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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger: Everything we know about Ram’s epic new electric truck

These EV startups aren’t the only ones to have fun with the idea of an electric truck. Ram announced its electric pickup, the Ram 1500 REV, for release in late 2024, but the automaker had another trick up its sleeve. Using its new STLA body-on-frame electric platform, Ram employs a parts-bin 3.6-liter V6 engine only as a range extender, with the gas unit never delivering power to the wheels. The result is a truck with 663 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque that provides 14,000 pounds of towing and a range of almost 700 miles. Get that, nearly 700 miles from an EV! Though complex, the setup may be a smart move for Ram, as consumers aren’t warming to EVs as quickly as automakers and the government had hoped. 

The truck also brings advanced driver assistance systems not seen in Ram vehicles to date. It gets a Level 2-plus autonomous driver assist function that offers hands-off driving on highways and other approved roadways. It provides predictive speed control and driver monitoring and assists with autonomous parallel and perpendicular parking functions. Fairly standard affairs for a brand-new vehicle these days.

2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger release date and details

The Ram 1500 Ramcharger’s late 2024 release date means we don’t have pricing or trim level details yet! So there’s not much we can say, but we can take guesses based on Ram’s existing pickup line. As with the current gas trucks, we’ll see lower-level, work-ready Tradesman trims, followed by more luxurious and feature-rich mid-level Big Horn or Laramie trims. At the top end, the Limited variant will bring upscale leathers, genuine wood trim, and other features that make the truck a legitimate luxury ride. Ram trucks have long offered interiors that far outshine the competition, even from the most expensive Ford F-150 models, which bodes well for the Ramcharger’s accommodations.

Price:TBA: $70,000 to $100,000 est.
Engine:3.6-liter V6 range extender
Electric motors:250 kW front, 238 kW rear
Battery capacity:92 kWh (gross capacity), 70.8 kWh (usable capacity)
Electric range:145 miles (EV only), 690 miles (w/ range extender)
Drivetrain:dual-motor AWD
Power:663 horsepower
Torque:615 pound-feet
Weight:TBA; >6,400 pounds
Towing:14,000 pound
Payload:2,625 pounds
Zero-to-60 mph:TBA; 4.4 seconds est.
Fuel Capacity: TBA; approx. 26 gallons
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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger interior and tech

The Ramcharger will feature a premium interior focusing on textures, colors, and materials quality. Ram said it would use carbon fiber, metal, and leather to create a luxurious cabin with great space and tech. A 12-inch screen comes standard, and a 14.5-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster are available, which run Ram’s excellent Uconnect 5 infotainment system. The interface offers side-by-side app functionality, simple menu structures, and responsive navigation that make it less distracting to use while driving. 

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A 10.25-inch passenger screen, digital rearview mirror, a head-up display, and a Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system are available. Ram also redesigned the gear shifter with a new e-shifter unit, and the Ramcharger offers selectable regenerative braking settings. 

A new range-topping Tungsten trim brings unique interior colors like Indigo and Sea Salt. It gets a suede headliner, heated and ventilated seats with quilted leather, massaging front seats, and more. The center console features a Tungsten badge with the truck’s VIN, and the upgraded Klipsch stereo comes standard. It also brings a new dual-device wireless charging pad and metal pedals.

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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger electric range and charging times

Ram promises a range of up to 690 miles from a liquid-cooled 92-kWh battery, a 130-kW onboard generator, and a 3.6-liter V6 engine whose only purpose in life is to charge the battery and extend the range. Think Fisker Karma, Chevrolet Volt, or BMW i3 Range Extender, but adapted to a big ol’ hunk of American utilitarianism. The driver can choose to charge the battery or preserve battery life, and there is no mechanical path from the engine to the wheels. That said, the truck still needs to be charged and can add up to 50 miles of range in ten minutes using a 400V DC fast charger with speeds of up to 145 kW. 

2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger engine and performance

Though the Ram’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 does nothing to drive the wheels like it does to pretty much every other Stellantis vehicle, its electric drivetrain components are plenty. The 250kW front motor and 238kW rear unit, the latter of which can be paired with an optional locking rear differential, combine for a whopping 663 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque. That’s good for a 4.4-second 0-60 mph time, a 14,000-pound tow rating, and a payload rating of 2,625 pounds.

Not a Rivian, no. But that’s plenty fast enough and sure to put the pressure on some Charger and Challenger fanatics. The Ramcharger can also free-wheel its front axles under certain conditions to further enhance efficiency and range.

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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger design

Ram’s initial electric concept trucks featured wild, futuristic styling, but the automaker backed off the funkiness with the production models. That applies to both the Ram 1500 Ramcharger and the Ram 1500 REV, as both bear striking resemblances to the brand’s current gas trucks. A crew cab body, short bed, and clean front-end styling define the Ramcharger, and it features novel lighting elements with an illuminated Ram logo in the closed grille. The charging port is located on the driver’s side front fender, and Ram smoothed the exterior body lines for better aerodynamics. Ram also fits unique taillights for the Ramcharger with an LED lightbar across the tailgate. 

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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger review to come

Ram trucks offer fantastic ride quality, solid capability, and modern styling. With Ram claiming standard multi-link rear suspension and four-corner air suspension, we expect much of the same dynamics and comfort from the new Ramcharger, albeit with the heft of a powerful electric drivetrain. The range-extender concept is one employed by BMW with the i3 years ago, but it’s not yet been a mainstream feature in electric vehicles, with many automakers committing to either full EVs or more conventional hybrids or plug-ins. Ram created an exceedingly complex system to charge the batteries with a gas engine, so it will be interesting to see how the components work together and if the gas engine adds any meaningful amount of noise to the driving experience. 

When it arrives, the Ramcharger will be the only electrified truck on sale with such a setup. The upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV are pure electrics, like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T. While all those trucks offer impressive range estimates and great tech features, their specs fall short of the Ram’s range and capability. Price may be the great equalizer here, as it’s hard to imagine the Ramcharger coming cheap. 

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Additional FAQs

How much will the new Ramcharger cost?

We don’t have solid figures yet, but a reasonable guess would be between $70,000 and $100,000 with available add-ons and options. That should place it within the same ballpark as the F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T.

Does the Ramcharger use gas?

Yes, the Ramcharger uses gas to power a V6 range-extender engine, contributing to its incredible range. That said, the engine doesn’t drive the wheels, so fuel usage will be interesting to observe. 

Does towing impact EV range?

Yes, to a great degree. Towing a heavy load with an electric pickup can cut the range by 50 percent or more, depending on the temperature, road conditions, and driving style. It’s important to plan adequate charging stops if you’re looking at a longer towing trip.

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Matte black Tesla Cybertruck spotted in public, scares children and adults alike

Halloween isn’t over! Tesla’s chief designer was spotted arriving at a car show in a matte black Tesla Cybertruck. Breaking news: it was worse than anything a witch could conjure up. The Cybertruck will be released on November 30th, with the first customers receiving theirs at the Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. This truck adds to the absurd amount of Tesla vehicles either coming or already on the market.

Matte Black Tesla Cybertruck parked on a beach
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This matte black Cybertruck, however, is nothing more than a silver model wrapped in PVC. Interestingly, it appears to be based upon the original reveal prototype rather than the current models that have been previously spotted on public roads, evident by the prototype wheels and tires, which we don’t anticipate will make it to production. And this isn’t the first elaborate marketing stunt Tesla has pulled for this monstrosity of a vehicle.

  • This same design lead flung a metal ball at a Cybertruck’s “armored window,” smashing it instantly.
  • The Cybertruck appeared in the “Gang Gang” music video performed by Travis Scott and his crew.
  •  It made an appearance at the 2023 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin.
  •  A camo-wrapped Tesla Cybertruck appeared in Palo Alto, California.
  • Tesla disguised it as an F-150.
Tesla Cybertruck fleet moving on outdoor articulation ramps
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If anything, it’s been in our minds as Americans since its announcement. Luckily, the anti-brainwash serum has not worn off, as the matte black Cybertruck looks even uglier than the silver model. There is a chance that you will get your hands on this version, as Tesla did release Model 3 and Model Y colored wraps at $7,500 to $8,000.

Tesla Cybertruck in matte black
Image credit: Daniel Golson | X

Some added context for the skepticism surrounding the Cybertruck. In a recent interview with podcaster Joe Rogan, Elon Musk mentioned that Tesla aims to produce 200,000 units yearly. Tesla claimed in its Q3 2023 financial results that production will be around 125,000. So there is a bit of a gap between those two numbers. Additionally, the Tesla Cybertruck is the company’s first consumer 800-volt architecture vehicle, which makes them cheaper to produce and more efficient to drive. But the efficiency boost may be offset by the least complex model weighing around 8,000 pounds.

Naturally, we need to thank Daniel Golson on X for starting this storm and sharing this lunacy with the world.

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Toyota goes all in with new $8 billion investment in North Carolina battery plant

Toyota is serious about EVs. It announced an $8 billion cash injection into the North Carolina battery plant. This comes after the 2021 $1.29 billion investment in the new Liberty plant, bringing the total investment to $13.9 billion. It will create around 5,000 new jobs and be an economic boost for the area. However, this timeline and location are not surprising at all.

On October 4th, Toyota announced its partnership with LG Energy Solution to supply EV batteries. This multi-pronged approach is motivated by material and skills shortages already brought to light by the Toyota Bz4x and Cadillac Lyriq production issues. Although, you could pick a legacy automaker from the hat, and you won’t find one without EV production issues. Toyota know it cannot afford to stumble in the transition to BEVs and PHEVs.

The plan is to add eight BEV/PHEV battery production lines to the two previously announced. Four of these will support hybrid battery production. Another two will support BEVs. The North Carolina battery plant will operate by 2025 (without delays) and will be Toyota’s first automotive battery plant globally.

This additional investment comes off the back of the Treasury Department’s Inflation Reduction Act announcement that the government will not give EV tax credits to vehicles manufactured outside of the U.S. 

The big bet on North Carolina

Toyota Bz4x side view on the road.
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Piedmont, which supplies Tesla with Australian lithium, will also provide LG Chem with Spodumene (raw lithium) for the next four years. Additionally, it will supply more processed lithium hydroxide from an under-construction North Carolina processing plant. It even plans to mine lithium from a Spodumene-tin deposit in the state.

So it’s almost as if Toyota did its research before even thinking about constructing the North Carolina battery plant!

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The Japan Mobility Show gives us hope for the future of the fun EV

The Japan Mobility Show is back! After a four-year hiatus in the wake of that dastardly pandemic, the show formerly known as the Tokyo Motor Show is now at the forefront of Japanese mobility, rather than purely focusing on automobiles.

But at Acceleramota, we are here for the car concepts. And even though there has been a steady stream of PHEVs in 2023, the Japan Mobility Show always brings funky concepts. There also seems to be a focus on driving pleasure from many companies this time around, which the South Korean boys across the pond seem to be focused on too, cough, cough Ioniq 5 N.

Obviously, the future of the automobile is electric. Almost every vehicle this time around includes some sort of EV powertrain and with the amount of EV tax credits being thrown around, they better be!

Nissan Hyper Force EV

Front right grill shot of the Nissan Hyper Force EV at the Japan Mobility Show
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Hyper Force! The name is straight out of No Game No Life into reality at the Japan Mobility Show. Nissan certainly brought its A-game with this all-electric, cyberpunk-esque sports car. Beneath the surface is a (theoretical) solid-state battery and an advanced form of Nissan’s e-4ORCE all-wheel control technology. And oh yeah, the Hyper Force has a high-strength carbon-fiber body and plasma-actuated active aero. So you can actually use the supposed 1,341 horsepower on track.

Nissan isn’t trying to hide that the Hyper Force EV is a successor to the GT-R. I mean, it used current GT-R badging (just for the Japan Mobility Show), and it has R and GT drive modes. Although it’s just a concept for now, most of the more tangible and conventional tech and design features will make it past the Japan Mobility Show.

If none of that piques your interest, Nissan brought the cockpit to life together with Polyphony Digital, the team behind Gran Turismo. When in R mode, you’ll see red ambient lighting and side screens with track data. GT mode gives you the iconic blue lighting, and Gran Turismo-inspired A/C and suspension settings graphics.

Mazda Iconic SP

Showroom shot of the Mazda Iconic SP at the Japan Mobility Show
Image Credit: Mazda

Rotary is back, baby! Under the core pursuit of the “Joy of Driving,” Mazda unveiled the Iconic SP at the Japan Mobility Show. 

It uses a two-rotor engine and an EV system powered by batteries. The two-rotor system can be powered by hydrogen or other carbon-neutral fuels, and the electric motors by a conventional EV battery. This center-mounted powertrain allows for a high power output combined with a near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Even Mazda’s proposed specs are quite impressive, as seen below.

Overall length x width x height164.5 × 72.8 × 45.3 in
Wheelbase 101.9 in
Power-weight ratio8.7 lbs/hp, 3.9 kg/hp
Horsepower364 hp
Weight3,196 lbs, 1,450 kg
Credit: Mazda

It’s a looker too! The Iconic SP is painted in a new vivid Mazda color, Viola Red, which is lighter and brighter than the current Mazda hallmark, Soul Red. Other exterior features include the usual sharp Mazda front headlights, a swooping Miata-like silhouette, and double crescent rear lights. Safe to say, Mazda killed it at the Japan Mobility Show.

Mitsubishi D:X Concept

Front side shot of the Mitsubishi D:X Concept
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No, it’s not a new Yu-Gi-Oh! game, it’s Mitsubishi’s return to the Delica brand at the Japan Mobility Show. Dubbed the Delica of the future, the D:X is a futuristic electric crossover MPV. 

A design embodying “Maximum Space and Safety for Humans, Maximum Off-Roader for Boundaryless Adventure”

Mitsubishi Motors

For maximum spaciousness, it’s got a Delica-style side window and a front windshield that wraps around to the bottom, making the hood area see-through. A minimalist exterior design is not revolutionary. But some distinct Mitsubishi T-shaped front and rear laser lights give it some much-needed character in an ocean of boring EUVs. Front, side, and rear skid protection adds to the rugged feel and protects the copper paint when you’re out glamping.

Of course, the D:X also has a plug-in hybrid EV powertrain. You can use the hybrid mode for long trips and the EV mode when driving daily. A reinforced rib-bone monobox used in the Delica D:5 also makes its return.

Inside, the D:X has a minimalist tan leather accented cabin plus six old-school swivel fabric seats. A smaller addition is the 3D Yamaha sound system, which should make Oktoberfest trips a blast. Really, there’s a lot to like about Mitsubishi’s appearance at the Japan Mobility show and the future of the company.

Toyota Electric Land Cruiser Se

Side front shot of the Toyota Land cruiser Se
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Toyota’s full-size SUV is back in electric form. The Land Cruiser Se uses a monocoque body construction rather than the previous body-on-frame for a quieter BEV experience. It also improves on-road handling with a bit of sacrifice on the durability end.  Toyota also plans to manufacture the Land Cruiser Se along with other EVs in the U.S. with LG supplying the EV batteries.

The most radical changes are on the outside though with distinct Land Cruiser side vent graphics. It retains the square shape but the more minimalist lines seem to indicate a new Toyota era is on the way.

Toyota FT-Se

Rear View zoom shot of the Toyota Ft-Se
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The FT-Se is Toyota’s version of a sports car future. Rumored to be the spiritual successor to the much-loved Celica and MR2, the FT-Se is an all-wheel drive EV and will be fueled by a “prismatic” battery. Although the two-seater format indicates it could be close to the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ. One of the most interesting features is a “manual mode” to simulate gear changes in the name of driving fun. Toyota president, Koji Sato, also noted that other future BEVs could have the feature as well.

The FT-Se shares major components with the FT-3e. Toyota set out to create a car that will grow with the driver through software updates.

Toyota is keeping its cards close with this one but announced at the Japan Mobility Show that it could see production in late 2027.

Toyota FT-3e

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If you’re thinking Toyota is slowing down anytime soon, the FT-3e has you already beaten. Rumors of this mid-size SUV started swirling in 2022. So, it’s almost guaranteed that Toyota will release a multitude of different vehicles on this future BEV platform. Its Lexus sister brand unveiled its LF-ZL, a more luxurious version with similar body proportions.

The focus of this SUV is sustainability. Toyota’s interpretation of this is adding an exterior upper door section display which shows the battery state of charge. Additionally, it shows the interior temperature, and air quality when the driver approaches the car.

Toyota EPU (electric pickup truck)

Side shot of the Toyota EPU in front of the beach
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You’re a truck guy. So you’ll probably be the first in line for Toyota’s pickup truck future. The EPU is a mid-size electric pickup truck based on the current Hilux. North America will likely receive an American-size version like the Tacoma, but details further than the concept itself are scarce, so there’s no guarantee. You can’t help but compare it to the Rivian R1T though, which may be a testament to how Toyota has fallen behind in the EV race and seems to be playing catch-up already.

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2024 Subaru BRZ price increases, tS pricing finally revealed

The Subaru BRZ has long been a revered favorite among driving enthusiasts for its razor-sharp inputs, heaps of engagement, and, best of all, an agreeable price tag. But now, the mildly revised 2024 Subaru BRZ gets a bit less friendly with frugal enthusiasts as a recent pricing announcement reveals a mild price hike across the board. Such an increase can be attributed to the addition of a new high-performance tS trim level and a suite of standard safety tech that’s new to the BRZ for 2024, which means the value per dollar should remain strong.

The BRZ sees a minimum price increase of $1,700, elevating the base price of a Premium BRZ from 2023’s $28,565 to $30,265. Factor in a $1,050 destination and handling charge, and you’re looking at $31,315 to start. The higher-trim Limited with 18-inch wheels wrapped in summer tires, cornering headlights, suede interior accenting, heated seats, and an upgraded stereo system will now cost you $33,815. The tS model, with Brembo brakes, a revised STI-inspired interior, and higher-performance Hitachi dampers, rings the bell at $36,465, with the manual transmission as its only option. The automatic transmission is now only available on the Limited for $950, having also been plucked from the Premium’s options list.

However, the price jump thankfully includes Subaru’s EyeSight driving assist systems as standard, a first for any manual-equipped BRZ. Manual transmission vehicles can enjoy adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, collision prevention, and lead car start warning systems. No, none of it is the slightest bit necessary in a purist’s sports car, but those intending for their BRZ to pull double shifts as a commuter will appreciate the extra watchful eye.

The BRZ is still affordable by modern car standards, but that’s a healthy chunk of change over what the BRZ had recently cost. Figure that a $1,700 hike before destination charges could buy you a semi-decent set of coilovers, some nice tires, or even a high-quality catback exhaust. But it certainly won’t be the factor that deters many would-be buyers. That’s dealer markup’s job. To anyone yearning for a tS, now’s the time to get cunning.

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Stellantis teams up with Orano to recycle Fiat-Chrysler EVs

Sustainable mobility is an “ethical responsibility,” according to Stellantis, the multinational conglomerate you probably knew as Fiat-Chrysler before the UAW strikes began. Now the Italian-American automotive conglomerate Stellantis is turning those words into action, announcing a partnership with French nuclear fuel cycle company Orano for all future EV battery recycling plans. All in the name of the Stellantis “Dare Forward 2030” plan to reduce carbon in the atmosphere as a net-zero company by 2038.

The joint venture capitalizes on Orano’s innovative, low-carbon technology, which breaks with existing processes, allowing the recovery of all materials from lithium-ion batteries, and the manufacturing of new cathode materials. The joint venture will produce materials also known as “black mass” or “active mass.” This can be refined in Orano’s hydrometallurgical plant to be built in Dunkirk, France so that the materials could be re-used in batteries, thus closing the loop of a circular economy.

Stellantis and Orano Press Release

This deal means that Stellantis brands like North American brands like Fiat, Chrysler, and Dodge will have access to reclaimed battery materials. Orano claims an up to 90% metal recovery rate from lithium-ion batteries and can manufacture new battery cathode materials. This will be done at existing Stellantis facilities and is the first time a major automotive player has involved itself in the value chain in this way.

The sought-after material here is black mass. Black mass is the material that comes from dismantling and shredding an EV battery. Through chemical processes, high amounts of lithium, manganese, cobalt, and nickel metals can be recovered from dead batteries and reused for new ones.

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Are electric vehicle batteries recyclable today?

China is currently a major recycler of EV Battery materials – with the largest being Ganfeng Lithium. The country averages over 20,000 tons of waste lithium iron phosphate batteries and 14,000 tons of waste ternary lithium batteries per year. As of October 2022, China has 61 existing lithium-ion battery recycling plants. However, there are some serious competitors closer to home too:

  • Umicore: Belgian-French multinational materials battery recycling and materials company.
  • Ecobat LLC: U.S.-based company specializing in the collection, recycling, production, and distribution of energy storage solutions and other commodities.
  • Glencore plc: Swiss multinational trading and mining company.
  • Ganfeng Lithium Group: Chinese conglomerate with a focus on lithium recycling and raw material supply.

Reclamation of lithium and cobalt is especially important as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that supply shortages could be a reality as early as 2025.

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Green NCAP honors four vehicles with new Life Cycle Assessment award

Green NCAP has announced the first vehicles to be awarded its new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) award. So who is Green NCAP, what even is that, and which other vehicles were recognized besides the Tesla Model 3? Let’s get right to it.

The independent UK organization Green NCAP’s mission is to promote the clean, energy-efficient development of cars while minimizing environmental impact. A noble cause. It achieves this through its star rating and index system which can summarize a vehicle’s performance in clean air, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 2019, Green NCAP’s star ratings have provided consumers with an easy way to compare the on-road environmental performance of new cars under identical driving conditions.  LCA information complements the rating as it assesses the vehicle’s complete environmental impact, taking into account factors like production, energy supply, and end-of-life.  We believe that this award helps consumers to make an informed and greener choice about the true sustainability of their cars – it will be a true differentiator for the wide choice of electric cars currently on offer on the forecourt.  Moreover, it is hoped that the award will act as a catalyst for the industry to innovate and accelerate its development of more sustainable cars.

Dr. Aleksandar Damyanov, Green NCAP Technical Manager

The LCA award is given to the best performers, tested since 2022 — receiving five stars in their assessments. Four cars have been given the LCA Award: the Dacia Spring, the ORA Funky Cat, Renault’s electric Megane E-Tech, and the Tesla Model 3. These vehicles currently have total life cycle greenhouse gas emissions equal to or less than 120 g CO2‑eq./km.

Green NCAP hopes the LCA award helps encourage consumers to make a “greener choice” when shopping for a new vehicle. Time will tell which new vehicles will join LCA club going forward. Our money is on the 2025 Tesla Model 2.

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General Motors delays production of Silverado EV

General Motors took notice of the recent slowing of EV sales, including Ford’s current struggles with its F-150 Lightning, and announced Tuesday it will delay the planned upgrades to the factory set to make the highly anticipated Silverado EV and the GMC Sierra EV. 

The affected plant is in the Orion Township in Detroit, Michigan. General Motors is using the factory in its current configuration to finish off Bolt and Bolt EUV production. Once all of those happy little cars are finished, GM was planning to invest 4 billion dollars in retooling the factory to produce its new electric pickups on the Ultium platform to help meet its ambitious plan to make 400,000 electric vehicles by 2024.

One thing on everyone’s mind, does this have to do with the ongoing UAW strike? According to General Motors Senior Director Kevin Kelley, it doesn’t. They’re just figuring things out, I guess.   

“General Motors today confirmed it will retime the conversion of its Orion Assembly plant to EV truck production to late 2025, to better manage capital investment while aligning with evolving EV demand. In addition, we have identified engineering improvements that we will implement to increase the profitability of our products.” 

At the moment, the plan is to produce the Silverado EV and its GMC counterpart at Factory Zero, which sits in Detroit and the city of Hamtramck, Michigan.  It is currently used for the production of the GMC Hummer EV and is GM’s first dedicated electric vehicle factory. The workers from the Orion Township plant will be able to transfer to Factory Zero when the Bolt ends production at the end of the year.

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Toyota unveils two new epic FT electric car concepts

The Japan Mobility Show is fast approaching, and Toyota is ready to showcase what they have in mind for the “future of mobility” with a duo of BEV concept cars. While there’s not a lot of information surrounding these vehicles yet, or if they’ll even enter production, there are some key takeaways that hint towards what Toyota has planned. It’s also worth noting that Toyota says these vehicles share “major components.”

The FT-3e is a low-slung vehicle with sharp lines and an aggressive angle to the rear window with wrap-around taillights. The side profile shows off an almost box-flared look to the fenders and rear quarter. A display on the lower part of the body displays information to the driver as they approach, including charge status, interior air quality, and cabin temperature. Dare I say it? This could be a battery-electric wagon

The other one, which Toyota calls the FT-Se is a sports car that is reminiscent of the early days of the GR Supra concept, with a long hood and aerodynamic shape. Complete with the integrated spoiler. However, it looks wider, and the lines are more pronounced. A shot of the interior shows a trio of screens, all driver-facing, and a yoke-style steering wheel. There is a prominent GR badge affixed to the front fender, which helps drive home the claim that the FT-Se is part of their vision for the next generation of performance driving.

These two concepts represent a bright future. In a future where Toyota hopes vehicle ownership will become more than just a point A to point B appliance, it will become a bond between the owner and the machine.

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LG will supply EV batteries for Toyota electric cars

Toyota has over 20 million hybrids worldwide, more than any other automaker. So, no one can question that Toyota has been at the forefront of hybrid electric vehicle production, which was an important step in the electrification of the automobile. But as the world moved towards battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Toyota began to fall behind. However, in recent months, Toyota has made numerous announcements about its commitment to producing more BEVs across its product line. They have even said they plan to have 30 BEVs across their product line and up production to 3.5 million globally by 2030.

Anyone can see that this is a lot to get done in a short amount of time, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Toyota. And they’ve just made a major move to help solidify that goal by signing a deal with LG Energy Solution to produce NCMA battery modules at LG’s facility in Michigan. Investing 3 billion dollars to fit their factory with the needed assembly lines to meet their 2025 goals of producing 20 GWh annually. The modules will then be shipped off to Kentucky, assembled into complete batteries, and find their way into Toyota’s planned 3-row electric SUV.

A picture of LG Energy Solutions in Holland, Mi
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“Having secure supplies of lithium-ion batteries at scale with a long-term relationship to support Toyota’s multi-pathway approach and growth plans for BEVs in North America is critical to achieve our manufacturing and carbon reduction plans,” states Tetsuo “Ted” Ogawa, Toyota’s North American president and CEO. “Working with LG Energy Solution, we are excited to be able to offer products that will provide the performance and quality our customers expect.”   

Image: Lexus

LG, like Toyota, has a long history of supplying quality products to companies and consumers around the world. This is their largest agreement with an automaker for battery production and also means they now supply batteries to the Top 5 global automakers. And if all goes as planned, this partnership should help to push Toyota to the upper echelon of the BEV market. Soon, it won’t just be hybrids like the Prius making headlines, but a Toyota-branded electric car as well.

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