F-150 Lightning Battery, EV-to-EV Charging, LFP Model 3, Gas Prices and EV Tipping Point: The Week Upside Down

Which brand does Polestar hope to compete with future models?

A first version of what big electric off-road truck was delivered?

Here is our look back at the week in reverse, right here at Green Car Reports—For the week ending December 24, 2021.

Confirmation of the official battery sizes for the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup last week highlighted that the Lightning could almost match the smaller RIvian R1T in terms of efficiency. And the Lightning and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 are among the first two US-spec models to offer EV-to-EV charging potential. Both models aim to integrate their two-way capabilities into a home energy ecosystem.

Ford Vehicle-to-Vehicle Charging

Tesla has started shipping Model 3 sedans powered by lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells to US buyers. Tesla which regularly charges to 100% is good, even recommended, for this version.

The Tesla Model Y has earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Its IIHS Top Safety Pick + price is only matched by the Volkswagen ID.4 and Volvo XC40, among the smallest electric SUVs.

From left to right: Polestar 5, Polestar 4 and Polestar 3

From left to right: Polestar 5, Polestar 4 and Polestar 3

Polestar, which has kept close ties with its cousin Volvo until now, aims to follow its own direction in the near future, including its own electric motors, batteries and 800-volt electrical architecture. In addition, it will target the Porsche Cayenne, Macan and Taycan, with its Polestar 3, 4 and 5, respectively.

BMW’s two next-generation electric vehicles, the iX SUV and the i4 fastback, were rated for the EPA lineup this week. The iX gains better-than-expected range of up to 324 miles, while the i4 only covers 300 miles in one version, with its most alluring twin-engine M50 version with flashy 22-inch wheels clocking in at just 227 miles.

2022 BMW iX xDrive50

2022 BMW iX xDrive50

GM has confirmed it made the first versions for customers of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV and BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery van. They are the first to be built on the Ultium architecture dedicated to the automaker’s electric vehicles.

American electric vehicle startup Canoo, which once aimed for a subscription plan and focused primarily on California at first, has abandoned another plan to manufacture its initial versions of the original lifestyle vehicle in the Netherlands. . The first versions will come from Arkansas in 2022, he says, followed by a move to a factory in Oklahoma in 2023.

Arrival, the British company that mainly focused on electric utility vehicles, presented an electric vehicle specially designed for Uber and carpooling. With the imprint of a VW Golf but a design for maximum interior space, is this the future of taxis?

Arrival car prototype

Arrival car prototype

The EPA has announced the development of final rules for US vehicle fleet standards that will resume with the 2023 model year. Although they set more stringent targets than the Obama-era standards, they also felt that automakers can satisfy them with just 7% full hybrids and 17% combined electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2026. Is that enough?

A recent Ipsos survey provides one of many indicators the market could take us there even if regulators don’t. More than a third of Americans are now ready to consider an EV, and soaring gasoline prices may help tip the EV market, although hurdles remain linked to ignorance of battery technology.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021

Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021

And over the past couple of weeks, as we worked toward an announcement on January 3 of our Green Car Reports Best Car to Buy, we’ve reviewed each of our five finalists. Which one will follow our 2021 winner, the Ford Mustang Mach-E?

  • The Hyundai Ioniq 5 ushers in a new era of electric vehicle design and technology in an affordable package.
  • The Lucid Air offers next-level range and recharging and a holistic reinterpretation of luxury and design.
  • The Mercedes-Benz EQS shows a greater commitment to the luxury establishment.
  • The Rivian R1T electric pickup takes a foundational format for Americans and upgrades it in a way that will bring change.
  • The Volkswagen ID.4 brings the most ambition to the table, among all competitors, in terms of actual sales volume and affordability


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