2023 Prius evaluate, Mustang Mach-E LFP particulars, Fisker Ocean battery swapping: The Week in Reverse

What’s the commonest trade-in for a Tesla Mannequin 3?

Is Toyota about to ramp up its dedication to EVs?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Studies—for the week ending Might 5, 2023.

In a evaluate of the 2023 Toyota Prius, with some nearer scrutiny paid in every day driving conditions, we discovered the newest model of this hybrid icon to supply up jaw-dropping attractiveness and extra driving inspiration—though the interface, trip consolation, and quiet altogether come out slightly missing. That, and also you’ll be fielding quite a lot of questions on why this Prius isn’t electrical. 

2023 Honda Accord

2023 Honda Accord

The 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid has earned a high security distinction. With the whole Accord lineup, it’s been named a High Security Decide+ from the IIHS, because of improved side-impact safety within the new mannequin and good efficiency of its entrance crash-prevention system evening and day. It joins the Camry Hybrid, though the Sonata Hybrid doesn’t fairly make the company’s high tier. 

Fisker plans to deliver swappable batteries to its Ocean EV—for fleets at first—with tech from the U.S. startup Ample, by 2024. Ample has centered earlier efforts on the Nissan Leaf, so the Ocean and its liquid cooling could also be a special check case. 

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E preview

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E preview

Ford has revealed vary and pricing for revamped Normal Vary variations of its 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E electrical automotive with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, and it seems good for worth. Costs drop; there’s an influence increase; charging is faster; and vary numbers are anticipated to be a bit increased. 

Redesigned 2025 Mini Cooper Electrical fashions will add extra vary, inside house, and be cut up into economical Cooper E and sporty Cooper SE variants. Though the lineup is due subsequent 12 months, Mini hasn’t but confirmed U.S. availability for what at the moment quantities to one of the crucial inexpensive EVs obtainable to Individuals. 

2025 Mini Cooper prototype

2025 Mini Cooper prototype

Ford CEO Jim Farley, on a quarterly monetary name, stated that the corporate goals to seize extra EV newbies with an upcoming three-row electrical SUV—the identical means it did for pickups with the F-150 Lightning.  

Daimler Vehicles has introduced a $650 million US charging and hydrogen community for large rigs. The enterprise, referred to as Greenlane, was began in 2022, however the announcement to “forge forward” with it seems to be timed with the Senate’s transfer final week to reverse tighter EPA heavy-duty truck air pollution guidelines as California adopted its personal tighter Superior Clear Fleets guidelines. 

Toyota bZ Compact SUV Concept

Toyota bZ Compact SUV Idea

The White Home claims that Toyota is now “totally dedicated to electrifying its U.S. lineup, and instructed that the previous “laggard” automaker is perhaps pursuing an accelerated timeline for EV adoption. The corporate hasn’t but detailed or disclosed that, if true. 

Early within the week, Lordstown Motors warned of extra monetary difficulties. It reported that Foxconn could also be looking for to again out of a funding deal which may preserve the maker of the Endurance electrical truck working—and that it would go bankrupt if this isn’t resolved. By Friday, the probability of the corporate’s continued operations seemed to be fading, primarily based on some experiences. 

Hyundai Mobis e-Corner

Hyundai Mobis e-Nook

Intelligent e-Nook tech with in-wheel motors, demonstrated by Hyundai’s expertise provider on actual roads within the Ioniq 5, might alter each the packaging and the mobility of future electrical autos. With steering, braking, and propulsion built-in into modules at every nook, EVs might carry out a real sideways crab stroll, pivot turns in small areas, diagonal driving, and extra.

By July 31, Costco is providing a $2,500 low cost on the 2023-2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge. For 2024 each fashions are due for a spread increase as much as a projected 297 miles in some variations, with new motors and a change on single-motor variations to rear-wheel drive. 

2019 Tesla Model 3

2019 Tesla Mannequin 3

In response to information from the used-car retailer CarMax, the commonest trade-ins for the Tesla Mannequin 3 are the Honda Civic and Toyota Tacoma, and essentially the most generally traded-in mannequin for the Nissan Leaf is the Toyota Prius. 

And never each step of EV adoption goes to be easy progress. In its newest survey information, J.D. Energy noticed a better portion of consumers indicating they have been “not possible” to think about an EV buy within the subsequent 12 months than ever earlier than—indicating a rising portion of consumers could also be flat-out rejecting EVs. Though it’s unclear what new elements contributed to that, worth and charging have been acquainted points.


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