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Refreshed 2022 MINI Cooper SE debuts at Amelia Island

The 2022 Mini Cooper SE alongside the 2009 Mini E

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The Amelia Island Concours is an event that features some of the rarest and most desirable vehicles in the world today, but it has increasingly become a launchpad for automakers' latest models. This year, Mini took the opportunity to unveil updates to its Cooper SE. The all-electric car was shown off as an updated 2022 model.

The new Cooper SE features updated front and rear styling, an overhauled interior, and several new color options, including a multi-color roof. The Mini Cooper SE is still one of the more fun-to-drive EVs on the market, as its small size and low center of gravity make it just about the closest thing to a go-kart that can be legally driven on the road.

Mini at Amelia Island 2009 Mini E alongside 2022 Cooper SEPhoto courtesy of MINI

The SE comes standard with an 8.8-inch digital gauge cluster, a heated steering wheel, lane departure warnings, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Pricing remains reasonable, making the Cooper SEthe most attainable EV on sale today, according to Mini. The car's base pricing is held at the previous model year's number, and starts at $29,900. Even after the $850 destination charge is added, the car clocks in at a great price. That's before any federal or state tax credits are applied, which can make the car's final price tumble below $20,000 for many buyers.

The 2022 Mini Cooper SE gets attractive updates and a stellar price, so what's the downside? Well, range is the biggest one. On a full charge, the Cooper SE will only be able to travel 114 miles – a far cry from other EVs' abilities, which can top 300 miles for some cases. To be fair, those vehicles cost more, so it's a tradeoff that buyers will have to negotiate. That range is still more than suitable for an urban commuter, and two major EV publications agree. The car won Urban Green Car of the Year from Green Car Journal and took second place for Greenest Car by Greencars.org.

Mini at Amelia Island Updated 2022 Mini Cooper SEPhoto courtesy of MINI

Joining the 2022 Cooper SE was Mini's first all-electric vehicle, and established the automaker as an early player in the EV space. Mini, along with parent company BMW, used the vehicles as rolling test beds for EV technology, and referred to the first customers as "Electronauts." The cars were only available for a one-year lease at a cost of $850 per month, and offered up to 100 miles of range and 204 horsepower.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

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BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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The F-150 Lightning is Ford's first all-electric pickup truck.

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Ford had a stellar 2021, with new vehicle rollouts and a strong commitment to electrification in the near future. Its newest vehicle is nearly ready for primetime, and today, The Blue Oval announced an expansion of initial production to meet demand. The F-150 Lightning will go on sale soon, and Ford says it is doubling production to 150,000 units in an attempt to meet the extreme interest in the truck.

Ford F-150 Lightning Ford doubled its production plans in response to heavy demand.Ford Motor Company

Demand for the F-150 Lightning is steep, with almost 200,000 reservations on the books. Ford says it will handle deliveries on a wave-by-wave basis, as reservation holders will receive an email in the coming months with details on converting their reservation into an order for a 2022 model year truck. Those that aren’t lucky enough to slide into the 150,000-unit production run for the first year will have the opportunity to order a 2023 truck when the time comes.

After a year that saw extreme wait times on the Bronco SUV and Mustang Mach-E EV, Ford is anxious to get the F-150 Lightning launched smoothly. To do that, it split off a small team of employees from various functional areas to act as a task force to adapt and expand production. People from manufacturing, strategy, product development, capacity, planning, and purchasing are coming together to help get the electric truck out the door without delay.

Ford F-150 Lightning Several versions of the truck will be available, starting at just under $53,000.Ford Motor Company

Ford opened the online build and configuration tool for the F-150 today. The base Pro model starts at $39,974 and is a far more basic and stripped-down truck than most mainstream buyers can stomach. The next cheapest model – and the one most people will gravitate toward to start – is the XLT, which starts at $52,974. The Lariat trim starts at $67,474 and the top Platinum trim starts at $90,874. As is the case with Ford’s gas pickups, buyers have several options and packages to choose from, which can bump the price of any trim by a considerable amount.

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