EV News Round-Up | February 28, 2022

It may be the last day of February but the EV News Round Up for the week is just getting started! Phenomenal developments from Rivian and Nissan as the two manufacturers work to put their mark on the EV market has both aiming to produce upwards of half a million to a million EVs by 2030! New charging methods are being produced with Siemens revealing a new affordable and low-carbon footprint charging station for parking lots, and Duke Energy is leading the way in proposing flat rate charging  that utility companies can follow in the future. Take a look below and talk to us @REACHstrategies with your thoughts! 

EV Updates

  • Nissan announced they will invest $500 million in its Mississippi manufacturing plant for EV production and expects 23 new EV models, with 15 being BEVs, to be the sole vehicles from its facility by 2030. 
  • Rivian has increased its production of EVs at its Illinois assembly despite 2021 falters and is aiming to produce 200,000 vehicles annually by 2023. We also reported a few weeks ago its Georgia plant, opening in 2024 will also produce 400,000 EVs annually, as Rivian looks to take a significant partof the market over the next decade!
  • Kia EV6 owners will receive 1000 kWh, equivalent to 3500 to 4000 miles, of free complimentary charging from any Electrify America charging station within three years of purchase! 

Hardware Updates

Business Updates

  • Lightning eMotors, a commercial fleet manufacturer, converted a plant into E-manufacturing that plans to produce 20,000 vehicles a year by 2025 including BEV ambulances. 
  • Duke Energy in North Carolina is planning on offering a flat $19.99 charge for EVs during certain hours of the day. This is a proposed plan with changes to be expected, but paves a way for future utility companies to follow suit in an attempt to avoid grid stress and higher costs! 
  • EVgo announced a partnership with Toyota that will provide free charging for one year todrivers of the bZ4X on its network.