Dong Che Daily | U.S. regulators begin investigating a Model Y fire accident / Xpeng Motors layoffs from multiple departments and resigns vice president

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  • Ford begins deliveries of F-150 Lightning electric pickup
  • Kia K5, Hyundai Sonata may be discontinued to make way for electrification
  • Xiaopeng Motors lays off employees in multiple departments, and vice president He Liyang leaves
  • Tesla submits application to expand German factory
  • U.S. regulators begin investigating Model Y fire
  • Tesla and other companies ask Biden administration to invest in heavy-duty truck charging facilities
  • Pony.AI gets its self-driving license revoked by California
  • Mercedes: We are cautious about Monaco Grand Prix
  • The DB5 in "007: Golden Eye" is being auctioned
  • LEGO unveils Ferrari Daytona SP3 model

Ford begins deliveries of F-150 Lightning electric pickup

On May 26, Ford officially began delivering its F-150 Lightning electric pickup to customers.

Ford previously said it began producing the electric pickup in April, after which the vehicles were shipped to dealerships across the United States.

Ford initially delivered vehicles to fleet customers and has now begun delivering vehicles to retail customers as well. The first customer to mention the new car posted a photo of the pickup on the F-150 Lightning forum.

Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley said the company plans to expand production of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck faster than its rivals, and plans to increase F-150 Lightning production from an initial target of 40,000 vehicles in the next year or so. to 150,000 vehicles. (Gasgo Auto)

In recent years, the media has been reporting all kinds of news about electric pickups. Now, it's finally here.

Kia K5, Hyundai Sonata may be discontinued to make way for electrification

MotorTrend recently reported that the Kia K5 and Hyundai Sonata, which were once "Korean lights", may be discontinued in the near future to make way for the electrification of the Hyundai Group.

The Chosun Ilbo previously reported that research and development on the next-generation Sonata, originally scheduled to launch around 2025, has stopped. There are even Hyundai insiders who said, "Discontinue the production of the Sonata and transform its production line for the production of electric vehicles. This is already an open secret inside Hyundai."

In addition, the Stinger, another "driver's car" built on the same platform as the Kia K5, has also recently been reported to be discontinued due to poor sales in the United States.

The era that belongs to them is really coming to an end.

Xiaopeng Motors lays off employees in multiple departments, and vice president He Liyang leaves

According to Auto Delay, Xiaopeng Motors is undergoing a round of organizational adjustments and layoffs involving multiple departments. At present, several executives have changed.

He Liyang, the previous vice president in charge of overseas business, has recently resigned. He joined Xiaopeng in early 2021. He served as the head of the Western European Enterprise Business Department at Huawei and the vice president of Huawei's automotive business. He's job is currently taken over by Jin Bin, vice president of Xpeng HR.

Xpeng will launch its overseas strategy in 2020. In 2020, Xpeng will deliver 100 Xpeng G3s in Norway, and a total of 438 G3s and P7s will be delivered in 2021.

This report card is not ideal. According to the Norwegian Road Association (NRF), a total of 176,300 vehicles will be sold in Norway in 2021, 65% of which will be pure electric vehicles, with Tesla delivering over 20,000.

Xiaopeng's current operating efficiency is low, and improving gross profit is their next focus.

Tesla submits application to expand German factory

Tesla recently submitted an application to the local government to expand a further 100 hectares of land east of its German factory to expand the factory by a third.

Greenhead Mayor Arne Christiani revealed to local paper media that Tesla's German factory currently covers an area of ​​300 hectares, and the company plans to build a freight station, logistics area and parking spaces on an additional 100 hectares of land. Tesla's application will be discussed at a city council meeting on June 2.

In addition to expanding the German factory, Tesla has previously considered a massive expansion of the California factory. The plant currently has 5.3 million square feet of manufacturing and office space with an annual output of 600,000 vehicles. In 2021, the Shanghai Gigafactory will account for 51.7% of Tesla's total deliveries, surpassing the Fremont, California factory.

Berlin, Fremont, Shanghai, everything that can be expanded must be expanded.

U.S. regulators begin investigating Model Y fire

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday it had asked Tesla for information on a recent Model Y fire in Vancouver, Canada.

Owner Jamil Jutha said the Model Y was only purchased for eight months. At the time of the incident, the vehicle was driving normally, and an error notification suddenly popped up, and then the entire vehicle was powered off and the doors could not be opened. Soon the car was filled with smoke, and Jameel finally escaped by breaking the window. After the local fire department arrived, the fire was quickly put out.

Under normal circumstances, the owner can unlock the door through the button on the door panel, but this function does not work properly when the whole vehicle is powered off. However, Tesla has also prepared a mechanical door opener at the door handle for emergency use.

In response, Jameel said it was difficult to figure out how to use the mechanism in an emergency, and he hopes his experience will remind other Tesla owners to familiarize themselves with the functions of the vehicle.

Tesla owners, go try your mechanical door handles.

Tesla and other companies ask Biden administration to invest in heavy-duty truck charging facilities

According to The Verge, Tesla is joining other EV companies and environmental groups in demanding that the Biden administration invest in charging infrastructure for electric buses, trucks, and other medium/heavy-duty vehicles.

Specifically, they want the U.S. government to allocate 10 percent of the funding for electric vehicle charging in the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed last November to medium/heavy-duty vehicles, about $7.5 billion.

"Most public charging facilities are built for passenger vehicles and are not suitable for large commercial vehicles," they said in the letter.

At present, most cars on the road are passenger cars, but the emission of medium/heavy vehicles is not small. They believe that the United States needs a dedicated charging facility for medium/heavy vehicles to achieve emission reduction targets.

Just this Friday, playing Oka tonight. (manual dog head)

Pony.AI gets its self-driving license revoked by California

According to foreign media TechCrunch, on May 24, the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) revoked’s self-driving car technology test license on the grounds that during the testing process, The company's supervision of the behavior of security officers is not in place.

Previously,'s self-driving test license allowed the vehicle to drive itself with a safety officer. A total of 41 self-driving test vehicles and 71 safety officers were registered on the license.

A spokesman for the DMV revealed that applied to the DMV for a license renewal, and when the agency reviewed the safety officer's driving record, it found that the company's safety officer had a number of violations. has officially responded to the matter: "We are fully understanding the matter. At present,'s domestic testing is progressing normally."

In China, is also one of the first two companies to receive a driverless test license.

Mercedes: We are cautious about Monaco Grand Prix

Despite the Mercedes team making good progress at the Spanish Grand Prix, the upgraded W13 car helped George Russell on the podium. But team boss Toto Wolff said they were cautious about this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

Monaco was not an ideal circuit for us, so we had lower expectations from Monaco than on any other circuit. Maybe it's because of the size of our car, but I'm curious about how the team is doing here.

In addition, Mercedes team chief strategist James Vowles said that although the "dolphin jump" problem has been significantly improved in Spain, it cannot be ruled out that it will appear again at a future track.

Mercedes really isn't very good at low-speed circuits.

The DB5 in "007: Golden Eye" is being auctioned

As the preferred car of James Bond, Aston Martin with "pure British blood" has attracted the attention of countless fans.

For an immersive experience of a day in the 007 movies, you can now grab the same DB5 that Sir Sean Connery used in 1964's GoldenEye.

Recently, the DB5 was handed over to Broad Arrow Auctions for auction with an estimate of $1.4-1.8 million (approximately 9.4-12 million yuan).

Interestingly, even Sean Connery himself failed to bring the original prop car home. It was purchased on July 7, 1964 by Mr. A. White, who lives in the United Kingdom, and waited there for quite some time.

It wasn't until 2018 that Connery bought the car and restored it. Sadly, Connery passed away in October 2020. Ultimately, his family decided to sell the car and plan to donate a large portion of the auction proceeds to the Sean Connery Charitable Fund.

LEGO unveils Ferrari Daytona SP3 model

The Daytona SP3 is the third limited edition supercar in the Ferrari Icona series. Recently, LEGO launched a 1:8 replica of this supercar.

This model retains the design details of the lift-up door, the steering wheel of the linkage steering system, and the variable suspension. You can also see the cylinder operation process of the V12 engine. Each set of models comes with an exclusive serial number to unlock exclusive online content.

The LEGO Technic Ferrari Daytona SP3 #42143 set includes 3778 parts for $399.99 and will be available worldwide on June 1st. (cool-style)

This "replacement" needs to be a whole, right?

The author is a bit busy, so I will write the introduction later.

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