Safest EVs, Rivian price hike, Sony and Honda, Panasonic 4680, Ford Model E: Today’s Car News

Which automaker confirmed a future electrical pickup this week?

Which model teased what could be one of the best different to a brand new Tesla Roadster?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Experiences—for the week ending March 4, 2022.

This was every week of main company bulletins—and a few main blunders. Within the latter class, Rivian confronted a barrage of cancellations—over a mammoth value hike immediately imposed on its early adopters. On Tuesday the corporate made a supply-chain-related value hike of as much as $12,000 on its R1T pickup and R1S electrical vehicles whereas introducing dual-motor variations that, with a smaller battery pack, would have been accessible on the similar value level. With the value modifications enacted on all preorders—not simply these from this level ahead—longtime reservation-holders felt ambushed. Two days later, after a lot backlash, CEO RJ Scaringe reversed the value hike for individuals who had preorders, and apologized for the blunder.

2022 Rivian R1T

2022 Rivian R1T

The week’s largest shock from the trade was information that Sony and Honda are allying to construct EVs, with the primary product due in 2025 from the potential joint-venture firm. Might it assist speed up Honda’s EV plans and provides Sony the car-market inroads it has been looking for?

Lucid on Monday supplied an replace on its “ultra-high-efficiency” Gravity SUV—with a nudge to 2024 for the mannequin’s arrival however guarantees from CEO Peter Rawlinson that it will likely be a “disruptive” mannequin. The corporate additionally confirmed that its first worldwide plant will likely be positioned in Saudi Arabia, with manufacturing on-line by 2025 and a most capability of 150,000 autos yearly.

Lucid Project Gravity - from video clip during Air debut

Lucid Venture Gravity – from video clip throughout Air debut

Panasonic introduced on Monday that it plans to ramp up manufacturing of large-format 4680 cylindrical cells—the sort that Tesla championed at its 2020 Battery Day—in Japan. With mass manufacturing as a consequence of begin someday after March 2023, Tesla will want sourcing from its personal services or one other provider to be able to keep away from additional delays to the Cybertruck and quantity manufacturing of Mannequin Y at its Texas plant. US manufacturing could possibly be a part of the plan as properly; on Friday, a report from Japan urged the corporate is taking a look at Oklahoma or Kansas as the situation of a battery plant that may provide Tesla.

Ford on Wednesday introduced the formation of a brand new “Mannequin e” unit tasked with the event of EV platforms and surrounding software program, in addition to new methods of promoting autos. It goals to speed up the shift to EVs, in addition to their growth. It additionally confirmed off a few of the intense cold-weather traction-system testing that went into calibrating the F-150 Lightning electrical pickup’s dual-motor system. Put merely, it is emphasizing that the Lightning is not simply positioned for California.

Vietnam’s Vinfast insists that it’ll make first deliveries of its VF 8 and VF 9 electrical SUVs later in 2022. However with the clock ticking, the corporate has solely proven a few autos, each with a concept-car stage of end. That mentioned, as we observe, it is totally different and it stands other than different hype-fueled startups with unrealistic targets.

Vinfast VF6

Vinfast VF6

Hyundai supplied stepped-up electrical automobile targets—together with the intention to have 7% of the worldwide EV market by 2030 and a goal of 1.87 million EVs yearly for the Hyundai and Genesis manufacturers by then. After which only a day later, Hyundai revealed a stepped-up plan with greater EV targets plus product plans for an electrical pickup and “entry-level” EV—now amongst 14 new Kia EVs anticipated to launch globally by 2027.

As a part of an expanded presentation of its EV plans, Stellantis teased a number of extra renderings of its absolutely electrical Ram 1500, which could possibly be fairly a design departure from customary Ram pickups however not as wild because the Cybertruck. It additionally supplied first images of a totally electrical Jeep due in 2023—showing to be a mannequin sized about just like the Jeep Compass.

Teaser for Jeep EV due in 2023

Teaser for Jeep EV due in 2023

Electrical autos had been well-represented within the IIHS’s annual Prime Security Decide honor roll. The Tesla Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y, Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge, Audi E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback, and Volkswagen ID.4 had been all within the high echelon, with the Mustang Mach-E incomes the following finest Prime Security Decide standing.

Might federal funds open the Tesla Supercharger community to non-Tesla EVs? Inside feedback filed to the Federal Freeway Administration, because it helps lay out find out how to spend the $7.5 billion earmarked for a nationwide EV charging community, that seems to be what the main EV maker is suggesting. And in line with evaluation from IHS Markit, the stricter gasoline economic system and emissions requirements enacted by the Biden administration may kind “a profitable income stream” for Tesla—and for different EV newcomers like Rivian, Lucid, and even Fisker.

Tesla Supercharger station V3, Las Vegas

Tesla Supercharger station V3, Las Vegas

California exceeded 1,000,000 cumulative plug-in automobile gross sales—together with aout 663,000 electrical autos—by the tip of 2021, in line with latest information from the state. Will incentives, coverage, and infrastructure get it to five million by 2030?

The US Supreme Courtroom is contemplating a case that challenges the EPA’s potential to control greenhouse gasoline emissions from coal energy vegetation—led by coal corporations and fossil-fuel states who’re alleging that the company does not have the authority to shift electrical energy era to renewable sources.

Polestar O2 concept

Polestar O2 idea

And if you happen to’re nonetheless ready for the brand new Tesla Roadster, Polestar this week revealed the O2 Idea. As a totally electrical sports activities automobile that seems to place the bullseye someplace between that and a Porsche 911, it captures a few of the similar pleasure.


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