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The JETOUR T-X Concept: CHERY’s Powerhouse Off-Road SUV 

CHERY Published a Hardcore Off-Road SUV, The JETOUR T-X Concept

January 10th marked the date when the JETOUR brand, unveiled their concept SUV named T-X. They claimed it to be a hardcore SUV, which seems apt based on the first impressions. JETOUR is the sub-brand of the infamous Chinese automobile manufacturer “CHERY”. While the T-X is still a concept, the bold design, and features represent everything JETOUR stands for. The front of the car represents power and strength. Every small element suggests the hardcore vibe the brand was going for. The slightly bulging hood, projecting fenders on both sides, and tough wavy designs are extremely attractive. The unique square design of the front LED lights gives the car a retro-futuristic feel. The overall headlamps are designed in the shape of a lantern, which is the perfect symbol for Chinese culture. The four wheels are closer to the four corners, allowing for better maneuvering. In terms of physical appearance, JETOUR has left nothing to be desired.

 

The manufacturers have adopted a modular roof setting, combined with a drone platform for the roof. Based on the additional accessories such as a spare tire design and front design, it is expected JETOUR will launch additional products around the car. The tire and rim choices are perfect for an off-road SUV. Based on the first impressions, we can assume that model T-X is trying to create an off-road vibe. Other products from JETOUR T-Series will include 1.0T, 2.0T, 3.0T fuel versions, hybrid, and pure electric cars. With more focus on hybrid car models, we’re sure that JETOUR can easily dominate the SUV car section. By offering both power and efficiency in a perfect power-packed SUV.

 

 

Top 10 Car News of the Week: Volvo XC40, Toyota RAV4 Become Victim of Car Shortage

https://www.cars.com/articles/10-biggest-news-stories-of-the-week-toyota-rav4-volvo-xc40-fall-short-as-car-shortage-goes-long-446033/

 

All compact SUV buyers and enthusiasts know all about the Toyota RAV4, as it has remained a top seller in the U.S. The Toyota RAV4 is the only car that topped the charts despite not being a pick-up truck. If buyers are to choose between the 2019 model and the 2022 model, they need to know everything they’re getting. In the 2022 model, the RAV$ Prime plug-in is unchanged, the gas-only and RAV4 Hybrid get one new color option, with new wheels and a headlight design. Between the 2021 model and the 2022 model, we suggest you go for 2021 and save some money in the process. As for the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge, the all-electric semi-compact SUV has done well for itself. Offers incredible power, and comfort all with an all-electric engine and remaining in the SUV segment. Although, there are some weaknesses such as slow charging speed, and a non-impressive 223 miles all-electric driving range.

 

As cars are still a scarce resource, the situation is expected to get even worse. Shortly, when things return to normal, consumers may have settled for fewer incentives and inventories. If you’re in the market for a car and you can  persevere, the best  option is to wait and get the best deal in the future. Apart from the known car shortage, here are the top 10 car news from this week:

  • Update on Car Inventory Shortage: Buy a Car Today or Tomorrow?
  • First Look at the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST
  • Which EV Can You Get with the $75,000 Federal Tax Credit?
  • 2022 Volvo XC40 In-Depth Review: Worth it or not?
  • Toyota RAV4: Choosing Between the 2021 & 2022 Model
  • BuCruise for F-150: How Long Will the Wait Last?
  • Electric Vehicles in 2022: What’s New in Store?
  • Audi A3, V3 in 2022: A Lot to Be Desired
  • Best Car Deal for February 2022: What to Buy?
  • Tesla Price Hike: Update on Self-Driving Package, and Cybertruck Production Date

 

Changan’s Latest EV: EADO ET May 2019 Launch Date with Impressive 251 Miles Range

Changan’s new EV: EADO ET to be Launched in May 2019, Range of 251 miles

 

The EADO ET from Changan was a high point of the Shanghai Auto Show. While it was already unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show, the EADO ET is based on the fuel version of 2nd gen EADO XT. The car boasted an impressive range of 251 miles (405 KM) and will be launched in 2019. The car’s design points fingers toward it being a compact hatchback, the EADO XT 2nd gen (fuel model) hasn’t been launched overseas yet. On the design front. The EADO ET looks almost identical to the EADO XT, but the front mesh uses a closed design. The rear end of the car has no noticeable changes. The “T” shaped taillights and the hatchback design make the car look impressionable. There’s not much information yet about the interior of the car, but rumors state that the new model will use a single-pedal design. For most drivers, this may take some time to adapt and get used to.

 

There’s little to no information about the power under the hood, the only stat available is that it can offer 251 miles driving range. The car needs just 35 minutes to charge from 20% to 80% which is beyond impressive. When it comes to features, the EADO ET will be equipped with the latest 3.0 interconnection system with 4G signals, a 10-inch display, and a battery-powered heating system. With the right launch window and the right set of marketing, the EADO ET can take the market by storm.

 

 

Explaining Electric Vehicle’s Miles per kWh Concept: Complete Guide

https://www.buyacar.co.uk/cars/1524/electric-car-economy-explained

One of the biggest concerns with an electric car is how far will it travel before the battery dies out. This is what prevents most car enthusiasts from shifting towards electric vehicles. While Electric vehicles are a cheaper option compared to fuel-based cars, there are still significant costs involved. You also need to measure how efficient the car is while driving and charging. Electric cars are built to be efficient, so they need to consume energy in such a way that it doesn’t impact the environment. Even if you’re driving an electric car, the energy that goes behind charging your car comes from fossil fuels. The efficiency of an electric car is based on how much electricity a car needs to travel to a particular distance. It will look like 34 kWh per 100 miles or 340 Wh per mile. To makes things more confusing, there are manufacturers who offer Kms instead of miles. kWh and Wh refer to kilowatt-hours and watt-hour, and batteries in EVs are measured in kWh.

Some specific manufacturers such as BMW have been using Ah (amp-hour) as a unit of measurement and don’t plan to change. Amid all this technical jargon, it’s almost impossible to calculate miles per kWh. Electric car economy similar to fuel-based cars changes almost all the time, a battery’s efficiency depends on several external factors as well such as outside temperature, wind speed, and rainfall. Here’s a simple table to help you make an educated decision on your next EV:

 

Score Wh/mile Wh/km kWh/100 miles kWh/100 km Miles/kWh
Excellent 190-225 118-140 19-23 12-14 5.0+
Good 226-260 141-161 24-26 15-16 4.0-4.9
Average 261-295 162-183 27-30 17-18 3.0-3.9
Same as burning fuel 296+ 184+ 31+ 19+ 0-2.9

 

Also, it’s not as simple as choosing a car with the highest efficiency, some cars with incredibly high efficiency offer an average of just 80 miles. Similarly, Tesla Model S Performance has a range of 367 miles but it is still one of the least efficient cars.

 

Delivery Becoming Cleaner: Electric Vans from GM, Ford, and Others for Cleaner Delivery

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1134671_electric-vans-from-stellantis-gm-ford-cleaner-quieter-last-mile-delivery-takes-connectedness

Last-Mile delivery vans are the ones that make online shopping possible. From clothes to food, everything relies on last-mile vans. With the growing demand, it’s all going electric. In 2019, Amazon announced to buy 100,000 electric vans from Rivian over a few years, this was before the trend of electric cars. Since this announcement by Amazon, electric vans from Ford and Stellantis have been confirmed to hit the market next year. Beyond that, it’s worth noting that the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, the 2023 Chevy Silverado, and fully electric Ram 1500 are due to launch in 2024. These fleet customers are more sophisticated, they actually do calculations about the cost of ownership. Stellaris has incredible software that will map out what habits customers need to adapt to charge their vehicles and learn the battery size. Sowers say that light-duty vans will be the first to go all-electric.

 

Heavy-duty vehicles such as large trucks need hydraulics with power needs that are tougher to define from day to day if electric power becomes the norm in the industry. There’s a huge need to electrify doorstep delivery for one and one reason only, the last-minute deliveries have a huge impact on the environment. With more and more big corporations taking a shift towards electric vehicles, the market for EVs is at an all-time high.

 

VinFast EVs: Vietnam’s EV Company Unveils Cars and Plans Factories in US & Germany

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1134668_vietnam-s-vinfast-reveals-evs-plans-factories-in-us-and-germany

Vietnamese carmaker VinFast is planning to launch a whole new lineup of electric vehicles and to boost the production of EVs, they’re also planning to start factories in Germany and USA. VinFast also unveiled three new models at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. The car models are named VF5, VF6, and VF7 crossovers join the VF8 (previously known as VF35) and VF9 crossovers, The company has started taking reservations for the VF8 and VF9, and the cars will hit the US market by the end of 2022. During the event of the car, the automaker mentioned the prices of $41,000 for the VF8 and $56,000 for the VF9. These are just preliminary costs, but they don’t include the destination or the cost of the battery lease.

 

There’s no information available on the new cars, but it was previously stated they’ll be available with a dual-motor powertrain making 402 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. The car is rumored to offer a 300-mile range for the VF8 and a 400-mile range for VF9. VinFast is expected to launch its US factory in the second half of 2024. The automaker has an ambitious goal to roll out cars all throughout USA, Germany, and Asia. If they can keep up with their timeline, this goal of theirs will revolutionize the market.

 

 

Managing Electric Charging Costs: Multi-Unit Dwellings Could Reduce Costs

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1134608_energy-multi-unit-dwellings-ev-charging-sticker-shock

Atom Power, a North Carolina-based company is all set to launch a brand new EV charging station that could make the electricity costs lower for apartments and condos. The charging station is named “Atom Power purple” which charges automobiles directly from a circuit breaker, so there are no electronics in the hardware itself. This also allows for an energy management system that can automatically sense the changes in power demand, compared to a delay that comes with physical hardware that’s needed to be changed based on power needs. To avoid additional charges, it is vital to closely monitor the slight changes in demand for energy. With the proper management of charging power demand, the cost of charging an EV can drop down tenfolds. This is especially helpful for residents of multi-unit dwellings and condos as they won’t have to rely on extremely expensive battery buffers. It is already challenging enough to get the home owner’s association to offer EV charging stations. A majority of the price of EV charging is because DC fast-charging stations that can consume a huge amount of energy while charging the cars a small amount.

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In any situation, regulatory changes regarding EV charging will change how the industry operates and will also cut down on the costs for apartments and condos. If everything goes according to plan, EV adoption will improve, while the electricity costs for apartments and condos will go down.

 

Electric Vehicles: Buzzwords You Need To Know About Them

https://www.cars.com/articles/electric-vehicles-understanding-the-terminology-440188/

 

Electric cars are all the hype right now, and the hype is well deserved. With proper launches and the right infrastructure, electric cars will take over the roads in no time. But, even though tons of people are running toward EVs right now, there are even more people that don’t know anything about them. There are a lot of terminologies that even the buyers don’t understand. So how would you know which EV is the ideal option for you? Before you choose an EV, you need to have an answer to some of the questions. Some of the basic things to consider before buying an EV are “How fast the car is, how fast the car charges, what’s the driving range of a full charging, and more.”

 

Learn as much as you can about the below-mentioned terms and make an educated decision:

 

  • Alternating current (AC)
  • Alternator
  • Amps
  • Battery pack
  • Battery cells
  • Battery module
  • Combined Charging System (CCS)
  • Charges
  • Direct Current (DC)
  • Direct current fast charging
  • Destination charging
  • Drag coefficient (CD)
  • Kilowatt (kWh)
  • Kilowatt-hour (kWh)
  • Mpg-e
  • Range
  • Regenerative braking
  • Supercharger
  • Traction motor
  • Volts

 

Before you make a decision based solely on the price and looks of the car, you need to be aware of some basic terminology revolving around EVs. This can help you make an educated decision before you buy an electric car.

 

Best Electric Cars that Offer the Best Driving Range

https://www.cars.com/articles/electric-vehicles-with-the-longest-range-422227/

The range an EV offers is the primary concern for most first-time buyers. There’s no point in buying an EV that costs more than a fuel-based car with less range. You can’t rely on an electric vehicle that’s more than likely to stop in the middle of nowhere. Running out of juice in an EV is similar to running out of gas in a traditional car. With these concerns in mind, we came up with a list of the best electric cars that offer the best mileage range. 2021 was the golden era for electric vehicles and several cars left their mark on the market. It’s like the automakers heard and understood the concerns of general users and focused on cramming as much range as possible in the EVs. The cars we’ve chosen only include cars that have been tried and tested, not the cars with manufacturer-estimated averages.

 

It goes without saying that the cars on the list will be at the high-end of the price spectrum. Here’s our pick for the best electric cars that offer the best driving range.

 

  1. 2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition R all-wheel drive: 520 miles
  2. 2022 Tesla Model S Dual-Motor AWD: 405 miles
  3. 2022 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual-Motor AWD: 358 miles
  4. 2022 Tesla Model X Dual-Motor AWD: 351 miles
  5. 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450: 350 Miles
  6. 2022 Tesla Model Y Long Range Dual-Motor AWD: 330 miles
  7. 2022 Rivian R1S: 316 miles
  8. 2022 Rivian R1T: 314 miles
  9. 2022 Kia EV6 Long Range rear-wheel drive: 310 miles
  10. 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD California Route 1: 314 miles

 

If we have to pick, then Lucid Air Dream and the 2022 Tesla Model S are the top-rated electric cars you can get your hands on.

 

New Study Around EVs: Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Want an EV

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1134702_americans-dont-want-ev-yet-half-wont-pay-extra-for-electrified

According to a recent study done in 2022, most Americans aren’t ready to buy an EV and don’t want to pay extra money for an EV. More than 65% of all Americans have claimed that they don’t want a vehicle that relies on electricity. In the same study, just 5% of the participants claimed that they believe that EVs will rule the roads. The rest of the participants in the same study claimed that they would be more comfortable with a hybrid vehicle. Several surveys conducted across various countries yielded the same result. 49% of Germans don’t want any kind of electrification, 39% of the Japanese population, and 37% of South Korean don’t want an EV.

 

There are several reasons why a consumer doesn’t want an EV. During the initial days, the designs offered by EVs were straight-up hideous. Another concern regarding EVs is the limited driving ranges. Most consumers want an EV that can travel up to at least 500 miles. Even now, the 500 Mile range is challenging to achieve. While the situation around EVs and the interest is looking pretty slim, millions of Americans have claimed that they see an EV in their future. A couple of automakers are about to go completely electrical with their list of offerings by 2023. With Toyota, all set to launch a whole new line of hybrid cars, and other brands following suit, there’s a lot to wait for.

 

Solar-Supplemented Lightyear Two: A More Affordable Option in 2025?

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1134599_lightyear-two-more-affordable-solar-supplemented-ev-coming-in-2025-with-subscription-options

The Dutch carmaker is already planning a successor to the Lightyear One. Which itself hasn’t hit the markets as of now. In a recent presentation, Lightyear confirmed that they’ll be launching a second EV named “Lightyear Two”, and it will be hitting the streets in 2024 or 2025. The car will come at a lower price point to make it more affordable, but it will also come with a smaller battery pack with a driving range. Currently, there’s no information available on the battery pack or the range, the starting price was stated to be around $34,000 compared to the $170,000 of the Lightyear One.

 

As for the Lightyear One, it will achieve over 400 miles of range, with a smaller battery than any Long Range Tesla. The Lightyear One makes this happen because of the extremely low drag coefficient and a solar panel-equipped roof that provides electricity for 70-90% of the annual mileage as per the manufacturer. Apart from having an impressive driving range, with a small battery size, Lightyear claims that the solar roof will allow drivers to go long distances without having to rely on charging infrastructure.

 

If everything goes according to plan, we may see The Lightyear One hit the streets in the summer of 2022, and Lightyear Two in 2025. In our personal opinion, the Lightyear One is one of the coolest-looking electric vehicles in the market, and with an impressive driving range.

 

Best Electric Cars and EVs for 2022: Which One Should You Choose?

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/best-ev-electric-car-2022/

Electric cars are growing both in terms of sales and numbers. More and more people are rushing in to buy an EV that fits their needs and budget. With so many options in the market, you need to have detailed information on which car has what to offer. While we can’t make your decision for you, we can definitely help nudge you in the right direction. The best electric car for you is based on your needs. The kind of car you’ll get will depend entirely on how much money you want to spend and the average driving range you want. If you want the best range and features an EV has to offer, then you’ll want to shell out a few bucks. Considering all these factors and features, we’ve created this list of the best electric cars and EVs for 2022.

 

As mentioned above, the best car for you depends on your needs. Based on how much you can spend and the type of features you want, your best option can differ from someone else’s. Regardless, here’s our pick of the best electric cars for 2022:

 

  1. 2022 Polestar 2 – Best small electric car
  2. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 – Best midsize electric vehicle
  3. 2022 Porsche Taycan – Best full-size electric car
  4. 2022 Audi RS E-Tron GT – Runner up for best full-size electric car
  5. 2022 GMC Hummer EV – Best extra large electric car
  6. 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric – Most affordable electric car
  7. 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS – Best luxury electric car
  8. 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E – Best electric SUV/crossover
  9. 2022 Rivian R1T – Best electric pickup truck
  10. 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo – Best electric station wagon

Hydrogen-Based Fuel: Still the Fuel of the Future?

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/business-environment-and-energy/why-hydrogen-no-longer-fuel-future

As governments all over the globe make stringent regulations around the emission produced by cars, the need for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV) is at an all-time high. As Hydrogen plays a key role in emission reduction, it makes sense that the next big fuel source will be Hydrogen Based. Regardless of the money and time spent on researching HFCEV, car manufacturers are moving away from it. Just last year, Honda announced that they’ll be ending their “Clarity Fuel Cell” program due to astonishingly low demand. In 2020, Mercedes Benz stopped their very old F-Cell program simply because of high costs. General Motors on the other hand have expanded its research area of Hydrotec Fuel cells for land, air, and sea applications. As more and more automakers are abandoning their research for fuel cell-based cars, they’re shifting towards bigger vehicles. Until now, all research has shown that Hydrogen fuel has limited prospects in cars.

 

Heavy-duty vehicles on the other hand can see tons of applications of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The UK-based automaker “Vauxhall” is planning to launch its 249-mile-range Vivaro-e Hydrogen van in the UK in 2023. Currently, there are too many challenges faced by the automakers to fit Hydrogen based fuel into the industry and offer cars at a lower cost. Maybe, we’ll be seeing the adoption of this technology on bigger vehicles, which can lead to emission-free deliveries.

 

What’s the Impact of Temperature on EV’s Driving Range?

https://www.geotab.com/uk/blog/ev-range/

As winters have passed us by, it’s time you evaluated how cold temperatures have impacted electric vehicles. Based on countless data, carmakers and buyers can get a better idea of how temperature can impact EVs. Almost every EV buyer considers the range of the car before buying. But the range that manufacturers offer is not fixed, they’re more to be taken as guidelines. While a vehicle’s average range is based on standardized testing under ideal conditions in a facility. In real-life conditions, the final range of the car depends drastically on what the conditions are while driving. These conditions include terrain, passenger load, speed, driver behavior, or temperature. All of these factors play a vital role in your car’s efficiency. Most of the time, it comes down to how much energy a vehicle’s battery pack can store, and the longer its range. A bus won’t be able to go the same distance as a car, for a bus, the same distance would need a much bigger battery pack.

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The biggest challenge to EV’s range is the cold weather. Ever since EVs came to the market, they’re known to not work perfectly in winter. While people living in colder regions may have different opinions, winters indeed have adverse effects on EVs. The most common assumption is that cold temperatures are due to the reduced performance of the battery, the truth is that cold weather impacts the auxiliary load more than its range. Fortunately, automakers have taken care of this situation by increasing the battery size of the new EVs. Larger capacity means limited impact for all your daily trips and long trip needs. Even in the worst temperature situations, most new-gen EVs will be able to keep up with your driving needs.

 

Peugeot E-308: Boosted Range for Better Driving Experience

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/9293/peugeot-boosts-range-of-e308/

Some new reports have been surfacing about the Peugeot e-309, which is expected to hit the roads the next year. Before the new updates, most people thought that Peugeot was planning to launch a completely electric version. Now, some reports suggest that the Peugeot e-308 will go into production in July 2024, and it will be delivered soon after it goes into production. As per the reports, the Peugeot e-308 will be available as a front-wheel-drive-only car. And, the electric motor will be increased from 100 kW to 114 kW and the maximum torque is rumored to be increased by ten Nm to 270 Nm. This increased power and motor can be credited to other EV makers who are offering impressive stats in almost every car.

 

Peugeot e-308 will also offer a 54 kWh battery instead of the previously mentioned 50 kWh. There are no changes to the battery pack and has the same dimensions as before, but a new battery NMC811 chemistry will make sure to offer a higher energy density. Because of the changes in the EV, it now will be able to offer an average of 250 miles with some future aerodynamic changes in the body. The charging capacity of the Peugeot e-308 will also be the same as before, i.e, 100 kW. This will make sure that the car will charge from 10-80% at a rapid charging station in just 30 minutes. These changes brought forth in the Peugeot e-308 are the result of its competitors offering better range and mileage.

 

Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor Review: All You Need to Know About it

https://www.nextgreencar.com/review/9274/polestar-2-long-range-dual-motor-review/

Polestar is not the most famous name, but it has been turning some heads in recent times. Volvo’s electric car performance brand has come out with a second model, the first-ever complete electric vehicle. The car is dubbed the Polestar 2. The growing car lineup suggests that they’re confident in the products they’re offering. Now that the Polestar 2 is on the streets, here are some things you need to know. When it comes to performance, the car comes equipped with 150 kW electric motors, a combined 300 kW (408 hp), and an all-wheel drive. Combine that with the 4.7 second 0-62 mph sprint time and it’s the full package. For a non-performance model, the Polestar 2 offers adjustable Ōhlins dampers, and larger wheels and brakes. The look of the car is 10/10. If there’s one thing you can trust Volvo to do, it’s to create stunning cars.

 

The biggest concern for EV buyers is the range it offers. Polestar is said to have 299 miles for this long-range dual-motor model. If you want more range and less power, then you can get the single-motor model that offers 336 miles per charge. There’s so much more than the Polestar 2 has to offer to the customers. The equipment is fairly simple, with no corners cut. Customers can choose the colors and wheels, and then interior and equipment packs.

If you’re in the market for an EV, then the Polestar 2 is an excellent option. The EV is the perfect culmination of power, comfort, control, and a fun-to-drive experience. The only drawback is the range, where the Tesla has the car beat.

 

Best Home EV Chargers: How to Choose the One that Fits Your Needs?

https://www.cars.com/articles/home-ev-chargers-and-how-to-choose-one-442511/

Sooner or later, electric vehicles will rule the streets, and when you too get one you’d want to charge the cars at home. To make sure you’re charging your car the right way, you need to get a level two charging station, which runs on 240 volts. If you’re using an ordinary 120-volt charging, it’ll give you a range of up to 5 miles in one hour, and this is only if you’re charging a small EV. If you’re planning to charge a pure battery-electric vehicle that has a huge range, then the 120 volts vehicle won’t just be enough. Unless you’re getting a Tesla, a Ford Mustang Mach-E, or any other car that comes with a combustion Level 1/2 mobile charger. If you want a faster charger, then you’ll need a charger that mounts to a wall or somewhere you park your car. These special charges help the rechargeable batteries store power that makes the car make your daily trips. As 240 volts is a lot, it won’t deliver full power until the end is connected to the car.

 

When you go out in the market to get a Level 2 charger, your work is pretty easy. EV chargers are universal as they all use the same charger standard, so you won’t need to buy a brand-specific charger. But before you go out and buy any charger that fits your needs, here are some things that you should consider:

 

  • Hardwired or Plug-in
  • Networked charger or not
  • Length of Cable
  • Current Rating and Level of Charging
  • Ideal Amp Rating
  • One current rating or adjustable
  • Distinguish between Charger and circuit ratings
  • Outdoor use

 

Elon Musk’s Concern About Self-Driving Cars: More Traffic?

https://www.foxnews.com/auto/self-driving-teslas-insane-traffic-elon-musk

In a recent earnings call, Elon Musk stated that he would be shocked if the in-development feature couldn’t drive a car safer than a human by the end of the year. This will drive more demand for cars. He also stated “A lot of cars are in parking lots, so we’re spending money, not just driving the cars but storing them all over the place. We can get rid of a lot of parking lots if you have a car that is operating all the time”. According to Musk, the cost to get a ride in one of the vehicles will be lower than getting a bus or a subway. But with so many vehicles on the roads all the time, the traffic will become insane. Fortunately, he already has a solution to this increased traffic problem. “The Boring Company” has one and only goal, that’s to build an underground highway system. This will be essential as more cars will be on the roads shortly.

 

The Boring Company will currently operate a shuttle-type loop service with human-driven cars in a 1.7 mile-long tunnel. The company is planning to make a network of subterranean roads that would allow drivers to reach their destinations at higher speeds in close proximity.

 

This concept comes based on how data packs travel from and to a computer. No timeframe has been offered by Elon Musk currently on the network, but The Boring Company has a few tunnel projects underway. For now, we can only wait and watch.

 

Citroën ë-Berlingo: What the UK Launch has to offer?

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/9294/citroen-eberlingo-launches-in-the-uk/

Finally, the Citroën ë-Berlingo has hit the streets in the UK. Citroën has launched the electric Van hoping that it will bring forth a change in the industry. The company says that their award-winning Berlingo Van will become quickly famous. Now that the Citroën ë-Berlingo is finally on the road, more and more users will see the utility of the car. The electric van is available in a Panel Van form, and the price starts at £25,980. As for the range, the Citroën ë-Berlingo Van has an impressive range of 171 miles under ideal testing. The Van also supports up to 100 kW rapid charging with a 0-80% of charge in just 30 minutes.

 

Based on the impressive range it offers, the Citroën ë-Berlingo can easily carry heavy cargo and 5 people when needed. Drivers can choose from 3 different types of modes such as Normal, Eco, and Power to fit the driving conditions. To maximize the driving range, the Citroën ë-Berlingo also offers regenerative braking. Drivers can access this feature by pressing the “B” button on their dashboards. The Citroën ë-Berlingo is equipped with a Mode 3 charging cable and type 2 connectors that offer rapid charging. For now, we’ll see what kind of response the van gets, and will it usher in a new era of electric cargo vans?

 

Comparing Prices and Range of Best Electric Vehicles of 2022

https://www.nextgreencar.com/features/7943/ngcs-ev-price-vs-range-comparison/

For electric cars to become a mainstream choice, there need to be hundreds of options out there. And I guess we can all agree that electric vehicles have a lot of options for buyers. In just a couple of years, several options have entered the market with incredible functionalities. For someone who’s planning to buy an EV, there’s no better time than now as there’s no limit to the options. To help you make an educated decision, we’ve done this comparison of prices and the range of some of the top EVs of 2022. In our list of options, we’ve picked the models that offer the best value for money.

 

Without wasting any more time, let’s dive into our comparison of price vs range for the best electric cars:

 

 

Model WLTP range
(miles)
OTR price
(inc. PiCG)
Price per mile
(OTR / Range)
Renault Zoe Z.E.50 245 £26,670 £109
Skoda CITIGOe iV 162 £17,955 £111
Volkswagen ID.3 263 £29,170 £111
MG5 EV 214 £24,995 £117
Skoda Enyaq iV 77 kWh 333 £38,950 £117
Fiat 500 42 kWh 199 £23,995 £121
Peugeot e-208 211 £26,215 £124
Seat Mii Electric 161 £20,300 £126
Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh 300 £38,225 £127
Vauxhall Corsa-e 205 £26,390 £129
Volkswagen e-up! 159 £20,695 £130
Volkswagen ID.4 77 kWh 319 £41,570 £130
Kia e-Niro 282 £36,850 £131
Polestar 2 328 £42,900 £131
Kia Soul EV 280 £37,295 £133
Fiat 500 Cabrio 199 £26,645 £134
Ford Mustang Mach-E ER RWD 370 £50,190 £136
Citroen e-C4 217 £29,680 £137
Audi Q4 e-tron 40 323 £44,990 £139
Peugeot e-2008 206 £29,165 £142
Tesla Model 3 LR 348 £49,900 £143
Nissan Leaf e+ 239 £35,695 £149
Hyundai Ioniq 5 73 kWh 277 £41,945 £151
Mercedes Benz EQA 263 £40,495 £154
Vauxhall Mokka-e 201 £31,340 £156

 

We believe that the Renault Zoe and the Skoda Enyaq are two great options for those who need to commute on a daily basis. The price is cheap and they offer an incredible driving range including comfortable features.

 

Top 10 Electric Cars for 2022 to Choose From,

https://www.nextgreencar.com/features/9284/top-10-electric-cars-2022/

With more and more options for electric cars available in the market, customers can easily get confused about which car is best for them. Now that a huge percentage of the population is all set to go electric, they need to choose a car that fits their needs perfectly. With over 100 different models to choose from and thousands of confusing terminologies, making a wrong decision is just one signature away. This is why we’ve come up with this list of the top 10 electric cars for 2022.

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  1. Fiat 500 – The most affordable electric vehicle
  2. Tesla Model 3 – Best-selling electric car in the UK
  3. Ford Mustang Mach-E – Best crossover electric vehicle
  4. Jaguar I-Pace – Feature-packed electric car
  5. Polestar 2 – Perfect Culmination of power and class
  6. Volkswagen ID.4 – Best family-sized electric SUV
  7. Kia EV6 – Kia’s Latest Flagship EV
  8. Porsche Taycan – Best performance-focused EV
  9. Hyundai Ioniq 5 – Best charging in EVs
  10. Mini Electric – The most fun-to-drive electric vehicle

 

It seems like almost every other day that a new electric vehicle comes out on the market. So, it can be pretty easy to get confused as to which car to choose. If we have to choose from our top 10 picks of EVs, we’d go ahead with Tesla Model 3, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. They are the perfect cars for daily commuters and casual travelers.

 

 

Kia EV6 Overview: First Impressions and More

https://www.nextgreencar.com/review/9246/kia-ev6-first-drive/

The Kia EV6 is the latest flagship electric car, and it has a lot to offer to consumers. Some of the most noticeable features are long-range, rapid charging speeds, and a stunning design. If you too are curious about the Kia EV6, then you are at the right place. The Kia EV6 has two different versions, both of them due to being launched in the UK, both offering a larger 77.4 kWh battery. It also offers an impressive 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds. As for the handling, the Kia is a sporty car that aims to offer a riding experience fit for twisty roads. While the car claims to be sport-focused, the heavyweight is counterproductive. The car has an incredibly beautiful body and its design is captivating. The rear end of the car gives off the vibes of Aston Martin DBX. When you step inside, the car can use some more features and can offer better comfort to drivers.

 

Kia electric options are not the best, but maybe the EV6 will change how the car performs. The e-Niro and Soul EV are both excellent options but the EV6 is the next best thing and with tiny little tweaks, it can become one of the best EVs to come out this year. Kia will be facing some real monsters in the segment, so they’ll need to up their game if they want to stay ahead of the curve.

 

Bentley BEV- Production About to Start in 2025

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/9297/bentley-to-launch-bev-production-in-crewe-in-2025/

Bentley is now joining the electric vehicle race and it will be developing the first car in the UK. The company is investing £2.5 billion over the next 10 years. The first BEV is scheduled to hit the streets in 2025 and will be a historical moment for the Bentley brand. According to some reports, the company is planning to go end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030. This plan is named “Beyond 100” and it is a bold plan. The investment program will also include a complete re-vamp of Bentley’s car lineup by embedding the latest technologies into the next-gen, and low-emission manufacturing plant.

 

With this new dream factory underway, Bentley is planning to go to Zero also with water waste and other harmful environmental impacts till 2030. With the help of the latest tech, customer interactions, employee experience, and a higher flexibility offering will make the new manufacturing plan the ideal place to build exceptional cars.

 

BMW’s Pure Electric Car Sales for Last Year – Over 100,000 Cars Sold

https://www.nextgreencar.com/news/9290/bmw-sold-over-100000-pureelectric-vehicles-last-year/

The BMW Group had an incredible year with an annual sales growth of 8.4%. This is the result of the sales of a total of 2,521,525 BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce vehicles throughout the globe. BMW sales reached an all-time high by doubling their sales of fully-electric vehicles in 2021 to 103,855 which amounts to a 133% growth. BMW started out the year with one goal, which was to ramp up sales of pure electric cars. They managed to sell over 100,000 vehicles. The company is planning to take the same momentum forward in 2022 by expanding its range of all-electric vehicles. By launching BMW iX and the BMW i4, they’ve already boosted their portfolio.

 

With 37,939 BMW iX3 sold in 2021, 1 in 10 BMW cars delivered to consumers was fully electric. In the same period, customers that bought the MINI 3 door model, chose to go with the fully electric model. If they can stay on the same track, the company will have at least one fully-electric model on the roads in their primary target markets. BMW mentioned that they plan to sell over 10 million fully-electric cars worldwide over the next 10 years.

 

All You Need to Know About Clean Air Zones

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/electric-cars/clean-air-zones-what-you-need-know

CAZ is similar to congestion zones, they are areas that are marked out within a city, and most of the time this area is the city’s center. Vehicles traveling within this zone that are spreading extreme populations may face charges, and the charge is based on the size of the vehicle. Large vehicles such as HGVs, coaches, and buses that do not meet emissions requirements are charged around £100, but the exact amount can vary by city. Private hire cars, taxis, and regular passenger vehicles that violate the rules of clean air zones have to pay less, but they can still expect to pay around £10 per day. Similar to London’s already existing ULEZ, the CAZs will be visible by signs to make drivers aware that they’re entering the area. Since the CAZ are made to reduce pollution and improve air quality. Vehicles with zero emissions don’t have anything to worry about. Two primary factors will determine whether you’ll be paying a charge or not. These factors include: “how many emissions does your vehicle produce?” and “what type of vehicle it is, depending on the CAZ class, certain vehicles are exempt”.

 

  • Class A vehicle – which targets buses, coaches, taxis, and private hire vehicles
  • Class B vehicle – which targets buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs, HGVs, and light goods vehicles (LGVs)
  • Class C – this targets buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs, FGVs, and light goods vehicles (LGVs)
  • Class D – this is the most wide-ranging, which targets buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs, HGVs, LGVs, and cars

 

 

The £19bn EV Plan by Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/business-tech%2C-development-and-manufacturing/renault-nissan-and-mitsubishi-outline-%C2%A319bn-ev

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has decided to spend £19bn in investment for the electrification of the car industry in the next 5 years. The money allotted will be spent on expanding the common electric platforms available to brands within the Alliance. The upcoming cars coming from Renault and Nissan will be engineered by Renault and built in its ElectriCity network of plants in northern France. The brand new CMF-BEV platform was described as a “game-changer” by Renault CEO Luca de MEO, who said it will reduce the costs by 33% compared with the platform used by Renault Zoe. This platform will underpin five cars from Nissan, Renault, Alpine, and Dacia and they’ll try to produce over 250,000 cars per year. The relatively low volumes suggest it will be a Europe-only platform. The brand alliance has previously stated that the platform can accommodate cars from 4.0m to 4.7m in length and can fit batteries of 40kWh, 60kWh, and 86kWh.

 

The alliance is also sharing software platforms for their EVs and it will roll out Google’s automotive ecosystem in its cars, starting with Mégane E-Tech electric and rolling out to Nissan and other brands. Plus, the car alliance will also be the first to introduce the Google ecosystem in their cars. The alliance will launch its first-ever car in 2025 using incredible central computer chips that can be updated over the air and allow brands to distinguish hardware from software.

 

The alliance stated that over 3 million cars are already connected to the Alliance Cloud and that will grow to 5 million cars per year by 2026. The three companies further claim that they will be sharing a common battery strategy and it will have a production capacity of 220GWh in the future. The alliance is expecting to drop the battery costs by 50% in the upcoming years, this can bring in a wave of low costing battery throughout the entire EV market.

 

Skoda Enyaq iV 80x Sportline 2022: Complete Review

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/skoda/enyaq-iv/first-drives/skoda-enyaq-iv-80x-sportline-2022-uk-revi

Skoda has finally created a four-wheel-drive version of its MEB platformed SUV, the Enyaq iV. The 80x is called this because it has a bigger battery, which adds a total of 61bhp motor on the front axle for a total of 262bhp. The Enyaq is an incredible car and it offers practical features, material appeal, and comfort in spades. The brand’s choice of adding a bigger battery with four-wheel drive, but unfortunately this is only available on the sporting model. The sports model is £3000 more expensive than the ordinary model. Adding four-wheel drive makes the price goes up to £47,035, which isn’t exactly cheap. The Enyaq 80x Sportline does what it offers, it’s a slightly sportier faster Enyaq with better traction. The mandatory Sportline package doesn’t offer great value for money and you wouldn’t really miss all-wheel drive if you haven’t ever experienced it before.

 

If you’ve been a fan of Enyaq and want one for yourself, then you should skip out on the Enyaq iV 80x sportline. While the car does offers some great features, it’s really expensive for the features offered.

Porsche Taycan Review: Should You Go For it?

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/porsche/taycan

Porsche has finally come out with its own EV supercar and it’s all set to challenge Tesla Model S and BMW i4. Despite all it has to offer, car lovers first weren’t onboard with an all-electric Porsche Taycan. The car was launched to increase admiration at the end of 2019. Its model range has expanded exponentially as now both the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo and Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo all-surface specialist, and a special GTS high-performance derivative in addition to the Turbo-badged range-toppers. The car has quickly gained admiration and it has become one of the best-selling models. It has even managed to outsell the 911 and 718 sports car and the Panamera four-door.

 

Soon thereafter, this became the entry-level version of the car when it became a part of the UK model range in the spring of 2021. The car was first introduced in the Chinese market. It’s the only car on the market without a second drive motor or a driven front axle, and it can only be had as a four-door saloon. So, can this perform as well in the UK as it did in Chinese markets? For now, we can only wait for the verdict.

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