What electric trucks got a boost in new bookings after a huge price hike?
Can electric cars of the future run without friction brakes as we know them?
This is our look back at the opposite week – here at green car reports—For the week ending May 13, 2022.
In our much-anticipated first review of the F-150 Lightning electric truck, we found more confidence and refinement than expected — as well as some hints about good range and efficiency. It doesn’t reinvent the pickup truck, but it does make it better in almost every way.
It’s been a week full of twists and turns. The Drama of the Week award goes to those in Ohio. Things were looking to touch and go earlier in the week for Lordstown Motors, still unable to report a final deal with Taiwanese Foxconn on the terms of their agreement just days before the deadline expired. But with the sale of the former General Motors plant to the Hon Hai Technology Group, as it is called, completed, the Lordstown Endurance electric truck is ready for production later this year. It also reaffirmed Foxconn’s plans to serve as contract manufacturer for the upcoming $29,900 Fisker Pear EV, beginning in 2024.
In an element of the rumor mill that has been turned into reality, Volkswagen has confirmed that it is reviving the Scout name – yes, the former International Harvester SUV – for a fully US-focused brand of electric SUVs. Will Scout help Volkswagen bring electric vehicles to the mass market, or will it be another high-end niche brand? We’ll see soon.
A teaser for the modern Scout and electric pickup
Since Rivian’s clumsy price hike in March, the electric truck brand has seen 10,000 new reservations — twice the number of trucks it’s built since September — at a staggering average price of $93,000. It is a testament to the demand and attractiveness of these trucks.
Bollinger Motors has announced that Roush Industries will be its partner in manufacturing electric trucks, including platforms and chassis cabs. Bollinger will release the materials, while Roche assembles them in Michigan. Sorry, pickup B1 and B2 will remain indefinitely postponed.
BMW isn’t planning to give up the gasoline portion of its sales anytime soon, CEO Oliver Zipps confirmed at a recent roundtable with Green Car Reports and others — which he said is why he made electric variants for petrol models, like the new i7 and upcoming i5, from logical. But Zipse recently clarified that the company’s upcoming Neue Klasse will be different, potentially splitting the 3-Series segment with completely different gas and electric cars.
DS E Tense Performance Model
In one of this week’s most iconic pieces of tech, we looked at a prototype of Stellantis’ DS cars that is based on Formula E technology and takes one-pedal driving a step further — essentially asking whether the electric cars of the future will go entirely without friction brakes.
Three large pilot two-way charging programs for electric vehicles have been announced by Pacific Gas and Electric of California. They will test technology that can help smooth the network and prevent outages, with up to 1,000 residential and hundreds of commercial customers.
Electric car charging stations remain a potential target for hackers, warns a recent report that appears to rely heavily on the cybersecurity industry looking to sell services. Will charger security become an issue for companies with fleets and centralized smart charging?
2022 Tesla Model 3
During supercharging, the infotainment display “overheating” on some Tesla models can cause the system to slow down or restart, making some vital safety features temporarily unavailable. It’s another element that causes the papers to be called up with the federal government but has been dealt with through an over-the-air fix.
Tesla is said to be pushing to speed up development of Panasonic’s larger 4680 cell format, although the supplier has repeatedly pointed out the technical challenges involved.
With a range of 230 miles but a combined weight of 82,000 pounds, the production version of the Freightliner eCascadia semi-electric unveiled this week is a full 8-Series commercial truck, albeit for short trips. With more than a million miles and a “comprehensive ecosystem” of charging and services on the way, it’s in production later this year, while we wait for the Tesla Semi.
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Redline Edition
GM recently started building 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV models again, but it’s ready to move on and just revealed a new Redline for the second year of the Bolt EUV. The rest of the Chevy Bolt EV’s 2023 electric lineup carries, yes, a new shade of red.
Could hydrogen fuel cell conversions to older diesels help clean up company fleets sooner? Two solutions were revealed this week that could help put new technology into old rigs.
1991 Nissan FEV Concept Electric Vehicle
Last weekend, we looked at one of the many strange things in the history of electric cars. Long before the Tesla Roadster or the Nissan Leaf, the electric Nissan FEV could have rivaled the GM EV1. More than a prototype, it was a harbinger of the age of electric cars with its aerodynamic design, heat pump, low rolling resistance tires, solar-combined accessories, aluminum-dense construction, and even something like fast charging.
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