Show #638

 

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LEXUS TO INTRODUCE ITS FIRST BEV MODEL AT THE GUANGZHOU AUTO SHOW

“Lexus announced that at the upcoming Guangzhou Auto Show (on November 22) it will unveil its first battery-electric vehicle.” reports InsideEVs: “The Japanese brand (part of Toyota) starts with a BEV envisioned for the Chinese and European markets. “Specifically crafted to suit the needs of audiences in China and in Europe, this further advances the brand’s desire to offer a portfolio of electrified powertrain choices for diverse audiences worldwide.” The introduction of a BEV was inevitable as the Chinese government requires automakers to collect (or buy) a certain amount of New Energy Vehicles credits.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/381518/lexus-first-bev-model-the-guangzhou/

 

NASA PLANS ELECTRIC TEST FLIGHTS BY END OF 2020

“NASA presented an early version of its X-57 Maxwell all-electric passenger aircraft. The electric aircraft is based on the Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller aircraft, in which the combustion engines have been replaced by 14 electric motors. The first test flight is scheduled for the end of 2020.” according to Electrive: “Six smaller motors will be mounted along the leading edge of each wing to improve lift during take-off and landing. The lift propellers will only be activated when required and will be retracted during the flight itself. At the ends of each wing, there is then a larger electric motor for propulsion during the flight at travel height.”

 

NASA plans electric test flights by end of 2020

 

SKODA OCTAVIA IV IS THE SECOND SKODA MODEL TO BE AVAILABLE AS A PLUG-IN HYBRID

For the first time, there is a plug-in-hybrid variant, the SKODA OCTAVIA iV.

 

Following in the footsteps of the SUPERB iV, the OCTAVIA iV is the second SKODA model to be available as a plug-in hybrid.

This powertrain features a 1.4 TSI petrol engine delivering 115 kW (156 PS) and a 75-kW electric motor. Together, they produce a total power output of 150 kW.

With a capacity of 37 Ah providing 13 kWh, the high-voltage lithium-ion battery allows for an electric range of up to 55 km in the WLTP cycle.

 

TESLA UNVEILS MODEL 3 MADE-IN-CHINA WITH MEDIA TEST DRIVES

“Tesla has unveiled its first Model 3 made-in-China at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai and started to give media test drives of the vehicle. Tesla has been expected to focus on Model 3 production at its Shanghai automotive factory, where it mulls producing as many as 3,000 vehicles per week next year, Teslarati reported recently.” and picked up by News18.com

 

Electrek’s Take: “As we previously reported, the start of production is going to be a major milestone since it’s going to be the first electric vehicle factory wholly-owned by a foreign automaker in China and Tesla’s second electric vehicle production factory. But beyond that for Tesla, it will open up a larger market for them in China with lower prices and better access to EV incentives.”

 

Tesla unveils Model 3 made-in-China with media test drives

 

ALFA ROMEO SCALES BACK ELECTRIFICATION

“The Fiat-owned automaker needs to release electrified models to keep up with its German and Japanese rivals, to satisfy demand from buyers, and to remain on the right side of government regulations. While it originally announced plans to electrify six of seven nameplates, its updated product road map outlines two plug-ins out of four models” writes Autoblog: ” the Tonale, which was previewed by an eponymous concept car at the 2019 Geneva auto show, and leaked online several weeks later. It will take Alfa Romeo into the plug-in hybrid segment for the first time. The other is a yet-unnamed entry-level soft-roader which will offer an electric powertrain. Both will also come with non-electrified drivetrains. The Giulia and the Stelvio are no longer in line to receive hybrid technology”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/11/alfa-romeo-electrification-plans-reorganization/

 

GERMAN TAX ADVANTAGES FOR COMPANY CARS

“The German Bundestag today passed the law on further tax incentives for electromobility and changes to other tax regulations.” says a translated article on cducsu.de: “If employees drive so-called zero-emission vehicles as company cars and the gross list price of the vehicle does not exceed 40,000 euros, employees will only have to pay 0.25% of the list price in the year “

 

Electrive adds: “The preferential tax treatment for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids introduced in 2018 and initially limited to three years is now to be extended in two stages until 2030: From 2022 to 2024, only electric and hybrid vehicles with a minimum range of 60 km or a maximum CO2 emission of 50 g/km with a purely electric drive will benefit; in the period from 2025 to 2030, the required purely electric minimum range will increase to 80 km.”

 

https://www.cducsu.de/themen/wirtschaft-und-energie-haushalt-und-finanzen/steuervorteile-bei-tampons-und-e-autos

 

Germany extends company car grant til 2030

 

RIVIAN’S QUAD-MOTOR TORQUE VECTORING SETS HIGH BAR FOR TESLA CYBERTRUCK

“Whether or not Tesla can steal electric-truck thunder back from Rivian will be based on a simple metric: how many motors are on board the Cybertruck. By dedicating an individual motor to each wheel, Rivian’s technical design creates an unprecedented potential for torque vectoring.” says Brad at Electrek, reporting on the Fully Charged video about Rivian: ” gearbox.”

 

Here’s what Rivian CEO R.J. Scaringe told Fully Charged about the R1T truck:

 

“It can do zero to 60 in three seconds. But what makes the vehicle so unique is the way we’re able to control torque not just front to back but left to right, instantaneously coupled with the ability to adjust to the roll stiffness and damping frequency. You could have a vehicle that instantaneously goes from something that’s incredible off-road to something incredible on the road.”

 

Rivian’s quad-motor torque vectoring sets high bar for Tesla Cybertruck

 

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