Tag Archive: Electric Vehicles

  1. How Far Can Modern Electric Vehicles Go at a Speed of 70 mph?

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    Image by (Joenomias) Menno de Jong from Pixabay

    Imagine that you are escaping prison together with three other inmates, and on your way out, there are four electric cars available to take you as far as possible. There’s only one police car to chase all four cars, so the first one to come to a stop would be the only one arrested. All cars are limited to 70 mph, so there’s no way that your option would result in falling behind or leading the pack. Among Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3 Performance, Jaguar I-Pace, and Audi e-tron, which one would you choose?

    This is the scenario that Polestar’s executives wanted to study, having good faith in their model, so they decided to conduct a range test on the aforementioned EVs. Polestar took the cars to the Fowlerville Proving Ground in Michigan, charged them to 100%, set the drive mode to its default settings, and disabled regenerative braking. Also, they set the internal temperature to a typical 72˚F (22˚C) on all cars, the tires to the recommended inflation pressure, and the headlights turned on (the prison escape would take place during the night).

    The cars started at 25 mph for 1.3 miles, and were then taken up to 70 mph with the verification of a GPS system. From there, cruise control took over until the battery packs were out of juice.

    The first car to see its battery depleted was the Audi e-tron, which managed to travel 187 miles. So, if you picked the Audi, you’re busted. Third place was won by the Jaguar I-Pace, which traveled a mile longer than the Audi, reaching 188 miles.

    That was a close call, but nowhere near the second-best car which was the Polestar 2. The Sino-Swedish model managed to travel 205 miles in the oval circuit, so it beat the other two by about 10%. This leaves us with the winner, which is the Tesla Model 3 of course, reaching 234 miles, or 78 laps on the Fowlerville track if you prefer. Tesla is an experienced player in this field, so catching up with them in range performance is next to impossible.

  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. 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.