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Kia EV6 up close, Volvo XC90 Recharge driven, Canoo battery tech, no climate no deal: The Week in Reverse


Which German model stepped up its plans to part out inside combustion fashions?

Which upcoming EV received an influence enhance, and which one received a battery enhance?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Studies—for the week ending June 25, 2021.

Firsthand expertise with the newest EVs, plug-in hybrids, and different efficiency-focused fashions is all the time a part of the system right here. This week, we received an up-close have a look at the Kia EV6 electrical automotive and in contrast it to the intently associated Hyundai Ioniq 5. For now the Kia’s extra fashionable look and stronger efficiency win our hearts. And we took a drive within the 2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge plug-in hybrid and regarded how effectively this large SUV serves as a connection to Volvo’s all-electric future. 

Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle

Canoo Way of life Automobile

The CTO of Canoo helped make clear to Inexperienced Automotive Studies that it’s taken a singular method to the battery pack for its skateboard platform that skips the battery case. The module-to-car method aids the physique construction however is a special resolution than the Tesla structural battery. 

There was extra model and product information than you may count on for the primary week of summer time. Audi mapped out its shift to all-electric with some stepped-up timelines, together with solely EV fashions launched from 2026 and no extra gasoline autos within the lineup by 2033—though China is an exception. Volvo additionally made an enormous battery announcement—within the type of a enterprise with Sweden’s Northvolt, to construct a 50-gigawatt battery manufacturing unit that might provide cells for about 500,000 EVs per yr. And Porsche introduced plans to make its personal electrical automotive battery cells—though these from Porsche will seemingly be targeted towards racing and maybe some specialty street vehicles. 

Jaguar XJ teaser photo

Jaguar XJ teaser picture

We’re ready to listen to extra concerning the British model Jaguar and its electrical car plans. It not too long ago canceled its all-electric XJ flagship, and now it’s reportedly in search of a brand new platform to underpin a future lineup of EVs. 

Fisker locked in a long-term manufacturing take care of the automotive provider Magna, and it revealed that with the adoption of Magna’s platform the Ocean EV shall be getting “drastically elevated energy” plus a singular clutch. 

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Efficiency Version

Ford revealed that official EPA vary estimates for its Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Efficiency are higher than what it had anticipated: 270 and 260 miles, respectively. 

Volvo introduced that its upcoming all-electric model of the XC90—anticipated someday in 2023—will include lidar sensors and a sensor suite feeding to an “AI-driven tremendous pc,” That’s more likely to be a part of a system to rival Tesla Navigate on Autopilot or GM Tremendous Cruise. 

Sono Sion solar assisted electric car

Sono Sion photo voltaic assisted electrical automotive

The Sono Sion solar-supplemented EV is getting a battery enhance, despite the fact that it isn’t being constructed but. The corporate stated {that a} bigger 54-kwh LFP pack will change the unique 35-kwh lithium-ion pack, permitting about 189 miles of vary. 

GM is providing fixed-rate renewable power to homeowners of its EVs, with free charging from midnight to five a.m. Initially in Texas, this system is because of be expanded nationwide. 

Ford will energy each the absolutely electrical and gasoline variations of the next-generation USPS autos, to be assembled in South Carolina, it was revealed this week. Though there’s as of but no resolution to a contract that asks for simply 10% of the vans to be electrical over 10 years. 

Evasive Motorsports Model 3

Evasive Motorsports Mannequin 3

Evasive Motorsports is heading as much as Pikes Peak this yr in a Tesla Mannequin 3. Though it’s not the primary to do the well-known hill climb in a Tesla, it’s noteworthy as they’re a tuning store that’s taken on the difficult race earlier than in ICE vehicles. 

Initially of the week we adopted latest studies that the renewable power emphasis of the bipartisan “compromise” to the Biden infrastructure plan meant dropping a push for renewable power. That, as a rising group is saying, “no local weather, no deal.” Capitol Hill doesn’t appear solely in sync with the American public, as in accordance with a few latest Pew polls, People need extra renewable power, particularly photo voltaic, and see EVs as higher for the setting. 

Energy conservation and severe heat alert - PGE

Vitality conservation and extreme warmth alert – PGE

And this weekend, warmth waves on the West Coast are prompting extra alerts urging power conservation and pre-emptive EV charging to ease the demand on the grid. Final yr’s diesel-generator fiasco in California is the cautionary story. 


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