Lightyear groups up with Sweden’s Koenigsegg. Tesla and startup EV manufacturers are dropping out on the gross sales, one research suggests. Researchers recommend EV gross sales targets are an incomplete answer with out retiring gasoline automobiles. And we heat as much as the weirdness of the BMW iX. This and extra, right here at Inexperienced Automobile Studies.
In a weeklong drive evaluation of the BMW iX, we warmed as much as this huge, controversially styled SUV that carries the torch of the a lot smaller i3. It’s a charmingly offbeat, really luxurious household wagon that delivers in real-world driving vary in a approach no non-Tesla SUV has but.
Outcomes from a current research wanting on the buying expertise recommend that startup EV manufacturers aren’t connecting as properly with potential clients (and gross sales) as conventional luxurious manufacturers—and Tesla isn’t doing as properly on this respect because it used to. It might be an early indication that Tesla, Rivian, Lucid, and Polestar might have to change their floor recreation as they attain past product-aware early adopters
The solar-car firm Lightyear is getting assist from the Swedish area of interest supercar maker Koenigsegg—in addition to an funding—to attain comparable efficiency and effectivity in its extra reasonably priced Lightyear 2.
And are we focusing an excessive amount of on EV gross sales, and not sufficient on the retirement of ICE automobiles? That’s what a gaggle of researchers seems to recommend, in a glance concluding that it’s going to take a shortened lifespan for gasoline and diesel automobiles, along with the gross sales targets so broadly emphasised, to attain the Paris Local weather Accord’s 1.5-degree Celsius purpose. Ought to we alter the main focus of incentives towards retiring gas-guzzlers?