Plug-in hybrids is likely to be polluting much more than the emissions-test numbers counsel. Portland is re-upping on the Electrical Avenue idea, however for large electrical vans this time. Daimler’s Good plant sale will allow one thing that’s not small and never electrical. And will solid-state battery tech arrive by the center of the last decade? This and extra, right here at Inexperienced Automobile Experiences.
Knowledge teased by California-based QuantumScape on Tuesday prompt the corporate’s solid-state battery technology might be closer to production than beforehand thought. It would probably enable quicker, extra constant charging and, by extension, maybe, a lot smaller battery packs and extra reasonably priced automobiles.
A examine from the UK alleges that plug-in hybrids are polluting significantly higher than automakers claim or than official effectivity and emissions outcomes counsel—partly as a result of their EV operation is insufficient, but additionally as a result of the outcomes don’t characterize precise real-world use.
Portland’s Electrical Avenue, as soon as a public proving floor for electric-car charging, now has a sequel. Referred to as Electrical Island, and sponsored by the native utility and Daimler Vans North America, which relies there, it goals to be an emissions-free testing spot for electric semis, supply automobiles, and different industrial vans.
Daimler’s sale of its long-running Smart plant in France, not too long ago revamped to accommodate upcoming electrical automobiles, will as a substitute allow the manufacturing of the Grenadier, an off-road SUV powered by diesel, gasoline, and maybe hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains.
And over at Motor Authority: GM has teased that the 2022 GMC Hummer EV is now testing at its proving grounds in one thing that intently resembles its manufacturing type. GMC confirmed that it’s the only real prototype thus far.