Toyota EV technical details; controversy VE tax credit; Tesla, Hertz and Uber: the week turned upside down



Which company aims to help install 40,000 additional destination chargers?

Which EV startup plans to use Panasonic cylindrical cells, like Tesla?

Here is our look back at the week in reverse, right here at Green Car Reports—For the week ending October 30, 2021.

In a review update of the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid, we found that it sticks to the mark on value and stays true to its claimed combined rating of 37 mpg, though we’re not quite sure. comfortable with the style or utility of the third row.

Concept Toyota BZ4X – Shanghai Auto Show 2021

In the product news, we learned about two highly anticipated upcoming plugins. Toyota has featured a surprisingly long list of tech talking points in its bZ4X electric car (above), coming soon, though you might have to wait a bit for the Tesla-style steering yoke or two-way charging. And Mitsubishi has provided details regarding its 2023 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid (below), which is expected to arrive in North America later in 2022. And with 40% more electric motor power, one-way drive modes pedal and all-terrain, and a hefty 20- kwh battery might be good for over 40 miles of range, it could become a serious contender for the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid 2023

Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid 2023

As we put together this weekly update, controversy continues to germinate over EV tax credit reform. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh has spoken out against the Biden administration’s proposed tax credit bonus for union-made electric cars, calling it fundamentally bogus. Tesla, Honda, Toyota, other automakers and state governors have also pushed back the union requirement. Despite this collective setback, the Biden administration included this provision in a post Thursday of a Build Back Better framework that it considers capable of passing both houses of Congress.

Thinking back to the start of the week, rental car giant Hertz dropped a surprise Monday morning with plans to add 100,000 Tesla models to its fleet – and with a mention that the convenience of the Supercharger network has helped it. to sell. Days later, the enormity of the engagement became clearer, with Hertz’s plan to offer the Tesla Model 3 to Uber drivers for $ 299 per week, insured. Hertz starts the program with 50,000 of the initial 100,000 for the Uber service, but it has the potential to triple the Uber program to 150,000, which means that in a few years, Hertz could have bought 200,000 Teslas.

Tesla at Hertz

Tesla at Hertz

Tesla’s chief financial officer, in last month’s quarterly update, noted that the automaker was caught off guard by a “deep awakening” in the desirability of electric vehicles that has amplified the complexities of chain-link issues. supply and pricing.

GM has announced plans to use its network of approximately 4,500 franchised dealerships to create an additional 40,000 Level 2 charging connectors. Up to 10 chargers will be available per dealership.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV, which was almost launched in the United States in 2019, then postponed to 2021 and then canceled, is expected to return in its next-gen form in 2025. At this point, we’ll believe it when we see it. .

Range of canoes

Range of canoes

Canoo has announced that its Lifestyle vehicle, due by the end of next year, will get cylindrical cells in the Panasonic 2170 format, as part of its structural battery that uses integrated modules. Panasonic is also reportedly preparing to manufacture 4680 size cells for Tesla from 2022. The larger cylindrical size was the focus of last year’s Battery Day presentation and a staple of Cybertruck and Semi production.

Comparison between 4680 and 2170 - Panasonic

Comparison between 4680 and 2170 – Panasonic

Battery news continues to recharge our daily feed. Apple is, like Tesla, in the search for lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, although its discussions with the two Chinese suppliers that could best meet its needs, BYD and CATL, have stalled. And Hyundai Mobis, the captive technology provider of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, has partnered with battery maker CATL for its cell-to-package technology, possibly delivering future benefits in terms of energy density or lower costs. for electric vehicles of these brands. Mobis also said he was developing an “electronic angle module” that would allow future electric vehicles to have wheels capable of turning 90 degrees, for spinning parking or sideways “crabbing” in situations. urban.

Xpeng charge 800 volts

Xpeng charge 800 volts

Chinese company Xpeng has rolled out plans to build a network of 480 kW and 800 volt charging stations in its home market as part of its infrastructure, as well as a pivot to a new 800 V vehicle platform capable of ” add 124 miles of range in 5 minutes.

GMC believes buyers of the next Hummer EV will be, like others who buy pickup trucks, very accessories-driven. Nearly 200 accessories are therefore already planned for large electric trucks.

2022 GMC Hummer EV equipped with accessories - SEMA Show 2021

2022 GMC Hummer EV equipped with accessories – SEMA Show 2021

Electrify America continues to add more cross-country routes, which means pushing through Wyoming and South Dakota, with a charging stop near Wall Drug, the hallmark of road trips, for example. .

And Lucid made his first customer deliveries of the Air Dream Edition at an event on Saturday. Although Lucid only plans to manufacture 577 vehicles during the year, it aims to ramp up production with more affordable and bulky models in the years to come.


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