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Tesla is recalling certain 2021-2022 Model S, Model X, and 2022 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles operating certain firmware releases. The infotainment central processing unit (CPU) may overheat during the preparation or process of fast-charging, causing the CPU to lag or restart.

The NHTSA campaign number is 22V296000.

The potential number of units affected is 129,960.

Tesla will perform an over-the-air (OTA) software update that will improve CPU temperature management, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-22-00-009.

One growing trend is for states to apply a separate registration fee for certain hybrid or electric vehicles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

These fees come in addition to standard motor vehicle registration fees and proponents support the fees as a way of bringing equity among drivers by ensuring all drivers pay for using roadways.

NCSL reports many states face declining gas tax revenue—not only because of electric vehicles—forcing state policymakers to consider other ways to pay for the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

Ten states—Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Washington and Wyoming—enacted laws in 2019 amending or adding new fees for plug-in electric and some plug-in hybrid vehicles, more than any previous year. As of November 2020, 28 states have laws requiring a special registration fee for plug-in electric vehicles. Of those, 14 states also assess a separate, slightly lower fee on plug-in hybrid vehicles, according to NCSL.

The fees range from $50 per year in Colorado, South Dakota and Hawaii to $225 for a plug-in electric vehicle in Washington. Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio and Wyoming all enacted bills in 2019, setting or increasing fees for electric vehicles to $200 annually. Oklahoma and South Dakota both enacted legislation in 2021 to impose new EV fees. South Dakota now imposes a flat $50 fee for all PEVs, while Oklahoma has tiered EV fees based on vehicle weight, with a $110 fee for EVs under 6,000 pounds. Idaho introduced legislation in April 2021, currently pending, that would increase the state’s EV registration fee from $140 to $300 annually. If enacted, it would also create an alternative 2.5 cents per mile fee system, which drivers can pay in lieu of the $300 fee.

NCSL states revenue from these additional fees is most often directed toward a state transportation fund. However, a few states also allocate some fee revenue to support electric vehicle infrastructure. For example, Alabama allocates $50 of its $200 fee for new electric vehicle infrastructure and Washington added an additional $75 fee in 2019 to support charging stations. Colorado dedicates $20 of the $50 EV fee to the Electric Vehicle Grand Fund to support charging stations.

Fourteen states also impose a fee for plug-in hybrid vehicles that operate on a combination of electricity and gasoline. The fee for plug-in hybrid vehicles is $32 in Iowa but will increase to $48.75 in 2021, and $100 in Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio and West Virginia. South Carolina is the only state without an annual fee, and instead requires a payment of $120 for all-electric cars and $60 for plug-in hybrid vehicles, every two years.

At least five states—California, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Utah—structure the additional registration fees to grow over time by tying the fees to the consumer price index or another inflation-related metric. These states are striving to avoid the declining purchasing power of gas taxes due to years of fixed-rate structures.

LeasePlan USA released the results of its first USA EV Readiness Index, a comprehensive analysis of the preparedness of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for electric vehicle transition. While LeasePlan has published an annual European version of the index since 2018, the USA index ranks states on a weighted scale based on five unique factors, including favorable state legislation and incentives, EV penetration, charger to vehicle ratio, public charger availability and climate suitability.

Unlike other EV studies, LeasePlan USA assessed the balance of EVs and public chargers instead of evaluating cost of charging and cost parity between battery electric vehicles and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Forecasts for this cost equilibrium shorten yearly, and climate has proven to be an increasingly important factor in the EV transition.

As part of the study, LeasePlan calculated a readiness score by state. In 2022, data showed that Nevada, Mississippi and Hawaii are the best prepared states for electric vehicle transition. All three states have a welcoming climate for EVs, with Nevada and Mississippi also providing a reasonable amount of public charging stations whereas Hawaii already has begun integrating EVs into its overall vehicle market.

“Although the states that rose to the top in this year’s index are surprising, it’s clear that individual states are making progress towards a greater adoption of electric vehicles,” said Matt Dyer, CEO of LeasePlan USA. “Public charging infrastructure and meaningful federal policies are critical to taking EV adoption from aspirational to attainable in the US.”

No states are ranked in the top bracket for readiness, and the top three states crept into the second rating bracket of EV accepted. States that ranked highest are better prepared than others while in lower ranked states drivers might encounter more challenges. This study shows that there is ample room for improvement across the Unites States. These rankings incorporate the fluidity of the transition to electric vehicles and growth of the market and will shift as the EV landscape evolves.

Cold environments are not yet ideal for EV operation due to the impact low temperatures have on driving range, charging speed and duration. On average, states that experience colder weather need to take additional measures in their EV transition efforts to secure a successful transition.

Ford’s new Lightning is the fastest-accelerating F-150 yet and the only full-size electric pickup available now with a starting price less than $40,000.

Ford began building the truck April 26 at Ford’s historic Rouge Complex. The Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling truck for 45 years in a row and is second only to the iPhone in revenue among all American consumer products, according to a 2020 study.

“Today we celebrate the Model T moment for the 21st century at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center,” said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford. “The Rouge is where Ford perfected the moving assembly line, making it a fitting backdrop as we make history again. The stunning anticipation for F-150 Lightning is a credit to the work of our Ford engineers and designers, and the UAW team members who are building these trucks with pride.”

Ford has 200,000 reservations for the F-150 Lightning and is expanding the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center to ramp up production to a planned annual run rate of 150,000 in 2023. The company has invested a total of $950 million and created 750 jobs at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.

The truck has acceleration from zero to 60 mph in the mid-4 second range with the extended-range battery, the freedom of a 10-kilowatt smart power plant on wheels and a starting price less than $40,000 before available tax credits.

“For years, experts predicted the electric car revolution was coming, and now we can firmly declare it has arrived,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

Autotrader, a Cox Automotive company, has named the 10 Best Electric Vehicles for 2022. Autotrader’s editorial team drove and lived with this year’s electric vehicles, evaluating important factors like the interiors, exteriors, powertrains, ride and handling, comfort, features, and of course, prices. They also carefully considered whether each vehicle served the purpose for which it was built, be it commuting efficiently, keeping a family safe, conveying a sense of prestige, or helping the driver feel like they finally found an EV match for their lifestyle. The editors took each electric vehicle through seemingly mundane but important tasks like parking, lane-changing, backing up, and loading cargo space. They also assessed essentials like acceleration, braking, handling, interior quiet and comfort, as well as materials and build quality.

To create this list, each editor contributed their opinions, expertise and rating of each vehicle on a 5-point scale. To meet final consideration, the 2022 model-year electric vehicles had to receive a minimum 4.0 out of 5.0 points from Autotrader’s editors. For the first time, only pure EVs were allowed on the list (no hybrids, plug-in hybrids or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles). In addition, each of the electric cars, SUVs and trucks had to be available for delivery to the public within six months of the list being published. Below are Autotrader’s 10 Best Electric Vehicles for 2022, listed alphabetically by brand:


Autotrader’s 10 Best Electric Vehicles for 2022

2022 Chevrolet Bolt/Bolt EUV

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

2022 Kia EV6

2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS

2022 Rivian R1T

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge

The production of four-cylinder engines, including options for hybrid electric vehicles, will get a boost from Toyota’s $383 million investment at four of its manufacturing plants.

“Toyota customers want vehicles that are fuel-efficient and electrified,” said Norm Bafunno, senior vice president, Unit Manufacturing and Engineering, Toyota. “These investments allow us to meet customer needs and quickly respond to an evolving market.”

Toyota Alabama: Huntsville, Ala., $222 million
Toyota Alabama will create a new four-cylinder production line with the capacity to produce engines for both combustion and hybrid electric powertrains. Additionally, the facility will expand its footprint by 114,000 square feet, which marks the plant’s sixth building expansion since 2003. Toyota Alabama has the capacity to build 900,000 engines annually and represents a nearly $1.5 billion investment.

Toyota Kentucky: Georgetown, Ky., $16 million
Toyota Kentucky is expanding flexibility of the four-cylinder engine line announced last fall, which will better position the plant to meet customer demand. The plant’s powertrain facility can produce up to 600,000 units annually. Toyota Kentucky is the company’s largest plant globally, producing seven Toyota and Lexus models, as well as four-cylinder and six-cylinder powertrains. Overall, the plant represents an $8.5 billion investment.

Toyota Missouri: Troy, Mo., $109 million
Toyota Missouri’s investment provides new equipment to build four-cylinder engine heads on three production lines. The plant has the capacity to build more than 3 million cylinder heads annually and represents a $564 million investment.

Toyota Tennessee: Jackson, Tenn., $36 million
Toyota Tennessee will update equipment to build new four-cylinder engine blocks. The plant has the capacity to produce more than 2 million engine blocks annually and represents a $425 million investment.

Ford is set to deliver their first 2022 F-150 Lightning EV trucks to customers on April 26th. That’s a wee bit earlier than originally announced (May 2022). In a time of delays due to COVID-19 and supply chain issues, Ford has done the nearly impossible: get a new vehicle off the line early! 

The EV truck, which begins production this month at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Mich., was an instant success story, gathering 44,500 reservations in less than 48 hours in May 2021. By December, the wildly popular model had taken in 200,000 reservations forcing Ford to close down its reservation system (it remains closed). The automaker, which had plans to build 150,000 Lightning EV trucks a year, is already ramping up production numbers to meet demand. 

The F-150 Lightning has some stiff competition but one advantage the truck has over rival EV pickups already in production, like the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV, is a starting price of $39,974. The R1T starts at $73,000 and the Hummer EV at $112,595.

The pick-up has a range of roughly 320 miles.

To celebrate, Ford and UAW leaders are throwing a Ford F-150 Lightning Premiere for customers and employees on April 26 at Rouge River, and will be delivering the first Lightnings to customers hot off the line.

The event will be live-streamed on Ford's YouTube channel at 1:30 p.m. EST, April 26.

CEO of Tesla Inc,  Elon Musk, has offered $41.39 billion to buy Twitter in a hostile takeover of the social media platform. Musk's offer price of $54.20 per share represents a 38 % premium on the closing price of Twitter's stock on April 1. The 1st was the last trading day before the Tesla CEO made public he had acquired a 9.2 % stake in the company on March 14th. 

The announcement comes on the heels of Musk’s rejection of Twitter’s offer to become a member of the board. Twitter board members are restricted to 15%  share ownership. Musk’s take over plan appears to involve making the company private and has cited the platform 'has extraordinary potential' and 'I will unlock it', in a regulatory filing on Thursday. 

Musk, who has a personal net worth of around $260 billion according to Bloomberg News, criticisms of Twitter have included the need for an edit button and a different layer of verification for premium users. “If the deal doesn’t work, given that I don’t have confidence in management nor do I believe I can drive the necessary change in the public market, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder,” said Musk in a letter to the company’s current board.

The colorful CEO has a history of his own tweets causing legal problems, and has been a vocal critic of Twitter in recent weeks, mostly involving his opinion of how the platform falls short on free speech principles. He explained further in the letter, “[Twitter] will neither thrive nor serve [its free speech] societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.” Musk tweeted on Saturday asking whether the social media network was 'dying' leading to speculation he would reverse the bans of people that have violated Twitter’s content standards to drive profits and users on the platform.

General Motors and Honda will expand the two companies’ relationship by developing a series of affordable electric vehicles using next-generation Ultium battery technology. 

The companies are working together to enable global production of millions of EVs starting in 2027, including compact crossover vehicles, leveraging the two companies’ technology, design and sourcing strategies. The companies will also work toward standardizing equipment and processes to achieve world-class quality, higher throughput and greater affordability. The compact crossover segment is the largest in the world, with annual volumes of more than 13 million vehicles.

GM and Honda also will discuss future EV battery technology collaboration opportunities, to further drive down the cost of electrification, improve performance and drive sustainability for future vehicles.

GM is already working to accelerate new technologies like lithium-metal, silicon and solid-state batteries, along with production methods that can quickly be used to improve and update battery cell manufacturing processes. Honda is making progress on its all-solid-state battery technology which the company sees as the core element of future EVs. Honda has established a demonstration line in Japan for all-solid-state batteries and is making further progress toward mass-production.

“GM and Honda will share our best technology, design and manufacturing strategies to deliver affordable and desirable EVs on a global scale, including our key markets in North America, South America and China,” said Mary Barra, GM chair and CEO. “This is a key step to deliver on our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality in our global products and operations by 2040 and eliminate tailpipe emissions from light duty vehicles in the U.S. by 2035. By working together, we’ll put people all over the world into EVs faster than either company could achieve on its own.” 

DeLorean Motor Company released its first sneak peek of its electric vehicle, which will premiere Aug. 18 at the Awards Ramp at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Although the new EV will still be displayed on the Concept Lawn at Pebble Beach on Aug. 21, the long-awaited DeLorean reveal will come three days sooner.

“Excitement is rising like the doors of our iconic sports car, and we are revealing the next generation prototype three days earlier than planned,”

The car made famous by Back to the Future is back in production.

said Troy Beetz, CMO of DeLorean Motor Company. The past, present, and future of DeLorean will unfold over the duration of Monterey Car Week through a series of activations and events showcasing the vehicle. Along with the reveal, DeLorean will also announce the official name of the vehicle.

DeLorean released a three-quarter shot of the vehicle recently, showcasing the left shoulder and back taillight of the concept car.

The long-awaited concept car is the culmination of a 40+ year history with the prestigious design company Italdesign and DeLorean’s new interpretation of a modern icon.

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