Monday 19th March 2018.
AUDI E-TRON QUATTRO
- Last week was a busy one for Audi, as part of the VW groups announcements of how each brand will electrify, and we got more details about the e-tron Quattro SUV. Audi of course famous for their Quattro technology with all-wheel drive coming from the world of rallying. This is the car current Audi drivers will probably want the most, will be around 80,000 euros or $98,200 according to today’s exchange rate but not official Audi sales data. It will have a 95kWh battery, have three motors for ‘torque vectoring’ and charge up to 150kW, for 80% charge in half an hour. We also heard something which I hadn’t read before, and that’s some of the Porsche Mission E mechanicals will be used in it, that’s according to Clean Technica.
- Then we heard from Rupert Stadler, the CEO, that Audi will be borrowing more than just inspiration from their VW brothers and sisters, in the shape of the Porsche Mission-E platform. The first is the e-tron GT, which could be pretty close to the Mission-E but with 4 rings on the front, either way it’s a 4 door sedan that will have performance to match it’s sports car look.
- The official Audi Sport Twitter account sent this: Here’s a sneak peek into the electrified future of Audi Sport ? the first draft of the prototype Audi e-tron GT! The four-door Gran Turismo with purely electric drive will be the spearhead of Audi Sport by the year of 2020. #AudiSport #etron #LeagueofPerformance
- Sticking with Porsche, GearBrain says Porsche will not be following Tesla’s lead by offering free electricity to buyers of its upcoming electric sports cars. Instead, the German automaker says it will charge for electricity from day one, and that it will be a similar price to refuelling with gas. This move is at odds with Tesla, which has offered free use of its Supercharger network for several years and has only recently transitioned away from this strategy by billing all Model 3owners for use of the fast-charging stations.”
- It’s worth saying that Tesla have often made the point that SuperChargers will not be used as a profit centre.
- The Porsche Mission E will be a 4 seat, four door sports car with two electric motors, all-wheel-drive, more than 600 horsepower and a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of “quite below” 3.5 seconds.
- Their second car, shown off as a prototype at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, is currently codenamed the Cross Turismo. This electric car will offer similar performance to the Mission E sports car, but is a higher-riding vehicle aimed at the popular crossover segment of the market.
- Porsche are of course part of the Ionity network of super fast chargers in Europe which will have 350kW charge rates. In North America all of the Porsche dealers will be getting those 800volt chargers to show off their capability to prospective buyers.
7 CARS TO TROUBLE TESLA
- Porsche Mission E
- Hyundai Kona EV
- Jaguar I-PACE
- Mercedes Benz EQC
- Audi e-tron
- Volkswagen I.D.
- The Tesla Model 3!
RENEWABLES POWER AHEAD
- According to The Independent in the UK: “Wind power in the UK set a new record today by generating 14 gigawatts for the first time – nearly 37 per cent of the UK’s electricity. The National Grid Control Room confirmed that 13.9 gigawatts was the highest ever metered wind output. At 10am on Saturday Wind generated 13.9GW, or 36.9 per cent of the UK’s electricity, increasing to 14GW by 11am. The previous record was 13.6GW in January this year. Wind farms produced a record 15 per cent of Britain’s electricity in 2017, up from 10 per cent in 2016, according to a report by Drax electric insights.”
- According to a Tweet by @Sustainable2050 “On Saturday, wind produced 22% of Europe’s electricity! Denmark 91% Ireland 58% Germany 55% UK 33%(!) Spain 31% NL 30% (I don’t think I’ve seen that before)”
- And @AdamBrowning talked about California solar: This solar record is even more amazing when you factor in the 6.3 GW of rooftop solar in California — the actual figure was 69%. That’s right. The worlds 6th largest economy, and at that moment, 69% of its electricity was coming from solar. Good times.”
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