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Here’s our recap of Reverse Week – right here Green Car Report– for the week ending June 10, 2022.

Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand hasn’t offered any EVs yet, but we recently got the next closest model. In our review of Lincoln’s Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid, we found it offered some impressive hybrid gas mileage and electric range, but its glimpse into the electric future didn’t pay much attention.

2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Plug-In Hybrid

The federal government has detailed that the national electric vehicle charging network will be funded by an infrastructure law passed late last year — at least initially. In the Federal Highway Administration’s guidelines, it lists some minimum requirements: four 150-kilowatt DC fast-charging connectors per 50 miles per site, and some requirements for accessibility and charging.

This week, a federal investigation into how Tesla’s Autopilot feature was prone to collisions with emergency workers’ vehicles was elevated to an engineering analysis. Model years from 2014 to 2022 affected 830,000 Tesla vehicles, and it’s now one step away from a safety recall that may require some sort of over-the-air fix.

2023 Polaris 3

2023 Polaris 3

Polestar previewed its upcoming electric performance SUV Polestar 3, releasing a clear first photo this week and confirming that it will be fully revealed in October and production will begin in early 2023. It is expected to rival the Tesla Model X Plaid, BMW iX M60 and Audi E-Tron S.

A production version of the Lightyear One solar car has been released, with specifications to meet many of the technical goals announced earlier. The company suggests that Lightyear 0 owners who commute 22 miles a day may not need to charge for months. It’s expensive, around $263,000, and it’s currently limited to Europe.

Trailer for Fisker Project PEAR to be released in 2024

Trailer for Fisker Project PEAR to be released in 2024

This week, two upcoming electric models got more details through teaser photos. With new interior sketches of the upcoming $29,900 Fisker Pear EV, the electric automaker shows how it plans to make the most of interior space and exterior visibility for a compact car with a range of up to 310 miles. The first photos Cadillac has provided for its upcoming flagship electric car, the Celestiq, are just a close-up shot. However, one of them is enough to assure us that this model isn’t going to be another solid crossover in its outgoing show car form.

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid – once challengers to the Toyota Prius and Prius Prime – will soon be discontinued, the international automaker confirmed on Monday. With the noteworthy Ioniq 5 now occupying the badge and starting a sub-brand that will soon include sedans and SUVs, it’s making way for the future — though Hyundai’s U.S. arm appears to be keeping the doors open for the short-lived 2023 model year .

2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

A California study that spot-checked DC fast-charging connectors found some serious reliability issues with the DC fast-charging infrastructure in one of the country’s largest electric vehicle markets, underscoring that the network may have adhered to strict rules on uptime. distorted definition.

Senator Stabenow of Michigan managed to highlight a money-saving point for electric vehicles despite a misrepresentation by a major news outlet. The “expensive” EV she drove to Washington, D.C. was a Chevrolet Bolt EUV, a version of the cheapest EV on the market.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

We bring two pieces of news from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) about the current state of affairs and clean energy, both good and bad. A prolonged drought in California will increase the carbon cost of plugging electric vehicles into electricity this year; in normal years, about 15 percent of the state’s electricity comes from hydropower, but in dry years, that shrinks to 8 percent. But across the country, as coal and natural gas prices rise, the grid will tilt toward renewables, which EIA expects means it and the electric cars it charges could get cleaner this summer.

Sales of Volvo electric cars have been soaring. Its plug-in charging models — including electric cars and plug-in hybrids — account for 35 percent of its U.S. sales, and in California, three of the four Volvos sold now feature charging ports.

2023 Volvo XC40 Charging

2023 Volvo XC40 Charging

Remember Tesla’s referral program and its $1,000 rewards and free cars? Yes, you won’t see anything like that from Polestar, but the all-electric car brand does launch its own referral program.

Increased energy density and improved safety are among the advantages of solid-state batteries, and Solid Power plans to deliver it to BMW and Ford for evaluation by the end of the year — it announced that it has just built a pilot production line for its own in-house first testing.

Solid Power Solid State Battery

Solid Power Solid State Battery

Earlier this spring, a coalition of 17 states and other interest groups opposed the EPA’s decision to give power to the California Clean Air Act. Now, five automakers have come forward in support of the EPA.

Are electric and hybrid cars less stressful for drivers? That’s the conclusion of a survey conducted by Stellantis’ DS Automotive Company – and thanks to the peace and quiet of electric propulsion.

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