Earth Day 2021

Charge for free at Electrify America stations on Earth Day 2021

Electrify America is offering all electric vehicle owners to charge for free on Earth Day.

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On April 22, Earth Day, Electrify America will give electric vehicle owners free charging sessions at all Electrify America ultra-fast-charging stations. The free charging period lasts from midnight EDT on April 22 and lasting through 3 a.m. EDT on April 23.

"Driving electric is an impactful action consumers can take to help reduce their carbon footprint, and Electrify America is excited to offer free charging sessions on Earth Day to celebrate that," said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America. "We are proud to help lead an electric vehicle revolution by enabling electric transportation for all Americans, on Earth Day and every day."

Electrify AmericaElectrify America's charging network allows you to go cross-country in an EV. Photo courtesy of Electrify America

Electrify America has more than 589 charging stations across the U.S., with over 2,500 individual DC fast chargers. Since May 2018, the Volkswagen Group company has rapidly expanded, opening an average of four new stations each week. By the end of 2021, Electrify America plans to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers.

Recently, the charging network introduced 30 solar-powered EV charging stations to its network in the State of California. The locations of the chargers were chosen after the company analyzed communities with the greatest need for charging, existing charging options, and local travel patterns - among other factors.

The off-grid Level 2 (240-volt) chargers are strategically located throughout the Central Valley and inland areas of Southern California in 24 cities. Electrify America identifies more than half the chargers as being in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

Additionally, Jeep has announced a partnership with the charging company to install solar-powered charging stations in places that their audience frequents. Tthe Level 2 charging stations will be at installed Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trailheads around the United States over the next 12 months.

Electric vehicle drivers can locate a charging station by visiting the Electrify America website.

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New electric SUV

The Genesis GV60 is on sale now

The GV60 is on sale in the U.S. now.

Genesis

Today, Genesis announced that its newest vehicle, the electric GV60, is on sale in the United States. The vehicle brings a load of new tech and innovations, and features the brand's distinctive, attractive styling.

The GV60 will be offered in two configurations in the United States. The GV60 Advanced AWD starts at $58,890 and features a facial unlocking system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and touchscreen, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. The GV60 Performance AWD starts at $67,890 and brings more power, leather upholstery, a massaging driver's seat, and more.

2023 Genesis GV60Buyers get three years of free charging. Genesis

The Advanced model comes with a 74-kW front and 160-kW rear electric motor for a total of 314 horsepower. A 77.4-kWh battery provides juice for the operation, and returns a range of 248 miles. The Performance AWD model features a 160-kW front and 160-kW rear motor for a combined 429 horsepower, with up to 483 ponies available with a temporary boost mode.

Genesis partnered with Electrify America to provide GV60 owners with three years of free 30-minute charging sessions. Owners can charge anywhere in the United States, and can locate charging stations using their vehicle's navigation system. The GV60 is also the first Genesis to feature Connected Care, which includes several connected services such as enhanced roadside assistance, an SOS emergency notification feature, vehicle health reports, and more.

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New luxury EV

Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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