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News Roundup: Bolt Buyers Get Charged, Volcano Fuel, More Mazda EVs, More

This week in the news, Chevrolet will help Bolt buyers plug in, Mazda has announced a load of new EVs and driver assistance tech, Nissan's 2022 Pathfinder gets priced and will arrive at dealers soon, a new study suggests trucks growing is affecting safety, and Koenigsegg plans to use volcanos to help power cars.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams June 21, 2021
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Chevrolet has just announced that it would be extending one of the Bolt EV and EUV’s best features to the Canadian market. Chevy will cover the installation of a Level 2 charging outlet at home for eligible customers who buy a 2022 Bolt EV or EUV model. That will give customers 40 km of range per hour, a big increase over a standard wall plug. Thanks to the Bolt’s available Dual Level Charge Cord, owners can plug directly into a 240V home outlet. Buyers who don’t need or want L2 charging will be offered a $750 credit for the FLO public charging network instead, one of the largest charging networks in the country.

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Photo: Chevrolet Offers Bolt Buyers L2 charging install
Photo Credit: Chevrolet

Mazda announced new and big electrified plans including 13 new electrified models by 2024. A new architecture will allow the company to make five hybrid models, five PHEV models, and three EV models, though it’s not clear yet which (or how many) of the 13 could come to Canada. With the new platforms, Mazda says it will offer some level of electrification on its entire lineup, and sell one quarter as EVs, by 2030. The automaker also announced it plans to debut its advanced driver assistance system, Mazda Co-Pilot, in its large vehicles for 2022.

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Photo: Mazda plans 13 electrified models by 2025
Photo Credit: Mazda

Nissan has priced the all-new 2022 Pathfinder for Canada. The model grows from last year with more interior space and seating for up to eight. It also comes with a new AWD system with seven drive modes as standard equipment. The 2022 Pathfinder starts with the $43,798 S model, then the $46,798 SV, $50,398 SL, and $54,398. This does represent a large jump over the $36,000 starting price for the prior model, but the price and the size of the 2022 Pathfinder help create some separation between Nissan’s crossovers. The 2022 Pathfinder hits dealers this summer.

Nissan Pathfinder

The all-new Pathfinder is an ideal family adventure vehicle not just in looks, but in modern capability as well. Every 2022 Pathfinder features a 284-horsepower 3.5-liter Direct Injection V6 with 259 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched with an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission, which provides a smooth, strong, direct vehicle response.

Photo: 2022 Nissan Pathfinder
Photo Credit: Nissan

A new Consumer Reports study says that increasingly larger pickups are increasingly dangerous for pedestrians as well as drivers of smaller vehicles. This because the blind spots of these big trucks are also increasing. CR measured 15 new vehicles and found some pickups had blind spots 3.3 metres longer than an average sedan. The study said hood height on pickups is up at least 11 per cent since 2000, with some hoods taller than sedan roofs. This can hide children, shorter adults, and entire cars in the blind spots, leading to crashes the study calls “frontover” collisions. Consumer Reports also found trucks are less likely than sedans and crossovers to have advanced safety systems that could help prevent these crashes and deaths.

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/the-hidden-dangers-of-big-trucks/

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Photo: Study shows truck blind spots increasing
Photo Credit: Consumer Reports

Koenigsegg, best known for their 400 km/h hypercars, is also working to help promote environmental sustainability. The company is looking at using volcanos to help create methanol that would help power the cars. It would use technology from Iceland where CO2 is captured from volcanos and converted to methanol. You then use that methanol to fuel the plants that produce the fuels (likely hydrogen) used directly in the car. Christian von Koenigsegg told Bloomberg it will “put the fuel completely CO2-neutral into the vehicle.”
Photo: Koenigsegg looks to volcanos for fuel
Photo Credit: Koenigsegg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-14/koenigsegg-the-maker-of-3-million-supercars-experiments-with-volcano-fuel

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