VW electrical van, 50-mpg shortlist, Rivian LFP cells, GM and Ford bidirectional charging: The Week in Reverse

VW electrical van, 50-mpg shortlist, Rivian LFP cells, GM and Ford bidirectional charging: The Week in Reverse


Which automaker is testing high-power wi-fi charging?

And what was the stunning conclusion of analysis assessing solid-state cell security?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Studies—for the week ending March 11, 2022.

Rivian has introduced that the upcoming Customary battery pack, offering 260+ miles of vary, will embrace cheaper LFP cells. The EV maker additionally confirmed an 800V improve, warmth pump tech, and its personal cells. And as a part of a quarterly enterprise replace, it halved its 2022 manufacturing estimate to 25,000 vans. 

2022 Rivian R1T

Volkswagen revealed its ID.Buzz electrical Microbus—in Euro-spec, five-seat type. A U.S. model with three rows of seating gained’t be proven till 2023 and gained’t be delivered till 2024. That stated, lots of the styling particulars and proportions are all set, so it’s time to ask whether or not this long-anticipated mannequin will stay as much as the hype. 

Volvo plans to check high-power wi-fi charging tech from Momentum Dynamics on XC40 Recharge electrical SUVs used as taxi cabs in Sweden. A “stay metropolis surroundings” will present a real-world test on this tech, which presents a price near that of cable-and-connector fast-charging. And it’s giving its XC40 Recharge electrical SUV a smoothing-over that extra carefully aligns its look with the C40 Recharge. For now it’s just for Europe, however count on to see these adjustments plus another characteristic adjustments for the U.S. fashions quickly. 

Updated Volvo XC40 Recharge

Up to date Volvo XC40 Recharge

GM sees bidirectional charging as an necessary a part of future EVs. To that, the corporate introduced a pilot-program collaboration with Pacific Fuel and Electrical (PG&E) that might assist put battery packs from residential homeowners’ EVs to make use of this 12 months as backup dwelling power—and, probably, grid stabilization. Individually, Ford and PG&E entered a partnership that can study the potential function of the F-150 Lightning in including resiliency to the grid. The Lightning is already prepared to try this in manufacturing type. It’s accessible this spring with clever backup energy for the house—so grid performance might be a future consideration. 

Ford Intelligent Backup Power  -  F-150 Lightning

Ford Clever Backup Energy – F-150 Lightning

Following up on Ford’s announcement final month to separate its EV and non-EV companies, some speculated that the choice may result in a direct-sales mannequin for EVs. Not so, stated CEO Jim Farley in an interview with Automotive Information—although the mannequin is evolving and it may doubtless imply non-negotiable costs for Ford EVs plus much less supplier stock. 

A part of the excitement round solid-state battery expertise is that it’s safer; but new DOE-funded analysis means that isn’t all the time the case. A battery brief as a result of a collision may nonetheless result in solid-state cells overheating, with outcomes not totally not like typical lithium-ion cells, researchers discovered. 

Ethanol producers have allied with a gaggle of states to argue that the EPA is exceeding its authority with automobile emissions requirements for 2023 by way of 2026, as a result of they allege it will possibly’t successfully drive automakers to supply electrical automobiles. 

Lithium Salts

Lithium Salts

Amid a surge in nickel and lithium costs, analysts see the surge in raw-materials prices resulting in an increase in EV costs—with battery affordability positive aspects presumably on maintain till 2024. That will, by extension, have an enduring influence on EV affordability itself. 

Though police departments across the nation are in search of methods to impress their fleets, there are few choices as of but. A current report highlights that whereas EVs may do the job simply high quality, the market lacks upfit EVs prepared and geared up for police obligation

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E police pilot vehicle

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E police pilot automobile

The EPA on Monday proposed stricter emissions requirements for industrial automobiles, set to take impact in mannequin 12 months 2027. Though the brand new guidelines would dramatically minimize smog-forming emissions, environmental teams stated that they don’t go far sufficient in pushing electrification at a quicker tempo.

A number of current, ill-informed items have steered that the extra EVs there are within the fleet, the dirtier the ability combine will must be. However it’s fairly the alternative, suggests RMI. Extra EVs doubtless means much less air pollution from utilities—as a result of comparatively easy tech like good charging and time-of-use charges will assist clean hundreds and assist utilities take advantage of renewables. 

2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

And because of the disaster abroad, gas-price issues loom massive within the coming weeks and months for many who can’t shift to a plug-in automobile. That led us to replace our annual roundup of inexpensive automobiles topping 50 mpg, for 2022. 


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