Which SUV brand is considering a hydrogen fuel-cell model?
Which company thinks it’s too early to focus only on EVs?
This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending June 18, 2021.
Thewas one of the new or redesigned vehicles revealed this week. It adds a 36-mile plug-in hybrid—a version of the RAV4 Prime, it appears—plus a 36-mpg hybrid.
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla appears to have delivered all of its first 25 Model S Plaid cars with no steering wheel. Despite first deliveries were to employees and superfans, thehasn’t been well-received by everyone; and regulators aren’t yet willing to comment.
Another big piece of news for the week was the continued upheaval at Lordstown Motors. Its CEO and another top executive were out, amid a scandal in which the. The incoming executive then appeared to provide another misrepresentation that’s since been corrected.
Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns in assembly plant
This week brought several important made-in-America production announcements. GM announced plans for—locations not yet announced—as well as hydrogen fuel-cell projects. In all, it boosted its spending on EV tech to $35 billion. Polestar announced that its first SUV, the Polestar 3, starting next year. And Canoo is partnering with Netherlands’ VDL Nedcar and homing in on Oklahoma for the .
Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand announcedand one of four EVs that will comprise “a fully portfolio of connected and electrified vehicles” by 2030. That doesn’t mean the end of fuel tanks and tailpipes. We also examined recent remarks from a top Ford executive on .
Ford EV platforms for mid-decade, presented by Hau Thai-Tang
Automakers sure haven’t given up on fuel cells as a future solution. On-road testing has started for the hydrogen fuel-cell version of the BMW X5 SUV, called the. And Jaguar Land Rover confirmed that it’s developing a . If successful, it might help prove the point that a combination of fuel cells and smaller batteries could be an alternative to huge battery packs.
Hydrogen powered Land Rover Defender prototype – June 2021
Regarding future cars that haven’t quite taken form: Mazda will have, along with a suite of other hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs by then, it outlined this week in an update. Maserati teased , the GranTurismo sports coupe, that could take form as a Tesla Roadster alternative. And Volkswagen’s Project Trinity will be the according to its sales boss Klaus Zellmer. The platform underpinning it prioritizes person space, driver-assist tech, and features on demand.
Hyundai provided—with Uber—is running ahead of schedule. With regulation hurdles all ahead, don’t expect it to be testing before the middle of the decade. And in something more down-to-Earth, the and 33 mpg as a hybrid. At that, it has one of the longest electric ranges among PHEVs—although short of the Toyota RAV4 Prime.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid
In charging news: Mercedes-Benz has included Plug & Charge functionality as part of—along with renewable-energy offsets of whatever charging-network energy EQS drivers use via the app. And the Audi E-Tron GT performance EV will include ; Audi also pivoted to Qmerit for a more personalized installation experience and EA’s home-charging hardware.
Production ends in August for the—although the latter will be around through the 2022 model year.
A recent report from the California Energy Commission signaled thatof what the state needs to support its ambitious targets for EV adoption.
Ample battery swapping
With a partnership between the startup Ample and the tech firm Sally,—along with, perhaps, some last-mile delivery services.
And we’ll end with a controversial point to ponder. At an annual shareholder presentation in Japan, a Toyota board member saidas the technology of choice. That aligns closely with recent comments from Toyota’s U.S. executives, insisting and suggesting there’s a belief the demand doesn’t exist yet.
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