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SHORTER RANGE AUDI E-TRON PLANNED FOR EUROPE
“Audi is already introducing a new version of its E-tron quattro electric SUV in Europe with smaller batteries. The short-range model will have a 71-kilowatt-hour battery pack in place of the original’s 95-kwh battery pack.” says Green Car Reports: “Audi confirmed to Green Car Reports that the new model won’t be sold in the U.S. In Europe, it will be rated at 186 miles on the new WLTP test, versus about 249 miles in that test with the larger pack. The e-tron 50 also won’t get the quick, 150-kilowatt charge rate that other e-trons are known for, though with a smaller battery it won’t need them as badly. The E-tron quattro is the first car on the market capable of using new 150-kw CCS DC fast chargers being installed by several networks in Europe and the U.S. Instead, the E-tron 50 can charge at up to 120 kw, which can still deliver about 100 miles of range in less than half an hour. The E-tron 50 will also have a less powerful motor, rated at 308 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, down from 402 hp and 490 lb-ft. Audi says acceleration will be 7.0 seconds from 0-62 mph, and top speed will be limited to 118 mph. Deliveries of the new model are expected to start in the first quarter of 2020 in, among many markets, the UK, where it will cost about $12,000 (10,000 British pounds) less than the E-tron 55.”
11 OF THE MOST POWERFUL FULLY ELECTRIC CARS MONEY CAN BUY
Nio EP9 – The car has a top speed of 195 mph and horsepower rating of 1,341, giving it a zero-to-60 time of only 2.7 seconds. At least six of the 16 produced units have been sold to investors at $1.2 million each.
Tesla Model S Performance – 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. Tesla says its top speed is 163 mph and it carries an average range of 345 before complete discharge.
Rimac’s C_Two – With a 1,914 horsepower rating and a 403-mile range, the newer sibling is able to go from zero-to-60 in 1.85 seconds and a 256 mph top speed
Genovation GXE – The Genovation GXE is a converted all-electric Chevy Corvette with a horsepower rating of 800. It currently holds the record for “fastest street-legal electric car to exceed 209 mph
Tesla Roadster – This new Roadster will be able to hit top speeds of over 250 mph, and 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. The $200,000 car also will have a 620-mile range, the longest of any on our list.
Aspark Owl – The Aspark Owl, a 1,150 horsepower supercar, will be able to reach 174 mph and have a 180-mile range. The Owl recently hit 62 mph in 1.9 seconds, although it’s still in testing.
Porsche Taycan – Formally known as the Mission E, the Taycan will be Porsche’s first fully-electric car. Porsche initially had a target of 20,000 units for its first year of production, but it recently doubled this number due to interest, and the company already has more 30,000 reservations, it recently revealed.
Dendrobium D-1. – The D-1 is the first in a series of electric cars by Dendrobium Automotiv e. The car originally debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and made an appearance at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans event.
Pininfarina Battista – The Battista is a 1,900 horsepower rated electric car from Automobili Pininfarina. The Battista can reach 60 mph in under two seconds. North America will see 50 out of the 150 Battista units that will be made. Half of those 50 have already been claimed, despite a $2.5 million price tag, according to CNBC.
Aston Martin Rapide E – Rapide E will be Aston Martin’s first fully electric vehicle. The 612-horsepower car can reach a top speed of 155 mph and can go zero-to-60 mph in four seconds.
Lotus Evija – Although the company has not released final specifications, its target is 2,000 horsepower, which would be good for a zero-to-62 mph acceleration time of under three seconds and a top speed of around 200 mph
FRESCO MOTORS UNVEILS INTRIGUING ELECTRIC SEDAN
“Fresco Motors, Norway-based EV startup, has unveiled an intriguing new electric sedan with unbelievable specs and features.” reports Electrek: “It’s an all-electric sedan with a radical design that is somehow reminiscent of both the original Tesla Model S prototype (without the nosecone) and a Chrysler 300 (look at the window/door proportions). The Reverie will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2 seconds and achieve a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). It claims to achieve that with an AC induction motor and a 4-speed automatic gearbox with “overdrive.” The startup also says that its vehicles will come with a wireless charging pad.”
BP TO BUILD CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE IN CHINA WITH DIDI CHUXING
“BP has announced that together with Didi Chuxing (DiDi) it will establish a new joint venture, which will build a charging infrastructure in China.” reports InsideEVs: “The starting point for the new network will be a pilot station, installed by the two partners in Guangzhou, which is equipped with ten DC fast chargers, ranging from 60-120 kW. The plan envisions charging hubs across the country and rapid expansion of the network to meet the needs of the world’s largest EV market. New charging stations will be used by both DiDi’s drivers and the public.”
From Didi: “”DiDi is the world’s leading multi-modal transportation platform, offering users a full range of app-based options, including ride-hailing, automobile solutions sharing, and other services. Its platform already has approximately 550 million users and around 600,000 EVs are running on it in China.
VOLVO CARS USE BLOCKCHAIN TO AID THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) PRODUCTION
“Volvo Cars, based out of China, needs a regular supply of cobalt because of its use in EV batteries. However, the Cobalt was primarily obtained from Congo, which presented a massive social problem for EV users. Statistically, about two-thirds of the world’s Cobalt supply was from Congo.” according to CoinFinews: “Volvo has deployed blockchain to map the source of the Cobalt to their factories. Moreover, apart from Congo, recycled Cobalt from China is another source which Volvo is benefiting from to produce EVs. Hence, blockchain will be used to verify the source of the Cobalt. It has also joined a project with the Government to monitor cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
VAUXHALL’S 296HP PLUG-IN HYBRID GRANDLAND X PRICED FROM £35,590 IN THE UK
“Vauxhall has opened the order books for its first mainstream plug-in hybrid model, the Grandland X Hybrid 4” reports CarScoops today: “Prices for the new Grandland X Hybrid 4 start from £35,590 for the entry-level Business Edition Nav Premium, and includes three other grades: the SRi Nav at £40,300, the Elite Nav at £42,200, and the range-topping Ultimate Nav at £45,450.196 Hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with two 108 HP electric motors and a 13.2kWh battery pack. The second electric motor is mounted on the rear axle, making the Grandland X Hybrid4 all-wheel drive, while the front is connected to the engine’s eight-speed automatic transmission.”
RIMAC AUTOMOBILI TO DEBUT THRILLING RIMAC C_TWO HYPERCAR AT SALON PRIVÉ
With protoypes now in production, the Rimac C_Two will soon take its final shape and the first customers cars will be delivered in 2020.
Mate Rimac said, “We are very excited to be back at Salon Privé, celebrating automotive history and bringing a taste of the future. 2012, when Rimac Concept_One – the world’s first all-electric supercar made its debut at Salon Privé, seems light years away. This time around, we will join with our new generation, the Rimac C_Two “
An innovative battery pack in technology and layout delivers 120 kWh energy and 1.4MW of power with exceptional thermal management. With a top speed of 258 mph (412 km/h), a zero to 60mph time of 1.85 seconds and a zero to 100 mph (161 km/h) time of 4.3, the Rimac C_Two makes devastating use of the instant-torque available to an electric vehicle and the traction made possible by the unique drivetrain and bespoke tyres. More than that, the Rimac C_Two maintains its sensational acceleration throughout the full-throttle cycle, achieving 186 mph (300 km/h) from rest in just 11.8 seconds.
THIS $5,600 KIT CAN GIVE OLD DIESEL CARS AN ALL-ELECTRIC MAKEOVER
“Instead of buying a new Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model 3, what if you could convert your existing car into an EV for a fraction of the cost? French startup Transition-One has developed a 5,000-euro ($5,600) kit to retrofit old diesel cars with all-electric powertrains, reports Bloomberg. Transition-One is only looking at the European market right now.” according to Digital Trends: “Its kit is compatible with many of the small hatchbacks that currently crowd European city streets, including the Renault Twingo, Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, Fiat 500, Toyota Aygo, and Volkswagen Polo. While most production electric cars lack conventional transmissions, owing to the abundance of torque produced by electric motors, Transition-One bolts an electric motor directly to a donor car’s existing gearbox. The charge port is installed where drivers would have previously filled the car up with fuel.”
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