Dongche Daily | Tesla’s autopilot team was laid off by 200 people / Weilai’s accident is not alone, and it was shorted by overseas institutions / Red Bull is going to super run

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  • He Xiaopeng used Moments as a public account, we learned more about the G9 flagship
  • Red Bull, which makes beverages, is going to launch a supercar, which is expected to sell for 40 million yuan
  • Ford recalls 2,900 F-150 Lightning electric pickups in North America
  • Tesla layoffs continue, with 200 layoffs from Autopilot team
  • Weilai's misfortunes do not come singly, and they are shorted by overseas institutions
  • Musk has not tweeted since the 21st, this is a possible reason-
  • Chip shortage, the boss Toyota production and sales are falling
  • Audi FAW new energy vehicle project officially started, taking the lead in producing A6 e-tron & Q6 e-tron
  • Europe is arguing over whether to ban the sale of fuel vehicles
  • "Why EVs Are Getting More Expensive Even as Batteries Get Cheaper"?

He Xiaopeng used Moments as a public account, we learned more about the G9 flagship

He Xiaopeng, chairman of Xiaopeng Motors, rarely sent a long, very long message in the circle of friends, claiming that the G9 will be "the best SUV within 500,000", excerpting some key information that everyone is more concerned about:

——At present, the G9 is advancing step by step according to the original plan. The reservation will be launched in August, and it will be officially launched in September. User delivery will be launched soon after the launch. A good product must be born full-term. I am very confident in this flagship product of Xiaopeng, which will be "the best SUV within 500,000 "

——“The best thing about this car is that it is versatile, regardless of appearance, space, interior, power, battery life, intelligence, safety, NVH, etc., it is definitely the flagship

——“The G9 is equipped with an intelligent dual-chamber air suspension. The dual-chamber air springs from top suppliers are basically the only configuration available in the current million-dollar luxury cars. It is no exaggeration to say that we have achieved air suspension on the G9. Re-evolving, subverting industry cognition

——“Let charging enter the era of supercharging!” G9 has a battery life of 700 kilometers +, allowing “charging efficiency to enter the 5G era from 2G at one time”

——“G9 full-stack self-developed XPILOT intelligent assisted driving system, equipped with dual lidar, dual Orin chip computing power blessing, it will be a set of higher-level intelligent assisted driving system, in a true sense from the starting point to the end point The safest and most useful intelligent assisted driving in all scenarios, end-to-end, hardware, software, and data operations are truly four-in-one, none of which is available.

Red Bull, which makes beverages, is going to launch a supercar, which is expected to sell for 40 million yuan

For people who only drink Red Bull, seeing the news of Red Bull's supercar may wonder if today is April Fool's Day, but those who pay attention to F1 news may take it for granted.

Just now, the Red Bull Advanced Technologies division of the F1 Red Bull Racing team announced its first supercar project, the RB17, and released a teaser image. The new car will be fully developed by this independent company, and it is planned to officially start mass production in 2025, with a limited number of 50 units.

After hearing about the F1 team and the limited edition of 50 units, everyone must be wondering how expensive it should be? The answer is £5 million or RMB 40.9 million per unit.

▲ Aston Martin Valkyrie God of War

The designer of this car is F1 designer Adrian Newey. In addition to designing F1 track cars, he also collaborated with Aston Martin on a Valkyrie Ares, so it is logical that RB17 will be based on The former idea is improved. Adrian Newey revealed that the RB17 will be equipped with a hybrid system consisting of a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a kinetic energy recovery system, with a combined maximum power of 1268 horsepower, while maintaining a weight of 900 kilograms, which includes a driver.

Ford recalls 2,900 F-150 Lightning electric pickups in North America

As a pioneer in pickup electrification, Ford's F-150 Lightning electric pickup has encountered a minor problem: 2,900 of the model's software problems prevented the vehicle from issuing adequate warnings when the tire pressure was too low, so it needed to be repaired. recall.

Ford said the vehicle's tire pressure monitoring system light may not come on at the expected time because the suggested cold tire inflation pressure value was incorrectly set to 35 psi instead of the correct 42 psi. And may not provide enough warning when tire pressure is too low.

Too low tire pressure can lead to poor vehicle handling and even loss of control, resulting in a crash or accident.

After the recall, the fix for this issue will take approximately 20 minutes.

Because this model is basically only sold in North America, the scope of the recall is limited to the United States and Canada. At present, Ford has not received reports of accidents caused by this problem.

Tesla layoffs continue, with 200 layoffs from Autopilot team

Anxious Musk, and Tesla, which faces supply chain, inflation and economic downturn pressures, are conducting a round of layoffs that may cover 10% of Tesla's regular employees.

However, Musk later explained that Tesla’s formal employees accounted for only 33%, so this layoff is equivalent to a reduction of 3% to 3.5% of the total number of employees in the company, which is not a large proportion.

However, the autopilot division, which contributes to Tesla's core competitiveness, is not immune to layoffs: Bloomberg says Tesla has closed a California R&D facility and laid off hundreds of Autopilot employees team of employees. This is the largest of the company's large-scale layoffs.

The team is based in an office of about 350 employees, and about 200 workers have been laid off this time, many of whom are data labelling specialists, both regular and contract workers.

Meanwhile, Tesla stock has shrunk quite a bit recently, falling from a high of $1,243 in a year to $697 today.

Europe is arguing over whether to ban the sale of fuel vehicles

As an important production center of fuel vehicles and a pioneer in fulfilling the responsibility of environmental protection and emission reduction, Europe has recently quarreled over whether to ban the sale of fuel vehicles by 2035.

Poland's climate and environment minister Anna Moskwa said in Luxembourg that the European Commission's proposal to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars from 2035 in its plan to meet climate goals was unacceptable for Poland. Neither the market nor society is ready.

"We are against this proposal. Unless there is a car on the market that can travel 1,000 kilometers without having to stop for two hours along the way to recharge the battery, society will not accept the idea of ​​[a ban on gasoline vehicles]," Moskwa said. "

▲Ferrari Testarossa

Earlier, Italy, backed by Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia, issued a statement document calling for a reduction in CO2 emissions from new cars by only 90 percent rather than 100 percent by 2035. The 10% difference is believed to be a way to save Italian supercar brands.

However, none of the above objections are valid.

Ultimately, the European Council agreed to increase the CO2 reduction target for new cars and vans to 55% by 2030. The council also agreed to a 100% CO2 reduction target for new cars and vans by 2035.

Time is running out for European automakers.

Weilai's misfortunes do not come singly, and they are shorted by overseas institutions

After the NIO test car fell from a height last week, two test drivers unfortunately passed away, and the resulting public relations crisis. NIO suffered another bad thing this week.

On the evening of June 28, the short-selling agency Grizzly Research released a report saying that Weilai Automobile used an unconsolidated related party, Wuhan Weineng, to inflate revenue and improve net profit margin.

The report pointed out that the unconsolidated related party Wuhan Weineng (a joint venture between NIO and CATL, with NIO holding 19.8% of the shares) has generated billions of dollars in revenue for NIO: Wuhan Weineng allows NIO to immediately Recognize revenue for the batteries they sell, not over the subscription period (~7 years). Through this arrangement, the short-selling agency Grizzly Research believes that NIO has increased this number by recognizing 7 years of revenue in advance.

In short, the labor agency believes that Weilai has counted the long-term income of the godson to its own name at one time.

However, Weilai obviously has grievances to appeal in the face of short-selling. Weilai issued an announcement saying that this short-selling report is worthless and contains a lot of errors, unsubstantiated speculations, and misleading conclusions and explanations related to the company.

But the market has already given feedback, and today Weilai’s stock price has dropped by about 10%.

Musk has not tweeted since the 21st, this is a possible reason-

As a madman who works 100 hours a week and also requires his employees to work 40 hours a week, Musk's time utilization efficiency has always been super high. Tweeting on twitter is also an important "job" for him. Every tweet of his is affecting the stock market, the media, fans' emotions, and creating social media memes (memes).

But Musk hasn't tweeted since June 21, even as he beat the 100 million followers milestone on Twitter. His latest two tweets mocked U.S. oil prices and ranted about the low birth rate in the U.S. for almost 50 years (top tweet).

Musk is Twitter's most high-profile user, and his tweets have made headlines nearly every day since he offered to buy Twitter in April. Last week, Twitter's board approved Musk's $44 billion takeover offer , and the next shareholder vote will be one of the final steps in Musk's $44 billion deal to take the company private.

Maybe there's a clause in the takeover contract that prohibits him from making any comments on the $44 billion deal—otherwise what else could make Musk hold back his restless urges?

Musk also has a consistent point: "Many companies confuse the focus and spend a lot of money on things that don't make the product better. Every company should ask themselves if what they're doing makes the product or the product better. The service gets better; if not, they should give up.” Besides the $44 billion , he also spent a lot of time on Twitter, and presumably, muting at a critical time is also a fairly reasonable effort for him.

Chip shortage, the boss Toyota production and sales are falling

In the first half of this year, it wasn't any car company that had a hard time, but almost every car company, and the boss, Toyota, was no exception.

In May of this year, Toyota's global production decreased by 5.3% year-on-year to only 634,940 vehicles, which is still a long way from the expected target of 700,000.

The problem is that this failed state has continued for three months. From January to May this year, Toyota's cumulative global vehicle production decreased by 3.2% year-on-year to 3.5661 million units. At this rate, it's still a long way from reaching the record 9.7 million production target for this fiscal year.

At the same time, Toyota's global sales are also declining, with sales of 761,466 vehicles in May, a year-on-year decrease of 9.5%; total sales in the first five months were 3.88 million vehicles, a year-on-year decrease of 4.4%.

As for the reason, everyone said that there is only one thing: the shortage of chips due to the epidemic.

In addition, regarding the shortage of chips, you can read this article by Ai Faner: "A few bucks of chips are stuck in the throat of a car manufacturer"

Audi FAW new energy vehicle project officially started, taking the lead in producing A6 e-tron & Q6 e-tron

As mentioned earlier, Europe has been arguing about whether to ban the sale of fuel vehicles, but the historical trend is unstoppable, and the general trend is like this. BBAs in Europe must be prepared.

On the evening of June 28, the Audi FAW new energy vehicle project officially started in Changchun. The factory, which will cover an area of ​​2.46 million square meters, will be put into operation by the end of 2024, with a designed annual production capacity of 150,000 vehicles.

In contrast, Tesla’s super factory in Shanghai covers an area of ​​860,000 square meters and will produce a total of 470,000 vehicles in 2021, accounting for almost half of Tesla’s total global production.

FAW Audi's new plant will be the first to produce two high-end models, the A6 e-tron & Q6 e-tron.

At present, the two models are still in the stage of rendering and camouflage car road testing, in which the A6 e-tron has a total output of 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and an instantaneous torque of 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters). The 0-100 km acceleration is within 4 seconds, the car is equipped with a 100 kWh battery, the cruising range is 700 km, and the fast charge is 10 minutes, and the cruising range is 300 km. As for the performance and range of the Q6 e-tron, expect it to be about the same as its sedan sibling.

"Why EVs Are Getting More Expensive Even as Batteries Get Cheaper"?

Suddenly I remembered the point of this article by Quartz more than a month ago:

While the price of the battery, the most expensive component of an electric car, has fallen sharply over the past decade, and analysts expect EV prices to drop, it hasn't. Since 2012, the average total cost of an EV battery has fallen by more than 80%, while the average price of a new EV in the U.S. has risen by more than 80%.

For several reasons, most automakers are developing luxury EV models before expanding into cheaper mass-market vehicles. Semiconductor shortages and factory shutdowns during the pandemic have also pushed up the price of all cars, whether gasoline or electric.
Owners of luxury cars can also afford higher prices, and it's common for automakers to deploy any kind of new technology on more expensive vehicles first.

Various car companies have entered the electric vehicle market with high-priced pickups and SUVs, and discerning users are also driving car companies to adopt larger and more expensive batteries to extend the range of electric vehicles.

In the plastic greenhouse of destiny, every cabbage that has been sprayed with too much pesticide once had a dream of becoming a pollution-free organic vegetable.

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