Prius Prime lease deal, Silverado EV vary, Cayenne E-Hybrid assessment: The Week in Reverse






Which standard pickup goes hybrid, however not electrical fairly but?

Which U.S. metropolis is providing robotic EV charging at its airport parking?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Studies—for the week ending Could 19, 2023.

In a assessment of the 2024 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, we checked out how this mannequin primarily helps bridge the hole between the function of V-8 engines on this SUV household’s lineup and the totally electrical Cayenne that’s anticipated in 2026. Will it serve up sufficient of an electrical commute to make the choice worthwhile?

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck

The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV has an official EPA score of 450 miles, GM studies, with its bigger battery pack. That battery pack dimension hasn’t but been clarified, however the automaker says the paperwork is in. It’s on observe to start out deliveries in spring 2023 as scheduled—which seems like proper about now. 

The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid prices much less to lease than the Prius hybrid—regardless that the Prime has a better sticker worth. That’s as a result of Toyota is making use of federal tax credit score funds for this made-in-Japan plug-in that apply to the lease however to not purchases. 

Mercedes-Benz is planning a U.S.-bound electrical luxurious van plus a spread of van-based EVs together with a camper van, supply automobiles, and even purpose-built automobiles like ambulances. It’s all a part of Mercedes’ Van.EA platform for electrical vans outlined this week.

Van.EA - cargo and passenger

Van.EA – cargo and passenger

The hybrid fashions headline a 2024 Toyota Tacoma pickup lineup revealed Thursday night time. However as with Toyota’s bigger Tundra pickups, hybrid variations prioritize towing, hauling, and changing bigger engines greater than they go for peak mpg. And regardless of the rumor mill and what Toyota’s idea automobiles may recommend, there’s no signal of a Tacoma EV but.

Those that drive a Porsche Taycan now have a wider vary of navigation selections. Apple Maps will faucet into the Taycan’s power use and state of cost and, just like the EV’s built-in Charging Planner, advocate charging stops alongside the best way. Shifting nav to the iPhone and CarPlay received’t get battery preconditioning forward of the highest-power charging breaks, although. 

Apple Maps in Porsche Taycan

Apple Maps in Porsche Taycan

Dieselgate drags on within the courts, even with top-level CEOs. Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler on Tuesday admitted guilt and agreed to pay a $1.2 million fantastic for persevering with to promote automobiles with emissions-cheating software program after the scandal broke. Stadler’s legacy isn’t solely mired in diesel smoke although, as he pushed forward with plans to impress Audi that proceed to today. 

Two electrical car reveals that focus on Europe once more had us marvel: Why not the U.S.? Honda revealed a mainstream compact electrical SUV for Europe—one that may go up in opposition to the Hyundai Kona Electrical and others. Then Ford confirmed the E-Tourneo Courier, a severely small electrical van that could possibly be a go-against-the-grain game-changer for the U.S. market, versus the Hyundai Kona Electrical or Kia Soul. 

Ford E-Tourneo Courier electric van for Europe

Ford E-Tourneo Courier electrical van for Europe

Ford additionally introduced what quantities to its most important consideration of hydrogen fuel-cell tech in 15 years or extra. With a three-year UK trial venture, Ford is taking a look at fuel-cell E-Transit vans used rather than its heaviest industrial vans—of the type that also may in any other case require diesel engines in the present day.

Simply this week, Honda made extra hydrogen-related bulletins, too. On one hand, it confirmed plans to display a fuel-cell heavy-duty truck with Isuzu subsequent yr, with a market launch due in 2027. Alternatively, it’s wanting on the potential function of hydrogen-fueled inside combustion engines in small mobility, with Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha—regardless that these corporations are additionally growing a battery-swapping scheme.

The large battery plant being constructed by the three way partnership of Stellantis and LG in Ontario, Canada—and flanked by a close-by middle for battery experience—has been placed on maintain, based on Stellantis, as a result of the Canadian authorities hasn’t delivered the incentives it initially agreed to. Will this have an effect on the timeline for upcoming Stellantis EVs like its Ram 1500 REV electrical truck?

2023 Rivian R1S

2023 Rivian R1S

As Rivian continues to ramp up manufacturing, it confirmed final week that the wait time on some variations of the R1T electrical pickup is down to only 14 days in some circumstances. That’s no trigger for a worth reduce, based on the corporate and its CEO, however there are lower-priced fashions on the best way. 

The regional utility Rocky Mountain Energy introduced plans Wednesday for 80 fast-charging stations at 20 websites in Utah, with assist from Electrify America. It’s searching for federal NEVI funding for the stations, which is able to assist fill in charging corridors permitting EV drivers to cross the state.

Ziggy EV charging robot kiosk

Ziggy EV charging robotic kiosk

And the Ziggy robotic charger will probably be examined quickly in an airport parking zone, at Dallas Fort Value Worldwide Airport (DFW), as a part of a pilot program taking a look at progressive charging options. Will it assist enhance parking flexibility and bypass “ICEing” drama?


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