Hyundai Tucson PHEV and Kia EV6 reviews, Mach-E and Air recalls, Mercedes’ G-Turn: The Week in Reverse


Which U.S. town is putting in curbside chargers on request?

Is it achievable that brake dust emissions are higher for EVs?

This is our glance back again at the Week In Reverse—right listed here at Green Vehicle Studies—for the week ending May perhaps 27, 2022.

This week we presented a pair of generate assessments. In a overview of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid, we observed this model’s two-hour charging, 33 electrical miles, all-wheel generate, and striking structure delivering a more appealing offer than the Ford Escape PHEV, despite the fact that it does not measure up to the extra functionality and selection of the Toyota RAV4 Prime.  

2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid test drive, Nashville, TN

2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid take a look at drive, Nashville, TN

We also did a abide by-up assessment of the 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line and wrapped up some takeaways on authentic-earth range, charging, and livability—including how it feels again-to-back with the Hyundai Ioniq 5. 

Two EV remembers illustrated when in excess of-the-air updates manage it all, and when they still just can’t substitute for eyes and hands. A tiny quantity of Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs are getting recalled for a basic safety-connected software package difficulty. But by the time Ford mails out the classic recall notices, quite a few owners’ autos will already have the recall remedy, delivered over the air. And then the Lucid Air was recalled for a thing that involves a physical inspection—in its circumstance a wiring harness assembly that, in a quite compact selection of the 1,117 made up to May well 4, could direct to the loss of instrument panel functionality. 

2021 Lucid Air

2021 Lucid Air

Automakers have been generating a steady stream of joint-enterprise battery-earning bulletins. Up coming up was Stellantis, which on Tuesday declared an Indiana battery plant with Samsung SDI—to supply Stellantis’ forthcoming EVs from Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, and possibly much more. Separately, Polestar announced that it’s investing in the battery-tech agency StoreDot, which aims to mass-make EV batteries capable of adding practically 100 miles of assortment in five minutes of charging—by 2024. Polestar will take a look at the silicon-centered battery tech in “proof-of-concept automobiles,” with it headed to creation types by 2026 at the earliest. 

In the U.S. and Europe, electrical car adoption has been encouraging simplicity the pinch established by sanctions halting or throttling Russian oil exports, in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. EVs have assisted avoid 3% of world-wide oil demand, with plug-in hybrids component of it. 

Lunaz upcycled recycling truck  -  based on Mercedes-Benz Econic garbage truck

Lunaz upcycled recycling truck – centered on Mercedes-Benz Econic garbage truck

A recycling truck that is been recycled into an electric a single? Which is what the United kingdom business Lunaz, regarded for its stellar restorations of classic Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley versions has exposed. It statements that its electrical rubbish truck provides an 80% reduction in embedded carbon compared to a new trash truck. 

Mercedes-Benz released a video teasing its EQG electric powered SUV undertaking what it phone calls the G-Turn—using its 4 motors to carry out what appears to be like a great deal like what Rivian phone calls the Tank Change.

Mercedes-Benz EQG prototype

Mercedes-Benz EQG prototype

The EPA has laid out some of its qualifying specifics for the initial $500 million part of its $5 billion electric powered college bus program. Despite the fact that assistance will be prioritized toward “high-need” faculties, other educational facilities are eligible by way of a lottery, and the program will support subsidize charging and potential bidirectional tech.

European Union regulators are reportedly aiming to include limits for brake dust emissions in approaching Euro 7 expectations. As at least one analyze indicates, that may possibly truly be greater for EVs due to their more battery weight—yes, inspite of brake regen and one-pedal driving.

2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Activity Turismo

The District of Columbia is considering a proposal intended to preserve automobiles on its city streets more compact and lighter. It would strike heavy-responsibility vehicles and other huge inner combustion autos with a $500 annual registration payment, but let some reduction for EVs. 

Volkswagen is reportedly purchasing for U.S. factory web-sites for its approaching Scout EV brand, which it is now made very clear will be unbiased of the Volkswagen model in the U.S.—and hence, likely circumventing VW’s U.S. dealers. As executives recently disclosed, it might also offer industrial automobiles. 

For these with no off-road parking, there’s hope—if you reside in Seattle. The Pacific Northwest city has a software by way of which you can request—after you get the job done out the boundaries with the neighbors, perhaps—a Stage 2 curbside charger put in at no price, with a per-kwh flat rate for the vitality. Will your town be subsequent?

2022 Tesla lineup  (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

2022 Tesla lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Common-sector car purchasers are a lot more possible to have faith in set up automakers in excess of Tesla or more recent EV startups like Rivian, observed a major consulting company in its survey—although its responses also collectively propose that the current crop of EV goods falls limited on anticipations. 

While that could possibly not be terribly practical, a further review pointed to, probably, a single of the ideal items you can do this weekend if you are an EV driver: display other people your auto and answer some concerns. Examine effects from J.D. Electrical power pointed to what we’ve acknowledged for a very long time: that obtaining butts in seats sells folks on EVs. Automakers are not undertaking especially effectively in familiarizing consumers with EVs, with practically a third of buyers rejecting EVs simply just out of a lack of information and facts. 


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