F-150 Lightning Review, Scout Electric SUV, Fischer Pier and Lordstown

Which electric truck got a wave of new reservations after a big price increase?

In the future electric cars can go without friction brakes as we know?

See you back this weekend — right here Green Car Report– For the week ending May 13, 2022.

In a long-awaited first review of the F-150 Lightning Electric Truck, we found more confidence and refinement than expected – as well as some indications of good range and efficiency. It doesn’t reinvent the pickup, but it does make it better in almost every way.

Lordstown endurance

Lordstown endurance

It was quite a week for the twist and turn. The Drama of the Week award goes to the people in Ohio. Things seemed to be touching and going for Lordstown Motors earlier in the week, as it still could not report a final deal with the terms of their deal with Foxconn of Taiwan just days after the deadline. But with the completion of the sale of the former GM plant to Hon Hai Technology Group, as otherwise stated, the Lordstown Endurance electric pickup is set to go into production later this year. It also led to a rescheduling of Foxconn’s plans to act as a contract maker for the upcoming 29,900 Fisker Pear EV starting in 2024.

A rumor-mill item that has actually turned upside down, Volkswagen has confirmed that it is reviving the Scout name – yes, the former International Harvester SUV – for an entire brand of US-centric electric SUVs. Will Scout help VW deliver mass-market EVs, or will it be another high quality brand? We’ll see soon.

Teaser for modern scout electric SUV and pickup

Teaser for modern scout electric SUV and pickup

Since the inexperienced price hike in Rivian in March, the electric truck brand has seen 10,000 new reservations – double the number of trucks it has built since September – at a surprising average price of $ 93,000. This is quite a proof of the demand and application of this truck.

Bollinger Motors has announced that Rausch Industries will be its manufacturing partner for electric trucks, including platforms and chassis cabs. Bollinger will source the materials, while the Russians will assemble them in Michigan. And sorry, B1 electric SUV and B2 electric pickup will be suspended indefinitely.

In a recent roundtable meeting with the Green Car Report and others, company CEO Oliver Gypsy underscored that BMW has no plans to seize the petrol portion of its sales anytime soon – which is why he argued why electric models like the new i7 are being made. Upcoming i5, makes sense. But Zipse recently detailed that the company’s upcoming Neue Klasse will be different, potentially splitting the 3-Series segment with completely different gas and electric vehicles.

DS E Tense Performance Prototype

DS E Tense Performance Prototype

In one of the most popular technical parts of this week, we saw a prototype of the Stellantis DS Automobiles that builds on Formula E technology and takes one-pedal driving one step further – essentially asking whether future EVs can run completely without friction brakes. .

Three major pilot programs for EV two-way charging were announced by California utility Pacific Gas & Electric. They will test technology that can help smooth the grid and prevent brownouts, with up to 1,000 residential customers and hundreds of commercial customers.

Electric vehicle charging stations remain a potential target for hackers, a recent report warns that the cybersecurity industry that seeks to sell services seems to be leaning too heavily. Will the safety of chargers become an issue for companies with fleet and centralized smart charging?

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Tesla Model 3

During supercharging, the infotainment screen of some Tesla models may slow down or restart the “advanced temperature” system, making some security-critical features temporarily unavailable. This is another item that has caused the federal government to withdraw the paperwork but has been handled with an over-the-air fix.

Tesla is pushing for accelerated development of the larger 4680 cell format from Panasonic, although suppliers have repeatedly pointed to the technical challenges involved.

With a range of 230 miles but a combined weight rating of up to 82,000 pounds, the production version of the Freightliner eCascadia Electric Semi has been released this week as a full Class 8 commercial truck, albeit with a smaller hull purpose. With more than a million miles and a “complete ecosystem” of charging and services on the way, it is in production later this year, we look forward to the Tesla Semi.

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Redline Edition

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Redline Edition

GM has recently begun redesigning the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV models, but is ready to go ahead and has just released a new redline version of the Bolt EUV for its second year. The rest of the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV lineup has, yes, a new shade of red.

Can the hydrogen fuel-cell conversions of the old diesel semis help clean up the company’s fleets quickly? Two solutions released this week could help keep new technologies in aging rigs.

1991 Nissan FEV electric car concept

1991 Nissan FEV electric car concept

Last weekend we looked at one of the many weirdest things in EV history. Long before the Tesla Roadster or Nissan Leaf, the Nissan FEV electric car could compete with the GM EV1. Never without a prototype, it was a patron of the EV era, with its arrow designs, heat pumps, low-rolling-resistance tires, solar-complementary accessories, aluminum-intensive construction and even fast charging.

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