Lucid Air and Mazda MX-30 tested, Hummer EV powered, Rivian origin story, Tesla Texas: The Week in Reverse

Which car manufacturer confirmed it is moving its headquarters to Texas?

Which global automaker unveiled an electric car that costs less than $10,000 – in China?

This is our look back at the week in reverse – here at Green Car Reports – for the week ending 8 October 2021.

We got behind the wheel of the 2022 Lucid Air for the first time, and found that while this electric sedan throws down a pretty impressive set of numbers, it’s a true driver’s car at its core.

2022 Lucid Air

In a first drive of the 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV, we found it handled well but couldn’t get past its 100-mile range, cramped cabin and limited accessibility.

And during our first test drive of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, in prototype form, we got to sample some of this supertruck’s on- and off-road capabilities and gain a greater understanding of how it adds to GM’s toolbox of affordable Chevy and GMC electric pickups.

2022 GMC Hummer EV prototype, engineering operation, September 2022 at Milford Proving Grounds

2022 GMC Hummer EV prototype, engineering operation, September 2022 at Milford Proving Grounds

We chatted with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and a few key people at the company about its origin story, and discovered that it’s all about the people, of course—and choosing your favorite ice cream flavor, perhaps.

It was a big week for both GM and Tesla, both hosting major events for investors and analysts. On Thursday, at an annual shareholder meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided several product updates — including that the electric ATV that has been dubbed the “Cyberquad,” which complements the Cybertruck, will likely be made in Texas and will be “the least dangerous ATV.” He also made it official that Tesla is moving its headquarters to Texas. Tesla also this week raised the prices of its Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover — by an additional $2,000 for the base model of each, bringing the base model 3 to $5,000 higher than earlier this year. It pointed to supply chain issues as the reason behind it.

Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck

On Wednesday, GM held its annual investor day and made two major product-related announcements: It’s offering a glass roof on its upcoming Chevrolet Silverado E electric pickup, and it confirmed that a GMC Sierra electric truck is on the way. It also announced Ultra Cruise, a driver assistance system due in 2023 that offers expanded functionality that sounds a bit like Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot — but with lidar. GM also announced earlier this week that it is opening a new battery innovation center that it hopes will play a key role in enabling affordable, longer-range electric vehicles.

Chevrolet Silverado EV glass roof teaser

Chevrolet Silverado EV glass roof teaser

Tesla alleges that Rivian stole battery company secrets, in new allegations that have been added to an ongoing case that originally started earlier in 2020.

Mercedes-Benz released EPA ratings for the 2022 Mercedes EQS flagship electric car, and at up to 350 miles, they’re a bit lower than what the brand had previously estimated — also far from Lucid Air’s numbers.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS First Run (EQS 580)

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS First Run (EQS 580)

Stellantis has announced that the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid will go an EPA-estimated 25 all-electric miles, as well as a low off-road range and a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, which will likely arrive for the 2023 model year, will get an “evolved” four-wheel hybrid drive system that emphasizes handling and adds torque vectoring at the rear wheels.

Daimler Trucks reported that its Freightliner electric trucks have already covered one million miles, in a series of fleet tests. They gave some updates on what they have already learned.

Geometry EX3

Geometry EX3

Geely, the parent of Volvo and Polestar, recently unveiled big battery swap plans, as well as a $9,200 electric crossover for China, under its all-electric Geometry brand.

A memorandum of understanding between five Midwest governors underscores the need for charging infrastructure for electric cars, including for commercial trucks, but it doesn’t quite commit money yet.

Porsche 912 electric conversion from Zelectric

Porsche 912 electric conversion from Zelectric

And last weekend we took a look at the vintage Porsche that goes all-electric with Tesla Model S hardware — and thanks to Zelectric, it manages to stay light in the translation.

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