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Base Polestar 2, Karma GS-6 review, Rivian and Samsung SDI: Today’s Car News

Rivian confirms its battery supplier. Polestar reveals more affordable models with more range. Yamaha is moving fast into being a performance EV supplier. And we drive the Karma GS-6. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. 

A couple of new Polestar 2 models promise not just a lower price but more range—more than 260 miles in single-motor rear-wheel-drive form with the newly available heat pump. But we don’t have pricing quite yet. 

Today, we’re bringing you a first drive of the 2021 Karma GS-6. With lineage going back to the Fisker Karma, it still turns heads, but does it deliver on performance and plug-in range?

Rivian has made its battery supplier official: It’s using Samsung SDI as the supplier of 2170-format cylindrical cells for the R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV, which are shaping up to have some of the most power-dense packs on the market. 

Yamaha Motor Company is known for its motorcycles, scooters, and marine engines, among many things, but now it’s getting in the electric-car motor business. Monday it teased a 350-kw motor-inverter combo that could be a building block toward a very fast high-performance EVs

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