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Swoopier Q4 E-Tron, Lucid Air sales and support, Smart factory future: Today’s Car News

Lucid says more about how it plans to sell and support the Air electric car. The former Smart factory, a hub for electric-car expertise, might be put to task building thirsty SUVs. Audi pulls the wraps off a more dynamic-looking version of the Q4 E-Tron, and its specialized EV team is reportedly working on an electric flagship for the brand. This...

Former Smart plant was headed all-electric, now might make diesel SUVs

Here's a textbook case of taking two steps forward, and one step back. The former Smart factory in Hambach, France, became all-electric when the brand dropped its gasoline models, and was initially planned to continue making electric cars for fellow Daimler division Mercedes-Benz. Instead, the factory may build gasoline and diesel SUVs. That's...

Report: Audi A9 EV due in 2024 could be a high-efficiency flagship

The "highly efficient electric car" Audi said was being developed by its new Artemis team for 2024 won't be a compact vehicle as originally expected, but a large flagship sedan, Autocar reported Monday. The new model has the internal codename E6, but could take on the A9 E-Tron name for production, the magazine reported, citing anonymous sources...

EV maker Lucid will have nationwide service network, 20 stores open by late 2021

Ahead of an official reveal and full details for the Lucid Air electric luxury sedan—due to be shown and detailed on September 9—California’s Lucid Motors has offered more detail about how it plans to sell and service the Air and other future models. On Wednesday, Lucid announced plans to open 20 retail stores—called Lucid...

Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron concept steers sensible electric SUV toward “dynamic elegance”

The upcoming Audi Q4 won’t include just one body style but two, the brand revealed on Tuesday. With the Q4 Sportback E-Tron concept, Audi presents a sexier alternative to the Q4 E-tron SUV concept, both of which it’s now confirmed are heading to production in summer 2021. Unlike the larger E-Tron SUV and E-Tron Sportback, the Q4 models...

Prius recall, Canoo subscription electric van, RAV4 Prime vs. Escape PHEV: Today’s Car News

We look at how the Toyota RAV4 Prime compares to plug-in hybrid rivals. Toyota recalls Prius models over hybrid-system concerns. And Jay Leno gets to drive a Canoo. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. Toyota has expanded a large recall of Prius and Prius V models, ranging from the 2013 through 2017 model years, to address a defect that could...

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime: How its 42-mile range and 38 mpg compare to rivals

Official EPA ratings were posted Monday for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, and they’re exactly as anticipated by Toyota ahead of the model’s launch. That includes a rating of 42 all-electric miles on the model’s plug-in charge, then 40 mpg city, 36 highway, 38 combined. With a full charge and a full tank of gas, the RAV4 Prime can...

Jay Leno drives Canoo's subscription-only electric van

Canoo won't put its subscription-only electric van on the road for customers until sometime next year, if all goes well, but Jay Leno already got to drive it for a recent episode of his "Jay Leno's Garage" YouTube show. Leno also toured Canoo's Torrance, California headquarters. Founded as Evelozcity, and including some Faraday Future veterans...

2013-2017 Toyota Prius models recalled for potential hybrid-system defect

Toyota is expanding a recall of Prius hybrid models over a hybrid-system defect that could cause a sudden loss of propulsion. The fault lies with the inverter in the Intelligent Power Module (IPM), a part of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system. Repeated driving under high-load conditions, such as hard acceleration from a stop, can cause high...

EV ownership costs, Citroën ë-C4, electric fire truck, tires and efficiency: Today’s Car News

Electric vehicles save a huge amount in ownership costs over 15 years. Citroën shows one of the ways it’s going electric for Europe—and maybe elsewhere. Jaguar Land Rover sees fuel cells as better than just batteries for large SUVs. And tires and wheels have a shocking impact on EV range. This and more, here at Green Car Reports...

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