Mercedes EQB and Vision EQXX reviews, F-150 Lightning font, ID.4 made in the USA, EV tax credit: The week in reverse

How far does Sono say every week his Sion solar EV could go without ever recharging?

Which car manufacturer has launched a service to answer questions about electric vehicles?

Here’s our look back at the week in reverse – right here at Green Car Reports – for the week ending July 29, 2022.

This week we drove the one and only efficiency-focused Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept, which clocked nearly 750 miles on a charge in a real-world test, and found that this benchmark for EVs was as intriguing behind the wheel as it is to watch – and we noted how, at every step, escaping the EV weight spiral was a top priority. And in a first-drive review of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB, we found this electric adaptation of the GLB SUV to be refreshingly different from the rest of the crowd of crossover EVs and their faster (and less practical) designs. .

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX

The Mini Concept Aceman ushers in a new era of design for the Mini brand, and specifically shows a “modern all-electric interpretation of a crossover model for the brand”. Mini didn’t give any indication here in the specs of the drive system, but it presented a vision that doesn’t take over the dash with screens.

Mini Concept Aceman

Mini Concept Aceman

Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning Pro SSV this week, calling it America’s first electric police truck. With a choice of batteries and gear built on the affordable F-150 Lightning Pro fleet model, it should offer a competitively priced option for departments looking to go electrified. The Mega Power Frunk can also become an emergency command center.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV

The production version of the Sono Sion solar supplement electric vehicle was also unveiled this week. Changes were subtle from previous prototypes, although the interior was reconfigured for more space. Its 54kWh LFP battery alone provides 190 miles of range, while its solar panel-filled body will add 70 miles per week on average or up to 152 miles in ideal conditions.

Honda told some of the design backstory for its next Prologue EV, which is expected to arrive in 2024. A California-led design team and virtual design process brought in some influences from the retro-styled Honda E and Honda’s other current SUVs, but it doesn’t share its looks with the Chevy Blazer EV it should share the underpinnings with.

Marco Tan, Honda VR and CG designer, with the Honda Prologue clay model

Marco Tan, Honda VR and CG designer, with the Honda Prologue clay model

The electric vehicle tax credit is back as a possibility in Congress, with a Senate proposal expected to pass as part of a new reconciliation bill. Included in this, the 200,000 vehicle cap would be lifted – bringing GM, Tesla and Toyota back to full qualification – while vehicle price and household income caps would be applied. The credit would remain at $7,500, including $4,000 for used electric vehicles, but would become a point-of-sale amount under a mechanism that has yet to be finalized.

The U.S. Department of Energy has confirmed a conditional federal loan of $2.5 billion to Ultium Cells LLC, the GM-LG joint venture battery cell maker, for plants in Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan that will manufacture large-format NCMA pocket cells that will enable more affordable electric vehicles made in the United States. Although there were many applicants, the loan would be the first to be made under the DOE’s ATVM program in more than a decade.

Electric Chevrolet Camaro possible in GM Ultium teaser video

Electric Chevrolet Camaro possible in GM Ultium teaser video

GM also announced some major U.S. electric vehicle supply chain deals that will bolster enough raw materials to power 1 million annual electric vehicles for North America by 2025. This includes an agreement to cathode active materials until 2030 and covering 5 million electric vehicles.

Volkswagen has started US assembly of its ID.4 electric car. With it, VW is tapping into a US electric vehicle supply chain – including batteries from an SK plant in Georgia – and could ramp up sales to match the ‘millions, not millionaires’ talking points. that he maintained before ID.4.

Volkswagen ID.4 built in Chattanooga

Volkswagen ID.4 built in Chattanooga

Faraday Future has pointed out in a new filing that it will need more funding to produce its FF91 luxury EV this year as planned. As he pointed out in the last update, his trajectory has been one of perseverance.

Ahead of a planned IPO later this year, Porsche is aiming to be more profitable with electric vehicles than with gasoline models. The EV strategy aims for 8 out of 10 models from the performance car maker to be fully electric by the end of the decade.

Bright Drop EV410

Bright Drop EV410

A group of 17 states, DC and Quebec have united on a plan to electrify 30% of new trucks and buses in their jurisdictions by 2030. It complements California rules that are already being challenged by a trade group lawsuit which includes several of the companies, like General Motors, that are simultaneously pushing for a more electrified truck fleet.

Siemens has signed up with Virginia-based ConnectDER to help provide nearly half of U.S. homes facing costly panel upgrades with an affordable solution to charging EVs: plugging directly into the meter collar.

Siemens ConnectDER meter collar plugged in

Siemens ConnectDER meter collar plugged in

Compared to the number of registered electric vehicles in Florida, the Sunshine State has been shorted on electric vehicle charging infrastructure. A push from a newcomer will soon change that, with thousands of 80-amp Level 2 chargers being installed across the state over the next 18 months.

California leads the nation in home charger installation, according to a recent study, while New York ranks last. While perhaps not so surprising, it was unexpected to see a low rate of chargers in some places with relatively low-density housing, many garages and driveways, and reasonably high adoption of electric vehicles, such as Austin , in Texas.

GM EV live

GM EV live

And GM really wants to answer your questions about electric vehicles – and for that, the automaker has launched a new service called EV Live. It is intended to supplement what GM dealerships are already offering and to answer public questions about charging, technology and vehicles, and clarify misconceptions.

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Robert M. Larson