Kia plans fuel cell models, Subaru plug-in hybrid yields, base Y model breaks $ 60,000: today’s car news


Tesla Model Y has gotten a lot more expensive. Subaru brings back the Crosstrek Hybrid for another year. Hyundai brings the past back with a new twist. And Kia sees hydrogen fuel cell models and vegan leather in its future. This and more, here at Reports on the green car.

Kia was among several automakers that expanded on previous carbon reduction initiatives last week. Based on its Plan S, Kia has revealed it plans a “line” of hydrogen fuel cells in 2028, set retirement dates for ICE vehicles and specified more specifically how it plans to reduce CO2 emissions with greener materials and more renewable energy. Some of these ideas are exemplified in the EV9 concept bowing this week at the Los Angeles auto show.

The Subaru Crosstrek hybrid 2022, which is actually a plug-in hybrid, returns for another model year with no major changes – and that means the same plug-in electric range of 17 miles and fuel economy of 35mpg as a hybrid. Will it get a range boost to stay relevant close to next? Solterra EV?

In its latest Heritage Series concept, Hyundai repurposed its 1986 Grandeur – a first attempt as a luxury sedan, which likely led to its current Genesis – as fully electric restomod concept with a retro flavor. This includes the adaptation to the Parametric Pixel lightning theme of its Ioniq EV models, as well as a modern interface.

And the base price of Tesla Model Y broke $ 60,000. That’s now more than the Model S’s original base price in 2012, and with no Standard Range model in the lineup, it’s $ 17,000 more than earlier this year.


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