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Lincoln Corsair plug-in hybrid review, Lightyear 0 solar car, Fisker Pear EV details, Cadillac Celestiq peek: Today’s auto news

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How many miles does the federal government require for electric fast chargers?

Which “expensive” electric car a senator drove to Washington, DC?

This is our look back at the opposite week – here at green car reports—For the week ending June 10, 2022.

Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand doesn’t offer any electric cars, but we recently drove the next closest thing. In a review of the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Hybrid, we found that it offers some impressive hybrid mileage numbers for gas and electric mileage, but a glimpse into the electric future is unfocused.

2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Extra Hybrid

2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Extra Hybrid

The federal government has clarified more about the national electric vehicle charging grid to be funded – at least initially – under the Infrastructure Act passed late last year. In the Federal Highway Administration’s guidelines, it specifies some minimums: four 150kW fast charging connectors per station, 50 miles each—with some requirements for accessibility and charging.

What was a federal Tesla Vehicles investigation into the tendency of autopilot features to cause collisions with emergency responder vehicles, was elevated this week to an engineering analysis. Affecting 830,000 Tesla vehicles from the 2014-2022 model years, it’s now one step closer to a safety recall that would require some sort of over-the-air repair.

2023 Polestar 3

2023 Polestar 3

Polestar previewed its upcoming electric performance SUV, the Polestar 3, with the first unrevealed image this week — as well as confirming that it’s due to be fully revealed in October and begin production in early 2023. Expect the Tesla Model X Plaid to rival the BMW iX M60 and Audi E-Tron S.

The production version of the Lightyear One solar vehicle has been revealed, with specifications that fulfill many of the technical goals announced earlier. The company suggests that Lightyear 0 owners who make a daily 22-mile commute may not need to charge for months. It’s pricey, at around $263,000 – and so far it’s limited to Europe only.

Teaser for Project Fisker Pear scheduled for 2024

Teaser for Project Fisker Pear scheduled for 2024

Two upcoming electric models were given more details this week with teaser photos. With a new interior diagram of the upcoming $29,900 Fisker Pear EV, the electric car maker shows how it plans to make the most of interior space and exterior visibility, in a compact vehicle that can return with a range of up to 310 miles. And the first images Cadillac provided of its upcoming flagship electric car, the Celestiq, were very close. However, one of them was enough to assure us that this model in the form of the upcoming show car did not become another crossover.

The global automaker confirmed on Monday that the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid – previously a competitor to the Toyota Prius and Prius Prime – will soon be discontinued. With the hype-worthy Ioniq 5 now occupying the badge, and launching a sub-brand that soon includes a sedan and SUV, it’s making way for the future — although Hyundai’s US arm appears to have left the door open for 2023 short.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

A study conducted in California examining DC fast charging connectors found some serious reliability issues in the DC fast charging infrastructure for one of the nation’s largest electric vehicle markets — confirming that networks may follow a distorted definition of uptime.

Despite a misrepresentation by a major news outlet, Senator Stabbino of Michigan succeeded in making the point of saving money around electric vehicles. That “expensive” electric car I drove to Washington, DC, was the Chevy Bolt EUV, a version of the cheapest electric car on the market.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

We brought up a couple of news stories from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) that point out some good and some bad about current conditions and clean energy. A prolonged drought in California will increase the carbon cost of electricity delivered by electric vehicles this year; While about 15% of the state’s electricity comes from hydro in a typical year, it shrinks to 8% in a drought year. But nationally, with coal and natural gas prices soaring, the grid will tilt toward renewables, the EIA predicted — meaning that it and the electric vehicles it charges may get cleaner this summer.

Sales of electrified Volvo cars increased. Its rechargeable models—with electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids combined—topping 35% of their sales in the US, and in California, three of four Volvo cars sold now have charging outlets.

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Remember Tesla’s referral program, its $1,000 incentives, and free cars? Yes, you won’t see anything like this from Polestar, but the all-EV brand has already started its own referral program.

Improved energy density and improved safety are among the benefits of solid-state battery cells Solid Power aims to present to BMW and Ford for evaluation before the end of the year — and announced that it has just set up its own trial production line. Test first.

Solid Power Solid State Battery Cells

Solid Power Solid State Battery Cells

Earlier this spring, a coalition of 17 states and other interests coalesced to oppose the EPA’s decision to give California Clean Air Act authority. Now, five auto manufacturers have stepped up to the side of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Are electric and hybrid drivers less stressed? That’s suggested by Stellantis’ DS Automobiles survey results – and he has been credited with the peace and quiet of electric propulsion.

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