Lexus RZ and Kia Sportage Hybrid reviews, Ioniq 5 and EV6 charging, Lucid and Polestar price hikes: The Week in Reverse

Which large automaker confirmed an 800-volt EV architecture in the works?

How a great deal does the F-150 Lightning’s house-backup program charge?

This is our appear back again at the 7 days In Reverse—right listed here at Environmentally friendly Motor vehicle Studies—for the 7 days ending May perhaps 6, 2022.

This 7 days we brought you a pair of to start with drives, broke some complex information, and served some up-to-date impressions that could possibly be of use if you are cross-buying some of the hottest new EVs. Initial up, we took a to start with travel in the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid, and observed it to be not just the greatest-driving of the new Sportage lineup but far better-driving than hybrid rivals from Toyota, Honda, and Ford. At a commencing selling price of $28,545, the 43-mpg hybrid is a good worth, much too.

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Then, in a initial drive of the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e—the brand’s to start with mass-market place EV for the U.S.—we actually weren’t able to dimension up how it matches collectively as a cohesive bundle yet, despite the fact that we observed some gratifying handling and an intriguing steering yoke accomplished much better than Tesla. 

When we could not paint a entire picture of the RZ, we did emerge with more substantial-photo information from our time with a Lexus engineering boss: Toyota and Lexus do have the two 800-volt charging and an 800-volt architecture in the works—although we’ll only see it in EVs with huge packs, around 100 kwh.

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

Really should you bother looking for out the 350-kw CCS demand connectors for tremendous-fast charging of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6? After a amount of cost classes, we have to say probably not for these vehicles, and not now. If Hyundai and Kia insert a focused preconditioning manner, we may well adjust our intellect. 

Ford Intelligent Backup Power  -  F-150 Lightning

Ford Clever Backup Power – F-150 Lightning

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is the very first EV on the sector with a producer-backed house ability backup procedure, allowing for Tesla Powerwall-like utility. And this previous 7 days it obtained a cost tag—$3,895, together with the inverter, disconnect change, and battery pack. You will also need to have the 80-amp Ford Cost Station Pro (incorporated with the Extended Selection pack), and never neglect to include about $2,000 for installation.

Tesla a short while ago stopped including a cell charger with its new vehicles—and so did Kia, beginning with the EV6. We took a seem at why. 

Tesla charging  (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Tesla charging (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Of the most problematic team of 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EV models recalled for their battery packs, about 45% have currently received a treatment, in accordance to recall paperwork filed by the federal governing administration. Wanting at far more recent models, GM has only remedied a extremely compact portion, although. 

The source chain and inflation ongoing to drive up EV price ranges especially. Lucid introduced a value hike on its Air sedan lineup, ranging from $10,000 to $15,000, beginning June 1. Probably understanding from Rivian, Lucid extended the primary pricing to all of its recent (extra than 30,000) reservation-holders in addition any one reserving in advance of June 1.

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance

Lucid Air Grand Touring Efficiency

The 2023 Polestar 2 lineup also bought a cost hike, bringing the foundation solitary-motor variation to $49,800, back again above the base Model 3. Twin-motor versions get a range boost, however, and Performance Packs get a lot more power—with the latter to be available to existing owners in excess of the air at excess expense. 

That reported, both in California and nationally, EV sales have been at a record stage in the initial quarter of the calendar year, with Tesla in the sales lead at more than 10% of California’s current market. Within California, the sector share for plug-in autos has primarily doubled more than just the earlier two several years. 

The complete U.S. Volvo lineup is electrified for 2023—and that implies a combine of delicate hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric powered motor vehicles. A new delicate-hybrid XC40 and refreshed XC40 Recharge comprehensive the lineup, and it is on the way to producing the brand all-EV by 2030. 

Teaser for Fisker Ronin electric sports car due in 2024

Teaser for Fisker Ronin electrical athletics automobile thanks in 2024

Fisker teased a 550-mile electric powered sports auto with the code identify Ronin—with promises it will be proven in August 2023 with generation owing the next yr. 

Stellantis, the guardian enterprise of Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, and several far more brand names, introduced Monday that it’s scheduling a $2.8 billion producing overhaul of its Canadian plants for EVs—as part of the electrification plan announced past 12 months, value $35 billion in five decades. Electrical Ram pickups and electric powered Dodge muscle mass cars are element of the prepare, it’s possible even in Canada.

And although BMW and Mercedes-Benz are carried out with car or truck-sharing, Stellantis stepped up to invest in the remains of individuals automakers’ ventures this earlier week—to broaden its Free2Transfer assistance, which mostly gives Jeep Compass and Renegade products in the U.S.

The U.S. Office of Vitality is aiming to have out actions to improve domestic battery production—this past 7 days in the variety of $3 billion in funding for the source chain, additionally $60 million for second-existence works by using and $45 million for battery growth. 

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid

2021 Tesla Design S Plaid

Tesla has reportedly included a swiveling monitor to the latest versions of the Model S. The mechanism and features, which have not been verified yet by the automaker, show up to be able to tilt the display screen to possibly side when it’s helpful—for amusement or driver aim, for occasion. 

Sweden-centered Volta Trucks—the a single with some pretty futuristic cargo-truck designs—announced strategies Thursday to enter the U.S. market with a manufacturing partner. That will direct to U.S. creation in 2024 or 2025, with a pilot fleet of 100 California trucks in the meantime. 

Volta Trucks California

Volta Vehicles California

Electrify The us before this week uncovered that it provided far more than five instances the variety of charging sessions in 2021 than it had in 2020—with 41.4 GWh of electric power powering 145 million miles of tailpipe-emissions-cost-free driving. 

Ultimately, a examine from J.D. Electric power identified that, incredibly, some of the most tech-savvy corporations including Rivian and Lucid are missing core performance like distant charge administration. EV entrepreneurs are increasingly employing automaker smartphone apps to control it, so they are ever more pissed off with the lack of such attributes. 


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