Tesla fatal crash details revealed in Texas fire marshal report

The vehicle sustained “a significant front-end collision” that may have damaged the battery, power distribution system, or battery-temperature control systems, causing the lithium-ion cells in the Tesla to ignite, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office. Read more here:: Automotive News

BYD Q1 profit more than doubles

BEIJING — BYD Co. on Wednesday reported growth of 111 percent in first-quarter net profit. BYD reported net profit of 237.4 million yuan ($36.61 million) in the first three months, up from 112.6 million yuan a year earlier. Revenue grew 108 percent to 41 billion yuan in the first quarter. The Shenzhen-based car company, which …

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Plug-In Hybrid First Drive: Electrifying and Stupefying

How Does This Thing Work? Here’s where the “but” creeps in. The 4xe is complicated, and it benefits from an engaged user. Drivers are given control over how the gas engine and electrified goodies work together via a trio of buttons to the left of the steering wheel labeled “Hybrid, Electric, and E-Save.” Here is …

2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT First Test: Somehow Even Better

It takes most automakers a couple tries to get a car right. Take the first Chevrolet Corvette as an example. Gorgeous, sure, but objectively it wasn’t the sports car the styling promised. That’s what makes the Hyundai Veloster N so impressive. The first product from Hyundai’s new N sport performance arm was pure joy right …

The Auto Industry and EVs: Where We Are and What’s Coming Next, After Years of Crying Wolf?

A showroom of affordable (and profitable) electric vehicles in all shapes and sizes has long been the holy grail for automakers and regulators alike. It is a long-standing dance that has gone on for nearly 50 years: Regulators set ambitious emission-reduction targets with long lead times, the established automakers cry, “Impossible!” then hunker down and …

The Wild Ways GM’s Getting the Lyriq and Hummer EV to Market so Quickly

Cadillac recently showed the production 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, which is barely distinguishable from the midsize SUV concept we saw last year. Not only did engineers make the design vision feasible for productions, but the various teams working on the EV were able to reduce development time and bring the Lyriq to market nine months ahead …

Volkswagen’s Newest Desert Racer Is an … ID4 Electric SUV?

The electrification of the great outdoors is coming. The new Hummer EV seems to have the Rubicon trail square in its crosshairs, and the as-of-yet unreleased Rivian R1T tackled South America. However, the idea of a an urban EV like the Volkswagen ID4 doing a grueling 1,100 miles off-road with a completely stock powertrain seems, …

Verboten Vezel: Honda’s Global HR-V Replacement Gets Mugen Upgrades

Mugen is once again massaging one of Honda’s latest offerings—this time the global version of the Vezel model, known in the U.S. as the HR-V. If this mainstream subcompact crossover sounds like an odd object of desire for a longtime Honda tuner, Mugen went ahead and gussied up the low-power people mover anyway. American enthusiasts …

Rack Superstar: The Yakima CBX Solar Packs a Big Charge

Yakima may not have invented the roof-mounted cargo box, but it continues to tinker with the basic concept. The CBX Solar, the 16.0-cubic-foot CBX Solar counterpart to the lesser Yakima CBX 16 cargo box, advances its cargo-carrying capabilities by adding an integrated solar panel to the top side of the unit. The CBX Solar is …

Kia’s Sportage Remains the Same for 2022—No New Model Yet

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage has been around for six years, and the compact SUV is beginning to look rather tired. Compared to the slightly smaller Kia Seltos, larger (and increasingly popular) Telluride, and the all-new midsize Sorento, the compact Sportage is due for an overhaul. That redesign will, apparently, wait another year, as not much …