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September 30, 2021 21 min
Show #1230
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HYUNDAI IONIQ 6 ELECTRIC SEDAN SPIED TESTING IN GERMANY "Hyundai reportedly took the Ioniq 6 back to the drawing board for some last minute design changes. We therefore don’t know if the final production interpretation of the model will look like this prototype or if it will even more closely resemble the stunning Prophecy concept that previewed it." asks InsideEVs: "while previous prototypes were spotted with cameras instead of regular side mirrors, these newer prototypes featured the latter. Hyundai is building the Ioniq 6 on it E-GMP dedicated electric vehicle platform and thus it will surely share many components with the Ioniq 5. However, the largest available battery will be bigger than the Ioniq 5’s 72.6 kWh pack and it could be closer to 100 kWh (with around 300 miles of range), according to some rumors."
VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS PHEV PLANS WITH >100 KM RANGE ""In the course of a presentation of its current plug-in hybrid models, Volkswagen has given an outlook on its upcoming PHEV strategy. A new generation of plug-in hybrid drives is expected to be used from 2023." says electrive :"the battery capacity and thus the electric range are to increase significantly – the latter to around 100 kilometres.  Volkswagen’s PHEVs will in future have a fast-charging option with a CCS connection, enabling significantly faster charging processes than with the existing single-phase onboard chargers with only 3.6 kW charging power. Media reports indicate that the AC onboard charger could also be upgraded. From the 3.6 kW single-phase mentioned at the beginning to 11 kW three-phase"
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VW WASTES NO TIME JOSTLING FOR GERMANY’S NEW POLITICAL PARADIGM "On Monday morning, the man who prevailed in Germany’s race to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor called on potential partners to join him in a new government as soon as possible. Olaf Scholz, of the center-left Social Democrats, appealed to the environmentally minded Greens and pro-business Free Democrats to back a three-way coalition following his narrow victory in Sunday’s election." reports Bloomberg: "Just a few hours later, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess took to Twitter to sketch out the car giant’s vision for a new government. His 10-point wish list includes calls to expand renewables, curb coal, raise the price of CO2 and scrap subsidies for gasoline and diesel fuel. VW’s CEO openly trying to speed up the demise of the internal combustion engine would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. the SPD has repeatedly called on the industry to be more ambitious when it comes to phasing out the combustion engine. The party was instrumental in denying the industry’s request for a scrapping bonus for older gasoline and diesel vehicles at the height of the pandemic last year."
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TESLA HIRING FOR OVER 300 OPEN POSITIONS IN AUSTIN "Tesla is on a hiring spree in Austin. The company had 315 jobs posted on its website on Monday, Sept. 27. Tesla announced it was building a “Gigafactory” in southeastern Travis County in July 2020. The factory is set to employee 5,000 people with annual wages starting at $35,000." says local news channel KVUE: "Ed Latson, executive director at Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, told the ABJ that, more than likely, more jobs are coming when the Tesla plant begins production. The Gigafactory is set to begin production by the end of 2021."
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NISSAN INTRODUCES E-POWER SYLPHY IN CHINA "Nissan unveiled the e-POWER Sylphy, the first model equipped with the e-POWER series hybrid technology (earlier post) for customers in China. First introduced in Japan on the Nissan Note in 2016, e-POWER has been well-received in the market, with cumulative sales of e-POWER models surpassing 500,000 units at the end of March." says Green Car Congress: "The e-POWER Sylphy sets the pace for Nissan’s plan to roll out six e-POWER models in China by 2025 as part of its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision for changing how vehicles are powered, driven and integrated into society."
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SEAT UK FURTHER ELECTRIFIES RANGE WITH LAUNCH OF SEAT MÓ ESCOOTER 125 The SEAT MÓ eScooter 125, equivalent to a 125cc motorcycle, is priced at £4,996 per unit with the Government’s OLEV EV Grant included or available for £95 per month (48 months) on hire purchase, making it an affordable alternative for those looking to move through the city with ease. The eScooter 125’s battery can be charged in situ or be removed and placed nearer to a plug socket for convenient and safe charging. Integrated into the SEAT MÓ’s rear wheel is an 9kW electric motor (peak power) – equivalent to a 125cc motorcycle or scooter – that produces 240Nm of torque, giving the city electric motorcycle a top speed of up to 59mph (95km/h) and a 0-31mph (50km/h) acceleration time of only 3.9 seconds. The SEAT MÓ eScooter 125 has a range of up to 85 miles (137km) (WMTC) on a single charge of its removable 5.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack.  For easy transportation of the 40kg weight of the battery pack, once removed, the eScooter 125 designers have carefully crafted an extendable handle and a set of caster wheels to enable the driver to pull the pack along to the nearest charging point – wherever this happens to be. 
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CITROËN UK EXPANDS NEW Ë-SPACETOURER ELECTRIC RANGE WITH TWO NEW XL VARIANTS Citroën UK has updated its New ë-SpaceTourer electric range, with the model now available in both ‘M’ and ‘XL’ forms. With the Diesel-powered Citroën SpaceTourer already available in ‘M’ and ‘XL’ sizes, Citroën UK has now increased its New ë-SpaceTourer electric range by 100% – by adding two new ‘XL’ variants to the model selection. he ‘XL’ versions measure 5,309mm in length for improved interior space and practicality. In comparison, ‘M’ variants measure 4,959mm in length. Both the ‘M’ and ‘XL’ versions benefit from the same wheelbase of 3,275mm, with the extra length translating into increased load space of 3,100-litres (loaded to the roof), compared with 2,550-litres in ‘M’ versions. The ‘Business Edition’ variant is capable of seating up to nine people, in three rows of seats. The second and third rows feature a 1/3 - 2/3 split design and removable seating for added practicality. Ideal for family and commercial use, the second row comes with Isofix anchorage points as standard. In addition, ‘Business Edition’ models feature air conditioning, cruise control, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto, a 7-inch touchscreen and a driver attention alert system New Citroën ë-SpaceTourer is powered by a 50kWh battery, connected to a 100kW (136hp) electric motor. Under WLTP testing, Citroën ë-SpaceTourer has an all-electric range of up to 143 miles.
Business XL £32,495.
POWER CUTS MAY STIFLE CHINESE DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES "China’s power cuts could put a dent in the booming electric vehicle (EV) sector as the suspension of charging stations in parts of the country keeps some battery-powered cars off the roads, analysts said." according to South China Morning Post: "The power blackouts in more than 10 provinces across the mainland are likely to further sap drivers’ appetite for EVs in regions where their take-up is already low. “In northeast China, electric cars have been greeted with a lukewarm response for many years,” said Zhang Fan, a car insurance broker in Jilin province. “The power cuts could further siphon off buying interest in electricity-powered vehicles.”"
CHINA'S CARMAKERS ARE MAKING CHEAPER ELECTRIC VEHICLES "As the world enters the era of the electric vehicle (EV), are we about to see a sea change in the identity and makeup of Europe’s streets?  The quality, and, more importantly, the affordability of Chinese EVs is becoming a situation that is harder for European manufacturers to ignore with each passing year, and it could be just a matter of time before the market becomes flooded with imports from China." says "According to a report from automotive data analysis firm Jato Dynamics, the average price of a new electric car in China since 2011 has fallen from €41,800 to €22,100. While China’s significant manufacturing capabilities have never been in doubt, the question was whether it would be able to innovate to the same degree as its Western counterparts. That question has been answered in the form of their batteries and the technology they are able to implement inside their vehicles (although parts of the industry are still subsidised by the Chinese government)."
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