VW ID.4 review, Tesla sales boost, Bolt EV relaunch, EV6 and Ioniq 5 availability: The Week in Reverse
Which Automaker Opened Reservations for an Ohio-Built Electric Vehicle?
Which automaker announced plans to build two EV models in Mississippi?
This is our recap of Week In Reverse – right here at Green car reviews– for the week ending February 18, 2022.
In a test of the Volkswagen ID.4 AWD, we wondered if its dual-motor traction and faster acceleration make it the best option for everyone. It’s a little more nuanced than that, we conclude, although cabin tech feels smoothed and range is predictable and plentiful, the EV destined for millions is growing our way.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
We also looked at why it’s easier for Americans to buy a Kia EV6 than a Hyundai Ioniq 5. The gist: Kia dealers are more willing to sell electric vehicles.
Have you heard that the Tesla Model 3 is being called the new Prius in California? Given recent sales, that’s not far from the truth. Tesla surpassed a 10% market share in California in the final quarter of 2021 — or to put it another way, the Golden State accounts for about one-eighth of Tesla’s global sales. Will the gain in market share continue in 2022?
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT performance
We reported about it in consumer reports’ Tesla fell in annual brand rankings, while the Ford Mustang Mach-E overtook the Model 3 as the consumer organization’s top-rated EV.
Toyota’s Lexus brand will emphasize range and performance in its upcoming electric vehicles, the brand hinted Monday with new photos of three of its upcoming electric vehicles –– including the 2023 RX 450h SUV.
Fisker this week began taking reservations for its $29,000 agile urban EV called Pear, though the company has yet to show off the model or detail its features. With Foxconn as the contract manufacturer, the Pear is to be built in Lordstown, Ohio, from 2024.
Fisker PEAR teaser due in 2024
Production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV is scheduled to resume on April 4 as GM continues to balance cell and module supplies and keep pace with battery replacement; It’s all related to a fire hazard-related recall potentially affecting every Bolt EV manufactured last August.
Official EPA range and efficiency ratings have arrived for the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid. With its 17kWh battery it achieves an electric range of 26 miles and after that gets 23mpg combined with petrol.
Nissan EV to be manufactured in Mississippi
Nissan announced Thursday that it plans to build two all-electric vehicles at its Canton, Mississippi, plant beginning in 2025 — one for Nissan itself, the other for its luxury brand Infiniti. market EV. Is the other an all-electric replacement for the Maxima sedan?
Polestar announced more information about the weight-saving composite aluminum body and platform it is developing in the UK for its upcoming flagship electric fastback Polestar 5, due for release in 2024 and pairing with the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT more.
Polestar 5 teaser
The US DOE and DOT recently officially launched a national EV charging network. For the first $615 million of the $5 billion earmarked for 2022, states must submit infrastructure plans, starting with Interstate Highways and Alternative Fuel Corridors.
According to a recent paper evaluating hydrogen fuel cell technology, hydrogen has already passed the passenger car window, while the benefits for trucks are already diminishing – based on advances in battery electric technology. But there remain many other opportunities for the hydrogen economy.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Stellantis advises owners not to charge the 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid or to park it near buildings or other vehicles due to fire hazards. An estimated 19,808 of the plug-in hybrid minivans are being recalled, although the company is still investigating the cause of the fires.
A recent study funded in part by the US Department of Energy found corn ethanol to be worse for global warming than gasoline. Although a 2019 Department of Agriculture study suggested various greenhouse gas benefits for ethanol, these results show that it is at least 24% more carbon intensive than “fossil fuel” formulations.
2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQE
Mercedes’ AMG Performance Division has revealed its second all-electric production model: the 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE Sedan. With a 0-60 mph time of just 3.2 seconds and features such as carbon-ceramic brakes, it appears poised to deliver a deliver impressive performance; but its range under 250 miles is less.
Aptera provided a behind-the-scenes look at some dynamic testing for its 1,000-mile solar-powered EV, which will offer 0-60 mph times of just 3.5 seconds and will handle that, if the latest video is any indication, some might outperform sports cars.
Chevy Silverado EV – Sopranos Super Bowl Ad, 2022
And Super Bowl LVI featured more EV advertising than any big game ever. The celebrity list included Eugene Levy, Salma Hayek, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more – plus an unexpected return of Dr. EVil and the Sopranos in separate GM commercials. If you missed any of these, some of these are quick entertainment for EV fans.