What kind of fuel is being tested by Toyota in plug-in hybrids?
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This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 22, 2023.
In a review, we found the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450e plug-in hybrid manages to go about 40 miles without the gasoline engine starting. That’s thanks to a bigger 23.3-kwh battery pack. It’s also one of the few plug-in hybrids that can be fast-charged—in about 10 minutes.
2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450e 4Matic
GM on Friday released new range estimates for the GMC Hummer EV
2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV
Which American-made EVs qualify for the $7,500 EV tax credit? A list from the IRS first posted Monday breaks down the short list of American-made models. Rivian was added to the list of tax-credit-eligible models on Tuesday, while Volkswagen on Wednesday confirmed that the 2023 VW ID.4 is eligible for the full $7,500 Clean Vehicle Credit.
Wednesday brought another round of Tesla price cuts—its sixth yet this year—bringing the price of most Model 3 and Model Y versions down by $2,000 and $3,000, respectively. These cuts arrived less than a day before Tesla’s presentation of quarterly financial results to analysts and shareholders, then prices were again adjusted up on Model S and X later in the week. And whether you look exclusively at EVs or not, the Tesla Model Y now costs less than the average new vehicle. According to a recent analysis from Bloomberg, figuring in the effects of the federal EV tax credit, the Model Y’s recent price cuts suggest that Tesla has started a price war with makers of internal-combustion cars.
2023 Tesla Model Y – Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.
As part of an announcement confirming an $18.7 billion investment in Jaguar and Land Rover EVs over five years, Jaguar Land Rover confirmed an electric architecture for Range Rover SUVs, including a “medium-size” Range Rover EV it will start taking orders for later this year. It also announced the first of three new Jaguar electric models—a “4-door GT” due to cost about $125,000, with more power than any previous Jaguar and a targeted range (WLTP) of 430 miles.
And it seemed that there were far more new-vehicle and concept introductions at the recent Shanghai Auto Show than at the recent NY show. On Monday, Nissan revealed the Arizon electric SUV concept
Nissan Arizon concept
The Polestar 4 was revealed in China on Tuesday and in its top form it’s looking like a direct, performance-oriented rival to the Tesla Model Y Performance, Kia EV6 GT, and Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, among others. A starting price around $60,000 and a range up to 300 miles could also help make it the brand’s most popular model yet.
2024 Lincoln Nautilus
The 2024 Lincoln Nautilus bowed as the Ford luxury brand’s first model due for importation from China. Leaning on hybrid tech for a big part of the lineup rather than a V-6 could yield EPA ratings approaching 40 mpg, based on the system it inherits partly from the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring. But don’t expect a plug-in hybrid here.
2024 MG Cyberster
And a four-passenger Volvo EX90 Excellence demonstrated—for China, first—how this electric SUV might be used as a limo.
Over to Europe, the UK company Ineos Automotive announced that in 2026 it will launch a rugged Ineos electric SUV, built by Magna in Austria, with “world-class off-road capability.” The Magna plant already builds the Jaguar I-Pace and Fisker Ocean.
Toyota is testing low-carbon fuels from ExxonMobil in its RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, and potentially sees them as a future solution in combination with PHEVs—perhaps even the 125+ mile PHEVs it recently teased.
CATL unveils battery for electric aircraft
CATL unveiled a “condensed battery” with a claimed energy density of 500 watt-hours per kilogram—much higher than electric-car batteries—that effectively pulls out all the technology stops for potential use in commercial aircraft. The economics of it weren’t mentioned, perhaps an indication that this comes at a much higher price.
And on a special Saturday we asked an Earth Day question: When will buying new vehicles with tailpipes be seen as morally wrong? Consider that many vehicles last 15 or 20 years, and the array of EV choices is growing rapidly. Let us know with your vote.