Model Y safety, tighter EPA standards, EV-to-EV charging: Today’s Car News

The EPA’s stricter final rule for fleet fuel economy and emissions is here, and we take a look at why some environmental groups still aren’t happy. The Model Y gets crash-tested. And is the potential to lend some charge from one EV to another as game-changing as it sounds? This and more, here at Green Car Reports. 

Ford and Hyundai are among the first two automakers who will be offering the potential of EV-to-EV charging—in the F-150 Lightning and Ioniq 5, respectively. In both cases it’s part of a broader plan to make bi-directional charging capability part of a home-energy ecosystem. 

With final EPA rulemaking announced on Monday, new U.S. vehicle fleet standards pick up with the 2023 model year and end up at a more stringent level for 2025 and 2026 than Obama-era standards had targeted. But with an estimate that automakers can satisfy the new standards with just 7% full hybrids and 17% EVs and plug-in hybrids combined, in 2026, is this enough?

The Tesla Model Y has earned a top-tier rating for safety from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Its IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, also earned by the Volkswagen ID.4 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, applies to models with the entirely camera-based Tesla Vision system introduced last April.

And over at Motor Authority: Vinfast, the automaker from Vietnam that has turned its focus to EVs and is in the process of establishing a U.S. headquarters, plans to show three more production-bound EVs at next month’s CES in Las Vegas.

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