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Up close with the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX: Slipping into a not-so-distant future


It would be easy to dismiss the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX as the latest electric concept car that won’t amount to any kind of reality. Its ultra-futuristic styling and lofty range/efficiency targets don’t fall into any production-car norm at first glance. But Mercedes has already said that many of the car’s elements (if not the… More…

Rivian stands out among EV-only automakers as one of few outsourcing electric motors

Rivian R1SAmong EV-only automakers, Rivian has tried to distinguish itself with branding that’s equal parts rugged and premium. But there’s something else that sets Rivian apart, according to new IHS Markit analysis. Rivian is the only EV-only automaker that has outsourced its electric motors, according to the firm, which notes in a recent blog post that… More…

Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept: Sharp electric sport wagon packs speedy-charging 800V tech

Audi A6 Avant E-Tron conceptAudi on Wednesday unveiled the A6 Avant E-Tron electric wagon concept. It previews a production model that’s unlikely to reach North America, but its platform will underpin upcoming Audi EVs for global markets. That platform is the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which also underpinned the A6 E-Tron concept unveiled at the 2021 Shanghai Motor… More…

BMW expects US range of up to 305 miles for flagship i7 sedan, due for April debut

2023 BMW i7 prototypeBMW expects up to 305 miles of EPA-rated range for the i7, an electric version of its flagship 7-Series sedan. The i7 will be revealed in April, and is expected to go on sale as a 2023 model. The next-generation 7-Series will likely be offered in close to the same form with both gasoline and all-electric powertrains. BMW indicated both versions… More…

CEO: Porsche plans to build charging network, 718 sports car going electric

Porsche Taycan coast-to-coast record for least charging timePorsche just accelerated its electrification strategy. On Friday, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume confirmed the automaker’s going to build a charging network for its customers along with the automaker’s third electric car, and a hybrid 911. It also boosted its sales targets. Blume said Porsche will create its own charging network that will be for Porsche… More…

Washington State aims to end gasoline car sales by 2030—really, this time

SeattleWashington State is once again looking to end sales of new internal-combustion cars and trucks by 2030. The state legislature passed HB 1204/SB 5256, collectively known as Clean Cars 2030, on March 11. The legislation would require all new vehicles sold in Washington to be electric starting with the 2030 model year, excluding vehicles weighing… More…

GM confirms Cadillac Lyriq EV production starts March 21, new orders open May 19

2023 Cadillac LyriqGeneral Motors on Tuesday confirmed 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV production will start March 21, and new orders will open May 19. GM initially accepted orders only for an initial Debut Edition model. The automaker said that first allotment sold out in just 10 minutes, but it hasn’t revealed how many vehicles that is. However, Cadillac now… More…

Tesla prices rise again: At $49,690, base Model 3 now costs a third more vs. a year ago

Tesla Model YTesla has once again increased prices across its lineup, pulling the automaker even further away from mass-market affordability. The Tesla Model 3 was launched with the promise of a $35,000 base price, but now the base Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive starts at $46,690. That’s an increase of $2,000 from its most recent (higher) price, and 34% higher than… More…

Mercedes will make electric EQS SUV in Alabama, with battery cells from Georgia

Mercedes-Benz battery factoryOn its way to establishing production for its EQS SUV in the U.S., Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a partnership with battery supplier Envision AESC that will result in a battery facility in Bibb County, Georgia. According to Mercedes-Benz, the new battery facility “underscores the importance of the U.S. within the Mercedes-Benz global… More…

Sono Sion solar hatchback on track for 2023 production, company says

Sono Sion solar assisted electric carSono Motors on Monday announced that it had taken another step toward getting its Sion electric hatchback into production on schedule. In a press release, Sono said it had started the series-validation phase of development. The company said it’s currently building a fleet of 37 series-validation vehicles and bodies-in-white, which represent the… More…

Ford confirms second VW-based EV for Europe, electric version of sporty Puma crossover

Ford MEB-based electric crossover due in 2023 (Europe)Ford and Volkswagen on Monday confirmed an expansion of their relationship around electric vehicles—resulting in a second electric vehicle based on VW’s MEB platform for EVs, as well as a longer-term plan to double Ford’s volume of models on that platform to 1.2 million units over a six-year span. Ford has confirmed that the… More…

Mustang Mach-E electric SUV demand so strong Ford might not take your order

Ford Mustang Mach-E orders up to 28+ weeks, lineup limited  (March 2022)Earlier this month, Ford suddenly stopped taking orders for two especially popular versions of the Ford Mustang Mach-E—the Premium and California Route 1. That left more than an $18,000 price gap between the base Select, which is only offered with the base 70-kwh Standard Range battery pack, and the top GT, with its included all-wheel drive… More…

Aston Martin and Britishvolt ally to create batteries for performance EV due in 2025

2020 Aston Martin Rapide EAston Martin last week announced a partnership with Britishvolt to develop new battery technology. The goal is to create batteries for a planned “ultra-luxury performance EV,” Aston said in a press release. Due to launch in 2025, this will be the British automaker’s first production EV after a couple of false starts. Aston’s previous EV, a track… More…

Energy, power, cells, modules, cooling: Watch Lucid’s CEO give the best EV battery primer yet

Lucid Air battery cellsIf you’re looking to learn more about EV batteries, Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson may have just delivered the best primer yet. Over roughly 36 minutes, this first video in a series covers just about every aspect of the Lucid Air battery pack and how it helps enable the luxury sedan’s 520-mile maximum range. Rawlinson starts with the… More…

Ford and PG&E study how F-150 Lightning might support the grid, not just the home

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Intelligent Backup PowerWhile bidirectional charging remains at the hypothetical or developmental stages for some automakers, it’s almost here for Ford and its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. A new partnership between Ford and California utility PG&E is aiming to take that functionality to the next stage: the electrical grid. Ford plans the first… More…

Rivian plans LFP cells, heat pump, 800V upgrade; 2022 production plan halved to 25,000

Rivian battery pack [from video]Rivian revealed updates on R1T, R1S, and EDV production, preorders, and what amounted to its most significant product update in months, as part of a letter to shareholders and Q&A held Thursday. The company is ramping up production, gradually and with plenty of supply-chain-related fits and starts. As of March 8, Rivian reports that it has… More…