TRUMP Endorses This Electric Truck | EV News

by birtanpublished on October 27, 2020

Trump goes electric and promotes the all-electric pickup truck from lordstown motors at the white house event how did this very unlikely turn of events come about well inside of his contributor tom malogne will explain and the lordstown motors ceo will be here to tell us why this truck is different from the others tesla beats expectations and delivers a record number of cars in q3 but is it enough to get to the half a million per year promised land will

Crunch the numbers elon musk is unhappy with the media coverage of the battery day i will tell you why nikola motors goes after its critics in a very nasty way walmart orders tons of tesla semi trucks mercedes unveils a video of its avatar concept in motion lucid sets their best time at laguna seca but is it enough to beat tesla's plaid model s and ford drops the price on the upcoming mustang mock e all of this is coming up

Next welcome to e4 electric your number one source of electric car scoop if this is your first time here well perfect timing they just came up with a subscribe button that you should definitely hit and then the bell notification icon so you don't miss anything moving forward all right before we get to our top story we need to talk now i know the story involves trump and i know all of you have an opinion about him

Including myself but this is not about politics this is an electric car story so if you're going to be posting anything in the comment section of this video please nothing political if you do post political stuff trump biden virus whatever i will remove the comment and you won't be able to comment on this channel in the future so fair warning ready let's start donald trump has hosted a team from lordstown motors at the white house now

Just in case if you're not familiar with the lordstown motors they are a new company that will be producing the all-electric pickup truck called endurance in the next year at the former gm factory endurance will start at 52 and a half thousand dollars that's before the tax credit end will have a range of 250 miles the lordstown ceo steve burns was at the reception and when i talked to him a few months ago i asked them about the very unique

Audience that they have for the truck and here's part of that conversation and we're talking about an all-electric pickup truck which has been a thing lately um now i'm sure you're aware there's a cyber truck and ravi and and so forth tell us a little bit about what is so unique about yours yeah uh you're right it is suddenly a very hot space right obviously we started years ago um but it's it's come to be kind of the hottest sector and we have a

Lane to ourselves i think that's what's different right i mean the mechanics of our truck it's it's a hub motor truck it's the first hub motor production vehicle ever made so the mechanics inside are quite different than any other electric vehicle but uh the lane that we're positioning in like you've mentioned rivien uh i think they are a mid-sized truck we're a full-size truck uh ours is geared to commercial work work truck users commercial fleets i think theirs is a

Luxury adventure vehicle is the market they're going after the cyber truck i'm not sure what market that's after but i don't think it's after you know your average landscaper or delivery person so again we think our our lane is clear as you probably know the trump administration hasn't always exactly been friendly to electric cars or the pro-environment technology and so this is a pleasant surprise however it's no random

Coincidence and i will let inside the v's contributor tom malogne explain a little bit of history behind that but before that a quick reminder that this channel and this video is sponsored by candy america the most affordable electric car in the u.s is the k27 starting under 10 000 after the federal tax credit and also check out the k23 for under 20. delivery starts soon so reserve yours by using the link in the description of this video and buy

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Uh back in 2018 there was a united auto workers strike at the gm plant at lordstown um it took almost two months i think to settle and shortly after it was settled jam announced they're going to be closing that plant in the spring and that's where they made the chevy cruze so as soon as that was announced uh president trump immediately jumped on and uh you know sent out some crazy tweets and and uh called gm and you have to understand how important this is he

Promised he was gonna um add manufacturing jobs to the ohio area and the rust belt in general so now all of a sudden they were gonna lose 1500 jobs um so he he threatened to uh strip gm of all their subsidies we really didn't know what he was talking about at the time because i nobody really knew what what subsidies he was referring to the only thing he could have possibly been talking about was the federal tax credit which all the manufacturers get he couldn't take that away from gm if he

Wanted to and in any event it was about to expire gm was a month or so away from hitting their 200 000 uh tax credit limit so that was going away by itself in any event um the president was not happy at the time and was blasting uh gm publicly uh and then uh i think it was about a half a year later until the plant closes in march and they're out of work and then a few months later we get this announcement that gm was selling

The lordstown plant to lordstown motors to make the lord's town pickup truck of course trump took that as a victory that his pressure on gm forced them to sell it which could may be true we don't really know what went on behind the scenes but this definitely was a win for the president all right now listen uh obviously he's a polarizing figure and no matter how you feel about him you know at the end of the day you know me and you we care about

Electric cars and and implementation of the electric cars into our lives do you think this is a a great sort of a push forward for the entire electric car revolution because usually his base and his following are not exactly electric car enthusiasts and maybe it won't make them buy the electric vehicles just yet but at least make them uh accept them so do you think this is good for all of us it absolutely is but don't discount all of his followers

There are a lot of trump supporters that love electric cars i know quite a few of them so uh but i i understand what you're saying in general it seems that uh you know the people that lean right aren't as supportive with evs as those that lean left but that that's just a stereotype it's not entirely true in any event yes as you said it is a win for electric vehicles much like when president obama years ago visited the gm plant that was making the vaults

It made the news everybody was cheering it having a president stand behind an electric vehicle especially from a startup american manufacturer like lordstown that that that carries some weight so good move and it's great for the electric vehicle movement in my opinion tesla has beat expectations that by the way i can totally get used to saying this but they beat expectations and delivered almost 140 000 cars in the third quarter of this

Year they've produced a little over 145 000 of them now this is the first time this year both factories in shanghai and freeman were operational at the same time and throughout the entire quarter and it looks like it's pretty reasonable to expect that the q3 will also be profitable but here's a bit of a problem because during the q2 earnings call elon has confirmed that the target for the year was still half a million cars which means uh if i do my math

Right then i should because i am russian after all tesla will have to deliver a little over 182 000 cars in the last quarter of this year and that's kind of pushing it though i gotta tell you they have pulled quite a few miracles this year so i'm pretty confident that this is not out of their reach i will keep you posted some more good news for tesla because their relationship with walmart once again is flourishing

Let me remind you that right after the tesla semi truck unveiling walmart canada has ordered 15 of them but then later walmart sued tesla for some of the solar panel fires on their roofs that lawsuit was dismissed and now all is forgotten because a walmart canada has ordered 130 of the tesla semi trucks now we don't know when the semi truck goes in production but it's been almost three years since its original unveiling now most people don't even remember

It was the unveiling for the semi truck because of you know the roadster and that was amazing now i remember because even though i did not get inside the roadster i did get inside and i think until this day i am the only one who was able to get inside of the semi truck and that was awesome the semi truck will be manufactured in austin texas and that factory is still being built so if i had to guess the

Mass production of the semi truck will probably start in the beginning of 2022. elon musk has expressed his frustration during his interview with the new york times podcast sway hosted by kara swisher calling the coverage by the media sad and suggesting that media simply did not understand it i should mention that there was no press invited to the battery day there were no press releases on any type of communication

To the media before during or after the event normally media is invited to an event a lot of times we have our own immediate day where kind of a behind the scenes the representatives of the company tell us about the event ahead of time show us the product the car whatever it might be there is a press release so we can kind of prepare ourselves we can ask questions we meet members of the team but none of it was available

From tesla as a matter of fact tesla doesn't really have epr department lately in the last few months myself and pretty much every single electric car journalist that i know told me that tesla has stopped talking to all of us and therefore there is really no communication at all i encourage tesla to create a department and have a communication with the journalists because this way they can help us help you guys receive this information

In a better fashion well what is worse than not having a pr department well nicola has the answer and normally as i talk about nikola just like when i talk about any other brand you would see a b-roll of their nikola trucks but not this time and probably not moving forward ever so for the rest of the segment you're just gonna have to look at this pretty face over here but with all seriousness this is actually quite disturbing because we found out about a

Week ago that nicolas started to go after youtubers and journalists who were specifically critical of nicola in the last couple of months so what nikola did they started submitting what's called copyright strikes against those youtubers suggesting that the b-roll the very specific video that they themselves provided to the press was infringing on their copyrights now that's usually not the case most of us are protected by the fair use law

And they know that now this is dirty even for nicola now luckily a lot of journalists and youtubers have started to report on that and with all of this negative publicity nicola finally backed down and rescinded those copyright strikes but at the same time a lot of us got really spooked by this because we have never seen anything like this before and a lot of us are just don't want to cover this brand anymore so i would suggest if nikola wants to have any type of good

Relationship with the media moving forward that they start the new chapter as they should and do things in a very different way rather than the trevor milton way back to some happier news with some b-roll lucid has unveiled yet another piece of some impressive news they have completed the laguna seca run in just 131 and 3. now that would have been a record if tesla didn't announce at their battery day

That the plaid version of the model s prototype did it in 1 30 and 3 which is one second faster still pretty impressive if you ask me lucid giving tesla very much needed competition they have made a good name for themselves in the electrical arena in the last couple of months with their 517 mile range 350 kilowatt charging rate quarter mile in just 9.245 seconds and it's headed by tesla's former chief engineer

For the model s peter rawlinson i love the competition it only makes me more excited about the next year the ford mustang mock e is coming to the streets near you the production starts very very soon it will have a range of 210 all the way to 310 miles and a lot of other impressive stats i was at the unveiling it was a huge deal i absolutely love the car and i think it will be one of the most anticipated

Cars of 2021. but now ford is lowering prices for almost all mock e models it will now start just under 44 000 that's about a thousand dollars less than they originally announced price while the premium models will get the discount of up to three thousand dollars obviously they are trying to keep up with the existing competition from the tesla model y kia niro ev and hyundai kona ev as well as the upcoming competition from a volkswagen id4 now if you remember back in january at

Ces 2020 you know when you could even have a ces 2020 mercedes-benz has unveiled their vision car called avatar and they had probably the biggest line that i've ever seen in the last three years of attending to see any car so it was very popular now they have unveiled some footage of this car actually driving and is it because wait wait a second wait a second that that looks very familiar oh yeah yeah okay

Okay i remember that that's exactly where i was test driving the eqs prototype and that was a lot of fun but apparently as soon as we left they took out the big guns and filmed that footage now obviously this is just a vision car but it's got some really cool futuristic features like the car is controlled by a control unit that you put your hand on and that's how you kind of the navigate the car the interface is projected onto your hands

So i thought that was quite interesting and it has the crab walk when it can move sideways much like the newly unveiled feature in the upcoming hummer ev now i don't know if mercedes even intends to make this car but they do intend to make the eqs now as you can see i also was able to check out the actual production prototype which is right next to it it was camouflaged it's probably not going to look as awesome

As the original concept but mercedes says it will go on sale here in the united states next year let me remind you that mercedes already has a pretty awesome electric car called eqc it's an suv and it's been on sale in europe for about a year now now mercedes has delayed its release in the united states until the next year but i just talked to them a couple of days ago and they said that they still don't know if that's actually going to happen i

Really hope so i had a chance to test drive it in frankfurt i think it's a great electric suv so i do hope that we get a chance to see this car on our streets here in the united states sometime next year a quick shout out to one of my newer patreons amore pax inc uh what an interesting first and last name but either way thank you so much for supporting my channel if you also want to support my channel and my

Ongoing addiction of paying my electricity bill for the studio please go to patreon.com e4electric i do weekly live you know updates here something that i don't always share to the entire youtube audience so if you want to uh hear about some behind the scenes stories definitely join me on patreon looking forward to all of your comments other than that see you guys next time and remember to stay charged

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