Electric Vehicle Roundup: Kia EV3 Debut, Silverado Review, and More – The Week in Green Car News

Electric Vehicle Roundup: Kia EV3 Debut, Silverado Review, and More – The Week in Green Car News

Kia EV3 introduction, Silverado EV critique, Bolt EV agreement, ID.7 postponement: A Week Reviewed

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Here’s our recap of the past week’s highlights at Green Car Reports, covering all the major events up to May 24, 2024.

During our initial test drive of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST, the vehicle demonstrated typical efficiency for its class and a payload capacity of 1,500 pounds, which is relatively low compared to other large trucks. However, its substantial battery size should ensure it performs well on long trips and during infrequent towing tasks. The truck’s Wide Open Watts (WOW) mode allows for rapid acceleration, making it both swift and serene for its intended use. However, users might find the smartphone connectivity options lacking.

Kia EV3

Kia has unveiled the upcoming EV3 electric SUV, which closely resembles both the EV3 concept and the larger EV9, already available in the market. While it has not been officially announced for the U.S. market, the EV3 is scheduled for release in Korea and Europe. Equipped with a larger battery, it promises a range exceeding 300 miles per charge. Moreover, launching in America at the initially suggested price of around $35,000 could prove appealing.

Honda announced that its 2025 Civic Hybrid models, set to launch this summer, are expected to achieve close to 50 miles per gallon. The company also highlighted that these new hybrids will offer a level of zest and agility comparable to the spirited Si variant. Featuring a bigger engine compared to previous iterations and available in both sedan and hatchback forms, the hybrids are targeted to make up 40% of total Civic sales.

2025 Volkswagen ID.7

Volkswagen has announced a postponement in the U.S. release of its ID.7 electric vehicle, the company confirmed on Wednesday. While no updated schedule was given for the sleek hatchback, Volkswagen assured that this delay will not impact the U.S. launch of the ID.Buzz electric Microbus, which is still expected to arrive later this year in a longer version for the American market.

Jeep announced that its new 2024 Wagoneer S EV, set to be unveiled on May 30, might surpass the Tesla Model Y Performance in acceleration, potentially making it the fastest model from the brand known for its off-road vehicles, according to a teaser released on Wednesday.

Comparison Between the Jeep Wagoneer S and the Tesla Model Y Performance

The concluding documents of a class-action lawsuit indicate that numerous owners of the Chevy Bolt EV could receive as much as $1,400. This settlement amount is also available to individuals who have had their batteries fully replaced.

General Motors is reportedly exploring the possibility of introducing a budget-friendly electric Chevy Camaro, which would be part of its Ultium electric vehicle lineup. Unlike Ford’s strategy with the Mustang Mach-E, which is a crossover, the proposed Camaro EV would maintain its classic car form, as stated in a recent report quoting GM president Mark Reuss. This development might be connected to GM’s strategy involving cylindrical batteries and perhaps a more streamlined version of their platform. Additionally, GM is advancing its efforts with plug-in hybrids, set to launch in 2023 as confirmed by company executives. This move aims to meet tougher emissions and fuel efficiency regulations. Although GM has suggested that trucks might lead this new plug-in hybrid initiative, it’s noteworthy that GM has not offered a plug-in hybrid in the U.S. since the discontinuation of the Volt in 2019.

2019 Chevy Volt

A new study from J.D. Power has found that enthusiasm for electric vehicles (EVs) among new-car buyers has diminished compared to the previous year. This marks the first downturn in EV interest since the agency began monitoring this trend in 2021. The report indicates that the limited availability of reasonably priced EVs may be contributing to this decline, a factor that is particularly significant for younger buyers from Generation Z and Generation Y.

Over time, the development and deployment of charging infrastructure and stations employing the Megawatt Charging Standard (MCS) are beginning to take shape. With these advancements, the enhanced charging capabilities for large electric trucks could potentially negate the advantage hydrogen vehicles have in terms of refueling speed.

Honda Unveils Concept for Class 8 Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell

Honda has unveiled a hydrogen fuel-cell semi initiative at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) expo, targeting fleet vehicles. This launch marks the beginning of a new endeavor and highlights the company’s focus on expanding the application of fuel-cell technology beyond just passenger cars.

Two members of Congress are calling for the Department of Energy to disclose the estimated emissions from the national hydrogen hubs. This $8 billion initiative is designed to boost hydrogen production for use in trucking and other sectors. However, it must demonstrate a significant environmental benefit over diesel, a detail surprisingly left out of the initial plan.

Gravity roadside electric vehicle charging station

Gravity’s charging infrastructure has introduced decentralized „tree“-like stations for fast-charging electric vehicles on city curbsides. These units are capable of delivering up to 500 kW without needing any utility improvements. According to the company, this approach could lead to a charging network even broader than Tesla’s existing Supercharger network.

Curious about the decline in Tesla’s actual driving range over the initial years of ownership? Analysis of numerous Model 3 and Model Y units reveals minimal loss in range, although their starting figures don’t quite align with the EPA’s estimates.

Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition

A recent survey has revealed that younger American drivers are more receptive to purchasing Chinese electric vehicles, even amidst worries about data privacy. Additionally, individuals below the age of 40 are inclined to think about acquiring any type of Chinese-made vehicles produced in Mexico, possibly as a strategy to bypass tariffs. This trend may be influenced by the current shortage of reasonably priced electric vehicles from established U.S. manufacturers.

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We recently had the opportunity to test drive the Chevy Silverado EV and, like many, our impressions were somewhat mixed. It appears that younger American drivers could be more receptive to electric vehicles from China. Meanwhile, the development of hydrogen hubs, funded by billions in taxpayer dollars, raises questions about how much cleaner they really are compared to diesel. Stay tuned for more insights here at Green Car Reports. During our initial test of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST, we observed that the electric truck offers average efficiency in real-world conditions and its 1,500-pound payload capacity is relatively modest compared to other large trucks. However, its substantial battery size suggests it should perform well in terms of highway range and…

Do hydrogen fuels offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to diesel from production to usage? It’s important that people have a complete understanding of the emissions produced throughout the process.

Over one-third of respondents are open to purchasing a Chinese-made vehicle manufactured in Mexico, with individuals under 40 showing a significantly higher interest in Chinese electric vehicles.

The Silverado EV stands out for its speed and sophistication, boasting a longer driving range than any other electric pickup currently available, while drawing on the practical features of Chevy’s previous model, the Avalanche.

Jeep has unveiled a preview of its Wagoneer S, hinting at a showdown with Tesla’s Model Y Performance. Meanwhile, Kia introduces its chic new compact EV3. Is there potential for fast-charging stations on city streets throughout America? Stay tuned for these stories and more at Green Car Reports. Kia has officially announced its upcoming EV3 electric SUV, which closely mirrors the initial EV3…

Jeep recently showcased its new Wagoneer S model outperforming the Tesla Model Y Performance and even surpassing the speed of its own gas-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The company’s latest electric vehicle charging station design aims to minimize cable clutter.

Kia translates the styling of its EV9 into a compact crossover hatchback destined for the European market. Could this model make its way to the U.S., and might it be priced as low as $35,000?

GM is gearing up to launch plug-in hybrids by 2027 and is contemplating an electric version of the Camaro. The Civic Hybrid promises lively performance and aims to achieve close to 50 mpg. Meanwhile, VW has paused the introduction of its ID.7 in the U.S. Stay tuned for more updates here at Green Car Reports. Volkswagen has officially announced a delay in the American release of its ID.7 electric vehicle, a decision confirmed on Wednesday.

Volkswagen pointed to evolving market conditions and higher-than-expected interest in its ID.7 Tourer model in Europe.

It seems quite intentional that GM is timing the launch of its plug-in hybrid vehicles to coincide with potential regulatory advantages.

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