VW ID.4 vary enhance, wi-fi charging for Tesla, charging station of the longer term: The Week in Reverse

VW ID.4 vary enhance, wi-fi charging for Tesla, charging station of the longer term: The Week in Reverse


Which automaker doesn’t make autos with tailpipes however settled with the EPA this week?

Which EV isn’t getting any worth change from 2022 to 2023?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Studies—for the week ending February 25, 2022.

The Volkswagen ID.4 is getting larger EPA vary rankings throughout its lineup for 2022, and this week VW confirmed particulars on a version-by-version foundation. Rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Professional fashions get a 20-mile enhance versus 2021, to 280 miles. Charging enhancements are coming too by way of an over-the-air replace. 

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

Toyota introduced that its 2023 bZ4X electrical SUV will embrace a 12 months of limitless EVgo fast-charging. The selection is perhaps seen as a touch of Toyota’s priorities for this primary broadly obtainable EV, as EVgo focuses totally on metro areas fairly than road-trip waypoints. 

We’ve heard loads about worth hikes and surcharges this 12 months, however the sticker worth of the 2023 Mini Cooper SE isn’t altering versus 2022. It wears the identical $30,750 base worth and 114-mile vary, now with Apple CarPlay and some new colours and trims.

Volkswagen revealed just a few extra images and particulars relating to its ID.Buzz electrical Microbus, which is because of debut in manufacturing type March 9. Though the electrical van will very intently parallel the specs of the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 in its European model, a long-wheelbase U.S. model with an even bigger battery is on the best way. 

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are two of the 12 months’s most fascinating new EVs, each constructed on the identical international platform. And but the EV6 is less complicated to get and obtainable in all 50 states. We took a take a look at how this occurred: Merely put, Kia put extra into EV preparedness. 

Mazda is because of debut a plug-in hybrid CX60 SUV on March 8, and it hinted that this mannequin, the primary constructed on a brand new rear-wheel-drive platform, can even bow with a contemporary inside theme for the model. 

Mazda CX-60 teaser

Mazda CX-60 teaser

Ford is reportedly contemplating the spinoff of its EV enterprise. Might that hasten the automaker’s shift to electrical autos and attraction to shareholders?

Polestar has been in search of the assistance of suppliers in constructing the first really climate-neutral automotive by 2030—no tree-planting workarounds—and it revealed the primary set of collaborators this week for the so-called “Polestar 0 Undertaking.”

The EPA introduced a settlement with Tesla over paint-shop violations on the EV maker’s Fremont, California plant—with a fantastic that amounted to roughly the price of 4 Mannequin Ys. And Tesla reported that final month it reached a cumulative manufacturing of a million large-format 4680 battery cells, at its so-called pilot manufacturing facility for them in California. Whereas that is perhaps sufficient for greater than 1,000 Mannequin Ys, it might want to make them at a far larger charge to ramp up car manufacturing in Texas. 

Tesla Model 3 equipped with WiTricity wireless charging system

Tesla Mannequin 3 geared up with WiTricity wi-fi charging system

Tesla Mannequin 3 house owners may quickly have the choice of “reducing the wire” at house, with an aftermarket WiTricity inductive charging system arriving in beta later this 12 months. A system for the Ford Mustang Mach-E can also be within the works. 

In different Tesla information, the EV maker has once more topped J.D. Energy’s research taking a look at EV proprietor satisfaction with house charging. Its Degree 2 completely mounted Wall Charger—the class that Energy has already discovered results in probably the most satisfaction—took the highest spot, whereas Clipper Creek took second place. 

Change Wind  -  Wind and Solar tower, for charging/grid buffering

Change Wind – Wind and Photo voltaic tower, for charging/grid buffering

Might distinctive, helical wind-and-solar towers assist cost EVs and stabilize the grid the place wanted—at locations like truck stops or distant charging stations? It’s an concept that’s made the rounds earlier than, however with new relevance within the context of the charging infrastructure push. 

In response to a longtime research following buyers’ electrical car buy intent, the newest surge of curiosity in EVs began in March 2020. Sure, it’s when the pandemic hit the U.S. and gasoline worth considerations hit, nevertheless it’s neither of these: Credit score the arrival of the Tesla Mannequin Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and VW ID.4, amongst many others. 

Electric fueling station of the future  -

Electrical fueling station of the longer term –

And what’s going to the charging station of the longer term appear like? With a current competitors that engaged architects and designers, we received a glimpse at how bigger road-trip charging stations might be calm, well deliberate journey plazas fairly than thinly deliberate corners of blacktop parking heaps. It’s value clicking via a number of the footage to see that there actually is another.


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