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Audi Unveils Q6 and SQ6 e-tron on Next Generation PPE Platform

– Audi has introduced the 2025 Q6 and SQ6 e-tron models. These are the first Audi vehicles built on the Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) and the first to be manufactured at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt, Germany.

– The Q6 e-tron series will directly compete in the electric luxury SUV market against vehicles like the Cadillac Lyriq and Genesis Electrified GV70.

– Positioned between the Q4 e-tron and Q8 e-tron, the Q6 and SQ6 offer ample space thanks to their 114.1-inch (289.8 cm) wheelbase, providing generous rear legroom and cargo capacity of 19 cubic feet (539 litres) behind the rear seats and 54 cubic feet (1,530 litres) with the seats folded down. A small front trunk adds an additional 2 cubic feet (56.6 litres) of storage.

– The interior features sustainable materials, a new dashboard layout with two OLED displays (an 11.9-inch gauge cluster and a 14.5-inch center touchscreen), and an optional 10.9-inch touchscreen for the passenger.

– Technology highlights include a head-up display with augmented reality navigation, dynamic ambient lighting, an 830-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the capability for over-the-air updates.

– The Adaptive Driving Assistant Plus system, an optional feature, utilizes vehicle sensors, high-resolution maps, and cloud data for enhanced navigation support.

– Initial U.S. models will have dual motors and all-wheel drive, with the Q6 generating 422 horsepower (456 with Boost mode) and the SQ6 producing 483 horsepower (510 with Boost mode). Both models are expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 5.0 and 4.2 seconds, respectively.

– It features a lithium-ion battery pack with a 100 kWh capacity (94.9 kWh usable), with an alternative 83 kWh battery available in some markets. The design uses 12 or 10 modules for the 100 kWh and 83 kWh batteries respectively to ensure balanced weight distribution.

– Featuring an 800-volt architecture for fast charging, these models can charge at rates up to 270 kW, allowing for more than 150 miles of range to be added in just 10 minutes. A full charge from 10% to 80% takes approximately 21 minutes at a compatible station.

– This charging method ensures both battery halves reach an identical charge level before continuing to charge simultaneously, enhancing efficiency.

– Audi has refined the battery cell chemistry to support this innovative charging capability, adjusting the ratio of nickel, cobalt, and manganese in the cells to approximately 8:1:1. This alteration not only optimizes charging performance but also reduces environmental impact by lowering cobalt usage.

– The battery’s thermal management system is highlighted as a key innovation within the PPE battery setup. It actively conditions the battery to maintain around 25 degrees Celsius, identified as the optimal operating temperature for performance and longevity.

– Audi’s system incorporates predictive thermal conditioning, adjusting the battery’s temperature in anticipation of charging needs based on the driver’s route, departure times, and historical usage patterns, ensuring the battery is at an ideal temperature for charging upon arrival at a station.

– Audi has distinguished the Q6 and SQ6 from the Porsche Macan EV by opting for different motor configurations and omitting rear-wheel steering, emphasizing a rear-drive bias in its all-wheel-drive system.

– Regenerative braking involves a two-step process, primarily utilizing the rear motor and integrating the front motor and brake pads as necessary, enabling up to 95 percent of braking to be achieved without physical brake pads, with total regen power now 220kW.

– Audi’s new multi-source heat pump leverages external air and powertrain waste heat for superior thermal management. This system efficiently heats and cools the cabin and maintains optimal battery temperature, extending the driving range by approximately 20 miles (32 km) in temperatures ranging from -10 to +20 degrees Celsius.

– Audi’s Q6 E-Tron boasts innovative front LED lights, featuring 61 individual segments for customizable daytime running graphics, enhancing visibility and safety.

– The rear lights utilize OLED technology with three panels, each containing 60 segments. These can display various lighting graphics and alert other drivers to hazards or the car’s semi-autonomous mode.

– The vehicle’s controls are integrated into an Android-based operating system, offering a streamlined and user-friendly interface.

https://evne.ws/3TNzqwo

JLR Boosts EV Development with 250 New Electrical Engineer Hires

– JLR is set to hire 250 electrical engineers to support its development of new electric vehicles (EVs), including the upcoming electric Range Rover slated for release this year.

– These positions are part of a larger recruitment effort, adding to 300 technician roles previously announced, all backed by JLR’s £15 billion Reimagine strategy aimed at transitioning to electric mobility.

– The new hires will be based at the Gaydon Engineering Centre and the Whitley Future Energy Lab, with 40 roles specifically dedicated to the electrical architecture and battery technologies crucial for future EVs.

– Their focus will include the development of advanced energy storage systems, battery cell design, cell stack assemblies, and software systems essential for next-generation electric vehicles.

https://evne.ws/3IN3y4q

BMW Teases Neue Klasse X Concept Before March 21 Reveal

– The Neue Klasse concept signifies a pivotal shift in BMW’s design and brand philosophy, with an upcoming showcase extending to the SUV category.

– A teaser image hints at the Neue Klasse X’s silhouette, suggesting a more conventional proportion compared to the Neue Klasse sedan, with final details pending until the actual unveiling.

– Speculation suggests the SUV will inherit the sedan’s flat surfaces and a front-end design featuring lights merged with the iconic BMW kidney grilles, indicating a move towards a more streamlined and simplified design ethos.

– The official reveal of the Neue Klasse X concept is scheduled for Thursday, March 21.

https://evne.ws/3IN3yBs

Mercedes-AMG EV Prepares for 2026 Launch with Arctic Testing

– Mercedes-AMG has revealed a glimpse of its upcoming electric vehicle (EV) undergoing winter testing in Sweden, with the prototype seen maneuvering through snow.

– This next-generation Mercedes-AMG EV, hinted by the 2022 Mercedes Vision AMG concept, is set to utilize the exclusive AMG.EA platform.

– The AMG.EA platform is in the early stages of an extensive testing regimen, with its first winter tests conducted near the Arctic Circle at temperatures reaching as low as -25 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees Fahrenheit).

– Mercedes-AMG’s new EV architecture will feature axial-flux motors, praised for their optimal mix of power density, compactness, and lightweight design, alongside a high-voltage battery system.

– While specific details remain sparse, the electric Mercedes-AMG is expected to deliver high horsepower and act as a modern counterpart to the combustion-engine AMG GT four-door, with a projected launch year of 2026.

https://evne.ws/3IN3iCu

Shell’s Strategic Shift: Divesting Retail Sites for EV Charging Expansion

– Shell aims to sell off 500 of its retail sites each year in 2024 and 2025, transitioning to meet the increasing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions.

– This divestment is part of Shell’s broader strategy to adapt its retail operations, focusing on enhancing EV charging facilities and convenience services for customers.

– The company has set a target to grow its public EV charging station network to 200,000 by 2030, up from the current count of 54,000. This expansion emphasizes public charging over home solutions, citing higher customer demand.

– A significant portion of the new charging infrastructure will be developed in China and Europe, regions identified by Shell as having rapidly increasing demands for EV charging.

– Shell’s move into the EV charging market is projected to achieve an internal rate of return of at least 12%, though specific details on which retail locations will be divested remain unspecified.

– The announcement coincides with Shell revising its energy transition strategy, notably softening its carbon emissions reduction goals for the next decade.

https://evne.ws/4a1vLQW

Electric Vehicle Rebates Now Available in Minnesota

– Minnesota residents can receive a rebate of up to $2,500 for purchasing a new electric vehicle (EV) and up to $600 for buying a used EV.

– Eligibility criteria stipulate that new EVs must have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $55,000 or below, while used EVs must be purchased for $25,000 or less.

– The rebate program started accepting applications in February, following legislative efforts to address climate change.

– Funding for the program includes $10.6 million for the current year and $5.2 million allocated for 2025.

https://evne.ws/3x42FSw

Gotion Inc. Files Lawsuit Against Michigan Township Over EV Battery Factory Dispute

– Chinese EV battery manufacturer Gotion Inc. has initiated legal action against Green Township, Michigan, over alleged breaches of contract regarding its $2.4 billion battery factory development.

– The lawsuit, submitted in the U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, accuses the township of retracting agreed-upon commitments after a change in the township board’s composition, which became significantly more opposed to the project.

– Central to the dispute is the construction of essential water infrastructure for the factory, which is anticipated to generate 2,350 jobs and significantly impact the local economy.

– Despite a previous agreement, current township board members are attempting to prevent the extension of a water line crucial for the factory’s operations, which requires up to 715,000 gallons (approximately 2,705,455 liters) of water daily.

https://evne.ws/43ysma8

BYD Expands Globally Amid U.S. and Europe Uncertainties

– Chinese automaker BYD is aggressively expanding its global presence, challenging Tesla in the electric vehicle (EV) market despite potential barriers in the U.S.

– BYD has seen rapid sales growth in various countries shortly after market entry, suggesting a strategic push into international territories due to uncertain policies regarding Chinese EVs in the U.S. and Europe.

– To circumvent geopolitical tensions and trade barriers, BYD is setting up manufacturing plants in regions deemed more receptive, including Thailand, Brazil, Indonesia, Hungary, and Uzbekistan.

– The company’s first international factory is expected to commence operations in Thailand by the end of the year. This strategic move paid off, as BYD recently outpaced Toyota in passenger car sales in Thailand in January, showcasing significant market penetration within a year of starting sales in the country.

https://evne.ws/49YFqYx

Tesla Expands Charging Access to Non-Tesla EVs in China

– Tesla has made over 800 of its charging stations in China accessible to other electric vehicle (EV) brands, comprising more than 450 Supercharger and over 350 destination charging stations.

– A promotional offer allows EV owners to subscribe to Tesla’s charging service at a reduced rate of RMB 2.99 ($0.42) from March 19 to April 30, down from the usual RMB 9.99.

– This initiative, announced on April 24, 2023, aims to pilot the integration of Tesla’s charging network with other EV brands in the Chinese mainland.

– Initially, Tesla opened access to 10 Supercharger stations and 120 destination charging stations to 37 models from other manufacturers.

– Since November 28, the number of Supercharger stations available to non-Tesla EVs increased by about 100, and destination charging stations by approximately 90, marking significant growth in the program.

https://evne.ws/43ysnuI

2024 Rivian R1S Quad Motor Lease: Exceptional Deal

– The lease offer for the 2024 Rivian R1S Quad Motor, set at $699 per month for 36 months with a down payment of $8,594, is available until March 31. This special rate applies to the R1S Adventure version, featuring a Large Battery Pack and priced at $100,800.

– With 835 horsepower, the Quad Motor variant significantly surpasses the 533 horsepower of the Dual Motor version and extends driving range to 321 miles, outdoing the Dual Motor’s 270 miles.

– Calculating the lease cost without including taxes and additional fees results in an effective monthly expense of $938 for the Quad Motor, based on its retail value.

– For comparison, the Dual Motor Standard Pack is being leased for $639 a month with an initial payment of $8,534, creating an adjusted monthly charge of $876, compared to its $76,700 retail price.

– Despite the Quad Motor’s retail price being $24,100 more than the Dual Motor, leasing it only costs an additional $62 monthly.

– This leasing strategy positions the Rivian R1S Quad Motor as a formidable rival to the 2024 Tesla Model X Dual Motor, which has a significantly higher lease payment of $1,150 monthly plus an initial $9,345, summing to $1,410 a month.

– Even though the Rivian R1S Quad Motor is roughly $19,000 pricier than the Tesla Model X, it presents a lease saving of $472 monthly.

https://evne.ws/3THxllt

Trump Criticizes EV Policy with Harsh Rhetoric

– Former President Donald J. Trump recently used the term “blood bath” in relation to electric vehicles (EVs), asserting it was a commentary on the sector rather than a broader threat of political violence.

– Trump’s discourse on electric vehicles consistently employs aggressive language, asserting that the promotion of EVs could devastate the American automotive industry and result in job losses.

– He accuses the Biden administration of undermining Michigan’s manufacturing sector by promoting electric vehicle sales, likening it to an “ordered hit job.”

– Trump’s speeches often weave various themes together, leading to confusion about his specific targets, whether they are union workers, auto manufacturers, or the nation’s economic policies at large.

– He proposed a 100-percent tariff on vehicles manufactured in Mexico by Chinese companies. This comes alongside his previous statements of a 50-percent tariff on all Mexican-made products and up to 60-percent on Chinese-made goods.

– Analysts suggest that such tariffs could drastically inflate prices for consumers in the United States, exacerbating inflation issues further.

https://evne.ws/3ILD6bv

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