September 24, 2023


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MX-30 EV overview, Tesla charging future, Rivian R1S Max Pack, greenest and meanest: The Week in Reverse

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What number of “choose” Tesla Supercharger stations are open to different manufacturers’ EVs?

Which new EV maker delivered its first U.S.-market automobiles this week?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Stories—for the week ending March 3, 2023.

Tesla’s Investor Day was definitely essentially the most eagerly anticipated potential newsmaking occasion of the week, and whereas it offered a glance years into the long run, at features of a sustainable-energy ecosystem that will give the corporate benefit, just a few shorter-term product advances additionally stood out. Tesla teased wi-fi EV charging as a part of its future, so we checked out how this tech might go proper together with proprietor comfort, future self-driving (or self-parking) options, and the bidirectional charging functionality that Tesla additionally confirmed this week is on the way in which inside two years—which might additionally slot in with the Limitless Charging package deal it is exploring. 

Tesla additionally confirmed Wednesday that it’s opened “choose” Superchargers to fast-charge EVs of different manufacturers utilizing the CCS normal—offered they use the Tesla app. The corporate later within the day on its Investor Name confirmed the hassle now consists of 10 U.S. areas. In the meantime, the corporate can also be beginning to roll out an adapter and retrofit permitting a few of its automobiles to cost utilizing CCS. 

2023 Rivian R1S

2023 Rivian R1S

Rivian this week confirmed {that a} 390-mile Max Pack model of its R1S electrical SUV shall be delivered beginning this fall. The Max Pack variations will solely are available in Twin Motor type, with the corporate’s newest, in-house Enduro drive items. Additional, Rivian launched up to date vary numbers for the vans in Twin Motor type, and emphasised that its mass-market R2 lineup to return in 2026 shall be a lot simpler to construct.

Moreover, the survey big J.D. Energy advised Rivian is doing very effectively with the possession expertise—particularly in setting expectations for vary. The Rivian R1T, Mini Cooper SE, and Kia EV6 have been among the many top-ranked EVs in a examine out this week, with the Mannequin 3 following these. 

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV

In a overview of the Mazda MX-30 EV, we discovered this primary U.S. electrical car from Mazda to be a complicated proposition. It masquerades as an unique however misses the vary, efficiency, and charging that EV buyers shall be looking for—all whereas not providing a lot practicality.

The design of the Kia EV9 electrical SUV was teased on Thursday in just a few obscured pictures, though they’re sufficient to focus on that the manufacturing EV9 will very intently resemble the EV9 idea. 

Kia EV9 teaser

Kia EV9 teaser

Ford confirmed Thursday that it’ll restart manufacturing of the F-150 Lightning electrical truck on March 13, permitting time for brand new batteries and packs to be delivered to the manufacturing line. It nonetheless hasn’t mentioned what the battery-related difficulty was, or confirmed whether or not it would result in a recall.

Vinfast has reduce the lease costs for its VF 8 and VF 9, and it additionally confirmed first deliveries for the VF 8—after addressing a number of points on its first batch of automobiles.

Vinfast VF 8

Vinfast VF 8

Nissan introduced in the beginning of the week that it’s accelerating its shift towards electrified and totally electrical fashions for Europe and Japan, whereas sticking to earlier EV targets for the U.S. It additionally lately introduced plans to apply what it preaches in Southern California—through the use of battery electrical semis from Kenworth and Nikola to ship its Ariya EVs from the port to the dealership.

The identical day it introduced that it idled an Illinois plant assembling gasoline automobiles, Stellantis boasted of its plan to make electrical drive modules in Indiana for future EVs—together with the Ram 1500 REV pickup and a Dodge electrical muscle automotive.

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Idea

The U.S. Postal Service introduced that it plans to purchase Ford E-Transit electrical vans—9,250 of them—successfully filling the hole for electrical supply whereas the Postal Service waits even longer for its custom-designed supply vans to be prepared in EV type. The announcement additionally included the deployment of 14,000 supporting charging stations. 

A examine from Ford and involving the European Fee discovered that for electrical supply automobiles, heating EV cabin panels might assist increase vary and support effectivity. If you are able to do with out the new air, that’s. 

The newest annual evaluation of the greenest and meanest new automobiles for the setting from the ACEEE helps underscore that, bearing in mind tailpipe emissions, manufacturing, and the manufacturing of gas, lighter EVs are the greenest picks, whereas heavy gasoline vans are the meanest. The 2023 checklist was topped by the Mini Cooper SE, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota bZ4X.

2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE FWD

2023 Toyota bZ4X XLE FWD

Collectively, the emissions from tires and brakes is a severe menace to lungs, the meals chain, and extra, a brand new examine identified. This one, from Imperial School London, means that for road-going automobiles, greater than half of all particle emissions got here from tires and brakes—sure, greater than from tailpipes.

And EV journey size is rising quickly, in response to information from billions of journeys and thousands and thousands of automobiles, and it’s now practically equal to that of gasoline automobiles. It might be one other indication vary anxiousness is over and much more buyers are straight changing their gasoline fashions with EVs.


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