Electric Cars – Latest News and Upcoming EV Developments
The made-in-Alabama EV is due for first U.S. deliveries this spring—and for the first time rear- and all-wheel-drive versions cost the same.
NHTSA investigating Tesla Model Y steering wheel detachment
No incidents or injuries were reported with the two instances the agency is aware of, but it’s looking at the possibility that there may be a wider group of potentially affected vehicles.
Optimized air suspension could aid EV range, protect batteries
Hyundai Mobis argues that by incorporating sensor inputs, its air suspension could have a positive impact on performance and efficiency.
2023 Nissan Ariya recalled because steering wheel might detach
A steering-wheel bolt on Nissan’s new crossover EV may need attention.
2024 Hyundai Kona Electric gets more range, roomier interior
The Kona Electric also leads the design of the Kona lineup, and offers V2L tech that could help provide backup power.
Fisker teases $29,900 Pear EV; Ocean deliveries start soon
Fisker claims a 300-mile range for the top version, plus centralized electrical and electronics architecture—as well as a solar roof.
Lordstown has paused production over a recall issue, while it questions whether it can make more than its initial batch of 500 Endurance electric pickups.
Tesla Model S and Model X prices cut again by up to $10,000
After the price cut, high-performance Tesla Model S and Model X Plaid models cost the same amount.
2024 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter plugs into electric vanlife
New-generation Mercedes eSprinter electric vans soon to be made in South Carolina make efficiency gains and will solve all kinds of work needs.
The SUV market is fueling global oil demand, clouding CO2 targets
And electric SUVs don’t solve the problem. Additional CO2 emissions from SUVs in 2022 overshadowed the increased sales of electric vehicles.
VW’s Scout confirms $40,000 electric SUV, $2B South Carolina plant
VW’s Scout brand will make its first model a “rugged utility vehicle” or “RUV,” followed “in quick succession” by a larger electric pickup truck.
US EV trip lengths are way up, nearly equaling gasoline trips
The typical daily EV trip length of 30 miles is approaching that covered by gasoline models, according to real-world data from connected cars.
The EV9 is due to reach U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2023, and it’s due to become the brand’s flagship model, with a price approaching that of luxury brands.
Is Tesla preparing to offer wireless EV charging?
Daily home charging could be a lot simpler with inductive wireless charging, and it could help owners take advantage of bidirectional charging tech also on the way.
Ford F-150 Lightning production restarts March 13, no recall yet
Ford gives no further indication here that a recall for the potential battery issue in the works, but given the detail regarding engineering and parts updates, it could still be a possibility.
Tesla opens some US Superchargers to other EVs, offers CCS retrofit
In the U.S. this is an essential step toward Tesla opening up “a portion” of its network toward models using CCS—and thus claiming federal funds.
USPS buys 9,250 Ford E-Transit vans, with custom EVs years away
The USPS is buying off-the-shelf Ford E-Transit electric vans, because electric versions of the custom-designed delivery vehicles awarded the government contract remain years from delivery.
Tesla lineup to get bidirectional charging capability by 2025
With revamped power electronics coming to all Tesla models, bidirectional charging capability may allow owners to use their vehicles as mobile backup-power banks.
This year’s Greenest list includes the Mini Cooper SE, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota bZ4X.
Indiana-made drive modules may muscle EVs from Ram, Jeep, Dodge
In the same area, Stellantis has announced a $2.5 billion battery factory under a joint venture with battery supplier Samsung SDI.
Rivian confirms 390-mile R1S Max Pack for fall deliveries
Along with new, higher range ratings for models with Dual Motor models, Rivian revealed that the smaller, mass-market R2 lineup will be simplified and easier to build.
Rivian R1T, Mini Cooper SE, Kia EV6 top EV ownership study
Infotainment remains a sore spot for electric cars, but electric trucks even get the nod for towing—a notorious weak spot.
Vinfast drops VF 8 lease price, confirms US deliveries start March 1
Vinfast also plans a U.S. factory in North Carolina, due to build VF 8 and VF 9 EVs starting in 2024
Nissan accelerates EV plan for Europe and Japan, but not US
Nissan now sees more EVs and electrified sales for Europe, but it’s sticking to previous U.S. projections.