Maverick Hybrid markup, Rolls-Royce EV tech, Rivian production: The Week in Reverse


    Which EV fast-charging community doesn’t have horrible reliability?

    Which firm that’s “all-in” on EVs pushed again towards regulators’ targets?

    That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Stories—for the week ending July 7, 2023.

    Ford broke new floor in making a hybrid powertrain commonplace when it launched its Maverick compact truck two years in the past. However the 37-mpg hybrid now prices $1,500 further within the 2024 Ford Maverick and means the entry value of the Maverick Hybrid is greater than $5,000 increased than it initially was. 

    2023 Ford Maverick

    2023 Ford Maverick

    Rolls-Royce dedicated to going totally electrical by 2030 a pair years in the past, nevertheless it begins that journey later this yr with first deliveries of its first EV ever. The backstory of how the Rolls-Royce Spectre EV took kind is fascinating in itself, though you’ll additionally need to learn this Rolls-Royce Spectre first drive

    Rivian made progress ramping up EV manufacturing within the second quarter of the yr, in line with outcomes launched by the corporate earlier this week. It says the numbers “stay according to firm expectations” as R1T pickups, R1S SUVs, and EDV vans roll out of its Illinois meeting plant. 

    Volkswagen ID.Buzz self-driving prototype testing in Austin, Texas - July 2023

    Volkswagen ID.Buzz self-driving prototype testing in Austin, Texas – July 2023

    Volkswagen is shifting its autonomous-vehicle program on after the now-defunct Argo.AI, and it’s utilizing its ID.Buzz electrical van for U.S. autonomous-tech testing—initially on the streets of Austin. Nevertheless it must be famous that VW’s utilizing the shorter-wheelbase model it gained’t promote to Individuals.

    Fiat on Wednesday confirmed its tiny Topolino electrical minicar, in addition to the 600e compact crossover that aligns intently with the 500X crossover that’s been provided within the U.S. There aren’t any American plans for both of those fashions, although, in line with Fiat, however the 500e EV stays on schedule for early 2024. 

    2024 Fiat Topolino

    2024 Fiat Topolino

    Fiat’s mum or dad firm, Stellantis, additionally detailed one of many 4 platforms that may underpin as much as 2 million EVs yearly throughout its many manufacturers. The STLA Medium platform will supply quick charging and effectively over 300 miles of vary in some kinds. It’s anticipated to be the spine of a number of necessary mainstream EVs for Europe—suppose Peugeot, Citroën, and maybe Fiat—and can kind the idea for fashions which can be primarily compact by U.S. requirements. 

    This week marked the tip of the EPA’s remark interval for pending light-vehicle emissions guidelines that will require vastly larger EV gross sales over the following decade, and amongst many arguments GM’s feedback stood out. Regardless of its aspiration to make its complete light-duty automobile lineup all-electric by 2035, GM is worried about assembly 50% EVs by 2030 in a variety of auto units outlined by regulators. 

    2023 Tesla Model X - Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

    2023 Tesla Mannequin X – Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

    In response to a petition, the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) this week reopened an investigation into unintended acceleration in Tesla autos. Probably affecting each Tesla ever made, the investigation will look into allegations suggesting a design flaw in Tesla’s inverters.

    Basic Motors has acquired a agency that makes software program serving to to determine EV battery points, together with thermal runaway occasions and different battery failures. The agency’s options are particularly enticing, GM explains, as a result of they don’t require extra {hardware} or sensors.  

    Michelin Uptis airless tire on French postal van

    Michelin Uptis airless tire on French postal van

    Airless tire tech has lengthy been seen as a key expertise for electrical and autonomous autos. Now France’s postal service will probably be testing Michelin’s Uptis airless tires in supply vans, in what might turn into an necessary real-world proof level. 

    The automotive provider ZF final week instructed that, with a Porsche Taycan as its prototype, it’s capable of increase cold-weather EV vary by as much as a 3rd with a revamped thermal administration system and propane-based warmth pump. It reveals there should be some important vary beneficial properties to realize with out upsizing batteries. 

    Tesla Supercharger

    Tesla Supercharger

    And up to date J.D. Energy knowledge means that fast-charging reliability is abysmal when taking a look at all however Tesla Supercharging. Will the shift to Tesla’s NACS connector in future EVs lengthen Tesla’s constant expertise to different manufacturers?


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