Report: Toyota dedicated EV platform may be five years off

Toyota Compact Cruise EV conceptIn what would be a major strategy shift, Toyota is considering a dedicated EV platform similar to what other automakers have to compete more effectively with Tesla, The Asahi Shimbun reported this week. However, Toyota doesn’t plan to deploy this platform until 2027 or 2028, when it believes consumer demand for EVs will be sufficient to warrant…
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Activesphere concept imagines a stylish electric Audi Allroad pickup

Audi Activesphere conceptAudi has saved the most intriguing—and arguably, most American—of its four sphere concepts for last: an electric pickup. Well, sort of. The Activesphere concept is “a master of metamorphosis,” as Audi puts it—a coupelike hatchback with an elongated roofline, in which the entire rear section folds horizontally, then…
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Electric Audi Allroad pickup: Activesphere concept puts a ring on it

Audi Activesphere conceptAudi has saved the most intriguing—and arguably, more American—of its four sphere concepts for last: an electric pickup. Well, sort of. The Activesphere concept is “a master of metamorphosis,” as Audi puts it—a coupelike hatchback with an elongated roofline, in which the entire rear section folds horizontally, then…
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Tesla teases product roadmap March 1: Robovan, Cyberwagon, Model 2?

Tesla Semi  (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)Tesla has a number of other future products under development, it teased on Wednesday, as part of its quarterly update for investors. And while there’s no guarantee we’ll get an update on persistent rumors like the affordable Model 2, some of those upcoming products may be revealed as part of a March 1 Investor Day. With scaled-up Semi…
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Report: Uber working on EVs for ride-hailing, deliveries

Uber appUber is working with unnamed automakers to design EVs customized for its ride-hailing and delivery services, according to The Wall Street Journal. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confirmed the project last week at an event hosted by the paper, but declined to say which automakers the company was working with. Ride-hailing could have seats that allow…
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2024 Honda Civic Hybrid due as sedan and hatchback, but no PHEV

2023 Honda CivicAs part of a business update focusing on the U.S., Honda has confirmed that hybrid versions of its Civic compact car family will be arriving in the U.S. in calendar year 2024—potentially earmarking it for the 2024 model year. The U.S. Civic Hybrid, which was confirmed with the discontinuation of the Insight hybrid sedan back in April, but…
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Lucid motors are already helping energize Formula E racing

Lucid drive unit for Formula ECalifornia’s Lucid Motors on Wednesday confirmed that it’s supplying the standard front drive unit for “the world’s leading single-seater electric racing series.” Yes, that’s Formula E for the rest of us. And it’s an exciting tie-in to a production EV, as details continue to trickle out on sourcing of…
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Luxury EV leases are already tapping into $7,500 EV tax credit

2023 Lucid Air PureNew federal EV tax credit rules have set price caps that are narrowing the field of qualifying EVs; but a leasing loophole is already opening up a much wider field eligible for federal subsidies The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) re-upped the federal EV tax credit of up to $7,500 for qualifying vehicles. It added price caps of $55,000 for cars and…
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Nikola has a mobile hydrogen station for fuel-cell trucks

Nikola Tre BEVNikola wants to use mobile hydrogen stations to support its fuel-cell trucks. The company on Wednesday that it had developed a trailer-mounted mobile fueling rig that can deliver hydrogen at 10,000 psi. It plans to display the rig publicly next week. The first unit “has completed commissioning and testing and has been released for market…
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Report: GM considering $30,000 small electric pickup

GM electric pickup silhouette  -  from 2020 Ultium platform previewGeneral Motors is said to be considering adding a compact electric pickup to its lineup, as one of several models that might be priced at less than $30,000. That’s according to a report Thursday from Automotive News, which claims to have seen the pickup at GM’s “affordable EV design studio” in Warren, Michigan. Automotive…
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