VW ID.Buzz review, $30,000 Equinox EV details, future Jeep EVs, dirty diesel tuners: The Week in Reverse


    Which automaker introduced a giant shift to cylindrical cells and a battery technique sounding like that of Tesla?

    Which boxy production-bound Jeep EV is in “brotherhood” with the Wrangler?

    That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Studies—for the week ending September 9, 2022. And my, it’s been a busy week. 

    In a drive overview of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz electrical van, we discovered this reboot of the Microbus to be charming, comfy, and environment friendly—and maybe extra importantly, an excellent counterpoint to crossovers. When it arrives in two years in long-wheelbase, three-row U.S. kind, it’ll make an excellent household wagon. 

    2023 Lexus RX 450+ plug-in hybrid (Euro-spec)

    2023 Lexus RX 450+ plug-in hybrid (Euro-spec)

    And in a short drive overview of the 2023 Lexus RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid, we noticed this model of the bestselling luxurious crossover falling a bit brief on mileage and acceleration in comparison with the smaller NX 450h+ and Toyota RAV4 Prime. It’s going to be a more durable calculation. 

    Chevrolet revealed extra particulars concerning the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV, together with a affirmation that this electrical crossover due in fall 2023 is geared for the mass market and can ship on the $30,000 base value. That, for a 250-mile vary with front-wheel drive, doesn’t embrace incentives just like the EV tax credit score, and the GM model claims the bottom model will arrive inside the first yr.

    Jeep Recon

    Jeep Recon

    Stellantis launched three production-bound Jeep EVs, all due by 2025, together with an Avenger compact SUV for Europe, a Wagoneer S luxurious SUV, and a rugged Recon that shares a “brotherhood” with the Wrangler.

    BMW made its reported change after all in batteries official this morning, because it introduced a shift to cylindrical cells in future EVs, with guarantees of 30% extra vary, sooner charging, and cell-to-pack know-how in autos which are set to start out arriving in 2025. A solid-state demonstrator, LFP cells, and U.S. battery manufacturing are additionally a part of the plan, which goals to halve the price of batteries.

    Bollinger B1 production intent

    Bollinger B1 manufacturing intent

    Mullen Automotive took a majority stake in Michigan’s Bollinger Motors on Thursday, and as a press launch and govt feedback prompt, that’s a optimistic step towards reviving plans for the Bollinger B1 electrical SUV and B2 electrical pickup. 

    Netherlands-based Lightyear introduced one other spherical of funding that it says will spur improvement of the “high-volume” Lightyear 2 photo voltaic EV and assist gasoline a deliberate worldwide growth—though with no U.S. plans fairly but.

    2021 Lucid Air

    2021 Lucid Air

    Lucid Motors is perhaps making ready to construct its most inexpensive model of the Air luxurious sedan for supply quickly—maybe as a result of it extra simply navigates supply-chain points. The Lucid Air Pure is shaping as much as go farther than the longest-range Tesla Mannequin S, with a smaller battery pack and for a lower cost.

    Rivian and Mercedes introduced plans to companion on electrical van manufacturing in Europe, with hopes to share a number of the manufacturing prices. The power would make “bespoke giant electrical vans” for each manufacturers, every with its personal design and separate platform. 

    Pickup truck

    Pickup truck

    The EPA introduced that it’s cracking down on diesel-tuning sellers providing aftermarket diesel “defeat machine” options circumventing unique emissions units. Usually offered as “delete tunes” or “delete kits,” they declare to make engines run higher or extra effectively however produce dramatically increased ranges of health-choking NOx and particulate air pollution. 

    The battery-tech agency StoreDot has began transport its very fast-charging EV batteries to automakers for real-world testing, it reported this week. From right here, automakers which have invested in StoreDot would possibly assist with one other push towards the agency’s intent to mass produce them by 2024. It’s nonetheless claiming a cost charge of 100 miles in 5 minutes. 

    A brand new startup known as Harbinger is claiming to erase the up-front price premium of electrical business vehicles versus inner combustion ones. With a modular battery pack, “eAxle,” and steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire methods, plus 800-volt DC fast-charging in simply an hour, these fashions are aiming for a candy spot on know-how vs. price. 

    Buick Wildcat EV concept

    Buick Wildcat EV idea

    GM’s Buick model will begin providing buyouts to its roughly 2,000 U.S. sellers, as a substitute for required upgrades like chargers and coaching because the model begins its transition to a completely electrical lineup. Although GM noticed a few third of Cadillac sellers drop out forward of the Lyriq’s arrival, lots of Buick’s sellers are already paired with GMC and its Hummer EV hype. 

    The electrical autos that many households are shifting too are sometimes a whole lot of kilos heavier than these they change. With American visitors deaths at a 16-year excessive, ought to we be involved about street security for anybody not aboard them?

    GMC Hummer EV at Pilot travel center

    GMC Hummer EV at Pilot journey middle

    And a California warmth wave that continued via final weekend prompted the state’s grid operator to ask EV drivers to cut back their charging within the late afternoon and early night hours. With that in thoughts, we took a have a look at how useful time-of-use charges will quickly be extra accessible to all, due to a rule permitted by the California’s utilities fee final month.


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