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Volvo’s gone cluster-less.

Remember the jeers Tesla got for having no instrument cluster or HUD in the Model 3? Now Volvo’s getting in on a similar design with the new EX30.

People worried about Model 3’s spartan design, revealed in 2016. And when it was finalized, people complained to CEO Elon Musk. He tweeted “you won’t care.” Now he’s got a world’s best selling car to prove his point.

closeup of steering and vertical infotainment screen in Volvo EX30
Volvo’s EX30 EV has a Model Y-like instrument cluster-free interior, but with a vertical screen.
Image: Volvo
Can an autonomous off-road Jeep provide “more fun, more adventure, more freedom?”

Jeep owner Stellantis is working on a system that adds autonomy to its iconic SUV — and we’re not talking about highway driving... this is for 4x4 adventures.

In a teaser video we see two Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe hybrids with camera-looking equipment. One moves sans a driver while the automaker’s head of AI holds an iPad like a real off-roader.

VW ID Buzz debuts three-row electric Microbus for the US with more power and space

We finally have details on the electric Microbus that’s coming to North America, and nearly all of it is positive news.

Vorsprung durch Technik.

That’s Audi’s German-language slogan meaning “advancement through technology.” Today, the automaker is living by these words remotely through its introduction of an in-car Cisco Webex meetings app designed for hybrid work.

Select 2024 Audi and future VW Group vehicles will have Webex available to download from the automaker’s in-car app store (or, you could tell your boss that they aren’t and have a peaceful commute), which includes TikTok as an option. The Cisco-Audi partnership comes after Webex became available on 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Ford vehicles, plus in-car Zoom in a Tesla.

interior of Audi vehicle showing steering wheel, dash, and infotainment screen with man waving hand on the screen.
Cisco Webex meeting running natively in an Audi. Click here for a larger image.
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PlugShare users have grown by a million in less than a year.

The EV charging guide app now has 3.5 million users according to EVgo, which acquired PlugShare in 2021. PlugShare’s been a boon to hundreds of early EV adopters looking for chargers. The interface is showing its age compared to Google Maps, but PlugShare users have logged over 6.5 million checkins worldwide and share useful tips on almost every charging station.

GM’s adorable electric SUV is just $11,000 in China.

Meet the Baojun Yep EV with a stated range of 303km (188 miles). It’s made by the GM joint venture SGMW for the Chinese market and features a “car watch” screen on the tailgate that can display different designs.

It’s proof that SUVs don’t, in fact, need to be giant child killers priced over $30k and powered by dinosaur juice.

The Baojun Yep EV has a “Car Watch” display on its tailgate.
The Baojun Yep EV has a “Car Watch” display on its tailgate.
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Jaguar’s I-PACE recall includes Waymo’s robotaxis.

The British automaker issued a recall for 6,400 electric I-PACE vehicles due to fire risks from an over-heated battery. Included in that recall is an undisclosed number of driverless Waymo vehicles. A spokesperson for the company said it was working with Jaguar on a software update that should fix the issue.

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EVs have dealers shook.

Car dealers are some of the richest, weirdest, most politically powerful, hard partying, and conservative people in the United States. They are also in complete denial about the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, according to this endlessly fascinating story in Slate. Case in point: over two-thirds of dealerships don’t have any EVs on the lot. Slate went to Texas for the annual dealership convention, NADA, which was suffuse with existential angst about battery-powered cars.

So there it was: Dealers stand between many electric cars and most American car buyers, but they aren’t just going to lay down and let some zero-emissions playthings roll them over. Some, I heard over and over, would rather not deal than deal with someone else’s dictates.

We’re running out of things to add to cars.

I mean, sure, seats that vibrate to music is... interesting? But why’d Land Rover have to say it promotes wellness? I’ll only believe if it studies show that it reduces road rage.

TiVo’s next stop is the new BMW 5 Series.

The once-meaningful TiVo brand (now owned by Xperi) wasn’t saved by launching its Android TV dongle, but it isn’t gone yet.

Dave Zatz points out that despite a delay in its plans for TiVo OS smart TVs, the company announced last week it scored a placement with BMW for in-car access to streaming and linear video content.

BMW’s implementation of the Powered by TiVo™ platform will include a variety of country-specific content, offering news, movies and access to media libraries. The video media platform is expected to roll out over-the-air in initial launch countries by the end of 2023 for customers of the all-new BMW 5 series and further models.

The new 5 Series sedans are first up, including the new all-electric version with almost 300 miles of range.

TiVo UI in a BMW
TiVo UI in a BMW
Image: Xperi


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Living and working from an all-electric VW ID Buzz

Two humans and a beagle named Hank spent two weeks and 2,000 miles in Europe with a Ququq camping box to preview the future of #vanlife.

The long-wheelbase version of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz will debut June 2nd.

VW is teasing the three-row version of its electric Microbus ahead of its official reveal next week. This is the version that will go on sale in North America in 2024. (The two-row version is currently available in Europe — look out for Thomas Ricker’s review this weekend in The Verge!) And while there’s not much to look at here — just some headlights, really — the longer Buzz is sure to generate some, well, buzz, especially among #Vanlife aficionados and families. You can watch the livestream of the debut here on June 2nd.

VW will illuminate us with the new three-row ID.Buzz.
VW will illuminate us with the new three-row ID.Buzz.
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Another EV battery plant is coming to the US, thanks O’Biden.

Hyundai and LG Energy are investing $4.3 billion to produce EV battery cells in the US. Production will begin by the end 2025 in Georgia, with an annual capacity of 30GWh in support of 300,000 EVs. LG Energy now has seven battery plants currently operating or being constructed in the US, in compliance with President Joe Biden’s clean energy tax law.

Elon Musk is trying Twitter Spaces again, and this time it’s with Ford CEO Jim Farley.

The last Twitter Space Elon Musk attempted to host didn’t go so well, but he’s trying again anyway. Instead of a politician announcing a run for president, however, he’s logging on to talk with Ford CEO Jim Farley about “Accelerating EV adoption.”

With competition for electric cars heating up — are we about to see a new partnership for Tesla? The event is scheduled to start at 5:30PM ET.

Fast X’s running on the highest-octane fumes you’ve ever huffed

Universal’s 11th Fast & Furious movie is essentially a thinly plotted telenovela that’s way more fixated on feelings and family than cars.

Hyundai’s latest launch isn’t a restomod or an EV.

And instead of showing off the rumored production version of the much-loved N Vision 74 concept and its hydrogen fuel cell hybrid powerplant, Hyundai chose to restore that car’s inspiration — the “retro-futuristic classic” Pony Concept Coupe from 1974.

Gas-powered via an 82-horsepower 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine, I think the Pony concept pulls off the angular styling better than the Cybertruck, and the slide controls in the dash are still better than any in-car touchscreen display. Bring those back too.

Foru images combined, showing clockwise from top left, the Hyundai N Vision 74 concept car, an external shot of the restored 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe concept, an internal shot of the gauges in the Pony Coupe concept, and the Hyundai N Vision 74 EV again.
(Clockwise from top left) The Hyundai N Vision 74 concept car, external shot of the restored 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe concept, internal shot of the gauges in the Pony Coupe concept, Hyundai N Vision 74 EV again. Click here for a bigger version.
Image: Hyundai / William Joel