Jeep Rolls Out PHEV Grand Cherokee in UK

Soon in the UK, the new flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee will be made available for pre-orders. It will exclusively be available as a 375bhp plug-in hybrid and plays a central role in the automaker’s promised to go all-electric in Europe.

Jeep had previously released PHEV models in Europe the 4xe versions of the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass. The new arrival arrives as the flagship on a wave of change and ambition as Jeep strengthens its European presence and electrifies its lineup.

Excepting Italy, Jeep will no longer sell combustion models in Europe this year. In the build up to pure electric, Jeep will be offering 4xe-badged plug-ins and mild hybrids. Their goal is to add a pure-electric model in every big SUV segment by 2025, according to Jeep CEO.

In Italy where the Compass and Renegade are made Jeep is already the best-selling low-emission brand. The Wrangler 4xe is supposedly their best-selling PHEV in the US market and accounts for a quarter of their sales in the US.

 

Sources Reveal Lincoln’s Electrifying Plans

Reuters was informed by three people familiar with Ford Motor Co. plans that they are gearing up to electrify their Lincoln brand in N. America. According to sources they will release five all-electric SUVs through 2026.

The sources stated that all-electric models will supplement or replace the Lincoln models Navigator, Nautilus, Aviator and Corsair.

The automaker boasted that within 24 months they will be able to produce 600k electric vehicles globally and that they will become the undisputed number 2 electric vehicle maker in N. America (presumably behind Tesla).

One of the new Lincoln all-electric SUVs will begin production between late 2024 and early 2025. It will be a large crossover alike in size to their Aviator. It will be built at the Oakville, ON, CA plant which was converted from building combustion vehicles to electric vehicles, according to two of Reuter’s sources.

The sources also stated that some of the smaller Lincoln EV models will be built on the Ford Mustang Mach E platform.

Finally, sources stated that a Navigator sized all-electric Lincoln SUV was planned for production in 2026. It is supposed to be based on the Ford F-150 Lightning.

Fiat’s New All-Electric 500

Fiat’s all new, all electric 500 has a somewhat familiar look but this shouldn’t fool consumers. The new 500 is a completely new vehicle.

One unusual feature is the car’s brand/model badge. The second zero in the 500 has a dash in it to make it look somewhat like an “e.” However, Fiat never calls the car “five-hundred-e”—they’ve only said or written “New 500” or “500 Electric” to avoid confusion. The car has no other marking to indicate that it is electric.

Fiat’s new 500 offers consumers a choice of two battery capacities. The smaller battery pack comes with a less powerful motor. The 500C with a retractable roof will only be available to consumers with the bigger battery and engine, as one might expect with a luxury or sports model.

There are four choices available to consumers when it comes to trim. The “Action” trim pack is the most basic pack and can only be paired with the smaller battery. The “Red” pack comes with either of the battery size options. “Icon” comes only with the 42kWh package and a good deal of standard equipment. Finally, “La Prima” is basically a fully loaded “Icon.”

 

BMW Sells One Million Electric Vehicles.

BMW has now sold one million electric vehicles, including 100% EVs and hybrids, and has set a goal of two million sales of 100% electric vehicles by 2025.

At present 70% of the one million EVs were hybrids. BMW believes hybrids will continue to be an important part of their sales for customers that don’t have good access to chargers. Continuing the modernization of gas-powered vehicles was an important step toward making the industry more sustainable.

BMW has been a proponent of investing in a range of technologies to reduce emissions and is in opposition to 100% bans on purchasing combustion engine vehicles.

BMW hopes for half of its global sales to be fully electric for 2030. But has also stated that proper charging infrastructure is a huge barrier to quicker consumer integration of all electric vehicles.

BMW’s November sales were slightly below the same period’s sales last year. Chip supply chain issues continue to restrict their ability to sell more cars.

 

Mercedes Continues Expansion of EV Line-Up

Mercedes continues its quick expansion of electric vehicles with the EQB small SUV. While the EQB revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show was built in China for their market, their will be a global variant to be built in Kecskemet, Hungary.

As other EQ models, like the EQS, the EQB has a large faux grille with light strips and triangular headlights. The EQB gets specific wheels and rear end design to set it apart from other EQ models.

The interior of the EQB look very similar to the GLB class Mercedes. Like the GLB class offerings the EQB will have an (optional) third row of seating, though the third row like the GLB class will be a little cramped for many adults.

The U.S. EQB will have two powertrain options. The entry level will be 225 MP (EQB300) and the 288 HP EQB 350. Each will come as all-wheel-drive as standard with an electric motor per axle. The 67 kWh battery pack is estimated to provide about a 260 mile range. The only performance specs Mercedes offered was that the 350 will run at 62 MPH in 8 seconds.

Both models are expected to go on sale in 2022.

 

Ferrari Reveals New Hybrid Sports Car

Ferrari revealed their new plug-in hybrid sports car, though known for their roaring gas engines Ferrari makes another step into the electric motor era.

The 296 GTB is Ferrari’s third hybrid in series production. The SF 90 Stradale and convertible SF 90 Spider came before.

Ferrari stated the 296 GTB was designed for the peak of pleasure driving and that they hope the new model may attract those who were not interested in Ferrari before.

The basic two-seater will start at $321,000 USD and the high-performance version, Assetto Fiorano,” will cost about $359,000 with a top speed over 205 mph.

The296 GTB will be fitted with V6 turbo engine with the 122KW electric motor will produce 830 horspower. The electric only range of the vehicle will be around 25 km.

The Italian sports car and racing company known worldwide stated that their goal is to have a fully electric vehicle by 2025.

Fiat Will Go 100% Electric by 2030

Fiat, Italian auto manufacturer, has dedicated itself to becoming a brand who builds only 100% electric vehicles by 2030. They’ve stated they will phase out all combustion style engine vehicles from their lineup by 2025.

Fiat recently released a new all-electric version of its very popular 500 city car. Which, for now, will be sold along with the combustion engine 500.

Fiat stated they wanted to increase access to electric vehicles by lowering the barriers of entry which include charging station infrastructure.

As more countries enact legislation banning all but zero-emission cars Fiat’s move, like other manufacturers, come as no surprise. The move also fits with Fiat’s new focus on city cars, leading the way with their popular 500.

The company has given no further specifics on new electric vehicles. In 2019 they released a concept electric vehicle, the Centoventi, which seems to be a next gen Fiat Panda

 

F-150 Lightning

Ford has announced its new F-150 Lightning. This will be its first production electric version of their popular pick-up truck and possible rival to the Tesla Cybertruck coming next year.

Chairman Bill Ford called the new truck a “defining moment” for the American car industry and Ford.

Their new electric vehicle is built on the fourteenth generation of the F-Series. The F-Series has been ever-popular, dominating the personal vehicle market in the US. Ford sold about 730,000 F-Series in 2020.

The F-150 Lightning has a dual-motor, FWD powertrain that produces 563bhp and 775lb ft. This is the most torque offered yet on an F-150. There will be two battery capacities offered with ranges around 230 and 300 miles based on the American EPA test cycle.
Ford stated that the Lightning will do 0-60mph in the mid 4.0 second range with the extended-range battery.

The maximum payload is rated by Ford at 907kg with the standard 18in wheels and a towing capacity of 4536kg.

Ford will offer the a home charging station as standard with the truck and says it will be capable of 150kW DC fast-charging, allowing a 15-80% charge in 41 minutes.

The new Lightning will have all the versatility of the gas-powered versions. Features will include onboard scales which will help estimate the vehicles range when carrying payload. And a functionality to make towing easier.

Additionally, the truck can be used as a back-up generator of sorts for an owner’s home during a power outage. Ford claim it can power a home for 10 days. Also, owners will be able to use the truck to provide power to tools and other equipment.

The starting price will be $39,974.

 

Porsche Claims 911 May Never Go All Electric

Porsche, the world-renowned luxury automaker from Germany, stated that it expects to increase sales of its all electric vehicles in the coming years. However, fans and customers should not expect an electric vehicle version of the company’s celebrated 911 sports car in the near future if at all.

Oliver Blume, Porsche CEO, that the 911 would absolutely be the last of their models to be modified for full electrification if it ever becomes electric at all. Porsche seems to stand firm on its declarations about the future of 911 even amid announcements they will plan for about 80% of their vehicles to be electrified by 2030.

Porsche called the 911 their “icon.” Porsche stated during a recent press conference that the concept of the 911 doesn’t allow for it to become fully electric and remain a 911. Specifically they stated the read mounted engine as the primary reason, that they weight of the batteries in the rear would be make the car undriveable.

Porsche reported 17% percent of its global sales were electrified last year. A third of those sales were in Europe.

 

Bentley to Research Recycling Rare Earth Magnets for Use in Their EV Engines

Bentley is starting a three-year long research project to try to develop recyclable and sustainable electric motors.

Bentley, Crewe luxury car brand, hopes that the result might be that recycled rare-earth magnets would be used in select motors for the first time ever. The new project came after Bentley’s commitment to offer only hybrid or electric vehicles by 2026.

The RaRE (Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines) study will build on work that was already completed by researchers at the University of Birmingham in developing methods of extracting magnets from waste electronics.

The goal for Bentley is to scale the research so they can extract magnetic material to be used in building new, recyclable magnets for use in their electric motors.

Bentley hopes that the RaRE project promises change by steps in electrical engine recyclability—while on upside of electric vehicles has been the lack of emissions but the waste created by the scraped cars have been an issue because of rare earth metals, batteries, etc.