Which electric vans saw their bookings skyrocket after the big price hike?
Can electric cars of the future go without friction brakes as we know them?
Here’s our look back at Reverse Week — right here at Green car report—For the week ending May 13, 2022.
In a long-awaited first F-150 Lightning . review electric trucks, we found with more confidence and refinement than we expected — plus some hints of good range and performance. It doesn’t reinvent the pickup, but it does make it better in every way.
It’s been a pretty whirlwind week. Drama of the week goes to the folks in Ohio. Everything looks like touch and go early in the week for Lordstown Motors, as it still can not report a final agreement with Taiwan’s Foxconn with the terms of their agreement just days away from expiration. But with the completion of the sale of the former GM factory to Hon Hai Technology Group, as it is otherwise called, Lordstown Endurance Electric Pickup Turned On for production by the end of this year. It also led to a reaffirmation of plans for Foxconn to act as a contract manufacturer for the company $29,900 Fisker Pear EV starting in 2024.
In an entry that turned out to be a rumor, Volkswagen confirmed that it is resurrecting the Scout name — yes, the former International Harvester SUV — for the entire electric SUV brand concentrated in the US. Will Scout help VW deliver mass-market electric vehicles or will it be another premium niche brand? We will soon see.
Trailer of modern Scout electric pickups and SUVs
Since Rivian’s clumsy price hike in March, the electric truck brand has seen 10,000 new bookings– doubles the trucks it’s made since September – with a staggering average price of $93,000. It is testament to the demand and appeal of these trucks.
Bollinger Motors announces that Roush Industries will be electric truck manufacturing partner, including platform and cabin chassis. Bollinger will supply the materials, while Roush will assemble them in Michigan. And unfortunately, the B1 electric SUV and B2 electric pickup are still postponed indefinitely.
BMW has no plans to lose some of my gas sales soon, emphasized the company’s CEO Oliver Zipse, in a recent roundtable with Green Car Reports and others – which he argued is why creating electric variants of the car models Gasoline, like the new i7 and upcoming i5, makes sense again. But Zipse recently further revealed that the company’s upcoming Neue Klasse will be different, potentially splitting the 3-Series segment with completely different gas and electric cars.
Prototype Tension Performance DS E
In one of this week’s most popular tech hits, we took a look at a prototype from Stellantis Automotive DS that builds on Formula E technology and takes one-pedal driving a step further — is basically a request if future electric cars can be completely without friction brakes.
Big Daddy test programs for EV . bidirectional charging was announced by Pacific Gas & Electric in California. They will test technology that can help flatten the grid and prevent brownouts, with up to 1,000 residential customers and hundreds of commercial customers.
Electric vehicle charging stations are still available a potential target for hackers, warns a recent report that seems to lean heavily on the cybersecurity industry looking to sell services. Will charger security become an issue for companies with centralized smart charging and fleets?
2022 Tesla Model 3
During super-speed charging, “Temperature rises” of the infotainment screen in some Tesla models may cause the system to slow down or restart, rendering some important safety features temporarily unavailable. It was another item that caused a paper recall with the federal government but was handled with an over-the-air fix.
Tesla is said to be promoting accelerated development of the larger 4680 cell format from Panasonic, although the supplier has repeatedly pointed out the technical challenges associated with it.
With a range of 230 miles but a total weight of up to 82,000 pounds, production version of the Freightliner eCascadia electric pickup truck revealed this week is a full-fledged Class 8 commercial van, albeit one intended for short hauls. With over a million miles and a “comprehensive ecosystem” of charging and services underway, it should go into production later this year, as we await the Tesla Semi.
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Redline Edition
GM recently started production again on the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV, but it is poised to move forward and has just revealed a new Redline Edition for the second year of the Bolt EUV. Feces of Squad 2023 Chevy Bolt EV bring, yes, a new red.
May hydrogen fuel cell conversion of older diesel semi-cycles help clean up the company’s fleet sooner? Two solutions unveiled this week could help bring new technology to older rigs.
Concept electric car Nissan FEV 1991
Last weekend, we took a look at one of the many quirks of EV history. Long before there was a Tesla Roadster or a Nissan Leaf, Electric vehicle Nissan FEV should have been able to compete with the GM EV1. Never more than a prototype, it is a sign of the EV era with its aeronautical design, heat pump, low rolling resistance tires, solar-powered accessories, aluminum-heavy construction and even something similar to fast charging.