Kia Niro EV assessment, Tesla FSD recall, Ford LFP batteries, Ram 1500 REV: The Week in Reverse

Which model revealed a completely electrical convertible obtainable this 12 months?

Which state opted to hitch California’s EV mandate this week?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Experiences—for the week ending February 17, 2023.

In a assessment of the 2023 Kia Niro EV, we discover that whereas this 253-mile EV has improved incrementally in each manner versus its predecessor, it backslides on worth—particularly while you begin to lay out the way it compares by the numbers. 

The federal authorities acted to place Tesla’s $15,000 Full Self-Driving on a tighter leash. The NHTSA mentioned that Full Self-Driving Beta poses “an unreasonable danger to motorcar security,” with the announcement of an over-the-air recall of greater than 360,000 autos that can alter quite a lot of methods the system behaves and responds. It outcomes after an engineering evaluation by the company. 

Ram 1500 REV

Ram 1500 REV

Coordinated with a Tremendous Bowl advert about “untimely electrification,” Ram revealed the manufacturing model of its 1500 REV electrical truck, which seems to be nothing near the design revolution proven by the model’s latest Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Idea. 

A plant that would produce battery cells enabling Ford EV affordability was introduced for Michigan. The power can be owned and run by Ford however will make use of expertise from CATL and make LFP (lithium iron phosphate) cells.

Ford Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning getting CATL LFP batteries

Ford Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning getting CATL LFP batteries

With the LFP battery tech headed to the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning over the following 12 months, and we appeared into what makes it superior for sure sorts of budget-minded consumers. 

Unrelated to the battery announcement, Ford this week halted F-150 Lightning manufacturing over a battery-related situation that concerned a hearth outdoors its Dearborn plant. Ford didn’t cease Lightning gross sales within the wake of the difficulty, which it continues to guage.

Tesla Supercharger

Tesla Supercharger

Earlier within the week, we checked out how Tesla would possibly open its Supercharger community to different EVs and increase its proprietary connectors to entry authorities funding. After which on Wednesday it occurred, with the Biden administration laying out technical necessities for firms claiming federal funds for the $7.5 billion nationwide EV charging community. That features Tesla, which is able to open up a few of its community—for a value, after all. 

There can be three EV debuts from Cadillac in 2023, the GM luxurious model introduced Wednesday, with manufacturing beginning in 2024 for all three. Don’t count on all of them to come back to the U.S. instantly, both, as they’ll be given staggered rollouts throughout world markets. 

MINI Cooper SE Convertible (Euro spec)

MINI Cooper SE Convertible (Euro spec)

There’s now a manufacturing electrical convertible! Don’t get your hopes up an excessive amount of, although; the Mini Cooper SE Convertible confirmed this week is barely arriving to Europe, in a really limited-edition type. 

Earlier than its personal self-imposed disruption of Dieselgate, VW noticed plug-in hybrids as a “bridge” to EVs. After years of claiming that hybrids and PHEVs for the U.S. will solely divert the main target from its totally electrical fashions, VW seems to be returning to that previous messaging. 

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Idea stay images, 2015 Detroit Auto Present

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy introduced Wednesday that his Backyard State will take a path to undertake California’s 2035 finish date for brand new internal-combustion autos, apart from plug-in hybrids. With the latest defeat of an effort to scrap Virginia’s adoption of the foundations, there’s now a cohesive East Coast bloc mandating extra EVs. 

In the meantime, seven automakers earlier this week filed testimony that solidly backs California’s potential to mandate EVs as a part of more durable emissions requirements—in response to a problem from 17 Republican-led states opposing this case that tangles with states’ rights. 

A Ford patent software proposes a dual-charge-port resolution that would, with bidirectional charging functionality, cost a number of EVs in sequence from the identical station—or permit them to supply energy to one another or to the grid. The tech appears to be like prefer it may very well be a helpful a part of Ford’s plan to assist companies lower prices and electrify their fleets.

Ford series EV charging patent image

Ford sequence EV charging patent picture

Ford has additionally patented the mix of a solid-axle and hub-motor mixture for EVs, and it reminds us of the setup utilized by Lordstown Motors within the Endurance—a setup Ford had mentioned wasn’t sturdy sufficient for the F-150 Lightning. Would possibly it make sense in any case in a future off-roader?

Redwood Supplies is reportedly prone to obtain a $2 billion U.S. Division of Power mortgage making use of towards its $3.5 billion recycling and manufacturing facility in Nevada, and getting a leap on a U.S. provide chain for battery supplies. 

A possible cold-weather stalling situation is prompting Toyota to recall some 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrids. It’s a software program repair, however on this car which means a service appointment on the dealership. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE

Outcomes from a examine sponsored by a petro-refining commerce group counsel that Midwest motorists can pay a further 8 to 12 cents per gallon of gasoline due ethanol coverage supported by the area. Would a cohesive fuels customary together with electrical energy era serve everybody higher?

In accordance with a report summing up California gross sales, Tesla took 11% of the state’s market in 2022, passing GM, Honda, and others. It did that with solely EVs, and no pickups but, as EVs surged to 17% of the California market in 2022. 

And is the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration going to take significantly a petition that seeks pedestrian sounds on 9 million older hybrids and EVs? It’s extraordinarily uncommon for the company to open such a wide-ranging investigation on one petition, so this will likely mark a number of auto-safety firsts.


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