Which automaker reportedly seeks a stake in a South Korean battery spinoff?

Which firm claims to have the primary manufacturing EV with a solid-state battery?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automobile Reviews—for the week ending October 2, 2020.

Ford cut prices on the upcoming 2021 Mustang Mach-E electric SUV by $1,000 to $3,000—all to raised match the rising listing of rivals that quickly will embody the Volkswagen ID.4 along with the Tesla Mannequin Y. It additionally revealed a number of extra particulars concerning the upcoming F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid—resembling that it hits a brand new excessive in torque and has spectacular towing and hauling numbers. 

Volvo started production for the 2021 XC40 Recharge, the primary electrical car from the model, due for first U.S. deliveries in January. 

Fairly a little bit of electric-vehicle information got here from China and the Beijing Motor Present this previous week—though many of the ideas and merchandise have been meant primarily for that market. For example, the Buick Electra is again—as an electrical car idea “impressed by an area capsule,” constructed on GM’s new Ultium battery tech, and positioned for China. Honda additionally confirmed a swoopy-looking electric SUV concept on the Beijing present, however it emphasised that this has nothing to do with the EV partnership with GM introduced earlier within the yr. 

Buick Electra concept

Buick Electra idea

Geely’s Lynk & Co. revealed a bit extra about its upcoming Sustainable Expertise Structure (SEA) devoted EV platform, with the Zero Concept offered on the Beijing Motor Present. And it officially launched in Europe, providing hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUVs and a mannequin that might show you how to earn a few of your car a reimbursement by sharing yours.

Lynk & Co. Zero Concept

Lynk & Co. Zero Idea

There are differing analyses—and positively some disagreement—over whether or not California’s grid is as much as the duty of charging a dramatically ramped-up EV fleet that might be the results of California’s goal to ban the sale of gasoline vehicles by 2035. In the meantime, EPA chief Andrew Wheeler has questioned the legality and practicality of California’s transfer towards the ban. 

Ford took a very totally different tack; it stands other than the opposite two Detroit automakers, in addition to giants like Toyota, in siding with California on EVs and cleaner air. 

The communities that might profit essentially the most from electrical automobiles usually can’t afford them or don’t have entry to charging, however a $20 million program in California goals to alter that. 

Lucid Air tri-motor prototype testing at Laguna Seca

Lucid Air tri-motor prototype testing at Laguna Seca

Lucid boasted that its upcoming tri-motor version of the Lucid Air is already only a second off the Laguna Seca lap time claimed by Tesla for its upcoming Mannequin S Plaid. It’s the beginning of a heated competitors that might echo German automakers and the Nürburgring.

Mercedes-Benz introduced the primary deployment of solid-state batteries in a regular production vehicle—in its eCitaro and eCitaro G metropolis buses. 

2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Mannequin Y

Within the curiosity of a secure battery provide, Tesla reportedly seeks a stake in the new battery spinoff of LG Chem. On Friday, Tesla reported a new delivery record (globally) for the third quarter.

Jaguar Land Rover is tapping into landfill waste as a supply of recycled materials for its luxury-vehicle cabins. 

Chevrolet Bolt EV cargo van conversion

Chevrolet Bolt EV cargo van conversion

Final weekend, we regarded on the under-the-radar rear-seat delete package that’s available on the Chevrolet Bolt EV. It is perhaps answer for some sorts of tradespeople and small enterprise homeowners.