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This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 10, 2020.
Gas prices plunged below the $2.00-per-gallon mark prior to last weekend. But as the Trump administration recognized the need to keep refiners in business and global supply could be cut by roughly one-tenth (10 million barrels) based on agreements this week, the slide continued.
Meanwhile, especially if you’ve shifted to a work-from-home routine, there’s been no better time to think about the emissions from your own commute the rest of the year. Mortality rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic are higher in places with air pollution issues, a new study finds.
Earlier in the week, Hyundai teased an air filtration system in a recent electric concept car that will keep cleaning the outside air while you’re charging.
Hyundai Prophecy concept
Product news about on-the-market vehicles slowed to a crawl, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns affecting much of the automotive sector. There were a few noteworthy tidbits about upcoming electric cars, efficient vehicles, and tech features, though.
Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance brand is working on a go-faster version of the upcoming EQS. The Mercedes-AMG EQS will go to battle versus the Tesla Model S Plaid and Porsche Taycan.
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept
Tesla is likely to give those who bought early versions of the Model 3 with the previous (pre-HW3) chipset the possibility of upgrading to a basic version of Autopilot.
Even as other automakers confirmed delays for upcoming EVs, Lordstown Motors pushed ahead with plans to assemble an electric pickup at a former plant in Ohio as soon as late this year, announcing more orders and continuing to tease this truck’s wheel-hub motors.
McLaren isn’t ready to close the door on internal combustion quite yet; it’s considering engines that burn synthetic fuels. McLaren also revealed that it’s developing a plug-in hybrid sports car, with a potential electric-only range of 20 miles or more.
2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
The 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid from the UK luxury brand; but the EPA ratings after you get through the plug-in range aren’t supporting it as greener than the non-hybrid version.
Owners of the Kia Niro EV have a new pricing scheme from Electrify America to consider; while it’s technically a discount, it’s no bargain compared to other charging networks.
2020 Kia Niro EV
Thinking bigger: Commercial trucks are expected to go electric at a large scale in Europe, in response to tighter CO2 targets. Yet a new study underscored that the infrastructure might be a step behind. And hydrogen fuel cells in “megawatt-scale” will help huge, ocean-going ships get rid of their diesel- and oil-burning engines later in the decade—maybe even some cruise ships.
And zooming in on some technology possibilities: We’ve seen in recent years that solar roadways haven’t held up to their earlier hype. Does a connected solar driveway make any better sense? And Tesla is using a heat pump for the first time in the Model Y crossover, and teardown expert Sandy Munro gave an up-close look at this range-extending component.
Tesla Model Y heat pump, Munro & Associates
How can your electric car battery last longer? Hyundai brought us some basic advice, especially on charging habits, in a few useful tips.
Green Car Reports started out the week with a drive review of the 2020 BMW 745e plug-in hybrid, and found it somewhat puzzling in its priorities, but very posh.