Which automaker can be giving its mass-market EVs bidirectional charging beginning in 2022?
And is there hope for battery swapping in spite of everything?
That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Experiences—for the week ending April 9, 2021.
A collection of bulletins from Normal Motors earned probably the most consideration in tales—and viewers—this week. It began final weekend, as GM revealed the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV. Though set to reach in early 2023, greater than a yr after the Hummer EV SUT pickup, the SUV will provide a shorter wheelbase that favors off-road maneuvers—and though the battery pack is considerably smaller it is going to nonetheless provide as much as 300 miles of vary in some variations. And we underscored what it is going to imply for these fashions to get 800-volt DC quick charging, with the Hummer EV SUV capable of gaining 100 miles of range in 12 minutes, and a wise charging planner able to planning on- or off-road routes.
2022 GMC Hummer EV
On Tuesday, GM additionally revealed that it plans to make use of Manufacturing unit Zero—its plant in Hamtramck, Michigan—to construct a fully electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, subsequent to the Hummer EV SUT and Hummer EV SUV. In a follow-up, primarily based on our personal interview time with the Hummer EV’s chief engineer, we examined how GM will be able to produce a fully electric Chevrolet Silverado with 400 miles of vary. Trace: you want solely take a look at how the GMC Hummer EV is being developed.
2021 Polestar 2
We drove the 2021 Polestar 2 and located that it feels far nearer to a completely electrical interpretation of Volvo’s performance-oriented fashions of the latest previous than it does a direct rival to the Tesla Mannequin 3 or Mannequin Y. Polestar introduced earlier within the week that it’s planning to construct a climate-neutral car by 2030.
Certainly one of Volkswagen’s high executives disclosed to a German enterprise publication earlier this week that its autos which might be constructed on its mass-market MEB platform—just like the VW ID.4—will be getting bidirectional charging starting in 2022. In the meantime right here within the U.S., California is learning how vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology might work throughout the state’s regulatory framework, in order that it may assist stabilize the ability grid.
The analysts at Bloomberg New Vitality Finance see “some causes for optimism” in EV battery swapping expertise, which has already caught on for some manufacturers and makes use of in China. The U.S. potential for the tech is primarily in taxis and ride-hailing.
Earlier within the week, Nissan teased in a video that it’s working to tune its upcoming Ariya electric crossover in a different way for every continent or market. And in line with a report out of the UK, Nissan is planning a smaller electric crossover that will slot into its lineup beneath the upcoming Ariya—and be in regards to the measurement of the European-market Juke or U.S.-market Kicks. Is it a future Leaf, or a brand new standalone mannequin?
Toyota revealed a “partial hands-free” driver-assistance system that it’s pitching with a extra conservative strategy than what you’ll discover from Tesla. Known as Toyota Teammate or Lexus Teammate, it’s making its debut on the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell automotive, or initially within the U.S. on the Lexus LS 500h hybrid sedan.
2022 Lexus LS 500h with Lexus Teammate
EPA administrator Michael Regan has indicated that he’ll search to reverse Trump administration standards for gasoline financial system and emissions, in new requirements resulting from be introduced in July. In the meantime, the Biden administration confronted criticism that its infrastructure proposal spends more on electric-vehicle chargers than on roads, highways, and bridges.
An ITC resolution opened up the likelihood that the battery supplier SK Innovation might not be banned within the U.S. in spite of everything. That may very well be a very good factor for extra U.S.-made EVs.
And for final weekend, we introduced you an up-close take a look at among the particulars surrounding Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming Mannequin S-sized EQS electrical luxurious flagship—within the type of 12 things to know about the EQS.