Which electrical vans acquired a surge of latest reservations after an enormous worth hike?
May future electrical automobiles go with out friction brakes as we all know them?
That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Experiences—for the week ending Might 13, 2022.
In a long-anticipated first evaluation of the F-150 Lightning electrical truck, we discovered much more confidence and refinement than anticipated—plus some hints of excellent vary and effectivity. It doesn’t reinvent the pickup, however it makes it higher in almost each method.
It was fairly per week for twists and turns. The drama of the week award goes to these in Ohio. Issues had been wanting contact and go earlier within the week for Lordstown Motors, because it nonetheless couldn’t report a remaining deal with Taiwan’s Foxconn with phrases of their settlement simply days in need of timing out. However with the completion of the sale of the previous GM plant to Hon Hai Expertise Group, because it’s in any other case known as, the Lordstown Endurance electrical pickup is on for manufacturing later this 12 months. It additionally led to a reaffirmation of plans for Foxconn to behave because the contract producer for the upcoming $29,900 Fisker Pear EV beginning in 2024.
In a rumor-mill merchandise that flipped into actuality, Volkswagen confirmed that it’s reviving the Scout title—sure, the previous Worldwide Harvester SUV—for a whole model of U.S.-focused electrical SUVs. Will Scout assist VW present mass-market EVs, or will it’s one other upscale area of interest model? We’ll quickly see.
Teaser for contemporary Scout electrical SUV and pickup
Since Rivian’s clumsy worth hike in March, the electrical truck model has seen 10,000 new reservations—double the vans it’s constructed since September—at an astonishing common worth of $93,000. It’s fairly the testomony to those vans’ demand and attraction.
Bollinger Motors introduced that Roush Industries will probably be its manufacturing accomplice for electrical vans, together with platforms and chassis cabs. Bollinger will supply the supplies, whereas Roush will assemble them in Michigan. And sorry, the B1 electrical SUV and B2 electrical pickup stay postponed indefinitely.
BMW has no plans to forfeit the gasoline portion of its gross sales anytime quickly, underscored the corporate’s CEO Oliver Zipse, in a current roundtable with Inexperienced Automotive Experiences and others—which he argued is why making electrical variants of gasoline fashions, like the brand new i7 and upcoming i5, is sensible. However Zipse elaborated extra just lately that the corporate’s upcoming Neue Klasse will probably be completely different, doubtlessly splitting the 3-Collection section with fully completely different gasoline and electrical automobiles.
DS E Tense Efficiency prototype
In certainly one of this week’s hottest tech items, we checked out a prototype from Stellantis’ DS Cars that builds on Method E tech and takes one-pedal driving a step additional—basically asking if the EVs of the long run would possibly go with out friction brakes fully.
Three massive pilot packages for EV bidirectional charging had been introduced by the California utility Pacific Gasoline & Electrical. They’ll be testing tech that might assist clean the grid and forestall brownouts, with as much as 1,000 residential prospects and a whole lot of economic prospects.
Electrical automobile charging stations stay a possible goal for hackers, cautions a current report that appears to lean closely on the cybersecurity trade seeking to promote companies. Will the safety of chargers develop into a difficulty for firms with fleets and centralized sensible charging?
2022 Tesla Mannequin 3
Throughout Supercharging, the “elevated temperature” of the infotainment display in some Tesla fashions could cause the system to gradual or restart, making some safety-critical options quickly unavailable. It’s one other merchandise that’s trigger for recall paperwork with the federal authorities however dealt with with an over-the-air repair.
Tesla is reportedly pushing for accelerated improvement of the bigger 4680 cell format from Panasonic, though the provider has at a number of instances pointed to technical challenges involving it.
With a spread of 230 miles however a mixed weight score of as much as 82,000 kilos, the manufacturing model of the Freightliner eCascadia electrical semi revealed this week is a full Class 8 industrial truck, albeit one meant for brief hauls. With greater than one million miles and a “holistic ecosystem” of charging and companies on the way in which, it’s in manufacturing later this 12 months, as we await the Tesla Semi.
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Redline Version
GM solely just lately began constructing 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV fashions once more, however it’s prepared to maneuver ahead and simply revealed a brand new Redline Version for the second 12 months of the Bolt EUV. The remainder of the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV lineup carries over with, sure, a brand new shade of pink.
Might hydrogen fuel-cell conversions of older diesel semis assist clear up firm fleets sooner? Two options revealed this week may assist put new tech in ageing rigs.
1991 Nissan FEV electrical automotive idea
Final weekend we checked out one of many many oddities of EV historical past. Lengthy earlier than the Tesla Roadster or Nissan Leaf, the Nissan FEV electrical automotive may have rivaled the GM EV1. By no means any greater than a prototype, it was a harbinger of the EV age with its aero design, warmth pump, low-rolling-resistance tires, solar-supplemented equipment, aluminum-intensive development, and even one thing akin to fast-charging.
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