Electric Vehicles

Electrify America now has two cross-country charging routes

Lincoln and other automakers are creating all-electric vehicles that can utilize vast charging networks like Electrify America's.

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

It's not just the Tesla Supercharger network that's making it easy for electric vehicle (EV) drivers to get across the country in their battery-powered car. Electrify America has announced that two cross-country charging routes will be complete by the end of the summer.

The routes allow coast-to-coast DC fast-charging. Electrify America charging stations are, on average, about 70 miles apart. They're located in metro areas and near highway routes near shopping and dining amenities.

Electrify America cross country routes Photo courtesy of Electrify America

The first route runs from Los Angeles, California to Washington, D.C. It spans 11 states and over 2,700 miles. It runs along Interstates 15 and 70. I-70 is a main east-west route of travel. It runs through major cities including Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. In L.A., Denver, and Washington D.C., there are multiple charging locations available.

By the end of this summer, EV drivers will be able to traverse the second route, which can take them across the Southern U.S. from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California. The route primarily sticks to Interstates 8 and 10. Interstate 10 runs through numerous cities including Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Tallahassee.

These two routes join two other major routes. One takes drivers up the East Coast of the U.S. from Miami, Florida to Portland, Maine. The other covers the West Coast, allowing drivers to charge along the route from Seattle, Washington to San Diego, California.

To date, Electrify America has more than 435 operational charging stations with over 1,900 DC fast chargers, and another 100+ sites in development. Of the completed charging stations, more than 300 are located near major highways to accommodate regional and cross-country travel.

In 2019 alone, Electrify America opened DC fast-charging stations at an accelerated pace of approximately 1.2 per business day. 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.

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Electric vehicle production

GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

General Motors

Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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New luxury car

BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

BMW

Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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