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BMW i4 Teased Before the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

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BMW is set to launch its new green car at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next month. The electric vehicle will be called the BMW i4 Concept and it boasts more than 300 miles of electric range at full charge.

Many have been eagerly anticipating a barrage of EVs from BMW starting with the i4 and i5 after the i3 made its debut seven years ago. However, it’s only now that the luxury brand has released a follow-up to its electric car.

BMW still refers to the i4 as a concept but it should be noted that the car is already due for release in the market next year. Therefore, what we will be seeing in Geneva will most probably embody all the things that the production version will offer.

The automaker claims that the i4 will be equipped with an 80 kW battery. The unit will allow the EV to reach up to 373 miles in full charge. The figures were derived from the more lenient WLTP cycle used outside the US, so it’s EPA estimate will still be somewhere above the 300-mile mark. That makes the electric car a worthy adversary to the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 in the market. The company said that the battery of the i4 can be charged up to 80 percent in only 35 minutes using a 150 kW fast charger.

The electric motor located at each axle of the i4 will let it produce a total of 523 hp, which is enough to propel the auto from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed will likely be limited to 120 mph.


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2020 Porsche Taycan EV To Drop Officially On September 4

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The 2020 Porsche Taycan EV will make its official debut on September 4, the company said. It will be revealed at 9 a.m. EST in three simultaneous locations in Canada, China, and Porsche’s native Germany. So, mark your calendars because the global debut will be live-streamed on the company’s dedicated online TV microsite.

The debut in China shows just how much Porsche wants to take a piece of the pie that is the Chinese market.

The first concept of the Porsche Taycan EV was aptly called the Porsche Mission E. Back then, the concept already revealed that the new electric car will have an 800-volt electric system that will allow for super-fast charging. This was a massive investment for Porsche.

It remains to be seen whether this concept’s features will pass on to the production form. The concept promised about 250 miles of range in only 15 minutes of charging. Porsche also said the car will have a driving range of more than 300 miles. The Tesla Model S has the current longest-range version of 370 miles.

According to the company, the Taycan EV can make 600 horsepower and get from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. If you want to take the Taycan, which translates to “lively young horse” in reference to the center of the Porsche crest, to the race track and make repeated hot laps, the electric sedan can still sustain its performance numbers.

This claim was proven by a video on YouTube, which, in just 17 minutes showed the all-wheel-drive Taycan getting from 0 to 124 mph 26 times in a row. The result showed that the fastest and slowest times were only off by 0.8 seconds.

The debut of the Porsche Taycan should give us an idea of how the company envisions the future of electric cars to be.

There’s A New Lotus Sports Car In The Pipeline

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If Geely-owned Lotus wants to survive in the near future, it would refocus its energy on creating a car that mortals can actually afford, and that’s sports cars. While it wowed experts with its Evija hypercar, it also knows the $2.1 million hypercar will not save the company from extinction.

Instead, according to Lotus CEO Phil Popham, $60,000 sports cars will remain to be the automaker’s bread and butter.

Lotus plans to build its next sports car after the last Evija rolls off the production line. Since there will only be 130 units of the Evija, we daresay we’re looking at an introduction next year and launch by 2021. Popham knows the cars Lotus is producing these past years cannot compete in the market for luxury cars simply because they are still too expensive even to the richest of the rich.

The company’s 10-year plan called the Vision 80 has all these mapped out and it looks like the Evija will be the only hypercar we’ll see from Lotus. At least, for the time being.

Popham said the company is planning a combustion-powered sports car that will be introduced toward the end of next year. All models that will be developed, designed, and produced after that combustion-powered sports car will be electrified. In fact, Popham said Lotus will skip using a PHEV powertrain and go straight to fully electric.

So now that we know the next sports car won’t be powered by a battery pack and it won’t even be a hybrid, what will set it apart from its contemporaries? For one, the upcoming sports car will look similar to the Evija because the hypercar, after all, “signals the start of a contemporary new design language.”

The sports car will use the underpinnings of the Evora and will be the most practical car in Lotus’ lineup. The sports car will be bigger on the outside and the inside, but it will also be safer, more equipped, and developed to meet loftier standards than other Lotus cars.

 

Tesla Sets Model 3 Starting Price To £38,900 In UK

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Tesla just released the pricing details for its Model 3 as the car goes on sale in the United Kingdom. Thanks to the government’s £3,500 ($4,564) plug-in car grant, the Model 3 with the Standard Range Plus rear-wheel-drive car will only cost £38,900 ($50,727).

If you want a faster Model 3 version, which is aptly named the Model 3 Performance, you need to shell out £56,900 ($74,249). The Performance version can bring the car from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. But if longer mile range is more of your priority, you can get the Long Range AWD, a trim level that sits between the two versions. With a selling price of £47,900 ($62,524), the Long Range AWD can get you 348 miles as tested under the WLTP standards.

Although the entry-level Model 3 is more expensive than we have anticipated, it comes with a slew of special features that include an Autopilot system that can accelerate, brake, and steer the car in the right lane. It can also be set up to overtake maneuvers on motorways and dual-carriageways.

For an extra £4,900 ($6,394), Tesla can also equip the Model 3 with full self-driving capability. This will give the car the ability to drive automatically in the city and respond to traffic lights. It is worth taking note, however, that choosing the upgrade after the car has already been delivered will cost £6,800 ($8,867).

Inside, the Model 3 is fitted with the most basic of equipment—a steering wheel and a 15-inch touchscreen that faces the driver. The screen eliminates the need for physical display and control functions.

Buyers can choose from five colors. If you choose solid black, you won’t have to pay extra. Midnight Silver and Deep Blue will go for an extra £950 ($1,239) while the Multi-Coat Red and Pearl White will cost £1,900 ($2,478).

BMW iNext and i4 Boast a 373-Mile Electric Range

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The BMW iNext and i4 are due to arrive in 2021. However, based on spy shots and updates of BMW, the electric vehicles are nearly ready and are already undergoing winter testing. It was revealed that each car will get at least 600 km or 373 miles driving range on full charge.

The figures of BMW came from the Europeran WLTP test cycle. We are yet to get the official EPA ratings of the iNext and i4 which are bound for the US market though.

According to reports, the EVs were recently spotted while being tested near the Arctic Circle. The tests aim to evaluate how the batteries, motors and other components will react to extreme cold weather conditions.

The iNext is a crossover that will have a Level 3 autonomous driving capability. It is poised to become the German luxury car maker’s “technology flagship.” The unit is based on the Vision iNext concept vehicle introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018. The plant tasked with the assembly of the product is located in Dingolfing, Germany. The production is slated to begin in 2021.

Meanwhile, the i4 is a four-door car that will be positioned in the “premium midrange segment” of the company. The highlights of the auto include a 0-62 mph sprint in under 4 seconds while offering a luxurious ride. The vehicle will be produced in Munich in 2021.

The iNext and i4 were seen together with the iX3. The iX3 EV will be assembled in China and is expected to be launched in 2020.

The new models are parts of BMW’s electrification efforts going to 2025. The company aims to offer at least 12 electric models in its dealerships by that period.

Check Out This Cool Render of the BMW i4

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The BMW i4 electric vehicle (EV) is expected to hit the market in 2021. The car is the production version of the I Vision Dynamics concept vehicle of BMW. The EV is still in its development phase, so its maker is yet to unveil its final design, but an artist who goes by the name “Avarii” made an awesome render of the car already.

The render shows a more conventional take on the i4 EV. Although there are still hints of the I Vision Dynamics concept in its design, it has abandoned its overly futuristic elements.

The front grille of the i4 in the images follows the shape of its concept version but it adopts a mesh found in the traditional design of cars today. The wheels, as well as the glass panes of the windows, rear glass, and windshield of the i4, also show a more practical approach.

The artist seems to have taken some cues from the recent statement of BMW about the i4. Adrian van Hooydonk, the company’s design director, confirmed through an interview with Auto Express that the upcoming EV will be more “conventional looking”.

The BMW exec believes that customers don’t believe in “design differentiation” anymore when it comes to EVs. He explained that electric mobility will already be a norm in the years to come. Therefore, it will just become one of the powertrain offerings that customers can choose from. As a result, buyers may no longer care about “design differentiation”.

Robert Irlinger, BMW’s head of i division, aired the same sentiments about the styling of the i4. He claimed that customers might prefer the signature design of BMW cars rather than a different one. With that, he said they might pattern the appearance of the i4 with one of their cars with a “4” in its name.

The Peugeot e-Legend is Truly Legendary

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The Peugeot e-Legend is the past, present, and future all wrapped into one concept car. It shows that an autonomous vehicle does not need to have an outrageously futuristic design that most of us couldn’t relate to. After its unveiling a couple of days ago, the vehicle makes its way to the 2018 Paris Auto Show.

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As Gilles Vidal, design chief at Peugeot, puts it, the e-Legend “shows that an autonomous vehicle doesn’t have to be a neutral design.” What he meant by “not neutral” was that a self-driving car can still look like an actual or modern-day car. That’s opposed to the bubbly, boxy or UFO-shaped concepts that some automakers have previewed so far.

The e-Legend takes inspiration from the 1970s Peugeot 504 Coupe featuring a Pininfarina design. Vidal explained that the concept is not retro though. The car may have adopted the silhouette of its classic predecessor but its design language and details are all modern according to him.

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The e-Legend’s dimensions are 183 in length, 76 inches in width, 53.9 inches in height and 105.9 inches in wheelbase. The exterior features a light metallic gray finish and a more athletic figure thanks to its revised grille, redesigned bumper with front lip spoiler and advanced lighting. In addition, the car is fitted with 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. Meanwhile, blue silk velvet adorns its interior while paldao wood is used to highlight its steering wheel and doorways.

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Going to its powertrain, the e-Legend is equipped with an electric motor that provides it 450 hp and 800 Nm torque to all four wheels. The powerplant is energized by 100 kWh batteries with 600 km electric range. The fast charging system of the auto can juice it up in just 25 minutes, which is already good for a 500 km drive.

The figures take the electric vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in under 4 seconds. On the other hand, its max speed can reach up to 220 km/h.

Honda Introduces Everus Concept At Beijing Auto Show

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Those of you who think that Honda is simply dwindling their thumbs while everyone is jumping on the electrification bandwagon will soon be proven wrong. At the 2018 Beijing International Motor Show, the Japanese automaker unveiled the Everus concept, a HR-V-looking electric vehicle that signals Honda’s entrance into a market dominated by the likes of Tesla.

Even though it is still a concept, the Everus looks like it’s ready to roll out of the production line. Details are still scant and we barely know any information about the Everus, but looking at the photos showed the same size and proportions as the Honda HR-V. It even has the weird rear door handles that are placed at the C-pillar.

If this is how Honda’s new EV will look like, it will definitely draw a lot of praise from enthusiasts and Honda fans. Unlike other concept cars that are too far off from the actual production unit, the Everus has a promising future to look like the concept. We can probably surmise that development of the EV is underway and near to being finalized since the Japanese carmaker claims it will start manufacturing the Everus later this year.

Of course, we can look at it from the business angle: Honda has just partnered with Chinese automaker GAC, so it’s entirely plausible that the Japanese company is rushing the development of the first model of its EV line.

Considering the competitions we have in the EV market, it’s not surprising that Honda is working fast to get the Everus out there. Not only will this be available to the Chinese market, Honda also plans to roll out the model through a car-sharing service offered by Reachstar, a Chinese company that specializes in providing car share services.

What we’re sure is that this will welcome a new generation for Honda; a generation that will tap into the endless possibilities of a more electrified auto industry.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept Unveiled in Japan

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The Mitsubishi e-Evolution was just unveiled this week at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The auto is still in its concept stage but it promises to bring in high-performance elements similar to the discontinued Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

The Mitsubishi e-Evolution was classified by its maker as a crossover SUV. As the small letter “e” in its name implies, it is powered by electricity. The concept marks the Japanese brand’s first time to integrate EV technology with a high-performance vehicle.

According to a report, the e-Evolution makes use of three electric motors. The concept follows the same setup of the Lancer Evo, except that this one is electrified. Two of its motors are mounted to the rear wheels for better distribution of power and improved handling. Then the crossover possesses a four-wheel drive system.

The battery pack for the electric motors of the vehicle is located in the middle part of its base just under the floor. Mitsubishi said that it is to allow a better center of gravity for the auto.

The e-Evolution is equipped with an AI package. The source said that the AI analyzes the skill of the crossover’s driver. After that, it uses its assessment in its “coaching function”, which recommends ways for the driver on how to go about the various road conditions. The aim of such feature is to make the handling of the auto enjoyable and safe to the driver even if he or she does not have the skills of the racing driver.

Since Mitsubishi is now a part of the Renault-Nissan alliance, it is expected that some of the technologies found in the coming EV will also appear in the future vehicles of Renault and Nissan under a different name.

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The pictures below show the concept form of the Mitsubishi e-Evolution:

The 2018 Nissan Leaf Will Get The E-Pedal

Pictured above is the 2017 Nissan Leaf.

Pictured above is the 2017 Nissan Leaf.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be the Japanese automaker’s main electric vehicle offering. As it gets ready to debut for its second generation, Nissan continues to improve it with technology currently being made available in the market. One such technology is the E-Pedal.

But before that, let’s look back at what we know so far. Teases from Nissan showed that the new Leaf will have a refreshed pair of headlights and an upgraded grille. Based on the spy shots gathered, this upcoming model will be more attractive aesthetically compared to the current generation out in the market.

A video also featured the Leaf’s use of the brand’s ProPilot, the semi-autonomous driving system that this new generation will come packaged with. And speaking of autonomous driving, it came as no surprise that Nissan is fitting the 2018 Nissan Leaf with the E-Pedal, which you will either love or hate.

Basically, the E-Pedal is a single-pedal system, which can automatically accelerate or brake depending on the driver’s foot position. When accelerating, there isn’t much difference because it functions just like any ordinary accelerator pedal. What it does after you lift your foot from the pedal is what differentiates it.

As the driver lifts his foot from the accelerator, the car will automatically slow down and will come to a full stop when the foot is completely off the pedal. This will work even when you are on a hill or in a “hanging” position. The commands will be based on the position of your foot on the E-Pedal.

This sounds promising, of course, when you think about the concept of autonomous driving. Drivers, however, will have to get used to having a single-pedal system, though this may backfire to Nissan. It is highly doubtful if people will trust this E-Pedal system enough, or if they will even open up to the idea of using it.

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