Which major automaker has confirmed that the 800-volt EV architecture is in operation?

How much does the F-150 Lightning home backup system cost?

This is our review back to the Week in reverse order – right here Green Car Reports– for the week ending May 6, 2022

This week we introduced you to some of the first trips, told you some technical news and provided some updated impressions that can be helpful when you do cross-shopping with some of the hottest new EVs. First we went for the first time Kia Sportage Hybrid 2023, and found that it’s not just better driving in the new Sportage line, but also better driving than hybrid rivals Toyota, Honda and Ford. With a starting price of $ 28,545, the 43-gallon hybrid is also a great price.

Kia Sportage Hybrid 2023

Then, in a the first drive of the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e– the first massive EV brand for the US – we have yet to consider how well it combines as a single package, although we found some satisfactory handling and an intriguing steering yoke, performed better than Tesla.

Although we were unable to compile a complete picture of the RZ, we came up with more news from our time with the Lexus engineering boss: Toyota and Lexus have both Charging 800 volts and architecture 800 volts in operation—Although we will see it only in EV with big packages, more than 100 kW / h.

Lexus RZ 450e 2023

Lexus RZ 450e 2023

You have to work hard searching 350 kW CCS charging connectors for super-fast charging Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6? After a series of charging sessions, I must say, probably not for these machines and not now. If Hyundai and Kia add a special pre-conditioning mode, we may change our minds.

Ford Intelligent Backup Power - F-150 Lightning

Ford Intelligent Backup Power – F-150 Lightning

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is the first EV on the market a home-backed backup system supported by the manufacturer, enabling a utility similar to Tesla Powerwall. And last week it received a price – 3895 dollars, including inverter, switch and battery. You’ll also need an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro (included in the Extended Range package), and be sure to add about $ 2,000 to install.

Tesla recently stopped including a mobile charger with its new cars – and Kia too, starting with the EV6. We considered why.

Charging Tesla (courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Charging Tesla (courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Of the most problematic group of Chevy Bolt EV models of 2017-2019 recalled for their batteries, about 45% have already received medication, according to revocation documents submitted by the federal government. Looking at more recent models, GM has fixed only a very small part.

Supply chains and inflation continued to raise EV prices especially. Lucid announced raising prices for the Air sedan lineupstarting June 1, ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 15,000. Perhaps after learning from Rivian, Lucid has extended initial prices to all of its current (over 30,000) booking owners, as well as anyone who has booked before June 1st.

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance

The The Polestar 2 line of 2023 has also risenresulting in a single-engine base version of up to $ 49,800, higher than the base model 3. However, dual-engine versions increase the range and Performance Packs get more power, with the latter being offered to existing owners by air for an additional fee.

However, both in California and in the country EV sales were at a record high in the first quarter of the year, with Tesla in sales leaders, occupying more than 10% of the California market. In California, the market share of plug-in vehicles has doubled in the last two years alone.

The entire Volvo model in the US is electrified by 2023 – and that is a mixture of soft hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The new soft hybrid XC40 and the updated XC40 Recharge complete the lineup, and that’s on the way to making the brand fully EV by 2030.

The Fisker Ronin electric sports car teaser is coming out in 2024

The Fisker Ronin electric sports car teaser is coming out in 2024

Teased Fisker an electric sports car at 550 miles codenamed Ronin – with claims it will be shown in August 2023, and production should be next year.

Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep, Chrysler, Ram and many other brands, announced Monday that it plans to Overhaul of Canadian electric car plants worth $ 2.8 billion—As part of the electrification plan announced last year, worth $ 35 billion over five years. Electric Ram pickups and Dodge electric oil curlers are part of the plan, perhaps even in Canada.

And although BMW and Mercedes-Benz have finished car-sharing, Stellantis has stepped up the purchase of remnants of these automakers last week – to expand your Free2Move servicewhich mainly offers Jeep Compass and Renegade models in the US

The US Department of Energy aims to take steps to increase domestic battery production – last week in the form of $ 3 billion to fund the supply chainplus $ 60 million for second-hand use and $ 45 million for battery development.

Plaid Tesla Model S 2021

Plaid Tesla Model S 2021

Tesla reportedly added rotary screen to the latest versions of the Model S. The mechanism and functionality, which has not yet been confirmed by the automaker, seems to be able to tilt the screen in any direction if it is useful – for example, for fun or concentration of the driver.

On Thursday, the Swedish company Volta Trucks, which has a very futuristic design of trucks, announced plans to enter the US market with a manufacturing partner. This will lead to production in the US in 2024 or 2025, and the pilot fleet includes 100 California trucks.

Volta Trucks California

Volta Trucks California

Electrify America earlier this week revealed that it provides more than five times the number of charging sessions in 2021 than in 2020 – 41.4 GWh of electricity provides 145 million miles of driving without emissions into the atmosphere.

Finally, a study by JD Power found that, surprisingly, some of the most tech companies, including Rivian and Lucid, do not have basic functionality such as remote charging control. EV owners are increasingly using smartphone maker apps to control them, so they are increasingly disappointed by the lack of such features.


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