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Hyundai takes on Tesla Model 3 with unveiling of its first electric sedan; SUV set for 2024

Hyundai
  • Hyundai unveiled its latest electric vehicle model — the sleek and powerful IONIQ 6 — at the Busan International Motor Show on Thursday, which will be available for pre-order in September and expected to become a major competitor of Tesla.
  • The design was reportedly inspired by airplanes, which is evident in the car’s aerodynamic shape, or what the company describes as a “streamlined silhouette.”
  • Two versions of the sedan will be available for purchase in the first half of next year, the first being a standard model with a 53 kWh battery pack and the second with a 77.4 kWh battery.
  • Users will be able to travel up to 524 km (over 325 miles) on a single charge.
  • Prices of the vehicles will range from 55 million won (approximately $41,949.51) to 65 million won (approximately $49,358.82) in the South Korean market, depending on desired features.
  • The IONIQ 7 SUV model is set to be introduced in 2024.

Hyundai unveiled its latest electric vehicle model and first sedan — the sleek and powerful Ioniq 6 — at the Busan International Motor Show on Thursday in a move that will put the South Korean automaker in direct competition with Tesla.

The design was reportedly inspired by airplanes, which is evident in the car’s aerodynamic shape, or what the company describes as a “streamlined silhouette.” 

Vietnamese EV automaker VinFast to open first 6 showrooms in US this week

Vinfast
  • Vietnamese Electric Vehicle (EV) automaker VinFast is scheduled to open six U.S. showrooms on Jul 14 and 30 more by the end of 2022, all of which will be located in the Golden State.
  • The company reported that it would be opening stores in Berkeley, Commerce, Corte Madera, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Monica this Thursday, starting with two EV models.
  • The first is a 5-seater VF8 electric SUV, priced at around $40,700, and the second is a larger, 3-row, 7-seater VF9 priced at $55,000.
  • VinFast also plans to have consumers subscribe to a battery plan rather than purchase one, arguing that EV battery performances degrade over time.
  • Earlier last month, VinFast made preparations to begin construction of a $4 billion factory in North Carolina, where it promised to create 7,500 jobs.

Vietnamese Electric Vehicle (EV) automaker VinFast is scheduled to open six U.S. showrooms on Jul 14 and 30 more by the end of 2022, all of which will be located in the Golden State. 

The company reported that it would be opening stores in Berkeley, Commerce, Corte Madera, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Monica this Thursday, starting with two EV models.

Warren Buffett-backed Chinese automaker BYD dethrones Tesla as No. 1 in new electric vehicle sales

  • Chinese automaker BYD dethroned Tesla as the leader in global new electric vehicle (NEV) sales in the first six months of this year.
  • The Shenzhen-based company sold over 640,000 vehicles from January through June, while Tesla sold 564,000.
  • Tesla exclusively sells fully electric cars while BYD’s car sales include hybrid cars with gasoline engines.
  • Tesla has blamed its sales performance on supply chain issues due to COVID-19, while BYD is predicted to have remained largely unaffected because it produces many of its parts in-house.
  • Billionaire Warren Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, was an early investor in BYD, pouring $232 million into the company in 2008; the Chinese automaker is now worth an impressive $7.7 billion.

Chinese automaker BYD dethroned Tesla as the leader in global new electric vehicle (NEV) sales in the first six months of this year.

The Shenzhen-based company sold over 640,000 vehicles from January through June, while Tesla sold 564,000. 

Chinese auto company releases electric car with ‘Warm Man Mode’ feature targeted at ‘oriental women’

  • Great Wall Motors, a Baoding-based automobile manufacturer in Hebei Province, China, is gaining attention for its marketing for the Ora Ballet Cat, a Volkswagen Beetle-inspired electric vehicle it designed for women.
  • The battery-powered car features vanity mirrors with LED ring lighting “specially designed for oriental women.” The car is also built with a “Lady Driving Mode” and “ergonomics shaped around smaller female frames.”
  • The Ora Ballet Cat also includes “Warm Man Mode,” which was specifically added to provide comfort to drivers suffering from menstrual discomfort.
  • “When menstruating, one can feel cold and therefore panic,” the company explained. “So what does Warm Man Mode do? It turns up the heating and the air conditioning with one-click, ‘to warm the body and mind.’”

A Chinese car company is gaining attention for its marketing of a new electric vehicle designed for women.

The battery-powered Ora Ballet Cat is made by Great Wall Motors, a Baoding-based automobile manufacturer in Heibei Province, and is loaded with features “specially designed for oriental women,” according to the company.