VW ID.Buzz review, $30,000 Equinox EV details, future Jeep EVs, dirty diesel tuners: The week in reverse

Which automaker announced a big shift to cylindrical cells and a Tesla-like battery strategy?

Which production-bound boxy Jeep EV is in ‘brotherhood’ with the Wrangler?

Here’s our look back at the week inside out – right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending September 9, 2022. And my goodness, it’s been a busy week.

In a driving review of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz electric minivan, we found this reboot of the Microbus to be charming, comfortable and efficient, and perhaps most importantly, a great counterpoint to crossovers. When it arrives in two years in American long-wheelbase, three-row form, it will make a great family wagon.

2023 Lexus RX 450+ plug-in hybrid (EU spec)

And in a brief driving review of the 2023 Lexus RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid, we saw this version of the best-selling luxury crossover lacking quite a bit in mileage and acceleration compared to the smaller NX 450h+ and Toyota RAV4 Prime. . It will be a more difficult calculation.

Chevrolet revealed more details about the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV, including confirmation that this electric crossover due in the fall of 2023 is for the mass market and will stick to the $30,000 base price. That, for a range of 250 miles with front-wheel drive, doesn’t include incentives like the EV tax credit, and the GM brand says the base version will arrive within the first year.

Jeep reconnaissance

Jeep reconnaissance

Stellantis showed off three production-ready Jeep electric vehicles, all expected by 2025, including an Avenger compact SUV for Europe, a Wagoneer S luxury SUV, and a rugged Recon that shares a “brotherhood” with the Wrangler.

BMW formalized its change of course on batteries this morning, announcing a switch to cylindrical cells in future electric vehicles, with promises of 30% more autonomy, faster charging and cell-to-pack technology. in vehicles that are about to start arriving in 2025. A solid-state demonstrator, LFP cells and battery production in the United States are also part of the plan, which aims to halve the cost of batteries.

Bollinger B1 production intention

Bollinger B1 production intention

Mullen Automotive took a majority stake in Bollinger Motors of Michigan on Thursday, and as a press release and comments from executives suggested, it’s a positive step toward reviving plans for the Bollinger B1 electric SUV and pickup. -up electrical B2.

Netherlands-based Lightyear has announced a new round of investments it says will boost development of the “high-volume” Lightyear 2 solar electric vehicle and help fuel a planned international expansion, although the U.S. have not yet planned any projects.

Lucid Air 2021

Lucid Air 2021

Lucid Motors may be gearing up to build its most affordable version of the Air luxury sedan soon, perhaps because it navigates supply chain issues more easily. The Lucid Air Pure is set to go further than the longer-range Tesla Model S, with a smaller battery and at a lower price.

Rivian and Mercedes have announced their intention to partner in the production of electric vans in Europe, hoping to share some of the manufacturing costs. The facility would manufacture “bespoke large electric vans” for both brands, each with its own design and platform.

Pickup

Pickup

The EPA has announced that it is cracking down on diesel tuning sellers offering aftermarket diesel “override device” solutions that bypass the original emission devices. Often sold as “music deletes” or “delete kits”, they claim to improve engine operation or efficiency, but produce significantly higher levels of health-damaging NOx and particulate pollution .

Battery technology company StoreDot has started shipping its super-fast charging electric vehicle batteries to automakers for real-world testing, it reported this week. From there, automakers who have invested in StoreDot could help with another push toward the company’s intention to mass-produce them by 2024. It still claims a 100-mile-in-five-minute charge rate. .

A new startup called Harbinger claims to wipe out the upfront cost of electric commercial trucks over internal combustion ones. With a modular battery, “eAxle”, and cable-based steering and braking systems, as well as 800-volt DC fast charging in just one hour, these models aim for a compromise between technology and cost. .

Buick Wildcat EV Concept

Buick Wildcat EV Concept

GM’s Buick brand will begin offering buybacks to its roughly 2,000 U.S. dealers, as an alternative to required upgrades like chargers and training as the brand begins its transition to an all-electric lineup. Although GM saw about a third of Cadillac dealerships drop out before the Lyriq arrived, many Buick dealerships are already associated with GMC and its hype Hummer EV.

The electric vehicles that many families are also replacing often weigh hundreds of pounds more than the ones they are replacing. As deaths on American roads hit their highest level in 16 years, should we be concerned about road safety for anyone not on board?

GMC Hummer EV at Pilot Travel Center

GMC Hummer EV at Pilot Travel Center

And a California heat wave that continued over the weekend prompted the state’s grid operator to ask EV drivers to reduce their charging in the late afternoon and early morning. evening. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at how useful time-of-use rates will soon be more accessible to everyone, thanks to a rule approved by the California Public Utilities Commission last month.

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