BMW iX review, Tesla sales process, ICE retirement, Lightyear and Koenigsegg: Today’s Car News – Green Car Reports
Lightyear teams up with Sweden’s Koenigsegg. Tesla and startup EV brands are losing out on the sales, one study suggests. Researchers suggest EV sales targets are an incomplete solution without retiring gas vehicles. And we warm up to the weirdness of the BMW iX. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.
In a weeklong drive review of the BMW iX, we warmed up to this big, controversially styled SUV that carries the torch of the much smaller i3. It’s a charmingly offbeat, truly luxurious family wagon that delivers in real-world driving range in a way no non-Tesla SUV has yet.
Results from a recent study looking at the shopping experience suggest that startup EV brands aren’t connecting as well with prospective customers (and sales) as traditional luxury brands—and Tesla isn’t doing as well in this respect as it used to. It may be an early indication that Tesla, Rivian, Lucid, and Polestar may need to modify their ground game as they reach beyond product-aware early adopters
The solar-car company Lightyear is getting help from the Swedish niche supercar maker Koenigsegg—as well as an investment—to achieve similar performance and efficiency in its more affordable Lightyear 2.
And are we focusing too much on EV sales, and not enough on the retirement of ICE vehicles? That’s what a group of researchers appears to suggest, in a look concluding that it will take a shortened lifespan for gasoline and diesel vehicles, in addition to the sales targets so widely emphasized, to achieve the Paris Climate Accord’s 1.5-degree Celsius goal. Should we change the focus of incentives toward retiring gas-guzzlers?
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All the other electric SUVs might seem a little bland after driving the BMW iX, which can feel equal parts charming and off-putting. Just make sure you’re at peace with the styling.
Tesla might be failing to keep pace with its growing sales volumes. It scored above average in previous versions of this study, but it no longer offers adequate levels of customer support either in-person or online.
Koenigsegg is also investing in Lightyear, and the move follows a long pursuit of solar and efficiency tech by the Swedish niche supercar builder.
Significant “turnover lag” between the start of new EV sales regulations and the retirement of internal-combustion vehicles could get in the way of ambitious goals, researchers argue.
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Siemens aims to manufacture a workaround for EV-charger home electrical-panel upgrades. Florida bulks up on EV charging infrastructure. And a re-upped EV tax credit could give an immediate boost to GM and Tesla. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. The EV tax credit expansion is back, and…
With a proprietary plug-in adapter, EV owners will be able to connect chargers directly to the meter socket, bypassing the electrical service panel.
A single EV charger installation campaign from a relative newcomer, IUC, will outnumber those of any other charging network in the state so far.
The legislation also introduces price caps of $55,000 for new cars and $80,000 for pickup trucks and SUVs, as well as income caps for buyers.
Ford is rolling out a police version of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup. States representing nearly half of the U.S. economy are standing behind a plan to electrify trucks and buses. And Honda shows that its upcoming Prologue EV doesn’t look like GM’s Ultium EVs on which it’s based…
The Lightning Pro SSV police truck essentially adds a fully electric alternative to the truck Ford already sells to police fleets as the F-150 Police Responder.
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August 1, 2022 at 04:09PM