Lexus RZ and Kia Sportage Hybrid Review, Ioniq 5 and EV6 Charging, Lucid and

Which major automaker has confirmed the work of an 800-volt EV architecture?

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

See you back this weekend in reverse — right here Green Car ReportFor the week ending May 6, 2022.

This week we bring you some of the first drives, some technical news breaks and some updated impressions that might come in handy if you do some popular new EV cross-shopping. First, we drove the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid for the first time, and it seemed to be not only the best-driving of the new Sportage lineup but also better-driving than the hybrid rivals of Toyota, Honda and Ford. With a starting price of $ 28,545, the 43-mpg hybrid is also a great value.

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Then, in the first drive of 2023, the Lexus RZ 450e— is the brand’s first mass-market EV for the United States. Worked better than Tesla.

Although we couldn’t get a complete picture of the RZ, we came up with the big picture news from our time with the Lexus engineering boss: both the Toyota and the Lexus are working on 800-volt charging and an 800-volt architecture. Can be seen on EV with pack.

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

Should you bother looking for 350-kw CCS charge connectors for super-fast charging of Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6? After several charge sessions, we have to say maybe not for these cars and not now. If Hyundai and Kia add a dedicated pre-conditioning mode, we can 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 to be a manufacturer-supported home power backup system that allows utilities like Tesla Powerwall. And this past week it got a price tag: $ 3,895, which includes inverters, disconnected switches and battery packs. You’ll need an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro (included with the Extended Range Pack), and be sure to add about $ 2,000 for installation.

Tesla recently discontinued with its new vehicles a mobile charger এবং and the Kia, starting with the EV6. We saw why.

Tesla Charging (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Tesla Charging (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Of the most troubled group of 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EV models recalled for their battery packs, about 45% have already received a remedy, according to recall documents filed by the federal government. Looking at the more recent models, GM has only cured a very small part, though.

Supply chains and inflation are driving up the price of EVs in particular. Lucid has announced a 10,000 to $ 15,000 price increase on its Air Sedan lineup, starting June 1. Perhaps learning from Revian, Lucid has increased the actual price for its current (over 30,000) reservation-holders and all those reserved before June 1. .

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance

The price of the 2023 Polyester 2 lineup has also increased, topping the Base Model 3, bringing the base single-motor version to $ 49,800. Although the dual-motor versions get a range boost, and the performance packs get more power — the latter will be paid to existing owners on air at an additional cost.

In both California and the national sector, EV sales were at record levels in the first quarter of the year, with Tesla leading sales of more than 10% of the California market, it said. In California, the market share of plug-in vehicles has nearly doubled in the last two years.

The entire US Volvo lineup has been electrified for 2023 — and that means a mix of light hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. A new light-hybrid XC40 and a refreshed XC40 complete the recharge lineup, and it’s on track to make the brand all-EV by 2030.

The Fischer Ronin electric sports car teaser will end in 2024

The Fischer Ronin electric sports car teaser will end in 2024

Fischer has teased a 550-mile electric sports car with the code name Ronin, claiming it will be shown in August 2023 with next year’s production.

The parent companies of Stellantis, Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, and many more brands announced Monday that they plan to overhaul the 2.8 billion production for its Canadian plants for EVs-worth $ 35 billion over five years, as part of an electrification plan announced last year. Electric ram pickups and electric Dodge muscle cars are part of the plan, even in Canada.

And while that has been accomplished through BMW and Mercedes-Benz car-sharing, Stellantis this past week stepped in to buy the remnants of those automakers’ ventures করতে to expand its Free2Move service, which offers Jeep Compass and Renegade models mostly in the United States.

The US Department of Energy aims to take steps to increase internal battery production — this past week in the form of 3 billion in funding for the supply chain, as well as $ 60 million for second life use and $ 45 million for battery development.

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid

Tesla has reportedly added a swivel screen to the latest versions of the Model S. The process and functionality, which has not yet been confirmed by the automaker, seems to be able to tilt the screen in both directions if it is helpful – for entertainment or driver focus, for example.

Sweden-based Volta Truck যার which has some very futuristic product-truck designs সাথে announced plans Thursday to enter the U.S. market with a manufacturing partner. It will lead to U.S. production in 2024 or 2025, with a pilot fleet of 100 California trucks.

Volta Truck California

Volta Truck California

Electrify America revealed earlier this week that it delivered more than five times the number of charging sessions in 2021 compared to 2020 – 144 million miles of tailpipe-emission-free driving with 41.4 gigawatts of electricity.

Finally, a study by JD Power found that, surprisingly, some technology-conscious companies, including Revian and Lucid, lack key functionality such as remote charge management. EV owners are increasingly using automaker smartphone apps to handle this, so they are increasingly frustrated with the lack of such features.

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