th, here.

St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete residents learning the in's and out's of the Tesla Model 3!

Take a spin with us the Driving on Sunshine pit crew this weekend! The St. Pete Saturday Morning Market is the largest weekly fresh market in the Southeast serving around 10,000 customers a week with its 130 vendors offering everything from fresh produce to homemade soaps to ready to eat food from 15 different nationalities. Hit up this staple of the community and RSVP to take a test drive, here.


Tesla reported third-quarter revenue of $6.3 billion and earnings per share, adjusted, of $1.86 on Wednesday. "The company also said it was ahead of schedule on its long-awaited Model Y crossover, which it now expects to launch by next summer. At the same time, Tesla says it is planning to make a limited run of its Tesla Semi truck next year."

"Volkswagen plans to produce fully electric cars at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant starting in 2022. That’s when the Microbus-inspired vehicle teased by the ID Buzz will be introduced, as well as a third VW electric car for the U.S. The first of VW’s EVs we get, a crossover based on the ID Crozz and likely to be called the ID 4 or ID 4X, will come from Germany."



EV Charging Station in Asheville, North Carolina

"The FordPass network will include more than 12,000 charging stations with a total of 35,000 plugs in the United States and some parts of Canada."

"Electric vehicles have the potential to act as virtual power plants that can help utilities soak up midday renewable energy and discharge in the evenings to reduce peak load. With over 20 million EVs expected on U.S. roads by 2030 '[U]tilities need to plan ahead to minimize grid impacts' of growing EV adoption."



"Breaking with some of their biggest rivals, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota said Monday they were intervening on the side of the Trump administration in an escalating battle with California over fuel economy standards for automobiles.

The move by General Motors, Toyota and the other automakers was “not in the long-term best interest of these companies—really, it’s just the opposite.”

The legal fight between the Trump administration and California over auto pollution rules has swelled into a battle over states’ rights and climate change that is likely to only be resolved once it reaches the Supreme Court. Its resolution could have repercussions affecting pollution regulations across the United States, as well as states’ rights to set their own environmental laws and the future contours of the auto industry."

"As cities have taken steps to prepare for more EV infrastructure through legislation, incentives and partnerships, they have also invested in educating the general public to make electrification and its benefits easier to understand. It can be tricky to overcome range anxiety and ensure people don't hog chargers, but work is underway to shift that thinking. Part of that education and planning piece for cities should be finding ways to make it convenient and beneficial to use an EV, in addition to providing easy access to charging."

Plug-in NC is working to get North Carolina a special license plate to increase awareness and support of EVs! They need 500 paid-in-advance (starting at $10) applications by Feb. 8, 2020. (Refunded if design is not approved.) Start your application:

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