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Base Polestar 2, Karma GS-6 review, Rivian and Samsung SDI: Today’s Car News

Rivian confirms its battery supplier. Polestar reveals more affordable models with more range. Yamaha is moving fast into being a performance EV supplier. And we drive the Karma GS-6. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. A couple of new Polestar 2 models promise not just a lower price but more range—more than 260 miles in single-motor...

First drive review: 2021 Karma GS-6 goes over the top on style and fun, comes up short on range

It’s been a long and winding road for Karma Automotive, which was born of the remains of Fisker more than five years ago and still hasn't managed to make as many cars as the original. But with the debut of the 2021 Karma GS-6, following in the footsteps of the Revero GT it introduced last year, Karma sets the stage for that to change...

Yamaha wants to power some very fast EVs

The Yamaha name is often associated with high-performance motorcycles, but the company also wants to power some very fast electric cars. Last year, Yamaha announced plans to supply motors for other companies' EVs. On Monday, the company followed that up with the announcement of a higher-output motor "intended for installation and use in hyper-EVs...

Rivian electric trucks will use cells from Samsung SDI

Rivian announced Monday that it will use Samsung SDI battery cells for its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV, as well as upcoming commercial vehicles. Announcement of a battery supplier is a key piece of the information puzzle for the R1T and R1S, which are scheduled to start production this summer. Rivian previously said the R1T...

Lower-priced single-motor Polestar 2: 260+ miles with heat pump

Rear-wheel drive and a heat pump are part of the toolkit that will allow new, lower-priced versions of the Polestar 2 to achieve more EPA-rated driving range. The more affordable single-motor and dual-motor versions of the four-door fastback are expected to earn about 260 miles and 240 miles, respectively, even though they use the same 78-kwh...

Lower-priced rear-wheel-drive Polestar 2: 260+ miles with heat pump

Rear-wheel drive and a heat pump are part of the toolkit that will allow new, lower-priced versions of the Polestar 2 to achieve more EPA-rated driving range. The more affordable single-motor and dual-motor versions of the four-door fastback are expected to earn about 260 miles and 240 miles, respectively, even though they use the same 78-kwh...

Aptera performance, Tesla’s Canadian charade, Panasonic on Tesla battery plans: Today’s Car News

Panasonic expresses some skepticism about the battery format Tesla sees as the future. Tesla’s putting its 94-mile Model 3 out in the open, in Canada. What did hybrids look like a century ago? And Aptera’s “never charge” solar car goes to the track. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. Aptera’s three-wheeled...

2021 VW ID.4 rated for 260 miles of range in lower-priced version

Volkswagen confirmed Monday that its 2021 ID.4 Pro, which starts reaching dealerships soon, has been given a somewhat higher EPA range rating of 260 miles. The ID.4 Pro, with the larger 82-kwh battery pack, achieves that number in single-motor rear-wheel-drive form, beating the ID.4 Pro S and 2st Edition versionsn that are already available by 10...

Tesla’s Canadian compliance car: Is 94-mile Model 3 a clever workaround or silly business?

Tesla recently brought its nearly nonexistent entry-level Canadian model—a version of its Model 3 electric sedan that costs about 45,000 Canadian dollars (about $36,000 U.S.)—out into the open. Under Transport Canada’s iZEV program, eligible EVs have to be priced below CA$45,000 before destination and other fees. The Standard...

Aptera shows how its “never charge” solar EV performs

Aptera Motors’ says that most drivers will never need to charge its three-wheeled, solar-powered car—offering a driving range of up to 1,000 miles—and that it will be “the most efficient vehicle ever made available to consumers.” While those astounding efficiency and range figures often take top billing—for good...

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