Japan's adding more bullet trains
Hyundai's human-centered EV plant, another TikTok banning
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November 20, 2023
Topics: Hyundai, EVs, Mercedes-Benz, EV charging hubs, Nepal, TikTok, social media, Portugal, renewable energy, Joby, eVTOL, NYC
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👩🏭Hyundai's human-centered EV plant Hyundai recently celebrated the ground-breaking of a new EV plant in Ulsan, South Korea. Once completed, it will be able to manufacture 200,000 EVs every year.
Hyundai designed the plant to be people-centric. It will be using innovative manufacturing platforms with "optimal working conditions for safety and efficiency... and will continue to innovate for the benefit of humanity in the era of vehicle electrification based on people-centered humanism."
Hyundai is investing over $1.5 billion into this new plant, and it is scheduled for construction completion in 2025. In the press release, Hyundai said that Genesis will be the first model to be produced there starting in Q1 of 2026.
☮️The Mercedes-Benz of EV chargers They're called charging hubs and Mercedes-Benz is staking its claim with plans to have 400 hubs operational in North America by 2027. Those 400 charging hubs will offer 2,500 high-powered chargers for all EVs, not just Mercedes-Benz EVs. Mercedes has already adopted the NACS charging system that was brought to market by Tesla.
Mercedes-Benz will also be partnering with Simon Properties to offer charging hubs at over 55 malls. The luxury brand is even partnering with Buc-ee's, a Texas roadside gas-station/convenience store chain, saying they plan to have 30 locations up and running within the next 12 months. As Mercedes-Benz builds their charging hub network across North America, it will be interesting to see what they have in store for the premium Mercedes-Benz charging lounges where amenities are not available.
🚫Another TikTok ban Be present. That pretty much goes against the grain of social media platforms. Last week, Nepal, a country with 30 million residents, passed a new law: Directives on the Operation of Social Networking 2023. Now any social media company that wants to have access to Nepal's inhabitants must have a physical office in Nepal.
That's not all. Users are not allowed to post anything at all that "spreads hatred against any gender, community, caste, religion, profession, or people from any particular group." On November 13, TikTok was banned for negatively impacting social harmony. TikTok is owned by Chinese-based ByteDance.
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🎉Congrats Portugal! With over 10 million inhabitants, Portugal broke a new national record. For six consecutive days from October 31 to November 6, Portugal supplied their power grid with 100% renewable energy. It broke the last record of 131 continuous hours in 2019, now with 149 hours in 2023.
According to Canary Media, Portugal's EDP Renewables said; "And we were producing with a positive impact to the consumers because the prices have dropped dramatically, almost to zero."
🚅New bullet train extension in Japan It will open March 16, 2024 and it will significantly reduce travel time from Fukui City to Tokyo to less than 3 hours. If a visit to Japan is high on your list, please visit ishikawatravel.jp and follow on Facebook @visitishikawa and Instagram @visitishikawa.
🌞Joby in NYC skies It finally happened last week. Two electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) companies took to the NYC skies. California-based Joby Aviation (NYSE ticker: JOBY) and Germany-based Volocopter demonstrated the value to transportation in the Big Apple and environs.
NYC Mayor Adams announced that the quiet and zero-emissions short range mobility products would be key to electrifying the heliport system. In a press release from Joby's website, the eVTOL company claims; "While traveling from Manhattan to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) can take more than an hour by car, Joby expects the trip to take just seven minutes by air."
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