Ford ends EV markups, Lucid details motor tech, CR-V Hybrid pricing, Jeep PHEVs: The Week in Reverse

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    Which EV was proven to be essentially the most aerodynamic manufacturing automobile on the planet?

    Which bidirectional charger is permitted below guarantee for the Leaf?

    That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Stories—for the week ending September 16, 2022.

    One of many greatest tales of the week is a sea change for the way one of many greatest U.S. automakers is promoting vehicles—beginning with EVs. With new guidelines for its sellers introduced this week, to be put into apply in January 2024, Ford is ending haggling and markups on EVs. Sellers who need to promote EVs can select from two tiers, however each require non-negotiable pricing. 

    2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe

    Automakers say EVs are being pitched to the mainstream, and but on the Detroit auto present, which was the epicenter of U.S. automaker bulletins, there have been no new EV reveals. Jeep did nevertheless announce an growth of its 4xe plug-in hybrid household—not with new fashions fairly but, however with a rugged 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe base model and a 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe thirtieth Anniversary particular version. Each carry over the PHEV {hardware} that, within the Grand Cherokee, gives as much as 25 all-electric miles in response to Jeep. 

    The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid earns 40 mpg, the automaker confirmed this week, with the addition of a front-wheel-drive hybrid model. In pricing introduced on the similar time, the automaker outlined the Hybrid as a premium model it hopes will make up 50% of CR-V gross sales. 

    2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid

    2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid

    Will the $25,000 Tesla occur? Though feedback from Tesla’s head of investor relations earlier this week appeared to place a damper on the chance as soon as once more, they do counsel that Tesla wants extra inexpensive fashions in its lineup. 

    The Ford Mustang Mach-E EV and Lincoln Corsair plug-in hybrid are among the many first autos to get the up to date model of Ford’s Bluecruise driver-assist system—referred to as Activeglide within the Lincoln—that performs automated lane modifications. 

    Volkswagen has revealed a rugged, off-road-capable ID.4 idea. With extra energy, off-road wheels, and the suggestion that there’s true functionality past these rugged appears to be like, VW is perhaps gauging response for a manufacturing model—or, maybe, planning forward in how its MEB platform would possibly work for upcoming Scout EV fashions. 

    Volkswagen ID.Xtreme concept

    Volkswagen ID.Xtreme idea

    Nissan has permitted a bidirectional charger that works with the Leaf—whereas preserving its manufacturing facility guarantee. The unit that’s permitted is the primary that may assist provide energy again to the grid, Nissan says, though Ford beat Nissan with a system that may disconnect from the grid throughout brownouts and energy the house. And Nissan Leaf EV batteries are lasting a very long time, in response to the automaker, and that’s doubtlessly pushing the mass reuse and recycling of batteries additional into the longer term. 

    Nissan Leaf and Fermata Energy FE-15 bidirectional charger

    Nissan Leaf and Fermata Power FE-15 bidirectional charger

    EV gross sales are disproportionately low in communities of shade, though they’re usually essentially the most harmed by transportation-related air air pollution. Based on a brand new research, it’s not on account of an absence of curiosity in EVs. Charging hurdles, EV schooling, and the way in which incentives are structured all play a task, it suggests. 

    Honda stated that it plans to launch 10 electrical motorbike fashions globally by 2025, with a number of fashions headed to the U.S. and even one for teenagers. Stable-state batteries and battery swapping may additionally be a part of that future. 

    Honda electric motorcycle teaser

    Honda electrical motorbike teaser

    The Biden administration introduced on Tuesday that 35 states’ charging plans have been permitted, towards the $7.5 billion nationwide EV charging community. These states are good to begin putting in stations that will probably be a part of a community finally together with 500,000 chargers. 

    The Lucid Air electrical sedan options drive models that beat Tesla and Porsche in motor energy density. And in a tech speak from its CEO/CTO and Powertrain VP this previous week, it outlined the way it has completed that—with effectivity and ease of producing.

    Lucid's Rawlinson and Dlala presenting drive unit

    Lucid’s Rawlinson and Dlala presenting drive unit

    Michigan-based battery agency Our Subsequent Power (ONE) has revealed the cell tech behind its dual-chemistry battery pack that it says would be the basis for 600-mile EVs, even for vans and SUVs. Its Gemini setup combines anode-free and LFP cells. 

    Final weekend, Vietnam’s Vinfast made the primary 100 deliveries of its VF 8 electrical crossover in its dwelling market. First deliveries for the U.S. are due in December, the corporate maintains, amid evolving buy and battery leasing particulars. 

    Vinfast VF 8 delivery event - Vietnam

    Vinfast VF 8 supply occasion – Vietnam

    Future passenger-vehicle tires is perhaps made from pure rubber from a desert shrub native to the American Southwest; it might assist Bridgestone meet sustainability targets whereas preserving microplastics out of tires. 

    And what manufacturing automobile has a decrease coefficient of aerodynamic drag than the Volkswagen XL1 or GM EV1? The Lightyear 0, with an official 0.175, is claimed to be essentially the most aerodynamically environment friendly manufacturing automobile on the planet. 

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