News Releases Of Note This Week (June 9-15, 2024)

This is a quick roundup of what's happened in automotive for the week of June 6- 15, 2024.

This is a quick roundup of what’s happened in automotive for the week of June 6- 15, 2024.

Lotus Emeya Acheives Record-Breaking Charging Time
Lotus has announced that the hyper-GT Emeya electric vehicle has achieved a record-breaking charging time via a public charging network. The car can charge from 10 to 80 percent in 14 minutes with a 400 kW / 600-amp DC fast charger. This was validated by consulting firm P3.

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hilux Enters Demonstration Phase
Ten prototypes of the hydrogen fuel cell (HFCEV) Toyota Hilux pickup truck have been produced for the final demonstration phase before potential production. The first prototype Hilux HFCEV was introduced in September of 2023 for proof of concept testing in the United Kingdom.

IIHS Says Large SUVs Not As Safe As You Would Think
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published new ratings for most 2024 model year vehicles. The numbers show that large sport utilities are not inherently safe due to their size. Out of all of the large SUVs crash tested, only the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer achieved a Top Safety Pick award.

NHTSA Issues Final Numbers for CAFE 2027+ Standards
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued new vehicle fuel economy standards for model years 2027-2031. 

Most Drivers OK With Anti-Speeding Tech In Vehicles, IIHS Finds
A new survey from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that more than 60 percent of American drivers would accept an intelligent speed assistance system that provides warnings when the posted speed limit is exceeded.

MINI Introduces New Cooper 4-Door
MINI, a BMW brand, has introduced a new 4-Door Cooper to complement the all-new 2-Door model. The five-seater has a 2.83 inch longer wheelbase and a 6.77 inch longer body versus the Cooper 2 Door.

Honda, Mitsubishi Enter Joint Venture for EV Mobility Services
Honda and Mitsubishi have announced plans to establish a joint venture company, ALTNA Co, to take advantage of electrified mobility services and vehicles.

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