Honda EV ideas, Kia electrical vans, Vinfast pickup idea, Hertz dumps EVs: The Week in Reverse


How quickly is the revamped Tesla Mannequin 3 Highland arriving within the U.S.?

Which firm spent extra of its CES presentation speaking about gaming, TV, and flicks than the EV it’s serving to make?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Stories—for the week ending January 12, 2024.

At CES in Las Vegas, the Honda Saloon and Area-Hub ideas offered a head-turning first have a look at the automaker’s 0 Collection (Zero Collection) EVs set to launch beginning in 2026. These fashions goal to go “skinny, gentle, and smart,” with excessive effectivity and low battery degradation, they usually embrace by-wire steering. 

Kia PV5 Idea

Additionally at CES, Hyundai outlined its work to determine a “hydrogen worth chain,” with a hydrogen imaginative and prescient that extends effectively past vehicles, vans, and buses—to trains, ships, mills, steelmaking, robotics, air mobility, and extra. To make sufficient hydrogen, it plans megawatt-scale electrolyzers plus Waste-to-Hydrogen and Plastic-to-Hydrogen improvements. And Kia revealed a brand new world household of PBV idea electrical vans that may present a modular foundation for last-mile supply, cargo operations, and even robotaxis. Interchangeable modules, an built-in cargo-rail system, and a compact, maneuverability-focused PV1 mannequin are all within the works. 

Afeela electric sedan prototype as shown at CES 2024

Afeela electrical sedan prototype as proven at CES 2024

Sony led its CES presentation by touting all of the methods its bringing films, TV, and gaming to market. It adopted by utilizing a PS5 controller to remotely drive in an up to date model of the 2026 Afeela electrical sedan being co-developed with Honda—an EV that may have a “digital platform for co-creation,” a “conversational private agent” utilizing AI from Microsoft, and driver-assist programs knowledgeable by AI.

Vietnam’s Vinfast revealed an electrical pickup idea, a $20,000 mini electrical SUV, and a retro-styled e-bike, all at this week’s CES. The three future EVs from Vinfast set a extra fascinating potential product path for the model, past its VF 8 and VF 9 electrical crossovers and towards franchised vendor gross sales within the U.S. 

Vinfast VF Wild concept - CES 2024

Vinfast VF Wild idea – CES 2024

Bosch used CES because the backdrop for asserting that it’s working with Volkswagen Group subsidiary Cariad to develop tech that combines automated parking know-how with automated charging tech. Might the longer term embrace parking garages that return EVs totally charged?

The rental-car large Hertz has introduced that it’s promoting a 3rd of its EV fleet—about 20,000 EVs, together with some Teslas—to purchase gasoline vehicles. The corporate factors to costly collision claims and charging points, and has advised that Tesla’s value volatility didn’t assist. 

REE P7-C electric truck

REE P7-C electrical truck

The primary car with by-wire steering, braking, and acceleration has handed U.S. security and EPA certification, the EV startup REE Automotive reported this week. Whereas automobiles providing two of these three forms of by-wire tech have been more and more frequent, all three assist pave the way in which for radical adjustments in EV packaging and autonomous car tech.

How a lot cash will EV possession save versus possession of a gasoline car? As College of Michigan researchers just lately highlighted, it relies on the place you reside. 14 completely different U.S. cities, discovering a path for price parity and financial savings relies on the area—and in some areas charging at house itself will save EV drivers an additional $10,000 over the lifetime of the car.

In keeping with the U.S. Division of Power, 270 miles was the median rated vary for brand spanking new 2023-model-year EVs—that means simply as many EV nameplates had lower than 270 miles as had extra. Because the market norm approaches 300 miles, is that sufficient?

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6

Opposite to what’s been alluded to by latest information protection, electrical car gross sales grew considerably in 2023, and analysts have predicted up to now week that EV development will proceed in 2024. Though the upcoming Presidential election can be a wildcard for U.S. EV coverage. 

The U.S. EPA on Monday touted one other $1 billion of federal spending on electrical and low-emission faculty buses. As we famous, there’s an internet dashboard permitting you to see the place precisely they’re ending up.

Tesla Model 3 (Europe-market refresh)

Tesla Mannequin 3 (Europe-market refresh)

The U.S.-spec model of the 2024 Tesla Mannequin 3 Highland—the up to date Mannequin 3 with a much-improved, quieter cabin and aero-optimized styling—made a shock entrance on Tesla’s web site earlier this week. Deliveries begin as quickly as later this month. 

And simply in time for final weekend, Tesla lowered vary estimates for a few of its electrical vehicles. A number of the most noteworthy examples included the Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary, which dropped from 330 miles to 310 miles, and the Mannequin Y efficiency, down from 303 miles to 285. The Mannequin X Plaid and Mannequin S Plaid have been additionally affected. 


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