// Honda To Launch 30 EVs Globally By 2030, Including Two Sports Cars
The electric sports cars are a specialty and a flagship model; the latter has similar proportions to the NSX supercar.
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THE FLEX // SALES AND STATISTICS NEWS
// Plug-in hybrid sales surprise: Jeep Wrangler 4xe outsells RAV4 Prime
The plug-in hybrid Jeep is outselling the Toyota RAV4 Prime by a significant margin—surprising given Toyota’s reputation to go big on hybrids.
// Mercedes claims to be top in eVans
Sales of V-Class and EQV models aimed at private buyers rose 5% to 14,000.
// Mercedes-Benz More Than Tripled All-Electric Car Sales In Q1 2022
15% of passenger cars sold during the period were rechargeable (33% in Europe).
// Tesla Model 3 & Model Y Score ~100,000 US Sales In 1st Quarter Of 2022
Following up on our report on US electric car sales in 2021, let’s now look at sales of electric vehicles in the United States in the 1st quarter of 2022.
GO JUICE // BATTERY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS NEWS
// Are solid-state batteries always safer than Li-ion?
Many in the EV industry see solid-state batteries as the future, and one of the reasons is that the more stable solid electrolyte is expected to be safer than current liquid electrolytes.
// US fuel economy rules: Tougher standards coming
New targets related to fuel economy in the US should herald significant changes in the EV market.
// Snow Lake Lithium Gets $158,000 Boost To Expansion
More money means more bites at North America’s lithium apple.
// Charging Spaces For People With Impaired Mobility
Electric vehicles are much better for people who are less mobile or who use a walking stick, walking frame, or wheelchair.
BEST OF THE REST // TODAY’S BIG STORIES
// Lucid Introduces New Performance Version Of The Air Grand Touring
Because 819 horsepower just isn’t enough.
// Pininfarina Battista’s “Suono Puro” Driving Sound Explained
It looks like all new sporty electric cars are getting their own unique driving sound signature.
IN OTHER NEWS // HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING
// Ideanomics Buys Racy Energica Electric Motorcycle Brand
Electric superbike maker Energica gets a big boost from Ideanomics.
// Could studying gasoline “superusers” be a catalyst for EV policy? At least one state thinks so
One in 10 U.S. drivers burn 32% of gasoline used in U.S. light-duty vehicles, and these users burn more gasoline than the bottom 60% of drivers combined.
// Audi Urbansphere Autonomous Electric Concept To Debut April 19
Designed for customers in Chinese megacities, the Urbansphere is said to offer the roomiest interior of any Audi to date.
// “Electric Vehicle Master Plan” — 10,000 EVs For Los Angeles
The LA city council has approved a plan to add 10,000 EVs to its municipal fleet.
// Tesla Cybertruck Windshield Wiper Design: What’s The Secret?
Elon Musk said the Cybertruck’s wiper is what trouble’s him most, so Tesla has been working to update it.
// Auto CEOs and Biden administration officials call for charging interoperability
The White House recently held a virtual meeting with representatives of most of the major automakers to discuss electric vehicles and charging.
// Kia Says Music Has “Dramatic Influence” On Real-World EV Range
The automaker argues that you will get better range if you listen to Beethoven…
// Chrysler Airflow Study Already Gets A New Look, Will Debut April 13
Only three months after its official debut, the Chrysler Airflow Concept is getting a makeover for the New York Auto Show.
ONE LINERS // STRAIGHT TO THE POINT