December 4, 2023


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Prius Prime lease deal, Silverado EV vary, Cayenne E-Hybrid evaluate: The Week in Reverse

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Which standard pickup goes hybrid, however not electrical fairly but?

Which U.S. metropolis is providing robotic EV charging at its airport parking?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Stories—for the week ending Might 19, 2023.

In a evaluate of the 2024 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, we checked out how this mannequin basically helps bridge the hole between the function of V-8 engines on this SUV household’s lineup and the absolutely electrical Cayenne that’s anticipated in 2026. Will it serve up sufficient of an electrical commute to make the choice worthwhile?

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck

The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV has an official EPA score of 450 miles, GM studies, with its bigger battery pack. That battery pack measurement hasn’t but been clarified, however the automaker says the paperwork is in. It’s on monitor to start out deliveries in spring 2023 as scheduled—which feels like proper about now. 

The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid prices much less to lease than the Prius hybrid—although the Prime has a better sticker worth. That’s as a result of Toyota is making use of federal tax credit score funds for this made-in-Japan plug-in that apply to the lease however to not purchases. 

Mercedes-Benz is planning a U.S.-bound electrical luxurious van plus a spread of van-based EVs together with a camper van, supply automobiles, and even purpose-built automobiles like ambulances. It’s all a part of Mercedes’ Van.EA platform for electrical vans outlined this week.

Van.EA - cargo and passenger

Van.EA – cargo and passenger

The hybrid fashions headline a 2024 Toyota Tacoma pickup lineup revealed Thursday evening. However as with Toyota’s bigger Tundra pickups, hybrid variations prioritize towing, hauling, and changing bigger engines greater than they go for peak mpg. And regardless of the rumor mill and what Toyota’s idea automobiles may recommend, there’s no signal of a Tacoma EV but.

Those that drive a Porsche Taycan now have a wider vary of navigation selections. Apple Maps will faucet into the Taycan’s vitality use and state of cost and, just like the EV’s built-in Charging Planner, suggest charging stops alongside the way in which. Shifting nav to the iPhone and CarPlay gained’t get battery preconditioning forward of the highest-power charging breaks, although. 

Apple Maps in Porsche Taycan

Apple Maps in Porsche Taycan

Dieselgate drags on within the courts, even with top-level CEOs. Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler on Tuesday admitted guilt and agreed to pay a $1.2 million tremendous for persevering with to promote automobiles with emissions-cheating software program after the scandal broke. Stadler’s legacy isn’t totally mired in diesel smoke although, as he pushed forward with plans to affect Audi that proceed to this present day. 

Two electrical car reveals that concentrate on Europe once more had us surprise: Why not the U.S.? Honda revealed a mainstream compact electrical SUV for Europe—one that can go up in opposition to the Hyundai Kona Electrical and others. Then Ford confirmed the E-Tourneo Courier, a severely small electrical van that may very well be a go-against-the-grain game-changer for the U.S. market, versus the Hyundai Kona Electrical or Kia Soul. 

Ford E-Tourneo Courier electric van for Europe

Ford E-Tourneo Courier electrical van for Europe

Ford additionally introduced what quantities to its most vital consideration of hydrogen fuel-cell tech in 15 years or extra. With a three-year UK trial venture, Ford is fuel-cell E-Transit vans used instead of its heaviest business vans—of the type that also may in any other case require diesel engines at the moment.

Simply this week, Honda made extra hydrogen-related bulletins, too. On one hand, it confirmed plans to reveal a fuel-cell heavy-duty truck with Isuzu subsequent 12 months, with a market launch due in 2027. Alternatively, it’s wanting on the potential function of hydrogen-fueled inside combustion engines in small mobility, with Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha—although these corporations are additionally creating a battery-swapping scheme.

The massive battery plant being constructed by the three way partnership of Stellantis and LG in Ontario, Canada—and flanked by a close-by heart for battery experience—has been placed on maintain, in keeping with Stellantis, as a result of the Canadian authorities hasn’t delivered the incentives it initially agreed to. Will this have an effect on the timeline for upcoming Stellantis EVs like its Ram 1500 REV electrical truck?

2023 Rivian R1S

2023 Rivian R1S

As Rivian continues to ramp up manufacturing, it confirmed final week that the wait time on some variations of the R1T electrical pickup is down to simply 14 days in some circumstances. That’s no trigger for a worth minimize, in keeping with the corporate and its CEO, however there are lower-priced fashions on the way in which. 

The regional utility Rocky Mountain Energy introduced plans Wednesday for 80 fast-charging stations at 20 websites in Utah, with help from Electrify America. It’s in search of federal NEVI funding for the stations, which is able to assist fill in charging corridors permitting EV drivers to cross the state.

Ziggy EV charging robot kiosk

Ziggy EV charging robotic kiosk

And the Ziggy robotic charger shall be examined quickly in an airport car parking zone, at Dallas Fort Value Worldwide Airport (DFW), as a part of a pilot program revolutionary charging options. Will it assist enhance parking flexibility and bypass “ICEing” drama?


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