You Might Want to Think Twice About Putting Big Wheels On Your EV
Since electric powertrains have started crawling inside our cars, manufacturers had to find ways to make said powertrains as efficient as possible. Aside from battery chemistry, size, and other such factors, an EV’s ability to travel more miles on a full charge is also an affair of aerodynamics and rolling resistance.
In the video below, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained shows why big wheels impact an electric car’s driving range.
Ford Unveils The 2022 E-Transit Electric Van
In an interview recently, Ford’s CEO, Jim Farley said, “There’s been a lot written about the electrification of our industry and Ford’s bet is different. We’re betting on a full lineup of commercial electrified vehicles.”
Well, it looks like the company has started its journey in the segment by unveiled the electric version of the world’s best-selling cargo van, the E-Transit. The van comes with connected services, an on-board generator, a range of 126 miles, and most importantly, a starting price of under $45,000. Will the E-Transit be as successful as the standard Transit?
Can You Guess What Cars Inspired the Beijing Radiance?
Beijing, touted as a new brand under the BAIC umbrella, has unveiled the Radiance at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, which kicked off on September 26. Instantly, the back of our minds flashed back to 2019, when Infiniti revealed the Qs Inspiration prototype, meant to preview a sporty electric sedan aimed at the Chinese market.
2021 Audi E-Tron GT
Announced at Audi’s Annual Press Conference in Ingolstadt earlier this year, the Audi E-Tron GT is a new all-electric four-door coupé destined to hit the market in 2020. Offered as part of the Audi electric onslaught in which the Ingolstadt-based company will reveal 20 new electric models by 2025, the Audi E-Tron GT will sit at the top of the Audi Sport division, and will be responsible for constructing an all-new character trait for Audi’s line of Sport vehicles. With models such as the Audi A5 Sportback and Audi A7, the company obviously has some proper knowledge of the four-door coupé design. The E-Tron GT will act as a flagship for this intriguing car segment.
Given the E-Tron GT will take technology, design features, cabin specs, and possibly drivetrain hardware from other E-Tron vehicles, we already know a thing or two about the new car. Marketed to fight against the likes of the Tesla Model S and similar entries from other manufacturers, the Audi E-Tron GT could be even more impressive than the recently introduced E-Tron Quattro SUV.
Update 9-18-2020: The Audi E-Tron GT was spotted in the wild yet again, and it looks like it’s ready to make its long-awaited debut. Check out the new spy shots below!
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the fastest, most powerful Wrangler ever produced
The Jeep Wrangler is legendary for its rugged design and impressive capability on the unbeaten path. And that’s mostly why the idea of an electrified Wrangler seemed ridiculous until recently. But Jeep is slowly electrifying its lineup and, somewhat surprisingly, it picked the Wrangler as the first nameplate to benefit from a full-fledged hybrid setup. And the result is the fastest and most powerful Wrangler developed so far!
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV
After a long wait, the Skoda Enyaq iV is finally here. The company has revealed its first all-electric SUV. The Enyaq draws inspiration from the Skoda Vision iV concept. The latter had an SUV-Coupe like body style, but the Enyaq will be a traditional SUV. It is also the company’s first vehicle that’s underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB architecture. Everything on the Enyaq iV seems top-notch in terms of quality and design. In fact, the electric SUV also holds the record for being the most powerful Skoda ever built! Although it seems very impressive as of now, will it be able to draw volumes for the Czech automaker?
The Enyaq iV is Skoda’s First Electric SUV And Its Most Powerful Vehicle Yet
Once a company that built a handful of compact cars, Skoda has recently expanded to include a midsize sedan, and since 2016 it entered the SUV market with no fewer than three models. Come 2020, and Skoda is taking yet another step toward new heights with the Enyaq iV, an all-electric crossover. Although this isn’t Skoda’s first EV, being preceded by the tiny Citigo iV, the Enyaq iV is the company’s first vehicle built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which is dedicated exclusively to zero-emission models. The Enyaq iV is essentially Skoda’s own variant of the upcoming Volkswagen ID.4.
The First Electric Rolls Royce Has Arrived Thanks to Lunaz
Electrification has taken over almost every brand and every segment. The very few that are left are now on the verge of going through the same process. One of those few brands left untouched was Rolls Royce, but not anymore. Lunaz, a U.K.-based tuning and conversion company has laid its hands on a 1961 Phantom V and given it the electrified treatment. Lunaz will be building just 30 iterations, but is restoring a classic car like this one in an electric avatar a true celebration?
Porsche Just One-Upped Tesla’s Cheetah Mode With the Taycan’s Launch Control
Porsche has updated the Taycan for the 2021 model year and announced a bunch of changes. The update includes new exterior shades, convenient charging, flexible convenience upgrades, a better head-up display, and so on. The most noteworthy change on the list, however, is the upgraded Launch Control. Launch Control has made the Taycan even quicker, and it takes the Taycan one step ahead against Tesla’s Cheetah Stance. How about that!
The Mercedes EQS Could Eat The Tesla Model S with 435 Miles of Electric Range
Mercedes isn’t holding back with its EQ lineup of electric vehicles. The EQC compact electric SUV is so close to hitting the market you can practically smell the odor of new electric motor. The EQS – basically an electric S-Class — is set to come to the market soon too, after being previewed in 2019 as the Vision EQS Concept We learned earlier in 2000 that AMG would build an S65 equivalent, and now we’re learning that the EQS in base form will walk all over the Tesla Model S in terms of range. If you weren’t into electric cars before, now’s probably the time to start paying attention.
The Audi E-Tron S Is Still Heavy, But It Makes Up For That Weight with Ample Amounts of Power and Torque
The Audi e-tron has been on the market since last year, and it’s received positive feedback overall. This was the German automaker’s first mainstream volume EV and the company managed to cover all the bases quite well, except for the range. Earlier this month, the Audi unveiled the ‘S’ version of the e-tron that comes with more power. The ‘S’ badge is slapped on the SUV as well as the Sportback body type. It comes with better performance specs, an extra motor, and a few dimensional tweaks.
The BMW iX3 Joins the EV Ranks with 286 Miles of Range
While the whole world has been busy gossiping about the all-new Ford Bronco, BMW has quietly launched its second electric model, the iX3. Based on the third-gen X3, the model was first previewed at the 2018 Beijing Motor. Two years later, the automaker has launched the production version of its electric SUV that isn’t a whole lot different from the concept. With a single-motor setup and a 285-mile range, can the iX3 stand out, or will it be lost in the mix?
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
Toyota introduced the RAV4 Prime in Los Angeles as the most powerful and quickest RAV4 ever built. At the same time, the Prime’s powertrain makes it the most frugal RAV4 out there, so it’s safe to say that Toyota check a lot of boxes with this one. He’s your guide on the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime.