BMW iX review, cheaper VW ID.4, limited Mini Cooper SE, Fisker and Lucid updates: the week in reverse

Which automaker is offering to buy back its recalled electric vehicles?

Which company was given a US criminal penalty this week for diesel emissions?

Here’s our look back at the week inside out – right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending August 5, 2022.

We warmed up to the weirdness with a week-long review of the BMW iX. This big, controversially styled SUV that carries the torch from the much smaller i3 is truly luxurious and, if you can see past all the quirky parts, it offers real range in a way that no non-Tesla SUV can. has.

2022 BMW iX xDrive50

This week marked the announcement of several low-cost electric vehicles, including the cheapest, US-built version of the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 starting at $38,790, VW revealed. That’s for the 62 kWh battery with an estimated range of 208 miles in the new ID.4 Standard version, which includes many standard technical features.

BMW this week announced a cheaper version of the i4 electric car for the US market. The 2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 will get a single-motor, rear-drive layout like the existing eDrive40, but with a smaller battery and around 260 miles of EPA range, at $4,000 less. At $52,395, that’s only slightly more than a base Tesla Model 3 or Polestar 2.

BMW i4 eDrive 202335

BMW i4 eDrive 202335

The base version of the Mini Cooper SE costs around $23,000, if you can claim the EV tax credit, and this nimble, head-turning two-door is unlike any other EV at this budget. But due to supply chain issues, the base version is unavailable, leaving models starting at $4,325 more.

In response to its as-yet-unresolved wheel recall, Toyota is offering a full buyout to customers with its BZ4X electric crossover, as an alternative choice over a suite of other offset benefits, including a $5,000 credit, warranty , bonus fast charging and free loaner cars. For just a few hundred cars, it’s a response beyond expectation that underscores that Toyota is taking these first EV customers very seriously.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD

The 5,000-unit Fisker Ocean One Launch Edition is already sold out, the company reported this week, confirming that it has collected a $5,000 deposit for each one. In November, it will begin pre-orders for the high-end Ocean Extreme versions, and it already has more than 4,000 orders for the still-unreleased $29,900 Pear EV.

Lucid Motors halved its 2022 delivery target to just 6,000 to 7,000 of its Air electric sedans, citing ongoing supply chain issues. He said in the meantime he was moving more operations in-house and continuing to expand his sales and service network and operate on the same schedule for the factory expansion and the Project Gravity SUV.

2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance

2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance

A recent study looking at the shopping experience suggests that start-up electric vehicle brands aren’t connecting with potential customers (and sales) as well as traditional luxury brands – and Tesla isn’t doing as well. good in this respect than before. For Rivian, Lucid and Polestar, this may be an early warning signal that things will have to be different after they outgrow the early conscious users of the products.

California drivers can now subscribe to the Tesla Model Y month-to-month, with Autonomy’s expanded operations recently adding this top-selling electric vehicle in the United States. allowing more purchases at the end of the lease.

Light year 0

Light year 0

Sweden’s Koenigsegg has invested in solar car company Lightyear, the companies said, and Lightyear hopes to use the partnership to improve the performance and efficiency of its more widely available future model, Lightyear 2.

The reconciliation bill that would have a good chance of passing the Senate – with an expanded tax credit for electric vehicles – also includes up to $ 40,000 tax credit for electric tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks. Such a change would pay big dividends for air quality, say environmental groups.

The current situation of high demand for electric vehicles, combined with dwindling funds and waiting lists, has made some of California’s electric vehicle incentives effectively unavailable to the low-income households for whom they were intended.

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

A federal court in Detroit on Monday fined FCA, now part of Stellantis, a criminal fine of approximately $300 million for the use of diesel “defeat devices” on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel models. -2016. In these more than 100,000 trucks, the emission control systems performed differently in test cycles than in the real world.

As BMW develops its dedicated EV platform for Neue Klasse models arriving around the middle of the decade – due to generation models the size of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y – it is considering fuel cell versions at hydrogen, according to CEO Oliver Zipse. However, making space for hydrogen can be particularly difficult.

2023 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid

2023 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid

With the drop in plug-in hybrid sales in Europe, is this a sufficient sign that the era of this palliative technology is over? Before you answer that, consider that PHEV sales are still on the rise in the US

And for a question we’re still pondering: Have regulators and others focused too much on EV sales and not enough on the retirement of ICE vehicles? That’s what sweeping new research seems to suggest, concluding that it will take shortened lifespans for gasoline and diesel vehicles, on top of the sales targets so widely touted, to meet the Accord’s goals. of Paris on the climate. Should the focus of more electric vehicle incentives be shifted in favor of retired gas consumers?

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