Show #755

 

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PORSCHE TAYCAN 4S BLOWS AWAY EPA RANGE BY 40 PERCENT IN THIS TEST

“Even though most of the attention has been drawn by the most powerful Porsche Taycan, the Turbo S, that’s clearly not the model most people are going to buy. The majority of buyers will probably go for the less powerful (and way cheaper) Taycan 4S model which, like the Turbo and Turbo S, has no problem going further on a charge than the EPA advertises.” says InsideEVs: “Furthermore, the 4S with the 93.4 kWh battery pack has the longest quoted range of any Taycan, 203 miles (327 km), compared to the Turbo S that only manages a claimed 192 miles (308 km). he Smoking Tire, he drives a Taycan 4S on an 234-mile round trip from Los Angeles to Palm springs and back. He notes that with a full charge his 4S tester could have reached a theoretical 294 miles, considerably more than what the EPA quotes it.”

 

https://insideevs.com/reviews/410798/porsche-taycan-4s-range-test/

 

TESLA MODEL Y ‘FUTURE PROOF’ AUTOPILOT-INFOTAINMENT LINK HITS TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE

“The Tesla Model Y is proving to be a vehicle that’s loaded to the brim with optimizations. From its wiring to its casting, the Model Y seems to be designed to be as future proof as possible. And if a recent set of tweets from a noted Tesla hacker are any indication, this future proofing may even extend all the way into the ethernet links used in the vehicle’s Autopilot computer and infotainment system.” says Teslarati: ” @greentheonly recently posted images of computer components used in the Model Y that were evidently different from the ones used in the Model 3. Among these, the most notable change lay in Tesla’s use of upgraded ethernet links for the Autopilot computer and the infotainment system. While the Model 3 is equipped with 100 mbps links, the Model Y was equipped with links that are capable of 1 gigabit speeds.”

 

Tesla Model Y ‘future proof’ Autopilot-Infotainment link hits two birds with one stone

 

WATCH LUCID AIR PLAY ON SNOW AND ICE AS PART OF ITS DEVELOPMENT

“testing of the Lucid Air electric luxury sedan continues ahead of its launch expected later this year. Earlier this month, the EV startup showed us how a Lucid Air prototype traveled for 400 miles (644 km) from San Francisco to Los Angeles without recharging the batteries. Now, the company shows the Lucid Air in an area with a less pleasant climate than California.” according to CarSScoops: “Lucid Motors took two Lucid Air prototypes (Beta 4 and Beta 5) to the frozen northern reaches of Minnesota for testing in temperatures that dropped as low as -27 F/-33 C. According to the startup, “testing on low-friction surfaces is an important exercise that helps us refine the Lucid Air for stable performance in winter’s worst road conditions.” During the tests, engineers validated vehicle dynamics and assessed features like antilock braking, traction control, and stability control.”

 

Watch Lucid Air Play On Snow And Ice As Part Of Its Development

 

BUY A TESLA-POWERED ELECTRIC DEFENDER, BUT NOT FROM LAND ROVER

“East Coast Defenders, now known as E.C.D. Automotive Design, may have changed its name, though its focus on building top-quality Land Rover Defender SUVs has not. The company is still building cool Defenders, and its latest build combines the rugged utility of Land Rover, the iconic styling of the Defender, and the all-electric powertrain of a Tesla. The Electric Defender is a blend of old-school design and new-school technologies, creating a unique SUV experience.” according to Motor1: “the drivetrain from a Tesla that gives the SUV an estimated range of 220 miles on a single charge thanks to its 100-kilowatt-hour capacity. E.C.D. Automotive Design says the electric-powered Defender can hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in an impressive 5.5 seconds.”

 

https://www.motor1.com/news/410926/tesla-powered-land-rover-defender/

 

SK INNOVATION WILL SUPPLY NCM 811 BATTERY CELLS TO BAIC

“After beating its Chinese competitors’ offers, the Korean battery cell maker SK Innovation won the supply contract with the Chinese automaker giant BAIC.” writes PushEVs: “The NCM 811 batteries to be used by Arcfox, a premium BEV brand of BAIC BJEV will be produced at SK Innovation’s battery cell plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China.  SK Innovation has been promising its NCM 811 battery cells since 2017 and postponed them a couple of times, but now it will finally be able to deliver what was expected a long time ago.  The Kia e-Niro and Kia e-Soul that currently use NCM 622 battery cells from SK Innovation could get a battery upgrade to NCM 811 cells. As for the Hyundai Kona Electric, it currently uses the same LGY E63B battery cells (NCM 622) that we find in the ZE 40 battery of the old generation Renault ZOE. With an upgrade to the NCM 712 battery cells from LG Chem – that are already in the new generation Renault ZOE -, the Kona Electric would get a 84 kWh (80 kWh usable) battery.”

 

https://pushevs.com/2020/04/21/sk-innovation-will-supply-ncm-811-battery-cells-to-baic/

 

ZERO-EMISSION DRY CARGO SHIP ENABLED BY HYBRID, ELECTRIC SOLUTIONS

“ABB has built a significant presence in the dry cargo vessel market, with an increasing number of vessels specified with electric or hybrid propulsion solutions” says Electric Vehicles Research: “Germany’s largest bulk carrier company Oldendorff Carriers ordered two first ever self-unloading bulk carriers to feature ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion. Each of these ships will include a pair of 1.9MW electric propulsion units plus diesel-electric power plant and power management from ABB.”

 

KAWASAKI’S FIRST ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE WILL GET A FOUR-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION

“Kawasaki confirmed its upcoming entry into the blossoming electric motorcycle segment will offer a manual transmission. Called Endeavor, the model is being developed with track use in mind, so engagement is key.” according to Autoblog: “The Japanese company is in the process of teasing the battery-powered model on its official YouTube channel. The latest installment in the 10-episode series shows a prototype bike whirring away on a race track as the rider uses the foot-operated lever to go through the gears. “The manual transmission not only allows a greater speed range, it also allows the rider to have greater input when operating the bike,” the company said.”

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/04/21/kawasaki-electric-motorcycle-manual-transmission/

 

 

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