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Toyota and Nissan EV tax credit, US factory Vinfast, smashing partisan EV divide: The week in reverse

Toyota and Nissan EV tax credit, US factory Vinfast, smashing partisan EV divide: The week in reverse

Which automaker announced plans to build electric SUVs in North Carolina?

What is the most expensive material widely needed for EV batteries?

Here’s our look back at the week inside out – right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 1, 2022.

Toyota and Nissan are soon offering intriguing new electric vehicles – the bZ4X and Ariya, respectively. But they’re also both approaching their soon-to-trigger 200,000 vehicle cap. the end of the full $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles. We looked at how timing might work.

2023 Toyota BZ4X

It was a great week for putting in place the regulatory and political elements. On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized stricter fuel economy standards for the fleet this will bring the passenger vehicle and light truck fleet to around 49 mpg in 2026. These standards, steeper in their annual advancements compared to an earlier Biden administration proposal, replace standards introduced by the Trump administration and could lead to around 17% EV and plug-in hybrid sales by 2026. Earlier in the week, the federal government reinstated higher penalties– and their collection – for car manufacturers who do not meet the standards. This could assure Tesla of a “lucrative revenue stream” from emissions credit sales – and, perhaps, a higher value for those credits. And in the midst of it all, an alliance of 16 states and ethanol groups continues to challenge EPA emissions rulesalleging that they signal that the EPA favors one technology over another.

USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle - Oshkosh Defense

USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle – Oshkosh Defense

The US Postal Service is actually doubling its order of electric mail trucksin a surprise move that throws another wild card into a confused hand surrounding its next-generation trucks, which will start hitting the roads in 2023.

If the U.S. develops policy around sales of all-electric passenger vehicles by 2035 and all-electric heavy-duty trucks by 2040, the American Lung Association predicted this week a cumulative $1.2 trillion in public health benefits from 2020 to 2050. This is in addition to global climate benefits.

VinFast VF 8 prototype

VinFast VF 8 prototype

The week’s biggest domestic manufacturing announcement didn’t come from GM or Ford, but Vietnamese automaker Vinfast announced plans produce electric vehicles in North Carolina from 2024— with a $2 billion factory capable of manufacturing 150,000 vehicles a year.

Stellantis and LG Energy Solution have announced plans for a Canadian Joint Venture Battery Factory. Potentially producing up to 45 GWh per year, enough for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles per year, it will be the automaker’s first large-scale venture in North America.

Battery maker CATL on Wednesday announced a third-generation version of its cell-to-pack technology to help reduce costs and create packaging advantages. He claims this version produces more power – in the same volume – compared to the latest Tesla 4680 format battery technology.

CATL's third-generation cell-to-pack technology

CATL’s third-generation cell-to-pack technology

Cobalt is the most expensive material needed for electric vehicles, and its recent price volatility threatens affordability of electric vehicles. Did the United States drop control of this resource over oil?

According to a German magazine, Porsche is working on a version of its 911 sports car powered by solid state battery technology. Porsche’s parent company, Volkswagen Group, is a longtime investor in semiconductor company QuantumScape and VW has suggested the technology could enable high-end models with super-fast charging packs later in the decade.

Former Tesla CTO JB Straubel, now CEO of battery recycling company Redwood Materials, recently suggested that EV batteries should last about 15 years. That’s a bit longer than battery warranties. Meanwhile, Straubel pointed out that given the current supply chain insecurities, the track for setting up EV battery recovery and recycling processes has become shorter.

Lotus Eletre

Lotus Eletre

Lotus has revealed the Eletre, its first SUV as well as its first vehicle to be built outside the UK. The performance electric SUV will offer four-wheel steering and 350kW charging, and will be built on a new dedicated EV platform and developed with the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum, to stay true to the Lotus’ emphasis on lightness.

Kia plans to deliver its EV9 electric SUV in Europe in 2023, the company announced this week. The EV9 is one of 14 new electric vehicles expected from the brand globally by 2027. Despite earlier hints that the model was destined for the United States, Kia has not made a similar confirmation of the model. for America.

Kia Concept EV9

Kia Concept EV9

A recent study that highlighted how different the priorities are for owners of existing electric vehicles compared to “intended” ones who do not currently own one. Cost and convenience are higher priorities for intent.

And the results of a national poll released Monday by an electric vehicle industry trade group suggest the increasingly partisan division in Congress over electric vehicle policy can be disconnected from reality. He found that there is broad bipartisan support for “smart policies designed to increase adoption of electric vehicles,” including consumer incentives and public investment in infrastructure.


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