December 4, 2023


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Maverick Hybrid markup, Rolls-Royce EV tech, Rivian manufacturing: The Week in Reverse

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Which EV fast-charging community doesn’t have horrible reliability?

Which firm that’s “all-in” on EVs pushed again in opposition to regulators’ targets?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Experiences—for the week ending July 7, 2023.

Ford broke new floor in making a hybrid powertrain normal when it launched its Maverick compact truck two years in the past. However the 37-mpg hybrid now prices $1,500 additional within the 2024 Ford Maverick and means the entry worth of the Maverick Hybrid is greater than $5,000 increased than it initially was. 

2023 Ford Maverick

2023 Ford Maverick

Rolls-Royce dedicated to going absolutely electrical by 2030 a pair years in the past, nevertheless it begins that journey later this 12 months with first deliveries of its first EV ever. The backstory of how the Rolls-Royce Spectre EV took type is attention-grabbing in itself, though you’ll additionally need to learn this Rolls-Royce Spectre first drive

Rivian made progress ramping up EV manufacturing within the second quarter of the 12 months, in response to outcomes launched by the corporate earlier this week. It says the numbers “stay according to firm expectations” as R1T pickups, R1S SUVs, and EDV vans roll out of its Illinois meeting plant. 

Volkswagen ID.Buzz self-driving prototype testing in Austin, Texas - July 2023

Volkswagen ID.Buzz self-driving prototype testing in Austin, Texas – July 2023

Volkswagen is transferring its autonomous-vehicle program on after the now-defunct Argo.AI, and it’s utilizing its ID.Buzz electrical van for U.S. autonomous-tech testing—initially on the streets of Austin. Nevertheless it must be famous that VW’s utilizing the shorter-wheelbase model it gained’t promote to Individuals.

Fiat on Wednesday confirmed its tiny Topolino electrical minicar, in addition to the 600e compact crossover that aligns carefully with the 500X crossover that’s been supplied within the U.S. There are not any American plans for both of those fashions, although, in response to Fiat, however the 500e EV stays on schedule for early 2024. 

2024 Fiat Topolino

2024 Fiat Topolino

Fiat’s mother or father firm, Stellantis, additionally detailed one of many 4 platforms that can underpin as much as 2 million EVs yearly throughout its many manufacturers. The STLA Medium platform will supply quick charging and properly over 300 miles of vary in some types. It’s anticipated to be the spine of a number of necessary mainstream EVs for Europe—assume Peugeot, Citroën, and maybe Fiat—and can type the premise for fashions which can be primarily compact by U.S. requirements. 

This week marked the top of the EPA’s remark interval for pending light-vehicle emissions guidelines that might require vastly higher EV gross sales over the following decade, and amongst many arguments GM’s feedback stood out. Regardless of its aspiration to make its whole light-duty car lineup all-electric by 2035, GM is worried about assembly 50% EVs by 2030 in a spread of auto units outlined by regulators. 

2023 Tesla Model X - Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

2023 Tesla Mannequin X – Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

In response to a petition, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) this week reopened an investigation into unintended acceleration in Tesla autos. Probably affecting each Tesla ever made, the investigation will look into allegations suggesting a design flaw in Tesla’s inverters.

Common Motors has acquired a agency that makes software program serving to to determine EV battery points, together with thermal runaway occasions and different battery failures. The agency’s options are particularly enticing, GM explains, as a result of they don’t require further {hardware} or sensors.  

Michelin Uptis airless tire on French postal van

Michelin Uptis airless tire on French postal van

Airless tire tech has lengthy been seen as a key expertise for electrical and autonomous autos. Now France’s postal service will likely be testing Michelin’s Uptis airless tires in supply vans, in what could develop into an necessary real-world proof level. 

The automotive provider ZF final week recommended that, with a Porsche Taycan as its prototype, it’s capable of enhance cold-weather EV vary by as much as a 3rd with a revamped thermal administration system and propane-based warmth pump. It reveals there should still be some important vary positive factors to realize with out upsizing batteries. 

Tesla Supercharger

Tesla Supercharger

And up to date J.D. Energy information means that fast-charging reliability is abysmal when taking a look at all however Tesla Supercharging. Will the shift to Tesla’s NACS connector in future EVs prolong Tesla’s constant expertise to different manufacturers?


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