Vinfast preview drive, Subaru Solterra price, Nissan solid-state technology, electric Chevy Corvette: Reverse Week

Which company is rethinking minivans as EVs?

Which electric pickups will be in production this week?

This is our look back at Week In Reverse — here at Green Car Reports — for the week ending April 29, 2022.

In a preview drive of the Vinfast VF 8 2023, the first of two electric crossovers from the Vietnamese brand that are supposed to hit the US market before the end of 2022, we found a lot of work to be done to meet the aggressive timeline.

Vinfast VF8 Prototype

GM announced that it plans to put a heat pump into every one of its Ultium EVs — starting with the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq, of course, and to include future mass-market models like the Chevrolet Trailblazer EV and Chevy Blazer EV. The company says the technology will provide a meaningful real-world boost to range, faster charging and faster acceleration.

GM also confirmed a long-rumoured project: a fully electric Chevrolet Corvette sports car. The Corvette EV will be preceded by the Corvette hybrid which will be released next year.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept

Nissan Surf-Out Concept

Nissan once co-developed battery cells for electric car pioneer Leaf; now follow a similar philosophy for all solid-state cells it says are meant for EV production by 2028. They are potentially a “game changer for EV democratization,” according to Nissan, with the potential to double energy density by weight, charge a third of the time, and cost $75/kwh. —all of which will change the calculations for larger electric pickups and especially SUVs.

Ford this week confirmed the start of production for the 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup — though in an odd twist, orders are not currently being taken for the truck. Ford has said that it will expand Lightning production to 150,000 units per year by 2023, and CEO Jim Farley separately confirmed that the Tennessee mass-market electric truck set to be built from 2024 will not be the Lightning successor but will be alongside it.

Subaru Solterra Prototype

Subaru Solterra Prototype

The Subaru Solterra EV starts at a higher price than its cousin Toyota BZ4X, Subaru confirmed with full details released earlier this week. Compared to the BZ4X, the Solterra will only be offered in an all-wheel-drive form; but it will be offered in all 50 states, and buyers will be able to claim the full $7,500 EV tax credit without worrying about pending suspensions.

The Polestar 2 2023 lineup may get more driving range—including real-world range from an improved heat pump—plus upgraded cabin filters, removable blinds, and a new set of wheel colors and designs. And buyers will get a car with a lower carbon footprint than ever before, the company said.

2023 Polestar 2

2023 Polestar 2

The Saudi Arabian government confirmed that it will purchase up to 100,000 Lucid EVs over a 10-year period, with deliveries starting in the second quarter of 2023. The vehicles will initially come from the Lucid plant in Arizona but will potentially be supplied directly from future facilities. in Saudi Arabia.

In China, battery giant CATL has launched its own battery swap service, called Evogo. Focusing on apartment dwellers who don’t have charging at home, the service uses a proprietary modular system and aims to offer speeds that compare to (or rival) DC fast charging.

What might the electric era bring for Chrysler? Well, for starters, it’s definitely rethinking Chrysler’s minivan as an EV—perhaps with a new interpretation of the flexible Stow ‘N Go seating.

Volta Zero 7.5 ton electric truck

Volta Zero 7.5 ton electric truck

The new series of electric commercial trucks revealed by Volta Trucks of Sweden scale from about 16,500 to 35,000 pounds and are not designed for internal combustion at all. Perhaps most notably, the design provides a completely different angle of view that puts the driver on the road surface.

Could new EV incentives make a bigger difference if they were aimed at turning gasoline “superusers” into electricity—especially low-income earners? That’s what California is considering.

On Thursday, a coalition of states and environmental groups filed lawsuits against the U.S. Postal Service, alleging that proper environmental and cost analyzes were not actually carried out before contracts were signed for the new generation of delivery vehicles—and only 10% of them are fully electric. What’s more, the petrol-powered replacement trucks are expected to be less fuel efficient than their 1990-era predecessors when they were new.

VW CEO Herbert Diess and BP CEO Bernard Looney with the Flexpole charger

VW CEO Herbert Diess and BP CEO Bernard Looney with the Flexpole charger

A project between Volkswagen and oil giant BP will deliver up to 8,000 new charging points across Europe by 2024—focusing on urban charging and including a “Flexpole” design that does not require high-voltage hardware to provide fast DC charging.

The first-generation Kia Niro EV continues—as a dedicated zero-emissions taxi in the South Korean market, Kia confirmed this week. This is the first in a new series of custom-built EVs, according to Kia. And to help fulfill its purpose, the much-loved EV has been streamlined in its seats and door trim, among other packaging changes.

Chevy Silverado EV - Sopranos Super Bowl commercial, 2022

Chevy Silverado EV – Sopranos Super Bowl commercial, 2022

And did Big Game ad spending from GM, BMW, Kia and others this year lead to a Super Bowl spike in Tesla orders? It seems so, and Tesla has been bragging about the upgrades it’s gotten.


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