Rivian Camp mode, California heat-wave EV charging, US batteries for Toyota and Honda EVs: The Week in Reverse


    Which automaker is first utilizing CATL’s cell-to-pack battery tech for 600-plus miles of vary?

    Wherein U.S. state have EVs handed 15% of general new-vehicle gross sales?

    That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Stories—for the week ending September 3, 2022.

    Main into the Labor Day vacation weekend, California requested that EV drivers not cost their EVs within the afternoon after 4 p.m. due to unusually sizzling climate and elevated air con use. Whereas in a single day charging after 9 p.m. was nonetheless accepted, it delivered some awkward optics to California’s current coverage dedication to all-electric new-vehicle gross sales by 2035.

    Genesis Electrified G80

    Genesis Electrified G80

    On the product information aspect, Genesis introduced a beginning value for its Electrified G80 totally electrical luxurious sedan—round $80,000. It additionally confirmed expanded U.S. availability for that and its GV60 EV. 

    California’s Lucid Motors gave some hints that the Air Pure sedan is nearing manufacturing. That’s the $88,900 model of its Air luxurious EV that almost all straight rivals the Tesla Mannequin S, probably assembly or beating the Tesla hatchback’s vary with a smaller battery pack and a cheaper price.

    2023 Rivian R1S

    2023 Rivian R1S

    Rivian revealed a Camp mode function that may, amongst different issues, routinely stage the R1T or R1S in order that house owners can sleep higher. If you happen to’ve gone car-camping within the mountains, you’ll recognize what a game-changer this could possibly be.

    Geely’s Zeekr premium EV model for China introduced that its Zeekr 009 “electrical luxurious MPV” would be the first manufacturing model on the planet, out there early subsequent 12 months, to make use of cell-to-pack tech from CATL, enabling a driving vary of greater than 600 miles by China’s driving cycle. 

    Tesla, Genesis, and Hyundai had been singled out among the many top-performing manufacturers in a J.D. Energy examine of advanced-tech automobile options. The agency singled out phone-based digital key options as very fascinating, whereas fingerprint readers are flubbing the execution. 

    Honda Prologue teaser - May 2022

    Honda Prologue teaser – Might 2022

    Stepping over to trade information, there have been an awesome many manufacturing bulletins this week—maybe held again to verify Congress handed the Inflation Discount Act and the longer term American-sourcing necessities for the EV tax credit score that had been a part of it. Honda introduced a U.S. battery three way partnership with LG Vitality Answer that may make batteries for future Honda and Acura EVs. With a deliberate capability of 40 gigawatt-hours—sufficient for a whole bunch of 1000’s of EVs—it’s going massive.

    Toyota additionally introduced a battery plan that features manufacturing capability for EV batteries in North Carolina—and by extension, that implies U.S.-made EVs in Toyota’s future. Then later within the week a higher stage of dedication to EVs grew to become clear as Toyota’s $5.6 billion funding for battery manufacturing throughout continents included changing two Japanese crops—together with an engine manufacturing unit—over to battery crops.

    Planned Toyota electric vehicle lineup

    Deliberate Toyota electrical automobile lineup

    Toyota can also be aiming to “construct, set up, and consider” a 1-megawatt fuel-cell energy plant that may have a look at how hydrogen is likely to be used—perhaps as an alternative of massive battery packs—to buffer the grid or assist stability vitality from photo voltaic and wind sources. 

    Bosch plans to construct hydrogen fuel-cell stacks for electrified semi vans in South Carolina—with Nikola one in every of its first meant clients. And BMW has began assembling them in Germany, on a restricted foundation, for its upcoming iX5 Hydrogen fuel-cell SUV, with the gas cells themselves from Toyota however electrical propulsion items borrowed from the BMW i4 and iX. As different automakers shift their fuel-cell efforts to giant vans, that makes BMW more and more an outlier on the tech. 

    SparkCharge on-demand charging, with Currently app

    SparkCharge on-demand charging, with At the moment app

    SparkCharge, which has been offering on-demand EV charging via its At the moment app, introduced new funding and a continued enlargement to 12 extra California cities. 

    The U.S. Postal Service evaluation that was the rationale for not making the entire fleet of next-generation mail vans electrical, was discovered to be “considerably flawed” by College of Michigan researchers who famous it lacked any consideration of giant components just like the greening of the grid over time.

    Sono Sion solar EV - production version

    Sono Sion photo voltaic EV – manufacturing model

    In Europe, Sono Motors says that it’s reached 20,000 reservations for its $30,000 Sion photo voltaic EV, which guarantees 70 free miles from the solar every week and has dwelling power-bank functionality with bi-directional charging.

    California topped 15% EV gross sales in Q2, with the Tesla Mannequin Y and Mannequin 3 persevering with their gross sales dominance within the Golden State—which is now so pronounced that the Mannequin Y outsold the best-selling Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado mixed.

    2022 BMW iX xDrive50 (Euro spec)

    2022 BMW iX xDrive50 (Euro spec)

    And have fun that along with all the remainder of the EV decisions there are actually no less than 14 distinct EVs with an EPA vary of 300 miles, the U.S. Division of Vitality underscored this week. As not too long ago as 2016 there was only one. 


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