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New Battery EV Models:


Alan’s thoughts:

Consumers will soon have more choices as OEMs bring their new BEVs to market. Stellantis recently announced their RAM 1500 Rev pickup to launch in 2024, while Toyota says it will introduce ten new BEVs by 2026. Rivian, already in production with the R1T and R1S, expects to produce 50,000 units this year. Does this increase in supply mean lower prices? Do not hold your breath, but competition will likely create some downward price pressure as recent Tesla price reduction announcements suggest. 


Charging Infrastructure:


Alan’s thoughts:

Audi’s urban charging hub in Nuremberg has developed a loyal following with up to a 70% customer return rate. The hub features a 200 sq meter lounge offering customers a relaxing place to recharge their batteries.  

In the United States, Walmart is selecting suppliers for their next batch of fast chargers, expected to number in the thousands by 2030. Expect Walmart’s attention to customer service to extend to its charging network. I am optimistic that a company like Walmart will ensure the chargers are operational, placed in a safe location, and easily accessible. 


Addressing Climate Change:


Alan’s thoughts:

California’s recent Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) regulation will accelerate heavy trucking usage of battery electric propulsion. On the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce new greenhouse gas limits that will spur EV sales. OEMs have been anticipating federal and state regulations, as witnessed by the heavy EV battery and vehicle production investment in the past three years. Climate initiatives are moving forward steadily; however, supply chain disruptions or critical mineral availability could make the transition rocky.  



Carla Bailo

Alan Amici

President & CEO

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