Toyota Sienna Hybrid Van, Electrified Ram Pickup, Fisker and Lordstown Go Public: The Week Upside Down

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How long ago did Detroit automakers think about climate change?

Which electric truck played tug of war with the Ford F-150?

Here is our look back at the week in reverse, right here at Green Car Reports—For the week ending October 30, 2020.

Our first drive of the 2021 Toyota Sienna was by far our most popular part of the week. While some have been disappointed that there isn’t a Sienna Prime plug-in hybrid in the works yet, this model is expected to deliver 36 mpg, a thoughtful layout and superb ride and handling make it one of the most attractive and fuel efficient family vehicles.

2021 Toyota Sienna – first drive

Do owners of Toyota hybrids keep them for a very long time compared to owners of other vehicles, hybrids or not? We are examining whether this is due to their reliability or a more intense focus on the cost of ownership by hybrid owners. In many cases, it appears to be both.

Two electric vehicle hopes were made public this week, both through special purpose acquisitions and well ahead of plans to deliver vehicles. Lordstown Motors has started trading on NASDAQ and plans to start delivering fleet-oriented electric pickup trucks to a former GM plant in Ohio starting next fall. Fisker Inc. went public on NYSE and will use $ 1.0 billion, the transaction pushed its Ocean electric SUV through development and then contract production, by supplier Magna, slated for 2022.

Fisker Ocean

Fisker Ocean

Fisker also this week announced the establishment of a headquarters in California and an office in Germany, as well as an update on reservations on the Ocean electric SUV, which is expected to start at $ 37,499. And Lordstown staged a stunt in which he showed off the torque of his wheeled motors, in a showdown of his Endurance electric truck against the Ford F-150.

In FCA’s quarterly financial appeal, CEO Mike Manley suggested that an “electrified” Ram pickup was on the way. This has led some media to state that a fully electric Ram is on the way, but in light of everything the company has hinted at so far, a plug-in hybrid Ram is likely the kind of “electrified FCA” plans. “.

ETorque Mild Hybrid System in the 2020 Ram 1500

ETorque Mild Hybrid System in the 2020 Ram 1500

Ford’s equivalent to Tesla Autopilot or GM Super Cruise will be called Active Drive Assist, and it will debut on the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, in addition to the best-selling F-150 pickup. Ford revealed pricing for the feature, which will be activated with a live update next year, and noted that it will be widely available.

Bollinger Motors has unveiled its thick, frame-integrated modular battery pack design for its upcoming electric trucks, ranging up to 700 volts and 175 kwh and beyond.

BMW’s Mini brand is working on a whole family of electric vehicles, although all but one will always coexist with gasoline and diesel models.

2021 Polestar 2

2021 Polestar 2

Polestar is digging deep into a sudden power loss issue on its Polestar 2 electric car, and in addition to the software fix it announced earlier this month, it added that it will replace inverters in most cars built. so far, but US and Canadian models are not affected.

Two major studies yielded very different results on the prevailing feelings about electric cars this week. Major U.S. auto industry suppliers overwhelmingly support stricter standards, including more electric vehicles, and oppose the Trump administration’s rollback of fuel economy and fuel efficiency standards, according to a Calstart / Ricardo study. emissions. This is also where most of the jobs in the industry are located. Meanwhile, Americans’ attitude towards electric vehicles has not changed much during the pandemic, a JD Power survey found, although their expectations for electric vehicle range have increased during this time. period. These are startling results and seemingly contradict what other surveys have found, linking air quality and the lung-related pandemic to electric vehicle awareness.

Nissan Altima Tire Pressure Assistant

Nissan Altima Tire Pressure Assistant

A technical study conducted in China and supervised by Geely, owner of Volvo and Polestar, found that electric vehicle drivers lose about a full charge of energy per year due to the lost efficiency of their tires and their inability. to maintain the pressure.

Detroit automakers GM and Ford were engaged in climate science research half a century ago and knew climate change was a problem that would not go away; but, as a recent report summarizes, they have treated it in quite different ways.

2022 GMC Hummer EV

2022 GMC Hummer EV

And last weekend, we took a look at GM’s recent claim that the Hummer EV was GMC’s first electric vehicle. By forgetting a very important piece of the brand’s history, it turns out.

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