September 28, 2023

Which automaker (not Tesla) re-upped its plans to convey a steering yoke to the U.S.?

And one other photo voltaic automotive was canceled. Which one?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Stories—for the week ending February 24, 2023.

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electrical sedan has a price ticket for the U.S., and it units the 361-mile model that outdoes the Tesla Mannequin 3 in vary at $46,615. Base variations of the Ioniq 6 begin at $42,715 with a 240-mile vary. That positions Ioniq 6 costs slightly below these of the Ioniq 5 crossover. 

The 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 electrical SUV prices rather more than the gasoline GV70, the luxurious model revealed final week. However a probable $3,750 tax credit score and possession price benefit will assist erase a few of that distinction. 

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

Lexus received’t ship its yoke interface and steer-by-wire system in U.S.-bound RZ electrical crossovers fairly but, the model emphasised final week. Nevertheless it stays due for the market at some future date, as beforehand stated. 

The Sono Sion photo voltaic automotive undertaking has been terminated, Sono Motors introduced Friday. The corporate will as a substitute concentrate on photo voltaic retrofits for vehicles, buses, and extra, though it’s leaving the door open to promote the Sion program. 

Sono Sion production model

Sono Sion manufacturing mannequin

Porsche says that one-pedal driving in EVs isn’t environment friendly. That’s as a result of the extra aggressive regenerative-braking settings in such autos lose vitality when each accelerating and decelerating, Porsche argues—so encouraging coasting will all the time be higher. 

California’s Sakuu has claimed the primary 3D-printed battery cells for EVs. The corporate additionally claims that 3D printing might allow solid-state chemistries sooner, allow customized type elements, and take much less vitality and uncooked supplies to make. 

Based mostly on latest real-world testing from the European environmental group Transport & Surroundings and Graz College of Know-how, a variety of plug-in hybrid fashions have been discovered to be emitting extra CO2 than what producers declare, even after they have a full cost. 

Volkswagen revealed earlier this week that it’s planning to optimize extra “all-in-one” EV elements for effectivity, with experience stored in-house, moderately than seeking to suppliers. 

2023 Tesla Model Y in the IIHS side impact test

2023 Tesla Mannequin Y within the IIHS aspect influence take a look at

The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) has launched its annual checklist of fashions attaining High Security Choose and High Security Choose+ standing. With strengthened necessities, we checked out these most secure EV and plug-in fashions.

Toyota is reportedly contemplating ramping up EV manufacturing in Kentucky at its current manufacturing unit there as quickly as 2025, based on a report. The transfer would possibly doubtlessly reap the benefits of the federal EV tax credit score in addition to incentivized batteries from a brand new North Carolina manufacturing unit. 

Lordstown Motors has paused manufacturing on the Endurance electrical truck because of “efficiency and high quality points.” Though the corporate didn’t disclose what these are, it says that it’s filed paperwork to recall 19 of the vehicles because of a problem that might result in lack of propulsion whereas driving. 

Lordstown Endurance

Lordstown Endurance

For sooner DC fast-charging, Rivian is contemplating having charging stations fan cool air beneath vehicles whereas they’re plugged in. Which may scale back the necessity for some outsized onboard cooling elements which are used solely in charging. 

California is contemplating minimal effectivity requirements for substitute tires, serving to guarantee that hybrids and EVs initially offered with efficiency-focused rubber get the equal as replacements. It might save some huge cash and emissions over the autos’ lifetimes, the state says.

A research from Deloitte identified that subscriptions might play a stunning position in gasoline-car gross sales—not essentially due to curiosity from youthful, extra technology-savvy consumers, however over issues about gas-vehicle resale worth.

Rivian R1T sound test

Rivian R1T sound take a look at

And the sounds emitted by the Rivian R1T and R1S electrical vehicles have been created from precise recorded hen calls, recorded at Yellowstone Nationwide Park. How’s that for an Easter Egg?


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