VW electric van, 50-mpg shortlist, Rivian LFP cells, GM and Ford bidirectional charging: The Week in Reverse

Which automaker is testing high-power wi-fi charging?

And what was the stunning conclusion of analysis assessing solid-state cell security?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Experiences—for the week ending March 11, 2022.

Rivian has introduced that the upcoming Customary battery pack, offering 260+ miles of vary, will embrace cheaper LFP cells. The EV maker additionally confirmed an 800V improve, warmth pump tech, and its personal cells. And as a part of a quarterly enterprise replace, it halved its 2022 manufacturing estimate to 25,000 vans.

2022 Rivian R1T

2022 Rivian R1T

Volkswagen revealed its ID.Buzz electrical Microbus—in Euro-spec, five-seat kind. A US model with three rows of seating will not be proven till 2023 and will not be delivered till 2024. That stated, most of the styling particulars and proportions are all set, so it is time to ask whether or not this long-anticipated mannequin will stay as much as the hype.

Volvo plans to check high-power wi-fi charging tech from Momentum Dynamics on XC40 Recharge electrical SUVs used as taxi cabs in Sweden. A “stay metropolis setting” will present a real-world verify on this tech, which presents a price near that of cable-and-connector fast-charging. And it is giving its XC40 Recharge electrical SUV a smoothing-over that extra intently aligns its look with the C40 Recharge. For now it is just for Europe, however anticipate to see these adjustments plus another characteristic adjustments for the US fashions quickly.

Updated Volvo XC40 Recharge

Up to date Volvo XC40 Recharge

GM sees bidirectional charging as an essential a part of future EVs. To that, the corporate introduced a pilot-program collaboration with Pacific Gasoline and Electrical (PG&E) that will assist put battery packs from residential homeowners’ EVs to make use of this yr as backup house power—and, doubtlessly, grid stabilization. Individually, Ford and PG&E entered a partnership that may study the potential function of the F-150 Lightning in including resiliency to the grid. The Lightning is already prepared to do this in manufacturing kind. It is out there this spring with clever backup energy for the house—so grid performance may very well be a future consideration.

Ford Intelligent Backup Power - F-150 Lightning

Ford Clever Backup Energy – F-150 Lightning

Following up on Ford’s announcement final month to separate its EV and non-EV companies, some speculated that the choice would possibly result in a direct-sales mannequin for EVs. Not so, stated CEO Jim Farley in an interview with Automotive Information—although the mannequin is evolving and it might possible imply non-negotiable costs for Ford EVs plus much less vendor stock.

A part of the excitement round solid-state battery know-how is that it is safer; but new DOE-funded analysis means that is not all the time the case. A battery quick attributable to a collision would possibly nonetheless result in solid-state cells overheating, with outcomes not fully in contrast to standard lithium-ion cells, researchers discovered.

Ethanol producers have allied with a bunch of states to argue that the EPA is exceeding its authority with car emissions requirements for 2023 by means of 2026, as a result of they allege it may’t successfully power automakers to supply electrical automobiles.

Lithium Salts

Lithium Salts

Amid a surge in nickel and lithium costs, analysts see the surge in raw-materials prices resulting in an increase in EV costs—with battery affordability positive factors presumably on maintain till 2024. That might, by extension, have a long-lasting affect on EV affordability itself .

Though police departments across the nation are searching for methods to affect their fleets, there are few choices as of but. A latest report highlights that whereas EVs would possibly do the job simply nice, the market lacks upfit EVs prepared and outfitted for police responsibility.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E police pilot vehicle

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E police pilot car

The EPA on Monday proposed stricter emissions requirements for business autos, set to take impact in mannequin yr 2027. Though the brand new guidelines would dramatically minimize smog-forming emissions, environmental teams stated that they do not go far sufficient in pushing electrification at a sooner tempo.

A number of latest, ill-informed items have prompt that the extra EVs there are within the fleet, the dirtier the facility combine will must be. Nevertheless it’s fairly the other, suggests RMI. Extra EVs possible means much less air pollution from utilities—as a result of comparatively easy tech like sensible charging and time-of-use charges will assist clean hundreds and assist utilities benefit from renewables.

2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

And because of the disaster abroad, gas-price considerations loom massive within the coming weeks and months for individuals who cannot shift to a plug-in car. That led us to replace our annual roundup of reasonably priced automobiles topping 50 mpg, for 2022.

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