Audi SQ8 E-Tron evaluate, Wrangler 4xe recall, Tesla Supercharger surcharge: The Week in Reverse


Which legendary sports activities automobile model may be making in-wheel motors?

Which automaker minimize a hybrid from its shopper lineup to make extra police-duty hybrids?

That is our look again on the Week In Reverse—proper right here at Inexperienced Automotive Studies—for the week ending November 25, 2023.

In a 2024 Audi SQ8 E-Tron evaluate, we discovered this huge, performance-oriented luxurious SUV to flex the benefits of its tri-motor structure with maybe the perfect dealing with of any SUV, gasoline or not—with out sacrificing its class-leading consolation and quiet. 

2024 Cadillac Optiq

2024 Cadillac Optiq

GM’s Cadillac luxurious model confirmed that its 2025 Optiq electrical SUV would be the entry level amongst its American-market EVs, slotting under the Lyriq. At the moment’s lowest-priced Cadillac is the $35,000 CT4 sedan, so don’t count on it to undercut inner combustion fairly but, even because the model pushes towards all EVs by 2030. 

Maybe in preparation for all of the EVs from different manufacturers beginning to use Tesla’s top-rated charging community subsequent 12 months, Tesla Superchargers may cost an additional $1 a minute when charging above 90% throughout what Tesla determines to be congestion. 

Hyundai at Tesla Supercharger

Hyundai at Tesla Supercharger

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid is being recalled for a battery-related difficulty. Within the meantime homeowners are being suggested to not cost their automobiles and even park close to buildings or different automobiles. 

There received’t be a 2024 Ford Explorer Hybrid, the automaker confirmed final week, and the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid has additionally been nixed from the lineup. That frees up room for the thriving police-duty Police Interceptor, based mostly on the Explorer Hybrid—and, seemingly, focuses towards the totally electrical seven-passenger SUV due in 2025. 

Ford Gen 2 electric SUV after efficiency improvements

Ford Gen 2 electrical SUV after effectivity enhancements

Honda has offered just a few extra particulars concerning its next-generation fuel-cell modules set for the U.S.-made CR-V Gas Cell beginning subsequent 12 months—and indicated that fuel-cell merchandise for Europe could also be an even bigger a part of the corporate’s hydrogen plans this time round. 

Current patent filings counsel that Ferrari in-wheel motors could also be within the works. Though not the axial-flux design the automakers has been engaged on, these radial-flux motors, packaged along with brake elements, may very well be a risk for future efficiency EVs. 

CATL Shenxing battery

CATL Shenxing battery

LFP batteries have been touted as the best way towards extra reasonably priced EVs, and in Europe Stellantis and CATL are partnering up for potential provide on the Continent. 

Whilst the marketplace for electrical automobiles grows, EV consumers have top-tier credit score, confirmed a examine launched this week by the credit score big TransUnion with S&P World Mobility.

Final weekend we checked out how the EV age has revived an aerodynamic obsession within the auto business. One such instance, Audi, just lately identified that its predecessor firms again within the Nineteen Thirties labored on wild aero-focused combustion-engine vehicles. Now that EVs are made extra viable with each little bit of effectivity and vary, it seems that aero is unquestionably again in vogue.

2009 Toyota Prius

2009 Toyota Prius

And the way will that outdated Prius assist construct new EVs? Redwood Supplies has on-the-ground plans for ensuring a excessive price of hybrid and EV battery packs get recycled into supplies that may construct new EVs. And a portal with U.S. automotive dismantlers is the beginning of an effort to really ramp up the restoration effort nationwide. 

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