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On today’s podcast:

  • Kia EV6 Unveiled As New Electric Flagship
  • Tesla Posts Video of Semi on Test Track
  • UK’s Electric Highway to be upgraded by Ecotricity
  • Tesla to Offer Auto Insurance Program in Texas

 

Show #1021

 

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KIA EV6 UNVEILED AS NEW ELECTRIC FLAGSHIP

“The new EV6 is Kia’s first bespoke production electric car and pairs a radical new design with unprecedented levels of performance for the brand. ” reports Autocar.com: “Revealed ahead of its official full debut later this month, the EV6 will spearhead a wave of new-era electric cars from Kia. Each will be badged EV followed by a number corresponding to its size. So the EV6 crossover is a mid-sized car, which leaves room below for compact SUVs, hatchbacks and saloons, and for larger SUVs at the top of the range. EV6 shares its E-GMP platform with the recently revealed Hyundai Ioniq 5. This means it will have 800V hardware for charging speeds of up to 220kW and it should charge from 10% to 80% capacity in 18 minutes. “

 

“Entry-level versions are likely to have a single electric motor delivering power to the rear wheels and fed by a 58kWh battery pack, with more powerful models getting dual motors and a larger 72.6kWh battery.” says WhatCar: ” In its most powerful form, the EV6 will be able to sprint to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. Inside, there’s a digital screen in place of analogue instruments, plus a separate infotainment screen angled towards the driver.”

 

Kia’s press release said: “”The width of the screen creates an immersive experience for the driver, while a minimal number of physical buttons offer an uncluttered and soothing driving experience. Underneath the AVN screen, passengers control HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) settings by using haptic ‘buttons’, while below this panel, the dashboard slopes away towards the front of the car, creating a sense of space and openness for the front-seat passengers.”

 

And Top Gear reported: “Kia’s head of design Karim Habib also confirmed to TG that other elements – such as that rear lightbar and the swept-back windscreen – might not necessarily be carried over, but that the principles would remain the same.  On the subject of that rear light bar – is anyone else getting hefty Aston Martin DBX vibes?  Elsewhere, there’s a new front light signature and chunky rear wheel arches, as well as the now-familiar black plastic seen on almost every crossover.”

 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/2021-kia-ev6-all-new-electric-flagship-310-mile-range

 

https://www.whatcar.com/news/2021-kia-ev6-electric-suv-what-we-know-so-far/n22791

 

TESLA POSTS VIDEO OF SEMI ON TEST TRACK

“Tesla has unveiled a new video of its Semi electric truck driving the test track in Fremont. In recent months, Tesla Semi is increasingly getting into the camera lens and is the topic of much discussion, as the company will soon be launching its production” reports Tesmanian: “In the video, we see an updated version of the Tesla Semi, which was first seen in early February and which had a number of design differences. The most notable change is the redesign of the truck’s cab. It became lengthened and received additional side shields with windows. It seemed that this is the sleeper version. But in other photos, we could see that these are only shields, and the cab itself is not as long as it seems at first glance.”

 

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/tesla-posted-a-video-of-semi-on-the-test-track

 

UK’S ELECTRIC HIGHWAY TO BE UPGRADED BY ECOTRICITY

“In the UK, Ecotricity’s network of charging stations along the ageing Electric Highway is to be comprehensively modernised. This will include contactless payment and multiple charging options.” says electrive: “Gridserve is taking a 25 per cent stake in Electric Highway and contributing its technical expertise to upgrade the charging network, which will also involve round-the-clock customer support.   This project is scheduled for completion this summer. The second step involves installing a further six to twelve high-power charging points with a capacity of up to 350 kW at each location. The first site is scheduled to go into operation in April in the English town of Rugby.”

 

https://www.electrive.com/2021/03/13/uks-electric-highway-to-be-upgraded-by-ecotricity/

 

TESLA TO OFFER AUTO INSURANCE PROGRAM IN TEXAS

“Not only is Tesla moving some manufacturing operations to Austin, Texas, its founder, Elon Musk, is said to be relocating there, and the electric car company will soon be offering its own brand of car insurance in the Lone Star State.” writes InsuranceJournal.com: “The state insurance department in late January approved a revised policy form submitted by Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Co. for a Tesla Insurance Program for private passenger autos. Tesla currently offers insurance coverage for Tesla vehicles in California and according to information on the Tesla Insurance website it expects to expand into additional states. Texas appears to be the first step in that expansion. Tesla Insurance on its website says its product is competitively priced and “designed to provide Tesla vehicle owners with up to 20% lower rates, and in some cases, as much as 30%.””

 

https://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/mag-features/2021/02/22/601959.htm

 

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