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Cybertruck and CYBRTRK Names Patented for Tesla Electric Pickup

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Details about the possible names for the planned Tesla electric pickup truck have been revealed. Based on the recent filing of the electric vehicle maker with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the product will carry either the Cybertruck or CYBRTRK moniker. A proposed badge for the auto surfaced too.

Elon Musk already confirmed the official unveiling of the Tesla electric pickup via Twitter. He referred to the vehicle as “Cybertruck”. The same post also mentioned that the big reveal will happen on November 21 near the SpaceX rocket factory of Tesla in Los Angeles.

The Tesla electric pickup is the American EV brand’s answer to the upcoming electric Ford F150 pickup truck. This could pose as a strong rival to Ford in the electric pickup segment of the market since Tesla has established itself already in the EV niche. At present, it already has the electric sedan, sports car, crossover and SUV in its lineup.

The Cybertruck or CYBRTRK names for the pickup seem to be a departure from the traditional naming scheme of Tesla. Currently, the company uses the word “Model” succeeded by a letter or number in identifying its vehicles. So this appears to be a fresh start for them.

In a related report, we have recently unearthed a site that is already capitalizing on the name revealed by Musk. Following his announcement, someone already created a forum dedicated to the upcoming Tesla pickup truck called the CYBRTRK Owner’s Club. Great job in beating Tesla to the chase guys!

A Look at the Features of the Porsche Taycan EV

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Porsche just entered the electric vehicle fray with its new Taycan. The new Porsche Taycan is offered in two trims and it is scheduled to be sold in the market in December 2019.

The Porsche Taycan aims to be a strong entry in the EV market with its slew of amazing features. Here is a quick look at the highlights of the auto:

Performance

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Initially, the Taycan is available in Turbo and Turbo S trims. A Turbo Cross Turismo is slated for next year.

The Taycan has one electric motor for the front axle and another at the rear axle. Porsche utilizes permanent-magnet synchronous motors that have permanent magnets situated between the rotor and stators. The feature makes the auto very expensive to produce but it provides a smaller, lighter and more efficient design compared to other EVs.

Both the Turbo and Turbo S offer 616 hp but taking into play their launch control systems give the two 671 hp and 751 hp, respectively. On the other hand, the torque of the former is 627 lb-ft while the latter produces 774 lb-ft.

The 0-60 mph acceleration of the Turbo is 3 seconds and the Turbo S is 2.6 seconds. Both trims have an electronically-limited top speed of 161 mph.

A 93.4 kW lithium-ion battery takes the Turbo by around 237-280 miles on the WLTP scale on a full charge. The Turbo S can reach 241-256 miles. The 800v electric architecture of the Taycan can hold up to 270 kW of power and it can be charged from 5 to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes.

Design

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The Taycan carries the distinctive design of the current Porsche cars. It has a 5,100 lb curb weight but it feels very agile and it has a good downforce. It should be noted that the car has a drag coefficient of 0.22.

The Taycan has a rear spoiler with three settings to improve airflow. Cooling flaps also help keep the car firm on the ground.

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Going inside the car reveals a dashboard dominated by displays, including a 16.8-inch curved display on top of the steering column. At the center is another 10.9-inch touchscreen embedded in the dashboard.

Pricing

At their base configurations, the cost of the Taycan Turbo starts at $153,310 and the Turbo S begins at $187,610.

Mini Set To Become An EV Brand?

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Rumors are swirling around the auto industry that the beloved Mini brand could be turning into a full-blown EV (electric vehicle) company. After it has introduced the electric version of its Hardtop, the company is again making waves that could change the auto landscape in the foreseeable future.

According to a report from Automobile, managers at parent company BMW Group canceled plans to develop and offer internal combustion engines in the next-generation Mini lineup. The cars will be developed as EV cars, instead.

The report also said that the new electric Minis will be based on a skateboard-style platform, the development of which we have no idea when or where will be. The platform will out the electric motor at the front axle. There will be a pack of battery—ranging from 35 to 50 kilowatt-hours—somewhere there.

The entire lineup will be fully electric, reports indicate. But these are not entirely new cars. The lineup should include replacements for the Hardtop and the Countryman too. There will be a new downsized Mini (as if the Mini wasn’t small enough even for one passenger) as well.

Plans for a downsized Mini were nothing new. A month ago, it was reported that the downsized Mini is based on the 2011’s Rocketman Concept.

Last year, BMW Group, which manages Mini, signed a letter of intent with Great Wall Motors in China to jointly develop and manufacture electric Minis in the Asian economic giant’s shores. Although there was no mention of when the partnership will take effect, reports said that the first jointly developed Minis will arrive by 2022 or 2023.

The question is, will Minis (whether regular or electric) still be made out of China? There was no mention of exclusivity in the partnership with Great Wall Motors. Rival company Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, signed an agreement with Geely in March to jointly develop and manufacture future Smart cars exclusively in China.

 

Fisker Electric SUV Will Rival Tesla Model Y

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EV brand Fisker is reviving its lineup with a new SUV with a 300-mile range in the works. The company, who released a series of teaser shots of the EV, said it plans to introduce the new SUV to the market in 2021 with a debut scheduled this December.

Fisker said it is in the final stages of choosing a production site for the SUV. The company added that it will be priced below $40,000, meaning that the price point will rival the Tesla Model Y which is due to be released in the second half of 2020.

Back in 2018, Fisker introduced the EMotion sedan that will supposedly be the foundation of the EV SUV. But the teaser images revealed by the company showed a different design that the concept introduced a year ago. This vehicle has sharper lines and an indicator lamp mounted in the C-pillar. This design is supposed to improve the safety features of the EV, Fisker said.

There were earlier photos of the SUV that revealed a somewhat similar front design to the EMotion. Both of the vehicles placed their safety sensors within the cars’ grille. They will also have massive wheels of up to 22 inches in diameter for the SUV and 24 inches for the sedan.

Under the hood, the SUV is going with a dual-motor system that can drive for 300 miles. Its battery is a conventional lithium-ion although Fisker is planning to develop its own battery. It’ll be no surprise if the battery is switched halfway into the production.

The EV SUV is one of the three most affordable models in the company’s plan. The two others will follow the SUV while the EMotion is going to be launched soon after. The EMotion will retail for a whopping $190,000 with top specifications.

The EMotion was originally scheduled for a 2019 reveal but the plan has been put to test by Fisker wanting to perfect its solid-state battery, the same one it plans to use in this new SUV. The solid-state battery will be able to go 500 miles on a single charge. It will also be recharged in just a few minutes.

New Renault EV Car To Compete With Nissan Leaf

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French brand Renault is about to introduce two new electric vehicles (EVs) by 2022, one of which will be a larger family-sized model that will take on the Nissan Leaf. The other one will be a smaller city car. This expansion into electric vehicles production will help the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance reach its target of selling two million cars a year by 2025.

Renault currently has four EVs in its lineup, though it plans to ramp up the production as it aims to manufacture eight new ones by 2022. Eric Feunteun, the brand’s global electric vehicle program director told Auto Express, that the company will continue to focus on the B-segment, which is “our strongest segment and it is the heart of the European market.”

The plan then is to produce smaller city cars after the B-segment and then slowly go up into the C-segment to increase their coverage. But Feunteun is adamant that the timing is critical because of the price of batteries in today’s market, especially since Renault’s goal is to offer affordable technology. The ZOE, he said, is the most affordable electric car currently on the market.

“Price is the number one deciding factor,” Feunteun added, which is why the rival for Nissan Leaf shouldn’t be expected until 2022 when the prices of batteries are expected to be at the level that Renault is hoping.

The model will likely to be based on the Renault Symbioz concept, which announced the French brand’s vision of electric and autonomous vehicle technology.

This future family-sized model will have the concept’s aggressive features such as the exaggerated daytime running lights at the front and rear ends. It will use the all-new dedicated EV platform, which is also available to all of the Alliance’s partners, that can provide more space for the passengers. The model will possibly ride higher, too, because of the larger battery size to power it up for more than 250 miles.


Source: Auto Express

Hyundai Readies EV Concept For New York Auto Show

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Hyundai is gearing up to introduce some new electric vehicle (EV) concepts at the upcoming 2019 New York Auto Show. During the Hyundai Sonata press launch in South Korea, design head Luc Donckerwolke told Roadshow that there will be an “electric show car for [the] Genesis.”

For the entire Hyundai-Kia brand, this year’s auto show in New York will be all about the Genesis and EV concepts according to Autoblog. If you can remember, we’ve already seen the GV80 SUV concept and its hydrogen fuel cell powertrain in 2017, as well as the electric Essentia coupe concept last year. What’s left is the production version of the US-market-bound Genesis G90 and its mongo grille.

Also to make its debuts are the new Sonata and Venue crossover. A still unnamed Kia show car is expected to make its entrance, too. The show car will be the version of the SP Signature concept and can potentially be called the Tusker in the US market.

The Hyundai-Kia Group isn’t making EV concepts for car shows alone. According to Auto Express, the group is working on a new electric car platform that will serve their lineup of cars. This was inspired by Volkswagen’s role in the MEB architecture primarily being used today by the German group’s brands. Right now, the only EVs available from the South Korean brand are the Hyundai Kona and Ioniq and the Kia e-Niro and Soul.

Though they still use the ICE platforms, both the Kona and e-Niro have become so popular in the European market that the company already projected these to sell out once they are released there.

Sources said that the new EV platform is currently in the development stage and will primarily focus on the B- and C-segment cars. That expected launch is two years from now, the same year we expect the EV version of the Genesis to be ready.

This move is part of the Hyundai-Kia plan to have 38 electrified options by 2025.

 

 

2020 Kia Soul EV Improves Range And Efficiency

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South Korean automaker Kia needs only one model-year to improve the driving range and efficiency of its newest 2020 Kia Soul EV. According to the latest rating by the EPA, the new Soul EV can last for 243 miles, up four miles compared to the Kia Niro EV.

It still lags behind Hyundai’s Kona EV, which has a 258-mile range. Interestingly, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack that’s found in the Niro EV and the smaller Hyundai Kona EV. This is a huge step up for the Soul EV as the 2019 model only has a rating of 111 miles from the EPA. The Soul EV started with a 93-mile range.

Each of the 64-kWh liquid-cooled battery packs has five large modules of pouch cells with three oriented lengthwise under the passenger floor and two stacked crosswise under the rear seat area. The difference lies in the fact that Kia used the cells from SK Innovation while Hyundai used the LG Chem cells.

This new Soul EV is also more energy-efficient. Its EPA combined rating is 114 MPGe versus the 108 MPGe rating for the 2019 model.

The current Soul EV has a starting price of $33,950 while the Kona EV is priced at $36,450. While we don’t have the official price range for the newest models, we imagine the prices will be in the same ballpark figure as the current models. The Niro EV should be competing with the Kona EV, though the former will be more expensive.

The 2020 Soul EV was unveiled during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new model will also have 291 pound-feet of torque, just like the Kona and Niro EVs. But the 2020 model will come with a CCS DC fast-charging, allowing the Soul EV to charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge.

The car will enter the production phase by the second half of this year.

GMC Joins Bandwagon, Considering An Electric Pickup Truck

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GMC is joining the number of brands that will produce an electric pickup truck. The announcement comes after Tesla and Rivian also said they have plans to make an electric pickup. Ford added that they will build an electric version of the F-150 at some point in the future.

Duncan Aldred, the vice president of GMC, was quoted by Detroit Bureau that the company is considering developing and building an electric pickup truck.

But for now, all eyes are on the Rivian R1T, which debuted at the Los Angeles auto show in November. The model is said to have a range of 400 miles with its largest battery pack. We should be seeing it on the roads very soon.

Tesla, on the other hand, has given no details of its plan to build a pickup truck but Elon Musk said it might arrive after the release of the Model Y small utility. Given the problems that Tesla has been having with its Model 3 production, we’re not expecting the electrified pickup truck to arrive anytime soon.

Ford, for its part, has not provided clues about its plan for an all-electric F-150 truck.

It is still unclear when GM will introduce its potential pickup truck, though there are talks about it. Like with Ford, we might see the electric trucks way down the line when all the vehicles on the road start going electric. Then again, there’s also a possibility it will come sooner than expected. It was reported sometime back that GM is preparing a new electric architecture that will arrive by 2021.

The new electric architecture will first be used on a new Cadillac and it will also be the same platform that could fit an electric pickup truck in the future. GM wants to introduce as many as 20 new electric vehicles by 2023.

 

2021 BMW i4 EV Electric Car Shows Influence From Vision Dynamics Concept

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Spy photos of the 2021 BMW i4 electric car showed that it did follow last year’s i Vision Dynamics concept as can be seen from its four-door coupe silhouette, angular c-pillar, a decklid with a slight ducktail spoiler lip, and a front end with a sloping roof.

The i4 was confirmed by BMW chairman Harald Krüger at the Paris Auto Show in October last year. Dubbed as the i4, this will be the group’s fifth fully electric “core” model. This is also the fourth EV that BMW produced between now and 2021.

According to the i Vision Dynamics concept, the i4 will have an electric range of 373 miles, a top speed of 125 mph, and a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.0 seconds. But unlike the current i3 and i8, the i4 won’t be made with a carbon-fiber structure.

The spy shots, which showed the i4 in camouflage while riding on the back of a car carrier, hinted of small kidney grilles out front though it is also possible the production model will carry the concept’s burly and massive conjoined kidney grilles. It’s hard to see anything else with all that camouflage but the headlights and the taillights are not production units yet. Similar to the 4-Series Gran Coupe, the i4 might be a liftback with a large hatchback opening perfect for outdoor adventure.

The BMW Group is expected to release three other new EVs over the next three years. This year, it will be the Mini Electric, which was previewed as a concept last year. The production car will sit close to the concept and will share the powertrain of the refreshed i3, which has a range of 153 miles.

Up next is the iX3 in 2020, which was also previewed as a concept. This is the electronic version of the X3 crossover. It carries a 70.0-kWh battery pack with a range of 249 miles on the European cycle.

Finally, the iNext should arrive in 2021. Previewed through the Vision iNext concept, this will be BMW’s tech flagship and will have a range of 373 miles, reaching 60 mph in less than four seconds.

Mazda Readies Its First All-Electric Car As A Standalone Model

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Mazda is gearing up for the launch of its first all-electric car, which is due in 2020. Although the car won’t look dramatically different from all of the current Mazda models, the Japanese company said that the coming all-electric car will be a standalone model and it won’t be a part of its collaboration with fellow Japanese automaker Toyota.

Apparently, Mazda has been working on this EV even before its tie-up with Toyota was finalized. Ironically, the partnership created by these two giants in the auto industry is to jointly develop EVs.

Because this will be a standalone model, Mazda’s first EV will not simply be an electric version of an already existing model. Other than this little but all-important tidbit, we don’t have any information about what kind of configuration or exterior detailing this first Mazda EV will arrive with.

When it comes to its body style, we can do a bit of imagining and rendering. There’s no reason why Mazda will divert from what it has seemingly specialized in the past—a high-riding crossover. This will effectively take advantage of the popularity of this segment right now. Aside from that, taller vehicles will allow more space for the easier packaging of the battery modules while still maintaining good cabin size for the passengers.

Mazda, however, has always been a carmaker that sets the trends rather than the one that follows them. This means the first EV might not be a crossover or an SUV. It may be like just another model off Mazda’s factories, albeit with a battery pack.

According to a report from Autocar, Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s design chief, doesn’t want the upcoming EV “to look digital” while its European design boss said they “don’t want to make an EV to look like a fridge like some other car makers.” This means the new EV will not stick out like a sore thumb and it will be styled like all the other cars in the Mazda range.

Want a bit more to imagine? Mazda’s design language can be seen in its latest iteration of the Mazda 3 hatch and sedan. If the new EV will look anything like the Mazda 3, then our expectations have just been boosted.

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