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BMW Unveils Vision Neue Klasse X Concept

– BMW introduced the Vision Neue Klasse X SUV concept set to begin production in Debrecen, Hungary, by mid-2025.

– It draws inspiration from its historical 1962 BMW 1500 model, which was pivotal in transforming the brand’s midsize vehicle lineup. The 1962 model signified a complete overhaul in BMW’s approach to car design, engineering, performance, and aesthetics, setting a new benchmark for the brand. This move was crucial for BMW at the time. The Vision Neue Klasse X is BMW’s modern reinterpretation, albeit in SAV form.

– The Neue Klasse will utilize large-volume round cells in a cell-to-pack concept, switching from prismatic cells, aimed at models with different heights. Charging capabilities include an 800-volt system for fast charging over 200 kW, allowing a 300 km range recharge within ten minutes. The iX3 will be produced in Hungary, aiming for a 25% increase in overall efficiency compared to current EV models.

– Neue Klasse vehicles will utilize cylindrical batteries with a 20% higher energy density and 30% increased range than the current prismatic cells, also contributing to weight reduction and cost efficiency. Bidirectional charging is introduced, enabling vehicle-to-load, vehicle-to-home, and future vehicle-to-grid functionalities, with the first phase focusing on vehicle-to-home via the BMW DC Wallbox Professional.

– The concept highlights a new BMW brand face for X models, featuring a narrow, vertically designed kidney grille and a three-dimensional sculpture with backlit contours. Inside, a redesigned steering wheel, intuitive touch Central Display, and BMW Panoramic Vision across the windshield offer an advanced user interface. Aerodynamics have been significantly improved, reducing drag by 20% and increasing overall vehicle efficiency by up to 25%.

– BMW’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Oliver Zipse, emphasizes the Neue Klasse as a redefinition of the BMW brand. Frank Weber, BMW Group’s chief technology officer, highlighted the Neue Klasse architecture as the company’s most substantial investment, signaling a major evolution for BMW.

– The iconic BMW kidney grille is reenvisioned as a backlit, vertical three-dimensional sculpture, flanked by LED headlights, illustrating BMW’s commitment to adapting its design DNA for future electric models.

– BMW has significantly invested in developing advanced “super-brain” computing systems, achieving up to a tenfold increase in processing capability over existing technologies. This cutting-edge computing power allows for a reduction in the total number of required on-board computers by half, streamlining vehicle electronics.

– Enhanced processing speeds enhance automated driving capabilities, improve safety technology responses, and offer more precise control over steering and suspension settings. The introduction of these “super-brain” computers is expected to set new standards for vehicle performance, safety, and driving experience in future BMW models.

https://evne.ws/491hJxy

BMW’s High-End EVs Set to Boost 2024 Earnings

– BMW anticipates its luxury electric vehicles (EVs), including the 7-Series sedans, X7, and Rolls Royce Spectre, to significantly contribute to its profits in 2024.

– The company projects an 8% to 10% profit margin for its automotive segment, aligning with its strategic goals.

– CEO Oliver Zipse expressed confidence in the growth of high-end fully electric vehicles, predicting a positive impact on the company’s financial performance.

– BMW leads its competitors in the premium EV market, with electric models constituting about 15% of its total vehicle sales. It aims to sell half a million EVs in 2024, expanding its electric lineup to 15 models.

– Despite the optimistic sales outlook, BMW anticipates its investments in the forthcoming “Neue Klasse” EV series, launching in late 2025, to impact its earnings temporarily.

– The “Neue Klasse” will feature innovations aimed at halving battery costs and increasing vehicle range by 30%, along with supporting bi-directional charging. This technology allows the vehicle to serve as a backup power source for homes.

https://evne.ws/3PyNy9U

Cupra’s Electric Leap into the U.S. Market

– Cupra, under the Volkswagen Group, is set to make its debut in the U.S. market by the end of this decade, focusing on producing vehicles locally within North America.

– The brand will introduce two electric vehicles (EVs) initially: an electric variant of the Formentor crossover and a larger, yet-to-be-named electric crossover SUV, as part of its strategy to establish a global presence.

– Since becoming an independent entity from VW’s Seat brand in 2018, Cupra has carved out a niche with its performance-oriented hatchbacks and crossovers, aiming to attract a youthful and forward-thinking customer base.

https://evne.ws/491hMte

GM Set to Escalate Ultium EV Production After Overcoming Challenges

– GM anticipates overcoming its EV “production hell,” aiming for a significant increase in production for 2024 after falling short of EV sales targets in the previous two years.

– In 2023, GM managed to deliver 75,883 electric vehicles, missing its ambitious goal of selling 100,000 in just the latter half of the year due to various operational setbacks.

– Key issues included freight delays, software glitches, particularly affecting the Blazer EV, which saw a stop-sale order lifted after nearly three months.

– Despite these challenges, GM plans to manufacture between 200,000 and 300,000 Ultium-based EVs in 2024, marking a twentyfold increase from the previous year’s production levels.

– This production goal is an adjustment from an earlier target of 400,000 EVs by mid-2024.

– GM’s CFO, Paul Jacobson, acknowledged difficulties in scaling Ultium battery production but expressed optimism that these hurdles have largely been overcome.

– Ultium-based EV sales in 2023 were below 14,000 units, including 9,154 Cadillac Lyriq and 3,244 GMC Hummer EVs, with the Blazer EV and Silverado EV WT starting deliveries late in the year.

– GM’s production of Ultium-based EVs lagged behind competitors like Rivian, which sold more R1S models than GM did of all its Ultium EVs combined in the same period.

https://evne.ws/3Pyng7V

Ford Tourneo Connect PHEV: Leading EV Range Among Hybrids

– Ford introduces a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Tourneo Connect MPV, featuring a remarkable 68-mile electric-only range, setting a high standard for PHEVs.

– Incorporates a hybrid system with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, high-voltage battery, and a front-mounted electric motor.

– Delivers a combined output of 147bhp and 258lb ft (350 Nm) of torque, channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.

– Supports fast charging up to 50kW, utilizing a battery system similar to the one in the Volkswagen Caddy eHybrid.

– The plug-in hybrid powertrain is offered across both the five-seat Tourneo Connect and the seven-seat, long-wheelbase Grand Tourneo Connect variants.

https://evne.ws/3TOjycX

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 2025 Adds PHEV to Lineup

– The 2025 GLC-Class from Mercedes-Benz will include a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, the GLC 350e, expanding the recently redesigned lineup.

– The GLC 350e combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor that provides 134 horsepower and a significant upgrade is seen in the battery capacity, now at 24.8 kWh—11.3 kWh more than its predecessor—nearly doubling its capacity.

– The WLTP-tested electric range is approximately 81 miles on a single charge, promising a substantial improvement over the previous model’s 22-mile range.

– Charging capabilities have been enhanced, with AC charging increased to 11 kW and support for DC fast charging up to 60 kW.

– Scheduled for sale in the second half of this year, the GLC 350e’s price will be revealed closer to its market launch and is expected to exceed the base price of the GLC 300 4MATIC, around $50,000.

https://evne.ws/3TwU3v8

VW ID. Buzz Introduces AWD and GTX Performance

– The ID. Buzz will feature a 250 kW electric drive system, borrowing from the ID.7 GTX, including a powerful 210 kW APP550 rear motor with 560 Nm of torque, complemented by an 80 kW AKA150 front motor with 134 Nm of torque.

– It comes with a 79 kWh battery, an upgrade from the previous 77 kWh version, for the standard wheelbase model. The long-wheelbase version will be equipped exclusively with a new 86 kWh battery.

– The vehicle can sprint from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds.

– The towing capacity has been enhanced to 1,800 kg for the standard wheelbase model, an increase of 800 kg, and 1,600 kg for the long-wheelbase variant.

– The 79 kWh battery supports fast charging up to 185 kW, enabling a recharge from 10% to 80% in 26 minutes. The long-wheelbase’s 86 kWh battery can peak at 200 kW, also charging from 10% to 80% in around 26 minutes.

– Cargo space ranges from 1,121 to 2,123 liters in the standard wheelbase and 1,340 to 2,469 liters in the long-wheelbase version.

– It offers an optional panoramic sunroof, the largest ever on a Volkswagen, with liquid crystal technology for adjustable transparency.

– Equipped with advanced safety features, including an exit warning system to alert of approaching vehicles or bicycles from behind, preventing door opening.

– Comes with Travel Assist technology, incorporating Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Emergency Assist, now improved for smoother and more responsive operation.

– I’ve got this far without mentioning range and that hasn’t been made public yet. The ID. Buzz GTX models are expected to hit the market in the latter half of the year, with pre-sales beginning in the summer. Pricing details will be announced closer to the sale date.

– The European version of the long-wheelbase ID.Buzz can be configured with either five or seven seats.  In the U.S., the ID.Buzz will utilize the same AWD setup as the GTX, with a 107-hp front motor and a 282-hp rear motor, though it will not carry the GTX branding or specific equipment.

– The vehicle will be available in a long-wheelbase format in the U.S., differing from Europe, which will have both short- and long-wheelbase options.

https://evne.ws/3TMNohH

Deployment of First V4 Superchargers by Non-Tesla Brands

– Tesla has begun supplying V4 Supercharger hardware to non-Tesla brands, with the first stations being deployed.

– Last year, Tesla struck a $100 million deal with BP to supply Supercharger hardware for BP-branded charging stations across the U.S.

– Following the BP agreement, Tesla secured another deal with the EG Group to establish the EV Point charging network in the UK, using Tesla’s Superchargers.

– The first of these stations has been launched at Asda Express in Uttoxeter, UK, featuring ten charging stalls.

https://evne.ws/3PVJnFJ

EU Car Sales Surge in February 2024 with Electric Models Holding Strong

– EU new car registrations increased in February and Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) maintained a 12% market share, with 106,187 units sold.

– Petrol and diesel cars saw a combined market share decline to 48.4% from 51.9% the previous year, with diesel sales dropping in most major markets except Germany.

– Belgium, France, and the Netherlands registered notable double-digit growth in BEV sales.

– Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) saw an 11.6% increase in registrations, amounting to 64,351 units and holding a 7.3% market share.

https://evne.ws/3TOLZXW

Isuzu D-Max EV Concept: Power Meets Utility

– Isuzu reveals the D-Max EV concept, suggesting a future electric version of their popular pick-up with a focus on maintaining robust utility features.

– The electric D-Max is equipped with a dual-motor setup, offering full-time four-wheel drive and delivering a combined output of 174 horsepower (130 kW). While the electric range hasn’t been specified, the D-Max EV will sport a 66.9 kWh battery, smaller than competitors promising longer ranges, hinting at a focus on balance between performance and efficiency.

– The vehicle maintains a payload capacity of over one tonne (approximately 2,205 pounds), ensuring it retains its commercial vehicle status and associated tax benefits.  Its towing capability is confirmed to be 3.5 tonnes (about 7,716 pounds) so this has some decent chops as a working vehicle.

– Isuzu plans to use a battery and motor system supplied by BYD, marking it as the UK’s first four-wheel-drive electric pick-up to hit the market.

https://evne.ws/3vpyxAC

Chevy Silverado EV Tops Rivals in Real-World Range Challenge

– In a real-world range test, the Chevy Silverado EV outperformed its competitors, covering 434 miles, closer to its estimated range of 450 miles.

– Competing models included the Tesla Cybertruck, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Rivian R1T, with the Silverado EV showcasing superior mileage.

– The test, conducted by *Out of Spec Reviews*, involved a 70-mph highway loop starting from a 100% state of charge, under controlled conditions to ensure fairness.

– The Rivian R1T secured the second position with a range of 345 miles against its estimated 352 miles.

– The Tesla Cybertruck followed, achieving 304 miles, slightly over its estimated range of 301 miles.

– The Ford F-150 Lightning lagged behind, managing 282 miles, well below its expected range of 320 miles.

https://evne.ws/3Py3R7g

ABB E-mobility and MAN Unveil Megawatt Charging for Electric Trucks

– ABB E-mobility and MAN have showcased a public charging demonstration for an electric truck, achieving more than 700 kW and 1,000 A for the first time.

– The new MCS (Megawatt Charging Standard) is designed to support charging capacities up to 3.75 MW at 3,000 A, promising a dramatic reduction in charging times.

– This milestone exceeds current CCS (Combined Charging System) standards, which offer a maximum of 400 kW at 500 A for cars and commercial vehicles.

– The completion of the MCS standard, expected this year, will enable charging capacities exceeding one megawatt, significantly enhancing the efficiency of electric truck operations.

– ABB E-mobility and MAN have played a significant role in developing the MCS standard through the CharIN industry association.

– The implementation of MCS charging will require considerable energy, highlighting the importance of grid expansion and digitalisation to accommodate the increased electricity demand and infrastructure needs at charging locations.

https://evne.ws/3PA991P

i-charging Unveils Up to 900 kW Power Stations for EVs

– i-charging has announced the enhancement of its Blueberry line of charging stations, now offering up to 900 kW of total power, adjustable in 50 kW increments.

– The Blueberry Plus allows two electric vehicles (EVs) to charge simultaneously, dynamically distributing power between them.

– The Blueberry Cluster model can accommodate up to four EVs charging together, with power dynamically allocated across the chargers.

– Each charging point delivers a maximum current of 500 amps, enabling a single EV to charge at up to 500 kW under optimal conditions.

– Specifically designed to cater to the German market, the Blueberry Cluster can distribute at least 800 kW across four outputs, meeting the 200 kW minimum requirement per output and achieving up to 500 A of current.

– Founded in 2019 in Porto, Portugal, i-charging introduced its initial lineup of fast-charging stations ranging from 50 to 600 kW in the fall of 2020.

https://evne.ws/3Tw4yyL

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