Which brand teased two future electric sports cars?
Which state plans to create EV policy around those who use a lot of gasoline?
Here’s our recap of Reverse Week – right here Green Car Report– For the week ending April 15, 2022.
In our first test drive review of the 2023 Toyota BZ4X, we found it to be odd, yet very offbeat, not performance class-leading but efficient. In short, it’s everything you’d expect from an EV from the company that brought us the Prius — as long as they plan to build enough of them.
2023 Kia Niro EV
Kia unveiled its redesigned 2023 Niro model lineup in U.S. form at the New York Auto Show. Returning in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV versions, the lineup offers more range, higher mpg, or both, depending on the version — and without expanding exterior dimensions The case is designed to produce more interior space than the current version. It also released pricing and EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid. Combined with up to 43 mpg and a base price of $28,545, it offers several advantages over hybrid versions of the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson.
The 2023 Nissan Leaf, also unveiled in New York, builds on last year’s price cut and more affordable location for the electric hatchback to make way for the upcoming Ariya and simplify the lineup to just two models. It also gets some new design details to differentiate the new model year.
2023 Nissan Leaf
Honda has confirmed plans to drop the Insight Hybrid sedan soon – to make room for the return of the Civic Hybrid and other new hybrids. That’s all part of a push for hybrids to make up a higher percentage of the company’s U.S. sales. Earlier this week, it teased two electric sports cars and is investing more than $40 billion in research and development over the next 10 years to have 30 electric cars by 2030, when it plans to produce about 2 million a year.
Faster acceleration and a new one-pedal off-road driving mode are two updates to the latest version of the Jeep Magneto electric Wrangler concept. and surprise! The best-selling plug-in hybrid in the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2022 was the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. It has sold more than the Toyota RAV4 Prime or all Volvo Recharge PHEVs combined, by the thousands.
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe
Mercedes-Benz plans to build an electric van in the U.S. soon — in a format tuned for last-mile deliveries in the U.S. market — and we recently rode a prototype eSprinter. Mercedes-Benz also announced this week that it completed a 626-mile real-world road trip in the Vision EQXX concept car — with a battery pack of less than 100 kWh on a single charge, with about 15 percent remaining. While the results of this 3,850-pound concept won’t necessarily extend to future compact models, it’s a good sign.
California released its official Advanced Clean Vehicle II rule, which aims to increase sales of electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles combined to 35% of new light vehicle purchases by 2026 – on the road by 2035 Year to reach 100% of these vehicle types.
Tesla V10 Smart Summon
Tesla’s Boombox feature is again the subject of a federal safety recall campaign. Following the most recent recall, a second remedy sent through over-the-top updates now ensures that when owners use Summon or Smart Summon, the vehicle emits federally mandated pedestrian sounds.
Washington state plans to help shape its electric vehicle policy by studying so-called gasoline “power users” — about 10 percent of U.S. drivers who use nearly a third of the gasoline in light-duty vehicles.
Giga Texas Opening – April 2022
Finally, something to consider: Despite supply chain issues and material issues, the electric vehicle market has gained momentum and is heading for what some see as a period of significant acceleration of change. Is the rapid transition to electric vehicles expected in 2025-2035 or 2025-2035 the most transformative period in automotive history?
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