VE: Very expensive ID.Buzz, Tesla recall, electric Harley, Land Rover Sport and Ford E-Transit

The electric Combi, aka Volkswagen ID Buzz, finally displays its prices in Europe and even boomers who partied in the 60s are likely to become disillusioned: the Cargo (utility) version therefore starts at €45,740 excluding tax, or €54,430 including tax and the classic model climbs to €64,581 including tax in the ID Buzz Prowith a 77 kWh battery and a 204CV motor. However, with its 300 km of autonomy and its 170 kW direct current charge, it is not likely to take you very far, except to multiply the breaks. The only consolation for the campers, the two-way charging should save you from investing in expensive third-party electrical systems – small consolation considering the price!

We stay in the vans, with the presentation of the Ford e-Transit Custom, a utility model awaiting the family model e-Tourneo Custom and displaying 380 km of autonomy, the best in its class. No price, no technical specs, or battery capacity, we just know that two-way charging will be well supported and it will arrive in about a year.

VE: Very expensive ID.Buzz, recall Tesla, Harley Electric, Land Rover Sport and Ford E-Transit

At Tesla, sales are looking good, lead times now exceed a year on most models manufactured outside Europe, and the cars are now quite reliable, according to the regular testimonials on the forums. However, the manufacturer is not immune to some bugs, especially with its integrated system. In effect, the Intel CPU present on all of its models could overheat and crash -which prevents having the driving data, and can potentially be dangerous if the vehicle is not at a complete stop. Tesla will solve the problem of 130,000 cars via a remote update (OTA), while specifying that it has not received any testimony to blame this bug during an accident or possible injury. It will be specified that the Tesla can wheel, even screen off.

VE: Very expensive ID.Buzz, recall Tesla, Harley Electric, Land Rover Sport and Ford E-Transit

Some readers (that I have met) have sent me their desire to mention electric motorcycles in our columns, so we are not going to deprive ourselves. After months of teasing, Harley-Davidson finally declines its LiveWire brand to a more accessible model. The Del Mar (that’s its name) offers a 0 to 100 (well, 60 Miles) under 4 seconds, a 60kW motor (just under 90CV) and a range of 100 miles, or 160Km, thanks in particular to a significantly reduced weight (190 kg). Connectivity side, it embeds a GPS, 4G, remote updates but … no fast charge in CCS – and that’s a real shame. Sold for $15,000 excluding VAT, it remains quite expensive compared to competing electric motorcyclesbut rather affordable for an electric Harley. The release is expected by the end of the year…

VE: Very expensive ID.Buzz, recall Tesla, Harley Electric, Land Rover Sport and Ford E-Transit

Finally, we end our little VE news with LandRover, which has just presented its new Range Rover Sport in a plug-in hybrid version – available in 100% electric in 2024. This big baby measures a little less than 5m but can drive in 100% electric for nearly 100Km WLTP thanks to its 32.8 kWh battery – the consumption therefore exceeds 30kWh per 100Km, almost twice that of a Tesla! It will also be possible to charge it quickly in 50 kW, which is very rare on hybrids.

VE: Very expensive ID.Buzz, recall Tesla, Harley Electric, Land Rover Sport and Ford E-Transit

On the technology side, LandRover wants to stay in the race with the arrival 5G, a 13″ screen (good…), the Alexa assistant, and noise cancellers housed in the headrest. It will be sold for €94,100 by the end of the year.

VE: Very expensive ID.Buzz, recall Tesla, Harley Electric, Land Rover Sport and Ford E-Transit

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