Which firm revealed plans for a light-weight electrical sports activities automobile?
And which one determined to imitate a number of the cues of combustion engines for its top-performance EV?
That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Studies—for the week ending July 14, 2023.
Hyundai gave its 2024 Ioniq 5 N efficiency EV an official debut Thursday on the Goodwood Pageant of Pace. The 5 N has every kind of enhancements geared toward driving fans—and much more energy, after all, good for 0-60 mph occasions of simply 3.4 seconds—nevertheless it’s the bigger battery pack and the cabin noise meant to imitate combustion engines which might be most noteworthy.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Additionally on the UK occasion, Caterham revealed the Challenge V idea electrical sports activities automobile—signaling that the area of interest automaker is engaged on a genuinely compact, light-weight efficiency EV a bit smaller than the unique Tesla Roadster or a Mazda Miata.
Mercedes-Benz introduced a shift to the Tesla cost port—not only for its automobiles, beginning in 2025, however a minimum of partly in its personal American charging community that’s beginning to take kind. It’s the primary German automaker to take action. Amongst full-line automakers, Mercedes is the one with the deepest historical past with Tesla, because it used to personal a couple of tenth of Tesla and exchanged know-how and parts in earlier EVs.
Audi EP4 idea primarily based on the NSU Prinz 4
Audi is tapping into its NSU heritage with the Audi EP4 venture, which fitted fashionable Audi electrification items right into a classic NSU Prinz 4—yielding a particular go-fast retromod compact automobile that may very well be a proof level for future compact EVs from the model.
In a long-awaited follow-up overview of the Jaguar I-Tempo, we discovered that this pioneering luxurious mannequin is a much better EV than it was on arrival almost 5 years in the past. From interface to driving vary, it now delights; however are consumers even noticing?
Dealership inventories of EVs are swelling, in response to a latest report. In the meantime, EV gross sales are leveling off. What that probably means is that EV offers could lastly be coming—and on the very least, the worth gouging is gone.
2023 Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford is reportedly providing a $1,500 low cost on the 2023 F-150 Lightning in some areas. That’s after a sequence of worth hikes that depart it costing almost 50% larger, in its base Lightning Professional model, than it initially did for 2022.
The manufacturing ramp of the Fisker Ocean is shifting slowly. However in a Friday replace the startup pointed to provider challenges as a purpose it solely made a couple of thousand of the EVs with contract provider Magna.
A $7.7 billion three way partnership between Renault and Volvo and Polestar guardian Geely seems to be taking over Toyota for hybrid supremacy. Doubtlessly additionally involving the oil firm Aramco, it “goals to turn into the chief in next-generation hybrid and extremely environment friendly powertrain options to fulfill worldwide demand for the years to return.”
In the meantime, Toyota is shifting its hydrogen fuel-cell consideration towards Europe and China—along with the U.S.—because it targets value reductions and even profitability for the tech. It’s now in search of to get fuel-cell techniques into 100,000 automobiles yearly by 2030.
Canoo Crew Transportation Autos for NASA Artemis program
The U.S. startup Canoo this week introduced its supply of EVs to NASA to be used within the Artemis program bringing astronauts again to the Moon; it additionally delivered a battery pack for U.S. Navy army purposes—all whereas the corporate’s financials make a full-scale manufacturing ramp of its private EVs look much less probably.
Rivian filed a patent for pass-through charging tech that successfully turns its electrical vehicles into an extension twine for an additional EV—which can be helpful when one of many EVs is towing a trailer that may’t match within the charging bay, or when there merely aren’t sufficient connectors to go round.
2022 GMC Hummer EV
The 2024 GMC Hummer EV has obtained the next vary score from GM for the brand new mannequin yr, in its 3X Pickup configuration. With the most important 205-kwh battery pack, the Hummer EV now achieves as much as 381 miles of vary—though it’s price maintaining in thoughts that that is nonetheless not an official EPA score.
And the GMC Hummer EV is one in every of solely a handful of U.S.-market EVs are as of but able to the 800-volt charging that’s broadly seen as a tech benefit. We appeared into why 800V charging issues and why the shift over to the Tesla port throws an additional little bit of confusion into the world.