Show #620

 

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NISSAN LEAF WITH TWO ELECTRIC MOTORS

“Thanks to a pair of electric motors – one for each axle – the EV offers a combined output of 304 hp and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft). With one electric motor powering the front wheels and the other driving the rear ones, it means the experimental vehicle benefits from an AWD layout.” says Motor1.com: “Performance details have not been disclosed, but Nissan says the dual-motor setup enables the Leaf to deliver “highly responsive, yet uncommonly smooth, acceleration.” It goes without saying it’s quicker than the standard Leaf e+, which offers 214 hp and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds. Even though the sporty Leaf is not going into production, it does demonstrate Nissan can develop a performance electric hatch and also gets us ready for a soon-to-be-revealed “next-generation EV that will be a true breakthrough.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/378219/nissan-leaf-dual-electric-motors/

 

WHAT SHOULD FORD NAME THEIR NEW ELECTRIC MUSTANG-INSPIRED SUV?

“By now we all know that Ford is planning to unveil an all-new battery-electric SUV based on Mustang design cues. The little teaser line-drawing they released shows Mustang-style triple-bar taillights and I suppose some Mustang-ish character lines there. One thing yet to be decided, though, is the name.” reports Jalopnik: “So far, we’ve heard Ford was considering calling it Mach 1, after the famous Mustang version, though that name seems to have been dropped. Mach-E seems to be the current frontrunner, but that’s not set in stone, as far as we can tell.”

 

https://jalopnik.com/what-should-ford-name-their-new-electric-mustang-inspir-1839356809

 

THE E-GOLF IS DEAD SOON: LONG LIVE THE VW GOLF VIII GTE AND THE PHEV

“On September 22, we told you the e-Golf would be no more, but that the eighth-generation Golf would get another PHEV option besides the GTE. That was the intel Autocar had on the matter, and it proved to be accurate when the new vehicle was presented on October 24. With a 13 kWh Li-Ion battery pack good for a range of around 60 km (37 miles).” according to InsideEVs: “While the GTE delivers 241 hp (180 kW), Volkswagen speaks of a new “efficiency version” that produces 201 hp and has no defined name so far. We’ll call it merely PHEV for the time being. Volkswagen says the car is almost totally digital now and that it has Car2X, a device that allows it to communicate with other vehicles and even infrastructure with the same sort of communication equipment.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/378473/egolf-dead-golf-viii-phev/

 

Green Car Congress say: ” The new Golf will be the first Volkswagen that will be available with five hybrid drives. In this process, 48-V technology is celebrating its debut at Volkswagen: a 48-V belt starter generator, 48-V lithium ion battery and the most recent generation of efficient TSI engines form a new mild hybrid drive in the eTSI. As a result, fuel consumption has been cut by around 10% (on WLTP basis) and the vehicle is very agile and comfortable when moving off.”

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/10/20191024-golf.html

 

Electrive points out: “Volkswagen is thus making a clear distinction between the Modular Transverse Module (MQB) in the Golf and the Modular Electrification Module (MEB) in ID.3. Not only that, but the nomenclature is also changing: the plug-in hybrids are now called eHybrids. The two available versions basically have the same drive train and the externally rechargeable battery has a capacity of 13 kilowatt hours (kWh). The system is designed as a parallel hybrid, so the electric motor sits between four cylinders on one side and a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) on the other. “

 

Volkswagen presents Golf 8 with five hybrid versions

 

 

HONDA’S RETRO-STYLED E WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR THE US

“The United States narrowly missed being included in Honda’s distribution plans for the new E urban electric car, its project manager has revealed, and if attitudes change, Honda’s plans might too.  “The U.S. was included in the beginning,” Kohei Hitomi told Jalopnik. “I personally wanted to see it.” says Green Car Reports: “But three years ago, he says, that changed, because Honda’s higher-ups feared that there would be no demand for an urban electric runabout here in the United States.  Honda has been monitoring the E’s worldwide reception and Kohei acknowledged that the response from the U.S. media was surprisingly positive, and he even teased the possibility that Honda could rethink its distribution strategy down the line.”

 

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1125676_honda-s-retro-styled-e-was-originally-planned-for-the-us

 

SEAT MII ELECTRIC PRICED FROM £19,300 INCLUDING PICG

The SEAT Mii electric is now available to order across the manufacturer’s UK dealer network. The fully-electric city car marks the first chapter in SEAT’s electrification programme, as the brand begins to shift towards meeting the demands of an ever-changing market.

Priced from £19,300 (including PiCG), the Mii electric is one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market. Complementing this is a tempting PCP offer from £199 per month with £4,399 customer deposit thanks to a SEAT UK deposit contribution of £500 and APR of 6.9%.

The car’s 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 161 miles (WLTP) of range from a single charge, based on the WLTP test cycle. Rapid charging (DC at 40kW) to 80% takes an hour.

 

BOLLINGER ELECTRIC SUV & PICKUP PRICES ANNOUNCED

“Prices for the all electric SUV and pickup truck from Bollinger have been announced. Choosing between them won’t be a decision based on cost, as both list for $125,000. For that, you get a Class C truck with a 125 kWh battery and around 200 miles | 321 km of range.” acccording to Steve Hanley at CleanTechnica: “Both feature dual motors, 614 horsepower, and 669 pound-feet of torque. They also have ten 110 volt AC outlets scattered about. 240 volt outlets are available as an optional upgrade. According to AutoBlog, the vehicles can be recharged to 100% capacity in 10 hours using a Level 2 charger or 75 minutes if a DC fast charger is available. 15 inches of ground clearance and a self-leveling, hydro-pneumatic suspension that allows the driver to adjust the ride height. The front and rear differentials can be locked electronically, while a two-speed gear box offers off-road grunt or highway cruising.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/24/bollinger-electric-suv-pickup-prices-announced/

 

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