Friday, 31 March 2017

Lithium Race: Mercedes-Benz Electric Cars Will Arrive Three Full Years Sooner Than Expected.


Only now, maybe, we can tell that the great Germans are finally turning the page with DIEselGate and moving into the fast lane of our Lithium Race. The Switch is approaching very fast and it will happen with them or without now. You know when the change is coming for real: workers at Audi have demanded that Electric Cars will be produced at the main production facility. And management will be better listening to them, now the survival will depend on how fast you can change your production facilities and participate in The Switch by making millions of Electric Cars. Otherwise, others will do all those Electric Cars and nobody will buy your "Clean DIEsel" anymore. All Billions of dollars worth investments in the last century technology and equipment will be just added to Trillions of dollars in stranded assets all over the world. The Ice Age is over, not everybody knows it yet, but it is coming very fast now.

Lithium is the magic metal at the very heart of this Energy rEVolution and International Lithium is Lithium Strategic Investments and Royalty Company which is plugged-in the most dynamic EV and Energy Storage markets in China with partners like a giant from China Ganfeng Lithium.

The Tide Is Coming: The Economist: Electric Cars Are Set To Arrive Far More Speedily Than Anticipated.

Falling Lithium Battery Prices Are Driving The Exponential Growth Of Electric Cars.

"We have the magic of technology in the making now. While ICE cars were becoming more  and more complex and more expensive with time, electric cars are enjoying The Silicon Valley laws of dramatically decreasing costs with "The Learning Curve." Lithium Batteries are the most significant part of the overall costs in electric cars and the costs are going down as fast as 19% per year, according to Bloomberg. Actually, the situation is already much better than presented in the article below. Elon Musk has announced long time ago that al-in-all cost of lithium batteries at Gigafactory is already $190/kWh! "I do not really know" why journalists are not digging enough information to stay current on the subject. Headlines like "Electric Cars Are Here To Stay" belong to 2009, not 2017 when they are getting to the milestone of being sold over a million per year.

Tesla Model 3 and GM Bolt will ignite the next phase of mass adoption for electric cars in the West attacking the exponential part of "The S-Curve." Both EVs are priced below $40k and provide the range of over 200 miles. The price of the average new car in the U.S. has skyrocketed to over $33k in 2016 and now these electric cars will be very attractive to the new buyers. When you will consider the overall cost of ownership these EVs start to beat ICE cars of the similar model class not only on performance but on cost as well! 

We are moving very fast with electric cars out of grasp by any politics and towards the economic decisions when customers will start voting with their wallets. This is the bifurcation point to put all ICE cars to rest in a decade. It will be impossible to sell cancer hazard 100 years old oil burning technology anymore. The Switch is happening right now when millions of people are deciding to buy new electric cars. Read more."


Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is speeding up its shift towards electrification.
The auto-maker remains on track to bolster its portfolio with 10 electric vehicles, but they’ll arrive three full years sooner than expected.

The battery-powered cars are now scheduled to debut by 2022 instead of by 2025, company officials have confirmed. That’s an ambitious goal, especially because the electric cars will use brand-new technology, but Daimler is investing 10 billion Euros (about $10.8 billion) to make it happen.

Daimler needs to make “fundamental changes” to remain successful, according to analysts who spoke to Bloomberg. Many of the new models will be part of a recently created sub-brand named EQ, an acronym that stands for electric intelligence.

The first one will take the form of a Mercedes-Benz GLC-sized crossover whose design will echo the Generation EQ concept shown last year at the Paris Auto Show.

"EQ is a product brand with a new lineup, and also a technology brand for the whole Mercedes group," Axel Harries, the head of Mercedes’ CASE division, told Green Car Reports.

Twenty carefully selected customers will test the truck in real-world conditions as part of a pilot program, and engineers will use the data gathered to design a regular-production model.
Mercedes’ research and development department will simultaneously develop electric technology and internal combustion engines in the foreseeable future.
Executives believe CO2-emitting cars will stick around “for a transitional period,” and letting customers decide when to make the shift from gasoline to electricity is of utmost importance.

Currently, Tesla enjoys a monopoly on the high-end electric car segment with its Model S and Model X.
However, the competition is heating up, and Mercedes is one of about half a dozen companies ready to tussle for a piece of the pie.
Porsche has promised it will turn the Mission E concept into a production model by 2019. It will be smaller and cheaper than the Panamera, and it will receive a high-power 800-volt DC fast-charging system.

BMW is currently rolling out hybrids, and it has delayed the launch of its next i-branded car until 2021 to introduce electric variants of existing cars like the MINI Hardtop and the next-generation X3.
Last year, Audi’s chief executive promised to release three electric cars by 2020, including a large SUV and a big sedan. Meanwhile, Jaguar is turning the i-Pace concept into a production car aimed squarely at the Model X.             
Clearly, luxury electric cars are just a few short years away from blowing up to become one of the most competitive segments in the industry.
— Ronan Glon"

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