Which EV startup changed its manufacturing plans and country?
Which two automakers agreed to jointly develop the foundations for ‘millions’ affordable electric vehicles?
Here’s our recap of Reverse Week – right here Green Car Report– for the week ending April 8, 2022.
This week, the main event is the one we attended the week before – but this week can tell you for the first time: first drive of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Efficiency aside, we found this massive truck to live up to its expectations, unlike the Rivian R1T. This is an electric truck for truck fans, not a truck for EV fans.
2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1
General Motors and Honda have extended partnership to jointly develop new global vehicle architecture for “millions” of affordable electric vehicles. The platform will be based on a next-generation version of what is currently called GM’s Ultium battery technology.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the emcee of the company’s massive Giga Texas party, and the message was clear: It’s getting bigger. Musk stressed the importance of scaling, teased the Optimus robot and dedicated robo-taxi that will be launched next year, and provided an update on the Cybertruck.
2022 Tesla Lineup (Courtesy of Tesla Inc.)
esla also reported some good news over the weekend – despite supply chain woes, the number of deliveries in the first quarter of 2022 was an all-time high. It was the first quarter to include production on three continents in the first quarter, even though its factories in China were temporarily closed due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Car rental giant Hertz will soon launch Polestar electric vehicles in the US, Europe and Australia. It plans to buy as many as 65,000 vehicles from the brand as it also expands its electric vehicle fleet with the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Lexus fully revealed its RZ 450h electric SUV in production form on April 20. We have to point out that its teaser includes a steering yoke — perhaps based on Toyota’s development efforts in steer-by-wire technology, which could make it better than Tesla’s system.
Sono Sion Solar Assisted Electric Vehicle
Sono Motors has announced that it will replace a contract manufacturer for its upcoming Sono Sion Solar Supplemental Electric Vehicle. It will now be built by Valmet in Finland – possibly in the same factory as another highly anticipated solar car, the Lightyear One.
Porsche continues to invest in synthetic fuels for combustion engine vehicles, announcing this week. It sees synthetic fuels made from renewable energy sources as a business opportunity — perhaps extending beyond racing and classic car fuels into aviation.
DeLorean EV Trailer
The DeLorean Motor Company brand is back — but this time it’s not a Back to the Future revival. It teased for the first time to confirm that its upcoming all-electric sports car will be the beginning of something beyond this nostalgia.
Fisker recently confirmed one of the best battery warranties in the industry for its upcoming Ocean EV – 10 years or 100,000 miles of 75% of original capacity. In different ways, this is better than Tesla or Rivian.
Chinese electric car maker NIO is reportedly considering a line of smartphones. Instead of competing with Apple or Samsung, they support their infrastructure and technology and provide a smooth experience.
NIO ET5 in 2022
This week, President Biden and members of his administration met with auto industry leaders — including Tesla’s Elon Musk, Lucid’s Peter Rawlinson, GM’s Mary Barra, Ford’s Jim Farley and other executives — Discuss electric vehicles and charging. Interoperability and a seamless user experience are among the key gains. President Biden also turned to the Defense Production Act last week to help support the electric vehicle supply chain — and the rapid rebuilding of the infrastructure needed for mining and materials. Will this help reduce America’s dependence on China?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it is reviewing LG Energy Solutions’ potentially defective batteries to ensure all batteries have been recalled. So far, the fire problem has affected plug-in vehicles from GM, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Stellantis and Volkswagen.
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV at EVgo fast charging station
Some Chase branches are getting up to 350 kilowatts of DC fast-charging stations from EVgo — and in some cases solar — as part of a plan that also includes 125 solar carports.
Will untimed traffic lights lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions? Examples cited by traffic data and analytics firm Inrix suggest that properly synchronized traffic signals should be included in more green initiatives.
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