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THE JEEP AVENGER HAS WON THE EUROPEAN CAR OF THE YEAR 2023 TITLE
– The Jeep Avenger has been announced as Europe’s Car of the Year for 2023.
A panel of 59 motoring journalists from 23 different countries across the continent voted for their favourite new cars of the past 12 months, with the shortlist including the Volkswagen ID. Buzz. (which finished in second place), the Nissan Ariya (third place)
– Each juror is then given a maximum of 25 points to allocate across the shortlist however they see fit in order to find a winner. This year the results were revealed in a Eurovision-style ceremony at the Brussels International Motorshow. Yep, they really did read out each country’s votes one-by-one.
– Our very own juror Paul Horrell said in his assessment of the eventual winner: “This car caught me out. I expected to dislike it but experience proved the opposite. It’s very usefully small but drives like a refined bigger car. So it’s at home in cities and on the open road as well as in mildly rough going. (More than mildly rough with the coming 4xe.) Interior design and space use commend it too. But neither of its powertrains, EV or combustion, advance the art.”
ELECTRIC JEEP AVENGER SUV: 1ST EDITION PRICED FROM £36,500
– The Jeep Avenger – the American brand’s first electric SUV – is now on sale, with prices starting at £36,500 for the range-topping ‘1st Edition’ model. Sitting below the ageing Renegade in the Jeep lineup, the Avenger gets the brand’s latest tech and signature chunky styling.
– As its name suggests, the ‘1st Edition’ is the first version of the new Jeep Avenger to go on sale. Starting at £36,500 – just £600 more than an entry-level Peugeot e-2008 – the Avenger 1st Edition will come fully-loaded with equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 360-degree camera system, blind spot monitoring and a powered bootlid.
– Entry-level versions of the Jeep Avenger are due to go on sale later in 2023, which could start from as little as just over £30,000. This would hugely undercut rivals such as the Vauxhall Mokka Electric and DS 3 E-Tense which all start from around £35,000; other rivals will include the larger Kia Niro EV as well as the upcoming second-generation Hyundai Kona.
– For now, the Avenger seems to be a tempting proposition bringing a more rugged flavour to the small SUV class. Electric alternatives from Peugeot and Vauxhall can’t quite match the Jeep in terms of range, which gives it a further edge. However, to succeed, Jeep will need to ensure entry-level cars start as close to £30,000 as possible, due to the larger, 289-mile Kia Niro EV costing only slightly more.
2024 VOLVO EX30 DEBUT CONFIRMED FOR JUNE 15 DEBUT WITH “DECENT RANGE”
– When Volvo introduced the EX90 in November 2022, it also teased a new entry-level EV for a 2023 premiere. We now have an exact debut date as CEO Jim Rowan told Australian publication CarSales that the petite crossover will premiere on June 15.
– hopes the entry-level EV will fix that by attracting a younger clientele.
– very safe, decent range, good size still but smaller than the [XC]40
– offering a subscription plan should attract more buyers and help Volvo reduce the age demographic of its customers.
– EX30 is going to be manufactured in China.
– subscription plan will require a commitment of at least three months, but the CEO is confident people will hold on to their cars for a longer period.
– The new arrival in Volvo’s growing lineup is expected to ride on the parent company Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) and be mechanically twinned with the coupe-styled Polestar 4 small crossover.
Original Source : https://www.motor1.com/news/632526/2024-volvo-ex30-debut-date/
WHAT CAR? DATA REVEALS MG 4 IS TOP EV FOR UK BUYERS
– Affordable electric cars such as the MG 4 are attracting significant interest from car buyers, according to Autocar Business sibling publication What Car?.
– The MG 4, priced from £25,995 (or £276 per month on a PCP finance contract), has generated the most leads from users of What Car?’s New Car Buying service for the past three months.
– buyer interest in the MG 4 alone was insufficient to propel its manufacturer to the top of What Car?’s brand rankings. It placed eighth for leads by brand over the past three months with 924 leads, meaning the MG 4 comprised 72.8% of the brand’s interest.
– MG’s market share almost tripled from 1.13% in 2020 to 3.16% in 2022, placing it ahead of rivals including Citroën, Skoda and Renault. The company also crossed the 50,00-sales milestone in the UK for the first time in 2022 and, if interest in the MG 4 is any yardstick, appears poised to break its record once again this year.
REAR-WHEEL DRIVE, MORE RANGE AND FASTER CHARGING FOR FULLY ELECTRIC VOLVO C40 AND XC40
– As part of a new package of product updates, Volvo Cars has improved both the range (WLTP) and charging for the all-electric XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge compared with the outgoing model year, increasing range by as much as 60 kilometers on some variants.
– three new powertrains are offered on the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge. These include two rear-wheel-drive variants—the first time in 25 years that Volvo is offering a rear-wheel-drive product—as well as a revised all-wheel-drive performance model
– the second-generation permanent magnet electric motor driving the rear axles for the fully electric C40 and XC40 models has been developed in-house at Volvo Cars.
– . The single motor with standard range is driven by a 175kW permanent magnet electric motor (e-motor), which provides a three per cent increase in power output over the outgoing 170kW single-motor front-wheel drive variant.
– , the same 69 kWh battery capacity is carried over, but enhancements in cooling efficiency mean it can now deliver increased range and driving up to 460 kilometers
– C40 Recharge single motor meanwhile improves up to 476 kilometers
– This second new variant comes with an 82 kWh battery pack which boosts range up to 515 kilometers for the XC40 Recharge single motor extended range and up to 533 kilometers (WLTP) for the C40 Recharge
– charging power has improved as the larger battery pack allows for charging at an updated top rate of 200kW DC (previously 150kW DC maximum)
Original Source : https://www.greencarcongress.com/2023/01/20230117-volvo.html
AUDI NECKARSULM EXPANDS CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE WITH THE HELP OF SECOND-LIFE BATTERIES
– The Neckarsulm site is creating 72 additional charging points for electric vehicles through the use of so-called cubes, which use used lithium-ion batteries as electricity storage. The second-life batteries come from disassembled test vehicles from Audi.
– The second-life batteries come from disassembled test vehicles from Audi. The power storage systems replace the complex construction of a cost-intensive infrastructure with medium-voltage supply line and transformers.
– In each of the three cubes, 198 disused battery modules, each with twelve cells, act as energy storage. The capacity can be expanded.
– . A 70 kW supply line per cube is sufficient to charge the memory modules overnight. Employees and Besucher_innen can use these for their electric cars via wallboxes, each with a charging capacity of 11 kW. Any peaks in demand are cushioned by the buffer from the used lithium-ion batteries
– Thanks to the batteries in the cubes, we gain 300 kW charging power for the wallboxes from the relatively low connected load of 70 kW
– There are now around 600 charging points for electric vehicles on the factory premises and at the Neckarsulm and Heilbronn plant borders, of which around 20 are fast charging points.
BYD SEAGULL EV CITY CAR EXPOSED BY CHINESE MIIT WITH 75 HORSES
– The BYD Seagull electric city car was exposed by Chinese MIIT. It has a daring design, several battery options, and a comparatively weak electric motor.
– 8,860 – 14,770 USD
– Seagull is the smallest vehicle in BYD’s Ocean series, which currently comprises four vehicles
– It is a 5-door hatchback with four seats. In terms of exterior, the Seagull has sharp headlights, a large windshield with a single wiper. It has some plastic trim on the lower part of the body to make it look more like a small SUV.
– It has an LFP battery on board made by FinDreams, a company under BYD. Its capacity is unknown, but previously there was information that the Seagull’s battery capacity will reach 30.7 kWh. As for the electric motor, it is TZ180XSH for 55 kW (75 hp).
WILL ELECTRIC VEHICLES KILL THE SUV? CITROEN BOSS THINKS SO
– that time might be coming to an end, at least if Citroen boss Vincent Cobée is on to something.
– “The world of SUVs is done,” Cobée told Auto Express. Despite him admitting that sales numbers don’t back up his claim in the slightest, Cobée feels that the current trend of tall EV sedans and wagons will eliminate the need for SUVs. More importantly, he feels that aerodynamics will play a huge factor in the death of the SUV.
– there have been some SUVs with fantastic coefficients of drag, like the BMW iX and Tesla Model X. However, there’s no question that something smaller and sleeker can be made more aerodynamic.
– There’s a chance that governments start taxing customers and automakers more, based on the weight of their vehicles. And weight does make a huge difference in range. Weight is far more of a range killer than aero.
– The problem is that the public still really likes SUVs, regardless of what car enthusiasts think.
Original Source : https://www.bmwblog.com/2023/01/16/will-evs-kill-the-suv-ci/
LIGHTYEAR RECEIVES POTENTIAL MAJOR ORDER FOR THE LIGHTYEAR 2
– Leasing provider Arval has reserved 10,000 units of the Lightyear 2 from Dutch solar car start-up Lightyear. The total number of pre-orders for the Lightyear 2 from B2B partners now exceeds 21,000 vehicles.
– The Lightyear 2 is to be launched at the end of 2025, initially in the USA, Great Britain and the EU, at a base price of €40,000.
– Arval’s reservation corresponds to a sales potential of 400 million euros. Arval belongs to the major French bank BNP Paribas and is the leasing partner of Aiways and MG
– According to Arval CEO Alain van Groenendael, the provider aims to lease 700,000 electrified vehicles as part of its global fleet by 2025
– The Lightyear is supposed to have the lowest operating costs of comparable EVs and produce only half the emissions of a “conventional” electric car. With the solar panels, the range is to be doubled (this statement is not specified more precisely), and the car is to be charged three times less often, according to Lightyear.
XPENG EXPANDS SERVICE NETWORK IN EUROPE
– four XPENG Delivery and Service Centers will open in key European markets over the coming months.
– The locations will open in the first half of 2023 to aid the delivery of XPeng’s latest electric vehicles in Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark.
– XPeng will also offer its customers a comprehensive service agreement (including an eight-year warranty for the vehicle’s battery), tire storage, and easy access to information about their vehicle—such as servicing requirements and history as well as the car’s status—via the XPENG app.
– In 2022, XPeng announced the opening of Brand Experience Stores in Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark, resulting in approximately 500,000 visitors and over 4,500 test drives conducted over the year.
AA IRELAND DUO DRIVE EV FULL LENGTH OF IRELAND ON ONE CHARGE
– Blake Boland and Paddy Comyn of AA Ireland have driven an electric vehicle from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal, the two extremities of Ireland, without stopping to charge.
– The AA Ireland crew thought that driving the route in an electric vehicle without stopping to charge had never been achieved, or was achievable – until now. They believed that advances in battery technology made it possible and they used Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+
– “Mizen Head to Malin Head is a drive of 602km as indicated by Google Maps, and without stops takes about eight hours and 20 minutes,” said Blake Boland.
– “The idea of driving it in a fully electric car without charging en route seemed like an unachievable task as little as a couple of years ago. The task was made even more difficult by the conditions in mid-January. With temperatures ranging from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius and heavy rain all day, the car would be stretched to its limit.
– After some nine hours of driving (swapping over every two hours), the car managed the journey with just 2% battery remaining, and the drivers managed a combined average of 16.8 kWh per 100km.
CHINA CAR EXPORTS SURPASS GERMANY, CATCHING JAPAN
– China has surpassed Germany to become the world’s second-largest car exporter after mainland exports jumped 54.4 per cent year on year to 3.11 million vehicles in 2022
– The nation is also closing in on Japan’s export volume, and is likely to clinch the title of the world’s top car exporter in the coming few years, analysts said.
– In 2021, Japan exported 3.82 million cars, and it is expected to post a year-on-year decline once its full-year results are tallied.
– Germany exported 2.61 million cars last year, up 10 per cent from 2021
– Electric vehicles (EVs) have become a significant factor in China’s buoyant car exports, with EV shipments surging 120 per cent year on year to 679,000 in 2022,
– China’s car export volume could hit 5.5 million units in 2030, of which 2.5 million cars would be electric.
– China is also the world’s largest EV market, bolstered by government incentives such as cash subsidies, a consumption tax break and distribution of free car licences.Advertisement The country is now home to about 200 EV assemblers
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