Hyundai Ioniq 6 review, F-150 Lightning price hike, Tesla Semi without Megachargers: The week in reverse

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Here’s our look back at the week inside out – right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending October 7, 2022.

During a first test of the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6, we found that this electric sedan was the first direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3 in terms of efficiency, range, size and price. And it has a lot more refinement and charm.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

This week, Ford raised the price of the Ford F-150 Lightning, yet again. This time it’s added an additional $5,000 to the base 2023 Lightning Pro, making it $12,100, or almost 30%, more than it originally cost for the 2022 model year. The hike, which is supply chain related according to Ford, does not apply to those awaiting delivery.

The 2024 Honda Prologue electric SUV will arrive next year, and Honda has provided a first look — metrics and all — of this upcoming model, which will land between the brand’s Passport and Pilot gas-powered SUVs. Honda is also considering shorter leases for CR-V Hybrid drivers, assuming many will want to migrate to the Prologue.

Honda Prologue 2024

Honda Prologue 2024

Tesla is dropping ultrasonic sensors from all Model 3 and Model Y vehicles for North America, among other markets. This means that its driver assistance and active safety features will rely solely on cameras, and new vehicles will temporarily remove several features such as Smart Summon.

With Tesla Semi production starting and first deliveries slated for Pepsi starting Dec. 1, don’t expect the original Companion Megachargers to roll out in huge numbers, either at Tesla truck stops. or at supercharger stations.

Cadillac Lyriq 2023

Cadillac Lyriq 2023

General Motors sold a record number of electric vehicles in the third quarter of 2022, but these were almost entirely Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV models. Meanwhile, its sales of next-generation Ultium electric vehicles, including the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV, continue to trickle down.

Since the electric vehicle tax credit no longer applies to many plug-in hybrid models and plug-in hybrid vehicles should not be part of the mass market like electric vehicles, automakers face tough decisions, like whether they have to build them in the United States. , PHEVs are no longer a given compared to hybrids.

2022 Toyota Prius Premium

2022 Toyota Prius Premium

While Toyota has signaled that it will stop fighting the California emissions authority, its CEO recently criticized the US goal of 50% less electric vehicles by 2030, calling it “very difficult”. The company is sticking to its plan that emphasizes hybrids and PHEVs and sees about 15 percent of its U.S. sales without tailpipes by 2030.

GM is betting on silicon-anode battery technology, and a development partnership with startup OneD Battery Sciences could help create more energy-dense cells that could extend EV range and/or cut costs.

Owners of recalled 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans have been given permission to begin charging their vehicles and parking in garages – once they get a recall remedy in which dealerships will install a new battery software that will work as a failsafe.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

A Georgia judge has thrown out part of the $1.2 billion tax break given to Rivian and its massive $5 billion electric truck factory in the state.

Minnesota and Virginia are two of the states that have yet to sign on to California’s 2035 ban on new gas-powered vehicles and are potentially looking for another path that mandates some electric vehicles but doesn’t require the change.

Vermont is offering a $3,000 cash incentive to those who replace a “high-polluting vehicle” with a new or used electric vehicle. It is only the second state to have such an EV-specific retirement program, after California.

2009 Dodge Viper

2009 Dodge Viper

UK-based Swindon Powertrain offers a liquid-cooled ‘plug-and-play’ EV battery pack for projects, conversions and niche vehicle builders. With safety provisions, warranty and new 30kWh or 60kWh cells, it will be a significant, albeit expensive, improvement over what many stores currently use.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will expedite various U.S. procurement and supply chain rules required for the electric vehicle tax credit, in its new Clean Vehicle Credit form. To do this, the Treasury Department checks in with industry, labor, and climate and environmental justice advocates.

GM and EVgo extend fast charging for large metros

GM and EVgo extend fast charging for large metros

And the United States currently lags many other countries in terms of chargers per registered electric vehicle — an important thing to keep in mind as the country thinks big when it comes to building infrastructure.

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Robert M. Larson