Tag Archive: Electric Cars

  1. Ford’s First Electric Crossover is Called the Mustang Mach-E, Offers 300-miles Range

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    After Tesla launched the Model 3, their “bread and butter” electric car for the people, it was only a question of time when the established car manufacturers will fight back. Ford did just that, launching the Mustang Mach-E, a car that might be a real thorn in the eye of Tesla’s upcoming Model Y compact crossover.

    Ford obviously did its homework on the Mach-E. Like most electric cars, they will offer several different versions, some aimed at performance, others at range.

    The entry-level model will feature a 75.5 kW/h battery with 288 cells for around 230-miles of range with RWD, or 210-miles with AWD.

    The upgraded model will feature a 98.8 kW/h battery with 376 cells, enough for 300-miles of range with only one electric motor on the rear axle, or 270 miles with electromotors on both axles.

    Every Mustang Mach-E will be able to use the 150 kW FordPass Charging Network, which will supply the car with 47 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Mach-E can use the charging networks of Chargepoint and EVGo as well. According to the company, that is 75% of all electric-car charging networks in the USA.

    Ford will offer four power configurations of the Mach-E, starting with:

    • 255 horsepower in the entry-level version
    • 306 horsepower
    • 332 horsepower for a more spirited driving experience
    • GT with 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque

    The company promises that the 459 horsepower configuration (Mach-E GT) will accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds, which is a better result than most Mustang coupes. Ford will also equip this model with adjustable dampers, so the driver can choose between better handling and smoother ride quality. By making a performance-oriented model, the company probably wants to justify the naming on the crossover.

    Many Mustang enthusiasts aren’t happy that Ford put the galloping pony on a crossover by already expressing their feelings on social media. However, Ford is confident that people will change their opinions once they drive the car.

  2. Daimler Announced its Intention to Focus Solely on Electric Vehicles

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    Electric in every segment. Credit: Daimler

    Daimler AG, the German car manufacturer who sells automobiles under the brands of Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Maybach, and more, has announced their intention to stop developing petrol and diesel engines.

    From now on, they will focus all their research and development efforts on electric vehicles.

    This announcement got a lot of attention and even drew a message of congratulations from CEO and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk.

    Electric is the future! Congratulations Daimler!! https://t.co/Zg2VSj4tjO— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2019

    Here’s to a sustainable future. 👍— Mercedes-Benz (@MercedesBenz) September 19, 2019

    Very meaningful action by the company that invented the internal combustion engine. People will remember this day. Respect.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2019

    The existing IC engines may be used for some models that will leave the Daimler production lines in the following years, while some may use engines developed by other manufacturers.

    Daimler, however, will not deal with internal combustion technology at all. 

    Right now, Daimler is one of the manufacturers who bring some of the most advanced IC engines in the market, so fans of gasoline and diesel power will receive this news with an understandable disappointment.

    While the announcement came from the development chief of the marque, Markus Schafer, it is important to point out that the automotive market is currently very unstable and pressing, so the outlook could change at any time.

    All that said, Mercedes-Benz has been presenting electric models in mass lately, so this latest news come in perfect alignment with what we’ve been seeing by the leading Daimler brand.

    Moreover, the customers seem to love this trend, and the market segment that is targeted by Daimler allows them to be optimistic about the sales of more expensive EV models.

    On the same page, Smart, another subsidiary of Daimler, has presented nothing other than electric models on its newest lineup during the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. On the same show, Mercedes-Benz has even presented a new line of two-wheeled electric scooters, the result of their partnership with Swiss scooter expert “Micro”. 

    Article originally published on Industry Tap

  3. Rivian R1T is an Electric Pickup Truck That Goes 400 Miles on a Charge

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    Imagine you take the best bits of Tesla’s electric cars and put them into a pickup truck. Rivian is an American startup company that leaves nothing to our imagination – they already built it. With the R1T, Rivian will try to conquer the truck world with electric propulsion that seems to be better in every way than its gasoline-powered counterparts.

    The Rivian R1T is a mid-size pickup truck that will compete with the likes of Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger. On paper, this futuristic pickup truck does everything right – the highest-spec model can travel up to 400 miles on a charge for the 180 kWh version, which is more than even the best Tesla Model S can offer. Rivian will also provide models with 105 kWh battery and 230 miles of range, and 135 kWh battery and 300 miles of range.

    Despite the heavy batteries, the mid-level model can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3 seconds, thanks to the combined 754 horsepower of the electric motors. That’s much faster than any other pickup truck, mind you, and also faster than most sports cars. As expected, the R1T will also support a fast charge of up to 160 kW, that according to Rivian is enough for 200 miles of range in only 30 minutes of charging.

    However, persuading truckers into buying an electric vehicle is not just about range or performance. The reason why Rivian is so exciting is that they do the other things right. For example, the company equipped the R1T with four electric motors, one on each wheel, which means that it’s an AWD vehicle, albeit with even more control than regular AWD truck.

    Also, the company will equip all versions with adjustable air suspension that will give enough wheel articulation for severe off-road driving, and low body roll for driving on the street. Another mind-blowing fact is that the R1T has a wading depth of over 3 feet thanks to the insulated batteries, which is better than every other pickup truck. Thanks to these advancements, Rivian says that R1T will be the best pickup truck both for off-roading and street driving.

    Unlike other pickup trucks, other than the bed, the R1T will also have gear-tunnel trunk behind the cab with 12.4 cu ft, and front trunk with 11.1 cu ft of capacity, which means that it will also be more practical for families. The Rivian R1T will go on sale in 2020 with a starting price of $69,000 for the 105 kWh version.

    Image Credit: Rivian Automotive

  4. The All-Electric Honda e Will Use Cameras Instead of Side Mirrors

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    Camera mirror system by Honda

    Side mirrors have been a staple in the automotive industry for over fifty years now. They were invented to help the driver see what happens in other road lanes, which helps with safety. While this invention certainly helped the automotive industry going forward, it seems outdated by today’s standards. The reason is quite simple – side mirrors spoil the airflow around the vehicle and increase drag, thus limiting performance, and increasing fuel consumption and emissions.

    Honda is one of the first manufacturers that will replace the wing mirrors on one of their vehicles with cameras, following Lexus, which already offers the ES sedan with optional side cameras in Japan. The Honda e is a compact electric vehicle with a retro design that caused a lot of stir when it was launched as a concept a few years ago.

    The side cameras offered as standard in the Honda e are much smaller than side mirrors. On top of that, they have two settings – Normal and Wide, depending on the needs of the driver. According to Honda, the Normal setting will improve visibility by 10% when compared to a conventional side mirror, while the Wide setting will improve it by a whopping 50%. The cameras will have other advantages, such as showing guidelines when the driver engages reverse.

    According to Honda, the new side cameras on the Honda e compact will produce 90% less drag than conventional side mirrors, or 3.8% overall less drag for the vehicle. This design choice should result in less energy consumption, better performance, and longer range. Honda also paid attention to the design of the housing to limit water drops on the lens.

    The cameras on both sides of the Honda E will stream continuous video to 6-inch LCDs inside the cabin, located in the left and right corner. This location of the screens is also seen as an improvement as they are closer to the view of the driver.

    Sadly, the side cameras won’t be offered in the US at first due to regulations but will be available in the Japanese and European markets.

    The Honda e compact electric car will launch in early 2020 with 125 miles of range and fast charging of 30-minutes for 80% capacity.