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Hyundai to keep push buttons in vehicles as they are safer

Speaking at the launch of the new-generation Hyundai Kona, Sang Yup Lee, Head of Hyundai Design, said the new model deliberately uses physical buttons and dials for many of the controls, specifically air-conditioning and the sound system. Lee said this is because the move to digital screens is often more dangerous, as it often requires multiple steps and means drivers have to take their eyes off the road to see where they need to press.

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Are self-driving projects over-hyped?

Ford invested US$1 billion in autonomous driving startup Argo AI in 2017, and Volkswagen later joined with a $2.6 billion investment. It was an attempt to match the hype surrounding rivals such as Apple, Google, General Motors, Lyft, Uber, and Tesla. At its height, Argo AI was reportedly valued at $12.4 billion. But in October 2022 Argo AI shut down.

Meanwhile, GM is looking to expand its autonomous-driving business, which it believes is key to the future of the auto maker. (Barrons)

 

2023 Hyundai IONIQ 6 owners will receive two years of complementary Electrify America charging

Electrify America announced an agreement with Hyundai to provide owners of the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 6 with two years of unlimited 30-minute complimentary charging sessions from the date of purchase at Electrify America’s network of DC fast chargers.

The IONIQ 6 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in as little as 18 minutes with its Ultrafast 800-Volt Multi-Charging system, has an EPA estimated driving range of up to 361 miles and goes on sale spring 2023.

“We are excited for a third collaboration with Hyundai to offer customers hyper-fast charging experiences to EV owners,” said Rob Barrosa, vice president of technology, Electrify America. “We look forward to helping advance the electric vehicle revolution with leading automakers such as Hyundai and their latest IONIQ 6 model.”

Electrify America will continue its collaboration with Hyundai to support Kona Electric, IONIQ 5 and now IONIQ 6, giving drivers access to speeds of up to 350kW for capable vehicles.

“Our investment in the 800V eGMP platform that enables DC fast charging aligned with customer research that our customers expect fast charging (10-80% in 18 mins) and high AER (361 miles),” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, product planning and mobility strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. “Our customer’s experience is further enhanced by our extended partnership with EA that provides complimentary access to the fastest charging network.”

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Reviewers are impressed with the Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE AWD [Updated]

The all-electric Nissan Ariya is a big leap forward from it’s first EV, the Nissan Leaf.  With its distinctive styling, roomy interior, and reasonably generous range, the new Nissan Ariya caught a lot of attention when it went on sale earlier this year. Competing with Ford Mustang Mach-EHyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Tesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4, the Ariya is now dialling things up with the debut of the e-4ORCE (pronounced “e-force”) AWD package.

2023 Nissan Ariya e-4orce

2023 Nissan Ariya e-4orce

The dual-motor, all-wheel drive e-4ORCE system uses torque vectoring, rear-wheel recuperation independent from the front, and a bunch of other dynamics to tame body movements. It offers a more comfortable ride quality and helps reduce motion sickness in passengers too.

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Andrea and Zach review the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 review, their new favourite EV SUV [Updated]

This is a Motormouth couple car review of the all-new Electrified Genesis GV70 compact SUV. The GV70 has a 77.4 kWh battery with 383 km / 283 miles of range. It has 429 horsepower, 516 lb-ft of torque and with boost mode you get a power bump to 483 horsepower and standard AWD.

The GV70 is available in one trim in Canada which comes fully loaded for CDN$84,150. In the US, two trim levels are offered, Advanced starting at USD$65,850, and Prestige at USD$72,650.

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Green Car Reports » The US version of the electrified Genesis GV70 is now made in the U.S.

Elsewhere » Car and Driver / The Detroit Bureau / Ars Technica / Drive (Australia) / InsideEVs

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