Vinfast preview, Subaru Solterra price, Nissan solid-state tech, electric Chevy Corvette: The week in reverse

Which company is rethinking the minivan as an electric vehicle?

Which long-awaited electric pickup went into production this week?

Here’s our look back at the week in reverse – right here at Green Car Reports – for the week ending April 29, 2022.

In a preview of the 2023 Vinfast VF 8, the first of two electric crossovers from the Vietnamese brand supposedly heading to the US market before the end of 2022, we found a lot of work to be done to meet the aggressive schedule.

Vinfast VF8 prototype

GM has announced plans to install a heat pump in each of its Ultium electric vehicles, starting with the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq, of course, and including future mainstream models like the Chevrolet Trailblazer. EV and the Chevy Blazer EV. The company says the technology will provide a significant increase in real-world range, faster charging, and faster acceleration.

GM has also confirmed a long-rumored project: an all-electric Chevrolet Corvette sports car. The Corvette EV will be preceded by a hybrid Corvette due next year.

Nissan Surf Out Concept

Nissan Surf Out Concept

Nissan has already jointly developed battery cells for the pioneering Leaf electric car; now it’s following a similar philosophy for all-solid-state cells that it says are headed for a production EV in 2028. According to Nissan, they’re potentially “a game-changer for the democratization of EVs,” with the potential to double the energy density by weight, charge in a third of the time, and cost $75/kWh, which would change the math for large electric pickups and SUVs in particular.

Ford confirmed this week the start of production of the 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup, although in an odd twist orders are not currently being taken for the truck. Ford has said it will expand production of the Lightning to 150,000 units per year in 2023, and CEO Jim Farley has separately confirmed that the Tennessee-built consumer electric truck slated for production from 2024 will not succeed the Lightning. but will add to it.

Subaru Solterra Concept

Subaru Solterra Concept

The Subaru Solterra EV starts at a higher price than its Toyota BZ4X cousin, Subaru confirmed with full details released earlier in the week. Compared to the BZ4X, the Solterra will only be offered as an all-wheel-drive version; but it will be offered in all 50 states, and buyers will be able to claim the full $7,500 EV tax credit without worrying about an ongoing phase-out.

The 2023 Polestar 2 range could benefit from greater range, including more real range thanks to an improved heat pump, as well as an improved cabin filter, removable sun visor and a new set of colors and of wheel designs. And buyers will get a car with an even lower carbon footprint than before, the company boasts.

2023 Polestar 2

2023 Polestar 2

The Saudi government has confirmed that it will purchase up to 100,000 Lucid electric vehicles over a 10-year period, with deliveries beginning in the second quarter of 2023. The vehicles will initially come from Lucid’s factory in Arizona, but may later come directly from its next installation. in Saudi Arabia.

In China, battery giant CATL has launched its own battery swap service, called Evogo. Focused on apartment dwellers who don’t have home charging, the service uses a proprietary modular system and aims to offer speeds comparable to (or rivaling) DC fast charging.

What could the electric age bring to Chrysler? Well, for starters, it’s definitely about reimagining the Chrysler minivan as an electric vehicle, perhaps with a new interpretation of the flexible Stow ‘N Go seats.

Volta Zero 7.5 Ton Electric Truck

Volta Zero 7.5 Ton Electric Truck

The new series of electric commercial trucks revealed by Volta Trucks of Sweden weigh approximately 16,500 to 35,000 pounds and were not designed for internal combustion at all. Perhaps most notably, the design offers a completely different vantage point that puts the driver at street level.

Could incentives for new electric vehicles make a bigger difference if they were aimed at getting gasoline “superusers” to go electric, especially low-income people? This is what California envisions.

On Thursday, a coalition of states and environmental groups filed lawsuits against the U.S. Postal Service, alleging that proper environmental and cost analyzes were not carried out before signing a contract for a new generation of passenger vehicles. delivery – and only 10% of them fully electric. Additionally, gasoline-powered replacement trucks are expected to be less fuel efficient than their 1990-era predecessors when new.

VW CEO Herbert Diess and BP CEO Bernard Looney with the Flexpole charger

VW CEO Herbert Diess and BP CEO Bernard Looney with the Flexpole charger

A project between Volkswagen and oil giant BP will bring up to 8,000 new charging points across Europe by 2024, focused on urban charging and including a ‘Flexpole’ design that does not require high-voltage equipment to provide fast DC charging.

The first-generation Kia Niro EV is continuing – as a special zero-emission taxi in its South Korean home market, Kia confirmed this week. It’s the first in a new series of “purpose-built” electric vehicles, according to Kia. And to help meet the goal, the much-loved electric vehicle has been lightened in its seats and door trim, among other packaging changes.

Chevy Silverado EV - 2022 Sopranos Super Bowl Announcement

Chevy Silverado EV – 2022 Sopranos Super Bowl Announcement

And has the Big Game ad spending by GM, BMW, Kia and others this year led to an increase in Tesla Super Bowl orders? It seems so, and Tesla bragged about the boost it got.


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