Tesla worth cuts, Lightyear 2, Ioniq 5 crab stroll, Ram EV and charging robotic: The Week in Reverse


Which automaker’s rotary range-extended EV is as soon as once more unlikely for the U.S.?

Can a heated seat belt actually enhance EV vary?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Reviews—for the week ending January 13, 2023.

Only some days after reporting some disappointing supply figures, indicating demand was flagging, Tesla dropped costs on all of its fashions by 1000’s. The impact was most pronounced on the Mannequin Y, which now qualifies for the $7,500 EV tax credit score and is successfully greater than $20,000 cheaper than it was yesterday morning. 

Robotic inductive Ram Charger for future Ram EV

Robotic inductive Ram Charger for future Ram EV

Stellantis’ Ram model is planning a range-extended electrical truck, not a plug-in hybrid, the corporate confirmed final week with the rollout of an idea model of a battery electrical Ram EV. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares additionally confirmed that the corporate is contemplating hydrogen fuel-cell tech for heavy-duty pickups and vans in North America. Tavares instructed Inexperienced Automotive Reviews that the range-extended Ram EV is a part of a have to “run quicker than laws.”

We additionally took a better have a look at the Ram EV inductive charging robotic proven final week at CES with the introduction of the electrical truck idea. The Ram Charger, which was confirmed to be production-bound however nonetheless beneath growth, may make issues simpler for house owners with a number of EVs within the storage. 

Mercedes-Benz EV charging network

Mercedes-Benz EV charging community

Mercedes-Benz goals to have its personal EV charging community in place by the tip of the last decade, with the preliminary deal with North America. It’s aiming to have 400 American websites, with 2,500 350-kw connectors in place by 2027—principally alongside highways and near facilities and Mercedes dealerships. And in what is perhaps one other signal that EVs are getting into the mainstream, Mercedes-Benz is reportedly set to desert its EQ badging for EVs beginning in lower than two years. No phrase but on whether or not this implies it additionally plans to wind down the EQ sub-brand, which was initially tasked with a broad imaginative and prescient wrapping EVs into mobility, charging, and extra.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX 1008-km run

Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient EQXX 1008-km run

Lightyear has opened the waitlist for its $40,000 Lightyear 2 photo voltaic automobile due in 2025, with the U.S. focused as one of many first markets. The corporate makes use of in-wheel motors in its Lightyear 0 and claims it to have essentially the most environment friendly manufacturing EV powertrain. 

Mazda earlier within the week revealed pricing for its MX-30 EV for the 2023 mannequin 12 months, nevertheless it’s basically confirmed that the rotary range-extended MX-30 is delayed or canceled for the U.S.—even main into its introduced reveal.

Vietnam’s Vinfast at CES revealed some preliminary specs for its smaller VF 6 and VF 7 fashions, due for reservations in March. It additionally confirmed that it delivered its first U.S.-bound VF 8 electrical SUVs to prospects. 

Hyundai Ioniq 5 with e-corner modules

Hyundai Ioniq 5 with e-corner modules

Additionally final week at CES, Hyundai’s Mobis mobility-tech division confirmed the following step for its e-corner {hardware} set—permitting the Hyundai Ioniq 5 to crab-walk, pivot, or activate a dime. Though seeing it within the Ioniq 5 is eye-opening, for now the corporate claims it’s for a future purpose-built mobility providers automobile.

The provider ZF introduced a heated seat belt. Why now? It’s perfected a textile course of to make at quantity, and it’s about the identical value as heated seats or a heated steering wheel. The timing can be proper for EVs, which may regain as much as 15% of driving vary by reducing the load on cabin warmth. 

ZF Heat Belt - heated seat belt for EVs

ZF Warmth Belt – heated seat belt for EVs

Goodyear has proven a fuel-saving tire fabricated from 90% sustainable supplies. The low-rolling-resistance rubber can save gasoline or enhance EV vary, and it makes use of 12 totally different tire elements which can be both sustainably sourced or go mild on environmental influence.

Due to an settlement with the battery provider CATL, the Chinese language startup Neta Auto may construct the world-first use of cell-to-chassis tech in an EV—one thing Tesla teased at its Battery Day in 2020 however hasn’t but delivered.

Maintaining with anticipated U.S. EV adoption would require eight occasions the chargers by 2030, based on a brand new S&P International Mobility examine. Even accounting for house charging, we’ll have to quadruple public charging from 2022 to 2025. 

GM and Ford are among the many firms which have signed on to a pilot undertaking aiming to make use of giant swimming pools of EVs as digital energy vegetation to assist easy the grid, decreasing the necessity for the usage of so-called “peaker” energy vegetation that usually dramatically add to air pollution points. 

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning

And generally the outlook can sound fairly totally different with a unique have a look at the identical knowledge. In response to the U.S. Division of Vitality, EV battery prices did maintain falling in 2022—by taking a look at 2022-constant {dollars} (inflation included) and basing it on usable vitality in battery packs. 


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