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

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


Which massive automaker confirmed an 800-volt EV structure within the works?

How a lot does the F-150 Lightning’s home-backup system price?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Experiences—for the week ending Might 6, 2022.

This week we introduced you a few first drives, broke some technical information, and served some up to date impressions that is perhaps of use should you’re cross-shopping a number of the hottest new EVs. First up, we took a primary drive within the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid, and located it to be not simply the best-driving of the brand new Sportage lineup however better-driving than hybrid rivals from Toyota, Honda, and Ford. At a beginning worth of $28,545, the 43-mpg hybrid is a good worth, too.

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Then, in a first drive of the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e—the model’s first mass-market EV for the U.S.—we actually weren’t in a position to dimension up the way it suits collectively as a cohesive package deal but, though we discovered some satisfying dealing with and an intriguing steering yoke performed higher than Tesla. 

Whereas we couldn’t paint an entire image of the RZ, we did emerge with bigger-picture information from our time with a Lexus engineering boss: Toyota and Lexus do have each 800-volt charging and an 800-volt structure within the works—though we’ll solely see it in EVs with massive packs, over 100 kwh.

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

Do you have to trouble in search of out the 350-kw CCS cost connectors for super-fast charging of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6? After quite a lot of cost classes, we’ve got to say in all probability not for these automobiles, and never now. If Hyundai and Kia add a devoted preconditioning mode, we would change our thoughts. 

Ford Intelligent Backup Power  -  F-150 Lightning

Ford Clever Backup Energy – F-150 Lightning

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is the primary EV in the marketplace with a manufacturer-backed house energy backup system, permitting Tesla Powerwall-like utility. And this previous week it obtained a price ticket—$3,895, together with the inverter, disconnect swap, and battery pack. You’ll additionally want the 80-amp Ford Cost Station Professional (included with the Prolonged Vary pack), and don’t neglect so as to add about $2,000 for set up.

Tesla not too long ago stopped together with a cellular charger with its new autos—and so did Kia, beginning with the EV6. We took a take a look at why. 

Tesla charging  (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Tesla charging (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Of probably the most problematic group of 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt EV fashions recalled for his or her battery packs, about 45% have already obtained a treatment, in keeping with recall paperwork filed by the federal authorities. Taking a look at more moderen fashions, GM has solely remedied a really small portion, although. 

The availability chain and inflation continued to drive up EV costs particularly. Lucid introduced a worth hike on its Air sedan lineup, starting from $10,000 to $15,000, beginning June 1. Maybe studying from Rivian, Lucid prolonged the unique pricing to all of its present (greater than 30,000) reservation-holders plus anybody reserving earlier than June 1.

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance

Lucid Air Grand Touring Efficiency

The 2023 Polestar 2 lineup additionally obtained a worth hike, bringing the bottom single-motor model to $49,800, again above the bottom Mannequin 3. Twin-motor variations get a spread enhance, although, and Efficiency Packs get extra energy—with the latter to be provided to current homeowners over the air at further price. 

That mentioned, each in California and nationally, EV gross sales had been at a report stage within the first quarter of the yr, with Tesla within the gross sales lead at greater than 10% of California’s market. Inside California, the market share for plug-in autos has primarily doubled over simply the previous two years. 

The entire U.S. Volvo lineup is inspired for 2023—and which means a mixture of delicate hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electrical autos. A brand new mild-hybrid XC40 and refreshed XC40 Recharge full the lineup, and it’s on the best way to creating the model all-EV by 2030. 

Teaser for Fisker Ronin electric sports car due in 2024

Teaser for Fisker Ronin electrical sports activities automotive due in 2024

Fisker teased a 550-mile electrical sports activities automotive with the code identify Ronin—with claims will probably be proven in August 2023 with manufacturing due the next yr. 

Stellantis, the mother or father firm of Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, and lots of extra manufacturers, introduced Monday that it’s planning a $2.8 billion manufacturing overhaul of its Canadian crops for EVs—as a part of the electrification plan introduced final yr, price $35 billion in 5 years. Electrical Ram pickups and electrical Dodge muscle automobiles are a part of the plan, possibly even in Canada.

And though BMW and Mercedes-Benz are performed with car-sharing, Stellantis stepped as much as purchase the stays of these automakers’ ventures this previous week—to broaden its Free2Move service, which principally presents Jeep Compass and Renegade fashions within the U.S.

The U.S. Division of Power is aiming to hold out steps to spice up home battery manufacturing—this previous week within the type of $3 billion in funding for the provision chain, plus $60 million for second-life makes use of and $45 million for battery growth. 

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid

2021 Tesla Mannequin S Plaid

Tesla has reportedly added a swiveling display to the newest variations of the Mannequin S. The mechanism and performance, which haven’t been confirmed but by the automaker, seem to have the ability to tilt the display to both facet when it’s useful—for leisure or driver focus, as an illustration. 

Sweden-based Volta Vehicles—the one with some very futuristic cargo-truck designs—introduced plans Thursday to enter the U.S. market with a producing accomplice. That may result in U.S. manufacturing in 2024 or 2025, with a pilot fleet of 100 California vehicles within the meantime. 

Volta Trucks California

Volta Vehicles California

Electrify America earlier this week revealed that it offered greater than 5 instances the variety of charging classes in 2021 than it had in 2020—with 41.4 GWh of electrical energy powering 145 million miles of tailpipe-emissions-free driving. 

Lastly, a research from J.D. Energy discovered that, surprisingly, a number of the most tech-savvy corporations together with Rivian and Lucid are lacking core performance like distant cost administration. EV homeowners are more and more utilizing automaker smartphone apps to handle it, so that they’re more and more annoyed with the dearth of such options


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