Hummer EV review, Lexus RZ yoke, Fisker battery warranty, Tesla goes big: The week in reverse

Which EV startup changed its manufacturing plan and country?

Which two automakers have agreed to co-develop the base of “millions” of affordable electric vehicles?

Here’s our look back at the week inside out – right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 8, 2022.

This week’s main event was something we witnessed the week before, but might be telling you about for the first time this week: a first drive of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Efficiency aside, we found that this gigantic truck lives up to its billing and is something different from the Rivian R1T. This is the electric truck for truck fans, not the truck for EV fans.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1

2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1

GM and Honda have expanded their partnership to co-develop a new global vehicle architecture for “millions” of affordable electric vehicles. The platform will be based on what has until now been called a next-generation version of GM’s Ultium battery technology.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the emcee at the company’s big party celebrating Giga Texas, and the message was clear: It’s going big. Musk highlighted the importance of scaling, teased his robot Optimus and a dedicated robotaxi coming next year, and provided an update on the Cybertruck.

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2022 Tesla Lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

2022 Tesla Lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

esla also announced good news last weekend: a record number of deliveries in the first quarter of 2022, despite the difficulties in the supply chain. It was the first quarter in which production from three continents was included in its first quarter, even though its factory in China remained temporarily closed due to the covid lockdown.

Car rental giant Hertz will soon market Polestar electric vehicles in the United States, Europe and Australia. It plans to buy up to 65,000 vehicles from the brand, as it also expands its fleet of electric vehicles with the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.

Lexus has teased the full reveal of its RZ 450h electric SUV in production form, for April 20. And we’d be remiss not to point out that its teaser included a steering yoke, perhaps building on Toyota’s development efforts with steer-by-wire technology. , which might make it better than Tesla’s system.

Sono Sion solar-assisted electric car

Sono Sion solar-assisted electric car

Sono Motors has announced that it is changing the contract manufacturer for its upcoming Sono Sion solar-powered electric vehicle. It is now to be manufactured by Finland’s Valmet, likely at the same factory as another highly anticipated solar car, the Lightyear One.

Porsche continued its investment in synthetic fuels for internal combustion vehicles, with an announcement this week. He sees synthetic fuels made from renewable energy as a business opportunity, perhaps one that extends beyond racing and vintage car fuels to the aviation sector.

DeLorean EV trailer

DeLorean EV trailer

The DeLorean Motor Company brand is back, but not this time in a “Back to the Future” revival. He confirmed, with a first look, that his next all-electric sports car will be the start of something beyond that nostalgia.

Fisker recently confirmed one of the best battery warranties in the industry on its upcoming Ocean EV – coverage of 75% of original capacity for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Distinctly, it’s better than Tesla or Rivian.

Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio is reportedly planning to produce a range of smartphones. They would not be competing with Apple or Samsung, but supporting its infrastructure and technology and providing a smooth experience.

2022 Nio ET5

2022 Nio ET5

This week, President Biden and members of the administration met with auto industry executives, including Tesla’s Elon Musk, Lucid’s Peter Rawlinson, GM’s Mary Barra, Ford’s Jim Farley and other executives, to discuss electric vehicles and charging. Interoperability and a seamless user experience was one of the main takeaways. President Biden also turned to the Defense Production Act last week to help support the electric vehicle supply chain and the rapid redevelopment of infrastructure needed for mining and materials. Will this help reduce US dependence on China?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was reviewing potentially defective batteries from LG Energy Solution, to make sure they had all been recalled. So far, the fire issue has affected plug-in vehicles from GM, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Stellantis and Volkswagen.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV at the EVgo fast charging station

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV at the EVgo fast charging station

Select Chase Bank branches are getting DC fast-charging stations from EVgo, up to 350kw – as well as solar power, in some cases – in an initiative that also includes 125 solar carports.

And do poorly timed traffic lights lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions? Examples cited by traffic data and analytics company Inrix suggest that properly timed traffic signals should be included in more environmental initiatives.

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