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Electric car: in use, the approval of the battery seduces drivers


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OUR ADVICES – To try it is to adopt it, however not all models are created equal.

A total absence of vibrations and rocket accelerations to pin you to the seat from the start often accompanied by a sound worthy of a subway train when it is not the artificial rumble of a sports model: the electric car does not has no equivalent on the market. To try it is to adopt it. It is a passport to zenitude.

To these high benefits, we must add much lower maintenance costs than for the gasoline car since the electric takes fewer parts and dispenses with most of the fluids of an internal combustion vehicle.

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If you want to speed things up, the battery car is sure to impress. Its main characteristic lies in the instantaneousness of its accelerations. No two-wheeler or thermal vehicle can resist it for the first few meters. Observation of the current market even shows, in general, an overabundance of power and torque. Put models in the hands of ordinary mortals…

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Motorbike hybrid car costs 6,600 USD


NetherlandsSquad is a hybrid between a car and a motorcycle, with a solar-powered roof, removable doors, and batteries that can be swapped out in minutes.

Squad (Solar Quad) aims to bring an affordable solar car and the Solar City Car two-seat electric car is the product. The car has a basic design, with large windows, an exposed anti-roll frame, and personality rims. The roof is where solar energy is absorbed, and the car owner can remove the door if desired.

Squad with compact design, large glass doors, and exposed anti-roll frame. Image: Squad

Solar panels on the roof of the car can help you travel 20 km per day. This number is impressive because according to Squad, urban cars in Europe only go about 12 km per day on average.

In winter with little sun, users can rely on a battery pack with a flexible design, changing from a low battery to a fully charged battery in a matter of minutes. The removable battery can be charged via a residential power line, and helps the vehicle to travel up to 100 km per charge.

The vehicle length is only 2,000 mm, making parking easier.  Photo: Squad

The vehicle length is only 2,000 mm, making parking easier. Image: Squad

For an affordable price, the design and equipment are also minimalist. But the car still has a digital clock, and an air conditioning system. The driver even has a phone holder, and uses the smartphone for navigation and infotainment.

The car has two electric motors placed behind, with a capacity of only 5 horsepower. Top speed is also modest at 45 km/h.

The dashboard design is different with cup holders and laptop space.  Photo: Squad

The dashboard design is different with cup holders and laptop space. Image: Squad

The vehicle length is only 2,000 mm, which is equivalent to the width of an SUV like Toyota Land Cruiser or Ford Explorer. Therefore, in a normal parking space, Squad electric cars can park horizontally or vertically without affecting the surrounding.

Squad electric car is expected to go on sale in 2023, with a starting price of 6,600 USD. Currently, the Dutch car company has received a deposit and plans to produce a more powerful version, with 4 seats and a maximum speed of 70 km / h.

Two-seat electric car costs 6,600 USD

Squad’s easily removable car door design. Video: Squad

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Driving an electric car saves many times more than a gas car during a storm


AmericaFilling the gas tank for a Honda Civic costs about $54, while fully charging a Tesla Model 3 costs only $7.43.

The fact that using electric cars is more efficient and less expensive than petrol and diesel cars is not new information. However, the continuous increase in gasoline prices after the peak of oil prices made the difference between the two sides even more obvious.

In the US, gas prices have surpassed an average of $4.2 per gallon (3,785 liters), with many areas more than $5 per gallon. The Zero Emissions Transport Association (ZETA) calculates that rising fuel prices make electric vehicles three to six times less expensive than petrol cars, depending on the region.

Ford F150 Lightning electric pickup – a popular electric car model in the US. Photo: Ford

The difference is clearly visible in the numbers, and is based on the average gas price of $4.2 per gallon (as of March 10) and the average price of electricity at $0.14 per kWh (December 2021). Accordingly, to fill up with gasoline for three models, Ford F150, Toyota RAV4 and Honda Civic, it will cost $ 99.3, $ 62.6 and $ 53.5 respectively.

Meanwhile, to fully charge three electric car models including Ford F150 Lightning, Rivian R1T/S and Tesla Model 3 will only need 13.5 USD, 18.6 USD and 7.5 USD respectively.

To be more specific about the difference in usage costs between the two models, ZETA also calculates the cost per vehicle mile.

Total cost per mile driven by petrol and electric models.  Photo: ZETA

Total cost per mile driven by petrol and electric models. Photo: ZETA

In some states, where gas prices are the highest in the US, like California, the difference is huge. Specifically, on March 22, the price of regular gasoline in California was $ 5.87 per gallon, and premium grade was $ 6.2. Meanwhile, the average price per kWh of electricity is $0.23.

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Paris-les Alpes by electric car: a competition of slowness


TEST – Routes to plan, stress from a flat battery… Even aboard a high-performance model, like the Skoda Enyaq, hitting the road behind the wheel of these new vehicles can become a chore.

Weird! Announcing your intention to go skiing in an electric car hardly triggers enthusiasm. Worse. It may even earn you a shower of disapproval from the whole household. We do not yet know much about this technology that politicians have decided to impose on society – the European Commission is campaigning for a ban on the sale of thermal engine vehicles from 2035 -, except that it upsets our habits and our bearings. In fact, we learn by doing. This paradigm shift is as fascinating as it is distressing depending on whether one is open to innovation or a champion of immobility. The best way to know if the ecological transition can already be based on a high-performance ecosystem is to move from theory to practice. After having linked Lyon to Reims last December, i.e. 700 km via the school children’s path at the wheel of a Mercedes EQS, this time we wanted to experience a trip to the mountains…

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Electric scooter company unveils first electric car


IndiaThe CEO of Ola Electric posted on his Twitter account a photo of an electric car with a concept design.

The post of CEO Bhavish Aggarwal immediately attracted attention. Ola Electric, or Ola for short, has only produced electric scooters since its inception in 2017. But now, the company shows that it is in the process of developing an electric car.

Electric car model of Ola electric scooter manufacturer. Photo: Bhavish Aggarwal

The new electric car has a hatchback shape, with many rounded lines and smooth strokes from front to back. In particular, the glass is seamless from the front of the car down to the roof of the tail.

Under the post, Aggarwal said that the person who bought an electric car Tata Nexon EV and an electric scooter Ola S1 should buy an electric car Ola.

Ola has attracted $200 million in new investment from various investors. The company said this funding round helped them be valued at $ 5 billion. The electric motorcycle maker once had a similar funding round and was valued at $3 billion in September 2021. In the past few months, Ola has launched the S1 Pro scooter model in the domestic market, has started production and delivered to customers.

Ola plans to establish a global design center in Bengaluru, India. The electric car model can be built on a skateboard-style flat chassis – designed to suit many different types of electric vehicles. The Ola electric car seems to be for urban travel purposes, with a limited distance per charge. Also, the price is said to be competitive. The company also plans to have two versions, one for private customers, and one for mass sale.

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Automotive: the electric shakes up the design of sedans


The architecture of battery-powered models and the search for better energy efficiency are reshaping the face of tomorrow’s station wagons.

Will design save the electric car? It is not impossible. Considered until now as a means of seduction and differentiation, style is becoming an instrument in the service of energy efficiency, a key issue for vehicles with rechargeable batteries to pass from shadow to light. Since we no longer reason in liters per 100 km but in autonomy and electric range, the work of designers and aerodynamicists has regained all its nobility.

After a phase of adapting existing models to electric power, we are in the process of switching to a new generation of vehicles based on dedicated architectures. This revolution makes it possible to completely overcome the constraints of a thermal model thanks to the compactness of the components and the installation of the battery pack under the floor. Main consequence: despite a reduced size compared to a gasoline vehicle, the interior space is more important. At the same time, a use …

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Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo GTS, the station wagon goes green


TEST – In the GTS version, the latest Sport Turismo body variant of the Taycan combines versatility and sportiness.

Sport Turismo (ST): the hunting estate formula has already proven its worth at Porsche with the Panamera. The German firm now declines it on the body of the Taycan. Add in the sporty GTS codes passing through black window surrounds, rocker panels and rims and you’ve got a hatchback that doesn’t lack presence. The extension of the pavilion also benefits versatility. Rear passengers benefit from an increased headroom of 45 mm while the spacious 446 l (+39 l) easily accessible boot can carry up to 1,200 l of luggage.

At Porsche, the GTS signature is also a few more horses. The Taycan is no exception. The engineers thus deflated the two permanently excited synchronous motors of the Turbo version (one per axle) of 80 kW to deliver 380 kW (517 hp) and even 598 hp by triggering the overboost. As for the phenomenal torque of 850 Nm, available from the start, it is similar to that of the Turbo. In use…

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Tesla recalls nearly half a million vehicles due to camera and trunk lid defects


AmericaThe electric car company is calling for more than 475,000 vehicles including Model 3 and Model S related to defects in the rear camera and front trunk lid.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also discussed with Tesla about another camera failure, while reviewing the company’s driver assistance system.

The vehicle models involved in the recall range from 2014 to 2021, and the total number of vehicles involved is roughly equal to the number of vehicles Tesla will deliver to customers in 2020, or about 500,000 vehicles.

The Tesla Model S is recalled due to a defect in the front trunk lid. Photo: Tesla

Specifically, out of more than 475,000 vehicles that were called for repair, there were 356,309 Model 3s from the 2017-2020 model year due to a rear camera error, and 119,009 Model S vehicles that had problems with the front trunk lid. Since the Tesla is an electric vehicle, the place that used to be the front engine compartment doesn’t need to be used to store the engine, but to store things.

With the Model 3, “the rear camera’s cable may become impacted every time the trunk is opened or closed, affecting the display image,” NHTSA said.

There have been 2,301 insurance claims as well as 601 defect reports on vehicles in the US.

With the Model S, trouble with the trunk door can lead to the front trunk lid opening without warning and blocking the driver’s view, increasing the risk of a crash, according to Tesla.

Tesla said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the above defects in this recall, NHTSA said.

Also in December, NHTSA spoke to Tesla about problems with the side cameras of some models. CNBC once reported, that Tesla had replaced faulty cameras that were installed on the front bumpers on some models without the recall.

The same month, NHTSA began investigating 580,000 Tesla vehicles due to a feature called “Passenger Play” that even allows drivers to play games while driving. Soon after, the company stopped activating this feature on the car.

In February, under pressure from the NHTSA, Tesla had to agree to recall 135,000 vehicles because the touch screens could be damaged and increase the risk of collisions. In August, NHTSA opened a safety investigation into Autopilot driver assistance technology after a series of crashes involving Tesla vehicles and priority vehicles.

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Béatrice Foucher, the goddess of electricity


PORTRAIT – After having studied at Renault, overseeing the launch of the Zoe, she piloted the high-end brand DS and the acceleration of the ecological transition.

“I ‘feel like I’m smarter when I’m in an electric car ”, doe Béatrice Foucher. She is not going to say the opposite. Renault had entrusted him with the marketing of the Zoe in 2012. “We had to take out the oars to sell it, but it was a great adventure. I could never have imagined that I would one day launch a vehicle at the Leclerc supermarket in Pont-l’Abbé, in the presence of Michel-Édouard Leclerc and Carlos Tavares. It was so improbable. ”

She won’t say it, but her experience of the electric car, which adds to a golden CV – she ticks all the boxes – must have weighed in the balance when the Stellantis group, resulting from the merger of PSA and Fiat Chrysler , entrusted him, in January 2020, with the orders of the DS brand, becoming the third woman at the time to hold these positions, with Mary Barra (General Motors) and Linda Jackson (Peugeot).

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The first VinFast VF e34 electric cars reach Vietnamese customers


Hai PhongVinFast started to deliver the first VF e34s to customers, the battery rental fee is 675,500 VND for wheelchairs not exceeding 500 km/month.

On December 25 at the VinFast factory in Hai Phong, the first VF e34s rolled off the line and were delivered to 15 customers in advance. VF e34 begins a new phase of VinFast when officially entering the electric vehicle field with a commercial product.

The first VF e34s rolled off the line on December 25 at its factory in Hai Phong.

A representative of VinFast said that in December, the company delivered about 100 VF e34 cars to dealers. From the beginning of 2022 onwards, the number of vehicles delivered each month to dealers is about 2,000 vehicles, equivalent to gasoline and diesel models in the top 10 best-selling cars in Vietnam today. The reason for the limited handover, VinFast said, is because the supply of components is not yet abundant.

VF e34 is the first popular electric car model sold in Vietnam. The company is positioned in the C-sized crossover segment, although the size is similar to B-class products such as Hyundai Kona and Kia Setos. VF e34 has a length, width, and height of 4,300 mm, 1,793 mm and 1,613 mm, respectively. The wheelbase is 2,611 mm long.

VF e34 started to deliver to customers.

VF e34 started to deliver to customers.

VinFast VFe34 uses a lithium battery pack for a travel distance of 285 km, the power of the electric motor mounted on the front axle reaches 147 horsepower and 242 Nm of torque.

In this car delivery, VinFast announced a new battery pack rental rate. Accordingly, the battery rental price is 657,500 VND/month for a rolling distance of no more than 500 km. Under the old policy, the company offered a battery rental price of 1.45 million VND for a distance of no more than 1,400 km/month.

If the wheelchair rolls over 500 km/month, guests have to pay an additional 1,315 VND/km. Every year, the price will be adjusted on December 1, based on the adjustment of electricity and gasoline prices in Vietnam.

In addition to the battery rental fee, users need to pay the car charging fee at VinFast’s public charging stations for 2,834 VND/kWh (excluding VAT), equivalent to the level 5 electricity unit price announced by the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the 20th. March, 2019. If the battery is fully charged but the car still occupies the charging position, the customer will have to pay an additional fee of 1,000 VND/minute from the 31st minute onwards. This cost is paid in conjunction with the monthly battery subscription fee.

Included with the VF e34 is a 2.2 kW mobile charger for car owners to charge the battery from a household power source. VinFast also provides a 7.4 kW wall charger for VND 9.4 million for customers who need to install more at home.

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