TEN Transport Evolved 467. Ken Block’s Last Hurrah

From Transport Evolved.

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This week, Tesla hits a new record on sales and production, Ford puts the price of the F150 Lightning up (again), and one year after his death, we look at Ken Block’s final Electrikhana.

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00:00 – Start
00:31 – Welcome!
00:40 – Editorial Note
01:12 – Tesla Q4, Year end deliveries break new records
02:05 – Ford adds $5,000 to the base-model F150 Lightning Pro, but removes $5,000 from the top-two models
03:01 – Hyundai ends 2023 with positive sales figures for EVs
03:59 – Aptera announces new deal for battery supplier for its SEV
04:54 – Chevrolet Blazer EV gets a Stop Sale as more problems surface
05:54 – Kia published year-end sales data for its EVs
06:57 – With January 1 changes to Federal Tax Credits for EVs, Bolt EVs are now a steal (if you can find one)
07:53 – Rivian beats its own predictions for end of year, but Wall Street isn’t happy
08:50 – Tesla faces allegations of building vehicles with faulty suspension, steering components
09:50 – Porsche Taycan sets a new record on the Nüburgring in Germany
11:54 – Volkswagen Group confirms Quantumscape’s solid-state battery technology has the potential to show minimal battery degradation for first half-million kilometers
12:21 – GM begins offering cash-on-hood deals for vehicles no-longer eligible for US federal tax incentives
12:37 – Rivian customer gets their vehicle back after an 8-month parts wait period
12:55 – VanMoof is back – with plans for a new electric scooter
13:11 – GM Sierra Ev Denali undergoes very public pre-production testing
13:30 – OTA update from Ford bricks some Mustang Mach E
13:47 – Vinfast opens its first franchised dealership, in North Carolina
14:05 – Cummins settles in massive emissions cheating case
14:24 – Tesla confirms which vehicles are now eligible for full U.S. Federal tax credits
14:42 – 12 different japanese firms, including Nissan, Toyota, Panasonic, team up to develop advanced vehicle software
15:01 – The very first crash involving a Tesla Cybertruck has taken place, just weeks after deliveries began
15:23 – Fisker ended its year on a high with better than expected figures
15:38 – Newer model Teslas banned from driving schools in Norway
15:59 – We learn how Mercedes-Benz improved the range of various EQ models for 2024
16:18 – New Tesla owners mistake steam for smoke while Supercharging in the cold
16:39 – Ford FCO suggests Ford is looking into more Hybrids
16:56 – Costco offers $1,000 discount on new Cadillac Lyriq EVs
17:12 – Volkswagen ID.2 ramp-up pushed back
17:32 – Komatsu unveils 13 Ton electric excavator
17:50 – Scot Rail ends its free charging program for customers, implements fees
18:07 – Yamaha establishes new company in Germany dedicated to battery swapping
18:25 – Xiaomi unveils the SU7
18:49 – EVs accounted for 1/3 of all new cars sold in The Netherlands last year
19:08 – Scout confirms 2024 will be the year we see its first EV – while trademarking names like “Reaper”
19:26 – Nio unveils its ET9 sedan
19:45 – XPeng Reveals the X9 Seven-Seat Minivan
20:04 – Rivian issues an OTA to fix a problem with vehicle accelerators
20:22 – BYD is chasing TEsla in EV sales
20:42 – Hyundai has applied for a patent in the U.S. for an all solid-state battery that’s pressurized
21:04 – GM sues the city of San Francisco
21:26 – Rivian executives begin to talk up the importance of its R2 vehicles
21:49 – Sponsored Segment: Atmos Financial
22:58 – Questions surround Tesla Cybertruck’s ability to use CCS Type 1 infrastructure
23:58 – Ken Block’s final Electrkhana posthumously released
24:55 – Thanks, and Goodbye!