Toyota BZ4X Review, Kia Niro EV, Nissan Leaf, Civic Hybrid Return, Wrangler PHEV Sales: The Week in Reverse

Which brand teased two future electric sports cars?

Which state plans to build an electric vehicle policy around those that are gas guzzlers?

Here’s our look back at the week inside out – right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 15, 2022.

On a first test drive of the 2023 Toyota BZ4X, we found it odd but charming and quirky, not a leader in performance but strong in efficiency. Simply put, it’s everything you could expect from an electric vehicle from the company that brought us the Prius, if only they planned to build enough of them.

2023 Kia Niro Electric

2023 Kia Niro Electric

Kia at the New York Auto Show rolled out its lineup of redesigned 2023 Niro models in US form. Back in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV versions, the range offers more range, more mpg, or both, depending on the version, as well as a design that offers more interior space than the current version without increasing the size of the exterior. It also released EPA pricing and fuel economy ratings for the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid. With up to 43 mpg combined and a base price of $28,545, it has multiple advantages over versions hybrids of the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson.

The 2023 Nissan Leaf, also unveiled in New York, builds on the price reduction and more affordable stance given to the electric sedan last year, paving the way for the next Ariya and simplifying the lineup to just two models. It also gets new design details to set the new model year apart.

2023 Nissan Leaf

2023 Nissan Leaf

Honda has confirmed plans to discontinue the Insight hybrid sedan soon, to make way for the return of a Civic Hybrid, along with other new hybrids. It’s all part of a drive to make hybrids a higher percentage of the company’s US sales. And earlier in the week he teased two electric sports cars, along with a laden investment of more than $40 billion in R&D over the next 10 years, with 30 electric vehicles by 2030 and expected production. about two million a year by then.

Faster acceleration and a new one-pedal off-road driving mode are two of the various updates to the latest version of the electric Jeep Magneto Wrangler concept. And surprised! The best-selling plug-in hybrid in the US market in the first quarter of 2022 was the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. It sold the Toyota RAV4 Prime in the thousands, or all of Volvo’s PHEV Recharge combined.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

Mercedes-Benz plans to make electric vans in the US soon – in a format suitable for last-mile delivery in the US market – and we recently took a spin in an eSprinter prototype. Mercedes-Benz also announced this week that it completed a real-world 626-mile road trip in its Vision EQXX concept, all on a single charge, with a battery under 100kWh and with around 15% remaining. . While the results of this 3,850-pound concept won’t necessarily extend to future compact models, that’s a good sign.

California has released its official Advanced Clean Cars II rules, which aim to increase sales of battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cells, combined, to 35% of new light-duty vehicle purchases by the model year. 2026 – on the way to 100% of these vehicle types by 2035.

Tesla V10 Smart Summon

Tesla V10 Smart Summon

Tesla’s Boombox feature has again been the subject of a federal safety recall campaign. Following a recent recall, a second remedy sent via an excessive update now ensures that when owners use Summon or Smart Summon, vehicles make federally mandated pedestrian sounds.

Washington State plans to help inform its electric vehicle policy by studying so-called gasoline “superusers,” or about 10% of U.S. drivers who use nearly a third of gasoline used in light vehicles.

Opening of Giga Texas - April 2022

Opening of Giga Texas – April 2022

And finally, something to ponder: despite supply chain issues and material issues, the electric vehicle market has been gaining momentum, heading into what some see as an accelerated period of major change. The predicted electric vehicle rapid change or will 2025-2035 be the most transformative period in automotive history?


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