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2022 Super Bowl LVI EV ads: Dr. EVil, robot dog, charging “issues,” Zeus and the iX, more


With electric cars still supercharging the stock market, it’s no surprise that several automakers are showing big-budget EV ads this Super Bowl Sunday, February 13. Last year’s GM ad was a raucous, brilliantly produced Will Ferrell affair, in which the actor finds out that Norwegians buy way more electric cars per capita than… More…

Report: Ford broadens plan for Lincoln EVs—including electric Navigator


Ford is planning electric versions of all of its Lincoln luxury brand’s current SUVs, Reuters reported Thursday. The plan includes battery-electric models that could replace or supplement the current Lincoln Corsair, Nautilus, Aviator, and Navigator, according to the report, which cited three anonymous people familiar with the matter. The first of… More…

Tesla hits mute on “Boombox” feature, was drowning out federally mandated pedestrian warning sounds


Tesla has issued a recall to partly deactivate its Boombox feature originally added in late 2020, because it interferes with federally mandated pedestrian warning sounds. Released in December 2020 as part of a software update, Boombox mode allows drivers to play sounds outside their cars. Instead of a normal car horn, it includes options like a… More…

Global EV sales more than doubled in 2021 vs. 2020, tripled vs. 2019


Global EV sales took a giant leap in both volume and market share in 2021, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Automakers sold 6.6 million plug-in vehicles in 2021, more than double the 3 million sold in 2020, and more than triple the 2.2 million sold in 2019, according to the IEA. The broader definition of EVs as… More…

Volvo plans Tesla-style “mega casting” for its biggest plant, as it shifts to EVs


Volvo is revamping its largest factory to produce next-generation electric cars more efficiently. The roughly $1 billion investment in Volvo’s Torslanda, Sweden, plant includes a new battery assembly facility, fully refurbished paint and final assembly shops, and the introduction of a “mega casting” method for aluminum parts, Volvo said Tuesday in… More…

Faraday Future FF 81 EV slated for “high volume production” in 2024—at GM’s former South Korea plant


Faraday Future’s second EV will be manufactured by South Korean auto-parts supplier Myoung Shin, Faraday announced Wednesday in a press release. Production is scheduled to start in 2024, with a “high volume production” target later that same year. This new model, the Faraday Future FF 81, will be a “luxury mass-market electric vehicle” aimed at a… More…

Tesla recalls some 2020-2022 vehicles over heat-pump issue, “decreased defrosting performance”


Tesla has issued a recall for 26,681 vehicles from the 2020 through 2022 model years over an issue relating to an improperly operating heat-pump valve—an issue that can be fixed through an over-the-air update. Recall documents filed by Tesla explain that the issue “may trap refrigerant inside the evaporator and may deplete the… More…

Right to repair bill could allow more independent shops to work on EVs and hybrids


A right to repair has been introduced in the House of Representatives, which could help more independent shops work on electric cars and hybrids. Introduced by Representative Bobby L. Rush, the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 6570) would grant vehicle owners and independent shops equal access to tools… More…

As Nissan overhauls its roadmap to EVs, is it cutting out gasoline engine development?


So far, Nissan hasn’t been among the growing group of global automakers to put an end date—estimated or not—on the sale of new vehicles with internal combustion engines. If a Monday report from Nikkei Asia proves true, Nissan could be closer to seeing that sunset for tailpipes—in non-electrified forms, that is. According to… More…

Report: Biden’s “blue” states carried 76% of 2021 US EV sales


The “blue” states that President Biden won in the 2020 election carried 76% of 2021 United States EV sales, according to a new Bloomberg report. That’s mainly down to a large urban/rural divide in EV adoption, driven by limited vehicle choices, underdeveloped charging in infrastructure in rural areas, and fewer incentives in the “red” states where… More…

CEO: Ford plans to “reengineer” Mustang Mach-E incrementally, won’t save improvements for mid-cycle refresh


The Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV will get continual incremental updates instead of the industry-standard mid-cycle refresh, CEO Jim Farley said Thursday during the automaker’s quarterly earnings call. Automakers generally save improvements for mid-cycle refreshes, so named because they’re timed at the midway point between redesigns. But Ford… More…

Volvo-Northvolt joint venture battery plant due in 2025, could supply for 500,000 EVs annually


Volvo and Swedish battery firm Northvolt on Friday announced a new battery plant, near the automaker’s main assembly plant in Gothenburg, Sweden. Scheduled to open in 2025, the joint-venture plant will have a “potential” annual battery cell production capacity of up to 50 gigawatt-hours, which would be enough for 500,000 EVs annually, Volvo said… More…

Airstream eStream: Electric travel trailer could boost range or mpg, upgrade the whole experience


Airstream and its parent company Thor Industries surprised and excited RV enthusiasts and EV enthusiasts alike last month with an eStream electric travel trailer concept that might essentially go off the grid for days, boost the range or mpg of the tow vehicle, and potentially maneuver itself into a camping or charging spot. Now the company has… More…

First ride: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning adds finesse to America’s bestselling truck


What could 10 minutes in the F-150 Lightning electric pickup possibly tell us? That’s 10 minutes in the passenger seat—off-pavement, and at speeds I only saw blip up to about 25 mph momentarily. Turns out it gave us a few first hints on ride quality, efficiency, and range. And it reminded us that the F-150’s interface will be a… More…

Automated “charging robot” claims wireless-charging convenience with a physical connection


Automotive supplier Continental recently unveiled a “charging robot” that aims to make charging more convenient. Continental partnered with startup Volterio on the project. The two companies aim to have “near-production” systems ready by mid-2022, and are aiming for volume production in 2024, Continental said in a press release. The hardware… More…

White House, EPA ask USPS to reconsider sidelining EVs for next-generation mail truck contract


The White House and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday urged the United States Postal Service (USPS) to reconsider its plan to purchase primarily gasoline vehicles for its next-generation mail truck fleet. The EPA sent a letter to the USPS Wednesday calling for another hearing to review a 10-year contract with defense contractor… More…

Quick spin: 2022 Ford E-Transit van makes all-electric fit for the upfit


Even as companies see an electric shift of their van fleets as a net positive, they face a tricky coexistence: making the most of them alongside the gas and diesel vans that keep trucking. That’s one of the challenges Ford wants to tackle for small business owners and fleet managers, with its buildout of Ford Pro services alongside the new… More…

Jaguar will get its own “absolutely bespoke” EV platform called Panthera, CEO reveals


Jaguar will get its own EV platform under Jaguar Land Rover’s Reimagine electrification plan, JLR CEO Thierry Bolloré said in an interview with Autocar published Tuesday. Called Panthera, the new platform will be “absolutely bespoke,” Bolloré said. Designers and engineers are aiming to give Jaguar EVs distinct proportions to set them… More…

GM aims for 400,000 EVs through 2023, confirms Silverado EV at more than 110,000 reservations


General Motors plans to deliver 400,000 EVs through 2023, CEO Mary Barra said during a financial call detailing the automaker’s 2021 financial results. That total will be made up of several new models scheduled to ramp up production over the next year, as well as continued production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV. Production of those… More…