Which EV startup switched its manufacturing plan—and nation?
Which two automakers agreed to co-develop the premise for “tens of millions” of reasonably priced EVs?
That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Studies—for the week ending April 8, 2022.
This week, the primary occasion was one thing we attended the week earlier than—however may let you know about for the primary time this week: a first drive of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Effectivity apart, we discovered that this gigantic truck lives as much as its billing and is one thing completely different than the Rivian R1T. It’s the electrical truck for truck followers, not the truck for EV followers.
2022 GMC Hummer EV Version 1
GM and Honda expanded their partnership to co-develop a brand new international car structure for “tens of millions” of reasonably priced EVs. The platform shall be based mostly on what’s up to now known as a next-generation model of GM’s Ultium battery know-how.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the grasp of ceremonies on the firm’s enormous celebration celebrating Giga Texas, and the message was clear: It’s going massive. Musk confused the significance of scaling up, teased its Optimus robotic and a devoted robotaxi coming subsequent yr, and supplied an replace on the Cybertruck.
2022 Tesla lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)
esla has additionally reported some nice information final weekend—a file variety of deliveries within the first quarter of 2022, regardless of supply-chain struggles. It was the primary quarter by which manufacturing from three continents was included in its first quarter, regardless that its plant in China remained quickly closed because of covid lockdown.
The car-rental large Hertz will quickly make Polestar EVs out there within the U.S., Europe, and Australia. It plans to buy as much as 65,000 autos from the model, because it additionally bulks up its EV fleet with the Tesla Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y.
Lexus teased the complete reveal of its RZ 450h electrical SUV in manufacturing type, for April 20. And we’d be remiss to not level out that its teaser included a steering yoke—maybe constructing on Toyota’s improvement efforts with steer-by-wire tech, which could make it higher than Tesla’s system.
Sono Sion photo voltaic assisted electrical automotive
Sono Motors introduced that it’s switching contract producers for its upcoming Sono Sion solar-supplemented EV. It’s now because of be made by Finland’s Valmet—doubtless on the identical facility as one other eagerly anticipated photo voltaic automotive, the Lightyear One.
Porsche continued its funding in artificial fuels for inner combustion autos, with an announcement this week. It sees artificial fuels made with renewable vitality as a enterprise alternative—maybe one which extends past racing and vintage-car gas to the aviation sector.
DeLorean EV teaser
The DeLorean Motor Firm model is again—however not this time on a “Again to the Future” revival. It confirmed, with a primary tease, that its upcoming all-electric sports activities automotive would be the begin of one thing that leaps previous that nostalgia.
Fisker just lately confirmed among the finest battery warranties within the trade on its upcoming Ocean EV—an assurance of 75% of the unique capability for 10 years or 100,000 miles. In separate methods, that’s higher than both Tesla or Rivian.
The Chinese language EV maker Nio is reportedly wanting into producing a line of smartphones. They wouldn’t be competing with Apple or Samsung, however supporting its infrastructure and tech and offering a fluid expertise.
2022 Nio ET5
This week, President Biden and members of the administration met with auto trade leaders—together with Tesla’s Elon Musk, Lucid’s Peter Rawlinson, GM’s Mary Barra, Ford’s Jim Farley, and different executives—to debate EVs and charging. Interoperability and a seamless person expertise was one of many key takeaways. President Biden additionally turned to the Protection Manufacturing Act final week to assist assist the EV provide chain—and the fast redevelopment of infrastructure obligatory for the mining and supplies. Will it assist cut back U.S. reliance on China?
The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration introduced that it’s reviewing probably faulty batteries from LG Vitality Answer, to ensure all have been recalled. To this point, the difficulty over fireplace concern has affected plug-in autos from GM, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Stellantis, and Volkswagen.
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV at EVgo fast-charging station
Some Chase financial institution department areas are getting DC fast-charging stations from EVgo, at as much as 350 kw—in addition to photo voltaic, in some instances—as a part of an initiative that additionally consists of 125 photo voltaic carports.
And are poorly timed visitors lights resulting in elevated greenhouse-gas emissions? Examples cited by the traffic-data and evaluation agency Inrix recommend that correctly synchronized visitors indicators ought to be included in additional environmental initiatives.