Launch of Land Rover’s First Electric Range Rover Nears

 

– Land Rover’s first electric model, the Range Rover EV, will start pre-orders this year and is set for sale by end of 2024.

– It will be manufactured at JLR’s (Jaguar Land Rover) Solihull facility in the Midlands.

– The electric Range Rover will use the versatile MLA platform, accommodating both hybrid and fully electric powertrains.

– JLR’s vehicle program director, Nick Collins, promises the EV will uphold traditional Range Rover qualities like off-road capability, utility, and refinement without compromise.

– JLR plans to introduce electric models for each of its four brands (Range Rover, Discovery, Defender, Jaguar) by 2026 and aims for all models to be electric by 2030, with a full transition by 2036.

– Initially, the electric Range Rover will use externally sourced batteries, later transitioning to Tata-produced cells once their gigafactory is operational within five years.

– The design of the electric Range Rover will likely mirror the ICE-powered version, retaining its iconic silhouette.

– The previously planned electric Jaguar XJ was scrapped due to a shift in brand vision under CEO Thierry Bolloré.

– JLR and BMW are collaborating on electric drive systems, possibly impacting the Range Rover EV’s design and power, though specifics remain undisclosed.

 

https://evne.ws/4alhnDG

 

Honda e: Farewell to a Unique EV in Europe and UK

 

– Honda confirms the discontinuation of the Honda e in Europe and the UK, ceasing production and closing order books.

– The Honda e, known for its unique design and advanced technology, achieved its goal of attracting new customers to the brand.

– Despite its appeal, the car struggled in the European market due to its higher price and limited range compared to other city cars.

– The Honda e stood out for not being just another electric conversion; it had a distinct rear-drive architecture designed specifically for electric powertrain benefits.

– The discontinuation is seen as a loss, noting the car’s charming design and innovative approach to electric vehicle construction.

 

https://evne.ws/47RSL3P

 

End of the Road for Renault Zoe in the UK

 

– After 11 years, Renault has discontinued the Zoe in the UK, with production ceasing in March 2024.

– The final Zoe will be produced in France on 30 March 2024, alongside the end of production for the Smart Forfour-based electric Twingo.

– Renault is phasing out the Zoe to focus on the upcoming Renault 5 electric hatchback, set to debut at the Geneva motor show in February.

– Despite its popularity, the Zoe will not have a direct successor; it was the best-selling EV in France and a leading seller in Europe.

– The Zoe was known for its 52kWh battery and 238-mile range on a single charge.

– The new Renault 5 will also feature a 52kWh battery but boasts a slightly higher range of 248 miles.

– Over 30,000 Zoes were sold in the UK and more than 380,000 in Europe, dominating the EV market in 2015 and 2016.

– The updated Zoe faced safety concerns, receiving a zero-star Euro NCAP rating in 2021, a significant drop from its five-star rating in 2013.

– Renault cited high costs to upgrade the Zoe to meet new EU GSR2 safety standards.

– The company is now shifting towards a diversified portfolio of hybrid and electric vehicles.

– Renault’s current EV lineup includes the Mégane E-Tech hatchback and will expand to include the Scenic crossover, 5 supermini, and 4 baby crossover.

 

https://evne.ws/3NrDrml

 

Volkswagen ID.7 Achieves Top Euro NCAP Safety Score

 

– Volkswagen’s new ID.7 electric limousine has earned a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP safety tests.

– The ID.7’s top performance places it among the highest-rated models of 2023 by the Euro NCAP.

– The Euro NCAP rating involves four key categories, with the ID.7 excelling in ‘Occupant protection for adults’ with a 95% score.

– The vehicle also demonstrated strong performance in ‘Occupant protection for children’, ‘Protection of unprotected road users’, and ‘Driver assist systems’.

 

https://evne.ws/41mr54D

 

Citroen e-Berlingo Revamped with Extended Range

 

– Citroën has updated the ë-Berlingo electric MPV, enhancing its design and increasing its driving range by 20%.

– The new model, set to arrive in the UK next spring, promises improved driver engagement, comfort, and advanced interior technology.

– A significant change is the new 54kWh battery, replacing the older 50kWh version, powering a 136bhp motor and extending the range to 198 miles.

– The ë-Berlingo can charge at rates up to 100kW, achieving an 80% charge in just 30 minutes.

– It features a standard 7.4kW onboard charger and an optional 11kW three-phase charger, reducing home charging time to approximately 5 hours.

– Interior updates include Citroën’s latest-generation infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen and wireless smartphone mirroring.

 

https://evne.ws/3tjaQZF

 

VWN Unveils Electric Successor to T6.1 Transporter

 

– Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWN) confirms the development of a new Transporter and Caravelle, including diesel, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric versions.

– The new lineup will feature a panel van in two sizes, an estate, a platform van with crew cab, and the e-Caravelle.

– Pre-sales in Germany for the new Transporter begin in 2023, with specifications to be announced soon.

– The new VW Transporter will share technology with the Ford Transit Custom and E-Transit Custom, and production is planned in Kocaeli, Turkey.

– Potential electric options include motors with 100 kW and 160 kW power outputs, utilizing a 400-volt battery with 74 kWh capacity for up to 380 km WLTP range.

– The battery supports fast charging, reaching 80% in 41 minutes at DC charging points with up to 125 kW, and includes an 11 kW onboard AC charger.

 

https://evne.ws/3No6F5H

 

Volkswagen’s Strategic Shift: Hiring 3,000 Engineers in China

 

– Volkswagen, historically importing shock absorbers from Central Europe for its Chinese factories, now buys them locally at a 40% cost reduction.  The company is assembling a team of nearly 3,000 Chinese engineers to design electric cars, part of the new In China, for China strategy.

– This move signifies a major shift as China leads in electric vehicle innovation, impacting the global auto industry.

– Volkswagen’s focus on China, its largest market, aims to compete with Chinese electric car makers who have captured a significant market share.  Chinese government and banks are heavily investing in local electric car makers, leading to a price war and lower electric car prices.  Volkswagen’s new Tavascan SUV will be produced in Hefei, China, for the Chinese market and export to Europe.

– The company faces tough choices, including job cuts in Europe, as part of a €10 billion cost-cutting plan.

– Volkswagen has acquired a stake in Xiaopeng, a Chinese electric car maker, and is replacing European parts suppliers with Chinese companies.

 

https://evne.ws/3NoNAAe

 

BMW’s Tech Leader Rejects Artificial Gearboxes in EVs

 

– BMW’s Chief Technology Officer, Frank Weber, dismisses the idea of incorporating fake transmissions or engine sounds in BMW’s future electric vehicles (EVs).

– While some carmakers are introducing simulated gearboxes in EVs to enhance the driving experience, BMW is not following suit.

– Weber joked about the possibility but emphasized BMW’s focus on integrating electric technology in vehicle control systems, prioritizing wheel, motor, and chassis coordination.

– Toyota and Hyundai are experimenting with EV features like artificial shifting and selectable engine noises.

– Toyota has developed a manual transmission for EVs that can stall, while Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 N offers simulated gear shifts and a variety of engine sounds.

– BMW’s high-performance M division is considering artificial shifting, vibrations, and acoustic cues for future M-branded EVs to aid in speed perception on racetracks.

 

https://evne.ws/41mr5BF

 

Pennsylvania Proposes Highest EV Registration Fee in the US

 

– Pennsylvania is considering imposing an annual fee on electric vehicle (EV) owners, potentially the highest in the United States.

– The proposed fee, set at $290 annually, is under discussion and subject to ongoing negotiations.

– This fee would surpass all other EV registration fees nationwide if implemented.

– The revenue from this fee would contribute to the Motor License Fund, which finances highway infrastructure projects and state police operations.

– The bill, already approved by the House Transportation Committee, targets non-commercial passenger battery electric vehicles, excluding hybrid vehicles.

– Amendments to include hybrid vehicles in the fee were considered but ultimately withdrawn pending further negotiations.

– As of March, Pennsylvania had over 50,000 battery electric vehicles, more than 27,000 plug-in hybrids, and nearly 239,000 hybrid vehicles registered, a significant increase from March 2020.

 

https://evne.ws/47WlKn8

 

Tesla Cybertruck Struggles with Snowy Terrain, Rescued by Ford F-Series

 

– A pre-production Tesla Cybertruck Release Candidate ventured into Southern California’s Stanislaus National Forest and got stuck while retrieving a downed Christmas tree.

– The Cybertruck, taken off the trail in Corral Hollow Trail, failed to climb a snowy hill, leading to a rescue by a passing Ford F-series truck.

– The Cybertruck was equipped with factory-standard Goodyear all-terrain tires, which proved inadequate for snowy conditions.

– A software issue reportedly disabled the truck’s lockers, hindering its off-road capabilities.

– The drivers did not air down the tires for better traction, contributing to the vehicle’s struggle.

– There’s an alleged lack of pickup or recovery points on the front of the Cybertruck, potentially a significant design oversight.

– Tow straps in the rescue appeared to be attached to suspension points due to the lack of standard recovery hookups.

– A separate incident showed a similar Cybertruck model unable to navigate an off-road switchback without performing a three-point turn, raising questions about its turning capabilities, even with four-wheel steering.

 

https://evne.ws/3RPndGx

 

Pristine 2010 Tesla Roadster Found with Only 38 Miles

 

– A 2010 Tesla Roadster with the lowest mileage on record, only 38 miles, was discovered in New Mexico.

– The Roadster, carrying VIN 592, was initially test-driven for about 30 miles by Tesla, which was standard procedure at the time.

– The additional eight miles were accumulated during a single trip to the Tesla Service Center for annual maintenance.

– After this service, the car remained stationary for 13 years, resulting in a bricked condition, requiring a new drive battery from Tesla.

– The vehicle, described as an automotive time capsule, appears in near-perfect condition, both inside and out.

– The interior and exterior show no signs of wear, preserving the original quality and detailing.

– The undercarriage is also in impeccable condition, reflecting careful maintenance and storage.

– The anonymous first owner, who purchased and then stored the vehicle, is now selling it through Gruber Motors.

 

https://evne.ws/41mr5Sb

 

Survey Reveals Misconceptions About EV Battery Recycling in the US

 

– A recent survey by Ascend Elements shows that 71% of American adults are concerned about EV battery disposal, up from 54% in 2022.

– Despite the increase in recycling facilities, 40% still believe lithium-ion EV batteries are non-recyclable, though this is a decrease from 47% in the previous year.

– Ascend Elements highlights a widespread misunderstanding regarding the recyclability of EV batteries.

– EV battery recycling is already occurring at significant volumes, and the process allows for the extraction and reuse of valuable metals like cobalt, lithium, manganese, and nickel.

– The fear of EV batteries contributing to toxic landfills has grown, with 56% of respondents expressing this concern.

– Automakers are incentivized to recycle EV batteries due to the valuable metals they contain.

– Recycling EV batteries can reduce costs, decrease reliance on new material mining, and support eligibility for a $7,500 federal tax credit for vehicles using domestically sourced materials.

– EV battery recycling doesn’t require consumers to drop off batteries; it usually happens when end-of-life vehicles are turned in or batteries are replaced.

– Improved consumer education is needed regarding lithium-ion battery recycling, as reflected in better awareness about recycling smaller electronics like laptops.

 

https://evne.ws/47SGADP

 

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