2023 Hyundai Palisade Gets Small Price Increase, New XRT Trim

Hyundai announced pricing for the refreshed 2023 Palisade on Thursday, following the SUV’s debut at the New York Auto Show in April. The updated Palisade will start at $36,245 for the base SE and reaches as high as $52,095 for the upscale Calligraphy, including a $1,295 destination charge.

Across the board, the 2023 Palisade is more expensive than its predecessor. The SE’s base price represents a $1,350 increase, while the top-end Calligraphy with all-wheel drive sees a $1,810 hike. Chalk it up to the 2023 model’s expanded feature set, which includes an optional 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display and Digital Key technology. The updated Palisade looks a bit nicer inside, too.

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You can get the XRT with front- or all-wheel drive.

The other big news for 2023 is the addition of a Palisade XRT trim, which is what’s pictured here. The XRT builds off the midgrade SEL but adds unique 20-inch wheels, new lower bumpers, a dark grille finish, cross bars for the roof rails and leatherette seating surfaces. Opt for the all-wheel-drive XRT and you get hill-descent control, an AWD lock setting and an additional Snow driving mode. The XRT costs $41,545 with front-wheel drive or $43,445 with all-wheel drive, again inclusive of a $1,295 delivery fee.

There’s definitely a growing trend of automakers bolstering their SUV lineups with off-road-ish models. Hyundai offers the XRT treatment on the Tucson and Santa Fe, though not necessarily to great success. Key Palisade competitors like the Ford Explorer and Kia Telluride have light-duty off-road packages, too, though with actual ride height and tire upgrades, those SUVs also have increased capability. The Palisade XRT, meanwhile, is all show and no go.

Regardless of trim level, the 2023 Palisade uses the same 3.8-liter V6 engine as before, tuned to produce 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well.

Look for the refreshed Palisade to arrive in Hyundai showrooms this summer.

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What Biden’s Proposed EV Charging Standards Mean for You
Earlier this year, the Biden administration announced plans to build 500,000 EV chargers over the next five years. Let’s dig into the proposed details.

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Earlier this year, the Biden administration announced plans to build 500,000 EV chargers over the next five years.
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President Joe Biden’s administration announced a proposal for “new standards for [a] national electric vehicle charging network” this morning along with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlining the details of the plan. You may be thinking, aren’t there already standards for EV charging? Or what does this mean for your new Tesla Model Y or Ford F-150 Lightning? I’ve combed through the sprawling 82-page document (pdf link) to find out.

What’s in the proposal?
The proposal by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are guidelines to be followed when designing and building charging infrastructure and stations funded by the $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan announced earlier this year. The proposal sets standards for hardware selection, software, security and maintenance, accessibility and other requirements for states receiving funding over the next five years to build the planned 500,000 chargers in an effort to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles by American drivers.

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The proposed charging standard adopts the CCS DC fast charging port for its high-speed capabilities and widespread adoption.

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Hardware requirements
For you, the electric car driver (or the EV curious), the most important guideline laid out in the proposal is the requirement that all stations built with NEVI funds be built with at least four DC fast charging points. Each of those points should use the Combined Charging System (CCS) plug and supply at least 150 kilowatts of juice each. Picking CCS ensures compatibility for most new EVs built over the last few years from Ford, Chevrolet, Audi, Mercedes, BMW and more; even Nissan has made the flip to the popular standard. Tesla owners will need a CCS adapter, but the automaker has offered such an adapter in Europe for some time. Alternatively, they can continue to use the already robust Supercharger network.

While some EVs — notably the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, the Lucid Air and various Tesla Models — are capable of charging at 250 kW or faster, the DOT reckons that the minimum 150-kW requirement will allow charging times short enough for the majority of new EVs to prevent queues from forming at stations.

The standards proposal allows for the inclusion of one or more CHAdeMO DC fast charging plugs to support EVs still using that connection, including the Nissan Leaf. It also includes allowances for additional Level 2 AC stations with J1772 plugs capable of up to 6kW charging simultaneously across all AC ports — a move that makes room for slower, overnight charging but also for plug-in hybrid vehicles in the NEVI plan.

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Tesla drivers will need a CCS adapter to use NEVI-funded stations, but they also already have access to one of the most robust fast-charging networks in the country.

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Accessible charging for all
Being funded by taxpayer money comes with the requirement that the charging infrastructure be available to the public. The proposal states that hardware must be accessible by the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week and on a year-round basis, with minor exceptions for maintenance or repairs.

Also prescribed is a requirement that contactless payment be accepted from all major credit and debit cards with no limitation of access based on membership. Users should be able to roll up, plug in, tap and pay at any federally funded station without having to install an app on their phone. The proposal also includes consumer protections against overcharging or price gouging (with particular attention paid to pricing during natural disasters and emergencies), and the requirement that revenue and profit gained from NEVI-funded stations must be reinvested into Title 23 highway and infrastructure projects.

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NEVI-funded charging stations should accept contactless credit and debit cards as a payment option with no membership requirements.

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However, electrified infrastructure works best when connected, so the proposal also outlines requirements for interoperability with vehicle communication technologies and the adoption of Open Charge Point Protocol standards for communication between the charging station and mapping applications to allow users to get location, real-time availability and pricing information to help pre-plan trips. This early in the game, the proposal is fairly vague on what those open standards will be or even how it will handle displaying pricing in States that “restrict the ability to display charge in dollars-per-kilowatt-hour,” with the FHWA leaving room for legislators to work out whether dollar-per-minute, dollar-per-mile or some other display and base should be considered.

Making sure that charging is accessible to all also means that the proposal lays a framework for signage and traffic control devices (such as traffic signs, signals, pavement markings) surrounding NEVI-funded stations and that hardware, software and support systems provide multilingual access and comply with the American Disabilities Act.

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